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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was tagged by Amanda from A Darker Shade of Hope for The Sunshine Blogger Award! You should definitely go check out her blog when you have a chance! Her own post for this award can be found here so head on over!

I thought it was fitting that an Amanda tagged me for this award today, because it’s my baby sister Amanda’s 18th birthday!!!


WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

So here we go with Amanda’s set of questions, and I really love the variety in them!


1. What’s the story or meaning behind your blog name?

Hmm… Well my name is Samantha, so that’s where the Sam comes in….and I don’t remember how I came up with Little Corner. Maybe because I am a short person and I really loved that song from Brandy’s Cinderella …”in my own little corner, in my own little….”

2. What is your reading goal for 2018?

52. I would like to read at least one book a week!

3. What is your favourite song of all time?

Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s

4. Who is your favourite cartoon character of all time?

Simba from The Lion King, hands down.

5. If any book could be turned into a movie, and you get to play any character you wish, who would it be?

Let’s go with the Throne of Glass series, so that I can be a BA assassin!

6. Which book would you like to introduce to your child when they are young? Why?

Harry Potter. It was my favorite in 5th grade, and I would love to introduce it to my child in the hopes that it will instill a love for reading like it did for me.

7. What is your favourite candle scent or favourite bookish candle?

I don’t really have a favorite candle scent or bookish candle. But, I do like anything cookie scented or vanilla.

8. Which character would you like to have as a sibling and why?

Scarlett Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She is so loyal to her sister, and went to great lengths to try to save her and in the process found her independence. I don’t know if any of my sisters would go to such great lengths to try to find me during a party that seemed to never end! They would get distracted way too easily. LOL

9. What is one thing about your country you wish more people knew about?

That not all of us are stuck up Americans.

10. Kiss, kill or marry: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America.

Kiss- Captain America

Kill- Iron Man

Marry- Thor

(man this was a tough one, except who to marry, that one was the easiest =p)

11. Top 5 favourite movies?

  1. The Lion King
  2. Pitch Perfect
  3. Moana
  4. Miss Congeniality
  5. Can I just put any Disney movie ever? That will be the easiest.

 


MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What book(s) are you anxiously waiting for this year?
  2. Do you have any blog resolutions? If so, what are they?
  3. Favorite book to movie adaptation?
  4. What movie do you think is actually better than the book?
  5. Other than reading, what are your favorite hobbies?
  6. Top 5 favorite books/series?
  7. Favorite book and genre?
  8. Least favorite genre and why?
  9. Other than book reviews, what other types of blog posts do you like to do?
  10. Are you left or right handed? (Lefties unite!)
  11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’D LIKE TO TAG

Lucas @BooksandSmizmars

Sophie @BlameChocolate

Saii @LiteraryHues

Lauren @PageTurners

It’s alright if you don’t want to do the tag, but I’d love to read your answers if you do! (: I really suck at tagging people, so if you would like to do this tag then I nominate you! Just let me know if you do it so that I can read your answers!!

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Bookish Decor and Where to Get It

I was approached a few weeks ago about how I decorate my bookshelves with bookish decor. So I decided to write a post on some decorating ideas and where I get my bookish goodies, because lets be honest ideas are good and all but it won’t mean anything unless you know where to go to look for your own items.

One of my favorite ways to decorate my shelves with is using Funko Pops! They are just so cute and they have a lot of different ones for fans of different fandoms. I had to limit myself because at first I was just buying all the ones that I thought were cute (which was a lot). Now I only really collect the Harry Potter funkos and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them funkos (oh and Sailor Moon, because I love the 90’s). Now you can pretty much find them anywhere, such as Target, Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble (or really any bookstore), and of course online.

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I typically like to keep my Funko’s in their box, but if the box is damaged then I don’t feel bad about taking them out. I arrange my pops around the books that they are based off of (I don’t have many so it is really just HP and Fantastic Beasts that get to highlight their books). My other pops I just arrange wherever I think has blank space and needs a little spice.

Another bookish goody that I love to decorate with is bookmarks. The one below I got from Litcube in one of their subscription boxes. “The girl who was on fire” bookmark was designed by Lexy Olivia and she just has some amazing stuff in her Etsy shop! I don’t have many of this type of bookmark, but when I get them they are the ones that I use most often!

If you haven’t yet discovered magnetic bookmarks, go and check them out right now! Just hide your debit card because you’ll most likely want every single one! The ones below (and basically my entire collection) is from Melissa at NerdyGrlDesigns. I just love her shop and had to put myself on a ban from buying anything more for a little while. Although, she just came out with some new ones so the temptation to buy is very high!

Recently, I have been looking into art prints to decorate my shelves with, but I haven’t found one (or a price) that I am willing to buy. Having a newborn has me reprioritizing what I spend my money on lately (although that didn’t stop me from buying books at Barnes and Noble and Book Outlet last week. #sorrynotsorry). Society6 (is sort of like Etsy) has a wide range of goodies for you to browse through. I like when they have sales because that’s typically when I’ll go and see if I want anything. I just missed a 25% off sale, so I’ll have to wait for another one to get the art print that I have my eye on!

If you are like me and sometimes need decorating ideas, there are great websites such as Havenly who offer ideas and this particular website has interior designers that you can talk with to get more personalized ideas from! I just discovered them, so I haven’t had a chance to use their services yet, but when I rearrange my office in the next week or so I will definitely get some insight from them. Maybe with their help my bookshelves will feel cohesive and less cluttered.

What are some of your favorite Etsy or Society6 shops that you like to get your bookish goodies from? I am always looking for more ideas and items to use on my shelves (against my husbands better judgement, but hey he knew he what he was getting into before he asked me to marry him ;)). Currently, I am on the hunt for an artist who will do a custom print for me, because I unfortunately can’t draw to save my life. Stick figures for the win.

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

Thank you so much to Literary Hues for nominating me for The Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers, and liebster is a German word meaning beloved or endearing. You should check out Literary Hues’ questions and answers here!

The rules are as follows:
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  1. Thank the person who nominated you,
  2. Answer the questions given to you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers yourself (preferably those with fewer than 500 followers, this is a newbie award)
  4. Provide those bloggers with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  5. Notify them through email or social media.
  6. Don’t forget to put the Liebster Award sticker on your blog!

 

So let’s get this thing started:

  1. What’s one book trope you’re so sick of?

I am very tired of the girl meets boy, boy meets girl, both fall instantly in love. This has been done countless times, and let’s be honest does it really help the book? Unless one of them is under a spell, the answer is no, it doesn’t.

2. What’s one movie or tv show that you wish was based on a book?

Hm…that’s a hard one…Most of the shows that I like to watch are based upon a book. But if I had to pick one…I would say…American Horror Story? I can barely watch the show, because it is a little too scary for me (I’m a wimp) but if it was a book, I can just stop reading when the scary parts happen and pick it back up when the suns out!

3. How do you decide on what to read next?

Typically I pick a book from one of the three book subscription boxes that I subscribe to. If I have read those already, then I pick something from my NetGalley list. If I don’t have an eArc to read, then I just go to my shelf and randomly pick a book. My shelves are currently overflowing and I wish I had time to read more!

4. Name three fictional characters you would invite to dinner. Why?

I would invite Celaena Sardothien, Hermione Granger, and Inej from Six of Crows. I would invite Celaena and Inej because they are both very strong characters, and I would ask them to teach me their ways! I would invite Hermione so that we could discuss everything magic and books!

5. What was the last book that you rated five stars?

My last 5 star read was Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. You can check out my review here! I noticed that I am very picky when it comes to 5 star ratings.

6. What would be the title of your autobiography?

I don’t think I have accomplished that much to warrant an autobiography, but how about Sam’s Journey Through Life: One Book at a Time?

7. Your guilty pleasure book?

I don’t really have a guilty pleasure book, really just buying a book is a guilty pleasure because I have so many. My husband keeps telling me that I need to stop until my two TBR shelves have cleared up, but I keep buying more! Oops.

8. Do you have any weird reading habits?

I don’t think I do, but if someone ever watched me read might think so. I like to be covered up with a blanket whether on the couch or in bed, so even if it’s very warm in the room I will still grab a blanket.

9. What’s your favourite banned book?

My favorite banned book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I don’t think it is currently banned, since I read it in my school’s library, but it used to be! I think that still counts.

10. Do you have an auto-buy author?

Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas (although depending on how Queen of Shadows goes, that may or may not change), and Sarah Dessen (I guess her books would be my guilty pleasure amongst all of my fantasy and dystopian novels).

11. Describe your perfect reading spot.

My perfect reading spot is at the end of the couch with a blanket, a dog or two (or even three if they all want to cuddle), and a cup of coffee. That way I can ball up if I want to or recline, multiple sitting/laying options all in one spot!

I hope you enjoyed my answers to these questions, and now I nominate the following bloggers:

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Poetry @ A Bookwyrm’s Lair

Ellie @ Capitol Books

Just a Young Reader

TeenBookLit101

Jody and Amanda @ Simply Reading

The Bohemian Bookworm

I’ve just picked a few bloggers that I follow, and if you don’t know them definitely check out their great blogs!

And my 11 Bookish Questions for you guys are:

  1. If you had to pick a series/book to read for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
  2. Favorite reading spot?
  3. If you could invite one author to dinner, who would it be and why?
  4. Paperback, hardcover, or ebook?
  5. Do you keep your Funko pops in the box or out in the open?
  6. Do you have any habits while reading?
  7. Library or bookstore?
  8. If you were to write a book, what genre would it be in?
  9. How do you organize your bookshelf?
  10. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Which literary character would be your traveling companion?
  11. What are your favorite tropes? What tropes are you sick of?

Have fun and happy reading!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The movie came out back in February this year, and I just finished reading the book. (You can check out my review here.) I watched the movie when it first came out with my sister, before reading the book, shame I know. Honestly, I really enjoyed the movie more than the book.  And that doesn’t happen often.

I already wrote a long blog post on my views on the book so I won’t reiterate them here. Long story short, I thought the book was very long winded and just mediocre. (I gave it 3 stars and I think that was very liberal).

The movie on the other hand I quite enjoyed.

The book and movie followed each other pretty much until Elizabeth goes to Rosings. After that the book follows the same timeline as PP and the movie goes in a completely different direction with snippets of the original throughout. One similarity in the book and movie, that I wish was fixed in the movie, was the awkward dialogue. In the book there was many awkward conversations just randomly placed in the story. In the movie, the really big one I noticed was after the fight scene at the first ball when Darcy was speaking to Bingley about Elizabeth. It just felt very stalkerish and out of place. At least for the movie, I wasn’t constantly checking the time to see when it will be over.

I am not a fan of Mr. Collins, in PP or PPZ or even in the movie adaptations, but in this movie version I couldn’t get enough! I loved Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, I don’t know why but I do. (And no, I am not a fan of Doctor Who. Sorry.)

I could go on and on, but there is no fun in that. I suggest save yourself some time and just watch the movie instead of reading the book. I hardly ever make that recommendation, and whereas the movie wasn’t great, it was 10 times better than the book.

Have you read and/or watched the movie? What did you think?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

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Las Cuevas field station, Belize

This weeks photo challenge is opposites! I chose this picture because I just got back a few days ago from Belize! We stayed at the Las Cuevas field station and on one of our hikes we went to one of the many caves. The Mayans used to use caves for their sacrifices and rituals.

The story goes that the Mayans believed that there was 13 levels in Heaven, which was why the sun traveled 13 times across the sky. When the sun went down, it would transform into a jaguar and enter the cave. The cave symbolized the entrance to the underworld and the jaguar would go through the 9 levels of hell before coming back out and transforming back into the sun. I am paraphrasing a lot, but this is the gist of what I learned from our guide!

Pretty neat!

 

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Fourth of July!! 

Yesterday was Independence Day! Since I was away for two weeks on a study abroad trip, my husband decided to take me out shopping and to the movies as a way to celebrate my homecoming! He took me to the bookstore, where I was able to pick out anything that I wanted. So sweet. So here is my haul from Barnes and Noble!  

I can’t wait to start diving into some of these books! I have a lengthy tbr pile already, but I think I’ll push a couple of these to the top. 😉

We ended our Independence Day by watching the new Independence Day movie!!! A little corny, I know, couldn’t resist. I also can’t resort move theater popcorn. Mmm one of my favorite reasons for going to the movies. 

How did you spend your Fourth of July?

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Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day is this weekend and I don’t have a gift yet! As usual, I never know what I am going to get my dad. Normally, I’ll get him something Harley Davidson related or a Star Trek book. This year, I decided to break away from the usual and get him something different. So a little research is in order of Father’s Day appropriate books.

Alright so here’s my list of possible Father’s Day appropriate books:

For the science guy:

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The Gene: An Intimate History  by Siddhartha Mukherjee, published May 2016 by Scribner.

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

 

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye, published November 2015 by St. Martin Press.unstoppable

In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you’ll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you’ll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

For the father that is more interesting in cooking:

bobby flayBobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay, published April 2013, by Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. I love watching all of his shows on the Food Network Channel! Since my dad loves to grill, this would be perfect for him! If he didn’t already have so many cookbooks, and that he hardly uses them =/

 Here is everything you need for a great backyard bash: pitchers of cold drinks, such as Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade, and platters of starters to share, like Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Chutney, and inventive sides, including New Potato-Corn Chowder Salad.

How about the Stephen King fan?SK

End of Watch (Bill Hodges Series #3) by Stephen King, published June 2016 by Scribner. Although, my dad is a big science fiction fan, he will sometimes read a good horror fiction here and there. This is the third book in the series, so if I get him this, I’ll have to buy him the first two books. But since it is a trilogy, it will make a nice box set!

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

For the dads who think they are comedians:

batdadBatDad: A Paradoy by Blake Wilson, published May 2016 by Crown/Archetype. I love his videos that pop up on Facebook, so I am sure my Dad will get a kick out of this!

Life as an everyday superhero when your Batmobile is a minivan, the villains you face are your crazy kids, and your Bat Cave is always covered in piles of dirty laundry. 

 

So ultimately what did I end up buying my dad? I’ll most likely end up choosing the Bobby Flay cookbook (and make him grill me something when I go visit), and the BatDad book (just for laughs). I’ll probably even throw in a Star Trek: the Next Generation book in there, just because I know he’ll really enjoy it.

What are/did you get your dads for Father’s Day?

 

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Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank You To @onceuponabookshelfblog for Nominating Me!!

This is my very first tag, and I am very excited for being nominated!!

The Rules:

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

Questions

If you can live any fictional world, which one would it be and why?

If I could live in any fictional world, I would probably want to live in the Harry Potter universe. Magic and fantastical beasts? Enough said.

What made you start reading and why do you like it so much?

When I was younger, my dad used to read me stories every night. I enjoyed listening to the books so much, that I started to read at a very young age. Reading is such a great past time. If something in life is stressing me out, I can just pick up a book an escape for a little while.

Was there a book where you loved the side characters more than the main characters? If so, which one and why?

Hmm…I would have to say in the most recent books I have read, I would pick Ophelia Adrift by Helen Holtz. I was not a big fan of Ophelia, and her friends were much more dynamic and smarter than the MC.

Would you rather face Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles) on a one to one battle?

Oh, that is very hard. I would have to say I would rather face He Who Shall Not Be Named. Mainly, because I will have magic on my side to help me out and a backup army, which never hurts.

Besides reading, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach since it is only 30 minutes away from me. I am also trying to make my dogs love the beach more, instead of being afraid of the water the entire time. I also love going to the movies and eating the movie theater popcorn, because for some reason it is just not the same as popcorn at home.

What is your typical coffee order at Starbucks?

A grande skinny vanilla latte.

What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?

The Lion King. Hands down.

My Questions for You

  1. What is your favorite genre to read?
  2. Currently, what is your favorite series?
  3. What series do you love to hate (that isn’t Twilight)?
  4. Who is your fictional crush?
  5. If you could give one book suggestion, what would it be and why?
  6. What is your favorite place to read?
  7. What do you enjoy doing, besides reading, in your free time?

I TAG:

@gimmesamich89

Anushka@livinginpages

@bookishdaayla

Plus 4 more =)

Sorry if you have already done this tag! You don’t have to do again if you don’t want to. But for everyone else, have fun! And let me know if you have your answers up and I will definitely check them out!