Disney Princesses & the Zombie Apocalypse Tag

I saw this tag over at Book Beach Bunny.  Book Beach Bunny took an existing Zombie Tag and mixed it up with Disney Princesses.  She listed all the princesses she could think of and then randomly pulled names for each category.

I am going to mix it up a little more and only use the 11 official Disney Princesses. I am also going to create my dream team by choosing who goes into each spot and then I am also going to randomize it and see how screwed I would be!

Category Dream Team Actual Team
First Princess to Die Aurora Ariel
First Princess I’d Trip Snow White Mulan
The Princess that Would Trip Me Jasmine Jasmine
Second Princess to Die Cinderella Snow White
Team Idiot Ariel Rapunzel
Group Brains Belle Pocahontas
Team Medic Tiana Cinderella
Teams Weapon Expert Rapunzel Aurora
The Brawler Merida Tiana
Team Leader Mulan Merida
Lone Wolf Pocahontas Belle

Apparently the universe and I agree that Jasmine is going to be the bastard that trips me

I usually think of Aurora as super weak but I guess that I could see her coming up with some pretty badass weapons based on spinning wheels?

Overall I might survive haha.  Its not ideal but not horrible.  Especially if the princesses turned out to be Jedi!!

Jedi

Source: Shenanigan Cosplay

Who would your dream team be? Do you think I could survive with my actual team? Let me know!

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I saw this challenge at Bookworm Book Club and was intrigued.  I have the world’s worst memory but it sounds fun so I want to try!

Rules – You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!

Because the point of this challenge is to test your memory I am going to list just the questions first so you can participate, if you want, without seeing my answers first

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
  3. Name a book about a character called George.
  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
  5. Name a book set in Australia.
  6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
  7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
  8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
  9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
  10. Name a book turned into a movie.

I tried not to look at JR’s answers before I answered the questions myself but I accidentally saw Jurassic Park and Eragon so I am not going to use those because that is cheating and not using my memory!

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

By Michael Chung? (Update: Its by Michael McClung, but I was close and I got the Michael part right!)

Thief

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

A Dance with Dragons

I’m going to say its safe to assume at least one version of this cover has Dragons on it.

Dragons

3. Name a book about a character called George.

George and the Giant Peach

Also there is the George the monkey one with the guy in the yellow hat! I can’t remember the title of that book though. (Update: Its James and the Giant Peach not George, so I got this one wrong 😦 and the other book is called Curious George.  I got the character name right but couldn’t think of the book’s name)

James

4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

I’m so bad with names in general and rarely pay attention to author names.  My last name is Smith so you would think I would be able to think of someone! (Update: The only book I’ve read by a Smith is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)

Zombies

5. Name a book set in Australia.

Tomorrow, The War Begins

I think that is what it is called? (Update: Its called Tomorrow, When the War Began, I was close!)

Tomorrow

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Ides of March

I am guessing that there is a book with this title! I know The Ides of March is when Julius Caesar was stabbed so it would make sense someone wrote a book with that title? (Update: There are lots of books called The Ides of March but only one that I saw just titled Ides of March but all I needed was one! I win! haha I’m very proud of my guess!)

Ides

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

Bitter Blue

I think that is the one with a knife on the cover? One of the books in the series has a knife! (Update: Bitterblue is one word and it doesn’t have a knife on the cover.  The first book in the series, Graceling, does have a knife on the cover but that wasn’t the book I was thinking of.  I was thinking of the Defy series, but even in that series I was thinking of the wrong book. I was picturing Endure‘s cover which has swords not knives.

GracelingFireBitterblue

DefyIgniteEndure

8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

The One

Its part of The Selection Series

The One

9. Name a book with a eponymous title.

Harry Potter

Easy peasy lemon squeezy (Though I had to look up what eponymous meant)

Harry

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Harry Potter, I am Number Four, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Ready Player One, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Grinch Stole Christmas …

I could go on forever!

Harry4Simon

OneMidnight2Grinch

I did better than I thought I would! There was only one I couldn’t answer and two I sort of got wrong and one I got really wrong! Did you play along? How did you do?

If you make your own post out of this please tag me so I can see your answers!!!

 

Friday Face-Off: Ghost or Specter

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a ghost or specter.

My Choice: The Boggart

Covers:

Aladdin Paperbacks 2005 | Aladdin Paperbacks 1995 | Scholastic Inc 1993

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2004 | Kindle | Puffin Books 1994

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2018 | Puffin 2018 | Ravensburger Buchverlag 1996

I don’t do scary books so I haven’t read very many books with ghosts on the cover.  In this book the Boggart is described as “an invisible, mischievous spirit” so I think it counts as a ghost/specter?

Least Favorites:

The Kindle Version is just boring and the other one is completely random with the fish and seal.

Favorites:

The first cover is the one I read waaay back when! (probably in middle school but possibly in elementary school?) The second is the prettiest cover and I like the colors.  The third cover captures that it is still a children’ts book but shill looks kind of haunting.

Winner:

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Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!

First Impression Friday – A Darker Shade of Magic, Heroine Worship, and Harry Potter

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin where you spotlight a book you have recently started and share your initial impressions.


I love this meme.  Its my second favorite meme!  Yet I am awful at it 😦 Most of my 1st impression posts were written when I was half way through the book.  My timing is all off and I never remember to write the post ahead of time when I am actually just starting the book.

So don’t judge me for my progress so far in the books! It still counts ish!


A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Amazon | Goodreads

Disclaimer: The above Amazon Link is an affiliate link. If you purchase anything through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

I am on page 242 of 413 which is 59% of the way through the book. (Don’t judge me! We talked about this already!)

My first first impression is that I absolutely hate this cover! Until just now I thought it was an upside down, weird looking wizard in a red robe.  The white was his beard and he had a weird horned head.  This makes no sense with the book so I was looking closer and trying to figure out what it was when I realized that it is an aerial view of a person jumping across the two cities. The white is the hair on the top of his head and the horn things are actually his legs.  His coattails are billowing out behind him.  Did anyone else see that wrong?

As for the book itself I am loving it! I am buddy reading with Leslie from Books are the New Black.  Its my first time buddy reading with another blogger and its fun! She is loving the book too!


Heroine Worship

by Sarah Kuhn

Worship

Amazon | Goodreads

I am on Page 102 of 375 which is 27% of the way through the book.  This may seem like a better book for First Impression Friday but I have read it before so it doesn’t really count.

I don’t like this book, but am re-reading it because it is part of a series.  Heroine Complex (the first book in the series) is one of my favorite books! The 3rd book in the series, Heroine’s Journey, was just released 2 days ago and I wanted to re-read the first books before starting the 3rd.

But I am struggling.  I didn’t like the 2nd book and I think its worse the second time around because I know that I don’t like it and am not excited for what is coming next.

But I am still super excited about Heroine’s Journey so I am going to power through it!


Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Jim Dale

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Amazon | Goodreads

I have listened to 4 hrs and 40 minutes of  the 8 hours and 34 minute long Audiobook (54%) Again I am more than half way and I have read this before, but I have never listened to the Audiobook before so this is going to be my first impression of the Audiobook.

I listened to The Night Circus narrated by Jim Dale and I loved his narration.  Because The Night Circus and Harry Potter are so different it took me a little while to get used to the fact that it was the same voice reading them which kept making me feel like they should have been in the same universe.  Once I got over that I am loving his narration of Harry Potter!

The only thing I don’t like is his voice for McGonagall.  It sounds almost Scottish at times? It bugs me a little, but isn’t completely awful.


What new books are you reading right now? How are you liking them? Have you read either of these two books? How did you like them? (Please no spoilers!!!)

Wildcard (HP Week Day 6!)

Welcome to Harry Potter Week!!!!

June 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being released in the US!!!!! (its the 21st anniversary in the UK) To celebrate, Weird Zeal created a week long Harry Potter event! Each day there will be a different post to participate in! Check out Weird Zeal’s list of all the posts! I will probably not be participating in all of them, but I am looking forward to participating in some!

Friday Face-Off

For the Wildcard post I decided to do a Friday Face-off type post and compare all the covers for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Yes I know its not Friday, but that is the name of the meme where you compare covers :p )

Bloomsbury 1997 | Scholastic 1998 | Bloomsbury 2015 | Pottermore 2015
Bloomsbury 2014 | Bloomsbury 2004 | Bloomsbury 2013 | Arthur A. Levine Books 2001
Scholastic 2013 | Bloomsbury 2010 | Salamandra 2015 | De Harmonie 2000
Gallimard Jeunesse 2007 | Tammi 2008 | کتابسرای تندیس 2013 | Tiden 1999
Gallimard Jeunesse 2011 |  Bloomsburry 1998 | Albatros 2000 | Salamandra 2001
Bloomsbury 2017 Hardcover – Gryffindor | Ravenclaw | Hufflepuff | Slytherin
Bloomsbury 2017 Paperback – Gryffindor | Ravenclaw | Hufflepuff | Slytherin
Gyldendal 1999 | 静山社 2003 | А-БА-БА-ГА-ЛА-МА-ГА 2002 | Bloomsbury 2015
Scholastic 2000 | Círculo de Lectores 1999 | Arthur 2015 | De Harmonie 2011
Carlsen 2013 | Pottermore 2015 | Editorial Presença 1999 | An Amzer 2012
Albatros 2001 | Carlsen 2000 | Salani 1998 | Carlsen 2005
موسسه فرهنگی و هنری آدینده نگار | Rocco 2012 | Gallimard Jeunesse 2012| Esperanto 2004
trabe 2009 | Ueberreuter 2007 | Buybook 2011 | Pottermore 2013
Bloomsbury 2018 | Qanun Nəşriyyatı 2011 | Carlsen 2018 | Arthur A. Levine 2018
Carlsen 2018 | Մեդիանեթ 2004 | Gramedia Pustaka 2017 | Unknown
Kitabhana 2012 | Per Noste 2009 | Rocco Digital | Росмэн 2008
Gyldendal 2012 | Empuries 2000 | Bloomsbury 2013 | Carlsen 2016
Pottermore 2016 | CreateSpace 2015 | Hörverlag 2008 | Народна књига 2004

That is 72 different editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Usually for Friday Face off I would list my 2-4 least favorite, my 2-4 favorite, and then pick an overall favorite. But there are too many great covers!!!! I tried to narrow it down to my favorites and ended up with 30 covers I really liked! That wasn’t going to cut it so I did a cover battle and narrowed it down that way:

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Here are my top 3 covers:

My favorite of those three is:

HP49

I don’t know what it is about this cover but I love it! I love the simplicity and the colors and its just great!

Which one is your favorite?

Harry Potter Ships (HP Week Day 5!)

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Welcome to Harry Potter Week!!!!

June 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being released in the US!!!!! (its the 21st anniversary in the UK) To celebrate, Weird Zeal created a week long Harry Potter event! Each day there will be a different post to participate in! Check out Weird Zeal’s list of all the posts! I will probably not be participating in all of them, but I am looking forward to participating in some!

Harry Potter Ships

When I first started reading HP I was 8.  Romances were yucky.  I grew up with HP and about the same time I started loving romances is when HP started containing romances.  It was an awesome and unique experience.  Also, I didn’t learn about non-canon ships until years after I read HP.  I didn’t know about Ships or Fanfic for a long time.  So when I read the books it never occurred to me to want anything other than what J.K. Rowling wrote. So this is going to be a super boring post because I ship the canon.

Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour

Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks

Arthur and Molly Weasley

What do you think? I know a lot of people ship Hermione and Harry but I like Hermione and Ron! Who do you ship?

A Harry Potter related story (HP Week Day 4!) – A day late

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Welcome to Harry Potter Week!!!!

June 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being released in the US!!!!! (its the 21st anniversary in the UK) To celebrate, Weird Zeal created a week long Harry Potter event! Each day there will be a different post to participate in! Check out Weird Zeal’s list of all the posts! I will probably not be participating in all of them, but I am looking forward to participating in some!

A Harry Potter related story

Sorry guys! I am a day late with this one.  My Uncles came into town unexpectedly for my Niece’s 1st birthday party and I didn’t have time! But better late than never 😀  Instead of 1 long story I have three mini story-memories:

1. The Beginning

My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Chaney, read us Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Every day she would read a couple of chapters to the class and it was always my favorite time of the day!  When she finished the book we begged her to read the second book but she told us that we would have to read it ourselves.  Thus began my love of Harry Potter!

2. The Middle

My best friend, Alyissa, and I would always race to read the books as they came out.  We would constantly have our noses stuck in a book.  One time in particular, I remember our moms were shopping together and we found a spot in the front of the store and read the entire time our moms were shopping.  We both loved to read but the only time I remember reading together was Harry Potter.

3. The End

July 20th 2007 I spent the night at my Aunt’s house.  A bit before midnight we went to Walmart and got in line to get the Deathly Hallows.  They had huge crates of books and the line snaked around the entire inside of the store.  It was surreal.  At midnight (July 21st) they started selling the Deathly Hallows.  We got our copies and were so excited we went home and started reading immediately!

When I think back on the Harry Potter books these are the three main memories that stick in my mind.  They aren’t that spectacular but I cherish them nonetheless!