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Who the h*ll is Maggie?! | The Who Are You Tag

Hey, y’all! Maggie here, trying to make a storming comeback from an intense blogging slump! I decided to copycat Lila and fill out the Who Are You tag myself – I’m excited for our readers to get to know me a little better, especially since I’ve been incredibly absent around here lately.

I was so desperate to write one day that I wrote about nothing, basically like a Seinfeld episode regarding my writer’s block – if you’d like, you can read that post here!

Well, let’s get on with it! 😀

What is the meaning of your name?

I was named for my dad’s maternal grandmother, Magdalena. My parents toyed with naming me Magdalena as well, but decided to shorten my name to simply Maggie. My mom has always said she didn’t want to give me the longer name so I wouldn’t be saddled with having to spell my name for people at all times!

P.S. – for some reason, Maggie still gets misspelled sometimes, which is strange; there are other spellings like Maggy or Maggi, and I’m sure there are even more, but you’d think the more common, in my perception, spelling, would be pretty obvious.

Just a tidbit: I attended Catholic school and we had a nun who was our principal. I swear, every school year, she would ask me if my ‘real’ name was Margaret – I’d be like – it’s just Maggie; I’m named for a MAGDALENA. I recall being in the fourth grade and we were tasked with choosing our patron saints based on our names. Naturally, I chose Mary Magdalene, duh. The nun argued with me even then, saying my patron saint should be Saint Margaret. That woman got on my nerves SO bad!

Anyway, my middle name, Neil, was the last name of my mom’s grandmother on her mother’s side of the family. I always know I’m probably in trouble when I’m called Maggie Neil by my mom or dad, as I’m sure all kids are when addressed by their full names!

What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

*I did a post – INFP is Me – regarding this question on my personal blog, The Caramel Files, so I’m going to direct y’all to that post if you’re curious!*

What is your Zodiac sign?

I’m a die hard Sagittarius and very proud of it! LOL! Here’s an interesting fact: Lila, Claire, and I are all Sagittarius! What are the odds?!

I found a website listing the 21 most common traits of those born under the Zodiac sign:

  • Sagittarius is an optimist who dreams BIG – I’m a total optimist and tend to look at the bright side of things and realize that stuff can always be worse.
  • Sagittarius is candid and honest – Don’t ask for my opinion if you really don’t want to hear the truth.
  • Sagittarius is witty and has a wicked sense of humor – Aw, shucks! I can always find SOMETHING to laugh at, even myself.
  • Sagittarius is independent and hates being told how to live – VERY TRUE; if I’m bossed too much, I’ll do the opposite of what I’m told.
  • Sagittarius can be restless and impatient – This is something I need to work on – when I have an idea or an urge to do something, I want it to be done by myself or someone else IMMEDIATELY and I hate waiting, unless I have a good book to entertain me!
  • Sagittarius can read you like a book – I feel that I have a great sense of intuition and I can FEEL people’s energy radiating from them.
  • Sagittarius is allergic to bullshit – This is also very true of my nature – I can’t handle people who are in constant turmoil over something ridiculous, I hate pointless and time-wasting meetings, and I certainly don’t tolerate fake people.
  • Sagittarius can’t stand selfish people or sore losers – I have no concept of being totally selfish and those who can’t take being beaten in stride irritate me very much. I’d rather be alone than put up with people who are all about themselves or pitch fits over losing, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Sagittarius is hard to fool and is always thinking ten steps ahead – The website says we’re very clever and I agree. I can almost always find a solution to a problem and I dare someone to pool the wool over my eyes.
  • Sagittarius seeks out freedom and is extremely hard to pin down – Yes! I’m fiercely independent and hangers on really freak me out. Don’t be surprised if I hide out sometimes.
  • Sagittarius can become ruthless when they feel they have been wronged – I’ll let this fact speak for itself!
  • Sagittarius isn’t afraid to take risks in life – I ain’t scared!
  • Sagittarius are creative and extremely curious – I ALWAYS have questions and I take great pride in my creative side.
  • Sagittarius is spontaneous and fun to be around – I’ve always flown by the seat of my pants and I’m generally up for anything. I enjoy my own company, so why wouldn’t others? 😀
  • Sagittarius loves to prove people wrong – I’m bad to argue my point and/or facts I know to death. A lot of the time I end up being wrong, but I take it in stride. I probably should’ve been a lawyer.
  • Sagittarius tries to avoid petty drama and instead focuses on what’s important to them – Let’s just say I don’t put up with shit I deem to be completely unimportant. If you thrive on drama, I’m likely not part of your life.
  • Sagittarius is careful about who they give their heart to and takes time to commit – This statement is incredibly true to me. I never was one of those girls who dated just to date; I always wanted someone to put in effort and show me they care. I didn’t find anyone willing to wait for me until I met my now husband.
  • When Sagittarius is hurting, they can distance themselves from others and conceal their emotions – I often drop off the face of the earth when upset and hate to burden others with my problems. That’s why I have a therapist!
  • Sagittarius doesn’t hold on to grudges and leaves the past in the past – What’s the point of being hung up on what can’t be undone?
  • Sagittarius is always there for their loved ones when they need them most – I’m a good listener and I have a really good shoulder to cry on.
  • Sagittarius is adventurous and loves to experience new things – TOTALLY TRUE

What is your Hogwarts house?

I’m a true crimson and gold Gryffindor! Every single test I’ve taken, especially on Pottermore, has sorted me into this house and I take great pride in that. I used to hope I’d get the Slytherin result, as I adore Draco Malfoy, but I’d like to defeat him at the same time.

Bonus answer: my Patronus is a basset hound.

What are your learning styles?

I’m a kinesthetic learner by a landslide, according to the website Lila referenced in her post. I learn best by using my senses, doing practical exercises, observing examples, and through trial and error. I need hands-on activities and I love to learn independently.

Are you right or left brain dominant?

I am right brain dominant, which means I’m fueled by intuition, creativity, fantasy, and curiosity.

According to the test, I’m 62% right brained and 38% left brained, which relies on logic, language, strategy, rules, rationality, and details.

What is your blood type?

I agree with Lila, this question is kind of strange, but what the hell; I’m AB+, which is apparently pretty rare.

What career are you meant to have?

I have a master’s degree in social work and, lo and behold, one of my results was child/family/school social worker! All of these fields I have worked in and I feel they have been good fits for me.

What Divergent faction are you?

I’ve never read Divergent, but I’ll take the quiz anyway!

I scored highest in the Erudite (intelligent) and Candor (truthful) factions, which I think fits my personality nicely.

What does your birth order say about you?

I’m the baby of the family, with an older brother. Stereotypically, I’m a free-spirited, charming, risk-taker – I think this is pretty accurate!

That’s enough about me! How about you?

fun, Lila

Whoooooo Are You? (Who?! Who?! Who?! Who?!) | The Who Are You Tag

Hey y’all! It’s Lila! How are y’all doing? I hope you’re well! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, so I went searching for a good one! I wasn’t tagged, but I found the “Who Are You?” tag on Sam’s blog, River-Moose-Reads and I fell in love with it! I’m really happy to say that The Bookkeepers’ Secrets has been steadily gaining followers and I figured that this tag would be a fun and different way for new followers to get to know me! So away we go!

Before we begin, I feel like it’s my duty as a scientist-in-training to inform you that MTBI, job tests, astrology, and brain dominance have been totally and completely debunked and disproved, despite the fact that many people still use them. People are complex, unique, individual, and constantly in flux and cannot be reduced to a simple “type.” No test can ever gauge the depth of who you truly are. Neverthless, such tests are a fun thing to do and, if done correctly, may be able to give you a fun snapshot of yourself at the moment. Now let’s get to it!

1. What Is The Meaning Of Your Name?

I don’t feel comfortable revealing my full name, but its meaning roughly translates to “transform in grace.” I have two middle names, one of which is a Hawaiian name which roughly translates to “angel who fell from the night sky” and the other one roughly translates into “phoenix”. Fun story about my name and how it was chosen: My mom believes that names are wishes for your children and was struggling to find a name (believe it or not, I was almost Grace, Olivia, or Isabelle). One day (before I was born) she had a dream that I was born looking exactly as I did when I was born and in which I told her my name. She decided that since I, myself, had told her what my name was, she couldn’t name me anything else. My Hawaiian middle name came from my godmother and my second middle name is a mixture of the names of two of my mom’s best friends’ names, both of which have African origins. So that’s the story of my name!

2. What Is Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?

I am an ENFP-T, aka “The Campaigner”

“The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike types in the Explorer Role group, Campaigners are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd.” (Source: 16personalities.com)

Popular Characters Who Are ENFP-T: Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean), Ron Weasley (Harry Potter), Bert (Mary Poppins), Kirk (Star Trek), Troy Barnes (Community), Karen Page (Netflix’s Daredevil), Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who), Second Doctor (Doctor Who), Barry Allen (The CW’s The Flash), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls), Hurley (Lost), Julia Wicker (SyFy’s The Magicians), Michael Scott (The Office), Anna (Once Upon A Time), Henry Mills (Once Upon A Time), Klaus Mikaelson (The Originals), Wil (MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles), Joyce Byers (Stranger Things), Mike Wheeler (Stranger Things), Genie (Aladdin), The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), Nemo (Finding Nemo), Anna (Frozen), Helen (The Incredibles), Mowgli (The Jungle Book), Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Moana (Moana), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Spongebob (Spongebob Squarepants), Rapunzel (Tangled), Jane (Tarzan), Jessie (Toy Story), Russell (Up), Judy Hopps (Zootopia), and Dick Grayson (Nightwing) (SOURCE)

Read more about ENFP-Ts here

3. What Is our Zodiac Sign?

770b4e1e9212d5cd6f7835f20bcb14d2I am a Sagittarius! According to astrology-zodiac-signs.com, “Like the other fire signs, Sagittarius needs to be constantly in touch with the world to experience as much as possible. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the largest planet of the zodiac. Their enthusiasm has no bounds, and therefore people born under the Sagittarius sign possess a great sense of humor and an intense curiosity.

Freedom is their greatest treasure, because only then they can freely travel and explore different cultures and philosophies. Because of their honesty, Sagittarius-born are often impatient and tactless when they need to say or do something, so it’s important to learn to express themselves in a tolerant and socially acceptable way.”

 

 

4. What Is Your Hogwarts House?

a4486bd214fe57b0d830d242f40482baSo I’ve taken the Pottermore sorting quiz three times and each time, I’ve received a different result. The first time I was Slytherin, the second time I was Gryffindor, and the third time I was Ravenclaw. Outside of Pottermore, every sorting quiz I’ve taken has given me the result of Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. I strongly identify as a hybrid of those two houses, and Buzzfeed’s hybrid house quiz did indeed named me as a Gryffinclaw. My Ilvermorny house is Thunderbird, though, and I really identify with that result!

 

 

5. What Are Your Learning Styles?

According to the VARK test (linked above), I am an aural learner. According to vark-learn.com, “[t]his preference is for information that is spoken or heard and the use of questioning is an important part of a learning strategy for those with this preference.” (Source) Learn more about aural learners and learning strategies for them here and at the source I linked previously.

6. Are You Right Or Left Brain Dominant?

According to the test linked above, I am 50% right brained and 50% left brained! I’m not sure how common this is, but this result honestly doesn’t surprise me, as I’m both a musician and a scientist. Growing up, my mom made sure that I was surrounded by both the arts and the sciences and she also focused a lot on how the two are connected. Further, in every aspect of my life, I’ve always strove toward balancing reason and emotion, logic and intuition. So this result doesn’t surprise me one bit.

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7. What Is Your Blood Type?

Um, why do you want to know???…*narrows eyes*…Creeps…

8. What Career Are You Meant To Have?

I’ve gotten all sorts of results on those “what career would you be good at?” tests (which, by the way, those tests have been totally debunked by psychologists, yet still many schools try to use them–bottom line: don’t believe them, do what you want to do, not what some silly piece of paper wants you to do) from lawyer to teacher to business woman to photographer. Regardless, I’ve wanted to be a scientist and/or a singer since I was three years old. And whatdya know, now I’m working towards being a scientist with a side career of singer! I’ve always been insatiably curious and wanted to know the reasons behind why things work, down to the very last nuts and bolts. My mom always said I’d end up a doctor or an opera singer. Mother knows best, I guess, cause I’m currently getting my degree in biology with the goal of being a geneticist and on the side, I train in opera!

9. What Divergent Faction Are You?

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I’m Divergent, with an equal amount of Candor and Dauntless. Since this is the case, I would choose to be in Dauntless. I think I’m best suited to Dauntless because bravery is one of the most important qualities to me, as I believe that knowing what is right means nothing if you are not brave enough to act on those beliefs. If none of us were brave enough to stand up in the face of hatred and injustice, the human race would not survive.

10. What Does Your Birth Order Say About You?

…Well this is awkward…I’m an only child but the link above doesn’t say anything about only children. But I think I’m kind of a special case because in order to offset the fact that I’m an only child, my mom ran a day care wen I was a kid and, throughout my life, the neighborhood kids have come over to my almost every day. So I learned to share really well. I’m also an uber extrovert, so I don’t know if that makes a difference? Hmmm, I don’t know…

So that’s all for the “Who Are You” tag! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me! Tell me some fun facts about yourself in the comments!

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Lila Does The “Anything But Books” Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around and I figured, since it’s been a while since I’ve made any posts with fun fun facts about me, I’d jump on this tag! Now, I must warn you…what you are about to read is very, very nerdy. You have been warned! Now let’s get this show on the road!

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

Uh oh, it’s already confession time…My confession is that sadly, I’ve never really liked cartoons, save for Disney movies, which I’m not sure if those count? If they do, then my favorite Disney movies are Mulan and Pocahontas.

2. What is your favorite song right now.

I’ve had “Human Touch” by Betty Who on repeat for the past few weeks and, miraculously, I’m still not sick of it!

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

I could spend ages just singing, making art, learning new skills, and/or socializing!

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

Something that everyone (even my irl friends) save for my mom seems surprised by is that I enjoy listening to hip hop and rap, especially from 90s artists like Tupac, Arrested Development, and Digable Planets. I think this surprises people because I’m an opera and jazz/blues singer, so people think I only like classical music. But, no. I like all music, even rap!

5. What is something unnecessarily specific you like to learn about?

Anything science related! I love any and every branch of science and I love learning new science stuff! I can’t help it–I’m a nerd!

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I know how to do the lab parts of a basic paternity test, as well as how to analyze the raw data results of the test. Ya know, swab, centrifuge, gel electrophoresis, analyze gel? We did a live lab on how to do it in my IB Biology class in high school…

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year?

My long term project that I began in about February of this year is my journal. It’s a work in progress, but I’m really proud of how it’s coming along so far.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

Myself? Hah! I kid…sort of. I am working on being a bit more organized and put together.

9. Tell us something you think about often.

I often think about the physics of how the universe began and about uniting quantum mechanics and relativity.

10. Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific.

I love the feeling of singing a really heartfelt song–and, for me, there is a very specific physical feeling when I do this. I’ll sing a really emotionally pure sequence and I feel something in my chest, right above my stomach, pang and leap, like my heart is flying. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but I know for sure the people who are musicians and who consider music more than a hobby can relate to what I’m talking about.

So Those Are All The Quirky Facts About Me That You’re Getting Today! Thanks For Sticking Around! And Tell Me An Oddly Specific Favorite Thing Of Yours In The Comments! SMuch Love And TTYL! 💗

 

About Me, Maggie

Meet My New Co-Bloggers | 25 Bookish Facts About Maggie

Heya! It’s Lila! And if you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter or read my post yesterday, you probably know that I now have two new co-bloggers, Maggie and Claire. If you didn’t already know well…now you know. Anyhoo. Today I’m ever so pleased to introduce you to Maggie, the first of my new co-bloggers! Maggie is a southern gal who loves books (because, duh! that’s what we do here!), March Madness, cheese, animals, and sugar! She’s a proud INFP and Sagittarius and an even prouder stay-at-home mother of two! And today, to help us get to know her even better, Maggie’s given us 25 bookish facts about herself! Let’s dive in!

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

I feel such an enormous sense of accomplishment when I finish a big ass book, especially a good classic.

My favorite book of all time is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; I was devastated when I finished it – I never wanted it to end.

Clocking in at 838 pages, Anna Karenina holds court as the longest book I’ve read to date. However, it’s such an amazing tale that it seemed like I read it in no time.

I basically wish I could read every classic ever written, but I’m content to simply own as many huge ones as possible.

I Love Well-Loved Books

When I absolutely adore a book, it emerges from my reading as a different being from the pristine perfection it was prior to my loving it.

I ‘love’ books by dogearing and accidentally tearing pages, bending and possibly breaking spines, and spilling coffee or smudging stuff on pages.

One can tell how much I liked a book by its post-read condition. If I don’t necessarily click with a novel, it gets through my reading unscathed.

What Bookworm Doesn’t Sniff Books?

I have a feeling most of y’all will agree with me on this – I heart the scent of books!

New books, old books, libraries, bookstores, paperbacks, hardcovers…they’re all glorious!

I’ve actually found articles discussing book scents and how they evolve – it’s science!

My TBR Pile is Toppling

I am continuously and compulsively adding to my TBR list. I spot a book with a pretty cover or read an amazing review or see a cool title and I’m sold!

I have SO many books, it’s almost ridiculous to keep marking books as want to read.

I seriously doubt I will make it through my ever growing TBR pile before my life ends!

I Like My Books Naked

I picked up the habit of removing the jackets from hardback books from my dad, who as always said the covers irritate him whilst reading.

Sometimes I discover a charming gem of an actual hardback cover, other times the jacket is more attractive than the book itself. It’s a gamble!

I’m like my dad in that covers tend to get on my nerves and distract my reading.

Have no fear, my fellow bookworms – I definitely save the covers I remove and keep them in a safe place!

Nancy Drew is an Icon

The Nancy Drew series, written by multiple authors under the pen name Carolyn Keene, features some of my most adored books.

I was introduced to the adventures of the girl detective when my mom presented me with the first in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, when I was little.

I read Nancy Drew books to this day – they are awesome light reads to enjoy after tackling a tough read, that’s for sure.

I Let My Library Card Expire

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t stepped a toe in a library in ages. Plus, my library card expired no telling how long ago.

I used to be practically obsessed with roaming the library stacks, but got out of the habit when I started my continued phase of needing to own the books I read.

This is an issue I want to remedy soon, as I’d really like to start checking out books from virtual libraries.

I Would Give My Right Arm for My Own Library

Gosh, I would die if I could have my own gigantic library, preferably containing every tale ever written in the history of the world.

However, I’d settle for enough bookshelves to house all my beloved books.

I love to just admire my book collection and flip through pages at random.

Having them all on display for me and to show off to others would be a dream come true.

I’m Not a Bookmark User

I very rarely utilize the services of a bookmark, although I love and buy them.

As I mentioned above, I’m a dogearer of pages, so it doesn’t usually occur to me to grab an official placeholder.

I really like magnetic bookmarks and even have a scented set that I received in a swap.

A lot of the time I do use bookmarks to keep my place in a calendar or journal.

I Read Like a Tortoise Runs

I am definitely a slow reader compared to many. Every now and then I can blow through a book in a few days or even in a single day, but this is extremely rare.

I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace as long as I can remember; I figure I just like to totally absorb what I’m reading, especially if I’m loving it!

I know that if I’m reading fast and skimming paragraphs that I’m not enjoying a book.

I’m a Member of the Grammar Police Force

Being a stickler for grammar, I can spot misspellings, incorrect punctuation, etc. from a mile away.

I understand that editors can’t always catch every mistake in a book, but I tend to focus on the errors at least until I can turn the page.

It really kills me when finished books have too many glaring mistakes for me to even concentrate or take the writer seriously.

Waiting Rooms are Excellent Reading Spots

A waiting room, primarily in a doctor’s office, is where I can get some serious reading under my belt.

Since I typically wait seemingly forever to be called back, I can pound out a few chapters in a sitting.

I find it easy to tune out the other goings on in the office, much like when I hang out in a library or bookstore.

DNFing Books Makes Me Sad

I despise DNFing books; it kind of hurts my heart to do so.

I’m getting better about putting away books I just can’t get into, but it’s still so hard.

I find that if I’m struggling to read something, it ultimately sits on my currently reading shelf for ages before I decide to give it up.

I just wish Goodreads would implement an official DNF shelf. I honestly think such a feature would make it easier for me to DNF books.

I Love to Learn as I Read

One of my favorite things ever is learning as I read, even if I’m reading fiction.

Great examples are Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books, from which I’ve learned a ton.

I also adore historical fiction and nonfiction. Books about old school royal families are especially intriguing.

I find it fun also to learn about various cultures and definitely mythology, like in Rick Riordan’s books.

I’m Reluctant to Loan Books from My Personal Library

Since I’ve had zero luck having books I’ve loaned returned to me, I only let friends and family ‘borrow’ them if I’m prepared to never see them again!

I’m still devastated about the books I once owned and lost forever to the possession of another. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the book I most lament loaning to a friend, as it is a favorite and my copy was well-loved.

I don’t know if others feel this way, but I’m pretty possessive of my library’s contents!

Usually, if I recommend a book to someone, instead of giving out my copy I buy one for the reader and gift it. I love to write in books and make them as personal as possible for the recipient.

I Have Never Reread a Book

It’s not that I don’t WANT to reread books at some point. My issue is that I have SO many books on my TBR list, that I haven’t found the time to do a reread.

The only tale I have read twice, besides children’s books, naturally, is Beowulf. This was not by choice – I was required to read it in a high school English class and later for a college course.

I really want to do a reread of Anna Karenina at some point and possibly of the Harry Potter series, because, well, HARRY POTTER!

I Thought I Hated Shakespeare

During my freshman year of high school, my class read and acted out Romeo and Juliet, which quite honestly isn’t my favorite of the renowned playwright’s.

However, in my senior AP English class, we read the hell out of Shakespeare and spent at least a month on each play we read writing critical essays and doing literary analyses.

Through this intensive Shakespearean study, I learned to love symbolism and to appreciate the bard’s talent.

My favorite Shakespeare plays are definitely Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks

Audiobooks are awesome, especially if the narrator has an awesome voice.

My only problem with books on tape is that I tend to get sleepy while I listen and inevitably miss out on major plot points during my slumber.

I do enjoy listening to books when I am prepping to go to bed, but I want to start playing them on car rides and at least during the day, when I’m more likely to keep my eyes and ears open.

I’m Trying to Teach Myself to Read Multiple Books at Once

Until very recently, I’ve always been a one book kind of girl.

I’ve always been bad to mix up plots when reading multiple books at a time, mainly if the stories are members of the same genre.

I’m currently reading one book and listening to another, so I’m practicing!

I’m a Pretty Cover Sucker

I’m so bad about judging a book by its cover!

Sometimes when buying a novel solely based on its looks, I’ll get lucky and find a gem of a story. Sadly, this doesn’t always work out.

A book I recently read, Slade House by David Mitchell, features one of the most awesome covers I’ve ever seen, with its bright yellow and a creepy, labyrinth-like cutout.

Although Mitchell’s book turned out to be only a three-star read for me, I’m thrilled to have such a neat looking tome as part of my collection.

I Stayed Up Late Reading as a Child

I was one of those kids who pretended to go to bed then either got up and read in my bedroom floor by the hall light or stayed in bed to read with the aid of a flashlight.

As a child, I was obsessed with reading. I even won the first-place trophy for having the most accelerated reader points every single year in elementary school.

The Cats Series

I can say with confidence that many of my fellow obsessors of books would adore the chance to be writers and publish their own novels. I’m part of this group.

In grade school, my class wrote short books, which we bound with hard paper and even decorated covers for, every year.

Instead of writing a brand spanking new story for each assignment, I created a series based on the amazing adventures of my pets, who inspired my characters.

My tales turned into a sort of extended soap opera and I had such a freaking blast creating them.

Good Books with Crappy Endings Bother Me

Silly endings to otherwise great books honestly piss me off.

A great example is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I loved the book all the way up until the final chapters, when the story took a turn for the stupid.

The ending made me feel like Sebold just got ready to wrap up her story and pulled some supernatural ridiculousness out of her head. So disappointing…

In addition, it kills me when I accurately predict the ending of a book or figure out who the killer is or solve the mystery before the official reveal.

I want to be in shock and awe after encountering an amazing twist in a plot.

Ann M. Martin Replied to My Fan Mail

My cousin, Cam, and I were obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club books when we were growing up.

We had the brilliant idea to sit down and write an enormous letter to our then role model and author of the series, Ann M. Martin.

To our surprise, Martin wrote us back – she signed the letter and everything! We totally assumed she had read our letter in full and wrote us personally, even though nothing in her return letter referenced what we’d written her.

Eventually, and I mean years later, we realized that we received a form letter, which was still awesome!

I still have that letter somewhere and I really think Martin at least really signed it herself!

Movie Adaptation Trailers Can be a Turnoff

For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. That is until I saw the trailer for the movie based on it.

While I love Allison Janney, who seems to play a prominent role in the movie, the teaser makes the plot look goofy.

Now I’m not so sure I want to read The Girl on the Train – I could totally use some advice on whether I should!

 

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday | Wonderfully Lost In Wanderlust!

I’m seriously in love with my home city. I honestly think it’s one of the best place in the world! But that definitely hasn’t curbed my wanderlust! I guess you could say I was born with a wanderlust-ful heart. Since I can remember, from the time I knew there was a whole world out there, I’ve always wanted to explore it. Even having chronic fatigue hasn’t stopped me from having the goal of traveling all around the world some day (and I will, regardless of my illness!). I’ve always wanted to visit every single country in the world, but here are some of the top destinations I’d like to see!

Lebanon

Lebanon is #1 on my list for a special reason: half of my family is from Lebanon! My ancestors hailed from right outside of Beirut, a city which my great grandfather fondly called “the jewel of The Middle East” and “the Paris of The Middle East!” Yet despite the fact that I am half Lebanese and partially fluent in in not one, not two, but three Arabic dialects, I’ve never been to Lebanon. One day though, one day…

India

India is my #2 desired destination! I really, really, really would love to visit India and for a few reasons. Number one is that India seems a very soulful, spiritual place where you can just really find rest and peace. Number two is kind of related number one and it is that I’m Catholic and Mother Teresa is my patron saint and I want to visit the place of her burial. Number three is that India just seems like an explosion of color and for an artsy girl like me, that’s the dream!

Spain

Spain has always been on my “To Visit” list, particularly the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is another one of those places that seem to scream with color and art! Of course, there’s other places in Spain I want to see too, like the crystal palace and Cordoba, among others!

Peru

So by now you can probably tell I’m a glutton for color and street markets. Another place on my “To Visit” list that has both is Peru. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Picchu and see the Nazca Lines in Peru. My desire to visit the country was strengthened by the fact the my godmother is Peruvian and grew up in Peru. Her stories of her home country made me want to visit it even more!

Thailand

I’ve heard from so many people how beautiful and stunning Thailand is. It certainly looks like it from the pictures–I can only imagine what it must look like in real life! From beautiful ocean sunset setting the water ablaze to lush jungles and awe inspiring, intricate palaces, Thailand seems like an incredible destination for sure!

Venice, Italy

I’ve always been a musician and since I was five years old and learned to recognize composers’ works by ear, Vivaldi has always been my favorite! When I learned he had lived in an Italian city called Venice, I made it my mission to visit. Later I learned of Venice’s beauty, of how it stood on stilts and had streets made of water, of how it exploded with vibrancy each year at Carnival and I wanted to go even more. I haven’t gone yet, but just you wait!

Prague, Czech Republic

Ever since reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke And Bone trilogy, Prague has not only been put on my radar, but it’s also climbed to the top of my destination wishlist! I know many of the places Taylor mentions aren’t real but I an’t help wanting to get even the slightest taste of where Karou lived! Plus, since reading Daughter of Smoke And Bone, I’ve read another book that took place in Prague which taught me a bit about Prague’s magical and mysterious history and now I’m just dying to visit the city!

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Wordless Wednesday | Songs Of My Life: Fighting & Triumphing

Heya, ducklings! Great news! I found an awesome new meme to participate in! It’s called “Wordless Wednesday” and it’s run by Grace at Kimmie.GG! For Wordless Wednesdays, the rules are as follows: Each week, Grace will give you a topic to write a post about and all you have to do is link back to her. From what I gather the post can be any format or style consisting of anything–photos, typical post entries, playlists, artwork, etc–or a mix thereof. It sounds super fun and I love the topic! This week’s topic is “Songs Of My Life.” I decided to focus “Songs Of My Life” around the sub-topic of “Fighting & Triumphing,” which is something that I feel really defines my life as a whole. I’ve gone through a lot of rough things, but I’ve always come out the other side stronger. These songs are songs that I listened to during rough patches which kept me going or songs about being a fighter and/or not giving up that I could relate to! So without any further ado…

Take A Listen!

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Top 10 Tuesday | Me, Myself, and My (Audio)Books!

Hello! Welcome back! It’s so good to see you again! I’m sure you’re aware that today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “facts about me” (bookish or otherwise). I decided to go with bookish facts about moi! So kick back, relax, and enjoy these 10 bookish facts about yours truly!

1. As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I am an avid audiobook listener and if you are a reader who comes within a 100 mile radius of me and/or this blog, I will try to convert you to the audiobook life.

Unless I’m reading an ARC or a comic book/graphic novel, you ca guarantee that the book I’m consuming is an audiobook. I grew up listening to audiobooks (my earliest audiobook memory is from when I was 5 or 6), so I have a deeply ingrained love for them. I think they are just the bees knees and it baffles me hhow many people dislike them. Guess it’s an acquired taste…(which I will most likely force you to acquire if you know me in any way MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! erm–ahem.)

2. How did I become such an avid reader? My mom read to me and/or told me stories every night when I was a child!

I can’t remember a time when the walls of my room weren’t lined with bookshelves full of books! Every night when I was a kid, my mom would read me one of the books, or, alternately, she’d tell me a story that she made up from memory. This is how I came to love stories and stories told out loud in particular.

3. I listen to/read between 4 and 14 books per month.

I’m a reading machine by average standards. I generally consider a month in which I read 4 books a “bad” reading month. Which, by the standards of any sane, normal person, is a massive amount. But who wants to be normal? Come on now, that’s no fun!

4. I have over 3,200 books on my Goodreads To Read shelf/ my personal TBR.

Heh. Yeeeeeeeeeeah. So. My TBR is kind of a mess. I do plan to read all of the books…at least I did when I put them on the list–okay so maybe I need to clean it up a bit but come on–it’s intimidating!!!

5. I can’t always afford to do this, but when I can, I do like to have a physical book copy of the audiobooks I own to put on my shelves and stare at adoringly.

There’s nothing like the feel of pages turning beneath your fingers. Call me an addict, but I need that feeling. Plus, books double as my room’s decor. Oh, god, I’m such a nerd…

6. I’m a #1 fan of the library–it’s where I get most of my books and audiobooks from.

Probably about 75% of the books I’ve read this year and last year have come from the 3 libraries I’m a member of (that’s right, 3). I regularly check out my libraries’ limit of digital audiobooks. I mean, I clean that place out, man! I check out so many books that my libraries are probably lucky I don’t physically come in and check out actual books because I’d check out as many as possible–and my libraries’ checkout limits are 50 books per month!

7. Because I load my audiobooks onto my phone, I never go anywhere without taking at least 10 books with me!

You know how some people never go anywhere without a book? I never go anywhere without at least 10 in my purse! That’s because I load all of my audiobooks onto my phone via the Audible and OverDrive apps! I listen to books while walking across campus or on the train/subway. You could say I’m literally a walking, talking library–but hey, if anyone needs a book, I come prepared!

8. My favorite genre is fantasy and while most people think the seasons for fantasy are fall and winter, I think it’s lovely to crack open a good ol’ fantasy book at any point during the year!

It baffles me how some people think there’s ever a time not to read fantasy! I mean, fantasies (unlike, oh, say, contemporaries) usually take place during ambiguous seasons. So why only read it during a certain season then? I think year round is the perfect time for fantasies!

9. I don’t own any bookish merch aside from a metal bookmark that my mom gave me.

This is the sad but true story of a girl who loved books but owned no bookish merch. That girl would be me. I sadly own no shirts or bags proudly proclaiing my booknerdness–oh! Wait! I do have bookish stickers from the Barnes & Noble Teen Book Fest! Does that count? If not though…I got nothin’!

10. Last, but not least, I saved the worst for last (!) and that is that I dogear pages of my books and I even sometimes write and doodle in my books. (*squeaks* please don’t kill me!)

Yes, I’m one of those people. In my defense, these are ingrained habits that I learned from my mom and in school! And I don’t do these things to borrowed books, whether I borrow them from the library or from friends!….*hangs head**whispers* I’m a monster, I know…