Category Archives: Ramblings

Happy Holidays

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Oooweee. I don’t know about you guys but the holidays this year were insane for me and they aren’t even over. I feel like once I came home from my uncle’s wedding at the beginning of November, I hit the ground running at an insane pace and I haven’t stopped since. I mean, there was Thanksgiving where I had to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for two different days (one for the Mister’s work and one for us), and then bake pies for a Friendsgiving we were going to. Right after Thanksgiving was over I had to get my head on straight for gift-giving for Christmas because I had the fun idea to make homemade gifts for everyone this year.

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At least my fingerprints look like frost, right?

Yeah… let’s just say that it was a lot easier looking at the photos on Pinterest than it was actually making them. There may or may not have been a moment where I superglued my hand to a wine glass while trying to turn it into a snow globe. >.<

However, given my hair-pulling tenancies over the last few weeks, I still stand behind giving homemade gifts. I think they are just cooler and mean more to the people involved. Which means I will probably be doing this again next year. 😛

 

Anyways, my bad for not being on much this week. I had a friend visiting from out of town for a couple of days and there was a lot of catching up going on and not a whole heck of a lot of reading/blogging happening. I promise to be back up and running at full force once the holidays are over.  I will still be around but I just may not be posting as often as I normally do.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy and safe new year!

kRISTIN

Tips for a successful giveaway hop

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Tis’ the season for a lot of giveaway hops. Actually, the season has already started. Which is why I’m writing this post. There have been some things I’ve noticed when it comes to blog hop stops. I want everyone to have a successful giveaway stop. Not to mention, when I’m hopping, I want to have a fun time doing so. So, below are just some of my tips for blog hops.

 
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Behind the scenes

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With so many bloggers out there all typing up reviews for the same books, I always find it interesting to get a look behind the scenes. How do the other bloggers operate? How did they come up with their features? And how the heck do they get so many posts in?! Well, I do not have other bloggers helping me out. I am a one woman show and I’m going to take you behind the scenes of what it’s like for me to write my reviews.

 

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My Very First San Diego Comic-Con Experience

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Sorry if this turns out to be complete gibberish, I am exhausted. For the last two days the Mister and I have been down in San Diego for Comic-Con. We had the amazing opportunity to volunteer on Saturday which was interesting. We went from standing in a line to await out fate as volunteers to policing said line. Let me just say that there were some volunteers there who were not happy at all. I got some down right dirty looks from people by simply saying “good morning” to them as they walked into the volunteer registration center. Me personally, I was ecstatic because I was getting into the convention for free by lending a hand for a few hours. I guess some people just didn’t appreciate the awesomeness of volunteering like I did. Anyways, after a few hours of volunteering we were finally able to go into the convention center and partake in the festivities. While we weren’t able to get a slot for the Outlander signing because they handed out the tickets while we were volunteering, we were able to get into the panel.

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My sick book sniffer

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If you follow me on Facebook you may already be aware that something happened last week with one of my fur-babies.

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Ten Facts About Me

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Usually I just post reviews on here and don’t talk too much about myself. After all, this is a book blog, not a personal blog about my life. However, I figured it would be fun to list ten interesting facts about myself that you guys might not know. So without further ado, here we go!

 

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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