Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Not You. It's Me

I don't know why, but lately I feel as if I can't speak freely any more. Not here. Not on my Facebook. Twitter seems safe for the time being. But any time I try to say how I feel I swear it's like I have to edit and censor everything I say because people just keep picking fights and making a huge deal out of things all over the internet. I'm afraid I'm going to say something and become the center of some controversy. So I try to limit what I talk about, only now it's like I have nothing to say at all because I'll piss someone off or offend someone, and I'm tired of worrying about what everyone thinks and feels.

I started this blog for me to have an outlet and talk freely about books and writing and now I feel as if I'm constantly walking on egg shells. I hate it. I don't even read many blogs any more because I feel obligated to comment but then can't think of anything to say or think my opinion doesn't matter or am afraid I'll upset someone. It's ridiculous.

Last week I said I was going to try to do Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays. This week I'm just going to try to get one review up. I have a couple of eARCs I'm going to review, but other than that, I think I'm going to step away from the blogosphere.

Graduate school starts in January. I'm going to be taking classes, working in the writing lab, working in the library, and teaching a Foundational Composition course while trying to maintain some form of a writing life, a social life, and being an active member of my fraternity (Sigma Alpha Iota). I am going to be busy. Originally I had planned on maintaining the blog and continuing posting reviews, but now I don't even want to.

You guys have been awesome and supportive and I thank you all for that. Maybe some time away will help and I'll be able to come back and read all of your blogs and laugh and cry with you again. But right now I need some time to myself. I need to feel like I can be who I am and say what I want without fear of being chased down by a mob with torches and pitchforks.

I'll post a couple of reviews and I may even drop in with some updates so you guys know I'm still alive, but as of now my posts will more than likely be sporadic and few and far between. I wish you all the best and hope to see you on the other side. <3

Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon (Hiccup Horrendous Haddoc III #1) by Cressida Cowell

Age Group: Middle Grade
Published: February 1, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
Format: Paperback, 214 pgs.
Source: Purchased
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday


Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer" ... but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and becomes a hero!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Review: Shiver

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Age Group: Young Adult
Published: June 1, 2010 by Scholastic (first published 2009)
Format: Paperback, 390 pgs.
Source: Purchased


the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.


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