3 Year Blog Anniversary | Bookish Things and Tea

Blogging Anniversary

August 2nd has turned out to become a very special day to me, and that’s because it just so happens to be the day I started my blog. Three whole years ago! I’m shocked that it’s already been so long since I’ve started talking about books on the internet, and I will forever be grateful that I did.

Who knows how long I’ll continuously blog for, but I’m hoping that it’s a nice long time. Everything about this simply makes me so happy. The community is wonderful, I’ve developed so many skills through blogging, and (of course) all the amazing books I’ve been introduced to is awesome! I remember this time when I was assigned a project in English class junior year to write a blog post on the book we were reading for class at the time. Talk about the best assignment ever, right? Continue reading

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Month In Review | July 2017 AKA The Month I Officially Became A College Student

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Hello everyone! Today is officially the first day of August, and it’s also the first official day that I can call myself a University student. Over the last two days, I’ve been on my college campus for freshmen orientation, and I registered for my first quarter of classes! I’m so happy, but let’s get into all the bookish stuff, shall we? Continue reading

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave | Book Review

hello sunshineAuthor: Laura Dave

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 242

Rating: ★★★★☆

“Was telling a white lie or two on Facebook or Twitter different than lying about everything in your life? Maybe that’s how you lose yourself to it. One small fabricated post at a time. Until your Facebook feed, which looked quite like you when it started, starts to look like someone you kind of know. Maybe someone you’d rather be.”

**I was provided an ARC of this novel by Simon & Schuster for review. In no way does this affect my rating or opinions.**

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Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age. Continue reading

Animal Crossing Book Tag [ORIGINAL] | Book Tag Sunday

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Hello bookish friends! Welcome back to another Book Tag Sunday, and I’m very excited for this week’s tag, because I made it! That’s right, after nearly three years of blogging, I finally got around to creating my own original book tag! I’m so happy with it, and I hope you all enjoy it as well!

So, this is the Animal Crossing Book Tag, and I decided to go with AC because I’ve been a fan of the games ever since I was a kid. You can catch me most days chilling in my little New Leaf town, which I adore.

THE RULES

  • Please link back to the original creator of the tag, Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
  • Feel free to use my graphics, but please don’t take credit for them.
  • Tag some friends to spread the love!

Pretty simple, yeah? Anyways, let’s get into the tag!

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

the final empireAuthor: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Mistborn #1

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 647

Rating: ★★★★★

“But you can’t kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you’ve never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.” 

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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
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Month In Review | May & June 2017 AKA The Month Where Life Exploded

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Hello all you lovely bookworms! It’s now officially July and hopefully you’re surviving the hot weather (or cold, depending on your hemisphere)! It doesn’t even get that hot where I live, but I do not enjoy warm weather. So, I’m personally excited for fall already. Since I never got around to posting my wrap up for May, and I’ve done so little reading over the last two months, I figured I would just combine them into one. Continue reading

Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Book Review

geekerellaAuthor: Ashley Poston

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 320

Rating: ★★★★★

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

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Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. Continue reading

An Informal Talk About Blogging Slumps | Tea Time Talk

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Hi all, it’s me! Surprise surprise, I can actually post every once and a while. Although, today I just wanted to have an informal discussion with you all about what has been keeping me from the blogosphere- the dreaded blogging slump.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m no longer enjoying blogging or I want to stop. I always enjoy writing up posts about books, fangirling, and interacting with other geeky bookworms. I also have no intention of stopping anytime soon! After all, I’m only a little over two months out from my 3rd blog anniversary (woah- CRAZY).

At the moment, I simply have not had any motivation to do anything but sleep or play video games- super cool, right? Not so much. I miss reading like crazy and blogging over here on my corner of the internet so badly. I wish that I had the motivation to pick up my laptop and whip up a masterpiece to share. Alas, that is just not happening right now. Although, I have still been reading and have a few more book reviews that need to be typed up. In fact, by some miracle I’m still on track for my Goodreads reading challenge.

For the first time in a few weeks, blogging hasn’t seemed like such a daunting task. I finally got around to responding to some comments (I’m so sorry if I just responded to a comment that you posted forever ago), writing any type of post, and just opening WordPress in general. This feels so good, you all have no idea. I’m going to try real hard this week and upcoming weekend to get semi caught up on reading and commenting on posts, and I’m PUMPED.

So, that’s kind of what’s been up with me recently. Blogging had become a bit of a chore, and I absolutely NEVER want this to be a chore for me. Personally, I think I needed some time to step back, and I’m glad I did. This has made me more excited than I have been in a while to blog, and I’m hoping that lasts for at least a few months.

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LET’S CHAT

Have you ever experienced the awful blogging slump? What did you do to get out of it? Any awesome advice that you’d give to others (or me!) in a similar position? Let me know, I love chatting with you all!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Book Review

daughter of the pirate kingAuthor: Tricia Levenseller

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 320

Rating: ★★★☆☆

“I’m a pirate,” I remind him.
“Yes. I just can’t figure out if you’re a good pirate or a really good pirate.”

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Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. Continue reading