15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 15

15-Day-ChallengeWell, I did it (with a few bumps on the way), but I actually finished it. That’s right ladies and gents, today is the last day of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge run by Good Books, Good Wine. So whether you’re tearing up or sighing in relief let’s get on with the final challenge.

Day 15: Who are your book blogging mentors?

Well…I’m a little hesitant to say but the rules of the challenge are to answer and to answer honestly or else so I guess that leaves me no choice.

My blogging mentor without a doubt would have to be (drumroll please) MY MOM.

Please don’t do the whole “AWWWWW” thing because it will make me blech. (Just kidding go ahead if you feel like, it’s not like you can see me blech) 🙂

It’s really a no brainer!

She’s the one that I bounce off all my material.

She’s the one that said “You have to post more material than that Lindsey!”

She’s the one that said “You have to post more often than that Lindsey!”

She’s the one that said “You need to interact more Lindsey!”

And she’s the one that said, “You know, you should really start a blog Lindsey.”

And I said “Really?”

And she said, “Yeah definitely, now help me clean the kitchen.”

It was those 15 minutes of cleaning the kitchen that an idea was born.

So really I owe my new joy in life to my mom, (but please don’t tell her that)! What about you guys? Do you have any blogging mentors? How did they help you? Comment below and happy reading!

P.S.– I found a new challenge to participate in called The 30 Day Book Challenge run by The Chronicles of Radiya. (Just when you thought you got rid of me heh heh)!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 14

15-Day-ChallengeIf you haven’t heard of this challenge by now then you should know it’s so much fun! It was created by the blogger of Good Books, Good Wine and has really been causing me to think of how I run this here old book blog. Now, on to today’s challenge!

Day 14: Tell us your deal breakers

I have very few as I sincerely try to keep an open mind nowadays so don’t expect a long list! (I better not see anybody sighing in relief)!

  • Bad Endings— What do I mean by this? No resolution. I don’t want to read a whole entire book just for there to be a lack of resolution! Nothing makes me more angry (except specifically saving all the red skittles for last and then somebody else eating them)!
  • “Sad” novels– What I mean by “sad” is when the author builds this connection with a character and then kills them off to make you cry so that they can say they “touched” you. No. That drives me bonkers, killing off a character because it is necessary for the story is one thing, but killing off a character just to make me cry makes you a jerk.
  • Written by Nicholas Sparks– See both reasons above

That’s about it for me. I really try to read everything so I’m not generally prejudiced against any one kind of book (with a few exceptions as you can see above). What about you guys? Do you have any deal breakers? I hope you’ll share them with me by commenting below and happy reading!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 13

15-Day-ChallengeIf you haven’t heard of this challenge by now then you should know it’s so much fun! It was created by the blogger of Good Books, Good Wine and has really been causing me to think of how I run this here old book blog. Now, on to today’s challenge!

Day 13: Describe one underappreciated book EVERYONE should read

This one took some thought as I usually buy popular books just because my interest has been sparked from their promotion.

After some time however, I came up with Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

Some of you may say, “What? A classic as an underappreciated pick?” Yes, because surprisingly enough not many people have read it.

Northanger Abbey is often overshadowed by Jane Austen’s more popular woks: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. All of which are great novels but I felt that Northanger Abbey was right up there with them.

I believe it’s one of Austen’s funnier novels and actually one of her more realistic ones also. While I adore Elizabeth Bennett I related much more to Catherine Moreland. I’m not always witty and brave, I sometimes let my imagination get carried away and say the wrong things.

There’s even some slight mocking towards the Bronte sisters with their heavy gothic pieces.

Simply put, Northanger Abbey is just as fun a read as Pride and Prejudice and definitely deserves more attention.

Do you agree with my pick? What would you have chosen? Let me know by commenting below and happy reading!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 12

15-Day-ChallengeIf you haven’t heard of this challenge by now then you should know it’s so much fun! It was created by the blogger of Good Books, Good Wine and has really been causing me to think of how I run this here old book blog. Now, on to today’s challenge!

Day 12: How do you fight blogger fatigue?

Honestly? I would welcome some blogger fatigue at this point. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with blogging to the point where certain family members are starting to raise questions. I tell them they don’t understand, how could they? They don’t have a book blog, they don’t know what it’s like to wake up and see that someone LIKED your post! No, I tell them, you don’t understand.

I spend hours upon hours on WordPress posting, tweaking, reading, commenting and just about everything else you can do on this lovely website.

When I’m not on WordPress, I’m at my desk writing posts by hand, brainstorming reading related ideas.

When I’m not at my desk, I’m talking about my blog, reading for my blog, asking for blogging advice.

They said it was hobby. They said it was a side activity for fun. They said.

Blogging has become a BIG, HUGE, GINORMOUS part of my life and you know what, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Blogging makes me happy, blogging about books makes me happier.

So I guess what I am trying to say in a roundabout way is that I would welcome blogging fatigue at this point (or at least my family would welcome it)!

What about you? Do you experience blogging fatigue? If so, how do combat it? Let me know by commenting below and happy reading!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 11

15-Day-ChallengeI can’t believe it’s already day 11. What is this in reference to some of you may ask? To the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge why of course, says so right in this post title. This challenge was created by the blogger of Good Books, Good Wine (a great title) and is extremely fun. If you are a book blogger, I urge to try this challenge. You won’t regret it (and if you do, oh well, no harm done). On to the challenge!

Day 11: Show off 5 of your best blog posts

I am very hesitant about this one, because what I think might be my best blog posts may not be the same as what you think are my best blog posts. I’m just going to do the ones I enjoyed writing the most, I think it’s a general rule that if you enjoyed writing it, readers enjoyed reading it. Am I right, or am I right? (I know, I’m presumptuous).

5. 40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down— Okay so I’m already breaking the ‘if I enjoyed writing it, you enjoyed reading it’ rule. This wasn’t one I had a lot of fun writing but it’s stayed in the top posts and pages widget for over a month, so I’m guessing the people liked it.

4. Reading for Fun vs. Reading for School— I enjoyed this because I had kept it in for so long. If you like to review books people like to automatically assume that you enjoyed those english assignment in which you pick apart a book. I didn’t.

3. Sidetracked— This one was fun, because I couldn’t believe my attention span was so short this day and it made me happy that my readers understood. (You guys are awesome)!

2. Deserted Island Interview— This was one bad dream but you guys helped make it all better.

1. The Book vs. The E-Reader— I loved this one because one, I got to blog about my friends and two, I got a lot of insight from my readers on this debate.

So those are my picks. Did you think I should have chosen a different one? What are some posts that you are particularly proud of? I would love to know so please comment below and happy reading!