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My Blog is 2 YEARS old?! || Celebratory Q&A

2 Year Bloggiversary

Yes, you have read correctly – my little blog is officially 2 years old!!

I seriously can’t believe that it’s been that long since I started blogging. I’m usually not that consistent when it comes to anything, so I’m very surprised that I kept up with my blog for two whole years. Now blogging is something that I can’t imagine my life without.

A few weeks ago I put up a post asking for q&a questions in celebration of my 2nd year Blogiversary. And today I shall be answering all the questions that you asked me!

Thank you sooo much to everyone who submitted questions! ❤

Be sure to check out all their blogs as well.


Q&A Questions and Answers

@Kpop-Khop

  • If your life was a book, overall what genre would it be?

The most obvious answer to this would be contemporary, seeing as those books are set in the real world and all that. Honestly I would like to pick magical realism, as it’s usually set in our world with magical elements woven into it. (I just need some magic in my life okay!?)


Kristin @KristinKravesBooks

  • What character is a book/movie/TV show is most like you!?

The first character that came to my mind was Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She is one of the characters that I most identified with (ignoring the obviously different time we live in). She is headstrong, stubborn, independent and loves reading. And I’m basically all of those as well!

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Lauren @CommaHangover

  • What do you consider your “desert island” book?

LOTRFor me it’s definitely The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. (The whole trilogy in a bind up edition.) They are some of my favourite books and I don’t think I would get bored reading them over and over again. (Depending on how long I have to stay on the island.) Plus, they are rather slow books in the first place so it would take me a while to get through them!!

The other positive is that when (or rather if) I get off the island I will be an expert on The Lord of the Rings and know every detail of it! Not sure how useful that would be, but it would be amazing nonetheless.


Meghan @Meghan’sWhimsicalExplorationsAndReviews

  •  What is a book you would make your enemy read? It could be the worst book you’ve read, or something you think would benefit them, up to you!

Animal Farm

Okay, I don’t think I have any enemies? (Or hopefully I don’t.) But if I did have them, I would make them read Animal Farm by George Orwell.

This is actually one of my favourite books and the one that made me think the most. I think everyone should read it at least once in their life, as the issues addressed in that book can be found in todays society as well. (This book was literary life changing for me.) I would give this to my enemy to read, because I would hope that it would make them think and be more aware of our society and the things they might be doing wrong.


Irena @BooksAndHotTea

  • If you could choose one song as your theme song, which song would it be?

The first song that came to mind was Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. It’s such a random one to come to my mind and I have no idea why I thought of it. But I do love that song and I wouldn’t mind it being my theme song. The second one I thought of was actually Critical Acclaim by Avenged Sevenfold, once again a really random one!


Annie @AnnieLikesWords

  • If you could pick books to turn into a movie and a tv show, which books would you choose and why?

I’m always apprehensive when it comes to adapting a book to a movie or tv show, since there is a good chance that they won’t be good. (We shall ignore that now!) I would love for the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini to be adapted into a tv series. This is kind of a cheat answer since Eragon was adapted into a movie, but it wasn’t that good and they didn’t continue adapting the other books. I would LOVE to see this series as a tv show – I would just love to see the world, the magic, the dragons and everything else! (I’m currently in the middle of the second book and so far I’m loving it!)

  • What makes you start reading a book and what makes you stop?

I’m actually a mood reader, so I don’t have a specific method of choosing my next read. It usually depends on what kind of mood I’m in and what I feel like reading. Do I want to continue reading a series, start a new one, read a standalone. which genre I feel like delving into and so on.

And I don’t usually stop reading books when I start them. If I’m not enjoying a book, or if it’s too boring I will put it down and start another one (as I usually tend to read multiple books at the same time) or I will skim read it. I just don’t like leaving books unfinished once I start them. There are exceptions to that of course, if I completely hate everything about the book (plot, characters, story, world) then I will stop reading it.


Stephanie @TeacherOfYA

  • If you could only read one genre the rest of your life, what would it be?

Without a doubt it would have to be fantasy! Fantasy has always been my favourite genre, ever since I was a child. And seeing how that hasn’t changed in all these years, I’m safe to say that I will always love it and want to read it. Plus fantasy has a variety of sub-genres, so I would have a lot of different options and it wouldn’t be monotonous.


Sophie @BlameChocolate

  • What is your favourite opening line? Can be more than one.

I don’t actually pay that much attention to the opening lines of books, so this one I actually had to think about and look for a while. I have found two that I really like!

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”

—Nail Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

  • If all your books had to be one color, which one would you choose?

Okay, this is a really hard one! I’m struggling between white and black books. I LOVE both of those colours on books sooo much and picking one is really hard. I guess I would pick black books, only because I have a white bookshelf and the contrast would look amazing! Plus black is my favourite colour, so there is that as well.


@IgnitedMoth

  • Which book have you re-read the most times?

That would definitely be the first four books in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I have seriously lost count on how many times I have actually reread these four books. (I have stopped counting at 10. Yes, I know that it’s ridiculous.) I have reread the whole series many times, but the first four books definitely the most. They are my comfort reads and whenever I feel down I tend to reach for one of these books.


Gretchen @ChickNerdReads

  • What is your all time favourite quote? (can be from a book, movie, song, anything!)

My all time favourite quote comes from Vicious by V. E. Schwab. This is one of my all time favourite books and this quote simply resonated with me. Ever since I fist read it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

 

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
― V.E. Schwab, Vicious


Lucy @Lucy’sLiterature

  • If you could be one character for a chapter of a book and change the choices that character made in that chapter, what character, what chapter, and what choices would you change?

Okay, I will keep this spoiler-free so my answer will be very vague.

The book is Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and the character is Alina. (As for the chapter I really don’t know which one it is and I don’t have the book with me at the moment to check.) I would change her decision on who to be with. I have read this book years ago and I’m still not over the fact that she didn’t pick the person that I wanted her to be with, so I would definitely change that!


Calliope @CalliopeTheBookGoddess

  • If you could choose one side character from a book for an author to make a novella or book about which character would it be?

I would love for Leigh Bardugo to write a book about Nikolai Lantsov. He is one of my favourite characters from The Grisha trilogy and I would love to read a book (or series) about him. I would love to read about his adventure before the happenings of The Grisha trilogy and see how he got his nickname. Honestly though, I would love any kind of book about Nikolai, no matter the time period that the story takes place in.


Jasmine @HowUsefulItIs

  • What book would you read over and over and not get bored?

Harry PotterWell, the obvious answer would be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Seeing as I have reread this series over and over without getting bored of it.

So far I have reread this series over 10 times (I stopped counting after the tenth reread actually) and I never got bored of it. There is just something magical about this series and it feels like coming home whenever I read it. So why in the world wouldn’t I reread it then? I actually starting my reread of the first book tomorrow, as it’s Harry’s birthday. 😉


Beth @ReadingEveryNight

  • Outside of your favourite genre (which I guess for you would be fantasy right?) what is the best book you’ve read?

Yes, fantasy is definitely my favourite genre! 😉 I have decided to pick a few book from different genres that I consider to be some of my all time favourites.

  • What is the best discovery you’ve made through blogging; can be a book, something book-related, or anything really?

The best discovery that I made through blogging is the community of book lovers. I love sharing my opinions on the books that I read and talking about them with other people is simply amazing. (Especially since I don’t have friend who read in “real life”.) I have made many amazing friends through blogging and I couldn’t be happier about that! The bookish community is simply wonderful and I’m very happy to be apart of it. ❤

  • Do you have any aims for your third year of blogging?

I do have a few new things that I would like to do on my blog. I would love to start writing discussion posts – and yes, I have been blogging for 2 years now and have never made a discussion post. I also have an idea for a new type of post on my blog, but I can’t go much into detail about it now as I haven’t worked everything out yet. (It isn’t really bookish related though.) And the obvious aim is posting regularly and continuing blogging for another year!

  • Is there any advice you can share that you wish someone had told you when you first started blogging?

I wished someone told me how much time blogging actually takes up. I never imagined I would spend hours working on a single post. I never imagine how much time it would take to reply to all comments, catch up to other peoples blog posts, discover new blogs and everything else that blogging entails. So yes, someone informing me about that beforehand would have been amazing!

  • If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

This one I didn’t even have to think about, I immediately knew the first thing that I would get: I would buy myself an apartment in Vienna, decorate and furnish it. I’m currently living in Vienna in a student dorm, but I would love to live here in the future as well – so having my own apartment would be freaking amazing!

  • What’s your most anticipated yet-to-be-released book at the moment?

@TheOrangutanLibrarian

  • What’s your Hogwarts House? (and wand if you have one off Pottermore 😉 )

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

  • Do you have a favourite Disney movie?

My all time favourite Disney movie is Mulan. (Without a doubt, I have seen that movie soooo many times.) But other Disney movies that I love are: Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules.

  • If you were stranded in any fantasy world- which one would you least like it to be and why?

Honestly most fantasy worlds don’t seem like places I would actually want to be in. I would either be maimed or dead within seconds. The first one that came to my mind, when it comes to fantasy worlds that I would stay clear of, was the world of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Lets be real, everyone dies there and I seriously don’t want to be apart of it!


Once again a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their questions! Without you this post wouldn’t have been possible.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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730+ Followers THANK YOU!! || and an Announcement!

Oh. My. God.
How in the world do I have over 730 followers?!

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That’s seriously incredible and I can’t believe that so many of you decided to follow my little blog! Thank you all soooo much! It means the world to me that this many of you would be interested in the things I have to say. I never expected that my blog will ever grow this much. (Which I’m sure everyone says, but it’s true!) I can’t express with words how much this means to me!

❤ THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH ONCE MORE! ❤

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(And yes, I had wanted to make this post when I hit 700 followers, but I didn’t have the time to do it then. And when I found the time, I was already at this number! So there is an explanation for the odd number.)


Announcement:

I won’t be as active, as I usually am, for the next few weeks.

As it’s the end of the semester my exams are coming up. They are during the last week of this month. But my studying for them starts today. That means that I will be rather busy for the next few weeks and I won’t have that much time to blog.

For a few months I have kept up with posting at least 2 new posts each week. Now I’m not sure if I will be able do to it. I will do my best, but university and exams are a priority right now, so I will be focusing more on them. That also means that I will probably be late to reply to comments as well, sorry for that in advance. And it also means my interacting with people on their blogs will be slowed down as well. Once again, I will do my best, but I’m not sure how much time I will have to do everything that I want.

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Though I’m hopeful that I will have enough time for everything – both study related and blogging related. We shall see how everything goes!


Thank you very much for reading my rambling thoughts and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna

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personal & blog updates

New Twitter & little blog update!

Today’s post is going to be a rather short one, I just wanted to update you on two things!

You might have noticed that my blog has slightly changed! I have simply gotten bored of my previous design so I decided to change it up a bit. Or rather I decided yesterday that I was bored of my previous design and that it needed to change. And, me being me, decided to fix that immediately and ended up staying up late (or rather later than usually) to finish updating it. I’m very happy with the way it looks now!

I have also made a new Twitter @mybookishdream, be sure to follow me there! (If you want that is!) Why did I make a new twitter in the first place? I had some problems with my previous one, which I’m not going to go into detail about. It wasn’t anything serious, just some things bothered me and I decided the best way to fix those problems was simply to delete my old twitter and create a new one. So that’s what I did!

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That’s basically everything that I wanted to write about today.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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I have become a Book Depository Affiliate!! || I’M BEYOND EXITED!!

Yes, you have read the title of this post right!!

I have become a Book Depository Affiliate!

I’m soooo happy that I got approved for it, I couldn’t be more exited. I’m still not fully comprehending the fact that it actually happened!

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You can support me by buying books from My Affiliate Link and there is a button on the side of my blog which you can use as well.


A story about me and The Book Depository!

(As I don’t have much more to say about this announcement.)

When I was around 14 or 15 I wanted to start reading books in English. I have always loved that language and I wanted to improve my knowledge of it (as I felt it could be a lot better than it was), plus there were A TON of books I was interested in that weren’t translated sooo I couldn’t read them. (And who the hell knows when the translations would come out?!)

I’m originally from a small non-English speaking country where it’s nearly impossible to get books in English – either they aren’t being sold or they are over expensive (and I mean two to three times the original amount it cost). Ordering it online was impossible as well, as the shipping costs were simply ridiculous. There’s no way I could afford to buy myself the books I wanted, my family wasn’t poor or anything like that but we wasn’t that well of either. So it was a real struggle getting my hands on the books I wanted to read.

Then I discovered Book Depository and I couldn’t believe that it was real!! As soon as I found out that it has free shipping and that it ships to my country I was over the moon about it! It couldn’t have been more perfect!! Ever since then I have been ordering from the Book Depository, so for over 6 years now. So getting approved as an affiliate for that site still seems unbelievable to me. 


Thank you very much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day.

-Anna♥

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500+ Followers THANK YOU!!! || And other life updates.

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I’m staring at the number of people that are following my blog at the moment and I still can’t believe it. I’m also really late to writing this post (super sorry about that, please forgive me!) so currently my blog has around 550 followers. 550 FOLLOWERS!?! I can’t believe that this many people decided to follow my blog and read my ramblings.

THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH!!!

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There really isn’t anything more I can say that can express my gratitude to all of you.

I’m overwhelmed with how my blog has grown since I started it and I NEVER expected to have 100 followers, let alone 550. I’m thankful to every single one of you! Thank you for following my blog, interacting with me and sharing my love for books (and other random things I love). Thank you all sooooo much!! ❤

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Blog/reading updates:

  • This year I have decided to stop forcing myself to read (yes, I have briefly mentioned this before), or rather be pressured by the number of books I read each month. I started getting overwhelmed at the end of last year when I saw that I was behind on my goal. And it started causing me anxiety, so I have decided to set myself the goal of reading 7 books this year (which I know I’ll surpass easily) and just enjoy the books that I decide to pick up. After all quality over quantity, or something along those lines. This makes me feel a lot better and I’m already enjoying reading more, since there is no pressure.
  • I have decided to be more active on my blog and post regularly. Usually I only post whenever I feel like it – I basically write when I’m in the mood for it and then immediately post whatever I wrote when I’m finished with it. NOW I want to start panning ahead and actually posting regularly. At least two times a week, which I can surely manage. I’m not setting myself specific days for posting yet, but that might change in the future depending on how well I can organise myself.
  • I plan to start doing a few more features/memes aside from Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Wednesday, as I do these ONLY when the theme interests me. (Which doesn’t happen that often. One a month or even less than that.) So WHAT are your favourite features/memes? I would love to know, so that I get more of an idea in which one I want to participate as well.
  • As I haven’t been that active this past week, due to real life stuff I had to deal with, I have quiet a bit of catching up to do – both in reading posts and answering comments. I’m really looking forward to reading all the posts I missed and I’m very sorry for being late with my replies.

Life updates:

  • I just finished an important paper for an uni course. And I mean like two days ago. It was basically the most important course for me, that I had in this semester. And now I have FINALLY finished it! I’m beyond happy about that and I must say that I’m quiet pleased with how it turned out to be.
  • And with me finishing the paper I mentioned, I have finished another semester of university! Yaaaaay for freedom. (At least for a bit, before my next one starts in March.) I have been pretty stressed this past semester, so I’m very glad that it’s finally over and done.
  • Today I’m actually going back to my home town for the break! I’m taking the bus this evening and going to visit my family and friends. I’m really exited about it, even though I have to endure an 7 to 8 hours long bus ride…That’s not going to be that fun, but it can’t be helped. (Although, now that I think about it, I haven’t even started packing yet…I should probably get to that!)
  • I have been living in Vienna for over 2 years now (a little bit over that) and I can’t believe that much time has already passed. This year I plan on exploring more of the city, as I don’t feel like I know it well enough – or as much as I would like. So hopefully I’ll be taking pictures of some places I visit and then sharing those experiences on my blog as well. (Not sure if that’s going to happen, it just an idea at the moment.)

And that is all. I have written a lot more than I thought I would. Apparently I missed writing and talking with all of you.

Once again, THANK YOU for the 550+ followers!

And thank you very much for reading. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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What’s been happening in my life? WHERE HAVE I BEEN?|| Life and Blog Update

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have last posted anything. (So hopefully, you still remember me…) More precisely it’s been since the 4th of December. I seriously can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything in nearly two weeks!! The time passed by soooo fast and I have no idea where it went.

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So where was I? What has been happening?

  • I had a presentation for an important class (the most important of this semester for me) that had to be 20 minutes long. So that meant researching and doing A TON of stuff for it. I had the presentation this week and it went very well, sooo at least I did good on that. So all the work did pay off.
  • I had some exams as well, meaning I had to study.
  • And I had to attend classes as well.
  • Seeing as I had that much to do, I nearly didn’t read anything and I wasn’t really motivated to write for my blog. I was dead tired every evening and just couldn’t write anything. Or do anything, to be more precise, aside from sleep and watch some youtube videos.

These past three weeks have been really crazy for me and I’m very glad that they are over. Now are Christmas holidays and I have finally some free time! SO that means I finally have time to read and blog! Yaaaaaaay for that!

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I’m very exited to be back and to blog more! Since I was gone for a while I have quiet a few posts to catch up to, so hopefully I’ll be doing that this weekend. I CAN’T WAIT to talk to all of you again!

What else is new?

  • I changed the look of my blog a bit! (Or a lot, depending on how you look at it.) I changed the colour of my blog from teal to RED, added a new background and sidebar image. (And I’m going to change the profile picture soon as well, here and on all my other social media. I just got bored of the last look.)
  • I got a new hair colour as well. Today actually. I went from red to BLACK! And I’ sooo exited about it, I’m really loving it! Really happy that I decided to do it.
  • I’m also currently in my home town, where I’m staying for the Christmas holidays. I haven’t been home in 3 months, so it’s wonderful to be back once again. I arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to see all my family and friends soon.

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That’s all that has been going on lately. I’ll be posting something else relatively soon.

Thank you very much for reading my rambling update. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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400+ Followers Thank You!!! || And a little update (rant).

After a few days of not being able to access my blog (or the internet in general) I come back to find out that I have reached over 400 followers.

WHAT?! When did that happen? HOW did that happen?!

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I’m seriously speechless right now. I can’t believe that there are this many people that are interested in my blog and what I have to say.

❤ THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH! ❤

I seriously can’t thank you enough! You are all amazing and wonderful and I love you all sooo much!

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Now onto the little rant, or update, or whatever it turns out to be.

This past week wasn’t the best one for me. Sigh. I’m really glad that it’s over now. Why? What was happening?

  • I was sick for 5 days. Nothing too serious, it was just a cold. But it was annoying as hell, as I had a headache nearly every day. Plus I didn’t feel like doing anything aside from sleeping. It’s a good thing that university hasn’t started for me yet, which meant that I could relax as much as I wanted.
  • My laptop broke down. And it has been broken for a week now. (Yes, it was as bad as it sounds!) I was able to fix it a bit (as I’m using it at the moment), but it’s really limited at the moment. I don’t freaking have any audio at the moment and I can’t access any of my files. It’s basically a huge mess. I NEED to get a new laptop soon. (And hopefully I will!)

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  • I also didn’t have any internet for a few days. Or rather it was super limited and I could only access some basic stuff. This I managed to fix completely and I’m very proud of myself for managing to fix it on my own! And I have quiet a few comments and posts to catch up to, so that’s what I will be doing tonight. (Sorry for the wait!)

So that’s what has been going on recently in my life. Hopefully, now that I’m finally healthy and that I (kinda) got my laptop to work, everything will go better from now on!

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥