The Liebster Award #2 – Thank You So Much!!

It’s time for Tag Thursday! Today’s tag (or I guess I should say award) is The Liebster Award! I was tagged by the always and forever amazing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. Go check her post and blog out and then come back to finish reading this! I guarantee that you’ll love it!

Thank you so much Meeghan for tagging me!! However, I’m going to be shortening the questions, answers, and nominees to five.

Btw, this is my 100th post!!! YAY me!!!!

Let’s get started!

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions:

If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?

Aza Holmes from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Josephine March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I don’t know. A friend of mine says that I am a lot like Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo so I guess I’m going to go with that.


What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Home Alone!!! The first movie and the second one. I LOVED them both and I can always always always always re-watch them! The other two movies were pretty awful in my opinion


How many books are on your TBR?

243 books. And it’s still increasing!


What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

Slime. It’s disgusting, makes me want to puke, and gets everywhere. And once it sticks in the carpet, it sticks. Yuck.


What was the last book you DNF’ed?

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

5 Facts About Me (just like Meeghan, I think I’ve said some of these before, but there isn’t much to tell so sorry):

  1. I hate nails on paper, or walls, or chalkboards. It is such an irritating sound and makes me feel super uncomfortable.
  2. I was born with six fingers on each hand. Note the was – I now have only 5.
  3. I’m one of those people whose favorite color changes depending on their mood.
  4. I think I’ve said this before, but I don’t know what else to say. I love cooking and baking!
  5. I love love love love landscapes or still lifes, but I’m a pretty horrible painter.

Tagging/Nominating:

Umairah @ Sereadipity | Kat @ Novels and Waffles | Aoife @ Pretty Purple Polka Dots | Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink | Jaime @ Books and Waffles | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

Your Questions:

I’m going to post the rest of Meeghan’s questions, if you’d like to answer them and some of my own:

Meeghan’s:

1)Which character would you swap lives with?

2)Who is your favorite villain and why?

3)What’s your go-to book recommendation?

4)What was the last book you read that made you cry?

5)Which fictional character do you think would be the most frustrating to meet in real life?

6)What social stigma do you think society needs to get over?

Mine:

1)If you could live in a book, which one would it be?

2)What are some of your other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

3)What’s your favorite snack or drink?

4)What was your last 5 star book?

5)If you could ask an author, who isn’t alive, a question, who would you ask and what would you ask them?

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so so so much Meeghan for tagging me!! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’ll see you guys next week!

The Liebster Award – Thank You So Much!!

Hey friends! Today, I’m doing The Liebster Award which I was tagged in by the amazing Umairah @ Sereadipity. I’m going to also be shortening the questions/nominees to five, so let’s get started!

Thank you so much Umairah!!

The Rules:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

(3) Nominate 11 blogs.

(4) Notify those blogs of the nomination.

(5) Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I am reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.

Questions:

(1) How do you choose which books to read?

Most of the times, I read the summary and if it’s interesting or what I’m look for at the moment, I borrow it from the library. I recently did a Top Ten Tuesday post about what draws me to books which you can check out here. Also, if the book has been recommended to me by a good friend, I’ll definitely read it.

(2) Which three book characters do you wish were real? Why?

Aza Holmes from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I want to hug her so much, and tell her that she’s worth the world, to support and help her through all her spirals.

Mary DiNunzio from Accused by Lisa Scottoline. This is part of a series, and I love reading about Mary’s family and legal life. I’d love to meet her, and maybe even be her sidekick during one of her cases!

Josephine March from Little Women by L. M. Montgomery. I loved Jo as a kid. Her adventures, quick temper, and aspirations to be a writer were so much fun for me. I’d love to meet her, and have a chat over a nice cup of tea.

(3) Which themes or tropes do you dislike in a book? Why?

I really really don’t like insta-love because most of the time, it is not used right. The characters are usually flat, the romance even flatter, and it can ruin great books.

I also hate it when the good guys are White and the bad guys are Black. It does NOT sit well with me. Thankfully, I’ve only read one book in which something like that happened.

Another theme that I dislike, is when the MC realizes that the organization that has raised him/her his/her whole life is evil, they decide to get revenge. It’s so overused, and I avoid it, unless it seems like there’ll be a unique story behind it.

(4) Who are your top three favorite authors? Why?

Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She is an amazing author and I love most of her female MC’s. They’re strong, sassy and amazing and I really love her mysteries.

Lisa Scottoline. I love her legal mysteries/thrillers and her Rosato and DiNunzio series in particular.

Lisa Jewell. I’ve read only two books by her and I’m loving her work so far. I’m definitely going to explore the rest of her books and read more.

(5) What do you think is more important in a book, well-developed characters or a gripping plot?

I think a gripping plot is overall more important in a book, but both are needed for a good story. If the plot is very good and very gripping, then I can usually overlook or hate the characters less. If the book has no plot, or a very bad one but with well-developed characters, then it’s just blah, slow, and a waste of time. I’ll probably hate that more because I would feel like the characters didn’t get the story they deserved.

Questions:

1)What’s your favorite pastime when you aren’t reading or blogging?

2)What’s your go to genre?

3)How many books do you plan on reading this year?

4)Which three characters would you love to switch places with for a day? Why?

5)Share a fun fact about yourself.

Tagging/Nominating:

The Reading Chemist | Crystal @ Paper Royalty | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Sara @ My Year of Reading Dangerously | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag that’s absolutely fine, and if you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

Popsugar Reading Challenge TBR (Part One)

Welcome everybody to my Popsugar Reading Challenge TBR (Part One). This is my very first reading challenge, and I’m super excited to mark off as many criteria as I possibly can before the year ends. Today I’m going to list the books that I (think) I’ll read for this years challenge questions.

I’m going to split this into two posts because it takes a lot of time to link, add pictures, etc…

Let’s get started.

A book becoming a movie in 2019:

Not sure. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Update: This was recommended to me by Molly @ Silver Button Books: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.


A book that makes you nostalgic:

My favorite books from when I was a kid:

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

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Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix


A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction):

The Shining by Stephen King

Apparently, Stephen King is a musician! So, maybe it’s about time I got over my fear of horror and tried to read some of his books.


A book you think should be turned into a movie:

Don’t I have to read the book first to decide??? But guessing from the cover/summary, I’d say maybe Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci.


A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads:

I’m gonna re-read for this one:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


A book with a plant in the title or on the cover:

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


A reread of a favorite book:

My all-time favorite: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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My all-time historical spy favorite: The Agency by Y. S. Lee


A book about a hobby:

I do not know what I’m going to read for this one. I welcome all your suggestions.


A book with “pop”, “sugar”, or “challenge” in the title:

I need some suggestions for this as well.


A book you meant to read in 2018:

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover (Completed):

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah


A book inspired by mythology, legend, folklore:

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal


A book published posthumously:

uhh….IDK for this one


A book set in space:

The Martian by Andy Weir


A book by two female authors (Completed):

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows


A book with “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter”, or “spicy” in the title:

Don’t have a book for this one yet.


A book set in Scandinavia:

Don’t have a book for this one either.


A book that takes place in a single day:

Ninth and Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver


A debut novel:

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal


A book that’s published in 2019:

Uh, ahem. *coughs for a prolonged amount of time* Ya’ll know that it’d take me all day to put up everything that is published in 2019 that I want to read, right?


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton | The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | The Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing | The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cumming | Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young | They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall | One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt


That’s it for this first half of my Popsugar Reading TBR. Any suggestions for the ones that I left blank? Are you taking part in this challenge? What are you all reading? Let’s chat in the comments!