BEA15 Giveaway Bundle #1

So this has pretty much been me since Book Expo America and NYC, especially with #ReadThroneofGlass then BookTube-a-thon and Bout of Books coming up. Books will consume my every waking moment but with purpose now – huzzah!

But I decided it was time that I start giving out the BEA pretties that I specifically picked up for you lovely readers! I’m excited because I managed to get seconds of all MY top convention books, so I hope you like the selection :)

There are three bundles altogether and the awesome-ness only increases with each one, so be on the lookout here on the blog and good luck!

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I hope you have a great day with an even better book!

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Book Expo America ’15 Recap

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The #BEAhangover is real. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Pure, unadulterated happiness

Pure, unadulterated happiness

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I’m a Little Rusty But Here It Goes…

Between some serious seasonal depression, new job/coworkers, and settling back into life with my beau, it’s been hectic to say the least. But with BEA and Bout of Books coming up, I really wanted to get back in the swing of things. So here I am, announcing to the world, I’m back bitches and stronger than ever!

Just last night, I was lying in bed thinking about my undergrad thesis. I graduated from Pratt Institute’s creative writing program. To complete the program, every undergrad had to write a 60 page work of fiction with a 10 page introduction. Yeah, that’s right, 70 pages total thesis for an UNDERGRAD program. Pratt don’t play when it comes to art. I was thinking back and remembering how little time I spent on revising and how much I’d love to go back and polish it up. Then I thought, well you have a blog dummy, go write something on that first.

It’s funny how things work out that way. I’ve missed you guys. I’ve missed writing. But most of all, I’ve missed reading. Here is my pledge to read every day, no matter how much, and to reach out more. The book blogging community is filled with such kind and passionate people. I definitely want to put names to faces when I see most of you at BEA next month!

  

Blogging Slumps, All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

I’ve been conspicuously absent lately and you know what, I don’t care. I’m so tired of feeling guilty about things that I just didn’t want to do. I never want blogging to feel like a chore or an assignment – I’m almost twenty-five dammit and it’s high time that I start enjoying my spare time because it’s only going to get busier from here on out. Marriage, children, careers, 401K, it’s all looming on the horizon and I need someplace to be able to vent, fangirl, and just be me. If I can’t do that on this blog then I don’t know what else is left. Therefore, when I don’t feel like blogging, I’m not going to push myself to post something. Besides, I’m pretty sure that you, the reader, can tell when something is forced and when the writer is truly passionate about the subject. So in the end it benefits both parties.

There are three reasons why I wasn’t posting as much as I used to…

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Summer

The fact of the matter is that I didn’t want to be on my computer more than I had to when the weather was so beautiful. For the first time in years I was living near the coast and had easy access to multiple beaches. I wanted to enjoy the season, period.

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Uncertain future

While my relationship status is a whole hell of a lot better than it was in say February, there were still issues that we weren’t talking about. I wanted so badly to move back in with him but he was hesitant to discuss it and this really had to be his idea. I made the mistake once of deciding to move in without taking into account his feelings/doubts. I wasn’t about to do it twice. So I spent the whole summer in limbo, not knowing where we stood. I didn’t know what to do about us, my job, or how to bring it up. Basically it was a whole lot of worrying and anxiety for months.
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Depressed

I’m going to really honest – I don’t feel like I have any close friends at the moment. My closest friends are drifting away simply because we live so far away and none of us are great at keeping in touch. It’s definitely something I’m trying to improve but it’s a work in progress. I’m decently close with my coworkers but I don’t get invited to anything one on one – it’s always a work group outing. I keep trying to tell myself that deep, meaningful friendships don’t happen overnight but it’s hard when you don’t feel like you have one to fall back on while you make more.
Additionally, my family is causing a lot of anger and frustration. Passive-agressiveness reigns king and no one knows how to choose their battles. Guilt, hypocrisy, and constant arguing are only some of the wonderful things that I experience once I get back to the house. I keep picking up shifts at work because I need the money AND it’s an excuse not to be around my family.

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Bottom line, there was so much going on emotionally and mentally that I just didn’t have the capacity to blog. Reading, specifically rereading some old favorites, has been the only thing keeping me sane. But the beau has intimated that he wants me to live with him again, I’m avoiding my family wherever possible, and my job allows transfers between locations so things are starting to look up. I want to talk to you guys and use this blog as an outlet for my passions again. And I feel like I’m finally in the head-space to do so.

Have a great day with an even better book! 

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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mash-Up!

So this challenge has to do with mashing together another hobby or interest with books. Since I’ve been on a music kick lately, I figured that I should make a book playlist. These are surprisingly hard to make by the way. But I think that this playlist is not only super chill to listen to by itself but reflects the book pretty well. So without further ado, here it is for your enjoyment!

The book is Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple which I have borrowed from my local library and it’s currently three weeks overdue…

And now for the book playlist!

If you’ve read the book, do you think that the songs match up pretty well? If not, what do you think of the playlist on its own? Does it make you want to read the book? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mad Libs

This was a very strange mad libs…usually you’re given a list of verbs, adjectives, etc. required to fill in the story and then you plug them in afterwards. Being given the story along with the words made it difficult to choose words regardless of context (which kinda defeated the purpose of mad libs). Therefore, to ensure that I didn’t cheat, I used random word generators for most of the entries. I’m not very good with the honest system :(

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Love-a-Thon Kickoff Interview Swap with Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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Welcome to the official start of the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Katelyn @ Tales of Books and Bands and Alexa @  Alexa Loves Books! I’m so excited to meet all new book bloggers and share the love around our awesome little community. To kick things off here at My Life in Books, I was paired with a veteran book blogger, Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia to do a interview swap. Check out the great interview answers she gave me and then go visit her blog!

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