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Book Blogging Newbie Tag

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog as a way to get in touch with all sorts of people and discuss a broad range of topics. On Facebook, I tend to comment on different kinds of articles and for the most part, find that I can hold civil conversations with these strangers. This specific blog isn’t specifically for books but the few articles I’ve posted have all been book related but I do plan on writing on various topics soon.

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I love football. I’m a huge NFL and NBA fan, with basketball being my first love. During NFL season I write for NFLFemale.com and talk about my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. If there are any sports fans out there, I would love to be able to talk about football and basketball. I also watch too much TV, and I’m a huge movie buff. I can talk about that, too. I’m interested in the most randomest of things, sometimes it can be embarrassing but I’m hoping that by talking about it, other people will be able to relate and we can gush about our common interest via the internet.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Meeting new and interesting people. As a mom, I don’t get much time to go out. I have a few close friends that I hang out with occasionally, but outside of work I really don’t get too many opportunities to meet new people. Plus, I can be very awkward and I’m horrible at first impressions. But on the internet, I can be who I am without the fear of being judged on my quirkiness.

4. Why do you love reading?

Because it takes me away from reality. When I was younger, I needed a place to go to so that I can get away from my hectic childhood. My face was always in a book. Now, although I have nothing to complain in my personal life, the real world sucks balls and reading, again, takes me to far away places that I wish I can visit someday and pulls me away from my own thoughts, because sometimes I want to get out of my mind. Reading is much more than something I do, it’s something I am.

5. What book or series got you into reading?

I really don’t remember which one specifically got me into reading. I remember reading the Disney hardcover books, and the Nancy Drew series and the Boxcar Children and The Baby-Sitters club and Amelia Bedelia… I really can’t point out which one in particular got me into reading back then. But I do remember the book that got me out of the reading slump I was in as an adult: I was reading very little because real life had set in, I was a mom of two little ones, working two jobs and at that specific time, we were moving into a new place. Anyway, I was browsing the web and I don’t remember how, but came across books somehow and Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan caught my eye. I ordered it on Amazon and when I got it, I read it at work and finished it in one day. I love that book. Not only because it’s back story is about football, but that book, just like all of Kenneally’s, is just so good. But anyway, I guess I can say that Catching Jordan rekindled my love for reading and I have NOT looked back since. I cherish this book with all of my heart.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

I really don’t know. If I ever meet Dean Koontz or Stephen King, I would ask what takes them to that dark place and ask what their biggest fear is. I’ve met a few YA authors and asked the usual what books are you writing about next, why did you write about this subject, are they based on people you know, why did you write YA, would you write adult fiction. If I ever get to be one on one with them, I’d probably ask what they liked about the character they wrote or if they have a favorite novel or their favorite author… this is all once I get over my awkward first impression, of course.

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

Staying committed. I don’t think I’ve written anything for the month of March and it’s not because I don’t want to, I just don’t have too much time. I’ve literally started like 4 or 5 articles but get caught up at work or at home with other things that I save them under the drafts thinking I’ll come back to them later only to forget about it or not in the mood to continue writing it. There are lots of things to talk about in the blogosphere, I just have to make sure to stay on top of my blog so that it can continue to grow.

8. When did you start reading?

I have been reading since I can remember. I mean this in the literal sense. I can remember being three or four years old reading little board books. I don’t know if I actually read the words, but I always had a book in my hands. I got in trouble once for reading too much. Seriously. My dad said I spent too much time reading than spending time with family. My dad is very weird.

9. Where do you read?

My room mostly. I do most of my reading at night so…

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre is horror. Any and all subgenres also apply: thriller, suspense, ghost stories, true crime (because let’s face it, serial killers are also known as monsters, and what’s scarier than real life actual living monsters?), paranormal (and not vampires, but like The Exorcist type supernatural), etc. I’m also into Young Adult, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit and I’ve gotten into Sports Romance. The least subject I read about are self-help books. Other than that, if the plot is interesting enough, I’ll give it a shot.

 

 

Welp, that’s about it. I probably revealed a little too much about myself, but oh well.

I have been doing a lot of book shopping this month. Book Outlet had an amazing sale last week and I took advantage. I also came across a rummage sale last weekend and went a little crazy. But I am officially on a book buying ban for the remainder of Spring and Summer, unless any one of my favorite authors come out with a book in which I will pre-order/purchase. But bulk buying is absolutely out of the question. The 2017 NFL Draft is coming at the end of April which means that the NFL schedule will be released around the same time and I have to save up to purchase tickets to see my Eagles since they will be here in SoCal TWICE this  year. I am soooooooooo excited!! 🙂

Anyway, I hope you guys have been having a lovely March 🙂

Happy reading,

R.

Book haul, March

February Book Haul #2

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As per usual, I do a lot of shopping on my birthday. Well, the whole month really. Last month I went a little crazy and purchased almost 100 books. Physical books. Luckily, most of them were older books, some classics, that I found rummaging through garage sales and yard sales and used book stores and I am super excited about adding all of these beauties to my book shelves.

I know we’re just over a week into March, but it has been pretty busy at work and at home and I haven’t found the time to sit and write blog posts. I’ve started a few (I have, like, 3 drafts saved) but get sidetracked and never get to finish. Which also means I haven’t done much reading. I’m almost done with one that I’ve been working on for a while now, after that I have one I want to get to:

31141489Undeclared by Julianna Keyes is an ebook I purchased late last month. I have been looking forward to this book since I read Undeclared last year and loved it.

Lots of stuff has been going on at home. We’ve started the Spring cleaning process, which is my least favorite and favorite thing to do (I know, how does that work, right? It just does). We’re getting rid of the kids’ old clothes and toys and getting rid of all the stuff we don’t use and clearing the way for what spring/summer have in store 🙂

What are guys reading? Do you like to declutter?

Happy reading,

R.

Book Blogger Hop, Book Meme, February

Book Blogger Hop #2


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 Eli @ The Book Supplier)

Question for the week of 2/24 – 3/2 – HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BOOKS WITH MULTIPLE NARRATORS?

I don’t really care. It can get a little tiring after a while. For example, I’ve read quite a few books with at least two narrators so far this year and while I’m generally okay with it, after about the third book, I was a little worn out. I don’t have a preference either way and most times I like to switch it up every once in a while but reading too much of the same thing can get monotonous.

I know that I’ve also read some really good books where I would have preferred it be only one narrator, or even multiple narrators, just because I wanted to hear more of their thoughts or the thoughts of the other character.

What about you guys? Do you prefer either way or do both work for you?

 

R.

 

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.

Top 10

Top 10 movies in 2017

Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂 Hope you all had a lovely weekend and an amazing week so far! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and while I love that I’m finally finding some much needed “me” time, I miss watching movies with the bf. Scratch that, I miss watching grown-up movies with the bf. We don’t lack movie (or TV) watching, but they’re all kids movies. And, yes, I’m a sucker for a great Disney/Pixar movie or Dreamworks, but I have to be honest, I miss the cursing and the violence and, dare I say, even the nudity, sometimes. Thankfully, 2017 is bringing some great movies:

(In order of release date)

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1. Lego Batman (February 10, 2017)
I realize this one already came out, but we haven’t watched it yet therefor still on our “to-watch” list for this year 🙂 because of our little ones, regular movie theaters don’t work so we usually go to drive-ins and while it can still get crazy, at least there they can run around without being shushed by the movie-goers.
2. Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017)
3. Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)
4. Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23, 2017)
5. Despicable Me (June 30, 2017)
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6. Spider-Man Homecoming (July 7, 2017)
7. CHiPS (March 24, 2017)
8. Annabelle 2 (August 11, 2017)
9. Stephen King’s It (September 8, 2017)
10. Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22, 2017)
I know, I know. I added a few kid movies in there. I can’t help it. Because my life revolves around my children, I have become addicted to cartoons even more than I already was. Anyway, 2017 has a lot of sequels and remakes. I’m very much looking forward to “IT”. The first one is pretty much legendary so we’ll see how this one holds up. What movies are you guys looking forward to?
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.

Top 10

My Top 10 Romance Movies

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make a list of my favorite romantic movies. This started off as a great idea in my head. I always joke about how I don’t watch romance movies and how they’re too cheesy and predictable, and while all of that is true, I really didn’t know how true until I started racking my brain to remember great romantic movies that I’ve watched in my 28 years.

My top 2 are the obvious (though none of the listed movies are in any particular order):

  1. The Notebook (2004)

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2. Titanic (1997)

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And then at this point, I couldn’t for the life of me think of any other ones so I started googling, and found the following

3. Ghost (1990) How could I forget this one? One of my all-time favorite songs is on the soundtrack!

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4. Romeo & Juliet (1996) This may be considered more of a tragic love story, but in my defense, google pulled this up.

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5. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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6. Juno (2007)

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After this is when I had to resort to romantic comedies:

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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8. Clueless (1995)

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9. 50 First Dates (2004)

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10.  How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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There was a long list of romantic/com-roms on Google but I chose the ones that I’ve watched over and over and over again and will, for as long as I live, watch them over and over and over again.

What are your favorites? Any ones I may have missed? Let me know!

Hope you all have a very happy Valentine’s Day (or Taco Tuesday for you fellow foodies out there) with your favorite people! 🙂

R.