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! 

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Treat Yo Shelf & Giveaway: June Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

June Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of June.

What did I read?

It was another slow reading month for me. Sorry, guys.

What books did I buy? 

I was on a “Book Buying Ban” this month, but I did purchase one book, Autofocus, because I wanted the awesome swag that came with the pre-order. 

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What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  • Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi from HarperCollins/HarperTeen (Hardcover & e-ARC)
  • We Own the Night by Ashley Poston from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (e-ARC)

What books did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers?

  • The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker (ARC)
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (signed Hardcopy)

June’s Uppercase Box

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June’s BOOM!BOX from Espionage Cosmetics

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Bookish Swag I bought or received from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

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I bought NovellyYours’ Unbirthday candle and it smells freakin’ amazing!!! NovellyYours is an Etsy account created by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide, and her book inspired soy candles are fantastic.

June Favorites

  • Being part of my niece’s wedding and reading a Neil Gaiman poem during the ceremony.
  • Bringing back my favorite Summer drink: Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino
  • Participating in the Irish Banana’s blog tour for Autofocus. I had so much fun taking pictures themed around my review for the book. Plus, I adored the book. 

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • My book buying ban wasn’t too successful, since I bought one book. But hey, it’s the little steps, right? HAHAHA!
  • Sarah J. Maas and Emery Lord are coming to Joseph Beth Booksellers on September 15, 2016 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Check out the event details HERE!
  • Decatur Book Festival author line-up is now live! Check out their site HERE
  • YallFest author line-up is live! Check out the list HERE!
  • I have three bookish giveaways posted on my Twitter account. See information and rules below:

BOOKISH GIVEAWAYS

Retweet and Follow to win (US only). Click on the picture to link to each Twitter post giveaway:

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #1 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #2 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

GIVEAWAY #3 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

This contest is supposed to end July 1, but I will be extending the contest for my blog followers. Enter to win PRESS BACK tattoos inspired by Kristen Simmons’ Metaltown.

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How did you treat your shelves in June? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Reading!

 

W…W…W…Wednesday: 06/29/2016

W…W…W…Wednesday

W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Treat Yo Shelf: Monthly Recap of April & Giveaway

Treat Yo Shelf:

APRIL Monthly Recap

Welcome  to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read and bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

What did I read?

What books did I buy? (this does not include Kindle purchases)

  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (hardcover-signed/personalized)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (hardcover-signed for GIVEAWAY)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (UK paperback)
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (hardcover-signed/personalized)
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (hardcover-signed for GIVEAWAY)
  • Mein Herz und andere schwarze Löcher by Jasmine Warga (German edition of My Heart and Other Black Holes-hardcover)
  • Love, Lies and Spies by  Cindy Anstey (paperback)
  • These Vicious Masks by  Tarun Shanker (paperback)
  • The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens (hardcover-signed/personalized)
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (hardcover)
  • No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista (paperback)

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  •  Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (e-ARC: Netgalley review)
  • The Unexpected Everything (e-ARC: Netgalley review)

What books did I receive from friends?

  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (#booksfortrade exchange with Heidi)
  • The Night Circus (UK paperback) by Erin Morgenstern (#booksfortrade exchange with Becca)

Uppercase Box

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BOOM!Box

April Theme: Fabled

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Subscription Box brought to you by Espionage Makeup

What I Won–Bookish Giveaways

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I was a winner of NOVL’s ULTIMATE BOY BAND MADNESS

Bookish Swag from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

Favorite April Moments

  • Attending Emery Lord’s book event for When We Collided at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati!
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All my signed beauties!

  • Attending Southern Kentucky Book Festival in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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Swag and books I got signed at Southern Kentucky Book Festival

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are going to be signing their book, Illuminae, at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, Kentucky on May 10, 2016. Details HERE!

April Favorites

  • Subway’s Carved Turkey sandwiches (with no bacon, of course)
  • Starbucks’ new rewards program
  • Trust Fund Beauty nail polish
  • The Etsy shop:The Melting Library and their amazing candles, ,especially The Winner’s Trilogy themed candle: Bite and Sting

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How did you treat your shelves in April? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

GIVEAWAY (US and International)

Win signed copies of When We Collided and My Heart and Other Black Holes

Treat Yo Shelf Giveaway April

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

TOP TEN TUESDAY

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

  1. BOOK MAIL:   Whenever I receive bookish mail, either it be books I ordered or a book I won, I get super excited. There is no better feeling than opening up a pre-ordered book, a subscription box, a surprise bookish gift from a friend, or a giveaway win. 
  2. NETGALLEY APPROVAL:  So much happiness happens inside my brain and heart whenever I receive an email from Netgalley and they tell me that the publisher has approved my request. THANK YOU PUBLISHERS/AUTHORS FOR GIVING ME THE CHANCE TO READ AND REVIEW YOUR BOOKS!!!!
  3. BOOKISH FRIENDS:   As an introvert, it is hard to connect with people, especially if crowds exhaust you. But over the last few years, I have been very thankful to grad school, local book events, YallFest, Decatur Book Fest, Southern Kentucky Book Festival, Twitter, #OTSPSecretSister, and book club. All of these bookish outlets have connected me to great, lifelong friends. 
  4. READING A 5-STAR BOOK:   I love and covet that sensation in finding that one book that gives me that HOLY-MOLY-THIS-BOOK-IS-FREAKIN’-AMAZING feeling. Or even that book that saves me from my month-long reading slump! Reading a book and rating it 5-out-5 stars might be rare for me, but that book definitely becomes a treasure and possibly a reread to save me from a reading slump.  
  5. AUTHOR INTERACTION:   Talking to authors online or even in-person at a book event is the most rewarding feeling in the bookish community. I get incredibly ecstatic and thankful when I find out that one of my favorite authors is visiting one of my local bookstores AND I am able to meet them. 
  6. DISCOVERING A BOOK-THEMED ETSY STORE:   I know I have an obsession with buying books, but I also have an obsession with buying book-themed items from Etsy stores, especially candles. GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKISH ITEMS!!!
  7. GETTING A BOOK SIGNED:  I have a problem. I love buying books, but more importantly, I love meeting authors and getting my books signed. I have over 350 books signed, and I love that each signature has a great memory along with it.
  8. PRE-ORDER INCENTIVES:  I’ve already established that I buy A LOT of books, and sometimes authors or the publishers like to add incentives (book swag, posters, autographed nameplates, etc.). I am a sucker for those incentives!  
  9. ORGANIZING BOOKS:  I buy between 10 to 20 books a month, so whenever I get my bookshelves organized, it is an incredible sense of accomplishment and relief to have organization in my life. Plus the beauty of all my books lined up in their right place is pure happiness for me. 
  10. DISCOVERING A NEW BOOK:   I will admit it, I am one of those people who will buy a book based on its cover. Magical realism books are an “instant” buy for me, and so are books with “queen” or “crown” in the title. If the cover is beautiful or it displays my favorite key words, then I WANT IT NOW! So whenever someone tweets, instagrams, or adds a book to their Goodreads and it shows up on my feed, I get incredibly happy to add it to my own “to-read” Goodreads shelf! 

What are some of your bookworm delights?