urgent: NEW BLOG!!! adaster.com

GUESS WHAT! I’ve been working on it for a while, but am finally able to announce that I will be launching adaster.com (Aubrey Aster) in JUNE! It will be the same types of posts as I have here, but I am getting more serious about making blogging one of my priorities, and let me tell ya it will be awesome!!! Until then xoxo

Love, Aubrey

P.S. I’m working to have everything transferred over there as well. More info to come.

instagram (bookstagram) @aubreysbooknook

GUESS WHAT??? SO, I relaunched my bookstagram (ha! [re]launched my practically nonexistent bookstagram) this month! I have been scheduling ALL THE POSTS and have been having so much fun learning more about photography and lighting and have basically been spending all of my time taking pictures. ANYWHO, I’m super excited to be part of this bookstagram community now and would love to see all of your accounts! I know I follow some of you already, but let me know your account names and I would love to check you out (not in a weird way… just you know your books). Also, if you wanted to follow me, that would be awesome too. Or not. Whatever you would like…

@aubreysbooknook

Love, Aubrey

[discussion] fads, minimalism, THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, life

Our world is one filled with ever changing fads and trends. It’s hard to keep up and even more difficult to know what trends are good ones to follow and which are not.

MINIMALISM

Minimalism is not new, but it has had a new resurgence and has gained a lot of popularity recently. Minimalism is the concept of owning less physically so you can focus on what sparks joy and what is the most important to you. By getting rid of the physical (and mental) clutter in your life, you open up a space to find out what you really want to do in life and can focus on your goals and dreams.

I feel like this is a great concept because I live in such a commercialized and capitalistic country that is drowning in the amount of stuff owned. I don’t want to own items that don’t bring me joy and don’t serve a purpose because there would be no point. Once I cleaned my space and got rid of the things cluttering my room and my mind, I was happier, healthier, and more content with what I had.

However, people take it too far by criticizing others for not being hard core enough. Stop putting other people down just to make you (proverbial) feel good! I’m so sick of labels and people having to criticize others just because they feel they are not good enough or not doing enough. Everyone is different and should go about their lives differently. If every person lived the same life in the same spaces creativity and originality would be forfeited for the sake of a fad that a person may regret. So, no. A person does not need to donate everything they own and become a nomad to be happy, but getting rid of the items that are making them unhappy may bring a certain level of peace to their life.

[Here is the simplifying challenge I have enjoyed completing.]

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what do you think about the fads and trends that consume society? minimalism?

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THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP

BY MARIE KONDO

A while ago I read this book and while I didn’t agree with everything in the KonMari method, it does have it’s merits.

a messy room makes a messy life

  • visualize what life you want to live
    • what do you want your space to look like and why?
  • DOES IT SPARK JOY? IS IS FUNCTIONAL? EMOTION? INFO? RARITY?
  • begin with easy items & start with discarding
    • clothes (slope up to right by category, and fold unless the fabric is happier hanging)
    • books
    • digital
    • papers
    • misc.
    • mementos
  • put them in the right place: tidy by category not location // choose what to keep
    • have a tidying marathon and do everything in one swoop
    • get everything in one place. many times the same item is in many locations
    • tidying is a special event // only tidy once
      • not for everyday
      • daily tidying-putting things back // special-putting things in order

 

life update

  • i am currently working on fourteen (yes, FOURTEEN) scholarships for college next semester
  • i have been interviewing a french rap artist for an international magazine (how on earth did i get stuck doing this… ugh he isn’t even a nice human).
  • i just finished the remnant chronicles series (i reread the first two and finally read the last) and am sad it is over, but it has quickly and easily become one of my favorite series! [super old reviews: the kiss of deception, the heart of betrayal]
  • i’m also working (very sporadically) on 2.5 WIPs

Love, Aubrey

NEW YEAR (i’m back, baby)

NEW YEAR

(…you know halfway through January)

I have been pretty absent for the past few months. With school and scholarships and college applications and getting a job and volunteering and nanowrimo and all of the other craziness that has been going on, I haven’t gotten to blog much.

I love blogging and have missed this and all of you, so I am going to start out small and post once a week and then hopefully post more as time goes on.

What types of posts do you like the most:

 

In 2016, I participated in my first two read alongs (they were awesome!!!)

My favorite posts from this year“I read books that matter” // Pixar Book Tag // If I was a Fictional Character // Winter by Marissa Meyer // What Books Have Made Me Want To Do //

Honorable MentionsProfanity in Books with Guest Josh // Happy Endings ft. TFIOS // Historical Settings You Would Love to See

2016 goals: Writing Goals January 2016 my main goal had been to finish a first draft, and I didn’t quite do that, but I’m ALMOST THERE! // Books I WILL READ in 2016 (spoiler: I only read 3/24 oops) // Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

2016 goals post DID YOU LIVE UP TO IT? no. That’s okay though. I have been in a transition period in life and sometimes other stuff gets in the way and needs to come first.

Goodreads 2016: I originally had wanted to read 100 books in 2016, but then I found that I was overestimating how much I could read and actually enjoy. I started reading books just for the book count, and I never want that to happen.

 

2017 Goals Galore

Goodreads 2017- 20 books

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Flights of Fantasy 2017: basically just read fantasy books every month (as if I didn’t already do this hahahahahah) FANTASY IS LIFE!!!

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I plan to have a first draft done for my WIP 🙂 🙂 🙂

I want to interact more and write more and do more.

I’m not going to promise I’m back 24/7, but I do want to be more consistent and hope to plan one post per week minimum.

Love, Aubrey

[Discussion Sunday] RETELLINGS: popularity? creative? boring?

(edit: I just found this in my drafts folder when I was cleaning it out and it is from over four months ago… oops)

A retelling is when an author will take an old story and recreate it to make a new one. Some of them twist the stories so they have a different ending, tell the story from a different character’s point of view, or have it set in a different time period.

Retellings have become popular lately. I think it is a nice way to experience classic fairy tales or otherwise in new exciting ways, but it leaves me wondering

HAS THE WORLD RUN OUT OF IDEAS?

Some people argue that there are only a few types of stories to be told and everything else is just a variation of those stories.

Christopher Booker’s book says there are seven basic plots:

  1. Overcoming the monster

  2. Rags to Riches

  3. The Quest

  4. Voyage and Return

  5. Comedy

  6. Tragedy

  7. Rebirth

I don’t know if you agree with this, but the real question is:

are retellings just a way for authors to piggyback off of other successful ideas, or are they truly creative masterpieces?

I believe that there are certainly authors on both sides of this spectrum and it depends on how the readers take it.

How many times can a story be recreated before it gets boring?

I think there are many more retellings I would like to see, and I really enjoy the genre, but I think it will be interesting to see if it is still as popular in ten years.

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TALK TO ME: this is a DISCUSSION after all 🙂

What do you think? Do you like retellings? Do you think they will be around for a long time? Do you think they are boring? Cheap knock offs? Creative twists of the story? Let me know EVERYTHING in comments. (I haven’t done a discussion in a while and I miss it.)

Love, Aubrey

#DAreadathon DIVERSE BOOKS tbr

With the new year comes new reading challenges. From January 1st to the 15th I will be participating in the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon in which I will try to read a bunch of Diverse books and tackle my TBR.

See the original post for full rules. All graphics are courtesy of Aentee @ Read at Midnight.

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I want to read either It’s Kind of A Funny Story or Will Grayson, Will Grayson for the topic of depression.

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I’m going to read The Wrath and the Dawn, or A Thousand Splendid Suns.

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I am going to read either Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, or More Happy Than Not.

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I am not sure at all about this one. There are a lot of empowering females in books now, but they all seem to fit inside the same little box. I’m thinking possibly Jane Eyre or The Handmaid’s Tale, but maybe not for this particular readathon.

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I’m cheating on this prompt because there are some books I just really need to read, but maybe they will end up having diverse characters or something? I need to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Silent Echo, The Bronze Horseman and Fangirl soon.

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I’m doubling up and still using The Wrath and the Dawn for this.

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I will probably read either 1984, More Than This, or An Ember in the Ashes.

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I hope to read at least 7 books in this span of time, but it will be the start of second semester, so I’m not sure how much time I will have. Let me know in the comments which ones I should definitely read!

Points:

  • Each 10 pages you read will earn you 1 House Point.
  • Each book you complete will earn you 5 House Points.
  • Each book you review specifically for the #DAReadAThon will earn you 5 House Points.
  • Crosspost your review to Amazon for 1 House Point. 
  • Post an image of your #DAReadAThon ID on Twitter for 1 House Point, and it allows other members of your House to find you!
  • Tweeting on the #DAReadAThon hashtag (with meaningful tweets about your current reads, recommendations of #OwnVoices) will earn you 1 House Point each. You can have a maximum of 20 House Points from Social Media interactions.
  • Photos of your #DAReadAThon books or TBR pile will earn you 1 House Point each. This contributes towards the maximum of 20 House Points from Social Media interactions mentioned above.
  • We will catalogue the points at the end via a masterpost, and find out who the Hogwarts House Champion for Diversity is! (via readatmidnight)

 

Are you participating?

ALSO! The #DiverseAThon is January 22nd-29th so I think I will use that to finish up any books I don’t finish from this read a thon. I hope to do a lot more read a thons in 2017, so let me know if you know any good ones coming up 🙂

Love, Aubrey

dream book conference panel

If I could plan my “perfect” panel of authors and characters to speak at a conference, it would be…

Authors

Rick Riordan

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The world Rick Riordan has created is the perfect balance of action, humor, and education. I have learned so much about mythology without even realizing it.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas’ world and character building skills are second to none. I could get lost inside of her stories forever*

*except for the fact that I wouldn’t survive for two and a half seconds…

John Green

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Do I really need to say anything else? No? I didn’t think so.

Mary E. Pearson

Queen for reasons I can’t even get in to. Just. Read. The Remnant Chronicles.

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Characters

What good is a panel without the ACTUAL CHARACTERS?*

*yes, we do have those capabilities and in AubreyLand it will happen. Just wait.

Kenji Kishimoto

…is my spirit animal, and we would probably be best friends, and his sarcastic wit is given an A++.

Will Herondale

GAH WILLL WILLL WILLL (Jem would of course come too). Just please.

Hermione Granger

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Some characters need no explanation.

Percy Jackson & Annabeth Chase

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Do you guys think Annabeth and Hermione would get along or butt heads? A&P are the dream team and are great individually, but together…

Winter

Bring on the crazy. You all know I love Winter.

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There are certainly more, but some of them are dangerous and I’m not sure they wouldn’t kill me.

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Questions

Authors: How do you create distinct characters and story lines? How do you stay true to who you are as an author?

Characters: How do you not make quick judgments about other people (i.e. this guy is a bad guy, just kidding not anymore???)

What questions would you ask?

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Moderator

Clearly Leo Valdez and I would moderate because then it would be the funniest panel ever.

Love, Aubrey

I was approached by Cara from Eventbrite with the idea and asked my opinions for this post, however this is not sponsored in any way. If you are interested “Eventbrite is a global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events in 190 countries.” It’s a cool idea and might allow people to find conferences like this… well maybe not quite this perfect. haha

thank you, blogging… an open letter featuring YOU

I am linking up with The Thanks U Give celebration (I love that our bookish community is coming together to be thankful and kind). Thanks, y’all!

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Thank you, blogging, for helping me to think outside of the box.

Everyone has a different history and has had different experiences that have shaped them into who they are. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus tells Jem and Scout that to understand another person they must step inside someone else’s shoes. Book blogging has helped me to connect with (YOU) people who are from vastly different backgrounds and places. Even my American webernet friends have (obviously) different outlooks than I do. Atticus also told his kids that another way to understand someone is to step into their skin and walk around for a while. This is impossible and if nothing else, reading and blogging has taught me this. Even if a person is reading a story from a character’s point of view, they are not this character, and never will be.

Thank you, blogging, for allowing me to state my opinions and hear opinions other than my own.

Through blogging I have gotten to have discussions with people who don’t necessarily see the world as I do. I LOVE THIS. I have loved getting to fangirl and freak out about books and just shriek with you all, and then also fight for what we think is happening because EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION.

Thank you, blogging, for being an outlet for my creative genius.

Everyone needs a place where they can let the creative juices flow. Everyone needs a place where they can be themselves and shriek and not care one bit that anyone could see it and read it because THIS IS HOW I FEEL. (If you’re reading this, I suppose I haven’t scared you away yet).

Thank you, blogging, for being a place in this broken world that people can come together and be pals.

I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for being you.

 

This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for my family and friends and for how God is constant, but I am also extremely thankful for each and every one of you who make up my little corner of the internet. Always,

Love, Aubrey

extending NaNoWriMo update 2

Hello pals!
*Just a quick update and change of plans and insight into my life…
NaNoWriMo is a really good idea and gets a lot of people writing who don’t normally write. It got me to write more than I ever have for one project. For that, I am grateful, but it just isn’t working for me in one month.
I have found that it is turning into more of a really thorough outline than a novel. I want my book to have depth and I don’t like how little I can really fall in love with my book with the time I have.
So, I am going to extend it through December (for me), and attempt to finish my first draft in two months in which I will have a lot of time off thanks to the holidays. I don’t want to be pressured into writing words because I want to write a masterpiece. I believe in quality over quantity and I want that to be evident in everything I do.
Thank you nanowrimo for getting me started, now I’m going to take off.
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Are you on track to complete NaNoWriMo? What is your book about? YOU CAN DO IT!!! Also, please don’t forget to save and back up CONSTANTLY. I lost 1500 words because my computer decided to force updates upon me and I wasn’t prepared.
Love, Aubrey

NANOWRIMO!!! update 1

HELLO ALL!

This year, for the first time ever I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo!!! I am so excited and feel like I have been preparing for this moment all of my life (not really, haha. I will probably fall way behind and explode who knows?) BUT, I am just really excited to actually finish a story for once.

Since NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, I wanted to set some goals for what I would like to get out of it:

  1. Writing experience
  2. A finished rough draft of a book. Don’t try to edit while writing, just brain dump everything and then go back through another time.
  3. Accurately back everything up so I don’t lose my valuable genius
  4. Have fun. This isn’t meant to be stressful, so don’t stress about it.

In preparation, I have a (nearly) complete plot outline (there are definitely some holes in there), and I have written the first 1500 words already because I already know there will be some days I won’t be able to write.

 

To you veterans: ANY TIPS, TRICKS, IDEAS FOR SURVIVAL??? Please let me know down below!

Also, let me know if you are participating. I would love it if we could all cheer each other on and be just the awesome community we are during this amazing month.

Finally, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Is Halloween celebrated in other countries? I’m really curious. Either way, eat lots of candy and fall into a food coma, my lovelies (then wake up so you can start writing tomorrow).

Tweet me as we struggle to awesomely write a book in a month @aubreysbooknook!

Love, Aubrey