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WWW Wednesday #12 (9/30/15)

WWW Wednesday

Well it’s been two weeks since my last WWW. Since then my temp position ended, I’ve had an Upper Respiratory infection, I had (imo) a successful interview, I went to the Field Musuem, and I haven’t gotten much reading done unfortunately. The sinus headaches I’ve been having make it almost impossible to read for any length of time. Anyway, hopefully the coming weeks and month will be better. We’ll see since I’m getting my wisdom teeth taken out on Friday.

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was originally hosted on Should Be Reading. To do the meme answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

I really enjoy reading a lot of books at once. I like being able to switch between genres so I don’t get bored of anything too quickly. However I can’t seem to be able to do that recently so I’m just reading two this week.

So originally I got Blameless by Gail Carriger from my library as an ebook but Axis 360 is one of the most useless apps I’ve ever encountered. So I put a hold on a physical copy at my library which I’m now reading.

I’m halfway through rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’m going to reread this whole series and I’m really glad I’ve decided to. It’s been so long since I was able to reread them and I always learn so much when I do.

What did you recently finish?

Since my last WWW Wednesday, I’ve finished 5 books. Which is much better than my last one two weeks ago. Though I did read the two books by Maureen Johnson last night in one 6 hour sitting. They were amazing and once I finished the first book there was no denying me the second since I had it on hand and ready to read.

What do you plan on reading?

I currently have A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas checked out from the library, so I need to read that. I also want to get to Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge soon and I need to start my Lunar Chronicles reread so I’m refreshed on the story before Winter comes out. I’m also going to continue with my Harry Potter reread.

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Book Haul

September 2015 Book Haul~

I KNOW I was supposed to be on a book buying ban. But I definitely did much better with buying books compared to July and August. This month I bought 8 books. Almost all of which are helping to complete series I already own so it’s a win-win situation because I would have had to have bought them before anyway. (is it obvious I’m making excuses???)


Afterword Books!

When I found out my temp position was ending two weeks earlier than originally planned, I decided I needed a pick-me-up which is why I went to my favorite indie bookshop in Chicago. Shopping always makes me feel better. I gave myself the limit of only buying 4 books and I stuck to that limit.

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – GoodreadsReview
  • Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – Goodreads
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – Goodreads
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – Goodreads
Barnes and Noble!!

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As a going away gift, my boss got all my coworkers to sign this really sweet card that may or may not have made me tear up and also got me a Barnes and Noble gift card. I used this gift card well I think to help complete my Throne of Glass series. I would have bought Queen of Shadows too but the paperback isn’t out yet.

  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – Goodreads
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – Goodreads
Half Price Books!!!

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I went to Half Price to sell a few books and as anyone who’s been there knows, there was no way I was actually going to come away not spending money. That’s probably why they ask you to stick around while they sort through the books. Still I used this time spent (and the whole $5 I earned from my books) to help complete my Ender’s Game series. I still need quite a few books but I’m happy for now.

  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card – Goodreads
  • Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card – Goodreads

Over all I think I did pretty well with only buying books I meant to to help complete series already started in my collection.


Do you have an September Book Haul? Post a link in the comments and I’ll go check it out! 

2015 release, book releases

Top 5 October 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

There are a lot of books I’m excited for this coming month. I just wish I had the money to buy them and that books released in paperback as well as hardcover when they are first published. Alas, the plight of preferring paperbacks.

#5 The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

Thoughts:

I keep seeing good reviews of this from people who received ARCs for it. And aside from that, I think everyone is fascinated by the “not” chosen one. There are so many books with people who are destined to change things that I think the demand for books like this is higher.

#4 What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

Expected Publication: October 27th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all.

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

Thoughts:

The instant I read the summary for this book I was hooked. We need more books that give this kind of diversity to sexuality and I’m super excited to see how the author handles it. Also this cover is gorgeous.

#3 The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Thoughts:

I am grossly behind in all of Riordan’s series aside from the original Percy Jackson series, never the less, it doesn’t lessen my excitement for this new series. I’ve already heard some amazing things about it and I can’t wait to see what he does.

#2 Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.

Thoughts:

My love for fairytale retellings is pretty obvious which is why my excitement for this novel isn’t surprising. I’m super excited to see how Lewis will adapt this story to the setting.

#1 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Expected Publication: October 20th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes..

Thoughts: 
I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS. It sounds so interesting. I’m hoping it will be a breath of fresh air.

new adult, romance

Book Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Small update about me: Thanks for all the well wishes! I’m feeling much better and to help make up for not posting anything this past week I’m publishing this today. The regular update schedule will be back next week. 😀

Title: Imperfect Chemistry
Author: Mary Frame
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Length: 198, Kindle Book
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Rating: 4.5

Blurb:
Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

Review:
I LOVED this book. I heard of it because of Duchess at Duchess Reading and I’m so glad I read her review on it. It was such a light and easy read.

Lucy was such an interesting character. I loved how logical she was about falling in love. I also love how she made friends. She was super intriguing to read. My only qualm is that her character kind of changed toward the end and I think it may have been a bit too big of a leap.

Freya is an amazing side character along with the slew of friends she brings with her. Jensen was a mystery, which was both a good and bad thing. I think he went from mysterious to open book way too quickly.

As for a new adult novel, it didn’t get nearly as graphic as I was sort of expecting. It was refreshing since the romance seemed to be less about physical attraction and more about attraction to the other’s personality.

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Small personal update

Hey everyone. I just wanted to update and tell you all that I might not post for a few days. I ended up having to go to the ER this morning. Twas not fun. Anyway, it’s just an upper respiratory infection but I don’t have the energy to do much. I’ve also run out of my queued posts. Hopefully, I’ll be back to posting Mon-Fri soon. But I don’t want to publish bad posts because I have a foggy brain from being sick.

Fantasy, new adult

Book Review: The Source by J.D. Horn

Hey everyone! This post is officially post 100 on this blog. How awesome is that?? I can’t believe I’ve made 100 posts. This blog was started May 4th, 2015 and in only 4 and a half months I put out 100 posts. Onto the book review!

Title: The Source (Savannah Witching #2)
Author: J.D. Horn
Publisher: 47North
Length: 352, Kindle Book
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 2.5 Folded Pages

To see my review of The Line (Savannah Witching #1) click here.

Blurb:
Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city’s Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages…when they’re not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces.

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

But when Mercy’s long-presumed-dead mother suddenly returns, begging Mercy to keep her presence under wraps, the witch wonders how many secrets her family is hiding…and who she can really trust. And when the danger around her intensifies to deadly levels, Mercy knows she must discover the truth behind her family’s magic—before it destroys her.

Review:
Unfortunately, this novel suffered from sequel syndrome badly! It wasn’t nearly as interesting and well written as The Line. The characters were different than in the original and the plot seemed like a bit of a stretch.

Speaking of the characters, Mercy was SO annoying. I really enjoyed her character in the first book but in this sequel she was flaky at best and downright contradictory of herself in the worst moments. The side characters seemed to have changed personalities as well though not nearly as much as Mercy.

The plot wasn’t paced well. I felt like a lot of nothing happened for a big part of the book. I still enjoyed the majority of the book because Mercy was herself here and there and Mother Jilo was still hilarious. The ending was also well done but it definitely wasn’t as good as The Line and I almost feel like this series would have been better off if The Line was a stand alone.

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Fun Fact Friday [6]

fun fact friday

This series occurs every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!! Or just answer in the comments. 🙂


This week’s Fun Fact: I’m really superstitious about selective things.

I think everyone has their own weird things that they follow for no reason. Mine tend to err on the superstitious side. But I only follow certain ones. Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head:

  • Opening an umbrella indoors (My luck is bad enough as it is. I won’t do anything to worsen it)
  • Being around a mirror in the complete dark (IE Bloody Mary *shivers* too many day camp situations to make me want to even attempt being in a pitch black room with a mirror)
  • Putting any part of my body over the edge of my bed (something or someone will inevitably grab me. No thank)
  • I have to have one dream catcher by the head of my bed and one by the window. (My grandfather said that in order for the bad dream to go away you have to have a way for it to get out of the window so this is the perfect set up.)
  • Going along with the above, I believe (pretty heavily) in the meaning of dreams/dream symbols. I swear my dreams have told me to break up with boyfriends when the relationship wasn’t healthy among other things.
  • Knocking on wood/jinxing things (if I have high hopes for something and voice those hopes I have to knock on wood.)
  • I check my horoscope pretty religiously and most times it’s pretty accurate. I known its vague and too broad to really mean anything but it makes me feel better when it predicts good things.

On top of this superstitions (and I feel within in same train of thought), are the few religious beliefs I cling to. I consider myself atheist. But there are a few things from varied religions that I do tend to follow. The biggest being Karma. I try not to bring bad karma my way and to comfort myself when people are being rude I say they have bad karma heading toward them.

I also ALWAYS say god bless you when someone sneezes. I understand that it’s not everyone’s religion. And the superstition it stems from is old and most don’t believe it, but I find it impolite to not say it. I wish there was some other phrase I could say that would help because I have qualms with saying god bless you automatically since not everyone believe in god and I certainly don’t.

These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head but I’m sure there’s more. For some reason, I can be highly superstitious even though I know it doesn’t really matter. Still I guess holding onto these things helps people feel better.


Do you have any weird superstitions or beliefs that you follow for no apparent reason? 

Fantasy, romance, steampunk

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Title: Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Length: 432, Paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

Blurb:
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Review:
This book made me so incredibly angry. So angry in fact that after finishing this book at about 9:30 at night I couldn’t sleep. I dozed but woke up still super angry and unable to get back to sleep. I had to spoil the third novel in the series for myself just to get some shut eye. That’s how angry this book made me.

I won’t give any spoilers and the part that made me mad is such a shock that even though it made me incredibly angry my anger shouldn’t give an a hint as to happened. That being said, I do suggest NOT reading the blurb to Blameless unless you’ve finished Changeless because the blurb contains said angering thing.

Aside from being incredibly angry at this book I enjoyed the plot. I like the changed dynamic between characters that will go unnamed and even the character development of Alexia and other characters was amazing.

I do think this novel was a lot slower paced which is part of the reason this book didn’t get 5 folded pages. (Did I mention how incredibly angry I am??) I felt like the main action of this novel didn’t nearly equal that of Soulless and I’m saddened by it. I did still enjoy reading it though and aside from the incredibly angering part felt it was a good, solid sequel.

I’ve already ordered the ebook of Blameless from my library’s overdrive because I honestly can’t wait until I’m able to buy the paperbacks or for my library to order a physical copy from another in the system.

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WWW Wednesday #11 (9/16/15)

WWW Wednesday

It’s officially my last week at my current job. 😦 I mean, I am just a temp right now so I knew this would happen but the amount of anxiety I have because I’ll be jobless again is crazy. CRAZY. Aside from that my week has been pretty good. I can’t really complain. Hopefully the few job opportunities I have will work out and if not hopefully my temp agency will have another position lined up for me quickly. *knock on wood*

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was originally hosted on Should Be Reading. To do the meme answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

This weeks it looks like I’m back to reading a million books at once. At least it feels that way but I seem to have a short attention span for books. Meaning I read 10 pages of one, 10 of another and so on. It works for me at least.

I’ve actually  gotten a little further withA Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I’m officially half way through it. Yay!  It’s probably going to take me until the end of the year to finish this tbh though. I’m such a mood reader and I’m rarely ever in the mood for non-fiction.

Because of how Changless ended, I immediately got Blameless by Gail Carriger from my library as an ebook. I’m about halfway through and I have some mixed thoughts on it. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve started the audiobook of The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard too. I’m only a few chapters in so I don’t have much to say about it.

I’m about halfway through Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, too. I have mixed feelings about it so far. We’ll see how it goes.

What did you recently finish?

This week I’ve managed only one book. ONE. How crazy is that??

What do you plan on reading?

Well hopefully I can finish the many books I’m working on. I also want to read Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood. I currently have it checked out as an ebook from the library so I don’t want to lose it. I think I might also pick up Forever Odd by Dean Koontz. We’ll see.

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Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Tag!

Back with another tag!! I can’t say enough how much being tagged in things means to me. I love feeling like a true part of the book blogging community and being tagged does that. So a super big thanks to Rae at Bookmark Chronicles for tagging me in the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers! 😀

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten blogs

Questions sent to me:

  1. One thing that you cannot live without?
    1. Honestly, I don’t think I could live without my laptop. I’m not on it quite as much as I used to be. But even without internet I love my laptop.
  2. Favorite meal?
    1. This is tough for me. I don’t really have a favorite. But if I had to choose one thing I could eat 5ever, it’s french toast. Like good french toast made with cinnamon and vanilla in the batter. There’s just something about it that will never get old with me.
  3. What do you typically eat for breakfast?
    1. Cinnamon bunches of oats in vanilla almond milk.
  4. Book(s) that would make a good TV series?
    1. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
  5. Worst book you’ve ever read?
    1. Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall. You can click here for my review of it.
  6. Favorite seasonal beverage (hot cocoa, pumpkin spice, eggnog etc.)?
    1. Okay so I have a warm weather drink and a cold weather drink. Neither of which are really seasonal but they are to me. Warm weather I LOVE a good iced peach tea and I can’t last through Chicago’s rather harsh winter’s without several Earl Grey Tea Lattes (made with soy because it’s sweeter that way).
  7. What are you currently reading?
    1. I’m currently in the middle of 4 books. I just started The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard, I’ve been reading The Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson since the beginning of August, I’ve finally started Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, and the third book in the Savannah Witching Series called The Void by J.D. Horn.
  8. If you started another blog, what would it be about?
    1. I would say writing but I feel like I could make writing apart of this blog eventually so I’d have to go with Korean Pop Culture. Movies, Dramas, Music and everything in between.
  9. What’s your dream job?
    1. This is a loaded question. Because I kind of have two and I’d prefer to have both at the same time. I want to be a published author but I don’t want that to be my day job. I also want to be an editor for books. Weird I know. I love writing but I also want to help others make their books as amazing as possible! If I sell well enough, I’d obviously end up quitting my job as an editor, but I don’t really foresee that happening.
  10. If you could go anywhere in the world (all expenses paid) where would you go?
    1. I honestly haven’t given this much thought. There are a lot of places I want to go but if I could only choose one, I’d have to say South Korea. It’s the country I know the most about. I even have a pretty decent grasp of the language. I want to see Seoul and go sight seeing and eat traditional Korean food so I know how it tastes. I also want to try what they call pizza because I’ve heard horror stories and I need to see/taste for myself.

Questions for Nominees:

  1. What book could you reread over and over and never get sick of?
  2. What song is stuck in your head (or was recently stuck in your head)?
  3. What book series do you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
  4. Where is your favorite place to read?
  5. Would you rather be able to buy every book you didn’t want regardless of money or only be able to buy one book you really wanted per year (this is assuming libraries aren’t a thing)?
  6. Coffee or tea? (or some other beverage)
  7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  8. 3 things you love about yourself? (my previous stint into fitblr is showing here)
  9. How do you destress after a long day?
  10. Name a habit you have that you think is kind of weird.

Nominees:

  1. Sarah from Sarah’s Bookshelf
  2. Bianca from The Ultimate Fangirl
  3. Syc from The Lit Mermaid
  4. Elena from Elena Square Eyes
  5. Amber from Only True Magic
  6. Jenaca from Jenacidebybibliophile
  7. Darcy’s Book Blog
  8. Magic of Books
  9. Bradley from Hungover Fiction Lover
  10. Tori from Book Dreamer

Sorry if you’ve already done it! As always, feel free to ignore the nomination if you don’t feel like doing it or already have. 😀