My First Award! | The Liebster Award

Hi there! Today I have a different kind of post… my first award, the Liebster Award! Yay! 😀 Thank you so much to Dimple Malhotra from Enthralling Dimple for nominating me for this award! 🙂

The Rules:

  1. Post eleven random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the eleven/ten questions the awarding blogger has posted for you.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers with less than two-hundred followers and let them know about it.
  4. Give them eleven questions to answer.

So, without further ado, let’s begin. 🙂

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1. I wear glasses.
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy is among my favourite books, but when I first picked up The Hunger Games a couple years ago, I read only a couple pages and set it down because it simply didn’t catch my attention! After a couple months, I decided to give it another chance, picked it up again, and absolutely loved it!
  3. I collect special pins from places and landmarks I go to— like Disney World or Niagara Falls. I currently have fifty-six of them!
  4. I love spicy foods. And chocolate. And ice cream. And, well, food in general! 😉
  5. Some of my favourite genres included dystopian, Young Adult, historical fiction, fantasy, and classics.
  6. Grammar and spelling mistakes really, really bother me. Is there anyone else around here who can’t stand bad grammar?
  7. I am very clumsy— I can somehow knock things off their shelves without touching them!
  8. Some of the pets I’ve owned include: two parakeets, a hermit crab (rest in peace, Hermie!), and three chicks that grew into chickens.
  9. I love using emojis. 😛
  10. I do not own an eReader.
  11. I’ve played the violin for almost five years and counting.

Ten Questions + Answers

+ What is/are your favorite quote(s)?

A lot of my favourite quotes are by Dumbledore from Harry Potter:

  • “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
  • “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
  • “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
+ What places would you like to visit and why?

Honestly, I would love to visit every country in the world! 🙂 After all, every country has its own culture, customs, language, cuisine, and history, and I just believe that trying to travel as many countries as possible and seeing how the rest of the world lives would be an amazing experience. It’s been on my bucket list for quite a while.

+ What is your favorite color?

At the moment, my favourite colours are plum purple, teal, and lime green.

+ Which book you wish you would’ve written?

Hmm, this is a hard one…

I wish that I wrote the Hunger Games trilogy, because everything about it is simply perfect— the plots, the characters, the settings, everything.

+ Physical books or eBooks? Why?

Physical books for the win! 😀 You can check out my Book Chat about physical books versus eBooks here.

+ Who is your role model?

My role model, bookwise, is Hermione Granger— she’s intelligent, independent, understanding, and a good friend, which are all traits that I value. Not to mention she can cast some mean spells. 😉

+ What is your favorite comfort food?

Definitely sunflower seeds! I am absolutely addicted to sunflower seeds. They’re probably really bad for your teeth (you have to crack open the shell with your front teeth), but they are perfect for munching on while reading or watching a movie. Yumm. 🙂

+ What is your dream job?

I’m still not sure, but my dream job is probably being a full-time literature and travel blogger and free-lance fictionwriter.

+ When did you buy your first book?

Probably when I was in second grade…? I’m estimating here.

+ How did you choose the name of your blog?

I decided to call it after a nickname that one of my closest friends gave me— Yasimone. 🙂

Now onto the questions and nominations:

Questions + Nominations

  1. If you could read only one genre for the next year, which genre would you pick? Why?
  2. What is a book or book series that you did not like, despite everybody else loving it?
  3. What’s your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
  4. Are you a night owl or day person?
  5. Which number is closest to the amount of books you own—25, 50, 100, 150, or 200+?
  6. Besides your house, where do you prefer reading?
  7. Name one book character that you would like to have dinner with.
  8. Would you survive the Hunger Games? Why or why not?
  9. What are four words that describe you?
  10. Which are better— cats or dogs?
  11. And finally, what advice would you give to newbie bloggers?

As for the nominations… I nominate you! If you’re reading this, have a blog, and want to do the Liebster Award, go ahead! 🙂 I’d love to see the answers to my questions!

Thanks for reading, and once again, thanks to Dimple Malhotra for the nomination!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

❤ Yasimone


Book Review || Bruiser

Author: Neal Shusterman

Publishing Company: Harper Teen

Release Year: 2010

My Summary

Brontë and Tennyson are average teenagers. Tennyson is athletic, popular, and maybe a tad over-confident. Brontë, his twin, is kind-hearted, self-assured, and happy with being herself. Bruiser, a boy who attends their high school, is… different. He doesn’t have friends, doesn’t have parents, and doesn’t talk much. Rumors about him are abundant around the high school he attends. Brontë and Tennyson, like the rest of their classmates, don’t pay much attention to Bruiser. That is, until one day, when Brontë announces that she’s decided to give Bruiser, whose real name is Brewster, a chance and go on a date with him. From the start, Tennyson despises Brewster and is overprotective of his sister. As the two get to know each other, however, they befriend each other. But then, strange things start happening. bruiser.jpgCuts on Tennyson’s knuckles from playing lacrosse disappear. Brontë sprains her foot, and it immediately heals. They notice that Bruiser suddenly has scrapes on his knuckles, that he begins walking with a limp on the same foot Brontë hurt. Before long, the twins put two and two together and realize that Brewster has a gift— a gift, yet also a curse. Brewster must guard his heart, for whoever he feels compassion towards, he can take away all their pain: his little brother Cody, Brontë and Tennyson, and even his abusive uncle Hoyt. Brewster can’t afford to befriend everyone, because healing comes with a price. As Brontë and Tennyson unwittingly draw Brewster into their family and social circles, life becomes more dangerous for Brewster. Will Brewster be able to withstand all that emotional and physical pain?

My Thoughts

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was all very well-thought out— the characters, the plot, the idea behind the words.

Bruiser is actually narrated by four characters with four distinct voices: Tennyson, Brontë, Brewster (who narrates in free-verse poetry), and Brewster’s brother Cody. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of multiple points-of-view in some books, but not so in Bruiser. All four narrators read as different people. Each of them have their own opinions, their own troubles, and their own flaws. Though the book is a mix of everything— a little bit of romance here, a pinchful of action there, and just a smidgen of supernatural as well— none of it comes off as unrealistic or overdramatic. It’s an intense book, and you won’t be able to put it down until the last page.

I’m not really sure what else to say. Bruiser is a book that to fully understand, you must read it. What I do know, however, is that this is a book that addresses love, death, health, familial troubles, bullying, abuse, friendship, pain, and the power of an average person all in one in a sincere, straightforward way without being too overwhelming. I definitely recommend to everyone. 🙂

❤ Yasimone

Travel Snippets || Part 2: Landing at Istanbul + More Amazing Food

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The view of Germany from my airplane seat.

Hello everyone! 😀 I’m finally back with a second Travel Snippet, yay!

After enjoying some cake at Frankfurt Airport, I had to board my transfer flight to Istanbul, Turkey. (Germany looks absolutely gorgeous from above, by the way.) 🙂

Once arriving at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, I had enough time on my hands before boarding my final flight to try some local food from a restaurant in the terminal. I decided to check out Tadinda Anadolu, which translates to English as “In the Taste of Anatolia.” Out of many different styles of cuisine from the various regions of Turkey,

The restaurant.
The restaurant.

I chose a classic dish called çöp şiş. It’s juicy lamb marinated in garlic, tomato, oregano, black pepper, and olive oil, which is a staple in many Turkish dishes. The lamb bits are then arranged on thin bamboo skewers and grilled. It was soooo good after all that airplane food, which, let’s be honest, doesn’t taste very good and comes in much too tiny portions. 😉

To be continued…

This post was yet another “gourmet” post about the cuisine I had while travelling, but then again, you can’t fully understand a country’s culture without trying their food. And don’t worry, the next Travel Snippets are much more exciting, so stay tuned! 😛 Happy August by the way!

❤ Yasimone