Hi bibliophiles. Yes, I am still around, I have not given up on the blog even though my last post was about two months ago… Let’s just say things got super busy and I kind of needed a break you know? #introvertproblems

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Keeping a blog up to date and making sure that every post is as interesting as possible is really difficult. Creating content takes time and it can be draining after a while. And then there is the issue of the reading slump that has been creeping up on me more often lately and is probably the main reason I haven’t been blogging. That and the internet; I get distracted by Facebook and Tumblr all the time.

But I am back and I’ve got some new plans for Under the Midnight Sky. Over the last few months the review pile has been growing. I’ve gotten so many books from various publishers it has become overwhelming and there is absolutely no way I can read them all myself.

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It bothers me so much that I can’t read every book that comes my way so just to make sure that the books are read and reviewed I have decided to get a couple of guest bloggers on board who are keen on helping me with the load. So over the next month or so I’ll be introducing them as the reviews come in.

I also want to start posting my creative writing more regularly. In the past few months the only things I’ve really been able read is poetry and it has been rather inspiring. But you guys know how it goes, I am always my harshest critic and posting my own work is going to be a huge challenge. I’m trying to suck it up and just bite the damn bullet so I’ll couple of pieces every now and then.

Another thing I need to do is redesign this blog. I am starting to feel like it is no longer a true representation of who I am. So if you’re a web-designer please let me know. I just don’t have the time to do these thing myself anymore…

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Currently reading:

I am slowly finding my way out of the reading slump and I am hoping that these two books will help. (I’ve been reading them since June though…)

Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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