About Me, fun, Lila

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! 💗



Reading ‘Em All, One By One | Tag Time! The Pokémon Go Tag

This tag was created by Aentee at Read At Midnight! Though I wasn’t tagged and the Pokemon Go phenomenon has yet to hit my household, the tag was so cute that I just couldn’t resist doing it! So let’s go (pun absolutely intended)!


Honestly, my mom read to me all through my childhood and that’s what got me started reading, so I don’t remember which exact book “started it all” for me. It was probably some board book like Mama, Do You Love Me?


Harry Potter without a doubt! The series represents my childhood and not only was it incredibly magical (because, duh!), but it also taught me so many valuable lessons. The series really is a modern day iconic classic and I believe it will go down in history as The Book Series That Lived. Because it did. And it still does.


This is a tough one because hype generally doesn’t really bother me. But I think maybe The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson I guess. I wasn’t particularly interested in it to begin with because a) I’m not much of a contemporary kinda gal and b) the storyline just didn’t interest me. But the fact that it was so popular kinda desensitized me to the book. Idk *shrugs*


Oh gosh, hmmmm…Honestly, there’s a lot…Mostly contemporaries because I feel like most contemporaries are really repetitive. Soooo…Maybe something like The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because dear god in heaven above those books are massive! And the font is small too! But I really want to start it because it’s so beloved and it seems really good!


Definitely The Diviners by Libba Bray! Talk about creepy! To make it worse, I went into the book thinking it was just a paranormal book and not knowing or expecting it to be a horror novel! You can imagine my surprise when thing got hairy!


I would take a bullet for Feyre x Rhysand. Just sayin’…


This is kinda hard for me to gage as I usually listen to audiobooks and when I don’t listen to audiobooks, I’m a painfully slow reader. BUT! I’m gonna go with the Shatter Me trilogy because a) I zoomed through that series like a champion NASCAR driver and b) it’s definitely fire-hot sexy for a YA series!


The easy answer to this would totally be Harry Potter, but I don’t want to repeat answers, so my answer to this question is The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. We already have two full novel series spin offs from The Mortal Instruments (The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices) as well as two full novella series spin offs (The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy) and two more novel series spin offs in the works (The Wicked Powers, which is a YA series spin off, and an adult series following Magnus Bane), but I don’t think I could get sick of this world and hearing new stories about it. #WishGranted


I think I was a tad bit surprised by how awesome Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples was. Not because I’d heard anything bad about it–in fact, it was quite the opposite, I heard so many good things about the series–but because it was the first graphic novel I’d read other than Archie (and I hadn’t read Archie since I was 6 or 7) and I didn’t know what to expect. The premise was just so…out there. But it turned out to be an awesome series. Sometimes, when I read it now, I’m still like, “Whoa, that’s weird, man!” but I’m kinda used to it at this point.


Ever since pre BEA this year, there has been mad crazy hype over Caraval by Stephanie Garber. But you know what? The hype has yet to make me bitter cuz I’m sure as hell anticipating this one big time so it had better be good yo!


Those special house colored collector’s editions of Harry Potter in Gryffindor red and gold. Um, yes please and thank you! *drools*



Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West looks absolutely to die for! It’s a mishmash of fairytale retellings with a magical original twist! *grabby hands*


There is no question that my ultimate auto-buy author is Sarah J. Maas. I would buy a grocery list if you told me that Maas wrote it.


I have been waiting for Laini Taylor to write another book since the minute I finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters. And finally Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor will be published this September, thank the heavens above!


Tag Time! The Harry Potter Tag

Ah, books, tags, and Harry Potter–what more could you ask for? (Easy: chocolate.) I was tagged by the lovely Trang and Lashaan at Bookidote, the creators of this super fun tag!



I read the beginning of The Host by Stephenie Meyer a little while back and I think that that book fits this question perfectly. I really enjoyed the book, but that didn’t stop me from noting that the book was really slow and kind of confusing (and that’s understandable given that it’s such a high concept novel). In theory, the story is a really great, but I think Meyer’s writing needs to be cleaned up and tightened a bit.



I was so hooked after reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The writing was so incredibly beautiful and the story was so compelling that I just needed more, more, more immediately, goshdarnit! I was pretty addicted, you could say!



This year it seems like publishers are knocking it out of the park with sequels and new books from old authors. I say this because not one, not two, but three of my most anticipated sequels and/or new books from old authors are publishing within a two month period! Those three books tie for the spot of my most anticipated book of the year. Those books are…DRUMROLL PLEASE!…Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!



I’m gonna take that as “killer” in a good way and in a quite literal way and say…Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! This was a “killer” book in the literal sense in that it involved the deaths of many people! But it’s “killer” in the figurative sense in that it was ridiculous…ly good!



I hate to repeat answers for a tag, but I think this one also goes to the bit of The Host by Stephenie Meyer that I read. It just is such a high concept novel that was so loosely written that it was hard to follow, unfortunately



Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley–it’s whimsical and imaginative just like me!



The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu without a doubt! If you haven’t read or heard of The Young Elites trilogy, it’s the origin story of a villain named Adelina Amouteru. It’s dark and twisted and kinda freaky, especially in the second book when Adelina kind of fully embraces her villainousness.



A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I was not expecting this book to become one of my favorites! It’s not that I disliked A Court of Thorns and Roses (the first book in the series), it just wasn’t my favorite of Sarah’s books and after the hype died down, I realized it hadn’t blown me away as much as Sarah’s other books have. But this one? Honestly, I think it’s Maas’s best work so far!




So this doesn’t happen to me any longer because I listen to audiobooks (#PerksOfBeingAnAudiobooker) but I’m pretty sure that when I was a kid, before I ever listened to the audiobooks of Harry Potter, I probably mispronounced Hermione’s name…



A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas left me in shock…at how good it was! Maas seems to top herself with each and every successive publication of hers. I honestly did not think she could top her storytelling in Queen of Shadows…but then she goes and writes ACOMAF and I was like…*mind. blown.*



That’s a tough one because I rarely feel any guilt/shame or regret over what I read…BUT I do regret wasting my time reading one book and that’s Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines. I’ve ranted about this book before but I just found it so tasteless and a really bad example for young girls in that it romanticized a highly toxic relationship. And it wasn’t even written well (in my opinion)! So I regret having wasted a week reading it and I wish I could forget the book because every time I think about it, it makes me upset.

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This one 100% goes to Nimona by Noelle Stevenson! Nimona is an absolutely adorable and adorkable graphic novel about Nimona, who is the overzealous apprentice of supervillain Ballister Blackheart! It’s touching, heartwarming, and humorous and I just love it so goshdarn much!!! Every time I think of the book or reference it, it makes me smile 😀


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Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch


Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. And by that I don’t mean that it’s Christmas time (yes it’s you I’m side-eyeing right now, Christmas-In-July-Radio-Stations), I mean it’s midyear. And that means we’ve gotten a sneak peek at what literary genius 2016 has to throw at us. Now it’s time to reflect. I recently saw this tag done by Jessica at Paper Utopia and really wanted to do it! I’ve been searching for a tag of this sort, since it’s halfway through the year and I’ve already read so many incredible books. This tag was created by Chami at Read Like Wildfire and Ely at Ely Jayne (both of whom are two lovely booktubers you should check out)! Let’s just jump straight into it!

The Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is without a doubt the best book of 2016 so far, in my humble opinion. Maas seems to top herself with each of her successive publications and this is making me nervous for the upcoming Empire of Storms because A Court of Mist and Fury was so good that I have no clue how she could top that (but I have no doubt that she inevitably will). ACOMAF blew my mind and tore into my heart, leaving my soul in so many pieces you’d think I was Lord Voldemort! I just–I can’t even…Just read the book already!!!

The Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

If I hadn’t already given A Court of Mist and Fury the Best Book of the Year (So Far) Award, it would win this award, but since I did give it that award, I’m going to give this one to The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, which was also fan-freakin-tastic! Ahdieh’s gorgeous writing blew me away once again and her incredible storytelling ability sucked me in.

A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet (But You Want To)

Goodness, there’s so many! But I’m going to go with a debut instead of a sequel and say The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I’ve heard mixed things about this one that lean more toward the good side, but still. From what I know of this book, it sounds like a cross between The Night Circus and Shadow and Bone and that sounds like something I definitely want to read!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half Of 2016

Oh god, I can’t just pick one! So instead, I’m going to tell you my top 5! These are the releases I just have to have or I will literally die (okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get my point…)

1. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

4. Replica by Lauren Oliver

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Biggest Disappointment

I was so, so, soooooo looking forward to Truthwitch by Susan Dennard…Aaaaaand it unfortunately fell short of my colossal expectations. I think the problem was that Truthwitch was massively hyped up for the 7 months prior to its release date. And not many books could hold up to that sort of expectation. So, yeah. I was burned by the hype 😦

Biggest Surprise

 I was so shocked that I actually loved Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry! First off, it’s contemporary, and while I don’t hate contemporary, it’s not my favorite genre either. And second off, this book/series centers around bikers. That sounded like a recipe for cheesiness to me. Yet…it was great! It quickly became one of my favorite contemporary books and I can’t wait to read the sequel!

Favorite New Author


Alwyn Hamilton is one of the most promising 2016 debut YA authors I’ve read this year. Her world building and characterization were both stellar in Rebel of the Sands and she told an interesting first story.

Newest Fictional Crush

Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Need I say more?

Newest Favorite Character

Amani from Rebel of the Sands is definitely one of my new favorites. She’s tough, independent, and, perhaps most importantly, she’s flawed. She’s one of the only heroines I’ve ever read about who makes whoppers of mistakes. But she learns from them and grows as a person in a realistic way. That’s part of why I like her so much.

A Book That Made You Cry

Now this was almost a hard one because I am cold and heartless and have never cried because of a book UNTIL…The Anomaly. Or at least, that’s what I’ve started calling it because this year, it finally happened. One book rose above others to become The Book That Made Me Shed A Single Tear (and I mean that quite literally it made me shed a single tear–just one!). And that book was…The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. Now, the ending of this book made me shed a single tear–I won’t say why because *spoilers* but the ending of the chapter before the epilogue left me so shocked and sad that a single tear slipped from my eye. I know. I’m shocked too. Maybe it was just before my time of the month. I dunno. But I’m hoping this whole crying over books thing isn’t the new norm…

A Book That Made You Happy

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan was just a really great fun, fluffy, cutesy read that left me feeling happy!

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi has an absolutely stunning cover! I mean, just feast your eyes upon that color palette of red-orange, raspberry pink, midnight blue, and gold! Perfection!

Favorite Adaptation So Far This Year

I…hmmm…I actually haven’t seen any book-to-movie/TV adaptations this year aside from The 100, which is my all time favorite show ever but which is also an incredibly loose adaptation of Kass Morgan’s The 100. So I guess it wins by default? I will say that I have read The 100 and the TV show is 100x better, in my opinion.

What Books Do You Need To Read Before The End Of This Year?

Of the books on my TBR that I actually own? That would have to be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I have never read a Schwab book before, but I hear this one is incredible. And you know what makes it even more tragic that I haven’t gotten to this gem? The fact that I own not one, but two copies of it–a digital audiobook copy and a signed physical copy!

Favorite Post You’ve Written So Far This Year

Hmmm…That’s hard. Probably any one of my posts for my bookish Travel Guide series. I love compiling and collaging photos and people seem to really enjoy having a visualization of their favorite imaginary places.

Favorite Book Community Member Of The First Half Of 2016

This undoubtedly has to go to Nori of ReadWriteLove28! Nori, who has come to be known as “blogger mom,” is such a wonderful member of the book blogging community and I love her to death! She is always willing to help and offer advice and she coordinates massive community events which especially help new bloggers get introduced to and integrated into the community. She’s helped me enormously this year and I look up to her so much! Thank you Nori for being an astoundingly outstanding role model, friend, and community member!


Tag Time! The Four Facts Survey

Hiiiiiii! So it’s me. I’m back again with another tag. This time I ‘m doing a tag I actually was tagged for. I know. Big changes are happening around here. Anyhow, I was tagged by the wonderful Eve at Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors. Be sure to check out he blog as she is simply da bomb dot com!

4 Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name





4 Jobs I’ve Had

Mustang Trainer

Museum Volunteer

General Tech Support and Video Editor

Newspaper Ad Design and Placement

4 Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

Any Harry Potter Film

Any Lord of the Rings Film

Pirates of the Caribbean

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

4 Authors I’d Recommend

Laini Taylor

Renee Ahdieh

Sandra Cisneros

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

4 Places I’ve Lived

San Francisco, California

Albequerque, New Mexico

Right Outside of Philidephia, Pennsylvania

Right Outside of Chicago, Illinois

4 Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now

Binge Watching The Flash

Reading A Book

Playing With A Hedgehog


4 Foods I Prefer Not To Eat



Chicken Hearts


4 Favorite Foods




Ice Cream Counts, Right?

4 TV Shows I Watch

The 100



The Flash

4 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year

Taking A Class Or Two At The Local Community College

Seeing A Concert Or Two

Spending Time With My Friends And Family

My 22nd Birthday

4 Things I’m Always Saying

“Cool beans!”

“Awesome sauce!”


“I feel ya, man!”

fun, On A Personal Note

Tag Time! The Get To Know Me Tag

Heya! Look at me doing a tag I wasn’t tagged for yet again (surprise)! Anyhow, that’s not important. What’s important is fun! And this tag was. Fun, that is. But also I’ve always been shy about putting information out there, so this was kinda nerve wracking. But it was fun in the end! I hope you enjoy getting to know me a bit better!

Vital Stats

Name: Lila

Nicknames: Lil, Bean, Bug

Birthday: November 28

Star Sign: Sagittarius

Occupation: College student (biology major)


Hair Color: Dark brown

Hair Length: When it’s curly it’s to my waist, when it’s straight it’s past my butt!

Eye Color: Dark brown

Best Feature: My smile

Piercings: None. I tried getting my ears pierced twice and both times they got infected, regardless of the metal used, so I stopped trying 😦

Tattoos: Hopefully soon!

Right or Left: Righty!


Best Friend: A girl named Ryan-Marie when I was in first grade!

Award: I won multiple karate competitions when I was just a kid, so I guess it’s probably one of those trophies!

Sport: Basketball! I loved basketball as a kid, but stopped playing as I grew up (*queue sadness*).

Real Holiday: Christmas! Although it you’re talking about vacations, my first was probably a camping trip or some place in California, which is where I was born.

Concert: Santana when I was 3! Although I’m sure I attended street concerts and festivals before that as I’m from a musical family (my dad was a professional musician), but my first real concert was Santana.


Film: Probably a three way tie between Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

TV Show: The 100 (I’m such a fangirl for this show)

Color: Fuschia

Song: I can’t choose–it changes all the time! But one of my constant favorites is Renee Fleming’s rendition of “Chi Bel Sogno Di Doretta”!

Restaurant: I have celiac disease, so I can’t really go out to eat much but I found an entirely gluten free restaurant/cafe 45 minutes from my house and it’s my obsession!

Shop: Barnes & Noble? (God, I’m such a nerd)



Feeling: Happy, I guess?

Single or Taken: Taken

Eating: Chicken

Thinking About: Doing this tag (I have laser focus when it comes to trivial matters but can’t focus on anything important, haha!)

Watching: Nothing atm, but I’m going to watch Daredevil or The Flash sometime today or tonight (*happy dances*)!

Wearing: A cream colored blouse, olive green khaki shorts, and sandals


Want Children: Lots!

Want To Be Married: Definitely!

Careers In Mind: Clinical geneticist, genetic engineer, physicist, pathologist, forensic anthropologist, forensic chemist, researcher, secondary school teacher, any computer science career, or singer!

Where You Want To Live: My hometown, which is literally 15 minutes from a major city in the U.S. But I hope to always be traveling around the world and just call my hometown a home base!

Do You Believe In…

God: Yes

Miracles: Yes

Love At First Sight: I don’t know…Maybe? Kind of?

Ghosts: Not the scary kind, but I do believe the spirits of our loved ones never truly leave us.

Aliens: As a scientists, there’s no way I can’t! It’s impossible and arrogant to think we’re a unique occurrence in the universe

Soul Mates: Absolutely!

Heaven: Most definitely

Hell: No, I don’t think God would allow something so cruel, I think s/he knows that the most evil people are the most broken, and need the most love and care.

Kissing On A First Date: If you’re feelin’ it, I guess.

Yourself: I’m learning to.


Tag Time! My Life In Books

Guess who’s back-back-back? Back again!

It’s meeeeeeee!

I have a ton of tags that I’ve been tagged for and haven’t done yet, so I figured it’s time to stop procrastinating and start chipping away at it (if only I could have this kind of attitude with, oh, ya know, my homework). I was tagged by Nick at The Paper Dragon to do the My Life in Books Tag. Thanks, Nick, for passing this tag on to me!

Find a book for each of your initials.

L-The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

H-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (yay! I got one of my all time fave books!)

Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.


I’m gonna choose The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (even though I own it but have yet to read it) because it’s inspired by Indian folklore and India is my dream vacation!

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (the new cover) has this beautiful, rich fuchsia color that I lovelovelove!

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?


Definitely the book Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose! My mom read this book to me all through my childhood. After we’d read it, I’d ask her how much she loved me and she’s say, “Bigger than the sky! To the moon and back 1000 times!” So this book always reminds me of my mom and how much she loves me ❤

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Ugh. This was required reading for 8th grade and I literally (and I’m not lying or exaggerating here) had to lock myself in my room, take away all distractions, and force myself to read this book because that’s how much I hated it. *shudders just thinking about it*

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?


Probably Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because a) it’s gimongous b) the font is medium-small c) it’s an actual adult novel and d) the narration (I have the audiobook) is very dry and emotionless, which makes it even more daunting.

So that was the My Life in Books Tag! I hope you all enjoyed it an had fun! Tell me in the comments what book you have the fondest memories of! I can’t wait to hear!