Behind the Book Blogger Tag

I hope everyone is having a good start to their weekend!

Since I recently hit the 200 follower mark (thank you to everyone who have joined!), I’m doing the Behind the Book Blogger Tag so people can know more about me!

I found this tag on Jessica C. Writes‘s blog!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Link back to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you would like to know more about!

The Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging? & Why have you kept blogging?

I began Woven From Words back in 2018. I set a goal for myself to write a journal entry a day for that year. That’s right, 365 posts! While some days were a challenge, I achieved my goal! In 2019, I turned my blog into an official Book Blogging page. I’ve always had a love for reading since I was younger, and I wanted to share my love for books on a regular basis!

I continue to blog because I love sharing my love of reading to the world. I enjoy meeting like-minded bookish people as well!

Me with my husband Andy!

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I enjoy writing Book Blogger Hop posts. I feel like it expresses a form of my reading style, and it gives me a chance to follow others who take part. I also love writing posts that center around diverse representation/authors.

3. What are your top three favorite blog posts?

Here are three posts I enjoyed writing:

  1. Books I discovered through iaPOETRY
  2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal/A Review
  3. Books to Knit and Crochet By

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Normally (when things weren’t chaotic with the virus), I love sitting in a bookstore or head to a park on decent days. Now we’re all indoors, but I still enjoy reading outside when the weather is beautiful! During these lockdown days, I soak up every moment I can out in my yard.

Reading outdoors!

Working with yarn also helps me relax! I taught myself how to crochet 10 years ago, while in grad school. I needed something soothing while creating lesson plans, and I discovered how to create other adorable things!

A pumpkin I crocheted!

5. What are three of your favorite things?

  • Reading
  • Crocheting
  • Writing Poetry

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Taking part in both Blogtober and Blogmas last year. I’m happy that I was able to write about bookish topics related to Halloween and Christmas. Also, I’m proud to reach 200 followers!

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

  • Writing poetry–I trained under iaPOETRY to use creative writing as a healing tool for others. I have a wonderful poetry therapy community!
  • Crocheting–I make small animals and scarves. I haven’t don’t as much yarn creating recently due to a wrist injury, but I hope to make more soon!
  • Scrapbooking–Creating a story with photos!

8. Describe your personality in three words.

Patient, Generous, Open-Minded!

9. What are your top three pet peeves?

  • People disrespecting our health care workers
  • Closed-minded people
  • Too much clutter!

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I live with Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1991 (I was 13 at the time). No major complications, just a life of balancing carbs and and exercising regularly. Insulin injections are now second nature for me!

Thank you all for reading! Feel free to do this tag if you like!

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Avatar the Last Airbender Book Tag

I’m always searching for fun book tags to complete, so I decided to do the Avatar the Last Airbender Book Tag!

I came across this tag through Star is All Booked Up‘s page. The Last Airbender Tag was created by A Clockwork Reader!

Water

Katara and Sokka: The Best Sibling Relationship

Widget and Poppet Murray from The Night Circus. These siblings compliented each other in many ways!

Yue

Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers

Anita Blake and Richard Zeeman from Circus of the Damned. I still think he’s a better choice than Jean Claude!

Book Bending

A Book With Disturbing/Unsettling Content

Ever Alice–quite a different version of Alice in Wonderland!

Earth

Toph: A Character Whose Strength Surprised You or The Other Characters In The Book

Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series!

The Tales of Ba Sing Se

Best Short Story/Poetry Collection

Night Shift by Stephen King. Such a great short story collection. Every story in this book was memorable!

Kioshi Warriors

Best Warrior Character

Zafira in We Hunt the Flame! Such a strong female lead!

Fire


Zuko: Best Redemption Arc

Damon–The Vampire Diaries series

Iroh

Wisest Character

Maverick Carter–The Hate U Give

Azula: Best Downfall

The villian had it coming!

Appa: Favorite Fictional Animal/Pet

The creatures from The Tea Dragon Society. I wanted them all!

Aang: Purest Cinnamon Roll

Wylan–Six of Crows

Avatar State: A Stubborn Character/ A Character That Struggles With Letting Go

Heather–The Dead Girls Club
She was in denial for far too long!

Those are the questions! This was so much fun to fill out!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Worst Rulers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

When it comes to book adversaries, we all have a character we love to hate!

Here are five bookish rulers who veer a bit too much toward the dark side…

President Snow
(The Hunger Games)

Lord Voldemort
(Harry Potter series)

Demon King
(Girls of Paper and Fire)

Malachiasz
(Wicked Saints)

The Bloody Lady
(A Dream So Dark)

What are your five evil rulers? Feel free to share!



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‘The Riot Grrrl Thing’ by Sara Larsen/A Review

The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen
Publisher: Roof Books
Length: 112 pages
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: March 30, 2019



My Thoughts

The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen reflects back to time of punk rock and female empowerment. Reading her poetry collection brought me back to my high school years in the 1990s, when Bikini Kill and Nirvana opened the floodgates to my eclectic tastes in music. Sara Larsen’s poetry takes you back to her youth commuting from Camden and Cherry Hill to Philadelphia, making friends and broadening her horizons while becoming an independent young woman in the music scene. Larsen also includes a commentary which explained the mantra many young women created for themselves during this time period. Each declaration unique as the individual herself, Sara Larsen takes an unflinching account on what it means to embody the Riot Grrrl movement.

I highly recommend this collection of poetry for Women’s History material, or for someone who would love to take in the powerful message of a strong woman asserting her independence through the spoken word!

Rating: 5/5 Stars





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WWW Wednesday: April 22

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?



Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
So far I’m loving this story centering in 19th century London!



The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen
A wonderful collection of feminist poetry!



Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Will I get to this book before the month is over? I really hope so!





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Book Quotes: Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (April 11)

I hope everyone is having a smooth Saturday!

Since Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (Wednesday Books) was released a few days ago, I decided to post some book quotes that really resonated for me while reading it.

Make sure you order your copy of both Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods. It’s a wonderful gothic fantasy!

Book Quotes:

‘I know the truth of the darkness you harbor’.

“Her grasp of…reality is questionable.”
“Speak for yourself,” Nadya muttered.

‘The gods had a twisted sense of humor to send him right back to her right when she was trying to save an abomination of a boy instead.’

‘If this is all a game to you, I don’t want any part of it.’
“Yes,” he said sharply. “Because I’m nothing but a monster. It’s what I always will be.”

“Please don’t make me want to toss you over the edge more than I already do.”
He glanced down dubiously. “Oh, I’d survive that.”
“Pity.”

“She…cares,” he finally said.
“Not enough to help me keep my throne.”

I hope everyone has a calm weekend!

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‘The A.I. Who Loved Me’ by Alyssa Cole/A Review

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Audible Audio
Genre: Romance/Science Fiction
Length: 5 hours and 18 minutes
Release Date: December 3, 2019

Synopsis:
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems.

For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been turning to audiobooks quite often this year! They’re super helpful in the evening when I’m too exhausted to read a book, yet still want to enjoy a good story! The A.I. Who Loved Me was one of these books that kept me interested, especially when I wanted to have something entertaining to listen to before bed!

The A.I. Who Loved Me follows Trinity as she’s making every attempt to recover from her injuries, while tending to her neighbor’s nephew who has an interesting back story himself! The chemistry between Trinity and Li Wei was pretty vibrant, as Trinity’s fight to control her risings feelings paired with Li Wei’s struggle to understand human nature kept me interested! I also loved the diverse cast of characters in the story. Being someone with a Hispanic background, I love reading books with characters having different ethnic backgrounds!

This story was also heavy on the romance, and while Romance books are usually not my ‘go-to’ genre, I loved listening to the relationship evolve into an exciting love story. And the romantic buildup kept me listening!

The story is set in a futuristic timeline, where A.I. (artificial intelligence) is a part of everyone’s work, home, and social existence. Artificial intelligence as a mode for therapy and friendship is pretty common in this world, and both Trinity and Li Wei discover many details about their healing journeys through this system.

I recommend The A.I. Who Loved Me for those who enjoy ‘hate-to-love’ romance stories. If you love a quick, romantic audiobook with diverse characters, you will love this story!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

‘The Two Lives of Lydia Bird’ by Josie Silver/A Review

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Length: 369 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover (purchased through Book of the Month)
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Synopsis:
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

My Thoughts:
When Josie Silver’s new book The Two Lives of Lydia Bird became available for purchase, I immediately picked it up! I loved reading her debut novel One Day in December, and I was ready to enjoy another tale revolving around friendship and romance while enduring life experiences!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird begins with loss–Lydia Bird is struggling to live without her fiance Freddie Hunter, who was killed in a car accident. One evening, Lydia discovers that she can enter a world in which Freddie still exists. The story then takes us through Lydia’s life as she lives between these two worlds. The grieving process of losing a loved on can be extremely difficult and painful, yet Lydia’s grieving is placed on pause as she continues (in a sense) to have a life with Freddie. Both worlds are vastly different, and Lydia struggles to gain a sense of who she is as an individual throughout the experience.

Lydia is also struggling to repair her friendship with Jonah Jones. Jonah is both Lydia’s lifelong friend and Freddie’s closest companion. Since Jonah was with Freddie at the time of his death, he is also enduring his own grief as he continues life without him. Both Lydia and Freddie are also grieving the loss of the bond they shared throughout their lives. They make attempts to repair the bond they previously shared, yet the personal tie to Freddie makes things doubly complicated!

There is also a delightful cast of characters in this story, as Lydia’s family and co-workers ensure that she is not alone while navigating the grieving process. There are some unexpected turns in this tale, and Lydia faces some difficult lessons while learning to discover what she truly wants for herself!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a wonderful story of a woman seeking to find her true self while navigating the stages of grief. It is a great depiction of Lydia’s desire of wanting her fiance to be remembered, while rediscovering the meaning of life. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5/5 Stars