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June TBR

Here is my delayed June TBR.
The Awaking
The Lighting Thief
Paper Towns
Unit Me
A Ember in the Ashes
The Graceling
The Iron King
To ALl the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Welcome to my World

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Updates: BookTube

Well hello there! You are proabley wondering what my title means. I have made a BookTube! So I hate cameras but I did it! You can find my channel here.

I am still trying to figure out how to do everything on YouTube so please bare with me these few days, weeks, hopefully not months as I try to figure out how to make my channel look pretty and as I edit these videos. 😀

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Cram-a-thon TBR

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Here is my TBR for the Cram-a-thon. I hope to defiantly be able to cram these all in. 4 of them are re-reads but I haven’t read them since middle school and wanted to start the series again so I hope to cram them in now so that next year I can get the next books in the series and continue them. What are you planning on reading for the cram-a-thon?

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Updates

I’m freeeeeeeeeeee!

It is the first official week of winter break. What are my plans? Good question audience member in the interwebs.

For the rest of this month I have a few things I want to get done. First off the cram-a-thon starts at the end of this week so I’m going to be cramming in some books. My TBR for this will be up this week so look out for that!

I also want to finish the Shatter Me series. And one of my best friend and I plan on buddy reading a book, though we haven’t picked one out yet.

Also I got my first book for review! Thank you so much to J.D Netto for letting me review The Whisper of the Fallen series in preparation for the third book! I have started The Whisper of the Fallen but haven’t even made it threw the first chapter yet because I just started it.

The last thing I really want to finish this month is Pokemon Ruby. So hopefully my thoughts on this game will be on here soon.

Other than that I have to narrow down my top 14 books of 2014. But I am pretty set on what my next few blog posts will be about.

So ya that’s my update. Let me know what your plans for this month are! 😀

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October Wrap Up

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I read a total of 4 and a half books this month. First book that I read was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the half of book that I read this month. I would have finished Shatter Me but my copy had a misprint in it and I was hoping that my replacement copy would be in by now. But it is now 3 weeks since I contacted HarperCollins about the issue and I still have not gotten my replacement. 😦
 
Next I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars and also have a full review which you ca find here.
 
Then I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I gave this book 2.5 out of 5 stars. I though this book was just to young for me. The story is nice and I understand why it would be a good book for kids but I just could not get into it.
 
Then I read The Selection stories by Kiera Cass. These contained two novellas; The Prince and the Guard. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I not only reviews this book but I also did a full series review that you can find here.
 
And finally I re read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars originally. I have not read this book since freshman year in high school and have decide to keep its a 5 out of 5 star rating. I loved this book. It was great the second time around and I caught a few things that I hadn’t caught when I read it the first time. I will have a review of this book up soon.
 
Overall I feel like I had a good reading month. I finally kicked my reading slump in the face and should have a even better reading month in November.

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Fair Use and Lyrics

I love music. That is why I want a job working with bands. Their words inspire me. And for Nanowrimo my main character is not only in a band but also has this thing almost like a nervous habit that when he has anxiety he mumbles inspiring lyrics. Well, lyrics that in whatever situation he is in he finds inspiring. Here is the issue. I can not write these lyrics in a novel that will be published unless I pay the artist’s. And their celebrates so let’s face facts it will break my bank if I did that. But here is the issue. Even this small nervous habit that my character has is a BIG BIG part of who he is. I can’t just not let him be himself. Because without inspiring music he wouldn’t be a teenaged rock star thrown into the spotlight to early, Because he has a lot of drama that happens in his life span. And when he is in his darkest days he will sing. So how do I use lyrics?

I looked into it a little more and a few lines should be considered “fair use.” But it’s not. Because songs that are made after 1933 may not be considered public domain, which is a fancy term for the public does not own them therefore can not use them.

Now don’t get me wrong I understand why they are not public domain. Because then people would be calling these amazing songs their own. But I’m curious because let’s say in real life I had a wonderful voice and could sing, made a YouTube channel and filled it with cover songs. How come these awesome singers on YouTube can make corer songs with music that isn’t public domain? Well to answer that, YouTube pays BMI which is like the boss of music, to be able to use songs over the internet without having to worry about copyright because they are paying technically the artists.

So if a nobody makes a YouTube channel and sings everybody’s song for free, why can’t I put it in my novel? And honestly I don’t even want to whole song. I just want a few lines. Ok to be honest maybe I want a whole chorus but technically that’s only four lines in a song.

What is free for us writers to use is the song title. Take for example the song I want to use, “Take Me To Church,” by Hoizer I can not use the lyrics that say “take me to church….” BUT for free I can use the song title. Which doesn’t help because it’s not the four lines I want. It’s four words in the four lines yes but I want my characters little moments to be important.

Here’s my last example. Let’s say Honey (my character) had a hard time at work and is now cooking himself dinner. Well he would be singing because he’s Honey and that’s what he does. He might be singing about the crush he has at work. So my writing might be something like;

Honey sat the pan on the stove and grabbed some oil. He mumbled “I guess it’s true I’m not good at a one night stand.”

This one sentence is a song lyric from Sam Smith’s “Stay with me.” But it gives my reader a sense that maybe honey sucks at dating which is why he’s nervous to have this crush because he doesn’t want to be crushed himself. That one song lyric opened my character up more to my reader. And sure I could have said all that in a paragraph instead of using a song lyric but Honey is a singer and that’s how he would express himself. Just like when I’m alone I sing to the radio as loud as I can when I hear a song I love. Because it inspires me and it inspired Honey.

So all in all form this long rant. BMI is good for everyone else but writers. And also I need money to pay all the celebs that songs I will be using in my draft of my novel during nanowrimo. Thanks for reading. 😀