‘the greatest showman’ book tag

Basically like the last tag I did.  Rules are: answer the questions and tag whoever you want.  Using my graphic is optional, but recommended. 🙂

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~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  Probably my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles.  Intense and interesting.

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

I haven’t read much fantasy, so I’ll have to go with Gregor the Overlander (+ entire series).  I mean, the Underland isn’t toooo much different from the world up here.  Except for all the giant animals.  And the pale skin and violet eyes on the humans.  It’s a little strange and a little scary and a little magical (though not literally – there’s no actual magic in the series).

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~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

I don’t know about ‘outrageously’.  But The Blue Castle (by L.M. Montgomery) is a wonderful book.  It doesn’t start happily, but it definitely ends that way and it always cheers me up.

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery.  I used to think that all the books after Anne of Green Gables were boring.  Ha!  Now the entire series is one of my very favorites, and Rilla of Ingleside is one of the best of the lot in my opinion.

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~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

Soooo many.  I’m going to go with While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh because I’ve re-read the entire Songs in the Night series at least three times.  Probably more.  And you want to know why?  Because it’s GOLD.  Historical fiction gold.  I love it so, so much.

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

That’s tough!  Maybe Liesel, from The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)?  We both read and write and love books and Max and Hans and Rosa and Rudy.

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~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Cath is supposed to marry the King but then Jest comes into her life, with his eyes the colour of the lemons that grew in her bedroom and, well, he sweeps her off her feet by being simply…Jest.  Their romance was doomed right from the start, what with Cath destined to become the Queen of Hearts and all, but it didn’t keep me from rooting for them and loving their relationship.

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.  Duh. 😉

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  I know, I know.  I’m frightfully unimaginative.  I use this book as the answer to everything. (Which it kind of is.)  You’ve got the Curtises as a family, but then you’ve also got the larger family of the gang.  Darry, Sodapop, Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Steve, Two-Bit.  Together, they form one of the awesomest, most tight-knit families in all of literature.

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I tag:

And here are the questions again (for your copy-and-paste convenience):

~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)



the les mis book tag

Stole this from Twist in the Taile.

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~I Dreamed a Dream: a book that didn’t live up to your high expectations

If We Survive by Andrew Klavan.  This book had the potential to be so good!  Four Christian teens on a missions trip in a South American country and a bitter, disillusioned Marine must band together to reach home when a revolution breaks out in said country.  But the characters killed the book.  They were cardboard cutouts, stereotypes of the worst kind, and it was painful to read. (The only good character was the aforementioned Marine.)  Such a disappointment.

~The Confrontation: your favourite literary duo

This is actually a trio, but I LOVE the Baudelaire siblings in A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Actual siblings goals.  For real.

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~Castle on a Cloud: a book that comforts you

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass and any book by Katherine Reay.  The Candymakers has been special to me ever since I read it for the first time.  Logan’s sweetness (haha!), generosity, and ability to look squarely at the world even when the world ducks away from him speaks to my heart.  And Phillip makes me cry.  Ditto for Miles.  And Daisy…Daisy adds sugar and spice to the group.  As for Katherine Reay, her books are gentle reads that at the same time aren’t afraid to talk about real issues and struggles.

~Red and Black: an unpopular bookish opinion

Jo. And. Laurie. Would. Have. Been. Horrible. As. A. Couple.

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~Do You Hear the People Sing?: a book you read because of hype

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Never should’ve read it. #regrets

~One Day More: a book that kept you reading into the next chapter (and the next and the next)

Fear is the Key by Alistair MacLean.  Such a nail-biting read!

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~On My Own: a ship of yours that isn’t canon

Everyone in The Hunger Games + happiness.

~Drink With Me: your favourite bookish friendship

Hamlet and Horatio keep coming to mind, for some reason…

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~Bring Him Home: that one character you will do anything to protect

Johnny from The Outsiders.  He’s a precious cinnamon roll with a heart of gold, also horribly abused by his parents and he wouldn’t know what love is if the guys didn’t take care of him and THAT LETTER and basically he deserves all the hugs.

~Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: a character death you don’t think you’ll ever recover from

SO MANY.  Honestly, there are probably dozens.  Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities), Dan Kean (Jo’s Boys), Finnick Odair (Mockingjay), Johnny Cade (The Outsiders), Rab Silsbee (Johnny Tremain), everyone who dies except Bane (Underland Chronicles), Queenie (Code Name Verity), Jest (Heartless)…and the list goes on.  Please commiserate with me in the comments.

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If you’re a fan of Les Mis, you’re tagged!


just a little tag

Snatched this tag from An Attempt to be Classic.

1. Do you have a favorite fictional couple? (If so why do you like them?)

Robin & Marian.  Any book, any movie, any TV show.  No matter what incarnation, this couple has my heart.  Their love story is sometimes troubled, often tragic, always beautiful.


2. If you could have any animal (safely), as a pet you would have a…

Cat.  Boring, I know.  But cats are awesome!


3. You get to live in Middle Earth, what race are you a member of?

I haven’t read or watched Lord of the Rings, so I have no idea.

I do love this song, though. 

4. In an ideal situation (you don’t have to worry about living too far from family or money concerns) where would you live? (It can be fictional.)

The Underland, post-Code of Claw.  Except for all the fighting (and with the humans/gnawers bonded, there would be much less), the Underland is an insanely cool place and I’d enjoy living there so much.  Regalia is beautiful and I’d be able to meet so many favorite characters. (As for IRL places, probably Ireland.  Or America.)


5. Do you have a favorite ‘vintage’ movie? (As in, filmed before 1960.) What is it?

Haha!  So many of my favorite movies are ‘vintage’. (Though I classify that as pre-1970, not 1960.)  I’m going to go with ‘The Vikings’ (1958).  THIS MOVIE WAS MY CHILDHOOD.  I love it so much and, unlike some childhood favorites, it’s actually a good movie with a stellar cast and awesome soundtrack. (It wasn’t until recently that I realized Ramsey in ‘The Great Escape’ is played by the same guy who played Egbert and it made me smile.  ‘The Vikings’ and all its cast are just plain special to me.)


6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t really know that I had any big aspirations. 🙂 *shrugs*


7. You can be ‘the best’ at any sport (e.g. gymnastics, curling, synchronized swimming etc.), what do you choose?

Capture the Flag. (I don’t really know, though.)


8. List three things that you wish people knew about you but will never ask. (Or just three random things. ;))

Think, think, think…

  • I started wearing mascara only a few days ago.
  • This movie is also my childhood. #nojudgement
  • Spotify is my new favorite app.


9. Share a favorite quote!

“It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don’t know what he is until the end.” -Glenn Ford


And he was one of the best at playing that type of character.

If John Williams (composer, not actor or that crazy guy I know) can make you cry, please do steal this tag!


the zombie apocalypse tag

Found this tag over at Hammock of Books and since I’m feeling sick and this tag looks easy/fun, I obviously had to do it.



~Choose 5 books
~Randomly set up your books in order
~Flip to a random page in the book and write down the first two names you see
~Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them
~Cry at how doomed you are

Books chosen:

~Cloaked by Rachel Kovaciny
~Cinder by Marissa Meyer
~Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
~A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
~The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

First Person To Die: Mary Rose (Cloaked).  How did this happen!  Mary Rose is an intelligent and swift young girl.  If the zombies take her down so quickly, there’s absolutely no hope for the rest of us.

The First Person You Trip To Escape the Zombies: Jubilee (Cloaked).  Ouch.  Tripping an elderly woman so that I can make my escape.  Just…wow, Eva.

The Person Who Trips You To Escape the Zombies: Cinder (Cinder).  I can actually kinda see Cinder doing this and I’m not sure what that says about her.  Suffice to say that her survival instinct is strong and she was probably angry about the next category.

The First Person To Turn Into A Zombie: Kai (Cinder).  Awwww.  I like Kai. (Not as much as Wolf or Jacin, but I do like him.) *sigh*

The Team Idiot: Peeta (Catching Fire).  WHAT?!  I guess we’re dealing with drugged/brainwashed Peeta, then, because Peeta is not an idiot. (Except when his love for Katniss makes him do foolish things, but Katniss isn’t on our team so, yeah, it doesn’t make sense.)

The Brains of the Group: Effie (Catching Fire).  Why, oh why couldn’t Effie and Peeta’s positions be switched?  That would make so much more sense.  At least Effie would make sure we all kept moving at a steady clip.

The Team Medic: Jude (A Time to Die).  Does he know anything about healing?  It’s been a while since I read ATtD and I can’t remember. *shrugs*

The Weapons Expert: Willow (A Time to Die).  Yep, we’re dead.  Willow’s never even held a weapon in her life when Parvin first meets her (IIRC).

The Brawler: Hans (The Book Thief).  No, no, no.  Hans isn’t a brawler!  He’s one of the sweetest, gentlest, kindest men you’ll ever meet in a book.

The Team Leader: Max (The Book Thief).  Max is a brawler, but I can’t reeeally see him leading everyone.

My Zombie Team is: Mary Rose, Jubilee, Cinder, Kai, Peeta, Effie, Jude, Willow, Hans, and Max.  Our strengths would definitely be Cinder, Peeta, Jude, and Max.  But I don’t think we’d last too long.


If you want to do this tag, go ahead!  It’s quite fun.


the liebster award (again!)

Victoria over at the The Book Wyrm awarded me with the Liebster Award and her questions for the awardees were so fun that I readily agreed to suffer through the whole ‘eleven random things about myself’ requirement. 😛



~Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award. (Check.)
~Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you. (Will do.)
~Give 11 random facts about yourself. (Likewise.)
~Nominate 11 blogs. (Not doing this.  I’ve already nominated fellow bloggers for this award and I don’t read too many blogs.)
~Notify those blogs of their nomination. (See above.)
~Give them 11 questions to answer. (I’ll be doing this, but anyone can answer the questions on their blog or in the comments.)

Victoria’s questions:

1. What is your favorite time period for fiction books to be set in?

I like so much historical eras that it’s a bit hard for me to narrow it down to just one.  WWII is a definite favorite.  But there’s also westerns and medieval and futuristic.  I’d probably go with westerns, though, if you forced me to decide.

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I also dig books set during Ancient times.

2. Fictional movies, or movies based off a real person?

Really depends on the movie.  There are several films I love that are based off real people – ‘The Young Victoria’, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’…  Wait, what?  Ahem.  Anyway, yes, it mostly depends on the movie.

3. Favorite preacher/pastor? (e.g., Charles Spurgon, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur.)

Um…my own pastor? 🙂  I also really liked the preacher at the winter camp my older siblings I went to in February.

4. Least favorite movie character?

I’m going to go with Alexander Pierce from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.  He’s a character who I mentally scream at every time he’s on-screen.  So horrid. (I think my hatred of him mostly stems from that one scene with Bucky.  Oh, and when he shoots his housekeeper.)  He’s spoiled Robert Redford for me, too.


Might want to go wash your hand now, Fury.  Like, a million times.

5. What do you think about Van Gogh’s paintings? (Just curious, I’ve heard differing opinions about them.)

I really like them!  Especially ‘Starry Night’ – love the colours in that one.

6. On a similar note, do you feel like Charles Dickens’ works are intriguing or dry?

Hmmm.  I definitely wouldn’t say that Dickens’ works/writing are dry, but at the same time I wouldn’t use the word ‘intriguing’ to describe them.  Basically, I’ve enjoyed the Dickens’ books I’ve read (especially A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations), but I do find him a somewhat long-winded writer.

7. Favorite language? (Even if you don’t understand a word of it.)

The Celtic languages and Hebrew.

8. Are you able eat white meat or grapes without inspecting them thoroughly first?

Well, if the grapes have already been taken off the vine and rinsed, I’m fine with popping a handful in my mouth without any inspection.  But I usually cut open white meat before serving/eating it to make sure it’s cooked.  So…yes and no?


Legit, though.

9. Dream job?

Writer.  Oh, wait.  I already do that. *mentally high-fives with self*  Librarian would also be fun.

10. Favorite name?

Boy’s name: Dan.  Girl’s name: Katherine.

11. Thing you’re best at? (Or maybe thing people tell you you’re best at, even though you think you’re better at something else.) (And it has to be something NICE.)

I don’t think I’m the ‘best’ at anything.  I have seemed to have figured out the balance between reading swiftly and reading with comprehension, so I guess that’s something. (Actually, it’s not much of anything.  But that’s all I’ve got right now.)


Um…YES.  I would love to read this fast. (Provided I could still enjoy what I read.)

Random facts:

1. I pronounce ‘gif’ as ‘jif’.

2. I pronounce ‘Celtic’ as ‘Keltic’.

3. I believe that the only good thing to come out of Flashpoint (see: ‘The Flash’, season 3) was Julian Albert.

4. I’ve read all of Katherine Reay’s published books.

5. One of my favorite movies is ‘The 300 Spartans’, which is sadly unknown and underappreciated. (Do watch it!)

6. I’m a cat person.

7. I’m sure I’m related to H.R. Wells, even though he’s fictional, because we both love coffee with roughly the same intensity.

8. I crave spoilers.

9. I’m becoming increasingly un-enamored with the YA genre as a whole.

10. Robin and Marian are my true OTP.  Like, sure I’ll have other ships, but I’ve come to the realization that Robin and Marian (in any book or movie or TV show) are my One True Pairing.

11. I think the Trixie Belden books are way better than Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Happy Hollisters, etc. (If you agree, let’s fangirl about Jim and bemoan our lack of filthy rich bffs in the comments!)

My questions:

1. Cats or dogs?

2. What will most quickly deter you from watching a movie – lots of bad language, sexual content, or violence?

3. Have you read any of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books and, if so, do you like her as an author?

4. How many siblings do you have?

5. If you could drink only one beverage for the rest of your life (with no adverse effects – like, if it’s a dehydrating drink like coffee), what would you chose?

6. What book were you excited to read but ended up letting you down?

7. What movie were you excited to watch but ended up letting you down?

8. Psych or Monk?

9. What is your least favorite name?

10. Classic dystopia (i.e., 1984, Brave New World, The Giver) or modern dystopia (i.e., The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched)?

11. With the Disney-Fox merger, do you now consider Anastasia a Disney princess?

Tally-ho! (*weeps because of Jude and Solomon and the Out of Time series in general*)


yet another period drama tag

Thanks so much for tagging me, Maribeth!


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1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.

That would be ‘Risen’ (2016).  While I do have a couple issues with this film, it’s still soooo good and way better than most Christian movies I’ve seen.  The cast is incredible, as are the production values, script, and soundtrack.

2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?

Most of the period dramas I watch happen to be miniseries/TV shows, but I can’t say I prefer one format over another. (Unless it’s BBC Robin Hood.  Then, yes, TV shows forever and ever.)

3. What is your favorite musical period drama?

‘Newsies’ (1992).  LET’S SOAK ‘EM FOR CRUTCHIE! (Just as epic as “We’ve gotta get even with the Socs.  For Johnny.”)


4. Read the book first or watch the movie first?

Usually, I’d read the book first.  But if we’re talking period dramas based on as-yet-un-read works of Charles Dickens, I will always chose to watch the movie/miniseries first.  The book is so much easier to follow afterwards.

5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?

I don’t usually take life lessons from movies, so I don’t know. 😛

6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?

Arthur Clennam is incredibly sweet, thoughtful, and kind and so he’s my choice. (At this moment in time, anyway.)


7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?

Noooo.  Of course not.  Why would you even ask that? (The previous three sentences are meant to be read in a heavily sarcastic tone of voice.)

8. What things go best with watching a period drama?

My mom and sisters.  Besides them, I don’t have any pressing demands.

9. Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?

I didn’t know what to say, so I took a quiz and apparently I belong in ‘Downton Abbey’. *shrugs*


10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be? And why?

Basically any of the gang from BBC Robin Hood.  That would be so much fun.

11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.

I don’t really fantasize about wearing clothes I see in movies/TV shows. (Except for that one shirt Iris wears in ‘The Flash’.  But that’s not a period drama.)

12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?

‘Little Women’ (1994) always gets pulled out during the winter months. ❤


13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?

There are so many!  I really, really enjoy ‘The Theory of Everything’s soundtrack (though I haven’t seen it).  BBC Robin Hood’s music is great as well.  But, like I said, there are loads of great period drama soundtracks. (‘Titanic’, ‘North & South’, ‘The Four Feathers’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ [1995] and ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ also come to mind.)

14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.

*groans*  My mind is drawing a near-total blank, guys.  All I can think of is Claire Foy as Fanny in a new adaption of Mansfield Park, but I think she’s rather too old by now.

15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?

I was thinking about it, and…not really.  Usually there’s one adaption I like far better than the other (or others).



16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven’t seen on your to-watch list?

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ (2017), ‘Jane Eyre’ (2011), and ‘Belle’ (2013).

17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.

Don’t have one. 😛

18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?

DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THIS IS?  I almost said Robin and Marian’s wedding, but that’s actually a big, fat nope.  Colonel Brandon and Marianne’s wedding in ‘Sense & Sensibility’ (1995) is about as close to perfect as you can get and I’m also partial to Arthur and Amy’s wedding (‘Little Dorrit’).


19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is quite special to me.

20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?

Johnny Tremain.  Without question.

If you’ve watched any of the period dramas I’ve mentioned, feel free to snatch this tag for yourself!


lovely blog party: couples for couples tag

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On the one hand, I’m really totally not in the Valentine’s Day mood this year.

But on the other, this tag has been floating around the blogging world for a while now and today’s pretty much the perfect day to answer it.  So here goes…


Ivanhoe and Rebecca: Name a couple that should have been together

Cath and Jest (Heartless).  I’m still reeling from the emotional pain of this relationship.  Jest was perfect and Cath would have been perfect had Things Gone According To Plan and then he was MARTYRED and Cath became a stupid monarch and it was all kinds of awful.


Jo and Laurie: Name a couple that should have stayed friends…or did stay friends…

Any girl in Robin’s life besides Marian (BBC Robin Hood, you know).  Kate and Isabella were huge mistakes.  In fact, I can’t decide who was a bigger mistake for Robin – and that’s saying something not great about Kate because, I mean, Isabella ending up killing Robin and all.



Jane and Mr. Rochester: Name a couple that looked like the chances of a happily ever after were next to none!

Katniss and Peeta  (The Hunger Games). *bawls*  They both could’ve died a hundred times over and Peeta gets brainwashed in the worst possible way and for most of the series it’s like there’s not even a thought of a happy ending for them.  And it’s incredibly heartbreaking.


Jane and Mr. Bingley: Name a couple that is just sooo happy!

Barney and Valancy Snaith (The Blue Castle).  Now I want to live in a tiny cabin and be outrageously happy every day… ❤

Kit and Ella: Name your favorite fairytale couple

That would be Flynn/Eugene and Rapunzel (‘Tangled’).  Unless we’re talking fairytale retellings, in which case I sooooo ship all the couples from the Lunar Chronicles. (Except Kai and Levana.  Because that’s just gross.)  But, yes, Eugene and Rapunzel are golden.


Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley: Name a couple where the woman is basically ignored by the suitor until the end of the story

Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot (Persuasion).  Captain Wentworth is kind of jerky and I don’t much care for him, but he and Anne are a good couple.  Except for the whole ignoring thing.


Sarah and Jacob Witting: Name a couple that found love later in life

Konrad and Lisette (Songs in the Night series).  They weren’t too old when they finally got married (late forties, at most) but it took so long for them to find each other after the events of the second book in the series.  One of my favorite ships ever.


Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon: Name a couple from a musical

Don and Kathy (‘Singin’ in the Rain’).  Because I couldn’t think of any other musical couple that I shipped as much as them.  From their highly unorthodox first meeting to ‘You Are My Lucky Star’, I’m entranced by their love story.


Anne and Gilbert: Name a couple that didn’t start out on the right foot

Belle and the Beast/Adam (‘Beauty and the Beast’).  Definitely didn’t start out on the right foot. 😀


Faramir and Eowyn: Name a couple with the sweetest love story

Lucy and Jack (‘While You Were Sleeping’).  THEY ARE THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE EVER.  It’s so cool how they gradually fall in love without even realizing it and, sure, it’s a little clichéd, but also incredibly sweet.  Plus, the movie itself is one of the coziest, loveliest films I’ve ever seen.



How many of these couples do you ship, too?