Anything But Books Tag

Emily tagged me in this tag…back in June, I think it was? Shocker that I’m just now completing it, right? Thanks for the tag, Emmy! <3


Name a cartoon that you love.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is definitely one of my favorites. I watched it back when it first aired on Nickelodeon and instantly fell in love. I would never get tired of watching this series. I enjoyed the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, but not nearly as much as the original.

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What is your favorite song right now?

It’s a bit of a tie right now. I just recently heard one of Skillet’s newer songs that was released with their album, Unleashed, last fall. That song would be The Resistance. I’ve also been repeatedly listening to Black Rose by Volbeat. Here’s a video of both if you’re interested. I’ve been listening to a lot of Panic! At The Disco as well and one of my friends recently got me into Mystery Skulls.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Go hiking. Go camping. Pet my dogs. Cook (I’ve been trying to more recently since I’ll be moving out in the near future). Binge watch TV shows. Play video games.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Ughhh, I feel that my followers wouldn’t be surprised by much (is that a good or bad thing…? Heh…). I don’t do anything all that surprising, really. I’m a pretty non-surprising person. #letsmoveon

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Different ways to make Crab Rangoons. I am obsessed with them. I could eat twenty and not feel a drop of regret. There’s a surprising number of ways to make them, including turning it into a dip. Now I want some…*drool*

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can’t really think of anything to put here. I feel like nothing is ‘unusual’ anymore, because a lot of people can do a lot of things. I used to be able to do a fairly decent Scottish accent, but I haven’t done it in years and it’s probably not any good anymore.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

Well, I’m not super crafty or anything, but I made these center pieces for my friend’s bridal shower and I was rather pleased with how they turned out. They’re on the simple side, but it was a pain in the butt to get that black sparkly ribbon to stay put.

 

What is your most recent personal project?

Well, I tried participating in NaNoWriMo this year and it went about as well as I thought it would, with me being in school and working. Plus helping out with my friend’s wedding. I think I got a whopping 200 something words written. Oh well, I’ll try again some other time. I’ll still be in school next fall, but maybe it’ll happen if I prepare better. We’ll see. I have a lot of story ideas, it just takes a lot of concentration for me to actually sit down and write them out.

Tell us something that you think about often.

Hmm, I’d have to say recently I’ve been thinking a lot about moving out. I plan on renting a house with some friends and we’re going to start looking in the next month or two. I’m nervous yet super excited at the same time. Adulting sucks, but you gotta do it sometime. It’s also made me think a lot about everything my parents have done for me all these years (cue cheesy ‘awww’).

But seriously. I have some friends that are not in the best family situations and, given every family has its problems, including mine, I’ve still been extremely well off during my time at home. It’ll definitely be weird not being able to run into the other room to tell my mom something real quick. I’ve also been asking my dad to show me how to do a lot of things recently. Like how to change my car battery, put up the Christmas tree, build a fire pit we recently got. I love learning how to do things myself (for the most part). So I’ve been bugging him to show me how to do everything recently. Sure, there’s YouTube, but I think my dad really enjoys showing me this stuff too.

I think the strangest thing will be not having my dogs around. It feels weird having them gone for the whole day when they get groomed, it’s going to be tragic when I don’t see them running to the front door every day when I get home. Or just being able to pet them whenever I feel like it. I do eventually want to adopt a dog, but I’m planning on waiting until I’m done with school and more settled into a career. Since it’s like having a child. And I want many furry children in the future.

…I didn’t mean for this section to get all mushy and personal! xD

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

The honey mustard sauce from Dairy Queen. Honey mustard is my favorite condiment in the universe – which is weird because I’m not really a fan of mustard or honey – but mixed together…yuuuum. Pure bliss.

Say the first thing that pops into your head.

I should be doing homework right now…


I’m lazy and will not be tagging anyone, but feel free to participate! And if you do, make sure you let me know so that I can read your responses! :D

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Hocus Pocus Book Tag

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I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian to complete this tag! Thanks a bunch! :D This amazing tag was created by Katie @ Never Not Reading. I absolutely love this movie! This was my childhood. I try to watch it on a yearly basis, but we don’t have cable anymore and it’s been taken off Netflix, so it’s getting harder to do so, unfortunately. I was hoping to get this up on Halloween but obviously that didn’t happen. Oh well.


Rules:

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But if would be nice if you linked back to me, and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.


THE SANDERSON SISTERS

A great trilogy.

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I’m going to go with the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea – being M/M and having some mature themes – but I absolutely love the character development and the overall plot. I need to reread it in the near future, as well as some short stories the author has come up with since then.

WINIFRED SANDERSON

A book with a truly evil female villain.

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I’m trying not to put Harry Potter (I feel like I do that a lot…^^; It’s not my fault it goes with almost anything!). I’ll choose The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Both Mab, the Faerie Queen of Air and Darkness, and Leanansidhe, Harry’s faerie godmother, are pieces of work. They do some messed up shit to my dear, sweet Harry. Don’t trust faeries.

SARAH SANDERSON

A book that uncannily attracts children.

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Umm, I’m not too sure with this one. I don’t know what the kids are reading nowadays. I feel like most books with talking animals as main characters are usually fairly popular. So I’ll just go with that instead of a specific book.

MARY SANDERSON

A book that is just plain silly.

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I’m having trouble with this one too. Let’s go with Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I haven’t actually read this one but I’ve heard it’s hilarious. It’s supposed to be a parody (kinda?) of a bedtime story you would read to your kids, but it’s meant to relate to parents. I just found a video of Samuel L. Jackson reading the book if you’re interested.

MAX

A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

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I’m actually going to pick Twilight for this one. Vampires and werewolves: cool, right? A good chunk of the characters in the series and the overall plot? Not so much.

DANI

A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

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I’ll go with Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath. I’ve been slowly plugging away at this series and it tells you exactly what serial killers are capable of. It reminds me a lot of Criminal Minds.

BINX

A book series that just won’t die.

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I’ll go with the Warriors series by Erin Hunter (haw, so appropriate). I loved reading the books when I was younger, and I’ve still been meaning to read where I left off years ago, but they just won’t stop! There are SO many of them now and I think they’re still going.

ICE

A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

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I’m actually going to go with Whiskey Sour again because there are two FBI agents in that series that just…aren’t the brightest. They are so dependent on a computer system to tell them what kind of killer they’re looking for that they don’t use common sense. At all. Ever.

THE BLACK FLAME CANDLE

A book or series you wish you could resurrect.

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I’ll say the Demonata series by Darren Shan. It wasn’t as popular as Shan’s Cirque Du Freak series, but I thought it was just as good.

HEADLESS BILLY BUTCHERSON

A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be.

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I’m coming up blank on this one. I’d probably say a classic because not a lot of people like being forced to read them in school, but they’re not all that bad. I enjoyed Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.

WINIFRED SANDERSON’S SPELL BOOK

A book with a mind of its own.

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I’m going to agree with Katie on this one and say A Game of Thrones. I feel like it’s mostly because the TV show has gone past where the books are. I know the author still had some say along the way, but I also feel that it strayed from what he originally had planned – mostly due to the wants of the fans.

GARRY MARSHALL

A book with a cameo.

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I’m actually going to copy what The Orangutan Librarian said for this one and go with some of the characters from mythology – Mab, Titania, Erlking, etc. – but in the Dresden Files, which I briefly mentioned earlier.


And that’s that! This was a good tag. I’m lazy and don’t feel like tagging specific people, so if you like this movie or just thought this was a neat tag, consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you participate so I can see your post!

Happy reading! :)

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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I haven’t done a book tag in awhile and I actually remember seeing Analee @ Book Snacks do this tag quite some time ago. I believe it’s the perfect time of year for this type of tag, so why not?! Let’s see if I survive!


Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

The books I chose:

 

 

 

 

 

 


The first person to die?

Will, Clockwork Princess. Pffft, I highly doubt that. If Will were the first to die none of us would stand a chance in this apocalypse!

The person you trip to get away from the zombies?

Jem, Clockwork Princess. THAT IS A LIE. I WOULD NEVER. I would cut off my own leg before I use it to trip my dear, sweet Jem.

The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies?

Kevin, The Lightning-Struck Heart. I…could see it. I mean, he’s a dragon so he doesn’t necessarily have to trip me to get away but, he can be a big asshole (in a loving way) so I could still see it.

The first person to turn into a zombie?

Sam, The Lightning-Struck Heart. Noooo, poor Sam! He’s a wizard! Well, a wizard apprentice! I’m sure he could whip something up to save himself! I personally would be extremely sad, however, I feel like some would be happy because they wouldn’t have to listen to his constant rambling for the rest of the apocalypse.  *cough* sorry Sam *cough*

The idiot of the team?

Dex, Hell & High Water. Dex may act like a goofball a good chunk of the time, but he’s actually a really smart guy! If he’s the idiot then we are in some deep shit.

The brains of the team? (haha, brains…)

Ash, Hell & High Water. Sounds about right. Ash has a temper on him, but he’s also really smart! As long as Dex doesn’t talk him to death, I think we might be okay.

The team’s medic?

Matthew, Sire. Hmmm, not sure how I feel about this one. I feel like he would try his best, but he’s a vampire! His methods of healing are…different, than of us mere mortals.

The weapons expert?

Tarrick, Sire. This is actually a great choice. Tarrick’s a badass incubus! He’s not a High Lord General for nothing! He knows his stuff when it comes to weapons. I do believe we stand a chance! Huzzah!

The brawler?

Susan, Fool Moon. Susan is one feisty lady, but she definitely wouldn’t be the first person I would call up in a fight (no offense). She’s a smart one though, so I’m sure she’d be able to handle herself to some extent.

The team leader?

Harry, Fool Moon. Although Harry’s more of a solo kind of guy, he’s a survivor! He could definitely get us through this mess! As long as he doesn’t get us killed with his smartass comments, first. (I’ve noticed a lot of the main characters in the books I read are smartass’…is that saying something? :’D)


Whelp, not a bad team overall. I think I would survive! Maybe. Possibly. Well, I’d have a fun time with these maniacs at least!

I tag:

Please feel free to ignore this if you have already done this tag or if you’re simply not interested! But please let me know if you decide to do it so I can read your answers! :D

Happy Reading! :)

Goodreads Book Tag

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Hey there! I haven’t done a tag in awhile and there are quite a few I still need to do but Emily @ Embuhleeliest just tagged me in this one recently so it was what I thought of first. So here we go!


What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

17378508 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third book in The Raven Cycle series. I just finished up this book last night and cannot wait to see what happens in the fourth and final book! I feel like so much is going to happen. Both things that I want to happen and things that I don’t.

 

 


What are you currently reading?

At this exact moment nothing. Like I mentioned above, I finished up Blue Lily, Lily Blue last night and didn’t get around to reading anything today. Shame, I know. I was too busy watching anime, getting things done around the house, and running errands. In that order.


What was the last book you marked as TBR?

16131107The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, the first book in the Lightbringer series. I recently read Emmy’s review on this book and was intrigued! I feel like she’s mentioned this book or this author before but I’m not sure why I never looked into it. Silly me, apparently, because this book definitely sounds like something I would enjoy! Who knows when I’ll actually get around to reading it though, cause I’m terrible like that.


What book do you plan to read next?

17378527The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle series. As I said previously, I just finished the third book and now it’s on to the fourth! I’ve rather enjoyed this series and now I’m even more inclined to try out her other one, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, as well, which I’ve heard mixed reviews on. I’ll also get around to doing that eventually.

 


Do you use the star rating system?

Yup!


Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes! I did 60 last year and managed so I decided I would again stick with 60 this year and see how well I do. Might not make it this year due to school, but that won’t stop me from trying! Hopefully I’ll get even more. My book list is so long and I keep adding to it, so it seems like I’ll never actually read everything. Especially if I’m only managing 60 a year…*sigh*.


Do you have a wishlist?

Not really. I borrow from the library most of the time so I don’t buy all that many books. I have a list of ones that the library doesn’t have so I guess you could call that my wishlist? But above all else, the newest book in the Dresden Files series would be at the top. Too bad it hasn’t come out yet *cry cry*.


What book do you plan to buy next?

21569527Oh look! My answer is the same as Emmy’s! xD I plan on buying The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, the second book in The Remnant Chronicles. I buddy read the first book in the series with Emmy and another friend of mine so we’re going to keep going until we read all three! Because we’re doing a buddy read I thought it best if I actually purchase this series so I plan on buying the e-book once we’re ready to start.


Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss

“Are you always a smartass?’
‘Nope. Sometimes I’m asleep.”  – Jim Butcher, Blood Rites

“Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm.” – Author Unknown

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.” Cassandra Clare, City of Bones


Who are your favorite authors?

Jim Butcher, J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Kim Harrison and T.J. Klune


Have you joined any groups?

No.  I feel like I have a hard enough time posting on here on a regular basis so that would just make me a bad group member…^^; Maybe one day!


I Tag These Peeps – 

If you’ve already done this tag or just don’t want to that’s perfectly fine, of course! xD I also tag anyone else who wants to participate!


Happy reading! :)

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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One of my good friends, Emily @ Embuhleeliest, tagged me in the Rapid Fire Book Tag! According to her, the point is to just blurt out the first answers that come to your mind without rambling on about it (which I tend to do…^^;). So here it goes!


– E-Book or Physical Book? | Physical book, but I’ve really been opening up to e-books because they’re so easy to read at work!
– Paperback or Hardback? | Paperback. They’re cheaper…
– Online or In-Store Book Shopping? | In-store.
– Trilogies or Series? | Series. Especially if I really like the characters!
– Heroes or Villains? | Villains! Cause they be badass.
– A Book You Want Everyone to Read? | Storm Front by Jim Butcher.
– Recommend an Underrated Book? | Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies. I don’t know if it’s necessarily underrated, but I don’t hear much about it from anyone.
– The Last Book You Finished? | Half Wild by Sally Green.
– The Last Book You Bought? | Ughhh…it’s been awhile so I’ll just go with I just bought some Marvel comics.
– Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark? | My Nook.
– Used Books: Yes or No? | Yes!
– Top Three Favourite Genres? | Fantasy, Young Adult, & manga/comics.
– Borrow or Buy? | Borrow.
– Characters or Plot? | Characters!
– Long or Short Books? | Long.
– Long or Short Chapters? | Short.
– Name The First Three Books You Think Of… | The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison, Half Lost by Sally Green, and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
– Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry? | Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
– Our World or Fictional Worlds? | Fictional, of course!
– Audiobooks: Yes or No? | Nope. They just don’t seem to keep my attention…
– Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover? | Yes….
– Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?  | Book to TV. They’re usually more accurate…usually
– A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? | Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
– Series or Standalone’s? | Series!


And that’s it! Thanks for tagging me, Emmy! <3

Happy reading! :)

Autumn Reading Tag

 

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Another tag! I was tagged by Emily @ embuhleeliest.  Although autumn is now coming to an end, I am going along with Emmy and being in denial. I do like winter but fall is my favorite season. Plus, it’s still technically fall until mid-December. So there.


1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

17261190As I mentioned above, it is still technically fall so the book I actually plan on starting next week is the first in The Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff, StormdancerI won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. But now I am and I’m really looking forward to it! Plus reading the next two books as well. If I like the first one. But I probably will. Because I like most things that I read.


2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

890This is kind of a tough one for me. I actually didn’t enjoy reading the books we were given in school. I like reading what I want to read, not being told what to read. However, I did enjoy Of Mice and Men to a certain extent. I also read Dracula as well, although my version was not the original – it was a short-hand version so I feel like that’s why I enjoyed it. My least favorite subjects in school were math and science. I mean, I found certain science subjects interesting, but they definitely weren’t my favorite things to study. My favorite subjects lean toward the elective side. I like clay class, art, cooking. Those sort of classes. I actually enjoyed P.E. as well. I’ve never been all that active but I really enjoyed the people in my class.


3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I haven’t read all that many scary books. I don’t really steer toward horror. I’m also a bit wimpy when it comes to scary movies. I used to refuse watching anything remotely horror, but over the past few years I’ve been more open to trying some out. I don’t really mind watching the gory stuff – it’s the sounds that get me. I could sit there and watch someone’s arm being chopped off as long as I have my ears plugged. It’s weird, I know. One of my favorite book series that fall under the horror genre would be the Demonata seriesby Darren Shan. Those books would be quite disturbing if made into movies, but I was perfectly find with reading them.


4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

Fireworks in November? I want to be where that person is. Where I live November is a time to cherish the temperature not being up in the 100’s anymore. And where anything below 60 is cold. xD

This is a tough question. Does it mean the most exciting book I’ve read in general or the most exciting that I’ve read this fall? I’m going to go with the latter. So, the most exciting book I’ve read that really kept me gripped this fall would have to be sixth and final book in the TMI series, City of Heavenly Fireby Cassandra Clare. Mostly because it was the final book and I was really excited to see how things would end. Plus, a lot of stuff happened in that book in general anyway.


5) What book is your favorite cozy comfort read?

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This is my favorite in the series and I’ll never get tired of reading it. I can never get enough of the Harry Potter series and I don’t think that’ll ever change.

 

 


6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

Coffee. I love hot chocolate as well, but ever since I started drinking coffee I prefer that over any other hot drink.


7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Winter break. It’s only my first semester back in school after three years and I already want a break. Too bad I still have to work during it. Ugh, life. Other than that I’m looking forward to the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! :D Also, we’re moving into a new house within the next month or two! So that’s exciting.


And I’m done! This was a fun tag and I tag whoever wants to participate!

Happy reading! :)