The Four Agreements: A Summary

    This post is in correspondence with my review of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, which will go up on Wednesday. However, I loved the book and idea so much that I'm going to summarize the four agreements and how you can apply them to day to day life. Honestly, I plan to start following these, as I believe they could greatly improve my life and generally make me happier and more accepting of myself and others.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

  • Nonfiction, Holocaust, Psychology
  • 14+ for complex ideas and theories
  • Published 1945

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

     So, seeing as I start school in about a month and I still have tons of summer work to do, my creativity is currently down in the dumps. However, I realized that I needed a post and decided to google some fun book blog tags. From there I clicked the first one I saw (laziness at it's finest!) which lead me to Brin's Book Blog, and now we're here! So enjoy my post and be warned, I happen to be very weird, so the answers reflect that. 

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
by Roger Lancelyn Green

  • Classic, Fiction, Fantasy, YA
  • 13+ for violence and complex plots
  • Published March 1st, 1995 by Puffin

5 Ways to Procrastinate Productively: Pro Tips From a Lazy Overacheiver

     Everybody knows that feeling. You have something you really need to do but you don't feel like it at the moment so you'll do literally ANYTHING else to avoid it.
 "Go do your homework!"
"Sorry mom I can't I'm cleaning my room!" 
Does this sound familiar to you? Of course it does because we've all done it at one point or another. But the true question is, are we being productive or wasting our time procrastinating what we'll inevitably have to do anyway? Well, I'm going to give you tips on how to successfully procrastinate while also doing productive things to improve your blog.

  • Mess around on Twitter
  •      This is what I do instead of work, and it's actually helped a lot. I've increased my following by about 150%, found some amazing bloggers, and also got an invitation to connect with an author with 37 books, 1 of which is being filmed! Honestly, I'm so happy that I decided to mess with Twitter, and found the amazing blogs I did. If you're going to go on social media anyway, at least go pretend to be productive on Twitter, it actually works!

  • Write a stupid/funny post (like I'm doing right now)

  •      I mean, you had to post anyway, why not make a post that you can schedule for a day. That's one less post to write later, and you'll have fun doing it. Like honestly doing this right now takes almost no thinking and is actually pretty relaxing. Who doesn't like to read a funny post every once in a while on a blog that's always serious? (who am I kidding, I'm almost never serious) Anyways, these are the perfect types of posts to draw attention to your blog, as they're easy and typically unique. How many posts do you know of detailing how to be productive while procrastinating? I don't think I've ever heard of one, much less read one.

  • Read
  •      Now, if you're like me, you're possibly avoiding reading at this very minute. Honestly, while I'm writing this the book I'm supposed to read for school is sitting next to me on the coach. But, sometimes you're supposed to write a review or read that ARC and you Just. Can't. Do. It. I understand that, which is why I prefer to put that book down and read a random story for a little while, preferably Harry Potter, to get my mind off the stress that's weighing me down. This way, when you go back to what you're actually supposed to be doing your mind will be a lot clearer than before. Also, bonus if it's a story you've never read you have a book to write a book review on, or even if it's an old one you can update an old review.

  • Make a to-do list
  •     This may not be the most entertaining task on this list, but it's definitely helpful. Whether you write down the tasks on your phone or make a full fledged color-coded calendar, it's all the same. Once you've written down everything you need to do, you'll be a lot more motivated to actually work. It could also inspire you, allowing you to work faster and possibly write a blog post.

  • Read other blogs
  •      I love looking through other blogs, not only to make new friends or find new books, but also for inspiration. I confess that I steal ideas from other blogs, but I typically put my own spin on them. Sometimes while I'm looking through them I'll notice a really tiny detail and write my own post about that detail. Overall, stalking blogs is as a great way to find inspiration and friends (not that I have much experience with those).

    Press Kits 101

         Now, while I've never written a book, and most definitely never published one, I have had quite the experience with press kits. Throughout my years of blogging (it's been 5 years, I can't believe it!) I've worked with authors, publicity agents and even publishers of various backgrounds, all of which had a different approach to pitching a book. However, one of the best things I've seen across the board is those who pitch a book and include a press kit. Now, if you don't know what a press kit is, it's basically a compilation of all basic information and materials a reviewer, publisher, etc. might need when dealing with your book. While the items vary there are a couple basic items that I wish all authors would include when requesting a review. So, without further ado, let's get started on what goes inside a press kit and how to go about making one.