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“Keep It Fresh” Award

I’ve been so kindly nominated for the “Keep It Fresh” Award by Nora at Reading Experiences with Nora. Definitely go check out her blog and her awesome reviews. Thanks, Nora!

Guys, this award is intense; get ready!

Rules

  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

Part A:

1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)
I don’t read very many sweet books, almost as a rule. Sweetness isn’t really my shtick, but I did recently win Nicola Yoon’s novel, Everything, Everything, in a raffle, and I have heard numerous things about it, one of which is that it sounds crazy sweet. Since I don’t have any recent reads that are even slightly sweet, I pick that!

 

2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)
Sidebar: I am not a beach person. Sand sucks. I’m more of a mountains and forests girl, so I’ll connect to this one as follows: coconuts grow on trees, trees make forests, so what book would I take on a trip to the forest? Currently, Morning Star by Pierce Brown is my “take it with you; read it at stop lights; flake on plans so you can read” book. I’d love to be chilling in a cabin in the woods, nestled up by the fire, reading this masterpiece of literature. Actually, what am I even doing completing this post right now? WHY AM I NOT READING?? (It has a 4.64 on Goodreads; did you hear me??? 4.64 = unprecedented success rating!! OK, I have to stop.)

3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?
Right before I got Morning Star from my generous and infinitely wise professor, I was reading The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. I was not planning to like this book since the dust jacket made it sound like it was just going to be girl-fights and Drama City. I do not enjoy girl drama in my real life, so why would I enjoy it in my books (also, it has swirls and flowers on the cover which seemed like a red flag)? Surprisingly, though, the drama level is more intriguing than exhausting. I’ll save my overall feelings for the review, but I’ll just say it’s better than I thought it would be.

4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)
This may not qualify as “juicy” by some standards, but I don’t read a lot of romance so I’ll have to base my decision on dramatic plot twists and character depth. Thus, my “juicy” choice is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Click here for my full review, but I feel the need to reiterate how much I loved this book! It started with a tolerable amount of drama over lost love and then proceeds to more pressing matters, like the end of the world. The love interest was there for readers who just love that sort of thing, but for the rest of us, it was brimming with action, plot twists, and life-threatening scenarios that amped up the juice factor!

5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)
I do not often use the term “watery” to describe a book, but I guess if I had to pick a book that felt lacking in terms of details and development, I’d have to pick Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer. I have to start by saying that I found the book to be delightful and simple, despite the subject matter, but it was only 200 pages, so the amount of depth to the characters and the events seemed light. Click here for my full review, but I feel like a lot more could have been written about these characters and their experiences than was written in Stones on a Grave.

6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)
Since I can’t/shouldn’t say Illuminae again (the format of that novel was unlike anything I’ve ever read), I’ll say Maus and Maus II. I’ve read a lot of literature about WWII and the horrific events that occurred during that time, but the graphic novels by Art Spiegelman were unlike any historical account I had read until then. The comic-style format and the depiction of different nationalities as animals did not demean or lighten the story, but rather allowed for the inclusion of images of the horrific conditions endured during WWII. This was my first experience with graphic novels and I think they were the perfect books to read to instantly show the validity of the genre. Full review here.

girlonthetrain7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was a book that left me feeling grumpy and sour. I hated the characters; not most of them, but all of them. The characters were awful, the events were awful, the outlook on life was awful, the message was awful. Review here, but everything about that book was sour.

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8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

PIERCE BROWN!!! His series, Red Rising Trilogy, is slowly gaining momentum and recognition, but he should be worlds more popular than he is. Everybody should be talking about these books, and soon they will be.

9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)
I feel like my original idea of YA Lit was that all the books were like Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, which was not my jam. I assumed everything was going to be lovelorn teens crying about high school drama, hating on parents, arguing with friends, and listening to crap music. Shiver was exactly that with a side of light bestiality. Read my review for all the disappointments.

10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)
We read Slaughterhouse-Five as a class in last semester and it was hugely depressing. It was about war, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but the characters were unlikable and (obviously) the situations were miserable, so I was not enjoying myself the whole time I was reading it. More here, but in summation: blah!

 

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11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)
Golden Son. There were a few sankes in the grass and I’m SO UPSET! God, these books are good. Review here.

 

 

12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.
Nimona!! Another example of a graphic novel just blowing my expectations into the water. There were so many times where I’d snort out laughter at the silly images or the relatable outbursts and displays of Nimona’s personality. I loved this book and, if rumors are true, this book should be making its way into middle grades classrooms very soon. Can’t wait! Review here.

 

Part B: (create your own)

Fizzy Fruit – Name an audiobook book that was a delight, because Fizzy Fruit is an extremely audible, delish experience!

First things first: here is the video explaining Fizzy Fruit. My brother-in-law is making it this weekend, so I have HIGH hopes.

nyeNow, to the book: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye (the Science Guy). I’ll be honest, I’m inclined to believe anything that Bill Nye (the Science Guy) says, not because he is an engineer and I blindly follow people smarter than myself, but because he never fails to provide evidence. Solid scientific proof is the name of his game, and I adore someone who can backup his/her argument instead of just spewing opinions. Also, I have always been a big advocate of environmental responsibility and efficiency, so Bill Nye (the Science Guy) is the most reputable person I’ve (n)ever met. Also, he’s bff’s with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so… CHECK! I’m finishing the audiobook now, so stay tuned for a full review, but believe me. It’s good.

Part C: (smoothie!)

Coconut/Orange/Lime (Vacationable/Juicy/Funny) = Morning Star!!!!!!!!! Reading now. It is amazing. Enough said.

Nominations:

Astra at A Strangers Guide to Novels

Jackie at FallininLovewiththeSoundofWords

Jasmine at SmileyBookLover

Maria at Big City Bookworm

Raquel at Rakioddbooks

Yay, guys! So thanks again to Nora and I can’t wait to hear what these ladies have to say!

Team Sevro!

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The Liebster Award!

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First and foremost, let us all wish a very happy birthday to the author of my heartsong, J. R. R. Tolkien. May his impact never fade. I shall be watching LOTR all day in honor of his memory.

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Now, we have been nominated for the Liebster award by BeingABookNerd and NutFreeNerd. Check out their wonderful blogs and thank you both for the kind nomination! At the time that I’m writing this, there seems to be something fishy going on with NutFreeNerd’s website, so I’m just going to answer BookNerd’s questions and we’ll check on NutFree again later. Also, I will be riding solo on this one because Hannah’s plate is full and I’m afraid that if I hold my breath waiting for her answers, I’ll quite simply pass away.

How Does It Work?

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

I’m doing these out of order because the order above seems nonsensical. 11 facts:

  1. I’m in Grad School to learn how to be a teacher.
  2. I am a miserable companion if the weather is under 60 degrees.
  3. I work at a brewery and it is the best gig in the world.
  4. My house is Tolkien themed, including a Middle Earth map pillow cover, Gandalf/Saruman salt & papper shakers, a painting I did of the Hobbit meals, map printed coasters, a laptop sleeve, and everything else my boyfriend will tolerate.
  5. I’ve already run out of interesting facts about myself.

The Questions for me:

  1. What made you start blogging? We get this one a lot, and our story is pretty unique, so I don’t mind answering. Hannah and I have been bffs since birth (you think that’s a joke, but you’re dead wrong), so when we went to different colleges and moved to different towns, we wanted to read the same books so we could discuss them and share something, even when we’re miles apart. Our tastes and schedules vary, so we eventually started blogging about the things we read individually, and here we are.
  2. Which is your all time favorite book? The Hobbit; see my tattoo or this post for explanations.
  3. Which book did you have high hopes for but it disappointed you? The Girl on the Train and A Darker Shade of Magic were big disappointments for me. My reviews are linked.
  4. Which is your favourite genre of books? I’m really enjoying Sci-Fi space operas these days, but generally adult fiction is my favorite, or historical fiction.
  5. What are your favourite songs? Anything by Pink Floyd or Punch Brothers.
  6. A wish you want desperately want to come true. The continual safety of my boyfriend. His job makes him travel, and I’m constantly a mess with worry.
  7. If given a chance, choose one author you would like to meet and interact with. Actually, Malcolm Mitchell, author of The Magician’s Hat. He goes to UGA, like myself, and while I don’t give a flying fart about football or his involvement in ‘Bulldawg” success, he wrote his book because he used to hate reading and grew to love it in his later years. I’d love to pick his brain and find out what changed his perspective and how I can do that for my future students.
  8. What else do you do in your free time? Sing? Dance? Draw? Sword Fight? 😉 I do a lot of cooking, but I mostly like to go outdoors, hiking or kayaking as often as possible.
  9. Which is your favourite season? why? Fall, because it is beautiful and the weather is most tolerable in Georgia during fall.
  10. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Moving things with my mind, because I’m lazy and I never want to get up to turn on/off lights.
  11. Top 5 books you want to read in 2016. I assume most of my books will be assigned by my Grad professors, so I might not have much choice. But a year is a long time, so I imagine I can squeeze in The Story of Kullervo, Nemesis Games, Ready Player One, Schindler’s Listand Red Rising, since I’m reading that now.

My Questions for my nominees:

  1. How many books did you read in 2015?
  2. Which ones were your favorites?
  3. Which were your least favorites?
  4. How many do you plan to read in 2016?
  5. How do you pick which books to read next?
  6. Where is your favorite place to read?
  7. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
  8. What is your least favorite?
  9. Do you judge new people based on their book likes/dislikes?
  10. What book destination would you love to visit?
  11. What book character would you choose to accompany you?

OK, and now for my nominees:

Dana @ I Just Can’t Stop Reading

Eleonora Lydia @ Reading Experiences with Nora

Maria @ Marwhal Reads

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Shannon @ Just One More Page

Emily @ Embuhlee liest

Alright, so I get that some, if not all, of you will have already received and completed the Liebster Award, so ignore this if you like. If you do complete it, be sure to link to this post or comment to let me know your answers. Thanks, again, to my nominators, and go check out their blogs.

Long live Tolkien!!

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Awards! We’d like to thank The Academy…

We’ve been nominated for an assortment of bloggy awards by the wonderful Shivalika at Whimsy Journals, Alyssa at The Ultimate Book Geek and Flo at Flowless Books. We highly encourage you all to check out their blogs and we want to say thank you so much, ladies!

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1. Thank your nominator

2. Tell the world why you blog

3. Nominate 5 more people

 

So, we started blogging because it was the best outlet for our “book club.” We have been best friends since birth and adulthood has forced us to live in different cities, so we started a very exclusive book club that would encourage us to read things together and use the blog in order to give our opinions in a way that readers (a.k.a. our mothers) would be able to see, as well. Hannah’s book preferences forced me to read more contemporary works, and my preferences forced her to read a few more classics. We tried to read the same things several times, and it worked for a while, but our lives/jobs always meant that one of us was off  schedule. We then started just blogging about our independent readings, which I think covers more ground anyway. We’re so happy that so many people want to hear what we have to say and I hope you all stay tuned for more!

Nominations will be at the bottom…

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RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. Share 5 facts about yourself.

3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.

4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

 

 

5 Facts about Lindsay:

  1. My boyfriend is signing up for Goodreads as we speak and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more proud; 2. I used to think I wanted to teach high school kids, but my student teaching is really challenging that and making me lean towards middle school; 3. I recently finished binge-watching “Fixer Upper” on Netflix and I feel incomplete now that there are no more left to watch; 4. I want to live in a cute, cottage-style house so badly that I’m willing to forfeit future children in order to fit in the cozy space; 5. My affection for peanut butter m&m’s is unparalleled. Don’t try to keep up.

5 Facts about Hannah:

  1. I keep all my DVDs in alphabetical order. (Is that Type A?!) 2. I constantly travel for work, but my favorite place to be is at home with my family. My second favorite place is probably here.  3. I love to cook! My boyfriend & I subscribe to Blue Apron & it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. 4. In addition to this blog, Lindsay & I share a Pinterest board, inspired by cottage-styled homes. 5. I have crazy, vivid dreams almost every night. I keep a dream dictionary by my bed to look up meanings!

 

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The Rules

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. 

Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image in the right).

Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.  

See above for our blog story. Sadly, I can’t say that we have any advice. We’re still learning how to do this and we still don’t take ourselves or our opinions seriously enough to fathom that we’d have followers, much less ones who will be so kind as to nominate us for these awards! We’re super grateful for our readers and we just try to keep our heads on straight and stay as consistent as we can be, which isn’t easy with our busy schedules.

Nominations:

Ok, so I nominate all of my Grad school classmates! I won’t list all of their blogs here because I’m not interested in that level of effort. That’s already 14 people, so I’ll only list a few more below. Also, screw the “don’t nominate your nominator” baloney. We’re covering 3 awards in this one post, so our 3 wonderful nominators are re-nominated for the ones they haven’t already done!

Maryna @ Echoing Books

Kimsiang @ The Spines Breaker

Karen @ Bookertalk

Zezee @ Zezeewithbooks

 

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Well blow me down, guys! Untamed Shrews has very kindly been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by James at A Tolkienist’s Perspective, and what a kindness that is!

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Our number of followers is somewhat humble, but the number of inspiring blogs I see each day is quite the opposite, so we are honored that you readers consider us to be worthy members of the literary community. We’d like to extend a warm thank you to James, and pay it forward to a few of the blogs that inspire us to keep it up and preach the good news that books are still relevant forms of entertainment in this tech-era! Please pardon the fact that we’ll have fewer than 15, my meaning being that the smaller the number, the higher the praise! These are in no particular order and sorry if you’ve done this already. “Me scusi!”

Having said that, here are the rules:
1. The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog that nominated them.
2. The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

And the list:

A Tolkienist’s Perspective (I don’t apologize for nominating the nominator; I adore this blog & all things Tolkien)
Husband & Husband
Read the Bloody Book
Compulsive Writer
MyLittleBookBlog
Eleventh Stack
Deadly Darlings
Jenny in Neverland

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