5 YA Books on Center Stage

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Must Read Young Adult Novels

2 Books already published and 3 will be hitting the shelves Sept/Oct


This summer, I made a commitment to read at least 50 pages a day, which is not much by any means, but to my surprise, it worked out perfectly for my busy schedule.

I've been reading a lot of great books lately, but my BookClub does not really choose YA books, which means, I get to pick and choose what to read on my non-book club free time (free time?).

Some might say: "But I'm an adult, why would I want to read YA books?"
I actually read somewhere that 55% of YA readers are adults.  And did you know that in the UK the Harry Potter books were published with 2 different covers: 1 for adults and 1 for kids? I guess because "adults" don't want to be seen reading books written to the younger generations?

Don't let the Young Adult category fool you.  These books are well-written, imaginative, tackle serious issues and will provide you many hours of entertainment - plus who doesn't want to fall in love with a handsome alien, kick some tyrant's behind, avenge a murder, bring down a beast and play a game? (not necessarily in that order)...



CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
Published: March 6, 2018
This is book # 1 of a trilogy.
It was Jimmy Fallon's summer BookClub pick, and a Movie is currently in development with FOX 2000.  Read the book before the movie comes out!

Click here to read my review.

The novel introduces King Saran and his raids across Orïsha. Before the raids, the two cultures of the land, maji and kosidán, were still always competing for power. The maji have always been oppressed by the elite kosidán, the nobles, but the raids were an act of genocide. King Saran killed all the maji, rid the land of magic, and silenced most of the prayers to gods he did not recognize as his own. The kingdom went through a culture change where the power dynamics were more clearly defined and uneven. The Children of Blood and Bone takes place eleven years after the raids, following Zélie, a divîner (one of magical blood). Chosen by the gods, Zélie, Tzain, and Amari, the Princess of Orïsha, are sent on a journey to collect three sacred artifacts and bring them to the Holy Temple. By completing this quest, magic, which has been missing since before the raids, will be brought back to Orïsha. Along this quest, Zélie must evade King Saran’s forces, led by Inan, the crowned prince, and reach the Holy Temple before the solstice. If Zélie fails, Orïsha will lose magic forever...

♥♥♥♥♥



LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
Published: May 29, 2018
This is book # 2 of the Caraval trilogy.

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

♥♥♥♥♥



SADIE by Courtney Summers
Will hit the shelves on September 4, 2018 (only a few days away!)
Click here to read my review.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

If she dies, she takes the truth with her... Click here to listen/subscribe to the new podcast based on Sadie and help reporter West McCray #FindSadie.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

♥♥♥♥♥



BONELESS MERCIES by April Genevieve Tucholke
Will hit the shelves on October 2, 2018

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.
When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.
Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller.

♥♥♥♥♥



THE DARKEST STAR by Jennifer L Armentrout
Will hit the shelves on October 30, 2018
Click here to read my review.

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

♥♥♥♥♥

So that's my TOP 5 YA Books.
Let me know what YA books you're reading and/or waiting to read.



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September Social Media Challenge - #BookishLoveSept18

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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A Social Media Challenge


Hi Everyone!

Summer is almost over and to put some FUN in September,  I have teamed up with Manon from CafeManon to bring you a Bookish Social Media challenge!

We created a list with 30 prompts and we would love to see you join us for some bookish fun!

Want to read more about our #BookishLoveSept18 challenges?

Join Us!  And don't forget to tell all your Book Lover friends!

You can participate in the #BookishLoveSept18 challenges any way you like. Take a picture and post it on Instagram, film a video for you BookTube, write a tweet about the prompt or even write a whole blogpost about it! We would love to see your take on the challenges.

Use the hashtag #BookishLoveSept18 and tag us;
Instagram: @mpmarquesus & @Cafe_Manon
Twitter: @TdySimpleLife & @Cafe_Manon

THE PROMPTS





1 - Introduction
Introduce yourself. Tell us a bit about who you are, what you like to do, what book you like to read.. Anything you want to share. 

2 - September #TBR
Share the books you plan to read in September.

3 - Favorite series
What is your favorite series?

4 - #BookmarkLove
Show off your bookmarks, take a picture of your current bookmark or tell us about the craziest item you’ve used as a bookmark.

5 - The last book you’ve received as a gift or given away
September 5 is the International Day of Charity! Share a book you’ve received as a gift or a book you’ve given away.

6 - What are you reading today?
September 6 is Read a Book Day! This day invites us all to grab a book and spend the day reading. Share what book you’re reading today.

7 - Favorite fictional world
Would you like to live in Wonderland or would you rather spend some time at Hogwarts? Share your favorite fictional world.

8 - #LibraryLove
September 8 is International Literacy Day. Take a picture of a library book or write something about your local library.

9 - #SockSunday
Picture time! Socks and book. Or bookish socks.

10 - Share an inspirational quote
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Share an inspirational quote or a book about mental health.

11 - Heroes or Villains?
Do you like heroes? Or do you adore villains? Protagonists or antagonists? Who is your favorite hero or villain?

12 - Shelfie
Take a picture of your book shelf !

13 - A horror/scary book
Thursday the 13th! Share a horror story or a scary book.

14 - Go WILD!
Share something crazy, let it loose, no rules..

15 - Must read book
A book you would recommend to everybody.

16 - #SundayFunday
Share a funny book, a funny bookish story, a fun picture.. Have fun!

17 - #MapMonday
A picture of a book with a map of a fictional world.

18 - Your reading spot
Where do you like to read?

19 - One word title
A book with a short one word title.

20 - Hardback or paperback?
Do you like hardbacks of paperbacks? Do you own more hardbacks or paperbacks?

21 - Share 3 things you are grateful for
September 21 is World Gratitude Day. To celebrate, share 3 things you are grateful for!

22 - It’s Octoberfest! Share a favorite food or drink!
Octoberfest begins in Germany. Share your favorite food or drink!

23 - Fall reads & Book covers with autumn colors
September 23 is the first day of Fall. Share a book set in autumn or a book cover with autumn colors.

24 - Fall playlist
Start the week with some music. What music do you like to listen to today? What music makes you think about fall? Do you listen to music while reading?

25 - Book & hot drink
A picture of a book and a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

26 - e-book or audiobook
Do you like to read e-books or listen to audiobooks?

27 - Book set in another country or written by an author from another country
September 27 is World Tourism Day. Share a book set in a different country or a book written by an international author.

28 - #FlashbackFriday
What books did you like to read when you were younger? What books did you read last month? What book did you most recently give a 5-star rating? Look back at your reading list and share something for #FlashbackFriday.

29 - September Haul
The books you’ve bought or received in September.

30 - September Wrap-up
The books you’ve read in September.

That's it!  
What do you have cooking for October? 

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Start your Writing Journey

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Like everything else in life, the creativity to write has to start somewhere.  It might come easy for some, but for most of us,  it requires a lot of reading (I mean A LOT), and the habit of writing...
Writing...
Writing...

Some authors have a certain daily writing routine while others don't even write every day.  Finding what works to get your juices flowing will come with discipline and time.

As much as I love doing Book Reviews, my other favorite blog post is when I get to interview authors, because I love to ask them what kind of magical potion they drink to create that great plot.  I have not figured out the correct formula, but in the meantime, I did find some VERY helpful sites, which I keep returning to.

Save this list by your desk, and whenever you find yourself falling into the rabbit hole called writer's block, visit one of these sites.

 Good Luck on your Writing Journey!



Writer's Digest -  You don't have to subscribe to their magazine in order to access all the resources they have on the site, including weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles.

Tomi Adeyemi For Writers -  Yes, that's the author of Children of Blood and Bone.
Tomi's site has free writing classes and writing resources, and who wouldn't want writing advice from the young lady that is making waves all over the world?

Writetodone.com  - WTD has "unmissable articles on writing".  It's easy to browse this site and forget about everything else that needs to be done (like feed the dog, cook dinner, pick up the kid from soccer)...

Writers Write - I just love their Creative Writing Articles, Tips and Online Courses!  Full of helpful information.  Don't forget to check out their 12 Short Stories Challenge

Write it Sideways - A collection of 390+ articles for aspiring and emerging writers, written by those who have gone before.

DIYMFA.com  - "write more. write better. write smarter."
How can you not like a site with these lines?  It's got classes, articles, writing resources and even a podcast.  If you haven't visited this site yet, you're missing out.


“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway




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The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
368 Pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
I rated 4 stars on Goodreads
#TheDarkestStar

SYNOPSIS:

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

"There it is. The GREAT and POWERFUL Origin known as LUC.  I'm so scared".


MY REVIEW:

Are we alone in the Universe?
Have aliens visited earth?
Do they come in peace?

These are regular questions that any science fiction book/movie lover has asked throughout the years.

Imagine that aliens are real, and already walk among us on earth.  The Government is aware of them but never told the public about them.  They are called Luxen.  And they just want to live peacefully... 

4 years after the invasion, Luxen need to be registered and wear a bracelet that cancels their powers.  They go to school and live normal lives (or almost normal) and the government is planning on transferring them to segregated communities.  Add that to the fact that not all humans are happy to have aliens as neighbors (sound familiar?).

This is the first book I read from Jennifer L Armentrout and oh boy, I now know why she has so many followers and her books are such International Best Sellers!   

I got a signed Advance Copy of The Darkest Star at BookCon and wanted to read it prior to its publication day.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It has the right measure of science fiction, government conspiracy, teenage love, secrets, lies, smart humor, plot twists and funny t-shirts (yes, funny t-shirts, but we'll get back to that soon).  

Armentrout focused on the relationship between Evie and Luc, and you can't help but love their back and forth talks, always with the right amount of teenage sarcasm.  Overall, I think that even if you don't usually read Sci-Fi stories, this one will still be a good read.  Although I felt the ending a bit predictable, there were plenty of plot twists that I didn't see coming and there's certainly a few secrets that will need to be revealed on the next book of this series. 

I have a feeling that we'll learn a lot more about Evie's past on the next book. And Luc?  I need more Luc in my life...

Also, you don't have to read the LUX series prior to reading this book.  I actually am interested in reading them but you actually don't need to in order to follow the story line on The Darkest Star.

Would I recommend this book?  YESPre-order your copy now.  


Why did I mention Funny T-shirts?
In one of the chapters of the book, Luc shows up wearing a t-shirt that reads DILL WITH IT, with a pickle underneath the words, wearing...sunglasses :-)  

I SO Want One of Those!!!!!!
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Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

Release Date: June 26th, 2018
Genre: Fiction
558 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
#BeforeandAgain


SYNOPSIS:
Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

REVIEW:

I think the worst thing that can happen to any parent is the loss of a child.  The emotional domino effect can bring down even the strongest…with feelings such as guilt, blame, “what-ifs”, depression…Some people pull away from their families completely.  Others deal with grief in whatever ways will make them emotionally numb. 

You’re hit with the heartbreaking news right in the first chapter of this novel.  At that point, I thought to myself that if this book was going to be depressing, and in order to avoid all the tears, I should just give up before moving to chapter 2.

I didn’t give up and I’m glad I continued reading it.

Maggie seems to have succeeded in building a new life for herself.  She likes her job, working as a makeup artist at a well established spa.  She has friends (although only one knows about her past life).  She loves her pets: 2 cats and 1 dog.

Yeah, Maggie's life is good...but is she happy? Or is she just surviving?

Once people from her past start showing up in her "perfect" Vermont town, Maggie's life is shaken, and a river of emotions surface.  Add to this, the developing story of a troubled teenager, son of a co-worker, someone she considers a friend, and all of a sudden, the thing she treasures the most, CONTROL, becomes non-existent in her life.

This book reminds us that even through sadness and grief, we cannot carry the past with us.  Life moves on.  And we need to learn to cherish the happy memories, because memories, are all we really have left.

"When we lose someone we love, we can either die with them or live on to celebrate their life."

Yes, the story was emotional (no way of escaping that), but it was also humorous.  The characters were enjoyable, which made it even easier to read.  They were also so real, with flaws, not picture-perfect.

And the cover!  Oh my!  It took me a while to figure out that it was make-up!  The fact that it represents the making/creation of a new person when we’re hiding away from the past…Brilliant!

I really enjoyed reading this book.  Thank you BookSparks and #SRC2018 for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Summer Getaway in Rio

Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Rio, the "Marvelous City"


#MarvelousCity


Rio is home to phenomenal views, which make this city a dream destination.  It's one of those places that you need to visit at least once in your lifetime.  You'll find mountains, beaches, music and friendly people, all in one place. It's a travel destination with perfect weather year round.  We went in July, their summer, and the average temperature was 78 F.

I'm originally from Rio (that's why I'm so friendly) and even though I grew up there, the truth is, I have lived in the US longer than in Brazil.  But I can't stay away too long, so I try to go every 2 years.


A few things you need to know before you book a trip to Rio (or any other destination in Brazil):

The Official Language is Portuguese.
The current Population is estimated at 208 million.
Brazil is the Fifth Largest Country by Area and Sixth Most Populous in the world.

and

Brazil is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to the strong immigration from various places in the world.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's move on to some Awesome Places and Tips!



1) Getting there
If possible, fly direct to Rio.  A lot of flights stop in Sao Paulo, which I try to avoid at all costs, cause a few things can happen once you land in Sao Paulo:
a) if your flight was delayed for any reason, chances are you will lose your connecting flight to Rio, which can take hours till they put you in another flight :-(
b) once you land in a foreign country, you need to go through customs and pick up your bags, and, depending on the number of flights that have to go thru customs, you can be delayed and lose your connecting flight.
I learned it the hard way, so this is a tip from someone that got delayed way too many times...

2) Where to stay
When booking a place to stay, a good rule of thumb is to stay in either, Ipanema, Leblon or Copacabana.  From any of those places, you'll have direct access everywhere via Metro, bus or Uber and the beach will be within walking distance.

Famous Boardwalk


3) Mobile Service (unless you're going to unplug)
Ask your mobile service if they'll provide you service while out of the country and what kind of costs are involved.  I have T-Mobile and get free service, including data when traveling to certain countries (Brazil is one of them), which saves me a ton of money.  Companies are always changing plans, and maybe for a small fee you'll be able to avoid the roaming charges.

4) Be a smart traveler
What does that mean?
Do not walk around with flashy jewelry, expensive cameras and handbags, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt (even though Rio is not Hawaii), thinking that you're doing a great job blending in.
Do yourself a favor and keep all important documents stashed away in the hotel safe (you can carry a copy of your passport with you), carry 1 credit card and a small amount of cash.
Keep it simple.
Save yourself the trouble. 

5) Local Food & Real Coconut Water!
Brazilian cuisine is as diverse as its people, with African, European, Asia (mostly Japanese) and Amerindian influences.  It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well.

The country's National dish is Feijoada (a stew os beans and pork, of Portuguese origin) and the National cocktail is caipirinha (made with cachaça, sugar and lime).

I love the ocean.  Give me a beach, a pair of flip flops and a book and I'll be happy.  Oh, and drinking coconut water at the end of a walk on the beach is such a gift also...but I'm getting sidetracked. Sorry.




Rio de Janeiro




6) Brazilian Culture & What is Samba?
Something else you can encounter while walking on Copacabana beach boardwalk: a statue of Carlos Drummond de Andrade (a Brazilian poet and writer, considered by some as the greatest Brazilian poet of all time).  I stopped by for a chat, and since he wasn't very talkative, I gave him a bookmark of my blog.

Carlos Drummond de AndradeA city was written on the ocean


Samba is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style, with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly of Angola and the Congo (thanks Wikipedia).  Samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity (remember the animated movie, Rio?).

If you search "samba" on Spotify, you'll get a list long enough to entertain you for hours!  Here's just one of the songs that I happen to like:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Gf2l6v8ARdANK4dHjaJVo?si=ym7-zAKuSNi48jIYu2fHjQ


7) Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Selaron Stairs, Vista Chinesa...
These are the must-see spots in Rio.  Your best bet is to book a tour provided from the hotel, that way, you'll avoid rush hours, get pre-sold tickets and go with a tour guide.



Christ the Redeemer



8) Forget the "Favela Tours"
And here's why I say this - in my opinion, these tours exploit, rather than support.  And, they really can't guarantee your safety once you're there.
That's not just in Rio.  I would not recommend taking a tour in south L.A. either.

If you're looking for something adventurous to do while in Rio, how about a hang gliding tour?
https://rioadventures.com/tour/hang-gliding-rio-de-janeiro/

9) Fun Fact
A person born in Rio is called Carioca (just like New Yorkers, Texans, etc.)

10) Paradise nearby - Regiao dos Lagos
When cariocas want to escape the chaotic life in Rio, they usually go to an area called Regiao dos Lagos, which is where we headed this year.  The 3.5 hrs drive from Copacabana was well worth once we got there.

My favorite beach in this area is Buzios, which is a popular tourist destination, especially among Brazilians and Argentinians.  This particular beach became internationally famous in 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited.  There's even a statue of the actress in one of the beaches in Buzios.

We stayed at a nice Resort called Serena and we were not disappointed.  The staff was very helpful and the rooms were just as beautiful as the images on the website.









 



That concludes my summer adventure.  Do you have any upcoming plans?



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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

Woohoo!!!   I got nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award 2018!   That was such an unexpected surprise, that I was actually speechless - and THAT does not happen very often!!!

A Huge Thank you Nancy Mulligan at My Everyday Challenges for the nomination!  Please visit her blog and follow her journey when you have a chance.

The ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’ is all about recognizing bloggers for being positive, inspiring and creative.   This award is voted by bloggers, to acknowledge their achievements and offer support.  I'm so lucky to be part of this supportive community!

What are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award?
  •  Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS I WAS ASKED:

1. What motivated you to start blogging?
I love to read and I started a Book Club last year that now has 95 members, which is pretty awesome.  My goal is to polish my writing skills and actually write a book the next couple of years.  I decided that blogging could give me the best of both worlds: reading and writing, so I jumped right into it and do not regret it!

2. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Hmmm, if time and money were not an issue, I would be traveling the world, sitting at cafes and writing about the people I met.

3. What fictional place would you most like to go?
That's an easy one!  I would love to get lost in Diagon Alley, from the Harry Potter Series, which is the magical place where all the amazing bookshops and other magical goods stores are found!

4. Are you usually early or late?
Oh I'm always early and actually dislike people that are constantly late :-(

5. What are some small things that make your day better?
A random text from my husband telling he's thinking of me; a chat with a friend; the knowledge that I made someone smile...

6. What is one of your favorite smells?
I love the smell of the ocean.

7. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
Do you mean if I could be an immortal? Gee, I guess I'd like to be 35 forever!

8. If your life was a book, what would its title be?
The Infinite Discovery of Self

9. What’s the best thing about you?
My ability to determine the best course of action, even when my emotions are involved.

10. What is the strangest thing you have come across?
I used to sleepwalk when I was about 8 or 9 yrs old and one night, while my dad was watching TV, he said that I got up from my bed and headed to the front door.  As I started turning the key to open the door, my dad calmly guided me back to bed.  After that night, the front door key was always hidden, to avoid the little "sleepywalker" from going out.  The strange thing is that to this day I have no recollection of any of this and as far as I know, I have not been sleep walking since...

11. What is something you will NEVER do again?
Going on a Rollercoaster.  I'm afraid of heights (ok, I said it) and going on a rollercoaster ride literally scares me to death.  I have tried to face this fear but I would rather leave it alone (for now at least).




And here are my 11 Nominations:

  1. Nikki from Saturday Nite Reader
  2. Cailin from Stumbly
  3. Manon from Cafe Manon
  4. Emily from Yes Whale
  5. The Wandering Nobody
  6. Lily from Living with Lils
  7. Laura from She Will Write
  8. Shirley from Shirley Cuypers
  9. Ellie from The Longing Wanderer
  10. Kelly from Paperback Adventures
  11. Emma from Out of the Dark and into the Beauty


My 11 Questions to the Nominees (Drum Roll Please) :

1. What do you expect to get out of blogging?
2. What is the most valuable thing you've learned from blogging?
3. Best advice you have ever received?
4. Recent milestone you have reached
5. Tell us three things about yourself
6. What's you daily blogging routine?
7. If you could sit down for a chat with someone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
8. How do you come up with content for your posts?
9. What's your favorite post of all times (give us the link)?
10.  Favorite TV series (that you could watch anytime)?
11. If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?

I truly hope you enjoyed reading this, and thank you again for the nomination and for all the support I have been given so far!
I'm looking forward to reading the answers from the 11 Nominees listed above (enjoying the sunshine of course) !


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