Yes, it’s me again- the same person who promised to post once a week and hasn’t posted in over ten days.
My excuse is that I’m in a summer camp which actually takes up my whole day. I finally am writing a post because I finished my work an hour early. And also because I’m sick of ignoring my notifications and not posting anything.
It definitely feels good to write a post again. I feel like with the world changing around us so quickly, time is just flying by and even though I posted ten days ago, it feels like a month. Honestly, there are so many things I wanted to do that I didn’t get a chance to and so many things that I never even thought I would have done that all happened in the first half of 2020.
Aside from the quick identity crisis, this tag is actually going to be focused on books. Part of me wants to write a long post explaining why we should defund the police but I also just want to read a fluffy contemporary novel even though I’m sort of in a reading slump right now.
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to satisfy myself in this post!
Today is Day 5 of Tag Week and I’m not sure if there will be a day six and seven yet so let’s see 😉
Now I’d like to thank Lais @ The Bookish Skies very much for tagging me- she’s an awesome blogger, her content is unapologetically diverse (both with representation and types of posts) and her entire blog is such a safe, dreamy place for me. I admire her and her blog so, so much, and everyone should go follow her right now because she deserves it!
Ooh, we’re starting off with a tough one! I love so many Disney movies, but I’ll list my top five because I’m indecisive: Mulan, Moana, Princess and the Frog, and Aladdin. I can’t choose a fifth-place- I’m stuck between Frozen I and The Lion King but I think I’ll go with Lion King.
i’m going to be attacked by twilight fans aren’t i oh god
He’s just disgusting and a stalker and rapey and *shudders*. I watched the first three movies with El- I think we both hate him XD.
⭐Bedtime- a reasonable hour or some early hour of the morning?⭐
I’m proud to say I actually (usually) go to sleep before midnight haha. Weird, right? I try to go to bed a reasonable hour. Because of quarantine- school starts at 10 AM, I wake up at 8- I’ve pushed that time back to get-ready-for-bed-at-11-PM.
⭐Fluffy blankets or heaps of cushions?⭐
Um, what sort of question even is this?! XD just kidding- not. Definitely fluffy blankets. My feet are ALWAYS cold (I mean it when I saw ‘always’. My brother hates me for putting it on them) so blankets are the way to go 😉
⭐Do you still have any plush toys? ( I do, it’s a whale and his name is Ghoeqphfe, pronounced ‘Jeff’)⭐
OF COURSE I DO! To be fair, my brother is still nine so obviously I have more than if I didn’t have a little sibling, but I kid you not, we own DOZENS of stuffed toys. Just the ones in my room- Polly (the polar bear, so original), Lavender (an owl), Cookie (a dog), Cherry Lime (a frog with sentimental value), and there are many others.
Also, Emma’s such a mood all the time. Ghoeqphfe is the best name for a whale XD
⭐Do you enjoy DIY and arts + crafts activities⭐
Do I enjoy them?
Am I any good at them?
Well… that wasn’t the question so you can guess for yourself 😉 I had an obsessive phrase a summer or two ago when I had to do EVERY single DIY there ever was. My room was such a mess, smh.
⭐How do you plan your blog posts?⭐
Hahaha, you PLAN your blog posts?!?? Such a nerd.
I don’t plan them, like a coolperson.
But actually, I sometimes do! This one is planned for a week ahead because of Tag Week. I don’t have much of a method- I just type them? And schedule them? The only conscious decisions I make are scheduling them for at least several days after the previous post and trying to vary what posts I curate. For example, I try not to do multiple reviews back to back (haha, I never do reviews anymore) and I don’t post two tags at once.
Unless, of course, it’s tag week.
As you can see, we like breaking our own rules around here.
⭐Christmas or Halloween?⭐
Halloween for sure! I don’t celebrate Christmas (not just bc I’m not Christian but bc my family specifically doesn’t do much) and it’s a festive-but-boring time because it’s just like every other day, except everyone’s having fun.
Halloween though? I GORGE MYSELF ON CANDY. Also, I get to Trick-Or-Treat with friends so why wouldn’t I like that??
⭐Mugs or Candles?⭐
I’m going to have to go with mugs. As aesthetic as candles are, I actually use mugs, and they can also be aesthetic too.
⭐Do you like the How To Train Your Dragon franchise?⭐
I do! I remember watching HTTYD3 in theatres when it came out and being so nostalgic.
Anyone who wants to do it! I’m not going to tag anyone for the rest of the week just because I know how it feels to be overwhelmed with tags (shh… let’s pretend I didn’t run away from my tags and awards for ten months…)
what’s your favorite fictional ship? as in, relationship from a tv show or book.
current favorite color? (can be for your current mood this hour, today, this week, this month, honestly whatever makes the most sense to you)
opinion on fast fashion vs slow fashion?
last 5-star book you read?
favorite blog post you’ve read in the past few days? link, please!
how often do you wash your hair?
have you ever thought about going vegan or vegetarian?
favorite ice cream flavor?
audiobooks or ebooks?
when was the last time you looked around and felt grateful to live in your neighborhood and why did you feel like that?
I hope you guys enjoyed this! Feel free to do this tag- y’all are amazing 🙂
Do you enjoy Disney movies? Do you have tips to plan your blog posts? Night owl or early bird or in between?
Welcome to day three of ‘tag week’ here at OiaM! A quick refresher: I’m doing this because I haven’t done any tags/awards in over a year and I need to catch up. Drop links below if I haven’t done anything you tagged me for over two months ago!!
I was tagged for this by the amazing Amber, who is THE BEST, and definitely one of THE sweetest (and funniest) bloggers in our community. Thanks, girl!!
I was ALSO tagged for this by Penny, and her questions are the same as Amber’s! Thank you so much for the tag, Penny, that’s really sweet of you ❤ Go check out her blog- her artwork is positively beautiful!!
Welcome to day two of tag week! Today I’m doing the Disney Parks Book Tag that I was tagged for by the wonderful Emma! Thanks so much, Emma- y’all bETTER go follow her; this girl is so wonderful and her blog is the best 🙂 I’d also like to apologize in advance for the very wonky formatting!!
For this one, I don’t know what I would choose! I can’t remember any books that I’ve read that were set along a river; I seriously need to step up my adventure game! The only one I can think of is House of Hades, which is technically a river of fire in the Underworld 😉
It looks like I’m still struggling to find a book- I know if I think about I’ll get it but I’ve read so many books that I can’t remember XD. The one that I’m thinking of right now is about an adventure overseas so I hope this counts, although it’s not necessarily high seas. And it’s another Riordan book because apparently, I don’t read anything else. The Blood of Olympus was basically the Seven traveling to Athens via the Argo II so I think it counts!
I read The Women of Dauphine as an ARC (you can find my review here) almost a year ago and definitely found this creepy or eerie! I think it fits the prompt well.
It was a sapphic paranormal YA novel which is awfully unique, too!
Kingdom of Ash fits this prompt extremely well ;). It was the end of a very thrilling, very enrapturing fantasy series and I could not put it down! Every bit of it kept me hooked. I remember finishing this monstrosity (1000 pages) in four days because I wouldn’t stop reading. My school backpack was also really heavy for those couple of days 😀
This beautiful book is set in El Paso, Texas, and I think that counts as the deep South 😉 I highly highly recommend this story- it’s beautiful, intriguing and poetic and the writing is simply magical!
I was honestly tempted to go with a Harry Potter book just for the sake of it, but the first book that occurred to me was A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I read this sometime last year and really liked it (I still haven’t read the sequel, though) and the entire story basically takes place on the grounds of a castle!
This answer seems pretty standard, but Caraval is one of the most whimsical books I’ve ever read! The setting is lush and magical, it’s fantastical although it also feels like you stepped back two hundred years in history, and the entire atmosphere of the book is very mysterious and flowery. This is also Alexandra’s answer so I don’t know if it’s cheating but it was the first thing that came to mind!
So I’m going to amend the prompt a little bit since I can’t think of any books with a snowy trek through the mountains (once again, I need to up my adventure game! I need book recs!). However, The Raven Boys has a really prominent setting which is a mountain/hill (oh, whatever- just give me this one, okay?!). Cabeswater is definitely a hilly landscape so I’m just going to count TRB for this prompt!
For once, I finally got a good answer to this prompt! Children of Blood and Bone is definitely a perfect novel inspired by another culture. The magic and setting are based on West African cultures and I found myself immersed and obsessed with the worldbuilding!
The sequel came out a couple months ago- I really need to check it out!
Also, it’s a small world is now stuck in my head, if anyone wanted to know.
ONCE MORE, I AM STUMPED. I basically have read no Scifi so I’m going to have to pick Tarnished Are The Stars (here’s my review) because it’s probably the only book that I remember reading (keyword: REMEMBER) that had a space setting. I wouldn’t necessarily call it fast-paced or an opera but at least we got the space part?! Oh, well.
So that’s that! This post is surprisingly under a thousand words, yay! But it has also taught me that I need to seriously step up my adventure and Scifi game!
Do you have any recommendations for adventure or Scifi YA books? (other than Illuminae and The Lunar Chronicles please) What books set by the river have you read?