For The Love of Reading: A (BELATED AF) Broody Challenge

(originally, this post was supposed to be for the Broody book challenge #9, but I’m over a month late because of my hiatus… you should most definitely buy the book on Amazon or at least add it on Goodreads)

We all love reading (or at least, I assume, since you’re on my book blog) but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why we love it so much.  For me at least, I’ve loved it for so long that it’s just been an inherent part of who I am.  That’s why I really wanted to take a look at this prompt and try to write something somewhat relevant and maybe even a little bit deep (lol NOPE) for this post.

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An Open Letter to an Author

Before I start this, I wanted to point out that I’m trying out a new theme for my featured images!! I know you can’t see it from this page, but if you want to go to the home page and check it out and tell me what you think I’ll love you forever!! ❤

Dear JK Rowling,

You brought me into my very first fandom, and for that I love you and will never be able to forget you, even if the entire Harry Potter world miraculously drops out of history (it won’t, I promise).  You taught me what a book series could be, what friends could be, and that a 14 year old can conquer a force which had most adults cringing in terror.  At 10, I thought I could too.  Through your writing, you managed to give a frightened, shy little kid the confidence to believe in myself, and know that other people are sometimes wrong.

From there, you succeeded in continuously inspiring me book after book, and I learned what it meant to grow deeply attached to a character and feel like they are your best friend even though you’ve never met them, and they don’t know who you are.

Through Hermione you taught me the definition of feminism, of equal rights, and made it cool to be smart.  You gave me someone to look up to who was a girl but still a badass and way better at literally everything than the boys she was friends with.

Through Ron I learned that even if you don’t have everything you want, you can still do something, still be happy.  And, more importantly, he showed me the importance of family in life, and how you can’t go anywhere without them.

Through Luna, you showed me that it’s okay to be different, to be unique, because although some people will make fun of you, it’s always better to be yourself.  The right people (the ones you want in your life) will love you all the same.

Through Snape and Draco, you proved that some people are not what they appear, and just because someone puts on a tough front doesn’t mean that they aren’t hurting on the inside.  Normally, when people are cruel, it means that they are hurting even more than the rest of us, and we should help them.

And, through Umbridge, you made sure to let everyone know that some people truly are just plain evil.

But that’s not all.  In fact, it’s far from the most important reason which you inspired me.  What caused me to write this letter to you isn’t because of Harry Potter characters in a novel, but because of you.  Your passion, your dedication.  As someone living in the US, I don’t always know about the political figures who you talk about, or what laws you are even advocating for.  But, that’s not what matters.  What matters is that you are advocating for something, that you are using your platform for a purpose.  Sure, you’ve been told that rich, famous people shouldn’t know anything about politics, but you defy that stereotype every single day.  You prove that EVERYONE should have a voice, and you’ve taught me the importance of standing up for what you believe in.

And oh, your responses to Twitter trolls.  Your confidence in yourself, and ability to stand up for what you believe in with humor has me in awe.  I’m so very impressed by you, and I wish that I had the same confidence in myself that you show on a daily basis.

This is starting to sound like a love letter, so I’m just going to end it here, but know that you will always have a special place in my heart.  (ugh, I’m doing it again)

Thank you for everything.joce-sign-off

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Writing: A Shakespearean Sonnet

For Valentine’s Day this year, I wrote a sonnet to my mom, because I normally write her cute poetry since she’s my only possible Valentine (you are either going to judge me or completely relate so I’m not too worried).  This year, I decided to publish it, because I was really happy with the way it turned out!  I would love it if you guys could go check it out and let me know what you think, preferably by leaving a review on the site, but you could leave it here too if you want! Feedback (both positive and negative) would be appreciated!!

A Sonnet So True

While I’m here, I decided to write a brief introduction to what a sonnet is, and why I decided to write one.

A sonnet is a form of poetry that has a fairly strict format:

  • 14 lines
  • Rhyme Scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
    • In other words, there are three quatrains with every other line rhymes, and then a rhyming couplet at the end
  • Iambic Pentameter (note that I didn’t quite follow this in my poem)
    • 5 sets of stressed and unstressed syllables, I think per line.  This is supposed to tell you how to read it, but becomes incredibly difficult when you are trying to write it

These poems are normally used as an expression of love, and since they’re short people think they’re easy to write.  They’re not.

When I write poetry, I mostly write it in my head, and then once I have a few lines all figured out, I pull out my phone or a piece of paper and scribble it down, then go back to my head.  The reason for this is that it’s really freakin’ hard to write poetry that rhymes on your first try, unless you want to sound like a 2nd grader writing about the fat cat who sat on the mat.

It makes it even harder when you are writing for someone else.  I think this is crucial though, to write good poetry.  Even if you don’t plan on giving your sonnet to someone else, you should at least picture someone so that your poem has a good flow and you can feel the passion in the words.  Don’t love anyone but still want to write a sonnet? Use book characters, that normally works.  Or, make up a romance for yourself, but make it detailed.  You met at the drive in when you were 30 cents short for popcorn, and he paid for you, then proceeded to talk to you the whole time the movie was on and you hated him but fell in love… or something like that.  Even if these details don’t really come into play while writing, the undercurrent of emotion will be there.  The more complex, the better, because the poem will sound genuine.

That’s all I have for today!! I’m going to ask you one more time to read my poem because I’d love feedback!!

Have you ever written a sonnet– Share links below! If not, do you think you could write one?  What advice would you like to hear before starting to write poetry?  Do you have any advice to give? What do you think of my poem? So many questions, so much I want to know– comment below!


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