I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted, but that’s probably because I’m so used to posting on an almost daily basis. But school has really been eating me alive. :O
I’ve been so busy with school and studying, that I haven’t had much time to read or blog much. I’m in another reading slump, which sucks, but I’m trying to work my way out of it. For now I’m going to be focusing on books I’m excited about rather than try to start any new series, so I’ll at least know that I’ll probably like the book I’m reading.
I’ve also been falling behind with catching up with other bloggers, which I love doing. I love reading your blogs and reviews, and seeing what you’re up to. Don’t think I’ve forgotten about your blog (or mine, for that matter!), because I haven’t. 😀 I’m really looking forward to whatever day off I have next so I can just chill and try to read or something.
Recently I was nominated for two awards, the One Lovely Blog Award by Rainbow Cakes and Rocky Road, and the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by alwaysopinionatedgirl. Thank you guys so much for these nominations, it’s always exciting to receive a blogging award! 😀
That’s all for now. I wanted to write this short little post to update you guys on what’s been going on. How are you doing? What are some easy reads that have helped you get out of reading slumps? And how do you manage your time between school and blogging? Let me know!
I was tagged for the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag by Cook’s Reviews! I love anything to do with Harry Potter, so I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to do this tag. I was tagged a little while ago, and I’m so sorry I’m only getting to it now. School started for me a few days ago, and it’s been kind of crazy. But I’m back, and hopefully I can blog at least twice a week. 😀
Also, a fellow book blogger over at Bookish nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much! I love participating with these blog awards, but the posts take a really long time to put together. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to make a full-on post about it, but I did want to thank my nominator. 😀
Alright, let’s begin this tag!
1. Expecto Patronum — A childhood book connected to good memories.
Probably any Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. I haven’t read them all, but I’ve read quite a few of them. I used to bring my copies to school and stuff them in my locker that I shared with another classmate, and she and I would read them during class (sometimes before we were finished with whatever work we were assigned—how bad xD). Good times!
2. Expelliarmus — A book that took you by surprise.
You may not have known this, because I talk about this series all the time, but I did not expect Obsidian to be awesome sauce. I’d seen this book displayed on a couple bloggers’ websites, but come on, aliens? Uh, no. I don’t read about aliens.
But then I happened to see Jennifer L. Armentrout’s little section on the shelves at the library and noticed that this was there, too. I checked on Goodreads really quick to make sure this was the first book, and then got it immediately.
The cover was horrible, I’d never read about aliens, and the whole thing was such a foreign experience.
It was the best foreign experience ever, and one of the best reading choices I’ve ever made. Jennifer L. Armentrout is an incredible author, and just… feels.
3. Prior Incantato — The last book you read.
The last book I read was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m hoping that either tonight or tomorrow I can get a review up.
This book was actually recommended to me by an internet friend who said she loved the book and that I should check it out. I love getting recommendations, so I decided to get it from the library ASAP and read it.
It was wonderful. Like, amazing. The new world takes a bit of getting used to, and I did take a while to read it, but I was super busy and stuff. D: But it was a great book! I don’t know when I’ll be able to get the second book, but hopefully I can get it soon!
4. Alohomora — A book that introduced you to a genre you wouldn’t have considered before.
This was really tricky, but I think Notes on a Near-Life Experience by Olivia Birdsall is one of the first contemporary reads I can remember. I actually remember sitting in my room, like, a year ago, on my bed, reading this! I had to ransack my Goodreads “read” page so I could find one of the first contemporaries I read. There were a few others, but I don’t actually remember reading them.
A few honorable mentions for books that got me into contemporary are The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, All’s Fair In Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison (actually, I think this was my first contemporary read—I read it years ago!), and Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr.
(Going through the last pages of my GR “read” page made me remember all of the great books I read back in early 2013. Good times!)
5. Riddikulus — A funny book you read.
This book was hilarious! I’m actually reading Eleanor & Park right now, and Eleanor kind of reminds me of Danielle from this book. ^-^ I’m definitely going to have to reread this sometime soon, because I remember having such a fun time in this story.
6. Sonorus — A book that you think everyone should know about.
I admit, I can’t remember much of what went on in Bones of Faerie, as I read it more than a year ago, back when I was a YA/Fantasy newbie, but I remember being really excited about continuing the trilogy, and it was fantastic. I remember the last book, but not much of the first and second books. I’ve actually read four of this author’s (Janni Lee Simner) books, the fourth being Thief Eyes, which I do remember. You guys should check out this author, you might like her. 😀
7. Obliviate — A book you wish you never read.
This was, unfortunately, a no-brainer. I think I started The Infinite Moment of Us (Lauren Myracle) in June or July, and I didn’t actually finish it, but I’d read enough. I guess I was judging a book by its author (something another blogger wrote about), and I definitely had higher expectations for a Lauren Myracle book, considering I loved the other nine books by her that I’ve read.
8. Imperio — A book you had to read for school.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I didn’t expect to like it, but the story was fantastic. See, sometimes you have good luck with classics. XD
9. Crucio — A book that was painful to read.
This book was actually really good, and after reading the book, I watched the movie (I thought Kristen Stewart was really good in this movie). It wasn’t painful to read because it was bad, but because of the main character’s struggles and what she was going through. The knowledge she carried around for such a long time. It was a great book, though, and I’m curious to see what else Laurie Halse Anderson has out there.
10. Avada Kedavra — A book that could kill.
…Kill you with feels? This is the book for you, then. This book was BRILLIANT. I loved it so much, and I had long nights during the few days it took me to finish this book. This author is fantastic at making her characters strong but vulnerable. Amazing but flawed. It was just fantastic.
I’m sorry if you guys have already participated in this tag, and don’t feel any obligation to do so if you don’t feel like it. 😀 Also, I tag anyone else who might stumble across this post. If you’ve already done something like this, leave me a link to your post, because I’d love to see your answers!
Hey, everyone! I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award, and I was so excited 😀 I was nominated by two people, actually, which was even more exciting! The bloggers who nominated me are Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and Lily @ wordsweheart. Thanks, guys! I’m so happy for the nomination and am thrilled that you thought of my blog!
Edit: *drums fingers on keyboard* So. This post was supposed to go up hours ago, and I had posted it… and the part that was supposed to show all of my nominees, the most important part of the post… was blank.
NOOOOOOOO. I go into my drafts, and it says there are only two revisions. I look at the revisions, and none of them are what was supposed to go up when I hit publish. Ugh. So then I was in a funk and mad with WordPress. But, hey! It’s a new day, and I’ve still got to nominate some people!
Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Alright! Here are seven facts about me!
I just got back from vacation and I was able to see some old friends.
I am reading Hex Hall right now and am loving it. Archer ❤
Whenever I’m talking about other bloggers and I type their name, I always check it a million times to make sure I didn’t misspell it or anything!
I currently have 30 unread books on my bookshelf. Well, 33 if you count library books. How about you?
I can’t go a day without turning on my Kindle and listening to Spotify.
My nightly routine is: turn on Spotify. Check WordPress for any new notifications/catch up with other blogs/like, comment, etc. (not that I don’t do this throughout the day XD). Pinterest. YouTube. Stare at the ceiling and wonder why chocolate is called “chocolate,” why sheets are called “sheets,” and why music is called “music.”
I’d like to grow my CD collection. I don’t really buy digital music anymore (which is really inconvenient when I’m going somewhere, because then I’m stuck listening to either what’s on the radio or music that’s on my iPod that I haven’t listened to in years), as I use Internet radio, but I really want to own physical copies of my favorite music.
Bonus Fact: I’m Team Gale. Don’t look at me like that.
My Nominees… Take 2!
Topaz @ Topaz Winters — An amazing young author whose posts always grab my attention and never fail to amuse me 😀 I hope I can read her first book! Her posts always put me in the writing mood!
Mishka @ A Writer’s Life For Me. — Yet another author! I love reading Mishka’s blog, and I love the Progress Reports included at the end of each post.
Chloe @ foodlikecake — Whenever one of her posts pops up in my reader, I’m always excited to see what she’s made next! Those desserts… so mouth watering. I always want to get baking after reading this blog! And the photographs of each new creation totally enhance that 😀
TK @ Chapter TK — A blogger whose thought-provoking posts are always refreshing to read. It’s always a nice treat to read one of her posts (which are always interesting!).
Lynette @ Lynette Noni — It’s author’s galore over here! XD Her posts are always looked-forward to… is that grammatically correct? You know what I mean. Would “highly anticipated” flow better with that sentence?
I highly recommend you check out these bloggers, because they’re awesome… do I need a better reason? 😀
Alright, guys. I’m definitely saving this to drafts before hitting publish this time. I already know the punishment of not doing that >.<
If you, my wonderful nominees, choose to accept this award, then yay! If not, that’s fine, too 😀 Your blogs still inspire me, and I look forward to more awesome posts from you all.
That’s all for now! And thanks again to Stefani and Lily for nominating me for this award! They definitely deserved it, too!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Time for some reading updates 😀 I’m nearly finished with Under the Never Sky, so expect a review to come tomorrow.
How was your reading today? I think I did pretty well. I’ve got about twenty-four pages left in Under the Never Sky, so I’ll probably finish that up after I publish this post. After that, I’ll move on to the Gossip Girl prequel, because I think I’ll need to return that book to the library soon.
Here are my updates:
–Number of books I read today: 1 –Book: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (44% finished with book) –Number of pages read today: 166 –Total number of pages read: 166 –Total number of books completed: 0
–Number of books I read today: 1 –Book: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (94% complete) –Number of pages read today: 184 –Total number of pages read: 350 –Total number of books completed: 0
That’s all for now! I hope you guys are accomplishing your reading goals 🙂
Recently I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award, and it makes me so happy every time I’m nominated for an award. It’s great to know that others enjoy my posts and visit back to read more 😀 Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!Thank you to Eileen @ Bookwormstothemax for nominating me for this award! Her blog is amazing, so go check her out!
The Beautiful Blogger Award is an honor bestowed by fellow bloggers to show how much they love reading your blog and appreciate the beauty in your words.
Here is my shiny new award:
Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
Nominate 7 (yes, only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.
Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity — I love, love, love Chiara’s blog! Everything about it—the title, the theme, the content—is 100% awesome. Of course, all of you guys are awesome 😀 I discovered the 2013 End of Year Book Survey through her blog at the end of last year, and I participated in it, and it was so much fun!
Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful — Nirvana has a great blog, and I enjoy reading her crafts posts, as well as her stories. I think she has a fantastic imagination—go check her out!
Marianne and Jennifer @ Boricuan Bookworms — Marianne and Jennifer’s blog is a new discovery of mine, but I’ve been visiting their blog a lot lately. I love their reviews, and their Fashion by the Book memes. I’d never thought of putting together book-themed outfits until I started reading their posts. Now I think about book-themed fashion quite a lot, lol.
Cook’s Reviews — Another new favorite blogger! I particularly enjoy her book hauls. I love reading people’s book hauls and recognizing a book and saying, “YOU MUST READ!!!” And, of course, I love it when others do the same to me, haha!
Bella @ Ciao Bella! — One of the things I really enjoy about Bella’s blog is the variety. She’s got book reviews, and recipes (some of which I’m dying to try, by the way), and other fun stuff ^.^
LilaJune @ lilajune’s book saloon — LilaJune is one of the people who got me super excited for Champion, which I was putting off reading for a loooong time. That book. Was. An emotional. Roller coaster. As many ends of trilogies are, but seriously.
Laurel @ The Caffeinated Bibliophile — First of all, awesome title! I think that describes many of us bookish people 😀 I love her reviews and am always enthusiastic to read them.
That’s all for now, dudes! Go check out all of these fantastic bloggers! You’re going to love them 😀
Thanks again to Eileen, who has presented me with this award!
Hey, y’all! I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the peeps from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s TTT focuses on our bookish bucket lists. LET’S DO IT, BRUH!
1. Reread the Harry Potter series. Believe it or not, I’m pretty sure I’ve only read this series once, as a whole. I’ve reread certain books from the series, like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I don’t believe I’ve read the complete series more than once. I definitely want to do this, though.
2. Finish all the books/ebooks I’ve purchased within this year. I don’t know if it’s doable, as my reading pace has definitely slowed down this year, but I hope to get it done, no matter how long it takes. 😀
3. Read a new release by an author who’s popular, but not Veronica Roth/Rick Riordan popular. You get me? For example, I’d really like to read Panic by Lauren Oliver. I actually saw it at the store today and wanted to get it so badly.
4. Go to a midnight movie premier of a book-to-movie adaptation. Does this count? Why, yes. Yes, it does. I’ve never been to a midnight premier, and that’s something that’s high up there on my general bucket list. Like, am I the only one who hasn’t gone to one? XD Midnight premiers I want to go to include Insurgent and Mockingjay: Part 1. (I haven’t seen Divergent yet D: I did get another Divergent magazine, though…)
5. Interview an author of one of my favorite books. ‘Nuff said.
6. Purchase a bookish shirt. I’ve been SO CLOSE to buying Harry Potter shirts. The last time this happened, though, I ended up getting a Nirvana shirt instead… Yeah… But I did see a The Fault in Our Stars shirt at Barnes & Noble! Yeah!!! (Too bad I didn’t get it >.<) I actually have TFIOS news… Heheh…
7. Go to a bookish convention! I would love to go to a bookish convention, like the BEA (Book Expo of America), and meet my fellow bookish people! Not many of my friends like to read, and those who do don’t really like the same genres I do… nonfiction… meh… But hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to do this one day. Have any of you attended the BEA? What was your experience?
8. Reread The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle. That series… Geez. I love that series to bits. It was fantastic and amazing and just asdfghjkl;. I haven’t “met” many bloggers who’ve read Lauren Myracle D: Whyyyy? (Actually, it was Winnie’s b-day on March 11th… HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WINNIE!!! :D)
9. Finish Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles. Yes. As in The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins. Did you know she had another series? This series, I believe, is generally classified in the children’s genre, but some people say it’s YA… I think it’s middle grade. I read the first two books about a year ago, and each one surprised me greatly—they were amazing. I really couldn’t believe it. It had been after I’d read THG, but I had no idea what to expect from this middle grade series. I loved it.
10. Reread Matched by Ally Condie. I know, I’m doing a lot of rereads on this list, but it is a bookish goal I want to meet. Matched was one of the best dystopian books I ever read. The other two books in the series were good, but Matched… wow. It was actually recommended to me by a fellow blogger, Emma at My Harry Potter blog! I don’t think she’s very active anymore, but I loved her posts and was very pleased with this rec 😀
That’s all for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Do we share any common goals? Is it possible that you, too, have never been to a midnight premier?! If so, I would be happy to know I’m not alone in this, haha! Leave your links to your TTTs below—I’d love to check ’em out!
Answer 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 new bloggers and come up with 11 new questions for them to answer.
Notify your nominees by visiting their blog and commenting.
And here are the questions that Eileen has for me:
1. What is your number 1 bookish dream (meeting a character/author, being a character in a book, and etc.)?
Right now at this time of my life? It would be to meet Leo Valdez from Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series. Go, Team Leo!
2. If you could have any power, what would you choose?
Telepathy! I think the concept of mental communication is so cool, and I would love to have that as my power.
3. Who is one author you want to meet most?
J.K. Rowling, the author of our beloved Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is my all-time favorite series, hands down. I have expanded my taste in books, though, and have several other favorite series, but it all comes back down to HP. And maybe she could sign my battered paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 😀
BUT! She is on my bad list right now, because of that whole thing about Harry and Hermione instead of Romionie… Like seriously. Stop it with the after comments. What’s done is done.
4. What’s your favorite childhood book(s)?
When I was a kid, I used to read The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, The Baby-Sitters Club, The Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister,Goosebumps,and the High School Musical books. Crazy, huh? I literally own stacks of the Mary-Kate and Ashley books, both of the Baby-Sitters books, and the High School Musical books. I was OBSESSED. I was pretty young when I started The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, so young that I could barely read them when I got them!
5. If you could have lunch with one character (from book/TV show/movie etc…), who would you choose?
I would choose to have lunch with… Winnie Perry from Lauren Myracle’s series, The Winnie Years. I absolutely loved this series, and Winnie was the main character and MC. I’ve read these books so many times, and in another world, Lauren Myracle would be working on Fifteen right now! But I don’t think there’s going to be a Fifteen. D:
6. What’s your favorite quote?
I have a few favorite quotes. Here they are:
“What motivates me is seeing people in the crowd and wondering what they’re going home to and what they’re dealing with, and knowing that for the time being we’re their escape.” ~Hayley Williams
“I don’t see the me that you see. I wish for just a little bit I could climb into you and then you could climb into me and then we could tell each other what we saw there.”* ~Lauren Roedy Vaughn, OCD, The Dude, and Me
“I think that it is very important if you know what you want, understand where you are heading towards, and try your best to get it. It is only when we use our hearts to do it, and fall in love with what we’re doing, that we can really get real determination.” ~Emma Watson
*I think Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird said something similar.
7. Where do you want to travel to the most?
I want to travel to England. Can you guess what inspired that? Haha, yes, it was Harry Potter.
8. Favorite book for this year so far?
My favorite book this year so far is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS WHEN I BOUGHT IT?!?! Ughhhh. That book was amazing, relatable, fluffy, and PERFECT. Read it if you haven’t. In fact, if you haven’t read Fangirl, you shouldn’t be on my blog reading this right now—you should be getting your hands on a copy of that book! 😀
9. What fandoms are you part of?
Many! But to name a few: Harry Potter, PJO/HoO, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy. I’m sad when there are amazing books that don’t have much of a following. D:
10. Do you have any OTPs, and if so, who?
Percabeth (Percy and Annabeth, from The Heroes of Olympus), Sydrian (Sydney and Adrian, from Bloodlines), Trisfour (?) (Tris and Four—is that their couple name?—from Divergent), and ROMIONE (Ron and Hermione, from Harry Potter). DON’T TRY TO CHANGE ME, JKR!
11. Who is your favorite character? Why?
My favorite character is… gods, I can’t choose. Okay, I’m going to say one of my favorite characters, and that’s going to be Tris from Divergent. Now, I’m not going to go into details about Tris, but I will say that she’s one of the bravest characters I’ve ever read about.
I’ve been nominated for another award?! EEEEEK!!! I love receiving awards from my fellow bloggers! This award is called the Sunshine Award, and it was awarded to me by Sara. Thanks, Sara! And be sure to check out her blog, guys!
So here’s this awesome award:
Ahhh, it’s so amazing! 😀
Here are the rules required to accept this award:
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions provided by the blogger.
Nominate five other blogs for the award.
These are the questions Sara asked:
1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this year?
The best thing that happened to me this year was when I realized I could get the books that are “in” at great prices at a second-hand bookstore. The books they sell there are even new, and they mark down the price a couple of dollars. Score!
2. What’s your favorite concert experience?
I’ve actually never been to a concert! Crazy, right?
3. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done would be doing the Death Flip off the monkey bars back in elementary school. Yeah. That’s how bad I am. XD I’ve probably done something completely crazy before, but at the moment, the Death Flip is the only thing coming to me.
4. What’s your favorite quote?
Well, one of my favorite quotes is:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” -Albus Dumbledore
5. Tell the story of your life using lyrics from a song.
“But I’m on the outside
I’m looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
‘Cause inside you’re ugly
You’re ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you.” –Staind, “Outside”
I think we’ve all been on the outside looking in, sometimes.
6. A phrase that best describes you.
7. Name three of your favorite bands/singers.
Do rappers count? Haha, if so:
EMINEM (by the way, I heard MMLP2 on YouTube. Amazing…)
It was really hard labeling it to just three. EMINEM is nonnegotiable–he stays at number one on my list, always.
8. Name five places you want to visit.
I think these places were all inspired by books I’ve read!
9. Who’s your favorite fictional character?
Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is my favorite fictional character. I think she is a strong, intelligent female character and I think she’s a fantastic role model. And, of course, she’s part of my favorite series. Okay, so I might be a bit biased 😉
10. Who’s your most hated fictional character?
Hmm… Wow, okay. I don’t like Daniel Gregori from Lauren Kate’s Fallen… I also didn’t like Luce from Fallen… I just didn’t like Fallen.
I hope I answered those alright! And now, for the people I’m nominating: