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:

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 ☙ ❧ 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 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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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Blog Tag

It was a lovely surprise and honor last weekend to be nominated by Sara @ The Bibliophagist for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’d never thought I’d be nominated for such a positive award and it makes me want to live up to it!

Since I’ve been busy with my reading project and writing my novel, I was delighted to have something extra to share on the blog today that allow you all to get to know me a little bit better. It was fun thinking about my answers to the questions and hope you all enjoy!

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☼ WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD? ☼

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

☼ THE RULES ☼

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

☼ 11 QUESTIONS FROM Sara @ THE BIBLIOPHAGIST ☼

#1 Chocolate or coffee?

Unpopular opinion alert! I’m not the world’s biggest fan of chocolate. I enjoy it now and then, but I can’t eat it all the time. I have a sensitive sweet tooth. So coffee all the way. I didn’t start drinking coffee until my junior year of college really, so I was a late convert. But now I don’t feel like my day has truly started unless I’ve had some.

Mochas are my favorite, though, and that’s basically chocolate coffee!

#2 What’s your perfect “me” time?

I love having a day to myself where I don’t need to go anywhere or have any commitments. I like to shower and be clean, after having worked out and/or cleaned my room, and slip into freshly washed bedsheets and just Netflix and chill. Or YouTube and chill (depends on the day).

#3 Who’s your most read author?

Right now I would probably say Leigh Bardugo, just because I can always find a reason to pick up one of her books. Her books are so enjoyable! I love the Grisha universe. And I’m a nerd who can marvel at writing craft and inventiveness, so there’s always something to gain from reading one of her YA fantasies.

#4 What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?

I don’t think my answer would be the same all the time, but I do find myself thinking a lot about Franny & Zoeey by J.D. Salinger. I reread it earlier this year and remembered why I fell in love with it. Most recently I’ve been thinking about it because I’ve moved my furniture around again this week and have some spare wall paper that I’ve been wanting to do something with.

In Franny & Zooey, Zooey goes into his older brothers’ childhood room and finds the back door is covered in large sheet of paper filled to its limit with quotes from favorite authors, leaders, and thinkers. I like the idea of doing this.

#5 What was the happiest day of your life?

I don’t have any big life moments that I can say have made any specific day my happiest. I feel most elated on days where I’ve have great conversations with people I care about, where I’ve found out my hard work has paid off, and where I’ve been able to truly forget all my problems and enjoy small pleasures (like hanging out with friends). These days are too few and far between!

#6 If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

I think I’d like to walk around 1950s New York City with Holden Caulfield. I just rewatched season one of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel so I have somewhat rosy picture of NYC during that time period in my head right now. And in that book, Holden seems like he needs someone to talk to and most of the time I don’t mind hearing about other people’s problems; it takes my mind off of my own for a change. I like wandering around new places, so I think that would be lovely!

#7 If there’s one unfinished book/TV/any other medium series that you could have finished right now, which would it be?

I’d love get my hands of Leigh Bardugo’s newest Grishaverse book King of Scars!

#8 You’re given the option of knowing the exact date and time of your death or staying blissfully unaware. Which do you pick?

Well, I have a few questions about the scenario where I find out. Would I be able to change any of my actions leading up to it, not necessarily to prevent it but to make sure I left no loose ends in my life? Or would I find out and…what? Instantly forget about it so that I can’t change anything?

…I realize this is probably a weird answer, but I think I’d like to know!

#9 If you were told you could be an expert in any one thing instantly, what would you pick?

World languages! I’d love to be some sort of translator, be able to travel the world, and be involved in important diplomatic meetings and such.

#10 What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?

Oh, this happens all the time in some sort of capacity. I’ll offer two answers, both non-fiction. Spreadable Media is one on a topic that I find really interesting and I’ve not really struggled to actually read it, but I just struggled to make time for it. Another is A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889. I like historical fiction, but this one is just so detailed I’ve struggled to get very far into it. It hastened a reading slump last year.

#11 If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

I would go travel Europe, practice the languages I’ve been trying to learn, write in places that inspire me, meet new people, and try to find a way to leave the U.S. permanently (and legally)!

 ☙ ❧ End Note ❧ ☙ 

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I think I’ll have fun revisiting them one day and see how my answers have changed. I don’t really know who to tag, eleven is a lot of people! Also, I don’t really have the time to think up some awesome questions, so I probably wouldn’t even have changed them up much! If you’d like to answer some of the questions in the comment section down below I’d love to read your answers ^_^

I have a busy week ahead of me and more fun stuff planned for the blog. This month is really just passing me by so quickly, it’s a little scary…

Thank you for reading!
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