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Review Policy

As of today, this is how I rate and review books. I feel as though there are three things that every book needs in order to be good and that's plot, setting and characters. Each of these categories, they have the potential to receive a full star. If the category doesn't deliver like I feel like it should have, they can receive, one quarter of a star or half of a star. However, that's only three potential stars. One of the other two stars comes from my overall enjoyment of the entire book. The other star is for diversity. Yes, this means that if a book is not diverse, it won't be able to receive a five star rating from me.

But how do I define diversity? To me, a book is diverse as long as the main character is from a marginalized group and/or three of the side main characters are from marginalized groups.

If you would like me to review a book for you, please email me at wilsonkiara1998@gmail.com. Please note that I will only review young adult fiction. My favorite genre…

Writing Update: January 2017

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Hello! Today's post will tell you guys about how I'm doing on my writing goals for the quarter. I think that at the end of each month I will do this so that way I can reflect back on what I accomplished and what I didn't accomplish. So here we go.

I started off okay in January. I wrote 1500 words, which isn't a lot compared to a lot of authors but I'll take it! However, the project I was working on is kind of boring me and I think it's because I've been working on it for four years. So I have decided to move on to my next project.

I really want to tell you guys what I planned so far in my story but I don't want to give anything away. Just know that I'm really excited to write this one and maybe later, I'll give some information about the characters and all of that other stuff.

While we're talking about planning, though, let me tell you that it's so hard to plan a novel. I'm going to be honest, I never plotted before and I wrote three …

Book Review: Everything, Everything

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Hello everyone! Today's post is another book review and this one was actually hard for me to rate. In the end, though, I rated it 3/5 stars and my review will tell you why.

Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review: I finished this book a couple of weeks ago but I was having trouble trying to figure out how I felt about this book which is w…

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Books that Should Be Rewritten

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Hello! Today is a free choice for Top Ten Tuesday and I decided to do the top ten books that I feel should to be rewritten when the author grows into their writing. This was created by Broke and the Bookish.That is not to say that I didn't enjoy some of these books because I did, I just felt like these books should have been better than the hype suggested or there was one aspect of it that I didn't like. This list isn't going to include my obvious choices but these are some honorable mentions that I don't mention enough when talking about books.

*Note: I hate that I have to say this but do not come into my comments being rude because these are my opinions. You can like what you want and I can like what I want. These books just happened to be books that disappointed me for one reason or another.

10.) Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
I really loved the first two books in this trilogy. Like I loved the main character and his weird metaphors. I loved the side characters, (exce…

Beat the Backlist Challenge

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Hello fellow readers! Today's post is about another challenge that I want to do next year in 2017. It's called Beat the Backlist and it was created by NovelKnight. I'll leave a link below to her blog. With this challenge, you have to read books that were released prior to 2017 because you want to catch up on reading. You set a goal of books that you want to get caught up on and then you start reading. You have the entire year to complete this challenge.
For me, I want to read thirty-five books that aren't going to be published in 2017. Below I'm going to have around fifty books listed so I can leave my options open. Here we go!
1.) Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
2.) Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer
3.) The Rose Society and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
4.) On the Edge of Gone and Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
5.) Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
6.) Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
7.) The Sun is Also the Star by Nicola Yoon
8.) In the AfterLight

#Diversathon (Potential) TBR

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Hello! Today's post is not a Top Ten Tuesday but it's still a list! This post is about the #Diversathon challenge and it starts January 22! It was created by Christina, Monica, Joce and Whitney (I love all of their booktube channels, you should watch them) and I'm excited for this! I tried to do the last one but the book I chose just wasn't doing it for me. So here is the (short) list of books I hope to complete during that week. Enjoy and let me know in the comments what you might read for this challenge.

1.) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow
up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her…

Top Ten Tuesday #5: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

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Hello! Thank you for tuning in! Today's Tuesday so it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post. This was created by the Broke and the Bookish and I'll leave a link to their blog below. Today's post is about the books I wanted to read in 2016 but for one reason or another, I didn't. There are actually eleven books on this list because I couldn't cut off one because I want to read all of these really bad and I'll probably read them this year.
11.) The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye: I really want to read this book because of the fact that it's set in Russia and it has magic in it. I really want to read magical stories this year and more books that have a monarchy in it. This book has both of those things so I will probably pick up this book soon, despite all of the one star ratings this book has. I really want to form my own opinion on it.

10.) The Midnight Star by Marie Lu: Of course I need to read Marie Lu and finish her series before her next one comes …

Diversity Bingo 2017

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Hello! Thanks for tuning in! Today's Tuesday but instead of doing the Top Ten Tuesday about what I would like for Christmas (I never really want anything), I decided to tell you what I want to read in this game that I want to do in 2017. The book game is called Diversity Bingo and it was created by a ton of people. I'll leave their links below. In this game, they have different categories on thirty different boxes like on a board of bingo. I know that I won't be able to complete all of these categories so this is the top ten categories I plan on doing in 2017 and the books that I want to read for them. Let's get started!
-D.K. Wilson

1.) Contemporary World Arranged Marriage: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage …

Book Review: Red Queen

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Hello! Thanks for reading again, or if you are new, welcome. Today's post is about Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I don't really know if I can actually review this book since I didn't finish it but whatever, I'm going to review it anyway. There will be minor spoilers.

Summary: The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a mil…

Top Ten Tuesday #4: 2017 Debuts

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Hello, wonderful people! Thank you for visiting my blog today, or thank you for coming back! Today is another Top Ten Tuesday and as always, it's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I'll link their blog below. What are the top debuts you are looking forward to in 2017? You can leave your answers in the comments below. Let's get started!

10.) Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Release Date: January 31):Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this s…