Blogging · Books

Unique Blogger Award #2

Thank you to James from this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award. 🙂 He’s awesome like that, so you should go check out his blog if you haven’t already.

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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.

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Questions asked of me:

  1. What is your most unique quality and how does it materialize itself in your blog?  My passion. I am incredibly passionate when it comes to certain things in my life, things that have meaning and/or have influenced me for the better. Obviously, this blog flaunts the fact that I adore books and reading, but I am passionate about other areas in my life, as well. This is why I periodically talk about my animals, my latest baking creations, my crafty projects, and dancing. When I am passionate about something, I need to let it all hang out and share it with the world! (Read any of the dozen posts I’ve already made about Harry Potter if you need further proof.)
  2.  Your favorite author comes to you for advice about his/her next book, hoping to decide on the best path. Which author, book series, character and plot would you recommend? Overlooking the minor detail that William Shakespeare is dead, I’m going with Will on this one. We’re also going to be overlooking the fact that Romeo & Juliet is a play and not technically a novel. I would love to help write the plot for the sequel to Romeo & Juliet, as I actually came up with the idea a few years ago. I know, you’re all thinking “But how can there be a sequel when they both died at the end?” Well, in my story, Juliet didn’t actually die, but wakes up from her self-inflicted knife wound and discovers a few weeks later that she’s pregnant with Romeo’s child. The story would be about Juliet, trying to move on with her life after her lover’s death, and the child, who is the product of two families that despise each other.
  3. Which job in the government would you want and why? Does pastry chef at the White House count as a government job?

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Who I’m tagging: 

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Jade from Jade Writes Books

Beth from Divine World of Books

Lynn from Books and travelling with Lynn

Jolien from The Fictional Reader

Julia from Owls Reads

(Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to play along!)

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Your questions: 

  1. If you could go back and re-read any book again for the first time, which would it be and why?
  2. If you were to start a second blog, what would the theme be? 
  3. If you could change the main character of any book, which book would you choose?
Adult · Blogging · Books · Fantasy · Fiction

The Recommendation Game

Let’s play a game! I’m going to talk about a few random books that I’ve enjoyed and what I liked about them. Then, I want you (yes, YOU) to recommend a book to me based on the books I’ve already mentioned.

Ready? Good. Let’s do this.

Book 1: 16181775 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

What I liked about this book: It was hilarious and smart. It talked about real personality/social issues and the challenges they present. The main characters and the love story were non-traditional.

Book 2: 40440The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

What I liked about this book: There was mystery and intrigue, but it wasn’t a crime novel. Family secrets and dysfunction. Lessons in what happens when you let the ghosts of your past haunt you for too long.  

Book 3:14497Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

What I liked about this book: The story blurred the line between fantasy and reality. Characters were bizarre, but easy to understand. Plot was not overly complex or long.

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I know my selections are quite random and different from each other, but I figured it would be more interesting that way. I can’t wait to see what kinds of recommendations I get.

Feel free to do this on your own blogs as well and join in on the fun. Thanks for playing!

Blogging · Books · Fiction · Young Adult

Vacation Books (and 100 Followers!)

First of all, I would just like to mention that I’ve reached 100 followers! Thank you to all of you who follow my blog. I am incredibly appreciative. 🙂

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I’ll be going on vacation in a few weeks and I’m already trying to figure out which books I am going to pack in my suitcase. The problem (aside from the fact that I probably spend way too much time thinking about these things) is that I am terrible at planning reading lists. I constantly come up with lists of what books I want to read next or during a certain time frame, only to completely throw the list out the window two days later. I had a long list of books I wanted to finish in the duration of 2017, but instead if picking up one of those this week I started re-reading Rebecca and Harry Potter again. Heh.

I have no idea what books I’ll take on vacation with me, but there are a few new releases hitting shelves soon that I am interested in. Maybe I’ll bring one of those with me…or not…who knows! 😛

These are some July releases that I am looking forward to checking out:

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Because You Love to Hate Me by various authors

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Shadow (Wendy Darling) by Colleen Oakes

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What kinds of books do you like to bring on vacation with you? 

Blogging · Books

Friends for Days Tag

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Thank you to James from this-is-my-truth-now for tagging me to take part in the Friends for Days tag. 🙂 You guys should head on over to his site and check it out if you haven’t already. He has tons of great book reviews and some really insightful, personal posts that I always enjoy reading.

The rules:

  • Say who created the tag and provide a link to their blog.
  • Do a blog post showing your Tag.
  • Add the logo to the post.
  • Always thank the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and, if you like, say something positive and supportive about their blog.
  • Choose 5 bloggers that you don’t know very well or that are just starting their blog.
  • Go over to their blogs and read a few posts, like and comment.
  • Say 3 things you love about their blogs; (3 things for each blogger)
  • Those 5 bloggers are automatically nominated to do the same.
  • Nominate two bloggers who have been doing this for a longer time! Don’t forget to let them know you’re nominated them!

My Nominees: 

I don’t know any of these people well, but I am tagging them because I’ve enjoyed reading their posts and getting to know them in the few months that I’ve been doing the blog thing.

  • Liliana from Liliana N Bookish Blog
    • Things I like about her blog: International/translated literature, fun taste in books, and her blog header is so pretty!
  • Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek
    • Things I like about his blog: A lot of sci-fi/fantasy book reviews, poetry, and tattoos (enough said).
  • Heather from The Sassy Book Geek
    • Things I like about her blog: I love the name of her blog, the colors/layout, and the fact that she likes story re-tellings (like me).
  • Sophie from Blame Chocolate
    • Things I like about her blog: She likes chocolate and books. Do you really need much more than that?!
  • Sionna from Books in Her Eyes
    • Things I like about her blog: We share a similar taste in books, she does fun reading challenges, and she posts frequently.
Blogging · Books

On Staying Silent About My Blog

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I read a post from Mikaela from A Well Thumbed Reader yesterday that has been making me think about blogging and my own habits. Her post inquired as to whether or not people talk about their blogs in their “real life.” (Real life meaning their day-to-day life outside of their internet presence) Just in reading Mikalea’s post and the comments that others left, I quickly realized that many of us share the same experiences and feelings in regards to sharing our blogs with other people.

Personally, I don’t like telling other people about my site. I hate to admit that, but if I said anything different I would just be lying to you (and myself).

In the few months that I have been doing this my attempts at sharing my blog with others have all backfired. I was excited when I made my first post. It wasn’t about anything groundbreaking, but it was the first time in over a year, after going through some major emotional changes in my life, that I had been able to sit down and write anything. My creativity and concentration finally felt like they were coming back. Even if they fizzled out again and it didn’t amount to anything further down the road, I was proud of myself in that moment. Much to my disappointment, when I tried sharing my excitement with others I wasn’t met with much enthusiasm.

For the most part, the same thing happens any time I tell someone I have a blog, or try to talk about something specific that I posted about. I am met with general disinterest or feel like I am being judged/laughed at. Maybe this is due to the fact that most people in my “real life” don’t love books as much as I do. Or perhaps they think I’m too old to be blogging and/or reading the types of books I read. Or maybe the whole thing really is as dorky as they seem to find it and I’m just in denial. *shrugs* Whatever the reason for this response, it has made me hesitant to continue talking about it with my friends.

In addition to others’ lack of interest, there is one other reason that I don’t like telling people about my site: the potential violation of my personal life.

I am a very introverted person. For the first half of my life, it was virtually impossible for me to talk about my feelings with people. As I’ve grown older (and thanks to a bit of therapy), I have gotten much better about this, but I admit that at times it’s still hard. I’ve mentioned previously on here that I have some mental health issues that I struggle with. It’s often difficult to talk about these things in real life, due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness and a general lack of understanding. I have always had an easier time talking about my feelings and other personal things online than in real life. For that reason, my blog is a safe space for me. A safe space where I am free to say what I want and not have to worry about being judged or ridiculed. Part of that is because of the little bit of anonymity that comes from hiding behind the computer screen, the other part is due to the fact that I’ve always been better at expressing myself through writing than through verbal communication.

Not that long ago, my safe space had been violated by someone in my real life. I was going through a bout of depression at the time and wrote a long, very personal post about how I was feeling. I didn’t write it for anyone else to see or to make anyone else feel bad. I wrote it for me as a form of therapy. I needed to talk about it and let it out. So I did…then only a few hours later it all blew up in my face. I won’t go into the details or name any names, but I will tell you that someone I know read what I wrote and used it against me. Rather than understanding the point I was trying to make in the post and understand what I was experiencing, they made it abut them and used my words as cannon fodder. There was fighting, other people got involved, and things were said that I will never be able to erase from my brain. It sent me even deeper into my depression and took me a long while to bounce back from it. The worst part of it all wasn’t even the things that were said, but the fact that my happy, sacred place had been violated. Imagine you had a personal diary that you wrote in every single day and then someone came along and graffittied shitty things about you all over each of the pages. It hurt and, to be honest, I thought about deleting my blog altogether as a result of that.

I plan on just trudging along, keeping quiet about my blog for now. At least I know there are people online I can communicate with who have similar interests as me and won’t judge me for them.

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Do you share your blog with other people? What kinds of responses do you typically get when you do?