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Infinity Dreams Award and Curious Wren Bookish Tag

I have two tags to do today (one’s referred to as an award but it’s more like a tag).

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First, I mentioned in my last post that a new blog, Curious Wren, has opened, and among other things is hosting a tag to celebrate. The questions for this one:

1. What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?

The last book I read as of starting to write this post was The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, and yes I’d totally recommend it. Read the 9 books that come before it though!

2. Describe the perfect reading spot.

There are so many different ways it’s impossible to just choose one perfect one. A couple of nice ideas I’ve seen:

up a tree can be a surprisingly nice place as well, if you can get comfortable enough. (Why yes, I have read books up trees on multiple occasions)

3. Favorite book beverage? Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? Tears of your readers?

Tea, if anything. I haven’t drunk much tea in a while but I do like it.

4. Share favorite quotes from four books.

A tragic event occurred last Tuesday. Mrs. James Frewen came to tea and there was no pie in the house. Felicity has not yet fully recovered. – The Golden Road by L M Montgomery

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder. – Cress by Marrisa Meyer

“A popular song?”
“Yes. One that the feeble-minded can remember the words of and those ignorant of music can whistle or sing.” – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L Frank Baum

I can’t think of a fourth quote that I can remember correctly.

5. What is your most loved fantasy read? Dystopia? Contemporary? Sci-fi? Classic?

Fantasy: The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Dystopia: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not so much the sequels though)

Contemporary: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

Sci-fi: The Lunar Chronicles by Marrissa Meyer

Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. List three authors you’ve collected the most books from.

Caroline Lawrence – 16 books

L Frank Baum – 16 books

Anne Digby – 11 books

7. What are your thoughts on magic in literature?

Depends on how it’s handled. If it’s witchcraft or something similar, I don’t like it unless it’s only used by villains and isn’t described in great detail. I’m usually fine with fairy tale type magic, or if the ‘magic’ is something innate or creator-given, like bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

8. What types of book covers capture your imagination most strongly? Feel free to include images.

I love almost all kinds of covers. Some of my favourite covers:

9. Mention the first book character that comes to mind. Elaborate on this.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. Perhaps because she was one of my first favourite book characters. I love Anne and her imaginative, quirky and flowery personality and way of speaking. I’ve read every Anne book there is and loved all of them.

10. Do you lend out your books? Or is that the equivalent to giving away your babies?

Although I’d never refer to my books as my babies, I won’t usually lend them out unless it’s to someone I know I can trust. I do have a couple of books I wouldn’t lend out under any circumstances, like my copy of Anne of Green Gables.

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This is the copy of Anne of Green Gables I have.

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Next, Write For the King tagged me for the Infinity Dreams Award. (My first time being officially tagged! 😀 ) Thank you!

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.

-Answer their 11 questions

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

The questions:

Who is your favorite villain (either the one whom most love to hate or the one whom you actually cheer for)?

Hmm… This is a hard one. Maybe Levanna from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s wonderfully evil, but everything she does has a reason. (not always a completely sane reason, but still a reason)

Do you have a favorite food, and what is it?

I don’t really have one favourite food. Chocolate’s always nice though.

So if you had to choose one element (fire, water, air, or earth), which one would you choose and why?

Water. I love rain, and the ocean, and swimming, and gahhh. *flails uselessly* Am I seriously fangirling about water? Oh well.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Not sure. I love Hungary for holidays, but I’m not sure I’d want to live there all year round.

Who is your favorite supporting character (movies, TV, or books)?

Darn it this is even harder than the villain question. There’s so many. I’ll just list some of the first that come to mind.

Jellal from Fairy Tail, Brother Juniper from the Mistmantle Chronicles, Marvel’s Hawkeye, Clancy from Ruby Redfort, and Regidor from the Dragon Keeper Chronicles.

What is one interesting or weird quirk about you?

I’m allergic to cut grass. My feet get swollen and itchy if I spend too long in recently mowed fields or lawns.

What is your favorite topic to learn about?

Art, I guess. I like to learn about pretty much anything though.

I think all of you write, so who is your favorite character that you have created?

I remember having difficulty with this one last time I did a tag like this. At the moment it’s probably Gwen or Caelan, for completely different reasons which I can’t be bothered to go into now.

If you could bring one person from the past to the present, whom would you bring?

I don’t know. The first person that comes to mind is Arthur Conan Doyle, but I think he’d mostly just be irritated. (apparently he once said he’d be disappointed if the only thing he was remembered for was Sherlock Holmes, and to be honest I have no idea what else he did or wrote XD)

You can jump into any one fictional world. Which one would you choose?

Equestria. (the world where My Little Pony is set, for those of you who don’t know) Probably not most people’s first choices, but it’s such a gorgeous, peaceful world and it would be lovely to visit.

What is your favorite drink?

Hot chocolate, generally speaking.

I can’t think of eleven people to tag who I know hasn’t done it before, so I tag anyone who feels like doing it. I’ll leave the same questions I did for the Liebster Award since no one grabbed it and I don’t have time to make new ones:

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

2. What was the last movie you watched?

3. Do you have a favourite super hero, and if so, who?

4. Tea or coffee? (or neither?)

5. What’s the weirdest fact you’ve learnt while researching something (for writing, school, whatever)?

6. What’s your favourite ever book/book series?

7. Are you in any fandoms, and if so, which ones?

8. What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

9. Author you’ve read the most of?

10. Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

11. What was (or is) your favourite children’s show?

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Books Since 2012

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Yes, it’s a day late. Again. I really need to get more organized. Anyway, this week I will be listing my absolute favorite books/series that I read for the first time in the last three years. I can’t usually remember exactly when I read a book unless it was recently, so I might accidentally cheat. Now, on to the list!

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These books are so Amazing! If you haven’t read them, go and read them now.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. The Mistmantle Chronicles is one of the best series I have ever read. This book was a fantastic close to the series. I wish there were more, but it’s probably for the best she stopped where she did or things might have gotten a little tedious (as super long series usually do)

3. Catch Your Death by Lauren Child. The fact that I read this book two and a half times in a row speaks for itself, I think. Best book in the series so far, in my opinion.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This series. Probably the most fun I’ve gotten out of a series in a while. 😀

5. The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum. This series makes me so happy. 🙂 It’s innocent, funny and really quite cleverly done. I don’t even mind the inconsistencies, since the reason for it is that he sometimes changed things so his readers would enjoy it more.

6. The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul. This was a lovely fantasy series. I read them super-duper fast, despite having to buy every single one to read them. The characters are fantastic, although the plot is somewhat forgettable. (maybe that’s just because I read them so fast though)

7. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. Another one I read several times in a row. This book was awesome! Although it seemed less like a series finale and more like the opening for a spin-off series, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

8. Jo’s Boys by Lousia May Alcott. (there weren’t any nice covers for this one) I’ve enjoyed pretty much any book by Louisa May Alcott, and this was a lovely conclusion to the Little Women series. I liked it about as much as the first one, and that’s saying a lot 🙂

9. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This series was amazing. Although the ending was too depressing in my opinion 😦

10. The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. My dad read me this series before we watched the films together, and they were amazing. By the way, if you find it hard to get through reading them, I highly recommend listening to them instead. I find it’s much easier to get through that way.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read in 2014

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this time it’s the Top Ten books I read in 2014. It was hard to put these into order, but I did it! I’ve only included books I read for the first time this year. As usual the cover image will link to the book’s Goodreads page.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was the first dystopian I read, as well as being the first YA I read, and I must say I couldn’t have found a better entrance. (as far as I know anyway) Very, very awesome book.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. I love this series to pieces, and this was pretty much the best ending it could possibly have. Although it’s sad to have to leave Mistmantle behind, it did have to end eventually and this was an excellent final chapter. *bittersweet sigh*

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Books two and three of the same series come in at about the same place, but I think this one’s still my favourite so far. I’ve already made my feelings concerning this series quite clear. If you weren’t around then go over here.

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. As a series finale, this could have done better. But as a book, I think it’s awesome. So much so that I actually read it two and a half times in a row.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was every bit as awesome as I expected, and I had pretty high expectations.

6. DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. This whole series was awesome, (the characters are the best) and I think this was my favourite. For one thing it introduces Regidor, Toopka and Bardon, all of which I love. The series is a must for lovers of Christian Fantasy.

7. Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan. The best part of this book was the Rangers Apprentice references. Not to say that the book itself isn’t amazing, which it is. Best of the series I’ve read so far.

8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

9. Emma by Jane Austen. This was the… second Austen I read I think. The first being Pride and Prejudice. Not sure which one of her books to try next. Any suggestions?

10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This series is really quite a commendable fantasy. I still like the first one best. The others have a little too much politics for me to handle. Still good though.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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This week’s Top Ten is about authors I read for the first time in 2014. This time the images will link to the relevant author page on goodreads/author website rather than a book. The books in brackets after the name are ones I’ve read. (I can’t be bothered to list all their books XD)

1. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles). So, so addicted to the Lunar Chronicles at the moment (I need Scarlet! Hopefully I’ll get it for Christmas :D)

2. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson books) Almost equally obsessed with Percy Jackson.

3. Cornelia Funke (InkHeart trilogy) Inkheart is just awesome.

4. Donita K. Paul (Dragon Keeper Chronicles)

5. Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle)

6. Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of This Book is Secret and it’s sequels) This is seriously the only author image I could get for this guy. He’s very secretive XD

7. Bethany Canaan (What Thou Need’st) Bethany only has one novella out at the moment, What Thou Need’st, which you can get hold of for $1.99 here. It’s good 😀 Please do check her out, I know she’ll appreciate it a lot. 🙂 (For those of you wondering, I know her off another site)

8. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) Okay, so technically Suzanne shouldn’t be on this list since I’ve only read about three chapters of The Hunger Games as yet (and that was actually the preview on Amazon). But those three chapters are awesome enough for her to make it here anyway.

9. Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) again, I haven’t actually finished Jane Eyre, but I’m running out of authors so there we go.

10. Micheal Buckley (The Fairytale Detectives)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

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So, this week’s list is of the top ten books I’m planning on reading this Winter. Not sure there are ten but we’ll see. As usual if you click on the book cover it’ll link you to the goodreads page for the book. So:

1. Feel the Fear by Lauren Child. Like I said last week, I’ve been with this series since the beginning and I can’t wait to read this one. 😀

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I promise this list will not be made entirely of my sequels list from last time. I really need to read this book though. As soon as possible.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I’d like to read this one as soon as possible after reading Scarlet. That’s pretty much all I have to say concerning this book.

4. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (wow that’s a long title.) See I told you this wasn’t all going to be from my sequels list. My best friend has been begging me and begging me to read this series and for some reason I kept putting it off. But I finally read The Lighting Thief the other day and I loved it. I already said how much I love fairytales, and I’m just as obsessed with Greek Mythology. This series is just epic. Wait a sec, I’ve raved about this long enough. Let’s just say I really want to read this book. Moving on…

5. Any book by Melanie Dickerson (excluding The Healer’s Apprentice cause I’m squeamish). This is what’s going on my Christmas wishlist so this is what I’m putting here. The only reason I chose The Captive Maiden to represent this is because I adore the cover. (seriously, Look at that dress!) Like I already said I love fairy tales. And fairy tale retellings are awesome.

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve been eyeing this one cautiously for some time now, and recently my sister watched in school for English class. She loved it, and now she refuses to give me a moment’s peace until I’ve either watched the film or read the book. So there we go. (not that I mind. I would’ve read it anyway :))

7. Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan. The casts of Brotherband and Rangers Apprentice team up and go to Arrida. (note: I spelled this wrong last time. sorry.) Awesomeness ensues. That’s basically what this book looks like it’s going to be. I am excited. 😀 😀 😀

8. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. So this was mentioned by various people over at the NaNoWriMo website and it sounded interesting, so I’m giving it a go. I could only get hold of it on CD though.

9. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve. Um yeah. What can I say. I actually have no idea where the plot’s supposed to be heading for this book, but whatever.

10. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.

Well, I did reach 10 after all. So yeah. Oh by the way, I finished the first draft of Dark of War. It’s insanely short though. And the plot is waaaaay to straight forward. But there we are. It shall be edited! In January.

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