Tuesday Top Ten-Reasons I Love Being a Blogger

I’ve been thinking a lot about being a blogger later. I’ve been doing it for over two years now, viagra buy which is kind of baffling to me. I know people who’ve been doing it for so much longer than me but two years is nothing to sneeze at. I’m quite proud of myself too. Its been a lot of hard work but I love it.

But I truly have been thinking about it quite a lot lately. Reaching my two year anniversary was huge, shop and I had a mondo giveaway for it. Yes, I realize mondo is not a word, but for the sake of this post, let’s just pretend that it is. I’ve also gotten recognized a bit in public, and by public, I mean, when I’m at bookish or nerdish events. That’s been kind of fun. I’ve had people talking about my blog to others, which, again, kind of fun and kind of crazy.

I’ve also really started to spread myself out. I have friends everywhere I go. Its kind of insane but I am loving it so much. I’m meeting people at book signings and festivals and premieres and concerts, and I’m meeting people online and I’m meeting booksellers and authors and other bloggers and its just been intense and awesome. Last night, I was at Leigh Bardugo’s release party for Ruin and Rising (more on that at a later post, of course), and I had several people coming up to talk to me. Bloggers. Readers. Librarians. Authors. It was an incredible feeling and it reminded me how much I love doing this and how much I love being in this world.

So this week’s top ten is talking about WHY I love being a blogger. Enjoy :)

Technically there aren’t ten reasons. I know what you’re thinking. If you love blogging so much, aren’t there a million reasons. Well, yes and no. The fact is, there are a million reasons why I love being a blogger and why I love my blog but it all kind of boils down to these reasons.

9. Promoting my Novel 

I mean, come on, this is something that I honestly didn’t think about it until fairly recently BUT its something that I think is going to work out for me in the long run. I’ve spent and continue to spend a lot of time on this blog. I don’t have a massive following but there’s a good amount of you out there, and I think that’s awesome. And the few of you that are there, are REALLY great fans. You guys rock, and I love talking to you. I honestly think that a good amount of you will follow me into my writing career and that’s awesome. There are a lot of you that have expressed a ton of interest in reading The Awakened so that makes me incredibly happy. I think my blog has gotten me on a great start to hopefully making my novel be successful in the future.

8.  Discovering New Fandoms 

When I first started blogging, I had a small group of fandoms, but I was very passionate about them. In the past two years of blogging, my fandoms have exploded. I was a TMI fan, and a Star Wars and Harry Potter and Doctor Who and many many others but I’ve discovered Legend and Jessica Brody’s books and Leigh Bardugo and Andrew Smith, and just the whole wide world of YA that I hadn’t even begun to discover yet. Every day, I’m discovering new authors, new books, new shows, new movies and that is awesome. I review a book, and it leads me to another book, which leads to me to another book. My life is a never-ending life of discovery.

7. Building up My Reputation and Earning Recognition

This is kind of the lowest one because…well its sort of unintended thing that happened. I had very different reasons for my blog when I first started it, so what happened with it actually worked out even better for me. But I love being a blogger because I love what it creates for me. It establishes me as a book lover and it establishes me as a person that works hard, and cares about the world of books and reading and writing and I love that. I love that, not only do I have the fans of readers, but I have teachers and librarians and authors and other bloggers that know me and respect me, and seek me out for things and that really means a lot to me. I may not get paid for being a blogger, but this…this is a huge reason and a huge paycheck for me. I love the way I feel when people recognize the hard work I put in and they respect me for that, and they support me.

6. The Perks!

Okay, I’d be lying if I said the perks weren’t a reason I love being a blogger. When I get a book in the mail, or get approved for an e-galley online, or when I’m granted press access, or that sort of thing…it feels good. Because those sorts of things, they don’t come easy. I didn’t start my blog to get free books, honestly. And those who do start blogs to get free stuff, and press access, etc,…you can tell and they end up not achieving those goals because they seem very lacking. So working my butt off for two years, and being able to earn these sorts of things is pretty awesome. I do enjoy that.

5. Writing About My Passions 

This is literally the REASON I started What a Nerd Girl Says. I was tired of talking everyone’s ears off about books that I love to read and that sort of thing and them being bored of their mind. I wanted a place that I could come to and talk about all these things that are so awesome to me. I was also taking children’s literature at the time and we did a small unit on YA, which made me feel…a lot of things actually. I had the desire to talk about it all the time and I also felt some validity in reading it, as an adult at 24 years old. So I started the blog. And I love that I can log onto this site and literally write about whatever I want, whenever I want. I love that. I can talk books every single day, I can write about movies and TV shows, and I can write my reactions and I can fangirl like crazy and I can share my opinions. I honestly think that’s just the best reason to start my blog and its a huge reason why I continue to do so.

4. The Events 

I love all the amazing things that I get to do. Honestly, its not like I have to do them or I’m invited to do them. I just do them. I did some book events before I had a blog but I really didn’t get involved until I had a blog. I didn’t realize how much was possible. I didn’t realize all the books that were out there, or the authors. I didn’t realize you could go to launch events for books, or go to movie premieres and meet and greets. I’ve gotten so hugely involved with all that, because of my blog. I’ve met SO many authors, and I’ve been to movie premieres and meet and greets and I’ve been to epic concerts and I’m attending my first ALA conference, and I’ve been to book festivals and its awesome. People are constantly, like, “Sara, you’re ALWAYS there” when it comes to events and they’re right. Usually. I got involved and I love it, I love every moment that I get to meet an author, or attend a premiere or something like that. I absolutely love it.

3. Becoming Friends with Authors 

This is something, again, that’s sort of randomly, magically happened and I absolutely love it. I want to be an author. Its like…when you’re a little kid and you want to be a firefighter when you grow up and you get to see one, and they talk to you, and its like…its like talking to Superman. Its like, they’re the biggest person you’ve ever seen. That’s the way I feel with authors. I want to be one, and I’m coming closer and closer to becoming one. So the fact that authors know me, and are becoming my…friends, for lack of a better word…it makes me incredibly happy. I love saying hi to them at events. Ava Dellaira, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil…they all said hi to me last night, gave me hugs and it makes me feel awesome. It’s total hero worship! I love that my blog constantly brings me in contact with the people that I am inspired by.

2. The Community 

The people that are involved in this community that I’ve immersed myself in. Disregarding a few rare cases, I’ve found that this community is incredible. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Librarians and authors and booksellers and bloggers and fans, they all work together, and (for the most part), there is no competition and I love that! There’s always this moment, where you think, I need to know something or I have a question, or something of that nature and I can immediately think of someone in my community, whether in real life or online, that can assist me. I think its great that I can meet other bloggers in real life and we automatically are fast friends, and we’re exchanging ideas. I love that there’s this whole little inside world of people that all love the same sorts of things as me.

1. Meeting New Friends 

Which brings me to my very last and very important reason that I love being a blogger and running this blog. I go to these events and make friends online and I have this incredible community and all of this, and it brings me to some of the best people ever. I have met some of the COOLEST people, that I can’t imagine being without…and in only the last two years. I’ve met amazing friends, people that I literally talk to every single day. These are the first people I want to text when reading a new book, or when I find out about a cool event. We laugh together and wait in lines for hours together, and its been amazing to find these friends. Without my blog, I wouldn’t have these people in my life and that would be a very sad thing to me, and I’m grateful for my blog, because it brought me to every single one of them.

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Are you a blogger? What are some of the reasons you love doing it? Share in the comments!

Weekly Fangirl Round-Up

Nerd Girl News

Check out all the information on the movie tie-in edition of If I Stay!

New Maze Runner stills have been revealed!

E. Lockhart’s most recent novel, sales which is getting SO much buzz, viagra 40mg has officially been optioned for film!

One of my favorite childhood story characters, medical Paddington, is heading to the big screen; check out the new trailer!

New images from the newest Jurassic Park film have been released, featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Divergent fans, what you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Our Uriah has officially been cast for Insurgent and has arrived for filming!

More casting news for Insurgent, Rosa Salazar has been cast as Lynn!

In other Divergent news, Hector, the younger brother of Lynn and Marlene, has been cast as well!

Two new cast members have been announced for the adaptation of The DUFF.

A Song of Ice and Fire author, George RR Martin has officially joined twitter!

City of Bones star, Lily Collins, has been cast as the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zomibes!

The first official trailer for Legend of Korra season 3 has finally been revealed!

Its happening, 90s kids, Netflix orders a reboot of The Magic School Bus!

Interesting announcement for video game fans: Sony has a Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the works.

Anomaly, featuring Ian Somerhalder and Noel Clarke, has a trailer!

Vanity Fair has chosen 23 women that will be the new wave of the future.

Check out all these new behind the scenes photos of the filming of Divergent.

The official author list for YALLFest 2014 has been announced and its MIND BLOWING.

Posts and Vlogs

Monday Missions #9

Girls Gone Sci-Fi at Mysterious Galaxy: Book Boyfriends Dating Game!

The Darling Buds at The Hotel Cafe-Recap and Live Video

Tuesday Top Ten: Best Books I’ve Read so Far This Year

Beta Readers Needed for The Awakened! Apply Now (til June 30th)

The Darling Buds at Gibson 90210-Recap and Live Video

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The Darling Buds at Gibson 90210-Recap and LIVE Video!

So, website like this you know, viagra order seeing Jamie Campbell Bower, Tristan Marmont, Dan Smith and Roland Johnson aka The Darling Buds just once in a week was just…just not enough for me. I was lucky enough to see the band play a 21+ sold out show at The Hotel Cafe on Monday, which was SUPER awesome. It was seriously…it was so awesome. You can read all about that concert and check out the video I took here at this link.

Because the show on Monday was at a 21+ venue, there was another show on Thursday night, all ages, free, first come, first serve for the first 100 people. At first, I wasn’t going to go because, well, fangirls get kind of poor and I had already seen Jamie play at the Venice Boardwalk and I had just seen the full band play at the Hotel Cafe on Monday.

But then my awesome friend Stephanie convinced me to go, and offered to come pick me up (which is just…beyond awesome, since it was out of her way), and you know what? I am SO glad I did it! Because I needed to be a spoiled girl and see them again. Of course.

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So me, Stephanie, my friend Cassandra and Sylvia (from Fangirl Feeels) all piled in a car together and made our way to Beverly Hills to the Gibson Showroom to try and get into this free show. We arrived at about one pm and were pretty stoked to see that there were only about 10 people in line. We immediately got in line and spent the next six hours, hanging out, drinking a bit, and playing games…oh and eating Chipotle. You know, the usual fangirl life.

When we got into the venue, we immediately snagged a good spot, and once the band started playing, we really realized how GREAT of a spot we got! Check out the video I took. I got two full songs, “Freak Like Me” and “Waiting”. I took a few 15-second videos of other songs like “Better Man” and “Dragons are Real, You Have to Believe Me”, and you can see those all on my instagram page.

The BEST part was that I was recording “Freak Like Me” because I LOVE that song, and I didn’t get it on Monday, and Jamie came up to me, Sylvia, Stephanie, Cassandra and our friend, Jackie, and started singing with us. That made my whole night. I literally keep watching that part of the video, over and over and over again. SUCH a great experience.

The Darling Buds rocked it, hard, and it was just as awesome of a performance as Monday, maybe even better. You could tell they were a bit nervous on Monday, maybe because it was a sold out show and there was pressure or whatnot. Tonight, they looked so laid back and they were having fun and it was SO great.

After the show was over, we started making our way out, when I spotted Roland. I took pictures with all the guys on Monday night but I didn’t think for a moment to get autographs because, well, I just didn’t think of it. So I flagged Roland down, got his signature and got another beautiful selfie with him!

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So beautiful.

We made our way outside and just sort of hung out. We were kind of “kicked out” nicely out of the venue so we didn’t think that they would come out, but I’m not one to give up so easily so I convinced my friends to stay a little bit longer.

Luckily, the band DID come out, though they weren’t able to stay for long. They took one massive group picture with those who stayed. It was taken with an awesome girl named Abby’s camera and it’ll hopefully go up on Twitter tomorrow and I can share it because I’m legit right in the front, right behind Jamie and I’m like YAY!

As soon as they took the group picture, they lingered for a few minutes and I was able to get Jamie, Dan and Tristan’s signatures too, which made me SO happy, and was basically the perfect ending to a perfect Darling Buds week.

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Jamie is the one in the top left, in black ink, Roland is at the top next to him, Dan’s signature is the bottom left and Tristan’s is the bottom right :)

I’m hopefully going to try and print out the pictures I took with the boys and put them on this poster, because that would be AWESOME.

All in all, what a GREAT week and I absolutely loved seeing The Darling Buds twice. I hope they put out an album soon because I love their songs and I hope they come back to California soon.

Check out the rest of my pictures from the concert (there are a LOT) in this album on the official What A Nerd Girl Says Facebook page!

And thanks, as always, for watching and reading!

Beta Readers Needed for The Awakened! Apply Now!

Hello everyone!

For those of you who have been in the dark, page or not paying attention, or don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I just finished writing the very first draft of my novel, The Awakened.

I’m SO very excited about this. I started writing it in October, wrote a TON of words during NaNo in November, and then sort of had to push myself through the rest of it, and finished it roughly a week ago. I finished it at about 4 am and literally burst into tears because I was so happy and relieved to get those last words on the page.

But now comes the fun part. I’m ready to share this with the world but that’s not quite how it works. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m going to need your help with that.

Right now, I’m working on edits for The Awakened with the help of my cousin, Gina, who is a rock star, and my new writer bestie haha, Casey, who is going to help me get my butt into gear. We are all kind of working to get The Awakened into good shape. It’ll hopefully not take too long and that’s when I’ll need you!

In about mid-July, I’m going to be sending out emails to about five or six beta readers, to read and review and provide some good quality feedback on The Awakened.

I’m hoping to give the beta readers a good 2-3 weeks to read and provide feedback on the novel for me. After that, its more edits and then querying for an agent. AGH!

Now, there are SO many of you who have expressed interest in reading my novel and I honestly wish I could send it out to every single one of you who are interested. I do. But I just can’t. I can’t trust my novel in the hands of so many, before I get the chance to finally publish it. I need trustworthy people, people who provide good, quality feedback, and in a timely manner, as well.

Here is the synopsis for it, for those of you who don’t know what The Awakened is about:

Zoey Valentine is living a normal life in New York City. She reads, goes to baseball games with her dad, goes dancing with her best friend Madison and avoiding the bane of her existence and her next door neighbor, Ash. Then the virus hits, wiping out a third of the population. Everyone is scared, but it only gets worse when the bodies start disappearing and reappearing as the awakened. They’re like zombies, but smarter, quicker, meaner, and they are only focused on one thing: their hunger for human flesh. Now Zoey is on the run, away from New York City, hoping to find a place of safety, away from the virus and away from the monsters that are chasing her. 

This application will require a little bit of work. If you can’t handle the small bit of work that it requires, then you most definitely can’t handle the moderate amount of work I’ll need for you as a beta reader.

But there are perks. You get to read the novel before anyone else. You’ll be in the acknowledgement section in the future, when it comes a real book. So there’s that. I need people who are legitimately going to help me out, put in the work and help me make this book the best. I know that you guys want to read the book and I LOVE that. Seriously, it makes me so incredibly happy. I hope that day will come very soon for you.

This application will require a little bit of work. If you can’t handle the small bit of work that it requires, then you most definitely can’t handle the moderate amount of work I’ll need for you as a beta reader.

But there are perks. You get to read the novel before anyone else. You’ll be in the acknowledgement section in the future, when it comes a real book. So there’s that. I need people who are legitimately going to help me out, put in the work and help me make this book the best. I know that you guys want to read the book and I LOVE that. Seriously, it makes me so incredibly happy. I hope that day will come very soon for you.

 That being said: here is how to apply!

You must sent it to whatanerdgirlsays [at] gmail [dot] com or through the contact form on this blog.

It must be sent in by June 30th, 2014. No ifs, ands or buts.

Information Needed:

1. Your Name. I need a full name. I don’t to know you as twilightfan27. I need a full name. If you’re not comfortable sharing your full name, then its not for you.

2. An email address. One that I can reach you at easily.

3. Why you want to read The Awakened.

4. Why you SHOULD be a beta reader for The Awakened.

5. Two Options Here: 

If you have a blog, please send me links to two or three book reviews you’ve written in the past

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Write me two to three reviews on books you’ve read.

6. The link to your GoodReads page, if you have one.

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Remember, please get this in by June 30th!

Readers will be chosen in early July, and will be sent rules, and all instructions in mid-July before I send them PDFs of the novel.

Thank you all so much. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram so that you can check out all the sneak peeks I post on there!

Tuesday Top Ten-Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Today I have stolen my topic idea from The Broke and Bookish blog, sales which hosts the Top Ten Tuesday meme. I usually get ideas from them, tadalafil but I call mine something different…honestly because I didn’t know theirs existed when I started mine haha. And I do more than books, physician so there is that.

Today’s topic though…its June, near half way June, so we are basically at the halfway mark for the year of 2014. So what a perfect time to talk about the best books that I have read so far this year.

Let’s get to it.

And yes, I did a top 15…don’t attack me haha. It was SO hard to narrow it down!

Remember, clicking the title will take you to the book’s GoodReads page and clicking the author name will take you to their webpage!

15. Rebel by Amy Tintera

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Amy’s conclusion to her novel, Reboot, was incredible. I was so excited that I managed to get my hands on an e-galley of it, and I whipped through it so fast. Reboot is a major influence for The Awakened. Though they’re totally different spectrums of sci-fi, I love her writing, her style and the fact that she accomplished it in two books. I LOVED this book and my friend Mina just got me a signed copy so yay!

14. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack  

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I was massively impressed by this release of Cora Carmack. I think she’s a great writer but her stories honestly haven’t caught me quite yet but this one totally did. Football, hot boys and romance? You have me totally sold on that one. I can’t wait to read more in the Rusk University series.

13. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

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This book kept popping up on my radar and the cover was so pretty that I am so glad I finally buckled down and bought this and read it. Harper is such a fun main character, all sass and attitude and hilarity, with these new, almost superhero like powers, and its just a great book. I loved every single bit of this novel.

12. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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I honestly don’t think that there has been a book yet that I’ve been disappointed in when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book was so different from others that I’ve read from her in the past but it was just so good. It was scary! Every time the main character saw something in the mirror or got a note tucked into her backpack or something like that, I was just so scared. Such a great book.

11. Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn 

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Katie Finn is awesome, basically because its a lighter version of Morgan Matson, who I love…and its the same person. LOL. But I absolutely loved seeing a lighter, summer-y version of Morgan as Katie Finn and this book was SO much fun, and so delicious and…it just literally made me so excited for summer. Its the perfect summer read.

10. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka 

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What a beautiful, beautiful debut novel. I love it for so many reasons. Catherine Linka is SUCH a doll, and I love that its set in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I love the main character, and I love the bad guys for being so creepy and scary. I love what she brings up in this novel. I love that it reminds you that girls have to fight for their rights, every day, in every single country. Its just SUCH a great book.

9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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Look, yes, I was massively disappointed in the end of this book. I honestly thought it was way too incredibly safe and that Cassie could have made much bigger sacrifices than she did. That being said…I still liked the book a lot. I wasn’t a fan of the “second” trilogy of TMI to be honest, but this book really brought it to a close and I was pleased with many parts of it. So it definitely makes the list.

8. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira 

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YES! This book is so absolutely beautiful. Thank you Stephen Chbosky and Emma Watson for talking this book up, because then I got my hands on it and loved it. And I’ve met Ava several times, and become friends with her and she’s just the sweetest. This book is beautiful and wonderfully written and just heartbreaking. I absolutely love this book. Its a MUST read. And its going to be a movie, penned by Ava herself!

7. Cress by Marissa Meyer 

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The Lunar Chronicles blows my mind and they honestly get better with every single book. I LOVED CRESS. I feel bad because it took me so long to read it but I was in a massive slump back then and it was awful. But when I got caught up in this book, I couldn’t put it down and I just love it so much. I even wear a “Thorne is my captain” pin on my apron at work every single day. Such a great book and leaves me panting for Winter!

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Jenny Han is awesome. And yes, it took me reading this book to figure that out, but that’s okay. This is the book that made me a fan of Jenny Han. It was fun, and written so well, and I love the main character, and I love all the boys that make an appearance in this novel and I’m so excited for the sequel because this book was just so good. Jenny Han has contemporary YA romance in the palm of her hand, and she does it so well.

5. The One by Kiera Cass

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Oh, Kiera Cass. Only you can take something like this and make it so wonderful. She creates basically a story that puts The Hunger Games with the Bachelor, and a bunch of girls fighting over the hand of one prince, and a love triangle (a big one), and just makes it work. It sounds like something I would never read in a million years but this is SUCH a great trilogy and The One is an amazing ending to it. I am so glad I got to meet her and tell her how this blew my mind.

4. Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

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I was SO excited to finally get my hands on the sequel to Unremembered because I had questions that needed to be answered and then…and then! Jessica goes and leaves it on the biggest cliffhanger since Unremembered (haha), and leaves me literally dying for Unchanged. I can’t handle it. But being back with Sera and Zen, and in so many different time periods, and the action and the tension and the kissing…all of it was just so great and I am not kidding when I say I literally can’t wait to get my hands on Unchanged :)

3. Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott  

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Okay, talk about a book that literally came out of left field, and just knocked me down. I watched a live cast of Jessica Brody and Victoria Scott, and I thought Victoria was super cool so I had to get my hands on her book, and I did. I read it in literally about 2 hours. I LOVED it. I seriously…oh, god, don’t get me started. I just loved the whole thing of it. It has this epic survival story going on, and a race full of action and tension, and a hot guy (because we need hot guys and kissing, duh!) and the Pandoras. I won’t reveal what those are but the Pandoras are the coolest things in the entire world. I’m just saying.

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 

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Great summer book. Great book about friendship and breaking out of your shell and going out of the norm and falling in love and making new friends. Just such an amazing, great book. It reminds me that Morgan Matson has yet to disappoint me, and that she remains one of my favorite authors, period. She is just SO great, and I loved this book. I felt so close to the main character, and she felt so familiar. I could re-read this book again and again and again.

1. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith 

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I have never read a book like this in my life before GJ and I doubt I’ll ever read a book like this again. Its literally a book about everything, and it made me laugh and it made me shake my head and raise my eyebrows and so many other things. This book is absolutely incredible because it takes so many bits and pieces and manages to fit them together in such a crazy good book. Every time I see it, I just shake my head and smile because I’m  just reminded of how much it blew my mind, and just…its amazing. Its the weirdest book I’ve ever read but its so good. You need to read this book. You just have to.

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Well, there you have it, folks. The top 15 books I’ve read so far this year. What are some of the best books you’ve read this year? Share in the comments!

The Darling Buds at The Hotel Cafe-Recap and LIVE Video!

HI EVERYONE!

So its about 2 am now and I’m SUPER tired and exhausted but also super happy and I figured, medicine you know what, case I’m just going to write this post now because why not!

So about a month ago, find Jamie Campbell Bower, actor/singer/model/musician/hottie extraordinaire, did an acoustic set of some of his songs at Venice Beach. It was SO incredibly fun, and you can read all about it on the blog here.

Then a couple weeks he announced that him and his band, The Darling Buds would be playing a 21+ show at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on June 9th. I immediately told all my friends and we scooped up tickets SO fast. I knew I had to see him and his band play.

Today I got to see him play, and I can’t even…the feels, guys, the feels. It was so much fun! It was, like, the ultimate girls night with some of my favorite girls!

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We got to Hollywood early, had some food, and hung out, waiting in line to get into the venue.

Once we were in, we had drinks, listened to the opening band, and just laughed and talked. Seriously, it just felt so good to hang out with my girls!

Then Jamie, Tristan, Roland and Dan aka The Darling Buds came out to play, and they were just SO awesome. They rocked it. I thought that Jamie was absolutely amazing doing the acoustic set on the beach, but the whole band just blew it out of the water. I could barely handle it. Check out the video I got. I took two videos, one of the song “Waiting”, and a second video of a brand new song that they were debuting at the show for the very first time. They were going to say the name, but Jamie said it was embarrassing or something haha so it remains untitled for now.

After they played, I had to go to the bathroom, and Lily Collins literally passed right by me. I had seen her earlier, sitting at a table and I nearly passed out haha. I’ve met Lily quite a few times but I’ve never actually gotten to take a picture with her, and she’s one of my biggest crushes for sure. I was determined to track her down, and I did!

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She was hanging out with Jaime Feld, who is Kevin Zeger’s wife, and I ADORE Jaime, so I had to get them both in the picture. Jaime was like “wait, what, me?” all surprised. It was so adorable. I was SO stoked to get Lily because she left almost immediately after this.

Then I ran into Roland, who is a member of the band! He was SO sweet, and later on in the night, came to talk to me and my friends, and he was just so excited about the show and the fact that it was sold out and that people were so enthusiastic and that we knew the words. SO cute.


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The best part though? The band was hanging out in a sort of “green room” sort of situation and they were letting fans in the room, in small groups, to do a sort of impromptu meet and greet, so me, Sylvia, Steffie and Ally immediately got on board with this, and went in.

There we met the whole band, Jamie, Tristan, Roland and Dan and they were SO amazing. They stopped and talked to all of us, and took pictures. Jamie remembered us from the Venice Boardwalk show, which was SO epic and cool. I hadn’t had the chance to show Jamie my Fearless rune tattoo at the TMI premiere because it was kind of chaos so I showed him today, and he immediately recognized it as the fearless tattoo and was SO into it. I loved that he was SO dedicated to TMI and knew the rune, and said it was his favorite. They all signed Steffie’s Delicious Milk poster, and it was just a blast. We easily were the group that took the longest in there haha.

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Me and Dan Smith :)
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Jamie with Steffie’s Delicious Milk sign haha
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Me and Jamie Campbell Bower <3

 

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I got a Tristan selfie! With a beautiful photobomb by Steffie in the background!

It was honestly SUCH a great time, and I’m blown away with how much fun I had. Seriously. I knew it was going to be fun but I never ever expected to have this much fun, and I’m so grateful for such a great day today! The Darling Buds rocked, Lily and Jaime were awesome, and my friends were the absolute best.

Don’t forget, you can check out more pictures from the concert in this album on the official What A Nerd Girl Says facebook page!

And thanks for reading and watching as always :)