Welcome to day nine of my month long celebration event for my blog's upcoming third year in existence! ;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.
For today's feature, I've got the... I can't even come up with a word worthy enough to describe her level of amazing and epic and awesome! She's just... the best, ever! Rachel from Fiktshun is one of the bloggers that I look up to the very most. Here's what I said in an interview I did a while back that is still as true today as it was then:
Before I started blogging, I wasn’t as aware of the book blogging community as I am now. In other words, before BOB, it seemed like there were less book blogs as there are now. In these two years, so many blogs have been created that it’s incredibly hard to keep up with all of it. There are so many blogs that go above and way beyond what is expected of them but there is one blog in particular that never fails to amaze me and that is Fiktshun.
Rachel is the owner of the blog and she’s so sincere and genuine and completely passionate in her blogging that I am, for lack of a better word, amazed. It always comes across in all her blog posts how much she loves the books she reads. She is so humble and sweet and kind and generous that I wish one day, I could be the kind of blogger that she is. There’s so much that I admire about her; she’s like the star blogger I have up on a pedestal. There’s a true and very pure way about her blogging, if that makes any sense. I don’t want to come across as a total creeper because I’m not—I don’t read her blog on a daily basis nor do I talk to her often—but whenever I read her blog posts, I see that she puts a lot of thought and time into what she’s writing and that she feels very strongly about what she’s read. Also, have you seen her blog giveaways? The woman is a giveaway machine. That’s what I meant when I said kind and generous. She loves the books she reads and she wants to share those amazing, one of a kind novels with others. You can also tell that she’s a giver; she does everything simply because she wants to and there’s nothing she’s looking for in return. I think that’s what I admire the most and it’s definitely the most refreshing thing in this world of blogging.
There’s just so much that she does that inspires me and I give her huge kudos for doing what she does. I seriously hope that one day, Books Over Boys will be to others what Fiktshun is to me.
I am so happy and excited to have her here with me on the eve of Books Over Boys' anniversary!
While my days are not always that exciting, I thought I’d try to tackle this post topic for Books Over Boys - Happy Blogoversary by the way! Three years... WOW! - as the moments in my life that are a little bit awkward are too numerous to post about. And attempting to “finish the sentence” about how weird I am would fill at least three blog posts with a “to be continued” at the end. Yeah.
So a day in the life it is.
My days start out pretty much at the same time every morning.
07:00 a.m. - Wake suddenly, with a gasp and filled with panic, just knowing I forgot to do something.
07:00 a.m. (a nanosecond later) - Reach frantically for cell phone on nightstand to ensure that a) my post did go up when it was supposed to and that I didn’t actually dream I posted it; b) Google Calendar hadn’t sent me an alert telling me I was an idiot for missing a scheduled Tour Stop because for some reason I schedule those to alert me AFTER the post should have gone up; c) My job didn’t email to tell me that our entire computer network has collapsed and I need to get my a** up NOW!
07:15 a.m. - Take deep calming breaths after checking all six of my email accounts, tweeting my post and checking my Twitter DMs. I do not check Twitter until after I have my coffee.
07:20 a.m. - Grab my Kindle to either find a new book to begin or continue reading my current read.
07:50 a.m. - Sigh x2 (or more). Sit up to look at the clock. Sigh again. Because after just thirty minutes I am already falling in love with the story and am desperately wishing it wasn’t a workday. (Yes I could check the clock on my Kindle but the act of sitting up helps to remind me I can’t read all day.)
08:20 a.m. - Yell down to The Dude, asking him, “Do I have to get up and go to work?” To which he will almost always answer, “If you want to continue to make money you will.”
08:55 a.m. - After dealing with typical morning ablutions will race into kitchen to grab some coffee, nuke something to eat, and feed cats their second breakfast. Yes, they are more akin to Hobbits than cats.
09:00 a.m. - Get seated at desk - yes I work remotely from home and yes the commute is awful - and wait as PC takes its good sweet time to boot up.
11:45 a.m. - Take brief break from work stuffs to check Twitter and email, go downstairs to grab second cup of coffee and/or Coke Zero and remind cats that no, they aren’t entitled to another breakfast.
1:30 p.m. - Take lunch break from work to go forage in kitchen for food stuffs, to which I am almost always interrupted by a) work calling with an emergency; b) cats barricading me from entering kitchen with stern look and plaintive meows demanding more food; c) father calling to remind me that I am a terrible daughter for not calling him back earlier in the day.
1:45 p.m. - Scramble to deal with emails, book touring posts, respond to @ mentions on Twitter, beg blog designer for something. (Yes, that last part is almost daily. Sorry Parajunkee!)
6:30 p.m. - Finish work day with a sigh. Not because the day was tough - though sometimes it’s heinous - but because it’s now time to get started on second job a.k.a. blogging.
7:15 p.m. - Search freezer for ice pack and medicine cabinet for aspirin due to repeated head-meets-desk moments of frustration with a) formatting of posts; b) writing of reviews; or c) lack of creative ideas.
9:00 p.m. - Say hello to The Dude whose workday generally tends to be longer than mine. Nuke dinner for myself - yes I don’t cook, and yes I wait until The Dude is home and totally mooch the microwave and get in his way and no I don’t cook for him - clear away various laptops from sofa area so we can eat our hastily prepared meals, watch crap TV and waste a few hours doing nothing important.
Midnight - Clear up the kitchen, say goodnight to The Dude and hop back on the computer to continue to work on my blog post.
02:30 a.m. - Realize I’ve been staring aimlessly out the window at the boats in the dark for at least twenty minutes. Growl in frustration at not having completed what I needed to. Give up. Change laptops. (Yes, I only write on my Mac Air.)
02:35 a.m. - Stare at open Pages document hoping the words will come for the story I’m working on. Write scene in which my character is taking a nap.
03:00 a.m. - Wake up to a page filled with gibberish as I inevitably fell asleep with hands on keyboard. Hit “delete.” Stand up. Stretch. Shake head rapidly side to side much like Rocky Balboa preparing for a fight. Guzzle icy cold water from fridge and settle back down to write.
03:10 a.m. - Wake up. Slap self on face until I think I’ve fully regained consciousness. Frown at computer where story didn’t magically write itself while I was asleep. Bad story!
03:30 a.m. - Give up. Laptop battery is almost dead anyway. Grab Kindle and trudge upstairs to settle in for a quick thirty minute read before bed.
04:00 a.m. - Guiltily shut cell phone down and put on charger after having used up my eight lives on Candy Crush.
07:00 a.m. - [Repeat]
When I was in high school my mom forgot to buy candy on Halloween. So she asked me to go out trick-or-treating to get candy so she’d have something to give away. My sister was just born and she didn’t want people ringing the door and she couldn’t keep the lights off and pretend we weren’t home with a newborn baby in the house. But I was too old to go trick-or-treating and we’d just moved to a new neighborhood and I didn’t have any friends and I didn’t have a costume so I just went as me. And I got candy even without having a costume and only just a pillow case to collect it. But then there was this one house with this old lady who thought I was a prostitute and gave me money so I wouldn’t have to do that kind of work for a living anymore. As if the ten dollar roll of quarters could somehow change my life. Long story short: Go-go boots pay for themselves.
I am a vegetarian who doesn’t really like vegetables. Is that weird?
Neuticles. Seriously, your pet does not feel the loss. You do. And if you’re staring at their missing “appendages” so frequently that you feel they need falsies maybe you shouldn’t have a pet. I can’t. I just can’t.
About the blogger:
My name is Rachel and I’ve been reviewing/blogging about books since November 2010. I am a not-so-young adult who fell in love with YA books in the fall of 2008 and decided to start reviewing them on the blog two years later.
I have a full-time job during the day and try to squeeze in as much of a life as I can outside of that. Somewhere in between I like to read books and write about them here on the blog.
You will find me on Twitter in the evenings (mostly). I tend to be a shy Tweeter but feel free to say “hi” if you find me there.
I love most genres in YA, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be paranormal. I used to think I only loved vampires, but due to some amazing authors have fallen for those angels, demons, werewolves, faeries, spellcasters, magicians and zombie-killers.
Connect with Rachel: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
- One entry per household.
- There will be one winner per book/series.
- You must be 15 years or older.
- Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
- Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
- Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
- 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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