Monday, April 16, 2018

THE LIEBSTER AWARD // captain america's shield + dad jokes

It's about time I buckled down and did the Liebster Award!

Over the course of a few months, I've been tagged for this award four times, and I love everyone's questions so much that I was almost planning to have a Part 1 and Part 2. However, I'm not so sure about that anymore, so as of now I'm just going to combine the questions of Audrey and Mary Kate - the first two taggers - into one set of 11 questions. (apologies to the others!)

First things first, here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you. (Thanks, Audrey and MK! And the others too. You guys are awesome. <3)

Answer the 11 questions they gave you.

Name 11 facts about yourself.

Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know.

Give them 11 questions to answer.

1. Team Cap or Team Iron Man?

Probably Team Cap. xD I love Iron Man's sense of humor, but he's nowhere NEAR as cool as Captain America. Now, I don't have a crush on him like half my church friends do (and lots of other fangirls, I'm sure), but his shield is the best thing ever!

2. Do you have a favorite constellation?

No, I do not. I'm one of those people who could stare up at the sky forever trying my hardest to find pictures of bears and hunters and so forth and only seeing a jumble of stars. Seriously, I couldn't find a constellation to save my life. :/

3. If it could only be one season for an entire year, which would you choose?

This one's a no-brainer. I mean, who wouldn't choose spring?? It's the most perfect season of them all! The temperature is just right, the singing of birds is the most soothing sound there is, and the colorful flowers springing to life make me want to shout "GOOD RIDDANCE!" at the retreating bleakness of winter.

Always spring, my friend. ALWAYS SPRING.

4. Favorite book genre?

Most of you already know this, but... fantasy! I'm not picky about genres - I read and enjoy books from almost every one. But fantasy is my absolute favorite, because that genre is where the TRUE magic happens! ;)

Seriously, though, there are endless possibilities in regards to fantasy. The only limit is the writer's imagination.

5. What's your favorite joke?

Ummmm, I don't really have a favorite joke??? How about the oldest, most stale joke in the history of old, stale jokes?

- Knock-knock.
- Who's there?
- Boo.
- Boo who?
- Awwww, don't cry, everything's going to be okay!

Or how about any variation of the following dad joke I keep hearing?

- The past, the present, and the future got into an argument. It was tense!

Yeah, I don't really have a favorite. xP

6. Favorite hot drink and how did you like it prepared?

I'd say coffee is my favorite hot drink, but I don't know anything about how coffee is prepared, so I don't know how to answer the latter half of that question. I confess that the only time I ever have coffee is when a friend of mine can't finish her drink and offers the rest of it to me.

I always accept, mwahaha.

7. What were your favorite novels in middle school?

(not necessarily in order of favorite)

1. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin (think Toy Story, but with a more complicated concept. Sooooo good!)

2. The Inside Story by Michael Buckley (the whole Sisters Grimm series, but this book is my favorite one :D)

3. Shell Game by Ridley Pearson (again, the whole series - Kingdom Keepers forever!)

4. Masterpiece by Elise Broach (it's such a cute book <3)

5. The Invisible Friend by Lois Walfrid Johnson (once again, I loved - and still love - the whole Viking Quest series!)

I know there are lots more, but these were my top faves. Aaaaaaand the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. xD

8. Last movie you watched?

Well, at the time I'm writing this, the last movie I watched was The Lorax. A re-watch, of course. ^_^ It's such a cute, hilarious movie!

9. Which do you like better: thunderstorms or blizzards?

THUNDERSTORMS, BABY. Gotta love a good thunderstorm! I used to be terrified of them (when I was little and smol), but now I stand in awe of them. The bright flashes of lightning and rolling booms of thunder open my eyes afresh to God's power. They're pretty amazing, when you think about it.

Why must they last such a short time, though?? I'm always sad when they pass.

10. Favorite author?

I'm really starting to hate "favorite" questions. They. Are. So. Cruel.

Either Jennifer A. Nielsen or Marissa Meyer. I don't think I could choose between those two extremely talented authoresses. I haven't read aaaall the books by them, for various reasons, but the books I HAVE read by them are absolutely stunning works of art!

11. What's someplace you've always wanted to visit?

I'm tempted to answer with a fantasy world, but that's probably cheating...

England. I've never been there, but I've wanted to for quite a long time. My mother grew up there (which is mainly why I want to go) and keeps saying she wants to take us there. I hope she can someday! :D


Those are the eleven questions! Now it appears that I'm supposed to give eleven facts about myself.

My 11 facts:

1. My plan and dream is to publish traditionally. Maybe I'll write a post about it someday, but simply put, self-publishing has never appealed to me. A lot of my blogger friends are going down the indie route, and I couldn't be happier for them! <3 But I've always had my heart set on going traditional.

2. I have three siblings: an older brother and two younger sisters.

3. I've been playing soccer on a homeschool rec league for about nine years. How to make me happy: place a soccer ball at my feet. xD

4. I wear glasses. All the time, or else the world turns into a blur of blobs. O.O

5. My favorite color is purple. DARK purple.

6. My favorite singer is Owl City and my favorite band is Twenty One Pilots. "Wolf Bite" by Owl City and "Trees" by Twenty One Pilots. You won't regret listening. ;)

7. Chapstick may or may not be an obsession of mine. I have more than five Chapsticks lying around my room, and I'm constantly applying it, bringing one with me everywhere, losing them down the side of the couch, etc.

8. I am NOT a morning person. No way. You won't find me jumping out of bed like a spring right after the alarm goes off. You'll find me sitting with my Bible, completely zoning out, and yawning over and over again.

9. My favorite school subject is Grammar (back when I actually did Grammar...). I even enjoyed diagramming sentences! I know, shocker. xD

10. Sweater + leggings = my favorite at-home outfit. When I go out, I usually wear skinny jeans with a blouse or T-shirt. And yoga pants are my jam too!

11. I journal. It's amazing to me that memories can be preserved so vividly simply by jotting down the events and thoughts of the day. I love it. <3 (lately, though, I've been in a journaling slump. Ugh.)


Now's when I get to be a rebel. xD I'm not going to ask 11 questions or tag 11 people, because I know I couldn't find 11 blogger friends to tag who haven't already done the Liebster Award. And if I'm not going to tag people, what's the point of asking questions, hmmm?

Just act natural and no one will suspect a thing. *hides*

So, who do you like better: Captain America or Iron Man? Or what about Spiderman?!


Let's just get talking in the comments, before I start gushing about our latest Spiderman. *more coughing*

~ Lila Kims

Monday, April 9, 2018

THE WRITER'S BOOK TAG // disney world + my crying heart

I was tagged three times for The Writer's Book Tag, which is definitely a sign that I absolutely must do it. Now, after an unheavenly long period of time, I am finally here to knock it off my tag to-do list! (which isn't too very long, and I still love receiving tags, so keep on giving them to me, my friends!!)

The lovely taggers were Jem Jones, Lilah (from the collab post on MK's blog), and Sarah Rodecker. Thank you, friends, for pressuring me so conspiratorially to do this one! <3

Just kidding. I didn't feel any pressure. At least... not a lot.


1. Shout out to the blogger who tagged you. (in this case, bloggers plural. xD *check mark*)
2. Tag three people (I don't know 'bout that...)
3. Use the graphic. (can I be a rebel? No?? *grumbles*)

~FIRST DRAFT: a book or series you've never read before~

Soooooo many. There are lots and lots of books and series on my TBR pile - and in the world in general, seeing as this question isn't specific in the least. It may be right up there with the most infuriating bookish questions of all, next to the infamous "What is your favorite book?"

Let's go with the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. The covers are way too creepy for my tastes, but I've heard the books are good - kinda creepy, but not full-on horror. They look very interesting.

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~SECOND DRAFT: a book or series you didn't like as much the second time you read it~

I'm having such a hard time thinking of a book I didn't like as much the second time around. I guess I don't usually reread books to begin with??

I seriously cannot think of ANYTHING. *facepalm*

~FINAL DRAFT: a book or series you've liked for a really long time~

The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson is one. These books are alongside Sisters Grimm in the category of "my favorite MG series of all time." (They're very mature, though, so I recommend them to YA readers too!! Seriously, GO READ THEM) The first time I read the books was when I was... twelve? They're action-packed, feelsie at parts, and are centered around the premise of characters from Disney movies coming alive in Disney World.

I want to reread them sometime, because the nostalgia is killing me. :') I've never been to Disney World in my life, but if I ever do, I will kind of know my way around thanks to Kingdom Keepers!

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~KILLING OFF YOUR CHARACTERS: a book or series that made you cry~

My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson makes me tear up every time I read it.

The end of Allegiant by Veronica Roth broke my heart and crushed my soul. I seriously hated that book, though. Ugh.

Maybe I was tired that day, but a certain part in Heart of Courage by Lois Walfrid Johnson made a tear or two roll down my cheek. That was a long time ago, but I remember because I wrote a journal entry about it.

OH, and Heartless by Marissa Meyer came soooooo close to making me tear up. SO CLOSE. :'(

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I could name a few more that definitely would have made me cry if I were the type to cry over books. My tear ducts were fine, but was my heart fine?

My heart was crying, all right? Let's put it that way.

~PLOT HOLES: a book or series that disappointed you~

Most recently, The Sound of Life and Everything by Krista Van Dolzer. It was a cool idea, but it wasn't executed very well. For example, it attempted to mix science fiction with historical fiction, but in my opinion, the attempt failed. Miserably...

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~WRITER'S BLOCK: a book or series you haven't finished~

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. I've only read the first two books, but I'm going to read the rest eventually. It's just taking me a while to get to it, that's all. It's good spy fiction, and both my mom and brother tell me that if I liked books 1 and 2 (which I did!), then I'll definitely like the rest of the books. And I'm taking their word for it. <3

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I just wish Alex had a sidekick to banter with, you know?? He's all on his lonesome. But then again, he does live an extremely dangerous, action-packed life, so I'm not sure how many friends he wants.

He wouldn't want anyone he cares about to get hurt, after all.

~FEEDBACK: a book or series that you would recommend to anyone~

Well, I definitely recommend the Bible to anyone and everyone. It's the living, breathing Word of God, and the most important book in the whole world, so... yeah.

But other than that? *ponders* Well, the beloved classic Anne of Green Gables appeals to a fairly wide range of age groups, does it not? It's not so much a boy's book, though, so I probably wouldn't recommend it to a guy, but in almost every other respect, it's a very recommendable book. So Anne of Green Gables it is! :D

I do believe that's all the questions! I have to say, this tag connects reading and writing in such a creative way. I love it! xD

Unfortunately, I can't think of three people to tag. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if literally ALL my blogger friends have already done it. I'M SO BEHIND.

Therefore, I'll be taking the easy route. Whoever you are, if you have never done this before on your own blog, consider yourself tagged by yours truly! *bows*

Have you ever been to Disney World?
Do you like spy fiction?
How's NaNo going for all you lovely Campers???
Talk to me in the comments!

~ Lila Kims