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The Burn, Rewrite and Reread Tag (Take 2)

I did this post a long time ago and was just going through some of my past posts and thought it would be fun to do it again. I am not sure where this started, I know I saw it on Booktube a few times. If you know the creator, please let me know!

The Rules
-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)
-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
-Repeat until you completed three rounds.


Reread – I read Hell awhile ago.  I remember it being funny while also having some interesting commentary. I need to pick it up again and read it with a reviewing eye.

Rewrite– I really liked Winter. I think there were some elements of the end I would like to adjust and connect pieces better. I know that I had trouble with Scarlet’s story, so I think I would rewrite those portions.

Burn – I would burn Origin. I really disliked that book. It was slow moving, it built up to nothing and went nowhere.

Reread- I would reread Unlikley Friendships. This was just an adorable book!

Rewrite – This was hard because I think both of the other books could benefit from a rewrite. I think though I would choose The Magicians Land. These books had potential they just needed to connect to each other better.

Burn– I actually loved Twilight when I first read it, but it has not aged well with me.

Reread – I would reread The Lucifer Effect. It was a fascinating look at how good people do bad things. I love looking into the human mind and I was enthralled by this one.

Rewrite -While I loved The Cursed Child and thought it was interesting there are definitely parts that could be rewritten. I mean there are just pieces that don’t make sense timeline wise.

Burn – I guess that leaves me with burning The Bad Beginning. I loved the start of this series but for me it devolved into nonsense that I just could not enjoy by the end.

What do you think of my choices? What book would you reread, rewrite or burn?

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Little_black_bookSaw this a while ago on Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads and it looked interesting. I have been a bit behind on reading so I’m going to be doing some more tags and writing type posts until I can catch up.

 

 

RULES:

Answer the questions below
Credit the creator: Jamie @ ALittleSliceofJamie
Tag at least 5 people
Have fun

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
It depends on how I am feeling when I get home from work. If it has been an easy day then I’ll write at my desk. If I am more tired I will write on my couch while watching TV.

2. How long does it take you to write a book review?
It usually take about an hour or so. I write it in one sitting.  It may take another half an hour or so to proofread it and add the pictures.

3. When did you start your book blog?
I started my blog back in 2012. I originally started it as a place  to put my stories and showcase my writing. I added a few reviews for something to post in-between when the stories were being written and edited. I switched gears a few years ago because I realized I enjoyed talking about the books I was reading. I am now primarily a book review blog with occasional posts about writing.

4. What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I have an issue with keeping a regular schedule of posts. I don’t have a ton of time to read so I don’t have a stockpile of books to review. I try to find more time to read so that I can have more regular posts. I am getting better a balancing my time between my job and my own writing and my blog.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I love talking about the books I read and then seeing what others opinions are about those books. By reading other reviews it is fun to see the many sides of reading. Everyone reads a book differently and it is fascinating to see how others interpret particular characters or events in books.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
I have enjoyed writing posts that are Harry Potter themed. I adore the books and any chance I get to analyze them makes me happy.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
I love writing reviews. I love to rethink a book. I love to talk about my favorite parts and think about how things can be changed or edited. I like to take the time to really understand the book I read. I feel like it helps me connect to the books a reader and learn as a writer.

8. When do you typically write?
I try to write when I come home from work. I will sometimes write before dinner or right after. I also write a lot on the weekend when I am not busy.

9. How do you write your books reviews? Right after finishing a book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
It all depends on what is going on and when I finish a book. I do like to write one right I finish it when the book is fresh but that isn’t always possible. I think the longest I have gone between finishing the book and writing a review is about a month.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?
My favorite way to write my reviews are at my desk with my cat curdled up in my lap. I also enjoy writing on my couch when I don’t feel like going into my room. Though my cat is always nearby so he is always part of my writing routine.

11. How often do you post?
I try to post at least twice a week sometimes three times. I would like to post more but I haven’t found a way to make that consistent of a schedule yet. It has gotten much better than the handful of times a month.

I tag anyone who wants to give this a go. It was fun to look at the way I run my blog.

The Mystery Blogger Award

I was recently nominated Mystery Blogger Award by Not-so-modern-girl. Thank you for the nomination. I do enjoy doing these kinds of posts. So without further ado, here we go!

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell you readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.

 

Three Facts About Me:

1. I was never the athletic or sport kid growing up. I played sports but wasn’t really into them. Though it is interesting how fate works because I recently got a full-time job working for a non-profit that combines poetry and soccer for after-school programming. I have gotten a whole new appreciation for the power of sports. I also love that by having creative and athletic elements in our programming we show kids you don’t have to be one or there other, sporty or creative, you can be both!

2. I am the biggest animal lover. I could spend my whole life with animals. I have a cat that is my best friend and have to use serious self-control not to pet every dog I see. I’m hoping to be able to get a house in the next few years and when I do I want some big dogs, like a Mastiff, Newfoundland or Bernese Mountain dog.

3. I have always been a big reader but it wasn’t until this last year or so that I started paying more attention to what I read. I have enjoyed picking up more diverse books lately. I love noticing that the books I have been reading have more diverse races, religions, sexualities and ways of life. I think it is a great thing to see the progress in the books since back when I was young. There is still serious ways to go but I do think we are heading in the right direction.

My Answers:
What Makes Blogging Exceptional?
I enjoy blogging because I get to explore reading in a different way then I have done before. I have loved reading my whole life and I think blogging gives me a new perspective on some of the books that I read.

What is one thing you wish you knew before staring a blog/site?
I wish I had a better idea of the time involved. When I first started it was to just put my work out there but I then added book reviews. I didn’t have a real routine though. I just posted whenever I felt like it. I think I would have liked to know that having a steady posting routine really helps drive traffic and maintain the blog.

What is your number one favorite movie so far?
My favorite movie of all time is The Lion King. I love the music and the story. I also loved when I learned it was a retelling Hamlet. I also really love that it has no people in it. I think that is an interesting element to it.

Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
Hmmm that is a tough one. I do love Luke Bryan. I also really like Norman Reedus. I had a serious crush on Tom Felton when the Harry Potter movies were coming out.

What helpful advice would you give to a new blogger?
I think I would say have a general idea of a posting schedule in mind. Also to post what you enjoy writing. If it feels too much like a forced job you aren’t going to want to do it. So write posts that you have fun writing.

Nominations:
I am going to go with a few people who have been interacting with me more lately or are new followers.
Meltotheany
The Book World
Booksandlovealways
Velvet Spade Reads
The Caffeinated Chapter

Questions:
I like some of these but I am going to change up a few.

  1. What is one thing you wish you knew before starting a blog/site?
  2. What helpful advice would you give to a new blogger?
  3. What is a book you read that surprised you with how much you enjoyed it?
  4. What is your favorite animal?
  5. What is a book you read that fell out of your usual reading genre that you fell in love with?

How I See Myself as Fictional Character Tag!

I saw this over on Bookish Wanderer. This just seemed like a lot of fun to do. I tend to put partial traits of myself into my characters but I have never fully sat down and thought about myself as a fictional character.

I am going to take this form the angle of making some changes to myself that would be fun to do. I’m not going to use this as a way to complain or make changes about things I dislike or have an issue about with myself. I just thought it would be fun to think of an alternate version of myself.

Name:

Callie

(I have been obsessed with this name lately. I have no idea why but I do love it for some reason)

Appearance:

Purple streaks in dark brown hair, multiple tattoos in random places, earring up whole ear

 

Style:

Jean jacket, simple, darker colors, casual

Personality:

Broadway Singer, Writer, Outgoing, Adventurous

Likes:

Book (No version of me would not like books), Animals (same with animals), time with friends, family, new experiences, spontaneity

Lives:

London, England

Quotes to Live By:


So there is my fictional self. I had fun kind of reinventing myself. I like to think of myself being able to sing and be on Broadway when in reality I could never get anywhere close to being that. I had fun taking parts of myself and adding others in. It was a fun exercise.

What do you think of my fictional self? Who would your fictional persona be?

Reader Confession Tag

I saw this tag on Interrobang and thought it would be fun to do. I am working on a number of reviews but not sure if I will have time to complete them before the New Year. I know its been a minute since I posted anything so I thought this would be a good one to post for the moment.

1280px-Stipula_fountain_penHave you ever damaged a book?

Unfortunately the answer to that is yes. There was one incident that I won’t talk about because it is definitely something I am ashamed of now. Though I know as a child I am sure that I accidentally hurt a book. Though I can say now, I treat book with the greatest amount of respect.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Not that I can remember. To be honest it is rare that I borrow books, I usually buy my own so that I can not worry about anything happening to them.

How long does it take you to read a book?

It all depends on the book and what is going on in my life. If I get wrapped up in it, I can finish it in a day or so. If it is good but doesn’t keep me wondering about it, it will take a few days. If it is slow and I am busy then it make take a few weeks. I almost always read before bed so that sometimes can dictate how long a book takes me to read. I wish I could read faster but I always make sure that I am able to appreciate what I am reading.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. It is four separate stories that are related. So far it is an interesting look at the process of life and death and I am interested to see how all these stories come together.

What book haven’t you finished?

I rarely leave a book unfinished but it has happened. I have tried to read Little Women about four times and can never get past the first four chapters. I also couldn’t finish Winter’s Tale either, I read about 200 pages and it just did not make any sense to me. I will try, sometimes too hard, to finish a book but sometimes that is just not possible.

Hyped/Popular books that you just did not like?

The book that comes to mind is The Fault in Our Stars. I read it because of how much everyone was talking about it but I just did not feel the depth of emotion attached to it that I was expecting. I wanted to cry and feel the pain of the book but I felt like the true emotions weren’t explored as much as they could have been.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I can’t think of a book that I would be ashamed of telling people about. I think any and all books are worth reading. No one should be ashamed of what they are reading, as long as you are reading. I have read everything from nonfiction to paranormal romances and I wouldn’t be ashamed of telling anyone about any of them.

How many books do you own?

That would take a while to count. I have four full bookshelves and need another one because I am out of room. I love being surrounded by books and I do not plan on downsizing my collection anytime soon.

Are you a fast or slow reader?

Again this depends on the book. If I am hooked and enraptured by the book then I will soar through it. If it is only alright then I am slower. It also depends on what is going on in my life. Lately because of the holiday and personal things on top of getting a new job my reading time has been very limited.

Do you like to buddy read?

I can honestly say I have never done it.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I definitely read better in my head. I tend to stumble over my words when I read outloud. I can read faster in my head which is how I like to read.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be?

This is a tough question because I think that if I had only one book sooner or later that book would get old and tiring to read. But I HAD to chose I would definitely chose Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I adore that book and I think though I might tire of it eventually it would take quite awhile before I got to that point.

This was a fun tag to do, so if you are looking for a tag consider yourself tagged!

The Disney Book Tag

disney-book-tag1I was tagged for this from Michelle over at Michelle, Books and Movies Addict. Thanks for the tag, I am a Disney lover and this was fun to do; though it did take some thinking.

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1. Little Mermaid: A character who out of their element, a “fish out of water.”

This was a difficult one to come up with. I ended up choosing Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas has always lived a life that was very much about being the same as everyone else and never going out of that box. Then he becomes the Receiver of Memory and his whole world is flipped on its head. He goes from being a very comfortable fish in a large school to being a fish flopping around on the shore, trying to figure out some way to survive.
2Cinderella: A character that goes through a major transformation.

This was difficult because there are so many character I love that change in a number of A1bCf-Xhe4Lways. I chose Wade from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wade started off the book as a kid who was just existing, he finds the first key and his world gains purpose. He learns the importance of reality, love, friendships and standing for what you believe in.

 

51gBHSuI1jL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_3. Snow White: A book with an eclectic cast of characters

This one was easy to come up with. I just finished The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, one of my all time favorite books. This cast of characters is wide ranging and includes a literal “watch dog,” a curious child with too much time on his hands, a cranky Humbug, and princesses who are Rhyme and Reason. There are so many different characters, all playing an important role and bringing fun and intriguing elements to the story. The cast is what makes this book so much fun to read

 

4. Sleeping Beauty- A book that put you to sleep

I have never been a fan of what are considered classic novels, many of them put me to sleep. But the one I have never been able to get passed chapter 3 or 4 is Little Women by Louise May Alcott. I have tried so many times to read this and have never succeeded, I just cannot relate to any part of the story and I get bored very quick every time.

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5. The Lion King: A character who had something traumatic happen
them in childhood.

details_GraveyardMy first instinct here was to go with Harry Potter, but I am using that for two other ones so I chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen instead. Bod’s life starts off with the murder of his parents and sister, which he barely escapes. He then finds his way to a Graveyard where he learns a number of lessons from the inhabitants. He can’t really remember his traumatic beginnings but it leads him to a place where he can learn how to see the world a bit differently, something that is always necessary.

Beauty_and_Beast6. Beauty and the Beast: A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by; but found the story to be beautiful.

This one was the most difficult to come up with because big books are my favorite. The more pages the better. I am not intimidated by the size of a book. So I chose the Game of Thrones series by GRRM  for this one. Mostly because I did not quite know what I was getting into when reading it. I didn’t know what to expect and after reading five of the books I still have no idea what to expect. I am eager for the series to finish (if it ever does) and would not care if they were thousands of pages long, as long as I get an end, I will be happy.

7. Aladdin: A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worseHorns_cover

I chose Ig Perrish from Horns by Joe Hill for this one. He wanted to find out what happened to his girlfriend and clear his name. He got his wish, but also found the darker side of himself as well.

 

8. Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or 1581572842_060ff50eb5something they are not.

This one was difficult, I ended up choosing a Harry Potter character, though I am going to use the series again. Peter Pettigrew spend almost three books pretending to be a rat. But most importantly he pretends to be a tough person, while in reality he is a sniveling mess who is weak and stays around those who can save him. He pretends to care but in reality he is all about protecting himself.

9. Toy Story: A book with characters you wish would come to life

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Look, Harry Potter again! I would love for all those characters to come to life and be able to hang out with them. They are so interesting and different that I don’t think you could ever get bored spending time with any of them.

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10. Disney Descendants: Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

This was a tie for me. I have written extensive posts on both of these characters so I will keep it short here. I chose Jamie from Game of Thrones and Seichan from The Sigma Force series by James Rollins. They both have made some poor decisions in their lives but they begin to change when they meet new people in their stories. Watching them step away from being that “villain,” and become something in the middle is one of my favorite storylines to read.

 Time to tag! As always if you have no interest in this or have done it already, feel free to opt out.

  1. Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over
  2. BrittneySahin at Brittneysahin
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