3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 3

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The last day of my 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag. Yesterday I posted a quote from The Fault in our Stars. The day before that I chose a quote from Jane Eyre. You can find the first quote and the rules of this tag at 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 1. Today I chose a quote from an epic fantasy novel written by Patrick Rothfuss. In many novels across genres life lessons are present. Sometimes the novel is drenched with it, but most often it is just there in a few lines. Those few words can have an emotional impact and make you contemplate about if and how it corresponds to your life.

Quote Day 3 – The Name of the Wind

“You see, there’s a fundamental connection between seeming and being. Every Fae child knows this, but you mortals never seem to see. We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be. […] It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story” (657-658).

The phrase ‘Fake it till you make it’ immediately pops into my mind when reading this quote. However this quote from The Name of the Wind is a warning; if you put on a mask it may change you for better or worse. It is not hard to imagine there is truth in this quote. You can pretend to be a certain person to gain a positive trait, such as confidence, but society can also cloak you with their ideas of who they think you are. If you start believing in their views of you, it might affect your reality. It is therefore crucial to keep reminding yourself it is your story and you are the one who tells it. If you want to change go ahead, but never let anyone make that decision for you.

Today’s nominees:

Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind. London: Gollancz, 2007.

3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 2

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I love to discover and rediscover wonderful quotes. On Pinterest I collect all kinds of texts. From books, movies, songs, people like you and me, and so on. Some to inspire, give courage, lift my spirits or just make me laugh. When I have an off day, reading my collection of Pinterest quotes always makes me feel better and gets my hopes up. Yesterday I shared a quote from Jane Eyre. Check out this quote and the rules at 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 1. Today I chose a beautifully written quote from a contemporary love story.

Quote Day 2 – The Fault in our Stars

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days” (260).

Some people in our life make a bigger impact than others do. It is not about the quantity of time spent together, it is the quality that matters. An hour spent with your best friend can be more memorable than a week spent with someone else. Although we don’t have an equal amount of time on earth and although we are not able to spend as much time with the people we love as we would have liked, it is important to treasure the time we are able to be together.

Today’s nominees:

Green, John. The Fault in our Stars. United States: Dutton Books, 2012.

3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 1

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Maja @ MayaTheBookExplorer nominated me for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag. If you are looking for honest and smashing reviews, go check out Maja’s blog.

I’ve been wanting to do this tag for ages, but I couldn’t really find the courage to start. Since I am a perfectionist, I put way too much pressure on choosing the perfect quotes. Until yesterday that is. Instead of choosing one of Tolkien’s or J.K. Rowling’s books to quote from (books with in my opinion brilliant quotes), I decided to just walk to my bookcase and pick three books from three different genres. In every book I love there is a quote that strikes a chord with me and I often jot down these quotes in my notebook. I am really fond of the quotes I chose and I hope you enjoy them as well.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

To the bloggers I’ve nominated: please feel free to ignore the nomination if you don’t want to do this tag.

Quote Day 1 – Jane Eyre

“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.” (129-130).

Jane Eyre is a highly quotable novel. I found it difficult choosing the quote I liked most, but considering current affairs this one seemed appropriate. As the Women’s March of last week demonstrated, it is still key to focus on gender issues and strive for equality in the present day. The issues addressed in Jane Eyre, a novel written by a woman about a woman, were way ahead of its time. This quote speaks for itself. When read out loud, it sounds so powerful and strong.

Today’s nominees:

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. London, etc.: Penguin Classics, 2006.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hi everyone!

Thank you Jasmine @ How Useful It Is and Vivian Parkin Derosa @ Writing with Style for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am super stoked! Jasmine nominated me in August and Vivian nominated me in October. Unfortunately it took me a while to put the award up. Sorry about that!

The rules

  • Display award
  • Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Nominate ten bloggers

Seven facts about me

  1. My favourite days are those rainy Sundays when the only thing you can do is basically read, drink hot chocolate and listen to music.
  2. Ever since I visited Scotland I am obsessed with puffins.
  3. I own quite a lot of mugs and always choose one that fits my mood.
  4. I love old photographs. The colours. The varying sizes. The material. I would like to be able to create photos with that vintage feel. I know there are many vintage style filters, but it isn’t the same.
  5. I seem to collect an inordinate amount of inspirational quotes on Pinterest. I collect a lot of things on Pinterest: animal pictures, DIY projects, home inspiration, recipes. Don’t you just love you can collect stuff without actually owning them?
  6. Impatiently waiting on A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. The title already set me pondering.
  7. I grew up in a thatched roof farmhouse (no animals, except for cats). Love cats!

I nominate the following blogs:

If you have already done this award or if you don’t want to do it, no pressure. If you do decide to put this award up, please let me know. I would like to read your seven facts.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Marianne

Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank you Amy @ Novelgossip for this award nomination! Her reviews are honest and enthusiastic. If you do not follow her already, give her a follow.

About the rules

  1. Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  3. Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers.

 

Novelgossip’s questions and my answers:

  • Favourite series? I feel like I am repeating myself, but Harry Potter. I just love that wizarding world. When I pick up a HP book, I get really nostalgic.
  • Most underappreciated book you’ve read? Difficult question. I actually walked to my book cases for this one. The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris? Every one of these books is just a really nice read and way better, with a different storyline, than the tv-show.
  • Favourite book that you’ve reviewed? Link? Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Really love this book.
  • Favourite book cover? The covers of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. Mysterious and creepy.

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  • Do you ever borrow books from the library? If so, do you return them on time or late? Yes. I often renew them a couple of times before I read them. When I can’t renew them, I read them in a few days and I then often have to pay a fine.
  • Why did you start your blog? I wanted to write more, be creative and discuss books with other book lovers.
  • Do you have a favourite snack/drink while reading? Tea or wine. I am always very careful not to spill anything though. And chocolate of course!

 

My questions:

  1. What is your favourite feel-good novel?
  2. Do you always feel like reading?
  3. If you want to go to a film adaptation of a book, do you always read the book first?
  4. Best book to film adaptation ever?
  5. Favourite female character in a book?
  6. Do you rather have books that look like they’ve never been read or do you love cracked spines?
  7. What is your favourite genre?

 

I nominate the following blogs:

 

If you don’t want to do this award or if you have already done it, no worries.

 

Please note the image of this award was taken from the blog that nominated me. If there is a problem with the ownership of this image, please let me know and I will immediately take it down.

The Liebster Award

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Hi there!

The Liebster award is created to support and help advertise blogs with under 200 followers. I was nominated by two amazing bloggers, Bookishafterthoughts and Tripping The Page Fantastic. Thank you both so much!

About the rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.*
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

 


 

Questions from Bookishafterthoughts and my answers

  • Do you listen to music while you read? Yes, but very much on the background.
  • Favourite childhood book series? The Twins at St. Clare’s by Enid Blyton and anything Roald Dahl.
  • Favourite place to read? In my green wing chair.
  • What are you currently reading? The Girl in the Train by Paula Hawkins.
  • Favourite YA romance novel? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Do you watch Booktube? If so, who are your favourite Booktubers? No. Never heard of it. I’m going to check it out though.
  • If you organize your books, how do you do it? By series. Wherever there is space basically.
  • Scariest book you’ve ever read? The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. The play is also scary as hell.
  • Ronmione or Harrmione? Ron & Hermione. Without a doubt.
  • Favourite book to movie adaptation? The Lord of the Rings.
  • Paperback or hardback? If I love the story, I want to own a beautiful edition of the book (hardback). I often buy the paperback though (better for my wallet).

 

Questions from Tripping The Page Fantastic and my answers

  • Share a quote that motivates you the most. ‘Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.’ (Hans Christian Andersen)
  • What is your favourite colour and why? Berry red, because I look good in it. 😉
  • Which book(s) do you reread often? Harry Potter.
  • What is your guilty pleasure? Dancing on Taylor Swift songs.
  • Why did you choose to start your blog? I want to discuss books with people who also love to read and talk about books.
  • What is your favourite thing about blogging? Being creative.
  • How long have you been friends with your best friend? 18 years and counting.
  • If you could have an afternoon with three famous (living or fictional) people, who would they be? Marilyn Monroe, Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling.
  • Is your workspace extraordinarily messy or absurdly neat? Neat when I start and finish. Messy in between.
  • If you could travel to one fictional place and visit regularly, where would it be? Rivendell.

 

11 Random facts about me

  • In desperate need of a cat.
  • Addicted to making picture collages on my wall.
  • Stone circles amaze me.
  • Always choose a mug that fits my mood or book.
  • Find puffins the cutest birds ever.
  • Favourite Ben & Jerry’s flavour: Strawberry Cheesecake. Chocolate Fudge Brownie was my favourite B&J flavour until last week.
  • Collect Royal Albert Flower of the Month cups, because I inherited a July cup from my grandma.
  • Own tons of earrings.
  • Am a perfectionist.
  • Love nail polish, but almost never put in on. Always seems to chip within a few hours.
  • Currently binge-watching Elementary.

 


 

I nominate the following blogs:

If you don’t want to do this award or if you have already done it, no worries.

My questions for you:

  1. Which book quote do you find inspiring?
  2. What is the last book you did not finish?
  3. Do you have a favourite bookshop?
  4. Of all the books you have read, which book impressed you the most?
  5. What shape would your patronus take?
  6. Where do you blog?
  7. Do you write anything else besides blog posts?
  8. Do you rather read during the day or at night?
  9. Last book that made you cry?
  10. Do you own any special editions?
  11. What is your favourite pastime besides reading?

I look forward to your answers!


 

*Please note the image of the Liebster award was taken from one of the blogs that nominated me. If there is a problem with the ownership of this image, please let me know and I will immediately take it down.

Reader Confessions Tag

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Thank you Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer for tagging me. Inge writes the most lovely book reviews. Have you read any of them? If not, you should definitely have a look!

  1. Have you ever damaged a book? I tend to dog ear pages with sentences on it I find particular interesting or inspiring. Only on paperbacks though.
  1. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book? No. Never. Everyone can lend me a book without having to worry about its state when I return it.
  1. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends on the length of the book, doesn’t it? If I love the book, it could take me an afternoon/evening. If I find the book interesting, but it doesn’t grip me, it can take up to six weeks. If I don’t like a book at all after page 100, I put it down and often don’t open it again.
  1. Books that you haven’t finished? The last book I didn’t finish is Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. I don’t think I will ever finish it. Has anyone read it? Should I give it another go?
  1. Hyped popular books that you don’t like? Many book bloggers answered this question with 50 Shades of Grey. I however am not ashamed to say I quite liked the series, but won’t ever read them again. I don’t know if it is a hyped book, but I did not enjoy nor finish Gone Girl.
  1. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading? The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I liked the first few, but after those it got a little bit too sexy, dark and violent for me.
  1. How many books do you own? I have never counted them. I store a lot of books at my parents place. I don’t know, maybe 500?
  1. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? I am a fast reader, but I do sometimes read funny or cute passages twice.
  1. Do you like to buddy read? I have never done it, but I would not mind to give it a try. I do however love to read with a glass of wine within hands’ reach.
  1. Do you read better in your head or out loud? In my head. It is a lot faster that way. I however sometimes feel the need to read Harry Potter out loud. Don’t know why. Maybe a comfort thing.
  1. If you were only allowed to own one book which one and why? Harry Potter, because it is my go-to book when I’ve had an awful day.

I actually really liked doing this tag. It is not too long and I enjoyed reading the answers of bloggers who also did this tag. Are any of the bloggers below interested in doing this tag? If you have already done this tag or don’t want to do it, no worries.

Carla @ Wordsmalarkey

Betty @ Bookish Regards

Caitlin & Cynthia @ Shelfie!

Ali @ I Wuv Books

Marte @ Frost and Books