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Blogger Recognition Award #4

I was tagged by Andrea’s Nirvana. Thank you so much!


 Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award #2

The Blogger Recognition Award #3

I’ve done this three times already, so in the interest of your time and mine, I am condensing all my previous iterations here.


How my blog (originally) started:

V 1 –

Its really not that exciting of a story.  Last year over christmas break I was bored, and my cousin had a blog that she never used and I guessed I wanted to prove I could be better at it then she was or something like that, I don’t really remember. So, I started a book blog. I also started a youtube channel but my computer is so old that Imovie doesn’t work so that was put on hold. I’m getting a new computer this summer so, maybe I’ll start that up again.

 V 2 –

My blog started because I wanted to one up my cousin.

You see, my aunt does PR and encouraged my cousin to start a blog since she gets dragged to a lot of events my aunt organizes/attends.

So, I had to start a blog too.

I choose to start a book blog because I love reading, but not many of my friends read the same books, at the same speed, that I did, so I couldn’t really talk to anyone but my best friend (who reads SO SLOWLY…Sorry LOVE YOU ANA BUT ITS TRUE). So, book blog it was.

And since I liked it, I just kept doing it. Even when my cousin lost interest. I enjoyed it, and I continued, even if it took a couple mo the for me to get in the swing of things (re: a year) and I still fall off the face of the Earth every once in a while.

 V 3 –

Back in 2015, my younger cousin started a blog, at her mom’s insistence (my aunt does PR). Being two years apart, me and my cousin are competitive like sisters – so of course, I started one.

I blogged for maybe a month, before she got bored of it, as did I.

Flash foreword to the end of 2016, I decide I want to blog again. So I did. And i’ve been going strong(-ish) ever since!


Advice:

  1. Have fun. Do this for yourself not anyone else. Write what you want not what you think others want. If it isn’t fun, there is no point in doing it. And don’t stress if it isn’t perfect, this isn’t school.
  2. Make friends. Interact with people. Number one way to get followers and comment? Comment and follow other blogs. So what you like and dislike about other people’s blogs, and work to make yours better. You can’t have a good blog without reading good blogs. Be part of the community don’t just shout into the void.
  3. Make friends. Make connections. Talk to people. Comment, respond, like. You can’t blog in a vacuum. And its more fun with friends. If your worried about bothering someone, or that someone has too many followers to talk to you, DON’T BE. We all blog to talk to people about books, so talk. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation.
  4. If you say you’re going to do something: Do it.

    Review the books you say you’ll review. Post what and when you say you will.

    It doesn’t matter if you out once a day or once a month, but stay true to your word.

    Readers don’t want to stick around for a liar or a flake.

    (This is something I need to follow as well, I’m terrible at consistency, but at least I own up to that.)

  5. Just do it. Waiting until “you’re good enough” or until everything is perfect just means you’re never going to start. Start your blog, learn as you go, talk to people. Eventually, you learn, you get better, your blog grows and changing with you, but that can’t happen if you never start.
  6. Talk to people. Comment on discussions. Tag people in tags and posts. Talk a conversation on twitter. I promise, 99.9% of the time, people are amazingly nice and will love to talk and make new friends. Ask for help. Request books. Nothing ever happens when your too scared to try. If you want to be a part of the community, be a part. Simple as that.

I’m not going to nominate people because this is my fourth time doing this.

My Favorite Author Blogs/Websites

Cassandra Clare

  • Awesome website – appearances updated, signed preorders, extras and deleted scenes etc.

Dahlia Adler

  • Awesome blog – great advice for writers, aspiring and published.

Neil Gaiman

  • Awesome blog and some great personal essays.

John Scalzi

  • Hilarious author blog.

Chuck Wendig

  • Another hilarious author blog.

Wil Wheaton

  • A super fun author blog.

Peter David

  • Great information on all his works.

 

Book Blogger Hop: August 31st

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


August 31st – September 6th – Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


I actually started doing Booktube about a month and a half ago!

As I’m writing this, I haven’t done any review vlogs, but I am planning on it!

 

And if you want a laugh, my first failed attempt at Booktube back in 2015:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)


Middle School

I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.

The View From Saturday

We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.

Lord of the Flies

We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.

Here’s an assignment I did for it: Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story

Much Ado About Nothing

This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 4 – 2014 – Valley Girl Rewrite

Flipped

This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.

Hoot

Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.


9th Grade

We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.

Romeo and Juliet

Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.

Raisin in the Sun

I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.

The Hobbit

I mean, this one was great.

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit “Sting” Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-“Gandalf’s Journal”

The House on Mango Street

This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.


10th Grade

We did quite a lot in 10th grade.

Outliers

This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.

Antigone

Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.

V for Vendetta

I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.

Throwback Thursday: V for Vendetta Final Five Page Essay

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade Symbolism in V for Vendetta

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade X for Vendetta Speech

Night

This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.

Anthem

I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.

Taming of the Shrew

This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.


11th Grade

On Writing

Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.

Book Review: On Writing

Thank You For Arguing

The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing


12th Grade

Oedipus Rex

This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.

Pride and Prejudice

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Works – AP Lit Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Frankenstein

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Frankenstein

Hamlet

AP Lit Review: Hamlet

1984

Major Works Data Sheet – 1984

The Importance of Being Ernest

Major Works Data Sheet – The Importance of Being Earnest

The Death of Ivan Illych

Major Works AP Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis

Major Works Data Sheet – The Metamorphosis


College

I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Color and Character

Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.

 

Every Vlogbrothers Project Ever

Nerdfighteria Dictionary

Channels:

  • Vlogbrothers – launched January 2007 as Brotherhood 2.0. Originally, the challenge was that the brothers Green could not speak textually for one year, but the videos continued well after that and the channel still uploads regularly.
  • Truth or Fail – launched March 2009 after initial videos on Vlogbrothers. The original game show had several episodes but ultimately was expensive to produce and didn’t play well with YouTube’s algorithms, so it was discontinued. The last video was uploaded in March 2013
  • Hankschannel – created November 2009 as a personal channel for unedited videos. This is where Hank posts the annual census analysis and sometimes does VEDA or intermittent vlogs.
  • Vidcon – launched in 2009 to announce the first Vidcon, the channel now features highlights from the annual convention.
  • Hankgames – launched November 2010 with Hank playing Assassin’s Creed. Despite its name, the channel was hijacked by John and now almost exclusively features FIFA.
  • CrashCourse – launched January 2012, originally featuring courses in Biology, Psychology and World History, (see the main article for a full list) continues to upload twice a week in ever-expanding topics.
  • SciShow – launched January 2012 and still uploading videos; run by Hank’s Missoula team
  • Animal Wonders – launched in January, 2012, this channel originally featured only short clips of the animals occasionally. Starting in late 2013, Jessi began making regular vlogs about the animals. This was likely incited by growing interest in her business largely spurred on by her regular segment on SciShow Talk Show. Animal Wonders currently posts weekly.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – launched April 2012 and ran regularly for a year; Hank was co-executive producer with Bernie Su. Based on the novel Pride and Prejudice
  • Sanditon – A series of videos set at the company that Lizzie and later Emma worked at, Pemberley Digital. Launched in May 2013 and the last video was posted August of the same year.
  • All The Questions – launched in Fall 2012 by Hank Green, the channel was only active for a few days before being silently abandoned.
  • The Brain Scoop – launched January 2013 with Emily Graslie as host; Hank was executive producer until Emily’s move to Chicago, after which he is credited as the show’s creator
  • Mental Floss – launched March 2013 with weekly videos, the channel originally featured mostly John and only occasionally Hank, but has since expanded to include regular series with other hosts. Misconceptions is hosted by Elliott Morgan, Big Question by Craig Benzine, List Show is still hosted most often by John Green with occasional guest hosts.
  • Sexplanations – launched June 2013 with Dr. Lindsey Doe as host; Hank serves as executive producer
  • Emma Approved – launched October 2013, Emma Approved was the second installment in a vlog adaptation series of classic novels, Hank served as co-executive producer. Based on the novel Emma, by Jane Austen
  • The Healthcare Triage – launched November 2013 with Dr. Aaron Carroll as host; John serves as executive producer
  • The Art Assignment – launched February 2014, produced in association with PBS Digital Studios. Sarah Urist Green hosts, John Green co-hosts. Originally there were weekly special guests with assignments for the audience. The original season is over, so assignments are still posted but the content of weekly videos is more variable.
  • How To Adult – launched February 2014, hosted by Emma Mills and T. Michael Martin. Executive produced by Hank and John Green.
  • Scishow Space – launched in February 2014
  • Frankenstein, MD – launched in August 2014, a vlog adaptation of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Executive produced by Hank Green, Bernie Su, and Matt Vree
  • Games with Hank – launched September 2014, Hank originally played video games daily, but has since stopped. Currently the channel is inactive.
  • Crashcourse Kids – launched in March 2015, CrashCourse Kids is a twice weekly show from the producers of Crash Course, all about grade school science. Though not as explicitly organized as its older sibling, CrashCourse includes series on Life Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Physical Science, and Space Science. Hosted by Sabrina Cruz.
  • SciShow Kids – Hosted by Jessi Knudsen Castañeda, SciShow kids posts short science videos twice weekly. Launched March 2015.
  • Nerdcon – launched in March 2015 to accompany Hank’s new convention. Nerdcon is a more general nerdy convention as opposed to Vidcon which focuses on online video.
  • Cereal Time – launched in June of 2015, Cereal Time is a week-daily game show that Hank produces. Charlie McDonnell and Jimmy Hill host.
  • Engage by Uplift – launched in July 2015 following assault accusations for multiple popular YouTubers, the DFTBA crew wanted to build a conversations around sexual violence and consent in our communities. Engage by uplift, hosted by Kat Lazo (theekatsmeoww) is a show that explores topics surrounding rape, assault and consent. The show also regularly features panel discussions on such topics.
  • The Financial Diet – launched in September 2015, TFD is a financial literacy show hosted by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage, meant to accompany the blog by the same name.

Events:


Projects:

  • 2D Glasses – 2D glasses for watching 3D movies without headaches, created by Hank.
  • EcoGeek– A Website Hank created, not as well known as his other projects.
  • ReadIt1st – Hank’s braincracked idea for people to pledge to read the original books before consuming a movie-version. The website’s tagline is “Don’t let the movie ruin the book.”
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed
  • Dear Hank and John
  • Delete This

Hank’s Music:


John’s Books:

The Fault In Our Stars
Looking for Alaska
Paper Towns
An Abundance of Katherines
Will Grayson Will Grayson
(with David Levithan)
Let It Snow (with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle)
Turtles All the Way Down
“Terrible” Zombie Novella

Book Blogger Hop: August 24th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


24th – 30th – Where do you post your reviews besides your blog? Please list them all so perhaps we can find some new sites. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I post my reviews on Goodreads, and I want to start doing review vlogs soon.

Goodreads

twitter

Instagram

Youtube

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump


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Netgalley Review: Miniatures – The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

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Netgalley Review: The Adventures of Technicality Man

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Book Review: Comic Book Story Of Video Games

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Book Blogger Hop: August 17th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


17th – 23rd – Do you follow other book blogs and if so, who are your top 3 bloggers? (submitted by Amber @ The Literary Phoenix)


Thanksgiving Shoutout!

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow