Saturday, February 21, 2015

Love-A-Thon 2015 Kick-Off!

Welcome to the 2015 Love-A-Thon, hosted by the lovely Alexa Loves Books! Last year, I sort of participated in that I did a few of the mini-things and chatted on Twitter A LOT. But I was getting ready to graduate and finishing up my last semester of college and being Editor-in-Chief of student publications, so I didn't really have time to do any big posts.

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!


  1. Hi Cassie!*waves* Nice to meet you:)
    When I Grow Up is such a beautiful song.Love your pick.

  2. Happy Love-A-Thon! Yay! This is my first year participating, and I love it already. It's was awesome getting to know you, Cassie! Keep your chin up, you'll find something! Enjoy your little break while you can ;) It's so cool that you live in NY now! I visited there once a couple of years ago for a play, and the entire place was awesome! I like big crowds though - always something to see! I want to check out some of your 'Happy Book Stuff' posts - those sound great! Music from other eras always makes me happy! I'm a big fan of Journey and Motley Crue :D I have such eclectic taste though! I really want to read 'How to Say Goodbye in Robot'!

    Ps. a whisk shaped like a squirrel? A hedgehog cheese grater?! Where do you find this stuff?! I NEED.

    Rosie //

    1. I'm so glad you're participating! It's such a fun event!
      And I got the whisk on Amazon for like 6 dollars! I got my hedgehog in Germany though, so that may be a little harder to find. It was at a little specialty kitchen shop :)

  3. Oh no! Unemployed! Me too... kind of. I went to school to be a teacher, and schools aren't really hiring at the moment, so I substitute teach. It's not the best feeling in the world when you really want to be out there and working.

    If you ever get that publishing job, let me know! I have a ton of ideas for children's books. lol

    P.S. I am looking forward to all five of those books too, especially the Emery Lord one. :)

    Stay warm,
    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

  4. Hi Cassie! Welcome to NYC! There are so many wonderful book events here, you're going to love it! You must attend BEA this year if you can because it's moving to Chicago next year :-(

    1. I didn't know it was moving to Chicago! I hope I can stay until BEA, I don't have enough money to right now, it'll all depend on if I get a job or not. I've always wanted to go though, my home is just too far away. Now that I'm here I'm going to try really hard to attend :)

  5. Hi Cassie,
    First thing I want to say is, good luck in chasing your dreams! I applaud you for your courage :)
    I loved Meg Cabot when I was growing up! I read every single one of her books! I especially love the Mediator series and 1800-Where-Are-You series! The romances are just so dreamy *swoons*

  6. Ahhh, your high school book club is love!

    I am flailing with excitement waiting for The Fill-In Boyfriend. Love Kasie West.

    1. Haha some days I still miss my Myspace book club!
      And I'm so sad my ARC of FIB is still at home and not with me, I'm dying without it!

  7. Hi Cassie - I'm loving this post and all of your enthusiasm! Hope you're having a great Love-a-Thon! {hugs}

  8. Hi Cassie!! I enjoyed reading your blog post... I am a newbie knitter and love making things.

  9. Happy love-a-thon! I actually just started following your blog the other day and just saw it come up on the love-a-thon list, too. I absolutely love the idea of Reshelved! That's such a cool idea for a feature. I'll definitely be interested to check that out in the future.

    1. I'm so glad! Hello new book friend!
      I always feel bad saying I don't like a book, but I want to be honest, so I feel like that's a way I can do that without writing a scathing review!

  10. Girl, I am in the same boat as you with the whole "out of school and unemployed" thing. I know it's an awkward state of waiting/doing whatever you want/crying because you don't have a job, but ENJOY IT! Especially because you're in NEW YORK?! I'm hoping to live there one day!

  11. I had no idea you were in NYC too! (Or maybe I did, and my silly brain forgot all about it.) But that's so cool! I hope I catch you at a book event at some point, and that you find a full-time job in publishing soon :) That having been said, you most definitely need to read I'll Meet You There and The Start of Me and You - two of my favorite contemporary releases of 2015 already. And I need to check out How To Say Goodbye in Robot! Also... Kenji is an amazing choice. I'm just saying.

    Thanks for joining the Love-a-Thon!

  12. All the best with breaking in to the publishing industry, Cassie! :) I've not come across Hello, I Love You before but the cover looks so cheery and the colours pop so much, I have to look it up.

  13. As someone also just out of school and...well, I'm not jobless exactly, but it's not like working as a receptionist at a gym pays well. Or has anything to do with anything I'm interested in haha! So I feel your pain.

    I don't usually pay attention to debuts, but I am SO excited for Hello, I Love You!!! (It made my excited for list too - and I rarely read contemporary novels)

  14. Hey Cassie!

    Really excited to find your blog and see you're from NYC. Wish I could live there. Anyways, new follower! Greetings from Macedonia :)

  15. Nice to meet you, Cassie! This is my first year doing the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon and I'm also hoping to work in publishing someday :) It is so cool you live in NYC! I've always wanted to live there.

    - Emma @ Emma's Look at Books

    1. Haha well I'm relatively new! But I'm slowly figuring everything out. It's a huge change from the buffalo farm I'm used to living on :)

  16. I feel you on the sorta recent college-grad unemployment thing. Well, kinda. I graduated in 2013 and worked at a job program for a year(it was the kind of thing that I knew was only going to be 1-year long, that sorta thing), but I still *feel* pretty recent as far as college graduation goes.

    How cool that your blog started from a MySpace page! That's pretty awesome. I never really had friends who were readers too until I went to college. Hope you have fun this weekend & good luck with the job search!

    1. Thanks so much! I hate that all of us recent grads are having so much trouble :/ We're all moving back home and I feel like grown-ups are saying we're lazier, but it's the hardest time in history for people to find jobs, and it's so expensive to live on your own. I had to be home for 9 months saving before I had enough to get to NY for 3 months. So i'm hoping I'll find something soon, otherwise I'll have to move back home!

  17. Nice to meet you, Cassie! :D I think your Reshelved posts are a great idea!

  18. Nice to meet you, Cassie! Best of luck breaking into the publishing industry. That would be the ultimate for me. But I will never convince my husband to move to NYC so...

    I need to read How to Say Goodbye in Robot. I've heard amazing things about it!


I love receiving comments. I read each and every comment and do my best to respond and visit your blog.