Monday, November 16, 2015

{Fantastic Fives + Giveaway} Yay! I'm Turning Five!

Taking It One Book at a Time is 5 years old, I can't believe it!!!!

So to celebrate this milestone the lovely ladies at Me, My Shelf and I & Two Chicks On Books decided we all should do it in style!

Here's a little bit about ME!

How did you get started blogging? 

One of my close friends had just started doing it, so I decided, 'Hey I wanna do that too', and here I am!

How did you pick the name for your blog?

I knew that I didn't want to try to be too speedy when it came to the pace of my blog, I had no idea I'd be doing the volumn I'd be doing I wanted my viewers to know that I would be taking it one book at a time.

If you could go back in time and tell your newbie blogger self 1 thing what would it be?

Use the "Schedule" option on Blogger more often! Honestly for years I didn't even realize it was there LOL!

What have you learned in your 5 years of blogging?

Don't fill your plate too full. 
Yes we want to get page views, subscribers, publishers, promoters, whoever it might be looking at our blog, but a few years ago I went through a very difficult time on my blog due to stress. Yes, a lot of it was personal pressure, but in that year I think that I posted a total of 40, yes 40, posts. So take your time, don't try to compare what you're doing to anyone else. Be your own blog, be original and people will come!

What was the first ARC or book you ever received from a publisher?

First physical ARC was Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

When you’re not reading or blogging, what can we find you doing?

Besides working 50 hours a week, raising 3 can either find me playing softball 2 nights a week, playing way too much Fantasy Football, or playing with my America Bully, Max

The Fives: (and yes, you can ONLY have 5! *muwhahahah*)

Five Favorite Books

The Demon Trapper's Daughter - By Jana Oliver
Shadow Fever - By Karen Marie Moning
Shatter Me - By Tahereh Mafi
The World Without a Future - By Nazarea Andrews
Shade  - By Jeri Smith-Ready

Five Favorite Book Boyfriends

Finn - The World Without End Series by Nazarea Andrews
Bones - Night Huntress Seires by Jeaniene Frost
Ash - The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
Barrons - Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
Kaidan - The Sweet Series by WendyHiggins

Five Favorite Book Quotes

“He pulls me around and kisses me. "You're Mac," he says. "And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?" - Fever Series


“Z: "You know, this was a hell of a lot easier when you were out cold in the back of that truck."

Phury: "That was you?"
Z:"You think it was Santa Claus or some shit?" -Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


“I'm not going to waste time being angry about things I can't control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.”  - Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Love sucks. Sometimes it feels good. Sometimes it's just another way to bleed.”  - 
Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

Five Blogging Tips For New Bloggers

1. Social Media until you're fingers are bleeding. Make those connections
2. Be as original as possible, whether it's in your verbiage, your style of post, anything that looks original is good.
3. Don't assume you're entitled to ARCs, those are an earned privilege, not a right. So make sure when you do get them respect them.
4. Do not EVER under any circumstance copy any part/section of another bloggers post or review. 
5. Be 100% honest about everything when it comes to your blog. Whether it's your subscribers, page views, how fast you read a book or what author's you've met, it's imperative that in this blogger community you are what you claim to be.

Five Blogs You Want The World To Know About

All of these blogs I have known about for years, I have great relationships with all these amazing ladies!


Now onto the giveaway!

1. $25 Amazon Gift Card (Open Intl)
2. Assorted Swag
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to check out all these fantastic blogs who are turning 5 too!

November 8 Books Etc.
November 9 Fiktshun
November 10 Two Chicks On Books
November 11 Me, My Shelf and I

November 12 Bewitched Bookworms

November 13 Novel Novice
November 14 Book Angel Booktopia
November 15 Maer Wilson
November 17 YA Book Shelf
November 19 Bookish Lifestyle
November 20 Once Upon A Twilight
November 21 Stories & Sweeties
November 22 Bookaholics Anonymous


Lisa Mandina said...

This is my 6th year of blogging, although really the first year I didn't jump into the rest of the blogging community. Then the 2nd year I really started participating and interacting with other bloggers. Congrats on your 5 years!

Jaime Arnold said...

Congrats on 5 Jess! I'm so happy that I can say I've known you since the beginning!

Love you!

bn100 said...

Happy blogversary! Dan Brown, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Mark Twain, JR Ward

Alexandra Perchanidou said...

I've been blogging since January 2014 and my top 5 authors are: Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah J Maas, J. Ward and Jodi Meadows.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Carol L. said...

I don't have Twitter but what the heck. :). Congratulations to you on your 5th. My top 5 Authors are Karen Marie Moning, Sherrelyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Diana Gabaldon and Sarah Jio.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Kristia said...

My top five authors right now( because they change regularly) are
Jane Austen
Julia Quinn
Lisa Kleypas
Julianne Edenbrooke and
Sarah M. Eden
Thank you for the giveaway :)