The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers! Be sure to check out his original post about the award hereI was nominated and tagged by Kirsty at Kirsty’s Book Reviews. Thank you, Kirsty!

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

I don’t know if this is breaking the rules, but below is a mash-up of my own pictures that I gathered to express my aesthetic. 

I like to think that this collage aesthetic is me in a nutshell. As you can see I’m a mix of donuts, books, witchiness, Funko Pops, fandom candles, NKY/Cincy sunsets, more books, feminism, coffee love, cemetery visits, cute shoes, books and more books, awesome mugs, organization, tote bag hoarder, fantasy lover, Jane Eyre fanatic, and my furbaby–Josephine the poodle. 

I tag:

Kayla
Laura
Sydney
Rendz
Lia
And anyone who would love to participate! 

Happy 1-Year Blogversary & Giveaway!!!

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I have been part of the bookish community for over 6 years, mainly as a reader and Goodreads reviewer. But after much debate, I decided to enter the bookish world as a book blogger. So on January 12, 2016, I revamped my old blog that I created in 2011 (I only had one post, hahaha), and started sharing my own rants and raves on books and anything book-related. I have loved every step, and I continue to learn things about myself, the community, and the publishing world. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, and more importantly, thank you for making me feel so welcome in the book blogging world. 

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My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016

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Blog Tour: Review of Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of All the Feels by Danika Stone

Blog Tour & Giveaway: AUTOFOCUS by Lauren Gibaldi

Blog Tour & Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Street Team Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Blog Tour!: Skins and Other Stories & Giveaway

Blog Tour & Giveaway: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Amber Sky by Amy Braun

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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  • Write and post a book review each week. (Hoping to have 52 book reviews posted by the end of the year).
  • Review at least one bookish inspired item, Etsy store/product, or subscription box a month on my blog.
  • Respond quicker to blog comments.
  • Blog hop more often.
  • Participate in more book tours. 
  • Write discussion posts. 
  • Read 104 books.
  • Host more book giveaways on different social media accounts. 
  • Continue learning. Be creative. Accept criticism. And keep growing. 
  • Have fun!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win one (1) book of your choice from The Book Depository (under $15.00 limit)

Open to International and U.S. followers (Be sure to check that The Book Depository ships to your country/address). Please follow the rules/guidelines listed under each entry. I will be checking that all entries requirements are fulfilled. 

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Win these 2017 ARCs

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Only open to U.S. participants. Follow me on Twitter and Retweet the link connected to the picture above or click here.

The Entertainer Blogger Award

 

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A big thank you to Zainab at https://abibliophilesobsession.wordpress.com/ and Ronyell at rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com for tagging me and the nomination!!! 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions:

Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

In 2011, I started this blog to talk about books and my geocaching adventures. However, at the beginning of this year, I revamped my site and dedicated my blog to anything and everything book related.  

Q2. What is your favorite book?

Well, I have a few…Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Q3. What do you dislike the most?

In the book community, I would have to say people/readers that do not treat authors as real people. 

Q4. What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Warm pretzels. 

Q5. What is your favorite pastime?

Hmmm…other than reading and blogging, I love playing with my dog, writing, and binge watching amazing shows.

Nominations: 

Brittany at Ginger Night Owl

Adri the Bookworm

Megan at BookSlayerReads

Suzanne at The Bookish Libra

Mariam and Ashley at Flying Through Fiction

Alex at The Shadow Girl’s Blog

Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense

Beth at Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Caitlin and Cynthia at Shelfie Podcast

Madeline at The SFF Bookshelf

My 25 Bookish Habits

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Last week I posted a blog that listed 25 Facts about myself. Well today, I decided to give you all the inside scoop on 25 of my bookish habits. HERE WE GO! 

  1. Once I start reading, I’m in a zone and nothing distracts me. I can read in the car. I can read with the TV on. I can read with the radio on. I can read while conversations are going on all around me. I can read anywhere! 
  2. I am hardcore TEAM HARDCOVER. I honestly want nothing but hardcover books taking up room on my bookshelves.
  3. I’m not a big fan of owning paperbacks, especially mass market paperbacks.
  4. However, I do prefer reading paperbacks, because they are lightweight and easy to handle. I know, I’m a weirdo! 
  5. If I read a hardback novel, I have to take the dust jacket off first. I have lost many dust jackets due to this habit. 
  6. I like to read New Adult and Paranormal Romance books on my Kindle app versus reading a physical copy. 
  7. I have a slight addiction to owning German editions of my favorite books.
  8. Over 50% of the books I own are signed. 
  9. 99.9% of the time I have a book in my possession.
  10. I use a book tote bag as a purse. So not only do I have my essentials, like wallet, lipbalm, etc., in my purse/tote bag, but I also carry along at least one book (sometimes two).
  11. I keep a copy of The Catcher in the Rye in my glove compartment of my car.
  12. I organize my books alphabetically by the author’s last name. 
  13. The only exception to my alphabetical organization is that I have whole shelves dedicated to my Jane Eyre collection, Harry Potter collection,  A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) collection, Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s series, and my Leigh Bardugo collection. 
  14. Last year I started a To-Be-Read shelf on one of my bookcases, but it turned into a TBR bookcase. 
  15. I’m an interactive reader. I write and highlight in my books, and I even add post-its/stickynotes to flag important passages.  
  16. I don’t mind reading secondhand books that are marked up or highlighted. 
  17. If I am unable to highlight, mark, or flag my favorite passages, I will dog-ear the pages. I DON’T CARE IF IT BENDS THE PAGE! 
  18. I don’t have a specific place where I like to read. 
  19. I read every day, but I do a majority of my reading (90% of the time) on weekends.
  20. If I’m not going through a reading slump, I can read 2 to 4 books a weekend. 
  21. I have to read chapter by chapter. I cannot bookmark at some random page to save my spot. 
  22. I’m not a big fan of audio books. I feel like audio books take away from my interactive reading skills; how the hell do people highlight or note their favorite quotes/passages with audio books?
  23. I am a mood reader, and I often go on genre binges.  
  24. I don’t really have a snack or drink preference when I read. 
  25. Sometimes I will go to the last chapter and see how the book ends while I’m in the middle of the book. I usually do this with books I’m thinking about not finishing. The process of reading the last chapter, determines if the book is a DNF for me. I really hate not finishing books, though. 

What are some of your own bookish habits? Have you ever observed odd bookish habits from your fellow book friends? If so, what were they? 

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Day 4 #BBAW

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week (#BBAW) is hosted by Estella Society

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Day 4 How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!

We all know that the book blogging community is BIG, and it’s growing every day. It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed or totally lost. We want to know how you feel connected. Is it a specific tribe you run with? Events that keep you grounded? Twitter? Instagram? Comments?~Estella Society

I am a newbie blogger, so I am still learning the ins and outs of book blogging. However, I have a strong connection with my fellow book bloggers and book-loving friends through social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram. I’m an introvert, so I have a hard time connecting with people, but I am very thankful to people who understand by cautious demeanor. But I swear, I’m a good person and I’m working on my flaws and odd, standoffish personality. 

More importantly, I am very thankful for the #OTSPSecretSister Project that has provided me the opportunity to not only share my love for books and cheer of gift giving and letters, but it also has been a huge outlet for me to meet new people and gain some awesome friends.  To learn more about the On the Same Page Secret Sister Project visit their fact page found HERE, and chat with the awesome people that run #OTSPSecretSister:   Brittany , Alyssa , and Amy .

HOW TO CONNECT WITH ME

Please feel free to follow my blog, connect with me on Twitter via @CassieopiaB, find me on Goodreadsor leave a comment on pictures of books and my poodle, Josephine, on Instagram.

♥ I would love to hear from you! ♥

I also attend a lot of book events and author signings throughout the year. You can definitely find me at author signings in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and sometimes Nashville, Tennessee.

More importantly, I attend the following book events each year: Southern Kentucky Book Festival in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, Ohio; Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia; Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee; and YallFest in Charleston, South Carolina.  I’m usually on a strict self-created signing schedule when I go to these events, but please feel free to stop by and chat with me. I love connecting with other book lovers. 

MY GOALS TO CONNECT WITH BOOKISH PEEPS

This year, I have made it a goal, more of a challenge for me, to connect with other bookish people through as many outlets as I can. My options are limitless, but I do plan to start connecting with more people through some of these goals:

  • Following and commenting on book blogs.
  • Replying more to comments that people leave on my blog. 
  • Saying “hi” and meeting people at book events.
  • Saying “hi” and meeting people through social media. 
  • Participating in blog events.
  • Sharing the love of books by hosting giveaways. 
  • Challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone, and participating in more Twitter chats or real-life chats at book events. 

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Day 3 #BBAW

 

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week (#BBAW) is hosted by Estella Society

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Day 3’s Prompt:

Have you ever read a book because of a book blogger? Be it a good book or bad, bloggers recommend books every day of the year. Sometimes we take their advice and it’s great! Hello every graphic novel I’ve ever read! Sometimes, it’s not so great. Damn you Like Water for Chocolate (ducks). Today, tell us all about the book or books you’ve read because of a book blogger and be sure to sure to spread the blame around.~Estella Society

I’m not a huge young adult contemporary reader. However, every now and then I get on a contemporary kick, (side note: I blame the romantic kissage), and I read like ten contemporary or New Adult books in a row. As a hardcore fantasy and sci-fi book lover with this odd obsession with contemporary novels, I usually turn to my friends and fellow book bloggers for their recommendations. Now it’s time for the blame game…

 

I BLAME KAYLA

As I admitted before, contemporary is a hard genre for me to enjoy, but once I get started, I can’t stop reading them. A few years back, my friend Kayla, my brother Johnny, and I went to Decatur, Georgia for their annual book festival. One of the guest authors attending the festival was Stephanie Perkins. So of course based on Kayla’s recommendation and her being the book pusher that she is, I bought all of Stephanie’s books. After meeting Stephanie and acknowledging how sweet and adorable she is, I read Anna and the French Kiss. Then I fell into the Anna and the French Kiss series’ rabbit hole.

Before reading the series, I specifically remember Kayla stating (I’m paraphrasing here), “In Lola and the Boy Next Door, Cricket is sweet and adorable, but Lola is a spoiled brat and does not deserve him.” So obviously, I am going to blame Kayla for my must-read-marathon obsession I had with Stephanie Perkins’s books, but also, as I was reading Lola’s story, I kept thinking, “nope, nope, nope…Cricket you deserve so much better than Lola.” I also did not read Lola’s story until last, because I was so afraid I was going to despise her. HAHAHA!!! Thanks for putting that disapproval towards Lola in my head, Kayla.  

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