Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag!

I was nominated for this by inkgirlandwords and this is the first time I’ve ever done this tag so I am so thankful for the nomination! She is an awesome teenager who writes poetry, short stories and much more! Please do take some time to check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Best Book You’ve Read This Year-

Animal Farm- I reread it this year and I love it as much as I did when I first read it!

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Best Sequel This Year-

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

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New Release You Want to Read-

Nothing in particular!

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Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of the Year-

None in particular!

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Biggest Disappointment of the Year-

The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger

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Biggest Surprise of the Year –

Resistance by Owen Sheers- I didn’t expect it to be very good but it was

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Favorite New/New to You Author-

Philip Roth- I really like his style of writing.

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Newest Fictional Crush-

Newt Scamander

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Newest Favorite Character-

Albus Severus Potter

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A Book that Made You Cry- 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year-

The Book Thief

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Favorite Post You’ve Written This Year

https://lifesfinewhine.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/an-open-letter-to-my-anxiety/

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Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year-

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All books are beautiful but this one is a little more beautiful than the rest 😉

 

A Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year-

Deception Point by Dan Brown

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Introducing A New Category On My Blog!

So I was talking to inkgirlandwords (who by the way has an amazing blog so please check it out IMMEDIATELY) and she suggested I do a category where I talk about some blogs I like with 50 or less followers so as to help grow their blog! I will be talking about 2 blogs today which I really liked:

1. Violeta- she writes short stories with very interesting topics! She started blogging pretty recently and she also takes suggestions for topics to write stories on. If you’re interested in short stories I would highly recommend checking out her blog and even if you don’t particularly like short stories check it out and you might actually love her blog!

2. Ran and Cindy Cindy is an avid reader who loves fantasy and Ran is also into fantasy as well as poetry. If you’re into books or like reading book reviews do check out their blog and I’m sure you’ll find some good books to read next! And if you like photography check out their Instagram pages (you can find a link to them on their blog). 

I really hope you guys like this new category and if you have less than 50 followers leave me a link below so I can include you in this category and promote your blog! I really hope you check out the above blogs and show them support because they are really amazing and deserve it!

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Mystery Blogger Award

I want to thank Christina for nominating me for this award! She has an amazing blog which I would highly recommend you check out if you like anything to do with books and reading!

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

Three Things About Me:

  • I’m right handed but I can write with my left hand too
  • I love cooking and my favorite ingredient to use is garlic!
  • I love anything and everything to do with makeup!

Questions Given To Me:

What are you currently reading?

The Human Stain By Philip Roth

What has been your favorite book read so far of 2017 and why?

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend because I LOVE her style of writing and the hilarious cynical sarcasm!

What new book(s) are you looking forward to being released later this year (if applicable)?

None in particular!

If your bookshelf could talk, what would it say? (the weird-ish question)

Why do you keep over loading me with books??

What book series would you like to see turned into a TV series or movie?

I would want Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green to become a TV series because I think it would be super interesting to watch!

My Nominees:

Anyone reading this please feel free to try this award out using the same questions!!

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This Is My Truth Now Tag!

I want to thank James J. Cudney IV for nominating me for this awesome tag! I’m so sorry it took forever for me to get to it!

He has an amazing blog and is actually the creator of this tag so please do check out his blog if you don’t already follow it!

The Rules

  1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

I would in all honesty talk to the author because my friends know how much this author means to me and I know they would absolutely understand why I ditched them to spend time with the author!

You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

I would pick Hermione Granger because we would have a lot to talk about and yes lock the door I don’t mind!

If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

I would change Holden Caulfield to Hester Prynne so he can see what real problems and suffering look like because in my opinion he is a whiny little spoilt brat.

What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

Well there are many:

Shay-lon– because she is one of the strongest people I know who breaks barriers every day!

Elaine-She is so sweet and amazing at everything she tries especially art!

Opher- He is one of the smartest people I’ve ever talked to and he has seen amazing things!

inkgirlandwords- She is one of the most driven people I read as well as the most sensitive and caring!

Shweta- She is so sweet and smart and has a way with words!

James J. Cudney IV- He is super interesting and I really enjoy reading his reviews!

And I admire everyone I follow for being excellent writers!

If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

I would do whatever I had to do and change whatever I had to change to save Fred Weasley.

If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon from 30 Rock and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride And Prejudice- they seem like a very good match!

It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

I would choose the second option and the author would be J. K. Rowling and the book would of course be Harry Potter!

If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

No i definitely would not do that to my friend! I know how much my friends pets mean to them!

If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I would turn my sister into a book character just to see what happens (I can bring her back right??)

Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

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Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

It would be Liesel because she is running from the Nazi’s in The Book Thief

Which of the 365 Daily Challenge posts most describes you? To see them all, you can go here. (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)

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My Nominees:

Anyone who wants to try this out is more than welcome to! It’s super fun and you can do the same question for number 12 because I really like this one and it’s interesting!

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Ruler Of The Books Tag!

I want to thank Christina for nominating me for this amazing tag! This is my first time doing it! She is awesome and if you like books you definitely need to check out her blog if you haven’t already!!

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU MAKE EVERYONE READ?

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austin or the Harry Potter series because you really can’t hate them!

WHAT WOULD YOU ABOLISH IN BOOK CONSTRUCTION?

Hmmm I don’t think I would want to abolish anything in particular.

WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO WRITE YOU ANY BOOK?

Jack Kerouac or Mark Twain- I really like their style.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU DEMOTE TO THE LIBRARY BASEMENT TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW BOOK?

The Catcher In The Rye (sorry to all the people who love this book!)

WHAT COVER ARTIST WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO MAKE A MURAL?

Quentin Blake

WHAT CHARACTER’S FACE WOULD YOU PUT ON A COIN?

Mr. Darcy- to be honest I have always had a crush on him and would love to see his face on coins.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU AWARD THE “RULER OF BOOKS” 2016 PRIZE TO?

I don’t know most of the books I read last year were pretty old. I don’t think I’ve read stuff published in 2016. If you have any suggestions about 2016 books to read leave them below!

My Nominees Are:

Bookishendavours

Shweta Suresh

theorangutanlibrarian

James J Cudney IV

And anyone reading this consider yourself nominated!

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I’m Sick…

So I had a perfect post planned out today but unfortunately I got food poisoning 🤢 so I’m going to do that post next week now. It sucks and I have no idea what happened because I didn’t even eat out yesterday but I just woke up feeling horrible and nauseous.

On a lighter note here is a really funny German cartoon I’ve been watching. It’s definitely on the darker side of comedy and if you don’t like shows like Family Guy and South Park I wouldn’t recommend it but if you do like that kind of humor I would really recommend it! And for all my English speaking followers who don’t understand German don’t worry it has very accurate English subtitles!

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Happy Birthday PoojaG

Thank you so much for the beautiful painting and the sweet and wonderful words! You are such a wonderful person and amazing friend!!

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Happy Birthday to my dear young friend PoojaG who is a mere 20 years old today. 🙂🙃 It was Pooja that got me painting, her site is called lifesfinewine and is well worth taking a look at.

I can’t send you a birthday card so I thought I would send you a painting instead. I hope you have had a lovely day and once again:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pooja G,

love from .Elaine x

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My “dissertation” on the sounds to letters and language. -JJB-

This is so awesome! So a fellow blogger tried out my poem Die Welt in different languages around the world!

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I was having fun the other night and ran across a fellow blogger

https://lifesfinewhine.wordpress.com/

The first post I read of hers was a poem she had translated from one of her 2 native tongues, English into a desired language, German. It is as follows

Die Welt                                                           The World

Die Buame                                                     The trees

Die Blumen                                                    The Flowers

Der Wind                        …

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Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club (Nanyuki)

We left early on Tuesday morning for Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club at about 8 am. We had decided to drive since we thought a road trip would be fun which it was!

Some of the places we drove by had little huts like these where farmers lived.

There was so much amazing greenery on the way there and I was really grateful that we decided to drive there because we would have missed some amazing nature!

This is the first gate that you see when you first arrive at Fairmount. 

This was the first thing you saw as soon as you entered the hotel.

This was the beautifully decorated reception area where we waited till our cottage was ready.

There was even a hand carved chess set in case you got a little bored while waiting!

More of the beautiful decorations!

One of the first things we saw were these beautiful and magnificently elegant peacocks which was amazing because it was my first time seeing a peacock. They were quite friendly too so we could walk quite close to them without being afraid of being attacked! This place is actually known for all the different types of birds that live there so it you love birds and birdwatching this is the place to be!

This was one of the peacocks displaying it’s feathers!

This is what it can see from the reception area and this is where the peacocks usually are.

There’s an area of the hotel where the equator passes through so technically the hotel is on two different hemispheres!

This was the view of the hotel from the other side.

This was the view from the window near the bar.

Of course no holiday is complete without an amazing book! I had a great time reading this one by the pool and getting a cute tan.

This was the amazing pool area which included an area for a bunch of different activities including basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis, a maze, a trampoline, bow and arrows, and more.

At lunch this beautiful peacock decided to join us!

This was the dinner place

We were lucky enough to have dinner right by the fire both the nights we were there!

And the first night we had some delicious pizza!!

It took us about four hours to drive there and about three hours to get back.

Conclusively this place was very clean, the atmosphere was just absolutely wonderful, the staff was incredibly helpful and always friendly, the animals and birds were so fun to see, the food was delicious and there were so many activities to do we weren’t bored for even a minute! I would highly recommend Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club if you’re ever in Kenya or Nanyuki. Everything considered I would give it a 4.5/5. Oh and if you’re ever there take some warm clothes with you because it does get chilly at night!

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10 Quotes To Remember When You’re Feeling Down

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