Guest Post: “New Year’s Resolution: To Read More Books!” By Tiffany Skylark

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Meet Tiffany Skylark.

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Born in Traverse City, Michigan, Tiffany grew up with a love for language. She has enjoyed writing stories and poetry from a young age. Her love for language compelled her to study Spanish in high school and to travel to Madrid, Spain for her first year of college at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus. She then moved to Oregon, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Culture with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Oregon University in 2008. She now lives, works and writes back in her hometown of Traverse City.

Check out the Epic Fantasy Series ‘The Roquiel Saga’ on Amazon!

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Guest Post

New Year’s Resolution: To Read More Books!

2020 is right around the corner and that has many of us think about New Year’s resolutions. Recently on Instagram, I saw a post by a lady that has read more than 150 novels in in 2019. First of all, I was in awe, like seriously impressed by this number. I’m not even going to mention how many books I read in 2019 because it’s pathetic but I know that I can do better. Then I realized that if I looked up some tips on how to get this done, I would do even better. So if like me you want to read more books next year, here are some suggestions.
The first good suggestion I found was to get a library card if you don’t have one already. This one might seem pretty obvious, but there are plenty of people out there that don’t have a library card. The quiet environment in libraries offers the perfect spot away from the busy world to escape into a book. You might see a book that is being displayed on top of the shelves that catches your eye. One thing you might not know is that lot of libraries these days now give you access to a digital library of audio books that you can download for free. So if your wallet is still devoid of a library card, you know what to do.
Let’s talk social media. Most of spend more time than we’d care to admit with mindless scrolling. That’s time that we could be reading! I recently found a feature on Instagram that other social media sites probably have as well. While in Instagram, if you go to your profile, then tap the three lines in the top right corner, then tap ‘Your Activity’, at the bottom you will see ‘Set Daily Reminder’. This allows you to set a time limit for yourself, say 30 minutes a day. When you’ve reached your 30 minutes on the app, a reminder will pop up to remind you to get the heck off social media (and get reading).
This next suggestion goes along with the last. And that is just to prioritize reading. If you’re a list maker like me, you could jot down reading on your daily list of things to do so you don’t forget. You could also set a goal of a certain amount of time a read per day, or you could say I’ll read one chapter per day.
The next way to read more in the New Year is to keep an enormous ‘TBR’ pile. TBR meaning ‘to-be-read’. C.G. at paperfury.com gives a lot of reasons why it’s good and helpful to have a TBR pile. She says that it keeps us motivated (and helps us live longer) to have something to strive for. Looking at the pile of books reminds us that there are tons of amazing worlds and characters out there to discover. She also mentions that collecting books is a healthy habit to have, they make you look like a learned scholar, they are a good conversation starter and buying books supports the authors to keep being creative and practicing their craft.
The last suggestion I have is to find ways to stay accountable. One of the ways you could stop yourself from slacking is to join a book club, the other is to follow the hashtag #readingchallenge on Instagram. You can check out the individual posts and see all the different reading challenges that are out there and choose a few to join.
I hope these tips will help you hit the books in 2020!

Kennedy Cannon and her “Poppin” Bookshelves Guest Post

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Meet Kennedy Cannon.

My name is Kennedy, and I’m 20 years old (but if you ever ask me my age, it will take me some time to remember because I still think I’m younger than I actually am). I’m from South Jersey, I love anime and k-dramas, and I’ve always been known as the bookworm within my friend group. My current obsession is And The Trees Crept In, which is a lovely, haunting, and magical read by Dawn Kurtagich. My other favorite authors include Sarah J. Maas, Penelope Douglas, Kresley Cole, Marie Lu, and L.J. Smith. The one thing they all have in common, besides being amazing writers, are the strong female characters that they write. Give me your sarcastic, your flawed, your morally-gray—and I will fall in love with them immediately. These are the women I look up to, and the women I aspire to portray within my own stories. I’ve dreamt of being a writer since I was little, but it was seeing the impact of the Twilight series on the world that really cemented the idea for me. Creativity has always been one of my strongest traits, which is why designing custom Funko pops has become a hobby of mine.

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Guest Post – “Poppin” Bookshelves

The first custom Funko pops I ever made weren’t perfect—as first drafts never are, which every writer knows—but I still fell in love with the process and creativity of making them. I consider it my own form of fan art, since I’ve never been very good at drawing. The pops were of Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass, Feyre Archeron from A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Adeline Amouteru from The Young Elites. You can always tell which are my first custom pops because they have the worst eyebrows. I can barely even do my own. As everyone always says, practice makes perfect, and over a period of time, I bettered my techniques. Though I’d been asked before if I’d consider selling them, it wasn’t until several friends of mine asked me to make them pops for gifts that I realized it was an actual possibility.

As a bit of a perfectionist, I always thought that my pops were never truly ready to be sold. Until then. The feedback from my friends and family and just people who contact me through social media has been so amazing. I love being able to create a little piece of the world that readers fell in love with. My favorite part of making them is the vision—the less it looks like the original, the more I consider it a success. For example, Julian from The Forbidden Game who was made from a Karl Mordo figure and required a complete makeover. New skin tone, new hair, a silver rose. He was one of my first literary crushes, so I had to make sure I did him justice. Some of the smallest details are the most important (Feyre Archeron’s tattoos, Kaz Brekker’s scars, Blue Sargent’s colorful hair clips) when it comes to a character. After all, these tiny quirks are part of the reason we fall in love with them. I love when fans of a book are able to recognize right away exactly who a custom pop is meant to be. It means I’ve done my job.