Tag: Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated recently by 2 people to do the Mystery Blogger Award by Okoto Engima, so I’m doing both in this post. I was nominated by Christina from The Bookshelf Corner and Shaz from Shaz Reads. Thank you! I’m excited to answer all of these questions.


The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.


Three Things About Me:

1. I love musical theater and Disney songs. (This came to me because I’m listening to “Belle” right now.)
2. I’m attempting to be more minimalist with everything in my life, except when it comes to hoarding books. That can’t be helped.
3. I have several house plants and I love them. Read More »

July Book Reviews: I Hate Everyone But You, Jane Eyre, TWD, and Sherlock

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6 books read this month! The bulk of that is graphic novels and I did end up in a reading slump while on vacation (sadly!), but I was reading, and I’m glad to have read these particular books. I’m considering it a great reading month.


I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin / September 5, 2017 / Wednesday Books / ★★★★

This book continually impressed me while I was reading it. I knew that it would be funny, and I felt that I had a hang on the characters from the jump since I love Just Between Us on YouTube, but there’s so much more to this book. It’s a heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking book about two best friends leaving each other for college. But, in this day and age, you can still be with someone even if they’re not physically there. I loved the format of the book, told in emails and texts between the main characters. It reminded me of a lot of the books that I read when I was younger and I think it will be a wonderful addition to a lot of YA TBRs this fall. It will be coming out around the time that people are going off to college, so I highly recommend it for friends who are parting ways. And, if you’re interested in reading more diversely, it is a LGBTQA+ book, and the level of communication that these girls have with each other is extremely organic. It deals with friendship, mental illness, coming out, female sexuality. On a scale of no emotion to me being a sobbing mess by the end, I was somewhere near the uplifted crying level. I don’t know where that lands on the scale… but 4 stars!

I received an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Tag: The Writer’s Tag

THE WRITER'S TAG

I saw this tag on Life and Other Disasters and, as I have been trying to plan my writing a bit and even did some writing last week, I thought it would be a fun tag to do here. A couple of weeks ago I did the 777 Challenge and it inspired me to do some more for my writing. I’d like to post about my writing more often here. It may help keep me inspired. This tag includes 8 questions.


What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?
My usual genres are YA Contemporary and, more recently, Magical Realism. My style consists of a lot of inner dialogue and character study, and almost always involves a romance. Oh, and I work on my blog! The more I write on here, the more I want to write original fiction, so it all goes together.

How long have you been writing?
I believe the first time I wrote a story of any sort was when I was about 8. I wrote a book for an assignment and I’ve been writing since.

Why do you write?
The reason I write is because of my love for storytelling. I love storytelling in several formats, short stories, chaptered books, and screenwriting. When I was in college, I was sure that I wanted to write for TV or film, but after taking classes for it and fiction writing, I think my main love will always be books.

When is the best time to write?
I feel that I write better late at night, but as I tend to have an early bedtime for work, I don’t do it that often anymore. Now, I try to find quiet time to myself.

What parts of writing do you love and hate?
Love: plotting, character building, editing
Hate: sometimes the actual writing… and writer’s block

How do you overcome writer’s block?
Most of the time, I wait it out, but writing prompts are useful. I read a lot and watch television shows to get some inspiration.

Are you working on something at the moment?
I am! I’m still working on a NaNoWriMo project from a couple of years ago, a one-shot inspired by a television show I’m watching (which I haven’t done in several years), and some stories with a friend.

What are your writing goals this year?
I’d like to finish editing that NaNoWriMo book and continue writing it more regularly.


Are you a writer? I’d love to hear about your writing routine! Also, let me know if you post your original works online. I’ve yet to do that.

The Friday 56: Shopaholic to the Stars

THE FRIDAY 56
The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! I’m reading Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.


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Title: Shopaholic to the Stars
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Status: page 160/479
Genre: Contemporary, Humor (Adult)

We’re standing on the stars. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, which I’ve seen a million times on TV but never for real. I feel as thought Luke has put it there especially as a present for me, all shiny and pink.

Diving back into the world of Becky Bloomwood is always an adventure. She gets herself into some wild situations, and I always find this series a joy to read. I’m not that far into Shopaholic to the Stars just yet, but I love seeing Hollywood throughout Becky’s eyes (like this line) and how she starts to live her life there. The synopsis doesn’t cover everything and, in fact, part of the book that I’m loving the most right now isn’t even mentioned in it.


Have you read any of the Shopaholic series?

Tag: The Friends Character Book Tag

FRIENDS CHARACTER BOOK TAG

I have to say, despite being raised in the 90s and seeing a lot of episodes of Friends (I remember watching the finale, liking Chandler and Monica, and knowing that coffee was the only possible background for this title), I don’t watch reruns and I’ve never felt the urge to watch it as an adult. Still, this tag includes two of my favorite things: TV and books. How could I pass up doing it? I was tagged by Ally from Ally Writes Things to take part in it, and despite not loving the show, I thought the 6 questions were great.


Rachel: A character whose wardrobe you want to steal
This has to be a character from a historical fiction novel, possibly someone from a Philippa Gregory Tudor-era novel like The Constant Princess or The Other Boleyn Girl.

Joey: A book that left you mind-blown
As a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, this happens every once in a while. Most recently, I would say that the original Sherlock Holmes books get me every time because I don’t think they’re meant for the reader to figure out. I never get it right.

Chandler: A book that made you laugh out loud
I’m currently reading Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella and I’ve found myself laughing out loud a couple of times. Becky gets into some outrageous situations.

Monica: A book that made you hungry
Oh, without a doubt, The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell. There are so many pies in it! I want pie now thinking about it.

Ross: A book that gave you all the feels
I don’t know if another book can ever make me feel as much as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness had me crying for a while after I finished them.

Phoebe: A quirky & enjoyable read
Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham. Egghead is basically silly, almost Shel Silverstein type poems and doodles for adults.


Thank you again, Ally! I’m not going to tag anyone myself this time, but please let me know if you do it.

Book Haul #11

BOOK HAUL

Two book haul posts in one month? That’s what happens when I go out of town and they have a Books-A-Million! I prefer to buy used books or books on sale, unless it’s something I know I will read right away, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out a new bookstore. I can understand why people love it. They had an entire display dedicated to Alice in Wonderland goodies as well as some beautiful classics, and I was tempted to buy several things there, but then my mom spotted the Sarah Dessen display. I had 10/13 of her books when I went in and now I have all 13. Plus, I have a water bottle with one of her quotes on it! It was free with 2 books, so I figured I might as well complete my collection.

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Now I have a bit of a mix of older covers and newer, and it would be great to have a full collection of both, but that’s something to deal with at another time. Maybe I will find some used copies of the older editions of these or, at the very least, get paperbacks of the few I have in hardcovers. Also, one day soon I will have to reread some of her books.