Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ask the blogger: What is your blogging identity?

blogging identity crisis

3000, 000. That is the number of new blogs that are created every month. Mind boggling, isn't it?

For any given niche, there are a lot of blogs. Lifestyle blogs, book blogs, tech blogs, food blogs, fashion blogs, photography blogs, writing blogs, DIY blogs, art blogs, the list goes on and on.

When I first entered the blogosphere I had no doubt that I was a book blogger. Two years in and I'm not quite sure.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Literary tattoos for the logophile in you

I am as fascinated by a beautifully done tattoo as much as the next person. For a logophile this fascination is easily doubled when it's a literary tattoo.
“...books change lives, in big ways and small, from the simple desire to spend a few quiet hours in a comfy chair, swept away by a story, to the profound realization that the reader is not alone in the world, that there is someone else like him or her, someone who has faced the same fears, the same confusions, the same grief, the same joys.
Word lovers all over the world would agree with Roxanne J. Coady and would attest to the fact that some words and some stories are simply unforgettable. Because of this, it is hardly a surprise that some would choose to immortalize this profound feeling with a tattoo.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Post Reading: Breaking Nova - Jessica Sorenson


Title: Breaking Nova 
Author: Jessica Sorensen 
Series: Nova #1 
Published: October 9th 2014 by Sphere
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Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next, until she meets Quinton Carter.
Quinton once got a second chance at life, but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life, but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?


Passionate. Intense. All Consuming. 

Breaking Nova is as breathtakingly beautiful as the dedication that Jessica Sorensen has penned for her readers.

For anyone who's ever felt lost and struggled to find their way back.” 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Discussion: The Art of List Making

List Making The Right Way Say It With Books
Confession: I'm a list making addict.

I have always made lists. 

Daily to-do lists, resolution lists, grocery lists, lists of blog post ideas, lists of books to read, lists of books I've read, wish-lists, list of long term plans, bucket lists.....You get the idea.
We live in a fast moving world that pauses for no one. We are constantly bombarded by information and it's only natural that we sometimes get caught up in rush and forget our priorities.

We start every new year, heart singing, high on youthful energy with a bazillion plans and goals. Mid year we lose momentum, our plans and goals long forgotten. The rest of the year we go through the motions, aimlessly moving through life.

Well, not this year. This year, I am all about LIVING INTENTIONALLY.

List making is just one step that I take towards making my plans and goals a reality. You could be a self-confessed list addict like me, you could be some one who detests list making or you could be someone who tried this but found it futile. As much as I love spontaneity, I believe that list making is the key to productivity if it is done right.

Yes, there is a right way to make effective to-do lists. But before that lets look at why list making is actually good for you...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Post Reading: Get Even - Gretchen McNeil

Book Review Get Even Gretchen McNeil


Title: Get Even 
Author: Gretchen McNeil 
Series: Don't Get Mad 
Published: September 16th 2014 by Balzer & Bray
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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose. 


Thursday, January 1, 2015

24 lessons learned + A special something for you!

Second Blogversary Say It with Books

Two years. That's how long I've been blogging.

It has been the most extraordinary journey. Every glorious milestone, every false start, each stumble, every jump and each glorious adventure - I'm grateful for all of it.

There were a multitude of lessons learnt in both blogging and life. So today I'll be sharing a few with you...

1. Open yourself up to new possibilities and adventures.

Say yes to opportunities - Before I started blogging, I spent MONTHS procrastinating preparing for it. When I finally made the leap it was terrifying and that was how I knew that I had made the right choice. Life happens outside that comfort zone so move!

2. Know your worth.

Work on that self-love. Believe in yourself and embrace your strengths, weakness and quirks. Love yourself and others will follow.

3. Cherish your friends.

You are the company you keep. Be loyal to your your BFFs, renew old acquaintances and reach out to create new ones.

4. Let go.

Toxic relationships/habits weighing you down? You need to hit CTRL + D, girl.

5. Not everyone agrees.

Voice your opinion, don't ever stop standing up for what you believe but open your mind to other views.

6. Listen.

It's a loud world, both online and offline. Sometimes you just need to pay attention, listen and learn.