Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytales Edition

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

The first mini-challenge we have here is the Mad Libs: Fairytales Edition! If you don’t know what Mad Libs is, are you living under a rock? Pretty much there’s a set of words with prompts, such as “location,” “adjective,” “verb,” etc, and you choose any random word that fits that prompt that comes to mind to fill in the blanks in the story afterward. It’s usually really hilarious, so let’s just right into this.

*Mad Libs I choose will be bolded and pink in the story to find them easily.

  1. LOCATION: Erilea
  2. CHARACTER: Dragon Knight
  3. TYPE OF STORE: Clothing
  4. BODY PART (plural): Feet
  5. ITEM: Necklace
  6. ROYALTY: Queen
  7. REPEAT ITEM FROM #5.: Necklace
  8. ACTIVE VERB (example: running): Skipping
  9. ANOTHER LOCATION: Cliffside by the ocean
  10. AN EMOTION: Perplexed
  11. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Xylophone
  12. PIECE OF FOOD: Pizza crust
  13. NUMBER: 42
  14. TYPE OF HOUSE: Bungalow
  15. VOICE ADJECTIVE: grating
  16. DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing): Muttering
  17. ROOM IN A HOUSE: Playroom
  18. OBJECTS: Lamps
  19. DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT: Delicate lace with a touch of Gothic garments
  20. INFINITIVE VERB, activity: to play
  21. REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11: Xylophone
  22. A JOB: Bounty hunter

Okay, now that I have my random words, let’s read this glorious story!

Once upon a time, in a far away Erilea, there lived a smart Dragon Knight. She lived alone in a clothing store, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful feet, and she was known for her shiny red necklace, the only thing she had left of her parents.

Alas, the Queen of the country became jealous and wanted to own this necklaceSo, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After skipping around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a cliffside by the ocean. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at her with perplexity and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my xylophone back. Here is a magical pizza crust, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have 42 days to return before the stalk withers.”
She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge bungalow. She walked to the door and knocked. A grating voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”
The door made a muttering sound when it opened and revealed a large playroom filled with golden lamps She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step into the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore delicate lace with a touch of Gothic garments.
“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to play so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”
“If you give me the xylophoneI will help you.”
In keeping her promise, the beast and her worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as a bounty hunter in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.
“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at Jamie.
“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.


Aww, how sweet was that story? I think it was cute. Also, I want that magical pizza crust because that sounds amazing.

I hope to see you in the next mini-challenge post for Love-a-thon and thanks for stopping by! c:

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kinds of funny words did you have for the mad lib? Would you be willing to go get the instrument to help the old lady?

Love-a-thon 2017 – Get to Know Me

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy. This is a two day weekend event that I also took part in this event last year and I’m SO excited to be doing it again this year! There’s so many awesome posts planned over the next couple days with some Twitter chats and blog hopping involved.

If you don’t know what Love-a-thon is, it’s a way to show love to all of the awesome people in the book community! So whether you have a blog, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube channel, it’s about spreading the love and sharing some positivity to those in this awesome community.

So without further ado, here’s the questionnaire for this first post of the event!

An Introduction to You and Your Blog

  1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?
    • Hey, I’m Rayna and I’m blogging from Massachusetts in the United States!
  2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?
    • I’ve always been a reader, actually. Not when it came to books I was required to read in school, though, because I never found any of them to be interesting (except for one, which was A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb). I’d always want to get books, even if I never read them, because let’s be honest, my book hoarding tendencies started when I was a smol child. I think the book that really made me become a reader was the Twilight saga by Stephenine Meyer. I know it was a series that was kind of the pinnacle of reading for many people, but it really got me wanting to read more and more books. I didn’t really do so until 2014 when I joined the book community, though.
  3. How did you get involved in the online book community?
    • I had been watching a lot of Booktubers for months at the point that I joined. So I decided, “Hey, I can do this, too,” and I made my YouTube channel (which seems to have since been abandoned… I prefer writing than speaking. Maybe I’ll revamp it one day.). My first blog post was my review for the Divergent series. No introduction, no “this is what I want to do with this blog,” just me jumping straight into a book review. It’s cringey to think about it now, but I’m so glad I took the leap to join this awesome community.
  4. How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?
    • I’m so creative… I’m like, “Omg, how am I going to come up with a name?” And so I was thinking and thinking of clever names, but the only one that stuck in my mind was “Reader Rayna.” Look at that alliteration. #original
  5. What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?
    • Everyone’s very open and so willing to make friends. I think a lot of us feel isolated in our personal lives because it’s very hard to find like minded people – readers (active readers, mind you) – to talk about books and fandoms and squee over characters about. I love that about this community and that we strive to be better every day when it comes to topics and what we read and how we read it.
  6. What sort of posts can readers expect from you?
    • I do a little bit of everything, really. I do tags, reviews, discussions, wraps ups. I even include writing posts (because I’m a writer, too) as well as occasional posts about my hobbies other than reading.
  7. What book genres do you talk about most?
    • Have you heard of this epic genre called fantasy? Yeah, that’s my favorite genre to read. I love magic and I love anything that’s not the real world, because let’s be honest, this world is scary. Not that fantasy worlds aren’t scary… hell, more often than not they’re scarier. …you know what I mean.

Favorites

  1. Favorite food? Beverage?
    • Favorite food: mac and cheese foreverrrrrrrrr!
    • Favorite beverage: probably milk or apple juice.
  2. Favorite color?
    • Pink~ I like almost any shade, but my favorite is baby pink and a blush pink.
  3. Favorite things to do apart from reading?
    • Hey, didn’t I just mention my Hobby Corner posts? But to put it simply: play video games (OBSESSED with FFXV), drawing, writing, listening to music. I love to be creative, pretty much.
  4. Favorite tv shows?
    • YURI!!! on Ice, Haikyuu!!, Your Lie in April, Oremonogatari!
    • Non-anime related: Arrow, Flash, Penny Dreadful, Agents of SHIELD.
  5. Favorite movies?
    • The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Moana, Inside Out, all things Disney (pretty much), Harry Potter series, Pirates of the Caribbean series.
  6. Favorite musical artists?
    • HAMILTON. I know it’s not a musical artist, but WHERE ARE THE REST OF MY HAMILTRASH OUT THERE!?
    • Otherwise: Owl City, Lindsey Stirling, BTS, Girls’ Generation, Disney songs for daaaaaays.
  7. Favorite places to shop?
    • Barnes & Noble. Duh. I also like maurices. As for independent bookstore: Brookline Booksmith.

Book Talk

  1. Favorite childhood books?
    • Stellaluna, fairy tales (not Grimm, I’m not sure what kind it was, but it was based off of Grim brothers), science books (they were kid friendly kind). [No, Harry Potter is not on this list because I haven’t finished the series yet for the first time– I KNOW. I’m working on it.]
  2. Favorite books read in the last five years?
    • Um. Well. That list would be ginormous. Here’s a few: Illuminae, Fangirl, Throne of Glass series, ACOMAF, Starbound trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, The Raven Boys saga, An Ember in the Ashes.
  3. Favorite genres?
    • FANTASY~ YA or otherwise. I also enjoy urban fantasy, historical fiction, romance, contemporary, science fiction.
  4. Underrated book, series or author you love?
    • I don’t know if it’s underrated, but the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa was my favorite series at the pinnacle of my faerie obsession stage in life. I haven’t finished the last book, The Iron Queen, but I need to reread the trilogy and see if I still love it.
  5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?
    • ^See above. Also, I’d love to see Fangirl be made into a film. It would be so cute!
  6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?
    • Oooh, the fun questions are coming out! Okay, book boyfriends: Aeduan from Truthwitch and Kaden from The Remnant Chronicles. (How am I not thinking of more, I don’t know.) Book girlfriends: Helene from An Ember in the Ashes.
    • Book BFF: Karou and Zuzana, who are also BFFs in the books and I need them to be my BFFs IRL.
    • Book family: The Weasley’s because who wouldn’t want to be part of their family?
  7. Books you want to read in 2017?
    • All of them.
    • …seriously.

Alright, that’s it for this first post! I hope to see a lot of you in this super fun and awesome event and I can’t wait to go blog/channel/insta/twitter hopping! Have fun!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you excited for this event? What are you most looking forward to? Also, what’s your favorite independent bookstore? Have you ever been to one? Who’s your book boy/girlfriend? Tell me all the things!

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?

Rayna Recommends: Swoony Reads

Hey guys, welcome to another installment of my sporadic series, Rayna Recommends! This is a time where I recommend books, movies, and TV shows to you based on the genre or type of books I wanted to talk about.

Today’s recommendations are swoony reads! What are swoony reads, etc., you ask? They’re books/movies/shows that I’ve found myself to feel all giggly inside because of the romance aspect within them. They make you squeal with delight when you think of the romantic relations within them, and you can’t help but smile.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About in a While

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about some of the books that we love but maybe we haven’t talked about them recently or enough. I know a few series off the top of my head that I talk about all the time (Throne of Glass, anyone?), but these are some of the books that I love that I’ve maybe talked about once or twice.

1 . The One by Kiera Cass. I actually really adored this book when I read it last year. It was my favorite of the trilogy and I just thought it wrapped up nicely. Plus it’s my favorite cover.

2. Chobits by CLAMP. This manga series is one of my favorites of all time. I love the concept of mobile computers, and the story behind it was also an enjoyable one. I always love CLAMP’s art styles; they’re very beautiful.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I loved this book so much. It was my first Gaiman read and though I thought parts were kind of confusing to get into in terms of how the language was, I still really enjoyed it because the story itself was so beautiful.

4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan. This was a trilogy I read back in high school or early college, I believe, and I just fell in love with it. I’d never read a story involving dragons before – or rather, people that can turn into dragons, or some form of them – and it was during a time that I think I needed it most. Though the writing style bugs me now, I still really enjoy the story. It’s just addicting!

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I love stories about faeries and this one is just amazing. I love the concept behind this one and how iron is killing Faerie and how Meagan is part of that world… I just love it! I haven’t read it in years, and I stopped part way through the third book, but it’s definitely a series I want to reread because I loved it so much.

6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. This series will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will not apologize for it. During its time it was one of the best series I’ve read, and I still love it to this day.

7. The Future Collection: Science Fiction Short Stories by Beth Revis. I really enjoyed this short story collection because the writing was awesome and the stories themselves had me guessing until the end. I wanted more, for sure, and I could totally see each of these stories becoming a novel of its own.

8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I honestly haven’t talked about this book that much recently, but I just loved it! The writing was lovely, the plot was gripping, the characters were believable and living and I just am so glad that there’s a sequel for this book because there was NO WAY they could have left us hanging the way they almost did.

9. Ayashi no Ceres (Ceres: Celestial Legend) by Yuu Watase. I love this manga series. All of Yuu Watase’s art work is lovely, and I think that this story line in particular, though more mature and darker than others, is still beautiful. It has action, romance, revenge, death, triumph, and so much more.

10. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio. This book was a new one for me in terms of diversity because it dealt with an intersex individual and how she tried to cope with that realization and what it would mean for her moving forward in life. I thought that it was a great tale and one in which I pulled a lot of meaning from.

There you have it! All of these books I love and I know I don’t talk about them nearly as much as they may deserve, but they’re all great in their own ways.

What are some of your favorite books that you don’t talk about often? Does it make you want to reread them now? Will you recommend to me some of your favorites? Let me know!