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The Re-Read Book Tag

Happy Tuesday, everyone! The Top Ten Tuesday topic wasn’t speaking to me today, so instead I decided to do this fun tag! The Re-Read Book Tag was created by Brianna @Briann’sBooksandRandomness and I was tagged by Maya @ HerBookishDesires. Thanks so much to Maya for tagging me! I am excited about it. 😁

Rules:

I love this one so much! I’ve re-read it several times already, and honestly, it’s been a few years. I think I’m due for another re-read…

I know, how could I have DNF’d this one? I know a lot of people loved this one, but it was just meh for me. If the sequels come out and I hear they are amazing, I may give this one another go. The cover makes me want to love it. 😂

This is really one I could have picked a bunch for; if I loved it, I will always want to re-read. I LOVE re-reading. But I just read Spinning Silver a couple of weeks ago, and I know I will re-read it, because it was so dang awesome.

Ugh, this one was the worst. Seriously, looking back, I totally should have DNF’d it. I hated almost every moment. 😂 Never re-reading.

I read this one in 11th or 12th grade, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to re-read it ever since.

I guess I’m going to go with Jane Austen for this one. She is just incredibly re-readable. Such complex characters and beautiful language. Something is always new for me.

Again, I could have picked almost anything (I just love to re-read things, lol), but if it’s just for fun, The Lynburn Legacy may be a good one. I picked up used copies this past weekend, and now I want to re-read them. But my TBR…I have goals…😂😭

Ok, this is kind of cheating, but not really, because both series are by Jenny Han. I’ve watched all the To All the Boys movies, but it’s been a few years since I thoroughly read the books, so I’d like to re-read them. And I heard Amazon is adapting The Summer I Turned Pretty (yay!) so I think those are due for a re-read too.

I’ve been meaning to re-read this series for years, and I feel like listening to it might be fun! It all depends on the narrator. 😂

This was so much fun! Thanks again, Maya. 😊

I think I am not going to nominate anyone in particular, simply because I’m not sure who all has done this one. But if you want to do this tag, please consider yourself nominated! It is really fun!

What is a book you’re dying to re-read?
Happy reading,
Hayden 💚

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The Outstanding Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Sanah @ Stories & Stardust for nominating me for this award! I am really excited to do it! They are both awesome, and if you haven’t checked them out, seriously, why not? Go!

Now on to the tag…

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Riddhi’s Questions:

1. What is the one thing you will never do?
Skydive. Seriously, I can barely handle rollercoasters. Skydiving is so not happening. Even when I was a kid and my mom was pushing me on the swings, I’d say, “Medium, medium” when she pushed me too high. I am a weenie.
2. One book you will protect with your life?
Hmm. If this was defend I might have a different answer. But if it’s protect, I guess I’d say my Canterbury Classics hardback Jane Austen collection. It’s green (my favorite color) and leather bound and gorgeous. They don’t make it anymore, so I couldn’t replace it. I will fight with my life!!


3. The most tragic moment of your life? (If you do not mind sharing)
Well, it should be when my grandmother died when I was six. But to be honest, I was only six, and I don’t think it truly hit me as it would have now. So instead, I will say when I sat in the car and watched my dad take one of our dogs in to be euthanized. I watched them walk into the vet’s and I knew the poor baby wouldn’t come back out alive. I just sobbed in the car and was generally miserable. Taking an animal you love to their death is a really horrible feeling.
4. The one food that you will eat, even on a full stomach?
Dark chocolate. Even a bite leaves such a satisfying taste…
5. One book that you can reread forever and not get bored?
Ooh, another hard one. I’m going to go with The Lord of the Rings, because it is so long and detailed that by the time I got to the end, I would have forgotten some details in the beginning of the book. Definitely never boring.
6. Which post that you have written is your favourite? Share the link as well.
I’m going to go with my review for A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. I reviewed it after a lot of reviews went up, so I was able to address a lot of the controversial aspects. I enjoyed weighing the different issues and giving my opinions. Plus, getting to defend a book I love is always fun.
7. What is the one thing you like about my blog? What is the one thing you don’t? (Don’t say nothing, we are past that)
I love your energy! Your posts are so energetic and cheerful that they always buoy me up. 😊 If I have to pick something I don’t love, I guess I’d say sometimes the lengths of the posts. It is just hard for me to get all the way through them thoroughly when I only have a few minutes, lol.

Great thought-provoking questions, Riddhi! Thanks again for the tag. 🙂

Sanah’s Questions:

1.Do you have any favorite audiobooks?
Hmm, for me this is similar to having favorite books since I don’t typically prefer listening to reading. However, I have discovered several books I love through audiobooks. Sunshine by Robin McKinley is a great audiobook and so is Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis. Sometimes I do not care for listening to books I’ve already read, though. I always feel like they are reading the lines wrong, lol.
2.Is there anything you like to eat/drink while reading?

Hmm. I guess anything hot to drink. Tea, hot chocolate, or coffee.
3.What is your favorite place to read?

Curled up in a recliner. 🙂 We have one that is heated, and it is DIVINE.
4.If you could only read one more book before the year ends, what would it be?

Okay, that sounds tragic. But I suppose…Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo? Which I am about to start and am very excited about. A close second would be City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (I just finished City of Bones, lol).
5.Which character would you love to spend an afternoon with?

Anne Elliot of Persuasion (by Jane Austen). She just seems so…pleasant to be around. So many characters are awesome, but maybe not the best to sit around visiting with, lol.
6.Are you happy with your reading year so far?

I’m pretty happy with it. It was definitely more productive than previous years. But I hope next year, my first full year with a blog, will be even better.
7.Any new authors you want to try in 2021?

Ugh, so many. Tricia Levenseller, Adrienne Young, and Roshani Chokshi, to name a few.

Ooh, great questions, Sanah! Thanks very much for the nomination. 🙂

My Questions:

1.What most inspires you to blog?
2.What is your favorite book of 2020?
3.What is a favorite you’ve been wanting to re-read?
4.What is your most anticipated book of 2021?
5.What are your goals for your blog?
6.Are there any kinds of posts you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t yet?
7.What is something you’ve learned in 2020?

My nominees:

  1. Emily @ Books With Raven
  2. Maya @ Her Bookish Desires
  3. Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds
  4. Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy
  5. Becca @ Toastiebooks
  6. r.bookish @ r.bookish
  7. Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad
  8. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
  9. Joanna @ The Geekish Brunette
  10. Dorothy @ Starlit Shelves

If there is anyone you haven’t checked out, please do! They are all awesome and 100% deserve this award! And for everyone tagged, if you don’t want to do it, obviously no pressure! It’s a crazy time, and I am doing this two weeks before the end of the year, so…

Happy holidays and happy reading, everyone!
Hayden

Tag Posts

The BTS ‘BE’ Book Tag

First of all, I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL for the last couple of weeks. I have had a really rough semester, and I knew I needed a little time to finish it out strong. Anyway, praise God, I am out of finals, so now I can finally get to all the posts I’ve been meaning to write! Also, I can’t wait to get back to reading all of the blogs I follow, which I also haven’t been able to do much the past couple of weeks. Very excited to get back into it!

Okay, on to the actual content of this post. The BTS ‘BE’ Book Tag was created by Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad, and I was so excited to be tagged by her! You should 100% check out her original post because she has song commentary and all the songs linked, and it is really, really well done. Also, all the graphics are her creations. Even if you aren’t a BTS fan, it is a great post! But if you are a fan, you can’t miss it. 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the original tag’s creator: Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad (please credit if using these graphics!)
  • Pick a book that fits each prompt.
  • Tag your friends or leave it open-ended!
  • Copy-paste these rules and list of prompts in your tag post (it should automatically pingback to the original so your post can be added to a masterlist!)
Life Goes On: A book to remember 2020 by

…One day the world stopped

Without any warning

Spring didn’t know to wait

Showed up not even a minute late

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Okay, I understand that this seems super random, but I had been meaning to read this for years, and I just got to it during the original lockdown in March. It was one of my first major reads of the year (I didn’t have much time to read the first couple of months, for whatever reason), and I knew pretty early on that it would be an all-time favorite. Jane Eyre is just such an awesome heroine. And seriously, Mr. Rochester. How does she resist that??

Fly to My Room: A book with a new perspective

Let’s go, let me fly to my room

Keep your gaze down and just zoom anywhere

Come on now, let me fly to my

Get me outta my blues

And now I’m feelin’ brand new

Burn by Patrick Ness

Sabrina also chose a Patrick Ness book, which I thought was interesting. Burn was unusual for me because it was told kind of from an omniscient narrator. I know that has been done before, but it’s pretty unusual for me to come across it. I definitely don’t think it is a usual perspective in the YA genre, so I found it pretty interesting.

Blue & Grey: A book with mental health topics

I guess everyone’s happy

Can you look at me? ‘Cause I am blue and grey

The meaning of the tears reflected in the mirror

My colour hidden with a smile, blue and grey

I just wanna be happier

Am I being too greedy?

I’m just standing there without focus

I don’t feel like myself at this moment

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

To be honest, I had a hard time coming up with this one. Books about mental illness are definitely not ones I tend to look for. However, in Everything, Everything, the main character’s mother suffers from mental illness which drastically affects both their lives. Plus, it is a very cute romance and a quick read.

Skit: A book with great banter or made you laugh

(SUGA enters)
SUGA: Oh, I’m sorry Billboard No. 1 singer has arrived too late. I wеnt to bathroom
J-hope: Hahaha! (clapping hands) I told you!
RM: Tell us how you feel!
SUGA: ** **
(all laugh)
Jin: Okay, that was fantastic!
SUGA: Can you treat Billboard No. 1 singеr like this? No seat?
RM: There are six No. 1 singers who arrived earlier than you!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I am just now reading this one (seriously, how is that possible?), but I am enjoying it. I especially enjoy the banter. Not only between Clary and Jace, but also between Clary and Simon. Lots of cute interactions here.

Telepathy: A book with strong family bonds

Every time during the same day

I am the happiest when I meet you

Every time even in a different everyday life

You’re the most special person to me

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I love the Song sisters’ bond. Their interactions and loyalty are so sweet. Definitely a huge selling point for this super cute romance. Kitty is an irresistible character, although she occasionally drives Lara Jean crazy. 😁

Dis-ease: A comfort read

Everyday I comfort myself

They’re all the same, ain’t so special

Ayy, man keep one, two step

Let’s calmly treat them all

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This has been a favorite of mine for many years. I think it is comforting for me because the main character takes comfort in her favorite books. I’m not sure what that says about me, but…yes. I love this one.

Stay: A book filled with yearning

The cold wind blows

I take your hand, I feel your breath

I close my eyes

We are together

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of my favorite best friends to lovers romances. And oh my word, there is sooo much yearning. Once Anna realizes she is in love with Etienne, the agony begins. But it is such sweet agony. 😊

Dynamite: Book with a retro cover

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite

The Girl With Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

I’m not sure if this cover qualifies as retro, but it always strikes me as being older than 2012, when the book came out. Also, this is an awesome, unique, fantasy romance, and I would highly recommend it.

Here’s a list of text-only prompts if graphics aren’t your jam:

  • ‘Life Goes On’: Book to remember 2020 by
  • ‘Fly To My Room’: Book with a new perspective
  • ‘Blue & Grey’: Book with mental health topics
  • ‘Skit’: Book with great banter or made you laugh
  • ‘Telepathy’: Book with strong family bonds
  • ‘Dis-ease’: A comfort read
  • ‘Stay’: A book filled with yearning
  • ‘Dynamite’: Book with a retro cover

So, I’m not sure who is a BTS fan, so I will leave this tag open-ended. However, if you are a BTS fan (or honestly, even if you’re not a huge one) you should absolutely do this one! The prompts were super thought-provoking, and I really enjoyed writing this post. Thanks again, Sabrina! Amazing job on this tag. 😊

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Finally Fall Book Tag

Happy Thanksgiving guys! I hope you are spending this time with loved ones (as much as we can this crazy year) and resting from your normal craziness. In the spirit of the end of fall, I am skipping some tags on my list to do this one. I’m so excited for this tag! I had seen it around, and it looked so fun that I was very happy to be tagged by Maya @ HerBookishDesires. If you haven’t checked out Maya’s blog, please do! She has a ton of fun bookish content and a very happy writing style. 🙂

And now, on to the tag!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

To be honest, I had mixed feelings about this one (you can see my full review here), but I have to give Lobizona props for a gorgeous setting. Both the fantasy world and Miami were very vividly described. (Plus that cover! Gorgeous. :D)

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

This book was definitely the first that came to mind. It is a really interesting dystopian standalone, but the true theme is grief and closure. It made me cry, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. If you’re interested in my full thoughts, go here.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

This was hard because I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, to be honest. However, I read parts of this for an interesting “definition of consciousness” class I took a couple of years ago, so it seemed appropriate. I would try to describe it to you…but it’s about as easy as defining consciousness. Just know that it is thought-provoking, which is just what you want in a non-fiction.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.

I can only pick just one? HAAARD. Um. I am really tempted to pick the Cullens. But since the idea of my mind being read isn’t too appealing, I will go with The Mysterious Benedict Society. Because I would probably return to childhood if I could belong in that society. I loved them so much.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

Can I be really boring and say Princess Bride? Because I haven’t read it, but that is literally the only one I could think of. Gosh. Is this a whole subgenre I’m missing? Because my brain is blanking, lol.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Again, I can only pick one? Because I could go way beyond one. Well, the creepiest book I’ve read this year is Eight Will Fall, although I didn’t like it much, to be honest. (Full review here).

Bonus: If I was picking a creepy book I loved, it would be A Deadly Education. Just saying.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

This one is pretty short, but oh so sweet! It goes by pretty quickly because it is full of cute and funny illustrations.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I love this one, and it’s been a few years since I’ve read it. Time for a re-read pretty soon. 🙂

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

Fuzzy socks, fuzzy blanket, a comfy recliner, and something sweet to drink. Preferably hot cocoa.

That was such fun! Thanks again for the tag, Maya, and thanks to everyone who stuck it out til the end, lol. I know I always break the tagging rules, and I’m sorry. But I’m going to leave it open-ended again, simply because it’s basically the end of fall. (Everyone knows that Black Friday marks the end of fall and the beginning of Christmas. RIGHT?). But anyone who wants to do this one before fall ends, go for it! And please tag me or comment so I can see your answers!

Hope you guys are having an awesome day, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Hayden

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Thanks so much to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for tagging me! I am excited to finally be doing this one! If you haven’t checked out Tiction’s blog, you totally should! She has a lot of interesting and upbeat content. 🙂

This cool tag was created by Madame Writer, and you can check out her blog here.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

  • Link back to original creator.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag.
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Add one more prompt of your own.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Have fun!

LET’S BEGIN, SHALL WE?!

Never Have I Ever…read a later book in a series before reading the first book

Hmmm….maybe with a series of standalones, unintentionally. Not on purpose in a series where the order matters. At least not that I can remember…

Never Have I Ever…burned a book

OF COURSE NOT! That just seems really extreme. If I don’t like a book, I’ll just donate it. Jeez.

Never Have I Ever…read a book I knew I would hate

Hmmm. It depends on when I figured out I would hate it. I’ve never picked out a book that I knew I would hate. But I’ve read the first chapter or two and figured out I would hate it, but still persevered through. Does that count?

Never Have I Ever…wrote a fanfiction about my favourite books

No. But I’ve had been extremely tempted. Definitely some daydream fanfiction happening in my head.

Never Have I Ever…loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older

Hmm. I don’t think so, if only for sentimental attachment. I really love my childhood faves. They’re like old friends. 🙂

Never Have I Ever…dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters

Ha. No. I’m not a big costume person.

Never Have I Ever…hated a book by an author I love

Well, I’m not sure I would use the word love in regards to A.G. Howard, but I did really enjoy her Splintered series and Stain standalone before I read RoseBlood, which I really didn’t like.

Never Have I Ever…gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

Well, yeah. Haven’t all booklovers? Bookstores are irresistible. 😀

Never Have I Ever…read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Yeah…I’ve done that. Sometimes I’m unsure if a book is worth reading, and I check out the ending first. I CANNOT handle sad endings, okay? Quit judging me.

Never Have I Ever…read a book without the dust cover

Not purposely, I don’t think. If it comes with a dust cover, I read it with the dust cover on.

Never Have I Ever…skim read nearly half a book

Yeah. Sometimes I think a book isn’t worth reading thoroughly or my self control just crumbles. It’s 50/50 really.

Never Have I Ever….pretended to have read a book that I haven’t

I don’t think so….why would I do that?

Never Have I Ever….saw the movie before the book

Yes. Harry Potter and Twilight are good examples.

Never Have I Ever….read a book someone else is reading by peeking in their copy

Ummmm, I don’t think so, lol.

Addition: Never Have I Ever…laughed out loud in public while reading

Yeah…surely I’m not the only one who’s done this? I get weird looks, but I ignore them.

This was such a fun one! Thanks again, Tiction! Since it looks like this one has been around a little while, I’m going to leave my tags open-ended. If you haven’t been tagged and you want to do this one, go for it! Please comment with a link or tag me so I can see your answers!

Thanks for bearing with me and happy reading!
Hayden

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The Bookish Snob Tag

Hey everyone! I am finally getting to work on my tag list after wrapping up my October goals. Thanks so much to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds for tagging me! If you haven’t checked out their blogs, you totally should! Riddhi has such a cheerful blog and a really wide variety of interesting posts. Ahaana is so sweet, and she has really awesome, thorough reviews. So you should go check out their blogs if you haven’t already! Anyway, on to the tag….

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

Sadly, no. I don’t have the self discipline. When I find a TV show or film I really want to watch, I just go for it. I often end up reading the book afterwards, though, even if I didn’t like the movie. A great example would be Twilight. I really didn’t like the movie, so I thought, “the book can’t be worse than this”. And it was way better, so there you go, lol. But if I really like the show/movie, I often don’t bother with the books…so I guess I’m shooting myself in the foot with that. An example of this would be Harry Potter… but I swear I’m going to read the books, Riddhi. Really. 😀

FORMAT SNOBYou can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books for sure. But I really enjoy all the formats, so that would be sad.

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Yes. But I’d probably pity/judge them just a little, lol.

GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Nonfiction for sure. But if I had to pick a fictional genre, probably historical fiction, which isn’t normally my jam, or poetry, which I must admit I never read.

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy, definitely. Especially YA fantasy. I guess that’s pretty self-evident by the books I review, lol.

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm. I’m pretty new to the bookish community, but I would guess romance. Whether it’s insta-love or steamy, some people really look down on it, I think. On the flip side of that, I think people are always really proud of themselves for reading classics. Myself included, of course. You mean you DON’T read them?

Just kidding, lol. That was a fun one, and I’m glad I finally got to do it! Thanks again to Riddhi and Ahaana. 🙂

Since they both tagged quite a few people (Riddhi tagged 32!), I’m going to leave this one open-ended. If you’d like to do this one, consider yourself tagged!! And please tag me or let me know in a comment, because I’d love to see your answers!

Happy reading, guys!
Hayden

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The Small Joys Tag

This tag is, of course, about the small joys of life, which I think is perfect for this crazy year. I mean, that is certainly why I started blogging. Small joys add up! Thanks so much to Riddhi @ WhisperingStories for tagging me on this one. 🙂 If you guys haven’t checked out her blog, you totally should! Fun stuff happens there.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • List 15 of your small joys.
  • Tag 5 blogger friends who bring you joy.

15 of My Small Joys

Books

I thought I’d get the most obvious one done first. Yes, I love books. I love reading them, I love buying them, I love collecting them, I love organizing my collection of them. I just really love books a lot. Which is good, because with this blog, about 90% of my free time is spent reading.

Chocolate

Yes, I really like chocolate. There is just something inherently comforting about biting into something sweet and chocolatey. My latest favorite: frozen pumpkin-shaped Reese’s.

Coffee

While we are talking about food, I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite drinks. I’m not a fancy Starbucks girl, but it is really hard for me to survive without my cup of hot coffee in the morning. Again, it is quintessentially comforting to me.

Mugs

Also related to coffee, I love mugs. I like small, cute, dainty ones and big, hilarious ones with giant handles. I drink tea in the little cute ones and coffee in the big ones. If I ever get souvenirs, they are always mugs. Probably boring, but I don’t care. They make me happy.

Bookmarks

Again, they make me happy. My local used bookstore, which I visit like clockwork on Saturday afternoons, makes their own little laminated bookmarks. They have their logo, contact info, etc on one side and cute little bookish sayings on the other. I take one every week, lol. This week’s said, “May your clothes be comfy, your coffee be strong, and your Monday be short.” That is the kind of sentiment I can get behind.

Office Supplies

I love office supplies, even though I never need them, so I rarely get to buy them. When I go to Target, I just wander the office supply aisles longingly. There is something so appealing about a blank notebook.

Eyeshadow

I have like 30 eyeshadow palettes, and that is the refined version. I’ve gotten rid of several. What can I say? They’re just fun. And wearing blue or purple or green eyeshadow makes me feel fun (instead of the nerd who stays home reading….which is basically my version of fun).

Bluetooth

I don’t know who came up with bluetooth, but I love it. I love it in my car, where I can listen to music or audiobooks from my phone, and I love it in my earbuds, which make household chores so much more enjoyable.

My dogs

I love my dogs a lot. Seriously, how do people NOT like dogs? Even when the chihuahua bites me, I still love him five minutes later. He is too cute to resist. The other two are poofy poodle mixes, and again, irresistible. If you’re wondering if they are chubby, yes. Yes, they are. I have a hard time saying no. Or sticking to saying no. So they get a lot of treats. 🙂

Putting Bookplates in My Books

I didn’t cover this earlier, ok. THIS IS DIFFERENT. There is a special kind of joy I get from marking a book as mine. Putting in a sticker that says, “This Belongs To the Library of Hayden” is unbelievably satisfying. Writing my name in is just not the same.

Libraries

I love bookstores too, obviously, but there is less….stress in a library. I don’t have to worry about budgets or decisions, I just get every book I want. (Sometimes I have a stack up to my chin. I get weird looks). Plus, the inherent peace of libraries. They are awesome. I feel sometimes like I could live there.

Drives

I love going on drives, especially with my mom, and especially on pretty days. It is just so peaceful and relaxing. I am enjoying them even more lately, because I can’t get enough of the beautiful foliage. I love fall.

Blogging

I mentioned this earlier, but yes. Blogging is definitely a small joy in this crazy year. Having something to do that is not school or work makes my life much happier. And you guys are a big part of that, so thank you!!

Netflix

I know everyone loves Netflix. I especially love that moment on Netflix when I turn on a show I’ve seen a thousand times (I am mainly talking about The Office, in case you care), and just let it play. I invariably end up doing something else (scrolling through Twitter or Goodreads, reading an ebook, etc.), but there is something comforting about having it on. Netflix requires zero thought, which is what I appreciate about it.

Getting a Good Grade

Um. Is this braggy? I don’t mean it to be; I just get a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing a good grade on Blackboard. I think being a student is probably the only time in my life when I can work really hard on something and get an actual numerical score. And getting a high score on something I tried really hard on is very gratifying. So I had to include it.

My tags:

They are all awesome, and you should check them out!! I definitely get joy from reading their posts and comments. 🙂

I know there is a lot of bookish stuff on here, but really, how can I help it? What are your small joys? Are you appreciating them more this year?

Happy reading and thanks for hanging in there with this long post!
Hayden

Tag Posts

Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Book Tag

I’m so excited for this one! Percy Jackson was definitely one of my ultimate favorites as a kid, so this tag was especially fun for me. Thanks so much to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the tag!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly!
  • Match books with the given prompts.
  • Tag however many people as wanted!
  • Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.

The Prompts:

Percy Jackson: Your favourite book of the year

This was pretty hard. I’m going to go with The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae, but I could have gone with Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer or Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano. I loved them all a lot.

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae book cover image.
Annabeth Chase: A book where you are in awe with the author’s genius

The first one that came to my mind is probably a solid choice here, and that would be The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It has such detailed, original fantasy, and it’s one of my favorites.

Grover Underwood: A book you love that’s under-hyped

I love a lot of hyped books, so this was difficult, lol. I went with the one that had the fewest reviews on Goodreads, and it is They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth. I know the cover isn’t great, but this is such a sweet historical fiction with a slow burn romance. I normally don’t go for historical fiction, but this one is awesome

Luke Castellan: A book you thought you’d hate but didn’t

Well, I normally don’t read books I think I won’t like, but one I can think of is The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie. This is a standalone dystopian novel that explores grief and healing. Grief is not a topic I typically enjoy in YA books (or any books, for that matter), but I liked this one.

Chiron: A book that will always make you feel at home

I could have picked so many for this one (including The Lightning Thief, lol), but I guess I will go with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I’ve re-read this one several times since childhood, so it feels like a friend.

Tyson: A book with a sibling relationship you adore

I’m going to go with Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones for this one. Sophie’s relationship with her younger sisters is hilarious and adorable.

Thalia Grace: A book where time froze when you read it

Um. Difficult to say. Any book that becomes a favorite of mine is a time freeze moment, honestly. I guess Stain by A.G. Howard is a good one. That was one of the few ebooks that I read and immediately went and bought a hardback copy. I typically wait until it shows up at my used bookstore. I’m broke like that. This one, I bought brand new.

Nico Di Angelo: A well-loved book you love too

I thought about Twilight for this one, but then I realized it has one of the lowest Goodreads ratings of my favorite books! So, I’m going with Everything, Everything. I figure any book with a movie must have a solid fan-base.

Calypso: A book you’d be marooned on an island with

I’m going to cheat a little on this one, and pick my collection of Jane Austen books. I feel like Jane Austen is an author I won’t get sick of. But just the idea of having only one book makes me sad, so I’ll move on now.

Rachel Dare: A book you predict you will give five stars

Hmm. My predictions normally don’t come true. But I will go with The Inheritance Games (I STILL haven’t gotten to read this one. Please come in soon!), which looks so fun.

Jason Grace: An upcoming book you’d get hit by a book to read now.

I’m going with Kingdom of the Wicked, since I’ve been looking forward to this one for a few months. It looks right up my alley, and that cover…

Piper McLean: A book you loved that someone else convinced you to read

This would have to be Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy, which is another historical fiction that is an all-time favorite of mine. It involves a woman having to pretend to be a man, and of course, delicious romance ensues. Plus, it’s set in medieval middle east, which is a setting I love. If you haven’t read this one, you should, because it’s awesome.

Leo Valdez: The funniest book you have ever read

Ah! I cannot pick just one. I am the kind of reader who laughs out loud (yes, I get weird looks), and it is impossible for me to pick just one funny book. Some of the funniest books I’ve read would include The Lightning Thief (of course), Howl’s Moving Castle, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and Poison by Bridget Zinn.

Hazel Levesque: An old book you read a long time ago but still love

Hmm. A good one would be The Mysterious Benedict Society, another all-time favorite of mine from childhood.

Frank Zhang: A book you were afraid to reach the end of

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano, definitely. She kept foreshadowing a sad ending, and I was on pins and needles.

Reyna Ramirez-Arellano: A book everyone hates but you love

Lol, since I realized this actually doesn’t have a great rating, I’m going to go with Twilight. I know this is kind of a love or hate one, but personally, I love it.

Octavian: A book you would punch without hesitation

Ha. Bone Crier’s Moon would be a good one for me. I know most people didn’t hate it as much as I did, but I wanted to strangle Ailesse (the main character) the entire time. Punching would work too.

Percabeth: The book with the best romance

Oh my goodness, there is no way I can pick just one with the best romance. So instead, I will go with the romance I have probably loved the longest, and that would be Ella Enchanted. Oh, Char’s love letter is just the best. If you haven’t read this one, go! Read! Because it is so super sweet. 🙂

Well, that was fun. Although it took a hot minute, lol.

My Tags:

  • Chloé @ Chloem.reads
  • r.bookish @ r.bookish
  • Tiffany @ Tiffthebooknerd
  • Anyone who wants to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged! This is a really fun one for Percy Jackson fans. 🙂

Whew, that was long! Thanks for hanging in with me. Hope you guys have an awesome week and happy reading!

Hayden

Tag Posts

The Sunshine Blogger Award

First of all, a huge thanks to Dorothy at Starlit Shelves for tagging me! I had tons of fun answering (and writing) these questions. Plus, I think this was my first tag post. (I feel like a grown up blogger, lol).

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.

1. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

It’s inspired by one of my favorite Scriptures, 1 Thessalonians 5:15. “See that no one renders evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” I mean, reading bad books isn’t evil, obviously, but I love the idea of always pursuing good in life, and blogging is my way of applying that goal to my reading.

2. If you could re-read any book as though it were your first time reading it, what would you pick? Why?

Ah, this is a hard one! I really want to cheat and pick two. Or three…but I’ll be good and pick the first one that came to my mind. That would be Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I know, this is kind of a silly choice, but I read it for the first way back when the series was first coming out, and I was a kid. I have this great memory of spending all afternoon on my grandparents’ bed reading the entire book, and I was just happy as a clam. I would like to feel that simplistic joy again…but sadly, I probably wouldn’t appreciate the book as much as my fifth grader self did.

3. What do you like to do outside of blogging?

Well, at the moment, all I have time for is blogging, reading, and school, school, school. But in times when I’m not completely overwhelmed, I like binge watching Netflix (for some reason I always discover new shows right before finals), crocheting and knitting (I’m not that good, but it’s fun), and playing the cello and violin. I’m also obsessed with eyeshadow palettes, but again, I’m not that good. And I have much fewer opportunities to actually wear makeup during this pandemic craziness anyway. So sad.

4. If you woke up tomorrow in the world of a book you’ve read, which one would you hope it was?

Um, so difficult! I’m going to have to go with Inkheart, although that’s kind of a tricky answer since the entire joy of Inkheart (and its sequels) is the ability to create new worlds through writing. And then travel between them. Yes, they read themselves into stories, and it is awesome. So yeah, I’m kind of cheating. But technically not.

5. What would the title of your biography/memoir be?

Hmm. I’ve never thought about it before. I’m only 21, so….Figuring Out Adulting? The Not Quite Adult Girl? I’m not sure, lol.

6. Do you use traditional bookmarks or something else?

All of the above. I really like having random stuff in my books, which somehow gains sentimental value (because I am way too sentimental), but I also appreciate real, traditional, beautiful bookmarks. I just don’t care for plain paper. I want something on it!

7. What was your favorite book as a kid?

Well….I already talked about Percy Jackson and Inkheart, which were a couple of my favorites. Other than those, I was a big Nancy Drew fan. I’ve probably read The Secret of the Old Clock five or six times.

8. What book would you love to see get made into a tv show or movie?

This is, again, a hard one. I do tend to prefer romances being made into movies, rather than fantasies. It would take a really well-made movie to not make my favorite fantasies cheesy. So, I’d probably go with Anna and the French Kiss. It is the cutest best friends to lovers romance, and it’s set in France, so I’d get to hear the beautiful French language. I would love that movie.

9. What made you fall in love with reading?

To be honest, I’ve been reading for so long that it’s hard for me to remember. When other kids were playing with toys, I was reading. I have very few toy-playing memories, lol. But I guess it would be the allure of what comes next. I have a really hard time practicing self-discipline when I’m in the middle of an awesome book, because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. My version of being grounded was having my books taken away. Gosh, I’m such a nerd.

10. Be honest: do you ever judge a book off it’s cover?

I mean, it depends on what I’m judging it for. Picking it up to read the description? Buying it? Or giving it a five star review? Because the first two, definitely. I cannot resist cool covers. The last, probably not. Although it kind of hurts me to give bad reviews to pretty books.

11. What’s your ideal reading set up?

When I have my own house, I really want a library room. I know that sounds ambitious, but it doesn’t have to be big! It can be small. I will just cover it in wall to wall bookshelves. It doesn’t even have to have a window! I will totally bring in a bunch of lamps. But I do kind of want one of those cool ladders. Because first, I’m short. Secondly, they are awesome. I also want a comfy chair. Preferably an old one. And a cushy rug would be nice too.

Nominations

It was so hard to make this list! So many good bloggers out there. If you’ve already been tagged for this award, sorry for re-tagging you! I did my best to look for people who hadn’t received it yet. Anyway, these people are awesome, and if you haven’t already, you should check them out!

Zoe @ Zoe’s Book Nook

Julie Anna @ Julie Anna’s Books

Georgia @ Lost in Neverland

Isabelle @ The Shaggy Shepherd

Leah @ Leah’s Books

Rachel @ SecondTimeAroundHomestead

Grace @ gracegetsbooks

Kayla @ The Unicorn Writer

Tralyn @ Tralyn’s Bookbag

Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own

Riddhi @ Whispering Stories

My Questions

  1. What ultimately made you decide to start your blog?
  2. What is the hardest part, or your least favorite part, of blogging?
  3. What are your favorite blog posts to write?
  4. Do you read more than one book at a time? If so, why?
  5. If you could only keep three books on your shelf, which would they be?
  6. Who is one hero or heroine that inspires you and why?
  7. What are your blogging goals for the next year or so?
  8. What do you like to do besides reading and blogging?
  9. Do you ever listen to audiobooks? If so, why/when?
  10. Who is an author you’ve been wanting to read from but haven’t gotten to yet?
  11. Are there any books you have multiple copies of? If so, which ones and why?

This was so much fun! Thanks for hanging in there. 🙂 Please feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments! I’d love to hear some of your answers. Dorothy’s question about reading a book like it was my first time was so interesting. What would be your pick? Hope you are having an awesome week and happy reading!

Hayden