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Chapter Kathy: Home for the Summer and Currently Reading

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I’m home for the summer which means plenty of reading will be done!!! I decided to just post a quick update letting you know that I’m home from college and plan to have a ton of reviews and tags in the works for over the summer time.

The book I’m currently reading is:

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I’m reading this as a buddy read with none other than Olivia from Brewing up Books. So many people (I bought this after being majorly prompted by Cassandra from CC’s Books) recommended this book to be and recommended it in general. I’m barely into chapter two and I did really enjoy beginning, but we’ll see what else the novel brings.

That’s all for now and I’ll catch you next weekend,

Kiss 4

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Earth Day Post (Response to Original)

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As promised, here are my responses to the Earth Day Tag I created last week. If you check out my last post you can see who I tagged!

Rules: Tag six people, credit the person that tagged you plus the creator, post these rules with the questions, and have fun!

Here are the questions:

  1. Conservation is a HUGE part of being kind to the Earth. Likewise, what is one book you would want to conserve for generations to come?   Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone because I genuinely think it is a book that everyone can learn from. 3
  2.  The three R’sare reduce, reuse, and recycle. What is one book that could use some length reduction, one book that you would recommend to a friend, and one book that you would recycle because you don’t want it on your shelves anymore? A book that could use length reduction is for sure Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke. I feel like it is far too wordy which to me took away from a highly creative plotline. My selection for a book I would recommend to a friend is Glitter by: Aprilynne Pike. I thought that I would chose the book I last recommended, which I suggested because of how insanely new of a concept I thought this book had. It definitely had a few things that it needed improvement with (such as explanations for detailed occurrences) but it truly is a one-of-a-kind concept. As far as a book I would recycle, it would probably have to be Heart of Darkness by: Joseph Conrad. I personally just did not get into the novel at all and didn’t enjoy it whatsoever. 28194240330584902
  3. SAVE THE ANIMALS! What fictional creature would you bring into the world today and save? Most definitely a pygmy puff from the Harry Potter series! They seem like such adorable creatures and I would totally love them to be real.
  4. Many places are in danger because the water source is running dry. Pick a book that takes place in a water/ocean setting, which you think represents the beauty and/or necessity of water.  The answer to this question is without a doubt Ingo. It is not only one of my all time favorite middle-grade novels, but the way Helen Dumore describes her watery settings is genuinely so beautiful and makes the reader want to hop into the world it takes place.1022657
  5. Being Earth-conscious means that you have a great understanding of the world you live in and want to save. Pick your favorite non-fiction book that taught you something new. Probably the most recent non-fiction book I’ve read and loved is How to Win at Feminism. It is such a hilarious satire on preconcieved and unfair notions of women. It’s designed in magazine format to play on the sexist idea that women only like to and can read magazines. Also, the whole book is sarcastic, which I thought was brilliant and so funny. It doesn’t have a single non-sarcastic sentence in it and to me that made it all the more informative (it is definitely made for adults though so don’t read it if you’re under 18).28925254
  6. Write what Earth-related topic you’re most concerned about and what you’re going to do to help! I am honestly so concerned about a ton of different issues. Currently, I think one of the things I have been most mindful of is the amount of trash and waste I dispose of. So, I have been recycling like crazy and using everything I own until it is 100% used up. Also I’ve been using materials as containers to help my dorm be more funtional. For example, I recently finished a container of hummus so I cleaned it out, decorated it and attached it to the wall using a command strip to hold my hair ties. I also purchased a water filter pitcher instead of water bottles because it is SO much better for the enviroment and in the long run has saved me so much money as well,

 

That’s all for now! I am so happy with the way this tag turned out, so if you do it, comment the link below because I’d love to read it! Also a huge shout out to roguecart.com for asking me to create a list for them, so give it a read if you’re like me and make lists for everything! https://www.roguecart.com/content/519/Five-of-the-Best-Books-for-New-Young-Adult-Readers

Love,

Kiss 4

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Earth Day Book Tag (Original)

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Happy (belated) Earth Day!

I genuniely love Earth day, because it brings awareness about how gentle we need to be with our home and encourages people to make life changes. So, I was like I want to do an Earth Day book tag but could not find any. Therefore, this post was born.

Rules: Tag six people, credit the person that tagged you plus the creator, post these rules with the questions, and have fun!

Here are the questions:

  1. Conservation is a HUGE part of being kind to the Earth. Likewise, what is one book you would want to conserve for generations to come?
  2. The three R’s are reduce, reuse, and recycle. What is one book that could use some length reduction, one book that you would recommend to a friend, and one book that you would recycle because you don’t want it on your shelves anymore?
  3. SAVE THE ANIMALS! What fictional creature would you bring into the world today and save?
  4. Many places are in danger because the water source is running dry. Pick a book that takes place in a water/ocean setting, which you think represents the beauty and/or necessity of water.
  5. Being Earth-conscious means that you have a great understanding of the world you live in and want to save. Pick your favorite non-fiction book that taught you something new.
  6. Write what Earth-related topic you’re most concerned about and what you’re going to do to help!

There are the questions!!! Have fun doing the tag 🙂 I’ll post my answers next weekend.

I tag:

  1. Olivia @ https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. Brin @ http://brinsbookblog.com/
  3. Shruti @ https://thisislitblog.wordpress.com/
  4. Holly @ https://nutfreenerd.com/
  5. Ashleigh @ https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/
  6. Sarah @ https://writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com/

 

That’s all friends, have a lovely day and remember to make every day Earth Day!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Chapter Kathy: How To SLEEP in College (yes it’s possible)

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So I’ve realized that I’ve been answering “I’m tired” basically every time someone has asked me how I’m doing. Literally even when I’m not, it’s just grown into a habit. Yet, SO MANY other people do that too, and complain about never getting sleep.

So hey, let’s explore that:

This is a REALLY good topic because so many people struggle with just letting their mind flip from reading textbooks and articles, getting work done, and trying to get ahead that it’s definitely difficult to take a mental step back and let yourself relax or SLEEP.

Something that I have found myself saying a lot recently to friends that stress over falling asleep instead of getting something done for class is just that you are being AS productive getting sleep as you are getting work done.

WAIT before you leave; hear me out!!!!!

First, if you do fall asleep unplanned, then that is your body telling you “hey, I’m getting over-worked; we need to chill out for a bit.”

Second, you can’t do homework if you collapse of exhaustion; I’m telling you it is not possible.

Third, sleep helps you work more productively, cope with emotions and generally just function more successfully.

Still not sure? Here’s what the experts have to say:

“Poor sleep among college students is a major, growing problem associated with lower academic performance, higher rates of health and emotional problems, and development of chronic sleep disorders” (Teresa D. Valerio, Myoung Jin Kim & Kathy Sexton-Radek 2015).

So you literally are going to do worse in school, get in trouble with your health and emotional stablilty and could have sleep problems for the rest of your life!

Here is where you say: I WOULD IF I COULD KATHY I WOULD IF I COULD.

Boi, listen I’ve got your back.

Here are some tips that I have for getting sleep, which have really worked for me:

  • When you have any free time at all; instead of watching TV, or doing work just take a 15+ minute nap. I swear you will feel so much more refreshed when you wake up and more motivated to succeed.
  • If you know that you have trouble sleeping and you have to get up early, get into bed two hours before you plan to fall asleep. Maybe that means reading a textbook in bed with a flashlight or watching tv (with lights out and pajamas on), but just letting yourself get into the state of “okay I need to fall asleep” has helped me so much.
  • You could get sleep medicine as well, of course it’s always best to check with your doctor before you do. They do sell some that are herbal and nonaddictive which basically just tell your brain that it’s time to sleep rather than completely put you to sleep.
  • Keep a bottle of water next to your bed (preferably reusable; go green!) so that if you get thirsty or need to hydrate it’s right there.
  • The smell of lavender is supposed to have really calming, sleep-promotive affects, so I’d recommend spraying around with lavender perfume or air freshener before you go to bed.
  • Lastly and perhaps most cliched, get your work done ahead of time! Yes I’m such a hypocrite saying this, but the best way to get sleep is if your work for the next day is already done and you don’t have to cram stuff in!

 

 

Have any other good tips? I could certainly use them!! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

 

Citation:

Valerio, T. D., Kim, M. J., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2016). Association of Stress, General Health, and Alcohol Use with Poor Sleep Quality among U.S. College Students. American Journal Of Health Education, 47(1), 17-23.

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Review By Acrostic Poem

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This is the acrostic poem review of one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (also a buddy read with Olivia @ Brewing Up Books).

That book would be:

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Ultimately beautiful

Never boring

I found Aristotle temporarily annoying, but then amazing.

Very well written

Everyone should read

Recieved many deserved awards

Star-kissed

Extraordinary

 

Love,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Shout out to the fabulous Maxine at The Rogue Storyteller for nominating me for this award!! Her blog is so creative yet organized so if you’re not following her, what are you waiting for? Go do it!! 🙂

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Here are the rules:

– Thank the person 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 in your post and/or on your blog.

Maxine’s Questions (My Answers):

1. What fictional universe would you like to live in if given the chance?

Harry Potter 100 percent. It would be so awesome to have magic powers!!! Also Hogwarts.
2. Where are your top three travel destinations?

I’m not entirely sure if this means places I’ve been or places I want to go, so I’ll do the latter. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, Greece, and Egypt. If you’re from any of those places let me know the best spots to visit within them!
3. Describe your reading habits in as few words as possible.

Read. Slump. Read. Swoon. Read. Laugh. Read. Cry. Read. Read. Read.
4. What do you like most about your favorite book?

One of my favorite books is Heist Society by: Ally Carter. I love how fast-paced and gripping it is!
5. If you could get a book related tattoo, what would it be? (stealing this from Katy)

I think if I were to get one, it would probably be a quote from The Secret Garden or Harry Potter glasses.
6. What book or book series do you think could have been a major hit if it had just a little more oomf?

I think that the Mother-Daughter Book Club series could have definitely been more popular than it was.
7. Have you ever read a book in a language different to your native one?

Unfortunately no, but I definitely want to read more translated books.
8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Oftentimes it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
9.  What would you like to see more of in YA fiction?

I would love to see more minority groups represented!
10. What kind of music/which artists do you like to listen to when you’re happy?

A little bit of everything.
11. If you were a book character, what genre would you most likely be found in?

Probably contemporary or fantasy.

My Questions:

  1. Who most inspires you from your own life and why?
  2. Who most inspires you in a book and why?
  3. If you could redesign a book cover, what book would you choose?
  4. Do you prefer hardback books or paperback books?
  5. How about print books vs. ebooks?
  6. If you had a child, what virtue would you stress to them the most?
  7. What was your favorite book as a kid?
  8. If you were to be famous for something, what would it be for?
  9. What’s your favorite thing about being a blogger?
  10. Fill in the blank: The world needs more ____.
  11. Which book do you think represents your personality the best?

My Nominees:

  1. Olivia @ https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. Lorna @ https://suddenlylorna.wordpress.com/
  3. Emily @ https://alwaysopinionatedgirl.wordpress.com/
  4. Analee @ https://booksnacksblog.wordpress.com/
  5. Amy @ https://novelgossip.com/
  6. Sarah @ https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/
  7. Ola @ https://olareadsbooks.wordpress.com/
  8. Robin @ https://afondnessforreading.wordpress.com/
  9. Jordan @ https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpress.com/
  10. Ana @ https://anaslair.wordpress.com/
  11. Ashleigh @ https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/

That’s All! I hope you have an awesome day 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

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The Kiss of Deception

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Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: 7/8/14

Rating:

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goodreads-synopsis

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Where do I begin?

I guess I’ll start with the fact that this book took me back to my childhood, which was the peak of my magical, historical, fantastical etc. genre phase (you know what I mean, the ones with the princesses and the complete lack of modern appliances). I definitely got the impression of a YA version of Shannon Hale or E.D. Baker. Plus, I got to meet the author and have her sign my book one and two, which was pretty rad if I do say so myself.

There was a hint of a love triangle, which didn’t surprise me and I assume will develop furthur throughout the series.

Also, let me just talk about the fact that Pearson KNOWS how to write solid description and character development. Honestly, her description was probably my favorite part of this book. I genuinely felt like I was intertwined in the story.

The only reason that I gave it four stars vs. five was because it took me forever to read. I’m not sure if it is because it was slow in certain parts or because it was missing some sort of wow factor.

Honestly though, if you haven’t jumped on this train yet (but like where have you been, because I thought I was late to this party) give it a go because it is REALLY GOOD.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend,

Kiss 4