Mini-Photoshoot: Books and BIBPC

It’s a widely known fact that I’m am addicted to books.

I eat books, breathe books, and frequently lose sleep to books.

And as the current BIBPC category is Books, I did a mini-photoshoot with some of my books! See if you can guess what each book is. 😉 I’ll leave secret notes beneath each picture of a new book, if you can’t guess. I’m on Team Kiwi.

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Queen Anne’s Lace looks so pretty with books. *dreamy sigh*

No peeking! This book is Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. 😉

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This book is Heartless, by Marissa Myer. It made me cry. You have been warned. XD

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This is my BIBPC entry. Clara and Ilsa should be able to guess this book. 😉 (Megan just pointed out Clara’s link was wrong… Sorry!)

It’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for non-Potterheads.

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This book should be easy to guess. 😉 If it’s not, what rock have you been living under for the last two decades?!

I hope you like these pictures! What would you like to see that is dance related? I already did a dance bag tour and pointe shoe tutorial, so if there’s anything else you’d like to see, make sure to let me know!!

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I almost hit the publish button, then realized I’d typed Harry Potter as Harry Pooter. That would have been unfortunate. XD

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#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hi everyone! I would’ve posted Wednesday and Friday, but I was sick. 😥 So, I’m officially back, and I have a fun post today!

I’m participating in #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight. It’s a reading challenge, in a video-game style. Each book gives you a certain amount of Health Points and Experience points, based on number of pages and other criteria, and you level up the character of your choosing based on the number of Experience Points. You can check out the whole post at the link up there. I’m being a Rogue because Rogue One and also ’cause he looks cool.

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The ‘playing board’ is based on a bingo board, and each character follows a different path. I’m on the Fifth Across path.

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All of the art for this challenge was done by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. I went and checked out her blog, and her art is amazing!

And now for the fun part… The books I’m reading for it!! (The book thumbnails link to Goodreads, for your convenience.)

A Banned Book

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This is one of those books that people say, “Oh, have you read this book yet?” And I’m like, “no.” 

A Book Cover With A Partially Obscured Face

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Ahhh! I’m so excited to read this! It’s been on my TBR since I started reading KOTLC, plus I ordered all three (!!!!) so it’ll be mine, all mine! *laughs evilly*

A Book With <500 Ratings On Goodreads

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Hey, May…. *wink wink* I’ll let you know when I get it from the library! (This book has 1,284,459 ratings. 😮 )

A Book Published By A Small Press

Still deciding on this one… My grandmother’s friend owns a very small local press, so I’ll probably get my hands on one of the books she’s published.

A Book With A One Word Title

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Yay! I’m so excited to read this series! Edie fangirls about this a lot, so I’m excited!

And, if I have time, I’ll do another path, either the Mage or the Knight.

I’m so super-duper excited about this!! It seems like a great way to dig into the TBR that is threatening to eat me alive. Seriously, my TBR on Goodreads is the same length as my Read list. No joke. 😥

I have big plans for Monday, so I’ll see you then!!

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My little sister was just ‘oinking’ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…. O_o

Winner Of Blogiversary Giveaway, What Books I’m Reading, And a GINORMOUS Apology

BAD BLOGGER, VERY BAD BLOGGER!!!

I believe I’ve started a post that way before… Oh well.

I’m SO SO SORRY I didn’t post Monday!!! I was getting ready to sit and write my post, and a thunder storm pops up and our power goes out. *facepalm* And it didn’t come back on until, like, ten o’clock at night. (When I was still awake reading Lodestar…. OMGoodness, that book, you guys… *cries*)

Anyway, I’m super sorry about that! And going on an unplanned hiatus also needs a big apology…. Work and dance and life got hectic, especially with new baby sister… But I kept you in suspense about the winner longer, so that’s a plus! #sorrynotsorry

(Hashtags are so grammatically incorrect, aren’t they? Sorry, I’m rambling… I’ve missed you guys!)

Alright, enough chatter. You want to know who won the giveaway, right?

The winner issss….

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IZZY at Sew Sweet Dollies!!!!

Congrats, Izzy!! Izzy said if she won, she would like Nightfall by Shannon Messenger. (Can’t blame you there, Izzy… I’m waiting in agony for November!) You can contact me at thebuddingwriter@yahoo.com to claim your win! NOTICE: If the prize is not claimed within two weeks, I will have to pick a new winner. I really don’t want to do that, so if you could contact me as soon as you can, that’d be great! 🙂

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Yay! Thanks to everyone who entered!! On a different note, I read a lot of new books in April, and I thought you’d like to see which ones they were! Also, if you have any books you think I’d like, I’m always open to suggestions! My TBR list is fairly small right now, so I’d like some recommendations!

 I *think* that’s all the books I read. There may have been more. But KEEPER, PEOPLES!! OH MAH GOODNESS!!!!! I read all of the series in about a week and a half, I believe. I have found a new fandom…. GAH!!! The love square absolutely kills me… How do I choose between Keefe, Fitz and Dex?!?!? Keefe reminds me a lot of one of my friends, with the jokester personality, but Dex is also adorable, and Fitz is just…. GAH! And the plot is amazing…. I’m writhing in agony over here just thinking about Nightfall! Has anyone else noticed Keefe is on the covers more than any other character except Sophie? He’s on Exile, Neverseen, and he’s going to be on Nightfall. I wonder if that’s significant! Overthinking over here, don’t mind me.

(That turned into an unplanned Keeper rant… Oh well. I needed it out of my system.)

ANYWAY, I’m back! I’ll try to keep on schedule now. 😉

Did you miss me? Are you as big a Keeper fan as I now am?

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Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hey everyone! You can stop waiting in suspense, because I’m here to announce my giveaway! Which you still don’t know… Oops, the featured image kind of gives it away… Dang it! Need to work on that…

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So, yeah. I’m giving away a free book of the winners choice! Of course, there is some criteria…

  • The book must be clean… No profanity, unless you’ve read the book and any cursing doesn’t bother you.
  • It cannot be above a Young Adult rating, unless it is a classic. Anything above tends to be borderline inappropriate. UPDATE: If the book is in a Christian genre, such as Christian Romance, or you have read and know the book, it can be above Young Adult.
  • It can be any price, but nothing extreme, like fifty dollars or something.
  • You don’t have to be a follower to enter.
  • If eighteen or younger, you must have a parents permission.

To get entries, you can…

  1. Leave a comment saying you’d like to enter, and saying what book you would pick if you won. Also state that you have a parents permission.
  2. Reblog this post on your personal blog, and link back to this post.
  3. Post to social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. (Which I have zero idea of how to do because I don’t have social media, so good luck.)
  4. Tell a friend about this giveaway.

Each of these will give you one extra entry. (Each social media platform will give you one, also, so if you post to Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, you’ll get three entries.) And make sure you fill in the comment form correctly, because that’s the email I will use to contact you. If you already have a WordPress account, just send me an email through the contact form labeled ‘Giveaway’, so I have your email. 🙂

Sorry, this giveaway is only to open to residents of the USA. 

UPDATE: Giveaway ends April 30th. Winner will be announced on May 1st.

Good luck, everyone!!

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First Review!

Hello everyone! today I’ll be doing my first book review!!! Yay for me! ; ).

Seriously, though, I have not done a very good job with reviewing stuff. And I really have no idea how to write a book review, so here goes nothing.

So, I found this book through my best and greatest friend IRL, Grace! I had been reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and Grace said, “Hey, have you seen the Kane Chronicles series by Rick?” I got The Red Pyramid at the library, read it, and completely forgot about the series. Then my Nanny got the all three books for me for Christmas, and I remembered, “hey, I was reading this series and completely forgot about it!” Welllll, I probably didn’t say that. Anyway, here’s a picture of the cover:

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And here’s a quick summary:

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them–Set–has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

And here is the first few paragraphs of the book:

We only have a few hours, so listen carefully. If you’re hearing this story, you’re already in danger. Sadie and I might be your only chance.

Go to the school. Find the locker. I won’t tell you which school or which locker, because if you’re the right person, you’ll find it. The combination is 13/32/33. By the time you finish listening, you’ll know what those numbers mean. Just remember the story we’re about to tell you isn’t complete yet. How it ends will depend on you.

The most important thing: when you open the package and find what’s inside, don’t keep it longer than a week. Sure, it’ll be tempting. I mean, it will grant you almost unlimited power. But if you possess it too long, it will consume you. Learn its secrets quickly and pass it on. Hide it for the next person, the way Sadie and I did for you. Then be prepared for your life to get very interesting.

Okay, Sadie is telling me to stop stalling and get on with the story. Fine. I guess it started in London, the night our dad blew up the British Museum.

Oooo! Suspense! I really like this book a lot. Carter and Sadie Kane are great characters, with completely different personalities. All the other characters are awesome too. One of the downsides, though, is that there are so many different gods, magic terms, and deities, it can be confusing to keep track of all the names. At first it makes your head spin, but once you finish the book, it gets easier to remember. Overall, it’s a really great book, with lots of mythology and magic. I’d give it…

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Four out of five stars! If it wasn’t so confusing to a new reader, it would have earned itself another star. *off to book* See? I told you to be less confusing, and did you listen? Nooo…

So, I hope you guys like my first review! Feel free to tell me it needs work. But if it doesn’t, yay! That’s better than I thought. Thanks for stopping by! See ya later!!!  ~Bella

P.S: Anyone have any ideas for a signature thing for me to say in place of goodbye, or see you later? Any ideas welcomed!!