redesigning popular book covers!+ bookish ramblings

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Welcome back to my itsy bitsy corner of the web! Today I am going to be redesigning a couple book covers and chatting about a couple of exciting things happening in the book world!!

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Cover One:

The first cover that came to mind when I first thought about redesigning covers was Caraval! I recently finished the second book in the trilogy and I am really amazed by the world-building. The original cover is pretty great, but I wanted to put my own spin on it!

Original Cover: Caraval (Caraval, #1)

 

My cover!

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Which one’s your favorite? I like them both! Onto the next cover!!

For the next cover, I decided randomly to do Warcross! I didn’t put any work really into this one. I was kind of lazy with it.

Original Cover:

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My Cover:

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So yeah! I will probably do this again soon! With much better covers. The warcross cover was not as good as the Caraval cover but yeah!

bookish ramblings!

So a lot of movie-related stuff is going on in the book world. Like, a lot.  I know I am late on talking about this but I will still talk about it so this post isn’t super short.

First of all SIX OF CROWS AND SHADOW AND BONE ARE GETTING A NETFLIX SERIES!!

So I am really excited about this because I really have enjoyed those two series but I am also really worried about it. Apparently, the two separate book series, set in different eras are somehow going to be combined together? I’m really confused about how they are doing the show. The cast looks mostly amazing. I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH KAZ AND THE DARKLINGS ACTORS like its perfect.

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(i love how epic this photoshoot is like wow it’s intense they are all just staring into my soul.)

 

 

 

There is a little controversy or should I say tEA about the casting, but we only focus on pOsItiViTy here in my wholesome little corner of the web 🙂

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The next bookish news is that there may be a LUNAR CHRONICLES MOVIE!!

If you are one of my old readers you may know that I used to be very obsessed with the lunar chronicles. I wanted a movie really badly. It does seem a little too late for a movie, but I am still excited. I hope it’s not a fLop. I hope they don’t smash all the books into one huge flop of a movie because that would just be depressing.

As a self-proclaimed book dragon, I always harshly critique movies based off of books. I have read over 1000 books in my lifetime and a great percentage of them have been turned into movies and tv shows. A lot of my childhood favorite books have been turned into annoying children’s TV programs, including; Pinkalicous, Fancy Nancy, Llama Llama, If you give a mouse a cookie and many more.

Not every book to film rendition has been bad, there are plenty of amazing movies based on books like Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn Dixie, The Chronicles of Narnia series and even some newer remakes like Wonder. Those all were wonderful! But some of them are not good at all, Like the Percy Jackson movie! I haven’t even watched that one but from many friends and other book dragons I have HIGHLY avoided the movie.

In conclusion, I am very excited that a lot of YA books are being turned into movies/tv shows. I am a little worried about the execution, but I’m sure they won’t be that bad!

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What are some books you would like to see as movies? What’s your least favorite book cover? If you could redesign any cover, which book would it be?

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ava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October wrap-up// + my birthday, books and NaNoWriMo!!

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web!  Today’s post is going to be all about how my October went! Let’s get started! Also sorry about this being late!!

October is actually my favorite month! The trees are filled with beautiful colors, the air is fresh and the scents and foods are just amazing!

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So October 27 was my birthday! I turned 14 and had a great day! My parents took me out by myself, and we went to this amazing taco restaurant. Then we went to this wacky candy store that had this really cool vintage aesthetic. It was really fun being the only child for the day because since I am the oldest and have three younger siblings, my parents don’t always have the time to focus on me and only me. So it was a great way to spend my birthday without my little siblings causing any trouble. I was still able to spend some time with my siblings once I got home, and my grandma was visiting so it was great!

But the best part was that one of my gifts from my parents was TICKETS TO SEE ANASTASIA!! If you haven’t heard from any of my other posts, I am a huge fan of musical theatre! I am super obsessed and about 89 percent of the things that come out of my mouth are references to musicals. Anastasia was my favorite childhood movie. I have always loved the vivid scenes and beautiful songs. SO I was thrilled to see that it had become a Broadway musical! I am so thankful that my parents bought me tickets to see it! The cast recording sounds amazing, and I am certain that seeing it live on stage will be wonderful.

I think I am seeing it in early February. It feels like a long time, but watching how fast the months have been going by, I don’t think it will be too long of a wait!

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I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to, but I still think I read some good ones!

Caraval (Caraval, #1) Verify (Verify #1) Opposite of Always Romanov

I also read various graphic novels and some animes!!

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I am really excited about Marissa Meyers’s book that just came out! Its the final book in the renegade’s trilogy and I cannot wait to read it!!

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sanders sides

Sanders Sides is a funny youtube series, that follows Thomas and his wacky personality as they solve every-day problems! My favorite character is Anxiety!

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song-writing

Recently I have gotten really into writing songs. It’s really calming for me and I feel like I am reaching a whole new creative space. I also feel like it’s my way of communicating with God.

drawing

After a bit of procrastination and saving, I finally bought these brush tip markers. They work really well and they have really helped me get back into art. Maybe I’ll do a sketchbook tour or an art dump sometime soon!

graphic novels/ comics

I usually don’t read too many graphic novels or comics, but recently I have and I love how quick they are to read. I also love beautiful art and different art styles, it really inspires me to draw. There’s a really good series called Nutmeg that features these two girls who go on baking adventures!

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And now it’s time for some NaNo excerpts!!

SO I’m really behind because I literally got grounded from NaNo (thanks to my tongue that really needs to control itself more) But, I am still enjoying it a lot! MY favorite character that I am writing is Leo, who is a pirate who loves singing with his birds and is a huge hopeless romantic! He rescues orphaned kids and trains them to become friendly pirates like him. Although Leo likes to refrain from bloodshed, he sometimes has to get a bit rough with other pirates. AT first, I was going to make him really tuff and stuff but I failed so now he’s just a soft boy xD

Leo went off to feed his birds. He loved his birds. They had beautiful wings and sung such sweet melodies.

“Good Morning Sunshine’s!” He sang the birds tweeted in response which brought a bright smile to his face.

He let out a soft sigh and walked over to his cabin. He opened the door and walked in, flopping onto his bed. He usually helped the kids clean, but he felt pretty exhausted, considering he had been sailing the ship all night. Although he was surrounded by his kids and his lovely birds, he often felt lonely. He knew it was probably because of all the romance novels he read, but he thought it would be quite lovely to have a wife- or someone to love him. It felt as if no one loved him. He sighed softly as he glanced out his small circle window. Sometimes he couldn’t believe he was a pirate. He acted more like a princess. Singing to birds? Dancing while cleaning? No wonder his father never liked him. He was too happy…? He sighed as he gazed out the window, watching the fluffy white clouds float through the air. 

I LOVE HIM AAAAAAAH!!

I also enjoy the other characters I’m writing, but Leo’s my favorite so far!

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Did you have a good October? I sure did! What was your favorite thing you read or did last month? Are you excited for November? What are you writing about for NaNo? How is it going so far? 

keep smiling,

ava!!

 

 

fun ways to prep for NaNoWriMo!!

 🍂it’s preptober!🍂

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happy preptober!! Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I’m finally back with another post! Today’s post is going to be all about fun ways to prep for NaNoWriMo! If you’re not doing NaNoWriMo but you are in the process of writing a book or want to write a book these activities are still fun to do!

lets get started!!

🍂Create a Pinterest board!

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Pinterest boards are a fun way to discover more about your story and your characters. It personally inspires me a lot and gives me more ideas about my novel!

  🍂create playlists for your character!

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creating playlists for your characters are soo much fun! It gets you thinking more about there personality and music taste. I really enjoyed doing this!

🍂 write a letter to your mc’s (main characters)

this is so much fun and just cool to do! basically you write a letter to one of your main characters! here’s one I wrote! I made mine a bit funny.

Dear Flora,

I want to start this letter off with a sorry. I’m sorry for all the stress, pain and chaos I am going to put you through. Not only will you lose your closest family member, but you will be in a love triangle and possibly hurt two men that you love. I did get carried away with adding agnst to your fate and I don’t think I am going to change the plot. I want to tell you sorry now before you get mad at me. Also, I’m probably making your life a trilogy. So, you might want to get over that now.

Your Creator,

Ava

🍂 do a get to know your oc challenge

This is honestly soo much fun and a great way to get to know your characters! click here for some prompts! Here’s one I did for my Main Character Quinn (still deciding on his name lol)

Pride and Prejudice: What’s your OC’s dream job? Vet

War and Peace: What’s your OC’s favourite colour? Sky Blue

As I Lay Dying: What does your OC put on their pizza? Pineapple and Mushrooms

The Great Gatsby: What is your OC’s favourite type of weather? Sunny, the perfect weather for gardening

Tom Sawyer: Who’s your OC’s best friend? Flora

Wuthering Heights: Does your OC have any nicknames? How did they get them? Yes, Q is his nickname, he got it from his friend flora

Diary of Anne Frank: Is your OC a morning person or a night owl? Morning person

Lord of the Flies: What’s the easiest way to annoy your OC? Talk too much

Great Expectations: Is your OC a fighter or a flighter? Fighter

To Kill a Mockingbird: Does your OC have any triggers? What? Depressing things. Dark things.

East of Eden: What is the state of your OCs bedroom? Super organized to the point of concern.

The Bell Jar: What’s the worst injury your OC has ever had? A deep gash in the arm

Moby-Dick: Is your OC right-handed or left-handed? Right Handed

1984: Does your OC like themselves? Most of the time, but focuses on others more than himself.

Frankenstein: How does your OC sleep at night? Not too well.

🍂 and now lets talk about my novel

sOOOOOO, speaking of NaNoWriMo, I thought I would talk a little bit about the novel I’m writing during the 30 days of stress (aka NaNoWriMo) So I’m going to be writing about a princess who wants to be a writer who sails the seven seas, a royal gardener’s son who is training to be a knight so he can protect the one he loves and a brooding pirate boi who likes to collect parrots and other birbs.

that’s all I’m sharing for now!! I am going to post more about it later!! if you want to be buddies on the NaNoWriMo website then add me! my username is ava_inspired !!

🍂 REACAAAAP🍂

Thanks so much for reading todays post! I hope you guys enjoyed it! I am so excited for my novel and I am really motivated and I think nano might actually work this year because I am finally planning more than just coming up with a random idea and hoping my brain will vomit some words into the blank word document lol.

🍂 lets buzz🍂

Are you doing NanoWrimo this year? Describe your book in a blank meets blank format! What is your favorite thing about one of your ocs?

keep smiling!

ava🍂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July recap// books, goals and me wondering how its already almost the end of summer

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So I just realized that it’s August 6th and I am kind of freaking out.

I feel like summer just started and now its already about to end. And guys, This is the last summer of the 2010s next summer will be a roaring 20s summer. Isn’t that crazy?

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Anyways, it’s a new month and you know what that means! A monthly recap!

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Books I read last month

If your one of my regular readers then you may be aware that I am obsessed with books! I read quite a lot of great books this month! Here they are!!

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn . To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka  Mya's Strategy to Save the World by Tanya Lloyd Kyi Braced by Alyson Gerber Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

My favorite books I read out of all of these is probably I love you so Mochi. Its a cute and unique book and I loved it! Totally would reread if I didn’t have so many books on my TBR list!

Speaking of TBR list, here are some books I hope I have the time to read this month:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) The Boy Who Steals Houses The Downstairs Girl  I Wanna Be Where You Are 

 goals

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study french

☆read ten books (i need to stop reading so many books in one month)

☆ get more consistent with blogging

☆create a new insta feed

☆go back to book club (i miss ittt)

☆prepare for more school work ( in the summer we do less school work)

☆see a musical 

☆stop obsessing over tom holland ( partially done)

☆work on finishing my book

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☆ Kermit memes 

☆ marvel

☆ hadestown the musical ( ITS REALLY GOOD OMG)

☆ vans ( I ACTUALLY JUST GOT SOME)

☆ books

☆ denim jackets

☆ saying the word yeet

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July was an awesome month, I can’t wait to see all the great things I can accomplish this month! What are your goals for august? What things are you looking forward to?
Thanks for reading today’s post and have a great day!
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The 3 bookish things tag (me rambling about books, authors and other stuff bibliophiles talk about)

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I really wanted to write something bookish today but had no idea what to write about, so I stumbled across this amazing tag by one of the most legendary books bloggers/ authors, @paperfury (aka C.G Drews) Its called the 3 bookish things tag, and basically its a tag where you write three bookish answers to a bunch of different bookish questions!

Speaking of bookishness (is that even a word? XD) I really have missed being a book blogger, as much as I love making lifestyle posts I think I’m going to go back to being a book blogger! The book community is so fun and its a lot more enjoyable for me, I feel happier when I write bookish posts and I don’t feel like I’m comparing myself to others as much. What do you guys prefer to see on my blog?

Anyways, enough of my rambling let’s start the tag!

3 Favorite Authors

This is honestly a really hard question. There are so many amazing authors and I find new ones every day, but I guess my 3 all-time favorites are;

Marissa Meyer: Because the worlds and the characters she crafts are amazing. also, the lunar chronicles are just too amazing

Leigh Burdugo: I have one word for you (actually three words) SIX OF CROWS! I also love how all of her books have diverse characters! Its really hard to find interesting books that represent lots of different races, and Leigh nails that.

Marie Lu: because WARCROSS IS AMAZINGLY AWESOME (wildcard kind of let me down though)

3 Weirdest things used as a Bookmark

To be honest I don’t use bookmarks often because I usually read a book in one stand, meaning I spend the whole day reading a book which probably is very unhealthy but sometimes it’s worth it! (I read the whole To all the boys I loved before series in like three hours with no breaks)

Marker/pen/paper: I use these the most because I always have one on me.

Another book: surprisingly it works pretty well!

Sock: I have no comment XD

3 Series Binged

Lunar Chronicles: When I found out about this series, almost all the books were out already, so it was super easy to binge read. This series is honestly so amazing.

Shadow and Bone: These books surprisingly took longer to read than The Lunar chronicles, despite the books were a bit shorter.

To all the Boys I loved before: Like I mentioned before I read all the three books in less than 4 hours. The series is such a page-turner and probably one of the first ya “Romance” Series I actually finished.

3 Characters YOU LOVE

So I don’t know if she meant, characters you ship yourself with or characters you love (like platonically) SO I’m just gonna list both.

Carswell Thorne-The Lunar Chronicles: I’m sure we all are in love with him, let me just say that.

Kaz Brekker- Six of Crows: Again, who isn’t in love with him

Anne Shirley-Anne of Green Gables: Anne has always been one of my favorite characters! She is clever, fun and so imaginative. I can relate to her so much.

 

3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

 Before I share these I just want to beg you to please not come and kill me. I am not trying to offend anyone, these are just my thoughts.

Harry Potter seems overrated: I feel like almost every bookish person loves this series and I personally don’t get the huge appeal. (please don’t hurt me)

I feel like POC aren’t represented a lot: Now I know there are plenty of great books with POC, but I feel like the types of genres I like to read don’t represent them enough. Or like the only books with them in it that get so popular are the books like “The Hate You Give.” I have a hard time finding cute, fluffy ya books that feature POC, that don’t overly focus on race.

Too much cursing in books is kind of annoying: I find it really annoying when I’m reading a book and the characters curse/ cuss so much. For some characters, Its a part of their voice, or their talking style, and I guess that’s okay. But its really annoying when there are 5 cuss words on each page. Is that really how normal teens talk all the time?

3 Favorite Book Covers

in which ava is too lazy to rebel and collect pictures of all the book covers she loves

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)   The Tea Dragon Society Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

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Thanks for reading this post! I tag anyone who needs something to blog about, or is obsessed with bookish stuff like I am! What are your Top Three go-to reads? What are some books that are on your TBR List? Do you like my bookish posts?

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