Disney-a-thon TBR

That’s right, I’m joining another readathon! Everyone’s coming up with a lot of good ones lately, so I’m excited to join!

And, really, if you don’t know me by now: hi, my name is Rayna and I love Disney.

So as soon as I saw there was going to be a readathon based around Disney, OF COURSE I HAD TO JOIN. Disney-a-thon, here I come!

Let’s go over the details of the readathon and then I’ll jump into my team and my TBR!

Hosts: Izzy of izcurrentlyreading, Ally of nature of pages, Francisco of Books Under Covers, and Divya of celebrityreadshush.

Time: August 1st-31st

There are four teams for this readathon, and each of the hosts is going to be head of their team:

  • Izzy is hosting Team Aladdin
  • Ally is hosting Team Tangled
  • Francisco is hosting Team Lion King
  • Divya is hosting Team Mulan

Each team has their own prompts and reading goals, but I’m going to talk about my team: Team Aladdin!

So each team has a total of five books to read (this is including the group book for their specific team), and each group has a special ability granted to them by one of the characters in their movie!

Here’s the prompts and how many points they’re worth:

  • Jasmine: a book that features royalty – 10 points
  • Aladdin: a book that includes romance – 10 points
  • Magic Carpet: a fantasy book – 10 points
  • Jafar: a book that sucks you in as if you’re in a trance, and one you must read only at night/in the dark – 25 points
  • Abu: this is the group book: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – 50 points

Our special ability is granted by, you guessed it, Genie! Our special ability allows us to DNF a book if we’re not liking it and keep our points for that specific prompt, excluding the group book.

I’m pretty excited because for my TBR I picked books that I think are going to be really fun to read – and they’re all ebooks, which makes me feel like I’m reading faster, even though I’m probably not lol

Here’s my TBR!

  • Jasmine: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Aladdin: The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  • The Magic Carpet: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Jafar: The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Abu: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I’m going to take it easy this month and only participate in this readathon. Last month kind of overwhelmed me, haha!

Let’s Chat!

Can you keep one jump ahead of the bread line? One swing ahead of the sword? Or are you going to be swept under by the Cave of Wonders? (If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know and tell me what team you’re on!) Which book are you most excited to read in August?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Movies

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. The topic for this week is a movie freebie, so we could talk about anything we wanted regarding movies. So I figured I’d just talk about my favorite movies of all time, pretty much. There’s so many great ones out there, but these all hold a special place in my heart.

1. Inside Out – When I first saw this movie, I sobbed. I sobbed the second and third time, too, because this movie touched a very special place in my heart. I loved how the creators decided to take the perspective from emotions and give it a twist. It was amazing how it was told and how it ended. It’s beautiful.

2. Zootopia – This was an especially important film that came out because it talked about racial division (or, in this case, species division), police brutality, Black Lives Matter, social norms, and more. It was incredible, and it was told in a fun story way in which I never lost interest and I needed to know what was going to happen next.

3. Princess Mononoke – This was my first PG-13 film, I think, and I saw it when I was seven. And it captivated me then as much as it does now. The plot is amazing and it speaks volumes even today, the animation is incredible, and the characters are some you want to root for – or strangle. It’s breathtaking and you should really watch it.

4. The Notebook – I mean… How can I not have this on here? As I love romance, this is definitely one of my favorite movies when it comes to romance. I love the story, the acting, the time in which it was set. All of it was incredible and excuse me while I sob because THAT ENDING.

5. Jurassic Park – I probably lied about the PG-13 movie thing, but I LOVE the Jurassic Park franchise (even though I haven’t seen the newest one yet…). I’ve always been into dinosaurs, long before I ever saw these movies, and they just enhanced my interest in them immensely. There was a time when I was a child that I would pour myself over books and internet articles and learn as much as I could about dinosaurs and the time in which they lived. This movie was amazing and was such a step from the norm of movies.

6. Howl’s Moving Castle – I’ve watched this movie so many times that I have a lot of the lines memorized. It’s kind of a problem. But I love this one to the moon and back and it’s honestly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. The story, the animation, the romance, the characters, the art! It’s a masterpiece.

7. Spirited Away – Another Miyazaki film, who’d have thought. This movie has so much mystery and history and hidden gems that I love. It’s full of so much wonder, hope, and love. I love this movie so much.

8. Up – This was the movie I saw on our one year anniversary of being together back in the day when my husband and I were dating. We make it a point every year to see whatever Disney movie has come out, even though we may have missed a few. But this movie is one that I love because the characters are so funny, the story is both heartbreaking and hopeful, and it’s just a great tale of achieving dreams.

9. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – This. Movie. Was. Epic. I loved it so much. The second time I saw it I enjoyed it so much more and I think it’s just one of those movies that gets better the more you see it. It touched on the nostalgia of the earlier movies while giving a new storyline and awesome characters. Seriously: love it.

10. Wall-E – This was actually the first movie I saw with my husband when we first started dating. I think it was actually our first date. xD I love this movie for what it talks about because I love our earth and we need to do what we can to keep it safe for everyone and everything on it. Plus the animation is incredible and the story is captivating, too.

11. Kiki’s Delivery Service – More Miyazaki! Kiki is such a fun, heartwarming story of a young witch going out in the world trying to discover her potential as a witch, and there are bumps along the way, but she learns from them and I think that it’s such a great story of hope and never giving up.

12. My Neighbor Totoro – This one is just so cute and I love Totoro! I love all of the symoblism that Miyazaki includes in his stories and how the animators are able to bring these stories to life is incredible. It’s such a cute story that includes two young sisters, their dad, and Totoro, a forest spirit. It’s a fun adventure and you just need to see it.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Well, this turned into a very Disney/Ghibli oriented posted, but I love both of those companies, so I’m fine with that. What are some of your all time favorite movies? Have you seen any on my list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Disney

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about anything we want to gush over, whether it be a character, a series, a TV show, a movie, a fandom – anything! So, for this topic, I just HAD to talk about my love for Disney.

If you didn’t know, I’m a major Disney fan. I have a tattoo and everything, so it’s on my skin for forever branding me as such.

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My love for Disney and its franchise stems from childhood as I grew up during the “Disney renaissance era,” so it’s always been in my life, but in more recent years it’s become much more of a passion than before.

So here are my top ten reasons why I love Disney:

1 . The characters – There are so, so, so many characters in the Disney universe, and they have provided some of the best I could have ever hoped for. Plus, if you go to the parks you can meet them. You may be thinking, “That’s just for kids,” but really, it’s not! My husband and I met a bunch of characters when we went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon in December 2014, and it was the best! The characters were all super fun and nice. Here’s just a few of the characters we met:

2. The parks – Speaking of WDW: OH MY GOD, BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE. The structures were beautiful and out of this world, the decorations (since it was the week of Christmas) were all very lovely, the attractions were fun, and it felt so magical.

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3. The movies – Now there’s a bagillion and a half Disney movies out there, but they’re some of the most creative animated films I’ve seen, so I love watching them. My favorite is Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. It’s such a beautiful film and it really just spoke to my soul. Plus, the animation keeps changing and developing, and though I love the traditional style, I really do enjoy the 3D elements to the newer movies.

4. The songs – They’re so catchy! You know it’s true. I love singing along to the songs in my car or around my apartment, and sometimes I can just sing a song in my daily life depending on if someone says something, especially, “Let it go~ Let it goooo~”

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Frozen Sing-a-long Show in Hollywood Studios

5. The worlds – Okay, this is in line with the movies aspect, BUT to be more specific, I love the worlds that Disney creates. Some of the worlds are so vivid and grand that it’s hard to not picture a place like that existing in real life. From the castles in the princess movies, to places like Zootopia and Tomorrowland, there are so many wonderful worlds to explore. And there’s even ones based out of real places, too, which is neat!

6. The food – If you’ve been to the Disney parks then you KNOW they have some of the most delicious food of ever. It’s seriously like having a little bit of heaven in your mouth whenever you eat anything there. Most notably, I remember having The Gray Stuff at the restaurant Be Our Guest, and that was very sweet and yummy, and also a giant cinnamon bun from Gaston’s Tavern that was so. Good. Oh man.

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Be Our Guest restaurant

7. The merchandise – I love Disney merch! I admit it, if I could own all the things, I would own all the things. But alas, I cannot, but I still love how much merch is out there for Disney related products, from socks to handbags, shirts to shoes, aprons to cookware to jewelry and more. There’s so much awesome merchandise out there, and I will one day have a house full of it. Not. Even. Kidding. (My husband will just have to be okay with it.)

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Inside Out Pop! Funkos

8. The messages – There’s a lot to be learned through Disney and I think it’s so awesome that kids growing up watching Disney Channel shows and Disney movies can learn a lot about different things depending on their age group and what they can take away from it. From learning to count and their ABCs, to learning about morality and what it’s like accepting others for who they are, there are so many things that kids of all ages (including adults) can learn and relearn.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emporer, Mulan

“Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch, Lilo and Stitch

“The past can hurt. The way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh

“Our fate lives within us; you only have to be brave enough to see it.” – Merida, Brave

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” Zeus, Hercules

9. The joy – There’s a simple and pure joy that comes with talking about Disney. I’m not discrediting that there are, of course, problems just like with any company, but overall when I think of Disney I think of happiness and joy. Seeing my nieces watching Disney shows or sing with me while we listen to Frozen on full blast, or going to the parks and seeing so much excitement and wonder not only in others eyes, but also knowing it’s in my own? That’s something that I think is really something to treasure.

10. The memories – I’ve made so many memories that are Disney related, from watching movies as a kid, to visiting the parks for my first time, to getting a Disney tattoo, to having our first date and one year anniversary be a Disney movie date (Wall-e and Up, respectively). There are so many memories I’ve made so far and I hope to make a lot more in the years to come.

I’m sure I can go on and on, but those are just some of the reasons why I love Disney and always will.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you ever been to any of the Disney parks? What was your experience? What’s your favorite Disney movie and who’s your favorite character? Would you ever get a Disney themed tattoo? Would you buy all the Disney merch like me?

Top Ten Tuesday: YouTubers I Love

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about our top ten favorite non-bookish related sites/blogs/etc. I was having a really hard time coming up with something because all I ever go on is social media and bookish websites, SO I decided to talk about some of the non-bookish YouTubers that I love! I follow a bunch of people, but there are certain ones that I watch more often than others.

  1. danisnotonfire – If you haven’t seen my posts that involve The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire, then this guy is one of the authors of said book, but he’s a funny, sarcastic British dude who tells it like it is with a heavy dose of sarcasm. I find him to be really funny and someone I watch to decrease my stress in a day because, let’s face it, Dan makes it really easy to laugh at him.
  2. AmazingPhil – And this guy is the other half of Dan and Phil. He’s amazingly awkward and tries so hard to make punny jokes that you just can’t help but laugh at. He’s also British and I love hearing the way he talks. Plus, he tells really funny life experience stories. And they have a gaming channel WHICH I LOVE BECAUSE SO MANY LAUGHS ARE HAD.
  3. Evan Edinger – He’s filled with so. Many. PUNS. Oh man, Evan just comes up with them on the fly and I just can’t help but smile when I hear them. He talks about living in the UK, about life things, about not so serious topics and serious things, and he even has a travel channel.
  4. BananaJamana – She’s one of the few artists I follow on YouTube simply because her art is AMAZING and cute and omg I want her to teach me all of her techniques. She’s super quiet and seems like a very sweet person, and I just want to hug her so much!
  5. Markiplier – He’s one of those famous gaming people on YouTube and he’s hilarious! And he’s also very sincere when it comes to his fans and when it comes to him thanking people for the subscribers and for understanding hard times in his life and stuff. Sure, he’s wicked funny in his gaming videos, but he’s got a great golden heart, too.
  6. 1MILLION Dance Studio – I love dancing! I don’t do it myself, but I love to dance and I love watching dancers. I believe this studio is based in Korea, and they all are amazing! They have a bunch of different choreographers and such talented dancers. I’d love to learn something by them! They do have a tutorial channel for that, too.
  7. WilldaBeast Adams – He’s one of the first choreographers I followed because, man, THEY KICK ASS. He and his crew of 4903248028409 people (seriously, that’s what it looks like sometimes) are all amazing dancers and they have awesome moves.
  8. Simon and Martina – I recently found them a couple of weeks ago, and OMG I LOVE THEM. I want to be their friend. They’re a married couple from Canada who lived in Korea for the last seven-ish years, but recently just moved to Japan, and they talk a lot about cultural things and music and fun topics. And they make them really fun and funny!
  9. WahlieTV – I found this channel through Weylie’s main channel, and I love them! They’re a couple and this is their vlogging channel, and I don’t know what it is but there’s just something about watching blogs that is very relaxing. They have great personalities and it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that they’re a couple years younger than me.
  10. Thingamavlogs – Of course I couldn’t leave this list without SOMETHING Disney related! These five YouTubers make up Thingamavlogs, where they bring out new topics each week about things Disney and Disneyland. I love watching them and seeing what they have to show because I’ve never been to Disneyland, plus I learn things about the movies and stuff I otherwise wouldn’t have known. Love them!

I could make this list go on forever, but these are definitely the ones I most frequent, I’d say. These content creators are all awesome and I highly suggest you check them out.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who are some of your favorite non-bookish YouTubers? Do you watch any of the people I listed? What kind of content are you into when you look for people to subscribe to?

Disney Princess Book Tag

Hey guys! I was browsing around a few blogs yesterday when I stumbled upon the Disney Princess Book Tag on Alexa of Alexa Loves Books‘ blog. As soon as I saw it I KNEW I had to do it (because I’m a huge Disney lover). The tag was originally created by Soudha of Stacks and Cups. So without further ado, let’s jump into it!

3 Princess Facts

  1. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel and I got to meet her when my husband and I went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon in December 2014. Best. Day. Ever.MK_GROTTOACHAR_7136608585
  2. I was terrified of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves when I was a kid. That scene with the witch on the cliff at the end? Terrifying. But when I tried watching the movie as an adult I was extremely bored.
  3. I have seen – and own – every Disney princess main movie (you know, the big name title movies, not necessarily the sequels or spinoffs) in either DVD or VHS form. Most are in DVD/Blu-ray.

The Questions

Snow White – What’s your favorite classic?

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As I’m not super huge into reading classics, this one’s tough for me. I will say that I really love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. It’s my favorite of his plays and to me, it’s a classic. I love the folly and the faeries and the jokes.

Cinderella – What book kept you up way past your bedtime?

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I can definitely say that recently Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone kept me up past my bedtime. I mean, it wasn’t super late… well, 1:00AM – but I still had to sleep and stuff. But this book gave me all the feels and you can read about those feels in my review.

Aurora – What’s your favorite classic romance?

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Again, as I don’t read many classics, this one’s kind of hard for me. But, I’ll say that I do enjoy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Okay, I know, cheesy, cliche, but it’s true. I really enjoy this tale of star-crossed lovers and how they dared to defy the world around them for love. It’s tragic, romantic, kind of sad, and just one of those ones that I can’t help but love.

Ariel – Name a book about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams.

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I really think that The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is definitely one of those books that falls under this category. Here you have Lia, a princess, who doesn’t want to be forced into a marriage for politics, and so she, along with her best friend, run away to fight to live where they might possibly have some freedom. You can check out more of my feels in my review.

Belle – Name a book with a smart, independent female character.

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Well, where do I start? For this one I’m going to pick Sofia from Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I love Sofia so freakin’ much. Though she’s got a rough past and she’s a con artist, she’s also very independent and extremely smart. I think that being able to read body language is a skill that people often taken for granted, and plus she’s just quick with her actions and her mind. Plus, she doesn’t need no man, but I mean, Gideon’s perfect for her, so… Yeah. Read more about how much I love her in my review.

Jasmine – Name a book with a character that challenged the social conventions of his/her world.

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For this one I think I’m going to have to go with America from the Selection series by Kiera Cass. She challenged the social norms of the palace many times over because of her position in society and how she was often viewed during her stay there during the Selection process. Though she wasn’t super groundbreaking, she did have many great ideas for how things could be run and how things could change, which was nice. You can check out more of my thoughts here. (And look, Jasmine even matches the cover!)

Pocahontas – Name a book whose ending was a roller coaster of emotions.

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I thought this was going to be harder to choose, but as soon as I looked over at my shelves I knew which book fit this perfectly: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. SO MANY FEELS. That twist! Those deaths! The magic! Ugh, there was just so much that happened at the end of that first book that I seriously just can’t deal. My mind is still reeling from what happened. Check out more of my blown mind thoughts here.

Mulan – Name a book with a kickass female character.

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I mean, do I really need to say it? Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I love Celaena and just how much of a badass she is. She’s just one of those characters that I would not want to mess with if I ever crossed her on the street. She has her charming side, but she’s mostly a fighter – an assassin – and so I just think she’s really cool and powerful. You can check out more of my thoughts on her here.

Tiana – Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.

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I think that the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews features an eclectic group of characters who are hardworking and self-made. From Kate herself who was raised by a Warlord and thrust into the world to fend for herself days at a time as a child to when she’s an adult living on her own and fighting/killing beasts, to Curran who had a tough time growing up but he managed to win himself the spot of Beast Lord at the age of fifteen, to Andrea who holds a lot of baggage within herself but she’s one of the best sharp shooters in the city, let alone the state, and many other characters. I honestly just think it comes with the world and how dangerous it is. More of my thoughts are here.

Rapunzel – A book that features an artist.

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I think that The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor is a good one because Karou is a spectacular artist. She’s even going to school for it, if that says anything. Often in the first book it talks about her sketches of the chimera, and in general, and how detailed they are. She’s able to capture so much detail when observing something in front of her and I think that that’s an incredible talent. More of my thoughts on her here.

Merida – Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon features a mother-daughter relationship that at first seems loving and caring, but as time passes it becomes a bit more strained and difficult. I mean, I really enjoyed their relationship at the beginning; I thought it was strong and one that is rarely seen in YA books. But then it kind of fell away as the book went on, and though that made me sad, I understand it. More of my thoughts here.

Anna & Elsa – A book with a great relationship between siblings.

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I think I’m going to have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book features twins Wren and Cath and it deals with their relationship over the course of the book. It’s rocky at times, very up and down, but the sisters would do anything for the other if it came down to it and I think that that’s the best part. I think that they definitely make a great duo. Check out more thoughts here.

And that’s it! You guys should totally do this tag if you love Disney princesses because, well, why wouldn’t you?

And this is optional, but I’m going to tag some people who I think should do this tag:

If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!

What are some of the books/characters you’d pick for these questions? Let me know!