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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This is going to be a short post, as will many of my posts over the next few weeks.  Today is the official start of my road trip across America.  You can track my progress on my YouTube Vlog (username: immeomy), but I do plan on updating regularly again now that the horrible part of moving (packing/selling […]


Book Blogger Hop 3/25-3/28

 It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the Book Blogger Hop, but it’s just been a crazy few months.  Things are starting to slow down, but honestly this weeks question is just too good not to participate in. “If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and […]



So, I’m having a little write-a-thon, which you can check out on the write-a-thon blog.  I try not to be super weird on this blog, but I have no such reservations on that one.  Check it out, join in, or have your own.  In the mean time, I’ll update this post with word counts. START: […]

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Top Ten (Tuesday) Romances For the Real World

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books.  This weeks topic is… Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World (outside the book). As always, covers link to GoodReads.                I thought I would have a lot more books […]


Last Reads of 2012 Readathon

OMG How cute is their button??? I’m excited to be participating in the Last Reads of 2012 Readathon, hosted by Jen, Eileen, and Patrick.  It is EXACTLY what I need right now.  Crazy goals to focus and distract me.  PLUS, I turned in my last assignment of the semester yesterday and I was planning some […]