Monthly Archives: March 2015

Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they create a new list for bloggers. If you want to sign up, you can go here. This week’s list is for the top ten books I’ve added to my TBR list lately. 🙂
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane Fallout

Army brat? Um, yes.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1

Indian dystopian? Yes please. It sounds amazing.
Romancing The Dark In The City of Light by Ann Jacobus

Romancing The Dark in the City of Light

I’m a little worried about this one, it seems like there’s going to be a love triangle. However, it takes place in Paris and reminds me of Anna and The French Kiss so…I’m ready.<3
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Before We Were Strangers

I adore second chance books, especially when the book originally takes place during college.
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights

Arabian Nights? I need it. ❤

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (Not pictured)
I’ve never read one of Hannah’s books but I own Not Otherwise Specified. She seems to be awesome on Twitter and I love the summary of this book, so I want to read it. It’s about fairies! ❤
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

I Crawl Through It

This one sounds so fascinating, it’s about four teenagers who survived rape. It sounds really original.
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

This is a retelling of Aladdin! I NEED IT.
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang (Not pictured)
I have no idea what this is about, but it’s by Amy Zhang who last year wrote Falling Into Place. I loved that book, therefore I will read whatever she puts out.
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Velvet Undercover

I discovered this book a few days ago but brushed it off because of the 3.00 rating. I’ve looked closer and see there were only four ratings, so I’m giving this a shot! Of course.
Let’s see, it takes place during World War 1 and the main character, Samantha joins a woman’s spy group. Um, spies? YES PLEASE. I’ve been wanting to read books about female spies. I’m ready. ❤
 

Monthly Recap: March ’15

Hi everyone. 🙂 The monthly recap is one of my favorite posts to do even though it’s a bit time consuming. Every month I recap my life, my blog, music, movies, Broadway and book news as well.
~Life~
Life lately has been all right. I had to take two of my cats to the vet this past month, that wasn’t fun. Other than that, not too much has happened. Story of my life, right? Ha. I’ve had a huge reading slump all month which is why I only read one book. 😦 And didn’t review too much. I’m snapping out of it though, I think.
I won a lot of giveaways this month. 🙂 Which I’m now going to list here because, why not?
  1. ARC of Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (From Debby at Snuggly Oranges)
  2. My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp (From Rockstar Books Blog Tour)
  3. ARCs of Sweet by Emmy, Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu, and Joyride by Anna Banks (From Twitter).
  4. Amazon Gift Card (From Lisa at ReadBreatheRelax)
  5. Anna Banks Swag (From Jessica at Crossroad Reviews)
  6. Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold (A Revenge novel #2) by Katie Finn (From @FierceReads on Twitter)
  7. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (From Angie at DisquietsusReads
  8. Dead To Me by Mary McCoy (From Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl
  9. Liars Inc swag on Twitter at Paula Stoke’s Twitter Party
  10. E-Copy of When Joss Met Matt by (From Ginger at Good Reads)
  11. ARC of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (From Gaby and Lisa @BookishBroads on Twitter)
  12. The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine (From Katrina at Bookish Things and More)
  13. Duff Soundtrack, shirt and signed Bella Thorne poster (From Celebuzz.com)

Okay, on to the Stats recap.
~Stats~
WordPress Followers: 113
BlogLovin’ Followers: 
Facebook Likes: 20
# of Views/Visitors: 3,410/2,506
# of Blog Posts: 21 (Now 22)
# of Reviews: 4
# of Likes: 43
# of Comments: 111 (Half are mine)
Most Viewed Post: Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman (1,388 views)
~Book Stats~
# of Books Read: One. 😦
# of Books Bought: Six (5 Pre-Ordered)
# of Books Borrowed: 0
# of Books For Review: 0
# of Books Won: 11 (Roughly….)
# of Books Given: 1 (It hasn’t come yet though. 🙂 From Dahlia on Twitter<3)

~What I Posted (Minus memes and weekly recaps)~
Reviews:
ARC Review: How To Win At High School
ARC Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern
ARC Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
ARC Review: None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio
Features:
Looking Forward To: March ’15
Musical Monday: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios Playlist
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#25)
When Life Interferes…(Amber’s Rambles #16)
The End of Glee (More Than This Provincial Life #3)
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#26)
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#27)
Cleaning Out The Feed(Reader) (Amber’s Rambles #17)
Other Posts:
Bloggiesta Spring 2015

~Favorite Post(s)~
Musical Monday: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios Playlist
Cleaning Out The Feed(Reader) (Amber’s Rambles #17)

~Blogging Changes~
I made a header! 😀
~Blogosphere Participation~
  • I participated in Paula Stokes’ #TwitterMysteryTheater
  • I went to Paula Stokes’ Twitter party for Liars Inc<3
  • I had a Twitter chat about All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • I took part in Bloggiesta for the first time ever. It was so much fun.

~Book/Author Related~
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman is to become a tv show
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is becoming a movie.
  • 52 Reasons To Hate My Father has been acquired by Vampire Academy Producers 
  • MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES has been optioned for film by Paramount Pictures with Anonymous Content producing!
  • Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee had a second printing.
  • The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie had a second printing

~Music~
Oh my goodness, it’s been such a good music month for me. I’ll have to break this into sections.
-Songs I Was Obsessed With-
Shots by Imagine Dragons
Piece By Piece by Kelly Clarkson
Failure by Breaking Benjamin
Happy by Marina and The Diamonds
Forget by Marina and the Diamonds
I’m A Ruin by Marina and The Diamonds
Karaoke by Smallpools
-Albums I Liked-
Piece By Piece by Kelly Clarkson
Froot by Marina and The Diamonds
LOVETAP! by Smallpools
-Discovered Music-
I’ve liked Ayumi for a while, but I kind of never gave all of her songs a whole listen. I found this video when someone shared it on Popjustice. It’s so amazing. ❤ This was a great era for her apparently. This may be is my favorite live video of all time. So beautiful.  And when the lights hit and all of the decorations drop, I fall apart. It’s so beautiful.<3 I would have died to see her at this concert. Oh my gosh….
  • Runaway by Aurora
  • Young Blood by Bea Miller
  • Ryn weaver “OctaHate”
  • Steppin’ Out by Kaskade
  • Divine Inspiration “The Way” by Divine Inspiration
  • Fifty Sixty by Alizee
Song Teasers
So gorgeous, it reminds me of I Never Learn by Lykke Li (highly recommended, by the way.
She’s back guys! I’m dying<3
-New Songs-
This song seriously gives me life. ❤ Sounds just like old BB.
I just found this song from Ginger’s tweet on twitter.
I adore this video so so so much. It feels like a movie and I want a movie based on this. It’s so beautiful. I love it so so so much. ❤ It’s so….amazing.
-Newly Favorited Songs-
Fallen Angel by Three Days Grace
You’ve Haunted Me All My Life by Death Cab For Cutie
Believe by Mumford & Sons
Dead Inside by Muse
Emoticons by The Wombats
Crystals by Of Monsters and Men
Can You Blame Me by Matt and Kim
Lifted Up by Passion Pit

~Movies/Musical Related~
Okay, so we have Mulan, can we please get a live action version of Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame now please? Pleaseeeeee.

~TV Show Wise~
  • Glee ended. 😦 The finale was pretty great though, I wish some things had been different, but I still loved it. Especially the flashback episode.
  • iZombie launched! I’ve only watched the Pilot so far though. 😦 I was busy last week with something and missed it. I’m so excited for it though because Rob Thomas is behind it. (Adapting it, I mean, he didn’t actually think of the idea himself).
  • The Vampire Diaries has gone on on a small hiatus and won’t be back until next month for the final four episodes in the sixth season. 😦
  • i’m working my way through Veronica Mars again. 🙂 This time, I’ve been having my cousin watch it with me. OH! I also got Kaitlin hooked on it as well. So proud. 😉
  • I’m also catching up on Boy Meets World with season 2, I forgot how good the earlier seasons are because I love the later ones (mostly) so much.

~Purchases (Books, Albums, DVDs)-
~Books Bought~
Liars Inc by Paula Stokes
Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed
Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
-Books Pre-Ordered-
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
All The Rage by Courtney Summers + Bonus book (I can’t remember the name…)
Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

-Albums Bought-
Veronica Mars Movie Soundtrack
Imagine Dragons “Smoke + Mirrors”
Fall Out Boy “American Beauty/American Psycho”
-Albums Pre-Ordered-
i pre-ordered a couple albums that have now come out, so if that’s the case, I will also put “(Now own)”.
Marina and The Diamonds “Froot” (Now own)
Kodaline “Coming Up For Air” (Now own)
Smallpools “Lovetap!” (Now own)
Breaking Benjamin “Dark Before Dawn” (Pre-ordered)
Three Days Grace “Human” (Now own)
Death Cab For Cutie “Kintsugi” (Now own)
Muse “Drones” (Pre-Ordered)
The Wombats “Glitterbug” Deluxe (Pre-Ordered)
Of Monsters and Men “Beneath The Skin” (Deluxe) (Pre-Ordered)
Mumford & Sons “Wilder Mind” (Deluxe) (Pre-Ordered)

-DVDS Bought-
Veronica Mars Season 2
Veronica Mars Movie
Amelie
Boy Meets World Season 2

~How Did I  Do With My Resolutions?~
I’m still working on these….
~How Did I Do With My Challenges?~
I read Positively Beautiful for the Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge.
I wrote three discussions for the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.
I read Positively Beautiful for the Debut Author Challenge.
I ended up with eight squares for the Bookish Bingo: 2015 New Year. but no bingos.

Okay, so that pretty much is it for me this month. Let me know how your month’s have been.

Weekly Recap (#18) + Bloggiesta Recap + Stacking The Shelves

Weekly recap is a pretty self explanatory post. I recap what’s happened in my life, in the blogging world, on my blog and what’s coming up.
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers can link up and share the books they’ve received over the week.
~My Life~
Life? Stress. Chaos. Drama. I’m ready for April now. 🙂
~Highlights~
  • I attended Paula Stokes Twitter Party for Liars Inc! Co-hosted with Ensconced In Lit. It was fun. I won swag. 😀
  • I found my ipod! It was….um, on the inside zippered pocket of my purse….apparently that was the one place I thought it couldn’t/wouldn’t be. Ha…
  • I received book mail! Which I’ll talk about in STS. 🙂
  • I participated in Bloggiesta, had so much fun with it, learned some great tips, met some great people and I participated in almost every Twitter chat. ❤
  • I BOUGHT BOY MEETS WORLD SEASON 2.
  • I went cyber bowling last night. I was awful. But whatever.
  • I discovered #VeryRealisticYA, aka, the best thing ever. Let me also just say I was one of the first to do it after John Hansen did a ton of them. 🙂 (@ABoredAuthor)
  • Dahlia is so kindly giving me an ARC copy of The Wrath and The Dawn and I’m so thrilled.
~What You May Have Missed~
Spring Bloggeista 2015
Top Ten Tuesday
Wondrous Covers Wednesday
Cleaning Out The Feed(Reader) (Amber’s Rambles #17)
Putting The ‘I’ In LGBTQIA (ARC Review: None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio)
 
~Coming Up Next Week~
Top Ten Tuesday
ARC Review: Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills
Wondrous Wendsdays Covers
ARC Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Weekly Recap
I may will also be featured on a certain blog by the name of… Oh, The Books! 🙂 But it’s a surprise for you guys so still act surprised this week when you see me on there! 😀
~In The Blogosphere~
Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway started her new feature Get Rec’d!
Cait @ Paper Fury shares how to get more comments on your blog.
Val @ The Innocent Smiley gives the results of her linguistics survey.
Amanda @ Beautiful Bookish Butterflies shares what makes her read YOUR blog
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight tells us all the art of over-ARCing that I know so well….
~Reading Progress~
I’m in the middle of We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.
~Bloggiesta Progress~
Here was my list for last week (with additions made after Monday’s post)
❏  Write two reviews
  • Wrote one
  • Wrote second
❏  Update archive lists (Reviews, Features, Blogroll)
  • Update review archive by author
  • Update review archive by title
    • In progress
  • Update all feature archives
  • Update Blogroll
    • In progress
❏  Clean up tags
❏  Do three mini challenges
❏  Edit a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
  • Edit Review Policy
  • Edit Ratings System
    • In Progress
❏  Comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs 
  • Three a day
    • All except for Sunday. 😦 And Tuesday, I think.
❏  Participate in at least one Twitter chat
  • Participated in six I think!
❏  Schedule at least three posts for next month
❏ Set up basic review information for reviews yet to be written (Title/author, etc)
❏ Pin reviews to Pinterest
❏ Update Header
❏ Take picture sometime for profile/twitter picture.
So I didn’t get too much done, but I made progress. 🙂 So that’s good. I had a lot of fun socializing with everyone.
~Stacking The Shelves~

Stacking The Shelves

Won:
ARC: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (A Broken Hearts & Revenge Novel) by Katie Finn (Curtesy of Fierce Reads)
ARC: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (Curtesy of Snuggly Oranges and publisher)
My Best Everything by (Curtesy of Rockstar Book Tours) 
Dead To Me by Mary McCoy (Curtesy of Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl)

Purchased:
Crushed (Pretty Little Liars #13) by Sara Shepard
No, I haven’t read the first twelve, only the first two. 🙂 It was only $3.97 at Walmart so like, why wouldn’t I get it? Ha. Plus it was hardcopy!
Well, that’s it for my week. Let me know how yours was, if you participated in Bloggiesta, if you’re having as much fun with this #VeryRealisticYA tag as I am, what books you’ve won and what’s going on in your lives! I want to know. Have a good week. ❤

Putting The ‘I’ In LGBTQIA (A Review)

None of The AboveHey everyone! One thing I love about this year is the diversity that a lot of books are having, especially involving LGBTQIA. There are more books coming out with Lesbian and Gay teens and I was so happy to discover None of The Above, a novel about a teenager who is intersex. 
You may have seen my post featuring this book in One Day More, a couple months ago because I loved it.
Tonight I am going to be reviewing None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio, a book I have been SO excited about since I saw it up on Edelweiss.
 
Published: April 7, 2015
Pages: 352
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Social Issues, Sexuality
Format: E-ARC
Source: Edelweiss VIA Balzer + Bray
Rating: Four Stars
 
Disclaimer: I received an E-ARC curtesy of Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) and Edelweiss, this in no way influences my opinion or this review.
 
What DOES influence my opinion of this book is the awesomeness that this book contains. If you don’t know what it’s about, here’s the Goodreads Summary for you below:
Goodreads Summary:
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.
But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned–something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”
Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?
Cover Thoughts: I love how the cover is mostly white and uses the “O”s in the title as sort of fill-in circles that are given to students on tests. I love how each of them is filled with a different color symbolizing male, female or “none of the above”. It’s really original.
First Line: Dawn is my favorite time of day.
Before The Book:
As soon as I heard about None of The Above, I knew I had to read it. This is the first book I’ve heard of that features an intersex teenager. I can’t imagine what it would be like to find something like that out. I am preparing myself for some serious feels now. 
~Review~
And serious feels I felt, mostly those of anger. None of The Above was raw and heartbreaking.
This is a book everyone needs to read. A lot of the characters in None of The Above jump to the wrong conclusion about Kristin (or Krissy) when they found out she is intersex. In turn, they react cruelly and turn away from her. It is heartbreaking, inspiring and moving.
None of the above was such a huge eye-opener for me. Going in, I knew the very basics of what being intersex involved, physically at least. I was still ignorant on the actual scientific details though. None of The Above was really informative but didn’t beat you in the head with the information. It was gradually given and realistically told over time as Krissy and her dad learned more.
Before Krissy discovers she’s intersex, she’s happy, well-liked (she was voted homecoming queen after all), has a great boyfriend, two best friends and she’s a star runner in school. What could be better? This all comes crumbling down when the first time she tries to have sex, it’s extremely difficult for her. She gets an appointment and finds out she’s intersex.
I can’t imagine being in Krissy’s shoes. One night, she wins homecoming queen, quite unexpected and a week later, she learns she’s intersex. Specifically, Krissy has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, a form of the many intersex conditions there are.
I found Krissy’s reaction to be very realistic. She was scared, she was worried, and she didn’t know who or what  she even was anymore. Did the testes she had make her more of a guy? Was she a girl because she never got her period? Was she now going to be a lesbian? Her confusion was so thoroughly portrayed as she dealt with it. I love how she worried about a lot of the preconceived notions that people have who aren’t familiar with intersex.
What was really realistic was how people acted when they found out Krissy was intersex, including herself. Her friends didn’t understand, her jerk of a boyfriend was a jerk, she was taunted at school because no one wanted to try to figure out what intersex really meant.
My heart ached throughout reading None of The Above because Krissy had almost no one to turn too. She didn’t know anyone in real life who was intersex and all her friends and classmates didn’t understand it.
Both of Krissy’s friends irritated me in None of The Above. Sam, Krissy’s boyfriend wasn’t any better. I just wanted to shake all three characters and tell them to really try to understand. 
If that wasn’t enough, Krissy ends up getting tossed off her running team because other teams filed complaints about it. That was really frustrating to read because running was all Krissy had to really depend on. Later cyber bullying happens, real bullying happens and everything just escalates.
I love how much the topic of being female came about. This was a topic that was hit on a lot because Krissy was a woman who had male chromosomes. She didn’t have her period and didn’t grow hair, but did that make her less of a woman for what she didn’t have? Besides sexuality and gender, None of The Above also dealt a lot with self acceptance and confidence. Krissy went through a lot of turmoil trying to figure out who she was. In the midst of all that is romance, which I really liked because it was overshadowed and only played a small part in None of The Above.
I like how she came to grips about herself though in the end. What I really loved is the support that Kristin found. Although her friends had basically deserted her, she found support in a group, she made a friend she could relate to, Gretchen. I loved Gretchen, I like how she poked fun at herself and helped Krissy get through this. She found others, Darren and Julia, that weren’t going to let her being intersex get in the middle of their friendship and treated her like she wasn’t different at all. 
~Final Thoughts~
I loved Krissy. I like how she dealt with who she was and how just because she was intersex, it didn’t mean it made her any different from who she was before. I like how she found true friends through her diagnosis. None of The Above dealt with intersex very realistically. At the end of the book, there is an author’s note that talks about the research Gregorio did when writing this book.
One small thing stuck out to me in None of The Above. It happens when Krissy is trying on her dress with her two best friends. She mentions how they were friends since before they were born.
We’d literally been friends since we’d been born, when our mothers bonded in a postnatal yoga class. 
That line reminded me of Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants. 🙂 Overall, I really loved None of The Above and I’m so glad I.W. Gregorio wrote it. I only wish it was longer and I found out more about Krissy as she dealt with being intersex.

~Quotes From ARC~
(May be changed in final copy)
  • Say something often enough and you’ll believe it.
  • I knew it was stupid for that sentence to hurt. It wasn’t like Shakespeare wrote it with me in mind–he was talking about how Shylock’s daughter disguised herself as a boy to escape his house.
  • I lost myself in the numbers, and in the equations that I could actually solve.
  • Was I still my dad’s daughter, or should he start calling me his son?
  • They say that the best hurdlers learn to compartmentalize. They break down each race into its components and when they perfect the little things, the big picture comes together naturally. So I focused on one piece of my life at a time.
  • That was when I realized that life was a multiple-choice test with two answers: Male or Female. And I was None of the Above.
  • Some people eat comfort food,; I take comfort runs.
  • Maybe I was a glutton for punishment. But this I believed: It shouldn’t be possible to unlove someone so quickly.
 

Cleaning Out The Feed(Reader)

Amber’s Rambles is a semi-regular feature at YA Indulgences where I talk about various topics involving books, blogging and the book blogging blogosphere.
Tonight I am going to be talking about Blog Feeds. I use BlogLovin’ while I know others use Feedly. I love BlogLovin’, it keeps all the blogs in on place, I can organize them, I can create collection and it marks a blog “Read” for me after I click on it. I can also save posts, which I love. So it’s basically a win for me. . .
Mostly.
I don’t know about you guys, but when I started book blogging in July, I followed anybody and everybody. What I mostly started following though were big blogs and a lot of my following incentives was “If I follow them, I get an extra entry for this giveaway”. 
Yes, I was that person. 
It didn’t really matter if I had never before seen the blog in my life. It didn’t matter if they were posting NA, which I’ve never read. I followed them no matter what.
On the other hand, I didn’t just follow blogs with giveaways or “big” blogs.
If I saw a post I liked, I would follow that blog without really examining it at all. 
And then I started following music blogs, fashion blogs, photography blogs, art blogs, random lifestyle blogs. You can imagine how chaotic my feed is when I don’t “filter” it in the different folders I currently have.
Of course, this caused a few problems to occur.
Number One:
I don’t know who I like!
The book blogosphere has gotten massive, if I do say so myself. This makes it a bit hard to keep up with the blogs I like. For example, that saving post plus I mentioned above? Yeah, if I think about a past post I liked, I won’t know who it came from. This causes me to not be sure who I like.
This is causing me to go through every. single. blog. on my feed and put them into different categories, which I’ll get into later.
Long point, short: I DON’T KNOW WHO I LIKE ANYMORE. I’ve followed so many blogs I can’t remember why I followed them, which brings me to….
Number Two:
I’m sorry, who are you again?
I can’t remember who people are, chances are if I’ve talked to you on Twitter, I’m now following your blog (or will be, perhaps). This leads to me kind of forgetting who people are and again, me not knowing what blogs I like.
Number Three:
Loss of Comment Love
The bloggers/blogs I do love don’t always get commented on! 😦
When I’m checking my blogs, I generally just go in alphabetical order, so if you’re in the Y’s (like me, I really should have thought this whole blog title through), chances are I won’t ever get to you unless I make it a point to….
check blogs in reverse alphabetical order! Which I have done before. 
The bloggers and blogs I love have a mix of names with their titles expanding from As to Is to Ls to Ts to Ys.
I can only check so many blogs in a day. 😦 So I don’t always check my favorites out.
Number Four:
I avoid my feed. 
Seriously guys, there are just so many blogs on it and I get too intimidated to even try to comment on any. 😦 I almost created a “FAVORITE favorites folder….
Number Five:
I get to organize!
I now have to go through my feed and unfollow and categorize blogs. I don’t want to, hahaha….
Now this brings me to my point of this post. Over the past couple months, I’ve worked on getting my Feed cleaned out because it is a GIANT mess. If you don’t know, I am participating in Bloggiesta and one of my goals for the weeks was to participate in a mini challenge. I seriously thought about blowing this one off because this specific one is….
Andi from Estella’s Revenge has some ideas on how to Organize your Feed Reader.
Of course, I was only going to blow it off because….why do something this week that I can procrastinate and do some time in the distant future? Ha. It’s like this post was meant just for me. Andi’s post has motivated me to organize my feed reader, which obviously, you guys know I SERIOUSLY need to do.
Andi gave the great tip of organizing the blogs into different folder based on when you can read them. For example, folders for everyday reads, weekday ones,  weekends and a folder for blogs we think we want to follow forever. Or for the long haul. 🙂
I thought I would discuss how I am going to organize my feed reader into different folders. 
Right now, I have the basic folders of:
Book Blogs (Any blogs not in my favorite blogs folder)
  • Fashion Blogs
  • Favorite Book Blogs
  • Music Blogs
  • Random (Yep, this is where all those lifestyle, random article blogs are, as well as whatever I followed without giving too much thought…)
I have added these new folders so far:
  • Possibly Unfollow
  • Weekends (Blogs I’m not sure if I’m interested in)
When I get done with this, I want to only have these folders (for book blogging):
  1. Everyday Faves (My favorite blogs)
  2. Weekend Wonders (Blogs I’m not sure about following)
  3. New To Me (New blogs I’ve discovered and aren’t sure about following)
  4. Possibilities  (Possible blogs to unfollow due to different genres or loss of interest)
Looky, look, see, four nice blogging folders. Four of them. Don’t they look all organized? Yeah, I haven’t gotten that far yet, ha.
Yes, I do have a specific folders for blogs I will unfollow, my feed is that out of control….
This is definitely going to take a bit of time to do, at the moment I am currently following…
BlogLovin

Oh, look at that!

751 blogs. Oh! Progress! I thought it was like 981, I have been unfollowing some blogs though 😦 as I’ve been cleaning out my feed.
So, this was such a fun post to do. Let me know what feedreader or system (bookmarks, lists, etc.) you use and how you keep your “reading of the blogs” in control.
And repeat with me: I will NOT follow all the blogs. I will NOT follow all the blogs.
Did you repeat it? Great!
Feel free to give me any tips or, you know, similar experiences you’ve had with following blogs. 🙂

Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#27)

Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I show and talk about three (generally) YA book covers. 🙂 If you want to see past posts, you can go here.

This week I am going to be showing off covers with….swords. Yes, swords. Why? Because these covers are pretty awesome.

~One~

Graceling
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

~My Thoughts~

Is it weird if I say I like how pretty the sword is? I like how pretty the sword is. I love the background used, it’s so light and fantasy-ish. It kind of reminds me of a fairytale. I love the reflection in the sword which I didn’t catch at first glance.

~Two~

Seeker
Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

~My Thoughts~

While the book may have gotten questionable reviews, I do love this cover. I like the stormy background, the land and the designs surrounding the sword. I love how the land gives me the sense of a journey. It’s also very ominous and gives an interesting contrast compared to the Graceling cover.

~Three~

The Young Elites
The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

~My Thoughts~

So. . . I’m cheating just a little with this one, because that is not a sword on a cover, it’s a dagger. 🙂 All the same, I’ll treat it like it is. Unlike the previous two covers, The Young Elites features a dagger in the title. I loved this. I like how it takes the background rather than the focus of the cover. If I thought Seeker had an ominous cover, this one is even more so. I like how it’s against such a dark clouded background, it really gives emphasis to the mysteriousness aura the cover has.

Top Books I Want To Revisit

Top Ten TuesdayHi everyone. 🙂 It’s Top Ten Tuesday. TTT is a meme created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there is a new list for everyone to take part in. If you’re interested in it, you can go here.
This week’s list is about re-reading books from our childhood or teen years. I have to say, I didn’t read too much as a child. Do I lose my book blogger privileges now? 😉 I honestly think I only really read the Babysitter’s Club (+ BSC Little Sister) and R.L. Stine Fear Street books. Those definitely made up the bulk of my reading back then. It’s very unfortunate because I’ve been seeing others lists and they have like Charlotte’s Web, American Girl, Anne of Green Gables and…I have three series. 😦 
So, I am going to do books from my teen years, this will most likely overlap with past TTT, but I’ll try to diversify a little. It will be a mix of classics, YA series and one children’s series. 🙂
~Top Books From Teen/Childhood Years That I Would Love To Revisit~
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  6. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
  7. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer 
  8. Blue Is For Nightmares series by Laurie Stolarz
  9. Babysitter’s Club Series by Ann M. Martin
What can I say about BSC? I love those books, I never knew they were so short though until I looked them up on Amazon. And yes… that is Twilight you see. Haha, I’d like to re-read the series just to see what I think of them now. Anyway, here’s my list. What’s yours? 🙂

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