BookBlogWriMo Day 17, 18, 19, and 20

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The answer to this prompt is definitely one that keeps cropping up throughout this month’s posts: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I was moved beyond anything as a fifth grader reading this book. I wanted nothing more than to become a writer at that point in my life, but I didn’t know if I could do it. My mother passed this book on to me, knowing I needed something beyond the lower reading level books I was getting in school at the time. I needed something to make me think, to inspire me. S.E. Hinton was not much older than I was when she wrote The Outsiders. Not only that, but the book put me into a book coma for a long time after, I’m still not sure I have woken up from it.

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To be honest, my book event goal is to finally get to a book event. I’ve been a book blogger for three years now, and I still haven’t been to a book event. Unless you count the Facebook ones, but I’ve even hosted those, so they’re nothing new.

Other than simply getting to one, I really want to go to Utopia. One of the books I edited for Michele was actually nominated for Best Editing at this particular book event (Into The Fire – a great read! I highly suggest it.)

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Some of my favorite adaptations from book to movie are:

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I tend to have some pretty significant emotional reactions to books. Some of the books that have made me cry are:

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 17, 18, 19, and 20

I am thankful for our toddler footy pajamas, chocolate cream pie, pictures, and love.

BookBlogWriMo Day 14, 15, and 16

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There are two books that were really inspirational to me:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Both of these books really stuck with me after I read them, the first since I was in junior high school, and the other since high school. There was something beautiful and sad in both stories, with a very strong lesson to learn. I recommend both.

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The tackiest book or line I’ve ever read? I don’t really read tacky books. I try to steer clear of anything that makes me roll my eyes or throw up in my mouth a little. If I really had to force myself to find something, then perhaps Twilight?

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If I had to choose, my favorite female character in a book would be either Skye from the Prophecy of Tyalbrook series by Michele G. Miller or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Both are pretty strong females, though Skye is more interesting to me than Katniss. I find myself relating more to Skye, as well.

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 14, 15, and 16

I am thankful for our baby monitor, laughter, and antibacterial soap.

BookBlogWriMo Day 13

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Trees! Just kidding. Sort of. Most of my books come from used bookstores and from indie authors. 🙂 There isn’t much more to it than that. I love adopting a used book and moving it into our very large book family. My husband is the same way. Books are the best gift, so we always try to give them to each other every year, too.

Love me some books.

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 13

I am thankful for our many bookshelves that house said books discussed above.

BookBlogWriMo Day 10

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Here are my top ten blog posts!

  1. Blog Tour – Review – Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
  2. Book Review: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
  3. An Interview With Lindy Zart
  4. (B) Books! Duh.
  5. Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  6. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  7. (O) Book Review: Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
  8. New Release: West by Michele G. Miller
  9. (A) A-to-Z Challenge
  10. (I) Book Review: Into Your Dreams

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Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 10

I am thankful for the people in my life who love me.

BookBlogWriMo Day 9

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I do not personally write in my books. I enjoy the adventure and love the personal feel of reading through the story, however I understand why some people do. I prefer to write out my thoughts in a review instead of in a book. I actually cringe at the thought of writing in one of my books. I have, however, used Post-It Notes randomly for things I want to remember, but that’s about it.

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 9

I am thankful for colorful, bleed-proof pens. My planner has hope of being more successfully used and filled with such colorful goodness at my fingertips.

BookBlogWriMo Day 7

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Oh jeeze, I don’t really know what’s on my holiday book list. I’ve had an Amazon wishlist that’s been growing every year, stock-piled with books I hope to get at some point. My wishlist is a bit of a hodgepodge of things and is in no way all-encompassing of the books I want. BabyJ has his own list filled with books. 🙂 

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 7

I am thankful for fluffy pillows that allow me to sleep wonderfully without waking up with a stiff neck. I tend to flatten pillows pretty quickly since I’m a heavy sleeper.

BookBlogWriMo Day 6

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Borrowing books was exciting when I was younger, and I do it now whenever I need to grab a textbook or something for an audition, but I definitely prefer to buy my books (or have them gifted to me.) My husband and I like to collect books for our library. I have quite a few books on my Kindle, as well. 

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Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 6

I am thankful for laughter, especially right now before a very stressful election. 

BookBlogWriMo Day 4

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Have you ever had an itch that you needed to scratch, but your methods just weren’t doing it so you had to grab a stick, or rub your back against a tree, or have a friend help you out? Well, I knew simply reading books wasn’t enough for me, I needed to write and share and vocalize. That’s when I decided to start blogging. Livre It To Me was very quickly born from this and has been a fun project since. I love blogging when I have the time, but also don’t put too much pressure on myself to do so. To be honest, I probably don’t put enough pressure on myself, but more on that tomorrow!

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 4

I am thankful for Asian food. Seriously, there’s something wonderful and comforting about a homemade Pho noodle bowl or pork fried rice and chicken fingers. How about some homemade orange chicken? Hmm, now I’m hungry.

BookBlogWriMo Day 3

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Oh… there are so many memes I love. I love those related to blogs and those related to books, so I’ve decided to do a mix of those I love. Mainly, I appreciate the memes that are relevant, not offensive (to me), and funny. Here are some of my favorites.

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I look forward to taking part in this year’s BookBlogWriMo, hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 3

I am thankful for the the mischievous glint in my son’s eyes when he’s about to do something silly.