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July 13, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 6



Welcome back to Day 5 of my 15 day Blogger Challenge. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to describe how you shop for books.


I’m the funniest person when I shop for books. If I go into a used bookstore, I’m most likely to come out with an adult romance book…Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Johanna Lindsey…etc. I will also take FOREVER to choose my books. I pick up all the books that I potentially want so that nobody else can have them until I decide if I want them or not. It doesn’t even matter if there’s multiples of the book. I just know that somebody is going to come in and buy all the copies of the one book that I didn’t hold on to!

That is actually pretty common for me in other stores, too. When I’m in B&N, I always have this book tower that’s teetering over my head because I don’t trust the books to be there if I set them down. Nobody can have my books until I decide what I want! And I usually only come out with like 2-4 books, but I’m usually holding like 7-10. One time one of the workers asked me if I wanted a basket……..I said yes[=

Most of my shopping is done at B&N. I don’t go there often, because I really don’t need the books….BUT I usually spend about an hour and an hour and a half in there trying to make up my mind. And it gets slightly difficult because every single time that I’m in B&N, I HAVE to help someone pick out a book. I HAVE to! I will ask them what genres they like, what they’ve previously read, if they know what they want or if they’re just browsing. I am the unofficial worker of B&N. They should hire me. At least someone there is working!

As for the books themselves, I always go for covers. Sometimes, I’ll go for super popular books even if the cover sucks, because I’ve heard such great things…but usually I won’t pick out a book with a shitty cover. I also NEVER buy contemporary books. Ever. I refuse.

Finally, when I shop for books, I have a very bad habit of rearranging the books to how I think they should be organized. My B&N obviously doesn’t have very many workers who love YA. I have to rearrange their books ALL the time! They are so horrible at it! Olympia…if you’re reading this…fix your damn shelves! Like, for example, they had In the After by Demitria Lunetta in this off the wall place….and they had like 2 different sections of her….and one was in like older YA sections. I was like, huh? And they had this stupid manga looking book in the Popular New Releases sections. No way. I fixed that right off the bat.


So that’s what goes down when I shop for me books. What about you? Do you have any quirks like me? Let me know in the comments section below [=

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5
July 12, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back to Day 5 of my 15 day Blogger Challenge. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to recommend a tear jerker.


I don’t cry in books or movies. It drives my mom nuts. She thinks that when something is sad, it’s normal to cry. Instead, I’m the person who will burst out crying over the stupidest commercial that’s not even sad. Obviously, my priorities are a little whacked. However, there were two books that made me cry. No…cry isn’t the write word. Bawl. That’s more like it. There were two books that made me bawl.


136251If you tell me that you didn’t cry in the last Harry Potter you are a liar. Either that or you have no heart. I BAWLED in this book. SO. MANY. DEATHS. and POOR DOBBY! (Sorry if I just ruined that for anyone.) I was an emotional basket case during this book. J.K. Rowling just started killing off all of these important characters that were with us for several (if not all) of the books. It was devastating!

15793231If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch just came out this year. It’s about a girl named Carey and her little sister Jenessa who have been abandoned in the woods by their mother. Carey’s mom kidnapped her when she was just a little girl and forced her to live in the woods with only beans and other canned goods for food. Her mom had a huge drug problem and would leave the girls in the woods by themselves for days, weeks, months at a time. This time, though, her mom realizes that she has a problem and contacts CPS and the girls are brought to live with Carey’s father.

This story…omg…I was bawling my eyes out about every other page. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything as beautiful as this book. I cried and cried…and then I cried some more. And when it was over…I WAS SO SAD! I need more! I need more of Emily Murdoch that’s for sure.

Note: Emily Murdoch is one of our participating authors in the 2013 Debut Authors Bash. If you would like to host her on your blog this September please go to this link:

July 10, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 3



Welcome back to my 15 day blogger challenge hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today I’m talking about my Blogger BFFs.


Now this is going to sound pretty pathetic, but I don’t really have “Blogger BFFs.” I talk to tons of bloggers on Twitter and Facebook, but when I’m on social media I’m usually promoting posts and upcoming events. I may have been here at YaReads for over a year now, but I’m still learning a bunch of stuff. My rhythms, my blogging traditions, etc. There is one person that I talk to a LOT, though. You may have heard of her!


Nikki Wang over at Fiction Freak

This girl is hilarious as hell, and if I was to choose one blogger that I talk to pretty dang often, it would be her. She latched on to me when she first started blogging…which was awesome since I was pretty new, too! And, of course, her love for books is always a plus [=


Haley @ YA Aholic

Another person I enjoy talking with on Facebook is Haley over at Ya Aholic. I haven’t known her very long, but she’s hilarious and I LOVE her site!


And, of course, Nikki, Kiona, and Ivy here at YaReads are all my Blogger BFFs [=


Wow…this was way more pathetic than I thought it would be. It took me like 15 minutes to write this tiny little post. Like I said, though, I’m still learning. I’m used to a super busy schedule, but I’m taking a year off here soon, which will give me a lot more time to make Blogger BFFs [=


What about you? Who are YOUR blogger BFFs? Let me know in the comments section below, and link me to your post!



July 9, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 2

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back to day 2 of the 15 Day Blogger Challenge hosted by April over at  Good Books and Good Wine. Today the topic is What is Your Bedtime Reading Ritual?


My bedtime ritual is probably different (or maybe the same) than most, because I have a really hard time going to bed early. I don’t have Insomnia; I AM actually able to fall asleep. It’s more the fact that I fight it. I’m such a night person, and I never want to miss any of those vital hours. Lately, it’s become a bit more difficult because I have progressed into a morning person. I love getting up, eating breakfast, and watching some stupid Hart of Dixie on my DVR. At the same time, though, I still don’t want to fall asleep.

One of two things can happen before bed. I can get ready, brush my teeth and what not, make my bed, pick out a book (usually a hardcopy but sometimes my nook) and read in bed for about 35 minutes to an hour. Then there’s the nights that I decide I’m going to read on the couch before bed. This usually lasts about 2-4 hours….which usually results in me staying up wayyyy too late.

I have a few quirks when I’m reading at night. I have to have water beside me at all times. If there is no water beside me, I can’t concentrate on the book. I also have to have one of my cats on me or near me (Yes, I’m the crazy cat lady.) Finally, it has to be completely silent. I can’t read with noise, and I would rather go straight to bed than have to try and read in a loud room.

That’s pretty much my bedtime reading ritual. Nothing fancy. What about you? What’s your bedtime reading ritual? Sound off in the comments section! And make sure to stop back tomorrow to learn who my blogging BFFs are!



15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 1
July 8, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 1



I don’t normally participate in challenges, but the 15 Day Blogger Challenge over at Good Books and Good Wine caught my attention this time! If you want to participate in this challenge, April will have a sign up sheet over at Good Books and Good Wine. Here is the link to the first challenge.


Day 1: Make 15 book-related confessions.

1. I dog-ear my pages /= I can’t stand bookmarks.

2. If I’m reading a hardback, I always have to take the jacket off.

3. Before I became a blogger, I was massively against the concept of ARCs.

4. When reading a book, the feminist in me comes out and I’m quick to call male characters abusive.

5. I used to ONLY read adult romance books. Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Suzanne Brockmann were my best friends.

6.I’ve been to 2 Richelle Mead book signings and 1 Patricia Briggs signing. I ate cupcakes in line at the RM signing [=

7. Whenever I’m at Barnes & Noble, I take time to find other people books.

8. Twilight is what got me hooked to the YA genre

9. I skim books if they bug me. I never make myself suffer.

10. My bookshelf is very disorganized. The books are not arranged by size, color, title, or author. They’re all just sorta squeezed into spots.

11. My books aren’t treated the best. I’m pretty rough with them. They’ve been drenched with water from the bath, stepped on, thrown around in the car, and some unfortunate ones have met the ill fate of my cats hairballs.

12. My favorite guy NEVER wins in books. Likewise, everyone else seems to be rooting for the other guy. It’s a big disappointment with most books for me.

13. Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series is what hooked me to adult paranormal. Favorite. Series. Ever. (Including all of YA.)

14. I often feel really guilty about all the books I have to read. It’s literally almost resulted in tears before. I feel like I need to be a speed reader. No matter how much I try, though, it still takes me at least 3 days average to finish a book.

15. I have the hardest time lending out my books, selling, or donating them to the library. Even if I don’t like the book, I just want to keep it forever and ever. Fortunately, my mom makes me see sense since books are EVERYWHERE in the house!


That was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Now that you know my book-related confessions, what are yours? Let me know in the comments section! And make sure to come back tomorrow to learn about my bedtime reading ritual!


July 6, 2013 posted by Nichole

2013 Debut Authors Bash Blogger Sign Ups



Hi everyone!

I am SO excited to let you all know that we are hosting the 2013 Debut Authors Bash Sign Ups! So far, we have 59 authors on board. Some of the authors are coming in a little late, so more names might be added as we go along. Those authors names will be bolded below.

This year there were a ton of debut authors. So many, that I might have missed a couple! I’m sending out huge apologies if I did! The goal of the 2013 Debut Authors Bash is to promote these awesome authors and their fabulous books. We’re going to do that by hosting this bash from September 1st through September 30th. We’ll both kick off and end the Bash here at YaReads. And because we have so many authors on board, there’s going to be some days where more than one blog will host an author.

The tour will consist of author interviews, character interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and other fun things. Many authors have requested that their blogger create their own material. Likewise, some authors have asked to create a post in advance. Please keep that in mind when choosing your top 4 authors. You are also more than welcome to include a review on your tour stop, but please note that it is not mandatory. If you choose to post a review on your post date, it must be at least 4 stars.

Everyone with a blog is more than welcome to sign up below. No favoritism will be given to popular bloggers or friends. Please let us know in the sign up form below why you want to host your author and please include any posts you’ve done on the author, including guest posts, author interviews, book reviews, WOW, IMM, Teaser Tuesday posts, etc.

The sign ups open up today and will close on July 17th. After that, we will place you with your author and you will receive an email from us if you have been chosen to participate in the 2013 Debut Authors Bash. Once you receive your email, you will have 3 days to send us the material for your author. If you fail to reply, someone else will be placed with your author.

We’re hoping that this years 2013 Debut Authors Bash will be a big success! And we hope that we have the chance to make this an annual thing! All of the information you need to sign up is below…but first…….let’s take a look at this years participating debut authors!




*All author names are linked to their debut’s Goodreads page*


Alison Cherry

Amy Butler Greenfield

A.G. Howard

Amanda Sun

Amie Kaufman

Anne Applegate

April Genevieve  Tucholke

Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (NEW!)

Carly Anne West

Cat Winters

Chelsea Pitcher

Christina Mercer

Claire M. Caterer (NEW!)

Corey Ann Haydu

Elizabeth May

Ellen Oh

Elsie Chapman

Emily Murdoch (NEW!)

Emma Trevayne

Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Erin Bowman

Heather Reid

Helen Douglas

Holly Smale

Jamie Blair

Jane Nickerson

Jennifer Iacopelli

Jennifer McGowan

 Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (NEW!)

Jessica Verdi

J.J. Howard

J.L. Spelbring

Jody Casella  (NEW!)

J.R. Johansson

Julianna Scott

Kara Taylor

Kasie West

Kate Karyus Quinn

Kelly A. Barson

Kelsey Sutton

Kimberly Ann Miller (NEW!)

Kit Grindstaff

Kristin Halbrook

Laura Lam

Lauren Miller

Laurie Crompton

Leah Miller

Leila Howland

Lenore Appelhans

Lindsay Ribar

Lindsey Scheibe (NEW!)

Liz Coley

Liz Fichera

L.M. Augustine

Lydia Kang

Mary Gray

Megan Shepherd

Mindee Arnett

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy Raf (NEW!)

Miriam Forster

Page Morgan

Romily Bernard

Sarah Ashley Jones (NEW!)

Shaunta Grimes

Stephanie Kuehn

Steven dos Santos



We are still accepting authors for this event. If you have not received an email from us, please email  (we are not longer accepting authors for this event.)        


Bloggers! Please be very careful with your choices. Once we email you with your author and you confirm your participation, there will be no changing authors! Also, some authors have chosen specific time periods and dates. We will let you know of any special conditions when we email the blogger participants. Once you receive your author, you will have three days to submit your material (interviews, guest posts, etc) back to the tour host.


June 23, 2013 posted by Nichole

What Should I Read Next? (12)

Hi everyone! Welcome back!


Last time you voted for me to read WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles. I’m about halfway through it, so expect a review soon! Take a look at this weeks choices below!


What Should I Read Next?

  • Hidden by Marianne Curley
  • The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau


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