Book Blogger Insider Tag

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First, I want to extend a very big Thank You to Louise at geniereads for tagging me to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag! Also, thanks to Jamie at A Little Slice of Jamie for creating this Tag! 

It’s great to finally get around to completing the Book Blogger Insider Tag now that hiatus has ended. I am excited to answer these questions and hope that you all enjoy them.  

The Rules

1. Answer the Questions

2. Credit the Creator 

3. Tag 5 People 

4. Have Fun! 

So here goes….

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Well, I usually write my blog posts on a laptop or desktop computer. Historically, I don’t have the greatest luck with using the App for writing posts…I’m just not tech savvy enough to get things to format correctly on there. In terms of physical location, I generally am either at home, on my commute to/from work, or at my desk at work on my break when I write blog posts.

2. How long does it generally take you to 
write a book review?

It honestly depends on the review! I’ve had book reviews that I’ve been able to have written and edited in about an hour and there are others that I’ve spaced out over a few days and written a few sentences or a paragraph at a time.

3. When did you start your book blog?

The official start of this Blog was on July 19, 2016. OMG, I completely missed the Anniversary while I was on hiatus….which just makes me feel worse about it! I don’t think I like this question lol. Book Blogging is an incredibly amazing experience and I have been absolutely loving it!

4. What is the worst thing about having 
a book blog in your opinion?

Ummmm…this is a hard one! I think that finding a balance between blogging and dealing with all the things of life that are happening outside of the internet. It has been an interesting ordeal to find a way to prioritize blogging and meet other obligations.

5. What is the best thing about having 
a book blog in your opinion?

By far, and I think this is true for most Book Bloggers, having a space to talk -and geek the hell out- about the books that I have read.

6. What blog post have you had 
the most fun writing so far?

The post that I had the most fun writing was my Congratulations Me post where I announced the official beginning of this Blog. It’s the most “fun” because it’s technically the post that started, and kicked off, this entire experience!

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

BOOK REVIEWS!!! These types of posts are the main purpose and driving force behind this Blog. They’re the reason I was inspired to begin this experience.

8. When do you typically write?

I tend to write whenever I can. Due to my work schedule I am unable to really find a set time that I am able to dedicate to blogging.

9. Do you review every book you read?

NOPE! I don’t want to say that it would be impossible, but I don’t know how’d I’d get anything else done…or at the very least I would have to cut down on reading time and use that time to write reviews. Which in some way feels like it would be defeating the purpose.

10. How do you write your book reviews? 
With a cup of coffee or tea? 
With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Ideally with no distractions around. I am very easily distracted and so I try to have as little temptations around as possible.

11. When do you write your book reviews? 
Right after finishing the book? 
Two weeks after finishing the book?

It depends…some of the reviews I’ve written have been on books that I read before even starting this blog. With books that I have read recently, or specifically for the purposes of reviewing, I try to sit with the story for a few days before writing out my thoughts. I try to take some time to gather my thoughts and feelings about the story and find ways to best communicate those things through writing….especially if I had very strong feelings about the book.

12. How often do you post?

I post Book Reviews twice per week (Tuesdays and Fridays). I also post a Highlight/Wrap-Up post and an Original Content post each month.

Tag, you're it!!!

Annike and Zoe @ Twin Tales

Krysti @ YA and Wine

Late Night Reading

Anime Girls NYC

Ayesha @ The Writing Whale

Also, anyone who would like to do this Tag, but hasn’t been officially tagged yet….go for it! 

*NO PRESSURE to any of the Bloggers to complete this Tag or respond right away! I did try to check to make sure that you all participate in Tags and/or have not done The Book Blogger Tag as yet. If you are unable to participate please consider this an Honorable Mention! Thanks All!

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Rules
  • Show the award on your blog & thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees & let them know of your nomination

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was nominated to do The Versatile Blogger Award by Sophie at the *A-M-A-Z-I-N-G* Blame It On Chocolate Blog! Sophie nominated me quite a while ago, so most of you may have read what they wrote for this Award, but if you haven’t please head over there and read the post that they did for The Versatile Blogger AwardWell, seeing as how it has taken me so long to get around to doing this post…let’s jump right in! 

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The 7 Unicorn Facts 
  1. It is incredibly difficult for me to pass disorganized and improperly shelved books at the bookstore and be able to resist the urge to rearrange them correctly. Even my bookish best friend sometimes can’t hold back from chuckling at me when I’m reorganizing shelves on one of our many trips to Chapters.                                             giphy (4)
  2. Let me preface this fact by just stating that I do not own a VCR. However, I do own a VHS collection of mostly children movies. It’s mostly for nostalgic purposes…or so I shall say because hilariously enough, I started collecting them after not having a VCR for years upon years. So, yup I’m going to play the nostalgia card on that one!   giphy (3)
  3. I can “play” the Violin, Piano, and Guitar. I can play each with a varying degree of skill and I’m not a prodigy or anything with any of those instruments, but I absolutely love it.                                                                                                                        giphy (2)
  4. Almost everyone I eventually become acquainted with says that when they first met me they thought I was incredibly quiet, unapproachable, and reserved. Although I do have a case of RBF, I’m actually quite “haunted” and have random outbursts of giddy foolishness that most would never have expected from me…well, that is until they really get to know me and then I feel comfortable enough to be my genuine weird, creepy self around them. blwtnbtcmaeugvg
  5. I LOVE DESSERTS! I just love them so much! A lot of people prefer savoury foods over sweet foods, but I’m a definite sweets lover. I have a particularly prominent obsession with cookies. Team Dessert all the way 🙂   giphy (1)
  6. I adore art and creativity. I am not an artist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I love sketching, painting and making drawings of the most random stuff. I have absolutely no skill on a level that I could allow myself to consider myself an artist, but I love creating and illustrating, and it’s one of my longest maintained hobbies.giphy  
  7. I have an incredibly huge weak spot for boxed sets of novels, manga, and graphic novels. There’s just something about having a collection, or portion, of a series contained within a uniformed and beautifully decorated box! In my defense…it’s both practical (for storage and preservation purposes) and cost effective to collect a series in a boxset.  

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The 15 Nominees 
  1. Ryuji’s Anime Review 
  2. Fragglepuss 
  3. D Talks Anime 
  4. Melting Pots And Other Calamities 
  5. 100 Word Anime  
  6. Mel To The Any  
  7. MovieJoltz   
  8. Redheaded Book Lover  
  9. Emma the Book Lover 
  10. Hit or Miss Books  
  11. Doddy About Books 
  12. Purple Pancake Blog 
  13. The Book Heathen  
  14. Books We Left Unread   
  15. It’s A Reader’s Life   

I will contact each nominee throughout the week and let you all know that you’ve been nominated. I tried to make sure that everyone I nominated had not already done this Award, or at the very least, had not done it in the past few months! I look forward to reading all of your posts for the Versatile Blogger Award! 

THANKS FOR READING!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award! Part 1

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!!! What?!? Thank You!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in the 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

I want to extend a very big thank you to Matthew from Matt-In-The-Hat -who does some awesome posts on manga, video games, and anime- for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This is an incredibly belated post in response to this nomination, but I’m doing my best to catch up with all these amazing nominations. If you haven’t checked out his original post where he nominated me, please head over to his blog post here. I’ll be doing a post on the other nomination once I’ve finished catching up with the others. 

11 Questions:

1. What kind of trading cards, if you any, do you collect?

A: I haven’t gotten into trading cards since the Pokémon craze as a kid. I’ve seen some pretty cool looking ones recently, but don’t have much of an interest in getting back into it. 

2. How do you play video games? On console, portable device (Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita), Smartphone, or PC?

A: I don’t play many video games overall. There is an Xbox in my house as well as a PS, so I’ve picked up a few here and there, and do play quite a few on my phone though.

3. Do you have a favorite game board to play?

A: Umm…I’m pretty out of touch with board games, but I loved Sorry, Chess, and Monopoly (yes I know I just cheated and gave a list lol, my mind will forever insert plurals into these kinds of questions).

4. If you met someone that wants to get into anime, what anime series would you recommend them?

A: It would depend on their tastes, age, and favorite genre, but in short EVERYTHING. Lol, seriously though, I’d agonize about which ones to recommend before ultimately spewing out the extensive list of all my favorites.

But, just in case anyone is interested, I’ve thought out the ones I’d be quick to recommend to complete novices by genre. Though these aren’t necessarily my favorites, I loved them all and overall I’d say…

Fantasy:

47421  Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood or 

50337  Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit 

Thriller:

71553  Death Parade or  9453  Death Note

Mystery:

18793  Monster or  76116  Beautiful Bones

Action/Adventure:

47347  Attack on Titan 

75919  Princess Mononoke (fantasy adventure movie)

Romance/Comedy:

79999  Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.) (movie)

80356  Mob Psycho 100

Drama:

35721  Wolf Children (movie) or  

80136  A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) (movie)

Sci-Fi/Dystopian:

43399  Psycho-Pass (sci-fi & dystopian) or  

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Horror:

33465 The Future Diary or  75509  Another 

**Almost everything I listed here is intended for adults or older teens. There are links leading to where the pictures are from and a short synopsis of each show (trailers, episode count, rating, score, reviews, etc.). Now excuse me while I agonize about all the wonderful stuff I’ve just left out. 

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5. If the same person asked what anime to avoid, what series would you not recommend?

A: This is much easier to answer! Diabolik Lovers  

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6. What was the recent movie you seen this year, 2016?

A: Umm… I’m just going to go with the last movie I remember seeing last year which was the live version of The Jungle Book! 

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7. What’s the recent cringiest moment you have ever experienced (in anime terms or non)?

A: My entire life! Lol, I kid. In terms of anime the most recent is pretty much my entire, very short lived attempt to watch Super Lovers. 

8. Do you remember your first follower when you started to blog?

A: Ummm… I have the memory span of a goldfish lol. But luckily for me I can look it up! Hold on a sec…Okay, here we go First follower ever: Urbanpo’E.Tree(s)

First follower since actually blogging is: Dirty Sci-fi Buddha

9. Who do you follow the most as soon as you log in your WordPress account?

A:  Michel’s blog: Raistlin0903. He’s got a lot of amazing movie/TV show reviews, and has some reviews on games that have made me seriously consider getting into more video games outside of GTA, Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Age: Orgins, and a few others. 

10. If you could have any food or meal for your last meal, what would you eat? (money is ignored)

A: Desert…just all of the deserts. Literally ALL of them. 

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11. What’s the number 1 goal do you plan to do in 2017? It could be about your blog or personal life.

A: I don’t do personal; therefore, blog related. Let me think . . . to actually follow through with all the new changes I’ve made: posts that are not book reviews AND be more present/active on social media.

Nominations:

  1. Leaf
  2. Artistbybeauty
  3. Papersuns
  4. Booksofonesown
  5. Acacia aurora @toritsukamanga
  6. Lealea477 @Icysquirrel
  7. Fujisei
  8. Emma The Little Book Worm
  9. Avi and Vishwa@ Panic at the Bookstore
  10. Sarah@ Between the Pages
  11. Ariana@ The Quirky Book Nerd

If I’ve missed that you’ve done the award many times before, or don’t participate in awards please just consider it an honorable mention 🙂

My Questions: Feel free to pick and choose between these questions and the ones I answered if you like.

  1. If you could speak another language what would it be and why?
  2. Name your favorite hobby outside of reading/watching anime. When did you start it?
  3. Which fictional character(s) (game, movie, TV show, book) would you most what to meet in real life?
  4. What is the best novel, manga, and/or comic you’ve read so far this year?
  5. If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie what would it be?
  6. What is the best TV show and/or anime series you’ve seen this year?
  7. How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
  8. What movie, book, anime, game, and/or TV show are you most anticipating the release for?
  9. If you could pick any animal in the world (fictional or otherwise) to temporarily change into for a day what would it be and why?
  10. What is your favorite dessert of all time?
  11. Name the top 5 places you most wish to travel to in the future (fictional or otherwise).