Posts By: Vlora

Mini Series: Starting a WordPress Blog #2, Today: “Back it Up B****!”

September 17, 2014 fun 0

Follow my stream of consciousness as I try to figure out this website thing. Or don’t, it’s not like I can actually explain any of it.

How to NOT Start a WordPress Blog

Backing it Up
Still Not a How To

Okay so someone said on twitter they lost six days of posts because their blog just disappeared… IT CAN JUST DISAPPEAR WHAT. Okay, okay that won’t happen to you. Bad things always happen to other people, right? RIGHT? So, how do I back this thing up? Didn’t it say my blog was backed up at my cPanel? I guess I could check it, but… then I’d have to log in, which means I would have to get my password from where I saved it, which means WORK. Let’s see what Google says instead. Nah, not the WordPress site, they always go on and on – my attention span isn’t that- Oh, hang on, this looks ok. Soooo root directory, FTP something, something else I’ve heard before but don’t care to check out… This bores me already let’s check out twitter.

—two hours later—

What if my blog randomly disappears though?

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Book Review: The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

September 16, 2014 books, reviews 0

I’m back from my holiday in North Germany, which was actually very nice (who would have thought), so have a review! Also check out my guest post at Laura Plus Books, in which I talk about reviewing older books, as well as the best method to review book series when you’re late to the party.

The Dark Wife

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

I really wanted to love this book. I absolutely adore the cover and the description sounded exactly like my kind of thing. Unfortunately, even though I was very excited to read this book, it did not live up to my expectations.

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Tag: Seven Deadly Sins

September 9, 2014 books, fun 2

Greed

What is your most inexpensive book?

That would be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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I heard a lot of booktubers rave about it, so I looked it up on Amazon. For some reason they offered the ebook for free. By “some reason” I mean even Amazon doesn’t have the audacity to demand money for something so unconditionally and irrevocably bad. I’m so glad I didn’t spend money on this.

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Talk to Me: Commenting on Old Posts

September 4, 2014 discussion 10

Talk to Me

is a new no-nonsense feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to ask you a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it!

Topic

While reading other blogs, I have noticed that often I scroll down, see an interesting post, think about commenting and then… don’t. Not because I suddenly realized that I don’t find it interesting anymore or because I’ve run out of time, but because I saw it’s been a while since the entry has been posted and I think my comment is “too late” somehow.

Opinion

Now on my own blog I love comments, no matter on which posts. Granted, it’s still a baby blog, but I don’t think I’ll feel about this any differently once I’ve been posting for a while. I’m sharing my thoughts because I love to write it all down and communicate with someone else, so I’m always happy when someone comments (unless it’s spam obviously). However, whenever I’m reading another blog, I find myself unwilling to comment when the post is even a few days old – especially when other things have been posted in between. Somehow I must think that my comment wouldn’t be relevant anymore because it’s already “old news”. And that’s just if the post is a few days old; let’s not even talk about months or years. Lately, I’ve been trying to get over that and just comment if I have something to say if the post is reasonably recent (yay alliteration).

Question

So, whatch’all think? Do you do this too? Do you think it makes sense or should people feel free to comment on posts no matter how old they are? If you have your own blog: how do you feel about comments on old posts? Are you happy about them, or have you already forgotten what the heck you were going on about back then?

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(Not So) Quick Book Recs

August 29, 2014 books, recs 0

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I love recommendations, so I thought I’d share some of the books I have read this year with you. None of them are very recent, but I enjoyed them all immensely and I hope you will too if you decide to pick them up (or that you did if you already read them).

Bitterblue

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Bitterblue is finally old enough to take over the reign of her kingdom. The only problem is her kingdom is a frickin’ mess. Her advisors are being mysterious, her subjects are illiterate and hungry and her father has left the country scarred beyond comprehension. It seems that Bitterblue will need to dig up some ugly truths if she ever wants to lead Monsea to a better age…

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Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

August 26, 2014 books, reviews 0

After I Do

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This book severely disappointed me. And then it didn’t.

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Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

August 21, 2014 books, reviews 2

The Queen of the Tearling

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

This book is hard to review because I simultaneously liked and didn’t like it. That’s probably the reason the review turned out so long, so skip to the ending if you just want to see the conclusion and my rating. The Queen of the Tearling was entertaining, fun and my kind of book while having so many issues I need more than one hand to count them. Let’s start with the flaws and then let me tell you why you should read it anyway.
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Book Review: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

August 18, 2014 books, reviews 0

The People of Forever are Not Afraid

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty village in Israel. They attend high school, gossip about boys, and try to find ways to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. Then at eighteen they are conscripted into the army. Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences and Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All of them live in that single intense second before danger erupts, all of them trying to survive however they can.

Last semester, I watched Scorcese’s Taxi Driver for a seminar at university. I remember my teacher stating that it was one of the movies on which she could base an entire seminar because it is so complex. The People of Forever are Not Afraid reminded me of that. It sometimes has the same feeling of clinical detachment and austerity while being very layered and open to interpretation.
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Welcome!

August 18, 2014 psa 3

I’m glad you found your way here. This is my blog, where I will mostly post book reviews and related things. I’m still new to WordPress and all the freedom that comes with it, so I’m excited about my new website and what I can do with it.  I can’t wait to start blogging!

 

I look even more excited than this owl.

I look even more excited than this owl.

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