SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [8]

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

July 14 – 20, 2014

This week I went to see The Neighbourhood with my friend Jugee Georgie in Nashville. I had a super crazy week at work because of it, but I had an amazing time. It was my fourth time seeing them play live, and my third time meeting Jesse, the lead singer. He remembered me and was super wonderful. I had a blast, and it was totally worth the 2.5 hours of sleep I got and the 12 hours of driving in 24 hours.

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My interview with Lori Rader-Day, who wrote The Black Hour (which I LOVED), went up on WatchPlayRead! I loved the opportunity to learn more about her and her writing.

Coming up on the blog this week: Two children’s book reviews (Ox-Cart Man and The Dreamer); four comic book reviews (Saga [volume 2] and The Walking Dead, volumes 1-3); one book review (One Past Midnight) – possibly two; Top Ten Tuesday; Waiting on Wednesday – woah. A LOT coming up on the blog this week. 🙂

Books read: This week I read Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman; Saga [volume 2] by Brian K. Vaughan; Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest by Matt Haig; and several children’s books. I also started listening to an audiobook for the first time; I chose The Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig and I am seriously loving it so far – the narrator is just perfect.

TBR: I had my first ever comic book haul this week! I’ve added all of those to my TBR obviously. I also checked out Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and the audiobook of A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon from the library. I’m definitely looking forward to both of those.

I have a long (45 minutes or so) commute to each of my jobs so I’ve really enjoyed listening to an audiobook on the way. It makes the drive seem a lot shorter and I get to read/listen to even more books now! I never thought I’d enjoy audiobooks, but I definitely do.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

I just found out that Tom Felton is in this new show on TNT called Murder in the First; I’m not sure how I missed this, but all of the first six episodes are on Comcast’s On Demand, so I know what I’ll be catching up on this week.

Teen Wolf. Always.

What happened to you guys this week? Did you read any good books? Tell me about your week in the comments!

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [7]

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I thought it’d be a really fun way to keep you guys up to date on what I’ve been reading, reviewing, and wanting to read but also to tell you a little bit more about myself outside of my book love. I think I’ll tailor the post each week to what I’ve done but I will always try to include a book haul and a new book or two that I’ve added to my want-to-read list. 🙂

July 7 – 13, 2014

This week was my birthday! 🙂 I turned 24 on Monday, and I got an awesome birthday book haul from my parents. I also got my car (picture below)!!

Coming up on the blog this week: My first comic book review of Saga; children’s book reviews of The Story of Ferdinand and one or two more TBD; Top Ten Tuesday; Waiting on Wednesday: hopefully a The Walking Dead review or two. 🙂

Books read: I started getting into children’s books, graphic novels, and comics this week. I’ve read several, but I’ve reviewed Sophie’s Squash, Long Night Moon, and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish so far. I’ve got a review of Saga coming up on the blog tomorrow, so make sure you check that out. I read the first three volumes of The Walking Dead comics this week and I’ll be writing reviews of those soon. My review of Lori Rader-Days The Black Hour was posted on WatchPlayRead so make sure you go check that out! I got the opportunity to interview her (WOO!) and that should be up on the site soon! I also read Everything Leads to You for my Summer Blogger Promo Tour post with The YA’s Nightstand, which will be on her blog in August. I’ll let you guys know when that’s up.

TBR: Everything from my birthday book haul.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

Tomorrow I’m going to Nashville with my friend Georgie to see The Neighbourhood for the fourth time, and I AM SO EXCITED! I’ve been looking forward to this since, like, April when we bought tickets. I can’t even handle my excitement.

I GOT MY CAR!! Look at him. He’s awesome. His name is Freedom. 🙂

Car

My awesome book blogger friend Annette (aka Booknerderie) made me these. Aren’t they super cool? She’s very talented!

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[Quote from The Living by Annie Dillard; quote by Stephen King; lyric from Hands Like Houses’ song “Oceandust”; quote from All Time Low’s song “Dear Maria, Count Me In”]

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [6]

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I thought it’d be a really fun way to keep you guys up to date on what I’ve been reading, reviewing, and wanting to read but also to tell you a little bit more about myself outside of my book love. I think I’ll tailor the post each week to what I’ve done but I will always try to include a book haul and a new book or two that I’ve added to my want-to-read list. 🙂

June 30 – July 6, 2014

This was a great week for me! I started my temporary job at the University Press of Mississippi as a marketing aide as well as my permanent job at Morton Public Library as a circulation clerk. But I also got ANOTHER JOB! I believe I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago that I had started an internship for Month9Books. Well, this week I was offered a part-time position!! I am basically a publisher’s assistant, and I will do some event assistance as well. I’m so excited.

Also, my “big” came to visit me for the 4th of July weekend. We mostly just hung out and caught up, but on Friday my family had a little party: a BBQ and a bunch of fireworks. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad my big was able to come hang out for a few days.

Big and me

I also bought a car! Yep, finally! I haven’t had my own car since I moved back from Scotland at the end of last year. The guy I’m buying it from is putting new tires on it, so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow. I’ll post pics in next week’s Sunday Funday! It is a Chevy Impala. Used, obviously, but it’s got great mileage and it looks awesome! I’m pumped, hence all the exclamation points!

Today marked the beginning of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour; my first post for the Tour was a feature on Jen at Ink on the Shelf. I was featured over on The YA Club. Make sure you check out both of these blogs. They are wonderful!

Coming up on the blog this week, I’ll be doing some reviews of children’s books – you can read more about that below. I’ll also be posting a review (or two) of a graphic novel – again, more below. There will, of course, be a Top Ten Tuesday and a Waiting on Wednesday.

Books read: This week I read and reviewed Say What You Will. I also read The Black Hour, which will be reviewed on WatchPlayRead. It should be up tomorrow, so make sure you go check it out!

Also, as I said earlier, I started a job as a Circulation Clerk at a local library. I’ve only been there two days and I absolutely LOVE my job; I’ve got a lot of exciting opportunities/programs in the works with my branch manager. I only work with two people: the branch manager who loves comic books and graphic novels and the children’s librarian who loves children’s books. I am all about expanding my horizons so they will be recommending books for me and I will be doing the same for them (mostly YA). It’s a great atmosphere at this library; no one judges you for what you like to read. I hope to review 2-3 children’s books and 1-2 graphic novels a week. My first review (of Sophie’s Squash) will be up on the blog tomorrow morning! I’ll also be reviewing The Day I Swapped by Dad for Two Goldfish and Long Night Moon this week.

I know that these reviews are very different from what I usually post, but I hope you guys will enjoy them just as much. I’m having a lot of fun reading them!

TBR: This week I’ll be reading these two graphic novels: Saga and The Sea of Monsters (the graphic novelization of The Sea of Monsters – Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2). I’m also going to read The Strain this week, as well as Everything Leads to You – hopefully.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

MY BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW! You know, I act like I’m all excited, but I’m not really. I’m only excited because I’m picking up my car tomorrow and it means I’ll be seeing my friend Georgie in a week (as well as The Neighbourhood for the 4th time!). I’ll be 24 if you wanted to know. 🙂

My awesome friend Jo (aka Drifting Pages) sent me a sweet package of Jammie Dodgers and Jaffa Cakes and this super awesome card that I just LOVE. I think I’m going to get a frame for it.

Adventure is waiting card

Teen Wolf. Duh. I really don’t even need to say it anymore, do I? If you’re interested, I recapped and reviewed last week’s episode “117” HERE.

What did you lovely people get up to this week? Did you read any good books or have anything exciting happen?

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [5]

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [5]

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I thought it’d be a really fun way to keep you guys up to date on what I’ve been reading, reviewing, and wanting to read but also to tell you a little bit more about myself outside of my book love. I think I’ll tailor the post each week to what I’ve done but I will always try to include a book haul and a new book or two that I’ve added to my want-to-read list. 🙂

June 23 – 29, 2014

So I had a couple of exciting things happen this week. First, I got a part-time job as a Marketing Aide for the University Press of Mississippi. It’s only for the month of July, but I’m really excited to be back at the Press (I interned there in Editorial in 2011) and to be working in marketing. I ALSO got a part-time job as a Circulation Clerk at Morton Public Library! So I went from having NO jobs to having two. 🙂 I’m pumped to be able to surround myself with books at both of these jobs, and hopefully it means the beginning of more exciting opportunities for me!

Next Sunday will mark the beginning of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz. I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know all these awesome bloggers!

Coming up on the blog this week, I’ll be reviewing Say What You Will. I’ll also be (hopefully) doing another The Problem with post along the same lines as my The Problem with Books post. 🙂 As always, there’ll be a Top Ten Tuesday, and I’ll be doing my second Waiting on Wednesday.

Books read: I FINALLY finished Brian Lumley’s Necroscope, which I reviewed HERE on WatchPlayRead. This book took me way too long to finish, but I’m glad I read it, if only because I know my dad was glad I did.

I also read and reviewed Rich Kids of Instagram on the blog..

Yesterday, I started Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will. I’m over a 100 pages in and I’m really enjoying it so far.

TBR: I’ve got a lot to read in the next couple of weeks. Next up is The Black Hour for WatchPlayRead. Then The Strain for my blog and WPR (I’m reading it before the show premieres on July 13th!). After that, I plan on reading Everything Leads to You; I’m doing a read-along with Mily at The YA’s Nightstand for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour (I’ll be tweeting my reaction as I go, so follow me on Twitter to see what I think!). The next four on my TBR are in no particular order: The Dream Thieves, Out of the Easy, One Past Midnight, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

I added A Thousand Pieces of You to my Goodreads TBR. In addition, I was introduced to a new author on FB by a friend, so I’m excited to check out his book, Loafing by La Brea soon.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

TEEN WOLF premiered this week!! In case you are interested, I linked up to my recaps of the first three seasons HERE. Today is Soonday (the day before Moonday aka every Monday that there’s a new Teen Wolf episode). If you’re a fan of the show, follow me on Twitter so we can fangirl/boy together! I had a lot of fun reacting with fellow lovers of the show while the episode aired.

Okay, so it’s bookish in that it’s a book-to-movie adaptation, but I’m still pretty pumped about the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer, which I am pumped about.

My big, Lacy, (big sister in the social club I was in at my undergraduate – kind of but not really like a sorority) is coming to visit me this week for the 4th of July and my birthday (the 7th in case you were interested!). I’m really excited to spend a few days with her!

Yesterday, I got this awesome new bag at Belk! I’m not usually too girly in that I don’t really get all that excited about clothes or shoes or anything (I’m more of a jeans, band t-shirts, and either Converse or Vans kind of girl), but this bag is so dang cute. PLUS it perfectly fits a book in it along with my other stuff. AND it was on sale. Can’t beat that.

My new bagMy new bag

Things you might want to check out:

This hilarious video of Stephen Colbert being pissed off at Amazon

My post about literary Edinburgh on Hardcovers and Heroines

What did you read this week? Tell me about the things you’re excited about in the comments!

Life of a Blogger: Favorite sports teams

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

Today’s topic is favorite sports teams.

This isn’t a hard topic for me at all. My dad was born in Chicago and he raised both my brother and me as all-around Chicago fans.

My teams are:

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The Chicago Bulls; The Chicago Cubs; The Chicago Bears; The Chicago Blackhawks

I’m a Chicago fan, plain and simple. I have been to about 7 Cubs games (two in Chicago and Atlanta, and one in Pittsburgh, Houston, and Arlington). I was at the 1991 Chicago Bulls Championship game (okay, I was 1 and slept through half of it, but I was there and so was Michael Jordan).

I will say that I much prefer basketball and baseball to football and hockey. I will watch all four of these, but I have more fun with basketball and baseball. I’m a huge Bulls fan. That’s my favorite of the four. I have a couple of Bulls shirts (a D Rose one being my favorite). It physically pained me when D Rose got hurt AGAIN this season. I need him to get back on it and to get better knees, okay? I love me some Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, too.

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I’m not a college sports fans at all. I’ve never gotten into any of them, so I’m just a pro-sports kind of girl.

Are you into any sports teams? Who do you support? If you’re a Miami Heat fan or an Atlanta Braves fan, get off my blog! Haha. Just kidding… sort of. 

Liebster Blog Award: Take 2

Recently, I was nominated for a SECOND Liebster Award by the wonderful Rachel over at Confessions of a Book Geek. Thank you so much, Rachel! If you would like to read the answers from my first post as well as find out the rules for the award, you can check it out here. I’ve cut a few of the questions from Rachel’s post as I answered some of them the first time or in other posts.

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

I’m going to be pretty specific: I prefer floppy paperbacks. You know the ones that when you open them to the middle, they just flop open and stay that way? Yeah, they’re the best.

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

Goodness, this is hard. I’ve probably recommended this book at least a hundred times on this blog, so I’m just going to go with that one (though really it would depend on what type of books the person likes, etc.): The Humans by Matt Haig (you’re not surprised, are you? Ha). I pretty much try to mention this book at least once a week. Haha.

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

Well, first, I’m going to link to my TTT post from that week. Now for this question: As I’m so freaking excited for the premiere of Teen Wolf on Monday, I’d recommend Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater if you like Teen Wolf. 🙂

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

I’m the type of person that if I relate to something or enjoyed reading something, I want to tell you. So I enjoy commenting on people’s blog posts if I like the post. Sometimes I’ll just like the post if I’m kind of in a rush or don’t know what exactly to say but still like the post.

5. What is your most anticipated read of 2014?

I’m going to give you two. First, Ian Rankin wrote a stage play called Dark Road that I saw in Scotland right before I moved home. It is being published in book form next month, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Second, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (duh). This shows you how wide ranging my book tastes are.

Dark Road

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

Dorothy Must Die.

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

Ian Rankin. Hands down. I’ve read every single book he’s ever published, and I would read his grocery lists.

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

Booknerderie, Girl in the Pages, and Drifting Pages (though she hasn’t posted many reviews; I know her irl and we discuss books on Skype all the time). There are several more, but these are the ones that came to mind right away.

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

The community, hands down. I love being able to discuss books and reading with so many people. I’ve also made a couple of really cool friends, like the seriously awesome Annette at Booknerderie. We talk pretty much every day, including watching and discussing So You Think You Can Dance at the same time. That’s what I was hoping for when I started my blog: finding new books and new people to love.

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

Hmmm. Either my Love Letter to Books or The Problem with Books. I like discussion posts. I need to do more.

11. What’s your favorite word and why?

Pandemonium. It’s just a great word.

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

A lot of time. I don’t know. I’ll just guess around 30 minutes to an hour a day.

13. When is your favorite time to blog?

The morning.

14. Why do you think people blog?

I don’t know why other people do, but I can tell you why I blog: Books and reading are my main passion in life. One of my favorite things is telling people about the books I’ve read and loved. I also LOVE when my friends come to me for book recommendations because they trust my judgment. What better way to do that as often as possible than on a blog? I get to tell people about the books I love and find new books to love through other people.

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

It depends. If it’s a TTT or meme like that, it usually takes between 15-30 minutes. A review usually takes a little longer, mostly because I write it, leave it alone for a while, then come back and reread it to make sure it makes sense and isn’t just me rambling (it’s usually just me rambling anyway).

16. What do you think makes a good blog?

Passion. If I can tell how much you loved something (or didn’t), it’s going to make me want to check it out. If I can feel your passion through your words, chances are I like your blog.

I also enjoy having discussions in the comments, so bloggers that take the time to respond to my comment and have conversations about the books/posts instead of just posting it are my favorites. I try to respond to every comment. 🙂

17. How do you find new blogs to follow?

I find a lot of new blogs to follow through Top Ten Tuesday. Also, if a blog I already follow and like links to another blog, I usually click through to check them out and follow if I like what they post.

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

If a blog I follow consistently posts reviews for books that I am just not interested in, I might unfollow; I might not though if I like their reviews or the way they write because I might end up trying a book I wouldn’t have originally. I would definitely unfollow if a blogger was rude to their followers for some reason or if they posted something that was offensive to me.

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

It’s not difficult for me to blog at any specific time or anything, but it is difficult for me to blog when I didn’t like a book. I have difficulty giving a book a low rating even if I didn’t like it. I know that’s stupid, but I am generally a pretty nice person (at least I try to be), and it feels like I’m insulting an author, especially since they put their heart and soul into writing that book. I’m getting better at this. I will never actually give a book a higher rating if my opinion doesn’t match it; I just feel bad doing it. Haha.

 

Blogs I’m tagging! Feel free to answer what questions you want. I know there’s a lot.

Booknerderie

The End of the Chapter

A Bibliophile’s Style

Howling at the Muse

Life of a Blogger: School

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

This week’s theme is school.

(There’s lots of links because I want everyone to know about these things. Haha)

I won’t go into discussing my high school, other than to tell you I graduated with only 68 other people and I was third in my class.

For college, I attended Mississippi University for Women (hence the “W Blogger” badge on the side of my blog). I was a member of the residential honors college and received a full scholarship to the school! MUW is located in Columbus, MS, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I love that school. At “the W”, I was a member of the Revelers, one of several social clubs unique to the W’s campus. The Revelers are my family, forever, and I’ve met some of my best friends through my club.

We like to have fun. :)

Revelers like to have fun. 🙂

Love my Revelers

Love my Revelers

While at the W, I majored in English and minored in Spanish. As part of the residential honors program, I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland for a month after my sophomore year. Because of my job in the honors college, I was able to do it again after my junior year as a mentor. This is when I met and interviewed Ian Rankin for my honors thesis (which was published).

Me with the lovely Ian Rankin

I graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the MUW Spirit Award (I seriously love that school!). I could go on and on about all the things I did while at the W and how much I love that school, but I’ll leave it at that.

I will say that it was because of the W that I studied abroad in Scotland, obviously, and it was because of my time studying abroad that I chose to attend the University of Stirling in Scotland to pursue my Master’s degree in Publishing Studies. I freaking loved this program (MLitt in Publishing Studies). Through this program, I found out about Bloody Scotland; its inaugural year was 2012, which is when I moved over to Scotland. I volunteered that first year and then went back in 2013 as the Volunteer Coordinator.

My 2012 Bloody Scotland program, signed by 24 amazing authors

My 2012 Bloody Scotland program, signed by 24 amazing authors

I also interned at Freight Books and Pitch Publishing after meeting the owners through my program; each Thursday we had a publishing professional come talk to us about different aspects of the publishing industry (how cool is that?!). My dissertation was on the UNESCO Cities of Literature, and I was able to intern at the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature (the world’s first City of Literature!). AND I interned at Canongate Books in the publicity department last summer, which is probably my favorite internship so far. In addition to my internships, I took classes on marketing, design, and editorial practice. I created content for, designed, and wrote a marketing plan for my publishing project, a 16 pages sample of a magazine I created. That was super fun!

This is the cover of my magazine, titled 808 Magazine

This is the cover of my magazine, titled 808 Magazine

I gained so much experience and had so many amazing opportunities during my program, and I got to live in Scotland for a year! I definitely don’t regret choosing this school.

What about you? Where did/do you go for school? Tell me in the comments!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blog Award

 

I was nominated last week for the Very Inspiring Blogger award by Amanda’s Nose in a Book! Thanks so much, Amanda! It means a lot for you to have nominated me. 🙂

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

As I’ve done posts kind of like this before, I’m just going to go with the generic, get-to-know-me questions that I haven’t actually posted on here before.

1. My favorite movies are: Donnie Darko, Julia’s Eye (Los Ojos de Julia), Stick It, The Breakfast Club, Iron Man, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pan’s Labyrinth. Okay, I’ll stop. I could go on and on.

2. My favorite TV shows: Of all time, Lost. Still running: Doctor Who, Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, and About a Boy.

3. Favorite bands/musicians (note: this is always changing): The Neighbourhood, Twenty One Pilots, Hands like Houses, AWOLNATION, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, and Eric Hutchinson.

4. My favorite color is green.

5. If I could only spend the rest of my life in ONE place, it would be Edinburgh, Scotland. Hands down.

6. My hobbies, other than reading, are going to the movies, going to concerts, painting, sewing, and being a nerd. 🙂

7. I have twelve tattoos. Yes, twelve. Other than my friends, most people don’t know this because they can all be covered with a shirt and jeans. No neck or face tattoos here. EVER.

I’m nominating these blogs:

Booknerderie

Littleonionwrites

Girl in the Pages

A Bibliophile’s Style

Hardcovers and Heroines

Alex in Bookland

Confessions of a Book Geek

Drifting Pages

Random Redheaded Ramblings

The End of the Chapter

Is ten enough? I hope so. Thanks again, Amanda, for nominating me!

 

Are any of my favorites your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [3]

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I thought it’d be a really fun way to keep you guys up to date on what I’ve been reading, reviewing, and wanting to read but also to tell you a little bit more about myself outside of my book love. I think I’ll tailor the post each week to what I’ve done but I will always try to include a book haul and a new book or two that I’ve added to my want-to-read list. 🙂

June 9 – 15, 2014

This week I reached 100 followers on my blog!! I’m really excited about this because I’ve been blogging for less than three months! I also went over 3,000 overall views, which I’d say is pretty awesome.

Also, I won an ARC of Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern from Cassie over at Happy Book Lovers. YAY!

Books read: I’m sad to say I only read two books this week: The Revealed by Jessica Hickam (linked back to my review) and Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (review coming tomorrow).

I also read and reviewed the five chapter sneak peek of Isla and the Happily Ever After. I CAN’T WAIT for that to come out!

TBR: BIG TBR this week!

I checked out four books from the library this week: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (based on this review by Booknerderi), The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (right before I won the ARC), and The Strain by Guillermo del Toro (I am SO excited about this one).

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, and The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

I also bought these four books at Books-a-Million for $25! I originally checked out Second Chance Summer from the library, but when I went to return two others and renew SCS, I was told I had to return it because someone else had requested it! RUDE. Haha. So I bought it instead. In addition to SCS, I got The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (for $3!!), The Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (for $5.97 each!). Sales are THE. BEST.

Books-a-Million haul, June

I’m reading Brian Lumley’s Necroscope next. It is the first in a 13 book series, and I’ll be reading one book a month until I finish. My dad has been telling me to read it for a LONG time. He read The Humans based on my recommendation, so I decided to read something he recommended, though I know 13 books is a little different than 1. Anyway, I’m excited. I’ve been reading a lot of YA and contemporary recently. I needed something different. Also, yay for vampires!

Non-bookish things:

I went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 today! WOW! It was amazing. I actually liked it even more than the first one, and I loved the first one. I would definitely recommend going to see it! Be prepared for awesomeness. Also some unexpected feels.

Today was also Father’s Day! I got kind of emotional this afternoon. I finished reading Second Chance Summer, which has A LOT of feels in the dad department. I was already crying reading the book, but when I finished it, I just couldn’t handle it. I’m so glad my dad was there for me to hug while I cried.

OH! I also got an internship with Month9Books this week! I’ll be interning with their PR department and helping with events. You guys should check them out. They publish speculative fiction, which if you couldn’t tell, I really like. 🙂

AND! I made a new friend this week. I’ve been getting to know a fellow Mississippi-based blogger, Booknerderie, and it’s been fun. She has an awesome book blog, so you should go check her out. Her reviews are honest, informal, and fun. And she uses words like “amazeballs”, which I really think should be used in more reviews. Haha.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

Look at this awesome shirt I got in the mail this week!!

ISN'T IT AWESOME?!

ISN’T IT AWESOME?!

TOMORROW my movie theater (all Cinemarks/Tinseltowns?) are showing “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel” (two episodes of Doctor Who from when David Tennant – Ten – was still the Doctor). I’m so excited to see these two episodes on the big screen! Should be fun. 🙂

What about you? What bookish and non-bookish things happened in your life this week?

Life of a Blogger: Collections

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

This week’s theme is collections

It’s probably obvious, but my main collection is books. Unfortunately, most of my books are currently packed up, so I can’t post a picture, but I have HUNDREDS. Before we packed them all up, I had about three bookshelves or so, and I currently have one that is almost full, so yeah, I have a lot of books.

I am also a coffee addict, and I really love coffee cups, so that’s my next collection. Again, some of them are packed up, but these are some of mine. I’ve got several Doctor Who ones, a couple of penguin ones, two Keep Calm ones, and various others. The second picture is the coffee cup cabinet in our kitchen, which is actually missing a few (they’re in the dishwasher).

      My coffee cups      Coffee cup cabinet

In addition to books, I’m a big fan of music. I love going to live shows, and I’m almost always listening to music. These are just the CDs I bought while in Scotland for a year and since being home.

My CD Collection

I really enjoy getting to meet bands and musicians so I can tell them how much I love/related to their music. I’ve met several of my favorites. Sometimes I ask them to sign a CD for me. Here are a couple of the ones I have signed.

The Neighbourhood - I Love You

The Neighbourhood actually signed the physical CD, which was silly and great.

Clockwise: Passenger, Eric Hutchinson, King Charles, Joshua James

Clockwise: Passenger, Eric Hutchinson, King Charles, Joshua James

I’m kind of an all-kind-of-entertainment person, so I also really love movies and television. I’m just a sucker for a good story. This is the movie cabinet in our house. My family really likes movies. 🙂 I’ve seen most of these.

Movie collection

What about you? What kind of things do you collect?