About Me, fun, Lila

Lila Does The “Anything But Books” Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around and I figured, since it’s been a while since I’ve made any posts with fun fun facts about me, I’d jump on this tag! Now, I must warn you…what you are about to read is very, very nerdy. You have been warned! Now let’s get this show on the road!

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

Uh oh, it’s already confession time…My confession is that sadly, I’ve never really liked cartoons, save for Disney movies, which I’m not sure if those count? If they do, then my favorite Disney movies are Mulan and Pocahontas.

2. What is your favorite song right now.

I’ve had “Human Touch” by Betty Who on repeat for the past few weeks and, miraculously, I’m still not sick of it!

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

I could spend ages just singing, making art, learning new skills, and/or socializing!

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Something that everyone (even my irl friends) save for my mom seems surprised by is that I enjoy listening to hip hop and rap, especially from 90s artists like Tupac, Arrested Development, and Digable Planets. I think this surprises people because I’m an opera and jazz/blues singer, so people think I only like classical music. But, no. I like all music, even rap!

5. What is something unnecessarily specific you like to learn about?

Anything science related! I love any and every branch of science and I love learning new science stuff! I can’t help it–I’m a nerd!

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I know how to do the lab parts of a basic paternity test, as well as how to analyze the raw data results of the test. Ya know, swab, centrifuge, gel electrophoresis, analyze gel? We did a live lab on how to do it in my IB Biology class in high school…

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year?

My long term project that I began in about February of this year is my journal. It’s a work in progress, but I’m really proud of how it’s coming along so far.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

Myself? Hah! I kid…sort of. I am working on being a bit more organized and put together.

9. Tell us something you think about often.

I often think about the physics of how the universe began and about uniting quantum mechanics and relativity.

10. Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific.

I love the feeling of singing a really heartfelt song–and, for me, there is a very specific physical feeling when I do this. I’ll sing a really emotionally pure sequence and I feel something in my chest, right above my stomach, pang and leap, like my heart is flying. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but I know for sure the people who are musicians and who consider music more than a hobby can relate to what I’m talking about.

So Those Are All The Quirky Facts About Me That You’re Getting Today! Thanks For Sticking Around! And Tell Me An Oddly Specific Favorite Thing Of Yours In The Comments! SMuch Love And TTYL! 💗

 

About Me, Maggie

Momentarily Maggie │ And So it Began

Hello, I’m Maggie and I, like all of y’all, have tales to tell. I figure what better platform than our blog?! So, welcome to the first installment of a tentative series, in which I tell you various tales! 😀

I decided that I’d like to get a little more personal with all of you wonderful, loyal readers of The Bookkeeper’s Secrets, hence the birth of this little project of mine. I don’t know what all I will write about or where this series will lead me, but I’m excited at the possibilities.

Firstly –

I’m a proud social worker!

Therefore, I’ve decided to write an essay series regarding the situations, families, and individuals I have encountered throughout my ten years in the field. I also seek to educate others about the profession and society’s need for practicing social workers.

A traumatic event completely reshaped my life 13 years ago, taking me on a seemingly endless roller coaster ride of emotions, therapy, many more horrifying losses, psychiatric diagnoses, hopelessness, and ultimately – recovery.

Looking back on this past decade, I have overcome so much more than I ever imagined possible. I’m honestly a stronger person because of what I’ve experienced – I’ve had to be in order to survive.

The trauma I endured led me first into a downward spiral, then shouted in my face that my life’s calling is to help others, especially children and their families. Thus began my new journey of hope – hope that I achieved by inspiring it in others.

Continue reading “Momentarily Maggie │ And So it Began”

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Now presenting: Claire (the other new co-blogger)

Heya, ducklings! It’s Lila! A few weeks back I announced that The Bookkeeper’s Secrets would be adding two new bloggers–Maggie and Claire. I introduced y’all to Maggie and then I’m truly ashamed to say that I blanked on introducing my wonderful, amazing friend and co-blogger, Claire. Please shame me. I deserve it.

Anyhow, today, I’m pleased to introduce y’all to Claire. Claire is a twenty something mechanical engineering student whose loves include reading and wine tasting! And today, Claire has 25 facts about herself to share with y’all. So without further ado, I present to you…DRUMROLL PLEASE!…Claire!

Is it laziness to just repost the 25 introductory facts I originally posted on the old blog Lila and I shared? Probably. But I’m giving myself a pass because it’s finals season.

  1. I was born in the Year of the Dog.
  2. The above fact is extremely relevant to who I am as a person, because I have an endless capacity of love for dogs.
  3. Last fact about myself concerning dogs: seeing a video of a dog doing dumb things is 1000% guaranteed to make me feel better about life, no matter how stressed/tired/upset/angry I am.
  4. I am a Slytherin. I knew this as a child just from reading the books, but Pottermore has confirmed it on two separate occasions.
  5. I am studying mechanical engineering.
  6. I cannot roll my Rs. Not even a little. (Note: this makes it impossible for me to say “dog” in Spanish. (Okay, so I lied about #3 being my last dog fact.))
  7. While my sense of humor tends to be on the dry side, I absolutely LIVE for puns.
  8. I am terrible at making puns.
  9. One skill I would really like to learn is to identify wines by taste and be able to pair them with foods.
  10. I have a three way tie for favorite movie: Finding Nemo, the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Prestige.
  11. My favorite music artist usually changes based on what I’m currently listening to. The vast majority of music I’ve been listening to this year is from the Hamilton soundtrack, so I’d have to say that the Hamilton cast members are my current favorite musical artists.
  12. My friend won lottery tickets to Hamilton and took me with her. I GOT TO SIT FRONT ROW and I will be riding that high for approximately 30 years.
  13. While I absolutely love musical theater, I possess 0 talent for singing. Or dancing. Or acting. But I’m a great audience member!
  14. I can’t sing the high notes in “Happy Birthday” so I always have to change octaves halfway through.
  15. I have extreme wanderlust: I want to travel and see beautiful things and experience different cultures and learn new languages and eat ALL the food.
  16. I can speak French decently and plan on studying abroad so I can become more fluent.
  17. I used to play a LOT of sports. Now I play 0.
  18. I want to be as knowledgeable about a books series as Stephen Colbert is about the Lord of the Rings.
  19. I really like pretty clothes.
  20. I LOVE lipstick. Preferably dark red.
  21. I’m 5’10.
  22. My friend and I once seriously considered trying to ask Tina Fey to prom.
  23. I love cooking and baking, largely because I love eating the things I cook/bake.
  24. I really admire people who can draw well and hope to improve my art skills one day.
  25. Whenever I’m in reading slumps I just read mass amounts of fanfiction.

And thus, the inner mysteries of my psyche have been revealed. Well, not really. But now you’re a little closer to unlocking the secrets of my mind!

Happy reading,
Claire

About Me, Maggie

Meet My New Co-Bloggers | 25 Bookish Facts About Maggie

Heya! It’s Lila! And if you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter or read my post yesterday, you probably know that I now have two new co-bloggers, Maggie and Claire. If you didn’t already know well…now you know. Anyhoo. Today I’m ever so pleased to introduce you to Maggie, the first of my new co-bloggers! Maggie is a southern gal who loves books (because, duh! that’s what we do here!), March Madness, cheese, animals, and sugar! She’s a proud INFP and Sagittarius and an even prouder stay-at-home mother of two! And today, to help us get to know her even better, Maggie’s given us 25 bookish facts about herself! Let’s dive in!

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

I feel such an enormous sense of accomplishment when I finish a big ass book, especially a good classic.

My favorite book of all time is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; I was devastated when I finished it – I never wanted it to end.

Clocking in at 838 pages, Anna Karenina holds court as the longest book I’ve read to date. However, it’s such an amazing tale that it seemed like I read it in no time.

I basically wish I could read every classic ever written, but I’m content to simply own as many huge ones as possible.

I Love Well-Loved Books

When I absolutely adore a book, it emerges from my reading as a different being from the pristine perfection it was prior to my loving it.

I ‘love’ books by dogearing and accidentally tearing pages, bending and possibly breaking spines, and spilling coffee or smudging stuff on pages.

One can tell how much I liked a book by its post-read condition. If I don’t necessarily click with a novel, it gets through my reading unscathed.

What Bookworm Doesn’t Sniff Books?

I have a feeling most of y’all will agree with me on this – I heart the scent of books!

New books, old books, libraries, bookstores, paperbacks, hardcovers…they’re all glorious!

I’ve actually found articles discussing book scents and how they evolve – it’s science!

My TBR Pile is Toppling

I am continuously and compulsively adding to my TBR list. I spot a book with a pretty cover or read an amazing review or see a cool title and I’m sold!

I have SO many books, it’s almost ridiculous to keep marking books as want to read.

I seriously doubt I will make it through my ever growing TBR pile before my life ends!

I Like My Books Naked

I picked up the habit of removing the jackets from hardback books from my dad, who as always said the covers irritate him whilst reading.

Sometimes I discover a charming gem of an actual hardback cover, other times the jacket is more attractive than the book itself. It’s a gamble!

I’m like my dad in that covers tend to get on my nerves and distract my reading.

Have no fear, my fellow bookworms – I definitely save the covers I remove and keep them in a safe place!

Nancy Drew is an Icon

The Nancy Drew series, written by multiple authors under the pen name Carolyn Keene, features some of my most adored books.

I was introduced to the adventures of the girl detective when my mom presented me with the first in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, when I was little.

I read Nancy Drew books to this day – they are awesome light reads to enjoy after tackling a tough read, that’s for sure.

I Let My Library Card Expire

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t stepped a toe in a library in ages. Plus, my library card expired no telling how long ago.

I used to be practically obsessed with roaming the library stacks, but got out of the habit when I started my continued phase of needing to own the books I read.

This is an issue I want to remedy soon, as I’d really like to start checking out books from virtual libraries.

I Would Give My Right Arm for My Own Library

Gosh, I would die if I could have my own gigantic library, preferably containing every tale ever written in the history of the world.

However, I’d settle for enough bookshelves to house all my beloved books.

I love to just admire my book collection and flip through pages at random.

Having them all on display for me and to show off to others would be a dream come true.

I’m Not a Bookmark User

I very rarely utilize the services of a bookmark, although I love and buy them.

As I mentioned above, I’m a dogearer of pages, so it doesn’t usually occur to me to grab an official placeholder.

I really like magnetic bookmarks and even have a scented set that I received in a swap.

A lot of the time I do use bookmarks to keep my place in a calendar or journal.

I Read Like a Tortoise Runs

I am definitely a slow reader compared to many. Every now and then I can blow through a book in a few days or even in a single day, but this is extremely rare.

I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace as long as I can remember; I figure I just like to totally absorb what I’m reading, especially if I’m loving it!

I know that if I’m reading fast and skimming paragraphs that I’m not enjoying a book.

I’m a Member of the Grammar Police Force

Being a stickler for grammar, I can spot misspellings, incorrect punctuation, etc. from a mile away.

I understand that editors can’t always catch every mistake in a book, but I tend to focus on the errors at least until I can turn the page.

It really kills me when finished books have too many glaring mistakes for me to even concentrate or take the writer seriously.

Waiting Rooms are Excellent Reading Spots

A waiting room, primarily in a doctor’s office, is where I can get some serious reading under my belt.

Since I typically wait seemingly forever to be called back, I can pound out a few chapters in a sitting.

I find it easy to tune out the other goings on in the office, much like when I hang out in a library or bookstore.

DNFing Books Makes Me Sad

I despise DNFing books; it kind of hurts my heart to do so.

I’m getting better about putting away books I just can’t get into, but it’s still so hard.

I find that if I’m struggling to read something, it ultimately sits on my currently reading shelf for ages before I decide to give it up.

I just wish Goodreads would implement an official DNF shelf. I honestly think such a feature would make it easier for me to DNF books.

I Love to Learn as I Read

One of my favorite things ever is learning as I read, even if I’m reading fiction.

Great examples are Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books, from which I’ve learned a ton.

I also adore historical fiction and nonfiction. Books about old school royal families are especially intriguing.

I find it fun also to learn about various cultures and definitely mythology, like in Rick Riordan’s books.

I’m Reluctant to Loan Books from My Personal Library

Since I’ve had zero luck having books I’ve loaned returned to me, I only let friends and family ‘borrow’ them if I’m prepared to never see them again!

I’m still devastated about the books I once owned and lost forever to the possession of another. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the book I most lament loaning to a friend, as it is a favorite and my copy was well-loved.

I don’t know if others feel this way, but I’m pretty possessive of my library’s contents!

Usually, if I recommend a book to someone, instead of giving out my copy I buy one for the reader and gift it. I love to write in books and make them as personal as possible for the recipient.

I Have Never Reread a Book

It’s not that I don’t WANT to reread books at some point. My issue is that I have SO many books on my TBR list, that I haven’t found the time to do a reread.

The only tale I have read twice, besides children’s books, naturally, is Beowulf. This was not by choice – I was required to read it in a high school English class and later for a college course.

I really want to do a reread of Anna Karenina at some point and possibly of the Harry Potter series, because, well, HARRY POTTER!

I Thought I Hated Shakespeare

During my freshman year of high school, my class read and acted out Romeo and Juliet, which quite honestly isn’t my favorite of the renowned playwright’s.

However, in my senior AP English class, we read the hell out of Shakespeare and spent at least a month on each play we read writing critical essays and doing literary analyses.

Through this intensive Shakespearean study, I learned to love symbolism and to appreciate the bard’s talent.

My favorite Shakespeare plays are definitely Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks

Audiobooks are awesome, especially if the narrator has an awesome voice.

My only problem with books on tape is that I tend to get sleepy while I listen and inevitably miss out on major plot points during my slumber.

I do enjoy listening to books when I am prepping to go to bed, but I want to start playing them on car rides and at least during the day, when I’m more likely to keep my eyes and ears open.

I’m Trying to Teach Myself to Read Multiple Books at Once

Until very recently, I’ve always been a one book kind of girl.

I’ve always been bad to mix up plots when reading multiple books at a time, mainly if the stories are members of the same genre.

I’m currently reading one book and listening to another, so I’m practicing!

I’m a Pretty Cover Sucker

I’m so bad about judging a book by its cover!

Sometimes when buying a novel solely based on its looks, I’ll get lucky and find a gem of a story. Sadly, this doesn’t always work out.

A book I recently read, Slade House by David Mitchell, features one of the most awesome covers I’ve ever seen, with its bright yellow and a creepy, labyrinth-like cutout.

Although Mitchell’s book turned out to be only a three-star read for me, I’m thrilled to have such a neat looking tome as part of my collection.

I Stayed Up Late Reading as a Child

I was one of those kids who pretended to go to bed then either got up and read in my bedroom floor by the hall light or stayed in bed to read with the aid of a flashlight.

As a child, I was obsessed with reading. I even won the first-place trophy for having the most accelerated reader points every single year in elementary school.

The Cats Series

I can say with confidence that many of my fellow obsessors of books would adore the chance to be writers and publish their own novels. I’m part of this group.

In grade school, my class wrote short books, which we bound with hard paper and even decorated covers for, every year.

Instead of writing a brand spanking new story for each assignment, I created a series based on the amazing adventures of my pets, who inspired my characters.

My tales turned into a sort of extended soap opera and I had such a freaking blast creating them.

Good Books with Crappy Endings Bother Me

Silly endings to otherwise great books honestly piss me off.

A great example is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I loved the book all the way up until the final chapters, when the story took a turn for the stupid.

The ending made me feel like Sebold just got ready to wrap up her story and pulled some supernatural ridiculousness out of her head. So disappointing…

In addition, it kills me when I accurately predict the ending of a book or figure out who the killer is or solve the mystery before the official reveal.

I want to be in shock and awe after encountering an amazing twist in a plot.

Ann M. Martin Replied to My Fan Mail

My cousin, Cam, and I were obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club books when we were growing up.

We had the brilliant idea to sit down and write an enormous letter to our then role model and author of the series, Ann M. Martin.

To our surprise, Martin wrote us back – she signed the letter and everything! We totally assumed she had read our letter in full and wrote us personally, even though nothing in her return letter referenced what we’d written her.

Eventually, and I mean years later, we realized that we received a form letter, which was still awesome!

I still have that letter somewhere and I really think Martin at least really signed it herself!

Movie Adaptation Trailers Can be a Turnoff

For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. That is until I saw the trailer for the movie based on it.

While I love Allison Janney, who seems to play a prominent role in the movie, the teaser makes the plot look goofy.

Now I’m not so sure I want to read The Girl on the Train – I could totally use some advice on whether I should!

 

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday | Wonderfully Lost In Wanderlust!

I’m seriously in love with my home city. I honestly think it’s one of the best place in the world! But that definitely hasn’t curbed my wanderlust! I guess you could say I was born with a wanderlust-ful heart. Since I can remember, from the time I knew there was a whole world out there, I’ve always wanted to explore it. Even having chronic fatigue hasn’t stopped me from having the goal of traveling all around the world some day (and I will, regardless of my illness!). I’ve always wanted to visit every single country in the world, but here are some of the top destinations I’d like to see!

Lebanon

Lebanon is #1 on my list for a special reason: half of my family is from Lebanon! My ancestors hailed from right outside of Beirut, a city which my great grandfather fondly called “the jewel of The Middle East” and “the Paris of The Middle East!” Yet despite the fact that I am half Lebanese and partially fluent in in not one, not two, but three Arabic dialects, I’ve never been to Lebanon. One day though, one day…

India

India is my #2 desired destination! I really, really, really would love to visit India and for a few reasons. Number one is that India seems a very soulful, spiritual place where you can just really find rest and peace. Number two is kind of related number one and it is that I’m Catholic and Mother Teresa is my patron saint and I want to visit the place of her burial. Number three is that India just seems like an explosion of color and for an artsy girl like me, that’s the dream!

Spain

Spain has always been on my “To Visit” list, particularly the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is another one of those places that seem to scream with color and art! Of course, there’s other places in Spain I want to see too, like the crystal palace and Cordoba, among others!

Peru

So by now you can probably tell I’m a glutton for color and street markets. Another place on my “To Visit” list that has both is Peru. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Picchu and see the Nazca Lines in Peru. My desire to visit the country was strengthened by the fact the my godmother is Peruvian and grew up in Peru. Her stories of her home country made me want to visit it even more!

Thailand

I’ve heard from so many people how beautiful and stunning Thailand is. It certainly looks like it from the pictures–I can only imagine what it must look like in real life! From beautiful ocean sunset setting the water ablaze to lush jungles and awe inspiring, intricate palaces, Thailand seems like an incredible destination for sure!

Venice, Italy

I’ve always been a musician and since I was five years old and learned to recognize composers’ works by ear, Vivaldi has always been my favorite! When I learned he had lived in an Italian city called Venice, I made it my mission to visit. Later I learned of Venice’s beauty, of how it stood on stilts and had streets made of water, of how it exploded with vibrancy each year at Carnival and I wanted to go even more. I haven’t gone yet, but just you wait!

Prague, Czech Republic

Ever since reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke And Bone trilogy, Prague has not only been put on my radar, but it’s also climbed to the top of my destination wishlist! I know many of the places Taylor mentions aren’t real but I an’t help wanting to get even the slightest taste of where Karou lived! Plus, since reading Daughter of Smoke And Bone, I’ve read another book that took place in Prague which taught me a bit about Prague’s magical and mysterious history and now I’m just dying to visit the city!

About Me, fun, music

Wordless Wednesday | Songs Of My Life: Fighting & Triumphing

Heya, ducklings! Great news! I found an awesome new meme to participate in! It’s called “Wordless Wednesday” and it’s run by Grace at Kimmie.GG! For Wordless Wednesdays, the rules are as follows: Each week, Grace will give you a topic to write a post about and all you have to do is link back to her. From what I gather the post can be any format or style consisting of anything–photos, typical post entries, playlists, artwork, etc–or a mix thereof. It sounds super fun and I love the topic! This week’s topic is “Songs Of My Life.” I decided to focus “Songs Of My Life” around the sub-topic of “Fighting & Triumphing,” which is something that I feel really defines my life as a whole. I’ve gone through a lot of rough things, but I’ve always come out the other side stronger. These songs are songs that I listened to during rough patches which kept me going or songs about being a fighter and/or not giving up that I could relate to! So without any further ado…

Take A Listen!

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Infinity of Dreams Award

Thank you so, so much to the lovely and super sweet Eve at Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors and the wonderfully incredible Beth at Betwixt-These-Pages for nominating me for the Infinity of Dreams Award! I’m so touched! They are wonderful bloggers and great human beings and you should check their blogs out for sure! So here we go…

The Rules:

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m obsessed with hedgehogs!
  2. I’m a classically trained singer!
  3. I’m partially fluent in Arabic (speaking, reading, and writing)!
  4. I’m a dancing queen (in my mind)!
  5. I’m a physics major in college!
  6. I go to the same school that George R.R. Martin, Veronica Roth, and Stephen Colbert attended!
  7. If I could get any bookish tattoo it would be one that said “Rattle the stars” from Throne of Glass!
  8. I have over 400 books on my official TBR!
  9. Taylor Swift is my go to happy music!
  10. I love all sweets that involve chocolate and mint!
  11. I love audiobooks!

Questions from Eve:

  1. If you had two weeks and unlimited funds, what would be your dream vacation? India! So colorful!
  2. What was one of your favorite books as a child? Princess Prunell and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood was one of my all time favorite books as a kid. I had my mom read it t me over and over again!
  3. What was one of your favorite recent reads? Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (surprise, surprise!)
  4. What is your dream/life’s ambition? I really want to become a physicist and/or a singer!
  5. What three things would indicate you’ve achieved your dream? Graduating college, getting a job, being happy 🙂
  6. What is your favorite board/card/casino game? Card Against Humanity speaks to me on a deeper level, haha.
  7. Would you prefer camping in nature or staying at fine hotel in the city? Camping! I used to love camping as a kid!
  8. If you could write like any author, who would it be and why? Laini Taylor because I love her writing style (it’s gorgeous) and her stories are so fantastical!
  9. If you could visit any historical time period, which would you choose and why? The 1920s because there’s something so alluring about forbidden fun!
  10. Romance or adventure? Ooooo! Adventure, most definitely!
  11. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip!

11 Things I Want To Know About You:

  1. If you could have afternoon tea in a hot air balloon with any three authors of your choice, who would you choose?
  2. What’s your favorite Disney song?
  3. Which character from Charlie Brown do you most identify with?
  4. If you could see the world through anyone’s eyes for a day, who would you choose and why?
  5. Where/What is your “happy place”?
  6. What is your patronus?
  7. It’s Wacky Tacky Day! What are you wearing?
  8. What was the last thing that made you laugh (the happy kind of laugh, not the cynical kind)?
  9. If you were stranded on a deserted island, which fictional book character would you want with you?
  10. Roses are red, violets are blue, finish this sentence…
  11. Fill in the blank: yellow is to the sun as ________ is to happiness…

11 Bloggers I Nominate:

  1. Nori @ ReadWriteLove28
  2. Kate @ KateReadsLit
  3. Cat @ Let The Pages Reign
  4. Zoe @ A Daily Life Blog
  5. Liran @ Empress of Books
  6. Kristen @ Blissful Bookworm
  7. Claire @ Blankslaters
  8. Alex @ Fiery Reads
  9. AbbieLu @cafebookbean
  10. Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm
  11. Kim @ By Hook Or By Book