Ask Me Anything + The Sunshine Blogger Award

Ask Me Anything + The Sunshine Blogger Award
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Thank you to Joanna Nicole for nominating me for this award! If you haven’t checked out her blog – The Geekish Brunette, I highly suggest checking it out! My content pales in comparison to hers, so do me a favor and follow her blog too!

Last week I also posted an Ask Me Anything, so it was perfect timing that these two events ended up on the same day. I’ll throw in my AMA questions and answers in at the end of the tag.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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Questions from Joanna Nicole @ The Geekish Brunette:

1.) What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

This is a really tough answer, because I don’t really know. It might sound a bit silly, but the books that have had the biggest impact on my life have probably been The Magic Treehouse series. They were some of the first books I ever remember reading, and I think they made me fall in love with reading when I was a young kid.

2.) What was your last book hangover?

Great. First two questions and I have a hard time answering them. I’m not really sure what to say for this because I am always reading at least two different books at one time, so there’s never really a chance for me to take a break from reading…I may be misunderstanding what book hangover means though.

3.) Favorite book quote and why?

Life before Death
Strength before Weakness
Journey before Destination.
It’s a quote from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, and there is so much meaning behind each of those phrases that it really means a lot to me. The way I think of the quote is a little different than what Sanderson’s characters do, but I think he made it so that it can be interpreted differently. If it means anything I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of that quote.

4.) What is your favorite color and what book cover best shows it off?

Blue. Not even a question. Maybe I am just a stereotypical guy who likes the “boy” color. In terms of what book cover, I’d probably say what I’m reading now. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan.

5.) Favorite book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

I’ve never thought of this one before, but probably Clary Fray/Fairchild in the Mortal Instruments series. Don’t ask why…but if you do I’d probably answer you.

6.) Do you prefer standalone or series?

Series for the most part, but I’ve read a few standalones recently that have tipped the scales just a little bit.

7.) Who is your favorite villain and why?

It’s a tie between Napoleon from Animal Farm and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Both very different characters, but I liked seeing Napoleon grow into the villain throughout the book, but I also like Sauron’s presence and power, but we never actually get to see HIM, so it’s an interesting type of villain.

8.) Do you like morally grey characters?

Depends on the book/series, but overall yes. I think they make books more suspenseful as a whole, and add an interesting look at the world. Straight good or bad and you know what decisions will be made, but add a touch of grey and you never know what you’ll get.

9.) What got you into reading?

Like I said, The Magic Treehouse series was the first one I remember really getting into, and it opened my eyes to the fantastical possibilities that books can bring you.

10.) Favorite book-to-movie adaption?

As much as I am not a fan of how hyped the series is, I’d say Harry Potter. They did a good job adapting the movies for the big screen.

11.) What is your least favorite book genre?

Probably romance. I don’t hate it entirely, but it’s something I’ve dipped my toes into, and I haven’t been able to go any further. I think romance and I just don’t get along too well.

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My Questions:

1.) If you could get one book quote tattooed on your body, what and where would it be? (keep it clean people)
2.) One book series you want turned into a tv show or movie?
3.) If you could live in any book world, which would it be and why?
4.) If you had the power to read something, and make the words become reality in front of you, what book would you read first?
5.) What’s one really popular book you dislike?
6.) If you could have a pint with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
7.) Where is your favorite place to read?
8.) What book death hit you the hardest?
9.) What book has been on your TBR the longest, and why?
10.) What is one idea for a book/series you wish you could act on and write?
11.) What’s one book you love that you think everyone should read?

I don’t know 11 other book bloggers well enough to tag them, but if you’re reading this and want to participate in the Award, then consider yourself tagged. Otherwise I have a few people I’d like to tag. Enjoy!!! (If you’ve already done it please ignore me I’M SORRY)

Witty and Sarcastic Book Club Ashes Books & Bobs The Bibliophagist
Hamlets & Hyperspace Chocolate’n’Waffles

Below are the questions to my Ask Me Anything I posted last week. There weren’t many submissions, but here they are.

Question: What was the book that got you into reading?

I said it above, but The Magic Treehouse series really opened my eyes to the possibilities of worlds and imagination.

Question: What’s one book you think you’d love to read- but either you haven’t found it yet or no one has written about it yet? (For example- I’d love to find a dark fantasy based on Hawaiian folklore.)

I’d like to see a book based off of a video game I don’t remember the title of. The concept is that these 4 people were all chained together and they had to figure out their way out of this tower. I think it could be a really cool concept, having characters physically bound to each other the whole story.

Thank you guys so much for asking me these questions, and thanks again for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but I never really had the platform that enabled me to.

Since I started my blog, I guess I’ve built up a bit of a following, and I figured it might be a good time to start a little Q&A thing to answer any questions my followers had about me.

I don’t know how many of you are actually real. Maybe you’re all a very elaborate hoax put on by my family to make me feel accomplished, I don’t know.

Either way, I’m putting it out there.

Any APPROPRIATE questions you guys ask me, I will answer next week on Thursday. If you ask a question and you have a blog, website, or social media handles of your own, please let me know and I will make sure to tag them in the next post!

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

As any good reader knows, every books can go through a lot of wear and tear during their lives. Some people go out of their way to keep a book in good condition, others don’t really care, I mean how much damage can really be done to a book right?

It’s just some pieces of paper stuck together, and I’m not gonna throw it in a fire or anything so it should be fine (though I do know some people who use old books as firewood and I do not agree!).

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Personally, I would say I’m the type that doesn’t worry about what damage can be done to a book, because I just want to enjoy reading the book.

It’s also pretty hard to avoid ruining the book at least a little bit, in my opinion. Hardcover books are a bit safer because they keep themselves open more than paperbacks, but sometimes I notice that there is an oily fingerprint on the bottom corner of the page, or the cover is faded or ripped a bit from being carried in my backpack all day long.

Plus hardcovers usually have a sleeve, which hides the damage done to the book itself, so I tend to worry a bit less when it comes to those.

Paperbacks are much worse. Just carrying them to and from school I’ve spilled water on them, been splashed by cars, or had covers rip and pages fold when something else in my bag squished it.

Honestly, even after all of that I don’t care. I don’t want to ruin my experience of reading a book just because I don’t want it to get dirty or ruined.

If a book was ruined beyond repair or pages get torn out, then I might be a bit upset, but that would be pretty difficult to do, so I don’t worry about that too much.

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Now maybe I am going a bit crazy, and people aren’t these perfect book keepers I assume they are, but I have proof of at least one person who is! I know someone who will not and can not ruin a book. It’s impossible. Destiny has forbidden it.

They wrap their book in a soft cloth cover when they aren’t reading it, and they have a special pocket on their bag dedicated to nothing but the book. Nothing bends, rips, or even touches it except the cover.

I’ve even seen them handle the book pretty nonchalantly and it’s like the Book Gods won’t let their books be ruined. There’s a small force field or something around the book that prevents any harmful materials from entering.

They can’t even ruin the spine of a paperback book! How is that possible?

A 800+ page book and they don’t have one single crease mark on the spine? I call bullshit.

It’s either some sort of witchcraft or they only carry around books and don’t actually read them.

Either way, that’s not my life. I’ve yet to ruin a book beyond repair (but I have come pretty damn close) and that’s all I care about.

As long as the book has two covers, legible words on the pages, and the pages are all there, I will read it, though I’m pretty sure I have read a book with no front or back covers before.

Now…

To get to the point of this post… the book that I have ruined the most.

This book has been through it all. I spilled water on it, put oily fingerprints on the pages, dropped food on the pages, squished bugs between its pages, dropped it in dirt, and even dropped it down a two-story building by accident.

The worst thing that happened to it was actually when I first started reading it though. I was on a boat with my girlfriend and her family, and I had brought the book along for the day because it was a nice summer day and I didn’t want to swim…so I figured I’d stay on the boat, enjoy the sun, and read.

It was going well. I had crushed through 75, maybe 100 pages in an hour or so and we started heading back to shore because it was getting late and we were getting hungry.

My girlfriend and I were sitting at the front of the boat, and were getting splashed a bit by some of the waves, so I threw my book and phone under my hoodie and put it at our feet.

WELL that turned out to be a big mistake because not a few minutes later, a HUGE wave came and splashed the boat, leaving the entire floor covered in 4-5 inches of water for a good 30 seconds.

Worried about my phone, I quickly grabbed it and put it somewhere more dry, but as I did my book started floating to the back of the boat.

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I was devastated, but there were more important things to worry about.

When we finally made it back to shore, the cover had been basically torn off, paged bent beyond repair, and some of the words wee smudged, BUT all in all it was still a book, and I ended up finishing it a few weeks later when I was on the boat again…clearly not learning from my previous mistakes.

What’s the worst you’ve ever dont to a book? Let me know in the comments. 

Thursday Thoughts: Lending Libraries

Thursday Thoughts: Lending Libraries

So for those who don’t know what a Lending Library is, it’s pretty simple. Basically I put a small library of books in my front yard, usually in a weather-proof containter, and people are welcome to “take” the books.

They’re supposed to return them, hence the library aspect, but that’s not always the case.

I’ve thought about maybe having an lending library of my own one day. You sort of need to have a front yard in a high foot traffic area, which I am not in at the moment.

I kind of like the idea though, but I think I’d make mine a little different from this. Instead of it being a library, I would like to make it more like a swap meet.

You take a book in my little library and leave one in its place. That way its like sharing a story with a stranger, and the possibilities of the books that will be swapped could be amazing.

There would be a few options in there, and they would be books I enjoyed, but ones I’m okay with getting rid of.

It would give people a chance to get a free book that they may not have known about before, and it would give me the chance to discover books that I may not have seen. You can do a lot with it. Each person can write their name and when they read the book inside the cover, books can be traded or put back.

The potential is limitless.

A lending “library” is something I’d like to do one day, but my only concern is that are others interested. Would other people want to borrow books, or would the books just sit there and collect dust.

I guess that’s something I would need to try one day. I just need to get a front yard with a sidewalk in front of it first.

Would you consider setting up a lending library? Or have you seen one in your neighborhood? I’d love to share some stories about it! Let me know in the comments!!!

March Madness Bracket: Book Edition

March Madness Bracket: Book Edition

If you live in North America, and possibly other places in the world, you have likely heard of March Madness.

It’s basically a big basketball tournament for American College schools that tales place in March and April. I’m not a basketball fan, but from what I understand it’s basically their playoff season, but I could be wrong.

People go nuts for this, betting hundreds and thousands of dollars on it, and making bracket guesses left and right hoping that they’ll win some money off the teams they picked.

I’m sure there are THOUSANDS or even TENS OF THOUSANDS of people in North America who don’t give a shit about this March Madness crap, so I’m going to offer them an alternative, a better alternative.

MAY MAYHEM

That’s right, this year will be the first ever May Mayhem bracket, which will feature 64 of the best Fantasy Book series (change the genre every year) that I could find, and they’ll be thrown into a randomly generated bracket where people will be able to vote for the winner.

Now I don’t actually know if this is a good idea, and I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but I think (and really hope) people will be interested in this enough to want to vote on it.

I’ll make sure to have some updates now and then as to what’s going to happen, but let me know what you think of this idea in the comments or shoot me an email.

I think it’s a fun idea to do for the book community and have a bit of friendly competition as to whos favourite book series will prevail.

What does success look like as a blogger?

What does success look like as a blogger?

When I started this blog as a school assignment my first thought was “Ugh, I’ll have to figure out what I can talk about every week.”

Once I started writing the first few posts, it was like a switch had turned on in my head and suddenly I had dozens of ideas I wanted to try, posts I wanted to make, and things I wanted to do to get my name out there.

The blog quickly became something that I loved and wanted to take full-time, and it didn’t take long for me to buy my WordPress domain and start posting daily content.

The next step after that was to start engaging with the book blogging community and my followers to gain traction within the community.

It’s not easy engaging with audiences. You have to constantly be looking online, talking to them, and growing your brand and image so that you can stay relevant and not fall behind.

It was while I was talking to some of the members of the book blogging community that I realized how much more “succesful” they were compared to my blog.

Some blogs had been around for years, slowly growing their following and community, while others started within the last year or so, and were miles ahead of where I was.

It got a little disheartening after a while. Seeing all these succesful bloggers, booktubers, and whatever else I could find online with hundreds and thousands of followers.

How could I keep up with them?

Clearly they were doing something right that I wasn’t doing in order to be so succesful.

I had lost my heart for blogging. I didn’t want to bother any more. I mean when it comes down to it, how would a little book blog make any  money? It would just be a waste of my time, sharing my thoughts and stories on the internet and get basically no reward from it.

That’s the mindset I had for quite a while before something changed. I couldn’t point it to a specific moment, or even a day or two.

It may have been from writing different posts and falling in love with it all again, but something made me realize what I wanted from the blog and why I had enjoyed doing it so much.

The goal wasn’t to make money one day, the goal wasn’t to become some world-famous blogger that people all over the world knew about.

The original goal had been to enjoy being a blogger, and I haven’t stopped doing that. I love sharing my stories, my thoughts, and my opinions.

I love sharing my take on different books, or giving writing prompts, or sharing a quote from the book I reviewed to the community.

I love having all these ideas flowing through my mind of different things I could do to share my voice with other people, whether that was different types of posts, different platforms, or even different types of books.

This was when I realized that success as a blogger, for me at least but im sure others in the community also, is just to enjoy doing it. You don’t need to have thousands of followers or make a lot of money, or get thousands of views a day.

You don’t need to be the best, or the most succesful. Hell, you don’t even need to have any readers.

To me, the point of a blog is to enjoy what you’re doing. I mean if you don’t like what you’re doing and you are forcing yourself to get posts out every day or every week then what’s the point?

If you get followers, or get famous from it, then that’s a bonus. Making a little money is probably pretty exciting too, and can’t hurt the fact that you’ll enjoy doing it more.

Yeah, if you’re making a blog that doesn’t have viewers it gets disheartening, and you’ll probably want to quit, but it does get better.

It may take some time, and it may not be easy, but it does get better. People will read it.

In this world that’s full of online content, it’s difficult to gain traction compared to those who have been doing it for years, but it will happen.

All you have to do is keep doing it. Keep posting, keep writing, and keep falling in love with what you’re doing and people will find you.

I hope this helps in some way. Sometimes it gets frustrating, trying to post regular content with no reward, but it does get better, and if it’s not something you want to continue, that’s fine too.

It’s difficult to do this. It’s difficult to post regular content while juggling who knows how many other things in your life, but you should do it because you love it.

Why do you love blogging? Is it the followers? Sharing your own stories and opinions? Let’s talk about it in the comments

 

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, except Friday’s because something happened and I got sidetracked and didnt post one, here they are all in one place:

Monday

Book Review: Where We Feel Human by Sam Cortes

Tuesday

Type it Out Tuesday: Six Word Stories

Wednesday

Wednesday News: March 6

Thursday

Having a Book Travel the World

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