The First Sentence Challenge! | Video

Soooooooooo last August my bestie came to visit me and I told her about this tag going around book vloggers on Youtube.  She liked the idea and agreed to do it with me.  No bells and whistles, just two best friends shooting a video about books for my book blog.  As YouTube standards go, the video has much to be desired but whatever! It was fun!

Why has it taken me forever to post it?

I mean, come on, it is February, Elyssa. 

Yeah well, life happens, school assignments, holidays and whatnot and yeah, there were tweaks I had to deal with even after my brother edited it.

(Btw, try saying edited it. Yeah, uh huh. The struggle is real)

So!  Without further ado, here is my first Just-For-Fun-Book-Tag-With-The-Bestie video – The First Sentence Challenge!!!

Oh yeah, and I know it’s real long so don’t at all feel bad if you don’t want to watch the whole thing! This was mostly for our enjoyment :)

Happy Friday, Y’all!


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

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


[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!


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!



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

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


[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



[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 | Day 7



Trying to get back into my blogging groove! Here’s the next prompt.

[7] Talk about your blogging quirks

Considering the fact that it’s been a good long time since I’ve blogged on a regular basis, I had to think about this for a bit… Here’s what I cam up with:

1. I’m a blog surfer.

I love discovering a great blog and getting ideas and then going to Pinterest and figuring out how to implement technique.  Sometimes I spend too much time surfing and not enough time coming up with my own original ideas :P.

2. The desire comes in waves.

I know I’m not the only blogger who deals with this. Like anything, the desire to create comes in waves.  Some days I’m brimming full of ideas and can’t wait to write and other days stare at a blank post and have no idea what to write and no desire to figure it out.

3. I tend to obsess about the wrong thing.

Things like themes and widgets and color and type take my attention away from actually writing blog posts. This happens especially when my brain is fried and I can’t come up with decent copy.

4. I re-read old favorite posts.

Sometimes it’s just what I need to give me a jump start to write!

What blogging quirks do you possess?

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?


[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 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.


[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



[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!