Day and Night Book Tag

I know, I know. It has been an unacceptably long time since I last posted. But I was sick and had my first week of school and stuff. And I’m just going to keep telling myself that that is a valid excuse even though I watched an entire season of a TV show and read three books in that time.

To get myself back into the blogging flow, I am going to do the Day and Night Book Tag! Woohoo! I was tagged by my friend Sydney from Books and Stuff. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

And so it begins:

Do you read more in the morning or at night?

Definitely at night. During school breaks I end up reading entire books between the hours of 11pm and 4am. If I haven’t finished a book before I go to bed, I read it while I’m eating my meals (at home). At school, I just read for about an hour or so before bed. I have a greater tendency to get sucked into Netflix and neglect reading when I am at school. Idk why.

Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

I can’t think of a specific one off of the top of my head, but the whole dystopian genre has made me more worried for future generations. Also, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality has taught me to aspire to greater goals.

YA or not?

Heck ya! Though many books of this genre have their faults, almost all of my favorite books are YA fiction. And some of the ones that aren’t started out as YA fiction and became classics. I think people don’t give YA enough credit. Many YA characters deal with intense problems at an incredibly young age and must mature quickly in order to deal with those problems.

Are there characters you honestly believe are real?

Um…no.

Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning books out?

Well, my physical book collection is very tiny, so it’s never usually an issue in the first place. But some of the books I have loaned out have magically disappeared into oblivion. I would be fine with loaning out books to close friends, however.

Do you ever smell your books?

sometimes

Not everyone loves books…is this a positive or a negative?

Major negative. It is one of the most frustrating things to me when people say they “don’t read”. Books are wonderous. Everyone should embrace them.

I keep my books in the best condition…or maybe not?

No. This may be sacrilege to some people, but I am definitely a dog-ear-er. Bookmarks annoy me. I have a couple of books that have water damage from their corners sinking into the bath. There are others with missing book covers. My copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the entire spine backing ripped off. Some of them have food stains from obsessively reading while eating. I will say that these worn out books are the ones that I have read at least 5 times each, so they were going to get destroyed.

Gosh, I have too many books! True or false?

False. I barely have any books. I really want more books, but I really hate spending money. Idk what to do. I just need to get rich so I can live in a library house.

Have you ever spilled or stained your books with something, and if so how?

Yes. Aforementioned food. Probably some nail polish at some point.

Toned or not toned while reading (do you work out and read at the same time)?

Well, I am kind of in a workout lull, so currently no. But I have read books and magazines while on the elliptical during middle school or something. Most of the workouts I do now are videos anyways, so reading wouldn’t work out (hehe).

What should I post next? Do you prefer my book posts or my productivity posts? Let me know please.

1 Christmas Surprise

So…I don’t have an actual surprise I can reveal in honor of the last day of 12 Days of Book Lists. But I can reveal the books I’ve read during these 12 days. Yay. These are the books I have read from December 14, 2014 to December 25, 2014 (in no particular order):

Everwild by Neal Shusterman
Everfound by Neal Shusterman
Champion by Marie Lu
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Yes, I read a lot of YA fiction, but that’s because I needed to catch up on the most popular YA series’. I also read a productivity book (The Power of Habit), which was pretty good. I think I’ve mentioned most of these throughout 12 Days of Book Lists, so if you want to learn more about them you can look through the other days. I enjoyed and would recommend each and every one of them. Currently, I am reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy.

By taking part in 12 Days of Book Lists, I have been able to revive my interest in books. I think I am going to talk about books some more on this blog. But for now, back to being productive. I am planning on starting a New Year’s Resolutions Guide tomorrow, so look forward to that!

What books have you read this month?

2 Winter Memories

We’re almost done with 12 Days of Book Lists! This week and a half has flown by. Today I am going to share with you two holiday memories. I don’t have a holiday that I celebrate during the general holiday season, so these are pretty much just things I remember doing frequently during winter breaks.

2. Hot Chocolate
I have lived in the south for the majority of my life. So snow is a very rare occurrence in my life. I generally get to experience snowfall every other year or so. Whenever it did snow, my siblings and I would go outside and play for a bit. And then everyone would go inside and drink some hot chocolate. Lately, I’ve had more of a stay inside and read kind of snow-personality. But hot chocolate is still a thing. Hot chocolate is always a thing. Also, during homecoming week this year, it was really freezing. I think we got flurries at some point. And that was in fall. Saturday morning, before the homecoming game. Most freshman participated in the long standing tradition of the Freshman Cake Race, in which freshman run (more like walk in a penguin huddle) a half mile and get cupcakes at the end. I think the wind chill that morning was something like 15 degrees Fahrenheit. To some people that’s not that bad of a temperature. But I live in Georgia. That’s pretty much the minimum temperature. And it was November 1st. Afterwards, my floormates and I had a hot chocolate party because we were dying from the cold. Hot chocolate=bonding.

1. After Christmas Sales
So in the wee hours of the morning on December 26th, my mom forces me to wake up and go to WalMart, and various other stores, to shop at the after Christmas sales. I’m not complaining because I do usually get a lot of things. Everything is usually 50% off, and since my mother is south-Asian, we must take advantage of all the sales. My mom is now an extreme couponer, but this “tradition” has been part of every one of my winter breaks that I can remember. We also have to go shopping on December 31st and January 1st because that’s when Christmas merchandise that is still in stores is usually 75% off. It is very tiring and stressful. But it is the one thing that I will always remember about the holiday season.

What are your favorite winter memories?

3 OTPs

Today is OTP day! I’m so excited. It was very hard to narrow my favorite literary couples down to three, but I did it. And I am very happy with my decisions.

3. Leo and Calypso from The Heroes of Olympus
Leo and Calypso both had to go through the torture of ultimately unrequited love before meeting each other. When they first meet, they annoy each other to no end. But they finally fall in love. Leo almost literally goes to the ends of the Earth to find Calypso and try to set her free from her imprisonment on a lonely island.

2. Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
Cress and Thorne are so cute together. Cress had a celebrity crush on Thorne. But then she gets to meet him! Not just that, but they save each other’s lives multiple times, and Thorne ends up returning her feelings.

1. Juliette Ferrars and Aaron Warner from The Shatter Me trilogy
Juliette and Warner are by far my ultimate OTP. They are perfect together. Their relationship changes dramatically between the first and last books. Even though this is a dystopian/sci-fi trilogy, it is very much about the characters. This relationship is one of the major facets of this story. They are just so good together. They help each other grow to unparalleled strength, and they love each other so much their questionable pasts.

What’s your OTP?

4 Holiday Movies

There are only a couple more days of 12 Days of Book Lists left! Today’s list includes movies. I don’t actually celebrate any holidays during holiday season, so I don’t actively watch very many holiday movies. So these movies are those that I remember watching multiple times of childhood winter breaks.

4. The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is a fun movie I guess. It has its funny and heart-warming moments. The last movie was kinda weird though, but that’s just me.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss stories have a special place in my heart. And the corresponding movies do a surprisingly well job at evoking the outlandishness of his books. How the Grinch Stole Christmas seems to be the one that has most effectively stood the test of time.

2. Home Alone 2
I really love the first couple Home Alone movies, as most people do. But the second one was definitely my favorite. I especially love the whole plotting/scheming process.

1. Elf
I have never met anyone who does not enjoy Elf.

What are your favorite holiday movies?

5 Book (and Productivity) Bloggers/Vloggers

It’s is another day of 12 Days of Books Lists! Today I am going to be revealing my 3 favorite productivity blogs and my 2 favorite Booktubers.

5. A Life of Productivity
This is Chris Bailey’s current blog. It was formerly A Year of Productivity, in which he told the tales of the year that he devoured all that he could about productivity. The productivity experiments are definitely my favorite. And I’m looking to start experimenting with productivity myself.

4. Study Hacks
Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog has morphed into an academic productivity blog, but it was previously devoted to student study hacks and time management methods. The archives are very extensive and the school-related posts are very organized. It is incredibly easy to spend days on this blog. There are so many tips and tricks and methods for students that it’s sometimes overwhelming.

3. Live Your Legend
Live Your Legend is Scott Dinsmore’s website. His tagline is “Change the world by doing work you love.” Compelling, right? The best part about this website is the huge variety of free toolkits and workbooks. I recently completed the 2015 New Year’s Resolutions workbook and the 27 Questions to Find Your Passion workbook. They both allow for much introspection and insight.

2. PolandBananasBOOKS
Christine is probably my favorite Booktuber. Her energy is infectious and her reactions to books and trailers are hilarious. I really love her book talks. Her vlog channel is also really funny, especially the videos with her sibliings.

1. Ariel Bisset
Ariel is so smart. She has some great insights on topics and is really good at verbalizing her thoughts about relatively complex concepts.

Who are your favorite bloggers/vloggers?

6 Books for Non-reader Friends

Today is day 7 of 12 Days of Book Lists! If you, or one of your friends, doesn’t read, I would recommend for you to pick up these books. You won’t regret it.

6. Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Outcasts United is a great tale of a real life story about a refugee town in Georgia that gets transformed by a soccer coach. It’s a fairly quick read, and it’s pretty easy to get through. It is also pretty relatable, but at the same time eye-opening.

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver is the classic dystopian novel. Most people have to read it for school at some point, which causes them to naturally be skeptical of its entertainment value. But it is also a book that most people I know love, regardless of whether they are avid readers. It is also a really short books and is part of a quintet, in case you are craving a more satisfying conclusion. But it is perfectly acceptable to read it independently, if the thought of reading four books causes aversion.

4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit is a productivity/psychology/business book that is very insightful regarding how much of human life is based off of habits. It is also a good book for those who never finish the books they start because all you really need to read is Part One (chapters 1 through 5). The rest of it is anecdotes and research, which can honestly get a little boring.

3. The Tattoo Coloring Book by Chronicle Books
Who doesn’t love a coloring book? This is a great book for those who will not read at all, even if the book is a gift. Coloring is something that does not require a lot of attention and can be done while watching TV or something. Reading is not requires, so stubborn friends can still claim the title of “non-reader”.

2. Everything is Going to be OK by Chronicle Books
This book is a picture book of sorts. Each page contains various pictures with uplifting quotes. This is a great coffee table book, and also allows the maintenance of the “non-reader” status.

1. Why You’re So Awesome by Knock Knock
This book is a great gift. It is a fill in book in which the gifter write things about why the gift receiver is so awesome. Everyone I know would be touched to receive this, even if they don’t care for books.

Which books would you recommend for non-reader friends?