Happy Fourth of Advent, everyone!
Yes, I realize it’s not Friday, but I’m posting anyway 😁 Thanks to evil COVID, which is still very successfully destroying all of my travel plans, I’ve had a bit of spare time on my hands, and I thought, Why not channel that into getting caught up on my tag backlog?
As if that is ever going to happen, Naemi, but I suppose a girl can dream 😂… Especially since Betty’s Read-Write Contest, which she was kind enough to nominate me for on her blog The Box of Wonder!, closes tomorrow. Whoops… I swear I never intend to leave things until last minute, but it somehow always happens! 😫
Anyway, Betty, please don’t think me getting to this so late has anything to do with me not liking your awesome contest, but blame it on my general scatter-brainedness! And to make up for my tardiness, let’s get straight into it!
The Read-Write Contest
- Thank the person who nominated you/who’s blog you found this on, give them some fun book-character name (like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc.).
- If you have a blog, list down the rules in a post; if not, contact/email the creator.
- Add the logo of this competition below.
- Link back to the original post and the post of the one who nominated you.
- Answer the given questions!
- Write a story with just 5 lines
(5 because there are 5 letters in “story”, hehe)(You will be given points based on the story you write!)
- Make sure your story is suitable for all ages or your entry will be disqualified.
- After the story, share a cool fact you read! Mention the source too! (OPTIONAL)
- This competition ends on 20th December 2021, winners will be announced on 1st January 2022.
- Nominate some regular commenters of your blog to show them how much it means! Also nominate your friends! The questions are fixed, so you don’t need to make new ones!
Let’s get started!
Betty, I dub thee…
… Batty Penderwick. I mean, Betty’s pretty close to Batty, and I just love spreading love for the Penderwicks, okay? 🥰 They might just be the best fictional family ever created, so you should totally read about them!
1. Do you like to read? Which book made you like reading?
No, I don’t. I have a book blog because I hate reading so much and want to complain about it to other people.
What sort of question is this?? OF COURSE I LIKE READING, GUYS!! And as far as I can recall, I’ve always liked it. There is no particular book that got me into reading; I’ve always been an antisocial weirdo who loves burying herself in books.
If you don’t believe me, here is an excerpt from one of our family photo albums as proof. Granted, I might not have fully understood that books were for reading and not eating back then, and my physicist parents had some very strange ideas about what counted as suitable reading material for a six-month-old, but hey, it’s the thought that counts! 🤷♀️
2. Which book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading two.
The first one is The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy. It’s so much fun being back in this weird sci-fi/fantasy world, and although I still barely know what is going on, I am thoroughly enjoying myself!
The other is Les six compagnons de la Croix-Rousse by Paul-Jacques Bonzon, which is the first book in a French children’s mystery series. Pauline over at Pow’s Book Nook mentioned she had really loved these as a child, so I thought they might be perfect for practicing my dwindling French skills 😄
3. Which book would you recommend to non-booklovers?
That thoroughly depends on the non-booklover in question. Reading is so subjective! If you don’t like reading, you probably just haven’t found the book that is the right fit for you yet, so I’d recommend choosing something that relates to interests you have.
Like, when I was studying abroad in Virginia, I tutored this second-grader through a library program, and the book that finally managed to spark his interest in reading was this one:
I didn’t think it was particularly enthralling, but he loved dinosaurs and legos, so it was the perfect fit for him!
4. Which book character describes you best?
There’s some interesting local history of witchcraft here, too. I’ve rewritten my whole History of Magic essay to include some of the things I’ve found out. I hope it’s not too long – it’s two rolls of parchment more than Professor Binns asked for.
– Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban –
I don’t know. Like any basic book nerd and overachieving student, I relate a lot to Hermione Granger – and also Minerva McGonagall – from Harry Potter. Skye Penderwick (The Penderwicks) and Lex Riggs (The Last Time We Say Goodbye) share my
obsession with passion for math. Cath Avery (Fangirl) is very much like me when I’m forced into unknown social situations, though I usually do a better job of hiding my terror than she does.
Basically, I’m the weird nerdy character whose only chance of survival would be to live in a contemporary story. Put me in a dystopian fantasy world and I’m dead, because I literally have no survival or athletic skills whatsoever.
5. Which kind of book do you hate a lot and why? (Please don’t spread hate!)
Of course I’m going to spread hate here, Betty, what did you think I was going to do? You can’t ask this type of question and expect me not to rant 😈😇
First of all, I think my most hated type of book ever is the sequel/spin-off that was written simply for monetary gain and tries its best to destroy everything that was introduced in the original story. I’m not going to name any names here, but the most prominent example has a yellow cover and its title ends in the words Cursed Child 😤
Then, I really hate those racist classics with heavily convoluted writing that somehow make it into the required reading canon year after year, even though all they manage to accomplish is destroying entire generations’ love for literature. You know, those books that old white men love to defend on Goodreads, saying that anyone who doesn’t appreciate them just doesn’t understand them. I understand enough to know that books like Heart of Darkness and The Cosmic Race are utter garbage, thank you very much!
And finally, I hate books that focus so much on action or “romance” that they completely forget about developing their characters. I am not going to care about all that warfare and betrayal and smut if I don’t get any of the characters’ thoughts on what is going on in their lives! And there is nothing that will infuriate me more than bland cardboard cutout characters that are annoyingly perfect, never tell anyone their plans, and are apparently desired by every single creature in the universe! **cough** Aelin **cough** Darrow **cough**
My Five-Line Masterpiece (which totally is a masterpiece, just so you know)
It was December, and David watched a thin sheet of snow creep across the windowsill until his breath fogged the glass so much that it was hard to see anymore. The telephone had been silent for the past hour – David wasn’t completely sure how much time an hour was, but that’s how long Matteo said it had been – and when it finally rang, David jerked back so hard that his nose drew a long squiggly line against the pane.
Their dad picked up the receiver, hmming and nodding for so long that David’s hand was starting to grow numb from how tightly Matteo was gripping it.
“Mom’s gonna be okay,” their dad whispered, tears in his eyes.
Matteo started to cry.
#Totally not me using super long sentences to max out on the five line thing 😁
A Cool Fact
In a regular German sentence that does not stress any of the information it contains, the dative object always precedes the accusative object if the accusative object is a noun. If the accusative object is a pronoun, however, the order of the objects must be reversed. For example:
Er gab dem Mädchen das Buch.
= He gave the book to the girl.
Literally: He (nominative case) gave the girl (dative case) the book (accusative case).
Er gab es dem Mädchen.
= He gave it to the girl.
Literally: He (nominative case) gave it (accusative case) the girl (dative case).
Isn’t that fascinating? 🤗 I learnt about it while reading a book on German-English grammar contrasts that provide the most difficulty for foreign language learners while I was studying for my exams last summer, and my mind was blown. I’ve been applying this rule subconsciously my whole life and never even knew it existed! 🤯
Does your native language do anything similar? I am so curious!
Also, I’m very sorry to anyone out there trying to learn German 😂
I nominate any one of you reading this who wants to embrace the challenge of completing this contest within less than 24 hours 😅
I know, I’m a terrible procrastinator for failing to post my own version in a timely manner 🙈
But I hope you’ll forgive me, considering my awesome answers 🙃
Anyway, that was it for today! I hope you enjoyed my take on these questions, and let me know how you would have answered them down below 😊 I’m particularly interested in any cool facts you might know!