The Versatile Blogger Award!

Greetings readers!

I was nominated by Princess over at the Royal Reader for the Versatile Blogger Award! This is such an honour and I would like to give Princess a million thanks for nominating me! She has an amazing blog which you can check out here and I highly encourage you to participate in all her interesting discussions.

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The rules:

1.) Display the award on your blog.

2.) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3.) Share 7 facts about yourself.

4.) Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

7 Facts about Rendz

1.) Some of you know that my favourite book/movie of all time is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The truth is I watched the movie before ever actually reading the book. Actually, I watched the movie multiple times before reading the book considering I’ve only ever read it three or four times. That’s a big book sin. Still I consider it both my favourite book and movie because together they have led me to magic and adventure in Narnia.

2.) I was actually afraid of the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie when it first came out. It had the creepy mythical monsters and creatures that scared the daylights out of me. But I kept watching the movie and eventually I grew comfortable with their grotesque looks.

3.) Moving aside from Narnia. I’m Canadian. And most blogs I follow are American or use American spelling. So I cringe whenever I see the words favorite or color. They even show up with the red underline in my drafts. If you didn’t know we add in an extra “u” in those words. So: Favourite and colour

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4.) I feel like I just bored you by writing about spelling.

5.) I have never played a legit video game in my life. Unless Wii games count. (I don’t think so) I did not have internet in my house until I was ten. I used to entertain myself with Paint or those CD games that came in cereal boxes.

6.) I was on my school’s first ice hockey team back when I was in the fourth grade. I was chosen because I could skate. However, I could not skate and coordinate my stick and puck at the same time.  I fell a lot.

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7.) I have never been to a Disneyland or Disneyworld. So it’s on  my bucket list. I will go there whenever I get the chance even if I’m a hundred years old.

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Alright that’s enough about me, now I would like to honour some really amazing blogs out there, that I think deserve this award. Do not feel obligated to do it again if you have already been nominated!

Birdie Bookworm

Blame Chocolate

Not So Phamous

A New Look On Books

Past Bedtime Blog

Olga’s Oddish Obsession

Beauty and the Bean Boots

Beast Books

Kyera’s Library

Thank you all for reading I hoped you enjoyed my useless facts about myself! Let me know where you would go if you ever had the chance!

~ Rendz

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Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I come to you with another book tag! I was tagged by The Book Cover Girls to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag! (Thank you so much!) This tag is super fun. I’ve seen it travelling around in the bookish world for a while now and finally I can have a go at it. A lot of these questions will let you know more about me and my preferences in books.

Here we go!

Ebooks or Physical Books?

Physical books. I have many ebooks but I still prefer physical books overall. Although ebooks are easier to travel with and easily accessible, nothing beats the feeling of flipping through a book. It’s makes the experience of reading better and more memorable when you can flip through the pages and smell the book! Not to mention that ebooks are still pretty pricey and I would rather pay for a real book then a digital one!

Paperback or Hardback?

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Here’s the thing. I love a good hardcover. They are sturdy, often times beautifully designed and are damaged less easily! But they can be heavy to lug around and not to mention they are super expensive. Then, there are the good old trusty paperbacks. They are easy to flip through and lighter to carry around. But they are damaged so easily and even though I sometimes like the look of “well-loved” books, it still hurts when I crease the spine!

Online or in-store book shopping?

In-store! I don’t do a lot of online shopping, mostly because if I did I would probably go crazy and buy everything. However, I love going to the store and seeing the tall shelves. I enjoy walking through the aisles and touching the books I’ve read and best of all I like seeing other people who enjoy reading as well!

Trilogies or series?

Tough one.

I like trilogies because they are long enough to enjoy a full story and it doesn’t hurt my wallet to much to buy three books. However, I love series because we get to stay with the characters longer! But if it surpasses seven books, its too long and now its just dragging on.

Heroes or villains?

I love me a good hero. I know there are some villains out there who are pretty awesome in their rogue manner, but we always need a hero to remind us that the good has to work hard to triumph the bad that goes on. Being “good” isn’t boring or cliche, it takes guts and that is what heroes are best known for!

A book you want everyone to read?

The Lunar Chronicles (cheating because this is a series)

This is usually my YA recommendation. I love these books so much. I know they are not everybody’s taste, but I recommend them anyways!

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Recommend an underrated book.

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The Chronoptika Quartet by Catherine Fisher (Cheating again, it’s a series)

This series is super cool. It has elements time travel as well as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. They are very entertaining and I really hope more people read them, so I can have someone to fangirl with!

 

 

 

 

The last book you finished?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I literally finished it a couple of hours ago and my heart…my poor heart. I need more of my Crows!

Review to come 

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Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

A bobby pin. It was there and I needed to save my page so yeah, a bobby pin.

Used books, yes or no?

Yes! They are cheap! Although I don’t usually go to used bookstores, when I do I always have a great time. Its a whole store full of loved books!

Top three favourite genres?

  1. Fantasy (FOREVER)
  2. Sci-fi/dystopian
  3. Historical fiction

Borrow or buy?

Both. Usually when a book first debuts, I borrow it form the library. If I really like it, I will buy it, if I don’t like it then I save some money. Otherwise I usually only buy my auto-buy authors, like Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo.

Characters or plot?

Tough one. I need to like the plot in order to be intrigued to read the book. However I need to like the characters in order to keep reading the book.Yet, I will still read a book if I like the characters even though the plot is going nowhere.

Long or short book?

LONG. But not freakishly long like 1000 pages.

Long or short chapters?

SHORT. I like feeling productive and finishing multiple short chapters makes me feel good.

Name the first three books you think of.

  1. Blood Rose Rebellion (Because it is literally right beside me at the moment)
  2. Crooked Kingdom
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. I don’t like feeling so sad! I would rather have tears brought to my eyes because something hilarious just occurred rather than an upsetting mishap.

*Note: Most times  I cry more than I laugh because of all these character deaths in fantasy so this is why I want to laugh more!

Our world or fictional worlds?

F I C T I O N A L

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Audiobooks: yes or no?

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I tried it once and I couldn’t do it. I get too distracted and sometimes forget to pay attention so I have to rewind to find out what I missed. Nope, just not for me!

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

OF COURSE. Anyone who says otherwise, is lying. Beautiful covers may not always equal beautiful stories, but they do make for pretty shelves!

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

MOVIE! T.V. shows are good but I prefer watching a straight 2-3 hour film rather than having to wait a week between episodes.

Series or standalone?

Series! Standalones make me feel lonely. I want to spend more time and go on new adventures with those characters.


I’m tagging anyone who wants to have a go at this, mostly because I’m lazy to go through my list of blogs! Just go ahead and tag if you would like to!

That’s all from me! Let me know if we share any of the same interests in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

~Rendz

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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Greetings readers!

A while ago I was nominated by the lovely Mandy over at Book Princess for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!

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“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Mandy is a dear friend and an awesome blogger. She is one of the best people to fangirl with, especially over Carswell Thorne and anything Lunar Chronicles or Marissa Meyer related! Thank you Mandy, I appreciate this nomination and YOU so much! For those who don’t know about about Mandy’s amazing blog just click here to discover a whole new world of book blogging! 😉

Rules

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Mandy’s Questions

What was your last favourite book and why?

Honestly, this is a tough question. I have read so many great books in  the past couple of months, but I would have to say my overall favourite is Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I know what you’re thinking, “Rendz didn’t pick Wires & Nerve as her favourite, a TLC book” *gasp*. Wires & Nerve was amazing and I enjoyed every second of it, but Frost Like Night tops my list for reasons that follow. FLN really touched me deep. It was a) Fantasy, my favourite genre of books out there and b) a sweet ending to an amazing series. The magic and adventure of this book kept me captivated, Meira’s story entangled with all the other characters lives was a truly wonderful reading experience. The theme of “not being enough” as Sara points out in her acknowledgements, really touched me in my personal life. There are so many days and moments where we strive to be more for others, for show and we forget that we cannot be more than what we are. Expectations are meant to push us to improve not to pressure us into believing we are not “good enough”. Who has the right to say you are not good enough if there is no other you out there to compare? (Does that make sense?) I guess I’m just trying to say that, yes we can always improve our actions and decisions but  we cannot meet every expectation and belief of everyone we know. It’s impossible, everyone has different opinions and ultimately we only have one path in life that we discover for ourselves. Also, this book made me cry and it has been a long time since a book stirred that kind of reaction from me!

Has there ever been a time when you hated or gave up on reading?

OH YES! I abhorred reading from the ages of 6 to 10. It was not until I was 11 going on to 12 that my passion and obsession for reading really implemented itself in me. When I was first learning to read I had some difficulties. Reading often entailed reading out loud with my teacher or peers, I was also extremely shy and those two did not mix.  I remember being so embarrassed when I mispronounced words or stumbled on sentences. I was the kid who said sweeter for sweater and is-land for island. Looking back now I understand my teacher were helping me, but back then it felt like I was being reprimanded. I remember having to read the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. That’s it. I remember having to read it, not actually understanding anything that was going on! It’s a shame because I hear it is a great book. But at ages 11 to 12, I read a lot of great middle grade books, specifically many Candy Apple books that were juicy and dramatic. Then I found the Hunger Games and the reading world took over my life! You can read more about my Evolution in reading in the post I did!

What book are you most excited to read this year? (Doesn’t have to be a 2017 release)

GOSH THERE ARE SO MANY!

Wires & Nerve was my most anticipated of January and I loved it so I can cross that off the list! I recently bought Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I have also been anticipating! I also have a lot of 2016 books I have yet to read like Heartless, Three Dark Crowns, Fate of Flames, The Forgetting and The Thousandth Floor! Not to mention the incredible new debuts and sequels coming out in 2017! You can see that list in My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 Pt 1 and Pt 2! Special shout out to Chaol Westfall’s novel coming this fall, which I am dying to read!

SO, I have a lot of books to read.

As usual!

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My Nominees

Some of these bloggers I nominate are recent discoveries that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

A New Look On Books

Payton’s Book Thoughts

Jemms Reads

LILbooKlovers

Bookneeders

The Book Cover Girls

Maya Hearts Books

Royal Reader

My Questions

  1. What is a book that brings up a good memory?
  2. Do you have a person with whom you can fangirl/boy with at anytime of the day?
  3. You can wish yourself into any fictional world you want, but you must leave behind this life (family, friends and books!) Would you do it and if so, where would you go?

Special thanks again to Mandy for nominating me! I would just like to let you know , whilst writing this post I was listening to a Disney song playlist, as one should!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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Liebster Award!

Greetings readers!

I’m coming to you with another Award post! (I have a lot of catching up to do because I missed a whole month of blog posts) I was nominated by the lovely Maya at Maya Hearts Books and The Royal Reader for the Liebster Award.

I want to thank both of you for nominating me. It is always such a honour to be recognized especially by my fellow peers. Maya Hearts Books and The Royal Reader are great blogs and I hope all of you who read this go check them out and interact with the amazing people behind the blogs.
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Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Maya’s Questions

1.  Find a book on your bookshelf that has had a big impact on your life, then tell us why.

Okay so I would totally write about Narnia, but I feel like I should change things up. So, looking at my shelf write now I see The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which had a huge impact on my life.

As cliche as it might sound, this series is the beginning of my reading journey. It was the first YA series I read and it completely captivated me as it did most people around the world. My cousin introduced these books to me when I was about twelve years-old and from then on I have been reading Young Adult books non-stop. The action, adventure and suspense of these novels took over me. After I finished it, I needed to read more, more, MORE. Considering I used to hate reading and dreaded picking up a book, The Hunger Games brought me a long way and I am thankful for it!

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2. When did you start reading books for fun?

Twelve years old. That is when I actually asked if we could go to the library everyday.

3. What is the most important thing on your desk right now?

Right now I’m at the desk where I do all my homework and studying so it’s a mess. But on it is a sketchbook where I am working on some fanart!

4. What is the one thing you love doing the most?

Besides reading, I like drawing, painting, blogging and family movie nights. *I see now that the question called for one thing….oops* I guess you could say reading and drawing are tied for 1!

5. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

INFJ-T, The Advocate. I did a whole tag about it here, if you want to learn more!

6. What were your views on the 2016 USA election?

Well, I’m not American. I actually live in Canada and my background is Salvadoran. I was honestly mostly annoyed about their campaign because that is all Canadian news broadcasters would talk about it. Neither of the candidates were exactly great to begin with and the person whom ended up being elected was the worst of the two. So, my dear Americans, I pray you brace yourselves for the next tumultuous four years.

Resist the hate.

7. Which is your favourite bookish blog?

I like all bookish blogs! I don’t think I have a particular favourite. But Book Princess Reviews and my nominators are pretty awesome 🙂

8.  Do you use social media to put your blog out there? If so, which platforms do you use?

YES! You can find me on:

Instagram: @readingwithrendz

Twitter: @RwRendz

9. Which of all the posts you have ever published is your favourite? Why?

A Torch Against the Night–Reviewed

This is one of my favourite posts because not only is it an amazing book that I want you all to read. It is one of the first posts I ever did. This blog is still a baby and that post is not perfect, but I had a great time writing it and I tried to be funny and charming. I don’t know if I was successful at the last bit, you will just have to let me know!

10. How many languages do you speak?

I speak English (fluently), Spanish (semi-fluently…I need to work on my mother tongue) and I have studied and fell in love with French. I look forward to being able to speak even more than just these three languages.

11. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Do I believe in the equality of all people? An equal opportunity and rights for all? The right to be heard?  Then yes I am.


The Royal Reader’s Questions

1.  Let’s start with an easy one: night owl or early bird?

I used to be an early bird because all the best cartoons started at 8 a.m., now I definitely a night owl. I stay reading almost every night!

2. If you could visit one fictional land/world, which would it be and why? (e.g. Narnia, Wonderland, etc)

My answer is in the question.

N A R N I A

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever travelled to?

I have not gone many places around the world. Only ever back home to El Salvador and here in Canada, there are so many places I want to go. However, the most beautiful place I have been to so far is a relative’s beach house back home. I have vague memories of it, but I distinctly recall a pool in the back yard. And behind the backyard there was a path that led directly to the beach.

4. If you were president for a day, what one thing would you implement?

Probably a law to lower the prices of books! *Is that even possible, XP *

5. Which song and/or movie reminds you most of your childhood?

I Write Sins not Tragedies by Panic at the Disco

Don’t ask, it just does!

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6. Would you rather be able to only watch movies or listen to music for the rest of your life? (must be one or the other)

Movies! I love music but I need movies! Plus movies come with awesome scores!

7. What’s one super interesting fact about you? (hobby, hidden talent, etc.)

I like to watch soccer and hockey, but I am not a good athlete. LOL

8. If you had the option to travel to space, would you do it? Why/why not?

YES. It would be so cool. I would totally do it. Just think, travelling beyond the confines of our planet and looking at it from the outside. SO COOL.

9. Do you believe in the supernatural/paranormal? If no, why? If yes, any stories?

Well, I believe in God, if he counts.

But, I do like to think there are other magical beings that roam and it would be really cool if I ever discovered them! I don’t have any stories!

10. What would your ideal day out be a) with friends, and b) by yourself?

A) With friends: We usually go out for lunch and then catch a movie or go shopping.

B) By myself: I usually lazy around the house, either watching T.V. or reading or drawing.

11. And finally, if you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Ir’s older Rendz’s job to worry. You don’t have to. Have fun and smile.

My Nominees

Kiwi Can Read

Ellie’s Bookshelf

LILbooKlovers

Reads,Rhythms and Ruminations

Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My

If you have already been nominated, you don’t have to do it again! 🙂

My Questions

  1. Name a place you wish to one day visit. (Real/fictional)
  2. What is the best movie quote you know?
  3. Do you ever buy books you never read?
  4. What is your favourite non-book related activity?
  5. Do you read a lot of non-fiction?
  6. Do you take a book wherever you go?
  7. What is/was you favourite subject in school?
  8. Cats of dogs?
  9. What would be your super power?
  10. Which character would you go on a lunch date with?
  11. What is your favourite sweet?

Thank you again for the nomination Maya and Royal Reader. I hope all my nominees enjoy answering my questions!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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The Mystery Blogger Award!

Greetings readers!

I was nominated for the mystery blogger award! YAY! *cheers*

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What  is The Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well – Okoto Enigma
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Rendz Gives Thanks!

Thank you to Emma Lauren from Corn Reviews Books for nominating me for this award! She is super awesome and I enjoys all her reviews and posts. Definitely go check her out.

The Creator!

The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma and you should go check her out, as well.

Three Things About Rendz

  1. I didn’t like reading until I was nine or ten years old. Even then I thought it was boring. (Clearly I was not a cool kid)
  2. I enjoy drawing/painting on my free time–when I’m not reading
  3. The first “vampire book” or YA novel I ever read was not Twilight–but something way better!

Rendz Answers

Your favourite kind of post to write?

I recently did my first book tag and I had the best time with it. I love matching books to themes that are funny and cute! I also like to review books and share my thoughts and opinions with you all.

Do you have any pets?

No pets. I used to have a fish, but he died. I have always wanted a dog, though.

Your favourite TV show?

I watch a lot of TV,  but I do not think I have a favourite show. Hmm…Perhaps “Once Upon a Time” and “Gilmore Girls” (I’m watching it for the first time).

Your favourite Christmas song?

“Do you hear what I hear?”-Whitney Houston

The ENTIRE Michael Buble Christmas album, especially “Blue Christmas”

What are you currently reading?

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

The most unsatisfying series finale? (Book or TV show)

TV show: “Containment”– It was a mini series, and I only watched a couple of episodes but the ending was not what I wanted. I needed more. More. More!

Book: The Death Sworn series by Leah Cypess–This series was good but the ending was not satisfying at all. I was left hanging and I did not know what to think. The book just stops, it doesn’t end. I have so many questions.

Best Posts from Rendz!

Okay, so I know I have not had this blog for a long time and have few blog posts but I do have my favourites which I would love for you all to check out!

A Torch Against the Night Reviewed — I just loved this book so much and I’m super proud of this review. I *tried* to be funny and charming XD

The Lady is Champ – Experience –This was the second author event I reviewed and I just like to share  my embarrassing moments you all!

Favourites! — This is where I shared all my favourite things in relation to books and I always get giddy listing off my favourite things!

Rendz Asks the Questions

  1. What was the first book you read that made you feel grown-up?
  2. Who is your auto-buy author(s)?
  3. What is your guilty pleasure read? *wags eyebrows*
  4. What is a one song you know all the lyrics to and can *air guitar* your way through the whole song?
  5. When is your favourite time to read?

Rendz Nominates

There are so many lovely bloggers out, who are very deserving of this award so I shall name a few below:

Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews  (I LOVE MANDY’S BLOG, GO CHECK IT OUT!)

Miss Abigail @ Miss Abigail Books and Bits

Luckyd13 @ YA Girl in a Bookish World

Maya @ Maya Hearts Books

SouthernGeekery @ Book Hoarder Reviews

Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My

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Alright, I’m done here. Thank you once again Emma for nominating me and I hope all my nominees reply to this amazing award.

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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Blogger Recognition ward!

Greetings Readers!

Each minion above describes my exact reaction to discovering I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!

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I was nominated by the lovely Mandy over at Book Princess Reviews, whom you should go check out because she has a fantastic blog. I am so honoured to be a part of this long list of wonderful bloggers that are recognized for their brilliant work as readers and writers! I want to thank you all so much for reading this blog of mine (especially you Mandy for the nomination!)  I started this blog just for fun and the experience I have been through from communicating with other readers out there is precious!

Alright lets get started! Here are the guidelines my fellow nominees and I have to follow:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

Keep reading more some interesting facts about moi and other fellow bloggers out there!

Rendz Giving Thanks

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews is AMAZING! GO check her out! Thank you Mandy so much for this nomination! I’m virtually sending you a million hugs and greetings. I love your blog and your rating system is fabulous! I hope I’m one of your five-star princesses but I’m also cool with Cinderella because she is my childhood fave.

Rendz becoming Rendz

My blog life goes way back! I had started a book blog three years ago, for a school project that I am 99.99% sure my teacher did not actually check. (He was not the most organized of the staff) That old blog was a wreck, I was not committed enough to post regularly and my reviews were horrible.

This past summer, I was reading these amazing books and I wanted to write reviews on them and talk to other people about all these great authors I was discovering. However, I needed a space, a place where I could be my foolish, dorky and bookish self. So I turned on my laptop and set up a really simple looking blog where I began my book blogger journey. It has only been a few months since I started writing reviews and other posts but my tiny website has grown into something I am very proud of.

I look forward to seeing its evolution and getting to be more involved in this wonderful, loving book community. I appreciate all you likes, comments and follows and I hope to interact with more of you as the years go by.

Two Pieces of Advice from Rendz

I would like to quote one of my favourite authors Jeanne Birdsall before we move any further:

“I’ve never been good at taking advice, so am reluctant to hand it out.”

With that being stated, I will still indulge you with some things I have learned over the past couple of months.

  1. Keep a schedule: I know not everyone is a schedule-making/loving person, but dedicating at least one day in a week to putting something up on your blog will help you keep your commitment. Choose a day that you know you will have some time to sit down and write. After a couple weeks you will be pro at making time to blog and get in more content during the week.
  2. Be Honest: Your blog is YOURS. You have the right to write whatever you want. You have the right to express yourself and the feelings you have after reading a book. Do not feel like you are confined to have the same feelings or opinions as more popular bloggers and readers. Honesty is always the best policy! Be true and be you!

Rendz Nominates!

There are some amazing blogs I have discovered over these passed weeks and I would like to share them with you. To all of you whom I nominate you are FABULOUS and keep up the great work!

Read, Think, Ponder

Kee the Reader

CARTON-MANETTE-DARNAY

ABOOKNATION

Royal Reader

Books & Stardust

Writing with Style

Thank you again so much for the nomination and I hope you all continue this epic journey alongside with me and interact with me as much as you can!

-Rendz

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The Lady is a Champ – Experience

Greetings readers:

As promised, I am finally bringing to you my thoughts and experience from The Lady is a Champ Tour. This amazing event featured four incredible writers in which they answered some very important questions and let the audience in on their life as writers. This event was held about three weeks ago (I know it has been a while) but it was so amazing, I am glad I get to share all the details with you.

It was a chilly Sunday afternoon in October and I arrived about an hour before the event. It turns out that I should come to these events earlier if I want to sit because there was a huge crowd and I had to stand the entire time. (Still it was so worth it.) Anyways, a short while later, our amazing authors arrived at Chapters Brampton. Marie Lu [The Midnight Star], Kiersten White [And I Darken], Catherine Egan [Julia Vanishes] and Morgan Rhodes [The Darkest Magic] all paraded through the crowd  and sat at their table. (At this moment I was very, very star-struck) Once seated, the real show began.

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The event started off with a few questions from the MC, about the author’s books and various struggles to write them. Marie Lu spoke about how The Young Elites began as a novel about Raffaele, but was soon took over by Adelina and thus began her villainous journey. Kiersten White talked about how difficult it is to write historical fiction and the amount of research it required to get dates correct. Catherine Egan spoke of her drafting process and that as she writes she has to keep changing and starting again before her book can have a solid outline. Morgan Rhodes said that she has to reread her books to remember the details and tie up the loose ends of stories. She also said writing involves a lot of wine and chocolate.

The authors then diverged on to the topic of villains. Marie said that writing a villain is basically allowing the character to do whatever they want, morals were thrown out the window. Catherine agreed and said that writing villains was very cathartic for her. She also stated that villains were easier to write because they just came to her. Morgan Rhodes agreed and said “the nicer the character, the harder to write.” Kiersten said that writing Lada was tough, since she had to restrain from softening her up (if you don’t know, Lada is not exactly very nice) and that she had to throw out the idea of likability.

Afterwords the authors shared stories about strong female characters they read about as teens. Marie Lu praised the novel Julie of Wolves as her inspiration and model growing up. Morgan shared that she read adult novels in her teens, and teen novels as an adult, but over all it was Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy that resonated with her. Kiersten White shared that her influential female Character was Anne from Anne of Green Gables (I was a very, very proud Canadian) Anne’s coming of age story and fearless self gave Kiersten confidence growing up.

There were many moments of laughing and fun especially when our authors would go off talking and forget whether they had answered the questions. (Morgan I’m talking sbout you) Marie Lu said that she had trouble writing romance scenes because she felt that her mother was scrutinizing her and asking “Where did you learn that, huh?” Marie takes months to write kissing scenes, so appreciate them. Morgan said that she dealt with difficult situations with lots of wine and chocolate, the other authors agreed straight away. She also finds it very easy to kill characters off, so be warned.

They also each shared a genre of writing they would not be able to explore or take on. Kiersten and Marie both said contemporary and agreed that fantasy and Sci-Fi was far more interesting. Morgan said that middle grade was not for her as well as an all male 1st person POV. Catherine always shies away from historical fiction, in which Kiersten said “don’t go down that road” humorously.

After a couple audience questions, the infamous “How tall are your characters?” was brought up again, the signing began.

Now as I mentioned I was towards the back of the line and had to wait three hours, standing carrying seven books! I was extremely tired, but again, so, so worth it. Anyways as I approached Kiersten and Catherine, I got really nervous and my heart started beating fast. (I’m very introverted so it’s my usual reaction) However, I got up there introduced myself and presented them with little pieces of fan art I made. They were both very delighted and Catherine almost cried! (SCORE) I had Illusions of Fate signed by Kiersten while she and I talked about Narnia (2nd SCORE) and how her boyfriend (now husband) gave her The Horse and his Boy as her first Christmas present. (He is definitely a keeper)

Then I approached Morgan Rhodes, I didn’t have a book to get signed by her since I had them signed at a previous event, but I still handed her a piece of fan art as well, which she graciously accepted. It was a painting of a pouty Magnus and she reasoned that his angry expression is what won him the ladies. (She’s not wrong) Then came the moment of truth!

I stood in front of Marie Lu. Six years I suffered under these woman’s books. Six years. And do you know what I said?

“Hi, I’m Rendz and I just want you to know I’ve been waiting for this moment for six years.”

*face meet palm*

Oh but it gets worse:

Marie: “I’m so glad you came!”

Me: “No, no, I’m so glad YOU came!”

COULD I HAVE BEEN MORE OF A DORK?!

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Afterwords, I just kept calling myself a loser in my head! It was slightly embarrassing since the other authors listened in and started laughing. I turned red in the face, but kept on talking so I was proud of myself for that. After she signed six books (her hand must have ached afterwards, she had already signed so many) I left her saying thank you once again, walked down the steps shaking from head to toe because ladies and gentlemen I had just met Marie Lu.

Overall it was a long day, full of standing, waiting and fangirling, but I couldn’t have asked for more! My feet did ache the whole rest of the night through the next day but I would have stood even longer if it meant I got to meet my idols!

Experience score: 10/10 (even though I had to stand the entire time) 

I do sincerely love author events. Although I do not see any in my immediate future, rest assured you will read about another time I embarrass at these events. If you have any author event stories you would like to share, comment below or shoot me an email, I would love to hear about it!

Happy Reading!

-Rendz

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Favourites!

Greetings readers:

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Today I have decided to share with you some of my Favourites about reading. Some have been with me for long periods of time or in some cases are recently favourited. Each of these books or people have impacted my life in some way, shape or form. It could vary from being extremely entertaining or inspiring or the “reason I read” kind of book or author.

There a countless books in the world, so many I have yet to read. So while this may be a list of my favourites, know that this list will only grow bigger and bigger.

Genres

#1. Fantasy

I will admit it, when it comes to reading I will always, ALWAYS go to Fantasy first. I rarely read out of fantasy (but I do so no worries my other genre loving peeps). Fantasy (like many who use this cliche) is my escape. When I look around me and see how messed up this world of ours is, I want to leave. But I can’t, so I turn to books, with other worlds, with their own set of screwed up problems, with their adventure and resolution.

I go there for magic.

Any type of magic in the book world, whether it be elemental or witchcraft/wizardry or pulling rabbits out of hats, instantly has my attention. I love to read about magical human beings (or maybe not human), who have the ability to wield forces that are unrealistic. If I had a magical power it would be all magic (don’t you dare ask me to pick and choose).

I could go more in depth and reveal my soul deep love for fantasy and write how it has allowed me to grow, learn from mistakes and have courage. But that will come another time. For now I’ll let you know that most of my points will always lead back to my desire to wield magic.

#2. Science fiction and Dystopia

#3. Historical fiction (I have a sweet spot for Sherlock Holmes spin offs even though I have yet to read a Holmes novel)

#4. Contemporary. I will be honest I am not a big contemporary reader. The stories don’t bore me (at least not usually) but I am always looking for an adventure, something different and outside of realistic element aka fantasy. I do try to read at least one contemporary a month to explore the reading realm.

#5. Paranormal/Supernatural. I hardly read from this genre because I find each story to be the same. Guy is super hot and muscular (not a complaint) and is a powerful demon/vampire/angel who is sent to kill girl who has hidden power or guy spontaneously saves girl from enemy/herself as she discovers her power. Some fight scenes, kissing scenes and cheesy romantic lines later and they all lived as happily as demons can live! But I’m a hypocrite. This is my guilty pleasure genre. Something about the predictable end and well…MAGIC always keep me hooked!

Favourite Books/Series
As I said this is the current list. With time, some titles will change many more will be added but for now I will share the current list. (Note: Eventually each or at least some of these mentions will get their own appreciation post)

#1: The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis

#2: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

#3: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

#4: The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

#5: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

#6: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

#7: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

#8: Accidentally Fabulous series by Lisa Papademetriou

#9:  The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

#10: Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

And many more but I will cut the list here. There will be some huge rants about some of the books listed above.

Favourite Authors

#1. Marissa Meyer

#2. Morgan Rhodes

#3. Sabaa Tahir

#4. C.S. Lewis

#5. Leigh Bardugo

#6. Sara Raasch

#7. Marie Lu

#8. Sarah J. Maas

#9. Maggie Steifvater

#10. Marie Rutkoski 

Again there are so many more!

Favourite places to get books!

#1. That one time in a blue one moon when I win a giveaway! Hello free books!

#2. The Library– I am a TPL teen

#3. Overdrive–basically the library for ebooks

#4. Chapters Indigo –my home away from home

#5. BMV stores across Toronto– Hello cheap books!

Favourite places to read!

#1. My room –curtains drawn, window open, warm blanket if needed

#2. Living room couch

#3. Porch

#4. Library

#5.  School

Bonus: Favourite Guilty Pleasure Reads!

#1. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

#2. The Divinicus Nex Chronicles by A&E Kirk

#3. Anything by Catherine Fisher, especially her Chronoptika quartet and Incarceron series

Well that’s it for this week my friends. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about moi! Feel free to comment some of your favourites and I will write to you again next week!

Happy Reading!

-Rendz

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The Evolution

Greetings readers!

I have decided that this week I would give you a little more information about me. Tonight I will be sharing with you my journey to becoming a reader.

Like many people out there, reading is one of my most treasured pastimes. The ability to read is one of my most beloved gifts and it has opened my eyes to worlds unseen.(Literally because most exist within the pages of a book) There are so many things to discover and learn from reading. It enriches your imagination and makes you witness the impossible.

To be frank I was not always the biggest reader. In fact I disliked reading very much when I was a child, especially as I was just beginning to learn how to read. It was difficult for me to pay attention to the words and so my progress was very slow. Many times I would just end up looking at the pictures and making up my own story and when the time came for teacher student conference, I would sit in front of my second grade teacher embarrassed. I was the girl who said “is-land” for island and “sweeter” for sweater.

Anyways, eventually as time went by and my mom complained that I was spending to much time in front of the T.V., she dragged me to the library. There, I picked out a couple of books, took them home, read half of one, returned them and sat back down on the couch. Clearly her attempts to get me into reading failed. So in one last try she threw this at me:

“Ay, hija you will never be as smart as the other kids if you don’t read.”

I am not a spiteful person, nor was I back then. But this hit home. I tremendously disliked being called less intelligent then the other kids in my class. I was always the smartest in my class because even then I was a nerd. I always did my homework (save reading study) and aced every test. (Now when I look back I see I could be very boastful! Bad Rendz. Show some humility.)

Anyways, I took my mothers bait and at school the next day I went to the school library. I took out one book; Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park. I brought it home, sat down, and read. Perhaps I had finally chosen the right book because I finished it in a week and went back for the sequel. After Junie B. I read the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne. From then on I slowly found my reading interests and visited the library and book fair more frequently. (Too often for my mother’s and father’s sake!) Soon enough next time I went to the library I chose more books that peaked to my interest. I was becoming a better and faster reader.

Yet I was not a book dragon. I still did not find that complete pull towards books. Then one summer my cousin introduced to this famous YA novel. I don’t know if you guys know this book. 😉 It was really popular in 2012. It has nothing to do with hunger, really it was about the game. That’s right I read The Hunger Games. All three, in a total of nine days. I had finally found my calling. YA literature had come to claim me and I have been its loyal subject ever since. From then on while I continued to explore the middle grade section  of the library I slowly transitioned to the teen section.

Fast forward to today and I have graduated to book dragon status. I have never regretting picking up the Junie B. series and it will forever be known as the series that got me reading. Thank you, Barbara Park. If you ask me now, reading is my new favourite hobby, pass time, and job. Reading truly changed my life for the better. It enriched my imagination and showed me worlds that I could explore and learn from.

Well, that is how the journey started. How I evolved into the person I am today, into the reader I am today. I gush inside every time I think about the gift of reading. I sadden at the thought that some cannot read or chooses not to. It’s a GIFT people, cherish it.

That is all for today. I hope you enjoyed this little story of myself. Next week I will be sharing some of my Favourites (books, movies, genres, etc.) so stay tuned.

Happy Reading!

-Rendz

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