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What did I miss? {8/12 – 8/19}

Aug
19

2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

[review] The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa — I wasn’t sold on this at first, but OMG did it end up being wonderful!

Bout of Books mini challenge — It’s time to relocate those characters!

Whip it Up Mondays — Quick prep tips for handling onions and garlic.

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As you’ve probably already noticed, I didn’t post much this week. I blame both my laziness and the lack of action in the blogosphere. Seriously. WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

Meanwhile, in my world, I’m trying to enjoy my last few days home and pretending I don’t have to go back to school next week.

…School? What? What is that?

(See?)

*knock, knock* Anyone there?

No links this week. Sorry!

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What did I miss? {8/5 – 8/12}

Aug
12

6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Midway Musings {1} — A new feature to highlight my thoughts midway through my current reads.

How to prep for a read-a-thon — I think this title speaks for itself.

A writing dilemma — How I feel about writing.

Whip it Up Mondays — homemade veggie burgers.

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I feel like the blogosphere got sucked into a vacuum without me knowing. Seriously. Where is everybody?

This week was horrible, as far as blogging goes. Barely read any posts, barely commented, barely tweeted, barely ANYTHING-ed. Likewise, there was barely any traffic coming through. I felt like I was a newbie blogger again, trying to get people to come check out my site. It was a bit….discouraging. It still is. These sorts of weeks are the toughest to get through.

In other news, I’m pretending school doesn’t exist and summer vacation doesn’t end.

Get your objectivity out of my reviews — Amanda discusses the differences between objectivity and subjectivity in reviewing.

What makes a good comment? — Anne talks about how commenting isn’t always easy.

Travel Tales — Elena lists the five places she’d like to visit in the world of Harry Potter.

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What did I miss? {7/29 – 8/5}

Aug
05

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

How do you read…classics? — A new mini feature in which I ask you how you read various types and genres of literature. This week it was all about tackling the classics.

[review] Beauty Queens  by Libba Bray — Satire meets pageant girls meets tropical island.

[review] City of Bones  by Cassandra Clare — FULL of surprises!

Whip it Up Mondays — Doughnuts made easy!

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 I really shouldn’t be typing this right now, having just spent seven hours in a car — and about two of those hours in horrendous traffic — but oh well! It was worth it. I finally managed to squeeze in a mini vacation.

Unfortunately there was no time for reading, and I didn’t get in much before leaving. So my slacking streak is at an all-time high. I’m promising myself I’ll read tomorrow while I’m taking it easy and NOT spending any time in the car. Unsure whether I’ll continue with the Mortal Instruments series right now, or start my first Book Sessions book, Second Chance Summer.

Also, if you didn’t know already: it’s August. This is very, very disappointing for me, because that means school is starting again soon. How is it that I always feel like I never really get a summer vacation?

Bout of Books 5.0 — The official BoB sign-up and schedule were posted! I’m super excited to be hosting one of the challenges!

WP Plugins — New to WP? Not utilizing your plugins effectively? Amanda’s got a nifty list of her favorites for you.

[Not much else seemed to be happening in my Reader this week. Did I miss something? Please feel free to leave links in comments!]

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What did I miss? {7/22 – 7/29}

Jul
29

6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Blogging for yourself: a response — Amanda @ On a Book Bender posed a really great question about what it means to blog for yourself. This was my response to her question.

Deanna reviews… Future of Us by Jay Asher — Introducing a new co-reviewer!

TGR’s 2nd blog birthday! — That’s right. I’ve been running The Grammarian’s Reviews for two years now. Where did the time go?

[review] Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole  — A cute, breezy vacation read.

Whip it Up Mondays — Let’s ogle some whoopie pies. Yummm.

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Well guys, I’ve been slacking. I haven’t picked up a book in over three days. I always do this to myself — book burnout. Last week I plowed through a handful of books and felt like I was on a good, productive track. This week? Not so much. But that’s okay! I have time to get back into the swing of things. Plus, Bout of Books is fast approaching, and that will definitely get me in the mood to read.

In other books news, everyone but me has read The Evolution of Mara Dyer. This makes me sad.

The highlight of my week was the start of the Olympics. (It was killing me that I had to wait until Friday for it!) Since it’s started, it’s been taking up most of my time. I’m a sucker for the gymnastic and swimming bits. If you’ve been missing out on any of it at all, check my Twitter feed. I’ve been live-tweeting about a ton of the events with Mandi!

Blogging for you — Amanda hosted a thoughtful discussion about what it means to blog for you.

Team _____! – Nafiza discusses the breakdown of literary romances.

Looking for a good read? — Liz has a long list of awesome Contemp reads to try (picked by bloggers!).

50 Shades of Grey — WORD for Teens discussed in length the issues with the popular erotica book.

Let’s Talk — Melissa discusses book to film versus book to TV adaptations.

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What did I miss? {7/15 – 7/22}

Jul
22

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Cover talk: The Casual Vacancy — I discuss what I like/dislike about the cover of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming release.

[review] Black Heart by Holly Black — An amazing end to an extremely gripping series. I’m sad to see it end!

Charging for reviews? — I discuss what I think is the unreasonable act of bloggers charging authors for reviews.

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole — A release note, part of the Kismet blog tour.

Whip it Up Mondays — Truffles! (No, not the chocolate kind.)

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Where do I begin? This week sucked, to be honest. A lot of work drama really had me wanting  to spend time by myself. And spending time by myself resulted in extra reading time! I plowed through Black Heart, the last installment in the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. And then I spent time wishing it hadn’t ended. The Curse Workers series is the first series in a while that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It’s hard to find a series in which you enjoy each and every book – especially when it’s a genre you don’t typically read.

Because I enjoyed them so much, I decided to take a chance and go for another popular series that’s not typically a genre I read: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently finishing up City of Bones and OMG IT IS AMAZING AND WHY DIDN’T ANY OF YOU MAKE ME READ THIS SOONER?!

Oh, and there’s still nothing planned regarding my two-year blog birthday this week. Yep. I’m slacking.

Road Trip Playlist — Liz shares some perfect road trip songs, in honor of YA road trips.

Blogger ethics — Nafiza addresses some of the issues making their rounds through the blogosphere.

Ash teaser! — I think a lot of us were upset that Ash didn’t win in his round of the YA Crush Tourney, but Kagawa treated us all to a cute little teaser anyway!

Social media — Kat discusses the pros and cons of social media and the appropriate etiquette.

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What did I miss? {7/8 – 7/15}

Jul
15

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Commenting: it’s important — Why I think leaving and replying to comments is a vital part of blogging.

How to overcome a reading slump — Not enjoying reading as much as you were? Here are 20 steps to help get you back on track.

[review] Red Glove by Holly Black — An awesome, surprising sequel to White Cat.

Contemporary Summer Event — My guest post over at Planet Print, in which I share new and old contemp favorites.

Whip it Up Mondays — Blueberry streusel muffins. (I took a break from making cupcakes!)

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What an eventful week! My internship ended a week early, so I was able to come home. And that means I can cook all I want and drink all the coffee I want. But what I’m most looking forward to is sleeping in. I’m excited to have more reading time, too. ‘Cause let’s be honest: sometimes after a day of work I didn’t feel like reading. This past week was proof of that. I spent a lot of time holing up in my room and doing absolutely nothing.

And because I did absolutely nothing, I still haven’t planned anything for my upcoming blog birthday. I’m going to have to make it my mission to plan something this week.

Say hi to me! — I stopped by Creativity’s Corner for a brief interview in celebration of Anne’s blog birthday!

Like a film — Novel Sounds introduced this awesome new feature in which they pair books to movies. First up? Anna and the French Kiss!

Favorite covers — Liz shared her favorite contemporary YA covers.

Donate your books — If you have any spare books, Cialina can help you send them off to a good cause: the Reading Club.

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What did I miss? {7/1 – 7/8}

Jul
08

8 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

My reading comfort zone — Sometimes expanding your reading tastes can backfire.

Book sessions: a reminder — Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to join the first session! Come read and chat without worrying about reviewing!

Authors: the Twitter experience — Authors aren’t always what we hoped they’d be.

Book jewelry — I found the cutest little book charms on etsy and had to share them!

Whip it Up Mondays — The many uses of Greek Yogurt.

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I got to work from home this week, and aside from some work hiccups, it was really nice getting to sleep in a little later and being surrounded by family and hanging with friends. Also, internship is almost over! Coming into the home stretch right now. Couldn’t be more excited at the thought of getting to finally settle at home for a month. Commuting almost two hours is such a pain. (Yet, the work and experience is well worth it.)

Far as reading goes this week, I finished the last of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and am about to begin Red Glove by Holly Black. I also bought Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. So, basically,  I’ve very excited about my upcoming reads!

…Oh! And my blog birthday is less than three weeks away and I’ve got nothing planned! Time really did fly away from me. TGR will be two. TWO! My little site is almost a toddler! …Anyway, have any ideas for a birthday bonanza?

Review Requests — Amanda discusses what should be proper etiquette used for sending review requests to bloggers.

Need a good contemp? — Then check out Liz’s Top 10 favorite YA contemps!

Tea, anyone? — Guiltless Reading found the cutest Alice in Wonderland teas, cookies and cupcakes.

Revisiting the 90s — Tara has a great nostalgic post about 90s teen mags, like YM and Teen Beat. (Man, I miss the 90s.)

Pocket Princesses — Because they’re cute.

Having it All — Author Jennifer Hubbard talks feminism.

Tiger Lily, a review — Nafiza’s powerful review only fueled my need for this book even more.

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What did I miss? {6/24 – 7/1}

Jul
01

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa — Bet you thought we’d never hear about Ash again. Well, we will!

[review] The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg — A very surprising read.

Introducing: The Book Sessions — Ever want to read books and chat about them without having to review them? Then The Book Sessions is for you!

The importance of titles — Because titles need love, too.

Whip it Up Mondays — Sushi and sashimi.

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This definitely wasn’t my best week. Way too much stress in my life right now. Still, I’ve persisted reading and keeping up with posting. Problem is I’m running out of reading options again. Read any good books lately? I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Highlight of the week, by far, was the introduction of The Book Sessions, a project Anne and I have been planning for weeks. I’m really excited at the thought of coming together with other readers without the pressures created by blogging and reviewing.

Also, I’m still not any closer to having/setting aside a special “vacation” day. So I’m feeling a little bummed right now. But I’ll keep my head up and hope for the best. Hope all of you had a better week!

The power of language — Amanda shows how seemingly harmless messages can be taken negatively online.

Tell me a story — Author Jennifer Hubbard discusses the want and need to change stories.

Reading reasoning — Kaye started a good discussion about what, exactly, grabs our attention when we see book covers.

Books…and ice cream? — Yes. Books and ice cream. The girls at Novel Sounds created an awesome post pairing books with matching ice cream flavors.

*I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are taking summer hiatuses, or are too preoccupied/busy to post otherwise. Because of this, this week felt particularly slow to me, as far as posts around the blogosphere go.

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What did I miss? {6/17 – 6/24}

Jun
24

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Pros/Cons of teens in YA lit — I can’t always take their whining, but this is how they win me over.

[review] Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard — If you enjoyed 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, this is right up your alley.

Blog bullying? — My thoughts on Twitter negativity.

Grammar Bit #15 — “Peek,” “peak,” and “pique” all have different meanings. Have you been using them correctly?

Whip it Up Mondays — Two words for you: Twinkie cupcakes.

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I didn’t read this week as much as I would’ve liked. Any time I settled down to read, I was restless and disinterested. It didn’t help that  having to wake up early and walk to work every day in a relentless heatwave made me wiped by the time the afternoon rolled around. But I managed to get in Try Not to Breathe, which I’d bought a little while ago. I also devoted a few nights to prepping an upcoming project that I’m very excited about!

Then, in the midst of the work week, it hit me like a ton of bricks: it’s almost July. JULY, people! My summer is half over! I’m a little bummed that I haven’t done anything special and that I don’t know anyone at my internships this year. (I think they think I’m a hermit.) So I’m hereby vowing to set aside at least one day for something special – perhaps a day at the beach, or NYC. I’m aiming to feel like I’ve gotten away and been on vacation, without really having gone on vacation. Think it’s doable?

How important are covers? — Amanda talks about being in denial about valuing book covers.

Audiobooks: love ‘em or hate ‘em — Anne discusses her issues with audiobooks.

Sex? …Or violence? .. Or BOTH? — The gals at We Heart YA tackled the ever-present concerns of accepting sex and/or violence in YA novels. How much is too much? Is one more acceptable than the other? It’s a hot debate, complete with polls!

Peanut butter & honey cookies — Cecilia shared this recipe for the EASIEST COOKIES EVER.

College blogger? Not a problem — Nicole typed up a spiffy How To post to help college bloggers get a grip on reality and blogging.

Julep nail polish — I didn’t know it existed. But it was love at first sight when I saw the bright, summery color in Megan’s post. (note: I love painting my nails.)

Is THAT what he looks like? — YA author Lauren Bjorkman talks about how male love-interests in YA novels tend to be all-out beautiful.

Show your love for YA Contemps! — Liz is co-hosting a Contemporary Summer event – and, as you all know, contemps are my favorite reads.

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What did I miss? {6/10 – 6/17}

Jun
17

6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

[review] Every Day by David Levithan — You probably already love Mr. Levithan. Well, this will only make you love him more.

Let’s talk ARCs — My thoughts on ARCs and their popularity.

[review] Grace by R Rodriguez — My first one-star review. (I think.)

Top 10 Beach Reads — My personal top 10 fun, guilty pleasure beach reads.

Whip it Up Mondays — How to make your own popcorn at home without all those icky preservatives and fake butter.

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This was a bit of a spontaneous reading week for me. I never intended to read Grace or Every Day, but they showed up in my inbox and I just couldn’t resist. I never packed all of my TBR books to take with me to my internship, so right now e-books are actually the most convenient and easily accessible.

As some have noticed, I took down my Follow Friday meme post. I’ve decided to take an indefinite break from Follow Friday and TGIF (or any other weekend memes that may appear). To be honest, while they increased traffic to the site, they never really left me with very many new followers, if any. Most times it’s just been people coming by, leaving spam-like comments that they leave on every other person’s FF/TGIF post, without a care in the world about what I do. I realized that, while the memes were supposed to be leaving me happy about connecting with the community, they were actually upsetting me; they became “filler” posts. But like I said last week, I’m trying to make The Grammarian’s Reviews more content focused. And to do this, I think it’s best to stay clear of these for a while.

Feeling pressured from book hype? — Kelly addresses the pros and cons of book hypes, and how your expectations can either be met or left hanging.

Cialina reviewed Flirting in Italian — I’d been very much looking forward to reading this one. It sounded perfect for summer. But then I found out it was a total dud. Bummer.

BEA Recap — Mandi over at Never Too Fond of Books recaps her week at BEA. But what separates her recap from the rest is the priceless doormat picture.

Book Trailers, yea or nay? — Anne at Creativity’s Corner discusses the inner workings of book trailers and how they are used to attract readers.

Can you judge the quality of your own work? — Jennifer Hubbard, an author I immediately fell in love with, briefly questions the act of judging your own writing.

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