With today’s graphics, I really just had fun choosing many different types of overlays and such from Pic Monkey, so it really just looks like a child who just discovered the site putting whatever things they want on each one – and, in a way, that’s what happened, even though I’ve been using Pic Monkey for months now. So, not very professional-looking graphics, but I had loads of fun making them!
I really need some place to talk about all these amazing books in real life. I might get close to that next year when I live with two girls who are both readers as well, but they tend to read more fantasy/paranormal/adult stuff, so we won’t always have something in common. I need to find a group of people who read a larger mix of books that includes YA contemporary books.
I think it’d be really cool to work with another blogger for something, anything. There are times I’m seriously tempted to apply when I see people looking for co-bloggers, but I’m the type of person who needs a lot of control, so that might not work out well. So, an alternative could be to do a special one week event or have a whole feature or a challenge or something that’s co-hosted with another blogger. It’d just be cool to get someone else’s ideas who is also a book blogger. But it would have to be something really special – and hopefully something that I couldn’t take too much control over!
Going along with the previous one, it’d be really cool to just meet a blogger in real life. There aren’t really any bloggers in my area (although I did find a few in my state through the Book Blogging Net or whatever it was called – I don’t use it much, so I don’t remember for sure), and I don’t have the money nor the sheer determination to get everything in order to attempt going to BEA. It’s just too far away and I don’t really know any bloggers well enough and it would just be a headache at this point. Maybe in a few years I’ll feel differently, but for now I don’t think this is a goal that’s going to be fulfilled anytime soon.
I already do this sometimes, but I think this would be a little easier if I had children of my own or something. I just want to reread so many books I loved as a young, from picture books to middle grade to some of the YA I read back in late elementary and middle school. Right now, though, I’d feel a little embarrassed picking up an American Girl book or something. But only a little.
This kind of goes along with the “Meet Blogger” one. I’m a very shy person, so I don’t know how well this would go, but it would be really cool to get to go to some sort of event where I could actually meet an author that I love. As I already mentioned, not much happens book-wise in my area, so I’d probably have to go somewhere else to find an author, but maybe I’ll get lucky and an amazing author that I will end up loving and who lives in my area will publish something and I can easily meet her or him.
This goes for some other series, actually, but this one came to mind specifically. Have you ever read any of the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (I think I got the name right)? I first read some of the prequel books, when she’s in elementary school, back when I was in elementary school, and have since jumped around a little in the original series. She just recently published the last book, if I remember correctly, and there are probably at least 20 or so books, so it’s a long series, and that runs the risk of diminishing over time, but I would really like to get the chance to start Alice’s adventures in middle school and see it through to the end. Like I said, this could also apply to many other long series or classics I’ve just never read.
I would love to just save up a bunch of money, go to a bookstore, and get whatever I want and can afford. There are times when I get a few books at once, but this is the type of thing that I could only do if I had at least $100 or so saved probably or went to a really great used bookstore. Either way, I’d really like to be able to do this someday.
I’d just really like to have someone in real life who has the same love of books that I do. They don’t have to love all the same books, but hopefully they’d like the same genres since that rarely seems to happen to me when I meet bookish people in real life. When they read books I like, it’s only a few, and it seems like they’re outgrowing them. I don’t really know any adults who read YA, so that doesn’t really bode well for all of my bookish friends who are starting to move into adult books and don’t seem to care for YA anymore. I’m alright with reading a few adult books, but I just don’t see my love of YA changing anytime soon, which is making it difficult to find someone to bond with in real life!
My house has two floor-to-ceiling bookcases that stand on either side of a (not-so-functioning) fireplace. This seems like it would be a dream come true already, but since my parents filled it up when we moved in (so, when I was just learning to read and obviously didn’t have many books of my own), it’s not like it’s mine. There are only a couple of books on it that I’ve read, and that’s only because my mom stuck up some of the books I’ve read for school. I would love to have even just one of those bookcases for my own, with all my beloved and worn-from-reading books, but I figure that’ll have to wait until I’m out on my own.
And, finally, a very simple one that rarely seems to happen. No matter what, I always seem to be doing something else, even if it’s a short thing. I’d love to have the chance to start off the day with a stack of books that I know I’ll love and just read them all day, only moving when I’m tired of sitting in a certain place or way (I’m a fidgety person, so I rarely sit in the same position for more than five minutes or so, probably, so I’d definitely be moving around a lot – but I’d be reading as I do it!)