15 Book Blogger Challenge | Days 12, 13, 14, & 15

Here we go! I’m going to knock out the rest in one final post!

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[12] How do you fight off blogger fatigue?

I’m not the best person to ask this question because I’m not great in this area.  However, I will say that I’ve become more aware of one fact lately – I write pretty decently under pressure.  School papers with looming due dates have forced me to squeeze out ANYTHING related to the essay prompt and then somehow mold it into a readable paper for submission to my professors.  So far, not bad!  I think that’s one very great way to fight blogger fatigue – you just have to take it seriously and do it.  Answer a prompt, write a list or how-to, ramble about your day.  It’s not getting graded so don’t worry about it being fabulous! And sometimes you have to crank out a few mediocre posts before you come out with something you really like.

Writing posts in bulk also helps a lot! That’s what I’ve been doing with these challenge posts.  I wrote them ahead of time and scheduled their posting.  This way I can write when I have time and/or when I’m in the mood and have material for the next few days!

But there is something to say about stepping away and taking a break. Take a walk, a nap, a snack break, a sabbatical, or whatever you need to clear your mind and refocus on what your priorities are!  You come back to your blog refreshed!

[13] Describe one under appreciated book EVERYONE should read.

bible3All I know is that I don’t appreciate the importance of the Word and too often shove it in the corner to read at a ‘later time’ that never comes.  Everyone should read this book be it for religious or literary purposes – there is no way your life won’t be affected by the wonderful words contained inside!

[14] Tell us your deal breakers.

  1. Unsatisfactory endings.  Have you ever seen Hitchcock’s Vertigo? Yeah, I hate endings like that.  Or Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  I don’t remember the ending…but I remember I wasn’t satisfied. Everyone has their version of  what ‘unsatisfactory’ is. I don’t necessarily need happy, but I need closure or resolution or something!! Gone with the Wind didn’t end with any closure but I was so done with O’Hara that I was like, “Whatever, good riddance!!” I was satisfied with Rhett’s decision.
  2. Bad Grammar. No explanation needed.
  3. Rambling. Even if it’s a great story, if there’s too much description and rambling, chances are I’m going to start skimming until someones starts dialoging!
  4. Boring.  You’ve got to grip me or I’m not interested!

 

[15] Who are your book blogging mentors?

Ummmm…I don’t really have any :P.  I kind of just flounder and figure things out in bits and pieces!

FINISHED!

Well that was fun!

I’m still behind on many book reviews and some housekeep-y things but I’ll get to it slowly but surely!  For now, I’ve got school assignments beckoning me!

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

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15 Book Blogger Challenge | Days 9, 10, & 11

I thought I’d knock out a few in one post this time :)

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[9] Why do you blog about books?

A blogger blogs about what interests her, what excites her, what she loves.  I’m a book nerd, how can I not blog about books?  ‘Nuff said. ;)

[10] How do you choose what book to read next?

I’m currently reading through a series so that’s a no brainer – I read the next installment. Other than that, it really just depends on my mood.  Some books will grip me right away, others take a couple tries before it hooks me at just the right time.

[11] Show off! 5 of your best blog posts!

Oooh! Okay! Here are 5 of my favorite bookish posts:

There you go! 3-in-1 :).

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 8

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[8] Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs!

  • White space
  • Lists
  • Tutorials
  • Blog Challenges
  • Informative ‘About Me’ pages
  • Great photos
  • Easy-to-navigate menus
  • Link-Up Parties
  • Punchy, quirky writing
  • Personality
  • Inspirational posts
  • Catchy Post Titles
  • Creative minimalism
  • Modern design
  • Posting regularity

What attracts you to a blog?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Days 6

I was going through some old blog posts and realized I never finished this challenge! How negligent of me!

(Actually, truth be told, I just got super busy :P).

But how’s about picking it up again even though it’s several months removed?

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[6] Describe how you shop for books.

So I have these wish lists on Amazon, see, and I have my books organized in several lists by genre or author.  On payday, I peruse through my lists and select a title or two or three…or four and purchase!  I also shop at Thriftbooks.com and sometimes find better prices on books I don’t mind buying used. I also love, love, love shopping at physical book stores. I could spend hours browsing the stacks.

How do you buy books?

You can check out my other posts for this challenge here:

Day 1

Day 2

Days 3, 4, & 5

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Days 3, 4, & 5

I’m going to knock out a few of these today.

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[3] Who are your blogging BFFs?

Besides my real-life BFF, Arielle, who blogs @ Words to Match, and my other sweet blogging friend, Jobe @ Jobe Reads, I don’t really have any blogging bffs!

[4] What’s the last book you flung against the room?

I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a book across the room although, I came close with Robinson Crusoe.  I just gave up and didn’t finish that one!

[5] Recommend a tear-jerker.

When’s the last time I read a book that made me cry?

Oh!  The Fault in Our Stars definitely made me cry.

Yep.  That’s about it. Lol.

This post is linked HERE.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 2

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[2] What’s your bedtime reading ritual?

My bedtime reading ritual usually consists of me looking longingly at the books on my bedside table and wishing I had time to read a few pages before I zonk out. There are the few times when I pick up whatever book I’m particularly enjoying and read a bit before turning out the lights. I do want to set times for reading certain books because I read, like, 5 at a time :P.

After thinking about my answer to this question, I am determined to make an appoint to read myself to sleep!  Better that than playing Bejeweled Blitz on my phone.

Yes, I just admitted to Bejeweled Blitz-ing myself to sleep.

This post is linked up HERE.

Happy reading y’all!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 1

Found this challenge on a fellow blogger’s site and thought it looked like fun!  The original post can be found at Good Books Good Wine.

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[1] Make 15 book related confessions:

  1. I love, love, love the way my books look all lined up in their bookcases.
  2. I, for real, spend a considerable amount of time shopping used books online, comparing prices, editions, and conditions.
  3. When it comes to my material possessions, I’m pretty much worth the clothes in my closet and the books on my shelves. Considering the fact that I shop used/thrift 7 times out of 10, the resale value is pennies on the dollar.
  4. If all the money I’ve spent on library fines could be refunded to me. . . let’s just say I could buy a good many books from my Amazon wish lists and still have money left over to treat myself to dinner.
  5. I get physically giddy when walk into Barnes & Noble.
  6. I bring a book with me everywhere even if I know I may not get a chance to read it.
  7. I’m building a collection of all my favorite children’s books.
  8. I do judge books by their cover.  Just sayin’.
  9. I do love my Kindle Paperwhite but when all is said and done, I’m a hardcover kinda’ reader.
  10. I feel sorry for people who don’t enjoy reading.
  11. I know I might get grief for this one and I know the genre is an artistic one in it’s right but when someone says they read a comic book I still don’t consider it the same thing as reading a regular book.
  12. Gilbert Blythe is ten times better in the book than in the movies.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s amazing in the movies, there’s just more of him to love in the books!
  13. I heard they’re making John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars into a movie and I’m nervous they’re going to get Hazel and Augustus all wrong…
  14. Reading outside of my intellectual comfort zone is such a thrilling experience!
  15. I think people underestimate the power of the written word.

Have you any bookish confessions to make?  It’s quite a fun exercise, you should give it a go!

This post is linked up HERE.

Happy reading, y’all!

NEW BLOG!

I was going to wait until Monday to do this but I’ve missed blogging and I’m too impatient to wait any longer!!  I’m still working on a few cosmetics and some technical details, but I saw no point in continual postponing while I was itching to write!!  Like I mentioned in a previous post, I’m keeping Unscripted around as my book blog.  I’m making a few changes around here too, some you may have already noticed :)

Soooooooo, if you’d like to check out my new blog, click on the photo below!

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I’ve got several projects up my sleeve that I cannot wait to share with y’all! So as always, staaaaay tuned!

Y’all stay blessed and have a wonderful weekend :)

word nerd

I’m not sure what sparked this, but I started putting together a list of words that sound good to my ear.  You know when there’s that one line in a song that’ll catch your attention and you turn it over and over again savoring the way it sounds, and feels?  Or maybe you just like the way a word looks on a page?  I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.  I like words! =)

Anyway, here’s a short list of random, unrelated words that for some reason or other catch my ear.

  • Farrago
  • Unmitigated    
  • Perfunctory
  • Cognizant
  • Assemblage
  • Wherewithal
  • Surreptitious 
  • Rambunctious
  • Indubitably
  • Kerfuffle
  • Serendipity
  • Cantankerous
  • Acquiesce 

Hehe!  Yes I’m a word nerd and proud of it!  This is by no means a complete list, just what I could think of off the top of my head.  Maybe there’ll be a part 2 when I think of more!!

If you like words as well then you just might be familiar with the radio show, A Way with Words hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette.  I super like this show! It’s a great program all about language, words, literature, and how we communicate.

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If you have never heard of it, do check it out!!  You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or check out the website, A Way With Words to check local stations and times.

What are some of your favorite words?  You don’t have to have a particular reason other than they just sound cool to you!  Are you a word nerd?

Y’all have a blessed day =)

you are a writer book review//nerdy non-fiction 2013

I mentioned in my Betsy-Tacy book review (below) that all I’ve been doing lately is study for school and read.  I haven’t read so much in one month in a very long time and it feels so good!  I just need to crank out the reviews while I can (I may get three done today!!).

So here’s my first completed title for the Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge 2013 :).

I must say that so far, this book, by Jeff Goins, is probably my favorite!

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After reading his Writer’s Manifesto (and you can read my thoughts on that here),  I knew I had to check out Jeff’s other books.  This was totally worth more than the $3 I spent in the Kindle bookstore!!  In this book, Jeff addresses the fears that writers have when starting out.  We don’t want to say we’re writers cause we haven’t been published yet or the few posts on our blog haven’t given us permission to assume that title.  We seek perfection and success first before we think ourselves worthy of such a bold statement as, “Hi, my name is Elyssa and I’m a writer.”

Jeff says to quit it.

You’re a writer, he says, you just have to write.

This makes sense when you consider the fact that feelings don’t have to determine one’s mood.  For example, I can choose to be in a good mood by putting a smile on my face and keeping my words positive.  Sooner or later, whatever negative feelings I had begin to dissolve and I begin to feel good and I’m in a positive mood!  The same can be said for writers.  Say you’re a writer.  Now act on it.  The more you act like a writer, the harder you work at your copy, the more intentional you are about making a name for yourself, little by little, the more skilled you become and the more you’ll be taken seriously by yourself and others.  It takes a lot of time but it’s worth it!

If you want to be a writer.  If you are an aspiring writer.  If you are a writer, (old habits!) then YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!  I want to elaborate more but I don’t want to give the whole book away.  Just read it.  Seriously, go to Amazon now and download the ebook.  You won’t regret it.   It’s inspiring and practical.  It offers advice and writing tools as well as the necessary kick in the pants some of us need to get going!!  I loved it and will probably be referring back to it for the rest of my life!!

And If you haven’t yet, you can check out Jeff’s blog at Jeff Goins Writer. Sign up for his email list and you can get a free copy of his Writer’s Manifesto which I also highly recommend!!

Y’all have a blessed day =)