Tag: The Friendship Profile Challenge

I was so excited to see that I’d been tagged by Rebecca to do the Friendship Profile Challenge! I love tags like this and I’m always up for making more blogging friends! ❤


RULES

  • Tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • Make the pledge that ✋ you are interested in making new blogger friends
  • Answer each question as fully as you want
  • Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

 

Name: Sara
Location: New Jersey, USA

 

✋ My name is Sara, and I’m interested in making new blogger friends.

I enjoy: (check all that apply)
☐ Twitter chats
☐ Insta chats
❎ WordPress comment threads
☐ Other:

Expand on that! (optional): 
Twitter stresses me out so much that I rarely ever use it except to retweet other people or automatically share my blog posts. I only have a personal Instagram, which is probably pretty uninteresting if you don’t know me in real life. So WordPress it is! I’m always ready for a good conversation in the comments. 🙂

I like to talk about: Books (of course), my cat, any cats, music and concerts, baking, dermatology, basically any kind of pop culture from the 90s, coffee shops and bookstores I should visit in the NY/NJ area, really anything that you’re passionate about

Conversation Starters: “Want to see a cute picture of my cat?” & “Have you heard this song??”

Find me on Twitter & Goodreads.


I’m tagging…

Cait ✳️ Jamsu ✳️ Lori ✳️ Megs ✳️ Hannah ✳️ anyone who’s looking to make friends!


Please feel free to do this challenge even if I didn’t specifically tag you! Do you like talking about any of these things? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thought-provoking book quotes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is inspirational/thought-provoking book quotes and I am going to try not to repeat any quotes that I’ve previously shared in tags or other TTT posts, but let’s be honest, I’m probably going to fail.


“You can be with the same person for a long time and have it be fine and meet someone else who instantly makes you see that it’s broken,” she said.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

When someone you love needs you to, you can get a hold of your five-alarm temper, get a hold of the shapeless things that scare you senseless, act like an adult instead of the Cro-Magnon teenager you are, you can do a million things you never saw coming.

Faithful Place by Tana French

“Learn from your past and be better because of your past,” she would say, “but don’t cry about your past. Life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.”

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

If we do something over and over, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over, it becomes normal.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

IF YOU ARE NEUTRAL IN SITUATIONS OF INJUSTICE, YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSOR.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Change happens through understanding, and one of my biggest hopes is that our next generation of kids will grow up in a world with more compassion.

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen—or both at the same time.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I get angry when women disavow feminism and shun the feminist label but say they support all the advances born of feminism because I see a disconnect that does not need to be there. I get angry but I understand and hope someday we will live in a culture where we don’t need to distance ourselves from the feminist label, where the label doesn’t make us afraid of being alone, of being too different, of wanting too much.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

corrode, v. I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Your worth isn’t dictated by the number of friends you have. You can have zero friends and still be the most amazing, spectacular person in the whole galaxy.

Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Are there any inspirational or thought-provoking quotes that you can share? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 11)

I was recently nominated by Trisha and Alex for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 910


Rules of the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

11 questions from Trisha:

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

I think I’d live in New Girl. Can you even imagine how much fun it would be? I’d love to have Jess as my BFF. Hanging out with Nick, Schmidt, Coach, and Winston wouldn’t be too bad, either. (And Ferguson!!)

If money were no object, where would you be living?

I’d be living in a spectacularly awesome apartment in Brooklyn!

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in anything, what would it be?

Can I say something like… not letting things get to me? I’m usually pretty good at that, but I’ve had trouble letting little things go recently. I was mad for longer than I’d like to admit last Friday because a man was super rude to me at work.

Which one is the first book you ever bought?

I’m not really sure! Probably something by Tamora Pierce, I’d guess. I was always at the bookstore with my mom when I was little.

Let’s be honest, which is that series of books that you know you will not finish?

Most of them! I’m very bad about finishing series. It’s more rare for me to finish a series than it is for me to stop it.

If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?

Summer. My favorite season is actually spring, but with everything blooming comes a lot of pollen, and it just leads to me sneezing over and over and over and over and over again for weeks. With summer, I get nice weather without all that nonsense.

How many unread books do you own?

Overall, I’m not sure, but I counted 75 in my bedroom a couple days ago.

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Jenn Bennett, Krista & Becca Ritchie, and R.S. Grey. There are a ton of authors that I want to read everything from, but not a ton of authors that I’ll actually purchase each time.

What’s your favourite bookish map?

Another question that I’m not sure on! I don’t mind fantasy, but it’s not really my favorite genre. I can’t think of any bookish maps that I was really into off the top of my head.

Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

Maybe Belle from In Bed With the Beast. It’s basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so Belle is a nerdy bookworm who’s lived a pretty sheltered life, and I relate a lot.


11 questions from Alex:

Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Jenn Bennett!

What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?

Probably A Song of Ice and Fire? I just have no desire whatsoever to read that series.

Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?

Yes, I have dropped books in the bath. 😥 I mean, I guess they dried out, but they look weird.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

My shelves aren’t really organized in any real way. They were sort of a rainbow, but then I decided that I didn’t want to separate series, and it turned out that at least half my books have black spines, so it’s just kind of a jumble right now.

How many unread books do you own?

I just counted a couple days ago and I believe it’s 75!

What is your most anticipated release of 2019?

Darkdawn!

What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?

Oh, I did a whole post about this in January. I’m not doing too great on reading my backlist books, but I am trying. I’m going to say Vengeful because I was so excited to pre-order it and now it’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I had many favorites, but the one that’s best stood the test of time is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

A minor reading slump can be fixed by picking up some audiobooks or graphic novels. I was in a pretty major reading slump from the end of February until the beginning of April, though, and nothing really pulled me out of it until I just one day got over it.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?

I don’t do discussion posts really often, but I usually end up feeling pretty proud of myself when I do. Here are some discussion posts I’ve really enjoyed writing:

What is your favourite book cover?

I always have the same answer for this question, which I guess makes sense since it’s my favorite…


I’ve tagged a ton of people recently, so I’m going to take a little break for now. If you want to answer these questions, though, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Which backlist book are you most excited to read this year? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The children of Alexandria are just trying to live like normal teens, and Ben Schiller is no exception. But her relationship with her best friend is changing, her sister is hiding a dark secret, and tragedy looms. Also: where are all of the parents?

Filled with teenage loves and fights and parties, Sacred Heart is part summer vacation, part End Times anticipation, and a landmark coming-of-age graphic novel. The punk-infused, character-driven storytelling and innate cartooning talent heralds Suburbia as a major new voice in comics.

I popped into my library a couple weeks ago to pick up a different book and saw Sacred Heart sitting on the YA graphic novels table. Since I am, in general, pretty into graphic novels these days, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to check it out. Well, I was wrong.

It hurt a lot to check it out, because this was just… not good.

Let’s start with the most basic of things you need in a book: the characters. So many of the characters looked so similar that I had a hard time telling them apart even by the end of the book. There are also so many characters involved that I had trouble keeping them all straight! Every character was a different “annoying teenager” stereotype.

Moving on to the actual plot, or maybe I should say the lack of plot: I’m not really sure what the goal was here. There are a number of plot threads here. There’s the fact that all of the adults have disappeared. The constant murders happening throughout the town. The typical sex, drugs, and alcohol mindset of the punk rock scene, which is only intensified because of the lack of parental supervision. There’s a friends-to-lovers plot going on that takes up a big chunk in the middle of the book and is then kind of forgotten about. Any of these ideas could have made for an interesting book, but the problem is that they’re all just kind of left hanging. Even at the end of the book, nothing is resolved.

The only other thing I want to address here is whether this book is age-appropriate for YA. I’m definitely not in favor of any kind of censorship, but I do think it’s important to know that this book is definitely upper, upper, upper YA. Like, constant references to alcohol and drugs. A ton of sex, including full nudity. A pretty steady stream of profanity. I’m a little surprised that my library shelved this in the YA section.

I’m really struggling to find something positive to say about this book. The only thing I can come up with is that it was nice that the main character had a dog. I just can’t recommend this graphic novel at all.


Have you read Sacred Heart? What’s the last book that really disappointed you? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Let’s Talk About: My favorite graphic novels!

It’s no secret that I’ve been really into graphic novels recently. I’ve had a few people ask me for recommendations of where to get started, so I figured I’d share some of my favorite graphic novels!


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Audience: Adult • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy • Series/Standalone: Series

Without a doubt, my favorite graphic novel is Saga. Every volume of it is amazing, from the characters to the plot to the artwork. You really can’t go wrong with Saga… unless you’re easily offended, because there is a lot of sex and violence.


Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Audience: Middle Grade • Genre: Fantasy • Series/Standalone: Standalone

This is an adorable graphic novel about a girl who befriends the ghost that haunts her family’s laundry business.


Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Audience: Young Adult • Genre: Humor • Series/Standalone: Series

If you’ve seen and enjoyed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you’ll probably love its source material. This was a graphic novel that I read before I got really into graphic novels.


What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by  Lucile de Pesloüan

Audience: Young Adult • Genre: Nonfiction • Series/Standalone: Standalone

When it comes to introductions to feminism, this is one of the best that I’ve seen. It really clearly illustrates the problems that women face in today’s society without being too in-your-face about it.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Audience: Young Adult • Genre: Nonfiction (Memoir) • Series/Standalone: Standalone

It’s been about four years since I read Persepolis but I still remember exactly how it made me feel. I think I learned more about the Islamic Revolution from this book than I did in 17 years of school.


Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Audience: Young Adult • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy • Series/Standalone: Series

While Paper Girls isn’t my favorite of Vaughan’s series, I still really enjoyed it! It has a very Stranger Things-esque vibe.


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Audience: Young Adult • Genre: Historical/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

The Prince and the Dressmaker is legitimately one of the cutest things I’ve ever read in my life.


Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Audience: YA or Adult • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy • Series/Standalone: Standalone

This is another one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read. It features a little alien who has to come to Earth to learn about its creatures as well as life and love.


Alright, so that was my top eight graphic novels! I’m always checking out graphic novels from the library, so I’m sure I’ll be back with round two of this post eventually. If you’re interested in reading graphic novels, I hope that it helped you choose some that you’ll love. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to read any of these! ❤


Have you read any of these books? Can you recommend any amazing graphic novels? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Entangled Teen mailed me a physical copy of Ask Me Anything! It was such a surprise! ❤

5 things this week:

This week has kind of flown by in a blur after a very exciting weekend. Some things that happened since the last Weekly Update are…

  • Riding the world’s tallest rollercoaster! (And somehow surviving it.) The comic below is actually me and my boyfriend before and after. I am, of course, the one saying, “This seems genuinely unwise.”
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  • Going to my friend’s son’s birthday party! I unexpectedly got to play with a very cute puppy while we were there.
his name is Oliver
  • Watching The Conjuring, which actually, literally gave me nightmares. (Yikes.)
  • Baking a gluten-free carrot cake for my manager!
  • MEETING BROODS (WHAT?!) and making a new friend at the concert!

The rest of the week was pretty boring and mostly consisted of my cat screaming at me for letting my boyfriend leave.

Song of the week:

DID YOU KNOW TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASED A NEW SONG?!?


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Song Request Book Tag (Take 3)

The song request book tag is one of my all-time favorites, and I was so excited to see that I’d been tagged by Consu! Thank you! ❤


RULES:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Consu’s requests

1. “To Noise Making (Sing)” by Hozier

Who could ask you
Be unbroken or be brave again?
Or, honey, hope even on this side of the grave again
And who could ask you to be sound or to feel saved again?
But stick around until you hear that music play again

I think that August was my favorite character in Famous in a Small Town, and the bridge of this song reminds me of him so much! August has been through a lot and I just want to give him a hug.

2. “Mourning in the Streets of Amerika” by Rise Against

With a teleprompter in our faces
Yeah, we don’t even know what we’re saying
Car that’s slowly crashing
And we can’t look away
Parading to the edge of the cliff now
We’re trying to figure out how to get down
While the night is fast approaching
Would we even recognize our former lives in this artificial light?

My first nonfiction choice for this tag! I decided to go with Fantasyland because it’s about how people will believe anything they’re told.

3. “No One Mourns the Wicked” from Wicked

Yes, goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the wicked
They reap only what they’ve sown

Winter is all about working to finally defeat Levana after this whole series of her doing horrible things, so it seems pretty fitting for this song about the death of the Wicked Witch of the West.


My requests

1. “Too Proud” by Broods

And then I start to get nervous
What if I never resurface?
No one can hear me down here
The pressure gets worse the further I fall
The dimmer the light, the lower I go
And I’m getting cold

Sorry (but not really) for not shutting up about Broods, but I was just at their concert and it was amazing. I was thinking about Ariel in You Asked for Perfect while I was driving home from work today, because apparently that’s a thing I do now, and this isn’t the song I was originally going to put it with, but it’s almost perfect. Ariel is drowning in everything he needs to do, but he won’t ask for help because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s not perfect.

2. “Strangers” by Sigrid

Like strangers, perfect pretenders
We’re falling head over heels
For something that ain’t real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

It’s so hard to talk about the plot of Alex, Approximately without spoiling the whole thing, but basically it’s about two people who meet online and kind of fall for each other while talking about movies. But throughout all of that, there’s this question of whether they should meet in person or not because what if it’s not the same?

3. “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional

Vindicated, I am selfish, I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along
And I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now
The things you swore you saw yourself

I was just talking with my boyfriend the other day about how I was really into Dashboard Confessional during my peak emo stage. I think “Vindicated” could really fit with anything that has a coming of age theme. I think it especially fits with The Way You Make Me Feel because that book really focuses on Clara learning to think of someone other than herself and analyzing decisions she’s made and learning to live with the consequences and become a better person.


I’m tagging…

JessRobinHannahKensleyNatalie


No pressure if you don’t want to do the tag (or if you’ve already done it), and please feel free to do it even if I didn’t tag you! What do you think of my song and book choices? Let’s talk in the comments!

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