The YA Frenzy Book Tag!

I was just tagged by The Bookish Underdog for The YA Frenzy Book Tag! Thank you so much!

Rules are as follows-

  • Respond to mine and icebreaker694’s post in comments (so we know if you can participate).
  • Read through Q&A below.
  • Answer the questions in your own post 😄.
  • Choose at least 3 to 5 other bloggers to participate!

1. What book got you started on the path of YA?

While I’m not really a fan of young adult novels, I did read the Harry Potter series (though I feel it’s a bit overrated). However, I took Young Adult Literature in college and I did enjoy a few of the books. I found that I really enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, in another college class, I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which I loved. So, I would say that those two got me somewhat interested.

List 3 awesome book related gifs (they can be from the movies or they can just have someone reading in them) and add your own captions.

When newspapers tell you what the books are about! Why do they do that?!

When you haven’t read in a while, and then you read a really good book!

When a book is so good, you get lost in it!

3. What was the latest series you finished?

I don’t really read series and like I said, I’m not a huge YA book fan. The last book I read though was If You Could See Me Now and I definitely recommend it!

4. What is one thing that you hate in YA? What is one thing you love?

I hate how childish some of the books sound. I’m sorry, but I’m an adult and I want to read books written for adults. I love how you get a new perspective on things. Since the books are written for young adults, you kind of get to see how the author wants the book perceived. Plus, you feel a little younger again.

5. Take this Buzzfeed quiz (‘Are You Able to Identify the Real YA Cover from the Fake?’) and post your results.

Are You Able To Identify The Real YA Cover From The Fake?

You got 7 out of 10 right!
You did better than 31% of those who took this quiz!
  1. Silver Bookworm

    You have a good eye for most of these YA covers, but you stumbled on a few. But that’s OK — it’s just another excuse to spend more time in the aisles of Barnes and Noble.

    TriStar Pictures

I tag:

Mary’s Average Adventures

LaChatBlanc

The Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

Curious Queendom

Tori’s Stories

Anyone who wants to participate!

 

The Bohemian Rhapsody Book Tag!

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Kat from Life and Other Disasters is always getting tagged for these awesome book tags! She tagged everyone so I decided to participate! Thanks Kat for sharing this great tag!

1. Mama, just killed a man – A fictional character’s death that really upset you?

I’m actually going to pick a movie for this one. I don’t want to give away who dies though, but someone dies in Independence Day and it kind of bums me out! The person dies fairly early on.

2. Carry on, carry on – Pick a book that was hard to keep reading but was worth it in the end?

Truth or Die by James Patterson. It took me forever to read for some reason, but it was good.

3. Sends shivers down my spine – pick a book with a beautiful spine/cover?

Ink Heart by Cornelia Funke!

4. Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go – A book that you couldn’t finish?

It’s not that it wasn’t good (the part I read of it), I just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I will definitely try again though!

5. Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening – which book did you find very, very frightening?

Hell Fire by John Saul. The imagery was great and the book was pretty creepy! My second choice would be Nathaniel by John Saul as well.

 

6. Bismillah, no! We will not let you go – which book/series do you wish there had been more of?

I don’t honestly know. More John Saul ghost books would be nice!

7. Mamma mia, mamma mia – which book/series should be made into a musical?

Interesting question. Ooh, maybe One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I know they have a movie, but a musical might be cool!

8. The head banging bit – Which book made you face-palm?

A lot of Classics! Ugh!

9. Oh baby, can’t do this to me, baby – pick a moment from a book where you felt like the author was being mean to you?

Hmmm, I don’t know about feeling the author was mean to me, but while I was reading Hell Fire, I kept wondering how Beth’s step-sister and grandmother could be so mean! I couldn’t stand them!

10. Nothing really matters to me – which character/s did you not care about?

Polar Bears and Duane in If You Could See Me Now.

I Tag:

In Becky’s Head

Cafe Book Bean

Bookmark Chronicles

Reads and Treats

Mostly Blogging

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Anyone who wants to participate!

 

 

 

Totally Should Have…Book Tag

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So I discovered this tag on Kat’s blog, Life and Other Disasters, and thought I would participate!

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…GOTTEN A SEQUEL:

I think I’m going to go with The Unwanted by John Saul. I definitely would have liked to know what happened after the end of the book.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…HAD A SPIN OFF SERIES:

Maybe If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub. I think it would be cool to see what they did after the end of the book and have a series of adventures between the two characters at the end. I can’t say much more without giving away what the first book was about. I definitely recommend you read it by the way!

AN AUTHOR WHO TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…WRITTEN MORE BOOKS:

John Saul. I know he wrote quite a few books, but I think he should have written more. Also, I think he should have written more ghost stories because the ones I read were amazing!

A CHARACTER WHO TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… ENDED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE:

I’m not quite sure. I’m going to go with Miles from If You Could See Me Now. I guess I just wish he could have found true happiness.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…HAD A MOVIE FRANCHISE:

I’m just going to say two separate books and yes, their both by John Saul. The Unwanted, Hell Fire, and Nathaniel were all GREAT books. I would have loved to see movies created from them!

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…HAD A TV SHOW:

I’m going to go with Truth or Die by James Patterson. I think it would have been cool to tune in every week and watch the adventures of the two main characters.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…HAD ONLY ONE POINT OF VIEW:

I’m skipping this one. I have no idea.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…HAD A COVER CHANGE:

I actually own a much cooler copy of this book with a different cover! I can’t seem to find it online though. Anyway, I’m not a fan of this one…I don’t even understand it.

 

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…KEPT THE ORIGINAL COVERS:

Again, I’m going to skip this one.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE…STOPPED AT BOOK ONE:

I’m not really sure. I will say though that while I read Ink Heart, I never read the ones to follow.

 

I tag:

Bookmark Chronicles

Reads and Treats

Cafe Book Bean

Anyone Who Wants to Participate!

 

Confessions of a Writer Tag!

 

Confessions of a writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you guys have probably noticed, I’ve been working on a lot of things on my blog other than just writing about anxiety. I actually think this is a good thing. In addition to writing about getting through anxiety, I’m also doing challenges and writing about things that are positive and can help get my mind, and my readers’ minds, off of our fears. So, I hope you don’t mind me doing this great tag that I discovered over at Kendra’s blog, Reads and Treats!

 

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always wanted to do?

Well, I don’t know when I started putting pen (or pencil) to paper, but I do remember writing in first grade. I don’t know if I always thought of being a writer as a career choice, but I know that it didn’t take me long to realize that that’s what I wanted to do.

What genre do you write?

I like writing general fiction and some horror/ghost stories!

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

I’m currently working on two stories. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but one is a science fiction thriller and the other one is a mystery/ghost story.

What was the first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

Oh gosh, I don’t know. I remember writing a really cheesy song/poem about this guy I had a crush on!

What’s the best part about writing?

I love being able to create a story and share it with others! I love getting ideas and being able to put them to paper. I’ve always loved reading, so being able to write feels amazing. Also, since I started blogging, I’ve learned that I can actually help people through my writing, which feels really good!

What is the worst part about writing?

The worst part for me is coming up with ideas and sticking with it. Sometimes I start writing and just stop knowing where to go with them. I hate that! It’s just like I how I hate when I stop reading a book.

What’s the name of your favorite character and why? (This can be from another author or your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well.)

Hmmm, this is hard. I just read the book If You Can See Me Now by Peter Straub and really liked the character Miles. I don’t know though, there are so many great characters!

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

I don’t write nearly as much as I should, but maybe at least five to ten minutes a day? I don’t know. The best time for me to write is probably morning or afternoon. I’m too tired at night.

Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

Kind of. I majored in English and minored in Writing. I guess you could say that I did go to college for Writing though since that’s what I want to do and that’s what I liked studying the best. So I guess the answer is yes. I do wish I could have actually majored in Writing though instead of minoring in it.

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors or grammar errors?

Spelling errors! Especially in a book when you wonder, “How did the editor not catch this?”

 What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

Read more and write a lot. The more you read and write, the better you get!

What advice would you give another writer?

Read and write a lot. Read good books with good writing.

What are your favorite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragements?

The blog World of Horror is pretty good!

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Blogging, reading, watching TV

What is the best book you have read this year?

If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub. You can check out my review here!

What is the best movie you have seen this year?

That’s a tough one. I love so many movies!

What is your favorite book or series of all time?

I always say Dead Lines but I haven’t read it in a while. I’m not 100% sure.

Who is your favorite author?

Harlan Coben

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Keep writing my stories and blogging!

Where else can we find you online?

The Seeds 4 Life

Battle of Mind

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to participate!

Share A Poem On Ink and Quill

A great idea! A way to connect with other writers and poets! Please visit Jen’s blog at Ink and Quill!

Jennifer Calvert Author

quillShare a link here of your favourite poem/s, which you have written or a poem written by a fellow poet. Or both!

A poem/s which may have moved you, or are close to your heart. A poem, you thought about, long after you finished reading it.

I will repost all links.

As you are probably aware. I love poetry. So I can’t wait to read and share your links.

Please feel free to reblog this post!

I want to support my fellow bloggers, by sharing their work.

A small way of saying I appreciate you.

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The Coffee Book Tag!

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So Kat from Life and Other Disasters did another awesome book tag! I decided to take it upon myself to complete it as well. So, without further ado…here are the questions!

BLACK

A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Hmmm…I’m gonna go with the Harry Potter books. I mean, they weren’t really hard to get into and I liked them at the time, but I feel they were overrated. Meanwhile, a lot of other people are in love with them!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA

I’m gonna cheat on this one…well, sort of. I don’t really read this book a lot, but I own it. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!

HOT CHOCOLATE

A favorite children’s book.

I honestly don’t really have one. When I was younger though, I was in love with this Barney ant book!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO

A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

I’m gonna name two here: Nathaniel and The Unwanted by John Saul! Great, suspenseful books!

               

STARBUCKS

A book you see everywhere.

Ha, this is funny because there is a Starbucks everywhere! When it comes to books though, I dunno. I hear about The Girl on the Train and stuff a lot.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP

A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

I simply don’t know.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF

A book you were expecting more from

I hate to say this (plus I’m not sure how fair it is to say, since I didn’t give the book much of a chance), but I couldn’t get into Harlan Coben’s Missing You. I’m not sure why, either. I just couldn’t get myself to keep reading. I will one day though!

THE PERFECT BLEND

A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

I have the perfect one for this! One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

GREEN TEA

A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

I’m not sure what this means, but this is a nice romance book. Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by James Patterson (a good movie too, though mine broke! 😦  )

CHAI TEA

A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

Well, maybe not of a real place, but Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is a good book abut the beautiful idea of characters coming to life.

EARL GREY

Favorite classic.

I’m not really a fan of classics, so I’m just going to say One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I don’t think it’s really considered a classic, but it’s an older book and really good (so is the movie by the way! I highly recommend it!)

I tag:

Lizzie from Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

 

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures

 

Kendra from Reads and Treats

 

Anyone who wants to participate!

Yes, This Is Another Thank You Post!

I know that I’ve written tons of thank you posts and that you may be tired of them, but I really want to stress how much I appreciate you guys. I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging and I’ve witnessed so much kindness through your support, kind words, and amazing gestures. You guys have inspired me to write more and try my hardest to help both myself and others.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and while I do think I’m good at it, I think all writers sometimes doubt their talent. However, through your helpful, honest, and kind feedback, you have helped restore my faith in my writing. You have provided me with the extra boost of confidence that writers (or wanna be writers, for that matter) so often need.

Not only have you all been a huge part of my writing ventures, but you have also made me realize that I can help others through sharing my experiences. I started this blog because I thought it would help me with my anxiety and I think it has. However, I didn’t realize just how much I’d be able to help others. While I can’t be sure that I have, you guys often let me know that I’ve been helpful. It means the world to me that I can help in some small way.

I’ve made some wonderful friends through blogging. I’ve found that so many of you have similar struggles, interests, and opinions as I do. You guys have helped me realize that I’m not alone in dealing with my anxiety.

Due to the fact that the world can at times be an unsafe place, I will most likely never meet you guys in real life. However, this does not stop me from considering some of you very good friends and there are many of you that, if the world was a safer place, I would love to try and meet.

What I’m about to do is list some, not all, of the wonderful people I have met through blogging. I want all of you to realize that every single one of you that has been supportive of my journey means the world to me. I would not list names in this post, but I feel as if some of you deserve extra recognition. Again though, this does not mean that the people I don’t name mean any less to me. Please know that I genuinely mean this.

I would like to give a special shout out to the following individuals and their blogs:

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures: Mary has been here reading my blog since the beginning. Mary, it means so much to me that you offer continuous support and are always here to listen. Thank you so much for your kindness and friendship. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you’re always here to offer help and words of encouragement. You are so brave to have traveled like you did. Never doubt your ability to do great things!

Amber from Journey to Freedom from Anxiety: Thank you also for your kindness, support, and advice. I really feel like you’re here for me and you go out of your way to offer help. Thanks for being such a good friend!

Kim from Peace, Love and Patchouli: You are so talented, kind, and supportive. I love talking to you and working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to collaborate on poetry with you. It’s an honor to work with someone so talented!

Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise: Carla, you are so passionate and opinionated. Those are two great qualities that I admire! I keep saying this, but you are such a wonderful person and you have such a big heart. Not everyone is willing to stand up for those whom they might not even know, but you are. Also, I love our conversations and the fact that we get along so well. I really believe that you’ll be successful with whatever path you choose! Thank you for your friendship, kindness, understanding, and support!

“M” from The Seeds 4 Life: I didn’t know if you wanted me to put your full first name on here, but I’d like to thank you. Through your blog, I have been able to help myself and hopefully others while doing what I love best – writing. You have inspired me to use my talents to help others. You have been so kind and supportive and have gone out of your way to assure me that you appreciate me as a person and a writer. Thank you so much for continued support and friendship.

Sandy from Sandycademy: You are so strong! Thank you for being such a good friend and for inspiring me and all your other readers. Thanks for creating the Grains of Sand project. It’s really helpful in reminding ourselves of all the accomplishments we have made.

Becky from A (Mostly) Music Blog: Becky, you were another one of the first people that I really felt that I could connect with. We both shared the common issue of becoming anxious in class. You were and still are so supportive and kind. Thank you for all your support!

Jade from Jade Moore: Jade, while I just recently “met” you, you have been so kind and supportive. You have such a big heart. You created the project, Letters to the Mind, which is both helpful and inspirational. You are such a talented writer and you have chosen to use your talent to help others. Thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Jen from The Anxiety Chronicles: You are so helpful and inspirational. You are kind and are always putting a smile on my face. Thank you so much for your friendship!

Thank you to everyone who has read, “liked”, commented on, and followed my blog. Your kindness, support, and friendship means the world to me. NEVER DOUBT THAT!

 

Skeleton with a Heart

Please read this amazing piece of writing by Jade! She captures the thoughts of many of us writers. She has an amazing talent for writing and a big heart.

Jade Moore

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The worry bubbled up inside her until she felt that she would burst. Her throat felt tight as though she would throw up all the words that she didn’t know how to say. The blank page before her seemed to align itself with her emptiness, and there was no way to fill it.

Even if she could write, her hand would shake so much the words wouldn’t make a strong enough impression on the page, and therefore wouldn’t have any affect on the reader. The Reader? she heard the question asked to herself by the voice in her head, but you don’t have any readers, you only have yourself.

Sat in her bedroom, she looked around. It was true, she was alone. The words she wished to write wouldn’t come because she worried too much about who would read them, and whether they would enjoy it. But she realised…

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Blogger Recognition Award

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So Enlightenment Angels nominated all of her readers for the Blogger Recognition Award. I hope she doesn’t mind me accepting it. Her blog is filled with positive messages and I recommend that you all check it out! I would like to thank Enlightenment Angels for nominating all of her readers!

Here are the rules for the award:

THE RULES
Post an image of the award.
Thank the person who nominated you and their blog, and link back to that blog.
Explain briefly how you started your blog.
Give a piece of advice to fellow bloggers.
Nominate other bloggers for the award–as many as you wish, and notify them of their nomination.

How it all started:

I started my blog in order to help myself and others deal with their anxiety.

Advice I’d like to give:

Stay strong and never give up. Believe in yourself and know that you are not alone.

And the nominees are…

Everyone that’s read my blog! I genuinely want to nominate all of you. You’ve been so kind and supportive and I really do appreciate it. I know you all have wonderful blogs and great advice to share so I invite everyone who wants to participate to do so! Thanks for reading!