“Sibterhood” of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated by my friend Anastasia over at her blog, ReadAndSurvive! Thank you so very much for the award. 🙂 What an honor~~

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Now, as you can see the original award was for entry into a Sisterhood.

Buuuuuuut–! Since I don’t identify as female 😀 – I’m more of a Mx. than a Ms. – I’ve changed the award to a more appropriate titling of “Sibterhood of the World Bloggers Award,” so as to include every gender where we might all be sibs together! :3

As such, I’m also not sticking to femaleonly nominees. REJOICE!


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions they’ve sent you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten people

My answers to Anastasia’s questions:

1. If you were a character in a book, what kind of a book would it be? Who are you? How would the book end?

Ohh… a complex question. Well, let’s see. The short answer is, I would be the enigma, the unknown; either finding myself in the role of anti-hero, villain, or rogue who is constantly ridiculed, outcast, or underestimated in a speculative fiction/dark fantasy book.

Whether I was protag or antagonist however, would depend solely on who’s telling the story. If it were told by myself or others like me, then I…we would be the protagonists – most assuredly, (because we would get to tell our side of the story, and not have it told for us by those would do not understand). We would still be rogues and cutthroats and honestly not give a fuck about what others thought of us or our actions, but it would be OUR story you would hear and not that of those who fight to oppress us, fear us, or fight to destroy us. Obviously, on that note, if anyone else (outside of us) told the story, we would undoubtedly be portrayed as the antagonists and villains, or at the very least the subject of much debate and controversy. The story would definitely take on a much different light depending on whose side is telling the tale.

One thing’s for certain: we would end up on top at the end. Either by getting away or actually winning the fight… we would survive and press on to another day. Whether anyone else likes it or not will once again depend on the narrator’s sway for, or against us.

2. Do you only read books or do you also read comics, manga, magazines, newspapers? Which ones?

I consider comics and manga to be books as well, thank you very much! XD

So obviously, yes, I read manga (and manhua and manhwa…), comics, webcomics, and magazines (although with mags, not so much recently…). If you want to know which ones I read, you can head on over to the listings for manga and for webcomics (that are constantly and possibly forever under construction) for an incomplete, work-in-progress record of which manga/comics/mags I read. There is no way I could list them all here. 8D

3. What was most memorable experience for you in 2014?

Memorable?

. . .

I would say… discovering NetGalley. XD Because… ya’know… there was a LOT of memorable things last year. Most of them NOT GOOD. So I’m gonna go with NetGalley, because that will always be a bright spot in my life. :3

4. What are your hobbies?

  • Listening to music.
  • Reading.
  • Acquiring books (in any form, shape, or otherwise. Bonus points for any books I can get for cheap or free!)
  • Creating and destroying worlds and characters in my head, and then writing them down. Sometimes.
  • Writing, in general.
  • Discovering new things (this is a pretty broad hobby because… well… it’s not subject to one thing only. Music, books, authors, facts, random facts, seemingly useless facts, theories, scientific discoveries, art, life hacks, programs and apps that help and assist productivity or entertainment, different cultures/peoples/customs, travel, astronomy… you name it, I probably find some portion of it interesting. I just like learning and finding new stuff, new information, the known and the unknown. It is a great passion of mine to simply learn and acquire more knowledge. I’m something of an epistemophile, although I’ve been told I may be more of philosophile – which I’m also quite fine with, btw.)
  • Exploring new places (this doesn’t solely mean “to travel” either…).
  • Creature concepts & world-building: both on paper in the written form, and in pencil & photoshop
  • Watching other people play video games and commenting/making fun of everything that happens while loving every horrid minute of it.

5. What’s your favorite animal (mythological creatures are absolutely counted in)? Why?

Ugh. I hate these “favourite” questions since I always have too many. XD

UM. Okay. So for regular animals: Cats, Foxes, Owls, Bats, Crocodiles, Komodo Dragons, Sharks, Goats, Horses, Bearded Vultures, Hummingbirds… SO.MANY.OTHERS!!

As for mythological creatures… ughhhdhksajgdlg… there’s too maannyyyy!! @__@ Kitsune, Dragons, Hellhounds, Cerberus, Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasus, Sphinx, Kelpie, Bakeneko, Nekomata, Mermaids… must I go on??

Now for the “why”… well… there’s either some aspect of their nature, personality, appearance, or innate purpose that I love. However I am, in no way, going to list those reasons now. I’d be here all week if I did.

6. What country are you from?

Born in the U.S. of A.

7. What do you want to do in 2015?

  1. Get a new job.
  2. Write a book (or two)
  3. Participate in several book challenges (Check my progress here)
  4. READ TONS OF BOOKS
  5. Get some of my unpublished works published
  6. Do at least one completely new thing
  7. Make a difference.

8. Your book boyfriends? Crushes? Why them?

Hmm, never really had book “boyfriends” or “girlfriends” or even crushes on any character. There are some I find incredibly delicious or perfect together, but… not with me. XD I did and do have favorite characters though, who I absolutely adore or simply root for no matter the situation (even if they seem unworthy of such devotion).

Some examples include: Arya, Tyrion, Jaime, Brienne, Daenerys, Varys (A Song of Ice and Fire series); Loki (from… mythology, Marvel, and I Bring The Fire series); Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles); Tobias and Ax (Animorphs); Dai, Jaehee, Naru (Let Dai); Achilles, Patroclus (from mythology & The Song of Achilles); Cal, Lianvis, Seel (Wraeththu); Edmond Dantès (Count of Monte Cristo/Gankutsuou); and a bijillion others. XD

9. Do you have some songs you listen to when you read? What about songs that match that book?

Never listen to music while I read; only when I write (and even then… Sometimes I need utter silence). I do make FSTs and fanmixes pretty often, though. Always after the fact. 🙂

10. Who’s your favorite villain?

Again with these “favourite” questions!! DDDx *REFUSES TO ANSWER BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY I CAN ANSWER THIS PROPERLY*


My questions for you!

  1. Since I hate “favourite” questions, what genre or genres do you enjoy reading most? What draws you to those books?
  2. Do you normally pick up and read a title at random if it interests you, or does the book have to come with high recommendations, lots of reviews and high ratings, and/or award nominations/wins?
  3. Have entered any Book or Reading Challenges for 2015? If so, which ones?
  4. What movie and/or book are you most excited to see/read?
  5. Do you collect a certain kind(s) of book? If so, which ones?
  6. Give a guestimate. How many books do you think you own? (Printed books & E-Books included!)
  7. As readers, we all have TBR lists. How long is yours and do you think you will be able to whittle it down this year?
  8. How do you usually acquire the books you read: Bookstores, Online (Amazon, Book Depository, B&N, AbeBooks, etc.), Indie Marketplaces, Libraries, Used Bookstores, $1-5 Bins, Gifts from family and friends?
  9. Do you have an unusual reading habit? What is it and why do you do it?
  10. If the zombie apocalypse happened RIGHT NOW, which fictional book character would you want with you? Why, and would you both survive???

 


And finally… my nominees~

  1. Lola @ Hit Or Miss Books
  2. FriendlyBookWorm
  3. Cathy @ 746 Books
  4. Serith & Kaelin @ FabulousFictions (This counts as two!)
  5. Issac @ Ekostories
  6. Yvo @ It’s All About Books
  7. Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
  8. Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
  9. Eva @ The Paperback Princess
  10. John @ Write me a book, John!

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Book’d Out

see here more info to sign up

Rules:

In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

*  Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

*  You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

*  Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

*  You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or  Listopia at Goodreads

  • Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement  and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
  • Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

All participants that complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 will be eligible to win a book of their choice to the value of $15AUD from bookdepository.com or a $10US Amazon gift card or paypal funds of  US$10 to be drawn via random.org Jan  2016.

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2015 Monthly Motif & Keyword Challenges

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Kim of Bookmark to Blog

see here more info to sign up for Motifs & for Keywords


Because these two challenges were created in such a way that they can be combined, I am posting my own version of the rules which anyone else can join in and do with me, or check the links above for the original individual rules and guidelines on the hosting blog.

Rules

For this new combined challenge, each month is assigned a certain motif or theme AND a set of 6 keywords associated with each month. Your task is to read one book per month that fits in with the motif for that particular month AND whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’

* Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’ and that would be just fine. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’

* Link up below to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

* Different this Year! There is only one linky for all the reviews rather than posting a new one each month. When you post your review post the name of the book and the month. Linky can be found here.

This challenge is just for fun so please don’t worry if you have to skip a month or if you have to read your books out of order! If you don’t have anywhere to link your reviews- don’t worry about it. Just come back and comment telling us what you read and if you liked it! Continue reading

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With

see here more info to sign up

Rules:

The Re-Read Challenge Details
  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. The sign-up linky will remain open until the end of January, but join at any time by adding your intro post to any monthly re-read recap linky.
  2. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it’s a re-read.
  3. We will have two giveaways – one at the six-month point and one at the end of the year. Giveaway details posted closer to the halfway point!
  4. You don’t have to follow our blogs to participate or be entered in the giveaways.
How You Participate
  1. Re-read some books!
  2. In the first week of each month, we will post a re-read recap on Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With that includes a linky that will be open all month. Write a post detailing what you re-read the last month, and add the direct link to our linky to be entered in our giveaways.
  3. If you write any re-read reviews (it’s totally optional!), add those to the monthly linky for additional entries (one per post) in our giveways.
  4. If you miss a monthly post, just link up your reviews and/or recap in the linky during the next month.

Here are some of the books I think I’ll re-read this year:

I consider this list to consist of 12 books (which is my goal one way or another), even though there’s obviously more than that here. XD

  1. The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman
  2. The Splintered series by A.G. Howard
    1. Splintered
    2. The Moth in the Mirror
    3. Unhinged
    4. Ensnared
  3. The Scarlet and the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow
    1. The Pedlar and the Bandit King
    2. Mariner’s Luck
    3. The Land of Night
  4. The first 6 books in the No.6 series
  5. The ENTIRE Let Dai series (Books 1-15)
  6. The Child Thief by Brom
  7. The Elf and the Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes
  8. The Mermen of Ea series
    1. Stealing The Wind
    2. Into The Wind
  9. Of Last Resort by Megan Derr
  10. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  11. Always Masked by Megan Derr
  12. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I have the curious suspicion that I’ll probably be reading more than these as the year goes on (or none of these and something else that catches my fancy besides), but hopefully I won’t deviate too far from this list. Guess we’ll find out at the mid-year and end-of-the-year check-points! 🙂

2015 Play On Reading Challenge

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JANUARY – APRIL 2015

hosted by Half-Filled Attic

see here more info to sign up

Rules:

  • The challenge will run for four months, beginning from January 2015.
  • Each month, there will be a monthly theme.
  • A master post will be published shortly before the challenge begins.
  • Participants are expected to read and post a review each month, and post it in the upcoming Master Post.

January: Ancient Plays, including Greek and Roman plays
February: Renaissance Plays, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries
March: Post-Renaissance Plays, anything post Renaissance is allowed. Wilde and Shaw are very welcome
April: Freebie Plays, if you find any particular playwright interesting during the 3 months, feel free to read another of his/her plays. Or if you want to experiment with other genre or other playwright, you are in.


Here is my list for this challenge:

  1. Ancient PlayPrometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  2. Renaissance Play: Endymion, the Man in the Moon by John Lyly
  3. Post-Renaissance Play: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  4. Freebie Play: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer & Joseph Papp

New To You 2015 Reading Challenge

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

see here more info to sign up

Details:

This one is super flexible.
Basically…read something “new” to you in 2015 and review it.
This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
An old favorites “debut” book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path
Everyone is welcome to join–blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.
THE LEVELS
Level 1–   6 “new to you”s
Level 2– 12 “new to you”s
Level 3– 24 “new to you”s
Level 4– 36 “new to you”s
Level 5– 48 “new to you”s
Level 6– 72 “new to you”s
Level 7–100+ “new to you”s

Here is my list for this challenge:

Level 3 is actually going to be harder than I think. o__O;; 24 new books… uhh… I’ll have to start thinking about this seriously or else I’ll fall behind on this one. XD Continue reading

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Falling For YA

see here more info to sign up

Guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up.
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion.
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail Emisbookblog@aol.com!
  • Choose a level:
    • Bronze – 10 Books
    • Silver – 25 Books
    • Gold – 50 Books
    • Platinum – 75 Books
    • Diamond –  100 Books

My Goal:

Shooting for Gold!

I’ll keep track of them here:

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The 2015 LGBT Challenge!

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Niji Feels

see here more info to sign up & send in your reviews for January!

Details:

  • The challenge runs from 1 January through 31 December 2015
  • Like last year, each month there will be a mini challenge/theme/list/thingy
  • This year, there is no form/genre restriction (you can read whatever you want – young adult, new adult, adult, erotica, nonfiction, manga – as long as its LGBT)
  • And the LGBT in the challenge’s name does not mean just LGBT, you can read any book that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum
  • There will be link ups throughout the year (but the setup is going to be a little different from last year)
  • All formats (print books, ebooks, audiobooks, comics) are eligible
  • Books can overlap with other challenges
  • First time reads and rereads both count
  • (At… certain times) there will be surprise giveaways, as well as one big giveaway at the end of the year 😉
    1. Pick a level:
    • YA ALLEGIANT: read 3-10 YA LGBT books
    • GENRE HOPPER: read 3-10 LGBT books from any genre
    • YA DEVOURER: 10+ YA LGBT books
    • OMNIVOROUS BOOKGLUTTON: 10+ LGBT books from any genre
  • Since this year all genres are fair game, please indicate the genre of your read like this:
    young adult LGBT: (YA), new adult LGBT: (NA), adult malexmale fiction: (MM), adult femalexfemale fiction: (FF), nonfiction: (NON), comic/webcomic: (C), shounen/shoujo ai manga: (SA), yaoi: (YAOI), yuri: (YURI), graphic novel: (GN), something else with LGBT+ content (OTHER)

Here are my credentials for this challenge:

Yeaaahhh. So I’m gonna go with the obvious choice here, and pick Omnivorous Bookglutton as my level. I’m even going to go a little farther and set my goal for 57 books. (Don’t ask why I chose that number. I haven’t a clue.) Continue reading

2015 Graphic Novels & Manga Reading Challenge

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge

see here more info to sign up

Rules:

Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up with a link to your specific sign-up post (NOT to your home page).

What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I’m not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.

You must sign up for a level, but once you complete that level you may move up and try for the next one.

Levels
Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year
(that’s only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year
(Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year
(Are you up to a book a week!)


Here’s my credentials for this challenge:

I’m going to be joining in at the Silver Age level, which means 52 books people! :O I know I’ll be able to read that much, but reviewing them might be another story entirely. ^_^; Let’s see how well I do, saari? Continue reading