Liebster Award

I've received a Liebster award from Victorian Soul Book Critique. (Thank you! - I'm honored)

I haven't been nominated for this before so I'm going to copy the rules as written from her wonderful site.

This particular Liebster Award has a different variation of the rules:

1. Link and Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asks.
3. Pick 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers.
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

The Questions Given to Me:

1. What is your favorite time of day to read?
My favorite time is mid-evening. I used to love reading at night before bed, but unfortunately the books were just keeping me up way too late. I like it when it's turned dark but I have hours before I need to worry about sleep. There's something soothing about reading when it's night outside, turning on the electric fireplace (or real, only in my dreams apparently!), enjoying the coolness of Florida nights when things have calmed down and the sun is hiding. Bliss.
2. What makes your favorite book your favorite: the characters, the plot, or something else?
Character! Of course plot matters, but I am such a character junkie - which explains why I'm drawn to series so much. Once I fall in love with the characters, I just can't wait to learn more about their lives and follow their journeys.
3. What is your favorite dessert?
Depends on my mood. I love the Pumpkin Cheesecake from Barnes N' Nobles, which they get from The Cheesecake factory; I have converted the recipe and made mini pumpkin cheesecakes with cinnamon whipped cream and oreo cookie crust (yum and perfect with tea.)  I also like indulging in small pieces of milk chocolate. My mom's butter cookies are pretty good too :)
4. Do you have a favorite villain? (Literary or otherwise)
Probably Lex Luthor from the Superman comics. Different versions for different worlds but I like the businessman/scientist/serious version the most. I like multi-layered villains with different sides - B&W is so yesterday.
5. What three books would you bring to a deserted island with you, if you had everything you needed (food, water, shelter, bookshelves, etc.)?
 Difficult question. Tonight I'll pick my ESV Study Bible, my favorite Hollows book since that's my favorite series - I'll go with Ever After for now, and a large book containing different samples of writing, such as one of my literature textbooks.
6. Which book do you consider underrated and under-read (people don't read it as much)?
Flowers for Algernon - this work of art should be acknowledged a lot more.
7. If you could travel to another universe (bookish or otherwise), would you stay here or go?
Here since everyone I love is here, which in life is the most important thing. If they could come with me, and I could bring some money along, I may reconsider.
8. If you could travel back in time once, where would you go, and what would you do?
I would change a fateful night in my personal past 13 years ago. Made a major mistake that night.
9. Is there a book you think is over-hyped (a lot of people like it, but you don't)?
Won awards and has high ratings, but I seriously detested that book.
10. If you could meet any author (living or dead), who would you meet, and why?
I met my favorite author at a previous book signing, which was special (Kim Harrison). I wouldn't want to sit and eat lunch with her though, just not comfortable with it. I'm really not sure, this is a difficult one. Hm.
11. Do you judge a book by its cover?
Yes! The back must be interesting but trust me, I'm a major cover lover.

Questions for My Nominees ~

1.  What's your favorite reading spot?
2.  When did you fall in love with reading?
3.  What's the most obscure genre you read?
4.  Do you ever get embarrassed reading certain books in public?
5.  Does your family also love books and reading?
6.  What's your favorite format to read?
7.  What's the scariest book you've read?
8.  What annoys you the most with books - like a certain cliche?
9.  Can you read while listening to music or watching TV?
10. Have you met most of your book goals this year so far?
11. Do you go through many reading ruts?


  Blogs I'm Nominating - 

That Artsy Reading Girl

Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Oh, Chrys!

Reading is Fun Again

Reflections of a Bookaholic

Rainy Day Ramblings

Romancing the Dark Side

Pandora's Books

Millie D's Words

Midnyte Reader

Fiction State of Mind

Have fun!

Back to School Challenge ~ Day 2

I've been a bad student; missed the first day, was late to class, but filling in for the second one. Hope I don't get too many marks off for this so soon! School started so soon it just...well, slipped by me. ;)

No more excuses, it's time to go "back to school..."

Parajunkee has hosted another fun-filled challenge for book bloggers everywhere, with the outline in an adorable chalkboard graphic on her page - great, isn't she??

Day 2's topic is: 
If you were/are an English teacher, share with us your dream lesson plan as for reading assignments.

Now, it's kind of funny, but I've thought of stuff like this before. I'm sure many admit that, as readers and book enthusiasts, you yourself have as well. It's even come up sometimes as a topic on forums like Goodreads. My answers change when the moment hits, but I do know I wouldn't teach Shakespeare since I can't seem to grasp it enough.

If I were a teacher, I'd like to be a college professor. Elementary kids are adorable, but I don't think my personality would complement theirs all day. Middle schools and awesome age, too, but still not quite where my head lies when it comes to reading. High school would be tempting, my I think my heart would like with those embracing their adulthood and venturing through the university doors.

 I could list books endlessly, but to be realistic, if I would to come  up with reading assignments and keep them school and classic appropriate, I'd grab the following classics --

Of Mice and Men
Catcher and the Rye
Animal Farm
Flowers for Algernon

These are all relatively short books that are completely different from each other. Of Mice and Men would discuss the unusual viewpoint of the American dream not always being possible and the stereotypes pressed on people. Also viewpoints on the ending. Catcher and the Rye would bring up the controversial history of the book and people's thoughts on that - I would guess half the class would dislike it, some enjoy it . Animal Farm would be a great short book to finish in a week on metaphors and control on society. Flowers for Algernon would be a serious angle on the science and if people can be improved, and how far  man should go. Dracula would be a different type of tale focusing on horror and building atmosphere, and how cultures change the same story to fit their themes. Vampires have changed such an astonishing degree.

If I were doing a class during the winter months, I would throw in the short but invaluable:

A Christmas Carol

I would mainly concentrate on reading fiction, but would discuss the greats and some poetry/short stories from:

Edgar Allan Poe
Robert Frost
Walt Whitman
John Keats
I'm sure these would be recycled out - so tempted to fit in more. Of course these all could never be covered - and that would be a shame!

Snark Week - Snark Visual

Day Five

Snark Visual – Snark isn’t the same without animated gifs – review a book, or post about a snarky topic with the use of animated gifs

I am the worst, most inconsistent reviewer EVER.

I keep telling myself to start reviewing books after I read them, at least during the same week. I keep telling myself it is harder to write reviews the longer I wait, or the more time and books pass.

I keep telling myself the reviews may miss small tidbits I'd otherwise remember if I'd just review them ON TIME.

Otherwise, it's an endless, repetitive, Frustrating Cycle like this would be - 


Do I do this? Do I keep reviewing on a dependable system that makes sense and keep up with my goals?

Well, apparently this shark thinks that is just too funny.

It's especially frustrating with series books when I read one in the series and should review it before reading the next. That way the enthusiasm for each book and details of what's in what book would be clear.


Reviewing books in a row after reading several in the series in a row just stinks.

I can only hope that one day I will get a routine going on that I stick to and review on a consistent basis.

Especially with series.

Because, to continue this visual exchange, that would just be happiness and rainbows.

I never use GIFs, I'm not a fan of them, but having the shark theme and being made to use them for this post actually turned out pretty fun.

Looks like Snark week is over - it was fun to do these posts. Hope you enjoyed reading them.

Snark Week: You Say Snarknado

Day Three

You Say Snarknado – I say STFU!  Cheesy Tropes, Eye-Roll Inspiring Actions, Words & Phrases that you just wish would stop being used in novels.

Eye-Rolling Inspiring Actions and Cheesy Tropes

Stop with the love triangles - one side of the readers will always lose
Stop with the exclamation points, it's juvenile
Stop with the rushed baby theme in romances, nothing wrong with some alone time first
Stop with the cliffhanger endings that mimic serial TV shows
Stop with the head hopping that begins when the book is almost over - if you decide at the end to suddenly make it third person POV, then be consistent from the beginning.
Stop with unrealistic lightning fizzle between heroine and hero (yuck)

Stop with the weird and just funny sex-organ words in books

 Words and Phrase Examples

Man pipe
Woman Hole
Love hole
And many more unappetizing, cheesy lines...