The High School Book Tag

Hey everyone!  I’ve been tagged by the awesome Angelica over at The Book Cover Girls! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you come back.

Are you back?  Good!  Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Thank the creators: Namitha and Jasmine.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to, of course)
  • Tag (about) five people.


A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?

Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series, and the Heroes of Olympus series.  He is just so funny and witty.  But he’s also nice, brave, and loyal.  He’s just great.

Also, the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. 

Sports team: A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

I would have to say the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles.  Even though they are not a “real” family, they care about each other.  They also have good dynamic and they would do anything to protect each other.

Class president: A book that tries to make a difference?

For this, I’m going to have to say The Chronicles of Narnia series.  This series was so influential and well-done.  It was written to teach people about the Bible through a whole different perspective.  The symbolism in this series was just incredible.

High school sweetheart: A book character you have a crush on?

Um, Percy Jackson or Peeta from The Hunger Games.  Peeta is just so nice and he never gives up on Katniss, even after he is brainwashed.  He is loyal to the end.

Prom night: A book with a beautiful cover?

Flame in the Mist! I haven’t read the book yet, but I am in love with the cover!

Spring break: A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

I don’t really re-read books so I don’t have an answer for this question.

School lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles.  Or Percy Jackson.

Halloween party: A book character you would like to be for one day?

I’ll be honest, I don’t know.  Haha!

School bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

The Collector from the new book The Valiant.  This guy is seriously creepy even though he is not even mentioned much.  Or Commander Natasha Jameson from the Legend series.

Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

The Legend series has such a bittersweet ending.

*Spoiler Alert*

It’s so sad that Day forgets about June and that they don’t get to see each other until years afterwords.



I Tag: 


Shadow Summit








Tips for Avoiding “Telling” When Writing

  1. Name things.

Instead of just saying hat, you should say baseball cap or cowboy hat.  It will give the reader a better picture.

2. Instead of using adjectives that tell, you should use verbs that show.

Instead of old wood, you could say the wood crumbled beneath my fingers.  This shows the reader that the wood is old instead of telling them.

3. Eliminate the word VERY.

Instead of saying it was a very cold evening, say it was a frigid evening.  Better yet: The night was still, empty, as if even the animals knew to hide from the frigid weather that had numbed the world.

So this was just a short post.  There will be a part two later.


Writing Tips (2)

Hey fellow bloggers!  This is my second writing tips post.  You can look at my last one here.  Alright, let’s get to it.

First I’m going to discuss the overuse of writing phrases.  What do I mean by writing phrases?  When I say writing phrases I’m talking about this.  “She ran her hands through her hair.”  “He swallowed thickly.”  “She dug her hands into her fingernails.”  Now these phrases are perfectly fine to use in your writing, but IN MODERATION.  As a writer, we need to diversify and not use the same words and phrases over and over again.  Overusing the same words and phrases continually will grate on your readers nerves, and maybe cause them to have trouble reading your work.

What I do to make sure that I use different phrases is read articles and books about body language.  It helps me to find new ways to describe what my characters are doing in certain situations.  For example: When a person is angry they may put their hands on their hips, get a red face, or stick out their jaw.  Another example is when a person is nervous they may chew on the inside of their mouth, unclasp and clasp their hands together, fidget, or pace.  Now, the key is to not be repetitive.

Second piece of advice for the day is to use concise words to avoid wordiness and breaks in the flow of your writing.  For example: “each separate chair was placed” can be changed to “each chair was placed”.  Also, “Dashed quickly” can be changed to just “dashed” because in of itself dashed means to run quickly so adding the quickly after dashed just makes for a wordy sentence.  Another example is changing “she is a woman who is” to just “she is”.  Way less words with the same meaning.

Third and last piece of advice for the day is to use less tags (she said/he said) in your dialogue.  Using too many of these tags will break up your story and bring attention to the reader that there is an author.  Readers want to be immersed in the story and feel like they are really there when they read a novel.  So instead of tags, try identifying the speaker by showing their action.

For example (1): “I can’t believe that you did that,” Zoey said, crossing her arms in frustration.

“You wouldn’t understand,” Chase said.  He turned away, refusing to meet her eyes.

Now let’s take a look at the same dialogue without the use of dialogue tags.

For example (2): “I can’t believe that you did that.” Zoey crossed her arms.

“You wouldn’t understand.” Chase turned away, refusing to meet her eyes.

(Notice that I also took out the phrase “in frustration”.  The reader will infer that Zoey is frustrated because she is crossing her arms.  Adding “in frustration” causes the sentence to be wordy.)  Now doesn’t the second version flow better?

Well, that’s all until next time!  Thanks for reading:)