How Joining The Book Blogging World Changed The Way I Read

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
How Book Blogging Changed My Reading Habits

Becoming a book blogger has affected my bookish life in many ways. For example going to the library.

I used to just wander through the library looking for a book to read.


Occasionally I had a book in mind but normally I'd just pick a couple books that interested me, but after becoming immersed in the book blogging world I began to pay more attention to upcoming anticipated releases. So now I read mostly newer books, while before the release dates of the books I checked out were scattered far and wide. Now I spend a lot of time at the new books shelves.

Rereading books I loved before I became a book blogger is normally disappointing.


My standards have gotten higher. A lot higher. Before I so rarely found a book I disliked, but these days that's become a much more common occurrence. Now I often think about the rating as I read, and note things I dislike or like about the book. Basically I scrutinize the book much more than before.

I don't reread as much, before as much as 1/3 of the books I read each year were rereads.


Now however being exposed to so many more book everyday my TBR is 100x longer than it was before so now I read mostly new books rather then rereading.

When I started a blog I didn't expect it to impact my life so much, but it has.


And all of it's been good (okay maybe staying up late cause I have a post I just NEED to write this instant, or stressing over coding problems aren't exactly fun) but I love everything about blogging. I am so happy and grateful that found this corner of the world web.

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First Blogiversary + Giveaway {Closed}

Sunday, March 20, 2016
My First Blogiversary & Giveaway

The moment has finally arrived! It's actually quite overwhelming to finally be here. Quartzfeather is one year old today! Honestly I can't believe it, when I started Quartzfeather a year ago I couldn't dream that it'd be like it is today. One blogging category change, one name change, and a ton of design progress later we're finally here.

I'm immensely grateful to every beautiful human who takes the time to read my blog. It is so amazing to know people actually like the stuff I write. So to thank you I'm doing a giveaway...

This is my very first time hosting a giveaway like this, so provided I'm a tad nervous. The prize is a completely free custom blog design from yours truly. Now I must warn you I'm no coding goddess like Ashley from Nosegraze (btw who just redid her design and blew my mind again!) but I have some experience and have recently just designed a blog that's not my own, you can find the details in my portfolio.

Rules

  • You must be 13 or older or have parent permission to enter.
  • You must have a blog or website of some sort or at least one planned for launch.
  • Your blogging platform must be blogger.
  • Any graphics used in the design will be paided for by you. (I will pass them by you before they are purchased)
  •  Also keep in mind I'm not creating a new template just a design.

Giveaway

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The Wrath & The Dawn "Starring Shahrzad The Sassy, The Brave And The Stubborn" {Book Review}

Monday, March 7, 2016
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh Review

I have no words, simply no words. It's been a long while since I've been so captivated by a book. The Wrath and The Dawn is a perfect example of masterful storytelling. On a side note her descriptions of food are amazing.

AMAZON|GOODREADS|BOOK DEPOSITORY

Title: The Wrath & The Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, YA, Romance
Source: Library

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.


Rating

★★★★★

Favorite Quote

“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.” 


I loved, loved The Wrath and The Dawn. The characters are fantastic, the world building is amazing. I can’t explain how much I enjoyed this book.


If you didn’t already know The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights which is basically a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian fairytales. So technically The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling of a retelling.

So technically The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of a retelling

Either way I read the original story (A Thousand and One Nights) and loved it, so of course I was more than up for reading a retelling of it.

Even though The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling I felt like it was a whole new story. It adds so many layers and new depth to the (sorta) original tale.

I positively adored the characters, well most of them at least. But my favorite by far was Khalid. Now for all you guys who haven't read The Wrath & The Dawn yet and are thinking that I’m a loon, you’ll understand once you read it. Shahrzad is also an amazing character, she’s so sassy,  brave and stubborn. (My favorite character combo)

Spoilers
Oh My Thor that ending. You. Did. Not. Just do that. *cries* Why must my OTP be torn apart like that. The world is evil. {End of Spoiler}

Also the romance was just perfection, not to fast not to slow. Just a perfectly slow burn. Also the mystery surrounding the palace and the boy king was so woeful yet wonderful. It kept me glued to the the pages as I so desperately wanted to know why Khalid was marrying and executing all those poor girls.


final thoughts


All in all I think I've discovered a new favorite. I am seriously dying for the next book. I need to get my hands on The Rose And The Dagger!!! I'm gonna try for an ARC (if they're giving them out) but being the tiny pip squeak blogger I am, I doubt I'll get one. But one can't help but hope. So in conclusion this books is the most beautiful book ever and you have have no excuse not to read it.

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Waiting On Wednesday: March 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Heartless by Marissa Meyer WOW

HEARTLESS
By Marissa Meyer

Publication Date: November 9th 2016

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. 

A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true
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attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. 

Cath is determined to defineher own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Waiting On Wednesday is link-up hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I adored The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer's first series) so of course I need Heartless. Also the story sounds positively spectacular. I mean THAT summary. Though I have to admit the cover is a tad disappointing. 
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