Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I feel like I haven’t done a tag in ages, so here I am with one that is long, long overdue. Two of the most wonderful bloggers I know, Mandy and Kyera created this very special tag that combines two wonders of the world: Books and Disney Princess Hair. That’s right: HAIR.

The Rules:

  • Link back to Kyera’s original post on Kyera‘s Library and Mandy’s post on Book Princess Reviews so we can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Accessory

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Princess: I’ve always been enchanted by Jasmine’s jeweled headband. I can just imagine the sparkle it might have.

Book: Hound in the Penderwicks series. If I could ever have a dog, I hope it would be one like Hound.

Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Change

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Princess: I mean. I mean. I MEAN.

Book: THE TWIST in Raging Star by Moira Young. OMG When I went through that twist I…I was left speechless. Like I did not expect that to happen at all. It was amazing!

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Princess: I need you all to take a good look at how the mechanics of this bun exactly work. It is difficult to do, trust me, I HAVE TRIED TO DO IT ON MYSELF AND IT IS NOT THAT EASY. Plus the way they draw Cinderella in modern images is just wrong wrong wrong.

Book: Roshani Chokshi hands down.

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Princess: Look at that volume at the bottom there!

Book: The Chronoptika quartet by Catherine Fisher. This is a series on time travel after all, so there is quite a bit of jumping.

Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Braid

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Princess: Those three little girls did a great job with Rapunzel’s hair.

Book: TLC obviously!!! Marissa Meyer did an amazing job weaving together all these fairy tales.

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Princess: I know it’s only a small scene where she has this do, but Tiana’s bob is just so cute!!! And in that dress, hat and boa…perfection.

Book: Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney. This is such a cute read and I loved that I was able to fly through this!

Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Half

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Princess: I believe she is the only princess who actually has a half-up/-down do!

Book: Kazmin from Even the Darkest Stars. Both Sha and I had so much trouble with this girl. AHHH but River from the same book was just a lot of down hill work.

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Princess: Two simple braids, always an easy fix for medium hair.

Book: Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera. I liked it, but at the same time, I struggled with some of the characters. A review is coming for this one soon. Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Bangs.png

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Princess: Even messy, these bands are still on point.

Book: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. I am so in love with it. UH.

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Princess: There were so many good gifs to use for this one, I had trouble choosing.

Book: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. It took a while to feel like I made a dent in this book but it was sure was quite something.

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Princess: I know she’s not a princess, but I mean look at that pony!

Book: The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner! This had the most interesting POV switching ever!!!!!!!!!!! It is very distinct so you always know who is talking!!

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Princess: I mean for her to have been able to slice it off so nicely it has to be silky!!!!!

Book: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! THIS SERIES IS SO INCREDIBLE AHH. AND EACH BOOK IS BETTER THAN THE LAST!

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Princess: Just look at that wild red hair!

Book: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna is so underrated and that should be fixed!! It is action packed and there are lots of twists!

Disney Hair Tag Prompts - Close

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Princess: I’m definitely a cross between Moana and Merida. All curls, all day.

Book: The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena. I related to the MC a lot in this novel even though we come from different ethnic backgrounds.

THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT by @bhathenatanaz 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 What is your favourite contemporary novel? I'd have to say that as of last week, The Beauty of the Moment really has taken top spot for me in contemporaries. I know I don't read them often, but this one is definitely worthwhile!  Today is my Blog Tour stop for this amazing book so please check out my full review! (Link in bio) And don't forget to follow along the rest of the tour! @penguinteenca  #TheBeautyoftheMoment #tanazbhathena #bookstagram #reader #books #ya #contemporarybooks #CanLit #yabooks #youngadultbooks #blogtour

 I Tag…

Blogger Books

JoBeth @ Blue Binding

*If you’ve already done this no need to repeat!*


Let me know what you think! Which Disney princess do you think has the best hair? Have a favourite princess? What kind of hair do you have?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Jonas Brothers Book Tag | Because I am who I am and I really am still on this :)

Greetings readers!

Yes. I am still talking about the JoBros. Yes, I am still listening to their playlists. Yes, I am and I know what you think…Rendz, it was never that serious though…

WELL IT WAS TO ME.

So please indulge me…as I have created a Book Tag in their honour. Actually it’s mostly in honour of my nostalgia and how much I miss the good ol’ days.

*And please forgive if a tag like this already exists ;)*

Rules:

  • You don’t gotta be a JoBro fan, you just gotta love books
  • Mention me, the creator (Rendz @ Reading with Rendz)
  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag 3 peeps! (4 if you wanna take into consideration the Bonus Jonas)

“Year 3000”
A book/series set in the way distant future or A book/series that took you on an adventure

The Lunar Chronicles Obviously!

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“Hold On”
A book/series that took a while for you to get into

Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast

The beginning is really slow, but all that build up leads to a really amazing second half!

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“S.O.S”
A book/series that you needed saving from

Throne of Glass series. Why on earth did I continue with these books? I don’t know. *cough* Chaol *cough* but boy did I need major saving.

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“When You Look Me in the Eyes”
A romance that makes you melt into a puddle of goo

C R E S S W E L L

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“Burnin’ Up”
A book/series so good it set you on fire

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Literally this book and its two sequels have been the cause of my destruction and I adore them.

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“Lovebug”
A ship you were not expecting, but it happened and you ship it

Helene x Avitas. I had my reservations at the beginning, but I am all for it now. Let’s do this!!!!!!!!!!

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“Paranoid”
A book/series that kept you on your toes the whole time

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I worried so much for my gang of little criminals. I love them to bits, but boy did they have me stressed…like all the time.

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“Sucker”
A book/series you would reread over and over again

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. They are my go to feel-good books that I adore.

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I Tag….

Mandy & Sha | Kyera | Angelica | Blogger Books



Let me know what you think!!! Are you a fan of the JoBros? What’s your fave JoBro song? What’s your fave band/type of music in general? Have you listened to Sucker yet? How would you answer these prompts?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The ARC Book Tag | In Which I Call Myself OUT

Greetings readers!

As a blogger who started out way back in 2016, I thought that the day I would finally be getting ARCs was a long ways off. I wasn’t too concerned with them because I knew that in order to get them you really needed a platform and I just didn’t have one when I started out, obviously. So I was perfectly content with reviewing finished and already published books.

Then came the magical day when I received by first e-galley of Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane on Netgalley. From then on, I slowly started progressing with e-galleys, until I was contacted by a publisher and received an actual physical ARC. It was truly magical.

Since then, I have been getting a steady pile of ARCs every season, a perk for living in Canada and having big publishers and fewer bloggers. I feel for a lot of my international blogger friends who don’t get the chance to read ARCs because of legalities, but perhaps one day this bookish system will change and accessibility will widen.

Wow. That was a long intro. Anyways this incredible tag was created by none other than the wonderful ladies, Mandy and Sha over at Book Princess Reviews. If you know me, I am sure you know Mandy and Sha and if you don’t well I think you should correct that immediately!

Let’s get started!

RULES

  • pingback to the creator (bookprincessreviews)
  • pingback to the person who tagged you
  • tag as many people as you want
  • have fun!

WHAT’S THE FIRST ARC YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Spindle by E.K. Johnston…which I haven’t read. I went to an Indigo Preview event way back when and E.K. was present signing books so of course I got it! Plus I had read A Thousand Nights, which was beautiful and I still am interested in reading this one eventually. I wasn’t a blogger at the time when I received this, but this event inspired me to start one up!

*blushes* I know usually we are supposed to promote 2017 ARCs but....for today's #arcstravaganza I am featuring a 2016 ARC! 😳😳😳 I have had SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston since The summer and it's signed!  I loved the first companion novel A Thousand Nights but I never got around to picking this one up before the release date!  So hopefully get to it this summer...a whole year after I got it!  Better late than never right? 😅 Do you have any expired ARCs?  #spindle #ekjohnston #youngadult #youngadultbooks #arcs #Prettycover #bookstagram #books #bookworm #reader #readingwithrendz

*I really love this photo. XD I took it in a rush because I forgot about the IG prompt that day and the light was fading so I had to act fast. Fun note: That’s actually an olive branch from a Palm Sunday mass I attended earlier that year XD*

WHAT ARC WOULD YOU SELL YOUR SOUL FOR?

REBEL (aka Legend 4) by Marie Lu

Who else lost it when the Rebel news came out? My excitement for this book is incredible. Like... I have been waiting for this for years and we are finally going to get it. I still can't believe how lucky we are and how amazing @marieluthewriter is for making our dreams come true! Have you read the Legend trilogy yet?  #Legend #Prodidy #Champion #Rebel #bookstagram #reader #books #scifi #bookstagram #yabooks #books #bookishcanadians

But also not. But I definitely would. I flipped my bejeebers the day the announcement came out, people. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FALL!!!!!

USING ARCS YOU HAVE RECEIVED OVER THE YEARS, SPELL OUT A-R-C.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

*I would like to gloat that I have actually read all of these :)*

📑 Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian I read this about a week ago and rather enjoyed it! It reminded a lot of The Winner's Trilogy and Red Queen. If you enjoyed those I would definitely recommend you pick this one up!  What fantasy books are you looking forward to this year? #ashprincess #laurasebastian #bookstagram #yabooks #ya #youngadultbooks #fantasy #reader #books THIS WILL GET DONE THIS WEEKEND! I've been reading it for 46 days now! Life has just been so busy I hardly have any time to sit down and read. After I finish my novel study for school, I'll pick this up and finish it!  I actually got to meet the lovely Lauren Oliver and you can read about that wonderful experience on my blog! (Link in bio) No spoilers, but (unlike me) has anyone finished this interesting read!  Share your thoughts below! But once again #nospoilersplease *** #readingwithrendz #readreadread #books📚 #bookstagram #Replica #laurenoliver #yalit #torteen #Gemma #Lyra Soon to be read is CIRCLE OF Shadows by @evelyn_skye  I've been anticipating this book since the moment it was announced and I am so happy to finally have my hands on a copy! Many thanks to @hccfrenzy for sending me an ARC, my Holiday reading sure did get more fun!  I really enjoyed Skye's The Crown's Game duology, so I have a good feeling about this series too! What are you reading this holiday season? #circleofshadows #evelynskye #epicreads #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy

*yes, this is the only picture I have of Replica and it is the ugliest photo I have ever taken. THAT BLANKET! *face meet palm*

ULTIMATE QUESTION: TO DNF OR NOT TO DNF AN ARC?

I really don’t like not finishing in general. I tend to give books the benefit of the doubt often and it doesn’t always work out (see Circle of Shadows review). I don’t know, I feel like I owe it to the publisher to read the book, especially if I requested it. That being said, I tend to force myself to read books that just aren’t working for me a lot and that needs to change I think.

NAME AN ARC YOU DNF’D AND AN ARC YOU COULD NEVER DNF.

DNF: A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
It was just so wrong in so many ways. I ended up skimming after 50% to reach the end so I guess it counts as a DNF

COULD NEVER DNF: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
I was l o v i n g my post-Narnia adventure book!

Do you hear that? Those echoing screams? Well it's probably me you hear. Screaming at the top of my lungs out of utter elation for being in possession of this book.  This book. I have been waiting for a book like this for yeeaaarrsss and now I finally have it in my hands.  Basically it's a story of sisters trying to reintegrate themselves into their real world after having a whimsical adventure in a land like  Narnia.  Narnia.  Do you hear me screaming now? A big thanks to @hccfrenzy for inviting me to their Fall preview event, which is the reason I got my hands on this beauty. Now excuse me while I go back to petting this fabulous book. #TheLightBetweenWorlds #LauraEWeymouth #bookstagram #yabooks #books #fantasy #Frenzy #narnia

WHAT ARC DID YOU GO OUT AND BUY A FINISHED COPY OF AFTER?

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I had read an e-ARC, but I needed that physical copy on my shelf!!! (I love it so much) I bought it off of Book Outlet though, cheap and in great condition!

Day 4 of #bookishcanadiansfeb19 | Canadian Author Some of you are missing out on Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work and it's a shame. She has so much to choose from: 1) Signal to Noise - music and magic 2) Certain Dark Things - Mexican vampires and narcos 3) The Beautiful Ones - romance, manners and telekinesis 4) Prime Meridian - Mexican astronaut in space 5) Gods of Jade and Shadow - Maya gods in the roaring 20s (Aug 2019) THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. TAKE YOUR PICK AND GO FOR IT! Who are some of your favourite Canadian authors? #Thebeautifulones #certaindarkthings #silviamorenogarcia #mexicanvampires #fantasy #bookstagram #canadianauthor #CanLit #bookishcanadians

WHICH MEDIUM DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR ARCS IN? (PHYSICAL / EBOOK / AUDIO)

When I first started out, I started with e-ARCs on Netgalley. I didn’t get a lot of acceptances, but as I found more Canadian pubs, I got approved more often.

Then a publisher actually reached out to me and I was sent physical arcs. And from then on I went hunting. I searched endlessly for Canadian publisher info and tried my very best to make myself known more on my social sites and then I had to build guts to actually send out those emails. Now I’m working with 4 Canadian pubs and they grant a lot of my requests! (I’m looking at you Penguin Teen CA and HBG Canada!!!)

GIVE BLOGGERS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE REGARDING ARCS (RECEIVING / REVIEWING).

Pace yourself. Don’t get greedy.

Only request books you really want to read, that really have your interest. Not half of it, but all of it.

Don’t pull a Rendz.

Here I am calling myself out. 

I have a problem when it comes to requesting. I tend to request based on the in-the-moment feeling of “I wanna read that book” so what usually happens is that when I get the ARC, I no longer have the dying need to read it, so it gets pushed and pushed and pushed, until it’s way past its release date and then it just feels pointless in reading the ARC. This is super horrible of me. I know it. It’s why one of my new years resolutions was to relax the requesting game.

I feel terrible looking at the unread ARCs I have and thinking that it could have gone to someone that really wanted to read it. Of course I tell myself that I will eventually read them, but if I keep bogging myself with more and more, will I ever truly get to them all? Probs not.

SO the best advice I give to you and to ME is to pace yourself, and don’t get greedy.

I Tag…

Michaela | Blogger Books | Justine

*No pressure to do the tag, if you don’t want to!*

Let me know what you think! Do you read your ARCs on time? How do you keep track of the books you get? What was your first ARC?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Book Addiction Tag

Greetings readers!

It is ridiculous how behind I am on tags. I am sure I even forgot to make note of some of the more recent ones I have been tagged in–and for that I am truly sorry! I hope you know I how much I appreciate you every time you tag me in something!!

As for today’s tag, I found it in my Drafts folder so I thought I would give it a go! My thanks goes out to Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog for tagging me!! (I know it was such a long time ago, but I am finally getting around to it XD)

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

A week, maybe two. Eventually I’ll just get bored or have the craving to read something and find myself browsing my shelves or the library.

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How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

No more than one physical book and I have like five ebooks at the ready.

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Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

Yes. Sometimes I’ll gift them if I have duplicate copies, but I have a habit of holding onto all my books, even those I am not so fond of.

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How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Usually I am only allowed 20 minutes when I am with family or friends, but I could spend a good 2 hours there.

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How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

2 hours. Usually happens on my commutes to and from school.

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Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

On the bus! If I am not feeling my physical book, then I will pick up an ebook.

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How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Physical Books: 237

E-Books: 30

Total: 267

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Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Only with people I know who like the same books as I do.

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What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas at 992 pages.

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Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I’m still looking and hoping to get my hands on a copy of the Barnes & Noble Classic edition of The Chronicles of Narnia!

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, I mean I have come this far haven’t I.

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What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018 2019?

I have six actually! You can check them out here.

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Maybe my cousin? I got her to read a lot more YA fantasy, I mean she was already a reader, I just got her to like my kind of books. *evil laughter*

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

  1. Wonder
  2. Magic
  3. Adventure
  4. Inspiration
  5. Self-Discovery

I Tag…

MetalPhantasmReads | A Fictional Bookworm | Chelle’s Book Ramblings


Let me know what you think! Are you addicted to books? On a scale from 1-10, rate your addiction!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Past, Present and Future Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely, Lorryn @ Reading Paternal to do the PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE TAG! Thank you!!! Lorryn is a great blogger, definitely give her a visit! This tag was created by Bookish Pisces! I always love exploring my Goodreads shelves. Yeah it can be a little stressful and worrisome knowing that I might never get to some of these books, but I like doing it anyway!

Rules:

  • 🔮Find a book published 10 (or more) years ago
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published THIS year.
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published next year (or further in the future)
  • 🔮Tag 3 people
  • 🔮 These should all be books that you would want to read and that you could add to your TBR if they aren’t already and if you need help finding older books Goodreads does give comprehensive lists✨

~ PAST ~

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I am always up for a tale about sisters!

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables (the series) by L. M. Montgomery

Well I need to finish the series!

Complete Anne 8 Copy Boxed Set

~ PRESENT ~

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I can’t wait!! November is almost upon us!

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

I need to read this Maya inspired book!

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

I put this one off just because I don’t think I can handle the cliff hanger that will come with it!

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3)

~ FUTURE ~

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

Bolivian inspired fantasy. Absolutely YES.

Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast

I’ve been waiting for this F O R E V E R.

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

More Latinx books that I am 100/10 ready for (NO that that is not a typo)

Dealing in Dreams

I Tag…

Kaya @ afictionalbookworm

Sha & Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Shannon @ Shelfish For Books

Let me know what you think! What books have you been meaning to read? What books are you looking forward to reading?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Disney Channel Halloween Movies Tag

Greetings readers!

Continuing with the #Spooktober theme I have been tagged by the amazing Sha and Mandy of Book Princess Reviews to do their very own, original DISNEY CHANNEL HALLOWEEN MOVIES TAG!! I ADORE Disney Channel Movies in general, but the Halloween ones are just so, so, so good AND spooky! I am incredibly excited to do this tag so I will not delay any longer and get right into it!

Rules:

  1. Tag the creator (bookprincessreviews) of the DHM Tag.
  2. Thank the person who tagged who.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag five more people.

Halloweentown: Where is your favorite place to go for Halloween or a place you want to go?

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On Halloween I usually like to stay at home (since I have outgrown trick-or-treating sadly 😦 ) I love to stay in and watch…well umm…Disney Channel Halloween movies…..BUT I have always wanted to go to an old castle in Europe and stay over night. (They have tours like that, right?) I mean 1000% I would freak myself out, but the experience would totally be cool!

Under Wraps: What’s something that used to be scary to you and then you realized it wasn’t just the mummy in this movie?

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Something that used to be scary for me…hmmm….I used to be afraid of big roller coasters. I only did the kiddie rides until I was about 11 or so and said to myself “Rendz we have to suck it up and be brave” so I went on my first big kid roller coaster and it was THE BEST. Now I LOVE roller coasters! The higher, the better! The faster, the better!

*If you are ever on a coaster yourself and hear someone shouting a “Hail Mary” as you go up the mount, know that that is me.

Tower of Terror: What is the scariest place you’ve ever been?

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I avoid scary places…oh gosh…ummm probably the small auditorium I was in when I did a speech competition in French. I am frickin traumatized. I tried to put my introvert self out there…but nope nope nope not for me!

Twitches: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be?

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WITCH. GIVE ME ALLLLLLL THE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t Look Under the Bed: Were you scared of monsters when you were a kid? When did it stop?

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Hell yes. Ghosts especially. I was that kid who would run up the stairs from the basement once I turned off the lights. If there was a dim light in my room, I would NOT open my eyes for fear of seeing something scary in the dark. My arm or feet could NOT hang off the bed for fear of something coming out from under my bed to snatch me. My imagination ran wild and I would hear whispers of my name when I would be in a room by myself.

When did it stop? I still run up the stairs from the basement.

Phantom of the Megaplex: Do you watch scary movies? If so, what is your favorite or the one you got most afraid of?

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Hell NO! I watched one scary movie with my sisters once, gosh I don’t remember what it’s called. *Quick google search* Oh it’s called The Haunting which starred Liam Neeson a.k.a Alsan a.k.a the reason we watched it. Anyways it freaked me the f*** out and NEVER AGAIN. But dumb Rendz tried to watch The Woman in Black once, during daylight and I JUST CAN’T.

The Scream Team: Who would be on your dream team if you went on a ghost/supernatural creature hunt?

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Carswell Thorne so I could hide behind him and cuddle close when something freaky starts happening. And maybe Nedra from Give the Dark My Love because she’s a necromancer and has good control.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire: Have you ever witnessed something/someone that could only be explained by the paranormal? If yes, what/who?

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I don’t think so……maybe I have but I am too traumatized to remember…?

I Tag…

Raes Reads and Reviews

Journey Into Books

Ryann the Reader

Emily Kate Reads

This One is for the Books

*All these fabulous bloggers that you should definitely check out!*

Let me know what you think! What is your greatest or scariest Halloween memory? Which Halloween movie is your favourite (Disney or otherwise!)? Will you be dressing up this year?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

The Representation Book Tag & My very near future Latinx TBR | It’s #HispanicHeritageMonth so it’s time to get the party started!

Greetings readers!

We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and I thought it would be fun to do a little tag! Now HHM isn’t really talked about much where I am from. It’s not exactly established and to be honest I didn’t know it was a thing until like two years ago when I first joined twitter. So yeah.

I think this month is more well known in the US than Canada just because they have such a larger Latinx and Hispanic population. But there are Latinx people everywhere and I choose to celebrate it even if it’s really just me when I’m not online.

I found this tag on CatFairy Books which looks like a very fun blog. This tag was originally created by Booktuber Iris Moon! If you want to see more, check out their posts! It’s all about representation and how often you feel seen in books!

1. Introduce yourself! What are your identities?

Hi, I’m Rendz…but my name is not Rendz. However, for the purpose of this blog it is. Rendz is actually a nickname I sort of adopted in high school, so I adopted it for this blog of mine. I’m pretty much your everyday Rendz. Female. Cis-het. Introvert.

I was born and raised in Canada, but my parents immigrated here from El Salvador. A small Central American country that owns half of my heart. It’s not exactly the most popular country…or safe. But it is home. (Regardless of my parents saying that I can only claim it so much…yup) I choose to claim it all. It’s home and I ache to go visit.

el salvador GIF by walter_

2. What was the first book/media in which you felt represented?

I honestly don’t know the exact first time. I know it wasn’t in books. When I was young we had access to Latino TV so Univision and Telelatino were parts of my life. And even though I shouldn’t have been watching telenovelas….I did pay attention to some.

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And I wouldn’t exactly count Dora the Explorer as the best rep either. Although she did help keep up my Spanish.

I sort of felt represented in The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. Mostly because the world and language had Spanish influence, and Elisa was just an amazing character. (I seriously need to reread these books) But Rae Carson is not Latinx and although some words may be similar to Spanish it’s just not the same as reading a book where you actually see your experiences from your culture, right?

HOWEVER, Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres had many moments where I went #relate. So I think that is my final answer. Lock it in.

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

3. Is there a character in your favorite book/genre that represents you?

I’m still looking.

It’s not that I haven’t found characters that I relate to, in terms of like my personality…but I would really like to see my heritage reflected in a book. Which is not gonna be easy to find. Yes, there are many Latinx books out there. But every Latinx country is distinct, we all have our own traditions, foods, customs and yes some do overlap, but I really really want to read a book about a Salvadoran character. (Don’t even get me started how long I would have to wait for a Salvadoran Canadian character, I’d have to write that!)

I don’t know when it will happen. Maybe I will make it happen? Who knows, but I am 1000% dropping all my dollars on it.

jumping el salvador GIF by U.S. Soccer Federation

4. What was the worst representation of one of your identities that you have ever read? 

Not just in books, but I get so annoyed whenever Latinx characters are A) The Sex Object B) The Troubled Kid from the gang C) The Maid/Gardener.

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I have had enough of that. Give me Latinx royalty. Latinx mythology. Latinx superheroes. Latinx nerds. Latinx anti-heroes. Latinx magic and fantasy.

5. What is the best representation of your identities that you have ever read?

Once again…still looking. I just have not read nearly enough Latinx books to come up with a good answer! But I am so looking forward to one day finding that book, where it hits almost all the points. For now I am just content reading any Latinx book!

6. Do you think your identities are misrepresented or underrepresented in the books that you read?

With the persistence to have an increasing presence of diversity in YA and MG, I am beginning to see the end of what was an under representation in those age categories. Recently, I have been discovering more and more books with Latinx characters and every week I check for more announcements on Latinx books that are to come. Let’s just say I have a long list of books to get to and I couldn’t be more excited. What I am hoping for is a lot more expansion within the Latinx stories told. There are so many Latinx countries out there, so many stories to be told.

I want to see them. I want to read them. I want to write them.

I Tag…

You. Everyone has an identity to share. Everyone has books that represent who they are, and I would love to read about them. So if you do decide to partake, ping back to me so I can see it! There are so many identities out there, I would love to get to know you a little more!

The Very Near Future Latinx TBR

Because so many of my answers were kind of left open since I haven’t read enough Latinx books to really know what’s out there, I decided to list some books that I know I want to get to!

Certain Dark Things and Prime Meridian and Gods of Jade and Shadow (2019) by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

Blanca & Roja (and other works) by Anna-Marie McLemore

And basically this entire list come 2019

And more!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! Are you interested in reading more Latinx rep? Any book recommendations for Latinx rep? What kind of representation would you like to see in books/media?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz