Top Ten Facts About Me and The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey everyone! The TTT topic for today is Facts About Me, so I decided to combine it with the Versatile Blogger Award, since it is also fact-based. I’m awful at listing facts about myself, and it seemed like overkill to have two different posts for basically the same thing.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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10 Bookish Facts About Me

  1. I’ve been reading YA books since late elementary school.
  2. I started out really into dystopian and paranormal books, but nowadays I rarely read those genres, sticking to contemporary and fantasy.
  3. I’ve met a few of my favorite authors, including Libba Bray, Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff. I turned red every time.
  4. I organize my bookshelves by order of how much I enjoyed each book/series, with some special shelves depending on the genre.
  5. I love how rainbow bookshelves look, but it stresses me out to think about books I didn’t like shelved next to books I loved.
  6. My mom is really awesome and she’ll read the YA books that I tell her to. Then we can fangirl together and it’s great.
  7. I can never decide if I like paperbacks or hardcovers more. Honestly, I love them both.
  8. I break the spine of basically every paperback I read, and I know that there are ways to prevent it, but I can’t get them to work.
  9. I never read hardcovers with the dust jacket on. It’s hard to hold and I’m afraid of wrinkling it.
  10. I LOVE rereading books, and I’ve read most of my favorite books at least two times (but probably more).

Thank you to Diana Prince Reviews for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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Rules

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 3 blogs of your choice (sorry I’m lazy and 15 is WAY too many)
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

7 Non-Bookish Facts About Me

  1. I just got my drivers license.
  2. I really love working with Photoshop. Sometimes I edit photos, sometimes I follow other people’s tutorials, sometimes I just make random images, but I enjoy all of it.
  3. I enjoy basically every subject in school except science. Probably, that’s just because I’ve had pretty bad science teachers, but I also just don’t connect with the material the way that I do with math/English/history.
  4. I like most foods, except for red bell peppers, cucumbers, and anything spicy.
  5. I don’t have personal accounts for social media platforms. My bookish Twitter/Instagram is my only Twitter/Instagram.
  6. My cat is a giant ball of sass and insolence…but I love her for it.
  7. I miss my sister like crazy! She’s been at a college program for the last three weeks, and while I’m glad she’s having a fun time, I wish she was home!!!

I nominate:


There it is! Sorry some of those facts are boring…it turns out I’m a boring person, apparently. Happy Tuesday!

The Entertainer Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Anna @ Space Cats and Books for nominating me!

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The Rules

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 (sorry, it’s not going to be that many) other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Add these rules to the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer these questions down below!

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

My sister had started a blog a few months before to showcase her sewing and she was having a lot of fun with it so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Unlike her, I am not crazy-talented at sewing, so I decided to blog about my love: reading and writing.

2. What is your favorite book?

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AAAAHHHH! I can never choose. My go-to answer is The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner because that book is incredible and not many people have read it, so I’m always trying to get people to pick it up. It’s the third book in a series, so if you’re interested—and you should be—you should read The Thief.

3. What do you dislike the most?

Wow, that’s a tough one. Probably people who know they’re breaking the rules, then look all offended when a teacher calls them out, then crack up with their friends when she turns away, like “What was that about?”

You were being an A-hole, that’s what it was about.

4. What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Pretzels! Any kind, I just love mall pretzels.

5. What is your favorite pastime activity?

Either reading or watching Netflix, depending on what my day has been like. I love reading, of course, but sometimes I just need to decompress and watch a few thousand episodes of TV.


the Funny, inspiring, and entertaining bloggers I nominate

Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

You are under no pressure to accept if you have a lot on your plate right now!


What about you? Do you love mall pretzels?

What lesser-known favorite of yours should I know about?

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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I was nominated for this award by the amazing Syc @ The Lit Mermaid. It was a long time ago and I can’t believe that it took me this long to get around to posting this (I’m the worst with awards). Seriously, check our Syc’s blog—she has amazing graphics and is a super nice blogger! Thanks so much for the award, Syc!!!

The Rules

  1. Display the award on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 6 4 deserving bloggers with the award.
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write seven interesting things about you.

Seven Facts About Me

Can I start off by saying that I LOVE the name of this award? I feel so legit writing out the name.

  1. I’ve never played a team sport, though I have taken gymnastics and diving lessons (the latter for a much shorter duration). I currently fence.
  2. I’m in AP Calculus, and I actually enjoy math classes, but I have less than no intention of pursuing math as a career.
  3. Even though I recently turned seventeen, I just started driving. I could have gotten my permit a year and a half ago, but I dragged my feet.
  4. Through my school’s journalism program and making graphics for this blog, I’ve started to really love graphic design. I find it a surprisingly relaxing hobby for something that is routinely so tedious.
  5. I am a cat person! My cat is named Muzgle and I love her soooo freaking much.
  6. I love rereading books! Most of the books on my “Top Shelf” have been read at least three (but probably four) times—and I have no intention of stopping.
  7. I’m a twin! A lot of you know this by now, but my twin is a really talented sewer sewist (she prefers that word, cuz, you know, it isn’t connected to sewage). Check out her blog here.

My Nominees

  1. The Galaxial Word
  2. Jess @ Princessica of Books
  3. Nikki and Amy @ Every Book You Need to Read and More
  4. Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Congratulations to everyone! And thank you again, Syc, for nominating me!

The Blogger Recognition Award!

Thank you so much to Hidden Staircase for nominating me for this award (originally created by Eve at Edge of Night–thanks as well)! She blogs about mystery books and you guys should go check her site out! It is always such an honor to receive these awards from fellow bloggers! 🙂 Let’s get to it.

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Here are the rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

  • Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. Attach the award to the post. List who you’ve nominated in the post.

  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story

I started this blog in April of 2014, when I was a freshman in high school. My sister had started a blog a few months earlier to showcase her sewing, and she had enjoyed it. (By the way, go check her blog out! She makes costumes and ready-to-wear clothing, and they are super cool.) I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try out a blog focusing on reading and writing.

I never “planned” on being a blogger. If you asked me at the beginning of freshman year if wanted to start a blog, it was so far off my radar that I wouldn’t have even known how to respond–it was never something I even thought about doing. That is, until the day I came up with a name for a blog and hopped on WordPress to create it. I’ve been blogging ever since.

Blogging is simultaneously a stress reliever and a stressor. I usually try to have three posts a week (though in a hectic week at school I might drop down to two). Writing blog posts is refreshingly different from schoolwork, so it gives my brain a break, but when I’m short on time, even giving myself a break it stresses me out. It ends up being a positive presence in my life on balance, however.

My Advice

Advice? Umm…I’m not sure I’m actually qualified for this, but here goes nothing:

  1. Have a personality. I’ve noticed that the posts of mine that get the most traffic and likes tend to be posts in which I let my inner sarcastic fangirl loose. Sometimes with book reviews or TTT posts, I find myself being boring–just getting the facts across–but it always helps to let your own voice spruce up your posts.
  2. Give yourself some “easy” posts. Especially if you plan to keep yourself to a goal of writing a a certain number of posts per week, having “easy” posts that you can write each week without too much work makes posting regularly simpler. I do the TTT meme every week, because I can write it in advance, it doesn’t take too long, and it lacks the pressure of other posts (such as book reviews which require, well, reading books).
  3. Don’t be afraid to be a part of the community. Blogging isn’t just about putting your own story out there, it’s about interacting with fellow bloggers. The book blogging community (and other blogging niches, I would assumed) is supportive and friendly, so don’t be afraid to comment on other people’s posts or reach out to other bloggers. In my experience, there isn’t a VIP room for bloggers–we’re all in this together, no matter how long you’ve been blogging.
  4. Make sure you’re having fun. Sometimes, blogging just won’t fit into my schedule for the week. If I find myself overwhelmed even taking the time to look at my blog’s dashboard, I know that I should back away from blogging for the week. Blogging is a great outlet and stress reliever, but only if you make sure that it stays a hobby instead of a tedious obligation.

My Nominations

Check out these amazing and wonderful blogs!

(If you already received this award, I’m sorry, and you are under no obligation to do it again.)

Creative Blogger and Inspiring Blog Awards

Thank you so much to My Cafe au Livre for nominating me for both of these awards! I love her blog and it means so much to me to get these awards from fellow bloggers 🙂

The Inspiring Blog Award

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The rules are:
  1. Thank and link the amazing person (or people) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
My facts:
  1. I love playing cards, especially Gin. It’s a tradition with my grandparents to play it for hours when we go on trips together.
  2. My blog name comes from my love of cards. “52” is the number of cards in a deck, as well as my favorite number.
  3. Though I post a lot of poetry on this blog, I only started actively writing poetry recently. I wanted simple samples of my writing to post, as well as something to do when I don’t feel like sitting down and working on my WIP novel, so I picked up poetry.
  4. I have a really hard time writing short stories. I have a lot of ideas but I have trouble forming plot arcs that work in a short story format. Often, when I start a short story, I realize that I’d actually like it to be an entire novel.
  5. I’m awful at spelling. Well, I used to be awful. I’m getting better, I swear, but every time I visit my sixth grade teacher she makes a joke about how bad at spelling I was in elementary school (and sort of continue to be).
  6. On that note, when I was little, I was convinced “hamster” had a “p” in it. I’m still frustrated that it isn’t spelled “hampster.”
  7. I have two pets: a cat (named Muzgle) and a hamster (named Macaroon, Mac for short).

The Creative Blogger Award

The rules are:
  1. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  4. Pass these rules on to them
My facts:
  1. I am currently working on the second draft of my WIP novel Devil May Care. It is currently 141 pages and about 50,700 words. I started this draft in December 2014.
  2. My favorite character to write is not my protagonist. Don’t get me wrong, I love my main character, but there is this other character who comes into the story and she is so much fun to write dialogue for.
  3. The West Wing is probably my favorite TV show right now. I watched all seven seasons a while ago but I can’t stop rewatching the show! It is amazing.
  4. Though I’m a total geek for Doctor Who and Once Upon A Time (different shows, I know, but I love both of them), I haven’t watched either of their current seasons. (AHH! No spoilers please.)
  5. I have a twin who is a super talented sewist (I’d say sewer but she said that’s awkward…) and you guys should check out her blog. I love her a ton, no matter what I usually say… 😉

I nominate:

I’m nominating you for both awards. If you’ve already gotten one of them, or only want to take part in one of them, that’s fine. Thank you guys for all being amazing and I love your blogs!

Katherine at deckle and gold

Cheri and Chebk at OK Potato

Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts

RJ at Heir of Ravenclaw

Overflowing Bookshelves

The Liebster Award #2

Thank you to londiniumgirlbooks for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It means so much to me.

Here are the rules:

  • link back and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • answer the eleven questions they give you
  • tag up to eleven bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  • ask your nominees eleven questions and let them know you tagged them!

I’m not going to nominate anyone. Everyone that I wanted to nominate has already received the award, so I’m leaving this open to anyone who wants to participate. BreAnn’s questions are really good, so fell free to also answer them and pass this award along to people you feel deserve it. 

1. What is the most overrated book or book series?

Anything by Rick Riordan. Seriously, I liked his first Percy Jackson series, but as soon as he announced that his next series was going to have basically exactly the same premise I lost respect for him. It felt too much like a play for more money (like when movie companies make sequels instead of risking money on creating and marketing a new movie). I know a ton of people are obsessed with the books, but I feel like there are a lot better books out there to read.

2. Do you usually buy your books, borrow them from friends/family, or rent them from the library? 

Buy them. My sister and I pool all of the gift cards we get for Christmas/birthdays and use the money the rest of the year to buy books. I love owning physical books, even if it ends up taking some money out of my pocket (and if I need to get creative on how to store them in my small bedroom).

3. Physical books or eBooks-which do you prefer? Or do you like both?

Physical books, no question. I love the feeling of holding a book, and I have this habit of playing with the pages of a book as I read it–which you can’t do with ebooks. Reading on screens isn’t my thing, and from a practical standpoint, since I do most of my reading at school, ereaders would probably be stolen or not allowed by my more controlling teachers.

4. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Oooh, tough question. I’ve used receipts, scraps of paper, Post-It notes, tissues (unused, of course). Recently, I’ve actually started using a real bookmark that one of my (amazing) friends made me. In a kind of backwards way, I think using a real bookmark for long periods of time is weirder for me than using anything lying around.

5. Favorite book based solely on appearance?

The Knife of Never Letting Go (and the rest of the Chaos Walking trilogy) by Patrick Ness. The covers fit the books to well. They come off very plainspoken and simple, but they fit the books perfectly, and they are gorgeous, in my opinion.

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6. Favorite character from any book?

That’s gotta be Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. Gen is loveable, frustrating, childish, ageless, and brilliant. So much fun to read, and with the perfect amount of character development over the course of the series. You never know what is going on in his head until he slowly reveals his plots and you realize once again that he is a freaking genius. I love him.

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7. Where do you do most of your reading?

At school, when I’ve finished my classwork, especially after tests. Or in this wonderful chair in my living room that is exactly the right size to curl up in.

8. Who is the worst (as in the most badly written) character you’ve ever encountered?

I don’t think I can answer this. I tend to get rid of books I hate, so I don’t even know where to start with this.

9. What’s the oldest book you own?

Wow. I don’t know how to answer this one either. I have my mom’s copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe from when she was in elementary school. A lot of the books I bought during my elementary school obsessed-with-ancient-Egypt phase are old as well. I also have a lot of Agatha Christie books that I bought second-hand, so I have no idea how old they are.

10. Name a book you love, but think its cover is despicable. Why do you hate the cover so much?

Such a hard choice! I hate a lot of book covers when they just don’t match a book–they are so obviously marketing ploys to get people to buy the books, even if the intriguing image doesn’t relate at all. Despicable is a strong word, but I’ll go with either the cover of Vampire Academy (#1) or the Throne of Glass series covers.

The VA cover just looks like a badly-taken selfie that’s trying to be sexy–which doesn’t tie into the book very much. Plus, the series lends itself to such amazing covers, and this seems like a waste of potential.

The Throne of Glass covers are pretty but don’t match the book at all–they make it look like a sci-fi-esque series, instead of a fantasy one. Plus, the girl on the cover doesn’t look anything like what Celaena is supposed to look like. Again, this series had so many options for amazing and accurate covers.

Okay, rant over.

11. What is the largest (actual size or page numbers) book you own or have ever read?

Probably The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. So freaking long. So emotionally tormenting. So amazing.

 

January Wrap-Up

January wrap up

Wow–I can’t believe January is over. That was fast.

Personally, this was a good month. I now remember to write ’15 on the top of my papers for school. I survived the start of second semester. I’m having a good time. February will be kind of stressful in the beginning, but for the most part, my life is pretty awesome right now.

On this blog, I had 19 posts. I’m really proud of that, though I wish I’d read more books.

Book Reviews

I reviewed Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade, and Heir of Fire, all part of the Throne of Glass series. Loved them, of course.

I also read The Harlot by the Side of the Road by Jonathan Kirsch and All Fall Down by Ally Carter (reviews for these coming).

Poetry and Writing

I published three poems: Scarred, Being Polite, and Tragedy.

In the writing world, I Played With Character Descriptions by writing little blurbs about each of my friends. I also gave you some insight into my writing world with Beautiful People–Author Edition and with a ramble on Falling into a Rhythm with writing the second draft of my WIP.

Random Posts

I gave you my Thoughts On First Lines, Talked About Identity, and ranted about expectations in school for my 150th post. I got a ton of books for Christmas and my birthday. And I started 2015 Reading Challenges…which I haven’t made much headway on yet (whoops).

I took part in two top ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Books I Can’t Stop Rereading and Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To.

I received the Beautiful Blog Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you to the people who nominated me–and everyone who has read posts on this blog. You guys are amazing 🙂

What about you guys? How was your January? What are you planning for February?

Beautiful Blog Award :)

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I was nominated for this away by Brin @ Brin’s Book Blog. It means so much to be thought of for blog awards and I’m honored to have been given another.

The rules for the award are as follows:

  1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and say a little something about them.

I like the fact that this award focuses on the nominees instead of the nominator. It’s nice to be able to explain why you nominated someone. 🙂

I nominate:

  1. Aubrey Joy @ Point Taken — I love the name of her blog and the cheerful tone of all of her posts. Her newsletters are fun to read and she takes place in a ton of cool readathons.
  2. Emily Mead @ The Loony Teen Writer — Again, I love the spirit of this blog. She has so much fun with incorporating gifs and humor into her posts, and it’s great to read.
  3. Sumaira @ Hyper About Books — Her reviews are well thought out and written and I love reading her random rambles.
  4. Merin @ Read and Reviewed — I love all the memes Merin takes part in. Her random discussion posts and monthly State of Merin posts are great.
  5. A. E. LaGrand — This girl’s poetry is ridiculously amazing.
  6. Kara @ What Kara Reads — Her book reviews are thorough and always suggest new books for me to read.
  7. Samantha @ Strings Attached — Okay, so this one is kinda a cheat, but I’m nominating my sister, because she just got back into blogging and she’s had some great posts recently. Also, she’s my sister, so…yeah.

Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for having amazing blogs and giving me great posts to read every day.

No one is under any obligation to accept the award if they don’t want to, I just want to give you all a shout out for being great.

One Lovely Blog Award!

A giant thank you to Justina Luther at Welcome to my Imagination for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! It is such a great way to start the new year. These awards mean a lot to me and I’m so happy to have been thought of. 🙂

The rules for the award are as follows:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you for the award

2.  Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog

3.  Share 7 facts or things about yourself

4.  Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog

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Seven facts about myself:

  1. I don’t like science. Most of my family loves it but a combination of bad teachers and uninteresting information has left me annoyed at the subject in general.
  2. My hair was blonde and then it slowly (and naturally) turned red when I was in my early teens.
  3. I can’t handle spicy food. Black pepper is basically too spicy for me to eat. (I’m a wimp, I know.)
  4. I started reading YA books in 4th grade. It was really funny when I reread them when I got older and realized how many inappropriate scenes I had missed the first time around.
  5. I wrote two novels in elementary and middle school, with multiple drafts of the first book and plans for two more in the series. I dropped the concept because it stopped appealing to me as I got older, but I’ll probably come back to the concept some day.
  6. I’m really sarcastic. I don’t think I’ve put much of it into my blog, but in person I’m ridiculously sarcastic.
  7. I’m a total geek and I watch way to much TV. Some of my favorite shows are Doctor Who, Sherlock (BBC version), Once Upon a Time, Psych, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin (can’t believe it got canceled). I’m behind on most of them (those that are still on the air) so please no spoilers!

I nominate:

  1. Holly at Belle of the Library
  2. Todd Medici
  3. Ashley at Words We Heart
  4. Jay at The Wolf of Starbucks
  5. Brin at Brin’s Book Blog

Here’s to a great 2015!