Penny’s New Beginning Blog Tour + Book Madness Week 2

*trumpet fanfare* Hello everyone, and welcome to the blog tour of Penny’s New Beginning! Anika Joy, a well-known blogger from around these parts, is publishing her first-ever novella, and I’m participating. 🙂 And I’m also going to be sharing the next round of Book Madness, so make sure to read the whole post! 😀

Before we begin,

The blog tour of Penny’s New Beginning begins today, March 21st, and ends on the 23rd. Make sure to check out all of the lovely blogs participating in the tour! (A list of tour participants will be included at the end of this post.)

For my part of the tour, I’m going to be spotlighting the book, reviewing the book, and interviewing the author.

Can they save Utopia?

Nine-year-old Penny Hearting has just moved to Nassau with her family, and is completely convinced that a mermaid rescued her from drowning, but no one believes her. So, she takes matters into her own hands and goes on a search for the mermaid that rescued her.

Ten-year-old Emmy is the princess of Utopia, an underwater city populated by mermaids. But, when her evil aunt, Cassandra, takes the city from her father, the King, her only option is to seek help from the girl who she rescued from drowning.

When these two lives collide, can they and another friend save their homes from disaster?

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Anika Joy is a daughter, sister, and child of the one true King. She loves to write books, sing in choir, and bake treats for her family.  At the age of 4 she taught herself to read and wrote her first short story when she was 8. That story was later published in a kid’s magazine when she was 11, which sparked her dream of becoming a published author. She is now very happy to see that dream come true.

Anika currently lives with her two sisters, two brothers, and parents in North Dakota, and feels very blessed to be awaiting the arrival of another little sister. 

Blog | Author Site | Goodreads | Pinterest  | Twitter

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To start, I want to congratulate Anika for all of her accomplishments – from starting a blog to getting her very first novella published! She’s a very young writer and is already starting  strong. *claps* Fantastic work, dear!
Penny’s New Beginning is a pleasant, charming story filled with adventure. The story is short and sweet, and makes for a quick read. It’s a perfect story for children, and the mood is light and fun. It was a little young for me, but I still enjoyed it very much and it is a good read for older kids as well.
The characters were likable and realistic, although I wished I could have gotten to know some of them a bit more. The plot’s pace was very quick and went from one thing to the next to the next, which I didn’t particularly enjoy.
But other than these things, Anika’s story was fun, entertaining, and overall a wonderful read. 🙂

Where did your love for words and writing originate?

I started reading when I was four, and I loved it. I could spend just hours reading at a time, and that’s pretty much what I did. My mom always had this ginormous, old book titled “Little Women” sitting on her bookshelf. When I was 8, I decided to read it. It was 700 pages long but I finished the whole thing in a week. Ever since, Little Women has been one of my favorite books (besides KOTLC of course). I started writing shortly after (when I was 9) and have been doing so ever since. 

What inspired you to write Penny’s New Beginning? Where did you get the idea?

The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie back then, so I wanted to write something about mermaids. I can’t really remember where I got the idea for the plot and characters…it was a while ago, though.

What was the most challenging process of creating this story?

Editing. I wrote this when I was 9 and had no idea of grammar and lines and spacing. Gah, it was a total mess. But, I managed to make it decent enough for beta-readers and then an editor (thanks again, Abi!)

Why did you choose to self-publish instead of the traditional way? Do you have any advice for young writers who are interested in exploring indie-publishing?

I chose self publishing because I wanted to publish it fast and without a lot of hassle. My advise is: never give up. Sometimes, I’m being lazy, and I need to finish the cover of the book before the deadline, and I just don’t want to do it, and then I end up finishing it two days before the book comes out (yes, this is a true story). But, I just need to push myself out of the “I don’t want to do this” stage and JUST DO IT. Never. Ever. Give up.

What are your hopes for your novella? Where do you hope to see Penny’s New Beginning in the future?

I don’t expect a whole bunch. I don’t really expect it to be a NYT Bestseller any time, but I hope to see one of my novels there sometime. I hope that people enjoy it and like it. That’s all a writer could ever really want. 

 

March 21st (Today)
 
Elle Stevens – Book Review
 
Grace (The Girl Upstairs) – Review, Spotlight, Author Interview
 
Sylvanian Universe Blog – Review, Spotlight, Author Interview
 
Kellyn Roth – Author Interview
 
 
 
March 22nd
 
Chloe – Author Interview
 
Sarah – Review, Spotlight, Author Interview
 
Savannah Grace – Author Interview
 
 
March 23rd
 
Josie – Author Interview

A big thanks to Anika for having me as part of the tour! It was an honor to be able to read her story and help spread the word of her lovely novella. 🙂


Now, moving on to round 2 of Book Madness! Are you ready to see who is moving on to Round 2, and what the new matchups will be? 🙂
Let’s start with the bracket:

The matchups for this week aren’t ideal genre-wise, but I can’t really help it. 😆

>>> BOOK MADNESS WEEK 2 <<<

VOTING WILL END on Sunday, March 26. Make sure to get your votes in before then to make ensure that your favorite books win!


Phew! That was a lot of things all in one post, non? Well, I hope you enjoyed!
Make sure to check out Anika’s blog – as well as the other blogs participating in the tour – for more on Penny’s New Beginning. And be sure to pick up a copy of your own!

And before you go, could you give your opinion of my design? I’ve been playing around with some graphic designs, and I was trying out a new color for my blog.
Thanks! 😀

And lastly, make sure to get your TWPC entries in by Sunday, March 26th.

All right, you guys can go – I promise! 😀 Thanks for reading, everyone. 🙂

Book Madness {Week 1}

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Book Madness! 😀

Per inspiration of March Madness, I decided to host my own Book Madness – a contest where all of you vote on your favorite books and pick a winner! 😀

The contest is very simple: You will visit a form, where you will vote on pairs of books and eventually pick a winning book! 😀
Each week, I will post a new form with the new pairs of books. And starting next week, I’ll post an updated Book Madness bracket so we can keep track of all of the books.

And I know you’re dying to find out which books I chose, so here is a list of the match-ups for week one:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird vs. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society vs. The Penderwicks 
  • The Giver vs. Bridge to Terabithia
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities vs. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Anne of Green Gables vs. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Fellowship of the Ring vs. Wonder
  • Divergent vs. The Hunger Games
  • The City of Ember vs. The Book Thief

I tried to pick a wide range of books, from classics to YA, in hopes to reach all the different types of readers out there. But if you haven’t read the book, use your own judgement as to which one you think would be best. 😉

Now don’t just sit there, staring at your computer screen! Click the link below to vote:

>>> BOOK MADNESS 2017 – WEEK ONE <<<

VOTING WILL END on Monday, March 20. Make sure to get your votes in before then to make sure your favorite books win!


Are you guys excited? Make sure to cast your vote so that your favorite book(s) win! 😀

Are you excited for Book Madness?
Which book do you want to win?
What are some of your favorite books? Are any of them on the list?

Happy Birthday to The Girl Upstairs

One year ago, I registered The Girl Upstairs with WordPress.
Little did I know how far this blog would go, the friendships I would make, and the experience I would gain.
In just one year, I’ve come farther than I ever thought possible. I’ve met & interacted with thousands of other bloggers, reached over 200 followers, and have – I hope – been able to make the blogging world even better with my light and love.

🎉 Let’s celebrate! 🎉

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(There are a lot of popular posts, so I just picked a selection of them. 😉 )

Total Posts: 150

 

Total Comments: 6388

 

 

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  • USA: 25,693
  • Canada: 1,459
  • UK: 642
  • Australia: 269
  • Italy: 227
  • New Zealand: 223
  • India: 217
  • Costa Rica: 103
  • Egypt: 77
  • Taiwan: 52
  • Malaysia: 50
  • Germany: 40
  • Singapore: 34
  • Slovenia: 30
  • Hong Kong: 29
  • Russia: 27
  • Spain: 26
  • South Africa: 26
  • Ireland: 23
  • Sweden: 20
  • Brazil: 17
  • France: 13
  • Netherlands: 13
  • Norway: 10
  • Sri Lanka: 10
  • …and dozens more!

*jaw drops* WOW. I cannot believe that many people from that many countries have visited my blog! That makes me so incredibly happy and overwhelmed to know that my blog has reached so many people. O_o 😀
Thank you all so much for spreading my blog and helping me reach all of these people! 😀

 


202 Followers, 150 Posts, experience gained, and a boatload of wonderful blogging friends.


Look at where we are, and look at where we started.
I started my WordPress journey excited to explore the world of WP, but with no real clue about the “mechanics” of blogging. And in just one year, look at what has been accomplished.

I couldn’t have done it without you, my wonderful, fantastic, amazingly supportive follower. Thanks for making my blogging experience the best it can be, and for reading & liking my posts, leaving me comments, and making me feel at home here in the blogosphere.

Where will The Girl Upstairs go from here? Only God knows. But for know, all I can do is keep doin’ what I’m doin’ and begin to fan this spark into a flame. 🔥

Can you believe it’s been one whole year since The Girl Upstairs began?
How long have you been with The Girl Upstairs? Are you excited for the future of this blog?

I’ll see you in the comments! 😀

 

The Writer’s Prompt Challenge – March 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to month two of The Writer’s Prompt Challenge! 😀

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First off, I’d like to express my apologies to Allie Taylor and the TWPC participants. This challenge was originally supposed to be posted last week, but I didn’t get it up in time. It was Tech Week for Alice in Wonderland, as well as having five shows over the course of 55 hours (about three days), and life has been a hectic whirlwind.

Anyhow, I’m here today (one week late) with the second edition to TWPC. 🙂

{I promise I’ll get around to changing these graphics 😄 }

The Writer’s Prompt Challenge (TWPC) is a monthly challenge for writers. Each month, a set of prompts is posted for writers to include in their stories. At the end of the month, the entries are judged and a winner is chosen! 😀

  1. Your entry must be between 100 – 300 words.
  2. The winners will receive a badge for their blog
  3. The winner will be chosen based on the number of prompts they have used as well as the quality of their writing.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Your entries must be in on or before Tuesday, March 28th.


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Word Prompt:

Prompt -- at birth, everyone has the date they will die tattooed on their arm. you were supposed to die yesterday:

Picture Prompt:

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Character Prompt:

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Items to Include:

Cloak, amulet/pendant, & a storm

  • Post your entry on your blog or send it through this contact form
  • If you post it on your blog, leave the link to the post in the comments
  • Make sure to highlight (bold AND italicize if you can’t highlight) the prompts so I can easily see what prompts you have used.
  • Make sure to make it clear in your comment/post/email what prompts you have used, how many words your story is, your age (optional), your first name or a nickname, and the link to your blog.

Who’s planning on entering TWPC this month?
Any questions or ideas for TWPC? Drop me a comment or submit a contact form!

The Madi Grace Launch Celebration!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the exciting co-launch party of Madison Lorfing’s NEW personal blog – Madi Grace! If you don’t know Madison, she runs Delightful World of Dolls, a super popular, amazing doll blog. Now, Madi has decided to start her very own personal blog! 🎉🎉🎉

And guess who’s here to interview her – and help kick off her blog to an awesome start?
Why, me of course! 😀

I’ll be interviewing Madison, giving you a glimpse of the new blog, and afterward giving your the link to the official launch post! 😀

🎉 3…2…1…LET’S GO! 🎉


To start…how excited are you for this new blog?

Extremely excited. 😄 The night I bought the domain name, God gave me several different post ideas and I stayed up to the early morning hours just writing them out and thinking about who God would use to me to reach and touch! And I’m always typing up blog posts in my head and toying around with sentences I’ll say as well as a bunch of post ideas. 😄

What inspired you to start a personal blog?

Reading The Girl Upstairs and Let’s Be Lost! Grace, when I first came to The Girl Upstairs, I was so wowed and amazed. I loved your posting style and all of your cute theme designs (and still do! 😀 ) In reading Let’s Be Lost and The Girl Upstairs, I began thinking about how cool it would be to start my own personal blog and what kinds of posts I would make. I was also getting a little tired of posting writing entries on my doll blog… 😉

What will you be posting about?

I cannot WAIT to start posting! 😄 Ahem. 😉 God has gifted me with the ability to teach God’s Word (my pastors tell me that, that’s not what I’ve declared or anything 😛 ) and I love to dig deep into it and encourage other people. I want to post mini messages that teach, reach, touch and encourage peoples’ hearts. I’ll post about ways to kick the devil’s butt in our lives right now. And as God leads, I’ll post posts to encourage young people about finding their purpose and discovering their identity. I’ll also post about my personal life, whether that be traveling or doing fun things throughout the month. And of course, I’ll share my writing, photography, artwork, and other things along the way!

What is your goal in starting MG? 

I want to reach other young people like me and encourage them to follow God’s incredible, extraordinary, too-huge-to-even-imagine plan for their life and fulfill their purpose. You don’t have to be traveling and preaching to kick the devil’s butt! We can shine God’s light in our everyday lives – that is how we are going to reach the world! I love people and I want to see them live the kind of life God has planned for them, and I want Madi Grace open for God to use me to encourage people to do just that! 😀

How do you shine God’s light through your blog and in your life?

It started with Delightful World of Dolls – my blog about my hobby of doll collecting. It honors God by being safe, clean, and family-friendly (plus having doll stories and stopmotions with good morals and Christian perspectives), and I put ads on there for the purpose of funding our missionaries all around the world. With Madi Grace, of course, I want to chronicle my life of being a professional devil butt-kicker and encouraging others to do the same. In my life, I strive to live the kind of life God wants us all to live. A life of victory and joy, and refusing to let the devil walk all over us like a doormat – no matter what he throws our way. When the world sees that kind of amazing life God empowers us to live, they are going to want that.

Who do you hope to reach with MG? 

Young people like me, mostly – tweens and teens, even young adults. Anyone, of course, can view and be encouraged by Madi Grace, but that’s just what my main audience will be. And of course, my family in other states will probably like to see what I’m doing in my day-to-day life. 😀

Now for some more personal questions:

How did you come to know God as your Lord and Savior? 

I’m a preacher’s kid so I’m always around ministry and involved in church, but when I was younger I never really made it my own. As soon as I was old enough to comprehend the fact that Jesus died for me and that I believed in Him as my Lord and Savior, that was when I was saved, but it was when I was seven years old and spending time with the Lord that I decided to make an “official” declaration of my faith. It was summer 2011, and seven-year-old me was outside swinging at night. On a small blue sticky note, I was writing a worship song as I so often did about Jesus and I hanging out and climbing trees together. I suddenly realized that I had never prayed “the sinner’s prayer,” so I marched into my dad’s office with my five-year-old brother and asked him to lead me in the sinner’s prayer as an “official” declaration of my faith. I remember holding my dad and brother’s hands and trembling with excitement as my brother and I repeated my dad’s words, beaming wide the entire time. After that, I did my own little Bible studies to no one but my new iPhone 3GS. 😄 I was so excited and passionate about serving Jesus and that I had made an “official” declaration of my faith!

How do you tell others about Jesus? Do you have any tips for those who don’t really know how to share God with others?

When I was part of a ministry-training-type group called Next Level, I taught God’s Word at my children’s church. I also traveled and preached at different churches and youth conferences across the state of Florida. But I believe every young person should be a soul-winner and tell others about Jesus. Even before church services would start, I would find people that were new and I would talk to them about having a personal relationship with Jesus. Many times I would go to the park and other places and share the Gospel with people and give them an invitation to give their hearts to Jesus as their Savior if they were not already born again. When I graduated the group and did not feel God’s leading to continue serving in children’s ministry, I got inspired to start my own personal blog and God gave me the idea to start Madi Grace, and that is one of the ways I am reaching people now. I am going to start traveling the world and preaching very soon, and that is also how I tell others about Jesus. 😀 As for tips for those who don’t really know how to tell others about Jesus, I’m actually going to be posting about that on Madi Grace! One of my tips would be to just live your life as God wants you to (If you don’t know how He wants you to, read God’s Word, the Bible, to find out!) When others see that, they are going to want to know how you are joyous and more than a conqueror no matter what the devil tries to hit you with. There is also this great tool that I’ve used when witnessing to strangers called the Gospel soul-winning script(Grace – could you turn “Gospel soul-winning script” into this link? http://www.revival.com/revapp/downloads/script_en.pdf). And I’ll be posting more about this in-depth on Madi Grace.

Have you ever struggled in your walk with the Lord? How did you overcome your doubts?

Haha, yes! 😄 When God told us to move to Florida, I became very angry at Him. I hated Florida, I hated our new church, I hated all the pastors, I hated anything and everything that was related to anything Florida. I stopped spending personal, one-on-one time with the Lord and our relationship kind of faltered. I was the most miserable eleven-year-old you ever saw. I would always talk negatively, wear a frown, and hate just about everything and everyone. I was always angry and always crying. If something bad happened, I blamed it on Florida. I always found the cloud for every silver lining. I let the devil walk all over me like a doormat and pretty much kick my butt instead of the other way around. (And this was in the midst of being on the leadership team, soulwinning, ministering, and teaching God’s Word!) It wasn’t until over an entire miserable year later that I realized that our joy comes from the Lord, not the circumstances around us. He is the source of our joy and strength. I began to spend more time with Him again and refuse to let the devil bring me down. (John 10:10 NKJV – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”) I began to speak positive things over my life and circumstances. Even though going through the move to Florida and ministry training was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life, God had a great big plan that prepared me for where I am today! I absolutely love my amazing life and while Florida isn’t my absolute favorite place on earth to live (go Texas! ), I am happy and joyful here because I know this is where God wants me! If I had it go through it all over again knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t let a negative word come out of my mouth. I would speak God’s Word over any situation and remember that I’m supposed to kick the devil’s butt… not the other way around!

Do you have any advice or encouragement for other believers?

Always remember to run to God and not from Him because He loves you ever so much and has an incredibly big, AMAZING plan for your life – beyond anything you could ever ask, think, or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20 AMP) ️<3

Lastly, here are some just-for-fun questions!

What’s your favorite verse?

James 1:19! “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (NLT) I actually read that verse right before we moved to Florida and I really like it! Although I just recently fell in love with Romans 8:37: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (NKJV) That fits the theme of Madi Grace perfectly! 😄

What’s your favorite book in the Bible?

I usually say James because that’s where my favorite verse is found, but since I love Romans 8:37, too, maybe I should include Romans… 😄

If you could ask God anything, what would it be?

Sometimes, things happen in life that we don’t understand and we’re never expecting. When those things happen, we keep trusting God, continue (or start) doing what He’s called us to do, and move on – but I’d like to know why they happened in the first place (and probably will when I get to Heaven). I’ve also wondered completely random things about the Bible, like if Jesus ever made hilarious jokes with the disciples or what kind of conversations Noah and his family had in that ark… 😄

What’s your favorite parable Jesus told?

Right now, I’d probably have to say the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, the Parable of the Talents, or the Parable of the Great Banquet… oh wow, I really need to pick just ONE favorite. 😄

What’s your favorite miracle Jesus performed?

Ooh, that is so hard! I loved when Jesus healed the ten lepers, the woman with the issue of blood, and a blind man named Bartimaeus. Oh dear, that’s more than one… 😄

Any last words-o-wisdom? 😄

LET’S KICK SOME DEVIL BUTT! 😎 😄

Thank you SOOO much, Grace, for interviewing me and helping me with my blog launch! You are so incredibly nice and amazing! ️<3 And you and your awesome blog really inspired me to want to start my own, too! This has been really exciting and a ton of fun – thank you so very much again! ️<3
Thank YOU, Madi! I am honored that I’ve been able to be a part of this blog launch! I am SO excited for your personal blog and can’t wait to see what’s in store for it. 🙂


Next up, I’ll be showing a snippet of what Madi’s blog is going to look like:

Make sure to check out the actual blog, where you can tour the blog, read Madi’s posts & pages, leave comments, and attend the launch celebration! 😀


Are you excited? And why the heck are you still here?

Head over to madigrace.org to check out Madison’s new blog! 😀

I’ll see ya there! 😀

The Horrors of Tech Week // In Which I Educate You Ignorant Mortals

{WARNING: This post contains a large amount of sarcasm – enter at your own risk.}

*clears throat* Hellooo everyone! Welcome to the post in which – hence the title – I educate you ignorant mortals on the horrors of Tech Week. O_o


If you don’t already know, I was cast in a local theatre’s production of Alice In Wonderland JR as Tall Alice…

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{LOOK IT’S MEEEEEE}

This show has basically taken over my life as well as blogging, and I’ve been searching for something related to it to post about. I plan on posting some show pictures, but for now I’m going to be educating you.

Because, frens, Tech Week begins today.

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^ ME ^

OH LOOK IT’S SUTTON FOSTER

Tech Week, at its simplest, is a bunch of rehearsals all in a row where we bring the show together and completely add tech – lights, set, props, etc., as well as costumes, hair, and makeup.

At this point you’re probably like, “Aw c’mon Grace…this isn’t that bad.”
Me: *blank stare* *cough* Mmm hmm…sure. ( 😄 😄 😄 )

Tech Week is hard to explain for those who haven’t experienced it before. And don’t get me wrong…TW is fun. But it’s also super exhausting. And with the new setup of the theatre “program,” things are different than past years and we don’t have as much time to relax and chill. The cast also isn’t as close as years prior. 😦

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Tech Week is tiring. Rehearsals run very late, sometimes until 11pm. The rehearsals sometimes go nice and smooth, and other times we have to start over and run the whole thing over again. If you’re in public school, you also have homework to do and school to get up for in the morning. And after four (or more!) days of rehearsals, plus a whole weekend of shows, you are exhausted. 😴 😴 😴

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THIS DESCRIBES ME PERFECTLY, OKAY?

Tech Week is also tiring in another way. After being around the same people – the people you both like and, in this case, dislike – you’re just kinda like GET AWAY FROM ME PLZ. At least, I’m like that – BUT ONLY IN MY HEAD SO DON’T FREAK OUT. Especially since the cast is much younger than me, I am often bombarded by ignorant cheeldren who won’t leave me alone.
(That was entirely sarcastic…the little kids can be annoying but I also like loving them. AND THEY’RE JUST SO SHORT AND ADORABLE AND I TOWER OVER THEM SO WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?)

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But Tech Week is also fun. For one thing, we rehearse in full costumes, makeup/hair, and props. And that is EXCITING, frens! The magic of theatre just begins to weave itself into a beautiful, entertaining tapestry during Tech Week.
(WELL LOOK AT ME AND MY AWESOME POETIC-NESS)

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Me during TW: HALPPP

(AND HOW COULD I RESIST AN ALICE GIF?)

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Tech Week is on the way – precisely 1 hour and 46 minutes – and I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be! Bring it on, Tech Week…it takes a lot to intimidate Tall Alice. 💪
(YEAH RIGHT, GRACE. 😄 )

And before I go, I want to congratulate you! You are no longer an ignorant mortal and now how a bit of a grasp as to what Tech Week really is. *hands you chocolate*

Do you enjoy my sarcastic posts?
Have you ever experienced Tech Week?
If not, did my education help you understand?

Bookish Interview Swap with Mahriya

*throws confetti* *passes out donuts and dark chocolate*

Hello there! Are you excited? Well, you should be, because I’m interviewing Mahriya! It’s such an honor to work with Mahriya, and I’m SO excited! 😀
But before you start reading, head over to Mahriya’s fabulous blog and give her a follow!

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT MAHRIYA’S INTERVIEW WITH ME! 

 

Let’s begin! 😀
G: Hullo Mahriya! Thanks for being here! 😀
M: AHHH, I’M SO EXCITED!

G: What was the first book you remember reading?
M: My family loves to read; I love to read. I have no idea what my first book is but I remember enjoying books like Handa’s Suprise, The Magic Faraway Tree, and Baby Jake. These were all childhood favourites and I feel nostalgic at the mention of their names!
G: What’s your favourite book you’ve ever read?
M: WHO ASKED THIS QUESTION? *wails* Are you TRYING to get me killed, waste your words, and make me scarred for life? HOW CAN ONE EVER CHOOSE -TELL ME YOUR SECRETS. There’s Six Of Crows, Harry Potter, The Kite Runner – GAH, SO MANY.
G: Least favourite?
M: I actually have never HATED a book. Like, okay, I do get slightly angry at times (this involves killing and ripping up books and sulking) but it’s nothing serious… *laughs nervously* Ugh, I’ll just say THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner.
G: Have you ever cried during (or after) a book?
M: Good literature MAKES you cry. I believe you must have cried (or at least on the verge of tears) at least once when you’ve been exposed to REAL GOOD books, e.g The Kite Runner (Where are the tissues!)
G: Who’s your favourite author?
M: Meh, Meh. Authors. There’s J.K Rowling, Malorie Blackman, Khaled Hosseini but I don’t really focus on author’s much. Reason being, sometimes they write SUCH good books and then they write HORRIBLE ones. How can I know if I like them?
G: What is your favourite genre to read?
M: FANTASY AND DYSTOPIA. I love love love love dystopia and even though it’s kind of burnt out, I remember enjoying those books. Fantasy is one I’ve kind of always loved from long ago when I picked up Harry Potter. But, the thing is, I never read much of those 2 genres, I usually read contemporary so I’m kind of stuck on this one.
G: What books are you looking forward to reading?

M: I was going to copy and paste my TBR but then i realised that this post would never end if I did that 😀

Here’s just a few! (more like 1/10000000 books)
Crooked Kingdom (I NEED!)
Uglies
Divergent
The Grisha Triology
Everything Everything
 
G: What’s one of your weird bookish habits?
M: I spend along trying to find the perfect reading position and I take notes on quotes and page numbers whilst reading (esp. for reviews)
G: Do you keep your bookmarks safe or just use scraps of anything you can find?
M: I do have BOOKMARKS, I promise! It’s just that I never keep them with me… And I usually end up slotting in paper or the nearest things (sometimes this is a pen, i know)
G: Do you snack on food while reading?
M: FOOD AND BOOKS. Ahem, BEST COMBO. I have hot chocolate, of course, then there’s chocolate and of course, biscuits!
G: Are you a fast reader?
M: I AM THE BOOK EATER. THE BOOK EATER! Hear me? THE Book Eater. I eat books in 10 seconds flat. I have a TBR to tackle here, ya know. Of course, I have to be FAST!
G: What’s your book fandom?
M: Hmm. Six Of Crows and Harry potter. If you haven’t read these books, READ THEM NOW!
G: Do you want to be an author (why or why not?)
M: I’ve never finished writing a book. Never done a NaNoWriMo contest. Never even finished a short story. I don’t even know how I call myslef a ‘writer’ and dream of being an author when I find myself ALWAYS getting writer’s block. But yes, I will carry on dreaming.
G: Libraries or Bookstores
M: Hmm. Bookstores4life. I have this conspiracy about EVIL librarians so ahem, I’ll stay safe.
G: Do you like reading 2 (or more) books at the same time?
M: I do, indeed. I don’t like it much as my pineapple brain gets confused between the characters and plots of the 2 books. But my TBR is getting stronger every day I must defeat it!
G: Do you have any bookish OCD moments?
M: Hmm. Apart from the fact, I like to keep my books intact, I’ve got to have good lighting so I can read and some people are monsters. You see, I’ve seen people bookmark the pages with a MASSIVE fold. Fold it nicely and neatly, if you cant find a bookmark.
G: Thanks for doing this interview, Mahriya-dear! I had a blast working with you!
M: I don’t want it to end! This was so much fun and I’d love to collab with you soon!

Are you a Bibliophile?
What’s on your TBR list?
Have you ever cried whilst reading, or are you just as heartless as me?

Do tell, dearies! 😄