The Book Fangirling Blog Award


Hello! Charley @ booksandbakes1 nominated me for this award this month, so thank you, Charley!!

Here states the rules:

  1. Create a post to accept your award
  2. Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit the fangirling blog for the award button.
  3. Answer the questions I have below.
  4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers who you think also deserves this award.
  5. Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

So without further ado… here are Charley’s questions for me:

  1. Which is the best book you’ve read in 2015?
    The Raven Cycle — specifically The Dream Thieves. (Surprise!!!!!)
  2. Is there a genre that you tend to shy away from? Why is this and what would make you try it?
    Usually I say erotica for obvious reasons, but this time I’ll say contemporary because I actually dip my toes in the water for that genre. Many books I’ve read are considered  contemporary, but it’s usually a murder mystery/thriller, etc. It’s particularly the romance in contemporaries that makes me shy away.
  3. E-reader or book paper?
    Definitely physical copies. For e-reader, I can only read e-books on my laptop and I’m usually doing other things rather than actually reading it. Plus I tend to reader e-books a lot slower.
  4. What makes you love a book?
    The characters/character development is a big thing for me. If I really relate to them, even if it’s the smallest things. And for the character development, I love when it’s a big change (as long as it’s not to where you can’t even recognize the person anymore). As for the plot, I don’t think I found yet what actually makes me love it.
  5. Do you have a favorite reading snack?
    No, nothing specific. Sometimes I read while I’m eating and that’s just whatever I’m eating at that moment.

My questions:

  1. Which one character do you think you are most like?
  2. If you could do a mashup of two books, whether it be just for the characters or the world or both, which ones would it be?
  3. What’s your favorite holiday?
  4. Recently I took a risk by getting my hair cut short after always having long hair. What’s a decision you’ve had to make that could have affected you negatively in the outcome, but didn’t?
  5. What’s the one book that always comes to mind first when recommending reads to others?

I nominate:
Cristina @ tinyobsessions
Ariana @ TheQuirkyBooknerd
Syc @ The Lit Mermaid
Elly @ Hufflepuffthoughts
Katie @ IntotheBookcase

Feel free to disregard if you’ve already done this!


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Holidays | On a personal note

Hello and happy Thanksgiving! All week I’ve been seeing blog posts and tweets about everything people are thankful for and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Buuuuut, the holidays make me emotional now. I cry over something I typically wouldn’t cry about which I don’t cry about much anymore, in general.

The holidays were ruined for me years ago and it’s sad, what it’s become. I’m not saying I’m not thankful or grateful; I’m so thankful for everything I have in my life.

  • I have a best friend of over 10 years who has been there for me through practically everything since I was eight years old.
  • My best friend and her parents let me move in when I couldn’t take living at home anymore; they’ve given me food when I didn’t have any, they’ve bought me clothes and shoes when I needed them, they’ve given me their love and support throughout the years, and most of all, they’ve stuck around.
  • I’m thankful that I still have my mom despite what has happened in the past few years.
  • I’m so so thankful for my dog, who I thought we were gonna lose around this time last year. She’s another best friend to me and has been here since I was six years old. Fourteen years and although she’s in pain sometimes, she’s still going strong.
  • I’m thankful for the job I have and all of my belongings that I certainly don’t need but was able to buy.

When it comes to the holidays, though, I become depressed because it’s nothing like when I was younger. Of course things change, but I never imagined it would be like this now.

I think of Thanksgiving and I just think of another day where you just eat a meal that you may not normally eat on a regular basis.

Though, when it comes to Christmas, that’s the worst of all. If I had to describe what Christmas is to me, it’s the sight of piles of snow that is so hard to walk in. It’s the sound of kids playing and adults laughing and talking from in the kitchen. It’s the smell of different perfumes and colognes blending together along with the smell of food and beer. It’s the time that you have Christmas three different times at three different houses and it doesn’t matter that it’s actually a week before or a couple days after, because you get to see the family you haven’t seen in a year and you’re all chattering and joking around by the tree with Christmas movies playing in the background. It’s when you’re all sitting around opening presents and you start talking about memories from years ago.

That’s what Christmas is to me and it makes me so upset that I’ll never have that again.

So maybe this is more about Christmas than Thanksgiving, but it’s been on my mind for a week now and it’s so good to finally have somewhere to put it down. Thank you if you’ve made it this far and thanks for just taking the time out of your day to even pay any attention at all to this post.

What do the holidays mean to you? Do you have any great memories from previous years? Is there anything special you and/or your family does to celebrate?

Again, happy Thanksgiving! ☺


 

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Authors I haven’t experienced yet

authors i have yet to read

Hey friends! Once again I’m gonna apologize for my lack of activity. I’ve just been so unmotivated to do things. Anywho, happy Thanksgiving to you!! And if you don’t celebrate or aren’t celebrating today, then I hope things are good and you’re having a nice day! 😄

I’ve seen this topic floating around recently on Youtube and thought it would be a fun post, also since I haven’t been participating in Top 5 Wednesday I thought it would be acceptable. So let’s get on with it, then.

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Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey


Jasper Jones
Jasper Jones
by Craig Silvey
Series: No
Published: April 5th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published March 31st 2009)
Pages: 310pg.
Format: Hardcover / Source: Borrowed
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction

Goodreads synopsis:
Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie’s help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night.

Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

4 stars

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Pundays #5

Hello! I know I missed last weekend’s post, unfortunately. I’ve been so busy lately and so much has been going on. I feel like I haven’t posted anything in a while, even though I posted my monthly wrap up not too long ago. I do have a couple blog post ideas planned out, though, you guys! So I promise I’m not going to randomly abandon you one of these days. But here I am, back again, with yet another one that I hope will bring a smile to your face and brighten your day. I thought this one was relevant since the colder days are now upon us. Enjoy! 😊

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October 2015 Wrap-up

Hello! Can you believe it’s already November?! You know what that means… It’s the start of NaNo! (I know, I know, you’re probably tired of hearing that by now, aren’t you?) But also, there’s only two months left of this year. WHAT?! How is that possible? This month’s been quite a ride, though, so I’m glad it’s over.

Books read:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)   Minotaur   Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking   The Bell Jars

All the Rage   Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1   A Work in Progress

Reviews:

Memes:

Pundays (I started a thing):

Other:


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Mini DNF Reviews

Hey friends! I’ve been thinking about sharing with you books I’ve started reading this month but didn’t finish so that is what this is, in case you’re interested. Normally I try to read the books all the way through, but with Nano on the way, I wanted to read as much as I could and these few just weren’t keeping my attention so I moved on. Below you’ll find some mini reviews of said books! 😊

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