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Oct 30, 2013

#BOBblogoversary Day 18: Katie from Call Me Crazy Reviews + Giveaway

Welcome to day eighteen of my month long celebration event for Books Over Boys' three year anniversary! ;p If you would like to check out the first few days, you can do so by clicking the link that says "click here for all things blogoversary related" underneath the B.O.B. Turns 3 tab located in my right sidebar.

Even though the official day for my blogoversary has come to pass, I'm still celebrating because the days following my very first blog post are still worthy of celebration, yaknow? Well, I think so, anyway. Or, I just want a reason to celebrate, so here we are!

Today's post will be the last of my blogger features and I'm so excited to close it out with the one and only, Katie from Call Me Crazy Reviews. Katie and I go all the way back to the start. She was one of the very first bloggers that I connected a lot with when I first started blogging back in 2010. We were huge fans of Lisa Desrochers' Personal Demons trilogy. We were so obsessed that the two of us are exclusively a part of the #PDMafia. ;p It's pretty epic!

Also, as I got to know Katie more and more, I found out that we were both in crazy, stupid love with The Maine. SAY WHAT! I know! In October of 2010, I went to my very first The Maine concert. The days, or even weeks, leading up to the date involved a lot of tweets of me freaking out because I just couldn't believe it. Somewhere in those tweets, I found out that Katie was just as big of a fan as I was. Because of that, we shared a lot of concert stories and meet-and-greet experiences and photos and... yeah, Katie is awesome.

I'm so grateful that I got to know her because I feel like in a way, we're a whole lot the same. Of course, with a few differences here and there but in these three years, I've seen things where I'm like, "Omg, that's so me!" or "What? She likes so-and-so, too?!"

Story of our lives. ;p
Anyway, I'm so happy to call Katie a friend and it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy to have her here today as a part of Books Over Boys' three year blogoversary!

-Dude, where do I begin? Probably with the fact that I actively use the word, dude, in daily dialog. Whether I’m saying Dude, who finished all the peanut butter? Or Dude, the symbolism in The Fault in Our Stars was crazy awesome! I've tried breaking the habit, but it just continually creeps back into my vocabulary so, dude, why not embrace it?!

-I’m a total loner. I have no ‘in real life friends’, just awesome people I talk to online that I’ve met through blogging, like Momo!

-This is totally random, but I’d definitely dub it weird: Not only do I have big ears, but they don’t match. One of them is all elf-like and doesn’t have the normal little roll curve on the top. I call it my ‘borderline Peter Pan point’ ear.

-For some odd reason I’m obsessed with the show Ghost Adventures. You know the one that’s on the Travel Channel where every 7.2 seconds they go “Bro, did you hear that?!” When I, in fact, hear nothing or never see the face that they insist is in this blurry picture they took at some haunted hospital. Yet, there’s something about the show that calms me. Maybe it’s the constant talking or that there’s some history mixed in with the craziness that I love. I’ll just put it on when I’m cleaning or painting and it’s a great silence filler, ha!

-I have a personal vendetta against the store that replaced my bookstore, even though I know it wasn’t their fault Borders went bankrupt. And by ‘personal vendetta’ I mean I never shop there and give it the stink eye whenever I drive by. I know, I’m such a rebel.

-Crowds of people (okay really just people in general) make me super nervous. After I left high school for homeschooling my senior year, I kind of secluded myself. This turned me into *cue theatrical voice* ‘Super Awkward Girl’- Sleeps more than an opossum and spends the majority of her time staring at your shoes because direct eye contact makes her hands clammy!

-I have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor. This can definitely fall under the weird category because sometimes I get so sarcastic it comes across as serious and then everyone just feels awkward.

-I recently qualified to get a Starbucks Gold Card. They sent it to me in this matte black and gold envelope. It even says my name, pretty spiffy right? I’m not in a sorority or like part of a secret society so it’s cool to know I’m a part of a bigger, coffee bean-like, picture. *reference above awesome/mostly weird quality about me* *extreme sarcasm was used in the making of this bullet point*

-My bookshelf is in rainbow order. Well, one is and the other is all black and white colored covers.

-I’m pretty artsy. I love painting and creating new things. Whether it’s mosaics, mixed media works or constructing a shelf, I’m always trying to make something beautiful.

-This could also qualify for the above list, but hell, I’m embracing it today! I feel things very deeply; you could say I’m kind of that melancholy person we tend to run across in life. However, it’s not just sadness that I feel; I feel everything at full force. When I’m happy I’m laughing until my sides are about to split in two, when I’m sad I’ll cry you a big old river. I’m fairly ‘extreme’ with how I feel, never just a little of anything.

Bad friend:
-I’m a total introvert that thinks a good time is staying at home reading a good book or just wasting time on the internet. I suck at being around people, even if those people are my friends.

-I’m absolutely horrible at responding to text messages, seriously. I’m even worse at answering my phone. If you want to get in contact with me you’ll need to cut my television while the newest episode of Supernatural is on and list your number as the one I’d have to call to complain to that my television is busted. Or email, yeah email is probably the best since I wouldn’t be a happy camper that I’m missing my quality time with Sam, Dean and Cas.

-I like being alone so just ‘hanging out’ isn’t really what I consider to be a super-awesome time.

-I’m the most socially awkward person you’ll ever meet, even around my friends. Heck, especially around my friends.

-I talk in metaphors or extreme sarcasm a lot and the one friend I do have doesn’t know how to communicate with that.

-Probably a biggie would be that the word ‘friend’ has been beaten up and practically turned meaningless in my mental vocabulary. Like ‘book blogger friend’ is higher on the imaginary hierarchy in my mind than ‘in real life friend’.

Good friend:
-I’m a really good listener. Don’t get me wrong, I can definitely talk your ear off, but I’m fully capable of just sitting back and listening. No judgment, no “well I’m sure other people have it worse” statements, just me quiet and listening.

-I’m loyal, almost to a fault. I live in a small town so I’ve pretty much known everyone from preschool on up, so it’s not really unusual around here to say you’ve known your best friend since before age four.

-I never forget birthdays, ever. I still remember my three friends from junior high’s birthdays (no matter how hard I try to get them out of my head.) My friend and I ate lunch in the art hallway and I totally decked our little space out. Confetti, balloons, cupcakes and one of those cheesy ‘Happy Birthday’ signs was tacked to the wall.

-I’m a fairly private person (at least in real life, I’m pretty open on my blog though) so I’m constantly getting “I feel like I don’t even know you” or “You never tell me anything” a lot. In my defense, if I do trust you I’m pretty good at spilling the hypothetical beans.

-If someone tells me something in confidence, I’m not going to go blabbing it to someone else. Even if said person were to spill all my secrets and stab me in the back, my lips are sealed!

-I’m going at my third year in college this Fall (yet only have enough credits to be barely a sophomore) and have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life. I get visions of myself living in my parents’ basement at age thirty still trying to pass freaking algebra.

-The future freaks me the hell out. If I think about it for longer than ten seconds I start shaking and enter complete freak out mode.

-I’m really indecisive, like so indecisive that I didn’t even know if I should put this on the list or not. Seriously, I can’t even pick a topic for my blog that’s been around for three and a half years.

-I don’t know who I am as a person. I’m still in the process of figuring that out. I’ll occasionally get glimpses of the girl I want to grow up to be, but they fade fast and feel unreachable the majority of the time.

-Being away from my family, my parents and my dog to be specific. I’m an only child and we don’t really have any family that lives close by, so we’re a pretty close family. It’s always hard going on a trip and having to be away from my parents and doggy.

-So I pretty much have the coolest dog every, seriously. He is the absolute best. He’s been a part of our family since I was ten and I think since the time I could form coherent sentences I’ve wanted a dog. After years of convincing my parents, we finally got one! We got him when he was only four months old and he’s ten now. He’s my little sweetheart and makes me smile every single day!

-Supernatural. I freaking-love that show, you have no idea! I laugh, I cry, I forget whatever was bugging me. It just always puts me in a good mood, even if Dean died seriously fifty times in just one episode. The humor is perfect and so is the brotherly relationship between Sam and Dean, LOVE this show!

-I recently bought a journal. I have a ‘Book Journal’ and a ‘Book Ideas Journal’, but I’ve never really had a journal that I just wrote whatever I’m thinking about in. I absolutely love it. Whenever I write in it I feel like it’s this big weight off my shoulders, just letting all that crap go!

-My room, I love my room. It’s pink, has an entire dark pink chalkboard wall, little white fairy lights around the entire ceiling’s perimeter, my books, desk, huge comfy bed, some more books and just everything that makes me happy. I love being in there, it’s just so calming and inspiring to me.

-Candles. Seriously, I have a problem. Especially around this time of year when Bath & Body Works has their Fall Fragrances out, oh my goodness. I just went there today and got four candles. I love smelling them and the flickering glow is so soothing. I don’t think a candle will ever not make me happy.

-Painting. I love getting my hands covered in paint and just creating something bright on what was once a plain white canvas. Put some music on, light some candles and has my adorable dog sitting next to me, it’s heaven.

Excited for:
-I started typing this before I even knew what I was doing: Supernatural Season 9! Oh my goodness, I want! Okay, so I still need to finish Season 8, but I know once I do, I’ll want to start 9 immediately! Then it’ll be the torturous wait every week for the next episode, but the boys are totally worth it!!

-Halloween! Seriously, who doesn’t love this holiday?! The decorations, the movies, the candy and costumes, ahh it’s the best!

-Cress, the next book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I absolutely love that series and I need that book! The story just keeps getting better and better, I cannot wait until the third book’s release!

-I’m excited for when the leaves will start to change color. I totally adore Summer, but I’m ready for some cool weather, red and orange leaves that crunch when you walk through them and hoodies.

-I know it’s just barely Fall, but I’m so ready for Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte to be back. It is my all-time favorite drink and I need it, if I could just get it directly into an IV that’d be wonderful.

I was at a family gathering this summer and a family member came up to me and started dumping on me about my tattoo. Saying: “What is that going to look like in your wedding pictures!?” I’m not even dating anyone by the way! And then one I’ve heard numerous times before: “What is that going to look like when you’re old and have wrinkles?” To which I replied “I’m going to be wrinkly and saggy everywhere anyways, I doubt I’ll care about what my forearm looks like…” She was rendered speechless (which is a shocker all in itself) Success! So long story short, that was the first time I ever stood up to anyone in my family. So don’t let people trash you. Stand up for yourself in a respectful way and own it!

My elbows are double jointed. In order for me to even do something that resembles a push up, my arms have to be underneath my chest and it just looks strange and like I’m trying (and failing) at doing the worm. Is that weird?

There have been songs in the past that I really didn’t like and would change the station whenever they came on the radio, but oh my goodness I absolutely can’t stand “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. If that comes on the radio I not only change it immediately, but I go into full “why I hate this song with a fiery burning passion and every horrible thing it stands” speech mode. It’s even more frustrating because it’s so darn catchy! Just thinking about that song and video is so AH! I just can’t!

About the blogger:

I'm a twenty year old English major in the middle of my sophomore year in college. After I get my bachelor's degree I plan on getting my masters in Library Science. I live at home with my parents and nine year old dog, Max, who is my little sweetheart!

My favorite genre is Young Adult fiction, but I do enjoy pretty much all books. I'm really not that picky, pretty much anything with awesome characters I love!

My hobbies, other than reading and blogging, are occasional scrapbooking, making mosaics, polymer clay jewelry and napping. (Is napping considered a hobby? If it is, I'm a pro at it.)

I also love music, I'm a huge fan of The Maine and All Time Low! Lately I've been listening to Pioneer and Don't Panic! nonstop. I'm a total concert junkie, I like going to as many concerts as I possibly can! It's the greatest feeling in the world!

Connect with Katie: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

  1. One entry per household.
  2. There will be one winner per book/series.
  3. You must be 15 years or older.
  4. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
  5. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
  6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
  8. Good luck!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The giveaway is open internationally but the paperbacks and swag packs are for the US ONLY, unless stated otherwise. If you have any questions, please email me at booksoverboys at hotmail. Thank you!

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