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Real Neat Blog Award|I was nominated!

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Hello fellow people reading my blog! I was nominated by Joanna(@thegeekishbrunette) for the Real Neat Blog Award(as you can see from the title). Thank you so much Joanna for this and everyone, make sure to go check out her blog because its positively great!!


(Stole this from Joanna’s post)

The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

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Rules:

  1. Display the award logo
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you
  4. Nominate some bloggers
  5. Ask them seven questions

The Questions

Why did you decide to start your blog?

Well I saw that a fair amount of bookstagrammers had one and I was like “hey, this seems cool to have” and also that when requesting an ARC, having a blog is really helpful. So I decided to start one and I’ve grown to really enjoy it and I think it has made me a better reader which is pretty cool and I like sharing my thoughts on books.

Whats the worst book you’ve read?

Ooof this is a bit of a hard one. I’ve read a few bad books but I’m not quite sure which of those has been the worst. However, I think I’m going to have to say that Prisoner of Silk by Lidiya Foxglove. The plot for this book sounded interesting and the cover is pretty. But the content of this book fell so so flat. Here is the little mini review I posted on my Goodreads account:

This book had potential. A dark twist on a fairytale, faeries, and a life based on Marie Antoinette, sounds like a pretty good book right? Wrong. This book was full of smut. In the 100 something pages of this book, I counted 7 smut scenes and each one was about 2 pages plus. Also, I think someone needs to put up a missing persons ad for the plot because it was MIA in this book. The plot was so weak I’m not even sure there was even one to begin with. This book could of been something really good but it just fell flat.

I hate the court in this book so much. I mean the rules they have and the expectations they have of their king and queen is disgusting in my opinion. The main character in this book prepares to take on the role of the Queen Who Bowed and I find this role so demeaning. I mean her whole role is basically to pleasure her husband whenever and wherever he wants and to basically bow and submit to her husband. And that just didn’t really sit well with me.

What is your favorite book trope?

This is a no brainer for me. Hate to love is my favorite trope. One sure thing that will most likely make me pick up a book is it having a hate to love trope. One of my favorites with this trope is The Wrath & the Dawn by Renné Ahdieh.

If there was something you could change about any book, what would it be and what is the book?

This question is a thinker aha. The book which I would do the changing in is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. What I would change is that Livvy would not die at the end! Her death just broke my heart and shocked me and she should not have died so I would make it where she never died!

Do you have any hobbies outside of reading?

Yes! In the spring I swim on my school swim team. I have been swimming on and off my whole life and then just decided my freshman year to join the swim team and I have really loved being on the swim team!

If you could give someone the best piece of advice you have, what would that advice be?

Ahhh I really don’t know this one. Maybe something like don’t die what matters to you for any reason. What I mean by this I guess is like, I’ll just give my example of like myself and this advice. I am Jewish and there are people out there who want to wipe us off the planet but I don’t hide that I am Jewish because those people are out there. I hope this answer makes sense😅

Where would you love to vacation?

There are so many places on my bucket list and more of them are in Europe aha. My top place and the place I would want to visit most in the world and take a vacation to is England but if one wants specifics than London. Ever since watching Doctor Who I have been dying to go and visit London.


Nominated Bloggers

Hasna

Ally

Sasha


Questions for bloggers

  1. What is the first book you remember falling in love with?
  2. Who are all your book boyfriends/girlfriends?
  3. What TV shows are you currently obsessed with?
  4. Why do you love to read?
  5. Suddenly Voldemort is back alive, which two nonmagical book characters would you want to form your Golden Trio?
  6. Which dead historical figure would you like to meet and why?
  7. What has been the hardest book to write a review for so far?
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Mid-Year Book Freak Out|Tag

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Its already the end of July which is just crazy, this summer has definitely gone by fast, along with the year. Its crazy how time flies by but at some times it feels like it goes by so slow.

Since its mid way through the year and the lovely  Ash tagged me to do this tag, I was like why not do it. Thank you Ash for tagging me for this tag 🙂

This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books. So without hesitation, onto the tag!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far

I would say the best book so far that I have read this year is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. If you didn’t already know, this has become one of my new all time favorites. I loved the writing style, the character depths and all the symbolism included in this book. I really loved the plot of this story too. Not only was there the main plot, but there was also all the sub-plots that were just as complex and developed, maybe a little less as the main plot line.

If you want to check out my review click here.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year

I would say the best sequel I’ve read is Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco. It was a bit hard choosing a book because the few five stars I have read I have really loved but I decided to choose Escaping from Houdini because I really loved the plot and the mystery along with the writing style and the characters. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend that you do!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Really Want To

Im so behind on new release because I’ve been on a book ban. However the one that I really want to get to is Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare. I just bought this before I left for camp so when I get back I’m hoping to read it!

4. Most Anticipated Release for Second Half of the Year

Um there really aren’t that much books that are being published in the second half that I’m excited for(wow that sentence was a mouthful lol). However there are a few that I’m looking forward to and those are Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

5. Biggest Disappointment of the Year

I’ve read a few things that turned out to be 3 stars but I read one book that just turned out to be such a huge disappointment that I gave it 2 stars. That book was Prisoner of Silk by Lidiya Foxglove. Where do I begin with this book. It was pitched as a sort of Marie Antoinette and Rapunzel mashup. But I didn’t get the Marie Antoinette aspect which made me sad because I was really looking forward to that aspect. Someone needs to put up a missing poster sign because the plot was MIA. There were other issues I had with this book but I really don’t want to turn this into a rant so I’m just going to cut it here.

6. Biggest Surprise

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is probably the book that took me by surprise. I did not think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the plot line of this story and thought it was so complex but in a good way. The world building is just wow like I’m so excited to see it be developed even more in the second and third and all the other books in the series.

7. Favorite New Author(Debut or New to You)

I’m going to go with the author Ali Dean. I’ve read three books by her so far and I have about two more at the moment that I need to read and I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. They aren’t 5 star reads but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them. I like the stories she writes and I think its unique how they are all sports based. I’m looking forward to read more of her books in the future.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

This year, I have come to love the one and only Thomas Cresswell. I love him so freaking much and I am so excited to read the novella about him!

9. Newest Favorite Character

Um lets see, um I’m not really sure who my newest favorite character is. I think I’m going to skip this question because I really don’t think I have a newest favorite fictional character. Well actually I’ll just go with Audrey Rose because I finished all the published books this year and I really love her.

10. Book That Made You Cry

So far I have read no book that has made me cry. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing aha.

11. Book That Made You Happy

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West was such a nice and lighthearted contemporary book and I read it so fast. It definitely made me happy in the end.

12. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year

I think Finale by Stephanie Garber is the most beautiful book I’ve bought this year. But I also don’t have my bookshelf in front of me so I’m not 100% sure what other books I’ve bought and what their cover looks like but I do know for sure Finale has a gorgeous cover.

13. What Book Do You Need To Read by the End of the Year

All the books that have been sent to me to review!!! Being at camp as made me really behind on this and its little stressful but I keep telling myself that I have the whole rest of the year ahead of me to read them.

14. Favorite Book Community Member

I don’t think I can choose a specific book community member that is my favorite. I have met so many amazing and nice people in this book community that there is no way I could every choose a favorite. Thank you to everyone who follows, likes, and reads my blog posts and show their support, you all are amazingggg!!

I tag:

Becca

Joanna

Eleanor

 

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Get To Know The Blogger|Tag

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I was tagged by Joanna to do this tag! Thank you Joanna for tagging me to do this tag! And thank you GoodeyReads for making this tag!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you

Link back and credit the original creator

Answer book questions about yourself

Answer other questions about yourself

Change last 5 questions when you tag someone else(if you want!- the more random the better)

Tag at least 3 people

Have fun

A Book About Where You’re From(City, State, Country- your choice)

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is based in the United States!

A Book About Your favorite Non-Bookish Hobby

Um, I don’t really have one for this because I am unaware of a book based around swimming.

A Book About A Fear Of Yours

Oh gosh umm, lets see. Honestly any type of book where a person gets murdred/killed young because that is a fear of mine, dying young.

A Book About Something That Brings You Joy

This is more of a screenplay but Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, all the magical creatures just make me so happy and I find them all so cute

A Book About Your Career/What You’re Studying In School

Stalking Jack The Ripper is the one I choose for this because I want to become a medical examiner and both the main characters are also studying to be this

What Job Would You Be Terrible Doing

Anything with math, umm maybe a cop because I could not deal with being shot out, like serious props to cops and being able to deal with being shot at

What’s A Subject You Wish You Knew More About

Ummmmmm, maybe European monarchs because I love learning about them

In Your Opinion, What Is The Best Day On The Calendar And Why

I’m going with my birthday because it was the day I was born into existence

What Is The Craziest Item You Spend Way Too Much On

Um all the money I’ve spent on books is kind of crazy but I’m not sure if I would categorize them under a crazy item but hm, maybe my giant niffler funko

What Is A Quirky Thing You Do

Um lets see, I’m sure there are many quirky things I do but nothing is coming to mind right now. Sometimes I clasp my hands together and sort of hold them against my neck I don’t really know how to describe it aha😅

I Tag:

whatsinmywonderland

Bibliophagistreviews

midnightbookgirl

 

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Disney Song Book Tag

img_0444Hey everyone, I was tagged a while back for the Disney Song Book tag and I am just now getting to it. Anyways I am super excited to do this, thank you @cindyranreviews for tagging me!

I tag: @mabookyard
@thebusybcreative
and @thenatureofpages

So, I say, lets get on with the tag!

A whole new world- pick a book that made you see the word differently 

Hmm. For this I am going to chose The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book was such an amazing book. It most definitely opened up my eyes to what is happening in the world today and made me see things differently

Cruella de vil- pick your favorite villain 

Not how can I ever chose a favorite, there are so many awesome villains out there. Okay, Im going to do top 5 because I don’t know if I could ever chose(in no particular order). Sebastian Moregenstern, fun fact, my friend and I will call each other different villains sometimes and he’s usually one of the first to be mentioned. Queen Levana, Legend(is he a villain? he is right?), the Darkling, and lastly, Captain Hook(not the once from OUAT).

 Won’t say I’m in love- pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved

Hmm, I’m not sure to be honest. I don’t think I would ever hide a book that I loved. Just because most people didn’t like it, doesn’t mean I am going to, if I loved a book that most people didn’t like, I don’t think I would hide it. And I say think because I’m honestly not quite sure of a book that I loved that has pretty negative reviews

Gaston- pick a character that you couldn’t stand 

Who oh who do I chose *does the stroking chin with hand motion* For this, I am going to chose Adam from the Shatter Me series. Now in the beginning, I did like him. But I think it was between book two or three that I really started to dislike him and started to not being able to stand him. He just got so frustrating as a character and I just could. not. stand. him.

Part of your world- pick a book set in a universe you could live in 

Nooo don’t make me chose. Okay, I am going to go with maybe a super obvious and uncommon one but that would be Hogwarts. I honestly can just see myself fitting in there. But also, who wouldn’t want to fit in there am I right.

A dream is a wish your heart makes- describe what the book of your dreams would be like

*cue this song being stuck in my head for eternity* Okay so I think the book of my dreams would involve a main Jewish character and it isn’t a historical fiction novel. Like seriously, I feel like there needs to be more contemporary novels where there is a main Jewish character and Judaism plays a main front in their lives. Honestly, any book like that would probably be my dream book

Someday my prince will come- what book character would you marry if you could 

*scrolls through list full of book boyfriends* No I don’t really have a list, but maybe I should start one. Anyways, there are so many book characters I would want to marry, I don’t know if I could chose. How about I don’t chose and skip this question, yeah that sounds like a good idea. No, i can’t do that, um okay I’ll just chose uhh, yeah no, I’m just going to skip

I see the light- pick a book that changed your life

For this I am going with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book just changed me. I think it was my first real heavy topic kind of book and I read it at a pretty young age I think for what its intended audience is. But I can’t really put a pinpoint on how, but it definitely changed my life

When you wish upon a star- pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time

I think I’m going to chose another common answer which is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. There is just something about reading Harry Potter for the first time that I feel that you can’t feel again when you reread it.

I just can’t wait to be king- pick a book with some mind of monarchy in it 

I am going to chose the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo because we got the royal highness himself, Nikolai in this book woot woot. Also like you haven’t heard it before, basically the whole Grishaverse is getting adapted by Netflix and I cannot wait!!

Colors of the wind- pick a book with a beautiful cover 

Too many books have beautiful covers but I am going with Caraval and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. These covers for these books are just STUNNING like omg.

So there you have it, hope you enjoyed this tag and even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to do this tag if you want!