BookBlogWriMo 2016

It’s that time of year again — BookBlogWriMo 2016 (along with Thirty Days of Thanks) time is here! What better way to break a brief hiatus than by blogging every single day for a month?

More details to come, along with this year’s BookBlogWriMo host details. 

#BookBlogWriMo2015 Day 2 – About The Blogger and Thanks

The Blogger Behind the Blog – Who Am I & Why Am I Blogging?

Amazingly enough, I’m not incredibly fascinating. I know that’s a shock. 😉 I’m just your rebatmangular book nerd… who may or may not be a superhero.

Beyond my book blogging world, I am an editor, human resources professional, mom, theater geek, artist, wife, daughter, sister, student, friend, and goofball. I’m inquisitive and enjoy a good challenge.

I’ve always had an opinion, but not always an outlet to share it. Here I get to read and review and make the world a bit more bookish one review at a time. My husband and I collect books. We both love to read, and our son hopefully will as well.

My newest role is being a mom. My little one is a bit over two months old and he’s perfect. 🙂 His library is already pretty massive. So many wonderful children’s books that I will probably begin reviewing on here, too.

Now onto why I blog – It’s fun. It feels good. I love the excitement of the book world. Getting lost in a book and sharing that adventure, at least on some level, is the perfect outlet for a blog. To be honest, there is no succinct reason why I blog. Before blogging, I didn’t even know this independent world of literature existed… and I’m so glad I’m a part of it now. Blogging allowed me to meet Michele and fulfill my editing dreams. I’ve been able to (digitally) meet so many wonderful authors through blogging. Eventually I will go to a convention. Until then, I’ll keep on blogging.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 2

I am thankful for each new day. Every morning that I wake up is another morning to live. Every morning someone I love wakes up is another day with them in my life. We often go through the motions of our days – wake up, eat, do things, sleep, repeat – and take them for granted.


#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?

how do you read

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.