Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Look Back and Forward: Reading and Blogging

I'm doing end of the year/resolution posts in the form of two posts this year. My first one was all about my writing over the course of the year and my plans writing wise for 2016. This post is all about my reading and blogging plus resolutions involving those things!



First, I'm going to go through the resolutions I wrote at the beginning of 2015:

10.  Finally, finish reading The Hobbit. I've been "reading" it for a year now...I was waiting until I saw the 3rd movie to finish it and now I have so it's time!  -- Okay, I didn't do this but I'm going to in 2016! Seriously!!!!

9.  Keep my review ratio on Netgalley up. -- THIS I actually did this! My ratio never fell under 80% and was generally above 85%.

8. Don't stress reading. Meaning do not stress out when I don't have a review going up because I'm behind on reading and don't stress if I don't get to an ARC before it comes out. -- erm, I was better with this but by no means perfect.

7.  Chill out about everything. This may be a hard goal but again my main goal for the year as a whole is to have fun and not get stressed out and not get bummed, hard things to control! -- I feel like I had bits and pieces of this. Meaning good months and bad but, that's life, isn't it!?

6. Keep caught up on comments! (This Is Never Going To Happen!!!) -- haha. i was so right. That didn't happen.

5.  Keep up with my book buying ban, wherein I'm only allowed to pre-order/buy 2 books a month -- I DID THIS! I kept up a book buying ban!

4. Keep up with the challenges I signed up for. -- I gave up around July...

3. Read more fantasy. -- Kind of did this?

2. Read lots of epic books. -- Did this.

1. Blog regularly but not stressfully. Meaning don't force myself to post every day, it's fine to skip days, in fact, I'm probably done posting on Wednesdays except when I do WOW posts. -- Again, good months and bad but I've been feeling pretty good about it all since November and am thinking, for now, I may have de-stressed myself when it comes to blogging???

2016 Bookish/Blogging Resolutions:

- So I really want to just be on top of blogging this year. To do that I need to not be stressed. Which means posting 3 times a week, no more, no less. Even when I really want to post more because I have so many IDEAS.

- Also, I'm going to TRY to do at least one feature a month. Including my ship posts. My bookish mind control posts. And various others. I'd like to say I'm going to do one of each a month but I just don't think I could keep that up. HOWEVER, I will be looking for guest shippers for my Ships I Ship/Ships I Don't Ship posts! (I mean it this time, Shannon!) Follow this link to fill out the form (hopefully it works, it's my first time!): Guest Shippers Form.

- I'm going to request fewer books because I have so many books on my real life TBR and I'm so behind on review copies anyway. 

- I'm going to post less often but more organized.

- I'm going to finish series and books I started and never finished, first up being the Finnikin Of the Rock books.

- I am going to read Hobbit

- I'm also going to read more Star Wars books (okay, this is mostly because my brother and I are doing it together)



Top 3 Favorite Reads Of 2015:
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(let's just ignore the fact that there are four books, shall we?)

Top Three Disappointments:

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Most Anticipated Of 2016:
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Also, I currently have a giveaway going on, a New Years themed giveaway where I'm looking ahead to one of my most highly anticipated 2016 releases by giveaway a preorder for Bookishly Ever After! Int as long as Book Depository ships to you, find the giveaway here!


Tell me, what goals did you accomplish in 2015? What are you most looking forward to with the new year? Leave me all the links to end of the year posts!






Monday, December 28, 2015

A Look Back and Forward: My Writing Life

I've decided to break up my end of the year posts and to start I'm looking back on my writing life this year!



As you probably know most my life currently revolves around writing with the hope of landing an agent and eventually being published. At the beginning of the year I wrote a few resolutions so I'm going to go through those and then share with you my writing-related resolutions for 2016!

LOOKING BACK:

I actually didn't have many writing goals for 2015. My thing was that I wanted to be working on something every month, I wanted to write a first draft or edit or revise or whatever, and have a project to do and finish every month, And I actually pretty much did that. March was complicated because of some family things. May was hard because I was moving. And December... I mean, does anyone get anything productive done in December???? I don't. Still, I'm really happy with how well I followed that.

I had a few more specific things but in the post where I announced them I even said I didn't HAVE TO get to them because you know, things come up. I wanted to rewrite and edit and query This World In Gray, which I did but is now being rewritten again after getting some advice and a few R&Rs (revise and resubmit). Which I'm ecstatic about because on one hand it sucks to think I first wrote this in November of 2014 and have been working on it ALL YEAR, on the other though, it's awesome because I've worked so hard and now it's SO CLOSE to being SOMETHING, you know?

I also wanted to rewrite Dragon Heir and Hunters Of Artemis and A War Of Queens and write the first draft to Forsaken... I didn't get to any of those but I did write my first straight up MG novel that I'm in love with. My first magical realism and my first science fiction novel and my first straight up love story, I wrote a retelling. So once again, at the end of the year, I'm left feeling like I really grew as a writer and learned so much and just that I'm better than I was last year and at least two dozen rejections closer to getting that one agent yes I need.


LOOKING FORWARD:

Goal wise I've been driving myself crazy a little trying to make a plan. As is I think I'm going to just leave myself open. Leave room for my muse to run free. I still want to consistently be working on something but maybe not as intensely as I did in 2015. I also want to finish perfecting TWIG and start querying it again. And I'm really looking forward to working on my first novel Dragon Heir again. Still I'm trying to stay laid back with big plans and just...write and edit and have fun. Leave room for new ideas and really get in touch with my muse. (I (mostly jokingly) view my muse as a real thing (like a sprite) I can talk to).

Besides that I would also like to focus on rewriting and editing more than drafting. I did some editing this year mostly on Ren & Farrah (my MG magical realism) and This World In Gray, but I have so many projects I want to revisit.

Again, this isn't a list I'm definitely going to follow but here's what I hope to have time to work on in 2016.

- Rewrite Dragon Heir

- Revise Alt. Ways

- Rewrite A War Of Queens

- Edit Immortals

- Figure out Narc Wonderland

- Write Saving Melody and Love In All It's Flavors and Day Of The Dead


Again, my main goal is just to WRITE. With any luck I'll hopefully find an agent who loves my book and believes in it, but I will be happy as long as I don't let myself get discouraged and just keep writing. I know I get better every year, every chapter, every sentence, so that's what I'm going to continue doing in the new year.

Also, I currently have a giveaway going on, a New Years themed giveaway where I'm looking ahead to one of my most highly anticipated 2016 releases by giveaway a preorder for Bookishly Ever After! Int as long as Book Depository ships to you, find the giveaway here!


Okay, now you share something about yyour year! If you're a writing what's your favorite thing you wrote this year? If you aren't a writer then what's a highlight from your year??





Saturday, December 26, 2015

Retelling The Story #12: I'm Back!!! And GIVEAWAY!


My short Christmas hiatus is over! And 2015 is ALMOST over??? How did that HAPPEN????



I've spent the last week hanging out with my family, baking a bazillion cookies with my mom, having a snow war with my brothers because we are grown ass adults, and watching loads of cheesy holiday movies. And now it's time to get back to things!




Things have been hectic here! I got sick all last weekend when I was supposed to be spending it baking Christmas cookies with my mom which just put us so behind schedule! We had a fairly big snow storm which almost stranded my oldest brother out of town for Christmas. We also had earth quakes which is just strange because while we get them here fairly often they're usually so infinitesimal that you don't feel them, it was weird and made the cats antsy for days!

mom and I are grade a decorators


But Christmas was good! As always we had pizza and chicken wings for Christmas Eve dinner and then went out looking at all the Christmas lights. My oldest brother tried to convince my other brother to streak down the street singing Here Comes Santa Claus. We found the world's biggest Nutcrackers and somehow managed to get lost in our own neighborhood... Also, when we stopped at the gas station for hot chocolate and cookies (you know, because why eat the ones we spent all week baking?), I'm pretty sure the cashier thought we were high or something...

LOOK at them!


Christmas was complete with a giant dinner, early morning presents, and multiple fights to the death... I bought the three of us marshmallow guns (because we're adults and needed them obviously) and then they cheated by using shovels during our annual snowball fight... I swear, we really are adults!

my favorite gift, from my mom


chocolate truffles

Bonbons and chocolate covered marshmallows

Reading wise! I've nearly finished my reread of Harry Potter, I got set back when I was sick because I can just never read when I'm sick! This month has mostly been rereads but I've gotten a few new books for Christmas that I'm excited to get to!

from my TBTB Secret Santa!


Blogging wise! I've done nothing! But I'm spending a few hours today just for commenting because I am so behind and so sad. Next week will be spent with end of the year posts and then we shall be back on schedule!

Giveaways:

My 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends giveaway and my 300 follower Twitter giveaway have both ended, I'll be picking winners really soon but in the meantime I have a fun end of the year giveaway starting!



I was talking to my friend Ally, my BWF (best writing friend) who is otherwise known as Penelope Grace the girl I used to run my writing blog with, anyway. We decided to kind of team up for a New Years giveaway, on her blog she's giving away some old books and here I'm giving away a preorder for one of my most highly anticipated books of 2016!

Enter her giveaway here!

I'm giving away 1 PreOrder of Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira!

21018154In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?




Info/ Rules:

- 1 Preorder of Bookishly Ever After will be given away via the Rafflecopter below, it is International but only if the Book Depository ships to you! (find the list of countries here!)
- Ends on the 8th at 12AM
- Once I pick a winner you'll have 24hours to respond or I'll have to pick someone else!






Tell me all about your holidays! Did you do anything fun, just chill and hang out? Get any good books???

As for the question for the giveaway, tell me a fun/crazy/weird New Years Resolution mine is just a fun goal and it's to watch all 8 Harry Potter movies in 24 hours.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Christmas Hiatus

This was going to be a "holiday hiatus" and go until New Years but I don't want to miss all the end of the year posts!


Basically, we're nearing Christmas and I am so freaking busy that I have no time for blogging. I went back and forth on taking an official little hiatus but the truth is, even if I didn't, I don't have any posts ready to go anyways and I am so behind on comments that I can't even, okay?


Basically, I will be taking just a short break from blogging, from now until December 27th. 

In this time I will:

- Enjoy the holiday

- Edit (I'm falling behind schedule!)

- Bake (Its Christmas cookie time, expect lots of pics on my Twitter)

- Attempt to catch up on comments and still read blogs

- Attempt to schedule some freakin posts ( I was so good, I had so many scheduled....then they all POSTED!)

- Work on my end of the year posts!

- Finish my Harry Potter Reread!


When I come back, you can expect:

- Posts! I have some tags to catch up on as well as some writing posts I've been working on, and, hopefully, some reviews!

I will still be active on Twitter if you want to follow me! Besides that, I will be commenting and I will be back on the 27th! Happy holidays, hope everyone's having a great December!

In the meantime, don't forget to enter my giveaways!

I'm celebrating my followers on Twitter with a bookish prize pack! (US ONLY!)\



25 Days Of Book Boyfriends Giveaway!
I'm taking part in 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends and giving away a copy of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell! (Int. as long Book depository ships to you!)


Have any plans for the holidays? What are you currently reading?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #55: Best Books Of 2015!

Okay, it's been awhile since I did one of these posts, but I want to get back into it in 2016 and figured now was as good a time as any! Let's see if I still remember how to put one together, shall we?



FAVORITE BOOKS READ IN 2015
I decided to a mixture of new 2015 releases and older ones both. Also...my list has 12. ;)

The One I Loved Almost More Than Anything.


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The One Where The Ending Conflicted Me But It Was Still A Great Book.


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The One Not Enough People Are Reading But Is BRILLIANT.


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The One That I Can't Bring Myself To Read The Sequel Yet Even Though I Was DYING for it.


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The One That's A Series I Started And Am Sad Not To Have Finished This Year.
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The One That Is EVERYTHING.
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The One That's Not Quite A Book But Was My Favorite Thing Ever.


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The Series Ender I Finally Devoured.


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The One That Made Me Wish I Loved Dolly Parton.


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The One That I Always Knew I'd Love.


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The One I Waited Forever For And Didn't Disappoint At ALL.


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The One That Took My Feels And Murdered Them... Murdered Them DEAD.



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If I HAD to choose just one top favorite...it would be a tie between this and Carry On. If you haven't read  it... WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE???


That's it! What was your absolute favorite of the year? Were any of yours mentioned here? Don't forget to leave me links!



Elsewhere on The Story Goes...
I'm celebrating my followers on Twitter with a bookish prize pack! (US ONLY!)\


25 Days Of Book Boyfriends Giveaway!
I'm taking part in 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends and giving away a copy of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell! (Int. as long as Book depository ships to you!)


Friday, December 11, 2015

BCP 2015: That's A Wrap


Welcome to THE LAST post for the Blogger Positivity Campaign hosted the awesome Jillian @ Jillian's Books.
If you haven't heard yet this is an amazing event created by Jillian and it's all about spreading love and positivity in the book blogging world! You can check out my introduction here and Jillian's post here.

Sadly this is the last Blogger Positivity Campaign post. =( This was so much fun and I am so glad I got to be a part of this amazing event. Make sure to check out Jillian's blog to find all the links and spread a little love today!

Before we say goodbye I have a few last things to share with you all!

5 Things Learned From BPC:

- To just have fun. All these posts were so much fun to make, with all the positive energy flowing through. Sometimes it's easy to forget that we do this because we enjoy it and to connect with other people and just HAVE FUN.

- READING IS AWESOME AND READERS ARE AWESOME. Okay, I already knew this but reading everyone's letters and various posts just reminded me of how awesome readers and books are and that I NEVER want to lose my love of reading.

- Most bloggers blog because they love books and love talking about books. It's so easy to get wrapped up in posting all the time and in getting ARCs and being a part of the biggest tours and all this random stuff, the kind of stuff that creates DRAMA but most bloggers just want to have fun, they're here because they love books and they hate the drama just as much as I do.

- That we really are just one great big community, even if we have flaws and everyone wants to make it a community without those flaws.

- Potterheads are the BEST. What? I was so excited to see how many of us that took part were giant HP nerds!

4 Things Enjoyed In BPC:

- Posting! These were some of the funnest posts to write!

- Interacting with everyone. Okay, I admit, I failed majorly at commenting but when I did comment it was just so fun, jumping through all the blogs. On top of that, it was AMAZING doing the shout out post and highlighting some of my favorite bloggers and seeing their reactions.

- The letters! Writing letters was my favorite thing, not just the ones we all posted but the little notes we each sent to someone else. Mine wasn't the best written but I TRIED and it was amazing to get the one written to me today (THANKS SO MUCH KATE!)

- I just loved how positive everything was. I know, I know, obvious, but TRUE! There wasn't a post I read that didn't make me smile and leaving me feeling...giddy. =)

3 FAVORITE BPC POSTS!

There were SO MANY amazing posts and I'm only sorry I've been so behind and wasn't able to comment on more! However, by far, my favorites were the letters we all wrote so I'm linking to a few of my favorites.

Cilla @ Paved With Books Letter To J.K. Rowling

Lara @ The Paperback Palace's Letter To Her Copy Of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff's Dear Mom Letter

And (because I'm a cheater) Kate @ Read and Dream's Letter To A.S. King

2 Bloggers That Inspired Through Their Posts:

- Jillian @ Jillian's Books. All her posts were super inspiring, plus she's the mastermind behind all of this! On top of that, her shout out post made me smile.

- Erin @ Hardcover Lover's posts were BRILLIANT. I can't pick a favorite but I really loved her Things The Blogging Community Should Be Reminded Of post.

Lastly, 1 inspiring quote to top everything off:



My posts:
Introduction
Things I've Gained From The blogging Community
Letter To Fandom
Shout out to all the bloggers I've loved before!

Sorry this was up a little late! Thanks to Jillian for running this and everyone else who took part because this was a highlight of my year and so much fun! Make sure to leave me links to any of your BPC posts! =)



Monday, December 7, 2015

Not A Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


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by Melina Marchetta
Release date: 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link

"What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.


My Rating:

Review:

So yeah. There's no way I can coherently review this... This book...is everything. I hate trying to pick apart books I love and that just grip my feels and twist and pull them until I can't even anymore and I'm pretty sure I couldn't find many if anything, I didn't like in this book so I won't try.


This book is about...life. Shitty things and good things and how tied up they are together. It's about family and friends and love of every kind, how you're a little bit in love with everyone who means anything to you and Ah! The feels, it hurts so bad because it's so good. It's not even necessarily a sad book but it left me feeling like I wanted to sob...in a good way... Does that make sense?

Do not even get me started on the writing or I'll never write another word myself because, Ah! So GOOD. This author's amazing and why aren't you reading all her books?

Okay, so there's two stories in this book and they interconnect so much and I don't even know who I loved more at the end and just... There's so much good in this book (love and friendship and fun war/territory games which were just such an awesome part of the book) and it's all tied in with all these bad things and it's SO PAINFUL AND HOW WILL MY FEELS EVER RECOVER?


I can honestly say there's not another book I could compare this too. the feelings it makes you feel and the thoughts it instills and the characters! And it's not a sad book and it's not a happy book and it's somewhere so perfectly in between that...ah it makes me just want to force everyone to read it okay?


THE RELATIONSHIPS! Don't talk to me about them! I can't even think about Narnie, and Webb, and Fitz, and Tate, and Jude. And that's just the characters from the story inside the story. I loved Taylor (main character) and Raffy, and Jessa, and Jonah and JUST EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING.


Basically, after finishing this, I can't decide if I want to reread it right away or never read it again because I don't know that my feels could handle it...


I'm serious.


Spoiler: Fitz and Webb and oh my god how could this happen????? WHY!?!?!?!?!?!?


In conclusion, I can honestly say this is one the best books I've ever read and you must all read it now and I bow down to the master of recommendations, Petra.




Bittersweet. That's what this book is. So dang bittersweet. it's PAINFUL.

Would I Recommend This? Um...was something UNCLEAR IN MY RAMBLING NOT-A-REVIEW REVIEW????
To Whom? EVERYONE WHO'S EVER EVENED. because i CAN'T.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Uh, duh!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

On Repeat #1

A new feature!!!!!!



Another new feature that, let's face it, I may or may not keep up on, but I'm going to TRY! If all goes to plan I will post this every month either the first week or last week of the month.

What is it about!?!

Well, every month I'll share a playlist of the top 10 songs I've had on repeat that month!

I listen to a lot of music. Basically the only time I'm not listening to music is when I'm watching TV/movies or, you know, the once a month where I actually TALK TO PEOPLE. I literally, no joke, sleep with my iPod, headphones in. It helps my insomniac tendencies.

I've gone back and forth over the years with sharing playlists and then never sharing them and so I wanted to start doing it more often and tada, new feature was birthed!

November On Repeat:



The Illusionist by Jamie's Elsewhere

I stumbled upon this song when making a playlist for my NaNo Novel and, ah! So addicting!

Best Mistake by Conditions

This band broke my heart this month and I blame my brother entirely! He got me hooked on them and then I found out they broke up like a year ago!

Hello by Adele

...this needs no explanation, right?

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

This song has been stuck in my head for months! I can't get enough of it.

This Means War by Marianas Trench

I've been obsessed with their whole new album, but this (tied with Wildfire) is my favorite.

Apologize (cover) by Silverstein

I LOVE this One Republic song but...um, I'm just a smidge more in love with this cover of it.

Wildfire by Marianas Trench

It's so catchy!

Lingering by Sheppard

I picked this song as one of the theme songs to a novel I wrote last month (Alternate Ways) and it's been stuck in my head ever since. That BEAT. <3

Passenger by Trapt

I saw them earlier this month, one of my favorite bands in a very small intimate setting, and this wasn't my favorite song...until I heard the lead singer introduce it. He was talking all about how you can't be just a passenger in your own life, you can't let someone else drive for you even when you want to, and that just... I connected to it so much and haven't stopped listening since.

Hurt by Adelitas Way

I also saw them, they played with Trapt and this song has been stuck in my head ever since!

What do you currently have on repeat!?!

Friday, December 4, 2015

BPC: To All The Bloggers I've Loved Before


Welcome to another post for the Blogger Positivity Campaign hosted the awesome Jillian @ Jillian's Books.
If you haven't heard yet this is an amazing event created by Jillian and it's all about spreading love and positivity in the book blogging world! You can check out my introduction here and Jillian's post here.

Sadly this is the last Blogger Posit ivy Campaign post. =( Have no fear though, there will be a wrap up next week and there's still time to hop around and see everyone's post! Check out Jillian's blog to find all the links!

For this post we're spotlighting bloggers!

As I said in my introduction, there's not a blogger or book lover I've "met" that I don't love but today I'm going to share a few blogs/bloggers who are some of the first real friends I made through blogging, ones who always cheer me up even when they don't know I'm feeling down about blogging and always manage to make me rethink quitting when I've been seriously considering it off and on all year. These are bloggers who, I don't even say anything about my thoughts on quitting, but then they comment on a post or I read one of their posts or we chat a little on Twitter and suddenly it's like, nope, can't quit.
Without further ado, make sure you check out these amazing people, and thanks so much you guys, even if you don't realize how much you've helped me. =)


Petra @ Petra's Book Blog

Not only was Petra my first international friend but she's awesome. Petra not only writes amazing reviews, but she has the best taste in books. I found her through Top Ten Tuesday and I am so glad I did. She's talked (read: bullied (I joke) ) me into reading quite a few amazing books, she just GETS my love of Harry Potter and Carry On (Simon and Baz FOREVER), not to mention my sense of humor which is just so nice. I LOVE getting her comments, and, more importantly, her recommendations. =)

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

Shannon, you are the best. You just get my social anxiety and my need to never leave the house. ;)

I also found Shannon through Top Ten Tuesday but I feel like we really connected over these "Cowardly Blogger" posts she wrote, I read them way back then and I was just: oh my god, my people! Seriously though, Shannon always cheers me up, she's so freaking encouraging, especially about my writing even though she hasn't really read anything and just, that is so nice you know? She always manages to cheer me up even when she has no idea that I'm feeling down.

So, thanks for that, Shannon! <3

Val @ The Innocent Smiley

I totally credit Val as my first blogging friend, I thought it was so cool to have a blogging friend and that she was so cool (still do by the way!). Val is like...the smartest person I know, she just writes such smart discussion posts that I am in awe of. And when I first got into the whole book blogging thing, again she was the first person I considered a friend here and she was so nice (still is), all her comments make me smile and, no joke, hers is the first blog I check (sometimes twice a day, I am not a stalker) every day.
Plus, I mean, she just has the best design and those freaking so smart discussion posts. I die! She's also really funny, I still haven't gotten over her April Fools post. I mean, just her blog name, The Innocent Smiley, makes me smile.

Jillian @ Jillian's Books

I swear, I'm not sucking up because she's hosting this event, I really just love her! Jillian was the first blogger to actually stumble onto my blog and want to be friends. We share a love for writing, even so far as to being in a cabin together for Camp NaNo! Which is just so nice. She leaves the most thoughtful comments and totally gets all my shipping/book boyfriend problems and is always willing to talk about them. She also writes such thoughtful posts, even her reviews every time I read one I have to just sit a think for a few minutes before commenting!

She also gets the pain of having older brothers...which yes, I need someone to complain too! ;)

Nori @ ReadWriteLove28



Well, first of all, Nori is a blogging ninja, in case you didn't know this, and I aspire to be her... Okay, seriously though, Nori is the sweetest person ever. I know her mostly through Twitter, though I stalk her blog quietly ALL THE TIME. When she drafted me into her Sunday Street Team, it was like, yup, I've made it in book blogging. She's also funny and humble and ALWAYS makes me smile. Plus, she has like a crazy awesome blog, m'kay?


Thank you, all you wonderful people. Extra points if you get the post title!

Now, you! Share with me your BPC posts and also tell me all about your favorite bloggers and blogs, those ones that just always cheer you up! Big lists are welcomed and encouraged! ;)

Elsewhere On The Blog:

25 Days Of Book Boyfriends Giveaway!
I'm taking part in 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends and giving away a copy of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

25 Days Of Book Boyfriends: Dear Park + GIVEAWAY!
























Dearest Park,

I know Eleanor has captured your heart but mine too belongs to you.
I knew from the moment I met you, sitting on the back of the bus, headphones in, that I was going to love you. When did I first fall? Probably the first time you wore eyeliner… I’m not going to lie to you, I love a guy in eyeliner. But it’s not just that… You’re so sweet, and kind, and fun. You aren’t perfect and that’s okay, I’m not perfect either.
I know it’s too much to ask that you love me too… Honestly, I almost love you more with her, with Eleanor, than with me, anyway. I hope you don’t find that weird but, I mean, I ship you guys. (By the way, I hope things are better than when I last saw you.)
So, you might never love me but I just wanted you to know that I would share headphones with you any day (I’d even share my iPod), anytime. I’d listen to all your favorite bands and take you to concerts and you could say sweet things to me and we could fight over eyeliner (I really love my eyeliner). We could read comics and lay around all day, together.
My love for you is deep and true, I would be fine being best friends, pining for you from afar, as long as you were real, and in my life. I love you more than I love coffee...
Dearest Park, I just want you to know that I love you as much as Eleanor loves you. As much as you love her and music. And dude, keep wearing the eyeliner, please?

Love,
Your Secret Admirer

P.s. I want to smell your hair.


Okay, that ended strange.... What can I say? I'm a strange person! Also, I was trying to be funny I don't really want to smell a fictional character's hair! I do love him though... so MUCH.

Today I am taking part in the oh so awesome 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends Tour!!!!!!!

15745753Obviously, my #1 Book Boyfriend, the guy no real person will ever live up to, is one Park Sheridan from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I hope I've convinced you of the amazingness that is Park, and you should read the book RIGHT. THIS. SECOND. And to help with that I'm giving away 1 paperback copy!

Rules:

- 1 Copy of Eleanor & Park will be given away via the Rafflecopter below, it is International but only if the Book Depository ships to you! (find the list of countries here!)
- Ends when the tour is over, so the 26th at 12AM
- I'm making this easy for you but you HAVE to follow me in SOME WAY to enter, even if it's my reviews on Goodreads or my Twitter or the actual blog, anything will work but you HAVE to follow me. =)






Make sure to tell me all about your current book boyfriend! 

Also, if you, like me, can't get enough of Park I also gushed all about him here: My Ultimate Book Boyfriend  and in my review!