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Characters I’d Love to Dress Up as for Halloween

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I’d Love to Dress Up as for Halloween

Halloween used to be one of my top favorite holidays. Dressing up and going door-to-door begging for candy with friends was the perfect way to spend a crisp, October evening. But, the excitement for this suger-infused holiday sort of fizzled out when I realized that as an adult, I had to buy my own candy (and worse, share it with all the kids in the neighborhood. Puh!). I haven’t really had an…

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My Top 5 Gateway Fandoms

My Top 5 Gateway Fandoms What are yours? #geek

I am a geek. I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a geek. And, my mom is still getting over it. These are my top 5 gateway fandoms that made me the gal I am today.

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Super Nintendo

The first time I saw one of these, I was about four years old. My brother came for a visit, and he brought his console. I watched as he and my dad played Super Mario. I was too afraid to ask for a turn, but I wanted to play…

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Just My Cup of Tea: The Lover’s Tea Cup

Just My Cup of Tea: The Lover’s Tea Cup. Mugs to sip tea/coffee from while reading the Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

I tried to channel all of my goofy lovey-dovey feelings for this collection of mugs to sip from while reading The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (review), but as it turns out caffeine fiends are salty until they down at least two cups of joe. I saw more coffee cups saying things like, “I love you more than coffee, but not always before I’ve had…

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Creativity FAIL

Creativity FAIL! Have you ever had a creative idea for your blog that did not go according to plan?

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I am a humble person, so let me share with you a recent failure.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Last week I read Where’d You Go, Bernadette?by Maria Semple. I really enjoyed this book, but I struggled to write a review for it. I’m still trying to get back into the groove of reviewing, so sometimes the words don’t come as easily. I also made the mistake of reading other reviews of…

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Feature and Follow: Book Buying Before Blogging

Feature and Follow: Book Buying Before Blogging How did you even decide which books to buy?

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Before book blogging, how would you find out about new books, or did you?

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Scholastic Book Fair: the day you especially did not want to stay home sick

When I was a youngin’, I learned about new books through the Scholastic Book Fair! As soon as the book catalog was sent home with students, I became antsy with anticipation. I’d spend the evening circling the books I wanted to purchase, and my mom…

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Weekend Review: pumpkins and stray gods

Weekend Review: pumpkins and stray gods and some spooky books Autumn is almost here!

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Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong from Teavana

Happy September!

My mom has started her countdown for Christmas, but I’ve started my countdown for the first day of Autumn– just a mere 15 days! I’ve already started dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes, and vendors have already been teasing me with products that taste like Fall. When I checked my e-mail this morning, Teavana had sent me an e-mail about…

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I Finally Finished Another Series: Twilight

I Finally Finished Another Series: #Twilight Love it? or Hate it?

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I’ve done it! I’ve really done it! I have officially completed two entire series in my 26 years of existence. I spent the afternoon of Labor Day power reading the last 200 pages of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. And this GIF of Kristen Stewart sums up my feelings over losing several hours of my life to the book:

I avoided the Twilightsaga for as long as possible. I had heard too much about…

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A Mid-Year Resolution

Have you ever endured a [terrible] series/book just to say you’ve read it? Which one was it?

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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

This is it, everyone. This is the week I will finish Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I have declared it my goal, and I will not rest until I have finished the very final page.

I am notorious for starting book series and not finishing them. I’ve mentioned on a handful of occasions that the only series I’ve ever finished is Harry Potter, but that all changes this…

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Weekend Review: Fall Festivities

Weekend Review: Fall Festivities— cider mills and jack-o-lanterns.

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Autumn is definitely upon us in Michigan. The leaves are taking their sweet time changing colors, but the weather is lovely. The sun is warm, but the breezes are cool, and the windows are begging to be propped open in the afternoons. Last weekend, the boyfriend (that handsome fella’ in the flannel jacket) and I and two other couples took advantage of the perfect weather…

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Weekend Review: Pig-a-palooza

Foggy Morning n Michigan

When the seasons change, Michigan mornings become foggy. The drive into work is never fun, but this street lamp that created a halo behind a tree at 6:00 in the morning was worth a few moments of admiration.

Autumn is Here!

And I celebrated by going to a pig roast with the boyfriend (he has a friend that  hosts one every year). The friend sent the invite out about a month ago declaring September…

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3 weeks ago
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The Mood Reader

The Mood Reader Does your mood influence the kind of books you read?

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I am a mood reader, but my moods change as quickly as the weather in Michigan. This makes focusing on one book at a time challenging. I’ve mentioned before that I have multiple books going at a time– sometimes I’m switching between five different books! And considering I am a slow and easily distracted reader, it takes me a long time to finish what I start. I don’t generally give this habit much…

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1 month ago
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Teaview: Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong (not quite #PSL)

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Tea aficionados like to turn their noses up at tea from Teavana. And, understandably so. Teavana is notorious for masking otherwise decent tea with sweeteners and artificial flavors and other fruity/nutty/chocolaty additives. I am not a tea aficionado however, and I’ll admit, I’m distracted by flashy packaging, tempting names, and did somebody say chocolate?! But, even my experience with tea from…

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1 month ago
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Just My Cup of Tea: unBEARably cute

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So, I had this clever idea for my Just My Cup of Tea feature– I would present a series of tea cups that fit a theme from the book I reviewed during the week. That fell by the wayside when I went on that unintended hiatus though, and now I’m trying to catch myself up. Have you read A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (review)? If you have, then you…

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Feature & Follow: On Writing

Feature & Follow: On Writing Do you consider yourself a writer?

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Are you also a writer and of what genre, or did you ever consider writing?

I am not a writer, but I do write every day in some fashion.

Sometimes I write posts for this blog. Sometimes I scrawl my soul across pages of my “Shakespeare Never Tweeted a Sonnet” notebook. Sometimes I write letters to a friend. Every month, I write an Accounts Receivable narrative for my company’s board report, but…

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