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Diverging Cadence by Katie Hamstead

Monday, February 29, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown

General Info:
     Title: Diverging Cadence
     Author: Katie Hamstead
     Genre: Contemporary
     Publisher: REUTS Publishing
     Publishing Date: August 25th 2015

          - JAMES <3 
          - Austin - and that plot twist with him~ 
          - Writing style was easy to read, like the previous book~! :) 
         - Fanfictioney feels~

    Things that could have been better:
         - Cadence as a character and her decisions - I didn't agree with her choices and her agonisation was annoying to read
        -  A really perfect ending - wrapped up too neatly for me

Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads | Amazon

Initial Thoughts

I LOVED reading Deceptive Cadence - it was actually so addictive and fan-fictioney in the sense that although the characters were unrealistic, I STILL WANTED MORE. I immediately leapt into Diverging Cadence the very same night that I finished reading Deceptive Cadence!  

When Cadence Anderson woke to find her husband and infant daughter had been killed, she thought her life was over. Instead, she was offered a second chance and sent back in time to do it all again.

She’s made the most of this opportunity, repairing her relationship with the best friend she lost the first time, avoiding the romantic mistakes she made originally, and even bringing her family closer together. But she’s also done something she wasn’t planning on—she’s fallen in love with someone other than her future husband.

Stepping onto a plane and flying across country to attend university is the hardest decision she’s had to make. But unless she follows through with it, her future with Austin might never happen. And what becomes of her beautiful baby if she stays with James, the man she was never supposed to love?

The only thing she knows for certain is that she has to see Austin again, and she’s intent on reliving that part of her previous life exactly like she did the first time. Even if that means she has to lie to James to do it. Because, deep down, she can’t quite bring herself to let him go.

Now, past and future are about to collide, and Cadence has to make her final choice—follow the uncertain path of a life with James, or the one she came back to save . . . with Austin.

In this emotional conclusion to the story that began in Deceptive Cadence, relationships will be tested, identities revealed, and the past will overshadow the future, putting the finishing touches on an unforgettable tale of courage, sacrifice, and, above all, love.


Staying true to the first book, Deceptive Cadence, some characters remained unrealistic, like Cadence and James. But, for me, they weren't as enjoyable to read about. 


Personally, I disagreed with some of the choices that Cadence made in this book, because they went against my own morals, and I was screaming at her the entire time. It made no sense to me how she could let things carry this far and pretty much promise to marry two guys . Plus, I felt like she deliberated over the decision between Austin and James for WAY too long - and she should have just finished things off with either one rapidly. 

I also couldn't deal with her decision at the end, where she's a grieving widow, who gets together with James not three months after her husband dies. I dunno, that just kind of rung false to me, and was unrealistic

The Male Love Interests

Austin and James were...phenomenal. We're seeing them both from the eyes of Cadence though, so there is some bias haha xD But I really liked the both of them. Still, I found myself more drawn towards James, because 1) THAT FIRST BOOK 2) I felt like Austin's time with Cadence was over 3) Austin was really skipped over more in this part - all the sections with him in it didn't feel as electrifying as the scenes with James. 


I liked the plot. The plot was fairly obvious to me after the first 20% of the book - I knew who Cadence would pretty much end up with. I still enjoyed reading it though - that's probably because of the addictive writing style (see below). 

There was one plot twist for me, and that just made the book so much better. It was totally unexpected for me, but just knowing that Austin turned out to be her guardian angel was amazing, and it made so much sense.  

However, I also can't help but think that everything was wrapped up a little bit too neatly at the end - everything magically seemed to fall into place, and as a reader, I don't like that. I like to have an inkling

I can't help but think that the title for this book, Diverging Cadence, should have been swapped with the title for the first book, Deceptive Cadence. I mean, in the first book, Cadence really did diverge more from the original timeline, and in this book, she was more deceptive

Writing Style

Diverging Cadence maintained the same easy reading nature that Deceptive Cadence had. There was a lot of dialogue, which I liked. Honestly...just see my review for Deceptive Cadence if you wanna hear about the writing style - all I can say is, it was really good, and kept me hooked in. It gave me those fanfictioney feels! 

Entertainment Value

I really liked reading Diverging Cadence, there's no doubting that. The only thing is, I couldn't help but compare it to Deceptive Cadence, and just think how much more entertaining Deceptive Cadence was for me. Deceptive Cadence was unputdownable (not a word but I'm not sorry), and for me, this book was not. I think that was mainly because I grew sick of Cadence as a character - her choices were not ones I would have made and I was tired of hearing her agonise over two men. 

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading Diverging Cadence, but for me, my overall impression was left tainted by how much of the novel was about the love triangle, and choosing between Austin and James. If you like contemporary books and don't mind cheating, then I definitely suggest you read Diverging Cadence. Make sure to start with the first book though! If you like fluff and cuteness, just stick to Deceptive Cadence. For me, I didn't like the cheating...and that's why I rated it a 4 stars, as opposed to the 5 stars (or roughly) that I gave Deceptive Cadence


Thoughts Summed Up In A Phrase

But JAMES :( 

Keep reading and loving books!

I received a copy of this book in the form of an ebook by YA Bound tours for review, but my opinions and thoughts are 100% honest.

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When I First Saw You | The Adventurist by J. Bradford Hipps

Friday, February 26, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

When I First Saw You (or WIFSY) is a meme held over by Sophie at Sailing through Books and Izel at A Bookish Flower. The aim of the game is to write up a synopsis for a given cover, and then compare it to the actual cover of a book! Sounds fun right? 

The Book For This Week is...

The Adventurist, by J Bradford Hipps

My Synopsis

Phillip Andrews has been trapped in the Building his entire life. The Building and its mysteries are all Phillip has ever known. Most days, he hates being stuck in the Building, with only his raggedy bear to hold and the mysterious Voice to talk to. On other days, on the days the Voice decrees are Challenge days though, Phillip loves living in the Building. 

Challenge days are exactly what their name suggests - days filled with challenges. From bomb-defusing stress situations to book reading competitions, Phillip's competitive spirit flares up on these days, and he comes alive. 

Until one day, the Voice delivers a challenge like one he has never attempted before: to get out of the building. Phillip is only too happy to oblige - until he realises that leaving the building means leaving all that he has ever known, and that this Challenge is probably one of the hardest he will ever attempt - the Building won't let him go that easily. 

A touching story about facing challenges, making difficult choices, growing up and moving on, by J. Bradford Hipps. 

The Actual Synopsis

In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, of self-assessment. Mired in his corporate responsibilities, Henry's deathless office existence is torpedoed by losing his mother.

Overcome by "the pall," Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose occasioned by a crisis in his company's fortunes. Dodging an Iago-like rival, he finds love with a colleague in his department, endangers his bond with his family, and finally confronts the single urgent question of his life.

The Adventurist is about relationships: Henry has complicated ones with his sister, Gretchen, who has stayed at home with their father; his lover Jane, a sleek and efficient mirror image of Henry; and a tantalizing potential girlfriend, Karen, the ultimate free spirit. But his relationship to his corporate and familial responsibilities may change his fortunes even more than the women in his life.


So... my synopsis was nothing like the actual synopsis! That's fine haha - at least I got the office setting right?? 

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky | A Perky Read!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

I actually did a buddy review with Tina @ Tina the Bookworm for this review! Here is Tina's beautifully formatted version of this review - give it some love too! :) 

The Breakdown

General Info:
     Title: Perks of Being a Wallflower
     Author: Stephen Chbosky
     Genre: YA, Contemporary
     Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books
     Publishing Date: Feburary 1st, 19999

          - It defied expectations
          - Characters were awesome - loved all of them~ 
          - The letter writing style was so unique and personal! 
          - The music in the book enhanced the reading experience
          - Wanted to read all the books mentioned in Perks! 

    Things that could have been better:
         - Charlie's siblings were unmemorable to some extent 

Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads | Amazon

What were your expectations going into reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower? 

Geraldine: I thought there would be coming of age elements, teenagers doing pot, getting high, and some deep messages at the end - pretty much a John Green novel, to be honest - and I don't like John Green novels. 
I was expecting myself to feel disappointed, because not only did it sound hugely pretentious, it was also super hyped - and I find that when books are hyped, I usually end up having high expectations and hating said book for not living up to those ridiculously high expectations. 

Tina: I heard this was a great book from like everyone. I didn’t really have any interest in reading it because Perks of Being a Wallflower is my sister’s favorite movie and she and I have like very different tastes so I didn’t think I would actually enjoy it. I can honestly tell you, I had ZERO idea what Perks of Being A Wallflower was even about. So I had semi high expectations based on the fact that those I trust told me this would be great.   

What did you think of the characters? 

Geraldine: I LOVED all the characters! I can't pick a favourite character - they were all so special and unique in their own way! 
I especially liked Charlie - he was such a great protagonist, and just so ADORABLE <3 He has such a unique way of seeing things. It was really hard to think of him as a 15 year old character though, to me he sounded a bit more like he was 8 years old? Still, that just added to the adorableness-factor, and I sympathised for him so much whilst reading the book because of that! 
I also really liked Candace - so much character growth there, and I am a huge sucker for character development! Candace is also goals - after hitting a hurdle, instead of giving up, she pushes through and becomes so much better
Finally, Sam. The Manic Pixie Girl trope has been so overdone (JOHN GREEN NOVELS) but in POBAW, it felt so natural, and Sam didn't feel as fake as other characters in other books that follow this trope. 

Tina: I loved all the characters in the book because they each stood out in their own way. I really liked Charlie. I felt like he wasn’t really 15 years old but more like an 8 year old at times but now having read the book I understand. I really just wanted to hug him. I really loved Sam and Patrick the most. I just loved how they took Charlie under their wing and really brought out the best of him and made him actually live in the moment instead of just “experiencing” things.

What did you think of the writing?

Geraldine: The writing was phenomenal. I loved the writing style - in the form of letters! It's so personal, and it really made me feel more connected to Charlie. 
There were some stellar quotes... My favourite quotes are the generic ones that everyone loves, but that's because they resonate so strongly. I think that anyone would connect with these quotes, because they cut to the core of what it means to be human. 
"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite" 
"We accept the love we think we deserve" 
"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody"
"I would die for you. But I won't live for you"

Tina: I absolutely loved the fact that the story was written in letterform. I thought that was really unique. The only other story I have ever read in letterform was Anne Frank’s Diary but Perks of Being a Wallflower just felt more personal. I felt like Charlie was writing to me.   The story was unique with a unique cast of characters that felt like the book really stood out on it’s own. I am definitely buying myself a copy.   

Anything you liked in particular about the book?

Geraldine: Uh...nothing? It was all just SO good. I honestly can't pinpoint any ONE thing that I liked the most - maybe how everything just tied together? Not in terms of the plot, but just how the writing, the story and everything worked so well together

Tina: What did I like about this book? Um, everything! I liked the writing, it was strong, it was bold, and it was amazing. The characters were so diverse; Charlie was a bit of a disaster but a beautiful disaster at that. I loved how everything tied together.   There were so many good quotes throughout the book but I have to say that my favorite was “I would die for you but I won’t live for you.”  That would make the most amazing tattoo.   I loved the mentioned of the music, I have an apple music subscription and I went and found all the songs mentioned on Patrick’s mix tape and I LOVED IT. It totally enhanced the book for me. I also loved the mention of the books Charlie was reading. There were so many of those books that are on my TBR for example The Fountainhead has been on my TBR for a very long time. It is one of my top books to read this year and seeing it mentioned in the book made me want to read it even sooner. 

What about any dislikes? 

Geraldine: Does it count if I dislike that I don't dislike anything in this book? 

Tina: I didn’t dislike anything really.  The one thing that kind of bugged me was that I couldn’t remember Charlie’s siblings’ names or I couldn’t remember them being mentioned. That was the only thing I sort of disliked but other than that I really enjoyed this book.  

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was set in the 1990s. Any thoughts about that period in time? 

Geraldine: Being born in 1998, I honestly have NO idea what the 1990s were like. I listen to 90s music sure, but nothing like what Patrick. Sam and Charlie listened to. I listened to more...boy band...kind of music. 
Reading this book, it didn't even feel like there was a set period of time - it could have been set now, and I wouldn't have realised it, because it dealt with such universal teenagery things :) Otherwise, nothing has changed much since that time. 

Tina: I was born in 1991 so I really enjoyed reading a book that takes place when I was a couple months old. I also loved the fact that even though it was set in the 90s the topics and situations set in the book could have easily happened today. I think that’s one of my favorite things about the book.    

Rate the book! 

Geraldine: Five out of five stars! :) 

Tina: 5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend this and the movie because both are absolutely AMAZING.

It was so awesome buddy reading this with you, Tina, and collaborating to write this review! I really feel like we got to the essence of what this book means to us! Let us know down below if you think so too, and what thoughts you had whilst reading Perks of Being a Wallflower! :) 

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Love-A-Thon | I Love You, Bloggers!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The 2016 Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves BooksCee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy! The aim is to spread love and positivity in the blogging community over the weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of this for the first time! 

This is going to be really hard. I've honestly experienced so much love, so much acceptance and an awesome sense of community in the two months I've been actively blogging. I don't know how I'll even encapsulate it all into a paragraph! I'm only going to talk book bloggers, by the way - just because I don't watch booktube all that often and because my phone has broken (so I don't have instagram).

I'll dedicating a few sections to some bloggers who have honestly been huge standouts here at Corralling Books - people who have never failed to comment and interact with me. As most of you know, I value interaction on this blog so highly - your time, your love, your effort is always appreciated here. I might be two or three days late (well, let's be for real, I'm always running behind on my blog - my organisational skills need some work!), but I always get back to you all, because you guys are awesome. 
But without further ado...I'll tell you all, why I love you so much. GET READY FOR CHEESE FEST! :) 

Everyone @ Blogging Community

Thank you so much for accepting me guys. Honestly - I got back into book blogging because I was starting to feel overwhelmed by school and eventually by the seemingly never-ending expansiveness of the holidays. I was pretty much at home all day, doing nothing (most of my friends had cool trips to go to) and I had nothing to do, no one to talk to.You guys took me under your wings, reminded me that I had a voice and that I should use it. I got back into my love for reading because of just how darn passionate you guys are! Last year I only read TWENTY books. Quite a drop from my usual eighty or so books. But I'm up, back and running again - I think I've read fourteen books now? Anyway, the point is that you guys have reinstilled my love for reading. Just knowing that someone out here has probably read the book, or wants to read the books I've read is so heartening - it really makes me feel like I'm not alone! Some people say they read to not feel alone in this universe of ours. And after having been in this community for just two months - I can say that's certainly true for me. 

Emily @ The Paperback Princess. 

Emily, words cannot ever express how grateful I am to you. I told you once you are blogger goals. You still are. Your kindness, your openness, just everything about you, taught me how to become a better blogger and probably a better person in general. Especially with interaction - YOU taught me how important and valuable interaction is, how it fosters amazing friendships with other people. YOU introduced me to the blogging community, and I have YOU to thank for, for all the happiness and joy I've experienced with my blog in the past two months. Thank you <3 

Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf

Ranu, you were the second person I really connected to, after Emily. You and Emily both showed me that kindness and interaction was the way to go! Ranu, you're always up for a chat, I love hearing about your life on Twitter, and your blog design is simply gorgeous. You seem to have your blog all sorted out and in place at all times! And of course, thankyou for the ProjSe compliment <3 

Zhana @ Confessions of An Addict

Zhana, I think you were one of the first visitors to my blog when I came back to the blogging scene? You've been here for ages haha, ever since I had my checked blue template! :) I loved talking about Colin Firth, about Japanese books, about a lot of things with you! I have yet to go through your book recommendations, but Zhana, you are such a friendly person, and you helped me come out of my introverted shell so much! Thank you so much :) 

Denise @ The Bibliolater

Denise, it's always a pleasure to see you around on my blog! You were one of the first active commenters, one of the first people I always saw around, and you made me feel loved. I had no idea people were even enjoying my posts until you came along! Thank you! 

Lucie @ Tea, books and fun

Lucie, I've loved this past month, doing buddy reviews! It's been awesome to read along, and know that someone else is feeling all these feels along with you! xD I love hearing about your super awesome life - Europe sounds so amazing honestly! I loved that you enhanced my cultural understanding bookishly, through Anna and the French Kiss! 

Sophie @ Sailing Through Books

Sophie! You're honestly one of the kindest, most hardworking bloggers out there! I admire how you host WIFSY- it must be so much effort! Plus, the creativeness required to create such an awesome meme that's so unique and spotlights awesome're crazy talented, gurl! :) 

Aila @ One Way Or An Author and Happy Indulgences

Aila, I LOVE that you do the IB too! For all the pain, annoyances and freak outs that the IB brings, I love how whenever I find someone else who has done the IB, it's like meeting an old friend. Discovering you and your blog was kind of like that, but multiply it by ten! 
I hope you're enjoying the IB lifestyle right now (AHAHAHAHAHA), but just remember that IB isn't forever, even though right now it's probably pretty hectic :) 

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books 

MARIE! I haven't known you for the longest time...but you're awesome. I already know that. I loved how you had so much enthusiasm for my review of Deceptive Cadence - it really blew me away because I know that Deceptive Cadence probably isn't a book that most people know/have heard before! You consistently comment, and then comment back - which I LOVE, because we've had a couple of GREAT conversations from that! :) 

Joan @ Fiddler's Blue

Okay, Joan, don't get too freaked out I put you on this list. I knowww that I've only known you for what, two weeks? But it feels like it's been FOREVER with how friendly you always are to me! I love how you just struck up a Twitter conversation with me, when we were doing the Twitter #FBCYA chat - it was so out of the blue, and it really touched me! 

Tina @ Tina the Bookworm

Tina!! :D I love how open you are! Thank you so much for allowing me to join the Rainbow Book Club - it's so awesome to find more book bloggers who are cool and nice! Plus...we read Perks together - that was such an awesome experience (even though we pretty much devoured it), and it was so cool doing a buddy review for the first time! 

Rainbow Book Club people! Cam @camxilla, Kat @ The BooklanderMel @ Melissa Discovers The Secrets of Reading, Sandra, as well as Tina! 

Thank you so much guys, for letting me be part of the Rainbow Book Club! Although I don't reply to Facebook messages much, or even talk that often, to be honest, you guys are fantastic and always keep the chatter going - I read your messages, I promise, I'm just horrible at responding to them! 

Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

You always make me feel so involved in the community! Honestly, with your tags, and the recent Love-A-Thon post about tea parties and comparing (that's not the right word!) bloggers to characters in are awesome at making people feel part of the community! 

Josephine @ Word Revel

Josephine, you are mighty awesome with your camera! Apart from that though, your blog design is so minimalistic, and you have a fantastic way with words. Every discussion I've seen you participate in or write, you have constructed such a logical, cohesive argument and I want to know how you do that!!! Every time you do it. I'm just at a loss for words. Truly. I don't know if you remember it, but there was this one time I wrote up a post on DNFing books, it was my one of my first discussion posts about book reviews being biased, and you wrote a LONG response to it! I was so blown away with a) how much time and effort you lavished on the comment and b) how logical and coherent it was. I also love participating in Project 52! I haven't been doing it so far...but I WILL get back to it once I have a phone :) Keep doing what you're doing - you are rocking the blogging world! :) 

Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound

You guys are class and sophistication! You both have such an eclectic reading taste - I love going to your blog and seeing non-mainstream things, hearing about new TV shows that I would never have found out about if it weren't for the both of you! I'm sorry about that one time I mixed up the both of you! You guys handled that with so much grace and pretty much forgave me instantly, which was super nice of you both! :) 

Oh my gosh guys, I kinda teared up a bit writing this. YOU ALL ARE FREAKING AWESOME. Yeah you are. You read through this entire thing right? Or at least the sections you were part of? That really takes some serious effort, and effort and hard work is always awesome. Don't forget that. And don't forget that you are fantastic, in every single way. Okay I gotta stop there, I swear I've written a whole essay here...clearly ready for university life! :P 

I love you guys,

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Love-A-Thon | Mini Challenge #3 Book Spine Poetry

Monday, February 22, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The 2016 Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves BooksCee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy! The aim is to spread love and positivity in the blogging community over the weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of this for the first time! 

Book spine poetry is an activity where you take the words from book spines and make poetry out of it! 
It's gonna be a challenge...but I'll try! Let me know what you think of my poem down below! 

Heartless Thief (of my) Fiery Heart, Just Listen.
The Marvels (of) Modern Romance,
(That in) Just One Day, We Are The Ants, 
Lost (in this) Love That Split The World.
Starcrossed (lover), 
If I Stay, (your) Bewitching Sirensong (would) Shatter Me,
Whisper to Me, (give me) A Cure for Madness, (this) Mad, Wicked Folly.
(Let me be) Over You (and) Born Anew. 

Elsewhere, Across the Universe, (there is) The Future of Us
(But) We Were Liars, (and) Every Last Word Fractured The Course of True Love. 

If I Could Turn Back Time,
(Show you) Me Before You
This Is What Happy Looks Like; 
(Not) Fear, Lies (and) Hunger,
(but) Legend - A Thousand Nights (of) "PS. I Love You"

If you click on the various parts of the poem, it'll link you to all the different Goodreads pages for the books mentioned! I've included a collage of the photos here for you, anyway! :) Have fun finding new books - and let me know what you think of the poem!

Keep reading and loving books!

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Love-A-Thon | Mini Challenge #2 Book Bingo!

Sunday, February 21, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The 2016 Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves BooksCee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy! The aim is to spread love and positivity in the blogging community over the weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of this for the first time! 
So... I might not have gotten around to the first mini-challenge (HEY, IT WAS 11PM FOR ME!!) but I'm so excited to participate in this second one! I love playing Bingo, I have an insane competitive streak! Anyway, I'll be keeping track of everything that I've done in the Love-A-Thon with this bingo sheet below! Plus, I shall give you an account of how I finished them, below the bingo sheet! 

Visit 5 blogs

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian - Krystianna seems like such a cool person! Here is her LoveAThon questionnaire to get to know her better! I love her blog name, and the music she likes is pretty cool too!
Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa - Here is Carlisa's response to the LoveAThon questionnaire - get to know her! She's so friendly and her bio is awesome! Plus...she plays the violin too! 

Jayvee @ Writers for Misfits - Here is Jayvee's LoveAThon questionnaire response! Her name is so cool! I have a younger sister named Genevieve, and I thought Genevieve was already a unique name, but Jayvee has it one step higher, with her full name being Jenevieve! 
Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I LOVE that Andrea thought of the library with Vashta Nerada in it for her ideal library - always nice to see another Whovian! Here is her response to the questionnaire! 
Irena @ Book Dust Magic - Irena is actually super friendly! She and I commented back and forth on her responses in the questionnaire she posted for quite some time - she's super friendly! :) 

Join One of the Love-A-Thon Twitter Chats

I DID THIS! I joined in on the first Twitter chat - it was super fun, and I found a bunch of new friends/cool people~
I probably can't participate in the second Twitter chat (going out with friends!) or the third Twitter chat (start of my Orientation Week!), but I SHALL TRY! 

Participate in one other challenge

I did this! I participated in Mini-Challenge #3 - The Book Spine Poetry! :) Super hard, I spent about 3-4 hours on mine...? Just because I'm a huge perfectionist haha xD 

Find 3 new Instagram accounts and follow

Leave a comment on some of your favourite blogs

Yep, I stopped by Emily @ Paperback Princes's blog and commented on the Deserted Island book tag she did (after I tagged her in it!) - she had some awesome picks! 
I love reading reviews, especially when Aentee @ Read at Midnight writes them in her seemingly effortless writing style! She wrote a review on Passenger...and when it came time to comment...I think I was a blathering mess! 
I also commented on a post over at Pages Unbound...I don't know who wrote the post though, but all I can say is that these guys at Pages Unbound have made a foolproof questions you should ask yourself if you're stuck for blog ideas! 

Tweet 3 of your favourite authors 

Watch 3 videos from new YouTubers, and follow! 

Dedicate a blog post to talk about some of your favourite blogs, Youtube and Instagram accounts 

Yep, here it is! A bit late with it...but hey, it's love - who cares if it's a bit late? :P 

Colour Hunt! Find a blog with a purple, blue and pink design! 

Heh. I'm going to be super sneaky now. The title does ask for "A" blog with a purple, blue and pink design. A. Uno. One. Eins. Yi. SO...I HAVE FOUND ONE BLOG THAT COMBINES THESE ELEMENTS... 
Have a look at Erin's blog - all her headers and posts have some form of purple, blue and pink in them! Especially her header - she's put all three colours in one header! :) 

I think I actually did alright... :D Six our of nine is a pretty good outcome! 
How did your book bingo go? Let me know some awesome recs for YouTubers and Instagrammers (for when I actually get my phone...)! 

Keep reading and loving books!

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Love-A-Thon | Questionnaire About Me!

Saturday, February 20, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The 2016 Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy! The aim is to spread love and positivity in the blogging community over the weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of this for the first time! 

First up, my responses to the questionnaire! This is a questionnaire designed for all you lovelies to get to know me better! I can't wait to check out your responses too, if you've done one! Just link it to me below~

1. What’s your name?

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
The beautiful Sunshine State in Australia - any Aussies with me here...? If so, shout out below and let me know - AUSSIE PRIDE!!

3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I got into blogging in December 2013.Don't kill me, but I got into it because of the ARCs. I thought ARCs were pretty much free books, and I was like "I'll DO IT FOR THE BOOKS!". I got pretty burnt out as a result, after nine or so months.

I recently got back into blogging though, around August 2015. Disillusioned from school, and kinda facing an end-of-high-school phase, I returned back to blogging, found a great community and fell in love with all of you~! 

4. How did you come up with your blog name?
Blog names have got to be special right? I spent ages deliberating over mine - I wanted classiness, sophistication and also a name that reflects who I am. Corralling Books sounded classy and sophisticated to me, and it also represents me - I'm a book collector at heart! 

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? 
I read and review YA the most! YA is pretty broad - but I like reading contemporaries right now. I used to love fantasy, and I still read some of that, but not so much anymore :S 

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I do discussions - general bookish/blogging discussions, as well as Beyond the Page posts. Beyond the Page posts are discussion posts as well, but they discuss issues or things that books have forced me to consider. See here for one I wrote about non-consensual sex and double standards, after I read the book Firsts, by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn!

I incorporate some memes as well. I used to do Top Ten Tuesdays, but not so much anymore (see here for the reason why!) and Musing Mondays. I've recently started participating in When I First Saw You (WIFSY) though, that is held by Sophie @ Sailing With Books... CHECK. and I'm having lots of fun with it!

I've also introduced a Seasonal Songs feature - which is just pretty much me publishing a list of songs every couple of months or so (like every season!) which I've been listening to. Listening to music is a huge component of my reading experience, so it's really fitting that it's on this blog! 

7. Best blogging experience so far?
Uhhh I'm not quite sure what this question means, but I'll just assume favourite aspect of book blogging. For me, that would have to be posting book reviews. Wow, I'm such a narcissist haha, I love the sound of my own voice! xD But yeah, book reviews, although they get less views, book reviews are the reason why I started blogging in the first place, because I learn more about books, and I can fully express how much I love a book!

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
How open it is! I've been blogging for a while...but then I stopped, and then I started again after discovering this wonderful community that just accepts you with open arms! :) 

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
I'm super hyped for that book omggg - does that count for five books? No...? OKAY THEN FINE.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (as you know by now), United as One by Pittacus Lore (LAST BOOK, I am ready for this!)...I actually don't have too many else. List me some recommendations down below? 

10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Taken by Erin Bowman, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman. 
I've already gotten around to some! Notably, the first two :) Reviews are still upcoming...because I upload reviews at the snail's pace of one a week xD 

11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Such a hard question! Maybe The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix? I haven't read it in like...eight years though, I just remember loving the series. Nine year old me is certainly different to now me, so I'll update you on that later on hopefully! 

12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments - she's so badass, she's got great fashion sense, has sensible advice... I dunno, I think she'd be a perfect BFF! :) 

13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
JEM CARSTAIRS <3 I love that boy to bits. <3 

14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
Will Herondale (from The Infernal Devices) and Kell Maresh (A Darker Shade of Magic) because they're badass - I need people to help me fight!
Valkyrie Cain (from Skulduggery Pleasant) because not only is she badass, but she's also pretty friendly and fun - I'll need her around to lighten the mood! 
Annabeth Chase (from Rick Riordan's books) because she's an intelligent cookie, and it would be nice to have Athena bless our travels and our war strategies <3 
Finally...Rory Williams (from Doctor Who) because he just never dies, and if I need to give up a squad member in a hostage scenario...he could die, then come back to me! 

15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
My violin has my heart, my soul, and everything else <3 
I also like shopping (see below for more specific answer) as well as 
I'm learning Spanish in my spare time, as well as Mandarin! :) Hopefully one day, I'll know a plethora of languages - it would be so cool to go see other countries and be able to converse! 
I'm trying to write a novel...but it's a work in progress - not sure if the idea is even all that good, you know? 
Finally...I LOVE watching TV shows. I have a huge list of TV shows I've seen - let me know if you've seen any of these below!
Reign, Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, Bones, House M.D., Body of Proof, Lie to Me, Chicago Fire, New Girl, Two Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Shadowhunters, Modern Family, Daria
These are just all that I can think of right now... xD 
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Pretty dresses- I've recently gotten so obsessed with them! Dresses are just super convenient to wear for a lazy person like me xD And plus, I like looking gooooood :)

17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song  would be playing?
HAHA my song varies, depending on how I'm feeling. Most times though, my song will be Satellites, by Cash Cash - always gets me upbeat and moving! :) 

18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. 
The Infernal Devices would be amazing as a TV show! But I'm a bit worried it would get botched up - I know I haven't been happy with The Mortal Instruments movie or Shadowhunters TV show! So hopefully, The Infernal Devices as a TV show in the future (let's say twenty years time? Maybe the technology will be awesome enough for all the animations to not look cheesy) 

19. What would your dream library look like?
BIG. Lots of books. All organised in genre, then in author. Just organised in general! 
Circular room. One big table. 
A fireplace on one side of the room (with the books far away of course!) and a beanbag beside the fireplace for me to read on. 
Plus AIR CONDITIONING - I live in Australia, and it'll get hard to read in those summer days/nights without AC! 

20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
I don't fangirl over authors too much? But maybe Cassandra Clare? I DON'T EVEN KNOW :(

I hope you've enjoyed my rambling! Link me to your questionnaire responses down below, or let me know what you think of my picks! Especially which five characters you'd pick in your apocalypse squad - it's so hard to choose! :) Plus what books you're really eagerly anticipating - I'm only craving for TWO! :/ 

Keep reading and loving books,

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