Happy Birthday to Me

I’ve been doing this little blog shindig for a year now!

I haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked. I honestly didn’t think it would be as hard as it has been. Blogging has been something really new for me when I really needed something new. There are lots of pros to blogging, some that I knew going into this, and some that I found out later.

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Guys. I did a thing. In the midst of a little thing I like to call, Finals Month (because apparently my professors think Finals Week means the last four weeks of the semester?), I got super backed up on blogging. So, since I knew I had zero time to write quality blogs and still pass EPE301 et cetera et cetera, I thought: What can I do to keep my bookish blog a-flowin’? Off went the proverbial lightbulb.


Instagram is fast, easy to use, and I have a million books. How hard could this be? Turns out, kinda hard. Bookstagram has blown up recently and almost everyone is doing it There are some huge accounts out there and they are seriously beautiful. As in, these people should be professional photographers if they’re not already. Stunning. Elegant. Impressive. It’s a lot to take in as a newbie, and quite frankly a little scary. Thankfully, the community of people are so, so, so, so humble and kind! I get compliments on my pictures almost daily now, and each time I have reached out to a veteran bookstagrammer, they have been so supportive, kind, and just straight up wonderful.

I’m going to treat my bookstagram as an extension of my blog. I have this blog to improve my writing and creative ability not only for my personal writing, but for my career as well. My bookstagram is scratching an itch that I’ve had for a while which is exploring photography. I’m hoping to grow my aesthetic and ability to communicate my thoughts without words.

I posted my first picture on April 17th, and I’ve been trying to post at least twice a day. That’s a lot of material! I went into this thinking it would be quick and easy but it’s so far from that! For example, as I am writing this, I’m being a couch potato because I did two separate shoots today that totaled six hours! I did get about ten really good shots but when you think about it, that’s only five days worth of material if I continue to post twice a day. *sweats profusely* Even though it’s a lot more than I thought it was going to be, I can’t bring myself to not like it. I love every second, even when I can’t get the accessories in a photo just right, or I can’t find what I’m looking for, or the shot isn’t turning out at all like I envisioned. I have always said I do love a good challenge.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

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You can follow me on Instagram at growingupbooknerd !

A little birdie told me there’s a ~giveaway~ going on over there too. themoreyouknow.

Marissa Meyer Book Signing and Giveaway!

Yesterday was one of those awesome days you know you’ll never forget.

Marissa Meyer was coming on tour and unlike most authors, WAS COMING NEAR MY AREA! I digress, it was still almost a two hour drive for me but all things considered I live in BFE and that’s close!

Picture this: me, at Joseph Beth Cincinnati, standing anxiously with an armful of books, making googly eyes at the lady who created Thorne Carswell.

I was.. what are the kids saying nowadays.. totes excite.

I even did my hair and makeup all magically!

(ps: shout out to my most prized possession *heart eyes* that SHIRT!)

Butttt enough of my vanity. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

I live tweeted the event (Search @GUpBooknerd #MarissaMeetsMarissa) so if you want to go back and read those you can!

Marissa made her grand entrance at 3pm, as expected, and talked to us for a while about Stars Above. The whole time all I could think was, “Wow she’s got a knack for this!” She talked to the crowd of 250+ like we were each her best friends. She told us the original story of The Little Mermaid and I loved her snark and sass! She also said she thinks oral storytelling is a lost art-form which made my little heart go pitty pat. She even took some time to do a Q&A, gave away two advanced reader copies of her new book Heartless (I didn’t win boooooooo) and announced the winner of the fan art contest!

I know what you’re thinking; “Tell us about the actual signing part, Marissa, geesh!” Okay, okay. If you insist.

I preordered my copy of Stars Above way back on January 25th. This was a ticketed event and since I ordered so early, I was in group A! The only people in front of me were Joseph Beth cardholders. Even still, I waited in line for about an hour! The time passed really quickly though because there was a really great lady in line behind me who liked ALL the same stuff I liked! (Hi Chelsea!)

At the top of the stairs (the line started on the first floor and snaked all the way up to the second) there was this awesome whiteboard with all of the main characters on it where you could vote for your favorite male and female!

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(brb just super enlarging this so you can see the writing!)

I voted for Thorne and Cress (my OTP!). Someone behind me even write in one vote for Levanna. It was a blast! Then came the lady of the hour(s), Marissa Meyer! She was lovely the entire time! She asked how I was and was ever so gracious! She was wonderful and so, so, so kind! I told her our names were the same and she thought that was funny. Then I formally thanked her for creating my #1 book boyfrend, Thorne, and we giggled over sexy spaceship captains. I literally cannot stress enough how lovely this woman is.

The great staff member at Joseph Beth took plenty of candids and did a great job of snapping pictures! Here are a few:

 Obvs you can tell I’m having a great time.

I was so excited to get my copy of Cress signed because it’s my favorite!

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I feel like I should spread the love though, you know? I know what it’s like to want to meet an author, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen! I can’t arrange a meeting between you and Marissa, but I can give you the chance to win a signed copy of her book!

Do you want this signed copy of Cinder?

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How, you ask? Click here!

You can come back every day and earn more entries by tweeting and spreading the word!

Good luck, lunars.

My Very First Giveaway!

Hello lovelies! Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the weather, the leaves, the cute and comfy clothes, and the HOLIDAYS that are swiftly approaching! There are three: My birthday (yeah, it’s a holiday, duh), Thanksgiving, and Christmas! YAY! So, in honor of my excitement, I am doing a giveaway! It’s actually my very first giveaway ever and I’m really kind of actually nervous about it a little (a lot). So, you’re probably wondering how exactly you can enter this giveaway and you’re also probably wondering what exactly I’m giving away. Well, the answer to that last question is: whatever you want. That’s right! If you win, you can choose any book you want under the limit of $15. Here’s how you win-

  1. Follow the blog twitter here.
  2. Leave a comment on ANY blog post here at Growing-up Booknerd.

That’s it!  Doing both of those things will get you one chance to win.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Each time you promote this giveaway, you get an extra chance. So if you promote it on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook… that’s three extra chances. If you tweet about it twice, that’s two extra chances! Make sure you tag me so I see it!

Here are some things you should know:

This giveaway is only open to the US (sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyy x900, I’m working on international for the next one, I promise).

The book must be available on Amazon and be available for prime shipping.

This giveaway will end on November 15th, 2015!