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TAG – Behind the Blogger

Thanks to Megan @ Wonderland of Books for the tag! It’s the first one I’ve ever done, so this should be fun!

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

1. WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING & WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I looked it up because I didn’t remember for sure, but I began blogging back in 2011. I started the blog after joining a writing group, wanting a space to connect with people that might eventually turn into an official website if I ever actually got published (which I haven’t). My original posts were more personal in nature, talking about my family, some book stuff, the holidays (I started it in late November). Slowly, the blog started to be a way for me to post book reviews, which I used to do back when in the good ol’ days of Livejournal. It’s dipped into other things, died off a few times, and come back when I had the motivation to do so. I decided this past January that I really wanted to rededicate myself to blogging and, so far, it’s gone pretty well.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

I enjoy any post that is interactive, like my Tuesday posts or WWW Wednesday. It’s fun to connect with the larger book blogging community. I’ve also really enjoyed doing my Chapter-A-Long posts with the Harry Potter books so far this year. Once I finish those, I’ll need something else to do.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVORITE BLOG POSTS?

That’s a tough one. I honestly don’t know! I will say that I very much enjoyed my first blog tour post, just because it was really exciting. I’ll also pick my first Chapter-A-Long post, which was actually a while ago, back in February 2017. I actually started doing this with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I got for Christmas the previous year and wanted to dissect. It didn’t get a lot of attention back then, but it was still fun. For the last one, I’ll pick one of the interactive posts I mentioned before, that for some reason had the most views so far this year – Teaser Tuesday and Top Ten Tuesday for January 1st.

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

I enjoy video games, my favorite being Lord of the Rings Online. I can lose hours just exploring Middle Earth to my heart’s content. I also really love to crochet and do cross stitch. Something about those simple, repetitive stitches coming together to make something beautiful really calms my nerves.

5. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?

Well here are two of them:

My furbabies!

But in all honesty, my family is pretty much my favorite thing always. They drive me insane, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My husband is amazing, supportive, and puts up with my crap. My daughter is beautiful, creative, a pain at times, but all-around amazing to me. My mom is my absolute best friend.

6. WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

I think I mentioned it before, but starting back up this past January, and really starting strong, is probably my proudest moment. This blog has grown exponentially since then, so I’m really proud of that and really excited to keep it going.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

Other than reading and writing, writing about reading, or reading about writing, my other love is theater. I adore it. I’ve been to Broadway many, many times, and even got involved with my local community theaters a few years ago. There is nothing like the bond that forms between members of a cast and crew putting on a show. There’s something electric about it. I’ve never felt more alive as I have on stage. I also love to sing, so anytime I can be in a musical is a good time.

8. DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS?

Quirky, neurotic, creative.

9. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PET PEEVES?

I hate when people are late. Part of that is because I am almost always annoyingly on time. It’s just rude. At least call or text. I really don’t like when people drive like idiots or are just really inconsiderate drivers. If I’m stuck in a lane and need to merge, just let me over. Don’t be all macho about it. Especially if the roads are icy. Just because you have a big 4-wheel drive truck doesn’t mean it’s any safer. My other pet peeve (which might be more than just a pet peeve, but I’ll go with it) is Internet trolls. I don’t understand why people just go out of their way to be mean and obnoxious for no reason to people they’ve never even met. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

10. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Some of you may know this if you’ve read any of my other blog’s posts, but even though I tend to be bright and cheery here at Life With No Plot, I actually suffer from pretty major depression. Blogging has helped with that a bit because I can force myself to sound upbeat and happy, which can pull me out of the depths from time to time.

That’s it! Now I need to tag five people. Hmmm . . . I’ll tag:

Jules @ One More Word

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Beth @ BiblioBeth

Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura

(Of course, if you are tagged and don’t want to participate, that’s totally fine. I just picked five blogs that I enjoy engaging with. Also, if anyone who I didn’t tag wants to play along, please go ahead and do so! The more the merrier!)

Chapter-A-Long

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Chapter 16 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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In Chapter 16, the students at Hogwarts suffer through their end of year tests, Trelawney acts stranger than usual, a certain rat makes a reappearance, and Buckbeak faces the Ministry executioner. Let’s go!

Heading into finals week is stressful enough without all the stuff Harry and his friends have to deal with. Also, with the effects dementors have on people, I can only imagine that it’s even worse this year. Hermione’s schedule is particularly shocking, as she is clearly listed to take several exams at the same time. How does she plan on doing that? Ron asks the same question, but Hermione just brushes it off. Because of course she does.

It also doesn’t help that they find out that Buckbeak’s appeal is scheduled for the day after exams – and they are already bringing an executioner to deal with it. I’m sorry, but how is that fair? Is this really going to be an appeal, or is it just for show?

Exams, exams and more exams. Not really going to go through them, except for one thing which is funny. For their Defense Against the Dark Arts exam, Lupin has them run a sort of obstacle course, facing down several of the creatures they had studied, the last one being a boggart. We finally get to see what Hermione’s boggart is:

“P-P-Professor McGonagal!” Hermione gasped, pointing into the trunk. “Sh-she said I’d failed everything!”

Aw, Hermione. I love you.

One more odd final exam thing: Divination. The students are supposed to each go into Trelawney’s classroom one at a time and try to see something in a crystal ball. When it’s Harry’s turn, he can’t see anything, so he pretends to see a hippogriff. As he’s getting ready to leave, Trelawney acts very strange, going rigid in her chair, her voice turning very loud and harsh:

“IT WILL HAPPEN TONIGHT . . . THE DARK LORD LIES ALONE AND FRIENDLESS, ABANDONED BY HIS FOLLOWERS. HIS SERVANT HAS BEEN CHAINED THESE TWELVE YEARS. TONIGHT, BEFORE MIDNIGHT . . . THE SERVANT WILL BREAK FREE AND SET OUT TO REJOIN HIS MASTER. THE DARK LORD WILL RISE AGAIN WITH HIS SERVANT’S AID, GREATER AND MORE TERRIBLE THAN EVER BEFORE. TONIGHT . . . BEFORE MIDNIGHT . . . THE SERVANT . . . WILL SET OUT . . . TO REJOIN . . . HIS MASTER . . .”

Okay. That’s creepy as hell. What’s even creepier is that Trelawney has no memory of saying this at all. She thinks she’s fallen asleep in class. It’s bizarre, but also terrifying. It has to point to Black, right? How could it not? Who else has been chained for twelve years?

We’ll get to that.

Harry goes to find Ron and Hermione, who inform him that Buckbeak lost his appeal and is scheduled to be executed at sunset. Hagrid’s note tells them not to come down to see him, but of course they don’t listen. They want to be there for Hagrid. I would have done the same thing. They sneak down under the Invisibility Cloak. Hagrid tells them they shouldn’t have come, that Dumbledore will be there when it happens, so he won’t be alone. Hermione helps him prepare something to drink when she finds a rather odd surprise.

It’s Scabbers. Not dead, but not doing particularly well either. Also completely freaking out. Ron tries to hang on to him, but Scabbers in in a full panic trying to get away. They head back up to the castle, Scabbers struggling the whole way, until they hear something omnious.

The rat was squealing wildly, but not loudly enough to cover up the sounds drifting from Hagrid’s garden. There was a jumble of indistinct male voices, a silence, and then, without warning, the unmistakable swish and thud of an axe.

R.I.P. Buckbeak. 😦

For now . . .

See you next time for Chapter 17!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

**SPOILERS AHEAD – PROCEED WITH CAUTION**

Queen of ShadowsTitle: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Edition: eBook

Blurb: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review: Dorian. Poor, poor Dorian. He is locked inside a body possessed by a demon with no control over any of his actions. Just screaming inwardly. And his father is just loving it, the evil bastard.

I think one of my favorite things about this book is the conflict with Chaol and Aelin. This is the woman he loved and now he can’t trust her. Not only that, but he knows a way to bring magic back into Adarlan – and he’s afraid to do it. He knows that he would forever be at a disadvantage if people like Aelin and Aedion were able to access their full magical potential. He is afraid of a future where people like himself are not the ones in power, even if their ruler is inherently evil. Having an evil ruler still means that his people – mortal humans – are at the top of the hierarchy. If that isn’t a metaphor, I don’t know what is.

And Aelin is certainly no saint, especially in this book. She is vicious, cruel and calculating. Despite being the heroine of the series, she is NOT a good person at all. Granted, she usually has good reasons for doing what she does – like avenging her lover’s death at the hands of her former master, the King of Assassins – but she also relishes in the suffering of her enemies. When she is out for blood, she is absolutely ruthless. Rowan describes her as a “whirlwind of hate and rage and violence” and it’s pretty accurate.

I also very much enjoyed the twist at the end with the King of Adarlan. Won’t spoil it, because that would be bad, but it did take me by surprise and made a two-note villain into something more, which is always enjoyable. I am also really enjoying the Ironteeth witches, particularly Manon Blackbeak, who is clearly more than what even she thinks she is. They are going to be a huge player in this game and I can’t wait.

This series just keeps getting better and better, upping the ante each time.

GoodReads Rating: 5 stars