Bookstore Shopping Spree!!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Yet Own

Oh man…this is HARD. There are so many books I want to read but don’t own. SO basically I just thought about the 10 books I’d buy at the bookstore if I was given a hella big gift card for a bookstore shopping spree!! THIS IS SO FUN. IF ONLY. IF ONLY.

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Like No Other by Una LaMarche: I’ve heard nothing about amazing things about this contemporary YA and I REALLY want it so so so bad.
The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand: I’ve been wanting this one and it’s not at my library and so I just need to buy it I think. PARIS.
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler: I’ve really loved Sarah Ockler’s other books and I’ve heard AMAZING things about this and it seems like a book I’d want to own.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert: I’ve heard SUCH amazing things about this one this year! Like really strong (positive) reactions!

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley: I LOOOOVED Graffiti Moon and I’ve been wanting this one for a while and if I had some extra money or a shopping spree…YEAH I’d be getting this one.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: This is one I’ve heard a lot about this year AND it’s historical fiction and the cover is so pretty!

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi: This was one of my most anticipated debuts of this year and I’m dying to read it!

Love & Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan: This just seems like such a me book and it’s gotten some good buzz this year! And okay okay I’m a sucker but it says for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell and YEAH THAT IS ME.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: Melina is one of my favorites and I really do want to give her fantasy series a try!!

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo: So I had an ARC of Siege & Storm but gave it to a friend because I hadn’t read Shadow & Bone yet and then I finally did and WOW I NEED THIS BOOK.

 

 

So tell me…if you got the chance to go on a shopping spree tell me the #1 book you would want! Have you read any off this list that should be MY #1 pick??

Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read Yet)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read)

 This was a hard list to narrow down but I tried to pick the ones that really stuck out to me! I feel like I’m constantly being recommended things! I LOVE LOVE LOVE though when people go out of their way to be like JAMIE THIS IS A YOU BOOK PLEASE READ IT. I love that.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: If I had to pick ONE book so many people have been like “OMG THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ IT” this would be it. It really does look like a book made for me!

Winger by Andrew Smith: I don’t honestly even know what this one is about but I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a me book! I plan to get it from the library at some point!

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: This has been recommended so specifically by SOOO many people and then when I finally read Jellicoe Road and then recently Saving Francesca the shouts have gotten louder. You will be happy to know I have picked it up from the library and it is in my possession!

How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr: I’ve read Sara Zarr books before so I could see why people would rec this as a Jamie book. I think it will be too HOPEFULLY!

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I got this out from the library because people said it was a me book but then I didn’t get to it and then I had people yelling at me saying WHY YOU NO READ IT?!

Something Real by Heather Demetrios: This was a widely recommended book to me in generally when I tweeted for recs for best books people had read this year but then a few people who recommended it said JAMIE BOOK. It was already on my radar but even more so after people were RAVING like that. So many people said I needed to read it!

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas: Maybe people have recommended this as a Jamie book because it will rip your heart out potentially? And the obvious Jamie Likes Reading Books About Grief thing.
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: This one hasn’t been like a OH IT IS A YOU BOOK but it seems to get recommended to me a lot. People do say they think i would like the writing also! What say you, readers? IS THIS A JAMIE BOOK? Or just a good book in general that I should give a try?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I cannot tell you how many people have recommended this book to me as a must read. ALL OF TWITTER IT SEEMS SOMETIMES.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Who hasn’t recommended this book to me?? Even friends who rarely read are like OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

 

So tell me…which of these books should I absolutely read first?? Do you have any recs on here that you think OH THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK?? I am all about those!

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (For Various Reasons)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read For Various Reasons

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The rest of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare: If you read my Operation Suck Less At Series post this past week you would see I had this one under “series I’m not sure if I want to finish”. I’m so conflicted. Like I enjoyed book 1 enough but I’m not IN LOVE like so many people are and then it seems like this series goes ON AND ON and even some fans are like STOP ALREADY.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I’ve had Outlander on my shelf for FOREVER. I really had good intentions of getting to it…but it’s pretty long. Very long commitment. And then the show happened and everyone is raving about it and I’m SO CURIOUS ABOUT THE SHOW. Is it worth reading?!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page: So I have this dilemma. Typically I am the reader who just wants to read a book or not and I don’t pay much attention to online dramas or what the author is like personality wise.  But I really, really hate the idea of James Frey’s Full Fathom Five thing has going on and this book is a part of it. I WANT to read it and was really excited about as a reader….but then once I found out it was a FFF book I’ve been trying to reconcile if I’ll read it or not. (and this goes for other FFF books as well). I just don’t know where I stand yet. I want to read books I want to read but I also don’t want to support something like that. But who does my lack of support hurt? Does it hurt these authors? IDK. I’m still trying to figure out my stance here.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen: So I got this book when I still read a lot of literary fiction (I still LOVE literary fiction) but I’m not going to lie…I wanted it just because I felt like I should want to read it. I don’t know if I really have an interest in it if I’m REALLY honest with myself.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: I’ve conflicted about this one because I really was excited about it but then reviews by trusted people make me feel like it might not be for me either. And then there’s other reviews of people that loved it. COMMON PROBLEM HERE = books I’m excited about vs. reviews coming in. This is why sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with social media/Goodreads. ALWAYS INFLUENCED.

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen: This one was getting some awful reviews so I was pretty sure I was going to pass on the ARC I was sent but then it started getting some REALLY good reviews from people I trust and their thoughts (especially when they countered the bad things people were saying about it) made me consider picking it up again. WHAT SAY YOU, READERS?

Game of Thrones by George R. Martin: Listen, we all know I’m a new fantasy ADDICT but I’m not sure I am ready to tackle this series. IT’S SO LONG AND IT’S SO LEGIT IT SEEMS. But I really want to watch the tv show but I’m like OKAY MAYBE I SHOULD READ THE BOOKS FIRST…but it might take me until the rest of my life to read them.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn: I hate that this is even something I’m contemplating. Like it makes me want to cry. Katie Finn’s altar ego is Morgan Matson. MORGAN MATSON IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. (Seriously, check out Amy & Roger, Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve Been Gone). It’s just that this book hasn’t gotten the kind of rave reviews that her Morgan books get and I just am not sure if I want to possibly taint my 5 star rating streak with her books. I WOULD FEEL AWFUL AND LIFE WOULD NOT BE RIGHT. So maybe I’ll just stick to Morgan books?

Wicked by Gregory Maguire: I loooooved the musical so so so much and then I bought it at a used book sale and was excited and then I heard that the book is waaaaay different and the people I talked to didn’t really like the book. I’m intrigued because it seems maybe a bit darker? I don’t know what to dooo!

The rest of the Gone series by Michael Grant: I didn’t LOVE it but I want to know the answers! And then Ellie told us some of what happened in the rest of the series (upon our request during book club) and then I kind of got intrigued again. It’s quite a few books so I just can’t decide if I want to commit.

 

 

So tell me…have you read any of the books on my list? Can you tell me if you think I should read them or not based on your knowledge of me and also what I’ve said about why I’m up in the air with them?

Ten Books That Tackle Bullying

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Books I’d Recommend To Readers Who Haven’t Read YA Dealing With Bullying

 

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: THIS BOOK. It’s one of my all time favorite books of last year and it’s pretty high up there in general for me. Elise is one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in a long time and her story just completely left a lasting mark on my heart.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers: Mean Girls has NOTHING on this book when it comes to real mean girl antics! I devoured this book in one afternoon!

Hate List by Jennifer Brown: What a tough read centered around a girl whose boyfriend shoots up their school and she is forced to go back and is completely ostracized because everyone thinks she was in on the plan.

Tease by Amanda Maciel: This was an interesting book because the POV was from the girl who WAS the bully. If you like a challenging read, THIS IS IT!
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson: This book is one of the most underrated books I’ve read in a while and it’s FANTASTIC. The main character is bullied and slut-shamed and she could SO EASILY MAKE IT STOP but that would mean telling a secret that wasn’t hers to tell. I highly recommend this one!

Speechless by Hannah Harrington: I don’t want to say much about WHY this bullying happens and why she decides to take a vow of silence which makes her a bigger target but I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This book is one of my all time favorite books and my heart still aches for Eleanor long after I finished this book. The bullying she endures makes me sick.

By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters: MY HEART. This teeny tiny book was lethal. The main character deals with bullying and more and she has made plans to kill herself.

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown: A sexting scandal + the aftermath for the main character!

#scandal by Sarah Ockler: I didn’t LOVE this one but I’d still recommend it if you are wanting to read a book where the bullying also happens online.

 

 

So tell me…what books would you recommend that deal with bullying to some degree? Have you read any of the ones I recommended? Are you interested in any that I listed?

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of

Okay so this topic was probably not suited to me for TWO reasons:

1) You know how I am about what stays on my shelves  (I might have owned more books by more authors at some point but they might have left my shelf)
2) I read like I’m at a buffet…meaning I read A LOT from different authors. Always sampling from different authors rather than reading from the same authors…unless they are favorites.

I also had a LOT of authors that I had like 2 or 3 books from! Especially because a lot of the authors I read just got published in the last couple years so that’s all they have out. Plus I have some trilogies (Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi, etc). Also, I wanted to take a real live picture of these books but I realized A LOT of them are out on loan haha.

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Megan McCafferty: I own the whole Jessica Darling series and her Bumped and Thumped books. Also I have arcs of the Jessica Darling prequel but I didn’t count those or my number would be 9.

Jodi Picoult: This is hilarious because I have not read a single Jodi Picoult novel in my life (she’s among 9 other super popular authors I’ve NEVER read) but I bought 1 at a used book sale and then like 5 years ago some women I used to work with knew I liked to read and was like HERE IS A BAG OF BOOKS FOR YOU…they were all Jodi books.

Gayle Forman: No surprise to anyone here? I own If I Stay and Where She Went. Plus 2 copies of Just One Day (which you know is a big deal because I RARELY own two copies of one book) and a copy of Just One Year. OH CRAP technically I realize I also own Just One Night on my Kindle so SIX. Dammit I already made the graphic.

E. Lockhart: I own the whole whole Ruby Oliver series which I have NOT YET READ. Major fail. I still don’t own a copy of We Were Liars and I listened to Frankie Landau-Banks on audio but I feel like I might buy a copy soon.

David Levithan: In doing this I realized I don’t own a copy of Every Day which WUT WHY NOT? But then I realized I read that as a library book. And then I panicked because I remember someone has my copy of The Lover’s Dictionary and I can’t remember who so making this list actually caused great distress. WHERE IS MY COPY?? I know I own it but WHERE IS IT? And why do I not own Will Grayson, Will Grayson?? I audiobooked it but I think I need to own it.

Jane Austen: This didn’t actually surprise me at all! The next classic author I owned the most of was Hemingway with 3 books.

Rainbow Rowell: You know an author is a favorite if I own all their books. Rainbow is that kind of author for me. It would be 5 if you could my arc of Fangirl that I just can’t seem to part with…it’s signed but I never really keep arcs. BUT RAINBOW.

Lauren Oliver: The Delirium series and Before I Fall — that one I still haven’t read. I also have an ARC of Rooms but I didn’t count that.

John Green: I own Looking For Alaska (signed and my favorite out of all his books), The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines (signed).

Morgan Matson: I had a BUNCH of authors I had 3 books for but I could only add one to the list so I decided to say Morgan Matson because she’s a favorite and any time I can mention Morgan is a good day. LOVE HER BOOKS!

 

 

So tell me…what authors do you own the most of?? Are there any authors you own A LOT of books from but haven’t read them (Like me with Jodi!!)

Top Ten Book Characters I’d Want On A Deserted Island With Me

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters I’d Want On A Deserted Island With Me

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1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: Dude she can hunt..so YAY food. And you know she’d always have that bow and arrow with her. Plus she’s cunning and always thinking on her feet!

2. Roar from the Under the Never Sky series: If you haven’t read the Under the Never Sky series (you SHOULD..it’s on of my favorites), you don’t know about Roar! Roar is an Aud meaning he has like RIDICULOUSLY GOOD HEARING. I think this would be helpful because he could hear danger coming. Also, I’d totally make my move on Roar.

3. Willem from Just One Day/Just One Year: SORRY ALLYSON. We are the OTP. He could regale us with stories of his travels.

4. Adam from If I Stay/Where She Went: We’d need some entertainment and I’m sure he would have had his guitar with him. He could write new songs about me….or probably  about how much he misses Mia but WHATEVER. EYE CANDY.

5. Celaena from Throne of Glass: She’s badass and fearless. You need someone truly badass with you on a deserted island. She’d protect us all and I pity the animal/human/whatever that would try to hurt us on this island. I mean, IS THIS A MAGICAL ISLAND? I don’t know! Either way, I know she’s got our back no matter what comes at us.

6. Four from Divergent: Listen though. Only if he truly is Theo James. I could die happy staring at him but also he’s Dauntless and he’d be badass in exploring the island and protecting us. He really has a two in one purpose!

7.  Lynn from Not A Drop To Drink: Lynn knows how to survive in both the practical nature of gathering food and water but also how to protect herself. She’d be a GREAT person to have on an island considering how she survived in her book!

8. Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling series: Look, I’m going to need a bff on this deserted island — someone who could make me laugh. I’m sure I’d get along with all the ladies but I need one who would probably be almost as useless as me in protecting the group with our lack of skills. We would be the SUNSHINE of the group and keep morale up! Plus drool over the males of our group and keep a record of our adventure here.

9. Chaol from Throne of Glass: We’d need someone who is able to be a leader and his position of captain of the guard would provide him with good leadership skills. He’s smart, good under pressure and would be able to keep everyone in line.

10. Addie from Pivot Point: Well considering that Addie could access the future this might be helpful. I don’t know that I’d want to know if we are going to live or die or end up in cannibalism or something crazy but it would be nice to have her there to see the outcomes of some of our decision. Should we drink this water or is it contaminated? Would this work as our shelter or is it going to fall down on us? Should we go in this cave or is there danger?

And my ultimate character from tv that I’d need with me:

DARYL DIXON from The Walking Dead

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I think my chances of survival — both physically and mentally- would be good with this group. I’ve got a good mix of practical and for my own REASONS. The only problems I see is that I’d have way to many fictional crushes here who would no longer be fictional crushes and I’d not be able to keep my hands off them. Also, lots of strong dudes so maybe some butting heads? But Chaol is our leader so the rest can fall into place.

 

So tell me…which characters would you want with YOU on a deserted island?? Do you think my choices are good?? What are my chances for survival??

Top Ten Of My ALL TIME Favorite Movies

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

For the most part my taste in movies tends to be more dark humor and kind of quirky? I don’t know. I totally love sappy romances and sports movies and dramas and hilarious movies too but I always tend to be drawn and love those kinds of movies the most.  All I know is for most of my life I could rarely pick a movie that my friends or Will would like. We all had vastly different taste in movies so pretty much all the movies that I’m interested in I end up watching by myself. These are my ALL TIME, have lasted through the years favorites. Looking at my list I realize so many of my picks are older movies. I think that’s because I watched a lot more movies in college that have stayed favorites and honestly I haven’t found a lot of newer movies to LOVE as much as these.

Without further ado, here they are! THIS WAS SO HARD. (also I cheated and gave a crapload of “honorable mentions” hahaha)

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1. Amelie:

“When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to return the items to their original owner, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts.”

Audrey Tatou is one of my favorite actresses EVER and I’ve really loved all the French films I’ve seen her in. Yes, Amelie is a French flick and it’s SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I now have the urge to watch it immediately just thinking about it.

2. Garden State:

“Just weaned off antidepressants, Andrew returns to his New Jersey hometown after a decade away for his mom’s funeral and starts to see his life in a new light. In the process, he confronts his psychologist father and connects with a new friend.”

Zach Braff. My fave. Plus this soundtrack was awesome too!

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:

“After learning that his ex-girlfriend had an experimental medical procedure to purge all memories of him, a man decides to do the same with her. But during the operation, he realizes he doesn’t want to lose what’s left of their relationship.”

GAWD I LOVE THIS MOVIE. And Jim Carrey was perfect in it. As much as I love him in Dumb and Dumber, I find myself loving him in this role WAY MORE. This movie was thought-provoking and just so unique. And the cinematography!!

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4. The Royal Tenanbaums:

“The early promise of Tenenbaum child prodigies Chas, Margot and Richie is short-circuited by the flaws of their father, family patriarch Royal, in Wes Anderson’s New York fairy tale about a dysfunctional clan of eccentrics.”

Pretty much I devour all things Wes Anderson and this is definitely my favorite of his and GOD THERE ARE SO MANY OF MY FAVES IN THIS MOVIE (pretty much Bill Murray and the Owen brothers are staples in his movies). It’s funny but like not the typical mainstream funny I don’t think. I watched it with a friend and I don’t think she laughed once. Dry humor and dark! True story: one year I was Margot Tenanbaum for Halloween. I tried to find pictures to post but to no avail!

5. Mean Girls:

This movie needs no introduction or summary does it?? I have watched this movie more than any other movie and could quote it at any moment….like the rest of the world I’m sure.

6. Lost In Translation:

“Two lost souls visiting Tokyo — the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial — find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other’s company, away from their lives in America.”

I loved this film so much! Don’t watch this if you want something plot driven. It’s not.

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7. Roman Holiday:

“Princess Ann leaves her guardians, and while in Rome, she’s taken under the wing of tabloid writer Joe and his photographer sidekick. She thinks the boys don’t know who she really is, but they’re onto her — and sense a sensational story.”

I love Audrey Hepburn and it’s really close between this and Breakfast at Tiffany’s though I actually do think I prefer this one if I had to pick!

8. Pulp Fiction:

“Weaving together three stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer, Quentin Tarantino influenced a generation of filmmakers with this crime caper’s stylized, over-the-top violence and dark comic spirit.”

Quentin Tarantino at his best IMO! Although Reservoir Dogs was damn good too.

9. Fight Club:

“An insomniac corporate drone (Edward Norton) meets roguish rebel Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and together they form a cathartic but brutal underground society in which men fight each other freely in director David Fincher’s sharp Oscar-nominated flick. But the line between reality and sleepless haze begins to blur when propagandist Durden transforms Fight Club from a group of non-conformists into a nihilistic cult.”

Yeah, I watched this before I read the book. Bad bookworm, right? But the movie was brilliant. Can’t say I’ve watched it more than twice but I am just in awe of that movie and remember my mouth dropping to the floor.

 

10. Love Actually:

“Writer-director Richard Curtis’s charming treatise on romance and relationships is an all-star ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading up to a spirited climax on Christmas Eve”

I watch this EVERY Christmas but I could watch it any day. ROMANCE! HUGH GRANT. Plus a younger Andrew Lincoln! YES PLEASE.

Honorable mentions: Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Rushmore, Requiem For A Dream, Bottle Rocket, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Big Fish, Little Miss Sunshine, Grease, Pretty Woman, Donnie Darko, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty

 

So tell me…what are some of your favorite movies that you’d recommend to me? Have you seen any on my list? I would LOVE some recs for some newer movies you think I’d like based on what I put down here!

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Blogging Confessions

I originally did this post a couple years ago after we talked about our top ten bookish confessions but I’m going to add to this though some may be the same!

1. Sometimes I feel like I spend too much time blogging and feel quite unbalanced.

I’ve talked about the blurred lines I feel recently but I really struggle with this. It’s hard because I love doing all this but other times I feel like it’s TOO MUCH.

2. I’m never ahead with my blogging schedule.

Ever. The most I’m ever ahead is a week and that’s when I really have my shit together. I’m always like a day or two ahead if that. 4 years and I haven’t managed to find the art of getting ahead? OH WELL. I seem to work well like this.

3. I currently have 89 drafts with half finished posts.

And this doesn’t include my list of post ideas. Some of them are just a couple sentences for an idea I had for a post and I get it down in a draft so I know where I was going with it and some are ALMOST finished posts but it’s RIDICULOUS. I have too many ideas apparently.

4. I’ve fallen behind on commenting on blogs and replying back to my comments and I can’t tell you how much guilt I feel.

I used to be really on top of that and then I wasn’t and it’s hard for me because the community is what has kept me doing this for 4 years. A lot of it had to do with this but also I let my guilt about it kind of get in the way to the point where I just don’t do ANYTHING about it because I feel so bad. I read EVERY SINGLE COMMENT and I’m trying to get better.

5. I often feel overwhelmed with trying to keep up on social media with my blog.

Honestly, there’s days where I just don’t feel like socializing or don’t have anything to say. I know I can choose NOT to and it’s okay but then I feel this nagging in my head like THOU SHALT BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA LEST THOU SHALL BE FORGOTTEN IN AN INSTANT. I don’t know why my brain talks like that but it does. Seriously though, I love talking to people but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by it all. I can’t keep up on all the conversations.

6. Sometimes I’m tired of being part of somebody’s marketing plan.

I so appreciate all the things I get to be a part of and all the books that I get for review because I LOVE GETTING SHOUTY ABOUT BOOKS I LOVE but sometimes I’m just so over being part of somebody’s marketing plan. I have to refocus a lot and remember I’m reading the book because I want to. And if I’m reading it because I feel like I HAVE to then I put it down. This is why I decided I wasn’t going to call myself a book reviewer anymore — I needed that distinction FOR MYSELF so I could keep doing and loving this. I’m a girl who likes to read a lot and I like to talk/blog about what I read whether I liked it or not. I’ve come a long way with being okay with NOT writing a review of books I don’t want to and give myself permission to feature it in some other way. I’m not going to lie…sometimes it’s gotten to the point where I almost want to get myself taken off every list and never read ARCs ever again. But then I get back the feelings of I LOVE BEING PART OF THIS STUFF and I’m good for a while until I get waves of feeling burnt out. It’s always a refocusing game for me.

7. I deny about 80% (I don’t know where that math came from) of the blog tours pitched to me.

I’m really, really picky about what I accept. It needs to either be for a book our author that I love or am excited about. Sometimes I’ll do it if I think it will REALLY appeal to my readership (namely a giveaway of something popular) but my own feelings are MEH about it. Also, I need the content for the blog tour to be actual CONTENT. I don’t want some filler post. I want something interesting and valuable and something I’d want to read.

8. My blog emails are out of control.

I’m the worst at responding to emails so if you email me and it takes me forever..it’s not you…it’s me! Email is always the last thing on my to-do list for some reason ESPECIALLY when I’m busy.

9. Sometimes I worry about being judged for “liking too many books” on my blog

No, I don’t LOVE every book and not all are my favorites but I have way more books that I’ve at least LIKED compared to the ones I didn’t like, felt MEH about or hated on this blog. I’m not UBER critical and I am REALLY good at knowing what books I will like. Like really good. And I put down books pretty quickly if I don’t think it’s going to work out. I just like to read books and talk about them and I hate that this feeling creeps up because I’m happy enjoying books and I choose not to be an uber critical reader. I’m okay with that because I know I’m being honest in how I feel about books and that’s what matters to me. (You can check out this post for expanded thoughts on this)

10. I’m still forever and always the slowest at getting out giveaway prizes:

When life gets busy, this is the thing I forget about. Plus getting to the post office before it closes? SO HARD. And Saturdays I’m always out the door before I remember OH HEY I NEEDED TO GO TO THE POST OFFICE. They always get there and maybe it’s a no-no for how long it takes me but such is life.

Bonus: I have lots of little blogging insecurities I won’t tell you about. But I have them. Even though I’m pretty chill about all this blogging stuff…I still have them and I can’t help seem to help it.

 

So tell me…if you are a blogger…what are some of your confessions?

Ten Classics On My To-Be-Read List!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Of My Favorite Classics or Ten Classics On My TBR List.

I used to read way more classics and, to be honest, in the past couple years I haven’t much been interested in the classics like I used to be. Here are 10 that I absolutely DO want to read though.

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1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway: This is one I bought a zillion years ago and I have always WANTED to read it just forgot about it.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker: I feel like this is one I just should have read by now. Plus I bought it forever ago.

3. Beloved by Toni Morrison: I’ve heard such good things about this one!
4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: I had tried to read this in high school but couldn’t get into but I think I’ll appreciate it more now?
5.Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: I’ve read other Bradbury but this is like one of THE biggest classics there is and everyone seems to have read it but me.

6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: I haven’t read this Jane Austen and I want to read all her books!
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Yeah, I know, how have I not read this one yet?
8. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This book is mammoth but ONE DAY.
9. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I have had so many people I admire and respect say this book is among their favorites.
10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck: I’ve read other Steinbeck books but this beast always scares me.

 

 

So tell me…which ones have you read? Which ones I should prioritize? Tell me one of your favorite classics or a classic you think I would really like!

My Top Ten Favorite Covers of 2014 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Book Covers

I decided to switch up the topic because I’ve realized that I don’t really pay attention to trends or elements when it comes to covers but I just know if I like them or not and I know what stands out to me. Also, when I say I hate a trend, let’s say the girls with a pretty dress for no reason trend, then I’ll find a book that IS TOTALLY THAT TREND and somehow like it.
I absolutely HATE whitewashing of covers so that’s about the only definite I can think of. Getting sick of random faces or people on the covers or like half faces or headless figures. Girls with pretty dresses for no reason.
I tend to like: minimalist covers, great typography, pretty color schemes, covers WITHOUT people on them (exception: if it is interesting — I’m just so sick of the boring pretty girl doing nothing on the cover thing), illustrated covers, covers that cleverly portray some detail or scene from the book, covers that have incredible detail to them, good photography

With that being said here are the top 10 favorite covers so far this year:

 

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern: Love the color scheme & the text bubbles!
The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: I have a thing for feathers & this cover is gorgeous. Even more gorgeous in person! Simple and love the color scheme!

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow always gets great covers! I just love this one and the typography is perfect!
The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman: I think this is so beautiful and whimsical! Love the details!

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Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper: I love the rope detail and really love this font and the way the words fit with the rope!
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid: I love maps sooo there’s that. Plus the color scheme and the typography is excellent! Really always stands out to me when I see it!

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Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang: God I love this book and the cover is perfect for it. I love the little details and it’s just perfect honestly!
Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrea Portes: I know. Random chairs? There’s just something about this cover that catches my eye every time!

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe: Really great book! But I always just loved this cover!
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder: I normally don’t love super pink colors but there is something  about this cover that I just ADORE. I love the banners and the colors together and it’s just so pretty!!

Honorable mentions:

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Damsel Distressed, Words & Their Meanings, No One Else Can Have You, Everything Leads To You

 

 

So tell me…which covers from my list are you in love with?? Do you DISLIKE any of the ones I picked (I won’t be offended!)? What kinds of covers do you typically love? What don’t you like? Any covers that you think I missed and would be into?

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