Biannual Bibliothon Challenge: Rewrite a Favorite Scene

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Hey guys! I’m the host for today’s challenge, so.. welcome! Today’s challenge is to rewrite a favorite scene from any book you love, whether that be a contemporary, a fantasy, a sci-fi, a self-help book, whatever you want!

Here’s what you’re going to do:

-Pick a favorite scene from any book you love, it can be short, long, whatever.
-Choose part of the scene (or the entire thing) that you’re going to rewrite to include something related to MAGIC in it.
-This kind of magic can be magic like in Harry Potter, or elemental magic like Avatar: The Last Airbender, or even surreal magic like The Night Circus.
-For instance, if you love “A Night of Cake & Puppets” by Laini Taylor much like I do, you know that there’s a kind of magic that happens that’s very lovely. I want you to take it a bit further and change up the magic. Does something catch fire? Does the magic intensify? Does it fizzle out and not work? Does one character accidentally send the other flying away from them when they wanted that person closer?
-it’s up to you to decide how magic can play a part in this scene.

I know this is challenging, but that’s kind of the point of a challenge, isn’t it? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, and remember: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A WHIZ AT WRITING TO DO THIS. I want this to be a fun and creative challenge. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Alright? So here’s my own version of this challenge! I’m choosing A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor. The scene is where Mik is playing the violin and everyone is entranced by it. Zuzana is watching him over a wall and their eyes meet. I’m going to incorporate magic into this scene, so here we go (scene is between the two horizontal lines):


Violin. The sweet sound of the strings being played with a bow drifts to my ears, pulling me in the direction of a small square. People are gathered around, watching as Mik plays the violin with such ease, such tenderness that no one can pull their eyes away.

At least, that’s what I see from where I’m standing because I can’t really see over the crowd, what with being so short and all.

I ask a couple to help lift me up toward the wall so I can see him over it, but they don’t hear me. They’re mesmerized by him, by the music. I frown. I want to see him, too!

I look over toward the wall and see a couple of trash barrels against the stone surface. With a grin I run over to the barrels and lift myself up, ignoring the smell permeating from the cans as best as I can. It’s just high enough that I can finally see over the wall.

I freeze. My eyes go wide as I stare at Mik playing the violin.

Golden notes are swirling in the air around him.

They reflect in every eye that is watching, they dance and twirl and spin to the sound of the song being played. It’s not exactly a sad song, but it seems more melancholic, one that pulls at your own heartstrings and makes you feel things you didn’t want to feel in that moment.

Mik’s own eyes are closed as he plays the notes, listening only to the sounds that he plays; he sways slightly to the sound.

I can’t look away.

The notes dancing around him are mesmerizing and beautiful. I want to hold them, want to see how warm they feel against my chilled skin. I want to be able to dance to those notes, to twirl with their endless spinning, to be able to feel the passion that he’s pouring into those notes.

One brave soul takes steps toward those notes to touch them.

It’s a young woman, older than me, but still young. She’s reaching out slowly, one hand clutched to her chest while the other reaches out to the swirling golden notes around Mik. He pauses in his stance, but keeps playing, and looks at her. She pauses and stares back at him as one of the golden notes touches her hand, resting in her palm. I can hear the soft gasps and moans around the square of the people who are watching her.

Jealous of her.

Mik smiles softly, keeping eye contact with the woman long enough to watch as the golden music note turns to golden dust in her hand. She looks away just as he does and looks down at her hand. The golden dust sticks to her and she stares at it, in awe of how lovely it is.

And slowly, it climbs up her arm. She doesn’t look afraid, though, only mesmerized by it. She doesn’t scream, doesn’t do anything. Then her whole body is covered and she looks like an ethereal being. She closes her eyes and sighs, before she dances to the music. She’s beautiful and lithe, her now golden covered skin glowing in the lights from the houses and lamps around the square.

Others begin to wander closer, and when the golden notes floating around Mik touch them, they become covered, too, and begin to dance.

It’s a beautiful sight.

A puppeteer playing his puppets’ strings.

That’s when Mik opens his eyes and he looks at me. Our eyes meet. And the most beautifully soft smile I have ever seen breaks out onto his face.

And I, too, am pulled in like a puppet on strings.


Okay guys, there you have it! My scene with a little bit of incorporated magic! I hope you enjoyed it, but please tell me what you think in the comments!

How’s your readathon going? Mine is… uh. Yeah, haha.

Have a great rest of the readathon and please link me to your posts so I can read the scenes you rewrite! I’ll be picking winners and announcing them February 1st on the Biannual Bibliothon instagram page, so please stay tuned for that!

Favorite Reads of 2017

Happy New Year beautiful people!

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Wow, I almost forgot how to do this thing it’s been so long lol

Well, today I wanted to share with you my favorite reads of 2017! I read a lot (A LOT) of comics this past year and so this is all pretty much comics except for a couple exceptions. Let’s just jump into it! P.S. this list is in no particular order.

Comics

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King’s Maker by Haga and art by Kang Jiyoung. Oh. My. GOD I LOVE THIS SERIES. Season 1 just ended and I need Season 2, like, now please. Please? This series is so good and it deals with different themes like love, hate, political turmoil, death, life, ahhhhhh it’s so good. And THE ART!? The art is beyond gorgeous! Please go read it over on Lezhin if you haven’t already.

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Something About Us by Lee Yunji. This comic series was incredibly cute and realistic and I just loved reading it. There was angst and there was romance and there was friendship and it’s just so good read iiiiiiit. It’s actually completed so you’ll be able to read it from beginning to end if you want.

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Hadomae by Choenamsae. This is more 18+ for the reading spectrum, but it’s a comic series about a man with a foot fetish, and I never in my life thought I’d read something about that, but here we are. It’s a pretty addicting series and it’s still ongoing, which is awesome. The main character is kind of ditzy and there are times when I’m like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!?!” But, now she’s kind of taking control and I’m like, “Yaaaaassss~” So, yeah. And things are getting steamy. >>

Webtoons

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I Love Yoo by Quimchee. Guys. Please. Go read this series. It’s still ongoing and it’s SO GOOD! It’s funny and witty, but there’s also a lot of serious moments, and I’m still trying to figure out the mysteries of some of the characters’ pasts and it’s just so good. It’s updated weekly, and you can read it for free, so check it out!

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My Dear Cold-Blooded King by lifelight. This is such an interesting historical series with romance, blood, assassins, royal court drama, humor, and more. It’s also very beautifully drawn, especially the landscapes. If you haven’t checked this one out, you really should. It’s so good!

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Siren’s Lament by instantmiso. Season 1 just ended and glremgwgnkrnrt is it February yet, because that’s when Season 2 starts and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW. It left at such a huge plot point that I’m just like, “HNNNNNGGG GIVE MEEEEE” so yeah. But it’s a story about sirens and how one girl, Lyra, was kissed but didn’t fully turn siren and there’s a lot of humor and romance and a love triangle kind of and it’s so good!

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My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball. This slice-of-life webtoon is sooo funny and sooooo relatable and it’s just awesome. Go read it. Like, I keep seeing myself and my husband in all of these and I’m just like, “HOW ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT US!?” It’s so funny.

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Crushed!! by Himalyaa. This is a more mature webtoon, but it’s a BL one that I’ve been really enjoying. It’s still ongoing and it’s got a love triangle, drama, lots of swearing, a bunch of sex, and just a lot going on. It’s really good though!

For complete thoughts on the comics and webtoons I’ve read, check out my review!

Books

I’m still slightly in denial that I read actual books this year. I think it was around three books? lol Anyway.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This high fantasy novel is set in an alternate London with multiple alternate Londons and it’s a very good, very addicting read. At least it was for me. I thought that the world still has so much to be explored and explained, so I’m really glad there’s sequels in the series. (I mean, obviously there’s sequels, Rayna, it’s a trilogy.) But yeah, if you want more of my thoughts, check out my review!

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Radiance by Grace Draven. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but it’s seriously really good! It’s about a mixed species marriage and how each species thinks the other is ugly and everything the other does is horrible, but by the marriage of these two individuals who start out as friends and then lovers, it was seriously so addicting and good! I love the super slow burn romance and how there’s political intrigue and how there’s also a lot of cultural things in both the societies. I really liked it. If you want my complete thoughts, check out my review!

Manga

I’ve also read more manga this past year than I have in a very long time, so yay for that!

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A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima. I read this complete series (7 volumes) earlier in 2017 and it’s one of my favorite manga series of all time. It’s about a deaf girl and her struggles with being bullied, and about the bully, who ends up getting bullied himself and becomes very lonely. It’s about their lives and his trying to make up for what he did to her and it’s just so good. I seriously enjoyed it and I really recommend it. Check out my review for all my thoughts.

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Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. Guys. GUYS. Go read this series. I still haven’t read the last volume because I’m in denial that it’s over, but it is SO. GOOD. And bloody. Very bloody. But it’s a dark series about ghouls and how they live among humans and how one boy is a half-ghoul and it’s just so. Good. Ahhhhhh. Check out my Spring Reading Wrap-Up for more thoughts.

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Noragami by Adachitoka. THIS. SERIES. IS. AMAZING. I know I keep saying this, but seriously, I love this series! It’s about a god named Yato and how he’s not really a big god, but there’s Hiyori who can see him after an accident happens and there’s lots of humor, very subtle romance (JUST CONFESS ALREADY), and lots of drama between the gods and stuff. If you want more of my thoughts, check out my Spring Reading Wrap-Up.

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Imadoki! Nowadays! by Yuu Watase. As Yuu Watase is my favorite manga author, I’m probably biased, but as this was also a reread for me I knew what to expect and I still love this series. It’s a high school drama that follows a group of five people teens just trying to go through life, together or not. It’s really good. Check out my review for more thoughts.

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Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato. This series is one that I’ve followed the anime before reading, but it’s still an awesome manga series! It follows twins Rin and Yukio who are the sons of Satan. Rin has outward appearances of a demon and also the blood, while Yukio is more like their human mother and doesn’t show any traits and doesn’t really have the trace in his blood. It’s a manga about Rin’s struggles to become an exorcist (which demons can’t do because, well, yeah), and it’s a very epic action/fantasy manga series. The anime is really good, too!


Alright, I think that’s everything! I’ve read the equivalent of probably 100 books in 2017. It’s crazy to think that I read that amount, but it’s mostly in comics and webtoons (which I also never thought I’d be so into lol). According to Goodreads, I’ve read 68 novels in 2017. Of course it can’t count the amount of comics I’ve read, so yeah. It was my best reading year thus far, so let’s see what 2018 brings.

Let’s Chat! ^w^

What were your top three favorite reads of 2017? Has many novels did you read? How about comics or manga? Let me know!

Hobby Corner: Final Fantasy XV – Favorite Game of 2016

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Welcome to another edition of Hobby Corner, a monthly edition I introduced to talk about my hobbies and interests other than reading. It’s always important to not forget these things, so here I am to talk about some of mine.

This month’s topic: video games!

More specifically I’m going to be talking about this epic game called Final Fantasy XV and OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THE EMOTIONS.

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Final Fantasy XV is pitched as a Final Fantasy game for first timers and long time fans and I have to agree with that statement. I’ve been playing the games since FFIX and though I’ve never beaten on other than FFX or FFXV, I still love the games, the gameplay, the stories, the worlds, the characters, the art. There’s so much about these games that I love and adore and I think that FFXV didn’t hold back when it came to all of these.

FFXV is an open world roleplay game (RPG) that follows four young men on a road trip style journey to save the world, essentially. It follows a prince named Noctis and his three men retinue: Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto. Each of these young men have skills and strengths in different areas, and though you play only as Noctis, you get to spend so much time with all of the characters and learn and grow with them.

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P.S. Yes, this photo is from my own gameplay.

So these four goobs are just the best group of friends and I love them to pieces. Noctis (the far left of the picture) is kind of brooding, but he’s also got a lot of weight on his shoulders since he’s the prince and he’s going to be marrying Lunafreya to make ties with another country. So he’s got stuff going on, but I also love using him in battles because he’s really strong and has awesome weapons that you can get throughout the game.

Gladiolus (or Gladio, who is next to Noctis and Ignis) is the strong one of the group and also the oldest. He’s been Noctis’s guard for many years now and they’re very much like brothers. He’s a softy, though, but he can get angry at times.

Ignis (the one with the glasses) is the brains and the voice of reason in the group. He’s also the cutest, in my opinion. He also loves to cook, so there’s a huge meme online in the FFXV fandom about Ignis and him always shouting out, “Aha! I’ve thought of a new recipe!” It’s hilarious and OMG HE MAKES SO MANY PUNS IT’S PAINFUL.

Prompto (the one holding the camera) is the goofball and the one who’s got a very interesting backstory and secret about him. I love him and he’s a precious cinnamon roll and deserves all the love of ever.

The open world concept plus the road trip aspect is SO BEAUTIFUL. The landscapes are very detailed and well laid out, and the battle system is also open concept unlike some of the earlier games where you would go and get stuck in a battle when the screen “breaks.” It just makes it easier to escape battles when you don’t want to fight, and also gives you more room to be kickass.

The story is also a tragic one, but also beautiful and fun, and it goes from just the four guys wanting to go out and drive to Altissa so Noctis can get married, but there’s a LOT that happens right from the get go and it’s making me emotional just thinking about it.

There’s TONS of side quests to level up the characters as well as just gain experience and see more of the world. I love iiiiiiit.

I think the biggest and best part of the game that fans old and new love: YOU GET TO RIDE THE CHOCOBOS. Don’t know what a Chocobo is? It’s the most adorable thing of ever and you get to ride them and they’re cute and so useful! AHH!

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At the Wiz Chocobo Outpost.

All in all this game was amazing. I became incredibly attached to the characters and I bawled like a baby at the end of the game. I recently started a new game and all of the emotions came flooding back and I can’t wait to play through it all again and cry again.

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Certificate of Completion upon completing the game. You get to choose from any of the pictures that Prompto has taken and you’ve saved along your journey.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you ever played a Final Fantasy game? Which was your favorite? Have you played FFXV? Who’s your favorite character? I can’t really choose between any of them because I love them all too much. What about the chocobos? Did you enjoy that feature? Tell me all of your thoughts on the game!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Hate-to-Love Romances

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Is this seriously the first TTT I’ve done this year? I think so. Wow. Strange.

Anywayyyy, with it being Valentine’s Day today this TTT is all about our favorite romance tropes/types. Now, we all know that I love love and reading about romance (cute and smutty kind), but what’s the number one thing that I LOVE the most?

HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCES.

There’s seriously just something about them that makes my heart all aflutter and makes the angst go through the roof and I NEED IT MORE IN MY LIFE. AHH.

Okay, with that being said, here’s my list!

1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I loved this book and the romance in it and I just about melted from the angst and feelings and ahhhhhhhh!

2. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – Ooh, this adult urban fantasy is just FULL of hate-to-love and super angsty the first few books. And then it gets steamy and dayyyyum. Just. Yes.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I mean, having a boy that you’re not interested in be your pretend boyfriend constitutes the same thing, right? Especially when those feelings become real on both ends.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater – WE KNEW THE FATE SINCE THE FIRST CHAPTER. And yet it still broke me and Blue is the most stubborn girl of ever and I love themmmmmm.

5. The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Each one of these books in the trilogy has a main couple who goes from hate-to-love and that’s probably why this is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. And the characters are amazing together and just… *squee*

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – Not only is there beautiful writing and a beautiful story, but two characters who have a past that don’t know it and they hate each other at first until one realizes they had a past and… THE EMOTIONS. ALL 76 OF THEM. *sobs eternally*

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I’m Warnette trash when it comes to this trilogy. Oh my Go, I didn’t think I’d root for them at all, but they’re perfect together. Perfect.

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas – I mean there was romance in the first book, but that hate-to-love relationship with Rhys was just one that set the world on fire. Or damn near close to it.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – THE ANGST. OH MY GOD. Renee can write such amazing love stories without it being overpowering and with us really understanding the characters, even when they originally set out to kill the other. So good.

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10. Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson – This novella had me feeling ALL THE FEELS and I’m SO SAD it’s only a novella because I could read about these two ALL DAY.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some of your favorite romance tropes? Do you like the hate-to-love romances? What gets your heart all aflutter and wanting more when it comes to romance? Tell me all the things!

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?