The Whimsical Mama

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Parajunkee’s Feature Friday: Featured Blogger August 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura @ 9:00 pm

featuredbloggerFrom Parajunkee’s page:

How does this work? The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!



That being said, I am happy to say I was selected to be a feature for today! I’m super excited since I’m just getting started.

When did you start blogging?

I started this blog back in the fall of 2011. Originally, I intended to do a blog inspired by Julie and Julia, but that never really happened. I had a newborn to take care of, my hubby had a travel job, and cooking for one just isn’t fun. A few other failed ventures and I finally found my niche in book blogging this summer. Haven’t looked back!

What is your favourite part of book blogging?

I’d have to say that my favourite part of book blogging so far is getting connected with so many new people and hearing about so many great books!

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I haven’t gotten many reviews up yet, but I will (probably) be mainly blogging about YA books with a few adult novels thrown in too. I’m in my mid 20s, so I’m in that realm between two book worlds. YA will always have a special place in my heart though! I doubt I will ever stop reading it.

What is your favourite book(s)?

This is a toughie! I’m always drawn to say Harry Potter, because that is what launched my continuous love of reading, but I’ve read so many great books over the years. I’ll go with my favourite book to read to my kiddos – Love you Forever.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

The best thing so far that has happened to me is getting the opportunity to read and review books before they are released. I’ve always dreamed about having a chance to do that, and it’s coming true!


***This week’s question is: If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat… what would it be?***

This will be a bit out of the ordinary for me, but I would have to choose the Bible. I’ve always wanted to read all of it, and I can’t think of a better book to be “stuck” with and read over and over. My great-grandfather read it cover to cover several times and was one of the best men I’ve ever known. I would like to read it through at least once before I die.


Thanks for dropping by to my small bit of the reading/blogging universe. I prefer to be followed on Bloglovin’ or by email for my blog, and you’re always welcome to follow me on Twitter! (@armywife2310) Thanks, Parajunkee for this opportunity!

Have a great day and a great Labour Day weekend! (:

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The Blogging Bucket List

Filed under: Books — Maura @ 11:44 am

I found this over on Kaitlin’s (@KaitlinS16) Twitter. She tweeted one of her follower’s link to her page and it took me back to Kaitlin’s. I then decided I’d like to sit down and think of my own Blogging Bucket List. I’ve just recently started seriously blogging and have kinda been mulling around where I would like to see this go. I’ll start small and add to this as I go.

Basic goals:

  • Have fun
  • Meet new friends and strengthen current blogging friendships
  • Help promote authors’ works
  • Introduce fellow bookworms to new reads
  • Be introduced to new reads
  • Work on my review writing
  • Balance blogging, reading, housewifery, and kiddos

Numerical goals: (by mid-2014)

  • Hit 100 followers on Twitter
  • Hit 20 followers on Bloglovin’
  • Hit 20 followers via email
  • Do 40 reviews (30 of which are ARC/DRC)

Book and Review Goals

  • Review my first ARC/DRC from NetGalley
  • Review my first ARC/DRC from Edelweiss
  • Once I get through current approvals only request 5 books a month to review
  • Review a few kids’ books

Posts/Events Goals

  • Go to an author signing
  • Go to a book convention
  • Host a blogiversary giveaway (Start of book blogging)
  • Host a birthday giveaway
  • Do at least one book vs movie review
  • Do a guest blog post
  • Host a guest blogger
  • Interview an author for a book event

What’s your on your blogging bucket list?


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