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Liebster Award Nomination

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I have been nominated by Diary of A Bookfiend for the Liebster Award. I am always thankful and happy to interact with other bloggers like myself. Check out her page by clicking on her name (It’s linked above.)

What is the Liebster Awards?

Here is an excerpt from Diary of A Bookfiend’s blog:

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

Here are the rules:
  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

Loneliness and wanting to help someone. I don’t have any friends and a few years ago I was really depressed and wanted to share my views on different things in the hopes that it would entertain or help someone.

2. Other than blogging, what are your passions in life? (name the top 1).

Writing. It truly makes me happy.

3. Suppose you won a huge windfall that would surely last the rest of your life, what would you do with the money?

Pay my bills! Then I’d take a vacation to see family overseas, and invest the majority of it.

4. What is your favorite place to read?

In peace. LOL! In bed, at night.

5. Give me your tips to stay awake and keep reading at night when you’re awfully sleepy.

If the book is really good, I feel an adrenaline rush.

6. Which of the following do you see yourself fit as a reader – having multiple books going at the same time or single-mindedly focusing on one book?

I prefer to read one at a time but sometimes I read on kindle and I’d still pick up a book so it ends up as reading multiple books.

7. How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Tired, driven, hopeless, realist, dreamer

8. Are you athletic or good at sports? (because I’m NOT; I’m curious!)

That’s a no hehehe but I do love badminton and tennis.

9. What is your go-to method to vent your stress?

Blogging or working on my book. I also clean like I’m a totally tidy person.

10. Tell us the name of the city (or place) you have never visited but desperately want to.

Anywhere in Italy or Greece.

11. Give me one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime).

Walk in to a store and see my book on a shelf.

I had a lot of fun doing this tag. So thank you again Diary of A Bookfiend for tagging me in this one. Here are my eleven questions:

  1. What is your blog about?
  2. How often do you blog?
  3. What are you currently reading and what is it about?
  4. What are you plans for the summer?
  5. Do you have kids or pets?
  6. Give one thing you love about yourself, and one thing you think needs improvement.
  7. What are you passionate about?
  8. E-reader or actual books? Or Both?
  9. What is your favorite season?(Mine is Fall)
  10. What is your favorite holiday/occasion? (Mine is Halloween?)
  11. What is book you enjoyed as a movie or TV Show?

Here’s who I nominate if you haven’t already done and want to 🙂

My Heart On A Platter

D.E. Haggerty

Bookworms Confessions

Lyndsey’s Awesome Horror Blog

Anything But Books Tag

I was tagged by the awesome Diary of A Bookfiend to do this tag eons go. I apologize for slowly getting to it. Let’s go…

  1. Name a cartoon that you love.

Hmm…I’m not a cartoon lover per se, even if it’s always on in the background of my life. I used to really love Samurai X back in the day.

2. What is your favorite song right now?

I have not really listened to music post 2006. My music tastes are bipolar, and old. Currently I listen to a lot of instrumental music for writing and somehow Vikings(tv show) soundtrack has made it onto my writing playlist 🙂 Here is the theme song…

Vikings Theme Song

 

3.What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Sleep? Wishful thinking with my kids. I am always plotting my novels in my head, and writing where I can. I wish I could be afforded a solid couple of hours to get some work done daily.

4. What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I’m actually going to do an entire post about this. I collect words. I have a notebook where I right down cool looking words for future use.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Stuff…and things. I’m can search some really random things in the middle of the night. I love learning about different cultures and their history.

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can’t think of anything to be honest.

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

Well since I’m a writer, I write. Here’s the link to one of my short stories on my blog.

my short story

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I am working on a book, as usual and I am in the middle of upgrading my kids’ room.

9. Tell us something that you think about often?

The future. It’s so uncertain and I’m not near the place that I want to be so it’s definitely something I stress about.

10. Give us something that is your favorite?

Color: black, green

Beverage: coffee

TV Shows: The Walking Dead, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Supernatural

11. Says the first thing that pops into your mind

Heat…because it’s humid as heck today.

 

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag. I love to do tags and it’s a great filler for blog posts 🙂

xo Kat

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins|Book Review

Whooo I’m back with an awesome book review. For a while there I’ve not been choosing books to my taste and it’s been frustrating me, because if I stop enjoying reading…then I’d lose my mind.

Into The Water is a psychological suspense/thriller. Although it shares the same brilliant authorship as The Girl on The Train, it was an entirely different story. Paula Hawkins is awesome at taking you through many plot twists and characters’ personalities go up and down rapidly that you end up feeling sorry for the one you feel suspicious about. It’s really a psychological read.

I was surprised by the amount of negative reviews this book garnered on goodreads because I absolutely loved it and rated it five stars. I rarely rate five. In order for me to rate five, the book has to have me on the edge of my seat, losing sleep and just worked up with all sorts of theories.

Anyways, let’s get into the review….

The book starts with the death of Nel Abbott, allegedly drowned. We get the picture that Nel wasn’t liked very much by her community because she was dredging up all sorts of stories from the past, surrounding the deaths of the women who drowned at the drowning pool. It’s soon learned that a few weeks before, Katie Whittaker, a fifteen year old girl who was best friends with Nel’s daughter, Lena, had met a similar fate in the drowning pool.

Detectives Sean Townsend and Erin Morgan try to find out if there was any foul play in the deaths or if it was suicide, like the many who had died there before.

Past events are tied with current events and there’s themes of love, hate, jealously, abuse, all of the above. I finished this book very quickly and would recommend it to anyone who loves a murder mystery.

This book was also told in eleven different POVs which I thought was brilliant but a lot of people didn’t seem to care for. Some were first person, some where third but they were all relevant. I love the way the chapters are short and conveying without unnecessary clutter.

Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

xo Kat

American Gods by Neil Gaiman|Book Review

So I tried hard to like this book mainly because I think the author puts out great content but at fifty percent, I just couldn’t anymore. I like the protagonist and the concept of the story. Ex-con Shadow gets out of jail after three years, his wife is dead and he runs into Wednesday, who is supposed to be Odin. From what I understand so far, the old gods have to battle the new gods(media, tv etc). All well and good so far but what really threw me off the story is all the little stories in between that don’t seem to have a point. I kept reading about people and things with no wrap up. At fifty percent of the book, I would at least like to have an understanding of what is going on, not to be left more confused. Sorry to say but I must leave this book unfinished to get to my sky high TBR pile. Maybe one day I’ll return to it.

xo Kat

Note: As much as I don’t like leaving negative reviews, I do have my own preferences and tastes in books. I do read mostly at night when I am super tired from a busy day and I believe it impacts my will to stick with a book that hasn’t grasped my attention fully.

June TBR list

Hey y’all! What are you reading this weekend? Here’s my June TBR/haul. I’m sure I won’t be getting into all of these by even the end of July as I’m reading slowly. Investing my time in writing so bear with my slow book reviews.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Recently I’ve been eyeing this book at my local pharmacy. They have a bestseller section. The cover alone has a certain pull to it.  I don’t want to spoil these books for myself so I didn’t look at any thorough reviews. From what I understand this is a thriller, there’s a murder and it might be connected to a detective’s past. Yeah, that’s what you get from me…I avoid spoilers like the plague because I know I won’t read it if I know details.

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really interested in this book but there was a hype around it on Booktube so I thought why not check it out at some point? It’s about a girl named Juliette who is locked up for murder who doesn’t touch anyone because the last time she did, she landed up locked up.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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This is one I’m excited about because I absolutely loved The Girl on The Train. Not that it’s the same or anything but when I like an author, I like them a lot. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Friendship between a group of four friends turns destructive.

There are tons of books in my TBR pile that I want to share with you but as I can’t share them all at once, I break them into monthly TBRs. Happy reading and have a great weekend!

xo Kat

My Writing Story

This week I’ve been really hitting the book tags on my blog so I thought today, I’d share a little of my writing journey and how I came to the realization that I wanted to be a novelist.

I’ve seen a lot of videos titled, how to know if you’re a writer but I’ve never clicked on them. It’s because deep inside myself, I feel it. Writing has been a strength for me, to express things that I couldn’t communicate. When I was younger, I had many trust issues concerning peers and I’ve never reached to that point where I feel fully able to confide in someone. I am now thankful for those lonely periods where I experienced a lot of pain, rejection. It’s what gave me my voice.

Here’s how it all started.

I’ve been writing my thoughts and feelings in journals for as long as I can imagine. The way I express myself isn’t very direct to a reader. There are parables, emphasis and much elaboration in how I feel. As I got older I lent bits of fiction to my feelings. At this point I didn’t think I could write a story,  I didn’t even know I was carving something out of nothing.

Like many readers and writers, I too lived within my imagination as a coping mechanism when my will to smile faded. I was a child who felt so deeply, and hurt so easily and I was disconnected from everyone around me. I felt misunderstood, and I still do.

From an early age, I’d look at a lot of movies. Sometimes I believe they thwarted the reality of love and relationships for me, but nevertheless, I became so engrossed with those movies, based mostly on love and also my books that stories began to take fruition in my mind.

I used to dream that one day I’d write a story like that and see it on a screen so I had this unrealistic dream of becoming a screenwriter. This is entirely different from being a novelist. Being a novelist is more of a struggle to me as I do better with dialogue and conversations.

During my teenage years, I started outlining stories… I even wrote a full story in a notebook in my last year of high school which I let one friend read, and she actually enjoyed it. If being a writer wasn’t such a world away from where I was at, I would’ve continued with my stories there.

After I left high school, I wrote books of poetry. I went through heartache, more rejection, I was emotionally disconnected from my family. I felt unsupported and pressured into studying things I didn’t want to study. Nevertheless I did it, because I had to follow norms, I eventually had to pay bills. I couldn’t just survive on a silly childhood dream.

There was a period of just work and university, I barely found time to read, the one thing that helped me throughout my life. I hadn’t even turned on the TV in two years. It was a horrible period in my life but the stories never left me. The worlds I’d build a decade before, the characters I’d molded, the lives they lived…it never left me.

Fast forward some years, where I’d now migrated, gotten married to a man who I believe could be my only true friend, and a kid later, I was better grounded in my life but still trying to figure out what I want to do personally with my life. I was searching for that part of myself that I never found. Did it mean going back to college? Did it mean settling again to do something I didn’t want to do?

It was through my daughter’s physical therapist that I learned about the world of self-publishing and it took me two years to even sit down in front of my computer and write. It’s been a year since I’ve started writing and outlining my story ideas, and it’s brought me self-fulfillment if anything. It’s my hobby, it’s my stress reliever. Do I wish I could do it as a career? Of course but the most important thing for me is, to read the very stories that took birth in my own head.

What roll does writing play in your life?

xo Kat

The Ultimate Book Tag

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  1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

Yes, I feel lightheaded.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique and why?

I couldn’t choose to be honest. I do love the language of British authors from the 1800s and early 1900s.

3. Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I loved both series at different points in my life. I’ve since outgrown my Twi-phase but I haven’t outgrown Harry quite yet 😉

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it(besides books)?

Yes, I do carry a backpack purse with me. It holds basic things like my wallet, keys, phone, Kindle, a notebook and pen when I need to jot down ideas. I’m a mom so there is always spare diapers, a sippy cup and snacks in there too.

5. Do you smell books?

Indeed. It’s intoxicating.

6. Books with or without illustrations?

Funny story. When I was a child and now getting into Nancy Drew, I didn’t want books with illustrations. I felt it too babyish, however at thirty, I appreciate the artwork, and I also like to read comics from time to time.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

*hides face* Fifty shades of Grey. Yes, I did read it and I did like it despite having problems with the main characters and plot. I think it was the fact that it all started from Twilight fan fiction that drew me towards it. But yes, I was deeply surprised by the literary criticism that the book got. Not that I didn’t see the flaws in it myself but I thought in order for a book to even get published and create such a phenomenon, then it had to be quality writing.

8. Do you have any funny stories including books from your childhood.

Well it’s not really funny and it’s more about the time I was fifteen in high school. My friend and I discovered Mills and Boons….those Harlequinn erotic romances in the school library and boy did we read the heck out of them.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

It’s a small book about cat breeds.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write, and have taken up with it seriously in the last year. And yes, it’s a dream of mine, however far fetched to walk into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf.

12. When did you get into reading?

From the moment I could read actually. We had these reading books in school and they were so interesting, detailing Caribbean history and other tales. And at home I was always gifted and surrounded by books so it was a natural process.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I’ll give some authors instead. Jane Austen, Charles Dicken, the Bronte sisters. Then I also love Dracula, Dr jekyl and Hyde, The Secret Garden, Frankenstein…I could go on and on…when I started reading novels, it was all classics.

14. In school what was your best subject?

Take a wild guess….English!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had before that you hated, what would you do?

If I’m being totally honest, I can’t hurt a person’s feelings when a gift is involved. I was taught that it’s the thought that counts, not really the gift, so I’d probably place it on a shelf and keep it there.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Similarities, I’m not sure. Divergent reminded me of Hunger Games, although I didn’t keep up with the entire Divergent series. I thought the high school in House of Night Series was like a darker, more adult Hogwarts. lol, not really but the thought crossed my mind at that time.

17. What is a bad habit you do while blogging?

Social media and messaging. It’s really the death of productivity.

18. What is your favorite word?

I say basically a lot…does that count?

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’m assuming dork or dweeb is somewhat derogatory. I’m not as near as brilliant as a nerd. I’m just passionate about books, and stories, and characters. It’s my hobby. My personality is on the goofy side if that counts as dork or dweeb.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

The vampires that I first read about existed in Anne Rice’s novels and yes I was all about vampires until they got a little glittery. I’m still undecided 🙂

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels! Because I love the way the TV Show supernatural portrays them.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. I’m not a huge werewolf fan but I do enjoy a good horror movie.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

The Walking Dead, that’s why.

24. Love triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. A person shouldn’t be confused between two loves, then I don’t feel like that’s love. Forbidden Love makes for better anticipation.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

It all depends on what mood I am in when I choose a book to read.

I tag anyone who wants to do thism tag. Hope you enjoy my answers as much as I did answering them.

xo Kat

What Cats Do Book Tag

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As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

  • Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I like books with plots and twists…maybe a Nora Roberts book or one of those indie books on Kindle. Predictable cheesy romances are sometimes relaxing after a long book.

SLEEP

What is a book that put you to sleep?

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I understand it was a book loved by many so don’t hate me for my opinion. I just felt it lacking. It was predictable and felt it was a huge build up. Even as part of a series, each book should have a proper ending. I did rave on the amazing writing though, I like the author’s style. That being said, it’s a very appealing book for younger readers.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

  • I’ve dreamt of the heroes of the books I’ve read 🙂

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE

….until the claws are out.  Which book had the biggest plot twist?

  • Thrillers usually have great plots twists. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Dark Places and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

CUDDLES

Which books character would you give a hug to?

  • Jack, the little five year old boy from the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

CATNIP

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

  • Most recently The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne. I like romances with family elements, they make me smile.

CAT BREEDS

What are your favorite books?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hit me right in the feels and it’s definitely one I’d read every few years. But I appreciate books in all genres, really. Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

THE VET’S OFFICE

Your least favorite book.

  • There are many books that I couldn’t get through but since I have short term memory, I’ll answer this based on my 2017 reads. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Miss Peregrine’s.

BEING PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T

Least favorite cliche.

  • Love triangle.
  • The chosen one who has to save the world. How about a chosen lot? Like the power rangers.
  • Ohhh one I really dislike is the billionaire trend…can’t the less fortunate fall head over heels in love?

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX

Most underrated book series.

As it so happens, two of my favorite series are underrated.

  • The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan. It’s based on Wicca and I absolutely loved it.
  • House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast. (Vampire and Wicca themed)

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag. 

xo Kat

 

 

The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag|Book Tag

This is another tag that I stumbled upon recently and thought it’d be fun to do. Like always, I tag everyone and anyone to do this tag.

1. How long have you been a blogger?

Since 2013 or 2014 I think but I’ve only been doing it seriously for about six months now.

2. At what point do you think you’d stop blogging?

I honestly don’t think I can say. Blogging is my way of relaxing, offloading and I meet incredible people with the same interests on here.

3.  What is the best thing about blogging?

It’s my hobby, something I love do to. I write stories and want to make a career in that but blogging gives me that unstructured writing, a way of off loading and I also interact with other awesome bloggers.

4. What is the worse thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worse thing about blogging is that I don’t always have time to do it…how I make it okay is putting multiple posts out when I do sit down to write 😀

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

I don’t do all that fancy shmancy stuff like other super awesome bloggers, I just use pixabay.com for free images. But that’s because I don’t blog about travelling etc If your blog calls for it, I suggest you invest in good equipment and software.

6. Who is your book crush?

It changes so often that I don’t even know hehe. A decade ago, I liked Edward Cullen, before that, maybe Lestat and although he is an older character in Dan Brown books, I quite liked Professor Robert Langdon. Then there’s always the highlanders and dukes in historical romances.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

Stephen King, JK Rowling, Anne Rice

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

As I don’t have a specific time to write and I do write in the comfort of my home, my attire ranges from pajamas to yoga pants to jeans.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

It varies. It depends on when and how long my kids give me a minute.

10. How do you feel about the book community?

It’s awesome. I feel like I’ve finally found my tribe 😀 It’s great, and it’s a very accepting space. No hate, no drama, just books, books, books.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I myself don’t even have a successful blog lol but I think one should just be consistent and write relatable content. Find your voice, whatever you want your blog to be about and just start. You should also be passionate about what you’re putting on your blog because believe me, some days you’re really fishing on what to write about.

Hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I did. Now go do it on your blog 🙂

xo, Kat

Seven Bookish Sins Tag

I saw this tag on Instagram actually and thought it’d be fun to do on my blog, so here goes….I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag! Enjoy 🙂

1.Gluttony (A book you devoured) 

Ugh this is so difficult, I’ve devoured so many books in short spaces of time. If we’re talking recently, I really liked this book called The Nightbird by Brian Freeman. 

2. Greed (a book you don’t lend)

I’ve learned my lesson with lending books and as of date, I don’t trust anyone that much 😉

3. Sloth (a book that has been on your shelf too long)

Eighty percent of the books I own is unread and it’s not because I don’t read a lot, I just keep adding to my pile. But if we’re talking physical book and not ebook, it’d have to be Innocence by Dean Koontz. 

4. Lust (A boxed set)

I don’t own any boxed sets but I have huge single volumes of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

5. Wrath (a disappointing book)

Okay, I know I’m going to attract some hate here, but I’m basing this tag off of 2017 reads and so far I couldn’t get through The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. There’s a huge hype around this book and although, I think the reviews on it was good enough for me to check the book out, it was just not my cup of tea, sorry. 

6. Pride (the prettiest book on your shelf)

That’s like asking me to choose between my two kids 😛

7. Envy (a world you’d like to live in)

I love bookish worlds but my choice would always boil down to Narnia 🙂

I’d love to hear your answers to this tag!

xo Kat