Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Favorites -- ALL THE BOOKS

Quick Update: I started up my Goodreads (shameless self-promotion), so go ahead and check it out because I AM ADDICTED NOW. I had lunch with my grandparents, and my grandparents are the best!! I finally read The Great Gatsby, and I am so cultured now, you guys don't understand. *sips tea while reading literature and turning up my nose at uncultured peasants*
I decided that it is my new life goal to live in a decommissioned lighthouse. CAN YOU IMAGINE?! I went on a crazy book buying spree because there was a 50% off sale; any sane bookdragon would creep from the recess of our caves and steal more books for our hoard.
I got a new watch that is all spiffy and shiny; does anyone want to ask me what time it is? I redid my header, and I am in love with it. Also, did anyone notice the "I Love Today" on the sidebar? It is my own reminder to myself and to you that TODAY IS A MARVELOUS DAY.
I explored more of Eastern WA than I've ever seen before, and drove 4wheelers, and had one of the best weeks of my life.

Book 

Image result for six of crowsSix of CrowsI CANNOT EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK ENOUGH. I ADORE IT WITH ALL MY HEART. EVERYONE IS STABBY AND RUTHLESS AND ADORABLE. Let's take a closer look at my darlings. 
Kaz: I didn't expect myself to be so invested in a murderous, heartless criminal. BUT HE'S SO MUCH MORE. 
Inej: She is literally #goals. I, too, would like to be an assassin cinnamon roll. I adore her relationship with Kaz. 
Nina: SASS. MURDER. SURVIVAL. MORE SASS.
Jesper: Darling, stop gambling! You have so much potential!
Wylen: Spoiled cupcake, too pure for this world.
Matthias: #betterthaneveryoneelse. He just tries so hard to be good and do what he thinks is right. Bless...

THIS WORLD IS MY FAVORITE OF EVER. It's all gritty and hardcore BUT IT FEELS SO REAL. It's well-established, and it's a sad look into the darker parts of humanity. 

(SPOILERS) In most YA books, I roll my eyes at every "What is he thinking? Oh he's so handsome." and the "He stole my breath with one look." GET A LIFE YOU DELUSIONED PORCUPINES. The romance in Six of Crows was subtle, developed, and adorable. Kaz's personality makes it into an "I need her, she needs me" kind of situation, WHICH I LOVE. 
And then Nina and Matthias were the BEST. Nina is so snarky and unapologetic. She is #sassgoals. Matthias loves her so much, but he hates that he does.

EVERYTHING IS FREAKING PERFECT.
How? How does it do it? I am buying this ASAP.

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Egg and SpoonI started this book expecting to quickly be bored. Now I look at my previous self and laugh in her face. If I found out that this book was actually written by the Grimms Brothers, I would not be surprised. I was prepared to find the book dull, but I adored it! 

It painted the picture of intense poverty and a starving family but WITH MATRYOSHKA DOLLS AND WITCHES. It was serious, and dazzling, and beautifully odd.

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Hawkeye: My Life as a WeaponHAWKEYE IS EVERYTHING. Matt Fraction is a genius, and I bow down at his feet because DAAAANG, Hawkeye is perfect. I've been kind of avoiding reading this, but I had no reason to because I will sell my firstborn for the second volume (my firstborn is promised to a lot of people). I adore this Hawkeye because dog-loving, coffee-addict, rent-paying, sweetheart Clint is the best Clint. 

Also hello Katie. WHO RUN THE WORLD??? *backup singers shout* girls! She was awesome.

Music
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This is a song that I always turn on when I want to just smile and act like a dork. It is unbelievably fun, and I would hope so since the name promises so.

Character
Inej: As soon as I read about Inej, I knew that she was basically who I now strive to be. She is quick as a whip, stealth embodied, and she is a master with her daggers. Also, her street name is the Wraith. How awesome is that? She's a complex character and truly well-developed. 

Blog Posts
Why Fall is the Reason to Rule Them All by An Odd Blog - Because SELF-PROMOTION, and literally this was so fun to write.

15 Questions About My #Writer'sLife by Paper Fury - Because it's good to know that I am not alone in my multiple-novels-drowning-under-all-the-ideas-and-plots. 

Being Real by A Writer's Faith - Because can you say: INSPIRATION?

Hi, I'm a Mess by To the Barricade - Because #relatable and so true to how a lot of people feel.

The Thing About Rules and Writing by Scattered Scribblings - Because PREACH IT! Also, I think I was doing this to some extent. 

this is literally just a post about rainbows by Acoustic Erin - Because this just made me so happy to read.

Food 
Since our family has been getting very healthy, we no longer have any canned baked beans, so my mother has found a way to make delicious homemade baked beans that are even better. I have been eating them like there is no tomorrow!! 

Drink
Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Or at least something close to it. I have been guzzling a Cinnamon Apple Stick tea that is made from gold flakes and tastes like rainbows. As fall is setting in, it is the perfect drink to sip while gazing out a window at the rain pouring down in a thunderstorm. 

TV Show
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I don't even know how it happened, but I was drug down this insane road by a close friend (you know who you are, and you will pay), and I am now kind of obsessed. Gravity Falls is a bizarre dream that I didn't even know existed. 

I finished it pretty quickly, and the finale was like a sugar-rush, apocalypse, cartoon coma. IT WAS AWESOME. And I found my new favorite gif.
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I can use this for everything.
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ME
I still have no idea why I was sucked into this show, BUT IT HAPPENED, and I adore it. It's sweet, hilarious, bizarre, and more substantial than I thought.

Movie
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I can't even believe that I was able to see this in theaters. When the opening scene played across the screen, I couldn't help but think that in about 20 years, people are going to look back at those movies and think what a classic they are. I can say that I saw it in theaters to my kids, and they will think that I am so old, but whatever kids, you know what? One day you will be old, too. Would you speak to your father that way? GO TO YOUR ROOM.

All of the new characters were adorable, and I loved feeling super nostalgic and old as we all reminisced with Dory and Nemo. 

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Literally all of Bailey was the best. He is a treasure!! I would like to be his best friend, thank you. 

Well, that wraps up another crazy month that sped by like a cheetah on a motorcycle. Also, quick note: I came up with that metaphor as I was typing it. Thank you, thank you, no need to applaud, but if you insist...

Toodlepip

Monday, September 26, 2016

Josaphine - Beautiful People September 2016

 I love my characters. I'm like one of those soccer moms who cheers for her child even if they're on the sidelines and only receive one of those plastic participation awards. I will tell all the other authors how my characters are so much better than their characters, and then I pull out the stash of quotes in my bag to yell at the world because MY CHILD IS THE BEST. I have about 47 characters that I adore, so let's talk about that!

& twice as pretty:
This is Josaphine Grace Hensley. 
Everyone say hello. She is the product of an existential crisis and my previous life plan. She is the only character that I have based mostly on myself. She is precious. If you hurt her, I will hunt you down. Nothing else, I'll just hunt you down and give you a stern talking to. Without any further ado, say hello to Josaphine!

How did you come up with this character?
Oh... I think I just answered this question. My bad, It's my psychic side showing through. Just in case you missed it, here it is again: She is the product of an existential crisis and my previous life plan.

Have they ever been starving? 
No, but almost. Josaphine comes from a big family where food is shared, but shared food doesn't go far when it's very little.

Do they have a talent or skill they're really proud of?
She is proud of her ability to lie really well, though that is the exact thing that gets her in trouble later on. Moral of the story: Don't lie, kids. You will end up lying to sweet old ladies in front of the Tower of London who want to know your life story, but all they will end up knowing is a fake life of an American hooligan. 
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List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
  • Someone calling her on her lies.
  • People criticizing her work i.e. her photography, short stories, and little books she's made for her nieces and nephews.
  • Cruelty to animals. 
What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite?
Her favorite is a dreary, rainy day. She finds it perfect to curl up and draw the raindrops while listening to an audio-book. The one drawback she finds is the cold. Her worst fear is being stuck in the arctic. 
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Her least favorite weather is sunny and hot. She melts and cannot function. She has lived in a small town outside of Seattle for all of her life and does not know warmth. 

What is their Hogwarts house?
This question took me the longest to answer. I classify someone in their Hogwarts house by what quality they value the most. She is:
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She values courage the most. If she was being classified by who she is, she would be a Slytherpuff. 

Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
She would stress about the present, though she prefers to try to throw caution to the wind and adapt a different outlook on a whim. In reality, she is an anxious little cupcake who wishes she could be courageous. 

What is their favorite drink?
She enjoys a nice cup of hot chocolate. She can't stand coffee and finds tea boring. The more milk in the hot chocolate, the better. In fact, just warm milk, no chocolate. 

What is their favorite color? Least favorite?
She loves the color purple, like a bright flower. When she was knee-high to a grasshopper, she received a letter from her aunt that was bright purple. It ignited her love for the color purple, and her love for handwritten letters. She collects interesting ones and is such a little nerd. Bless her heart.

What is a book that changed their life?
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It gave her the idea that she could do anything if she set her mind to it. She decided at the age of 12 that the day she turned 18, she would travel everywhere she could. Also, the cover's so preeetty!!


Wow, I actually learned a lot about her. I look forward to writing this novelette. 

Toodlepip

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mid(ish)-Year-Book-Freakout-Tag -- 2016

I have always been a connoisseur of Youtube (hush, I have), and with that comes a conglomeration of  only the finest channels. One of those channels has tagged me! lillywhy chose me along with a couple others to do the "Mid-Year-Book-Freakout-Tag". Books. Freaking out. That's my middle name!! (along with Danger, Born Ready, and Bookdragon. My parents were very indecisive)

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016. 
2016 has actually been the best year for me. I have read so many new books that I want to add to my hoard. I will narrow it down as best I can.

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2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2016.
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As soon as I read the first book, I was certain that no book could even come close to how amazingly written it was. It was a dystopian superhero novel that I was sure would be nothing short of a badly done 80's movie, but IT WASN'T. It was engaging, and fast-paced, and surprisingly adorable. 

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
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This book is sitting on my shelf, staring at me every time I wake up and staring at me as I read every library book I am in possession of. I have barricaded myself behind pillows and more library books, but I can still feel its stare. 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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I am more than excited for Gemina, as the first book is in my top 3 favorite sci-fi books, and that is a lengthy waiting list!! 
I began the Keeper of Lost Cities series in January. I quickly devoured all 3 books in less than four days, and then proceeded to stalk the author in hope of bribing her with chocolate waffles for an advance manuscript, but all that I managed to acquire was two restraining orders and a ban from Philadelphia. 

5. Biggest disappointment.
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I feel as though I have committed a crime for not loving these two books. With Eleanor & Park, I thought that despite it being simply a romance (which I have never gotten through a single romance), it would be so well written that I didn't care. It was well written, but gosh darn-it, where are the aliens? Where are the battles and fighting and quests for honor?

Challenger Deep was just...too deep (I'm sorry, I'm so sorry). I feel like it was either too deep for me, or I just needed to read further, but I only managed about two or three chapters before I declared it a literary puzzle that I had lost a couple pieces to. 

6. Biggest surprise.


 

I will restate my previous "review". 
It was sweet and genuine and really made you fall in love with the characters. To be honest, I was up until 2:30 reading that book when I was trying to get to bed by 11:00 (sorry, Mom). BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Maggie Stiefvater or Shannon Messenger. Maggie Steifvater's writing style captured the essence of whimsy but also staggering seriousness and teenager angst without making it degrading. LITERALLY THIS WOMAN'S BOOKS ARE LIFE. 

Shannon Messenger is the type of writer I aspire to be. She is very much in touch with her fans. She is also a Potterhead, Sherlockian, and Whovian. (#relatable) Her shelfie has basically every single book I own. She is a treasure. 

8. Newest fictional crush.

Where do I start? My absolute latest is: Gansey (from The Raven Cycle) and Arin (The Winner's Trilogy). Because hello, I would like to keep you both forever and ever, thank you very much. 

9. Newest favorite character.

Ezra (from Illuminae) is such a nerd, and such a dork, and I would also like to keep him.


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Me.
10. Book that made you cry.
Which one? Most movies and real life events can't touch my cold heart enough to make me cry. 


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But in books, even the most petty of sad moments, really happy moments, or even moments that vaguely resemble someone achieving their goal, can reduce me to tears.
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This book especially.
I was basically blubbering towards the end when....yeah.

11. Book that made you happy.

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Never Ever was a fluffy Peter Pan retelling that I adored. Also, PLOT TWIST IS TWISTY.
Stars Above was one of the cutest books I've read in the history of ever. Especially the very last story. I kept laughing out loud. Both of these books were simply fun to read, and they both make me very happy.

12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received). 
I don't believe I've actually bought any books this year besides a few old copies of this or that. I mostly buy books after my birthday because I'm poor.  Though I did buy the most beautiful copy of A Tale of Two Cities. It is small and adorable!!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh dear, what books don't I need to read would be the shorter question. In all reality, there aren't actual requirements other than the ones I have set for myself because I have no self-control. 

14. Favorite Book Community Member. 

I hate to pick favorites, but Paper Fury Lillywhy, and CassJayTuck are the ones I visit the most.

Thank you for tagging me! I tag Alina at The Art of Extraordinary. Morg at Morgan and Heart. Monica at Golden Scribblings. 

Toodlepip

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Biggest Pet Peeve with YA Fiction

Everyone enjoys a good story, and everyone is different. My preferences for the books I read may be different than yours. Just because I do not like something doesn't mean that I am secretly judging you for liking it. :)
This is what I'm not doing.
Picture this, you're reading a book about an epic quest or a troubled orphan or even a nuclear attack by invading aliens. The action is spot on, the dialogue is funny but has a dark edge to it, and the characters are super relatable! Then all of a sudden, two characters make eye contact and lo and behold, you realize, they have feelings for each other! That's all fine and dandy. If you like the two characters together you might smile, if you don't like them, you might roll your eyes and wish that they were with so-and-so.
From that point on, every scene has a flirtatious feel to it, the dialogue barely conceals the passion and romance, and every piece of ingenious description is now turned into romantic fluff such as 'the day seemed especially beautiful to Jane, the world was buzzing with happiness'. Just like that, a switch has been flipped. The cover reads 'Good Book', and the synopsis boasts of moral dilemmas, themes that leave you thinking, and a stunning cast of characters, but instead it should read 'It starts out as sci-fi/fantasy/action/adventure with a romantic subplot, but halfway through the book I changed my mind and made it a romance with a subplot of action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi.'

I have found many a book that is wonderfully written, but then takes a turn for the worse. The example above may be an extreme case, but my point still stands. If you want your book to have wonderful squishy moments, that's fine. If you want your book to be full of squishy, marshmallow fluff scenes, that's fine, but don't say one thing and deliver another. It disappoints readers, and makes them question your characters, your plot, and your writing ethics.

A few books that give an example of good romantic subplot are:
-Fablehaven.
In the books there is a romantic interest for Kendra. She is a normal teenage girl, of course she's going to have some thoughts towards things like that, but just like a normal teenage girl, she doesn't let this consume her. She has real thoughts and worries and things to do before she can obsess over what the dreamiest thing her crush has ever said to her was. And one of the most refreshing things about this romantic sub-plot is that they both go about it in an extremely mature manner. They don't romanticize it, they realize that they have feelings for each other, but they also realize that they are in the real world, and that to make a real relationship happen, they need to both grow in maturity (and age) first.
-The Unwanteds: Island of Fire
This romantic subplot is dealt with much less maturely, what with the MC being unsure about some things and still trying to figure out his role as a leader, but his teenage angst and unsurety about his feelings doesn't dominate the story.
-The Sisters Grimm
This romantic subplot is one of my favorites. The two are at first horrified that they are attracted to each other, and they refuse to have any mature conversations about it. When one of them sees the future, she is surprised to find that it is the very thing she was horrified about. In the end, it's hilarious and fits the tone of the story very well without overcoming the story.

Anywho, that's all I have to say.
What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to YA Fiction? Do you prefer fluff or action? Or do you like action-y fluff? (shh, it exists)

Toodlepip

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Power of Words Tag - Spell Not Included

Top of the mornin' to you (or afternoon, or evening, or midnight. Whatever.). I have had the honor of being tagged by Monica to do the Power of Words tag! Unfortunately, the Power of Words didn't come with some spell or incantation to turn all of your money into books (because who needs money to eat or live?), so how powerful can it really be? Let's find out:

The Rules
Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
Answer the original six text-themed questions.
Tag six or more bloggers and let them know.

What's your favorite letter of the alphabet?
I've thought about this and I can narrow it down. I, for some reason, am drawn to the letter T, R, S, and E. Though I know why I'm drawn to the letter E... It's because it's just a very nice letter. It has nothing to do with the fact that my name starts with E. Nope. No association whatsoever. 

3 words you love?
Iridescent. Gossamer. Mellifluous. I adore the way they just slip off the tongue. 

3 words you hate?
I'm not quite sure. There aren't really any words I hate... Every word that I think of that remotely irks me, I can think of a way to properly use it in a way that is not irritating. Except for swear words, but it's not like I'm going to write those out. 

If you were to create a word, what would it be and what would it describe?

Alerarious. (Al-er-air-ee-us). 

It is used to describe the way the setting sun's rays look against a thick forest's treeline. 


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...But I am. 
3 favorite punctuation marks?
(^), (*), and (:). 
Though to be quite frank, I've never thought about it before now. 

3 favorite fonts?
Courier NewTimes New Roman, and Georgia. 
Once again, I have never though about it more than a "Oh that's cool, it looks like a typewriter! I will keep this font forever, and it shall be mine." 

If you could change the way one word sounded, which would it be and how would it sound?
Peregrine. I would want it to be pronounced with a soft G. It sounds much more fancy that way. Something befitting of a noble sky wolf. 

Do you know of a word that looks better than it sounds?
I think my name wins that award. Evangeline. Whenever people try to pronounce it, it ends up becoming a jumbled mess of misplaced syllables and sounds until I offer them my middle name or a cheat-sheet to How To Pronounce Names That Exceed Four Letters. 

What are 3 words you mispronounced when you first said them aloud because you'd only ever read them before?
Hyperbole, egregious, and peregrine (as in peregrine falcon). Fortunately I only said them in front of my family so they could correct me, and I didn't have a horrible, scarringly embarrassing moment in public where I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole.


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What are 3 words you used incorrectly in your youth?
I have always held the strong belief that I should not use a world unless I am certain of it's meaning. This belief has saved me many Can I Go Jump Off a Cliff Into A Pit Of Vipers moment.

What is a word you used to use way too often and have stopped using entirely?
"Like". I would say it, like, every second of every, like, day. It quickly became annoying for anyone within a twenty mile radius. I am glad that I have moved on from that repetitive nightmare.

I'm going to be a rebel and ignore the fact that it said "six" bloggers to tag. In fact, I don't even know what the number six is. What are numbers?

I tag Mary and Hamlette (see, that's six, right?).

Toodlepip

Friday, September 9, 2016

Why Fall is the Season to Rule Them All

Current mood: Donning cozy sweaters, and sipping pumpkin lattes, and making snow angels in piles of leaves. 


I am embracing my inner white girl (as well as my outer white girl, because I'm literally a white girl) and welcoming fall with open arms. With it comes Halloween, Thanksgiving, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. 

This is why we are going to all embrace our inner white girl and go on and on about AUTUMN. 
Sidenote: I am proud of the fact that Americans call it Fall because LEAF FALL DOWN. 

WHY FALL IS THE SEASON TO RULE THEM ALL. 
(until another season comes along and steals my heart)
Reason1.
This is the only time of year that we can all let out our secret serial killer tendencies and let out a year of pent-up rage out on poor, unsuspecting pumpkins hiding in their little leafy beds. THEY WILL COWER IN FEAR BEFORE US.
They will never see us coming.
Reason2.
Everything becomes sweaters, and crocheted hats from Great Aunt Gertrude, and apple cider. The atmosphere of fall is so cozy and welcoming. It feels as though the world could be made better by just curling up with a cup of tea and gazing at the trees shedding their color. You had a bad day? Tea and look out the window. You accidentally started a world war? Tea and look out the window. You've just had your alter ego, Batman, discovered as being you? Tea and look out the window. 

Reason3.
Everyone gets to create irrational ideas that they will end up at an orchard, picking apples with their closest friends, relatives, and estranged neighbors to make homemade apple sauce, cider, and pies. In reality, they will stay home in their sweatpants and fuzzy socks to watch someone else pick apples on TV. #seizethemoment 

Reason4.
It's just so lovely!! There are colors falling from trees that one would only think existed in their wildest dreams. The air is crisp and cool and slightly musty, and it is the most wonderful air ever.

Reason5.
It is a very popular season for birthdays. In fact -- what a coincidence -- it's when my birthday is! I am in no way biased, but it is the most lovely season for birthdays to occur in. It's just close enough to Christmas to feel like there is a string of gifts, but not too close to the point where joint gifts are occuring. Everyone who has a brain can agree that receiving joint gifts is basically the same as going on a vacation to a shady alley with some mustachioed man named Julio who keeps pet goats. It's just disappointing. 

Welcome, everyone, to Fall. It is technically unofficial, but it is official in my heart, and nobody is going to pop my happy little bubble, right? Fall is here!! 

Toodlepip

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Liebster Tag -- Pt.4

Hello, one and all. The lovely Olivia tagged me in the Liebster tag. I'm honored to be participating for a fourth time! 


Part 1. 
Part 2.
Part 3.


1.) Tell us four names (if you don't know the answer to any, just tell the ones you do know): one that your parents would have given you if you were the opposite gender, one they considered once they knew your gender, one you would choose if you got to choose your own name, and one you would NOT like to have.
Well, my parents were going to name me Samuel if I wasn't a girl, and Ashley if I wasn't an Evangeline. I am quite grateful that I didn't end up a Samuel. No offense to any Samuel out there. I'm sure it's a lovely name. I am also quite grateful that I didn't become an Ashley. I've grown to love my more unique name. 
I'm not quite sure what I would name myself... That's quite a strange concept. All the names I like as of now don't really fit my personality. I think the closest thing I can think of is Grace. But that doesn't truly count because it is my middle name. Oh well. #rulebreaker
As for a name I would NOT like to have, I would say Bertha or Margery. While these names may be beautiful when worn by others, it would be misshapen and unflattering on me. But go you, Bertha and Margery!! Go, fight, win! 
2.) If you were to adapt one of your favorite stories, what story would it be and how would you tell it? (movie, musical, webseries, play, book, etc?)
I would want to adapt The Unwanteds into a Harry Potter style movie franchise. It would be simply marvelous. T'would be a dream come true. 
3.) Tell us four of your favorite words.
Iridescent
Gossamer. 
Mellifluous.
Hearken. 
4.) What is a life lesson you have learned in the past year?
How to let go. Most of my life I've stressed out over EVERYTHING to the point where if one little thing went wrong, I would curl up into a little yarn ball of quiet crying and despair. BUT NOW I'M FIXED. It's taken me a while, but I've learned to enjoy the small things in life, and let the rest go. 
5.) Who is your favorite secondary character in a book you've read recently?
I AM NOT PREPARED FOR THIS QUESTION. There are too many adorable little darlings that I cannot decide between. I mean, the list wraps around the earth twice, and that's just part 1 of a five part series. 
6.) What are five of the books on your TBR list right now?
Where to start...
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7.) Tell us one talent/skill you have, and one you'd like to develop.

Hmm, I would say piano or writing as a skill I already have, but those are boring skills. My true skill in life is being able to climb almost anything. 
A skill I would like to have is being able to sing like an angel descending from the pure rainbow heavens. 
8.) What's the best joke you've heard recently? (Awful puns are highly acceptable!)
My sister and I were discussing what to do for my birthday this year, and she had the idea of "staying in a cabin deep in the woods so we can get murdered." I laughed. "That would be quite the experience." "Yeah, you could say it would be a once in a lifetime experience." After that I lost it. I literally fell off my chair laughing. It could be that my sister is a comedic genius, or it could be that I was tired and a little bit bored. Or it could be a 70/30 mix. 
9.) Share a quote from the book you're currently reading.
"I can't go to a hospital! Hospitals are for the dying, and I've only just begun living." 
10.) What song is stuck in your head right now? (Or just share one that's been bouncing around recently if you don't have one right now.)
It was a sunny day as an innocent little child was driving with her sister to a river. "Let's turn on the radio." I suggested, oblivious to the danger awaiting me. As soon as I clicked the magic music box on, a song that would haunt my dreams came across the airwaves. It had one word. One single syllable word. Work. Yes, Rihanna's Work has been running through my head on a continuous loop for two weeks. I am ready for the tranquilizer dart whenever someone will be so kind as to shoot me.
11.) What do you want your life to be like when you're a little old lady?  
I want to be able to look back on my life and be proud. I want to have forgotten many things, but be able to read my detailed journals and be there once again in those moments. I want to have a bookshelf dedicated to all the books I ever published. I want to be able to sit back and stare at those full shelves and know that I lived my dream. I want to be able to sit on my porch and watch the sunset go down with my husband. I want to know that I have lived.

Thank you again Olivia!! May the gods smile upon you. 

Toodlepip

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 2016 Favorites - The Good, the Amazing, the MARVELOUS, and the Ugly

Quick Update: I went inner-tubing down a river that was quite treacherous; I sustained several injuries, but I am all better now. I went to my first concert and lost all hearing in my left ear found out just how loud it is in the fourth row. I received Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a gift from my darling brother, and I REARRANGED MY ENTIRE BOOKSHELF TO GIVE IT THE PLACE OF HONOR. #priorities
I realized that I haven't picked up a piece of fallen food in about 5 years because my floppy eared mutant mini-horse beloved puppy is always there to eat it for me. At least he's good for something...
I watched my first episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I will not be keeping up. I went on a stunning hike to a hidden lake in the mountains, and it was so beautiful, though the hike up was...treacherous to say the least. I wrote a song that I'm actually kind of proud of  though it will never see the light of day. I swam all the way to the middle of a lake and was only a little bit tired. I was home alone for a couple days, and I adored it. I was able to talk to the tiny voices in my head whenever I wanted. I'M A WRITER... It's okay.
I watched Tangled for the millionth time and still sang along with every second. I went inner-tubing again with my sister and mother. It was much more peaceful than my previous encounter. I went camping to an amazing location somewhere in this earth galaxy, and had a blast.

Book

 
  

The Good. 
Calamity: I couldn't read this fast enough. It had been a lifetime few months since I read Firefight, so there were some things I didn't quite remember at first, but then it all came back. I buckled in and was ready for the action. And boy, did the action happen.

The Amazing.
Illuminae: HOLY HECK, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. I've seen this book circulating the interweb on many a sunny day, I've also seen it on a couple rainy days. There could have been some hail, fog, depends on where you live.  My point is: The cover of Illuminae is not foreign to me. It was one of those books that I knew I would try out someday, but today is not that day. Well guess what day finally got here? Today! And so I read it. And then I dug a grave for myself and laid down because I DIED. Yes, I am going full-on fangirl here. In the first fourth of this book, I knew that I liked it. It was cool, unique, though I didn't totally get what was happening. Whatevs, it was still a cool book. But THEN I CAUGHT ON AND I WAS SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MY SOFA. It was intense. There was a plot twist that I didn't see coming, and then *screams spoilers into space as to avoid screaming spoilers at the internet* so much happened.  This book has quickly climbed its way into my top 3 Sci-Fi books.

The Marvelous.
The Raven King: As soon as I saw that this book was within my clutches, I promptly screeched and began to grin like a madwoman. Maggie Stiefvater has clawed her way to one of my favorite authors in the whole wide world. I haven't even read this yet. I just got it from the library and I'm already listing it as a favorite because my little heart knows that I will not survive this book. Clearly, that makes it a favorite.

The Ugly.
Don't let the pretty cover fool you.
I am not listing this book as a Favorite. I am posting this because I would like to take a second to say: Do not follow this book's example. I have written a post on this before because it is a subject I am very passionate about. DO NOT PROMISE ONE THING AND DELIVER ANOTHER. Hold Me Like A Breath starts off as a really interesting twist to a story that I hadn't heard a whole lot. I was genuinely interested in hearing more about the Family Business and organ donating/"borrowing" but then...
(Warning: spoilers)
Book: Intrigue. Gunshots? Uncommon sickness.
Me: Woah, I love this.
Book: Light flirting.
Me: Aw, how sweet, a delusioned girl in her little fantasy world.
Book: Obvious crazy flirting in every scene?
Me: Okay, whatever, just get back to the organs.
Book: AREN'T THEY ADORABLE
Me: NO THEY AREN'T GO AWAY
Book: She iz all alone in NY? How will she survive?
Me: Finally... Back to the action.
Book: She will survive WITH ANOTHER CUTE BOY.
Me: GOODBYE

....Yeah. So that was annoying. I would like to address all the young, impressionable young girls in the room. Hello, if a strange man you've only seen once follows you back to your apartment building because he wanted to "check on you", he is probably a serial killer or a psychopath, or a psychopathic serial killer. Do not, I repeat: Do not "want to lean into his touch" when he touches your chin. Pull some ninja moves on that freak and get out of there. #lifelessonswithme
The only good thing about this guy was that the sentence "Can I take you to the library?" was uttered as an idea for a date. Take notes, boys. I also totally called the "major" plot-twist that occurred about 7/9s of the way through the book. Reason: 50% I am Sherlock, 50% get your act together book.


Music
Willow by Jasmine Thomson: I adore this song. Whenever I hear it, I instantly start waltzing with my invisible partner round my kitchen.

Silhouette by Aquilo: I have found myself leaning towards the softer music these days. I adore this quieter, calmer style of music that is so serene. 

Character 
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Recently I've been plotting MY MOST FAVORITEST NOVEL YET my most recent novel. No, it's not my favorite, pshh, what would make you say that? I'm not supposed to choose between novels. That's like choosing between children. 

Albicent aka Albi is a hardcore chick who actually has become numb to the world. Throughout the novel she learns the value of emotion, heartbreak, and a well kept AR-15. This is my first Dystopian character, and my first Dystopian novel. Hurrah for Albie!!

Blog Posts
Because I've had this blog post sitting around for a couple weeks and FINALLY posted it. 

Because does anyone else have Thriller stuck in their head now? Just me? Okay.
And also because thrillers are like, my one true love in the world right next to Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and basically all the other book genres. 

Because I actually think about this a lot, and it's reassuring to see that I'm not the only one who wonders this.

Because hello Taylor Swift reference, and this post was so inspiring to me.

Drink
My mother and I went on a date to DavidsTea, and she got some new tea (surprise, surprise) which tastes like magic and unicorns and other happy things. 

Food
ALL THE PHO IN THE WORLD. 



Recently I went to a Pho place near my house and had it for the first time in years. Needless to say, I am hooked.
TV Show
Lie to Me is quite an engaging show. From the first episode, I was sucked in. The first episode was really good (though it may have been morally...questionable), and I knew things would only get better from there. So far they have.


Its balance between action, wit, and "factual" moments is perfect. I will definitely keep watching it.

Movie

I'm watching this as I type, and may I just say: THIS MOVIE IS SO INSPIRING. It makes me want to chase after every single idea and ambition that I have ever had. It has also made me determined to NEVER GIVE UP ON MY DREAMS. 

I really want to go publish every novel I've ever thought of writing. This movie was a roller coaster: I cried, I laughed, I didn't want it to end. I adored how it was shot. Every shot was beautiful and clearly thought out in depth. 

That's it for this month's favorites!!
Toodlepip