2018 | A Year In Review

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On May 31st, 2018 I started on this book blogging journey. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into or how much I would truly enjoy blogging. These were months of learning and the book community was so very helpful! I’m also thankful for all of you.  It’s a delight to be a part of this as I don’t think there is another community like this. It’s amazing!

I do this as a hobby and it has given me an outlet to share my love of books, and for that I’m thankful. 

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As I get into the recap of 2018, I prefer just to state the numbers instead of it being wordy. So, here it is…

2018 | A Year In Review

In 7 months and a day, I accomplished the following:

Blog Posts  (62 total posts) which included:

  • 23 book reviews
  • 10 blog tours
  • 16 of 25 blogmas posts

Reading Challenges

  • 24 in 48 Reading challenge (hosted by 24in48.com) The next one is coming up the end of January (Check it out)
  • 20 Books of Summer hosted by (746Books.com) You can read the results of this challenge here

NetGalley

  • Feedback ratio of 61%
  • Approved for  18 books / 10 books reviewed

Goodreads (also started on May 31, 2018):

 

 

Thank you for being on this journey with me! Here’s to a great 2019!

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How did 2018 treat you?

Let’s Connect!

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Blogmas #17: Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get too… Whoops!

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Where do I start!  For me, there’s always way too many books on my “to read” list, Here are my top 10 books that I had hoped to read this year, but didn’t get too.

  1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

  2. Summer Wives By Beatriz Williams

  3. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity

  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  5. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

  6. In the Woods by Tana French

  7. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

  8. The Outsider by Stephen King

  9. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

  10. You Do You by Sarah Knight

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Were you able to read all of the books you had hoped to in 2018
or do you have some carry over into 2019?

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Blogmas #15: Book Review | Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Cover Image of Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel HollisAuthor: Rachel Hollis

Print Length: 240 pages

ISBN: 1404109838

Publisher: Thomas Nelson; paperback edition (February 6, 2018)

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 *Source: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

My Thoughts

I am not in the target market for this book.  I am 40 and have 2 boys in their mid and late teens. I would have LOVED, to read this book in my younger, young family years.  However, I still loved this book.  Rachel Hollis is relatable. It was as if this book is a conversation with your best friend, just talking and keeping the conversation real. There were many valid points in this books, but the key was to do what works for you. Be you. Be confident and DON’T take “no” for an answer when you are striving to reach your goals.

I can’t wait to read her next book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, that is coming out in March 2019!

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“Girl, get ahold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday and start again… Girl, wash your face!

Rating

5-stars

About the Author

Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop ApologizingRachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivational speaker, top podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30” and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.

She’s become known as “the Tony Robbins for women” because of her motivational, high energy style and her unique ability to empower and embolden a female audience. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.

Her company, The Hollis Company exists to arm people with the tools to make positive and lasting change. They do this by creating media, products, inspiration and community that challenges their audience to reach for a better version of themselves every day. They believe that everyone can benefit from a personal growth mindset– most especially people who’ve never
encountered it before.

Website | GoodReadsTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

Cover image of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis has a new book coming out in March of 2019!  It’s called

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

You can pre-order it here (Amazon)

Blogmas #11: Bookish Naughty or Nice Book Tag

Last year Jenniely.com started her own tag, The Bookish Naughty or Nice tag! To be completely honest, I wasn’t tagged to do this post, but I saw it and thought it would be fun to take part in. So here we go… let’s see how I do.

(At the bottom of this post is a clean list to copy and paste if you would also like to take part.)

RULES

  • Tag and link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link Jenniely.com and this post. (If you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people

If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!

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Bookish Naughty and Nice

Received an ARC and not reviewed it.

NICE

I just started this blog in June of this year, well actually May 31st was my first post. But in that short time, I have read and reviewed each book that I have received. However, I am a bit behind on my NetGalley account, bbut I do intend on reading and reviewing them.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did).

Nice

This isn’t something I’ve faced yet. I’m sure at some point it will happen.

I forgot

Folded down the page of a book.

Naughty

This is something I used to do regularly through high school but shortly afterward I switched over to bookmarks. Mainly old receipts and spare sheets of paper, even though I have nice bookmarks. 🙂

Accidentally spilled on a book.

Naughty

Yep, I’m that person. I love to have something to drink and munch on while I read and I’m pretty clumsy. So, those two don’t tend to go together well. It isn’t uncommon to have a page or two with something on it. (NOTE: Personal books only. I don’t eat when I am reading a borrowed book.)

Spilled on a book

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it.

Nice

I only buy books that I plan on reading.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework).

Naughty

ALL THE TIME!! I figure I can clean the house or do laundry “later.” The work won’t do itself, so it will still be there when I can get to it.

I'm Reading, It can wait.

Skim read a book.

Nice

I’m actually just the opposite. I take my time reading so that I can catch everything and remember the details of the book.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal.

Nice

This year, 2018, is the first year that I have ever set a goal through Goodreads and I have already surpassed it.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library.

Naughty and Nice

Depends on how far back you want me to go. I did do this once in high school. However, I have not done this as an adult.

One Time

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about.

Nice

Nope, Once I finish reading a book I need to write the review within a week or two. If I go longer than that because of the fear of this happening! Forgetting what the book was about and the important details that I want to share.

Wrote in a book you were reading.

Naughty

If it is a personal development book, I will write all over it and make notes about my thoughts and feelings. However, any other books, there will be limited notes or marks. Those limited marks are usually noting key quotes.

DNF a book this year.

Naughty

I had one book that I didn’t finish. It was so technically in-depth and the content was overwhelming with massive amounts of detail…I just couldn’t finish it. I read to relax, not to feel like I’m in a debriefing.

DNF

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads.

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I don’t always update Goodreads timely, however, all books that I read are noted on my account.

This last year, in the development of my blog, I created a new Goodreads account to correspond with my blog. So I have not transferred over all the books read from my previous account.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley.

Naughty

I am currently sitting at 50%. This is something that stresses me out a bit. I want it to be higher which will be one of my goals for 2019. I currently have 6 books that I need to read, to be caught up but there are always new books that are being released on NetGalley. It’s just so hard to not request more. I always seem to get myself in a pickle with requesting books.

Need more books

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend.

Nice

I always return books that I borrow from friends. I know how much it would bother me to not have my book returned. So, it is a must to return the books and in the same condition that they gave it to me.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book.

Naughty

There are favorites of mine that I will not loan out.

Broke a book buying ban.

Naughty

For sure! I’m always mentioning that I have to read the books that I have first before I buy any more. However, there is always a new book that I just can’t pass up.

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Broke the spine of someone else’s book.

Nice

I’ve always returned a book in the same manner that I received it.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged.

Naughty

For some reasons reading a book with the jacket on, really bothers me. The way it shifts and then it interferes with holding the book, I just need to take them off. So, unfortunately, I may have stained a few covers. See previous clumsy post. 🙂

Sat on a book accidentally.

Nice

I can’t say that I have had this happen.

Final Score:10/20

I tag: YOU!💜

Let me know how you score! ❤

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Here’s the list for you to copy and do yourself!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did).

Folded down the page of a book.

Accidentally spilled on a book.

DNF a book this year.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework).

Skim read a book.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library.

Broke a book buying ban.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about.

Wrote in a book you were reading.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged.

Sat on a book accidentally.

Blogmas #10: Book Review | Pigeon – Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Cover of Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed DuncanAuthor: Ed Duncan

Series: Pigeon-Blood Red (Book 1)

Print Length: 214 pages

Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (August 23, 2016)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ISBN-10: 9781973443711

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source: I received Pigeon – Blood Red from the author, Ed Duncan, at the request of his publicist, Kelsey Butts of Book Publicity Services. In return, I will provide a fair and honest review.

Blurb

For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job: retrieve his gangster boss’s stolen goods, and teach the person responsible a lesson.

But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu. There, the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory, when innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in a crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, hunter and prey develop an unlikely respect for one another.

Soon, he is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the very people who have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

My Thoughts

This the first book of two. I actually read them in reverse order.  If you are interested in reading the review of the second book, “The Last Straw” you can check it out here (Review of The Last Straw, by Ed Duncan).

In both of Duncan’s books, I enjoy his articulate and concise writing style.

Pigeon – Blood Red is a modern gangster, crime thriller. There was suspense from start to finish. It was a fast-paced read at only 203 pages. I would recommend this book just as much as I recommended “The Last Straw.”

Entertaining, Gritty and Nailbiting

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Image of Ed Duncan, author of Pigeon Blood Red and THe Last Straw

Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled “Ohio Insurance Coverage,” for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012.

Ed currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH.

Website | Twitter

 

Blogmas #9: ETSY Gift Guide

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There are a lot of gift guides and ideas for Christmas and the holidays. So, I decided to create one around those that sell their goods on ETSY.  There are so many small businesses that would love you to buy something from them, for your loved ones, colleagues, friends, classmates or the blogger in your life. But if you’re not interested in buying from ETSY, please keep other small, or local businesses in mind this holiday season, when you are looking for the perfect gift.

Here are a few ideas that I came across that I think any blogger would enjoy.

Jewelry:

Mugs:

  • “Bloggers gonna blog” (Buy Here)
  • ” I have to be successful because I love expensive sh*t ” (Buy Here)
  • “Don’t talk to me. I’m internet famous.” (Buy Here)

Shirts

  • Boss Babe Sweatshirt (Buy Here)
  • Babes Supporting Babes Sweatshirt (Buy Here)
  • Social Media Sweatshirt “Blog & Snap & Insta & Tweet” (Buy Here)

 

Misc Items. Just for Fun!

  • A magnet that says, “Never overshare until you’ve monetized your lifestyle blog” (Buy here)
  • #Hashtag signs (Buy Here)
  • Writers Keychain (Buy Here)
  • Planner Stickers (Buy Here)

Additional Ideas:

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for Readers (Click Here)

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Do you have a favorite ESTY shop?

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*I have no affiliation with any of these creators or their stores. I have not been compensated in any way to list them on my blog.

Blogmas #8: Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

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It is always nice to get small little gifts that can be used each day in their bookish adventures.

Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Fun Bookmarks   (buy here
  • Bookish Socks (buy here)
  • Pocket Notebooks/Journals (buy here)
  • A gift card to a local, independent bookstore

BUT No matter the time of year, a book lover can always use these to help get through that next chapter…

  • Coffee!! Why? Because it’s coffee, and you get to support small business! I have personally ordered coffee from Bell Lap Coffee before and it is fabulous (and no… I was not asked or compensated to say that… But it is fabulous!) Definitely check them out!! (buy here)
  • Godiva Truffles (buy here)
  • Abdallah Chocolates (buy here)

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What are you hoping to find

in your stocking this Christmas??

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*I am not affiliated with any of these companies and receive no kickbacks to promote or mention them.  The companies that I chose were personal preferences.

 

Blogmas #6: Gift Ideas for the Blogger in Your Life

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Are you looking for a gift that special blogger in your life? Here are just a few gift ideas. I have included links to where you can buy these gifts for your convenience. Most of the links are to Amazon.  This is just a personal preference.  These items can be purchased at other locations as well. I do not gain anything by you choosing to use Amazon or any of the other links.

Books

Blogging and entrepreneurship is hard work.  Why not learn and gain some insight from others.

Blogging Tools 

Any of the following would be a nice addition to a blogger/entrepreneur’s desk.

  • Classic Notebooks/Journals (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Planner Box Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Moleskine Notebook (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Blog and Editorial Calendar (Buy here: Amazon)
  • EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner (Buy here: Amazon)    

  • Portable Charger (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Noise canceling earphones/buds (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Phone Tripod with Remote (Buy here: Amazon)

Mugs

Why….because of coffee! 😉 And who wouldn’t want a cute mug?!?

  • Little Miss Blogger Mug (Buy here: Amazon)Amazon)
  • You Got This ~Coffee  (Buy here: Amazon)
  • She Believed She Could So She Did (Buy here: Amazon)

Self-Care

Most blogger/entrepreneurs spend most, if not all, of their free time working on their side hustle.  Why not treat them to some rest and relaxation?

  • Bookish Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Yankee Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Woodwick Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • A gift card, to their local salon, to get a mani/pedi
  • Aromatherapy Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • DammIt Doll (Buy here: Amazon)

I hope this list helps you in finding the perfect gift for the blogger in your life.

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Happy Holidays!

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