Winter Is Here Write Tag

The lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters created and tagged me (thank you!) for the Winter Is Here Write Tag which is a super cute tag that asks you winter related questions about your characters.

RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
💛 Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– like with the Halloween tag, I probably won’t be able to stick to this rule, since I’m (mostly) going to answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

As I said before in the All Hallows Write Tag, this summary is not complete, but I really like what I have so far. What you need to know besides this summary: there are two other main characters, Reyna and Hye-su. They are Yong-sun’s other friends.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Definitely Reyna. She’s one of those ‘Christmas begins in November’ people while the others aren’t really, nor are Yong-sun and Hye-su that likely to break into song in the first place unless they’re doing karaoke. The first song she’d sing? All I Want For Christmas is You without a doubt, though she’d sing so many all day long

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Yong-sun. Though he doesn’t like the cold, he can handle that (sort of. It’s not bad enough to make him leave the country anyway). But snow??? It’s extra cold and hard to walk through, at some point it gets gross and muddy – it’s just a big nope for him and if he could he’d definitely get outta there

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

In The Netherlands we have Sinterklaas instead of Santa, and I feel like either Yong-sun or Hye-su would believe the longest. They just couldn’t imagine their parents lying to them about it.*

Drew didn’t have the greatest childhood living with his father, and his father wouldn’t keep up pretenses of Sinterklaas. Reyna on the other hand is WAY too curious and went to investigate Sinterklaas and then accidentally found out her mom and grandmother were the ones behind the presents.

* SAME. I WAS SO MAD WHEN MY MOM TOLD ME HE WASN’T REAL? ‘SO YOU’VE BEEN LYING TO ME ALL THIS TIME?’ and then I basically interrogated her by asking her about all these situations that had happened surrounding Sinterklaas, demanding explanations and proof lmao

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

Considering he doesn’t like the cold: Yong-sun. A blanket fort where he could just live all winter and just read, binge watch a bunch of stuff and drink tea or hot cocoa sounds like heaven to him. What is outside

Yong-sun @ people who want to go outside during winter

Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

Drew, for sure. In a lot of ways he’s still a big kid at heart and he loves snow. Snowball fights, making snowmen… he loves it all. He’d turn everything into a competition, not just the snowball fight. And he’d be determined to win. Whenever he loses a fight, he will sneak up on whomever won the next morning and throw a snowball at their back.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

Hye-su loves buying or making people presents, but… she’s also a HUGE procrastinator. She’s gotten better at it over the years, but she still curses herself for leaving it so late.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

Being the artistic one in the group, definitely Hye-su. She would probably go all out and make Cinderella’s Castle and Mickey and friends in front of it. And then all the other competitors would hate her because who would be that Extra™

Something like this

If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

They actually do Secret Santa in the book! Though there isn’t much to organise – they just put their names on slips of paper and pulled it out of a hat. They exhange gifts during karaoke, but they’re over there a lot, so Reyna just has to book a room and that was it. Hye-su is put in charge of snacks, because she’s basically a Snack Mom™, but if there was actually an event to organise it would be Yong-sun. He’s incredibly organised with all his notepads, notebooks, lists, a white board… They’d all nominate him for the job.*

* Though if any calls had to be made, he’d ask Reyna to do that

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

So this is again Yong-sun, like I said before he’d love to live in a blanket fort and not acknowledge that the outside world is a thing

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

Reyna, for sure. While the others do dress nicely during winter and have that Winter Aesthetic™ going on, they can also cover themselves in non-matching scarves, hats, gloves, wear socks that are so thick you can see them through their pants, you name it. Reyna though? She gotta look on point

TAG YOU’RE IT

💛 May @ Forever and Everly
💛 Lia @ Lost in a Story
💛 Every writer who wants to do this!

Can you relate to any of my characters? How long did you believe in Santa (or Sinterklaas)? Would you put style before warmth and comfort? How’s the writing going? Let me know in the comments!

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All Hallows Write Tag | My Characters Prepare For Halloween… A Year Early?

I saw this fun tag on Kat @ Life and Other Disasters’ blog and even though Halloween is long over and Christmas is around the corner, I just knew I had to do it. Not just is it fun, but it’s also a way to get to know your characters better.

RULES

💛 Provide a short description of your story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– I’m probably not going to stick to this rule, since I’ll mostly answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

Okay so it’s not complete, because I want to mention Reyna and Hye-su and just the overal theme of friendship, but hey I went from this:

‘Friendship, banter, food, karaoke, The Gay™, Dora the Explorer Discourse (I’m not even joking I really hope people will find this very very long scene as hilarious as I do lmao)’

Anyway it’s very light and fluffy though it tackles some more serious issues like anxiety, bullying and abusive parents too.

To the first paragraph. LOOK AT ME FINALLY BEING ABLE TO SUMMARISE/WRITE A BLURB FOR MY WIP. I say I’ve improved.

If you want to know more about my characters and see some pretty aesthetics* read this post.

* If I do say so myself

QUESTIONS

It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

Actually, there is a Halloween scene and one of Yong-sun’s friends, Reyna, has the idea to all dress up in Hogwarts uniforms. She sorted all of them* and Yong-sun wears a Hufflepuff uniform. Though it was Reyna’s idea, he does love Harry Potter** so he’s fine with it. Plus it’s not embarrassing nor something that sounds out much, so perfect for his anxiety.

Yong-sun isn’t really that creative when it comes to costumes, so for future Halloweens he’d ask Reyna or one of his other friends for advice again.

* Actually I did duh
** I wonder if I’ll ever be able to write a character that doesn’t at least like Harry Potter. And by that I mean a character who isn’t an antagonist or villain

Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume?

I can’t imagine any of the main four refusing to dress up, so I guess for this one I’ll go with my antagonist, who I finally named a while ago! I was done with writing [antagonist] all the time so after a year* I finally named him. Well, actually I asked my friend for help. She suggested Luke** and I turned that into Lucas. So Lucas would definitely refuse to dress up because that’s ‘childish‘. He’ll get into it once he’s in college though, but his costumes will be pretty problematic.

* I think it was over a year actually
** ‘Are you saying Luke because of Percy Jackson’ ‘Yes’

Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

So all four of them wear Hogwarts uniforms in the WIP, but if anyone would wear something outrageous, it would be Reyna. Drew is a close second, but I think Reyna’s costume would be more ‘outrageous’. Outrageous as in some people would not be amused because her costume would call out some form of discrimination. And of course she’d make a vlog about it.

On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into?  

I feel like this would be Drew. He’d do something stupid and somehow get turned.

I can definitely see him as a werewolf, and not just because I picture Daniel Sherman as Drew and he played Isaac on Teen Wolf. I just can’t picture Drew’s personality on a vampire or a zombie, as silly as that may be because it’s not like a vampire would go ‘hmm, nah, I won’t suck your blood you’re better suited to be a werewolf’. Though I can imagine a supernatural being like ‘nope not turning this one don’t want to be stuck with this for an eternity’ since Drew can be quite annoying haha

Who wins the contest for best costume?

Hye-su, hands down. She has the advantage of having a costume designer as a dad, so her costume would look really professional. The Hogwarts uniforms they all wear in the WIP were also designed by her dad.

"Linda, 'it's no wonder that her name means beauty.' I'm writing this as I stay at my mom's home, recovering from an unexpected hospital trip, and I struggle to put into words how incredible my mother truly is. Since I've been here, she has anticipated my every need, down to even the most seemingly inconsequential things that mean the world to me. This morning, she came into my room and asked if I needed a notebook and pen, just because she knows I love to write, especially when going through something difficult. I had been feeling so alone, and that felt like such a small but profound, tender mercy and gift to me. It is so astounding to have that in your life, a mother like mine. Someone who just understands you, attuned to your needs before you even ask, who is always there to remind you of the beautiful and special daughter of God you truly are. And because she is always there to remind me of my beauty, I wanted this opportunity to remind her of her own. From the first time we see her face, our mother is the most precious thing we know. The beauty between mother and child is so deep, it reaches even beyond the surface of our faces and touches our very soul. With nine children, she is consistently going back and forth, trying to give all of herself to make sure no one slips through the cracks or gets left behind. She selflessly does this for us, and she selflessly cared for her mother, who passed away when my own mom was still in high school. Throughout her life, she has remained resilient, yet kind, and especially, beautiful, inside and out. I can't think of any more perfect queen than Belle to pay tribute to my own queen mother." -Bethanie, about mother, Linda Credit: Photography @tonyross001 Hair @royalenchantments Makeup @audryfoote Models my beautiful wife @bethaniegarcia And my even more beautiful mother in law @linwadley11 😅 dress @designerdaddy_ Location @utstatecapitol

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I imagine her wearing an amazing Disney Princesses dress like this one. If you don’t follow @designerdaddy_ yet please do! He’s amazingly talented

Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters?

Ohh this is a tough one. I’ve been putting this question off, because I just don’t know? I can’t imagine any of the main four do that. I did consider Lucas at first, because I thought ‘he would be that evil’* but then I realised people who hand out toothbrushes think they’re doing a good thing and care about kids’ teeth and Lucas would never.

* I was thinking from a kid’s perspective because let’s be honest,, I’m still a big kid

Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together?

I can definitely see Drew finding this a hilarious idea and convincing Yong-sun to do this, but the costumes would be low-key way. He also convinces him to be the devil while he’s the angel, because he loves that everyone would expect it to be the other way around.

I imagine Drew’s costume to be like Hikaru and Kaoru’s. Yong-sun’s would be similar but no wings and a devil horns’ headband on instead. Definitely no tail

Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

Both Yong-sun and Hye-su hands down. They both have anxiety so parties?? Especially ones that are MEANT to be scary?? Double the scare no thanks

Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick?

Drew, no doubt. He’s like a little kid during Halloween and wants ALL THE CANDY

Yong-sun is the oldest sister in the back*

* I don’t remember the names of these characters woops

Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse?

Reyna would definitely lose her temper and curse/hex anyone being offensive. Lucas would be at the top of her list if she knew what he was up to. Reyna would be like book! Ginny and her temper

Reyna hexing everyone in her mind

TAG YOU’RE IT

I won’t tag anyone in specific, but if like me you believe time is an illusion and you just want to do a fun tag, consider yourself tagged!

Does your WIP or any of your past WIPs have a Halloween scene? Would your characters dress up?   Would they hand out tootbrushes? Would you? Let me know in the comments!

The Infinity Dreams Award | Someone Buy Me A Life-sized Snorlax Plush

Thank you Evi for tagging me! And sorry it took me like a year and a half to do this haha. If you don’t know her blog yet, please go check it out!

The Rules

💛Thank the blogger who tagged you
💛 Tell us 11 facts about yourself
💛 Answer the 11 questions
💛 Tag 11 bloggers

11 facts

Oh boy I’m terrible at coming up with facts about myself (I’d say that’s fact number 1 but I’m going to try and be more original than that lol) Okay let’s try this

  1. I’m currently listening to Keiynan Lonsdale’s Good Life on repeat and loving it
  2. When I was little I got chased by a dog on the beach. I ran away because I was scared but the dog thought I wanted to play
  3. A few years later I got chased by another dog, but the dog came for me, my friend, her mom and their dog first. Her mom told us to run because the dog had a really bad reputation (it had killed other dogs before). It almost bit my friend in her leg – it did not help my fear of dogs (I’m better with dogs now, but there are still dogs that scare me)
  4. I really, really want a Power Rangels sequel I loved that movie so much
  5. I want to rewatch it but there’s a scene that will make me cry thus I’m not rewatching it
  6. As a kid I was able to draw Winnie the Pooh from memory and according to my mom it was really good but I honestly have no idea if it was actually any good lmao
  7. I used to draw a lot but I don’t really enjoy it that much anymore so I barely do it nowadays
  8. I had a goldfish named Blub
  9. When I first played Pokemon Yellow I named my Snorlax after my brother – I wonder if I saw a resemblance or something lmao
  10. Speaking of Snorlax I really want a life-sized plushie (lifesize as in Snorlax’ real size)
  11. When I was little I dragged my family to the beach because I found out you can sometimes see dolphines at the Dutch beach (and I was going through my dolphins phase). There were no dolphins lol

This could be me

WOULD YA LOOK AT THAT. 11 FACTS WITHOUT ME CRYING FOR HELP BECAUSE I COULDN’T THINK OF ANY (okay I cried in my mind ssh)

Evi’s questions

What are you currently working on? Writing, artwork, musically, etc. Current WIP?

My current WIP is still my Camp Nano project, though I’m constantly planning/thinking about other projects as well (help) If you want to know more about my WIP, click here

What are you currently reading?

Well since this is scheduled a few weeks in advance (look at me go!) I have no idea what I’ll be reading by the time you’re reading this. While I’m writing this I haven’t started a new book yet, but I’ll either start Sorcerer to the Crown or Flame in the Mist. I haven’t decided yet.

Most interesting past revelation?

Ummm I don’t know? This is such an interesting question and I have no clue haha

Current phone/computer backgrounds?

If you were in the medieval era, who would you like to think you would be? (Peasant, farmer, queen/king, knight, etc.)

THE COURT’S SORCERESS HELL YEAH

Being a knight would be really cool too, until I stab myself in the eye with my sword

Expectations

Reality

Favorite outdoor scenery?

Ohhh I don’t know! I love trees and gardens but also pretty lakes and mountains and the sea especially at sunset… I just really love nature haha

Favorite season?

I really love both Spring and Autumn, but since I have hayfever I lean more towards Autumn. Both seasons are just the right temperature for me (in theory anyway) and they’re both so pretty!

Favorite thing about the outdoors?

The smell of nature

What fantasy/bookish landscape would you like to live in? (Hogwarts, Narnia, Bag End, etc.)

There are so many worlds I’d love to live in. Hogwarts is definitely at the top of the list, but the Pokemon world?? Yes please. I would love to travel through all the regions with my Pokemon. I’d also love to go to Watford and… No that’s it. I can’t think of any other world I’d actually love to live in because a lot of them are quite dangerous haha

Castles or skyscrapers?

CASTLES CASTLES CASTLES DID I MENTION I LOVE CASTLES BECAUSE I DO

Look at this beautiful castle I went to during the summer ❤️

Favorite color?

All the colours! Okay that’s not true. But I do love a lot of colours and don’t really have a favourite anymore? I do love pink and yellow a lot though

I won’t be tagging anyone, but if you want to share some facts about yourself and answer Evi’s questions, consider yourself tagged! If you were in the medievel era, who would you think you’d be? Do you love castles? Do you also want a life-sized Snorlax plushie? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Fangirling Award – Another One From 2015

Some day I might be all caught up on awards and tags, but today is certainly not that day. Thank you Cátia for nominating me and sorry that it took me almost two years

Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

I’m lazy so I won’t be nominating anyone but if you want to do it consider yourself nominated!

1. Book series or standalones? Why?

I know I have to choose but… Both? It can be nice knowing that the story will be over after one book and you won’t have to wait for the next one to see how the story will unfold, but series are so much fun too! I love seeing the story unfold over multiple books, see the characters grow etc.

2. Did you watch anime/cartoons when you were younger? Which ones?

YES! Pokemon of course, but also Yu-Gi-Oh, Sailor Moon, Super Pig (please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that one?), Winx Club, Totally Spies, Martin Mystery, Avatar the Last Airbender of course, Ojamajo Doremi, Digimon, Shaman King, so many Disney cartoons like the 101 Dalmatians one, the Aladdin one, Buzz Lightyear… There were so many I can’t remember all of them haha.

Little me thought this was SO clever and hilarious she cried tears of laughter

3. Tell me a music that reminds you of your childhood/early teens.

Oh good question. I really need to think about that one haha. Umm there’s this Dutch song. I have no idea what it’s called but the part I’m talking about goes like this (translated from Dutch): ‘Coffee! Coffee! Delicious cup of coffee. Guys who’d like a cup?’ I sang this a lot with my grandmother, but I don’t remember how this became a thing

4. Favorite movie growing up?

According to my mom: Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers and The Little Mermaid. Those were the ones she had to sit through the most haha. I also adored Winnie the Pooh and Lilo and Stitch.

The Rescuers is SO UNDERRATED. Also I need to rewatch it

5. Where do you live? Tell us something about your city (that us tourists can’t read on the books).

Amsterdam, and I’ve been talking about Amsterdam here and there in my supposed to be monthly feature Blogsterdam but of course I’m failing that haha. Hmm what’s something that you can’t read about in a guide book… I’ve never read a guide book about Amsterdam, so maybe you can read this in a guide book, but… I don’t know where I was going with that sentence, because I can’t think of anything?? Haha I suck

Ummm the canal water is supposed to be really clean but I honestly don’t know where I got that from it’s just this random fact filed away in my brain but this could be a really outdated fact?? Don’t quote me and don’t drink the water okay

Like I said, I won’t be tagging anyone but if you want to answer these questions, feel free! What anime/cartoons did you watch when you were younger? And what was your favourite movie as a kid? Let me know in the comments!

The Little Engine Tag | Another Late Tag What Else is New

Remember when I did a tag that I was tagged for in 2015. Well this time the tag’s from 2016 so that’s slightly better! Evi tagged me to do The Little Engine Tag – thank you and sorry it took me so long haha. Go check out her blog if you haven’t yet

RULES:

  1. Each answer you give to a question has to be more than two sentences long. Or at the very least, you have to make those two sentences meaningful.
  2. There will be two bonus questions at the end, that the blogger gets to change to whatever they want to ask when they nominate someone else. The first six questions, however, are set in stone.
  3. At the end you must nominate three to five other bloggers. Okay, so you don’t have to, but that would be nice if you could.

QUESTIONS

1.) What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

I have so many pet peeves yet whenever I get this question I just?? Forget all my pet peeves?? OH I GOT ONE. WHEN BUS DRIVERS DRIVE RECKLESSLY LIKE THANKS FOR THE BRUISE MATE

Also thanks for the mild concussion last year

2) What is your favorite song at the moment?

As I’m writing this: Space Between from Descendants 2. At first I was like: I CAN’T CHOOSE A FAVOURITE SONG FROM THE SOUNDTRACK THEY’RE ALL SO GOOD

But then I realised that of course my favourite is the Gay Song ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

3) Who is your favorite blogger?

Oh my gosh I love all of you this is such a cruel question. I mean I do have my favourites, but I always feel so guilty? Because what if I forget someone? And even when I don’t forget someone, I don’t want anyone to think I don’t love them and their blog aaahhh. So I’ll only do a shoutout to the awesome person who tagged me: Evi. Love you and your blog <3 Again, go check out her blog (and follow it *cough*) if you haven’t yet!

4) What’s the nicest thing you’ve seen someone do recently?

Shoutout to my best friend Batman (that’s not her real name sadly) for being an awesome, awesome friend. She’s super understanding, caring and helpful and I’m just so grateful that I met her this school year <3 Like she’s so understanding when it comes to my PTSD and we always help each other with schoolwork and just.. What did I do to deserve her?

Also she’s incredibly funny and shares my weird sense of humour

5) What’s something you regret doing?

Uhhh oh boy I have regrets, that’s for sure. But I can’t think of any right now?? I do regret not properly taking care of myself as I’m typing this I need to drink more guys

Let’s fix that regret immediatley haha

6) If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be and why?

Is there reception and wifi? Because if so I’d take my phone so I can call for help – wait wait wait. This question sounds like I’m knowingly and voluntarily going? Meaning I can leave whenever I want? Cause if that’s the case: camera, phone (just in case I do need to call for help plus while I’m not fond of ebooks I do still have a bunch of unread ones on there so win-win) and a notebook. Wait no how would I write in my notebook, I’d need a pen. I’d bring my laptop, but what if it dies. Damn this question is harder than I thought (also maybe because I’m overthinking it lmao)

Bonus question time!

7) If you could, right now, paint your house any color, what would it be and why?

Oooh I don’t know if our house would look good in any other colours haha? Maybe I’d paint the window sills? My mom and I never really liked the bright yellow, but then again it has been growing on me…

8) What is your ideal pet?

If you know me, then this won’t come as a surprise: A PUG

If you’re new and don’t know me: Hi I’m Michelle and I’m obsessed with these beautiful animals

I TAG

Because I’m lazy I’m just going to tag everyone who wants to do this.

What colour would you paint your house? Your biggest pet peeves? And what’s your ideal pet? Let me know in the comments!

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What Do You Mean We’re Halfway Through 2017

It’s time to freak out again over the fact that time flies by so fast and what better way to do that than to freak out over books? We’re already past the halfway point, but oh well! Thank you Shouni for tagging me  for the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag! If you haven’t yet, go check out her blog.

1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

I’m lazy and don’t have a picture of The Hate U Give #rip

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

Ummm so many?? CAN 2017 EITHER STOP PUBLISHING SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS OR GIVE THEM ALL TO ME FOR FREE THANKS

To name a few: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Not Your Sidekick, Want, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, Heroine Worship and so many others it’s not funny

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Though I’m really excited for the third Magnus Chase book!

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. I have SUCH mixed feelings towards this book, but I can’t say I loved it and I’m definitely disappointed. It had a lot of potential but alas. Read my review here

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE

I’m surprised that I didn’t enjoy The Dark Prophecy as much as I thought I would. I absolutely loved The Hidden Oracle, and while I did enjoy the The Dark Prophecy, I didn’t love it which was definitely a surprise. You can read my review here.

good surprise was Heroine Complex. While I was really excited when I picked it up and had high expectations, I wasn’t sure if I’d actually love it once I started. Thankfully my initial expectations and excitement were met and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read the sequel. You can read my review here.

7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

I’d definitely read anything Jen Wilde and Angie Thomas write. I also fell in love with Jenny Han’s writing, though I’m not sure if I’d actually pick up everything she’s written, since The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy just doesn’t appeal to me

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t think I really have one? Unless it counts that I now love Gilbert Blythe even more than I did last year when I first read Anne of Green Gables. I did love a lot of the new characters I encountered, just wouldn’t call anyone of them a crush I think.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Alex Fierro from Magnus Chase and Taylor from Queens of Geek. While there are many new favourites, I’m going to limit myself to these two.

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY 

The Hate U Give

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Ps. I Still Love You. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

Uh do comics count? Cause in that case like Shouni I’ll choose Wonder Woman as well. I don’t recall having seen a book adaptation this year? But it’s okay cause I’ll gladly choose Wonder Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? IT’S AMAZING*

* I started writing this post weeks ago so by now I assume you’ve all seen it already if not let me drag you to the cinema right now

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR? 

My review for Queens of Geek! I absolutely loved writing it

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR?

The Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone Hufflepuff edition that I got for my birthday it’s so beautiful omg. Does anyone know if they’ll re-release the other books in the House editions as well?

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Since this is a pretty popular tag this time of the year, I won’t be tagging anyone in specific. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

What’s your favourite book of the year? And the prettiest one you got? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Aesthetics Tag

After doing the Blogger Aesthetics Tag, I wondered if there was a tag in which you had to make book related aesthetics. I couldn’t find one (if there is let me know!) so naturally I made on myself

Rules

💛 Thank whoever nominated you (maybe you’re bitter that you have ANOTHER tag to do on top of the billions you already need to do (#relatable), still though. Someone thought of you. Be thankful. At least pretend to be
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (I feel so… weird, asking for credits?
💛 There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question, but think of your poor readers. Even me, an aesthetics hoe, might get tired after 50 aesthetics (I doubt anyone would make/share that many for this tag I just like to exaggerate \_(ツ)_/¯
💛 Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else. Also what’s the fun in that?

Favourite book of the year

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I’ve read more books that I loved, but so far none have been able to surpass these two. They both have important messages, are well-written and have great characters. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing The Hate U Give Yet (I keep putting it off because I feel like everything has been said already?) but you can read my review for Queens of Geek here.

Character you relate to a lot

Taylor from Queens of Geek

There are more characters I relate to, but boy did I relate a lot to Taylor (Charlie as well, but less so). Her anxiety was so well written I could cry. If you want to know more about why I related so much to Taylor (wow this sounds like clickbait but in reality I’m just lazy and don’t want to repeat myself promise) read my review.

A character you look up to

Charlie from Queens of Geek

Hermione Granger

A lot of us look up to Hermione (I also relate to her a lot, but I wanted to give my girl Taylor some love), so I don’t think I need to explain why I look up to her. I also wanted to include Charlie though, cause though I looked up to Taylor as well I didn’t want to repeat myself (the things she did despite her anxiety were incredibly inspiring). I absolutely loved Charlie and how she’s able to express herself, be herself and speak her mind like that is really something to look up to. Not to mention what an incredible friend she is. She may not have anxiety herself, but she gets Taylor so well and she’s always there for her. We should all aspire to be a friend like Charlie.

As much as I love Queens of Geek I promise I’m done talking about it now (in this post anyway) lmao.

An underrated gem 

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

I absolutely loved Heroine Complex. It was such a fun read and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Basically: Asian female superheroes, fun superhero comic book vibes, girls supporting girls, sisters and a healthy romance. What more could you want? Review hopefully coming this week!

A character that deserves more love

Piper McLean from Heroes of Olympus

Agatha Wellbelove from Carry On

The hatred for Piper may have already passed, but a while back (I think around the time Blood of Olympus was published?) I came across so much hatred for Piper. And for ridiculous reasons! Because she thinks Jason is better than Percy?? Yeah the girl’s in love of course she’s going to think that, and she’s entitled to that opinion? I don’t remember the other reasons, but none of them were sounded. I honestly don’t get it. I love Piper with my entire heart. Fell in love with her the moment she appeared. She’s a daughter of Aphrodite, who kicks ass, uses words to get out of sticky situations (Charm speak), is an amazing and supportive friend, and so much more?? Fight me haters.

Agatha is disliked and hated on a lot. Especially when Carry On was first published a lot of reviews mentioned that they didn’t like her. Meanwhile I love my daughter. I love that she chose herself, realised that she never really loved Simon, didn’t want to be the prize for the hero at the end of the quest, just kidnapped a dog (or should I say… dognapped *finger guns*) and went to L.A. to live there happily ever after. Basically I adore Agatha and would fight for her too

An underrated OTP

Danny and Colton from Timekeeper

Timekeeper by Tara Sim did get a bit of buzz back when it was released last year, but I feel that it’s really underrated. Which is a shame because it’s amazing? It was my favourite book of 2016 (read my review here) and Danny and Colton played a huge part in that, since their romance is a huge part of the plot. They’re adorable. The relationship is pure and emotional and just so damn healthy. Apparently I declared it my favourite romance of 2016 and I still stand by that. 

I TAG

Marie | Lia | Kat | Fadwa | CW | YOU

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

If you want to do this tag (whether I’ve tagged you directly or not), but don’t really know how to make aesthetics: stay tuned! I’ve got a tutorial coming this Tuesday (you may be thinking: Michelle, why didn’t you get that up BEFORE this tag? Well… I was really excited about this tag and wanted to post it… So… Sorry?)

Are any of these books/characters/ships among your favourites as well? Which ones would you have picked? Let me know in the comments!