Christina@openasabookworm

Voracious reader, nature lover, coffee fiend, and tea drinker.
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Christina

“Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha’ been a good deal easier if you’d only been a witch.” -Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
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Happy Thursday! We’ve made it to the middle of the month. Which books have you read so far? I’ve been moving slowly through my current reads and have been listening to mostly audio books. The only physical book I finished was From Twinkle, With Love and I have a review on the blog. This month a lot of my time has been dedicated to #NaNoWriMo. For those participating in the writing challenge how has it been going? I’ve made it to the halfway point with word count so I’m right on track at the moment and hope to keep the momentum going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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QOTD: What books/author inspires you?
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AOTD: Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series hands down. Diana Gabaldon artfully creates characters that feel so real that no matter how big or small they are they jump off the page. She also embraces every emotion from happiness to heartache to humor with authenticity. Beyond that, the outlander series is filled interesting stories and it amazes me the amount of research that must go into each of these novels. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#theyasisters #readgushgratitude #whitemochabooks #creativebookstagram #bookstagramreadsnovember #wildadventuresnov #bookcrown #bookstack #dianagabaldon #outlanderseries #bookseries #mustread #bookrecommendations #favoritebooks #bookrainbow #bookphoto #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures


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What is a series you still need to finish?
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Hello! We made it to Wednesday and are halfway through this week! Speaking of halfway...are there any series that you still need to finish? There are countless series that I’ve started and still haven’t finished *cough cough* Throne of Glass, A Clash of Kingdoms, the Lunar Chronicles and the Red Queen series just to name a few. 🙈 I do plan to finish these (and many other series that I want to jump into) but I find that I always get distracted by other books that I push up on my tbr pile. I will finish all the books I want to read someday...maybe. 😉😆
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Don’t forget to enter my book sleeve giveaway a few posts back. There will be three winners and one of them could be you!
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#theyasisters #bookqueensnov18 - magic born or magic earned? Magic earned is interesting as it unfolds #bookproblems #bookheart #bookrainbow #rainbowbooks #bookseries #mustread #tbr #toberead #booksbooksbooks #bookphotography #bookishdelights #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookshape #bookspines #bibliomaniac #booknerdigans


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Do you prefer science fiction or fantasy?
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Hello lovely bookworms! I have paused reading Queen of Shadows for now because I’m trying to finish up The Clockmaker’s daughter. I’m about halfway and loving it so far but it’s due back to the library shortly and the wait list for it is crazy so there’s no chance of renewing. Do you prioritize books in the same way? I find myself jumping around a bit based on library due dates. It’s not bad because it makes me actually finish something quickly or come to the realization that I’m not really loving a story and need to let it go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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AOTD: I don’t read science fiction novels all that often because I’m more drawn to fantasy. Magic, mythical creatures, daring stories...what’s not to like? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#fangirlinginnovember #theyasisters #bookqueensnov18 #fantasynovels #yareads #youngadultbooks #carvethemark #veronicaroth #duology #bookgram #reader #books #bookproblems #booksandcoffee #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #coffeeombre #bookcover #booknerd #bookaholic


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“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
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Hello Monday! Did you all have a lovely weekend? I had an eventful weekend and accomplished my personal writing goal for NaNoWriMo. Last week I missed two days of writing and had another day with very little put to paper. I realized how easy it is to feel like your falling behind in the challenge. This weekend I struggled to get started but eventually made up ground and found a rhythm to my writing and my story feels like it’s starting to come together. It is the best kind of feeling when scenes unfold so clearly in your mind that your fingers fly across he keys just trying to keep up. It doesn’t always happen and I feel thankful when it does. I hope those of you taking part in NaNo are doing well. I’d love to hear how it’s going so far.
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QOTD: What is the one classic you feel everyone should read? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AOTD: I really love a lot of classics. Some of my favorites include Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Count of Monte Cristo and Anna Karenina. There are so many more that I’m sure I’d love but just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I’m contemplating the Jane Austen book challenge for next year but would love to hear about other classics you feel everyone needs to read at least once in their life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#creativebookstagram #bookreadhappyhour #moodmonday #imperfectlyimperfectnov18 #bookquotes #nanowrimo #writing #reading #bookstagrammer #writer #writinggoals #classicbook #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #booksandcoffee #mugmonday #coffeefiend #bookshape #bookstar #whattoread


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“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
-Tina Fey, Bossypants
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Happy Sunday! Just a quick note today because I’m getting ready to celebrate my dad’s birthday. The kids helped me make a sign and decorate. Now we’re about to bake his favorite kind of cake - German chocolate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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QOTD: What is your favorite kind of dessert?
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AOTD: I love cookies because there are so many varieties and I really enjoy baking them. With Thanksgiving coming up I’m looking forward to pumpkin pie because that’s my absolute favorite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#theyasisters #readgushgratitude #bookfoldinglove #tinafey #bossypants #bookstagram #favoritelady #funnylady #seaofbooks #bookcover #bookgram #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #booknerd #bibliophile #booksofinstagram #reader


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✨✨✨ Giveaway ✨✨✨
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Happy #stacksaturday bookworms! I joined this wonderful bookstagram community just over seven months ago and have been wanting to host a giveaway to say thanks to you all for making me feel so welcome. I recently reach 2K followers and as you may know I’ve been on a book sleeve making kick. So I’ve decided to giveaway book sleeves I’ve made to three lucky winners. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Giveaway Rules
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Enter to win your choice of the book sleeves shown here. First place winner gets their choice of two book sleeves, second and third place winners each get to choose one of the remaining book sleeves (in order of their names being drawn). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To Enter:
-follow me
-tag two friends you think will be interested
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For Extra Entries:
-share in your stories for 24 hours (be sure to tag me so the entry counts)
-tag 2 additional friends
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Rules
-Giveaway will end November 17th at midnight PST
-Giveaway winner will be announced via stories, you must respond within 24 hours
-US only (sorry to my international friends but I’ll work on another giveaway to include you all soon!)
-Not affiliated with Instagram -Must be 18 or older, or have parents permission to share address. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#theyasisters #booksleeves #giveaway #bookgiveaway #bookstagram #harrypotter #bookstack #cozyreads #bookrainbow #bookspines #bookgram #bookstagrammer #bookish #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookishdelights #bookmania #booksofinstagram


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“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”
-Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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Yay! It’s Friday! What are your weekend plans? This weekend feels like the calm before holiday season is in full swing. I love the holidays but it just tends to be fully booked with activities, preparation and a lot of running around. So this weekend my goal is just to relax a bit, do some writing and hopefully finish up some of the books I’m currently reading. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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QOTD: Is it more important for a story to be character driven or plot driven?
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AOTD: For me it needs to be character driven first and foremost. If the characters are flat or I am not able to connect with them in some way I get bored quickly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#theyasisters - favorite fall color - all of them! #bookqueensnov18 #fearyournovelnovember
#bookrainbow #rainbowbooks #bookspines #tearainbow #booksandtea #tealover #bookgram #bookstagrammer #bookblog #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookishdelights #booknerd #flashesofdelight #bookmania #booksofinstagram #autumn🍁 #cozyvibes


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What is your dream job?
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Hello lovely bookworms! Happy Thursday! For those participating in NaNo, how’s it going so far?
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I recently received a copy of this book Scrapbook of An Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan. It’s an account of her journey trying to become a famous singer and the challenges she faced as a young girl trying to break into the industry. If you are interested in a career in music I’m sure you’d find this to be an interesting read. I enjoyed reading Vicky’s story and how extremely positive she was throughout the trials and tribulations she faced.
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QOTD: What is your dream job?
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AOTD: When I was younger (up until my first year of college) I really wanted to be a veterinarian but I realized that wasn’t the path for me. Since then I’ve always had jobs that assist people in some way and I have liked the fact that I am helping others. At this point my dream job would be something that embraces my creativity like writing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#theyasisters #fangirlinginnovember #bookqueensnov18 - matte or glossy finish? Matte #fearyournovelnovember
#memoir #dreamjob #bookspines #bookcover #booksandcoffee #bookstagram #bookcommunity #kimmersbooks #bookish #bookaholic #igreads #books #bibliophile


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“It struck her now that maybe she needed to let go a bit more often. To try and, yes, occasionally to fail. To accept that life is messy and sometimes mistakes are made; that sometimes they’re not even really mistakes, because life isn’t linear, and it comprises countless small and large decisions every day.” -Kate Morton, The Clockmaker’s Daughter
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Happy #swapwednesday everyone! It feels like I haven’t participated in a Swap Wednesday in a while. It’s one of my favorite things so I’m happy to be able to put my own spin on this photo from the awesome @amanda.the.bookish (swipe to see her original). If you don’t already know Amanda go check out her account and introduce yourself. She is friendly, kind, and has such great creativity in her photos. (She also has one of the cutest puppies around!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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QOTD: Do you read historical fiction? If so, what are your favorites?
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AOTD: I love reading historical fiction when well written. I think that some books tend to feel like you’re being bogged down by facts but when the storyline is interesting it’s easy to get sucked into that world. As for favorites, I am a huge fan of the Outlander series and have read all of the books. Diana Gabaldon always has great storytelling and I like that the books touch on different places and historical events so it stays interesting. Besides that I love her characters. 😊
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#bookqueensnov18 #allthebooksnov18
#historicalfiction #theclockmakersdaughter #katiemorton #bookshape #bookstar #currentlyreading #bookstagram #bookcommunity #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookcover #bookishdelights #instsreads #booknerd #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile


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Who is your favorite hero?
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Hello bookworms! Happy Tuesday! I think the number of books that I am currently reading has gotten out of hand. I used to read one book at a time and had to finish it before moving on. I remember one time spending a month reading a ridiculously long book I didn’t even like because I just had to finish it. Now I jump around from book to book based on mood, interest level and when it’s due back to the library. At this point I am currently reading five books and I need to really just focus and finish one (without opening another) so I can get this craziness under control. It seems much too stressful jumping from story to story. Do you read one book or multiple at one time?
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QOTD: Who is your favorite hero?
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AOTD: I am a big fan of the unlikely hero. The person who you wouldn’t necessarily pick to come to your rescue but they always rise to the occasion.
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#theyasisters #whitemochabooks #bookqueensnov18 #wildadventuresnov #totallybookednovember ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#scifibooks #fantasybooks #seaofbooks #bookseries #thehungergames #percyjackson #vampireacademy #divergentseries #missperegrine #mazerunner #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookcover #allthebooks #yabooks #yareads #instabooks #igreads #books #reading


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“There has always been fear. There will always be fear. It's up to us to stand tall, even when the fear demands we bow to it.” -Nadine Brandes, Fawkes
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Happy 5th of November! I hope you had a terrific weekend. I got to rake those leaves and jump around in them with the kids as planned. Then yesterday I got some delicious coffee at one of my favorite spots and got quite a bit more writing done for NaNo. I’ve been proud of myself for the fact that I’ve written every day. With the busyness of life it can be a challenge to sit down each day and carve out time for writing (or reading) so it always feels like an accomplishment when I get to spend time doing something I love.
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QOTD: Besides reading, what do you love to do with your time?
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AOTD: I enjoy spending time outdoors. I’m lucky that I live in a place where you can so easily get time outside. Whether it’s a park, a beach or a hike everything is within a short distance. There’s even a spot within a few miles of my home that has a combination of all three.
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#theyasisters #novemberbookishgirls #readwritegram #bookqueensnov18 #bookreadhappyhour #totallybookednovember ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#tbr #bookshape #bookstar #fawkes #hardcoverbooks #nadinebrands #5thofnovember #novemberreads #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookishdelights #bookaholic #yabooks #yareads #instabooks #igreads #books #reading #writing


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What are you currently reading?
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Happy #stacksaturday bookworms! I finished From Twinkle, With Love last night and it was such a cute read. It’s the first book I’ve read by Sandhya Menon and I loved it. I’m going to check out When Dimple Met Rishi next. For those who liked From Twinkle, With Love I’d recommend you check out Dear Dwayne, With Love by Eliza Gordon. It’s got similar elements of being written in letter format and is a funny contemporary where Dani’s goal is to become a famous actress and meet her idol Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I read it earlier this year and though there are format similarities, the stories are different and I enjoyed both novels a lot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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QOTD: What are you currently reading?
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AOTD: I’ve been jumping back and forth between Queen of Shadows and a historical fiction called Coronach. They are both rather long and so I keep switching between them to break things up a bit. I’m loving Queen of Shadows but I’m still deciding on Coronach. It’s moving a bit slowly so far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#currentlyreading #bookcrown #bookstack #bookspiral #hardcoverbooks #allthebooks #reading #novemberreads #kimmersbooks #mybookfeatures #bookishdelights #booknerd #bibliomaniac #alwaysreading #booksbooksbooks


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