The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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Hello everyone!! I have been in artistic mood lately so I thought it would be a perfect time to create this post. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but I saw this award at ChicNerdReads and I absolutely loved it! This is a great way for me to learn more about my fellow bloggers!

The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers!

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

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I TAG 

Megnificentbooks

Sydney @ Sydneysshelves

Teacher of YA

LitThis

Elizabeth @ Itsmisselizabeth

Sam @ River-Moose Reads

Lindsey @ Paradisbooks

And anyone else who would like to do it! Have fun everyone!  🙂

~Ash

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The Chainsmokers Book Tag

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Time for another book tag!  I first saw this on icebreaker694 and I immediately loved the idea. I was not tagged in this one but it looked so much fun I just had to try it out! The original creator of this tag is Kat @ KatReadsALot.

Rules

  • Post a blog post or a video (YouTubers you are welcome to do this tag! Hiii *waves hand*)
  • You can copy the song lyrics so people can know where the questions are based on. For those without lyrics, we based it on the title. #Genius
  • Tag friends to do the post as well!
    P.S. You don’t have to be tagged to do this tag! Just give it a try!

LET’S GET STARTED!!!


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Roses-A book/series that you don’t/didn’t want to end

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The Lunar Chronicles is so close to my heart! I absolutely adore this series since I love a good fairy tale re-telling and scifi book and this series is a fusion of both genres!! And the characters are just so lovable, I would not mind returning back to this world!

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Don’t Let Me Down-An upcoming book you have high expectations for

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I’m pretty sure everyone is excited for this release!!

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Inside Out-Beautiful cover + beautiful story

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This book was the first contemporary book I have ever read and it was such a beautiful story. I also loved the simplicity of the novel. It was one of those light, cute, and genuinely sweet life stories with a valuable theme highlighted throughout.

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Until You Were Gone-A book you read when it was no longer trending

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I am so late on this series and I don’t know why lol It has been sitting on my shelf forever and I did not pick it up until a month ago 😦 So far I am enjoying it and Percy is just so snarky, I love it OMG!! I have a feeling I will be flying through this series.

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Closer-A book you wish you didn’t read

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This book did have a different concept for the dystopian genre but unfortunately I was not a fan of the characters or the plot so in the end, it did fall flat for me.

 

WATER BED

Waterbed-A book that gave you so much feels

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I loved The Darkest Minds! This book pleasantly surprised me since it is quite different from the other dystopian novels out in the YA market. The characters were so interesting and lovable and the plot is so captivating that you could not stop reading. BUT DAT ENDING THO!!! 

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The special edition UK Edition of the Harry Potter series. Need I say more? The covers are so beautiful 🙂

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Selfie– A photogenic book

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This book is beautiful both inside and out! One of my favorite reads of all time!

GOOD INTENTIONS.pngGood Intentions– A book with lots of good reviews, you hope you’ll like it too

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The amount of positive reviews I have seen for this book is insane!! I am planning on picking up this book next and I really hope I enjoy it too😀 If any of you have read it, please let me know your thoughts below 🙂

NEW YORK CITY

New York City– A book you stayed the night up for (maybe in tears)

 

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So if you guys follow by blog, I am pretty sure you all know the story behind this book and how I stayed up until 4:30 AM to finish it. Yep, this book is just that addicting!!

I TAG: 

Elizabeth @ ItsmissElizabeth

Beth @ Divine World of Books

Katherine @ Katherine Cole Writing

Soybeing’s Reads

Lindsey @ Paradisbooks

Misty @ Mistybookspace

Shar @ Sunsnacksseries

Michelle @ Imanadventurest

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Megan @ BookSlayerreads

If you have not seen these blogs before, I highly recommend that you check them out! They are fantastic!

Thank you for reading!

~Ash~

 

Mulan Book Tag

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Thank you to the wonderful Kirsty and the Cat Read for nominating me for this book tag! If you have not checked out her blog please do so. Her original tags/posts are so creative and fun! 🙂

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like🙂

1. Reflection “When will my reflection show who I am inside” – An inaccurate book cover that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about.

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For this question, I will choose Orange: The Complete Collection cover by Ichigo Takano. The reason is that the cover gives off a cheesy, high school, love triangle vibe, but IT IS SO MUCH MORE than that! I think this is one of the mangas I have read which incorporates a very cool sci-fi element into the story and you do not get that aura from the main cover. Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres and I absolutely fell in love with the concept of the manga as soon as I picked it up! More importantly, the characters are just so well developed and you can not help but love this group and their friendship. It has become one of my favorite mangas of all time!

2. Mushu – A character with a lot to prove.

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A character like Mushu would be Tina, or Porpentina Goldstein,  from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. From the beginning of the book we see Tina who has been dismissed as an Auror from the Magical Congress of the United States of America since she was conducting an investigation against the orders of her superiors. She had lost a bit of her confidence because of that but after meeting Newt and helping him recover his missing magical creatures, she grows dynamically with a lot of heart, strength and courage which ultimately helps her gain her confidence back.

3. “I’ll make a man outta you!” – A character who develops the most OR a book with some kick-a** training scenes

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I would have to choose Ruby from The Darkest Minds. Her character is just so dynamic that by the end of the book I was beginning to wonder if she was the same person! After being placed in a harsh concentration camp for children who developed abnormal abilities, Ruby is initially very scared but as the plot moves forward, she faces huge obstacles in her path and learns to overcome them, thereby becoming strong emotionally.

4. “A Girl Worth Fighting for” – A ship you will defend till your last breath

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Cress/Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles – I adore them. I will defend them forever!!!!!

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5. Huns – A book/character that gives you the creeps

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A book character who has completely creeped me out would definitely be Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I mean she was so vain to the point where she was willing to control the minds of people in order to manipulate them into loving her. She not only used her skills to control people but also to punish them as well with their own hands. You do see more of what she does in Stars Above or the collection of novellas from the Lunar Chronicles but urgh . . . it just gives me chills whenever I read those scenes.

6. Mulan – Your favorite bada** female protagonist

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Inej is one of my favorite characters in the Six of Crows Duology since she so bold, determined and caring despite having such a rough past life. Not only is she courageous but she also grows to become a skilled fighter with her blades after joining the Dregs. More importantly, she has such great morals and by the end of the book she becomes someone who is willing to fight for justice and others even though she had not been so fortunate. A  bada** Character Indeed!

I TAG THE FOLLOWING BLOGS:

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Jay@AlovelornVirgo

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Sam@RiverMooseBooks

Krysti@YAandWine

Zainab@TeenBookLit101

Danielle@BooksVertigoandTea

Lindsey@ParadisBooks

Sophie@BookWishBlog

If you have not followed these blogs, please do so! They are amazing! 🙂

~Ash~

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag!

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Thanks to the wonderful, the lovely, the incredible icebreaker694! Please check out her blog, It’s amazing! And to the creator, Kristy and the Cat Read!!

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

I think for me it will probably be the “misunderstood bad boy”. Now this isn’t a person who mistreats the female lead, but maybe acts cold, mysterious or kind of shut off from the world due to their back story or bad past. An extreme example would be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Warner from Shatter Me  and a lesser extreme may be Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles and Four from Divergent. I do  understand that sometimes this is over done, but when authors can incorporate a “bad boy” character with a lot of character depth and development while simultaneously making them relateable, then we as readers are able to feel for them. And as we see them reform with the female lead’s interactions and relationship, it makes them quite intriguing.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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Now isn’t this cover just gorgeous? The best part of it all, is that the actual story is beyond beautiful. I have heard so many people talk about the Lunar Chronicles and I was hesitant to pick it up since it was a 4 part series. However, I did decide to give this a chance since the sci-fi twist to fairy tale re-tellings sounded quite intriguing to me and I am happy to say that this series has become one of my favorite series of all time!

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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When I first picked up this book, I honestly was not expecting much since this was classified under a post-apocalyptic genre and I  believed it would follow a similar route that other dystopian books do. However, I was surprised at the interesting twist the author added to this story. It does not follow the same plot line of most dystopian books such as a plague destroying the earth or corrupt individuals overtaking the government. Instead a natural disaster serves as an “awakening” to the evil within individuals. It goes to question humanity itself – Are we either good or bad? Or despite how good a person may seem, will there always be a bit of evil inside them?

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

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Now, it is not that I didn’t like this book. I actually enjoyed the setting and the set up but I found it to be too predictable in the end. Since I was able to guess the plot twist, it ended up falling flat for me. However, I am planning to continue on with the series to see the direction the plot moves in 🙂

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

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KENJI FOREVER ❤

I absolutely adored Kenji in the Shatter Me series! He is definitely one of the characters who you can’t help but admire. At first he did seem a bit goofy and silly but he really did help the main character, Juliette, through her difficult times and the advice he gave her when she was falling apart really made me admire him even more. A loyal character indeed.

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

I actually have two series for this one. I read both of them during two different but very difficult moments in my life but while reading these books, they offered some valuable messages which I still carry with me to this day.

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The Maze Runner: There is nothing more valuable than friendship. When I went through the most difficult part of life, my friends were there for me to recover mentally and emotionally. As an introvert, I am not quite comfortable expressing myself but I found that when you do, you can really grow from the care and comfort of others.

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The Lunar Chronicles: Always have hope. Let’s face it. Life sucks. You are going to be thrown in situations you don’t want to be in and faced with prejudice and judgement from members of society. Time is never going to stop for you so the only thing you can so is just pick yourself up and keep going.  And sometimes, its not a terrible thing to hit rock bottom since there is only way left to go and that’s UP!

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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The Raven Cycle was one of the series that I had on my TBR for very long time. I guess the reason I didn’t pick up the first book was because when I read the summary, it sounded as if it would be solely romance oriented. However, I found out that this was not the case and that there was a lot more complexity added to the plot with the diverse characters. This series was unlike anything I have ever read and I am so glad I decided to give it a shot!

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

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When I first read the Harry Potter books, the character that I automatically connected with was Hermione Granger. Growing up in an Asian household, I took my studies very seriously when I was young and seeing a studious character like her made me realize that knowledge is power and with it, you can conquer the world 🙂

My Tag Team

Barefoot&Pregnant

Misty@Mistybookspace

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Ellie@CapitolBooks

Fiona@ANovelIndulgence

Liss@theclumsybookworm

Sorry if you were already tagged for this! And please share your blog post in the comments below, I would love to read your answers!

Have fun everyone! 🙂

 

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD 2.0

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Thank you to the wonderful Ellie over at Capitol Books for nominating me for this tag! If you guys haven’t done so already please go follow her, she is the sweetest 🙂 You can check out her answers HERE

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

 QUESTIONS:

  1. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THIS YEAR?

    My current total as of today (October 7th, 2016) is 35 books. 2016 is the first year where I actually wanted to participate in the GoodReads challenge. My goal for the year is 40 books, which compared to a lot of other avid book readers is probably not much but I wanted to start with a reasonable goal and then work my way up year after year. By the looks of it, I think I am on track yayyy 🙂

  2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF BOOKS?

    Definitely Fantasy and recently, Sci-Fi

  3. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME APART FROM BLOGGING?

    Besides blogging, I love reading (obviously lol), watching Asian dramas, listening to kpop . . . wow I’m such a hermit lol

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  4. WHO IS YOUR ONE TRUE BOOK LOVE?

    JUST ONE??? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME????

    . . . Well if I had to choose, I would probably pick Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. He is just so funny and so sweet at times despite his flirtatious character and I adored his scenes so much! /faints

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  5. WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

    Kung Fu Panda 3 lol

  6. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT?

    Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

  7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG?

    I try to update my blog weekly with new content but sometimes life gets in the way and it is not possible 😦  So I am trying to be ahead of all my blog posts and schedule them to post at least weekly so the blog remains active.

  8. DO PEOPLE IN YOUR REAL WORLD KNOW THAT YOU’RE A BLOGGER?

    Not everyone. Only a few of my closest friends.

  9. DO YOU HATE THE WORDS BLOG AND BLOGGER?

    Of course not! I love those terms! Being a blogger is something I am quite proud of since I am originally quite introverted but by having a blog I am capable of sharing my thoughts and feelings with the entire world and also meeting more avid readers like me 🙂

  10. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CURSE WORD?

    LOL I usually don’t curse that much. I don’t know why. It’s just a habit but I still can get irritated from time to time, I mean we all are human so we tend to get upset/angry but someone/something would have to make me really aggravated to make me drop the F bomb.

  11. WHAT’S YOUR AVERAGE READING TIME?

    It depends on the book. Some books I can finish in a day and some would take me a week. The time it takes me to read doesn’t necessarily correlate to the length of the book as one would think. For example, it took me a week to read Six of Crows but it wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the plot. I actually loved the story and characters so much that I actually took my time reading it.

I nominate:

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Megan@bookslayerReads

Anushka Anand@Living In Pages

Misty@Mistybookspace

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Lia@LostInAStory

Saffy@FictionalGirl

Amber@EscapeLifeInThePages

Danielle@Books,Vertigo and Tea

Barefoot&Pregnant

Kelly’s Book Blog

Sorry if I tagged you and you have already done the tag! If you guys haven’t checked out these blogs, please do so. They are all so wonderful🙂

My Eleven Questions: 

  1. Name any book character which you can relate most to. What quality of them do you believe most resembles you?
  2. Who’s the best book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  3. What’s currently on your TBR?
  4. Name your favorite vacation spot you have ever traveled to.
  5. Who’s your favorite pet in a book?
  6. What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?
  7. What is you typical coffee order at Starbucks?
  8. Who is your favorite Marvel character?
  9. Why did you want to start book blogging?
  10. Name a unique quality about you.
  11. Do you have a favorite manga?

Have fun everyone! And please link your answers in the comments below 🙂  I would love to read your answers! 🙂

REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD (Part 2)

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Hello everyone! Time for another Blog Award🙂 Yayyyy! A huge thank you to Ellie @CapitolBooks for nominating me for this award! You can check out her post HERE. And if you haven’t already done so, please give her a follow! I love reading her posts! 🙂

I know I have already been nominated for this Award before but I really loved her questions and I wanted to share my answers with you all 🙂


RULES

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

QUESTIONS

1. What is your favorite book from 2016?

Gosh, its hard to choose just one. My favorite books would probably be the entire Lunar Chronicles series, An Ember in the Ashes and Six of Crows. However, with the release of Crooked Kingdoms and the future release of Heartless, we may have more to add to the list lol

2. Do you prefer paperback or hardcover books?

Personally I enjoy reading paperbacks but I like the way hardcovers look on my bookshelves 🙂

3. How long have you been blogging for?

I am pretty new to the book community as a whole. I only started this blog around May 2016 so it hasn’t been long but I received so much support from you all so I am quite happy that I decided to start this blog.

4. What is your favorite genre?

High Fantasy/Magic/Sci Fi

5. E-books or physical books

Physical books for sure! I love the feel of having a book in your hand while reading, I don’t know why lol

6. Where is your favorite place to read?

My BED 🙂 Light up a candle, snuggle into a warm blanket and then read away into the night!

7. Fantasy or contemporary books?

Definitely fantasy! I generally view reading books as a way to escape from my real world and immerse myself into a fantastical world of royalty, magic, sci-fi, etc. So reading contemporary isn’t that different from reality so I find it hard to embrace this genre. However, I am trying to read a few contemporary books to change this. If you have any suggestions let me know below!

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. Do you have any hyped book which did not live up to your expectations? Why?
  2. Would you rather be a cyborg or a wizard/witch?
  3. Choose the most ruthless villain from any books you have read
  4. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
  5. What is the most scariest book you have ever read?
  6. Coffee or Tea?
  7. Were there any books/characters that had a positive impact in your life?

I NOMINATE THE FOLLOWING:

Books, Vertigo, and Tea

Kelly’s Book Blog

Barefoot&Pregnant

MistysBookSpace

TeenBookLit101

Rand0mBookGirl

BookSlayerReads

If I nominated you and you’ve already been nominated, I am really sorry about that.

Please give these awesome blogs a follow! I absolutely love reading their posts!

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello lovelies! Happy Sunday! I hope you all are having a great day. Recently I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I would like to thank the lovely Ellie over at Capitol Books for nominating me! I am so excited to share my answers!

To start off, here are the Rules:

THE RULES

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *ERMAGAWD*
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

7 DIFFERENT FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I have a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Masters in Business and Science.
  2. I am originally from Chennai, India and I came to the US when I was about 5 years old
  3. Besides hip hop and pop music, my other favorite type of music genre is Kpop; I really love the choreography, fashion and the infectious energy from the performances. Dancing is something that I love to do as well so when I see something with a good choreo, it automatically catches my attention 🙂
  4. The longest I have stayed up to finish a book in one sitting is 4AM and that book was An Ember in the Ashes. My mom woke up early that morning and walked into my room and was like “What the heck are you doing?” lol – If you guys enjoy a high intensity, action packed and suspenseful thrillers, you should definitely pick up this book since I absolutely loved it!
  5. My favorite Disney film of all time is The Lion King – which always makes me cry like a baby but I CAN’T HELP IT!!! *SOBS*
  6. I used to write so many fantasy stories with pirates, faeries, kings and queens back in the fourth grade. I even wrote a middle grade trilogy involving four kids, magic and solving mysteries around the world.
  7. I loved watching Anime when I was young. Some of my favorites were Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors, Digimon, etc I used to love Cardcaptors so much I used to pretend I was one lol

I nominate the following bloggers:

E.C. Orr 

BarefootAndPregnant

Rand0mbookgirl

Georgiana Darcy

Sammie@Bookshelves&Biros

Sam’s Little Corner

Sam’s Life In Books

Anna The Bibliophile

Miss Elizabeth

The Littlest Book Elf

Midori Reads

Bound To Be Me

IceBreaker694

Amanda@MyBookOpinionsSite

ALoveLornVirgo

If I nominated you and you’ve already been nominated, I am really sorry about that.

Please do give these blogs a follow, they are absolutely amazing 🙂