Tag: Blogger Recognition Award

Akshay Kumar Das recently nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! This is a new one for me, so thank you so much! ❤


The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 2-3 other bloggers that you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How my blog started:

I started on Tumblr in 2013 and, to be honest, I don’t really remember a lot of the specifics. I think that I’d won a book in a Goodreads giveaway and wanted a place to post my review. I stuck it out for a good four (almost five) years on Tumblr before deciding that I wasn’t getting the traffic or interaction that I wanted. I had been thinking about moving my blog to a different site for a while, but I’m pretty indecisive, so I didn’t do anything.

Fate intervened at the end of March by dumping like two feet of snow on New Jersey. Everything was a disaster because who expects two feet of snow at the end of March?? My manager was actually in Mexico so I made the call to close the office until everything was cleared up. I ended up stuck in my house by myself for… a long time. I was so bored that I just decided to take the jump, and I’m so glad I did! Everybody I’ve ever talked to on WordPress has been so wonderful and supportive.


Two pieces of advice:

Have fun with it. If you push yourself too hard or try to pump out too much content, you’re going to be miserable. Take a break if you need to. Remember that this isn’t your job — it’s your hobby — and it should make you happy.

Interact with other bloggers as much as you can. This was so hard for me when I moved over to WordPress! There was basically no interaction on Tumblr except for an occasional message and I hadn’t really done the whole internet friend thing since my emo high school days, so I was a little out of practice. I also have a lot of social anxiety and that can make striking up conversations with new people really stressful! But let me be clear: I’ve learned that I love talking with other book bloggers, and I have made actual friends that I talk to outside of this website, which is a thing that I cannot believe happened. So if there’s one piece of advice that I really hope you’ll take, it’s to step out of your comfort zone and talk with people. This is the best online community I have ever found.


My nominations:

Becky ★ Maddie ★ Leslie

ARC Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher (via Netgalley)

Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often th ey end up in bed together.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

This was my fourth book by Christina Lauren, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m a big fan.

I loved Josh. I loved Hazel. I loved that they met back in college and that it was a disaster. I loved that, years later, they became best friends and then more. I loved that we really got to know Josh and Hazel as people before reading about them together.

I’m so glad that I read this book when I did. I really needed something light and fluffy to sort of reset my brain and this did the trick. I’m sorry that this is such a short review, but I enjoyed this book so much and would highly recommend it.


Have you read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating?
Are you a Christina Lauren fan?

Let’s talk in the comments!


Find me all over the internet: Goodreads | Twitter | Bloglovin’