1. Apples Ah, healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it isn’t really your thing.
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath is a definitely a well written book but, as well as being depressing, I couldn’t relate to it and it didn’t touch me in any lasting way.
2. Milk Chocolate This is a book that you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.
I wouldn’t usually recommend a book to EVERYONE. Everyone is so different! But if I had to choose, I’d go with The Book Thief because it’s one of my favorite books that isn’t a thousand pages long. If you like books more action packed, try The Scarlet Pimpernel.
3. Black Jellybeans Why do these exist?
Oh, gosh. I don’t want to be mean. But honestly, Danielle Steel’s 44 Charles Street read like a first or second draft. It needs some major revision.
4. Chocolate Kisses Aw, this novel had the best romance.
The Scarlet Pimpernel. Percy and Marguerite’s relationship is beautiful, the way they learned to understand each other and fell in love a second time.
5. Gummy spiders Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.
And Then There Were None is rather unsettling. It’s not so scary like the description above, though. Now, Sherlock Holmes’ mystery The Adventure of the Speckled Band did give me a couple nervous nights after reading it, as did The Valley of Fear. I was about twelve, then.
6. Jumbo Lollipop This took you forever to get through but hey! You did it!
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is 1000+ pages with small print and it includes, infamously, a chapter all about the sewers of Paris. But I read it and it was totally worth it.
7. Cotton candy Admit it: You loved this when you were younger. (You probably still do) Think: children’s or MG fiction.
I loved Black Beauty, both when I read it at eight years old and when I retread it at thirteen. I’ve always loved horses.
What are your gummy spiders? Feel free to do this tag on your own blog!
I was searching for fun tags and found one here. Chocolate? Books? Yes, please!
1) Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark topic
Animal Farm is dystopian and painfully hopeless. A lot of us have studied this in school but if you haven’t read it, it’s about how a dictatorship slowly and surely gains absolute power.
2. White chocolate: your favourite lighthearted/humorous read
I like to read the Percy Jackson books. While they might not always be called “lighthearted”, as Middle grade, they’re significantly less dark compared to many other fantasy novels, and they’re definitely humorous! The modern culture references are fun to find.
3. Milk chocolate: a book with a lot of hype that you’re dying to read
I’d like to read The Mortal Instruments series and something by Rainbow Rowell. But all in all, I’m not dying too much for any book right now.
4. Chocolate with a caramel centre: a book that makes you feel all gooey in the middle while you read it
Maybe, A Little Princess, by France’s Hodgson Burnett. It’s a sweet story.
5. Wafer free kit kat: a book that has surprised you lately
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie. I should have expected a clever solution to the mystery and I did. Still, I couldn’t help feeling mind blown at the end.
6) Snickers: a book you are going nuts about
I love The Book Thief. I read and then reread it last year and maybe I’ll read it again this year. Seriously, I could read it over and over.
7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a book that you would turn to for a comfort read
Pride and Prejudice. It’s great for laughs, romantic, all around quite happy, and never boring. I look to this book for an example of good pacing.
That gooey question was hard. I should read more gooey-fying books! Any recommendations?
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.
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.
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?
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)?
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. 🙂
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
This 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.
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 …
Erin at The Upstairs Archives nominated me for the Authorly Bucket List Tag. I’ll copy her description of this tag, since she started it. 🙂
Basically, the idea is to list a few (authorly) things you’re not very good at, and a few things which you’d like to try. Three to seven of each should be a good number.
Things I’m Not Very Good At (oh, boy. Where to start?)
1. Pacing. Probably my problem Número Uno. I make things happen way to quickly. There’s no time to get invested in the characters. No time to do anything but say, “woah.” (I’m getting better, though. I think.)
2. Any genre except spec fic. That’s not to say I’m good at writing speculative fiction. But I’d say I’m best at it. My contemporaries are always very boring, even if I love my premises. My historicals are either terribly inaccurate or could take place in any place or time, what with the absence of description. I just don’t have the motivation to research properly.
3. Giving my characters a rounded diet. I got the inspiration for this answer from Erin, who says her character eat mostly soup. My characters … let’s see. They eat bread. One man ate cookies and two boys had hardtack.
4. Showing. You know the phrase “show, don’t tell”? That’s probably my biggest problem after pacing.
5. Romance. This is probably related to 1 & 4. Definitely 1. And then, I don’t show the growing love enough. At the same time, I don’t want to tell it, so it ends up coming out of nowhere. Basically, I don’t get the sparks. Sad.
6. First person POV. It just doesn’t work for me. It’s too close, too boxed in, too informal.
Things I Want to Try
1. A full on romance novel. Because … why not? I imagine it’d be contemporary but it doesn’t have to be. I like to read romance and I think it’d be fun to immerse myself in my own couple creation. (On a sidenote, almost all my favourite couples are side characters. Does that mean I prefer more subtle, less in-your-face romance?)
thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
put the award logo on your blog.
answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
nominate ten people.
Here are Heather’s questions (with my answers):
1. You’re about to be thrown in jail with a fictional character of your choice—who is the character and how do you escape?
Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus. He would make some fancy machine to get us out. Easy peasy.
2. What is your favorite social media site?
You know, I don’t use much social media so I don’t have much to choose from. But I think it’s safe to go with Goodreads because … books. 🙂
3. If you were a deity [YOU], what sacrifices would you demand from your pilgrims?
Oooh, very creative question. Is it terribly boring to say none? Okay, it is. How about some chocolate? With peanut butter, for good measure.
4. Which is more important to you: a satisfying ending or relatable characters?
Definitely characters. I have given five stars to books with unsatisfactory endings. Amazing characters, believe it or not, are able to salvage terrible books, for me.
5. What is the hardest thing for you to write about?
I guess my personal life (outside of writing and reading), and my religious, ethical, and moral beliefs. They’re such very personal topics that it feels like revealing my soul (as it is) to write about them.
6. What are the top seven ways you would repurpose a lonely sock?
Make into a cat doll (because sock puppets are overrated)./Use as a bookmark./Turn it into a rag./Put it in the cooking set./Use as a portable trash bin./Cut it up and reuse for something entirely different./Wear it mismatched.
7. Do you have a favorite archetype to read or write?
Reading: The damaged and brooding antihero(ine) with a dark past. Okay, let’s be honest. It’s usually a guy. I usually prefer reading about guys than gals.
Writing: Quiet sarcastic IXTX (if you know of MBTI) twenty year old guy. Very specific, I know.
8. Has a book ever given you important wedding planning advice? (for example, Princess Bride, if you skip to ‘man and wife’ it doesn’t count)
According to The Betrothed, two people can go up to a priest and the groom says, “This is my wife” and the bride says “This is my husband” and they’re officially married.
Not sure how accurate that is …
9. In the event that you were forced to take a ride on top of a car, how would you secure yourself?
I would tie myself to the top with a rope, like a bicycle. If it wasn’t so stareworthy, I’d say it sounds pretty cool!
10. What is your favorite story no one has ever heard of?
Maybe The Machine Stops? Of course people have heard of it but it’s the most obscure book in my top twenty favorite books. I also like the short stories “The Bet”, “The Third Ingredient”, “Lodging for the Night”, and “Markheim”.
1. Favorite book(s)?
2. Favorite short story/stories?
3. If you could invent anything, what would it be?
This month’s BeautifulPeople is about authors! Which means I’m going to be talking about … yes. Me. Brace yourselves.
1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I’ve written ever since I learned my letters, I think, but my first “novel” (I mean, I thought it was long enough at the time) I wrote at eleven. At the time, it was always “When I’m older, I want to be a writer.” When I was 15, I realised, “Why not call myself a writer now? After all, I write. Writers are people who write. I = writer.”
2. How/why did you start writing?
I’ve always had stories to tell, but it was my sister who inspired me to write them down. When I was eleven and she fifteen, she sat down to write a novel and I thought it looked fun. Five years later, I’m still writing. She is, sadly, not, but she still tells me her stories sometimes and they’re pretty awesome.
3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love being able to translate the stories in my head into something concrete. I love just spending time with my characters. But most of all, I love how they take over the story, having their own conversations and their own goals, often separate from what I imagined. When they grow a mind of their own … that’s the amazing part.
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Procrastination. Always procrastination.
After that, it’s that I struggle to match my writing to the vision in my head. It always falls short. I guess it means I have to work harder at it and that means perseverance is another of my struggles.
Pacing is another of my problems. I make things happen way too quickly.
5. Do you write best at night or day?
I’m not allowed to stay up late but I do prefer to write in the evening (7-9 PM) or the early morning (5-8AM), because there’s less going on, making it easier to concentrate, and dimness helps me get into the writing mood.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
I either write at the computer desk or on my bed. Picture below. Feast your eyes.
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
It depends how much I procrastinate or if I’ve got a deadline. I’d say, one month, because I do work best with a closer deadline, and NaNoWriMo is always good encouragement.
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
I usually just work on one. I need to really be immersed in my world/characters to write my novels so writing a few novels at once makes me feel split. Usually, I’ll be more invested in one and the other will suffer.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
Somewhere in between. I love a good cry and sad endings always touch me in a way happy endings can’t. At the same time, I don’t want to write something completely hopeless. I believe there’s always hope.
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
Reading Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery got me into writing historical “domestic” fiction (I was about 11-14) at this time. I also wrote more action oriented historical (like, war and stuff), inspired, I think, by all those American history books I was reading.
J. R. R. Tolkien (more specifically, The Lord of the Rings) gave me a massive book hangover and inspired me to write fantasy. Thus began a fantasy phase that continues to today. The beginnings of my novel Grey Wars date back to that time.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
Rarely, because my writing almost never matches up to my vision. I want to be sure if people read my writing, it’s the best I can make it.
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
I want to write a book that matches the vision in my head. If I can do that, I will be … overjoyed. More than that. It’s definitely my writing dream.
(I would like to get traditionally published and have someone fall in love with my book. But that’s all secondary.)
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
Ha! If I didn’t write, I’d have a lot of extra time. I would 1. meet people (I’m very extroverted, if shy) 2. play, sing, and write music (am I still allowed to write music?) 3. practice the drums and the piano 4. study debate 5. read (of course)
I try to do these things anyway.
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Definitely. There’s the story of my heart (see below). Also I want to someday write about people who are cursed to be unable to sense anyone else. It’d be interesting because everyone would have to try and break the curse by his/herself. The reason I’m not writing it? I have no idea how to break the curse.
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
Definitely Grey Wars. I formed the idea when I was thirteen and have been working on it on and off ever since. It won’t go away. It won’t stop pestering me. I love it so much. If I could only choose one novel to write, this would be it, even though I’m currently so overwhelmed by the plot holes, I’ve put it on hold. I feel like it’s worth my time. It’s worth the blood, sweat, and tears. But it’s not really about being worth it. It’s that I never fail to find joy in writing this story. I still love spending time with these characters, even after all these months. It might not be a great story but it, or more specifically, the characters have my heart.
I might not even ever publish it. It might be a little too close to my heart for me to send it out into the world. But I’ll never stop chiseling away at it. I’ll never stop going on adventures with my characters.
Are you taking part in Beautiful People (Authors Edition)? Share your link in the comments! And what story has your heart?
1. Greed. What’s your most inexpensive book? What’s your most expensive book?
Confession: I never buy books. All the books I have were gifts from friends or my parents. The rest I borrow from the library. I did once buy three notebooks for $10. And that’s about it.
2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Um, Victor Hugo maybe? I’ve only ever read one of his books (Les Miserables) but it’s so long, it probably counts for a few. I LOVE Les Mis, but Hugo likes to go off on long tangents, which I do not like, about politics and France.
3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
I read The Book Thief three times. I read Pride and Prejudice four or five times. No regrets.
4. Sloth. What book have you neglected due to laziness?
Maybe The Daughter of Smoke and Bone sequels? I love the first book. I somehow am not requesting the next books from the library. I don’t quite understand why, since I definitely do want to read them.
5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I’ve read a lot of classics so this is a hard question for me. I’ll have to go with Animal Farm and To Kill a Mockingbird because most people seem to have studied them in high school.
6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?
Good sense of humor. Cool, laidback demeanour. I do tend to like the “bad boys”, although as Cait says in her post^^, that probably doesn’t translate to real life.
7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
The Book Thief. Or the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus books. (Sorry! I’m just kind of obsessed with them right now!)