Tag: Unique Blogger Award // Why I Read, Blog, Plus my Favorite Book

Hey guys!! so way way back in August, Celine nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award, which I’m super honored by. Thanks Celine (y’all, go check out her blog if you haven’t already)!!! Well, I’ve been meaning to write the post for a bit, but have been sort of skipping it and it got further and further down in my drafts folder until I nearly completely forgot about it, but now it’s Thursday night at midnight and my post is due to go up in seven hours and I have nothing written (and no ideas) and so I found this award and i’m writing it!!

Anyways, that was a super long and probably unnecessary introduction, so straight to the award!

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The NOPE Book Tag

i’m normally not this on top of tags (i mean, i was only tagged in this one, about, 15 days ago!)  and i skipped a bunch of the ones i was supposed to do to get to this one, but it just seemed super fun, and i haven’t done anything like this in a while, so i figured it was worth moving up in the cue.  The Nope Book Tag (shoutout to the absolutely incredible HOLLY @ Nutfree Nerd for tagging me!) probably appeals to me so much because it’s basically exactly what it sounds– you talk about all of your negative book opinions. And since i’m stuck in a pit of self loathing and hatred, being a little bit negative may be exactly what i need. so get ready folks.

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End of the Year Extravaganza Part III // T5W Characters on the Naughty List

We’re in the final stretch until Christmas Day!!

If you’ve missed the first couple editions of EYE (end of year extravaganza) (idk why I’m suddenly trying to be cool and come up with acronyms) (I just used two three parenthesis in a row help me) you can catch up on them here:

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The Liebster Award #2 // Answering Tough Questions

A few months ago, I did this exact award, but because it’s all about answering people’s questions and telling fun facts about yourself, I decided to do it again!!

This time, I was nominated by the lovely Shayna, who posts tons of great works of writing over on her blog Hail Angelic Creation.  If you enjoy reading poetry or short stories, you should totally go check her blog out!

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The New Disney Princess Tag

I got tagged in the Disney Princess Tag by Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words!!!! I love Disney, and princesses, and so I could not be more excited to do this and get to relive all of my childhood memories.  Thank you so much to Tavleen for tagging me, it means a lot!!!!!

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  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White

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This book (like the movie) started it all

Favorite Debut Book From an Author

I’m going with Girl out of Water for this one because I adore Laura Silverman and I feel like she deserves it SO MUCH especially because she’s been such a wonderful online presence throughout all of the shit that’s been going down in our country over the past few months (and probably earlier but I just started following her).  Also, Girl Out of Water is amazing and although she hasn’t published anything more yet, I know it’s going to be the start of something great.

Cinderella

A diamond in the rough

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem

hmmmm this one is really hard… I have a tendency to have very high expectations for all books and they always meet them… I’m going to go with Smugglers and Scones, because I got this book from the author and I knew it was indie, so I wasn’t expecting a ton, but it was SO FREAKIN CUTE I fell in love with the characters and story instantly.

Aurora

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Sleeping beauty

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

This is so easy because I JUST DNFed IT BECAUSE I COULDN’T ANYMORE.  Not The Only Sky was filled with quirky cool characters but the plot made me want to dieeeee and I nearly completely stopped reading because it made me so extraordinarily bored, so I’m glad I set it aside.

Ariel

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Under the sea

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

what? That’s the description that they’re using for Ariel?? They could have done so much better TBH but oh well we’ll roll with it and go with…. In the Heart of the Sea!!  This was nonfiction but a really good story at the same time, and so I would recommend.

Belle

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Beauty and the beast

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

ahhhhhhhh it’s time for me to FANGIRL ASDFGHJKL I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!! Strange the Dreamer was just so so so so so so so so sos sos so sososososoosoooo good!!!! Lazlo Strange was GREAT and the most adorable creature that I’ve ever met, not to mention the fact that he’s a total book lover, and I have such a big fictional crush on him.  Like SO BIG.  AAAAAHHHH (also I love the fact that he’s 20 instead of the usual fantasy 15, because it makes me feel way better about being in love with him)

Jasmine

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The thief and the princess

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

I’m not going to say much about The Bone Witch, because there are possible spoilers, but I didn’t see this at all? Like why was it a thing? No.  Just no.

Pocahontas

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The real life princess

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Anna Kendrick is basically my idol.  She is so incredible and her acting is great and I love all of her movies, and reading her nonfiction memoir just amplified that.  She’s great. Just great.  plus the book was super funny, which is always a bonus.

Mulan

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The princess that saved her country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

LOLA!! I just read that book and she was the most badass gang member that I’ve ever met (oops I don’t mean met).  I loved how she totally just overrode all these giant men to get her way, and became one of the most respected women in her whole neighborhood.  Not only was she strong, but she stood up to a lot of men who were used to being in charge, so in her particular situation it made her strength even more important.

Tiana

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The princess with the coolest and  most diverse crew

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

I have to go with THUG on this one because I’m reading it right now and it is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.  I cannot rave enough about amazing the characters are in this book, how real they are, and what an important message this shares with everyone.  It should be on all schools required reading lists.

Rapunzel

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Let your longggg hair down

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

Hmmmm….. *heads over to goodreads to check*

I think the longest ASOIAF book was A Storm of Swords at 973 pages!

Merida

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I determine my own fate

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

The Clan of the Cave Bear.  I hear that later in the series there might be some romance, but as far as this first book goes, Ayla doesn’t need any men to survive, she’s badass and can take over the world without them, just like Merida.

Anna/Elsa

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Frozen hearts

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

I actually don’t have one for this, surprisingly.  I feel like most books where I know the seasons are always summertime, or there’s just no description of seasons at all that I register.

Moana

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How far I’ll go

A Character That Goes on a Journey

Literally every dystopian/fantasy/YA book ever?? I suppose if I have to narrow it down I’ll go with The Bone Witch, since I haven’t mentioned that yet I don’t think (although tbh I could be wrong, I have a VERY short term memory)… EDIT: I DID ALREADY MENTION THIS OMG OOPS I’M SO DUMB

Tags

I’m going to tag some of my new followers/people I’ve interacted with recently that I think deserve to be mentioned!!

The Girl with Ironwings

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Ravishing Tales

Two Book Thieves

Writing Penguin Blog

Share your links once you write the post because I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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Top 5 Wednesday: My (Not so) Perfect Summer Reads

(first, the title was not a reference to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, it just sort of happened and I realized the potential confusion too late to bother changing it)

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I thought that this week’s theme was perfect, since I was debating doing a very similar post anyways, and it’s always fun to link up with the T5W crew and see what they’re blogging about!! I took a fairly basic approach to deciding which books would be in my top 5 summer reads– I browsed my physical bookshelf, Kindle bookshelf, and then Goodreads (just in case) and wrote down the books which I liked best!

Note that I normally define “summer read” as a light, fluffy book that you would be willing to take to the beach, after I wrote this list I feel the need to revise this working definition to make more sense to what I actually wrote.  All of the books below are ones that I think most teen –> adult females will generally enjoy (or men/anything in between who enjoy romance, family issues, and drama with minimal action sequences).  However, I couldn’t resist putting in books that are not quintessentially “easy” to read.  I take on big issues people, and a couple of my books might make you vaguely sad.  Still, you’ll fly through them because they’re amazing, and so in that respect they’re great books to push you through summer.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)1. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

I know, I know, this book is a tomb so it’s not the best to take with you.  But I recommend getting it on your Kindle or other eReader, because it’s such a fun book to read.  It follows the life of Mary Boleyn, and it’s super romancey and royal and I adore it.  Mary is super relatable in a weird, 1500s type of way, and plus it gives you some pretty decent insight into the time period, especially if you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about anything.  You can read my full review here if you are interested.

Girl Out of Water

 

2. Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman

This is probably the most traditional summer read on my entire list.  When I wrote my original review, I actually wrote “a perfect summer read” so clearly it needed to be on this list.  Not only does it take place IN THE SUMMER but it has the cutest relationship you’ll ever see, an incredible family dynamic, and a light, enjoyable style of writing.  It also just came out this month, so you’ll be totally on top of the trend.  and Silverman is an amazing person just based on her Twitter, so it’s worth it to support her. (Read Review)

 

Not My Daughter3. Not My Daughter, by Barbara Delinsky

When I picked up this book from the library book sale rack last summer, my mom rolled her eyes, sighed, and told me I better not “get any ideas”.  It’s about high school girls who get pregnant all at the same time, and the way they sort of deal with it and all of the drama that follows.  It’s the type of book that although it’s about a sort of serious matter, it still has some light takes to the drama which will keep you happy and wanting more.  I don’t want to say anymore because I’m nervous of spoilers, but I can tell you that it’s worth the read if you’re looking for a light (but not cliche) read.

 

4. Gone Girl, by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

And this is where I really lose the whole summer read theme.  Gone Girl is a book about a WOMAN who disappears and her husband is accused of murdering her.  It’s told from the guy’s perspective first, then her’s, and I think it’s really neat the way it’s done, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.  For thriller lovers, this is a must read (and even a repeat read) that will guarantee to have the days of summer tick by wayyyyyy faster than you would want them to.  I love Gillian Flynn, and she didn’t disappoint with this book.

 

 

Image result for nineteen minutes5. 19 Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

For the final punch in the stomach, I choose a book about a school shooting, because what better time to read it than when you’re not in school, right? but seriously I had to choose it because despite it being thick and about a serious topic, it’s a wonderful, can’t put down read.  Picoult is so so so good at taking on real world problems, and it comes through in this book.  Plus, it has great family relationship and dating relationship drama, which I personally can never get enough of.

 

So, that’s all for today!! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of these nominations and not just rolled your eyes at me.  I’m super excited for summer to start, and this list and thinking back to what I read last summer has me unable to focus in Stats right now, but that’s okay… (I hope)

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What books are on your summer read list? Do you have any books that you read every summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, are they totally terrible choices? Make sure you link your #T5W! 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Great Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I wrote this entire post and then somehow it got deleted (Tysm school wifi) so let’s see how this rewrite goes.

I was so excited when I saw this T5W category, because I think it’s a fun way to look at books and, although I don’t play video games much, I love the bookish ones (Nintendo DS Golden Compass was my shit in elementary school) and so there should be more of them, clearly.

1. The 39 Clues, by Rick Riordan (and others)

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I think this would be one of the most fun games ever, because you would have to figure out the clues on your own to move forward, and beat the other teams to the big prize.  Mysteries and puzzles are severely underrepresented in the video game industry, so I’m trying to remedy this.

2. 11/22/63, by Stephen King

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Time Travel / Action with a little bit of romance?  You could easily make a game where you have to save JKF from being assassinated to win. And, based on the cannon, it would take a pretty long time.

3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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This would be an awesome RPG create your own character adventure. Imagine if you had stats for this guy, and you get more or less depending on the district, and you distribute them how you want, and then you go into an arena and fight irl people with your internet characyers. Ahhh the beauty of it all.

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

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Admittedly, I haven’t read this one, but I watched the movie (I know, I know, THE HORROR) and I would love to play a game where you go to the academy and battle your teammates to be the best, highest ranked military child machine in the history of military child machines.

5. Matched, by Allie Condie

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Once again, I’m thinking of a game where you create a character and RP with them. I think Matched was a really cool idea for a “world” and it would be fun to be in that universe for a little while. Also it would be a crazy cool computer algorithm if it could genuinely predict your next move (can you tell I’m a math nerd?)

Okay guys I know this post was quick but I didn’t have much time for the rewrite, because of April break and camp NaNo combined 😬 love you all and I’ll try to make it up to you soon!!!

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