Monthly Archives: July 2015

Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#42)

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Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I share my cover love by showing off three covers with common themes or attributes.
Good evening! Or morning, depending on where you are. 🙂 It’s a little later than evening here actually, but you can’t really say “good night” in this context. And look, there’s the return of my graphic I made months ago for this feature! Yay. Maybe now I’ll remember to use it every week. We’ll see.
Okay, I decided I would share three lime green covers this week. What I really like about them all is that they’re pretty simple.

~One~

Perks of Being A Wallflower

Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

~My Thoughts~

Very simple. What I like about this cover is that much like the book, it’s very simple and clear in it’s message. I think the pants and shoes in the corner of the cover are very representative for Charlie, the main character, being a bit unknown and lost. It also helps with the feeling that Charlie could be anyone and he’s not nailed down as looking one certain way.

~Two~

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 

~My Thoughts~

Okay, it looks yellow in the picture, but I looked at other pictures on instagram and it showed up as green! I swear it’s green! Oh my gosh, how great/sad are the three characters on the cover? I love that there’s one for “Me”, “Earl” and “dying girl”. It’s funny and tragic and gives me a humorous vibe that I’ve heard this book has. It’s been on my “to read” list for a long time. Well, since June/July at least. 🙂 

~Three~

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

~My Thoughts~

From what I’ve heard of this book, it’s very weird…Very, very weird. With the cover, I like how bright it is, despite the fact that it kind of burns my eyes just to look at it. Haha. I love the grasshopper antennas at the top, I’d never really looked at the cover hard enough before to tell what they were. Now I love that little detail. I like how the title almost blends in with the background too.

Have you read any of these books? Will you read any of these books? I have read Perks and I love that book. I always forget how short it is until I go on Goodreads and look at it.


SBPT #4: Sarah and Her Favorite Disney Movies

Hi everyone! Here is the fourth week of the Summer Blog Promo Tour, hosted by Amber and Jessica @ The Book Bratz. Every Sunday throughout July and August I’ll be hosting a new blogger here.
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This week I am so excited to feature Sarah from Words With Sarah. Sarah is going to be talking about her favorite Disney movies. I hope you like this post as much as I do!

~ALL ABOUT DISNEY!~

There will never be a time in life where I stop loving Disney. It’s ingrained into my soul. My best friends and I will ride together in cars blasting Disney soundtracks and will quote the movies in our everyday life. Disney is my absolute favorite thing to talk about so I’m thrilled Amber is letting me gush about my 5 favorite Disney movies!
Mulan

Mulan

Girl power! This was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater and naturally from that point on I became obsessed. I got the soundtrack, I got the VHS, and I even had a Mulan birthday party that year. Basically, Mulan was my badass spirit animal. And she had a horse. Which I still want one for myself. And a dragon. I really want a dragon too.
Peter Pan

Peter Pan

For the longest time my twitter bio read something about still waiting on Peter Pan to take me to Neverland. All the adventures that could happen there? All the Lost Boys and fairies, and Peter Pan himself! I would have the most fun there, as long as I didn’t run into any mermaids, pirates, or crocodiles. Basically, I just want to fly around with Peter and hang out with the Lost Boys.
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and The Beast

One of the most classic soundtracks Disney has ever had. My brother was in a school play of BatB and so while he was learning the songs I would sing them with him. At the show, I sang in my seat watching. Plus Belle loves books. I love books. Beast gives her an entire library full of books. I need a guy to give me an entire library full of books. There’s also Lumineree, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts and Chip. Some of my favorite characters ever to be created. I just love all of them so much and could go on for hours about my love for this movie.
Tangled

Tangled

This is such an underrated movie! Rapunzel is so bad ass and cute, OMG! She uses a frying pan as a weapon, has a pet chameleon, and rescues the hero instead of the other way around. The music is probably my second favorite soundtrack. I will sing those songs before I sing Frozen songs. I’m kind of Frozened out but I could watch Tangled over and over and over again….in fact I have. Tangled is movie gold that everyone needs to watch!
One Hundred and One Dalmatians

101 Dalmations

I’m such an animal person. All the pets I have at my house, I have brought home. Dogs especially are my weakness. So it might have been a mistake for my parents to let me watch this movie over and over again. I wanted one hundred and one dogs. I wanted Dalmatians. It was just so cute and Pongo and Predita are the cutest couple, granted they maybe should find another hobby but you know, to each their own. I was love with all of their movies, even the live action. I had PJs, I had stuffed animals. I had video games. And talking about them now I really want to watch the movie again.
In fact, I really want to have a Disney night. Using my VHS tapes and being a real 90s kid. There are so many more movies I could talk about like Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Nemo, and The Aristocats, but I think you can tell I’m Disney obsessed at this point so I’m going to stop while I can!
Thank you so much Amber for having me on your blog and talking about one of my favorite subjects other then books!
Sarah is a 19 year old college student working on a BA in English: Creative Writing. She has dreams of being a published author. When she’s not working on one of her many novel ideas, she’s reading any books she can get her hands on. She also frequents the beach and hangs out with her friends, which is time often spent quoting Disney movies. She also has an unhealthy obsession with penguins and dragons 

Thanks for being on my blog Sarah! This was so great. I love Beauty and The Beast and Tangled. I could definitely watch both of them over and over again.

Blogoversary Day 5: SPOTLIGHT TIME

It’s day five of my blog anniversary celebration! I took a break from it yesterday to do a cover reveal, but I’m back. I’m very excited to be doing this post because it’s all about…
You!
You, the readers.
You, the followers.
You, the bloggers, the authors, the books!
It’s spotlight time basically. I’ll be talking about pretty much anyone that’s affected me while I’ve blogged. 🙂 I will admit I have not linked anyone here yet, but as you will see, there’s a huge list of people! I’ll start linking tonight and finish tomorrow. I hope you love this post.

FIRST, I want to talk about my friendsss.

~Friend Spotlight~

Holly, Val, Shannon–I could talk to you all in a group, which I am currently doing because of how much time we’ve spent talking to each other. Thank you for letting me in your little group! I feel so special that I’ve talked to you all so much on a daily basis through our DMs and on Twitter. ❤ You’re all a pretty big reason why I still blog. I love you! Now individually:
Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway–We met during the #IslaIsComing read-along and I’ve never been happier to participate in something online since I met you through it!  And through you, I sort of met Val and Shannon! So thank you for that. ❤ I love your sarcasm and sass and how much you really love books when you love them. Really, I just love all the conversations we’ve had whether we’re shouting about “situations” on Twitter, hosting Twitter chats or talking with Shannon and Val. I love every single one.
Val @ The Innocent Smiley— YOU! You’re like the most innocent person I’ve ever met and I don’t know why I think that other than because you’re the innocent centaur. I mean, smiley. The innocent smiley you are! You are such a light everywhere. I’ve called you Rapunzel before, but I’m calling you Rapunzel again because you’re like, always sunshiny. And to be honest, I’m generally not into sunshiny people, but you’re obviously different! You’re so fun to talk to and I love how much you play video games and watch anime. I’m forever sad I didn’t go to BEA last year and meet you, especially given next year’s circumstances. 😦 You just have to graduate. SIGH. Such sadness. 😦 It’s okay though, I’m sure we’ll meet some day if I have to go hitch-hike to meet you. ❤
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight–You took the longest to become friends with it seems. 😦 BECAUSE YOU’RE SO INTIMIDATING. STOP IT. You were anyway. 🙂 I don’t know when it changed, but it did eventually for me. I love how you’re always there for anyone who’s in trouble and the heart that you really have for people that are hurt. You’re seriously just like…so loving to your friends and it’s amazing. I’m so glad we’re friends<3 And we’ll go to BEA next year and have tons of fun! With coffee. Or alcohol. Or BOTH! (Both). 🙂 You make awesome blog buttons too! ❤
Nori @ Read Write Love 28 –I love your willingness to help authors and publishers with reviewing books. I love how you ALWAYS have something going on whether it’s the Sunday Street Team or RQWN or Bookitcon! You’re just amazing for doing everything that you do and quite honestly, you’re in inspiration in how much you’re committed to your blogging, reading and bookish related activity. Plus you’re super organized, it’s insane but awe-worthy.
Kaitlin 1 @ Reading Is My Treasure— Ha! Don’t you like that? Kaitlin 1, like Nori, you’re amazing with organizing your arcs. I wish I was as efficient as you were. I’ve loved talking to you and getting countless DMs about Pretty Little Liars! I love how you watched the entire first season of Veronica Mars in what was basically A DAY. That’s amazing! You may just be one of my favorite people ever for doing that.
Crystal @ BookiEmoji–I’ve loved getting to know you a little better in the past month or two! I blame Pretty Little Liars for helping along with that. 🙂 I’m so excited that you’re almost caught up with the show because I’m seriously going to need someone to “encourage” me to make it through the rest of the season. And next. 😦 ❤
Kayla @ The 1000 Lives–Like Crystal, we only started talking the past couple months and I’m not even sure how it started really! However, thank you so much for talking to me on Twitter and visiting my blog a lot!
Sarah @ Words With Sarah–HI! We met through the Summer Blog Promo Tour and I’m so glad we hit it off so fast! Literally, our first chat was just like “DISNEY”. I’ve loved reading your tweets and chatting with you. I hope we talk a lot more in the future too!
Nicole @ Quality Fangirls–HI! Like Sarah, we met through the Summer Blog Promo Tour and I have loved talking to you (and Sophia) on Twitter and getting to know you. I hope we talk more this year too!
Cait @ Paper Fury–Cait! You’re energy and enthusiasm on your blog is like unmatched. I love how personal you make your posts.
Lauren @ Bookmark Lit— I kind of already said this on your own blog anniversary post, but you were one of the first people I followed when I began my blog. I love how professional you’ve had it from the very start. That’s something I still strive for. 🙂 You’re an inspiration for me for sure and I love your original features. I used to comment on your blog a lot and I don’t do that quite as much anymore, but it’s not a you thing, it’s a me thing! Just know that you’re one of my favorite bloggers and I’d like us to talk more on Twitter so, I need to do that with you!
Bee @ Istyria Book Blog-Okay, so for the longest time, I found you kind of intimidating on your blog. I don’t know why! I just did. And then I read Because You’ll Never Meet Me and you read Because You’ll Never Meet Me and through our mutual never ending love and devotion for BYNMM, we became friends and I love it! I love your blog design, your features, and how you love disney. May we bond over many other books.
Lola @ Hit or Miss Books–You commented on my first post EVEr and I used to visit your blog all the time since we started in July and since then I stopped visiting so much because I’m kind of an awful person, but thank you! Who wins award for longest run-on sentence? ME. Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog and for the necklace you gave me when I won that book from you way back in September. I still get compliments on that necklace every time I wear it. 🙂 Like Lauren, you’ve also had a very professional looking blog since you started which is just so great. Basically…thank you<3
Xander @ Forever Bookish— I’m just going to sum you up in this video 😉 :
And maybe say a few things. Oh my gosh, you are insanely popular. It’s like, the bloggers, the booktubers, the authors, the readers, the editors, the publicists, they all adore you. They think you’re a righteous dude!
Wait, I just parodied the Ferris Bueller video, what4ever. Basic point: You’re insane.
Erin @ The Hardcover Lover — ERIN! I love that you put together the July ’14 class of bloggers event because that’s so awesome. I love talking to you on Twitter. You have one fiery personality! I wouldn’t want to get on your bad side. Haha. It’s been fun getting to know you and visiting your blog.
Tika @ Fangirl Confessions — I still feel like I’m getting to know you but oh my gosh, your personality, I love it! I love how upfront you are and how you have a take-no-bs attitude. That’s awesome. I like how if you like a book, people know it and if you HATED a book, people know that even more! I like how even though we’ve had differences in books (at least Anything Could Happen) we’re still friends and everything. You’re also hilarious, have I mentioned that? You crack me up a lot.
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books — You’re like Kaitlin and Nori in that you have fantastic ideas and then you do them. I’ve loved your MTN2015 chats (so sad the last one ended yesterday). I love how supportive you are of authors and how you’re always trying to do something for them. I like how outgoing you are and outspoken, even when it makes people uncomfortable sometimes. Ultimately, I love everything you do!
Alexia @ Adventures In Reading— We’ve been kind of/half talking on Twitter it seems like in the past couple of months! I don’t know you very well yet, but I always really enjoy reading your tweets and your blog and commenting when I have something to say. 🙂 I hope we start to talk more though.
Wow, that took a long time! I know I’ve probably forgotten people I talk to often, so…sorry. 😦

~Twitter Spotlight~

Now for everyone else that I’ve talked to on Twitter:
Kaitlin 2, Jackie, Chelsea, Lara, Harlee, Maddie, Vivian, Kira, Meredith, Faye, Aimee, CJ, Rosie, and Cee. And probably a ton more.


~Blog Spotlight~

This is for all the blogs/bloggers I’ve discovered and loved since joining the blogosphere (not counting the above, because, of course I love them). We really need to talk more, just saying! 
Alexa Loves Books, bookiemoji, Cuddlebuggery, Effortlessly Reading, Falling For YA, Girl In The Pages, GReads!, Great Imaginations, hello, chelly, Lili’s Reflections, Love At First Page, Love Is Not A Triangle, Nose Graze, Oh, The Books, Pop! Goes The Reader, Reading Teen, so obsessed with, Such A Novel Idea, The Perpetual Page-Turner,Stay Bookish, The Mile Long Bookshelf, and What Sarah Read.

~Author Spotlight~

I want to thank all the authors that have been featured on my blog:
Corey Ann Haydu, Leah Thomas, Will Walton, Adi Alsaid, and Tamara Ireland Stone. ❤
Thank you to all the countless, lovely authors I’ve talked to on Twitter, who have answered questions or just chatted with me:
Jennifer Niven, Becky Albertalli, Corey Ann Haydu, Kate Scelsa, Paula Stokes, Leah Thomas, Lauren Gibaldi, Heidi Hailig, Ashley Herring Blake, Shaun Hutchinson and Will Walton.
And to the authors who sent me lovely bookmarks/pins/arcs:
Becky Albertalli, Kate Scelsa, Sharon Ross Roat, Francesca Zappia, Ann Jacobus, Michelle Smith, Lauren Gibaldi, Valerie Tejeda and soon to be Jennifer Walkup.

~Publisher Spotlight~

To all the publishers on EW and NG who have approved my requests:
Dundurn, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, and St. Martin’s! Thank you for granting me arcs, I never thought that’d really happen with my small blog but it has and I’ve discovered so many good books through you. 🙂

~BOOK SPOTLIGHT~

Yay, now I get to talk about all the books I’ve loved and discovered since blogging.
If I Stay Where She Went Eleanor and Park Every Day (David Levithan) The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight Anna And the French Kiss Every Day Falling Into Place Kiss of Broken Glass We Were Liars Chance Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe Rites Of Passage The Truth About Alice The DUFFFree To Fall A Midsummer's Nightmare Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist The Walled City I'll Meet You There Just Like The Movies Pivot Point #1 Every Ugly Word When Reason Breaks Making Pretty Untitled-4 Emmy and Oliver All The Bright Places More Happy Than Not Finding Paris None of The Above We Were Liars Positively Beautiful (Wendy Mills) Little Peach Challenger Deep  5 to 1 Anything Could Happen Fans of The Impossible Life Because You'll Never Meet Me Maybe One Day Remember (Eileen Cook)
Wow. I would have probably not as read as many of these books if I didn’t discover them through blogging! So thank you to every single author who wrote them, I enjoyed each one so much.
Wow, this took so long, but I loved doing it. Thank you to everyone who’s commented on my blog, followed, like a post, tweeted me, been on my blog, encouraged me, enjoyed one of my posts. Thank you all so much! 

Cover Reveal for Game On by Michelle Smith

Hey everyone! I’m so happy to be part of the cover reveal for Michelle’s new book. Confession time: I haven’t read Play On
Amber, you haven’t read Play on??
No, I haven’t dear reader.
Isn’t Game On like a companion novel to Play On?
Yes, dear reader. . .
So why are you doing this cover reveal again?
I am doing this cover reveal because Holly and Danielle loved Play On a ton and the fact that I have really wanted to read Play On, I just haven’t had time. I bought it on the (surprise) release date though! If that’s any consolation.
Okay, enough of my talking. Sort of.
First, let’s take a look at Play On, the first book in the Lewis Creek series:
Look at that! Isn’t it wonderful? It’s wonderful. I adore it.
Play On
Onto the sequel companion novel!
Here’s Game On‘s summary for you. 🙂 It sounds amazing.
Title: Game On (Lewis Creek #2)
Author: Michelle Smith
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Synopsis:
Eric Perry is Lewis Creek’s resident bad boy. When he’s named the new starting pitcher in a town that thinks baseball is everything and he is nothing but trouble, Eric knows he has to clean up his act. Lay low, his coach tells him—at least long enough to actually pitch a game. But when a fight with his teammate lands him in jail yet again, his season may be over before it starts…until his next door neighbor, Bri, comes to the rescue. Making a deal with Eric’s coach, she offers him one final chance at redemption: community service.
Bri Johnson hadn’t talked to Eric in months. Her boyfriend Matt, Eric’s teammate and the school’s golden boy, didn’t like her to be around Eric. Matt didn’t like a lot of things Bri did or said or wore, which is why she ends it with him the same night he and Eric get into a fight—a fight over her. That night is the reason Bri offers to take Eric with her to the community center each week, so he can keep his spot on the team. But spending time with Eric only makes her life worse, as scandalous rumors start flying and Matt refuses to let her move on. 
While Eric and Bri work closely together at the center, old stories of stargazing, first kisses, and a time when they were friends start to re-connect them. As they open up their secrets and their hearts to each other, they start to see that they are more than what other people think they are—and even more than what they think about themselves.
Here are links for Play On. I’ll be posting the links for Game On on Monday when it’s on GR. 🙂 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble /Goodreads
Well… I assume you all would love to see the cover now, wouldn’t you? I think I heard a yes! Okay, since you’ve (hopefully) been so patient, here’s the cover:

Game On

Oh my gosh, this cover has my favorite colors, dark blue and sky blue! I love how it keeps the baseball theme of the first book but mixes it up a little.  It’s so gorgeous. I hope you’ve enjoyed this cover reveal, if you have, you might want to check out Play On in anticipation for Game On. 🙂

Michelle Smith Author Photo copyMichelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.
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Day 4 Blogoversary: BlogOversary?

Blogiversary? Blogoversary? Blogaversary?
What in the world is the correct term for these things? I’ve seen it with the “O” most often, occasionally with an “A” and a few days ago, I saw it with the “I”. As you can see, I’m really curious about the “correct” terminology for this. I thought since Monday was my…blog anniversary, I’d bring this up because I’ve wondered for a while.
I use blogoversary because it’s the one I’ve seen around most. Plus it just sounds better than blogaversary. I like ‘blogiversary” too since it’s the closest to “anniversary”.
Most likely there is no correct term, but I thought this would be a nice, short little discussion. 🙂

Day 3: Blogoversary: My Overall Blogging Experience

Wow. I have been blogging for an entire year, this is crazy for me. Tonight I’m going to be talking about a few things. For my third blog anniversary post I’m going to discuss how I started book blogging, how it’s affected my life and overall what I’ve learned while blogging.

~How I Started Blogging~

I remember sitting at home for the second summer (and year) in a row. I wasn’t going to school and I was unemployed. I needed something to do, so I thought I’d start a book blog. But of course, I already mentioned how I started the book blog in my first blog post. However, I’ll reiterate it in some basic bullet points.
1.  Somehow in this time period, I was buying more books and wanting to kind of talk about them, but I wasn’t sure how. I thought of having a journal to keep book notes in, which, kind of went okay. Until it didn’t. And I stopped.
2. A book blog came to mind a couple weeks later because I had already had unsuccessful “inner self” blogs, fairytale blogs and music blogs. For some weird reason, I was reminded of the book blog I wanted to start a few years ago.
3. I researched booktube first. After some failed moments of me recording myself (unsent to YT), I decided it wasn’t for me. At all.
4. I looked into the blogosphere second and liked what I saw.
5. After a couple weeks of researching, I made my blog, email and changed my Twitter handle (which had no followers anyway, really).
That’s basically it. What drew me to the book community in the first place was the sense of community that booktube had and I wanted that, but at the same time, it seemed like there was a big inner circle that I wouldn’t be able to break into, if I wanted to. I thought book blogging would be a better fit because there was the sense of community there, an even stronger sense of community there and I’ve always wrote better than I talked.

~How Blogging Has Affected My Life~

Did I just say I wrote better than I talked? Because now the words are not coming at all. Haha. How has blogging affected my life…Let me count thee ways.
1. It’s given me a sense of purpose
Not being in school, not having a job and not being in a relationship can definitely wear a person down and I had already been in that position for about a year at this point. When I discovered book blogging and the community, I liked having something to look forward to doing each day. Does that sound pathetic? That totally sounds pathetic, but it’s true. I liked having those first few readers who would comment or even just VIEW my little, tiny bog and occasionally comment. I liked reading blogs and commenting and getting to know people at least a little. It’s kind of small, but blogging has given me a sense of purpose which has really helped me.
2. I’ve discovered so many books
Oh my gosh, if I didn’t blog, I wouldn’t be reading Fangirl right now. Okay, I may have since I was interested in that book before blogging, still! It was an “after blogging” book I bought. I wouldn’t have discovered the awesomeness of I’ll Meet You There or All The Bright Places or More Happy Than Not.
~*~Basically an interlude~*~
-If I Didn’t Blog-
  • I wouldn’t be able to fangirl with people over said books.
  • I wouldn’t have found characters I related to since I kind of stopped reading “new” books.
  • I would be pretty lonely without people in the community.
  • I would have one less outlet than I had before.
  • I would miss twitter chats and never know so many of you existed.
  • I would have missed out on a great community. Which brings me to number three:
3. I’ve been welcomed into a community.
No one knows how much I love this bookish community. I really do. Even when I’m going through month long reading/commenting/blogging slumps and there’s drama, I love being here. I can’t even mention how many friends I’ve made since joining the community. I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t somehow in the book community on a daily basis through blogging or commenting or Twitter. It’s become so important to me that even with my hiatuses I’ve taken and there have been several, I always come back. This section is really short, but basically being welcomed into the book community is such a big deal for me, so thank you all. Again.

~What I’ve Learned While Blogging~

More numbers!
1. Make sure your laptop can use Adobe Digital Edition BEFORE requesting e-ARCs on Netgalley/Edelweiss
I’ll admit it, before I was book blogging, I DID know about arcs. Why? Because I researched. 🙂 I’ll also admit that arcs were very enticing (I’m only human) so after a while of book blogging (a month later), I requested books on Netgalley and Edelweiss. Little did I know, that my Mac would NOT be compatible with the ADE program. So I had these eARCS that I could not read. And this is why my ratio on NG is half of where it should be. 🙂 Moral of the story? Make sure your laptop is compatible or have a Kindle beforehand.
2. Don’t request so many eARCS
I know, they’re exciting, they’re shiny and you can get them in ADVANCE. Yeah, don’t go overboard, I went totally and completely overboard, especially since December when I finally got my kindle. Do you want to know how many eARCs I have right now that I have not read? Me neither! Too. Many. Pace yourself. I was just way too excited when I made my account that I requested eARCS immediately. Not to mention at least one was the third in the series and two were NA which I’m still not sure I’m interested in. Be careful what you request and when you request ARCs, you don’t want to end up with like, 50. . .
3. Don’t freak out
I kind of worry. A lot. When I first blogged, I was pretty okay though, I did my posts in the morning, I read blogs, I commented on those blogs and I commented on people’s blogs who commented on mine. Do I do all of this now? No, not lately. 😦 Which really makes me freak out. However, don’t. freak. out. I’m such a procrastinator (which has always been my nature) so I freak out if my pictures aren’t perfect on my blog, if I wait until 11pm to do my blog and hope I can post it by midnight, if I end up not posting on a day I wanted to post on. I freak out if I don’t read my arcs in time, if I bounce around when reading, if my arc review doesn’t get posted for a month or two or three (I know, I know)… I just freak out a lot. I’ve learned that it’s not good to freak out! It doesn’t do anything, it makes you tired, it makes you feel bad, it makes blogging a chore and not fun. And that’s not good.
4. Twitter is essential
Before I was blogging, I read on several posts “Get a Twitter. You need one” and I thought “Psh, what do I need a twitter for?” and now I know. I will never be without Twitter. Except for when I like, have to, but even then! I’ll be back.
It’s through Twitter that I met so many people, that I discovered so many books, and that I’ve talked to authors.Twitter is really an essential thing in the book blogosphere. Yes, there’s drama and yes it’s not perfect, but if I wasn’t on Twitter, I probably wouldn’t be blogging right now. Twitter is really where connections are made. I met my first bloggy friend through Twitter and we talk almost every single day. Yes, first bloggy friend, I will end up mentioning you….Don’t worry other bloggy friends, you’ll all be mentioned as well, somewhere in this week’s posts. 😉
Anyway, Twitter is so important for making friends, finding new blog posts, discovering books, talking to authors, getting questions answered. Did I mention it’s fun? It’s really fun. I love it. There are twitter chats, readalong hashtags, etc. etc. Since I’ve gotten a Twitter, I hardly ever check Facebook for anything really. Basic point of this bullet? Twitter. Is. Fun.
5. Make friends
I’ve said this a lot, but it’s true, the blogging community is fantastic. I love it. But if I didn’t have friends in the community? As great as it is, I probably would not still be here. My friends are sometimes the only reason I am still blogging and why I do still try. It’s easy to get caught up in the “Well this blogger has so many followers” or “this blogger has this arc” or “Wow. These bloggers seem so close” and it can be upsetting for me. Because I want all of that.
However, do I “need” all of that? Do I need like 5,000 Twitter followers and all the arcs I’m dying to read? No. I don’t need that. What I do need are friends and I have those, so for that, I’m thankful. I’ve always thought to myself “If just one person reads my blog and enjoys it, I’m satisfied” Is that still true? Do I still think that? Yeah, kind of, but I’d like more readers. Plus, when you have friends, you pretty much guarantee at least ‘one’ person will read your blog. 🙂 So there I go.

And this is the conclusion of my third post. Tell me how blogging has affected your life or what you’ve learned while blogging and come back tomorrow for a slight discussion.

My Top Ten Blogging Related Moments

HI! This is my second post for my week of celebration for my first year blogoversary. You can read my “introduction” post of sorts here. I saw Holly do this Top Ten format before last year and so I thought “Hey, I’m going to steal that idea”, but I asked, so I didn’t really steal it. I just stole her creativity. 😉

~My Top Ten Blogging Related Moments~

1. Getting my first e-arc!
I think it was Damaged by Amy Reed on Edelweiss, which I have to admit…I haven’t read yet. I didn’t know my Mac wouldn’t be compatible with Adobe and so I was kind of stuck off reading it…
My first e-arc on Netgalley was This is Falling by Ginger Scott. And again, because I couldn’t access Adobe, I never got around to reading it. 😦 However! Since then, I downloaded the book on my Kindle to read.
2. Creating Wondrous Covers Wednesday
This has been my one successful feature on my blog so far. Successful meaning I’ve kept up with it, unlike, say, Featured Fairytale Friday (R.I.P., I may revive you). 🙂 This was first called something else that I can’t even remember right now. I’ve loved coming up with new themes and examining covers to see what they share in common with eachother. It’s been really fun to do.
3. Reviewing my first e-arc
The first e-arc I reviewed that I was approved for was Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne. Notice how Since You’ve Been Gone is not “Damaged” or “This is Falling”. 😦 Nonetheless, it was the first review I did for an arc and I was happy to up my Netgalley ratio by like, 7 percent back in January. 🙂
4. Winning my first ARC
Falling Into Place Amy Zhang
I promise, I’m not all about the ARCs! However, the first ARC I ever won was Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I read this book, I had to stop reading this book to pull myself together, I finished this book and then I loved this book. Forever. And ever. And ever. I love it. You can read my review for it here
5. Interviewing Corey Ann Haydu
Interview Corey Ann Haydu
When Corey tweeted about how she was open to people interviewing her, I definitely jumped on that. I’d never read one of her books before, but I had Making Pretty in my possession. After I read Making Pretty, I pretty much sent her an essay of questions, which she answered every. single. one. of because she’s wonderful. You can read my interview here. I loved it. 
Six. Interviewing Leah Thomas
I had to interview Leah because I loved her book so much which by now you probably already know, but in case you don’t know, here is my reaction tweet upon finishing this awesome, amazing, original, beautiful, heart breaking book: 

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Here’s the interview!
 Seven. Featuring Will Walton, Adi Alsaid, and Tamara Ireland Stone  on Musical Monday
A few months ago I had the idea to feature authors on my blog with Musical Monday and have them put together playlists for the feature. I’ve loved being able to see the music that they’ve picked and how it fits their books.
Eight. Guest Posts
The first guest post I did was for Oh! The Books where I talked about what makes a fantastic story for me. It was great to be on the blog and it got quite a few comments that I enjoyed reading.
The second guest post I did was for Lauren’s feature, Inside & Out which let me show off a cover and a bookmark. I love covers and bookmarks so that was really fun.
The final guest post I did (so far) was last Thursday on Brittany’s blog, The Book Addicts Guide where this time, I talked about beverages and books.
Also, with SBPT, I’ve done one guest post and two tags so far. I really like guest posting even though I can be a bit bad with deadlines. Haha. I get them all done though. 🙂
Nine. #BookNerdBoost Twitter Chat
I remember last month Holly and Faye were talking on Twitter about wanting to do something to motivate/inspire/cheer up, so to say, bloggers since there was a bit of a slump going on. I, being on so late at night, jumped in their conversation and they thought up #BookNerdBoost which happened on June 21st. I loved doing this because participating in so many Twitter chats, it was nice to kind of be part of creating one and jumping around to talk to everyone participating. 
Ten. Getting on the St. Martin’s Blogger List
As well as getting granted an eARC of a highly anticipated (for me) book! This was the first time I sent in a request form for an arc and actually received one! It’s an eARC, I mean, but still, I talked to someone and I received it! AND I’m on the blogger’s list, which is just insane and I didn’t think this would happen yet, but it’s so awesome. Especially since there may or may not be two books by this publisher coming out next year that I desperately, desperately want. 

Okay, those are my top ten blogging related milestones and I can’t wait to have so many more in the rest of the year and hopefully years to come! It’s been really fun being part of the blogosphere and love it so much! What was one of your favorite blogging milestones?


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