A Quick Note and some BEA Blogger Fun!

Well hello there lovely bookish people! Some of you may be wondering, WHERE ON EARTH IS KATELYN!?!? I haven’t really been posting on the blog and my Twitter and Instagram posts have been far and few between lately but I swear I am still here…well kind of! A few things in life have happened lately (meeting a boy, my sister and niece staying with me for a few months, a computer that decided it didn’t want to work anymore, my crazy family becoming even crazier, and my mess of a job getting even messier) that have made my blogging time basically non-existent. I have been missing blogging and bookish nerdiness like crazy and I swear I am getting back to it but it will likely be another month before I am going to be up and running again. If you could all bear with me for just a little bit longer, I swear I will make it all up to you!

In other news, it’s almost time for BEA!!! I am going to BEA for what will be my 3rd year in a row. It is an incredible experience and is one I look forward to all year long. This year is going to be even more awesome because I am not only rooming with my favorite awkward twin, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books but I am also co-hosting TWO (yes, I said TWO!!!) events with her, Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase, and Jen from YA Romantics!

They all posted the information on the two events weeks ago but since I am just now getting access to a working computer, you are getting the info a little bit late from me! If you are going to be in and around the New York area during BEA time, we would absolutely LOVE if you could make it to one or both of our blogger events! I have all the info for each of the events below so take a look and if you can make it (or even if you can’t but plan on being at BEA) let me know in the comments section or on Twitter!

ALL ABOUT THE EVENTS:

Andrea, the genius behind these events wanted to create something that would get book bloggers together so we could meet and get to know each other outside of our blogs and twitter. She enlisted the help of myself, Alexa, and Jen and we soon formed a team of founders that created and organized the first annual Book Blogger Picnic in 2013. For it being our first event together, the picnic was a great success. We were able to meet, chat with, and get to know lots of awesome book bloggers. This year we have our 2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic and a whole new event, the 2014 BEA Book Blogger Meet and Drink!

WHAT: The 2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic! There will be some snacks and drinks provided but you can also feel free to bring your own. We really want this to be a low-key, relaxed, and fun way for all of us book bloggers to hang out!

WHEN: Friday, May 30, 6-8pm. Keep in mind that it is totally okay if you have to come late or leave early!

WHO: ALL book bloggers are welcome, whether you’re attending BEA or not!

WHERE: The lawns outside Heckscher Playground (see map below) near the SW corner of Central Park in NYC. Andrea, Alexa, Jen and I will all be wearing bright pink BEA Book Blogger Picnic shirts so if all else fails, look for those!

IMPORTANT INFO: Like I said above, you can bring your own food and drinks to the event. Also, a few bloggers last year brought books that they wanted to giveaway and/or exchange so if that sounds like something you would like to do, be sure to bring those to the event as well! Don’t forget you are meeting us at the lawns outside the Heckscher Playground as you can see from the map of Central Park above. If you go into the park from Columbus Circle, you should be able to find us pretty easily, since we will be between Columbus Circle and Heckscher Playground. Be sure to look for us in the bright pink shirts! We may also have a sign.
Follow #BEABloggerPicnic for info and updates!

WHAT: We are brining you the first annual BEA Book Blogger Meet & Drink. It will be a great way for book bloggers to meet, chat, and have a few drinks!

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 8-10pm. Keep in mind you can come late to this and leave early (or if we are having lots of fun, leave a little bit late!)

WHO: ALL book bloggers are welcome, whether you’re attending BEA or not!

WHERE: Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill, 315 W 39th St., between 8th & 9th Ave. There are two Tir Na Nogs in Manhattan, so make sure you go to the one on 39th! We will be in the front bar area, but just ask for the book blogger group if you’re not sure where we are!

Follow #BBMeetandDrink for info and updates!

I am beyond excited to be joining forces with these wonderful ladies this year to help plan these events and am even more excited to see you all there! Please feel free to grab any of the graphics in this post to share on your blog and on your other social media sites. The more we all spread the word, the more people who learn about it, and the more bloggers we all get to meet! Also please feel free to use #BEABloggerPicnic and/or #BBMeetandDrink if you happen to share these events on Facebook, add the graphics to your sidebar, write your own post, or whatever!
Be sure to follow #BEABloggerPicnic and #BBMeetandDrink on Twitter for any news and updates, and you can follow all the organizers as well: @alexalovesbooks, @JenRyland, @KatelynTorrey, and @OverstuffedBook.
Also, if you plan on coming, leave a comment below, or send us a tweet with #BEABloggerPicnic or #BBMeetandDrink and let us know! Come to one, or come to both!
We hope to see you there!

Tune In Tuesday (157)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hey there everyone! I am sorry this post is coming to you a bit late! I had my brothers all day long yesterday and they tired me out. I went to bed without even thinking about writing up a Tune In Tuesday post. I have three songs that keep getting stuck in my head. They are all way different but I love them nonetheless. I hope you are all doing fantastic and I can’t wait to see what tunes you have to share with us!

Ain’t It Fun by Paramore

Medicine by Shakira featuring Blake Shelton

Get Me Some Of That by Thomas Rhett

**Please comment below with a link to your Tune In Tuesday for this week!**

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Tune In Tuesday

Hi there everyone! How are we doing on this lovely Tuesday? Can you guys believe that we are almost halfway through May already? It’s crazy how fast the time is flying by. I am STILL without a computer and it is still KILLING me. I feel like I am so out of the loop with all things Tune In Tuesday but I reallllly hope to get a working computer this week. Since it’s still hard for me to put these posts together without the laptop, it’s going to be another randomized week. I hope you all have a fantastic day!!

On Your Own by Green River Ordinance

Why Can’t I by Liz Phair

Addicted by Simple Plan

Tune In Tuesday (155)

Tune In Tuesday

Hi there everyone! Here’s to another Tuesday full of awesome tunes! I have another randomized selection of songs for you today so I hope you all enjoy!!

Sheets by In Like Lions

Mr. Jones by Counting Crows

Waiting For You by Royal Teeth

Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments section!!

Tune In Tuesday (154)

Tune In Tuesday

Hola!!! I hope you are all doing great this week and have had the chance to listen to some good tunes. The one thing I make time for each week is The Voice. There is just something about that show that I just freaking love. Last week there were some AMAZING performances. Even though the competition was fierce my top three all made it on to the next round. I have their performances from last week down below. Take a listen and enjoy!!

p.s. If you have a link to your Tune In Tuesday post, please be sure to leave it in the comments section!

Stay With Me by Josh Kaufman

This performance by Josh turned him from a contestant I enjoyed to one I will be rooting for until the end. It simply blew me away.

Magic Man by Kat Perkins

Kat is such a kick ass performer. She gives it her all every time she’s on stage and that is definitely proven with this song.

Anymore by Jake Worthington

Since I love Jake to absolute pieces I can almost forget how much I hate this song.

Tune In Tuesday (153)

Tune In Tuesday

Hey there and happy Tuesday!! I hope everyone had a great Easter and that your week is off to a good start! I’m still without a working computer which sucks for the blog but in a way I benefit from it because it has been so nice out. Michigan is finally catching on to the fact that it’s springtime!

Since it’s still hard to access all of my music, this week is going to be three songs Spotify decides to play for me! I hope you enjoy the randomness and if you could please leave a link in the comments to your Tune In Tuesday post that would be great! We had a few new joiners last week so if you haven’t already, give them a warm welcome by visiting their blogs. I hope you all have a great week!!

Push by Matchbox Twenty

For The First Time by The Script

Tonight You’re Perfect by New Politics

Tune In Tuesday (152)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hello there Tune In Tuesday-ers! I am sorry this post is going up a little late. For those of you wondering how the laptop saga is going…well it’s still very broken and I am still very lost without it. I am hoping to get it fixed soon so I can not only get back to blogging regularly but also so I can catch up on all of your guys’ great music posts!

Since I have no access to my music on my laptop, the only music I have been listening to is the CD’s in my car. One CD in particular is a band I don’t think I have ever shared here on the blog. I saw them at Warped Tour a few years ago and loved their sound. I am sharing a few of their songs today and I hope you all enjoy! Like the last few weeks, if you could just leave a link to your Tune In Tuesday post in the comments section, I would appreciate it. Hopefully by this time next week I will have a working laptop again and you guys can link up the normal way!

Before I Die by We Are The Ocean

Runaway by We Are The Ocean

What It Feels Like by We Are The Ocean