Blogger Spotlight-Kayla from The Thousand Lives

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, drugs and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s blogger is Kayla from The Thousand Lives

You Can Find Her At:

Her Twitter

Her Good Reads

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Kayla: Kayla, 18, graduated with a Bachelor’s in English (yes, yes I know it’s a long story but the short answer is online college), currently a high school literature teacher, Algebra II teacher (both at a homeschool program), and a chiropractic assistant. Habitually introverted and hermit-like. My dog is my constant companion in my blogging and reading adventures. I’m fluent in English, Spanglish, sarcasm, and fangirl. I can also read Shakespeare quite easily and most of my friends cheated off my papers.

I’m afraid I’m quite uninteresting after that! I work a lot, and in my spare time I try to recuperate by reading books or catching up on/rewatching my favorite tv shows (Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender + Korra, Spongebob, and Criminal Minds). I love teaching, and sometimes (okay, 99% of the time) I’m far more excited for the books we read in class than my students.

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Kayla: My blog is to mainly categorize the books that I’ve read, and the thoughts I had about them. Too often I forget everything after I put the book back on my shelf! It’s just an extra bonus that I get to meet so many people and actually talk about my interests with them :) My original feature is called Standing On My Soapbox, and it’s basically my discussion posts, every Thursday, where I talk about what’s been on my mind (bookish or not). I also take part in a few memes like Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday, and Stacking the Shelves.

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Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Kayla: Originally I was going to have it as a platform for my writing, but then I discovered so many amazing blogs and bloggers that I switched over to book blogging. I have them to thank for my return to reading!

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Kayla: Definitely the first season finale I watched (Supernatural season 8) while I had a tumblr. Knowing that so many other people were freaking out at the same time as me was just amazing. I’ve never felt a part of something like that before!

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Kayla: Sherlock. Series. Three. January 19th. My body is ready. I can’t afford/travel to cons. And as far as book releases, I’m most looking forward Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (June!). I don’t know much else, since I’m still getting into all this. I rely on my friends to get me on the ball as far as releases go! OH wait!!! And then Tuesday October 29th I get to meet Leigh Bardugo with the lovely Sara :)

(I am so excited to meet Kayla at the Fierce Reads stop on Tuesday! Its going to be awesome!)

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Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

Kayla: I don’t really have a favorite author, to be honest. But some of my favorite books are The Hobbit, Left Drowning by Jessica Park, Backward Glass by David Lomax, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Eragon, Catching Fire, The Raven Boys… and so many more it’s not even funny.

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

Kayla: Flip That Page, Books for  Delicate Eternity, Adrift on Vulcan, Books and Beautiful World, Andi’s ABCs, Respiring Thoughts, Chrissi Reads, Always Lost in Books, In Italics, Talking (Blogging) Bookworm, Effortlessly Reading.

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Kayla: Are you actually ready for this answer? Because I think we could be here all night. But I’ll keep it to five: Peeta Mellark, Eowyn (girl crush ftw), Dean Winchester, Stormhund, Finnick Odair. I lied. We’ll go for five more: Etienne St. Clair, Tobias Eaton, Raffe (from Angelfall), Fear (from Some Quiet Place), and Ryan (from the Hybrid Chronicles).

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Blogger Spotlight and that you are able to check out Kayla and her blog. Her blog is awesome, and way super adorable. I enjoy following.

Don’t forget that you can check out old Blogger Spotlights here.

Happy Blogging Everyone!

Blogger Spotlight-Jade from Dhampirs and Dragomirs

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, site and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s blogger is Jade from Dhampirs and Dragomirs.

You Can Find Her At:

Blog Twitter

Blog Facebook

Blog Tumblr

Personal Twitter

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Jade: My name’s Jade and I’m an 18 year old girl living in Los Angeles. I’m pursing an acting career, so right now am on sets most of the days of the week doing background work on various thing to make money while going out on auditions and doing short films and taking classes. I’m currently on a YouTube series called Teens React. I love going to concerts, specifically Paramore who I’ve seen 23 times live, and watching Netflix and reading a lot in my spare time, and lots of times putting off other things to finish a good book haha.

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Jade: I run a Vampire Academy fansite called Dhampirs and Dragomirs, the name comes from the race of half human half vampires, called Dhampirs, and one of the main characters, Lissa Dragomir, last name. It’s dedicated to getting all the latest news and information on the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines book series by Richelle Mead, and news on the movie of Vampire Academy coming out Valentines Day next year. There are also gonna be many contests to win VA swag, and a forum board coming soon. On the website you can find out about all the different books in the series, events of the cast and author coming up, the cast of the movie, and much more.

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Jade at the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Los Angeles Premiere. This is where we met!

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Jade: I was inspired to start my blog after I went to the Mortal Instruments Los Angeles premiere and talked to quite a lot of fansites for it, and heard all the amazing stories, connections, and more they had all had. I had thought about starting a website for a while, but I wasn’t sure what for. I had seen there weren’t really many Vampire Academy fansites, and it’s my all time favorite book series, and I love and have so much passion for this world, and then especially with the movie coming out, I finally decided to just do it. :)

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Jade: Oh god, this is a hard one. Are nerd and fangirl considered the same? Haha. I guess my favorite nerd memory is that for the past couple years I go to the Festival of Books every year to meet some of my favorite authors, go to panels, get books signed, and of course buy books. I always have a great time going, and I first met Richelle Mead a few years ago there and was freaking out when I found out she was gonna be there and had an amazing time meeting her!

Jade and Vampire Academy author, Richelle Mead!
Jade and Vampire Academy author, Richelle Mead!

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Jade: Um, obviously the Vampire Academy movie!! You have no clue how long I’ve been waiting for it to be made, and now it’s finished shooting and I just have to stick it out till February to see it! Also really looking forward to The Fault In Our Stars, Catching Fire, Divergent, and American Hustle to come out. I’m loving American Horror Story:Coven and Once Upon A Time right now, and can’t wait for The Carrie Diaries to come back on (I never even watched Sex and the City but I LOVE this show, no guilt haha). Book wise obviously The Fiery Heart in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Cress from the Lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Dreams of Gods and Monsters from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, Ignite Me from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, and many more but I just can’t think of them right now! I’m excited for WonderCon next year, and of course the Festival of Books again, and am hoping to attend ComicCon too!

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

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Jade: Well obviously all the authors of the books I mentioned above, and of course Richelle Mead. Her adult books are also fantastic, Gameboard of The Gods was amazing and so is her Dark Swan series, so if you like her YA stuff definitely check that out. I love all of Ellen Hopkin’s book, they are all written in a really cool way, kind of like poems, and are phenomenal contemporary stories. Diana Peterfreund, just finished For Darkness Shows the Stars and it was beautiful, also her killer Unicorn series I adored (yes you heard right, killer unicorns haha.) Rachel Caine’s The Morganville Vampire series, Jodi Meadows, all of Cassandra Clares books, The Hunger Games, Brodi Ashton, Lauren Destafano, Carrie Ryan, Deb Caletti, Jeri-Smith Ready…..and so many more. If you really want to see all my favorite books and authors it might be easier to just go on my goodreads and look lol. (Check out Jade’s GoodReads here). 

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

Jade: Ahh I actually don’t follow many blogs, I know I know shame on me! But of course the wonderful What a Nerd girl says and I love Krys from Biblopunkk! She writes great reviews and has turned me on to many amazing books/series I would’ve never known about if it wasn’t for her. She’s basically my book filter since we have very similar tastes in books, anything she gives a 4 or a 5 I put it on my list, and anything below I’m cautious of. She also always hosts great ARC giveaways, and I recently won one! So go check her out! Ahh I actually don’t follow many blogs, I know I know shame on me! But of course the wonderful What a Nerd girl says and I love Krys from Biblopunkk! She writes great reviews and has turned me on to many amazing books/series I would’ve never known about if it wasn’t for her. She’s basically my book filter since we have very similar tastes in books, anything she gives a 4 or a 5 I put it on my list, and anything below I’m cautious of. She also always hosts great ARC giveaways, and I recently won one! So go check her out!

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Jade: Dimitri Belikov and Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series (so excited to see Danila bring my sexy Russian to life!), Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments, Shane Collins from The Morganville Vampires, Cole from Everneath, Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars, Logan Keely from Shade, Peeta from The Hunger Games, and Tate Langdon from American Horror Story (not the psycho Tate, the sweet and loving Tate haha).

Jade and the band, Paramore. She's seen the 23 times and has a tattoo!
Jade and the band, Paramore. She’s seen the 23 times and has a tattoo!

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I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Jade and that you are able to go and check out her Vampire Academy fansite. I just recently started reading those books, and became a fan instantly, and I am so stoked that she started such a cool site.

I’m looking for more awesome bloggers to feature, so if there’s a blog that you enjoy to read, let me know and I’ll contact them.

Happy Monday everyone!

Blogger Spotlight: Sarina from Nerd Craft Librarian

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, adiposity and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s blogger is Sarina from Nerd Craft Librarian!

You can find her at:

Her Facebook

Her Twitter

Her Etsy Shop

Her Pinterest

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Sarina: I’m Sarina. I live on Long Island with my husband,Tim and our dog, Gypsy. I am a Children’s and Teen librarian so naturally I love to read. In my spare time I make all sorts of fun creations by means of sewing, painting or re-purposing. Many of the things I create are available in my Etsy shop. When I’m not creating I’m consuming! I love all of the wonderful things geek culture has to offer and I’m always looking for the next thing to fall in love with.

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Sarina: Nerd Craft Librarian is pretty much explained in its title. On the blog you can find all of the home made crafts that I have constructed over the years. As explained earlier, many of them are inspired by pop-culture and the fandoms that I love. I frequently feature tutorials of step-by-step instructions on all of the wonderful things that I make.

 I’m lucky enough to have a job where I am able to incorporate both my love of crafts and geek culture. When I do certain things at work I like to feature them on the blog in what I call, “Library Life” I’m so proud of some of the things I get to do that I want to share it with the world. Some recent posts include a Doctor Who party and Harry Potter celebration.

The blog is also a journal, a way for me to keep track of what I’m doing and how I have evolved, not just as a crafter or librarian but as a person. So these types of posts can range in topics from what I’m currently reading, opinions about nerd related things or what I did the past week.

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

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Sarina: As I honed my crafting skills, I became confident enough to share my creations and techniques. I am also an avid blog reader. Many techniques and skills I learned from DIY blogs. I wanted to pay it forward to the next person in need of some crafty guidance. Later the blog expanded to feature ideas and inspiration for fellow librarians. We live in an age of shared intelligence and there is no reason to keep it to yourself.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Sarina: Harry Potter has a special place in my heart. Before I discovered those books I was a struggling student that thought reading was dull. After reading the first one, it made reading magical. There wasn’t one certain moment that stuck out in particular. Its a mix of all of the HP related events, I loved the midnight book releases and movie premieres. I would dress up and meet all sorts of other wizards that loved this books as much as I do. I have been to the Wizarding World theme park twice now! I nearly cried each time we rode on the Forbidden Journey.I recently held a Harry Potter celebration for kids and teens at my library. It makes me so happy that it survives to the next generation. There is a Harry Potter quote that sums up what not only Harry Potter is like but what all fandom is like “…its real for us”

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Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Sarina: I’m totally in love with Doctor Who right now. I’m so excited for the 50th anniversary special! I’m so excited that I’m planning on throwing a little Who themed soiree! The week before the special airs, Long Island will be hosting its first Doctor Who convention where I’m going to be cosplaying as the 11th doctor.

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

Sarina: Raina Telgemire. She writes graphic novels from a teenage girls perspective. I normally shy away from realistic fiction. There is something about her writing that makes it good and relatable. She injects a mix of humor and emotion that suck you into the story.

Brain Selznick is another great author/illustrator. His books are super duper think, but there is a mix of text and pictures. The two mediums play off each other so well that his books are cinematic.

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

Sarina: The Nerdy GirlieEmergency AwesomeUcreate

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Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

 Sarina: Han Solo. I also like Malcolm Reynolds, however Han is the original space cowboy, he’s a scruffy looking nerf herder with a heart of gold.

Sara: Do you have any fandom/nerd-related tattoos at all? Please share them!

Sarina: I don’t have any tattoos yet! However I really want to get ‘Expecto patronum’ on my foot. A group of friends and I (other whovians) also want to get a group tattoo. I’m leaning towards something written in Gallifrian.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about Sarina in this Blogger Spotlight. Make sure to go follow her!

Don’t forget to check out last week’s spotlight Blogger, Erin from MEReadALot!

Happy Reading!