The Sunshine Blogger Award; Part 3!

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.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your blog-post
  • Rules are to tweak; Take it easy.

Yay!! Another award nomination!! Last Minute Stuff is the blog that nominated me this time around, and I’ve got to say (and not just cuz it’s a rule): Thanks a ton for the award nomination!! Please take the time to check out their blog, and award answers: here

 

The Questions & Answers

 

1. What is that question you hate to answer the most?

I’m a semi-lazy person (really just a regular old lazy one, but “lazy” just sounds too self-depreciating), so questions that take a considerable amount of thought and emotion, and force me to deny my innermost desires and attributes are the hardest for me to face. Really, they’re like unforgiving torture. 

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2. What’s the most horrible a.k.a. “It tasted delicious in my head” recipe you came up with? If you don’t cook, what’s the most gross thing you ever ate? Here’s mine!

My memory for this one is actually a bit hazy, it was that bad. All I can remember is wanting to try some new combination of flavours (pretty much every seasoning in my cupboard), tasting it, and wondering “WHY THE HELL DOES IT TASTE LIKE THIS?!?!?”

I then tried so, sooo many things to get it to taste better, but then everything I did just made it worse, and worse. It was like something out of a horror movie. Seriously. Even writing about it is giving me chills. 

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3. Chicken or bacon? Explain gravitational waves. Don’t google; I’ll know.

Hahaha, this is easy. You know every time you set a firm food limit in your head, telling yourself “just one more” or “only on special occasions”, but then flash forward a few hours days and you’re stuffing your face, wondering where your resolve went? It’s gravitational waves my friends. That food is sending out waves that act like “eat-me!!” command magnets to your stomach, forcing it down your throat and into your stomach before you even know what happened. It pulls you in like gravity. It’s especially worse around foods like chicken and bacon, but applies to any of your guilty pleasures. 

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4. When was the last time you helped-out a stranger? Or anyone?

I do it quite a bit, but mostly only in small ways. Opening doors, helping with directions (aka pointing them out to someone more useful, I’d just get them lost), helping older folks with bags, etc. Thought the last “big thing” I can remember was almost a decade ago…

5. If you were given any superpower for only one day, which day would you choose? (guess you weren’t expecting that..)

I was thinking teleportation at first, all those countries I want to visit could be done in one day without the ridiculous cost! But then I figured one day for all those countries wouldn’t be nearly enough. Plus that’s something I could actually accomplish someday with my own human powers.   

So I’m so going with shape shifting!! It would be beyond awesome to be a bird/whale/wolf/mouse/bear/okayI’llstopnow. I mean how cool would be to experience the world through their eyes/senses?

6. Which language do you think in? (Yeah I’m assuming you’re bilingual.)

Sadness, I only wish I was bilingual, but I’m pretty sure the pitiful amount of French, and so-minuscule-I-might-as-well-not-even-bother-to-acknowledge-it Japanese don’t count. But I do think in a wide variety of English accents. That counts for something right? Right?

7. The funniest thing you’ve seen someone do in public?

My sister’s slip and fall on ice…sorry, I blame the sadist in me. 

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8. Have you won any contests/competitions/olympics maybe? Which was the last one?

….umm….well…these blogger awards count, right? What about anime watching/book reading awards? Do those count? Cause if they do I am on a roll!

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9. What’s the most useless (according to others) talent/s you have?

English accent impersonations. I can’t impersonate actual people, but can do almost every type of English accent there is.

10. What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen?

I’ve seen many, one of which I cannot for the life of me remember, but the runner up is:
“Mi-fi-not-yours” 

11. The last time you tried something for the first time? (Yeah rack that brain)

Uggh! So much thinking! Umm…well….if we’re talking activities that’s a lost cause lol, but food? I’ve recently been trying out authentic Japanese cuisine (just finished with Indian).

I’ve tried Salmon Teppanyaki (loved it), Inari & Unagi sushi (mega loved them), and Takoyaki (sorry, but I hated the taste/smell…also just can’t do those little suction cups). Next up is the terrifying looking Natto. Then I’ll be moving on to another nation. 

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1. Unagi Sushi     2. Takoyaki

Please check these bloggers out if you haven’t already. I couldn’t pick everyone that deserves it, but these are some of the best blogs I’ve come across!

Nominations/Honourable Mentions 

Also, I know most of you have done this award at some point, so if you’re one of those people, seriously, no pressure. Please just consider it a honourable mention if you’re not up for doing it again. I just really wanted to give you a shout out. Thanks for reading!

My Questions  

Choose any Anime/Manga/Movie/Novel/Comic/Graphic Novel/T.V. show for your answers

  1. Which post did you most enjoy writing this year? (provide a link please!)
  2. Who is your favorite side/supporting character? 
  3.  Which fictional character would you want to have as a mentor? 
  4. Which fictional magic system do you wish you could be a part of? 
  5. If you could speak another language what would it be and why?
  6. Name your favourite hobby outside of reading/watching anime. When did you start it?
  7. What is the best story you’ve read/watched so far this year?
  8. How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
  9. What story are you most looking forward to this year?
  10. What is your favourite dessert of all time?
  11. What is a book/anime/movie/game that you wish everyone would read/watch/play at least once?

 

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The Liebster Award (Part 2)

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THE RULES:

~ Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their post.
~ Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
~ Come up with your own set of questions.
~ Tag your chosen 11 bloggers and don’t forget to tell them as well!

I’d like to give a huge thanks A Happy Little Bookworm for the nomination!! They have an awesome blog filled with great book reviews, tags, awards and other cool original post ideas. So please head over there to check them out if you haven’t already: here

 

The Questions & My Answers

 

1) What are your favourite book to movie conversions?

This is a pretty hard one for me, since I usually dislike movie adaptations. I’m pretty sure the one I every really liked was The Hunger Games movie adaptations.

2) What genre of books are you hoping to read more of in 2018?

Fantasy and some non-fiction. Fantasy because I have so many unread ones on my shelves, and non-fiction because I almost never read any.

3) What is your favourite blog post (by a blogger other than yourself) that you’ve seen in the last 2 weeks?

In truth, I’ve actually come across quite a few amazing posts, lists, and reviews. But if I narrow it down to one, I’d have to go with “The Beating Heart of a Creative” by Kimchi-sama. I only just came across the post, but it was such a powerful one, with words and a message that I really needed to hear that I needed to share it here and ask you guys to please stop by and spend some time to read it. 

4) What is your most anticipated release for the remainder of 2018?

Book: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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Anime: Not including season 2+ releases- things would get a bit crazy otherwise

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Movies:

Battle Angel Altia

and Ready Player One

 

Favourite fictional couple from a book you recently finished?

Book: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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LOVE THIS BOOK TO PIECES!! I’m not giving names, but that couple was PERFECTION!!

Manga: Noragami by Adachitoka

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I cannot tell you the joy it brought me to have finally caught up with collecting this series, and be able to finally start reading them! 

Where and when (place & time of day) do you most like to read and/or blog?

Reading: 24/7. Lol, but seriously. There is no time/place I won’t try to get away with reading. I’ll even read while walking on the street.

Blogging: Usually during commutes or once I’m home at night. 

Favourite bookish setting that you would most like to visit?

Really just about every magical/fantasy world I’ve came across lol. But the first ones that pop into my mind are:

Books:

Fire by Kristin Cashore or

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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Manga:

Made in the Abyss by  Akihito Tsukushi

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Both places have their own share of dangers, but would be SOO amazing to visit in real life. Especially all those exotic creatures!

Favourite non-human character from any book you’ve read?

I primarily read books about people so I could totally just choose one, or so I thought. Once I started…well yeah…

  • Fell from Fell by David Clement-Davis
  • Soren and Gylfie from Guardians of Gahoole by Kathryn Lasky
  • Cinderpelt from Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • Faithful from Alanna by Tamora Pierce
  • Rannoch from Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davis
  • Beast from the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter

What was a book that you didn’t like as much as you were expecting to?

Mystic by Jason Denzel

How do you track the books that you read (if at all)?

MAL for manga

Goodreads for everything (books, manga, graphic novels)

And finally, one fact that not many people know about you?

…umm…a family member and I recently built a new bookshelf for my overflowing books! Yeah! Of course…I already need another one, lol.

I’ve known my current friends for many, many years so there isn’t anything I can think of that they don’t already know…so I guess I just went with something I haven’t mentioned on my blog yet. 

 

My Questions

  1. Kiss, marry, kill. Which character (book/movie/manga/game/etc.) would you want to Kiss, Marry, or Kill?
  2. Do you still remember your favourite childhood book/TV show? If so what is it?
  3. What are some of your favourite characters?
  4. Is there a TV show/movie release you’re really looking forward to this year?
  5. iPhone or Smartphone?
  6. Do you have any hobbies other than reading?
  7. Have any hated/really disliked character(s)? Name your most despised book/manga/graphic novel/show/etc. character(s).
  8. What was the last book/manga/graphic novel you read (or anime/show/movie watched) that turned out to be unexpectedly better than you had anticipated?
  9. Which book/anime/manga/show has recently made the most impact on you?
  10.  Which fictional magic system do you wish you could be a part of? (Includes: any Anime, Manga, Movie, Novel, Comic, Graphic Novel, or T.V. show) 
  11. What is your favourite blog post? (one that you’ve done recently)

 

Nominations

Please check these bloggers out if you haven’t already. I couldn’t pick everyone that deserves it, but these are some of the best blogs I’ve come across!

Also, I know most of you have done this award at some point, so if you’re one of those people, seriously, no pressure. Please just consider it a honourable mention if you’re not up for doing it again. I just really wanted to give you a shout out. Thanks for reading!

5 Series I’ll Never Review

I’d been thinking about doing some new things on the blog for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to doing much except taking breaks lol. Now that I’m back (again) I’d like to restart doing some original posts as well as try my hand at few lists (a big thanks to fellow bloggers for the suggestions in the past!). 

While I was thinking up things I wanted to review, I kept coming across things I absolutely refused to write a review on. So for these lists I’ll be picking five books, manga, and/or comics that I’ll never write a review on (with varying reasons). Then attempt to say a few words about said book/series. Here goes:

 

5 Books/Manga Series I’ll Never Review…because my words will forever be unable to do them justice:

 

These are 5 (of many) series where a review attempt may begin normally, but would quickly descend into raving madness, ending with incoherent fangirling.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Just the first 2)

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A Short Synopsis:

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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A Short Overview:

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A Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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A Short Summary:

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Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 
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A Few Words on the Series:

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The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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….I Think You Get the Idea:

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Now excuse me,

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while I go drown in an ocean of FEELS for a few days…

My Top 10: Best Reads of 2017

 

Happy New year!!

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Now, normally people would start off this year with looking towards the future, but when have I ever been normal? So for the first day of 2018, I give you my list of Best Reads in 2017! 

 

1. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

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2. Vagabond Manga Series by Takehiko Inoue

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3. Written in Red Series by Anne Bishop

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4. Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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5. The Wallflower Manga Series by Tomoko Hayakawa

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6. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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7. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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8. xxxHolic Manga Series by CLAMP

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9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Enjoy your 2018 reading/watching/playing!! 

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**As usual all gifs are from Gify and pictures were taken from Goodreads/Chapters except for: 1. Half Bad; 2. Vagabond6. The Wallflower; 8. xxxHolic; 9. Six of Crows**

My Top 10: Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

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Sometimes having high expectations for something is a good thing. This time? Not so much. Here’s my top ten books/series of 2017 that fell short of my expectations, or started out promising but fell short somewhere along the way.

A.K.A: Top Ten that made me a sad unicorn:

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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2. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
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I actually wasn’t sure whether to add this to Top Ten Worst Reads instead. It was one of my favourite shows as a kid, and I now enjoy CLAMP’s work. So I was excited for this, but a teacher X middle school student relationship? Nope.

3. Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

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4. Dance of Cloaks by David 
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I was definitely overdoing it on my expectations for this one. Funny thing is I probably would have enjoyed it 10x more if I wasn’t expecting so much. Still thought it was good/okay though.

5. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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6. Talon by Julie Kagawa
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Overall it was okay, but I was just expecting something different than what I got. 

7. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

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8. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
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My sadness for this one was real. Those hardcovers are so pretty 😢 

9. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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10. Wayward: String Theory by Zub, Cummings, Rauch, Bonvillain, & Dillon
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Really not a bad series, I just wasn’t nearly as taken with it as I wanted to be.

 

So what were your most disappointing reads? Did any of my top ten match yours?

P.S. This is just my own personal feelings about the book/series, and doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t like anything about the story or enjoy reading it

Thanks for reading!

Unique Blogger Award

Hey everyone! I’d first like to wish everyone a very belated Happy Holidays, and an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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I’d like to give a big thanks to Ryuji @ ryujisanimereview for nominating me for this award. Please take some time to head over to his blog and check it out!

RULES:

Display the award logo.

Thank the blogger who nominated you and post the link to their blog.

Answer their questions.

Nominate 8-13 bloggers.

Ask them 3 questions.

 

The Questions & My Answers:

1) In a generic RPG world, what is your favourite class? (Knight, Assassin, Priest, Mage, Barbarian)

I don’t play many games, but when I do I’m always stuck between choosing assassin and mage (but assassin almost always wins out in the end).

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2) Do you prefer continuing the main story or check out most of the subplots in a RPG/Fantasy Visual Novel?

I always continue the main story the first time around, then go back and check out the subplots later. 

3) Have you ever played or watched a playthrough of anyone attempting to complete a RPG/Fantasy Visual Novel?

Yup. There was a level I just could NOT figure out. It was driving me insane so, despite being super determined not to ever do it, I looked it up. It sort of felt like cheating, but after FINALLY passing the level the overall victory won out over my guilt. Yay me!

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My Questions:
  1. Which book, movie, anime, or game did you most want to get to this year, but didn’t? 
  2. What book, anime, movie, or game are you most looking forward to next year?
  3. Which post did you most enjoy writing this year? (provide a link please!)

 

Tag Your It!

Kimchisama

Howlinbooks

Jill’s Book Blog

Shrestha Logs

Drunkenanimeblog

*I still have a ton of awards and tags to catch up on, and know many of you have already done most of these a few times over, so until I’ve caught up I’ll only be nominating around 5 bloggers per tag/award. If I’ve missed that you have done the award/tag already and aren’t up for doing it again, please just consider it an honourable mention*

 

 

Book Personality Challenge

I have to thank Kate @ meltingpotsandothercalamities for tagging me for this interesting challenge. I’ve taken the test a couple times before and also end up with one of two personality results. It was cool to take it again ans see what I ended up with, so thanks!

Check out her personality results and answers here.

WHAT IS YOUR MBTI PERSONALITY TYPE:

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“INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine…At their best, these qualities enable INFPs to communicate deeply with others, easily speaking in metaphors and parables, and understanding and creating symbols to share their ideas.”

What is your personality like:

INFPs often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and the philosophical more than any other personality type. Left unchecked, INFPs may start to lose touch, withdrawing into “hermit mode”, and it can take a great deal of energy from their friends or partner to bring them back to the real world.

 There are some sections I disagree with completely, but this part was too true lol.

If you were a character in a book, what would be some of you character strengths and flaws?:

Strengths:

  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules. INFPs give the benefit of the doubt too, and so long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged, they’ll support others’ right to do what they think is right.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives. Being able to connect many far-flung dots into a single theme, it’s no wonder that many INFPs are celebrated poets and authors.

Only part I disagree with is disliking having my ideas and principles challenged. As long as the person isn’t intentionally rude about it, I usually enjoy the challenge and the new perspectives that come with it.

Flaws:

  • Impractical – When something captures INFPs’ imagination, they can neglect practical matters like day-to-day maintenance and simple pleasures. Sometimes people with the INFP personality type will take this asceticism so far as to neglect eating and drinking as they pursue their passion or cause.
  • Difficult to Get to Know – INFPs are private, reserved and self-conscious. This makes them notoriously difficult to really get to know, and their need for these qualities contributes to the guilt they often feel for not giving more of themselves to those they care about.

Though I wonder if that last one would really be a flaw in a book character…

Do any authors share your personality type?

J.R.R. Tolkien & William Shakespeare 

 

What fictional characters share your personality type?

Frodo Baggins & Arwen from Lord of the Rings

Fox Mulder from X-Files (LOVED that show) & Lance Sweets from Bones

If you were a character in a book, what job would you have?

According to the results, an author, translator, or something in “service careers such as massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, counselling, social work, psychology and even academic roles“.

 

What personality type would complete your OTP?

Not really sure…maybe my other personality test result? 

What are some fictional characters that would complete your OTP?

Umm…this one is pretty hard…I have no idea lol. 

 

I TAG:

Link to the free personality site if you don’t already know it: 16Personalities

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

*I still have a ton of awards and tags to catch up on, and know many of you have already done most of these a few times over, so until I’ve caught up I’ll only be nominating around 5 bloggers per tag/award. If I’ve missed that you have done the award/tag already and aren’t up for doing it again, please just consider it an honourable mention*