Omg I can’t believe I’ve been nominated for an award it’s so exciting and sweet and wonderful! I was nominated by the wonderful Lisa over @ Nefarious Reader. She’s new to the blogging world but you would definitely not know that she writes like a seasoned pro so go check her out!
★ Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
★ Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
★ Give 11 random facts about yourself.
★ Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
★ Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
★ Give them 11 questions to answer.
Nominees and Questions
I am going to nominate everyone who hasn’t already done this. I’m not sure how many followers everyone has but I will call out a few specific people:
Monique @That Wild Soul
Katie @Kate’s Jumbled Thoughts
As for the questions:
Thank you again for the nomination!!!
So the aim of this game is write down 18 character names on pieces of paper, and choose three out at a time. Then with each round, there will be three options, and you sort them into who would be “most likely to” do each thing.
1. Get Arrested
2. Cry in a Movie
3. Have Kids First
Charlotte Holmes (A Study in Charlotte) has been arrested so she fits perfectly into that category . Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars) would cry in a movie I can totally see that he’s so over-the-top I can’t help but picture him getting worked up over a movie. Peet Mellark (The Hunger Games) would have kids first since he already has two.
1. Become a Multi-Millionaire
2. Write a Best-Selling Book
3. Donate All Their Money to Charity
Elias (An Ember in the Ashes) would donate all his money to charity he’s just that kind of guy. Maven Calore (The Red Queen) would be a multi-millionaire although I won’t comment on the methods he uses to get there. Edmund Pevensie (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) would definitely write a book about all of his adventures in Narnia.
1. Join a Cult
2. Beat Donald Trump in a Presedential election
3. Be a Closet Nerd
Poppy (Wink, Poppy, Midnight) would join a cult, actually she would probably be running the cult. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter) would be Trump in an election although we would probably all vote for him just to see Hermione as the first lady. Aiden (Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between) the lacrosse player is most definitely a closet nerd.
1. Have the Most Piercings
2. Get a Stalker
3. Open an Orphanage
Mare Barrow (The Red Queen) would have the most piercings out of this group. Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson) I can totally see him picking up some stalkers along the way thankfully he has Annabeth to fight them off. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) the youngest Pevensie has a heart of gold and I can totally see her opening an orphanage.
1. Became an Actress
2. Join a Gang
3. Open a Bakery
Kahlen (The Siren) would totally open a bakery with Akinli just because it’s something she’s never been able to do. Alice (Alice in Wonderland) this girl would definitely definitely join a gang before realizing how crazy it is and backing out. America Singer (The Selection) would be an awesome actress I think.
1. Go Christmas Caroling
2. Have a Goth Phase
3. Murder Someone
Aurora Rose (Once Upon a Dream) would go through a Goth phase she missed out on so much of her teen years that it would only make sense for her to rebel in this way. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter) I think he has the most potential of these three to murder someone but I don’t know if he would. Audrey (Finding Audrey) sweet Audrey and her crazy family would totally go caroling.
If you haven’t done this already consider yourself tagged. I had a lot of fun with this and was laughing out loud while looking at the 3 characters and trying to figure out which category best fit them.
In the Hope of Memories
By Olivia Rivers
E-Book March 2016
Hope is dying.
Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.
Hope is dead.
Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:
Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.
Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.
Hope is within reach.
-OK first we have to talk about the cover. I love the colors and the multi-surface effect. The picture within the picture is awesome and honestly the cover alone had my attention so I was definitely going to read it regardless of the subject.
-I love the characters all of them (ok there was 1 that I found sort of problematic but we’ll get to that later). Aiden was sweet and always had good intentions even if he came off as robotic at times, Erik had that awesome bad boy vibe even though he was all soft and squishy inside, Kali was the tough girl who was really really broken, and Sam was the friend Hope had never met in person but they still had a strong bond. All in all there 4 unique voices that made this story truly exceptional.
-The scavenger hunt. I love books with the scavenger hunts and I don’t know why but it makes the perfect summer read for me.
-The ending was sweet and not so over the top happy that it worked for me and made sense for the characters.
-There was no romance well for the most part. There was a romance between Erik and Hope but since she was dead there wasn’t any over the top insta-love.
-The author mastered a plot and character driven plot perfectly. We got to see a ton of growth from all the characters and the plot was never bogged down.
-There were actually parents in the book!! And they were good for parents for the most part which is a nice change from the usual YA book so kudos for that.
-There was a lot of tough subject matters (eating disorders, mental health, grief, sexuality issues) and all were handled with grace and executed extremely well.
I said there was one character I had a hard time connecting with and that would be Hope. To me she seemed more of a symbol than a character. I didn’t find her as fleshed out as I had hoped for considering she’s the thread that brings these 4 together. She was a little too perfect and with 4 other characters who are so amazingly un-perfect she ended up falling flat for me.
-The clues are all done in Hope’s graffiti art and it would have been amazing to see some of it come to life on the pages.
This book was amazing. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head in frustration (sometimes it was all within one chapter). This book executed multiple POV’s flawlessly you were never confused with who was narrating and all of their stories played perfectly off one another. The book ended on a hopeful yet realistic note and for me that’s the mark of a great contemporary read. I’ve never read anything by this author but I definitely implore you to pick this book up ASAP you will not regret it.
(I received this book for free in exchange for a review from Netgalley).
So, yes I am totally a day behind and I’m not reviewing the book I intended to review (way to already be breaking my goals hahaha). Alas, I am a mood reader and I couldn’t get this book off my mind once I received it so I had to read it and I’m so happy I did. What are you reading this week? I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for right now so I’m going to start a couple different books and see what grabs me.
June 8th: Favorite Character Names
-Fairly self-explanatory. Names you like for whatever reason!
Ginevra “Ginny” Weasley
Ginny is my favorite character in the Potter series she’s a total badass and a great friend. Plus I’ve always wanted to be a red head hahaha. I love the nickname Ginny it’s definitely on my list of possible girl names should I have a daughter in the future.
Charlotte is such a classy name and Charlotte despite her flaws is a pretty classy I think. Charlotte is a strong force to be reckoned with and I admire her for always standing by her convictions and for relying on her brains.
Oh Alice how I love you. She’s curious, playful, and imaginative and I just love her to pieces. Plus whenever I take any of those what is your Disney name I always get Alice.
Prim is a beautiful name for a strong and beautiful character. She was independent and strong in a way that complimented Katniss and she could always bring out a softer side to our at time jaded main character.
Cadence has been a favorite name of mine for years so I was super excited to find a book with Cadence as a MC. Her name evokes power, money, and is just overall alluring.
As you can see I have pretty girly classic taste in names lol. What are your favorite character names?
A Study in Charlotte
Hardcover March 2016
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
-I love love love the cover. It’s such a unique mix of colors and it’s quirky and eye-catching it’s what made me pick it up in the first place
-Unlike a lot of the readers’ I adore Charlotte she’s sassy, smart and doesn’t change for anyone. Plus there were parts where we did get to see her vulnerability and it felt organic and interesting.
-It was a true straight up mystery not so much the thriller I-lost-my-memory type mystery just a classic Sherlock or Agatha Christie styled mystery and I really really enjoyed that (not that I don’t enjoy the unreliable narrator twist-ending style book).
-The relationship between Jamie and Charlotte was interesting and fun to watch grow. I really like when he complained about her always taking the love seat so she bought him a fold out beach chair it was just really funny.
-The way Moriarty fits into the plot was fun
-The writing was smooth and sharp and definitely keeps the reader interested.
-Jamie was a little annoying at times. I liked the relationship between him and Charlotte (even the potential romance) but he was a little whiny with his mooning over her. I could have done with a little less of his questioning feelings.
-The rape could have been expanded on a bit more but since we don’t get to hear Charlotte’s voice (only in the epilogue) we don’t get to delve into as much as I would have liked
This was such a fun and engaging read. I loved reading about a female Holmes and seeing the two leads as teens was a lot of fun. I’m super excited to read more about Charlotte and Jamie I even kind of wish there were going to be more than three books in the series. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a fun and engaging mystery novel.
What do you guys think about a Holmes and Watson romance?
I am most definitely a goal-oriented person and it’s much easier to hold myself accountable if I write my goals down so that’s exactly what I’m going to do and then hopefully between writing them down and having you guys now them I’ll be able to accomplish them.
1. Maintain a Blogging Schedule
Consistency is key and I think I’ll be able to better achieve my other goals if I establish a schedule. The one I’m testing out this week is as follows:
Sunday: Sunday Post
Tuesday: Top 10 Tuesday
Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday
Friday: Book-ish Post/Discussion
Saturday: Style Saturday
2. Utilize GoodReads
I need to use the shelves more and stay more up-to-date with posting my reviews there. I also want to join a group but it seems a bit overwhelming with all the choices. If anyone is part of one they really like please let me know so I can check it out.
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3. Create Blog Branding
I should be starting a full-time job in a couple weeks (fingers crossed) s my plan is to buy my blog and create more custom branding. I’m lucky to have a friend who does graphic design so I’m going to meet with her and create some logos and such. I also want to go through and settle on a layout for all my reviews.
I have no idea how to use this to generate followers but I’m determined. So if anyone has tips on that I would be eternally grateful.
5. Twitter and Instagram
Take the time to set up both of these accounts and again utilize it for more promotion and to help gain followers and find new blogging friends.
6. Take Notes
While reading I want to spend more time jotting things down like quotes and discussion points to make the posts more interesting and generate talk.
7. Find More Blogs
Always looking for more friends and blogs outside the literary world so feel free to leave me some links to your favorite blogs.
8. Add Something Beyond Reviews and Memes
I’m not sure if this will be in the form of discussion posts or maybe reading challenges I haven’t quite figured it out but I’m open to suggestions.
9. Utilize a Planner
It goes hand-in-hand with my goal-oriented personality and that would be a planner. I have a small one that I haven’t been using so I decided to set it up for my blog. I’m using the calendar to track my posts, I have a note section set up to jot down key things from the books I’m reading, a list of my most current and pressing TBR, and I ordered a tracker so that I can keep track of my social media followers
10. Be A More Open-Minded Reader
I love my teen/young adult reads but I tend to get stuck in the world of fantasy/adventure and I feel like I miss out on a lot of great authors so I’m aiming to read more contemporary/romance/mystery.
So there you have it my goals for half-way through the year. Is anyone else examining their blogging goals at this point?
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!
What Happened This Week:
Sunday Post and at some point today or tomorrow a Blog Goal Post
Book Review: A Study in Charlotte
Top Ten Tuesday
Top 5 Wednesday
Book Review: The Bruel Coven
Owl Crate Review
So I’ve got a busy week ahead but hopefully it should be lots of fun. Be sure to let me know what’s going on on your blog this week