And So the Month Ends…

calendarI know everyone has already said it today, but I can’t believe it’s the last day of July. It makes a little part of me sad as life is about to start happening which makes me antsy! However, thanks to my new blogging friends I feel ready to conquer anything life has to throw at me. So bring it on life, give me the best you got! (Note: I knocked several times on wood after writing the former statement).

I was looking back at what I did this month, and I feel that July was when I really started to find my groove. I started the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, which I have yet to finish. (I’m an awful person) I recieved three blogging awards this month (I’m saying three even though it was really two of the same kind of award), the Inner Peace, the Liebster and… well the Liebster Award again.

I jumped into two new features: Wishlist Wednesday and Friday Favorites. Both are so much fun and keep me writing, even when all I want to do is stare mindlessly at the computer (I lead an exciting life).

I wrote 7 book reviews: (don’t judge my slow reading speed)

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I revealed my trust in you guys by sharing a scary dream of mine: Deserted Island Interview (still gives me shudders)

I shared my embarrassing Need to Finish quirk. (I really need to learn self-control)

I totally spilled the beans on my friends convo about The Book vs. The E-Reader. (They were a bit miffed with me)

I talked about the day I got Sidetracked where I was running around the house like a mad woman distracted by every book I saw (yeah, that’s pretty much my life).

I told you guys about my peculiarities when it comes to Reading with Music. (I can be weird).

I vented (just a tiny bit) about my beliefs on the whole Reading for Fun vs. Reading for School argument.

I shared the embarrassing way my reading taste evolved (I went through a lot of phases).

And of course I enjoyed several posts this month from the following blogs:

…and many others!

July has been a fun month and I’m sure August will be even better, at least blogging wise it will. I plan to start a new weekly feature called Spread the Word dedicated to talking about a blogger that I like for any or no reason at all. I also want to make a couple changes to my blog format and rating policy so keep an eye out for those.

But now I really want to hear from you! How was July for you guys? What did you blog about? Feel free to link back to my blog so I can go through (in a non creepy way of course) your month’s worth of posts! Happy reading folks!

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Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book, three in fact.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf. Really you’re suppose to just pick one but I can’t pick just one (I know, I’m a rebel), so I have chosen three novels that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

incarceron_book_coverIncarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside– she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

It sounds cool.

I guess I have to give you more than that; a prison so vast that it has become its own metal entity? Sign me up! (To read the book, not to go to prison). It sounds interesting and is a concept I’m not familiar with so I’m willing to give the book a try. Wishing fairy, if you’re listening I would really like a copy of Incarceron under my pillow please! (If you could throw in a couple bucks that would be great too)!

pet“Sometimes dead is better….”

When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son – and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all… right down to the friendly cat.

But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth – more terrifying than death itself… and hideously more powerful.

I want this book purely for the fact that my mom read it and said she couldn’t get out of bed for fear of what might be under it. Do I think I’ll be scared more than the average person? Of course. Do I expected to get a “I told you so” from my mother? Absolutely. What do I want from the wishing fairy? A copy of Pet Sematary!

everyoneMindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

I love this woman! But not in a creepy way in the totally normal way…because there definitely is a totally normal way! This woman is HILARIOUS and mega talented and mega smart. If she wrote instructions on how to fill a balloon with spaghetti sauce I would read them, so it should be no surprise that all I want from the wishing fairy is a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? under my pillow. (Or actually on my nightstand, under the pillow makes for an uncomfortable night).

What books made it on your wish list this Wednesday? I would love to hear all about it so comment below and happy reading!