Wednesday, November 5, 2014

the bookshelf challenge

well hello friends!! I was visiting Hannah's blog the other day and noticed two super-duper exciting things.

1. SHE VLOGGED. it is literally the most exciting thing to happen to me all week. except for today, because some random little girl in the park gave me a wilted dandylion and realistically THAT was the most exciting thing to happen, but the vlog is close. so go watch that.
2. (I was so excited about the afore-mentioned dandylions that I totally forgot what I was going to say and it's literally taken me five minutes to remember.)
2! She tagged me to complete the bookshelf challenge! So before you read my post please DROP EVERYTHING and go visit the daisy tree, watch the vlog and be happy.

I am not going to do a vlog today, mostly because after I watched Hannah's I realized that we're kind of actually twins, and it would be almost exactly the same as hers and that's boring. So at some point I'll be brave and put my face on the internet (my heart's already here, so I don't know why I'm so skittish) but today is not that day! I'll keep you posted.

Without further ado...I give you the bookshelf challenge.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
I can't think of a specific one at the moment. Sadness doesn't really put me off reading books...I like to feel the feelz. Howeverrrrrrrrr I have only read The Book Thief (Zuzak) once because I don't want to experience the trauma again, even though it was an amazing book.
2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

I read basically every genre always, anyway, but... I would say the Hunger Games (Collins) and Divergent (Roth) helped me to appreciate dystopia more, since it's not a genre I normally like and I *loved* those books.
3) Find a book that you want to reread.

EVERY BOOK EVER. But realistically, The Fault in Our Stars (Green.) My heart, wow. ow. Also, I've been in a nostalgic childhood-book mood and I have a whole stack of old favourites that I'm going to go through. 
4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn't?

I honestly don't think so. There are books that I didn't necessarily like, but I can't think of a time where I read a specific book and was like, "if I had a re-do I wouldn't have read that." Usually I just like to be able to say "oh, I've read that," even if I didn't like it.
5) If your house were burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

I know this is kind of cheating, but I would save my journals. I'm a huge library person and while I do own a lot of books, I don't have deep emotional attachments to the physical book itself. I'm attached to the story, and all of my books are replaceable. On the other hand, I have almost ten journals that date back to roughly 2003. Those are priceless.
6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

 Most of them do. Dancing Through the Snow (Little) and the Chronicles of Narnia* (Lewis) are two of my absolute childhood and current favourites. major blast from the past.
7) Find a book that has inspired you the most.

Inspired me as a writer or as a person? As a writer, most books inspire me in some way. Reading The Fault in Our Stars really inspired me to create real, quirky characters. Hazel was amazing; I absolutely loved reading from her perspective. As a person, I would have to say CoN* has probably inspired me the most. Whenever I'm feeling low I know I can crack the cover and feel better instantly. When I'm feeling spiritually dry, I'll go to the Bible first, obviously, but after that I grab my beat-up Narnia book.
8) Do you have any autographed books?


9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

A 7-in-1 edition of the Chronicles of Narnia that I've had since I was six. (are you seeing a theme??) It is totally battered and wrecked and I love it dearly. Actually, this is the book I'd probably rescue from a fire, if my journals don't count.
10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

Aghhhhhh I don't remember!! There are too many books! I don't think so. Usually I just wouldn't read it...or I probably read it and didn't like it. I'm usually right with my gut feelings about books. (although I tend to be too optimistic and therefore often disappointed.)

thanks for nominating me, Hannah! That was fun! Danielle, I've tagged you to do these questions, if you're interested!! 
have a lovely first week of November, everyone!! what are some of your favourite books?




  1. Olivia we ARE totally twins! And thanks for all your super sweet words! :) Can't handle it.

    I love your copy of CoN. It looks so loved and read and reread and GAH. And also, I haven't read Divergent yet, isn't that horrible? It's mostly because I've been spoiled and it makes me scared to read them :'(

    I'm so glad you did this challenge! I loved seeing your answers.

    1. it's my favourite book, and copy of a book, and basically if I could pick one object of any sort to describe my childhood, that copy of CoN would be it. I love it to pieces (literally, it's so beat up.)

      you should go ahead and read Divergent! And Insurgent. Skip Allegient if you want, that's when it gets really sad. :'(

      thanks for nominating me! it was funnn!!

  2. Thanks for tagging me, Olivia! And yeah, I know what you mean about saving the journals and being more attached to the story than the copy of the book. My journals are really important to me too. And despite loving the stories and the characters, I can always pick up another copy somewhere else.

    1. No worries Danielle! I'm really excited to see your answers! :) And I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way, I was totally like "book lovers don't hate on me, please" when I posted it. :p

  3. YESSSS NARNIA! *high five* I so badly want one of those all-in-one copies, those are like...ughh <3 yeah I want one of those. Yours looks so loved and precious to your soul. And I was so stoked to see that Hannah vlogged, too! You need to vlog. Soonly. Just sayin.

    1. My parents bought it for me for Christmas when I was like, six...and I've read it and loved it like a billion times since then. it is so battered and worn and underlined and falling apart and I love it to pieces.

      Yes I do need to vlog! Soon! maybe as soon as you give us details on the boy? Just sayin. ;)


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