The Candy Book Tag đŸ­

Hello readers!! Today I was nominated for the Candy Book Tag, by Eva @BrilliantlyBookish, who also let me borrow her beautiful graphic designs for this tag! Thank you Eva; please visit her fabulous blog! Also, I know I haven’t been blogging for almost the past two weeks, because I had no wifi available. Worst two weeks of my LIFE. No not really, I was on vacation hehe.

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This might sound ridiculous but To See A Watchman. If you don’t know, it was written before To Kill A Mockingbird, except that her sister didn’t like the book. Harper published it after her sister passed away, and therefore it is now considered a sequel to most people. It probably does have almost, or just as much meaning as TKAM, but I couldn’t even bring myself to finishing it.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book was my favorite a long time ago when I wasn’t exposed to any not-extremely-hyped-over YA. Because it’s so popular though, everyone loves it of course, and if you haven’t read it yet, your missing out in a way. Even if you didn’t end up enjoying it, the book is just such a big deal in the YA world, you’ll be glad you did read it.

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The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman. I had to read this book for school, and it felt repetitive and bored me. It had the lamest love triangle, and to make it worse, the characters were simply a pain in the neck clueless. The idea of the book was fine, but the way it was put together is definitely not preferable. Contrarily, I’m reading Scythe, which is by the same author, and it’s absolutely amazing. Given this, I think that Shusterman’s writing is good, but I just did’t like the characters.

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I’m not big on contemporary novels, so I’d have to say Lady Midnight. I just finished it on Wednesday, and let’s just say it’s AMAZING. All the Morgan Matson books are really good too, my favorite being The Unexpected Everything. It’s one of the only books where I actually liked ALL the characters haha.

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Oh my, another genre I don’t read very often. The last horror novel I read was Project Seventeen, which was actually pretty spooky. It is about a scandalous little group of high schoolers who wish to camp out at an old asylum, before it gets knocked down. As you may guess, the asylum is super haunted, and it’s full of unsettling ghosts, disturbing dolls, etc.

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This would have to be the Matched trilogy. In my opinion, the book moved along super slow, and nothing drastic happened until the end. If the ending was as exciting as it was, I would have never finished it. I’m definitely glad I did though; I’d feel like I was missing out if I hadn’t, even if I didn’t love the book.

This would be The Witches by Roald Dahl,  even though the cover is a little weird. I first read it when I was about 9 maybe, and I found it fascinating…It attracted my attention, and so I read the book quickly after that. I loved the story of course; it is such a funny book, and I recommend that everyone should read it.

Ah, I almost forgot to tag people! I tag:

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Desert Island Discs Tag

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Hello readers! Thank you Nadwa @PainfullyFictional for tagging me! If possible, swing by her lovely blog please. A book review is coming soon (Maus!), I promise; I’ve hardly reviewed any of the books I’ve read this this spring…whoops!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS…

  • Link back to my (BookBum’s) original post, so I can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my url)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

PREMISE OF DESERT ISLAND DISCS…

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

MY ANSWERS…


The 5 Albums:

All these songs are extremely hyped over, but I don’t really have a super unique nor specific music taste…I’ve heard too much of Taylor’s newest album, 1989, and basically all of the Selena Gomez throwbacks, but her Revival album is so good it can’t even get on my nerves. I know, I know, Issues is a single but Julia’s voice in that song is just so PERFECT. On an off-note, Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray would be the perfect song for We Were Liars if it were to become a movie. No, I don’t make playlists for nonexistent movies in my free time. Yet.

 


The Book

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Although it’s up there, this is not my all time favorite book. But this is pretty much the only one that I could actually really enjoy rereading over and over and over again; the length is perfect. Every time I reread it I think I would interpret something new about the book. The writing, the characters, the heartbreak; it can’t even put it into words. I could never get sick of The Book Thief.

Lastly, if you have never read this, my only advice to you is: STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND SPEED AT ABOUT 100 MPH TO THE CLOSEST B&N. (If you have a license. Although that won’t really matter because you probably won’t have one after this anyways.) If you do this, didn’t enjoy the book, and generally feel it was a waste of money, just know I feel sorry about that pricey speeding fine you received.

The Item

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Chewing gum. I wasn’t really sure what do, and almost chose a pillow or blanket but that’s a pretty boring choice. (Not that that would matter if I was actually being banished to an island lol.) I can just space out and need no entertainment if I have a piece of gum in my mouth. Honestly. Sometimes I can do that in school pretty well, until I am told to walk to the trash and spit it out. Jeez, all those stupid kids who stuck gum under desks…THEORY: Maybe more gum is stuck under the desks because the kids know they’ll get called out on if they get up to throw it away. Okay I’ll shut up now…gum can only be rambled about for so long.

I Tag

Swetlana @Readingthroughthenights/ Liv @Livalittle/ TheGeckOnline/ Dory @Fishthatreads/ Shouni @Throughthebookportal/ Hannah @Bookfreakout/ Icebreaker694/ Richard @TheHumpoShow/ Gracie Chick @ALightintheDarkness/ Beware of the Reader

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Let’s discuss: WHY BLOGGING?

Okay, the past year would’ve (honestly) been pretty different without blogging. I hope it’s the same for you guys! Today I just wanted to have a quick discussion on why I choose to blog.

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My younger sister (Ava) has a passion for baking, and last summer my mom suggested she start a website for selling cupcakes to friends. Ava began designing her website, and I thought that it would be literally the coolest thing ever, to have my own little corner of the internet.

I simply wanted to make a website; at that moment I had no intent for the content, I just wanted to be involved with the technology, I suppose. My mom told me I should create a reading blog, and so it was decided. It has officially been ten months of consistent blogging, already! Crazily enough, while stepping into the blogosphere I had absolutely no idea that book blogging was such a huge thing!

Why

Reading is and always has been adventure, and thrill, and amusement for me (It’s tempting to say life, but that’s personally a step to far for me hehe). When I’m not blogging about books, you can find me reading them 99% of the time.

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When I first designed my blog, the structure I chose made it an very unattractive looking blog, but to be honest, I had no history in graphic designs or basically anything technological, so I can’t really blame myself that much. It took me SIX MONTHS to finally figure out what I had to do in order to gain traffic. Boy did it feel a lot better to look at my stats a month later!

Speaking of which…maybe this is a huge time cram, but I’m hoping for 500 followers by summer vacation?! I think I believe it’s possible, but on another note, to all my current followers, thank you so much (and I really mean it)!! The mornings I turn on my phone to a new follower, I get ridiculously excited. Yes, even after 340 follow notifications, trust me, I still do a little victory dance for every new follower. That’s me weird way of saying I really appreciate it, so thank you to all my readers :))

 

WHY DO YOU BLOG?

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We Are Okay//Nina Lacour: not your typical YA novel

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Publisher: Dutton Books

Publication date: February 14, 2017

Pages: 240

“So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.” —Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

 

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“You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.”  ~Nina LaCour, We Are Okay

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I feel like this book deserves more than four stars, but there’s one thing that just makes it not quite there: the characters. I felt very passionate for Mabel and Marin (our main characters), throughout the entire book, but I didn’t fall in love with their personalities. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t necessarily bad people, and I don’t really know how to put a finger on it: there was just nothing that extraordinary that made them stick out.

“I thought that it was more likely the opposite. I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to make the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.”

Now that the negative thoughts are spoken of…there is SO MUCH I loved about this book! First off, the writing was unique, gorgeous, and perfected artwork. Nothing like most YA books I’ve read; I just finished The Book Thief, and personally, I thought the writing in We Are Okay was just as exceptional. The story jumps through time, and at the end of the book, all the mysteries are cleverly explained…which means there’s a huge plot twist (this is my favorite thing in books). Also, the writing was somewhat poetic; if you enjoyed We Were Liars, you will love this!!

It’s a dark place, not knowing.
It’s difficult to surrender to.
But I guess it’s where we live most of the time. I guess it’s where we all live, so maybe it doesn’t have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.

What’s your favorite type of book?

The Liebster Award

First off, and most importantly, thank you Emma @It’s a Reader’s Life for nominating me! Click on that link to her blog, for (seriously addictive) bookish posts!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they wrote for you.
  3. Nominate 11 people.
  4. Give them your set of 11 questions to answer.

Emma’s Questions:

Why did you start a blog?

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My little sister started a blog for baking, and I thought: ‘Oh that’s so cool! I think I want to make a blog too!’ My mom suggested the idea of running a reading blog, and so it was decided I guess.

If you could have dinner with any author, who would you choose and why?

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E. Lockhart. Her novel, We Were Liars, is so clever and artfully put together; I would die to hear where her inspiration came from. In addition, there is the whole ghosts or hallucinations theory debate, and I would love to hear her input on that. Lastly, her story behind why she picked that title, because apparently the publishers made her get rid of the chapter that explained it since it was too ‘dull’.

What’s your favourite season to read in?

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Summer! I am a huge fan of winter, but I love going outside in the warm weather with a cold drink, to just chill on the patio or even the beach, while reading a good book.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

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I volunteer at this science center (it’s right on the coast) during the summer. I did it for high school volunteering hours last summer, and worked at the touch tank. If you don’t know, it is a clear tank full of tide pool animals like star fish or hermit crabs that visitors can touch or hold. It became pretty un-amusing by the end of August. Over Christmas break I helped with the kindergarten camp, and that was really fun so I plan on doing that instead, this summer.

Whats your favourite genre and why?

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Young Adult fiction as a genre. More specifically I prefer books that jump back and forth through time, and are like a puzzle that you don’t piece together until the end. I find it amusing to reread it and feel like a genius when I connect the dots hahaha.

Apart from reading and blogging, what do you do in your spare time?

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Um, is it bad to say that I think that is where all my time goes? Just kidding, but that’s almost true! I do gymnastics competitively all year round, volleyball in the fall, skiing in the winter, and track in the spring (I’m kinda only in it for the hurdles and hanging out with friends). I also have a passion for sketching, but it’s died off a little lately, with blogging and school.

Where are you from?

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New England. A lot of bloggers I meet are from the UK, and I’m so jealous of you guys, because (ok this will sound pretty stupid but) words are spelled so much prettier your way. ‘Favorite’ ew. ‘Favourite’ PERFECTION. Hmm I guess I’m a little OCD about the way things are spelled??

Film and TV adaptations. Yay or no?

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Mostly yes. I love seeing books come to life, it’s amazing. It’s just books that I die hard love, that I don’t like to see the movie/tv show. I’m still scared to see the Book Thief!

If you could live in any country, where would you live?

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Switzerland would be awesome (just for the skiing haha), but I’d rather stay in the US, and go to Northern California. In between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Well, now you all know where to stalk me in a few decades.

10. Do you have a fictional bf/gf?

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Duh. It’s the one and only Gat Patil. Ugh he’s so perfect I wouldn’t be surprised if I died a lonely widow. Nobody can live up to him, sorry. (I’m probably scaring my parents)

Whats your favourite thing about the blogging community?

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Interacting with other bloggers, and meeting people from around the world. It’s so amazing.

My Questions:

March Uppercase Unboxing

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Welcome to my very first unboxing post! There might be more to come, but I find subscription boxes kinda expensive, so then again, maybe not. I had been super excited for this to arrive for the past month, especially since it’s my very first piece of book sub mail! Anyways, I can’t wait to show you guys what came in the March Uppercase box (well, bag lol)…Oh yeah, and overall I definitely recommend this, because it’s a fair price and comes with awesome stuff!

 

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What is more fitting than this retelling of Beauty and the Beast,  considering the film (based on the original story)recently came out?! The book follows a young girl named Yeva, who’s father is the closest hunter to undiscovering the Beast’s secrets; at least until he goes missing in the forest one day. Yeva is set out to hunt down her father and his prey. She follows the creature back to it’s mythical home that is destined to bring ruin, and will eventually take down either the Beauty or the Beast.

A beauty deadlier than the beast.

 

So these are all the small bookish items that came in the bag: One ‘Book Hoarder’ sticker, Jane Austen socks, gold foil art, and lastly, two (paper) Bookmarks. Everything is super cute, and I’m glad it’s not just junky stuff that’ll sit around my bedroom; if you know what I mean?

On the socks, there is a quote that reads: “I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like books.” I love them! (I’m actually writing this wearing them lol) The gold foil art is a illustration of a stack of classic books, and I can’t wait to frame it above my bookshelf!

What’s your favorite retelling of a classic?

We Were Liars//e. lockhart

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Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: May 14th, 2014

Pages: 242

Hello! I actually read this book a LONG time ago, but I re-read it all the time. When I wrote the review for this book a year ago, I hadn’t fully comprehended it. Here you have my slightly wittier and more polished version: Oh and the Deluxe Edition is being released this May!!

 

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“We are Sinclairs.

No one is needy.

No one is wrong.

We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Perhaps that is all you need to know.

Except that some of us are liars.”

~e. lockhart, We Were Liars

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This may sound strange, but despite that this is my absolute favorite book, I’ll won’t deny that it has it’s flaws of course. It’s not specifically the deaths that are chosen which bother me (I don’t really complain about those) but rather a character’s change of personality every so often.

The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.

If Gat weren’t in the story, I honestly don’t think this would be my favorite book. He literally holds the best character I’ve ever found in any novel. Cady doesn’t even deserve him, but you do have to acknowledge what she’s suffering from throughout most of the book, and not think “Cady’s an idiot. Why would anyone burn down their grandpa’s house?” You’ll recognize E. Lockhart’s  writing style as simplistic although soon you’ll have to give it some thought; it’s not the type of book you can necessarily mentally whiz through.

If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.

Cadence is often viewed as selfish, which leads to many poor ratings, and I know she is. But it’s bigger than that; you could look at the summary of the book and easily say it’s awful, but you have to comprehend the writing to enjoy it. Depending on how you look at it, this novel tends to have a love/hate reaction.

Do not accept an evil you can change.

Loved or hated it?

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Thriftbooks Haul: $3 books exist!?

BOOKWORMS ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BUYING PERFECTLY PRISTINE BOOKS FOR $20 EACH? If this describes you, here’s your solution to saving a lot of money…

Um so what is this-Thrift Books is an online company that sells some of the cheapest used and even new books that you’ll probably ever find. Over seven million novels of every genre are there for purchase. You’re probably worried that you’ll receive a trashy, thoroughly used book that has been through a laundry washer and was bought in 1972. Well, lucky for us, that’s not the deal.

You can access the condition of the books you are buying, so you know what to expect, and everything else is basically like purchasing from Barnes and Noble. The shipping is FREE. That’s huge, because although you can buy used books from B&N, the shipping is absolutely ridiculous.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (I know, I know I’m awful)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (Might hate it but have to at least give it a try)

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

=$18.49 worth of five novels that were on in good condition with the exception of an occasional fold or other small signs of wear. I bought all books in the ‘ACCEPTABLE’ condition, besides Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars which were ‘LIKE NEW’.

Where do you buy your books?

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The Cramm Award

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Hello everyone! Very recently I was nominated for the Cramm Award by Rainbow Girl @BorntoBeMe , and decided to write the post right away (shocker, I’m usually pretty bad doing tags lol). So go ahead an swing by her blog, and also Liv @theCramm, who created this award!

Rules (because we need them):

  • Include that tidbit about who created this awesome award (With link)
  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • Share three things that motivate you to blog
  • Share three people who inspire you to blog
  • Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  • Answer your challenge question
  • Nominate 10+ bloggers and give them a fun ‘challenge question

Three things that motivate me to blog:

  1. This is a super lame reason but it makes me feel really busy and gives me something to do that is actually productive. I’d rather write on my blog than watch tv any day!
  2. I get to meet all of you awesome people who I can share my love for books with. Yeah that is basically what makes it so fun. I didn’t know that, whatsoever when I first entered the world of WordPress blogging, but also, reading other blogs is so fun and inspirational.
  3. BOOKS, DUH. Whenever I finish one, I have this feeling built inside of me ever since I started blogging that I HAVE to go rant about it right away hehe.

Three people that motivate me to blog:

  1. How about Meghan @Bookslayerreads? First off thank you for commenting on my blog posts all the time, back when I had absolutely no clue what I was doing blogging. To be quick to the point, I would’ve been blogging to only myself without her, so thank you so much! Her blog is the best; she does a great job getting around the blogosphere and writes some of the best quality reviews out there!
  2. Farah @thegirlwithcoffe! The graphic design of her blog is gorgeous; the first moment you are on her page, the temptation to hit the follow button is incredible.
  3. Ava @SweetSaltyCupcakes! Ava had originally given me the idea to start a book blog when she had created her own beforehand. She publishes recipes and pictures of her delicious creations.

One thing I hope to do to change the world:

There a lot of things that I hope to do to change the world, but honestly I’m tell you a fairly minor one. If my blog ever became famous, I think it would be really impactful to review mostly books that make people aware of certain problems people are facing more commonly than you’d think, and prefer. Of course, I can still do that on my blog now, so why not start?

In three days, the internet will stop working. Permanently. No one can fix it. What do you do in those three days?

Whoa. Well.

This isn’t entirely a ‘strategic approach’, but I would satisfy my curiosity by asking any random questions I have about the world, that I may never know without the internet. I would also print out all my stories so I could continue them in notebooks. From then on I can see myself doing a two day all-nighter with my face in front of this computer screen. Even if there was someway to fix it, admittedly I would do the same thing given I’m not any sort of child prodigy yet 😉

My Challenge Question:

If you were forced to choose between losing an arm or never being able to use technology for the rest of your life, which would you prefer to sacrifice?

My Nominations:

Salmaaida @Lifeasatypicalgirl

Grace @Graceellenjones

theorangutanlibrarian

May @ForeverandEverly

Newt @Scamander’ssuitcase

Thegeckoonline @Theverypunnyblog

Thoughtsinlife

Ivy and Em @Twogirlstwomountains

Stephanie and Angelica @Queenwolfsbookobsessions

Ava @Sweetsaltycupcakes

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Draw My (bookish) Life: Sarah @betweenthepages

Hello bloggers! Today I’ll be sharing my very first booktube video, and I’m SO excited! Please do excuse my awful doodling skills and weird voice! I bought the whiteboard in the five dollar section at target about five years ago so it’s not great quality lol.

In advance thank you for watching :))

Have you considered booktubing/what is your existing channel? We’d love to check it out!

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