Bookcon 2018 Wrap-up and Haul!!

After a few days of resting (and obviously reading my new books), I decided it was time for my Bookcon wrap-up. In my opinion, this year was very calm and organized compared to the past three years that I have attended. I felt that the lines were shorter and that there was a fair amount of giveaways and signings.

First off, I want to thank everyone who came up to me this weekend and all the new friends I made. The Bookcon experience would not be the same without the friendly atmosphere it conveys. My experiences with book lovers and authors were all positive. It was definitely one of their best years. Now, onto my haul!

Signed Books

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ARCs

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Because I went with my mom to Bookcon, we both went different places so we had the ability to get the things we wanted. Unfortunately, my mom picked up a copy of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld which I already had. Luckily for you all, I am giving it away!! All you need to do is follow my blog and my Twitter and enter below!
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1 Year of Blogging

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I feel like a terrible blogger. Not only did I forget my blog’s anniversary, I forgot to post a blog post on that day. In my defense, I was preoccupied with finishing out my third quarter of sophomore year. However, I have a few posts for this week celebrating my blog.

I can’t believe a year has already passed since I started this blog. I still remember the day I joined because I thought that you had to be a blogger to get in to book events and I wanted to meet fellow bookworms. Since then, I’ve met so many people and have been to so many wonderful events. It’s crazy to see how far my blog has come. What started as a small and unprofessional website with horrible grammar, has become a slightly bigger website with improved grammar. I’m incredibly proud of how this year has played out.

I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to say a few thank yous. First, thank you to all my readers. You have made my blog into something better than I have ever expected. You helped me complete my dream of reaching out to other bookworms. Without your support, my blog would have never improved.

Thank you to all my book friends. Before blogging, I never had friends who I could talk about reading to. Fortunately, I found you lovely people. You have supported me and my blog immensely. Thank you for being the friends I always needed. I may not say this much, but I love you and am grateful to have met you. You have made this journey worth it.

Next, thank you to all the authors and publishers who have supported me by sending me their books. I know how important your books are to you and I’m enternally grateful for your trust in me reading your work. You have helped my blog in an enormous way.

Finally, thank you to my parents. Buying a website, logo, and business cards is expensive and it is nice to have two amazing people who have supported my blog by helping contribute to some of the funds. Also, thank you for attending my book events despite not actually enjoying hearing about reading. I know there are about 100 other places you’d like to be but you chose to support me instead. I love you.

Also, I have some advice to people who want to start blogging. You will receive criticism from people. I remember when I started blogging, some of my friends thought it was nerdy to write about books. At first, I thought that I should quit since I didn’t want to seem weird. However, I decided to stick with what I love to do. I can honestly say I never regretted that decision. People always find something negative to say about what you do, that’s life. However, you can’t alter your life to please others. You have to do what you want to do because in the end, that’s all that matters. Book blogging was the best decision that I made.  It made me happier than I ever was. It is my therapy. If I never continued with blogging then I would still be a sad girl who had to hide her love of reading. I have had so many adventures from this blog. If anyone ever tells you to quit blogging, ignore them. You have an incredible opportunity that they wish they had. Don’t take that for granted.

Thank you for an amazing year and I look forward to more years to come. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. I love you.

Discussion Post: My Opinion on Not Finishing Books

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I feel embarrassed for starting this late but after less than a year of blogging, I finally decided to write discussion posts! I do not know why I had waited this long to write one. However, I am excited to make my blog more than reviews, interviews, street teams, and the occasional Top Ten Tuesday.

There’s a popular topic among readers that is about whether it is acceptable to not finish a book. The debate focuses on whether you should stick-it-out or move on to a new book because life is too short to read bad books. Though both sides make interesting points, I am going to voice my opinion.

In my opinion, whether you finish or don’t finish a book depends on the situation. Are you reading the book for business or pleasure? Is the book interesting but isn’t something you want to read at the moment? Did you enjoy the story but are preoccupied with other books?

I only neglect to finish a book if I am reading for pleasure. If I do not enjoy a story then I will not finish it. After all, how is it reading for pleasure if you do not enjoy the book? Also, I will take breaks from a book if I am busy reading books that I was given by authors and publishers. Finally, I will take a break from books if I do not want to read the story at a certain time.

However, I will finish a book if a publisher and authors send them to me. No matter how much I dislike the book, if an author uses their own money to send me a book, I owe them a review. It takes a lot for an author to give you books, it is rude for you to not finish it. However, there are exceptions for authors that request you to not give their book a review if it is less than three stars.

Overall, the only reason you should force yourself to finish a book that you do not favor is if it was sent to you for free. In the end, if you are reading a book for pleasure then you can finish it or not finish. Life is too short to read bad books.

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!

October Wrap Up!

October is over! In the span of a day, Starbucks changed all their flavors to Christmas and the stores exchanged their Halloween decorations for Christmas. October was a good month for me. Throughout this month, I read and received many books. Here is all that happened this month!

BOOKS I HAVE READ:

(Links to the reviews are on the pictures)

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BOOKS I BOUGHT:

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BOOKS I RECEIVED FROM FRIENDS: 

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BOOKS I GOT FROM KIDLITCON:
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BOOKS I HAD RECEIVED FROM PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS:

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WHAT HAS BEEN ON MY BLOG THIS MONTH:

My review on Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/01/maybe-someday-by-colleen-hoover/

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose: Mini Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/04/blood-rose-by-danielle-rose-mini-review/

The Martian Book and Movie Review:https://marissareads.com/2015/10/12/the-martian-book-and-movie-review/

SST Jennifer Walkup Interview: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/12/192/

My Trip to Kidlitcon: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/16/bookish-adventures-kidlitcon-2015/

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/20/tonight-the-street-are-ours-by-leila-sales/

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/23/cut-both-ways-by-carrie-mesrobian/

The Vogue Book Tag: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/26/the-vogue-book-tag/

Special News: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/30/special-news/

FAVORITE BOOK I HAVE READ THIS MONTH:

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LEAST FAVORITE BOOK I HAVE READ THIS MONTH:

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THE BOOK WITH THE PRETTIEST COVER THAT I BOUGHT:

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MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK I GOT:

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EVENTS I ATTENDED THIS MONTH:

  • Kidlitcon was my only event I attended this month because I spoke at the conference.

FAVORITE SHOW I HAVE WATCHED THIS MONTH:

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