Bloggin’ Recap: October 20th-26th

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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

It’s been pretty busy in the real world, as you probably guessed from my silence over the last couple of weeks. Work, school and my play have been keeping me running around to the point where I literally fall into my bed and am instantaneously asleep.

In case you don’t know already, I am directing a play called Bus Stop at my local community theater. It is my directing debut and my oh my have I had to jump through hoops. I’ve had to recast two characters, two LEADING characters but I’m still hanging in there. Actually, I’m really enjoying myself and know that the show is going to be great. It’s just so mentally tiring being the director and knowing the weight of the play is on your shoulders. (In my case, sunburned shoulders).

You may ask if I’ve abandoned my beloved hobby that is reading, but I have not! I may not get to read as often as I like but I am still reading and in fact am almost finished with The Stand by Stephen King. So expect a review soon!

How did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted this Week:

Posts to Look Forward to this Week:

  • You Might Be a Bookworm if you…
  • “New Adult” Book Genre and other Book Marketing Ploys
  • The Reading Outside Fantasy compared to the Reading Outside Reality

Posts from Blogging Buddies I Enjoyed:

Spread the Word

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 gotten quite close to in a short amount of time. When I first discovered her blog I was excited by how much we seemed to have in common. She shared my love for the same kind of books, she was passionate about the same things and she’s not majoring in English like me (which seems to be rare in the world of book bloggers)!

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She is Becky @ Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic

I was browsing blogs under the book review category on WordPress when I saw a review she wrote for The Help by Kathryn Stockett which had me nodding my head eagerly in agreement. I clicked to learn more about this blogger that seemed to think the same way I did. After reading her about page I knew I had found another favorite blog.

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She didn’t try to make it seem like she was anything more than just an average girl who liked to read books. It was appealing, especially to me as this is how I feel about my blog: I’m still learning. I’m not the best writer, I’m not the smartest and there will be things in books that go over my head but like Becky, I’m here to blog about the books that I read. It’s as plain and simple as that and I loved that Becky told us so in plain words.

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One of the things I love most about Becky’s blog is that it shows her eclectic tastes. She read a wide variety of books instead of focusing on only one genre like young adult, classics or the ever popular western sci-fy historical fiction genre.  She has the likes of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke on her to-be-read list. Her reading taste knows no bounds and I admire that. This isn’t to say that focusing on one genre is bad, I myself as a reader like to have a broad range therefore I appreciate when someone shares this interest.

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Becky does not bow to peer pressure. She will always give her honest opinion of a book even if it means criticizing a book that is extremely popular– like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This was a book magnetized by the movie, everyone was proclaiming its brilliance. I haven’t read the book yet so I don’t know if any of it is justified but Becky definitely didn’t think so and she wasn’t afraid one bit of explaining how she felt. It’s hard to put your thoughts into words when you know they are not with the majority. You start questioning your opinion as if an opinion could be wrong, but not Becky. Becky will always let us know what she thinks whether it be good or bad and I rank that as a very important blogging aspect.

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Becky runs her own original meme. She calls is Quoting the Quill and it originated as a celebration of her 100th post! I know you’ve already surpassed this milestone Becky but CONGRATULATIONS! She runs this feature every other Wednesday and with it posts a certain quote that inspires her; the most recent quote was, “On the shelf or just opened, a book was all possibility, a wondrous box of paper that could contain anything.”  Here is why it inspired her:

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Becky is very active in the blogging community. It seems like every time I publish a post the orange icon appears moments later to say Becky has read it by either liking it or commenting. As a blogger it makes me happy to have a reader that enjoys coming back to my blog. Then I discovered that is wasn’t just my blog but many others. It seemed everywhere I went Becky had been there too and left her mark. She takes the time to let the reader know that she’s been there which is no easy task when you do that for a bajillion blogs. But she does and it makes her better blogger for it. After all, how do you expect to get readers if you aren’t willing to read other blogs? Becky knows the answer to that.

Here are a couple of random facts I’ve gathered from reading Becky’s blog:

  • She’s a big Sarah Dessen fan
  • Her favorite classic is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Her favorite side character is Luna Lovegood
  • She’s in love with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings
  • She’s a fellow Land Before Time fan
  • She loves dinosaurs
  • Believes her daemon would be a cat

I urge every one to check out Becky’s blog, Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic! You’ll find a blogger full of personality who loves books and has a unique voice in the blogging world.

The Liebster Award

liebster-awardIt started off as just an average day when I woke up. I crawled out of bed and snuggled with my grandparents poodles and logged on to what has since taken over my life: WordPress.

I saw the bright orange icon at the top of the screen and smiled because it always means good news. I clicked it and realized that it was greater than I expected because it notified me that the lovely Kayla @ The Thousand Lives had nominated me for the Liebster Award. Suddenly, my day didn’t seem so average.

Thank you so much Kayla, it means so much to me that people even read my blog let alone enjoy it. Congratulations yourself on being nominated as you most certainly deserved it!

First for those that are unaware the Liebster Award is supposed to recognize those blogs that are of the up-and-coming sort. (So imagine my blush when I found out that Kayla nominated me)!

Now, the rules are as follows:

  1. Link back the blogger that tagged you
  2. Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
  3. Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
  4. Let your nominees know of their award

The Questions from Kayla

1. How long did it take you to settle in to your blog (how you wanted to write, how you wanted to lay out your posts, what sort of graphics you wanted to use, what theme to use, etc.)?

I would say it took me about two months to finally find my groove. I finally started organizing my blog, planning out what I wanted to write and designing my blog to better suit my tastes. That in no way means that I don’t need improvements, there are still things that I’m constantly tweaking.

2. How long have you been blogging, and what made you start blogging?

I am fairly new to the blogging world having started May 22nd of this year. It was my mom that said I should blog about books as I’m always finishing books and bugging people to read them too so I can discuss them.

3. Give me a profile of yourself (age, location, job, school, some favorites, etc)?

Alright! I’m 21, I live in Central California (farming county), I work as a Food Service Aide for a high school. Some of my favorite things include: Runts– favorite candy; Pineapple– favorite fruit; Christmas– favorite holiday; Mrs. May– favorite English teacher; Joey– favorite F.R.I.E.N.D.S. character; Newsroom– currently favorite show.

4. What was your best memory in high school?

Performing in the high school play, Blithe Spirit. I played Edith, the maid (but I stole the show) 😉

5. Who inspires you, and why?

My sister Hayley, she is younger than me but so much stronger even though she doesn’t believe it. She enjoys life and I know she will get all that she wants out of it.

6. What are your three favorite books?

This is an unbelievably hard question, but at the top of my head: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Ella Enchanted.

7. What book has influenced you the most in your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird, it taught me to always look at things with a new perspective.

8. Which character would be your best friend, if they were in the flesh?

Hmmm…probably Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia as I’m so ready to believe in magic.

9. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was so well done!

10. If you could say one thing to your favorite author, what would it be and who would it be to?

Thank you, because no other words could do justice.

My 10 nominees include:

  1. Dewey Decimal’s Butler
  2. Classy Cat Books
  3. Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic
  4. Revolution for Breakfast
  5. The Knee Deep Life
  6. Storytime With Buffy
  7. Jann Lee
  8. NutFreeNerd
  9. The Chronicles of Radiya
  10. Book Adoration

My Questions for my nominees include:

1. What is something you are determined to do before you die?

2. What is a memory that makes you smile?

3. Where do you prefer to read?

4. Do you have a hero or heroine? Why are they so?

5. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

6. How do you fight writer’s block?

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

8. Do you have any recommendations for other bloggers?

9. Do you like it when it’s a sunny day or a cloudy day?

10. Are a fast reader or slow reader?

Thank you again Kayla for the nomination and I look forward to seeing all of my nominee’s posts. Happy reading everybody!

The Dream Library

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I started picturing what my dream library looked like but I had so many ideas running through my head that I kept getting a garbled picture. So I decided to put it down on paper (and then later on WordPress) to make the picture clear. Here’s what I came up with:

First of all, SIZE!

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Books seem to multiply by the dozens! I already have too many books to fill my bookshelf and yet when I go to the book store to buy one book I notoriously walk out with three. (They literally jump into my hands)! So I need a library that will be big enough that I won’t come across the problem of running out of book space (at least, not for a while). Concurrently, big space has been added to the check list.

 

 

 

Second Must-Have: BIG WINDOWS

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Third Must-Have: WARMTH

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I want a cozy library as it’s simply no fun reading when you’re shivering. When you’re wrapped in a blanket cocoon with your toes right by the fire, its paradise! So, I need a fireplace (the bigger, the better) and a cabinet dedicated to holding soft, fuzzy blankets (preferably purple). Doesn’t it sound nice?

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Must-Have: TWIRLING STAIRS

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Twirling stairs always add a magical element as if an old secret awaits you at the top of the staircase. Therefore, I must have stairs. The twirling kind.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Must-Have: COMFORT

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How long can you read at a desk with a wooden chair until your back starts aching? Well, it’s not long for me therefore all desks and wooden chairs (without any padding) are hereby banished from my dream library. Couches, soft arm chairs, recliners and cushions shall decorate my dream library and nothing else!

 

 

 

 

Sixth Must-Have: SECRET PASSAGE WAY

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Because who ever heard of a decent library without a secret passage way?

 

 

 

 

 

Lets go over the six requirements of my dream library, shall we:

  • BIG SPACE
  • BIG WINDOWS
  • WARMTH
  • TWIRLING STAIRS
  • COMFORT
  • SECRET PASSAGE WAY

That’s not too much to ask for, is it? Of course there are other requirements that can’t quite be captured with pictures. Roasted coffee beans and old book smell would perfume the air, the ceiling would be painted of a starry night sky, my library would be sorted into sections dictated by genres. Therefore, different themes would decorate my library a fantasy theme, historical theme, science fiction theme and you get the picture. And lastly (but not least) a mini-fridge for all reading snacks (very important)!

What does your dream library look like? What does it smell like? Does it have a mini-fridge? (It really should). Share with me and have a wonderful day!

This post has been added to Oh, Chrys and The Fiction Conniption‘s Let Discuss! meme. Check out other discussions that have been linked up this week here.

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!