The Evil Writer Award

I saw this award over at Smudged Thoughts and I couldn’t not do this. It sounds like such a fun tag and there is no doubt I’m an evil writer *evil laugh*, all of my characters had the worst childhood ever and people drop dead like leaves in autumn in this story.

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How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.

I haven’t finished my book yet but I’ve written about 20k and there are is only one death on paper, but there are probably about four-ish that died before the story started. I plan on having a massive kill-party near halfway and probably another near the end. But okay seriously, I expect there to be at least 20 deaths (not including the ones that died before), but probably no major characters.

I’m not going to answer the second part of this question 😛

Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?

Personal torture, thank you very much. That way I can cause my characters some more pain because apparently, I like doing that.

Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world? 

Creepy grin. But at the same time, I cry for my characters.

What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer? 

So far, killed the (only?) person my character loved, in a very very awful way *grins*.

What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!

Milk! I love milk chocolate. While we’re on the topic *takes a bite of chocolate*. You can never have enough chocolate while writing.

What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.

Uhm… Miss Heartbreak. Because I like to break my characters’ hearts (I’ll fix them again, I promise).

Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

Emery. No doubt. She’d kill me on sight. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to meet Felton or Noa in a dark alley either. Brim I could probably fight, and like, not lose to in the first few seconds.

Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?

*has not even 1 finished draft of book*

*smiles sheepishly*

I don’t know.

Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!

I wear my special cloak because CLOAKS.

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Are you an evil writer like me? Then you should do this tag, because it’s lots of fun! What is the worst thing you’ve done to your characters? How many characters will die in your book?

What Cats Do Book Tag

I was tagged for the What Cats Do Book Tag by Faith from Adventuring Girl and because I love cats and books, I decided to give it a go! Thank you, Faith for tagging me!

Rules

  1. Credit Kate
  2. Answer the questions
  3. And tag as many people as you like

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Purr – as cats do when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happy or relaxed?

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Sometimes the best thing is just to read some romantic, slightly cliché book and relax. I don’t do it often, but sometimes. Isla and the Happily Ever After is definitely one of those sappy books that makes me happy.

Sleep – what is a book that put you to sleep, or was just boring?

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SeQuence was just so boring… Sorry.

Twitch While Dreaming – have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

Not that I can remember. I did once dream about Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, which I haven’t read but I dreamt that the writer was about to give me a copy of her book and then she decided to give it so someone else :/

Seems to Play Nice…until the claws are out – which book had the biggest plot twist?

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Plot twists don’t get much bigger than the one in Red Queen!

Cuddles – which book character would you (want to) give a hug to?

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My answer to this question will forever and always be Oskar from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Please let me hug Oskar, okay, he needs it so much.

Catnip – what’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

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The Color Project gave me a lot of fuzzy feels!

Cat Breeds – what are your favorite books?

Both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Serpent King have a special place in my heart.

The Vet’s Office – least favorite book.

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I don’t really have one least favourite book but The Way Back Home gets pretty damn close.

Being in Places They Shouldn’t – least favorite cliche.

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I have very many pet peeves and 99% of them are related to love-stories. I don’t like love triangles and insta-love, but what I hate even more is the “sort of plain, insecure girl who desperately needs a boyfriend”. I hate that it undermines the whole idea of that you’re your own person and that don’t need anyone to feel complete. I hate that so so much. (I didn’t hate this book (at all), I just hated that aspect of it).

The Good Old Cardboard Box – most underrated book series.

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls is such an underrated Maggie Stiefvater series. I adored these books so much and I think I always will.

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What’s your least favourite cliché? Which character would you want to give a hug?

If you want to do this tag, go for it! I am not tagging anyone in particular but you’re open to do it as you please!

The Liebster Award

I’m sooooo late with all my tags and awards, therefore 2-in-1! I got nominated for the Liebster Award two times! So hereby thanks to May and McKenzie!

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May’s Questions

  • If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason? – Because I would be dead. Okay no, the only reason right now I could think of if it would be that I would no longer have time.
  • What are some hobbies you have? – You want a list? Because that could go on forever. Some of my main hobbies are drawing/hand lettering, photography, blogging, watching tv shows, reading.
  • Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.) – well… in order to be dead you have to die, and dying seems a bit more painful than simply not existing, so let’s skip the dying part and just be dead?
  • Do you like mangoes??? – I feel like I cannot answer this question with a no haha. I like mangoes, yes!
  • What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire? – I use my copy of Lord of The Rings as a doorstop/windowstop haha, it’s big and I don’t care about so I wouldn’t mind ruining it, though, then I would have nothing to keep my doors/windows open…
  • What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.) – In general, I love blogs that have a lot of discussions and original content. I don’t feel like looking up all the urls so I’m just going to keep it like this.
  • What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?) – This might be weird, but I once was at the sea in the evening and the waves were crashing against the walls of the boulevard and it was honestly the most calming wonderful thing ever. I wish I could stand there every evening.
  • You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day, or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose? – One good book obviously. I love reading but I’m not going to make myself read horrible books all year through, I would get depressed.
  • What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.) – Pasta. I love pasta and you can basically make it everything you want it to be.
  • What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks? – uhm be very surprised, try to give it back but probably be too surprised to do anything. Maybe do some random acts of kindness or spend it on books to give away (and keep)
  • How are you right now? ❤ – right now I am awesome, the weather is amazing and I’ve got a pup playing at my feet. Thanks for asking ❤ [edit: the situation got even better, now I’ve got a popsicle]

McKenzie’s Questions

  • Whats your favorite book trope? – Friend becoming lovers. Or just really great friendships.
  • Have you ever been to an author signing? If so who? – No sadly not, I live in The Netherlands so… only Dutch authors sign here and I barely know any of those.
  • Put your music on shuffle, whats the first song that played? – Last Nite by The Strokes
  • Whats your dream job? – Something in marketing, preferably neuromarketing (which uses brain scan techniques to understand people’s buying behaviour)
  • Which bookish pet would you gladly adopt? – I’ve always wanted a stormhunter from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. They are huge majestic flying animals that remind me of dragons.
  • Whats your favorite book of 2017 so far? – The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner.
  • What type of pet person are you? Dog? Cat? Fish? Dragon? – Dogs and cats equally.
  • Favorite food to snack on while reading? – Eating and reading don’t go ver well together, so nothing.
  • Which Harry Potter book would you reread, rewrite, and burn? (Or pick your favorite series to do!) – I don’t really have a favourite HP book. My favourite series would be The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m going to have to reread Winter, rewrite Cinder and burn Scarlet (sorry Scarlet 😥 )
  • Whats the biggest book on your shelf? (Size or length, you pick) – Winter by Marissa Meyer is 800+ pages so I think that counts as the biggest book.
  • What advice would you give to new bloggers? – Connect!!! Get in touch with the rest of the community! Or take part in my new project!

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What’s your favourite book of 2017 so far? Do you have a moment in your life that you would redo over and over again?

Thanks for reading and if you want to do this as well, just pick 11 questions from this long list and let me know! I’d love to read your answers!

The Book Titles Tag

I saw this over at BooksAndLala‘s youtube channel and it sounded like so much fun I’ve decided to do it here on my blog as well. This tag is a combined edition of two different ones from Rachel Reads and Books and Looks.

The idea behind this tag is that you have 18 questions/statements and you answer each of them with a book title. I have decided to answer solely with the books on my physical shelves, to make it a bit harder for myself (not that this isn’t hard already haha)

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1. Title that’s the story of your life

The Perks of Being a Wallflower” – Okay, that one was surprisingly easy. I am definitely a wallflower haha.

2. Title that describes your perfect weekend

I’m trying to find something with reading in the title but I don’t have anything… So I’m going to have to go with “Let’s Get Lost“, because I’d love to get lost (in a story? haha).

3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

I’d love to go on the adventure: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe“, if that means I get to go with Ari and Dante to discover the secrets because that sounds like a lot of fun!

4. Title you want to name your child

I’m not going to call my kid “The Maze Runner“, “Legend” or “Heartless” or something like that. It’s really hard to find a one-word title. I’m going to have to go with “Scarlet“, or maybe “Illuminae” because that’s quite pretty I think.

5. Title of your ideal job

Titles I can come up with: “Red Queen“, “The Martian” and “The Book Thief“. Though Red Queen and The Martian sounds pretty cool job descriptions, I think I’m going to steal some books.

6. Title of a place you’d like to visit

I don’t have any city/country related book titles, except Auschwitz, and let’s not go there. I do own however a copy of “City of Fallen Angels“, which I think is a well enough description of Los Angeles. I’d love to go back to Los Angeles!

7. Title of your love life

UHm haha I think I’m going to have to go with “Silent to the Bone” because my love life is non-existent. “Radio Silence” is a good option as well.

8. Questions you ask yourself

Am I Normal Yet?

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name

Options are: “Narnia” (which is pretty much taken and also not exactly the title of the book), “Crooked Kingdom” and “Hollow City“. I choose Crooked Kingdom because that sounds pretty cool!

10. Title you’d name your band.

If it were like metal/hard rock, I’d go with “The Death Cure“. “Requiem” also sounds pretty cool for a band name, but I don’t know what type of music they’d play. For a soft indie/folk band, I’d go with “Pigeon English“. I think I’m going to go with the last one. I am also a little bit in love with Lala’s idea of a band called “Eleanor & Park” because that sounds like something I’d definitely listen to.

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This is part 2 (the other tag)

1. What is your current mood?

Great Expectations” is as close as I get to how I feel right now. I’m excited and hopeful so I think it fits.

2. What is your favorite color?

The only book I own with a color in the title is “Scarlet” so I guess I’m going to go with that.

3. Describe your BookTube bookblogger bestie.

Man, this one’s hard, but I own this Dutch book called “Lieveling“, which translates to something like “darling” or “favourite” and I think that’s quite perfect!

4. How do you feel about 2017 so far?

2017 has been a pretty good year so far (for me at least) so I think I’m going to go with “Everything is Illuminated“?? Because I can’t find anything better haha.

NO NO WAIT: “My Most Excellent Year” 😀

5. Where do you want to travel?

Okay, this is pretty much the same question as before so I skip it!

6. What is your relationship status?

Happy and single, but I don’t have a book called that so. I do own a book called “Forever” but I don’t own one called “Alone”. That’s a bummer haha.

Okay I got something (this took me forever): “Enders” because I ended my last relationship (that’s the closest I could find. I literally own nothing else that could describe my single-ness).

7. What are your summer plans?

Gosh, I really do not own enough books to answer all these questions. I GOT IT. I have this Dutch how-to book about writing called “Schrijven, Kreng” which translates to “Write, Bitch!” (yeah rude I know) but I am going to write this summer!

8. What are your 2017 goals?

Same answer as before but also “Graduation Day“? (and also the other books in the Testing Trilogy; “The Testing“, “Independent Study“) Although that won’t be this year but beginning of next year. BUT I WILL GRADUATE in the upcoming 12 months!

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Okay that was a lot harder than I thought! I own a lot of fantasy novels with fancy titles such as “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, “An Ember in the Ashes” and “The Bone Season”, which are all really nice but don’t really help me with this tag!

How would you describe your life with only the titles of books on your shelf? What’s the title of your ideal job in book titles? If you want to do this tag, go for it! It’s lots of fun!

You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Bex’ blog My Shelf and Myself and I thought it was a lot of fun to read and do, so here I am. The idea is that you write down 30 names and pick two random names per question. Then you have to choose which of these two you would pick.

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You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team – who would you pick to complete your team?

Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) or Arthur Dent (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Well, Lara Jean would be a lot of fun to have on my team but I’m not sure, she doesn’t come across as a super intelligent. Arthur on the other hand, might have more knowledge? He is an adult so that might help?

Both characters want to kill you – which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Grace (Shiver) or Inej (Six of Crows)

INEJ NO DOUBT. To kill her would suck but I think I’d be killed in 0.2 seconds if I didn’t. It would be bloody painful too, Inej likes cutting people with knives.

You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters – which one are you going to give your rose to?

Shahrzad (The Wrath and The Dawn) or Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)

Both are not really my type (if I have one that is), but they’re both fierce and sassy and awesome. Though, I would have to pick Shahrzad for this one, simply because I think Scarlet won’t want me (or my flowers).

You’ve been chosen for The Hunger Games – who would most likely volunteer in your place?

Gansey (The Raven Cycle) or Kaz (Six of Crows)

Well, the most optimal situation would be Kaz, because he’d have killed all the competition in a few hours at most, but I doubt he would volunteer for anyone (except Inej), let alone for me. So I’d have to go for Gansey, who would probably die before the first fight ends (he can’t even throw a punch).

You’ve stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Finch (All The Bright Places) or Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Ehm, will either of them survive at all? Dorian will miss his mirror too much and Finch… well we all know how he ended up. I’d eat Dorian though, even if it were just for the fact that he wouldn’t turn psycho on me.

You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course) – who is your sidekick?

Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses) or Alina (the Grisha trilogy)

Alina, obviously! Not only did I think Feyre was not particularly smart, but Alina has amazing powers. Chances are that I will become her sidekick though, because she’s pretty impressive with her light powers.

You’re a manager of an avocado admiring company – who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Elias (An Ember In The Ashes) or Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

I don’t really know about Elias’ communication skills, but Cinder is, I think, pretty good at it. Plus, I would never fire Cinder, she’s like my hero. So sorry, Elias but you got to go!

You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies – which character is most likely to comfort you?

Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) or Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)

You have to ask??? Do you see Levana in any situation comfort anyone??? Levana is the most self-centered, evil-minded, and power-hungry villain I can think of. So, Alice it is.

Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Simon (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) or Dill (The Serpent King)

I don’t really see any of them being popular, they’re both outsiders and in different ways, but I think I’m going to have to choose Simon. Dill’s family name would probably never make him popular, and also he doesn’t care about popularity so??? (Don’t worry Dill, we’ll be outsiders together 🙂 )

The day has arrived; you’ve finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Four/John (The Lorien Legacies) or Cath (Fangirl)

Well, both probably? Four would be too busy fighting aliens and Cath would simply forget because she’s too busy writing fanfiction. I don’t think I even would invite Cath, though she might be more likely to show up.

You’ve just found an upcoming Booktube star. Who would it most likely be?

Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) or Liesel (The Book Thief)

As much as I love Karou, the answer to this question is (no doubt) Liesel. Liesel loves books so I could definitely see her starting a booktube channel (that is, if she lived in this decade).

Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person – who would you invite?

Mare (Red Queen series) or Marguerite (Firebird trilogy)

No way I’d invite Mare, she’s too… too… annoying. Marguerite it is! She likes art too, so we’d probably be drawing all night. And she also has lots of stories from alternate dimensions so that will be fun!

Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the parent?

Scarlett (Caraval) or Natasha (The Sun Is Also A Star)

UHM NO THANKS. If I have to choose, Natasha, she’s an awesome character (not that I would ever sleep with her but I could say that about literally everybody).

You’ve just written a super important text. Who would see it, but not reply?

Jacob (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children) or Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice)

Okay, assuming Elizabeth lived in this decade, she would most likely answer. I think she’d be an awesome friend. Jacob on the other hand, might be too busy fighting monsters to answer.

You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mom or dad has been replaced by… who?!

Blue (The Raven Cycle) or Clary (The Mortal Instruments)

BLUE (obviously), if she’d be half as cool as her mom, she beats Clary, no doubt. I would probably have to make the breakfast myself but still, I want Blue.

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I tag whoever wants to do this, it’s a lot of fun! Who would you give your rose to: Scarlet or Shahrzad? And which fictional character would you want to be your sidekick?

The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag (2017 edition)

When I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere again (over here and over here), I was immediately thrown back into the beginning days of my blog (look at me pretending to be all experienced, it was last year). It was one of the first tags I did, I think, I don’t really remember, but anyway, I’m going to do it again!

Last year I apparently read 35 books from January to mid-July. Now I’ve read 55 and it’s not even halfway June yet. I guess you could say I stepped up my reading game haha. This will only make it harder to choose books, there were so many good ones already.

Q1: The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I think I’m going to go with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, because it’s one of those books that you love while reading it, but even after it’s finished you find yourself thinking about it a lot. I have the same with Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle, but I think The Serpent King will be one of my absolute favourites for years to come. It made me so happy and then broke my heart and mended it and I NEED A REREAD ALREADY.

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Q2: Your favourite sequel of the year

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. 100% yes, I will love the raven boys forever and oh my god her writing is perfection. The ending was a bit “meh” though, but still, I love it to bits.

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Q3: A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Story of my life, though. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor is at the top of my list. I need it. I crave it. But I need to buy the pretty blue and yellow edition and I can’t find it 😦

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Q4: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS. I am so jealous of people who got an ARC. Can it be October already??

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Q5: Your biggest disappointment

I hated The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton so much, but I’m not sure that’s my biggest disappointment. I can’t think of anything else though, so The Way Back Home it is.

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Q6: Biggest surprise of the year

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers (REVIEW). The premise doesn’t sound that interesting, but it’s so good. I will keep repeating how much I love this book until you’ve all read it and loved it though haha. It’s about Hope who dies and then sends her friends on a scavenger hunt through New York.

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Q7: Favourite new to you or debut author

Leigh Bardugo. No doubt.

Q8: Your new fictional crush

I don’t really have fictional crushes but I do really like Kaz (Six of Crows duology), Nikolai (Shadow and Bone Trilogy), and Adam (The Raven Cycle). (I would never steal them from their lovers though (Well, I guess stealing Nikolai wouldn’t hurt??))

Q9: New favourite character

How am I supposed to choose??? I really don’t know…

Q10: A book that made you cry

I don’t want to repeat myself but ehm The Serpent King 🙂

Tears. So many tears.

Q11: A book that made you happy

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, this book made me intensely happy (well for most of it).

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Q12: Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

Apparently, that is The Circle, which is the only book-to-movie adaptation I’ve seen??? I don’t watch many movies… Unless… does Beauty and the Beast count? Then it’s Beauty and the Beast.

Q13: Favourite book post you’ve done this year

If I’m going to have to believe you guys, it’s my May wrap-up. Uhm. Okay? That was not my favourite by far. I think my favourite would be either my TBR discussion or my discussion about 13 Reasons Why.

Q14: The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

I just bought Illuminae and oh my it’s pretty! Even prettier than I thought it would be. I also really like Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which I won and We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Q15: What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

Well, I would read my entire TBR and that seems like a fun challenge. My TBR is only about 40 books long and that seems doable? I mean, I’ve already read 55 books and we’re not even halfway. The only problem is that I am constantly adding books, so there won’t be an end to it.

Did you do this tag? What was your favourite read of 2017 so far? Do you agree with any of my choices? Also, would you like to see a book haul from all the books I’ve bought/gotten/won lately?

Do you have a favourite post you’ve written this year? Let me know! I’d love to read it (if I haven’t already)