Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Recap, September News

What a month this has been for me, in both my personal life and my blogging life. Well, okay, not so much my personal life. Except for the fact that I'm now living in the dorms again, nothing's changed. But this has been a huge month for me in the blogging world! 

August accomplishments:
  • I did my very first giveaway! I reached 100 followers at the end of July, so it was a sort of follower appreciation giveaway. I had loads of fun, and it went very smoothly. I will definitely be doing more of these in the future! :)
  • I was interviewed as a blogger! Check out my interview with Jazmen @ This Girl Reads A Lot, who hosts the meme, Blogger Spotlight Sundays. I think this is such a great way to learn more about other bloggers and gain followers.
  • I interviewed an author for the very first time! Well, actually, two authors! I had a lovely chat with C.M. Stunich about her Never Say Never/Never Too Late series (which is one of my favorite series!) for the blog tour. I also had an interview with Joanne Wadsworth, author of the Magio-Earth series. :)
  • I joined Rachel Harris' street team! I'm an official member of the Flirt Squad. :) After I read her book, Taste the Heat, I knew it wouldn't be the last of hers I read. I'm caught up on her books now, and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of book two in the Love & Games series, Seven Day Fiance. And I just love interacting with these awesome people and chatting with one of my favorite authors! 
  • I got review requests from authors! So, I think it was in July when I put up my "Contact Me/Review Policy" tab. And when I did, I received a few review requests! But it wasn't until this month when I actually had time to read and review the books from the very first author to email me. These books are fantastic, and I'm so excited to work with this author again in the future! :)
I LOVE being a book blogger! I love to read, review, and recommend good books to people. I love promoting authors and being in the know about new releases. I've found so many amazing books through other bloggers, and I wouldn't change how I've done any of this. Well, okay, I would change one thing. I wish I'd have known about the book blogger world when I first started blogging. I didn't really get into blogging until May, and even then, I was still very new to it all. But since May, I've learned a lot about what goes on in the blogging world. I've learned what being a book blogger is all about. I've learned what to do and what not to do. And I'm excited for all the future possibilities! :)
Belle is totally my favorite Disney character. :)

I just love reading so much, guys. I always have, but being a book blogger has made me love it even more and made me appreciate all the authors who take a chance and publish. It takes infinite courage to follow your dreams, and I applaud each and every one of them for trying. It doesn't matter if they're published the traditional way, or self-published: they're making their dreams come true. They've given me a chance to escape reality so many times over the years. :)

I have read some pretty amazing books this month, and also some pretty disappointing ones. Check out some of my reviews below! 
I especially loved My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and Stay With Me! <3

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September News:
Now that I'm back in school, I have no clue how much time I'll have to read and blog. After going through the first week, I'm already overwhelmed. But at least all of my homework is reading. That should be easy, right?! :P Anyway, I'm excited because I'm back with my friends. I'VE MISSED THEM ALL SO MUCH! This year is gonna be fantastic. :)

So, this month I'm not as booked as I was in August. That's a good thing, considering how much I'm already overwhelmed with school! I have a lot of cover reveals going on, and I'm also on three blog tours. 
  • September 6th - Heavenly Hell by Aria Williams.
  • September 14th - The Emblazoned Red by Dawn McCullough White.
  • September 28th - The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe.
Be on the lookout for my review posts! :)

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Tally Time! August's Poll: Do you prefer books in 1st person POV or 3rd person POV?

1st person
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3rd person
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It doesn't matter to me
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As long as there are multiple POVs, I don't care
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I guess it just depends on the reader, the author, the genre. Really, there are a lot of factors. :)

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Hmm, so September's poll is: Do you like love triangles? Yes or no? Why?

I'm so sick of love triangles. Seriously. 
(I feel bad for the next author whose book I read that involves a love triangle--because I'm not going to be very nice about it)
So, I'm steering clear of them for a bit. (Well, that is until I read The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa for a buddy read starting the 8th!).
Honestly, I don't want to read about another one for a long, long time!

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I really need to stop talking about how much I hate love triangles before it turns into a full-blown rant. So, anyway, there are tons of September releases that I'm looking forward to! And I actually remember all of the ones I want! (Thank you, Goodreads!) 
  • All Our Yesterdays (Cassandra Chronicles, #1) by Cristin Terrill. September 3rd. I've been wanting this one ever since I heard of it! It was on NetGalley, but I didn't get approved for a review, which sucks. But, it's coming out very soon! :)
  • Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1) by Larissa Ione. September 24th. I actually have this one, thanks to NetGalley! I'm really excited to read it, even though I've never read any of her books. But suddenly I'm in the mood for more vampire books, so I'm starting this one soon. :)
  • The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater. September 17th. I haven't read the first book, but I will soon! I need to anyway, because I have Dream Thieves from NetGalley.
  • Awaken (Spiral of Bliss, #3) by Nina Lane. September. That's all it has on Goodreads: August/September. Obviously, it's not out yet. So, I'm crossing my fingers for a September publication! Because... I FUCKING NEED THIS BOOK! I'm not joking; this is one of my all-time favorite series. I just have to know how it all ends! <3 <3 <3 
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. September 3rd. I've already read this, and I LOVED it. It's definitely one of my favorite vampire books. I really wish it wasn't a standalone, because I want more! :(
  • Conversion (Conversion, #1) by S.C. Stephens. September 3rd. So, I tried reading her Thoughtless series. I DNF'd the first book, but someday I'll go back to it. But I still want to try this one! Like I said, I'm in a vampire mood. :)
  • The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent 0.1) by Veronica Roth. September 3rd. Four short stories in Four's POV? I FUCKING CAN'T WAIT FOR THESE! I love Four so much. <3
  • Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1) by Kendare Blake. September 10th. I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood, so I'm really excited for more from this author. I actually won this in a giveaway from Dark Faerie Tales, and I can't wait to get it! :)
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. September 24th. I've heard good things about this post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel, and I can't wait to read it!  
  • The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. September 10th. The cover is gorgeous, and it's got Egyptian Gods in it. I'm sold! :)
Holy hell, that's a lot of books! I knew September had a lot of good books coming out, so I'm really excited to read all of these! :)

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One last thing! So, guys. My mom is a self-published author who writes inspirational, historical novels. Her first book, Courage to Hope, is only 99 cents FOR ONE MORE DAY on Amazon! If you like Christian romances, then this book is for you! :) 

Also, I have a giveaway going on right now! Joanne Wadsworth, author of the Magio-Earth series, has kindly provided me with two ebook copies of the second book in her series, Warrior, for two lucky winners! This is international! :) So, enter here!

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I think that's it, y'all! I'm really excited to be back in school; I just hope I still have lots of time to read and blog. :) And followers, thank you for continuing to put a smile on my face every time you comment on a post of mine. It makes me so happy! It also makes me happy when an author reads my reviews or likes them on Goodreads. I just feel so flattered! It's part of the reason why I'm still blogging. And of course, it's also because I love to read. <3 

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on all those accomplishments! Best wishes in school and all your other endeavors!

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  2. Congrats on all your accomplishments! Starting a new blog can be challenging. I am still trying to figure out Netgalley myself. Good luck on your studies!

    Rachel @ The Big Book Binge

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    1. Aw, thank you! It is challenging, but it's so very, very fun. Oh, I love NetGalley. And that's not necessarily a good thing considering I have way too many books to read from it! :)

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  3. Hey!

    I was wondering how to host giveaways on my blog. I mean sometimes I want to hit myself in the face for not knowing these things...

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    1. I use rafflecopter.com for my giveaways! It's a really great website where you can set them up however you want, and it randomly selects the winner(s) when the giveaway is over. :)

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