## Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 \\ My goal, playlist and plans for April

Hello Book Ravens!

So Camp NaNoWriMo is coming in April, and I think I might actually participate this year. Generally speaking, I prefer November NaNo, but I have a certain idea I’ve been really into writing lately, so I’m giving it a go!

So here’s my writing goals, my playlist and a rough idea of my story.

## The Cheesiest Book Tag \\ possibly the most fun tag I’ve ever seen

Hello Book Ravens!

I was debating what to write for my Wednesday post, and then I came across this tag and it was so much fun! I found it at Thrice Read and I like how they answered the questions, so I decided to try it myself!

I also liked how they formatted the tag. I’ve always had trouble finding a good way to write tags so they read nicely, and they did it so well! So I borrowed it.

## Absent Parents \\ Tackling Tropes

Hello Book Ravens!

So apparently, in YA, everyone over the age of thirty is dead. Or missing. Or evil. And what are these “parents” you speak of?

Let’s be honest: a lot of YA characters could seriously use a parental figure around. So where are they? Why do authors exclude them? Do we even need them?

## Pink Cloud Candles \\ the story behind Megan, her candle shop, this community and why you should think before you type

Hello Book Ravens,

If you’ve been on bookstagram in the past few months, you probably know the basics of this situation. If not, let me explain and fill you in.

A bit of a disclaimer first: I was not personally involved, and so I cannot speak from experience, and also this isn’t exactly an uplifting story. In fact, I almost don’t know how to write this.

## This or That Book Tag

Hello Book Ravens!

I’m not going to lie – I’m writing this post in a bit of a hurry. I want to be able to keep to my schedule and still watch movies with my family, and I’m high-key typing faster than I have in years.

…which explains why I chose a book tag and not a thought-provoking book review or a debatable discussion (do I ever make those??)

I liked the looks of this tag, and I was not tagged by anyone.

The creator was ayundabhuwana’s blog, and I’m tagging Tyr @ The Perks of Being a Nerd and Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings (do you do tags? I don’t actually know)

Hello Book Ravens!

So Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up in April, and I plan to participate.

NaNoWriMo always gets me excited because everyone talks about it, and I love hearing about others stories! Fantasy, contemporary, magical realism, unknown, etc. I always get so excited about other writers!

But I also feel kind of cut off from it, because I don’t talk about my writing. Not that I don’t want to! I do love talking about it! I’m just a bit paranoid.

## Book Documentaries I Want to be Made \\ Netflix Where Art Thou?

Hello Book Ravens!

Ever since watching CNN’s documentary on the Kennedy’s (which I highly recommend, BTW) I’ve been on a big documentary kick. Netflix obviously has tons, CNN has a few, and I think Hulu might have one or two.

And while I can find shows for food, lifestyle, travel, history, cultural people, nature…I don’t see any of books.

And that got me thinking: Netflix should make documentaries for the bibliophiles of the world. And I have a few ideas.

## Homeschoolers \\ Tackling Tropes

Hello Book Ravens!

I’ve been meaning to talk about tropes more, as it’s one of the topics I get most annoyed passionate about.

Why is today the day to start? Well, I’m in a particularly salty mood and I have no idea why. So why not go on a bit of a rant?

I am a homeschooler, and the homeschoolers in YA… are not great. It’s one of my most hated tropes right now,

So let me explain why – and I’ll even give you some tips for writing homeschooled characters!

## Popular Authors That I Have Never Read \\ AKA the shameful side of my TBR

Hello Book Ravens!

It’s not unknown that I’m not very good at keeping up with new releases. I read rather slowly, and because I’m trying to read all the cool new books coming out* I tend to forget about older, popular releases.

So I figured I’d make a list – because maybe some of these books are horrible and I dodged a bullet…or maybe I’ve totally missed out on the best book ever.**

*why are there so many?

**unlikely, but you never know

## The Upside of Unrequited \\ Spoiler-Free Review

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate edition)