Thursday Thoughts: Social Media Prowess

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts is hosted over at Ok, Let’s Read by Ashley. Each week Ashley presents a bookish topic for everyone to share their thoughts on. I was excited to find this meme because I can’t always come up with a discussion point every week on my own, now I don’t have to.

This week’s topic is: The Power of Social Media

 Have you ever connected with an author through social media? Do you think it’s important to have things like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a blogger, reviewer or author? Why or why not? How do you think social media has progressed and changed the bookish world in recent years? And, now for a fun question: Are there any authors who’s Twitter feed you just can’t get enough of?

Funny thing, I mentioned this on Tuesday, kinda. spn redhead dancin

I’ve connected with a handful of authors through social media platforms. I would have probably made many more connections at this point, but I don’t tend to comment or post that often on social media. I keep up with Facebook and Instagram and I skim Twitter regularly, but I keep my own interaction few and far between.

I do think social media is an excellent medium for people to connect over. However, there is a line, in my Communication courses we talked about parasocial behavior, which is the on the extreme side of the spectrum I’ll admit. If you’re not familiar, parasocial behavior is basically when people think they know the celebrity, like know know them. That because they see them on Twitter, interacted maybe or whatever they’re best buddies. I always found that topic in class really interesting when it came up.

There is a ton of good though. On the authors side they’re getting their readers pumped for the latest work, or fielding questions, sharing teasers, etc. The authors that do this and do this well know what’s up. They know that keeping in touch with their readers is crucial to success in this world we live in. For bloggers and reviewers, it’s a chance to ask questions and peek behind the curtain, if you will, into the author’s world. Building relationships works both ways and with the emergence of social media it’s easier now than it ever was to connect.

I’d say the progression of social media is still in its infancy. We’ve only just tapped into what social media can do for us. As time goes on, as technology improves, as updates are made, we’re really going to see a whole new way to connect. The bookish world has changed due to social media by being less of that stoic, gray building with no windows into something that is fluid and colorful with lots of natural light.

roup jumpSocial media is changing the world we live in and most is for the better, but there still needs to be an awareness. People need to go into social media with their eyes open. (This is what happens when you take too many Communication courses; social media paranoia is a real thing, LOL. :D )

Alright, your turn. What do you think? Are you excited about social media in the bookish world? Or are you like me and remain cautious?

The Nanny Reviews She Is Not Invisible

she is not invisibleTitle: She Is Not Invisible

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Source: On Loan from Library

Edition: Hardcover

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Published Date: April 22nd, 2014

My Rating: 3parachutes

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From Goodreads:

Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented.

Her secret: she is blind.

But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

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Dates Read: July 3-4, 2014

My Review:

Have you ever read a book that made you not want to read? No, I don’t mean like that. I mean put down the book and pick up the pen? Yeah, like that.

She Is Not Invisible (SINI) is written in a way that made me want to write again, an art form I thought was lost to me. I’m not sure what it says about the author, Marcus Sedgwick, but I’d like to think it says something pretty amazing.

SINI begins at the London airport, where Laureth, her 7-year-old brother, Benjamin, and his stuffed best friend, Stanley the bat, are all on their way to New York to find their dad, who Laureth believes something untoward has happened to.

I had an issue when I realized she was blind, only 16, and taking her brother out of the country without her parent’s knowledge. My issue stemmed from years as a child care provider and a displaced New Yorker currently residing on the Bible belt. I was very concerned for these two and their well-being. Thankfully, it was not that kind of book and nothing too damaging occurred.

The relationship between Laureth and her brother was very compelling. They made an excellent duo. I really joyed their dynamic. They were so sweet.

SINI is a quick read, the plot only had maybe one occasion where I thought it fell into a lull. Otherwise, someone can easily read this one afternoon in one sitting and have no problem finishing it.

The writing was my favorite part about this book. I liked it so much I reserved another by this author without knowing what it’s about first. :)

I’d recommend this to people who enjoy quick, light mysteries about family and what matters most. Also, to folks who like reading young adults where the narrator isn’t your typical teen. I very much enjoyed reading something where the narrator was blind and how they went about this adventure and how it was different from that a seeing person’s.

Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR

What’s Up Wednesday

Okay, so I find myself kind of hilarious sometimes. This is one of those times. While I was sitting at my computer just now, I was like I want to add a weekly check in kind of post to my blog. I was playing with names  like you do and then to make sure it was unique I took to the cloud! Turns out the name I was thinking about using is already in use. Guess what guys? That is so totally fine by me. Because I was so excited to find What’s Up Wednesday @ Jamie-Morrow.com! This blog hop is exactly along the lines of what I’d been thinking about, but so much better! Also, I love her website and I LOVE the buttons she created for WUW.

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jamie-Morrow and ErinlFunk where you use the headings below to talk about what’s up. :) If you want to participate and I hope you do, please check out the info page here: What’s Up Wednesday

I noticed this blog hop is also reaching out to writers. I used to dabble, but I haven’t really made much time for writing anymore. It’s something I’d like to start doing again, but until then I’ll probably leave that heading blank.

Also, just a heads up. I really like doing reviews on Wednesdays so I plan to keep posting them. However, that means double posts on Wednesdays now that I’m participating in this blog hop. Some weeks I might not have a review to post. Some weeks I might not want to participate in the blog hop. What this means is sometimes there will be two posts on Wednesdays, sometimes there will only be one. I hope that gels with everybody because I’m super excited about participating in WUW!

And so it begins…

WHAT I’M READING…

I’m reading a lot this week. Well I’m trying to make up for last week’s lack of reading. I have plans to finish Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer. Ending two series in one week, what am I thinking?! I also need to read and return to the library Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

WHAT I’M WRITING… 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

At this moment I’m inspired by Outlander LOL I just caught up with the three episodes on Starz and I can’t stop thinking about it. I would totally tackle the tomes if they weren’t so big. So I’m watching and from what I hear they’re staying pretty true to the books so far? Then again it’s early, plenty of time to change it up!

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Well, I participated in Bout of Books last week. True Blood finale, the whole final season actually, was lame-o! Suits summer finale on the other hand was effin-a! Rookie Blue had a nice finale, too. I like the set-up for next season, minus the re-emergence of Marlo. I like her character and I’m glad to have her back, just not too excited about the why.

Oh and I went on three interviews, one with a temp agency, two at two different companies. The temp lady was great and I for-see us working together to get me into a job real soon.

The last two interviews were on the same day within an hour of each other. I didn’t get the first one and while I won’t know for sure about the second one until Friday I don’t think I got that one either. I’m bummed because the second one was an awesome opportunity and really close to home. I’d finally have a job with a less than a 10 minute commute, something I haven’t had since 04-05.

But I need to look on the bright side. My interview skills were very rusty and if nothing else I got a good bit of interview experience. Going back to the temp agency this week and hopefully can schedule a couple more interviews before my husband and I go out-of-town for the holiday weekend.

Okay, your turn! Tell me what you guys got going on this week!

 

 

Meme’n The Tuesdays Away

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish where Jamie and her co-bloggers create a top ten list for a given topic. As always links/images will take you to the respective Goodreads page.

This week’s top ten is:  Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet There’s a lot of books out there I really want, but when it comes time to actually share those books I usually can’t remember all of them. I shall try my best.

  1. Landline – When I first heard the synopsis for this one, it was the first Rainbow Rowell book I really wanted to read. It reminds me very vaguely of the movie Frequency with Dennis Quaid and Jim Cavaziel.
  2. Isla and the Happily Ever After – I’ll probably buy this as soon as I finish Lola, which I have plans for as soon as I finish this stack of library books. I loved Anna, but I keep getting distracted while reading Lola.
  3. Take Me On – I really liked the synopsis for this one and one day I would really like to have all of Katie McGarry’s books on my bookshelf.
  4. Ashes to Ashes – I have the first two, which I totally bought because I loved their covers. I want to finish the set before I read the trilogy… This is probably a really bad plan, haha
  5. Don’t Look Back – JLA is an auto-buy author for me usually. And I LOVE this book’s premise but I really don’t like buying hardcovers. I’d rather buy two paperbacks than the price I have to pay for one hardcover.
  6. 17 & Gone – Another book whose premise pulled me in from the first moment I read it. I must read it.
  7. Shatter Me – This and #8 are trilogies I really want to marathon. I just need to find a great price on the box sets and then I’ll be all set!
  8. Legend – See #7
  9. & 10. Saga Vol. 2 & 3 – I read the first volume on my Kindle and was hooked! And now I can’t find the sequels, so annoying!

I actually made it to ten? I surprise even myself sometimes. Many of these I would have bought already if I still had a disposable income, one of these days.

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Teaser Tuesday, a weekly meme created by MizB at Should Be Reading, is an opportunity for bloggers to tease their blogging friends about a book they are reading in just two sentences picked from a random page without giving away spoilers.

My teaser for this week is …

The glass door slid open , and Gabriel stuck his head in. “Are you two going to start knitting, or do you want to come burn off some rage with the rest of us?”

~ Loc 1060, Sacrifice (Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

This week I’m teasing from the galley I was approved for last week! I was so excited when I got approved, I took to Twitter to share and the author retweeted my tweet and even commented! I was so excited!!

Something to Muse Over: Read-A-Thons

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This week’s discussion is: read-a-thons. To read-a-thon or not to read-a-thon, that is the question is it not?

Well, I’ll tell you I love a good read-a-thon. I don’t know if I’ve ever met any of my goals, but I sure have a lot of fun in the meantime. One of my favorite things to do during a read-a-thon is check out other people’s blogs. I’ve met some really awesome, interesting folks that way and it is definitely something I look forward to most.

This past week I participated in Bout of Books. I had plans of grandeur to say the least. I was going to read 7 books, I was going to participate in challenges and I was going to visit blogs. Well the last two goals I met, but the 7 books? Yeah, not so much. You know what though? That’s okay, because I still had a ton of fun!

I would say read-a-thons are about books, of course, though it’s more than that. They’re about community and about having a good time with like-minded people.

With Bout of Books over I don’t have any plans for another read-a-thon until December. I wonder what I’ll do with myself until then…

What are some of your favorite things to do during a read-a-thon? Is there anything you don’t like about them? And if you’re never participated, what’s holding you back? Please feel free to share in the comments below.