The Blogger Recognition Award!

Thank you so much to Hidden Staircase for nominating me for this award (originally created by Eve at Edge of Night–thanks as well)! She blogs about mystery books and you guys should go check her site out! It is always such an honor to receive these awards from fellow bloggers! 🙂 Let’s get to it.

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Here are the rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

  • Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. Attach the award to the post. List who you’ve nominated in the post.

  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story

I started this blog in April of 2014, when I was a freshman in high school. My sister had started a blog a few months earlier to showcase her sewing, and she had enjoyed it. (By the way, go check her blog out! She makes costumes and ready-to-wear clothing, and they are super cool.) I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try out a blog focusing on reading and writing.

I never “planned” on being a blogger. If you asked me at the beginning of freshman year if wanted to start a blog, it was so far off my radar that I wouldn’t have even known how to respond–it was never something I even thought about doing. That is, until the day I came up with a name for a blog and hopped on WordPress to create it. I’ve been blogging ever since.

Blogging is simultaneously a stress reliever and a stressor. I usually try to have three posts a week (though in a hectic week at school I might drop down to two). Writing blog posts is refreshingly different from schoolwork, so it gives my brain a break, but when I’m short on time, even giving myself a break it stresses me out. It ends up being a positive presence in my life on balance, however.

My Advice

Advice? Umm…I’m not sure I’m actually qualified for this, but here goes nothing:

  1. Have a personality. I’ve noticed that the posts of mine that get the most traffic and likes tend to be posts in which I let my inner sarcastic fangirl loose. Sometimes with book reviews or TTT posts, I find myself being boring–just getting the facts across–but it always helps to let your own voice spruce up your posts.
  2. Give yourself some “easy” posts. Especially if you plan to keep yourself to a goal of writing a a certain number of posts per week, having “easy” posts that you can write each week without too much work makes posting regularly simpler. I do the TTT meme every week, because I can write it in advance, it doesn’t take too long, and it lacks the pressure of other posts (such as book reviews which require, well, reading books).
  3. Don’t be afraid to be a part of the community. Blogging isn’t just about putting your own story out there, it’s about interacting with fellow bloggers. The book blogging community (and other blogging niches, I would assumed) is supportive and friendly, so don’t be afraid to comment on other people’s posts or reach out to other bloggers. In my experience, there isn’t a VIP room for bloggers–we’re all in this together, no matter how long you’ve been blogging.
  4. Make sure you’re having fun. Sometimes, blogging just won’t fit into my schedule for the week. If I find myself overwhelmed even taking the time to look at my blog’s dashboard, I know that I should back away from blogging for the week. Blogging is a great outlet and stress reliever, but only if you make sure that it stays a hobby instead of a tedious obligation.

My Nominations

Check out these amazing and wonderful blogs!

(If you already received this award, I’m sorry, and you are under no obligation to do it again.)

Creative Blogger and Inspiring Blog Awards

Thank you so much to My Cafe au Livre for nominating me for both of these awards! I love her blog and it means so much to me to get these awards from fellow bloggers 🙂

The Inspiring Blog Award

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The rules are:
  1. Thank and link the amazing person (or people) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
My facts:
  1. I love playing cards, especially Gin. It’s a tradition with my grandparents to play it for hours when we go on trips together.
  2. My blog name comes from my love of cards. “52” is the number of cards in a deck, as well as my favorite number.
  3. Though I post a lot of poetry on this blog, I only started actively writing poetry recently. I wanted simple samples of my writing to post, as well as something to do when I don’t feel like sitting down and working on my WIP novel, so I picked up poetry.
  4. I have a really hard time writing short stories. I have a lot of ideas but I have trouble forming plot arcs that work in a short story format. Often, when I start a short story, I realize that I’d actually like it to be an entire novel.
  5. I’m awful at spelling. Well, I used to be awful. I’m getting better, I swear, but every time I visit my sixth grade teacher she makes a joke about how bad at spelling I was in elementary school (and sort of continue to be).
  6. On that note, when I was little, I was convinced “hamster” had a “p” in it. I’m still frustrated that it isn’t spelled “hampster.”
  7. I have two pets: a cat (named Muzgle) and a hamster (named Macaroon, Mac for short).

The Creative Blogger Award

The rules are:
  1. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  4. Pass these rules on to them
My facts:
  1. I am currently working on the second draft of my WIP novel Devil May Care. It is currently 141 pages and about 50,700 words. I started this draft in December 2014.
  2. My favorite character to write is not my protagonist. Don’t get me wrong, I love my main character, but there is this other character who comes into the story and she is so much fun to write dialogue for.
  3. The West Wing is probably my favorite TV show right now. I watched all seven seasons a while ago but I can’t stop rewatching the show! It is amazing.
  4. Though I’m a total geek for Doctor Who and Once Upon A Time (different shows, I know, but I love both of them), I haven’t watched either of their current seasons. (AHH! No spoilers please.)
  5. I have a twin who is a super talented sewist (I’d say sewer but she said that’s awkward…) and you guys should check out her blog. I love her a ton, no matter what I usually say… 😉

I nominate:

I’m nominating you for both awards. If you’ve already gotten one of them, or only want to take part in one of them, that’s fine. Thank you guys for all being amazing and I love your blogs!

Katherine at deckle and gold

Cheri and Chebk at OK Potato

Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts

RJ at Heir of Ravenclaw

Overflowing Bookshelves

The Liebster Award #2

Thank you to londiniumgirlbooks for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It means so much to me.

Here are the rules:

  • link back and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • answer the eleven questions they give you
  • tag up to eleven bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  • ask your nominees eleven questions and let them know you tagged them!

I’m not going to nominate anyone. Everyone that I wanted to nominate has already received the award, so I’m leaving this open to anyone who wants to participate. BreAnn’s questions are really good, so fell free to also answer them and pass this award along to people you feel deserve it. 

1. What is the most overrated book or book series?

Anything by Rick Riordan. Seriously, I liked his first Percy Jackson series, but as soon as he announced that his next series was going to have basically exactly the same premise I lost respect for him. It felt too much like a play for more money (like when movie companies make sequels instead of risking money on creating and marketing a new movie). I know a ton of people are obsessed with the books, but I feel like there are a lot better books out there to read.

2. Do you usually buy your books, borrow them from friends/family, or rent them from the library? 

Buy them. My sister and I pool all of the gift cards we get for Christmas/birthdays and use the money the rest of the year to buy books. I love owning physical books, even if it ends up taking some money out of my pocket (and if I need to get creative on how to store them in my small bedroom).

3. Physical books or eBooks-which do you prefer? Or do you like both?

Physical books, no question. I love the feeling of holding a book, and I have this habit of playing with the pages of a book as I read it–which you can’t do with ebooks. Reading on screens isn’t my thing, and from a practical standpoint, since I do most of my reading at school, ereaders would probably be stolen or not allowed by my more controlling teachers.

4. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Oooh, tough question. I’ve used receipts, scraps of paper, Post-It notes, tissues (unused, of course). Recently, I’ve actually started using a real bookmark that one of my (amazing) friends made me. In a kind of backwards way, I think using a real bookmark for long periods of time is weirder for me than using anything lying around.

5. Favorite book based solely on appearance?

The Knife of Never Letting Go (and the rest of the Chaos Walking trilogy) by Patrick Ness. The covers fit the books to well. They come off very plainspoken and simple, but they fit the books perfectly, and they are gorgeous, in my opinion.

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6. Favorite character from any book?

That’s gotta be Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. Gen is loveable, frustrating, childish, ageless, and brilliant. So much fun to read, and with the perfect amount of character development over the course of the series. You never know what is going on in his head until he slowly reveals his plots and you realize once again that he is a freaking genius. I love him.

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7. Where do you do most of your reading?

At school, when I’ve finished my classwork, especially after tests. Or in this wonderful chair in my living room that is exactly the right size to curl up in.

8. Who is the worst (as in the most badly written) character you’ve ever encountered?

I don’t think I can answer this. I tend to get rid of books I hate, so I don’t even know where to start with this.

9. What’s the oldest book you own?

Wow. I don’t know how to answer this one either. I have my mom’s copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe from when she was in elementary school. A lot of the books I bought during my elementary school obsessed-with-ancient-Egypt phase are old as well. I also have a lot of Agatha Christie books that I bought second-hand, so I have no idea how old they are.

10. Name a book you love, but think its cover is despicable. Why do you hate the cover so much?

Such a hard choice! I hate a lot of book covers when they just don’t match a book–they are so obviously marketing ploys to get people to buy the books, even if the intriguing image doesn’t relate at all. Despicable is a strong word, but I’ll go with either the cover of Vampire Academy (#1) or the Throne of Glass series covers.

The VA cover just looks like a badly-taken selfie that’s trying to be sexy–which doesn’t tie into the book very much. Plus, the series lends itself to such amazing covers, and this seems like a waste of potential.

The Throne of Glass covers are pretty but don’t match the book at all–they make it look like a sci-fi-esque series, instead of a fantasy one. Plus, the girl on the cover doesn’t look anything like what Celaena is supposed to look like. Again, this series had so many options for amazing and accurate covers.

Okay, rant over.

11. What is the largest (actual size or page numbers) book you own or have ever read?

Probably The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. So freaking long. So emotionally tormenting. So amazing.

 

Beautiful Blog Award :)

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I was nominated for this away by Brin @ Brin’s Book Blog. It means so much to be thought of for blog awards and I’m honored to have been given another.

The rules for the award are as follows:

  1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and say a little something about them.

I like the fact that this award focuses on the nominees instead of the nominator. It’s nice to be able to explain why you nominated someone. 🙂

I nominate:

  1. Aubrey Joy @ Point Taken — I love the name of her blog and the cheerful tone of all of her posts. Her newsletters are fun to read and she takes place in a ton of cool readathons.
  2. Emily Mead @ The Loony Teen Writer — Again, I love the spirit of this blog. She has so much fun with incorporating gifs and humor into her posts, and it’s great to read.
  3. Sumaira @ Hyper About Books — Her reviews are well thought out and written and I love reading her random rambles.
  4. Merin @ Read and Reviewed — I love all the memes Merin takes part in. Her random discussion posts and monthly State of Merin posts are great.
  5. A. E. LaGrand — This girl’s poetry is ridiculously amazing.
  6. Kara @ What Kara Reads — Her book reviews are thorough and always suggest new books for me to read.
  7. Samantha @ Strings Attached — Okay, so this one is kinda a cheat, but I’m nominating my sister, because she just got back into blogging and she’s had some great posts recently. Also, she’s my sister, so…yeah.

Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for having amazing blogs and giving me great posts to read every day.

No one is under any obligation to accept the award if they don’t want to, I just want to give you all a shout out for being great.