Reasons Why I Am A Horrible Human Being + Time and Place Book Tag

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So, before I begin this shindig, here are my aforementioned reasons:

  1. I have not posted anything in over a month.
  2. I gave no notice that I was going away for a month, which could mean that I was a) unable to attain an internet connection, or b) that I was dead.
  3. I had no proper reason for going away at all.

If I am being perfectly honest, it was because I wasn’t well. Whenever I have a lot of free time, my mind tends to wander, and it goes places that I don’t like. I need things to occupy myself, otherwise, I start to go crazy. Essentially, what I’m trying to say is that I should’ve been putting more effort into the blog instead of practically abandoning it altogether.

I am back now. If I need to step away for a while, I will make sure to give notice.


I stole this from icebreaker694, per usual. There are no specific rules. It was created by Jen Campbell on YouTube, and her description goes as follows:

Pick ten books from your shelves that you associate with a specific time and place in your life. Tell us the story behind your choices and what the books are about.

Here we go!


Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg

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I read this book while I was in the middle of figuring out my sexuality. I was very confused, and this book, along with Rafe’s confident personality, helped give me the extra push that I needed to come out to myself as bisexual. It would take another year for me to figure out that I was gay, and then another half of a year to come out to my parents. This book is the first in a long line of dominoes.


Vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber

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I remember checking this book out all of the time back in middle school, and even a couple of times in high school. I was transfixed by it. There is always going to be a part of me that loves black clothes, graveyards, heavy metal and haunted houses, and this book represents that part.


The Amazing Book is Not On Fire, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

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Okay, honest confession time: I don’t really watch neither Dan nor Phil anymore. It is not on purpose; I have tried watching their videos, but I think I have matured and outgrown their sense of humor. Tragic? Yes. Extremely tragic. However, they – as well as this book – take me back to the days I spent holed up in my room, clicking video after video, because at the time, it was the only thing that could make me laugh.


A Trick of the Light, by Lois Metzger

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When I was fifteen, I developed an eating disorder. I will not go into it because it is a story for another day. I didn’t like this book, but it hits it so spot on. It tells the story from the perspective of anorexia, and the unreliable voice in Mike’s head is exactly what it feels like to live with the disorder.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

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Is this a cliché? I think it is. Oh well. Instead of the first book, I chose the last one because I remember the exact moment that I finished it. I was twelve, sitting in social studies (when I was supposed to be working, of course), and I remember closing it and looking around the room, thinking, What the hell do I do now? It was like this big part of my life was over with, and now I had to read other books. The problem was that, after Harry Potter, for a while, I didn’t know how.


The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa

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I’ve mentioned this book a lot, and I’m going to mention it one more time because it represents somebody important to me – my best friend. These books were her baby. When I showed her that I had checked out The Iron King, she freaked out and started screaming that they were the “BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD” and “I LOVE THEM MORE THAN I LOVE CHOCOLATE-COVERED ESPRESSO BEANS.” (She really loves chocolate-covered espresso beans.) This is not the first book we’ve bonded over, but it was one of the biggest. It also represents how I fell back in love with the infamous paranormal romance genre.


The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan

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Yes, yes, this one is on here, too. It’s because Ranger’s Apprentice solidified a bond with my brother that had been missing for years. I have almost nothing in common with him; there is nothing that we share an interest in besides Harry Potter, and this. While I was reading it, we would talk about the books constantly. Sometimes we still do.


The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the part where there would normally be an awkward silence.

The Raven Boys is my favorite book, as I have mentioned, repeatedly, at least ten times a day for the past year. The reason why it’s on here, though, is because it changed me as a writer. The Raven Cycle became the mountain that I wanted to climb, the light that I wanted to reach. I finished the series and thought, “I want to write a book that will make a reader feel exactly as this series makes me feel.”


Drum Taps, by Walt Whitman

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Emily Dickinson was my first favorite poet, but Walt Whitman was the one that made me understand why I love poetry. This collection is about the Civil War, and it made me cry – and I mean cry. I was sobbing so hard, I couldn’t even read the page. After that, I started to write poetry myself, though I’m not confident enough to share it with anyone.


Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

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I do not like Wuthering Heights. I think I might like it more if I read it again, but I’ll save that for a rainy day. I bought my first (yes, first) copy of Wuthering Heights when I was in sixth grade. I was roughly eleven years old. I had no idea that it was literature, and so when I started to read it, I felt like someone had smashed me over the head with a brick. Is this English? What does that word even mean? This was written when? And so forth. Wuthering Heights was my first classic, and I didn’t finish reading it until I was fifteen. It reminds me of the moment I realized that there was a whole other world of books that I hadn’t discovered yet, ones that I wouldn’t be able to read until I was much older.


Whew. Okay, this was actually extremely hard for me to do. Because I am lazy, I will tag Gretchen @ Chicnerdreads and Sophie @ Blame Chocolate, because they are awesome, and also because I don’t think they’ve done this yet. If they have or they don’t want to, then, well. 😉

All right. I’m starving, so I will go make a sandwich. Until next time!

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Goodreads Book Tag!

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おはよう、皆さん!(Good morning, everyone!)

I’m almost done with high school. My final day is next week! I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I’ve been really busy, but now quite a few of my classes have ended, and I have more free time than ever.

To celebrate, I decided to do this tag that absolutely nobody asked for!

I nabbed it from over at Icebreaker694, and if you haven’t been tagged already by her, you should do it, too!


WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

After a long week of wrapping up my resume and portfolio project, I managed to finish a collection of stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa! I read the ninth volume of Haikyuu!! the same night, which I am slowly making my way through as the volumes become available at the library.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I can’t say anything about this yet, but I did like No Longer Human, so hopefully I will like this one as well.


WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

One of these two!


DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Well, yes. Although I wish that Goodreads would include the half-star ratings.


ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

I WAS. But here’s the thing, see. I set it really high because I was reading a lot of manga, and although I was double-checking that I was adding the ‘read’ dates, for some reason Goodreads would cut like, twenty or so of my books out of my challenge. Gone. Kaput. So I just said, “Screw it,” then cancelled my challenge and figuratively sulked in a corner.


DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Yes, although I haven’t added any books to it in a while.


WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

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I really want to read some poetry by Chūya Nakahara, but his books are so hard to find! I can’t get them through Mel-Cat. I especially want this one because it’s a bilingual edition.


DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES?

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

I need to read more Jane Austen.


WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

It’s not that I love every book that these authors have written, because Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite of all-time, and I haven’t been able to finish any of her older books yet. It’s just that they’ve written books that mean so much to me.


HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Yes, but no. I’m a part of a few groups, but I don’t participate in any of them, and I feel like it’d be rude for me to leave. ;–;


I’m feeling lazy today, so this time I tag everyone!

(Seriously, though, everyone should do this tag.)

Until next time! ❤

(P.S: I’ve been watching Prince of Stride: Alternative lately, so have a gif of this angel.)

This or That Book Tag!

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This was a freebie that I snagged from Icebreaker694! Because it’s not like I haven’t done 9,999 tags already.


Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

READING ON THE COUCH OR ON THE BED?

I tend to read more in bed, despite the fact that I’m always falling asleep.


MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?

Female – though ironically, I prefer to write from male perspectives.


SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS?

Sweet~. ❤


TRIOLOGIES OR QUARTETS?

Quartets. The more books, the merrier!


FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD POV?

Third-person. Putting some distance between myself and the main character helps me figure my feelings out for myself, instead of basing it off of their own emotions.


READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?

Reading at night. I’m too busy during the day to get much reading done, so most of my reading is done in the evening and night time.


LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?

Libraries! I get almost all of my books from there.


BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?

Books that make me laugh are always the best.


BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?

Black. They don’t get as dirty that way.


CHARACTER DRIVEN OR PLOT DRIVEN?

Plot-driven. Although I have to admit, a certain character can make a boring book twice as enjoyable.


Okay, now to tag some freaks.

Sophie @ BlameChocolate

Emma @ TheYaHunt

Jess @ TheMudAndStarsBookBlog

(As always, only do it if you want to!)

See you next time!

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“What Cats Do” Book Tag!

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I was tagged by the lovely Sophie @Blame Chocolate! This tag is wonderful. Both books and cats. How could I resist?


Rules


PURR- AS CATS DO THIS WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY OR RELAXED, WHAT IS THE BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST OR RELAXED?

I know I talk about these books way too often, but they are really the only thing that keep me sane sometimes.


SLEEP- WHAT IS A BOOK THAT PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR WAS JUST BORING?

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I’m sorry, guys! I tried to read this, and I kept passing out. I don’t think J.R.R. Tolkein’s books are for me.


TWITCH WHILE DREAMING- HAVE YOU EVER DREAMT OF A BOOK YOU READ?

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*happy sigh.*


SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT- WHICH BOOK HAD THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST(S)?

I’ll have to pick these two! I definitely didn’t see the twist coming, that’s for sure.


 CUDDLES- WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU GIVE A HUG TO?

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Wesley from Victoria Schwab’s The Archived! He’s so adorable, funny, and kind. Definitely one of the best love interests of all time.


CATNIP- WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAVE WARM AND FUZZY FEELS?

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There’s a lot of controversey over this book, but I really liked it! There was a lot of romantic tension, and I kept squealing. Plus, it’s set in Paris, so the setting was very beautiful. ❤


CAT BREEDS- WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

These two! The rest of them can be seen on my favorites shelf.


GETTING THE CAT- HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR FAVORITE BOOK(S).

Through Goodreads! I’m always searching lists and checking out what other people read in order for my next favorite. I don’t have many people to recommend me books in real life, since most of the time, our tastes are very different.


THE VET’S OFFICE- YOUR LEAST FAVORITE  BOOK:

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I literally cannot stand the sight of this book.


BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T- LEAST FAVORITE CLICHÉ:

Bitchy mean girls/girl-hate/slut-shaming, etc., etc.


FINAL QUESTION: THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX- MOST UNDERRATED BOOK SERIES. 

I received this book from Netgalley, and I really enjoyed it! I haven’t read the rest of the series, yet, but I want to.


I will tag….

Tiana @The Book Raven

Stephanie @Between Folded Pages!

As always, feel free not to do it if you don’t want to. (Though this is a cool tag, so you should!)

Until next time! ❤

Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!

I’ve been doing so many tags lately. I think I’m procrastinating.

I found this over on Blame It On Chocolate! I wasn’t tagged, but I almost never am, and I wanted to do it anyway. 😀


Greed

What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

My copy of Animal Farm was originally 50¢ back in 1956, and I bought it for 10¢ at a garage sale! That makes it my cheapest book by far. My most expensive book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, since it’s the original hardcover edition. It’s $35.00, which makes it even more expensive than some of my reference books. (Lucky for me, it was a gift from my brother. Thanks, bro! ❤ )


Wrath

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

 

The identity of Tsugumi Ohba is unknown, so I don’t know who he/her/they really are. As much as I loved Death Note, I have a massive problem with the misogyny. It’s something that appeared in the series Bakuman, too, which Tsugumi Ohba also wrote. And I love Poe to death, but he was a pretty big kind of a narcissist. I mean, he wrote anonymous reviews of his own work. Come on, man.


Gluttony

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

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Simon is my spirit animal. ❤


Sloth

What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

I really, really want to read Anna Karenina, but the 900+ page length scares the crap out of me. The same things goes for David Copperfield, but even more so because it was a gift (a gift!) from a beloved teacher. It’s just that every time I start a Charles Dickens novel, his writing style throws me off. I find it so cumbersome and melodramatic.


Pride

What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intelligent reader?

Pick one.


Lust

What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Well, I like blondes.

I like my male characters two different ways: sweet and caring (think Zeke from Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules) or bad-to-the-bone and twisted AF, with a tiny soft spot that shows they’re not a complete monster. With my girls, I just want them to kick ass, whether that means with physical or mental ability. I don’t want them to be petty or self-absorbed. They don’t have to be Lara Croft, but in some way, I want them to be strong.


Envy

What book would you like to receive as a gift?

I’ve been reading a lot of V.E. Schwab lately, and I really want her Shades of Magic trilogy! I’d like The Lost Prince and the rest of the Call of the Forgotten trilogy to complete my collection of The Iron Fey. Finally, I don’t own a lot of manga (just because it can get really pricy), but I’d love to own all of the volumes of Haikyuu!!, since it’s my favorite.


All right, and that’s it! This one was a lot of fun. I don’t usually tag, but this time I’ll nominate Emma @ The YA Hunt and Olivia @ Heir of Glitter, since I love their blogs so much! (Of course, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. Don’t mind me.)

Have a good day, everyone! See you soon.

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Mystery Blogger Award 5.0/6.0!

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Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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THE RULES:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 3 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)


 

I can’t believe I was tagged. Holy shit! Thank you so much, Emma! 😀 (Check out her blog, she’s amazing.) ❤

Facts:

  1. I’m learning Japanese! It’s my favorite subject, and though it’s difficult, once you understand the structure, it’s a bit easier to understand. I want to live in Kyoto when I’m older, so learning the language was a necessity.
  2. I play the piano. Not well, mind, but I do play and I love it. There’s something really relaxing about a piece coming together. I also really want to learn the violin, but I can’t afford the lessons at the moment. 😦
  3. My best friend introduced me to BBC’s Sherlock and now I’m in hell. Help.

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Emma’s questions!

What quote has changed your life (name the book it’s from!)?

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books, and it’s very quotable. The one above is the one that stuck with me the most, though, because it’s so simple, yet it relates to something we all feel: the complexity of human emotion, how we can feel multiple, contrasting things at once. I thought I was the only one that had ever felt like that until I read that quote.

What’s the best book you have ever read?

I’m going to have to nominate Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, since it’s my favorite, but also because I’ve never read anything like it, and that’s not something that I can say very often, you know?

Favourite character from a book/movie/anything?

Tobio Kageyama from Haikyuu!! I should actually make a list of these, because I think it would be interesting.

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Do you buy books knowing you’re never going to read them?

Oh yes. All of the time. It’s a bad habit. I’ll buy a book because I’ve heard of it, or because it’s a classic and I just have to have it in my collection, but the truth is that I’ll probably never get around to it, especially if it’s really long.

 I’m going to steal Kayla’s question. What song is stuck in your head right now? (Link it if you can!)

YES! I love this question. Right now, it’s “カンタンナコト” by The Oral Cigarettes. (That roughly translates to “Something Simple.”)

I listen to too much J-rock.

Have a look!


Okay, my turn!

If you could go back in time to any period, which one would it be?

Do you have a song that reminds you of a person/place?

If you could slip inside of a book, which one would it be?

Which book/TV character would you marry, and why?

What’s your favorite inside joke?


I tag….

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Crystal @ Lost In a Good Book

Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads

That’s if they want to or if they haven’t been tagged already, of course. 😛 *Has no backbone.*

(Yet another) Get To Know Me Tag!

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful break. Mine was uneventful, but I got to read a lot, and that’s all that matters.

To welcome you all back, I’ll post another Get To Know Me Tag that no one is interested in, nor was it ever asked for. (Insert quote about humanity’s narcissm here.)

I stole it from Lost In A Good Book! Please check out her blog. It’s amazing. 😀

Vital Stats:

Name: Alicia.

Nicknames: Doony, England (as in Hetalia), Bambi, and Sunshine.

Birthday: February 16th.

Star Sign: Aquarius.

Occupation: Student, but I plan on becoming either an author or a translator. (Maybe both!)

Appearance:

Hair Colour: Reddish-brown. A bit more red than brown, though. 😉

Hair Length: Medium-long, I think. It’s a little ways past my shoulders. I like it when it’s short, but I think that it looks better when I grow it out. Sigh.

Eye Colour: Green!

Best Feature: Definitely my eyes.

Braces: I probably should’ve gotten them, since my teeth are slightly crooked, but it’s too late for them now.

Piercings: I have the general pierced ears. I’d like to get a cartilage piercing or something, but for now, it’s just the two.

Tattoos: None, but I want some!

Right or Left: Right.

Firsts:

Real Holiday: Apparently I was in Chicago when I was really little, but I don’t remember it, so I’d have to say when my family went on a trip to Sandusky, Ohio. (Yes, I went to Cedar Point.)

Best Friend: Myka! She’s the John to my Sherlock, and likewise.

Award: I used to bowl on a league, and my team won first place! We won many times, actually.

Sport: Bowling. It was a family thing, so that’s how I got into it.

Concert: I’ve never been to a concert. 😦 I’ve always wanted to, though.

Favourites:

TV Show(s): Sherlock.

Colour: Black/teal/pastel pink.

Song: It’s always changing, but now I would have to say Namae Wo Yobu Yo (“I’ll Call Out Your Name”, though it translates literally to “Call Out The Name”), by Luck Life. It’s the ending theme to Bungou Stray Dogs.

Restaurant: Eh, I don’t know. Pisanello’s, maybe?

Shop: Barnes & Noble and FYI.

Shoes: Boots. BOOTS.

Currently:

Feeling: A little sleepy, like I need coffee.

Single or Taken: Single. Currently fishing.

Eating: Nothing, but now I really want some coffee.

Thinking About: The piano, and I’m running through vocabulary in my head for my Japanese class.

Watching: This!

Wearing: Black leggings, boots, and my favorite navy hoodie that keeps me warm, since I have a body temperature of -30 degrees.

Future:

Want Children: Maybe. I’ve thought about adopting, but I don’t like the idea of becoming pregnant.

Want to be Married: Yes. To the right girl, of course.

Careers in Mind: I’d like to either write for a living or translate books from/into Japanese.

Where You Want to Live: KYOTO.

Do You Believe in:

God: Nope.

Miracles: Yes, I think so.

Love at First Sight: No, no, and no.

Ghosts: YES.

Aliens: A little, but that’s a scary thought.

Soul Mates: I think I do. I’m very romantic, so I like the idea of finding that one person who makes you feel complete. I believe in fate, anyway.

Heaven: Since I don’t believe in God, no.

Hell: No.

Kissing on the First Date: I think that would be rushing things, but it depends on the circumstances/how well they know each other.

Yourself: I am trying really hard not to pity myself and to not dwell on things that I can’t change. So to that, I would say yes.


That’s all! And because I don’t like to tag people, I’m not going to. 😛

For those of you that are interested!

Another Get To Know Me Tag!

So. I’m currently re-reading The Raven Cycle series, which means that I’m not reviewing anything at the moment due to the fact that if I did, it would just be four more long, rambling posts about how much I am addicted to it and how freaking amazing it is. So, in order to keep this blog from going dead again, I will do a tag that I stole found.

Last person you called?

That would be my father. He was supposed to pick me up from school, but he misunderstood me somehow and ended up waiting at the library for fifteen minutes before I called and asked if he was okay. He’s such a dork.

What was your favourite subject at school? 

My favorite subject is English, all the way. It’s the only class I can get excited about.

What is your favourite drink? 

Herbal tea, particularly Sleepytime Vanilla. Any kind of spice tea I love, too.

Who is your male celebrity crush? 

I’m actually gay. And the thing is, any guys I’d even think about making out with are either fictional or animated. So unless you want me to say Seijūrō Akashi, I’m afraid I can’t answer that question.

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LOOK HOW PRETTY HE IS. IT’S NOT FAIR.

I would go with Halsey, because her music is my jam, she’s gorgeous, and she gets me on such a spiritual level.

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Favourite food?

I wish I could say something interesting, but probably waffles. It’s either that or veggie stir-fry.

What is the last thing you bought?

Probably something uninteresting, like a soda.

Favourite book of all time?

I wasn’t going to say this, but screw it. I’m saying it. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. Boom. It’s done.

Favourite colour?

Black. I also love blues, especially teal and navy.

Have you ever been out of the country?

Sadly, no, but I want to.

How many siblings do you have?

Just one, a brother. He’s two years older than me, and I love him more than anything.

When was the last time you cried?

I don’t remember. I’m the kind of person that gets teary-eyed whenever I watch anime, so it’s hard for me to recall.

Favourite movie? 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, because it stands as the only book-to-movie adaption I’ve ever seen that gets everything 100% accurate – and that’s because it was written and directed by the author. It’s really good, honestly.

How tall are you?

As of last January, I’m almost 166 centimeters. That’s around 5’5″.

Can you cook?

Not well, no, but I want to learn.

Are you single? 

I prefer to say by choice.

Lucky number?

13 and 19.

Have you got any tattoos?

I was actually thinking about getting one really soon, a small one on my wrist. As of yet, no.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes. I don’t know why, but I do.

Do you believe in aliens?

I think so. I don’t think we’re the only ones out there.

Do you drink alcohol?

Absolutely not. For one I’m too young, and for another, I’m too young.

Where are you from?

Michigan. You can tell I’m from the Midwest, honestly, because no matter how carefully I try to enunciate my words, I seem to have an accent.

When is your birthday?

February 16th. Yes, yes, it’s next week!

What really makes you angry?

Discrimination, racism, sexism, or bigotry of any kind. I’m really sensitive about that kind of stuff. I can’t stand small-minded people.

Favourite band?

My Chemical Romance. ❤

Weird habit? 

I’m unable to resist temptation. I will tell myself not to do something, and then within an hour I have done it and am stressing myself sick over it. Sigh.

Dan and Phil Book Tag! (Original)

Guys. Guys, I’ve done it. I’ve created a tag.

*Cries silently.*

I meant to do this a year ago, actually. (It must’ve been a year because it was around the time TABINOF came out.) But I guess I forgot about it until now.

For those of you who don’t know, Dan and Phil are two YouTubers who go by the usernames Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil, respectively. Their partnership has exploded into an online internet cult that will suck you up like a tornado. Once you get into the Phandom, it is impossible to get out.

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These questions are inspired by them! Let’s get started.

(By the way, red is for Dan, blue is for Phil, and green is for the both of them!)

Reason’s Why Dan’s a Fail: a book everyone loved but you.

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*crawls into corner*

I wanted to like this book so badly. Everything about it drew me in. But in the end, I couldn’t get past the clipped sentences and the distant narrator, which made this book really bland. There’s supposed to be a sequel coming out, and I’m going to give that a shot because I still believe somewhere along the line I made a mistake.

 

 

 


Things Phil Thought Were True, But Are Not True: a book with a twist you did not see coming.

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The Archived surprised me on all levels, but especially in one area concerning one certain character. Let’s just say, without spoiling anything: what I thought was going to be a love triangle ended up…not being a love triangle. At all.

 

 

 

 

 


Dil Howlter: a favorite series you’ll never get tired of.

My instincts tell me to put the Ranger’s Apprentice series up here, but heaven knows I’ve done that too many times already, so in order to keep things fresh, I’m going to put up something a little different. Death Note is my favorite manga, and even after all of these years, I never get tired of jumping back into the fandom for a moment just to reminisce.


Procrasination: a book you’ve been putting off reading.

So, I don’t like dystopian. At all. But you know what, the Hunger Games was actually pretty good, and it’s the one dystopian that I can actually picture myself getting into. However, I keep putting off finishing it due to my general dislike of the genre, so I have no idea when I’ll ever read the last two books.


Cheese: a book that gave you a bad taste in your mouth.

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I didn’t finish this book. I couldn’t even reach 100 pages, it was so bad. First of all, I don’t like Alice in Wonderland, so I have no idea why I would think a retelling would be any different – zombies, maybe? Second of all, the writing is terrible. Alice’s narrative is so forced and awkward. Third of all (is that a thing?), there was too much concerning teenage drama and love triangles. It was all just so…blech.

 

 

 


The Game: your favorite bookish inside joke.

 

Way to go, Alicia, you used Ranger’s Apprentice again.

Okay. So, Draco Malfoy is my favorite HP character. I love how much he evolves, especially in the sixth book, when we get to see more of him than just a bully. It proves that even though he’s a total asshole, he’s not a villain. He’s just a brat.

And whenever someone says, “My father will hear about this,” I crack up.

In the Ranger’s Apprentice series, there are quite a few inside jokes, but the one that’s the most popular is probably “It’s a mandola.” You would have to have read it to understand.

I think I need to stop laughing now.


Existential Crisis: a book that crippled you emotionally.

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The end of this series made me cry. It was so unexpected, so devastating, that after I finished it I stared into space and couldn’t stop. I couldn’t move. I’ve said it a thousand times and I’ll say it again: Gina Damico knows how to bring shit down.

 

 

 

 


Why Phil Was a Weird Kid: a book that you found really strange.

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This is a very, very wacky Wizard of Oz retelling – to the point that it gets a little out of control. It’s also extremely corny, but I think that was a part of its charm. Overall, I liked it, though when I finished I wasn’t sure what exactly I had just read.

 

 

 

 


Phil Is Not On Fire: a book or series you always turn to for comfort.

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There you have it!

Anyone is free to do this tag if you want, but if you do, I’d like you to tell me so I can read/watch your response! I’d probably follow you, too. 🙂