The Awesome Blogger Award!

Last night.

*cleans dishes while listening to Skid Row*

*puts dishes away while listening to Guns N’ Roses*

*finishes*

*grabs mother’s iPad and logs onto WordPress*

*Sees new post by friend and looks at it*

*drops juice box as heart stops*

*eyes double in size*

*screams*

*faints*

I’m just as surprised as you are, trust me. I started my blog… two, three months ago? And, now, I’ve been nominated for The Awesome Blogger Award? Am I that awesome? Do I deserve an award? I mean, of course I’m awesome in every way, shape, or form, I could’ve told you that, but other people think so, too? Seriously?

I need to thank Hannah for being an awesome friend and for thinking of me when she wrote her post. Hannah, thank you, for your support, your friendship, and your hilarious posts. Thank you for kindly nominating me and for all of your wonderful, kind comments about my blog. They mean so much to me.

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This award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomeblogger in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

My questions and answers!

1. What’s your favorite book of 2017 so far?

Funny enough, I’ve only given rated two books five stars this year: The Unseen World by Liz Moore and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. But, if I needed to choose (which I do), it would be the former. The story was so original, and each of the characters had such depth and mystery to them. I would highly recommend!

2. What food/drink would you want to try the most from any book?

Bacon Fruit from the Heart of Dread trilogy. I’ve mentioned that trilogy way too much, haven’t I? Well, sorry, but I absolutely adore that trilogy, and Bacon Fruit was a part that just interested me so much. Wes and Shakes were stuffing their vests with it to keep warm. How genius? So, yes, I would love to taste it one day.

3. What’s your favorite love triangle that actually worked?

Um… none? Wait, how many series have I read with a love triangle? The 5th Wave, Splintered, The Hunger Games, Shatter Me. Well, I liked none of those, and I didn’t like the way any of them turned out. So… I can’t really answer this question? *nervous laugh*

4. What’s your number one #BROTP? (As is bromance. As in platonic relationship.)

Is this really a hard question? Come on! The obvious: Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley. Now, I haven’t finished this series yet, but I already love reading about those two friends and their adventures. I’m not trying to leave Hermione out, but… she’s not a bro.

5. What’s your number one book-related pet peeve?

Love triangles. No explanation required. They suck. I’m sorry, but they do.

6. What’s one culture you always love reading about?

Well, I love dystopia, so… anywhere where the world is ending? Does that even count? What can I say – I’m just a cold-hearted human being.

7. Which character do you hate with a burning passion?

Evan Walker from The 5th Wave trilogy. I hate him, as I’ve said before. He sexually assaulted Cassie, he stalked her, he’s controlling. I hate him, and I honestly don’t understand why so many people have been swooning over him.

8. Which character do you love with a burning passion?

Well, since I always talk about my fictional boyfriends, I’m not going to put a guy here. And, I need to pick something other than Heart of Dread, don’t I? So, Alex Craft from The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. She was simply amazing. She was such a different and complex character, and I loved reading about her. I was rooting for her through the entire story, and I almost cried when… that thing happened at the end.

9. Blandest character you’ve read about this year?

Oh, easy. Any one of the three sisters from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella. Katharine or Mirabella would be my answer. They’re bland, undeveloped, and boring. I hated that book, it took me more than a month to read, and I’m not really interested in reading the next book.

10. Favorite smell?

Um… well. The smell of bruschetta after it’s had time to come together in the fridge. Basil. Garlic. Fresh bread. Peanut butter. The pages of a book. Curry. Cumin. Cinnamon. Pumpkin. You probably think I’m weird now, don’t you?

 

Now, I need to nominate some people. I wish I could go on and on about each of you and why I’m nominating you, but I’ll try to acknowledge you all at once, okay? I am nominating you guys in particular simply because I think you’re awesome. You guys have inspired me, talked to me, helped me, made me laugh, made me smile, encouraged me, and accepted me the way I am. I love you guys! Thank you for everything, for your friendship, your support, and for just being amazing you. This is for you guys. My nominees are:

Thomas @ the quiet voice

Caidyn and Chantel @ BW Book Reviews

Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much

Emma @ Chocolate and Sarcasm

Maram @ She Reads At Past Midnight

If I didn’t nominate you, it’s probably because I believe you’ve already been nominated. If you’ve been nominated and I just nominated you a second time, sorry, but you’re so awesome that you deserve to be nominated again.

My questions for you guys (I kinda suck with coming up with questions, so these might be a little lame).

  1. Your bookshelves have caught fire and the flame is spreading, so you can only save one book. Which book do you save?
  2. Favorite thing to drink while you’re reading?
  3. Something you love to do besides read?
  4. Worst book you’ve read so far in 2017?
  5. Favorite movie?
  6. Favorite song?
  7. Favorite villain/antihero?
  8. First thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  9. Last thing you do before you go to bed at night?
  10. Favorite food?

So, that’s all! Can’t wait to hear from you all, and I hope you guys have fun!

 

Wonder Woman Book-Tag.

Oh, how I love these book-tags. I was tagged by May over at My 1st Chapter, so thank you, May, for thinking of me. So, apparently this tag is in honor of Leigh Bardugo’s new book coming out on August 29, Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Is it bad that I’ve never read anything by Leigh Bardugo, and I have no interest in the new release? And, of course, I am doing this tag with my mom.

My answers:

1. Wonder Woman:  Your favorite badass female book character.

Oh, this is so hard to say.  There are so many fictional women I admire.  But, since I need to choose, I need to go with Natasha Kestal from the Heart of Dread trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston.  She’s brave and witty and quick, and I love her with all my heart!

2. Fantasy Island:  A book setting you want to escape to.

Is it bad that I want to go New Vegas from the Heart of Dread trilogy, considering it’s the end of the world and it’s terrifying?  For this, I’ll need to go with the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  It’s the perfect balance of mystery, fear, and…peculiarity.

3. London:  A hyped book that let you down.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  There were so many reviews I saw that explained how amazing and unique and exciting this book was, but, unfortunately, I was very disappointed.  In the characters, the writing, the world-building.  The entire thing was just a major let-down.

4.  Steve Trevor:  A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.  The cover depicts, to me, the fear of going mad and spiraling downward.  It was the cover that drew me into the story.  The story itself is original, funny, full of heart, and full of mystery – which I love.

5. Lasso of Truth:  A book you hated.

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck.  This book was boring, weird, boring, confusing, boring…did I mention boring?  There was one chapter in this book that I found a little bit interesting, but that was it.  I regret picking up this book and I’m mad at my mom for pointing it out to me in a used bookstore.

6.  Wonder Woman’s Shield:  A book so sad you need a shield.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  I read almost 200 pages of this book, perfectly fine.  I wasn’t crying, I was focused, I was engaged in the story, everything was going wonderfully.  Then, I started crying.  And crying.  And crying some more.  I’m leaving it at that.

7. Ares: A villain that is scary but you can’t seem to hate.

The Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  I read that earlier in the year, as well as Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  After reading that retelling, I just couldn’t hate the Queen of Hearts anymore and I truly ache for her now.

8.  The Amazons:  A book that you wish had more / better LGBT+ representation.

Hmmm.  This is a tough one.  I actually haven’t read many books that could be categorized as LGBTQIA.  I want to.  I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  The ones that I have read I thought were done very well, so I don’t really have anything to say here.

 

Mom’s Answers.

1.  Wonder Woman:  You’re favorite badass female book character.

She’s always been a badass to me.  My favorite protagonist.  Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.  She refused to give in to the social and economic expectations put on women at that time.  She wanted to marry for love, not money or status.  She was the original feminist!  Just love her more every time I read this book!  And can we please mention the badass author too?  Jane Austen.  She made a statement in every book she wrote about class, socioeconomic status, women and the expectations placed on them.  She’s a wonder woman too!

2.  Fantasy Island:  A book setting you want to escape to.

Well, there’s the obvious…Pemberley, Hogwarts, Narnia, Oz…all those.  But, I always wanted to be Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon.  Just one magic crayon, and I could draw any world, anywhere, anytime, any day, and I could visit there for as long as I wanted.  I could visit the moon, the desert, the ocean, or anyplace of my imagining.  Thank you, Crockett Johnson, for inspiring the imagination!

3.  London:  A hyped book that let you down.

I have to go with the book that put me into “The Great Reading Slump of 2016”.  I was really excited for it…and then, boom!, I didn’t want to read anymore.  Unhinged by A.G. Howard.  I should have never picked this book up since I hated the first book in the Splintered trilogy.  But, my daughter, Emma, is very persuasive and convinced me that this book was better than the first.  Okay, maybe she was right. (Please don’t tell her I said that!)  It was better by only half a star.  But, it still sucked!!!!  And I spent one whole month not wanting to pick up a book.  The horror!!!!

4.  Steve Trevor:  A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  I loved this book – the language, the story, the writing was just so beautiful.  (I write this as Emma makes barfing noises right next to me)

Emma, please stop banging your head on the table!  I love you, but, please stop emoting, “Ugh!  Ick!  Yuck!  Blah!”  I know you hate this book.  No need to rub it in, sweetheart!  And really?  Barfing noises?  It’s not that bad!!

5.  Lasso of Truth:  A book you hated.

Sorry, Shakespeare!  But I thought this was the worst play you ever wrote.  Taming of the Shrew.  Yes, I know the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is funny, but I really only think that’s because of…well…Richard Burton!!  He made the play much better than it was.  Must’ve been the accent!  I mean, everything sounds better with an accent!  Really!!

6.  Wonder Woman’s Shield:  A book so sad you need a shield.

The book that made me cry ugly tears, made my children ask me if I was okay, made me go through a box of tissues, and is making me tear up just a little bit as I think about it.  More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.  This book broke me.  And when Aaron tells Genevieve that she’s beautiful…*sigh*  (Emma’s laughing at me now because I’m crying just a little.  Thanks, Em!)  And yet, I would read this book again…with a box of tissues on a day when I felt like crying for a few hours!!  It was so good, so sad, so tragic, just so everything!

7.  Ares:  A villain that is scary but you can’t seem to hate.

I have to say the monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  He was created to be feared, but he was so misunderstood.  He didn’t want to be alive.  He was forced into an existence and an isolation by a madman.  I know many bookstores categorize this book as a horror novel.  But, it’s a tragedy through and through.

8.  The Amazons:  A book that you wish had more / better LGBT+ representation.

I haven’t read many books that fall into this category.  But, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ones I read that did.  I wouldn’t change them at all.  So I got no answer for this one.  I guess I should turn the blog back over to Emma now since she’s still banging her head on the table over the Shatter Me answer.

Justice League:  What superhero book friends do you tag?

The Sweetest Girl on the Internet and my Grampa Friend @ BW Book Reviews

One of my favorite name twins @ Chocolate and Sarcasm

One of the most awesome bloggers and friends @ Ash the Bookworm

And last but certainly not least, the Boba lover @ Peanut Butter & Books

 

Food n’ Stuff.

My life is like a good book: Something crazy happens every few minutes, and I never know what will happen next.

I want to start this by saying I’m so, so sorry for not being around in awhile. I’ve been super busy with stuff, plus I recently started buddy reading Soleri, which has been fun and time-consuming. And, on top of all that, my Grampa Friend (aka buddy reading friend) killed me a little while ago. Yes, you read that right, he killed me. With his humor. Because he called himself the Grampa Friend. I’m still recovering.

Anyway…

I’m here to today to talk about food. Yep, food. My mom and I are both vegetarian, so we’re always looking for things to eat in place of meat. Yesterday, we made portobello mushroom burgers, and I felt like posting a picture on here, because I’m Emma, and I post pictures. So…

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And, tonight, we made something else. Dal baht, an Indian dish. I happen to love Indian food, maybe because I’m part Indian, and this dish in particular is one of my favorites. I’ve been telling my Grampa Friend all about it, and I know he would love it, so I’m also sharing pictures of that.

These are the vegetables before being cooked.

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In the green bowl there is sweet potatoes, in the white bowl is cauliflower and carrots, in the colander is leeks and bell peppers (we usually just use onions, but we had leeks in the fridge and we wanted to use them), and in the jar is red onions shortly after being pickled. Looks good now? Wait. *evil laugh*

I just finished making dinner, and I took pictures of the finished product. Now, let me warn you: the picture you are about to witness looks absolutely delicious, so you may or may not feel the urge to crawl through your screen and grab the image, which is, unfortunately, not possible. Not Sorry.

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See? I’m saying. On the left is curried rice, then curried lentils with tomatoes, then the curried vegetables with coconut milk, then curried spinach, curried chick peas, and the onions after being pickled. We keep the spinach and chick peas separate like that, because I don’t like either. I also don’t like lentils.

Also, I have news. My mom and I recently started an Instagram page! So, if you have Instagram, let me know, and I’ll follow you. We’re just a family posting pictures of… stuff. Like:

Food.

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Books.

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Cats.

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Pretty much anything that catches our eyes.

So, if you have any questions about anything in this post, leave them in the comments below, and I will gladly answer them! Again, I am so sorry for not blogging in awhile, and I don’t want any of you to think I’ve forgotten you, because I haven’t. You guys are a big part of the reason I keep this blog, and I couldn’t do it without all of your support. Thank you guys so much for everything, and I hope to hear from you guys soon!

The Unpopular Opinion Book-Tag.

I’m baaaaaaaack! I saw this tag over at Chocolate and Sarcasm, and I wanted to do it. I like to think I’m a very opinionated reader, and some of those opinions may be unpopular, so let’s find out. I’d like to apologize in advance: I can be quite brutal when it comes to a book I dislike, so I’m sorry if I trash one of your favorite books. I’m doing this tag with my mom.

My answers.

1. A popular book / series that you did not like:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  You have Juliette who manages to irritate me to no end.  Then you have Adam who seems to know no boundaries and who is a complete jerk to his “friend.”  Then you have Warner who Mafi made into this wonderful, thoughtless hero, when, in reality, he did unforgivable, vile things.  I’m sorry.  I just couldn’t like this series.  (Emma’s mom cries a little bit at this answer!)

2. A popular book / series that is hated, but you love:

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz.  I didn’t love this, but I didn’t hate it.  A lot of people really hated it, and I can see why: annoying characters, cliche plot line, weird writing.  But, I enjoyed it.  It wasn’t awful. And I love Melissa de la Cruz.

3. A hateable OTP:

Maddy and Olly from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.  I liked this book, but the insta-love ruined it for me.  I understand Maddy’s situation, but she was too willing to go away with Olly and… other stuff. I’m leaving it at that.

4.  A popular genre you hardly reach for:

Romance.  I don’t enjoy reading romance unless it’s on the sidelines of the story.  To me, if you have a good plot and likeable characters, you don’t need romance.  It ruins the story for me sometimes.

5.  A beloved character you do not like:

Evan Walker from The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey.  I hate him.  He sexually assaulted Cassie, and it was validated. I honestly don’t understand how so many people like him. He’s creepy, controlling, and just… weird.

6.  A popular author you cannot get into:

A.G. Howard.  I read the first two books in her Splintered series, and it was a painful experience.  She has no new ideas and she has a talent for creating incredibly aggravating heroines.  I’ve been trying to get through her newest release, Roseblood, for four months.  Morgan Matson would be another one.  I read The Unexpected Everything last year, and it took me more than a month to finish.  Needless to say, I have no interest in reading anything else by her.

7.  A popular bookish trope you’re tired of seeing:

I need to steal Emma’s answer on this one.  The controlling, borderline abusive male love interest.  See Evan Walker from The 5th Wave trilogy and Jeb from the Splintered series.  Another is love triangles.  See the Shatter Me trilogy, the Splintered series, and the Hunger Games trilogy.

8.  Popular series you have no interest in reading:

Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on this, and I don’t want to commit to another series / trilogy right now.  And I’ve been spoiled on how Allegiant ends, plus I’ve heard that Tobias is abusive and controlling.  I’m not going to read about that type of guy.

9.  A movie / tv show that’s better than the book:

I haven’t seen many adaptations.  I’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies, but I’ve only read the first two books.  I’ve seen all the Twilight movies, and I haven’t read any of those books.  I’ve seen a few episodes of the Shadowhunters tv series, but I haven’t read any of the Mortal Instruments books yet.  So I have nothing to say here.

Mom’s answers.

 1. A popular book / series you did not like:

I never understood the hype over Divergent by Veronica Roth.

But, I have to mention my least favorite book, ever!!!  The book by which all other bad books will be judged.  If it’s not as bad as this book, it’s not that bad.  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  I had to read this in high school and I still remember the torture that was this book.  It’s a family joke now…was it Grapes of Wrath bad??

2. A popular book / series that was hated but you loved:

This book didn’t get great reviews on Goodreads.  But, I actually really liked it.  I would absolutely read it again.  A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.  I thought Falsteed was an incredibly interesting character.  And the fact that there was no romance between Grace and Thornhollow was a welcome change from most of the other YA books out there.

3. A hateable OTP:

I’m going to have to go with what other people call the greatest love story of all time.  Sorry, Shakespeare!  But, Romeo and Juliet is my answer.  They meet and then kill themselves three days later.  Really?

4. A popular genre you hardly reach for:

Dystopian.  Sorry, Emma!  I’ve tried The Hunger Games, Divergent, Heart of Dread, but I just couldn’t get into any of them.

5. A beloved character you do not like:

Froggy, from The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.  This is a series we’re reading as a family.  And both of  my daughters are going to be utterly disappointed in me for this answer.  But, I’m sorry, Froggy had no backbone.  He’s completely spineless.  And somehow he totally forgot that he dated a WITCH WITH HORNS!!!  Grow a pair of frog balls, Froggy!!

6. A popular author you cannot get into:

I will agree with my beautiful daughter on this one.  A.G. Howard.  Emma and I read the first two books in her Splintered series and Unhinged threw me into a month-long reading slump.  Emma’s much braver than me to try reading Roseblood.  I refuse to even try that one.

7. A bookish trope you’re tired of seeing:

Ugh!  So many!  Love triangles, horribly done retellings (see Splintered series), insta-love, the abusive boyfriend who the girl keeps running back to.  Just so many!

8. A popular series you have no interest in reading:

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.  Another dystopian.  I just can’t do it.

9. A movie / tv show that’s better than the book:

Shadowhunters.  I wasn’t crazy about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  It’s the only one in The Mortal Instruments series that I’ve read and I didn’t like it enough to continue with the series.  But, I thought the tv show was a lot better than the book and a lot better than the movie.

 

Well, that was fun! I’m not done yet, though. I’m tagging people!

I’m tagging:

Emma over at Emma Reads Too Much.

May over at My 1st Chapter.

Maram over at She Reads At Past Midnight.

Ashlynn over at Ash the Bookworm.

And… I also want to tag Caidyn or Chantel or both over at BW Book Reviews. I’m not sure if they’re into book tags, but, if you guys are, I’m tagging you!

 

So, that’s it.  I really enjoyed doing this, so I hope you guys enjoyed reading it! But… I never thought I’d see the words “frog balls” on my blog. Thanks, Mom!

 

Fictional Boyfriends.

Emma, what the hell are you doing? you ask. I thought you were supposed to be occupied with the Biannual Bibliothan.

Yes, I am supposed to be, I reply. But, unfortunately, dear friend, I’m not feeling my best today. I’m not dying, don’t worry. Just a little sick. But, never fear, for I am still here to blog.

Hello all you people! I’m going to be talking about my fictional boyfriends today. There will be no spoilers for any books in this post. We’ve all got fictional crushes, we all fantasize about our precious characters in our favorite books. I must admit that I’m a cheater when it comes to my fictional boyfriends. I’ve got more than one. Shhh, don’t tell them!

So, my fictional boyfriends.

1. Ryan Wesson from the Heart of Dread trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. Now, you need to understand something. Wes is my first ever fictional boyfriend, so that means that I hope he will come to life one day and bring me into this glorious trilogy he will always hold my heart. He is brave and strong and flawed and amazing, and whenever I think of fictional characters, I think of him first.

2. Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Jest… oh, dear, sweet, sweet Jest. Why did Meyer need to do that to you?! If you’ve read the book, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I… nearly cried when that thing happened to him at the end of the book.

3. Royce Blakely from Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz. Yes, you read that right – another de la Cruz character. It seems as though she just has a talent for creating characters that I fall hopelessly in love with. Royce was just so loyal and so sweet. He was shy and daring at the same time, and… just so cool. I really loved his character from the beginning.

4. Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Now, you’re probably thinking, Wait, is he even straight? Yeah, well, you know the answer if you’ve read the book. And I don’t care. Gosh, I love him. He was so… amazing. And, damn, did Silvera crush all my hopes and dreams for him by the end of this book.

5. Seven Carter from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You probably thought I’d say Chris. No. I mean, I liked Chris just fine, but Seven… *swoons* He was such a raw and real character, and I felt more connected to him than I did Starr. He was so loyal and true and witty all at once. I could read another book all about him.

This is kinda how I feel about each of these guys:

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So, yeah. These are my fictional boyfriends. Have you read any of these books? What are some of your fictional boyfriends/girlfriends/crushes and why?

Thanks for reading! Have a great day, and don’t forget to pick up a book!

 

Happy Birthday, Slash!

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Today, I am hear to wish Slash a happy birthday. Now, where do I start?

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Guns N’ Roses is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I listen to some of their music now for many reasons. They’ve got a red-headed guy who can scream to the back of an arena and whose personality can take over a stage, being one reason. But another is that Slash’s guitar with with Axl Rose’s voice creates a certain magic. Look at Slash’s guitar solo in Sweet Child O’ Mine. That solo is magical. My mom said something I’d need to agree with: Slash never sings back-up, but he talks with his guitar.

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Things I love about Slash:

  1. His hair. I mean… just… it’s so pretty!
  2. His tattoos. I’m kinda a sucker for tattoos, especially when one of them is a skeleton wearing a top hat.
  3. The way he dresses. The way all of them dress, really. It’s just that he adds a hat, so… you know… it’s nice.
  4. The hair. *cough, cough*

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And the reunion, oh, the sweet, sweet Not In This Lifetime tour. I’m so happy they have decided to play music together again. I think a big part of them putting aside their differences was getting clean. I’m happy for them. If they can do it, so can Skid Row. They still bring a magic to that stage. They still have that chemistry. They are still amazing.

 

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That’s all, folks. What are you doing today? I’m kicking off the Biannual Bibliothan with my mom. I’m starting with George by Alex Gino. What are you reading? How are you doing?

Thanks for reading! Meanwhile…

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20 Followers and Other Stuff.

So, I got my twentieth follower this morning. How the hell did that happen? I… don’t know what to say. Thank you all so much. You guys take time out of your day to read what this aggravating fangirl I have to say, and I can’t express how much I appreciate it. To all you boys, girls, readers, writers, bloggers, and dreamers alike, thank you. The support I have received from all of you means so much to me.

I really don’t know how else to express my gratitude.

So. Moving on…

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So, some personal updates. On this fine Thursday morning, I am sitting on a bed, listening to Slave to the Grind, supervising four of our eight cats, and I’m not thinking about how tempted I am to insert another Sebastian Bach GIF.

Right now, things are pretty hectic where I am. Or, maybe it’s just my head. It gets pretty loud in there sometimes. Things have been going on with Mom’s job, with her personal life, which in turn effects my personal life. I don’t know… Have you ever felt like there’s somebody watching you, somebody who has control over the course of your life? I guess I’m just looking for an explanation for why this is all happening.

Things aren’t all bad here, though. I recently met a new friend on Goodreads, and he and I are going to be reading a book together in the beginning of August. The book is Soleri by Michael Johnston, and I’m super excited to read it. Not only that, but the friend I’m reading it with has some seriously infectious awesomeness, so I’m glad to be reading it with him.

Friend-who-I-will-be-reading-a-book-with-in-the-beginning-of-August (you know who you are), this is for you.

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So, anyways. I’m sorry this was such a short post, but I’ve got chores and stuff to do, so this is all for now. How are you guys? Seriously, I want to know. How have you all been? Let me know in the comments. Thank you all again so much for following me and supporting me through this journey. I love talking with each and every one of you, and I can’t wait to hear from you guys.

Until next time.

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