Summer Blogger Promo Tour: 2015 Wrap Up Post

This post marks the end of the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour, and this makes me very sad. Like last year, I had a lot of fun getting to know everyone, though I wish there’d been a little more interaction in our Twitter DM! I featured guest posts from 8 wonderful bloggers over the course of July and August.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2015

In case you missed the posts, here they are!

Not only did I enjoy reading everyone’s posts for my blog, I LOVED doing the posts for blogs on which I was featured. My favorite has got to be the Book Guessing Game I did on Melissa’s blog. It was super challenging and a lot of fun to try to guess books based on a short description, quote, a few words, or a sample of their cover. I also enjoyed making a list of some of the bookish tattoos I’d like to get in the future on Sydney’s blog. I wrote about an object from books I’d recreate if I had unlimited resources for Mariah’s blog and my favorite TV and movie guys for Talina (featuring some gorgeous pictures of men like Dylan O’Brien and Donald Glover).

I had a few issues with the tour – mostly that I sometimes didn’t know who was hosting me or they wouldn’t tag me on Twitter, so I didn’t know my post was up, but I also had a few of the bloggers not email me until super late or want me to come up with ideas for the post they did on my blog AND what I would do for their blog, which I didn’t think was fair.

However, overall, I liked the tour and finding some new bloggers to follow! The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a great way to get your name out but also to spread the love for some fellow book bloggers. Make sure you follow our lovely hosts The Book Bratz (on their blog or Twitter) and keep your eye for sign-ups for next year!

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Sydney from Sydsaurus Rex

Welcome to another Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book BratzI’m excited to be hosting Sydney from Sydsaurus Rex for the Book Blog Name Tag! See which characters she picked for each letter and then go check out her blog! Sydney is relatively new to blogging, so I’ve adapted the Book Blogger Get to Know Me Tag so we can learn more about Sydney!

Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2015

Tell us 5 random facts about you.

– I have a 10 month old son who will be known as Babysaurus
– I am dying my hair for the first time this week and I am so excited about it
– I live on Long Island right now but the dream is to move out to Brooklyn within two years
– I am actually not the biggest fan of contemporary novels
– My boyfriend and I are low-key Broadway musical lovers (well not so low-key anymore ;P)

What’s your favorite color?

I actually don’t have a favorite color, but I do wear a lot of blue so I guess that.

Describe a favorite memory.

My favorite memory is watching my son and my parents dog following each other around in circles in my parents backyard. It was so cute and they are basically frienemies

Five favorite songs

– Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
– La Vie Boheme from Rent
– Holiday by Green Day
– The Jester by Sum 41
– The Last Night by Skillet

Five favorite books

Oh gosh this is gonna be so difficult. Once again in no particular order

– Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
– The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
– The Accident Season by Moїra Fowley-Doyle
– Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
– Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Five favorite movies

– The Princess Bride
– The Harry Potter series
– Jurassic Park
– Frozen (cliché I know)
– The Hunger Games trilogy

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Macaroni and Cheese all day everyday

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

In all honesty I’d just stay here in New York. I have access to the biggest concerts, festivals, sporting events etc. Plus everything is a short drive or train ride away. I absolutely love New York and even if I move somewhere else for a short period of time I know for a fact I will always come back home.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

I would buy a house here on Long Island with a big backyard and a nice kitchen and bathroom (Jesus Christ I sounded so mom like right there)

What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

Books, Booze, and a radio

Why did you start blogging?

I really wanted to connect with people who have the same love for books as I did. I don’t have many friends who read but now that I have started blogging I have so many people I can just talk to and fangirl with and I have never been happier.

Favorite blogging moment so far?

When I posted my review for Illuminae and Jay Kristoff tweeted me saying that he loved my review and he’s happy I enjoyed the book.

Let’s just say I almost died from a heart attack

Whelp looks like that’s it! If you guys feel like invading my privacy and asking more questions you can go ahead and tweet me @sydsaurus or comment on my posts on www.sydsaurus.wordpress.com!

Hope to see you there!! Till next time all you reading dinos xo!

The Bloggers’ Book Club

Hey guys! Remember how I posted a few weeks ago about the possibility of an online book club for any and all bloggers?

The Bloggers' Book ClubWell, it’s HERE! April at Bookishly Speaking and I have created the Bloggers’ Book Club, and after a poll between the members who’ve already signed up, our first read will be The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons! I would absolutely love if you joined us. Head over to the Goodreads group and sign up! We’ll be starting our discussion of the first book on March 1 – but don’t worry if you can’t get the book in time! No spoilers will be placed in the discussion without a spoiler tag so you can join in whenever you’re ready. We’ll also be having two live chats in a chatroom during the month where we can get more in depth with our discussions.

Don’t want to read The Glass Arrow? That’s okay! You can skip this month and join us in April. Feel free to put forth a title in the thread for April suggestions or email us at thebloggersbookclub [at] gmail [com]!

I hope to see you in the Goodreads group!

A little more information for you:
– You’ll be able to come and go as you please – don’t have time to read the book this go around? No problem! We’ll let you know what the next book is and hope you can join us then!
– ANY blogger can participate – not a book blogger? Doesn’t matter as long as you love to read!
– All genres will be read – we don’t want to exclude anyone by focusing on only YA contemporary or only fantasy books. We’ll be taking turns with all of the genres so that everyone will get a chance to put forward their favorites.

Seize the Tuesday: MS Book Bloggers are REAL!

Seize the Tuesday - Let's Get Lost

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

Today was a pretty great day – other than the ice on the roads this morning, that is. Why was it so great? I met another Mississippi book blogger today! We met up at our local library and then headed to Cups, a local coffee shop, for coffee and a chat. We ended up staying for TWO hours!

Her name is Lauren and she blogs over at Between the Pages. She is seriously cool, you guys. We connected in a lot of different ways and had many things in common. It was so much fun getting to know Lauren, and I’m looking forward to even more fun in the future. We’re hoping to plan a MS book blogger meet up soon! (So if you live in MS and just haven’t told me, LET ME KNOW!)

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I don’t want to go on and on about it and make it weird (even though she totally told me I’m weird – haha!), but I’m so excited to be finding several other MS book bloggers, especially one that lives so close to me! It’s so great to be able to meet someone who understands when you get excited about books and who appreciates that in you. I’m looking forward to hanging out with Lauren again and to meeting even more book bloggers in person!

And of course, we wouldn’t have even met if it wasn’t for the super awesome Kelly at Live, Love, Read who introduced us through a tweet!

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Are you interested in a blogger book club?

Hi lovelies!

April (from Bookishly Speaking) and I have been talking recently about possibly starting up a blogger book club. We’re still planning everything out but that’s where you come in! We want to know what you think about the idea of a blogger book club and what you’re looking for in something like that.

SO, we’ve made up a super short little Google form for you to fill out if you are so inclined. Basically, it just asks for your thoughts, how often you’d like to read a book, how we should choose a book, etc. It’s only about ten questions and it would really help us if you’d fill it out. We want to make sure our book club is just right for everyone!

Also, a little more information for you:
– You’ll be able to come and go as you please – don’t have time to read the book this go around? No problem! We’ll let you know what the next book is and hope you can join us then!
– ANY blogger can participate – not a book blogger? Doesn’t matter as long as you love to read!
– All genres will be read – we don’t want to exclude anyone by focusing on only YA contemporary or only fantasy books. We’ll be taking turns with all of the genres so that everyone will get a chance to put forward their favorites!

If this sounds like something you might like to try, PLEASE fill out the form here and let us know your thoughts!

BookBlogWriMo – My Rating System

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Welcome to BookBlogWriMo day 14! The theme today is “Your Rating System.”

If you haven’t seen it before, you can find my rating system HERE. However, in case you don’t want to click that link (how rude!), I’ll also put it here for you.

10 – Perfection. One of the best books I’ve ever read
This book is very well-written. It has well-rounded characters, and I know I will re-read it in the future. It has no perceptible flaws.

9 – Practically perfect
This book has fantastic characters/plot/writing style. Pretty close to perfect.

8 – Freaking fantastic
Memorable. I really enjoyed reading it. The execution of the plot/characters was solid.

7 – Pretty good
Has flaws that are perceptible, but the story works. Entertaining and well-paced.

6 – Good, but not great
Above average, but not by much. Nothing spectacular or particularly special. The book works overall, but probably would have preferred to read something else.

5 – Take it or leave it
Not bad but not memorable. Completely average. The book suffers from stereotypes in plot or characters.

4 – Eh. This is bad
A book that is all around sub-par, though somehow has a few qualities that stopped me from hating it.

3 – Horrible; why am I reading this?
A book that I had to push through to keep reading it, and I mostly did so to say I finished it. Suffers from major problems in style/plot/characters.

2 – I’ve wasted part of my life reading this
Completely horrible and a waste of time. This means it probably had bad writing, flat characters, or huge plot holes. Just barely above being complete crap.

1 – One of the worst books I’ve ever read
I want my money and time back from buying and reading this. No good qualities whatsoever.

0 – I’m not finishing this
This speaks for itself. So bad I didn’t read the whole thing.

I think my rating system pretty much speaks for itself. A lot of the books I read fit easily into one of these categories, but you might’ve noticed that I also give half stars quite often because sometimes a book will just not quite be an 8 (freaking fantastic) but not as low as a 7 (pretty good), so I’ll give a score that lies in between like my feelings for the book did.

I base ratings on plot, writing, characters, and my own overall reaction to the book. It’s funny how sometimes I’ll finish a book and think I know how I’m going to rate a book, but when I sit down and start writing the review, my feelings for a book will change. Once I start processing my thoughts about the book, my rating can completely change. Though I will say that they won’t really drastically change; like they won’t go from a 4 to an 8 or a 9 to a 5.

What about you? How do you rate books?

BookBlogWriMo – Advice to Newbie Bloggers

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Today’s BookBlogWriMo theme is “Advice for Newbie Bloggers”. I’m not going to lie, inside I still feel like a bit of a newbie blogger even though I’ve been blogging for about 8 months now. But I’ll give you what I’ve found to be helpful.

  1. Get involved in memes – Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc. Not only do they help with idea posts (which can be hard to come up with once you realize you need to post a lot), but they are also really fun and help you get involved in the book blogging community, which is full of awesome and supportive people.
  2. Post consistently – I try to post something every day or at least 5 times a week. Some people can’t do that, but I have found that posting consistently keeps people coming back to your blog and following it. Take advantage of the scheduling feature in WordPress. Have a day when you have several hours free? Write several posts and schedule them for the week to come. It’ll help keep the stress level down.
  3. Don’t stress – I have an issue with getting overly stressed for hardly any reason. It’s something that I deal with, but you’re I’m blogging because I love talking about books and meeting other likeminded people. I’m blogging for fun and because it makes me happy. So if you can’t post that day or you take a few days to write a review, so? Don’t stress.
  4. Be passionate and honest – This is something that I’ve just found with my reviews. People have told me they like my reviews for my passion and honesty. Those are both things that I try to be in my everyday life, so of course it’s going to come across in my writing. When I love a book, you’re going to know it. I’m not going to sugarcoat how I feel either. People respond to this and will come to trust your reviews if you are honest.

Well, this is the core of my advice to other bloggers. Do you guys have anything you’d add to this list?

BookBlogWriMo: Where I Read

Today’s topic for BookBlogWriMo is “Where You Read.”

I prefer to read curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee, but like I said in my How I Read post, I can pretty much read wherever I am. Standing up at the kitchen counter. Lying in bed. Sitting on the porch. I don’t really like reading in bed because it makes me too sleepy and I only really get a few pages in, but as of late, I’ve been using up that time as well, as it helps clear my mind and settle me.

If I’m really into a book, I could read in the middle of a crowded party or at a huge football game or alone in my living room. However, I find it difficult to concentrate on a book in public if I’m still trying to get into it.

Preferred places to read are my couch or on the porch early in the morning during a cool fall morning with a cup of coffee in my hand. I live on ten acres of land, so it’s nice and quiet and calm.

I’ll say that if I had all the money in the world, this is how I’d read (except I’d be next to a fireplace with a cup of coffee and a puppy in my lap):

90ad6cdc66f37ed217049f7a91acdb09Where do you like to read? Can you read anywhere like me? Link me up to your BookBlogWriMo post if you’re participating.

BookBlogWriMo: History of My Blog + How I Read

As you might’ve seen in my sign up post for BookBlogWriMo, I’m a day late with starting it. I figured instead of posting three different BookBlogWriMo posts in on day, I’d do my sign up and then combine the posts for 11/1 and 11/2 into one.

History of Caught Read Handed

My blog is less than a year old so it has a pretty short history. I’d been considering starting a book blog for a long time as I absolutely love talking to people about books and recommending the ones that I loved to people. In March of this year, I was home after living in Scotland for a year getting my Master’s, looking for a job, and in need of something to do that would both make me happy and keep me occupied. Caught Read Handed was born. That’s pretty much my whole history. I began with reviews and have expanded into memes like Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. I do Bookish Talk when something inspires me to write and Quote Quoted when I just have to share a quote that I loved. I love my blog and talking to people who are just as passionate about books as I am.

How I Read

Let’s start with when: whenever I can, be it at the dentist, in the morning while I make breakfast, at work, in the car (audiobooks, of course), in bed. If I have a couple of minutes, chances are I’ve got my book out.

I will read books in pretty much any format, though if I had my choice, I’d always read floppy paperbacks. They’re my favorite. 🙂 But I read hardbacks, big paperbacks, mass market ones, audiobooks, e-books (though I mostly only read e-books for e-ARCs as I prefer physical books), and anything in between.

I take notes in a separate notebook, both for my reviews and to highlight sentences or passages that I really enjoy. I don’t like to write in my books. The only book I own that I have written in is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Every time I read that book (around ten times), I underline something else. Each time I read that book, some other quote or sentence means something to me, so I want to highlight it. I’ve got notes in the margins, sentences underlined or circled. That’s the only book I have like that though. I don’t dog-ear pages. I just read.

Are you participating in BookBlogWriMo? Link me up to your post! How do you like to read?

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.