Nominated for the Liebster Award!

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Thank you so much to The Bookish Underdog for very kindly nominating me for this!

The rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

The 11 Questions Bookish Underdog Gave Me:

  1. What made you want to start a blog?

I enjoy writing and sharing my love of books. A good amount of friends and family always asked me to read and review books for them. So, why not?! Plus, I loooove talking about books even if my view differs from anothers.

2. Are you a dog or a cat person? 

Difficult question, because I have both and I’d classify myself as a general animal lover. I have 3 cats, 1 dog and a horse. I do love my kitty snuggles when I read though. [I usually have all 3 cats littered around me when I read.]

3. Which famous person, dead or alive, would you most like to meet?

That’s a good and hard question, there are so many brilliant minds that I would love to meet. Beethoven, Van Gogh and Poe are my top three… and it’s very hard to narrow those down.

4. EXCLUDING Harry Potter, which fictional world would you most like to visit?

I would LOVE to visit A.G. Howard’s Wonderland, it sounds so much creepier than Carroll’s land, but also beautiful, too!

5. Name something on your bucket list

I would love to go jet setting around Europe. If not, the entirety then, at least, Ireland.

6. What did you do for your last birthday?

I went up to Maine with my family. I absolutely love Maine. The coast, the woodlands, everything about it. I frequent Portland and Freeport. I just love it there, plus Freeport has a quaint Bookstore that I love to go to!

7. Right or left handed?

Right handed.

8. Would you rather a tiny house and a massive garden or a massive house and a tiny garden?

A tiny house and a massive garden. A nice house is well.. nice.. but a massive garden is inspirational, it’s relaxing and splendid. I’d opt for a large yard or garden every time.

9. Do you believe in gods/a god?

Yes, I do believe in God.

10. Which Harry Potter spell do you most wish you could use in real – life? [Let’s pretend there’s no International statute of secrecy]

Considering I’ve never actually read the books… I don’t really know any of the spells.The only one I know is the Patronus Charm, I think that would be cool. I know it’s the most difficult spell, too.

11. If you had to choose, which would you rather live without: books, TV/film or music?

TV. I’m not overly keen on TV. I don’t even go to the movies often or even watch them at home. I love music and reading though.

11 Random Facts about me:

  1. My childhood nickname is Sissy and my family still calls my by the name.
  2. I went to a private high school and yes I had to wear a uniform. It wasn’t a cute one either.
  3. Yellow has been my favorite color since I was a little girl.
  4. The Princess Bride is my all-time favorite movie, the book was great too!
  5. I cry maybe once a year. I’m not big on crying and it’s hard to make me cry! Weird right?
  6. I will one day have a Beauty & The Beast library… Okay, maybe not on that scale, but I will have a darn big library! As of right now I have 2 book shelves. I LOVE physical books and prefer them to eBooks, it’s just with my limited amount of space I had begun the eBook binge reading.
  7. I love running. I have run 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. My goal is to compete a full marathon next year. Whoo!
  8. I own a Border Collie named Alice [after Alice in Wonderland,] who I show in the conformation ring.
  9. This year I’ll be trying to publish a work of my own! I just need to set aside time for myself 😉
  10. I have 2 kiddos under the age of 5. Which makes setting aside that time somewhat difficult… 😉
  11. I believe that Coffee is a necessity to live life to its fullest. Chocolate as well.

The Blogs that I nominate for this award:

Jennifer Hamilton

Bookish Regards

The 11 questions I want you to answer are…

  1. What is your favorite book
  2. Coffee, Tea or Hot chocolate?
  3. Who is your literary OTP?
  4. Bentley, Benz or Beamer?
  5. Favorite quote of all time?
  6. If you could live anywhere from a literary place, where would you live and why?
  7. What is your favorite book series?
  8. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. Vampires or Werewolves?
  11. If you could have any ability what would it be?

 

 

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult, Fairytale

Pages: 294

Published by Penguin Roc

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The unicorn wants to find other unicorns. Mage Schmendrick, whose magic seldom works, never as he intended, rescues unicorn from Mommy Fortuna’s Midnight Carnival. Only some mythical beasts displayed are illusions. Molly Grue believes in legends despite Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. King Haggard and his Bull banish unicorns into sea.


  ★★★


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The Brush of Black Wings by Grace Draven

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Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 135 [novella]

Series: Book 2 of Master of Crows

Published by Smashwords

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During a foray into the woods of Neith, Martise stumbles upon a ruined temple and reawakens not only a power she thought lost, but also something far more malevolent. An ancient darkness, imprisoned in an eternal cage, sees a chance at freedom in a woman once held in bondage.

Desperate to save her, the Master of Crows will break the barriers of time and worlds to challenge an entity born of forgotten magic and the remnants of souls—a demon king who once led hordes of the damned across the face of the world.

The destroyer of gods will battle the destroyer of men to reclaim her and discover a truth the keepers of history once conspired to conceal.

A tale of revelation and redemption.


  ★★★


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Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

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Genre: Cultural, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

Pages: 400

Published by Knopf

Release date: February 23rd, 2016

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A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century.

February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island, just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law. In the following weeks, as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition, Dr. Tsai becomes one of the many thousands of people dragged away from their families and thrown into prison. His return, after more than a decade, is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community—conflicts that loom over the growing bond he forms with his youngest daughter. Years later, this troubled past follows her to the United States, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before.  

As the novel sweeps across six decades and two continents, the life of the narrator shadows the course of Taiwan’s history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and, finally, to Taiwan’s transformation into a democracy. But, above all, Green Island is a lush and lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, raising the question: how far would you be willing to go for the ones you love?


 ★★


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A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau/Joe King

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Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Medieval

Pages: 90

Published by Gelineau & King

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A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.


 ★★


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A girl’s guide to moving on by Debbie Macomber

 

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★★★☆☆

Genres: romance, contemporary, chick-lit, women’s fiction

Pages:  352

Series: Standalone

Published by Ballantine Books

Release date: February 23rd, 2016

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I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first time reading a Debbie Macomber book. I’m late to the party and I know it while I have seen her movies on Hallmark during the holiday seasons I’ve never actually read her books. Nor have I read any contemporary romances that weren’t a young adult, so this was an experience for me to say the least.

Leanne and Nichole are mother in law and daughter in law, they are close and bonded by the fact their husbands have been consistently unfaithful and they are newly divorced. They’re close, as in live in the same apartment complex and live across the hall from one another. It’s been two years since Nichole hasn’t lived with her estranged husband and she’s still wishy washy.

This book is told in first person in the perspectives of Leanne and Nichole so you get a feel of how they are bonded to one another as well as how their lives affect one another. Once the men they meet come onto the scene their lives are filled with turmoil, questions and more drama than what they perhaps thought would come their way.

Each woman seems to grow, even though I wasn’t keen on Nikolai, Leanne’s counterpart – because he could be too controlling at times and used his emotions to manipulate Leanne, it did, however, make her grow as a person. Rocco and Nichole’s relationship made me smile, but he seemed a little distant, too distant.. and when it came to each relationship I wasn’t able to connect but I could connect with their overall emotional dismay at their situations.

Overall, it was a decent book and quick read. It was cute, but nothing substantial.

Unpopular Opinion Book tag

 

I wasn’t tagged, but I’m certainly snagging this!


Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you, linking back to their site
  • Answer the eight points
  • Tag other bloggers to do the tag


My Answers:

  • A popular book or series that you didn’t like

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Ugh…. One instance where I actually prefer the movie to the book! My sister begged me to read this series with her so she would have someone to wail with. So I did and I regretted every blessed moment. It hurt me to actually read these books. My sister loved it…

  • A popular book that everyone hates but you love

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Warm Bodies. Before it was a movie, before anyone was talking about it… I picked up this book and loved it. I don’t know.. a romanticized zombie book intrigued me. It was different, it was unique and a unique take on “Zombie-ism.” It’s still one of those reads that I chuckle over… and the funnier part is I got my mother hooked on the book so much she [a 50 year old woman,] brought it to her Book Club and made it the book of the month to read. Go Mum!

  • A love triangle where your ship did not sail

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Ruin & Rising. My ship did not sail and without giving it away…. I think I choked up.

  • A popular genre that you hardly reach for

 

A genre I don’t reach for, well that’s tough, but generally I don’t read much contemporary, but I will. Non-fiction isn’t something I typically go for and neither is mystery.

Something I’ve never read? 53

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Percy Jackson series & Harry Potter series
  • A beloved character you didn’t like

Cinder. That’s a tough one and I’m sure later I’m going to be going AH! You should have used this one instead! But I really couldn’t stand Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. It’s a series that I’ve grudgingly read ONE AND A HALF books out of…

  • A popular author you can’t get into

J.K. Rowling. I don’t know, maybe that is unfair because I’ve never read her work. There is so much hype surrounding the books that I just find myself iffy about picking them up. Maybe Marissa Meyer would be a better choice!

  • A popular book series you have no interest in reading

Harry Potter. Percy Jackson I’ll probably pick up and read here and there, but Harry Potter…eergh I just don’t know.

  • An adaptation you like better than the book

Maze Runner! There were definitely things I liked better in the movie than in the book, considering I thought the books were horrid. There were some bits that were really important that they botched and to me didn’t make sense. BUT…. the movies are far better than the series.

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