Wednesday, January 29, 2014

in which I do another very long tag.

1. Favorite childhood book? Probably D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, I was obsessed with mythology from ages 5 to 9. Also a version of The Snow Queen, one of my favorite fairy tales (which prompted my immediate hopes for Frozen when a tumblr was made for it a year ago.) I also had an illustrated copy of St. George and the Dragon and Beauty and the Beast. (Shows how much of a geek I was when I was little... and now.) Also, this may not count, but my family listened to books on tape a lot and I remember listening to the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.

2. What are you reading right now? The Making of Middle-Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien by Christopher Snyder, more Tolkien...

3. What books do you have on request at the library? None that I know of.

4. Bad book habit? I don't use bookmarks very much so I have to remember my place all the time. Usually, I find a place near where I stopped and have to reread a lot of the same stuff.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? A few books about Paris. A new Tamora Pierce book and a book about spies.

6. Do you have an e-reader? Yes, a Nook.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Several at once usually.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I've lessened my reading a bit, which is not at all good.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? One Day by David Levithan (this is from last year, because I haven't disliked any books this year.)

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? (Also from last year) Probably Last of the Mohicans and The Silmarillion are tied for favorite.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don't really have a comfort zone when it comes to books.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? See above question.

13. Can you read in the car? Yes. I don't get dizzy at all. I usually bring at least ten books on a cartrip.

14. Favorite place to read? In bed, under the covers, or outside swinging on a swing or in a tree. I have to be comfortable.

15. What is your policy on book lending? I try not to, I like my books in perfect condition and I don't really trust people with them. You could say I have a trust issue.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? NO!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Only if the book isn't special to me, e.g. a required reading book. Even then I usually write down page numbers and explanation in a seperate notebook.

18. Not even with text books? Not even with textbooks.

19. What is your favourite language to read in? English. Although I can read a tiny bit of German.

20. What makes you love a book? A good plot. Good characters. Plot twists. Well-structured world. Good life lessons.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? A good book.

22. Favorite genre? Historical fiction. I've strayed away from most contemporary or dystopian. I like a good classic. Fantasy, especially high fantasy. Historical non-fiction. Fairy tales and retellings.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Poetry. I like it, but I don't get enough of it.

24. Favourite biography? Being George Washington by Glenn Beck.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? I don't believe so.

26. Favourite cookbook? The Red Lion Inn Cookbook.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? (From last year) Just One Day by Gayle Forman and The Countess Belowstairs by Eva Ibbotson and Being George Washington by Glenn Beck.

28. Favorite reading snack? Pretzels. They're so addicting.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. One Day by David Levithan and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? I don't really read any critic reviews.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don't really care, because it's my opinion.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? German or French, just because their literature is so good.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and The Silmarillion.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Gone With the Wind and Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

35. Favorite Poet? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alfred Lord Tennyson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mostly any Romantic Age poet.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? At least ten.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread? A lot. This is something that I am VERY guilty of.

38. Favorite fictional character? This is hard because I have so many! Let's start with the obvious. Faramir, Eowyn, Arwen, Elrond, Beleg, Samwise, Galadriel, Merry, Gandalf, Nienna, Melian, Earendil, Boromir, Theoden (you have no idea how much respect I have for him), Eomer, and Finrod from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Reepicheep, Lucy, Eustace, and Aslan from Narnia. Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. Jane Eyre. Catherine Morland. Jo March. Sir Percy Blakeney and Sir Andrew Ffoulkes. Etienne St. Clair and Anna Oliphant. Yelena. Uncas and Cora. Javert.

39. Favourite fictional villain? Tash from The Chronicles of Narnia and Melkor from The Silmarillion.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?  The Hobbit, Anna and the French Kiss, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading. A quarter of a year.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? The TV or computer.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Shoot me. I love the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice and the Mia Wasikowska version of Jane Eyre. I also love the new Les Miserables musical. The Great Gatsby was, well, great. And of course, The Lord of the Rings. Also any Jane Austen BBC series, especially Emma and Sense and Sensibility. Then, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation? The second installment of The Hobbit. Also the non-musical version of Les Miserables (which was nothing like the book.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? 30 something dollars?

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Quite often. Which, I confess, kind of gets me bored and causes me to not read it before I have to return it to the library.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?  A horrible story line or a horribly whiny lead character (I confess I read the whole Twilight book, but only because it was quite humorous.)

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes! I have the ordered alphabetically.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Keep and reread.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Catcher in the Rye.

52. Name a book that made you angry. One Day by David Levithan, Twilight, and Mockingjay.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? To Kill a Mockingbird.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? Mockingjay.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Anna and the French Kiss, any Tolkien, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

fears in the form of questions.

{in which I manage to both successfully put down some of my biggest fears of my childhood and the present and also
insert a Scarlet Pimpernel reference (heh heh). I also have yet to write a completely serious post.}

i. // laying awake in bed in the half light of used-to-the-dark eyes listening to the furnace squeak and growl and those knocks running up and down the walls. will it erupt?
ii. // is my heart beating faster than usual? will I wake up tomorrow?
iii. // does God really hear my prayers?
iv. // does my life reach other people?
v. // am I losing my friends, will I be alone?
vi. // do people view me as a silly child?
vii. // do my feelings come across as I want them to?

viii. // the ocean spreads about in front of me. is there a wave to sweep over me, robbing my eyes of light and stealing the air from my lungs?

ix. // swimming through the waves of the ocean. only my feet and legs can be seen from below until a clear blue plane separates the aquatic from the breathable air. what lurks in the deeps ready to tickle my feet before pulling me below?
 x. // pulling the covers around my neck, over my head. is there a hand to grab my neck to steal me away?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

50 Random Facts

Just because I want everyone to know more about me I am going to do the (dun dun dun...):

This photo is from My Unfathomable Constellations. (Go check it out!)

I wasn't tagged in this. I hadn't heard of it until I went onto Martha's blog (see the caption above), but I thought it was a good idea to do. This is going to be really hard. I'm such a boring person...

1. I'm a Christian, and I'm reading the Bible (with my youth group) in one year.

2. I have a cat named Strudel. She's a fat little (ha! not...) tortoiseshell, who is currently sleep (and twitching) next to me.

3. I'm a proud American. US of A!!!!! (Sorry, my patriotic zeal is overkill.)

4. I do gymnastics. I am not that good, and I have a pouch to show that I still don't exercise enough.

5. Reading is one of my hobbies. And dreaming. And sleeping.

6. Whenever someone asks me what my favorite color, I lie and say purple. It's just so convenient. (My real favorite colors are all cool colors, silver, and brown. A bit of a mouthful...)

7. I really, really want to learn German. (I'm German in descent)

8. J.R.R. Tolkien is my hero! My goal is to read all of his books. Plus, one of my annual goals is to read the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

9. History is my obsession. If you were to have a conversation with me about history, beware, I will spew out random facts.

10. Beethoven is my favorite composer. I may also have a (slight) crush on him. I know, Kate has a crush on an already dead person, crazy!

11. Classical music brings me to tears.

12. Whenever I hear of a composer's death story, I burst into tears.

13. I cry whenever I watch a Lord of the Rings movie. Or a Disney movie.

14. I cry very easily.

15. Frozen is my favorite Disney movie (Let it gooooooooooooooo, let it goooooooooo, can't hold it back anymoooooooooooooore!)

16. I'm one with the wind and sky.

17. Carrie Hope Fletcher is another one of my idols. She's so nice, and the ideal human being.

18. Once I get a DSLR camera, I have promised myself I will name it Sir Andrew Ffoulkes. (I pray for your soul if you do not know who he is.)

19. Sink me! Sir Percy Blakeney is glorious.

20. I art a lot.

21. I'm short. Most of my usernames on social media will tell you that. (I like to warn people).

22. I am 15 years old. And short...

23. I like books.

24. I want to travel the world! (My goals are very realistic)

25. Kimi ni Todoke is my favorite manga/anime. It may be the cutest thing ever. I literally squealed through the whole first season. (Ryu you devil!)

26. Taiga from Toradora is my spirit animal.

27. I like owls.... And foxes.... And horses.... And cats....

28. I like to think of myself as an intellectual (an idiotically prideful intellectual).

29. I am very self destroying. Yet still very prideful.

30. I like sojourning the forest and hiking the mountains. I wish I did it more.

31. This list is making me think about myself too much.

32. One of my favorite movies is Master and Commander.

33. Russell Crowe is my favorite actor. (Gladiator made me cry for a full 30 minutes.)

34. I like using British spellings. Such as watercolours and metre.

35. I like using watercolours.

36. Poetry is fun unless I have to write it.

37. The last season of Merlin made me lose my soul. I immediately burst out crying when I see a picture of Arthur, Merlin, or Gwaine.

38. Gwaine is the best (see my earlier post on him.)

39. Doctor Who and Sherlock... I hate you Steven Moffat.

40. Mary Morstan is amazing.

41. Admiral Nelson is the best.

42. I grew up reading about King Arthur, Greek myths, and Robin Hood. I like to believe I was raised right.

43. I own my own bow and I know how to use it.

44. I spend too much time on the Internet.

45. I like rain boots a bit too much.

46. Singing is not my forte, but I do it anyway.

47. Little Women makes me cry. (Why didn't you say yes Jo???!!!)

48. Anne of Green Gables makes me cry.

49. Anything that I really like I tend to cry whenever I talk about it.

50. I like candles. And smells. Especially wood fires, spices, pine needles, snow, and steak.

I hope you know a bit more about me...



So, if you didn't know, I like to art.

Also, if you didn't know, art is a verb.

Anyways, I do art for an elective (mostly because I'm not productive enough on my own to create good artwork :D), so I will frequently post my art. Remember: I do not claim to be good or professional. This is just a hobby. Also, if you 'art' show comment or show me.