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

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!

Waiting on Wednesday BEA Style

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we can share upcoming releases that have us excited!

For my Waiting on Wednesday, that I normally never do, I am doing it BEA style and will be listing the top six books I am hoping to snag a copy. I need to clear some shelf space for all the books I will hopefully be getting for myself, not including those I am picking up for friends.

Here goes nothing.

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  1. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer: If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

    She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

    But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

    Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss. 
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Falling into Place by Amy ZhangOn the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?

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Dark Aemeilia: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady by Sally O’Reilly:  The daughter of a Venetian musician, Aemilia Bassano came of age in Queen Elizabeth’s royal court. The Queen’s favorite, she develops a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a young woman known not only for her beauty but also her sharp mind and quick tongue. Aemilia becomes the mistress of Lord Hunsdon, but her position is precarious. Then she crosses paths with an impetuous playwright named William Shakespeare and begins an impassioned but ill-fated affair.

A decade later, the Queen is dead, and Aemilia Bassano is now Aemilia Lanyer, fallen from favor and married to a fool. Like the rest of London, she fears the plague. And when her young son Henry takes ill, Aemilia resolves to do anything to save him, even if it means seeking help from her estranged lover, Will—or worse, making a pact with the Devil himself.

 

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Green Girl by Kate ZambrenoGreen Girl is The Bell Jar for today—an existential novel about Ruth, a young American in London, kin to Jean Seberg gamines and contemporary celebutantes. Ruth works a string of meaningless jobs: perfume spritzer at a department store she calls Horrids, clothes-folder, and a shopgirl at a sex shop. Ruth is looked at constantly—something she craves and abhors. She is followed by a mysterious narrator, the voice equally violent and maternal. Ruth and her toxic friend, Agnes, are obsessed with cosmetics and fashion and film, with boys, with themselves, and with each other. Green Girl is about that important and frightening and exhilarating period of being adrift and screwing up, a time when drunken hook-ups and infatuations, nervous breakdowns, and ecstatic epiphanies are the order of the day.

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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King: WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

 

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

In Lieu of Basketball… Out of Print’s Book Madness: Hero VS Villain

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It’s March! You know what that means, it’s March Madness. I for one am not a basketball fan in the least. I barely know five NBA team names. I don’t know the schools, nothing. This year, though, I am singing a different tune. A literary tune that is. I have discovered a better March Madness and I want YOU to participate, too.

Out of Print Clothing is a website full of lovely literally clothing, jewelry, accessories, and stationary. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books for Africa. How great is that?

And, now, this March they have created the contest Book Madness with the theme of Hero vs Villain. The winner gets a $500 gift card, plus there are other legendary prizes.

Book Madness (click me for link!)

64 of literature’s most famous (and infamous) characters go head-to-head.
Who will rise above the madness and emerge victorious?

In our fourth year, we are mixing it up by letting you vote for your favorite heroes and villains from literature. Just like college basketball’s March Madness, we give you the opportunity to fill out your own bracket and compete against fellow bookworms.Submit your bracket for a chance to win a $500 Out of Print gift card and other legendary prizes!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Print a sample bracket to see the match-ups here (PDF)
2. Make sure to access this site from a desktop computer browser. Chrome and Firefox recommended.
3. Click REGISTER below to create your Book Madness profile.
4. Once registered, you will be taken to the predictions screen. Follow the instructions in the yellow box.
5. VERY IMPORTANT: Bracket submissions are final. There is no going back once submitted.
6. We encourage you to use the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom to share with your friends.
7. BRACKET DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 23. The voting period starts Monday, March 24. Check back daily to vote and see where you stand on our leaderboard!

There are five fun rounds with all your favorites from the most beloved novels. There’s Napoleon from Animal Farm, Voldemort and Harry from Harry Potter, Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre, Satan from Paradise Lost, Attiticus  Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, and many, many others. My final pair was Voldemort (Villain) vs Katniss (Hero). I won’t tell you who won.

I hope you participate! I can’t wait for voting to begin. Much, much better than the traditional March Madness, don’t you think?

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!!

My Challenges for 2014

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-via group Challenge Yourself

  1. audio-books Hear Ye! Hear Ye! ! Reading a certain number of audio-books.
  • my goal is to read 15
  • progress: 2 out of 15 

2.) big books Doorstops Reading those big books that you’ve been avoiding.

  • my goal is to read 5
  • progress:

3.) book reviews Reviews To Do Taking the time to complete book reviews.

  • my goal is to review all 70 that I chose to read for my annual goodreads challenge

progress: 3 out of 70

4.) eReader eDingus Reading material stored on your eReader.

  • my goal is to read 35
  • progress: 1 out of 35

5.) home library Home Alone Reading books from our private library.

  • my goal is to read 35
  • progress: 1 out of 35

The numbers don’t match up. That’s because some will overlap.

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 New Year, New Reads hosted by Books, Food, and other things

  •  For the month of January, I will try to read at least 3 to six new authors, or genre, to me.
  1. Eloise by Judy Finnigan (a mystery with a side of paranormal and ghosts) I got via netgalley (completed)
  2. Either Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker  or Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, both by Jennifer Chiaverini
  3. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (YA fantasy paranormal, not my cup of tea usually, but why not) I got via netgalley
  4. Flat out Love by Jessica Park (a YA novel that involves music, sign me up) I got for Christmas
  5. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)  by Gena Showalter
  6. and a surprise!

progress: 1 out of 6

– 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Ramblings of a Daydreamer

From January 1st, 2014- December 31st, 2014, the goal is to read as many historical fiction books I can.

~Challenge Details and Guidelines~
  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2014 – December 31st, 2014. Sign-ups will remain open until December 15th, 2014
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate, as long as you can post your reviews somewhere (GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc)
  • This challenge encompasses both YA and adult historic books
  • Any subgenre of historic fiction counts – historic romance, paranormal historic fiction, historic fantasy, etc. Time slips (where a character(s) goes back and forth between the present and the past) also count. Publication date doesn’t matter – whether it was published this year or thirty years ago, it counts.
  • Any length and format of book count – audiobooks, ebooks, novellas, etc.
  • Create a sign-up post for the challenge (or tweet, Facebook post, GoodReads status, etc if you don’t have a blog), include the graphic at the top of this post, along with a link back so other people can sign up, and be sure to tell us which level you’re aiming for (levels are below). You don’t have to list the books you intend to read, but you can if you want. When you add your link to the Linky below, please use the direct link to your sign-up post.
  • At the beginning of each month, I’ll post a new Linky where you can add your reviews for the month. If you forget to link up one month, you can link up the next, just please don’t link the same review twice. Unfortunately I can’t afford to do giveaways each month, but I’m hoping to do surprise giveaways* for participants, and there will definitely be a giveaway at the end of the year. The more books you review, the more entries you get in the grand prize giveaway!
  • Reviews must be posted for the first time between January 1st, 2014 and December 31st, 2014 to count.
  • If you’re on Twitter, feel free to tweet updates, reviews, etc using the hashtag #2014HFRC so we can all find each other and cheer each other on. I’ll randomly retweet tweets using that hashtag throughout the year.
  • You don’t have to follow Ramblings of a Daydreamer to enter the challenge, but you might want to follow via BlogLovin’ or email so you know when the monthly link-ups are posted, along with surprise challenges or giveaways.
  • Each month I’ll be updating the 2014 Historic Fiction Reading Challenge page at the top of the blog with everyone’s progress. Each person who posts a review will get their name added, along with all the reviews they link up each month – hopefully that will drive more traffic to your blog!
  • ~Levels~
    1-5 books ~ Testing the bonds of time
    6-12 books ~ Slipping through time
    13-20 books ~ Traveling back in time
    21+ books ~ Living in the past

For me, I am going for the level Traveling back in time with a goal of 15+ books. Historical fiction is my weak pot although I read heaps of YA.

You can check back on the page to see my progress. I may add one here or there, depending on what I see. What are your challenges this year, if any?

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