Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag.

secret-life-of-book-blogger-copy1

Hi 🙂

I was nominated by Ana from Ana’s Lair for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag. Go check out her blog! Thank you Ana for the nomination!

1. How long have you been a blogger?

+ I started my blog back in 2011, but I never really kept up with it and I only had my bestie following me. I officially started this new blog 6-7 months ago; in January.

2. At what point do you think you will stop?

+ I’m not sure when I will stop or if I ever will! I love doing it and as love as I love doing it, I will keep with it!

3. What is the best thing?

+ One of the best things is getting to meet and talk to fellow bloggers! It’s been fun to share my love for books and talk with others that love them just as much as I do.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

+ I guess not being able to come up with posts to do! Tags and weekly memes help with that most of the time.

5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

+ Most of the time I use pictures that I personally took myself. Sometimes I’ll search for gifs to use in my blog posts and it doesn’t usually take too long.

6. Who is your book crush?

+ OMG…I have so many book crushes! This year my really big book crush would have to be Raffe from the Penyrn and the End of Days series. Go check out the series! Angelfall is the first book!

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

+ ALL OF THEM!? If I had to choose, I would probably go with Becky Albertalli (author of Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda). She’s such a cool person and we’ve tweeted a bunch of times and it’s always been fun.

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

+ It all depends on where I’m at, to be honest. I mostly do them in the morning after I get dressed for work though, so I’m usually just wearing pants and a t-shirt, lol. Nothing fancy, haha.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

+ Sometimes I do my posts in advanced and then over the days leading up to when I plan to post, I’ll tweak them a bit. If I don’t do it in advanced, then it probably takes me about 30 minutes. Sometimes I’ll type up things on my phone to save for later for my blog.

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

+ I love the book blogger community and I am so excited that I created this blog and have been able to be apart of it! There are so many awesome bloggers and it’s exciting to meet you all and talk to you all!

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

+ Post at least a few times a week, use pictures (even if it’s just book covers), use tags (tags are wonderful things and it gets your posts out there to everyone), and engage with other bloggers. It’s fun getting likes and it’s also great getting comments. You engage better that way and you get to know other bloggers better.

I nominate you all to do this! It’s a fun little tag to have on your blog and it may be helpful to other bloggers as well. I would love to see your answers, so link me to your posts if you choose to do it! 🙂


I have some random pictures to share with you from 4th of July weekend. You may have seen these on Instagram if you follow me.

IMG_9249IMG_9375

I tried to get ColbyJack (my cat, if you’re new to my blog) a picture with the little hat on as well, but he was not having it! It’s hard enough to get him in his little birthday hat on his birthday, so trying with this hat was a huge fail. I got Dax and Bella to do it though! 😛

IMG_9281IMG_9282

So I don’t leave him out of the post though, here is ColbyJack doing what he does best! 😛

IMG_9212

Here are a couple recent posts I’ve done:
Thoughts: We Were Liars.
Blogger Recognition Award.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an amazing Monday! I am so tired today, so hopefully this day goes by fast! BYE! ❤

Blogger Recognition Award.

br_award

Hi 🙂

I was nominated by my totally awesome friend Shelbie over at Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads for the Blogger Recognition Award. It was originally created by was originally created by Eve over at Edge of Night. Thank you, Shelbie! You guys should go over and check out her blog! She’s super cool, loves Doctor Who, and has great taste in books!

Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • 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. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • 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 originally started this blog back in 2011 with my bestie over at The Art of Failing. We both made a blog to do 30 day writing challenges. That went good for awhile and then I neglected my blog and we tried again a year or two ago. I bought both of us a book called “642 Things to Write About” and we were going to start blogging about the topics from the book. Failed again, sigh.

20140524-160556-57956369.jpg

Eventually, I just didn’t even look at it much anymore until January of this year. I decided to start over; so I erased all my old entries, renamed my blog, updated the look of it, and here I am! I enjoy reading and I’ve been doing a lot of it this year. I think having this blog really got me back into reading. Last year I read a total of 26 books, but this year I am already at 75 (that’s including audiobooks too). HUGE DIFFERENCE!

That’s basically how all this got started. It’s been nice getting to know so many awesome people and I’m sure this has made my boyfriend a little happier not having to listen to my constant book talk! I still try to make him read, 😛 – always fail, lol. He’s been cool about my craziness with books, especially this year. He puts up with bookstore and thrift store trips.

IMG_4626

My advice to new bloggers is to have fun! Write things that you love to write about and do it for yourself! I know some things can start to feel like a chore and it isn’t fun anymore, so do the posts for you before anything else. Go crazy with it! Blogging is fun and the more you do it, the better you get. I know at first I was kind of lost with it all, but slowly I’ve been getting better and I’m always striving to do better with my blog even now.

Don’t be afraid to meet new people and follow other blogs! Engage with others too. Likes are cool, but comments are where you actually get to know the person and talk with them. I’ve also talked to so many of you guys outside of this blog and that’s awesome! It’s nice to share other little aspects of my life outside of books too. I have tons of my blogger friends on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads too. It’s nice to connect other places as well. It makes you really feel closer to them outside of just books. You form really good friendships.

Shelbie mentioned how we originally met on Pinterest and then became friends on here over on her blog post. It’s been totally awesome talking to her outside of just the blogoverse. We pretty much talk almost every single day now through all social media outlets and even texting. You form amazing friendships like what happened with her and I this way and it’s great! It’s always exciting to talk to others outside of here! So go meet new friends and it’ll make the blogging experience so much more exciting and rewarding!

I nominate:

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed
Yvo @ It’s All About Books
Emily @ The Diary of a Bibliophile 
Alina @ Radiant Reads
Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner
Nicole @ Awayinneverland
Analee @ Book Snacks
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Claire @ Art and Soul
Stephanie & Taylor @ Bibliophile Gathering

I also nominate everyone else too! I would love to hear your story and meet new friends on here! Link me to your posts! 🙂 If you’ve already done this award, ignore and feel free to link me to your posts if I haven’t already checked them out!

And if you want to become friends outside of here, feel free to add me to the following and let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you back!

Instagram: heyyitsashley
Goodreadsheyyitsashley_
Pinterestlalalaitsashley
Twitter: whoa_itsashley

In case you missed them, here are a few posts I’ve done recently linked below! 🙂
Friday Finds #21. – Books I added to my TBR this week. Just did this post a few hours ago.
June Recap & July TBR. – Books I read in June and books I hope to read this month.
Top Ten Tuesday. – Top books I read so far in 2015.

I hope everyone has an awesome day! BYE!

Top Ten Tuesday||Summer TBR.

IMG_2972

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015.


Hi 🙂

There are so many books that I own that I want to get to ASAP! Making this list was kind of difficult because of that. They may not all be summer type books, but, that’s okay! 🙂 Some of these books I’ve had on my bookshelf for awhile and definitely want to get to them soon!

2339926718392459112357121879898317661416

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

2345311221393526184603922289655122639095

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

I tend not to stick to lists as far as reading goes and I sometimes use my TBR jar too, so we’ll see what happens with these books!

What is on your Summer TBR? Are any of these on your list? Comment below and link me to your posts! 

Before I go, here are a couple recent posts I’ve done.

I hope everyone has an awesome Tuesday! Bye!

June Read Along: A Court of Thorns and Roses.

16096824
A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” 

I joined in with Josie at Josie’s Book Corner and Stephanie & Taylor at Bibliophile Gathering to read ACOTAR throughout the month of June. It’s still going on, so if you want to join in then you can see more information about it over here.

I was kind of worried about whether I was going to even like the book, because I wasn’t that big a fan of Throne of Glass by Maas. I wanted to give this a chance though, because it sounded really good. I also love retellings, so I wanted to read it. I loved the book!  I love Beauty and the Beast and I love faeries, so this was definitely awesome!

I loved that it instantly grabbed my attention and got right into the good stuff and I was pretty much hooked from the first page. I love Sarah’s writing style and the way she explained things in this book. It was more fast paced than Throne of Glass, that’s for sure. I love fast paced books, so this was perfect.

IMG_8297

There was the perfect amount of action and romance, so the romance was not at all overpowering, which I really like. Also, a big thing that I loved was there wasn’t a love triangle! I’m kind of over love triangles, so it was nice reading a book without one! I really loved the worldbuilding in this book and I could really picture everything perfectly. I wanted to jump right in!

There are so many awesome characters in this book; so many! I instantly fell in love with Lucien. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Tamlin in the beginning, but he grew on me and I definitely love him. I can’t forget about Feyre though! She was definitely an awesome character and I felt she grew throughout the book. Rhysand, I wasn’t sure about him. I had a love/hate for him. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I hated him or loved him.

I was pretty happy with the way that the book ended and I definitely can’t wait to read more of the story!

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” 

Goodreads Description: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

IMG_7942

I would love to write about some other stuff in this post, but I must get to work! I hope everyone has a great day! Bye!

The Book Courtship Tag.

724ae-the2bbook2bcourtship2btag

This photo is originally from simplybookishthings.blogspot.com

Hey! 🙂
I was tagged by Josie at Josies Book Corner to do the Book Courtship Tag; love her and her blog! This tag looks like a lot of fun, so let’s get started! FYI: All will be linked to Goodreads.

Phase One: Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover

17234658

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I haven’t had the chance to read the book yet, but as soon as I seen this book cover I knew I had to own the book. It’s so pretty and the next book in the series has a pretty amazing book cover too!

Phase Two: First Impressions: A book you got because of the summary

12305758

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. The cover wasn’t that appealing to me, but the summary of the book was. Here is the summary from Goodreads:
“Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?”

Phase Three: Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

image

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I am a HUGE fan of Mitch Albom and I loved this book so much. I loved the way that it was written and it felt unique to me and the style made it so easy to read and want to continue to read. The story itself was so great!

Phase Four: First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series

2767052

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Before reading The Hunger Games, I wasn’t always big into reading. I definitely wasn’t into reading things that weren’t non-fiction. This book made me want to continue the series and it made me appreciate all kinds of books and jump started my love for reading again, especially series books!

Phase Five: Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long

18692431

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book had me up until 4AM. It was one of the most amazing books I’ve read in a long time. I was up until 3AM reading it and then I was up an hour after just thinking about the book, the characters, and doing a blog post about it! Highly recommend this book!

Fangirl Moment:
IMG_8570

Phase Six: Always on my mind: A book that you could not stop thinking about

22328546

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Since I can’t choose Everything, Everything again (LOL!), I am going with Red Queen. I loved this book SO MUCH! I still think about it now and again. It was such an great read and I can’t wait for more!

Phase Seven: Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

19547856

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This was kind of a weird question, lol. After going and feeling all of my books, I decided to go with Simon vs. It’s rough on some places and smooth on others and that kind of how the book felt as I was reading it. I also really love this book so much and it needed to be included in this post. 😛

Phase Eight: Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family

IMG_1364

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I love this book so much. The story was so great. The characters were great. The love these sisters have for each other were amazing. I highly recommend this book.

Phase Nine: Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

77361829520360121277501212781018705209

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This series was PERFECT. I loved every single book and all of the characters. It had me laughing, crying, getting angry, I felt every emotion reading this series. I know I will continue to read it over and over again. I also can’t wait to get my nephew into reading these books and Percy Jackson and The Olympians.

Phase Ten: Share the love! Here’s who I am tagging . . .

I tag every single one of you, because I want to see your answers! This is a really fun tag and I think you all should do it if you haven’t already! Also, please link me to your posts if you do it! I want to see your answers! GO GO GO!


Due to unfortunate circumstances, the boyfriend had an entire weekend off with me! It’s so rare that this happens, but it’s been nice. Our car needed fixed, so he’s been trying to fix it and the person that was supposed to fix it on Friday couldn’t finish it and then he never showed up Saturday or today. UGHHHH! But, we’ve had the entire weekend off together and that never really happens.

Also, do to this situation…I barely got much reading done! We’ve been watching Orange Is The New Black and Orphan Black all weekend. Oooops! I do plan to finish A Court of Thorns and Roses today as I only have 100 pages left to go. I also plan to at some point today start my book club book (The Shock of the Fall). I haven’t started that and the month is almost half over, oops!

Anyway, I should probably get back to reading ACOTAR! I really want to finish it soon, so I can start my next book. I kind of feel a reading slump coming on though and that’s not a good sign. 😦

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye!

Friday Finds #18 & Kindle E-books.

FridayFinds-ADailyRhythm2

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Happy Friday! 🙂

Once again I added a bunch of books to my TBR this week, but I’ll share just ten of those with you all! I also got some e-books to share with you as well. I’ll just get right to it…

TBR FINDS:

238649032566363725231571205792911931915

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

24907086237194235448911888323122840182

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I actually just received an ARC that I won of Because You’ll Never Meet Me and I was so excited to see that I received that book! I also won some other ARCs too and I’ll share those at another time. Lots of awesome books this week though and I am really excited about all of them. I can’t wait to get to reading these books. I really wish there was more time in the day and I had a bigger bank account! Sigh.

What are some of the books that you added to your TBR this week? Link me to your posts or leave a comment below!


KINDLE ADDS:

180812287171637157793662295036825631264

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Edgewood by Karen McQuestion
The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz
Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

The Orphan Queen and Clockwork Angel were both on sale ($1.99-2.99) this week, so I had to jump on that! I’m not sure when I’ll read Clockwork Angel, since I ended up not liking TMI so much toward the end of the series, but I couldn’t pass up $2.99 and it’s still $2.99 right now if you’re interested! Sadly, The Orphan Queen is no longer on sale. Edgewood is currently free right now.

The Water Travelers is currently free on Kindle until tonight, so you should totally go get it! I’ve had it on my TBR since February and I was asked recently if I would review it by Daniel Waltz (check out his blog here), so I am definitely excited to read it and do a review!

One of my other blogger friends just self-published her book Dissonance and it sounds like such a good read! I definitely plan to also do a review on her book once I read it. You can check out her blog here. Also, it’s currently only $2.99 on Amazon right now!

Any awesome e-book deals I should know about? Let me know!

In case you missed them, you can check out some of my recent posts from this week linked below!

I hope everyone has a great Friday! Bye! ❤

WWW Wednesdays #10.

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Currently:

1609682412476820

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Partials by Dan Wells

I am still reading ACOTAR, but it’s so good! I’ve just had tons of distractions, so I haven’t been able to finish it as fast as I would have liked. I should hopefully have it finished this week. I am starting the audiobook of Partials today and I’m pretty excited about it.

Finished:

208213762537391418692431

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
The Wedding Virus and Other Snippets by Natalie Shell
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually finished a lot of books since my last WWW post, but here are just a few of those books. Belzhar, it was okay, but I didn’t really like it that much. The Wedding Virus was a really good read. Everything, Everything was SO AMAZING!

Reading Next:

20696422105072936

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I still have to get around to The Shock of the Fall for the book club. It’s taking me longer than expected to get to it. Hopefully by Monday. My next audiobooks will be The Selection and the 4th Harry Potter; depending on which the library gets first will be what is next. I am really excited about them.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next? Leave a comment and link me to your posts! 🙂

Here are some posts that I have recently done and then I am off to work! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday||Most Anticipated 2015 Releases. – 2015 releases I am excited about. & a few new books I got.
The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag. – Tags are fun. This one was fun.
Everything, Everything. – My thoughts on the book Everything, Everything.

I hope everyone has a great day! Bye! ❤