Blogoween (Level 1) Announcement!

A week ago while blog hopping, I came across an announcement for  Blogoween , a fun new month-long book blogger event that will take place over the month of October co-hosted by Clo Book Dragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam along with some of their friends. There will be multiple hosts and prompts for each day of October that will guide you on your creation of Halloween– and autumnthemed blog content for your blog!

SEE: Blogoween: Content, Hosts & Prompts & BLOGOWEEN 2018 [Announcement, Hosts + Prompts]

There are three levels of participation. You just need to pick one:

⟡ Level 1: Post any 13 days during October

⟡ Level 2: Post consecutively from October 24–31st

 Level 3: Post every single day in October (!)

I personally decided to pick Level 1, just so that I had more freedom with what prompts I’d like to do and also so that I would have time to write and produce anything else to supplement my posts (e.g. graphics). Also, from a cursory look at the prompts, I wasn’t sure I would be able to come up with something good for each day.

If you are uncertain which level would be best for you, I suggest brushing up on the rules and prompts. Once you’ve decided the level at which you would like to participate, you just need to do two things before October.

  1. Publish your blog post announcement of your plans, &
  2. Sign up on the hosts’ >Google sign up form< (which will ask for your level selection and the URL link of your announcement post)

My Prompt Selection + Schedule

I decided to list the  Blogoween  prompts I intend to use this month for my own records and also so you all will know you can expect in October! For the full list of prompts, see Clo’s post (linked above) and visit the blogs of each day’s specific host if you have any questions about the prompts.

I personally may interpret these prompts liberally where necessary suit the kind of posts I feel like writing! ^_^

Monday 1st  ← My own idea!
Prompt Title: My October Routine
Explanation: Things I like to do in October + plans for enjoying the season

Thursday 4th
Prompt Title: Top 5 Books about Witches
Explanation: List your Top 5 favorite books about witches

Saturday 6th
Prompt Title: An Evening of Mystery & Murder
Explanation: You are hosting a Halloween-themed dinner party and seven of your favourite morally gray fictional characters and/or villains have accepted your invitation. Sometime during the party there is a murder, and there are only seven suspects – you and your guests. Who did you invite, who was murdered, what was the murder weapon, and where in the house did it occur?

Monday 8th
Prompt Title: Gory Magical Sweet
Explanation: Create one or more snacks (sweet or savory) and a drink (if you want), all must be Halloween-themed. Should be created with a mix of common food elements and parts of our beloved mythical and magical creatures. Just to be clear: things like rainbow unicorn sparkles aren’t gory. Get morbid.

Tuesday 9th
Prompt Title: Bookish Monster Bender
Explanation: You’re transported in various book but a bad surprise awaits you. Everything is horror and death, because a monster version has taken over the story.

Wednesday 10th
Prompt Title: Local Supernaturals Who Demand A Book
Explanation: Share your local stories of ghosts, supernaturals and what happens round your area. Either where you live, or nearby; can also share your own personal scary experience. These are the stories which you think, deserve their own novel – could add a blurb to the story. Can share as many stories as you wish as long they’re: horror/supernatural/scary/ghostly/etc.

Friday 12th
Prompt Title: Loving the Monsters Always Ends Badly for the Human
Explanation: Exploring and recommending my favorite creatures – vampires!

Tuesday 16th (TTT Replacement)
Prompt Title: Love Spells
Explanation: Favorite ships at least one must be a supernatural creature

Tuesday 23rd ➝ Thursday 25th, so I can do regularly scheduled TTT
Prompt Title: Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned
Explanation: Halloween version of Kiss Marry Kill with your favorite characters

Saturday 27th
Prompt Title: Toil and Trouble
Explanation: Villain Halloween Theme – would you want a villain as a roommate, a villain as a companion in a haunted house, etc.

Monday 29th
Prompt Title: Halloween In A Fictional World
Explanation: Pick any fictional world that you’d love to experience Halloween in

Tuesday 30th
Prompt Title: Trapped With You
Explanation: Characters I’d want with me if I were trapped in a haunted house

Wednesday 31st
Prompt Title: The Veil Is Thin
Explanation: The 31st Oct is supposed to be a day when the veil between our world and the otherworld, is at its thinnest. As such, it was originally a day to ward of evil spirits; what spirits are you hoping to ward off? (e.g. paranormal characters, evil characters, writer’s block, procrastination, etc.)

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I’m really excited about this event and hope you are too! Just in case anyone is wondering, I will be keeping up with my own personal blog schedule. There’s just an additional 13 posts related to  Blogoween  that you can now also expect. ^_^

Be sure to check out Clo’s blog posts (linked at the beginning of the post) for more information, as I only attempted to condense what I thought was the most important information in this post. Let me know in the comments below if you plan on participating or if there are any other October blogging festivities I should know about!

Thank you for reading!
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The Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 2 & 3) | Blog Tag

Last Sunday I was tagged for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks. It’s been a while since I was tagged for anything, so I decided to give it a go. I also remembered I was tagged by Lori @ Lori’s bookshelf reads a couple of months ago and meant to save her tag for a rainy day. That day has come!

I like doing these every now and then since these are a great way to share stuff that may not come up organically in any other way on a book blog. ^_^

Fun fact: I’ve was actually first tagged for this specific award earlier this year. If you would like, you can check it out my answers to an additional set of questions here:

The Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 1)

The Rules

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions your nominator has provided
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer
  4. List the rules and display the award

LaRonda’s Questions

1) What’s the last book you gave 5-stars?

My last 5-star read was a reread, so I don’t know if it counts. It’s Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, which I reviewed on the blog this summer (and have mentioned a bunch of times since…). The last 5-star read that was a first-time read was Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. I also reviewed that one in April.

2) What’s your current favorite TV show?

You know what? I’m glad you asked! Atypical is my favorite T.V. show at the moment. The second season just premiered last Friday. It’s a fantastic Netflix original that features stellar cast. The main character is played by Kier Gilchrist who I recognized from the teen drama movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), which I saw when I was in high school.

I love this show’s representation teens with autism and the struggles families with children on the spectrum can face. It’s a family comedy with a lot of heart and is surprisingly well written. The storylines and characters feel so much more real that any others you generally see on television about teenagers. It’s also just so great to see healthy relationships represented in a T.V. show. This show is seriously under-rated and I highly recommend.

Also, I need a third season so consider it a personal favor to me if you give it a chance!

3) How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in January of 2015, but had to stop when my first MacBook Pro died on me that summer. Between about . . . November 2015 and January 2018, I’d say my blog was not a big priority. I was very on-and-off about it. I also jumped between a lot of different blogs, even trying self-hosting for more control over my blog design and layout. It ended up being kind of a waste.

It wasn’t until January 2018 that I really got back into blogging and have been doing it steadily, although I do waver in motivation and direction occasionally. I do think I’m here for the long haul now, though. ^_^

4) What’s the color of your room?

White. I’ve never been allowed to paint my walls or even put many holes into it. A lot of my wall space is now covered by shelves, mirrors, and wall art help up by thumb tacks and Command strips.

5) Do you have a best friend at work/school?

I’ve never really had any one person I would consider a “best friend.” I’ve always had friends I could rely on from different social circles. Right now, I’d say my best friend is the only friend I have managed to stay in contact with from my undergraduate college who is also my writing buddy!

She’s the only close friend I’ve ever had that was serious about writing, so I think that’s why we’ve managed to keep our friendship alive. Most of friends throughout my life have been so different in personalities and interests, which is a good thing. But you should also try to find more friends with common goals and interests, even if it’s harder!

6) What’s a song people would be surprised you know all the words to?

None come to mind. If I know any by heart, they’re probably not all that surprising . . . like Disney songs.

7) Do you like romantic comedies?

Not as a rule, but I appreciate them when they’re amazing. Some of my all-time favorites include: Clueless (1995), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Miss Congeniality (2000), Legally Blonde (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), She’s the Man (2006), Knocked Up (2007), 27 Dresses (2008), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), Easy A (2010), Bridesmaids (2011).

Well, now I feel like a marathon is in order!

8) Do you journal?

I love the idea of it, but I’m just not that consistent. I have been playing around with a new notebook this week in fact. The thing is I LOVE buying new notebooks . . . Dragons hoard gold and treasure. I hoard notebooks and stationary.

9) Who is your favorite celebrity or fictional couple?

Umm . . . Cory and Topanga . . .

10) If you had an endless budget for a vacation, what would you do?

I would travel by train throughout Europe eating at the best restaurants irregardless of price and buying all the souvenirs I want without worrying about needing to carry them with me. I wouldn’t carry anything with me. I’d buy all my essentials wherever I go, clothes included.

11) N/A

(I think LaRonda forgot to add an 11th question!)

Lori’s Questions

1) What’s Your Favorite go-to show?

I was going to say The Office, but to be honest, I haven’t felt compelled to binge-watch it in a few months. I might actually say Ouran High School Host Club! I first discovered it my last month of grad school when the stress levels were high, so it’ll probably always be a show I can watch whenever I need something silly and fun to watch.

2) What’s Your least favorite book that you sadly own?

There’s a few, but the most expensive ones are my old textbooks I never read and that have depreciated in value since I bought them. Plus, I can’t find a good place to get rid of them and re-pocket most of the money lost on them despite their excellent condition.

3) How many people in your everyday life do you talk to about books?

Exactly one. I have a writing buddy who doesn’t really read as much as I do, but welcomes my glowing recommendations whenever I have them. I’m the reason Leigh Bardugo is one of her favorite authors. And I’m only a little sore that she’s been able to meet her while I still haven’t >.>

4) What’s a Hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

I haven’t see it around much lately, and I’ll probably get heat for it, but When Dimple Met Rishi. And I say that completely based on the fact that I’m adverse to mention of dimples (I have them and hate how old people like to point them out) and I hate the book cover.

It’s completely a pet peeve of mine, but I hated whenever I went to class and had to sit next to girls who brought a sweaty drink in plastic cup to class. I hate the slurping sound when they are trying to get the last sips. I hate how disgusting the cup looks empty. I hate it when people talk with straws partially in their mouths. Not cute . . . not cute at all.

And yes, I realize I have a problem.

5) What’s Your biggest disappointment book- or movie-wise?

One of my biggest disappointments this year was A Court of Frost and Starlight. It was a beautiful cover and a novella from one of my all-time favorite New Adult fantasies, but it should never have been published as a book. It’s really hurt my opinion of SJM and is the reason I most likely will not be picking up her first foray in adult fantasy. I may be done with her books after Kingdom of Ash.

6) What Book that you’re excited to see turned into a movie?

I’m excited for The Hate U Give. I haven’t read the book yet, but I feel like it’s a good time for a movie that relates to young activists and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

7) What’s your Favorite genre of music?

I just listen to whatever is on the radio. I’ve really enjoyed hip-hop and rap for the past year. Don’t ask me about favorite artists or songs! I mostly like the beats and how the music makes me I feel like a badass cruising through the streets.

8) Do you usually have a sweet tooth?

Not really. I crave sour and savory snacks more often. I do love the occasional pecan pie and cake (any kind) but only if it’s with a glass of milk. I rarely had cake at kid parties growing up because the parents didn’t offer milk . . .

9) What’s the Most popular book you haven’t read yet?

I haven’t read anything by Cassandra Clare . . . I feel like the hype for those books are insane, but I’ve not heard good things from my brother, who isn’t a big reader but whose opinion I value. Also, from skimming the wikis on the book, the stories don’t sound the least bit interesting to me.

The most recent books sound good, but I don’t feel comfortable jumping into that world at this point. I’ve not been given a good reason to try, anyway.

10) Where do you blog?

I blog primarily from my bedroom. When I was in college, I’d blog around campus and in-between classes. If I had a more active life, I’d probably blog more outside of my house. As it is, I don’t really like to take my MacBook Pro out in the wild.

11) Do you like exercising?

I hate to be that annoying person, but yes, I do like to exercise. Once you get over your body’s initial shock to the exercise, it can be quite relaxing and satisfying to do. I like to do the elliptical at home with my iPad and earphones. I can watch Netflix and YouTube, so the time goes faster. It’s something I look forward to if I have a long queue of videos that I can’t justify watching in the middle of the day. I also like walking my dog when the weather’s nice.

My Questions

I recycled some juicy questions from past tags and added some that may inspire lots of discussion! (I understand if answering these questions seem like big commitment!)

  1. Which fictional character do you think best represents you?
  2. What book do you most regret ever having bought?
  3. If you watch BookTube, who are some of your favorite creators?
  4. Who gave you your love of reading?
  5. Do you prefer in-person or online book clubs?
  6. How do you organize your upcoming blog posts?
  7. What do you think of fans who write angry letters/direct messages to an author?
  8. How would you try to convert an non-reader into a reader?
  9. If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?
  10. Which fictional character do you love that you think would be horrible in real life?
  11. What’s one of your favorite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love?

I tag:

Sara| Elle | Dani| Eline | Larissa | CzaiCharleigh | Daniel | Samantha | Caidyn/Chantel | Marie

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So today was Learn-Weird-Things-About-Lori Day. Thanks again to LaRonda and (my name-twin) Lori for tagging me. It was a lot of fun to answer these questions as completely and honestly as possible. And hopefully any of my blog’s latest followers got to know me a little bit better, since it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!

I did get tagged again this week, so there will be another fun one next Saturday! In case you missed it, yesterday I posted my Weekend Reads. This Sunday I have two posts to share with you about exciting things!

Thank you for reading!
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