I Mustache You Some Questions…

You guys may or may not know that I have an obsession of sorts for things with mustaches on them. I have (and have made) several pillows with mustaches on them, have socks with them, made a blanket that has mustaches on the fabric, have two notebooks I use for my blog with mustaches, and on and on. So when Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie and Alex @ Alex in Bookland tagged me to do the I Mustache You Some Questions tag, it was a no-brainer. Here we go.

I Mustache You Some Questions

Four names people call me other than my real name:

  1. Stef
  2. Sloma
  3. Tef (by my brother)
  4. Nicknames from my parents, but you don’t need those. Lol.

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Public Affairs worker for the Department of Transportation
  2. Intern (I’ve interned at five or six different publishers)
  3. Circulation Clerk & YA Librarian (current job)
  4. Babysitter (been babysitting on and off since I was 12)

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

  1. Mean Girls. You can’t sit with us.
  2. Donnie Darko
  3. Sweet Home Alabama
  4. Clueless

Four books I’d recommend:

SO HARD

  1. The Humans by Matt Haig
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Four places I have lived:

  1. Adelanto, CA
  2. Brandon, MS
  3. Columbus, MS
  4. Stirling, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Scotland

Four places I have been:

  1. NYC
  2. London, England
  3. Verona, Italy
  4. Alicante, Spain

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Scotland
  2. Scotland
  3. Okay…Chicago
  4. Somewhere I’ve never been

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Burgers (haven’t eaten ground beef in about eight years. For no other reason than it’s nasty)
  2. Oranges (acid reflux) / bananas (nasty texture)
  3. Cucumbers (had a bad experience once and now I don’t eat them. I know it’s silly, but whatever)
  4. Coconut (gross)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chicken (so many different ways)
  3. Mangoes
  4. Pretzels

Four TV shows that I watch:

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Doctor Who
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Community

Four things I am looking forward to this year (2015):

  1. Traveling (somewhere, anywhere)
  2. ALL THE BOOKS
  3. Concerts (I’ve got tickets to one so far, but there are several I want to go to)
  4. Growing my blog even more. 🙂

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Seriously?
  2. I’m going to make coffee.
  3. I’ll be reading if you need me.
  4. I just finished that book!

Four People I Tag:

  1. Annette @ Booknerderie
  2. Amy @ Read What I Like
  3. Jackie @ She Reads a Lot
  4. Molly @ Woven Magic
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My FOURTH Liebster Award

So it’s been a while since I did a Liebster Award. Hope it’s okay if I do another now because I was just nominated by Anna over at Millenial Creativity (Thanks, Anna!!). I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the questions and such, but then she had some AWESOME questions so I figured I might as well. It’ll be fun!

Basically, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 500 followers. You accept the award, answer the 11 questions the blogger provided, nominate 11 other bloggers, and give 11 new questions.

What I’m going to do is nominate ALL of the bloggers who follow me who have less than 500 followers. I love Anna’s questions a lot, so I just want you to answer those. Anyone who feels like doing a Liebster post can, because I love all of you and I don’t want to pick only 11. Plus, I’m really lazy. 😛

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1. I started blogging [number of] months/years ago because…
I started blogging 9 months ago (HOLY CRAP, it’s been NINE months??) because I needed an outlet. Because I love books and I love talking about books with other people who love books. Because I needed something to focus on that I could pour myself into. Because it’s fun. Because I wanted to be part of this wonderful community.

2. My favorite holiday tradition is:
Getting up hella early on Christmas day, even though everyone in my house is an adult and we don’t really need to, sitting down with a cup of coffee, and seeing the look on my family’s face when they open what I’ve chosen for them. I love being surprised by what they’ve chosen for me too. Having a lovely family moment. ❤

3. Favorite landscape: woods, beach, mountains, desert… others?
Woods-y mountains. I love the mountains. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the mountains, but I’ve always felt calm and comfortable there. Plus, I love snow.

4. When I was growing up, I wanted to be ______. This has / hasn’t changed, because…
When I was growing up, I want to be…I don’t know. I’ve just always wanted to do something with books – I wanted to be a teacher for a while, a librarian (hey! That’s what I am now!), a publisher (still want to do this)… I just wanted to work with books. This hasn’t and will never change, I don’t think.

5. Describe your dream home.
Something that has a secret library behind a bookcase; library would be spacious, bright, and have a big, comfy leather chair. Other than that, I have no preferences. Okay, one of those rain showers would be cool too.

6. Are you currently doing any series of blog posts or challenges? Which ones?
Not on my blog, but I’m doing the #decphotochallenge14 on Instagram. I’m really bad at challenge posts (I only did like 6 BookBlogWriMo posts) but I’m trying. It’s pictures of books. Why wouldn’t I want to post? Check out my pictures on Instagram. 🙂

7. Favorite TV series?
Currently running or not? No longer running: Lost. And Community. Currently running: Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries. Look, I’m in pretty much all the fandoms. I’m a fangirl. Whatever.

8. Dream vacation? Who would you take with you?
This is hard. I’m tempted to say Scotland because I want to go back there every single day. I wish I was there right now. However, I’ll choose somewhere I’ve never been before.

9. Favorite superhero? Or favorite superpower?
Batman – I like him because he has no superpowers. He’s human. He’s fallible. He has many weaknesses. He can be broken. I just enjoy reading his comics and watching his movies because of this. He’s defeatable, which totally isn’t a word, but should be.

However, if I had a superpower, I’d want it to be teleportation. I have so many friends around the world. It would be awesome to blink and be there with them. Or be back in Scotland whenever I wanted.

10. This cartoon character summarizes my childhood:
Wile E. CoyoteWile E. Coyote never gives up. Even after he’s fallen and was broken beyond repair and probably died. And you know, when he should probably give up. But he never does. He keeps going and trying. He knows what he wants and goes after it. He’s my favorite Looney Toon.

Wile E. Coyote. Suuuuuper genius. Lol.

11. One tip I would offer to all new bloggers is…
Well, this was actually one of the BookBlogWriMo posts I did. Check out what I had to say HERE.

So for real. If you’ve never been nominated for a Liebster Award or you just like these awesome questions, feel free to do a post! Link me up to it so I can learn more about you lovely people. 

Book Blog Name Tag

So I was over on alwaysopinionatedgirl’s blog and I saw this tag that she created called the Book Blog Name Tag. “Basically you have to think of a book character for each letter in the name of your blog and then post the final acronym.” I thought it looked like a ton of fun, so I thought I’d have a go. Let’s do this.

C – Charlie (Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
A – Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)
U – Uriah (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
G – George Weasley (Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)
H – Harry Potter (duh by JK Rowling)
T – Thor (from, you know, all the Thor things)

R – Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King)
E – Elliot (Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid)
A – Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
D – Dale (The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman)

H – Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain)
A – Adelina Amouteru (The Young Elites by Marie Lu)
N – Noah Czerny (the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)
D – d’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas)
E – Elizabeth Leefolt (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)
D – Darcy Patel (Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld)

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to participate, feel free! Just link back to alwaysopinionatedgirl, and send me the link so I can see what you come up with!

BookBlogWriMo – My Review Process

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Welcome to BookBlogWriMo day 13! The theme today is “Your Review Process.”

It’s funny that this is the theme today as I just got done writing a review (of Afterworlds – up tomorrow). I’m trying to think of what my process was while writing it, but I don’t know if I really have one.

Let’s see.

  1. I always, always, always take notes while I write. I have a notebook that I keep with me, and if a passage, sentence, few words stand out to me, I write down the page number and whatever stood out. If I have a feeling while reading or a reaction to something, I write that down too. If I can, I site a page number for that as well, so if I need to, I can go reread it to feel it again. General thoughts about the book or characters or writing go in the notebook too.
  2. When I finish the book, I immediately write down what I think in that notebook as well. I try to write out a general review outline, maybe even a few sentences that I’ll use in the review. As much as I like to do this, sometimes I don’t always have time.
  3. If I have time, I’ll write a review of the book that day, but that pretty much never happens. Since I don’t usually do it that day, I just try to write the review in the few days after I’ve finished the book. I find that if I wait too long after I’ve finished reading to write the reviews, my feelings and thoughts completely leave me. This is because I’m reading other books in between finishing that previous one and writing the review, and so my reactions to that previous book will be pushed aside for the new book. Does that make sense? I honestly don’t know how some people could write an in-depth review months later.
  4. Once I sit down to write my review, I’m pretty much good. My review kind of just flows out of me, and I think that the format for each review is different. What I talk about and where depends on the book, so I don’t stick to one specific format. Of course, I have my bottom line and rating, but what happens in between that and the pub info depends on the book. I just write my honest reaction to the book and whatever happens happens. 🙂

What is your review process? Any tips for writing you want to share?

#BookBlogWriMo: #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts

Today is BookBlogWriMo’s eleventh day. I’m sorry I’ve been a little absent on this front, but I was really busy and I didn’t like/want to write about a few of the themes. BUT I’m back.

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The theme today is “#Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts.” I was definitely interested to see which posts were my most popular. So here’s my list! (My home page, About Me, and Rating System were my top, but those don’t really count, do they?)

  1. Sneak Peek Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – it’s interesting that my sneak peek review is more popular than the whole book review, but I suppose it’s been around longer.
  2. Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Unique Books – this was a fun TTT. I am a huge fan of unique books, so I had fun compiling this list.
  3. Book Review: Dorothy Must Die – Also interesting that my post popular book review is for one I didn’t really like
  4. Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends – Book Boyfriends are pretty wonderful, aren’t they?
  5. Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Happy to see this review on the list. I mean, it is my first ever post.
  6. Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d recommend if you haven’t tried dystopian fiction – My favorite genre!
  7. The problem with books – This is one of my favorite posts I’ve written, so yay for it being one of my most popular!
  8. Life of a Blogger: Collections – This was a fun post. Do you guys like posts in which I talk about my every day life? Where you get to learn more things about me?
  9. Facebook’s “10 books that have meant something to you” challenge – Usually those Facebook challenges or tags irritate me, but this one was bookish, so I had to share! https://caughtreadhanded.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/facebook-10-books-that-have-meant-something-to-you-challenge/
  10. A love letter to books – This post speaks for itself. I love books and I loved writing this post.

Bookish Talk: Why I Like Audiobooks

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I recently started listening to audiobooks on my daily commute to and from work (which roughly equals an hour and twenty minutes in the car every day). I used to be really iffy on audiobooks. Why would I want someone to read to me? That didn’t sound like something I would like. At all. But my new to me car doesn’t have an auxiliary port in it, I absolutely hate the radio, and I was starting to outplay all of my physical CDs. I work in a library and a bunch of my patrons told me how much they love audiobooks, so I thought I might as well try. What could go wrong?

Well, I started with The Dead Fathers Club, which was absolutely amazing. I had a couple of crappy ones in between, which I DNF’ed (see Eat, Pray, Love), but then I listened to The Help (INCREDIBLE), The Labrador Pact, Wonder (enjoyable save for the end), and Shiver, and I realized I actually like other people to read to me. If they have a good voice, of course.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because I had a really awesome/crazy moment while listening to my current audiobook – Doll Bones – yesterday morning on my commute. I got in my car, turned on the radio, and didn’t resurface from under the spell Nick Podehl put on me until I was almost all the way to work. Do any of you listen to audiobooks? It’s such a weird feeling. I didn’t even realize I was driving (I mean, obviously I knew I was driving) or how long my commute was or anything. I was focused on the story.

The part that really tripped me up though was when I realized what was happening. There was a general scene in the book in which a person’s room is being described. I realized as I was driving down the road that a picture was being painted in front of me. I could both see the road and the character’s room.

It’s a completely different feeling compared to reading a book, in which you picture everything in your mind along with the words. You’re stationary. You have something concrete in front of you that you’re holding and reading, but with an audiobook, it’s different. I don’t know if I’m doing it justice, but it is such a cool thing that I would’ve missed out on had I not tried audiobooks.

Basically, the point of this post is to say that you should try audiobooks if you’ve ever been curious about them. 🙂

Do you read audiobooks? Do you get the same feeling as me? Recommend some good ones to me in the comments!

BookBlogWriMo: Where I Blog

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Today is day five of BookBlogWriMo. The topic is “Where You Blog.”

I’m really rather boring when it comes to this topic. I blog on my laptop while curled up in the corner of my couch. My laptop is my favorite place to blog, as I am not a fan of blogging on my phone (though I do answer comments from my phone if I’m at work or out and about).

Sometimes if I’m tired of being at home or can’t concentrate or any number of reasons, I’ll take my laptop, books, and notebook with book notes to a local café for a cup of coffee, a scone, and free wifi. Or to the local library, though I end up just looking at books instead of working.

But overall, my favorite spot is my couch with a cup of coffee, my laptop, and some show (TWD, Gotham, Arrow, Project Runway) on in the background. Bet you weren’t expecting Project Runway, were you? Haha.

So what about you? Where do you blog?

BookBlogWriMo: Why I Blog

Today’s topic for BookBlogWriMo is “Why You Blog.”

I’m tempted to say, “Because I love books,” and just leave it at that. But I won’t even though that’s pretty much what it boils down to.

I blog because I love to talk about books. I blog because I love to talk to people who love books about books. I blog because it makes me happy. I blog because it helps me to think critically about what I’m reading. I blog because I like to connect with people over things we’ve both loved. I blog because I get to talk to people civilly about why we don’t agree on a book. I blog because sometimes I’m not sure how I feel about a book but through writing a review, I figure out why. And because reading other people’s reviews about books confirms that even if it seems everyone else loved a book, I’m not the only one who didn’t. Or vice versa.

Blogging keeps me busy. It keeps me sane. It keeps me happy. Blogging is cathartic.

It allows me to talk passionately about something I love: books.

I blog because I love books.

Why do you blog?

I love books

BookBlogWriMo 2014 Intro and Sign Up Post

Despite the fact that I am technically a writer in that I write for my blog and for WatchPlayRead, I am not much of a creative writer. I occasionally write short stories, but most of these are kept to myself. As much as I would like to participate in NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I could develop my stories into 45,000 words, nor would I really want to.

So when I came across BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings, I was pretty excited. Of course, then life got a little crazy and I got a couple of days behind, but here’s my official sign up post. Basically, BookBlogWriMo is a version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers who may not have the ability or want or whatever to participate in a month-long drive to write 45,000 words.

Here’s the schedule for anyone else who might want to sign up. Click on the picture for the official sign up page!

BookBlogWriMo Schedule

BookBlogWriMo Posts: 

Week 1

  • 11/1 – History of Your Blog Tell us how you got started! When did you start your blog? Why? What have been some of your trials and tribulations? How many pigs did you have to sacrifice to get people to see your Facebook posts?
  • 11/2 – How You Read Paperback? Hardcover? Ereader? Smartphone? Bookmarks, note taking in the margins, or highlighting? Tell us some of your reading rituals!
  • 11/3 – Where You Read Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/4 – Why You Blog Again, self-explanatory.
  • 11/5 – Where You Blog Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books What were some of your favorite books way back when? This could be a read from before you could read, or what you spent summers by the pool with in high school.
  • 11/7 – #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design – This one’s fun! Oh, how blogs evolve! Go to WayBackMachine.com, enter your blog’s URL, and take a screenshot of what you used to look like!

Week 2

  • 11/8 – Your Blogging Toolkit – We could all blog smarter! Share some of the best tools in your blogging arsenal.
  • 11/9 – Your Blogging Workflow – Lifters can take their #gymflow and shove it. Share your blogging process and rituals using the hashtag #blogflow.
  • 11/10 – Memes You Meme – Do you #ThrowbackThursday or indulge in a little #ManCandyMonday? Share some of your favorite meme posts from your blog or social media pages.
  • 11/11 – #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts Head on over to Google Analytics or wherever your stats are located and find the 10 most popular posts on your blog. Link to them, talk about them, tell us why we should love them.
  • 11/12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.
  • 11/13 – Your Review Process Do you write your review the second you finish the book? Months later? Take notes as you read?
  • 11/14 – Your Ratings System A lot of blogs have ratings policies or systems. Some don’t, but they really do. What makes you decide how many stars to give?

Week 3

  • 11/15 – Favorite Book Blogging Things – Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.
  • 11/16 – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things – Yeah, sometimes blogging is a pain in the ass. Tell us why.
  • 11/17 – Favorite Book Tropes Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?
  • 11/18 – Favorite Subgenres – Self-explanatory.
  • 11/19 – #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books – Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.
  • 11/20 – #TBT – Best Books of 2014 – Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.
  • 11/21 – #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews – Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.

Bookish Thoughts: Hey, read this book

This is just a short little post with a picture. But this is pretty much what I feel my blog is like. HEY, READ THIS BOOK. Do it. Now. It’s awesome. Read it. Haha. I suppose that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I just wanted to share. I felt like some of you could relate.

Read it