#BookBlogWriMo Day 7 – #FlashbackFriday, #FunFactFriday, and Thanks

first design and thanks 5#BookBlogWriMo – #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design

Truth be told, I am still using my blog’s first design. There’s no fun story to tell and no nifty pictures. Maybe next year I will have something to post here that’s more interesting – when I can afford to pay for a not-so-generic design, maybe? Nonetheless, here we are with a blog post that needs some filling so here’s some additional information about the girl behind the blogging:

#FunFactFriday

  • Favorite Color: I love Teal. Super love it. The majority of the clothing I pick out tends to have some bits of teal in it. I also adore the color Plum (close to the background color of all my #BookBlogWriMo post headers.
  • Favorite Superhero: Batman… He’s super, but not in the regular-expected-X-Men kind of way (Though, I also love X-Men)
  • Book Series I Need To Read, But Have Been Putting Off: Game of Thrones… I know, I know. It’s incredible, but I don’t have the time to just dedicate to those books. Well, more honestly – I don’t have the focus. I’m always doing something and I NEED to do more than just sit on my butt and read all the time. But, boy… wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that? *eyes glaze over in a dreamy haze*
  • Favorite Game To Play When I Was Little: Hide and Seek. I was a champ. Always won. Best hiding spaces all the time. And I am modest, too.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 7

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to go back to school and get my Master’s degree online. I love school and I always have. Learning is something I value and hope to never stop, but I’ve been putting off going to school for a while because I wasn’t letting myself decide exactly what I wanted to do. Well, now I’m in school pursuing my advanced degree in a field I love to work in – HR. I get to do what I love all the time – HR during the day, editing in and around the day/night, and school online anywhere in between. It’s great. Follow your dreams, kids. So what if I’ll be paying back college loans until I’m old and wrinkly? 🙂

 

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#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 5 – Where I Blog and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 5 – Where I Blog

On most days, I physically blog while I’m at home; some days, I blog when I’m on my lunch break at work. It all depends on when something strikes or if I want to try and get ahead on a post.

All days, I blog psychologically. There’s always some idea running through  my head that I can’t shake. I’ve started keeping a mini journal to keep track, but that will come during a later topic.

 

30 Days of Thanks – Day 5abby

Today I am thankful for the beautiful creature you see to the right.. Abigail Victoria, or Abby for short. She’s my beautiful golden retriever. Well, she lives with my parents, but she’s still mine. You know how that is. 🙂 She’s probably the best therapy a girl could have. When I lived with my parents, she was a nice warm blanket, a best friend, and a snuggle bug. She swims in the pool during the summer and shares Thanksgiving dinner with us (with her own place and everything!) – puppy-sized portions, wpid-IMG_33964367156988.jpegof course.

She has met Dobby and Winky, and well… their relationship could use a little help.

The picture on the left is from a few years back when Abby and I got to be in RED Magazine – Target Corporation’s employee mag. It was a really exciting day for us as we ventured to a pet supply store in Boston and got to go through this awesome professional photography session. We got a 3 spread, too! So.. Abby is famous. She’ll happily sign autographs with her paw, but she may get a bit too distracted.

#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. 🙂

 

#BookBlogWriMo Day 3 – Where I Read and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 3 – Where I Read

I read everywhere. Seriously, I always have a book with me. Think Rory Gilmore – Gilmore Girls. I feel naked without a book. Really, they’re another appendage.

Some of my main reading spots include:
– the train on the way to and from work. This allows for a good almost two hours of reading. That’s a pretty hefty dent.
– during lunch at work. Especially on those days I feel itching to finish a really great story.
– right before bed. Duh. Best place to read ever.
– on the couch in front of the tv. Ya, even when it’s on.

Then everywhere in between. 🙂

30 Days of Thanks – Day 3

I am thankful for having a steady daytime job that I enjoy.

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway – #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

#Nerd (The Hashtag Series)
By: Cambria Hebert
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Format of Book: E-Book
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Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…
In more ways than one.
She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.
But that’s about to change.
It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.
Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.
Stick to your circle.
And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.
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Welcome to my stop on the #Nerd blog tour! *I received at free ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 3.5/5 Stars
I found the characters here to be well-developed and interesting. Their personalities were stark contrast from one another, which was effective in keeping the story interesting. Rimmel Hudson is the main character. to start, her name is different than typical leading females. She’s a “nerd” with secrets. Rimmel secluded herself from others, but she is in no way a doormat. Her love of animals pulled me in, but I found that she very easily gets swept up in her emotions. Roman “Romeo” Anderson is a jock with his own set of problems. He has earned himself the nickname “Romeo” for obvious reasons. Our first impressions of this guy are pretty gross and, to be frank, I still don’t like him. Regardless of anything redeeming about him, unfortunately he left a sour taste in myself. But don’t mistake that for a dislike of this book – these characters fit together very well in the context of this story. Ivy is Rimmel’s roommate and they are polar opposites. I’d love to get the know Ivy a bit more. And then there’s Braeden – what Roman lacks, Braeden has. I like him a lot and want to know more about him, as well.

Dialogue – 3.5/5 Stars
The dialogue is well-executed and realistic. I enjoyed the conversations between characters and the Alpha Buzz alerts.

Plot – 3.5/5 Stars
This story felt very familiar, but while it is not wholly original, I liked it. Perhaps it’s my own nerdiness, but I enjoyed the movement of the plot. They pace was realistic, especially where it takes place in college. There was a but of steam, but that’s also realistic to college.

Visual Imagery – 3.5/5 Stars
There are definitely some very visual moments in this book – one of them early on being the reason I’m not a huge Roman fan, but this book has some great descriptors without going overboard. The use of Alpha Buzzfeed alerts was effective and started out new chapters in a fun way.

Ending 3/5 Stars
(Warning: potential sort of spoiler alert, but jot fully?) The story ended well, but wrapped things up in a far neater package than seemed realistic. This may just be me, haha. I would definitely read the next in the series. I’m curious and intrigued by what happens next. Winter 2015 will be interesting.

Total: 17/25 Stars

 

 

 

 

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MeetTheAuthor
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
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#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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