Friday Face-Off – Riders

Hey All! Right now (as I am writing this) its 1:07 AM! This is the earliest I have ever written this tag.  By the time it posts I will be at Comic Con!!! I am super excited! But, because of the Con, I won’t be posting and commenting much this weekend! I will catch up with everyone on Monday!

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

“Live in the saddle. Die on the hog.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring riders.

My Choice: Eragon

Christopher Paolini is going to be at Comic Con!! I am going to try and get his signature! In honor of Comic Con and Christopher Paolini I chose Eragon this week! I was able to find a cover where Eragon is riding Saphira!

Covers:

Bonnier Carlsen 2005 | Alfred A. Knopf 2005 | Knopf Books 2003 | Laurel Leaf Library 2006
Libri Oro RCS 2005 | Corgi 2007 | Rosmen Press 2013 | Doubleday Childrens 2013
Trẻ 2004 | cbj 2009 | 2006 | Paolini International 2002
نشر زهره 2006 | Trẻ 2004 | Ранок 2005 | Seizansha/Tsai Fong Books 2011

Least Favorites:

Favorites:

Winner:

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It was super hard to pick a winner!  Of the favorites I chose, the 2nd one is the copy I have.  The 3rd one is awesome but its kind of Norse mythology feeling and that doesn’t really fit the book.  The 4th I LOVE the art work but he kind of looks like he slayed the dragon which isn’t right either.  But Saphira looks so cute! It is so close to being my favorite, but I can’t get over that he looks too dragon-slayer ish.

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

I MESSED UP … BOOK TAG

The “I Messed Up Book Tag” was originally created by IsthatChami on Youtube. I saw it over at Book Beach Bunny.  I wasn’t actually tagged, but I loved this tag and how it is different from most of the ones I have done, so I had to do it!

A character appearance you imagined differently?

Most recently it is Iri and Aghi from Sky in the Deep. I pictured Iri as tall and skinny and gangly.  I pictured Aghi as a typical Viking warrior tall and wide and muscular.  But then at one point they are compared to each other and Iri was wider than Aghi and they were the same height.  So the picture in my head was all wrong.

I get appearances wrong all the time.  Especially if their descriptions don’t come till later in the story.  I usually get a mental picture pretty quickly and it sticks in my head.

A name you pronounced wrong?

Again, most recently it is Eelyn from Sky in the Deep.

I am not so much pronouncing it wrong as not pronouncing it at all.  I can’t figure out what it sounds like so I just skim over the name and recognize it as I am reading without actually giving voice to it in my head.  Its hard to explain but does anyone else do this?

Overused trope that’s a guilty pleasure?

When characters aren’t really dead.  You are made to believe they died but then they come back just in time to save the day!

A cliched character you like better on screen than in a book?

I honestly can’t think of one? I have been trying for the last hour and coming up blank.

A word of phrase you learned because of a book?

I have learned a ton of new words and phrases from books! Tho of course I can’t think of any right now.

Have you ever not read or completed required school reading?

In high school I read every single required reading.  I even did more than what was required.  We had a student teacher who thought it would be okay to have the class start A Tale of Two Cities in the middle of the book.  I couldn’t bring myself to read only half the book so I read the whole thing.

In college I skipped one required reading. (gasp) It was by Charles Dickens but I don’t remember which one it was.

Have you ever skipped a POV chapter?

Nope! I would be too worried I would miss something I need!

Cancelled social plans to read?

More often then I would care to admit.  Though with ebooks I can read on my phone while at social events! Its awesome because everyone thinks I am just playing on my phone!

I am not going to tag anyone since I wasn’t actually tagged, but if you do this please let me know so I can see your answers!!!

The Unique Blogger Award

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Thanks to J.W. Martin @ Storeys of Stories for nominating me! I really appreciate it!! If you haven’t seen his blog you should go check it out! J.W. Martin is the creator of “First Impressions Friday” (a super awesome meme that I would love to participate in more often, but I always seem to start my books on the weekends and finish them way before Friday!)

J.W. Martin’s questions:

1) You’re being blackmailed by an evil overlord to pull off the heist of the century. You need to assemble a crew who can pull off the heist and thwart the overlord at the same time. Who do you choose? (curveball: can only pick ONE character from each book world)

  • Mastermind: Ender (from Ender’s Game)
  • Wizard: Holgren (from The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids)
  • Brains: Hermione (from Harry Potter)
  • Thief: Aaron (from The Fire’s Stone)
  • Muscle: Thor (from Marvel)
  • Assassin: Mia (from Nevernight)
  • Scoundrel: Han Solo (from Star Wars)

This would probably be a disaster of a team.  There are too many strong personalities that probably wouldn’t work well together.  But if they could get along it would be one hell of a heist!

2) A book mashup you’d love to see. (example: Harry Potter meets The Illuminae Files)

Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter (I just read Heartstone which was Pride and Prejudice with Dragons and it was freaking amazing! Now I want more P&P fantasy stories!!)

3) If you could only read books from five authors for the rest of your life. Who do you choose?

  1. J.K. Rowling
  2. Jane Austen

I don’t know any others! I am so bad with Author names! (actually I am awful with names in general) I would probably pick authors who have written a lot of stuff? That way I can read lots of different books and not just the same ones over and over again?

  1. Terry Goodkind
  2. Charlaine Harris
  3. Janet Evanovich

My Questions:

I am going to cheat again and steal J.W. Martin’s first two questions because they are awesome! (I don’t like the third one 😉 )

  1. You’re being blackmailed by an evil overlord to pull off the heist of the century. You need to assemble a crew who can pull off the heist and thwart the overlord at the same time. Who do you choose? (curveball: can only pick ONE character from each book world)
  2. A book mashup you’d love to see. (example: Harry Potter meets The Illuminae Files)
  3. Name 1-3 magical (or not) items from a book, which you’d love to own in real life.

I Tag:

As always, don’t feel obligated to participate! But if you do, send me your link in the comments so I can check it out!

Midnight Metamorphosis – New Cover Release!

Just over two weeks ago, Midnight Metamorphosis by Deborah E. Kehoe got a new cover!!

Midnight Metamorphosis is a self published book and I can’t even begin to imagine how much work Kehoe put into it! Originally published on Smashwords, Kehoe has now been able to get he book into Kindle Unlimited!

Here is the new cover:

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I absolutely love the colors, don’t you?

Kehoe has a really great blog, The Reading Chick.  Go check it out! This is not a typical author website, it is an actual, normal book blog where Kehoe review books and participates in tags and all sorts of other bookish things!  (not that there is anything wrong with author websites, I just wanted to point out that even if you aren’t interested in the book then you should still go check out her blog!!)

But if you are interested in the book you can find out more information here:

And you can follow Deborah E. Kehoe at any ofthese places:

Congratulations Deborah on your book and you new cover!!!

Sunshine Blogger Award #5

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I was nominated by Books in Bloom! Books in Bloom is a little over a month old, but you could never tell by looking at it! It looks like a seasoned blog that has been around for years! Go check it out and give ’em some love!! Thanks for the nomination!!

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge, link back and thank the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award + rules in your blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs

Books In Bloom’s Questions:

1) How do you respond when an Author or friend asks you to read a book you have no interest in?

Luckily I have only had this happen once.  I received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in receiving the book in exchange for a review.  I have no idea who the lady was so it was fairly easy to respond and say I wasn’t interested.  It was a “how to” guide on dating for the modern woman.  I’m engaged so I don’t need a guide about dating so I just explained that.

2) If you read the above book and didn’t like it…at all, how do you break the news to the Author/friend?

I didn’t read the book from the last question, but there was an instance recently where I read a book that an author sent to me in exchange for a review.  Before I read the book she stressed that she wanted the review even if I didn’t like the book.  She said negative reviews would help her with future books and she really wanted an honest review no matter what.  I read it and wasn’t a huge fan of the book and I felt awful about it! But I did what she asked and wrote my review.  I tried to keep it as constructive as possible and she responded really well! She even asked if I would read her next book.

3) What do you think of seasonal reading? Does the season influence your reading?

The season doesn’t influence my reading unless it is a holiday book.  I don’t really like reading Christmas books not around Christmas, but I will if its one I’ve been meaning to read.

4) Do you prefer audiobooks, ebooks, paperback or hardback? Do you own multiple editions of some books?

Audiobooks are my least favorite of the 4.  I have trouble listening and paying attention sometimes.  I still enjoy them, but I get a better grip on the story when I am actually reading.  I don’t really have a favorite between the other 3, tho I tend to read a lot of ebooks because they are so convenient and cheap.

I own multiple editions of Pride and Prejudice and the Harry Potter Series!

5) What do you think of the library? How about borrowing ebooks from the library?

I loved the library as a kid but as an adult it is just easier to order books online.  That way I can get whatever I want and don’t have to worry about returning them! I have never borrowed ebooks from the library, but I think its a great resource that I probably should utilize!

6) If there was a cruise devoted to books (ie Title Wave), would you attend?

Heck Yea! I would want to haha but probably wouldn’t in reality.  I wouldn’t have anyone to go with me, and would most likely end up just doing a regular cruise.

7) Do you prefer huge incredibly detailed books or short and simple books?

Depends on the mood I am in and the book itself but usually short and simple books.

8) Who is your favorite author that’s lesser known and deserves more recognition?

Sarah Kuhn! I LOVE Heroine Complex and One Con Glory!!!  Heroine Complex is one of my favorite books and I want everyone to read it!

9) What are your most anticipated upcoming releases?

Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn!

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10) Why do you blog?

I don’t know? I like it haha. I am so bad at these kind of questions.

11) Do you feel like a successful blogger? What do you want to improve/change/added to your blog?

I do feel successful! I am way more successful then I ever thought I could be!  I want to improve on commenting back when people comment on my posts! I only do it once or twice a week, but I feel like I should be doing it way more!

My Questions:

I really liked the questions from Books in Bloom! I was able to answer them easily but still have in depth answers! So I am going cheat and use the same questions!

  1. How do you respond when an Author or friend asks you to read a book you have no interest in?
  2. If you read the above book and didn’t like it…at all, how do you break the news to the Author/friend?
  3. What do you think of seasonal reading? Does the season influence your reading?
  4. Do you prefer audiobooks, ebooks, paperback or hardback? Do you own multiple editions of some books?
  5. What do you think of the library? How about borrowing ebooks from the library?
  6. If there was a cruise devoted to books (ie Title Wave), would you attend?
  7. Do you prefer huge incredibly detailed books or short and simple books?
  8. Who is your favorite author that’s lesser known and deserves more recognition?
  9. What are your most anticipated upcoming releases?
  10. Why do you blog?
  11. Do you feel like a successful blogger? What do you want to improve/change/added to your blog?

I nominate:

As always, don’t feel obligated to participate! But if you do, send me your link in the comments and I will check it out!

 

Inside My Head Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Carla @ Carla Loves to Read!  Carla reads a ridiculous amount of books and always has the best reviews! Go check out her blog!  Thanks for the tag Carla!

Rules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you.
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answer the ‘This or THAT questions
  • Tag a 10-20 friends.

Original Creator: Discovering Your Happiness

1. How do I feel at the moment?

Full and Sleepy

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2. What do I need more of in my life?

Time

3. What would make me happy right now?

To be able to eat without getting fat!

4. What is going on right now in my life?

I’m at work right now procrastinating a project I should be working on.  Tonight I have a grass volleyball game I am looking forward too!

5. What am I most grateful for? List 10 things.

  1. Family
  2. David
  3. Friends
  4. Pets
  5. Books
  6. Food
  7. Sports
  8. Job
  9. House
  10. Phone

6. When did I experience joy this week?

I went garage sailing with my mom on Saturday and was super excited to find a neon beer sign for David for out basement.

7. List a small victory/success?

We took first place in our softball tournament this weekend!

8. What is bothering me & why?

My weight.  I weigh more than I ever have in my entire life and I feel out of shape.

9. What are my priorities at the moment?

I don’t really have any other than sports.

10. What do I love about my self?

I’m loyal and nice and feel like I can help people.

11. Who means the world to me & why?

My Fiance David.  I love him so much.

12. If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?

Don’t try to control other people.

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13. What advice would I give to my younger self?

Don’t stress so much over every little thing.  It will all turn out ok.

14. What lesson did I learn this week?

Its hard to write a negative review when you were asked by the author to write said review.

15. If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first?

Relax and do nothing

16. What’s draining my energy?

Work

17. What does my ideal morning look like?

Afternoon (i.e. I hate mornings and would rather just sleep through them till the afternoon haha)

18. What does my ideal day look like?

Sports and reading and relaxing

19. What makes me come alive?

Hanging out with my close friends and family who I know won’t judge me

20. What/who inspires me the most?

My Dad

21. Where does my pain originate? 

Being over anxious and stressed out

22. What are my strengths?

I am loyal

23. What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get?

A new job.  The fear of getting a new job is worse than the stress of staying here.

24. What is something I would love to learn?

To make diving catches in softball

25. Where would I want to live my ideal life?

Colorado!

26. Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years?

Ireland

27. What can I do to take better care of myself?

Eat Healthier, exercise, let my injuries heal

28. What hobbies would I like to try?

I can’t think of anything I haven’t tried that I want to.

29. When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do?

I can’t think of anything for this one either.

30. At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?

I would love to leave behind wonderful children with little babies of their own!

I tag:

As always, don’t feel obligated to participate!

If you weren’t tagged but want to participate then consider yourself tagged!

If you participate send me your link in the comments and I will check it out!

Harry Potter Anniversary Week Event!

Margaret @ Weird Zeal is hosting a Harry Potter Anniversary Week Event! This is such an awesome idea and I will definitely be participating in some, if not all of them! Check out the full post below for more details!!!

I tag Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf because I know she LOVES Harry Potter!

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Hi fellow bloggers! Are you interested in celebrating the anniversary of Harry Potter this year??

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Thanks, Harry.

This year, on June 26th, will be 21 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK. And yes, 21 is kind of an awkward number, but I didn’t have a blog last year for the 20th anniversary, and I guess that means the series can legally drink in the US, which means nothing because it’s British, but ANYWAYS.

I will be posting something Harry Potter related on the seven days leading up to June 26th, and I’m inviting you to join me! You don’t have to post every day – you can do one or three or however many you want. It’s a way of celebrating a series that we love and spreading the joy!

The Rules:

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