Second Liebster Award || I Fail at Shipping

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Beautiful Books October 2017

Beautiful books is a meme hosted by Cait @paper fury and Sky @further up and further in in which writers discuss their current writing projects. This time the theme is “Introducing your NaNoWriMo Novel.”

Since I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this November, I’ve opted to write about the first draft I wrote last summer.  Continue reading

Beautiful People: July 2016

Beautiful People is a monthly writing meme hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @Further up and Further in in which writers answer a series of questions about one of their characters. This month I will be focusing on Catrine, a major secondary … Continue reading

Beautiful People: June 2016

Beautiful People is a monthly meme hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @Further up and Further In in which writers answer questions about their characters. This month I’ve chosen Glenda, a major side character in my current work in … Continue reading

Pastry Book Tag

I’d like to thank Windie @ Geek Apprentice for tagging me! This tag was created by @Writing on a Vintage Typewriter.

CROISSANT: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

The Lunar Chronicles

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I don’t love this one as much as I used too, and I wouldn’t say that everyone loves it. However a lot of people do.

Macarons: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it in the end.

Carry On

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I had a little trouble getting into this book as the beginning was so slow, but I ended up reading it very quickly as it picks up after that.

VOL-AU-VENT: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

The Maze Runner

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I had really high expectations for this book, but I just felt too distant from the characters to connect to the story properly.

PAIN-AU-CHOCOLAT: Name a book that you though would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

The Name of the Wind

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I wasn’t expecting this book’s plot to go the way it did. Probably going to get some hate for this, but the whole book I felt like I was waiting for a climax that never really came. So in that way the story was not what I expected.

PROFITEROLE: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

Unwind

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I have to agree with the one who tagged me on this one. The Unwind series does not get enough love.

CROQUEMBOUCHE: Name a book or series that’s completely complex.

The Stormlight Archive

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The fictional world where this series is set is one of the most — if not the most– complex I have ever read about.

NAPOLEON: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

The Maze Runner

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Didn’t really like the second movie, but I enjoyed the first one more than I did the book which, as I’ve mentioned, did not live up to my expectations.

EMPANADA: Name a book that was bittersweet.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

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That ending . . . This is all I can say without spoilers. Anyone who has read this book will know what I mean.

KOLOMPEH: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your own country.

The House of the Scorpion

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This book takes place in a combination of a fictional country located on what is now the border between the US and Mexico and a somewhat futuristic version of Mexico though it is called something else in the book.

PATE-A-CHOUX: Name a food from a book or series that you would like to try.

The Stormlight Archive

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I would like to try some of the foods Lift from the Stormlight Archives steals from the tables of the wealthy.

Spread The Love (of Food)

I tag Kat @book box by Kat and Chelsie @Chelsie’s Book Addiction.

Liebster Award

I’d like to thank Alicia @The Cyborg Knight for the nomination!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 question that the presenter asked you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. You may have to go hunting for these blogs, the idea is to find new blogs and share them with the community.
  • Write 11 questions for the bloggers you nominated to answer
  • Inform the bloggers you nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

Questions Given to me

  • What is your favorite dessert?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  • Think back to your childhood, what is one of your favorite memories?
Clue

Clue board game: Professor Plum in the library with a rope.

When I was twelve I had a birthday party that was essentially a life sized game of Clue. We made personalized invitations assigning each person a name from the board game or additional color themed names. It wasn’t as successful as we would have liked due to lying, but it was still very fun and well put together.

Edit: I’d like to clarify that it was a pretend life sized version of Clue. No one actually died, though we did make a fake crime scene. If it had been real it wouldn’t have been a very happy memory, now would it?

  • Who or what got into reading – why are you the bookworm you are today?
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My well loved edition of The Chronicles of Narnia that helped me get into reading.

I had a hard time learning to read, but have always loved stories. At school I was forced to read books for children younger than my age group because of my low reading level. Thus, books seemed overly simplistic to me until I discovered fantasy books lying around my house. I think it was the Chronicles of Narnia that made me first start to enjoy reading.

  •  What goals do you have for your blog?

I started this blog because I wanted people to talk to about what I was reading. My goal remains the same: to have a place where I can discuss what I’m reading and writing with people who are actually interested in it.

  • If you could be featured by or write for any blog or publication, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to write for just about any famous blog or publication. None in particular come to mind at the moment.

  • You are being sent into space for a year and can only bring one book because of the weight restrictions (no Kindle) what book would you bring?

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I would bring Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. Not sure it would pass the weight restriction because of how huge it is (see above), but I could reread this book for a long time without getting board. If I can bring unpublished books I would bring the next book in the series.

  • What was your favorite subject in school?

History because it’s as close to storytelling and reading as you can get in a class.

  • You can only pick one superpower, what would it be?

I’ve written an entire novel length work from the perspective of a character who can read minds, but that has only made me realize how much I don’t want that ability.

The ability to move objects with my mind would be my choice. It would be extremely helpful to be able to get to objects too far to reach.

  • Coffee or tea?

Tea

  • Dogs or cats?

This is a hard question for me. Probably dogs because I currently have one, but I don’t have a cat.

  • Last question, if you could make enough money to live comfortably no matter what you do, what would your dream job be?

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    Printed draft of one of my works in progress.

Fiction writer, I write novel length works in my spare time, but would love being able to do so full time with no financial pressure.

My Questions for Nominees

  • How has blogging influenced the way you read?
  • What motivated you to start a blog?
  • What has been your favorite thing about blogging so far?
  • How do you decide what to read?
  • What are you currently reading, or if you’re not reading anything at the moment what is the last book you read?
  • If you could have an advanced copy of any book that has not yet been released which book would you choose?
  • Do you prefer ebooks, audio books, or physical books?
  • If you could interview any author who would you chose?
  • Which currently unadapted book would you most like to see adapted into a movie or TV show?
  • If you could have a signed copy of any book that you’ve read which would you chose?
  • If you could visit any place mentioned in a book you’ve read for a day (real or fictional locations) where would you go?

I Nominate

Windie @ Geek Apprentice, Bree @Literary Hellion@masquereader, Nya @nyareads, Emma @Emma the Book Lover, Hayley @Dream. Read. Believe., Estefani @fiction jungle, Aubrey @Aubrey’s Book Nook, Evie @justanotherbelle, Maye @akosimayeee,  and Morgan @Hopeless Book Addict

The Hunger Games: Random Characters Edition

So today I decided I would have a little fun in (well, fun for me, not for them), type some of my favorite characters names into a Hunger Games simulator, and see what happens in honor of the recent release of the Mockingjay Part 2 movie. This post is the result.

The simulator I used was: http://ripred.net/gamessim.php, but if you search for “Hunger Games simulators” on the web you’ll find there are many more out there.

*Disclaimer: This post simulates the deaths of some beloved fictional characters. It’s just for fun and not to be taken seriously. I did not create the random generator nor am I affiliated with it, and The Hunger Games is a book series by Susanne Collins which I am also unaffiliated with.

While listing contestants the cover of the books the characters are from will appear before the characters from that book are named. My comments on the random generator’s outcomes will appear in blue. The generator’s original text will appear in black.

Contestants

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District 1 Male: Darrow
District 1 Female: Virginia “Mustang”

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District 2 Male: Vasher
District 2 Female: Vivienna

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District 3 Male: Elend Venture
District 3 Female: Vin

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District 4 Male: Kell
District 4 Female: Lila

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District 5 Male: Khalid
District 5 Female: Shahrzad

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District 6 Male: Kaladin
District 6 Female: Shallan Davar

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District 7 Male: Tamlin
District 7 Female: Fayre

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District 8 Male: Raffe
District 8 Female: Penryn

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District 9 Male: Akiva
District 9 Female: Karou

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District 10 Male: Kai
District 10 Female: Cinder

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District 11 Male: Connor Lasiter
District 11 Female: Risa Ward

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District 12 Male: Chaol
District 12 Female: Celaena Sardothien

Day 1

Chaol killed by Vivienna

If this happens before the events of Warbreaker then I am shocked, but if it happened afterwords this makes perfect sense due to spoilers. 

Connor Lasiter killed by Lila

It was only a matter of time before Connor died. Connor is a survivor, but he’s also one of the only people here lacking both magical powers and combat training. 

Lila killed by Khalid

Well Lila only kind of has magical powers in a complicated spoilery way and only very informal combat training whereas Khalid has no doubt been trained to fight with the best of the best for most of his life even if he lacks magical abilities. 

Vin killed by Celaena Sardothien

Guess Vin must have been throne into the arena without her metals because if she was using allomancy not even a trained assassin like Celaena would have been able to take her out. 

Kaladin killed by Shahrzad

Now this is really shocking considering that Shahrzad can’t seem bring herself to kill anyone and Kaladin is not only a surgebinder, but a trained solider. Must have been an accident. 

Penryn killed by Celaena Sardothien

Well this makes sense, I guess. Penryn is awesome and can survive a lot, but she doesn’t have magical powers and is no match for an assassin like Celaena. 

Kai killed by Akiva

Prince Kai lacks both magical abilities and combat training so it makes sense a warrior angel like Akiva would end up killing him. Sorry Kai, but it’s true. 

Day 2

Risa Ward killed by Karou

Risa is yet another person without magic or combat training so this makes sense. 

Akiva killed by Celaena Sardothien

It was a close match I am sure, though I suppose Celaena could have sneaked up on him on him. That would make it a lot easier for her. 

Shallan Davar killed by Tamlin

Well, Shallan never was never trained to be a fighter though she certainly has the potential to become a very dangerous fighter. She probably spent most of this camouflaged like Peeta. Ironically Tamlin probably spent most of his time camouflaged too as some sort of animal. Must have run into one another while trying to hide out. 

Day 3

Elend Venture killed by Virginia “Mustang”

If this is before the end of The Well of Ascension this makes sense. If not then it’s a lot harder to believe for spoilery reasons. 

Karou killed by Cinder

I guess Cinder must have used the fact that she is a cyborg to her advantage. Karou wouldn’t have expected that. 

Day 4

Darrow killed by Celaena Sardothien

Darrow might be Gold now (Golds’ bodies can withstand more than most and they’re generally extremely strong) and have an uncanny ability to survive impossible things, but he’s still no match for Celaena. 

Kell killed by muttation attack

I think the capital must be hiding the fact that Kell left the game and transported himself to a parallel world with this attack. Otherwise Kell’s magic would keep the mutts from getting to him. 

Virginia “Mustang” killed by Khalid

Oh, I see. Khalid has killed two girls now. In The Wrath and the Dawn Khalid marries one girl a day to have her killed at the next dawn. Is he trying to keep up the practice? Still surprised he managed to kill Mustang though, she’s good at outsmarting people. 

Day 5

Celaena Sardothien killed by Fayre

This is surprising unless Fayre got a hold of some arrows and got Celaena while she wasn’t looking. 

Raffe killed by Khalid

This is surprising. Guess Raffe must not have his wings or sword, because that’s the only way Khalid could defeat an angel warrior. Also Raffe isn’t a girl so killing him doesn’t upkeep his wife killing ways. 

Vivienna killed by Vasher

But the two of them were starting to get along so well! I can’t see Vasher doing it unless he is under Nightblood’s influence. Nightblood seems to like Vivienna so I’m not sure even that would do it. 

Tamlin killed by muttation attack

Wild animal attacked by wild animals. I guess the mutts just need to be bigger. 

Day 6

Shahrzad killed by Vasher

It’s shocking she survived so long. Vasher’s Awakening is more than capable of taking her and most of the others out. 

Cinder killed by muttation attack

Possible, must have caused her cyborg body to short circuit or something. 

Fayre killed by amoebic dysentery

Possible, Fayre has gotten close to starving to death before and the faeries are always reminding her what a fragile human she is compared to them even though for a human she is really quite strong and able. 

Day 7

Vasher killed by Khalid

This is very unlikely unless Vasher is out of Breath. He wouldn’t even need to be the one to kill Khalid. His Lifeless army or even an Awakened rope would be more than capable. 

The victor is: Khalid

Khalid is one of the most unlikely victors out of the characters listed here. Also probably the one I wanted to win the least due to his wife killing despite the fact that I actually like him as a character and like him much more than the other person involved in The Wrath and the Dawn’s love triangle. 

Book Pumpkins

For Halloween I carved pumpkins based on the Mockingjay symbol from The Hunger Games by Suzane Collins, the wolf from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan, and the symbol for pewter from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. … Continue reading

The Summer Reader Book Tag

Since the official end of summer is fast approaching here in the northern hemisphere on the 23, I figured I’d better do this tag fast or wait another eight months for it to be relevant again. Even if where I live it’s going to remain almost unbearably hot for another month or two.

The Summer Reader Book Tag was created by islandOFbooks over on Youtube and I was tagged by Parneet @ The Enchanted Book.

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.

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The beginning of Keeper of the Lost City is very fast paced and I can see why it would appeal very well to the middle grade audience it was meant for, but the way everything was introduced felt cliched to me so I almost gave up on it to read something else. The second half of the book, which involves a mystery, was much more interesting to me than the first.
Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

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For some reason Rick Riordan’s books’ have a way of making me really happy. A few years back whenever I wanted to be in a good mood I used to reread one of his books.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a different country.

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The characters in Daughter of Smoke and Bone travel to many different places, but they spend a significant amount of the book in Prague.
Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.

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Crow from The Seven Realms series is first introduced in book two, The Exiled Queen. There isn’t much I can say about Crow without spoilers, but sufficient to say he has a lot of secrets.
Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

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This is one of my least favorite books of all time. I will say that I did enjoy the first couple books in this series, but in this one there were huge plot holes and for that reason I feel like the plot never really developed. If I had read this more recently I probably wouldn’t have made it nearly this far in the series, but back when I read this book I used to make an effort to finish every books/series I’d started.
Green Grass: pick a character that was full of life, making you smile.

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I pick Iko from The Lunar Chronicles which is kind of ironic because she is technically a robot and therefore not alive, but she just has such a fun personality and always makes me smile. I’m using “full of life” in terms of the phrases meaning and not literally here.
Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

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Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere books I read. Like his other books there are a lot of plot twists, but I chose this one because one of the characters likes to say the phrase, “There’s always another secret.”
Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

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BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.

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I just finished Queen of Shadows, and in it Rowan is described as matching this description very well to say the least.
Summer Fun: pass the tag on.

Since summer is coming to a close I’m not going to tag anyone lest they have to wait until next summer to avoid doing the tag in fall, but anyone who wants to do this tag and hasn’t yet should feel free.

BookTube-A-Thon TBR

This is really late because the event has already started, but I wasn’t originally planning to participate. This is my first read-a-thon type event, and I’m probably going to be pretty busy, but I will try to read as much as possible anyway. If you don’t know what the Book-Tube-A-Thon is you can read up about it on the Twitter or Youtube account.

Challenge 1:  Read a book with blue on the cover

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I’ve already started trying to read this book twice only not to finish it. (Please don’t rage John Green fans, contemporary just isn’t my genre!) With the movie I kind of want to read it though. I doubt I’ll finish after so many false starts, but the book is short, so I’ll give it a try.

Challenge 2: Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name

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I don’t share my last name on the internet so I’ll be reading something by an author who shares the first letter of my first name (J) instead.

Challenge 3: Read someone else’s favorite book

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This is my one of my family member’s favorite sci-fi books.
Challenge 4: Read the last book you acquired

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Hopefully the library counts?
Challenge 5: Finish a book without letting go of it
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I know what some people must be thinking: you’re going to read this huge book without putting it down? I’m reading it on my phone as an ebook. I think I can go around for a few days with my phone everywhere. 🙂
Challenge 6: Read a book you really want to read
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I want to read this before school starts back up because once I start Sanderson books I can’t seem to stop reading so what better time to read it than now?
Challenge 7: Read seven books

Considering that I’ll also be critiquing chapters for some writing friends of mine (critiques are very time consuming) and a book over 600 pages long in the mix (Warbreaker) I highly doubt this will be happen, but I will read as much as possible.