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Truth or Dare (9)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

DARE: Go into a bookstore and take three pictures of books that catch your eye. Talk about them!

For my three books, I picked one I haven’t read, one I did read and liked and one I did read but didn’t like.

20140124_084309 Each time I walk by the YA section at Barnes and Noble, this one is on the bestselling shelf just staring at me, asking me why haven’t I read it yet.  I actually recently bought the whole trilogy, but since the movie is right around the corner, I am going to wait until I see the movie before I start reading it.  It is hard, though, having to put off reading it for another two months.  But I am definitely not one of those people who likes to read a book right before they see the movie.  Did it once, haven’t done it since.   I can’t wait to finally start it, though.

 

 

 

 

20140124_084729 This was the first contemporary book I ever read.  It is also the book that made me fall in love with contemporaries in the first place.  As much as I liked the first cover, I love these new covers even more!  They are just so beautiful.  I love the Eiffel Tower in the background for this one and the colors make it look like a gorgeous French sunset.  When I went to YALLFest this past November, I was waiting in line to have my Lola book (old cover) signed and the person in front of me was the one who designed the new covers!  She was really cool and a bit bashful about it when I complimented the awesomeness of the new covers.  If I had the new cover, I would have gotten her to sign it, too.

 

 

 

20140124_084559 This is the book I read and didn’t like.  The cover is nice and eye-catching because there is just something about the way the girl on the cover stares out at you, like she is fully aware of your presence.  I even like the title, but I didn’t like the story.  It had potential to be a great story, but I think the characters is what really made it unenjoyable for me.  I don’t like snotty, stuck up, I’m-better-than-you high school mean girl type characters, and this story was full of them.  It didn’t really get to be okay until about the last 1/3 or the book.  It just wasn’t for me.

 

 

 

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Truth or Dare (8)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

BOTH!!

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Well, it WOULD have been The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, BUT my phone updated, and when it did, all my audiobook files got totally screwed up and I can’t listen to them.  The bad part is, I only had 30 minutes left of the book!!!   30 FREAKING MINUTES!!!  Needless to say, I was a little unhappy.  So, now my current read Psycho Inside Me will be my first read of 2014.  Not completely sure how I feel about it yet, honestly.  The beginning isn’t as strong as I would like it to be and a couple of wordings had me confused, but I’m still intrigues enough to continue reading and see if it becomes stronger.  I had to take a quick break for myself after the stress of the holidays, which is my I don’t have a fully read book yet with a little delayed start.

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I let my cousin borrow Two Boys Kissing and she has been loving it, even if it has nearly made her cry several times already.  This books gives her lots of feels and she also really likes the whole Greek chorus thing.  This is the cousin who will be partnering with me, so hopefully this may become her first review, so I don’t want to give away too much of what she feels here.  She definitely squealed, too when I handed it over to her to read!

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Truth or Dare (7)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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My main blogging resolution is to be more focused on my blog than last year.  I had a big change that I was adjusting to this past year (my boyfriend and his son moved in with me) and I didn’t get to read and do as much blog stuff as I wanted to.  Now that I am pretty well adjusted to everything, I want to put more focus back onto my blog.  I felt like this past year was pretty slack, but I guess it is to be expected when something big and new happens.

Since I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to, my reading challenges suffered, so this year, one of my resolutions is to make sure I complete all challenges I sign up for.  I missed two of my challenges by only 1 book, but overall, I just wanted to shake my head at myself.  I really wish I was like some of the other bloggers out there who can read 100-200 books in a year, but I just can’t read that fast.  I read at an average pace, and it amazes me that some people can read 3 or 4 books in a single day.

And finally, I want to try to be able to take more review requests.  I haven’t really been taking any lately since I have been so busy and such, but if my cousin does partner with me, we will be able to do more review requests.  I feel bad that I can’t really take any right now and I really hate having to turn writers down when they ask for reviews because they work really hard on their books and I would love to read every single one of them.  So, once my  cousin is settled in, I want to start accepting requests again!

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Truth or Dare (6)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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This one is difficult, not because I have read so many super scary books, but because I haven’t read ANY.  I haven’t found a book to scare me yet.  I have read a few, but most of them have been rather…boring.  Perhaps I’m just  not reading the right books?  I love scary stuff and maybe I am just too hard to scare, but I have been scouting for a great scary book for a while now.  The only book that has come close was Anna Dressed in Blood.  The part where the thing comes down the stairs did make the hair on the back of my neck stand a little, but that is the closest I’ve ever gotten.  I haven’t given up, though!  There are still some books I have high hopes for that I have yet to read.  And, please, please, if you know of good scary books, recommend them to me!  I actually do want to find a book to frighten the bejeezus out of me 🙂

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Truth or Dare (5)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

Truth!

What are the top 3 worst things about being a blogger?

I wasn’t about to sing on camera!  I only sing in the shower or in the car when I’m by myself.  There is a reason I was in band and not chorus in school.  This one is probably going to be kind of hard.

1. Lack of Time:  It is hard to do a lot of other things when all I really do is work and blog.  I hardly watch any TV and I read in the rest of the time I have.  I get a little family time, but really there isn’t time to do much else.  When I take time off for things, I tend to get behind.  I have hardly done any blogging this month since I am working on NaNoWriMo, and it sucks that I am getting so behind.  This year has been pretty busy since my boyfriend moved in with me and we have his son every other week, so I am not going to be making some of my book challenges since I haven’t had as much time to read and do my reviews.  I love my blog, so I keep going, it just becomes hard sometimes.

2. The Burnout:  Sometimes when everything tends to become hard, you get a bit burned out.  Especially when you have a full time job already on top of it.  The people who can work full time, have kids and still blog so often really amaze me.  Sometimes I do just want to take some me time and disappear.  If you’re a really serious blogger, it is like having another job and takes up a ton of time, especially if you’re one of the ones that visits so many other blogs and such often.

3. Turning Requests Down:  I hate having to do it, I really do, but I have been so busy, that I am not even open to accepting requests right now, but some people still send them anyway, and I really hate having to tell people no.  I want other writers to be successful and get their books out in to the world.  I’m hoping one day I will be asking some of you to read my books and I understand not everybody is going to say yes, but I really hate having to be one of them that says no.

So yeah, these are things that I think are the worst about being a blogger, though the good things definitely outweigh the bad!

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Truth or Dare (4)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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Yes!  Finally a Dare!  How could I not do this Dare?  I had to make my ToD post a day late since I didn’t get to do my Halloween until last night, and it was a ton of fun. I LOVE LOVE LOVE HAlloween.  Who doesn’t love to dress up??  This year, since I am slightly broke, I went for something easy and fun.  Since nobody at the Halloween party were readers, they had no clue who I was, but I didn’t care, I did, and my readers will 🙂  So, this year I was….

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Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

lrg_1383346911756_318569322_00c332de And guys?  That’s a real wishbone!  I’m so devoted, I bought a chicken and got the wishbone from it.  I’d never taken a wishbone out of anything, so it was kind of weird.  Also, getting all my hair into the wig cap was quite a wrestling match.  I have hair down to my waist and had to wrangle it all up for the wig, so that was interesting.

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My Karou tattoos (and one of my own)!  I know I am going to have these for the next week since they are in permanent marker, but that’s ok because I am on vacation for the next week.  I drew it on with pen first and traced back over it with the marker.  I’m so horrible at drawing there was no way I was going to do permanent marker first.  The party host loves my hamsas even though he had no clue what they were for.

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A shot of the other hand.  Ignore all of the background messes.  I was doing self shots in my room before the party.  Last night was a ton of fun and we all laughed so hard.  I work with most of the people there last night and it was fun seeing them dressed up – Batman, Joker and Bane were there and there was a fun round of games with good guys vs bad guys.  It was so much fun and I can’t wait until next Halloween!

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Truth or Dare (3)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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Yes, yes, truth again.  I promise I will be doing dares, but this week, I just had NO time to prepare for a dare since I had a long class with work this week that really wore me out!  So, biggest bookish pet peeve?  I can’t say I have one specific biggest because I am really particular about my books.  Dog-earring and writing in books is a HUGE no-no for me.  I can’t stand it if someone is destructive towards books, it just really makes me hurt.  Another giant one, STICKERS ON COVERS!!!  I HATE them.  I LOATHE them.  I have stack at home that I am in the process of removing because they are not the easy pull away kind.  They are the paper super grip kind that leave behind a gooey mess and paper skins.  So annoying!  I like for my books to be in as perfect shape a possible and those stickers cause such a nuisance.  Also, I REALLY have to trust you to let you borrow one of my books.  I don’t even open my own books all the way and there are too many people out there that crack and crease spines and I just can’t let someone read one of my books that I know is going to damage them or lose them.  So, yeah those are probably my top bookish pet peeves.

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Truth or Dare (2)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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I went with truth again this week, mainly because I don’t have the graphics skills to change things on covers like I would have wanted to do for the dare.  I loved Jenna’s covers she made for the dare (she obviously does have those graphics skills) and they were quite funny.

A book I hate:

The Almost Moon Cover I genuinely hated this book.  It’s probably the only book I can say that I really, really hated.  Some books are eh, some books are not that great, some books are even kind of sucky, but this book, I HATED.  It sounded like it could be such a good book, I mean, she killed her mom!  What’s she gonna do now??  But no, it sucked.  There was so much pointless stuff in it and things that made me shudder and this book just had NO POINT.  I am one of those people who just can’t DNF a book, so I kept reading, hoping it would get better. It. Never. Did.  I never enjoyed any part of this book, I had no respect for the main character and I saw nothing worth my time in it.  Sorry if this offends anybody that read it and enjoyed it, but I HATED it.

A book I love:

Cinder Cover Oh, this book!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this book.  This is one of my absolute favorite series in a while, it’s up there with Harry Potter!  It is so creative and there are so many elements in it and it is the best retelling out there in my opinion.  The characters are marvelous and the world building is awesome.  There is so much unique terminology and it’s a complex, wonderful story.  The writing is fantastic and I never wanted to put the book down.  I even did something I rarely do…I reread it!  That’s how good it was!  The last book I reread was one I read in high school 11 years after the first read, so for me to reread this book after only a year is a big deal. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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The Dare for the week was a Vlog, and since I have never done one before and don’t like how I look/sound on camera anyway, I chose to play it safe for my first week!  I do have other hobbies (several actually), but I’ll tell about my most serious ones.

Writing is of course my biggest one.  I love to write as much and as often as I can, though working full time and home time makes it difficult to write as much as I would like to.  I am very excited about my NaNoWriMo project this year and am itching to start, but I still have to wait 20 more days before I can begin, otherwise it’s cheating!  I have 80 pages of another manuscript written that I have been working on as well, though it will be on hold while I work on my new one.  I really want to get a fantabulous story written that will attract an agent since one of my dreams is to have published books 🙂

I also love to penpal.  And I mean TRADITIONAL penpal, with pen and paper and stickers and stamps!  I have several and they are from Japan, France, England and a few other places.  I always love getting to know people through real letters since they are more personal than plain emails – I mean, you can’t even see what their handwriting looks like over email!  Plus, isn’t it so much better to get a letter in the mail than the same old bills and junk?

Another biggy – genealogy!  I love working on my family tree and have found out all kinds of stuff while doing it, including the fact that Geoffrey Chaucer is in my tree!!  I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I was about that one.  I have also began to do my pedigree charts digitally in excel along with my handwritten ones.  I found out how to link the page numbers between excel workbooks, so all I have to do is click the page number and it will take me to the one I need without having to find them individually, which is incredibly helpful.  It’s also really fun collecting names and finding as much new stuff as you can, especially when you find people that are well known and have books written about them and such!

And finally, my last biggest hobby is photography.  I love photography so much.  I can’t draw or paint, but I can use a camera.  I have even won a couple local contests.  Too bad it’s so expensive >.< I really want to get a macro lens so bad so I can do some super close up photos.  I also sometimes still use my film camera, the only bad thing is having to be patient and wait for the film to develop.

I have several other smaller hobbies, but these are the ones I do most often and have the biggest projects for.  I wish I had more time to spend doing them though!  How about your hobbies?

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