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My very first book bingo experience!

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Ever take part in a cool reading program? Have you done a book bingo before? Well, I haven’t… and I suck at normal bingo. However, my friend included me in her family’s summer reading bingo challenge and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve always seen blogs do book bingo before but never really knew what it entailed and in all honesty would forget about it a few hours later. They’ve always seemed like a fun and cool idea though. So, I’m not going to lie, when my friend handed me my lime green bingo card, I [internally] squealed with excitement. I’m finally going to play a bingo game that I have a shot at winning.

I’m excited to take part in this because a lot of the boxes are out of my comfort-zone when it comes to reading. I’m primarily a romance reader from anything to contemporary to paranormal romance. If it has romance in it, I’m game. However, there are some boxes that have nothing to do with romance. I’ve managed to figure out books for some of the boxes but not all of them, and what I have written down isn’t definite. So, if you see a box that already has something written down but you have a better suggestion, I’m all ears. I tried to choose books that I already have but because a lot of them (like poetry, audio books, and humor) aren’t ones I’d typically read/listen to, I’m at a lost for what is and isn’t good. I think the scariest one for me is the audio book. I tried an audio book once, I wound up two hours in and realized that I had zoned out the entire time. Plus, one of the boxes is for an author from Indiana. Any idea who’s out there from Indiana who writes a good romance?

 

Can you recommend some good books that would fall under any of the boxes?

I feel like the whole purpose of this is to get out there and read books you might not have otherwise read. I’d love to try new authors that I haven’t read before. So, any recommendations are greatly appreciated.  🙂

kRISTIN

My first Bloggiesta is over!

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So Bloggiesta is finally over and I must say… wow! I love that it was a week long event because there was a lot of stuff covered. Every day we had an hour long twitter chat where the feed was speeding on by. Not to mention the mini challenges that were set up to help you with your site, and accomplishing your personal goals, it was  a busy week. I will admit that I never did complete all the goals I set out but I got the major one down and that was reformatting all my older posts so that they all look the same. It was 2 1/2 years worth of posts and in the end I made 529 revisions. Gah! It took me three days to do it and on the last day I sat here for 7 straight hours working on it. Needless to say, once that was complete I was done. The last thing I wanted to do was go through my GoodReads TBR list and clear out any books that don’t interested me anymore or do the same with my e-readers. I have accumulated a lot of freebie books over the years that I know I won’t be reading. Not to mention all the electronic arc’s I’ve gotten over time that I haven’t deleted off my device.  Below were my goals for the event.

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Blogging Advice I Live By

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Yesterday started the Bloggiesta event. Today we are asked to talk about the best blogging advice we’ve received. Although I haven’t actively sought advice before, believe it or not I’m a really shy and quiet person when it comes to talking to people I don’t know, I have come across other bloggers giving out advice to fellow bloggers.

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I was interviewed by NetGalley!

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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Tsu you may have seen a post last week about me being interviewed by NetGalley. Well, yesterday the post went up on their blog and I am so excited about it. I have no idea how they found out about little ol’ me but I’m not questioning it. I’m so honored that Tarah from NetGalley tracked me down and asked me if I’d be interested in being interviewed for their site. This was such an honor and I’m not going to lie, it was extremely cool seeing my name and blog in their newsletter when the interview went live. Okay, okay. I’m well aware that I’m rambling now. So without further ado, here is the link to the interview.

Interview link: http://blog.netgalley.com/blogger-spotlight-teens-ya/

kRISTIN

Book Covers: Are They Important to You?

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I am a cover snob.

There I said it. I’m not ashamed to say that I judge a book by it’s cover. After all, we all judge something within the first few seconds of seeing it. So it stands to reason that with there being millions of books out there, the cover is going to be what draws the eye first. If the cover has managed to snag my interest, then I pick it up and read the synopsis. There have been times where I’ve read a book with a less than fortunate cover. So the cover isn’t the be-all-that-ends-all, but it is going to be what draws people in… or at least what draws me in.

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Life of a Blogger: Bad Habits

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It’s a weekly feature. Each week Jessi from Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject that I will talk about. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know me on a more personal level.
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Ramblings of a Book Sniffer: Happy New Year! 2015

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Problems with Facebook

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Juggling Personal Reads with Review Books

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I don’t know about you but I have a lot of books on my shelves that have been there for a handful of years now. Pretty much since I bought bookshelves, I’ve had books waiting to be read. With reading review books, ARC’s before they come out, and just plain blogging, my personal reads have fallen into the land of Forgotten. So I decided to take part in Roll Back Week where for the entire week I read older books that had been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Given the fact that Thanksgiving was this week and it was also the only week I had to spend with the Mr. before he went off for training, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. I was shooting for a book a day. What I got was three and a half books… I’m still reading the fourth book.

I know I’m not alone on this though, with so many books coming out and review requests coming in, how do you stay on top of it all? Do you make time to read your personal books or are they like mine, forgotten on the shelf? I’m having a rough time trying to juggle personal and blog reading. There are so many series that I’ve started, like Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and LOVED but now just buy the books if I remember and put them on the shelf next to the others to read at a later date. You can imagine with doing this my bookshelves are overflowing with books since I’m not actually reading them and instead just saving them up for later. Which is why I’m giving away the four books I read during the Roll Back Week. With doing the challenge I realized that there are good books on my shelf just waiting to be read. Maybe I will try to alternate between reading personal and review books. Maybe I will continue to take a week off every month and just read personal books. I have more than enough on my bookshelves, I don’t even want to think about the hundreds of books on my e-readers. :cringes:

How do you juggle your personal reads and the review books?

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