The Spark Within! Chapters 6 and 7 by Alex Abaz

I did receive a free copy of this book. It does not affect my review in any way. 

   Chapter 6: Hardship and Poverty are an Assault on One’s Existence 
   I liked this chapter (totally not the fact that the Hunger Games were mentioned…) a lot. It had a lot to do with poverty and the hardships that come with it.

    “An assault on one’s existence.” This was well explained through mentioning Katniss and Gale as they talk about what it’s like to leave in District 12. They are rules by a higher class of people, and the thought of rebelling was death. It was unthinkable at the time. It was their life and they had no idea how to live in otherwise.

    I’m not the richest person in the world, okay. I go through my own little fits where I wish I could get something only to realize I have no money. I don’t have the newest brand of clothing. I have off-brands and hand-me-downs. Mostly I’m okay with it. They’re just clothes. But then you have those people who have a distaste for that kind of stuff. It’s “not in style.” And I think that’s when it really gets to me. 

     But we’re talking even lower than not being able to buy the newest jacket or Converse. When I read this chapter, I thought of all of those who fight and try to get food on the table every night. There are people out there who only own one pair of shoes. Some people don’t even have a home! 

     And if you have ever been on social media, I’m sure you’ve seen those videos that show a kind homeless man being attacked by people passing by. People judge him and tell him to get off his butt and get a job. It’s awful. Sure, maybe he did throw his life away, but pushing him down like that won’t help him back up. “We must cultivate a sense of respect for diversification and a desire for everyone to have the same opportunities.” That man will not get better, he will never find a job, he will never get his life in order, unless there are people out there willing to help him. Other than helping him, we shame him for putting himself into that situation in the first place. How cruel.

     The poor single mother trying to get enough money to send her children to school will have a tough time saving money for their college. Yet for some of these parents out there don’t even care if their children even attend school half the time. Some of the high school students don’t even care if we get a diploma. And when they do get into college, they blow their money on parties and drugs. And still this mother raises her children on top of two jobs, telling them to get scholarships and make her proud. How we take our opportunities for granted. 

     I’m taking personal finance this semester. There is one thing that is told to us over our online classes: Save. Spend. Give. Once you’ve saved up, you’ll have money you don’t know what to do with. Give it to someone in need. Walk up to someone on the ground in the midst of a city sidewalk. Set a cheeseburger or an apple beside them. Tell him you will pray for them. Give them respect.

       That’s what really went through my head throughout this chapter. I’ve always wanted to help those who struggle in their finances. Just to give them opportunities that they couldn’t get from anywhere else. Some people really deserve to have a nice home and other people to love on them. 
Chapter 7: Most of Us have Unrealistic Expectations of What is Possible in a Day

This chapter was pretty short, but I did think a lot about it.

How much stuff do I want to become when I’m older? 

I want to be a writer. I want to be a graphic designer. I want to go to college and I want to have a family of my own. I want to be well known for inspirational works of fiction. 

This will sound weird, sometimes I daydream about being part of an announcement that my book will be turned into a movie, displayed for the whole world to see. I daydream that my life will still be together.

And yet there are people out there, people who are famous and known across the world that obviously do not have it together. They’re stressed out constantly. Between the fans and the work and the constant travel. I want YouTube a lot, and a lot of my favorite YouTubers (who are usually full of energy and smiles) post videos that they are taking a break for a bit to calm down. Too many things are happening and it’s making them sick.

It makes me think what if the life I want isn’t the life I need? What if the life I want isn’t realistic? 

I know this chapter is about the possibilities inside a day. Getting things done within one day. Managing your time and admitting when something can’t be done, but all of it compared to a career isn’t all that different. Sometimes, you have to admit you cannot do both. You have to choose what you’re able to do. One of my favorite YouTubers said once at the end of a vlog (not quoted to exact words), “I’m not having fun anymore. I’m always stressed out and irritated and it’s affecting everyone around me as well. I have take a leave for a bit to catch up with myself.” He couldn’t take the pressure of having so many things placed on him. Many other celebrities have that same exact problems. Normal people have the same exact problems. 

“When we plan our projects realistically we stand a better chance of achieving our goals,” Abaz writes at the end of the chapter. Look at the reality of your situation. Is it possible? Is it really? Be honest. I have to rethink a lot about what I want my future to hold. I have to know my limits. 

The Dwelling of Ekhidna Release Day Celebration: Guest Post with Lauren Jankowski

Hi guys! As a Snowy Wings Publishing Snow Angel, I am happy to celebrate with you the release of Lauren Jankowski’s The Dwelling of Ekhidna! To celebrate it, I am happy to host Lauren here on how she built the Meadows, the Home of the Guardians! Enjoy!

 

The Dwelling of Ekhidna (Book Five of The Shape Shifter Chronicles) by Lauren Jankowski

thedwellingofekhidna-ebook_-683x1024The home of the guardians, the Meadows, has always been a place of peace and safety, untouched by the ongoing war against the Grenich Corporation. But that could only last so long.

During the guardians’ autumn celebration, a bomb goes off, shattering the Meadows tranquility. In the aftermath of a tragedy, a deadly virus is released that afflicts only healers. The only cure to the virus is hidden in the Seelie Court, in a location that only one knows: Eris, a legendary trickster, locked away in the dungeons of the Pearl Castle for her crimes against the peoples of Earth. When the Four are forced into a temporary alliance with the unpredictable Eris, their journey becomes more perilous than anyone expected.

 

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Lauren Jankowski has been an avid reader for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. Also known for her activism for asexual visibility, she has taught a course on writing asexual characters for the “Writing the Others” series. She founded Asexual Artists, is a member of Pack of Aces, and is an outspoken feminist. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets.

Through Snowy Wings Publishing, Lauren is the author of The Shape Shifter Chronicles (The Dwelling of Ekhidna, 2017; and to be re-released through SWP in 2017, Sere From the Green, Through Storm and Night, From the Ashes and Haunted by the Keres), a NA urban fantasy series drawing from ancient mythology.

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Building the Meadows, the Home of the Guardians

A major part of fantasy is creating new and fascinating worlds for readers to explore and lose themselves in. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of speculative fiction, but it can also be maddening. This was something I learned early on when I first started writing my series, The Shape Shifter Chronicles.

In the series, there’s a race of beings called the Guardians. Me, being the massive myth nerd I am, I knew I wanted to draw from various mythologies to create the Guardians, who are very similar to deities you come across in different myths. They’re not quite as vengeful and much, much more hands off than the gods we all know and love. However, I knew they needed to be in their own world. They simply wouldn’t go walking about Earth: they love and protect the Earth, but it isn’t their home.

The Meadows proved to be one of the most difficult settings to write. Located in its own sort of dimension, the Meadows can only be reached by Appearing (a skill possessed by all guardians and a few protector families). That took care of the whole, “Why don’t the villains just attack the guardians” quandary I ran into at first.

The guardians exist to make sure everything on Earth runs smoothly (including emotions: there are emotion guardians to make sure no emotion gets completely out of control), so the two places are closely linked. Knowing this, I made Earth kind of a baseline for things like physics in the Meadows. The environments are quite similar, though there’s no pollution in the Meadows because they don’t use a lot of the technology that Earth requires.

When I first started writing about the Meadows, I had a rough idea of what their world looked like (and that was how I came up with the name) and then I started thinking about the various lands there needed to be: the Royals (land of the head guardians, but also the healers, the librarians, and the emotion guardians), Water (all bodies of water), Nature (nature and the weather. The gem guardians caves would be there and the guardian smiths), Day, Night, and Fire. Then I started thinking about how guardians would communicate with each other (through messengers, who delivered handwritten notes because they took a vow of silence). But how would a fire guardian visit a water guardian? The first guardians made a trail that winds throughout all the lands, the Argentine Path, which guardians can safely travel on and avoid contact with elements they prefer not to physically touch (what a guardian watches over is part of their identity, so fire guardians tend to be uneasy near water). I would basically come up with a question and then figure out an answer to it, but not always an obvious one. When figuring out solutions, I had to think like a guardian.

What gave me the most trouble, and continues to give me a lot of trouble, is the issue of time. Because the Meadows is slightly older than the Earth, but there was a cataclysmic event in their history that makes their generations slightly off. When I’m not writing my series, I’m often working on a massive project that I have been working on for as long as I’ve been writing novels: a complete history of the Meadows, both told from the shape shifters point of view and the guardians. If I ever wind up publishing it, it will likely be split because, like all cultures, the story differs depending on who tells it.

This history project is what actually helps keep me on track and helps me build the world that is the Meadows (as well as the other worlds that are revealed in book four). Storytelling is important to cultures: how did we come into being? Why are we here? Even beings as powerful as the guardians ask these questions. And I think that’s what fascinates me about them: they’re immortal, possess great power, and yet they still cherish stories. Even the mythical beings have myths and stories.

The Meadows is a land of nature and one of stories. The guardians live in a peaceful world, though they do still have personal squabbles and tiffs. The one thing they all have in common is they recognize the power of stories. Their culture is one built on stories passed down from generation to generation.

There’s a lot of advice about world building out there, much of it worth a read. My best advice is look at the stories your characters tell. Why do they tell those stories? How do they tell those stories? What do those stories say about your characters and cultures they are part of? Look up old fairytales and myths, study them, figure out what they’re actually saying about the world. Then try creating a mythos for the characters you’re writing. You’d be very surprised just how much insight you get about your characters and the world they inhabit.

 

Thank you for guest posting for us, Lauren! And congrats on your newest book! Go order Lauren’s newest book, The Dwelling of Ekhidna, here on Smashwords!

 

 

100th Post: Interview + GIVEAWAY with Marie Silk!

Hi guys! Man, January is almost over! It has been an amazing month for LILbooKlovers. This is actually the 100th post of LILbooKlovers! Woo hoo! *cue streams and balloons* I am so happy to celebrate our 100th post with Marie Silk, a #1 Amazon bestseller who has had her book Heiress Interrupted placed in the goodie bags at the Golden Globes- the movie and TV show Golden Globes- and the Producers Guild Awards! I loved her first book, and I hope you will enjoy this interview and enter the giveaway below!

We have also nearly tripled our views this month and have met a ton of amazing authors and bloggers! I have definitely enjoyed this month with all of you! To end off January, here is an exclusive interview and GIVEAWAY with Marie Silk. Marie Silk’s book Heiress Interrupted was actually put into the goodie bags at this year’s Golden Globe- the Golden Globes where Jimmy Fallon sang an opening number that parodied La La Land– and the Producers Guild Awards! Marie is also an #1 Amazon bestselling author and the #87 author in Historical Fiction on Amazon! If you want to win her amazing book series (I loved the first book Davenport House), then enter below!

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1. What is your Davenport House series about?photo-7

The Davenport House series follows the lives of a wealthy family and their servants in 1915 America.  The house is turned upside down with the sudden death of the patriarch.  This tragedy sets into motion a chain of events which affects everyone on the estate, including the workers.

2. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?

I love writing because I know how enjoyable it is for me to read a story that originated in the imaginations of other writers. I hope to bring that enjoyment to others.  It’s hard to remember a time that I wasn’t writing. When I was ten years old, I was sent with some other students to organize the storage room at school.  I remember being intrigued by the puppets and theatrical props that were in there. I went home and wrote a play that would use the props. The teachers at school liked the script and we later produced the play for the students.  This was probably the first time I realized that I could write a story.  It was fun!

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The Cellar (The Cellar #1) by Natasha Preston

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day. Here’s my book review.

Goodreads Summary: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

Rating: 7/10

This book had so much potential, although at the end I completely lost interest. First of all, the relationship between the main character, Summer, and her boyfriend, Lewis, is completely sappy and unreal. Also, the story ended abruptly. The tension was building, and all of the sudden it was very choppy and pieces were missing. It was all so confusing and such a mess at the end. There was also no real backstory for the other characters. I wish the author would have told us more about Clover and the relationship with his mom which lead to his desire for the perfect family. I would have also liked to known more about Rose and Poppy as well. Again, there was a lot of potential for this story, but it seemed rushed and not very well-thought out by the end. Also, there were several typos, as well as a lot of unanswered questions that could easily have been addressed.

I would recommend passing on this book.

50 Followers Milestone!

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Made for Me, by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

Hi guys! Man, I need to really catch up on reviews! I’m reading more than I could write! I have two more to write after this, so I got to do some more writing! Do you think this book was “made for me?” Ha. Get it? No laughs? Tough crowd.

DISCLAIMER: I have received a free electronic copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. In no way will this affect my review.

Made for Me outlines the unique love story of Abrielle, a woman in looking of the perfect guy, and Sampson, a guy looking for love. After being paired with each other on a dating website, they instantly fall in love, but Sampson holds a secret that he has been concealing for many years. Concealing this secret for Abrielle means that they will have to go against society’s norms and rules, but she asks herself if it’s all worth it for the love of her life.

Rating: 8/10 stars

This review is going to be written a little differently than a normal review because I have two different feelings for the beginning half of this book and the ending half of this book. As I started this book, there were some things that bugged me as I read on, but once it reached the midpoint, I started to love it! That’s why this review is different from all the others. It’s still going to have 2-4 paragraphs depending on how much I want to write, but in a different order!

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Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry

Hello everyone! Hope your having a marvelous day. I just finished this book so here’s my review 😁

Goodreads Summary: Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Rating: 10/10

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up SLATED, other than the fact that the cover and synopsis sucked me right in. But I can say this, It greatly exceeded my expectations: suspense, mind-bending mystery, romance, and just the right amount of science fiction. The mystery…the relationship between Kyla and Ben, the gorgeously descriptive writing, and the awesome ending. The ending has a heart-wrenching, amazingly shocking twist, and that’s another reason I love it.

Recommend: YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK.

Damaged Goods Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Bardsley

Hi guys! If you’re here on the Damaged Goods blog tour, welcome to my tour stop! What a great way to end the tour, huh? This series is actually one of my most anticipated reads of 2016! I can’t wait to start it! And today, I have the honor to interview the lovely Jennifer Bardsley, also known as the YA Gal! (*internally screaming insider because I’m so happy I got to interview her*). Let’s get on with the tour!

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Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)

Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Pub. Date: January 17, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis:

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

 

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Title: GENESIS GIRL (Blank Slate #1)

Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Pub. Date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 280

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon |  B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Books A Million | Google Play | IndieBound

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 

 

About Jennifer: jennifer-bardsley

Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.

GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary Agency LLC.

Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

 

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Interview with Jennifer Bardsley:

Kester: In your own words, what is your Blank Slate series about?

Jennifer: The Blank Slate series is about a teenager named Blanca who grew up in a quasi-religious cult called the Vestals, where she was shielded from the Internet for eighteen years. Blanca grew up with no online profile or digital footprint. All the Vestals were blank slates, and since that is so rare, it made them valuable. In GENESIS GIRL Blanca’s digital purity gets auctioned off to the highest bidder. In DAMAGED GOODS, Blanca struggles to overcome the brainwashing of her past.

Kester: Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?

Jennifer: I grew up keeping a diary. It’s really hard to commit to a diary, and I flaked out a whole bunch, but did manage to write a few times a month. Now I have diaries from when I was ten to fifteen that I treasure. If I was a teenager today though, I’d probably have an anonymous blog instead.

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Catch the Spark Within! By Alex Abaz Chapters 4 and 5!

I have recieved a free copy of this book, but it will not influence my review in any way.Hello, book lovers! I want to apolgize for my late-ness. Tuesday was a very busy day with volleyball practice. I passed out as soon as I got home. But as promised, I will give you my review over the next two chapters.

UPDATE: I am SOOOOOO sorry. There was an error when I posted this Wednesday, and I did not realize it until today. Very sorry for the wait! 

Chapter Four: Flexibility is an elastic fiber that stretches life

Now this chapter was interesting to me. I really love the word flexible. It reminds me of one of those bendy pencils elementary school teachers give you for being good. 

While I consider myself to be flexible at some moments in my life, I do say there are some things I just cannot fathom changing to do. Becoming an adult where I have to manage my money and get a job and pay for my own electric bills? It may be easy as a teen with a parent helping me out, but one day I will not havethat privilege anymore. Changing to fit my life scares me. I want the stay the same, because I love the easiness of it.

I absolutely hate things being the same all the time. I love my bed, I love it more than anything, but after a week of Christmas vacation doing nothing, I start to go a little crazy. I hate it when I see something routinely done in my personality. I hate for things to be uniform. I love excitement and energy. (This is reason I adore fantasy reads. They give you so much more to look at.) Abaz tells her readers that we need to be able to transform when things are switched up on us. If we are too busy getting depressed that our lives are being changed in a way we cannot keep up, we will lose sight of what is important. Even though I love change, there are some situations I find myself in that give me the worst anxiety.

I’ll share this with you, because it is something that happened recently. I hate public speaking. I hate it so much. I stutter and figdet and lose my mind. If I think about what I want to say too much, I lose it altogether. I’ve never prayed out loud for a group before. Sure, I’ve been in a prayer circle and I contributed to it with a couple words, but I have never actually prayed individually for a group. Not too long ago, I was called on to take the group into prayer. Instantly, my anxious shot up to Mount Everst. I muttered, “No. No. You seriously do NOT want to call on me.” But then they all bowed their heads and I tried to think of something to say. “Uh… uh… Thank y-you for t-this d-day and I, uh…” I know how to pray. I pray every night. I pray in a tough situation, I pray in a good situation. I have a relationship with God. But every ounce of my knowledge from the lesson, every piece of love I have for God, was overrun with the thought that I could not do it. It nagged me. I was “stiff.” I couldn’t do it because it wasn’t something I could easily adapt to doing. I didn’t “enjoy the journey” because I could not “settle down and accept” the fact I could do it if I just relaxed. I was not being flexible.

Long story short, I did not even finish the pray. I went home thinking how easy it could have been if I just would’ve taken it with a little bit more ease.

Before I read this, all I thought about was getting the day over it. Check this date off so that now I am day closer to graduation. I don’t stop and take the time to see the “challenge” set before me to take it as an “opportunity.” I am going to be completely honest with you. This was a wake-up call. This chapter talks about opening up your eyes to what is laid out in front of you. I tried to open my eyes up to reality. Why am I even in school? What will I do after school? It blew up on me. The day I realized I had no idea how I was going to get into college caused me to march right up to the guidance counselor to ask her a billion questions. Opening up my eyes, it showed me everything that I was missing: the beauty in God’s creations and His doors opening up for me to step through.

Chapter Five: Serendipity is what happens when you stray off the beaten path

Destiny. When I think of that word, I think of knights in shining armor who are destined to save the world. But if I bring myself into the situation, I think of the life God has set before me. What I am called to do in life.

At first, I had no idea what serenditpity even meant, so I was a bit confused. But then Abaz define it as “finding a jewel of something when you’re not expecting it. That something may be an opportunity, a guide, a friend, cash, joy, or anything else that you weren’t seeking but will make your life easier or better.” 

Mostly all of us go through something diffifult in our lives. Big or small, we have our moments of confusion, anger, depression… but then little things come at us that make us smile and help us keep going. Did we ever expect these small deeds? Probably not. But they sure are accepted.

We don’t expect good things to come out of stuff we don’t know anything about. We have to take risks. We have to get off this set course that we think is the best path, but in reality, it does not help you. It only weakens your spirit. We need to explore different areas that are available. They may not seem like much from far away, but once you start towards it, you may just see the beauty in it. In the end, the serendipity given you to just may change your mind. Those wonderful gifts help shape your “fate” for the better. 

I am going to Ecuador this summer for missionary work. Only my friend and I are going plus some adults to help spread the Word. At first thought, one thinks, “Helping people! Yes!” But then you get it laid down on you: bad service. No WiFi. Need a bathroom? I think there’s a ditch somewhere. And you instantly began to think, “Oh no. I won’t be able to survive.” I’ve thought it. I know others have thought it. While my other peers backed out of it (possibly for that readon, I don’t know), I am still going, because I believe in serendipity. I believe good comes out of every situation. So I will go. And I will love on everyone there.

Take that different road. See how you like it. Spend time in the good things it has to offer. FIGHT for what you think is the best way. Do not be stubborn or afraid to tread onto new paths.

Thank you, Alex Aaz for two more wonderful chapters. You really open up my eyes. I think there you are part of the reason I tried out for volleyball. I’ve always wanted to play, but was too afraid to join. Now I have gone to my first meeting. Hopefully, I will continue to enjoy it! 

Mystery Blogger Award

So LILbooKlovers just got its first ever award, nominated by both the wonderful Claudia from A Daily Cloud and Misty from TheLittleIssuez! Thank you guys so much for nominating the crew and me! This is actually our first ever award and tag, so I’m really, really excited about this! This is awesome! Go check out their blogs if you have the chance!The Mystery Blogger Award was first created by Okoto Enigma from Okoto Enigma’s Blog, and it’s such a wonderful idea! untitled

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  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 as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify 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 a link to your best post(s)

 

Three Things About Myself

  1. I play the violin and piano, and I sing in choirs! I have played in collegiate and regional orchestras and sung in regional and state choirs.
  2. I am aspiring to become a computer engineer after college!
  3. My top three foods (in no random order) are cheesecake, onion rings, and chicken (any chicken).

Questions I Was Given from Claudia (1-5) and Misty (6-10)

1) What is one genre you barely read from, and why?

Horror. I get easily scared sometimes. When watching the newest Ghostbusters movie, I actually couldn’t watch because I knew a jump scare was coming. Yet I went through the Conjuring 2 without getting frightened… I can’t do scary stuff!

2) Who is your top fictional crush?

Tina Goldstein from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She will be my fictional girlfriend if I could date her. She’s definitely the ideal girl for me!

3) What is one film adaptation you preferred to the book?

I really don’t know (because there’s rarely any film adaptations better than books), but I would re-watch the Hunger Games movie than re-read the book.

4) If you could only read one series over and over again for the rest of your life, which series would you pick?

Ooh, this is a toughie, but I would go with The Continuum Trilogy by Jennifer Brody. It’s so amazing it would be the first series I would pick up if I were doing re-reads.

5) Who is your favourite booktuber or book blogger (besides me of course ;))

Stephanie, from TeacherofYA! She’s one of the first blogger friends I have made, and she is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! I love her and her blog!

6) Dog or Cat?

Dogs, for sure!

7) What was the most overplayed song of 2016?

Sorry, by Justin Bieber. I just can’t stand that song.

8) If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?

To read a book in a few seconds… Or at least faster!

9) What kind of books do you like? (Fantasy? Romance? Horror? … etc)

I am a Young Adult/ Historical Fiction/ Dystopian / Humor/ Indie junkie all the way!

10) If you were stranded on an island, which celebrity would you take with you to eat?

I would rather starve to death, honestly! I can’t imagine myself resorting to cannibalism.

 

I Nominate These People (I love these blogs!):

Susan from Susanlovesbooks

Rafael Ray from The Royal Polar Bear Reads

Krysti from YA and Wine

Stephanie from TeacherofYA

Rita from Bookish Rita

Emily from Bibliobibuli YA

Kayla from Books, Boxes, and Baubles

Rakel from MiRakelBooks

Zac from Of Bleeding Pens and Pages

Tiana from The Book Raven

 

Here are My Questions for my Nominees:

1) What is one reading habit that bugs you?

2) If you could be best friends with one fictional character, would who it be?

3) Who was the biggest author that you’ve met? Who was the biggest author that you gotten a signed book from?

4) What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

5) What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?

 

Here are Some of My Best and Favorite Posts!

Interviews: Alan Gratz, Jennifer Brody, and Brittany Goodwin

Reviews: The 13th Continuum, If You’re Gone, Alibi Interrupted