300 Posts…

Hey everyone!! I’ve done 300 posts as of right now. Thank you to everyone who has continued to read, comment and like my posts. Whether you’re a new follower or been here since the beginning, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s to another 300 😀

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more celebrations!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

WWW Wednesday (#31)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is currently hosted by @Sam. Go check out this budding author’s blog! To participate, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?|What are you currently reading?|What are you going to read?

Let’s get started!


Recently Read:

Sweet Home Alaska

This was a brilliant book! If it was a teen book, it definitely would be popular.

I Am the Messenger

OMG! This was such a great book! There was lots of suspense, mystery and a bit of romance. I’ll have a review out Sunday! I promise. 😀


Currently Reading:

L.M. Montgomery never ceases to amaze me! Her writing keeps me glued to the pages. Emily is such a great character and Montgomery makes all her characters seem so real!


Going to Read:

Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)Counting Thyme

The After-Room (The Apothecary, #3)Finding Audrey

More Happy Than Not

5 books 😀


 

That’s a wrap! What have you been reading this past week? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Setting

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This wonderful meme is hosted by the people @ The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out for all things bookish!! This week’s topic is pretty open. It is:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

I have decided to do Top Ten Books set in the United States. These are most likely books I’ve already raved about so I won’t be making any comments.

Ten Books Set in The United States

  1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth-Set in a futuristic Chicago, Illinois 


2.Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell-Set in Omaha, Nebraska between 1986-1987


3.I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson-Set in fictional Lost Cove, California 


4.Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-Set in present day Nebraska


5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Set in Indianapolis, Indiana


6. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton-Set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma


7.Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy-Set in Texas


8. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson-Set in California


9.Paper Towns by John Green-Set in Orlando,Florida


10. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg-Set in Boulder, Colorado


That’s a wrap! What books have you read that are set in the United States? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Library Book Haul (#6)

Hey everyone! I quickly want to apologize for not posting yesterday and posting late today. I’ll try to do better! Today I am doing a Library Book Haul. This haul will consist of 4 books: 2 Young Adult and 2 Tween. I got these books at the library on Saturday Let’s get started!


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*Click on the separate book covers to go to their Goodreads page*

  1. The After-Room (The Apothecary #3) by Maile Meloy-Tween

The After-Room (The Apothecary, #3)

I love this book series! The first two books were amazing and I’m looking forward to this one. There won’t be a review since it’s a Tween book.


2.Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin-Tween

Counting Thyme

This book sounded amazing! It’s based around a girl and her family.They have to move so her brother can try out a new cancer drug trial. I bet it’ll be great. There won’t be a review due to the genre.


3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella-Young Adult/Teen

Finding Audrey

I’m finally reading this book!! It’s been out since last June and I’m just now reading it. I hope I’ll enjoy it. The reviews on Goodreads are an average of 3.8/5 stars so it’s probably not the best. You’ll see what I think in the review 🙂


4.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

This is another book that’s been out for a bit. Since June of last year as well. This one has better review average but a tougher topic. I’m eager to finally read it! I will let you know what I think in my review.


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are any of  these books now on your TBR? Let me know all of this in the comments below if you wish.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

The Blogger Recognition Award (#2)

Hey everyone! It’s Saturday and I am finally posting. Today I am doing The Blogger Recognition Award for the second time.  I did this August 11th, 2015 so around a year ago. You can find it here. I was nominated by the lovely Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles’ Blog! Go check her out for all things bookish and fun.


RULES:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.


My Blog Story:

I have told this many times. If you are tired of hearing this, just skip to the advice and nominations. Otherwise, here we go!

My blog started on June 23rd, 2015. I had just finished reading a book called Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl. Genie Wishes is a fairly short book. It’s about a girl named Genie who becomes a blogger for her class. At first she doesn’t enjoy it but then she gets into it. Seeing how much fun Genie had made me think “Hey! I could do that!” So I started my blog. It was originally called readersandmore hence the URL. When I started I thought nobody would read my blog and it would be a flop. A bit after starting I realized that Random Reads was more suitable. And that’s how my blog got started. It’s not an inspiring story but it’s the cold hard truth.


My Advice To New and Old Bloggers:

According to the rules, I just have to do 2 pieces of advice. For the sake of this, I will do 5 instead.

  1. Blog for the right reasons.

Just because your best friend is blogging doesn’t mean you have to. If you don’t enjoy blogging then it’s not your thing. Make sure blogging is fun and enjoyable for you. It should never feel like a chore.

2. You don’t have to post everyday!

At the beginning I felt like I had to post everyday. I thought that if I didn’t, my followers/readers would think I wasn’t committed. Now I know that’s not true. I don’t post daily and I have 245 followers and counting. Don’t get stressed if your busy with school, work or on vacation. Your real followers/readers will stay with you if you have to miss a day or go on a hiatus.

3. Make sure to have a theme that fits your blog!

Most think themes are not important. For me, a blog layout can really make it or break it. There are hundreds of themes; free and paid that you can pick from. Keep in mind the type of blog you have or plan to have. Find the right one for you and you’ll be golden.

4. Use pictures and other details in your posts

Lighten your posts up with a silly meme or gif, quote or something else that fits what your blogging about. No blog post is boring but I personally love seeing pictures to go with the writing. It shows me personality and creativity. Try adding a picture or two to your next blog post and see what it can do.

5. Be yourself!

I know this is cliché but it’s important in blogging. Nobody wants to read a blogger’s blog if they are phony or fake. It sounds rude or mean but it’s true. I don’t want to read a bunch of made up things. It’s different if you write stories and poems. That’s creative. Making yourself into somebody you’re not is not.


Nominations:

I’m doing some newer followers for both me following them and them following my blog

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Caitlin @ Bathtime Reads

Milou @ Simply a Book Drunkard Blog

Hannah @ Book Freak-Out

@ Not-So-Modern Girl (New blogger just started yesterday!)

Lucy @ Lucy’s LiteratureEmma @ Llady Literary

Kristina @ Accio All The Books

Amy @ Read.Dream.Live

@SkyBluYABooks ( New blogger started August 1st!)

@Miss Books and Things Blog (New blogger started a couple of days ago!)

@Writing the Dream Blog

PaperJasmine @ These Paper Words

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Emma @ Llady Literary

Sheri @ Read in a Flash!

And anyone else who wants to participate! Don’t forget to link me so I can see your story and advice 😀 No pressure to participate though.


That’s a wrap! This was just as fun the second time around. Thanks for the nomination Donna! What is the most important piece of advice you’ve learned blogging so far? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags and awards!!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hype Or Like Friday (#1)|Apocalypse

Hey everyone! It’s Friday and time for a brand new meme. This meme is created by Larkin, Britt and Jill. Go check out these amazing blogs 🙂 This meme is based around talking about hyped books. The genres range from contemporary to fantasy.  Go to the memes Goodreads group here for more information. August is Harry Potter month so every topic/question is Harry Potter based. This week’s topic is:

Imagine it’s the apocalypse, whatever magic is left in the Wizarding World is slowly diminishing, and you need to assemble a team to help you survive. Which 5 characters would you choose for your team, what roles would they play (i.e. Team Leader, Most Cunning, Most Skilled, etc.), and how would they help you survive. You can do whatever you want with this topic. Get creative and have fun with it.

My Team:

1. Team Leader: Oliver Wood

Oliver was a great Quidditch team leader. He would be able to make strategic plans on how to stay alive and safe. Oliver would also be able to keep us together when times get tough.

2. Most Skilled: Harry Potter

Harry dodged death several times. He would be able to go into life or death situations if it helped the team’s survival. Harry would be the one to possibly risk his life for others.

 


3. Most Cunning: Dumbledore

Dumbledore helped Harry  dodge Voldemort several times. He would be able to plot out plans on how to attack any threats. Dumbledore is very wise so he would know what to do in a live or death situation.


4. Best Potion Maker: Snape

Snape taught the Potions class at Hogwarts. He would be able to whip up important potions to help the team survive and escape risky situations.


5. Resource Gatherer: Ron Weasley

Ron loves food. He would be in charge of gathering resources including food and water. Ron would be able to find resources where it seems scarce. He would be a very important part of survival.


That’s a wrap!! Who would be on your team? Did you enjoy this first post? If yes, would you like to see more? Let me know all this in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Hype or Like Fridays if you guys enjoy it.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Traveling Thursday (#29)|Book Lovers

Hey everyone!! It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme is hosted by Càtia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Go check out their blogs for all things bookish! To find out more meme information, future themes and more, go to the meme’s Goodreads group here.  This week’s theme is:

National Book Lovers Day was two days ago… choose a book you think every book lover should read.

Just like always, there are so many books I have done that would fit this theme. I have decided to do Matilda by Roald Dahl. What better book than a book about a little girl who loves to read?


Original Cover/Cover From Your Country (US):

Matilda


Favorite Cover(s):

ماتيلداArabic

MatildeLatvian

Cô bé MatildaVietnamese

මැටිල්ඩාSinhalese

Out of these, my favorite is the Vietnamese one. It’s so unique and colorful. I love it!


Least Favorite Cover(s):

ماتيلداArabic

МатильдаUkrainian

MatildaSpanish

ماتیلداPersian

Out of these, my least favorite is all of them!! The Arabic one doesn’t look like Matilda at all. The Ukrainian one has a girl that’s slightly creepy and too small to be Matilda. The Spanish one has a girl that doesn’t look like Matilda and the Persian one isn’t very clear.


That’s a wrap! There were quite a few covers I didn’t like this time.  What is your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Book Traveling Thursday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#30)

Hey everyone!! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. Go give her a follow for all things writing and books 🙂 To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer these three questions:

What did you recently read?|What are you currently reading?|What are you going to read?

Let’s get started!


Recently Read:

As Brave As You

This was a great book! I’m glad I decided to read it.

Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)

This was another great book in the Anne of Green Gables series. It was intriguing and pulled me in from the beginning.

This was a quick read. It took me around a day and was very enjoyable. Though it’s more of a  graphic novel, it’s a page turner.



 Currently Reading:

Sweet Home Alaska

This is a great story! There is lots of obstacles, success and worry for the characters to deal with. It’s set in the 1930s so it’s definitely different. I love it so far!


Going To Read:

Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)

I Am the Messenger


That’s a wrap! It was a very productive week of reading. I ended up finishing three books and got started on another. What did you read this week? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 


 

 

Top Ten Tuesday|Rewind

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly meme is hosted by the wonderful people @ The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out for all things bookish and fun! This week’s topic is pretty free and unlimited.

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

I have decided to do Top Ten WOW endings. It was done in April of 2013.


Top Ten WOW Endings: *NO SPOILERS INCLUDED*

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  by JK Rowling Ending

This ending was WOW in terms of name choices and so much more.I don’t want to spoil anything since some still haven’t read the Harry Potter series!

No rush 😀


2.The Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon ending

Everything, Everything

 

This ending was one of the best I have ever read. It was a plot twist I didn’t see coming. If you haven’t read Everything,Everything, I definitely recommend it!

3.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This ending could’ve been seen coming but it was still shocking and so,so sad. If you haven’t read The Book Thief, you definitely need to!

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None


We read this book in school. It was such a suspenseful and pretty creepy book. The ending was strange and left some open ends to it. If you love mystery books, this is one for you.

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ending

Mockingjay: Movie Tie-In Edition (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (Hunger Games Trilogy) by [Collins, Suzanne]
I thought this ending would have a lot more to it. It had an abrupt ending which was the most shocking. If you love tons of action, this book is for you!

6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ending

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
This ending was a huge plot twist!! It changed everything. I haven’t read Allegiant and really don’t plan to. The ending left tons of open ends for me. If you love suspense, action and adventure, this book is for you!
I guess I only got 6 books!

That’s a wrap!! I sure hope I didn’t forget anything! Comment any books that I forgot that would’ve been on your list.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Liebster Award 2.0

 

Hey everyone!  It’s Monday and today I am doing an award. I was nominated by @TheWhimsicalChick! A huge shoutout to her. This seems slightly  like the Liebster Award I did so long ago. I answer ten questions given to me by The Whimsical Chick and give 10 random facts about myself. I then nominate 10 people and give them 10 questions to answer themselves. I hope to do awards and tags more often 🙂


The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions assigned to you.
  4. Give 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.
  6. Ask 10 questions to your nominees.

The questions:

1.What was your favorite childhood book?

This is tough since I’ve always loved books. I enjoyed Dr. Seuss books like Green Eggs and Ham.


2.Where is one instance where you liked a movie better than the book it was based off of?

I haven’t seen many book to movie adaptions but I’ve always loved the book more. So I guess there hasn’t been an instance yet?


3.Where is one instance where you liked the book better than the movie?

All the instances I’ve seen a book to movie adaption XD


4.Who is your role model?

Definitely my mom. She’s done so much for me and taught me a lot. My mom has made me the person I am today 🙂

5. If you could go back in time, what era would you go to? Would you change anything?

I’d go to the Mesozoic era. It was when the first mammals came. I wouldn’t change anything about history. It’s made the world how it is today.
One of the first mammals

6.What is the most time you have re-read a book?

I don’t know. 3-5 times I believe. I normally don’t re-read. I love reading new books. They’re more exciting and I have no idea what’s going to happen. When I re-read a book, I always seem to remember at least some of what happens.

7.What is your favorite food to snack on while reading?

I don’t eat or drink anything while reading. I get so into the book I’m reading that I can’t do anything else.

8.Who would you dress as for a literary costume party?

Cath from Fangirl, Ginny from Harry Potter and Katniss from the Hunger Games are my top three
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9. If you could recommend one book to everyone reading this, what would it be?
That’s a tough one since everyone has different interests. I guess Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.
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10.What is your favorite food?

As a lover of food, this is tough. I’m going to say Macaroni and Cheese. It’s more of a “kids food” but I love it.
This made me hungry!!

10 Facts About Me!

  1. I have had two dogs, two cats, and one rooster/chicken in my lifetime
  2. My favorite colors are purple and blue
  3. I am going into High School next month
  4. One of my obsessions is YouTube. I could watch it for hours.
  5. I have never read the Twilight series
  6. I don’t know how to do a cartwheel
  7. My best friend and I have the same middle name
  8. My favorite TV shows right now are Big Brother, American Ninja Warrior and Bones
  9. I love staying up past midnight and sleeping in past ten am.
  10. I completed the Summer Reading log at my local library and entered to win a set of the Harry Potter books.

I nominate:

No pressure! If you don’t want to do this, then don’t. It’s 100% your choice 😀


Questions For You:

  1. What book made you cringe?
  2.  What are your top 5 favorite authors?
  3. What is your dream vacation destination
  4. How many pets have you had in your life time?
  5. What countries have you lived in?
  6. What was your dream job when you were a child?
  7. What is your job now?
  8. Who is your favorite bookish couple?
  9. Who is your role model?
  10. What are some of your biggest pet peeves?

I can’t wait to see your answers 🙂



That’s a wrap! What would be your answers to the questions I answered? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags and awards!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀