BookBlogWriMo Day 8

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I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to books, and there are a few things that really get on my nerves when I’m reading a story:

  • Bad Editing*: This is a big one. It doesn’t help that I’m an editor*, so my eyes automatically zero in on the issue areas of a story. It’s rare that I’m reading an indie book and finish without finding any kind of issue. It is so important to have an editor, preferably one who is not the author. It’s damn difficult to edit your own literature with an unbiased eye.
  • Cliches: Oh my goodness. Please, stop with the whole “I’m secretly a witch, but didn’t know it until I turned 18, and now I’m coming into my powers and need to save the world.” There are only so many time I can read about the geeky hot girl who manages to charm the pants off the six-pack toting, cocky jock. Or how about the actually super gorgeous teenager who thinks she’s just a mundane no one and needs convincing from the guy on the corner. Disclaimer: There are times when I love these types of stories. Heck! Some of my favorite ones carry these tropes within their pages, but trust me when I say there’s a good way to write these, and a predictable one.
  • Overt Sex: I don’t want to read books filled with sex in every other chapter. Sex is not a character, unless the character is addicted, and then that could be done in a much more creative way. I don’t want to purchase a book expecting plot, only to find the plot is mostly driven with sordid sex scenes. That being said, I don’t steer clear from reading books with these scenes, of course.

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!

*Funny enough, I didn’t edit this post. I decided these posts will just be for my own zero-pressured joy, so please pardon

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 8

I am thankful for hope in times of darkness.

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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. 

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 6

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

BookBlogWriMo Day 5

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In an ideal world, my blog would be perfect, drive a lot of traffic, influence a lot of sales for authors, and be a household name. Unrealistic dreams have a wonderful sense of grandeur for this lone blogger. Here are some more realistic goals I can see happening over the course of the next year:

  • I want my own domain. I’m unsure how I want to go about this, who would host it, how I’d transfer all of these posts, or anything . . . but it will happen eventually.
  • I’d love to get to the point where I am posting at least twice per week. I took a small hiatus recently so I could focus on editing for Michele, school, and family, but I’m back now and hopping in full force.

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 5

I am thankful for weekend snuggles (and anytime snuggles) with my two favorite guys – the hubs and the little man.

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. 

BookBlogWriMo Day 2 | Thanks

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What are some of your favorite book blogs, booktubers, bookstagram, and podcasts?

The first one on this list isn’t necessarily a blog, but a blog-related page. I have a lot of blogs I follow, so I’m only going to share a few for this post. As a little extra fun, share your own blog links and a description of your blog in the comments of this post. I love discovering new pages I haven’t seen before. 🙂 

Indie Authors and Book Bloggers
FACEBOOK  |  WEEBLY
I LOVE this page, especially on Thursdays. Their Thursday Blogger/Author/Reader/Editor confessions get me through the day. I laugh, I scowl, and sometimes I tag a few posts because I can benefit from the comments. They post great book suggestions, works in progress from authors, spotlights, and great book-related clothing and other products. 

Platypire Reviews
FACEBOOK  |  BLOG
Platypire Reviews is a great mixed bag of awesome. They are a wonderful team of reviewers who adorably refer to each other as “Platypire Bob” and “Platypire Maribel”… like really, I sort of want to pinch their platypire cheeks. They have great senses of humor and post fantastic graphics. They’re actively reviewing all genres of books, and with such a large team they’re able to consistently post. Another great thing about Platypire Reviews is their Deja Revu blog post roundup; they take blog post submissions from other blogs and round them up by genre in a weekly post. You can view that HERE.

The Literary Connoisseur 
FACEBOOK  |  BLOG
On top of well-written and thoughtful reviews, The Literary Connoisseur shares some wonderfully relevant articles and blog posts from around the web. I’ve shared a few of their posts on my own blog page, loving the graphics they share, including humorous memes and cartoons. There is nice variety in the books reviewed on this blog, which  keeps me on my toes when looking at book posts.

Just Another Girl and Her Books
FACEBOOK  |  BLOG
This blog always posts some really great book suggestions and teasers. I love her mail call posts and hope to eventually be in the same boat where I have a plethora of books sent to me from publishers each month. (One day! Consistency will be key for this goal. haha.) I also love that she has such a great variety in the books she posts about. There’s a little something on her blog for everyone.

I look forward to taking part in this year’s BookBlogWriMo, hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl (another really awesome blog to check out!) If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 2

I am thankful for foot rubs at the end of a really long day. They’re perfect for relieving some of the pain of migraines and stress, and they’re a sure way to make me fall asleep pretty quickly. 🙂

#BookBlogWriMo Day 1 | Thanks

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What have you been up to since BookBlogWriMo 2015?

This past year has gone by in a blur. I’ve been editing like crazy and just finished up Michele’s most recent piece After The Fall. It’s always a joy working with her, and I count my blessings every day to be going strong as her editor for the past 2+ years. I’ve taken a much more lengthy hiatus from this blog than I would have liked, but life is pretty hectic lately. With a one-year-old, two jobs, school, and family . . . well, it’s easy to see why I’ve been less active on here. I have these next couple weeks off, so I will be dedicating some more time to blogging. This BookBlogWriMo will definitely be different than the last one. I had a two-month-old at that point and was in no state to keep up with the daily demand of posting, let alone staying awake for extended periods of time.

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 1

I am thankful for the sound machine in my son’s room. It’s peaceful and helps us all relax after a long day, and it allows me to sneak around upstairs without fear of making too much noise. 😛