Loveathon 2014 Fun (All In One Post)


Book Spine Poetry Mini-Challenge #1

This was soooo fun. I didn’t think I was going to be good at it (maybe I’m not..but I’m happy with what I wrote) but now I want to keep doing them!! Very addictive!

Pretty much this poem is me right now if I’m honest. I’m in the middle of some major winter blahs and some personal setbacks and I just….yeah. This poem pretty much explains how I feel.

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Alexa and Katelyn created a very fun community event for book bloggers , the Loveathon, as a way to get out and meet new bloggers, participate in mini-challenges, just have fun and spread the love! I’m going to try to participate in it this year because it seems like a lot of fun! πŸ™‚ I’m going to be putting all of my posts into one post!

Β Mad Libs – Mini Challenge #3

So very fun and silly this was!!

One day, I was dancing with Adam (If I Stay).Β Out of the blue, a unicorn came out of nowhere! It was so shiny, majestical and unicorn-y. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we prevailed.Β We hopped on the motorcycle to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because On Top Of The World came on and made me shimmy. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until an snake appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while Adam stayed on the motorcycle, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up, and felt dizzy as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a rumble among the leaves, and felt petrified. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of brown hair and green eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a bed. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a book and claw foot tub in the room, along with Nutella and water. The door suddenly opened to reveal St. Clair, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he smolder-stared and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s okay.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about traveling , reading and Pilates and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was perfect and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came Levi (Fangirl). “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at St. Clair. They each had spatuala in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!”, I yelled, feeling so CONFUSED. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, St. Clair fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. Levi dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, sugar-bottom (haha I’m dying because this is a fake pet name Will and I jokingly use because Sugar Bottom is a road name).” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as You and I by Ingrid Michaelson (mine and Will’s wedding song) started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my shitty luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

Interview Questions!

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

Will always joked, we were dating at the time back in 2010 when I started my blog, about how marrying me would entail being okay with the constant turning of pages of books and “just one more minute..I have a few pages left.” I just kind of thought that and came up with the fact that my life is a perpetual turn of the pages.

2. What genre/subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

I am a pretty eclectic reader and blogger so you’ll see just about anything on here — all genres of YA mostly and some adult books! I think my MAIN genre is contemporary YA though!

3. Name the 3 books you’re excited for in 2014!

I have a post of 10 of my most anticipated 2014 debuts and 2014 releases posts so you can check those out for a more comprehensive look. I’m going to say Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (because she’s a fave author), Isla and the Happily Ever After (she’s a fave and omg I’ve been waiting so long) and Open Road Summer by Emory Lord (debut author, road trip and sooo reading this one soon!).

4. Where in the world are you blogging from?

Right outside of Philadelphia. Literally you can see the “welcome to Philadelphia” sign from my apartment.

5. Tell us — how did you get into blogging in the first place?

I was a really avid user of Goodreads and was into the groups function on there. I started a College Students group (because I was a college student back then when I started it in 2008) and one of the members was April from Good Books and Good Wine and that’s how I was introduced to the idea of blogging. I wanted to start a blog but didn’t think I could do it alone so I started The Broke and the Bookish with a few members from the College Students group and then within a week I was having such a good time I started this one!

6. Apart from reading, what other hobbies/interests do you have?

I love traveling!! I’m rather obsessed with music — seriously, one of my favorite things to do is just to lie down on the ground with my big ass headphones and just FEEL the music. I also love going to shows to see my favorite bands. I love trying new foods (though Will does all the cooking). I also became an aunt two years ago and watching my two nieces grow up is one of my current favorite things in life. I also really love watching movies — like really weird, obscure movies. And French films. Love my French films.

7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

I’d bring the Harry Potter series because, if you’ve read this blog you know I’ve only read book 1 finally last year, and I feel like I shouldn’t die on that deserted island without experiencing all of Harry Potter!

8. If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a warzone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

Probably Katniss! Girl has seen it all and been through it all and she’s so resourceful that I know she’d save me. As much as I would want a hot fictional man to do it..I would totally trust Katniss with my life!

9. You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s YOUR song – what song would that be?

Hahha oh boy. It would depend on WHO I was with and if I was wanting to dance or just sing loudly and obnoxiously. If we were going NOW and I wanted to dance? Anything Pitbull. I always want to dance to his songs. Also “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” If I was out and wanting to obnoxiously sing? Anything Meatloaf! Or Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. All my answers are hilarious if you know my typical musical taste because it’s all indie rock/pop/alternative kind of stuff. But I love my classics and dammit I love that Pitbull!

10. What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books, or vice versa?

I’d love my favorite movie Amelie to be a book! I also just watched Like Crazy and I think I would love that as a book. And to change it up…I’d love for Love and Other Perishable Items to be turned into a film — it would totally be a quirky, indie flick with obscure actors…I just feel it!



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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. Man, wonderful answers! My husband and yours should start a “Just One More Page!” support group!

    Your Amelie answer especially got me thinking and I found this fun Book Riot post of book recs based on Amelie -

  2. HP is definitely the right desert island choice!

    • I hope so! It would be nice because I haven’t read it and then I feel like I didn’t die before knowing the MAGIC OF THE SERIES!

  3. Love your interview – Katniss was a killer choice!

    • It was hard to choose but I love her! Also, not going to lie I’m just thinking of her as Jennifer Lawrence. Who wouldn’t want JLaw to save them!

  4. I’m SO excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After too. It’s been the longest wait ever.

  5. HAH your answer to #7. No you can’t die without experiencing all of Harry Potter. Just wait… the books get infinitely better with each sequel. And Katniss is a pretty good savior although Haymitch won’t be rallying sponsors from the Capital to send little pods of help! Womp Womp. πŸ™‚

  6. Another vote for Harry Potter on a desert island! I think you could basically guarantee sales of that book if we were all to be placed on a desert island. πŸ™‚

  7. Ah, I had no idea you’ve known April for so long! That’s so lovely! I also listed movies and music on my interview. I’d LOVE some movie rec’s from you if possible! I’m always interested in trying/watching/discovering ones I haven’t seen before.

  8. Really fun reading all your answers especially to the first question. I LOVE your blog name so it was really interesting to read how it came to be. I would definitely say contemporary YA is also my favourite genre. I think I would be lying if I said otherwise because I read so much of it! Definitely waiting on Isla as well and Since You’ve Been Gone. I still can’t say that title without wanting to sing the Kelly Clarkson song. Yay, I love travelling, music and trying new foods as well! And while I haven’t watched many french films, I did watch Les Choristes and it’s been one of my favourite films so that kinda counts? πŸ™‚ Yes, you should definitely bring HP with you if you’re stuck on a deserted island. Would past time AND offer tons of entertainment. And Katniss would be my top choice as well. I would bring her with me to the deserted island as well!

    Great answers Jamie! Looking forward to seeing your other posts! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I like my blog name but then kind of felt like it was limiting this past year. SO I added the tagline “turning the pages of books and life” so I didn’t feel so bad talking about other stuff!


  9. Great answers, Jamie! I love how you’re into FEELing the music! LOL to “I’m Sexy and I Know It”, but can you believe I’ve never heard of Pitbull? I gotta rectify that really soon!

    • My experience with music probably would make people think I’m weird but WHO CARES. haha. I have a playlist for all moods I have. And I just sometimes do NOTHING, like I said, except lay on the ground and listen to music. I need to feel it and just experience it. It’s so easy to let it be background noise when I’m doing other things so sometimes I just need to do that. Helps calm me too.

      Listen to TIMBER! (and really all his other ones). They are fun dancing songs! Don’t know what he is saying allt he time but DANCE AWAY!

  10. I love your blog name πŸ™‚

    Get reading Harry Potter :O

  11. Love your answers *_* Everyone’s raving about Isla and the Happily Ever After, I haven’t read the series but I think I should. πŸ˜€
    I agree you can’t die without experiencing all the HP books, I’d definitely bring my HP books too πŸ˜€
    My #Love-a-Thon Post

  12. I would only trust Katniss if I knew she trusted me! That girl has some trust issues and I don’t want to end up with an arrow through my arm … or worse! Haha.

  13. Ahhh! I love your spine poem! The titles all work together SO well. I just love that you twisted it into a kind of road-trip kind of thing. Road trips fix everything.

  14. I know this feeling all too well, hugs!! It’s a beautiful poem and thanks for sharing! (:

  15. Back for your book spine poetry! Love it! How did you manage nine..? Incredible haha.

  16. I love the book spine poetry! (But am sorry to hear about the winter blahs.) I also love the graphic you put together for it. Great work.

  17. Nice poem!!

  18. I think your poem turned out amazing Jamie! It makes me sad that you’re in a blahh funk right now but I am right there with you. Life sucks sometimes and I think your poem describes it beautifully <3

    • Also, when it comes to your interview, I LOVED it! I haven’t read Harry Potter yet (which by the way is the most embarrassing thing ever and I feel like I’ve had to admit to it A LOT lately) but I just know I would love that series! If I were stranded on an island I would definitely want to take along something to read that I want to experience over and over πŸ™‚

  19. Ha… now I feel guilty for not taking Harry Potter with me to the island. I chose VA. I am a bad person. πŸ˜›

  20. I’m so excited that you’ll be joining us for the Love-a-thon, Jamie! I liked reading your interview answers, because it felt like getting to know even more about you all over again. I hope you get to travel somewhere amazing soon, since I know you love it as much as I do! I also really, really love your answers for the last question – Amelie is awesome, Like Crazy was full of feels and I STILL HAVE NOT READ LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS (must get on that!).

    And now, my thoughts on your book spine poetry — AMAZING. You did an INCREDIBLE job, friend! I love how poignant and perhaps slightly melancholy and introspective it is. Beautifully done.

  21. Love the spine poetry!

  22. I love your poem!!! So good. Road trips are my favorite so I love that you incorporated that into the poem. πŸ™‚ I actually used Let’s Get Lost in my poem too.

  23. AWESOME spine poetry, Jamie! I absolutely loved it!!! Really lovely πŸ™‚

  24. Your book spine poetry is so lovely! I’m really digging the first four lines (esp how you connected Salvage and What’s Left of Me).

  25. Gurl you crazy! Your poem is AWESOME! It perfectly captures a mood that I’ve been feeling a lot lately too.

  26. Haha, my husband has to put up with the “just a few more pages!” line all the time!

    I love that poem! That’s the best book spine poetry I’ve seen!

  27. Your poem is so good!! Everything just works really well together. I think you should get a badge for being awesome at book spine poetry. I’m actually going to bookmark it because I love it too much. I’ve been feeling the exact same way lately.


    Livin’ On a Prayer is my absolute FAVORITE song of his and I also obnoxiously sing it whenever possible, especially when I saw him in concert back in 2005 during the Have a Nice Day tour. I have to thank my mother, who passed away in 2001, for instilling me with a great appreciation for his music. Without her undying love for Bon Jovi, I would have never discovered Bon Jovi and alternately found my passion for 80s glam rock. Bed of Roses was her favorite song and it never fails to make me cry.

  29. Jamie, I love your blog name and it was so fun to read how you started blogging. You’ve been blogging for so long and you are so well known (and I’m sure an inspiration for many. To me you definitely are!), but of course there was a time when you were new to blogging too.
    I’m happy you’re reading the Harry Potter books because I feel everyone should experience these books, but I’m sure it’s a daunting task. Every Potterhead pushing you to read it so you have all these expectations! On the other hand, I would love to swap places with you and read Harry Potter for the first time again.

    Your poem is beautiful. I used Let’s Get Lost too, and I’m SUPER excited for that book and I see an ARC of it in your photo! Hope you love(d) it & that I will too πŸ˜‰

  30. I’ve always loved your blog name and the story of how it came to be is so great.

    Contemporary YA for the win!

    So cannot wait to read Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone!

    I never knew how you got into blogging. Whoa, 2008. That’s a record!

    Travelling and music are great choices.

    It’s like you’ve kind of jumped on the Harry Potter train. =)

    Katniss, oh yes she’s resourceful alright.

    Ha ha I laughed at your I’m Sexy and I Know It choice. It is awesome, though. I also love alternative music but we all need a little of Pitbull music in our lives.

    I love the book photo you took and poetry is great, I love it.

  31. Your poem is so wonderful!

  32. great poem, makes me want to grab my sunglasses & go!

  33. Love the book poetry. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but haven’t tried it yet.

  34. I love your Book Spine poem! I totally feel you on that one!
    Your interview was so funny. I loved all your tibits. I live outside of Philly too, but it was so funny when you said you can read the sign from your apartment. That had me cracking up. I also totally get what you mean by lying on the ground and just feeling the music. Music is another huge thing I love outside of books. I also loved how you’d bring the HP books with you to a deserted island. Hopefully you finish reading them all. I’m a huge HP fan so I try and push them onto everyone who hasn’t read them πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

  35. Oh, Love and Perishable Items would make a great movie! And of course it would be all obscure actors.

  36. The answers about everyone’s blog name are so interesting to read πŸ™‚ I adore your blog name. I love traveling and movies too. I can’t wait for the day where I’m able to travel the whole world. Bringing HP, especially when you haven’t read it yet, is a great idea! It will keep you occupied and it will give you everything πŸ˜€


  37. Great poem! I love the lines “Before I fall/Salvage what’s left of me.” So good! And I hope you come out of the blahs soon!

    And I love your interview questions! And yes, you should definitely read the rest of the HP series! I’m going to try to talk my book blogger bestie, Jessie from Jessie Marie Reads, to co-host an HP readalong with me, and you should totally join in!

  38. Loved ur poem! πŸ™‚

  39. Haha LOVE the mad lib. In mine St. Clair saves the day, instead of being the charmer not to be trusted. Love it =)

  40. Lol we both have Levi in our stories. Now I know where he went after the disappearing magic trick!

  41. Oh my gosh, your Mad Lib is HILARIOUS! I love that you shimmied for a snake, and that the two things in your room were Nutella and water (which are essential, by the way). πŸ˜‰

  42. Love your mad libs for the mini challenge! So great–Alexa and Katelyn should create a book of all the bloggers’ mad libs stories. Nutella and water–a great combo. I had red velvet cake and a mojoito for mine–so much fun! πŸ™‚

  43. Absolutely love your book spine poetry!

    Your Mad Lib is hilarious! Oh boy never would I have thought to put shimmying or smolder-staring xD

    I never knew that about your blog name! It seems really poetic now haha. I’m so glad you like HP so much even though you started it last year πŸ˜€ I would definitely take it with me on a deserted island too.

  44. ADAM! I love this madlib and the book spine poetry is PERFECT!

  45. SPATULA FIGHT. Love. (Also love St Clair & Levi. Good boys.)

  46. Love the book spine poem! πŸ™‚


    Good life choice.

    Also, yay I helped influence you to blog, that makes my day because blogging would suck without you. I am for serious about that.

  48. I love your poem Jamie. It’s so pretty <3

  49. Your book spine poetry is just lovely! Great choices – Levi St Clair and Adam! *swoons* and I just love your blog name!
    I nominated you for the loveathon awards for best blog design <3

  50. Your book spine poetry is excellent!