Inside My Head Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a pretty long time. I couldn’t even tell you when, honestly. Cherylene over at Living vs. Existing was gracious enough to tag me in this new one that I’ve never done before. If you haven’t met Cherylene, go check her out. She posts a lot of inspirational and motivational passages that will boost your spirit each day. Thanks Cherylene! There are quite a few questions so if you make it to the end, kudos to you! If you don’t, that’s okay too. 😉

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Rules:
* Thank & tag the person that has tagged you.
* Attach the tag photo
* Answer the ‘This or THAT questions
* Tag a 10-20 friends.

  1. How do I feel at the moment? Hungry as usual.
  2. What do I need more of in my life? Time. There is just not enough of it.
  3. What would make me happy right now? If I could have this baby but it’s not quite done cooking yet.
  4. What is going on right now in my life? The usual, work, trying to ignore my itchy, paying bills.
  5. What am I most grateful for? List 10 things. My husband, the cats, my turtle, having a house, having a reliable car, money in my bank account (even if it’s not as much as I want it to be), the sun, having food in my fridge (even if I’m too lazy to cook it), a flexible job, awesome friends, my mother.
  6. When did I experience joy this week? I find joy in the littlest things every day but I have to say, the pasta salad at the BBQ brought me great joy. It was sooooo goood!
  7. List a small victory/success? Not having to buy a portable A/C unit cause my friend had one he gave us cause he’s awesome.
  8. What is bothering me & why? My job for reasons but I’ll be off for a few months soon so just counting down the days. Oh, and all the spiders that keep showing up in the house!
  9. What are my priorities at the moment? Staying healthy for the body snatcher in these last few weeks before he or she is born.
  10. What do I love about my self? Not to sound cocky but everything. I really like me and not afraid to admit that loud and proud. 🙂
  11. Who means the world to me & why? Definitely my husband. I don’t know what I’d do without him. My friends too. They keep me balanced.
  12. If I could share one message with the world, what would it be? Always keep an open mind. It’ll make life more bearable if you go into it with as open eyes as possible. Life can disappoint you, sure, but it can also surprise you.
  13. What advice would I give to my younger self? Honestly, nothing. The past is the past. If my younger self did anything differently, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
  14. What lesson did I learn this week? Getting a divorce sucks. I was a witness to one yesterday and it better not happen to me ever.
  15. If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first? Finish the book I’ve been reading. If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d travel and do some home renovations.
  16. What’s draining my energy? The -5.5 week old in my womb.
  17. What does my ideal morning look like? Hitting snooze twice then thinking about getting up to get dressed. Contemplate cooking breakfast, struggling to put my shoes on cause bending over is difficult; getting in the car, driving to work, checking email and making phone calls.
  18. What does my ideal day look like? Staying in bed and sleeping as much as I can cause I don’t get enough of it. When refreshed, probably do some reading, Netflixing, cleaning, playing with the cats, eating. I have simple needs.
  19. What makes me come alive? Good food. I love food!
  20. What/who inspires me the most? I can’t say it’s one specific person or thing. I find inspiration all over each day.
  21. Where does my pain originate? My hips? My back? I don’t have any emotional pain if that’s what the question was going for.
  22. What are my strengths? I’d say I’m a very accepting person. I also love to learn new things constantly. Can never have too much knowledge if you ask me.
  23. What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get? Can’t say I’ve been too scared to get anything. It just all depends on the means I have available to me to get whatever it is that I want.
  24. What is something I would love to learn? Another language fluently and maybe some software coding (I’m a tech  nerd).
  25. Where would I want to live my ideal life? Wherever my husband is in an self sustainable, energy efficient house.
  26. Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years? I probably won’t be doing a lot of travel because I’ll have a small kid but if I had to pick, we would like to go back to Florence, Italy and then maybe Japan or Ireland.
  27. What can I do to take better care of myself? I hate to reiterate this again but having this baby because then I’ll be able to get marginally better sleep cause I’ll be able to sleep on my stomach again.
  28. What hobbies would I like to try? I think it would be fun to have a YouTube channel. I don’t know what it would be about but something to do in my spare time. Also, gardening. I haven’t even attempted to try that yet.
  29. When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do? Car related stuff. With direction, I was able to change the cabin filter once. That’s a big deal! And I can change a tire if I absolutely need to.
  30. At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be? I would hope my legacy would continue on through my child which is mostly continuing to having a thirst for knowledge, being an open-minded, adventurous yet compassionate person and spreading it to the world even on a tiny scale.

Whew! So many questions! The rules state that I should tag 10-20 people but I’m lazy so I’m only going to tag a couple. Feel free to do this tag if you’d like. You are not obligated to do so. If I didn’t tag you and you’d like to the tag anyway, go for it! The more the merrier! You can even answer some or all of the questions in the comments if you like.

I tag:

Peela
Orangutan
Nina
Carla

Happy Hump Day!

A-Z Bookish Survey Tag

Happy Wednesday and last day of Nel’s tag-a-thon. I wasn’t tagged in this specifically but I thought it looked fun and told fellow blogger, Reading in the Wings, I’d do it. I’m not exactly sure who created it but if you check Reading in the Wings’ blog you might be able to trace it back to that person.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m a heavy series reader so that equals a lot of books from the jump but if I had to pick on the spot, and Shakespeare didn’t count, I’d say Ilona Andrews cause I’ve read almost every series they’ve created or Judith McNaught cause I’ve read every book she’s ever written which is about 16 books.

Best Sequel Ever:

Man, I have a couple I guess because a lot of the sequels ended up being trilogies but here are some of my favorites:

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Heart of Steel features badass pirate Yasmeen who is great at killing zombies and I can never get enough of this book.

Court Duel features badass swordsman Meliara and I haven’t read this duology in a long time but I still love it.

Rise is the sequel to the prequel duology with the first book being Rift and features badass sword wielding, magic using, gladiator of sorts and sits prominently on my physical favorites shelf.

(I have a thing for badass woman characters. Can you tell? 😉 )

Currently Reading:

Nothing. I know. THE HORROR! I’ve been a slump due to my life as well as my addiction to all things Marvel Cinematic Universe at the moment. Hopefully my reading game comes back on one of these days.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually water cause I’m boring, haha. I’m not a soda drinker and I’ll do fruit juice on occasion.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. I was strictly physical book until I worked 2 jobs regularly and couldn’t haul my books around with me so I got my first e-reader back in college. It was a Sony something or other they don’t even make anymore, before Kindle and apps in general were a thing and I loved it. I now tote around an Android tablet with all the cool kids apps and lots of ebooks on it. However, I still collect physical books of ones that I read and loved and need to own cause I loan my books out to friends often.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

HAHA! I didn’t date in high school. In fact, I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 18 so this question is kind of tough. I think I’d choose Valek from the Poison Study series or maybe Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series. They are pretty dreamy to my high school self.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

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I don’t usually do dark romance but my goodness was this worth every minute it took me to read it through and then some. It was hot and intense and beautiful and I’d read it again in a hot second.

Hidden Gem Book:

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I’d have to go with The Final Formula series. Not many people seem to know who Becca Andre is but I love her writing cause it’s not often you see someone write about alchemy and necromancy.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Hmm. Maybe when I discovered how fun reading truly is. There used to be a program back when I was younger called Book It! and you would track the books you read, take the form to Pizza Hut and get a free personal pan pizza for every challenge you completed and then like once a month you’d get a pizza and a prize out of their bin. At the time Harry Potter was super huge so I’ve gotten a lot of Harry Potter collectibles just from reading and only encouraged me to read more and more.

Just Finished:

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Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Audiobooks, non-fiction, religious fiction and lately not a lot of YA

Longest Book You’ve Read:

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1276 pages and 964 pages each respectively.

Major book hangover because of:

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Right now, it’s because of freaking The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones. I’m dying for the next book because this installment was insane.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Not enough, hahahahaha! I have 3 I use right now but looking to buy two more cause I have a problem. Here’s a snippet of some of the “favorites”:

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Many of them but I’d have to say Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh is probably ingrained into my brain at this point.

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Preferred Place To Read:

That’s the beautiful of digital copies is I can read anywhere. Most of the time it’s on the couch, in the bed or at work when I’m supposed to be working.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I fight for the Union because America is supposed to be a land where people can be free from tyranny, where families aren’t ripped apart to make a profit, where men aren’t whipped for speaking their mind and women aren’t abused worse than brood mares.

― Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Reading Regret:

Probably reading The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. Ugh! This trilogy is so hyped but that book was a waste of life.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the first book but I keep being told it gets better so I should continue.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These questions are killing me. I can’t answer this question because I have to many favorites and some will get jealous of the others if I only name three!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones and Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews because both are the final installments to my beloved Charley Davidson and Kate Daniels series.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Letting a book keep me awake way past my bedtime cause I can’t stop reading it even when my eyes are bleeding. I don’t get enough sleep as it is so this just makes it worse.

Your latest book purchase:

I bought a kid’s workbook for my friend’s 3 year old for her birthday party from Books A Million. I haven’t bought a book for myself lately cause I haven’t been reading sadly.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

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Besides the ones above, I’d have to say Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop.


If this looks like a good looking fun tag you’d be interested in participating in, consider yourself tagged.

See you tomorrow for Endangered Thursdays!

My Pet Tag: Milliardo

Instead of doing another book related tag, I decided to mix it up and do the pet tag. Continuing the tag-a-thon, Mischenko tagged me in this cute tag waaay back in December. As I have 3 pets, it’s hard to pick one to talk about but I figured I’d go with the jerk since he’s been featured in a lot of stories and I have quite a bit of pictures of him. Before I get to answering the questions, a tiny bit of back story about me.

I used to HATE cats. I had a dog at the time; beautiful pit bull/lab mix named Cinnaman. He was my first pet ever and I loved him to death. I was all about dogs. I didn’t hate cats with him at the time but I definitely preferred dogs over all. I had this habit of “adopting” animals back then. I’d come home with fish, a snake, an iguana (which all died btw) and finally my turtle. I just loved animals so much and wanted to rescue all the abandoned ones. For example, the iguana had messed up back legs but I took good care of him for as long as he was going to be around. I still have Turtle. It’s been 10+ years. It’s gonna outlive me, I know it.

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Anyway, when I was in college, I lived in the dorms for the first year and immediately had enough of that and got a townhouse with a roommate the second year. She had two cats who I thought were pretty cute at first. Turns out they were spawn from Hell. She didn’t allow the cats to come in her bedroom in the night time so they would scratch at my door and meow their heads off cause they wanted in. The poor carpet showed that evidence. Then one time we both went out of town and I came home early to a house covered in remnants of bread and crackers and just everything cause the cats got into the kitchen cabinets and ripped everything apart. I swear I thought we’d been robbed. It was insanity and that moment is when I vowed I’d never have cats and thank god she was a senior cause she was moving out later that year and taking the demons with her.

So, things have changed since then and here is where I introduce Milliardo with the pet tag questions:

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1. What is your pets name?

His name is Milliardo. He obtained this name because I told my husband to name the cat. His logic was that it looks like there’s an “M” on his head and we were binge watching an anime called Gundam Wing at the time and one of the main characters name is Milliardo Peacecraft — hence Milliardo the cat was born.

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?

Milliardo is a cat and I think he has some bengal in him? I don’t know he was a stray so there could be anything in there.

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
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Milliardo has been around for quite some time. I think I got him back in 2010-2011ish maybe?

4. How did you get your pet?

Haha, funny story. I’m such a sucker. A friend of mine calls me up and says someone left a box of kittens on her doorstep and asked me if I wanted one. Like I said earlier, I have a reputation of taking in stray animals. After dealing with the devil demon spawn, I was against it. However, I was going to visit a friend in Alabama and she really wanted a kitten. As a favor to her, I decided to go check out these stray cats and pick one out for her. It always fascinates me how kittens come out in all different shades of colors and patterns even though they’re in the same litter. I perused the “offerings” and picked out a cute little rambunctious black and white one for her. Then as I was listening to the story of the cats, here was this cute little patterned thing who was sleeping while all his siblings were jumping around excited and stuff. I looked. Then looked again… And just when I was like okay, walking away now, he opened his eyes and looked me straight in the face. The F bomb came out and next thing you know I’m calling my husband (boyfriend at the time) asking how he liked cats cause I was bringing one home.

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5. How old is your pet?

Well assuming my math is right and I got him around 2010-2011, he’s about 8 or 9. We’ll say 8 cause he’s still a kitten in my eyes. ❤

6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?

He’s a talker. He loves meowing for everything. He also likes drooling. It’s disgusting cause cat drool stinks but if you pet him long enough, he gets up that helicopter purring and he starts drooling. He also likes to sleep at the foot of the bed even though when he cuddles he has to be on your chest right in your face. He also has this habit of walking right in front of you, looking behind to make sure you’re following and then plops his body down on his side so that you trip over him. Or he’ll stand there to wait for you to tap him with your foot so he can plop over sideways. He’s so weird.

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7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

It means a lot especially considering I went from hating cats in general to loving them again. Also, he really, really, REALLY likes his mommy more than his daddy so I have that in my favor as well. 😉 But honestly, I’m a huge animal lover and huge advocate for all animals so I have great relationships with my pets, my friends pets, the pets up for adoption, all of them.

8. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?

Well there was that time when I let my friend babysit while we went to Alabama and when I came back she was so stressed cause she could find him anywhere in her house until I came home and called his name and he started meowing and came out of his hiding place (he is SUPER attached to me). Oh! And then there was the time he scratched my husband and the hubs got upset, took him outside and threw him in a snowpile. I had to ignore my cat for a year to get him to like the man again. He’s also a really good hunter. I sic him on insects if they’re around.

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9. What are nicknames that you call your pet?

Big boy, monkey chin, mil mil, fat boy (he’s much larger than our other cat and greedy) pretty boy. My mom calls him melonoma.

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Hope you all enjoyed this post and got to know my cute little jerk. Have a great Tuesday!

 

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a reaaaaalllly long time. So I’ve decided for the first half of this week I’m going to do nothing but tags because if I don’t I’ll get into a huge spoilery, informative discussion about the Marvel Universe and I don’t know if you all are ready for that (I’ve been preparing for Infinity War by rewatching them all; 31 hours worth of movies in case you were wondering).

My buddy and favorite monkey, TheOrangutanLibrarian, tagged me in this wonderful tag ages ago and it’s about time I did it. So without further ado, lets get to the questions! Oh, and thanks to Lisa @A Book Calls who is the creator of this tag but orangutan made the graphic below.

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NO. 1: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER READ (OR WAS READ TO YOU)

I actually texted my mother to ask her and she doesn’t remember. I am 28 after all. That was a long time ago to her. So I had to do a little searching and I distinctly remember having these titles in my house so I believe these were some of my first books.

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NO. 2: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER BOUGHT WITH YOUR OWN MONEY

Since I never had an allowance and the library was my best friend, I don’t recall buying any books for a very long time. One memory stands out though. I believe I gave my mother some gift money and asked her to preorder the book so I could have it the day it came out. This book was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I was gifted the first 4 books for my 12th birthday and read right through them. She ordered the book for me and then sent me off to camp. I promise you, it was the longest camp session ever cause I knew the book was sitting at home waiting for me to read it.

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NO. 3: A BOOK YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING

Oh geez, there are plenty of those especially in my adult days when I really can’t but can afford to lose sleep all at the same time. Let’s go with my first foray into romance when I picked up A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught for 50 cents at my college library sale. That was when I transitioned into more adult books cause this one had me riveted.

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NO. 4: WHAT BOOK OR SERIES WILL YOU NEVER FORGET?

Again, so many! A book that’s stamped into my skull is The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book but it never gets old for me. I even have 2 copies of the book cause I love it that much. As for series, I’m going to go with The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker because it was one of my first steampunk reads and introduced me to the world of indie authoring.

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NO. 5: A BOOK YOU FREQUENTLY THINK ABOUT

Lately it’s been An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. This was my first time diving into African American fiction and man, it was just so good. I told everyone and their mom about this book. I thought it would be a tough read cause it touches a lot on slavery because its set in the Civil War but it turned out to be super fantastic for me.

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NO. 6: A SCENE THAT HAS HAUNTED YOU FOR YEARS AFTER READING IT

Honestly, I can’t say a scene has really haunted me for years. There have been some shocking deaths and things I didn’t expected that may have stayed on my mind for a while but nothing to crazy so I don’t have an answer for this one.

NO. 7: AN UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER

Hands down, Charley Davidson. My God. The jokes. That’s all I can say. I actually met Darynda Jones in person too and it always amazes me how an author is in real life versus the people they create on paper.

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NO. 8: A BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING

The one and only autobiography I ever remember reading and not finishing was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The thickness of the book alone was very overwhelming plus I was a teenager so it was a little too much for me. There is a chapter or two that stand out, even to this day and they involve his view on the creation and evolution of the human species. I won’t state exactly what he wrote here but he made some logical points that made me look at the world a little bit differently even in my teenage years.

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NO. 9: SHARE ANOTHER RANDOM BOOKISH MEMORY 

I have so many! Most of them involve forcing my friends to read books that I think are really good. I currently do that now with my old manager from my previous job and she told me I should be paid to recommend books cause I haven’t disappointed her yet which is very humbling. The earliest memory I can remember of me sharing books was sort of an “illegal” operation. My mom was always very awesome in that she didn’t care what I was reading because I was reading and that was great. My friend however, was not allowed to read Harry Potter books because her parents were strict Christians and Harry Potter was essentially the devil. She really wanted to read them though so whenever I would go over her house, I would sneak a book in the series to her and she would read late at night with her flashlight under her pillow and then message me every step of the way cause she thoroughly enjoyed the story. She had to hide the books whenever she left her room cause her parents would come in and clean. Lets just say we got real creative in our hiding skills. I continued to be a bad influence for many years after that and her parents eventually decided Harry Potter wasn’t so bad after all.


I’m bad at doing tags so there’s no way I’m tagging anyone either. If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it, please feel free to go for it and link back to me so I can see your answers! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

The Christmas Tag

the-christmas-tag-awardI almost forgot about this tag! My friend Cindy over at Bird Flight, tagged me for this a few weeks ago. If you haven’t met Cindy, you really should. She shares the most wonderful stories about her life dealing with various mental illness as well as some cool Czech food recipes among other things. I’ve truly learned a lot from her blog and she’s such a wonderful person in general so please give her a visit and a follow!

This festive tag was created by Little DIY Projects . Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

And here are the questions and my answers:

  • 1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

My favorite thing about Christmas, as harsh as this is going to sound, is having a day off from work. I used to work heavily with animals and after that retail and Christmas doesn’t exist for animals so it was very rare when I actually got the day off. I’m glad I get to wake up with my husband and just cuddle and enjoy the peace.

  • 2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?

Hmmm. I think I’d have to go with all the dinners that occurred with my family. Huge family gatherings like Thanksgiving where we’d all exchange gifts. My mother would always take me and my sister to the dollar store and give us like $20 dollars to spend on all our aunts and uncles and cousins for Christmas. The dollar store we went to had all KINDS of cool stuff. I remember one year we got everyone these huge mugs that had their birth month and zodiac sign on them. I think my grandma still has hers! Oh, another memory that’s great was my grandpa used to give us all these giant candy canes with money taped around them and a lemon. He showed us how to bite the candy cane and stick in the lemon and sip “lemonade” that way. 

  • 3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

Not really. Someone hosts a dinner on Christmas even or a brunch on Christmas Day usually and we just be together and reminisce about the year over delicious foods.

  • 4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)

My Christmas wish is to continue being as healthy as I am right now. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never broken a bone, never had a cavity, I don’t have any type of disorder and I don’t get headaches. Whether it be genetics or whatever, I’m absolutely grateful and I hope it continues for as long as I live.

  • 5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?

Do you even know me?!?! I can’t even answer that question because I love food. It’s basically Thanksgiving all over again and I love all the food!

  • 6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?

I honestly don’t have one.. You see, my husband was raised around Jehovah Witnesses so nobody ever decorated. I’m slowly but surely cracking his shell. We got these little gold and silver kitty hooks to hang stockings on and the kitties are wearing Santa hats. They sit on our wood stove when it’s not burning. If I wasn’t painting my house next week, I would have gotten some lights to string up or maybe even a little tree. Baby steps right?!?

  • 7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I hate Christmas music. Before you start yelling at me, I worked in retail for FOUR YEARS! Christmas music started the day after Halloween and didn’t end until January at some point. You get over hearing the same song in 50 variations for 8+ hour shifts, 6 days a week okay! But if you demanded I picked one Christmas song to like, I’d choose Little Drummer Boy cover by Pentatonix:

  • 8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

Usually I celebrate in one of my family member’s homes. The only time I had a completely different Christmas was when I was in Maui back in 2011. My coworkers were my family then and we had a pretty great time. 🙂

  • 9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?

I have to be honest, it doesn’t mean much to me. I’m not religious in any capacity but I think for most it just means love and happiness and hopeful life in general.

  • 10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

WELL! If I could spend Christmas with my Idris Elba I definitely would in a heartbeat! I think I would also spend time with some of you lovely bloggers and experience how your Christmases are since we all come from different backgrounds.

Here’s the part where I’m supposed to tag people but it’s the holidays and we’re all busy bloggers so I say to you, Merry, early Christmas and if you want to do this tag, go for it! Have fun with it! If you want to answer any of the questions without doing an official post, feel free to leave me a comment below. 🙂

Sunshine-y Questions

I’m feeling pretty decent this morning. 9 hours of sleep with only one bladder interruption in the night seems to have done the trick. Why can’t that happen every night?? Silly body.

Anyway, a few days ago, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award – Dani style. Dani blogs over at Perspective of a Writer and if you haven’t met her yet, you should. She always has the coolest, colorful graphics paired with such insightful posts about reading and writing as well as her many, varied reviews. I’ve done this award a few times but besides another one with really great questions, she mentioned that my blog is one of many that she looks forward to reading because it brings sunshine into her world each day. As you can probably tell, that made me feel really, really good so I’m really excited to answer these questions and thank you Dani. ♥

Sunshine Blogger Award

(Graphic above brought to you by the talented Dani. Isn’t it cool??) I’m sure you all have been nominated for this award at one time or another so I’m going to refrain from posting the rules and jump right into answering the questions.

Who is the one person that is the sunshine in your life?
There are plenty of people I could name here but I have to give it to my husband. We’ve been together for 10 years so far and we are just the silliest of people. He always makes lame jokes that only I understand and he calls me wif and I call him hubbanero. We just get along so well and he makes me smile even when I want to strangle him. 😉

Do you prefer all happy movies, or occasional sad movies?
I am a huge fantasy, sci-fi movie watcher so I kind of want to say my preference falls under both categories because I never know if it’s going to be sad or happy. That being said though, I occasionally have moments where I want to watch a sappy, romantic comedy because I know it’ll be a tearjerker at some point but still have a happy ending. I watch Grey’s Anatomy which is like the king of kings of the emotional spectrum so yeah, I have to say both. As a side note though, there is a super CUTE movie that just got added to Netflix called, “The Christmas Prince” and it’s a good, happy go lucky film if you’re looking to watch something holiday related!

What is the one food that always makes you happy?
Oh man, just one? I love eating in general. I’d have to say maybe anything with noodles in it. Like, I love linguine so spaghetti or alfredo or that balsamic steak pasta dish at Olive Garden. I also really like potatoes. Hash browns, mashed, tater tots, french fries, baked.. I really like potatoes. And broccoli too. Raw or fresh, doesn’t matter to me. Oh and chicken wings and waffles. And eggs! Oh, eggs are so good especially paired with bacon. I need to stop, I can go forever…

What is the sunshine on your blog?
Hmm, I think my stories are lots of pockets of sunshine. People seem to really enjoy them and my goal is usually to bring smiles and even laughs to my readers’ faces. I also think the Endangered posts are sunshine. They’re not exactly happy but they bring awareness which is a varied brand of sunshine on its own. Lastly, I think the Facebook Friday posts are all types of sunshine cause I always post something funny that is guaranteed smiles!

What is your favorite holiday? wacky “fun” day?
Saturdays and Sundays and all the other days in between throughout the year when I don’t have to work. Having no obligations and spending the day doing absolutely whatever you want are the best, fun days always.

What is one thing you love about yourself?
I love that I have the ability to love in many ways; from people to animals to inanimate objects. And it’s honest love too. I just have so much of it to spread. 🙂

What is one think you love about the blogging community?
I have to steal Dani’s answer for this one and also say diversity. I’ve met so many people from all over the world who all have their own unique writing styles and writing content. It’s pretty wonderful and makes for something to look forward to each day.

What is the one book that made you smile the most?
What is with the one questions?? I honestly don’t even know because almost every book I read has made me smile and I can’t gauge which book was more smile-ly than the other. I’m totally passing on this one considering it would require me to go through a history of my life.

Where is your corner of sunshine in your home?
Our couch setup. I can sit and watch Netflix or Amazon or read and my husband can sit and play video games or listen to podcasts. At dinner we merge in the corner and watch something together on the TV. Last show was The Punisher. I think next up is Voltron maybe. And the cats will come up and pile on us. Here’s a picture:

What is your favorite color or colors?
My favorite color, if it isn’t obvious yet, is purple. I also like green a lot. When I was younger, my favorite color was blue. It’s so crazy how that changes over time.

What is the one movie (or drama) that always makes you happy?
Oh! Okay, I can’t name just one again but I’m going to say Rush Hour. They are sooooo funny! And also Underworld and The Road to El Dorado and Aladdin. Oh and Lion King. See? One is impossible!

Instead of nominating specific people, I just want to point out the wonderful souls I’ve met in the blogging world that bring me sunshine daily whether through your blogs or social media:

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Peela
Noriko
Mischenko
Lana
Patty
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Linda
Roda
James
Mr. Mel

Glad to have met you all and you’re all are awesome. Keep bringing sunshine to my world pretty please. 🙂

The Fall Book Tag

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This tag was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All of the graphics used belong to her.

I was tagged by two of my favorites to do the Fall Book Tag: Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll and Claire at Brizzlelass Books. I decided to focus only on books I’ve read this year cause I imagine I may get tagged in this next year and I’ll have a new set of books to recommend (beg you to read) by then. 😉

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Ferromancer by Becca Andre. First book in her new series and its set in a time where canals were the main mode of transportation for manufacturing businesses. There’s also a super freaking cool character named Lock who’s an iron pocket watch that can transform into a little iron dragon! If you like steampunk elements in a fantasy novel, you have to check this book out!

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Gotta go with Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. I pray that they continue this series because it’s ridiculously good.

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Definitely Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. I can’t tell you how much I swooned and melted into a puddle of emotions while reading this book because Raphael and Elena…. ❤️❤️😍

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Besides Ferromancer that has all the colors in it, I’ll have to go with Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Great intro book into a very long space opera series.

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This year there were many but in order for me to not repeat authors, I’m going to go with A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. So much stuff goes down in that massive 700 page book that it’ll leave you in a bit of awe.

Yay for Autumn! I hope you enjoyed this tag. I’m only going to tag a couple people but feel free to do this tag if you haven’t already: Lana, Noriko, Orangutan, Patty

Have you read any of these books before? Do any of them look interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Get To Know Me Tag

I haven’t done a tag in while (cause I just have way too many stories to tell) and I actually had a story lined up for today but I saw this tag floating around and I remember Patty tagging me a long time ago (sorry!) so I decided to join in the tag fun instead.

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VITAL STATS

Name: Chanel

Nicknames: Nel, Chica, Sexy

Star Sign: Taurus

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Occupation: Office manager for a small business

Living In: The heart of the nation — Ohio, USA


APPEARANCE

Hair color: Black or jet black as my mom would tell you. I’m too scared to ever try to dye it because I like my hair a lot.

Hair length: It’s about breast length which is the longest it’s ever been. I have kinky afro hair and I used to straighten it a lot or do those brazillian keratin treatments but it changed my hair texture a lot so a couple years ago I let a friend take scissors to my hair and cut out all the straight so I wore it in a short afro puff for a while. Now I’m constantly trying out different hairstyles I see on Youtube.

Eye Color: Dark brown according to my driver’s license

Best Feature: I don’t know! That’s like a question you ask a man but maybe my smile because people always comment about how happy I am all the time.

Braces: Nope, never. Almost once but my mom disagreed with the dentist’s assessment so I didn’t get them

Piercings:  Ears that I got pierced at birth. I don’t want anymore

Tattoos: Yes. I have on on my lower left back. Its a bamboo shoot with “to live” in japanese next to it. I got it in my senior year of college. I got the words “to live” because I was feeling some kind of way back in those days so I tracked down my Indonesian friend, Soya, and had him draw the exact symbols for me because I didn’t trust the internet translations and he is fluent in Japanese.

Right or Left: Right I guess. I’m right handed, lol.


FIRSTS

Real Holiday: I’m guessing I had quite a few as a child that I don’t remember but I’ll probably say Thanksgiving and Christmas cause that’s the only time I really see all my family together in one spot. For a couple years growing up, our house was the party spot. Every holiday, my mom would throw these huge, extravagant events and we’d have family and all the neighbors and their kids piled up into our house. It was great but definitely exhausting.

Best Friend: My husband of course but also my friend Suki. We met in an MMORPG (massive mulitplayer online role playing game) almost 10 years ago and it was an instant connection. Back then, when we were poor college students, we would only see each other once a year but now we make it a point to see each other at least twice or three times a year. She always comes to visit me around my birthday and I always visit her in the late summer early fall (her birthday is in December and I’m not a travel in the snow type of person). She was my maid of honor at my wedding and I was matron of honor at hers. We’ll actually get to see each other in October because we’re all flying down to Orlando to have some beach time before it gets cold. 🙂

Award: I always used to get perfect attendance awards in school. I’m the type that unless I’m falling down sick, I was going to school. The first and best award I ever remember getting is back in sixth grade. We had this big awards ceremony and I was sure this kid was going to get valedictorian over me because I just didn’t think I’d made the cut. Well to my and my mother’s surprise, I ended up getting that award. It was funny because she yelled at me later for not telling her and I had to keep reiterating that I didn’t know! In high school I got into the National Honor Society which is cool. I still have the book that contains hundreds of kid’s faces that made it that year. In my work life, I’ve received employee of the month numerous times. When I used to work at Petsmart, I actually got the award 2 months in a row which was super awesome!

Sport: I played volleyball and ran track throughout middle school and high school. I dropped all sports in college cause I just didn’t have time.

Concert: My first concert ever was Jay-Z with my husband. That’s his favorite rapper. Later that year though I got to see Pentatonix back when they were just YouTube famous and touring colleges and that concert was AMAZING! After that, I’d say the other best concert was seeing JayZ and Beyonce together with my husband 2 years ago. In two weeks, I’ll get to see Ed Sheeran in concert so I’m excited for that as well!


FAVORITES

TV Show(s): Oh goodness, there are so many! I love Game of Thrones, all the TGIT shows which are Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, Spartacus, the Marvel Netflix TV shows, Shameless, a long list of anime, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess, I mean this can seriously go on forever

Color: Purple

Songs: I have favorite artists that sing some of my favorite songs — Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Gavin Degraw, Evanescence, Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Pentatonix, Gorillaz, Ed Sheeran, etc. I’ll listen to any genre except country

Restaurant: My favorite restaurant is this place called House of Hunan. Its sushi and thai food and my husband and I eat there probably about once every other month. We had our second date there and the one waitress still remembers us from ten years ago.

Shops: I hate shopping even though its necessary for survival. I love book shopping though so I go to a lot of independent bookstores in my area as well as library sales.

Books: I really love the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, The Kate Daniels and Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, Mercy Thompson series by Patrica Briggs, The Emperors Edge and Fallen Empire series by Lindsay Buroker, every book Judith McNaught has ever written and The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas.

Shoes: I’m most comfortable wearing flip flops. But most of the time I prefer big comfy socks or socks in general. You don’t want to know how many pairs of socks I’ve accumulated….

Book Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense


CURRENTLY

Feeling: A little tired. I woke up around the time my husband leaves and then when I tried to go back to sleep, a car alarm went off so I’m definitely running on low fumes. However, I feel happy at the same time cause I made a mixed berry smoothie in my new Vitamix (anniversary present) and I’m in love with that machine!

Single or Taken: Taken and then some. Just celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary last week and we’ve been married for 2 and a half of those years.

Eating: Drinking my mixed berry smoothie and eating some lemon creme Nekot cookies

Thinking About: How I have to wait two years for the final season of Game of Thrones. All the actors and actresses better be safe and live for the next two years!

Watching: I’m watching three shows actually. I’m in the middle of the final season of Orphan Black, season 2 of The Last Kingdom and season 2 of Wynonna Earp.

Wearing: Work attire


FUTURE

Want Kids: Yes. One only. Took me years to come to this decision. Child birth terrifies me and I told my husband if he wants more than one, he better pray for twins.

Want to Get Married: Already am

Want To Travel: Yes, definitely. First time out of the US (besides Canada) was when we went on our honeymoon to Florence, Italy. Our next big travel will most definitely be Japan. It’s the top of our bucket list.


DO YOU BELIEVE…

In Yourself: I very much do. I used to be a shy, quiet individual but I don’t know where she went because I’m definitely very outspoken and passionate about a lot of things and not afraid to say what’s on my mind.

God: I can’t say that I do but I can’t say that I don’t either. Religion is a touchy subject; one that I choose not to touch because people can be easily offended.

Miracles: I guess so. I’ve never experienced one personally but I’ve seen some unbelievable things happen so I wouldn’t completely rule them out.

Love at first sight: Ha! I was just talking to Noriko about this. I believe in lust at first sight. I think it takes a lot to grow to love a person and I mean in the significant other sense. I can easily love my friends on sight. It’s an interesting feeling.

Ghosts: Sure why not? I read paranormal things all the time. It’s in the realm of possibility.

Aliens: Definite yes. Only because the universe is vast and it’s one of those things we’ll probably never know in our lifetime. The Milky Way is not the only galaxy and the Sun is not the only sun in the universe.

Soul Mates: I want to say yes because I feel like I’ve found mine but I also believe a person can have many soul mates in many forms in one’s life.

Heaven: Goes back to my answer for God. I’ve never been there or met someone who’s been there and came back to tell me about it so maybe, maybe not.

Hell: See answer for Heaven.

Kissing on a first date: If the chemistry is there, hell yes! Take the chance! You only live once!


I’m not going to tag anyone because this is quite long. Feel free to do this tag if you’re interested! Hope you enjoyed another segment about your friend Nel. Have a great Monday everybody!

The TBR Tag

I was nominated by my beautiful friend Noriko to do this tag a while ago (sorry!) and I’m finally getting around to doing it. Thank you Noriko for making me think about dusting off my TBR shelf. One day I’ll actually do it 😉

Questions:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

There’s no rhyme or reason to it cause I’m constantly adding to it. I have a list on Goodreads that mostly gets ignored.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Definitely ebook. I have this problem of downloading all the free books Bookbub and Instafreebie send me. I have a ridiculous amount of ebooks. If I had to guess a number, it’s probably upwards of 200 or more, no joke.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Depends on my mood. I usually go for fantasy, romance and sci-fi but once in a while I’ll throw in a contemporary or suspense novel.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

According to Goodreads, there’s literally a whole page of books that have been on my TBR since Februrary 2015.

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

The Undying King by Grace Draven
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A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Woodwalker by Emily Martin
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A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

Probably the remaining Study books. I hate when a series is picked up a million years later with very different cover art. Fire Study came out in 2008 and was a good end to the books in my opinion. Shadow Study came out in 2015! That’s a huge gap! I can’t do it. Plus I hate the covers.
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An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones. I have my signed copy preordered 🙂
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A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. I’m getting closer and closer to reading this! I’ve heard nothing but good things.
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A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Nobody’s recommended a book to me in a while so I’m going to pick Hexed by Kevin Hearne cause I read Hounded and really enjoyed it and would like to jump back into that series since I’ve heard it gets so much better!

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A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.

Honor and Roses by Elizabeth Cole. I just got this through a free Bookbub and the cover art is gorgeous! Plus, it’s been a while since I’ve read a historical.

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The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

  • 217 on Goodreads
  • 81 on Google Play Books (free downloads)
  • 42 on Barnes & Noble (free downloads)
  • and an unknown, always growing number on my physical shelf (library sale later today!!! Weeee!)

I’m going to refrain from nominating anyone this round because I know a lot of people are overwhelmed with the amount of tags they’ve been receiving lately. If you would like to do this tag, please go for it and link back to this post so I can have more things to add to my TBR ;).

Do any of my choices look appealing to you? Have you read any of them or are now maybe thinking about reading them? Let me know in the comments below!

Dreamy Book Covers Tag

My favorite internet librarian has graciously tagged me in a neat bookish tag that of course I had to do because I can’t deny her anything. If you have not met theorangutanlibrarian by now, well, I don’t know what to tell you except to give you this look that screams “you have a problem and you need to fix it now.” She was one of my first 10 followers and my 1000th comment (which btw, I’m quickly coming up on the 3000 mark orangutan so I hope you’re ready!). I could wax poetic about how fantastic her blog is and how much she’s made my blogging experience great but that pretty much sums it up so I hope you visit and follow her site because she’s truly brilliant!

RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of this tag (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • List the rules.

‘No Ideas But in Things’ A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

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Star nomad is the ship. It’s set in space. There’s a fun crew. And space adventures commence!

‘Dark and Lovely’A cover that is so creepilicious, that you want to eat it up.

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This is a pretty creepy cover in my opinion but the story is great! It’s all about alchemy, elemental mages, necromancy and demons from another plane. I devoured the whole series.

‘Sugary Sweet’A CUTE cover that is so fluffy, you want to give it a hug.

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This is the best I could come up with. I realized I don’t have cute, fluffy book covers so I chose this one because who doesn’t want to hug a wolf?? This, and the rest of the series is on my TBR.

‘The Simple Aesthetic’A book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of designs.

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This one was hard to choose as well but I feel like these UK covers are super minamalistic cause they each feature half a man’s face with a different color title. P.S. The Psy Changeling series is awesome!

‘Cover Envy’A book you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.

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It’s not on my shelves yet but it will be October 31, 2017! I have it on preorder and I’ve never been so excited for Halloween in my life!

‘Traveling Abroad’A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.

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So the story’s setting is in San Francisco but the stories in the book itself are set in China. There are four mothers who are sharing China’s culture and stories of how they grew up and what it means to be a Chinese immigrant to their daughters who are American born over games of mah-jong.

‘The Colour Wheel’ A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours.

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Purple is my favorite color… (And this book broke my brain for a day)

‘Changing Gears’A cover change you absolutely adore.

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I can’t talk about a cover change without showing you the side by side comparison. The left is the cover I have and the right is the updated one. I definitely like the modern one a whole lot even though the old one isn’t half bad!

‘Oldie but Goodie’A favourite cover of your favourite classic.

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Again, in order to understand why I like the new cover, I have to show you the old one. The left one was the only cover back in high school when this was required reading. I obtained the right one at a book sale for 50 cents and I was blown away by the change and absolutely love it!

And the winner is Which book cover mentioned above is your favourite.

I’m going to do what orangutan did and leave it up to you, dear readers, to decide. Which cover is your favorite? Have you read any of the books listed (besides 12th Grave of course)? Let me know in the comments below!

I nominate: