Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Linkups: Yes Please














It's Friday so I'm linking up with Book Blogger Hop hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice.

This week's question:
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

My Answer:
It feels a little funny answering as I don't really feel like I know what I'm doing most of the time!  The one thing I got burned with recently is not being flexible with my schedule.  I had it in my head what date a review was going to be posted and forced myself to read the book even though I wasn't in the mood for it.  It definitely impacted my reading experience in a negative way.  I'm trying to be a little more flexible in the future.

I really like Amy Poehler though I'm not exactly sure why.  I'm not a big SNL fan and though it's on my Netflix list I haven't watched Parks and Recreation.  I think the main reason I was so excited to get this book is because Poehler is mentioned in both Tina Fey and Mindy Kalinger's books and she always comes off as just a great person!  SNL probably isn't happening anytime soon but if I enjoy the rest of this book as much as I've enjoyed the first part Parks and Rec will definitely be moving up my To Watch list!

The Beginning from Chapter 1:
"I was in fourth grade and in trouble.  The students of Wildwood Elementary School in Burlington, Massachusetts, shifted in their uncomfortable metal seats as they waited for me to say my next line.  A dog rested in my arms and an entire musical rested on my shoulders"

Page 56 (well actually page 57 because there's no text on page 56:
"I remember many details about the days my sons came into the world but very little about my own birthday.  Partly because I was a newborn baby, and partly because my mother was always a little coy about how the birth went down."

Keep reading?

36 comments:

  1. I try not to set a date to have a book finished by, and just read when I want to. I don't retain information well when I force myself to read faster. Great advice =)
    Monique @ Mo_Books

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    1. I've stopped setting a date but I do like to plan so it can be tough!

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  2. I have moods for differrent genres. My reviews suffer if I force myself to read something, even though I may have committed to reviewing at a certain time. I think most authors realize it is to their benefit to give us the extra time if we need it.

    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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    1. The interesting thing with reviewing is that I've really been paying to what I'm reading when. I never realized how seasonal my genres were!

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  3. Trying to stay flexible is key... I avoid deadlines of any kind. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are so right! I should definitely follow your example more! I find myself getting all stressed for no reason.

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  4. Flexible is good and good planning is very good so you can enjoy the book you are reading,

    Good answer.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. I definitely agree about good planning I think my problem is I over planned! Won't make that mistake!

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  5. I've seen Amy Poehler's book in quite a few posts, and I've been curious about it. Like you, I don't watch SNL or Parks & Recreation. In fact, I'm usually reading instead of watching TV. But I'm always curious about how someone's life led them to where they ended up. I hope you enjoy Amy's story.
    My Friday post features a legal thriller: BODILY HARM.

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    1. Oh I've been in a serious thriller mood lately! I do a bit of both but my TV taste tends to run more crime than comedy

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  6. OMG! Monday was my "Must Post Review" date. I just kinda got over it and started posting on other days. Key word Kinda. It's a work in progress. LOL! And this is 3 blogging years later. LOL! Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I'm only a year in so I can't imagine where I'll be in 3. How awesome to have been doing this for 3 years!

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  7. Remaining flexible is always a good idea, and unless I have an ARC that needs to be finished by a certain date, I try not to set specific dates that reviews need to be done by. Great choices in excerpts, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm trying to just schedule by month so I don't actually plan an exact date. I'll have to see how that goes!

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  8. Ah, I love books with funny moments, and this one sounds like that kind of book...it would have to be, from Amy!

    Thanks for sharing and here's mine: “FINDING JAKE”

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    1. I'm really looking forward to reading more of this one!

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    1. The little bits I've seen of her are pretty funny and so far the book is great!

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  10. Starting out, I thought I'd have some sort of calendar for reviews. Now I know they'll just go up whenever they get done. I do have an end of year deadline for the "challenges" I've signed up for- and I'm getting a little nervous about how quickly the year is going by. I think I've been a little too flexible this year!

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    1. I'm trying to find that line between getting the reading I need to get done and still having fun with it. I'm a little type A so it can be challenging!

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  11. Flexible scheduling keeps it more fun for the blogger, so I agree. I like Amy P. also, though I've never seen her in a tv show, only in short clips, on talk shows and award shows. She seems to be very humorous and her and Tina Fey together are a great comedic couple. Enjoy the rest of the book.

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    1. So far I'm really enjoying it even though I haven't watched too much of her work.

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  12. I sometimes find myself in a bit of a jamb when reviewing. I'm so excited about the book, then for whatever reason, I end up having to rush to read it so my review will be on time. I just want to read everything. LOL
    Here's my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/11/21/the-friday-56-45-torn-a-fire-born-novel/

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    1. I'm so glad it's not just me! I have so many books I absolutely can't wait to read and then they end up just sitting there!

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  13. I definitely wanna read this one... she's a riot!
    Happy weekend!

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  14. Forced myself to read the book even though I wasn't in the mood for it. -- I feel this way sometimes, but then I realized I don't need to be that hard to myself :) The book looks so interesting ♥

    BookBeginning@EverythingNyze
    BookBloggerHop@EverythingNyze

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    1. I tend to get a little too task oriented but you're absolutely right about no need to be so hard on ourselves!

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  15. I want to listen to this on audio. I loved Tina Fey's book and this sounds good too.

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    1. Oh I think this would be fantastic on audio!

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  16. Oh, I do that too with books and review dates, it can be so stressful. I'm trying to be more flexible and not get stuck on when the review goes up. It's a challenge for me some days.

    I rarely watch SNL so I don't really know Poehler but it seems as if she has a good voice, easy to read.

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    1. I'm not great at being flexible but I'm working on it!
      I'm kind of the same with Amy Poehler. I'm not sure I would know much about her if not for Mindy Kaling 'a book.

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  17. Everyone seems to be loving this book and I confess it has made me really curious. Maybe I will pick it up. Happy Weekend.

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    1. I like the bits I've seen of her and so far I'm really enjoying it!

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  18. This book is on my Christmas list! I really hope I get it too :( I hope you're enjoying it! Did you hear that she narrated part of her book too? Can you imagine the pleasure!?

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    1. So far I'm really enjoying it! I'd love to hear the audio on this one! I also would like to listen to the audio for Tina Fey's book.

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