Wednesday, April 26, 2017

hashtag tags

Have y'all noticed that I always seem to combine tags?  Like, when was the last time I devoted a whole post to just a single tag?  I have reflected on it, and have been unable to find the answer.

Ah, well.  As you may have guessed, I have indeed been tagged and awarded, and I am indeed about to fill out both honors.  Many thanks to Hamlette and Ev for them -- I appreciate it, old sports!!

(Also the first, I am very sorry about how I've left your beautiful comments hanging without replies for so long.  Rest assured that they have been read and re-read with the utmost delight and that I really do hope to get caught up on comments at some point in the not-too-distant future.)

(Also the second, has anyone else been having problems with Pinterest lately?  The eye candy in this post will have to be whatever I have in the ol' iPhoto reservoir, because Pinterest isn't allowing me to access my pins.  WHICH IS REALLY FRUSTRATING.  BECAUSE I KIND OF COULD USE IT FOR A GRADUATION PROJECT.  So this post will be all hodge-podgy and eclectic and nothing at all like my usual pristinely organized posts.  Humph.)

(Also the third, has anyone else been having problems with Blogger lately??  It has been refusing to properly interpret symbols like the heart thingy.  WHICH IS ALSO REALLY FRUSTRATING.)

Anyway.  Moving on. 

~ Hamlette's tag ~

Les rules: You must be honest. You must answer every question. You must tag at least 4 people.

1.) What book has been on your shelf the longest?   I truly do not know.  Ella Enchanted is the one that springs to mind, but it could also be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Perloo the Bold, Doomwyte, 101 Dalmations, or another one altogether.

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?  My last read was Shadows on the Grass, by Isak Dinesen.  I'm currently reading Uncle Tom's Cabin for school (I'm not sure what my current read for fun is, since I haven't been doing it a lot lately), and I don't know which book I'll read next.  I HAVE TOO MANY CHOICES.  (Ha, kidding, that's not a thing.)

3.) What book did everyone like, but you hated?  Hermmmm . . . probably either The Great Gatsby or Robinson Crusoe.  To be fair, I don't hate TGG, but I was less enthusiastic about it than some in my class.

4.) What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?  Not sure if this counts, but I've been avoiding John Steinbeck's books.  Also kind of William Faulkner's.  And Moby-Dick.  

5.) What book are you saving for retirement?  No idea.  I haven't any specific plans to that end as of yet.  

6.) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?  It depends.  I typically find myself skipping to the end and reading the last line, at least.  

7.) Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?  I like reading the dedication, but that's different than the acknowledgement, yes?  For a few moments there I was confused.  So, anyway, yes -- I like the dedications; the acknowledgements, not so much.  (Unless they're humorously written, and even then I tend to skim.)

8.) Which book character would you switch places with?  These kind of questions stress me out.  I'm pretty sure I take them too seriously, because my immediate thought is "I WOULDN'T GO BACK OR FORWARD IN TIME OR CHANGE PLACES WITH SOMEONE BECAUSE THAT WOULD GO AGAINST GOD'S PLAN FOR ME SO HA!"  0_0  (So yeah, clearly I over-think it.)

9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)  
I have a feeling that Anna Karenina will always remind me of December 2015, because that was when I read it, whilst recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. 

10.) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.  Blogger review programs?  The "take a book, leave a book" thing at the library?  Like Hamlette, the majority of my books are acquired in normal ways. :-P

11.) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?  Yup -- I gave a copy of Peter Pan to one of my friends because we had performed a selection from it for a school assignment, and she had never read it. :)

12.) Which book has been with you most places?  . . . ?  The Bible?  I'm not sure, sorry!

13.) Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?  
Hehe, well, funny you should mention it -- as a matter of fact, I've been wanting to retry American literature, because when I took it my freshman year of high school (way back in the day, ha), it left me Decidedly Unimpressed (to say the least), and I feel I should give it another try.  But the only book that I read in school and then re-read on my own (that I can think of, at least) is The Great Gatsby, and my feelings on it were pretty much the same.  

14.) Used or brand new?  
Used, all the way!  That is to say, I've nothing against brand new books, but thrift stores have spoiled me, and I can only rarely countenance the prices of brand new books. 

15.) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?  

16.) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?  
Hehe, yes.  Probably more than is in accordance with the unwritten codes of bibliophilia. ;D  Let's see (most of these, I enjoyed the books fine, but just liked the movie better, probably because it was the first form of the story I experienced): Wives and Daughters, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, probably The Lord of the Rings, maaaaaaaybe Little Women?  I don't know.  Book-LW is pretty awesome, too.  

17.) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?  
Cookbooks, yes.  Looking at cookbooks makes me want to cook.  Also Brian Jacques' Redwall series!  (I ought to get the cookbook that goes with that, actually . . . )  And strangely, I tend to get hungry when watching P and P '95.  

18.) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?  
YOU GUYS' *showers confetti and beaming smiles upon you*

19.) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?  What have I read that's out of my comfort zone? . . . Does The Aeneid count?  I wouldn't have thought I'd enjoy it, but I did.  Parts of it did get *ahem* a little dry, but overall . . .  I think a large part of it was just the particular translation I had, though.

I tag . . . 
Kate Marie
Abby P.

And anyone else who wants to do it, of course :)

~ Ev's award ~

1.) Do you have any family heirlooms?  I use a little container thing of my mother's for hair ties and clips in my bedroom.  Does that count?

2.) Opinion on Letterwriting?  It is probably "an excellent practice," and I really ought to be more prompt about it. 

3.) Do you prefer tea, coffee or cocoa?  Cocoa, please!

4.) Whats your favourite childrens story?  Peter Pan.  :)  Because reasons.

5.) What movie or Period Drama ending really frustrated you? And how would you change it?  *cracks fingers*  (not really)  WELL.  I guess if I'm going with just one, the ending of Dear Frankie.  THAT MOVIE HAD SO MUCH PROMISE.  And then that ending was just . . . ugh.  How would I change it?  I'D FIX IT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  (Meaning What's-His-Name wouldn't just walk off into the alley and away from Frankie and his mom, and What's-His-Name and Frankie's Mom would end up together.  DUH.)  Circle of Friends' ending was also very irritating, but that whole movie was just . . . a topic for another time, let us say. 

6.) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?  Don't ask someone who's about to graduate from high school that question!!  (I have ideas/Hopes & Dreams and all, but I don't really wish to discuss them. :-P)  

7.) What makes you nostalgic?  Springtime. (Especially cherry blossoms and the scent of lilac and honeysuckle. And freshly-mown grass.)  The opening music of the Mariel of Redwall audiobook.  Just thinking about The Dear Old Days Gone By Forever, Never To Be Spoken Of.  (Among many other things.)

8.) If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be?  I really want to find out what my spirit animal is, actually!  But I don't know. :-P

9.) If a loved one was to serenade you, what song would you most like them to sing?  
Haha, I'd probably just blush and feel Extremely Awkward.  In fact, and I hope this doesn't sound ratty of me, I think I'd rather pass.

10.) If you could change your name to anything what would your new name be?  
Maybe Arwen? (No, seriously.)

11.) Whats your favourite biscuit to dunk?  
You know, I typically don't actually like dunking my cookies.  Sometimes I'll dip Nilla Wafers, ginger snaps, or biscotti into milk, but other than that I rarely dunk.


  1. Dis was funny. :D

    HAHAHA THAT GIF. (Which I presume is from the Gilmore Girls... I've not seen it, but I think I'd like it. Hehe. ;))

    Oh, I was thinking of reading Uncle Tom's Cabin - is it very good?

    O_O YOU READ THE LAST LINE OF A BOOK?!!! What is this! :P I would never be able to bring myself to do that - I've feel so guilty, haha. (I'm a bit silly like that.)

    I generally make myself read acknowledgments etc because then I feel like I've read the *whole* book... though if it's a Dickens book, that's another matter. They're long enough. ;P

    Your library has a "take a book, leave a book"?!?! WHAT. Gosh, your libraries are weird. :P

    Oh, and also, I was considering reading "The Phantom of the Opera" and I'm pretty sure you've read it... what did you think of it? I've no idea what I'm getting myself into. :P (I know the musical, but is it very different?)

    Arwen is a BEAUTIFUL name. :) (I love Eowyn too. They sound rather similar.)

    ~Miss Meg

  2. Thanks a million for the tag! Also, that picture of the donut is flawless. I really want that donut. XD

  3. *hyperventilates* I... I can't believe it. Dear Frankie actually ends that way?????? Whyyyyyyyyy???? *angry sobbing* I've wanted to see that movie for the longest time because it looks so precious but OH MY WORD MY HEART IS CRUSHED.

    I love The Great Gatsby, but I can actually see how it would not be everyone's cup of tea. ;)

    Ahh. I just had my wisdom teeth removed a few months back... I thought I'd stock up on books and read the whole time but I didn't end up feeling like it??? I mostly watched movies while I was convalescing. :) Was Anna Karenina agonizing????

    Eeeeeeeeee!!!! Thank you so much for tagging me! I feel so special! :D Just to be clear - I am tagged for the first set of questions or both?

    I could say oodles more but it mostly be telling you how I would have answered the questions and I'm tagged, so... :)

  4. Thank you for tagging me!!!!!!!!! *hugs* * smiles* *more hugs* *smiles* *even more hugs* *smiles* etc....

    Yes, Blogger has been very annoying lately. It won't save my posts!

    I love all your answers!

    Hey! I get hungrey watching P & P '95 too!

    Thank you again so much for tagging me! I can't wait to get my answers out!

  5. Gah, the 'Circle of Friends' ending!! Why on earth would she take him back after what he did??!! The book's ending is much more satisfying. (I loved the book, but I thought the film was pretty terrible - although it did make me laugh.)

  6. My spirit animal is a koala bear, I think. Because I am quiet and I like to sleep *grins*

    No, seriously--ever since I was a tiny toddler I've been fascinated with koala bears. I used to have a special sweatshirt that my Mom bought at the San Diego Zoo with a koala bear printed on the front; and it was one of my FAVORITE pieces of clothing EVER. I can no longer wear it, though . . . *sniffles*

    1. Jessica, you'll have to come to Australia and see some native koala bears!! :D We've had quite a lot over the past few years in our backyard. :) And of course, you see kangaroos here on a daily basis, pretty much. :D

      ~Miss Meg

    2. That would be COOL!!!!! *hugs you both*

  7. I loved all your answers!

    Cookbooks make me hungry too! :-) I read one of Brian Jacques' books, and some of his descriptions made me extremely hungry.

    I definitely agree about not asking someone who's about to graduate where they see themselves in 10 years. I'm graduating in a couple of weeks, and I have no idea what the future has in store. Are you also graduating this year?

  8. First of all, YES I have been having trouble with Pinterest lately! It's been doing weird things... as of now I am able to access the pins, but it's doing other weird stuff, like not letting me view gifs, and for awhile I wasn't able to access my LIKED pins... and also Blogger has been weird too. It won't let me change the color of my text in my posts. :P I'm glad to know it's not only me.
    The computer gods need to do something about all of these heinous problems.

    Anyways, I loved reading your answers! Tags are so much fun, aren't they?!
    I did not like The Great Gatsby too much either. It was OK, but I don't understand the hype. I would like to see the movie though...

    Anyways, have a good day!

  9. OH MY GOODNESS. So I click on your post that popped up in my inbox today. I begin reading, and I'm thinking 'It's sorta sad that I never get tagged for anything.' I'm the person who just steals tags, or when they say 'and who ever else wants to'. So anyways, I'm having this pity party, and then, I get to the end of your first tag and BOOM! I see the name Lissa and think, it's somebody else. But then, lo and behold, I click on the name and it takes me to my blog! It's to good to be true.
    Ahem woah, I just got a little excited that's all. ;) Anyways, all this suffice to say, thank you soooooo much for tagging me! I already have a a few posts planned, like two or three, so I'm not sure when I'll do this, but I really will. For sure. So thanks! And any time you want to tag me again, feel free!!
    And of course, I loved your answers to the tags!

    *tackle hugs*
    Just submitting some assignment work I'll be back!

  11. I feel like I say this every time I come on here...but, darling, I'VE MISSED YOU! I'm really terrible at keeping up with everyone's lovely blogs. :/

    ANYWAY. That aside, this post was so much fun!!! I love reading people's tag posts--it's enjoyable getting to know more about people. ^_^

    *gasps* You read the last line before you finish the book??? *cannot fathom this horror* Just kiddingggg. ;) I know people who like to read the endings first. I just Cannot Understand It. XD

    AMEN. Peter Pan is the greatest. *hugs book*

    Again, I have definitely missed visiting your corner of happiness. I actually tagged you for the Sunshine Blogger Award, too...sowwy you already did it. :P I'll completely understand if you don't want to/don't have time to do it. :)

  12. Soo, I know that time--is---lame and that there is so much going on in everyone's life, and I know you just did a few tags. . .but I just filled out a tag that was super fun and while I was thinking of people to tag you came to mind. <<Have a run on sentence Cordy. :P Maybe you could just answer the tag in the comment section of my blog so I can see your answer rather than make a whole post? (Because I really want to know your answer to the tag.) Anyway, here's the actual link to the post:
    I'll understand if you don't want to or don't have the time to fill it out.

    I loved reading through your answers here! Did you ever go and find out what your spirit animal was? I remember my sister and I did a quiz awhile back and she was not pleased with the result. She came out as a whale and I came out as a wolf. *shaking head with a smile* Yeeep, she was NOT pleased. Hahaha.


  13. Oooooh, you've read the Aeneid? Cool! I haven't yet.

  14. Thanks for tagging me, Olivia!
    Noticed the Gilmore Girls gif, have you seen it?? (Just asking because we quite recently finished the show and almost no one else has watched it on Blogger except for my two sisters)

  15. Combining tags just makes things easier. You know, doing it all at once and all. ;) Plus it's more fun that way. :D

    Did Pinterest resolve itself? I can't say I've been having any problems. :/ Or with Blogger....though I don't really use symbols. Haha, that gif, though. :P

    I need to re-read Ella Enchanted again. I feel as if that one needs to be re-read every year or so.

    OLIVIA. You skip to the end of books? *shakes head* Very disappointed in you, girl. ;)

    Saaame. New books are wonderful luxuries, but eeek, those prices.

    *smiles under the shower of confetti*

    I too definitely get nostalgic thinking of The Dear Old Days Gone By Forever, Never To Be Spoken Of. *sheds a tear* (not really)

    You're perfect as Olivia, but I could totally see you as an Arwen, too. :)


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