TGIF (30)

There once was an awesome blogger named Ginger and she decided to create a super fun feature where fellow bloggers would answer fabulous questions via blog posts every Friday. TGIF was born and we all have Miss Ginger at GReads! to thank for that! This week’s question is:

Dear Santa:

Which books made it to your Christmas wish list this year?

I think the easiest thing to ask would be “Which books DIDN’T make it to your Christmas wish list this year?” Every year I try to come up with books I want but fail to formulate a really awesome list. Random times throughout the whole year I think  “Oh my, I really really really want that book,” and by the time Christmas rolls around, I have forgotten which one it was.

However, I tried to be better this year (keyword-TRIED)! At the beginning of the year I put my sticky note app on the computer to good use! Every time I added a book to my TBR list on Goodreads, I thought to myself “Do I want this book or do I REALLY want this book?” If I really wanted it, I put it on the sticky note so I wouldn’t forget about it months later. Of course if I was out sometime shopping and happened to buy one, three, or ten of the books on my list, that was okay because I was constantly adding more, right? Wrong! (Well right about constantly adding more books, wrong about it working out okay)

Imagine my shock when my grandma asked me what I wanted for Christmas last month and I soon realized I had purchased most of the books on my wish list. I went into panic overdrive. Seriously, I was coming up with a complete blank on which books I wanted. After hours, and yes I mean hours, of deliberating, I decided I should do the smart thing and ask for books that would finish out a series for me. I have the first or second books to many series but do not have the whole thing so I asked for books like Cascade and Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren or Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty were some more among the list. Keep in mind this was only for my grandma! Then I had my mom, stepmom, three aunts, and friends asking what I wanted!

This is the point where I was about ready to pull my hair out so I got organized. I got on Goodreads, went through all the books I have read. If it was part of the series and I didn’t already own the rest of the books, they went on the list. If I owned parts of the series (and have NOT read them yet) then the rest of that series also went on the list. Then I went through books on my 2011 DAC list to see which ones I missed this past year but still wanted to read. After that, I quickly scrolled through the 1000+ books on my TBR list on Goodreads and came up with some random ones that I wanted! This was quite the production once everything was all said and done. Some random books that made it to my list were:

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sara Mlynowski

Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

Even though I have all of these awesome titles (and more) on my Christmas wish list this year, the chances that I will receive any of them are slim to none. See, the issue with my family is they think that getting me books is too boring or predictable (or some other wacky excuse). They like to do anything in their power not to buy me books. This whole thing baffles me! Last year my wish list was a lot less complicated but I still had a ton of good choices. How many books do you think I got for Christmas? ONE! I got one whole book for Christmas. So unless the guy in red has a few extra books lying around, I will most likely be buying my own bookish presents this year.

And just to show how insane I really was with the Christmas list this year, I have evidence!

This week on Katelyn’s Blog (12/16-12/23):

TGIF (29): Crazy blog stats and my most popular posts!

Life As Kate (10) Making up for lost time and more craziness!

Bad News…: My good friend Stacey was in a pretty bad car accident. Everyone’s kind words, prayers, and well wishes have made a world of difference. Thank you!

Tune In Tuesday (39) Part 1: The bands I would LOVE to see in concert!

25 Days of Jubilation: Tune In Tuesday Part 2 + Giveaway: My top 10 favorite nontraditional holiday songs PLUS an international giveaway!

Katelyn is MIA!!!

Technically I am not MIA yet but I will be very shortly. I am just dropping this short little blog post to let all my fellow bloggers know that I will not be posting for the next week or so. *enters sad face here*. I am going on Spring Break round 4 with my best friend Kati Shu. (I am not 100% sure if this is our fourth or perhaps even our third spring break vacay together, but anyways…) We will be taking a lovely drive from Michigan all the way down to Myrtle Beach. The weather is supposed to be a solid 60 degrees the whole time (maybe not beach weather, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!).

We plan to sun bathe, swim in the ocean (but hopefully not drown as we did in last year’s trip to California), dance (but hopefully not get punched in the face while doing so. I am guilty as charged), eat (it is my all-time favorite hobby aside from reading), read (we will most likely read Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series; it is an annual tradition. However, I also took up suggestions on Twitter, here are the results: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker, Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala, and Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. You best believe I will check those out before the trip!)

Well, there you have it, my excuse for not blogging. However, when I return there will be lots of good stuff happening. I will blog about the trip, catch up on weekly memes, post some awesome reviews, and did someone mention a giveaway??? That is right, I am participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop! However, I have no idea what good Irish themed books are out there so I am going to be calling it the, “un-LUCKY dead giveaway.” The book to win just might be Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth… So stay tuned, come back and join me in a week or so!

I hope everyone else’s spring season is off to a fantastic start! See you all later!