Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Blog Hop: Christmas In July Giveaway!

  I'm really excited to celebrate Christmas in July because 1-it gives me an excuse to share a book I love, and 2-I am celebrating being done with my summer research project for my Master's degree!  I've been working all summer, which means I haven't been able to read or enjoy any of the delicious sunshine.  (This post is scheduled so I may be too optimistic as too how much work I have left.  If you follow me on Twitter you will KNOW when I'm officially done.) For this stop on the … [Read More...]


Bookish Pinterest Projects: Bookmark Monsters

Like many others, I love Pinterest.  However, I am determined to actually do some of the projects that I've pinned.  Today, I can say that I have officially done one.  Here are my results for making a monster bookmark. I pinned this, but here is a link to the tutorial: The first thing I did was to try to make one.  I cut a 6x6 inch piece of scrapbook paper, folded it like the instructions in the tutorial, then cut out some teeth. (Not pictured: I cut out some eyes and a square of paper for … [Read More...]

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Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is hosted by Kate’s Tales of of Books and Bands and was created by G Reads.  I wanted to do summer songs, but I have a song stuck in my head: Somewhere In Neverland by All Time Low.  This song makes me want to go read Peter Pan (I’ve never read it, only seen […]

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Thoughts: I thought this was going to be more suspenseful, maybe scandalous, like a literary Gossip Girl.  However, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is something entirely different, and, even though it has been over a month since I read it, I still can’t quite wrap my head (or my heart) around what happened.  This book wormed […]

What I'm Reading This Week

In Bed With A Book: Remember Me by Romily Bernard

In Bed With A Book is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  It’s  time for us to share what we’re reading and other random life musings.  Here are things I’m thinking about this week. 1. Remember Me by Romily Bernard.  I LOVED Find Me and was so psyched when Romily sent me a copy of […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. GoodReads Description: Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named […]

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Top Ten (Tuesday) Classic Books that Defined My Childhood

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books. This weeks topic is… Classic Books that Defined My Childhood.  Books that have stayed with me since I read them in elementary or middle school! 1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – This book helped […]


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Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

Kate picked up Zom-B at BEA and read me the letter at the beginning of the ARC.  It basically says: There are a few twists at the end and I know it will be really difficult to talk about the book without disclosing them, but please try hard not to ruin it for readers.  At […]


Charity Auction… Go outbid me!

If you haven’t heard, there is an awesome literary charity auction going on to raise money for Sandy relief.   I’m currently the highest bidder on these awesome books and since it’s for charity, you should go outbid me. Or check out some of the other awesome things they have. Two Autographed Novels by author […]


Writing Posts: 5/4-5/10

This one is up early so that I can keep my Feature and Follow up for the duration of Friday. How to Get Feedback on Your Writing (and sort the good from the bad) by Ali Luke (guest blogging at Wordplay). The Grammar ABC’s: L is for Lay/Lie by Heidi M. Thomas.  I’m really bad […]


Sundays In Bed With… The Casual Vacancy

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  This week, I’m in bed with… I haven’t had much time for reading, but for The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling, I’m making time.  Plus, I just (finally!) started The Dark Light, which I’m really enjoying so far.  I’m getting a better handle […]


House of Night Graphic Novel

I’ve been trying to read more and more graphic novels, so I was excited when I was approved for the House of Night adaptation.  I didn’t expect it to blow my mind, but I was surprised to have major issues with it.  Trigger warning: This post will talk about rape.  If you have triggers, skip my […]