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

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Book Chat #8: Happy Birthday, J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

Hi everyone! Today is J. K. Rowling’s fiftieth—and Harry Potter’s thirty-fifth—birthday! Here’s a Book Chat that’s rather different than the ones I usually post; one that I’ve poured all my thoughts and feelings about the world of Harry Potter into…


Dear J. K. Rowling,

I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was quite young—all the way back in primary school. As I opened the book and read the first line,

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much,”

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o The battered old book that started it all.

I had no idea what lay ahead. But I read and eventually drifted off into the magical world where anything is possible (which I’m happy to say I still visit quite often). I devoured one book after the other, and when I had finished all the books, back to back, in under two weeks, I read them again and again. They never lost their excitement, no matter how many times I flipped through their pages.

This sounds cliché, I know, but I truly felt as though I was alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione through it all— marveling at the sheer enormity of Hogwarts, raising my hand in Charms class, whizzing through the air in a Quidditch match, sneaking over to Hagrid’s in the middle of the night, fighting all sorts of magical beasts, dueling with Lord Voldemort, banding together with everyone in the epic Battle of Hogwarts. You see, the characters were not simply characters. They were people, just as real as my family and friends.

But, looking back, underneath these thrilling, brilliantly worded accounts of three clever, mischievous students at Hogwarts learning magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and book chat picWizardry, meeting all sorts of magic folk, and bringing together everyone to help defeat You-Know-Who Voldemort, there lie quite a few important lessons—namely about love and determination and human nature—that have stayed with me since that very first book, and for that, J. K. Rowling, I must thank you.

As Professor Dumbledore once said,

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most

inexhaustible source of magic,

capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

You have certainly proved him right, J. K. Rowling. ❤

Happy Birthday to you and Harry! (And Neville Longbottom too.)

Yours truly,

Yasimone

P.S.: I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter… 🙂

World Book Night!

I’m oh, so excited! 😀 Know why?

April 23rd is World Book Night! According to its website, “World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. LogoIt sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.” I am all for this: doing great things for others through literature! How awesome! 😀

So, I’ve created a little challenge for myself!

World Book Night Challenge @ yasimone.com!

  1. Read as much as possible on April 23rd.

  2. Donate some old books to the library or a school.

  3. Buy books and gift ’em to friends!

  4. Blog about my World Book Night experience.

I just think that it would be amazing to be able to read ALL night, so let’s see. Maybe I can do it! I’ve already started picking out some of the books I’ll be gorging on. 😉 If you want to take part in my challenge as well, feel free and spread the word! If you want to, you can tag it as “World Book Night Challenge @ yasimone.com”! Make sure to share your experience too! 🙂

❤ Yasimone

Book Chat #3: Poly-Reading

Hey everyone! In today’s Book Chat, we will be discussing… poly-reading! It’s a term I use to describe a common skill among book worms.


poly-reading
/ˈpälē-ˈrēdiNG/
noun
1. the action or skill of reading more than one written or printed matter silently or aloud at once.

In other words, it’s when you begin reading a book, put it down, and then begin another book. You then alternate between reading the two books and finish them. It can also work with 3+ books. Any amount, really. Some book lovers are completely against reading multiple books at a time, while for others, poly-reading is the only way to read.

I find poly-reading convenient. I’m always reading more than two books at once. After all, how are you going to finish all the thousands of hundreds of books in this world if you don’t read a couple at a time? 😉

The only catch for me is not to merge the plots together. For instance, let’s say that I’m reading one dystopian book, one Louisa May Alcott, and one Jane Austen. Since both the Alcott and Austen books are considered “classics,” and are written in a similar, old-fashioned (but amazing) style, I’m bound to mix them up. So here’s a tip: If you’re going to poly-read, then read multiple books from different genres. Be well-rounded. Read one dystopia, one classic, one fantasy, one mystery. You also might not want to read two books from the same author; again, the writing style will be too similar.

Sometimes poly-reading is not an option. If there’s a novel that you want to give your undivided attention to, then do not read any other books. Concentrate on that specific one. Think about the plot. Think about the characters. And when you have finished that book, that’s when you can continue reading multiple books.

There are so many new, different books being published every day, and we have so many resources and so much technology right at our fingertips. So why not take advantage of it? Poly-reading is the norm now, and no wonder, with  all the amazing ideas taking flight to the world. Here’s to books and reading all of them! 😉

(On a side note, Insurgent is officially out! I am hoping to watch it soon!)

-Yasimone

This Valentine’s Day, Get Someone a Book

When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of roses and chocolates and teddy bears holding hearts. Many of us would love to receive one of these. (Who wouldn’t?) 😉 But this Valentine’s Day, give your loved one something unique and timeless— and no, I’m not talking about diamonds. I’m talking about books.

Yes, you heard me right. I think it’s safe to say that most of you here adore books. I certainly do, and I would appreciate getting a book much more than a box of gourmet chocolates. Why? It’s simple: a book lasts much longer. The chocolates will disappear in a flash, with no evidence they were ever there, except for a sadly empty red, heart-shaped box. Roses, though beautiful, will eventually wilt. Teddy bears can often be stuffed into the closet and forgotten, until you stumble upon it after a few years and try to remember who gave it to you.

A book, however, is something that goes on the shelf and is read over and over along the years. Every time that person picks that book up, they will remember you. (Especially if you sign your name on the first page.) And there is no greater gift than the gift of imagination and words. Books can truly be a wonderful present for anyone… and if they are given someone who adores books, it shows that you know them well.

Skip the Valentine’s Day candy hearts and show how much you love them with a good book.

Want some suggestions?

  • Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen (classics never go out of style!)
  • Any book they loved as a child (nostalgia is perfect for Valentine’s Day)
  • Dystopias like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend (not only are they awesome page-turners, they also have a pinch of romance added in)
  • Fantasy books (stories with princesses are perfect for this kind of gift; I recommend Palace of Mirrors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix)
  • YA Books (like the Fault in Our Stars)
  • Any book you think they might like!

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! 🙂

-Yasimone