The Beauty of Books TAG!

So for all you book loving gals, I decided to make this tag. I don’t think this tag exists already, and it isn’t based off of anything I’ve seen before, so here you are; a tag I created for blogs and booktube.

Because this blog is about books and beauty, I thought it was fitting to create a tag that combines the two!

The Questions:

Eyeliner: Tell us about a book that defines who you are or that means a lot to you personally, and then show us your favorite eyeliner.
Mascara: You can’t leave the house without mascara. It brightens your eyes and makes you look more awake after a night of not-so-much sleep. What’s one book you stayed up late to read? Then, show us your favorite mascara.
Lip Balm: The best lip balms are sweet and smooth. Give us a sweet, easy read. Then, show us your favorite lip balm.
Concealer: A book you are embarrassed to say you’ve read or own.
Nail Polish: Nail polish is like an accessory. Show us a book with a beautiful cover. Then, show us what is on your nails, if anything.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen goes hand in hand with the beach. Show us a book that takes place at or near a beach. Also, what are your favorite beach reads?
Makeup Remover: Sometimes the look you create is disappointing, so you break out the makeup remover to clear the evidence. What is a book you wanted to like that ended up disappointing you?

And of course, if you’d like, what makeup are you wearing today?

I tag all of YOU to do this tag! Get this tag spreading ladies!
If you do the tag, link to your post in the comments below so I can see!! πŸ™‚


Liebster Award!

Somehow, two different people nominated me for this award! Thank you to SpectacleAGlow  and PucksandPaperbacks! You are both so kind.


This award is given to new bloggers nominated by other bloggers. Again, thank you to those who nominated me.

I have written the rules at the end of this post, so please scroll there.

Rather than pick and choose whose questions to answer, I’m going to answer both sets of questions!

Pucks And Paperbacks asked me:
1. What encouraged you to start blogging?
I think a lot of things encouraged me to blog. Writing has always been my passion; I love creative, journalistic, and even p.r writing! I’ve read many book blogs and subscribe to several booktubers on YouTube. I also adore reading, I cannot stress that enough, and so I figured why not join this amazing community of book bloggers too?

2. Do you listen to music while you read?
I don’t listen to music while I am reading. I find it distracts me from absorbing details in the book and takes away from a book’s immersive experience.

3. If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?
Oh no! One author?!?!? I’m terrible with choices.. Karen Thompson Walker? I adored the Age of Miracles and I wish I could write as elegantly as that. (Like this post if you want to see a review of The Age of Miracles, by the way.)

4. What is your favorite book?
More choices! No! How about we say my favorite book is The Age of Miracles. It was amazing. Never thought a book I read for school would be my favorite book, but it is.

5. What is your least favorite genre?
Horror. I hate gory books. I admire authors who can make a book disturbing without much gore. It takes skill.

6. What is one book you could live without?
I’m assuming this is not a typo, so I am being asked to name a book I wish I hadn’t read. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. When I read that years back in middle school, I marked it as one star on Goodreads, and I think I wrote something about wishing I could give it less. Harsh, I know, but I was in middle school. I was so fed up and frustrated with the narrator I had to put the book down halfway.

7. Would you rather books be turned into movies or TV shows?
I love this question! If done well, and only if done well, I’d say TV shows, like Under the Dome. You can have more time with the book! A movie is done in two hours but a show is dragged out longer and you can look forward to it each week.

8. Favorite book to movie adaptation?
I honestly can’t remember! Hah! But I’m going to say The Devil Wears Prada. I’ve watched the movie so many times, and reading the book is like watching the movie all over again. Good times.

9. What career would you like to pursue?
Uh oh. My issue with careers is I have too many interests. I love the following… Journalist, librarian, author, literary agent, ESL teacher, marketing executive, public relations, editor, anything related to publishing really, and that’s just the beginning! People tend to assume someone my age thinks they know what they want, but after I gave up being set on becoming a journalist I feel lost. *Excuse the rant*

10. Favorite cover!
I’ve never read this book or heard of it but this cover is adorable…


This is NOT my image! I found it on google since I remembered seeing a review of this book.

11. One book you recommend to everyone!
Old School by Tobias Wolff if you are a literary connoisseur πŸ™‚

Spectacle a Glow asked me:

1. Who is your book crush?
I have several. When I read the Iron Fey series I was Team Ash. (I even have a team ash poster on my wall, haha! I forgot about it actually.)

2. Five books I’d bring to a deserted island?
So I’d try and bring some happy and funny books to ease the situation, and some books I wouldn’t mind reading again! And a desert island survival guide! But for the purpose of this question, I’d bring The Symptoms of My Insanity, Old School by Tobias Wolff, The Age of Miracles, and Obsidian.

3. Favorite book cover, which I already answered.

4. Do you leave a book’s dust jacket on or off?

5. Ever skipped reading a required book for class?
I am such a goody two-shoe that likes reading too much! No I haven’t.

6. Which 3 books do you suggest to everyone?
Alright, so I suggested Old School to everyone before so how about some new books. I suggest Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Age of Miracles and I am a Man by Joe Starita.

7. Have you ever gone to a book signing?
Do you count a children’s book fair signing? If so, I have gotten many picture books signed as a child. Also, middle grade chapter books when authors used to come to school. Otherwise, nope, not yet.

8. What was your favorite childhood book series?
The Nancy Drew mysteries!! Even a couple years ago I was still reading them. They are amazing at any age.

9. If you had a biography written about you what would the cover look like? Would it be hardcover or paperback?
It would be hardcover, and it would be either a super cool computerized colorful image or a very flattering shot of me πŸ™‚

10. Does the feel of a books’ pages ever bother you?
No, but creases and smells of the pages can.

11. What is your favorite societal issue to read about?
Immigration, I guess? I love hearing the stories of people from other countries and their lives there and here.

Phew, that was a lot of questions! Thanks again! I nominate AryatheFanGirl and BeginningsandBookends.

Your questions:
1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
2. If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?
3. What is your least favorite book cover?
4. Would you rather have books as hands or bookmarks as fingers?
5. What is your favorite book?
6. Where do you get your books? Why?
7. What is your favorite place to read.
8. Do you like magazines or books better?
9. Why did you start your blog?
10. What is the funniest scene you’ve ever read?
11. What is a genre you don’t usually read but wish you could read more of?

If you were nominated, here are the rules:
Thank whoever nominated you. Answer the 11 questions and nominate a new blogger, or two, and give them a set of 11  questions. Then, let them know on their blog as a comment that they were nominated and leave a link to your post.  πŸ™‚

Update: So I just found out that you are supposed to nominate 11 new bloggers! Wow, that is a lot. Honestly I think it is OK if you just nominate a few, but if you know 11 then go right ahead!

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Guess the Book #1!

Clue 1: I haven’t blogged about it. (Yet)
Clue 2: It is a YA book
Clue 3: Suicide
Clue 4: Video Gaming.
Clue 5: Kid
Clue 6: Marketing
Clue 7: Anonymous group
Clue 8: Future
Clue 9: It was published in 2010
Clue 10: Ear Ramzi
Clue 11: There is a 2008 movie with the same name that is not related to the book at all directed by Kevan Tucker.

Still don’t know? Clue 10 is the author’s name with each word scrambled.

If you can guess it, like this post and comment below with your guess and what clue you got it on! First person to get it right gets a shoutout in my next post with a link to your blog and twitter, if you have one. (Leave it below).

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In the past I have answered the weekly “Booking Through Thursday” questions but this week I thought I would ask all of you a question! You can either answer in the comments or on your own blog, but if on your blog, link me to your post so I can see! πŸ™‚

This week’s question…
If your life was made into a biography by an author, who would write your biography?

For example, you could say your absolute favorite author is Ally Carter so you would have her write your bio to make you sound mysterious and intriguing. Maybe you would have Jeanette Walls write your biography. Or, your favorite poet. It’s up to you πŸ™‚

Personally, I’d have Jennifer L. Armentrout write a book about me because maybe she’d uncover some, you know, Daemon Black’s hiding in my neighborhood. (Debating whether that would be creepy or amazing.) Or, she would discover I am secretly Katy. Either one works.

Leave your answers or links to your answers down below!!
– Christina

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Booking Through Thursday Post #1!

The Booking Through Thursday meme was created by this lovely blog:

How it works is each week a question is posted. You copy the question onto your blog and answer it, then leave a link on their post so others can read your response!

This week’s question is: Do your reading habits change in the summer?

Definitely, absolutely, yes. Over the summer, school is traded for more work hours, yet also for a boatload of reading time. By the time June comes, I’m usually doubtful I’ll be able to complete the number of books I originally challenge myself to read for the year. But I generally complete the entire rest of the years’ reading in the summer alone. Sometimes, I complete a book at least every other day. That definitely does not happen during the other seasons!

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Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Are you a self-professed…
a) bookworm
b) librarian
c) bookstore frequenter
d) booklover of any sort?

If you fit into any of those categories, you must read this book. I mean it. I will make you.

(Just kidding)

Summary from Goodreads:
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few and they never seem to buy anything- instead they check-out large volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious Clay engineers an analysis of the clienteles behavior, seeking help from his various talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendering with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore you have to enter and never want to leave.

Ah, Mr. Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore. Robin Sloan created a brilliant little world in this book that felt so real. As you might guess, the book revolves around Clay, who is hired as a night clerk in the store. The store receives these strange customers in the middle of the night. But even weirder is when Penumbra suddenly disappears. There’s something underground going on here, but you are going to have to read it to find out.

The world building is fantastic. The book isn’t that long, so maybe try and savor it. (That is, if you have the willpower.)

Kat, Clay, and Penumbra were among the strongest characters in the book. I don’t remember so much about Clay’s two roommates; they weren’t that special. But I’m forgiving.

On to the rating!
Finishing the Book: 2/2 stars
Originality: 2/2 stars
Entertainment: 1.5/2 stars
Connecting with the characters: 2/2 stars
Writing quality: 2/2 stars
Total: 9.5 stars