Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the Move

So you might have heard on Twitter or Facebook that I've been working on moving over to Wordpress! I am still tweaking a few little things, and I am sure I will be for a while because I'm a perfectionist like that. But for the most part it's all ready for you guys to move on over! Check it out here! I've managed to move some followers over and am trying to move over more, I don't know if I can move all of you guys over, but my bloglovin' should move and RSS followers at the least. So make sure that you are still listed as a follower, and if not besure to re-follow! Sorry for any inconvenience! My relationship with technology is not the best ever, but I do try.

Friday, January 16, 2015

20 Briana Facts

1. How tall are you?

5'6" Although, most doubt the accuracy of that statement. The doctor told me I was 5'6" so that is what I'm going with. I guess I slouch.

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Oh, my NO. I was just having a discussion with some friends about this. I am perfectly average or mediocre at everything. Granted, I do TERRIBLY at certain things, but I never really excel at anything more than any other person or have any interesting talents or abilities.

 3. What is your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I don't really have any major ones that I can think of right now. When I see one though, oh boy, suddenly I am reminded of all kinds of related pet peeves I have.

I guess it would be really REALLY poor design. (It's the only one I can think of at the moment) I mean design isn't really my thing, but when the font is wild, and the color is impossible to read, and the background is crazy too, it gets to the point where it is such a distraction and such a pain to read it that I don't want to read it.

4. What's your biggest non-blog-related pet peeve?

As mentioned above, it is hard to think of them now, but when something happens I am reminded of how much I hate when it happens.

5. What is your favorite song?

Oh come on! This is just as bad as picking a favorite book! I am just going to list favorite artists and a few songs that I enjoy.

Mouthwash by Kate Nash
Riptide by Vance Joy
Budapest by George Ezra

Regina Spektor

6. What is your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

I don't use Etsy that much unless I am looking for a specific type thing as a gift. Although, I must say Amanda Pate has a FABULOUS shop! ;)

7. What is your favorite way to spend free time when you're not alone?

Free time when I am not alone? What?

Ok, in all seriousness, I feel like when I am with people we are going somewhere to do something specific. I guess I enjoy watching a movie, baking, talking, I don't know! I prefer to just hang out and do as we fancy when the mood strikes us. Spontaneous.

8. What is your favorite junk food?

Again with the picking just one. *tsk tsk*

All the ice cream.

Seriously. Ice cream. Specifically cookie dough in combination with mint chocolate chip, spumoni, and Tilamook's marionberry pie ice cream. Although, I am still open to all flavors.  

9. Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind, and what are their names?

I currently have two dogs. An aussie who drops fur balls the size of her entire body, named Lucy, and a lab/aussie/husky/? that enjoys keeping at least one cheek puffed out at all times, his name is Mario.

10. What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Ok this picking favorites thing is really just getting to be too much. I don't really like non-fiction. Like at all. Unless I need to learn about a specific thing. 

Fiction, my top picks are: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Darkest Part of The Forest by Holly Black.  

11. What is your favorite beauty product?

I don't wear too much make up but I enjoy playing around with it. 

This is one thing however that I have a definite favorite for. Posie. Tint. I get it from Sephora and it is so perfect. Blush and lip tint that looks more natural, is faster, easier, and less messy, than any blush I've ever used before. It is perfect for my porcelain skin as well. 

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Today. Not majorly though. My teacher was passing forms out to a select few who didn't already get one. She wasn't really clear about the process and changed it up when she got to me, deciding to pass a stack back to one girl to pass to two of us in the back, I didn't realize there was more than one, so I started walking down (it is a choir room so there are little mini stairs and kind of a curved orchestral lay out) and then people were all like "ohp! She's got one for you!" So then everyone was looking at me. It was really not that  bad but it was not fun. 

13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) what would it be?

Tea. All the kinds of teas. I don't really like drinking anything that much, but I really enjoy tea. Iced tea, green tea, chai tea, the list goes on!

14. What's your favorite movie?

I enjoy movies, but none seem to ever really stick with me. My default answer tends to be Pitch Perfect. But I also really love Hitch (because earlier years Will Smith).  Also, although I don't feel that it is the same quality as Hitch and Pitch Perfect, I have a weird and newly discovered obsession with Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I don't know why but if I am board or sick, that is just what I want to watch.  

15. What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I am in my second year of highschool right now, and honestly I don't know. We have a few jocks, some geeks, some band geeks, and some stoners, but everyone else just kind of floats uncategorized. I am a floater, I guess. 

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Ireland. Ireland for life. Ever since I visited, I have sincerely missed it, I frequently get "homesick" for it. Weird I know, but true. 

17. PC or Mac?

I am only really familiar with PC and I see benefits to both and I try to remain neutral. 

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

*snort* Well, I guess guys have like complimented me before when they liked me, but other than that. Wait, actually when my crush and I liked each other (a long time ago) we sent each other songs and awkwardly swayed danced once...

19. Favorite celebrity?

I actually don't really like or understand the whole celebrity obsession is, I don't follow celebrities at all. But I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone. 

20. What blogger friends do you secretly want to be best friends with?

Oh goodness. I kind of want to be besties with everyone but at the same time I don't. (don't take that the wrong way folks. That's just what I am like.)

Skylar from Life of a Random (you lovely nominator you!) and I have become pretty good friends which is super awesome. Not to mention Catherine over at Stray Imaginations is my absolute bestie in real life and blogging. <3 nbsp="" p="">
I feel like I am vaguely friends with Amanda Pate, Aneta, and Emily, but would find it fun to be better friends.

I would love to besties with Cait because she is hilarious. Also, Sophia seems like my kind of girl. 

Tag you're it!

Catherine @ Stray Imaginations 
Tansie @ Totally Tansie
Amanda @ Spectacles and Books 
Emily @ Forever Literary 

Also anyone else who wants to join!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Book that Made Briana Flail

I Remember You

by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Expected Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Form/Edition: Paperback ARC

Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they've begun slipping away from you in the future?

The romance of this book is just like it looks on the cover. It is dramatic and sweet and practically made me ache with the rawness of it. I was so excited because there were actual relationship problems that the couples had to work through, and for once a YA book showed relationships not working. They were crazy and dysfunctional and that just made them so much more stunning.

Then the romance is combined with the rest of the almost inception-esque storyline. It was nothing like I've ever read before and I still am not sure I really know what happened. I mean I understood what happened but I am not totally sure what caused it, or what really happened in reality. I understand what happened, but I don't. That was confusing, I'm sorry. The book isn't confusing but I was left with some questions, much like inception, was the end in reality or in a dream? What is reality anymore? It made me question my existence, just a smidge.

The plot was so painful! In the best possible way! It will tear. You. Apart. Slowly. It is like you get punched in the face my an event then once you start to recover, something else happens and a knife stabs through your leg, and then you are getting over that and the ending comes and it is just like:

And yet I loved every second of it. It was absolutely stunning and so raw and dramatic. Also, the plot leading up to it and the way it was written just really built up to it. The entire time there is just this immense shadow, this gut feeling, that it is all going to fall apart. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for that explosive moment, and even though I knew it was coming, it was still shocking! Speaking of shocking, THAT ENDING! *screams hysterically and runs about while flailing*

Note: I almost cried, I made it through though. Honestly, I loved this and it provoked so much more emotion than TIFIOS did for me, even though I sobbed my way through that one. Unbridled.

I don't even feel like I need to talk about the writing. I feel like I have said all I need to say so...peace out! *sassy snaps*

Last Words: Go. Go read it. Now. Have tissues and chocolate ready. Also, clear your schedule. This is a one sitting read that needs your full attention.

Oh right, a star rating 4.75... I guess I'll make it a 5.

Goodreads and Liberty Bay Books!

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