Quick Update: Dedicating this Space to Book Blogging

Hey everyone just a quick update for all of you!

After a lot of thinking, I’ve decided that at this point in my life, I can’t manage an “everything” kind of blog. To prove my point I haven’t even made any fashion, make-up or life posts yet… and I’ve had this blog for eight months. Yeah.

So, Curtsy to The Queen will be a book blog for now. I would like to expand in the future (either on here or with another blog) but I’m about to start college in September and I know that I won’t be able to make content worthy of posting if I don’t narrow in on a topic.

I’ve always loved reading and writing and I’d love to share all my bookish thoughts with the world. It seems appropriate anyway since all I’ve been posting thus far is book posts. I hope everyone understands.

– Queen Celine

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Six benefits of Re-reading Books |Fiction Friday – Discussion|

Last year I read We Were Liars by E.Lockhart  and fell in love with the story. I  enjoyed reading it and I was completely surprised by the plot-twist. I gave it 4/5 star rating on goodreads (shameless plug: follow me on goodreads!).

I’m not a big re-reader. I think I’ve re-read a total of two books in my entire life.  But, re-reading We Were Liars changed my thoughts on re-reading. It’s not like I hated re-reading before this but I didn’t see much of a point in it. Therefore, I present to you:

The Benefits of Re-Reading!

  1. Foreshadowing – The first time I read We Were Liars I was completely oblivious to what the “surprise” was. This time I noticed all the small clues and hints scattered throughout the book. I even jotted down everything I didn’t pick up on the first time around. I think it really has helped me form more theories about the characters.
  2. Nostalgia – This one is obvious, but re-reading allows you to experience the story over again. I know a lot of readers who re-read books from their childhood *cough* HARRY POTTER*cough* so that they can relive the magic.
  3. Writing vs. Plot – The first time I read a book I don’t pay much attention to the writing. I tend to focus on the plot because that’s what draws readers in. Re-reading allows you to study the writing of authors you love. See if there’s anything they do that you can gather inspiration from or implement into your own writing. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys writing or wants to make a profession out of it!
  4. Comparing Opinions – Maybe you hated one character the first time you read a book but the next time around they become your favorite. Or perhaps your opinions don’t change at all. For instance, I still gave We Were Liars 4/5 stars after re-reading it.
  5. New Messages – Re-reading a book may give you a different perspective of the story. Reading a book once limits the lessons you can learn from it.
  6. Life Changes – So many things can change from when you first pick up a book to when you re-read it. This requires a bit of self-reflection, but see if any new experiences change your view of a book. Reading Fangirl in high school has a different impact than reading it in college.

I hope that this has given everyone something to think about but let’s take it a step further. Before the year is out I want to re-read at least two more books (Fangirl and another book I haven’t chosen yet.) If you’re not much of a re-reader either, I challenge you to re-read one of your favorites! Comment which book you’re interested in re-reading.

– Queen Celine

Fiction Friday: Relatively Small Book Haul

Hello everyone, I have a haul for you today! It’s only four books since I try not to buy books in large quantities. For my wallet’s sake. Anyway, let’s get started!

1 – Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

First-ish Impressions: I’m almost done reading this book and I’m really enjoying it! I’m not going to even attempt to explain the plot because it is extremely complex but I will say that it has several story lines that interweave. It’s very strange and a bit creepy but If you like that sort of thing, check it out!

2 – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Art by Maria Kalman

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Art by Maira Kalman

First Impressions: For those who don’t know Daniel Handler is the same person as Lemony Snicket so being a huge fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events I had to check this out. Why We Broke Up explores the causes of a couples break up. What’s especially awesome about this book is that there’s illustrations of objects from their relationship and the following chapter is about that object. (Or, at least that’s what i’ve come to understand. I haven’t read the book yet ^-^)

3 – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

First Impressions: I don’t know anything about the plot of this book but I kind of want to keep it that way. I feel like it’s going to be one of those books that are better when you go in blind. But for the sake of a first impression, I will say that I think the cover is really beautiful. Half the reason I bought the book was because of the cover.

4 – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

First Impressions: Christine (PolandBannanasBooks) loves this book so obviously I had to buy it. I’m having a hard time describing this book on my own so let me just paste the description. “It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list”. I’m excited to read this when I’m in a lighter contemporary mood.

Any suggestions on which I should after I finish Midwinterblood.

– Queen Celine