WHAT THE Slump…

It’s getting warmer here. Summertime is fast approaching. I am one of the few that HATE the summertime. I don’t like being hot. My house never gets cool enough for me. The electric bill…uh, No Thank You! The only solution, more ice cream!!! More ice cream leads to weight gain. No ice cream. Sad Face. Summer is not for me.

 

I do however enjoy summer reading! I find the summer to be the perfect time to read a quick Chick Lit book or a fun mystery. I tend to prefer light reading in the summer. How about you? A couple Sophie Kinsella books, maybe some Laurien Berenson cozy mysteries and life is as good as it can be in the summer heat!

 

This year I’m struggling. I’m constantly picking up new books at the book sale and trying to fill a void that can’t seem to be filled. That isn’t to say I haven’t read great books. I have! I read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series with my friend Jody and OMG we LOVED it! I read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and surprisingly loved it too! The Throne of Glass series (1-3) by Sarah J Maas, Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus books (1-3), and Victoria Laurie’s amazing Ghost Hunter Mysteries are also highlighted.

 

So, my slump came in waves. It wasn’t immediate and it didn’t stop me from wanting to read. It just isolated me and made me feel overwhelmed.

 

For starters, realization that no one reads my blog posts. I’m kinda wasting my time a lil bit and that’s really disheartening. So I quit. Not the most mature approach, this I know! Yet, when you have really sh*tty internet service and you are breaking your back to create a regular schedule that almost no one even cares about…why bother?! I switched to Instagram @LetsBookAboutIt and I’m reviewing books there. I quite enjoy it. Even if I’m still a little slow to post or my pictures don’t rank at all compared to the big names, it’s still fun.

 

Next, I have far too many LONG LONG LONG fantasy books. Did I mention they were LONG? It feels like 75% of my TBR pile is made up of LONG fantasy books. To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement. I see the long books. I want to read the long books. Then I pick them up and put them back down. I can’t seem to stick with them for more than a few chapters. I think it started with the Throne of Glass series. I loved books 1 and 2. Book 3 had some challenges for me. I wanted to like it, but I didn’t. (not in the first half anyway) That book was so incredibly long. I just kept pushing and pushing my way through. I’d give up a whole day to read it and at the end felt like I didn’t make a dent. It was discouraging. That’s when the Fear Of Long Books began. Now, I’m afraid to start a long book for fear I won’t finish it or I’ll get bored. If I put it down, I may not pick it back up! It’s all in my mind, I know. That doesn’t stop me from thinking it though.

 

Lastly, the combative state of Twitter made me distance myself from it and thereby leaving my bookish online friends. Well, not entirely, but I feel like I’m not connecting like I used to. (and my internet was awful so I stopped watching videos L )

 

I’ve seen the Twitter controversies come and go. I usually try and stay out of it, because I’ve found that no matter what I say…it’s apparently wrong. So mums the word now! Yes, there are the wonderfully mature human beings who can debate an issue and NOT judge you or make you feel bad for having the opinion you have. To each their own, right? I have seen PLENTY of that on Booktube in the past. The fairly recent conversations seem far too heated for that. It’s a lot of hurt feelings and when feelings are involved…things get heated. Let me back track!

 

Recently, it feels like no one can have an opinion without someone being offended. Maybe you didn’t like a book or author? Maybe you DID like that book or author? Maybe you found problematic issues in a book? Maybe you read that same book and saw nothing wrong? No matter where you fell, someone is upset with you. I don’t like people being upset with me. So I didn’t weigh-in on those conversations and I certainly did not read any problematic/controversial books!

 

In fact, I avoided all “hyped” books. I decided I’m not even going to try anymore. I don’t want to argue with anyone and there are plenty of older books that I want to read/enjoy. So, I distanced myself from the hype. Problem is, when you stop caring about the books that are being “cared” about, you stop being apart of the conversations. Sad Face. It was kind of lose lose. If I read the problematic books (to be apart of the conversation) then people would be mad that I read a book with such problematic elements. If I didn’t, I steered clear of the anger/offensive material…but I couldn’t chat with those people (because that’s all they talked about).

 

I am not sure of the current state of Bookish Twitter. I only pop on and off. I have a feeling that those issues are still going strong. Why wouldn’t they? If you see a book that offends you, you are going to talk about it. If you read a book that you love and see people hate on it, you’re going to get defensive. No one really wins. On one side, you have the offended people who read something that rocked them to the core and therefore get so upset they may not be explaining their points as calmly/rationally as they maybe could have. They are so offended by this body of work, that they don’t want to hear any praise for it. They don’t want to hear your side. On the other hand, people are so busy being defensive of this body of work that they miss the opposing sides point all together. They miss the bigger picture and that can have lasting damage. In the end, we need to listen to each other and grow more accepting of others no matter what side we are sitting on. Also, we want publishers to see our points calmly, to take the bookish community seriously and to make changes in the quality of what they produce. That’s my opinion anyway. Whether you agree or disagree, I respect that. Please respect me if you choose comment.

 

So, now I’m here with my internet actually functioning and my words rambling across my screen. Will anyone read it? I dunno. Will someone be mad at me about my thoughts? Quite possibly, but I wrote a blog post though!!!!

 

Has anyone been in a similar funk? Have you ever picked up books only to put them back down? Do you feel a little lost?

 

My goals for the rest of the year are as follows:

 

– Blog/Instagram More

– Find My Way Back Onto Twitter And Solidify Stronger Friendships

– Read What My Heart Wants, Not What I Feel Obligated To Read

– Continue To Grow TBR Hot Spot (My Goodreads Group) and Do Right By My Amazing Members. I really want to provide a good group for them and not let them down. I’ve felt like I have due to my slump and I’m working hard to change that.

 

That’s all for now folks!

TBR Hot Spot

Hi!!! I’m SO excited to announce that I just started a GoodReads Group, TBR Hot Spot!!! (Special Thanks to Trina from @btwnchapters and Kayla Rayne from @KaylaRayne_ for their help and guidance)

If you love books and have a crazy large TBR Pile, this could be the group for you! It’s easy, low maintenance and very casual! Here’s my idea….

Basically, what I’m trying to do is create a community or a “spot” if you will, where readers can come together and encourage each other to finish their TBR piles.

I see so many people on Twitter/Channels/Blogs/Instagram mention how they want to finish the books they have this year, but it’s hard.

My idea is for someone to come into this group, state the books on their TBR pile (or top priorities) and have others give POSITIVE feedback about that book. “Hyping” that book up for them. PLEASE, no negative comments. We want to encourage others to finish their piles, not shy away. If you dislike a particular book mentioned (and that is completely understandable), please refrain from commenting, unless asked directly. This way, other people’s opinions (some of which we may never have agreed with anyway?) can’t influence us into thinking negative thoughts before we even give the book a shot. Make sense?

I think the biggest trouble we find with our piles (the reason they BECOME piles :P) is because we hear or see something exciting about a book. We grab that book up! Then, we see a new video or a new blog post. Ooo there’s a new and exciting book! We now want the “new” shiny book. Eventually, we forget why we bought the original books. Maybe if we can help each other rediscover that “shininess” we can conquer our piles!

Please feel free to post your TBR pile list on my new Group “TBR HOT SPOT”. If you own a book another member posted, and you love that book, please comment. Share the love of books with each other! My goal is to keep this Group open until the end of 2017 or until no one is interested anymore. Hehe As of Jan-March, I will be dealing with some family commitments. I’m still going to be commenting as much as I can and overseeing the positivity! Hopefully you can all help me as much as I want to help you! Happy Reading!

Please spread the word! RT or share on GR! The more members we have, the more positivity we can spread! Hopefully this idea can not only eliminate/lessen our TBR piles, but also get us out of horrible reading slumps. Let’s come together and smash those piles!

Please NOTE: You can come and go in this group. Post your TBR pile and check it as often as you like for comments. No commitments. Post comments on other members lists and then check out for a bit. This is easy and carefree. No stress. That’s my goal! 🙂 Good Luck!

(Original) Mary Poppins Book Tag

I am a HUGE Mary Poppins fan. I have been for as long as I can remember. So, when feeling a little inspired, I glanced over to my Mary Poppins Funko and this Tag was born. It combines facts for the curious fans and movie elements for the casual fans. Let’s begin!

  1. Mary Poppins’ story was originally a book by P.L. Travers. The author was not comfortable releasing her book into a film. She was afraid they’d change the heart of her story. What book were you afraid to lend to a friend, for fear they wouldn’t like your favorite story? I really want to send Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb to my friends Jody and Michelle, but I’m so afraid they won’t like it. It’ll break my lil heart. Hehe It’s SO good!
  2. P.L. Travers’ book was turned into a movie (Disney’s Mary Poppins, obviously) as well as her personal story of how the film was made (Saving Mr. Banks). Which book would you like to turn into a movie (if it was well done of course)? I would LOVE to see The Raven Boys turned into a movie or a tv series. It doesn’t have to follow books 2-4. I just want to see their daily hijinks and enjoy every second of it. Love you, Noah!
  3. Walt Disney wanted to cast Angela Lansbury as Mary Poppins (before Julie Andrews). What book in a series do you wish you could swap out? (get rid of it or change it in some way) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. I loved the other books, but CANNOT get into this book. I wanna erase the BLEH going on in it and move on to happiness.
  4. P.L. Travers hated the film when it was done. She wept during the premiere and completely regretted giving up the rights. Name a book that you completely regret ever buying. Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Creatures SERIES. I bought the whole stinkin series, because I loved the first book. Then, it went downhill. Boo Hoo. I’m determined to eventually FORCE myself to read them, because they can’t go to waste.
  5. The song a “Spoonful of Sugar” was written about the polio vaccine. What book had you so on edge, but in the end, it was absolutely sweet? I have quite a few options here, but I’m going to go with Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved the beginning and kinda loathed the middle. I felt it dragged and there were unnecessary points where she just repeated stuff. No thanks. Then, the ending warmed my heart and I loved it. So in the end, it became sweet.
  6. Mrs. Banks was fighting for a woman’s right to vote! Name a book you read that fights for a cause. First of all, I am very guilty of NOT reading many books that feature #ownvoices or diverse lead characters. It’s something I plan on changing in the future and I may be doing a post about it soon enough. For now, I choose Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I would LOVE to gush about WHY I chose this book, but if I do…crazy spoilers. So, if you’ve read it, DM me! If not, please pick it up and see why the ending moved me so very deeply.
  7. Mary Poppins flies in under a black umbrella. Name a book you wanna throw out the window. Hehe Debbie Mason’s Mistletoe Cottage…HIIIII YAAAA!! (that’s a karate chop that I can’t perform correctly) I LOOOATHE this book premise. I loathe the fact that I spent money I didn’t have on a book with an annoying premise. Here’s what happened, I love her Christmas, Colorado books. They are sugary sweet with a bit of sass. Love em! So of course, I snatch up her latest book as soon as it’s released. Big mistake. The back of the book talks about secrets, blah blah sounds good. Open it up to page 1, it’s a woman who had a baby, took off and DIDN’T TELL THE FATHER SHE WAS PREGNANT! UGH! Then she’s shocked when crap hits the fan. Ugh. No thanks. So disappointed. DNF!
  8. Practically Perfect In Every Way. Which book did you feel was pure perfection? Well, the obvious answer is The Raven Boys. I adored that book so very much. I also thought Cinder was incredible and I couldn’t read it fast enough. Honestly, I cant think of anything bad to say about Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice either. Her writing is such perfection. I’ve never read anything like it. Patrick Rothfuss is wonderful, but after reading Robin Hobb….even he doesn’t compare. It’s special. Oh! Ready Player One…perfection!
  9. Mary’s bottomless bag could carry anything. Name a book that had many pages, but surprisingly went by very quickly. This is a challenge for me, because I get distracted very easily. Long books usually require a break of some sort. I can say that Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning has 608 pages and I didn’t even notice. I adore that series!
  10. Only Mary could jump right into a beautifully drawn chalk drawing. If you could jump inside one of your favorite books AND manipulate it to your liking, which book would you choose? This one gets tricky, because most worlds I read about have crazy freaky things going on. I don’t exactly want to be a part of that drama. Lol That said, I’d love to live inside the Fablehaven world by Brandon Mull. I’d love to be caretaker to those cool and imaginative creatures. So fun!
  11. Dick Van Dyke really wanted to play the role of Mr. Dawes the villainous bank president and did. Which book(s) in your collection did you probably spend the most money on? Well, I don’t own any special editions or signed books. I do however have a rather large collection of Robin Hobb books now. I bought them all at once and therefore….they would probably be the priciest books I own.
  12. Mary has the most magical powers. Have you read a book with an incredible magic system? I’ve read many books with incredible magic systems! My favorite form of book magic is probably from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I love that characters can literally read things into existence. Glorious!
  13. Bert’s Uncle Albert laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Name a book that made you laugh almost as hard. I love a bit of humor in my books. Sophie Kinsella does this rather well. It’s not predictable and it’s cleverly done. I always giggle…out loud. hehe
  14. Mr. Banks spends most of the movie not paying attention to his lovely children. Do you have a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for ages and you haven’t paid it any attention? Hehehe Ohhhh the amount of books sitting on my shelves that I swear I’ll read….”eventually.” LMAO! Don’t we all do this? I think my number 1 priority in this department is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I got to City of the Lost Souls and got….bored/frustrated (as mentioned above). I adored this series and just blew through books 1-3. I wish that I could get the courage to pick up this book again and keep going. I still don’t own the Infernal Devices books and I really wanna read those. It’s something I just have to suck it up and do!…….eventually lol
  15. In the end, Mary gives the children exactly what they wanted, but not in the way they expected. What book threw you for a loop and still gave you immense satisfaction? I just want to say that I added this question, because I obsess over these kinds of books. You are so SURE that the book is taking you in one direction (not the band lmao) and it goes in completely the opposite direction. I love to be caught off guard and forced to turn pages. It’s perfection! That said, I want book recommendations. So please let me know if you do this Tag! PLEASE! Anyway, my answer is….The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. If you know me, you shoulda seen that coming!!! Hehe The first book starts off with Mac in her own pretty pink world. She’s superficial and honestly…nothing special. Then Moning starts to give you clues to the mystery (there’s an epic mystery). As a reader, you guess at what could have happened to Mac’s sister. You think you know, you DON’T know! Things get creepy, sexy, and Ooo Ooo Barrons. Just when you get answers….SHE GIVES YOU MORE QUESTIONS! NOoooooo…YESSSSSSS! I couldn’t stop turning pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was lost for days when the series was completed. It was NOTHING I expected (just looking for a cool Fae story…) and beyond everything I could dream up. LOVE this series (especially 1-5)

This is my Mary Poppins Tag. Please feel free to try it! If you are a Poppins fan, you are tagged! Until next time!

2017 Reading Resolutions

Hi everyone! Long time, no blog! 😛 I’ve found that my blog gets very little traffic and have been discouraged by that. Therefore, I haven’t been posting as much as I should be. I’m also aware, that the more I post…the more viewers I may get. I’m just not that motivated/organized lol So for now, let’s focus on my 2017 Reading Goals!

I have never been one to set a reading goal. In fact, before Booktube/Blogging, I never took note of how little I actually read. You see, I’m more of a casual reader. I like to pick up a great book and put it down whenever I get distracted by something else. So, I play video games or watch tv marathons and my book of choice will sit on the back burner. It may take me a month to finish one book (and not an 800 page one lol) Therefore, I think I read something like….hmm 25 books a year? YIKES right??? People are reading 100 books and I’m only reading a quarter of that??? Shame on me! Lol I call myself a reader?! Lol This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. Here’s my train of thought…

No one bought me books for Christmas this year. I saved up and bought them for myself (minus my extraordinary friends Michelle and Jody). When purchasing, I chose the books that have been on my list for the longest time and yet I still didn’t own/read them. I called it “Stocking up for Winter” (like a bear hibernating for winter…get it?? *wink wink* I’m brilliant, right?! Lol jk ) Now, I’m all set for 2017. I only have two books on my 2017 new releases wish list…as of now. They are Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (it’s a MUST) and a new Fablehaven I just learned about via Goodreads and FrankieReads. That book is titled, Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull. It releases on March 14, 2017. If you are a huge Fablehaven fan like myself, look into it!!

My goal for 2017 is to read my top TBR books over the course of the year. Now, I did buy/receive the first books in different series. This means that, if I enjoy the books (I expect to!) then I will be needing the remaining books at some point. For now, my goal is to read ONLY WHAT I HAVE (and Feversong and Fablehaven lol I’ve counted them!) That puts me at a total of 58 books for 2017 (I hope my quick math is correct lol). Now, I have PLENTY more books to read after that goal, but 58 includes the highest priority books.

I think I may make a spreadsheet and cross off books as I complete them. This may give me the Oomph to keep going. I am intensely aware of burnout and this is a huge concern for me. When I have to push myself to read a book in a certain time frame, that can take the enjoyment out of the process. That doesn’t include buddy reads. I enjoy them immensely. Other than buddy reads though, I like to just read at will. Hopefully, I can find a balance between no burnout and reaching my goal. Wish me luck!

What are your 2017 goals? Below I’m going to be listing the 58 books I intend to read. If you would like to buddy read one of them, please let me know! Also, if we haven’t buddy read before, please keep in mind how I like to pace my reading. I like to usually keep it to 50pages a day??? Sometimes, I can’t keep that goal. Other times, I could easily surpass it. Just want to give ya a heads up! I don’t want to slow anyone down. Thanks for reading!

2017 Reading Goals:

Karen Marie Moning – Feversong (my hearts beating faster just typing this up! I want it NOW!)

Robin Hobb-Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. Followed by The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, The Rain Wilds Chronicles and lastly Fool’s Assassin & Fool’s Quest. I guess I need to pick up the last book in the Fitz and the Fool series as well. Oops! I’ll be adding that at some point!

Mary E. Pearson- The Remnant Chronicles

Beth Revis – Across the Universe Trilogy (BUDDY READ: Jody) and The Body Electric

Rae Carson – Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Also, book 1 in the Gold Seer Trilogy. (I will most likely be purchasing books 2 and 3 at some point.)

Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass series, Books 1-3 (but most likely the rest of the series at some point. From what I hear, I’ll want them ASAP lol)

Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child

Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale (BUDDY READ: Michelle)

Victoria Laurie – Books 2-10 in her Mystery Hunters Series

Marissa Meyer – Heartless

Rick Riordan – books 2-5 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Currently reading book 2, but it won’t be completed until 2017. I’ll probably want more of his books asap.

Brandon Sanderson – The Mistborn Trilogy (25% through book 1 already)

Brandon Mull – Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure and The Five Kingdoms series.

Michael Scott – Books 1 & 2 in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. I’ll probably want the rest lol

Kendare Blake – Anna Dressed in Blood. I believe this is a duology?? So far, I only have book 1.

Patrick Rothfuss – Wise Man’s Fear. I don’t expect book 3 for awhile, but I do want to get this one under my belt before its release. (Hopefully closer to the release. That way everything is still fresh in my mind) Has anyone read The Slow Regard of Silent Things? I did enjoy Auri, but I wasn’t sure if this book was worth my time. Thanks!

Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars. I’ve had this one on my list for SO long. I finally purchased it in my last Bookoutlet Haul. Thank goodness. I need to give this book a shot.

I believe that’s it….though I’m known to forget things. Hehe Like I said, I have quite a few other books that I really want to get to. These books are from various genres that I enjoy. I think it will give me variety and help prevent burnout. If you are interested in a buddy read, please please please let me know! Hehe If you said you would buddy read one of these with me and I forgot (again, I do that! Lol) just let me know so we can plan!

Good Luck on YOUR 2017 goals. I hope we all succeed and enjoy every second of it!

Until next time!

Thank Goodness Its 2017

2016 has been a truly difficult year for me. There were some amazing highlights (Raven Cycle ReadAlong and my One Year Bookish Anniversary) but there was a lot of tragedy as well.

I’m not quite sure why I feel compelled to put personal info out there right now. Usually, I keep that private. I guess I just want to wash my hands clean of 2016 and all its ugliness. I want to start fresh with the dropping of the ball and pray to the good Lord above that things get better. I need them to get better.

I don’t want to bring you down or bore you with my drama. Quite frankly, next to no one reads my blog, so I guess I won’t bring down too many people.

I think I’m searching for positivity. I’m searching for my happy place again. I found it once here in the bookish community and I’m hoping you can all guide me in that direction again. Let’s start with the nitty gritty….

A personal tragic event happened to a close family member. It came as a huge shock. It brought us all to our knees. It could have been life or death and luckily we dealt with it…he’s still here. The shock still wakes me up at night or hits me out of the blue. It’s crushing and yet we deal….we move on….we be thankful for what we do have. That’s all you really can do, right?

There were massive changes and many sleepless nights. It took a physical toll on me and I still feel…exhausted all the time. Not so great for reading or finding time for booktube/blog reading.

Then we suffered losses. One that we didn’t see coming, but crushed my sibling. One that we knew was coming, but not on a holiday.

Our lives have changed immensely, because of all of this. Some days, I don’t know how to cope. I’ve lost motivation to read, watch videos, read blogs….even my social media presence isn’t what it was. I’m stuck in a rut and I can’t get out. I want to get out.

So, after this somber post, I’ll be posting my 2017 Reading Resolutions. I’m hoping that will get me back in the swing of things. If you want to buddy read, please let me know. I’ll be posting my reading list as well! I’d love to chat books, etc!

If you have tags or challenges or anything fun that you would like to involve me in, please let me know. Please keep in mind, my tragic events are still ongoing and I will be dealing with that. Therefore, time for “myself” is very limited. I’m hoping it changes soon, but I’m just not sure it will for awhile.

When I first joined Booktube over a year ago, I was seeking some “me” time with fellow readers. You are MY people! Lol I escaped to bookish chats, videos, blogs, etc. It was glorious and gave me purpose. Now, I’m hoping to recapture that fun. Are you in?

My 1 Year Bookish Anniversary

Hi Everyone!!! So I’m very happy to announce my ONE YEAR BOOKISH ANNIVERSARY!!! It was one year today that I made my official Goodreads acct, started by Booktube Channel and joined Twitter! What a fabulous and amazing year it has been. Boy, does the time FLY!

I’ve seen some excellent Anniversary Booktube videos and I know I can’t compete with that. Hehe I also can’t afford some of the giveaways that bloggers and booktubers do. So, I’ve decided to focus on how the Bookish Community has changed my life. This is my THANK YOU to you!

I’ve always been a reader. I’ve never been a fast paced reader though. Some of you blow me away with your HUGE weekly numbers. I’m more of a casual reader. I pick up a book when I feel like it and slowly make my way through. Booktube has made me wanna pick up the pace and I have suffered quite a few bouts of burnout. So, I’ve learned to reign myself in. lol It has all been for the best though! Down below I’m going to list some Booktubers who have changed my life for the better. I’m also going to list the book or books that they recommended to me and how they impacted my reading. Let’s begin!!!

So, I joined Booktube because of Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. She had so many intelligent and thoughtful things to say about books I had read and books I wanted to read. I respected her. When I discovered her “How To” video, I realized that I to could join the bookish community. I didn’t have many friends who were avid readers and now I could have hundreds! Thanks to Sam’s wise words and patient explanations, I threw my hat into the ring! (I did have to stop due to computer/loading errors, but Sam inspired me and I wouldn’t have the friends I have now without her kind words). She even mentioned me in a video and I can’t even begin to explain how happy that made me. No one else had recognized me like that and I was floored for days.

The Book: Sam recommended Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I just HAD to have this book. I ran out and picked it up asap and loved every single second of it. It was touching and the message in the end made my heart swell. It’s a beautiful story and without Sam, I wouldn’t have picked it up because the reviews were so mixed. Thank Goodness I trusted her.

Michelle from Michellislife was my first true booktube friend. I’ll never forget the time she commented on my video and told me that her lil girl was loving my book reading. My heart just BURST. I was new to booktube. I was a little unsure of myself. To finally get recognition that someone, even a little cutie pie, was loving my video…priceless. I still have the picture she sent me. My heart beats a little faster every time I see it. I did it!!! Michelle has become a dear friend. She’s there for me through thick and thin. I don’t know what I would do without her. We have buddy read (one of the BEST reading experiences of my life. Go Raven Moms!!) and we have shared triumphs and failures. She’s the best friend a person could ask for. Also, she’s a Damn Fine Booktuber!! Check her out!

The Book: Without a doubt, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. She really encouraged me to pick up this book. It was BEYOND my wildest expectations! To make it even BETTER, we buddy read it. It was her second read through and my first. I think I DM’d her like crazy! Lol I was SO EXCITED! Then we read the whole series (with other amazing people for her and Jody’s ReadALong) and read the last book as a group. Best experience ever!

Marines from mynameismarines was my first fun twitter convo. At least, it’s the first one I can remember. She had a paper to work on and somehow we were discussing an Emoji Paper. LOL! You had to be there. It was so funny and I thought…”Wow! This bookish community really IS the BEST!” I love Marines quick wit and sassy words when she critiques a book. Honesty is key. Marines was also the first person to include me in a group video! That was very exciting. I was so glad to be included and also very excited to see myself mixed in with such esteemed booktubers. Overall, I will never forget her welcoming nature and my first big twitter laugh.

The Book: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Sadly, this is still on my TBR pile…along with many, many other books. I fully intend to read it though, because Marines liked it!

Jody from thatonegirlwhoreads.wordpress.com ohhh I don’t even know what to say about Jody. (too many good thoughts) Jody is friends with Michelle and she helped host the Raven Cycle ReadALong. Through that (my FIRST successful readalong!!!) I met Jody. She’s absolutely amazing. She reads the same kinds of books that I do. She likes the creepy, paranormal reads. YAAY! She’s sweet and honest. She’s straight to the point and the most thoughtful freakin person you will ever meet. She’s become a dear friend and I don’t know what life would be like now without her. Check out her blog! She has great thoughts and I love her reviews.

The Book: As a gift, Jody sent me What’s a Ghoul To Do? by Victoria Laurie. OMG I LOVE this book! I need the entire series IMMEDIATELY! It’s a tiny bit creepy, it’s paranormal fun…so funny…the mystery isn’t predictable…omg. GUSH!

Samantha from Sam’s Nonsense, how I can NOT talk about her?! She is such an amazing inspiration. She’s witty and poised. She’s so articulate and extremely intelligent. She has excellent thoughts when reviewing a book. It’s hard for me to describe…she’s very unique in the best way possible.  She can break down a book so thoughtfully and make you clearly understand every point she is making. It’s an art. She’s clear and concise. Yet, at the same time…she’s your best friend and you are just having a chat about a recent purchase. Does that make sense? She’s just so darn relatable and yet I feel like her videos are something we all aspire to achieve.  You want to be THAT good. You want to be THAT funny or get your message across THAT well. I’m just in awe of her and darn it if she isn’t the sweetest person! She’s always been so kind to me. She even became a Guest on my blog…lil ole me! She had the kindest words to say about me and it really made my day!

The Book: Well, if this one isn’t blatantly obvious, you don’t know me too well lol The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. ALL things ROBIN HOBB would be a better answer! Lol I am now completely addicted and own all of her Elderling books! You see, I’m a gamer (thanks to hubby) and I love fantasy worlds. I’ve always struggled with high fantasy books though. I was very unsure of Robin Hobb, in fact I thought Robin was a guy. Oops! So embarrassing. I knew that the books sounded very interesting, but was afraid the text would be too heavy for me. Sam said that even beginners could read these books. She was absolutely correct. I ADORED the first book. I ADORE the characters. The funniest part is, there’s no intense mystery to keep pulling me through and yet I never wanted to leave Fitz. Even now, I miss him. Robin Hobb is incredible. If you are like I was, pick it up!

Kristin from WhatsKappening is another wonderful human being! I love her videos! I miss her videos when they aren’t there. She’s funny and really smart. If she doesn’t like a book, she tells you exactly why. It’s fantastic. Her thoughts usually align with mine. So, when she recommends a book or dislikes a book, I know to pick it up or steer clear. She gives excellent reasons for liking or disliking. I really appreciate that. I have found a few booktubers who just don’t explain their choices all that well. Kristin does an amazing job. She’s also straight to the point. I can blow through her videos quickly (also a wonderful thing on a busy day!) She’s so kind and fun to talk to. When she’s not on Twitter or I’m not on twitter, I miss chatting with her. She was also a guest on my blog and I can’t thank her enough for doing that for me! It was so fun!

The Book: Well, it may sound sappy, but she’s helped me with so many books that I can’t choose. She’s talked me off a ledge when it comes to some books that weren’t so great. Thank goodness because once she gave her reasons I thought…omg I would have HATED that book. She’s also talked about some great books that I adore! Lunar Chronicles being one of them! I honestly have a long list of Kristin recs!

So those are my “First Experiences” bookish people. I can’t even begin to list all of the wonderful people who have shaped me and molded me over the past year. If you think you should be on this list…you probably SHOULD be!! Consider yourself added! You have all touched my heart and I can’t thank you enough! Thank you for your kind words. Your support and advice mean the world to me. Your “Likes” and “Follows” put a smile on my face. This is my ME place. Not a mommy place…Not a wife place…just plain old me space. Thank you for your acceptance and friendship. I hope to continue for years to come. Once again, thank you all!

If You Were A Book Character (original)

So I’m creating this Tag because I was recently inspired by a friend and wanted to do something fun. This Tag is just for a fun laugh/giggle/chuckle amongst friends. Feel free to give it a go! Since everyone is writing this month…this can be a quick creative distraction…if you need one. Or be for those of you not taking on such a long project, but still wanna write.

The only rule, if you Tag someone…you have to include them. It goes like this…

If Michelle from Michellislife was a book character, I’d call her book “Librarian Knows Best”. It would be set in a children’s library and Michelle would be this mysterious and magical person that pops outta bookshelves. Think Mary Poppins, but with books! She could open a book and draw people into the story. Make them feel at home and teach them a valuable lesson. It would be a long running series that teaches children different life lessons and about diversity! She’d probably kick some butt too, cuz Michelle’s pretty bad ass.

If Jody from ThatOneGirlWhoReads.wordpress.com was a book character, I’d call her book “The Dark Inside Us”. It would be a spooky read about things that go bump in the night. Only they aren’t necessarily evil. You just start off thinking they are. By getting to know the characters and Jody’s narration, you discover they are teachable and really soft hearted. This magical series would be a duology!

If you could create a book about your friend, what would it be? Why?

If you were included, consider yourself TAGGED!

Feel free to repeat friends, just create your own story idea. Again, just for fun. Make it as silly or just plain stupid as you want. Hehe Share on any platform and hashtag #ifyouwereabookcharacter

PLEASE BE KIND WHEN CREATING STORIES ABOUT ANYONE! I made this for fun, not to  hurt people!

*Note: I didn’t look up these titles. I just made them up. If they are actual book titles…my apologies. Also, feel free to create stories about me. That’d be fun! 🙂