Day 2 is here of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you remember, my theme is “The Good, the Bad, and the Katy.”
If you have followed me for the past few months, you might have noticed that I like to read. I added a reviews page to my site and everything! I think I may eventually review other things besides books (I could write a book on how different sippy cups fare against babies/toddlers), but for now my free time is filled with venturing to other worlds and times. I love it!
The Good: One of my favorite things about books lately is an awesome book group I was added to on Facebook by Shannon of It Starts at Midnight called Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans (or BOD). BOD is a group that comes together to share their love of books and especially of the dystopian genre. Authors share their books, the group organizers hold contests, and the entire community (nay….family!) comes together as friends for lively discussions. I honestly do not know how I lived without BOD. It’s a wonderful group and you should join! One of my favorite games is a weekly writing prompt. I feel that since I started participating in the prompt, I have gotten much better as a writer. My entry was even featured on BOD’s blog one week! Plus, I have won quite a few “caption this” contests where I have received prizes of BOD swag and signed paperbacks of featured authors. If you want to know more, you’ll have to join! Check out some of my recent reviews, here. You can also find me on Goodreads (my recent reads are the right side of the page)!
The Bad: The worst part of reading is when I don’t like a book. I always finish books I start. But sometimes I take a break. Once in awhile, a book just sits on my kindle at 30% done for months, but I always return to it eventually. Recently authors have asked me to write reviews for their books and sometimes I just can’t…I’m too nice. If a book was mostly good, but had some issues, I will review it, but try to bury the bad things I didn’t like under the good things I loved. Maybe this is a bad habit, but I am still learning how best to review books I think. Any tips are welcome! How do you review books? I will say that if a book was just too not for me, then I just won’t leave a review.
The Katy: I am writing a book (still). It’s coming along, but still has a long way to go. Now that we’ve moved into our house, I definitely have space to set up a writing area for myself. Time is still an issue, but I am currently moving my priorities around so I have more time to get this book written. There are a lot of complicated sections I need to simplify a little (a lot). When I get closer, I will reveal plot, world, characters, and cover here on my blog! Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans was a huge influence in my decision to try NaNoWriMo this past November and now I’m hooked on writing.