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 😀

Celebrating The Little Things Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another amazing tag! I’ve seen this on a couple of blogs. I was browsing through the tags  on My Tiny Obsessions blog and found this. A huge shout out to her for her amazing book posts and blog 😀


Celebrating The Little Things Tag:

1. Who Was Your Very First Follower (if you can find out) Tag Them And Give Them A Shout Out!

Digga3k was my very first follower. They unfortunately don’t have or never had a blog. A shout out to them anyway!

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2. What was the last milestone you reached?

I literally just reached 300 followers a few days ago. I’ve already gained five more followers since then. Thank you guys so much!

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3. What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

My very first post was an introduction to my blog. It’s pretty terrible but here it is:First Post


4. Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower was Mugilian Raju @ Narotic Words. Thank you so much!

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5. What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

My last post was 300 Followers!! The first person to like it was Emma @ Book Geeking. Thank you for the like!

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6. How many months have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging for 19 months or 1 year and 7 months!


7. Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

I’m not really sure who considers me a friend but I talk to quite a few people. A couple of them being Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles Blog and Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Go check out their fantastic blogs! You guys are amazing 😀

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8. Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last meme I did was Book Traveling Thursday and it was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Kudos to her for creating such a fantastic meme!

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9.Have you any social media related to your blog? 

Not really. Just a Google+ page with very few followers. I should really get something for my blog!

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Last but not least …. Just give thanks to all your followers

Thank you guys so much! I can honestly say it enough. You guys have no idea how much you’ve changed my life. You’ve made this blog possible. Without you, this blog wouldn’t have come as far as it has. I love how close the blogging  community feels. It’s so accepting and kind. I love you guys 😀

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I’m not going to tag anyone specific. Actually, I tag EVERYONE! You can do this tag if you enjoy it. It’s definitely a fun one. As always, no pressure to do it.


That’s a wrap! I loved doing this tag. It’s really showed me how far my little blog and I have come. What are some little things you celebrate? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Blogger Insider Tag!!

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and I’m finally back with a book tag! This one will give you a look into what it’s like to be a book blogger. If you’re also a book blogger, this will show you what it’s like for me personally. I was tagged a few months ago (oops) by the amazing Amber @ Only True Magic. Go check her incredible blog out and maybe give her a follow 🙂 This tag was created by the amazing Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie. Without her, there wouldn’t be this tag. Go check her out as well. Enough thanking and shouting out. Let’s go!


Rules:

  • Answer the  questions
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag 5 people
  • Have fun!

Where Do You Typically Write Your Blog Posts?

On my bed! I love to be as comfortable as possible.

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How Long Does It Take You To Write A Book Review?

I have no idea! Probably not long enough. I really need to put more effort into them!

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When Did You Start Your Blog?

June 23rd, 2015! It’s been a year and almost six months since I started. It definitely hasn’t been very constant though. I’m trying to get better at that 🙂


What’s The Worst Thing About Book Blogging

Definitely finding time to blog! I’ve been pretty much MIA since August. Finding time is really the only struggle I have.

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What’s The Best Thing About Book Blogging?

Reading other people’s blogs, meeting and connecting with bloggers and seeing that people actually enjoy your posts. I also love to hear that I’m wanted in the blogging community. As you can tell, I love most things about book blogging. I of course love all my followers as well 🙂

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What Blog Post Have You Had The Most Fun Writing So Far?

That’s a tough question… I honestly don’t know. Probably one of my tag posts!


When Do You Typically Write?

Whenever I can! Right now, I’m writing at 11:24 pm. Sometimes it’s in the afternoon or earlier at night. Normally not in the morning. It really depends.

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How Do You Write Your Book Reviews? With A Cup of Coffee or Tea? With Netflix? Cuddled With A Pet?

Just like how I write any blog post normally. On my bed, sometimes with a cat or two nearby.

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When Do You Write Your Book Reviews? Right After Finishing The Book? Two Weeks After?

I used to do it a couple of days or so after I finished the book. Now it’s probably close to a week or more.


How Often Do You Post?

It used to be 4-6 days a week. Then it went to every once in a blue moon. Now it’s hopefully going to be back to 4-6 days. I normally do Top Ten Tuesdays, a new meme will be Wednesday, Book Traveling Thursdays, tags normally on the weekend and reviews thrown in.

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I Nominate:

As always, you’re not forced to do this. If you weren’t tagged, consider yourself tagged!

That’s a wrap! What tags would you like me to do next? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

WWW Wednesday (#29)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. To participate, 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?

Here we go!


Recently Read:

Mistress Pat (Pat, #2)Ethan, Suspended

These were both great books! Mistress Pat had lots of plot twists just like all of Montgomery’s books. Ethan,Suspended was short but full of plot.


Currently Reading:

As Brave As You

This was a book I put down but I recently picked back up. I love it and am glad I decided to start reading it again.


Going To Read:

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

Sweet Home AlaskaEmily of New Moon (Emily, #1)

I Am the Messenger

6 books to read 😀


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

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

~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 😀

Get In The Know: June 2016

Hey everyone! It’s July 5th and I’m publishing a monthly wrap up for June. Better late than never! Today as I just said, I am doing a  Get In The Know or Monthly Wrap Up post. The purpose of these posts are to simply reflect on the past month. Without further ado, here we go!

Monthly Wrap


June Stats:

Views: 631

Visitors: 325

Likes: 293

Comments: 153

Best month for stats so far!


Blogging:

4-5WWW Wednesdays

4-5Top Ten Tuesday

5 Book Traveling Thursdays

(Not going to link them all)

I reviewed I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Book Review

I did my 3rd Library Book Haul! Book Haul

I did the short but sweet Desert Book Tag Book Tag

I did a book review on Openly Straight Book Review

My 2nd Friendly Discussion Friday took place Discussion Post

You learned about my intimidating TBR pile in this book tag Book Tag

I revealed my Favorite Fathers/Father Figures for Father’s Day Other

I reviewed The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Book Review

I wanted your questions for my 200 follower Q&A Other

1 year blogiversary was reached! Other

I reviewed Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel Book Review

Elisabeth Dahl who’s book inspired me to start blogging gave me a shoutout!! Other

That’s 13-15 memes

4 book reviews

1 book haul

2 book tags

1 discussion post and 4 other posts

25-27 posts last month!


Personal Life:

I finished a school. Boy was that crazy. I realized that I probably wasn’t going to see some amazing people again. I attended a baby shower and that was lots of fun. Summer begun and I did lots of reading, blogging and relaxing. I reached 1 year of blogging and got a shoutout from an author. Overall I didn’t have too crazy of a month 😉


This Month:

First of all I celebrated the 4th of July or America’s Independence Day.Then I will celebrate my cats birthday(s) later this month. I’m going to wedding . Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out on July 31st!! I might go to my friend’s house and watch some of the movies finally. I’ve only seen the first one.

That’s all I really know. More things might come up/happen. Who knows?


That’s a wrap! How was your month? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for this month’s Get In The Know!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year Blogiversary!!

Hey everyone!! Yesterday (June 23rd) was my 1 year blogiversary.  Thank you guys so much for being on this journey with me. Whether your a new follower or have been with me since I started learning the ropes, you all mean a lot to me. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here right now. To celebrate, let’s look back on what I’ve learned and achieved through out this past year.

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All Time Stats: (As of 6/23/16)

Posts: 263

Views: 4,051

Visitors: 2,076

Best Views Ever: 45 on May 15th, 2016

Followers on WordPress: 195

Followers on email and WordPress: 2oo!


How Did It All Start?

It was June 23rd, 2015 and I had just finished reading a book called Genie Wishes by Elizabeth Dahl. It’s about a girl who is appointed as the class blogger. She blogs around a theme and what’s going on. It was a great book. For some reason, it really motivated me to start a blog of my own. I had always loved reading, writing and books so that’s what my blog ended up being about. If you were here at the beginning, you probably remember that Random Reads wasn’t the original name. Just like the URL, it was readersandmore. I later realized that that name didn’t suit the blog. It was too simple. That’s how Random Reads got started.


What Are Five Things I’ve Learned?

I’ve definitely learned more than five things in this last year. These will be the five most important things.

  1. Don’t feel like you have to blog everyday.

At first, I felt like I had to blog every single day. If I didn’t my followers wouldn’t like me and then I wouldn’t gain followers. Those were my thoughts at first. Now I know that that’s not true. True followers and fans of your blog will stick around. Whether you have a schedule, randomly post, or rarely post, the true followers will stay. Even if you go on a hiatus for a lengthy amount of time, don’t feel ashamed or worried. Blog as much as you want.

2. Don’t blog if it feels like work.

If blogging ever feels like work to you, take a step back. Do you need a bit of a break? New content or ideas? Is this just not what you want to do? Ask your self those questions. Blogging should be a fun thing. Whether it’s a huge part of your life or not, don’t let blogging become a stressful chore.

3. Communicate with bloggers!

This is a huge thing that has really made my blogging experience. Interact with bloggers around you on WordPress. Find people who have the same interests as you. I have so many amazing book blogging friends who have made me smile and made me inspired. If you don’t communicate, you won’t learn new things and make new friends.

4. Stats Don’t Matter

Yes, I still look at stats pretty frequently. In reality, stats don’t matter. It doesn’t matter how many views you got that day. It doesn’t matter how many visitors you got. All that matters is that you enjoy what your doing. If you can look at the stats and feel motivated to continue and become better, go right ahead.

5. Scheduling is your friend!

Going away on vacation? Busy the next day? The scheduling option will save your life. I’ve learned that this option can seriously save you. All you have to do is sit down and crank out posts. It will save you the stress of wondering when you will have time to blog.


What’s Next?

Since I’ve reached 1 year of blogging, I’m obviously going to look ahead.

– I’m not quitting anytime soon 🙂

-More book reviews

-I will continue to do memes (ex. Top Ten Tuesday)

-More amazing things!

-Reaching 200 WordPress followers

-Reaching 1,000 followers!!

-2 years of blogging

-So much more!!


I know I’ve said it so many times but thank you for following me. Your love and support is what really keeps me going. I love you guys 😀 I hope this post wasn’t too long. I wanted to keep it as short and sweet as possible. On a side note, I REACHED 200 FOLLOWERS!! Well, including email followers. WordPress doesn’t seem to count that though. When I officially reach 200 though, I will be doing a Q&A. You can find the post here. Don’t forget to drop me any questions you want me to answer. I don’t have many yet and want a nice big post to celebrate the milestone.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come on Random Reads!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

Hey guys! It’s finally the weekend. For most, that means it’s time to have fun and relax. I’ve decided to do another tag. This time I am doing the My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag. @My Tiny Obsessions did this tag back in May. I was unofficially tagged and am excited to do the tag. Without further ado, here we go!

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1) What Book Have You Been Unable To Finish?

Don’t hate me for this but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I started the book and after a chapter or two, I put it down. I don’t know if I’ll ever start it again. It’s really not my type of book.


2) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Just Haven’t Had Time?

So many books! Too many to count.


3) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is a Sequel?

I hope I actually understand this question XD I’m going to say I FunnyTV by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein . I have yet to read the third book so I can’t read this one yet.


4) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Brand New?

Nothing that’s been released. I’m looking forward to Nicola Yoon’s new book The Sun Is Also a Star. It’s going to be released November 1st, 2o16.


5) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Read A Book By The Same Author and Didn’t Enjoy It?

Nothing comes to mind.


6) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You’re Just Not In The Mood For It?

That would have to be Four by Veronica Roth. I got the book for Christmas (I think) and have yet to read it. I’m not in the mood and am not sure if it will be good.


7) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Humungous.

This book probably isn’t very long and is not actually on my shelf. It’s The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This has been on my TBR since… now probably. It’s 584 pages, so longer than most books I’ve read.


8) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Was a Cover Buy That Turned Out To Have Bad Reviews?

I don’t actually own this book so it wasn’t a cover buy. The book is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’ve read the first two books in the Divergent series but stopped before this one. It’s a bit intimidating because I haven’t heard good things about it.


9) What Is The Most Intimidating Book In Your TBR Pile?

I actually don’t have a TBR pile right now. I need to run to the library to restock it. I don’t really have long term piles. I just have ones that last a week or so.


I have no idea how far this tag has gotten. Because of that, I am going to tag Everyone who wants to participate!


That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this tag.  It was really fun to do 🙂 Feel free to leave any future tag suggestions!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

I Messed Up Book Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means it’s Memorial Day. What are you doing to celebrate? Let me know! As you might’ve guessed by the title, I am doing the I Messed Up Book Tag. I was unofficially tagged by the amazing Catia @ The Girl Who Reads Too Much!  Go check her out! A shout out to anyone who has done this tag and also officially or unofficially tagged me for this. Thank you 🙂 Let’s get started!


1) A Character Appearance You Misread or Imagined Differently.

Oh gosh, I misread and imagine characters differently all the time. For the sake of this question though, I’m going to say… Hazel from TFIOS. I always pictured her differently.

2) A Character Name That You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong.

This wasn’t too recently. When I recently read Harry Potter for the first time, I pronounced Hermione’s name wrong in my head.

3) An Overused Trope that is Your Guilty Pleasure.

I honestly had to look up trope. I realize that I have a thing for people following in love at first sight. I can’t get enough. It makes the story so adorable and amazing.

 4) A Cliché Character Type That You Like Better On Screen than Reading About:

I honestly have no idea. I don’t watch many book to film adaptions so I can’t honestly answer this.

5) A Word/Phase You Learned Because of It’s Use in a Book:

There are so many words/phases I’ve learned. One of them is Muggle from the Harry Potter series. This might not count since it’s not a “real” series but who cares?

6) Have You Ever Not Read or Completed a Required Reading Book for School?

I must be too much of a good student. I always complete every required book and stay right with the class. I also do all the required assignments that go with it.

 7) Have You Ever (or Wanted to) Skip a Chapter from the Point of View of a Charcter You Weren’t Interested In?

I don’t think this counts as a POV but I wanted to skip the fan fiction parts of Fangirl. I just wanted to get to more of Cath and Levi!

8) Have You Ever Cancelled Social Plans to Read a Book?

This is going to sound sad but no because I don’t normally have social plans 😦

What an awesome tag! Since I’m not good about remembering/knowing who has done this, I tag Everyone! You are all amazing people but everyone has messed up. Link your post of this in the comments so I can’t see what you’ve messed up on!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags! Happy Memorial Day 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

This Or That Book Tag!!

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a book tag in so long. This book tag has been floating around for a while and I decided to finally do it. It’s called the This Or That Book Tag. I wasn’t officially tagged by anyone so thank you to everyone who has done the tag. I love seeing your answers 🙂

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The Rules:

  1. Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks).
  2. Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  3. Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  4. Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

 

One: Read on the Couch or On the Bed?

Bed without a doubt! I always read on my bed. My room is always so quiet and cut off from the rest of the house. I can’t read if it’s too loud. Overall, I love my bed XD

Two: Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I normally read books with female main characters so I’ll choose that. There can definitely be some good male characters too. I would choose both but I have to choose one or the other.. so female. It all comes down to how well the book is written.

 

Three: Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks?

I’m going to cheat and say neither. I don’t really eat while I read. If I had to choose I would choose sweet.

Four:Trilogies or Quartets?

I don’t really have a preference.

Five: First Person Point of View or Third Person Point of View?

First person POV all the way!!

 

Six: Reading at Night or In The Morning?

Whenever I can! If I had to choose reading at night. That’s when I do most of my reading.

Seven: Libraries or Book Stores?

I love them both but I’m going to say Libraries. You can read any book you want for free! Well it’s free until it’s overdue. When  I go to bookstores, I can’t seem to find what I want. If I can, it’s way too expensive.

Eight: Books that Make You Laugh Or Cry?

It’s actually pretty hard to make me cry while reading. I’m going to say make me laugh since that’s easier to do XD

Nine: Black Book Covers Or White Book Covers?

As long as they are beautiful who cares?

Ten: Character Driven or Plot Driven Stories?

I love both but I’m going to have to say character.


This was such a fun book tag! I have no idea who has and hasn’t done this tag so I tag EVERYONE!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂