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Happy One Year Anniversary to ME!

I cannot believe it’s been ONE YEAR GUYS!!!

I have been off the grid for awhile but I just want to thank everyone who has supported and stayed with me through my fails and my hits… I hope you will continue on to grow with me.

In my first year I had a “to do” list of sorts and I thought it might be cool to share that now and see how I fared:

1. Reach 100 followers on my blog – BIG YES to this – thank you to everyone who follows my flog!

2. Get a Twitter Account and get 200 followers there (I thought this might be tough) – but happy to report I MADE IT! Thanks guys!!

3. Befriend one amazing author and help support their work. WOW Yes, I have so many people to thank here – Jessica Park, Emma Chase, Katie McGarry, Colleen Hoover, Lauren Oliver, and so many more! I have met via online more authors than I could ever dream – the authors I dream about taking time to talk to me on FB or Twitter has meant more than anything else, it’s why I wanted to become a blogger to support these wonderful people!

4. To get a chance to read books “before” they hit the market – so sue me, I wanted to be part of the cool kids club. and YES i have to say I don’t get every book I ask for, but I do get a good part, nothing to complain over for sure! I still buy my fare share, so Amazon never has to worry about losing me as a customer….

5. To get to know what Indie writing is all about. WOW have I really learned about this this year – some of my best reads for 2013-2014 have been the indies that were self pubslished and still stole my heart. I try to promote these as often as i can – these books and characters deserve as much love as the largest authors and stories out on the market. The indie writers have touched my heart, but more than that they have made me feel like maybe i have  a place in this world outside of blogging….

6. To evaluate my own life and what part reading plays into it. Well, like all things “me” i dove in head first and over did it. Then I had to put the breaks on, now I’m trying to work some balance into the picture – so we shall see how this goes. I still read a TON but I’m trying to be more selective of what I review and only review things I feel like I really want my readers to read and/or at least know about. No worries about my reading habits here though, I still read pretty much anything I can get my hands on…..haha…

7. To Become friends with other bloggers I can share my love of books with: Now to this I would say YES in some ways and NO in others. When I first came along I spent the time to troll other blogs and communicate. I was honestly hoping I would find a book BFF somewhere in the internet land.. No one I know shares my true love of books and especially the genres I love so much – so while I have been active on forums I haven’t found my “click” yet. The cloest thing I have to a blog I follow and would love to be a part of is the Aestas Blog – I follow them religiously and they seem like cool chicks – maybe one day I can be part of that, maybe not – for now i’m happy sharing thoughts and seeing their thoughts about my favorite subject.

8. Did I say 10 really?? Hmmm… #8 to really start looking outside of the YA genre. When I started thsi that was my main focus. If you read my blog at all, you will know that I have OVERLY achieved this. I have fallen in love with this new genre… New Adult (Iknow everyone has mixed feelings here) and I also love the adult world to a point (AKA Sylvia Day, Alice Clayton, E.L. James, and of course Emma Chase). I have been introduced to so many new authors and for that i’m thankful everyday! So keep it coming in this aspect!

9. I want to attend a BEA Conference. This is one of my biggest wishes – and I don’t know that it can happen this year…. but I want it to happen soon. All my dreams would come true here, to be part of the real blogging community and to meet some of my favorite authors – nothing would be better! It would be like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one – are any of you guys going this year???

10. Last, but certainly, not least I would like to meet Stephanie Meyer. Without “Twilight” I don’t know that I would have gotten back into reading on this scale and fallen in love with this genre leading to my blog/etc. Meeting her would be…amazing.

11. I have to add one last one, I want to have a blurb – Yes a blurb on the back cover of a book or in a description of a book on amazo – i’m not picky, i’ll take what I can get but to see my writing helping show off soemone else’s would be amazing!

All Right guys that’s about it. I can tell you about one cool thing I did this year and why it was a “bookish” cool thing..

I was in NYC last month for Toy Fair (yes for my real job) and I had a minute, and i picked to site see the NYC Public Library – specifically the Rose Reading Room. Have you been? If not you are missing out big time! For readers, it’s like…heaven. THe smell of books, the quiet, the smell…ahhh I could have spent all day there. Most importantly i was picturing a scene from one of my favorite books there – If you have read “Beautiful Stranger” in the “Beautiful Bastard” series you know what I mean – and that scene is HOT. So, I flushed, sniffed the great smell, sat in a chair in the famous reading room and bid it a fond farewell – believe me I’ll be back. It was then I realized just how much books had become a part of my life. Here I was picking this of anywhere to sight see – and it was the best place i’ve been there in a long while. Just to enjoy the quiet for a few moments, to know all the words contained in all those books I can’t wait to read. The whole expanse of knowledge and stories I have yet to find… It’s humbling and amazing all at the same time.

So happy blog anniversary to me! And to you – thank you ALL for sticking around and making it worth my while!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Your fellow Blogger –

Kell

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Musing Monday – July 15th

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Today’s Musing Mondays asks…

What do you think of books that give you recommended reading lists? Do you read them? Do you use their suggestions? Why/why not?

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Hmm – this is a very interesting topic today and nice to have some change up!

To be honest, I don’t usually pay attention to these things.. BEFORE I was a blogger when I read books I always purchased, I would from time to time check these out – especially when it listed books by the same author if I enjoyed the book I read, but now that 90% of what I read is an ARC, I don’t see these much anymore.. So I would say right now, no.. Not only because I don’t really see them but also because my TBR list is insane and I only add things at this point that I’m absolutely dying to read!

But I do appreciate that some authors take the time…

Now – reading lists I see on GoodReads or Top Ten Tuesday lists are totally different animals – I know it’s not “technically” part of this musing session, but I have to admit that I do pour over these looking for my next “great” read – and to see if there is anything I have missed out on completely doing my own searching.. I’ve gotten some great reads like this like “Tangled”  by Emma Chase – Loved, loved, loved this book and got it from someone’s Top Ten Tuesday – totally off my radar. I think that’s the best part of doing those Top Ten Tuesday, and even any other MeMe like this one and the Tuesday Teaser — it gives me a chance to get what I’m reading out there as well as see what everyone else is doing!

Happy Monday Everyone!

On another note, I read an AMAZING book this weekend – “Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts – actually read this whole book (365 pages) in one day yesterday if that tells you how awesome it is – check back for my review today!

 

Kelley

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Sunday Salon – July 7th

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Happy Sunday Everyone! And welcome to the Sunday Salon —

This week I thought I would discuss my current reading habits – well they have been terrible, no other way to say it. I just got a new job at work, which of course means more of the work to do so I can “pull my weight” — so I’ve left myself with very little time to read/review/etc.. I have been “trying” to keep up with posting and letting you guys know what I’m up to and reading – but I have NEVER taken so long to read a book. I think I’m going on 2 weeks with my current book and not done still!! The sad thing is I really, really love the book and the writer – it’s just – i can’t find the time to finish it..

Yesterday, in lieu of all of this – I took some time yesterday to prioritize my TBR list and make some  new goals for the blog and try and get caught up on reviews. I made some awesome headway and really feel like I’m over my hump and can get back to what I love most – reading! I also got 2 reviews done –wow! So now i’m pumped up and excited to get this going again —

Share– have any of you gone through a “slump” with reading and blogging? Had trouble making the time to actually do the reading between work, the reviews, and keeping up the blog itself? Happy to take any advice on how to manage everything – I think I got into blogging before I fully understood the time requirements, and while I don’t regret it for one second, I just need to find a way to better balance. The one thing I have discovered is the publish later feature on WordPress -so when I have time, like yesterday, I can write a few things and set them up to post, I don’t even have to remember to go back and post them – how awesome is that?? If I can do this each weekend, then through the week is enjoy other people’s blogs, comment, read, and post my stuff to Twitter and Facebook and other MiMi sites – haven’t found a way to “pre post” that stuff yet..

Anyway, I had a great and productive weekend and just wanted to gush a little bit over the “little” learning I had this weekend from WordPress and the cool new things I could do, plus my “epiphany” of how to manage things, at least for right now..

Hope you guys had a great Sunday and will have an Awesome Monday!

Kelley

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Friday Finds for June 28th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

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Hey Guys! First – Happy Friday!! TGIF!! I am sooo ready to be done with this week – well that is an understatement, I am wayyy ready to be done with this week! It has been one heck of a week —

However, I did find some new finds this week – but not as many as the last few weeks I have to admit, I think I have 4 good ones for this week – see below! I also l inked to Amazon b/c one of the books is FREE right now and one of the others is $1.99 so perfect time to check them out!

White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)Finding Colin FirthCutters vs. JocksRule (Marked Men, #1)

 

So my choices for this week are:

1. “White Trash Beautiful” by Teresa Mummert

2. “Finding Colin Firth” by Mia Marce

3. “Cutters vs Jocks” by Elizabeth Marx

4. “Rule” by Jay Crowner

Now – a few notes on these — #3 is FREE on Amazon right now, so check it out! and #4 is only $1.99 on Amazon right now. I’ve heard awesome things about both and looking forward to reading them soon. I’ve linked to the two books described below – the free book and the one for $1.99 so get it now, before you forget or it’s not that great price anymore, I know personally unless I do it now, it may not get done (seriously!).

Free Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cutters-Prequel-Novella-Arbitration-ebook/dp/B0064PJUWY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421640&sr=1-1&keywords=cutters+vs+jocks

“Rule” on Amazon for $1.99 — http://www.amazon.com/Rule-Marked-Men-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CGZXRQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421674&sr=1-1&keywords=rule+jay+crownover+book

I also thought that I should include a random cool quote since I love quotes so much. I get a list everyday- and I really liked this one, so here you go:

Learn  from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to  stop questioning. by Albert Einstein

Happy Friday Everyone! What did you find this week? Share your link or just what you found in the comment section below — I will also be posting 2 reviews this weekend, so be on the look out!

 

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Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday Readers! Another Tuesday is officially going by without me being part of the Top 10 Tuesday – I will aspire for next week!

I just finished “Flat Out Love” last week and CANNOT say enough good things about it! If you haven’t picked it up – read it today! The characters and story and..just laugh out loud moments! It’s one of my top pics going forward – definetly a favorite of books that have no sequels!

Unfortunately – I had an unlucky week last week, so I was forced to “relax” over the weekend with, “sigh”, no work on my blog. I am definetly planning to work more on getting more reviews posted this weekend, so keep looking, I promise they are coming!

Until then, good reading! I’m starting “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins – what is everyone else reading??

Until next time!

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