Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Writing Rambles - Carnival of Devils

I wrote this in 2018, I believe, as a challenge my partner set for me. It's since become a tradition of ours to write something scary during October. I'll give him an idea for a screenplay and he'll give me an idea for a short story. It's fun and something we can do together since we both love horror.

I've been revising this one, making it longer, adding more details recently and thought I'd share this original one with you, so if you can, please read and tell me what you think, ignore any typos please, I'm such a messy writer that it's not even funny. I'm usually going so fast to get the thoughts out of my head that important things like grammar and spelling take a nose dive till I go back and look at it. I cleaned it up quite a bit so it's actually readable but you might still find a little something here for there.

So without further ado, please let me welcome you to the Carnival of Devils. I promise you it's a thrill ride that you'll never forget...

Monday, August 10, 2020

Music Monday - Ashley Serena (#2)

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Last week I shared some sad pop songs and this week I want to share two more songs by someone I've shared before but she recently put out this new song and I'm in love with it. It reminds me a lot of Wicked Lovely. If you know that book then you've been reading YA a long time and you deserve a black star! 

Anyway, let's just get into these wonderful songs. Let her voice carry you away to somewhere better...

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Dare By Elle Kennedy - Book Breakdown

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

3 Things I Hope to See in Midnight Sun

Let's not waste any time! I simply can't wait to read this book! I loved Twilight as a young one and even to this day I don't hate it like a lot of Twilight fans do now. When I read the first few chapters off of the author's website when it leaked, I couldn't wait for this book! Now, many years later, I finally get to read it! 

Here are a few things I hope to see in Midnight Sun! 

1) Getting to know everyone's thoughts through Edward. There are many moments throughout the whole series that I would love to see what's happening in Alice's head or even all the kids at school. So to finally be able to get a little of this, is just exciting! 

2) Edward's first impression of Bella. Hers is the only mind he can't read, you know this is going to be epic when we finally see just how many emotions flow through him at the sight of her. 

3) Edward with his family when Jasper and Alice take Bella away from Forks. I know we are told what's he's doing but to see it all first hand... gonna be great! We also get to see just how hard it's going to be for Edward when he has to suck James' venom out of Bella. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Music Monday - Sad Pop Songs

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

This is my first Music Monday in over a month! Wow! Time sure flies, I needed the break though. My mental health wasn't doing so well because of everything that is going on in the world. And when I'm depressed, I'm that weird person that looks for sad songs that just make me feel worse instead of trying to find happy songs. Yeah... that's not healthy I know.

But anyway, I hope you enjoy these songs! I also hope you're going okay during all this. You're not alone even if it feels like it. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

UPDATE! The Future of 50/50 Friday & More

     Since 10/7/2016, I've kept 50/50 Friday going. I had lots of help from the amazing Laura for a few years but then she needed to take a break and I've been running it alone. I'm not very creative, that's always been something that I don't like about myself, so after a bit, I ran out of topic ideas or the ones I came up with were no longer fun for me. 

     The worry of having to make sure I have a post up every Friday was starting to get to me. My whole world has changed, as I'm sure yours has as well. I couldn't keep this up anymore. I'm sorry for those that liked this meme. I really am. 

     Next, I would like to talk about my feelings with the book world. It's really changed since I first started blogging, it used to be the kind of place where we could just talk about the books that we loved. Now, it's turned into something I can't always stand behind. Everyone trying to tear down books they don't like, trying to get them pulled before they are published so no one else can enjoy them. It's honestly gross. I don't want a small group of people deciding if I should be allowed to read a book or if it should even be published. That's my choice alone. Of course, my opinion is not the most popular so I don't mean to offend anyone. This brings me to another point, I'm tired of having to walk on eggshells so I don't offend. I have to do that enough in my real life with my special needs daughter, I'm not going to do it in the one place that was my escape. I don't mean to offend anyone, that's never been my intention but I have offended with some of my reviews... or because I decided to read a book that someone was offended by, they got nasty with me. I'm not about that life. 

     So my love for reviewing books has really fallen recently, as I'm sure you've seen. I used to be scared to share my thoughts because I didn't want to hurt anyone so I just stopped... just read the books I wanted without reviewing them. I'm done with that. If I want to review a book, I will. Again, I don't want to offend anyone but it's going to happen, I'm sure, and I won't say I'm sorry again for my own personal opinions and thoughts. If you're okay with that then please stick around and if you're not, I will understand if you don't wanna hang here on my blog anymore. Everyone has to do what's best for themselves. 

    So, because my love of books has been turned a little sour as of late, I'm going to be branching out. I will talk about video games, tv, my writings, or just whatever the heck I want to talk about at that time. Yes, I am still going to be talking about books but this other stuff will be coming into play. You've already seen a little bit of it with the Resident Evil post so you can understand what's coming. I also want to talk more about my writings and manga, TV shows I'm watching (Netflix's Cursed, Am I right, or am I right?)

    So this isn't the end of The Butterfly Reader, it's just growing into something much more. I hope you guys will follow me on this path because it's going to be a wild ride! 

    I've missed you guys so much. It was nice to take this long break but I'm glad to be back! I'll be lurking around all your blogs soon so you'll see me again! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Musicians

Okay, so last time I did this it was years ago and my tastes have changed so much that I wanted to share an updated version with you today! So let's talk about my favorite musical acts!

These aren't in order because I could never choose, don't even ask. It will go nowhere ha ha.

That being said, let's do this!