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 10 – Ten Of My Many Favorite Books

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I have SO many favorite books, so this was a hard list for me to make. I tried to pick books that have significance to me.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
More information about this book will come in a post later on during Book Blog Writing Month.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
We actually just got this amazing fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter to add to our collection. We pre-ordered from Amazon because the price was so amazing. By the look of it, it’s still great. JKR will be releasing each book in this format for the next six years. It will be a great way to introduce our son to the series when we start reading it to him in a few years. (This would make an AWESOME holiday gift, as well. Just some suggestions!)

The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
This series is about witchcraft and completely brought me into this incredible world about magic. I’ve read the series multiple times now and still have an emotional reaction to it.

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
This book was gifted to me by a previous coworker and I’ve been reading it to my son every morning before I drop him off at day care. It has become out little tradition. A review of this book will be coming soon. It is AMAZING. I have officially become a Nancy Tillman fan.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This is a nostalgia book for me. I read it in high school and became very attached to it. It was my first journey into the world of Nicholas Sparks.

The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series by Michele G. Miller
This series was my first introduction to Michele’s literature. I steadily fell in love with Xander and there was no turning back once I hopped onto this adventure. When she asked me to edit for her, I definitely couldn’t say no!

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The perspective and message within these dark novels really struck a cord with me. If you haven’t read these yet, you should hop on board the Hunger Games train. And I don’t mean the one to the Capital. The movies are also incredible; while there are bits missing from the books, they are depicted very well!

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
One of the best children’s books to exist. My family had my best friend make me a baby shower cake of The Giving Tree. My guests also signed the inside cover. I will always have a special place for this one.

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
Seriously one of my favorite books of Lindy’s. Also one of my favorite reviews that I’ve written. (Find it here.)

Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
This is the book that the Broadway musical Wicked is based off of. Gregory Maguire is a very talented author with quite a bit to say. His tongue-in-cheek style mixed with his knack for twisting fairy tales and traditional stories makes each of his stories a new experience. You can see my review of Wicked here.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 10

I am thankful for my parents. As I write this, I realize there is no way words can do my thanks justice, however. They’ve been there through thick and thin, raised me “right” and given me the tools I need to succeed. They’ve supported me in all of my passions and my crazy endeavors, and they’ve helped guide me through my new adventure of parenthood. Through my many scraped knees, teary moments, silly laughs, onstage adventures, and everything else – I couldn’t be more grateful. ❤

#BookBlogWriMo Day 17 – My Favorite Book Tropes and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 17 – My Favorite Book Tropes

Ah, so many clichés and so little time. I try to read things that aren’t predictable or stereotypical, but sometimes I’m just drawn to those stories that include those topics, character, or plot devices that make me squee with happiness or burrow my brow deep in thought. Here are some of my favorites:

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – Blogging WorkFlow and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – My Blogging Workflow

To be very honest, I don’t really have much of a blogging workflow. I’m still getting into the swing of things. I tend to work with Xpresso Book Tours quite a bit, but otherwise don’t have much of a schedule. I’m a whimsical blogger in the sense that I don’t regiment. When I do have a review scheduled, I tend to try to follow a process. Currently, I try to read a book a few weeks out of a review, take my notes, highlight what stands out, and then put together my review and post. There’s not terribly much to it.

I’m still getting into the swing of this, especially as I keep up with two jobs and school. I anticipate that by January I will have more  of a routine down. I’m excited to see what the new year brings.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 9

I am thankful for music. Music is something that has always been a part of my life. I was in musical theatre, played the flute, took voice lessons, listened to copious amounts of many musical genres, did marching band in college, taught marching band after I graduated… the list goes on and on. I can’t imagine my life without such things. I always notice the soundtrack to a movie before anything else… A Beautiful Mind, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Harry Potter (all of them), Beetlejuice.. the list just keeps growing.

There are mornings when I roll out of bed and know the day will be rough; then I find myself going into the train station and hearing the familiar sounds of my favorite subway musicians playing and my day brightens. (I’m not sure who they are, but they’re incredible. One plays the violin, the other the bass. They take popular songs and turn them into instrumental heaven.)

Music makes the world make sense. Mine anyway.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT Favorite Childhood Books and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books

I was that kid who always got reprimanded in class for hiding books under my desk and reading… during every class. I always had my nose stuck in a book. Once I saw this was a prompt, I knew it just wouldn’t be possible to list all of the books that I loved growing up, so I tried to mix in to run through growing up. I look at my book shelves happily, knowing that my college of loved books is growing all the time. I find myself going through the Used Book Superstore and spending hours in the Child and Young Adult sections. This post was actually a whole lot of fun for me to do because it brought me back. Now I want to go back and read some of these books again. I’m sure my mother will get a kick out of this, too. Well, here are some of my favorites:

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Love You Forever
By: Robert Munsch

This story was, by far, my favorite book growing up. I remember turning the pages and falling deeper into this story. My heart broke as time moved on in this story, even when I was a young child. This story affected me far deeper than it probably should have and still sticks with me today.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends
By: Shel Silverstein

I have loved poetry forever. I have notebooks filled with my poetry from since I was little until the end of college. I haven’t written much since, but WTSE (and anything else by him) was such a wonderful adventure for me. I love the quirkiness to this day. I look forward to owning the entire collection one day. Even beyond all of that, the illustrations in his books are absolutely wonderful. I wanted to be Shel Silverstein.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
By: Judy Blume

I read this book over and over and over again. Something about this story pulled me right in and I couldn’t get it. I felt it. I understood it. I was it. I was that little girl who would say, “Are you there God? It’s me, Samantha.” Then I’d just start talking. This story made me feel better. This one was a huge thanks to my Mom. She introduced me to Judy Blume and I was hooked. Her, and Sharon Creech.

 

 

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By: Cate Tiernan

I have read this one over and over, as well. All of them. Every few years, I go back to this series and pick it up, then I relive the moments. This book was such a wonderful look into a fantasy world with a great basis on fact. I love that my family was so open minded and comfortable to let me read books about Wicca. I loved getting lost in this world of magick and nature and love. It also made me fall in love with the name Hunter. 🙂

 

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The Outsiders
By: S.E. Hinton

This is the most important book that my mother gave to me when I was younger. There is no other book that has stayed with me as much as this one has. My favorite poem comes from this book, my first book crush Johnnycake, and some of the most wonderful life lessons. S.E. Hinton started writing this book when she was just 15 and it was published when she was 18! She was an inspiration to my young mind. If she could do it, so could I. Come to think of it, I’m due to re-read this one again, too.

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The Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling

I don’t think this series needs much of an explanation, but I will give one anyway. I grew up with these books. As my mother would read to my younger sister chapter by chapter each night, I would take the book and read at my own pace, quickly finishing and anxiously awaiting the release of the next book. I fell in love with this wonderful world and, like most kids my age, wished my own letter to Hogwarts would arrive.

 

 

*sigh* What a wonderful childhood I had. So many great books.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6

This is easy… I am thankful for all of the books above. They shaped me into the person I am today, as all of the books I have read and will read will continue to do so.

 

What books are some of your favorites from childhood?

 

#BookBlogWriMo Day 4 – Why I Blog and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 4 – Why I Blog

I blog because it’s always been on my bucket list. And because it’s fun. I enjoy writing and I enjoy reading, so what better way to put the two together than to create a book review blog? I’ve had many outlets in life and writing is one of them. My creative juices just don’t flow as much these days because of work and school, but keeping this blog helps keep me fresh.

I was an English and Journalism double major in undergrad, so I have all of these skills that I paid good hard money for (and will be paying until I’m old and wrinkly).

Blogging has introduced me to some really great individuals I wouldn’t have otherwise met. Because of this blog I now edit for Michele G. Miller (a really great author… go check her out. Seriously. No bias, I promise.)

This blog is still in it’s early life and I’m still a blogging newb, but that’s ok. There are some wonderful communities out there and more established bloggers who provide great advice and mentorship.

And hey… free books and swag aren’t bad either. (I gladly accept such things, though I prefer the real book vs. e-books. So, if you ever find yourself wanting to pass on your books, I am starting a blogging book and swag shelf at home. Wanna be on it?! haha.)

Joking aside – I enjoy this. I appreciate the opportunities blogging has opened up for me. And hey, I’m doing what I love in all facets of my life. I look forward to seeing where this blog is a year from now.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 4 

I’m thankful for these two little loves:

kitty babiesDobby and Winky StairsDobby Sirius (black cat) and Winky Ginevra (grey cat) have been a part of our family since August 2013. They’re brother and sister adoptees from our local animal shelter. They’re every bit as adorable and perfect as they look and fit into our little family just right. Pets aren’t just animals who happen to live with you, they’re family. You’ll meet another one of my pets another day this month.

Until then… what are you thankful for? Do you have any pets? Share pictures. 🙂

 

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween, from me to you! Or just Happy Friday? Whatever it is, don’t forget to take a moment in memory of Lily and James Potter, who sacrificed themselves selflessly.

Here’s a little Flashback Friday action for you – Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter Release July 2007. I actually had little kids come up to me and think I was really Ginny. Ah, memories.

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