The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

Hey everyone! Recently I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Go check her out for memes, tags, reading challenges, book reviews and more! I did this twice in August of 2015. I thought it was time to do another one. Plus I’ve definitely changed a lot in a couple short years.


Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or blog
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate eleven new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven newaward31Let’s get started!

    1. Is there a character name from your favorite book that you would consider giving to your future child, pet, or another living thing?

Right now, my favorite book is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing it. If not, I honestly was in love with the characters from page one and I would definitely recommend it. Anyway, the main character is named Molly. I would definitely name either a child or a pet Molly. It’s a perfect and simple name.

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2. If you could pick three books that will be stocked in every library in the world, which books would they be and why?

Only three books? This is a tough one. I’m going to say:

  1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli because it touches on topics like same-sex marriage, weight and tough topics like sex.
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee because it is a classic that teaches lots of good lessons and is a good read in general.
  3. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon because it is an incredible book that talks about race, fate and is a book that I could read several times without getting bored.

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3. You’re heading to the beach for the day, what’s in your bag? 

Honestly if it’s for the day I probably don’t bring a bag. I always have flip-flops, my iPhone and a beach towel so I guess that’s what I’ll say.

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4. If you could jump into one book, what would it be and why? Would you attempt to change the plot? 

Dang.. these questions with choosing books really get me! I’m going to be basic and say Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling because I’d love to see Hogwarts and all the amazing people within it. Would I change the plot? Of course not!

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5. What TV series is currently on the top of your “to watch” list?

To be honest, I don’t really have a “to watch” list. I really need to get into some new TV series. Recommend some for me to watch and those will definitely go on my list!

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6. You’re packing for a dream vacation. Where are you going and what is in your bag? (Books? Makeup? Favorite items of clothing?)

I’d definitely go to London. That’s one of the places that’s on my so-called “bucket list.” I would bring lots of T-Shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, maybe a book or two, money… basically normal things I wear and use frequently.

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7. What is your favorite movie, and is there a scene you would recreate from it if given he chance?

One of my favorite movies is definitely Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. I honestly loved the whole movie but I’d love to recreate the scene with all the creatures.

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8. Do you like to cook? What is the last recipe you made or looked up?

I like the idea of cooking but I don’t really cook. I always look of recipes for macaroni and cheese. Even as a teenager, that’s still one of my favorite meals.

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9. You get to time travel back to any event in history. What would it be and why?

I’m quite fascinated by history. I would like to time travel back to the assassination of JFK. Not because I thought it was justified but because I’d want to experience the mood and feelings in the air. It was a traumatic and historic event that would be incredible and terrible to witness.

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10. Do you prefer books with one POV or multiple POVs? 

I like both multiple and one POV but I normally read books with one POV. I feel like I get into the story more and can connect with the character easier.

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11. What talent do you have that often goes unappreciated?

I guess my talent for creativity or listening normally goes unappreciated.

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Now it’s time to nominate people! I nominate:

Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books

@The Orangutan Librarian

Michelle @ Chelle’s Book Ramblings

Bentley  @ Book Bastion

Aubrey @ Aubrey D. Aster

Alecia @ The Staircase Reader

Zuky @ BookBum

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku

Milou @ Simply A Book Drunkard

Kat @ Life And Other Disasters

As always, nobody is forced to participate. Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate and answer the questions I provide below.


My Questions:

  1. What is one book that surprised you (good or bad)?
  2. Where is your go to blogging spot?
  3. What is one book to film adaption you wish you could redo?
  4. Do you listen to music while blogging? If so, what kind of music?
  5. What are five book characters you’d like to hang out with and why?
  6. What are three of your favorite book quotes?
  7. What did you want to be when you were a kid? How does it compare to what you do now?
  8. What book character have you related to the most and why?
  9. What five authors would you love to meet?
  10. What inspired you to start blogging?
  11. What books are currently on your TBR?

That’s a wrap! I had a great time doing this award for the third time. Especially since it has been a bit. Good luck with everyone who decides to participate!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more awards.

~Makayla The Bookworm 😀

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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 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
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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.
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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 😀