The Aesthete Blogger Award! (#1, 2, 3)

Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to be doing the Aesthete Blogger Award. It is about time that I get to this award. I was tagged to do this quite a while ago, but you all know me, it takes me forever to get to any tags! I’m super excited to get to this one today, though!

A little bit about the award: it was created by Ashmita @The Fictional Journal, who also happens to be one of the person who tagged me to do it. Please please please head on over and check out her post because she just writes the most amazing blog posts and she’s totally the sweetest person! (Seriously, go look at the post introducing this award.) I was also tagged by Riddhi @Whispering Stories, twice, so I’m going to be answering a few more questions by her! This tag was created to honor every creative person out there in the blogging community because we all deserve to be honored for our creativity–which I totally agree with! So this is gonna be a totally awesome post!!! (I am using an excess of exclamation marks and I am not sorry at ALL)
Let’s get started!

Rules

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Something about this world that I admire

I honestly just think there are a lot of parts of nature that are really cool, and look really pretty. Like, mountains can be stunning, or waterfalls? Trees in the fall when all their leaves turn colors…there’s a lot about nature that is beautiful!

My favorite form of creativity

Writing. I mean I blog (aka write) about books (aka writing). I love the way that words come together to create sentences come together to create paragraphs and so on. And the amount of creativity that goes into coming up with plots and the way that words convey plots and characters and worlds so well in books is awesome!

Ashmita’s Questions

What color is your soul?

I honestly have no idea, like I know that people talk about this sometimes, but I just don’t know, personally. I think I have friends who say that my soul is purple so I guess I’ll go with that? I think I’d go with a deep purple.

Think about your happiest memory. Then tell me the book/song that you are reminded of

Making me remember something on a whim never works. As soon as I am asked to recall something, I immediately forget e v e r y t h i n g. Honestly, I just love being around people, and being near my friends, in which case the book I choose would be Loveless or Raybearer because both have great friend groups…and something else that makes me happy is going to baseball games/playing softball, and in that case I’d probably choose Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! or Fast Pitch.

Finish the sentence: once upon a time, there lived a turtle in…

A purple jacket, who had many friends and was only afraid of one thing in the entire world: its own shell.
(and can I just say you’re welcome for giving you that lovely sentence? Haha just kidding)

Do you have an aesthetic?/What is your favorite aesthetic?

Hmmm I don’t know if I personally have an aesthetic, I mean probably 90% of the clothes I wear are black, so if that counts…
And I feel like my blog definitely has a bit of an aesthetic I mean definitely a lot of blue and purple.

Riddhi’s Questions

Who do you think is the most creative person you know?

Okay I know way too many creative people so there’s no way I can answer this with one person (there’s actually no such thing as ‘too many creative people’ just saying). I think I’d say my two best friends (they know who they are, I’m not naming them, and the chances of them reading this are like .1%) and my sibling. All three are literally amazing artists and I am blown away by how good they are at drawing because I cannot draw. At all. I have tried, it does not work. (and I know there’s this thing called practice but like…)

If you could get just one tattoo, what would it be?

The first thing I have to say is that I am terrified of needles and have very low pain tolerance and do not want something that permanent on my skin, so I would never ever ever get a tattoo. This being said, if there was a way to get a tattoo that did not involve needles or pain and could be removed easily if I wanted it to be, I mean a tattoo of a phoenix might be pretty cool (very on-brand, I know). But a small one, I don’t want like giant wings stretched across my back or anything. Maybe one on my forearm or something like that.

What is your least favorite thing in the world?

My least favorite thing? Yikes. I mean, there are a lot of things I like in the world, but there are also a lot of things that I dislike. I mean, I’d probably say discrimination but there’s no way I’m choosing one kind of discrimination. Just the fact that people will act towards or treat someone so badly at times just because of something that is…who they are is awful. I always just want to get these people to UNDERSTAND like how do you not understand that what you’re doing is not okay? How are you able to hurt another person like that because of something like their skin color, or sexuality or gender or anything else?

What do you admire about a person you are living with currently?

All the people I live with are totally amazing and I admire so many things about them? But I really admire my sibling because of their artistic ability and also just…I don’t know…who they are. They’re an amazing student, too, I mean I’m a good student but this kid is literally magical I do not understand how someone gets the grades that they do.

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I definitely consider myself an extrovert, I mean I just like…people? Like I like being around people. Big crowds, places like that, love them. But when I first told my friends that I was an extrovert, they were s h o c k e d, like I don’t understand how shocked they were. I think this is because we have this one friend who is basically the definition of an extrovert, like you look up ‘extrovert’ in the dictionary and you’ll find her name. She will literally walk up to strangers and ask them random questions. And since I’m not that kind of extrovert, (I actually do not like to talk to random strangers) my friends just…thought I was an introvert. Plus, most of my friends are introverts so I think they thought I was one of them.

How would your best friend describe you?

I mean, as we learned in the last post, she’d describe me as an introvert? But anyways, when I asked, we got, ‘Nice? Cool? Is smart?’
‘Doesn’t like it when I call her hair blonde’ (supposedly my hair is dirty blonde. I think it’s darker than dirty blonde. But apparently it’s dirty blonde and I just don’t know what color dirty blonde is)(by the way how many of you thought my hair was red because basically everyone I ask thinks that since I go by Phoenix)
‘Thoughtful’
‘Has glasses’
‘Reads a lot of books’
‘Likes purple sweatshirts and baseball’
‘Writing Goddess

So there you are, that’s how my best friend would describe me.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Okay there are so many good boat names out there. And also, I am TERRIBLE at coming up with names (any kind of name) so I will probably read back on this post in a week and wonder what the heck I was thinking. But at first I was thinking ‘phoenix’ (once again: on brand) but I felt like ‘phoenix’ wasn’t totally right and then I thought of ‘firebird’ and for some reason I thought that fit better. So maybe I’d go with firebird. Or maybe I’d make a baseball pun name because my family has this weird hobby of naming things after baseball players, but with pun names (and these are names I can actually think up off the top of my head; I’ve already thought of two and they are wonderful).

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I have some really weird talents. Most of my talents have something to do with remembering things. Back in 2018, I could tell you the birthdays of every single baseball player on my favorite baseball team. Birthdays. Not anything useful, like batting average, or number, or anything like that. Their birthdays! Also in the 2018-2019 school year, I managed to figure out the school schedules of around 70 different people in my grade. This is more leaning towards creepy, not useless (actually it could be useful at times, like if someone needed to know what class someone else was at a certain time, there was a pretty good chance I knew it). I used to be quite proud of this fact (okay I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still just a little proud of it still) and would go around telling people, and then I realized that these people would be more freaked out than impressed so I stopped doing it as much. I’m still actually pretty good at figuring out and/or remembering people’s schedules, though I’ve never reached anywhere near 70 since then. But my friends find it very useful because they can ask me what class they have next and I know off the top of my head.

Something I Created

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately (okay, or at least a writing slump, but I’m not very creative other than my writing) and when I say a bit, I mean I haven’t really written something that I’m super excited about since July. I did start writing a retelling (more of a continuation) of another story, and I wrote a bit of banter/an argument between two characters that I kind of enjoyed, so I’ll put it here (points if you can guess what story it’s based off–it’s based off a classic novel. Character names are the same as in the original book so it should be pretty easy).

She and Father surveyed each other for several seconds, both of them tense as they waited for the other to speak. An energy crackled between them, and I began to wonder if I knew this woman, just a glimmer of recognition hovering at the edge of my mind.
Finally, Father broke the silence, his voice stiff as he acknowledged her. “Jordan Baker.”
She inclined her head in return, her lips curving upwards in a smile. “Tom Buchanan.” A pause. “You’re looking…as rich as ever.”
“What are you doing here, Jordan?” Father was clearly past greetings.
“I’m paying my respects to my best friend, Tom. I know it’s been a long time, but that’s the girl that I practically grew up with. I’m going to miss her as much as you will.  More than you will. And I’d like to give her this, at the very least.”
“She’s dead now, Jordan. It’s been thirteen years, and you didn’t show up once, but now that she’s about to be six feet into the earth you decide it’s a good time to appear? You being here doesn’t help her any.”
“God, you think I don’t know that, Tom? What was I supposed to do, waltz into your house and expect you to accept me with open arms while Daisy was dying in a dark bedroom? We both know that you would never have let that happen. It was too soon, and neither you nor Daisy wanted to see me, anyways. But I couldn’t let my best friend’s funeral pass by without being here for a part of it. God, I can’t believe she’s dead.” That was the first real emotion I’d seen from anyone here, all afternoon, including from myself and father.
“Daisy’s death did nothing to my opinions about you. I didn’t want to see you when she was alive, and I don’t want to see you now that she’s dead, either. Go away, Jordan. You shouldn’t be here.” There was a fire in my father’s eyes as he spoke, and it was the father that I’d heard about but never seen standing in front of me; the commanding one, who wanted everything to go his way. The rich, entitled father that Sally was always trying so hard to keep me away from, before the Depression began, when Mother’s sickness was only recurring headaches and a weakness that he simply attributed with femininity. 
“I see that nothing’s changed of you since that summer. One would think you might have, with how things have devolved, but I guess you always have been too dense to see farther than your own stack of money. I’m not your wife, Tom, and you don’t get to decide where I should and shouldn’t go, like you did with Daisy. Thirteen years is more than enough time to move on, and I won’t let your thoughts on the past keep me from mourning in the present.”

So…what’d you think?

You all are lucky enough to get ANOTHER creative thing out of me today. The current companion quest in The Quiet Pond’s Pondathon is to design a rose representing my favorite book. Now, I certainly did not draw any roses because I’m terrible at drawing in the first place and I think that drawing a rose of all things would be worse, but here is a description of the rose (or several roses) that I have designed after the book Loveless by Alice Oseman.

There’s this quote in Loveless that’s this really long monologue from Rooney, Georgia’s friend. Basically, Rooney is explaining how she will ALWAYS be Georgia’s friend, and it’s just a long sappy (amazing) monologue. And at one point, Rooney says this: “…We’re gonna knock down the fence between our gardens so we have one big garden, and we can both get a dog and take turns looking after it.”

So because of this, the ‘rose’ that I am designing because of this book is not actually a rose, but actually a rose garden – basically, the garden that Rooney talks about here. It would be a big garden, because you know it’s actually two gardens combined, and I think that it would be really colorful. There would especially be the colors of pride flags, ESPECIALLY the aro and ace flags. Like, Georgia’s side would be a mass of green and purple. I have no idea if that many different colored roses exist, but you know what, it’s my design and I can do what I want. I think that Rooney’s side of the garden would be really disorganized like a whole jumble of different colors all over, and Georgia would take meticulous care of her side, even though Rooney would constantly tell her to let it grow wild, because now their garden doesn’t match but Georgia wouldn’t be a super great gardener anyways so it would end up looking kinda like Rooney’s side.

I tag:

My questions:

  1. What’s the most random, irrational phobia that you have?
  2. If you had to wear only one color for the rest of your life, what color would it be and why?
  3. Tell me the summary of the last book you read, but in the weirdest way possible (and then tell us what book it is – or don’t, and make people guess)
  4. Where would you like to go to write (blog post or something else) most? (eg cafe, library, etc)

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What tattoo would you like to get? Do you have any useless talents?

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The Outstanding Blogger Awards

This award looks so fun and I cannot thank the three people who nominated me enough! Please please please check out Em’s blog @Cats, Bibliophiles and Baguettes. CBB is no longer active due to problems with the website creation website, but Em has started a new blog, on wordpress! You can find her @Tea for Teens. Next, we have April @Booked Till Midnight! As soon as I saw her blog, I fell in love (with the blog. And it’s purely platonic, I have no romantic feelings for April’s blog. Guess you’ll have to try harder, April. 😂😂😂 Actually wait, please don’t because I don’t really want to fall in love with a blog). She posts the most amazing things so please give it a look! And lastly, just today (or perhaps yesterday, depending on when I post this), Tiction @Fictionally Crazy nominated me as well!
Anywhom, before I start this post, I suppose I ought to actually post the rules…just so you all can keep me in check. Here you go:

  • Provide a link back to the creators original post 
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

(By the way, I think the idea of every blog being entered at the end of 2020 to see who wins is an AWESOME idea)

And now, the part that you’ve all been waiting for (that is, I assume it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for since it’s the body of the post you’re currently reading), my answers to the questions!

Em’s Questions:

1. What is your ideal vacation spot?

Let’s see…usually when we go on vacation we go to a wide variety of places. I don’t visit beaches very often, even if we go to a state on the coast, just because my parents don’t like them much–and honestly neither do I. Too sandy. There’s two spots I love to vacation. Either in a cabin by a lake (kayaking!) or, actually, in the middle of a city. I LOVE exploring new cities, seeing new things, just being surrounded by buildings and people, it’s so awesome for me. (plus, there’s always lots of new restaurants with good food)

2. Who is a person who inspires you?

You know that thing where you’re asked a question and all answers just immediately vanish from your head? Yeah. But okay I actually got one. Phil Bildner. Bildner actually writes middle grade novels, not YA. I read his book A High Five For Glenn Burke earlier this summer and it was really enjoyable. For some background, AHFFGB is about a young gay boy who really loves the sport of baseball. He finds out and does a school project on the very first openly gay baseball player in the major leagues, Glenn Burke and throughout the book, Burke’s story really inspires him. Now, I love this book because I love baseball and I love the LGBTQ+ community. And this book is actually what got me interested in the LGBTQ+ community within professional sports (mostly baseball). Nowadays, I’m super interested in this and want to work to make professional sports and sports at all levels more accepting for the LGBTQ+ community. And AHFFGB is really what started it.
That being said, I also really admire Sean Doolittle, who is a pitcher in major league baseball (Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, currently a free agent). Doolittle is a HUGE ally for the LGBTQ+ community and uses his platform and voice to speak out for a lot of causes (also, please look up Sean Doolittle pride shoes because those things are b e a u t i f u l)

3. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about having a blog?

Probably one of my favorite things about having a blog is interacting with people and seeing how people enjoy my content (either that or you all are just putting on a facade to make me think you’re enjoying it). I love interacting with readers.
One of my least favorite things to do is probably design the actual blog, like what the pages look like and stuff. I feel like wordpress can be sorta frustrating when doing this just because…well maybe it’s because I’m an inexperienced wordpress user. Anyways, I dislike making my blog look good overall–but it’s fun to add little graphics to posts.

4. What’s your favorite bookstore?

Hmmm well I don’t usually really go to bookstores…(especially not during covid, obviously). Usually, I just get books from libraries. I do think that Barnes and Noble is a pretty cool store…other than that I can’t think of a big chain bookstore that you all would know of (and I’m NOT willing to talk about local bookstores that I go to).

5. What are your 2021 reading goals or life goals?

So there are a LOT of books that I REALLY want to read in 2021–enough that I will hopefully eventually write a post of 21 books I want to read in 2021. A few of the most notable ones are Cemetery Boys, which I actually hope to read in, like, the last 6 days of 2020 (this is me banking on getting it for christmas), some VE Schwab books and some Alice Oseman books.

6. If you could wish for one thing (not more wishes) what would it be?

In a perfect world I would say books but there’s too many problems in the world for me to feel like I can say that. So. I’d probably wish for everyone to be able to accept everyone for who they are–I wish that everyone would support the LGBTQ+ community and BLM and for everyone to be a feminist and no judging on body size or anything like that. That would be my wish.

7. What’s one thing you like about my blog and one thing you dislike?

I really enjoyed all the creative list posts you did, Em! I know that your new blog is not entirely focused on books but I hope that you will still be able to squeeze in posts like the ones on CBB like the list of books about politics you did around election day, or the red and green book cover list you did for one of the first days of blogmas. Those were so interesting to read!

April’s Questions

1. What is an oddly specific trope you adore?

THERE ARE TROPES THAT I LIKE
I JUST CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING RIGHT NOW
I’LL KEEP THINKING
Update from like two days later: have yet to think of a trope I really like but the trope I dislike the most is INSTA LOVE. I DESPISE INSTA LOVE. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

2. What is your favorite figure of speech?

APRIL STOP WITH THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE OBVIOUS ANSWERS I JUST CAN’T THINK OF RIGHT NOW. Nah, you don’t actually have to stop. But I can’t think of anything right now, I might come back later.
(Yeah, I didn’t do that, my mind is still empty)

3. What is your favorite song right now?

Hmmm….it’s something from Hamilton, the musical or Six, the musical. I think it’s Six, the song, from Six, the musical. For background, Six the Musical is about King Henry VIII’s six wives. It tells the story of the wives that might have been lost in history, given that Henry VIII, being a king in the 15 hundreds, was much more well known than his wives. The last song in the musical, named for the musical, is a rewritten end to the story of the six wives, in which they all get together and form a band, throwing off their positions as Henry’s wife. It’s just a very catchy and fun song and I love the idea!

4. What season is your favorite?

Ah, that’s actually really difficult. See, I like winter because snow, but also in the winter it’s really cold and then I’m cold and that’s not fun.
I think I like fall the best because it’s not too warm but not too cold.

5. Book Quote that you absolutely adore?

I don’t actually usually remember book quotes…I just read the book for the book. Ugh I’m sure there are some good ones out there but for now I can only remember the one from Cinderella is Dead that goes something like, “Do you even know how to use a sword? Women aren’t permitted to–” “The pointy end goes in your neck.” It’s amazing sword etiquette. But I really should start paying more attention to quotes in books.

6. If you had a sword, what would you name it?

Now this is a top notch questions if I’ve ever seen one. It requires some thinking because I’m not going to go naming my sword and silly little name that comes to mind…it must be dramatic! And it must be interesting! And it must be just…perfect.
I think I’d like something…like I don’t know. Maybe the word death included. Deathslayer, maybe…no, that’s too close to Elisabeth’s (Elisabeth from Sorcery of Thorns, where I assume April got this question from). Deathstabber? Dreadslayer. Dread…bringer. No. Doom. Huh I could just name the sword Doom, that would be interesting. So many words with D that are so dark (ha ha there’s another one).
Final verdict: Darksong.

7. If you could turn into any food for a day, what would it be?

I, uh….what? I mean if I really had to choose a food, it would probably be one that not many people would eat just so that I wouldn’t get eaten…something like one of those stinky cheeses. Or maybe a barely heard of vegetable. But if I weren’t going to be eaten regardless, I’d say I’d like to be a bar of chocolate because chocolate is just…✨perfection✨

Tiction’s Questions

1. What is one country you’ve always wanted to go to?

Easily Canada. I kinda…have an obsession with Canada? Well not really. But I have actually never been out of the United States and Canada…I don’t know, it just seems cool. Toronto, especially, I really want to live there when I grow up (yes, I’ve never been there, I know. I don’t know what it’s like at all. I still want to live there).

2. Tea or Coffee?

Amazingly enough, I’ve never had coffee in my life. Yes, I’ve gotten through school thus far without a sip. No caffeine in sight (other than chocolate because chocolate). However, I don’t exactly like tea either. And I enjoy the smell of coffee, so I’m sorta at a stalemate here.

3. Share a favorite quote?

Ha, well I don’t really remember quotations very well…I did put one up above when April asked.
For some reason when I saw the word ‘quote’ in this question I immediately thought of a certain English teacher lecturing about how ‘quote isn’t the right word in this scenario, it would be quotation, a quote is speaking or…’ honestly I don’t even remember and that might be wrong, so don’t quote me on that (ha ha see what I did there?)

4. If you could master one language, what would it be?

Let’s see…well it would either be Spanish or Latin…so Latin is a dead language but the thing is, since it’s the origin of the romance languages, I’d know a bit about those, too. Also, Latin is really difficult because there’s conjugations and declensions and tenses and it’s my lowest grade in school right now. But Spanish is used today and pretty common. I think I’d choose Spanish.

5. What’s your book of the month?

Hmm, I’ve read a lot of good books this month. I’m going to have to say Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu, because it was really empowering and just a nice book altogether. You can find my review of it here.

6. Would you rather read just one perfect, no-fault, long, long book in your life or read unlimited standalones with cliffhangers at the end?

Ummmm stop being difficult, heh heh! That’s really hard because I wouldn’t want to read a single book in my life! But a whole bunch of cliffhangers at the end??? Aaaaaaah I guess I’ll have to say cliffhangers…I hope that never happens to me though, ha!

7. Tell us a Dad Joke

Funnily enough, I just read one in a book tonight.
Why did the scarecrow get an award?

Because they were outstanding in their field.
I would explain it (like what happens in the book) but explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog (If you ask nicely, I’ll explain that one in the comments. And it’s another dad joke too).

I nominate:

Katie @Whispering Pages
Sunny @Revolution Reading
Ahaana @Windows to Worlds
Emilie @Chronicles of a Bibliomaniac
Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library
Tess @Unbound Library
Vic @Books and Mate
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Sanskriti @Portals Into Books
Cherry @Cherry Blossom Books

Questions:

  1. What’s the weirdest idea for a book you’ve ever read?
  2. What’s a food that everyone likes but you don’t?
  3. What do you do to get inspiration? (for writing a story, doing homework, whatever)
  4. Have you ever spoken to an author? (IRL or through email or goodreads or anything) If so, who and what did you say to them?
  5. If you could tell a character in a book one thing before the story took place, what character would it be and what would you say?
  6. Tell us a one sentence horror story (kinda a classic I know)
  7. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written in the past three months?

Well, friends, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading all my answers to these questions, boring as they are (I feel like half my answers were just, ‘I cannot think right now’ in some form).

What’s a dad joke that you enjoy? What sort of tropes do you like? And what are your goals for reading in 2021? Feed me words in the comments! (I’m sorry, I’m tired and not sure what I’m saying right now).
That’s all for today! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

The Liebster Award (#1 and #2)

Aaaand I meant to publish this yesterday but forgot to click the publish button. Go me.

I wrote the below and then was tagged by Alex @The Scribe Owl for the Liebster award as well. However, I like my old intro even though it is no longer accurate so I’m keeping it. Enjoy me from two weeks ago. 😁😁😁

Okay. So teeeeechnically, I wasn’t tagged for this.
However.
Sunny @Revolution Reading tagged ‘Anyone who is interested in doing this tag who hasn’t yet, or anyone who has read at least one book this month.’ Given that I haven’t done this tag/award yet…here goes.

Honestly, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been nominated for the Liebster Award. In fact, so many people have been nominated that everyone just assumed that I had already been nominated and therefore no one tagged me. (Wow, that was some crazy reasoning)

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your 11 nominees 11 questions

(Just wondering, does anyone know what’s up with the number 11?)

Sunny’s questions:

Have you ever spilled anything on a book?

The answer is yes, probably. How could I not have spilled something on a book once in my life? But it was also probably a very long time ago because I’m very careful with my books. Most of the books I read are from the library so you REALLY don’t want to spill anything on those, and nowadays I usually read on my kindle. Not a physical book. But sometimes I get a few crumbs on my kindle because reading while eating. I honestly have no idea what people who don’t read do while they’re eating, like do they just focus on the food? Preposterous!!!

Which book gives you the most holiday vibes?

Oh, wow. I don’t usually read books for the holidays, I just read normal books. I actually do not like reading books specifically about/for the holidays…I’m not sure why. It’s just not something I enjoy doing. But we’re talking about vibes here. So.

For some reason the book ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte gives me holiday vibes. Why? I have no idea. It’s literally about queens getting murdered. And it’s a mystery. But maybe because I read this in early January or the fact that I feel like I remember one very short scene where it’s snowing, I get holiday vibes from it. Also the COVER. It’s absolutely beautiful. And…not exactly holiday-y? But to me I feel like it is. I do not know why.
Anyways, I cannot stop talking about this book (I mentioned it in my 2020 book tag as well), you guys NEED to pick it up. It’s amazing.

Which is better, cake or pie?

Um, cake. OBVIOUSLY. With cake, you get the, well, cake, so it’s ALL sweet. And then there’s frosting. Meanwhile, with pie it’s usually fruit-based which, I mean, is fine. Good. But in a dessert I’m sort of looking for something sweeter (I actually don’t usually like frosting much, however. It’s almost TOO sweet). Pie for breakfast, however? Yummmm.

What’s next on your tbr?

Hmm, I don’t usually plan a tbr just because, well, I think I’m a mood reader? Sort of? I just go with what I’m reading right now and usually I don’t not have something to read because of what I request from the library or something someone else in the family gets that I want to read…I don’t really think about what I want to read next.
However, I would really enjoy to read King of Scars next. I suffered through the Shadow and Bone series just to get to this one so I would really like to read it soon. We’ll see, though. I expect I’m getting a lot of books for Christmas, given that…that’s one of the only things I asked for.

When’s the last time you bought a book? What was it?

Aaah I really don’t buy books often! At all! I literally can’t remember the last time I bought a book aside from that time in early January when I bought 4 books with a gift card I got from Christmas. Though technically that’s a Christmas present? But if we are counting that, I bought these four books:

List a few books that you want people to read!

I have, in a great struggle, managed to narrow this list down to four books that I loved and that I think don’t have a lot of hype.

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. I’ve already talked about this book several times so I think you know how much I love this one!
  • Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian. This is such a creepy and fascinating book. I really enjoyed it because it’s very different than anything I’ve ever read before and I really like reading spooky stories that aren’t absolutely terrifying but are slightly freaky.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. I really enjoyed the unique caste system and magic system in this book! Plus the story and characters were awesome.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. This was a really interesting story and it was about phoenixes, so that’s a plus. The world building was fascinating and I loved how the history of the world was interwoven with the story, so beautifully created.

Would you rather trade places with your least favorite character from your favorite book or have your favorite character die in your least favorite book?

Definitely have my favorite character die in my least favorite book. My least favorite book is…well I’m not entirely sure but it’s probably something I had to read for school. No offense to all the English teachers out there, but I’m not very attached to any of the characters in books we read for class and so for a favorite to die…not that sad. Plus, a favorite character in a least favorite book probably isn’t a character I like very much anyways.

Paperbacks or hardcovers?

The answer is probably paperbacks. I like paperbacks because they’re smaller and you can bring them on trips and such as well. Hardcovers are more durable but they can be annoying since they’re heavier. Honestly though, I prefer ebooks above all, I know I’m crazy that way.

What’s your least favorite genre?

Aaah I mean it’s probably nonfiction. I mean, nonfiction can be fine in some cases, like when you’re doing a research paper or when it’s actually a story, and an interesting one, but most times…I just don’t pick it up. I don’t know what it is about it. Honestly, if there were a book that was like, ‘The story of…a memoir,’ even if it sounded really interesting, I’d be less likely to pick it up. You could just take out the ‘a memoir’ part and I’d probably pick it up, ha ha.

Would you rather spend the day in your favorite book, but be a character that was only mentioned a few times, or spend the day in your second favorite book and be with the main character(s) the entire time?

Oh, second favorite all the way. I mean saying ‘favorite book’ and ‘second favorite book’ for me doesn’t really make sense….I just love so many books that it’s impossible to choose!
Hmm but if you think about it if you’re with the main characters the entire time, it might get super dangerous…unless we’re talking about this is before/after the book takes place, just a normal day.
But like…being in the favorite book and not even meeting the main character? Barely even being there? That would be sad. It would feel like a missed chance to me.

Night owl or early bird?

Oh, early bird all the way. I used to wake up SUPER early but quarantine has spoiled me so now I only wake up like a half hour before the average person. I go to bed much earlier than the usual teenager. I think I get more sleep than everyone else in my class 😂. But I also don’t absolutely love sleep, like when asked what I’m going to do it’s not going to be sleep.
Hmmmm I wonder if those two things are *gasp* related???

Alex’s questions:

What is your favorite decade for music?

Oh man. Much to everyone’s chagrin, I don’t listen to much music. I mean, the only music I really listen to is musicals. Aaaand I currently have the piece I’m playing on the violin stuck in my head (yes, I have violin music stuck in my head) but that doesn’t count. Anyways, I think that all these musicals are from different times? Hamilton is very recent and I think that Six the musical came out last year but I have no idea when Les Miserables came out.
Hang on, looking it up…
O-oh. Um well. 1903. Okay then.

What is your favorite genre and why?

Fantasy, easily. I think that I like fantasy because it lets you get away from the real world. It lets you go to a world where there’s magic and, while the worlds often still have problems, there just aren’t the same problems that our world has. I love seeing all the world building and the different magic systems and just how characters interact with a world that is not the one I know already.

Are there any books you have a love hate relationship with?

Ah ha ha ha ha ha.
You’re lucky you didn’t tag me for this two weeks ago.
Yes, I do have a love hate relationship with a graphic novel series…Fence by CS Pacat. On one hand, it’s like my favorite series of all time, I love the characters, I love the ships, I LOVE the fencing (for those who didn’t know, I fenced for approximately 5 months last year). But then…my obsession got too much. So I still absolutely loved the book but I began to hate it–I uttered the words ‘I wish it had never been written’ several times–because it was the only thing I could think about.
But I still love love love it even though last week was NOT pretty (you can ask any of my IRL friends).
I think that my obsession has toned down now and I don’t want this to scare you away from reading this book because it’s awesome and the obsession only happens to me. ⬅ This is a proven fact, my friends have read it.

Are you also a book hoarder collector?

In the sense that I get books whenever I can and then don’t read them for a long time because I own them and can read them whenever but that is not the case with the books at the library, yes, I suppose you can say that I am.
In the sense that if I get money I will immediately go buy books, no because I’m cheap.

What is at the top of your Christmas list?

Well. The broad answer is…books (I know, shocking, right?). But as for what books, well, I have two books that I really really want to get. Cemetery Boys has been one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year and I know it came out in like September or October but I still haven’t read it because it’s on my Christmas list. So I better get it.
The other book is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I’ve read so many reviews of it and seen so many awesome things that I can’t wait to read it! If I get it it will also be my first VE Schwab book so that’ll be exciting!

What is your favorite holiday?

Don’t make me choose! I like all the holidays. But if I were to choose one…probably Christmas because I enjoy spending time with my family (not this year, though) and we always get lots of cookies. Plus, having the house all decorated is really nice, it makes everything warm and peaceful (I hate decorating though). And the presents books are also a nice bonus 😁

If you had to attend a dinner party with your three favorite authors and only one of you got to walk out of the room alive, who would it be?

Congrats, I am officially concerned for your sanity.
Okay but seriously, WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS? And why why why do I have to choose?
Anyways, what even are my three favorite authors? Just like books, I don’t have three favorite, there are just multitudes of amazing books.
Also I just don’t want to say I’d kill anybody? Because that’s cruel? And these are real people?

If your two favorite book characters had to duel, who would win?

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy must you hurt me with these ‘favorite’ questionsssss??? Aaaah who are my favorite characters? I can never choose! I’m sorry for being so indecisive! I just–I love all the smol children who suffer many traumatic instances that their creators put them through.
But you know what since you asked I’ll just choose two characters that I enjoy reading because whatever. If….Harvard Lee from Fence and Fie from The Merciful Crow dueled…well Harvard knows how to fence but I think Fie has an unfair advantage given that she can burn some teeth to get magic (that probably sounds very confusing to someone who hasn’t read TMC). So I’d say that Fie wins. (sorry Harvard. Don’t worry, you can still beat Nicholas…for now)

Do you have any pets?

I do in fact have a dog. She’s just over three years old and is a mutt. Her name is Luna Bear Schuyler Rutabaga and she’s 1/8 lab, 1/8 huskie, 1/8 terrier, 1/8 bulldog and 50% unknown. So yes, very much a mutt. She’s also absolutely crazy and will probably kill herself by eating something she isn’t supposed to one day.
Sorry, no pictures.

Do you play any musical instruments?

I, like approximately half the population, play the violin (I’m joking, way less than half the population plays the violin, it just seems like so many people I know play violin). I have been playing for 5 and a half years.

Which are better, squids or octopi?

Octopi, 100%. They’re awesome, they’re so sweet. Squids just live in the deep dark depths freaking me out. Oh yeah also I recently watched the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and that octopus was the sweetest thing.

Well there’s the award!
Here are the people that I nominate:

Em @Tea for Teens
Turquoise and Amethyst @Act Your Page
Sibella @YA Book Reviews
Shine @Haunting Ghosttown
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Vic @Books and Mate
Tess @Unbound Library
Emilie @Emilie the Bibliomaniac
Urmom @Urmom Reads Books
Madeline @The Bookish Mutant
Booktastically @Booktastically Amazing

And here are my questions:

  1. Have you ever had a book hangover?
  2. How often do you cry when reading books?
  3. What are some of your most anticipated 2021 releases?
  4. What was the most surprising thing you read in 2020?
  5. If your name weren’t your name what would your name be? (that was trippy…)
  6. When you think ‘fantasy’ what are the first four words that come to mind? Why?
  7. Write a summary of a book where you place characters of a book you’re currently reading in the world of the book you just finished reading (how do the characters react to the new world, how does the story change)
  8. What book that you’ve read do you think would make the best musical adaption?
  9. If you were trapped in a room for the rest of your life and could only bring three books, which would they be?
  10. What’s the most embarrassing book-related thing that has ever happened to you? (ex: three times now I have shipped people who ended up being related)
  11. What’s the weirdest food combination that you’ve ever eaten?

I can’t believe I’ve finally done a Liebster award! I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever spilled something on a book? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What are your opinions on all of Alex’s ‘extremely cruel favorite character/author choose one’ questions? I’d love to hear what you think below!
Thank you all so much for reading–it means the world. As always, stay safe and keep on reading!