The Book Fests Award


Thank you to Aldana @ Perfection in Books for nominating me for this fun award! Aldii has such a beautiful blog and personality, I love her aesthetic! 

RULES:

  • It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.
  • Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  • Write a Fifty Word Story, because it’s fun.
  • Award five or more bloggers with this Award.
  • Ask them a question of your making, you’ll like them to answer.
  • Put up the award image badge on your blog via image widget.

AWARD QUESTIONS: 

A book you started but never finished…but want to finish. What stopped you from continuing to read it?

Revival by Stephan King. It is really slow and there is not much going on inside it. It didn’t pique my interest much, but as the first book I ever started reading from Stephan King I wanted to do my best to finish it. 
What elements attract you to a book, which makes you need to read it?

One of the most interesting things I find about books are the premise. If the book is surrounded by a unique idea that captures my attention I will definitely read it. I also love retellings, I’m a huge sucker for a good retellings. Plus, most fantasy and contemporary novels surrounding mental illness pique my interest. 
Which books do you prefer, e-copy or hard copy?

Usually I would say a physical copy, but thanks to netgalley I’ve been really into e-books lately so I really don’t mind either way. 
What book are you currently reading or going to read next?

I am currently reading 3 different books, Mask of Shadows, Use the Force, and The Bone Season. I am more then halfway through with all of them so I look forward to reviewing them all very soon!

The book I’m looking to read next is The Suffering Tree I’m doing my best to increase my netgalley ratio which is at 50% right now so after Mask of Shadows and this book it will be up to 70%. 
Is it fair to judge a book by its film?

No, you can’t judge a book by it’s film or a film by it’s book. They are both two different mediums that accomplish things very differently. 
What book did you badly judge by its cover and ended up loving?

Is it weird that this hasn’t happened yet? I sometimes judge a book by its cover, but most of the time I let the words speak for themselves. Usually if I don’t like a books cover I look to the synopsis, but I never think that a bad cover equals a bad book. 
Which book character have you felt the most kin with and able to relate with?

Recently that has been Hawthorne from The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. The way she sees the world reminds me of a younger me. The stories she creates from her loneliness are also things I can relate to. 


Aldii’s question: 

If you had to choose a genre to read for all your life (you won’t be able to read any other genre) which one would you choose?

Fantasy hands down! While I definitely read across most genres fantasy holds a special place in my heart and I couldn’t bare it if I couldn’t read the genre for the rest of my life. It is my comfort genre. 
50ish WORD STORY: 

There was a girl who saw the stars for what they really are. Gastric lights living and dying continuously before our eyes. She fell in love with all there parts. She understood the stars and was awed by them. She wished to live amoung them as particles of dust swarming around their firey bodies. 80 years past, as an old women she told her grandchildren her wish. Years after her death, her wish was granted, she soars now one with the stars. A part of the gorgeous lights that guide our way home. 

MY NOMINEES: 

Chaotic Everything
The Ultimate Fangirl

Debbie’s Library

Royal Reader 

Rattle the Stars
QUESTION FOR MY NOMINEES: 

What is your favorite quote from the book you most recently read? What does that quote mean to you?

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this unique award. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and as always: 

-Till next time!



Miranda Sings Award


Azia, thank you so much for nominating me for this award. This sort of this tugs at my heart, because it is always so easy to be negative towards yourself at times and it’s so important to step back and feel happy for the good. Read Azia’s post here!

The Rules: 

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post. 
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

Things I love about myself: 

  1. My ability to believe even when it is difficult. My biggest strength is that even when I am at my lowest, I get mad at myself and snap out it. I continue to believe that things will get better and they always do. Everything comes to an end at one point or another. I try not to hold on to negative emotions as much as possible. 
  2. My eyes, I love my eyes. They are honestly my favorite attribute of myself. They change colors dependig on the lighting from grey to blue to green. Once I was told by a friend that one eye was green and one eye was blue, and I was so shocked and happy. I find my changing eye color to be pretty cool!
  3. I love my love for diversity. I believe that all cultures should be celebrated and respected and that in the end we all bleed the same, and we all have the same basic troubles. All humans are beautiful, and I will fight for that truth till the day I die. 
  4. I love my clumsiness. It may be emabarassing at times, but it is part of who I am. It has been cause for so much laughter and it shows that as much as I try to be tough, I am still human and it is nothing to be ashamed of. 
  5. I love that despite my clumsiness I never fall when I trip. The amount of times I trip would probably be an amazing feat in itself, but I never fall. (For ex. I used to ice skate when I was younger and there was this huge guy in hokey gear that ran into me and I surprisingly didn’t fall.) this god sent gift has probably saved my and my dogs life more than once. (The amount of times I have tripped on my dog Gypsy is ridiculous, ‘sorry Gypsy’)
  6. My fierce loyalty and protectiveness. I would do anything and everything to protect those I care about no matter what. 
  7. My love of reading! I love that I love to read, it has made my life so much better and it helps you to understand and get exposed to so many wonderful and unique things. Reading is one of my greatest joys!

My amazing nominees: 

Blame it on Chocolate
Perfection in Books
Ya and Wine
Melting Pots and other Calamities
The Little Reading Blog
Brilliantly Bookish
Lil Book Lovers
Royal Reader
Cuppa N’ Critiques
Book Shelves and Biros
The Book Thief without Words
Ellie’s Bookshelf

Thank you all for reading. What I really want to do is nominate everyone of you that reads this. We all need to participate in the act of self-love and while I did find this post difficult to write, I found it therapeutic. Let me know your thoughts and I hope that you will participate in this award sometime soon!

Continue to be the amazing human beings that you all are. 

-Till next time!

The Entertainer Blogger Award


I was nominated for The Entertainer Blogger Award by Diana Prince Reviews! Diana has an inspiring blog that I absolutely love to read, if you haven’t already please check her posts out. 

For some reason I could not find the original Award photo, and so I created my own that I hope you all enjoy. I know this probably looks nothing like the original, but for some reason I always lean toward a more grungy feel for things. 

The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. 

2. Add these rules to your post.

3. Answer all the questions below.

4. Display the award picture in your post.

Nominate 7 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!
Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

I started my blog on October 14th, 2016, thanks to the nagging of my sister to stop simply talking aloud about the books I love, but to post online and share my thoughts there. Besides, she also thought that it would be a great place to develop and share my writing, in hope that I might eventually get discovered or at the very least find my place amongst the fray. 

Q2. What is your favourite book?

My favorite book at the moment is A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. I read it this past December and fell utterly and completely in love with it! It made me want to read and never ever stop. 

Q3. What do you dislike the most?

In all aspects of everything I dislike prejudice of any kind, but I hate when a certain prejudice is normalized, like it is something that is ok to feel and express. To me, we are all unique and beautiful humans, there is no reason to have prejudice just because someone acts, thinks, looks, or believes differently from yourself. 

Q4. What is your favourite food item from the mall?

I love the Rajas con Queso tamales from the tamale house in the mall. They are delicious, especially with chilie. 

Q5. What is your favourite pastime?

Well, reading books of course! This blog wouldn’t exist if that was not the truth. Traveling through time and space in a book is incredible. Everything that can be thought of is contained between pages of books. 

I Nominate: 

Dusk Angel Reads
Not Just Words

That Bookshelf Bitch 

The Little Reading Blog

The Liebster Award


I am happy and proud to say I was nominated by Amy @Curiouser & Curiouser for the Liebster Award! Amy has a wonderful bookish blog that will help satisfy your cravings for all things book related! Check out her most recent post here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Amy’s Questions: 

1. If you were stranded on a desert island and you had three books with you, what would they be?

I can’t help but feel that if I could only bring three books with me to a deserted island I would be so depressed and agonized at having to choose that I would end up never going at all, but I know I must go and choose 3 books to keep and so they would be, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, even though it would depress me because it is a spark for book love, Replica by Lauren Oliver because I haven’t read it yet and I really want to, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because it is a beautiful escape from reality. 

2. If you could meet any famous person, alive or dead, who would you meet and why?

I want to say that I would meet Jesus just to know him, to speak with him personally, to see him knowing who he is and what he inspires would be an experience that would shake my world. 

3. What is your favourite Disney/Pixar film?

One does not simply choose a favorite Disney movie…. however I am in the mood for watching Mulan. 

4. E-reader or physical book?

Physical book all the way, unless a story is on wattpad, I love the conversations and interaction that stories start on that site! 

5. What’s your favourite social media platform?

Does WordPress count? It may not be social media, but it is the platform that has sparked the most meaningful interactions for me. 

6. If you could move you a different country where would you want to live?

Anywhere I could do some good, I have so many places I want to see that are beautiful, but if I am going to live somewhere I want to be sure I can make an impact. 

7. Which book/film genre do you dislike the most? Why?

I almost read this as ‘which book/fill do you hate the most?’ and I had flash-backs to reading the Red Badge of Courage (what a nightmare), which in a way is great because there really isn’t a genre I hate, I think there is a good book/film hiding in every genre out there.

8. Which Hogwarts/Ilvermorny house are you in?

I’m so sorry! This is where you realize that I am one of the rare book loving individuals that has yet to read Harry Potter or really watch the movies. I have no idea what house I would be in. I am a sad muggle, not meant for wizardly sorting hat love. 

9. Which blog post did you most enjoy writing in 2016?

The very first one! It’s crazy how much a whim could create so many amazing opportunities, build so much confidence, and create such joy in such a short time?

10. Why did you choose your blog’s theme?

I picked it because it was simple and pretty, something that I could build upon for the future. 

11. What are you looking forward to in 2017? Blog-related or otherwise

I am looking forward to whatever life chooses to throw at me. I believe that my life has been directed by fate, everything occurring randomly yet in a way that is just right. I await the good and the bad and everything in between. I look forward to growing through my experiences and to the people that will enter and surprise me in my life this year. 

My Nominees:

Birdie Book Worm
A Book A Thought

Maya Hearts Books
Mirakel Books
The Secret Library


My Questions: 

1. When and why did you first create your blog? 

2. If you could be painted by anyone, who would it be and why?

3. What is the most recent movie you watched and what did you think? 

4. Go to page 76 in your current read, describe the first character you see in words without telling who the person is, how does this character make you feel? 

5. If you could befriend any type of monster which monster would you choose and why? 

6. What scent reminds you of home? 

7. What is the name of one of your favorite places to eat? What do you usually order there? 

8. What is the most memorable experience to you, that has come about because of blogging? 

9. What issues are you most curious about? 

10. Who is someone that has been there for you, no matter what? Take some time to thank that person. You know they love you! 

11. What is something you never would have learned if it wasn’t for books? 

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed. As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear how you would answer any of my questions for my Nominees

Till next time! 

Mystery Blogger Award 


I can’t believe that I got nominated for this awards 4 times! This is absolutely insane and I want to thank the awesome people that nominated me with all my heart for thinking that I deserve this! 

To Book Princess Reviews your blog is so adorable and wonderful. I love how you incorporate princesses into every post. Your so creative in everything you do. 

To Ya and Wine I love your posts! Your wine pairings are always spot on and beautiful. Your passion toward supporting small book shops is inspiring. Stay you!

To Tizzymatic your posts are humorously sarcastic. I always know where to go when I need a good laugh. 

To A Book Nerd 13 I love your quotes posts they make me want to buy a bunch of pillows and mugs with quotes on them and put them everywhere I can. Your really down to earth and I love how insightful your posts so often are. 

Created by Okoto Enigma thanks so much for creating such a fun award!

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)
3 things about me: 

  • I was a figure skater for 3 years
  • I love BBQ sauce and still use it on anything I can, (even though I am vegetarian)
  • My mom entered me in a poetry contest without my knowledge and it got published! (I wrote the poem in 5th grade)

Questions from Book Princess Reviews

1. A Must Have Question: favorite Disney Princess? If you’re not a fan of the Princesses (le gasp), favorite Disney movie?😉

If you had asked me this question when I was a little girl I would have said Cinderella, hands down, but because your asking me now, I have to say I love Belle, not only does she love books, but she sees the beauty in the beast.

2. What is the first book you remember reading? Did you like it?

The first book I remember reading is Thumbalina, it was the only book, along with the ugly duckling, that I really enjoyed reading. 

3. Have you always loved reading? Is there a time where you ever quit?

When I was little I didn’t care for reading. All I wanted to do was watch tv a.k.a Disney Channel a.k.a Disney Princess movies. (My favorite color was pink and I wore princess dresses and played with dolls and everything) The first book that got me interested in reading was Twilight in the 5th grade, from there on our I was a goner. 

4. If you were stuck on a desert island (happens all the time), what three to five books would you take with you?

This question makes me sad, why must I choose! 

If I have to pick it would have to be: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and the last two would be random because I can’t deal. 

5. If you could go anywhere in the world (or outside of it), where would you go?

I would want to go to a random yet beautiful location that hasn’t been discovered previously. Then, I could name the area and explore all its secrets like the explorer I wish I could be. 
Questions from Ya and Wine

1. If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you say to them?

I would meet my fantasy idol, the queen of the Fae, the dragon master, Julie Kagawa. I don’t know what I’d say I would probably come up with a really awesome speech and end up forget it all and just stare at her for an abnormally and uncomfortable amount of time. 

2. What bookish destination would you most want to visit?

I want to go to the wonderland written about in Splintered, such a crazy and wonderful place to be. 

3. If you could share a conversation over a glass of wine with any book character, who would it be?

Hawthorn from the Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, because a conversation with her would be so random and amazing. I probably could never be bored if I got the chance to speak with her.

4. If you could live inside the fictional world of any book, which one would you choose?

I would love to live in The Night Circus, I would get to travel all over, but would never see anything more spectacular than the beauty of my own evolving traveling home. 

5. If you could get your hands on an ARC of any 2017 book, which one would it be?

Caraval please! I just said I wanted to live in a circus. I need more circus books in my life. 
Questions from Tizzymatic

1. How many books are in your TBR list? If over a thousand, why fam, why?

If you mean on goodreads…. well… I do have over a thousand books on goodreads I want to read. If you mean the tbr I actually use (the books I own and haven’t read) it’s about 44. 

2. Are you enjoying blogging? If so, why? If not, why?

This is the question I needed to gush about how much I am loving the blogging community! Seriously, everyone is so supportive of one another and I never expected how much I would love this community. I have only been blogging for 3 months and they have been some of the best months of my life. 

3. What is your all-time favorite book or series?

The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book was the first book that really got to me as a reader. I loved the message behind it. I feel like I’ve memorized so many of its pages. 

4. If you had 10 fingers/toes, how would you live life? Answer however you want.

I would have three fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot. I would survive the best I could and become a motivational speaker to students all over the world. 

5. If you had the choice of having money longer than Pablo Escabar’s or saving me from……..Donald Trump, what choice would you make?

A net worth of over 30 billion dollars or saving you from Donald Trump. Hmmm….. this ones difficult. I assume this is life or death. The Donald is moments away from killing you and I have to choose to take lots of money or save you. If it means keeping you alive I would definitely choose to save you, or I could take the money and bribe Trump and he would let you go and I could use the money I have to feed the world. Yeah bribing it is. 
Questions from A Book Nerd 13

Favourite Christmas song?

I’ll be home for Christmas, it always makes me sad, but also hopeful. Especially since this year was the first year that I actually felt like I spent Christmas at home. 

Favourite Christmas food?

Tamales! So good!

Favourite Christmas book?

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Read it for the first time this year during Christmas and I loved every minute of it. 

Favourite Christmas memory?

One year I woke up to Reindeer tracks with feed spread all around and a piece of Santa’s suit was in the door with Santa’s license on the ground. To little me, nothing had ever been more magical. 

Random: Do you lick or bite into your ice-cream?

Lick, unless I am feeling impatient, then chomp chomp it is. 
My Best Posts?!

My most liked post so far is My Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 which is something I never expected. I wrote this post right after I got home from magic mountain almost falling asleep a couple of times while I was writing it. It was a bit of a rollercoaster getting this post up and I am really proud that it was so well recieved. 

The Books of Chistmas Past Present , & Future trilogy. I am so proud of these posts. These are a tradition I hope to carry on well into future years. 
Questions for my nominees: 

1. What do you think about when you look at the stars? 

2. What person in your life lead you along the reading path and inspired you to read books?

3. What is your favorite part of being a blogger? What kind of posts do you love to write the most?

4. If you could say anything to yourself when you were 8 years old, what would you say? What advice would you give?

5. If you could transform into any creature you wanted to mythic, animal, or your own unique creature, which would it be and why?
My Nominees: 

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Lia @ Lost in a Story

Teacher of Ya

Lara @ The Book Heathen

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Louise @ Genie Reads

This may not be ten, but these five have such wonderful and unique blogs. Everyone of them truly deserves this nomination! Give them all some love!

-Till next time!

Blogger Recognition Award  


A big resounding thank you to Mandy from Book Princess Reviews! I’m really excited to receive this lovely nomination from her! Take a look at her post here.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

Once upon a time, on October 14th, 2016, I was struck with the urge to form a blog. I struggled to find a name and I pondered over many till I came up with The Book Raven. 

I have always been fascinated by stories and how people communicate with one another and I wanted to share that fascination with others. From the start, almost 2 months ago, I wanted to do my best to share my passions and hopes with others through this wonderful platform. I could not have ever imagined how wonderful things would become so quickly. Every day has been a new adventure and I already feel like I have grown so much from it. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

My Advice as a Baby Blogger: 

1. If your thinking of starting a blog and your unsure of what you want to write about, find what you love and go from there. Blogging feels like an evolution that happens with every single post that you write. It will change as you change and don’t be afraid to experiment! 

2. Think about your message. What is something that you believe in? What is something that you want to say to others that you feel needs to be said? If you can find that, that why, you have something truly wonderful to share. Never be afraid to let your inner voice shine. Who you are and what you believe in are what make you you. Let yourself and your thoughts be the forefront of your blog and of your life. 

I would love to nominate: 

Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners 

Tasheena Rose @ Dear Reader

&

Jay Alonzo @ A Lovelorn Virgo

I would love to hear about how these lovely bloggers got started!