My 2016 Year in Books Survey

The 7th annual End-of-Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.ย (I love that blog name!) The questions made me curious, so I figured I would share my results with all of you. 2016 Reading Stats Number of … Continue reading

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

This means a lot to me. Books and Palettes has received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! THANK YOU TO “Emalie” (I now know that is not her real name, haha!)ย  for the nomination!


1. Thank and link to the blogger that nominated you
2. Display the award and list the rules
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate some other inspiring bloggers and comment on their blogs so they know you nominated them.

*Drumroll please*

1. I have two middle names! But I’m not telling you them because I’m sneaky, hehe.

2. I’m afraid of heights and deep water. Agh, both are scary.

3. I know how to drive but I have not taken my road test yet. I’ll get around to that eventually!

4. I have an Xbox 360 in my room and love love love it! It is both a blessing and a curse, though, since now that it is in my room staring at me all day I can totally just play it whenever I want instead of reading or doing homework…

5. I want to dye my hair but I love too many colors.. Blue, purple, red…all three??

6. Big Hero 6 is my new favorite movie!

7. But I still love The Amazing Spiderman movies and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

My nominees are:

โค and have an awesome weekend!

– Christina

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Two Truths and One Lie?!?!

Here’s a fun game to get you through this hectic week; two truths and one lie!

Two of the following statements are true, and one is not. Leave your guess if the lie in the comments below!

Set 1

1. I hate sweet potatoes
2. I have only been on an airplane once
3. I have had a black eye

Set 2- books edition!
1. My favorite picture book was Blueberry Mouse by Alice Low
2. I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
3. I am currently reading two books

Let’s see how well you can guess! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

Oh my, this is award’s week isn’t it. I figured I’ll just get this one of the way and let you guys learn more about me in the process!


Cool graphic, I must say.

Anyway, here are the rules!
1. Display the award on your site
2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever nominate you
3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
4. Drop them a comment to tip them off that they have been nominated
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Seven Facts about Me!
1. I used to never like any cheese as a kid. Not on pizza, not on pasta, nothing.
2. My favorite holidays are Christmas, New Years and Halloween.
3. I have scoliosis.
4. I don’t have any siblings or pets. (I love how I put those in the same category! Lol)
5. In elementary school I ran a website about Webkinz that was so popular I had a giveaway with an online store.
6. I love makeup but hate having to take it off so much that a lot of times I just don’t wear it!
7. My favorite classes are Psychology and Newspaper.

Now, rather than pick and choose some bloggers to nominate, I’m just going to nominate all of my followers! That’s right, if you follow me, you are nominated for this award.

See you soon!

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One Lovely Blog Award!


So many awards, so little time! I’ve been blogging for only two months or so, but wow, the response has been amazing! Thank you to all of you who read, like, share and comment on my posts, and to all who nominate me for these awards!

This nomination came from

Here are the rules of the award:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
– List the rules and display the award
– Add 7 facts about yourself
– Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they were nominated
– Follow the person who nominated you

7 Facts about Me
1. I am a vegetarian; I always have been, although I am the only vegetarian in my family!
2. My first language is English, but I am currently learning French and ASL.
3. My favorite animal is the elephant.
4. I do not know how to ride a bike.
5. My favorite color is blue.
6. I LOVE chocolate!
7. I had a tooth pulled today. (I even had to go to work right after; it felt so weird to speak with my gums being completely numb. Be glad you didn’t see this experience in person!)

Now I think 15 nominees is a LOT!! I don’t even know if I follow 15 blogs that haven’t done this award!! But let’s see…

My nominees are…

Sorry for the lack of nominations but I’d rather pick a select few people who I think deserve it than pick 15 random bloggers!

Thanks again for the nomination!

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Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!


Rules of the Award
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2. Post the awards logo onto your blog
3. Answer the ten questions you’ve been asked
4. Nominate 10 bloggers
5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees

Thank you so much Alyjoshaver from for the nomination!

She asked me….

1. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Does Anna from Frozen count? I loved her!

2.ย  Who is your favorite sidekick?
Thorne in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I really have got to stop talking about him but he was a hilarious sidekick. Also, Wolf was a great sidekick too.

3. If your home / school / work were suddenly attacked by zombies, what would your escape/ survival plan be?

Uh… This question has me stumped! I’d bring all the food we have to the river, get in a boat and propel the boat away from town?

4. What is your greatest achievement to date?
Always striving to try my best and expecting nothing more of myself. I love a good challenge, obviously, and I push myself to meet them. But I watch peers crumble and freak out under unnecessary pressure I don’t force upon myself. I want to be happy and successful, not stressed out and overloaded beyond what I can truly handle!

5. If you could be any character, who would you be and why?
I’d be Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles because she lives in the future and has cool powers!

6. What’s your favorite music?
I don’t have one favorite song or genre. I listen to things and decide if I like them. However, I currently have Papaoutai by Stromae in my head. It’s a really upbeat song but the lyrics are sad!

7. What are three things you can’t live without?
Books, my tablet, and my stuffed animal I was given as a baby ๐Ÿ™‚

8. What is your spirit animal?
I don’t know if there is some official spirit animal quiz but elephant!

9. What was your favorite thing done at a wedding you’ve been to?
The music and dancing! I love when a large group of people hits the dance floor; you can blend in and have fun! Also the buffets of food….

10. What book/TV show/movie are you looking forward to?
Switched at Birth on ABC Family will return this winter (I hope!).

My ten questions for my nominees!
1. Describe yourself in three words.
2. If you could paint your walls to look like the cover of a boo, what book cover would you choose?
3. What is your favorite snack food?
4. What is your favorite kind of book?
5. You suddenly wake up as a book character. Who are you?
6. Fairies or zombies?
7. If you could live in another country where would you live?
8. Would you rather live in a world in a book that has been randomly assigned to you, (I.e Fey in the Iron King Series, The maze in The Maze Runner, Hogwarts…) Or randomly be assigned books that you must read?
9. What was your first blog post?
10. OTP?

I apologize if any of you have already done this award!
– Arya at
– Karen at

Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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