Tag: Real Neat Blog Award

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I was nominated by Ally from Ally Writes Things for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you! She included 7  wonderful questions to answer. I love doing posts like this because they’re a great way to get to know a blogger.


  1. What book would you give 10 year-old you?I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, so I would give 10 year old me the first Harry Potter book! I see how important it is to a lot of people and, although I’ve seen the first movie as an adult, I love that a book series has meant that much to so many. It could have been interesting to be part of that world as a child to adult. And I do have the first book on my TBR since my grandmother loved the books.
  2. What’s your favourite quote and why??I did a post about quotes last month and, since then, I’m still trying to gather up all of my favorites. From that post, I’m still partial to this one from Shirley Jackson: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”
  3. If you could only listen to three artists/bands for the rest of your life, who would they be??As someone whose music taste hasn’t changed that much over the years (I still listen to a lot of music I listened to in high school and college), this isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Brand New, Eisley, and Fall Out Boy. (Okay, it was a bit hard to decide on just 3!)
  4. Do you have any pets? If not, do you want any?No, I don’t have any right now. I grew up with pets, mostly cats, and I would love to have a cat or a dog.
  5. Have you ever cosplayed (pictures???)I’ve never cosplayed for an event other than Halloween. Last year I made a Queen of Hearts costume and I dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast several times as a child. My dream is the Pink Power Ranger!
  6. If you could punch any author, dead or alive, who would it be?Hmm, interesting question, and something I’ve never thought about before. I would punch Conan Arthur Doyle in the arm as a friendly thing for writing Sherlock. I’m not violent! I just love Sherlock.
  7. Is there anything weird or abnormal about your body?Ooh. Nothing too out of the ordinary. I have small feet, so I can wear (large) kid shoes. That’s about it.

My questions:

  1. If you could rewrite one book, what would it be? Why?
  2. Do you like going to book events?
  3. Are there any popular authors you haven’t read that you want to read?
  4. Why did you start a blog?
  5. What are you currently reading?
  6. Where do you want to travel to the most?
  7. Which of your favorite characters would you most like to meet?

I’m not going to nominate anyone this time, but if you find my questions interesting at all, feel free to answer them!


Thank you, Ally! I love these questions.

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 »

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.

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.

Tag: Rip It or Ship It (TV Edition)

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A couple of weeks ago I did the Rip It or Ship It tag for YA fiction. I enjoyed doing it so much that I wanted to do a TV edition. For this one, I chose all dramas that I love and tried to include all of the main characters, ones I like and dislike. Characters are from Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, iZombie, Roswell, and One Tree Hill. As with my other post, I’m including Ship It to mean as romance, teammates, or friendships.


Here’s how you can play this game:

  1. Write down characters from books on slips of paper
  2. Put them in a jar/bowl/hat/mug and pick 2
  3. Decide if you ship it or R.I.P. it (R.I.P. it means you don’t ship them, but not necessarily that you want them dead)

1Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock + Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries

Oh, that is some first pick! There’s not much I have to say about this one except no. Friendship? No. Romance? Absolutely no. RIP ITRead More »

Tag: Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I’ve seen posts like this done on blogs and on YouTube for the past few years and I’ve always been a fan of scavenger hunts, so I’m finally doing it myself! I think the last blog I saw it on was Zezee with Books. This was a lot of fun to do. I always think that I know every single book on my book shelves, but I feel like I know them more now. There are 19 prompts here, so it took a while to put this post together. I have to say that I’m satisfied with how it all turned out. Maybe I will use my own pictures in my posts more often.


Find a book with the letter “Z” in its title or the author’s name.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I tried to find something else because I’m betting this is a common answer, but oh well. It is one of my favorite books.

Find a classic.
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Daisy Miller by Henry James
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Tag: The Unique Blogger Award

I was nominated by Ally from Ally Writes Things for this award! Thanks so much. I love doing these kinds of things, so it’s always nice to be mentioned.


The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Ally’s Questions:

  1. What was your favourite childhood book and author?The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin and The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner were my favorites when I was in elementary school. The Baby-Sitter’s Club was the reason I took a babysitting class at the library when I was around 12 and The Boxcar Children started my love for mysteries. And I read a lot of Francine Pascal as well, so a lot of Sweet Valley books.
  2. Who do you admire the most in your life?There’s no way to choose just one person, so I have to say my mom and my sister. I wouldn’t trade those relationships for anything. My explanation was originally much longer than this, but I decided to protect some privacy for all of us.
  3. If you could live in any fictional world, what would it be?This is a thought provoking question if I’ve ever seen one. Part of me wants to pick a world full of adventure, like the Throne of Glass world, but there is too much danger involved there. Then another part of me would like to pick a Victorian-era royal world, from a historical fiction novel based on a real time, but there are also difficult times there. So I’m going to pick something realistic but a little more magical than my world and go with something from a Sarah Addison Allen book. There’s just a little something different about some of the characters and things they can do, like baking magical foods, but they’re still regular people living in a regular-ish world. In fact, the book that I’m currently reading has a world similar to those in Sarah Addison Allen’s books. They’re not perfect worlds, but neither is the one we’re living in, so might as well make things more exciting.

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Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

I saw this tag on The Sassy Book Geek and I realized that I haven’t done a wrap-up post for the first half of the year. This was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjane on YouTube. There are 15 questions and I like that it makes you think about what you’ve read. I actually did this last year as well, so it’s definitely interesting to see the books there that I still haven’t read… but that gives me more motivation. At this point in the year, I have read 15 books and my Goodreads goal is 30.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

 

 

Atonement by Ian McEwan
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

This has to be a tie between Atonement and Crown of Midnight. They both broke my hear in different ways, but for similar reasons, and I love the way both were written. For being two completely different books, I love that there are some similarities between them that makes them such emotional reads.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

When I finished Throne of Glass, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be continuing with the series right away, but I ended up reading the second book immediately and it solidified that I have to continue reading the series.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I mentioned this in Wednesday’s post as a book I want to read this summer.

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