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The Lightning Thief Musical – Broadway Reviewers Hate Teens (Review + Rant?)

Alright, I’m not going to pretend I’m not upset here. I spent this morning reading some of the reviews of the Broadway production of “The Lightning Thief Musical” and just found myself really frustrated.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Not everyone likes the same things, and that’s completely fine. However, I noticed a trend in the negative reviews for this show, and I wanted to talk about it (plus give my thoughts on the show as well).

I’ve seen versions of “The Lightning Thief Musical” three times now. I saw the reunion concert after the off-broadway premier in 2017. I saw the off-broadway tour when it came to NY last March. And just last month I saw “The Lightning Thief Musical” in previews on Broadway.

Needless to say, I think I’ve seen it enough to have an opinion on it. And unlike the reviewers who have been trashing it, I’ve also read the source material and seen previous adaptations.

I love this musical. It’s charming, cute, funny, and even able to bring a tear to your eye (don’t talk to me about “Tree on the Hill”- I will cry). It’s very faithful to the books and will make you completely forget about that mess of a movie. That said, “The Lightning Thief” may not be for everyone. The source material is a middle grade book series. It’s target audience is young, and you can tell. However, this story can be just as compelling for adults as long as you go into it with an open mind.

Also, I just want to mention how amazing this cast is. It’s a small cast, with only 7 people. All but 2 of them (Percy and Annabeth) play multiple roles. They embody these characters in a way I never thought could be possible. Each member of the cast is absolutely fantastic. Chris McCarrel (Percy), Kristen Stokes (Annabeth), and Jorrel Javier (Grover) portray the nuances of their characters so well, I honestly can’t imagine anyone else playing them. The rest of the cast is equally stunning, each of them adding so much to the show.

Read more to see me address specific complaints I’ve noticed
(I’m looking at you, New York Times and Theatermania reviews)

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BookCon + BookExpo Survival Guide

It’s officially con season! The best part of the year!!

This year will be my third or fourth Bookcon (I honestly don’t know), and my second BookExpo, so I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned over the years. This will be split into three parts (BookCon, BookExpo, and tips for both) because while they are similar, there are definitely some things that only apply to one specific event and not the other.

Whether this year is your first or your fifth, I’m hoping you’ll learn something here you didn’t know before!

Alright, let’s get started!

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Bullet Journaling: A Bookworm’s Guide to Getting Started

Bullet journals have really grown in popularity in the past couple of years, and whenever I looked at those amazing pictures on instagram and pintrest, I would get so intimidated. I have no artistic talent, and no creativity, plus I’m a perfectionist. So basically, the worst combination for a bullet journaler. I never let myself try it, because I was so afraid I would be bad at it.

Well, in December 2018, I decided to try it anyways. No one else would know, but me, so if I failed spectacularly, only I would witness it.

I’ve been bullet journaling for about six months now, so I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned, and my advice for beginners. And since this is a book blog, I’ve also included pictures of some of my bookish spreads!

This will be an overview of sorts, so if you want specific tutorials on how I did any of these spreads, let me know!

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Bookshelf Tour + Organization Tips

Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.

Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.

One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.

I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.


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The Reading Slump: Causes & Cures


Reading Slump
/ˈrēdiNG sləmp/
noun
1. A period of time in which you have no motivation to read no matter how many books glare at you from your shelves.


There is no worse pain than being stuck in a reading slump. When all you see your growing TBR looming over you, but you just can’t turn open the cover.

It happens to me a lot, and being as I’m currently in one of my worst ones yet, instead of trying to read I thought I would talk about some of the common causes for reading slumps that I’ve noticed, and some cures that seem to work.

Naturally, if these worked perfectly I would never be in a reading slump, and I probably wouldn’t even be making this post, but maybe one of these tips could help you get back into the reading mood!

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End of Summer Update!

I just wanted to share a brief update on my plans for this blog for the next few months!

I have been blown away by the response to my reviews and posts during these last few months, and I can’t express how grateful I am. 

I’ve been able to post so much lately because I wasn’t taking any classes, and only working part-time. Plus, I had to transfer quite a few old reviews here that I had already written, so it wasn’t hard to post almost daily. But now September is creeping closer and I’ll be back to school in addition to work. Ew. Plus, I ran out of old posts to bring over here.

What does that mean? I’ll be posting on a regular schedule (I already have my next few reviews planned!) but it may be a little less than what I’ve been doing this summer.

Here’s the approximate schedule:

1st of the Month – Previous Month’s Wrap Up *My August Wrap Up may be delayed, I’ll be in Hawaii visiting my brother, and with the Hurricane coming I’m not entirely sure I’ll have power
2nd to Last Day of the Month – Next Month’s Most Anticipated Releases
Last Day of the Month – Next Month’s TBR

(Every other) SundayLaia Recommends!
TuesdayReview! (I plan on reviewing all of the Throne of Glass books before the last one comes out, which means rereading them all. Let’s see how this goes!)
(1st & 3rd OR 2nd & 4th) Thursday – A Recommendation (usually based on a theme or genre or whatever I feel like)
(2nd OR 3rd) Thursday – A Cover Change Corner
Saturday – Another Review!

This is the schedule I’ve been using the past few months, just without the extra reviews I’ve thrown in. Of course, things may change, but this is what I expect to be doing for at least another couple of months. 

Also, I plan on doing a few more spontaneous posts whenever I feel like it, to make up for the lack of content with me not posting reviews daily anymore. We’ll see how well that works out.

Thank you for sticking with me for this boring update! And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…