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They Both Die at the End: New Book Purchase!

Hello All!

The Both Die at the End (Picture of the Cover of the Book)

Can we please just take a moment to admire this beautiful book!? I have been eyeing They Both Die at the End on Goodreads, and I am elated to finally have the time to sit down and read it. This will be the first book that I have read by Adam Silvera, so I am pleased to find a new author to add to my list.  Ahhh, I am so excited!

Since it has been a while since I have been able to read the way that I have wanted to, one of the first books that I wanted to read after my “reading-hiatus”, had to be one of my favorites: a heartbreaking, thought-provoking YA or New Adult book.

After browsing through good reads, I decided that this was definitely one of the first books that I wanted read. I have high hopes for this book, and I cannot wait to start reading it tonight!

The concept of this book is emotionally intriguing to me. The idea of two people dying on the same day, both being aware of their impending deaths, and both deciding to spend their last day together, creates a swirl of thoughts and feelings that I cannot wait to discuss with others, and that I cannot wait to write a review on.

On Goodreads, I saw that someone commented, “Do they really die at the end?” I personally decided not to look at the answer to that. To, what I am sure is my detriment, there is still a little piece of me that hopes that they will both survive. Why oh why do I do this to myself?

Have you read They Both Die at the End? How many tears can I expect to shed? I would love to hear your thoughts ☺️.

Until the next chapter,

Amber

Why I Love YA Books

Hello All!

  Picture of a Book

I will probably write a blog on why i love YA books at least ten different times, but this will be my first time doing so.I did not plan on writing about this topic, but now I feel compelled to.

Just in case you did not know, YA stands for, “Young Adult.” It is safe to say that I have a pretty deep obsession with YA books. As a result, I have been asked countless times why I love them so much. Today, I realized that I have never truly thought about the answer to that question. 

The open-mindedness of YA characters is what initially comes to my mind. Even though tough situations and experiences have entered and affected many of the young characters lives, there is still this open-mindedness about them that is extremely refreshing.

Brave, free, and forgiving are how I would describe a lot of YA characters. The boundaries and false limitations that the world tries to subject us to, do not tend to influence YA characters.

Young adult characters are not like a lot of adults that I am surrounded by on a daily basis. They are still willing to try when things go wrong; are willing to dream even when told their dreams are silly; and are willing to endure pain for the things and people that they are passionate about. I just love that! It reminds me to remember who I am, what I want, and where I want to go.

After writing this article, it is safe to say that I discovered a plethora of answer that answer, why I love YA books. For today’s post I just wanted to throw out my first raw thought(s).

What about you all? Why do you all love YA books? I would love to learn about your perspectives and thoughts on YA books.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

My Writing Fears

                                                                                                                                             

Hello All! Guess what? It has been less than a week, and I have already developed a huge case of the “writing fears.” What is the “writing fears” you ask? Well, the symptoms vary per person, but for me, the symptoms are as follows:

  • An Inability to Write – Basically, despite the fact that I am dying to write, I avoid writing all day because, well, I am scared (I will explain, don’t worry). Then, when I finally muster up the courage to write, I write a couple of sentences (and I do mean a couple), my anxiety starts acting up, and I end up putting my book away for the rest of the day.

 

  • Fear of the Unknown – You may be wondering why I said I was scared in the previous symptom. Well, it is because I fear the unknown. I fear that my book will be boring. I fear that I think that I am better than I actually am. I fear that my writing skills may be poor. I fear that I will not be able to transition through my story well. I fear that there is no point in even writing a book because it will never go anywhere.

 

  • Compare and Not Contrast – I am happy to say that this symptom is quickly fading away. However, it still likes to linger around every now and then. I tend to put certain authors on a pedestal and trick myself into thinking that I have to watch them as opposed to joining them or even surpassing them.

I am not discussing these things to send out a discouraging message. The reason why I am discussing this, is because (a) It is ridiculous for me to even have these “symptoms” in the first place, and (b) because I am not the only one who goes through this.

We have to constantly remember that the first reason the majority of us began writing, is because we enjoy writing. Write your book for you. This does not mean that you will not listen to your audience or make changes to your book(s) in the future. It means that you are writing because you want to, because you need to, because it drives you. Not because you are trying to prove yourself to others or because you feel as if you have to fit into this particular author mold.

This is just as much of a pep talk for my readers as it is for me. We will get there. All of us. Just make sure you keep writing. Most importantly, just make sure you keep writing because you enjoy it.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber