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 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 Book Cover Guessing Game

Hey guys!! This post is inspired by one of my favorite book blogs out there, The Bookworm Girls 123!  About a month ago they did a post where they posted covers to popular books which they know nothing about, and then tried to describe what they thought of it solely based on the cover.  This is actually a tag, but since I wasn’t officially tagged I’m not going to tag anyone else.  I loved their post and the idea, and so I decided to try it here anyways!

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The first one is Red Queen (and series) by Victoria Aveyard.  I’ve seen a lot of people give these books high reviews, but I haven’t actually bothered to read deeper and see what the book is all about.  Based on who I’ve seen review it, I would say that it’s likely dystopian of some sort, and a YA/teen novel.  Because of that, I’m going to say that the book is about a Queen who murders the King, and then becomes the ruler of the kingdom.  After that, she just kind of goes crazy, and it turns into a Game of Thrones meets the Boleyn era Europe type thing.  The cover says that “Power is a Dangerous Game” so I figure that many people try to maneuver their way into the throne, but this Red Queen is insane and so she just murders everyone who threatens her.  Plus (as it looks YA) there’s a legitimate love interest, and eventually that will melt her icy heart.  Or she kills him because, ya know, plot twist!

Okay, now here’s the Goodreads summary (oh wait first, I just saw that the last one is Kings Cage, so I bet she doesn’t kill her love interest, she just married then imprisons him lol): This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.  The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.  That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.  Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.  But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Well basically all I got right is that the main character would battle “against her own heart”, so solid 20% there 😉 I’ll give myself one more try because this was pretty fun.

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This is weird because this book is on my TBR, but I have no clue what it’s about.  I’ve just heard that it’s a really powerful read and went from there.  Based on the little top right sticky note (“The story of a boy called Finch and a girl named Violet”) I’m going to say that there are two kids, probably in middle school, and they both have a really hard time in school, they get bullied, and basically hate life.  Then, they meet each other.  Once they meet, the world is changed forever.  The two form a secret club where they refer to each other only in code names: Finch and Violet, of course.  They become the best of friends and together lend their strength to overcome the terrible bullies that have been ruining their lives for the past 4 years.  Or something like that.  Oh, and they fall in love.

The real truth (according to Goodreads): The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.  Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!  Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.  Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.  When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.  This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

ooh this sounds better than I thought it would! I basically got the romance thing right I think, and the fact that Finch seems to be kind of outcast at school.  Plus, they might really form a secret club, even if those are their real names and they’re also high school students.  I’d go with 80% on this one, for missing the major themes but hitting on the in between.

That’s all for today!!!  That tag wa so fun and I’m really glad that I decided to participate in it!!

What were your first impressions of these books?  How off base was I really?  Are either of these on your TBR, and should they be on mine?

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The Mystery Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words for nominating me for this award!!  It means so much that you would think to nominate me 🙂 This tag was originally created by Okoto Enigma

RULES…

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

okay this is a lot to do and I’m feeling kind of overwhelmed, so bare with me and I’ll go in order maybe kind of.

About Me…

  1. I’ve been a vegetarian since my psycho teacher made me do a report on animal cruelty in 5th grade
  2. I’m really shy meeting new people, but once I know you I’m super outgoing and probably really annoying
  3. I have naturally wavy/curly hair and I normally wear it natural now.  In middle school I straightened it every single day.

Answering Tavleen’s Questions…

1. If you could kill one fictional character , who would it be?

Umbridge from Harry Potter.  Hands down. The woman is absolutely awful, I can’t stand her, and I want her gone from everything.  She was so annoying because it wasn’t even like she was trying to conquer the world, she was just a ministry robot who enjoyed torturing children.  That’s psychotic (I’m using that word a lot today so sorry).

2. What is an unpopular bookish opinion of yours?

Hmmmm I feel like I fit the stereotype for most bookish opinions.  I’d have to say that the biggest thing is that I despised Stolen, by Lucy Christopher (read my review to see why) whereas most people seemed to enjoy it and think it was a refreshing, exciting read.  I just couldn’t buy into that and I stand firmly beside my beliefs.

3. Which song is your current favorite?

I don’t really listen to a lot of music whatsoever, so I’m limited to what’s on the radio.  I do really like that rockabye baby don’t you cry I’m gonna rock you song that goes something like that.  I don’t know the name or who sings it though!

4. Have many books do you want to read in 2017?

I set my goal for 25, which is up 5 from what I read last year.  I’ve started reading listening to audiobooks which should help up that number, and I also have dedication to my blog, which should help.

5. If you had to live in a house built from books, which books will you choose to have the roof made from? (Weird Question)

Okay so now I really have to think about this.  A house built from books? the roof would have to be something big and strong I guess.  Oh I’ve got it!  War and Peace, because it’s impossible to get through.  The rain and snow would get bored trying to create a leak in my house, and just have to leave.

My Nominees…

I’m going to start out naming a few people whose blogs I love and follow, and then take a page from Kourtni’s book and nominate a few recent followers/people who have been super active on my blog to thank you guys and mix it up since 10-20 is A LOT of people.

  1. Kourtni 
  2. Kristen
  3. MJ
  4. Roisin
  5. Matxi
  6. Rakel
  7. Annmarie McQueen
  8. CravenWild
  9. Nostalgia Diaries
  10. Swetlana (since your blog name is almost the same as mine)
  11. Closet Readers

If you guys were already nominated for this, sorry! and if you don’t want to do the tag, that’s fine.  For those of you that DO end up doing this, please share your links below I’d love to read!

Your Questions…

  1. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
  2. Do you read library books/used books?  If so what’s your favorite part about them?
  3. Have you ever considered ditching your blog?
  4. Who is one person in life that you absolutely could not live without?
  5. Weird Question Time!!  If you had to make a cake out of books, which one would you choose for each layer, and what flavor would each of the books have?

My Best Post…

I really don’t think I have a favorite post ever, but I’m really proud of Censoring Society and How School Devalues Reading because I think they both highlight important issues that are oftentimes overlooked in our society.

 

Yay I think I’ve finally included everything!! Hope you guys liked this tag, and I can’t wait to read everyone’s replies to my questions!! (PS thank you to Emma for making me the amazing header and signoff!!!!)

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Tag: Cait’s Character Awards

Since it’s almost the end of 2016, it’s a great time to review all of the books I’ve read this year!! And so, when I saw Cait decide to make a tag about the character’s in the books we read this year, I decided that it would be a great idea!

Cait is a book blogger over at Paper Fury, and I love her blog, sense of humor, and cake jokes (either i’m a nerd and easily amused or she’s really funny… I think it’s the second).  And, she would be pleased to note, I’m currently an American saying “BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????” (Post reference: Also please wear a Santa hat and sing the Aussie Jingle Bells which is something about a rusty Holden ute and I just want to see the Americans looking at each other confusedly and saying “BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????” because I’m evil and Australian and easily amused).

Soooo I stole her tag.  Here it goes!!

Most Relatable Character…

For me, the  most relatable character was Mary Boleyn from The Other Boleyn Girl.  Even though I’m the oldest sister, and so a bit more successful than my siblings (I’m joking, sort of 😉 ) I still relate to the way she was cast into the shadows and never really the “best” because I feel that way a lot in my daily life.

Most Pure and Precious Animal Companion…

I’m not sure if I read a book where there was an animal companion in a lot of it this year, but the dog from The Road was amazing, for the little while he was there.

Fiercest Fighter…

Hmmm… I have quite a few that I know I will NOT be putting into this section!  But overall, Vivian from Orphan Train was definitely a fighter, until the very end she never  gave up, and I envy her perseverance.

Most Amazing Sidekick…

Curt MacCrae from Fat Kid Rules the World.  Hands down.  He was the sidekick that Troy needed, and he did an amazing job making Troy feel like he was the leader, not just that kid people throw stuff at during lunch.  You go Curt.  Everyone needs one of you in their life.

One You’re Surprised you Loved…

There’s quite a few, but the one that stands out to me the most is Kristina from Crank.  She’s a drug addicted, down the drain teen, but you feel for her, and you end up loving her even though she’s not the best person you’ve ever met.

Best Sassmaster…

I think I’ll have to go with Liz from Donnybrook.  She was overpowered in literally every possible situation, but her back talking and sass managed to get her through.  Go you.  You’re the girl that we all want to be.

Best Anti-Hero and Morally Grey Grape…

Easy.  Ty from Stolen.  He was incredibly anti-hero, but he did it for good (at least in his opinion) reasons.  He managed to kidnap a girl (the protagonist, no less) and yet I still manage to like him kind of.  Weird.  I think I might be the morally grey grape.

Best Worst Villain to Hate…

Adora from Sharp Objects.  You absolutely hate her, and you know you should hate her, and her personality is so developed, it’s great.

Truly Astounding Worst YA Parents…

I’m cheating on this one because I didn’t really read many YA books, so this book is not YA.  But, Adora from Sharp Objects once again makes the cut, because… welll… just read the book to find out.

Truly Astounding Best YA Parents…

(also in cheating, non YA form) The dad in The Road.  I didn’t really like that book considering it’s getting two posts in this tag, but whatever.  He was a good dad even if the writing was bad.

The Most in Need of Protection…

Obviously Gemma from Stolen.  She has no protection, she gets kidnapped.  Then, she needs help from her kidnapper to survive.  If she could just be a little bit more independent and tough maybe we wouldn’t have all of these problems, isn’t that right Gemma!

Most Boring as a Barnacle…

Mr. M from Dear Mr. M.  I think the author tried to make him interesting, but it just didn’t work, and nearly put me to sleep the entire time which, I assume, is the opposite effect you were going for.

Best Little Royal…

Anne Boleyn.  This is a cop out since she’s actually a real life royal, but oh well.  She did her job really well.  Round of applause to you Anne.

Very Surprised You’re Still Alive…

Rachel Watson from Girl on the Train.  I don’t know how she survived past chapter 2 honestly.

Best at Horrible Decision Making…

The Invisible Man from (you guessed it!) Invisible Man.  He couldn’t make a good decision if his life depended on it; I actually can’t deal with his tendency to approve of being put down.

Cleverest Little Hellion…

Libby Day from Dark Places.  I haven’t written a review for this book yet (sorry, I’ll do my best to write it!) but I loved her.  She had such a run down, overall shitty life, but she actually pulled through really well and used her street-sense to get through some crazy stuff.  She managed to make the best out of a really awful situation, and despite not seeming like it in the beginning, by the end she was pretty clever and had it all together.

Want to Read More About You…

Alice, from What Alice Forgot.  She had such a rough time during the book, and I want to see how things are going now.  Even though I’m in high school and she’s a married mother, I still felt a relationship with her, and would love to hear more about her life!

 

That’s all for the tag! If you want to do the full tag, I suggest going to Cait’s site, because she had quite a few more that I skipped just because when you’ve only read 20 books in a year, there’s not enough that relate.  Still, it was fun to get to review all the books I’ve read and talk about some of the best and worst characters in all of them!


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Tag: Celebrating the Little Things

This is my very first book tag ever!  I’m so excited to finally do one, because I love reading everyone else’s, and now I get to participate.  Thank you to Kourtni for tagging me!!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out)? Tag them and give them a shout out!

My very first follower ever was Charlotte Hoather, who blogs about her singing career/journey.  I remember feeling so shocked that she actually took the time to follow me, and so excited at the same time!  I definitely never expected to be noticed by someone so random, and it felt awesome that she liked my posts, especially since her blog was way more popular than mine.

What was the last milestone you reached?

I don’t really hit many milestones, but I guess I would have to say 40 followers, which I hit earlier this month.  Not really sure if that even counts, but for me it was really exciting.  I’d have to say either that, or getting over 50 views in one day.

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

My first post was a really lame attempt at a review of In the Heart of the Sea.  I was only halfway through the book when I wrote it, and it contained absolutely no information– thank gods it has only been up from there.  That was actually in the very beginning of this year, so I don’t have any real excuses for why it is so bad, but trust me when I say that my blogging skills have increased A LOT since then 🙂

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower was Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News.  Hugh is a writer who’s about to publish a compilation of short stories, so you should totally check it out!  Thank you so much for following me.

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

My latest post was a Quotable Inspiration from the book Alice in Wonderland.  The first person to like this was Kenzie who, as far as I can tell, doesn’t have a blog :/

How many months have you been blogging for?

I started blogging in January, so my year anniversary is coming up!  That’s a bit of a lie, however, because from August-September my posts were nonexistent.  I also didn’t do a great job of getting out in the community pre-September, so hopefully my return is bigger and better than ever 😉

Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

I’ve talked to so many amazing bloggers over the past few months.  I can’t say any are great friends, because like I said earlier I used to do a horrible job of communicating with other bloggers, but some of my new favorite people to talk to are Habiba @ Penning Some Life, Cassidy @ Quartzfeather, and Elm @ Just Call me Elm or Something.  Thank you all for being so awesome!

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

This is the very first tag or meme I’ve ever participated in!

Have you any social media related to your blog?

I have a Twitter where I post blog updates, and Goodreads!  I don’t understand why so many bloggers have a Pintrest (please explain) and I’m not artsy enough for Instagram, so that basically sums it up!

Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thank you guys so much for actually listening to what I have to say!  It’s amazing when I realize that my posts are actually seen my people other than myself, so seriously, thank you!!

If I wrote about you above, you are tagged!  If you do the tag post your link below so I make sure to check everyone’s out 🙂