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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The Blogger Recognition Award #3

Never Not Reading Blog nominated me – you should go check them out because they are hilarious and a wonderful blogger and person all around!


Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award #2


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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created

How My Blog Started:

Back in 2015, my younger cousin started a blog, at her mom’s insistence (my aunt does PR). Being two years apart, me and my cousin are competitive like sisters – so of course, I started one.

I blogged for maybe a month, before she got bored of it, as did I.

Flash foreword to the end of 2016, I decide I want to blog again. So I did. And i’ve been going strong(-ish) ever since!


Advice:

  1. Just do it. Waiting until “you’re good enough” or until everything is perfect just means you’re never going to start. Start your blog, learn as you go, talk to people. Eventually, you learn, you get better, your blog grows and changing with you, but that can’t happen if you never start.
  2. Talk to people. Comment on discussions. Tag people in tags and posts. Talk a conversation on twitter. I promise, 99.9% of the time, people are amazingly nice and will love to talk and make new friends. Ask for help. Request books. Nothing ever happens when your too scared to try. If you want to be a part of the community, be a part. Simple as that.

Nominees:

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Adri @ Little Fox & Reads

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Liebster Award #4

I was nominated by the lovely Ann The Book Master – thank you! And go check out her blog!


Liebster Award

Liebster Award (Number 2!!!!)

Liebster Award #3


THE RULES: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you
  • Nominate 11 blogs
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

Answers:

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Meeting people, getting to talk about books, etc.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you started your blog? 

How much time it takes be be halfway decent.

What is your most anticipated release for the rest of the year?

INVICTUS!!!!!

Which author do you think shaped your reading the most? 

Bored, but true: JK Rowling – I enumerated why in 19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story.

What color book do you own the most of?

Black – at least by looking at the spines that seems true.

Do you eat or drink while you are reading? 

Not really, though sometimes I have coffee. I don’t seek out to drink/eat while reading though.

What TV Shows are your current favorites?

Sleepy Hollow

Star Trek

Stranger Things

Leverage

Once Upon A Time

The Defenders

The Good Place

The Flash

Supergirl

(Not at all comprehensive – just based on what I’m currently watching)

Harry Potter or Twilight

I love both. But lets face it – Harry Potter always wins.

How long do you think it takes you to read a book? (on average, of course)

Anywhere from 2 days to 2 months. Most of the time, about a week.

Who are some of your favorite bloggers that you think everyone should check out? 

Check out my nominees!

What book are you currently reading? 

Gemina


Nominees:

B @ Icebreaker694

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


Questions:

  1. How to you organize your bookshelves?
  2. Do you read fanfic? What are some of your favorites?
  3. Favorite video game(s)?
  4. Give us a bookish confession?
  5. What blog post(s) are you most proud of?
  6. Do you collect any bookish merch? If so, what.
  7. What your Starbucks order? (If you don’t drink coffee, tell us how you take your tea or something)
  8. Hogwarts house, Illvermony house, and patronus?
  9. Who is your favorite avenger and why?
  10. What book do you wish you could have/would have read as a kid?
  11. What inspired your love of reading/books?

 

One Lovely Blog Award

I was tagged by the wonderful Icebreaker694 – go check her out!

 

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

1 – I’m left-handed, but I use the computer mouse with my right hand.

2 – I can speak, read, and understand Spanish but my writing is terrible.

3 – From mid-March to the first week of May I spent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after school until 4:30/5 to go to calculus tutoring. (I’m scheduling this is April – I’m a little done with it).

4 –  My TBR is so big it spans 3 pages on Netgalley and a physical shelf that is starting to cave in.

5 – I’ve started DNFing books.

6 – I think I finally found a blogging schedule thats going to work for me.

7 – I watched all of Leverage on Netflix in about 3 weeks its so good.

 


I Tag:

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

The Miranda Sings Award

I was tagged by the ever-amazing The Orangutan Librarian, seriously, check them out!

This is about…six months late whoops! Sorry, but as you’ll soon be able to tell, I’m getting caught up and back in the swing of things!

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Rules:

(1) Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
(2) Include the featured image on your blog post.
(3) Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
(4) List seven (7) things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
(5) Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)


1 – I get very good grades in school.

2 – I’m double-jointed, and it is immensely fun to freak people out by twisting my arm backwards.

3 – I am quite pleased with how well this blog is doing.

4 – I can read about 100 pages an hour if I’m focused.

5 – I think I’ll make a very good pediatric neurologist; I’m good with kids.

6 – I’m a good tutor when I help people with AP biology.

7 – I have pretty eyes (hazel/green/gold that change in the light).

(Why was that so hard…)


I Tag:

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Book

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

B @ Icebreaker694

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

 

 

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by Bloggin’ & Writing, thank you so much! I’m sorry this took so long to get to!

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Rules:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about you
  • Nominate 5 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know about the nomination

Facts About Me:

  1. I chronically forget to wear my retainer.
  2. I got a 1430 on my SAT.
  3. I have no hand-eye coordination, except when I’m applying eyeliner.
  4. I dyed my hair weird colors for most of 8th grade, including purple highlights and getting it entirely bleached.
  5. I want to get “First do no harm” from the hippocratic oath tattood one day (maybe after medical school) but the idea of something that permanent also freak me out so who knows.
  6. I’m not squeamish, except when its my own blood (I also hate IVs, when they are in my skin they freak me out).
  7. My patronus is a dolphin though I kind of wish it was a moose.

 


I Nominate:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

The Orangutan Librarian

B @ Icebreaker694

The Versatile Blogger Award #2

The wonderful, brilliant Icebreaker694 nominated me this time!

Though I’m terrible at coming up with facts…

Everyone who reads this, I want you to leave me a comment asking me something, anything! That way you can learn the things about me you actually want to know!

THE RULES

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

7 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I still haven’t read Cursed Child because I’m scared of being disappointed.
  2. I am currently obsessed with the musical Be More Chill.  Go listen to it, its great!
  3. I am possibly going to die of sleep deprivation/caffeine overdose before I graduate.
  4. The other day I legitimately thought I fractured my sternum because it hurt with stabbing pain for two days straight.
  5. I procrastinate everything. Literally, everything…
  6. I get very stressed about my grades, as in, right now I have a B in AP Lang and it made me cry hysterically.
  7. I want to take a dual enrollment course in Physics this summer.

Nominees:

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

The Book Fests Award

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I was nominated by the majestic Icebreaker694 for this fun little award!

Rules:

1 – It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.

2 – Answer the award questions that will be listed below.

3 – Write a Fifty Words Story, because it’s fun.

4 – Award five or more bloggers with this Award.

5- Ask them a question of your making, you’ll like them to answer.

6 – Put the award image on your blog.

Questions for Award

1. A book you started but never finished…but want to finish. What stopped you from continuing to read it?
2. What elements attract you to a book, which makes you need to read it?
3. Which books do you prefer, e-copy or hard copy?
4. What book are you currently reading or going to read next?
5. Is it fair to judge a book by its film?
6. What book did you badly judge by its cover and ended up loving?
7. Which book character have you felt the most kin with and able to relate with?

My Extra Question for You:

How many books do you own? Ebook, paperback, and/or hardcover?

Answers

 A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT NEVER FINISHED…BUT WANT TO FINISH. WHAT STOPPED YOU FROM READING IT?

The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I STILL haven’t finished The One. I keep getting distracted by other books…

WHAT ELEMENTS ATTRACT YOU TO A BOOK, WHICH MAKES YOU READ IT?

I’m not really sure, it is sounds interesting, if it seems like it has tropes I like or something I haven’t seen much of I’ll usually give it a shot. I like realistic in science in books, or at least plausible sounding science.

WHICH BOOKS DO YOU PREFER E-COPY OR HARD COPY?

E-books are easier for me to read (and to sneak read in class), but I prefer to own hardcopies.

What book are you currently reading or going to read next?

At the time that I am writing this, I am reading Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich. Its an arc from NetGalley, and its super interesting so far. Its a none fiction book about the man who is essentially the most famous neuroscience patient in history, as told by the grandson of the doctor who lobotomized him.

IS IT FAIR TO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS FILM?

No, never really. End of discussion.

WHAT BOOK DID YOU JUDGE BADLY BY ITS COVER AND ENDED UP LOVING?

Pretty much every contemporary I’ve ever rated above 4 stars, which is more than I am willing to list right now.

WHICH BOOK CHARACTER HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST KIN WITH AND ABLE TO RELATE WITH?

Hermoine, and other bookish characters like her. Because in that situation, that is almost certainly how I would act.

Extra Question from Icebreaker: How do you pick a certain book to read? What goes through your head?

I’m not even sure, its mostly “this looks good, I’ll read this one now” and thats it…

 

50 Word Story: (But why are you making me do this????- FYI This is going to be terrible…)

In another life, she’d have been the golden child truly, not this one of tarnished bronze the universe looked at in the wrong lighting. In another life, she would have a steadier head on her shoulders, and wouldn’t have been some weird orphan. In another life, she wouldn’t destroy everything in her wake…

(This is an excerpt from Legacy of Stardust, because I couldn’t make a 50 word story for the life of me…)

Nominees: 

Jocelyn

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

Sunshine Blogger Award#2

I was given this award by the astounding Icebreaker694 (honestly I am running out of adjectives and may have to resort to googling, but she deserves all the praise from all the adjectives, really, go check her out!)

Thank you so much!

 

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Q&A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many books have you read this summer/winter? (Depends on where you are)

I read astoundingly little. Maybe four or five books the entire summer, and two/three of them were for school. I’ve been on a reading slump…

Do you prefer books based on modern times or the past?

Modern times, I can’t stand most historical fiction, and I generally prefer urban fantasy to high fantasy.

Do you like food? What’s your favorite?

I have a very developed sweet tooth, and am quite partial to cuban desserts and sugar-ed coffees.

What is your favorite name for a character?

I’m going to take this as “for my own characters”, and I actually have a few favorite names:
Carter
James
Ethan
Alyssa
Connie
Neal
To name just a few…

Do you like movies or books? Both?

I honestly love both.

What book did you read for school but enjoyed anyway?

V For Vendetta, we read it last year and it was great!

What do you do when you’re not reading or blogging?

Watching TV or doing homework. Sometimes writing when the afore mentioned homework hasn’t fried my brain.

Would you rather forever buy used books or new books?

Used books, because I am not made of money.

Would you rather be stuck in a book world or in a movie world?

Doesn’t matter, because in either case I’d pick Harry Potter.

What inspired the name of your blog?

The name of my blog was inspired by my love of books and my nickname that my best friend gave me. You can read the full story on my About page.

Does the size of a book matter to you?

Nominees:

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

 

My Questions:

How on target are you for your reading goal for this year?

What new show are you most excited for this fall?

Favorite current (or past if you are not in school) class?

Favorite musical?

What do you think of novelizations and/or retellings?

Series you wish would get a cover change?

What is your dream career?

Do you have a favorite word?

Random fact you know, but don’t know why?

Show us/make a closet cosplay!

Shoutout five of your favorite bloggers!

Award Winning Essayist!!!!

I don’t know if I ever mentioned this on this blog, but last year my English teacher had as read Anthem by Ayn Rand, and along with reading the book, made us write an essay for an essay contest run by the Ayn Rand Institute.

Now, I hated the book, really, truly loathed it, but I didn’t want to get a failing grade on the essay, so I read it and wrote it and was done with it. I didn’t really care about the essay contested, I just wanted an A.

So imagine my surprise when, several months later, I get a letter that says I won semi-finalist placement in the essay contest. What!

So, my name is on the website and I was sent $30 dollars of prize money which is really cool. But this is the first writing contest I’ve ever won and now I am very excited and very happy.

I am posted my essay below, because maybe someone would like to read it?

My essay is pretty decent and makes the book seem pretty good (I wasn’t going to submit to an essay contest with an essay bashing the book they praised after all) but, considering my dislike of Rand’s writing, I feel pretty good all things considered!

(Sorry if this is ramble-y, I am very tired…)

 


Anthem Contest Essay (Topic 3)

 

Most fictional, future worlds, even the post-apocalyptic and/or totalitarian ones, are technologically advanced, at least compared to the time in which they were written. In Anthem, unlike most, technology is not advanced, but rather regressed, to a primitive society, in which candles are the newest technological advancement, and beyond its simple primitive state, the people in charge of this society actively reject the advancement presented to them by our protagonist, Equality. The world created in Anthem shows that progress is not always equated to the progression of time, and that it is in fact possible to regress when the ideals of a society are not what they should be, in order to progress.

Equality 7-2521 is Anthem’s protagonist, and from the very beginning, he is rebelling against his society. Beginning with the line “It is a sin to write this,” (Anthem, 1) Equality is ashamed of his desire to learn about the world around him. And the society punishes him for this by making him a street sweeper, and while this alleviates him of his guilt, as expressed by his words on page six, “We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it…So we were happy, and proud of ourselves and of our victory over ourselves,” (Anthem, 6). But this does not curb his rebellion, and he eventually makes his way into reinventing the light bulb. Showing that, you cannot suppress freewill or creativity in everyone, and this instinct to create is what drives progress. As Equality later realizes, his supposed sin was in fact, the restarting of progress. He comes to accept it as a blessing.

Equality only accepts this after he is banished to the forest. Here, he and Liberty discover advancement from the “unmentionable times”, the past, which was far more advanced than their present. Equality comes to realize that his ideals of individualism are what is right, rather than his society’s ideals of collectivism. With collectivism, individuality is stifled, and so is progress. But with individualism, comes creativity and with it, technology can advance. Without creativity, when we become fearful rather than curious, much like Anthem’s society, that is when we regress, and progress becomes the tedious and treacherous thing it is in Equality’s world, where “It took fifty years to secure approval of all the councils for the candle,” (Anthem, 27).

This society’s “council of scholars” (as they are termed) fears the loss of control Equality’s light bulb advancement symbolizes. They react with anger and confusion, leading to equality’s escape into the forest. Ayn Rand portrays the scholars in a way that links primitive-savagery with their idea of collectivism, in order to reflect our negative attitude of the understood primitiveness to the society’s collectivist ideals, in order to sway our opinions and views to match her own ideas, and ideals of individualism to an extreme that she farther details in the last two chapters of the book, in which Equality, finally free from the society who opposed his advancements, has found the word “I” and “Ego”, and is forever changed for the better. The very nature of creativity is individualism, and the nature of progress is creativity.

What Ayn Rand’s regressed future world says of the nature of progress is this: The nature of science is creativity. The nature of technology is ingenuity. Without freethinking, we have neither, and rather than achieving progress, we worsen. In showing that time does not always bring with it advancement, Rand shows just how easily a society can regress, and why it becomes ever more important to push forth advancements that arise with individualism. Technology is not a matter of time; it is a matter of people.