January Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! January is finally over! It seemed like it lasted forever, and I’m excited for February to begin. I’m going to hit the ground running and be better at posting on time for my blogs, read more in my free time, and actually memorize my music for my school’s musical! I only read one book this month (I know… boooo). Let’s get into what happened last month and my plans this month!

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SST: Interview with Lianne Oelke (Author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner)

Hello everyone! Today, I am thrilled to have Lianne Oelke (author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner) on my blog as a part of Sunday Street Team! Nice Try, Jane Sinner was one of my most anticipated releases in 2018, and I’m so thrilled to be able to interview her. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview!

1. Have you always been a writer?

Nope! I grew up loving books, but I never thought I was smart or skilled enough to become an author. It turns out that effort is worth a lot more than innate talent when it comes to writing. One of the first things I wrote for myself was LOTR fanfic in the 8th grade. I started a handful of novels in university, but never followed through with them. JANE SINNER was different. Because the story is so personal (and hilarious, at least to myself), I found myself strangely motivated to see it through.

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When We Wonder by Fatima AlSuwaidi {Book Review}

I received this book from Fatima AlSuwaidi in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions.

32990166When We Wonder is a journey through love and pain, hurt and healing. This collection of poetry and prose explore the different aspects of self-struggle and self-discovery, and all the things that make us wonder.

When I was emailed by Fatima asking if I would review When We Wonder, I was immediately interested. After reading other collections like The Princess Saves Herself in This OneLove, and YouMilk and Honey, and We Carry The Sky, I became interested in reading other poetry collections. Especially because Fatima AlSuwaidi is self-published and a diverse author! What I didn’t know is that When We Wonder would soon become one of my favorite poetry collections.

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YouTube’s New Policy and The Book Community (+List of Booktubers to Follow)

If you’ve seen some hubbub on Twitter, it may be because of Youtube’s new monetization policy. Monetization basically means that Youtubers can earn money from views. The policy before was that you only need 10,000 total views to be able to monetize. Their new policy is that channels must have 1,000+ subscribers and 4,000 hours of views in the past year. (Psst: Most of my information was taken from here if you would like to read more on it).

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Happy (Late) Second Blogiversary to Curlyhairbibliophile! (Thank Yous, Accomplishments,Goals for 2018, and Giveaway!)

Two years ago, I sat down at my kitchen table and opened up WordPress.com. My New Year’s Resolution was to start a blog and maybe keep it going. It has been two years, and I’m so happy to report Curlyhairbibliophile is still going strong! I’ve accomplished quite a bit this year so here’s a post commemorating that!

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My Top Six Favorite Reads of 2017

2017 is a wrap! What a year! While I didn’t read all the books I was hoping to, I did read 45 books. Among those 45, I read so many new favorites. All of them are pretty much contemporaries because 2017 contemporaries were AMAZING. Hopefully my 2018 reads include more fantasy/sci-fi!

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Santa Clause is Coming to Town!// Six Books on My Wishlist This Christmas

The Holiday Season is around the corner! I’m finally off school for the break, and I can’t wait for life to slow down. I’m a Christian so my family celebrates Christmas. In today’s post, I’m going to talk about six books I want this Christmas!

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

One day after a Chemistry test I was watching Ariel Bissett while I was waiting for the rest of the class to finish. I had actually never heard of this book before until this video, and now I know I need this book. It sounds like such a cute book, and I’m really hoping I receive it for Christmas!

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Where Have I Been?//September, October, and November Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone! It’s been such a long time since I posted; hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me! I’ve been incredibly busy these past few months, so I decided to wrap everything up in one massive blog post!

Books I Read in The Months of September, October, and November

To be honest with you, I haven’t been reading much these past few months. A reading slump caught me off guard, and my work load and social life have greatly increased this year.

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SST: “Why I Created Brooding YA Hero” Guest Post by Carrie Ann DiRisio

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled today to be apart of the Sunday Street Team blog tour from Brooding YA Hero! Today, author Carrie Ann DiRisio will be guest posting telling us why she created Brooding YA Hero. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did!

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Learning to Love the Unlikeable Character// Guest Post by Grace from Inlustris Reads

Hello everyone! On my blog, I wanted to invite some people to guest post to get some new voices on Curlyhairbibliophile! Today, Grace from Inlustris Reads is going to be sharing a post about learning to love the unlikeable character. Enjoy!

Hello, beautiful people! It feels so weird knowing that this is reaching a whole new audience, but here goes! Hi, I’m Grace and I write over at Inlustris Reads, I like weird art and cats and fantasy novels.  Recently I’ve been thinking about unlikeable characters and how it can seem, as a collective YA community, that we expect so much from our characters in the books we read. Why is that?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Reading Young Adult

Hello everyone! Needless to say, my opinions in books has drastically changed since I first started blogging. If you go in the deep, dark trenches of my early Goodreads books, you’ll see almost all of these books. To save you the hassle, I thought I’d just list them here. Let’s get started!

 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Who didn’t love these books in late 2010-2013? I remember so vividly when the movie was released. The Hunger Games was one of the first books I read that I truly fell in love with. Looking back, a 5th grader (aka me) probably shouldn’t be reading books like that so young. Although, I’m thankful I did because I probably wouldn’t be the reader I am today.

2. John Green’s Books

Ah, Mr. John Green, many of my first Young Adult reads were his books. I started with The Fault in Our Stars first, and then I read the rest of them (except for An Abundance of Katherines. I DNFed it).

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Many of these books are such basic YA books that pretty much everyone read. Divergent was no different. My Divergent obsession hit hard. I even dressed up with my friends for the midnight premiere of the movie; I dressed up as Dauntless. Looking back, I don’t think Divergent was even that great of a book. Especially later on in the trilogy with Insurgent and Allegiant. I’m just thankful for it because I wouldn’t be that big of a reader now.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments was one of the first YA series that I really loved. Again, I don’t think I would have liked them if I had read them now. However, I’m so glad I did because it really helped me get more into YA books.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

Unlike the other series/authors on this list, I still really love Marie Lu. All of her books are quite different from the other, and I’m glad she was one of the first YA authors I read.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay was one of the first YA contemporaries I read besides John Green’s books. I actually read it right after I finished Harry Potter and I DEVOURED it.

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Looking back, the representation in this book definitely isn’t very good. However, this was one of the first contemporaries that I read when I first dove into my love for YA. I even crossed out all the swearing in the book :).

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I remember when I first read this I loved it so much. It was right before the movie came out so everyone was very hyped about the series. However, I’m not as much of a fan as I was three years ago. I’m glad I read it all those years ago, but I don’t think I’d ever reread it or read any more of James Dashner’s books.

9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I actually picked up Delirium after a friend recommended it to me! I honestly don’t remember much about the trilogy (I haven’t even read a Lauren Oliver book since then).

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Unlike some of the other books on this list, I still adore this book very much. I think it’s such a wonderful story with a great message.

One difference in my reading now and then is that I read so much more contemporaries now. I also read quite a bit more diverse novels. I’m glad that these books were my roots, but I’m so happy with the books I read now! 

What were some books you read when you first started reading? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know down in the comments!

-Liv

August Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to September! *Pumpkin Spice Lattes increase*. I hope you all had a wonderful last month of summer. Sadly, I only read three books this month. However, I had an incredibly busy month as you’ll see by my ‘What Did I Do In The Month of July’. Let’s get into what I did and read in August!

Books I Read in The Month of August

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ★★★★/5
  • Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik ★★★★/5
  • The Color of Water by James McBride ★★★★/5

What Did I Do In The Month of August?

  • I visited New York City to see Great comet with Gretchen from chicnerdreads! It was so much fun. Great Comet is my ultimate favorite musical, and I was so glad to see it live finally. You can see some of my pictures on this blog post! Click Here!
  • I flew to Oklahoma! My mom and I needed to help my brother move in for college, so we went with him.
  • While we were in Oklahoma, we saw Ed Sheeran in concert 🙂
  • I started school! I’m trying to get adjusted to the new school year, but I’m really liking my new school so far.
  • ALSO: I’m selling some of my slightly used belongings on Depop. If you’re interested, this is the link to get to my online store!
  • ALSO PT. 2: I’m trying to win a competition to get Miss Saigon on Broadway tickets. For every person that clicks on my link, I get points. You literally can just open the link, and exit out of it right away; it just takes you to the Miss Saigon website. Click Here For My Link!

What’s In-Store for September? 

  • I’m volunteering at a theatre Sept. 9th! They needed help painting and organizing, so I thought it’d be fun!
  • I’m seeing a local production of Addams Family on Sept. 30th! It’s a dinner theatre, so I’m really excited to see how it’s done.

What (Might) I Be Reading In September?

  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

What did you do in the month of August? Did you read anything you really enjoyed? What do you have coming up in September?

-Liv