New Feature: 67 Questions with @b00kstorebabe

She’s one of Twitter and Tumblr’s most popular book bloggers, and she happens to be a very close friend of mine!

Check out the video of Team Midsummer interviewing Shauna while she finishes up her work day.

Things you’ll learn:

  1. Apparently Shauna can beast anyone in Scrabble (can you teach me? I’ve never understood the strategy of the double word scores, etc!)
  2. Roshani Chokshi’s fictional creations are some of Shauna’s favorites
  3. It’s possible to forget that you have a tattoo until you are explaining them (and also forget one completely)

For more, watch the interview with one of my favorite people:


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is

Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For (bookish)

1. Netgalley
Thank you for always being a great place to easily request novels, and for being so easy for me to deal with! 

2. Publicists
Thank you all for being so friendly and helpful during our constant pursuit to bring reviews to potential readers and to connect authors to them as well. 

3. Readers
Thank YOU for being the heartbeat behind the world that is book blogging.  Without you wanting recommendations for good books and authors, we would be nothing! 

4. Authors
Thank you for providing us with books we love, dislike, throw across a room, and sleep with under our pillows. Every read is important regardless of review outcome.

5. Kindle
I just really love my kindle for making it easier and cheaper for me to buy certain books since my library has almost run out of space!

6. Twitter
Such a great way to connect with readers, authors, publishing houses, and publicists!

7. Fellow Bloggers
I met a lot of you at Book Expo America this past year, and am fortunate to be attending this year with some I met.  You make the business of blogging so much fun and informative.

8. Goodreads
I just really love going through your lists of upcoming releases so I can know which books I definitely want to track down, and which ones I can add to my evergrowing Waiting on Wednesday posts! 

9. Missy
My co-blogger, who has been a great help this past year since she started helping me.  She was responsible for keeping the blog up when I had elbow surgery and was unable to type for a few weeks. 

10. Publishing Houses
Thank you for giving us the gift of books constantly throughout each year.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without being able to pick up a novel and escape for a while. 

What bookish things are you thankful for this year? 

BEA Recap

This year was my first experience at BEA and I can honestly tell you that I’m super excited to attend every year from now on.  I couldn’t possibly recap EVERYTHING that happened when I was there, but here is a list of ten things that I really enjoyed 🙂 Did I meet you at BEA? Be sure to leave me a comment with your blog link and an email and we can keep in touch! 

1. Bloggers Conference
I learned a lot of really cool things on Wednesday at the Bloggers Conference, and I plan on incorporating some new ideas soon! 

2. Children’s Author Breakfast 
I got to be in the same room as these four amazing people!  Plus, who knew that Rick Riordan was so hysterical? Hoes of Hades? I’d read it.

3. Grumpy Cat
She is just adorable. Sad they wouldn’t let us pet her, but totally understandable. She was just so grumpy to be there. 

4. YA Book Buzz
Rainbow Rowell, Sara Farizan, Cristin Terrell, Anna Jarzab, and Amy Rose Capetta got me all excited about their books.  I managed to get ahold of an ARC of each, thank goodness!  You do NOT want to miss these books…

5. Julie Kagawa
I saw her after the first day of the expo on Thursday when she was trying to get a drink.  I kind of yelled bc I wanted a picture with her 🙂 

6. James Dashner is a “Southern Girl”
Mr. Dashner just happened to notice that I’m from NC when he was signing my copy of The Eye of Minds, and said “Oh, you are from the south!” So of course I said, “Yep, I’m a southern girl.” Mr. Dashner then said, “Me too! I’m from Georgia!” hehehe. Then he tried to take it back, but now I know….James Dashner is a southern girl.

7. Diana Peterfreund
Not only was I able to meet the lovely Diana on Thursday for her signing of Across a Star Swept Sea, but I caught her waiting in line for a signing at Random House and managed to get a picture!

8. Veronica Roth
Veronica is a sweetheart.  While I’m SUPER jealous that she is two years younger than myself and already super successful, she is so down to Earth.  She even signed an extra poster for my best friend who is moving to Chicago, all while telling me that I better visit Chicago because its the best city in the country. 

9. Meeting all my fellow bloggers!
I can’t even begin to list all of the amazing bloggers that I met and hung out with at BEA.  Thank you for being part of the greatest online community and keeping me company in line! Can’t wait to see you all next year. 

10. Authors telling me they read this blog! 
This was arguably my favorite part of the whole experience.  I had not realized how many authors follow my blog and check it out.  Thank you so much for your support! 

Will I go to BEA again? Yes.
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