Behind the Blogger Tag

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are that are celebrating and all who are not! It’s maybe my favorite holiday of the year since I started college, because it was a break from the chaos of college studies. I always had homework to do that week off, but it was nice to get a break from class and get my work done on my own time in the background of holiday noises and cooking. I miss those days!

I opted not to visit my family this year because I thought I would still be deep in NaNoWriMo mode, but even though I’m not, I’m glad I didn’t commit. I needed this little break from work – even if my bank account didn’t – and family can be exhausting. I’ll see them this weekend anyway. And I’m not alone; I have an Opal!

So today I wanted to do a blog post where I didn’t get existential, because I’m trying to be productive and plan for December 2019. I would like to keep this daily blogging thing up, but I also want the posts to be better organized and optimized. To give myself the time to work on these plans, I’ve figured out the blog posts for the next two days. I’m hoping I might be able to set the blog on autopilot for the weekend!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, Sumedha for recently doing this tag so I could find it this morning!)
  2. Answer all the questions down below
  3. Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  4. Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag (Want to do? Consider yourself tagged!)

The Questions

1. WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING AND WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I started properly blogging in 2015, and that what was really because I was inspired by BookTubers but too shy to put myself in front of a camera and talk. A blog was a better alternative for me at the time when I was reading a lot and wanted to be a part of the online conversation about books I loved.

It’s weird but I feel like I have always been a blogger, even before 2015. I don’t know why I never properly started in high school or even middle school, but it’s something that always seemed right for me. I have a lot of thoughts and a blog is an outlet to organize and share them. I feel so much satisfaction once I’ve been able to write and communicate thoughts and feelings I’ve had that I can’t really share with people IRL.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

I like to write explainers where I break down topics and provide advice and tips for doing certain things.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE BLOG POSTS?

HOGWARTS MYSTERY ❆ | BETWINED TECH

REVISITING HARRY POTTER, PT 1 (BOOKS 1-4) & PT II (BOOKS 5-7)

HOW TO AVOID BLOGGER BURNOUT + NEW BLOG SCHEDULE

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

  1. Sitting in my comfy chair and typing a stream-of-conscious-style blog post
  2. Taking Opal for a walk without being in a rush
  3. Making a plate of homemade nachos and watching YouTube, Netflix, or whatever

5. WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?

  1. When I can take my MacBook Pro out at a cafe and be productive outside my apartment
  2. Getting home early and feeling energized enough to take Opal on a long pretty walk before the sun has fully set
  3. Being able to shop before a store gets busy and crowded

6. WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

I plan to do a blog post about this eventually, but I got approved by Awin and Etsy earlier this year to be an affiliate partner. I haven’t utilized my customized links yet, but I plan to and document the process on the blog. I was also proud when I started blogging about side hustles how many people became interested in the blog for my research on that topic.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

I got back into playing Pokemon Go when I started taking Opal on longer walks. I play it whenever I’m bored at work, so I do not know if that counts as a hobby. It helps me explore more of Austin than I would maybe naturally.

I am learning JavaScript online, which will be the topic of a blog post soon! I would say this little project falls under the umbrella hobby of learning new technology.

Cooking, I guess. I love to eat yummy food and I don’t have a lot of money, so it’s cheaper to cook. Plus it’s nice not to have to leave the apartment when I’m feeling low about myself. I’m not a super adventurous eater, but trying to figure out how to make some of my favorite things I’ve had at restaurants is pretty fun and satisfying.

8. DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS

Optimistic, anxious, considerate

9. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PET PEEVES?

  1. When people ask me “How are you?” casually as if I’m going to be honest about all the crap constantly on my mind
  2. When people who watch videos on their phone in public without headphones on like everyone wants to hear what they’re watching or listening to, especially if we are inside a restaurant
  3. When people leave a TV on in the background super loud, especially when there are commercials playing

10. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Since losing my parents’ healthcare coverage in February, my skin has become a nightmare with acne flare ups. It’s miserable and has not helped with my self-esteem. I’ve gotten more in makeup this year, just to hide and minimize the visibility. I’m not a beauty blogger, so I’ve not really felt like talking about my skincare routine, but you best believe I’d have a lot to say at this point.

WWW Wednesday | The Day That I Didn’t Know What to Post

Well it’s Wednesday and I’ve been feeling out of sorts all day. I thought I would work until at least five today, but the office was dismissed at 1 PM. I’ve not used my extra time this afternoon very wisely at all.

As I’m at a loss for what to do for today’s blog post, so I decided to participate in this bookish meme! I don’t think I have ever done this one before, although I’ve seen it around for years. I just don’t read frequently enough to do it each week and have the answers change! But here is my first entry into WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you will read next?

Currently Reading…

I have only read the prologue of the Ninth House, but I’ve decided to make it my current read as I’m not in the right state of mind for The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. I’ve seen reviews pop up all over the place and I want to get in on the discussion, so I best read it now.

Recently Finished Reading…

Recently is a relative term. The last book I finished was in September or October. I was rereading the Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black, starting with White Cat. I was nearing the end of the second book Red Glove when one day I returned home to find Opal had destroyed it. I wasn’t enjoying it much the second time around, so I let that deter me from finishing it. Although now I’m feeling like picking it back up – what’s left of it – and trying to finish the trilogy again. They’re light reads.

My Next Read…

After Ninth House, I will probably pick up The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I have no further explanation other than I bought it this summer and I feel like I need some lighter reads at the moment.

Reading has not been a priority this year and I’m sad I don’t reach for books more. I felt like I started the year pretty strong and I would like to revisit that original goal I had of reading at least one fiction book and one non-fiction book per month in 2020. I think it will be possible once I have more of my life sorted out.

The Wanderlust Tag | Blog Tag

This week I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist for The Wanderlust Tag! Since I’ve been working on new kinds of blog content this month, I was delighted to be tagged and have another reason for a more relaxed and casual blog post that allows new followers to learn a little more about me and my interest. While this blog tag is specific to books, but I think that book recommendations reveal a lot about a person who put the list together. So hopefully it’s a fun read for anyone who has decided to follow this blog!

I’m also using this post as an opportunity for an informal catch-up. I’ve been so busy this week with helping to get the house ready for the flyer pictures. Now I won’t know with much warning when I’ll be expected to pick up and leave for house viewings. I also met with my Red Cross supervisor this week to find out what is expected of me. I’m going to start preparing social media content for our region at the start of April, so I’ll be figuring out just how long it takes me to do that next week!

Thank you so much for your support this month with all my posts and blog changes! I’m so happy with everything and can’t wait to see what April brings. I plan to publish Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week, so I’ll be working on these posts this weekend. Hopefully they don’t take too long, because this week I need to set up my April bujo spread!

What Is The Wanderlust Tag?

❝ If you have been following my little blog, you’ll also know that I’m all about the world building. I love how a good setting works to elevate the overall mood and tension. Nothing beats the draw of an eerie moorland, murky rivers, a wind-swept coastal town or even a ruthless, Tolkien-like fantasy world. [This blog tag is] a celebration of immersive settings that transport us to alternative realities  – Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

If you find any of the books listed below fascinating I’ve included links to them on both Goodreads and Amazon. Just so you know, I am now an Amazon affiliate. If you do end up making a qualifying purchase through my one of my links I may make a small commission at no extra expense to you. ^_^

SECRETS AND LIES | A BOOK SET IN A SLEEPY SMALL TOWN

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Pages: Paperback, 288 pages
Published: August 31, 2010 by Vintage Books
Genres: New Adult / Speculative
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

Never Let Me Go was one of my first forays into literary fiction as a high schooler. The movie came out around my junior year of high school, which is why this book was on my radar. It’s a beautifully sad tale about what it means to be human. I still remember by frustration and confusion about why they don’t make a run for it and why they aren’t more frustrated with their fates. They were so resigned to it.

SALT AND SAND | A BOOK WITH A BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Pages: Paperback, 227 pages
Published: May 13, 2014 by Hot Key Books
Genres: Young Adult / Family Drama
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We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide.

This young adult novel is one of my inexplicable favorites. It gets me every time. I feel like it’s best to go into this book somewhat blind, so all I’ll say is it’s a great summertime read. The characters have summer vacations a dreamy private island and occasionally visit the nearby beachside town. In my head I picture where the cast of Gossip Girl go at the start of…Season 2 or 3?

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS | A BOOK WITH A VOYAGE ON THE HIGH SEAS

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Pages: Hardcover, 462 pages
Published: September 29, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Genres: New Adult / Fantasy
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

This book is just…everything. I don’t have time to get into it! I’ll just say that a lot of important moments happen at sea and around docks. The gang travels by sea to get to their heist and then need to return the same way.

TREAD LIGHTLY | A BOOK SET DOWN A MURKY RIVER OR A JUNGLE

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Pages: Paperback, 408 pages
Published: April 27, 2004 by Rayo
Genres: Young Adult / Contemporary
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Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

I reread this book for the first time since I was a teen last year (and reviewed it) and I did not remember how violent and dark this story was, considering its targeted towards young people. It’s very descriptive of the Amazon and the dangers it holds, so it’s a great read for anyone who enjoys high-stakes adventures.

FROZEN WASTES | A BOOK WITH A FROSTBITTEN ATMOSPHERE

Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle
Pages: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: September 2, 2008 by Square Fish
Genres: Young Adult / Contemporary
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The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn’t easy. She’s been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. So Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington—the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer.

Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift—a month-long trip to Antarctica. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She’s never been away from her family before. Once she sets off though, she finds that’s the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters. She’s surrounded by suspicious characters. Vicky no longer knows who to trust. And she may not make it home alive.

This prompt was a little hard for me. I almost went with The Golden Compass, but then I remembered this childhood classic. It’s another that I reread last summer and it’s a highly underrated book from the author of A Wrinkle in Time and A Ring of Endless. It’s got a very strong message about environmental conservation woven into this tale of a girl who gets to go visit Antarctica on an educational trip and inadvertently gets mixed up in political intrigue and dangerous plots.

THE BOONIES | A BOOK WITH ROUGH OR ISOLATED TERRAIN

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Pages: Paperback, 380 pages
Published: May 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult / Speculative 
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With undertones of vampires, Frankenstein, dragons’ hoards, and killing fields, Matt’s story turns out to be an inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence. A must-read for teenage fantasy fans.

At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacrán asks El Patrón’s bodyguard, “How old am I?…I know I don’t have a birthday like humans, but I was born.”

“You were harvested,” Tam Lin reminds him. “You were grown in that poor cow for nine months and then you were cut out of her.”

To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. A room full of chicken litter with roaches for friends and old chicken bones for toys is considered good enough for him. But for El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico—Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself for Matt is himself. They share identical DNA.

Another really dark read for children, The House of the Scorpion becomes an thrilling adventure story about halfway through the book. The protagonist is treated horribly and unlike the characters of Never Let Me Go, does eventually make a run for it. There are dangerous characters to fend off and the terrain he must trek is not much friendlier.

HINTERLANDS AND COWBOYS | A BOOK WITH A WESTERN-ESQUE SETTING

 Holes by Louis Sachar
Pages: Paperback, 233 pages
Published: September 2, 2000 by Scholastic 
Genres: Young Adult / Folk Tales
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Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

I’ve not read any westerns beyond one that was a little overrated (highly promoted) a few years ago now. I forget what it was called. Anyway, Holes eventually came to mind. The movie came out the year before I started middle school, so I remember that more clearly than I do the book, but this book involves history of the west where the story’s setting is located. There are a collection of interwoven tales that link the protagonist, antagonists, and Camp Green Lake to the past during the time of trains and robbers.

LOOK LIVELY | A BOOK ACROSS SWEEPING DESERT SANDS

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Pages: Paperback, 550 pages
Published: January 27, 2015 by Square Fish
Genres: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Fantasy
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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and probably my favorite. I love Cress best of all and her story is the saddest and loneliest. To travel with her on her adventures once she escapes her prison is so much fun. A lot of this book is set in the desert where she and Captain Thorne crash land on Earth.

WILD AND UNTAMED | A BOOK SET IN THE HEART OF THE WOODS

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Pages: Paperback, 438 pages
Published:  March 1, 2016 by Del Rey 
Genres: New Adult / Fantasy
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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

This book feels like its a few different books all cut and pasted together to make one. It’s a really beautiful and pretty fun read that ends up in a place I really didn’t expect it to go. The corrupt Wood is one of the scariest settings/entities that I’ve ever read. I had some nightmares after reading this book, which I’ve never really had happen with a book before.

WILDEST DREAMS | A WHIMSICAL BOOK SHROUDED IN MAGIC

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Pages: Paperback, 349 pages
Published: July 11, 2017 by Speak
Genres: Young Adult / Fantasy 
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Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?

I’ve never read another book that makes me feel the way I did when I first read Harry Potter. That desire to enter the world and experience its magic personally. I know a lot of authors have attempted it, but it’s never really been the same. I love the worldbuilding in Akata Witch so much because it feels so much more real than Harry Potter. It’s set in Africa, which read a lot to me like places from my actual childhood in the more rural hispanic parts of the US. It feels less like of an ivory tower than Hogwarts, more attainable.

I Tag…

Eline | Czai | Charleigh | Olivia | Angelica | Sam

I’ve seen this tag making the rounds, so I don’t remember who all has already done it! I’m just tagging the people I’ve most recently tagged who I think might enjoy it if they haven’t already. Of course, if this sounds like something you’d like to and you haven’t been tagged yet then consider yourself personally tagged by me ^_^

Recent Posts

Well this post took the better part of my Saturday morning and afternoon, with breaks of course! I’m about to call it a day and go start Part 2 of The OA on Netflix! I’ve been anticipating it all month and then I go and forget about it this week as soon as it debuts. Typical.

The last week of March will be dedicated to bullet journal content as I move into my new bullet journal and set it up for April. On that note, some of you may have gotten a sneak preview this week of the post that will go up on Monday! Sorry about that! It was not quite finished, and I forgot to move it after failing to complete it last weekend. There’s a lot more I want to add to it, so that it is as amazing and helpful as possible for newbies to journaling.

Thank you for reading!
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Mystery Blogger Award | Blog Tag

This week I was nominated by Siobhan @ Novelties for the Mystery Blogger Award! Since I’ve been working on new kinds of blog content this month, I was delighted to be tagged and have a reason for a more relaxed blog post that would allow new followers to get to know more about me.

On an unrelated note, I decided to start going by my real name again on this blog and my other socials because I want to be able to share stuff I write on here with future employers and don’t want there to be any confusion. Sorry for any confusion I’ve caused for you guys!

What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The 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)

Three Facts about Me

  1. Purple used to be my favorite color and now I can’t stand the thought of wearing it. It brings back negative memories of 8th/9th grade.
  2. I used to be able to tan really dark, but now I just freckle permanently if I don’t wear sunscreen. It’s really annoying.
  3. I’m in the currently in process of moving, so life is a little all over the place at the moment! More info about this move to come…

Siobhan’s Questions

1. Which character would you name your child (human, furbrat, or other) after?

By saying these names, I feel like I’m giving them away! But so be it, there’s plenty of names out there. For a daughter, I really love the name Ruth after the character from the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). For a son, I like Remus after Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. For dogs I like Gordo (Lizzie Maguire), Randall (This is Us), and Bosley (Bill Murray in Charlie’s Angels).

2. If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

I would become a business woman with enough capital and connections to make stuff happen.

3. What is your new favorite book or TV show?

New as in discovered within the last year? I’ve recently been thinking about Sharp Objects, which is a mini-series starring Amy Adams that came out last summer. It was amazing. The female characters were so compelling and the music so evocative. I feel like I might start it up again. I can’t think of a new favorite book beyond The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson, which was a satisfying follow-up to Truly Devious.

4. What is the latest accomplishment you’re proud of?

What a lovely question. I’m really pleased about my new position as a Red Cross digital volunteer! I had to interview for it, and it was a win I needed right now to be honest. It’ll be doing work that I’m proud of and that will give me great experience for the kind of thing I want to do professionally.

5. What book are you looking forward to reading?

Right now, I really want to get to King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I’ve been trying to finish up Disrupt You by Jay Samit first so I could mark it off my TBR.

Bonus: If you could be transported into any TV show, what would it be?

I would love to be transported into the 1950s New York City of which The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel paints such a rosy picture. (I think I’ve answered this question before and had the same exact answer!)

My Questions

  1. Do you share your blog with people you know in your real life?
  2. What are your ultimate blog goals?
  3. Do you see yourself blogging when you’re 50?
  4. Who is your role model, fictional or otherwise?
  5. What are some books do you think are underrated?
  6. Bonus: You find out the world ends tomorrow; what do you do?

I Nominate…

Sara| Dani | Eline | Larissa | Czai | CharleighSamanthaMarie | Olivia | Angelica

Recent Posts

I hope you enjoy this light post! I’ve been super busy this week between producing the posts I did, planning future content, and working on job-related stuff. I’ve come to the realization that I really need to scale back on the blog stuff at the moment, so I’m probably going to aim for something of a blog schedule (M/W/F) for the next few weeks so that I can get on top of other responsibilities. I’ll try to use Twitter and Instagram for more personal updates, so check those out if you’d like!

Thank you for reading!
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My Good Reading Habits | Blog Tag

On Monday I was tagged by Siobhan @ Novelties to share my good reading habits in the My Good Reading Habits Tag. Since it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog tag and these posts can be a fun way for new blog followers to get to know me, I decided to do it!

From the outset, I wasn’t sure if I had many good reading habits. I’m not a very consistent reader or blogger, so I worried what kinds of things I could list. But then I realized that there are reasons for why I am the reader that I am, and I’m very happy with how reading fits into my life these days.

Rules

I prioritize reading books that I’ve owned for a long time. 

There’s nothing worse than owning a collection of books you never end up reading. I understand the appeal of surrounding yourself with books upon books, but I think seeing books sit neglected on your bookshelves never to be read is sad. It’s also sad to think about what I could’ve done with that money at this time instead!

I support second-hand bookstores and libraries.

It can be appealing to purchase books brand new, but I find that I can often find books I want in perfectly good condition at second-hand bookstores. It benefits small businesses and can still benefit authors by showing that there is an interest in their work.

This avenue is also great for if you want to protest a problematic author or publisher by putting your money in other people’s pockets.

When I review books, I’m fair to the author and readers who can appreciate the books even when I don’t.

While I love to read negative book reviews (which I don’t particularly find a crime), I can never bring myself to write them personally. I don’t take particular joy in shaming people who put time and effort into their books. In college I learned not to speculate about what goes into a work when I’m analyzing it, so I always assume there’s been some degree of love and/or pride.

I strongly believe books can hold different meaning for different people. I know that who I am as a reader has changed throughout my life. So when I read a book and then critique it, I try to share where I’m coming from so that people who read my reviews can decide for themselves if they might like a book or not.

I DNF books that I don’t like.

It can be painful, especially if it’s a book I purchased with my own money. But if I’m not liking a book, I will put it down. It’s not the easiest decision all the time, as I do try to see the positives to finishing books even if they aren’t doing anything for me personally. But I’m past that mad rush to devour any book in my sight just to add another tally to my Read in [Insert Year Here] list.

I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone but myself. And my reading enjoyment has improved.

Tag Time

Actually, it’s confession time. I’ve not been very good at keeping up with all the lovely blogs I follow lately. There’s a hand few of people who comment on almost every blog post I publish and make me feel so loved, even though I’m so inconsistent. I feel like I’m always tagging them when I do a tag!

So today (well, Tuesday) I decided to look through the blogs I’ve most recently followed to randomly select some bloggers I don’t interact with much at all yet. Yay for new friends!

Nicole & Isis | Anthony | Czai | Carolina | Krista & Dawlyn | Zuki | Dani

(If you are tagged and have no interest in this tag, no pressure!)

endnote

I really enjoyed thinking about how I read and what habits might qualify as “good,” so thanks again to Siobhan for tagging me and Ally for creating this tag! I feel like doing more discussion-based blog posts soon, and I got kernels of ideas from doing this post.

If you decide to do this tag, please do link back to this post so I get a ping and can go read yours. Alternatively, let me know in the comments what habits we share ^_^

Thank you for reading!
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The Liebster Award | Blog Tag

Last week I was tagged by Gerry @ The Book Nook UK for The Liebster Award. This award makes me feel really nostalgic, because it was one of the first I ever got nominated for back on my first blog in 2015. I’m amazed that it continues to circulate online and I’m thrilled to be considered for it again after so many years.

These were some pretty interesting questions to think about! I hope my answers were satisfactory, Gerry!


If you opened up a bookshop – what would it be called?

Interlude in Feathers

You’re writing a novel – what are your two main characters names and what kind of novel is it?

I’m not going to share actual names I’ve been using my novels! But here’s two I really love and just thought of, Amelia and Bo. It would be a family drama.

You wake up from a night of heavy drinking to find that you have a tattoo of a fictional character’s name tattooed on your bum. Whose name is it?

I do not drink heavily, but one answer that comes to mind is Woodstock. ^_^

You’re a wizard Harry book blogger. What familiar do you choose?

One of those bear-sized raccoons that wanders around in packs at night

You’re hosting dinner, which four guests (friends, family, famous or fictional) do you invite?

Howell Jenkins, Ginny Weasley, Nikolai Lantsov, and Kaz Brekker

What are you cooking them? Is this your signature dish?

I would cook them beef stir fry with mixed veggies and pineapple served over white rice. It is not a signature dish of mine, but it is something I used to order at a restaurant that discontinued it as a menu item years ago. Not sure why it came to mind just now…

There’s an orchard at the end of the road, one night you hear sobbing from it. Do you go and investigate? If you investigate, who’s there?

I go investigate if it’s not night-time yet and I have my phone handy and someone on call. I assume it’s a woman. Maybe someone who just escaped a potential kidnapping. I call 911 and stay nearby in case anyone else shows up.

Magic has happened and now you’re in the last movie that you watched. What movie is it and how do you fare in this new universe?

I just watched The Shape of Water (2017)! It’s a beautiful movie and world. I think I’d be fine. I could start a new life fairly easily in Baltimore of the 1950s. I feel it was a lot easier back then to make up new identities. I also think American industry was stronger back then, so it’d be easy to find work.

Alien abduction, werewolf bite, vampire attack. One is going to happen to you but lucky for you, you get to pick which one! Go for it and tell me which.

Vampire attack. I think it would hurt the least and be the least lonely. I also think it would be a lot easier to control vampiric urges than those of a werewolf. Alien abduction would be the worst for me. Mars Attacks! (1996) is hands down one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to be an alien’s science experiment!

Tell me what your perfect Sunday looks like.

Waking up by natural light before anyone else. Having my favorite breakfast tacos from a Mexican restaurant called Jalisco. It’s raining but bright outside. I’d participate in #WritersPatch at 10 a.m. CST and then work on my novel for a few hours, taking breaks for snacks, but otherwise doing exactly as I please ^_^

What plot of a book resembles your life or is most closest to your life?

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

End Note

Thanks for the tag, Gerry! As my mind has been so preoccupied lately, I didn’t feel that I could adequately come up with a list of questions to rival Gerry’s, so I’ve also opted not to tag anyone this weekend. If you would like to answer these fun questions yourself, feel free to do so and link back to Gerry and me so we can see your answers! ^_^

Let me know what you think in the comment section!

Thank you for reading!
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TBR Book Tag | Blog Tag

Last week I was tagged by Gerry @ The Book Nook UK to do the TBR Book Tag! Since I never really keep track of my TBR as listed on Goodreads, I thought this would be a really fun experience to share as I look through the books I’ve added to my “Want to Read” shelf.

Before I get started, I will say that I jump back and forth in between mentioning my physical TBR (books I already own and have access to) and my Goodreads TBR (which doesn’t exclusively list books I am passionate about reading), which are two very different things.

Keep reading to learn about the differences! ^_^

 TBR Book Tag 

How do you keep track of your TBR list?

I don’t keep track of my Goodreads TBR list very well. I don’t really consider my “Want to Read” shelf on Goodreads as an accurate representation of a my TBR. I consider my true TBR the list of books that I actually own, namely the books I’ve spent my money on.

So on my main bookcase, I have one shelf at eye level were I most of my physical TBR is located. If I have any of my unread books on another shelf (for organizational purposes), I actually put a pink page marker on them so I can see at a glance what books I’ve not yet read.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Print! I don’t love reading eBooks, but I do buy them on occasion if I don’t like the book cover of a specific book or want to take advantage of a good Amazon deal. If it’s a book I think I will love, I have to have it in print form. I have the entire Throne of Glass series in eBook form because the when I first started the series, the prices of first two books were marked down.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m a mood reader. I don’t request or get sent any ARCs so my reading choices at any given time are completely up to me and how I feel. I aim to read the books I’ve owned for the longest time but for whatever reason haven’t yet gotten around to. I also try to read books these days as soon as I purchase them.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest

Omitting books I that I’ve bought for past classes and still would like to read, it would have to be The Way of the Pilgrim by Helen Bacovcin. I bought it second-hand in high school after reading Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger. It’s a book that affects Franny in a major way in the novella, so I was really interested in reading it for myself.

It’s just never been a top priority for me ever. I don’t consider myself a very spiritual person, so I don’t know what to expect. Now that I’m thinking about it, however, I feel like giving it a try!

A book that you recently added to your TBR

I’m going to look to my Goodreads TBR list for this one and pick the one that most catches my eye right now. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee is one that stands out! I love contemporaries that are based on really unique premises. I also love when books are heavily influenced by or retellings of classics. I think it’s great when we can see how classics continue to be relevant today.

A book on your TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover

This is hard! I don’t really add books to my TBR because I’m drawn to the cover. It’s usually the reverse; I’ll like the summary of a book but the book cover will put me off of purchasing it.

But if I must answer, I think The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill might be a more appealing cover to me than the actually story summary is. So it may be doomed to my Goodreads TBR! I don’t know yet!

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A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading

I try to keep my physical TBR devoid of books I don’t actually want to read. I have no problem unhauling a book if I can see no use to keeping it. If we’re talking specifically about my Goodreads TBR, though . . . maybe Art Matters by Neil Gaiman.

I’m not sure how much I would get from it personally, as I think I already value art pretty highly. It would most likely be one I need to find at a library or heavily discounted if I am to one day read it.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

I’m probably most excited for two books that come out next January! First, The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (January 22, 2019). The first book Truly, Devious ended on a major cliffhanger so I’ve been pining for this sequel practically all year. Second, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (January 29, 2019). It will follow my favorite character from the Grisha trilogy, Nikolai after his trauma.

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A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you

Oh, this one’s easy. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! I’ve been meaning to read it, I swear! I’ve just been sooo . . . scared I won’t like it! It’s been hyped so much. You might say I bought it as a paperback because I love the cover design far more than the American hardcover. I’m also worried I’ll love it and be forced to wait super long until Muse of Nightmares is out in paperback too!

A book on your TBR everyone recommends you

I don’t get a lot of recommendations out of the blue, but every time I mention Strange the Dreamer people tell me I need to read it!

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read

So many . . . Because I haven’t mentioned it yet, Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. The series finale has been a long time coming. Even if I don’t end up being blown away by the ending, it will feel so satisfying to know how Aelin’s story ends.

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf

As of yesterday (9/21), there are 283 books on my “Want to Read” bookshelf.

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I tag:

tag, you're it!

 ☙ ❧ END NOTE ❧ ☙

I hope you liked getting a closer look at my TBR! Even though I’m not doing them on a monthly basis anymore, I still really love reading them and think they are a great thing to set. I think they can give you structure when you might need it, and they’re so much fun to think 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

☙ ❧ END NOTE ❧ ☙

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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Blogger Aesthetics | Blog Tag

In case you didn’t know, it was a goal of my mine to work on my blogger aesthetic this month by establishing a theme I like and even some awesome unique graphics. Halfway into July, I still wasn’t sure how to tackle this design challenge. Then I discovered Sara @ The Bibliophagist once again tagged me so very sweetly for another cool blog tag that I realized provided me with a great opportunity to brainstorm and to generate another fun blog post to share!

I’ve long been a big fan of aesthetic boards I see for books and so desperately wish I had time, eye, and organizational talent to collect gorgeous images and compile them in ways that capture the atmosphere of books I love and even my own WIPs.

 • • • The Rules • • •

  1. Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  2. Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  3. Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  4. Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”

*  ⁎   My Collage   ⁎ * 

  • Books | Well, I’m a book blogger, so it goes without saying that I love books.
  • Coffee | I don’t think I’m dependent on coffee, but I do not feel like I’ve started a productive day off right without drinking some!
  • Lights | I’ve never been a fan of overhead lights, so I’ve always loved lamps. My most recent lamp is a little cat shaped one I bought at 2nd and Charles earlier this year with in-store credit from un-hauling some books!
  • Design | Art was always one of my favorite subjects and I regret so quickly writing it off as a major in college. I still really like drawing every now and then and would like to do it more in a digital sense, which is why I bought a drawing tablet.
  • Stationary | I’ve always been one of the those people would buy beautiful new notebooks and then scarcely use them. But I’ve gotten better! I use them now, and keep my buying to a minimum.
  • Writing | As you may have gathered from my Novel Progress post earlier this week, I am writing a novel. The image I used to represent my writing interest is a cut-off snippet of a Fantasy/Sci-Fi interactive narrative I wrote for a creative writing class in grad school a couple of years ago!
  • Dogs | I’ve grown up in a family that has always had at least one dog at a time and love them dearly. Currently we have an 11-year-old German Shepherd, Apollo, and a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier-mix called Ty who we adopted as a rescue when he was about a year old. Ty is my little pal.
  • Florals | I used wear a lot of florals, but now I mostly decorate my room with them. I’m not into really effeminate designs, more so the odd and interesting ones. I got the Van Gogh print in college and still have it!
  • Technology | I still like to think I’ll work with technology some day, which is why I like to review apps that relate to my interests on occasion. I’ve used the DuoLingo app a lot this year to learn Spanish and German. (I may start blogging about my progress soon!)

I tag:

Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages | Lily @ Sprinkle of Dreams | Elle @ Writing for Life | Melissa @ The Bookish Wanderer

No pressure on anyone I tagged to complete this tag! It’s kind of time-consuming and I recognize not everyone might find it so fun. I used a mix of my own images and ones I found online. I also used PicMonkey to make the collage, but feel free to use anything else you like better.

❧ ☙ END NOTE ☙ ❧

I hoped you enjoyed this little post and thank you again to Sara for tagging me! Since I’m posting more often and regularly, I thought it’d be a good idea to start writing a Weekly Review that compiles all the posts that go up, everything I read, and some little life notes for anyone who is interested in what happened behind-the-scenes that week. So you can expect that bright and early tomorrow (~6 a.m. CST)!

Thank you for reading!
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The Unique Blogger Award | Blog Tag

Last week I was nominated for the The Unique Blogger Award by Sara @ The Bibliophagist. This is such a short and sweet little tag, I was happy to accept it and schedule it for this weekend. Especially once the week had passed and I realized I wouldn’t have a book review ready this week! I’m still reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, and I’m not sure how I’m going to review it yet.

It’s a bit deep but I don’t know how many people are interested in Native American literature, so I may save it for a mini-review post once I’ve read a few more books from my I-should-have-read these-for-class-but-did-not TBR shelf.

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  4. Ask three questions for your nominees

Three Questions from Sara

1. What’s your favorite quote from a book you’ve read this year?

Oh, there are so many in A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, which I reviewed last month. It’s been years since I gave this book a reread and it was just as amazing as I remembered.

 It’s hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we’re left with a fistful of ashes.

I find this quote so moving because it kind of explains the type of grief I feel most of us can relate to feeling at some point in our lives, whether we’ve lost someone we love or are forced to part with something that brought us happiness. Change is hard, but inevitable and often necessary.

I find many of the ideas presented in A Ring of Endless Light in coincidental conversation with the other things I’ve read this year, including my current read, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. A quote I find my mind going back to as I read it is:

 …things which don’t shift and grow are dead things. They are things the witchery people want. Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth.

This passage from Ceremony is about how the Indians fear changes in their culture. The protagonist Tayo is half-Indian, half-white and finds help post-WWII in a medicine man who, like him, is the child of mixed heritage who understands the world differently from Tayo’s fellow Laguna Indians.

2. What book would you love to see made into a movie or TV series?

I would’ve loved for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to be made into a T.V. series. The first time I read that book, I stayed up all night reading it. I couldn’t put it down. And for weeks after, I was plotting the episodes-that-could-be in my head. I never really do that for books! The characters and storylines in the book could be so wonderfully portrayed in a binge-worthy T.V. series. The movie Spielberg made, while fun, was so different from the book, almost a completely different plot (necessary because of the time constraints).

3. If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. It’s been forever since I read this book, but I’ve since fallen in love with Parks & Rec and admire Amy Poehler and her work to inspire women/girls so much. I also love the cover because of the hot-neon-pink words that I think sum up a beautiful motto for life that I could do better to remember.

Three Questions from Me

  1. What books have been your favorite and your least favorite this year so far?
  2. What is the strangest book you’ve ever read?
  3. If you could resurrect any dead book character, who would it be?

I Nominate:

E, My Narrative | Rose Petal Pages | Misty Book Space

End Note

I’m a bit behind on my blog plans for the month! I’ve enjoyed spending time with my mom these last couple of weeks before my Dad returns home from Israel. We’ve been Shopkicking a lot, because I have my eye on some new books that can’t justify buying right now while I’m looking for a job. I’m about a day or two away from a $25 gift card for Amazon so I may have a book haul to share at the end of the month. Fingers crossed!

Thank you for reading!
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