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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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22 hours ago
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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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4 days ago
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Weekend Review: pumpkins and stray gods

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

The Weekend Review
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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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1 week ago
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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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1 week ago
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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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2 weeks ago
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Just My Cup of Tea: A Walk in the Woods

I recently read A Walk in the Woods by Billy Bryson, and I thought it was excellent.

Just My Cup of Tea: A Walk in the Woods

I recently read A Walk in the Woods by Billy Bryson, and I thought it was excellent.

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Is it possible to re-read a series too many times?

Re-reading #HarryPotter I’m wondering, is it possible to re-read a series too many times?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’ve mentioned before (here and here), when the seasons shift from Summer into Autumn, I re-read the Harry Potter series. The crisp air, the Fall colors, and the overcast skies make me think about feasts in the Great Hall, trips to Hogsmeade, and mugs of butterbeer. This year, the hankering to re-read Harry Potter has come two seasons early. I…

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4 months 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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2 days 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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1 week ago
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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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1 week ago
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Book Buying Woes

How do you avoid buyer’s remorse when shopping for books? How’s it even possible to feel remorse after buying books?!

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I am uncertain how this is even possible, but I am terrible at buying books. I spend months, even years pining over books and organizing them on my Goodreads shelves according to which books I want to read the most. Yet, when I receive my Barnes & Noble gift cards for my birthday or Christmas, I almost never purchase the books that take the top rank. I celebrated my 26th birthday at the end of…

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3 weeks ago
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The Weekly Squee! (3)

The Weekly Squee! (3) This is an exercise in #positivethinking

The Weekly Squee

The Weekly Squee! is an exercise in positive thinking.

1. Have I told you that I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series? Again? These books have cast a spell on me (har har har!).

2. Fitocracy.comis a cool website and iphone App that marries physical activity with the level-up systems of RPGs. I get to burn calories while simultaneously satisfying my nerdy desires to gain experience points.…

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3 months ago
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Writer’s Block Anonymous

Writer’s Block Anonymous

During my freshman year of college, I had one teacher say something to me that, for better or for worse, determined my college career. “This is a well-written piece, and I know of a small, on-campus publication that would love to print it. Have you ever thought about studying English?” The following semester, I disregarded my parents pleas to study business, and I declared a major in English.…

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4 months ago
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