Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 2

Greetings readers!

The saga of catching up on tags and awards continues…

A while back, I was tagged by Kester from LiLbooKlovers for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I have been awarded this before, but to have been nominated twice is the ultimate honour! So thank you LiLbooKlovers, I really appreciate it! You all should definitely go check out their blog. These bloggers create such beautiful posts and always have excellent reviews on all kinds of book!

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Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Thank you again Kester for nominating me and I hope you all enjoy my answers!


1. What is one book that made you cry?

The Penderwicks (1-4) by Jeanne Birdsall

All of these books made me cry for some reason. They are middle-grade but have some truly heart-breaking scenes. The books deal a lot with the themes of loss, death and renewal in the eyes of children so they make me teary sometimes.

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2. If you could travel one place in the entire world and all your expenses were paid, where would you go?

Can I cheat and say Europe? It’s been a dream of mine to travel all of Europe and see the historical landmarks and take in the sites. France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden, England… everywhere, I want to see it all! Perhaps some day!

3. Where is your favourite place to read? Like in front of fireplace, outside on the grass, on your bed in a blanket… what?

On the couch in my sitting room, with the sunlight pouring through the open curtains and some comfy pillows. If it is winter a nice blanket covering me, if it is summer the window must be open! It’s the perfect setting to keep me concentrated on my reading!

4. Which TV show would you choose to binge watch?

I tried to binge watch Gilmore Girls but got side tracked. I really want to watch Jane the Virgin and I need to catch up on Once Upon a Time!

5. Would you rather meet your favourite author but you cannot say a single word, or would you have a signed copy of your favourite book made personally to you but every 10th page is missing?

Meet my favourite author and not say a word. WHY?

A. I would  be in their presence.

B. I would get to see them physically sign my book.

C. I would save myself the embarrassment of saying something dumb (as I have before)

I would not be able to deal with missing pages!

6. What is your top reading strategy to maximize how many books you will read in a year?

Monthly goals, at least two books each month. On Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays I stay up really late. Like very, very late. In the summer I have a goal of 20 books in two months.

7. What is the talent or achievement that you are most proud of?

I can draw. I know some technique and craft. I’m no Picasso or DaVinci but I can make something look realistic or not…depending on the project.

8. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a book, and why?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

This movie made me fall in love with Narnia. It made me want to go on adventures and be a queen. Be fearless. Be hopeful. Be magical. Just imagine a 6 year-old Rendz, sitting in a theatre with wide eyes taking in all the beauty and wonder that is Narnia. Hoping and dreaming that one day she would find her magical calling and be whisked off on adventures. Rendz is still waiting for that day, but her hope has not been deterred. Not to mention that the soundtrack is A M A Z I N G and it is literally the theme song of my life.

 

9. If you were going to recommend me one book, which one would it be, and why?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer…followed by the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. It has classic tales mixed with scifi, suspense, action and great twists. You will devour it!

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10. Which fictional character would you go out on a date with, and do you think it would work out?

THE LIST. THIS IS A LIST. A HUGE LIST!

Ok..ok…I’ll do one for now. Just know that there is a long list.

Elias Veturius, you and me, dinner, pick me up at seven. Elias is so sweet and caring, I would love to go out with him. I think he would funny and charming and his eyes…oh his eyes! I wouldn’t be able to stop staring at them.

I would like to think that all my fictional dates would turn out successful, thank you very much.

11. What kind of book swag (e.g. buttons, bookmarks, postcards, bookplates, wristbands, etc.) is your favourite?

I like post cards! I love that they come with beautiful illustrations and detail. I actually won An Ember in the Ashes postcards in the newsletter giveaway by Sabaa Tahir and they are absolutely gorgeous!

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My nominees!

 

My Questions:

  1. What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  2. What was your last read? What did you think of it?
  3. Which author are you *dying* to meet?
  4. How do you organize you shelves?
  5. Do you own any special book swag?
  6. Was there a time when you liked the movie more than the book?
  7. Would you rather be able to breathe under-water or fly?
  8. What is your favourite genre of books/movies?
  9. What is your guilty pleasure read?
  10. Do you have any unpopular opinions on books?
  11. What is your favourite past-time other than reading?

Thank you once again to LiLbooKlovers for nominating me, especially you, Kester! I hope you all enjoyed this post and follow my nominator and nominees because they are also super cool!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mystery Blogger Award Pt 2

Greetings readers!
I was nominated once before for this award, but I was nominated again by two lovely bloggers. My thanks goes out to Princess @ Royal Reader. She has an amazing blog and I always enjoy reading her discussion posts and reviews. You should definitely go check her out and interact with her. Another big thank you to is Melting Pots and Other Calamities who writes great reviews and discussion posts as well! She has an amazing thread about analyzing different strengths in women in fiction that you should go check out!

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“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.”

This award was created by Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma. You should check the blog out!

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

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You 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)

Three things about Rendz

  1. I tried embroidery for the first time and it is suffice to say that I would make a terrible lady in the middle ages. I cannot embroider to save my life.
  2. I have 18 signed books on my shelf (maybe one day I will do a post about it)
  3. I’ve never read Harry Potter…don’t hate me.

My Best Posts

I like to write funny reviews.  I try to write funny yet professional reviews. Let me know what you think!

  1. Crooked Kingdom Review
  2. Wires & Nerve Review
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion ARC Review

Royal Reader’s Questions

1.) What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

I’m not a spontaneous kind of person, I tend to overthink everything I do and each decision I make. It’s not the best quality to have and I tend to bury myself in doubt, but there was this one time I sent in a piece of writing to an author because she was doing a special program with my local library. I never share my creative writing with anyone but her response to my story made me happy and pushed me to keep going. Although now when I read what I sent her I realize it needs major fixing!

2.) If you could suddenly be an expert in any field at all, what would it be and why?

An astronaut. I would definitely be interested in going to space and seeing the world from the outside. I think their work is so cool and I would love to be in their shoes for a day!

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3.) Where is your favourite place to write your blog posts?

In my study. It’s where I do all my work and projects. I have a big desk with a comfy chair. Not to mention three shelves with some of my books (not all shelves have my books most of them a textbooks) It’s a small room but it’s my room and I can focus in here. (Most days anyways)

4.) If you could spend the day with your biggest inspiration, who would it be and what would you do? (Can be anyone at all, famous or not, living or passed on).

I have no idea. I don’t know if I have discovered my biggest inspiration apart from my family. They mean the world to meet but I get to spend everyday with them. There are so many people who do incredible things but I cannot think of one who has touched me personally! I guess I haven’t found anyone yet…perhaps in the near future.

5.) Weird: If you were to run away and join the circus (non-animal using circus only), would you either be a trapeze artist, a fire-eater, a tight-rope walker or a unicyclist?

Tight-rope walker. I would get to channel my inner Inej Ghafa.

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Melting Pots and Other Calamities Questions

1.) Have you ever checked out a hyped book/movie/TV show/other type of fiction, and did you enjoy it?

Many. Many! A lot of the books I read are the hyped ones and often times I enjoy them. For example The Hunger Games, Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes, The Lunar Chronicles, etc but there have been some I did not enjoy as much i.e. Queen of Shadows and Glass Sword.

2.) What is your favourite fandom? I don’t mean the show or book itself, but the group of people involved.

I love being a Lunartic! I’m not active in many groups but I do follow some blogs and Pinterest boards that always have great TLC memes and fan art. The fan art is amazing! It’s a community with no ship wars, great characters and a story that is always fun to revisit!

3.) Give two of your favourite quotes, one funny, and the other inspirational.

Funny:  20 Eternal Struggles Of Growing Up With Strict Parents <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23strict" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23strict&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#strict search Pinterest">#strict</a> <a class="pintag" href="/explore/parents/" title="#parents explore Pinterest">#parents</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23struggle" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23struggle&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#struggle search Pinterest">#struggle</a>

Inspirational: “You are never to old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

4.) While writing your posts, do you have writer’s block, and if so, what kind is it? Like, do you have trouble coming up with ideas, or do you lack motivation?

My posts usually consist of reviews and tags/awards, I have yet to write a discussion or appreciation post. Sometimes I have trouble in my reviews coming up with the subheadings in my likes and dislikes. I struggle with finding the right things to say to express my true feelings for the book. Sometimes I think I sound really childish and I get stuck on my wording. To help I usually flip through the book to any random page and just think about the scenes before and after. That usually helps bring up ideas.

5.) (Funny question). Name something you loved as a kid. Do you still like it on occasion?

I used to watch Cinderella religiously and play “Cinderella” in my room wearing one of my mom’s dresses and pair of shoes. I had the movie practically memorized so I would reenact my favourite scenes or make up new story lines. After The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe came out in theatres I watched that religiously and made my friends play “Narnia” with me at recess. I think they got annoyed at some point of me always suggesting the same game over and over. Today, I don’t watch Cinderella as much anymore. She still holds a special place in my heart and whenever the movie is miraculously on TV I will watch it. As for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I watch at least every two or three months. Whenever I am on holiday I pick a night to watch LWW and Prince Caspian. I don’t play dress up anymore or cosplay but I do try to make some fan art. Maybe one day I’ll share some with you!


My nominees:

If you have already been nominated you do not have to do it again!

My Questions:

  1. What is one of your most cherished bookish memories?
  2. Which character would you like to be best friends with?
  3. Do you have a specific reading schedule? (A set time in a day, a certain place, or a list of upcoming books)
  4. What super power would you love to have?
  5. Would you name a child/pet after fictional characters? (Funny)

This was a long post! If you stuck around and read all of it, it means a lot to me! Thank you once again to my nominators and I hope you guys know how much I appreciate these awards!

Happy reading,

~Rendz

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Veronica Roth Event Experience

Greetings readers!

Last week I had the lovely opportunity to see Veronica Roth, in person as her tour for Carve the Mark stopped in Toronto! I actually attended as a reserved guest because my friend The Wicked Reader (You can find her on IG as @thewickedreader) won reserved seating for herself and a guest. Luckily she chose me!

The perks of being a reserved guest are many and I enjoyed them all thoroughly! I had a seat waiting for me so I did not have to stand the full hour. I had a wrist band that made me the third in line for the signing. I got some cool swag, shoelaces and bookmarks! And I got the book for F R E E!

That’s right, free! I saved myself lots of money!

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Confession time:

Here’s the awkward bit. I have never actually read any books by Veronica Roth. I have not read Divergent, but I did watch the movie so I know the basics of what happens. And I have not read Carve the Mark since it just came out. BUT I was still excited to go to the signing and as usual I made a fool of myself in front of the author. Stay tuned, to know what I said.

Introductions!

So before Veronica came out, the Indigo employees got the crowd excited and rattled by pitting us against each other in crazy battles to win the pot of gold. Meaning trivia for gift cards. Well, at least I thought it was going to be trivia, it turned out to be less trivia and more “let’s see who has crazy things in their wallets/purses!”

That’s not a joke.

The first “question” was “This book is about going to foreign places and seeing different aspects of different cultures! Whoever can pull out foreign currency, that is not Canadian or American gets a gift card!”

How I wished I was carrying a colón in my wallet. How I wished. Whilst I was wishing, some girl pulled out 5 frickin euros! She got a gift card. Someone else had a rupee and someone else had a coin from the Bahamas! Seriously?!?

The next question:

“Alright, this book is about travelling. Going places and taking on adventure. Whoever pulls out a boarding pass or plane ticket gets a gift card!”

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A plane ticket????? Who carries a plane ticket?! Apparently some lady who said “I have my ticket to Jamaica!” and the other lady who brought her boarding pass destined to Banff! Seriously?!

The last challenge came about and I was ready to participate if necessary!

“Alright I’m going to need three out-going people who are not of afraid of a crowd!” I gave up right then and there.

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So three people went up. Two boys and a girl. They had a dance-off to Wanna Be by the Spice Girls. I have never experienced so much second-hand embarrassment in my life! The two guys tried their best but the girl ended up winning because she feared the crowd the least. I applauded them for trying anyways!

After that ordeal Veronica finally showed up! And the show began!

A Game of MASH

So if you do not know what MASH is. It is a old-school game that predicts your love-life, career, family and mode of transportation. It’s very accurate! One girl volunteered to have her future foretold with MASH but using Divergent and Carve the Mark themes and characters! It was hilarious because she ended up having a husband she disliked and 2.5 kids. Not to mention she would be living on a mysterious planet.

Discussion

So Veronica was accompanied by Sarah Enni, the PodCast host of First Draft and they discussed various bookish things. I won’t bore you with details but to summarize it was very funny and Harry Potter was brought up a lot.

Then there was the lighting round of questions!

Time Travel or Space Travel? VR: Space Travel

Robots or Aliens? VR: By a small amount I prefer Alien stories. They say so much about who we are and what we think.

Vampires or Werewolves? VR: I gotta go with Werewolves for this.

Zombies fast or slow? VR: FAST

The came some fan questions:

First book that made you cry? VR: Bridge to Terrabithia

Recommended reads? VR: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, WANT by Cindy Pon, After the Fall by Kate Harte

It was a funny discussion and many times Veronica got off course but it was still a great talk!

Signing Time in Which Rendz Embarrasses Herself Again!

So as mentioned before I have not read any of Veronica Roth’s other novels. So while I was lining up I had no clue what I was going to say to her. As usual, I got very nervous. The lady before me seemed to be chatting away with Veronica going off about who knows what, probably Divergent.

Meanwhile I was thinking about how awkward our mini chat was going to be!

Finally my turn came to go up, so I did. I handed the Indigo Employee my phone so he could take pictures and stood in front of Veronica Roth. She said “Hello” as I handed her my book to which I responded “Hello! How are you?”

VR: “I’m good, how are you?”

Rendz: “Great”

*Awkward silence as she signs the book*

Rendz: “So…this is really awkward because I have never read any of your books or this one. I saw the movie but I have not watched the rest of them. So I do not really know what to say to you other than, hi.” *I was very red in the face at this point*

VR: *laughing* “Don’t worry about it. I get it. I hope you enjoy it anyways.”

*More silence as she signs, what was I doing at this point you ask. Just smiling*

Rendz: “So…I like to ask everybody this. Have you read the Chronicles of Narnia?”

To which she responded yes and that her favourite was The Silver chair because she remembered it being creepy. Which it kind of is. She even said she was thinking of rereading them! Exciting!

Then we said our good byes and I walked off grinning like a fool because that is what I always look like after talking about Narnia!

Everything went great until I tripped coming down that single step! *sigh*

Overall Experience

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I had a great time! I mean I got a free book, met an author and hung out with many bookish people! Plus, I can add another signed book to my shelves which is always a plus!

4/5 stars *I didn’t get any of the Harry Potter jokes*

Now, I have heard about the controversy surrounding Carve the Mark and the offense it brings to many readers. The controversy was not brought up during the event, which is understandable because that would have been super awkward, but I would have liked her to shed some light on it. However, I do not think it was the appropriate time or place. As to whether I’m going to read it, I will. Eventually. Like when I topple all the other books I have to read.

Let me know in the comments what author(s) you have met or would like to meet!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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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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