Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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Here’s a big thanks thanks to one of the blogs I most look forward to visiting each week: Meltingpotsandothercalamities! If you haven’t’ already checked out her awesome blog please do by checking out her post: here.

The Q & A

1) What is your favorite color combinations? Least favorite?

Favourite: Black, yellow and red.

Least Favorite: ….pretty much anything with pink.

2) Do you have a “to be watched” list? If so, what movie/TV show/anime has been on it the longest?

I pretty much have a list for everything, even though I usually don’t follow through lol.

TV Show: Ringer

Movie: Where the Wild Things Are

Anime: Hachimitsu to Clover and Baccano! (I can’t remember which of the two have been on my list longer lol)

3) Do you prefer coffee or tea, or both?

Definitely tea. I despise the taste of coffee.

4) What is your favorite genre? Your least favorite?

This ones easy.

Favorite: Fantasy anything

Least Favorite: Romance

5) What book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon had a 180 twist? Did you like it?

I’m actually drawing a blank on this one. I haven’t come across one in so long. The most recent I can remember is Attack on Titan.

6) Do you have favorite characters who happen to be villains/antagonists?

Of course! I have a very long list for this, but will go with the first 3 that pop into my head:

Cansrel (a sociopathic father) from Fire by Kristin Cashore (no picture).

Hakumen no Mono (a humanly intelligent and cruel yokai) from Ushio to Tora.

Kyoko from March Comes Like a Lion (3-Gatsu no Lion).

All three either gave me such beautifully intense chills…

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and/or were such interesting characters in and of themselves.

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For Kyoko I also have to say, as much I deeply dislike her, she helped provide such a strikingly beautiful contrast to the positive people and relationships in the protagonist’s life that even through all the rage I couldn’t stop the grudging appeal her presence started to bring.

7) Do you prefer humorous quotes, or inspirational quotes? Can you give an example?

…this is a really hard one. I’ll have to say both.

 

8) Are there any hyped books/movies/TV shows/anime/Webtoons that lived up to the hype?

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9) What is an underrated book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon that everyone deserves to know about?

This list could go on forever so I’ll just go with the most recent surprisingly underrated story I’ve come across:

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Ushio and Tora is 2015 show based on the manga published in the 90’s about a young teenager who expectantly comes across a yokai (Japanese monster) pinned to the wall of his basement…I don’t even have the words to describe the crazy adventure that single encounter leads to lol.

10) Have you binged any books/TV shows/anime/Webtoons recently?

The Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

11) (Shameless advertising time!) Please check my post My Latest Binge Worthy Comics. Do any of these look interesting to you?

YES!! Rise from Ashes and American Ghost Jack being the top two. But to be honest they all look interesting to me lol.

 

My Questions:

  1. What was the most recent book/anime/show/movie you’ve watched and can’t wait to share with the world?
  2. Do you own any graphic novels/manga?
  3. If you could bring any kind of mythical beast to life and safely integrate it with the world’s population what would it be?
  4. Have any hated/really disliked character(s)? Name your most despised book/manga/graphic novel character(s).
  5. Board games or video games? Which would you find yourself playing more?
  6. Which book/anime/manga/show has recently made the most impact on you?
  7. What would be your dream job?
  8. What was the last book/manga/graphic novel you read (or anime/show/movie) that turned out to be unexpectedly better than you had anticipated?
  9. Do you still remember your favorite childhood book/movie?
  10. Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a no pet person?
  11. What was your favorite and least favorite subjects in school? (clearly I’m running out of questions lol).

Nominations:

Sorry, I will be updating this as soon as possible, and will be sure to let the nominees know.

The 2016/2017 TAG

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A big shout out and thank you to Artist By Beauty for the much appreciated tag!

Artist By Beauty is a great blog filled with anime/manga related posts and quite a few original posts on other various things like cool artwork, writing, and both inter well-being and outer beauty tips. If you haven’t already please swing by her site and original post by clicking: Here.

And here’s a shout out to this tags creator: David at theguywhosaidalwaysno (please click here to see his post).

Tag Rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

The Questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Sloth, procrastination, anime/manga. Lol, I kid. Really it’s more like: Reading, manga/anime, procrastination. That’s much more accurate.

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

This is a hard one. Umm… I’ll have to go with Collen Hoover and Hiromu Arakawa. Yes, those are both authors, but their masterful writing left me feeling like my life would never be the same afterward lol. 

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Surprisingly enough it’s a local park nearby that I never knew existed. I’ve always loved forests and such so this took the top of the list. Otherwise, it would be the biggest library in my city….yup, that’s right up there too and for obvious reasons. 

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4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

Easy: The giant oatmeal chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies at The Planet Bakery, as well as the warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce with whipped cream at Nata’s Cafe. The large ass chocolate lava chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup topping at Red Lobster, and the giant, warm white chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a generous amount of chocolate syrup at….whatever that place was called. I LOVED THEM ALL!

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5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

BookCon! Bookoutlet’s annual box sale! Both are the events I anticipate most each year, so of course, I have to go with that. And if I’m being honest I don’t really remember much of 2016 as things were pretty uneventful outside of that. 

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.

Umm, well, books of course.

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I get the feeling there’s a running theme here, lol. 

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

  • Curb said procrastination (something I haven’t started yet but will….soon)
  • Donate rather than return/re-sell my unwanted books
  • Become better acquainted with my limitations and capabilities 

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

ANIME NORTH!! 

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Of course, this event already passed with me not going, but there is also Fan Expo coming up which I also hope to go to!

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9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Really, I can’t honestly just list one here….or really at any time I’m asked to name “just one” lol, so I’ll go with a place rather than a specific dish. I’d like very, very, very much to visit an all deserts restaurant at some point this year.

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I Tag:

 

*I have a lot of tags/awards to catch up on so I may occasionally shorten the number of people I tag/nominate since so many of you have already done these tags/awards. Also, there’s never any pressure for you to actually do the tag/award or respond right away (I’m months behind myself lol). Feel free to just consider it an honorable mention* 🙂

Anndddd I’m Back!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the wait and late replies. Maniacal Book Unicorn is finally back from a very, very (and unexpectedly) long hiatus! I have to say, I really needed the break and am feeling much better now.

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I’ll be going back to the regular schedule of posting every Tuesday and Friday, as well as doing an original post/wrap-up every month. Also, until I get caught up on all the wonderful nominations I’ll be doing a couple/few reward and tags each week. After that I may try out some new things, don’t quote me on that though lol.

And of course: A big thanks to all my patient and supportive followers!

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Going on Hiatus

Hello Everyone! – New and Old Followers Alike:

Things haven’t been going as I thought due to a bunch of things (health, life changes, work, etc.), and I will unfortunately have to take a few weeks break again. I wanted to avoid this, but since I haven’t been able to keep up with my weekly posts- I’m not even entirely sure when the last one was lol- I figured it would be best to just take another break.

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I hope to be back in a few weeks with a continuation of book/manga & graphic novel reviews and the late posts for Tags and Awards (a big thanks to you all for the nominations!).  I’d also just like to thank all of you- including recent followers- for continuing to follow my blog 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award!

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RULES:

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

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They have all been very late, but I’m incredibly happy to have gotten so many awards for the blog! A big thank you to Sophie for this nomination! If you don’t already know Sophie’s Blame It On Chocolate Blog is filled with a ton of great book reviews using unique and mouth watering chocolate graphics, and an occasional post on other things like Loot Creates and anime reviews. You can view her blog and her fun to read award answers by clicking: here.

7 More Unicorn Facts

1) My first ever tattoo! I’ve LOVED the look of tattoos so naturally I have always wanted to get one, but have kept putting it off. Seeing as how I’m such an indecisive person, I was afraid I’d quickly grow bored of something so permanent. Now after doing tons of research and thinking I’ve finally figured out what I’d like to do! And am sure I won’t regret my choice.giphy (2)

2) Disney, Pixtar, DreamWorks, etc. I love them ALL. I sometimes get odd looks when I admit this one, but I still love watching animated kids movies. Even in theaters. It helps to have younger relatives to take to the movies.

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3) I have always been into various arts and crafts and D-I-Y projects. I often find myself looking up new D-I-Y projects, trying to figure out how to do various arts and crafts (mainly book related) thing myself. Making my own bookmarks, bookends, and bookish bracelets are just some of the things I’ve tried out. 

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4) As a kid I used to bring just about any stray- a ton of cats- home. This…unfortunately included a couple wild animals (a few baby birds and a squirrel). So even though I was really quiet and usually opted not to socialize with the human race, I quickly became the go-to person in my neighborhood for petsitting and most animal related problems.

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5) I’ve got a green thumb. Keeping and caring for all those animals, both stray and pets alike was all quite costly…much too costly. So now, until I’m certain I can financially afford it, I’ve substituted said stray animals and pets with dozens of houseplants. 

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6) Recently I somehow came to develop a “strong appreciation” (a.k.a borderline obsession) with art books for anime/manga. It makes sense in a way considering my habit of looking up fan art on anime/manga I really enjoyed and lovingly gazing at posters, but I can’t say I thought I’d ever be so into it.

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7) Lastly, I am an expert at procrastination. I have tried many times to properly schedule things so I don’t leave it to the last minute, but for unknown reasons it usually doesn’t work out…

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Nominations:

  1. The Book Heathen
  2. Kirsty’s Book Reviews
  3. The Book of Meghan
  4. Myopinionsblog
  5. Media Shadow Reads
  6. Pokeninja@ bakphoontyphoon
  7. MorganFaye @mybookjourneysite
  8. Eve Messenger
  9. Ayesha @The Writing Whale
  10. Daiyamanga

*I look forward to reading everyone’s response, but of course there is no pressure to get to it right away or to do it if you already have multiple times :)*

How I Got Into Reading Manga and Watching Anime

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For the first time I’ve decided to do a purely anime related post! I’ll still be primarily talking and blogging about books and novels, but I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for some time now. I only recently (as in a few years) got into anime so figured I didn’t know enough to comment on anything.

After reading so many enjoyable and insightful posts from fellow bloggers like Michel@ Raistlin0903Zbourie, Karandi@ 100 Word Anime, Anime_girls_NYC, and in different ways by all my supportive followers, I’ve been motivated enough to finally give it a try. P.S. Any words in blue have links attached.

Now on to the post! I’d like to start with:

What is anime?

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I have come across various definitions that get into “anime” needing to fit a certain criteria in order to be “real anime”, but I’m not even going to pretend to understand all that well enough to get into any of it. I’m just going with the most basic definition. Anime, from what I understand, is short for “animation”, but when used in this context it exclusively refers to animated material originating from Japan. 

How/Why Did I Start Anime?

I grew up watching many of the same anime shows as other 90’s kids: Dragon Ball Z , Pokémon, Digimon, Sailor Moon, and Cardcaptor Sakura. But had no idea what anime was. In fact I spent years thinking anime was…it pains me to admit this… “some weird thing to be scoffed at”, and had no interest in.

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I sincerely apologize to all anime lovers/watchers and of course to Anime!

I was thankfully educated by an old friend and closet anime lover, and learned the truth: I had unknowingly been interested in anime all along lol. Now I’ll do something I generally opt to avoid like the plague, I’ll get a little bit personal:

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I’ve always been into reading (like that scene from Matilda I was that kid that would be carting home a wagon full of books from the library). I had some other hobbies/interests, but spent most of my free time between books and binge watching the latest TV show. With the exception of when I went off to school this remained true until around mid-March in 2014.

I won’t get too into it, but unfortunately I got sick. I had a bunch of inexplicable symptoms and did a ton of tests, but for about a year doctors couldn’t figure it out. For one, I had a lot of trouble focusing on anything, and worst of all I couldn’t write or read more than a few sentences without getting really dizzy. If I pushed things (which considering my love of books I did quite a bit of at first lol), I lost the ability to make sense of any of the words, along with getting a horrible migraine. At first doctors thought it was stress, then possibly MS, then about a year later they thought they found a brain aneurysm. Of course saying this was not the best of times for me is an understatement.

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But lucky for me I remembered the old conversation I had with Closet-anime-fan. So I decided, with nothing better to do since I wasn’t actively going to school and could barely handle most tasks, I’d start on some of the most popular anime series; shows I’d caught glimpses of as a kid, but hadn’t gotten the chance to watch them: Naruto, InuYasha, and Bleach, in that order

To be honest it was a bit of a rough start. I couldn’t understand why Naruto was so popular, but desperately needed something to take my mind off of everything (regular TV shows/movies just weren’t doing it anymore) so kept going. An entire 20-something episodes in my eyes were open. Once I finished those three I immediately went on to other top shonen (young male) shows:

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Needless to say, I was awed. Similar to how I was when I’d come across a mind blowing book series, I found myself wondering, “how did I not know about such amazingness before!? I quickly fell in lust, and moved on to shojo/shoujo (young girl) anime shows:

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Ouran Host Club: art by mixed-blessing; The Wallflower: washue; Fruits Basket: kuro-mai; Skip Beat!: alexielart

I watched a bunch of random shows before getting a bit tired of the young adult atmosphere, and eventually coming across something called seinen and josei (adult male/female) anime shows: 

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Samurai Shamploo: drodilla; Darker Than Black: talesvf; Black Lagoon: Hallucination-Walker; NANA: Alicechan

I was shocked to learn anime had so many different genres/stories, and could be so dark/psychological and thought-provoking. I pretty much became an addict for the first year, haha. 

What is Manga and How/Why Did I Start Reading It?

Manga, again in the most basic terms from my understanding, is basically Japanese comics. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but they differ from North American comics in both how they are published, and in the fact that they are always (with the exception of special editions/pages) published without colour in black and white.

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Of course, it was anime that had gotten me into manga in the first place. It ended up much like when I had started anime and had yet another shameful thought (it seems I’ve had many of these): “I’ll never watch subbed!” Then I ran out of most of the dubbed shows I had a high interest in watching, tentatively switched to subbed, and once again had my eyes opened. For manga, despite my early reservations, I ran out of patience for waiting on so many anime shows that had been dropped to possibly be picked up again by another company. So to start I went on Bookoutlet, found a couple cheap manga and bought them, because of course it never crossed my mind to just go to the library. 

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I wasn’t a big fan of either, namely Your & My Secret, but more importantly not only did the big difference in how to read it go well, but I found I could actually get through it without feeling sick. At this time my mysterious illness had been really improving, but I still couldn’t get through half a book before feeling too sick to continue so I was really hesitate to start. Thankfully my first attempts went well, and I found I could get through a few volumes before I had to call it quits. Soon enough, just like with the anime, I became a manga reading addict for almost a year lol.

I notice I’ve been kinda/pretty vague on details, but will say I eventually I got the good news of the brain aneurysm being a misdiagnosis! Yeah! As things got better I gradually started reading more and more manga at a time. Then slowly and gradually got back into reading regular novels. As you could probably tell from all the novel reviews and posts, I’ve been much better since and will be going back to school later this year or next!

So that is my story on how I started manga/anime, and ultimately how they both helped me deal with all that crazy life stuff. I’ll eventually get around to doing a post on my top favorite anime shows and movies. Thanks for reading! Now on to more anime!

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THE LIEBSTER AWARD

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Here are the rules for the Liebster award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and answer the eleven questions they have written for you
  • Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer

I want to extend an incredibly belated THANK YOU to Michel  at the Raistlin0903 Blog for nominating me for The Liebster Award! Even though this response to the nomination is incredibly late, if you have not checked out Michel’s post, please do! While you’re over there don’t forget to follow his Blog because he consistently puts up great content! 

The Q’s and A’s:

What is your favorite game genre?

I don’t play many games, truthfully it’s pretty rare that I’m playing a game. If I have to pick a game genre though, it would be action/adventure.

What is your favorite book genre?

Nope! I refuse to answer this question! I automatically veto the requirement to answer this blasphemous question lol. I am WAYYYY TOO INDECISIVE to ever be able to pick just one book genre! I can narrow it down to my favorite genres though, so I will just do that. My favorite genres are Fantasy and Science Fiction-and if I go with the very, incredibly broad understanding of Fantasy and Science Fiction I can shove quite a few sub-genres into that answer for both novels, comics/graphic novels and manga. 

What region do you prefer for comics? ( Asia, America, Europe?)

I’m just going to change ‘region’ to ‘regions’ because I honestly can’t choose between American comics/graphic novels and Japanese manga. I love them both equally; however, I have been reading much more manga in recent years than comics.

Why did you start blogging?

I don’t really know how to say/type this in a way that won’t end up sounding like a strange pity party lol. The honest truth is that I didn’t have anyone to talk to about books. I don’t have any bookish friends (except 1) and so there was no one for me to rave about an amazing book I had just read to, or anyone for me to recommend some of my favorite reads to, or to have bookish conversations where I could gush about the books I’d just bought, or that could understand the struggles of reorganizing your bookcases without giving you judgemental looks. Blogging about books is an opportunity to get to interact with like minded people who are interested in similar things to me that I can talk to in a safe space where my seemingly weird bookish habits are not judged. It’s gives me the ability to speak freely and honestly about books while being able to maintain a level of anonymity if I choose to.

What is the trashiest game you played, or book/comic you ever read? 

BL (Boy Love)/Yaoi manga…I do not even have to think very hard about this question. I am unashamed of my love of BL, although the genre is incredibly problematic for a plethora of reasons, I still love its trashy goodness!

Have you ever tried surströmming and if not, how do you think it tastes? Have you ever tried   mämmi?

I have tried neither of these foods. I do like fish…and culturally fermented/salted fish is a staple part of my diet, especially while I was growing up. So, it’s possible that I would like surströmming if I got to cook it how I would normally cook sardine, mackerel, cod, or herring. I’m almost certain that I would enjoy mämmi based solely on the fact that it is a desert lol.

What is the most disgusting (tasting, looking and/or smelling) national delicacy you know of (where you live?)

I live in Canada and we are known for our absolute infatuation with Tim Hortons. Yes, I’m aware that a particular restaurant can’t be considered a national delicacy, but Timmy’s is such a hallowed and beloved place that everything there might as well be a Canadian national delicacy. Tim Hortons is a coffee shop franchise that is incredibly popular here. You can get hot and cold beverages, donuts, pastries, and various sandwiches there…and I love Tim Hortons. BUT…ughhhhhh I CAN NOT STAND HONEY CRULLERS! It’s a donut (I think?!?) and it has a glaze, I’m fine with the first two components…yay for sugar coated carbs, but the inside of it turns my insides. The inside of one of those wretched things is moist, and not in a good way. The texture makes me feel like I’m eating soggy something…I can’t even think of anything to compare it to. Moral of the story-it’s disgusting!

What is the funniest word you have heard (and if not in English what does it mean?) 

I recently watched the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast last week Wednesday so of course I have got to pick expectorate/expectorating.

Please share one personal thing about you. Why that one in particular?

Hmmm…a personal thing about me…let’s see…I like reading? Question didn’t say that it had to be something personal that other people didn’t already know, so…yup that’s my answer. I chose this particular personal thing to share because I don’t necessarily like to get personal…and that was the most impersonal personal thing I could think of!

In the console war, where do you stand? 

Uhhh, what’s a console? Okay, I’m not that gaming illiterate but I don’t really have a stand on any side of the console war because I don’t really play games. I will choose Play Station because it’s the system that I’ve had the most experience with…and although it’s not mine, there is one in my house.

Which Anime series have you watched that really had you on the edge of your seat? (And if you don’t watch/like Anime, which tv series) 

The most recent anime series that had me on the edge of my seat while watching it  would have to be Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World.

I really tried to make sure that all the Blogs that I nominate had not previously been nominated for The Liebster Award. So hopefully this will be your first time doing this and you won’t have to hate me for having to do it again 🙂

Here are my 11 Nominees:

IgnitedMoth

Orang-utan Librarian 

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

A Court of Coffee and Books

Let’s Talk Anime

Lives In Stone (I’m so sorry…I completely forgot that you don’t participate in Awards! Please just consider this an Honorable Mention!)

Milliebot Reads

Jeana’s Book Nook

Elemental Quill

Geybie’s Book Blog

Twin Reads

And here are the 11 questions to answer: 

  1. What is your favorite type of Blog to read?
  2. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
  3. What is your guilty pleasure?
  4. What’s your preferred or most used Social Media outlet?
  5. Which of these-Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Desert- is your favorite type of food, and is there any particular dish that is your favorite from those categories?
  6. What is you favorite type of series to binge watch? (Or a series that you have recently binge watched)
  7. Where would you want to go on a dream vacation?
  8. Is there anything that you collect? If not, is there anything that you used to collect or that you would like to start collecting in the future?
  9. Where do you prefer to find book/anime/movie/game recommendations?
  10. Give a random fact about yourself.
  11. What is a book/anime/movie/game that you wish everyone would read/watch/play at least once?