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The 50 Questions Book Tag

I originally saw this tag done over at bookish regards. You can check her post out here.  This is a kind of random tag, but I have a long car ride ahead of me with lots of time to kill, so let’s get started!

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Definitely closed. For some reason I will not be able to fall asleep if my closet is open, or if I haven’t brushed my teeth yet. 

2. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Out. If I go to a hotel and the sheets are tucked in, I just can’t. I need my sheets untucked. 

3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

Ummm. No. Is that a thing that people do?

4. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?

I tried cutting coupons for a while, and I never used them so finally I just gave up on it. 

5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?

These are the worst choices ever! I guess bees? I’m not sure though!

6. Do you have freckles?

Yes. Just a smattering around my nose, but in the summer I get a whole lot more. 

7. Do you always smile for pictures?

I used to, but with my braces I don’t like smiling as much. 

8. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

No. I used to when I was younger though. Whenever we would have to walk somewhere far, my family would all estimate how many steps it would take. 

9. Have you ever peed in the woods?

Nope!

10. What about popped in the woods?

Again, no I have not. 

11. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No. 

12. What’s your song of the week?

Probably Consideration by Rihanna. I’m not really sure though. 

13. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

100% yes! Of course!

14. Do you still watch cartoons?

Not usually. 

15. What do you drink with dinner?

Normally just water. 

16. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

Is that even a question? Ketchup of course!

17. What’s your favorite food?

Probably sushi or strawberries of they’re good. 

18. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No.

19. Would you ever strip or pose naked for a magazine?

Hmm. I don’t think so. Is it bad that I had to think about that?

20. Ever got a speeding ticket?

Not yet!

21. Favorite kind of sandwich?

I don’t really know. Pb&j?

22. Best thing to eat for breakfast?

Warm croissants with butter. Yum!

23. What’s your usual bedtime?

10ish. Or whenever I feel like it. 🙂

24. Are you lazy?

Depends on the day. Sometimes mostly when it’s raining though. 

25. What is your Chinese astrology sign?

A snake!

26. How many languages can you speak?

3 If we’re talking about languages I can have a conversation in. I can obviously speak English, and I can also speak Hebrew and American Sign Language. 

27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

I am subscribed to Teen Vogue and Teen Ink. They were both birthday gifts. 

28. Are you stubborn?

I can be pretty stubborn. 

29. Are you afraid of heights?

Not anymore! I got over that fear when I started rock climbing! 

30. Do you sing in the car?

Sometimes. 

31. Do you ever dance in the car?

Yes. 

32. Ever used a gun?

Does a glue gun count? Otherwise no. 

33. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Actually pretty recently. I think maybe a month ago? We got family pictures done. 

34. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

They can be, but I still love them!

35. Favorite type of fruit pie?

Probably apple pie. 

36. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?

A doctor or nurse. 

37. Do you believe in ghosts?

Kind of. I believe in spirits, but not ghosts in the classical sense. 

38. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?

Yes. All the time! It’s so strange!

39. First concert?

Pentatonix!

40. Nike or Adidas?

Nike.

41. Ever take dance lessons?

Yes! I love dance!

42. Regularly burn incense?

No. 

43. Who would you like to see in concert?

Beyoncé or Nicki Minaj I think. They are both so awesome!

44. Hot tea or cold tea?

Cold tea. I actually really don’t like hot tea…

45. Tea or coffee?

Coffee.

46. Can you swim well?

I can swim pretty well, I just don’t think I’m a very strong swimmer. 

47. Are you patient?

I can be, but I’m usually not with my immediate family. 

48. DJ or band at wedding?

Depends on the band. Probably a dj though. 

49. Which are better, lack of green olives?

Probably black olives if they’re in a salad, alone I’d choose green olives though. 

50. Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?

It depends on the fictional world. If it’s the Harry Potter world or something like that, than definitely fictional. 

I’m tagging…

Lucia

Kimmy

And

Amanda

All three of these lovely ladies have amazing blogs. You should totally go check them out! 

-Leah

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March/April Wrap-up, May TBR

I can’t believe April is over! This month was filled with reading which I am very happy about. As you may have noticed, I did not do a wrap-up for March, simply because I forgot to until later, and I didn’t really read much which was embarrassing. If you’re following me on Goodreads, then you may have known that I just finished reading Heir of Fire, and read a few other books this month. But first, let’s talk about what I read last month.

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Classic Children’s Literature Checklist!

In this post, I’m going to be putting out a list of classic children’s books, and we’ll see how many I’ve read! I originally saw this done by Angela, and you can check out her post here. All of the books that I haven’t read will be in red, while the ones that I have will stay in black.

Total number of books I’ve read-46/50
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christen Andersen
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Wonderful World of Oz by Frank Baum
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Corduroy by John Freeman
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
White Fang by Jack London
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Even though I have read most of them, I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t read more of these books. I would love to see how many books you’ve read! Let me know either by writing a post, or just leaving a comment!

-Leah

A Fish to a Fisherman: A Persona Poem

I had to write a persona poem for my English class, and I really liked how it turned out. I figured I’d share it with you guys! Enjoy!

You just caught my brother, my sister, and friend.
The terror you inflict seems to never end.
The rapid river running, brings your boat near.
With a boom and a crash that now fills me with fear.
You sit quietly, waiting for someone to take the bait.
And innocent child, his first and last mistake.
Your worms are so tempting, a delicious treat.
We all are just looking for something to eat!
When the movement draws near, survival instincts kick in.
It’s all because of you Mr. Fisherman.
I know that you want money and food,
But don’t you think it to be quiet rude?
How would you feel if I tempted you out your door,
You’ve won a new car, but wait, there’s more!
After you enjoy your brand new treat,
It’s somebody else who gets to eat.
Think of this next time you get on the sea,
Fish have feelings too, don’t you agree?

-Leah

February Wrap-up Match TBR

Wow! February has really gone by fast! It feels like just yesterday that I was writing by January wrap up, but here I am posting my February Wrap-up! I feel like February was a good month of reading, and I did achieve my goal of reading five books!

What I read in February-

  1. City of Heavenly Fire-Cassandra Clare
  2. Uglies-Scott Westerfeld
  3. Smile for the Camera-Kelle James
  4. Evermore-Alyson Noel
  5. Assassins Heart-Sarah Ahiers

I was hoping to get through The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll, and I did read a little of it, but I didn’t read the whole book and I’m not planning on forcing myself to. Maybe one day I’ll pick it up and read a story or two, but I’m not going to try to read it all in one sitting. If you’d like to see a review on any of these books, let me know. I’m going to be posting a review of Smile for the Camera soon!

What I want to read in March-

  1. Lady Midnight-Cassandra Clare
  2. I Am Malala-Malala Yousafzai
  3. Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas
  4. Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard
  5. Eragon-Christopher Paolini

Normally I would try to read one more book then I did last month, but Lion King. I’m currently in a The Lion King Jr. and I have rehearsal almost every night in March. Add homework on top of all that, and my primary reading time will have to be weekends. I’ll definitely be trying to read more then 5 books this month, I’m just not sure what that’ll be. I’m planning on going book shopping soon because the only book from this list that I own is Eragon. What are you planning on reading this month?

-Leah

 

NOT A REVIEW!! City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare

 

Hey guys! As you may have noticed, I have been using the same review format for all of my past book reviews, so today, I decided to switch things up a bit! I recently finished the final Mortal Instruments book, and while it was totally amazing, it was also really long, and for some reason I was really struggling to write a good review. During my reading of this book, I noticed some pretty amazing quotes, some that really stuck out to me. For this post, I will be sharing my top 10 quotes from City of Heavenly Fire, in no particular order. Let’s get started!

 

1. “We shouldn’t,” protested Isabelle. “The Clave has a plan.”

“The Clave has the collective intelligence of a pineapple,” said Jace.

Alec blinked up at them. “Jace is right.”

Isabelle turned on her brother. “What do you know? You weren’t even paying attention.”

“I was,” Alec said, injured. “I said Jace was right.”

“Yeah, but there’s like a 90% chance of me being right most of the time, so that’s not proof you were listening,” said Jace. “That’s just a good guess.”

2. “I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually
know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

3. “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

4. “No killing,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to make you feel peaceful, so you don’t go up in flames. Blood, killing, war, those are all non-peaceful things. Isn’t there anything else you like? Rainforests? Chirping birds?”

“Weapons,” said Jace. “I like weapons.”

“I’m starting to think we have a problematic issue of personal philosophy here.”

Jace leaned forward, his palms flat on the ground. “I’m a warrior,” he said. “I was brought up as a warrior. I didn’t have toys, I had weapons. I slept with a wooden sword until I was five. My first books were medieval demonologies with illuminated pages. The first songs I learned were chants to banish demons. I know what brings me peace, and it isn’t sandy beaches or chirping birds in rainforests. I want a weapon in my hand and a strategy to win.”

Jordan looked at him levelly. “So you’re saying that what brings you peace … is war.”

“Now you get it.”

5. “Your boyfriend’s crazy,” he said to Clary.
“Yeah, but he’s hot,” said Clary. “So there’s that.”

6. “Every time I think I’m missing a piece of me, you give it back.”

7. “WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?” There was a sound of shattering glass, and they both sat up to see Alec glaring at them. He had dropped the empty bottle of wine he had been carrying, and there were bits of sparkly glass all over the cave floor. “WHY CAN’T YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO DO THESE HORRIBLE THINGS? MY EYES.”

8. “Alec pulled his knees up to his chest and looked thoughtfully at Jace. “I know,” he said. “I’m not jealous. I always knew, from the first, that everyone thought you were better than me. My dad thought it. The Clave thought it. Izzy and Max looked up to you as the great warrior they wanted to be like. But the day you asked me to be your parabatai, I knew you meant that you trusted me enough to ask me to help you. You were telling me that you weren’t this lone and self-sufficient warrior able to do everything alone. You needed me. So I realized that there was one person who didn’t assume you were better than me. You.”

9. “He’s not feeling well,” Clary said, catching at Simon’s wrist. “We’re going.”
“No,” Simon said. “No, I — I need to talk to him. To the Inquisitor.”
Robert reached into his jacket and drew out a crucifix. Clary stared in shock as he held it up between himself and Simon. “I speak to the Night’s Children Council representative, or to the head of the New York clan,” he said. “Not to any vampire who comes to knock at my door —“
Simon reached out and plucked the cross out of Robert’s hand. “Wrong religion,” he said.”

10. “There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body, and every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before. It’s science. And when I die and they burn my body and I become ashes that mix with the air, and part of the ground and the trees and the stars, everyone who breathes that air or sees the flowers that grow out of the ground or looks up at the stars will remember you and love you, because I love you that much.”

 

THE FEELS! Ten was definitely not enough quotes to show all of the amazingness of this book! Have you read City of Heavenly Fire? What were some of your favorite quotes? Let me know in the comment section so we can suffer through all the feels together!

-Leah

January Wrap up and February TBR

Hey Everyone! The first month of 2016 has come to a close and I think it’s time to do my first wrap up/ TBR!

What I read In January-

  1. An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir
  2. City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare

So I definitely didn’t read as many books as I had hoped to read last month, but my excuse is that I didn’t really have that much free time. This month, I hope I can make time to read more, since I have so many books that I want to read.

What I want to read in February –

  1. City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare
  2. The Uglies by: Scott Westerfeld
  3. Smile For the Camera by: Kelle James
  4. Evermore by: Alyson Noel
  5. The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll

I’m hoping to be able to get through these four books, but I might read more or less. There are so many books that I could put on this list, but since I’m trying to cut back on my book spendings, I chose to put books that I already own on my list. Happy reading!

-Leah