1 Year Blog-iversary

You read that right!! Its the one year aniversay of me starting this blog!!

Now, my first blog post – Tips on Creating a Language – wasn’t technically posted until October 5th, which was also the day I posted my first book review for Splintered by A.G. Howard. But since today is the anniversary of the blog’s creation, its the day I feel like celebrating!!! It really seems like much longer since I posted that, after all, this blog has a lot of content on it (not counting the last two months where it has had very little because of school!) for a grand total of two hundred and eighty eight posts!!!

Its been a really wild year, and I’ve greatly enjoyed sharing it with all of you, so thank you for that. And the best news? School is really settling down so you can expect to see much more of me over the coming weeks.

So lets make this next year as good as the last!!!!


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When the Moon Was Ours

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Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publication Date: October 4
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

Gay witches. Do I need to say more?


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Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 9
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true 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 define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

You may have noticed that I love Alice in Wonderland. Absolutely love it.

The Get to Know Me Tag

Tag Thursday

No one tagged me to do this, but I found it a while ago on Alyssa is Reading.

Vital Stats

Name: Camryn

Nicknames: Cam

Birthday: February 3

Star Sign: Aquarius

Occupation: College Student


Hair Colour:blonde

Hair Length: shoulder

Eye Color: Brown

Best Feature: My eyes

Braces: Gone, thank goodness!!

Piercings: One in each ear

Tattoos: None

Right or Left: Right


Best friend: Cameron from Daycare. There were actually three kids with a variation of the name “Cameron” (I was the only one spelled Camryn) that were all born within a month of each other at my daycare.

Award: I’m sure it had to do with reading.

Sport: Horseback riding (then T-Ball, Ballet, Karate, and Ice Skating)

Real holiday: I have no clue.

Concert: Muse


Film: I have no idea.

TV Show: Classic Scooby Doo

Color: Purple

Song: Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon has a very special meaning to me, but I also love “Don’ Rain on my Parade”.

Restaurant: I don’t know.

Shop: Union Avenue Books

Books: Tolkien

Shoes: Sandals or anything comfy (I do not like Tennis shoes though) or anything that fits my tiny feet). I have to wear Narrow Width shoes.


Feeling: Excited

Single or Taken: do fictional characters count?

Eating: I just finished a Subway Sandwitch

Thinking about: The cat thats trying to fight my foot.

Watching: My mom and I have been marathoning Agents of Shield

Wearing: Winnie the Pooh Shirt


Want children: No

Want to be married: Maybe

Careers in mind: Research Librarian or Museum Guide

Where you want to live: A big house with enough land to have a horse.

Do you believe in….

God: Yes

Miracles: Yes.

Love at first sight: No.

Ghosts: I’ve two and experienced another so yes.

Aliens: I think its completely probable. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clark

Soul Mates: No?

Heaven: Yes

Hell: Yes

Kissing on the first date: No. I dated a guy for six months and never kissed him.

Yourself: Most of the time

This is Our Story

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Author: Ashley Elston
Publication Date: November 15
Publisher: Disney Press

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend, Grant; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous-more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone-the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot-she realizes that nothing about the case-or the boys-is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all-and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line including her own.

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

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Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Publication Date: November 8
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she’s a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she’s driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom’s ex-best friend. It’s not like Jess wasn’t invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise!

Luckily, Jess isn’t making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe—nicknamed Chunk—is joining her.

Along the way, Jess and Chunk learn a few things about themselves—and each other—which call their feelings about their relationship into question.

As someone with Trans friends, I’m always excited when I see books with trans characters because I want to read them a) so I can recommend them to my friends, and b) to help me understand them better.

This one throws in the “life changing road trip” trope that I am all here for, so its definitely going on my TBR

Novels of Ideas

I stumbled across a lovely phrase that really stuck with me in a Crash Course video the other day: Novels of Ideas.

A novel of ideas (which I shall be calling NOI for the sake of simplicity), according to John Green, is a novel that is “primarily about its ideas” rather than being about the story itself. This includes books such as William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, George Orwell’s 1984, and many more. Now what do all of these books have in common besides being a NOI? I hate them.

“A novel of ideas is only as good or as bad as its ideas.”

– John Green

I must agree with the above sentiment from John Green, which is expressed in the video that inspired this blog post/rant/discussion. A NOI is, after all, written to teach a moral and therefore is better to be read in philosophy class rather than read for fun. It wants to teach you something, is a genre (overwhelming) written by old white males, and is (thankfully) going out of style in more recent years. It seems that today NOI are being published overwhelmingly in the Christian Literature genre. In these novels there is a very easy to find ‘flaw’ in the main character, and, once it is resolved, she (because that is almost always who the main character is) is able to settle down with a Good Christian husband and lead a Good Christian life. This is a bit different from NOI where often there were religious themes, however, there was seldom such a happy ending. (Please don’t think I’m mocking any religion by comparing it to NOI, I am not, I am however, not a fan of Christian Lit.)

Another thing that could be compared to NOI (and, for that matter, Christian Lit) are the ancient epics which tell tales of humanity and its many, many, many flaws (take for example The Odyssey by Homer where the main character messes up constantly, has PTSD, murders a ton of people, and is still regarded as a great hero). Epics were written to tell tales, but at the same time they were meant to teach important lessons (because many ancient religions lacked a ‘main’ religious text similar to The Bible or the Quran, people had to read into the texts to see how they were supposed to act. As such you could justify almost any action in Ancient Greece, including sleeping with your mother (I’m looking at you Oedipus).

I believe a NOI is not the same as a satire. A NOI takes itself very seriously and thinks it is an interesting work, a satire, on the other hand, does not take itself too seriously (on the outside), and knows when to take a break from the lesson and throw in some fun. At the end of the day the author of a novel of ideas is – for better or for worse – trying to impose their moral views on you rather than just tell you a story.

“Some books are undeservedly forgotten. None are undeservedly remembered.”

– W.H. Auden

Is that a bad thing? Of course not, there are many books that both tell a story and teach a lesson. Harry Potter by JK Rowling comes to mind. Harry Potter is, at its core, a book about the most true form of magic: friendship and love. But very few would argue that it is not still a good story. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien teaches about the value of friendship and over coming differences and the strengths of the underdog. George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire teaches the very true lesson that incest will not end well and rape will be ignored as long as the perpetrator is a good looking or powerful man. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins manages to tackle some of the same issues as 1984 – like governmental power and media bias and corruption – and still tell a very interesting story at the same time.

So, now for the big question: what do you think about a so-called Novel of Ideas?