The Mystery Blogger Award #2

The lovely Icebreaker694  and the amazing Melting Pots and Other Calamities nominated me – thank you so much!

Edit: I had this scheduled when I got nominated again, so I’m adding in my nomination from Never Not Reading. Thank you so much!

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Shout out to the creator Okoto Enigma!

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma


THE RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. ([In Awards widget and pic is in About Me.])
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog. 
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share your link to your best post(s)

The Mystery Blogger Award


Answers:

Icebreaker’s Questions:

1 – WHAT IS ONE BOOK THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2017?

INVICTUS!

2 – WHAT IS A BOOK YOU’D GIVE A LOVED ONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

Well, my cousin has been begging me for Library of Souls.. so that.

3 – ANY BLOG PLANS IN 2017? (POSTS, TOURS, REVIEWS, ETC.)

HAHAHA Its later 2017 by the time I got to this….

4 – FAVORITE GIF OF 2016!

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5 – WEIRD BOOK HOARDER: HOW MANY BOOKS DID YOU BUY THAT YOU STILL HAVE TO READ? 

Too many…


Melting Pots and Other Calamities Questions

1. What is the coolest handmade thing you’ve ever received?

I don’t think I’ve ever received something homemade… But I bought some cool flowers made out of comic book pages from Supercon a few years ago!

2. Is there a villain or antagonist that you can’t help but call a favorite character? If so, who?

Loki. Always Loki.

3.  What is a show, anime, or webcomic that desperately needs another season? Or a book that needs a sequel?

OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB WILL ALWAYS NEED ANOTHER SEASON!!!!

5. What are some animations and/or webcomics that you think have some of the best art?

You’re Lie in April, Orange, Ouran High School Host Club, Sword Art Online… I could go on.

5. (Weird/funny) Which character would you like to be from whatever you’re currently reading or watching?

Currently Reading: Pride & Prejudice – Character: Probably Lizzy…

Currently Watching: The Defenders – Character: Definitely Jessica Jones.


Never Not Reading’s Questions

1 – If you could have any super hero be your personal body guard, who would you choose and why?

Captain America, mostly because I love him, and I can totally picture him as a bodyguard.

2 – Movies or TV?

Movies because Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts, and Marvel movies.

3 – What is your favorite animal?

Sloth, otter, fennec fox… I could go on.

4 – If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you spend your life doing?

Writing and reading probably. Helping people. Volunteering. Adopting cats.

5 – What keeps you blogging?

Its fun?

 


Fun Facts About Me:

1 – I own a book (Everything All At Once) signed by Bill Nye.

2 –  I have a dedicated Media-Tie-In fiction shelf.

3 – I have a word document full of nothing but hyperlinks so make tagging/nominating fellow book bloggers simpler.


Best Post(s)


Questions For My Nominees:

1 – Would you rather drink polyjuice mixed with cat fur or be cursed to talk in limericks only?

2 – How many minutes to midnight is your TBR?

3 – How do you organize your bookshelf?

4 – Worst bookish/reading habit?

5 – (Weird/funny) – Make a closet cosplay for a book character. Put a picture (of just the outfit or of you wearing it). Why did you pick each piece?


I Nominate:

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

 

 

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Comic Book Review: Super Sons, Volume 1 – When I Grow Up

Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up

by Peter J. Tomasi, Jorge Jimenez
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I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Official Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe Rebirth!

Superboy (aka Jonathan Kent) and Robin (aka Damian Wayne) make their super hero duo debut in this all-new series SUPER SONS, part of DC Rebirth.

This debut series looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

 

Chronology:
Collects SUPER SONS #1-5
Original Release Date:
Paperback, 132 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by DC Comics
Read:
September 2017
Star Rating:
4.5 Stars
Review:
Let me preface this by saying I haven’t really read any DC comics before – I’m more into Marvel – and I definitely haven’t read any rebirth or stories with Super Boy or Damian Wayne (Though of course I know the basics of the characters).
Since this is Vol. 1 of Super Sons, you don’t need to know much more than the basics of “who are Superman and Batman” and “Ok they have kids”.
The boys act a mix of their real age and far older (superheroes after all) – their banter and snarking at each other is hilarious. They can’t seem to get along – but they legitimately seem to want to help each other. Its a really fun introduction.
While Lex Luthor shows up at some point, as do Superman and Batman, Super Boy (AKA Jon Kent) and Robin (AKA Damien Wayne) are the main heroes, with Kid Amazo as the villain. I’d never heard of Kid Amazo before – but he’s an interesting villain, and I liked th story.
The art was REALLY well done. And I’m looking forward to Vol. 2 in March.

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 3 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World


I Tag

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 2 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde


I Tag

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 1 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


I Tag

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

 

Mini Movie Reviews #6: Logan / Hidden Figures / No Men Beyond This Point / The Final Girls / Jack Of The Red Hearts / The Great Gilly Hopkins

Ready for more mini movie reviews?

I hope so, because here they are!


You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time

Mini Movie Reviews #5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / The Boss Baby / SpiderMan: Homecoming / Butter / Maximum Overdrive / Jessica Darling’s It List


Logan

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So I finally watched this.

It made me cry a lot. The little girl was phenomenal.

It was a bit slow to get into but ultimately I liked it. I did feel like I was missing something the whole time though, as it doesn’t really follow the other X-Men movies directly – like there should be 2-3 movies between to fully explain who we got to this point.

But if you like Wolverine, watch it. Be prepared to cry though.


Hidden Figures

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I…don’t think I did to say much on this. Its based on a true story. Its great. And my AB Calc teacher had us watch it after the AP test last year and traumatized us all by pausing it on the screen with nothing my calculations on the chalkboard and asked us “ready to learn how to do that in BC next year?” – I DON’T WANT TO DO LITERAL ROCKET SCIENCE I WANT TO ADMIRE THOSE WHO CAN FROM AFAR.

Watch it.


No Men Beyond This Point

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THIS IS A SATIRE. I saw so many reviews hating on it because of “the feminist agenda” or whatever such non-sense. Its satire!

Essentially, the movie is mock-umentary style of what the world would be like if men became obsolete, following “men’s rights” struggles and the youngest man alive who works as a manny.

It falls a little flat at parts, tries too hard to be serious etc. But ultimately its pretty compelling. The point is that, when women fight for equality – this is the future “menimists” are envisioning when clearly its ridiculous.


The Final Girls

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This is one of those comedy-horror-satire movies. I love these. Basically, our MC is the daughter of a B-list horror movie actress, who has since passed. Her friends organize a marathon of her mother’s movies and a fire in the theater transports them INTO one of these B-horror movies – and they attempt to escape by surviving the plot of the movie. Its pretty cheesy, but also pretty funny, and its pretty self aware of its cheesy-ness. I also liked the characters. If you like comedy-horror movies, definitely check it out!


Jack Of The Red Hearts

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Jack of the Red Hearts is a Lifetime-esque drama about a girl who has aged out of the foster system – and whose little sister is still in it – trying to get her sister back. She has trouble with minor crimes/petty theft etc. and ends up impersonating a nanny with experience with special needs. She begins to help this family with a young girl with autism, whose parents mean well but are at their wits end. I think it handles the issue well – all the characters are flawed in a very human way, and it tackles the issue that not all children with autism are the same, and many parents struggle very much, but that the child is still capable of love and isn’t something to be fixed. It was a little over-dramatisied but ultimately I liked it. I recommend it.


The Great Gilly Hopkins

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I watched this on Netflix. Its another Lifetime-esque drama, though this one is geared more towards younger audiences. Featuring troubled foster child Gilly Hopkins, who is reluctant to bond with her new foster mother and slightly-odd much-younger foster brother. She ends up lying and stealing from their blind neighbor in an attempt to leave, before eventually fighting to stay. I will say the end made me cry a little. Its pretty well down, and I liked the cast. I recommend it if you like these sorts of dramas.


 

Throwback Thursday: That’s Not How Science Works: Vaccination Edition –

Throwback Thursday, where, essentially I post old writing samples, essays and short stories that I dig up from my pile of hoarded papers and school assignments or from the depths of my computer. So everyone can see how my writing has changed/improved over the years.


 

Childhood vaccinations have been preventing disease and saving lives of children for over a century. Yet only in recent decades has vaccination become a question, a choice, rather than a must. The root of the vaccine debate lies in the question of personal freedom versus the effect on those around us of not vaccinating. Parents should have to vaccinate their children, because the benefits of doing so far outweigh any potential risks. Many of these perceived risks are fictional, so the fear they cause is unfounded.

Orange-County, California has one of the highest personal exemptions rates in the country, at nearly 9% of kids being unvaccinated. This county has also had the most deaths from the measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland. “Rhett Krawitt is in remission…vulnerable to infection and unable to be vaccinated, turning him into an unwitting symbol of the need for herd immunity” (Schulten, New York Times). Rhett is just one example. Herd immunity is if 95% of a population is vaccinated or otherwise immune. The remaining 5%, those with immune disorders or other conditions making them unable to be vaccinated, will be protected because the disease will not be able to develop. When immunization rates drop too low, diseases can sneak in and cause an epidemic like the one seen with the measles. One reason people don’t vaccinate is because they think the disease is nearly eradicated already and there is no need; however, that only stands true when we vaccinate.

One of the greatest misconceptions about vaccines that lead to personal exemptions is the false notion that “vaccines cause autism”. To be clear, they don’t. The rumor that they do was based upon falsified research that has since been retracted and disproven. The side effects of vaccines are almost always mild, ranging from a fever to a rash, only in rare cases. Only the DTaP vaccine has a more common, severe side effect. One in a million cases can suffer paralysis or brain damage (CDC website). Even so, the risk you run in not getting the vaccine, which is to protect infants from whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus, is far worse than these rare risks.

Many people choose not to vaccinate because it is their “personal freedom” or because they “don’t want to overburden their child’s immune system”; however, people should have to vaccinate their children because the risks posed to both individuals and society by not doing so far outweighs the rare case of adverse effects from vaccination. As Dr. Snyder said to the Boston Globe “It’s a common theme that we see parents questioning scientific facts in the same way they would debate a political topic.” We shouldn’t let them.

Fall Activities Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Sara @ Freedom Library –  yes this is a year late but in my defense…I had to wait until it was fall again.

We don’t actually have fall in Florida, at least not where I live. We have “hot” and “slightly less hot but with rain” and “those two days where its 60 degrees and we all think we have frostbite” – we do not have seasons.

So I can relate to precisely none of this…But its fun anyway!


Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

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Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

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Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly

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Not a horror novel, but teen pregnancy freaks me out, even fictional – this whole book, while good, gave me anxiety.

 

Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased)

I honestly have no idea. I don’t buy books often.

 

Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful

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Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

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Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

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Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood

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Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read

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Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful blogger Icebreaker694 – seriously, go check out her blog, she is one of my favorite humans.

I haven’t seen this tag around until she tagged me, but its based on books and music so I’m sure it’ll be fun!

And if you want more desert island fun, check out my post:
Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story
(Based off Lord of the Flies!)


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

Album 1: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out from Panic! At The Disco

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Album 2: From Under The Cork Tree from Fall Out Boy

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Album 3: Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now  from All Time Low

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Album 4: Hamilton

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Album 5: Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

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The Single Book I Am Permitted: Lord of the Rings

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Single Luxury Item:

This one is easy – an inflatable mattress sleeping bag! I get cold okay! And desert islands aren’t very comfy.

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Not my picture – but the exact one I had through childhood.


I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Calliope The Book Goddess

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

The Epic Birthday Blog Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful and amazing Icebreaker694 – who is also the creator of this fun tag. She has one of my favorite blogs and is super sweet, so go check it out!


Rules

  1. Always Always Always pingback/link to icebreaker694‘s site (she wants to see your answers).
  2. Post this on your birthday!!! Or not, y’know, you do you. 😄
  3. Answer the questions! (You might have to do some digging, hope that’s not a problem.)
  4. Tag as many bloggers as you can! (At least 1+ so the tag won’t die!)

QUESTIONS!

WHEN’S YOUR BIRTHDAY (MONTH + DAY)?

October 8th

WHAT’S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?

Libra.

I know relatively little about horoscope’s and signs though. So don’t ask me.

I’m year of the Rabbit for the Chinese zodiac thing though, FYI.

WHAT’S YOUR BIRTHSTONE?

Opal.

I actually own an opal necklace in the shape of a dolphin (which happens to be my patrons though I didn’t know that when I picked it when I was 7. I was just into dolphins the way most little girls are into horses).

I know all the birthstones of the top of my head – there’s a fun fact about me.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH THE SAME BIRTHDAY?

My mom’s cousin shares my birthday – albeit different years. There are a lot of October birthdays in my family though.

And me and my sister should have had the same birthday (my due date and her c-section date where both November 18 – though we were both October, 8 and 23, respectively).

WHAT HISTORICAL EVENT OCCURRED ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?

B’s link for figuring this out: here

Famous Birthdays:

RL Stine, Sigourney Weaver, Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, etc.

Events:

  • 1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leds to disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1492 Columbus‘ fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
  • 1633 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government
  • 1769 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)
  • 1821 The government of General José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.
  • 1835 Charles Darwin reaches James Island, Galapagos archipelago, on HMS Beagle
  • 1871 Great Fire kills 200, destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of Chicago buildings, & original Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1886 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Noble Bachelor” (BG)
  • 1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh‘s son
  • 1945 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada
  • 1946 Kwo-less-shrew selects Gen Chiang Kai-shekas President of China
  • 1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson‘s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 John Lennon releases his megahit “Imagine”
  • 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • 2012 John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent
  • 2014 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • A collection of interesting/horrifying things that happened on my birthday. Among a bunch of baseball records and bomb/nuclear tests for some reason.

WHAT DO YOU USUALLY DO TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Parties are the norm in my house. Lately, its been friends (about ten or so) plus aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents coming over to watch movies and go swimming. My cousin and best friend sometimes sleepover too. And my grandpa takes an album’s worth of pictures (aka, the Cuban Family Duty) since he’s a professional photographer (or was at least, he’s retired now).

WERE YOU BORN IN THE MORNING, AFTERNOON, OR THE NIGHT?

At night. My mom had to miss my baby shower because I was being born.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY PRESENT IN THE WORLD, WHAT PRESENT WOULD IT BE?

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Thats a loaded question.

So, I’ll go with the book I’d want if I could have any.

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It would be (any) signed Harry Potter book. Too bad they run $3000+……

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST BIRTHDAY MEMORY?

We have photo albums for every birthday from baby shower to like, my 12th. Plus 15th and 16th. So I don’t know if my early memories are actually memories or just memories of stories I’ve been told plus pictures.

I know my first birthday was Baby Loony Tunes. And my second was Elmo. Third was Dragon Tales. Fourth was…give me a second…Dora the Explorer. Fifth was Strawberry Shortcake. And sixth was Dinsey Princess. The one I firmly remember with my own memories. I told my sister (who was in my mother’s 8-months -pregnant stomach) “you can’t be born today, this is not Full House” and my and my dad built the Piñata (a bunny from Viva Piñata) ourselves. I also did a costume change from Aurora’s pink dress to Bloom from Winx Club’s outfit.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NAME?

If you ask my mom, my parents just liked the name Samantha, and my middle name is my aunt’s name. (Other considerations included Sabrina, Rebecca, and Alexandra)

If you ask my dad, I’m named after a character from Bewitched. And he wonders how I ended up a total nerd…

HAVE YOU EVER FORGOTTEN YOUR BIRTHDAY?

No. Though my dad has mistyped my birthday as 8/10 (aka August 10th) before. On multiple occasions.

BOOK FLASH: 5 BOOKS YOU’D WANT TO BE GIVEN ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

I have no shortage of books I want but here are five.

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LASTLY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! TREAT YOURSELF TO A GIF!

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I Tag!

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

And whoever shares my birthday/sees this and wants to do it!