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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?

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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! 💗

 

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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)!

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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?

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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.

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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*

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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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*

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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.

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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!

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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!

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A BOOK YOU FOUND THE THEME INTERESTING, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO REWRITE IT.

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.

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.

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!

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A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.

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!

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A KILLER BOOK. BOTH SENSES. TAKE IT AS YOU LIKE.

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!

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A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.

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

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YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.

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

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A DARK TWISTED BOOK.

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.

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A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.

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!

MY QUESTIONS I ADDED

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WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA–A CHARACTER’S NAME THAT YOU GOT COMPLETELY WRONG

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…

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STUPEFY–A BOOK THAT LEFT YOU IN SHOCK

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.*

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OBLIVIATE–A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET

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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LUMOS–A BOOK THAT BRIGHTENED YOUR DAY

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 😀

nominees

Claire @ Book Conversion

 Emily @ Paperback Princess

Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire

Fadwa @ Word Wonders

Fatima @ Notable Pad

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

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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!

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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

Bean

Peanut

Bug

Lil

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

Singing

4 Foods I Prefer Not To Eat

Eggs

Liver

Chicken Hearts

Hagis

4 Favorite Foods

Chocolate

Salad

Pizza

Ice Cream Counts, Right?

4 TV Shows I Watch

The 100

Daredevil

Sense8

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!”

“Neat!”

“I feel ya, man!”