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Book Tag: Let it Snow!!

This tag was very recently created by Nicole and Marija at LetsTalkBooks. And considering it is officially the day after Thanksgiving and I’ll no longer be chased by a mob for listening to Christmas music, I figured it was the perfect time!

1. What book gets you in the holiday spirit?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!! I try to read a Christmas book each December, and this one is my go-to if I can’t find a different one to read. If you haven’t read it, read it! If you don’t want to read it, watch it. Personally I say watch the Patrick Stewart version but whatever floats your boat.

2. It’s a blizzard outside and you’re snowed in, which character would you want to be stuck inside with?
The Sekoi from the Relic Master series. One, they’re giant kitties, but if I was stuck inside with one and said that, they’d probably bop me one. I chose this character in particular because of they’re mesmerizing storytelling abilities. They can literally grab a hold of your consciousness and plant you into a story as they tell it. What better way is there to pass the time?

3. You’re having a snow fight, which cold hearted character would you aim for first?
Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha. Though, I’d probably miss and he’d probably kill me. But whatevs. :”D

4. Which family would you like to spend the holidays with?
The Weasleys from Harry Potter. I feel like this would be the most welcoming, engaging family I could possibly spend time with. I feel like they’d welcome me in no questions asked.

5. Who would you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
I’m assuming I can’t pick my boyfriend, right? I have to pick a book character, right? Okay um… honestly, and this is terrible, but I can’t think of one. I haven’t read too much romance or contemporary romance, so there isn’t anyone that’s sticking out at me. The only ones that popped into my head was Evan from The 5th Wave or Soujiro from Rurouni Kenshin (purely for the ‘it would freak him the hell out’ reason), but even them I’m not too sure about. I don’t know, man. Recommend me some romances so I can get some fictional boyfriends, for I have none.

6. Which character was on the Naughty list, but made his/her way on to the nice list?
As much as he doesn’t want to admit it, Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. I can’t really go into why if you haven’t read it, but needless to say, he’s nice. He will just never ever admit it, the stubborn asshole.

7. You’re HOME ALONE, when two burglars come into your house. Which character would you want to help fight them off?
Again, I’m going to go with another Dragon Ball Z character. This time, Goku. I mean, he’s the all around good guy. He would definitely help me (and anyone else who needed it) and he’d definitely be strong enough to do so as well. :”D

8. The Hallmark channel is having a holiday movie marathon, what book has the cheeisest cover?
For this one, I’m choosing an entire series. I’m picking the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. The girl on the covers is supposed to be the girl in the books, but honestly, she totally isn’t. I mean, if I remember, the girl described herself as average, did she not? Does the girl on the cover look average to you?! Ugh, I just can’t. It’s so dramatic. Balsldjfs;eeelllwwuuhh (the books are decent though – check them out if you like Supernatural and a bit of cheese)

9. Spread the holiday love, who do you tag?
Considering I still don’t know anybody. You, again. You do this tag. o:<

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Posted by on 11/28/2014 in Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books over 500 pages

Today I’ll be doing my top 5 favorite books that were over 500 pages. This was created by gingerreadslainey on youtube. The full list of top 5 posters can be found here, if you’d like to read some more! I’m really excited about this one, because honestly, I’ve never read a book so big that I didn’t love. If I’m going to read something that long, then I’m going to love it. Otherwise I won’t put through the effort to finish it usually. So here we go, top five 500 page books!

Coming in at #5 is The Illiad by Homer. The copy I read was 683 pages. I must have read this book three or four times throughout my high school and college careers, and honestly at first I hated its’ guts. After reading it over and over again though I learned to enjoy it. I think I was just too young to appreciate the story the first couple times through. I connected more with the characters when I was reading it in college and it made me really like the story more. I think the reason it has stayed at 3 stars though is because I’m not a fan of epic poem. It’s just difficult for me to read. Call me a whiner, but whatevs. If you’re looking into getting into classical mythology and haven’t read this one, I’d suggest starting here. (And then read the Odyssey!!)


My #4 choice is Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. 576 pages. I read this series a long time ago, so I don’t remember specifics of the plot, but I remember highly enjoying this book, particularly this one out of the three in the series. Rebel Angel is the second book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, which centers on a girl attending a boarding school and discovering a second, magical world while there, almost an occult-like realm. It has romance, comedy, drama, tragedy. I just remember really really liking it. If you’re interested in books like this, I definitely recommend checking this series out.


For #3, I picked The Host by Stephanie Meyer. It comes in at 620 pages. Compared to her Twilight series, I find this book soooo much better. As I’ve said in past posts, Twilight was definitely not my favorite. I feel like this book was a much stronger piece (and the movie adaption wasn’t terrible, I guess). The Host, if you haven’t read it, is about an alien species coming to Earth. This species is essentially a parasitic one, needing a host to survive. The story follows one of the last humans as she is infected by an alien (this all happens in like, first chapter, so no spoilers, promise) and what happens after that. If you were not a fan of Twilight (or even if you were) and you haven’t read this yet, I’d suggest doing so. You should be pleasantly surprised. The only thing I didn’t care for was the narration in the first couple chapters. It’s wonky. It changes soon after though, so if you can get through that, you can get through anything.


Three down, two to go. My #2 choice is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, which is 548 pages. I think I’d love to get my hands on an original German copy of this one, as I’m learning it and it should really help. And disclaimer: For anyone who saw the movie and didn’t read the book, the only ONLY part of the movie they got correct was Brendan Frasier. Everything else sucked monkeys. I think that this book is a book for book lovers. It is middle grade though, so watch out for that. I think I read it at the perfect time – I was 13 originally when I read it, so that’s why I love it so much. It’s sentimental for me. I also have Inkspell and Inkdeath, though I haven’t finished both of them. They’re on my long long list of stuff still to be read.If you have child who loves reading, have them read this. It’ll spark the love even more.


And finally, my number one choice is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, coming it at 560 pages. I have a strong feeling at least one Harry Potter book will make it to a lot of peoples’ Top 5s this week. I predict someone just doing a straight list of them too, huhuh. I think my reasonings for listing this book should be clear. Personally, it’s my favorite in the series, though nowhere near the longest. Go read Harry Potter, man.

 
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Posted by on 11/26/2014 in Books

 

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Winter is Coming Book Tag

Another tag, yay. I’m not reading fast enough to do reviews currently (boo finals), so tags it is. This tag was created by Katherine Barka on youtube. Again, was not tagged (I really need to start talking to people, man), but I’m doing it anyways :”D

1. Snow: It is beautiful when it first falls, but then it starts to melt. A book/book series that you loved at the beginning, but then, at the middle of it, you realized you don’t like it any longer.
For this one, I’m going to pick Twilight. Originally I thought it was pretty decent, probably 3 1/2 stars. As the books continued though, I liked it less and less. Breaking Dawn was one star for me. It felt like a fanfiction in my opinion (Don’t yell at me!) – everything that happened felt like Stephanie Meyer just went on a fan forum and picked ideas out from it. I don’t know. The quality I guess just dropped in that one. I couldn’t find the book believable (well, none of them are obviously, but this one is super non-believable.) So there’s that.

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2. Slowflake: Something beautiful and always different. Choose a book that stands out, that is different from all the other books you’ve read
My pick for this doesn’t exactly have a unique plot persay, but the way it presents it is pretty unique. I really liked it! The book of course is Horrorstör. This book got a three star rating from me – meaning I liked it. Like I said, plot is slightly cookie cutter, but the book itself is entrancing. It’s presented like a catalogue to the store where the plot takes place. It was very hard to not flip ahead to see the increasingly interesting advertisements for products at the beginning of each chapter. So if you want a unique read, go for this one.

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3. Snowman: It is always fun to make one with your family. Choose a book that a whole family could read.
I don’t think I can answer this question completely, unfortunately. My sister doesn’t read, aside from comics. My mother only reads fiction, my father only nonfiction. I kinda read a bit of all that. So I can’t really pick a book that would fall into the catagory of something they’d all read. -_- Lamesauce.

If we’re talking about families in general, Harry Potter. Harry Potter Harry Potter Harry Potter.

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4. Christmas: Choose a book that is full of happiness, that made you warm inside after reading it
For this one, I’m going to choose A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and this one I obviously read specifically around Christmas, so it doubles the warm fuzzies. :”D (also, the version of the film that Patrick Stewart plays Scrooge, go watch it. Patrick Stewaaaaart)

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5. Santa Claus: He brings wonderful presents. Choose a book that you’d like to get for Christmas
I would really really REALLY like to get S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. I actually asked for this one, so hopefully someone will be so kind as to pick it as a gift for me. I’ll hug them forever. If I get this one, I have a feeling it’ll replace my selection for the ‘Snowflake’ question, just because of its presentation.

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6. Snow bowling: It can be painful to be hit by a snowball. Choose a book that hurt, that made you feel some strong emotion, like sadness, or anger.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It hit us all. That’s all I’m saying.

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7. Sledding: We all loved it when we were younger. Choose a book that you loved when you were a child.
Already mentioned Harry Potter, so… Ella Enchanted! I read this book so many times, I could probably quote it. I love it and will read it to my future children. It’s a retelling of a fairy tail, has a good main character, is easy to read for kids, I just love it.

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8. Frostbite: Choose a book that you were really disappointed in.
Hah, for this one I’m going to choose a nonfiction book. Last summer, I decided to teach myself programming and figured I’d start with Java. I bought Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies and was highly disappointed that while it explained concepts well enough, there was no practice opportunities! How am I supposed to learn to program if there isn’t any practice? I felt like I was reading an encyclopedia.

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9. Reindeer: Something that is dear to us. Choose a book that is of great sentimental value to you.
Going with the Christmas theme, I’m going with Santa and Pete. I don’t remember where I got this from, probably my mother or grandmother. The reason it’s so special to me is because one Christmas when I was really little, my mother read this to me over the span of the week before Christmas, and I’ve tried to read it again in December every few years since then. I think I’d cry if I ever lost it.

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Tada, tag number three done.

 
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Posted by on 11/25/2014 in Books

 

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Reader Problems tag

Tag #2, hoo-ha.

This one was originally created by About to Read on youtube. I was not tagged, but whatevs. I’m gonna do it anyways (as usual).

So here we go!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I feel like I have this problem. My TBR pile is astronomical. What I do is pretend I’m in a bookstore (lame I realize) and look through the books like they’re brand new to me, not like they’ve been sitting on my shelf for two years or more. It lets me get re-excited about them. And then from there, I just go with whatever sounds most appealing (ie: What I would ‘buy’ at that time had they all been new)
This sometimes backfires though because I’ll ‘rebuy’ multiple books during this process, making a mini-tbr pile inside my big one. It’s all goofy.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
It depends on the book. If I hate it, I’ll quit. If I’m even somewhat invested in something or other, I’ll try to keep going. I have this thing that if I’ve spent money on a book, I’m going to read it, dammit. It’s a lot easier to give up on library books or borrowed ones. I don’t lose out on money that way. That’s probably a terrible code to go by, but whatever.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I get super hyped about it… for a bit. But then the internet distracts me. Honestly that’s probably the biggest challenge to me reading. The internet. Ugh. Most of the time I can finish, because my goals are never huge, but when I need to rush at the end, the internet is my hindrance because I have no self-discipline.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Nobody really. If I don’t like a book, I tend to not talk about it period unless directly asked my opinion. (I tend to do that with a lot of issues, books aside). If I feel particularly vindictive about a book one day, I’m sure I could find people on the internet to revel in my hate with me. :”D

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
If it’s the the point where I can feel the tears coming, I probably won’t be able to stop myself from crying in time, so I just close the book and turn away from as many people as possible while rubbing my face vigorously with my sleeve until it’s all red so nobody can tell it’s just my eyes that are red. That’s not weird, right.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
Re-read it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
“I’d really rather not. I’ve had too many books to missing or get destroyed. Nothing personal, promise”. I use that a lot. Most people don’t get butthurt over it, (but then again, I only use it on certain books. I’m usually good with lending books, but I require them to sign a paper saying they have it. THAT is how I’ve lost so many books. I couldn’t remember who they went to. :P)

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Either Harry Potter, Rurouni Kenshin or Inuyasha. They always pull me in.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Honestly probably none. I’m too super broke. I’ll just pine for them over the internet until Christmas or my birthday or something like that.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
It depends on how many I get at once and how many I’m already reading, on the rare occasion I get books. If I just get one, I’ll probably read it very quickly. But if I get a lot at once or am already reading a lot of books, I won’t get to it for a while. I feel like I’m telling my already-reading books “Buh I like book more than you, it’s specialer” and I don’t want to hurt my books’ imaginary feelings, soo…

That’s the tag! :”D

 
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Posted by on 11/23/2014 in Books

 

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Completed Series 2014

Hello! I thought I would do a complete series post. These are series that I’ve completed since I started reading (well, since I started making a point to remember and keep books that I’ve read. I’m sure there are a bunch from when I was little that I have no idea about anymore, so those will not be here). At some point, I’ll do an uncompleted series post, but as of right now that’s a bit ambitious for me, hah. The list might get a bit lengthy so all I’m going to do is post a goodreads link to the first page, the number of books in the series then give my personal rating of the series as a whole.

So here we go!

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1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling (7 books)

—–5 stars

2. The Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher (2 books)

—–5 stars

3. The Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher (4 books)

—–4.5 stars

4. The Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell (3 books)

—–4 stars

5. The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

—–4.5 stars

6. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

—–4 stars

7. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

—–4 stars

8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan

—–4 stars

9. Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki (23 books)

—–4 stars

10. Bitter Virgin by Kusonoki Kei (4 books)

—–5 stars

11. Diabolo by Kusonoki Kei and Kaoru Ohashi (3 books)

—–5 stars

12. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba (12 books)

—–5 stars

13. Fullmetal Alchemist by Arakawa Hiromu (27 books)

—–5 stars

14. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Waksuki (28 books)

—–5 stars

15. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

—–3.5 stars

16. Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (4 books)

—–2 stars

And I thiiiiiink that’s it. I think.

 
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Posted by on 11/22/2014 in Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Rebellion Groups

And now it’s time to try a Top 5 Wednesday post! This week is Top 5 Rebellion Groups. This was created by gingerreadslainey on youtube (who I highly suggest checking out – her videos are always so fun :”D). Here is where you can read everyone else’s Top 5s if you’d like.

So here we go~

…Honestly, for my first Top 5, I don’t even have 5. I have 4. I haven’t read enough ‘rebellion group’ stories to make five. Seriously I need to get out more. (or stay in more, rather). But whatevs! Top (4) Rebellion groups!

4. The Rebels of District 13 from The Hunger Games
This is the first one that popped up for me (and seems to be in a lot of other peoples’ too!) but it’s definitely not my top favorite. I really like this rebel group and the idea of it, but the reason it’s at the bottom of the list is because of my rating of Mocking Jay. I rated it three stars. I liked it, but it was definitely my least favorite out of the three, so… number 4 slot this group gets.

3. The Japanese task force from Death Note
This group is one of the rebel groups that’s actually a normal authority, and are rebelling against a “New World Order” or whateverthehell Light was trying to set up. The reason I love this group is rather obvious: L. L is wonderful – he’s one of my favorite characters in the series (the other being Ryuk, hah) and I always loved reading his thoughts. It made me feel smarter than I am certain I really am. If you haven’t read Death Notes, go do it man.

2. The Order from The Relic Master series
The Order in this series are rebelling against The Watch, a tyrannical system of… government? I guess? The Order of those who still believe in the old mysticism of the world, which The Watch outlawed when they took power. Any people who are found following the Order’s beliefs are killed or disappear. The main characters in this series are two of the few remaining members of the order. One is a Relic Master, the other is his apprentice – a Relic Master is one who can channel into the planet’s innate power and control it at will, a strong belief of the Order. So obviously, they are wanted by the Watch. The intricacies of The Order’s belief system become more and more complex as the books continue, making it one of my favorites.

1. Dumbledore’s Army from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This one is a given, I think. If you haven’t read Harry Potter… prepare to be spoiled, I guess? Yes, prepare to be spoiled!

Dumbledore’s Army is started by Harry reluctantly as a response to a professor’s utter pigheadedness and denial. I love this group so much because when I was reading about it, I wanted to be in it (I want to be in all of Harry Potter, but that’s besides the point). I was in my late teens when I read this book, so I was at their age, give or take, so I felt like I could relate to their cause because at the time, my math teacher was a bit of a butt. I would have given anything to shoot a patronus at her, hah.

So there’s my Top 5(4) for this week! I had fun. Let me know what yours are!

 
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Posted by on 11/19/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag

Hello! It’s time for me to try a book tag. I’d like to do these once I get to making videos, so I want to try one now and see how it pans out.

This tag was created by Sam at Novels and Nonsense on youtube. Nobody tagged me, but whatevs. I’m gonna do it anyways! So here we go!

1. Crunchy Leaves: The World is full of color – choose a book that has reds/yellows/oranges on the cover
For this one, I’m going to choose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you haven’t read this yet, where have you been. Go read it! You’re missing out on such a wonderful series, so much pop culture, so much well, childhood. You’re missing out on your own childhood and you don’t even realize it. GO READ IT!

2. Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?
This one is super easy. This is a book I read over and over and oooover again when I was a preteen into my late teenage years. I still occasionally pick it up and leaf through it. This is one I’m going to read to my kids whenever I have them. It’s Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I just get this warm feeling of ‘Ah, I’m home’ whenever I read this book. I can’t explain it. It’s as much a part of my growing up years as Harry Potter is, I think.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day
I don’t really have anything specific I’d like to read during a storm, but I feel like any book that has a bit of weight to it will be good. Wrapped up in a blanket, fuzzy socks, coffee, and a heavy book that won’t let me get up for ages. Yes, yes yes.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
I think I’d like to trade places with Laurence from The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, at during the first book. Honestly, not even specifically him. I’d just like to be in a world where I’m trained with a team to lead dragons into tactical aerial combat. I love this series, I want a dragon. Naomi Novik did her research, man.

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?
Maybe I missed the hype on it, but I don’t recall hearing about this series from anyone… at all. Ever. Correct me if I’m wrong. But I’m going to say Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master series. I bought this on a whim at Ollie’s Bargain outlet when they had all four volumes in hardback for like two bucks each. I recognized the author since she also wrote Incarceron, which I loved and have heard a bit of buzz about here and there. I didn’t go into the series with much expectation, but wow was I blown away. I still think about it and have to ignore urges to reread it instead of reading all the other books I’m supposed to be reading. I would definitely love to see this turned into a tv series as well. The world in it is so full of wonder. I feel like I’m right in there with the characters, hiding from the Watch or invoking the powers of a Relic. Go read this if you want a YA fantasy series to cling onto for a bit. (Note – book one is a bit slow. World building happens. It picks up so fast though towards the end of it man, holy cow)

6. Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?
For this one, and I feel like it may be a bit of a cop-out, but I’m going to go with a manga. Specifically, volume 21 of Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

I don’t think I would have picked this one for this tag originally because honestly the cover isn’t bad or embarrassing or anything, but back when I was an impressionable, naive teenager, I was reading this specific volume in public when some lady saw the cover and like… covered her kid’s eyes and gave me this nasty look. Seriously. The kid was like eight, too. It took me a second to realize why she was doing it. I thought I had something on my face, but no, Kenshin is bloody on the cover. Guess who has not read Kenshin in public since! I’ve been scarred, hah.

If you like manga and have not read Rurouni Kenshin, I highly, highly HIGHLY suggest it. It’s about a swordsman in Meiji-era Japan who is trying to recover from his previous life as a manslayer during the Bakumatsu period. Basically a new form of government was trying to establish itself in Japan and the result was bloody war for years and years. The manga itself pulls a lot from the historical view points and the characters are inspired by actual revolutionists during that time.

Rurouni Kenshin is action-packed, funny, romantic, suspenseful… it’s one of my favorite manga of all time. I own all 28 volumes and I will take them with me to my grave. My grandchildren will read these, I swear it. Here is the synopsis for volume 1, to avoid spoilers from the one for volume 21, if you’re interested. You will laugh, you will cry, you will scream, it’s all just so wonderful.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?
Macaroni and cheese, stuffing, turkey, basically anything that has to do with Thanksgiving. (Macaroni and cheese can be eaten at thanksgiving, pbtbt). Thanksgiving I think is my second favorite holiday (first being Christmas) simply because of the food that’s there… and I suppose all the family and friends being around is really good too, but STUFFING.

8. Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth – Who do you tag?
Considering I don’t really know anybody yet… you. 😀 Also hi, nice to meet you.


So that’s it for my first tag! I had fun doing it. Let me know how I did 😀

 
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Posted by on 11/18/2014 in Books

 

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