#MakeMeRead It 2018 Read-A-Thon Poll | Vote!

It’s that time of year again! The #MakeMeRead It Read-A-Thon is just around the corner, running this year from August 6–13th. It was co-created and is still co-hosted by Ely @ Of Wonderland and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. I’m proud to say that I’ve participated (or tried to) every year since its inception in 2015!

I wasn’t sure if I was even going to try participating in #MakeMeRead this year. I have had a loose plan of the books I want to read for review each week all the way through to October. Additionally, I learned that I’d be out of town the week #MakeMeRead starts, and I don’t find it terribly easy to read on family vacations. But I didn’t want to break the chain of tradition, so I decided to make this work for me!

The books I’ve selected are books were for the most part not originally on my agenda to read in August. Realistically speaking, I think I’ll only be able to manage one book during the week of the read-a-thon. Therefore, I’ll likely just be picking the top choice. But since these are all the first books of a series I’ve yet to start, if I enjoy them I may end up binging the corresponding series!

In case you’re not familiar with any of these titles, they are all YA fiction. Heist Society is contemporary, Falling Kingdoms is fantasy, and The Diabolic is science fiction. They all sound fascinating! Personally, I’ve been most excited to start Heist Society, but after skimming the summary I’d also pretty stoked if The Diabolic wins. But it’s not my choice which I read for this read-a-thon; it’s yours! Vote in the poll down below. ☟

❧ ☙ End Note ☙ ❧

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought! I don’t feel like these books are from very popular series, but I’m excited to finally be given a reason to reach for them now. I discovered the Throne of Glass series and the Lunar Chronicles series in past years of #MakeMeRead, so I’m excited to see what series will next join these iconic series in my history with this read-a-thon.

Also, let me know if you’ll be participating in this read-a-thon, along with links to your posts and polls! I’ll be happy to chime in ^_^

Thank you for reading!
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  1. Featured Image, base image: “Like a bright airship the New Moon sails by” by Shirley Kite
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The Unique Blogger Award | Blog Tag

Last week I was nominated for the The Unique Blogger Award by Sara @ The Bibliophagist. This is such a short and sweet little tag, I was happy to accept it and schedule it for this weekend. Especially once the week had passed and I realized I wouldn’t have a book review ready this week! I’m still reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, and I’m not sure how I’m going to review it yet.

It’s a bit deep but I don’t know how many people are interested in Native American literature, so I may save it for a mini-review post once I’ve read a few more books from my I-should-have-read these-for-class-but-did-not TBR shelf.

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  4. Ask three questions for your nominees

Three Questions from Sara

1. What’s your favorite quote from a book you’ve read this year?

Oh, there are so many in A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, which I reviewed last month. It’s been years since I gave this book a reread and it was just as amazing as I remembered.

 It’s hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we’re left with a fistful of ashes.

I find this quote so moving because it kind of explains the type of grief I feel most of us can relate to feeling at some point in our lives, whether we’ve lost someone we love or are forced to part with something that brought us happiness. Change is hard, but inevitable and often necessary.

I find many of the ideas presented in A Ring of Endless Light in coincidental conversation with the other things I’ve read this year, including my current read, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. A quote I find my mind going back to as I read it is:

 …things which don’t shift and grow are dead things. They are things the witchery people want. Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth.

This passage from Ceremony is about how the Indians fear changes in their culture. The protagonist Tayo is half-Indian, half-white and finds help post-WWII in a medicine man who, like him, is the child of mixed heritage who understands the world differently from Tayo’s fellow Laguna Indians.

2. What book would you love to see made into a movie or TV series?

I would’ve loved for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to be made into a T.V. series. The first time I read that book, I stayed up all night reading it. I couldn’t put it down. And for weeks after, I was plotting the episodes-that-could-be in my head. I never really do that for books! The characters and storylines in the book could be so wonderfully portrayed in a binge-worthy T.V. series. The movie Spielberg made, while fun, was so different from the book, almost a completely different plot (necessary because of the time constraints).

3. If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. It’s been forever since I read this book, but I’ve since fallen in love with Parks & Rec and admire Amy Poehler and her work to inspire women/girls so much. I also love the cover because of the hot-neon-pink words that I think sum up a beautiful motto for life that I could do better to remember.

Three Questions from Me

  1. What books have been your favorite and your least favorite this year so far?
  2. What is the strangest book you’ve ever read?
  3. If you could resurrect any dead book character, who would it be?

I Nominate:

E, My Narrative | Rose Petal Pages | Misty Book Space

End Note

I’m a bit behind on my blog plans for the month! I’ve enjoyed spending time with my mom these last couple of weeks before my Dad returns home from Israel. We’ve been Shopkicking a lot, because I have my eye on some new books that can’t justify buying right now while I’m looking for a job. I’m about a day or two away from a $25 gift card for Amazon so I may have a book haul to share at the end of the month. Fingers crossed!

Thank you for reading!
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The Follow Up to Blog Hopping in June

At the end of May, I decided I was in a good place with my book blog and the posts I had been publishing that I felt like it was time to up my game. I realized that if I want to build an amazing blog with a modest following, then it’d be smart to know the lay of the land and become more active in the community. These were my major reasons for deciding to prioritize Blog Hopping in June.

I had a really grand plans for the month. I really thought I was going to be able to quickly and easily integrate blog hopping into my daily routine. What I did not realize was:

  1. How much time is required to read and comment meaningfully on others posts
  2. How many of the blogs I already followed read/reviewed books in genres I don’t like or posted content that I do not find remotely interesting

I didn’t want to unfollow anybody, but I did find that it was hard at first to find any posts I could comment on. A lot of blogs I followed in the past produced a lot of blog tour/blitz posts or ARC reviews for contemporaries or romance (neither of which are my go-to genres), which is to say: posts I most likely won’t click on. I’m not here for that. (Although, I will say, I’ve become a lot more interested in contemporaries over June!)

I eventually realized that a lot of these blogs I must have only followed because I liked something about their aesthetic or blogging style and my “Follow” was utilized more as a “Bookmark” for blogs I, at one time, thought I might want to reference again for reasons long since forgotten.

So the first thing I realized I needed to do was discover new blogs! Here’s how I did it.

*  ⁎  Method ⁂ ⁎ * 

Since it was the end of a May when I started, there were a lot of monthly wrap ups and TBRs in my WordPress Reader and Bloglovin’ feeds. These have traditionally always been my favorite kinds of posts to read because they cover a lot more books (increasing the likelihood I’ll recognize a title on their lists) and most often got more personal, which I have always found really appealing in blogs I want to follow. I like to feel like I know more about the bloggers than just their bookish thoughts/opinions.

From these posts, I have a few trails to follow:

  1. I could investigate the blog I was on, finding out what kinds of books they reviewed/liked, look at their most recent posts to see if I anything interested me enough to post a comment.
  2. I could follow shout out links provided by the bloggers of any noteworthy blog posts they found worth reading and, therefore, sharing. I discovered a lot of new blogs this way! (Reason why I want to start doing this on a more regular basis.)
  3. I also could investigate the blogs of people who commented on the original posts. It felt great finding blogs I liked this way because I knew these bloggers were more likely to respond to my comments, making the blog hopping all the more satisfying.

At the beginning this all took a lot of work, taking more than just couple of hours depending on the quality of my leads. I was really looking for blogs I liked a lot, so I was going through older posts to get a better picture of what these blogs had to offer. Once I had a good number of new blogs that I was following based on how I connected to their content, my feeds became much more reliable sources for blog posts I could reasonably expect to enjoy during the month.

Although I ended up discovering a lot of new blogs that I really admired, it didn’t necessarily mean that I found it a lot easier to comment on each post I came across. From the outset of this journey, I knew I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time with quick, generic comments. I also learned, just about myself, that I like I try to read the comments that come before I write mine so I don’t comment the exact same thing. And sometimes even if I enjoy reading a post enough to “like” it, I don’t always find myself having something new or meaningful to comment.

A big surprise for me was learning how engaging some blog tags and memes (like Top Ten Tuesday) could be. Over time, I had come to dismiss these kinds of posts as filler posts of little substance. I still come across blog tags where people don’t elaborate on their answers, which seems like a big waste if they go through the effort of making the blog post I will click on. But there are bloggers out there who I can tell spend a lot of time on them and it was really fun to start conversations from their answers.

•     Before June     •

I did not look at the blog posts in my WordPress Reader or Bloglovin’ feed on a regular basis at all. When I did, it was when I was in need of inspiration. and it was rare I saw a post title that caught my genuine interest. Most of the time I would click on posts, it was because it was the a monthly wrap up or TBR (I still love the broader picture of a blogger that is painted by posts) OR because it was a book review for a title I’ve already read and liked/disliked and wanted to see if my thoughts were confirmed or challenged.

I don’t think I ever commented on anything.

•     After June     •

There are a handful of blogs that’s names come to mind when I think about blogs that I love reading. When I see their blog posts in my feeds I can remember things about these bloggers and am interested in staying up-to-date with everything they post. I better appreciate tags and memes, especially if they come from bloggers I like who I know will put time and thought into these posts. I may not blog hop every day, but it’s a pleasure when I’m all caught up on my blog posts to open up a bunch of tabs and catch up on everything I’ve missed.

❧ ☙ End Note ☙ ❧

I’m sorry this post is coming out a bit late. I had a lot of trouble writing this post. At times, it took a few detours that I had to omit by thinking about what I wanted this post to be. Essentially, I wanted to come away from my experience last month with something that recorded what I did in case I ever take another break from blogging or feel that I’ve started to slack in being a good blog reader.

Up next immediately on Betwined Reads the list of some of my favorite (book) blogs at the moment. I’ll be up late tonight working on it, because I know it’s something that’s been highly anticipated. I did not expect so many people to want to see what blogs I love, but I guess it speaks to everyone’s desire to follow blogs that are doing awesome things. I worry my favorites are not going to be very new discoveries to anyone else!

Thank you for reading!
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July Goals + TBR ➹

After a month like June, I kind of want to reset and take myself back to basics. I loved blog hopping, and I want that to be something I do a couple of times a week. But I also want to put less stress on myself and focus more on creating quality blog posts and developing my own unique blogging style. I don’t want to do just book reviews and the occasional tag, so I’ll also try to experiment with different posts this month.

All of my goals, which you can see below, are geared towards blog development. I’ve also got a lot of reading/reviewing plans that I can’t wait to start. For a preview of what you can expect on Betwined Reads this month, keep reading ^_^

Goals

1. Dedicate M/W/F to Writing Blog Posts

I feel like I work better under time constraints, and I also think having specific days set aside for blogging will help me not always feel guilty or residual stress about not finishing up posts. I think it’ll be easier to remember what I complete and also do other things offline that might otherwise compete for attention.

Note. While I may work on the blog on these days, that does not mean blog posts will always go up on these days. I do like to schedule posts in advance so I have a chance to polish them and catch mistakes I might miss at first glance.

2. Develop a Unique Blog Theme

I tend to make my featured images on book reviews from random searches for backgrounds that relate to the setting of my novels. I also use Unsplash a lot for base images of my featured images. I’ve noticed another blogger who uses a lot of photos I recognize from Unsplash (to awesome effect I might add), so I would like to move away from stock images (no matter how gorgeous) and take my own so that my blog has a personal touch all my own.

I’ve also really longed to use my drawing tablet, so the blog would give me a good excuse to break it out and have fun creating a graphics around a specific theme for the blog.

3. Condense my Book Reviews

I like the way I’ve written my book reviews, but I feel like I could do better to make the posts less intimidating reads by utilizing shorter sections, using more graphics that speak louder than words can, and highlighting the most important ideas I want to share. I’ve seen some awesome styles of review and I’d like to experiment by breaking away from the wordy format with which I’ve become too comfortable. It’s time to shake things up!

TBR

On July 1st I sat down with a little $1 brown calendar I bought at Target at the beginning of the year and looked at my shelves. While I am very much a mood reader, I feel like I can avoid reading slumps by keeping what I’m reading fresh and varied. So for the next three months on each Thursday I wrote down a book I’d like to see myself read and review for the blog.

In case anything changes, I don’t want to share all the books I plan to read or my anticipated blogging schedule. But I will continue to share the books I would like to read at minimum. Ideally I’ll start getting ahead on these reviews so there’s a buffer for the unexpected hiatus or vacations where it is hard to blog (I already have one trip scheduled for August)!

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

I read this book last fall and really wanted to review it, but I was in a bit of a blogging rut last year. I don’t see this book around much online, so I’m hoping by sharing it on my blog it will find some new readers!


Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution. Tayo’s quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremony that defeats the most virulent of afflictions—despair.

This is one of the books I bought but never read for my Native American literature survey I took during my undergrad. I feel like it is a good time to start reading some of these works, and this one was really attractive to me because it’s on the shorter side. So hopefully I really connect with it. I’m in the mood to read about different cultures.


Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi — but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own, who understands and appreciates her in a way her parents never will. And Patty is willing to risk losing family, friends — even her freedom — for what has quickly become the most important part of her life.

This book was one of my random purchases at 2nd & Charles in May. I’m not really sure what to expect. It’s an oldie and a historical fiction, which is a genre I love to read. I also assume it’s a romance book, but since it is an award-winning book I feel like it might be really good. I’m hoping it give me all the feels.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

I bought this book on a whim last month. Maybe it’s because ARCs of its sequel are out, but I’ve been seeing so many people I follow read and gush about this book. Fortunately for me, I discovered it’s the group read of Of Wonderland‘s Book Club hosted on Goodreads, so I’ll have fun becoming involved on there this month!

✄ —– End Note ——–

You should be able to expect a book review for Vassa in the Night on Thursday and hopefully something fun and out of the ordinary this weekend. This weekend was a drag for me as I’ve had bad sinuses since Friday. I think it has something to do with the Saharan Dust that hit Texas this weekend. I’m already really susceptible to sinus problems, and now I think I have an sinus infection. I generally just wait them out with Benadryl, NyQuil, Afrin nasal spray, and loads of sleep.

But hopefully I’m not knocked down for much longer. I’ve got a lot I’m excited to do!

What do you plan to read this month?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

Thank you for reading!
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June Notes ➴

With June over, we are officially halfway through 2018. How crazy is that?! This month looked very different for me as I was house-sitting for most of it while my mom visited my dad in Israel. I was home alone, watching our dogs, and essentially living my best life of my inner hermit. I wish I had gotten more done (as always), but I consider it a productive month.

I learned a lot about myself. I work much better if I spend my days working mainly on one big project, instead of bouncing around between different ones. I’ve found blogging and writing are two very different tasks that pull my mind in different directions, so it’s better to stick to doing one of those per day instead of dividing up my day. Blogging and writing are not the only things I do with my life, but they do tend to require the most from me.

I’ve gotten a lot better at striking a healthy balance between my time spent online and off, but I know I could do even better so I this is one of my goals for next month.

Goals Revisited

In case you’re new around here, I like to set myself goals at the beginning of each month that I share on the blog for accountability’s sake. It works sometimes, but it most definitely did not work this month! I’m was a little too ambitious with what I wanted to accomplish, and I feel like I didn’t do anything too well. But, nevertheless, I think I did do a lot, so it’s hard to be too hard on myself. It was a fun month.

Here are the goals I set for June:

  1. READ MORE BLOGS
  2. WRITE FOR 30 MINUTES EACH DAY
  3. GET ORGANIZED

I consider my biggest success this month was in reading more blogs. At the end of May, I realized I wanted to find more blogs that I love. I was already following so many, but a few have become inactive since I followed them. I also realized I followed quite a few for their visual aesthetic and not because I loved their posts or the books they talked about.

So this month I made it habit to look at the posts that showed up in my feeds and comment on posts if I could think of anything worthwhile to say. I’m happy to say I discovered some blogs, old and new, that I really enjoy and I became closer to some of my fellow bloggers! I still intend to do a post with everything I learned and showcase some of my favorite blogs at the moment. I just need some time to get all my thoughts straight.

With regards for writing, I was less successful. Writing used to be my biggest priority and this month I found it shifted as I began to put more focus on my blog and reading those of others. I still want to write, and especially finish this novel, but I’m going to give myself a break from deadlines and see what happens when I’m writing because I want to and not because I feel like my time is running out.

As for my final goal, I did get a little more organized. My books tend to end up all over the place as I read and muse about what to read next. I had intended for them all be returned to their respective places on my bookshelves. But then I realized there are reasons for them to sit where they are so there is an organizational structure in place, even if it doesn’t look like it! I also forced myself to go through all my MacBook Pro’s desktop files and put away stuff that didn’t need to still be cluttering my digital workspace. Soon I’ll transfer stuff to my portable hard-drive.

This Month on Betwined Reads 

What I Read

June was not a very successful month for reading. I only read four books, but they were all in line with my TBR and all reviewed! The only outlier was City of the Beasts, which I opted for in place of The Young Unicorns, a much better book saved for fall.

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  1. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★★★
  2. Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★★½
  3. Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★
  4. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende | ★★★★

My favorite read was definitely The Arm of the Starfish. It was such a fun summer caper with international-thriller vibes. My least favorite was Dragons in the Waters, because I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and felt like the plot was a bit of a mess. It also took me a long time to read. I probably would have DNF-ed it if I wasn’t such a big fan of Madeleine L’Engle.

End Note

Next up on Betwined Reads, I will be sharing my plans for July! I actually began that post earlier this month as I realized things I want start doing, but I need to look it over and make sure I’m being sensible so that I don’t overload myself again! I also have a few other blog posts in the works, but I don’t want to say exactly what those are because I don’t know when they’ll be done. Does anyone else have a problem looking at screens when your allergies are bad? I do…

Thank you for reading!
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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Blog Tag

It was a lovely surprise and honor last weekend to be nominated by Sara @ The Bibliophagist for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’d never thought I’d be nominated for such a positive award and it makes me want to live up to it!

Since I’ve been busy with my reading project and writing my novel, I was delighted to have something extra to share on the blog today that allow you all to get to know me a little bit better. It was fun thinking about my answers to the questions and hope you all enjoy!

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☼ WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD? ☼

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

☼ THE RULES ☼

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

☼ 11 QUESTIONS FROM Sara @ THE BIBLIOPHAGIST ☼

#1 Chocolate or coffee?

Unpopular opinion alert! I’m not the world’s biggest fan of chocolate. I enjoy it now and then, but I can’t eat it all the time. I have a sensitive sweet tooth. So coffee all the way. I didn’t start drinking coffee until my junior year of college really, so I was a late convert. But now I don’t feel like my day has truly started unless I’ve had some.

Mochas are my favorite, though, and that’s basically chocolate coffee!

#2 What’s your perfect “me” time?

I love having a day to myself where I don’t need to go anywhere or have any commitments. I like to shower and be clean, after having worked out and/or cleaned my room, and slip into freshly washed bedsheets and just Netflix and chill. Or YouTube and chill (depends on the day).

#3 Who’s your most read author?

Right now I would probably say Leigh Bardugo, just because I can always find a reason to pick up one of her books. Her books are so enjoyable! I love the Grisha universe. And I’m a nerd who can marvel at writing craft and inventiveness, so there’s always something to gain from reading one of her YA fantasies.

#4 What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?

I don’t think my answer would be the same all the time, but I do find myself thinking a lot about Franny & Zoeey by J.D. Salinger. I reread it earlier this year and remembered why I fell in love with it. Most recently I’ve been thinking about it because I’ve moved my furniture around again this week and have some spare wall paper that I’ve been wanting to do something with.

In Franny & Zooey, Zooey goes into his older brothers’ childhood room and finds the back door is covered in large sheet of paper filled to its limit with quotes from favorite authors, leaders, and thinkers. I like the idea of doing this.

#5 What was the happiest day of your life?

I don’t have any big life moments that I can say have made any specific day my happiest. I feel most elated on days where I’ve have great conversations with people I care about, where I’ve found out my hard work has paid off, and where I’ve been able to truly forget all my problems and enjoy small pleasures (like hanging out with friends). These days are too few and far between!

#6 If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

I think I’d like to walk around 1950s New York City with Holden Caulfield. I just rewatched season one of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel so I have somewhat rosy picture of NYC during that time period in my head right now. And in that book, Holden seems like he needs someone to talk to and most of the time I don’t mind hearing about other people’s problems; it takes my mind off of my own for a change. I like wandering around new places, so I think that would be lovely!

#7 If there’s one unfinished book/TV/any other medium series that you could have finished right now, which would it be?

I’d love get my hands of Leigh Bardugo’s newest Grishaverse book King of Scars!

#8 You’re given the option of knowing the exact date and time of your death or staying blissfully unaware. Which do you pick?

Well, I have a few questions about the scenario where I find out. Would I be able to change any of my actions leading up to it, not necessarily to prevent it but to make sure I left no loose ends in my life? Or would I find out and…what? Instantly forget about it so that I can’t change anything?

…I realize this is probably a weird answer, but I think I’d like to know!

#9 If you were told you could be an expert in any one thing instantly, what would you pick?

World languages! I’d love to be some sort of translator, be able to travel the world, and be involved in important diplomatic meetings and such.

#10 What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?

Oh, this happens all the time in some sort of capacity. I’ll offer two answers, both non-fiction. Spreadable Media is one on a topic that I find really interesting and I’ve not really struggled to actually read it, but I just struggled to make time for it. Another is A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889. I like historical fiction, but this one is just so detailed I’ve struggled to get very far into it. It hastened a reading slump last year.

#11 If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

I would go travel Europe, practice the languages I’ve been trying to learn, write in places that inspire me, meet new people, and try to find a way to leave the U.S. permanently (and legally)!

 ☙ ❧ End Note ❧ ☙ 

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I think I’ll have fun revisiting them one day and see how my answers have changed. I don’t really know who to tag, eleven is a lot of people! Also, I don’t really have the time to think up some awesome questions, so I probably wouldn’t even have changed them up much! If you’d like to answer some of the questions in the comment section down below I’d love to read your answers ^_^

I have a busy week ahead of me and more fun stuff planned for the blog. This month is really just passing me by so quickly, it’s a little scary…

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Five Word Story Challenge | Blog Tag

Sorry this post is coming late tonight! I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist to do the 5 Word Story Challenge on Sunday! It seemed like a fun little writing challenge to stretch the writing noodle, so I decided to give it a go.

Since I’m currently working on my novel, I decided to integrate this challenge into my story. I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself, announcing this on Monday! But once, I realized it only needed to be five words, I was like, “Ok, that’s easy!”

It wasn’t actually all that easy (that last word was intense). I don’t think this little excerpt will work its way into the final draft of my story, but it does feature my protagonist in a scene that could be perfectly well happen, so let’s consider it an outtake.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Close your eyes, open to random pages, and point your finger on a random word in the last book you have read. Articles do not count.
  • Repeat the above rule 5 times.
  • List the 5 random words you have.
  • Create a 5 sentence flash fiction using your 5 random words. Each sentence must contain at least one word from your list. You can change the tense of the word as needed.
  • Tag 3 people.

My Last Completed Book

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (review coming tomorrow!)

5 Random Words

 other | faded | out | hours | symbolize

Story

She lay on her stomach under her bed, the other journal still bound shut under her right hand. The faded and smudged characters were a challenge to read in the dim light. But rather than come out, she was content to stay in the spot that made her feel most at home. It was had been hours since she heard the last door at the end of her corridor shut. Off-hand, she wondered if the carvings at the bottom of her door symbolized anything or if they were just scratches from a small animal who once sought freedom.

I Tag

Elle @ The Nishume Chronicles

Katherine @ The Writerly Reader

Ely (& her co-bloggers if they so wish) @ Of Wonderland

End Note

Feel free to complete this tag if you’d like to! I’d encourage anyone to put their own spin on it.

This challenge reminded me of grade school assignments where we were asked to write a one-page story using all the vocabulary words for that week. I was the weird who enjoyed that kind of assignment. I remember a Halloween-themed story particularly fondly. Why didn’t I have a mom who saved those kinds of things?!

See you tomorrow (6/7) with my book review of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman!

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