Liebster Award!

Thank you very much to Kristi (Hidden Staircase) for the nomination! I really appreciate it! Please go check out her blog! :)

Some of her questions are tricky, but I had fun coming up with the answers.
Liebster award

How it works:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the individual who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers (with under 200 followers) and come up with your own 11 questions. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform your nominee on being nominated.

And here are my answers:

1) J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series or J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings?

Harry Potter always (*cries*). I’ve never been able to get into LOTR, but I’m going to try again soon.

2) What is the number one book you always recommend when someone is looking for a great read?

I feel like I constantly mention Audrey, Wait! (Robin Benway) but when asked, I always say my favourite book is Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine). I also can’t stop talking about the Every series (Ellie Marney) or the Dispossesed trilogy (Page Morgan).

3) You can spend a day with one author (living or dead). Who do you pick and why?

Neil Gaiman. He seems like a fascinating person and I think a conversation with him would be full of amazing advice and kooky anecdotes.

I mean, I wouldn’t say no to meeting J.K.Rowling, but I really don’t know if I’d be able to do anything except yell “WHY’D YOU KILL THOSE GUYS?” and then cry for an hour.

4) If you could transport yourself into any book, where would you be?

I’ve always wished I could fall asleep and dream my way into the alternate Italy in the Stravaganza (Mary Hoffman) series.

5) I love books, but I also love a good TV show. What’s your favorite?

Most of my favourite TV shows (Scrubs, Gilmore Girls) are over and have been for a while :( Other than those, I love Adventure Time and I became obsessed with Sherlock late last year.

6) You are forced to pick one book genre to read for life. *gasp* What do you choose?

I’m going super specific and saying urban fantasy (not just regular fantasy!) because there’s so much you can do with it! But I also can’t imagine sticking to one genre forever (YA is not a genre, so that doesn’t count).

7) How many books do you read at one time?

Lately I’ve been reading 1-3 at a time; right now I’m reading 6 because this week has been chaos and I haven’t had time to focus/finish one.

8) Quick pick: Billy Joel or Elton John?

Elton John, I guess. I’ve never been a big fan of either of them, but here is my favourite EJ moment:

9) What book are you looking forward to reading in 2015?

Ahh, so many!! Libba Bray finally announced the sequel to The Diviners, so probably that, but also The Hollow Boy (Jonathan Stroud). OH and I just started The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan which I was dying for!!!!

10) When you’re not reading, what is your favorite thing to do?

I love going to concerts, but since that’s (unfortunately) not an every day occurrence, I can most often be found writing.

11) The Doctor shows up with the TARDIS, and invites you to travel in time with him for one round trip. Where do you go? 

Elizabethan England. I would like to meet Elizabeth I because she is my favourite queen (I saw her tomb at Westminster Abbey and had to take a moment to fangirl). An added bonus would be an appearance by Shakespeare, but if I just got to hang with the queen, I’d be okay with that.

Nominations:

Um, I really suck at actually following other blogs (I’m working on that). So here are six that I’ve (relatively) recently followed. Some of them may have already been nominated (by people who pay more attention than me)!

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books
Starlight Dreamer
Being Tori in Victoria
Reading Rachael
Bibliowormed
Once Upon a Bookshelf

And even though she has a fancy-cool website and not a blog:

My friend Jane at janesviews

Questions:

This are mostly simple, but some of the answers could be complex if you’re like me.

  1. Tea or coffee?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. Who/what is your favourite cartoon (or animated) character?
  4. What kind of music do you like?
  5. Winter or summer?
  6. Who is your book crush?
  7. If you could live in a fairy tale, which one would you choose?
  8. What is the best event you’ve ever been to (a show/concert/festival, etc)?
  9. Vampires or werewolves (or something else entirely)?
  10. What was your favourite childhood book?
  11. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Versatile Blogger Award!

I realize this is like my 1354068th post of the day, but you guys! The very kind Laura (Tea Time Reads) nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! This was most unexpected, but I feel absurdly honoured. Thanks, Laura! Please go check out her blog! :)

versatile-blogger

How it works:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Share 10 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who are relatively new to blogging (& you like!)

So here are 10 Random Facts About Me:

  1. “bellsiebooks” was coined by my oldest niece. My eldest sister (I have two sisters and a brother) nicknamed me Bella when I was little; when my niece was about 3, she realized that “Bella” and “book” both start with a “b”, so she combined it and pronounced it to be my new name.
  2. I’m currently interning at a children’s book publisher, and I can honestly say it’s my dream job. I live for YA and children’s books.
  3. I also dream of being an author; I’ve written one YA novel so far (though it’s in it’s fourth major revision), and I have about 10 other ideas floating around in various states (some have about 50 rough pages, while others are no more than a named document).
  4. I love love LOVE music and going to concerts. If I come home sweaty and/or without a voice, then I know it’s been a good show.
  5. My favourite movie of all time is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love Tim Burton and I’m trying to watch all of his movies (I own most of them).
  6. I often work Adventure Time quotes or Scrubs references into every day conversation. And I somehow manage to turn almost any music-based conversation into a discussion about You Me At Six.
  7. I currently have three tattoos, have a consultation booked for a fourth, and have plans for at least five more. In my spare time, I fantasize about having enough money to spend on a full-coloured sleeve.
  8. I have a ridiculous collection of tea, most of it from England. Twinings Earl Grey was the first flavour I liked and it’s still one of my favourites.
  9. I also have a ridiculous collection of Converse sneakers, and one day I hope to have one pair of shoes for every colour of the rainbow.
  10. Sometimes I write for idobi radio (an alternative/pop-punk online radio station), and recently I’ve been collaborating with my friend Jane on music reviews (so far we’ve done a review of a Bleachers concert, and a track-by-track discussion of Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho).

Nominations:

I don’t know that many blogs, so I’ve picked five random ones that I follow :)
Steam Punk, On the Edge of Food-vention
Starlight Daydreamer
A Baked Creation
Books For MKS
Vital Endeavor
BONUS (because she was also nominated by Laura!)
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books

Five Short Graybles

Since I accidentally dressed like Magic Man today (too much yellow!), I figured it would be as good a time as any to write a recap/review of Adventure Time.

Magic Man!

I’m always a little behind on TV shows, so even though AT has already started season six (I think), I just finished watching the season four DVD. This season was by far the trippiest I’ve seen, but it also had some pretty solid episodes. Here are my top five (technically six):

Return to the Nightosphere/Daddy’s Little Monster

Marceline (the Vampire Queen!) is one of my favourite characters on the show, and naturally, I automatically love any episode in which she has a central role. These two episodes also had the added bonuses of a) re-introducing Marceline’s dad, Hunson Abadeer, and b) actually forming a continuous story line. AT rarely has two part episodes and has, more than once, left the viewer hanging. So imagine my surprise when I got to the end of “Return to the Nightosphere”, and realized that the story was picked right back up in “Daddy’s Little Monster”. It was great character development for Marcy (and her already tense relationship with her dad), plus the Nightosphere is fascinating.

Gotcha!

Lumpy Space Princess is sassy and crazy and I love her. In this episode, she decides to write a “trashy book for ladies” and starts working with Finn and Jake in an attempt to teach Turtle Princess how she can win over any man…but she ends up learning a lesson herself (awww). Sidenote: LSP always looks fresh to death.

Ignition Point

Flame Princess, the newest (in this season, anyway) princess/object of Finn’s affection is swiftly rising on my list of “favourite Adventure Time characters”. She’s more volatile (literally and figuratively) than most of other princesses, and her relationship with Finn is precious (she can’t touch him without burning him and it’s as heartbreaking as a cartoon can be). Finn and Jake end up back in the Flame Kingdom where they overhear two people plotting to assassinate the Flame King (using ice water, obviously). Not only is this episode full of Hamlet references (who doesn’t love a little Shakespeare now and then?), but the humour is on point (the “magic air”, the scented candles, the snake on Finn’s shoulder, etc).

I Remember You

Another Marceline-centric episode, but this one also gives more insight into the Ice King’s pre-crown life. Though it starts off funny – with Ice King remixing Marceline’s “Daddy, Why Did You Eat My Fries?” song for Gunter the penguin – it slowly turns into an exploration of Marceline and Ice King (aka Simon)’s relationship and shared history, something that had previously been glossed over.

The Lich

The Lich, the ultimate villain in Ooo, is back and just as terrifying. This episode is great for its callbacks to previous seasons – the Cosmic Owl, Billy, the talking bear, and, of course, the snail-Lich – but it also ends with an outrageous and unexpected cliff-hanger. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if this episode is any indication, season five probably takes the show to a whole new level.