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[TAG] Who The Heck Am I?

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So, it’s that time of month for yet another tag! I’ve been nominated for so many tags recently, but this was the one that interested me the most, obviously! A huge thanks to Puput over at Sparkling Letters for nominating me; you can check out her answers over here!

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1. What does your name mean?

I actually already know what my name means, but it’s “feminine of Michael, which means gift from God.” So, move over, everyone, I’m God’s gift!

2. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

Okay, so I got MEDIATOR (INFP-T), which is funny, because the first time I took this a while back, I got the same thing, except it was INFP-J. I don’t know if there’s a difference or not.

Apparently we’re only 4% of the population. WE’RE DYING.

We listen to many people, but talk few. That’s 100% true for me.

Some famous mediators: Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Johnny Depp (???), Julia Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Hiddleston (!!!), Alicia Keys, Anne of Green Gables, Frodo Baggins, Fox Mulder

Strengths

Idealistic. This is very true for me. I do think people are inherently good, which is funny, because I’m taught 384028402 times in my Christian school that people are inherently sinful and bad. Rage against the machine!

Seek and Value Harmony. I don’t like people fighting, and I would love to live in a peaceful world. And I definitely do like hearing other people’s opinions on things.

Open-minded and Flexible. Quite true. I do believe that people are free to do whatever as long as they’re hurting others, and I’ve actually changed my mind on a fair number of social issues (I used to think gay people shouldn’t get married, abortion should be outlawed, and that global warming wasn’t real. Obviously, I was a hot mess).

Very Creative. Oh, yeah, literally all my time thinking is spent in la-la land. I can drift off and forget what I’m even doing a lot of the time. It’s probably why I like reading so much.

Passionate and Energetic. Yep, I think the amount of time I’ve put into blogging and bookstagram can attest to that.

Dedicated and Hard-Working. Mm, it depends. Like, right now, I’m a hot mess when it comes to studying for school, but if we’re talking about blogging, I literally sat down for an hour and planned out all my blog posts through April 2018. I’m months ahead on my fully written blog posts. I try to make time to do bookstagram photo shoots. So, it all goes back to passion.

Too Idealistic. This is very true. I dream too much, and sometimes get disappointed when things don’t go my way, which is why I quit a lot of things.

Weaknesses

Too Altruistic. Hm, I don’t know about this one.

Impractical. Okay, so it says that I might forget to eat and drink because I’m so far into my head, but that never happens. I get headaches and my stomach hurts horrifically if I don’t eat for long. So, untrue!

Dislike Dealing with Data. “When the facts and data contradict their ideals, it can be a real challenge for them.” This is so me (though I don’t think this happens too much).

Take Things Personally. This is so true, which is probably why I don’t get caught up in debates and don’t bother getting into conflict. I just avoid it because I’m not in the mood to deal with people who take things so seriously they start insulting others.

Difficult to Get to Know. I don’t know about this one. I am reserved in real life, for sure, but on the Internet, I feel more comfortable talking about myself. I think it’s mostly because my ideas/opinions are more liberal, and I live in a conservative state and go to a Christian conservative school, while the Internet is more progressive, I guess?

3. What is your zodiac sign?

Sagittarius!

Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor

Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors

Dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

This further teaches me that zodiac signs are BS, because apparently, I’m supposed to be extroverted, optimistic, enthusiastic, and likes change. I’m apparently able to transform my ambitions into concrete ideas and I’ll do anything to achieve my goals. In real life I’m an introvert, I’m highly pessimistic, it depends on what I’m enthusiastic on, and I don’t know if I like change??? I am very impatient, though, so there’s that.

4. What Hogwarts house would you be in?

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Haha, I got Hufflepuff??? Which is 100% not me. I’m a Ravenclaw through and through; I don’t care what this quiz tells me. My second highest in terms of results was Ravenclaw, though, so that’s interesting.

5. What are your learning styles?

I actually took this exact test last year but I totally forgot my results. So, I apparently have a multi-modal learning preference.

Visual – 10

Aural – 6

Read/Write – 9

Kinesthetic – 7

That’s definitely right. I’m going to apply this to math since that’s my toughest subject to learn. Listening to something explained to me doesn’t work, but seeing someone work out the problems or having me solve some problems really helps.

6. Are you more of a left-brain or right-brain person?

It says I use my brain equally, but the left side is 59%, and the right is 41%. I think I should be more right-brained if we’re linking up to the words, but whatever.

7. What is your blood type?

I don’t know, and I don’t care unless I’m bleeding out at the moment.

8. What career are you meant to be in?

I got Writer, like I thought I’d get! I don’t really want to write too much anymore, but, hey, blogging is a form of writing, right? I don’t really take a Playbuzz quiz too seriously, though.

9. What Divergent faction do you belong in?

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Surprise, surprise, I belong in Erudite. I do like education, and I think ignorance is what stems a lot of hate and conflict, so I think it’s very important. And then there’s the fact that I could rant about the education system all day long, BUT LET’S NOT GET INTO IT.

(Also, I 100% chose the “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose” life motto because I love Friday Night Lights.)

10. What does your birth order say about you?

So, there’s only one more sibling in my house, so just by being the older sister, I’m the firstborn. Apparently, I’m supposed to be ambitious, responsible, and a natural leader. I honestly don’t feel like any of those things are true.

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Okay, so this was a really fun tag to do! I’ve learned a lot about me throughout this entire thing, and this was super fun to do, so I hope it was just as fun to read!

Again, like with most tags, feel free to do this one if you want to! I’d love to see your answers!

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Do we have any answers in common? Do you think your Hogwarts house is correct according to this quiz?

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The Ultimate Book Tag

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Yes, Mikaela is doing another tag (because what I like to do is participate in tags that I was never nominated for)! Even though I’m trying to do more original content on my blog, I do like taking a break and answering some already-made questions instead of creating something from scratch. And I thought it’d be fun to do the Ultimate Book Tag today!

I know I usually don’t book review today, but that didn’t happen, so here we are! 

This tag was apparently created by Megan, so a big thanks to her for creating this tag!

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Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Nope. I’ve never gotten sick while riding in a car ever. However, I do get pounding headaches. I read a large majority of Throne of Glass stuck in traffic on a highway for, like an hour. #nostalgia

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

It’s a three-way tie between Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Laini Taylor. All three of these ladies have gorgeous, magical writing, and they also write super weird characters and super weird books in the fantasy genre. I highly recommend all their books.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

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Harry Potter for me! I actually read Twilight when I was 12, and I thought it was okay (I read that baby in two days!), but got to New Moon, and DNF-ed halfway through because I was bored out of my mind. I’ve actually finished the Harry Potter series, and it’s one of my all-time favorite series, so, it was an obvious choice.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it?

Nope. Two-thirds of my books are now stored on my phone, and I don’t carry THAT many books around that I just can’t hold it in my hand.

Do you smell your books?

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Duh. By the way, Eleanor and Park is the best-smelling book. Fight me.

Books with or without little illustrations?

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Definitely with! I loved the little illustrations for the different POVs in the Six of Crows duology, and same with the Harry Potter series. I have a theory that all books would be ten times better with tiny illustrations.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

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I’m going with Under the Never Sky, just for the fact that I read this in middle school and enjoyed it, but reread it last year because I finally had the full series and I’d totally forgotten everything that had happened in the first book, and I hated it.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

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I used to read this book series called the Mallory series (which, by the way, is still being written to this very day), and the main character’s full name was Mallory Louise McDonald. My full name shares the same initials, so I was so happy to have a character whose initials matched up with mine!

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

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Probably The Hunger Pains, which is an obvious parody of The Hunger Games by The Harvard Lampoon. Yes, it’s stupid, but it’s hilarious and short.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

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Uh, probably Order of the Phoenix?

Do you write as well as read? Do you yourself in the future as an author?

I used to be a huge writer, and one of my aspirations was to be an author, but I’ve sort of fallen out of love with writing, so no, not really. I used to be lowkey famous on Wattpad, though, but I quit it, as predicted.

When did you get into reading?

I really don’t know. Probably when I was super young? Does anyone truly remember?

What is your favorite classic book?

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The Giver by Lois Lowry. It’s still the only book I’ve had to read for school that I fell in love with, and I still consider it one of my favorites to this day.

In school, is your best subject English?

Uh, I guess so? I do well in a large majority of my subjects, except math, which I’m just straight-up garbage in. Thankfully, none of the jobs I want to do involve that, so I’m all good.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

This scenario would never happen because I ask for gift cards not books, and for this exact reason. I’m more nervous that someone will get the wrong book or won’t remember it or won’t get it in the right format, so I do it for myself.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

Funnily enough, I just wrote up an entire post about this, which you can check out right here!

What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Um, I don’t really know. I honestly don’t think I have any bad blogging habits, unless you count working over an hour and a half on one single post to the point where your legs get cramped and your eyes start to glaze over or being two months ahead of time on your posts as “bad habits.”

What is your favorite word?

Well-thumbed.

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(God, I love Arrested Development.)

Nerd, dork, or dweeb? All of the above?

Nerd, I guess? I’m more of a geek, and that’s not included!

Vampires or Faeries?

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Fae, for sure. I am 100% obsessed with fae because of Cassie Clare and Sarah J. Maas, and I will forever love them for it. Unfortunately, there’s not enough books about fae out there, even though they’re sneaky, sexy, conniving, complicated creatures. Vampires are just boring.

Shapeshifters or Angels?

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Angels! Again, I’m totally obsessed with angels again because of Cassie Clare, but also because of the Unearthly, Angelfall, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. For some reason, my favorite PNR creatures have the least amount of series. #sad

Spirits or Werewolves?

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Spirits, I guess, just because I don’t like werewolves, even though I don’t know what those are? Do will-o-wisps or whatever you call them in Brave count?

Zombies or Vampires?

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Zombies, definitely! I love The Walking Dead show and comics, and I also loved the I Am Legend movie (still haven’t read the book yet). So many people are tired of zombies nowadays, but I can’t get enough!

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love! Pretty much a majority of my ships are involved in sort of forbidden love, even if they’re caught up in some sort of love triangle.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

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And that’s it for the Ultimate Book Tag! Even though I’m not huge on doing too many book tags these days, I don’t mind doing one every once in a while, and I thought this one was fun.

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If any of you guys want to do this tag, feel free to try it out! If you do, feel free to link to your post in the comments so I can read through some of them if I can find time!

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My All-Time Favorite Book Boyfriends

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about my book boyfriends. I decided to do the Book Boyfriend Tag because if I just talked about my book boyfriends in general, we’d probably be here all day, to be honest. But, who cares? Let’s talk about the cute boys!

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Most Romantic Boyfriend

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Darrow. I mean, would I necessarily call him romantic? Probably not. But, he’s a total romantic in my mind, so it counts. Plus, he’ll probably give amazing pep talks and speeches when I need encouragement and/or I’m low on self-esteem. Have you read the Red Rising series? #inspirationgoals

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Dark and Moody Bad Boy with a Good Side

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Warner. A.K.A. The only good thing to come from the Shatter Me trilogy. Of course, pretty much everyone was wary of Warner when he first popped up in Shatter Me, but the more you get to learn about his character, the more you just fall in love with him. He’s probably one of the few bad boys in fiction that I don’t roll my eyes at.

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Paranormal Boyfriend

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Percy Jackson. You’re probably thinking, “How is Percy paranormal?” He’s a demigod. That’s totally not human, so, again, counting it. I mean, do I really need to explain why Percy Jackson is the best book boyfriend ever? He’s funny and kind and look at how he treats Annabeth! Give me sweethearts over bad boys any day.

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Boyfriend You Want to Tame

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Kaz Brekker, of course. I mean, I’m not going to try to stop him from going on heists and being a criminal because that’s what makes him awesome, but, you know, he could take me on a date once in a while. Just saying.

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Boy You Friend-Zoned  

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Noah Shaw. I don’t have time for wimpy bad boys who sleep with every girl in the high school, and then spout Edward Cullen-like sentences because “I’m not like other girls.” Barf.

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Your Soul Mate

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Rowan Whitethorn. He’s my top book boyfriend of all time, and even though I love him with Aelin and they’re the most perfect couple ever, he’s meant for me and me only. Sorry, Aelin.

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Boyfriend You Want to Elope With

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Jem! I know so many people prefer Will over Jem, but, unpopular opinion: I don’t like Will that much. Again, I always go for the sweethearts, and the violin is actually one of my favorite instruments to hear (I blame Lindsey Stirling). And look at the way he treats Tessa. He’s so perfect.

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Boyfriend You’d Venture Anywhere With

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Rhysand. Look at what happened when Feyre went with him instead of marrying Tamlin. She got to visit the freaking Night Court. To the Night Court I go!

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Boyfriend You’d Want to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With

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Thorne. He’s absolutely hilarious, plus, he and Cress already survived the Sahara, and that was when he was rendered blind. He’ll find us a way out (and, hopefully, he’ll realize I’m the one for him, not Cress, and he’ll fall in love with me and we’ll get married).

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Most Badass Boyfriend

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Nik. Um, who wouldn’t want a drug-dealing criminal to go around kicking everyone’s ass?Okay, he’s actually more of a sweetheart, and he was traumatized after he had to shoot a living human being, but, you know, I’d still totally want him on my side to protect me.

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And that’s just a sneak peek of some of my book boyfriends! Too bad they don’t really exist and boys in real life always seem to just disappoint.

Also, I feel like I’m on a blogging and reading high right now! I’ve finally gotten back into reading, I’m back to writing reviews again (and I hate writing reviews, so this is a miracle), and I’m on break, so that means I can finish my posts for April (yes, I’m that far ahead)! #killingit

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What are some of your book boyfriends? Do we share the same ones (if we do, I called dibs first)?

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[AWARD] Blogger Recognition Award

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First of all, thank you so much to Jess @ Beacoupbooks for tagging me in my first ever award! I’m still not over it, since, you know, THIS IS MY FIRST EVER AWARD. I’ve only been here for a month and a couple of days; I don’t deserve this.

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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Oh, God, my story is actually quite dull. I used to be a huge Goodreads user, but I found it really tiring and ended up deleting it in late October. I mentioned in a sort of throw-away comment that I might start up a blog, but didn’t seriously consider it until December. That’s when I started obsessively looking up “How to Start a Book Blog.” I think Cait’s blog (paperfury) was what really pushed me, and on December 20, I took the plunge and published my first post! If you’ve been here since the beginning, you’ll know that I actually had an old design (this is actually my third lol) and the first name for my blog was “fractured spines,” mainly because all variations of “cracked spines” were taken, and I hated it, so I stumbled upon “well-thumbed” after Googling book-related words, and “the well-thumbed reader” was born!

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Apparently, I’m supposed to be giving advice to newbie bloggers, which is sort of weird for me to do since I still consider myself a newbie, so I have zero certified experience, really. But, I’ll give it a try!

1. You don’t need all the social medias.

I remembered going into full-on panic mode when I was looking through 39747 “How to Start a Book Blog” posts, and 99.9% of them were constantly telling me to get Instagram and Pinterest and Twitter and Bloglovin’ and Goodreads, etc. I am not a social media person, as I’m sure you guys know, and it really stressed me out to know that I might have to sign up for all of them and juggle them. But fear not, I ended up not giving in. I quit bookstagram after two weeks, I don’t use Pinterest that much, I don’t use Twitter because I don’t like it, I have a Goodreads that I’m still unsure if I want to use, and I have Bloglovin’ which is pretty easy to deal with after you get sort of used to it (and also pretty great for those who want to follow you, but aren’t on WordPress). I will say, I got some traction on my blog when someone tweeted about one of my reviews, but most of my views/follows/comments have come from the WordPress Reader, my Books Amino account, Google searches (which, what, how?), and sometimes from Bloglovin’. I’ve used zero social media, and I have over 71 followers, and I consistently get 10+ likes and 30+ page views on my posts. Don’t stress about it. If anything, commenting on other people’s blogs is key.

2. Don’t be afraid to request e-ARCs/ARCs.

I signed up for the big bad scary world of Netgalley just a couple of weeks ago, and requested SO MANY BOOKS. I thought I wouldn’t be approved for any of them. Imagine how excited I was when I got an e-mail from the publicist of Penguin Dutton saying that they’d love for me to read an e-ARC for Final Girl (if you’re new here, this is one of my most anticipated 2017 thriller/horror releases, and it got 5 stars). I only had around 30 or so followers. Recently, I sent in three requests to Penguin Teen for physical ARCs, and, yeah, I might not get them, but I don’t know if I don’t take the plunge. Don’t be afraid to request, because who knows what will happen? You don’t always have to have a billion followers.

(But don’t go around requesting TOO many books; then you’ll be run over with all these books you’ve been approved for and you’ll be crushed by your TBR.)

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Um, I have no idea who has or hasn’t done this, and I’m not sure I can conjure up fifteen blogs, so I’ll try to get as many as I can!

Marija @ Inside My Library Mind

Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

Kelly @ Kelly’s Ramblings

Diana @ A Haven for Book Lovers

Sam @ Clues and Reviews

Allonsythornraxx @ Allonsythornraxx (this made me realize I don’t know your real name!)

Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me

Janel @ Keeper of Pages

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Aaaaand, that’s all I got! You definitely don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to, but you guys all definitely deserve the award! 

And that’s it for my first ever blogger award! I’m still over the moon about it!