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Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count:  267 pages, Paperback
Date Published: May 7th 2013
Find it on Goodreads: The Summer I Became a Nerd
Source: Purchased

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

The Summer I Became a Nerd was a super cute summer-y read that I enjoyed quite a bit, however it was also pretty predictable, yet I kind of expected that. I love reading books with a ton of pop-culture references and I especially love books that have super 'nerd-y' characters, as that is a word I proudly associate myself with. It's just fun to read about people who have similar interests as you! Maddie made me kind of sad, honestly, in that she couldn't be proud of her nerd-self and I just wanted to jostle her and be like "dude! Nerdiness is something to be proud of! It's way more fun than being a vapid, uninteresting zombie!" But I also kind of get it... It's hard to really be yourself when all of your interests might be something that others look down upon. I have to try and keep my fangirling about shows and books to a minimum around my friends usually, because a lot of them just don't get it and are definitely not interested when I start talking about Star Trek or the latest Supernatural episode. So while I was sad for Maddie that she had to hide who she truly was, I also got it. Being a 'nerd' is amazing and something I'm so proud of, but it's also sometimes difficult to be yourself in front of your friends who aren't interested in all of that or find it weird.

I was super jealous of Logan's and Maddie's super awesome nerdy adventures. I desperately want to LARP one day, but I haven't been able to find a group where I live and I don't really know many people who would be interested in doing it on our own. And seriously, working in a comic book shop surrounded by them all day? Awwwesome. Logan was super cute as well and I loved his gig at the radio station. All around, this was a pretty enjoyable novel, yet I wouldn't say I LOVED it enough to reread it. It was very predictable and there wasn't much depth to it, which I think there could have been room for, as Maddie discovered herself and who she wanted to be. But it was a fun book and a good beach read that I'd recommend it you're looking for something light!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Favourite TV Shows. I've been actually thinking of posting a bit more about my favourite movie/tv shows... so this is a great place to start! I'm not gonna lie guys, I'm one of those people that finds a TV show and just completely binge watches it until I've completely caught up. I don't really know if I have an absolute favourite TV show, although Supernatural is high up there, but I do have a lot of shows that I'm attached to and love the characters a lot, so here they are! 




Now, I wouldn't necessarily call all of these 'favourites' but they all are ones that I get super attached to when they're on or while I was watching them on Netflix! Although I will say that Doctor Who was a favourite when it was Eccleston/Tennant/a bit of Smith while Amy and Rory were there. I'm still trying to get used to Clara, honestly. But Supernatural and Sherlock are probably my two most addictive shows I watch, ones I get so hooked on. The Fosters and Parenthood are my feel good shows and Downton Abbey and Reign both feed my love for history! 

What TV shows do you watch? Do we have any favourites in common? Let me know!

Happy reading/watching!

Friday, 11 July 2014

I Want to Start a Book Club

While blogging gives me a great outlet for talking about books and discussing favourite characters, frustrating plot lines, and dreamy literary crushes, there's nothing like discussing all of these things in person. But here's my problem: most of my friends don't read as much as I do/the same things that I do/as enthusiastically as I do. Sure, some of them do, but I find it's hard to discuss with them about these books because there's always other people around! And there are a couple of friends that I'm able to talk about books with, but they live at least an hour away. So, I've been thinking of starting a book club, or maybe just trying to find one to join. I'm dying to talk about books in a group setting, over coffee, and making new friends along the way. But, I've never really done anything like that, so I was wondering... do you have any tips? Have any of you started a book club or are part of one? How would you recommend getting started, or is this just a futile little task that won't go anywhere? Since I'm a teen, should I just have teens in the book club? Or people of all ages? I need help! And since y'all are the bookish community that I love, I figure you're the best to ask. So... any ideas? OR any book bloggers/blog readers out there in BC who would be interested in maybe starting one, kind of like they have in Edmonton!? *crosses fingers*

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A New-Found Freedom

On Friday July 4th, the day Americans call 'Independence Day' and celebrate their freedom, I, a 17 year old Canadian, celebrated my own independence in a different way.... I went out and bought a frozen lemonade from Tim Hortons. But... Do you want to know how I got there???


This is me, right after passing my 'N' test, which is BC's way of saying, "you can drive on your own, but remember, you're still little" which I totally understand because well.. driving is scary. But also awesome. (oh, btw, look at that awesome parking job. My examiner thought I was over the line, but I knew I made it in ;) )

Anywho, with this new freedom comes a lot of responsibility, I know, but it also means some fun too. I'm so excited about the fact that I can drive and that I can drive to allllll of my favourite bookstores. 

BUT this also means I can drive myself to a job, so I've officially applied to a bunch of different places and am hoping to get a call from at least one of them! If not, I'll keep trying I suppose, but I'm going to need a job soon if I want to even think about all of the expenses coming up with my grad year.

So, anyways, that's kind of it! Nothing special, I just wanted to share some of my exciting news! I'm hoping to get caught up on some posts this week and I'm hoping to get a schedule down soon, but I always say that, so don't bet on it haha.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Blogging Confessions... Alright, let's get personal.

1. I put reviews off for a long time, because I feel like I totally suck at them and freak out about what to write. I'll finish a book, be like OMG I NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, but then psych myself out and think that my thoughts are inadequate, so I put off writing about whichever book I just finished. Then I panic later, write a half-assed-due-to-forgetting-most-of-my-thoughts review and am totally disappointed in myself. 

2. I have so many ideas for different features on the blog, but am terrified that no one will read them, even though  I know that doesn't really matter. It's what I want to talk about, but I then panic, thinking oh god, no one's gonna take me seriously.

3. To tie both of the above things into one confession: I totally feel inadequate as a blogger. I've been doing this for over two years now, but I don't feel like I'm part of the community yet, because I don't really have any close blogging friends that I talk to all the time, I don't have any publisher contacts, and I am just so shy, I don't know how to interact with other bloggers online, especially on twitter, without feeling like I'm making a fool out of myself. 

4. I feel a lot of pressure from my family and friends to keep blogging. So many of them know about the blog and I'm so proud of it, but I feel like I can't really take an official break without them all breathing down my neck asking "why?! why!? WHY!?!?!?"

5. I'm scared to let that GFC counter go..... without it, I have no idea how to tell said family/friends how many followers I had/have-ish. I know that it's totally not accurate, but it sounds a lot better when I say, oh I have 900-whatever GFC subs, than: oh, I have no idea. I don't really keep track of my follower count, as I prefer the idea that it's more just a few friends reading my blog, no matter if I've never met them before, but the people in real life always want to know the numerical value of the blog, which totally makes me nervous, because I have no idea, and try not to focus on it. So I keep that little GFC widget up, just in case they need to know or something. 

6. I'm terrified of moving to a self-hosted site. Or something non-Blogger. I just feel so safe in this little white and orange system, it's hard for me to think of anything else. 

7.  I'm terrible at replying to review requests. I get so overwhelmed by all of them piling up in my email, even when I have the little 'review requests are closed atm' thing up, so I just leave them unread, saying I'll get to them eventually, but NOPE.

8. I have so many blogging role models, especially Jamie, but I have no idea how to contact them and say 'hey, your blog is totally awesome and means a lot to me' without sounding super odd. I guess this post is basically me telling you that I'm super awkward and insecure and scared of a lot of things in this community. 

9. I've never sent a review request to a publisher before, like in a legitimate email. It's definitely one of my biggest fears in general. (Can you say fear of rejection? Cause I can. Guys, I have a terrible fear of rejection and I need to get over it, but I don't know how.)

10. I think a lot about just leaving the blogosphere. When school gets overwhelming, or I'm stressed about my personal life, or I just don't feel like blogging, I think so much about how it would be just so much easier to just shut down the blog, shut down the twitter and facebook and bloglovin, etc. and just unplug from everything. But, even though I'm so scared of so many things in this community, I love it still and I want to be a part of it so badly, that I'd feel so terrible if I just gave up. And that's kind of my motto: never give up... so I'm not going to. 

*phew* wow that was a lot to get off my chest. I did not think I was going to be able to confess all of those, but I guess if I'm gonna be getting out of my comfort zone, I should start with this, right? Even though I'm obviously nervous about a ton, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who read my blog, comment (and I'm so sorry for the lack of comments back..), and just plain support me on this bookish journey. It's been a long road, and it'll be a long road ahead, but it's worth it. It has to be. 

Alrighty, did you get all confessional today? Leave me a link to your TTT this week or just comment below some of your bookish/blogging confessions!

Happy reading!
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