Book Blogger Test

I was nominated by Ella who has incredible recipes on her blog! She is super awesome so please do check out her blog and give it a follow if you haven’t already!!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post
  3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
  4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

Describe your perfect reading spot.

At home snuggled up in bed!

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Tell us Three book confessions

  • I watched The Hunger Games before reading the books even though I always tell everyone to read the book before watching the movie…
  • I  haven’t read Moby Dick
  • I hated The Catcher In The Rye

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When was the last time you cried during a book?

Yesterday.

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How many books are on your bedside table?

A LOT.

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What’s your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

Crisps!

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Name Three books you would recommend to Everyone

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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Show us a picture of your favourite bookcase on a bookshelf

I don’t have a bookshelf… I just have a bunch of cupboards filled with books…

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Describe how much books mean to you in just three words

They mean everything.

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My Nominees:

Jeyran Main

inkgirlandwords

Christina

Kristin

RAK

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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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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)

Demure.

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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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The Liebster Award!

I would like to thank wavesofawesomeness for nominating me for this award! Please check it out if you haven’t already if you like quotes, poetry and other awesome posts!

So the rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify them of the nomination
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

The Questions Given To Me:

Would you rather own a bakery or a candy shop?

I would have to say a bakery because as much as I like candy I prefer pastries!

Do you prefer drawings or paintings?

Both! And if you like paintings check out this blog.

Would you rather live in an area that’s always hot or always cold?

Cold. I always prefer the cold over the heat

Who are your favourite bloggers and what is/ are your favourite post(s) from them?(I don’t have to be one of them 😉 )

wavesofawesomeness

Elaine

Shay-lon

Opher

inkgirlandwords

Jirah

orangutanlibrarian

Chape

Shweta Suresh

Katzenworld

becomingdeutsch

Esmé

Simon

Shruti

Christina

And I’m sure I’m still forgetting a few!

Who are your favourite YouTubers?

I really like Ryan Higa!

Who are some of your favourite authors?

Jane Austen

J. K. Rowling

Dan Brown

Stephenie Meyer

Dyan Sheldon

Khaled Hosseini

Margret Atwood

Jack Kerouac

Meg Cabot

Describe your blog in an advert style

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a confused, anxious, pessimistic, weird, introverted, twenty year old girl? Well look no further we have just the blog you want! At lifesfinewhine not only do you get the real twenty year old girl trying to find herself experience you also sometimes get random posts about Awards and Tags! So don’t forget to check out lifesfinewhine to stop the fun and start the soul crushing anxiety!

What is/was your favourite topic to study in History?

Everything! I swear I have never been bored learning something in History (yes I know I’m a nerd).

What type of phone do you have?

Samsung

What would you change about your life?

I would get rid of my anxiety.

If you were president/ mayor/ royalty, what would you do or change about your area/ county/ country?

I would work harder to bring peace and unity to my country, I would also make sure that my country causes as little pollution as possible even if it means certain things are banned, I would work very hard to stop hunting, I would try to help people who can’t afford education get free education, I would try to bring universal healthcare and free university for my citizens.

11 Facts About Me:

  • I love Italian food
  • I want to someday see Germany and hopefully live there!
  • I want to explore Europe
  • I love anything to do with History and Psychology
  • I am currently learning German
  • I’m 20
  • I’m 5’2
  • I love animals
  • I love art
  • I used to like horror movies but I’m not that into them anymore
  • I love reading

My Nominees Are:

Anyone and everyone reading this! (Do the same questions!)

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Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is an incredible book about two women from different families and different backgrounds who are forced to suffer the same fate as a result of unfortunate events. These two women go on to form an extraordinary bond and fight for their freedom. Unlike Hosseini’s first book The Kite Runner this one focuses more on the lives of young women in Afghanistan. I originally read this book for my English class and absolutely loved it. Hosseini has a certain way of using characters to bring out emotions and create realistic situations. His books are always very honest and raw and discuss subjects that need to be more openly discussed if we want a way to solve them.

This book begins with the narration of a young Afghan girl Marriam who is living a miserable life where she feels trapped by her dramatically possessive mother. She is closer to her father who visits her often but always leaves her anyway. Her father has wives and Marriam’s mother is only a maid who once worked for them and so she lives further away on her own. Her father obviously feels guilty about the situation but is too afraid to do anything about it and Marriam’s mother is too irrational to truly help Marriam understand the situation better.

One unfortunate day, Marriam decides to leave her mother to go visit her father even though she is forbidden to and comes back to find that her mother has committed suicide leaving her all alone. Her father who is influenced by his wives decides to marry her off to a significantly older shoemaker, Rasheed. The marriage quickly goes downhill and soon she lives in fear of his ever changing moods, violent temper, control and trust issues and misogynistic views. He believes that men should never lose control of their wives and to prove this point he forces her to wear a burqa and he often ridicules, insults and torments her, sometimes physically abusing her.

Laila is also a young girl living in Afghanistan whose life is turned upside down when a rocket lands on her house killing her family. Her boyfriend Tariq has already left for Pakistan and when she realizes she’s pregnant with Tariq’s baby she agrees to marry Rasheed when he asks her.

At first Marriam is furious and accuses Laila of stealing her husband but after the baby arrives she starts to soften towards Laila. Soon Marriam and Laila are closer than ever. Knowing that they only have each other they quickly start trying to defend each other against Rasheed’s rages and abuse which only angers him more. Hosseini allows the reader an insight not only into the lives of these women and their suffering but into Afghanistan before and after the Taliban rule. He talks about how men were forced to grow beards, women were forced to cover up, women weren’t allowed to go out of their house alone without being accompanied by a male and at one point he talks about how women in labor were turned away from hospitals because the two genders weren’t allowed to use the same hospitals.

This book really portrays Afghanistan and its people in a different light instead of the stereotypical way we often see it portrayed by the media. It really makes you think about life and how much these people have been through. By the end you will truly become emotionally attached to the characters. This is a must read book that I could not put down.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls”

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