The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Page Chronicles for nominating me! The Versatile Blogger Award is the first award that my blog has been nominated for. Thank you for the nomination.

Rules for this award:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Facts about me:

  • I don’t like ebooks. That doesn’t mean that I think paper books are better than ebooks, I just prefer paper books. Ebooks, in my opinion, are harder to read. However, I do enjoy them on certain occasions.
  • I love learning new languages. I take Spanish in school, but I will learn American Sign language over the summer. I know basic signs, but I decided that I want to further my knowledge of A.S.L. through a hands-on course. After I learn these two languages, I will begin either French or Italian.
  • I love to read during school and out in public. When I am home, I feel unfocused and unable to read many books. My favorite reading spot is on buses, planes, trains, or any form of transportation.
  • My favorite place that I have been to is California. I go there every year and each time I go I find something new to love. My family usually goes to San Diego but we have begun to travel to Yosemite more.
  • I cannot read on the beach or at a pool. If I am near water and am able to swim, then I will spend my whole day in the water. If you take me to the beach, I will stay in the ocean until it is time to leave. No matter how many times I go to the beach, I will never not spend my whole day in the water.
  • I either read a lot of books and barely watch TV, or I barely read a book and binge watch a whole series on Netflix. Just like I love to read, I love to watch TV. My favorite shows right now are The 100, Once Upon a Time, Recovery Road, Jessica Jones, New Girl, and The Vampire Diaries. I want to start watching Orphan Black but I do not know where I can start watching the series.
  • I keep buying books because I get them at really great prices, but I have no room for them. I have three bookshelves that are filled with books so most books end up in a huge pile on my dresser. The worst part about it is that my TBR is huge and won’t stop growing.

Who I nominate:

  1. The Book Jar Blog
  2. The Perks of Being a Bookworm
  3. The Book Cove Book Club
  4. Emily Reads Everything
  5. Warning Spoiler Alert
  6. Books with Lucy
  7. Anne Books
  8. YA Indulgences
  9. Little Book Star
  10. Katie’s Book Blog
  11. Offbeat YA
  12. Stella Marie
  13. Mia in Narnia
  14. Living in a World of Books
  15. and anyone else who has not been nominated!

Feel free to not do this nomination if you’re already overloaded with others, have already done this, or simply don’t want to do it!

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Favorite Memories from (Almost) One Year of Blogging

Wow. It has been almost a year since I began blogging! My actual blog anniversary is on March 9th, the day when I posted my first review! The post was regarding Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (check out the review: here). However, the review was actually posted on my old blog on Weebly. Despite that, I still count that as my first day of blogging.

I was probably the worst new blogger to exist. I never wrote an introduction to my old blog. Not to mention, my grammar was awful. I tried to read the review today but couldn’t stop cringing. I decided that I will write a post on me reacting to my old reviews later in the month. My first few months of blogging were like a train wreck in slow motion. I hope I improved since then.

I decide as preparation for my blog’s anniversary, I will write various posts reflecting on my blog until March 9th. However, I will still continue to post reviews and tags! To kick off the start of my countdown to my blog’s anniversary, here are my favorite moments of blogging.

Writing my first post!

Yes, my first posts were shameful. And yes, they seem like I created my own form of dialect. However, when I published my first posts, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. Starting my blog felt like a new beginning.

Bookcon!!

Bookcon was incredible! The event was something I will never forget. I met so many fantastic people and received an abundance of ARCs that I was highly anticipating. The people I met at Bookcon have stayed close to me. I have gained many opportunities from this event. I cannot wait to go to Chicago for Bookcon 2016!

The Book Cove Book Club

Following Bookcon, a few of the attendees of the event decided to stay connected through a book club. Our group has had its fair share of problems but the final result made the burdens worth it. We all have been drawn closer and have gained connections to many authors. We live stream weekly about the book we read that week. I love them!

Meeting Stella and Emily in Person!!

Emily and Stella are both people I met from the Bookcon app. I never actually met the two at Bookcon. Stella and Emily are my closest bookish friends. I was so excited and nervous to meet them but when I did, it was worth the wait. I had a great time walking around New York with them. I am glad to have continued to meet them in real life.

Requesting to Review an Author’s Book and Them Accepting. Also, Making My First Author Friend!

You would have thought that I was about to become some celebrity by my reaction to being accepted to write a review for someone. Wow! I’m going to get an ARC of a book in return for an honest review! I’m heading somewhere, I thought to myself as Danielle Rose accepted my review request. Since then, I have tried to help Danielle’s book reach the success it’s destined to have. Danielle is an incredible person and author. I am so happy that she was my first author friend!

Getting my First Review Request!

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My birthday after I read the request email. 

I do not think I will ever not be excited to be asked to review someone’s book. That is an incredible honor and is something that makes me extremely happy. I believe my first review request was from Penguin and it was on my birthday. I was so grateful.

Getting Accepted to Speak at my First Panel!

I have always desired to be able to speak on a panel about literature. When I was looking around for events, I found Kidlitcon. The event was looking for speakers. I decided to give it a try and see if they’d accept me. I had been blogging for less than a year and my hopes were low. However, I got accepted! When I read the email, I started crying. For someone who never felt good enough to accomplish their dreams, I finally felt like I was achieving things. That was my favorite memory of 2015.

My Panel!

The day of my panel, I was a nervous wreck. I thought I was going to fail tremendously. To my surprise, it went really well. I felt a little intimidated being the youngest and newest blogger. however, I relaxed once the panel begun. When the panel was over, I was overjoyed and extremely proud of myself. I never felt greater.

Kidlitcon!!

Kidlitcon was the highlight of my book events of 2015. Kidlitcon is a more intimate conference. The reason I loved the conference as much as I did was because it wasn’t crowded. There were a lot of people there, but it was small compared to Bookcon. The event was filled with publicists, librarians, bloggers, editors, illustrators, podcasters, reviewers, book award judges, and authors. I was able to talk to everyone there and they were all friendly. I came back from the event with many more connections. Some memorable people that I met were Carrie Mesrobian, Majorie Ingall, Kathy MacMillan, Elissa Brent Weissman, Alysa Stewart, Paula Willey, Tracey Baptiste, Shadra Strickland, Maggie Thrash, and Mahnaz Dar. Two people that I talked to the most were Libertad and Guinevere Thomas, or The Twinjas.Guinevere and Libertad were so welcoming and nice. Also, they had an incredible panel about diversity in books that made me think about how my reviews incorporate diversity. I can’t wait to hang out with them again at Blogboundcon!

Anyway, those were some of my favorite memories of my first year of blogging. What are some of your favorite blogging memories?

What I Got For Christmas

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Sorry that I have been M.I.A. I was busy preparing for Christmas and the Monday after the holiday, I had to get my wisdom teeth out. I was going to show you the humiliating video of me after the surgery but I can’t add it to the post:(.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you all what I got for Christmas! Despite Christmas not being all about presents, I wasn’t in the mood to write a review and thought this topic would be fun to write about. Plus, this post gives recognition to all the amazing people who thought of me this holiday. Thank you to everyone who loves and supports me! I Love and support you all, too!

Thank you mom and dad for the gifts you have given me for Christmas (the gifts are listed below)! I love you!

  • V.I.P tickets to Bookcon in Chicago!!!
  • Rapunzel Pop Funko
  • Sadness Pop Funko
  • Captain Hook (OUAT) Pop Funko
  • Emma Swan Pop Funko
  • Rules For 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
  • Makeup
  • Clothes
  • UGGs
  • A kitten (this was my dad’s gift but it benefits the whole family)
  • A ‘Read Local’ mug
  • An owl Wind and Fire bangle
  • An Raphael the Archangel Wind and Fire bangle (I got this bracelet when I got my wisdom teeth out because Raphael the Archangel is a protector)
  • Pajamas from both my brother and my parents

Thank you to my additional family for the kindhearted gifts and the endless love you have bestowed on me throughout the years.

  • Thank you to my Aunt Diana and Uncle Jordan for giving me two personalized signed books by Emery Lord.
  • Thank you to my Nana and Ron for giving me money and a Victoria Secret perfume.
  • Thank you to my Grandma and Grandpa for giving me money and Philosophy lotion.
  • Thank you for my Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Dave for the energy Alex and Ani bracelet.
  • Thank you to Aunt Deb and Uncle John for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I used to buy A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Thank you to all my incredible friends for their thoughtful gifts. I love you all!

  • Thank you to Taylor who gave me a Disney mug, two Tangled ornaments, and jelly beans. Also, thank you for buying me Dunkin Donuts prior to my surgery, and  Wawa macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes after my surgery.
  •  Thank you, James, for the snowflake Wind and Fire bangle and the giant teddy bear.
  • Thank you to Christina for getting me a Barnes and Noble gift card and a tea tower. I used the Barnes and Noble gift card to buy I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
  • Thank you to Nicole for buying me a Bath & Bodyworks lotion.
  • Thank you to Chloe for giving me Bath & Bodyworks lotion, EOS lip balm, and a necklace.
  • Thank you to Tori for giving me a paris themed notebook and travel mug, and a Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer.
  • Thank you to Emily Medina for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I still need to use.
  • Thank you, Julia, for Bath and Bodyworks lotion and hand sanitizer, and Pink perfume.
  • Finally, thank you to my secret santa (I find out who it is tonight!) for getting me A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson, a notebook, tea, candles, and TMI tattoos.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What I am Thankful For

Marissa Nicole

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Throughout the holiday season, we tend to loose track of what the true meaning of the celebrations are. Instead of spending this day being thankful, we spend today yearning for a big feast and scout the lowest prices for Black Friday. Sadly, I have been guilty of this.

 

To not be ignorant to the holiday, I decided to put together a list of things that I am thankful for:

 

  • My friends who always stick by me no matter what.
  • My family who have raised me with love and kindness.
  • Shadow, my cat who had died this past September. Though his life was short, he had given me a wonderful 11 years.
  • My blog which has granted me so many wonderful opportunities and allowed meet to meet all of you.
  • My ability to have the education that has been bestowed onto me.
  • My health that is still strong.
  • My life that is filled with many wonderful adventures.
  • That I am able to have the things I own.
  • All the privileges I have been granted.
  • And finally, you! To all my readers and followers, I am eternally grateful for you all. Love you!