The Reading Quest

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Hello! I recently came across a fellow blogger’s post on their participation in #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, and decided to give it a try! You can see the sign up post and info on participating in the quest  here. And there’s some really cute, creative graphics created by CW @ Read Think Ponder!

I have never done anything like this before, but I am super excited! I can read some of the books I have been meaning to read while having fun and feeling like I am actually accomplishing something! Hooray!

You get to choose one of four characters and follow their path of reading prompts, and can stray to the side quests for extra points. (There is a point system for the books that you read and general participation in the quest.) I have chosen to be a Knight!

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Here is the character card that I created (there are templates on Aentee’s sign up post), and below is the super amazing game board!

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My Quest TBR:

 

The First Book of  a Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

A Book with a Red Cover: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Side Quests:

 

Potions: A Book Concocted by 2+ Authors: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Expansion: Read a companion novel or short story: Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Hopefully I am not being overly ambitious, and I can actually get these read. Even though school is starting up again, and that means less time to read. 😦

If you are participating in #TheReadingQuest as well, I wish you the best of luck!!

 

The Mystery Blogger Award

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Hello fellow book lovers, and welcome to my edition of the Mystery Blogger Award! I was tagged by Shaz @ Shaz Reads. (Thank You!!!) And thank you to the lovely creator of the award: Okoto Enigma. I have found that being tagged/nominated for these sort of things is actually really fun, and it’s exciting to know that people enjoy my blog enough to tag me! So, huge thanks to everyone who has ever read and enjoyed one of my posts!

Award Rules:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions.
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

Three Things About Me:

  1. I really, really like math. And yes, I know that is very unconventional. I just find it fun and interesting. I have probably taken twice as many math classes as are required to graduate, yet I continue to take more! I do not plan on pursuing a career in math, though…
  2. I have an obsession with Converse shoes. I don’t really know why, it just happened. I guess I don’t actually have that many (these days all my money goes toward books), but for several years, I did not wear any other kind of shoe.
  3. I play the clarinet. I have been selected into several honor bands, and I like to think that I am a somewhat decent player. Being a musician has allowed me to travel to Disney World and meet so many people that I never would have known otherwise. And music is just pretty cool in general, but playing it is even better.

Shaz’s Questions:

1. What do you think is the most underrated Disney Film?

Hmm… probably Wall-E, even though it’s Disney Pixar. Like, it’s about a world full of trash and trash compacting robots, which is kind of a freaky thing to think about really. And they managed to create a romance between robots who don’t actually talk, yet you still are drawn to them and want them to be happy.

2. Which book would you like to see adapted into a film or TV series?

If it was done properly, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. That is easily my favorite book and I would love to see it come to life as a movie. However, only if it is done well and follows the book.

3. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I can’t choose just one, since ice cream is basically the best thing ever. Chocolate, mint, cake batter, cookie dough, and mint would have to be my top five.

4. Which book has had the biggest impact on you?

The Virals series by Kathy & Brendan Reichs, because it was one of the first book series that really got me into reading. It showed me that books are cool and they can take you to places that you’ve never dreamed of before.

5. Skinny jeans: yay or nay?

Yay! I don’t have a reason, I just like them. 🙂

I nominate:

My Questions:

  1. Is there a book that you continuously recommend to people?
  2. What is the number one thing that you look for in a book?
  3. What is your favorite kind of blog post to write?
  4. If you could be any book/movie/TV show character for a day, who would you be?
  5. Where was the coolest vacation that you ever went on?

My Best/Favorite Posts:

Best: Top 10 Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book

Favorite: Top 6 Favorite Books of Ever

Again, thanks to all those who continue reading my blog! 🙂

The Mid-Year Freak Out

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Hello, happy Saturday! Today I am doing the Mid-Year Freak Out book tag. I have seen several bloggers doing this tag, and it seems pretty fun. I wasn’t technically tagged, but Lauren at My Paper Infinity was going unconventional and allowing anyone to participate! SO, here we are, and I hope you enjoy! (Side note: I love the name of this tag! But why should we only be allowed to freak out mid-year? Like, why not all year long?)

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?The Sun is Also a Star

Hmm… looking at my GoodReads shelf for this year (because I can’t remember what I’ve read this year!) It would probably have to be The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. It was just really light and fun and enjoyable.

2. Best sequel?

Probably Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. Although I am currently reading it, so hopefully it continues to be wonderful! I have not read that many series this year, maybe I should get on that…

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3. New release you have yet to read but really want to?

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I have heard soooo many great things about it and the cover is beautiful. It also involves a boy who works at a library and I’m a library page so, why shouldn’t I love it?

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

Easily Renegades by Marissa Meyer. She is my favorite author and all of her books are destined to be amazing. If you have not read any of them, you really should!

5. Biggest disappointment?

I would have to say Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I read Salt to the Sea a while ago and it became one of my favorites. I had high expectations for this one, but it did not meet them at all.

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I was quite surprised by A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I recently finished this one, and I enjoyed it. It had both good and bad surprises for me. Some parts I found to be beyond excellent, but others were rather boring. I also was not aware that it involved faeries, so that was a bit surprising once I started reading! (Hey, don’t judge!)

7. Favorite author? (debut or new to you)

I haven’t really gained a new favorite author this year, but I have discovered Victoria Schwab. I have found her writing to be very descriptive and captivating through This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.

8. Newest fictional crush?

Hmmm…. I’d have to say Maxon Schreave from The Selection by Kiera Cass. He is basically perfect and charming and funny and whatnot.

91hgx2bd2qql9. Newest favorite character?

Okay, this most likely doesn’t count, but Percy Jackson from The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle. I read this in January I believe, but I read the other series quite a while ago. Anyways, Percy will forever be one of my favorite characters and I’m glad to have him back!

10. Book that made you cry?

I have only ever cried over one book in my entire life and it was The Last Star by Rick Yancey. Like, that ending just really got to me I guess.

11. Book that made you happy?

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, because it continued the Lunar Chronicles story, and it was a graphic novel, which is really fun! And it starred Iko, who is very fun and entertaining.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen?

Well, I don’t usually watch the movies that are based upon books, but I re-watched the Hunger Games not too long ago, and they’re pretty good…

13. Favorite review written this year?

My review for The Sun is Also a Star. I just really enjoyed reading that book and writing about it! Here is a link to the post if you’re interested!

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14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year?

I got A Thousand Pieces of You not too long ago, and Ten Thousand Skies Above You is on its way!

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year?

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

 

Since I was not officially tagged for this, I am not going to tag anyone, so  you are all free to participate! I only ask that you link back to me! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Who else thinks we should be allowed to freak out all year long? (Actually, who needs permission, I do it anyways!) Do you have a list of books to finish before the end of the year? What is your most anticipated release?

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Alex Charming at Lord of the Trekkies. I am super excited to have been selected for this and I love that there are people who like what I am doing! So, thank you Alex!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who 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

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Hmm… probably getting to talk about books without people giving me weird looks. I can share something I love with everyone else and maybe help them to love books and reading as much as I do. Also, blogging for me is time dedicated to books and books alone, and there’s nothing better than that!

2. Do you like to read? Why?

OF COURSE!! I literally have a blog entirely dedicated to reading! I enjoy it because it allows you to escape whatever may be happening in your life and go to a completely different world. You can be someone else for a while and experience different things without actually doing whatever the character is doing. Books are basically wormholes to other universes that are far more intriguing than our own.

3. What is your favorite song?

I’m a band nerd, so that’s a really hard question. On a side note, music is much like reading. It can take you someplace wonderful. So, I don’t necessarily have a favorite song or genre or anything. I generally just like it all, but some of the songs that I like best are ones that have good musical qualities and not just meaningful words. Oftentimes, the notes can carry more emotion than the words. (Sorry, I digress.) But my most favorites songs are usually the ones that we play in band, because they are personal and more meaningful to me. (Also, the Star Wars and LOTR soundtracks are AMAZING!)

4. What is your OTP?

Percabeth. One hundred percent, hands down Percabeth. (Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson, for those who are unfamiliar). That was one of the first books series that I read that I really, truly enjoyed, so their wonderful, most perfect relationship has stuck with me!

5. What is your NOTP?

I’m not positive what NOTP means… but I’m assuming it’s like the opposite of an OTP? If that’s the case, then I don’t have one. (Sorry!) I have not ever had a book where I didn’t like who ended up with who. At least that I can remember anyways…

6. What/Who is your spirit animal?

Well, this is also something that I can’t really answer. I know there was like a “spirit animal bandwagon” for a while, but I never hopped on. Umm… if I had to guess I would probably say a turtle or something that hides from things. I’m shy, and I like to hide from things that are dangerous, so a turtle it is then.

7. If you could have one famous author (living or otherwise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

That is actually extremely difficult because there are SOOO many great authors out there! However, I would have to say probably Dr. Seuss. He is generally great and I always loved reading his books as a kid (okay, even now). His books always make people happy, and I would want to be remembered in a happy, fun way. Also, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, or J.R.R. Tolkien would be good options as well.

8. Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune

Jeopardy. Although, I really love Wheel of Fortune, too! I just love the randomness and cool facts you can learn from Jeopardy.

9. Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Definitely Darth Vader. He’s got a sad backstory, a lost love, an ominous black outfit, a crazy awesome sword, and an entire space army at his command. Not to mention that he’s persistent with the whole Death Star thing. Gotta admire persistence. What more could you want from a villain?

10. Do you like Disney?

Of Course! Who doesn’t like Disney? There’s Disney World, Disney Land, Disney movies, Mr. Disney himself… I really loved going to Disney World, and I adore Disney movies. There are like childhood classics. And even after all the movies they have made, I have yet to be disappointed by one of them. They are all so wonderful, and they bring you back to your childhood and happiness and not having to do homework for seven hours after school.

11. What is your opinion on Loki? (From The Avengers, Thor, etc.)

Well, I’ve never seen the Avengers or Thor, and I’m not really familiar with either (I’m sorry, don’t hurt me!) Just not my thing, I guess. Although, I did read Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer a while ago, and Loki might have been mentioned somewhere? I also looked up his little “definition” in the back of that book and he seemed interesting, so… I suppose that Gods of mischief and magic can be cool.

I am nominating:

My Questions:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What is one thing that you wished you knew when you started blogging and why?
  3. What are your top five favorite books or series?
  4. What is your favorite dessert?
  5. What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
  6. If you could bring to life a book or movie character for one day, who would you choose? What would you do with them?
  7. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  8. Do you like spending time outdoors?
  9. What kinds of shoes do you usually wear?
  10. What would your dream home look like?
  11. What is a fandom that you are envious of?