Bloggin’ Recap: October 27th to November 2nd

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It’s Sunday, the beginning of a new week so that means it’s time for a Bloggin’ Recap. A feature inspired by A Bookish Heart. Every Sunday I’ll get the chance to tell you what’s going on in my life, what I’ve posted for the week, what to expect in the upcoming week and posts I enjoyed from other bloggers.

In the Real World

The cold snap finally hit California which means snuggly clothes and hot chocolate for this gal. My play has been going very well, every day it seems to get better and better and I am confident it will be a great show. For those of you that don’t know I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, which is a writing challenge where the goal is to hit 50,000 words by the end of November.

I met my daily goal the first day but fell behind yesterday. However, the time has changed and I plan to take every advantage of my extra hour. I’ve even decided to start leaving early for work so that I can sit in the diner across the street to write. When I’m home the internet usually tempts me so if I go somewhere without a Wi-Fi connection, I can write to my heart’s content. (Of course me wanting to go to this diner has nothing to do with the fact that they make a mean milkshake).

How did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted this Week:

Posts to Look Forward to this Week:

  • ‘New Adult’ Genre and Other Book Marketing Ploys (I know I was suppose to post this for this week but it got bumped for the Harry Potter survey as Harry Potter trumps everything in my book)
  • Books Where I Wish the Other Guy Had Won
  • New Feature: In Their Shoes
  • The Hardships of Loving Books
  • Favorite Novel Monster

Posts from Blogging Buddies that I’ve  Enjoyed

That’s the end of today’s recap, what was this week like for you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share it below and happy reading!

Spread the Word: Alyssa @ The Knee Deep Life

spreadthewordIt’s Saturday and you know what that means! Spread the Word! This feature was inspired by A Bookish Heart with her Bookish Friends feature. This is a weekly feature that I have started to shine the spotlight on other bloggers that have caught my eye. There are so many great bloggers out there that keep me giggling or thinking with their blog posts and it’s gotten to the point where I want to shout it to the world so that others can discover their greatness too.

I don’t ask them questions or anything like that as it can be time-consuming to the featured blogger who is busy…blogging. So instead I just go through their blog with a fine tooth comb and learn everything I can to share it all with you. Ready? Good! Excited? Me too!

Today I’ve decided to spotlight a blogger that I’ve admired for a quite a while now. She has a distinct voice in the world of blogging and always provides food for thought with her inspiring posts. She writes about bucket lists and accomplishing our wildest dreams.

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She is Alyssa @ The Knee Deep Life

One of my favorite things about Alyssa is her outlook on life. She reminds me to enjoy every aspect life has to offer which I often forget to do in my everyday settings. It’s so easy to get involved with pettiness but life is too short for that. There’s so much to see and so much to appreciate. Alyssa explains all this on her about page (much better than I can)…

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It’s like a breath of fresh air reading a new post on Alyssa’s blog. She encourages and inspires with her bucket list items. Here’s an example of what her To Do Bucket list looks like: (doesn’t zip lining sound amazing?)

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Alyssa includes big things like ‘Ride on an elephant’ (also something I would love to do) but she also includes small things like ‘spend an entire day barefoot’ (something I’ve done many times). She reminds us that the little things in life are just as worth wild as the big things. Like Alyssa said life is wide, but only if we make it so.

She also offers humor in almost every post. Some of my favorites are…

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dem apples

cake or steak

See? How can you not love this woman?! She’s enlightening and funny! Those are the kind of people that change the world, just saying!

She also draws great dinosaur pictures and I love dinosaurs, so that scores about 50 points in my book.

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Here a couple facts I’ve gathered from reading Alyssa’s blog:

  • Her bucket list blog started from a simple Senior Psych homework assignment
  • One of her friends met Randy Jackson once
  • Why anyone would deep-fry a Twinkie blows her mind
  • Seen Zoolander approximately 15 times
  • The best way to make her laugh is to put her in speed boat
  • She believes in living life knee deep
  • Her twitter name is @kneedeeplife

So what are you waiting for? Check out Alyssa’s blog at The Knee Deep Life and add a piece of sunshine to your reader.

 

 

Bookish Survey: Cast a HP Spell

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Jasmine from Flip That Page came up with this brilliant idea and yes it is indeed brilliant. Use magical spells from Harry Potter to categorize books. Its simpler than it sounds and more fun than it seems.

Jasmine gives us several spells that we would cast on books. For instance Reparo would be used on a book that could use some fixing, or reworking. Get the idea? Good, because I’m starting!

Reparo–fixes damaged objects

A book that needs serious fixing: Fallen by Lauren Kate– The story idea had potential and in a market where angels are booming Kate had all the advantage but the writing, characters and overall story just fell flat.

Lumos— creates a narrow beam of light

A book that deserves more attention: Ballad by Maggie Steifvater– Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy is all the rage, as it should but I think her book about faeries is just as good if not better. The characters are living, breathing creatures and the writing lyrical. Read this book!

Nox–counters the effects of lumos

An overhyped book: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis– I adore Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but Prince Caspian was a couple hundred pages of NOTHING happening and Susan complaining, yet it’s the second most popular in the Chronicles of Narnia. Why???

Accio— summons an object from a significant distance

A book you’re anticipating: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– The final installment in the Mortal Instruments and so many turning points happened in the previous novel I simply can’t wait to see how Clare sums it all up in her end to the rollercoaster series.

Alohomora— opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched

A book you want to be more open about: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo– Okay listen, I know everyone is absolutely in love with this book but I’m not. I enjoyed reading it but I just don’t understand why everyone is RAVING about it. Except for the Darkling. That I understand.

Expecto Patronum— conjures an incarnation of positive feelings

A book that made you cry, or at least want to: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini– Although I didn’t shed any actual tears I was heartbroken with how women were treated in this novel. And what’s even more disheartening is that this is real and still goes on today.

Mosmorde— conjures the dark mark

A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I picked this novel up on a whim (an example of when judging a cover works out well) and fell in love with the intricate story. And to think this was Morgenstern’s debut novel, I can’t wait to see what she will write next.

Petrificus Totaluspetrifies victim

A book you wish to keep forever: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– This was one of the books that first cast it’s spell on me and since then it has always stuck. I can pick it up anytime and enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve reread it. It’s simply enchanting.

Protego— shield charm

An intimidating book you keep putting off: Divergent by Veronica Roth– I’ve heard so much about this book so if I read it I’m going to feel a lot of pressure to love it. Hence the procrastination.

Riddikulus— used against a boggart

A book with a deceiving synopsis: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling– I loved the book but the synopsis made it seem like the whole town was vying over this city council seat when in actuality is was about the ugly truth of ordinary people. Not what I expected but definitely an excellent read.

Lacarnum InflamaraeShoots fireballs

A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad– I shouldn’t have expected much but I can’t help it when I get a new book and with this one well… it wasn’t interesting. As simple as that.

Wingardium Leviosalevitates objects

A book you wish to reread: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman– I’ll never forget reading this in the tiny school library of middle school. Lyra was my first hero and I can’t wait to reread it from an older perspective.

Avada Kedavracauses instant death

Worst book EVERMarked by P.C. and Kristin Cast– Can be summed in two words; exaggerated and shallow.

Stupefyputs victim in unconscious state

A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– The chapter where a certain someone tries to strangle another certain someone? As Yoda would say “Stunned into silence, I was.”

Confundocauses befuddlement or forgetfulness

A book that generally caused confusion: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis– Not so much as confused as bewildered that my beloved Narnian world could end so quickly.

Crucioinflicts unbearable pain

A book that was a pain to read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck– I love East of Eden  but this one I struggled through. I think it was the whole you-must-read-it-for-school thing, kind of puts a damper on it.

Episkeyheals relatively minor injuries

A feel good book that you enjoyed: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger– I adore the fleeting romance in this novel; its quick beginning and the way it burns out just as quickly. Definitely good on a Sunday afternoon.

Expelliarmustemporarily disarms an opponent

A book with a swoon-worthy character: The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare– Will Herondale, enough said.

Impedimenta impedes target’s process

A book that kept you all night reading: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer– I’m not going to lie, once upon a time before the movies came out I enjoyed Twilight. So much so that I lost a good deal of sleep over it.

Silencio– immediate silencing

A book that left you speechless after you read it: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– The story was a simple one but with complex characters. To this day I have trouble summarizing my feelings over it except that it was incredibly enlightening.

Legilimensallows you to delve into someone’s mind

A book with well-developed characters: The Stand by Steven King– King’s reputation for outstanding characterization isn’t false, King is a master when it comes to character development.

Levicorpusa spell that turns you upside down

A book that changed your mind about a character from it’s prequel: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– Severus Snape is AMAZING and I’m sorry for ever doubting him!

Obliviateused to hide memories

A book with a story you can’t remember: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore– I remembered liking it and that it was a science fiction novel about aliens but I can’t remember the details. Just means its time for a reread!

Peskipiksi Pesternomiuseless spell

A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding– I did not enjoy this book at all and frankly I saw the ending coming a mile away.

Reducto– breaks through solid objects

A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connolly– Talk about your fast paced thrillers! This book delivered on all accounts and officially got me hooked on the Thriller genre.

Rictusempratickling spell

A book that made you laugh: The Help by Kathryn Stockett– When I read about Minnie’s pie I just about died from laughter. The paramedics were called and everything…

Sectusempraoffensive spell that violently wounds the target

A book that may have scarred you for life: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– I liked the book but I swear if I read the word IKEA one more time…

Tarantallegramakes you dance uncontrollably

A series finale that made you feel giddy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– No other feelings can compare to how I felt about opening this book up for the first time. It was definitely a bittersweet moment.

Bombarda Maximacauses an explosion that breaks through walls

A book that made you explode with the feels: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare– When I finished this novel I literally ran into my sisters room at 2am and demanded that she wake up so I could talk about how this book made me feel. Sometimes I still do.

Finite Incantatem– nullifies other spells

A book you’d thought you dislike but ended up lovingEast of Eden by John Steinbeck– After reading his previous work I was very wary of venturing into another Steinbeck novel, but homework called and I took the plunge. It was worth it! Just a typical soap opera, what’s not to love?

Feel like participating? Just check out Jasmine’s blog for the details and feel free to link back so that I can see your answers. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to share them below and happy reading!

The Shine On Award

awardsImagine my delight when I found out that Jasmine from Flip That Page (head over there immediately, you won’t regret it) had nominated me for the Shine On award.

I was touched that after my abrupt absence that the blogging world is still so incredibly supportive. So thank you Jasmine for restoring my confidence in myself as a book blogger. It means so much that you thought of me and congratulations yourself on receiving the award.

From what I can tell there’s no strict rules that comes with this award (thankfully as I have a NaNoWriMo novel to write) so with that I would simply like to nominate one other blogger that shines every day.

Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life is such an inspiring blogger. She brings light to my day with her talks of accomplishing our bucket list items and living our wildest dreams. She is also one of the nicest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of encountering and so with that, I would like to officially nominate Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life. It’s official Alyssa.

Thank you everyone for reading and supporting. Or at least clicking the read button. It all makes me happy and inspires me to keep going. Have a wonderful evening and actually have a terrific November. It’s going to be swell.

 

Friday Favorites: Favorite Way to Save Your Spot

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tressa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Favorite Way to Hold Your Spot in a Book

There comes a time when a reader must put down their book. I know, shocking but true. For example we have to put down our book when we drive to the bookstore. We have to put down our book when we are on the computer online shopping for books. Lastly we must put down our book so that we may sleep and dream…about books.

So how do we keep our spots? If you have a memory like mine then there’s no way you’ll be able to remember what spot you left off of– or where you put your keys. So what do you do? Well, good news– there’s plenty of options.

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You can use an actual book mark. I compare these to collectors items; we bookworms collect them but never actually use them. I currently have a bundle stashed all over the house but whenever I need one so I can put my book down I can’t find them. If a rarity happens and I actually find one it doesn’t stay in my book for long as I’m always forgetting where I put it when I take it out of my book. I told you, bad memory.

dog-earringSome people dog ear their page. Yes, its true and we should just acknowledge that truth. If they CHOOSE to do it to their book then we can’t really judge them as it is their choice. If you aren’t familiar with the bookish term dog-ear it means to bend the corner of the page so that you can easily find your spot. If you prefer this method I promise I won’t judge, just don’t ever think about doing it to my books!

open bookYou can just leave the book open. I find myself guilty of this one quite often, especially when it comes to paperbacks. It’s so easy to say that you’ll be gone just a minute and then one peanut butter sandwich and a million potato chips later you return to your aching book. I don’t particularly like this method as it often leaves creases along the spine which just get worse over time. However, that doesn’t stop me. I’m a monster, aren’t I?

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My favorite method is to use the cover sleeve. The downfall is that this only applies to hard backs but I read many of them so I use it quite often. Its quite handy  as you don’t have to look for it like a book mark as it’s right there on your book, surprise! Also, the book suffers no physical damage during the process. Everybody wins– you, the book and your memory! Oh happy day!

Of course you can always try the old never stop reading trick. I’ve heard that it’s 99% foolproof in keeping your place and you can’t beat statistics like that, nosiree.

What’s you favorite way to hold your spot in a book? Share it below and happy reading!