The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this tag on Musings From Neville’s Navel. Ultimate book tag? Yeah, it caught my eye.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No. But I don’t often read there because I like to look at the scenery and it can be pretty dark there.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Markus Zusak has a very unique, poetic, and distinguishable style. Sigh. It’s so beautiful.

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3. The Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

I haven’t read either series so I’m not qualified to say.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it? (Besides books!)

No. I think I’m significantly less bookish compared to a lot of other bookworms.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not really. When they’re really new and smooth with lovely covers, I might, just because I’m so in love with the book, but not in general.

6. Books with or without illustrations?

I prefer no illustrations, but there are always exceptions.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

I won’t say it’s not quality writing but the Narnia books definitely don’t have the same magic they had for me three years ago. I find myself getting bored and feeling patronised and the racist and sexist undertones are a little troubling.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

This might not really be funny but I used to always get dreams about libraries. I reckon it meant I wanted to go to one so badly, because after all I *did*.

 

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelves?

The Machine Stops, by E. M. Forster. It’s a book with only two short stories. I love that cover.

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10. What is the thickest book on your shelves?

Novel? If so, The Pilgrim’s Progress. If it’s just any book, then it’s my French for Fluency textbook.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself as an author in the future?

Definitely. I write and I would love to get published in future.

12. When did you get into reading?

I remember reading when I was five (I was trying to read a novel – Madeleine Takes Command!) but I may have begun earlier. Probably, if I was already trying novels.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I love Les Miserables. A Tale of Two Cities and The Count of Monte Cristo are amazing too.

14. In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?

It was religious studies. English/Literature came second, though.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… what would you do?

I’d say thank you then donate it to the library in the near future.

16. What is a lesser-known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

Don’t know any.

17. Besides rambling, what is a bad habit you always have while blogging?

“Besides rambling” … I guess most bloggers ramble? 🙂

I use too many overused words.

18. What is your favorite word?

“Haunted”, “bliss”, “cascade”, “shiver”, and “crimson”

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Probably a bit of all of them!

20. Vampires or fairies? Why?

I prefer vampires because there’s something fascinating about their danger and complexity. Fairies can be as dangerous but I haven’t read any stories of them that quite match the vampires.

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. Absolutely. I have always thought they were THE coolest thing and I have two shapeshifter stories of my own.

22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. Vitto what I said about shape shifters.

23. Zombies or vampires?

Vampires.

24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

I prefer forbidden love. I don’t mind love triangles if they’re more one sided (one person likes another person who likes another person, or variations thereof) but if one person is leading on two people at once? No. It’s not a deal breaker for me but I don’t like it.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

You know, I don’t normally like action packed books, unless they are done really well. My favorite parts are always character arcs and character relationships (doesn’t have to be romantic) and beautiful writing is always a plus. However, I don’t like books too mushy and I prefer not to have love triangles. So I have to say, I’m divided here.

 

Feel free to fill out this tag on your own blog! And what is your favorite word(s)?

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Five Favorite Love Songs

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Since today’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write a post on some of my favorite love songs.

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1. Time and Confusion – Anberlin

This song is so sweet. And it’s Anberlin – what more could you want? 🙂

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2. Enough to Let Me Go – Switchfoot

Singer Jon Foreman said he wrote the song as a response to a lot of love songs he would hear. They were all about a sort of selfish love – like “Baby, I want you” “Say you love me”. But true love is about letting go.

I’m not qualified to comment about popular music but I couldn’t agree more about the nature of true love. This song is a beautiful testament to that and I love the instrumentation, especially the baseline. 🙂 I could listen to it over and over.

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3. The Best of You and Me – Number One Gun

For something more melancholic, try The Best of You and Me. The melody is beautiful and the words haunting. (I also love Number One Gun’s Pretend. It reminds me of one of the heroes from my dystopian trilogy.)

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4. A Little More – Skillet

I’m not normally a Skillet fan, but I do love A Little More. “Faith will bring a way to the impossible” and “Love can take a little more” are some of my favorite lines ever.

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5. Hold Us Together – Matt Maher

This might have been written as a love song from God, but it also applies to romantic love. Either way, it’s still a love song and presents a view of love both realistic and idealistic at once.

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Bonus: Anberlin’s Orpheum captures perfectly the intoxication of falling in love.

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What are some of your favorite love songs? I’ll listen to them if they’re available! And have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Lyric Medley Tag

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I am so late for this. Never mind. I’ve been kind of busy with school – I mean, it’s been great and I’m really happy to be going there, but I can’t exactly stalk the blogosphere like I used to … 🙂 Anyway, I was tagged by Heather at Sometimes I’m a Story, for this Lyric Medley Tag. In other words, this is soooo awesome. I’m up for anything to do with music. 🙂

The rules:

Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your tag post.

List a song for each of the 10 questions below (or make up your own!) and include your favorite lyrics from that song, if you’d like. If you want to explain why you chose that song, that’s cool too – go crazy with it!
Tag at least 5 bloggers

Okay, so I’ll *try* not to choose all Anberlin songs …

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A song that describes me perfectly – Modern Age by Anberlin. This song just speaks to me so much.

Don’t we all want to belong?
And don’t we all write our own song?
Let our silence break tonight.
Don’t we all know right from wrong?
And don’t we all want to be loved?
Let our silence break tonight.

And

Come now, elusive sigh
Open up their eyes to see
So many of us are just the same as you
Have we all hid? Have we all hid ourselves from friends?

The happiest song I know – Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot. It’s about an intrepid spirit.

Hello hurricane, you’re not enough
Hello hurricane, you can’t silence my love
I’ve got doors and windows boarded up
And all your dead end fury’s not enough
You can’t silence my love

A song about donuts – So In Love, by Jeremy Camp. Nah, I’m just kidding.

I am so in love with you (donuts)
There’s nothing else I choose
You’ve stolen my heart, yes,
I’m all for you now

A song that proves how I am loved  – Lie To Me (Denial) by RED.

Lie to me
You can feel that this love was never real
Walk away
You can learn to love again

Lie to me
Watch me bleed
I’ll still be here when you see
You’re not alone
You don’t have to run again
Leave me in denial

A song of origin – City of Angels, by 30 Seconds to Mars. It’s about moving to LA and finding a home in there. That was the closest I could think of and I do love the song.

Lost in the city of angels
Down in the comfort of strangers
I found myself in the fire burned hills
In the land of a billion lights

And

All my life, I was never there
Just a ghost running scared

A song about human decency – People Help The People, by Cherry Ghost, covered by Birdy.

God knows what is hiding in those weak and drunken hearts
Guess he kissed the girls and made them cry
Those hard-faced queens of misadventure
God knows what is hiding in those weak and sunken lives
Fiery throngs of muted angels
Giving love but getting nothing back, oh

People help the people
And if you’re homesick
give me your hand and I’ll hold it
People help the people

A song about a story – Wonderland, by Taylor Swift, was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

I reached for you but you were gone
I knew I had to go back home
You search the world for something else to make you feel like what we had
And in the end in wonderland we both went mad.

And

We found wonderland
You and I got lost in it
And we pretended it could last forever

An I can’t even song – Uncanny, by Anberlin. I used to listen to that song on repeat. It is amazing.

Trains to Tokyo,
Staring out windows,
A place we’ve never been
While soundtracks play in backgrounds
To the stories of our lives
Non-fiction, oh envision,
if we never met and what we missed
And never really learned
Pacific Standard Time
Oh they love those American boys.

Anywhere say anywhere
As long as I’m with you
Anything, ask anything
We’ll watch the world go by
Anywhere, say anywhere
As long as I’m with you
Anything, ask anything
We’ll watch the world

A song my father plays on the guitar – Back In Black, by ACDC. He always does that beginning riff.

A song of hope – Miracles, by Coldplay. It’s a great song but it’s even better when you listen to it after watching Unbroken. It makes it so bittersweet and amazing that it’s almost painful.

From up above I heard
The angels sing to me these words.
And sometimes in your eyes
I see the beauty in the world

Sometimes the stars decide
To reflect in puddles in the dirt.
When I look in your eyes
I forget all about what hurts.

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I’m not going to make a collage but I think I’ve got quite a good idea of what kind of music I like. I tend to prefer slower, more ballad-like songs, with minor chords and a melancholic/bittersweet feel and words. I think you can call those rock ballads? … or alternative rock ballads.

I tag Imogen, Ashana Lian, Jamie, Engie, and Erin.

The Heroine Book Tag

I was thinking, I probably haven’t read enough books to be doing all these tags. But then, I thought, I’m only going to get busier in future, when I get a job and go to college and publish books and do other such adultish things. So now’s as good a time as any to do all the tags.

I found this one over at Musings From Neville’s Navel (which you should check out if you haven’t already cause Engie is seriously awesome).

Which heroine would you trade places with?

imageThis was probably the hardest question. I’m going to go with Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus). Why? Because I’d love to see Greek mythology come to life. Centaurs! Dryads! Argus! How could I pass up the opportunity to stay at Camp Half Blood, even if it is dangerous? And Percy is cool. 🙂

Which heroine would you push off a cliff while hoping that there are some jagged rocks at the bottom?

I’ve never wanted to do that to any heroine and I sure hope I never do. But okay. Let’s talk about heroines I didn’t like so much, cliffs aside. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars was okay and I understand she was going through a lot. But I still think she was terrible to her parents.

Also, I didn’t really like Piper from The Lost Hero, because she was boring (for a POV character, at least), a Mary Sue, and overly dramatic for my liking.

A heroine you couldn’t care less about? (They’re so bland that they don’t even trigger the hate in you.)

I found Mara from Messenger of Fear a bland character. I can’t blame her though; she does have amnesia.

A heroine you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up liking, and vice versa?

This one’s hard because I don’t usually go into books expecting I will like or dislike someone. I suppose this could count: I didn’t use to like Annabeth. Over time, she grew on me, but I still didn’t care much for her, until The Lost Hero when she appeared and I was thinking, “Why can’t she be in this story more? (sigh)”

A side heroine who is much more interesting than the main heroine?

I’m not sure she counts as a heroine but I am interested in Johanna Mason’s (The Hunger Games) story. I came to love Katniss, but we already know everything in her head. Johanna is spunky and sarcastic and deeply hurt and she gets little airtime in the trilogy.

Which heroine would you want as your friend?

I want to be friends with all the heroines from The Lunar Chronicles.

Image credit to Lierymell on DeviantArt
Image credit to Lierymell on DeviantArt

Cinder and I can commiserate with each other over our cargo pants and messy hair. Cress and I can pretend to be famous actresses and fan girl over Thorne. Haha. Just kidding. But seriously, they are all awesome people and it would be a blast.

Which heroine do you wish would just CHOOSE between the guys/girls in her little love triangle?

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Right now, as I’ve only read book one, it’s okay. But there are going to be SIX books! Please don’t tell me she’ll be going back and forth between guys for all of them. I don’t mind love triangles, but I prefer them in small doses. So, Celaena, please make up your mind at the earliest opportunity. Preferably book two. Hint: You might want to choose Chaol. You’re welcome.

A “bad girl” heroine?

I was gonna say Celaena but I’m trying to mix things up so I’m going to go for Cadence Sinclair Eastman (We Were Liars). I know a lot of people dislike her for being boring or whiny or selfish. I totally understand that. She’s not your typical heroine – she’s a drug addict, she’s selfish, and who knows what else. I’m not sure I really like her but I think she’s fascinating.

A “good girl” heroine?

Shaylinn from Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands series.

Your favorite heroine of them all? (If you can’t choose, pick your top three.)

I would have been stumped by such a question but I recently finished The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and I love Liraz. I love her fire and fury and her heart under it all. I’ve said it before how hard I find it to relate to female characters, but that was never the case with her. 🙂 Of course, maybe it’s a little troubling that I relate to an embittered soldier who marks her kills on her fingers …

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Who is one heroine you love?

Jan 2015 Recap

This month … well, I’ve got a couple things to talk about so I’m recapping it today.

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Books I’ve Read:
Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan (Three stars. I enjoyed it and Leo is awesome.)

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, by Rick Riordan (Three stars. Cool narration and lots of psycho gods.)

House of Hades, by (do I even have to say it?) Rick Riordan (Five stars. Love the character development.)

Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor (Four stars. Everything about this book was amazing. The missing star is for a somewhat slow beginning, but the later part of the story … woah. I love Zuzana and Mik for their blessed naïveté, pamperedness, and humanity. The couple is adorable together. But Liraz wins for best character development. Liraz is compelling and I would love to read more about her.)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor (Five stars. I do think there was too much going on in this book and too many new elements introduced but I’ll give it a pass since it is an absolutely beautiful and epic story.)

An Inspector Calls and Other Plays, by J. B. Priestley (Five stars. I didn’t like some of the weird/supernatural elements and the subtle sexism, but apart from that, I love these 4 plays about the human psyche. My personal favorite is “Time and the Conways”.)

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas (Five stars. Woah. Those plot twists. Woah.)

(In other words, I love all the books I’ve read so far? :))

Movies I Watched:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Yes, I’m watching this a little “late”. It saves money, ya know? Anyway, it was a fun movie. Martin Freeman is the perfect Bilbo and the dwarves are adorably hilarious. And I always love Thorin.
The Hunger Games It is an amazing movie. And I don’t know what else to say to do it justice.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire I love this one even more than the first. The emotion is contagious and heartbreaking. I love Johanna

I found this awesome picture. I've been loving anime drawings.
I found this awesome picture. I’ve been loving anime drawings.

and Finnick. And Haymitch. And Effie. And everybody, really. The acting was perfect.

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I wrote these blog posts:

Oh, Procrastination
2015

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag
Beautiful People (Authors Edition)

Roots

Characters From World Warriors

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award II

Authorly Bucket List Tag

Characters From World Warriors (Anime Style)

 

I have been listening to:

Felt, by Anchor and Braille

The Fire Within, by Birdy

1989, by Taylor Swift

Anything by Anberlin

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Writing:

I rewrote about 20,000 words of my novel Grey Wars. And my characters refused to behave according to the plot and I’ll have to change the whole storyline, for the upteenth time. Other than that, it’s going well, really. I’m enjoying myself and that’s most important, right?

Other:

I took the ALS ice bucket challenge. It was fun but surprisingly easy.

I gave this blog a makeover. I never can stay away from the themes section!

I changed my profile pic for the upteenth time and I compiled a favourites page and a bucket list.

I also found this Twitter – in Twitter language: #mosthilariousthingever

And now, I leave you with this picture I found on the net that never fails to crack me up and the promise of a long line of new posts in future.

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