#BookBlogWriMo Day 10 – Ten Of My Many Favorite Books

Day 10

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. ❤

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – What Motivates Me To Post?

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There are a couple of things that motivate me to post. First, my passion for what I’m writing about drives me to want to post. Secondly, guilt. That last one is a bit silly, but when I don’t post I feel bad. Logically I know that life gets in the way, especially after a major life event, like getting pregnant or having a baby. Regardless, I tend to feel a bit of self-imposed pressure when I don’t post as frequently as I’d like.

My main motivation, as stated above, is my passion for reading and writing. I do this because I like it. What better motivation is there?

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 9

I am thankful for my new job making a career move after having a baby is nerve wracking, but I did it. I am only 15-20 minutes away from my son and I am enjoying the new role.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 8 – What Makes A Book Blog Work

Day 8

Blogging is an excellent hobby, past time, or career. Sometimes a healthy mix of the bunch. While this is the case, it’s important to understand that their success is up to the blogger. To work, a blogger needs to be committed. None of this halfway “I think I’ll start a blog” business. I’m a culprit of this, honestly. I didn’t really come into this with a plan, just a desire to talk about books. As life gets in the way, I’ve had to adjust and try to figure out the best way to attack this blog. I’m a one-woman show, filled with thousands of pages worth of journeys that books have taken me on, but with so little time to actually talk about them.

That’s another thing – a book blog needs a plan of attack, but also an idea of who will be taking part. Is the blog a team effort or an individual endeavor? Will you post every day? Once a week? What will your posts be about? What types of books will you blog about? What won’t you? How will you go about reviewing books, IF you decide to review? Or are you just going to post promotions for authors? Will you only post positive reviews, or will you also post negative? How will you attack the negative reviews?

To work, a blog needs to have all of this in order. Somehow I’ve managed to make my way through, despite being a small blog with a haphazard way of posting. It’s a learning curve. You won’t come into this without some bumps. For me, blogging is a hobby and a way to share the things I love.

Maybe the biggest piece of what makes a blog work is the understanding that life happens. Events will get in the way of plans, plans won’t be foolproof, and schedules don’t always remain in order.

That being said, stick with it. Blogging, in general, is fun. I love to read, write, and review. This is my place to do that. Honestly, I do it for me. I don’t force myself on a rigid schedule because that’s not my style.

Know your style. Know what you want to write about. And know your audience. Decide on your timeline and come up with a plan A, B, C… etc.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 8

I am thankful for the roof over my head. Having somewhere warm and dry to sleep, somewhere to come home to each day… These are the things we take for granted.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 7 – Favorite Things To Read About (and Not)

Day 7

To say that I enjoy reading is an understatement. Reading is like breathing to me. That being said, there are topics I don’t enjoy quite so much. Let’s start with the favorites, though.

Favorite Things To Read About

  • I’m a big fan of fantasy/paranormal beings – werewolves, fairies, witches, mermaids, shapeshifters, Greek gods… the list keeps going and going.
  • Best friends who end up together – I’m a bit of a sucker for this topic (when it’s done well) because I married my best friend.
  • Strong female characters
  • Stories with music intertwined in the storytelling

Least Favorite Things To Read About

  • Historical Fiction – It just doesn’t do it for me
  • Biographies – Very rarely do I actually pick one up and fall in love with it
  • Really angsty characters… Too much angst really ruins a story.
  • Sex for sex’s sake. Tastefully written scenes are one thing, but scenes that are raunchy and thrown into every other chapter in an effort to grab a larger audience grinds my gears.
  • Sports
  • Needy female characters

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 7

I am thankful for the days my grandmother gets to see my son. She lights up when he’s around, even if they’re just sitting across from one another. She helped raise me and I’m glad she gets to see this new generation come into this world.

#BookBlogWriMo 2015 – Prompts and Sign-Ups

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Hello everyone and welcome to Book Blog Writing Month! I’m really excited to take part in this challenge. Thanks to Book Bumblings for getting this started! I’ve taken over for Book Bumblings this year and hope you’ll join in! Sorry it’s a little late! If you’re also a book blogger and you are looking for something to do this month to help up your posting activity, feel free to hop on board. You will also notice that I throw in a 30 Days of Thanks, as well. If you want to participate in this, please comment below with your blog link and I will add a list of participating blogs to this post. I know the month is a week in already, but I’d love for you to hop in and participate. You can simply start this challenge now and post multiple prompts at once OR hop in and post day one from today and work into December. 🙂 When posting on social media, please use the tag #BookBlogWriMo2015

Daily Prompts

Daily Prompts Fixed

***A Breakdown***
1 – Talk about your blog from the beginning. If you did this post last year, talk about what has changed over the past year.

2 – Who Are You & Why Are You Blogging?
3 – What Do You Read?
4 – Why Do You Read?
5 – What books do you remember most from childhood?
6 – Most Memorable Book Quotes
7 – Favorite Things To Read About | Least Favorite
8 – What Makes A Book Blog successful?
9 – How do you make sure you stay consistent and post on your blog? Do you schedule? Go with the flow?
10 – What are your top ten favorite books? Why?
11 – What goes on in that bookish mind of yours?
12 – What are some of your favorite book reviews that you’ve written? Link to them.
13 – How do you approach writing negative reviews?
14 – What role do books play in your life?
15 – Do you follow any authors religiously? Are there any authors who you One-Click when a new book comes out?
16 – Do you participate in blog tours or do you review on your own schedule? What makes you review a book?
17 – What is your review process? Do you have a system? How do you come up with your ratings?
18 – What books are on your wishlist that you haven’t purchased yet?
19 – Do you have any book character crushes? Anyone you’d like to exist beyond the pages?
20 – What are some things that really bother you in a book?
21 – Share all of your social media links. Do you have other blogs for other things beyond books? Share those, too!
22 – What books are on your To Be Read list?
23 – e-Reader or Paper? – What’s your reading preference/style?
24 – Share your top ten most popular blog posts of all time.
25 – What are some things you’ve learned over your blogging career? Any advice for new bloggers?
26 – What was the last book you read that left its mark?
27 – What was reading like for you as a kid? How has that changed?
28 – Share pictures of your books. What does your book library look like? Is there any rhyme or reason to it?
29 – Where do you see your blog in the future? What would you like to accomplish over the next year.
30 – Wrap up this experience of BookBlogWriMo. Did you gain anything from it? Any new followers? Are you following anyone new?

BlogsLivre It To Me Book Blog | Livre It To Me Facebook Page
The Novel Orange
Book Bumblings
Just Another Girl and her Books
Bookish Things & More
The Perks of Being a Book Girl
Blue Eye Books
Jen In Bookland
The Sweet Little Corner
West Virginia Reads & Runs
Black Words-White Pages
The Last Reader

To be added to the list above, please comment on this post and fill out this form with your contact information so I can include you on the BookBlogWriMo contact list!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 3 – What Do I Read?

What Do I Read?

I read most pieces of literature, as the written word tends to be very interesting when done well. I love to read fantasy and contemporary fiction. Paranormal is always fun when done well. When I read, the pieces must be edited well, unless I am in the process of editing or giving an opinion about them.

I will read most formats, but prefer paperback. PDF copies are frustrating to me, but I will still read them if that’s what I’m handed for a review copy.

There are few genres I don’t like to read, as I tend to give anything a shot. I am not a fan of historical literature, erotica, biographies, mainstream religious lit, textbook style, etc. There may be others of similar categories that I’m missing, but you possibly get the picture. These are genres I enjoy far less.
What are your literary preferences? What do YOU read?

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 3

I am thankful for the little things, those moments that don’t necessarily amount to much, but are glorious in themselves. Moments like opening the curtains in the morning to let the sun in, or the way the leaves look on a New England hillside in the Fall. That first sip of ice cold water when waking in the middle of the night to pump, and the fun in opening a package.

#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.