TAG WEEK: Hustler Blogger Award

Hey, popcorns!

seems fitting, given who tagged me for this 😉

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!!

This award was created by https://markanthonyswall.wordpress.com so go check out his blog and the award introduction post! 😊 Thanks, Thony!

R U L E S

  1. Make Sure to include the banner in your award post. You can make it the featured photo or you can just attach it along with the blog post. 
  2. Be sure to give the creator (the amazing markanthonyswall.wordpress.com) pingback on your post, so he’ll be able to read them. 
  3. You can nominate numerous bloggers of your choice, but make sure it isn’t less than 5 people.
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. The person who’s being nominated, and who’s about to nominate can add one more question of his/her choice to his/her nominees.

Q U E S T I O N S

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TAG WEEK: Disney Parks Book Tag

Hey, lovelies!

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!!

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The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends
  • Feel free to copy the heading graphics

Black Gate » Articles » Crappy Parents All Around: A Look ...

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 😉

 

 


I just posted "Annabeth" for my story "The Blood of ...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!

 


The Women of Dauphine Book Launch - Big Easy Magazine 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!

 

 


Sarah J. Maas | New York Times Bestselling Author

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 😀

 


 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ...

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!

 

 

 


A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Read Book SummaryI 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!

 

 


Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber — Reviews ... 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!

 

 


The Raven Cycle - WikipediaSo 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!

 

 


Tomi Adeyemi on CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE | The Young FolksFor 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.


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

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.

 

 


 

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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?

xoxoadiforadi1

TAG WEEK: Mystery Blogger Award Take Two

Hey loves!

Welcome to tag week here on OiaM!

Today we’re starting off with the Mystery Blogger Award, which I was kindly nominated by the very wonderful Gayle! Thanks so much, angel ❤

Also, this tag was created by Okoto Enigmas!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

  1. I care passionately about social justice! If you know me in real life (or honestly on the blogosphere too haha) you’ll know that I’m an activist.
  2. I am the ABSOLUTE worst at procrastination 😉 I think it’s because I’m a Gemini? Speaking of which, my birthday’s coming soon (because I’m a Gemini hehe)!
  3. I’m a vegan!! (since May 4 hahaha auspicious date, huh? BECK) I’ve been vegetarian for my entire life and recently went vegan.

My Favorite Posts

To be fair, I think everyone has different opinions on what my best post is, but here are the ones (in recent times) that I’m the proudest of!!

Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters! – this one because I really WENT OFF and somehow ended up ranting for 2000+ words

Why Feminism Sucks – this one because it’s one of my most popular posts!! I also went off (see a trend here?) and I’m proud of it 🙂

7 Of My Favorite Types of Characters – these are all quite recent, but I think I did a damn good job of organizing my thoughts! That’s always hard XD.

Gayle’s Questions

1. What could you give a 40min presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

I’ve done this before, believe it or not!! I could DEFINITELY give a huge presentation on the roots of climate change and why patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and (to some extent) capitalism need to be abolished.

Somewhere in there, I would tie it to #screwthepolice (although I love B99, we must acknowledge that the police suck as a whole).

2. What small gesture from a stranger made a big impact on you?

I can’t think of anything, but people who compliment my ‘maturity’ always make me feel good about myself! The people who say I’m ‘too immature’ to be dealing with hard concepts like I mentioned above?

Oh, well. Whatever.

3. How can you be a light in someone’s life this week?

I love this question! I want to make a good impact on my fam this week by making yummy things! 😉 I’ve been in a crappy mood because I’m on my period (boohoo) so here’s to hoping I get the energy soon to make some treats 😑

Or I guess I could just take the easy way and comment on people’s blog posts! That sounds fun 🙂

4. What are three words that describe you well?

Ah, the dreaded three words question.

Driven. (incredibly) Lazy. Passionate.

(interpret that in your own way- it definitely sounds like I’m a Slytherin XD)

5. If you could be invisible, what would you do?

I KNOW I should think of a better answer.

But I also know that the main use for my newfound invisibility powers will be cheating at PE when we have to run. Come on, we’ve all wanted to do this, don’t lie! XD

My Questions

  1. What is a color combination (three colors) that describe your personality, and why?
  2. What was the last book you read? How would you rate it?
  3. When did you last cook/bake something?
  4. Do you have any unpopular opinions that AREN’T bookish? Spill the tea 😉
  5. What mainstream stores do you mostly shop at?

I Tag…

(by the way, I won’t be tagging people for all the tags this week!)

Ash @ Wild Honey

Anna Coleman 

Gracie @ Light in the Darkness

Emma @ AFCTL

Saania @ Saania Sparkles

Becky @ Moth of the Day

(I couldn’t think of 10-20 people I didn’t tag last week XD)


Thanks for reading! Be prepared for multiple posts this week 😉

What do you think is my best post? What’s your Zodiac sign? Are you proud of me for writing the first post that hasn’t gone over 1000 words in SO LONG? (excluding short stories)

xoxoadiforadi1

Creating Instagram Feeds for ‘The Raven Cycle’ Characters

Hey everybody!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I’m currently in science class and typing the intro to this post (whoops). What did y’all do today?

I’m excited to bring you a really fun post inspired by my good friend Ash! She made a post where she created character aesthetics for some really awesome characters (that’s on her old blog, here’s her new one) and I decided that I love that idea and I’m gonna steal it 😉

Credits to Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane Books for the idea! Go check out her post first 🙂

I’m currently reading the third book of The Raven Cycle for a collab with the amazing Sophie, and I’m really really loving it! I thought it’d be nice to try out a new type of post and combine it with my love for TRC. Continue reading “Creating Instagram Feeds for ‘The Raven Cycle’ Characters”

The Sunshine Blogger Award // very very very very late

Hey, angels!

It’s been a really (REALLY) long time (I was tagged in 2019!) since I’ve done a tag or award and I’ve been planning to do a ‘tag week’ for some time now (AKA a way for me to justify my procrastination).

For some reason, all my saved posts disappeared and this is one of the only tags I have saved! From now on I’m going to save them to a document for sure lol.

Anyways, from now on, you guys can start tagging me for tags and awards again! 😉 I know that so many people stopped tagging me because, obviously, I wasn’t doing them (I think it’s been 10 months since I’ve done one, gosh!), and honestly, thank you for doing that, friends!

I’m going to start posting tags and awards more often so if you did tag me for anything in the past, please please please drop the links below so I can actually do the tags in a ‘tag week’ of sorts.

I was tagged by Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads who is currently on hiatus but is a positively wonderful blogger whose blog content I adore! Go check out her blog and follow it right now 🙂

What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

Honestly, I feel like I have no right answer to this one! I’d really love to see a Six of Crows prequel but I still obviously want more from Rick Riordan (my favorite author ever) so I’m not sure.

We are getting a Hunger Games sequel though, so I will read it although it’s not my favorite series or anything.

Just any prequel other than for Harry Potter, please. JKR is going to find a way to be even more controversial (Dudley Dursley is a trans Latino boy with autism? I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST HER). Anything other than Harry Potter.

What were/are your favourite and least favourite subjects at school?

My favorite subject is Language Arts although I’m generally interested in many subjects, and my least favorite subject is probably PE? I just hate physical activity, to be honest. A true bookdragon at heart.

What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?

Hmm, that’s a great question! I, of course, loved watching Avengers: Endgame and Spiderverse (I think? Or was that 2018?! Quarantine has made everything else feel like the same!) or whatever Spiderman movie came out in 2019. I actually can’t really remember any other movies, oops, but Aladdin and Lion King were rad too (is that 2020? HELP).

What fairytale character would you be willing to trade places with?

If I’m going off of Disney, I might want to trade places with Kida, the princess of Atlantis from Disney’s film about Atlantis. She gets to be a princess of an amazing underwater kingdom?! Yes please! Where can I sign up? 😉

But other than Disney, I probably would choose the ORIGINAL story of Fa Mulan where she’s a badass warrior who DOES save her country but not with Shang and the other elements Disney threw in. Speaking of which, I’m excited about the live-action coming later this year!

What inspired you to start blogging?

One of my best friends, Vaishnavi, was a blogger and I was inspired to start a blog because of how much I loved her’s ❤ I’m so glad I made that decision!

What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?

This may be controversial, but this is what I think will help you grow your blog the most:
what’s more important than posting two or three times a week and then disappearing for three weeks without any posts is posting consistently and regularly, even if it isn’t the most often.

Also, hot take, but posting multiple times a day when you normally space out your posts a lot more isn’t really a good idea! It’s best to schedule that post for around a week later so you don’t feel burned out.

Believe me, all my old posts were incredibly sporadic.

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

This question always makes me pause.  I really want to meet AOC- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez- (she’s in Congress in the USA) because she’s in a field that I’m really interested in going- public policy and humanities- and she fights relentlessly for things I believe in like a Green New Deal, stopping climate change, and gender equality. She’s one of my role models and I want to be able to make a wide-spread change in the country/world like she has been!!

What’s your favourite lesser-known, or talked about, book?

Ooh, so I highly recommend Every Other Weekend, a book that came out in February 2020 that is definitely less talked about. The romance is the cutest thing ever and it made me cry, too. ❤ My review is linked above!

Which fictional character do you most admire?

Just one?! If I have to just choose one, I’m going to choose Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano from the Riordanverse.

She was written as a totally badass character who never experienced love and comfort but slowly learned to trust others and I love her so much!!

What generally beloved character gets under your skin?

Maybe this is cheating, but I hate Snape. Yes, I know, a lot of others do too, but I used to be a Snape sympathizer and I know many people still are so this should count. He’s a horrible, abusive person.

What are your goals for 2020?

Jokes aside, I really want to have a productive year.
This sounds extremely vague, and it is, but I know I’ll know if I had it or not.
Also, I want to continue being vegan for the rest of the year! I went vegan after being vegetarian for all of my life last week, and I’m hoping I can stick to it (it helps that everyone in my fam is vegetarian and has always been).

My questions:

How have you been passing time during quarantine?

Do you have any family recipes?

What widely-beloved author’s work do you hate?

Do you have any unpopular opinions?
Do you bullet journal?
If you had one wish from a genie and it had to be selfish (no solving world peace, sadly) what would you choose?
How would you rate your 2020 from 1 to 10, and why?
Have you accomplished any of your goals for 2020?

I tag:

Lucy @ Oh Lucy Style

***** @ Bludgers And Broomsticks (sorry I couldn’t resist XD)

Arshia @ Words From Adaria

Ash @ Starlight Strands

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I hope you guys enjoyed this (once again, I am unable to write a post below a thousand words, cheers to that) and if I tagged you, don’t feel pressured to do it! Don’t forget to drop down links to posts that you tagged me in down below. Feel free to tag me in future tags/awards if you want to 😉

Also, if you’re an Asian/Pacific Islander blogger who is reading this post, please comment down below and reach out to me via my contact page! I’m planning something super cool for this AAPI month but it’ll only work if ALL of you who identify as AAPI and are reading this reach out to me! 

xoxoadiforadi1

Walking You Through My Pottermore Sorting!

Hey, popcorns!

(shoutout to the OG popcorn, you know who you are)

Today I’m bringing you a bit of a unique post.

Every book lover knows about Harry Potter and all of us book bloggers have definitely taken the Pottermore tests before!

The last time I took them has to be at least several months ago when we went to Universal Studios with cousins, but I’m going to be taking ALL of them again!

That means the House Sorting, Patronus, and Wand! I was going to take the Ilvermorny one but apparently they removed it. 😦

Let’s get to it!

First, I have to make a fake account: I ended up using a random email and my name’s officially bibbity bobbity boo 😉

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1. Hogwarts House

First of all, I know I’m a Gryffindor. But I’m curious to see what the Hat will see in me!

(while I’m taking the test, I’m noticing that I’m picking a lot of Ravenclaw answers, so…) (also, didn’t it use to be much longer?!)

I GOT RAVENCLAW!

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I have to say, I’m… disappointed. Ravenclaws are great and all, but I’m actually the least Ravenclaw I could be!

*is salty*

First of all, your Hogwarts House is what traits you VALUE the most. Gryffindors value standing up to injustice and taking risks. Ravenclaws value creativity and the power of knowledge. Hufflepuffs value being loyal and working hard and honest to get places in life. And Slytherins value being successful and having a drive to accomplish great things.

I know what I value the most, and I’m pretty much 60% Gryffindor, 30% Hufflepuff, and 10% Ravenclaw+Slytherin.

I think I’m also at my most Gryffindor I’ve ever been! I used to be a proud Hufflepuff and a not-so-patriotic Gryffindor and while I still think Hufflepuffs are the best, I know I’m a Gryffindor.

Wow, the Sorting Hat’s wrong on this one.

2. Patronus

The last time I did it I got a dolphin, which definitely matches my personality! I consider it to be my Patronus even now.

I’ve also heard of a lot of people saying that their Patronus was nothing like their personality, so I’m curious to see what it’ll give me this time!

I GOT OTTER!

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Hmm, I can see why I got this one! Otters are curious and social, which I guess I am. I still think a dolphin is my true Patronus though 😉

3. Wand

I can’t remember my wand from last time so I’m going into this one with absolutely no expectations!

BEECH WOOD WITH UNICORN HAIR CORE, 10 INCHES, UNBENDING FLEXIBILITY!

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Wow, this one actually makes sense! Here’s what Pottermore says about beech wands, taken straight from the website:

The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond his or her years, and if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Beech wands perform very weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant.

To be honest, that sounds a lot like me. Not to brag XD but I would say I know a lot about the world, and I’m definitely very open-minded and tolerant.

For the unicorn hair, it says:

If your wand is unicorn hair, this core, according to Ollivander’s notes, ‘generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. They are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts.

Hey, that sounds nice! I do think that it would be practically impossible to turn me to the Dark Arts and I’m happy to say I share a wand core with Ron, Cedric, and Neville- some of the most loyal, good-hearted folks in the series.

Obviously the wand length- 10″- is on the shorter side because… I’m very short 😉

As to the ‘unbending flexibility’, here’s what good ol’ Ollivander has to say about that:

Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair – although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core and length, nor of the owner’s life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.

That’s really odd since beech is apparently open-minded and now my wand flexibility shows that I’m not open to change?

OH. I GET IT. Actually, this is pretty darn right! I’m extremely tolerant of people from different faiths, races, sexualities, and gender identities (wand wood), I have strong views against what I’d consider ‘evil’, like in politics (wand hair), I am very very into fighting for what’s right (house- Gryffindor, not Ravenclaw!) BUT my views are pretty much set in stone.

I’ve done extensive research to decide what I believe in regarding politics, toleration, and more, and I highly highly doubt that you’ll be able to change my mind.

So this does make sense. At least my wand fits my personality lol.

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And that’s a wrap! This was kind of fun to do, but I wasn’t happy with my House sorting at all. There were, like, seven questions- that’s definitely not enough to tell! Plus- just because I love books doesn’t mean I’m a Ravenclaw.

If Hermione took this crappy test, she would’ve gotten Ravenclaw but we all know she’s a true Gryffindor. Just like me. 🙄

Also, I just wanted to add a disclaimer; I love the Harry Potter books, but I’ve officially canceled JKR. No one in the fandom likes her anymore, and rightfully so.

Have you taken the Pottermore tests before? What’s your Hogwarts House? Do you know your Patronus and Wand? Were the tests accurate for you?

xoxoadiforadi1