Fun in the Sun Book Tag ☀️

I don’t know why, but today I just felt like writing about something book related–I just didn’t know what. That’s when I saw some of the summer book tags on WordPress Reader–and I really loved some of the prompts. But instead of doing a book tag that’s already been created, I decided to make my own: The Fun in the Sun Book Tag.

I find these types of posts super interesting to read, so I’m excited to share another one of my own. To check out my first book tag, you can click HERE. Otherwise, let’s get started!

Rules:

  • Provide a link to the original creator Princess Q’Zion @ajoyfulchristianteen
  • Reiterate this list of rules before your responses.
  • Answer each question with one of your favorite books.
  • Nominate some of your blogger friends.
  • Have fun!

1. Ice Cream: A Sweet Book

Although I haven’t read this one in a while–probably about 2 years–I remember really enjoying it. This short, lower middle grade novel is about a girl named Taylor who has recently moved to Roxbury Park. She decides to join a local Dog Club, which begins to face competition with a luxury dog groomer right across town. Meanwhile, she faces the struggles of being the “new girl” as she experiences bullying at school. Overall the plot is really simple and straight to the point. But the adorable dogs and long-lasting friendships make for a really short and sweet read.

2. Hydrangea: A Book with lots of Character Development

An intriguing trait of the Smile series is that it is based on the teenage years of the author, Raina Telgemeier. I think that automatically adds a lot of originality to this graphic novel. After she gets braces due to a sudden trip, she struggles with learning to love herself, becoming comfortable in her own skin, and identifying who her real friends are. In the end, she develops to be more confident in herself, and smile bigger than ever before. This is definitely a book that I would recommend for all tweens and teens; it’s one of my favorites to this day.

3. Starfish: A Book with a Unique Concept

Twintuition is a series authored by actress twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry about twin sisters–Cassie and Caitlyn. As the two city girls–who’ve lost their closeness over the years–move to a small town in the large state of Texas, they soon discover their newfound power to see the future when they touch another person. This is a really cute read that has diverse representations with a unique concept and a sweet delivery of the theme of sisterhood.

4. Airplane: A Book that Started off Slow but Rose Beyond Your Expectations

Recently, I wrote a book review of Witchlings, one of the newest additions to my bookshelf. After the initial introduction of the main characters, the plot seemed to lack in action for a little while. However, once the gears finally started spinning, and the pieces of the puzzle began to connect, this has easily become one of my favorite fantasy novels.

5. Blazing Sun: A Book that Takes Place in the Summer

Soon after I finished reading the first addition to this series, All Four Stars, I knew that I had to get the sequel. Although I’ve just began to continue reading The Stars of Summer after a long break, I’m loving it so far. Considering that it takes place on a summer camp, with the 12-year-old protagonist (Gladys) being a food critic for the New York Standard newspaper on a mission to find the most delicious hotdog in New York, I feel as though it’s the perfect story for the summer.

6. Roller Coaster: A Book that Gave You the Giggles

DOAWK is one of my favorite series from my early childhood, mainly because the author Jeff Kinney never holds back with all of the humor. In this book, Greg learns what it’s like not to have electronics (like in the olden days), when he goes to Hardscrabble Farms for a week, where everything is old-fashioned. Although this book doesn’t take place in the summer, it gives me summer camp vibes. Plus, it’s a great option if you want to read something that’ll keep you laughing.

7. Sandcastle: A Book that Feels like a Fairytale

Grimmtastic Girls is a series set in Grimmlandia, the residence of a large scale of modernized fairy tale characters, including Cinderella (who prefers to go by Cinda), Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, etc. While this is a book that I read years ago–therefore I recommend it for elementary schoolers–it was still a fairy tale with many modern twists that I really enjoyed.


I hope you all liked this Book Tag just as much as I did. But to be fair, any post relating to books is one of my favorites.

As for my nominees for my Fun in the Sun Book Tag, I choose EVERYONE who is has read this post to give this new tag a try. If you post these questions on your blog, please provide a link to the post in the comments. I would absolutely love to see all of your responses.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful and blessed day, and I’ll see you next time! ✨

Never Have I Ever: Bookworm Edition

While I was brainstorming some more blog post ideas, a Never have I Ever post popped in my head. If you don’t know what this game is, Never Have I Ever is a party game where you list several experiences, and you have to say whether or not you have done it. Except, this time it includes some of the common experiences of bookworms.

Although it was a really random idea, it’s something fun that I’ve never done before. So, why not give it a shot? You get 1 point for each thing that you have never done. Feel free to follow along and answer the questions with me.

1) Smelled a new book….

Absolutely. In fact, I do this whenever I get a new book. Especially graphic novels. They have this distinct smell that I love, for some reason. It’s just like a piece of paper that just came out of the print

2) Took a picture with an author…

Although I’m a little sad to say it, I have not. Though I’d really like to meet Sharon M. Draper one day. She’s a really great children’s book author. If poet Maya Angelou was still with us, I would want to meet her, too.

3) Named a pet after a book character…

Never. I’ve had several betta fish in my life…Peace, Easter and Joyus. Two boys and one girl. But we’ve named them based on their personalities and words that we like. Never a character.

4) Joined a book club…

I was in my school’s book club for 8th grade–which I have now graduated from–and I plan to join again for the next school year.

5) Hugged or kissed a book…

I do this all the time. Hug my books, at least. Especially my favorites.

6) Cried while reading…

I’m not that much of an emotional person. Like all people, I cry sometimes, but that alone is very rare. I’ve been on the verge of crying if there is a really sad or heartwarming part, but I don’t think it’s ever gotten to the point where I actually cried.

7) Attended a book signing…

Unfortunately, no I have not. But I hope that I’ll be able to go to one someday–and host a few of my own when I become a NY Times Bestselling author.

8) Fell asleep while reading...

Never. I’ve definitely read while I was tired before, but I always put my book away when I know that it’s time to go to sleep. I take my beauty rest seriously, lol.

9) Bought an eBook…

I’m not the biggest fan of reading books that I can’t physically hold, even though it’s kind of old school. However, I do have about 3 books in which I purchased on my iPad, so the answer is yes.

10) Laughed out loud while reading…

All the time. I love to laugh, and hence I love reading books that have lots of humor, even in the most intense moments. In my opinion, an author that has the ability to make readers laugh has one of the best secret weapons for writing there is.


I scored a total of 5 points, meaning that there were 5 things on this list that I have never done. Pretty good, if you ask me. Overall, these questions were a lot of fun to answer. It really let me reflect on my many years of loving literature.

LET’S CHAT~Now I’m curious. How many points did you get? Don’t be afraid to comment your score, as well as the numbers that you haven’t done below in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

A day at the bookstore + book haul | Go Out With Me #4

Hey, everybody! Happy wonderful Wednesday! ♡

You guys probably already know that I’ve been wanting to go to a bookstore for the LONGEST of time. However, on most days Goodmommy had to work, I was too tired, or we just felt like staying at home (since we’re major homebodies lol.)

But since Goodmommy didn’t have to work today and we were already out of the house so that I could complete my last end of the year test, Goodmommy figured that it would be the perfect day to stop by–and I completely agreed.

As soon as we stepped inside, I was absolutely in awe…it felt like I was in a book paradise. What I really like about Barnes and Nobles is their variety in the selections. They have all genres that vary from classic Fiction to Romance, Sci-Fi, Manga, Autobiographies, Graphic Novels and more! Seriously though, you name a genre, I’m 98.5% sure that they’ve got it!

I really loved how much they had to accommodate all types of readers, regardless of their preferred genre or age. At some point, it can be hard to choose the actual book that you want with so many choices. But hey, I’m not complaining.

What made me even more excited is that they had so much more inventory than just books. There were also a wide collection of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Since I absolutely adore solving puzzles, I was extremely tempted to get one for myself. But I held off from it…for today, at least.

Pretty close by was this section called “Book Annex” which seemed to be a lot of notebooks, journals, or “daily devotion” books about prayer, sermons, or self care. Me and Goodmommy both really liked this section, and I ended up purchasing one for each of us, since I was able to afford it with my gift card. I’ll show you which two those were at the end.

And get this, they even had a buttload of art supplies, from pencils, to pens–both for calligraphy and basic notetaking–to paints. As an artist, seeing all the beautiful supplies on the shelves got me really excited.

Eventually we went into the “Young Readers Section” just to see what they had in that decent-sized section of the bookstore. I was pleasantly surprised to be met with many of the books that had a substantial part in shaping my love for reading, including Junie B. Jones, Amelia Bedelia, Magic Treehouse, Nancy Clancy, etc. Overall, I got a lot of elementary school nostalgia.

Although I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite childhood characters, I eventually went into the more age-appropriate section of chapter books and graphic novels. Overall, I found so many great reads–some of which I already have in my collection.

I honestly think that there were so many great books that I didn’t look at today, but this was an absolutely stellar–and very well anticipated–trip to Barnes and Nobles, and I am so thankful to God, and to Goodmommy, for allowing us to look around and have some fun together. Hopefully we’ll be able to come again once or twice throughout summer break.

Oh, and you know that I had to take a picture of my outfit, one we got home. Selfies are always mandatory.

Okay, so I obviously didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. It’s time to show you what I actually bought. Considering that it’s been a little while since I added some more literature to my large collection, I am extremely blessed to be able to purchase these for me and my Goodmommy to enjoy. Let’s get into the haul!

I don’t know if I ever gave you all an update, but I read Little Women in December, and I absolutely loved it! Therefore, as soon as I saw the names Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on the cover of this graphic novel, I knew that I had to have it. I really appreciated the added diversity. It’s basically a modernized version of the original novel, and so far it looks really awesome!
You guys know that I’m a huge lover of MG (middle grade) fantasy novels. The beautiful art on this cover (and the description) both looked really promising. Right after I checked the online reviews–which were filled with positive feedback–I decided to give this chapter book a try. And I’m super glad I did. From the short excerpt I read, it seems like such a fun adventure that I can’t wait to dive into! Get ready for some upcoming book reviews.
I’m a very huge fan of writing, both digitally and on paper. So, I ended up choosing this simple purple journal with this minimalistic–but super cute–cover art. I did say that I wanted to begin journaling, this summer, so I’m quite sure this will help me check that off of my bucket list.
Finally, here is the journal that I got for Goodmommy. And I’m super glad that I was able to, since not only does she do so much for me, but this book has her name all over it! Each two pages have different sections for notetaking during church sermons. It has a section to list the speaker, the main points of the teaching, your takeaways, a prayer, and what you are grateful for, with several Bible verses sprinkled in between. If there was more than one of these at the bookstore, I may have gotten one for myself. But, I know that this one was meant for Goodmommy.

As you can tell by this post, me and Goodmommy had such an awesome time, today. I’m super excited to make many more everlasting memories with my family over the next couple months; I know that much fun is up ahead. I truly am very blessed.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡

World Book Day ♡

If you checked out my post from yesterday, you know that it was Earth Day. Coincidentally, I found out that today (April 23rd) is World Book Day. As soon as I heard the news, I knew that I (my book-loving self) had to take this opportunity to talk about books since, I mean…the day kind of calls for it, LOL.

As much as I love reading books, I must say that I also enjoy simply looking around in a library or bookstore–for me, seeing so many books just waiting to be read is incredibly exciting. Whenever I read a good book, I am invested in a new story filled with quirky characters, an unexpected plot, and a life lesson to take with me through everyday life.

Seriously, reading is an adventure that you don’t need to take a step out of your home to have. You can read anywhere and at anytime. You can even write your own book and make your own adventure. The possibilities are endless!

For my birthday last year, I received a Barnes and Noble gift card from a family member, and I was elated, considering that its a really nice book store and I’m OBSESSED with reading. Believe it or not, I haven’t even used it yet, LOL. That being said, I plan on posting a follow-up to this post by sharing some pics inside Barnes and Noble and the books that I purchased. Stay tuned for that coming soon!

In order to celebrate this special day for all book lovers out there, I made a quick Google Form survey with fun questions that you guys may answer about your favorite books, and many other bookish things in between! Just in case you aren’t comfortable with answering on the form, you may also answer the survey questions (listed below) in the comments.

  1. What’s your favorite book genre?
  2. What’s your favorite book and/or book series?
  3. Who’s your favorite book character?
  4. Who’s your favorite author?
  5. What’s a book you want to read in the future?

Otherwise, here is the link to the World Book Day Questionnaire–I’m excited to see all of your responses!

Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of the Internet, today! God bless you all! ♡

The Books I Want and Love | Book Tag

Hey, y’all! I hope you are having a wonderful day or night! Today, I thought it would be fun to make my very own book tag, also known as The Books I Want and Love Tag, where I will list a few books that I either have read, haven’t read in a while, or plan to read in the future. Sounds fun, right?

Rules

If by any chance you would like to do this tag on your blog, here are some rules for your post.

A book that had a really sweet ending

Okay, so I only have a few graphic novels on my bookshelf (literally just this one and Sisters and Smile by Raina Telgemeier, which I love, too) and this one was a great buy! The protagonist, Jacky, is a fun-loving girl who loves to be in the spotlight, but also loves to make her family and friends laugh every chance she gets. The whole novel was super funny, family-oriented, with positive role models and an ending that just feels right.

A book that has been sitting on your shelf for way too long

Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler is actually a part of a series, which is simple named Emily Windsnap. I only got about 20 pages into this one (since I found it a little boring) but it’s about a teenage girl named Emily–she’s half mermaid and half human. The genre is a mix of adventure, family, and slight romance. Although I’m not for sure about whether I will finish this book or not, it has really great reviews from several online sources, so if you are a fan of mermaids, then you’ll likely love this series!

A book series that you LOVE but haven’t finished

So, I actually got this book at Goodwill, and as soon as I started reading…I couldn’t stop! I think I read up to 100-150 pages in one sitting, at one point. I was so close to finishing bad news/good news–the second addition to the series–but I never got to finishing it. Anyway, it’s about middle school girls with positive friendships, diverse representation, and likeable characters, and lots of humor. Perfect for any girl 12 and up.

A book in your TBR (to be read) list that you want because you read another book by the same author

I mean…just looking at the covers, this triology looks pretty awesome! As those of you who aren’t new to my blog likely know, I am in the process of reading another book by this same author, Kamilla Benko, and I named it one of the best novels that I’ve ever read. The Unicorn Quest books are also raving with great reviews, and many people agree that Kamilla Benko is a fantastic author. The adventure, unicorns, and theme of sisterhood seems like something that I would like. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on these sometime this year.

A book that covers a topic that isn’t spoken about enough

Maybe He Just Likes You is about a topic–the harassment of girls in middle school–that I was a little wary about, at first. This novel is about Mila, a 7th grader who plays in her school band. After speaking with my grandmother, who is also my guardian, about the book, we both agreed to go ahead and buy it in the Apple Store. What really sticks about this one is how a realistic situation is portrayed; it’s written in the perspective of a girl that is receiving unwanted attention from some of her classmates.

Although the topic of the book is serious, it is written in a way that makes it appropriate for middle school tweens and teens, both boys and girls, as many comments on the book don’t fail to point out. It teaches girls not to be afraid to speak up if something is going on, as well as how to have love and respect for yourself.

A book that caught your attention because of the cover

Cleo Porter and the Body Electric was actually an option for the reading selections in my book club, and as soon as I saw this one, I was intrigued. When I searched for the synopsis, I found out that it was about twelve-year-old Cleo, who dreams to be a remote drone surgeon.

She goes on a mission to return a misplaced delivery during a worldwide pandemic, which sounds similar to COVID. Thankfully, this book was picked as a selection-yayy!-and I have a copy from my local library to read by next month. I’m super excited to get into it. I already have the feeling that it’s going to be a really good read.


Thank you so much for reading this short and sweet book tag. I really hope you guys enjoyed it. <33 If you do decide to replicate this post, please comment that you did so down below so that I may check it out!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! See you later! ✨

Books That I’m Reading (But Haven’t Finished, Yet)

Okay. So it’s been a little while since I posted another book review or anything related to literature. Lately, I’ve been reading a book for this month’s book club meeting (which I will be sharing in this post) and it inspired me to write about the books that I’ve started but just haven’t got around to finishing.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to read, and I have for a long time. So much that ‘love’ might be considered an understatement. But I think we’ve all had that book–or multiple books–that we just put down one day and never finish.

Here’s my list of some of the books that I’m currently reading (or am in the process of reading) but haven’t finished, quite yet. I plan to finish all of them in the future. Enjoy!

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

What would you do if you were literally struck by lightning? What would your life be like? This question is answered by the main character of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl: a germophobic, introverted, and insanely smart 12-year-old girl named Lucy Callahan. Although her constant compulsion to have a pack of Clorox wipes with her at all times and sit-stand 3 times every time she takes a seat might seem weird to others, the amount of numbers that race through Lucy’s mind on a daily basis is hidden from everyone except her Nana (guardian) and her Uncle Paul.

This is the library book that I’m currently reading for book club. I’m about halfway through. What I found so insanely crazy towards the beginning of the book is the fact that Lucy is just like me: she’s a homebody, she’s been homeschooled since the 3rd grade, and she’s a straight-A student. It’s almost like I’m reading about myself. I plan on finishing this book in a few days, though I thought it would be a good addition to the list since I haven’t completed it, yet. I’m loving it so far, though!

The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman

This is the second addition of a trilogy written by Tara Dairman about a tweenager named Gladys Gadsby who is a food critic for her homestate, New York’s, newspaper. In fact, she has recently completed her first restaurant review for the New York Standard paper. Now, it’s summer break, and her friend Charissa Bentley has invited Gladys to her parent’s summer camp–Camp Bentley. Gladys has been assigned to find the tastiest hot dog in New York, and it turns out that summer camp life isn’t as smooth sailing as she hoped. Is this the end of Gladys’s reviewing career?

This is a book that I actually ordered myself, and I stopped toward the beginning of it. I really enjoyed the first book of this series “All Four Stars” so I’m determined to finish this one, too. Books with a strong, young, female lead always seem to grab my attention. So, of course, the fact that Gladys is a 12-year-old food critic was part of what reeled me into the series, in the first place. Finishing this book is definitely a goal of mine for the near future.

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

Jinxed takes place in the future. Now, a company called MONCHA have created ‘bakus’–mechanical animal companions that function as a phone and a fur baby. It’s Lucy Chu’s dream to work for MONCHA one day, and one of her first steps to her goal is joining Profectus — a school for students who are skilled in all things technology. The only catch is, in order to be accepted into the school of Lucy’s dreams, you need to have a baku of your own. Lucy is able to turn scraps of a seemingly handmade baku into a full-functioning companion, whom she names ‘Jinx.’ Although Lucy finally makes it to Profectus, Jinx is different from any other baku that she’s encountered. It’s almost like he’s…real?

This is one of the books that I put on the list of books that I want to read this school year, and I have gotten started on it—I just haven’t finished it, as of now. The amount of technology and action in this book is super exciting to read. And the whole concept of bakus makes me want one of my own! I’ve already gotten well into this one, so I’m curious to see what happens next!

Soul Harvest, Left Behind Series #4 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides by Tim LaHaye

In the fourth addition to the Christian novel series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, two men named Buck and Rayford begin to search for their lost family members from different corners of the world. Both of which having survived “the wrath of the Lamb”–a global earthquake in the twenty-first month of the Tribulation. This journey of a novel takes you all the way from Iraq to America in a journey around the world.

I must say that overall this novel is extremely complex. Many twists and turns, amounts of suspense, and unexpected outcomes. I got about 160 pages in–pretty well into the novel–and I must admit that it is extremely well-written with good character development. I think I’ll be able to relate more to the Left Behind: The Kids series, which is written by the same authors, due to the close proximity of my age to the protagonists. However, this series is a great read! I hope Rayford and Buck find their family in the earthquake.

Frozen II: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko

Set in between the popular Disney movie, Frozen, and the hit sequel, Frozen 2, is a story about one of the best animated sister duos, Anna and Elsa. And Anna wants to be nothing more than a help to her older sister, Queen of Arendelle. But in Anna’s sight, Elsa has been doing just fine without her. Just as Elsa is about to set sail for a grand tour of the world, Anna makes it her goal to accompany her sister. But, all of a sudden, a strange sickness begins to show itself in Arendelle, and Anna’s childhood nightmare of a giant fearsome wolf has seemingly become a reality. And worst of all, Anna thinks it’s all her fault.

Earlier on my blog, I dubbed this masterpiece as one of the BEST novels that I’ve ever read. That opinion still stands today. There is just an inevitable amount of detail added into the book that incorporates the whimsical Disney aspect while still creating some suspense and mystery that makes it hard to put down. I really, really, REALLY want to finish this one. I’m sure the ending will be a banger!


Wow. That definitely took a little while to write, but any post about reading and books is one of my favorites, on my blog.

Do you have any books that you’re in the middle of but haven’t finished? If you have any exciting, family-friendly recommendations, feel free to comment them down below. :))

Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! ✨