A Little Known Fact

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Well, hello there everyone! If you have seen my Bout of Books 19 sign up post, you would realize something BIG! I am back! Yes, I made May my “get my life back in order” month. And, boy am I excited. I plan on doing A LOT of activities this month. I will be going back to routines I had given up on too fast and too hard. One of which is this blog. As it was here, neglected, I stopped reading as fervently as I had once done. With only three books under my belt for this year, and an average goal of 52 books to be read this year, my life goals are a little out of order; and, out of practice. Today, as I have unfortunately done so in the past with not much success, I am going to once again solidify my presence. I would like to start Indiereadergirl0329 again with more book reviews; and, just more fun!

Are you ready to join me in this continued adventure? I really hope so. Stay tuned for Bout of Books updates, reviews, and maybe, just maybe, a surprise post. *gasp*

Thank you all for your patience and sticking by me. It is greatly appreciated. Have a good week! Hope to hear from you soon.

-Indie

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Hooked on Reading… 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program

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This summer Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat. and Valerie from He Said Books or Me is sponsoring 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program (#VASRP) for the first time. This reading program/challenge seems as though it would be really fun. The topic for this year’s program is “Get Hooked on Reading” which is a great first tagline for a program like this. The reading levels are varied, and have, of course catchy titles.

Guppy Read 1 to 5 books
Minnow Read 6 to 10 books
Fishing Jig Read 11 to 16 books
Spin Bait Read 17 to 24 books
Book Worm (ha get it!) Read 25 or more books

I’m aiming for Spin Bait Read to (hopefully) Book Worm. I would like to read at least 25 books. My goal this year was 30 books in total; but I want to go over that to at least 52. Always have a reach goal. It makes for a great sense of accomplishment when you reach that bonus mark. It’s truly rewarding.

I also have a hefty list of books I would like to read soon; and for this month alone. I have ten books, at least, I want to read. I am a little behind on my goal, but I think I can catch up. I’m a fast reader.

I am really excited for this program as I miss my old summer reading program. I remember always succeeding, sometimes exceeding. Reading is truly a passion one should not give up on. You get so much out of it–if you really pay attention that is.

I hope you join in this amazing program/challenge. There will be fun prizes and challenges throughout. Keep an eye out for my posts on challenges one and two coming up shortly.

Happy reading!

-Indie

Welcome to the Middle of September

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Welcome to the middle of September. Is it a little odd that I am sending you greetings sixteen days in? Why, yes, yes it is. But, I’m a little odd. With a purpose. I wanted to give you a little heads up with happenings coming your way, my way, our way. The middle to end of September is jammed pack with fun literary activities.  What are you doing, Indie? I’m glad you asked, random reader. This month, I am attending eight to nine book signings, two literary parties with authors and publishers, a scavenger hunt, and a book festival– oh my! Expect plenty of reviews, posts, and snippets from my fun adventures.  So, sit back, relax, and try not to be jealous. Just kidding about the last statement. Or am I… 🙂

 

Happy September everyone! I don’t want it to end. I’m having so much fun. I have already been to three! signings, meeting seven authors. Be on the lookout for those posts to be arriving soon. My first event was a reading and meet and greet with R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder and 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book  of Precepts. Look for that write-up coming very soon.

 

I hope I am getting you excited, because I sure am. Both to share and partake.

 

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

And the Winners are….

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My anniversary week has come to an end. I hope you enjoyed reading my anniversary posts; and learned some things about me. Now, for the good stuff. My giveaway has ended and I have 4 winners!!!

 

Congrats to Margie at Opes Opinions, Cindy at Cindy Love of Books, Francine, and Christine at Readerlymusings. Congrats you four!! Thank you all that  participated.

This coming week will finally be all about BEA for me. You will see posts about Blogger Con, the books I got, actual BEA, and the people I met. Oh boy! What a week it will be.  hope you’ll keep a look out for those posts.

 

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!

Indie’s “New Year’s” Resolutions Anniversary Style

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You may be thinking it’s a tad early to be making resolutions. But, since it is my “New year” in a way, why not declare some resolutions. I’m normally not big into making them. Or, keeping them for that matter. Lucky for you, my dear readers, I have been doing some growing up and have a good mind to keep up with these new goals/resolutions of mine. In my one year of blogging, I have learned quite a bit of what works and what doesn’t work. Memes are good, but too many not so much. Twitter is good. Lack of posts is bad. And so forth. So, enough with my rambling. Here are my top four goals/resolutions I want to put in place here at indie reader girl0329 from henceforth. Here here!

*Participate in at least one meme a week.

The meme can vary, but as long as it’s a meme, it counts. I am considering going back to It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading? hosted by Shelia at book journey. It was the first, and really the only, meme I have participated in. I have never been a big fan of them, but I am warming up to them again.

*One weekly and one monthly feature.

What will these features be, you may ask. SURPRISE!!! The features are in the developmental stages right now and will debut shortly.

* Comment more and be more active

I admit it. I seldom comment on other blogs even half as much as I should. I’m going to try to change that. I will change that.

*Write at least 3-5 posts a week.

I normally did one to two posts or reviews a week. I will be trying to do at least two reviews a week, at least one meme, and one feature. And a surprise post here and there.

What do you think about my resolutions? Let me know if you have any suggestions.

My giveaway is still live and active. You can enter here.

And, now for another reveal!!

The picture isn’t working…again!

Some books included are Falling into Place by Amy Zhang, Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasin, How I Fall by Anne Elliott, Soho Teen Sampler, Can’t Look Away, Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout, Stitching Snow, and Killer Instinct with random swag, and a handmade surprise by me.

Happy reading!!

The Book Blogger Test Anniversary Style

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Welcome to The Book Blogger Test. The rules are simple: Answer the questions truthfully and then tag five other bloggers. I am going to be lame and not tag people, though. Feel free to copy, though! And, tag back if you want. I’d love to see your answers if you take the test. This will be an anniversary post, but the answers more general.

* What are your top three book pet hates?*

1.) Whiny main characters. You know the ones. The ones where they lament about how terrible their life is and don’t change a thing. Or, how a crush doesn’t notice them. Blah blah blah. I can’t relate to those. I want a protagonist I can relate to. He/she has to be realistic enough that I can see myself either in them or as a friend.

2.) For YA novels specifically, first love that is MAJOR. He/she is the one for me. Nope, that is indeed rare and you will most likely not end up with the person. I loved Eleanor and Park, for example, because it had realistic love. It started off slow, steady, and wasn’t intense and  didn’t swallow the characters whole.

3.) Abusive characters. In any way. Even if it is conducive towards the plot. Just no. Unless it is Fight Club. Then, maybe. Otherwise, no.

* Describe your perfect reading spot.*

– On my couch. That’s where I spend a majority of my free time. Not just to watch TV which I don’t actually do for the most part any more. I mostly blog on my couch. Bounce on my couch. Listen to music on my couch. And READ ON MY COUCH! It’s comfy, convenient, and puts me in a good mood. It’s the best place in the house. I’m not into my bedroom like most people. I’m into my couch. Just my couch.

*  Tell us three book confessions.*

1.) I don’t like going into libraries for some reason. I don’t like my town one. It’s small, most of the librarians there are mean or rude, or both. The YA selection is just OK. I can find some books but I’m never as satisfied as I am going to a bookstore.

2.) I spend too much time going to chain bookstores rather than independent bookstores and for that I bow my head in shame. I am trying to go to more local ones but they are not as close as the Barnes and Noble is. Plus, there are more discounts. Still, I want to support indies more. Again, I bow my head in shame.

3.) I rarely read even my favorite books more than once. There are only a handful I have read a couple to a few times. Perks of a Wallflower being one of them.

* When was the last time you cried during a book?*

-This morning, finishing an ARC of Falling into Place by Amy Zhang. The topic was very personal for me in many ways I won’t get into detail about. So, I was crying yesterday reading it and today as I finished it. The feelings I had. So real, raw, and almost indescribable. A full review will be made available in September when the book is released.

* How many books are on your bedside table?*

-Just my Nook. And a whole lotta notebooks and planners. I’m a writter after all.

* What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?

-I’m not a big snacker at all. So, none would be my answer.

* Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

1.) The Perks of Being A Wallflower

2.) The Museum of Intangible Things

3.) Falling into Place

*Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.*

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*Write how much books mean to you in just three words.*

– More fun therapy.

*What is your biggest reading secret?*

– I don’t read everyday. I try, but I often binge read and spend so much time in a row reading that I get overwhelmed the next day to do it all over again. It’s hard enough reading two books a week for me.

Well, there you have it. I hoped you had fun reading it. I hope to see some of your answers. Please feel free to post in the comments section. Don’t forget to look at yesterday’s post and enter the giveaway again at a chance at four fabulous giveaways! The giveaway is a link at the bottom.

Happy reading!!!

Guess who….

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Guess who’s on twitter!!! That would be me!! Follow me @indiereadergirl. I’ll follow you back, I promise!

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