Hi everyone! Are we all excited to read The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, heading our way in August? I AM! I liked My Life Next Door a lot - and I'm not even a huge YA contemporary fan!
Today, I'm going to share with you my blog's superlative. I thought of a lot of possibilities... some creative but fitting, some not creative at all. Some of the ones I came up with were:
The Blog Most Likely To...
... get swoony! (I mean, come on. I have 712 posts tagged with "Romance", and 125 Swoon Thursday feature posts - this is a weekly feature, so 125 weeks of swoon. We all know how much I LOVE a good swoon.)
... blog/read at work! (The evidence is below!)
Finally categorized, moved, and cleared hundreds of emails from my personal gmail account - emails since 2013! #thingsIdoatwork— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) June 11, 2015
Cleared out all three email inboxes! Caught up on comments! Sent emails! Wrote comments! #thingsIdoatwork— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) June 24, 2015
But ultimately, one thing really stuck out to me, and my blog's superlative was born. My blog is the blog most likely to...
MAKE READING AND BLOGGING MATHY!
(Yes, mathy is not a word. I know.)
How so, Alyssa?
Recall that yours truly is an environmental engineering, earth & planetary sciences, and Spanish triple major (or maybe two and one minor at this point). Math dominates my studies, along with science. I weave math and science into all areas of my life, including blogging.
I have my own meme! Yes, it's *Science* in Fiction, but I get mathy too!
I've done a "A Look at ____: Statistics and Numbers" post since 2012! Though the 2012 one was boring.
Here's some of the information from 2014:
Oh yeah. Things get real mathy up in here. This isn't about bragging or anything - it appeases the math/science nerd and engineer in me to see data compiled in an organized and readable manner.
Speaking of organized... being a math-obsessed person goes hand-in-hand with my control freak/obsessive nature. I mean, I've got this going on...
(Snippet of ARC posting data from 2014. Organized by title/author, publication date, age level, and posting date. Purple means I've read it. Red means I've not read it/I missed the date. There are no reds for 2014 - not anymore, anyway!)
(Snippet of books read in 2014 data - this is how I got the pie charts. Categories are Title, Author Year of Publication, Publisher/Indie, Dominant Genre, Age Level, Rating, Source, Number. You can see the tabs at the bottom of the picture - those have each individual pie chart!)
(Calendar schedule for May 2015. See colors below.)
(Calendar schedule for July 2015. Purple is review, pink is "Science in Fiction" meme, green is blog tour or promo, red is "Waiting on Wednesday", light blue/green is potential blog tour/promo, yellow is potential ARC that I may/may not receive. Stacking the Shelves is always Saturday, and Swoon Thursday is always Thursday, which is why both of those days usually don't have anything on the calendar - because it doesn't change.)
I do some crazy math at the beginning and end of every year and figure out how much I can read per month. At the beginning of every month, I do some more crazy math and plot out the month's schedule in ARCs and non-ARCs to be read and reviewed. Lots of math going on!
And I don't mind whipping out some fancy math skills to help younger bloggers!
@Nikki_Wang I did this on the fly but here's the first one. Might want to double check just to be safe! pic.twitter.com/cD5bgr5ISe— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) June 16, 2015
@Nikki_Wang (90 - theta) = the other angle! If theta = xx, then the upper angle = (90 - xx) :) pic.twitter.com/sLmCP4rKDr— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) June 16, 2015
@Nikki_Wang You're doing just fine! Part of 34 is at the top of this picture, too. But here's 35: pic.twitter.com/tOmF60mC7m— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) June 16, 2015
(It's been many years since I did pre-calc stuff! Nikki is very smart and picked up this quickly. So proud!)
So that's that! Do you think my superlative matches my blog? Does it at least match my personality? :D What's your blog's superlative?
About The Boy Most Likely To:
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.