The Liebster Award!

 

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Yay! I’ve been nominated for the Leibster award by Hannah! Thank you so much Hannah!

These are the rules for the Leibster award:
Thank the person that nominated you and link back to his/her blog.
Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
Nominate 10 new bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Answer the 10 questions that the person who nominated you asked.
Then create 10 new questions for the bloggers that you are nominating.
Notify the bloggers that you have nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are Hannah’s questions:

1.Curly fries or french fries

French fries (yum!)

2. Do you watch Youtube? If so, who do you like to watch?

I watch Gillian Bower, and also just other DIY videos. Does anybody have any book-related Youtube channels you can recommend to me? I would love to start getting into book-tube… If thats a thing..😄

3. Name one thing you are most likely to binge.

I’m not a huge T.V watcher, but I do enjoy binge watching Gilmore girls, and The Middle.

4. When and why did you start a blog?

I started Lilah’s Bookshelf April 2016, because I was loosing interest in my old blog. I had had it for close to six years and I thought it was time for something fresh centered around one subject, books.

5. Any blog goals?

Just more viewers, I guess. I am actually one away from Twenty followers! I would one day like to reach fifty followers.

6. Preferred hot beverage?

Hot chocolate is actually the only hot drink I like!

7. One place in the world you could travel to?

Oh boy… I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo, But then there is Bora Bora, California, Hawaii, The Caribbean.. It’s too hard to choose just one place!

8. Describe your ideal day.

Oooh. It would be around Christmas time, and there would be a light snow falling outside, and a fire in the fireplace. I would be baking cookies, while listening to christmas music. While the cookies are in the oven I would settle on the couch with a blanket and some chocolate and read a good christmas book. Then, I would play a bit of Star Stable (my favorite video game,) and finish the day by watching a movie. My family would be there and it would be fabulous.

9. What is your favorite season?

My favorite season is autumn. I love carving pumpkins, drinking hot chocolate, crunchy leaves, but most of all I love fall fashion! I live in jeans and comfy sweaters.

10. Any blogging tips to those just starting out?

I am by no means a professional or well known blogger, so I can’t really tell you how to make your blog famous, but I can tell you this: have fun! Write about what you love! If you’re really passionate about something, people will be able to see it in your writing. And also, I know that having lots of followers reading your posts can seem like the most important thing, but think: If you only have one follower, that is one person reading your words. You might affect that one person. Something you write might make them smile, or cause them to think about something differently. You might inspire that one person, and I think that’s pretty cool.

So now I have to leave my questions. I made mine mostly about books but I also threw in some fun ones, since it isn’t a book tag😛

  1. What is a book you’ve re-read more than once?
  2. What motivated you to start a blog?
  3. What is one novel that you think doesn’t get enough recognition?
  4. What is your favorite movie that is based off of a book?
  5. If you could have any pet what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite holiday, and why?
  7. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  8. What is one fictional character that you relate to?
  9. What is one interesting thing about you?
  10. Do you have a book that has special meaning to you (i.e. autographed, special addition, a gift, etc.)

I tag Olivia , Emily , and Bella , and anybody else who has under 200 followers!

Hope you enjoyed reading!

Have a great day bookworms😉

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This entry was posted on November 7, 2016. 3 Comments

Spooky books for Halloween!

Hello bookworms *evil laughter*

Welcome to Lilah’s Bookshelf! Today I am going to show you some of my favorite spooky books that are perfect for Halloween…..img_6088

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Coraline is a really creepy book about a girl who enters an alternate world, where her life is very similar to her old life, but she soon realizes that she prefers her old life better…. Dun dun dun…

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Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland. I read this book when I was about nine or ten years old, and I remember loving it. I also remember it being creepy, but I don’t recall enough details to give a summary. Perhaps I will re-read this one soon.

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I know Harry Potter isn’t typically considered a Halloween book, but it does have witches and wizards! I totally recommend Harry Potter for Halloween, and all year round!

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Aahhh, The Shadows (Jacqueline West…) The book that started my love for fantasy. I actually re-read this book this summer, and I still enjoyed it, even though I first read it when I was eight or nine. It is a spooky tale of Olive Dunwoody and her creepy house with talking cats, and it is perfect for Halloween.

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Rose (Holly Webb) is actually quite scary for a middle grade book. The end really comes out of nowhere and it really surprised me!

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The Courage of Cat Campbell is up next on my re-read list. I really hope I can find the time soon, because this is such a cute book about Cat, who is disappointed she didn’t inherit her families witch genes… or did she? You’ll have to read to find out!

 

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I added this book into the mix for my younger readers out there. The Poison Apple Books were my absolute favorites books when I was about eight years old. They have girl power, and just the right amount of creepiness. These books bring back so many memories!

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Anyone But Ivy Pocket. This book isn’t really scary… Its just plain weird. Like honestly this book has the most bizarre main character, and peculiar storyline, so it’s no wonder I love it. It does have some spooky themes, so I decided to include it.

So that wraps up this post! I hope you enjoyed reading it, and Happy (early) Halloween! What are some of your favorite October books? Oh, and are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you being? Let me know in the comments!!

 

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This entry was posted on October 28, 2016. 2 Comments

Book review: The Odyssey  (This review has spoilers)


Hello Bookworms 🐛 Today I come bearing a book review of The Odyssey by Homer. I had to read The Odyssey for my English class this year, and I have some seriously mixed feelings on it. But before I get into that, here is a quick summary of the book:

It is several years after the Trojan War, and suitors have taken over the supposedly dead Odysseus’ house. They kill all the livestock, party all day and plan to win the heart of Great Odysseus’ wife Penelope. Little do they know that Odysseus is not dead, but stuck on an island, planning his return, and the suitors’ death. The story follows Telemachus searching for news of his father, and Odysseus’ great journey home.

Now, for the review:

I am happy I read it, beacause I was excited about a challenge, and because it will look good on my college transcript (which my teacher told me is the reason why we read it,) but I cannot say that I loved it. Here’s why:

Odysseus. 

Odysseus is the hero of the Odyssey, and I honestly did not like this guy at all. Yes, he has a good story of the troubles he faced after the Trojan war and I did enjoy “listening” to him tell it, but I personally think that Odysseus was not a great hero. For starters, the goal of the story was to get home to his palace, kill the suitors who run rampant, and re-unite with his family. If he was so focused on getting back to his wife and son, I don’t understand why he spent a whole year on Circe’s island cheating on his wife Penelope. Also, I found that he was very whiney when he experienced difficulty getting back home to Ithica. He pretty much wanted people to pity him, and I had hoped that he would be a stronger character. I understand that after experiencing the tragidy that Odysseus did, anybody would come close to falling apart, and I would have understood it if he didn’t hold it together all the time, but I do wish he didn’t whine as much.

Penelope:

I dislike Penelope as well. She gets angry that the suitors who wish to marry her are trashing her house, but she just stands there and watches for the whole book. I don’t understand why neither her, or Telemachus, her son, didn’t do anything about the destruction of their property. Penelope is a Queen, wouldn’t they leave if she told them to? I also dislike her because she made herself blind to the truth. She heard several prophets tell prophecys about Odysseus coming home to Ithica at last, and she always said “If only…” Then, she has a dream about Odysseus coming home at last, and she askes to have it interpreted, even though it was the same as all of the prophesies. And yet they call her “The wise Penelope.”

My distaste for the hero and his wife were one of the main reasons why I didn’t particularly like The Odyssey, but it was also because it was HARD. I’m used to reading  Middle Grade books and some Young Adult novels. Acient Greek Epic poetry was something completely different for me, and although I am glad I’ve had the exposure to a new genre, this is a genre that I don’t think will ever be one of my favorites.

Now that I’ve displayed the cons, I will list some of the pros that I found in the book.

  • Telemachus was a strong character and I enjoyed following him on his journey.
  • Some of the launguage in the story was pretty.
  • I really liked Pallas Athena as a character because she was strong and clever.
  • The story was action-packed and full of adventure.

So like anything, this book has some pro’s and cons.

Like I said, Telemachus is a pro. I liked this character. He was one of the only characters that I actually did like. I felt that he acted very mature (more so than his father,) and he was overall pretty likable.

Another con is the violence in this book. This book made me realize I am glad I don’t live in ancient Greece. There are two scenes in particular that are especially gory. Odysseus blinding the cyclops with his spear, and the gruesome death of the suitors. Personally, I disliked the cyclops scene more, because I for some reason liked the cyclops more that I liked the suitors, even though he ate the majority of Odysseus’ crew. But the suitors deaths was the really gory scene. Their deaths are described somewhat graphically,and this is the reason I don’t reccomend this book for anyone under fourteen years old.

So I have decided to give this book 2½ stars. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t something I would have ever chosen on my own.

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So, have you read the Odyssey? What did you think of it? Let me now in the comments below!

Happy reading!

My Harry Potter Patronus

Hello everybody!

Recently I have seen a bunch of posts about patronus’ around social media. There are some pretty cool ones! One person on instagram got a black bear, their favorite animal, and another person got a hummingbird! I love that one! So I finally got around to taking the quiz and I got a…..

 

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A mole. Not what I thought I’d get, but I guess I can work with it.

Here are some facts about moles:

They are mammals that live in Asia, Europe, South Africa, and North America.

They dig and create tunnels underground.

Their spit can paralyze small animals.

They live three to six years.

Their ears and eyes are usually covered by fur.

They have a powerful sense of smell.

Moles have different rooms in their tunnels. They have a ‘kitchen’ where they store their worms. In one moles’s kitchen there were 470 worms found!

 

So all in all moles are pretty cool I guess. I mean, they have toxic spit… I guess that means I’m feisty? I don’t think my family would disagree with that😉 Also, them having a good sense of smell is something that I (strangely enough) can relate to! My family has always said I have a super nose, and my mom thinks I should be a perfume sniffer! My nose is just really sensitive, its weird😄

So, have your discovered your Patronus? If so, what is it? Let me know in the comments!!

TTYL!

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This entry was posted on October 4, 2016. 20 Comments

The Tale of Despereaux

Hello everybody! Long time no see! Sorry about that, my schedule has been super busy and I haven’t had much time for reading…. Actually let me rephrase that. Lately the majority of my time has been spent reading, but just for school stuff.. I’m reading The Odyssey (by Homer) currently. Have any of you guys read The Odyssey? I have mixed feelings about it, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Over the summer I had to read The Tale of Despereaux for school. I actually started reading this last year as an audio book, but I just couldn’t get into it! So, when I saw this on my book list I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. Well, It turns out it is a much better book than audio book! I got a copy from the library and guess what? I didn’t hate it! I wouldn’t go so far to say that I love it, but it was tolerable, and there was a good discussion about it it class. We all had to pick which character we identified with the most and why, and then tell the whole class, but then my teacher threw us a curveball and said we had to present the reasons for the person next to us😄 It was fun! But now, on to the review:

 

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Title: The Tale of Despereaux

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Pages: 272

Age: 9-12 (This is what the author said. I would say its good for 9-13 or 14.)

The book starts off with the birth of a little mouse named Despereaux. Despereaux is a peculiar little mouse, who’s body is unusually small and his ears are unusually large. He also doesn’t partake in normal mouse activities. For example, he would rather read books than eat them. Because Desperaux isn’t quite like other mice, his life is changed just from hearing music. Because he heard this music, he met the princess. And because he met the princess, he gets into some pretty sticky situations. I won’t tell you about those though, nobody likes reading a spoiler.

This book is told in third person, so the narrator tells the point of view of the Desperaux, the rats of the dungeon, and Miggery Sow. Oh Miggery Sow… What a odd child.

I liked The Tale of Despereaux because Despereaux was a likable character. One of the reasons the book is better than the audio book is because of the illustrations! Despereaux is very cute in the drawings, and in my opinion, having a visual makes the character better, but also just because the story is sweet and interesting. That being said, it moves slowly for such a short book. Perhaps it’s because it switches between characters, but this book wasn’t one of those books that I just can’t out down. It didn’t captivate me as much as some other books have, but that also might be because it is under my age range.

So overall This book was okay, so- so. Not the best, but still enjoyable. So I am awarding it 3 of 5 stars!

So, Have you read The Tale of Despereaux?

If so, what were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon!

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This entry was posted on September 29, 2016. 2 Comments

Bookshelf tour

Hello world! I come bearing never before seen pictures of… Drumroll please… my Bookshelf!! Now, before I start, I must state that my bookshelf is ever-changing. Sometimes when I’m bored, I arrange my books (how incredibly nerdy of me.) So, the way my bookshelf looks in these pictures will probably not be the way my bookshelf looks tomorrow. Just putting that out there.

But without further ado… My bookshelf at the moment!!

 

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Some books on top of my bookshelf.

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Next to my stack of books I have a handmade (not by me) miniature bistro set.

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The bistro set in front of art that my cousins gave me.

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Next to the bistro set I have this adorable wooden rabbit hutch + rabbit.

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My Selection collection!! I just need Happily Ever After ( I borrowed my friends HEA to read!)

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Last but not least  I have my Breyer collection!

So thats it for the top of my bookshelf! Now onto the actual books:

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These are a few of my series’.

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This may be my favorite part of my bookshelf! It features my music doll I got in Florida, and all of my pastel-colored books.

I ran out of room on my shelf so I have this stack of books next to it, with a doll on top.

 

My Harry Potter books (minus my second copy of THBP,) My hardcovers, and my Spiderwick chronicles books.

 

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The right half of my shelf.

 

And thats it! I somehow failed to get a picture of my whole shelf 0.o

But whateves. So, did you see any of your favorite books?

Happy reading!

~Lilah

 

 

This entry was posted on August 16, 2016. 12 Comments

My bookish summer

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted all summer😦 I don’t really have an excuse, I honestly didn’t feel like blogging. But, I am trying to break through this blogging slump, so hopefully I will be posting and commenting on posts frequently again from now on.

But, just because I haven’t been bogging doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing stuff!! I have acquired new books:

While I was on vacation I bought Miss Potter by Richard Maltby Jr. I enjoy reading biographies and this one was only  $4.00! I am looking forward to start it.

And ahh, Someone Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp. Ivy Pocket is seriously the most bizarrely peculiar series to ever exist, and it has me completely smitten. I have started Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, but I am not very far into it.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure about I Am Princess X since the title makes it sound like a children’s book, but I read the back and it sounds so good! Right off the bat it reminded me of The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, which I enjoyed, so I can’t wait to start this. I’m really hoping I can use it for a literature class I’m taking in the fall😄.

I’m sure I’ve bought more books than that, but those are the ones that stand out to me. Aside from buying books, I’ve also been reading books. I actually started and finished a series…

THE SELECTION SERIES!!!! 

GUYS. IT IS SO AMAZING.

I was talking to my friend’s parents about books, and they mentioned a book that their daughter (my friend) liked, The Selection. I had always seen these books at bookstores, but never thought to pick them up! Well, my Mom and I rushed to Barnes and Nobles and bought the first book. My mom reads super quick and urged me to read it, but I was for some unknown reason I was hesitant, so my mom finished all six books before I started the Selection. But.. I finally overcame my stubbornness and made the best decision of my life, and started reading it. And, tbh, I didn’t really like it!! So I started some other books and blah blah, but once I really sat down to read it, I couldn’t put it down!! Like my Mom, I blew through the books and I am sad to announce that I am finished!! I read all six books, and the book of novellas, and I am officially out of selection reading material. Now all I have is selection instagram accounts to feed my need for America Singer.

Incase you are interested in this amazing series, here is the summary of The Selection.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Do yourself a favor and read these.

I recently started Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I am so conflicted! I want to read it so badly but then it will be over!! At least for this generation of Harry Potter anyway. But it is really good so far! I am only on page one hundred and there has already been two deaths!

 

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                  Harry Potter and Death.

Well anyway, thats what I’ve been up to. What have you been reading? Or what is on your fall TBR list? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

~Lilah❤

 

 

 

This entry was posted on August 15, 2016. 4 Comments