Book Blogger Insider Tag

Tag Thursday
NaBloPoMo 2016 #17

Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

1.Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Where ever I am when I have the time and inspiration to write. This typically is somewhere at school, usually the Student Union (where I eat most of my meals) or the library. When I’m not at school I’m usually in my bedroom, my bed is a bunk with a couch on the bottom, so that’s where you can find me.

2.How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It really depends on a lot of things. Sometimes I get reviews written in just a few minutes (mainly on books I was really passionate about, either I have a lot of good to say or a lot of bad), and

3.When did you start your book blog?

I started it on October 5th of 2015 to document my adventures in writing last year’s NaNoWriMo (which I probably will not be doing this year, unfortunately. I’ll have a post up once I decide).

I posted a One-Year Blogiversay Post a few weeks ago, if you’d like to see it.

4.What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the worst thing is trying to get people to comment on reviews. I don’t always read the ‘popular’ books and I feel like sometimes that makes it hard to get an auidence. I also worry about scaring people off because I post a lot thats not just books, like the comics, games, and movies I review for Media Monday.

5.What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

The community. As a kid I never had a lot of bookish friends, so its such a novelty (see what I did there?) to think that there are so many people who want to talk about books as much as I do.

6.What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Oh goodness! I’ve written so many!! Probably something from NaNoWriMo!

7.What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I really love doing random, insane stuff that’s not really related to anything. Like tags that ask silly questions, or ‘A Day in the Life’ kind of things.

8.When do you typically write?

Whenever I have time is a recurring theme, so I won’t say much more. Its usually either middle of the afternoon (ie: when I’m done with class, but not ready to go home), or late at night once my school work is done.

9.Do you review every book you read?

That was definately the idea, but it just didn’t happen as intended. I review most things that I read, but not all of them by any means. Particularly if I don’t finish a book, I don’t feel qualified to review it (and I don’t like reviewing things I didn’t like, because I try to stay positive).

10.How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Once again, this is just ‘whenever and where ever I have the time and motivation.’ Like right now I’m typing in the student union, while eating lunch and wearing a Scarlet Witch costume.

11.When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

As soon as possible after I read it, however, it sometimes takes a little while for me to have time. During breaks I review as soon as I’m done, most of the time, and sometimes I start the review as I’m reading, either by posting progress updates on goodreads, or by

12.How often do you post?

I try to post at least once a week, but that doesn’t always happen, because I am a pretty busy girl.

13. Tagging

Misty Prose

Book Slayer Reads

Meghan M Blogs

A Universe for Books

One Bookish Girl

Book Huntress World

All of you are welcome to do the tag and say I tagged you! And if you’ve done it already, or when you do, please leave a link below so I can check it out!!!

I Messed Up

NaBloPoMo 2016 #10
This Tag Thursday is by ReadLikeWildFire on Youtube
Pretending ItsABookishThing tagged me

A Character Appearance You Misread and Imagined Differently

I’m not sure about this one.

A Character Name You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong

Probably a lot. I wasn’t one of the ones who messed up Hermione, because my mom knew some people with that name when she was a kid, but I’m sure there are a ton I’ve messed up.

Like the main character of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I knew I was messing it up so I just called her Aggie.

Overused Trope that is Your Guilty Pleasure

I also like “fight to the death” / “only one can live” but not in the traditional, Hunger Games sense.

  • Harry Potter
    • “Only one can live while the other survives.”
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    • Three princesses are born each generation and one must defeat the other two to claim the crown.
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
    • Everyone has a twin who was raised by a different family and you have to either kill them or be killed.

I love the “lost princess” trope more than I should say. Its really, really good, and even better when theres politics involved (I love Politics in my High Fantasy!).

A Cliche Character that You Like Better on Screen than in Books

“Obnoxious Leader is Actually Funny”

I feel like this is a trope that works better on screen than in any other medium, so long as the actor knows what they’re doing. Because then they can use their face (which, yes facial expressions can be described in books, but its easier in movies).

A Word/Phrase that You Learned Because of its Use in a Book

A lot. I can’t even being to say how many words and phrases I’ve learned from books, but the problem with that is, that I don’t pronounce most of them “correctly.” Listening to me speak is pretty interesting, because I’m a very phonetic person and pronounce words exactly how they’re written.

My mom tried to get me speech therapy at one point (because even before the phonetical problems kicked in I had a mild speech impediment), but the school said “Don’t worry, the other kids will pick on her and she’ll self correct.” They did pick on me, and I learned not to trust people.

Have You Ever Not Read or Not Completed a Required Book for School?

Feed by MT Anderson

I had to say any book was bad….. but it was.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I like Shakespeare plays, but I detest reading them. I do have a book at home that I use for some school stuff,

Frankenstien by Mary Shelly

I tried to read this, I really did, but I could not for the life of me get into it.

Have You Ever (or Wanted to) Skipped a Chapter from a Certain Character’s POV?

The main reason I stopped reading A Song of Ice and Fire (other than the rampant rape) after the second book was because I only really liked a few of the characters. I only really liked Dany and Tyrion, and could only stand the chapters by them, occasionally Cersi, and Arya. Everyone else’s chapters I just wanted to skip, especially John Snow’s.

Have You Ever Canceled Social Plans to Read a Book?

No, not really. Not anymore. I don’t make a lot of social plans, but when I do I almost always go. I used to, all the time, to get out of having to be with my then best friend (pro tip: if you fake illness or injury to get out of seeing your ‘friend’ you shouldn’t be friends with them).

The Get to Know Me Tag

Tag Thursday

No one tagged me to do this, but I found it a while ago on Alyssa is Reading.

Vital Stats

Name: Camryn

Nicknames: Cam

Birthday: February 3

Star Sign: Aquarius

Occupation: College Student

Apperance

Hair Colour:blonde

Hair Length: shoulder

Eye Color: Brown

Best Feature: My eyes

Braces: Gone, thank goodness!!

Piercings: One in each ear

Tattoos: None

Right or Left: Right

First

Best friend: Cameron from Daycare. There were actually three kids with a variation of the name “Cameron” (I was the only one spelled Camryn) that were all born within a month of each other at my daycare.

Award: I’m sure it had to do with reading.

Sport: Horseback riding (then T-Ball, Ballet, Karate, and Ice Skating)

Real holiday: I have no clue.

Concert: Muse

Favs

Film: I have no idea.

TV Show: Classic Scooby Doo

Color: Purple

Song: Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon has a very special meaning to me, but I also love “Don’ Rain on my Parade”.

Restaurant: I don’t know.

Shop: Union Avenue Books

Books: Tolkien

Shoes: Sandals or anything comfy (I do not like Tennis shoes though) or anything that fits my tiny feet). I have to wear Narrow Width shoes.

Currently

Feeling: Excited

Single or Taken: do fictional characters count?

Eating: I just finished a Subway Sandwitch

Thinking about: The cat thats trying to fight my foot.

Watching: My mom and I have been marathoning Agents of Shield

Wearing: Winnie the Pooh Shirt

Future

Want children: No

Want to be married: Maybe

Careers in mind: Research Librarian or Museum Guide

Where you want to live: A big house with enough land to have a horse.

Do you believe in….

God: Yes

Miracles: Yes.

Love at first sight: No.

Ghosts: I’ve two and experienced another so yes.

Aliens: I think its completely probable. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clark

Soul Mates: No?

Heaven: Yes

Hell: Yes

Kissing on the first date: No. I dated a guy for six months and never kissed him.

Yourself: Most of the time

Pokemon Go Book Tag

Tag Thursday

The Pokemon Go Tag was created by Read At Midnight and I was tagged by Mac of Nerds and Novels (whom you may remember for his recent guest post).

I love Pokemon so much, so I was delighted when this tag came along (and guys, let me tell you, it was everywhere, I swear to you every other post on my dash was this tag). Fun Fact: The first Pokemon game I ever played was Pokemon Diamond way back when you could still walk into a blockbuster’s store and rent games (pro tip: do not rent Pokemon games, it sucks when you have to give them back).

Tagging: I’m not tagging anyone, because I think everyone who wants to do it has done it, but if you want to say I tagged you feel free. And please, drop me the link to your tag!

And goodness is this tag long! In fact, its so long that I’m going to put the bulk of it under a read more despite trying to get away from doing that (partially because of the feedback on my survey which I would still love for you to complete!).

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My first Pokemon in Pokemon Go was Charmander (because who doesn’t love a little fire dragon baby?), but my first Pokemon ever – and favorite – is Piplup, the adorable Penguin Pokemon (see my embroidered Piplip here). Seriously, when I first got Pokemon X for my DS I spent hours trolling the World Trading center trying to get one before Mac was kind enough to pass one on (I’ve since bred it with a Ditto and have ten or so), but the one from Mac is over level 60 and I’ve yet to evolve it (they’re cuter when they’re little!).

The book that started my love for reading was probably the Magic Tree House Series. Yes I’d already had Harry Potter and The Hobbit read to be by my mother, but Magic Tree House was the first that I read by myself.

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If you did that hack and got Pikachu as your starter – who discovered that anyway?? – then I am very JEALOUS of you because I think he’s adorable (I know some people think he’s overrated, but you know what? Screw them).

I will always love ANYTHING by JRR Tolkien, but for this – because for some reason people don’t always lump the Lord of the Rings in with traditional classics? – I’ll say Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. It was probably one of the first true classics that I ever read and so it will always stick with me.

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Zubat is everywhere in the traditional Pokemon games – and yes, trust me, it annoys me – but for me in Pokemon Go I’m much more likely to run across a Ratatta (which are cuter anyway).

For overdone book I’m going to have to say The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins. I really liked it back when I first read it – and I remember saying to my mom ‘I can’t imagine how they’ll make this into a movie but wouldn’t it be cool?’ – but I’ve only seen one of the movies (the first one) and I cringe a little whenever I see it. Not to mention, I blame it for the Dystopia genre spiraling out of control and now I cannot stand that genre anymore.

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Personally I really like Ditto and not just for its uses – although, as I mentioned previously, its gotten me about 10 Piplups – and I hope I can get one in Pokemon Go just because I think its really cute.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is full of every cliche and stereotype under the sun but I love it anyway. Its just a really fun book (and movie) that I feel everyone should read at least once (or twice). See my movie review which includes a little on the book here.

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Isn’t Snorlax adorable? I actually managed to catch one in Pokemon Y and promptly named it Bai Bae after my best friend Bailey who will hopefully either never read this post or take that as a compliment (which it is meant to be, I swear!).

I’m going to say A Song of Ice and Fire / A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin even though I technically have started it (but I gave up on it because of the size). Even though its not really up my alley (too much sex and rape and incest, seriously calm your tits) I’d like to read more of it just so I can understand the phenomena.

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Personally I think the ghost type Pokemon are really cute and they don’t actually freak me out at all. Maybe its because they’re mostly purple in color. (and I just want to say, I’m writing this at Panera the guy next to me is saying “the thing that is being possessed by the possessor” but he’s a tutor talking about grammar and I’m trying not to laugh about how perfect the timing is).

Asylum by Madeleine Roux is by far the most terrifying thing I have ever read. Granted I try to avoid horror books, but still this thing was way too much for me (my mom liked it though).

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#SaveTheClassics

This Week’s Tag Thursday is by LibroLiv

Save the Classics is a tag with a goal in mind: to support the creation of iClassics, an app that will continue to inspire a love of reading in children through technology. You can support the project on KickStarter!


What is your favorite classic book?

The Lord of the Rings
The Count of Monte Cristo

This is really hard, because I want to say The Lord of the Rings, however, some people don’t classify it as a “classic” largely because its not old enough to be out of copy right (which is the usual age of ‘classic’ books) so I’m going to cheat and give two answers. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. They’re two very different books, but they’re both very good for their own reasons.

The Count of Monte Cristo was probably the first classic (other than LOTR) that I read and really, really loved, and one of the few books that I read for a class and then read again (and then watched the 2002 movie which I have mixed feelings about! Its a good movie, but does not stay true to the book at all.)

The Lord of the Rings is my all time favorite story-world (if I could move to Middle Earth I would without thinking twice!). However, I hesitate to say its my favorite largely because I feel like its not the best written book ever. Literally nerds, don’t hate me! Hear me out! Tolkien was undeniably a genius, but he wasn’t (first and foremost) an author. He didn’t write for the sake of writing, or even to tell a story, he wrote to create a world for the languages he had created.

If your life was a classic, what would it be?

I’m not sure. It probably wouldn’t be, its not that interesting, unfortunately!! Maybe something by John Steinbeck or one of those other authors whose works are famous because they depict ordinary life brilliantly, which is a nice way of saying its boring and not much happens.

Full disclaimer: the only Steinbeck I’ve read in completion was Of Mice and Men and I hated it.

With which writer from the past would you like to have dinner?

JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis

Yeah, its kind of cheating to put down two different authors as my answer, however, since they knew each other in real life (and taught together at Oxford University), I’d say its safe to put them both.

Did you know: Treebeard from The Lord of the Rings is based on Lewis, and the Professor from The Chronicles of Narnia (the one who owns the wardrobe) is based on Tolkien? Not to mention that the Prancing Pony Inn is in Bree (in The Fellowship of the Ring), and in The Horse and his Boy there is a ‘prancing pony’ named Bree?

Which classic literary character best describes you?

The Cheshire Cat
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (and his counterpart in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland), is like a walking quote-generator and has some of my favorite lines in all of literature.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

“Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get.”

He’s also different, very different (even, it seems, by Wonderland standards) and he embraces it. I’d like to take a leaf from Chessie’s book, and learn to love who I am without feeling the need to change to fit what society wants. I’ve read (and seen) several versions of Alice over the years, and so far I’ve loved every reincarnation of Chessie, from the original mad cat to the Assassin with seven lives from Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars.

Whats the first classic that you read?

The Hobbit

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were the first classics read to me (right after my mom read me Harry Potter (which is technically not a classic….. yet) and they were also the first classics I attempted on my own. I can’t remember when, exactly, I read the Hobbit, but by third grade I distinctly remember working on the Fellowship of the Ring (only to have a teacher inform me that “you’re not really reading, you’re just turning pages” thanks for the vote of confidence). I really was reading it, although, when I reread it a few years ago I realized exactly how little I understood it!!

Which classic book could be the best gift?

The Nutcracker

Everyone knows the classic Christmas Ballet, and the book always better (and in this case, crazier!). There are two classic versions, I’ve read both and I can vouch for either. The best gift would be a set of both.

The very original tale is The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by the Germanic Romanic Author ETA Hoffman and is a fascinating (if rather creepy, my high school librarian always did call Hoffman the father of modern horror) satire of Russia society at the time it was written. Marie Stahlbaum (Stahlbaum meaning “steel toe”) is brought a wonderous gift by her Godfather, whose name, Drosselmeyer, means “to shake or stir things up.”

Alexander Dumas ‘translated’ (and I say that very loosely) the tale into French, while actually almost completely rewriting the tale. His The Nutcracker is what Tchaikovsky turned into the ballet, so its far more recognizable. This is where the ballet acquired its ending, with Marie (or Klara/Clara) choosing to stay in our world (which is certainly not what happens in Hoffman’s, but I won’t spoil that for you).

If the background story – which I’ve loosely mentioned – interests you at all, check out NPR’s No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots of The Nutcracker.