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! 

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

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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?

Book Tag: THIS or THAT

THIS or THAT


 

The Rules

1. Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).

2. Thank the blogger who tagged you!

3. Choose one of the options. You don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that, but you can also do them if you want to.

4. Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!


Questions

One: reading on the couch or on the bed?
Both. I read during the day on a couch and at night on the bed.  

Two: male main character or female main character?
Definitely, a female main character. I find female characters to be more dynamic and fully fledged out when authors fully explore the potential of their female characters. 

Three: sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I usually do not eat while reading, but I don’t mind munching on some salty snacks like pretzels. 

Four: trilogies or quartets?
I prefer duologies, but I don’t mind trilogies.

Five: first person point of view or third person point of view?
Third person point of view. I have a hard time connecting with characters in first person point view and usually feel like I’m forcing myself to stick with the story. 

Six: reading at night or in the morning?
I usually read in the evening or at night. It helps me wind down and get my thoughts off the day’s events. 

Seven: libraries or bookstores?
Definitely bookstores, because I NEED to own ALL the books. I live in a small town and our library is very limited and not very big. I don’t mind making that 30+ minute drive to a bookstore. 

Eight: books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Books that make me laugh. 

Nine: black book covers or white book covers?
As I glance at my books, I’m going to have to go with black book covers. 

Ten: character driven or plot driven stories?
Plot driven. I need a story, I need a background, I need reasons, and I need change in order for a story to capture my attention. 


I TAG

Reading the End

I’ll Read it Later

The JRSQUARED

caitlinsternwrites

Pretty Witty Words

Politics, Polymers, & Pretty Dresses

Scifi and Scary Book Reviews

Head In the Clouds, Hearts in the Books

bookskeptic

The Hungry Monster Book Review


Thank you to Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks for creating this Book Tag. And a special thank you WAT DA BOOK for tagging me! 

 

My 25 Bookish Habits

25 BOOKISH HABITS

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

CommunityConnection

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.