Awesome Authors and a Bout of Productivity

September 4, 2015 books, miscellaneous 32

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If you’re on twitter, you probably already know this unless you’ve been living under a REALLY heavy rock, but there’s some SERIOUS charity stuff going on over there. Patrick Ness, author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here (which has been on my to-read for a while now) and some other books, started a fundraiser to collect money to give to Save the Children for refugees, because he was tired of only tweeting about it. He offered to match the first 10.000 pounds, and then John Green jumped in and said he’d match the next 10.000, and suddenly it all gained momentum.

SO MANY authors (and Hank Green, but I hear he’s writing a book, so…) participated that we all raised 400.000 pounds (~600.000 dollars) in only 36 hours. Obviously this wouldn’t be possible without all the people who keep giving, so please consider stopping by and giving some money yourself – every little bit helps! I love when humanity actually does something good, and this makes me proud to be a part of the book community. If you’re also a nerdfighter, this whole thing kind of feels like Project for Awesome, but on twitter.

I also had a suprising bout of productivity this week! Not for university or anything sensible like that obviously, but I wrote a lot of blog posts and did some other things that gave me the illusion of productivity. I also have IDEAS for my blog, but I’m not sure about the details yet. You know that feeling when you invite everyone to a party and worry that no one’s going to show up the whole time? No? Just me? Anyways, that’s a bit how I feel about this. But we’ll see. Be prepared for STUFF. Probably.

The Shiny

source: audible

source: audible

I read the Percy Jackson series as a teenager, and I loved it, but I haven’t read this one yet. I was a little worried it might feel a bit too young, but people have told me it’s more YA than middle grade (not that there’s anything wrong with middle grade)? I don’t know, but I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, and now that the series is completed I can savely do it without having to wait for the next book for ages.

‘Round the Web

On the Blog

GUYS. The list finally makes sense! I always start a list and then there’s only one item on it, so I’m disproportionately proud that this time there’s actually a reason to do this in a list.

  • Remember when I asked you to take a survey on my first blogoversary a couple of weeks ago? Well here are the results! I’m ridiculously excited about this post and there are graphs and gifs and even some of your answers, so make sure to check it out!
  • I spilled all my secrets and there are EVEN MORE gifs. It’s funny, okay? Stop by to find out why I never want anyone to look back on my history on the internet ever
  • I also – GASP – actually reviewed a book this week. I know I’ve been slacking off with book reviews, because I always just do it on Goodreads and then check it off mentally, but I solemnly swear that I am up to no good I’ll share more reviews in the future

What’s your favorite Rick Riordan book if you have one? Did you hear about all the awesome YA authors giving to Patrick Ness’s fundraiser? How do you feel about gifs – yay or nay?

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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32 Responses to “Awesome Authors and a Bout of Productivity”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    oh oh I LOVE the Heroes of Olympus series so so much. It’s a lot more exciting and interesting than the first PJ series (in my humble opinion) and my favourite is the very last one, Blood of Olympus. BASICALLY RICK RIORDAN IS SO FULL OF WIN.

    And omg, I have seen bits and pieces of the fundraiser that Patrick Ness is doing. o.O I’m in awe of these entirely amazingly generous authors. THEY ARE SUPER HEROES CLEARLY.
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    • Vlora


      That’s so good to hear, thanks for telling me! I’m even more excited to listen to audiobook now! :)

      CLEARLY. The whole thing melted my cold, stoney heart – very confusing feeling, I can assure you. Do I need to put it in the freezer to return it to its normal state now? It’s a mess.
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  2. Jackie

    Huzzah for productivity, and I am totally excited to see what you have planned for Reviews and Cake. FILL MY FEED READER WITH STUFF, PLZ!

    I haven’t read anything by Rick Riordan, but I did buy the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I’m a little scared to read it because what if I’m the oddball in the world who doesn’t like it? Or worse, what if I feel like I’m too old for it?
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    • Vlora


      YAY EXCITEMENT. I’ll try my best to spam your feed reader! :D

      Hmmm I read the Percy Jackson series when I was a lot younger, but I think it’s definitely a series that can be enjoyed by all ages! I’m just not really in the mood for middle grade at the moment, which is why I’m feeling a bit apprehensive about The Lost Hero, but I do believe that good books can be enjoyed by all ages! And if you don’t like it for some reason, I’m sure you’ll find another oddball to moan about it with you somewhere in the deep recesses of Goodreads. :D
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  3. Bianca

    Yay The Lost Hero!!! I love Rick Riordan’s Humor and the Heroes of Olympus series has a lot of it!! Have fun reading and come on also start doing some uni stuff ;)

  4. Alyssa

    I … have been living under a rock. Yep. That’s me. But this sounds like a wonderful cause so I’ll go check it out now. (Also, main point of this post: a bunch of authors … and Hank Green. AHAHA.) I also haven’t read PJ, but I might not because the writing style’s not my fav. And ooh, so excited about this party you’re having :D
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    • Vlora


      Is it a pretty, color-customized rock at least? Because in that case it’s fine. Hahahaha yeah, well… I realized it’s not JUST authors, but I figured he deserved to be mentioned for the 10k he contributed. :D He should change his band name from Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers to Hank Green and the Awesome Authors. Oooh really? I quite liked the writing style when I read it, but I can see why it would ruin the books for you if it’s not your thing, because it is quite prominent. Errr… party? WHAT PARTY. :D I’d like to do a blog party. I’m still trying to make sense of the very vague ideas in my head though, so let’s see!
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  5. Olivia Roach

    I didn’t know about all the authors coming together like that, but it is WONDERFUL. Like you said, I love when everyone is coming together and being helpful and giving <3 Nothing makes me happier than knowing we can come together as a team and help make the world a better place, little by little :)

    Ooh, and I need to start reading The Lost Hero too! Like you, I was a bit worried about it being less enjoyable than the original 5, but I should seriously just try it already…
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  6. Deborah

    I’ve seen the generous donations of so many authors for the people of Syria. It’s big on our news here in Australia as well and I think there’s enough outcry now that governments (well ours anyway) might finally do something helpful. (We don’t always!)

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    • Vlora


      I REALLY hope so. I hear so many stupid opinions about this, I can’t even. It’s like people forget that people actually had to flee their homes and risk their lives and the lives of their children, because otherwise they’d be DEAD. And sometimes they still are. I also hear a lot of amazing opinions and stories though, so I hope the helpful ones will prevail!
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  7. Lola

    Woww that’s a lot of money they collected so far! It’s nice to see what people can achieve when they work together and what a great initiative from those authors! And yay for productivity!
    I like to read a good MG book in awhile as there is a less drama and it often focusses more on the action and adventure, which can be fun. I haven’t read the Percy jackson series though.
    Thanks for linking to my post! I hope you’ll have a great week!
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    • Vlora


      I know, and they’re still going strong! I love that the book community came together like that. <3

      Oh yes, I completely understand what you mean. They do seem to focus more on adventure and plot and friendship instead of drama and love triangles or squares or whatever else is the next step. Thanks, I hope you had a great week!
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