Do You Keep Your Blogging and Real Life Separate?

Now at the beginning of college, I was somewhat shy about my nerdy ways. My friends knew I loved to read and watched Game of Thrones but that was pretty much the extent. Now as I came to know my true friends, who I have lived with all four years now, they began to see more of the extent of my neediness.

They’ve seen me scream at the TV during a GoT episode, and live tweet the entire thing. They see that 75% of my pins go to my “Such a Nerd” board on pinterest, they see the ever growing collection of books in my room and they watched me fangirl about meeting my favorite author. Yet at the same time they all groan and roll their eyes when I mention I’m being a book character for halloween.

So I never told them I had a book blog or bookstagram account. And it’s not that I was purposefully hiding it from them. I just didn’t really see it something that would interest them, but at the same time was always a little nervous about their response.

Which leads me to my question: do most people keep their blogging and real lives separate? 

Recently they found my bookstagram account, which was fine. I’m not ashamed of it, but it was still weird. They know who I am, and yet I almost feel like they’ve never seen the full extent of this side of me that blogs and full on fangirls about books.  And letting them see that new piece is a little nerve wracking to say the least. While these girls are some of my best friends, this is not an interest we all have in common, whereas me, Jess (starswholisten) and Emily (emiesnook) all became friends bonding over being fangirls and loving the same books so it was easy to let them into this piece of me.

Needless to say, them discovering my bookstagram led to them finding my blog and I guess the nervous side of me is just wondering, do people share the blogging side of them with most of the people in their real day to day life?

Thanks for Reading

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100 Followers! Thanks Everyone

Wow thanks everyone! 100 followers I can’t believe it! I really wasn’t expecting anyone to read my posts or follow me when I started so this is awesome! It really makes me feel like a part of the blogging community!!!!
Thanks for Reading (and following!)

The Handwriting Tag

Thank you Ann @ AnntheBookMaster for tagging me to do this. This is interesting and unlike any Tag I’ve ever done before.  The questions come from Amber @Wild Hearts Review  and Dalila @Life Blogging, Life Loving.

The Questions:

  1. What is your name?
  2. What is the URL to your blog
  3. Write the following: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”
  4. Your Favorite Song Lyric(s)
  5. What is your Favorite Word and Definition
  6. Share a Fun Fact about yourself
  7. Write/Draw your Favorite Emoji
  8. Write a Silly Message
  9. Who do you tag?


So I don’t hate or love my handwriting. Sometimes it’s really neat (my notes for microbiology are beautiful) and sometimes it’s gross. I write with my page sideways and do not hold a pencil write but that’s just me. If you notice I also do not like capital letters. I always write my own name with a lowercase “m” and “g” (which is why my signature at the bottom is not capitalized. Now you know!).  I am also THE WORST speller on this planet. Recently (as in this year) in class I wrote Marget at the top of my paper. (For those of you who don’t know, yes that is my real name, and it is spelt Margaret not Marget). Whoops…

So just to clarify a few things:

  • Boston by Augustana is the song I listen to whenever my plane is landing in Boston when I fly home to give me all the homecoming feels. (I make sure it’s at the exact line “I think I’ll go to Boston” when the wheels are touching down).
  • Yes there is a word that means “to throw someone out a window”. You’re welcome.
  • Of course I take a Scottish Dance Class (are you surprised?)
  • Of course the sarcastic judging you emoji is my favorite.
  • And yes I wrote that limerick one day about how I stole my dad’s Kindle fire he won in a raffle (which is still mine) and felt bad so I convinced my brother and sister to buy him the old Kindle original for father’s day.
  • And of course I tag:

Thanks for Reading!

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I’m on Instagram!

Hi. So if you follow my blog you may know I do a Weekly Bookstagram post which is really just an excuse for me to post fun book pictures. But now I have a REAL Bookstagram account since posting once a week was not enough since I take way too many book photos per week to choose just 1.

So follow me on Instagram @MassachusettsNovel to see all my fun book photos! But don’t worry I’ll still be highlighting 1 a week here on wordpress every Tuesday!

Thanks for Reading

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

A big thank you to Birdie Bookworm for the nomination to do The Entertainer Blogger Award! I certainly think I’m entertaining but it’s nice to know that other people might think so too.

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The Rules | 

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions |

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place |

You mean besides as an excuse to spend ever more time insides in front of my computer and buy books? Well, at first I started this blog while I was in Nee Zealand on study abroad. Two of the girls I was traveling with had WordPress accounts and after seeing them I decided I wanted somewhere to share my amazing experience abroad. But while I was in New Zealand I also decided I wanted to post some book reviews since I always thought being a part of booktube would be amazing but I was too camera shy for that and that is how my blog morphed into what it is today.

2. What is your favorite book |

26073150This is always a loaded question because there are so many books that I love. But if you read my blog you know Sarah j Maas is my queen and right now and my all time favorite book of hers (currently) is A Court of Mist and Fury. I have loved it since May when it came out and I still obsess over it all the time.

 

3. What do you dislike the most |

Wow. Aggressive question. Like what do I dislike most ever? Animal suffering? Poverty? Those kinds of things? That seems a little deep so I’m going to alter this to what do I dislike most in the reading world and of course it’s always the same: books that end with memory wipes or the lose of whatever awesome power they’ve had the entire book. Hate that.

4. What is your favorite food item from the mall |

Those awesome Thai or Japanese food bars where you get to fill one of those styrofoam boxes with whatever you want. Nothing like noodles, rice and broccoli all heaping in sauce. Delicious.

5. What is your favorite pastime |

Besides reading….? Or blogging? Well I love just sitting around with my dogs with coffee (and a book of course).

6. Who do you nominate |

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

 

TheImmortalReaders

Sam @ OneBookishGirl

Rachel @ LifeOfAFemaleBibliophile

Ann @ AnnTheBookMaster

Poetry @ ABookWyrmsLair 

M @ ABlogOfOnesOwn

Andie @ BooksCoffeeAndPassion

Imo @ mugglebooks

Allie @ alliemorgan

 

Thanks for Reading!

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Summer Wrap Up & Autumn Expectations

So I saw Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them do this post and thought it would be nice to summarize the last couple months, as summer finally comes to and end and we roll into fall. And with the official start to fall just the other day on September 22 what better way to kick off a new season then remember my favorite blog posts and reads from the summer. So here are some little facts and favorite from June 20 – September 22, 2016.

Top Pages and Posts

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My Favorite Posts or Pages

Weekly Bookstagrams #1, #2, #3 – I loved starting this little series. It gives me an excuse to take pictures of my books which is so satisfying.

Archeron Sisters Book Club – I finally started a book club! Me and my 2 best friends will be reading books together monthly, reviewing them and then posting a discussion page for each book. Join us!

Sunshine Blogger Award – This was the first time I was nominated by another blogger to do a tag and it was so fun! I love doing tags, they’re honestly my favorite posts and they’re such a good way to have conversations with other bloggers and see what other people think. They bring the whole book blogging community together!

Favorite Books this Summer

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Neslon

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas 

Show Us 1 Month’s Blog Map

So I just really felt like adding this because this is my favorite WordPress feature. I love seeing what countries view my posts each day! Now obviously it varies a lot day to day, although my usuals besides the US include the UK, Australia, Ireland, India, Germany, and Canada. But I just love looking at how much of this map is colored in for just September! It’s awesome!

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Books I Hope to Finish this Fall

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Cinder by Melissa Meyer

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I know that’s a lot of books to read before the first day of winter, December 21, 2016. And with school and everything I’m sure I probably won’t get to them all, but they’re all books I’ve been meaning to read and most of them have been out for a while so I’m hoping to get through as many as possible and hopefully I can keep my blog as updated as it’s been this summer!

What were your favorite books this summer? What book are you most looking forward to this fall?

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

 

Tag: Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you M @ MReadsBooks for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

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  • Show the award on your blog and thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link you nominees and let them know of their nomination

7 Facts About Me

1. I’m from Massachusetts but I go to college in Delaware |

I’m not exactly sure how I ended up here in the state of Delaware but for the past 3 years I have been down here in the mid atlantic region of the country instead of up in my true home in New England. But despite how much I sometimes miss my home, I do love it here at this University plus I met some of my best friends here.

2. I just finished applying to veterinary school |

Being a vet has been my life long dream and this month I finally applied to vet schools all around the US, plus one in Scotland and one in Ireland. It was a difficult process and no where near over yet since I won’t know if I got in any time soon but it was still very exciting.

3. I studied abroad in New Zealand for a 5 weeks last winter |

And it was amazing. I actually started this blog while I was there because I was having so many experiences and I wanted to share some of the amazing things  I was doing and seeing while I was there. Some of the awesome things I did included bungy jumping, sky diving, white water rafting and taking a Lord of the Rings trail ride.

4. I am very passionate about adopting dogs and rescuing dogs |

This is a big one for me. I love my 2 dogs, Jonesy and McGuire, who are both mutts and both rescues. I am a very big proponent of ALWAYS rescuing a dog over buying from a breeder and a big proponent of getting mixed breeds since most purebreds are so over bred that they are genetically unsound and have all sorts of health complications. But more than that there are millions of dogs that need homes or they’ll be put down so there’s no need to be paying someone to breed new dogs when there are already so many. Currently my life plan involves having 5 dogs. img_2624

5. I saw the Winter Olympics in 2006 in Torino Italy

I was only 10 years old but my dad is always coming up with these slightly crazy ideas that end up being amazing. So he started planning this years before the olympics and we ended up going to Italy for 2 weeks. We skied in the alps since my family loves to ski before heading to the olympics to watch the Women’s  Bronze Medal Hockey Game, which the US happened to be in and won, and the Nordic Combine. It was so amazing and I don’t even think my ten year old self was appreciating what I was a part of for half of what it was worth. We even went to venice on the way out which was so amazing. (That’s me in the red hat)355_1051536409953_5734_n_2.jpg

6. The greatest class I’ve taken in college is Scottish Country Dance |

Yes you heard right. Scottish Country Dance. It is so much fun and such a great stress reliever at the end of a long week of classes. Me and one of my best friends (Emily @ EmiesNook) do it together and you can catch us at the Argyle Ball in Washington DC this fall dancing the night away (and hopefully meeting my Jamie Fraser too 😉 )

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7. I hate warm weather

I know so many people always say “Fall is my favorite season” but if you ask them what their second favorite is it’s going to be spring or summer. Well not me. Bring on winter. Bring on the snow and ice and freezing temperatures because I hate the sun and the sun hates me. I cannot go outside in the summer without getting a sunburn and I hate wearing shorts. I like long pants and sweaters and boots which is why being further south than New England has been a bit of a struggle for me, as its a little warmer for a little longer. All I can say is I had a blast during the 2015 Blizzard in Massachusetts with our 9ft of snow. Below you’ll see my dad strolling up the snow onto our roof.

Who do I nominate |

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook

TheImmortalReaders

Andie @ BooksCoffeeAndPassion

Becca @ RebeccaReads

Rachel @ LifeOfAFemaleBibliophile

Ann @ AnnTheBookMaster

Sam @ OneBookishGirl

Sophie @ BookWishBlog

BookHuntress

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

Alice @ AliceMarieRose

Imo @ MuggleBooks

Lindsey @ APieceofParadis

Poetry @ ABookWyrmsLair 

 

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

 

Join the Movement!

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of seeing authors, book lovers and fans criticized and getting hate for decision they make, ideas they have or ships they support, especially on twitter. 

There’s negativity galore parading around in the bookish community, especially lately. Now, I will admit, when drama first plopped down in my twitter feed, my reaction was exactlyyy this: But then more drama moved in. And more. And more? AND MORE. It wasn’t entertaining anymore; it wasn’t funny. TWITTER IS NOT A PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR […]

via BLOGGER POSITIVITY MOVEMENT! {A Challenge to Share the Bookish Blogging Love} — Becca and Books

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Megan @ Bookslayerreads. Thank you so much for the nomination for such an awesome award going around. Her blog is really awesome so you should definitely check it out.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions

Megan’s Questions

Where do you get most of your books | 2nd and Charles 

There’s this great used bookstore near my school called 2nd and Charles and they always have so many great books so I go there all the time and buy way too much.

What is your favorite color |  Green

I love the color green. My prom dress was green, my eyes are green and a lot of my shirts and accessories are green. Personally I love having green as a favorite color because I feel like most people love blue or purple (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but it just makes me a little bit unique.

Pick one: chocolate, vanilla or strawberry | Chocolate

Hands down chocolate. Chocolate makes the world go round.

Do you have any weird OCD habits we should know about | Fruit Snacks

So when I open a pack of fruit snacks (the scooby doo ones are my favorite) I cannot just eat them. I have to take them all out, arrange them by type and then eat them so I’ll have 1 of each left. Plus as I eat the ones I have duplicates of I have to eat the uglier ones first so I have the best looking variety of gummies left at the end. Weird I know but I’ve done that since I was a kid. I also never stepped on the bottom step of my elementary school the entire time I was there. I always skipped it. Don’t ask why.

If you wrote a book what do you think it’s be about | 

I honestly have no idea. While I love the idea of me writing a book, I’ve never really been much of a story teller. If I wrote something it would probably be fantasy since I would want to be able to build that world up from the ground but I have no idea what it would be about.

Three words you would use to describe yourself | Sarcastic, Easygoing, Motherly

Ok so a strange mix of words but first off I am just the most sarcastic human being on this planet. I don’t mean it in a mean way I just tend to say things dripping with sarcasm. Easygoing because I can be pretty go with the flow if people want to change plans or do whatever. And then the bizarre one: motherly. I am the mom of my group of friends. I look out for everyone when we go out, remind them to clean up the house so ya, I can be a bit motherly.

Do you prefer computer, or tablet/phone? | Computer

I love my computer. Maybe if I had a tablet but since I don’t and it’s choosing between my computer or my phone my computer always wins.

Will you dress up for Halloween? If so, as what? | Absolutely! 

This year my friends and I will be going as the cast of “The Nigh Man Cometh” from that episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I will be Dennis the “little boy” who turns into the Day Man at the end.

If you had one magical power, what would it be and why? | Talking to Animals

Ok so my entire life I have wanted to be a veterinarian and so I always thought the most amazing thing in the world would to be able to talk to animals like Eliza Thornberry or Dr. Doolittle because I would be the most amazing vet ever if I could talk to my patients.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? | Hair 

TBH I’ve always wondered what I would look like if I had been born with REALLY red hair.

Name one celebrity you truly admire or that you find inspirational | Ashley Graham

So I started following Ashley Graham on Instagram last year and I don’t remember why, but as someone who is not stick thin and has always struggled with body weight I love her and find her so inspiring. She is big and curvy, but also fit and beautiful and confident. She is so successful and seems so comfortable in her own skin so  I love seeing that and think she’s such a great role model for girls.

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite animal?
  2. If you could go anywhere, where would you visit?
  3. What book on your TBR are you most excited to read?
  4. What’s your favorite movie?
  5. Which TV show are you most excited to come back on?
  6. What is your favorite state? (it doesn’t have to be the one you live in)
  7. Favorite season and why?
  8. Dogs or Cats?
  9. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
  10. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

Nominees

Emily @ EmiesNook

Brittany Ann @ coffee.books.rain

Allie @ alliemorgan

Jody & Amanda @ simplyreadingblog

Aly @ bookhuntress

Sophie @ bookwishblog

Sam @ onebookishgirl

Imo @ mugglebooks

Melia, Laurena & Ally @ theimmortalreaders

Rachel @ lifeofafemalebibliophile

Jacquie @  RattletheStars

Jess @ DreamerInCourt

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie