As part of my job, every year I go to the National Federation of the Blind‘s annual convention. This year, it was in Orlando, Florida. I didn’t have time to go to Disney or Harry Potter World while I was there because I was busy with conference stuff. However, on Wednesday morning, we did do one very interesting thing. We broke a Guiness World Record! My friend, Tony, looking dashing. On Wednesday morning, we all lined up and formed the world’s largest umbrella mosaic. Don’t worry, I didn’t know that it was a thing either before we did it. Apparently the previous record was 2100 people. Here is what we did. It’s 2480 people holding umbrellas to form the NFB’s new logo and the words Live the Life You Want. Here’s a news article. I’m not mentioned or anything, but its a pretty cool thing to have done. Oddly enough, this is my second world record. I also hold one for participating in the World’s Largest Secret Santa on Reddit Gifts. If you like Secret Santa’s, I highly recommend participating in it when Christmas rolls around again. Next week is an honest to goodness vacation. However, there is such thing as too much of a good thing and I almost wish we were going home. Happy Summer!
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As you all know, I’m participating in the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour. Its running from July 5th – August 12th. Today I’d like to introduce you to the creative team behind SBPT themselves, The Book Bratz. Jessica, is an avid (and already published) writer and reader, and Amber is a Speed Reader Extraordinaire. they’ve been blogging for over a year now. They are both fond of movies, books, cute boys, and chocolate. For their intro post, I asked them to choose their favorite blog post so I could feature it here. They introduced me to a kerfuffle that shock the blogger world last year. An author, Amy Spaulding, made a Bingo Card thatÂ hurt a lot of feelings. You can see it here if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I didn’t when I saw this post. The wonderful thing about Jessica and Amber is that instead of being hurt, they focused on why authors and readers love and appreciate each other and worked to bring the community back together. Thanks to them for their empathy! Let’s Talk: Blogger & Author Appreciation Originally posted here. Blogger & Author Appreciation Â Recently, some tension has developed among the blogging and writing communities. (If you know of the whole “Bingo Card”Â extravaganza, you know what we’re talking about.) Us ladies here at The Book Bratz have decided to reach out […]
My summer is full of work travel and a couple of fun trips. I spent two weeks traveling the country with my family. Then immediately afterward I got to go to a Garth Brooks concert! Â I was really excited when I realized I could shoehorn seeing this gentleman into my schedule. I’ve been a huge fan of his since high school. Â I will be the first to admit that I don’t listen to a lot of music. I didn’t listen to music at all before I discovered Garth Books and Billy Joel. Which I know is a foreign concept to almost everyone else. Â Since then my tastes have expanded slightly, but I still don’t listen to music very often. This is the only picture I got of the show unfortunately. My schedule was tight and I could only get tickets to the second show. There was a concert going on inside when we got there and they lined us up outside in a corral. Soon we weren’t a line, we were a mass as far as I could see. Frankly, the venue was lucky there were no emergencies because it the way they had us pressed together in an enclosure could have lead to tragedy. Despite the situation waiting for the doors to open, the concert was incredible. Garth Brooks put on an amazing show. Very much worth the […]
RobertaÂ R. is a senior blogger with a penchant forÂ YAÂ books. Her love of music has landed her a job as a host for a local radio station. Her fancy for TV series, Â from police procedural to sci-fi to urban fantasy, causes her to experiment wild adventures with too many fictional characters in her night dreams. Her urge to spread the love for overlookedÂ YAÂ novels drove her to start her blog,Â OffbeatÂ YA, in 2012. It started with a book. It always does. In 1997, I stumbled upon the blurb of a 8 year old Christopher Pike novel, Remember Me, inÂ the YA section of a book catalogue. Please take special note of the following: I wasn’t familiar with his stuff, or with the whole YA phenomenon for that matter (what with being in Italy); I was already past the age of reading YA novels…or so I thought. I was only going through the whole catalogue because I’d read pretty much anything, telephone address books included.Â But the image of a deceased girl who sets on investigating her own murder began to haunt meÂ to the point that I impulsively went out and bought the book. Little did I know at the time that such a simple action would have started my love affair with afterlife novels…and Pike himself (IÂ mean his writer persona of course…). The fact is, I simply love everything about afterlife novels. […]
Interrupting our regularly scheduled TTT Thursday post’s I’d like to introduce you to the Book Bratz’s Summer Blogger Promo Tour.Â I’ve been really busy this summer, traveling all over the country. I teach braille in the summer with the National Federation of the Blind’s BELL program. I also just got back from an amazing road trip vacation. San Francisco Â Badlands National Park The Grand Canyon Yellowstone National Park So I’ve been really busy. I signed up for the blogger promo tour too and I’m really excited about participating. So every Sunday until the end of August, I will be posting an intro to a different blogger. On Thursday’s instead of TTT Thursday, I will be posting a picture an description of where I am and what I’m doing, since every week I will be somewhere new. It will be busy, but I know you will love getting to know these bloggers as much as I have.
ArmchairBEA had a theme for yesterday that was called Love your Library. It really struck a chord with me because I think libraries are so important. I love my library and I’m there at least once a week. I’m always shocked and amazed by all the services that they provide. You’d think I would be used to it by now, but there’s always something new going on. When was the last time you went to your local library? TodayÂ’s library is nothing like the library of your childhood. ItÂ’s better!Â In the last 10 years, I have moved ten times to four different states. One of the first things I like to do when I move to a new town is visit the local library. There are always services that help me settle in. Because IÂ’ve moved so much, that gives me an idea of what features you can find at any given library. By using the library wisely, I can read almost any book that I can think of either in paper or ebook format, completely free and this is only the beginning. Basic Features that are available at every library that IÂ’ve ever been to You can check out books. Duh. ItÂ’s a library Book Requests! You can search for books online and have them delivered to your library. This is my #1 most used feature. I […]
A lot of book bloggers are at the Book Expo America this week. This is an amazing, holy grail book event. It has tons of author signings and I am super jealous that I am not there. This is despite the fact that I only found out about it last week! So instead I’m participating in ArmchairBEA, a way for me to connect with fellow blogger and meet other people who are really interested in reading a books. I chose 5 questions from the ArmchairBEA Introduction page to answer. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging? My name is Emily, which I’m sure comes as a shock to most of you. My alter ego is a teacher of blind students and I have a huge passion for braille literacy. I love to read and I want to share that with my students. Did you know that there is a braille literacy crisis in America today? Less than 10 % of blind and visually impaired students are learning it. That’s why I love and feel my job is very important.I got into blogging just a month ago! I went to the Texas Library Association Conference and came home with over 50 books and ARCs. After that happened, I really wanted a way that I […]
Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.Â Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published:Â 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – AmazonÂ – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]