Birthday Tag!

Hey! Today is my birthday so what better way to celebrate 22 years of my life than doing an awesome tag! I’ve seen this tag all over the place so I’m so excited to be able to finally do it here on my blog.

Can you name celebrities who celebrate their birthday on the same day?

Jackie Kennedy, Lori Loughlin, Cher Lloyd, and Beatrix Potter

Is your birthday a (national) holiday?

National Hamburger Day, Buffalo Soldiers’ day, milk chocolate appreciation day

Somewhat less fun, who died on your birthday?

  • 450 Theodosius II de Jongere, emperor Austrian Empire, dies
  • 1057 Victor II, [Gebhard], Pope (1055-57), dies
  • 1101 Su Tung-p’o, Chinese poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher, dies at 64
  • 1128 William Clito, Count of Flanders (b. 1102)
  • 1230 Duke Leopold VI of Austria (b. 1176)
  • 1285 Queen Keran of Armenia, consort of Leo III of Armenia
  • 1330 Michael III, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies in battle
  • 1527 Rodrigo de Bastidas, Spanish conquistador

What’s your star sign?

Leo!

What’s your Chinese sign?

Boar/ Pig

On which weekday were you born?

I was born on a Friday! This year my birthday also falls on a Friday.

What song was on number 1 in the charts when you were born?

The # 1 song on my birthday was Waterfalls by TLC. I’ve actually never heard this song before which is really interesting. I don’t think I’ve heard any music by TLC

How was the weather when you were born?

My mom said it was extremely hot and she was really excited to be out of the heat and get inside with the air conditioning! LOL

Anything important ever happen on your birthday?

  • 1858 First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service
  • 1866 Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US
  • 1868 US Secretary of State William H. Seward announces 14th Amendment ratified by states, grants citizenship to ex-slaves

So that’s all for this tag! Thanks for stopping by

Arya

Weekly Wrap up 7/23

Weekly

Ok I’m kinda blown away by the fact that another week has gone by. I haven’t been reading very much the last few weeks and that is reall sad. When I looked back I hadn’t thought I had read anything this week but I’ve actually started and finished 1 book! This week was really busy for me. My youngest sister, Khloe turned 4 years old and was gifted a kitten ad my mother’s birthday was today. So I spent a lot of time with family this week instead of reading and blogging.


What I read!

Also of course I continued my read of War and Peace and finished book #3 for about 130 pages.

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 1
Pages: 476

What I Posted this Week

Top Ten Mangas, Comics, and Graphic Novels I want to read!

The Classic Club Challenge- 75 books in 5 years!

Next Week….

I completely forgot I hadn’t pre planned any posts for the week last week and did almost nothing for the blog, Next week I;m hoping to be better at posting and also on commenting on blogs this week.

Currently Reading

 

How’d your reading week go? I would love to know!


Arya

The Classic Club Challenge- 75 books in 5 years!

Classic Club is something I’ve been following since way before I started blogging, I’m talking years people, and I always wanted to join in. However my reading interests have always been excluded classics until more recently. I’m pretty new to reading classics so I’m really excited to read this really popular books.

If you’d like to participate in the classic club check it out here for more information

I’m really excited to give this challenge a go. I decided to try reading 75 books because I’m crazy like challenges and I totally think its doable. to accomplish my goal I have to read at least 15 classics each year. For my TBR I decided to pick books that were original published prior to the 1970s. For myself personally I want to focus on books prior to the 70s because I consider that as the beginning of “modern classics” However this might change in the future who knows. I’m also really excited to see how my TBR changes and grows as my reading taste and preferences change.

This list is organized by highest rating to lowest rating according to Goodreads.  I found this really interesting so I left it this way. My goal is to read 75 classics by 7/23/2022!

My List

  1. East of Eden- John Steinback
  2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  4. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  5. Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Mongomery
  6. War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
  7. The Count of Monte Crisco- Alexandre Dumas
  8. Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey
  10. Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevky
  11. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
  12. 1984- George Orwell
  13. The Secret Garden- Francis Hodgson Burnett
  14. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  15. Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie
  16. A Room of One’s Own- Virginia Woolf
  17. The Once and Future King- T.H. White
  18. Wives and Daughters- Elizabeth Gaskell
  19. The Divine Comedy- Dante
  20. The Arabian Nights- Anonymous
  21. The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas
  22. Slaughterhouse-Five-  Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  23. The Picture of Dorian Gray-  Oscar Wilde
  24. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
  25. We Have Always Lived in the Castle- Shirley Jackson
  26. A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
  27. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  28. Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy
  29. A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens
  30. Hamlet -William Shakespeare
  31. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

  32. The Trial- Franz Kafka

  33. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

  34. The Origin of Species- Charles Darwin

  35. Dracula- Bram Stoker

  36. A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess

  37. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

  38. The Phantom of the Opera- Gaston Leroux

  39. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

  40. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame -Victor Hugo

  41. David Copperfield-Charles Dickens

  42. The Art of War Sun Tzu

  43. The Jungle Book-Rudyard Kipling

  44. Around the World in Eighty Days-Jules Verne

  45. The Republic- Plato

  46. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain

  47. Tarzan of the Apes- Edgar Rice Burroughs

  48. Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov

  49. History of the Peloponnesian War-Thucydides

  50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe

  51. The Call of the Wild-Jack London

  52. The Iliad- Homer

  53. Wuthering Heights-Emily Brontë

  54. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson

  55. The Taming of the Shrew-William Shakespeare

  56. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens

  57. The Aeneid-Virgil

  58. Paradise Lost- John Milton

  59. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson

  60. The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

  61. Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf

  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy

  63. Vanity Fair- William Makepeace Thackeray

  64. Candide- Voltaire

  65. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Washington Irving

  66. Ulysses- James Joyce

  67. As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner

  68. Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert

  69. Lord of the Flies- William Golding

  70. The Epic of Gilgamesh-Anonymous

  71. Gulliver’s Travels- Jonathan Swift

  72. Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller

  73. The Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer

  74. Moby-Dick or, The Whale- Herman Melville

  75. The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Any favorites on the list? Any favorites not on the list? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Top Ten Mangas, Comics, and Graphic Novels I want to read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week I am featuring 10 visual books I’m dying to read!

   

  1. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  2. The Backstagers by James Tynion IV
  3. Giant Days Vol. 5 by John Allison
  4. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata

      

  5. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
  6. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

  7. The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 by Nagabe, Adrienne Beck  

  8. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale

  9. Relish by Lucy Knisley
  10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Weekly Wrap up 7/16/17

Weekly

This week I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I had a lot of things I had to accomplish like registering for school for myself and both of my sisters ( why in the middle of summer?) This was my weekend to work, as well as the basic constructions of my grandma’s new porch. This week I only managed to read and finish 1 book. This week I have been really indecisive in my reading and have a whole bunch of books I’ve barely started and of course I continued with War & Peace for the readlong and officially finished book 2!

What I read!

I also read about 130 pages of War and peace!

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 1
Pages: 446

What I Posted this Week

Weekly Wrap-up July 9th

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

To Be Read Tag!

Diversity Spotlight #8

Next Week….

I didn’t get a whole bunch of posts scheduled so I’m going to work on that this week as well. The other thing I want to do is work on my reviewing format. Currently I haven’t posted many reviews because I’m not sure how I want to present them.

Currently Reading

TBR

 


How’d your reading week go? I would love to know!


Arya

Diversity Spotlight #8

Diversity

three electro  I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

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 Yossi, at seventeen, feels as though his homosexuality makes him less of a Jew. Living as he does in Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community, he has a lot to hide. When non-religious rebel Josh turns up at school, Yossi is asked to look after him, and while Yossi educates Josh on the ancient traditions of their race, Josh does some educating of his own. Through their relationship, Yossi learns to see the laws of Judaism in a very new light.

But when he and Josh are caught kissing in the bathhouse, Yossi’s life takes on a dramatic new turn, and he can ignore his new reality no longer.

For lovers of Melbourne, drama, and romance, and for anyone who remembers teenage or thwarted love, this is a page-turner

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 MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER

(But she doesn’t know it yet.)

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.

To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

To Be Read Tag!

This tag has been around for years but I haven’t done it yet so I’m really excited to give it a go! I also think its going to make me evaluate my TBR which is always a good thing!

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR PILE?

I used to keep a notebook with all the books I wanted to read before I joined Goodreads years ago. Now I mostly use Goodreads. However I’m not very good at looking at my TBR and just pick up books and read them instead of reading from my TBR.

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR EBOOK?

My TBR are mostly books I do not own. I use it to keep track of the books I would like to read and do not own. My physical TBR usually stays under 10 books excluding ebooks and classics

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?

I’m a mood reader so I usually go to the library and browse and pick out what sounds good to me at the time. I usually check out about 10 books from the library from different genres and pick and choice what to read from there. I’ve been better at checking my goodreads though for books and actually reading them.

 A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR LIST THE LONGEST?

I think this is the oldest book on my TBR. This is the my second goodreads account so it got a little bit  jumbled when I transferred all of my TBR over. I’m still pretty excited to give it a read. I’ve heard great things.

A BOOK THAT YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR PILE?

I’ve been wanting to read thid book for years but I recently added it to my TBR thinking seeing it on my TBR would make me actually read it.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR STRICTLY BECAUSE OF ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER.

I don’t add books to my TBR just because of the cover but I do read the descrption of books with pretty covers and then add them to my TBR. So I picked a book that has a really great cover.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON ACTUALLY READING.

 

I constantly clean my TBR so I don’t have any books that I don’t plan to read on my TBR

 AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE EXCITED FOR.

This one comes out next month and I have an ARC copy of this so I’m really excited to read this one soon.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT BASICALLY EVERYONE HAS READ EXCEPT YOU.

Eeek I’m horrble at reading books that are popular so I have a lot of them on my TBR. I picked this one because I really want to read this one really soon. This book has half a million reviews on Goodreads!

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE RECOMMENDS TO YOU.

Most of my friends from back home have read this book and love it! a lot of them don’t consider themselves as reader so I’m really interested to see why they love this book so much.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE DYING TO READ.

I’ve read a few of Victoria Schwab’s books before but I’m really looking forward to read the ones I haven’t and this is the next one  I plan to read.

THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF?

Currently I have 215 books on my TBR. I actually just cleaned off my TBR so I’m really happy with that number.


 

 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF?

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