the NaNoWriMo fanatic tag!

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I stumbled across this rather awesome tag and instantly fell in love because NaNoWriMo and yes and SHE NAMED HER LAPTOP MORIARTY HOW AWESOME IS THAT. *pouts that I didn’t think of it in the first place* (I hadn’t actually watched Sherlock when I bought my laptop, so yeah.)

So!  All-important rules:

1. Insert the tag graphic into your post.

2. Link back to the original post.

3. Answer all — or as many — of the questions as you like.

4. Refer to our communal family bunny named Fanny at least once in your post. (I…don’t get this.  So shout-out to Fanny, the communal family bunny. *shrugs*)

5. Eat three cookies. (I’ve eaten quite a few sweets today.  That should count.)

6. Post a clean list of ALL of the questions somewhere in your post. (‘Clean’ meaning a list of the questions without my answers.  Which is always convenient for other people who want to answer the tag.)

7. Tag as many friends as you want! (I tag anyone who wants to do this.  Because I can and it’s late and I don’t want to spend time notifying people that they’ve been tagged.)

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

evaschon95.  And if you know the whys and wherefores of ’95’, you’re awesome.

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

I usually jump into NaNoWriMo with minimal planning, but this year I discovered Novel Factory and it’s been AMAZING.  I finally have a plot!  And real, solid characters!  And a general idea of theme and POV and all that good stuff.  I’ve even plotted another novel on the software and the plotting went just as beautifully so it wasn’t a one-time fluke.  Plots have always been my writerly kryptonite and I think I’ve finally cracked the code, thanks to Novel Factory. (And, no, they didn’t pay me to say all that.)  So in answer to the question, I’m a firm plotter.

Though the NF software gets down to the blocking of scenes, where you basically write everything that happens in every scene, and that’s too nitty-gritty for me.  I prefer some surprises as I write!

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

I won 2013, 2015, and 2016 NaNo.  I got halfway through NaNo 2017 (which was fine with me) and I’m totally planning to smoke this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Maybe even work on a second novel or some fanfiction if I get my official one finished first.

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

I DON’T KNOW AND I HATE NOT KNOWING BECAUSE I LOVE ORIGIN STORIES.  I honestly have no idea how I discovered it, why I participated, or anything like that.  It saddens me greatly.

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 not super relevant, but memes.

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

Nope.  I pray about my writing, though. 🙂

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

Winning in 2013, very first time, and actually printing out my winner’s certificate and tacking it up on my cork-board.  I was so proud and happy even though, looking back, my writing was trash.  But it was such an awesome feeling to have that certificate.

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

RYE.  I can’t understand how you could get REE from ‘Wri’.

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

The Darkness is Past.  I’m not entirely happy with it, but it’s a good placeholder title that I took from 1 John.  So, not one of Paul’s epistles (the novel is based on the life of Paul) but I still like it because it’s pretty meaningful on several levels.

What is your project’s genre?

Dystopian, with a heaping side of sci-fi and a sprinkling of supernatural (think: Frank Peretti).

Introduce us to your cast!

Ooooh boy. *cracks knuckles*  So there’s Sol.  Early twenties.  Dedicated to the Order (placeholder names, people!) and really loyal, but it’s misguided loyalty.  Pretty arrogant.  Sees what he calls ‘flickers’ attached to certain people – only he can see them.  And that’s all I’m going to say about him for the moment.

Somewhat older Sol.

Johnny Ryan is Sol’s mentor in the Order, almost like a father to him.  When Sol is converted (because duh) Ryan becomes an antagonist and almost a villain but not quite.

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*fangirl screaming from a certain blog follower*

Sheng and Kari Xu.  Sheng becomes Sol’s bodyguard.  He’s my version of Stephen, so bad stuff’s obviously going to happen to him. 😦  I’M SORRY, SHENG.  And Kari’s his sister and she loves her brother so guess who she’s going to have Issues with later on in the story?

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There’s also some others like Baris and Tyr (Baris is, like, Ananias and Barnabas mixed and Tyr is Timothy, Titus, and John Mark all jumbled up together).  It’ll be good.  I love these characters and can’t wait to write them.  I’m gonna cry, though.  I just know it.

What is your novel’s theme?

Darkness to light.  Seeing beyond the external.  Christ’s redemption is complete and full.  Letting go and trusting God in EVERYTHING is the only way through the bad times. (And there’ll be plenty of bad times in this novel. *sigh*)

What are your novel’s main settings?

America, recovering from a second Civil War and since divided and conquered by Russia and China.  A big, white technologically advanced building.  Dark downtown alleyways and back streets and poor house churches.  I’m getting kind of a Coruscant vibe.  Also Russia and a rather awful prison.

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

Like I mentioned in the plotter/pantser question, NOVEL FACTORY FOR THE WIN.

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

Plotting.  Getting to know my characters.  Spending way too much time lurking around the NaNoWriMo forums.  Buying Skittles and Starbursts.  Mentally preparing myself to drink wayyyy too much coffee.  Creating a playlist.  Prayer.

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

My trusty laptop, Hymie.  That’s pretty much it.  I might stick a Funko Pop or two on my desk for encouragement.

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PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

Okay, it’s kind of dumb, but here goes… I was thinking about writing a dystopian parody so I was thinking about weird, useless powers that The Gifted One could have and I came up with ‘be able to see who’s a Christian and who isn’t’ which sounds pretty lame, right?  But I thought about it a little more and figured that it might actually be cool if I wrote a Christian dystopian.  I’m not sure where the idea of retelling the life of Paul came in, but it did and here we are.

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

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Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.ca/evaschon95/the-darkness-is-past/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/25gQenYD1EztBGJt1soMhR

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

Do whatever you want.  Write three novels at the same time.  Write 10K and call it good.  Write 50K words.  Write by hand.  Use a typewriter or Word or Google Docs.  But whatever you do, WRITE.  Everything else – how you do it, how much you write, when you write – is unimportant.  Just write.  Plz.

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Annnnd here’s the clean list!

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

What is your project’s genre?

Introduce us to your cast!

What is your novel’s theme?

What are your novel’s main settings?

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

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Happy NaNoWriMoing!

Eva

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the bibliophile sweater tag

Hamlette opened up this tag for anyone who wanted to join in the fun and since I love tags, here we are!

Rules

Give the person who tagged you an endless supply of cookies.  (Well, I wasn’t exactly tagged and cookies would probably be ruined if I mailed them to Hamlette, so yeah.)

Answer the questions and use the tag graphic.

Pass along the tag. (If the last book you read had a character whose name started with ‘E’, consider yourself tagged!)

Wear a sweater.  (I’m all comfy in my chair and I don’t want to get up and grab a sweater.  I am wearing layers, so I guess that kinda counts.)

Fuzzy Sweater — The Epitome of Comfort

Anything by Lynn Austin or Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Both those authors write beautiful, cozy books and every time I read one of them it’s honestly like slipping into a worn, comfy sweater.

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Striped Sweater — A Book You Devoured Every Line Of

Room.  I couldn’t stop reading it.  So intense and engrossing.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater — Book with a Weird Cover

THIS ABOMINATION.  HANDS DOWN.

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There are so many things wrong with this cover.  I can’t even.  The cigarette!  The tag-line!  The fact that it’s Colin Firth on the cover but it’s NOT a movie tie-in, just a weird pulp classic edition!  Darcy’s weeeeird complexion!  UGGGGH.  And the cover isn’t a parody – I’ve seen this edition in a thrift store and it’s completely legit.

Cashmere Sweater — Most-Expensive Book

I purchased a copy of Little Women at a thrift store for $4…but it was from Easton Press, a publishing house that specializes in leather-bound, gilt-edged editions of classics.  So I think my copy would have cost about $60 from their website.

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Hoodie — Favorite Classic

I could say Gone With The Wind or Emma or The Outsiders.  But those are favorite books, not just favorite classics.  So I’m going to say Lord of the Flies by William Golding because I read it every single year without fail, and each time I’m awed all over again.  The writing is simple, yet profound and realistic.  Each character has made an indelible mark on my mind.  It’s an insanely good read.

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Cardigan — Book Purchased on Impulse

Most of the books I get from thrift stores and used book stores…?  I can’t pinpoint anything exact.  I have bought some ebooks on Amazon that were impulse buys, like The Redemption of Chauvelin (never, ever read because UGH and GROSS).  I’ve regretted pretty much all of them.

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Turtleneck Sweater — Book from Your Childhood

Assassin and most of the subsequent books in the Lady Grace Mysteries.  I adored that series and read it over and over again, even though my library only had the first six books.  I’d still recommend the series today.

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Homemade Knitted Sweater — Indie Book

I really enjoyed Dissemble by Sarah Addison-Fox.  Definitely the best of the series and the twist near the end was the best.

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V-neck Sweater — A Book that Didn’t Meet Your Expectations

Indie books enthusiastically recommended by the Goodreads community that ended up not being My Cup of Tea: Disowned, Kiera, and Counted Worthy. 😛

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Argyle Sweater — Book with a Weird Format

The Book Thief hops around in the timeline quite a bit so that was weird and hard to understand the first time.  Also, Code Name Verity.

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Polka Dot Sweater — A Book with Well-Rounded Characters

This is a series, but the Underland Chronicles is definitely my answer.  Thanks to Suzanne Collins’ writing skillz, even the most minor of characters are real people that you’d want to be friends with (or enemies, depending on who it is).  I cannot get over Collins’ ability to create deep, relatable characters.

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That’s the end of the tag. 🙂 Have an awesome autumn, everyone!  October really is the best month.  Well, that and December.

Eva

bookish birthday tag

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I turned 20 today.  It’s a bit unreal to me, seeing that zero because it means I’m officially out of the teen years and have moved into the ‘twenty something’ stage of life. (Also, I’m now as old as Darry from The Outsiders.  YESSSS.)  I definitely feel like I’ve matured over the past year (in some areas anyway) because so much has happened in my life and that’s always conducive to personal change and, hopefully, character growth.  I didn’t feel like writing some deep, philosophical post, so I’m answering the ‘Book Birthday Tag’ which I found on Brilliantly Bookish.

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A BOOK WITH A PLOT THAT SEEMS CLICHE, BUT YOU ADORE IT ANYWAY

The Siren is a pretty straight-up YA romance (even if one half of the main couple is, y’know, a siren) but I almost loved it (as opposed to just liking it).  I definitely enjoyed it more than The Selection (also by Kiera Cass).

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PARTY GUESTS: YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR THIS YEAR

I just learned yesterday that Scott Westerfield plans to release four more books in the Uglies series.  The first one, Imposters, will be published in just a few days and I can’t wait to read it and spend more time in the Uglies universe and with Tally Youngblood.

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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU WITH HOW MUCH YOU LOVED IT

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland (and when I first read Heartless I hadn’t seen any of the movies either) so I didn’t really know what I was getting into with Marissa Meyer’s most overlooked book.  But it was breathtakingly beautiful and tragic and I love it so, so much.

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: A BOOK THAT CERTAINLY DESERVED ALL THE HYPE IT GOT

The Hunger Games.  It’s a brilliant feat of storytelling.

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HAPPY MUSIC: A BOOK WITH SOME VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY MEMORABLE QUOTES

I couldn’t not give The Book Thief as my answer.  Incredible prose and stick-in-your-head-forever-and-ever narrative, dialogue, and metaphors.

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GETTIN’ OLDER: A BOOK THAT YOU READ A LONG TIME AGO BUT YOU THINK YOU WOULD APPRECIATE MORE IF YOU READ IT AS A MORE MATURE READER

I tried reading The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago but eventually gave it up because I was bored and confused.  I think I’d enjoy it much more now.

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SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU INCREDIBLY HAPPY DURING A SAD OR DEMANDING PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE

I don’t know if there’s really any book that fits this category, but I do remember that The Outsiders and A Monster Calls really spoke to me and moved me in the summer of 2017 as Dad became sicker and sicker.  But no book made me ‘incredibly happy’.

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Have you read any of my book choices?  When is your birthday?

Eva

the get to know me tag {writer’s edition}

Kinsey at Over the Withers graciously opened up this tag for anyone and I’m totally down for it.

Rules:

  • link back to the person who created the tag: Savannah
  • thank the person who tagged you: completed above
  • share the tag graphic below
  • tag 11 bloggers

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THE QUESTIONS

Appearances!

Name: Eva-Joy “Eva” Ruth Schönhaar.

Nicknames: Well, pretty much everyone online calls me ‘Eva’.  And my dad had a nickname for me, but I don’t feel like sharing it here for various reasons.

Birthday: September 3rd!  Less than a month until I turn twenty!!!  I share my birthday with a lot of people (duh), but my three favorites are Alan Ladd, Mort Walker (creator of ‘Beetle Bailey’, one of my favorite comic strips), and Garrett Hedlund.  Also, WWII began on my birthday (several decades ago, obviously).  I don’t know if that’s cool or not.

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The handsomeness!

Hair color and length: My hair is brunette and a little shorter than chin-length.

Eye Color: Blue.

Braces/Piercings/tattoos: I did have braces once upon a time, but now I just have two tiny wire retainers behind my top and bottom teeth.  I’d like to get my ears pierced.  And I don’t have any tattoos.

Righty or lefty: Righty.

Ethnicity: Caucasian.  British, German, and American roots.

First…

Novel Written: Well, I wrote several novellas (probably more like long short stories, tbh) but I believe the first novel-length work I finished was a dystopian novel (first in a trilogy, of course).

Novel Completed: That dystopian thing and as to when it was completed, I’m not entirely sure.  I believe it was some time in 2012 or 2013.

Award for Writing: I won a short story contest at the local library several years ago.  It wasn’t an award exactly, but it’s something anyway.

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Publication: I have nothing to say about this at the present time. (Though the aforementioned short story was published on the library website.)

Conference: No. 😦

Query/Pitch: *shrugs*  I won’t think about that now…I’ll think about that tomorrow.  After all, tomorrow is another day! *music swells*

Favorites!

Novel (that you wrote): The one I’m currently working on – The Resistance of Lili Verre – has my heart, obviously.  I’m also partial to my next NaNoWriMo project, a Christian dystopian based on the life of the Apostle Paul.  But I think my favorite novel I’ve written so far is The Bounty Hunter.  It’s a western.  Very first draft, but the characters are the literal best.

Genre: Westerns!  I’m also very partial to sci-fi and most historicals.

Author: Soooooo many.  Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Nadine Brandes, Suzanne Collins, Marissa Meyer, Baroness Orczy, Louis L’Amour, Rachel Kovaciny, Markus Zusak…and on and on and on.

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Writing Music: Movie soundtracks!  My Spotify playlist for The Resistance of Lili Verre includes music from ‘The Book Thief’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Ratatouille’, and ‘Cinderella’ (2015).  Or sometimes I’ll just go and pull up someone else’s random playlist and write to that.  Love.

Time to write: That’s something I’ve been working out in my head, as I want to take my writing a lot more seriously and devote more time to it.  Right now, I mainly write between eleven and twelve in the morning, scattered throughout the afternoon, and sometimes in the evening.  I need to get a firm schedule though.

Writing snack/drink: Coffee.  That’s pretty much it.  I don’t like eating as I write, because it tends to get my keyboard sticky or crumby.

Movie: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (original).  And tons of others.

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Writing Memory: I remember having a lot of fun with a western story about a bank examiner that I wrote a few years ago.  Lots of coffee and early mornings and Jerry Goldsmith music.

Childhood Book: Again, there’s many.  Little Men would be up there, along with A Little Princess.

Currently…

Reading: Gone With the Wind and The Wendy.

Writing: This blog post, my Rogue One WWII AU, and The Resistance of Lili Verre.

Listening to: My little brothers talking.

Watching: My Gmail inbox.

Learning: Nothing much at the moment.

Future!

Want to be published: Before I’m twenty-five.

Indie or traditional: Traditional is my goal right now.

Wildest goal: To have as loyal and devoted a fan-base as Nadine Brandes does.

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Like Kinsey, I’m going to leave this tag open for whoever wants to do it. 🙂

Eva

liebster award (for the…third time?)

Grace and Katherine over at The Maidens of Green Gables nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Their questions are really cool but thinking of eleven random facts about myself is always such a drag so I’m just going to give you three.

  1. The last movie I watched was ‘A Monster Calls’.  Cried SO much over it.
  2. I just entered a short story contest.
  3. My current favorite movie soundtrack is the ‘Ratatouille’ score – thanks so much to everyone who mentioned/recommended it in the comments section of my post about Michael Giacchino!

Grace and Katherine’s questions:

1. What is your favorite quote?

I really dig this one:

“Well, this is a very personal opinion about seizing the moment. I think it has been one of the most damaging aspects of western society you know, the notion of seizing the moment. It has made us burn the forests that we have in front of us…it has made us live the now as if there was no tomorrow. As if we’re not engaging with a responsibility that freedom gives us to know that there’s a future. And there are people that will come after. It is not a rush, life is more, it’s more a craft. Seizing the moment sometimes makes you fall into a trap that it is now or never. And there’s moments that it is now or never but you know when that is. It’s not that there’s a rule that you have to follow that path.” -Gael García Bernal

2. Share your most used recipe?

I really would share it but I’m downstairs and the recipe book is upstairs and this post is pretty long already.  But this recipe is either really close to the one I use or the exact same – I can’t remember at the moment.

3. Are you a writer, and do you have any published works?

I am indeed a writer.  As for the second part of the question…no comment. *cough*

4. What are some of your hobbies?

A few months ago I might have said “writing”, but I’m taking my writing way more seriously now.  My goal is to be traditionally published before I’m twenty-five. (A girl can dream!)  So right now the only hobby I can think of is collecting little action figures, Funko Pops, etc.  Each one has a special meaning for me and I love ’em all.

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5. Are you a fan of musicals?

YES.  Always.

6. What fond family traditions would you like to continue when you get married and start a family? Or if these joyous series of events have already arrived, what have you implemented already?

*shrugs* I like the tradition of everyone in the family receiving a book on Christmas Eve.  That and family devotions (of course) would be the most important to me.

7. What is one particular character trait that you would like to train your future/present children in?

Honesty.  Definitely.

8. What is a boy’s and girl’s name that you like?

I have to limit myself to one each??? *sigh*  Boy name – Paul.  Girl’s name – Marianne.

9. Tell us a favorite joke?

“Why did Zac Efron cross the road?”  “To get to the other side.”  HAHAHAHA.  I always grin so hard whenever I think about or tell that joke.

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10. Recommend three books?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. (The first and third have some Adult Content, fyi.)

11. What is a period drama you love?

Soooooo many.  I’m going to go with ‘Little Women’ (1994) because it’s literally perfect.

My questions for the tagees:

1. Who are your top three favorite superheroes?

2. Who are your top three favorite superheroines?

3. Cake or pie?

4. Round cookies or cookie bars?

5. When was the last time you laughed really hard?

6. How many books have you read this year?

7. Animated or live action?

8. Drawn animation or CGI?

9. Have you read Do Hard Things?

10. What’s your favorite fabric?

11. Plaids or stripes?

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Random pretty picture I took in Montana.

I’m not going to tag eleven people, because duh.  So if you think my questions look fun, feel free to participate!

Eva

P.S. I believe this is actually the fourth time I’ve done the Liebster Award.  Wow.

‘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)

Eva

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.

code name verity: this quote from the book was one of the most emotional scenes I've ever read in a book. i sobbed

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

Eva