#BookBlogWriMo Day 22 – #ShowMeYourShelves and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 22 – #ShowMeYourShelves

I love books. I want all the books. Every bit of them. My collection is constantly growing. We’re definitely in dire need of another full-sized book shelf. Heck, I’d settle for the library in Beauty and the Beast. Then we’d be all set!!

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 15/16 – My Favorite and Least Favorite Things about Blogging [and Thanks]

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 15 and 16!!

So, I was out of pocket all day yesterday, thus you have a two-in-one post!!

My Favorite Book Blogging Things

  • Getting to read – Well, I’d hope this was one of my favorite things about this process, otherwise doing it would be silly!!
  • Meeting new people – I’ve met so many great authors and bloggers through this process. Having the chance to become an editor for one of those authors was even greater and that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have this blog. They’re something great about being a part of this community; we all understand the addiction.
  • Discovering new favorite authors and books – Oh my. My Kindle has SO many great books on it. I’m always finding new great books on BookHub and through book tours and recommendations.
  • Free books – Ah, does this really need explanation? This is a wonderful perk.
  • The opportunity to do what I love – I went to school for English and Journalism, so I’m happy to be able to put that to good use. I enjoy doing this. It’s fun, productive, and educational.
  • Having the chance to read books before release – Another great perk! It’s what I’d imagine going to a movie premier would be like – just without the celebrities and photo ops!

My Least Favorite Book Blogging Things

  • It can get expensive – Oh yes. Once you get hooked on an author or book series, stopping the chain of purchase is very difficult.
  • Over booking – This is so easy when there are so many great opportunities to review so many great books. I’ve recently taken a look at my methods and cut back a bit so I can get my ducks in a row.
  • Not having enough time to read everything – The plight of all major book worms.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 15 and 16

I am thankful for great friends. It’s always wonderful to look forward to fun get togethers with friends [and family.] Friends are the family we get to choose for ourselves.

I am thankful for public transportation. Sure, driving is great – but public transit allows for decompression time!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers

  • Make sure you have the time to dedicate to blogging. It’s such an easy “hobby” to lose track of and forget about.
  • Come up with a theme of some kind. I am a book blogger, but I will begin dabbling in other things at some point. I used to be a writer, so I’m hoping to bring that back out again. Some people have cooking blogs, some have scrapbooking, some have parenting advice… the list goes on and on.
  • Decide if you want to write for an audience or write for yourself. This will give you focus instead of being all over the place.
  • Join Facebook groups that have to do with your theme. I am a part of The Book Blogger’s Resource on Facebook and this page has helped me immensely as I’ve decided the path I want to take this blog.
  • Don’t try to do too much at once. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fun of signing up for blog tours and things (especially as a book blogger), but you are one person. If you are starting your blog with multiple people, plan it out. I do this alone, so my time is far less. Keeping a planner helps keep everything in line.
  • Schedule posts in advance. Or at least try to plan out what you want to post about. This is something I’m working on improving. It’s a work in progress. 🙂
  • Network – there are so many people out there who do what you do, do what you want to do, and can help you grow. There are great friends to be made, as well. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this blog that I wouldn’t have originally.
  • Stay true to you. If you don’t want to post about a specific subject or market certain product, you don’t have to! I don’t post certain things on here even though I know it will bring in more of an audience. It’s just not my thing. If you want to gear your blog to only cooking desserts, well power to you! If you only want to do cover reveals on your blog and you will NOT post reviews, go right ahead. 🙂 You do you, kid.
  • For the love of all that is loved, please check your spelling and grammar. There is nothing less sexy than a poorly produced post.
  • Keep a journal – either a real one or in your phone – to plot down ideas for posts. I used to find myself coming up with great ideas, but didn’t have anywhere to put them. Now I have Little Red – my mini journal that I keep track of everything in, from book reviews to blog post topics to story ideas.
  • Try to post at least once a week. This was something I struggled with and that’s why I try to sign up for a blog tour a week. I tend to lag behind a bit or hit a slow patch, but I’ve been adjusting. Looking back, I’d definitely have planned out some more posts in the beginning before I launched. Non-blog life does get in the way, of course. That’s ok. You don’t HAVE to post a certain number of times, but it’s better if you want to have consistent follows.
  • Do what you love so that you love what you do. If not, then what’s the point?

30 Days of Thanks – Day 12

Today I am thankful for journals. I’ve always had one, ever since I was little. I started collecting them a few years ago and haven’t stopped. I’m picky about my journals because I want to make sure they have a purpose in my collection. Sometimes I write in them, sometimes I give them away as gifts, and something they just sit there like something beautiful on my journal shelf. Journals are a wonderful place to jot epiphanies, keep your secrets, water your ideas, and keep the brain juices flowing. They’re a friend to look back on after many years, and they’re an enemy when you don’t want to remember. They’re small enough to tuck away until the time is right, and they’re a lifesaver. They’re that thing your little sister tries to find under your mattress to read your deepest adolescent secrets, and they’re the thing that you can trust when you’re little and don’t know who to turn to. They’re what you tell your first crush to and they’re what you throw across the room when you’re really angry. Journals are pretty awesome. Unless there’s an angry wizard soul hiding in one… then you’re in trouble.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – My Top Ten Posts and Thanks

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – #TopTuesday – My Most Popular Posts of All Time

I have actually never used this feature on my blog before, so it was really interesting to see what posts have accumulated a following and what ones aren’t as popular. Here are my top ten posts so far. My blog has only recently begun gaining more traffic as I’ve been posting more, but I’m excited to see what has been doing well.

#10 C: The Four C’s to a Great Book and a Successful Review From Me – 4/4/2014 – 22 views – This is actually one of my favorite posts on this blog. It pretty much spells it all out – what I review and what it takes to get a good rating from me. I have received some great feedback for this post and it’s a great reference for authors and other bloggers who are looking for ideas on a reviewing system.

#9 Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway – Inevitable Detour by S.R. Grey – 10/10/2014 – 22 views – Blog tours are always great traffic drivers.

#8 Book Boyfriends and Lady Loves – Updated 2/6/2014 – 23 views – Ah, another one of my favorite posts on this blog. I haven’t updated this in a while, so I’m due for another few lovely fellers and ladies.

#7 #BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog and Thanks – 11/1/2014 – 26 views – Self explanatory. From just a few days ago!

#6 Book Review: From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller – 7/9/2014 – 29 views – For those who don’t know, I am Michele’s editor. This is awesome. Beyond awesome, really. I met Michele through my blogging, joined her street team, then the rest is history. I started editing for her on the third book in this series – All That Remains. This series is awesome and Michele is a phenomenal author.

#5 A Little Bit About Me and My Love For Books – 3/7/2014 – 32 views – This post has a whole lot of information about me in interview-ish form. Worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more.

#4 Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – 2/27/2014 – 37 views – My first ever book review! Not really a huge fan of the book, though. Ha!

#3 My First Rafflecopter Giveaway – 10/24/2014 – 50 views – Another milestone! Hoping to do a huge giveaway in January when my blog hits one year!

#2 Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway – #Nerd by Cambria Hebert – 11/3/2014 – 51 views – Part of a blog tour, #Nerd was a fun read and I’m excited that the next book will be coming out soon. 🙂 If there’s a tour for that one, I will definitely be participating.

#1 Blog Tour – Review – Unlit Star by Lindy Zart – 10/10/2014 – 95 views! – This is one of the most incredible books I have read. When I go into the search stats for my blog (aka, how people found my blog and posts) many of them have been searches for “Unlit Star” and the various characters and plot points within. I’m always on board for Lindy Zart’s book tours, as she’s one of my favorite authors.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 11

I am thankful for all of those military men and women – past and present – who put their lives on the line each day.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read

This is such a loaded topic – how do I read? At first I told myself I would only ever read paper books,but then I downloaded the Kindle app on my old phone after discovering 100 Free Books and was a lost cause. Free books at my finger tips? Shortly after this discovery, my husband, parents, and in-laws got my my Kindle Fire HD and, well, now I’d have to say I read a bit of everything. I still prefer to read a “real” book, but my Kindle houses all of my indie author review books.

During the day, my Kindle is set to absolute brightness – the mobi formatting is usually the tan background with the brown font color, typically set to something standard. At night, I turn down the brightness and change the formatting to the black background and white font – the perfect “pre-sleep” setting. As for paperbacks – well, they only come one way and that’s just fine with me.

I read on the way to work on the train, at lunch, on the way home, and before bed. If I’m really hooked on a book, I find extra time in between all those times to read. It’s hard to cut the addiction once it starts, after all.

I read quickly, unless I’m editing something.

I try not to buy books unless I absolutely need to. My TBR list is SO long, but I don’t have the funds to buy them all. I buy many of my paper books from the Used Book Superstore in Burlington, MA. I like to adopt books. 🙂

If I’m reading a “real” book, I sometimes use regular bookmarks, but I’ve been known to grab a post-it note or an index card to throw in as I work through the story. I don’t mark up my books, though I do a lot of highlighting and note taking in my Kindle. If a line makes me laugh out loud on the train, I know it’s a keeper. If I think something is poorly worded, I highly those, too.

I cringe at poor editing while reading, and there have been times when I can’t work my way through a story because the editing is so rough.

I have never listened to an Audiobook, though I think it would be so much fun to record one. (Authors, I’m lookin’ at you!)

How do you read?

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30 Days of Thanks – Day 2

Today I am thankful for the roof over my head. It’s snowing outside and I couldn’t be happier to be indoors and away from the cold. I’m fortunate to have a place to come back to every day and call home, a warm bed to sleep in, and a wonderful little family to keep me company.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog and Thanks

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first post for Book Blog Writing Month! I’m really excited to take part in this challenge. Thanks to Book Bumblings for getting this started! If you’re also a book blogger and you’d like to take part, head on over to their post to find out the daily prompts and get your blog on the list. I’ve also decided to spice it up a bit and add in a “30 Days of Thanks” bit each day. I will also throw in some fun facts or other fun posts here or there, so please enjoy! Let’s get started. Shall we?

#BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog

I’ve always been a book lover and a critic at heart. I was a journalism and English double major in college and always had a taste for stating my opinion. I was always very busy, but overall writing and reading were my outlets. Along with theater and music. After graduating college, I spent a few years figuring myself out. I decided that English and Journalism weren’t the career routes for me, at least not full time, but I knew I still needed to put my skills to good use. Last December I decided to take a risk and start a book blog. I put together all of the plans, figured out my reviewing format, and then launched on January 3rd, 2014. That first post was a bit nerve-wracking as I pressed publish… well, after I read, and re-read about 15 times. And then there was my first book review.

I’ve had some struggles along the way. It’s been slow to start as I’ve been building relationships with various authors and finding my groove. As I near my one year blogiversary, I find myself looking back and thinking Jeesh, I definitely could have done that differently. Sometimes there’s a little bit of Oops, didn’t put in the right date for that book review. But overall, things have been wonderful. I sign up for tours and have found some great authors along the way.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 1

I am thankful for many things.. but today (and every day) I am thankful for books. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic when I think back to the beginnings of this blog; books are where it all began. I’ve been reading since I was very little, I started very young and haven’t been able to stop since. Books make my world go round and I can’t ever have enough. Of course, I prefer those good ol’ sturdy paper copies, but I’m warming up to my Kindle. There’s nothing like that smell of book, mixed with the crinkling of paper as pages turn. The first page is the first step into a new adventure. I’m thankful for such a wonderful escape. It’s like the Pagemaster – I can choose if I want fantasy, horror, adventure… humor, serious, psychologically thrilling… it’s all at the tip of my fingers and I’m very fortunate to own so many wonderful books. My collection grows all the time as my husband and I fill out bookshelves with everything we love, and even some we don’t know yet.

Hey.. if you’re ever looking to pass on some amazing books, keep me in mind.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I look forward to sharing these next 29 days with you. If you haven’t liked my Facebook page yet, head on over and share this page with your friends.

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Book Blog Writing Month and Giveaway!!

In November, I will be participating in Book Blog Writing Month, hosted by Book Bumblings. The month of fun will consist of the following:

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I will also be throwing in some fun posts of my own in addition to these. Check back throughout the month or follow my blog on Facebook to see what the daily dish is.

Visit Book Bumblings to join the fun!

As a reminder, I also have a giveaway going on until Halloween, so go enter. The prizes are great and so are your chances. So many easy entries with just a click of the mouse.

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