Shameful Plug

I cannot believe it’s been since THANKSGIVING that I last posted. I have neglected my blog in the worst way. For that, I am so sorry…those of you who are still out there. Lots of things have been happening though! I have been reading and Christmasing and opening my etsy store!!!! Yay! 

Alright, let’s get started…
In the past month I have read the following

Krampus••• I didn’t love it. Maybe I love Santa too much or just didn’t care for the story itself but I wasn’t a huge fan. 

The Young Elites•• I loved it. Sort of Xmenish and I love the Xmen so there’s that. Plus there’s a kick ass female lead. 

Little Women••• it ruled as always. 

The Casquette Girls••• OMG I loved this book so hard. New Orleans. Well written vampires. Witches. Did I mention New Orleans? It was perfect. 

Illuminae••• Okay here’s the deal: this book would have ruled so hard had it been written like a book that didn’t need psych meds. The format was cool but I couldn’t latch onto the story. It switched gears too many times for me to be able to connect. Sad day. 

Nimona••• guys. GUYS!!! I loved this comic book/graphic novel with all of my heart. Funny, smart, cute, sarcastic, sweet, ALL THE THINGS. 

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat••• this was an excellent book! Way out of my wheelhouse but I blame Harvard. I bought this one one at the Harvard bookstore so I was feeling all smart and stuff. This is a heartbreaking look into the world of patients of Oliver Sacks. 

Okay. Yes. That’s all I think. Currently reading Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow. So far so funny. 

Christmas was awesome! Got lots of books amd awesome gifts and enjoyed my family immensely. I missed them. 

And lastly….

I finally took that leap and opened my very first etsy shop on Sunday. *flails* It’s called Quote & Quill. I take quotes, lyrics, verses, anything, and write them in calligraphy. I use mediums such as Bristol paper, watercolor paper, book pages, maps, sheet music, and various other vintage paper products. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m also on Instagram @quoteandquill. Be sure to share and follow and all the things.  

 
   
   
 
Anyway, thanks for not closing down my blog, WordPress. Much appreciate hahaha. I’ll try my best to keep this site current. 

Peace out homies. 

 

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I haven’t died…

I’m just in a major book slump! I am nearing the end of Egg & Spoon, still in the end section of The 13th Sign, started Since You’ve Been Gone and Mein Kampf. However, nothing is holding my attention. I feel defective. My friend suggested putting the books down and taking a break, but I feel as though I’ve been taking enough breaks. I miss being in that flow. You know the one…book after book after delicious book. 

I suppose my upcoming wedding and all of the hustle and bustle surrounding the planning, etc, had got me occupied. *sigh*  Here’s to hoping I can beat this slump before it beats me!!


Ps. I got engaged on Diagon Alley. It was pretty much the best ever. 

   

That time I met Kristin Tubb…

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You know how some people get star struck and fall over themselves when they meet actors? Well, I get author struck. I fan girl so hard that I could cry. This happened to me Saturday night, at the Flora-Bama, on my friend Felicia’s Bachelorette trip.

Picture this: *insert dream wavy things a la Saved By the Bell* I’ve come in from the beach and looking at Instagram, when I see a photo that Kristin Tubb {author of The 13th Sign, Selling Hope, and countless others} has posted. It’s a beach photo and her comment mentions Orange Beach, AL. Naturally I comment and long story short, we’re both in Orange Beach on bachelorette trips and both have plans to go to the Flora-Bama that very night. So, We exchange emails and figure out which outfit to be looking for and make a plan to meet. *end dream wavy things*

When I saw her I was all nervous, but I walked up and introduced myself {hoping I’d gotten the right black dress/gold shoed gal} and y’all ….she is THE nicest person ever! My only regret is that we didn’t have much time to talk. I think had we been in a coffee shop, without any prior engagements, we would have ended up BFFs or at least would have spent hours talking books. Either way, we managed to get a lot of convo in little bit of time. For example, I learned that: Her favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, who Kristin got to interview in the 6th grade! {pretty cool}. She attended a writing seminar where she fangirled over Judy Blume, who was a keynote speaker. I told her about my love for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and might have even teared up a little? I’ll go ahead and blame the smokey atmosphere. Kristin mentioned a few author friends, whom I absolutely love and admire. I was so jealous. Still am….but I digress.

I swear we could have talked books for days. But the book I loved talking about the most was the one I’m currently reading: The 13th Sign by her…Kristin…Kristin Tubb…y’know THE AUTHOR I MET AT THE FLORA-BAMA *deep breath in, fan girl out* I was all, “OMG I’M FROM NEW ORLEANS AND YOU HAVE CAPTURED IT SO WELL…* insert endless word vomit*” Kristin is witty and sweet and it comes through in her writing. I’m midway through her book and can’t wait to finish it. She put so much effort into making sure she captured Nola’s quirks and she nailed it.

Anyway, I’m rambling at this point but I just want to say: Kristin, thank you for being so gracious and letting me hound you in the bar on Ashley’s bachelorette night out. You made this booknerd a very happy girl. I have already gotten confirmation from the boyfriend that we WILL be attending the SEYA book convention, where I’ll be sure to hound you some more.

PS. Go check out her novel! It’s so much fun!

PPS. I’m really tired from this past weekend….so if this post doesn’t sound coherent, then you know why. I just re-read this and it makes no sense. However, you get the general excited feel so I guess I nailed it.

PPPS. Check her out www.kristintubb.com

In which I facepalm

So, it’s been a minute or two since I’ve visited my Raven Boys. With the recent release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I’ve decided to revisit the Aglionby boys and my girl, Blue. I forgot how much I loved the slow-moving Henrietta and the passion behind the search for the Welsh King. I’m finding so many new things to love about our characters. I’m also finding out that my brain box needs to be cleaned out because I’ve forgotten a lot. I must have said, “ohhhh, yeah… that happened” about a dozen times. {Insert Facepalm}

So, yeah, I felt the need to share that I’m in the reread mode of this series. I also read Tana French’s newest Dublin Murder Squad installment, The Secret Place. I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it a million times again, Tana French can do no wrong….HOWEVER!!!!!….this book fell flat in the story-line department. It was filled with bitchy little girls, who are obsessed with lip gloss and One Direction. I seriously wanted murder them all. But I didn’t. Because they’re fictional. But still…… I soldiered through and am patiently awaiting a sixth installment. Oh! and I’m also reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I’m told it’s being turned into a movie and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. Not like it matters but I can still complain, right? RIGHT?! Ha! That’s what I thought.

On a side note: I get to spend Saturday night and all day Sunday with the one and only Stefani!!! I could not be more excited. We are going to see Mockingjay on Saturday, stuff our faces with Cafe Du Monde on Sunday morning and then meet her friend for lunch in the afternoon, with some NOLA exploration somewhere in between.

Okay, sorry for the ramble. I’ll have a more coherent and well put together book report once I finish The 5th Wave.

Peace out, homies!

First trailer for Wild {Bookish}

I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed last year and from what I recall, I really enjoyed it. It’s a gritty memoir that touches on not so great subjects and makes you want to go on a crazy hike up the west coast! Now, it’s a movie {as seems the theme lately}. I’m pleased with the choice of Reese Witherspoon playing Cheryl Strayed. I’m also pleased with the no-make-up-raw approach. Fingers crossed it doesn’t let me down.

You can view the trailer here and read the summary here, via Goodreads.

Hope you guys have had a good weekend!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award {Bookish}

So I found myself nominated for this inspiring award by some amazing women. Thank you to my friends Andie, Emily, Anna and Erin for nominating me. These girls are so passionate about what they post and I always look forward to what they have to say. Please check out their blogs when you get a moment… you’re welcome.

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Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I despise onions. Let me specify, I despise crunchy onions. If they’re cooked down and mushy and translucent, then I’ll eat them. But if they’re garnish, crispy, crunchy, etc…I’ll complain and act like a child. OH and you can’t sneak them past me. I’ll always know. I’m like a bomb sniffing dog…except I’m a human and I sniff out onions.

2. I have recently picked up calligraphy as a hobby. I would use a nib and dip ink every day if it didn’t take so long and it wasn’t as messy.

3. I’m completely and utterly obsessed with Christmas. The minute it becomes remotely cold outside, I get butterflies because I know my favorite holiday is coming. I totally deck the halls, yo.

4. I shed. A lot. I could probably make a wig every day from the hair I lose. It’s ridiculous.

5. I hate loading the dishes. I’ll unload them all day long but loading them? Nope. Not my favorite.

6. I wish I could live in the 14th century. But I would want to be rich, not poor. Being poor back then was a sure way to die early of consumption. But I wouldn’t wanna be so rich that I’d have to go to court because that was a sure way to die early of drama. Surely there’s a happy medium…yeah?

7. I would love to live in New England. More specifically, the house from Practical Magic.

Who I’m Nominating:

Here are the homies that I nominate.

Sierra

Susan

Winter

Madeline

Molly

Liebster Blog Award {Bookish}

Liebster Blog Award

Well, this was such a wonderful surprise! My sweet, amazeballs friend Stefani at Caught Read Handed has nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. If you haven’t visited her blog, please stop what you’re doing and go there. Now. GO! NOW! Thanks! Her blog is so well done, sharp, funny and perfect! It’s seriously awesome.

Now to the questions….

1. What is your preferred reading format? E-book, paperback, hardback?

I prefer the kind you can read. Too generic? Ugh, fine okay, I tend to love paper back, then hard back and then e-book. I tend to only read e-books if they’re ARCs. Which reminds me…I have Netgalley books I have to read. Crap.

2. If you could only recommend one book for another to read, what would it be and why?

If a gun is to my head, I’ll tell them to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It’s my favorite and I tell everyone to read it. If there isn’t a gun to my head, and I can think about newer books I’ve read, then I might could tell them to read Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, as it blew my mind.

3. One of the recent themes of Top Ten Tuesday was: if you like this TV show/film, you should read this book. Provide a book recommendation based on your favorite film or TV show.

I’ve never done the TTT but after talking to Stefani yesterday, I’ve decided to give it a whirl. So, with that said, I don’t watch a ton of TV shows that would relate to any kind of books I read. I guess I would say if you like Practical Magic then you’ll like House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. It’s got magic and stuff.

4. What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts?

I love the comment tab. I’m a serial commenter. I know it feels good to have people communicate with you about what you’re posting… no one wants crickets when they post.

5. What is your most anticipated read of 2014?

I’m with Stefani on this one and I’m going to say Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This is the third and final book in the Anna and the French Kiss series. I don’t care what you say, this series is incrediballs. I recently had the honor of meeting Stephanie Perkins and she is as cute as her books are. I’m also excited for this book because I’m going to be driving up to Brandon to meet Stefani so we can buy the book together and then fangirl over it 🙂

 

6. We all know about blogger hype, which book have you read which did not live up to the hype?

Dorothy Must Die. <—- that was Stefani’s answer and I’m leaving it. This book was not what I had hoped.

7. Name one author whose books you will always read.

Tana French, she can do no wrong.

8. There are certain bloggers whose opinions I value, when they give a good review I will go out of my way to read that book. Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why?

Caught Read Handed, thebookheap & The Book Boozer to name a few. I respect and enjoy all of the blogs I actively follow and communicate with, so I could have made this list MUCH longer.

9. What is your favorite part of blogging? The book tours, the reviews, the memes, the community…?

Definitely meeting fellow booknerds 🙂 I’ve enjoyed making friends in real life and in booklandia. It’s been fun traveling over to Goodreads where the book conversations flow more easily. This has been the best experience ever.

10. What’s your favorite of your own blog posts?

Ummmmmm, probably my experience with my first book convention. That was fun to share.

11. What’s your favorite word and why?

Serendipity. It’s my favorite word for so many reasons. The meaning {a fortunate accident}, the movie {it’s one of my favorites} and the restaurant {try it out the next time you’re in NYC}.

12. How long do you spend reading blogs each week?

Too much time! I open my wordpress app on my phone at least 40 times a day. I may spend a minute flicking through the posts but I am always looking.

13. When is your favorite time to blog?

The morning.

14. Why do you think people blog?

I’d say it’s to share with other people their passion for reading. I say reading because I’m a book blog and I only follow book bloggers/writers. I read so much that I couldn’t hold it all in anymore. I wanted to shout from the rooftops every time I read a good book but a) that’s dangerous, 2) weird and C) I’m certain no one cares. So my blog is my virtual rooftop and it’s been so incredibly rewarding! I assume others blog for the same reasons.

15. How long does it take you to compose an average blog post?

I’m a fast typist and a fast thinker {which explains why my thoughts make no sense most of the time} so it might take me 10 minutes. I’m also a very relaxed and casual blogger so I’m not worried about sounding fancy. I just say what I think and call it a day.

16. What do you think makes a good blog?

I think a good blog is one that’s full of personality, honesty and passion. I don’t want to read a book report, I don’t want to be preached to. I want to look at a blog post and laugh and smile and feel. If you pour your heart into what you right, no matter what the context, it’ll shine through.

17. How do you find new blogs to follow?

Comments from the blogs I follow, WordPress reader, and tumblr.

18. Would you ever stop following a blog? Why?

If a blog isn’t jiving with me and what I like and we aren’t in communication, then yeah I would. But I haven’t met that blog yet!

19. When do you find it most difficult to blog?

I haven’t gotten there yet. Luckily

Blogs I’m tagging! Feel free to answer what questions you want even if you’re not tagged.

thebookheap

downthebookhole {thank you Molly for letting me know the link I had up was wrong! OOPS! It’s fixed now}

The Book Boozer

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bibliosa

So far this June… {Book Haul}

First let me say CONGRATS! to my friend Stefani over at Caught Read Handed for nailing her interview and landing an intership with Month9Books!! So excited to see where this goes for you!

This month has been really good to me book haul wise! Two of these I got off of Amazon Marketplace and the others I purchased at Barnes and Noble. {I have linked some of the titles to Amazon but then Amazon decided to spaz out therefore the bottom 4 are linked to Goodreads} Happy Reading, homies!

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The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine

King Dork by Frank Portman

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Faithful Place by Tana French

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers