YA Books In A Sentence – Part 1

Harry Potter – Orphan has magic powers and an inability to go to adults with his problems.

Divergent – You can have more than one personality trait!

Gallagher Girls – Girl spies have boy problems, and also someone may be trying to kill everyone.

The Raven Cycle – He’s going to die. No really, he is.

Shadowhunter Chronicles – Literally no one will ever get their lives together, so they’ll stab demons instead.

Illuminae – You love the evil AI, own it.

Because You’ll Never Met Me – Like the X-men but sadder told in letters.

The Selection – Like The Bachelor: Royal Edition except you’ll want everyone to die in a fire.

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Bookish Baking: Turkish Delight (Chronicles of Narnia)

Turkish Delight is crazy famous for its place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is also not a candy readily found in America.
But since its December, it seemed a good time for this recipe.
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TURKISH DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • rose pink food coloring (or other color to preference)
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • .5 tsp cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the gelatin, white sugar, cornstarch and water until mixed together.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the rosewater, lemon juice, lemon zest, cream of tartar and food colouring.
  4. Rinse a square pan in cold water but don’t dry it off.
  5. Pour in the mixture.
  6. To firm up quickly, pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, otherwise leave in the fridge overnight.
  7. Using a sharp oiled knife, cut the turkish delight into squares and roll in powdered sugar to coat.

 

Let me know what you guys think about this recipe, or if you make it for yourself!

Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Thanks so much to Katie @ Never Not Reading Blog who tagged me – she’s super sweet and I love her blog so go check it out!


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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Let’s be realistic, I’m probably nominating 3 or 4)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Previous Editions of this Award:

The SunShine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award#2

Sunshine Blogger Award #3


Answers

If you had to pick one favorite book, which would you choose?

Harry Potter. My favorite fluctuates between Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.

Coffee or tea?

Both! I drink coffee every morning and iced tea nearly every night.

Other than reading, what is something you enjoy spending a lot of time doing?

Watching Tv. Blogging. Currently doing nothing but filling out applications for college and scholarships…

What holiday do you enjoy the most?

Christmas! Two weeks off plus family time!

If you were royalty, which super hero would you want as your personal body guard?

Captain America.

Favorite candy/sweet?

I like Reese’s and Twix. And sour candy/crystallized sugar fruit wedges.

What animal should I google pictures of to get the most squeals?

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Which subject did you enjoy the most in school?

English! I’ve had great teachers, and I really enjoy reading! I also like AP bio. and AP Psych.

If you could take any vacation, where would you go?

London! I’ve never been to Europe and I’m dying to!

What kind of vehicle do you drive/ride?

I don’t drive yet. But my mom and dad both have Honda’s.

Who in your life makes you laugh the most?

Probably my sister. That’s why she’s my senior yearbook quote – “You go to college, I’m only child now” – Alexa B.


Nominees:

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

B @ Icebreaker694

Cait @ Paperfury

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


My Questions:

  1. What are your five favorite books from childhood?
  2. What required reading books did you hate/love?
  3. What is one book you recommend everyone read?
  4. Tea or coffee? What kind (think Starbucks order etc.)?
  5. Give us a bookish confession.
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Current top five favorite TV shows?
  8. Favorite board game?
  9. Do you collect anything? What do you collect?
  10. Show off your three favorite bookmarks!
  11. Most anticipated upcoming book release?

The Cinderella Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Snuggly Oranges and after reading Geekerella, I’m in a Cinderella mood – so I’m doing it!


Evil Stepsisters

A Book with Characters You Hate:

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All these characters need a swift punch to the face.


Prince Charming

A Book with a Gentleman:

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Gansey was raised RIGHT.


Cinderella

A Character That is Graceful, Kind and Defiant:

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Tessa is the very definition.


Fairy Godmother

A Character That Always Has Someone Looking Out for Them:

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I love Brownyn and Addy’s families in this book, especially their sisters!


Helpful Creatures

Something That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad:

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Enough said.


Ashes

A Book You Didn’t Care For:

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My detest of this book is not unknown.


Pumpkin

A Character with a Transformation:

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Not a physical transformation, but she goes from spy to superhero so…


Impossible

A Book with an Ending You Didn’t See Coming:

 

I’m not going to say anything else on these.


Just Breathe

Something That Inspires You to be Courageous:

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The entire book is about learning to be brave (and then other adjectives).


Happily Ever After

A Book With a Perfect Ending:

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Its rare that everything gets wrapped up so nicely, but this book does it!


I Tag…

Roses Book Nook

Whoever wants to I guess. Everyone who reads this! Take your pick.

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Last year I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

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

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

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Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Discussion: On Un-Hauling Books & How

Books –

Every book blogger faces the problem, one day or another, of having too many.

For example, my room is basically:

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Which is:

  1. Honestly probably some sort of health hazard (my shelf did once collapse and almost kill me once)
  2. Not so easy to deal with when I go to college next Fall.

My solution?

Unhaul some books.

Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.


What Is An Un-Haul?

An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.


What Do You Mean, Getting Rid of Books?

I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.

It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…

Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.

And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:

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Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.


But How Do I Un-Haul? Its hard!

Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.

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Step 1 )

Take a good hard look at your books.

Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?

You need a goal, or the books might drown you.


Step 2 )

Good job!

You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!

Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.

Gather boxes.

I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade


Step 3 )

Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.


Step 4 )

Now we get to the hard part.

The un-hauling.

Get all the books off the shelves.

They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.


Step 5 )

If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.

If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.

The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.


Step 6 )

Sort. Then sort some more.

Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.

Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.


Step 7 )

Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.

You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?


Step 8 )

All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.

If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.


Step 9 )

Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf


Step 10 )

Plan for the future.

Where will new books go?

Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?

The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.


And you’re done! 

You did it!

You survived the unhaul!

Reward yourself!

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The ACB Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Icebreaker694 – go check out her wonderful blog. She’s a saint for putting up with my perpetually late tags…


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

  2. Use the tags pic (should be at the top of this post)

  3. Mention the creator (Alex @ LordoftheTrekkies) – Who is a lovely blogger in her own right!

  4. Answer the questions below

  5. List three of your favorite blogs

  6. Tag at least two others to try this tag


The “Questions”

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A-Annoying Name a character that got on your nerves.

There are too many for me to figure one out right now…..


L-Labyrinth A plot thats hard to understand.

I can’t think of anything…………


E-Excellent What book, in your opinion, has the best writing?

 


X-Xenograft A plot/situation/character-type that’s been way over used.

I LIKE most tropes. But I can do away with the “YA parents can only be terrible or absent there is no other way of life” thing that happens.


C-Careless A book that is filled with plot holes and inconsistency.

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Its not a bad book, but raised a lot of questions that were never really answered.


H-Helpful A book that’s always been there for you.

 


A-Anticipation A book that you’ve wanted to read for a while.

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R-Ravaged A book to movie adaptation that really stunk.

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Great books, terrible movies…..


M-Metamorphic A character that changed a lot.

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Percy grows a lot throughout the series.


I-Ingenious A one of a kind story/character.

Illuminae – I’ve never seen another book like that one.

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N-Narrative A retelling of a story that you like better then the original.

Not a book but, Easy A – Much more entertaining than The Scarlet Letter.


G-Guru Your go to author.

JK Rowling / Rick Riordan / Cassie Clare

I could be happy reading only their books for all of time.


Blogs

I can’t answer these kinds of questions okay? Everyone’s blog is wonderful in its own way and will be enjoyed by people of these preferences.


I Tag

Roses Book Nook

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

 

 

Book Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here

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Official Summary:

Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review!


3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I haven’t read many books with a lesbian MC, so that was interesting. And I thought Maeve’s anxiety was accurately portrayed to the best of my knowledge, but it did ratchet up my own. The entire premise is a little over dramatic for my taste, and while the plot was slow at times, I thought it was pretty well done. Overall, I liked it.

Inside Out Book Tag (2)

The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this…months ago. I am bad at tags okay!?! But they are epic and amazing and you should go check out their blog!

I did this tag already (Inside Out Book Tag) but I didn’t do it very well, and I was tagged again so…

Go with with it okay?

Good.

Lets do this!

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A book that brings you JOY

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SAD

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY

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A BOOK THAT DISGUSTS YOU

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A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU FEAR

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Book Review: In Real Life

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I received an ebook of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Original Release Date:

Published October 14th 2014 by First Second (first published 2014)

Date I Read The Book:

September 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Graphic Novel / Standalone

Official Summary:

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little BrotherFor the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

In Real Life is a graphic novel – and I beautifully illustrated one at that. The art even varies slightly between the real world and the game world to help you visualize, the colors are really nice, and the panels are played out in a way that makes the story really easy to read, even if your not big on graphic novels. Its a good one to start with if you want to get into them.

I liked the characters – they all seemed very real, fallible and honest. Anda was super relatable. I liked the story – it had a nice message about empathy and how you can never fully understand someone else’s struggles, but it doesn’t shove it down your throat. I will say that if you don’t know at least the basics of MMORPGs, you might not fully get some of the dialogue as its a big part of the story, but you don’t need to be a professional player of league of legends or anything to get it (I dislike MMORPGs even though I love video games and normal RPGs).

The ending felt a little abrupt – and you have to suspend your disbelief a little, as things are resolved a little too easily. But its a cute story overall.

I really enjoyed this!