Mostly Mag

The Unique Blogger Award

First of all, I am SO thrilled to have been nominated for this unique – LOL – award by the fabulous Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd! Trust me, y’all, Danielle is truly a unique blogger and I’m so honored to have been among those she picked for this award – a huge thank you to Danielle and a round of applause while we’re at it! 😀

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown you love by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the interest of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8 to 13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

Danielle’s Questions

What is one achievement that you’re proud of?

I am super proud of my education – I earned a master’s degree in social work WAY back in 2009! While I’ve worked in the field in many different areas, I feel like I’m finally putting my degree to excellent use, in a job that I love and feel that I was simply cut out for. I just completed my first two weeks as an outpatient therapist at our local community mental health center!

 

I absolutely love my job – I’ve always felt like I have a talent for listening to others – and now, as an official therapist, I get paid to do something I absolutely adore. I already have a caseload of a little more than 30 patients – which seems like a lot, and it is for a newbie like me – but the other therapists with whom I work have about 250 clients they see! 

Of course, clients come to therapy based on need, which could be once a week or even once every few months – it totally depends on the client. I see a range of age groups, from children as young as six to people over 60 and I cannot express enough just how much I love it!

As a social worker, I’ve worked in a variety of settings – a mental health hospital, a battered women’s shelter, two child advocacy centers, a group home for girls, and for the Department of Children’s Services in my state as a foster care case manager, which was, by far, the toughest of all of my jobs. While each of my jobs has been rewarding, my work in therapy is by far the most, as it’s what I’ve wanted to do as long as I’ve been a social worker with just a bachelor’s degree.

I’m looking forward to getting my master’s level license reinstated and moving into the supervision process to top out – so far – in my profession – with my LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), when I’ll be able to serve even more people!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could go absolutely anywhere, I would totally go to all of the ancient sites I could possibly absorb in one around the world trip. I’d love to go to Mexico, Central America, and South America to take in the ancient ruins of the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs.

I’d go to the ruins of ancient Greece, the Egyptian pyramids, India, the Great Wall of China, Tibet, Stonehenge, Easter Island – pretty much anywhere with ancient history, ruins, religious sites of all cultures – I want to see it ALL!

Who gives you strength in everyday life?

If I must choose one person, I can’t – I choose two – my baby boys, Jack and Hank. They give me a reason to live, breathe, and strive to be the best me I can be. Before having my babies, I struggled through serious bouts of depression and would often feel that I had nothing to live for.

While I continue to struggle with depression – I do see a psychiatrist – my boys help me to realize just what is truly important in life. Before becoming a mother, I didn’t understand how it felt to love SO DEEPLY – I never imagined I was capable of feeling the kind of love I feel for my children.

I’m going to be brutally honest here – and it is a little scary – but in the past, I did contemplate taking my own life, more in the form of wishing I would actually get so sick that I would simply fade away into nothingness. Now that I have Jack and Hank, I refuse to think those kinds of thoughts.

That’s not saying that ideations don’t cross my mind now and then, but I’m snapped back to reality and remember that my sweet little boys deserve to have their mother as long as humanly possible. My boys give me all the reasons to live, to survive, to take care of myself, especially my mental health. Without them, who knows where I’d be right now.

My Questions

  1. What is your all-time favorite quote and why?
  2. What is your true passion?
  3. What is the most unique thing about your home city/state/country – in your opinion?

Spreading the Love

I have chosen to tag the following UNIQUE bloggers – truly, the whole bookish blogging community is full of unique bloggers – but the people I choose to nominate I am lucky to consider not only special bloggers, but friends. 

Erin @ Bluestocking Bookworm

Brittany @ Ginger Night Owl

Faith @ Sucker for Coffe

Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Simant @ Flipping Thru the Pages

Stephanie @ Beauty and the Bookish Blog

Lindsay @ Singer of Stories

Aria @ Blue Lily and Blue

Ashleigh @ For the Love of Books

Emily @ Midwestern Book Nerd

Love, Maggie

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 4

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Monday Review, an original weekly meme where I invite YOU to link up your favorite book reviews!

Reviews may include, but are not limited to, posts from the past week, month, year, whenever – as long as it’s a review you’re proud of and would like to share with the blogosphere! 

Simply add the direct link to your chosen review to the linky and voila! 

Thank you for your participation – I’m hoping to keep this meme going as long as y’all are willing to provide your review links! 😀

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Love, Maggie

Reading Challenge

Drumroll Please!

Hey, y’all! Today is the day – the beginning of the Make Me Read It Read-a-Thon! Hosted by Val at The Innocent Smiley and Ely from Tea & Titles, the read-a-thon runs through August 13.

As I’ve written many times before, I have a poor track record when it comes to actually completing reading challenges, so, I will simply do my best to make it through as many of my [your] picks as possible!

I say YOUR picks because the point of the challenge is for participants to read their chosen books in the order in which YOU, the blog readers, voted!

I’ve included a visual poll result, but since it is a bit tough to read, I’ll break down the order in which I’ll be reading my books in a more appealing manner! 😀

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

So, good luck to me! I’ll certainly need it if I think I’ll get through all seven books in seven days! 😀 Good luck to all of the other participants as well! Drop me a line if you’re participating too – I’d love to follow your progress and cheer you on! 😀

Love, Maggie

Mostly Mag

The Anything But Books Tag

Another day, another tag! This time around, I’m filling out the Anything But Book Tag, which I found over at Bookaholic Banter! I’m really excited about this tag – not like I don’t get excited about them all – but it will definitely get y’all a chance to know me a little, non-bookishly! 

Cartoons I Love:

Of course, I cannot exclude Spongebob Squarepants from this list – not only do I love it, but I end up watching it with my two-year-old ALL THE TIME anyway! Hell, we’re watching the DVD of season six now! 😀

Futurama has been a long-time favorite of mine! My favorite character is the crazy robot, I think his name is Roberto? Anyway, I adore this show and tape it still on the DVR!

I also adore Aqua Team Hunger Force = HILARIOUS and so random! The show did get weird(er) when the creators started changing the title seemingly every other season and it stopped making any sense whatsoever though…

A cartoon I want to watch, and that’s been highly recommended, is Rick & Morty! I tried watching it a few times on Hulu, but my husband would overrule me! LOL! Plus, we had to unsubscribe from Hulu for a bit; maybe I can get it on DVD?

My Favorite Song Right Now:

Quite honestly, I don’t listen to much current or super popular music…So this is a tough one for me. I reckon the most recent song I love – and that gets totally stuck in my head ALL THE TIME – would have to be Ariana Grande’s Side to Side!

Besides Reading, I Could Do This for Hours:

I wish I could say something like, oh I bake all the time or something else sweet, but honestly, I could – and do – just be with my husband and laugh and laugh! We have super goofy inside jokes and all that, as I’m sure many fun couples do!

I also adore television, especially talk shows – ahem, Dr. Phil and Maury – and reality TV of [almost] all sorts!

I like playing games too, but it’s tough to find somebody to play with me a lot of the time!

Something I Love to Do That Might Surprise My Followers:

I love to swim – I mean REALLY swim, like doing laps! I wish I could do it more often! I was on a swim team in high school and I loved practice and meets. My best stroke was always butterfly – I honestly don’t know how I do it – it just comes naturally. 

My most awful stroke is backstroke! I can’t swim that stroke straight to save my life and would always bounce off the lane ropes and usually come in last if I had to swim it at meets! 😀

My Favorite Thing to Learn About:

I’m really interested in history, especially ancient history and specifically the Russian imperialism era. I also adore watching Ancient Aliens on The History Channel! While I generally suspend disbelief regarding the alien parts of the show, I love learning about the history surrounding the cultures and parts of the world explored.

Here’s Something Unusual I Know How to Do:

The most unusual thing I can do is literally flutter my eyelashes! I would post a video of myself partaking in this amazing talent, but I always look creepy when I try to tape myself doing it!

My Most Recent Personal Project:

I guess my best answer for this one is joining in on round seven of The Secret Sister Project! I’m SO excited to spoil my sister and in turn to be spoiled by my super secret sister! I’m planning to post all of my packages – the project lasts until the end of January – in my blog’s Unboxed category!

I’m already in full swing of planning what to do with the boxes I send my sister, who seems amazing – we have a lot in common it seems! I’ve already done a little shopping and I’m just so excited! I’ve also got a secret pen pal this round, so I’m stoked about getting to use my cute, yet neglected, stationery and stamps!

Something I Think About Often:

Honestly, I try NOT to think too often – I’m a worrier at heart and I’m still training myself to turn negative self-talk into positive!

My Favorite Oddly Specific Thing:

This isn’t really ‘oddly’ specific, but I adore my Funko Pops! I even like them from fandoms about which I’m totally clueless! The Funko I have that I gaze at the most often is the Yule Ball Hermione – love her!

Love, Maggie

Unboxed

Wanderlust

The July OwlCrate box certainly didn’t disappoint – I mean, how could it?! I was so thrilled to receive a book I’ve been hearing such amazing things about and have been dying to read, Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! One of my favorite aspects of the OwlCrate is that it features books with box-exclusive covers!

This month’s theme, Wanderlust, is based on adventure and excitement, and, damn, was I ever excited to dig into the box’s traditional adorable shredded white paper and dig out its contents!

The Contents

  • A darling backpack inspired by J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings series, made exclusively by the people behind OwlCrate
  • A precious owl luggage tag made by Mudpuppy
  • An adorable Funko keychain featuring Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts
  • A pocket mirror inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [I literally thought the mirror was a magnet until I read the spoiler insert!] created by Miss Phi
  • A sweet little mini pocket journal from Ooly – eight different designs went out in this month’s boxes!
  • A beautiful art print inspired by Looking for Alaska by John Green, created by Shailey Ann Designs
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue as well as a bookplate signed by author Mackenzi Lee!

I absolutely cannot wait to find out what August’s box has in store for its subscribers!

Love, Maggie

Surprise!

August Book of Choice Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to August, everyone! With the new month comes another installment of the Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by the lovely Lonna at FLYLef! The prize is as the giveaway title suggests – one book of your choice! 😀

The Rules and 411

  • The giveaway will begin August 1 at midnight and will end August 15 at midnight
  • My personal giveaway is open internationally, yay! 
  • The winner may choose one [1] book of his or her choice worth no more than 15 US dollars
  • The winner’s choice will be shipped from The Book Depository
  • The winner must respond to my email within two days or another winner will be randomly chosen
  • GOOD LUCK! 😀

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget to visit the other amazing blogs participating in the giveaway! 😀

A Mom’s Perspective (INT) 
Rainy Days and Pajamas (INT) 
FLYLēF, Host (INT) 
With Love for Books (INT) 
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures 
Beware Of The Reader (INT) 
Kathryn. Book Date

Love, Maggie

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 3

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Monday Review, an original weekly meme where I invite YOU to link up your favorite book reviews!

Reviews may include, but are not limited to, posts from the past week, month, year, whenever – as long as it’s a review you’re proud of and would like to share with the blogosphere! 

Simply add the direct link to your chosen review to the linky and voila! 

Thank you for your participation – I’m hoping to keep this meme going as long as y’all are willing to provide your review links! 😀

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Love, Maggie

Reading Challenge

Alpahbethon: C

Yes, I have discovered yet another read-a-thon! Alphabethon is totally unique in that each round focuses on reading books based on a different letter, with this, the third round, being C. Round three starts tomorrow, July 31, and runs through Sunday, August 6. I’m so thrilled this particular read-a-thon won’t interfere with the seemingly hundreds of others in which I’m participating in August!

Here’s a breakdown of the challenge guidelines:

  • You can choose book titles beginning with the round’s letter – C
  • You can also pick books whose authors’ last names begin with C
  • You can even pick books with authors whose first names begin with C
  • There are some read-a-thon challenges within the challenge:
    • Read a book with three Cs [title, author’s first and last name]
    • Read a book with a main character whose name begins with C
    • Read a book with a C setting
    • Read a book with something beginning with the letter C on either the front or back cover
    • Read a book in a spot beginning with C, other than your couch!
    • Read a book with a page count over 400
    • Read a book with a page count under 200
  • There will also be reading sprints held through Twitter during the challenge week!

I’ve opted to read books I already have, naturally! I’m not going to be overly ambitious this week with my reading list, as I do have to work and all that jazz. But, here is what I’m planning to tackle for the challenge:

And that is all! Like I’ve said in pretty much every other reading challenge post I’ve written thus far, I’m terrible at finishing challenges; therefore, I think this list should work out nicely!

Love, Maggie

Reading Challenge

Summer TBR Wipeout Update, Part Two

Hey, y’all! It’s already time for the second update of the amazing Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge, hosted by Olivia at The Candid Cover! In my first update, I explained that I had been doing well with reading the books I pledged to read throughout the challenge and I’m happy to report that I’m still making steady progress!

Over the past week or so, I finished three more of the ten books I committed to reading during the challenge. The first book I completed was the adorable cozy mystery A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander. Let me just say that I absolutely adore Alexander’s series, A Bakeshop Mystery; this is the second installment and I loved it so much! 

Next, I read Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, which I also totally loved – it’s part of a graphic novel series with which I’m in awe. The first graphic novel series I’ve ever read, it totally turned me on to the genre. 

Speaking of graphic novels, I finally had the chance to read the first in the graphic novel editions of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club, Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier. Let’s just say I’m very much looking forward to reading more of Telgemeier’s work! [The first book I read by Telgemeier was Ghostsfor which you can find my review HERE.]

With my completion of these three books, I have four more to read in my quest to finish the challenge: The Secrets of My Life: A History by Caitlyn Jenner, Angus Oblong’s Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tales for Troubled ChildrenThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, and The Vision, Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King.

Thus far, my strategy of choosing graphic novels and pretty short books has paid off well, as I’ve actually been able to finish more than half of my picks within a time frame of a couple of weeks. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have historically had much difficulty in actually completing reading challenges and *knock on wood*, this will be the first challenge I will see all the way through!

The only book I’m a little nervous about finishing is Jenner’s memoir, as I have it in audiobook format and I’m so bad about falling asleep while listening to books! However, I plan to persevere and save it for last, so as to focus solely on it while hoping I can find the time to listen during the day, ideally while I’m busy with housework or something along those lines.

In conclusion, I’m seriously proud of my challenge progress and look forward to completing the first reading challenge to which I’ve committed! Ending August 13, I’m pretty confident that I will finish this challenge!

Love, Maggie

Mostly Mag

The To Be Read Tag

It’s no secret that I LOVE tags, whether or not I am actually chosen to participate in completing them! This time, however, I was ACTUALLY tagged by Sarah from Book Hooked Nook to fill out the To Be Read Tag!

How I Keep Track of My TBR Pile:

I really don’t keep track – officially! I do have a ginormous Goodreads TBR shelf, but it’s mostly for EVERYTHING that looks or sounds interesting, plus, I always add books I may want to get notifications about if there are giveaways for them. 

I stick entire series on the GR shelf, even if I haven’t read the first installment and have no clue whether or not I’ll even like it! So, that particular TBR list is pretty much a catch-all.

Mainly, I know what’s on my TBR by just browsing my Kindle, my library e-books, and my closet – which is filled with books I own. I’m better at keeping a TBR when I’m dedicated to fulfilling a reading challenge!

Is My TBR Mostly Print or E-books:

I’d say it’s about equal parts print and e-books. For instance, I’m obsessed with haunting the e-collection belonging to my local library, where I typically use up the maximum amount of holds I can. As for my print books, I own them all – I’m too lazy to actually cross the street to get to the physical library! 😀

How I Determine Which Book From My TBR to Read Next:

I’m a serious mood reader, so I read just whatever I feel like most of the time. However, if I’m participating in a reading challenge, I’m more likely to go for whatever is in my challenge lineup. Even then I’m a mood reader – typically – especially if I have a list of books that I can read in any order I choose.

A Book That Has Been on My TBR the Longest:

It’s tough for me to nail down an exact book that’s been on my TBR seemingly forever, but I’m sure it’s a classic, as I have dreams of reading them ALL – one of these days! I have wanted to read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson for a LONG time!

A Book That I Recently Added to My TBR:

Probably the most recent book I’ve added to my list is Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1. I really don’t know what took me so long to add this title to my TBR, as I’m obsessed with graphic novels – better late than never!

A Book on My TBR Strictly Because it Has a Beautiful Cover:

I love the cover for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson! It’s so striking and just plain gorgeous! While I do plan to read it at some point, it’s not high on my TBR list.

A Book on My TBR That I Never Plan on Actually Reading:

Molly Jong-Fast’s novel, Normal Girl, has been on my list for absolute ages, but I doubt I’ll read it. I bought it because of its precious hot pink cover, but I’ve noticed that reviews for it aren’t very promising, so I probably won’t go there, although it looks cute in my little library!

An Unpublished Book on My TBR That I’m Excited for:

I’ve written about Dan Brown’s upcoming fifth Robert Langdon novel, Origin, quite a few times, but it’s totally the yet-to-be-published book I’m dying to get my eyes on the most!

A Book on My TBR That Everyone Has Read but Me:

The answer to this one has got to be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve basically got the entire series on my Kindle, I just haven’t gone there – yet. This will more than likely change soon, as I’ve got it scheduled for the Make Me Read It read-a-thon coming up in August!

A Book on My TBR That Everyone Recommends to Me:

For this one, it’s a toss-up between When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’m number one million for each on the library holds list, so it’ll be a bit before I get to them, but I certainly will one of these days!

A Book on My TBR That I’m Dying to Read:

I’m about to explode to read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco! It’s also on my Make Me Read It read-a-thon list for next month, so hopefully, I’ll get to it then!

The Number of Books on My TBR:

According to my Goodreads TBR shelf, I have a grand total of 745 books to read! LOL! I don’t think it’s humanly possible to read that many books in a lifetime, especially since I’m constantly adding to my list! I pretty much want to read ALL THE BOOKS!

Love, Maggie

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