I’ve been thinking about which topic I could talk about to ease myself back into this blogging thing and decided that a tag would be best. They’re so much fun! Hopefully you guys enjoy and can relate to some of my answers. 🙂
What book made you feel confident, either about yourself or your life
Definitely Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book guys… I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say enough about it. It’s high time for a re-read because I haven’t read it in soooo long. But anyway! This book came to me at a difficult time in my life. It taught me how to be brave and how to fight, but also showed me that a person can be vulnerable and weak at the same time as being strong. It showed me that strength, bravery, and vulnerability go hand in hand. Out of all the books I’ve ever read (besides the Bible of course) Divergent has probably left the biggest impact on my life. It’s been an inspiration to me ever since I read it.
2. What book made you feel sympathetic or sympathize greatly with the characters
I would probably have to choose We Were Liars by e. Lockhart. I related to and felt for the main character Cadie. She was going through some difficult stuff and her feelings for Gat were incredibly relatable at the time. The summer I read that book was also the one where I developed one of my first real life crushes. Before that I had had crushes on celebrities and fictional characters but I hadn’t really had a real crush on someone I knew in real life. So I related a lot with Cadie’s feelings for Gat.
3. What book made you feel anxious
Probably Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was brilliant and the characters were amazing but there were just a few content issues that made me feel uncomfortable and anxious while reading. I ended up putting it down before finishing because I couldn’t take the anxiety and discomfort it brought anymore.
4. What book made you feel annoyed
Does this mean annoyed with the book or annoyed with the characters in the book? Because The Fever Code had some really annoying villains that I wanted to punch in the face but I LOVE that book as a whole. And the villains weren’t annoying in a bad way, just in a ‘How could you do that?! You’re a terrible person and I hate you.’ kind of way. I can’t think of any books as a whole that annoyed me so I might have to take a raincheck on this question.
5. What was a book that made you feel disappointed
Okay, before I say this title please know that I absolutely LOVE this series and really liked this book. It was just the ending that was disappointing when I read it. And this book is The Death Cure by James Dashner. Without giving too much away, it introduced us to something new at the very end and then stopped. I mean, it was an okay ending but I wanted more. If a book is going to introduce a completely new element at the last minute they should explain more. It left me feeling kinda confused and in need of an explanation. But I guess that does capture the nature of the book. Everyone is always confused.
6. What book made you feel confused
Hahaha! I was just talking about confusion in the previous question! Yup, The Maze Runner. Because everyone’s always confused about everything in that book.
7. What book made you feel satisfied
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. That book is the cutest, lightest, most adorable piece of happiness that was ever published in the contemporary YA genre. It made me feel good the whole way through. It’s one of those books that makes you smile and sigh in contentment as you read the last line and close it gently. Maybe you’ll also do a little happy dance and give a squeal of excitement and pleasure as you do so.
8. What book made you feel like you could really relate to the main character
I said this earlier but I really related with Cadie from We Were Liars and I also related with Tris from Divergent. Tris has always been a kind of role model to me and I related with her and the things she was going through. I always felt a connection to her and Cadie’s character.
Phew! I just realized how many of my friends have blogs! Of course, you guys don’t have to do this tag if it’s not something you’re interested in. I just thought I’d tag you in case you wanted to try it out as well! I’d love to see your posts! 😀
Hopefully I’ll be talking to you all again soon. Feel free to comment and let me know what your answers would be! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I’m going to give you guys a quick run through of everything that happened. Be prepared for feels and flailing because I met a LOT of really cool people! 😀
The week before the event was a bit hectic. A lot of time was spent preparing, researching, and stressing. It would be my first time attending an event as big as this so, I made sure to watch a lot of YouTube videos and read articles on how to survive. It helped a lot!
A few days before the event, I downloaded the BookCon app and, through it, met of group of sixteen girls. We created an Instagram DM chat, calling ourselves The Spectacular Sixteen, and decided to meet up at the event. We made signs so we could find each other while we were there. It was really exciting!
Somehow I managed to survive the craziness, and made it to the night before. I spent all day preparing, then attended a birthday party at 4:30 (If you’re reading this, happy birthday again, Addy!).
We got back to the house around 10:00 that night and I still had things to get ready for tomorrow! It was a crazy stressful few hours but, I managed to get everything done and fall asleep around 12:30-1:00.
About one and a half hours later, I woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I got out of bed at 3:00 to leave. I was far too excited to sleep in the car, and stayed awake for the entire three hour drive.
We arrived at McCormik Place in Chicago at 6:00 in the morning, and managed to score a pretty good place in line. We happened to get a spot right next to some really nice Canadians, and we ended up hanging out a lot through the event. (if you ever read this, hi Lindsey and Lauren! *waves*)
After waiting in line for awhile, I decided to go on Instagram to see if any of The Spectacular Sixteen had arrived yet. They had and they actually weren’t too far away from where I was in line! I went to find them and it was so nice to get to meet them in person! We hung out, talked and went to find Epic Reads totes and take pictures! Having them to hang out with made waiting in line for a few hours much more bearable. They were all really nice and they were booklovers like me so we instantly had something we could all connect with.
Around 8:00, they opened up the doors and let people into the area where they were giving out wristbands to see the authors. Lindsey, my brother, and I went straight to the James Dashner line, hoping to snag a wristband. We managed to get one and then headed to the Veronica Roth line which we were also lucky enough to get one for. Then we split up, and my brother and I were able to grab two more wristbands. He got Morgan Matson, and I got Jenny Han. My mom also snagged a Lauren Oliver wristband which was so amazing because she would be giving out ARCs of her new book Replica at the signing! We then went to wait in line to get onto the floor, which didn’t open up for another two hours.
The crowds were huge! There were people everywhere. I tried vlogging and I was pretty much shouting for my camera to pick up my voice!
Instead of going out on the show floor, my mom and I decided to attend the Balancing Good and Evil in YA Literature panel which was a super cool experience! Not sure if I would ever choose to go to a panel over the show floor again but I wanted to at least have one panel experience.
Once we got out of the panel, we immediately headed to the autographing sessions because Veronica Roth’s signing was right afterward. I joined Josiah and Lindsey there and we waited for an hour or two before I finally got to meet Veronica. It was so cool to finally be able to see her in real life! Her book, Divergent, has really impacted my life and I got to tell her that. It was super cool and surreal!
After meeting Veronica, I immediately headed to the Jenny Han line and waited for another hour or so. I got to meet Jenny Han and tell her that her book, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was one of the first contemporaries I had ever picked up and how it had really inspired me during NaNoWriMo 2015. It was super cool to be able to meet her in real life!
Straight after her, I headed to the James Dashner line. I was freaking out in line because his series, The Maze Runner, is one of my favorites and I was finally going to meet him! AHHHHHH!!!!
I wanted him to sign four books and a board (I take it to all the book events I attend for authors to sign), so I needed to split the stuff up between people. I had my brother take my first edition copy of The Maze Runner, and a copy for my friend Alexa. He got those signed and then I came up behind him and had James sign page 250 of The Death Cure and apologize for what he did (if you read the book you’ll know), and then I also had him sign my board. GUYS!!! LOOK HOW HE SIGNED IT THOUGH!!!!
He was super nice and liked that I had a first edition copy and that I cosplayed as a Glader. It was awesome that he knew what I was! : D
After we left the Dashner signing we had about an hour to wander the show floor before the Booksplosion panel. By this time we had accumulated so many books that my arms were falling off and my mom and I made a trip to the car to drop some books off. I felt much better after dropping them off. Books are heavy guys! Especially when you’re carrying like 30 of them!
When we got back from the car, we wandered the show floor a little more and I got to see Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff signing ARCs of Gemina, and Ruta Septys signing copies of Salt to the Sea. I headed to the Booksplosion line shortly after.
We waited in the panel line for about an hour and a half before they let us into the room. While we were waiting I was able to let someone use my portable charger because their phone had died which was really nice to be able to do, and Jesse and Christine came into the room to film two or three times and everyone freaked out. I was a bit too stunned seeing them in real life for the first time to scream but the others definitely weren’t. 😄
When they finally let us into the room, my mom and I raced to find seats and were able to get some pretty close to the front.
The entire room exploded when the BookTubers came in, and I died right there in my seat! Not really though cuz if I had I wouldn’t be writing this… unless ghost me is writing this… hmmmmm… anyway!
The panel was super cool and I got to ask them a question! (if you guys want you can answer the question I asked them in the comments: If you could have as a pet any animal from any book, which animal would it be? I’d love to hear your answers!) The panel definitely wasn’t long enough. I seriously could have stayed in that room for another hour or two! 😄
But, fortunately, they had a meet and greet afterwards! I was super nervous the line would be too long to meet them, but I did! When I walked up and they all said hi I was freaking out on the inside but I think I managed to act pretty normal on the outside (at least I hope I did). I asked Jesse (link to his channel here. You guys should check out his videos! They’re seriously amazing and never fail to make me smile) to sign my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children because it’s his favorite book and his channel was the thing that introduced me to it. He seemed pretty excited about signing it when I asked him!
I was able to tell him how much his videos have helped me. Whenever I’m sad, his videos make me smile and I was able to thank him for putting out such amazing content and having such an impact on my life. He teared up and I teared up and we hugged and took a picture and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life! This book is never leaving my sight. 😄
I also got to meet Kat from Katytastic (link to her channel here), and Christine from polandbananasbooks (link to her channel here) which was also so incredible and surreal! I was like ‘uh what, this, what, they’re right in front of me THEY’RE REAL *dies from fangirl excitement*. 😄
I was also lucky enough to meet Natasha from tashapolis and Sasha Alsberg from abookutopia (links to both their channels here and here. You should seriously check out all of these channels. They’re really amazing! Especially if you love books!). Sasha even signed a card of her new book Zenith for me and gave me a signed bookmark too!
After the Booksplosion panel, we were leaving the convention hall when we ran into Margot from Epic Reads! I asked her if she would take a selfie with me and she did! She also gave me one of the yellow roses she had. It was so cool!
The next morning, we laid out all the stuff we got on the table to see our haul. This is what we ended up with!
I only bought four of those books! The rest were free! And this isn’t even everything, we have some more tote bags that weren’t shown in the picture!
Out of everything we got though, these items are definitely my favorites-
I cannot believe how amazing my first BookCon experience was! I went there expecting to maybe, maybe, get into the Veronica Roth line, the James Dashner line, and the Booksplosion panel. On the ride over though I was trying to make my expectations even lower because I thought the chances of getting into the signing lines were so low, it wasn’t going to happen. But I ended up getting everything I wanted and more!
BookCon was like an amazing, incredible dream. I think I’ve convinced myself it actually happened but, the day after, I was kind of doubting that it was even real. 😄
I want to go again so badly and hopefully it’ll come back to Chicago soon so I can! I met many amazing people and seeing all the authors who were exactly where I aspire to be someday was incredibly inspiring! Someone I was waiting with in line even told me that maybe, if BookCon came back to Chicago in two years, I would be on the other side signing my book for fans! She asked for my name so she would be able to recognize it when she saw it on shelves one day! It was incredibly inspiring to hear a complete stranger sound so excited about me and my career.
I’m so excited to see what the future holds and I’m so glad I was able to attend this event!
Thank you again so much to Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Jenny Han, Jesse, Kat, Christine, Sasha, Tasha, Margot, and The Spectacular Sixteen for making this event such an amazing experience! I hope to meet you all again someday! 😀
Did you go to BookCon this year? If you did, let me know what signings or panels you attended or if you walked around the show floor all day! I’d love to hear about your BookCon 2016 experience!
That’s all from me for now! I’ll be back soon with another post and until then, remember to keep writing, and keep reading!
I was recently tagged by my friend Hannah Davies over at Tomes and Tea. This tag was created by her so make sure you go check out her post by clicking here.
This tag was created for you to sort yourself into different categories in movies/books and I’m really excited to get started!
I have always thought myself a Ravenclaw but recently some friends told me I was a Hufflepuff and, after reading a list of their traits, I started to agree. Out of the houses, I think these traits best describe me.
Unafraid of Toil
I was also unsure about Hufflepuff because I thought they had no characters that actually got any page time but my friend proved me wrong there too, reminding me that Cedric Diggory and Tonks both hailed from Hufflepuff. So now I have accepted Hufflepuff, although I’m still not sure if I don’t also have a bit of Ravenclaw in me.
I think I best fit in Amity because I hate conflict. If there is conflict between two of my friends, I will try to solve it. I get super stressed during chaotic, conflicting situations and I have always been a peacekeeper. Plus I love music and I am creative so those are just added bonuses to why I should be in this faction.
The Hunger Games
I think I would probably fit best in District 11: Agriculture. I don’t like farming too much but out of all the other districts, I would probably fit in here the best. For most of my life, my family has been big on growing our own food and being self-sustaining, so I think I would fit in this district best, even if farming isn’t my favorite thing in the world.
The Delirium Series
I have never read this series before, but Hannah told me that there are only two choices to choose from: Cured, which means you can never fall in love, and uncured which means you can fall in love. I would definitely chose uncured because, although love can hurt sometimes, it’s also something that everybody needs. It can help to heal you if you have been hurt, and taking away the ability to love shouldn’t even be an option.
This one was a bit of a toughie. I had no idea where I would fit in in the world of Star Wars! I took a quiz to see what my role would be in the Star Wars universe and it said I would be a Jedi. I think that I could almost be a Jedi, but I don’t know about the whole not falling in love thing. If I fell in love with someone, I don’t know if I would be able to push my feelings aside. I do value kindness and fairness but I just don’t know if I would be able to pull the whole Jedi thing off so I’m not sure who I would be.
Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit Universe
At first when I was writing this post I thought I would be an elf. I love their home, it’s so pretty, and I also like their peacefulness and kindness but also the fact that they have a warrior spirit when they need it. But then I asked my friend and he said that I would probably be either an Elf or a Hobbit. When he said Hobbit, I started to think and realized I might indeed be a Hobbit. I love home, and peace and quiet but I have the feeling that somewhere, buried deep inside me, I also have an adventurous spirit that I am too afraid to unbury, just like Frodo and Bilbo. But I believe that, given the right push, it might uncover itself, just like Frodo and Bilbo’s did.
I took out two of the choices Hannah had in the original tag. I didn’t do Game of Thrones because I have never seen it (and don’t plan to) and I took out Percy Jackson because I have no idea which cabin I would belong to.
But Hannah told me that I could contribute a few more choices to the list. So here are a few more of my own.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Out of the four nations, I think I would belong to the water tribe because they are peaceful and strive to live in harmony with others. I also think it would be really cool to use my bending to heal people.
The Maze Runner
Out of all the jobs in the Glade, I think I would work best as a cook. I love making food so Cook might be a good idea for me but I also like helping people so Med-Jack would be my other choice.
And that’s all for this tag! I really hoped you liked it.
A pomegranate because they are fun and a little weird
What book(s) best describe your personality?
I would probably say Divergent. I’m scared of a lot of things, and I know that I’m not even close to being as fearless as Tris, but I have struggled and overcome a lot of things in my life. I need to remember, ‘becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.’ I want to learn to become more like the Dauntless but also, like Four, I want to be more than one thing. I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest. I hope that, one day, I will be able to be all of them.
Who is your least favorite author? Why?
Least favorite author? I have no idea. I love so many books but I don’t have a lot of least authors. I really have no idea. Sorry.
If you could choose to be anywhere in the world, right now, where would it be?
In Italy? Because then I could see it with my own eyes and understand the culture better. In the book I’m writing, my characters go to Italy. I also really want to see Ireland someday. But at the same time I really want to be with all my family and my friends right now so if I could magically zap them all into one place and join them there that would be great!
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a singer. I think there were some others but I can’t remember them.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Hmmm, favorite author. I can’t pick a favorite! There are too many of them! I really really like Veronica Roth because her Divergent books are amazing and they have good morals and teach a good story. But I also really love Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter, the authors of Spilling Ink because that book helped me so much when I was first starting my writing journey.
Are you good at tongue twisters?
Good at them? I’m not sure if I would say good but I really love doing them! They’re so much fun! How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
Do you like to DIY? Or is it a nuisance?
Most of the time, I love to DIY! Mostly I do DIY’s for my room because room accessories can be so expensive and I get to be creative when I do it myself.
What book make you say, “Hey, I want to be a writer,” or when did that moment occur to you?
I have been writing ever since I was two years old. I don’t know if I ever had a particular book, but I did have a movie that always inspired me, and I would always want to write something after I watched it. That movie was Nim’s Island. But the real moment that I started writing happened in late December of 2012. My brothers were telling me about a MineCraft video and I got an idea for a story from it that I immediately knew I was going to write. It’s funny where ideas can come from.
Have you ever been scammed?
No I don’t think so
Do you believe in vision boards? Have you ever made one?
They’re cool! I have never made one though.
Here are 11 random facts about me!
My family owns one dog and four cats. We also have two bunnies.
I am in a choir, take voice lessons, and really enjoy singing
I met one of my best friends at the library when I was eight years old
I won a tall tale short story contest at my local library when I was a little kid
I wrote the first draft of a novel in 21 days once
I love ice cream and some of my favorite flavors are: Samoas, mint chocolate chip, and lemon
One of the walls of my bedroom is completely covered in post it notes, drawings, and papers, that all have things for my story written on them
My favorite sweatshirt that I own is bright yellow with birds on it and it says ‘Peace+Love= Happiness.’ I wear it all the time in fall, winter, and spring
I love football and my favorite team is the Green Bay Packers
My favorite color is a light blue
I rarely wear makeup and when I do it is usually just lip crayon
And now for the nominees! I don’t have 11 blogs that fit the criteria but here are some of my favorites that I’m so very happy to nominate!
I’m doing an extra post today because I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write a post for World Book Day! Here is a list of my favorite fiction novels (in no particular order) and my favorite characters in those novels.
1. Altered by Jennifer Rush
This book is about a girl, named Anna, who discovers that her father is keeping four boys in a lab in their basement. Anna starts to help her father in the lab, and forms an attachment to the boys, especially Sam. But one day, The Branch, the company her dad works for, comes to take the boys away. The boys stage an escape, which succeeds, and, at the request of her father, they take her with them.
This book was a quick and fun read! It is action packed and FULL of plot twists.
My favorite character is Cas. He was amazing and funny.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
This is about a girl who lives in dystopian Chicago. Her society is sorted into factions, each one valuing a different virtue. On Choosing Day, the sixteen year olds from each faction get to choose which faction they belong to, selfless Abnegation, brave Dauntless, kind and peaceful Amity, honest Candor, or smart Erudite. Tris doesn’t know what faction she belongs too. She doesn’t conform. She is Divergent, and that means her life is in danger.
My favorite character is the antagonist, Eric. He is such a good character and the best antagonist ever.
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
This is the sequel to Divergent. Because some people might not have read this book, and it would be hard to describe it without spoilers, I will skip the description. But if you haven’t read it, GO READ IT!!!
My favorite character was the same as in the last book, Eric, but Uriah was a good character too.
4. Chasing the Nightbird by Krista Russell
14 year old sailor Lucky Valera is just about to board a ship, when he is kidnapped by his older half brother, who claims guardianship over him and forces him to work at the mill, confiscating his earnings. Lucky meets an escaped slave by the name of Daniel, who is worried that the slave catchers are coming after him. Lucky desperately wants to escape his older brother’s custody and tries to find a way, making some new friends along the way.
I have no pictures of my favorite characters, but their names are Lucky and Fortuna. You’ll have to read it to see who I’m talking about.
And also, the book I’m reading right now. It’s not one of my favorites yet, but I wanted to include it anyway. I’m not very far into it, but I will summarize what I know as best I can.
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
On the planet Kiel, the atmosphere has been destroyed by pollution, causing moonshine, an acid, to fall from the moon into their world. A force field has been built around the Surface, keeping the moonshine out. But life on the surface is hard. People are forced to labor in fields and face fear and starvation. The only chance to escape the Surface, is being chosen for extraction. But that is rare. If you aren’t chosen, you are marked for replacement, which means that you will be killed when they have someone to replace you. 16 year old Clementine is now old enough to go through extraction testing. But even if she is chosen for extraction, she will have to leave her boyfriend Logan, who was turned down two years ago and now faces replacement.
Those are the books that I have been into lately. Let me know in the comments section if you have read any of the books I listed. Happy World Book Day!
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