The Series That Changed My Life | Pt 1

Greetings readers!

Let’s get nostalgic.

It’s a simple question many people ask: “What book changed your life?”

The complexity comes in answering. For me at least, and I am sure many of you would agree. No one book changed my life. No one book had everything I was looking for. No one book had a full representation of who I was, rather it was multiple books. Series of books. Multiple series of books that I learned from, harboured intense feelings toward and ultimately changed me.

So we are going to start from the beginning and move forward. I am counting the series that have impacted me in one way, shape or form. There isn’t really an end to this list. As life goes on, I keep reading more series change me and this list grows!

Those of you who know me might spot some familiars and go “Well…duh!” and some might surprise you. I doubt it though, I am about as open as a…well…book!


Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

So some of you know that I hated reading growing up. Going to the library at school consisted of me picking up picture books, but in Grade Two we had to start taking out novels. Books without pictures. The horror. I couldn’t fathom reading a page of just words. Words that I didn’t know their meanings or how to pronounce them. No.

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I used to be a Gaston…..*shame*

I saw all my classmates taking out books and reading them just fine. I (who was very prideful) took out books just like them and never actually read them! I hardly ever read my assigned books for language too. Eventually my teacher caught me. She noticed how I was struggling to pronounce words and when she interviewed me about my book, I knew nothing about it! She told me that I had to try and I was also afraid of being reprimanded for not reading again, so I listened to her.

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My teacher was actually quite nicer when she told me to read.

The next time I went to the library I found a bucket full of thin-ish looking chapter books. An entire series, I realized about this coocky girl named Junie B. and her adventures in school. I made a pledge to myself in the moment, standing in front of the boxes that I would read this entire series no matter what. And I did. I read one every week or so and continued to do so until I found other series that drew me into my reading mode. I loved Junie B. It was the perfect series for me. A little comedy, a lot of drama and just good fun!

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I’ll always be thankful for Junie B. Jones and Barbara Park as they mark the beginning of my reading journey.


Now we are going to skip forward a few years and meet twelve year-old Rendz! In other words, The Golden Age of Rendz.

Over the years I read lots of great books, I went to the library three or four times over the summer to take out books, but none of them really impacted me or made me addicted to reading. That comes later!


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Day 7 of #bookishfools is Never judge a book by its movie Now I don't think that The Hunger Games movies were all that bad. In fact I really enjoyed watching them all in the cinemas. However, they pale in comparison to the elation and emotions that the books derived from me.  I think The Hunger Games book was better than the movie.  I think the Catching Fire book and movie really worked well together.  As for Mocking Jay...I think that they were okay. But the whole splitting the last movie into two films was unnecessary in my opinion!  What did you think of these movies?  #thehungergames #catchingfire #mockingjay #suzannecollins #bookstomovies #ya #youngadultbooks #bookblog #bookaddict #bookstagram

It was a January, some years ago. I was at my cousins’ house after school as usual. My older cousin arrived and I saw that she was clutching a black book with a weird/cool-bird-thing on the cover. Tween-Rendz was intrigued, so I asked my cousin what she was reading. To quote her: “How do you not know?” Apparently these books were rather popular and her hold from the library finally came after weeks of waiting. Long story short, she ended up buying them to avoid the long library wait and I borrowed them from her in February.

I read the entire trilogy in nine days.

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I always said that reading books slowly made them more enjoyable, but for the first time I had experienced the joy of being completely engrossed in a story that you finish it before you even realize. Everything about THG just hit me in all the right places. The action, the romance (even though it was a triangle), and the heroine just completely transformed me. Literally. (I braided my hair like Katniss for the next three years…#TrueStory) Then the movies came out and were great and I was just completely submerged by this genre of dystopia and  fantasy.

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The big thing about THG is that the series made me less hesitant to head into the teen section or to explore the YA section at Indigo. I visited the library more often, took out lots of more books and read them faster than ever. My YA journey really started with this book series and I have never looked back!

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Last one of this post! It’s really no surprise!


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Controversial Bit: It didn’t begin with the books, it began with the movie.

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C’est vrai! It was December 2005 and baby-Rendz demanded that she and her family watch the movie she has been seeing advertised on TV lately. Her mother said “Your going to get scared by all the monsters,” but Baby-Rendz insisted. So we bought the tickets and I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time!

My mom was right, I was supremely scared of the monsters.

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My cousin would eventually buy me a DVD of the movie and that, ladies and gents, is the beginning of a phase I am never going to grow out of!

BUT..the books? Where do they come into play? In the 6th grade my teacher decided to read LWW to us and I was literally over the moon because that meant we would also be watching the movie at the end of the unit! Of course while studying the book we had to find all the symbolism and metaphors and all those other fancy-dancy literary terms (plus I went to a Catholic school, and this is C.S. Lewis so you know Jesus was brought up a couple times too), but all of that really took a side note. For me, I was realizing that my favourite fantasy world could be explored in more ways, that I could venture further into the world with the other books, I just had to find the motivation to do it.

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That motivation didn’t come until the following year when I bought a beautiful bind up of all seven books and read the entire, humongous tome in a month and a half. It was fantastic, I found new love for LWW and also found other faves in The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair!

Narnia was such an important feature in my life. It took up (and still does) most of my thoughts, I would coerce my friends into playing “Narnia” at recess, I would reenact my favourite scenes at home and find my favourite quotes to write out. The obsession is never ending. I know they may not be the most politically correct books and C.S. Lewis is pretty problematic himself, but I cannot deny what a huge impact these works had and still have on me.

Narnia was my first fantasy world that I visited and even though I’m sure there are other amazing worlds to explore, I will always choose Narnia as my go to.

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Alright that’s enough for now! These are just the beginning books, the ones that really impacted me as a kid and tween.There are still a few more series that changed me in some way that I will dive into in other posts.

Let me know what you think! As a kid what are some books that really changed you? Or perhaps they made you fall in love with reading? I would love to know!

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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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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One Lovely Blogger Award

Greetings readers!

AGES UPON AGES AGO…I was nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award by two amazing bloggers! Well at least I think there were only two…I have a feeling someone else may have nominated me for this award too and I forgot to jot down their name….or it could be my ego wanting to be flattered more! 🙃

If you did tag me and for some reason I didn’t get the pingback or I missed your name…I’m so sorry! I still really appreciate you…whoever you are! 🙃🙃

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The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

HUGE THANKS GO OUT TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS AND BEST BLOGGER FRIENDS (BBF) Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews. Mandy has such an amazing blog, with amazing reviews, funny tags and other bookishly fantastic posts you should all go explore! ALSO A HUGE THANKS TO Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books! Bella also has such an amazing blog, I love her reviews and you must all go check her out!!

7 THINGS ABOUT RENDZ…

1.) I started this blog in August of 2016 and honestly did not think I would make it past September. I tend to start things that I know I will not finish BUT working with books. Reading them. Writing about them. TALKING about them with other people is the best thing that I have ever done. I love it, so why stop?

2.) None of my close friends or family know about this blog. I have only told my two older sisters and one friend (who never asked me about it afterwards…so I guess she was not that interested). I don’t really think it would interest them if I talked about it! Plus…my parents would freak about my safety over the internet! Which I do sometimes because this world is honestly crazy.

3.) I don’t book shop online too much because I try to keep my book purchases to a minimum in the eyes of my parents. Having the book arrive at my door or my parents catching the bill would equal ☠☠☠ Meaning, I miss out on a lot of good deals and pre-order stuff never happens here! *cries*

4.) You should all know by now that I am terrible at keeping up with my TBR. I set the bar so high and I miss it every month! It gets so frustrating, but I’m getting better in at squeezing in some more time! (In other words I’m losing sleep!)

5.) My bookshelf has no real system of organization and it bothers me, but I’m too lazy to change it. I have my Marissa Meyer/Narnia shelf at the top and the rest of it is just a mess!

6.) I watch a lot of BookTube! My favourite is Regan from PeruseProject! We are literally best friends…she just does not know it. *not to sound creepy* I mean we like all the same books and I get all my recommendations from her! 🙃

7.) I am dedicating July as my re-read month! More news to come about this event in the coming weeks or so…😉

I Tag…

I feel like everyone has already been nominated for this! I mean you are all such amazing and lovely bloggers! I tag you all! Please do it on my behalf if you have not been nominated yet! Consider yourself a nominee as of now, by me!


Hope you enjoyed these 7 odd facts about me…that are not all that interesting but fun to share!

~ Rendz

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The Unique Blogger Award

Greetings readers!

I was nominated by two amazing bookish people for this oh-so fabulous bookish award! Thank you Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews, I think you’re amazing! I love every one of your posts. People, do yourself a favour and check out her blog! Then there is Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional. I have just recently been acquainted with her, but from the little time I have known her she is amazing and you should all go pay her a visit as well!

Thank you again both of you! I don’t know what makes me unique, but thank you for allowing me to celebrate it!

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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.

Mandy’s Questions

1.) What was the last song that made you want to dance? And did you actually dance or is dancing a D: face thing?

Chantaje – Shakira ft Maluma & Rabiosa – Shakira (An old song, I know…but I’ve been listening to it again)

😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳

I am no dancer. I cannot dance like Shakira. My hips don’t lie when they say they cannot move. I try to dance, but I guess I do a lot more face dancing!

A lot of this…

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None of this…

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2.) Do you believe in one true love (the Disney Princesses would be so proud of you if you did)?

I like to think so. I like to think that there is one person out there I am destined to be with for the rest of my life. It is kind of scary to think about it. I mean one person out of billions? Will I find them? Will I know? Will I accidentally think someone else is the one..when they are actually not?

But I guess that’s the point of the one true love. You will find them and you will just know!

3.) What is your go-to snack food? And do you ever eat it while you’re reading?

CHIPS!

I cannot eat chips while I read. I am a messy eater and I KNOW I will get crumbs between the pages or oil stains on them!

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Nadwa’s Questions

1.) What’s a book or a series you’d want everyone to read?

This is a list! But I’ll go with my current recommendation that I throw at everybody.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The perfect sci-fi adventure with a classic fairy tale twist! Or vice versa!

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2.)Do you have a reading-related pet peeve?

Doggy-eared pages hurt my soul! Also, changing covers mid-series. I recently jut got the hardcover of Rebel of the Sands…but the US/Canada covers changed for the rest of the series…so I’ll have mismatching books which again, hurts my soul.

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3.) What’s a popular book you hate?

*Dramatic pause. Deep breathe. Sinister smile*

QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas

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*Ugh..gross*

Honestly, I really liked the first three books in this series. I really enjoyed Celaena’s character. She was sassy, strong and within her depths had a sense of morality and humility. Then this book rolled around and just..blah! Everyone took a 360 and Maas threw out everything I cherished about this series through the window. And for those of you who think I am just upset that Chaolaena is not a thing anymore…please, that is just one reason. There is also, the cringe-worthy Rowan character, who should have been her close friend not mate. Then there is Aelin’s new self-righteousness (yup…humility is gone), there is also the fact that every single character has to lhave romantic feelings towards her. BLAH. The fact that Rowaelin took up 50% of this book. Also, the fact that Chaol is painted as a bad guy for speaking his mind and not having any supernatural powers. The only reason I continue this series is for the side characters. I love Manon and cannot wait to see where she takes me. I love Chaol and Dorian and I want to see them reunited as brothers.

End of rant. Don’t hate me. Just remember how much Rowaelin I have to deal with in Empire of Storms 😷 😷 😷 😷 😷 😷

Nominees

Bella Blogs Because Books

Dusk Angel Reads

LILbooKlovers

Closet Readers

Maya @ Maya Hearts Books

*You don’t have to do it again*

My Questions

  1. What was the last book you bought? Have you read it yet?
  2. Do you wait until the entire series is out to read it or do you just read them as they come?
  3. Do you own a well-loved book? (One with a lot of damage to it?)

Thank you once again for nominating me Nadwa and Mandy! I really appreciate it and I hope my nominees enjoy answering my questions!

~ Rendz

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My Life in Books Tag!

Greetings readers!

A very long, long time ago I was tagged by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the “My Life in Books Tag”. I’ve only just recently gotten to it because am still trying to catch up on my tags from February! 😅 But I’m getting there!

Thank you Mandy for tagging me. It is always great fun doing these special posts and are always entertaining!

Without further ado!

BOOK FOR EACH INITIAL

Rook by Sharon Cameron

E – Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

The Chronicles of Narnia *I honestly couldn’t think of any books with N*

D – Drop Dead Demons by A&E Kirk

Z – Zodiac by Romina Russell *Yes, I found one for Z but none for N*

AGE – COUNT ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
via Goodreads

BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TOO.

LOL

The Chronicles of Narnia

See The Narnia Tag for reasons or visit my Narnia page for more details. Or just know that my life long dream is to go to Narnia.

FAVOURITE COLOUR

Purple – The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Red – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Black – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1) The Scorpio Races Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
*images via Goodreads*

FONDEST MEMORIES OF

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)
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Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

In middle school, I promised myself that I would read the entire series! I read every single one of the books in my school library, but not every one in the series because not all were available to me. Still I am very proud of that accomplishment. It helped start my reading journey!

MOST DIFFICULTY READING

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Boring as hell. It used twenty billion examples to explain one sentence. All those twenty billion examples were of people I do not know of. The most agonizing 73 pages to I have ever read!

WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL YOU GET THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT FROM?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)
via Goodreads

The biggest read of this year…and I have not read it yet. I have been avoiding reviews and posts about this book because I really want to go in blind. Like with no opinions on me whatsoever. I know there is a lot of excited and good hype around this, but I want to read it alone. AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO AVOID THIS BOOK, IT IS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE! Anyways, I plan on reading it soon because there is only so much time I can wait before spoilers arise!

Tag Time:

I tag YOU! Anyone who would like to take on this tag! it’s very short and fun!

Here is a clean set of the questions to motivate you! 😉

Book for each initial
Age – count along your bookshelf
Book that represents a destination you would love to travel too.
Favourite colour
Fondest memories of
Most difficulty reading
Which book in your TBR pile will you get the biggest sense of accomplishment from?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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My Signed Books Collection!

Greetings readers!

I am finally on my March break (Spring break) and it feels glorious to know that I will be away from that wretched school of mine! Joking…it’s not wretched…well only slightly! So, one day I had a mini conversation that inspired this post with a special blogger friend, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews . You should all go check her out because she has an amazing blog, with amazing reviews and is just generally awesome! (<3 you Mandy!)

Now since this post idea was inspired by Mandy, I felt it necessary to create it and make her feel jealous! Mwahaha! Just kidding! I won’t make you too jealous…maybe. Today I shall be sharing with you all the books I have signed in my collection. I have acquired these books over the past year, from June of 2016 to today. I hold all signed books close to my heart because the author took the time to dedicate their book to me and sometimes I see them physically touch and sign my book, so I fangirl like crazy! *That does not sound creepy whatsoever!*

Let’s start with the first signing I ever went to!

It wasn’t really a signing but more of an event for Romance writers that the public could attend…if they payed the ticket fee. I knew Morgan Rhodes was going to be there, so I had to go and dragged my sister along. It was the first time I ever met Morgan Rhodes (or an author for that matter) and even though I only talked to her for a few minutes it was one of the best moments ever! *I was internally fangirling and blushing like crazy…I was that nervous*

  1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

In June, I went to another signing featuring Morgan Rhodes, E.K. Johnston and Teresa Toten. I only had books for Morgan to sign that day, but it was so wonderful seeing and listening to the other authors as well.

  1.  Rebel Spring  by Morgan Rodes
  2. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

In August, I was lucky enough to attend the Indigo Teen Fall Preview Event hosted  by my local bookstore Chapters Indigo. Surprisingly, E.K. Johnston joined our meeting and I was able to get an ARC of Spindle signed! (It is the companion to A Thousand Nights…you should definitely read it!)

  1. Spindle (ARC) by E.K. Johnston

In September, I went to the HCCFrenzy author signing featuring Lauren Oliver and Kendare Blake! You can read more about that signing in my Teen Tour Experience post! I actually had Three Dark Crowns made out to my sisters and I because we are going to buddy read it! Also, Lauren Oliver signed REPLICA twice! One signature and message on each side! So Cool!!!

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare  Blake
  2. Replica (LYRA) by Lauren Oliver
  3. Replica (GEMMA) by Lauren Oliver

In October, I had the amazing opportunity to go to another signing event! Penguin Teen brought their teen tour to Brampton and so I had the chance to meet Morgan Rhodes (again 🙂 ), Catherine Egan, Kiersten White and Marie Lu! I was so incredibly happy that day, you can read more about that event in my The Lady is a Champ – Experience post!

I honestly get so giddy when I look at these books!

  1. Legend, Prodigy & Champion by Marie Lu
  2. The Young Elites, The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  3. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

In December, I got lucky and won a giveaway for an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves! I didn’t think it would come signed but I am so happy it did! You can read my review here!

  1. Blood Rose Rebellion  by Rosalyn Eves

In January, I got lucky again and won a signed hardcover of Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields. Please take a moment to admire this beautiful signature!

  1. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Finally, in February I got lucky AGAIN! I won a signed hardcover of Frostblood by Elly Blake! (Another Canadian author YAY). I also attended the Veronica Roth signing for her Carve the Mark Tour and got the book for FREE and SIGNED! You can read more about that hilarious night in my Veronica Roth Event Experience.

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake
  2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

That is it for my signed books! I have a total of 18! It feels so cool when I say that. Of course, I could have had 20 if I had gone to the Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir signings the year before, BUT NO I DIDN’T AND IT IS THE BIGGEST, LARGEST, MOST MASSIVE REGRET I HAVE! *cries*

Anyways, I will be getting more signed books in the near future! I will be meeting Sarah J. Maas when she comes to my town in May for her A Court of Wings and Ruin tour. It’s time for me to jump on that bandwagon. I will be getting Crown of Midnight signed with some other books and I, of course will obsess over Chaol and his novel! Look forward for that event recap!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are feeling envious. Just kidding! Tell me about your signed books and author meetings below so I can get super jealous! Seriously, if any of you mention meeting Sabaa and Leigh I will get CRAZY jealous!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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