Book Blogger TMI Tag

Let me put this out there: I am horrible at talking about myself.

Seriously, it’s a problem. The words “tell me about yourself” send me into a complete panic. The “about me” section is the bane of my existence. I mean, I basically react as if I’ve just stumbled into a room and been asked to describe the entire life history of that random guy over there in the corner whom I’ve definitely never met, but feel like I should know all about.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but talking about oneself is stressful. I think that part of the reason for this is that many times, it can feel too formal. And I find that this is not at all an ideal way for me to convey my personality. So I’ve been debating for a while what would be the best way to go about introducing myself as I start this blog, and I came up with the perfect solution. A tag! This way, it feels a lot more personal and informal, and I can say all the arbitrary facts I’ve always wanted to say when I am asked about myself.

Side note: This ended up being a mixture of a number of tags (both book related and not book related) that I’ve seen floating about the Internet.

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I’m 21-years-old.

How tall are you?

About 5’5”.

Which Hogwarts house are you in? (People need to ask this more often!)

Proud Ravenclaw!

Any piercings/tattoos?

I don’t have any tattoos, but I do (much to the dismay of my family) have 10 ear piercings.

What place do you want to visit?

Iceland! I think it would be an absolutely beautiful and fascinating place to visit. I’d also love to go to Italy or back to Prague.

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Who are your favorite bands?

Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, and Muse, to name a few.

What was the last song you listened to?

The Kids Aren’t Alright by The Offspring

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What is your favorite TV show?

It’s so hard to pick just one! My favorite show currently still on TV is probably Doctor Who, but my all-time favorite is Frasier.

Who is your favorite actor?

Again, it’s so hard to pick just one! My top favorites are Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, and Meryl Streep.

82_129be513a91ac046e9252ba6cfe203aeFavorite author?

Surprise—once again, I’m finding it impossible to pick just one! My favorites are Arthur Conan Doyle, Harper Lee, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, Gillian Flynn, J.K. Rowling, and Shakespeare. That’s definitely a lot more than one…decisions aren’t really my forte.

Ebooks—yes or no?

They’re nice when traveling, but nothing can ever compare to actually holding a physical book.

What was the last book you read?

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which was fantastic!18293427

What book are you currently reading?

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

What is the book you’re going to read next?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What is the number one book on your wish list?

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

37449What is your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee!

Which is your favorite book-to-film adaptation?

To Kill a Mockingbird…yeah, that last question kind of took the suspense out of this one.

Who is your all-time favorite book character?

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Atticus Finch. Need I say more?

Who is your book boyfriend/girlfriend/fictional crush?

Atticus Finch of course! Okay, I think I have sufficiently demonstrated my love of this book. For now. (Fair warning—it will probably come up again.)

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?

Gender of the protagonist doesn’t usually matter to me. The most important part is the portrayal of the character.

If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?

*Gasp* How could I even imagine such a thing?! Okay, so I guess I do also enjoy writing, singing, and film/photography. But hating to read? *faints*

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?

Usually have a heart attack.

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Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?

I do love going out for a good walk or bike ride but…reading. Definitely reading.

Where do you prefer to read?

Snuggled in bed!

Which do you enjoy reading more—negative reviews or positive reviews?

I like reading an equal amount of both. I love hearing differing opinions on things like books and movies, especially after I’ve read or seen them. It always really gets me thinking.

What is your favorite book quote?

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” –Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

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Phew, we made it!

I really had a great time answering these questions! I’m so excited to be starting this blog, and I hope you guys will stick around for future posts. There will be book reviews, tags, and many more bookish posts to come, so stay tuned!

-Ariana

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Top 5 Wednesday – September 2nd, 2015

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog!

I’ll be putting up a full introduction to the blog and myself within the next few days. However, since today is Wednesday, I thought I would jump right into blogging with a Top 5 Wednesday post. This way, I can also kick things off by sharing a few of my favorite books with you guys. So here’s a little taste of what’s to come on this site!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Every week, book reviewers all over the world are given a bookish topic and respond with their top 5 books (or elements of books) that relate to that topic. Click here for the Goodreads group if you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday and join in!

This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Cities. I was finding it a bit hard to come up with locations that were specifically cities, so this is more of a list of my favorite fictional places.

  1. The Capitol (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

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So, this isn’t exactly a place where I’d like to spend a lot of time. But come on, it would be absolutely fascinating to visit The Capitol. The architecture would be beautiful, sleek, and futuristic (I’ve always been completely obsessed with architecture). And the fashion! It would be very interesting, and honestly pretty hilarious, to see the strange clothes and insane hair and makeup. Overall, it would definitely be quite a memorable experience…to say the least.

  1. Luna (from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

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Again, not a place that I would particularly like to spend a lot of time. However, I’d like to go here for pretty much the same reason as The Capitol: the architecture. And let’s not forget about the location. Seeing those buildings against an interstellar backdrop—now that would be truly incredible. So, as long as you observe quietly from the shadows, preferably without being noticed by the Lunar, and keep as far away from Levana as possible, it would be a great place to visit. Also, I may or may not secretly dream of going to space. Possibly.

  1. Dictionopolis (from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster)

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This is the first location that Milo and his friend Tock (part dog, part alarm clock) journey to after Milo enters “The Lands Beyond”. Here, you can find an entire market where people buy and sell letters and words. Basically, it is paradise for a writer such as myself. When I read this book as a kid, this was always the city that I was most enthralled by.

  1. Hogwarts or the Harry Potter world in general (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

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I definitely feel like this needs the least amount of explaining because, honestly, who wouldn’t want to go live in a giant, magical castle in the UK? Who wouldn’t want to spend time just about anywhere in the Harry Potter world for that matter? Personally, I’d spend all of my time down in Hogsmeade, or maybe in the library at the school. It would also be wonderful to get lost for hours exploring all the secrets the castle holds. I’m still waiting for my acceptance letter—do you think 21 is too old?

  1. Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Any fan of the series can relate to that feeling of knowing it’s not real, yet still hoping that, one day, you’ll go to grab something from the wardrobe and end up stumbling into this beautiful world. A world of animals that can talk, enchanting mythical creatures, and long expanses of lush forests divided by crystal clear waters. A world where exciting adventures are always just around the corner—a world you want to get lost in. What more can I say? Narnia is pure magic.

So there you have it—my top 5 favorite fictional locations. I hope you all enjoyed this first post; there will be plenty more to come! Let me know in the comments what your top favorite fictional cities/places are.

-Ariana

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