The Happiness Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by two lovely people for this wonderful tag! I feel like I am in the perfect mood to do this since I was down in the dumps earlier and I need some cheering up!

Thank you to..

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional – Nadwa has great reviews, tags and other great posts all the time up on her blog, so you should definitely give her a visit!

Jeannie @ A Happy Clam – Another great blog with awesome posts, reviews and more!

Let’s get on to the HAPPY!

List Five Things That Make you Happy

1. BOOKS *shocker* Yes, books hence this blog, hence the bookstagram, hence the overflowing shelves in my room, hence the books I have hidden in various areas of my room so my family doesn’t think I have too many. Yeah…books.

Seriously though…reading books is the best escape and past time for me. I used to detest reading but now I cannot get enough of it!

2. Rewatching the Narnia movies *another shocker* It’s just the sense of nostalgia and comfort I get from revisiting a familiar world and story that I love! Plus, I have a competition with myself to see how many lines I have memorized (which is a lot).

3.  Sketching/Being Artsy – It has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was a kid, I was an inventor. I wrote little stories then illustrated them. If I pictured a castle in my head, I built out of toilet paper rolls and scrap cardboard. If I wanted a toy car, I built that too with bottle caps for wheels.

I have about three sketchbooks. One filled with nonsensical drawings, one I used for school (far more professional) and one specifically for fan art (which if I ever finish one drawing, I will share with you!) And I have a binder full of drawings of forests and other enchanting things because I went through this everlasting magical forest phase!

4. Sitting on My Porch and Day Dreaming – This is done more often in the summer when it’s nice and hot, maybe a little breezy. But sometimes, I just like to sit and day dream. Not actually think about all the stressful things in my life, but think about stories, adventures, the good times I’ve had. I day dream far too much and too often. I can do it any where and I love it because that is where my stories come and characters I create tell me about themselves and I shovel out their secrets! It’s also where the sketches and fan art ideas come from!

5. Being Alive and Well – There is so much crap in this world, and people are suffering constantly. People are always fighting, whether it be for their lives, health or beliefs. I’m lucky to have been born in a free country, in a relatively chill neighbourhood (it has it’s share of dark times). I’m lucky to have a loving family, to be in good health and not having to live in constant fear or peril.

Life is most certainly not perfect for me, but it’s those good feeling moments that I cherish. Those moments when I lose myself in a book, those moments when I am revisiting my favourite fantasy world, those moments when I crease my brow to get those paint strokes right, those moments of contemplation on my porch.

Those moments when I remember; I am alive and well.

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

My music taste is literally all over the place. I like pop, hip hop, reggaeton, instrumentals even some rock and country. Literally I am all over the place!

So this list consists of some current and old songs that make me tingle! They give me giddy feels and I adore listening to them!

SOOO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

AGAIN SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL

HOW CAN THIS NOT BE ON THE LIST!?!

OLD SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *little Rendz is swaying somewhere*

My current song on repeat!

I can keep the list going, but the tag asks for five so I won’t cheat! 😉

I Tag…

Let’s get the happy train going! Choo-choo*

Book Chanted Blog

The Book Goddess

The Clever Reader

This is a pretty old tag, so if you have done it before no need to do it again!

*That was such a bad joke, I’m sorry!


I would love to know what makes you all feel happy and giddy inside. Let’s veto “books” as an answer because I’m pretty sure we all know that!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Unique Blogger Award Pt 2

Greetings readers!

I really am horrible person at keeping up with my tags and awards. I have a word document with a list of tags and awards posts I must get to. This particular award has been sitting on my document far too long and collecting way, way too much dust!

I have three lovely and amazing bloggers to thank for nominating me for this award.

Thank you to…

Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog – A wonderful blog, full of amazing tags, reviews and discussions. Plus my fellow Canadian blogger *fist bump*

Olga’s Oddish Obsession – Great blog with a great writer behind it! You definitely must drop by this blog!

Kyera’s Library – Such a cool blog with so many fun posts and fandom related discussions! So much wonderfullness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So thank you, thank you, and thank you to you all! I am so honoured to be recognized by these amazing bloggers and I hope you all drop by and give them a visit!

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Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Shanah’s Questions!

1. What do you like most about being a (book) blogger?

I love obsessing about books. It is one of my favourite things to do. Writing endless posts about my feels and overall attitudes towards books and all things fandom is one of the best feelings in the world. Plus, I have a whole community who actually fangirls/boys with me.

2. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fantasy. No hesitation. I’m always looking for a little magic in my life along with some grand adventure. The answer will always be fantasy.

3. What female or male character do you find most inspirational and why?

Hmmmm….this one is tough.

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I find Inej Ghafa pretty inspirational. Her life got turned upside down and she had to endure horrors that no person should have to endure. The fact that she can still go through her life everyday and continue to face dangers with hope and courage in her heart, that’s what I want. The courage to go forward despite the terrors of the past.

“You still may die in the Dregs.”
Inej’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”
― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

Olga’s Questions!

1. When it comes to books, what is your preferred genre and what in particular made you love it so much?

Fantasy!!!!!!!!
The magic, adventure, battles, mythical creatures!! I mean, what is not to love??

2. What career would you like to pursue in the future? Publisher? Author? Secret Ninja? Dancing Minnie Mouse at Disneyland?

What a haunting question. I have never truly known. Not even to this day. But I fantasize of signing books and meeting people who love what I write. So….I definitely want to be a secret Ninja!

3. Does it take you a while to type your reviews or other blog posts? Which, by far, has been your favorite book to review? Add a link!

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Once I get into the mood and in my zone it takes me 1/2 hour to an hour to write up a review. Depending on how much I want to rant or rave and how many times I have to keep heading back to my YouTube tab to change the song I am listening too.

Umm fave book to review…what a tough question!

Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer
This one has a funny story to go along with it, plus I adore everything TLC!

Kyera’s Questions!

1. What is your favourite book genre?

Guess. Take a gander!………………….It starts with an F…………………it ends with a Y………..I talk about it non-stop……………………………………………………………………*magic*

2. Would you rather always get to read new releases, but never keep them or never get to read new releases, but have as many books as you want?

Read new releases but not keep them! Hello, I want to read books! Plus, it’s basically the system of the library!

3. Have you ever gone to meet an author before (ie. book signing, book fest/con, etc)?

I am fortunate enough to live in a big city so author tours come up here sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. I have had the grand opportunity of meeting Morgan Rhodes, E.K. Johnston, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, M.E. Girard, Veronica Roth, Kiersten White, Catherine Egan and my idol MARIE LU!(I also went to a Sarah J. Maas signing but eh, whatevs I didn’t actually meet her!)

I love to write about my embarrassing moments when meeting authors, so please check them out!

The Lady is A Champ Experience (Marie Lu, Morgan Rhodes, Kiersten White, Catherine Egan)

Teen Tour Experience (Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, M.E. Girard)

Veronica Roth Event 


I Nominate

I’m nominating a few new lovely bloggers I have had the chance of interacting with over this summer!

Darque Dreamer Reads

Bookchanted Blog

Keystroke Blog

InkGirlWords

My Questions:

  1. Quick Estimate! How many books are on your bookshelf? (Physically)
  2. Name one book that totally blew your mind! In what way?
  3. What really attracts you to read a book? A.K.A what is you hook-line-and-sinker?

Thank you again to all the lovely people that nominated me for this award! I love having such wonderful blogger friends!

I promise guys I will get better (and faster) at answering these tags and award posts!*

*Hopefully 😀

And since it was such a popular question today: What is your all-time favourite genre?!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Princess Bride Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

Ages ago, the lovely Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews  found the tag that was made for her! The Princess Bride Book Tag. I’m sure you all know Mandy. No doubt about it! But if you’re still wondering, click on the link! Now, Mandy is a huge, HUGE fan of the Princess Bride (book, movie and all!) so I am very excited to do this post for her!

WESTLEY: FAVORITE ROMANTIC HERO

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Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne. Carswell Thorne.

PRINCESS BUTTERCUP: FAVORITE RAGS TO RICHES STORY

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The Lunar Chronicles! It’s not exactly the easiest journey to riches and definitely a heart-breaking one, but she does get there!

DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS: FAV BOOK WITH PIRATES OR ONE YOU WANT TO READ

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

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Mandy has sung endless praises about this book! I am so excited to read it. Pirate stories are a fad I want to get into!!

PRINCE HUMPERDINK: VILLAIN YOU LOVE TO HATE OR ONE THAT IS JUST FUNNY

I read this trilogy as borrowed books from the library, but when I saw the whole series on @bookoutlet I just had to get them!  The Snow Like Ashes series by @sara_raasch is definitely on my top fantasy series list!  The final paragraphs of Frost Like Night made me CRY!  That's a good sign!  What book has made you cry?  #youngadultbooks #summerreading #bookstagram #sararaasch #snowlikeashes #icelikefire #frostlikenight #reader #books #bookbuying #bookoutlethaul #epicreads

Angra! Ugh! I hated this guy sooooooooooooooooooooooo much! And what he does to Meira, Mather, Theron and the rest of the cast of characters just makes me so angry!!!!!!!

ROUS: BEST FANTASTICAL MONSTER

Dragons? Draaaaaaagggggggggooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssss!!!!!!!!!!!!

AS YOU WISH: A BOOK WITH A SWEET ROMANCE

I see your singular sweet romance and you raise four (going on five) incredibly cute and feel-drowning romances!

MWARRIGE: NAME TWO BOOK CHARACTERS THAT YOU SHIP AND TWO THAT YOU DON’T

SHIP IT
Elias and Laia FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, CRESSWELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SKIP IT
Rowan and Aelin *gags* *vomits* *shivers* Can Celaena come back so Chaol and her can be a thing again? *dodges tomatoes*

FEZZICK, VEZZINI & MONTOYA: FAVORITE BOOK CRIME GROUP

Day 28 of #marchmonthofmythology is Perseus - Character who beat the odds  This is technically a post about characterS since I'm talking about Kaz and his crew!  Aka THE DREGS  One of the best and most dangerous group of fictional characters.  Whom I would love to hang out with.  But would probably die within the first five minutes.  The best 5 minutes of my life.  My point is that THEY BEAT THE ODDS.  And they did it... BRICK BY BRICK! *Dramatic exit*  @lbardugo  Who is your favourite Dreg?  #sixofcrows #crookedkingdom #leighbardugo #dregs #soc #ck #youngadultbooks #bookaddict #bookstagram #squad #nomournersnofunerals

The one and only true answer to this.

INIGO MONTOYA: BEST REVENGE STORY

Not your traditional revenge story, but still. Adelina wants her vengeance.

BOOK VS MOVIE: WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE? BOTH? WHY?

I know very few book to movie adaptations that pertain to me. And most of them I like. There is obviously the Narnia movies and books. I do love the first two movies and books equally (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe & Prince Caspian) but I have to say that the Dawn Treader book is way better than the movie!

Really, I want all my books to be movies so I can watch and read them over and over again. But I don’t want Hollywood to ruin every book out there, so I’ll stick with my imagination.

I Tag…

Books and Readers

Journey Into Books

Too Much of A Book Nerd

The Book Raven


I hope you all enjoyed this tag! I know it had a lot of Lunar Chronicles answers, but I will be honest that was my goal! Answer everything with a TLC reference XD! Just kidding! Maybe next time though…..hehehehe!

Speaking of Princesses! Who is your favourite Princess? (Disney, not-Disney, Real & not-Real!)

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Goodreads Tag

Greetings readers!

Ahhh Goodreads, we have become good friends over these past two years. It is literally the perfect tool for every bookworm and has helped me keep track of all my books–read and (mainly) unread! I can spend a lot of time on GR, just browsing! Browsing books, quotes, discussions, giveaways. It’s an addiction.

Bless the creators of Goodreads!

Alright that’s enough oogoling about GR!

Thank you to the lovely Nadwa @ PainfullyFictional for tagging me. If you all don’t follow Nadwa, I seriously recommend it! She has such wonderful reviews and also her blog is just really pretty to look at!

To the tag!


What Was The Last Book You Marked As Read?

Hinder by Kristin Ping

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Hinder by Kristin Ping

It was an interesting read to say the least. It included elemental magic (my favourite kind of magic) so I had a good time reading it! It didn’t come without its faults, though. It does have a gorgeous cover!

What Are You Currently Reading?

Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

A classic(ish) fantasy that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

What Do You Plan To Read Next?

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Bridges by Maria Murnane and/or Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. A review read and then a novel that has been pushed on me by my sister!

Do You Use The Star Rating System?

Yes, but I usually add .25, .5 , .75 because I like to complicate my life apparently.

Are You Doing A 2017 Reading Challenge?

I am on my personal GR account, not as Rendz! I planned on reading 60 and I have read 23 or 25 so far…its not exactly going as planned….

Do You Have A Wishlist?

No! I like to scroll through my TBR once in a while though and write down titles that catch my attention again, which then becomes a wishlist!

What Book Do You Plan On Buying Next?

Warcross by Marie Lu and Renegades by Marissa Meyer! I’m looking to pre-order them!! But if I make a trip to the bookstore before that, probably Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo!

Do You Have Any Favourite Quotes?

  • “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
    ― Marie LuLegend
  • “I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”
    ― Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen 
  • “Soon, the whole world would be searching for her–Linh Cinder.
    A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
    A Lunar with a stolen identity.
    A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
    But they will be looking for a ghost.”
    ― Marissa MeyerCinder

  • “Captain,” she murmured.
    “I think I’m in love with you.”
    An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.
    “Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”
    ― Marissa MeyerCress

  • “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
    ― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

  • “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
    ― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

I went a little overboard with the quotes, didn’t I! *shrugs* Oh well!

Who Are Your Favourite Authors?

Marissa Meyer (My Imperial Queen), Leigh Bardugo (My Witch-Queen), Marie Lu (My Idol), Marie Rutkoski (My Breath/Heart Steeler), Morgan Rhodes (My Multi-POV Mistress), Sabaa Tahir (My Lady of Killer/Huggable Characters) and Roshani Chokshi (My Goddess with Words).

Have You Joined Any Groups?

The YABookBloggers! An awesome group of bloggers with monthly group reads, discussions and buddy-reads!

I Tag…

*No pressure to re-do the tag!*

Reading to Escape

The Book Goddess

InkGirlWorlds


Alrighty! That’s it for me! Thanks again Nadwa for tagging me! I hope you all consider making a Goodreads account because it is honestly a life saver (when it comes to finding and saving books!!)

Happy reading!

~Rendz

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The Get to Know Me Tag

Greetings readers!

Ages ago, I was tagged by the lovely Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls to do this tag! Angelica has a really awesome blog (reviews in English and Spanish What???? I know!!! Soo cooool) I think you should all go over and visit, just click the link! Thank you, Angelica!

Alright people, I figured it is a good time to do this tag since my birthday was just under two weeks ago! So why not get to know me a little more, now that I am a year older!

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All About Me:

Name: Not Rendz (It’s a pseudonym I creating for the sole purpose of this blog)

Nicknames: Ummm….Rendz (sometimes spelled Rends) XD

Birthday: Earlier in July! I spent it doing nothing, but collected some more funds for books!!

Star Sign: Cancer

Occupation: Right now, I’m a summer-bum. Oh and I blog. Read. Get artsy at times!


Appearance:

Hair Colour: Dark Brown, with a red patch. (It’s literally a patch near my temple and it’s natural!)

Hair length: Half-way down my back (It’s curly-curly so it’s probably longer!)

Eye Colour: Dark brown. Not the intense blue from my grandfather *curses*

Best Feature: Oh geez. The first feature that popped up into my head is not one I want to share over the internet. SO let’s go with skin. I was lucky enough to go through my teens with very few blemishes.

Braces: Never had them. I was lucky enough to have straight enough teeth! They aren’t perfect, but good enough for me. Though I did sleep with a night-guard for a while.

Piercings: Just my ears. And they are not even. My grandmother did them for me when I was a baby, with…ummm…very traditional methods.

Tattoos: No. (My parents would kill me.) But I do want one. I often think about what I would get, but I don’t think I will actually ever do it! 1. Needles freak me out and 2. I’m far to indecisive to come up with a concrete design that will be on my body forever!

Right or Left: Right handed! I suck at writing with my left! I have tried to train myself many, many times.

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Firsts:

Holiday: I’ve never been on a real-real holiday. I’ve only ever gone back home to visit family in El Salvador, which is always fun and my aunts and uncles always take me to cool places. But I have never been a true tourist. I want to be a true tourist!

Best Friend: My first BFF was way back in the first grade. I feel really bad because I don’t remember too much about our time together, but I know we did everything together! She left our school the next year so I moved on to another friend and from then on we added a third person to our trinity. We were inseparable. I really miss those days!

Award: Growing up with two older sisters who had such great achievements in school, put on the pressure. I worked my absolute hardest in school and all the work paid off. I won leadership awards, many academic excellence awards, but my very first award was a Future Ace award for Co-operation. Baby Rendz was really proud of herself!

Sport: You grow up in a Hispanic family, you play soccer. You grow up in a school that holds regular floor hockey tournaments, you play floor hockey. I did both. And loved both! I haven’t played either in years –yeeeaaarrrssss — so if I play now, I would suck more than I did way back when! I did play ice hockey one year for my school. We were the first ever team and boy did we suck. I SUCKED. We scored one goal for the whole season! It was a rough season to say the least! XD

Concert: I would say that it was the Toronto Symphony Orchestra but that wouldn’t be exactly true because it’s not what I would consider a “concert”. However, I will be headed to a REAL concert later this summer! My sisters and I are going to see Daddy Yankee!! *screams*

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Favourites:

TV Shows: Once Upon A Time, Alone, America Ninja Warrior, Face-Off, a lot of “reality” TV (it is an addiction…) and yeah I don’t watch too much TV otherwise.

Colour: I have never had one favourite colour! It depends on my mood, but I usually tell people purple. Or rather Maroon.

Song: Again, I don’t think I have an absolute favourite  but Kelly Clarkson’s “Break Away” will always touch my soul deeply. Also “A Moment Like This”. Kills. Me. Every. Time.

Books: What a long list! Okay…let’s begin! The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lunar Chronicles, The Penderwicks, The Winner’s Trilogy, An Ember in the Ashes, Six of Crows, The Falling Kingdoms and the list goes on!

Shoes: Snuggley slippers. They are the only things I can (sort of) walk in!

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Currently:

Feeling: Slightly overwhelmed and tired. Thinking about the future does that.

Single or Taken: Real life Rendz is single, but Rendz-Rendz has quite a long list of lovers, boyfriends and husbands.*

*They may or may not be fictional.

Eating: Just had lunch. Pollo guïsado. Yum

Thinking about: The future as mentioned. Sometimes school is a stress-maker, even on vacation.

Watching: Nothing. Maybe I’ll watch a Disney movie later, to cheer myself up!

Wearing: Pyjamas!! (And it is the middle of the afternoon here!)

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Future:

(Oh look here we go again!)

Want Children: Yeah, but like not now or anytime soon. (Now if we are talking fictional children, I am a mother of many.)

Want to be married: Yeah! I mean I kind of want the “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage” thing. But again: if we are talking fictionally, I am a wife of many!!!

Careers in mind: I really want to avoid this subject on every level. I am studying to teach languages, is it exactly what I want?I don’t know since I don’t know what I want in life. *If I ever write my books though, I’ll let you know XD*

Where you want to live: Geez, I want to go everywhere! I want to see every place! *Hence the “I wanna be a true tourist!”* But I’ll probably stay in Canada and settle myself in this city or another one, I don’t know!

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Do You Believe In:

God: Yup. I gotta keep the Big Man up to date with real life Rendz’s going-ons.

Miracles: To quote a song from the Prince of Egypt (aka the movie that Rendz is constantly quoting and singing) “There can be miraclessssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!! When you believeeeeeeeeee”

Ghosts: Yes/no. I’m not a true believer, but if put in a dark strange place I will scare myself into thinking there are ghosts!

Aliens: There’s gotta be something else out there guys. We can’t be the only ones!

Soul mates: Yes/no. I don’t know. I would like to think that there is one true person out there for me, but I get scared thinking about it too! Like, what if I accidentally end up picking the wrong person. It’s just scary to think about for me!

Heaven: That’s the goal.

Hell: Really want to avoid this place.

Kissing on the first date: No. Not enough “get to know you” time has passed. Even if the date went super awesome, it’s a no to the smooch for me.

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The END! Huzzahh! I hope I entertained you all with these little facts about me!

I Tag…

*Now pressure to re-do this tag*

May @ Forever and Everly

The Book Raven

Books, Coffee & Passion

Readers Rule


I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more! It was a very fun tag to do and I hope you all laughed (even just a little bit)! Let me know if we share any common interest as I am always looking to fangirl!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Greetings readers!

I’ve been pumping out reviews lately and while I still have a lot to get through, I’ve decided to have fun with some tags! I also noticed that this tag has a specific time to it (it being Mid-year hence JULY) so I thought it would be better to do it now, then in you know December (the end of the year!)

I would like to bestow my deepest appreciation to the one and only Book Princess Mandy for tagging me! If you don’t know Mandy, your missing out! Book Princess Reviews is a fabulous blog, with an even more fabulous person behind the scenes running it! So make sure to check it out!

Without further ado…let’s FREAK OUT!

1. BEST BOOK(S) YOU’VE READ IN 2017 SO FAR

 

Mandy is right! Who can only pick one best read?

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

 

I don’t know if I get in trouble for showcasing sequels that were released in 2016, BUT I read them this year….so….yeah. These three sequels just drowned me in feels!

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT WANT TO

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Lord, this is a list!!!!! But I’ll narrow it down to one! Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh has been on my TBR since before it even had a title/synopsis or anything! I want to read it so badly!!

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017

 

Can’t narrow this one down. THIS. IS. A. LIST. *waits impatiently for the fall to come around!*

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon. I was hoping for so much more from this one, but it was okay. Full Review Here.

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane! I didn’t realize how much I was actually going to like it until I finished it in practically one day!

7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU) ?

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Roshani Chokshi (New to me) and Stephanie Garber (Debut) took me by storm in the beginning of the year! Both of them are absolutely fabulous! I cannot wait to read their future works!

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Amar (The Star-Touched Queen) *Heart eyes all around*

9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER?

Geez…ummm

Maya (The Star-Touched Queen), Scarlett Dragna (Caraval), Arsinoe (Three Dark Crowns)

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

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I still get worked up about it!

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Iko for the win! And the rest of the Rampion crew too!

12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I haven’t seen any! There have been lots of YA adaptations lately but none for books I’ve read!

13. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

The Midnight Star Review
Caraval Review
The Star-Touched Queen Review

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

 

These are beauties!!!! And though I have yet to read Flame in the Mist I cannot deny the gorgeous cover!

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

 

Gosh, what don’t I need to read!

The Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J. Maas

Spindle by E.K. Johnston

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Maz might kill me if I don’t read it soon.)

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko (This is an ARC so I have to get to it soon!!)

I Tag…

I feel like literally everyone has already done this tag!! So, I will not be tagging anyone myself, but if you are one of those people who hasn’t gotten the chance to do this awesome post consider yourself tagged!


Thanks for tuning in everyone! I would love to know what book has been on the top of your priority list for 2017! Have you read it yet? Was it everything you hoped for?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Emoji Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate to do the Emoji Book tag! Thank you so much Sophie! She has such a fabulous blog! You all must go explore her posts!

Emojis are one of the best social inventions in my opinion. They allow for actual emotions to be conveyed in text and you can be clear about the tone of your writing. Over text/tweets anyways!

They are also pretty fun to use to explain feelings about books!

Let’s get started!

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Rolling Eyes Emoji

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Such a downhill spiral in the series for me.

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via Goodreads

*I have a feeling this is going to get all the negative emojis…*

 

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Blushing Emoji

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

I didn’t realize this was a book with Highlanders and an adult romance when I picked it up…

Saving Grace

via Goodreads

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Cool Emoji

Wires & Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I get to see my favourite cast of characters ever in picture form!

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Super Angry Emoji

Self-explanatory.

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via Goodreads

 

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Astonished Emoji

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

I didn’t expect to love this series so much.

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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

They are just so cute, adorable and their antics always crack me up!

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Champion by Marie Lu

KILLS. ME. EVEN. WHEN. I. THINK. ABOUT. IT.

Day 27 of #bookishfools is Book Boyfriend / Girlfriend  The list of my book boyfriends is on going and never ending!  There are far too many to feature in one post! So one gets the spotlight today and that is... Day (Daniel) Wing from the Legend series by @marieluthewriter  Gosh my love for Day goes way back! Back when I first started reading YA! Back when he was older than me 😂! Honestly he was just so charming and caring and loyal!  The line that made me fall in love with him: "Each day means a new 24 hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time." *Cries forever*  Oh Day! 💖💖 How long is your list of book boyfriends/girlfriends?  #daywing #legend #prodigy #champion #marielu #thelegendseries #youngadultbooks #ya #reader #bookworm #bookaddict #bookblog #bookboyfriend #danielaltanwing

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Smiling Eyes Emoji

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

This book brightens my day, just by thinking about it!

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Emotionless Emoji

Elusion by  Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam

Just nope. I feel nothing.

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via Goodreads

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Heart Eyes Emoji

An Ember in the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

JUST SO MANY FEELS!

Day 26 of #bookishfools is Book Swag!  I don't own a lot of book swag but I was lucky enough to win these beautiful character cards from one of my favourite series ever!  An Ember in the Ashes by @sabaatahir  Character cards by @fictograph (She is so freaking talented! I wish I could draw like her)  Top: The Commandant  Middle: Elias and Helene duelling  Bottom: Laia and Izzy the night of the Moon Festival!  They are so gorgeous I will cherish them to the end of my days!  Do you have any book swag hanging about?  #anemberintheashes #atorchagainstthenight #sabaatahir #fictograph #bookswag #charactercards #reader #youngadultbooks #ya #bookblog #bookworm #bookaddict #emberlingsalwaysvictorious #emberlings

I Tag..

I know this tag is really old, so you can ignore it if you have done it already!

Thank you again for tagging me Sophie! I hope you all enjoyed this! Now tell me! WHAT IS YOUR MOST USED EMOJI?
Happy reading
~ Rendz
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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag! I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere a while ago and I’m so glad I finally get to take part in it! So, thank you Mandy for tagging me!! If you haven’t followed Mandy yet, do yourself a favour and do it!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

ROUND 1

 

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. Sorry guys…but I have higher priorities. And although I liked this book, I can live without it!

Rewrite: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Despite how much I loved this book, it could use a little more development in the curse aspect in my opinion. Oh and more Despina and Jalal!

Reread: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. No brainer here.

ROUND 2

 

Burn: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I liked this book, I still need to read the third book but I found the main character quite whiny and she did not think things through!

Rewrite: REPLICA by Lauren Oliver. This had such a great concept! Especially with the whole flip book thing, but it just wasn’t thrilling or action-y enough! MORE ACTION PLEASE! But keep that Narnia reference!

Reread: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is the book where I fell in love with Magnus Damora…so yeah…..

ROUND 3

*such a hard round!*

 

*CRIES*

Burn: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I do love this series but this is being imaginary burned as a sacrifice for my love for the other books!

Rewrite: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater. If it were up to me I would add a little more on Puck’s family and some more kissy scenes with Sean!

Reread: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) I ACTUALLY WILL BE REREADING THIS SO LOOK AT THAT!

ROUND 4

 

Burn: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. I really liked this series because it had some Spanish fire…but it just did not live up to the epicness I was hoping it would.

Rewrite: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I LOVE this book,  but it comes with its drawbacks. It gets a little boring sometimes so I would add in a little more drama!

Reread: Winter by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) One of the best books I have ever read! EVER. Also, Thorne.

ROUND 5

 

Burn: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This book can burn in real life and I wouldn’t care. LET IT BURN. LET IT CRUMPLE. LET IT BE WASHED OFF THE FACE OF THIS EARTH!

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Rewrite: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I liked this but I didn’t love it. Maybe I would just make it a little more juicy. I read this ages ago so I don’t remember much!

Reread: The Star-Touched Queen  by Roshani Chokshi. So beautiful, I was rereading my favourite parts the other day! Utter perfection.


I tag…

Forever and Everly

Read with Katie

Journey Into Books

*No need to do this, if you have already done this!*

Happy re-reading (burning and rewriting)!

~ Rendz

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The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag

Greetings readers!

Thank you to the lovely Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls for tagging me in this super fun post! She has an amazing blog which I totally think you should check out! I love going on vacation (because I rarely do so it is always a gift!) I always take a book with me, though I usually don’t get through it because I’m to busy being touristy! Still, I always need to plan a read so this tag was super helpful!


Rules

  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5 friends
  • Link back to brookiecowles.com (the creator of the tag) in your post

Questions!

It’s the dead of winter and you are escaping to a tropical location. Hours in the sun with a book are on your “to-do” list. What book do you bring with you?

What book is not on my to-do list is the question.

Ummm…I would bring Heartless by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) with me. I read the ARC ages ago but I want to get into my finished copy and see the differences!

Also, I loved the story from just reading the ARC and I would not mind reading it again!

Otherwise, if I must bring a book I haven’t read, it would be Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh because I finally have it and I want to read it so badly!

You see the first signs of spring and your heart beats faster with the thought of warmer days. You are escaping for a nice cruise to herald in the warm weather. What book do you bring to accompany you on the decks of the ship?

Hmmmm a ship read. Definitely want to bring something pirate-y!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I have heard only amazing things about this book. (Mostly from the Book Princess Mandy who had a whole pirate phase earlier this year 😉 ) I really want to read this book it sounds so adventurous and swoony.

A perfect deck read!

Summer has arrived! You spend your weekends camping in the mountains. Fresh air, trees, animals, and campfires keep you company on your outing. What book do you bring to read next to the sound of the flowing creek?

Summer is when I read contemporary, but the whole nature/woodlands setting is giving me major fantasy feels!

The Wondla Trilogy by Tony Deliwitzki
This is a middle grade fantasy, that I haven’t read, but my favourite BookTuber, Regan from PeruseProject read it and loved it. I read a lot of what she reads so I’ll take her word for it and try it out!

Fall is approaching. Nothing makes your happier than crunchy leaves turning red and orange and purple. You bring a book to the local park to read on a bench under the whispering trees. What book do you read?

Fall is my dystopia/sci-Fi season. Perhaps it is because everything dies and or is decaying during that time, but I am just in the mind set that I need to read something action-y, science-y and fun!

I would probably read the Legend series by Marie Lu

Despite the amount of heartbreak it would cause me, I am totally down to read this again! ALSO MARIE LU’S NEW NOVEL WARCROSS COMES OUT IN THE FALL, WHICH IS SCI-FI AND ACTION-Y AND I AM SURE ALL THINGS WONDERFUL!!

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Christmas is in the air. Lights, and carolers, and shopping. You want to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book that reminds you of comfort. What do you curl up with?

Oooo a comforting book…Hmmmmm

Probably The Chronicles of Narnia! I need to read at least one of the books each year! I prefer to read all seven, all at once but a girl only has so much time. *sigh*

Anyways, Narnia is my perfect comfort read! It has all the action, adventure yet cute moments that make me reminisce about my childhood. PLUS  I’m always in the mood to watch the movies so why not have a book/movie marathon!

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Winter lasts sooooo long. You need something to remind you that the sun will come out again. What book to you read to take you away on the vacation you wish you were going on?

Alright, so summer vacation = contemporary and because I have failed to list one in the past prompts I shall list one now!

Geekerella by Ashley Poshton or When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon

I know that these are both super cute and adorable reads and I really want to read them! They might not take place in a “summer-y” vacation setting, but the feels they would both give me is vacation enough!

I Tag…

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books

May @ Forever and Everly

Tiana @ The Book Raven

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional

*You can totally skip this if you have done it before!*


Alright that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed! Do certain seasons correspond to certain genres to you? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 3

Greetings readers!

It has been a while since I have done an award post and I was browsing my to-do list for tags/awards I found this lovely award that I have done previously, but I am so honoured to be nominated again!

I was nominated by Liza @ Dusk Angel Reads and Melting Pots and Other Calamities for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much. I know you nominated me a realllyyy long time ago but better late then never, right?! Anyways, if you all don’t follow these lovely bloggers you most definitely should. They both have such great discussion posts and they write incredible reviews about incredible books. So yeah give them a follow!

Rules!

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Two bloggers both, each with 11 amazing questions so I’ll keep my answers short!

Liza’s Questions

1. What fictional character would you choose to spend the day with in their world?

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Lucy in Narnia. Hello! Dream come true. I would stay there forever!

2. Pick one book that you would choose to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you disliked it.

I would love to forget An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night because I love those books and I want to get my socks knocked off again!

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3. What food would you like to try from a fictional world? e.g. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

I want to share a piece of the cake the Rampion crew had before Cinder’s coronation! I believe it was lemon flavoured!

4. What colour book spines do you have the most of?

Black.

5. What is your favourite book cover out of the books you own? Make sure you say which edition it is or add a photo as most books have multiple covers

Tough Question…

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom Edition)

It is so adorable and I think it captures the quirky, funny character that is Anne!

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6. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

Cinder’s brain computer thingy. It would make my life sooooo much easier! (And cooler)

7. Pretty sure I’ve used this question before, but what power/ability do you wish you could have?

Elemental. Controlling all the elements would be awesome!!

8. What is your favourite genre to read, even if you don’t read it the most?

Fantasy. Fantasy. Fantasy.
I love it so much that I barely read outside of it! I need to expand my genres!

9. Do you listen to audiobooks? Or want to?

No. I tried it one time and it was just not for me!

10. Where is your favourite place to read?

On a couch with a comfy blanket and pillows for me to snuggle with!

11. Are your book shelves full or have you still got room for more?

The shelf in my room is full and at risk of collapsing. The ones in my study downstairs still have some room left! So obviously I can keep buying books regularly. Got to use up that space right?

Kate’s Questions

1 What is your favourite colour combinations? Least favourite?

Green and violet make magic together!

Orange and blue….just does not work for me.

2 Do you have a “to be watched” list? If so, what movie/TV show/anime has been on it the longest?

I do. As of today, Gilmore Girls has been on there for a while. I started it, but I never finished it and my sisters say I will never finish it but I want to prove them wrong. Still…I won’t be finishing it for a while!

3 Do you prefer coffee or tea, or both? 

Neither! Though I prefer coffee over tea! Hot Chocolate is the only hot drink I’ll take!

4 What is your favourite genre? Your least favourite? 

Favourite is fantasy! Least favourite is paranormal/supernatural…though I have some guilty pleasure reads under those genres!

5 What book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon had a 180 twist? Did you like it?

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3)  by Moira Young
The twist had my head aching for days! Did I like it?…yes. Did it go well for the characters?…..When do plot twists ever go well for the characters?

6 Do you have favorite characters who happen to be villains/antagonists?

The Darkling. Come to me my love, *bats eyes*

7 Do you prefer humorous quotes, or inspirational quotes? Can you give an example? 

I love funny quotes, but inspirational quotes are words to live by!

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

~ Marie Lu, Legend

8 Are there any hyped books/movies/TV shows/anime/Webtoons that lived up to the hype? 

The Hunger Games, Caraval, Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes (but this needs more hype), THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!!!!

9 What is an underrated book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon that everyone deserves to know about?

The Penderwicks  by Jeanne Birdsall is a middle grade series, but I promise you it will squish your hearts and you will feel all happy and summer-y!

The Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason is really good. It involves a steam-punk Victorian era and mystery! And maybe some vampires….maybe.

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10 Have you binged any books/TV shows/anime/Webtoons recently?

I binged The Winner’s Trilogy last summer (best decision ever) and I have plans to binge the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas this summer alongside my Lunar Chronicles re-read!

11 (Shameless advertising time!) Please check my post My Latest Binge Worthy Comics. Do any of these look interesting to you?

Ummm yes….these look amazing! Rise from Ashes and My Dear Cold-Blooded King look epic, I must find a way to get my hands on them!

Tag Time?:

I am very lazy at the moment and I also do not feel like coming up with 11 questions so I won’t be tagging anyone at this time!
I’m sorry my loves, in my next award post I will definitely tag some of you!
I promise!

Alright I am finished! Thank you again Liza and Kate for tagging me I really appreciate the both of you. And don’t forget readers to follow their blogs for more bookish posts!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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