500 Followers Q&A + GIVEAWAY!

Hello readers! Today is like HISTORY for Between the Pages, because we just reached 500 followers! And, the timing was just right, since it’s just about our one year blog-a-versary! Someone pull a party popper over my laptop please.

Giveaway Información!

SO, I decided to do my first giveaway for this momentous event, because I owe my readers big time for always being there to fangirl about books to.
PRESS THE BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD TO ENTER 👇

**the link for the third entry is BROKEN, please press HERE for the correct link!!**

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I will be announcing the winner next Saturday, and will e-mail them a $20 e-giftcard for B&N! You must have a WordPress blog to enter, so I can notify the winner via blog commenting, just to ensure the giftcard doesn’t get lost in some random inbox…

Because Barnes & Noble ships internationally, any blogger can enter! :))


Q&A!

Twin Bookmarks: If you we’re trapped on an Island 🏝 forever which book 🕮 would you take and why?

Hmmm I would say Lady Midnight. OR maybe The Book Thief, but that’s kinda a sad one. First of all, Lady Midnight is amazingly thick, and the characters would be the closest things to friends, because of their personalities.

The Writing Recipes: Do you keep a journal/diary? Why/why not?

No, because I don’t have the time or effort to write in one every day, but I do keep a journal for travel, because it’s really interesting to read your experiences in writing more vivid than your memory. I got this cute notebook for Christmas, and was like, “I’m NOT going to ruin this. I’ll use it as a journal, and not fail by suddenly not writing in it.” An oath was made that day.

Care Free Manatee: Do you ever think you will write a book? What genre would it be in?

Maybe. I mean, I would love to write a book, but I can only imagine how hard it must be to come up with an idea. I would definitely write a Young Adult book. (Unrelevant to my prior statements:) Something I have noticed is that your writing as an author merely has to be decent to write a YA novel, because it’s obviously written mainly for young adults who can’t comprehend writing like adults can. This means that if you have a great idea for your story, writing it is much easier for a YA genre.

Whimsically Meghan: Do you see yourself blogging for the years to come?

YES. I hope that I never have to give blogging up for school. It would make me so sad!

Penelope Crumb: Who was your first follower?

Ooh I know this but I forget the website URL. *going through all of my followers to the very end…* Okayyy FINALLY. My first ever follower was Senna @sameraketto!

Gracie Chick: Describe yourself in five words.

Oh my. This seems to be the favorite question at interviews, from my experience. Well, here’s a very rough answer: book addict, (yet) athletic, determined, and friendly. Yeah, I’m bad at this. But you know what? At least I’m sure I’m friendly. If you disagree…please just…UNFOLLOW. (IT PAINS ME TO SAY THAT) But please kindly wait to unfollow until I reach 501. Then you are free to go. 😢

Jeannette: If you won $5,000, what would you spend it on?

Um. BOOKS. Approximately 277 hardcovers to be precise. *please excuse my sass*

The Geck Online: How long have you been blogging for?

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One full year minus 22 days! My blog has just changed so much, and it has changed into an entirely different person. The experience has been incredible. *sobs dramatically*

Pictured on the left is my one year blog-a-versary gift to myself! I have a nice empty piece of wall space where I plan to hang it up. (just want to clarify that I am joking here, since it’s still in my Amazon shopping cart.) Okay I’m actually kidding about everything guys, I don’t want you to think I’m that extra.

Lively Pages: A fantasy book that made you cry?

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THE DARK ARTIFICES are pure amazingness and there’s nothing on this earth like it. Seriously read it, but always remember to read TMI first, children!  (God how many times am I going to mention this book?!)

I actually don’t particularly remember crying over either of the TDA books, but honestly, you’d have to be heartless not to. Also you are heartless if you pass up the chance to make the number of likes on someone’s blog post a multiple of ten. Pure evil. (I know I had an inside joke about that with someone, but lord knows who.) Especially since my last blog post is at 59. Help guys!

My Bookish Life: Sunset or Sunrise?

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Getting emotional over this picture because I’m dying to be there. Meanwhile in New England…it’s absolutely BOILING HOT. *checks weather app* WOAH SIXTY DEGREES? THIS IS MADNESS.

I mean, after all it’s ONLY JUNE 4TH. I’m so distraught over the weather so far! There have been a few days in the eighties, but it hasn’t warmed up any since April for the most part. Currently wishing I carried out that plan to run away while on vacation…

And the biggest question of all…

Shouni: If Tessa, Clary and Emma were all in mortal peril and you could save one of them, who would it be?

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Oh god. It would have to be Emma. I feel like my answer is slightly biased though, since I just finished Lord of Shadows on Sunday. Speaking of which, I REALLY want to review that book, but it’s a sequel, (I dislike reviewing sequels for so many reasons) and I never even reviewed Lady Midnight soooo…

Back to Emma: She’s like my fictional idol. I don’t even know what to say lol. She’s just totally amazing. And then when her and Julian are doing pretty much ANYTHING together, it’s like the best thing in the world. They walk into the room together, **(high pitched) ahhhhhhh**. Not because they’re cute (although that too) but because they’re like power and fierceness and perfect warriors when they have eachother’s backs. You are probably high-key (is that even a thing??) judging me if you haven’t read TDA. If you have: yay you can fangirl with me over Emma and Jules!

Many thanks to the awesome bloggers who took the time to comment those questions! Also thanks to just everyone for getting my blog to 500 followers, you guys are so amazinggggg!!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Book Tag: WHAT CATS DO

Hello my reading peeps! (I’ve always wanted to start off a blog post with that. Also I wrote this post on a Wednesday, so just go along with the next part.) It’s Wednesday! (prepare yourselves for a motivational speech in 3…2…1…) APPRECIATE Wednesdays; it’s the day of the week when it’s finally nearing the end half. How exciting!

Okay I could just about write an essay of an introduction about Wednesdays, but first… Thank you to my fave bookish twins @TwinBookmarks for tagging me! Hit their link, because, to sum everything up, they are awesome people with an awesome book blog so just do it! Well I sound ridiculous, but I tell no lies.


The Rules:


Moving onto…

WHAT CATS DO:

They sleep. Oh yeah, and eat.

AKA living my dream life.

Kidding!

Kinda.

Okay not really.

 


Purr – as cats do when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happy or relaxed?

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The Land of Stories series! I read these way back in the fifth grade, and the newest one came out this year; I had no shame in reading it! This is probably the only book that’s not YA that I’ve read in years. It is basically one of those books that is a twist on some world renown fairy tale, BUT this series is ALL of the fairy tales you know, in one amazing clump of pages. You’ll probably think it sounds lame, but trust me, it’s not. It recreates some of the characters, and gives them personalities you could NEVER imagine them having (for example, Goldilocks is a kick-butt criminal, and Little Red Riding Hood is a spoiled, extra, boss Queen who is my idol). I love this series to death. The characters feel like your actual friends by the end and…Okay erm I sound pretty pathetic. Onto the next question!!

Sleep – what is a book that put you to sleep, or was just boring?

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I hate to say it but, my answer is a super hyped over book: Matched. It took me such a long time to finish, that in fact, I stopped reading it for a few weeks and then picked it up again to finally finish. I don’t know, it didn’t really appeal to me as that interesting. I thought the idea was good, but the more I read on I questioned their whole society, and it just seemed more ridiculous. It would take me a while to explain but a society like that would simply never function. People wouldn’t fall in love with strangers they are assigned to and go along with it! That practically defeats the definition of love entirely. Which I know is the point of the book, but WHATEVER.

Twitch While Dreaming – have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

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This is a pretty interesting question. But to be honest, what bookworm hasn’t dreamt of a book?! I knew I had, but I forgot which one for a while. It was Maximum Ride, because, if you didn’t know, I used to have a ridiculous obsession over the manga series. It was actually unhealthy. The series was a literal poison to my head, given it was all I would EVER think about for a year. You guys don’t even understand the obsession status I had with this series; it was something almost none of you have probably dealt with before. You THINK you are obsessed with a book, unless you knew me when I was twelve. I would draw pictures of them, create endless fanfiction, reread the books every night (not an exaggeration at all), hang up quotes on the wall, and at one point I was fixed on memorizing every line in the first book. I would consider their existence. There is so much more I’m not even going to tell you all, because it will probably scare you. WOW AGH NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS OBSESSED.

There isn’t a book I am more obsessed with now than that series, and my love for reading has only grown.

Seems to Play Nice…until the claws are out – which book had the biggest plot twist?

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Not just City of Bones in particular, but the WHOLE TMI series is full of plot twists that mostly consist of dead people being not dead, not gonna lie…

This book is full of messed up family complications, and it’s amazing and I love it. I have learnt not to judge a book by it’s cover from this, because I HATE the cover more than anything. They didn’t even get the hair right!! Well, technically they did, but, despite Cassandra Clare’s description of Jace, I imagine him with short hair like he has in the show. (Bad bookworm!)

Cuddles – which book character would you give a hug to?

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Almost anyone in The Book Thief. The main characters are all so innocent, but they’re Germans, (who live during WWII) which leads a lot of people directly to the assuming, “They must be evil because they live in Germany and that’s where the Nazis came from!” Well that’s not at all true because the people in Germany were struggling too during those times, and so that leads us to the story that focuses around Liesel and Rudy. They are merely children living in the midst of the chaos, and ahhhh you only will understand if you’ve read it! If you have, wouldn’t you want to give Rudy or Liesel or Hans, a hug too?!

Catnip what’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

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Ahaha I could compose an endless list of books that make me feel warm and fuzzy, but one that stands out, is The Unexpected Everything. It’s your typical Morgan Matson, cute predictable, little contemporary, book, that you can’t help but love (there is a fine line between cheesy and cute contemporaries people). The protagonist, Andy, lives woth her father, who is a big political figure. She is expected to do everything perfect so that she doesn’t ruin her Dad’s reputation. Andy escapes the judgmental world of her Dad and the press, and gets a job as a dog walker. Sounds boring right? Matson incorporates problems with friends, family, and not just Andy’s love life, that makes me love this book. Not to mention the cover. 👌

Cat Breeds – what are your favorite books?

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No explanation necessary, just read them and love them, so we can fangirl together! Side note: you MUST read The Mortal Instruments (yes all of them) before reading Lady Midnight, because if you don’t, well, HAVE FUN GETTING LOST. In fact, VERY lost. You’re welcome for making a meme to teach you guys a lesson.

The Vet’s Office – least favorite book:

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Ew ew ew ew ew. (*1,000) This was my friend’s favorite book so I decided, hmmm it can’t hurt to try it! A lot of people love this book, so if any of you are reading this right now, please spare yourselves and leave because I am about to do some major hating on this book.

Everything about The Start of Me and You made me want to find a lighter and burn it into ashes (unfortunately it was a library book). It is the cheesiest romance imaginable. I won’t even go into details right now, because they are in the answer to the question below! Voila!

 

Being in Places They Shouldn’t – least favorite cliche:

When the protagonist is crushing on the coolest kid in school, and they’re like EW I DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE. ESPECIALLY THAT DORK. And thennnn…BOOM she falls in love with the dork a week later because she disovers that the cool kid isn’t actually that cool and the dorky boy is all she ever wanted in life. (example above) I also hate how predictable half of the contemporaries in existence are. I can appreciate romance, but it’s hard for me to appreciate it when it’s in a book alone. Let’s say x is equivalent to any other genre, and here’s the math:

Contemporary = 50% (🙅)

Contemporary + x = 90% (😁)

Final Question: The Good Old Cardboard Box – most underrated book series:

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This is mostly a kids book, (for 4-5-6 graders?) but OMG they are amazing. You have to believe me. They were like the Land of Stories series but better. There are about ten in the series, so I can’t fit them all on here! The third book, The Problem Child was my favorite: it was basically about a messed up version of Red Riding Hood who lives in an asylum and wants to take over the world? As I mentioned before, this is a children’s book, but if anyone wants to read them now, it wouldn’t suck. For a not-ten-year-old. That’s pretty good if you ask me.

I Tag:

thegeckoonline | sydneysshelves | emiesnook | adventuringirl | Shouni | Purely Olivia | Marie | KrystiYAandWine | Book Snacks

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The Would You Rather Book Tag (my own creation!)

Hello readers! Last night I was inspired by the lovely Brooke @FoodandFunStuff, to create a Would You Rather Book Tag! So yes, to answer your question, ultimately, I did tag myself. There’s no shame in tagging yourself guys! (That was a shout out to me one year ago.)

Would you rather…

  1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

    I would choose to have a 5,000 dollar Barnes and Noble giftcard because I personally have a hate for reading on electronic devices…It’s just not the real thing, you know?

  2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

    I would meet a deceased poet, because finding out their inspirations for certain poems could be quite interesting. We assume that a good handful of them were a little um crazy, so sometimes no one knows why or how they came up with their stories and poems.

  3.  Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

    I would have to say that I would write the world’s most famous book; afterall the words on the pages alone are meant to transport you into the story. Not literally, but close.

  4. Choose          or        ? (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

    I would choose Gale between Peeta and Gale. It’s kind of an on going war about who is better between my friends and I…😂 There are numerous reasons why I think Katniss should have ended up with Gale, but I won’t get into that right now!

  5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost. 

    This is probably one of the hardest questions in this tag…Forgive me, but I think I would rather travel around the world for a year, because it’s simply real. Don’t get me wrong; the whole idea of Hogwarts in VR would be crazy amazing!!

I Tag:

FoodandFunStuff | Scamander’s Suitcase | Purely Olivia | Forever and Everly | Enchanted Rantings | Kirsty Chronicles | Read in a Flash | By Hook or By Book | Books and Opinions | Sydney’s Shelves | The Orangutan Librarian | Twin Bookmarks | Bionic Bookworm | Fish that Reads | The Writing Recipes | Meghan | Painfully Fictional | If you were not tagged, I now officially tag YOU.

I’m not sure if this tag I made will actually catch on, but if you DO choose to do it, feel free to use the tag image I designed, located at the top of this post :). No pressure on anyone, but I would really appreciate it if you spread this tag! Enjoy!

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The Candy Book Tag 🍭

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 @LivalittleTheGeckOnline/ Dory @Fishthatreads/ Shouni @Throughthebookportal/ Hannah @Bookfreakout/ Icebreaker694/ Richard @TheHumpoShow/ Gracie Chick @ALightintheDarkness/ Beware of the Reader

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The Liebster Award

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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:

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

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May @ForeverandEverly

Newt @Scamander’ssuitcase

Thegeckoonline @Theverypunnyblog

Thoughtsinlife

Ivy and Em @Twogirlstwomountains

Stephanie and Angelica @Queenwolfsbookobsessions

Ava @Sweetsaltycupcakes

lovesarah

Celebrating the Little Things tag

Hi! Thank you @TravelingInsideBooks for tagging me. (Please go check out her blog!) I honestly don’t know why, but the theme seems to be emojis today, haha.

Who was your very first follower (if you can find them?) Tag them and give them a shout out!

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Back in June I had my very first follower, which was Senna @TheRacket-RotterChronicles! I was pretty happy…I was so amazed that someone actually wanted to read what I wrote. 🙂

What was the last milestone you reached?

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Back in the summer, I had set a goal that I visioned to accomplish by 2017. The goal was receiving over 100 followers, and it did come true, all thanks to my readers.

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

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I believe it was the preset ‘Hello World‘ post, featuring my writing about how I was super new to blogging, technologically lost, etcetera.

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

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Paper Pen Scribbles, I appreciate your follow!!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

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My last post was a book review for It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick, and the first liker was Sophia @Of Pens and Paper. Thank you Sophia!

Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

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None that I personally know, but I have met countless awesome bloggers across the web, it’s crazy. I did do a collab blog post with Megan @BookslayerReads awhile back. Plus my best friend has access to this blog, if she is ever is in the mood to blog about something…maybe sometime soon 🙂

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

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It was the Beauty and the Beast book tag, created by Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read.

(I originally guessed at how many people I was supposed to tag, but I have figured out it is 10, so you may notice I added few people!) I tag:

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Jasmine @HowUsefulItIs

Newt @Scamander’s Suitcase

Debby @AlwaysBooking

Sophie @StarryEyedStudent

Karen @GeekSneakPeek

Birchsilver @OfPensandPaper

Alex @WhimsyPages

Emma @BooksForgetMeNot

The Orangutang Library

Bye for now!

lovesarah

 

Beauty & The Beast Tag

Hey everybody! Thank you Maria @MyParisianBookshelf, for welcoming me to do this tag. If you’d like, you can too! Who else is super excited for the remaking of this movie, starring Emma Watson ?

Belle – A book you bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside.

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Certainly Between Shades of Gray,  although there are actually two different covers for this book, and you may recognize the other one, which has a leaf on it. This novel is about WW2, and is pleasantly intriguing, even for those who aren’t into the the history genre.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but that pleasantly surprised you.

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Being a devoted fan of fantasy, I can easily say this is the absolute best fantasy novel I have read in all my time. I don’t particularly like any of the covers in the series, and I prefer the  more unpopular version of the covers that are decorated in feathers. Basically this book is the non-Twilight-ripoff that never existed.

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t.

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Given that this was a New York Times Bestseller, and was made into a movie, it is a very popular YA book. I didn’t get through the first novel, The Maze Runner, very quickly, and I reached about halfway through the second before I stopped. It had a good idea, but I think that the writing wasn’t very captivating.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

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I preferred the main character’s (Andie) best friend, Palmer, better. I assume that this is because Palmer always had such a uplifting personality throughout the book, meanwhile Andie was partially missing this quality, due to her fairly awful childhood.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

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If you ask me, this is at the height of value that I have found in a YA book. The main character, Cadence, is very wise for a young girl. She does tend to overthink a lot of stuff throughout the book, but she is generally very thoughtful. She teaches you what is essential in life, although she gets carried away thinking that the small things don’t count.

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

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Oh my. This probably sounds a little sad, but I am assuming I have thought about this many times before. I would probably invite Clary from the Mortal Instruments, mostly because if she were real than so would the shadowhunting world. My point is that it would be pretty cool if she could tell me about their world. Even if it may mean that ours would be overpopulated with demons someday…Wow that escalated quickly! (it’s a mortal instruments inside joke…)

Thank you,

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The Reader Confessions Tag

Hello everyone, good afternoon! I know that this is my second tag in a row but this one is just too tempting to leave undone. Amanda @HangingwithAmanda tagged anyone who’d like to participate, so join!

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Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes, one in the history of my entire wondrous, book-filled-life. I was at the  waterpark at a ski mountain last winter, and brought along Life as I Knew It. (It had been so good, I couldn’t put it down!) Afterwards, I accidentally threw the book into the main section of the bag, along with my soaked swimsuit! 😦

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope. In second grade I thought I had lost an Ivy and Bean book from the library though, but I ended up finding it under my bed from a late night of reading…thankfully!

Books that you haven’t finished?

Um, too many? The Fifth Wave, The Maze Runner Series, Illuminae, etc. I actually made a post on it, haha…that’s actually pretty sad.

Hyped popular books that you don’t like?

Not particularly, but I definitely wasn’t a fan of The Maze Runner. It took me forever to get through.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Nah, I enjoy spreading the joy of each novel I read to all of you!

How many books do you own?

For someone who doesn’t enjoy reading, it may seem like a lot, but honestly not that many. Strangely enough, I only just recently began to stock up on books. I like borrowing from the library, a good amount of the time.

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I’d say fast. Unless it is a book that is really deep with it’s words, and more of a poetic style.

Do you like to buddy read?

No, we all have different tastes, and it is much too suspenseful to stop at each chapter every night!

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Definitely in my head. My brain moves much faster then my mouth, so I’m pretty impatient with reading aloud.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what one and why?

We Were Liars. I reread it constantly because it’s just written so beautifully.

Like Amanda, I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this one!

♥Sarah♥