Liebster Award Again!!

I’m really happy to have been nominated to do this award again, this time by craftypalooza! I originally was not planning on actually redoing it, but why not, right?

The Rules:

Link and thank the person who nominated your blog.

Answer the questions they asked you.

Pick eleven bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate.

Ask them eleven questions.

Let them know by commenting on one of their posts.

1. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to get more involved with my reading and interact with other people. I also thought it’d be a great way to boost my self esteem and learn more about the professional world by interacting with publishers and stuff.

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Both, but mostly fiction.

3. Book you’ve read so many times the spine has been broken multiple times?

My copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is split into two because the spine completely broke apart.

4. How many books did you read this summer? List them.

Really? This seems excessive… Ok. So according to my goodreads, I read 39 books this summer.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Analee Newitz

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Rush by Eve Silver

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

Killer Instinct by SE Green

We Need New Names by NoViolrt Bulawayo

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Every Day by David Levithan

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Branded by Abi Ketner

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

The Young World by Chris Weitz

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

The Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare

Zac and Mia by AJ Betts

Heads up Philosophy by DK Publishing

5. Author you read every work of and loved?

Not really sure what this means… I don’t love every book I read.

6. Do you read graphic novels?

Yeah, sometimes. I wish I read more of them, but they’re pretty expensive. I own two unread ones, and I’m planning on buying two more around my birthday, so yeah. You’ll see more coming soon.

7. Do do use a bookmark or just a random piece of paper or do you *GASP* dogear?

I often use no bookmark, but I do use my library’s bookmarks a lot. Each month they feature someone’s drawing on them and give them away at the checkout counter. I usually take like ten. Hehe.

8. What are your top 10 favorite books/series?

In no particular order:

Harry Potter

LOTR

The Hunger Games

Chronicles of Narnia

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Mysterious Benedict Society

A Song of Ice and Fire (although I haven’t even finished it)

The Percy Jackson Series?? I’m not sure. These are just the first series that came to mind.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Ender’s Shadow and Ender’s Game quartets (also unfinished)

9. What sequel was a big letdown?

The second two books in the Divergent series. Also the second two in the Matched and Maze Runner trilogies.

10. How old were you when you got a library card?

Probably 2 or three. I used to go there with my brother and parents and check out books all the time.

11. What book could you not finish, if any?

Too many. Not listing..

So I already did this a while ago and kind of nominated most of the blogs I wanted to already, so here are just a few more:

FictionFan

Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

Yvo

HOLLY

Milliebot

alwaysopinionatedgirl

wordweheart

Here are my questions:

1. List all of your fandoms.

2. What are your top 5 fave books? 10 if you can’t decide.

3. How much do you care about the physical appearance/condition of your books?

4. Buy books or borrow them?

5. Do you lend your books to people? Why or why not?

6. List some of your bookish pet peeves.

7. How often do you get in reading slumps? How do you get yourself out of them?

8. What’s your main motivation for blogging?

9. How long have you been blogging?

10. What are your 2 favorite and least favorite genres?

11. What is your outlook on book to movie adaptations?

Once again, thank you for nominating me! I hope all of you do this award, as I am quite proud of my questions, and I would like to see your responses, even if I didn’t tag you.

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Mid-Year Book Freakout

I realize it’s not really the middle of the year, but I have reasons. I’m not saying they’re legitimate, but I am a procrastinator. And I’m under a lot of stress right now with audition season starting and the beginning of school coming. I also feel like I won’t be able to really answer these questions very well, but this seemed fun, so too bad. I saw this on Brin’s Book Blog a while ago.

Best Book of 2014

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So this wasn’t published this year, but I read it this summer. This was one of the only books I gave 5 stars on Goodreads this year.

Best Sequel of 2014

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I NEED THE NEXT TWO BOOKS TO COME OUT NOW! I am praying for a way to get an ARC of the next book somehow, because this series is just addicting.

New Release You Want to Read

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Rainbow Rowell’s writing is awesome. It’s lively and entertaining and emotional. I entered like ten giveaways for this book and won none of them. That kind of sums up my luck in general. Anyway, this book looks really cool, and I want to see how a realistic fiction writer deals with the element of magical realism.

Most Highly Anticipated Book

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There are so many! I do find myself thinking of this one quite a bit. I read the first several chapters a while ago, and it was really interesting. I am also looking forward to The Iron Trial, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s new book. I don’t think I will buy it immediately, though.

Biggest Disappointment

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I was excited to read this book, but the characters annoyed the crap out of me. It only got interesting like 75% of the way through. Lara Jean (the main character) was definitely not a realistic portrayal of a teenage girl, and her naive personality was infuriating. I have very strong feelings about this book, but I will stop ranting now.

Also, The Young World by Chris Weisz was really disappointing. I wasn’t really expecting it to be great, but it was really not great at all. Same with Every Day by David Levithan. It was a really ambitious book, and the execution just did not work out.

Biggest Surprise

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I think this was the second book I read this year. I knew it was really violent, but it was just really disturbing, and it freaked me out so much. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it’s scary. And really graphic.

Favorite New Author
I haven’t read too much of any particular author this year, but I did enjoy book(s) by E. Lockhart, Libba Bray, Rainbow Rowell, Abi Ketner. I compiled this list quickly by looking through my Goodreads list, so it isn’t completely accurate, but close enough.

Newest Fictional Crush
Can I skip this question? I really don’t like the romance in many books, so I really don’t swoon over guys in books that much.

Newest Fave Character
I’m gonna go with Jem from the Infernal Devices trilogy. I already read these last year, but I’m rereading them now. You may already know this, but I am marathonning all of Cassandra Clare’s books right now. I’ll probably make a post about it when I’m done.

Book that Made You Cry

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This book is ridiculous. It was so poignant and suspenseful, and I think you should read it. It’s about a young man and his life in the work camps of North Korea and his impressions of the outside world. He deals with so many traumatic experiences, and I can’t even.

Book that Made you Happy

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This book was a mix of fuzzy feelings and dealing with family issues, and it was just heartwarming. I also love the cover!

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
I think the obvious answer here is The Fault in Our Stars. I saw it the day it came out, and it took a lot of emotional restraint to stop the tears from flowing.

Favorite Book Review
I’ve only written a few book reviews so far, as my blog is still pretty new. I’m gonna go with my review of #scandal by Sarah Ockler because I had a lot of fun writing it.

Most Beautiful Book You Got this Year

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IT IS SO PRETTY AND THE DRAWINGS ARE REALLY NICE OK

What Books Do You NEED by the end of the year?
I have nothing specifically, but I really want to read every book that exists in the universe. Especially the ones I already own, because then I actually have a legitimate excuse to buy new books.

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Hello! So I’ve seen this tag everywhere. I think it started with Booktubers, but many blogs have picked it up in the last couple weeks, and now it’s my turn to join the masses!

Greed

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I think it’s a tie between a graphic novel called Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life  by Ulli Lust and by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. I Got S from Amazon for $35. This price is actually reasonable for the book due to the exceptional concept and production of this book. Click here to read more about it.

 

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Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is a really thick book featuring beautiful hand- drawn art, so I can also understand the pricing. I got this from a really cool used book store for $35. It also won the award for best new graphic novel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is exciting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got this book from Book Outlet for a really good price. I think it was $1.49 or something like that. I thought it was a great deal for a new book in perfect condition. I read this while I was in Japan and really enjoyed it, although I would have liked a more conclusive ending.

 

 

 

Wrath

With which author do you have a love/hate relationship?

This is a really tough question! In general, I either like or dislike an author, not both. I’m gonna go with J.K. Rowling or maybe George R.R. Martin because death.

Gluttony

Which books have you shamelessly devoured many times?


imagesMy childhood! I love going back and rereading old books, especially these three series.  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket was really the first set of books I read with a sarcastic tone. They also somehow managed to be slightly educational, but they were so outrageous. I really want to read more of Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket was a pseudonym) really soon.

 

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I think I’ve mentioned this series once already, but it always makes me really happy. It also taught me that everyone is different, and all personalities and talents are useful in different ways. Who wouldn’t want to read about kids accepting each other and their differences and then working together to save the world? It also covers issues of morality and ethics and stuff.

 

 

 

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This last one is pretty obvious. I love this series, and binge reading it is always a good thing to do. I think I’m alone in this, but I always love to reread the first one the most. It’s Harry at his happiest, and I like to remember the beginning of the magic. HARRY POTTER IS BEAUTIFUL. Although Harry is my least favorite character.

 

 

Sloth

What book/series have you neglected out of laziness?

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I’ve only read the first two. This series is really brilliant, but the books are just so long, and I keep forgetting the characters and stuff. It’s really hard to keep track of all of the minor characters and their mindblowingly elaborate backstories, even while using A Wiki of Ice and Fire, which is a really valuable source for those who are also struggling with this series.

 

 

 

Pride

What books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

I normally talk about classics or contemporary award-winning literature. I mention authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens. Ooh, and Victor Hugo. Mentioning famous poets and quoting their work also helps. I generally only do this while talking to my English teachers, and I always try to read the heavier stuff at school and save the YA for at home so they get a good impression.

 

Lust

Attractive male character attributes

The best male characters are not cliche. That is most of what I look for in a male character. Do not write about the nice clean guy and the tall dark mysterious one and make them compete for the same girl. I will throw those books across the room. My favorite characters are funny, sensitive, and not girl-obsessed. Don’t give me anymore dangerous broken personas or demeanors of stone.

Attractive female attributes

I want more complexity. I want to really legitimately see female characters grow as people rather than leech off of a boyfriend’s power. Many of the female characters I have read about really just need to get over themselves and focus on the problem at hand. This applies to movies as well. WHO HAS TIME TO MAKE OUT WITH SOMEONE AS THE WORLD ENDS!?

 

Envy

What books would you most want to receive as  a gift?

This. I already own the series, but all my books are falling apart and are in different formats. I would feel guilty buying it for myself, but if a friend gives it to me, then there’s no reason to shame myself.

The other thing I would love to get is a set of the Barnes and Noble collectors editions. They’re magnificent and majestic, but most of the books are already public domain, so I wouldn’t really spend that much money on them. I own three so far, though.

 

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That was my Seven Deadly Sins Tag! I realize I did rant a little, but it was necessary. I’d love to see your answers to these questions, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. 

The A to Z Bookish Survey

The A to Z Bookish Survey is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner, but I saw it. On Brin’s Book Blog. I was not actually tagged, but I was encouraged to do it, and it seemed really cool!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m not sure. Maybe John Green or Rick Riordan. It’s soon to be Cassandra Clare. I’m planning to read all of her books next month.

Best Sequel Ever:

I’m gonna have to say Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. It’s one of those books I like even better than the first book. The series is just getting better and better!

Currently Reading:

Several books. You may know that I am slowly listening to the audiobook of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I am also reading Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott, and The Young World by Chris Weitz.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Maybe hot chocolate? Or iced hot chocolate in the summer

e-Reader or Physical Book?:

I use both. e-Readers are more convenient, and its easier to find a comfy reading position with these, but physical books are so much fun to collect, and they have no battery life! They also survive natural disasters more often than electronics do!

Fictional Character You Would Have Dated in the Past:

No idea. I wouldn’t have dated in the past. I still don’t.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:

Not sure. I’m gonna go with Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Or maybe Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was kind of skeptical about these books, but I really liked both of them.

Hidden Gem Book:

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. I say this because this is written by independent authors, and I haven’t seen much hype about it. Read my review here.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering goodreads. Also starting this blog. 

Just Finished:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I really liked it! I hope to buy the whole series when they all come out.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I avoid erotica and smutty books. I tend to avoid books with shirtless people kissing on the cover.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

or

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I’m not sure which one is longer and I’m too lazy to check.

Major Book Hangover due to:

Haven’t really had one lately. I read more than 20 books last month, so there’s that…I feel kind of worn out. 

Number of Bookshelves you Own

I have 4 in my bedroom. I also keep some of my books on several other shelves around the house. Shelf room is definitely and issue for me!

One Book you have Read Multiple Times:

I love rereading childhood books. A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter are my main sources of nostalgia

Preferred Place to Read:

Anywhere quiet with comfortable seating and even lighting. Preferably a boring landscape like a white wall so I don’t get distracted.

Quote that Inspires you:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 

-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Reading Regret:

I regret nothing. Reading is cool.

Series you’ve Started and Need to Finish:

The Mortal Instruments Series. I started it a couple years ago when I borrowed the first book from a friend. I have recently purchased the whole series in beautiful hardcover.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Harry Potter in General

Unapologetic Fangirl for:

John Green. I know, my answer is pretty mainstream and obvious, but HE’S REALLY COOL, OK?

Very Extremely Excited for this Release:

The conclusion to the Lunar Chroicles series!!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Reading like 20 million books at the same time

X Marks the Spot–Look at your bookshelf. What is the 27th book?

My bookshelf is stacked, so it’s kind of hard to tell. I think it’s Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

I got a bunch of books for school. I got the complete works of Sylvia Plath, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, and one more which I cannot remember.

ZZZZ Snatcher–The Book that Kept You From Sleeping:

Just whatever I’m reading at the moment. I also generally use the night time for watching BookTubers. 

 

People I tag!

Carolyn @ Hypothetical Anomaly

Selina @ thenerdypuffer.wordpress.com (We’re doing a buddy read together! Details here!

Erin @ Raised a Reader

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If you end up doing this tag, I’d love your links! Post them in the comments below!

Liebster Award!

Yay! I’m really happy to be nominated for this award! Thank you to Erin @ Raised a Reader

The rules are as follows:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you posts.
3. Choose 11 blogs with less than 200 followers for the award.

I am going to go in order, starting with the facts. Since I’ve already given some facts for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’m gonna copy the first ones and add a few more.

1. I play the violin. I’m also trying to learn the piano, even though I played piano before I started violin.

2. I’m super impatient. If I know books are coming in the mail, I will obsessively track its location online and check my mailbox multiple times a day.

3. I obsess over everything. I’m usually somewhat of a perfectionist, so I stress over tiny details. And cover changes of books midway through a series. *AHEM ACROSS THE UNIVERSE BY BETH REVIS AHEM* I obsess over books and TV shows. All the time. It can get pretty stalkerish. I took creepy pictures of John Green at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival from above.

4. According to my parents, I was so determined to learn how to walk when I was a baby that I practiced for hours a day.

5. Even at an early age, I loved reading. When I didn’t know how to read I pretended I did and made up a language of gibberish as i ” read” out loud.

6. I used to be very outgoing g and extroverted, but now I have a hard time holding a conversation with people I don’t know well. I think my awkwardness and nerdiness gets in the way.

7. I really enjoy randomly over-analyzing things and twisting their words subtly. I get into some really ridiculous arguments as a result.

8. On my original Very Inspiring Blogger post, I accidentally typed “needy” instead of “nerdy” and I’m really embarrassed now. A lot of you saw that, and I’m sorry.

9. I have a twin brother. I am female. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT IDENTICAL! I get that question all the time and just…sigh…

10. Since I transferred to a specialized school, people at my school complain that I’m over competitive. They have no idea what my old school was like. I was about average there, but now people judge me and scold me for wanting perfect grades. It’s quite frustrating.

11. I can be quite sarcastic. I love writing subtle satirical tidbits and incorporating them into various school assignments. Some of my teachers are quite oblivious to these incorporations, and it’s sometimes the only way I survive a class.

Question Answering time!

Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been on goodreads for a while and recently started reading other blogs and watching booktubers, and it just seemed like something I really wanted to do. I also wanted to improve my writing and get all kinds of feedback from people.

Where did you get your blog name?

When I knew I wanted to start a blog, I immediately started trying to think of names. I thought for a long time and eventually just tried to think of different puns/fandoms that I could relate to books. I was watching Stark Trek, and I thought it would be a good name, since books are kind of infinite. It’s one of the only aspects of our society that can go on forever, but it’s grossly unexplored.

What’s your favorite of your own blog posts?

Well I only have a few, so… Not really sure. Sorry. It would be helpful if I could get some feedback on what you’ve liked and disliked on my blog so far!

How do you find new blogs to follow?

I search through the site with tags like books, book review, YA, etc.

Would you ever stop following a blog? Why?

I would, but that is very rare. I only do it if I don’t find their content interesting. There are just some blogs that post really frequently about things I don’t really care about.

What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts?

I love commenting and people who comment on mine. This community is just super friendly, and I often follow people who comment or follow my blog. I get super excited when someone comments on my posts and reply as soon as I can.

Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why.

I very much value any and every blog I have followed. I carefully consider the reviews of others and decide for myself whether I want to read the book reviewed.

Name one author you will always read.

JK Rowling. Always. (Anyone get the reference??)

If you could only recommend one book for another to read, what would it be and why?

It honestly depends on the person. If I chose just one book, I would be lying. Sorry. You may already know of my devotion to Harry Potter, so I guess there’s that.

What is your most anticipated read of 2014?

I think it’s probably Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I REALLY WANT THIS BOOK! I don’t think I’m gonna have enough money to buy it when it comes out because I am broke. If you’ve seen my June acquired books, I think you’ll know why. But I will find a way to get that book!

Provide a book recommendation based on your favorite TV shows.

I have several top shows, so I’m gonna recommend several books.

For fans of Once Upon a Time: Read the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love fairytale retellings.

Actually, I’m gonna combine several shows together. This is kind of weird, but let me explain. If you like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Supernatural or shows along those lines, I think you may enjoy The Diviners by Libba Bray. It’s historical, hence the Doctor Who; contains mystery, which is for Sherlock; and it’s filled with occult and weird supernatural stuff like ghosts, which satisfies the Supernatural aspect of it. I read this book quite recently, which is probably why I thought of it.

Nomination Time!

I’m honestly struggling to find people to nominate. Time to look though my reader/dashboard thing!

Lily @ Words We Heart

Hazy @ The Undercover Bookworm

Katharine @ the library life

Kris @ The Nerdy Soul

I’m gonna say I’m done now! Sorry, but it’s late and I’m tired. I hope I got everyone’s info right. I also apologize for the lack of pictures.

Happy reading!
Mariel

Liebster Award!

Yay! I’m really happy to be nominated for this award! Thank you to Erin @ Raised a Reader

The rules are as follows:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you posts.
3. Choose 11 blogs with less than 200 followers for the award.

I am going to go in order, starting with the facts. Since I’ve already given some facts for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’m gonna copy the first ones and add a few more.

1. I play the violin. I’m also trying to learn the piano, even though I played piano before I started violin.

2. I’m super impatient. If I know books are coming in the mail, I will obsessively track its location online and check my mailbox multiple times a day.

3. I obsess over everything. I’m usually somewhat of a perfectionist, so I stress over tiny details. And cover changes of books midway through a series. *AHEM ACROSS THE UNIVERSE BY BETH REVIS AHEM* I obsess over books and TV shows. All the time. It can get pretty stalkerish. I took creepy pictures of John Green at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival from above.

4. According to my parents, I was so determined to learn how to walk when I was a baby that I practiced for hours a day.

5. Even at an early age, I loved reading. When I didn’t know how to read I pretended I did and made up a language of gibberish as i ” read” out loud.

6. I used to be very outgoing g and extroverted, but now I have a hard time holding a conversation with people I don’t know well. I think my awkwardness and nerdiness gets in the way.

7. I really enjoy randomly over-analyzing things and twisting their words subtly. I get into some really ridiculous arguments as a result.

8. On my original Very Inspiring Blogger post, I accidentally typed “needy” instead of “nerdy” and I’m really embarrassed now. A lot of you saw that, and I’m sorry.

9. I have a twin brother. I am female. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT IDENTICAL! I get that question all the time and just…sigh…

10. Since I transferred to a specialized school, people at my school complain that I’m over competitive. They have no idea what my old school was like. I was about average there, but now people judge me and scold me for wanting perfect grades. It’s quite frustrating.

11. I can be quite sarcastic. I love writing subtle satirical tidbits and incorporating them into various school assignments. Some of my teachers are quite oblivious to these incorporations, and it’s sometimes the only way I survive a class.

Question Answering time!

Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been on goodreads for a while and recently started reading other blogs and watching booktubers, and it just seemed like something I really wanted to do. I also wanted to improve my writing and get all kinds of feedback from people.

Where did you get your blog name?

When I knew I wanted to start a blog, I immediately started trying to think of names. I thought for a long time and eventually just tried to think of different puns/fandoms that I could relate to books. I was watching Stark Trek, and I thought it would be a good name, since books are kind of infinite. It’s one of the only aspects of our society that can go on forever, but it’s grossly unexplored.

What’s your favorite of your own blog posts?

Well I only have a few, so… Not really sure. Sorry. It would be helpful if I could get some feedback on what you’ve liked and disliked on my blog so far!

How do you find new blogs to follow?

I search through the site with tags like books, book review, YA, etc.

Would you ever stop following a blog? Why?

I would, but that is very rare. I only do it if I don’t find their content interesting. There are just some blogs that post really frequently about things I don’t really care about.

What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts?

I love commenting and people who comment on mine. This community is just super friendly, and I often follow people who comment or follow my blog. I get super excited when someone comments on my posts and reply as soon as I can.

Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why.

I very much value any and every blog I have followed. I carefully consider the reviews of others and decide for myself whether I want to read the book reviewed.

Name one author you will always read.

JK Rowling. Always. (Anyone get the reference??)

If you could only recommend one book for another to read, what would it be and why?

It honestly depends on the person. If I chose just one book, I would be lying. Sorry. You may already know of my devotion to Harry Potter, so I guess there’s that.

What is your most anticipated read of 2014?

I think it’s probably Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I REALLY WANT THIS BOOK! I don’t think I’m gonna have enough money to buy it when it comes out because I am broke. If you’ve seen my June acquired books, I think you’ll know why. But I will find a way to get that book!

Provide a book recommendation based on your favorite TV shows.

I have several top shows, so I’m gonna recommend several books.

For fans of Once Upon a Time: Read the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love fairytale retellings.

Actually, I’m gonna combine several shows together. This is kind of weird, but let me explain. If you like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Supernatural or shows along those lines, I think you may enjoy The Diviners by Libba Bray. It’s historical, hence the Doctor Who; contains mystery, which is for Sherlock; and it’s filled with occult and weird supernatural stuff like ghosts, which satisfies the Supernatural aspect of it. I read this book quite recently, which is probably why I thought of it.

Nomination Time!

I’m honestly struggling to find people to nominate. Time to look though my reader/dashboard thing!

Lily @ Words We Heart

Hazy @ The Undercover Bookworm

Katharine @ the library life

Kris @ The Nerdy Soul

I’m gonna say I’m done now! Sorry, but it’s late and I’m tired. I hope I got everyone’s info right. I also apologize for the lack of pictures.

Happy reading!
Mariel

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!

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I was tagged by the wonderful Alex in Bookland. Thank you. I am so excited!

The Rules:
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other blogs and tell them they have been nominated
5. Optional: Proudly display the award on your blog. Also follow back the person who nominated you!

Seven Facts About…

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Facts About Me

1. I play the violin. I’m also trying to learn the piano, even though I played piano before I started violin.

2. I’m super impatient. If I know books are coming in the mail, I will obsessively track its location online and check my mailbox multiple times a day.

3. I obsess over everything. I’m usually somewhat of a perfectionist,so I stress over tiny details. And cover changes of books midway through a series. Also, I obsess over books and TV shows. All the time.

4. According to my parents, I was so determined to learn how to walk when I was a baby that I practiced for hours a day.

5. Even at an early age, I loved reading. When I didn’t know how to read, I pretended I did and made up a language of gibberish as I “read” out loud.

6. I used to be very outgoing and extroverted, but now I have a hard time holding a conversation with people I don’t know well. I think my super-nerdiness gets in the way.

7. I really enjoy randomly over-analyzing things and twisting people’s words without them noticing. I get into a lot of really ridiculous arguments with friends because of this.

8. BONUS! Not really. This is the second time I have had to type this post because I accidentally deleted it the first time and so now I’m really mad.

Time to nominate people! There is no way I’m choosing 15 people, especially due to the fact that this is my second time writing this.

Selina @ thenerdypuffer. She has been begging me to tag her for something since she started her blog a couple days ago.

I also nominate littleonionwrites for being so helpful and friendly and just running a really interesting blog.

Erin @ Raised Reading for being friendly and just generally cool

Stefanie @ Bookmark in Bangkok (I think) in congratulations of her follower milestone

Sorry if I missed anyone… To the people above: if you have already been nominated, sorry. At least you get free publicity 🙂