Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Wait, is #atozchallenge over? Now What?

Hope you enjoyed the April A to Z Blogging Challenge as much as I did.  Did you get your survivor badge?

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See you around and don’t forget to say Hi on Twitter!

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The end of the world is coming! Sign up for the #atozchallenge and save the world!



It’s the end of the world! RUN RUN RUN!! Run right to your computer and point your browser to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge website! You can save the world! World domination is in order!

Whatever your reasoning, you really should sign up for the Blogging from A to Z challenge.  Here’s why:

  • Want more followers? We have them.
  • Wanna meet more people? Easy peasy.
  • Need inspiration? We got it.
  • Like to write? So do we.
  • Like to read blogs? We got plenty.
  • Wanna take over the world? One blog at a time.

What more reasons do you need to sign up for the blogging challenge?

None, now git over there and sign up! I’ll come to your house every morning and make a special brekkies for you, will that do it?

I hope you love PBJ cause that’s what I’m serving.

But seriously, the challenge is the most fun I’ve had since the last time I had this much fun! I’ve made lots of new enemies friends from all around the world and have learned more about other people in the process. The world becomes so much smaller when you read a blog post from India.  You realize we are all in this together. We’re different but we’re the same.


There’s still time to sign up.  Here.


You won’t regret signing up. There is much fun to be had.

and also?

Weekly Twitter chats; Thursdays at 1pm!


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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the #AZchat on Thursdays

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the #AZchat on Thursdays


Every Thursday during the month of March, many wonderful people are getting together during an #AZChat to discuss the #atozchallenge that’s coming up in April. (wooo APRIL!!!!)

That’s my Blogging form A to Z Challenge badge. I’m a co host. I formed an Unconventional Alliance, kinda like Katniss in Hunger Games, but with more cake. And fewer baboons.

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is like a giant party of a  blog hop and since you know I love parties I was thrilled to discover there were other parties happening on Twitter. During the Twitter chats, we discuss the ins and outs, the whos and whys of the challenge. If you’ve not participated, here are FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE TWITTER CHATS.

  1. They are offered at two different times, 1pm and 8pm Eastern, to accommodate everyone’s schedule.
  2. The chats are a quick way to get your questions answered.
  3. You’ll make new friends and quickly!
  4. There’s always at least one Co Host on hand.
  5. Everyone is FRIENDLY

So, if you’re on the fence about doing the A to Z Challenge or have questions as to if you’re doing it correctly, or you want to get to know more people or you have nothing else to do at these times, DROP IN!

Forgot to sign up for the challenge? There’s still time! Here’s the link


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Blogging from A to Z THEME REVEAL! #atozchallenge

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It’s here, it’s here! It’s time for the blogging from A to Z challenge theme reveal!

Want to guess what my theme is?

Here’s a hint. Take a look at the picture and see if you can guess my theme.



If you guessed books you’d be right.

But what kind of books?

Leave your answer in the comments!

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How To Schedule your #atozchallenge Posts?

You’ve committed yourself to the a to z challenge. You’ve tossed around a few ideas. You’re excited to begin but still you’re wondering…

How to Schedule your A to Z Challenge Posts?


Scheduling is VERY important friends, if you want to have a stress free #atozchallenge! Here’s an image that should help you know when to schedule each post.

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Love this graphic? Click the image and it will take you to the site and you can download your own and make it your desktop image!

So, you have your schedule, now what? Do as much prep work as possible BEFORE the challenge begins:

  • preload all your titles for the month with #atozchallenge somewhere in it
  • choose your theme, if you’re having one
  • download/upload the alphabets for the appropriate blog posts
  • try to write 3-5 blog posts prior to  April 1 (that way you’ll have more time to have fun & visit other blogs)
  • when you DO sit down to write blog posts, try to write at least a day or two ahead, in case of emergencies (cuz they will come up)
  • keep your posts short
  •  find a rhythm that works for you
  • read the A to Z blog for tips
  • reach out for help (Tweet me: @Pamlovesbooks)

Presenting An Unconventional Alliance and the #atozchallenge



(cue opening music) WELCOME FRIENDS!

As a Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Co Host, I get the privilege of building a team, an alliance, to help everyone enjoy the challenge.  These brave persons have stepped forward to be part of my alliance and I couldn’t be happier.  Here they are: (cue more music)

Amber from Never Squat with Your Spurs On 

Mary from Mary-andering Creatively

Karen at Still Magnolias Blog

Ida at Reflex Reactions 

Neala at Moon, Light, and Shadow 


Wanna be a helper too? Leave your email below or sign up here.

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Blogging from A to Z: I Need Allies like Katniss #atozchallenge

I need Allies!

Friends, I need your help. Actually, I need your alliances.  Just like Katniss makes alliances in Catching Fire, I need a team of allies on my side.  You might know, I’m a member of the Blogging from A to Z team, see the post here, and for this great challenge to be successful I will need some help to get the job done.


Here’s the deal, like Catching Fire, we will be part of a team who will work together to get things done and to survive.  Unlike Catching Fire, there is no Quarter Quell, no one gets eaten by feral animals, gets electrocuted, or drowns.  As the Unconventional Alliance, you will help me keep up with my duties with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, make a few friends (allies), and consume large quantities of cake.  I was a helper last year and it was incredibly fun to see the inner workings of a spaceship giant blog hop like Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Want to be part of the Unconventional Alliance? Here are the requirements:

  • Be willing to participate in the Challenge in April
  • Can carve out extra time to help with the Challenge late March through April
  • Know how to use Google + (or be super willing to learn, stat!)
  • Keen sense of humor and ability to take whatever comes without freaking out (unlike Katniss)

Well, whaddaya think?  Do you have what it takes to be on the Unconventional Alliance?

I bet you do!

Drop your questions and email below to be considered.


Books Giveaways

Bookie Brunch Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to Unconventional Librarian Day.  I think I like the sound of that! If you’re stopping by from Book Brunch, THANK YOU! If you’re not, WELCOME! Today on my stop on the tour I’m sharing some fun and ridiculously cute stuff.

Not sure what Bookie Brunch is? Check it out here.  See anything familiar? YES, it’s Random Magic!

Remember all the fun we had on the Pinterest Tour? Catch what we did here.

If you’re like me, you don’t like to be scared but you like having fun and eating candy.  So, because I’m a scaredy cat, I like to celebrate Halloween in an unconventional way.  I read  only CUTE kids books!

So…my treat today is a collection of CUTE Halloweenie type treats!

Inside this treat is a cute Halloween book about a square pumpkin, tattoos, greeting cards and cute lil erasers. All kinds of fun things to put in someone’s Halloween treat bag. Or to keep!

Here’s how to enter:  leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Halloween candy.  You can enter as many times as you’d like; the more you comment, the better your chances to win!  Contest runs October 25 at midnight until October 28th midnight. I’ll contact the winner via Random (Magic) on Monday October 29th so that I can send your prize in time for Halloween!

Remember, leave your comment below and Happy Halloween!



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The #AtoZChallenge – Recap

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and those who’ve organized it have asked us to recap.  So I have.  I’ve  made a video.  But before you watch the video I’d like to thank Amy from Lady Reader’s Bookstuff for the encouragement to join the challenge, thanks so much Amy, I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!

And now, the video:


Additionally, I look forward to continue to discover new blogs during the post Challenge challenge.  Thanks to the A to Z blogging Challenge crew for an amazingly fun experience!

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#AtoZChallenge The End. Part two!

I couldn’t resist giving you a little recap of the A to Z Challenge.

But first I wanted to share a bit that I’m a extremely proud of:

90% of the books featured during the challenge

were books from my own collection!

I borrowed 1 book from the YMCA

and the Z books are on sale at Towne Book Center

And now, the recap

Did you have any favorites?

What books should I feature next year?