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A Very Thankful Book Blogger

I have to say that I never expected blogging to be such a big part of my life. I may be repeating myself and this story over and over, but especially around Thanksgiving, it’s one I need to tell again. I mean, of course I WANTED people to read my blog back when I first started it in April 2012 but I figured I would write up reviews, strangers would read them and maybe they’d find a new book to read. Maybe they’d even comment! I had no idea that it would turn into a community, best friendships, a passion, a place where I belong — something that totally changed my life.

I’m Thankful for… the friends.

Yes, book blogging naturally = books but I never expected to equal best friendships. I’ve found my “soul friends” — people who I talk to all day, every day; people who I share everything with; people who have the same interests as me; people who I grew close enough to that they drove all the way out to Illinois from the east coast to be bridesmaids in my wedding. I am SO, SO thankful for Alyssa and Amy and I don’t know what I’d do without them! I’m so grateful that blogging brought us all together and helped us form this bond across the country. (Oh, and we also formed On the Same Page because we just can’t NOT read books together!)

I’ve also become close with SO many more amazing people that I never would have met without blogging. My first group feature — formerly Casting Call, now The Selective Collective — helped me form a bond with the wonderful ladies of Gone Pecan, Teen Lit Rocks, YA Crush, and The Grown-Up YA. We’ve had many, many emails about books, our lives, and so much more! I’m so fortunate to have met Sandie in person a few times (even though we’ve only been able to see each other at BEA) and I can’t wait for the day when we have our first Selective Collective reunion! This was the first group of ladies who really brought me in for a group project and really made me feel like I belonged in this community!

I also feel like I have a special bond with my Pub Date girls! Estelle, Andi, Maggie and I were all pretty good friends before we formed our book & beer feature, but our friendships just keep growing every day! I’ve known Estelle the longest and we’ve had some pretty good heart-to-hearts and Andi and I have gone in together on quite a few projects recently too! (And I need to tell her all of my feels from The Winner’s Crime!) Maggie and I still need to meet in person but I hope that day will come soon!!

And last but not least, where would I be without my Mistborn feels!? Thanks to Nikki for being there for me while I read Mistborn (and then I returned the favor with Blue Lily, Lily Blue)! I’m sure we’ll have many more feels to talk about (and let’s actually meet up in person someday)!

Of course, I can’t mention EVERYONE by name because there are so many amazing friendships I’ve formed throughout these past two years, but just know that if you’re reading this and we’ve interacted, I’m very grateful for you too! I appreciate every comment and Twitter chat and Goodreads update and excited email! You guys are my people and I can’t thank you enough for making me feel like I belong!

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 I’m Thankful for… opportunities.

When I started my blog, I never once thought about receiving books to review — whether that was digitally or physical copy. I didn’t even KNOW advanced copies existed. I was just going to read books and review them. It’s been such a dream come true (well, apparently a dream I didn’t know I had!) to be able to receive books from publishers in physical form and be approved to review egalleys and to read books before they’re released.

I NEVER would have thought I’d be going to book conferences like BEA 2013 and BEA 2014 — with plans to attend ALAMW in January 2015! Not only have I attended author events, but I’ve met and even interviewed some of my FAVORITE AUTHORS! I fell in love with their books and then dreams came true again when I got to interview them in person like with Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer + many, many more! I even got to MODERATE the Fierce Reads event in October of this year! I cannot even tell you how amazing that was.

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 I’m thankful for… the stories.

I’ve always been a reader but never have I fallen so in love with books as I am now. Something about YA just clicks with me and I just connect to these books and these authors and this community more than I ever have. I never thought I would have loved books about cyborgs or a boarding school in Paris or even finally finding a book with fae that not only enjoyed but fell in love with. (Don’t ask me why — I just don’t usually connect with fae/fairy plots!)

These books — and the things I’ve been able to do because of them — have changed me for the better. I’ve had incredible adventures, fallen in love all over again, relived my past, and made new best friends with these characters. I’ve expanded my horizons, met new people, and traveled to new places. Not only do I flail over the new stories I read, but I also have my own new stories to tell — from going to BEA to meeting an author to my best friends driving in for my wedding. Book blogging has brought so many wonderful things and opportunities into my life and I cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of each and every one of them, and I have the entire book and blogging community to thank for it!

Thank YOU for being a part of my life and making it that much better each and every day! I feel so lucky to be able to have my hobby be such an enriching part of my life and this community just enhances it. Hope everyone has a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: June 24, 2014 – Top Ten Cover Trends I Love/Hate

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Cover Trends I Love/Hate

OOOH what a fun topic. I jumped on it as soon as I saw it! There have been a lot of covers I really enjoy and some that I’m just tired of seeing the same things over and over again… I’m sure the same goes for you, so let’s discuss!

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Typography: I looooove good typography and I love seeing it on covers! I think too many images on a cover can sway me about what I think characters look like or what places look like, or even just bad images can cheese it up. As long as you have a good font, I don’t think you can go wrong!

    

   

A specific moment in the book: I love reading a book and realizing that the cover is THIS MOMENT EXACTLY. I actually heard Shannon Messenger speak once about her cover and she said she even tweaked the book a tiny bit to match the cover! (The girl’s hair was supposed to be a in a braid so she changed it to be loose.)

    

Matchy covers for non-series: I think it’s really neat when authors have matching covers, even if their books aren’t a collective series. It’s neat to see them and be able to identify that it’s the same author!

  

    

Ombre/Rainbow: I just love rainbowy and ombre covers. They’re just so prettyyyyyy. What more can I say.

    

    

Minimalist: Rainbow Rowell has some pretty great sort of minimalist covers. Sometimes you don’t need a lot to have a great cover! The images connect with the books, the font is great, and it’s not overdone.

           

Great Art: I love really good artistry on covers too! Fairytales for Wilde Girls really depicts so many aspects of the book and I love the artwork! The Raven Boys is just amazing. Look closely at that cover next time you pick it up… That bird is painted on there and you can see the brushstrokes!

            

I Just Love It. No real explanation. I just love everything about it.

            

HATE

Cut Off Faces: What is the point of this? I can I finish the covers myself? Great idea!

            

Seems like they just didn’t care… Did anyone care about these covers? Or was this just slapped together and everyone said, “Sure, that works.” I mean, honestly. I get so upset about books like The Book of Broken Hearts and The Summer I Became a Nerd because I LOVED them and they got such crappy covers. How does such an epic series like A Song of Ice and Fire get such boring covers? Come on, guys. Don’t be lazy.

    

     

Girls in Dresses: Of course this is a classic one that everyone hates. I don’t mind girls in dresses but when it has nothing to do with the book? Yeah. I do. Like Sweet Evil…. Anna once said she never wore dresses. So why the hell is she in a prom dress…?

        

Things That Have Nothing to Do With the Book: What do these flowers have to do with Sisters In Sanity? And sure, I guess that could be Rose on the cover of Confessions of an Angry Girl, but this cover in no way represented the feel of the book well. The necklace? The nail polish? So… so what? I thought from the cover that it would be some silly, mean girls book and it was soooo not.

        

Misrepresentation of Characters: Shadowlands is the only one I can think of offhand, but I hate it when characters are misrepresented on covers. The main character is blonde, not brunette. She dresses very simply. Not a fancy person by any means. In fact… her SISTER is the brunette and she’s the one who wears skirts and nice clothes. So does this mean her sister is on the cover? Why is her sister on the cover of her book? I actually really like the cover but hate that the main character is not the girl on the cover.

Copycats/Too Close to Other Covers: It was bad enough that I couldn’t stop comparing The Testing to The Hunger Games while I was reading, but did their covers REALLY have to be so similar? Probably what marketing was going for but I think that’s a cheap cop out to try to get people to compare it to THG.
I also hate when stock photos are used like The Trouble with Flirting and The Kissing Booth. Definitely two very different works by two very different authors. But same stock photo/models pop up on both. Sigh.

       

       

Mistakes: It took me a while, but I saw a mistake on the cover of All Our Yesterdays (and the spine). So the numbers are Roman numerals… But why is the four “IIII” instead “IV”? Oops. No good explanation for that one.

Multiple Offenders: Richelle Mead’s covers for the Vampire Academy series and spin-off Bloodlines series. SO BAD. So cheesy — like soap opera cheesy — plus cut off faces, plus things that don’t really seem to pertain to the books… And they continued it with Bloodlines! That was your chance to start anew! To make these covers better!!!! Oh well.

       

So those are my praises and my gripes! What do you think? What kind of covers do you fall in love with? Which ones do you automatically loathe? 

Top Ten Tuesday: June 17, 2014 – Top Ten Books I’ve Read This Year + on my Summer TBR

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books I’ve Read This Year
Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR

I wasn’t able to participate in Top Ten Tuesday last week because I was on a blog tour so I’m combining last week and this week! I was really excited about sharing my favorite books from this year because I’ve already read a lot of exciting books! So this post will be two-in-one 🙂

TOP TEN BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR

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TOP TEN BOOKS ON MY SUMMER TBR LIST

For my summer TBR list, I’m going with part unreleased books that are going to be released this summer and part books I know I WANT to read this summer. I honestly can’t choose what books I may or may not read this summer because I NEVER follow my reading lists haha. At least this way I can be honest!

BOOKS I WANT TO READ
My Life Next Door
Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire

BOOKS PUBLISHING THIS SUMMER
Ruin and Rising
On the Fence
The Vanishing Season
Strange and Ever After
Illusive
Mortal Danger
A Little Something Different

Top Ten Tuesday: May 20, 2014 – Top Ten Books About Friendship

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books About Friendship

I love this topic. And it’s going to be a very easy one to do! I love any book with a really, really good friendship or one that addresses the complications and complexities of friendships as well. You don’t need a long intro. Here are the best of the best, in my book.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

‘Nuff said.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

I just love the friendships in the book. Both between Dee and Reagan and Dee and Matt Finch. (Matt Finch!!) They just really warmed my heart and take you through what best friendship really is. I already want to re-read this book. Will probably have to do that over the summer.

Nantucket Blue/Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

    

I can’t even begin to tell you how much these two books meant to me because I just saw so much of myself in Cricket — but these books also have a different kind of representation of friendship. Cricket really struggles with her best friend Jules after Jules’ mom passes away. It’s really interesting to see how these two girls handle this struggle throughout both books and how friendships really go through several ups and downs.

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg

I LOVED how this book addresses the boy-girl friendship. I really related with so much of this book as well. It was so much fun to read and look back on my life and see those parallels!

Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr

Roomies – Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr

Roomies is a story of I think a lot of us can identify with, even if we didn’t have that same exact roommate experience — even if you didn’t go to college or have a roommate, it’s still hard to make that friendship with someone for the first time without knowing anything about them and I really liked how these two girls had to get to know each other with nothing whatsoever to go on.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

I love the friendship that developed between Eleanor and Park. They were both sort of misfits that found a place in the world with each other. They taught each other so much, even without a romantic aspect involved and I really loved how they were just there for each other and got to know each other with little to no judgement.

Walk Two Moons

I just finished my re-read of Walk Two Moons and I’m still totally in love with it. It was great to see how different Sal was and how she came to be friends with the kids that she did at her school. I like how even though she was pretty different from the other kids regarding background and appearance, her friendships formed easily. She definitely grew from the new friends she made in Ohio and they opened her eyes to her own personal situations as well as situations she had never been in before.

Okay, so that’s only eight books, but I wanted to pick the ones with my absolute favorite friendships. These are the ones, folks. They were simply wonderful and each book really has its own unique friendship story.