Infinity Dreams Award!

Hi, there! Wow, it has been a while since I was able to set up a post for Saturday, haha! Anyway, I come back to you now with another award! I’m so honored ❤ Thank you, Kim! 😀 She’s from The Spines Breaker and a blast of fun. Don’t forget to check her out!

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Here we have DA RULEZ:

Thank and follow the blog that nominated you. (Thank you, Kim!)

Tell us 11 facts about yourself.

Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

 

11 Facts About Me

  1. I love Britney Spears to the point of being delusional about her lately trashy music, haha!
  2. I’m current on vacation at my uncle’s place, leading a very difficult life that includes sighseeing, eating wonderful food and swimming in the pool, as it is summer over here 😉
  3. One of my favorite games ever is Lara Croft Tomb Raider. I’ve played almost them all so far and closed two; the first one and Legend, haha!
  4. I’ve been reading mangas since I’m 8, thanks to a very dear Japanese friend ❤ Yas, I’m talking about you, Hachiyumi! *–*
  5. I’m trying to convince my parents that I need to keep up with my education after ending college last December… By having piano lessons LOL
  6. I love visiting cemeteries. To imagine the stories of the people buried there and wonder if their families still exist 🙂
  7. One of my favorite jobs ever is to beta-read. I finished a book last year with an author and have two more in the oven! I love being the extra set of eyes, haha!
  8. I love to write fanfiction. I’m currently finishing edits on a fanfiction about Elsa, from Frozen, and Jack Frost, from Rise of Guardians. I also am doing one with Aragorn and Legolas and promised a friend I’d write one about Orlando Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio, haha! Let’s see how those go.
  9. My favorite part of the day is sunset. Sunset reminds me of decadency and ghotic romantic notions, haha!
  10. This is the fifth blog award that I have received! (Well, Sixth if you count that I have been nominated twice for the Liebster Award, haha!) Thank you all, you rock ❤
  11. I’m forever thankful for the friends that I have made since I started my bookstagram and blogging ❤

 

Kim’s questions

  1. Do you have a pet? What animal is it? If you don’t, would you like one?

I do! She is a lovely Lhasa Apso called Lady! I miss my baby so badly, she stood home with my parents…

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  1. Recommend me some Christmas songs please ^^

I’m terrible late for this! But I love My Kind of Christmas from Christina Aguilera, Jingle Bell Rock from Within Temptation, Santa Baby from Taylor Swift and Winter Wonderland from Vanessa Hudgens. Those are the ones that come to my mind now. Sorry, haha!

  1. Recommend me some road trips book please (sth like Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour :D)

I’m afraid I don’t know any, sorry 😦

  1. Top 5 travel destinations?

Curitiba, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; New York, USA; Berlim, Germany; London, England ❤

  1. Beach or Historical Monument or Disneyland?

In an utopic world, Disneyland (as I have never been to any), Historical Monument and then Beach 🙂 I grew up in beaches, they are not all that special, haha!

  1. Favourite Disney Princess? Fav Disney Character?

In chronological order: Ariel, Jasmim, Bela, Meg, back to Bela, Elsa and nowadays, Aurora. Come on, can you just imagine if the recipe for all your problems to vanish was taking a nap? COUNT. ME. IN. This is my ideal for life now, haha! And my favorite character all time is Goofy ❤

  1. How much do you loathe Umbridge? (you can skip this question if you don’t know bout her)

Enough to imagine her immortal and being tortured by the Inquisition until the end of times!

  1. Contemporary Fiction or Dystopia or Fantasy?

Hmm, Fantasy. Then Dystopia. Then Contemporary Fiction, but this is so not one of my go-to genres, haha!

  1. Where are you from? 😀

I’m Brazilian – I think I already said this before, but I realized that many people didn’t know, haha!

  1. Current mood?

Melancholic. This post has been previously written in the same day we all found out about Alan Rickman’s death. RIP.

  1. Do you love me? Kidding lol some cry-worthy books?

I LOVE YOU! ❤ And I would say What Lies Within, Shattered Blue and Chasing Rainbows 😀

 

Nominated ones

My Questions for you!

  1. Where are you from? 😀
  2. Besides reading, which are your hobbies?
  3. Do you prefer the beach or the montains?
  4. Favorite music genre?
  5. Which one is your favorite social media site?
  6. How many books have you read in 2015? Do you have a goal for 2016?
  7. Which are some of your favorite authors?
  8. Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Rainy or dry? ;D
  9. Are you found of Hello, from Adele?
  10. In which Hogwarts house are you in?
  11. Are you pro or con books turned into movies/tv shows?

 

That’s it, thanks for reading 😀 And thanks for the award again, Kim! ❤

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Literary wishes for 2016!

Hi, again! I hope you have enjoyed your first day of the year as much as I did ❤

Some of my wishes for myself in 2016 are to re-read and review some books for the blog. I also want to finish reading the books that I have won from authors last year and tackle down my personal TBR pile, that is huge, haha! So, I decided to reunite here some of the titles that I want to read this year – I’ll have my official TBR for January on Monday, promise!

 

Books that I want to re-read and review in 2016

  • The Vanishing Game, from Kate Kae Myers

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  • The Naked Duke, from Sally Mackenzie

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  • Duchess of Love series, from Sally Mackenzie

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  • Sharp Love, from Ava March

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  • The Nobleman and The Spy, from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

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  • The Vampire Diaries, from L. J. Smith

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  • Of Poseidon, from Anna Banks

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  • Harry Potter series, from J. K. Rowling

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  • Pride and Prejudice, from Jane Austen

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  • Percy Jackson series, from Rick Riordan
  • The Gentleman and the Lamplighter, from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
  • Restless Spirits, from Jordan L. Hawk
  • Goddess of Legend, from P. C. Cast

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  • The Storybook of Legends, from Shannon Hale
  • Nevermore, from Supernatural books
  • Deltora Quest series, from Emily Rodda

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  • Rowan the Guardian series, from Emily Rodda
  • Pride & Prejudice and Zombies,  from Jane Austen & Seth-Grahame Smith

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Mangas that I want to re-read and review

  • Sailor Moon
  • Angelic Layer
  • Sakura Card Captors
  • Runouni Kenshin
  • Meru Puri

Books that I want to read in 2016 and that I already own

  • Emma, from Jane Austen (haha)

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  • Persuasion, from Jane Austen
  • The Book of Lost Things, from John Connelly
  • The Key to Rondo, from Emily Rodda
  • The Diary of a Whimpy Kid (Cabin Fever), from Jeff Kinney
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bones, from Laini Taylor
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses, from Sarah J. Maas
  • Escape to Gettis… And Love, from Gerri Bowen

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  • Stepping Out of Midnight, from Lee Basilford

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  • The Merchant and The Clergyman, from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
  • Cracking the Career Code, from Tom Henricksen
  • Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, from DeAnna Knippling
  • It’s Not Your Journey, from Rebecca Lombardo
  • Melophobia, from James Morris
  • The Answer, from D. M. Thornton
  • Ashes of Waterloo, from Olivia M. Andem
  • Immortal Kiss, from Laura Daleo
  • The Carnelian Legacy, from Cheryl Koevoet
  • The Doll-Master and other tales of terror, from Joyce Carol Oates
  • Fairy Tales for Modern Queers, from Emily Reed
  • Everealm, from J. D. Wright
  • The Scarlets, from Madeleine Roux
  • Peter Pan
  • Bridge in Flames, John Flanagan

 

I’m currently reading Spellbinder, from L. J. Smith, as I write this post, but I’m hopping that I’ll have finished it by Sunday, as tomorrow I’ll spend the day on the road and may be tired to read, haha! I think I’ve thrown something like 75 titles here, counting the books inside the mentioned series. Seems like a good start to guide my year, right??

That’s it, guys! Thank you for reading! Do you have an official TBR for 2016??

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Happy New Year!

Hello, guys! Happy late New Year! I hope everybody has a wonderful 2016, full of realizations, love and health 😀

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I’m sorry I’ve been absent those last two days – they were INSANE. I’m not usually a person with a very busy social life, so you can understand my own astonishment in telling you that I simply didn’t stay home during the day and arrived to fall on my bed, dead, right? Haha!

Anyway, I’d like to thank you for sticking around despite the weird first half of year of the blog, haha! I started The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange on Blogspot in May and changed to WordPress in June 22th. Since then, there were 1.495 pageviews, 633 visitors, 129 published posts and 123 followers by e-mail subscription – I think it’s almost 30 via WordPress only.

Guys, honestly. THANK YOU.

I started the blog to have a hobby to compensate my head from my dissertation and this became my life. I was never a compromised person online before – I had many blogs in the past that never got to turn a month old, I could never stick to a social media site before Instagram and now I can’t life without both the book blogger and bookstagram community. You are a second family for me, thank you for everything!

I don’t plan on making any big changes for now, as I already did it in last November. We still have weekly, fortnightly and monthly sections + book/manga/comic book reviews + special random posts. You can see those sections in detail here, but let’s do a quick recap:

Weekly sections

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TBR of the Week

Manga of the Week

Fortnightly sections

Authors from my heart ❤ (Book authors and mangakas)

TOP 3

Monthly sections

Must-have edition of the month

Book haul + wrap up + TBR for the next month

New releases of the next month

So far, that’s what we got over here 😀 And there is a new thing: after I had the time to go back home and have a routine again, I’ll prepare a post with a partial balance of my bookish boyfriends since I started the blog. All men that I can think of based on my 2015 reads will be there. Later on, I’ll prepare a page to leave the list there and will do a monthly post with the updates to you guys before including more names there 😀 Do you think this will be fun??

Oh, and I’d love suggestions on new sections, posts that you want to see, anything! 😀 Just leave your comments bellow and let’s talk!

Hmm, that’s it! Thanks for reading once again and Happy 2016! ❤

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Beautiful Blogger Awards

Hi, there! Happy late Saturday, haha! Mine is pretty rainy today, but I don’t really care 🙂

Saturday is tag day and my lovely friend Kim, from The Spines Breaker, nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Awards 😀 Thank you so much, I’m honored!

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Here we have the rules for the award:

•Link to the blogger who nominated you.

•List seven random facts about you.

•Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and notify them.

Seven random facts about me 🙂

1. I love to collect different editions of the same book;

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from my Instagram 😀

 

2. I always take notes of my favorite quotes along the book in a Lady and the Tramp notebook;

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from my Instragram again, haha!

 

3. I wish I could read faster;

4. My heart shatters every time I can’t connect with a book;

5. I hate people that follow you expecting to be followed back and plan on unfollowing you some days later;

6. My favorite TV shows are White Collar, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Betwitched, Get Smart, Full House and I Dream of Jeannie;

7. I hate bad Wi-Fi signal – please don’t give me false hope, ugh!

 

I’ve seen this tag around a lot, so you feel free to say that I nomintaed you if you want to do it! You are beautiful if you are Reading my blog, LOL!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Later, I’ll post a review for my most recently finished book, Secret Vampires, from L. J. Smith!

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Merry Christmas!

Hello, there! Merry Christmas to all of you that, like me, celebrate this beautiful date 😀 ❤ If you don’t, enjoy this beautiful Friday! I hope everyone is having a great time and a wonderful Holiday!

I’m sorry I’m only saying this now, but I’m at my relatives’ place and computer/blogging time is seriously compromised, oops! Haha!

I can’t complain about my Christmas Eve or party, it was awesome! The food, my Family reunited after so many months apart… I loved it! Even the secret friend thing that I was totally not okay with turned up to be tons of fun. I guess it wouldn’t hurt do it next year as well! 😀

I won lots of Christmas presents, but mainly clothes, not books. I was dressing like a homeless girl on my last dissertation months, so my mom gave me many new clothes to start 2016 looking good, haha! It was nice, but clothes are not books. Which brings us to my “official” Christmas present: a gift card for a local bookstore and season 7 of Supernatural, Limited Edition package!!! *—*

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from my Instagram

 

I got to love my younger cousin!

(cof and the older one that kindly lend me his computer for this post cof)

Also, I’d like to make a small reflection here. Several people that I know in the off-line world condemn Christmas as a solemly capitalistic Holiday nowadays, but I disagree. I with the market does what it takes to sell their stuff; if you fall for them, it’s up to you. For me, Christmas is all about being with my family, with people that I love and that love me back. It’s all about sharing and giving. If you receive back, much the better. We gathered around our dinning table yesterday and no one was busy in their celphones (myself included), no one was worried with the outside world or in a hurry to leave. It was all about us being together in such a beautiful day. And I’d like to thank my parents for raising me like this, for having taught me how delicious it is to be with family as much as you can.

As I’m Brazilian, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. So, at Christmas time, I thank for all the good things I have in my life: my family, my friends (both off and online), my personal achivements through life, for my dissertation’s success and, of course, this blog and its beautiful readers! Thank you all!

That’s it, haha! Sorry if I sounded a bit cheesy, but come on, it’s Christmas! Who cares about that as long as it was sincere, right? ❤ Hope your day is being as lovely as mine!

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#12daysofbooksmas2 readathon: RESULTS!

Hello, again! Happy Wednesday for you 🙂

So, the #12daysofbooksmas2 readathon came to an end yesterday and here I am to collect war spoils and bury the dead, haha!

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I’d like to start this report saying that this was my first readathon in life, so I didn’t really knew what I was doing, LOL. As I had 10 days, I thought it would be nice to pick a book for each day (spoiler alert: no, it wasn’t). As those 10 days preceded Christmas and my family’s trip, I thought I had the eternity to read the books that I wanted (spoiler alert pt. 2: no, I hadn’t). And as we had to read a total of 1.200 pages, I was insanely worried that I would never be able to read so much in practically two weeks (spoiler alert pt. 3: I was, haha!).

Keeping all of these impressions on mind, add the information that I graduated in Journalism to the mix. You may reach the conclusion that I have no time space notion, that I can’t do math to see that 1.200 pages totalize approximately 5 books of 300 pages each and that I just didn’t know what I was doing. You are totally right, haha!

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But let’s go to the actual report:

Read books:

  • Cemetery Tours series, from Jacqueline E. Smith [review here]
  • Between Worlds, from Jacqueline E. Smith [review here]
  • After Death, from Jacqueline E. Smith [review here]
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice [review here]
  • Braver With You, from A. Hart [review here]
  • Roses of the Angel, from Kalee Marshall [review coming soon!]

 

Completed challenges:

Read a book with red or green on the cover: check, Roses of the Angel

Read about book that’s on your end of the year tbr: check, all of the read books were on my TBR of the end of the year

Read a book that takes place during the holiday season: check, Braver With You

Read a sequel: double check, Between Worlds and After Death

Re-read a favorite book: flopped…

Read a book with a movie adaptation (and watch the movie): flop

Read a total of 1,200 pages! Check, as I’ve read 1.595 pages, haha!

It wasn’t great, but it was lots of fun 😀 Can’t wait for the next one, when I’ll be wiser, haha!

That’s it 😀 Thanks for reading and accompanying my progress in my first readathon!

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New feature: The Review Index!

Hello, again!

This is a quick post with an awesome update: I now have a Review Index! You may have already noticed it, as it is hanging on the top of the blog main page since the beggining of the week, but I was still making some ajustments, haha!

Now you can see all the reviews available on the blog for books, mangas and comic books all in one page, divided by cathegories and in alphabetical order of the authors last name 😀

If I could pick your curiosity, here it is the new page: Review Index.

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The Partnerships page is still for received books only, but you will see those titles in the Review Index as well! ❤

 

That’s it, haha! Thanks for bearing with my small updates!

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Real Neat Blog Award <3

Good afternoon, now! I hope your Saturday is still awesome, haha!

I was so honored to be nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award! How does my sweet friend Kim, from The Spines Breaker, came to find this blog neat, I shall never know, haha! LOL Thanks so much, Kim! ❤

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Those are the rules:

Thank and link the person who nominated you. (thank you!)

Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.

Nominate 7 other bloggers and create new questions for them.

Kim’s questions for me:

  1. Favorite Winter reads?

My reading habits were never affected by season or time of the year – I don’t feel the need to read Christmas theme books now in December or beach themed books in summer (that is the currently season on my country, haha!). But I do prefer to read during winter than summer, as I don’t have an AC at my place 😦

  1. Winter hobbies?

Reading, eating pizza (I know, it’s pretty specific, haha!), watch cartoons on TV with a blanket on, drinking tons of hot cocoa… Yummy.

  1. Which country invented the toaster? Joking lol, Coffee or tea?

I highly prefer tea, as my stomach doesn’t agree very well with coffee for some odd reason. (And, if you insist, it was Scotland, haha!)

  1. Read at night or in the morning?

At night, as long as I can! 😀

  1. Your opinion on love at first sight? Or other book tropes (princess running away from arranged marriage, the nerd and the popular, the chosen one….)

I think that every cliché can be awesome in a book if well-worked. It relies on the writer to do the magic 🙂 I believe in love at first sight in books and I have a true fetish with nerd x popular, haha! The chosen one, on the other hand, I usually find a bit boring, but again, it’s up to the writer to do a good job convincing me 😉

  1. Most recent book purchase(s)?

My edition of Fangirl, from Rainbow Rowell, and this Barnes & Noble edition of Peter Pan ❤

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Peter Pan and Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries, haha!
  1. Do you have a December tbr yet? If no, what is your current read and how are you progressing?

I do! And, so far, I’m late on it, damn. My currently TBR pile is on this post and I’m afraid that I was too optimistic with it… My currently-read is Cemetery Tours, by Jacqueline E. Smith, and so far, it is awesome! 😀

Nominated ones:

  1. Jess, from Mud and Stars
  2. Audrey, from Forwards and Bookwords
  3. Nicole, from Away in Neverland
  4. Jeany, from JeanyJanez
  5. Jenna, from Jenacidebybibliophile
  6. Rosema, from A Reading Writer
  7. You! 😀

My questions:

  1. Which are your favorite book genres?
  2. Which is your Hogwarts house?
  3. Are you afraid of porcelain dolls?
  4. Do you read ebooks? What do you think of them?
  5. If you were cursed and would only be able to eat one single thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
  6. For how long have you been blogging?
  7. Which are your favorite social media communities or sites? (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.)

Sorry, I was kind of random, but all of those are serious questions, haha! If you are not in the mood or don’t like to do tags, that’s okay! I just wanted you guys to know that I love your blogs 😀

That’s it! Thanks for reading and thanks again to Kim for the nomination ❤

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#12daysofbooksmas2 readathon! <3

Hi, there! Good morning and Happy Friday! Friday is always happy, but okay, haha!

I’ve got exciting news! (cof not really if you follow me at Instagram cof) I’m going to be participating of the #12daysofbooksmas2 readathon! 😀 I was invited in by my lovely friend @thepagemistress and this will rock!

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from @thepagemistress Instagram account!

Here we have the rules:

Read a book with red or green on the cover

Read about book that’s on your end of the year tbr

Read a book that takes place during the holiday season

Read a sequel

Re-read a favorite book

Read a book with a movie adaptation (and watch the movie)

Read a total of 1,200 pages!

This is going on from December 11th-22nd

This readathon has also a photo challenge, but I’ll only do it at my Instagram account, so follow me there if you want to see what I’m about, haha!

As to my TBR pile, I’m going to risk this one:

I know I am being too hopeful, but it’s my chance to knock my tbr pile of December for good, haha! Let’s see how I go! Oh, and I know there’s no signalized book with movie adaptation, I didn’t decide yet which one I’ll be reading, haha! Oops 🙂

That’s all about the readathon, for now! I’ll make another post about this when it’s over, talking about how it was my first readathon ever! ❤ Thanks again for inviting me, Lindsey, and thanks to you, that is reading the blog 😀

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One Lovely Blog Award <3

Hi, there! I know I said tags would be mostly on Saturdays, but there are so many tags for me to catch up that I decided to pick up the pace for now, haha!

My lovely friend Aetheristrux, from The Amazing Life of a Bookworm, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award and I can’t thank enough for it! So, thank you, Aetheristrux! ❤

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Those are the rules:

You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. (thanks again!)

You must list the rules and display the award.

You must add 7 facts about yourself.

You must nominate 10 – 15 or so other bloggers

Seven facts about me

  1. I JUST GRADUATED IN JOURNALISM SCHOOL AND I WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT IT SO SOON! ❤
  2. My favorite book genre is historical romances (if you add a “gay” in front of it, more the better!), but I also love adventure and fantasy books 🙂
  3. I’m thinking of starting a new religion on bookstagram that allows and encourages women to have several husbands, as I mentally date at least one guy from each book that I read, haha!
  4. My favorite tv series from all-time is White Collar, which SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ENDED
  5. I’m always listening to music, always. I have more life soundtracks for book characters than for myself (as I never do anything interesting, LMAO)
  6. One of the most relaxing activities for me is to float in that part of the ocean where the waves break only occasionally
  7. I’ve been reading mangas since I’m 8 and Chobits was my first! (I talked more about this title here)

Nominated blogs:

I already saw lots of blogs that did this tag, so I’m going to mention here some lovely blogs that I follow ❤ If you were tagged and don’t want to do this or already did, it’s okay 😀 I just wanted you to know that I find your blog to be very lovely!

  1. Jeany, from JeanyJanez
  2. Audrey, from Forwards and Bookwords
  3. Jess, from The Mud And Stars Book Blog
  4. Kimsiang, from The Spines Breaker
  5. Nicole, from Away in Neverland
  6. Jenna, from Jenacide by Bibliophile
  7. Shannon, from For the Love of Words
  8. Bianca , from The Ultimate Fangirl
  9. Ashleigh, from Miss Book Dependent
  10. Victoria, from Addlepates and Book Nerds

 

That’s it! Thank you again, Aetheristrux! Your blog is also lovely! And thanks for reading 😀

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