Fall Time Cozy Book Tag!

Hi everyone,

Instead of my usual monthly wrap-up, I’m going to do the Fall Time Cozy Book Tag instead! (Basically I’m too busy to write two posts. End of semester struggles.)

Thank you AnotherDeadLawStudent for tagging me! I love Fall and I’m actually really sad that it’s over 😦 . Oh well, we’ll get Spring soon enough.

Crunching Leaves

The world is full of color. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

This is the only one I could think of off the top of my head. I personally hate this book (I had to read it for school).

Cozy Sweater

It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Any Roald Dahl book. I love them so much and I will read them over and over when I’m really stressed out or tired. My favorite is Matilda, but I love The BFG and Danny the Champion of the World too.

Fall Storm

The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Any mystery, but preferably Sherlock Holmes stories. As most of you know already, I have a serious obsession for the Sherlock Holmes stories and the new show Sherlock.

Cool Crisp Air

What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Probably Hermione. Really any Harry Potter character because I would LOVE to have a wand and magic and Hogwarts and everything else!

Hot Apple Cider

What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Artemis Fowl, of course. The series deserves it. Most people have never even heard of it and it’s so sad because that’s my favorite book series ever.

Coat, Scarves and Mittens

The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Fanfiction. That’s not really a book cover and I’m not going to tell you what kind of fanfiction, but yes I have read some.

Pumpkin Spice

What’s your favorite fall time comfort food/foods?

Pumpkin bread/muffins and apple crisp. If you’ve never had apple crisp/never heard of it, seriously, look it up. It’s at least ten times better than apple pie.

And now for tagging. I personally hate tagging people, so if you like this tag go for it! Just remember to mention that my blog was the one you got it from and link to it!

Thanks! Until next time!

Have any better cozy Fall moments? Comment below!

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Top Tuesdays #2: Top 5 Books/Book Series I Need to Reread

Hi everyone,

This is my second post for Top Tuesdays and, to continue on the books topic, this week’s list is on “books I need to reread”. Each of these have a bit of back story behind them, so don’t just read the list!

1. The Artemis Fowl series

This is actually a pretty funny story. I had read the first six books in the series (up to “The Time Paradox”) years ago, before the other two were published. I didn’t realize there would be more, so I was very very disappointed with the “ending” and moved on. It wasn’t until last year that my cousin got the whole series for Christmas and I saw there were two more books there that I had never seen before. I was like “What?!?!”

So now, since I don’t really remember them all that well, I have to reread the whole series before I read the new ones.

I’m in the middle of “The Eternity Code” right now (check out my “Currently reading” icon!).

2. Harry Potter

Well, this one doesn’t really have a back story. I just love Harry Potter (as you can probably tell by my all my previous posts) and those are the books I turn to when I don’t have anything new at hand or I’m just in the mood for an old story.

Who else waited in line at the bookstore to get The Deathly Hallows when it first came out?

3. The Sherlock Holmes stories

This is a stretch, but I MIGHT like Sherlock Holmes more than Harry Potter (gasp!). I know, but ever since I read the books and then started watching the BBC show, my love for the character and stories has increased drastically. I’ve started writing for Sherlock’s Home, a blog about the BBC show, and now I feel obligated to read them again. I haven’t actually read all of them (4 novels and 56 short stories), but I’ve read most, and I want to read them again.

4. The Inheritance Cycle

I love dragons. Books about dragons/involving dragons in any way are my favorite. I read these books when I was much younger, but once I got to Brisingr, I was pretty much lost. Then I got Inheritance for Christmas and never read it. And, of course, I can’t let that happen. So I have to read the whole series so that I actually understand it before I read Inheritance.

5. The Hobbit

In my previous Top Tuesdays post “Top 5 Fandom Books/Book Series I Need to Read”, I said that I wanted to read the LOTR trilogy. I think that before I do that, I should brush up on my knowledge of Middle Earth and reread The Hobbit, just for good measure.

That’s it for this Top Tuesday! Until next time!

Have any books you have been dying to reread? Comment below! Happy reading!

Top Tuesdays: Top 5 Fandom Books/Book Series I Need to Read

Hi everyone,

In honor of September 1st (back to school at Hogwarts), I thought I would start my first weekly posting series. I’m calling it Top Tuesdays, and I’m going to be making “top 5” lists of all sorts of stuff (my top 5 favorite movies/books, my top 5 places to visit, etc.). I can’t guarantee that I’ll write one every week, but I’m going to try. My first one is about the fandom books I haven’t read yet.

This may sound crazy for a fandom addict, but I quite honestly haven’t had time to read these books yet.

1. The Hunger Games trilogy

I know, right? I just posted about the new Mockingjay – Part 2 trailer and now I’m saying I haven’t even read the books! I’m honestly disappointed in myself. This is definitely number one on my list.

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

I’ve read The Hobbit more than once and seen all three movies with Martin Freeman so I can truthfully say I am a J.R.R. Tolkien fan. I actually tried to read the first Lord of the Rings book many many years ago and I couldn’t really understand it. I definitely need to try again now that I’m not 10 years old.

3. The Divergent trilogy

Normally my rule is to always read the book before you see the movie, but I actually broke my rule with this one. I reluctantly watched Divergent with my sister one night, and I really liked it. But I’m definitely going to read the rest of the books before I see the other movies.

4. The Fault in Our Stars

I’m normally not interested in “teen romance” (I guess that’s what you could call it) books; I’m more interested in the sci-fi/fantasy category. But everyone’s been raving about this one for ages so I guess I’ll give it a go. Who knows, maybe I’ll love it!

5. The Maze Runner

I didn’t really think about this one until I saw my brother carrying the book around. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, and it sounds like my type of book. So why not?

That’s all for this Top Tuesday! Until next time!

Have any other books in mind? Comment below!

10 Books/Series For Dragon Lovers

I love dragon books!

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Fact: 80% of books I read are about dragons. I don’t know why, but I adore dragons and have for years.

So when a reader asked me a while ago to make a recommendation list of dragon books, I thought it was a great idea. The delay from when the suggestion was made to this post was due to the fact that I was reading more books during my summer break and wanted to perhaps include them on the list!

So here in no particular order is a list of books and series for dragon lovers everywhere!

1. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
 These are perhaps the most famous books about dragons, which is great because they’re awesome. This fantastical world is like that of Tolkien’s, but far easier and more enjoyable to read. They’re long books, but I definitely recommend them. But not the Eragon movie. We don’t…

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Join Me For #ARE15

Hey everyone! I’m taking up this challenge and you should too!

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Hello everyone! So yesterday I was thinking of how long my TBR list is and how close the end of summer is. Thus I came up with the idea that one day this week, I’ll just read all day. Yup, you heard me right, I am going to do pretty much nothing else except read. It’s a luxury few have and that’s why with the summer coming to a close, I thought it was much needed. The details of the event are below:

When – This Thursday, August 20th 2015

Time – All day (for me) however you guys can come and jump in for as long as you want/can

Other – I’ll be chilling and reading all day long with a book in one hand and hot chocolate in the other. I’ll be checking in about every hour on Twitter using #ARE15 on how everyone’s doing and how…

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Top Ten Books I Just Received From Authors

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Hello everyone! So today’s post was inspired by The Broke and The Bookish’s (future) July 14 post on the same-ish topic. To be honest, I’m running out of ideas for the Top Tens so if you could suggest ideas that would be awesome. I know I could just keep up with TBaTB’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I take pride in the fact that (99.9% of the time) I do different topics than them so if you could suggest at least one thing, I will love you forever. And, as a little bonus, whoever suggests the post, gets a shout-out there and, if you send me a link to one social media, a link to your social media on the post as well. Thanks and I hope you enjoy:

1) You Won’t Remember This by Kate Blackwell

2) Black & White & Dead All Over by Anna Castle

3) Fifteen Minutes…

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According to science, your Hogwarts House matters

This article, written by Selina Wilken for hypable.com, gathers information and scientific proof that the Hogwarts house you are placed in is linked to your personality. A scientific study performed with actual Pottermore users by Stetson University, the University of Washington, Tacoma, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and University of Florida reports that you can actually use a person’s Hogwarts house preference to determine specific personality traits. The scientists recorded the Pottermore participants’ “need for cognition (intellectual engagement), need to belong (social acceptance motivation), being friendly and extroverted, and the Dark Triad traits (narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism)” to see if there was a correlation between these levels of personality traits and the Hogwarts house the identify with.

As it turns out, there were positive correlations with Ravenclaw members and intellectual engagement, Hufflepuff members and social acceptance, and Slytherin members and the “Dark Triad” traits. As we would expect, right?

The Gryffindors, however, were much more unpredictable. The researchers predicted that Gryffindor members would be more extroverted and consider themselves risk-takers, but there was no correlation between Gryffindor and these traits. In fact, there were no correlations between Gryffindor and any of the measured personality traits. Why do you think this is?

The solution the researchers posed is simple and very rational. Most people who are familiar with the Harry Potter series, but not die-hard fans, recognize Gryffindor as “the best house” and automatically place themselves in that house, even if it doesn’t match their characteristics. This could cause some outliers in the correlation data.

The article also remarks that the interesting take on this study is that most people sort themselves, which means that most people seem to be very aware of their personality traits, both good and bad.

Below is the link to the full article:

According to science, your Hogwarts House matters.

The original article was pulled from a similar article in The Huffington Post.

**I do not own any rights to this article on hypable.com**

Have any comments or questions? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Top Ten Tips For New (Book) Bloggers

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Hello peoples of the world/universe! So yesterday, at around 11 pm, I was thinking of topics for today and so, of course, I went to The Broke and The Bookish’s version of Top Ten Tuesday and started going down the list of topics. That’s when I found today’s post title/topic so thank you to them for this. All in all, I hope you take note of these tips and hopefully learn something. I hope you enjoy:

1) Pick a niche or two (for now): you may think you’ve already picked a niche (aka books) but there’s so much more to that. You can read and review books, being a general books news reporter or maybe you want to go more to the writing side of things and talk about that. Either way, there’s so much more to the topic of books than just books.

2) Now realize that you are probably…

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Friday Finds: Week 37

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Hello! This is week 37 of Friday Finds! Friday Finds is basically “the place where you will get all your fandom related news (that means book news and their movies news) and your writing/blogging news”. If you want more info, and you want to see all the other weeks’ news, click here. Now let’s get this show on the road! Here are all the Friday Finds of this week, from last Saturday to today.

Writing/Blogging News:

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Top Ten Books I Was Wrong About Part 2

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Hello everyone! So we all (or at least I have done this multiple times) have dismissed a book after looking at the cover, reading the summary and/or reading a couple of pages/chapters of the book then a bit later started (re)reading it and realized you actually loved it. Well, maybe not loved it specifically but misjudged it (sometimes horribly). Now I did do a post about this topic before which is why this post is part two of it. Why do it now you ask? Well, it’s because I just ran into this situation a little bit ago and so when I was thinking of what I should do for today, I turned back to that experience. So here are the Top Ten Books I Didn’t Think I’d Like. Note: the books in red are the books I don’t really like, the books in yellow were books I only sort…

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