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.

Dragon’s Loyalty Blog Award!

I was nominated by the wonderful Kiwi @KiwiReads

Thank You So Much!!!!!!! (this is my first time getting nominated for something so I’m very happy) 🙂

 

Dragon's Loyalty blog award

The banner isn’t mine (but isn’t cute?!)

Rules:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  • Write seven interesting things about you

Seven Interesting Things About Me:

  1. I want to be a pediatric neurologist.
  2. I write to be an author (and have a draft in the works for a YA sci-fi novel)
  3. I volunteer with Downs Syndrome kids twice a week.
  4. My top choice college is John Hopkins.
  5. For two summers I went to Duke TIP.
  6. I was a bad nerd as a kid, my parents had to force me to watch Harry Potter and I refused to watch Doctor who until I was 13. (I love them both now though)
  7. I am cuban but I hate rice.

My nominations:

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Raquel @ RakioddBooks

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Nicole @ Away In Neverland

These are all great blogs, and wow was it difficult to narrow this down to six, even with double checking who had and hadn’t been nominated already (I wanted to nominate people who hadn’t been obviously).