I Don’t Know About You…

But I’m feeling 22!

Yay so today marks my 22nd birthday and even though that’s young I feel so old. I remember my elementary and middle school birthdays like it was yesterday. Bowling, roller skating or sleepover parties were the coolest thing back then to do on your birthday. Now, I just get a group of friends and hit up the bars in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I did no celebrate my birthday last night because I have work today from 6:30am-3pm (I typed this and scheduled it last night) and I learned the hard way before to never come to work with a hangover. I’m planning on going out this coming weekend because I requested off and I better get it or I’ll be pretty pissed.

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I can’t promise any reviews will be posted over the following weekend (December 13-14) because I will celebrating all day Saturday into Sunday and then recovering Sunday afternoon. (I mean you only turn 22 once lol.) This year is definitely not as exciting as turning 21 and gambling and drinking finally being legal but I still plan to make the most of it. I also plan to be completely sick and tired of Taylor Swift’s song 22 because it will be the theme song to the night. So because I get to listen and sing it constantly here it is for you too…

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I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

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First I want to send a huge thanks to Tara from We Know Not What We May Be for nominating me!

The Liebster Award is targeted towards bloggers with less than 200 followers, in order for us to learn about each other and our wonderful community. This is the first I have heard of the Liebster Award but I think it’s an amazing idea that will allow so many other bloggers to connect with each other.

The first part of being nominated is answer 11 questions that my nominator asked, so here are my answers.

1. What is the one book that every human should read before they die?

Hmm this is tough because so many people have different tastes but I’m going to have to go with my current favorite book that I finished recently called Compulsion by Martina Boone. I really enjoyed it and I feel like almost anyone would as well. I also had a serious book hangover afterwards.

2. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?

I would have to say Sara Shepard even as cliché as that may be. I was always a big reader but Pretty Little Liars was the first book series I ever really read and got into and I just fell in love with them. I also love her other series The Lying Game and her new YA series, The Perfectionists.

3. What’s the one thing that will automatically turn you off from a book?

Usually fantasy will automatically turn me off from a book and I rarely will ever give them a chance. I have never read a Harry Potter book (I knw, I’m sorry!!!) and am just not into dragons, magic and similar topics.

4. Who is your fictional doppleganger (what fictional character would be you if you were from a book)?

Another cliché but I would have to go with Hannah Marin from Pretty Little Liars. You can tell Hannah really loves her family and friends and would do anything for them and I am the same way. When she dates Caleb, she also looks beyond the exterior of someone and wants to be with them for their personality. I also have given myself makeovers and tried to fit in with different cliques in middle and high school.

5. Where is your favorite place to read and why?

It’s a tie between my bed and history class. If I’m in bed then I need to be sitting up or else I will fall asleep easily. My history professor is crazy (see previous post) and for some reason when I read during his lectures I really get sucked into whatever I’m reading.

6. If you were to write a memoir about some aspect of your life, what would you call it?

Can’t Blame A Girl for Trying. Definitely would name it after Sabrina Carpenter’s song but it would make a great title because it’s a simple saying that describes several aspects of my life so far.

7. What flavor of ice cream would you be, and why?

I’d like to say mint chocolate chip because it’s my favorite but also because things like mint and chocolate you wouldn’t always expect to go together. I feel like a lot of people who just meet me are often surprised later when they really get to know me. I was a dancer and cheerleader growing up and for some reason people are surprised to know that and then learn that I love to go camping or stay in on the weekend and just curl up with a book. Things they wouldn’t expect to go together, yet they do pretty well if I say so myself.

8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher and thank goodness that changed. I was an education major for a year before switching to public relations. I was a nanny at the time and realized that I would just not be up for 25 second or third graders five days a week, for 6 or so hour a day.

9. What’s your Patronus memory (the happiest memory you can think of)?

Disney World trip of 2009. My family (mom, dad, brother) and my aunt, uncle and two cousins, along with my neighbor’s family all went down the same week. We did dinners like Chef Mickey’s and hit all the parks together. Two years ago this November my one cousin suddenly passed away and some of the best memories I have are from that trip. Not sure if the trip is my happiest memory but it is definitely one of them.

10. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh gosh, I don’t know if I could ever pick just one. I go through phases where I will listen to 5 songs on repeat for weeks and then be so sick of them for months. Right now my top picks are…We Made a Mountain by the Mynabirds, On My Way Home by Pentatonix, Blame by Calvin Harris, and Young Blood by Bea Miller.

11. What superpower would you want to have and why?

Time travel. I’d love to go back and experience events that have happened in the past and would like to be able to stop certain things from happening as well.

So there are my answers to the questions and now onto nominate more bloggers.

Here are the rules!

Link & thank the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.

Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers.

Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

My nominees (I’ll try to get to 11!):

1.) Stealing Pages

2.) Kayla at The Review Court

3.) Books for the Young at Heart

4.) Thoughts of a Writeaholic

5.) Molly at Woven Magic Books

Check out all of these amazing bloggers!

(Looks like I am 6 short. A lot of people I follow have 200+ followers, so many didn’t qualify.)

And here are my 11 questions for my nominees:

1.) What is your favorite genre to read and why?

2.) What series have you read that you wish the author would continue to write?

3.) As a reader, do you also like to write? If so, do you hope to have a published novel in the future?

4.) Do you tend to buy most of your books or rent them from a library?

5.) What book have you read where you were easily able to relate to?

6.) Do you/can you read several books at once or do you tend to stick to one at a time?

7.) What inspired you to begin blogging?

8.) Everyone says that you “can’t” but be honest, do you judge books by their covers?

And a few non-bookish ones/completely random ones…

9.) What is your favorite vacation spot?

10.) Do you speak multiple languages? If so what languages.

11.) If you had to live in a place that only experienced one season which would you pick?

Again thank you to Tara for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

You Can Now Follow Me On Instagram

I created an Instagram account for my blog a while ago but forgot about it and recently decided to keep it updated as I post reviews on here. I’ll be posting a picture of the cover and when the review will be up on my blog. I’ve been going through books pretty fast these past couple of days, so I will most likely be doing 2-3 reviews a week along with Top Ten Tuesdays and bookish surveys on Sunday (as long as I can find ones to do). This week I’ll be posting a review for Even in Paradise by Chlesey Philpot and a review for Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington, and there is a good possibility I will be posting one on The Sound by Sarah Alderson as well.

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So, if you want to follow my blog on Instagram to see what books I’ll be reviewing the username is, confessionsofabookaholicblog

Book Tour & Blog Interview

I have some really exciting things that will be happening on/with my blog starting at the end of this month!

On July 31st my blog will be featured in an interview called Behind the Blog that is featured on The Cheap Reader’s blog. I have answered questions about myself as a blogger and how I got into the book blogger world, as well as questions about my blog and some other related topics. Hopefully this will help bring some new followers to my blog and help it get out there.

On September 11 I will be hosting a virtual book tour for the YA book, Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robbins, on Pump Up Your Book Tours. I will be sharing a review of the book on that day. I will be learning more about this event in August, so be on the look out for updates as I get them.

I’m excited to continue to get my blog involved in new events and to bring more attention to my blog as well. When I began my blog seven months ago I have no idea there were so many opportunities for book bloggers and now I can’t wait to see what the next few months holds for my blog.

I Finally Made It to the Book Swap !

So after two days of trying to get over to a local shop where you can swap your older, gently used books for other used books, I finally sent a email Saturday night after going and seeing that they were closed again when they were supposed to be open. Due to the crazy weather the north east has been getting, they have had some issues with the water mains and heating so their hours were different. Well I thought..nice to know that now. So on Sunday, I took a backpack filled with books over and they were open. It was a lot smaller than I had expected and they didn’t carry as many used teen/YA adult novels as I had hoped, but I traded in 33 books of mine and in exchange I got 8 used books, and 1 new book. I still have credit for the rest and am going to check the other location out this weekend and see if I can find anything else there. I have to say, all the books were in really good condition for being used  and a few were titles that are on my Amazon wishlist and I got them for a mere $2 which was an amazing deal. The one book I did buy new was 10% off since I traded books in and even though 10% isn’t much, it’s better than nothing. I am excited to read these books, but I have a lot more that are in line ahead of them including around 8 more ARCs that I really need to catch up on and get the reviews in. Overall, my experience at this book swap store was a 3 out of 5 only because of the issues I had getting there when it was actually open and because there wasn’t too much in there that interested me.

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I am so excited for the weekend to come. Not only have I not read as much as I would have liked to this week, but I found a cute shop about ten minutes away from me where you can bring in your old book (in good condition) and swap them for other used books. I had been looking for a place like the Book Swap Cafe for months now and never realized there was one right under my nose that sells and allows you to swap teen and young adult books! I am so excited to check this place out tomorrow and maybe find some books that are on my to read list. The one book I am really hoping to find used is The 5th Wave, but I am not going to get my hopes up because I don’t know too much about this place yet. I will add a post tomorrow after I go if it turns out it was a really good experience.

I have also finished one of my advance reader copies on my kindle last night so I will be posting a review later today on that novel because it was absolutely amazing and I don’t want to forget anything about it.

 

**Update: The Book Swap Cafe was supposed to be open until 9pm tonight, which I did think was a little late because of the town it is in. (Most stores close between 6-7pm) I still loaded up a backpack and headed into town to try and find this place. First, I got lost (and I know the area very well). I could not find a sign anywhere for this place, so I finally gave in to my GPS, turned around and went back the way I came. When it said my destination was up on the left, still I saw no sign. A little further ways down there was a store called The Book Shop. Not sure if that is the store and if so I feel like it should say something on the website about it. I kept on driving because the store, if it was even the right one, was pitch black inside. So I eventually pulled into a parking lot to call their number, see if there were open until 9pm and if so what store they were next to. Called and no one answers. As of now, I am not expecting too much from this place and am a little disappointed that I went out tonight and they weren’t even open. I am going to give it another go tomorrow in the early afternoon and maybe during the daytime it will be easier to find. I really hope the selection of books though is good because I don’t want to be more disappointed than I already am. I will update again tomorrow and if I do finally find this place, I’ll try to take some pictures to share in the post if it’s decent.**

Three Exciting Things That Happened Today

So in addition to it snowing since 10am where I live (and not planning to stop until 2-3am), and I got a call that I didn’t need to come into work (yay!!!), three exciting, book related things happened today.

First, my poor mailman had to deliver 5 packages to me, in about 5inches of snow. Of course I was so excited to get my new books that I didn’t feel bad for too long. I am now stocked with books to last me probably until March, total so far 33 books..37 when the last 4 come in.

Second, I have gotten accepted to receive and review three eARCs so far. I am still waiting to hear about a few more, but I am so excited to read these books and review them and hopefully have all you readers excited to read them when they are published. Once again they are all teen/YA books, which is mainly what I read.

Third and final thing to happen today was I got accepted to join the Forever Young Adult Book Club in my area! I applied last night and got the email this afternoon saying I was in! Unfortunately the first meeting I’d be able to attend is already full, so I joined the waiting list. The first novel is, Plain Kate by Erin Bow.   I have already RSVP’d to the February and March meetings and will do reviews for each book I read in the club. If you are interested in joining a Forever Young Adult Book Club near you, you can visit their website at, http://www.foreveryoungadult.com and check the map (make sure you are on the FYA tab and if not click it at the top in the menu that goes across the screen.) If there isn’t one in your area, I believe you can contact them and start one yourself. From what I understand, they give the book title out for the month so you know what to cover with your group if you’re interested in starting your own. If there is a group in your area that you join, they will be able to tell you what the current book is. For the upcoming months, February’s selection is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and March’s selection is Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (which I am excited to read).

That is all the exciting news for today. I just wanted to share the good news on my blog and if you have any questions on how to get eARCs or about the FYA book club, leave a comment and I’ll answer to the best of my knowledge.