Thursday, October 11, 2018

90's Kid Book Tag

So I saw this tag on Nose Stuck In A Book, and I wanted to try it, just like all the other tags she does.

While I may have only been born in 97, I still enjoyed many of the fads of the 90s while growing up because the early 2000s were a lawless land. Don't believe me? Go google the top fashion.

THE RULES

*copied from 'The Literary Phoenix'
  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around! I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone's answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s. Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!
*anything in asterisks are my personal feelings/memories with each 90s fad because I have many a story*

Pokemon

A GBA game and trading card game where you balled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all. Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon. *my mom didn't let me watch Pokemon so I didn't get to play until Pokemon Go came out, my favorite is Vulpix*

The author you need every book from: Julie Kagawa. I love all of her stories. It started with the Iron Fey series, and now I have at least one book from each of her series. Here's to getting them all!

AIM

AOL Instant Messaging - how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone. *I actually never used AIM because I didn't have friends during this fad*


Book that connected you with your best friend: I read a lot of books that my friends also read. However, Twilight is a reason why my roommate Emily and I got along so well. We both read the books during important/difficult times in our lives and when we met, we both mentioned that we liked it, and there began our Twilight Trash adventures and movie binges. (also Seth but I met him through Emily because of Twilight and just her in general lol)

Furby

Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed. Somehow these made a comeback? *Furbys scare me and I'm glad my mother never got me one*

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster: MOBY DICK. The premise is good, but I hate the book and let the furbies eat it.

N'SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake? *I know few songs from this band but I know most of the memes....ITS GONNA BE MAY*

Book that you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to: The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I loved it so much and I thought the story was so interesting, also I wanted to follow Wanda more and see more of her working the world around her in a new body.

Slimed

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out. Also apparently still a thing at the Kid's Choice Awards? *this is still on my bucket list*

A book that everyone loved but you hated: I mean, most books that I liked, everyone that I know also liked it. I don't know many people that liked the few books that I hated. Most people know the books that I dislike.

I will put a side-ish note here that there are books that I will not read due to stuff other reviewers say about it/or the author. One of them is The Black Witch. From honest reviews I have found about this book it's just not good, and problematic, and the fans of the book and author attack the reviewers who didn't give it a 4-5 star review so I don't want to be a part of any group like that. I see the book all over the internet so I guess that this one can fit this category.

Oregon Trail

90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great. It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths. *I only heard about this game like last year at some point because they made it a mobile game*

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery: For Whom The Bell Tolls get's this spot, hands down. I had to read this book for an English class in high school, and I liked the first two summer reads my professor assigned so I went into For Whom The Bell Tolls with hope, but THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT. The book was so boring to me and the way Hemingway wrote made me wish I was suffering any other way than by him.
*I looked up what dysentery was and I'm shook*

Mixtape/CD

Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn't have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other. *my mom made my sister and I mixtapes to play on our little personal CD players. It was great. I honestly remember the rise of all the music sharing and streaming and it seems so far away*

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what:

  1. The Iron King from the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa (I could literally talk about this and it's spin-off series for the rest of my life).
  2. The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (as well as the rest of the Shadowhunter Chronicles because the characters are good and so is the story).
  3. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer. (I'd say Twilight but while I love the series I love Edythe just a bit more)
  4. *I just wanted to extra one* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (I love these books too and I'm sort of sad their hype has died down but at the same time I understand why)

Dial-Up Internet

You know how it's annoying when you aren't on LTE? IMAGINE WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD! *I can honestly say I don't remember having dial-up...maybe I just wasn't allowed online during the time my mom had it. I always remember not waiting too long for things. Then again I was young and maybe I just don't remember the passage of time that well*

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read: Lord of the Rings. I've only made it past Fellowship of the Ring as of this being posted so you know it's going to be a long time before I ever come out with a review or just any type of post about them. But I still love Middle Earth.

Kenan Thompson

He's that guy who's been on SNL forever. Also Mighty Ducks. Good Burger. Keenan and Kel. All That. Everything. *I watched like none of these...I know I've seen GB but I blocked that the hell out of my brain*

The book you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that's okay because it's awesome: The Shadowhunter Chronicle books go here again! Almost every blog and bookstagram that I follow have mentioned them and that's okay because I love them too.

Thumbs Up, Seven Up

A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone's thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking. *I still love this game and will also say yes to playing it again*

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don't like guessing games: I don't do this because it gives me anxiety. I watched a friend read the ENTIRE last page of a book before starting it and my heart actually stopped in my chest.

Dunkaroos

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea. *while I did like these, I really only remember eating the Shrek edition of them...and now I want them again*

You ideal bookish snack: Honestly anything. I could be eating my dinner while reading. As long as I don't get too much on the pages I call it a good day. But I do like having tea, cider, or hot chocolate when I read.

Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark

Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid! Plus, there were illustrations... *yea screw these I like watching Buzzfeed Unsolved but not these lmao, just the photos give nightmares*

A book that kept you up all night: I've never read something so scary to keep me up all night if that's how we want to go. But I have stayed up late reading The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) and The Lost (Witch and Wizard #5) before.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye. He has a Netflix show again! *I never watched him in class until like a clip or two in college...which is weird but yea*

A book that taught you something new: I read a book for one of my history classes about the French Revolution (which is one of my favorite time periods) and it talked about EVERYTHING that lead to the revolution. Before I had only known about how it affected the royal family because I was a big fan of Marie Antoinette.

Now, while I don't know a lot of other book blogs (I need to start looking up others and make more friends in the bookish community) I can't tag anyone outright, but if you want to do this, do it! Let me know as well because I wanna see all your answers!

À bientôt!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bookish Alphabet Survey

So I just love all the tags that Nose Stuck In A Book does, so here's another one I'm doing from her!

It's a bookish survey from A-Z, I'm excited to do this too! Get me thinking about all my books again (when am I not thinking of them all though right?)


Author you've read the most books from:

Cassandra Clare, I have read 33 of her books (this is because I do each novella as it's own book and not the collection as one). The next most-read author is Julie Kagawa, and I hope to read all of hers in the coming years because I love her and her books.


Best sequel ever:

I honestly can't think of a sequel...I've read tons of them but I can't think of one that stuck out SO greatly that I would say it's the best ever. Mainly if I like a sequel, I like the whole series. I guess the only one that I can say I really liked is Catching Fire from the Hunger Games Trilogy.


Currently reading:

As of publishing this post I am reading: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.


Drink of choice while reading:

I love drinking either tea, hot cocoa, or apple cider. I like warm drinks while I read, but I occasionally will have one or two of them iced. Just depends how warm/cold my reading area is and how I'm feeling.


E-reader or physical book:

I like them both. I really don't have anything against reading an e-book. I have a kindle and it's just I have so many physical books that I want to read first before my e-books that I have on there.


Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school:

Oh so many.


Glad you gave this book a chance:

The Host. My aunt, who I trust with book opinions, said she had a hard time getting through the first few chapters and stopped reading it. But I really liked the Twilight Saga so I gave Meyer's other book a chance, and I was really glad that I did. That book almost made me cry.


Hidden gem book:

I really only read a lot of mainstream books, I don't know if anything I have read is a 'hidden gem' book. I guess I can say the Call of the Forgotten Series by Julie Kagawa is something of a hidden gem to me. It's a spin-off from the Iron Fey series (also by Kagawa) and I feel that not many people have read it. But I love it.


Important moment in your reading life:

When I read a book faster than another kid in my class. It was a bet I had in fifth grade with a kid in my class. One day we both realized we were reading the same book and he bet me I couldn't read it faster than him. I finished it that day when I went home and started a new book the next day. He was SHOOKETH. Also the day I finish the book companion to Aquamarine in one day during fifth grade again. I was a fast reader back then.


Of course I didn't really read again until the seventh grade when I read Witch & Wizard for a school project and then my full love and passion of reading started to bloom.


Just finished:

By the time of this post being published I have just finished: Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy. You can find my review of it here.


Kinds of books you won't read:

Just because I like having action and adventure and magic in my books, I don't tend to read non-fiction or romance novels. I want something that will take me as far from reality as possible. Not to say I haven't read non-fiction and romance novels, or just novels/stories that don't surround magic and mayhem, but they aren't my first pick. The summary really has to grab me for that.


Longest book you've read:

I went back through my Goodreads profile since 2013 to find the longest book that I have read. Goodreads should have a button with the stats to show the shortest and longest books just right there. It'd be so cool.

The longest book is Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind (over 800 pages). I had to read the book for my Fantasy Literature class my senior year of high school. I really liked the class and while the book was tedious during the class, I've grown to have an appreciation for it in my years.


Major book hangover because of:

That would be Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy at the moment. I had to take two days to process what I had read by the end of it. I normally don't get book hangovers because I just dive into the next one on my shelf, but every once in a while one book will stop me in my tracks.


Number of bookcases you own:

I have one actual bookcase in my room. Then a have a smaller one that only fits my movies. The other books in my room are in a set of drawers if they don't fit on the small ledge that lines on of my bedroom walls. It's an interesting set up. Check out my bookstagram to see what I'm talking about!


One book you have read multiple times:

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson. I've read it about two and a half times.


Preferred place to read:

My room. I can curl up in my bed with the covers on and read until I can't feel my lower back. When I'm not at school I can have a cat cuddling with me too so that's always fun!


Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” - Neil Gaiman (from Coraline)

I actually haven't read Coraline, I've seen it, but I really like this quote.


Reading regret:

I don't have any regrets when I comes to books and what I've read over the years. I don't think people should regret what they read, or when they read it.


Series you started and need to finish (all the books in series are out):

The Galahad series. I've read the first two in a volume edition. It was a really interesting concept I just haven't been able to find the other two volume editions at any book stores and I want to get the volume editions so my books all match.


Three of your all-time favorite books:

1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Unapologetic fangirl for:

The Twilight Saga. Shame me all you want. I'm vampire trash and I'm proud of it!


Very excited for this release more than all the others:

The next Iron Fey-esque book by Julie Kagawa that has been heard to be in the works. I'm shaking with excitement!


Worst bookish habit:

Just shoving my books into bags and purses. I need to invest in a book sleeve for when I go places. I'm tired of looking into my bag and seeing my headphones all tangled with the pages because I'm an animal.


X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The 27th book on my shelf is:

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa. I just love her so the fact that I get to talk about her books some more in a blog post is just fun.

I was at school and literally texted my mom to count my books for me too, and when I said to send a selfie of her with the book she just sent one with the book against her shirt...she's no fun! But thankful I have a mother that will do a weird favor like that for me!


Your latest book purchase:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. It was released on October 2nd and I preordered it to get to my school by the 2nd. It's more beautiful in person than I thought it would be.


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

I haven't spent nights reading since I was younger. I really like my sleep nowadays. But one of the books that just kept me up so long was The Lost by James Patterson. It was the last book in the Witch & Wizard series and I teared up at the ending.


Well, back to reading I go!

Let me know if you do this too! I'd love to see what you come up with for each letter.

À bientôt!

Photo/Gif creds: alphabet, catching fire, stopwatch, wizard's first rule, heart, reading cat,

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy - A Book Review

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It's a great story with mystery and intrigue, so any part of the story I want to get my hands on. When I had the chance to get Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, I did, and it was a great choice. I love Simon, he's one of my favorite characters in the whole story/world of Shadowhunting, and the ending of City of Heavenly Fire hurt my soul because of all the things that happened to him. (If you haven't read COHF yet you don't want to read TFTSA)

The stories within the collection lead you through the two years of Simon's time in the Shadowhunter Academy (hence the full title). I loved seeing a different side of the world I have grown to love so much and to meet new people that I hope will be seen in future books (looking at you Clare).

However, just like any other Cassandra Clare Shadowhunter book, there was heartbreak, death, and so many emotions. EVEN A BABY! I will try to be as vague and spoiler-free as I can but know I'm not promising anything to you.

I gave all the novellas 5 stars, just because that's how I felt about them. I love the world, I felt that it was all really well written, and I connected with the characters. Sooooooo, five stars for all! *Oprah voice* Everyone gets five stars!

I liked the difference at the beginning of the elites and the dregs, and by how the end of it, thanks to Simon, there was almost no difference between them all except the Ascension (which I will get to later because I have some WORDS on that).

I felt it was just right for Simon's character, who has been through so much, to stand up for the mundanes in the Academy and for Downworlders, because he's been both at one point in his life. Why would someone who has been a mundane, then a vampire, then a mundane again NOT stand up for basically everyone? Doesn't make sense, especially with my boy, so I'm glad that's not how it went.

I also like how by the end of the book, I had a new ship that I saw building from the middle of the stories and to the end. Though it wasn't like...stated in the books...it basically was and I'm ready for their journey. MarisolxJon

And while this was covered with Simon, I liked how there was a story within that also focused on Magnus and Alec. They are such a dynamic pair of characters, and it also featured the whole Lightwood family getting along so that's a fun little twist.


I also liked how it showed Simon feeling sad about people he didn't really know, because of the Blackthorns. It was difficult because I have read Lady Midnight already so I knew the stuff he was trying to figure out during the Parabatai ceremony of Julian and Emma, but for me it made it that much more interesting to start Lord of Shadows too, which is sitting on my desk back in my dorm room.

Catarina was a wonderful, refreshing character to have. She wasn't as tied to the Shadowhunter world, so she didn't really care about watching her mouth and I agreed with like, all the things she said. She was blue, and just done with everyone. It was also great that she kept referring to Simon as Daylighter, because it was a part of him, and that part of him helped him, and will in the future help him, become an even better Shadowhunter.

NOW WE MOVE TO ASCENSION! I was nervous that whole time. What was going to happen? Who was going to get hurt? It was all going so smoothly, so something HAD to go wrong...right? YES! It's Cassandra 'I murder all you love' Clare! It was RUDE to do what she did, but at the same time, I understand it, because it helped Simon pick out his Shadowhunter name and all that, but still. My man George deserved better!

I know Lord of Shadows doesn't follow Simon or any of the others from the Academy, but I'm still excited to read it. I'm just lucky I have friends who will let me borrow their books for extended periods of time because I suck at reading sometimes.

On to the next Nephilim adventure!


Have you read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy? What did you think? Who is your absolute favorite character/couple within the whole world? Mine is Charlotte Fairchild/Branwell and her marriage with Henry Branwell.

À bientôt!

Photo/Gif creds: main cover, story covers, star gif, shadowhunters,

Monday, October 1, 2018

Reading Challenge 2018 Completed!


Yay! Another year in the bag! I made a small goal this year, due to the fact I thought I was going to be in another country and just a lot busier. But I completed it, which still needs to be celebrated.

So, by small goal, I mean I only gave myself a goal of 15 books this year. Not too hard, but like I had said before, I thought I was going to be in another country, and also, novellas are wonderful for raking in reads during the year. Maybe next year I’ll go up to 20 books. That’s how many that I was able to read last year, going over my other goal of 15 books, reading 16 by the time of this post's publication, and by the looks of it, I am going to go well over the goal again this year. I have a vocab-building book from one of my classes, and I plan to read at least one more book before the school year ends. So that's at least two more.

It almost seems to me that I chose the smaller numbers so I can have that wonderful feeling of going above and beyond the amount that I had originally wanted to do. But just hitting the challenge might be what I do next year.

Also side note, I love the fact that the reading challenge had like an orange/red look to it because orange is my favorite color.

Because I read mainly scholarly books and many novellas in one edition, I don't have a lot of reviews out for this year. But here are two that tie into the books that I read this year so far!

Death Cure review
Fault of our Intuitions (a post I made about a quote in one of my French Revolution books I read for a class)

À bientôt!

Photo/Gif creds: challenge photo,

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Blogger Confessions!

So I recently saw this post by Nose Stuck In A Book and wanted to try it out. I love trying new bookish tags. I also like diving deep into my feelings about books, so let's go!
1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
I don't fully remember the name of the book but the last book that I did not finish was last year and it just didn't interest me. The summary on the back did, but starting the book I just didn't like it, or the writing style. (I didn't save it in my Goodreads so I can't find it, sorry!)

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I don't feel guilty for reading anything that I own, but I'll just say Twilight because of it's hate. I love the series and you can pry it from my cold, sparkly hands.

3. Which book do you love to hate?
I don't know if I have a book that I love to hate. I think I only read books that I do like, and anything else is just...I don't read it again or just don't talk about it. Maybe Moby Dick and For Whom the Bell Tolls. I read them both and didn't like them.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
Anything by Hemingway, I very much dislike him. For Whom the Bell YEETS!
Also Moby Dick, let the whales eat it.

5. Which book have you read the most?
I have three books that I have read twice (I have so many books that I don't have time to read some more than twice). They are Witch & Wizard by James Patterson, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I liked him at first, but none of John Green's other books interest me, or the same with James Patterson. Currently I only really love the Witch & Wizard series by him (and other authors) and have all of those books on my shelves.

7. Which book could you not live without?
Oh, I can't even tell you what book this would be. All my Julie Kagawa and Tolkien books have to stay. I need to keep those. I guess if I had to chose which books to keep I'd do those.

8. Which book made you the angriest?

The angriest? I don't think I've ever been mad at a book, maybe disappointed if the book wasn't that great if it had a lot of hype.

NO WAIT! It was Allegiant. Because of all the damn serums this world had, they don't have a resurrection one! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? #RIPTris

9. Which book made you cry the most?


The Host by Stephanie Meyer. It was only towards the end though when I thought Wanda was gone. I was so sad I was tearing up at my aunt's house. I keep hearing rumors that there will be more of the Host series but so far nothing. @ Meyer: PLEASE I WAIT

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

I'd have to say that the cover that I hate the most is my cover for "Witch & Wizard: The Kiss" because it's different from the other four books. The first three and the fifth one (in my collection) have a letter on fire, and The Kiss has a face, which is supposed to be Wisty. For a while I couldn't even find a cover with a 'K' on fire and then like two years later it appeared, and only in paperback so it would mess up my book type if I got it unless i repurchase the WHOLE series...

So, those are my book confessions. I guess I haven't read too many books that I dislike or hate, but I have read some, haha. I still have more books to read this year, and there will never be a shortage of books to read.

If you also want to do this Book Confessions let me know! I'd love to read yours. Also let me know below if you agree or disagree with any of my confessions. It's always great if others agree with you.

À bientôt!

Photo/Gif creds: Twilight, The Iron King, W&W covers, The Host

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Senior Moments

So, I'm not a senior citizen, but I am a senior in college, which basically has the same anxieties and difficulties, if not more of them because I'm spending so much money on an education to get a job to help me pay off my education. Absolutely nutso. Or maybe I'll just be one crazy old lady who rambles about books and cats, but we'll get to that bridge a little later in life.

So I've started my last first semester of my Undergraduate career. I am only 8-9 months away from having two Bachelor of Arts degrees, who exciting is that!? Well, it's exciting to me and that's why I went to school, and added on the second degree (I started out as just a French major and then in my second year added a major of Media Studies Communication). Both of these majors, and my professors have helped open so many doors and opportunities for me.

However, while this is all great, I'm still worried about paying off my loans, like any college student is. Money is tight for a lot of us, but I'll keep pushing through.

Now, if you've followed my blog or even my YouTube you would have seen a post or a video about how I was going to study abroad in Canada this semester. That didn't happen. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find housing up in Canada that I felt was safe enough or close enough to my host school. So at the last minute my friend and I (who was also supposed to go) dropped out of the program and we returned to our home school. We were lucky to be accepted back and helped so quickly.

We live together in one of the upperclassmen dorms, and I'm taking classes for both my majors to help me get closer to graduation and I have to start looking for projects for my French Capstone, so any ideas could be helpful!

I want to share wisdom from my last three years, but I don't know what to say, or even if the things that I would say could be wise. So I'll just list a few things that are close to clichés and hope that they help people in their daily lives and anyone heading into college.
  1. Make friends - talk to people in your classes. I found one of my best friends in my first year math class. We sat next to each other and just joked for the rest of the semester. It also turns out we went to the same high school, were in the same band/colorguard, knew each other, but just weren't friends, but hey! That's what college is for.
  2. Go to events - Bingo is big on my campus. We go hard for those boards and prizes. I even won a game my freshman year! It's a fun atmosphere and you might even meet new friends during the events.
  3. Talk to your advisors/professors - They are there to help you. I talk to my advisor for my French major as often as I can (I'll do that with my MSC advisor too soon since she's back from Sabbatical). They want to hear from you, want to be able to help you in any way that they can, so let them!
  4. Do your homework. Buy/rent the books (physical copies or e-copies). Go to class. I know there are so many videos giving you tips and tricks on how to pass a class without going or even reading the book, but you're already paying so much money to go there, why waste it??
  5. Take what you can get. I lived my first year in a dorm, the next two years in an apartment, now I'm in a dorm again. And I'm fine with that! I have a home. Don't be upset with where you are at first, you'll find your place and where you're better later. Let things take time.

My first week of classes has come and gone. My room is getting set up how I want it to look, I'm excited for the semester and the year to come.

If you're someone in college, just starting college, or going to college in the coming years and want to grab some advice that I didn't share in here, comment down below! I'd love to share more of the thoughts in my brain that I can't format into this post.

À bientôt!

Pic/Gif creds: college clip art, crazy eyes

Friday, June 29, 2018

Book M.A.S.H.

So, I wasn't tagged, but I saw this tag in Nose Stuck In A Book and I wanted to try it out! It was really fun and I spent an alarming amount of time looking at all my books and thinking of all the media that I enjoy to chose the four items in each category, so I hope you like the story that I end up giving at the end of this post because I do.

THE RULES:
  • Link back to the original post on Kyera’s Library so she can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, she won’t get notified if you just tag the URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!
HOW TO PLAY: *rules copied from Kyera's post*

"For those who are unfamiliar, I’ll (attempt to) explain the game. You have ten different categories and you want to populate each of them with four different answers. Depending on your preference, you can do four good options or two good and two bad. The second makes the game a little more exciting because you are worried you’ll end up with a bad option.
In the classic game, you would be doing this with another person. They would tell you to close your eyes and draw a spiral. When they tell you to stop – you stop and count the number of lines in your spiral. Essentially, if you drew a line through the center of the spiral, how many times would it intersect? That is your magic number.
If you’re by yourself, you can always just pick a number and use that as your magic number.
Starting at M.A.S.H. count each option until you reach the magic number then cross it off. For example, if your magic number was 3 you would count 1 – M, 2 – A, and 3 – S. Then you would cross off S. H would become your new 1. You continue this through each category, crossing off as you go until there is one option left for each category.
What you have left is your YA story! If what I wrote made no sense to you, sorry – you can always go to this website which explains how to play with some pictures."
Now here is my game!
M.A.S.H.

Genre
1. Fantasy
2. Paranormal
3. Historical Fiction
4. Science Fiction

Love Interest
1. Edythe Cullen
2. Rowan (Iron Fey series)
3. Minho
4. Clary Fray

Setting
1. Middle Earth
2. Nevernever
3. Forks, WA
4. Post-apocalyptic world (like Divergent or Hunger Games)

Best Friend
1. Puck/Robin Goodfellow
2. Uriah
3. Gimli
4. Izzy Lightwood

Villain
1. Sebastian Morgenstern
2. Jeanine Matthews
3. The One Who Is The One
4. A demon

Pet
1. Cait Sith/cat
2. Hellhound
3. Weasel
4. None

Job
1. Necromancer
2. Librarian
3. Runner
4. Dwarf smith/Blacksmith

Transportation
1. Giant eagle
2. Portals
3. Dragon
4. Train

Power
1. None
2. Healing
3. Strength
4. Telekinesis

Trope or Plot Twist
1. Forbidden love
2. Deathly plague
3. Government experimentation
4. Long-lost sibling 

My YA Sci-fi summary, I'll even make up a title for you all.

The Newest Sci-Fi Adventure! Steel-Forged Stars

Monica is a blacksmith in the walled society of Mexus, the second oldest planet city created after Earth overheated and exploded hundreds of years ago. With her best friend Gimli, they work and live together in an abandoned mansion left behind by the founding families who have moved on to the newest city development with Monica's pet Weasel, Cougar. 

Life on Mexus seemed to be doing great, until secret dealings by The One Who Is The One, the current elected leader of the solar system, brought new problems and troubles to what was once a quiet and low maintenance city. Edythe, who was sent to Mexus by the supposed long-lost sibling of Monica, there is not stopping the three from traveling by portals to the Solar Center to stop The One.

With no powers besides her smith skills and her brains, will Monica be able to save the world she knew? Or could the whole solar system fall apart? Find out in Steel-Forged Stars by Monica Laurette.

What did your YA M.A.S.H. turn out to be? Let me know in the comments (this is me tagging you to do the Bookish M.A.S.H.)! And this is actually a decent story idea that I might keep it and just change some of the names, maybe add another trope and twist while I'm at it too!

à bientôt!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Why I Have Been Absent

Hello, this is going to be a long post so if you can bear with me that would be great.

I have been gone for quite a while now from this blog. My last post having been done in April, my Page Habit box reveal. Since then, I have been working hard finishing my junior year in college and getting home. I have also been battling a little internally which I will share later in this blog. I just haven't been feeling like myself, and for those reasons (and the ones I will share with you) I haven't felt the pull to post something. I've barely read a book that I've been DYING to read ever since I got it at a library sale.

So, I finished my junior year of college. I had many research papers and projects to finish, so many that I just couldn't even think about doing something that was fun for me, like reading or writing (by the way I completed my NaNoWriMo novel and am on the editing stage of that). I just had to get my work done so that I could pass. Outside of my papers and projects but still in the realm of school, I was working TIRELESSLY on my study abroad trip. This trip has had its ups and down, from before being Lyon, France to now being Montréal, Canada due to money, I'm still having issues.

I have been honored to be awarded two scholarships through my school due to the work in the language department of my university and one for my study abroad trip, but I also won third place in a French video contest held by the Franco American Centre of New Hampshire. My research partner and I from one of my classes won a small award from the Women's Studies Council at my university based off our paper on Wonder Woman and how her new movie has changed the world of cinema for women. So it seems that my hard work has been paying off!

However, with all this, and all the work that I have been doing since 2016, I still need some money. As of this moment, I am only covered just over half of my trip. I was not able to find a job for the summer either, so that will hurt me in my journey. I still need to get the rest of the money before I leave, so that I am able to have a place to stay while in Montréal and be able to eat. I will most likely be living off campus so I need money for rent (which is surprisingly cheap).

Here is my travel fund if you are able to donate: Help Send Monica To Canada for an Eye-Opening Semester!. If you can't donate yourself, I ask that you please share to help me instead. The campaign is only open for the rest of June because I can't change the end date so I would need the money ASAP!!

So, now on to my internal battle that I mentioned earlier. I am diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and I take medication for this. However, I for a while I was without health insurance and I wasn't able to pay every month for my depression medication. This meant that I was in a low spot, this also happened while I was finishing up school, so the stress of school really began to take a toll on my like it never had before without the help of my medication.

However, I have made it home. I have insurance again, and I am back on my meds. I am starting to slowly feel better, but the depression is still a strong hold on my head and thoughts. Also, with all the talks about suicides in the media (RIP all those who have passed), it's hit me because I once felt that low.

I'm bouncing back though, I hope to be in full swing of myself but the end of the summer. I have family events coming up with people I haven't seen in a while so that's exciting, and I look forward to working harder on my study abroad trip.

If you've read this far, I thank you. I know that I can ramble on at sometimes and that not many people care about someone's personal life online, but I just wanted to share the things that make up my life, and in the process make up who I am.

If you have any questions I would love to answer them! Now, let's end this off with a cute gif of a cat, shall we?

à bientôt!

Gif credits: black cat in the tub, heart,

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MY FIRST EVER PAGE HABIT BOX!

So, I got an email one day about a big sale going through Page Habit (or more specifically Quarterly) that a lot of their older boxes were on sale for a way lower price. I looked around at the older boxes that they were selling and thought about getting one. There was one in particular that I really wanted, so I looked more into it on Goodreads. I found out the character is bisexual just like me, so I purchased it.

I got the box about two weeks later. I was so excited to pick the box up at my university mail center, and walked home with it with a large smile on my face. The next day I recorded a video showing everything, so if you want to see me being weird you can always check that out.


The book! It was so pretty in person the photo on the left does not do it justice. I am still trying to get the handle on bookstagram photos, and trying to find my own style.

And all the books from Page Habit come with annotations from the author, and in the photo the right, you can see the small note from the author about them! I can't wait to read about Sarah's journey with this book.

Now, for all the gifts that came with the book!

Tree-friendly pencils for all your note-taking needs! Even comes with a strip of sandpaper to sharpen them!

 A tiny metal bookmark. The small photo is of a library scene with many books and a ladder to reach high up. I don't even know if I'll ever use this, it's too cute! I might just display it on my shelf for a while.

A small enamel pin of a comic book! I didn't think I'd like something like this when I was younger, but now I love the pastels and I can't wait to make a larger collection of pins.

A cute little Time Traveler patch! I haven't had a patch since I was in Girl Scouts, so I think I need to go shopping for a nice jean jacket to start my wonderful new collection. I can't wait to be all patched and pinned up.

STRING LIGHTS! These are something I've wanted to have a while now. They are great for photos and just look wonderful in your home. I'll have to hide them from my cat or hang them up high though, Tucker likes to bite things that you love. Good thing that he's cute.

This was the second reason I decided to buy the Page Habit box. This cute little pillowcase! It looks like one of those due date slips in library books and I can't wait to show it off to anyone who comes into my room. 'HI YES HELLO I LIKE BOOKS'

The small gift inside the box. I didn't know what this would be, but now I'm happy about it. I don't know what I'm going to write on the keychain, and I want to take some time to really put the right words on there. Maybe find my favorite vine quote because Vine has never died in my heart. (or my YouTube history)


THAT'S IT! THE WHOLE BOX! I can't wait to start reading the book and using all of my little items. 

À bientôt!

Photo creds: all are my photos that I took on my phone.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

$10 Library Book Haul - April 2018

So, like my previous post on this event will tell you, my local city library will hold sales! You bring a bag, either a reusable shopping bag, or you can take a brown paper bag from them, fill it up with books, CDs, or even DVDs that they have no longer in circulation. Then all you have to do is pay them $10!!!

Ten dollars for a large number of books and other materials that normally altogether would have cost closer to $100. How great of a deal is that?? The best kind for me, and I'm sure my fellow booklovers will agree.

This time I was lucky to come home from university to take part in the sale, my mother and I were going to go to a paintbar the next day so it was just no thought about also going to this sale. Down below I will label the books and other items that I got, and why I decided to put them into my bag.

The French Way: 2nd Edition by Ross Steele. This book my mother handed to me. It was about the lives of those who live in France, and their sort of day-to-day culture. I thought it was an interesting book to have on hand for the day that I finally go to France for a vacation (or for a job).

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I saw this book and was reminded that I've always been interested in this story, even from the movie. I just never saw the film and then never got around to read the book. Maybe now I will!

The Essential Cat by Paddy Cutts. So, it's a book about a photographer following around cats and taking many photos of them. How could I not get it???

French: A Self-Teaching Guide by Suzanne A. Hershfield. Even though I am a French Major with almost seven years of experience with the language (wow that was a jarring sentence to write), I think it's always good to relearn the basics and make sure you're fully grasping what you need to do.

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. I sang the musical version of this once so I thought this was a fun find at the library. I might read it to see how different or similar it is to its musical adaptation, or I might give it to my choral director as a gift for all he has done.

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. I liked the cover on this. It drew me to the book. Then I saw the tagline and dropped it into my bag. I always like learning about creativity. And if I don't like it, then someone else will.

Off The Beaten Path: Southern France (author unknown). So, someday in the future, I am going to go to France. It would be fun to learn about other places and areas in the South of France to discover. I couldn't find it on Goodreads either so oh well.

The Cat by Edeet Ravel. SO first off the title is The Cat so I had to read the back. The summary was very interesting and had a strange twist to it. I just hope the mystery in the summary will not be the only thing that I like about the whole story.

A small book about what to name your cat based on their personality, horoscope, and more!

Menagerie by Sharon Montrose. This was a French word, so I was intrigued. Then there were animals all over the cover. Turns out the book is just a bunch of pictures of animals. So in the bag it went.

Woodland Rains CD. An hour of calming nature sounds. Perfect for when I start meditating again!

Sucker Punch DVD. Another movie I have always wanted to see, but I could never find where to watch it. Let's hope it will live up to the hype I've put onto it in my mind.

The Year's Best Science-Fiction Annual Collection(s). This is authored by many and edited by Gardner Dozois. I grabbed the 28th, 29th, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th editions of them. I have always wanted to get more into Sci-Fi, so large collections of many short stories might just be the way to go!

So, these were the books, CD, and movie that I was able to purchase this past weekend. It was always a fun experience.

I was also doing a homework assignment while there. For one of my communication courses, I have to conduct two sets of 3 hours where I only communicate non-verbally. This means no talking or even texting! It was so hard to do that around books, I love them so much so I like to talk around them, even if just to myself wondering if I should get the book or if I have it already at home.

So, that was my $10 book bag sale. It was fun, and I found some really great stuff. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some photos of all the books to put it on Instagram before I go home too. Does your library do things like this? Would you like them to? Have you read/listened/or seen anything on my list? Tell me what you thought of it!!!

À bientôt!

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Fault of Our Institutions

I am taking a French Revolution & Napoleonic Era history class at my university because I love the French Revolution (and I'm a stan of Marie Antoinette let's be real here), and while reading for homework one day, I came across a quote in one of my books that I feel is very fitting for all time periods, especially this one.


"Woman is born with as many capacities as man. If she has not demonstrated it until now, it is not the fault of Nature but of our former institutions." - Georges Couthon, wheelchair-bound Jacobin from the Committee of Public Safety.


I read this quote and instantly thought about the world that we are currently living in. What kind of world did they live in back in the 1790s that someone would say this about women? To me, it was a good one. Even in the French Revolution period, women were a high priority. They had control of some things and they were getting rights. That's more than can be said for America and our history with women's rights.

What I am getting from this quote is that, no matter what, women are equal. And that if we are not able to show ourselves, it's because of the barriers that society (mainly men) have put up in front of us, and we can only show ourselves when we are able to bring ourselves over that barrier.

To me it is crazy to think that during a time period way before ours, they were thinking of women as their own persons, and not just a thing, or a wife/mother figure. They were so powerful during the revolution that some of them were arrested for their efforts. A whole group of women stormed the Versailles palace demanding the price of bread be brought down and the royal family move back to Paris. Imagine something like that happening today...I just did and in my head it was lovely.

If they could point this barrier in the 1790s, then we can see it now, and it's only ignorance that you don't want to face it. I say we need to take a large hammer to those barriers and walls. Grab your hammers (fake ones please don't hurt someone else) and let's break down those walls! VIVE LES FEMMES!

What do you think of the quote? Do you think we could learn something from Couthon in today's age? Do you think that this quote is just far fetched and Couthon did know what he was talking about? Let's discuss it in the comments.

À bientôt!

Quote cred: Peter McPhee, Liberty or Death. (New Haven and London, 2016). Page 208
Photo/Gif creds: Couthon, sledgehammer,

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