The Sunshine Blogger Award


Many thanks to  C.J. @ Not Another Dumb Blonde for nominating me!

I love her blog, I’d highly recommend checking it out!

The Rules

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from your nominators.
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions

C.J. asked:

  1. What was your last book hangover?
    1. Hmm, Probably after reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas because it was a BIG book and I read it in one sitting lol!
  2. Where is your favorite spot to read?
    1. Well I have a beautiful home library with a chaise that I used to use but there are two problems:
      1. Firstly, the chaise is small and anytime I snuggle in BOTH cats want to snuggle and they end up on top of me
      2. Secondly, my boyfriend has kind of commandeered the space as a game room.
    2. For these reasons I usually end up reading in bed since theres more room for the kitties and me lol
  3. What book should be made into a TV series?
    1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was rumored to be made into a tv show but I haven’t heard any news in a while on that. Im still hoping though!
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    1. “I knew who i was when I woke up, but I seem to have changed several times since then!” – Alice in Wonderland
  5. What is your favorite non reading/blogging activity?
    1. Hmm, I like working out – I prefer lifting weights to cardio though. Sometimes I do puzzles or scrapbook or fun runs !
  6. Where is your dream vacation?
    1. Well I’ve kind of already been there! Ireland. But other than that, Romania.
  7. What book do you recommend people NOT read?
    1. I usually try not to, because every one has different tastes and I don’t want to ruin a book for them that they might like!
  8. Physical book or eBook?
    1. I like the idea of physical books but I prefer the practicality of e-books.
  9. What book on your TBR pile are you most excited about but never get to?
    1. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, and The Premonition Series by Amy Bartol.
  10. What class do you wish was offered in school (or had been while you were there)?
    1. When I was in high school, or college? Lets go with High School, I wish we’d been offered a course called “Student Loans don’t pay themselves and jobs are hard to get if you get a degree in the humanities so don’t do it, just don’t do it” LOL!
  11. What is at the top of your Christmas wish list?
    1.  The Bellisima booties by Christian Louboutin (hey, a girl can dream!)
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My Questions

  1. You have a free, week long trip to anywhere in the world. Where do you go?
  2. Cat person or Dog person?
  3. Social Media, yay or nay?
  4. What do/did you want to be when you grew/grow up?
  5. Which Greek god or goddess would you be?
  6. Do you like romance with your books?
  7. Which district from the hunger games would you probably have grown up in?
  8. Which classic halloween-y monster or villain would you be?
  9. Which Disney villain would you like to know more about?
  10. Which Disney “prince/princess” would you date if you were a disney character? (Flynn Rider all the way!)
  11. What was your very first blog post about?

I nominate:

Laura @ Once upon a Shelf
Rowan @ Babbling of a Book Babe
Leila @ Buried Under Books
Uniquely Geeky Girl (fellow Library Science student!)
Being a Book Nerd

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award!


I’m so grateful to everyone who nominated me for this award (I know I’m a bit late getting it posted but I’m finally getting caught up on my blog posts, YAY!)

I was nominated by the following wonderful bloggers:
Sorry I’m Booked
Bridget’s Book Bungalow

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

BookishRachel asked:

    1. How old were you when you discovered a love for reading?
      1. I’ve been trying to remember but I just can’t. I have loved reading since as far back as I can remember!
    2. Do you watch BookTube? If so, what is your favorite channel?
      1. I tried it out during the booktubeathon this year but I’ve found that I prefer reading blogs to watching booktube (I guess I really am too much of a reader lol!
    3. Book to movie adaptations: yay or nay?
      1. I think some have been done really well and I really appreciate how much attention the films/tv shows bring to the author and the book itself. I think it’s actually gone a long way to encouraging YAs to get back into reading, which is fantastic!
    4. Are you a book hoarder?
      1. Lol YES. I cant stand not owning books and throwing them away or even donating them is really hard for me. I did become a librarian for a reason you know!
    5. What is your favorite and least favorite genre to read?
      1. My favorite is fantasy and sci-fi, my least favorite (but that I will still read) is contemporary and the only genre I don’t read at all is Horror.
    6. Do you have any reading habits?
      1. Its really hard for me not to finish a book and my DNF category on my kindle is a constant sore spot for me. I binge read, so if i find a book I like, and its part of a series, I’ll read them all back-to-back right away lol
    7. Favorite book relationship (romantic or non-romantic)?
      1. I love the friendships in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (YA), and one of my favorite book series from when I was a YA is Sweep by Cate Tiernan. It has one of my all time favorite book boyfriends ever. For adult books, I adore Mercy Thompson & Adam Hauptman and Anna & Charles Cornick, both from Patricia Briggs series.
    8. What is (or was) your most anticipated book for 2015?
      1. I’m really, really looking forward to Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (YA), and for adult, I’m so excited to read Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin. Both books are out on Dec.1st and I don’t know which I’ll read first!
    9. Why did you begin blogging?
      1. I was actually required to create a YA Book Blog as a class project for my Masters in Library and Information Science degree! I totally fell in love with it and decided to keep the blog going after the class ended, which it has!
    10. Favorite cover trend?
      1. I really like the “girl in a beautiful ballgown” covers!

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Bridget’s Book Bungalow asked:

  1. What is your favorite part about blogging?
    1. I love getting to know other people who love books! I actually don’t have anyone else in my physical life that is a reader, so I’ve never gotten to talk with other people about books before. I love that I can do this in my virtual life!
  2. What do you do when you are not blogging?
    1. Right now I’m finishing up my student teaching experience so I’m working full time (and not getting paid!). I also read of course, play w. my cats, or hang with my boyfriend and my parents!
  3. If you had to spend the rest of your life living in one book, which one would it be?
    1. Hmm thats a hard one. As long as my loved ones were there I don’t really care which book. Something in present day though because I am not cut out for the past lol! This is a great question but I cant get myself to commit to just one!
  4. Follow up to Q3: Would you choose to take on the role of an existing character or would you be a new character?
    1. Oh I’d never choose to be anyone other than myself! It took a long time to love who I am but now I wouldnt trade me for the world!
  5. How do you pick out which book to read next?
    1. Its really hard for me sometimes, eventually I just bow to impulse.
  6. What are your top three favorite genres? And if it’s not too much, why are they your favorite?
    1. Urban Fantasy – I like to see magic added into our current day and age!
    2. High Fantasy – I like a good old fashioned sword-fighting, kick-butt heroine!
    3. Sci-Fi – I’m just starting to get into sci-fi, I like that the rules of the world can be bent by going forward in time!
  7. Do you prefer series or standalones?
    1. Series. I get overly attached to characters and worlds if I really liked them and since I read books usually in one sitting, if its a standalone I dont really get to spend that much time w. the characters or in the world. So series are preferable to me.
  8. What is your view on romance novels (of any kind)? This may be a silly questions since I know most of you read romance!
    1. When I was a pre-teen I read sci-fi (animorphs, anyone?). But from the time I was about 13-14 I’ve been reading adult romance. That is actually the genre that totally sucked me into reading and never let go. I’ve since switched to more Urban-Fantasy w. romance, but I’ve always been a romance reader. I like knowing that I am going to get a happy ending. Since life is sometimes difficult or painful, it has always comforted me to know that a happy ending is just a book away!
  9. When a favorite author switches genres, do you try their new book?
    1. I usually try it, but I rarely end up liking it!
  10. What’s your favorite social media site and why?
    1. Probably wordpress. I dont spend a lot of time on any other social media. Facebook is just to keep in touch with family or old friends and twitter I use only professionally (to stay current on trends in my profession). So wordress is the most fun!

Sorry I’m Booked asked

    1. What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
      1. You mean there are cookies other than chocolate chip? lol
    2. What is your favorite hobby or past-time?
      1. lol reading, of course!
    3. What was the last book you finished?
      1. An arc of Starflight by Melissa Landers
    4. Are you currently binge-watching anything?
      1. No, I usually have to choose between reading or watching tv and right now I’m on a reading kick. Usually over the winter I switch to netflix bingeing for a couple weeks.
    5. How many different countries have you traveled to?
      1. 10! You can see my post about it here! I studied abroad in Ireland for a semester in college and was able totravel extensive all around Europe on my spring break (which is a month long over there!)
    6. Are you a baker or a cooker? Or neither?
      1. Oh my gosh, neither. I cannot do anything in the kitchen. But I can build stuff, I love using tools and making things!
    7. What is the one big thing that you hope to happen in the next year?
      1. Right now we just found out my dad has a tumor so right now my one big wish is for him to be ok and healthy. If he werent sick, my other big hope is that I will get a full time job right after graduating in december.

BookBubbleBee asked

  1. What inspired you to first start reading?
    1. My parents always encouraged reading and took me to the public library when I was young.
  2. What does your dream library consist of?
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  3. Do you like to write your own stories and/or are you writing your own book?
    1. Nope, I am one of those people who appreciates art but cannot make art. I love fine arts but can’t paint or draw, I love reading but can’t write at all.
  4. Which series would you like to see as a movie adaption?
    1. These Broken Stars! I just loved that book this year!
  5. What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
    1. Copy-cat authors who are trying to cash in on a trend (i.e. twilight-alikes, hunger-games rip offs, etc)
  6. If you came across a anti-book lover, how would you convince them how amazing books are?
    1. As a librarian this is actually an important skill! Usually I’ll ask what kind of video games/movies/tv/or activities they enjoy doing and then recommend a book based on that. Graphic Novels are great for reluctant readers and theres so many phenomenal GNs out there now!

My Questions for you!

  1. Who is your #1 book boyfriend/girlfriend/friend?
  2. What is the first book you remember reading?
  3. Which character would you like to spend a day with?
  4. Which author would you like to spend a day with?
  5. Which character in Alice and Wonderland would you be?
  6. Which Quidditch position would you play?
  7. What would you ask the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall?
  8. Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? Favorite Seuss book or character?
  9. Have your reading habits (genres, authors, etc) changed over your life, if so, from what to what?
  10. Winter is Coming!, what fictional world/place do you escape to?

My Nominees:
Aetheristrux @ the amazing life of a bookworm
Samantha @Reed’s Reads Reviews
Alex @ Fiery Reads
Redheaded Book Lover

One Lovely Blog Award


Thank you so much to the lovely Raven at Dreamy Addictions for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award!

The Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself. 
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts about Myself:

  • I’m finally about to graduate with my Master degree in Library Science!
  • In High School I was viscously bullied. Check out my post about it.
  • I’m a total Crazy Cat Lady. I have more pictures of my two cats on my phone than anyone else.
  • I’ve been with my high school sweetheart for 10 years and I still have no plans for us to get married lol!
  • I already know my future kids names even though I’m not even 100% sure I want kids
  • I’ve been overweight since I turned 13, but in the past several years I’ve lost 40 pounds through exercise and proper eating habits (no dieting!)
  • I’ve been to 10 different countries! You can see some pictures from my travels in this post..

Heres a pic of me blogging with my cats!  (Pandora & Calypso)


Calypso is the one in my lap lol

Also forgive how awful I look, this was late at night at the end of the longest week of my life!

I nominate:
Jeanette @ Myriad Inklings
Charley @ BooksandBakes1
Nicole @ Nikolieolieoh
Leila @ Buried Under Books
Jess @ Princessica of Books
Kimberley @ From Narnia to Neverland
Evie @ Just Another Belle
Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages
Aldana @ Perfection in Books

I’ve been nominated for…The Blogger Recognition Award

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Many thanks to Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner for nominating me!

What is it?

This award was created by Edge of Night so that bloggers can recognize and thank other bloggers for being a part of this incredible blogosphere we are a part of!

What to do when you’ve been awarded?

1. Nominate 15 other blogs you want to give this award too! Dig around for those nominees (and you can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you, silly!)

2. Create a post to show off your award. Tell us a little bit about your blog and your blogging journey. Give some advice to other bloggers about blogging and the blogosphere. List the person who nominated you, and include your award in the post!

3. Comment on the 15 blogs to let them know you are nominating them!

4. Provide a link to the original creator of the award, Edge of Night so that we can all keep track of the award’s origins!

My Blogging Story

I just started my blog in June 2015, and I’ve never blogged before. Actually the origin of my blog is kind of funny, it started as a school assignment!! I’m in graduate school to get my library degree and my YA Resources class required us to read 20 YA books and review them online by creating a blog or wiki. I decided to give blogging a try. Pretty much immediately fell in love with this social media type and the amazing community of fellow readers and book lovers I’ve been able to meet. So I decided to keep the blog going and to include not just YA but also talk about the New Adult and Adult books I read as well. My favorite part of blogging is getting to reflect on what I’ve read by reviewing it, but more importantly the social nature of the blogosphere. There are so many great book bloggers out there that I have been able to “meet” and talk to, and that has been awesome. And, I’ve gotten fabulous book recommendations for books I never otherwise would have heard of! Also, publishers are agreeing to send me ARCs of books I otherwise would have bought anyway. I mean, really, for a book lover, can life get any better?

My Advice

Well I suppose it depends on what your reason for blogging. If you want to talk about the books you read, then my advice is… just do that as often as you like! If your goal is to meet other book bloggers and talk about books, then I recommend finding some popular tags and initially search those tags regularly to find other book bloggers. If your goal is to get a large amount of followers… then post regularly, post about popular or anticipated books, and read, comment, like, and follow lots and lots of other bloggers. And be patient, it doesn’t happen over night. Most of all, though I just recommend you enjoy your blogging experience in any way that makes you happy. This is a community and its for fun, so you should just enjoy the ride!

And I would like to nominate…

Tris’ Nook

Paperback Beauty Pageant

Alice and her Looking Glass

Not Another Dumb Blonde

Reading Nook84

Stacks of Warm Fuzzies

Josie’s Book Corner


A Sea Change

Across the Books


Nymphadora Winterfell

Dreamy Addictions

Twist in the Taile

Rickus Bookshelf

*** Yay! Bloggers Unite for Awards! ***