TAG | The Liebster Award

School is FINALLY starting to wind down, so now I have little to no excuses to not blog!

Ally nominated me for the Liebster award in February, so THANK YOU AND I’M SO SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG OT GET AROUND TO THIS!! Everyone, please go check out her blog!

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions from Ally

  1. If you could acquire any ability, what would it be?
    • The ability to hoola-hoop! I’ve literally never figured out how, and I’m pretty sure, at this point, it’s witchcraft (the dark kind).
  2. What’s your perfect breakfast?
    • Waffles (preferably chocolate), with two eggs, sunny side up! OR yogurt and toast!
  3. What’s your phone background?
    • My lock screen is my girlfriend and I from Christmas and my home background is me and my cat, Jonas!
  4. Who was your first favourite author?
    • I have several, but if I was forced at gunpoint to pick just one, to keep it fair (since this author is now dead), I’d say J.D. Salinger.
  5. If you could use any spell from Harry Potter, which would it be and why?
    • I have literally never read a HP book in my life . . . sorry (**everyone unfollows)
  6. If you could only name your children (or pets if you don’t want children) after the characters in a book series, which series and names would you choose?
    • Ha! Probably the Thrown of Glass series. I like Dorian, Aelin, and Rowan as names.
  7. What’s something you’ve recently been obsessed with? Gush about it.
    • BAKING! I just LOVE baking, and I try to find a new recipe to make every weekend, though it’s difficult when 1) you’re attempting to eat as healthy as possible 2) you have a college budget and 3) you have little kitchen space
  8. If you could require everyone to read one book, which book would it be?
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. Hot or iced coffee?
    • Hot
  10. What was your favourite subject in school?
    • Math from Sophomore year below. English Junior and Senior year.
  11. If you could tell your 15-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
    • STOP TAKING EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS THEY MAY SEEM!!!!!!!!!

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I h a t e bacon.
  2. My preferred egg style is sunny-side up or scrambled.
  3. When I first adopted my cat, Jonas, he had an upper-respiratory infection that was not going away, and the vet scared me thinking he might have feline HIV or leukemia. Lots of money and tests later, it was, in fact, just the sniffles. (pictures of Jonas in little form below)
  4. I used to weigh 355 pounds.
  5. I lost over 150+ pounds.
  6. I used to know someone in high school who was afraid of the number nine.
  7. FACT: Dipping your grilled cheese in ketchup is underrated.
  8. I was drum major of our local marching band my senior year in high school.
  9. I used to have an unhealthy obsession with rollercoasters (still kind of do).
  10. Single origin, light-roast coffee is my preferred bean!
  11. Hammonds, currently, is my favorite chocolate brand . . . (huge shoutout to Sara for this)

My Questions for You

  1. Cake or non-cake donut?
  2. What is you preferred milk type (two percent, whole, almond)?
  3. What’s the last book you check out form the library?
  4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
  5. What’s the last thing you’ve cooked or baked from scratch?
  6. Biscuits or bagels?
  7. baby boi or BIG BOI? (refer to and include one above picture)
  8. If you could have dinner with one author that’s alive, who would it be?
  9. What is your most anticipated release of the year?
  10. What’s been your most disappointing read this year, so far?
  11. What was the last song you listened to?

I understand we’re doing an 11 theme here but I don’t think that’s happening! NOMINATIONS:

Sara / Crystal / Jessica / Sahi / Bibi / Robin


Answer a question from one of “my questions for you” in the comments! Let’s chat!

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TAG | Two Truths and a Lie

Sara, my all-time favorite book blogger, tagged me in this quick, fun tag! So, here we go!

How To Participate

  • Create a post with your two bookish truths and one bookish lie – but be sure to keep it a secret so your readers can guess!
  • Reveal the lie in a spoiler at the bottom of your post (you can use this HTML code! Just change the “S” in Summary to a lowercase)

<details><Summary>Reveal the Lie</Summary>Lie Revealed</details>


Two Truths and a Lie


  • I’ve met three famous YA authors: Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, and Jay Kristoff.
  • I’ve never read a book over 1,000 pages.
  • I’ve never read a Harry Potter book.

I’m Tagging . . .

Laura | Alyssa | Megs | Angelica


Answer

Reveal the LieI’ve met three famous YA authors: Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, and Jay Kristoff. I’ve actually only met the first two! (And, no, I have no interest in reading HP; please don’t @ me XD.

Were you able to guess my lie? Let’s chat in the comments!

Song Request Book Tag (Original)

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted an original tag since the Spring Cleaning Book Tag, so I figured it was about time that we did another one!

Rules:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Note:

Since I am starting the tag, I will, obviously, only have “requests”.

My Requests

1. “Falling Apart” by Broods

I feel like I’m definitely going to have to go with my most recent read, The Witch Elm by Tana French for this one, as it seems everything is “falling apart” for Toby, and he’s constantly wondering when he’s going to get his hold on things.

2. “Not What I Meant” by dodie

This one brings to mind You’d by Mine by Erin Hahn for the reason of the line “have I built a little empire or made a fucking mess,” which is kind of how I feel Annie feels throughout the work.

3. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds

For this, I chose Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. This song and book very much remind me of my own situation. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that.


Tagged

Sara | Kaleena | Laura | Destiny | Ally

Also! Just because I did not tag you does not mean you can’t do it! I am excited to see where this goes ❤

The Mystery Blogger Award | Take #2

Hey everybody! I was tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Ally!


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 FOR THE AWARD ARE:

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

Three Things About Me

  1. I have a godcat — Aubrey! :’D
  2. I’m going to Rome this year, and it will be my first time going abroad! I am so excited about it!
  3. I have seen Lorde in concert 3 times (one of which I practically waited in line for 86 hours to get front row . . . but that’s another story, and it was totally worth it).

Questions from Ally

  • Who was your favorite childhood author?

I used to love love love Andrew Clements. I remember walking into the library sometimes and seeing his new book on the shelf and getting to the edge of my seat so I could grab it before anyone else could.

  • What’s your favorite dessert?

I can’t really choose a favorite! I love to bake, so anything that I bake for that day is my favorite!

  • Which fictional character do you relate to the most?

A character who keeps coming to mind is probably Kvothe from the Kingskiller Chronicle. His drive to achieve his dreams is something that reminds me of my mind set — to never give up.

  • What book would you recommend to your younger self?

While I can’t think of a specific book, I would have told myself to pick up ERAGON by Christopher Paolini sooner, so I could get into fantasy at an earlier age. It is now one of my favorite genres.

  • Tell me your very specific coffeeshop order.

A grande, carmel, latte machiato with almond milk OR an americano, no cream.


Tagged

Hamad | Rebecca | Tshepiso | Jessica | Alyssa


5 Questions for Tagged

  • What book has been on your TBR the longest?
  • What color shirt are you wearing right now?
  • Where’s the last place you visited?
  • What was, to your recollection, the first chapter book you ever read?
  • What was your favorite holiday gift this year — giving or receiving?

3 Best & 3 Worst Books of 2018

Hello! Welcome to the New Year! I hope everyone has a good one and achieves all of their goals for 2019!

So, I’m a sucker and love these kinds of posts, as anytime where I can be a little snarky or shed some great light on my favorite reads, I will take! Please note that these are just my opinions, and yours may differ from mine! I’d love to chat about it with you in the comments!

This is not limited to books published in 2018, but to books that I have read throughout the year.

These books are in no particular order.

3 Best Books of 2018

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This book checked all of the boxes for me — it was spooky, great characters, great story. If you’re looking to ease into some American classics, but are intimidated by some other authors (Herman Melville, I’m looking at you), this is such an amazing one to start with.

Read my review here.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is the perfect adult high-fantasy — amazing characters, page-turning with an awesome story (not to mention the violence and sex). Again, the perfect ADULT fantasy . . . be warned this is not YA, haha.

Check out my review here.

The Secret Place by Tana French

While I would recommend reading Faithful Place before this one, this is probably the best thriller I have read, so far, in my life. French just keeps raising the bar.

Read my full review here.

Runner Up

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

While I only gave this book 4 stars, I think this one holds the most memories this year, as I read the entirety of it on the train traveling places in New York City. I will forever remember it.

Check out my review here.

3 Worst Books of 2018

How to Set a Fire and Why by Jessee Ball

If you have a blurb that compares your book to the author of probably my all-time favorite book, and then your book is absolutely nothing like it and trying way too hard, automatic one star.

Read my rant here.

The Living End by sStanley Elkin

I don’t even want to think about this.

You can read my review here. (It was one of my first reviews ever, so beware.)

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

*clears throat* YOU WILL NEED TO SIT DOWN WHEN READING THIS REVIEW. I think this book upset me the most from all of my reads in 2018. Get someone to write about topics who has no idea what they’re like (particularly being overweight), and you wind up with a disaster.

Terrible, terrible, terrible. Offensive, poorly written, just terrible.

You can read my rant here.

Runner Up

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Looking for a cliché filled, over-trying novel that everyone else seemed to like except me? Well, you’ve found it, and you can read my review here.


I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. Thank you for being here and supporting me! I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!


What was your best/worst read of the year? What are your New Year’s resolutions this year? Let’s chat in the comments.

Holiday Drinks | Book Tag

Merry Christmas!! I was tagged by the amazing Sara and this tag was created by Ariel @ WavesOfPages as part of Browsing For Books’ Bookmas.


HOT CHOCOLATE: MARSHMALLOWS AND CHOCOLATE AND WHIPPED CREAM, OH MY! RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S SWEET THROUGH AND THROUGH

Okay, okay, this isn’t even out yet. But, I received this as an ARC and loved every second of it. PRE-ORDER THIS ONE!! IT’S SO GOOD!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: THE FLAVOR OF PEPPERMINT IS STRONG AND DISTINCT. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF STRONG EMOTIONS.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfus

This book . . . laughing, crying, everything . . .

APPLE CIDER: IT’S SO GOOD IT CAN’T BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IT’S FROM APPLES—THAT MEANS IT’S HEALTHY, RIGHT? RECOMMEND A BOOK FULL OF CHARACTERS WITH QUESTIONABLE MORALS.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Every character’s morals change so drastically in this book, and by the end you really don’t know who to trust and it’s kind of frustrating.

EGGNOG: IT’S CREAMY AND SMOOTH, WITH A LITTLE SPICE, AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN ADD ALCOHOL TO IT. RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S MOSTLY FUN, WITH JUST A HINT OF DANGER.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Surface level, Holden is a funny, carefree kind of guy, but as you dig deeper, you start to see his layers of emotion may be more serious than you once thought. Plus, walking through New York City alone at night as a teen? Scary!

GINGERBREAD LATTE: A DRINK WITH A VERITABLE EXPLOSION OF SPICES. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF ACTION.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

For some reason I don’t think this was the best received book, but when I read this, it was a full 5 stars. This is a PAGE TURNER. And, who knows, maybe if I read it now, I would hate it. But who doesn’t like a scientist who’s company tried to kill her and is on the run?


OH, here’s a little bonus of my cat, Jonas, in his little Christmas sweater 😀


Whatever holiday you are celebrating, I hope you have the best of it!

OMG THAT SONG | Book Tag

I was tagged by the always wonderful Sara @ the Bibliophagist

MY JAM | A SONG YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE HEARD IT AND A BOOK THAT YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

“Green Light” by Lorde

I have listened to this song over a thousand times in the past year and a half if that’s any question as to how much I love it.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Well, I bet you saw that coming. This is one of the only books I’ve re-read (twice, actually), and will continue to re-read.

THROWBACK | A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME IN YOUR LIFE AND A BOOK YOU READ THAT YOU WOULDN’T LIKE NOW

“Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson

I grew up in the south, and can any of us look back on our adolescence and not cringe just a little?

Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne

Boy did I think I was the smartest first grader in all the land when I was one of the first to be allowed to read chapter books (yes, *rolls eyes*, “allowed”). This was one of my favorites, but I’d like to say I’ve grown up a little from these, now. (This one was my favorite).

REPLAY | A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT AND A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” feat. Miley Cyrus

For some reason, I cannot stop listening to this song.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

While I did only give this four stars, in the end (review here), I was very shocked at how much I enjoyed this one.

GETS ME | A SONG THAT IS LITERALLY ME AND A BOOK THAT IS ME IN BOOK FORMAT

“Ribs” by Lorde

I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who can’t relate to this song.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

No, I do not have crazy powers, but I feel Kvothe and I have a lot in common.

WUT | A WEIRD SONG THAT YOU LIKED ANYWAYS AND A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR SOME REASON

“Atomic” by Blondie 

I only say this is weird because of how much instrumental is in it, which is typically  not my style, but boy can I jam to this song.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I think this book stuck out for how much I hated the “protagonist” and how much I ended up loving the suspected “antagonist”. You can read my review here.

LET’S GO | PICK YOUR BEST PUMP UP SONG AND A BOOK THAT INSPIRES YOU

“Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid

THIS SONG GETS ME SO FREAKING HYPE I LOVE HER

The Secret Place by Tana French

If I could ever come even close to the way she writes prose, I’d be happy. (Review here.)

CHILL | YOUR BEST CHILL OR RELAXING SONG AND A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH ON A RAINY DAY

“I Know How to Speak” by Manchester Orchestra 

If you haven’t heard this song yet, you’re missing out . . . so good.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This is my favorite of Flynn’s work, and nothing beats a great thriller on a rainy day.


NOSTALGIA | A THROWBACK SONG YOU LOOK BACK ON FONDLY AND A BOOK YOU READ AND LOVED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG

“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

I still listen to this song, haha.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

I remember how excited I was to get this when it came out. This is one of my favorites from her.

Tagged

Kaleena | Sahi | Alyssa


What’s your favorite song?