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Unique Blogger Award

Hello! I just recently got nominated by the lovely Autumn at ChapterMalliumpkin for the Unique Blogger Award! She is so upbeat and positive all of the time. I’m grateful for this nomination. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you should!

The Rules

  • Thank and share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you for The Unique Blogger Award
  • Answer their three questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 blogs for the same award and ask them three new questions

Questions from Autumn

  1. How did you come around to starting your blog?
    I’ve always been a big reader. My good friend Bre at Paws and Paperbacks had her own blog, and I decided to just start my own. I was already reviewing on Goodreads and using NetGalley.
  2. What are three songs that describe you and your beautiful soul?
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  3. What are three books that made you emotional and never want to let go of?
    1. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
    2. A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
    3. An Authentic Experience – Kelly Wittmann

My Nominations

Rukky
Nikita
Alyssa
Susan
Kayla
Flora
Ali
Alana
Brittany

Please don’t feel obligated if you do not want to participate. For those of you who do want to participate and I didn’t tag you, help yourself!

My Three Questions

  1. What was one highlight of your book blogging career?
  2. If you were to have dinner with any book character, who would it be and why?
  3. Which characters remind you most of yourself and why?

Thanks for reading and until next time, health and happiness!

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hello! I just recently got nominated by Chapter Malliumpkin for The Mystery Blogger Award! This is the first time I’ve been nominated for this award and it was such a splendid surprise when I checked my blog and found this! Check out Autumn’s blog! She is so creative and I adore the bookish photos she takes!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

 

The 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.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Also, a huge thanks to Okoto from Okoto Enigma’s Blog for creating this award to bring light to wonderful bloggers!

Three Facts About Me

  1. This is the first time I’m coming out and saying it and I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I figure it is time. Mental health has been a recent(ish) acknowledgement in the Young Adult Genre. I’ll be honest, I never thought it was a real thing in the past. However, early last year, I went through a really hard time (I won’t go into details, but I struggled a lot) and was actually diagnosed with Clinical Depression. It still can be a struggle, but is (for the most part) under control. The bookish community was super supportive during that time (and they didn’t even know it!) and continues to be as awareness is becoming more prominent in our society. So, just a shout out to the bookish community! You are all so supportive ALL of the time.

2. I’m pretty much a female fix-it! A year after I bought my house, I redid my kitchen ALL by myself besides the flooring (my dad helped me with that). I redid the counter and cabinets, painted, new flooring, everything. It turned out super nice compared to the outdated kitchen that existed when I bought my house. Even today, I will just figure things out if they are broken, and I’ve even taught some guys home repair, or even things as simple as putting up pictures on the wall! Does anyone teach their children basic means of survival? haha But, my ideal job would be to be a house flipper.

3. My parents actually have a hobby farm! They have Nigerian goats, ducks, and chickens. The ducks are pretty much like dogs and greet anyone who drives onto the driveway. The UPS guy said they greeted him the other day! haha

 

Autumns Questions for Me


1. What was the hardest thing you overcame this year?
Since I technically received this last year, we will go with 2019. 2019 was a HARD year, especially in the beginning and got much better as time went on. The beginning of the year, my ex had actually bought a ring. We had a date and place set, but luckily didn’t put any money down yet. Time was going fast and I didn’t want to buy a dress without a ring, so I was getting stressed considering I had less than six months left. Well, he decided that his family needed him more than I did, and not only called off a wedding, but dumped me because they needed his focus and MAYBE we could date in the fall after his family had things all settled. Marriage is all about working together as a team. He was an individual, so it was a blessing in disguise, but caused a lot of hurt (as I mentioned in three things you wouldn’t know about me). I’m not sure how you can go from buying a ring to dumping someone, but it is what it is. I’m blessed to have such a supportive group of people in my life because I really had to lean on them during that time.

2. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I think I’ve mentioned it a couple of times before, but my mom is an immigrant from Poland. She left when the country was still under communist rule. Christmas Eve is actually the big day for us during Christmas. We celebrate Wigilia, which translates into the Latin word Vigil, meaning generally Polish people go to midnight Mass (Catholics). I don’t know if you’ve ever gone to a midnight Mass, but they are much longer and I’m old, so I can’t stay up that late. We went before Wigilia at my aunt’s this year. What is tradition, is that it is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, meaning no meat from any other animal. I love it because I’m not a big meat eater in general, but my family waits until midnight and eats at least two pounds of bacon haha. But the best part of the tradition is that before anyone can eat, you go around to every person present and share a wafer offering well-wishes for the upcoming year.

3. What five books would you like to receive before the year is over?



4. If you could make one wish right now, what wish would you make and why?
Honestly, I’m becoming a marshmallow as I get old. I just want my friends and family to be happy and healthy.

 

5. Tell me two books you’re anticipating for the first half of 2020!

 

My Questions
1. What is one personal goal you have for 2020?
2. If you received $1M, what would you do with it?
3. What is one backlist book you’ve been meaning to read for years and haven’t?
4. What is a new bookish goal for 2020 that you haven’t done prior?
5. If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?

The Nominations
Kayla
Ali
Susan
Erica
Paige
Nikita
Sara
Emer
Kristen
Shanah

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this unless they want to.


Thanks again to Autumn for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. It was such an honor and made my day. Thanks for everyone who reads my posts and continues to support my bookish obsession. You are are so wonderful and supportive!

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Three-Day Lyrical Challenge Tag| Day 3

So, I’ve seen this around and have been hoping to be tagged (no shame!), so I was very excited when Sara tagged me to do it! WARNING: My favorite type of music most of you will not like, but give it a try!


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I went a different route on this one. Not every song has lyrics and may still be amazing. What better song to choose for my last one than possibly one of my favorite songs from a soundtrack of one of my favorite series? The Battle from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This song is also my favorite scene in the entire movie.

The story is heroic, adventurous, and entertaining. I wish they would complete the series and create movies of the other novels!


Tag! You’re it!: Mischenko  Jo  Saman

No pressure if you don’t want to participate! If you want to be included in any of my future tags, let me know! If you want to be removed from any future tags, also let me know. If you want to do this and weren’t tagged, please do. Also, tag me back so I can see your answers!

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Three-Day Lyrical Challenge Tag| Day 2

So, I’ve seen this around and have been hoping to be tagged (no shame!), so I was very excited when Sara tagged me to do it! WARNING: My favorite type of music most of you will not like, but give it a try!


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

This was the first song that our beloved Avril Lavigne (for those of you 90’s babies) released in five years. No longer a Sk8er Boy punk rocker, Avril has converted to the Christian genre. Being one of very few female vocalists that I enjoy, of course, I loved this one, as well! Actually, probably more so than her more recent albums.

What I really enjoyed about this song was that it isn’t the typical Christian song. It talks about the struggles that us humans have, but that just like everyone else, we, too, need help sometimes. It talks about having the strength to get through hard times with the help of God.

I’ve gotta keep the calm before the storm
I don’t want less, I don’t want more
Must bar the windows and the doors
To keep me safe, to keep me warm
Yeah, my life is what I’m fighting for
Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore
And my voice becomes the driving force
I won’t let this pull me overboard
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown
So pull me up from down below
‘Cause I’m underneath the undertow
Come dry me off and hold me close
I need you now, I need you most
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Keep my head above water, above water
And I can’t see in the stormy weather
I can’t seem to keep it all together
And I, I can’t swim the ocean like this forever
And I can’t breathe
God, keep my head above water
I lose my breath at the bottom
Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting
I’m too young to fall asleep
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown
Don’t let me drown (don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Don’t let me drown (don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Keep my head above water, above water

Tag! You’re it!: Nicole  Shealea  Saman

No pressure if you don’t want to participate! If you want to be included in any of my future tags, let me know! If you want to be removed from any future tags, also let me know. If you want to do this and weren’t tagged, please do. Also, tag me back so I can see your answers!

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Three-Day Lyrical Challenge Tag| Day 1

So, I’ve seen this around and have been hoping to be tagged (no shame!), so I was very excited when Sara tagged me to do it! WARNING: My favorite type of music most of you will not like, but give it a try!


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

So, for those of you who somewhat know me, you know that I love rock music, and no, I don’t mean alternative. Especially after growing up on AC/DC, Metallica, and Iron Maiden, how could I not? Eventually learning guitar didn’t help, either. Most people like or relate to a song based on the lyrics. Me, being the weirdo that I am, actually prefer a great guitar, and usually pay absolutely no attention to lyrics whatsoever (which has led to confusion when a guy sends me a cute lyric song) haha.

Those of you who also know me, know that I am also super supportive of the military. Don’t bash them in front of me or you will regret it! haha What I really like about the lyrics of the song (yes, I do sometimes listen) is that it alludes to war and those serving. Never giving up and fighting for what you believe in.

We’ll wear out scars like medals of hope

With that said, I feel like it applies directly to each and every one of us. We all have “scars” that have affected us, and probably, in most cases, have made us better people because of them. We wouldn’t be who we are today without them. But, like with wearing our “scars” like “medals of hope”, we can use these bad things to help make us better people. Which is also why I have the above quote tattooed on my ribs. 🙂

Speaking of tattoos, Alex Varkatzas, lead singer of Atreyu, actually is a tattoo artist! So, one of my life goals is to get a tattoo by him and FINALLY go to one of their concerts.

Resolute a stance of defiance
Always teetering on the bring
Nothing can hold you back when
When you’re not holding back a thing
Open arms (we) embrace tomorrow
Closed fists, tarnishing today
We’re not afraid to open our mouths and scream
We believe in what we say
Like a whisper to the dusk
An oath against the shadows
Denying the dark
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’til the break of dawn
Like a prayer unto the dawn
In arms against the shadows
Destroying the dark
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
Covered in sweat and blood
Yet still out heads held high
Actions have consequences
When you life for foolish pride
Been careful not to lose ourselves
Stand together one passion one hate
We believe in a better tomorrow
We believe in what we say
Like a whisper to the dusk
An oath against the shadows
Denying the dark
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’til the break of dawn
Like a prayer unto the dawn
In arms against the shadows
Destroying the dark
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
We’ll fight out battles we’ll wage our wars
Settle the scores with honor and blood
We’ll wear out scars like medals of hope
Like medals of hope
Like medals of hope
We’ll fight out battles we’ll wage our wars
Settle the scores with honor and blood
We’ll wear out scars like medals of hope
Like medals of hope
Like medals of hope
Like a whisper to the dusk
An oath against the shadows
Denying the dark
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’til the break of dawn
Like a prayer unto the dawn
In arms against the shadows
Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk)
In arms against the shadows
Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk)
In arms against the shadows
Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk )
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT ’till the break of dawn

Tag! You’re it!: Bre  Brittany  Saman

No pressure if you don’t want to participate! If you want to be included in any of my future tags, let me know! If you want to be removed from any future tags, also let me know. If you want to do this and weren’t tagged, please do. Also, tag me back so I can see your answers!

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90’s Movie Tag

A special thanks to Jess & Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser who tagged me! 🙂 Being a 90’s baby, I am biased, but I think it is THE BEST decade ever!


The Tag

She’s All That

Name a book that is an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly

The Raging Ones
Franny and Court. I think I may be just as confused as they are about everything. 

10 Things I Hate About You

A book/series that you have a love/hate relationship with

GoT

Considering my favorite character (Khal Drogo) has been dead since the first book/season, you can understand how I feel. Make me fall in love with someone and then abandon me to my sorrows, George! Not just once, but pretty much every time.

Clueless

A character that is totally clueless but you love them anyway

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Harley Quinn for sure. Smart in one instance, but she always has those one-liners or is in her own little world. Regardless, she makes me laugh!

Titanic

Name a book that made you cry

Me Before You

Both the book and the movie had me sobbing!

American Pie

A book that makes you laugh

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Caroline is my favorite nosy, gossipy sister that is spot on with her assumptions, but her means of showing it were hilarious.

Can’t Hardly Wait

A book with a crazy party

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby– You all know what I’m talking about from high school.

Cruel Intentions

Name a character that you can never fully trust

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So, Jess & Teagan wrote down this answer and I can’t help but agree. Amy would be the friend you’d always on your side, but could flip the switch at any second.

Drive Me Crazy

Name your favorite “boy next door” or “girl next door”  couple

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Augustus are so cute!

Scream

A book with a memorable villain

Lone Survivor

Sorry to be realistic for a moment, but the shepherds in this true story I will always remember. I think they were deceitful and were spared, but are so hateful towards Americans that they can’t see any of us as good. They played a part in killing people who did nothing to hurt them personally. Don’t even get me started.

The Craft

Name a book with witches

Harry Potter

Obvi.


I Tag


What do you think of our choices? Would any of these make your 90’s Movie list? 

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The Book Blogger Confession Tag

I saw this on someone’s blog (I don’t remember who) and had to do it!

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1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish? Unfortunately (maybe fortunately), I can’t bring myself to DNF. Sorry I’m not sorry. It’s the Type A in me.

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2. Which book is your guilty pleasure? The Selection by Kiera Cass. It’s the literary version of the Bachelor (which I secretly can’t help but watch).

 

 

 

EleanorandPark

 

3. Which book do you love to hate? Eleanor & Park. I felt like a pedophile the whole time I read it and I just didn’t see the point. *Avoids tomatoes being thrown at her*

 

 

 

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4. Which book would you throw into the sea? Life of Pi. I didn’t enjoy reading this in school. It was weird.

 

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

5. Which book have you read the most? Pride & Prejudice is such a light, easy read. I could read it every day for the rest of my life. And one of the few novels where I prefer the female protagonist over anyone else in the entire novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present? A self-help book.

 

 

The Hobbit

 

7. Which book could you not live without? Initially, I was thinking Harry Potter, but I don’t really care for the last 3 books of the series. And I’ve read The Hobbit more times.

 

 

 

 

My Sister's Keeper

 

8. Which book made you the angriest? My Sister’s Keeper. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the movie ending better. This just made me mad!

 

 

 

Me Before You

 

9. Which book made you cry the most? There are times where you feel like your love is not enough for someone and it is a terrible feeling, no matter if you make them the happiest person alive. The feelings I felt were real in this novel and it takes me a lot to cry!

 

 

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

 

10. Which book cover do you hate the most? Hands down…this book. No questions asked.