7 Iconic BTS Songs New Fans Should Listen To

7 Iconic Songs by BTS New Fans Should Listen To

BTS is one of my most favourite groups out there and it’s really cool when new people find the group and realize the boys are amazing at what they do. Now, with BTS’ latest comeback album Map of the Soul: 7, a lot of new ARMYs (aka BTS fans) joined us (yayyy!!) New songs aren’t all there are, though, so, for you to listen to in-between the group’s newer songs, here are 7 (lol see what I did there) old iconic BTS songs you should listen to:

  1. No More Dream: as one of the first songs the group debuted with, No More Dream holds a special place in my heart. The song itself talks of a common problem students and young adults have: feeling like they’re not living the life they want, and, instead, fulfilling someone else’s dream. When I first heard it, it brought me back to the days in high school when I was stressed out of my mind, and it specifically brought me back to moments in my senior year when I was struggling to figure out what I wanted to go to college for. Listen to it on Spotify here.
  2. Spine Breaker: if you have not seen the funniest music video BTS has ever made, then you are definitely missing out! Spine Breaker is a wonderful commentary on classism and money, and the music video is punctuated by some hilarious choreography and homemade video talent. Unlike the other videos they’ve done, it’s not up on the BTS YouTube channel because it was a challenge they did on BTS VLive. You can watch the challenge/behind-the-scenes video with the music video at the end, here.
  3. Cyphers pt 1 – 4: the rapline consists of RM, Suga, & J-Hope and y’alllllll there is a reason they are renowned rappers and why all four Cyphers are some of the best rap I’ve ever heard! Cypher pt 3 is my fave (it’s perfect to box to) but this medley the rapline did at a concert with Supreme Boi is THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
  4. Dope: with one of the most iconic intros I have ever heard in my life, Dope is definitely a song to listen to! It’s about hustling and trying to reach success in whatever you’re doing, something BTS is known for doing. Of course, I want to note that you should take care of yourself – mentally, emotionally, physically – while doing so as your health should not fall behind while you’re out working hard. Watch the music video for Dope here.
  5. Run: there’s not a lot I can say about Run and how complex and interesting it is that you won’t immediately feel when you watch its music video. So I’m just gonna leave the music video for it below and y’all can find out for yourself why it’s on this list.
  6. Baepsae (aka Silver Spoon): BTS does it again with another commentary about how society mistreats youth and, in doing so, maintain a life that is draining and unhealthy. Like No More Dream, it’s thoughtful and relevant and a song that I will love for the end of time because it is just so accurate. Listen to Baepsae on Spotify here.
  7. Spring Day: it would have been a sin to not include the Queen of Charts, Spring Day, as one of the most iconic songs BTS has ever created. Its lyrics are poetic – an understatement you will understand when you listen to the song -, and the imagery of the video is timeless. Much like Run, there aren’t enough words in any language that I could put together to say just how beautiful Spring Day is, so I’ll let you watch the video and feel it yourselves…

Honourable Mention Covers

  1. Born Singer: a song that never fails to make me cry, you might want to get the tissues ready
  2. Perfect Man: tied with Born Singer for my favourite cover by the group, Perfect Man showcases BTS’ vocals and choreo soooo well
  3. Rainism: with pretty much a replica of the original choreo, Jungkook and the rest of BTS take on Rainism – an already iconic song – really well
  4. As I Told You: BTS is in hockey gear, singing and dancing on stage….of course, this song is gonna be on this list

And, that’s all for my take on the most iconic older songs by BTS that all new ARMYs should listen to! What do you guys think? What are your favourite songs by BTS? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel

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Most Anticipated Releases: July 2020

July 2020

Hello everyone! So, quite a few books are coming out in July but there are 16 we specifically can’t wait for! Check out the list….

  1. Opium and Absinthe by Kang, Lydia
  2. All These Monsters (Monsters, #1) by Tintera, Amy
  3. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Bashardoust, Melissa
  4. You’re Next by Schachte, Kylie
  5. The Princess Will Save You (The Princess Will Save You, #1) by Henning, Sarah
  6. Karen’s Roller Skates (Baby-sitters Little Sister Graphic Novel #2) by Farina, Katy
  7. He Must Like You by Younge-Ullman, Danielle
  8. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Solomon, Rachel Lynn
  9. Mayhem by Laure, Estelle
  10. More Than Maybe by Hahn, Erin
  11. Shielded (Shielded, #1) by Flanders, KayLynn
  12. Splinters of Scarlet by Murphy, Emily Bain
  13. They Wish They Were Us by Goodman, Jessica
  14. The Mall by McCafferty, Megan
  15. The Girl in the White by Van Henry, April
  16. Ever Cursed by Haydu, Corey Ann

Are any of the books above on your most anticipated reads list for July? What else is on your list? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel

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Breaking Down #BookBloggingPaidMe

Book Blogging Paid Me

Hello everyone! So, if you’ve been on Twitter in the past couple of days, you will know that #PublishingPaidMe is a hashtag created by LL McKinney meant to show the pay disparity between Black authors and non-Black authors. It’s quite radical but unsurprising. A shoot-off of the hashtag – titled #BookBloggingPaidMe – was created by Cielo, in response to Brody, to show how Book Bloggers are barely paid, if at all. It’s been an interesting discussion that has shown how underappreciated book bloggers are compared to other industries’ bloggers. In this post, I thought I would talk about my experience of #BookBloggingPaidMe over the nearly 8 years I’ve been a blogger, compare the publishing industry to other niches, then offer some ideas to for industry improvements….

Backstory

When I first started blogging nearly 8 years ago, I just started my sophomore year of high school and was simply happy to have a place to talk about books. Like many of you know, offline, I didn’t have many friends who were interested in books, and typically not the same books I usually read. The few that did were amazing and I will forever cherish but, like I said, it was a few people. So, I started blogging to share my thoughts on the books I was reading. Eventually, authors and publishers started reaching out to me, offering free ebooks, published books, Advance Readers Copies (ARCs) for me to review/share about. I went to conventions and got books from there too. I did #booksfortrade.

But, the entire time, I also thought about how I could make money from book blogging. I mean, other industries get paid directly from it, so why not me. I started out with Amazon affiliates in 2016 and focused on that for a couple of years. I promoted books using affiliate links in Twitter threads and in my blog posts, every chance that I got. But, then I kind of lost focus and stopped caring about Amazon affiliates as much. In 2018, I decided to clean out my shelves and start selling books and bookish items that I did not need or want anymore. I cleared out most of the books/items I wanted to – I do still have books for sale though if you’re interested – and stopped that as well. In March 2019, I finally did a sponsored post (for money!!) with a company called Reklist which is an entertainment tracker and pretty awesome tbh. Since then, well, there hasn’t really been any other monetary opportunities that have paid out. I’ll admit though, I haven’t been as diligent of blogger for the past several months so it is understandable. Nonetheless, here’s hoping things change.

Let’s Talk Numbers

Firstly, let me apologize to those who saw my tweets about BookBloggingPaidMe; in creating this post, I realized my numbers are different than originally conveyed. Now here is my total profit breakdown….

Revenue (Paid Out)

  • Amazon (2016 – Present): $151.71
  • Selling my books & bookish items (2018 – Present): $353.97
  • Sponsored Post (2019): $100

In total, I’ve made $605.68 in revenue over the past four years. These numbers do not include the $25 I have not been paid for a Grammarly affiliate post (haven’t done the paperwork for that) or the $1.84 from WordAds – WordPress’ ad revenue stream – that does not get paid out until I make $100.

Expenses

  • 1st Year WordPress Premium Plan: $76.80 (got a discount)
  • 2nd Year WordPress Premium Plan: $96
  • 1st Year Domain Hosting from NameCheap: $0 (was gifted the domain)
  • 2nd Year Domain Hosting from NameCheap: $13
  • Shipping & Packaging: $124 (31 sales * an average $4 shipping & packaging)

In total, my expenses for the past three years are $309.80. This does not include the expenses of books & bookish items I had purchased (before selling), which is unknown.

Profit

= Revenue – Expenses = $605.68 – $309.80 = $295.88 over the span of four years.

Analysis

In consideration of the profit, I decided to take it one step further and consider the woman-hours put into creating a post, which I have named Post Hours. Now, over the seven years I have spent on the WordPress platform, – I used to use Weebly’s platform before I switched in 2014 – I have published 647 posts, on various topics and requiring various amounts of time. To make it simple, I decided to create an equation that states that, for every post created, I spent an average of 3 hours creating it. This includes: reading the book, research for discussion posts, writing the post, creating the graphics for the post, etc. In taking 647 posts and multiplying it by 3 hours, I got 1,941 Post Hours.

If you divide the previously found profit by the total number of Post Hours – $295.88 divided by 1,941 Post Hours – I will have made $0.15 per Post Hour. Which means I made $0.05 per post I’ve created. Which sucks.

That’s the numbers part of the analysis, the real part of the analysis is that the revenue does not include the friends I’ve made along the way (lol I’m a cliche), or the happiness I’ve gotten from reading books, or the number of ARCs I am privileged to receive from publishers (which is actually still an expense of sorts but I’ll talk about that in the next section), etc. On the other hand, those woman-hours and expenses do not at all include the amount of time spent learning how to utilize social media, networking with people in the industry, the amount of money I’ve spent going to conventions and festivals, the amount of money spent on trading for ARCs to read, the opportunity cost of not spending my time on other things in my life, etc.
Quite frankly, though, as much as I love book blogging and appreciate how much it has changed my life for the better, I will admit that I have thought about quitting and simply starting over in a new industry many times. Why? Because, as an industry, book blogging will not keep the lights on. It does not pay my bills. It barely adds to my to-travel fund. And, as a high school sophomore, that was completely okay. I mean, yeah I loved money and wanted to make it from my blog but it was nowhere near as important to me as it would be now if I didn’t have a source of income that provided me the luxury of not needing to pay the bills from just blogging.

So why haven’t I moved on to something else? I’ve tried/am trying. I have a ton of ideas I’ve been pursuing and working on, some of which you guys already know about – like my fandom shops on Red Bubble/Society 6 and the 2020 Ultimate Book Blogger Survival Kit – and others that are still secret (ooh la la). Also, I really love books and the community I’ve found in it so it’s hard to take even a foot out the door. Lastly, this doesn’t stop me from being angry for my fellow book bloggers though, hence this post.

Other Industries vs the Publishing Industry

In other industries, with how hard I have worked over the past eight years, I know I would have done many sponsored posts with a variety of companies for way more than $100/post, I would have a much larger social following, and my profits overall would be much higher. I didn’t need to do research to know this. I know this because I have followed creators in various industries across multiple social platforms who have proven this point to me over and over and over again. And I’m not naming specific creators because I’m sure you immediately thought of five people and know limitless more. Don’t get me wrong, they 100% deserve the success they are at and I am so proud of all the creators as a fan for getting to where they are, and I wish them continued success and happiness.

What irks me though is that the publishing industry values book bloggers just as much as fashion companies value fashion bloggers, beauty companies value make-up artists, etc. I mean, we are both the audience and the carriers of their message which is: “read this book by this author!” But, instead of being paid a fee or given the finushed, published copy, most book bloggers are paid nothing at worst, given an ARC at best. For the most popular of bloggers, and quite rarely, we MIGHT get a published book sent. Over the span 8 yrs, I’ve gotten several after doing major book blog tours. In our community, we are taught that an ARC is the ultimate prize, and the more popular the author/book, the rarer and more anticipated the ARC. It has fueled a lot of hype for books, and even more want on #booksfortrade. But there are several issues with ARCs which, before I list them, I will admit comes from a place of privilege as I have been lucky to work with publishers and authors many times, and gone to conventions and gotten said ARCs. I still will critique them, though, because the system is flawed and deserves to be made better:

  1. People of Colour and other minorities are frequently overlooked for receiving and reviewing ARCs from publishers, even when it comes to books ABOUT/featuring main characters of colour/their marginalization
  2. Even more so, international bloggers get even fewer opportunities to receive print ARCs AND e-books
  3. Another barrier to ARCs comes in the form of conventions which cater to those who are older and have money
  4. ARCs are not allowed to be sold which makes sense considering they’re unfinished works and authors do not make money off of them, unlike published books. BUT, to my knowledge, and please correct me if I’m wrong, the publishing industry is the only industry where the “sample” bloggers receive is something that people cannot sell legally. I’m not saying we should be selling ARCs, I’m just saying it’s definitely an odd thing to think about in relation to other niches and their idea of a sample (ie clothes, small size perfumes and makeup, prereleased games..).
  5. Another issue which, more goes towards the fact that we aren’t paid money, is that, even if a blogger gets an ARC, the expectation is that you should still buy the finished, published version. Which would be okay if bloggers made money. But we don’t really, so we are negatively impacted, money-wise: $0 revenue – $15 book = -$15. Add in the other expenses – calculated and not calculated – earlier, well you’re even more in the red.

Now, along with the issues with ARCs comes the underappreciation of book bloggers by publishers. Is this all that different from other industries? I don’t really know, I’m not in other niches as a blogger and have no personal experience to speak to, but I thought it should be mentioned regardless.

Pay Structure Ideas & Industry Improvements

So first off, I will admit that publishers have issues within their own houses related to pay and opportunities that they need to fix first. Therefore, it would seem that publishers do not have the immediate bandwidth to tackle pay for book bloggers too. Nonetheless, we make up a significant part of their marketing plans so I’m hoping changes are made in the near future. Keeping this in mind, here are my ideal pay structure ideas & industry improvements to better support book bloggers:

  • all blog tours pay bloggers a minimum fee for creating a post on the tour
  • all blog tour posts affiliated with the publisher should be, at minimum, shared by the blog tour company, the author, and the publisher on all applicable social media platforms
  • readers should pause their ad-blocker when browsing through websites so that bloggers can earn ad revenue
  • publishers should create scholarships for teens of colour/marginalization to attend conventions around the world like Book Expo & BookCon, all the Comic Cons, YALC etc
  • use bloggers’ – especially marginalized bloggers’ – affiliate links and codes when purchasing an item as it has no additional cost to you (sometimes you even get a discount actually), but it still provides the blogger with a commission (at cost to the company)
  • publishers should curate their ARC sending lists more carefully and ensure that marginalized bloggers are the first to be sent books with their marginalization included
  • publishers should be more “frugal” in sending out eARCs to international bloggers via NetGalley and Edelweiss

And that’s what I thought of so far but there is definitely more that can be done to help improve our industry standards and pay book bloggers what we are earned.

Overall

Overall, there isn’t anything else I want to say other than book bloggers deserve better.

Now, what do you think about this discussion? What is your #BookBloggingPaidMe story? What ideas do you have to improve the industry? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you, I hope you have a great day/night, and tata for now!

Angel

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Note: this post is specifically about book blogging. I did not write about booktube or bookstagram as those are two very different ball games that I cannot speak to and therefore cannot accurately represent.

Most Anticipated Releases: June 2020

June 2020

Hello everyone! So, quite a few books are coming out in June but there are 18 we specifically can’t wait for! Check out the list….

  1. Queen of Coin and Whispers by Corcoran, Helen
  2. My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Wong, Lindsay
  3. Kissing Lessons by Jordan, Sophie
  4. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #1) by Brown, Roseanne A.
  5. The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1) by Grant, Kester
  6. A Song Below Water by Morrow, Bethany C.
  7. All Eyes on Her by Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth
  8. Hood by Moke, Jenny Elder
  9. A Map to the Sun by Leong, Sloane
  10. All the Things We Never Knew by Tamani, Liara
  11. The Kinder Poison (The Kinder Poison, #1) by Mae, Natalie
  12. What Unbreakable Looks Like by McLaughlin, Kate
  13. Deadly Curious by Anstey, Cindy
  14. Seasons of the Storm (Seasons of the Storm, #1) by Cosimano, Elle
  15. Sisters of Sword and Song by Ross, Rebecca
  16. Forest of Souls (Shamanborn, #1) by Lee, Lori M.
  17. Love On the Main Stage by Domingo, S.A.
  18. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Frick, Kit

Are any of the books above on your most anticipated reads list for June? What else is on your list? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel

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50+ Mythological & Fairytale Retellings

Mythological and Fairytale Retellings

Hello everyone! So, like everyone else on the internet, I died of happiness when I heard the awesome news of the Percy Jackson series TV adaptation; Rick Riordan’s books were the start to my love of all things mythology, whether it was Greek, Roman or Egyptian. Since then, I’ve read anything that was inspired by mythology so, today I thought I would come up with a list of all the mythological AND fairytale retellings (plus some extras)! Check it out:

Mythology
  1. any book by Rick Riordan lol – Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse
  2. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White – Egyptian
  3. the Gumiho duology by Kat Cho – Korean
  4. Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson – Greek
  5. Sphinx series by Raye Wagner – Egyptian
  6. Circe by Madeline Miller – Greek
  7. The Star-Touched Queen duology by Roshani Chokshi – Hindu
  8. the Pandava Quartet series by Roshani Chokshi – Hindu
  9. The Storm Runner trilogy by J.C Cervantes – Mayan
  10. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee – Korean
  11. the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond trilogy by Sayantani DasGupta – Bengali
  12. Freya duology by Matthew Laurence – Norse
  13. Tristan Strong duology by Kwame Mbalia – West African
  14. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller – Korean
  15. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – Navajo
  16. Shadow of the Fox trilogy by Julie Kagawa – Japanese
  17. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – Japanese
  18. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Chinese
  19. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – Norse
  20. The Books of Ambha duology by Tasha Suri – Mughal/Indian
  21. Kingdom of Souls trilogy by Rena Barron – West African
  22. The Tiger at Midnight trilogy by Swati Teerdhala – Hindu
  23. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Mayan
  24. Medusa by Jessie Burton – Greek
  25. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller – Norse
  26. A River of Royal Blood duology by Amanda Joy – North African
  27. Woven in Moonlight duology by Isabel Ibañez – Bolivian
  28. Oh. My. Gods duology by Tera Lynn Childs – Greek/Roman
  29. the Medusa Girls trilogy by Tera Lynn Childs – Greek
  30. The Goddess Test trilogy by Aimee Carter – Greek
  31. the Abandon trilogy by Aimee Carter – Greek
  32. the Gods and Monsters series by Kelly Keaton – Greek

Fairytales

  1. The Wrath & The Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh
  2. The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh
  3. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  4. the Rise of the Empress duology by Julie C Dao
  5. Flame in the Mist duology by Renee Ahdieh
  6. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  7. the Beau Rivage duology by Sarah Cross
  8. St. Rosetta’s Academy trilogy by Sandhya Menon
  9. The Forest of Good and Evil duology by Gena Showalter
  10. the Fairytale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce
  11. The Cinderella Society duology by Kay Cassidy
  12. the Cinderella Cleaners series by Maya Gold
  13. Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
  14. Never Never by Brianna R Shrum
  15. Highschool Horror Story trilogy by Chandler Baker
  16. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig
  17. the Blood of Stars duology by Elizabeth Lim
  18. Once Upon a Con trilogy by Ashley Poston
  19. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club trilogy by Theodora Goss
  20. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas
  21. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
  22. A Hundred Names for Magic duology by Rin Chupeco
  23. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  24. Cursebreakers trilogy by Brigid Kemmerer
  25. Bloodleaf trilogy by Crystal Smith
Other
  1. Blackhearts duology by Nicole Castroman
  2. the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro
  3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  4. the Camelot Rising series by Kiersten White
  5. Doreen by Ilana Manaster
  6. Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
  7. Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

Aaaaand that’s it! Now, have you read any of the books on the list? If so, which one(s), and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!! Thanks, have a great day/night, and tata for now!

Angel

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