Booktubeathon, Features, July, Update, Weekly Update

Life + Reading Updates + Booktubeathon

Hellooo!! We are more than halfway through 2017 and lots has been going on! Summer is just starting to really heat up and I am dreading those restless, sticky, humid, dry heat time of the year 😦 on a much more positive note, we have had lots of family time! 🙂 I have been spending a lot of one on one time with each of  my kids, as a family we’ve visited a number of zoos and aquariums here in SoCal and my kiddos are at the perfect age to appreciate the animals and be in awe about it all. This has been my favorite part of Spring/Summer so far. The younger ones probably won’t remember these trips but I will forever cherish these moments.

In regards to reading, I’ve been doing really well. According to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I am actually two books ahead of schedule. I read nohting but contemporary romance in June– I’ve been on a Vi Keeland kick, as I read four or five of her books. Whitney G. is also another author that I have read a few books of and enjoyed. Back in May, I reread and finally finished the Mara Dyer series. It’s been a long time coming and now I can’t wait for the Noah Shaw spinoff!

Here’s what I read in June:

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But as far as getting reading in July though, I have read zero books 😦 which is why I have decided to participate in Booktubeathon. I do plan on filming a TBR video and joining the challenges but through Twitter/Instagram. I don’t have the books ready just yet, but will post the list and the video on here soon so you guys can check it out. I’m nervous about being in front of the camera, but excited because I want to venture in to the BookTube community.

Tell me: are you going to participate in Booktubeathon? Will this be your first time participating? If not, do you have any tips to make filming easier? I would love any and all ideas!

Hope your summer is going well!

R.

 

 

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Book Meme, March, Top 10, Weekly Update

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Authors I Want To Meet or Have Met

The first five are authors I am dying to meet (in no particular order):

1. Stephen King: because obviously, amiright? King of Horror. Wrote one of my favorite horror books in The Shining and I have been obsessed with this man for yeeeeeaaaaarrrsssss. Not only is horror, but it’s more psychological and it is because of his stories that psychological thriller is my favorite genre.

2. Dean Koontz: I was 11 years old when I read Tick Tock. It was my favorite book for so long and I kept my copy nice and clean up until three years ago when my kids tore it up (grrrr) and then spilled juice on it (grrrrr x10). I finally came across another copy with a different copy and you should have seen me dancing in the aisle when I found it! 🙂 I actually yelped! Hahaha seriously. I will be honest and say I haven’t read anything else by him but I have been collecting his books ever since. Once I have all of his work, I will read them.

3. Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (because we all know they’re a package deal): Besides a couple of novellas, I have read all of Colleen Hoover’s books. I didn’t know who she was up until maybe four years ago and quickly loved her writing. When she came out with the Never, Never series, Tarryn Fisher won me over and have been obsessively reading her work, too.

4.Stephanie Perkins: because Lola is one of my all-time favorite characters.

5. Michelle Hodkin: because her Mara Dyer series is one of my favorite series even though I have yet to read the final book. I remember pre-ordering The Retribution of Mara Dyer and anticipating it only for me to not read it three years later because I do not want the series to end. I do have plans to start the series over and finally finish it but I am dreading it.

The following authors I have met and loved an am looking forward to meet again (in no particular order):

6. Gretchen McNeil: she was the sweetest and I am hoping to get more of her books to sign. Possess is one of my favorite YA Horror books. I love that she is just as obsessed with that genre as I am, and she has an appreciation for it like I do.

7. Kiersten White: She was so quirky and so funny, it’s easy to see why people love her books so much. Definitely one of my favorites in the YA contemporary genre.

8. Tahereh Mafi: because her Shatter Me series is one of my favorites. She is so kind and beautiful and when I meet her again I will not be shy and awkward.

9. Lauren Oliver: because as a fan I owe her a do over. I was so shy and embarrassed that one of the books I had her sign I hadn’t read and she asked me about it and I looked dumb. I was just starstruck because Pandemonium is one of my all-time favorite books and I wanted to talk to her about that one but she was promoting Vanishing Girls and I was just lost.

10. Robin Reul: because her book is the very first ARC I’ve ever won since joining the booktube community and it holds a special place in my heart. I met her and she was so funny and gorgeous and sweet and I felt bad I only had the ARC and not a finished copy.

The following authors are ones I wish I had met:

11. Emily Dickinson: my favorite poet of all-time.

12. Afeni Shakur: because 2pac.

13. Maya Angelou: main reason because she’s a phenomenal woman.

14. William Peter Blatty: because the movie based on his novel ruined my childhood… and I LOVE IT.

15.Edgar Allen Poe: because after reading his poetry in middle school, it put me in a dark place and I wrote pretty cryptic poetry (words of my 7th grade English teacher. Never forgot) and my childhood wasn’t even all that bad during this particular time. 7th grade is actually one of my favorite years of school career.

Book Blogger Hop, Book Meme, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Book Blogger Hop #1

Okay, I seriously have no idea where I got this meme from. I want to say I stumbled upon it while book-blogging-stalking, or it must have been someone new I followed today, but anyway. I guess it doesn’t matter. I found a new book blog in which to follow! 🙂

In my old book blogs, I tried so hard to be current with the book memes and try to participate but I failed every single time. I’m not too sure why, but I could never get on board with them. This one caught my eye and I thought I would participate in these weekly, or at least if the question was interesting enough. Because I saw this today, I am little late, but it starts every Friday and ends the following Thursday. So here goes:


Book Blogger Hop

About Book Blogger Hop

BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Billy at Ramblings From A Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. This week’s question was submitted by Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews.

Question for week of 2/17-2/23: CAN YOU READ AND WATCH TV OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO AT THE SAME TIME?

In short, yes. As far as TV/Reading, it depends on what I’m

watching. For example, if I’m watching the same kids movie for the billionth time, safe to say I’ll catch up some reading. Or any other television show designed for my children, my face will be in a book whilst keeping an eye on them. Or if my bf is playing video games, or watching a movie I’m not interested in watching, you’ll catch me reading. And even during sports games or shows. Like preseason football games or basketball games early in the season, or anything on ESPN or NFL Network,  I’ll have that on just as background noise. So yeah, safe to say I am able to read and watch TV. But the radio is a different beast. I’ve tried, but it’s hard for me to focus if I have music on. Maybe some jazz or classical music but that’s rare.

See, I grew up in a chaotic home environment. I’m used to being surrounded by loud noises and being constantly interrupted. It doesn’t phase me in the least. I can zone out when I want to. I can’t do that as often as I used to, of course, but when my brain needs a break, I’ll just block everything out for a few minutes.

But tell me: can YOU read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time?

R.

February, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #1

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having an amazing week! It’s Friday and I decided I wanted to update you on what I’ve been reading and doing.

28358985As far as books go, I have been reading the young adult A Totally 80’s Romance series from Addison Moore. I’m now on the second book in the series and I’m really enjoying it. Of all the decades in the last century, the 80s is by far my least favorite… besides the music, of course (which is what I grew up on thanks to my dad). But because my husband grew up in that era, he has brainwashed me and therefor I have become somewhat curious. They’re all companion novels and can be read as standalones, but I like to read them in order. They’re really cute and really funny (I could have sworn the “valley girl” talk started in the 90s because of Clueless but apparently not) and addicting. Although I’m not done with the series yet, I would definitely recommend these books for anyone looking for a good book to get them out of a reading slump or just want to enjoy a cute romance novel.

Currently, I am also listening to Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. 29405093I’m more than halfway through it and it is so good! I was expecting more comedy than there is, but I love this side to Amy. She’s very open and honest and I love how vulnerable she made herself seem in her memoir. I haven’t listen to an audiobook in sooo long but I got free credit on Audible so I figured I would take advantage and get some that I have been wanting to read for a while. The reason why I love the book so much, I think, is because it’s being read by the actual person who wrote it, which got me thinking that I think I would prefer listening to a biography more than Fiction or other genres because the experience of an audiobook is so much more personal when the person of which the book is about is actually reading it to you, the listener. This is just my opinion. I just started getting into audiobooks, so I’m sure I will change my mind the more I ease into it. I mean, I told myself I would never read on a tablet/eReader and now that’s all I read. I told myself I would never listen to audiobooks because I love sports radio and music too much, now look at me– that’s all I’ve been listening to!

But seriously, I love the convenience of an audiobook. I’ve been listening to it on the way to and from work/home, picking up my kids, during my lunch breaks at work… I will say though, had I been reading it, I probably would have been done with it by now, but that’s because I’m a very fast reader so I can’t complain too much about the pace of the reader.

Anyway, other than that, this week has been pretty mellow. Valentine’s day came and went like any other day in my household. Besides a very sweet surprise from my husband who brought flowers to my job and a nice and delicious dinner later that day, it was pretty calm. I’m not a Valentine’s day person (excuse me if I believe that because my birthday is in February, the month is all about ME) but my husband and I had just celebrated our anniversary (seven years strong, babyyy!) along with me and my son’s birthday so Valentine’s day is not exactly a holiday we’re particularly concerned about.

But so far February has been beautiful and mildly rainy and 2017 is off to a great start. What are you guys currently reading? Any fun plans for the weekend?

R.