Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrating a New Blog with a Tag!

Hello lovelies! A couple days ago a charming blog called Curious Wren has begun, where Miss Annie Hawthorne now resides. I've enjoyed reading Annie's Twitter for a while, and now I get to see what bookish and writerly posts she does on her blog. :3 She's got a week of celebration ahead of her for her blog's launch, including a giveaway and a tag! I thought it might be fun to do the tag and let you all know about this lovely young lady's new blog. Even though I only know Annie a little bit on Twitter, she's a fun girl. So go say hi to Annie on her new blog! Don't be shy. :3

And now, the tag. B)

1. What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?
A: I just finished Peter and the Starcatchers, by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. I would recommend it. It's a charming book about how Peter Pan came to be the character many of us know. :3 And the villain pirate is frighteningly clever and ruthless. B)

2. Describe the perfect reading spot.

A: A quiet room and a really comfy sofa to lie back on, with a pillow and maybe a blanket.

3. Favorite book beverage? Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? Tears of your readers?
A: Ooh… probably coffee or hot chocolate. I will go for the tears of my readers too, once I've published. >:)

4. Share favorite quotes from four books.
"You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family."
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)

"If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained."
The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)

"In every herd, many stampede, while only a few turn to face the lions. Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly… When mothers lay down their lives for children, when brothers die for sisters and sisters for brothers, when fathers die for wives and children, when heroes die for strangers on the street, they do not pour out their blood because the one they save deserves such a sacrifice. Nah, lad. Love burns hotter than justice, and its roar is thunder. Beside love, even wrath whispers. Not one of us snatching breath with mortal lungs deserves such a gift, and yet every day such a gift is given… To love is to be selfless. To be selfless is to be fearless. To be fearless is to strip your enemies of their greatest weapon. Even if they break our bodies and drain our blood, we are unvanquished. Our goal was never to live; our goal is to love. It is a goal of all truly noble men and women. Give all that can be given. Give even your life itself."
Ashtown Burials: Empire of Bones (N.D. Wilson)

"Ain't nothing in the world's rulebook that says stuff's got to come easy. And complaining makes things worse."
Dandelion Fire (N.D. Wilson)

5. What is your most loved fantasy read? Dystopia? Contemporary? Sci-fi? Classic?
A: For fantasy, probably N.D. Wilson's Ashtown Burials series or 100 Cupboards trilogy. They are awesomeness.

I don't know if I have a most loved dystopia… the one I've enjoyed from what I have read was James Dashner's Maze Runner. I've only read book one, but I enjoyed it.

Contemporary… I don't remember the last contemporary I read. o.O I tried the audiobook of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, but I stopped when I spoiled myself for a big plot event. >_>

Sci-fi… probably J. Grace Pennington's Firmament series. :3 I have enjoyed reading that. Machiavellian was intense. O.O I fangirl over Eagle Crash. He is mein. Mein. <_< >_>

Classic would be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. :3 I greatly enjoyed reading that. Huck is a darling. :3

6. List three authors you've collected the most books from.
A: Martha Finley, Chuck Black, and C.S. Lewis.

7. What are your thoughts in magic in literature?
A: I like magic in literature. I've read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I've read Eragon and Narnia. Magic fairly saturates those books. But it should be well-developed. It should make sense in the world it's placed in. I like seeing how magic systems work in books. It's always fun to see the different magic methods and things that flow through the world and the stories. So I enjoy magic in books, but for me it needs to be properly-developed and interesting.

8. What types of book covers capture you imagination most strongly? Feel free to include images.
A: Ooh, I don't know… maybe covers that look like they have scenes on them, like Dragonborn. Or covers that look intricate and complex, like the Rithmatist. It teased me with what adventure it might hold. O_O Both of these were impulse buys because of the covers.

9. Mention the first book character that comes to mind. Elaborate on this.
Dustfinger, from Cornelia Funke's Inkheart trilogy. Sooo, I have a thing for side characters of the more or less loner variety. Faramir and Aragorn? Yes. Eagle Crash? Mhmm yes please (I can't quite think of anymore at the moment, but usually they're the ones I love). Dustfinger also fits there, made even better in the movie (because I get a nice visual of the character). And in some ways he and my own loner darling, an assassin, are similar. No, he wasn't ripped from his book and family, but he has dealings against his will with the villain, and he has secrets. He also doesn't breathe fire like Dustfinger does. Dustfinger wins there. Dustfinger is just a fun character overall, and how he kind of takes Farid under the barest edges of his wing.

10. Do you lend out your books? Or is that the equivalent to giving away your babies?
A: I have a few times, but it's often been my favorites so I get nervous. Other than that, I think I'd be okay in lending them out. Just don't muss up the favorites and no one has to die, yes? ;)

So there you go! Far as I know, the tag is open to all, so do it and let Annie know, or if you don't have a blog, comment here or over at her blog. ^_^ Have you said hi to her on her there? Goooo. I don't think she bites. ;)

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