Social Distance Book Fest Tag

Salutations Chapterlings! I mentioned this before in my Authors to Support during Self-Isolation article, but I am one of the many hard workers helping with the Social Distance Book Fest! There are so many incredible people coming together to put this together with Bethany from Beautifully Bookish Bethany spear-heading this whole entire event. If you haven’t checked out the event yet, make sure you check out all of our social media links; Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Now, without any further delays, let’s tackle this book tag and spill my answers for these amazing questions!

🌼 Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building 🌼

This is probably one of my most favorite books that has amazing world building! I remember when I was reading this book, I was constantly holding my breath and I swear, I could almost feel the atmosphere wrapping around me.

Every Heart A Doorway Review

🌼 Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent 🌼

Many romance books do this, but I could think of no better book! Not only does this book show positive consent between a man raised to treat women right and a widowed mother of three, but it also shows toxic masculinity and having a toxic person who uses misogynistic language to justify their actions, trying to shove their way into your life.

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) Review

🌼 So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers 🌼

I will tell you the exact thing that was told to me when I express interest when I wanted to start my channel. Let go of the fear and just do it! I could sit here and tell you a whole list of things like be consistent, talk to people, etc… but you shouldn’t let fear hold you back from starting something you want to do or love to do. I held back from making my channel, my blog, my bookstagram because I had this fear of being unaccepted, being made an outcast, people attacking me for sharing my opinions and my love for the things I love, being hated for being myself and I reached a point where I just did it. It was the most liberating thing I did. When I let go of that fear, when I allowed myself to breathe and allowed myself to be myself, I made a place for myself in the book community and I’m really proud of it. I have made so many wonderful friends in this community, have had so many opportunities, and that would have never happened if I never let go of the fear. Besides, the best way to learn and let people hear what you have to say is to just start. I think that’s the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to get started in the book community or branch out past their perch.

🌼 From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation 🌼

I kicked off the new year by reading The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum and what a book it is. I love this book with every fiber of my soul, my being, my whole heart and I’ll never be over it. There’s amazing lgbtqiap representation in this book and if I could, I would put this book in every person’s hands.

The Weight of the Stars Review

🌼 Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community 🌼

If we’re being honest, I haven’t read a lot of creepy books. I was originally going to state Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez, but then I started to remember what that book did to me and then I said, “Nope, not today Satan!” So I chose Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Not only is this book written by a female author, but there’s plenty of body horror and lgbtqiap representation within this book. It wasn’t necessarily a creepy read for me, however, it is classified as a ya horror novel.

Wilder Girls Review

🌼 Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist. 🌼

Let me just say this, I already love this book as a whole. However, my love for Ephyra in this book is an undying flame and what she chooses to do so she can save her sister, is my whole soul. She is a character who I still vividly remember after all this time since reading this arc in 2019. She is fierce, loyal, and would take any measure to protect the ones she loves.

There Will Come A Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) Review

🌼 Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation 🌼

Although I still need to reread Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, this author has a beautiful way of writing their books and bringing to life a story-line full of life. I think Anna-Marie McLemore is an author that deserves a little more boost for the worlds she creates. I’m currently hoping to pick up When the Moon was Ours soon!

🌼 Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group 🌼

I debated so hard on this and I think I’m going to include two answers to this question. For starters, the obvious choice for me was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I remember reading that book in middle school, watching the movie and absolutely loving it! Not to mention, this is a group of friends that would ‘ride or die’ for one another and that’s kind of my own policy with my friends and family. So it hits a special place in my heart!

The second recommendation I have is Pax by Sara Pennypacker. I haven’t heard many readers talk about this book in the book community. However, this is a book that is sure to give you The Fox and the Hound vibes. This is a book that left me in puddles of tears and this is a friendship that’s sure to make any reader appreciate their furry companions.

Pax Review

🌼 New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you can’t wait to get your hands on! 🌼

This is the absolute hardest thing to answer! I’m just going to send you to THIS ARTICLE!

🌼 From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller! 🌼

I just recently read The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! and fell absolutely in love with it! I mean, I always love The Adventure Zone, but this book has to be my favorite so far! I love a good murder mystery (probably why I love Clue so much) and this was so much fun, so intense, and an all around great time. If you’re a fan of adventure/mystery books, then you should pick these books up!

🌼 Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way. 🌼

Okay, I have two answers for this one as well! For starters, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker is fantastic. We see two young teens navigating how they feel about one another and the representation in this graphic novel is absolutely fantastic!

I also want to add the Check Please books to this mix because there’s so many positive moments of coming out to friends, falling in love and developing a relationship, and then in book two, there’s so many good moments as well. So I can’t just pick one, it has to be both books!

Check Please! Book One Review

Check Please! Book Two Review

🌼 Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc. 🌼

I have been reading so much this month and I’m honestly surprised. The first few months of 2020 felt like such a hard hit especially to my reading and now I’m reading so many books that I’m trying to catch up on reviews. But the thing that makes me so happy about all this, I’m enjoying reading and despite being sick with some type of flu, I have really been enjoying myself. I just feel really happy right now, in this moment and with the things I’m doing. Plus, I found the music video I have been trying to hunt down for months!

Okay, friends! Those are all the questions for the Social Distance Book Fest Tag! I hope you all enjoyed my answers and I hope you all are making plans to join in the fun on Saturday, April 25th, 2020! Let me know down in the comments below if you’re attending the Social Distance Book Fest or if you did the tag as well, let me know so I can check out your answers! I will also leave all the questions down below as well as Bethany’s tag video so youcan also participate in this wonderful tag! Until next time, I hope you enjoy all the bookish magic on Saturday, I love you! πŸ’•

🌼 Bethany’s Social Distance Book Fest Tag Video


1. Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building
2. Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent
3. So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers
4. From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation
5. Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community
6. Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist.
7. Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation 8. Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group
9. New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you can’t wait to get your hands on!
10. From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller!
11. Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way.
12. Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc.


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The Mystery Blogger Award II

Salutations once again! I recently got nominated for a second time for The Mystery Blogger Award by the one and only Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog! You can find my first article for this award right HERE as the questions and answers will be different this time around! I say this all the time, but let me tell you all again, Emer is one of my lovely friends, fellow blogger, and just a beautiful ray of light in the book community! Emer has amazing articles on her blog that are fun like The Bedtime Book Tag and more serious topics/discussions like The Relationship Between Reviewer and Author, either way I adore Emer with my whole heart and soul so please make sure you check out her blog!

❄️ What is The Mystery Blogger Award? ❄️

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

❄️ The Rules ❄️

❄️ Put the award logo/image on your blog.

❄️ List the rules.

❄️ Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

❄️ Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

❄️ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

❄️ You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.

❄️ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

❄️ Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.

❄️ Share a link to your best post(s).

Also, a huge thanks to Okoto from Okoto Enigma’s Blog for creating this award to bring light to wonderful bloggers!

❄️ Three Facts About Me ❄️

❄️ There are a few times that I mention this, but my mother provided new information for me and I wanted to do something that reflected my acknowledgement and appreciation for that information. I have this listed on all my social media and I have talked about my Native American heritage in a few posts. I always say very proudly that I am Apache and proud to be half Apache. However, the second week of December when I took a vacation, some of my family was visiting and I found out from my mother that I am also Cherokee on her side of the family. She had been tracing through our family tree and genetics (and still is) when she made this discovery. So I can now say that I am a proud Cherokee as well as Apache. And I say this all the time because I’m fully aware of my privilege compared to my family members who live on the reservations; even though I am very white passing I am very proud of my heritage, I am eternally grateful and blessed for the opportunities that I am given by living the life that I have, and (gosh I’m getting a bit emotional) I love my family and I’m extremely grateful that they remind me all the time how much they love me and that I don’t need to have darker skin for them to love me (because I agonize over this so much and so often), that they accept me just the way I am. This is a part of me that I’m very proud of, but it’s so bitter sweet at times as well. I like to keep my doors open and this is a part of me, a very soft and vulnerable part of me that agonize and love with an incredible force. And I really wanted to say this for the longest time and really honor the information my mother passed on to me.

❄️ I can officially announce this as well! If you have been following my Instagram then you may already know this, but in case you haven’t then let me officially announce the arrival of little Cresswell! Cresswell is my rescue kitten that my coworker has recently bestowed upon me. This has been in motion since December 2019 and this wasn’t a decision I made lightly or impulsively. I had to really analyze my home life, the dynamic with all my other fur babies, his age and the ages of my other pets, my spouse, and many other factors. I just recently agreed to bring this little guy home and for a while I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him (my coworker was pretty attached to him). However, things have all worked itself out and Cresswell has officially been brought home. As for right now, he is currently kept in my Spouse’s personal cave so he can build trust with us, not get overwhelmed by all the sights and smells, get his confidence, and take his time before we let him to his curiosity and explore our home. So you may see photos or videos of him surfacing on my social media in upcoming weeks!

❄️ That last one was more like an update, but I still think it counts. Anyway, this last fact about me is about my reading habits and that habit is I love listening to music while I read. While I do like ASMR, I find that ASMR relaxes me too much to the point of falling asleep doing whatever I’m doing. So as of recently I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental mixes and most recently stumbled upon BLUME and Chillout Deer. Both of these creators have amazing mixes and they have been helping me focus on reading, taking notes, typing up articles, and just getting stuff done around the house. I will always love ASMR, but these two amazing channels have been killing it for me in 2020!

❄️ Questions by Emer ❄️

❄️ Do you think there is a place for one star reviews in the blogging community?

Well damn, jumping into the hard stuff right off the bat huh? I will always be honest and upfront about everything especially my own opinions. So I’m just going to say this now, if this offends anyone, I’m sorry.
Absolutely, one hundred percent, yes a million times. This is such a polarizing question and everyone and their mother has an opinion on this topic, including the creators, authors, or whoever is involved with the product. If we’re looking at just the book community, my answer still won’t change because a book can be just as bad as a product you buy in a store. The part that bothers me the most are those who feel the need (whether you’re someone in the community or you’re the creator of the product) to attack the people who give the one star reviews. I’m sorry, I must have missed the memo that said we’re all robots instead of human beings with souls, emotions, and feelings and that it’s a free for all to attack someone over their own opinions. Their own opinions. We all have opinions and we all perceive things differently. On that note, I also believe there is a way of writing a one star review without completely dragging the creator or being cruel to the creator to the point of emotionally or mentally hurting them. There is always a fine line to walk and it can be done. However, everyone involved in the outcome is responsible with their actions and the things they say.

❄️How do you feel about audiobooks?

I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them. I’m a sentimental soul and I love the feel , the weight, the smell of a physical book in my hand. However, I’m slowly adapting and trying to branch out into the more virtual format of books just to save of space and to try new things.

❄️ Have you ever emotionally identified with a character or plot in a book that you felt the author was writing the words that are etched on your soul?

Funny you should ask. I just had a moment like this with The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This has also happened with a few other books as well. With these type of books I will either get emotional or I’ll get emotional. And there is a difference between the two. The first one is usually a book that pulls on my heart strings, reminds me of something I’ve experienced, etc… The second one is full blown factory melt down, sobbing with snot dipping everywhere, flapping my hands around, flailing or shaking the book relentlessly, usually animals are fleeing the scene and my spouse looking in bewilderment of what just happened. So yeah, it happens every once in a blue moon.

❄️ What was the last book (or film) that made you cry?

Oh look, The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum…AGAIN!

❄️ What ice cream flavour do you think best represents your personality? E.g. are you vanilla with sprinkles? Maybe you’re a decadent salted caramel? Or maybe you’re a scoop of rocky road?

Mint chocolate chip trio’politan. It’s not just my favorite ice cream, it’s something I felt personally attached to since I was a child, something that just represents my soul and so many wonderful memories.

❄️ The People I’m Tagging ❄️

❄️ Donna

❄️ Kayla

❄️ Lauren

❄️ Robin

❄️ Marie

❄️ Kat

❄️ Amanda

❄️ Blair

❄️ Sabreena

❄️ Emer

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to. Also, if you weren’t tagged then feel free to tag yourself!

❄️ My Questions for Those Tagged ❄️

❄️ As a reader, what is the biggest challenge you face when you’re reading and why?

❄️ What are your five favorite things to keep you out of a reading slump?

❄️ 2019 went by so fast, so what are your top five books you believe are five star predictions that you want to read before the end of 2020 that you didn’t get to read in 2019?!

❄️ You finally get the chance to design your dream reading nook! How would you design it and what would you include?

❄️ Your TBR has gotten so large that it’s out of control, what are some fun ways to help encourage you to read the books on your TBR or build your TBR for the month?

Okay, friends! Those are all the questions Emer has asked and once again, please check out Emer because she is a delight and I love her to pieces! As always, I’m incredibly grateful Emer thought about me to tag me in this for my second round of the Mystery Blogger Award. It means so, so much and it makes my heart so full. Anyway, until next time Chapterlings, may the end of January bring you many new additions to your shelves, I love you! πŸ’™



5SOS Book Tag

Salutations everyone! I have been so kindly tagged by Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews for this tag! I know nothing about this band, but I’m so thankful she thought of me and tagged me! So thank you so much Lauren! She is the original creator of this tag and she has some amazing content out there that you should check out! If you haven’t followed this kind soul then you should change that! Lauren is so kind, so sweet, and she was one of the very first book bloggers that I followed when I created my own blog. So give her some love and participate in this tag if you love her as much as I do!

🎼 Who is 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS)? 🎼

5SOS is a four piece band that started back in 2011 in Australia; the band consists of Luke (lead singer and guitarist), Michael (singer and guitarist), Calum (singer and bass player), and Ashton (singer and drummer). The guys started posting covers on youtube, discovered by Louis from 1D, and later moved to the UK to pursue their music career. They toured with 1D for a couple of years and since have making music of their own. They push the boundaries of what is means to be a band and are bringing back sounds that haven’t been seen in a while.

🎼 The Rules! 🎼

🎼 Mention the creator (Lala’s Book Reviews) and link this post

🎼 Tag some people at the end

🎼 Thank the person who tagged you

🎼 Most importantly: Have fun and listen to 5SOS

🎼 Unpredictable: A book that makes you want to throw caution to the wind and do something crazy 🎼

While this isn’t a fantasy or a contemporary read, Follow Me To: A Journey Around the World Through the Eyes of Two Ordinary Travelers always sparks a deep flame in my soul for travel. And if the stunning photos don’t make you want to check this book out, I believe both the author and the model are married now in real life!

🎼 Gotta Get Out: A couple that faced a lot of hardship together but come out stronger on the other side 🎼

While they’re not actually a couple, they do have an interesting partnership and I swear, I can’t make any post without talking about The Girl on the Other Side: Siuli A Run by NAGABE is worth every ounce of hype that I pour into this manga. I don’t hear anyone talking about this manga and I’m over in the void shouting at the top of my lungs that everyone needs to go check this manga out. It’s so underrated and the story-line is fantastic. This series is like an onion, the more you read this series the more you get these layers of what’s really happening. Volume 8 the English version comes out this year in March and I couldn’t be more excited for it!

🎼 Kiss Me Kiss Me: Who’s a character that leaves you wanting more? 🎼

So… there’s this character and his name is Thomas Cresswell. He’s talk, dark, sarcastic, and broody… I will always want more of Cresswell.

🎼 Never Be: A couple that lived in the moment and didn’t let life stop them. 🎼

This is a great question and I have no answer!

🎼 18: What’s a book that labeled as YA but is more NA? 🎼

Well… The first thing that comes to my mind is the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I mean, damn, there were some scenes in there that had me clutching my pearls especially with ACOFAS.

🎼 Ghost of You: What quote makes you emotional every time you read it? 🎼

Oh jeez… I’m getting all soft just thinking about it!

β€œI don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”

🎼 Want You Back: A series that you go back to time after time 🎼

Of course, I have to mention a Nora Roberts series! This is probably one of my favorite series by her and I constantly recommend it to those who want to get into her work. The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy is fantastic; it follows three brothers and three best friends! Each book follows a different brother and a different best friend that brother is romantically interested in. There’s also some paranormal goodness mixed in as well. I love it so much!

🎼 Woke Up in Japan: What book left you with a nasty book hangover? 🎼

Oh my goodness, There Will Come A Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool! My number one favorite read of 2019!

🎼 Babylon: Which couple caught fire quickly and burned out just as fast? 🎼

I’m still on board, but I know Nesta and Cassian was a pairing that a lot of readers were all for until a lot of things happened in book two and three of the ACOTAR series.

🎼 Broken Home: Who has a deep backstory that tore you apart? 🎼

Vivienne Marshall from The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk. This book destroyed me in so many ways and it’s a book that truly deserves more recognition and voice. This is an emotional read, but it’s nearly impossible to put this book down. Content/Trigger Warnings for graphic injuries, hospitalization, grief, toxic relationships

🎼 Daylight: What supernatural thing can you read about and never get sick of? 🎼

Hmm…probably werewolves or demons. Oh yeah, I love a good demon or werewolf element in a book. I blame Twilight for the werewolves, but I just really love a good demon character. I feel like demons are really underrated in fantasy and romance. But that’s just me!

🎼 Jet Black Heart: A morally gray character that hopes the other person can accept them for who they are 🎼

Once again, I will scream this at the top of my lungs, but literally all the characters in There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool!

🎼 She Looks So Perfect: Whose an author that you recently discover only to find out that they aren’t a debut author and has released other books? 🎼

Emily Lloyd-Jones the author of The Bone Houses! The Bone Houses was another top pick for 2019 and I never knew Emily had another book out. I currently have her book The Hearts We Sold on it’s way to me and I’m incredibly excited for it. I really loved her writing and I can’t wait to see what this book is about!

🎼 Teeth: What upcoming release are you most excited for? 🎼

I have so many upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to! I even made an Anticipated 2020 Releases shelf that has a lot of the books I’m looking forward to! If I had to pick one title out of all of them that I think deserves more eyes on it, It would have to be Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry. I’ve been recommending this one to so many people lately and I honestly wish more readers had this book on their radar. It just sounds like a great read and I’m always here for books with different family dynamics and sibling relationships.

“The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a messageβ€”and what exactly she’s trying to say.”

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

🎼 Tagging! 🎼

🎼 Molly

🎼 Julith

🎼 Robin

🎼 Donna

🎼 Emer

Okay, friends! That about covers everything for this tag! Once again, I’m so grateful for Lauren to tagging me in this tag. It means so much that she would think of me for this tag. If you haven’t checked out Lauren’s blog, you can check her out right here! Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this and if you weren’t tagged, feel free to do this tag anyway! Until next time, may your TBR be full, I love you! πŸ’™


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The Liebster Award II

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with another Liebster award! As always, Emer is a truly wonderful and kind soul for thinking of me every time she acquires one of these! If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out Emer and her blog, then you should change that, immediately! Emer is a wonderful and insightful soul that brings so much to the book community and I feel truly blessed to call them my friend. So give her a little love and check out her social media!

🍁 What is the Liebster Award?

I found all this information on The Global Aussieβ€˜s page.

β€œThe Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

🍁 Rules!

🍁 Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.

🍁 Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

🍁 Nominate 11 people

🍁 Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

🍁 The Questions from Emer!

🍁 What is your favourite all time music video? Share a link.

I have SO MANY favorite music videos! But this is probably one of my top three! Just the lyrics alone fill my heart with so many emotions!

🍁 If you could spend a year living in another country where would you choose and why?

Hmmm…either Japan or Australia. Those are my top two places I could see myself living for a decent amount of time. Plus, they’re places I’ve always dreamed about visiting.

🍁 If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

I would switch places with Persephone from Lore Olympus! She has so many amazing moments with Hades and I just want one chance to be in her shoes during one of these moments!

🍁 What is the best snack food in your opinion?

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🍁 Do you like to read the book before you watch its film adaptation?

Yes I do. I find that I really enjoy reading a book before watching any adaptation. However, there have been times where I have cheated this.

🍁 What’s on your list of top three books that you have read so far in 2019?

In this order, How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow, There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, and House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

🍁 What are three things you love most about being a member of the online book community (blogs, book twitter, bookstagram, Goodreads etc.)?

I love all the wonderful people I have been meeting and talking with. I have found some of the greatest of friends through this community and I’m so grateful for that.

🍁 Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what are the top five items on your list? If not, what do you think would be in your top five?

I do and my top five are the following: Attend a BTS concert, finally travel to Alaska, meet my pen-pal of thirteen years face to face to the first without there being a computer screen between us, finally build a whole new office/library, and

🍁 If they were making a film of your life who would you like to cast as yourself?

🍁 What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Honestly, it would be the most boring thing ever…I would probably find a comfy place and nap for the whole day and since I would be invisible, no one can wake me up!

🍁 If you could pick someone to write and perform a song inspired by you, who would you pick?

That’s incredibly easy. Kim Namjoon from BTS.

And those are all of Emer’s questions answered!

Thank you so much for tagging me! I’m so honored and grateful that you even thought of me! ❀️

And before I forget, here are the blogs that I tag!

🍁 The blogs!

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Robin

🍁 Donna

🍁 Marie

🍁 Destiny

🍁 Julith

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 May

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My questions for those who are tagged!

1What has been your favorite memory so far for the year of 2019?

2What are you top three books you hope to finish before 2019 comes to an end?

3Name at least one book that was recommended to you (and tag the person) that you loved!

4If you had a theme song, what song would it be and why?

5If you could spend the day as any character (whether from a book or movie), who would it be and why?

6Do you like to eat a snack while you read? If so, what’s you’re favorite snack to have?

7Who are you top five fictional crushes?

8What is you most favorite time of the year? (This can be a holiday, a national day, the release date of a book, or even your birthday)

9Say one thing that you’re proud you of that you accomplished before the end of 2019!

10How do you few about playlists while reading?

11What’s one genre that you don’t often read from, but you would love to start reading more of?

Okay, friends! That wraps everything up and boy am I wiped! Some of those questions were tough and I really had to think on them. But I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it! And once again, thank you so much to Emer who is just a wonderful soul in this community. Seriously, check her blog out and give her some love! Until next time, may the month of November end with lovely memories, I love you! πŸ’œ


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Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! Emer is such an amazing and kind soul! She has been supporting me for a while now and I’m so thankful I get to call her my friend. I’m truly grateful to be tagged for this and is means the world to me!

🍁The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award🍁

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🍁 The Rules:

🍁 Display the Award Logo.

🍁 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🍁 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🍁 Nominate some bloggers.

🍁 Ask them seven questions.

🍁 Questions set by Emer 🍁

🍁 What country that you have not yet visited would you like to go to?

Honestly, I would really like to go to Japan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day travel there and see everything the culture has to offer. I would also love to travel to the United Kingdom. My lifelong penpal of fourteen years lives over there. She means the world to be, she’s one of my best friends, I really want to travel out there to finally hug her, meet her face to face, and share my greetings with the family I’ve come to know and love.

🍁 What is you favorite flower?

Everyone asks me this question because of my two tattoos. I actually have two favorite flowers. The first flower is a sunflower. I don’t want to go into details about that flower because it’s very personal, very emotional, and just something that stirs a lot of emotions in me around this time of year. The second flower is snapdragons. I love this flower with my whole heart and it wasn’t until a year ago that I found out the flower I loved so much in my childhood is called snapdragons. I love the look of them, I love how delicate they are, and I love the symbolism and meaning behind this flower.

🍁 If you could go back in time, to which time period would you choose to visit?

I feel like the Renaissance era would be a time where I would thrive and be madly in love with. Don’t ask me why, that’s just me guessing!

🍁 Do you believe we are alone in the universe?

We don’t know this question! We don’t know her! If I’m being absolutely honest; in my life experience there have been things that have happened to me, things I have seen and experienced that I can’t explain. Things that the people who were with me can’t explain. I’m not the type of person who likes to assume or even say “This is cut and dry! There’s no other option!” What I know from science alone, we’re still discovering and learning things about the ocean. It’s the exact same thing with space and the universe. I like to believe that there are some things we have yet to learn, or discover, or even know because we’re human beings and we’re always growing, learning, and adapting. So I think to cut and dry assume we are or aren’t alone in the universe is just silly. There’s always a mystery that can be unraveled, it’s just a matter of when and who will do the unraveling.

🍁 What is your all time favourite meal? (Include drinks, side orders, desserts etc. etc. Calories do not apply!!!!)

Once again, another question I love that people ask me. My answer will forever and always be… Mac n’ Cheese. No one can tell me otherwise.

🍁 If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

This is something I have thought about for a very long time. I have spent my time in elementary school all the way to now, in my adulthood, thinking about this. I honestly think if I were to ever write a book about my life if would be titled one of two titles. The first one being Down the Rabbit Hole or Fox of Many Faces. Everyone asks why I would pick one of these titles and the answer is somewhere between is simple, but really complicated. I’m in my twenties and in my twenty some years of living, I have experienced more of life than most people can say. Those experiences have been dark, gruesome, great deals of sadness, and some of the happiest moments that have taught me things and have molded me into the person I am today. The reason I haven’t started writing that book even though I desperately want to, I’m not ready to reopen old wounds and look behind the lock doors of my memory. I’m a firm believer of “let sleeping dogs lie” and that’s where I stand with things for right now.

🍁 What is the blog post you are most proud of writing? Share a link to it.

This is really tough. My book blog is pretty new so there’s not a lot of articles or posts on it yet for me to really say “I feel accomplished as a blogger,” in my opinion. However, if I really had to pick one article, one post out of all the ones on my blog right now… it would be my review for Sadie. This was one of my hardest, hardest reviews I ever had to write. I don’t talk about my past very often or openly for that matter. I usually say, “I’ve seen some things” or “I’ve been through some messed up stuff,” but I never go into details. I always try to be as open and as honest, but my past is just something I don’t like to dig up. This book was the first time I felt like I owed it to, not only myself, but to all of those out there who have been molested or raped to say something, to speak about my experiences. I don’t go into a lot of details in my review about all of the situations, but writing that review, I was choking on my sobs and really fighting myself to make sure I spoke out about how broken our society really is. When writing about these things, it’s never easy and I scared my spouse like no tomorrow, but when I finished writing that review… it was like a relief had washed over me and I remember just finally breaking down for a full hour. After holding in all my thoughts for a couple of days and rereading all my notes, finally putting everything into a review and having no regrets about how that review turned out; this review took a part of me and it’s one of my reviews that every time I look at it, I feel nothing but pride.

Those are my questions from Emer! She really threw me for a loop there! Those questions were insanely hard to answer and things got a little tense near the end. But once again, thank you so much Emer! You always fill my heart with so much love and joy every time you tag me in these! Now I’m going to tag a few blogs to receive this award!

🍁 Blogs Tagged 🍁

🍁 Donna

🍁 Robin

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 Sara

🍁 Molly

🍁 Shaked

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My Seven Questions 🍁

🍁 What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

🍁 What is your favorite season?

🍁 If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

🍁 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

🍁 What are you two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

🍁 If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

🍁 What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?

Okay friends, that’s everything! Make sure you go give Emer some love and check out her wonderful content! She one blogger I wish I could eternally tag for the rest of my days because she’s so thoughtful and just amazing! I hope you enjoy this little, easy breezy post! I know I have been a bit absent due to fighting off whatever sickness I’ve come in contact with. I do promise that posts will be coming soon even if that means I have to start doing weekly updates. But as always, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I can’t believe I’m so blessed to be tagged for the blogger recognition award by the amazing and lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! They are truly wonderful and I’m so grateful, so honored, and really soft about this whole thing. They’re too kind and there aren’t enough words to express my feelings. If you get the chance, definitely check out Emer’s blog! She has amazing content and she’s such a sweet person!

πŸŽƒ The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

πŸŽƒ How did Chapter Malliumpkin come to be

I briefly talk about this in my ‘About Me‘ section on my blog, but I’ll go into greater detail here. I’m probably going to get emotional and a bit sappy so I hope you’re ready for this.

I have always been a reader and a writer, ever since I was a kid. As a kid I had a lot of health problems and even now that I’m older, I still have a lot of medical struggles. With those struggles, I reached a point in my life where I felt like I was on repeat all the time. Around this time, a lot of difficult things were happening in my life and I remember like it was yesterday. It was a Wednesday, I had finished all my doctor appointments and I was at my LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) meetup for our next big chapter of our adventure. I had just finished putting on uniform for my character I play as (Malliumpkin or Mally-m-kin) when I got a phone call. That phone call changed a lot of things. After that day, there were a lot of events that happened over that following two weeks that caused me to take a step back and look at my life.

A few of my most trusted, most loyal friends actually pushed me into blogging about the books I read and they really helped me make the commitment to starting my bookstgram. I have been in the book community since 2014, but I was never really in it the way I am now. I had always wanted to start my book blog, but it wasn’t until I had been on bookstgram for a long enough time that I wanted to really invest my love and my time into my hobby of reading. And as for the name, well… Malliumpkin is not only the character name I go as for LARPing, but it’s my gaming tag, it’s a nickname that’s very personal and was given to me by someone very special and whom I value very highly in my life. The ‘chapter’ part was something that was added on at a later time when a lot of my LARPing buddies caught me reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before one of our meetups started. So the name ‘Chapter Malliumpkin’ is something that was born from the love of many incredible, talented, and wonderful people who I’m immensely grateful to have in my life and very blessed that they put up with all my shenanigans.

Reading had always felt like some sacred, something kind of intimate throughout my life, and I never knew there were so many people out there who were interested in what I had to say about books or liked similar books. After really getting involved in the book community, I met so many incredibly kind, warm-hearted friends that really pushed me forward to making this blog and telling me to just go for it. Having that kind of support, it was like coming up for a breath of fresh air. I have never had that kind support, love, and so many people in my corner telling me to stop holding back (outside of my spouse, of course). And so here we are. On this blog that came to be out of inspiration, friendship, support, passion, and immense love.

πŸŽƒ My Advice

If you were like me, holding back from doing something you really wanted to do then let go and just do it. There are so many of us who will support you and want to talk with you about your thoughts, opinions, and you can make some of the strongest friendships in this community. I never would have started my blog if I never found the courage and if I never knew so many people supported me, wanting me to be happy. It truly has been an incredible journey and life it too short to be doing anything but the things you want to do.

My second piece of advice would be to just be yourself. You don’t have to try so hard to impress everyone or sacrifice your self-care for the sake of making sure you’re posting constantly. Not to mention, readers can tell when you’re forcing yourself to write about something you’re not that interested in. When you’re passionate about something, the writing will come naturally and your true emotions will always shine through in the end.

Getting involved is going to be your biggest challenge, but it’s the most rewarding. I’m the type of person who gets really bad anxiety and I stressed over saying the right thing. I blame the perfectionist side for that. But commenting, chatting, or even sending a simple message saying, “Hey! That sounds really amazing! Can you tell me more about it?” are some great ways of building friendships, establishing connections with others who like the same things that you do. And if you don’t connect right way, that’s okay. Try again and keep being social. In fact, if you’re here on this blog post, right now, reading it then comment something and let’s start a conversations! Let’s build a new bridge of friendship right here, right now!

And my final tip to you, dear reader, is to branch out and participate in something you normally wouldn’t do on your blog. Tags and memes are a great way to meet new people, interact with blogs you’ve never seen before, and overall just have fun. I worry, stress, and want things to be so perfect that I forget to have a little fun every now and again. You can still be serious and have fun. It’s also a great way to put out interesting content and help motivate you for regular blogging.

πŸŽƒ Bloggers I’m nominating for this award!

πŸŽƒ Melanie from meltotheany

πŸŽƒ Kayla from Books and Blends

πŸŽƒ Donna from Moms Book Collection

πŸŽƒ Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

πŸŽƒ Kat from Treestand Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Destiny at Howling Libraries

πŸŽƒ Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

πŸŽƒ Sara at The Bibliophagist

πŸŽƒ May at Forever and Everly

πŸŽƒ Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills

Okay, Chapterlings! That’s everything for this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this and once again, make sure you go check Emer out. She is absolutely marvelous and I love her to pieces. And of course, I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I did. Until the next time, may October be treating you kindly, I love you! 🧑



Halloween Song Book Tag

The Halloween Song Book Tag was created by Nicole at A Beautiful Chaos of Books in October 2019! You can also find her on her blog, A Beautiful Chaos!

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back to do a wonderful and spooky book tag created by the lovely Nicole at A Beautiful Chaos! I’m so grateful for her tagging me in this spooky tag and I’m super excited for these questions, for all the eerie vibes! There are ten questions with ten matching songs for each question to put you in the mood for the spooky, ghosty, witchy season! It was a really fun time compiling this all together. Anyway, I’m ready, I hope you’re ready! Let’s get into the books!

πŸŽƒ Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner

I think this is my billionth time talking about this manga series, but I’m going to do it…again! If you loved The Ancient Magus Bride series then you’re going to love The Girl from the Other Side! We follow two main characters who are trying to survive in a divided world by the Inside and the Outside. Together the main characters will fend off soldiers, black beasts, and slowly uncover a horrifying prophecy. This manga series is a slow burn of plot development and incredible character development, full of moments that will have you holding your breath.

πŸŽƒ Somebody’s Watching Me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

This book threw me for a loop, a really hard and messed up loop. Ultimately, I had to make a decision that was best for my mental health and I ‘dnf’ this book. This book is about a main character who stalks her ex-boyfriend. She stalks him so much that she can easily break into his home and her career even puts them together on the same location. So the reason why I ‘dnf’ this book was due to the fact that a lot of the main character’s actions were from my own experiences from an ex of mine who used to stalk me. So… We don’t know this book, never touching this book again.

πŸŽƒ Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul sucking (i.e. incredibly tedious to get through)

The Book of Speculation was the most mind numbing book I ever tried to read. This will be mentioned later, but historical fiction is one of my worst book genres. I don’t dabble in it that often and this book was a perfect example of why historical books and I just don’t mix well. This book is about a young librarian who receives a book from an antiquarian one day and it turns out the book used to belong to the main character’s grandmother. The main character suddenly find himself immersed in family secrets and must decode his family history before death deals a cold blow. While this book sounds really interesting, it was painfully slow and it took forever for anything to happen. If you’re a fan of historical reads, you’re probably going to love this book, but if you’re someone who can’t get into history no matter how hard you try, this is not the book for you.

πŸŽƒ I Put a Spell on You: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

The Bone Witch is an excellent example of a really amazing witch book! I say that because one of the key things about this book is necromancy. And I’m all about books with necromancy! Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she quickly learns just how different she is from all the other witches in her family. With the gift of necromancy, Tea learns she’s a bone witch and begins to learn from an older, wiser bone witch how to have control of her powers to become an asha. But dark forces are quickly approaching and soon Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

πŸŽƒ This Halloween: Your favorite treat/snack to eat while reading

I have so many snacks that I like to eat while I read, but Annie’s bunny grahams are definitely one of my most recent favorites to munch on!

πŸŽƒ Time Warp: “Let’s do the Time Warp again” What book/books do you like to return to at this time of year?

This is such an underrated book! The Halloween Tree is my all time favorite book to read this time of year and I always love watching the movie right after! I can’t recommend this book enough! When Pipkin is swept away into the darkness by Mr. Moundshroud, Pipkin’s friends will stop at nothing to get their friend back. Suddenly, the boys find themselves being dragged through space and time learning the meaning of Halloween from various places all over the world.

πŸŽƒ Hungry like the Wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

Hahaha…yeah, I really loved this series. I bought all four books and read them all in five days. I love the ACOTAR series and yes, I realize there are problematic issues in this series, but for my own experience, I acknowledge that and I did had an amazing time reading this series. I will stand on this hill for eternity. If you’re not aware of this series, this series is about a girl who ends up killing a fae disguised as a wolf and suddenly she’s whisked away into the land of the fae to break a horrible curse. That’s all you need to know and that’s all I’m going to say except go read it!

πŸŽƒ The Adams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

If you thought I wasn’t going to mention the Weasley family then you thought wrong! The Harry Potter series was such an important part of my reading development over the years and so I had to mentioned it!

πŸŽƒ Scary Monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

Historical fiction. Always. I don’t have the best track record with historical fiction and only a few books have actually surpassed my expectation, but for the majority of the time, it doesn’t work for me. Science Fiction is another genre that I struggle with immensely. As with historical fiction, only a few books of science fiction has surpassed my expectations. I’m hoping in the future to spread my wings a little bit with these two genres, but slowly, oh so slowly.

πŸŽƒ The Twilight Zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise

Fables is an incredible series! I recommend this series to everyone who wants to get into graphic novels. Also, if you have played The Wolf Among Us, that video game is based off of this graphic novel series so I definitely recommend looking into it. Fables is about all the different fairy tales from Beauty and the Beast to The Jungle Book to The Three Little Pigs all escaping their fantasy worlds from the war and darkness rising. Now all these modern fairy tales are living in the modern world, but a darkness is slowly and taking the lives of the Fables! This series is very dark and there are a lot of content/trigger warnings like graphic violence and death, assault, graphic wounds/injuries, grief, rape, and much more! So if you decide to get into this series then please be in the right head space.

Okay, friends! Those are all my answers to these questions. Now it’s YOUR turn! I tag you dear reader to participate in this chilling tag! Below will be all the questions you need for this tag and I can’t wait to see everyone’s answers! Until next time; may October be full of thrills and chills, I love you! ❀️

The Questions:

πŸŽƒ 1. Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner

πŸŽƒ 2. Somebody’s watching me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

πŸŽƒ 3. Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul sucking i.e incredibly tedious to get through

πŸŽƒ 4.I put a spell on you: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

πŸŽƒ 5. This Halloween: Your favourite treat/ snack to eat while reading

πŸŽƒ 6. Time warp: “Let’s do the time warp again” What book/ or books do you like to return to at this time of year?

πŸŽƒ 7. Hungry like the wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

πŸŽƒ 8. The Adams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

πŸŽƒ 9. Scary monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

πŸŽƒ 10. the twilight zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise


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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Salutations Chapterlings! My heart is so full of warm fuzzy feelings! The wonderful and lovely Emer has tagged me in yet another award! I’m so grateful. This is my first time ever receiving this award and I’m feeling a little soft and sappy at the moment! I’m so grateful and Emer is such an amazing person. We had some really good talks and she posts really great content. So please make sure you go check Emer out on her blog and give her a follow!

🌻 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.

🌻 How does it work?

🌻 Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

🌻 Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

🌻 Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

🌻 List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

🌻 Questions set by Emer

🌻 Do you own more than one copy of any book? If yes then what book/s?

Capturing the Devil because I love Kerri Maniscalco’s work!

🌻 Describe your perfect day.

🌻 What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?

A lot of things. The synopsis, the author, the cover, the reviews, and recommendations.

🌻 You are having a dinner party and can invite three famous people (either living or dead) to the party. Who do you invite?

Jeff Goldblum, Tim Curry, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson

🌻 Who is your favourite superhero?

Hawkgirl, in my opinion, one of the most underrated female superheroes from D.C. Comics!

🌻 Which would you prefer to win: an Oscar or a Grammy?

Probably the Oscar since I have more interest in films than television shows.

🌻 What is the first book that you ever wrote a review for?

I wouldn’t call it a review, but the very first book I ever “reviewed” was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke was back when I had to give a full detailed review for my fifth grade class.

🌻 Coca Cola or Pepsi?

🌻 Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I love when I’m asked this question!

🌻 What is your all time favourite quote from a book you loved?

β€œSo, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

🌻 What’s the last book you bought (eBook, audiobook or physical book)?

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

That wraps everything up, all of Emer’s questions!

Once again, thank you so much Emer for the tag and the award! Words can’t express how much it truly means to me! ❀️

Next, I’m going to tag some of the remarkable blogs to receive this award:

🌻 Kayla

🌻 Amy

🌻 Donna

🌻 May

🌻 Kat

🌻 Marie

🌻 Julith

🌻 Emer (because you deserve it!)

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🌻 My eleven questions for those tagged!

🌻 What is your least favorite book of 2019 so far?

🌻 What are the top three books you’re head over heels for?

🌻 What is your favorite drink to have by your side while you read?

🌻 What was one book you were obsessed with in middle school?

🌻 Do you annotate your books?

🌻 Halloween is coming up, what fictional character are you dressing up as and why?

🌻 If you had to pick one book to be your top favorite book for 2019, what book would it be and why?

🌻 If you could go on a vacation right now, where would you go and why?

🌻 What are some of your favorite ways of giving yourself self-care?

🌻 If you could be a tea dragon, what kind of tea dragon would you be and why?

🌻 Who are your top five fictional crushes?

Okay, friends! That covers all of the questions and I can’t thank Emer enough for the love and support she gives! She is a wonderful blogger and I highly recommend checking her blog out! And in case I missed tagging anyone, I tag you dear reader! You deserve The Sunshine Blogger award too! So until next time Chapterlings, keep on reading, I love you! ❀️


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The Liebster Award | Discover New Blogs

I was tagged for The Liebster Award for the very first time by a dear follower, Emer! I can’t begin to express how thankful I am and how honored I feel to be tagged in this tag! Emer has been insanely supportive of my blog and if you haven’t checked out their blog or seen some of their content then you can find their blog right HERE!

🌻 What is The Liebster Award?

I found all this information on The Global Aussieβ€˜s page.

β€œThe Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

🌻 Rules!

🌻 Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.

🌻 Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

🌻 Nominate 11 people

🌻 Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

🌻 The Questions from Emer!

🌻 If you could choose any bookish character to fight in your place in a match to the death who would it be and why?

This is probably one of the hardest questions I’ve ever answered, but I would go with Cassian from the ACOTAR series. Cassian’s love, devotion, and his sense of fighting for the ones he loves… it’s everything and being so familiar with his personality… he won’t stop until he wins or he’ll die trying.

Cassian fanart by Niru

🌻 Who is your favourite band/singer/musician?

Another great question. I have so many bands and singers that I love. If I’m talking for the long term, Coldplay, and Owl City have been my two bands that I’ve loved for the longest time. However, if we’re talking most recent favorite… BTS all the way. I came across them in early spring during a really hard time in my life and they’re music has just become a piece of my heart and soul.

🌻 What are your feelings on people who say that Young Adult fiction does not compare quality-wise to Adult fiction?

I would say everyone is entitled to their own opinion. For myself, personally… I’m not the biggest fan of adult fiction. Anytime I have tried reading something adult fiction, I usually ‘dnf’ it or it gets a very low rating. I think I may have five Adult fiction books that I actually enjoyed and felt the world building was done really well. I find I enjoy the writings of Young Adult fiction over Adult fiction just because the world building and details in Young Adult fiction captures my attention a lot more. But, I think both sides are valid and readers will like what they like and dislike what they dislike.

🌻 Your home is on fire. Thankfully all your family, friends and pets (other sentient beings) are safe. You just have enough time to rescue three things from the blaze. What would you rescue and why?

Oh jeez, I’m about to get really soft and sappy! The first item I would save is a vintage Japanese kimono my great grandfather gave to me before he passed away. The second item I would grab is my copy of The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare because that book means everything to me and to take that book away from me you’ll have to pry it from my dead body! The third item would be this beautiful hood that my best friend got me that I use in a lot of my LARPing and costumes because she means the world to me and a world without her and pieces of her in my life… I don’t want to know that world, at all!

🌻 You’re away at a peaceful spa retreat. What three relaxing reads would you choose to take with you?

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill, Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura, and Check Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu!

🌻 What are your favourite pizza toppings?

Cheese. Maybe spinach and feta, but I’m good with a slice of cheese pizza.

🌻 We are sending a capsule into space in the hopes that an alien species will find it and communicate with us. What three books that best represent the good and the bad of humanity should be placed in the capsule?

Mmmm… This is a really hard question and I’m going to choose to skip this one.

🌻 What genre of books is your least favourite to read?

History and Sci-Fi! Oh, biographies too! I struggle with all three of these and don’t get me started on my feelings about self-help books!

🌻 Do you like to read spoilers before you read a book?

This honestly depends. If the spoiler is coming from someone I trust and who has similar reading taste to my own, I want to be aware of the content I’m going into. I don’t like going into a book and getting blind-sided by content that’s going to bother me to no end.

🌻 How do you feel about books that end on a cliffhanger?

They can be absolutely amazing, but they can also be a damnation! If you’re ending a book on a cliff hanger and it’s going to be a series? Cool, sign me up! If that book is going to be a stand alone? That’s a choice and it’s the wrong one!

🌻 The sign says do not press the button. Do you press the button?

Yes. I will literally press any button in front of me unless you can provide a logical reason why I shouldn’t press said button.

And those are my eleven questions from Emer that are now answered!

Thanks so much for the tag Emer! It means so much to me! ❀️

I now want to tag eleven other blogs for this award and for them to answer my eleven questions.

The blogs are as follows:

🌻 Light of the Bookworm

🌻 Read by Tiffany

🌻 A Court of Crowns and Quills

🌻 Drizzle & Hurricane Books

🌻 Books and Blends

🌻 Pinot and Pages

🌻 Treestand Book Reviews

🌻 Meltotheany

🌻 The Tea Reader

🌻 Forever and Everly

🌻 Shut Up Shealea

It’s okay if you don’t want to do the tag, there’s no pressure or expectation. This is just for fun.

My questions for those I have tagged:

1 – If you were a tea dragon, what kind of tea dragon would you be and why?

2 – Out of all the books in your library, what’s the one book you wish you could live in?

3 – You find yourself going on a week long camping trip, thankfully you brought a few books with you! What are the three books you’ve taken with you?

4 – Name the top three books that emotionally wrecked you!

5 – Out of all the mythical creatures in books, what’s the one mythical creature you wish you got to see more often in books?

6 – When you first started reading, what was the genre of books you stayed away from the most and why?

7 – If someone were to get a hold of your playlist, what are the first five songs you have in your queue?

8 – If your life were to be made into a book, what would the title of that book be and why?

9 – What are your feelings on those who say at a certain age you should only read certain genre of books?

10 – You’re getting ready to take a vacation and you’re in the middle of packing your bags. What are the top five bookish essentials you’re bringing with you to heighten your reading experience (this may also include snacks)?

11 – In your library, what are the top five books that you love the most and never want to see absent from your bookshelves?

Okay dearest friends, I think that covers everything! Once again, I can’t say how grateful I am to be tagged for this blogging award! It means a lot to me and I’m just so, so grateful for all the support the book community has given to me! And of course, a big thank you to my fellow bookish blogger and follower, Emer for tagging me! It means the absolute world to me and I can’t say thank you enough for the love, the support, and the kindness! ❀️ So thank you from the bottom of my heart! Well… until next time Chapterlings; may the reading force be with you, I love you! ❀️



Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!

Am I doing this tag super later? Why yes I am! Better late than never, as I always say!

Hello Chapterlings! I hope summer has been treating everyone well and you’re all having a wonderful time reading! Can you believe we’re now in the second half of the year already?! I sure can’t! Time has been flying crazy fast and I’m almost not ready for it to be over, but I’ll admit, I’m really looking forward to the fall weather. Summer has me dying! But this is all beside the point of this post! This year has been a wild ride and even more so for my reading!
This is my first time doing the Mid Year Book Tag! I’m a little excited, nervous, but mostly thrilled to be doing this tag! So I hope you enjoy this as much as I did writing it up!

So far this year I have read 54 book and I have already surpassed my GoodReads 2019 Reading Challenge Goal! I don’t have any charts made up or statics to show you, but I can show you parts of my GoodReads challenge! ❀️

Okay, now that I’ve shown you that, let’s get into the actual tag! This is the good part! Where you get to see the books I loved, cherish, and some that were not so good. Also, let me just say this, I will only use one book per question because sometimes I can get a little carried away and no one wants to see that happen. Now onto the questions!

🌻 Best Book You’ve Read so Far in 2019

🌻 Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

🌻 Best Sequel You’ve Read so Far in 2019

🌻 Fence Vol. 2 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

🌻 New Release that You haven’t Read Yet, but Want to

🌻 Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

🌻 Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

🌻 Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

🌻 Biggest Disappointment

🌻 Unexpected by Kelly Rimmer

🌻 Biggest Surprise

🌻 How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

🌻 Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)

🌻 Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

🌻 Newest Fictional Crush

🌻 It’s a tie between Cass and Chet; Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis

🌻 Newest Favorite Character

🌻 Benyamin: We Hunt the Flame Hafsah Faizal

🌻 Book that Made You Cry

🌻 Dragonhearts by Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace, Trista Mateer

🌻 Book that Made You Happy

🌻 Check Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

🌻 Most Beautiful Book You Bought so Far this Year (or Received)

🌻 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

🌻 What Book do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

🌻 The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

🌻 Favorite Book Community Member

This is one of the hardest questions I have ever encountered! How does one even answer a question like this?!

Since joining the book community I have found so many wonderful, amazing people who have been inspirations, teachers, and found a relentless force of love and support. There aren’t enough words to described how grateful I am for this community and everything it has done for me and what it continues to do even now. I’m so thankful and blessed for all of YOU. Yes, YOU! The one who is reading this article right now. Without you; this article wouldn’t be possible, without your love and without your support, this blog would have never come to exist. I’m so very lucky to have readers who want to hear what I have to say and incredibly blessed. So thank you from the bottom of my heart! Words can’t express what all of this means for me and what it means for the future! Thank you, I love you! ❀️

A special thank you to Melanie at Meltotheany! She has been a beacon of light and inspiration since I first started reviewing books in 2014. She has been a constant voice of inspiration to be the best book reviewer and content creator I can be. And I am truly blessed not only have discussions with her, but to be able to call her a friend. She is an amazing person, so sweet and loving, and she’s just a blessing. If you ever have the chance, visit her blog and check out her content; she is a marvelous human being and I love her with all of my heart. ❀️

Okay Chapterlings, I think that about covers everything! I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it! This has be entirely new for me and I’ve never done a tag quite like this before, but I’m so glad I did! While I’m excited for 2020, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for myself and all of you! Until next time Chapterlings, enjoy your reading! I love you! ❀️