Margaret Stortenbecker@thewordn3rd

Reader, writer, and all out nerd. I post about books, writing, and comics. When I'm excited about something you will know.

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Q: What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) books that inspired movies?
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I've been busily taking notes in my copy of Howl's Moving Castle in anticipation of watching the movie tonight. I have enjoyed it just as thoroughly this time around as I have every other time. If you hadn't heard yet, I've started a series on my YouTube channel called "Read the Book". In each episode I'll be reading a different book and then watching the movie to compare the two. If you want to know more, you'll find the first episode linked in me bio. The second episode will be up next Saturday, along with my regular Saturday chat.
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🌹 #JuneInBooks18: Foreign authors you love
🌹 #BookQueensJune18: Best summer romances
🌹 #BookstagramTogetherJune: Perfect summer read
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This is obviously the reason I read so many books. Better writing.... It's not like I have insatiable craving to fictional worlds. We'll, I guess there are worse things to crave and at least this way I'm inspired to write. Right? 😂
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Writing update: Still working on typing up Ch. 20, but I've decided to take a step back for the rest of the month. I'm not stopping entirely. I still want to chip away at TQG, but I realized that I'd get a lot more done if I take the rest of this month to get everything else in order so I don't have to worry about anything but writing in July. No other big projects.
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Q: What is your favorite mythological creature?
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Part of me wants to say u icorns or pegasi or something else horse-related (capaill uisce anyone?), but if I'm honest, the ones I really gravitate towards are dragons. There are just so many ways to do dragons. I've seen them as great, wise beings. Villains. Pests. Terrifying beasts. Mischievous tricksters. They are so often characters of their own rather than simply fauna for a magical world.
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🌹 @litjoycrate May Photo Challenge Day 6: Dragon print
🌹 #BookstagramReadsJune: #FanArt Friday
🌹 #BookQueensJune18: The book is better than the cover
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Q: What was the last book you read that left you feeling like a new person?
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It's not technically a book, but I've been watching all the vlogs from Book Con and it's made me reevaluate where I am in regards to my finances and current standard of living. I ran up the credit cards in college and I've been futzing around with paying then off ever since. Watching all the people at BEA made me realize that I wanted to be there and more importantly, it's made me start plan what needs to happen to get me there next year.
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Speaking of me and my bookish goals, did you see there's a new post on my blog (link in bio)? This one is all about bookstagram and how I've been improving my feed and making new friends!
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Q: Is there a character whose hype leaves you scratching your head?
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This tote is beautiful, this character...not so much. 😂 Don't get me wrong, Bardugo did a great job creating a nuanced villain, you can definitely see in his backstory why he became who he was. I just don't get the appeal. Sure he's gorgeous and powerful, but what are might and beauty without love and respect? (The verdict is still out on Rhys and, as I've yet to read ACOTAR.)
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🌹 @litjoycrate May Photo Challenge Day Five: Magical Boys Tote bag
🌹 #BookstagramTogetherJune: Favorite Author
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Of course, that means you have to be awake enough to hold the pen. Does this work if you've stayed up until it was the middle of the night?
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Writing update: I've finished Ch. 20 finally. Drafting is not usually that hard for me. Now I just have to type it up and we'll be ready to go onto Ch. 21.
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Q: When you think 🐉, who is the the first fictional dragon that comes to mind?
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For me, it's Smaug from The Hobbit. I don't know why, because I'm sure he isn't the first dragon I was exposed to ( the earliest one I can remember atm is Kazul from Dealing with Dragons). Dragons are a pretty solid staple for kid's fantasy. Anyways, The Hobbit was me and my brother's first exposure to Tolkien. My mom had read the books and she was all about introducing us to books she loved. We listened to this and the LotR trilogy in the car as a family driving to and from homeschool stuff. Of course, I do believe there were a few years between us listening to The Hobbit and listening to LotR. The Bro and I didn't really get into until the first movie came out and then we just HAD to listen to the book.
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How awesome is this dragon eye soap by @thecharmingfrog? It came in my May @litjoycrate and it's almost too pretty to use. The link to my full unboxing is still in my bio if you want to check that out.
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🌹 May LitJoy Crate Photo Challenge Day 4: Dragon Eye Soap
🌹 #BookQueensJune18: Materialistic characters
🌹 #BookstagramTogetherJune: A book you could never part with
🌹 #bookstagramreadsjune: Love that bookish merch
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Q: Do you ever have conversations with the characters as you read?
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I'm known for yelling at just about every fictional character I encounter. If they're being dumb, if they're doing something awesome, if they're about to walk into anad situation, whatever it is, I'm probably yelling. I'm a very interactive reader.
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Reading update:
I finished Dread Nation last week and it was every bit as good as I thought it was going to be. Definitely making this year's top ten. I just wish I had the sequel 😭 I started reading From Twinkle, With Love over the weekend and it's cute, but I'm not loving it as much as. I love the first book. I'm still invested and I have high hopes that Menon will up the ante soon, but it doesn't seem to have that same spark.
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Q: What was the last book that you just knew you'd love?
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It took me about three seconds of reading the description for @mindeearnett's Onyx & Ivory to know that there was a high chance of me loving this book. There are so many things in those three paragraphs that I love: magic, dragons, danger, two exes that have to work together to solve a mystery. I'm shipping trash, y'all, you knew this. 😂 Anyways, I could not add this to my TBR fast enough. And look at the awesome promo cards! The backs are pretty cool too, I just couldn't bear turning one over to show you (but you can see it in my full unboxing, link in the bio). It also has LitJoy exclusive artwork AND an author letter that are bound into the book. Brilliant idea.
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🌹 @litjoycrate May Photo Challenge Day 3: Onyx & Ivory
🌹 #JuneBookBlooms18: Summer Heat: Romance
🌹 #BookQueensJune18: Favorite cover font
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Q: If you could have any magical power, what would it be?
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Honestly, I wouldn't want anything cool, like Zelie's ability to reanimate dead spirits in Children of Blood and Bone, I'd just want the ability to stop time and take a nap (or read). 😂 I'm about halfway through COBAB right now and I am hooked. Tomi Adeyemi has built a rich world and I want to know everything about her magic system. Plus, I'm getting hints of one of my favorite romantic tropes: star-crossed lovers. Naturally, I had to pull it out to showcase the map today. And it just happened to be the perfect book to pair with @novellyours' "Life Force" candle. It came in my May LitJoy Crate and I cannot get the scent. It's sweet and fresh and actually smells like peaches, perfect for summer! I love getting bookish candles, there's something about them being inspired by a novel that makes them smell better than your usual scented candles. Or at least I think so.
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🌹 @litjoycrate May Photo Challenge Day 2: Magical powers and candle
🌹 #JuneInBooks18: Fave Bookish Merchandise
🌹 #BookQueensJune18: #MapMonday
🌹 #BookstagramTogetherJune: Favorite Trope
🌹 #BookstagramReadsJune: MapMonday .
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Today is day one of @litjoycrate's May photo challenge! This is the day for everyone to show off the beautiful boxes we received last month. I've also got a full unboxing on my YouTube channel too (link in bio). The book sounds like it will be right up my alley and the products they included are amazing as always. Stayed tuned, each of these will be getting a feature over the next week or so as I participate in the photo challenge.
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What was your favorite item?
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@gabriella.bujdoso @laura.hollingsworth @novellyyours @thecharmingfrog @mindeearnett
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Q: If you could pick any fictional character to be your BFF, who would it be?
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Ugh, hard question to answer. My initial reaction is to say Annabeth Chase from the Camp Half-Blood books, but then I start thinking that Percy would be super fun as a BFF too. I dunno, I guess I'd just have to see which one of them liked Batman more...
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🌹 #BookQueensJune18: Best friendships/Best Friend Day
🌹 #BookstagramTogetherJune: A book set in your country
🌹 #JuneBookBlooms18: Favorite fictional BFFs
🌹 #BookstagramReadsJune: Favorite fictional friends
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