Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For
Top Ten Tuesday / November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. My whole family gets together in person. There are ~35 of us. We laugh and eat and drink and play games and just generally appreciate being together. And at the Thanksgiving dinner table, we all go around and tell everyone what we are thankful for. Last year, that’s when David proposed to me. He was thankful for ME. Mind-blown. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what I am thankful for. Books, reading, and my bookish friends are definitely high on that list. That just makes this TTT even better. As Ottavia and I have been preparing for our #ThanksgivingReadathon, what I am thankful for has been top of mind. It’s been wonderful spending time considering what I am thankful for. For this Top Ten Tuesday, I want to think about the books which brought me to where I am today. They might not all be great works of literature, but each of these books shaped me into the reader I am today. I certainly wouldn’t…

State of the ARC
Meme , State of the ARC / October 30, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers.   My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! See, the thing is that Evelina and I are both strong supporters of young. newer, and debut authors. We realize there are many authors out there trying to find their big break– so who are we to get in the way?! We request ARCs to help spread the good word of their art… only sadly we often…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Poo-Poo Middle Grade Literature
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is Ten Book Recommendations for _____. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk down to young adult and middle grade reading level books. This has been really frustrating for me. Just because a book is at a lower reading level than you can read doesn’t mean it should be dismissed! Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe you ALL SHOULD READ. NOW. Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. These are books written at a reading level appropriate for ages 8-12, or grades 3-7 in America. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe are being looked over. So, without further ado…   All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series. For more information on Lexile reading levels, check out their website.    10 Book Recommendations for People Who…

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been meaning to get involved for a while but I never rose to the challenge. Why? I felt like it was ALL IN or nothing. Fortunately, Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction set me right. I can participate whenever and how frequently I want! So, let’s get to it! 2016 Releases I Meant To Read but Didn’t Get To (and TOTALLY plan to read eventually)   There were a lot of great releases in 2016. Unfortunately, there is only so much time for reading. The following books all struck my fancy, in no particular order: Zadie Smith: Swing Time Set during the 1980’s, Zadie Smith’s newest novel takes us to follow a biracial girl in London desperate to be a star. As the narrator and the girl grow up, we follow them through success and heartache. I look forward to seeing how race and class in 80’s London define both these women. Plus, I’ve never read Zadie Smith! I hear this is a quality introduction to her works.   Marissa Meyer: Heartless A retelling of Alice in Wonderland with one major twist: The is an origin story of the Queen…

The Dashing & Smashing 2016 Character Awards
Meme / December 28, 2016

At the end of the year, everyone is putting together their compilation posts. Best of this, favorite of that, etc. etc. etc. But who is talking about the characters in the book? very few people! When I saw this tag by Cait @ Paper Fury (through Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books), I knew I had to do it. Please note: Most of the books I read this year were not published in 2016. These awards are to honor those characters I met and loved throughout my reading exploits this year. And these characters totally deserve it. All title links are to Goodreads. Add these books to your TBR if you haven’t read them yet! Without further ado: (Man, Cait is amazing at photos and graphics. I could learn a thing or two from her… 100% credit for this image goes to her – I could not make something so pretty. … … Yet.)     Most Relatable Character Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale Miri is a headstrong young girl who just wants to take part in her culture’s traditions– instead of being forced into a silly “princess academy” and be groomed as a potential bride-to-be for the Prince. I adore Miri. I can relate…

This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Tag
Meme / November 28, 2016

I was tagged by Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek to complete this tag. And let me tell you, I am completely honored! Not only did Drew create a brand new tag, but he tagged me as one of the first people to participate!! It’s like I’m a celebrity now. Well, maybe not really. I don’t get tagged often. So to me, it matters. Like being picked for the pick-up kickball game in the park. It matters.  Why do I love this tag? Drew created this tag because we don’t get to gush about the genres we love that often in tags. Most avid readers have a “go to” genre. It’s obvious when you’re reading certain blogs what genre (or reading level!) that blogger slants towards, but WHY?! This is also why I took my sweet time working on this. I wanted to make certain I had the time to really think about my favorite genre and why it matters. Without further ado: Let’s find out my genre loves! The Rules: The ever amazing Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek created this tag. You should check out his amazing fantasy book reviews! This guy knows a thing or two about fantasy. He’s also snarky. I like that. You have been warned. Answer the questions Tag as…

This or That Book Tag
About Me , Meme / October 13, 2016

Book tags: what are they? These are posts crafted by book bloggers, for book bloggers. The idea is that one blogger establishes a list of questions for another to answer, with the goal to better understand the other blogger as a person and as a reader. They are called tags because at the end you’re supposed to tag another blogger– and so it goes. This perpetuates the information sharing and builds a stronger community of book bloggers. I haven’t done a tag before, but I thought it was time to start sharing some information about myself and my preferences. This will help you better understand my reading style, as well! Luckily, I was just tagged. 🙂 A HUGE thanks to Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty for tagging me to complete the This or That Book Tag created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. Rules: Mention the creator of this tag Thank the blogger who tagged you Choose one of the options for each question (and explain it if you want to) Tag 10 other people   Reading on the couch or in bed? In bed. I do the majority of my reading on the elliptical or treadmill, but the next best…

Sunshine Blogger Award
Award / September 16, 2016

I couldn’t be more excited to share that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Jasmine @ How Useful It Is!This is my first blogger award from a fellow blogger, and it means a lot to me. I am finally making real connections in the world of book blogging!!! Thank you, Jasmine! I encourage everyone to check out her blog as well.  Rules: Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you. Nominate eleven new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog Jasmine’s Questions What is it about writing that you like so much? As I write reviews, I discover new things about myself and the books I’ve read. I find that I learn something new each time I force myself to explain it. Plus, with each post I write I can see my writing improve! Do you ever experience writer’s block? Even when you write a book review.  ALL THE TIME. I have to be in the right mood to write…

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