Book Nerds Unite: Sharing Is Caring Giveaway!

Tis the season — for a big ol’ giveaway!book nerds unite]

The holidays are all about giving. We appreciate your support throughout the year and want to thank you; without our blogging audience we would just be talking to ourselves, after all 😉  Just in time for the holidays, we’re giving away some major gift cards. Twenty of us bloggers are coming together to bring you: Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway!

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below and start following some great bloggers. We’re offering a first place prize of a $150 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The second place winner gets $50 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Regardless, you’re a winner, because you get to add some great blogs to your feeds! Good luck!

bnu giveaway buttonGiveaway is US Only, running from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14. Winners selected at random. Please don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed. All entries will be checked. Graphic created by Rachel at Hello, Chelly!

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

20thingsI’ve seen some of these circulating around the blogosphere so I thought I’d share my answers with you! 🙂

 Question 1: How tall are you?

I’m about 5’2″ – I like being short. My 13 year old sister is a good 3-4 inches taller than me and makes fun of me for it. Sorry gurl I’d rather be my height than yours!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

LOL yeah right. Eating way too much pizza?

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Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Messy layouts, themes, fonts, etc. – I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like that. I need it to be cohesive and clear.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Just one? Lol. I think my top pet peeve would be excessive noise that I can’t control. If I can hear my neighbor doing anything I tend to get unnecessarily annoyed. Noise is a fact of life but it gives me major anxiety

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Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

EEK. Ummmm it’s impossible to pick one favorite obviously sooooo lets just say Led Zeppelin. And Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sorry. Continue reading

Why I Blog & Other Hobbies (Getting to Know You Blog Hop + Giveaway)

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The ladies at Cuddlebuggery started up the Getting to Know You Blog Hop so that bloggers can learn a bit more about you and your blog. I decided to join up and made my post on the first day. I shared a special book series to me and offered a giveaway for one of my favorite books that I read since starting my blog. I decided to post three times about different topics so you can get to know me better! The giveaway is posted again at the bottom so you can enter if you haven’t already. 🙂

  • 11/15 – Getting to Know You: Introduction and Special Book Series (here)
  • 11/20 – Getting to Know You: Why I Blog and Other Hobbies
  • 11/27 – Getting to Know You: Favorite Movies and Music

gtk why blog hobbiesWhy I Blog

I have tried and failed with starting a lot of different blogs. I’ve always loved writing and the idea of having a blog, but I just never had anything that I knew enough about to blog about. I tried to start a beauty blog when I got into makeup, but I barely know anything about it. I tried to start a fashion blog to show basic outfits you can make, since I’m obsessive about what I wear and when, but that wasn’t for me either. Bookmark Lit was originally created as a “book review and lifestyle blog,” but I couldn’t even think about what kind of lifestyle posts to include. I decided to stick to what I know – reading! I’ve always loved reading (and wished I had time to read during my “dark ages”) and thought it would be cool to make a review blog. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of amazing book blogs are out there! This is such a great community and I know I made the right blogging choice.

Other Hobbies

2014-08-17 21.46.59Aside from reading, I really don’t do much. Seriously. My boyfriend and I collect and put together Lego sets, but he does that more than I do. He tracks everything, determines what to buy, and makes a mess of our apartment. I really enjoy the hobby, but it’s more HIS that I share with him. Football is pretty much my only other hobby, if you consider sitting in front of your TV for hours a hobby. I don’t want to talk about how awful my team (Carolina Panthers) is this year, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be watching them each week. My dad has Sunday Ticket so we’re able to watch all of our teams’ games… it’s kind of a necessary purchase when your family likes the Broncos, Raiders, and Panthers, respectively, while living in New England! I went to see my first real live Panthers game last year and it was amazingly life-changing. I’m so glad I was able to go see them and wish I could see them each season. I really want to live in Charlotte, but that seems more like a dream than reality at this stage in my life. We’ll see though.

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Getting to Know You BLOG HOP + Giveaway

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The lovely ladies over at Cuddlebuggery got a beautiful new look for their blog, came back from hiatus, and started up the GETTING TO KNOW YOU Blog Hop! This blog hop is specifically to get to know bloggers and help build a strong community.

“This blog hop is to let people know a little about yourself and who you are and to get your name out there! Post ideas include other hobbies you enjoy, favorite movies or music, why you decided to start blogging/writing or anything else you feel comfortable sharing. And since this is a bookish community, please share a book or series that’s special to you.”

This post is one of three that I’ll be having over the course of the Blog Hop! I don’t post too much personal information, and since my blog is fairly new, maybe some of you would like a chance to get to know me better. Here’s my schedule of the posts and what info they’ll be featuring:

  • 11/15 – Getting to Know You: Introduction and Special Book Series
  • 11/20 – Getting to Know You: Why I Blog and Other Hobbies
  • 11/27 – Getting to Know You: Favorite Movies and Music

gtk special seriesPretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)I’ve talked before about how the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard is incredibly special to me. I read a lot of books in middle school and early high school, but very few hooked me quite like PLL did. Remember, this was LONG before there was a TV show. Each time one of the books would come out, I’d run to the store and buy it. This was when very few of my friends read books for pleasure. Luckily I never felt like I was looked at funny for enjoying books; I never had to hide it to avoid being called a nerd.

This series is still one I anxiously await for the new books to come out. The final book in the series is coming in December, and it truly feels like the end of an era. During my reading dark ages of college, this series was the ONE series that I continued with. I would still get the book within the first day or two of its release… and then immediately finish it within another couple of days.

The Pretty Little Liars series enabled me to read during a time when I had no friends to discuss books with. It helped me continue reading even when I had no time or energy to do so. I now watch the show religiously (even though it doesn’t match up with the books) and follow Sara Shepard’s new releases like a crazy person.

giveawayYou can win one of the books from the following list. These are some of my favorite books that I read between July and October. They can be in Kindle format or physical copies if you prefer! (Click the Rafflecopter button at the bottom on the post)

  • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
  • The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
  • Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
  • Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
  • Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
  • Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
  • Just Like Fate by Kat Patrick and Suzanne Young
  • Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • All Our Yesterdays by Crisin Terrill
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Aspen by Rebekah Crane
  • Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner
  • Shadowlands by Kate Brian
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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 Check out some of the other bloggers in the hop too!

November TBR List and Uppercase Box #2

Today I’m going to combine two of my monthly posts – my TBR list for the month and the Uppercase box I just received!

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Uppercase box is a subscription service with two levels of membership. For the first level, you get an Expert Pick – this is a hand-selected book that the YA experts love and recommend. The Personalized Recommendation box, which is what I have, comes with a book selected just for YOU based on your preference quiz. The boxes are filled with:

  • A book, either chosen specifically for your preferences OR one that is generally recommended by an expert
  • A gift, like bookmarks, jewelry, totes, etc. (that obviously relate to books!)
  • A personal explanation of the book choice and other similar titles
  • Some discount codes for popular book-buying websites

Here are my goodies from the October box!

2014-10-29 22.21.47I’ve heard great things about Rebel Belle and was always on the fence about whether or not I’d like it. The “southern” aspect didn’t appeal too much to me because I’m a northern girl, BUT I lately have fallen head over heels for the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally – which is all about the south! Lisa writes, “Because you enjoy paranormal reads, I knew this on was for you. It’s got a high school contemporary feel with some southern sass.” Sounds perfect for me! I’m now VERY excited for this read.

The accessory is a mockingjay bracelet in honor of the Hunger Games movie coming out this month! Such a cute little bracelet! It’s the kind of thing I’d like to own but would never go out and buy myself. I’ll definitely be wearing it when I go see the movie 🙂

tbr listLast month I did a pretty terrible job of keeping to my TBR list, as usual. (Why do I even try to make these lists work??) From my selection of October books, I did end up reading 4 books. I REALLY wanted to get to the Throne of Glass series but I keep putting it off because I’m afraid of burying myself in an intense series at the moment. Here are some of the books I really hope to get to for November! (Some of them I NEED to get to, because they’ll be due back at the library before I know it)

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The GIF Tag

I’ve seen this around the blogosphere and have been dying to work on it. Utterly Bookish, who “tagged” everyone who read her post, compiled this list. I’ve recently becoming obsessed with gifs so this took me way longer than necessary. Regardless, here are my gif reactions to these books!

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

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Yeah don’t hate me but I haven’t read this yet. I plan to ASAP but my TBR keeps getting crazier and crazier… I keep promising people I’ll read it this month but IDK

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Another one where my TBR is out of control. I want to read this series too but am too overwhelmed. TOO MANY BOOKS TOO MANY SERIES

3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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One of my favorite series FOR SURE FOR SURE. I love you Libba

4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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I was fairly interested in starting this series at some point but I don’t know if I’ll ever have time at this point. I actually got most of the books in a cheap used bookstore and they’re just sitting on my shelf…

5. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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This book is definitely one of my favorite older contemporaries. Sarah Dessen holds a spot in my heart forever for getting me into the genre ❤ Continue reading

Introducing: Book Buddies!

book buddiesAfter expressing an interest in finding a “reading buddy,” I had quite a few people apply to join me! It was a hard decision because I really wanted to partner with everyone, but I knew I would be taking on too much. I decided to partner up with two of the bloggers who applied. I do plan to do something with everyone who applied, because this really was a hard choice – keep an eye out from me in the future!

Who are my buddies?

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  • Cristina from Girl in the Pages  ||  Cristina has such a cute blog that I’ve admired for a while! As you can tell, I’m a big fan of using hearts everywhere on my blog too 😉  She posts incredibly insightful and thought-out reviews. Our TBR lists look really compatible and she brought up some great ideas I hadn’t considered yet for Book Buddies. Cristina and I will focus on standalones and seasonal reads. You can see our partner posts in October, December, February, April, June, and August!

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  • Kaitlin from Next Page Please!  ||  Kaitlin reads a lot of the same books as I do and cleverly splits her reviews into a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler section; I love this when I’m reading the review for a book I’ve already read! She suggested some books I’ve wanted to read for a while, so hopefully we can cross those off our TBR lists finally! Kaitlin and I will be embarking on a couple of series reads together. You can see our partner posts in November, January, March, May, July, and September!

What’s the deal?

  • Each month I’ll be posting a discussion-style review with my Book Buddy. We’ll both read the book and then have a private discussion about it. We’ll post our discussion as a review on the 25th of each month. You’ll be able to see our similar/different opinions on the overall book, characters, writing style, etc. – just like a regular review.
  • You’ll see the first half of our discussion on one person’s blog and the second half on the other blog. We’d love for people to check out our full conversation and not have to repeat posting the same content, so be sure to check both my blog and her blog on our post day!
  • Otherwise, it’s not much different than a regular review! I’ll be posting the Book Buddies review just like it is a normal review on my normally scheduled review days. I hope you’ll get the same information out of it (except from two people!) as you would a normal review.

Keep an eye out for when Cristina and I take on Salt & Storm – October 25th! ❤