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The Awesome Blogger Award

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Now that I’m back from Key West I’m finally getting caught up on blog posts and tags/awards. A few weeks ago (Wow, I’m really behind) the always entertaining  J.W. Martin of Storeys of Stories tagged me for an Awesome Blogger Award. In his post he says that he’s not qualified for such an award, but I highly disagree. His posts are always funny and relatable, plus we have similar tastes in books. So, clearly, that makes him more than qualified.

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Awesome Blogger Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers and let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Behind the Awesome Blogger Award

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated – “This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

The Questions

If you could choose any job to have in the world (fictional or real) what would it be and why? – Librarian at Hogwarts! Because a.) I love books, b.) I love magic, and c.) Because those magical books ain’t going to shelve themselves! Actually, they probably can…Do they even need librarians at Hogwarts? I feel incredibly obsolete all of a sudden. 😦

Who is your favorite booktuber/blogger? – I have so many favorites that it’s hard to choose! In no particular order, these are a few of my favorite book bloggers:

The Tattooed Book Geek

The Web Weavers 

Another Book in the Wall

Storeys of Stories

Captain’s Quarters

Kristin Kraves Books

Ally Writes Things

Why did you decide to start blogging? – Believe it or not, a talking koala bear (who was really a wizard in disguise) knocked on my door one day and told me that if I didn’t start blogging the entire planet would be blown to smithereens. I’m doing this to save all of you.

We all have literary passports, where is yours stamped the most? – Probably Hogwarts, as the Harry Potter series is probably the one I’ve read the most over the years.

What’s your Harry Potter name? Use this generator to find out! – I got Katie Trelawney. I suppose this makes me related to Professor Trelawney. I actually find this amusing, because if I actually lived in the magical world I don’t think I would believe in prophecies and tea leaves and all that woo-y stuff.

What are some of your guilty pleasures? Whether they are book related or not. – Dessert (especially if it involves chocolate and peanut butter), animals of the cute and fluffy variety, reading about magic and/or magical beings, binge watching Gilmore Girls and Friends on Netflix, and buying more books even though there are a dozens on my shelf I haven’t read yet.

What is something that you love about your blog? – Interacting with other book bloggers. It’s such a great, supportive community! I also enjoy having the excuse to talk about books 24/7.

What is your favorite post that you have personally done? – Probably my BookCon post. (Are you tired of hearing me mention BookCon yet?) I had such an amazing weekend and was SO excited to share that post with you guys. I feel like it’s the “happiest” post I’ve ever done. A close second is my post called What is “Self-Care?”. It lead to some deep reflection on my part and got the ball rolling on one of the books I’ve been working on.

My Nominees:

The awesome folks that I mentioned above. Plus, anyone else who wants to take part. You don’t need to be nominated because you’re all awesome!

Blogging · Books · Life

Blogging Pros/Cons (and Holy Sh!t, 500 Followers!)

You know what day it is. The day of Mon. Most dreaded of all days (unless you work in retail, because this is probably the equivalent to Saturday for you).

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So, how YOU doin’ today?

You see that look on those precious little faces? That is the look of shock and disbelief that this week my blog surpassed 500 followers. When I started this blog, I didn’t expect to get more than maybe 10-15 readers if I was lucky. My, how far we have come. 😊 In honor of this fantastic milestone, I’m going to share some of the pros and cons of blogging. (Remember, these are just observations based on what I’ve experienced in the last year and a half of doing this. You are entitled to your own opinions and are free to disagree with me.)

The Pros:

  • Interactions with fellow bloggers – I love getting to chat with others who share the same passion for books that I have. I have met some truly amazing and inspirational people through blogging (and not just book bloggers). Truthfully, I don’t feel like I have many close friends in my “real” life and people that I can talk about my interests with. Talking to other bloggers really fills that void for me. I view many of you as friends and I am incredibly grateful to have crossed paths with you. ❤
  • Getting to talk about books whenever I want – I love talking about books. I’d talk about them all day long if I could, but sadly, I would probably lose my job if I did. My blog is the perfect outlet to get all my bookish thoughts out there.
  • It inspires creativity – Having an excuse to write all the time (even if it’s just a book review) keeps my writing skills and creativity flowing. Since starting this blog I have started writing two books that I hopefully *fingers crossed* will finish and get published someday.
  • New opportunities – The blog world is a great place to discover new opportunities and fun things: Book/author events (like BookCon!), new bookstores to check out, giveaways, etc.
  • So many new book recommendations! – Through reading all of your blogs I have discovered some amazing new books and authors that I might not have otherwise heard of. My TBR list has grown exponentially thanks to all of you.

The Cons:

  • So many new book recommendations! – My TBR list is getting a little out of hand. How am I possibly going to read all of this books? There aren’t enough hours in the day! Ahhhhhh.

 

Thank you to every single person who is reading this, follows my blog, and/or comments regularly. Without all of you I’d just be sitting here talking to myself like the mad woman in the attic.

Blogging · Books

Sunshine Blogger Award

Kay from Hammock of Books tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award last week. Aw, shucks! Before we continue any further, you guys should take a look at Kay’s blog. She’s got some great YA reviews (I’ve learned of some interesting contemporary YA books from her site recently).

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. If you could be any book protagonist, who would you be? – Wendy from the Wendy Darling series. As much as I’d like to be [insert character with special powers], I feel like Wendy is more realistic. Wendy was intelligent, compassionate, brave, and self-sacrificing. Even when confronted with terrifying things, she faced them, all because she wanted to keep her family and the Lost Boys safe. She was braver than I’ll probably ever be and I admired her for that.tenor
  2. If you could be any book animal, who would you be? – A witches familiar, like the ones in the Elsewhere series. They’re talking cats that can go in and out of the house’s magical paintings. I feel like this would be super cool. Plus, I just really want to be a cat.
  3. If you could be any book antagonist, who would you be? – James Moriarty.
  4. What book villain would you want to date? – Can we still call Rhysand a villain even if he was only a “villain” in the first ACOTAR book? I’m saying yes to this, because I can’t think of another sexy, badass, tattooed villain. 

  5. What books made you cry? – Oh geez, this one is tough. There have been tons of books that have made me cry for different reasons. One that stands out in particular though is A Rose for the Crown. That story is amazing and I believe I cried like 5 times when reading it. Other notable mentions: Where the Red Fern Grows, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Dobby! *bawls*).
  6. What is your favorite genre? – Fantasy (adult and YA)
  7. When do you read? – Usually I read on my lunch break (I typically go hide out at Barnes & Noble during this hour) and in the evenings before bed. I work all day, so it’s tough to always find enough time to read.
  8. What was your favorite kid book? – Harry Potter has been my favorite since I was 10-11. If you want to go earlier than that, I’m going to say anything R.L. Stine. I loved the Goosebumps and Fear Street books when I was a kid.img_0099
  9. Where do you read? – Typically at home (in our bedroom) and at bookstores and coffee shops.
  10. Favorite thing about blogging? – Connecting with other bloggers. I love interacting with people who have similar interests and hearing their stories and perspectives. Plus, just having the outlet for writing in general. Writing is very therapeutic for me.
  11. Least favorite thing about blogging? – Probably coming up with things to write about. Sometimes I just sit down and my mind goes blank. I don’t want my readers to feel like they’re jut reading the same thing over and over again.

MY QUESTIONS: 

  1. You’re stuck on a desert island. Which fictional character would you choose to be stuck with?
  2. If you had the option to never wear pants again, would you still wear them?
  3. If you could rewrite the ending to any book, which would it be
  4. What was your first blog post about?
  5. Who’s your favorite non-human book character?
  6. If you could live in any book world, which one would it be?
  7. Most underrated book?
  8. Where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?
  9. Does cover art matter to you?
  10. What’s your favorite hobby, besides reading and/or blogging?
  11. Has your dog ever eaten your homework?

MY NOMINEES:

Life Should Be Lit

Reading with Rendz

Tattooed Book Geek

Cailtlin Stern Writes

Captain’s Quarters

Off the TBR

I’m feeling lazy now, so if you’ve read this far consider yourself nominated 🙂

Blogging · Books

Blogging and Social Media (Yay or Nay?)

It’s Monday again.

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Today, rather than ask what you’re reading, I’d like to chat about something else: social media. For those of you unfamiliar with social media, it is defined as “That thing with all the cats and people who yell at each other that eats up an embarrassing amount of time that could otherwise spent being productive.” I swear that’s the definition, look it up.

You know what I’m talking about. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Those other ones I probably don’t even know about.

I’d be lying if I tried to pretend that I, like so many other people, don’t spend a good deal of my personal time browsing through social media. There’s much debate (where else, but on the internet?) about whether or not this is good for you. I’m not going to even touch that one, because obviously it’s going to be a different experience for everyone. Given how much time I’ve spent watching funny cat videos in the past decade, I’m really not one to make judgments. I would, however, like to discuss social media and what it does for the blogging community.

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I’ve only recently started sharing my blog on social media. Many moons ago I wrote a post about why I avoided talking about my blog with people in “real life.” For the most part, this still applies. I am very selective about who I share my blog with. This is why I hesitate a little to start advertising my blog on social sites.

I talk about it on Twitter and share links to my recent posts, but I almost never put anything on Facebook. I can’t even really explain this one, as I talk about personal stuff on Facebook, but not to the same extent that I do on here. Even if I shared my recent posts via Facebook, I feel like it’s the wrong crowd for it. In the same vein,  hesitate to share my Instagram on my blog because of my occasional pole dancing picture.

Do you use social media to promote your blog and connect with other bloggers? Do you use your personal account or do you have a separate one? Do you feel like it’s been beneficial for your blog? Give me some feedback!

Also, if you would like to follow me on social media, here are some links:

 Bloglovin     Twitter     Goodreads

Blogging · Books · Fantasy · Fiction

Unique Blogger Award

I was nominated by Ellie @ Blogging for Dopamine for a Unique Blogger Award. Yay! (Don’t you just love the name of her blog?)

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

The Questions I was Asked: 

  • I have so many books I’m looking forward to reading this year. What’s your most anticipated 2018 read? – The Cruel Prince was at the top of my TBR for 2018 because of all the hype. Now that I’ve finished it I guess Spinning Silver and Freyja’s Daughter are at the top.
  • When I was younger, I was obsessed with Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now that I’m older, I have even more admiration for her character. Are there any childhood favourite characters that you appreciate even more now that you’re older? – There are probably several that apply, but the first one that stands out in my mind is Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. When I first started watching it back in high school I connected more with Rory and her love of books, but as I get older I appreciate Lorelai’s character more. This is probably due to the fact that I am closer in age to her character and have begun to relate to her life experiences. She’s one of my absolute favorite television characters ever, so I guess it’s a good thing.
  • My blog has changed so much since I started it. What was the topic of the first ever blog post you wrote? –My first post was an introduction and an explanation for why I was creating this blog. I talked about some of the things I had been feeling since getting divorced and about the things I wished to accomplish. Looking back on it now, a little over a year later, I realize that I have achieved a lot since then.

Questions for My Nominees: 

  • If you were to choose a different topic/theme for your blog, what would it be?
  • If you could befriend any author in real life, who would you choose? Why?
  • What’s the weirdest blog post you’ve ever written?

I Nominate: 

Ally @ Ally Writes Things

Kerry @ Carolina Book Belle

Bruce @ Random Ramblins’

J.W. Martin @ Storeys of Stories

Sarah @ Sarah in Zombieland

thebeasley @ Just Another Blog From a Woman

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

 

Have fun and feel free to participate even if you aren’t tagged!

Blogging · Books

Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Okay, so I majorly dropped the ball on this one. Apparently January 12th was my one year blog anniversary. I can’t believe I missed it. Fail.

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I am both excited and surprised to have made it this far. When I started this blog I had no idea whether anyone would read it, or whether my motivation would fizzle out and I’d just abandon it entirely after a few months. To my amazement, this blog has become so much more than I ever anticipated it to be. When I made my first post I said that I was hoping to get back in the habit for writing and (hopefully) find inspiration for my book. In the past year this blog has done just that and then some. It had become a place of therapeutic refuge for me and a major source of enjoyment. I have chatted with so many wonderful people and gained so much from each of them. It has not only been a great tool for my creative outlets, but has been a huge aid in my mental health recovery, as well.

In honor of Once Upon a Spine‘s first blogiversay, I would just like to say THANK YOU to every one of my followers. Thank you to the people who comment regularly. And thank you for the amazing posts and insight that you share on your own blogs every day. The blogging community is an amazing one and I am beyond grateful to be part of it.

Here’s to another year!

 

Blogging · Books · Life

The Mystery Blogger Award

Happy Hump Day, folks! Charlotte is currently experiencing Snowmageddon. And by Snowmageddon I mean we got an inch of snow, so, naturally, the schools are shut down, the bread and milk have disappeared, and everyone is in a state of complete panic. Amateurs.

Recently I was tagged by Joseph for a Mystery Blogger Award. (Thank you, Joseph!) You guys should go check out his blog if you haven’t already. He’s got some great poetry and mental health posts. (Original creator of the award is Okoto Enigma)

Rules :

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award.
  5. Tell the readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with knee funny or weird question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

The questions we were asked by Joseph are:

  • Favorite Novelist and Why? – Neil Gaiman. I love his creativity and the worlds he creates. I’ve never read a single thing by Neil that I didn’t love.
  • Favorite poet of all time and Why? – I’m not usually big on poetry, but I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s poetry (and Shakespeare in general). Long live the Bard!
  • Do you find yourself loving or hating our digital world? – I love it, I spend entirely too much time on the internet. 😛 I am, however, not a huge fan of e-books. I no longer knock them and act like they are going to take away physical books, but I’m still not going to convert. I’ve tried it a few times and it just doesn’t feel like the same experience for me. Besides, how the hell am I supposed to build a massive at-home library, complete with secret rooms, if I only have e-books?
  • Do you think the digital world is better or worse for the writing world? – I think that the digital world is definitely good for writers. It helps get your name and projects out there way more easily. It helps you connect with readers and other writers, as well.
  • Cats or Dogs? – Pick one? Seriously?! But, look at these sweet little babies: img_9846-1Clearly the answer is both.

Three Random Things About Myself:

  • I’m hungry right now and wish I had a doughnut.
  • If I could transport myself into any television show it would be Doctor Who.
  • When I was two years old my parents lost me in Disney World.

Links to A Few of My Favorite Posts:

On Reading Children’s LiteratureOde to Gilmore GirlsHungerMirrorWhen Nobody UnderstandsBooks I’m Thankful ForA Most Spooktacular Occasion 

My Nominees:

I’m terrible at nominating people for these kinds of things, so if you made it this far and haven’t found yourself bored to death yet, I hereby declare you nominated. Go forth and tag unto others and I have tagged unto you!