But this year, I'm out of school and unemployed! (Trying to stay positive) So I plan on doing the full challenge, and I'm going to try and do EVERYTHING! (I'm waiting on a schedule for a part-time job, so we'll see if I end up having to work over the weekend, but as of now, schedule is wide open!)
The first kick-off post is an introduction to me! Don't forget to head over to Alexa's blog and visit others who are participating! The goal here is to spread the blogger love, so leave a comment below, and I will try my hardest (I am nervous saying promise), and I promise! to get over to your blog for some happys!
1 & 2 : About Me
I'm Cassie, a midtwenties gal just trying to make it in publishing. I'm currently blogging from NYC, but I just moved here a month ago from Louisville, KY. I moved trying to make it in the industry (I AM available for full-time editing work, just saying). My dream is to work in children's book publishing, either on the editorial teams or working with illustrators and coordinating deadlines and getting the artwork to the correct places.
3 & 4 : About the Blog
I did a much longer post about the history of Happy Book Lovers last year, but the general story is that this started out as a MYSPACE PAGE (I know, right?) where my friend and I, freshmen in high school, wanted to talk about books that made us happy. Hence, Happy Book Lovers. We started a little book club and passed our favorites around (mostly Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen), and we all left little notes in the margins. I still have these books, and I adore them to pieces. My copies of the Mediator series are almost falling apart and have little hearts and doodles and handwritten note pages (before texting was a thing, or even cell phones really) to one another.
5 & 6 : What I Read & What I Blog
I mean, duh YA. I feel like that's most of us. I read pretty much anything though, and I'm open to all kinds of suggestions. Recently I've been reading Rabbit Back Literature Society, and I've also been getting back into middle grade (revisiting my love of Wendy Mass and exploring her new books since I've been 10).
Most of my posts here are reviews, but I also do a series called Happy Book Stuff, which is stuff from the interwebs that I've decided I have to own (all bookish stuff). Another series I do is Reshelved, which is books I DNFed, but I give a summary of who I think would like it. It's my way of saying, sorry I didn't like you, other people might!
I've got a wide variety of stuff here like collages inspired by books, a series about discussing issues in books/the book world, and a bunch of other stuff. I've got all the follow buttons up at the top on the right, just saying.
7 & 8 : Best Blogging Experience & Favorite Part About Community
I'm not really sure, to be honest, if I've had a best blogging experience. I've never been to BEA or other conferences, I don't live by other bloggers (well, I didn't in Louisville), so I've never met anyone. We also don't get a ton of signings.
I do, however, have a lot of favorite parts about the community. I tend to steer clear of drama stuff happening (I mean, I'm so far from it that when people say they hate the drama because of what just happened, I'm usually 100% oblivious to whatever event made people sad), so my community is mostly people being great and fun and wonderful. I have done the Secret Santa organized by Jamie for 2 years now, and it's one of my favorite things to do. Everyone is always so generous and thoughtful, and I love doing that!
9 : 5 Books I Can't Wait for in 2015
These are going to be five pretty big ones, probably. I'm sure I will discover underrated ones along the way, but I don't really hear a lot about them ahead of time.
Since I moved, I don't have ARCs with me, but at home I have copies of The Fill-In Boyfriend, No Parking at the End of Times, and The Start of Me and You, all of which I am very excited to read. You can tell I'm on a contemporary kick.
10 : Underrated Book You Should Immediately Read
GUYS. If you learn nothing else from this post, remember this book:
People that are looking for a truly wonderful friendship book, this is it. These teens meet through a nightly radio talk show, and it's generally hilarious.
11 : Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Kenji from Shatter Me or Uriah from Divergent. They're both super fun-loving and always up for an adventure, which I love. They're also great friends, and I'd love to have them to hang out with!
12 & 13 : Other hobbies & stuff I Like to Buy
I am really interested in a lot of stuff. I always have been. I knit and crochet a lot of blankets, and I marathon a MILLION television shows (recently I re-ran Veronica Mars, and I've started watching Parenthood, Supernatural, and a few of my past favorites are HIMYM, Gilmore Girls, Parks & Rec, the Office, and I'm a diehard SNL gal).
I'll buy anything that's home goods and cutesy. Like, I have a whisk shaped like a squirrel and a hedgehog cheese grater. I also collect weird lamps. I like a lot of different stuff like that. I'm also really into paper. Any kind of scrapbooking paper that I think is pretty, I'll buy for later use.
14 : At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
I never know the answer to this. Right now, I'm really into Manic Monday by the Bangles (yes, I'm THAT girl who listens to another era's music). The Decemberists' new album is pretty stellar. But I don't know if I have a song for me. Possibly "When I Grow Up" from Matilda. Actually, I'm feeling more confident. That's the answer.
15 : Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
Also don't know the answer to this. Can we just all agree Veronica Mars needs to come back to TV now that it has a book series? Can that be my answer?
Comment below so I can visit your post! What did you think about my intro post? Anything stand out? Let's talk! It's all about talking this weekend!