Top Ten Tuesday|Turn Ons

 

Hey everyone! I’m back for a minute or two after yet another hiatus. I definitely can’t promise that I’ll ever have a solid schedule. It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful bloggers @ The Broke And The Bookish. Go check them out for more information about this weekly meme and so much more! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


Ten Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book:

  1. The Summary!

If it has a fantastic summary, that really sells it for me. The summary is everything!!

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2. The Cover!

I am someone who is likely to judge a book by its cover. If it has a beautiful, interesting or eye-catching cover, I’m likely to give it a try!

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3. The Length!

If it’s a longer book, there’s a higher chance I’ll read it. Short books are definitely not my style.

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4. The Writing Style!

I’m not too picky about the writing style. The only style I won’t read is verse. That’s definitely not my thing.

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5. The Author!

If it’s an author I know/have read, I will most likely give it a read. Especially if it’s part of a series!

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That’s a wrap! I could only think of five specific book “turn ons” What persuades you to pick up a book? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#28)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is currently hosted by the talented Sam. Go check out her blog for bookish writing content! To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?|What are you currently reading?|What are you going to read?

Without further ado, here we go!


Recently Read:

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)

I actually finished this last Wednesday. It was a great book and filled in some details since I skipped from book 1 to book 3.

The Book Thief

I finished this yesterday. The whole book absolutely blew me away!! A full review will be out Friday.


Currently Reading:

Mistress Pat (Pat, #2)

This is the sequel to Pat of Silver Bush. It’s by the author who wrote the Anne of Green Gables series. So far, I love it!


Going To Read:

Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)

As Brave As YouEthan, Suspended

Only four books left. Until I get more!


That’s a wrap! What did you read this week? Link your WWW or let me know in comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#25)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is currently hosted by the fantastic Sam. To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?


Recently Read:

This was a quick but good book. Not my favorite but still an enjoyable read.

When this goes up, I will have finished this book. It was a brilliant read. I loved it so much. I didn’t realize it was a old book until I noticed how all the girls wear dresses. The language is different. Religion is a bigger deal. The author died in 1942… Still a great book!


Currently Reading:

I would’ve started this by now. I got the first and third book of this series instead of the first and second. I’ll have to read the series out of order which I don’t like doing. Oh well!


I’m going to read through the rest of the Anne Shirley series. I love it so much! I probably won’t read it all in a row but this will be what I’ll be slowly tackling.

I want to eventually read this book. I know most have already read it. As always, I’m behind 😀

I don’t know what else I’ll read!


That’s a wrap! What did you read this week? Let me know by linking your WWW or commenting below!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love…

Hey everyone! I apologize for not being active during this last week or so. I had finals and lots of studying to do. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already. This week’s topic is:

Ten Reasons I Love Xcould be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about..

This topic has endless possibilities. I have decided to do Ten Reasons I Love J.K. Rowling.


Ten Reasons I Love J.K. Rowling:

  1. She’s an amazing author!

What’s not to love about an author who knows how to write? The way she makes the words flow across the page blows my mind. I still wonder how the idea of Harry Potter came to her.

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2. She created the Harry Potter characters.

Without her there would be no Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Mr. Weasley, Mrs. Weasley, Hedwig and all the others. Without her, the world wouldn’t be the same.

3. She donates to charity!

J.K. Rowling gives the majority of her money to charities. She’s donated at least 160 million dollars to seven or more charities. She’s donated so much that it knocked her off the Forbes billionaire list.

4. She named a HP character after a fan who died from cancer!

Natalie McDonald was the a nine year old girl from Canada who died from cancer. She wrote to Rowling about how much she loved the books. Rowling wrote back but Natalie had already passed away. Natalie McDonald in the book was a Gryffindor. You can find her in The Goblet of Fire.

5. She interacts with her fans on Twitter.

Unlike some celebrities, J.K. Rowling interacts with her fans. She’ll even get into arguments if she doesn’t agree with something someone said.

6. In 2010, Rowling created a clinic in honor of her mother Anne who died of MS.

This is the sweetest thing ever! She turned 45 in 2010 which was the age her mom was when she passed away.

7. The “K” in her name is a tribute to her grandmother!

Her grandmother’s name was Kathleen!

8. Her battle with clinical depression led to the creation of the Dementors.

I put this on here because she used her real life struggles to get ideas for her book. That shows that she isn’t afraid to embrace her past and look to the future.

9. She started writing at age 6.

This has really turned into a J.K. Rowling fun facts post XD I love her for this because she started writing at such a young age. It was about a rabbit who had the measles.

10. Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling share the same birthday!

That’s just amazing. I love that she had Harry have the same birthday as her.


That’s a wrap! Do you know any other facts/amazing things about J.K. Rowling? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

About the Author: Harper Lee

Hey everyone! I’ve been running out of post ideas once again. This is a new idea that may or may not work. I thought that once a week or so I could do an About the Author. It can have a specific day if you guys want or it can just be whenever. These posts will/would be the personal side of an author. This week, I have decided to do Harper Lee has the “test” author. Since this is new, I’ll explain the types of things that I’ll include.

Nelle Harper Lee was born April 28th, 1926 in Monroeville, AL. She passed away on February 19th this year in her hometown at 89. (These posts would regularly include full name, birth date and death date (if available) as well as place of birth and death)

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5 Fun Facts:

  1. Harper Lee’s first book To Kill a Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies and been translated into at least 40 languages.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird once beat out the Bible in popularity.
  3. Harper Lee began writing a true-crime book. She didn’t follow through
  4. Nelle is Harper Lee’s first name.
  5. Nelle is her grandmothers name spelled backwords.

Books: (Famous and most noteworthy books)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Seen above)

Go Set a Watchman

Well Known Quotes (The author’s famous/well known quotes)

There might be more or less included in these kinds of posts.


That’s a wrap! Do you want these posts to be a regular thing? How often do you want them? Do you not want them at all? Let me know!

If you can, please take a moment and take this quick poll. It will let me know what you guys think. You can of course comment your opinion as well.

Poll here!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of these if you guys enjoy them.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

Book Review:Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze

Hi everyone! I’ve been writing quite a few book reviews in the last few weeks and you guys seem to have been enjoying it. This time I am reviewing Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze by the amazing Sarah Webb.

Name: Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze

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Author: Sarah Webb

# of Pages: 244

My Rating:5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Mills’s ballerina sister has just landed the role of a lifetime – but something is very wrong with the young dancer. A worried Mills begs best friend Amy for help. How can Amy refuse, even though she has big problems of her own to solve?


My Thoughts:

This is a great series!! I feel so close to all the characters. I am on the last book and I am not ready for the series to end. The series is meant for 10 and up. That means that any of you can read this fantastic series 🙂


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Nerd Camp 2.0

Today I’m finally doing a book review that’s not during What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. Today I am reviewing Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman. This book is the sequel to Nerd Camp.

Summary:

Last summer, Gabe went to a summer camp for nerds called Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment was six weeks of “righteous learning.” This summer is going to be different. Gabe is still going to “Nerd Camp,” but this year his step brother Zack was all set to go to a nearby sleep away camp called Camp Seneca that has everything from skateboarding to rock climbing. But a wildfire destroys his camp and seemingly his summer. Now all of Camp Seneca will be sharing the same  campgrounds as the Nerd Camp. The fun filled summer that Gabe dreamed about all year has now become “a geeks nightmare,” and an on going war. The two very different worlds collide. Can these two camps and brothers survive the summer?

Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Good Reads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Age Range: 8-12 years old.

Grade Range: Grades  3-7.

Do I recommend the book? Yes! I think you should read the first book before this one so you can get to know Gabe and Zack as well as their very different personalities. Zack isn’t in very much of the first book and Gabe is the main character. I recommend this person for anyone that wants to embrace their inner nerd or jock or just loves a good adventure book 🙂

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more Book Reviews 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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How to: Find and Act Around Your Favorite Author!

Hey everybody! This how to is a follow up to my personal experience blog post a couple days ago. If you haven’t checked below you can find the link at the end of this post.

First you need to know a few places you can find your favorite author(s).

1. Your local bookstore

Bookstores are great places to find your favorite author because of all the books! In my personal experience, I met my favorite author at a local bookstore near me. All you have to do is go on the store website, go to events, make sure the events are for the correct store,and browse away at the events. You might not always be lucky but it’s worth a try!

2. Use http://www.findbooksignings.com (U.S. Only)

This is an amazing site that as far as I can tell is only for the United States. Sorry if you find this site great but live out of the U.S. I know a lot of my viewers and followers do so my apologies. This site is simple but helpful. It brings you to a map of the United States. All you have to do is click or double tap your state and a bunch of or in my state’s case, no search results. Sadly not very many states seem to be registered into this site but places like New York and California have many places. Once you find the search results, just look for your favorite author. If you’re lucky enough to find them, you might want to look at the bookstore location. He/she might not even be near you! Luckily you can also go and have results for only your city or a city near you.

Link: http://www.findbooksignings.com

3. Social Media!

Tons of people seem to have several social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. So do your favorite authors! You most likely won’t find them on Vine or Instagram though but Facebook and Twitter is where they will be! All you have to do is search up the author’s name and make sure you find the real one. Then just start browsing through their page. It’s not guaranteed that you will find anything but most people tend to post their whereabouts online so maybe they do too!

4. Check online and in the newspaper

Just searching up the author’s name or the author’s name events could show you a beacon of hope. It might be helpful to put in your state if you don’t mind traveling a bit or your city and state to get more accurate and personalized results. In the newspaper (which many don’t read or even get anymore) there might be a literacy calendar that shows different book and literacy related events around your area.

5. Your Public Library!

Just like a bookstore! This could be a place an author might appear. Normally poets are more likely than normal authors but it’s still worth a try! If not then maybe another upcoming event might catch your eye!

Now that you know a few locations and resources you can use to find your author, you need to know how to act around them if you are lucky enough to meet. This is in Do and Don’t form.

1. Do be respectful of their space!

Your favorite author is a living breathing person too! They need their personal space even in public with lots of fans. Everyone gets a bit excited but nobody needs to bombard or crowd the author. That can definitely get you kicked out and you won’t even meet the person!

2. Don’t overstay your welcome!

Once you get to the front of the line after a couple to several hours, don’t overstay your welcome. This means that you probably shouldn’t start a long conversation, have a hundred things signed, or a hundred pictures taken. All the people behind you have been waiting a very long time and don’t want to have to wait any longer then they have to.

3. Do be patient in line.

If you aren’t a patient person, this probably isn’t for you. You might have to stand in line for several hours depending how many people found out and how popular the author. If you start to get impatient, just think about how exciting this experience is and how lucky you are to even be able to meet this author. I had to wait for at least an hour and a half to meet my favorite author and it was worth it!

4. Don’t cut in line

This one is pretty obvious but sometime we can get so anxious, excited, and nervous that we don’t think and before we know it, we’ve done something we can’t really undo. This can ruin other people’s experience too.

5. Do have fun and enjoy your self!

This is most likely unless you’re lucky, a once in a lifetime experience. No matter how long you have to wait, and how loud others can be, this experience will be amazing! Inviting a friend or two who share the some love of the author and their books can really speed up time and make things better. While you’re sharing gossip, jokes, or talking about just about what ever you feel like, time will go by and before you know it, it’s your turn!

I hope you can meet at least one of your favorite authors!

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for new content!

Here’s the personal experience link: https://wordpress.com/post/94346788/77/

~Makayla the Bookworm

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Personal Experience: Meeting Erin Hunter

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. Both writers block and life have swallowed me up but I’m back with a personal experience post about meeting one of my favorite authors Erin Hunter. A bit of some back story: Erin Hunter writes fantasy books about dogs, cats, and bears (not in the same book of course) surviving, fighting, and thriving in the wild. Whether it be set in a icy tundra or a dark and dismal forest, these books used to and still are some of my favorites. Now I will tell you my personal experience meeting an author for the first time.

    It was just another normal day and I was heading off to the local Barnes and Noble with a family member. I can never get enough of bookstores and can stay there for hour upon hour. The atmosphere is relaxing and all the books provide opportunities for adventure and escape from the world. Entering the sliding doors is normally… A normal thing to do. But today was downright exciting. A sign advertised that Erin Hunter was going to be doing a book signing. All I thought at first was “Oh well. Another book signing I can’t make it to.” but then I noticed the date. February 15th. That was today! Suddenly my heart skipped a beat. Could it really be true? I took a double take at the sign. Yes it is! Wait 1 pm? It’s close to 1:30! I rush inside and towards the stairs like my life depends on it. A employee asks me if I’m going to be seeing Erin Hunter. My family member has followed me and answers “Maybe” and then we hop on the escalator and off we go. My heart is beating like a drum, my stomach is filled with butterflies and I’m sure my hands are shaking. We make it to the top and there she is. Erin Hunter in flesh! All I could do at that moment is stare in awe like I just met a true celebrity. Everyone has had or will have that moment and mine was now. My family member, let’s call her M. M went over and asked an employee/guard if Erin was going to be wrapping up anytime soon. He said that she was going to stay as long as she could or until the line ended. I felt myself breath a sigh of relief. But then panic arose once again. I didn’t have any books with me for her to sign and I could go home! I texted my friend about Erin Hunter and how she was at the bookstore. My friend was on here way ASAP. I realized the obvious and just went and purchased a brand new book. Just my luck, her books were all over the place to help people who were in the same boat as I am. Now to the exciting part. 

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Book I got signed my Erin Hunter

 

   Every second that ticked by waiting for my friend was absolutely brutal. All I could think was “The author could leave before my friend even gets here and our chance would vanish in a snap.” Being the slightly paranoid person I am, I was worried for a long time. After buying my book I could finally go get a wristband. It turns out that those wristbands didn’t do a thing in the world in terms of what space in line you stood. Seconds turned into many minutes. Finally all I could do was rush back upstairs and find the back of the line. Of course I was behind two obnoxious little boys who told outrageously annoying knock knock jokes. I sighed and continuously checked my phone waiting to see if my friend was on her way. My family member M was downstairs reading a book and smiled up at me. I mustered a slight grin. Waiting and waiting was all I did until my friend and her mom appeared behind me and once again a sigh of relief. The boys in front of us continued on quizzing each other on our state basketball team and saying more knock knock jokes. My friend who I will now call J informed me she had contacted a couple of our friends about the author being here at the local bookstore. One was a humongous fan who had read almost all of one of the series that the author had written. That was the one that was also out riding horses and not answering her phone. As we inched our way in line, J tried to contact our friend over and over again until she finally answered. Of course she was estatic! 

       While our friend and her sister started to come, we waited in line for exactly an hour and a half. Maybe more. As we made it to being next in line. A lady asked our names which she spelled out correctly in a sticky note each. J then explained our situation of our friends not being able to make it. She was unsure if Erin would do extra autographs or signatures for people she wouldn’t meet. Finally our turn came and I was shaking. I stepped forward next and there she was. One of my favorite authors was going to sign my book. She signed it with a special message special to the specific book. My friend took our picture as I realized how excited I was. I confessed to her I wanted to be a writer just like her. She gave me some advice I haven’t yet forgotten .”You need to be able to persevere.” Simple yet powerful. Before I knew it my time was up and it was J’s turn. My heart was still racing but I was happy. When one of our other friend that I will call R and her sister came, I walked by to go downstairs to got home. R was talking to Erin and making her laugh. Before I disappeared, I heard her say “Two of my friends were here earlier. J and Makayla.” I smiled at the authors  response. “J and Makayla? Ah yes I remember them.”

I hope you enjoyed my personal experience story. I wrote  to my best ability and would love some feedback.

Let me know if you would like some more personal experiences.

Stay tuned for hopefully daily posts and Thank you for reading!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

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Source: http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/event/erin-hunter-survivors-2-hidden-enemy

Here are some links to help you learn more about Erin Hunter

http://www.warriorcats.com/meet-erin-hunter

http://www.warriorcats.com/meet-erin-hunter/interview