Monthly Archives: June 2015

Bookshelf Tag

Deborah @ Road of a Writer tagged EVERYONE for the bookshelf tag (which of course includes me) and it looked fun so here we are. I even bothered to photograph all the books (which I’ve never done before), which was fun. Anywho, onto the tag!

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: 

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I actually have a photo 😀 (see above). I think my shelves are from Ikea, and I’ve had the teddy bear book stops for years. I also have some books on top of a book case (also from Ikea, I think). No that is not my art hanging above it (though I do have a couple of canvases that need to be hung up).

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? My favourite books (the ones in the photo) are arranged in alphabetical order according to author, with series put in reading order. I used to organize them in height order, but that got tedious and made it harder to find things. The rest of my books aren’t in any particular order.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? Cress by Marissa Meyer with 550 pages.

Cress

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? Dragonology (author unclear), at 28 pages.

Is this book not gorgeous?

Because what self respecting fantasy nerd doesn’t need a reference book for dragons in their life?

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul

DragonSpell

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon by Anne Digby

Trebizon

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Dragonology (funnily enough it’s effectively both the largest and smallest book I own)

here's what it looks like on the inside

here’s what it looks like on the inside

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? A friend of mine gave me almost the entire Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence for the New Year before last.

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

Most expensive book? Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

Anne Anne 2

The last book you read on your shelf? Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis, which I first read when I was about seven.

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Do you have more than one copy of a book? Alice in Wonderland is actually the only book I have multiple copies of, one physical and one on my kindle.

Alice

Do you have the complete series of any book series? I actually have annoyingly few complete series, but I do have the complete Bush Boys series by James Tierney courtesy of my Australian second cousins.

Bush Boys

The first two books have gone walkabouts, but I know they’re somewhere.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf? The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Princess Bride

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (the physical copy)

Alice physical

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf? Fairest by Marissa Meyer (published January 27th 2015)

Fairest

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? The Borrowers Omnibus by Mary Norton (my copy is from 1966)

Borrowers

A book you won? The only book I’ve ever won was The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, which I got for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. (and I am eternally grateful to said Challenge since it introduced me to Ranger’s Apprentice)

Ruins of Gorlan

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? Anne of Green Gables, since not only is it basically irreplaceable (I don’t think you can get this copy any more), but it has a lot of sentimental value, since I got it for my birthday in France and it’s pretty much my favourite book ever.

Anne 3

Most beat up book? The Lost Stories by John Flangan. Our copy is a wreck:

lost stories

lost stories inside

we actually had to tape pages back in

Most pristine book? Considering it’s second hand, Urchin and the Heartstone by M I McAllister, which is still in perfect condition.

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A book from your childhood? The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. It’s these books that got me into reading in the first place.

Narnia

A book that’s not actually your book? I’m pretty sure my Father Brown Collection technically belongs to my dad, although he doesn’t seem to remember owning it. It has his name written in it anyway.

father brown

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? Monsterology (by the same person as Dragonology) has an awesome cover:

monsterology

A book that is your favorite color? The Charioteer of Delphi by Caroline Lawrence is a lovely shade of purple

Charioteer of Delphi

Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read? The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson. Man, and I thought The Lord of the Rings was hard to read. I’ve read bits and pieces but still not the whole thing. Amusingly, this book makes it very, very clear where Tolkien got the names for his dwarves from (there’s even a dwarf called Gandalfi!)

prose edda

Any signed books? I have a couple signed by people I know, but none signed by authors.


Phew! That post took most of the afternoon to create. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing all my books. I hereby tag Picklesthehamsterproverbs31teen (if either of you have already done this/don’t do tags, feel free to ignore this), and anyone else who feels like doing it.

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Random Fridays: Places for Summer Vacation

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

I probably won’t be going abroad this year, but we do usually (I’ve been to over twenty different countries so far, although some only for a couple of days). So instead I’m going to list my five favourite places I’ve visited while on holiday.

Lake Balaton, about a five minutes walk from where we stay

1. Balatonboglár, Hungary

This is probably the best place in the universe. The weather is amazing, the food is delicious and insanely cheap, and the lake itself is fabulous. There’s also a ton of other interesting things to do. The only downside is the insects, but you can’t really escape insects no matter where you go in the world (trust me, I know).

2. Scandinavia

More specifically, Sweden and Denmark, which I’ve counted as one since we rarely visit one without going to the other. I’m technically Danish, and most of our relatives live in one of these two countries. Sweden is awesome, and Denmark is where my favourite cousin lives, and he’s awesome. We actually created an entire fantasy world together (my cousin and I, that is).

3. Lourdes, France

I spent my ninth(?) birthday here, and it was amazing. I have a lot of fond memories of this place, especially involving ponies and my first experience with Anne of Green Gables (which aren’t things you usually associate with Lourdes, but whatever)

4. Rome, Italy

We went here in October the year before last to see one of my Australian second cousins get ordained, and it was both amazing and exhausting. It’s surprisingly easy to get lost (do not trust the maps, they lie), and the food is amazing (writing this post I’ve realized I seem slightly obsessed with food when on holiday. The pizza and ice-cream is the best part by the way).

Melbourne, where we spent most of our visit

5. Australia

We went to Australia a really long time ago, back when my grandparents still lived there. We also have twenty second cousins there (in two families), and they’re awesome (the priest is the most awesome). I don’t remember much of them from when we were there, but we met several of them when we went to Rome, and some of them visit from time to time. But what I do remember of Australia was amazing.

What are your favourite places? Is there anywhere you’d like to visit in the future?

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A Month In Review: May 2015

A Month in Review May 2015

This is rather late because I needed to find the cable for my camera so I could upload photos. Sadly I still haven’t found it, but this is late as it is so I’ll have to go ahead without the photos. Anyway, this month I’m going to switch things around a bit and put the stuff I did first, followed by the lists, rather than the other way round. I’ll also have a little bit about interesting posts elsewhere on the internet. Let’s see how this goes.

First of all, I turned seventeen on the twelfth, which I posted about earlier. Then we ended up doing my birthday outing no less than three times since the first two went really badly. (taking a long walk on a rocky English beache on a cold, windy, wet day was a terrible idea) Eventually I ended up going and buying books, which was fun. Although it turns out Cumbria’s book store stock is as pitiful as it’s library’s. I did manage to get my hands on The Princess Bride and Heist Society, neither of which I had read.

Last week we had half term (a week long holiday in the middle of a school term, for those of you who don’t know), and it was mostly pretty boring. Wow, so far this post’s been pretty depressing. Let’s move on to the good parts.

My bedroom is pretty much completely done! I just need a desk and a little more decoration. My sister has decided to decorate her entire bedroom with Rapunzel-style art, which was one of the things I wanted to show you but can’t. I also can’t show you the shelves I now have in my room. *sigh* oh well.

I finally managed to stop procrastinating crocheting wise, and actually finished Rarity! I also managed to make dolls of Sokka and Katara. Again, no photos because I can’t upload them. Now I’m working on Rainbow Dash.

I can, however, show you the rest of this month’s artwork (well, most of this month’s artwork)

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I haven’t written any further on Wolf Cry, since I realized I didn’t really like the plot I had and now I’m re-plotting pretty much the whole thing. Also a bunch of characters turned up and demanded to be worked into the series. Oh, and I got an idea for a sequel to the series involving Sleeping Beauty 😛 Depending on how quickly I write, I might end up writing that for NaNo rather than Raven Call (book 2)

Now onto the lists:

Things I Watched

  

We finally finished the first season of Once Upon a Time, and it was amazing. One of the best TV shows I’ve seen in my life. What was with that ending though? You can’t end a season like that! Well, maybe you can, but it’s still annoying. We’re still debating whether or not to watch season two though. Apparently it’s a fifteen, so my brother probably won’t be able to watch it whether we do or not.

I actually watched The Battle of the Five Armies in April, but I forgot to include it in my wrap up post. Sadly I found it pretty mediocre. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and some of the action was rather unrealistic. And that bit on the ice was so cliche! D:<

Lastly, I watched Star Trek Into Darkness with my dad just because we felt like it. It was pretty flipping awesome, though I’m still slightly confused about a couple of things. Maybe it’s just because I was tired.

Things I Read

MLP Comics

Books read in MayI actually managed to read a fair bit this month. Not quite as much as I would have liked, but it’s an improvement on the last three months.

I discovered the My Little Pony Comics early on in May, and they are awesome. Some have a fair amount of plot holes or are badly explained, but for the most part they’re pretty good. They’re also stuffed with references to just about everything, which is cool. A few I’ve noticed are references to Doctor Who, Marvel, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Disney. My favourite comic(s) so far has been the Nightmare Rarity arc.

Book wise, I managed to get The New Recruit for free on kindle, and it’s pretty good and quite cleverly done.

I got Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 0.5) for my birthday. It’s quite different from the other books in the series, since it’s entirely from Levanna’s point of view. As a result it gets rather dark at times, but not too much so. I would highly recommend reading it after Cress, as it explains a fair amount of things mentioned in the other books. The first few chapters from Winter, included in the back, were a nice way to keep myself alive till November.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about SplinteredIt was a good book, but it wasn’t really my sort of thing. I might not bother with the rest of the trilogy.

The Princess Bride is a book I’ve heard quoted and referenced so many times I thought I’d better read it, and it was a very fun read.

I bought Heist Society on a whim really. I’ve read a couple of Ally Carter’s books before, and this one sounded like fun. It was as good as I expected (if not better), and I have no regrets in buying it.

Blog Stuff

My Most Popular Posts in May

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Siblings

Beautiful People and Fiction Friday: Gwen

My Favourite Posts On Other Blogs

Cait @ Paper Fury celebrated her 4th Blogversary

Annika @ Writer and Proud posted about the difference between villains and antagonists

Dreaming Hobbit gave 4 reasons to write fan fiction

Ashlee Willis revealed the cover for A Wish made of Glass

and Stori Tori talked about Writing Lessons from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Things to look Forwards to in June

The 100th episode of My Little Pony airs next Saturday, and it looks like it’s going to be awesome.

Go Teen Writers is planning a Summer Challenge that starts on the 8th

I can’t really think of anything else happening in June.

What did you do in May? Do you have anything fun planned for June?

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