2/19/17

Mini Challenge #8 - On the Road

Last mini challenge of the Love-a-thon -- how fast did this weekend go by?  I have a hot cup of tea, Station Eleven and the couch calling my name, so this is going to be short-ish.

In my perfect road trip, Morgan Matson would have prepared all of the road trip mixes.  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour holds a special place in my heart, as it's the one book that I've read that perfectly, PERFECTLY pairs music and literature.  In fact, I bet someone has the soundtrack to that book on Spotify, which is the perfect excuse for a re-read.  *checks Spotify*  Yup, there totally is a playlist.  This is going on my summer TBR pile for sure.

So, Morgan's in the backset because we have an iPod with a long auxiliary cable so she doesn't need to be in the passenger seat.  In the passenger seat we have Macy from The Truth About Forever because she's serious and studious and would map-wield like nobody's business.  And because she started the book off quiet and serious, but learned how to open up and relax a little, which is what she's going to learn on our road trip as well.

And finally, the second body in the backseat is Dana from Fireworks because she needed to get out of town with someone who is not Olivia and I can be her ticket out.  You'll have to wait for my review in April to hear the rest, but Dana was the stand-out character in this book for me.

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Mini-Challenge #7 - Let Me Sing You a Love Song

Music and reading are my two biggest hobbies, and I have really struggled with this post.  I love so many books, and so many songs that pairing the two was almost impossible.  BUT, I think I've come up with a few good ones.


To Auggie from Wonder...All of Me - John Legend
Wonder is all about appreciating inner beauty and looking past physical imperfections.  Even though this is a romantic song, the lyric "Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections" always reminds me of this incredible book.


To Celeana from Throne of Glass...Unstoppable by Sia
This is my theme song these days.  Whenever I'm feeling a little low, I just crank this up and it gets rid of the blues instantly.  I love the growl in her voice, and the lyrics "I'm so powerful, I don't need batteries to play."


Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury...Quit Playing Games with My Heart by The Backstreet Boys
I wasn't the biggest fan of Rhysand in ACOTAR, but he stole my heart in the sequel.  And I'm not a bookish crush kind of girl.  Usually I answer those questions with "I don't have one."  But this worries me, because I wonder if he's going to be one of those love to hate and hate to love characters, and I'm going to end up despising him.  Maybe this song should be dedicated to Sarah J. Maas?

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Mini-Challange #6 - Valentine's Care Package

If I had the opportunity to send a Valentine's Care Package, I would send one to Hermione at Hogwarts.  Since we're both fellow bookworms, I'd include a couple of books that I'd read and loved, and just knew that she'd enjoy them too.  I'd include a cute little notebook and a pen, since she'll either be writing down her thoughts on the books or journalling a little.  There would also be some cute little magnetic bookmarks because there's NO WAY that Hermione would dog ear her books.  Nuh uh.

With all that reading and writing, I'd also include some earl grey tea and a cutesy bookish mug.  With all those and cold snowy nights at Hogwarts, Hermione must have curled up with a cup of tea on many occasions.  No good cup of tea is complete without nibble of some delectable dark chocolate.  I'd include a bar of dark chocolate that has a hint of strawberries, because my OTSP Secret Sister sent me this chocolate two rounds ago, and I can't stop buying it.  It is my new favourite thing ever.  I'd enclose a pack of thick, cozy reading socks since Hogwarts must be cold and drafty, and cuddly socks are the best for reading.

What would you send Hermione in a Valentine's Care Package?

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Mini Challenge #5 - X Meets Y

I'm not a huge movie/TV watcher.  There are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things that I love, and movies and TV often don't make the cut.

BUT, with that being said, my husband and I are Bachelor addicts and are currently hooked on finding out whether Nick ends up picking Corrinne.  Because, honestly, I think he just might.  I'm still rooting for Vanessa, because she's got a good head on her shoulders, and she's Canadian, but I also think that she's too good for him.

If you love the Bachelor too, and you haven't picked up Sally Thorne's The Hating Game -- YOU MUST.  This book has been all over the online book community, and the love and praise is well deserved.  It's smart and it's funny and it's pure chick lit perfection.  I love to hate the Bachelor (or hate to love depending on the day) and the love-hate dichotomy fits in well with this book.

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2/18/17

Mini Challenge #3 - Book Spine Poetry


Before I go to sleep, before I wake,
I shall be near to you.
The start of me and you,
The love that split the world,
The truth about forever,
Lips touch: the marriage plot.

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Mini Challenge #2 - Mix 'n' Match

Besides reading, yoga is my other main hobby.  I even started a feature last year, entitled Reading on My Mat to chronicle my yoga journey, and I'm planning to reignite that feature this year!  I entitled it reading on my mat because, when I would go to the studio to practice, I'd always sneak in a few more pages of my current read before the class started ... like this:



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Mini Challenge #1 - Mad Libs -- Fairytale Edition

Once upon a time, in a far away Canada, there lived a smart witch. She lived alone in a grocery store, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful toes, and she was known for her shiny red yoga mat, the only thing she had left of her parents.

Alas, the duchess of the country became jealous and wanted to own this yoga mat. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After stretching around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon Vancouver. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at the witch with zen and said: "I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my piano back. Here is a magical toast, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have seven days to return before the stalk withers." 

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge townhouse. She walked to the door and knocked. A soft spoken voice said: 'Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?" She was not afraid and said: "My name is Jamie and I've come to collect an item." 

The door made a tapping sound when it opened and revealed a large kitchen filled with golden marbles.  She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

"Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face."
The beast growled angry. "Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone." Still, it moved and stood in front of Jamie. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore fashionable clothing.

"What happened to you?" She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. "Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to walk so I can break the spell, but I'm not brave enough."

"If you give me the piano, I will help you."

In keeping its promise, the beast and Jamie worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. "I can't wait to return to my job as office manager in the normal world. Can I come with you?" Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

"My husband, you have returned!" They hugged and looked at Jamie.

"We have to tell you something," the old lady said. "You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!" From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

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