Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I just got tagged for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag by The Book Jar Blog.

 

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If I tag you, answer the questions below and make sure you link back to my blog ūüôā

 

Now let the fun begin!

 

How long have you been a blogger?

I just started my blog on Thursday (July 23rd), so I’ve been at it less than a week.

 

At what point do you think you will stop?

I’m hoping that I never stop. Maybe I’ll have some hiatuses when life gets crazy, but I’d like to continue this blog for a long, long time.

 

What is the best thing?

I’d have to say¬†the readers who have taken a chance on my blog already. It means a lot to me when I see new comments on my posts.¬†Also the extremely supportive book blogger community–you guys are the best. Any time I have a¬†question, I can always find someone willing to answer. Finally being able to read books and then discuss them with other readers. I love finding fellow bookaholics ūüôā

 

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing is the pressure I feel to write good reviews/posts, because I want people to read my blog and like it. I’ve spent hours editing a post before I publish it, trying to make sure everything is perfect.¬†That’s the perfectionist side of me.¬†Another thing is the pressure I feel¬†on occasion¬†to get more readers, followers, comments, etc. I know I’m a new blog, so I just keep telling myself that these things take time. At the end of the day, I tell myself that this blog is for fun.

 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not too long. A quick search will usually give me the images of book covers, etc. that I’m trying to find. For the pictures I created for Stacking the Shelves, Top Ten Tuesday, and Waiting on Wednesday, I created them with a program called Inkscape, since I don’t have Photoshop. I even used Inkscape to create my logo. Those all took less than an hour I’d say.

 

Who is your book crush?

How can I pick just one??? My latest book crush would have to be Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Although Prince Dorian isn’t bad either ūüėČ

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

This list could go on forever. But to name a few: J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Kiera Cass, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Jodi Meadows, Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, and Jodi Picoult.

 

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Depends on the day/time of day. Sometimes I’ll write my blog posts in my pjs ūüôā

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends on the type of post. Reading challenge sign up posts don’t take that long. But my first book review took several hours at least since I wanted it to be as close to perfect as possible.

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love the book blogger community. You guys are amazing. Seriously. The reason I decided to finally become a book blogger is because of all the great people I met via Twitter. Everyone was so helpful and willing to answer questions, and it just made me want to be a part of the community. I can’t wait to meet some of you at future conferences/events!

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Promote yourself, but don’t overdo it. Keep a healthy balance between promotion and conversation with your followers. And as I keep reminding myself, don’t stress so much over the stats of your blog. The important thing is to have fun. Your enthusiasm for you blog will show through your writing.

 

Who do you tag?

I’d like to tag some of the girls who have been very helpful giving feedback, etc. when I ask on Twitter. Thanks!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic¬†for a top ten list.

 

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday ever! I’m excited to try it out. This¬†week’s topic looks super fun and relatable: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)

Hermione Granger Jo March Matilda celaena Sarah Grimke

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling) – ‚ÄúI‚Äôve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough ‚Äď I‚Äôm Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?‚ÄĚ Enough said.

2. Jo March (Little Women books by Louisa May Alcott) – Jo was always¬†writing. My heart always aches¬†at the¬†part where Amy throws her manuscript into the fire. All Jo’s hard work gone in¬†less than a minute!

3. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl)¬†– I haven’t read the book, but in the movie she uses a wagon to transport her books home from the library. A WAGON! She sure loves her books!

4. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas) – When she finds out there’s a library in the castle, she’s beyond herself. “‘Over a million. A million books?’ Her heart leapt and danced, and she cracked a smile.”

5. Sarah Grimke (The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd) – Sarah is devastated when her father bans her from the library as punishment. What a jerk!

 

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6. Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief¬†by Markus Zusak)¬†–¬†Liesel was so desperate to finally read that she read The Grave Digger’s Handbook as her first book. Plus she steals books to continue reading. Now that’s commitment!

7. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery) – Anne loves Victorian poetry, which goes well with her romantic, vivid imagination. I love that her reading tastes seem a bit too old for her. It just shows that she’s wise beyond her years.

8. Klaus Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket) – I haven’t read the books yet, but I did see the film. Klaus is the family researcher, and has a deep love of books. I love finding male characters that read, especially ones that start so young.

9. Jess Brightwell¬†(Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine) – I haven’t read the book yet, but I mean the series is called The Great Library. And in the summary it say “…the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family,” so he’s definitely read his fair share of books.

10. Sydney Taylan (Untitled Novel by Nicole Lynn Hoefs)¬†–¬†I had a hard time thinking of another character, so I just decided to¬†use¬†one from my own novel that I wrote when I was 18. I’ll try publishing it eventually. Sydney loves books¬†and volunteers at her local library ūüôā

 

I’m sure there are¬†plenty of characters I missed, but those are the ones that popped into my head first. What are some of your favorite fellow bookworm characters?

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 404
Source: Borrowed from library; will buy my own copy soon!
Summary (via Goodreads): After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

 

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

 

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Let me just say first off that I LOVED THIS BOOK (obviously, since I gave it 5/5 stars)! I read the novellas before Throne of Glass so I could have the backstory on Celaena Sardothien. I’d recommend reading the novellas first so you can find out how she ended up in the salt mines of Endovier, what some of her crimes were, and more about her assassin life before being convicted. I’ve never read a¬†book about an assassin before, but Sarah J. Maas makes me want to read a whole bunch of them now! Although I think it’s mostly due to her amazing writing ūüôā

 

I love that eighteen year old¬†Celaena is a strong female character, even after a year in the salt mines of Endovier. She didn’t allow the horrible living conditions and hard labor break her spirit. When she’s given a way out, a chance at freedom,¬†by becoming Crown Prince Dorian’s Champion, she jumps at the chance…after a bit of negotiation first. Soon they’re headed back to Rifthold, the place where she trained to become Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. After starting up the competition, thankfully the King is absent for most of the book. He is one creepy dude.

 

The book is mostly focused on Celaena and her journey through¬†the competition. But as we watch Celaena grow stronger, we also watch her friendships grow stronger. I loved reading the dialogue between Celaena and the other characters, especially Chaol and Dorian. I found myself laughing out loud at so many good parts throughout the book. I’m usually not a huge fan when there’s more than one P.O.V. but I think it works to have some sections told through another character’s eyes. Instead of just learning how Celaena feels for the men,¬†I also got to learn how they feel for her in return.

 

Maas does a great job of setting up the¬†plot,¬†throwing a bunch of twists into the story to keep it interesting. As the mysterious deaths start happening,¬†I kept trying to figure out who was behind it along with Celaena.¬†It wasn’t that hard to figure out if you kept note of some of the weird things happening, and the little clues that are scattered throughout the book.

 

Now for the best¬†part—the men! Each of them has their own connection with Celaena; each brings out a different side of her. I haven’t read a ton of books where there’s a love triangle, but I totally get why she likes both Chaol and Dorian. I want them both for myself, although by the end of the book, I loved Chaol more. He’s totally my new book boyfriend. I know sharing is caring, but I don’t think I want to share him ūüôā

 

One of my favorite lines from the book: “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most.”

 

I started reading the series¬†as part of the readathon that Bloomsbury started on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadThroneofGlass. I started¬†the series on¬†July 9th with the novellas, and quickly caught up. Below is the schedule for the entire series, if you’d like to¬†join in.¬†I’m hoping to finish the last two books¬†this week since they’re on my list for the #TBRTakedown challenge.

#ReadThroneofGlass

 

Final note: With all the information you need to learn, the book has its slow bits, but what book doesn’t? Especially one with¬†a 400+ page count. The important thing was that I didn’t want to stop reading. I hope you’ll read Throne of Glass if you haven’t already. It’s a great YA fantasy novel.

5 stars

Stacking the Shelves [1]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by¬†Tynga‚Äôs Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

This is my first Stacking the Shelves post EVER! I’m so excited to try it out and see where it takes me. This week was mostly uneventful. I was so busy¬†I didn’t have time to stop at the library, although I have a stack of books from¬†there from previous weeks¬†that I still need to read. Oops ūüôā

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Jesse's Girl Making Your Mind Up

Bought:

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally (paperback – Amazon)

Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell (eBook – Barnes & Noble)

 

Armada

Won:

Armada by Ernest Cline (eBook РTwitter giveaway hosted by @geekgirlotp)

 

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Netgalley:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (thanks Delacorte Press)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (thanks Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar (thanks Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

What Happens in Cornwall by T.A. Williams (thanks Carina UK)

Torn by Laney McMann (thanks J. Taylor Publishing)

True by Laney McMann (thanks Jagged Lane Books)

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev (thanks Kensington)

Through Infinity by Libby Austin (thanks Infinity and Beyond Publishing)

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (thanks NAL)

Rooville by Julie Long (thanks SparkPress)

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you’re dying to read? I¬†will be¬†reading Everything, Everything as part of¬†ARC August; you can find my sign up post here.

 

Please note: I might not show the covers to every book, but I will include links to each book’s Goodreads page.

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