Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Goodbye September Tag


Do you know whats really really funny?
Funnier then the fact that Im posting a Goodbye September tag?


...


It was originally called Hello September and I changed it to this in October.




Anyway! Moving on!

I stole this particular tag off Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobes (which is an AMAZING name, am I right?) This tag is called The Hello September Tag and yes. I do realize the irony of it all.




 ~ Rules ~
>Please copy these questions (below), answer them, and then write out new questions (or just copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
> Please nominate at least 3 bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been nominated.  (Note from Abby: idk if I'll do this, considering we only have one more day of September, but if you're reading this and wanna just call it the Hello October tag or something, feel free to say I tagged you!)
> Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!



Windy or Rainy Autumn?
As fun as rainy days are, I perfer windy. A brisk wind on a clear fall day? Yes please! (Also, if its windy, you have a better chance of having a nice clear night! STARGAZING!!!)

Do you like chai tea? 
If you gave me one I would drink it but it wouldnt be my first choice. 

Tea, Coffee, Cider, or Hot Chocolate? 
Depends on the mood. Right now? Hot chocolate, coffee, cider, tea.  

If you could travel to one state in the US, just for the autmn scenery, where would you go? 
Any of the New England states would be good but I'd pick Maine. That way I can start hiking the Applachian Trail at the top.

Do you like soup in autumn? If so, what kind? 
I do. I'm happy to eat any kind of soup (especially if you give me a thick chunk of fresh bread!) but I'm partial to chili...both red and white.  

What color of leaves do you like best? 
I don't have a particularly favorite color (reds and orange leave are pretty!) I just like nice bright colors. The more vibrant the better.  

If you could go to another country for the autumn scenery, where would you go? 
Probably a scandinavian country? Or Belgium...Or Austria...Or hey! Why not all of them! TRAIN TRIP

Sweater or hoodie? 
Hoodie!  Though I rarely ACTUALLY wear the hood? 

A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle? 
Is this a good time to say I don't usually like scented candles?  

Cookies, brownies, or both?
While there are some specific types of cookies I like better then brownies (peanut butter!) I like brownies better as a whole. 

What is your favorite fall activity? 
Hiking. Drinking coffee.  Hiking to drink coffee. Drinking coffee to warm up after hiking. Sitting outside and drinking coffee while thinking about hiking. Trail riding. Making bonfires that are bigger then a car. Roasting smores. Stargazing. ...Basically everything?

BONUS QUESTIONS: 

Pumpkin or apple pie? 
Apple! I like pumpkin too, but apple is more fun to make. There are apples to peel and slice and cover in sugar and spices, vanilla ice cream to put on top during the summer. 

Have you ever had a pumpkin spice latte. If not, do you think you would like it/want to try it? 
So, funny story. I know this guy who LOVES PSLs. And I, seeing them as over hyped gourd coffee called them as much. But after mocking them for awhile, I decided it was hardly fair because I'd only had one once when I was significantly younger and I didnt really remeber what it tasted like. (I also wasnt a coffee drinker at the time.) So the next time I stopped at a Starbucks, I ordered a PSL.  I got back to the car and tried it and OH BOY. 
THEY
ARE
AMAZING

I regret ever mocking them. I almost ordered one out of season. 
I was THIS close to becoming that person who orders a PSL in December. 

Would you rather go on a hayride or do a cornmaze?
I live on a farm and have spent long hot summer days stacking hay. While its not as itchy and dusty in the fall (when your not covered in dust and fling the bales around the barn...) I'd rather run through a field a corn (also something I do regularly). But can we do it at night? With no lights?
 







Better late then never, right?





RIGHT?

-MK

(Starting this week, I will only be posting once a month on Tuesdays.)





 In case you want to do a fall themed tag in January...

Windy or Rainy Autumn?
Do you like chai tea? 
Tea, Coffee, Cider, or Hot Chocolate? 
If you could travel to one state in the US, just for the autmn scenery, where would you go? 
Do you like soup in autumn? If so, what kind? 
What color of leaves do you like best? 
If you could go to another country for the autumn scenery, where would you go? 
Sweater or hoodie? 
A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle? 
Cookies, brownies, or both?
What is your favorite fall activity? 
BONUS QUESTIONS: 
Pumpkin or apple pie? 
Have you ever had a pumpkin spice latte. If not, do you think you would like it/want to try it? 
Would you rather go on a hayride or do a cornmaze?
 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 TBR Pile

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2019 Releases


  
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Other Books




One of these three: 
(They're all by the same person, so if the first one is good I'll keep going...)


There are probably tons more that I'm planning on getting around to...Let me know what you're excited to read in 2019!

MK




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Smashing & Dashing Tag 2018 (a La Paper Fury) + Favorite Books of 2018


The lovely book dragon Cake Cait @ Paper Fury made a tag!
Which of course was fabulous.
And I stole it.


1. Most Relatable Character
Aubree from Wanderlost by Jen Malone
I actually related to Gauri from A Crown Of Wishes (by Roshani Chokshi.) a lot personally, but I have no idea why. We are NOTHING alike but for some reason it clicked?


2. Most Pure Animal Companion

Kamala from The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

And yes. Sometimes the most pure animal companion IS the man eating mare.





3. Fiercest Fighter


Gauri from A Crown of Wishes.
Or Eelyn from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Or Princess Lira from To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo?
The list goes on.
WOW
2018 was the year of warrior women apparently?
I AM PLEASED.



4. Am Surprised That I Loved You???
 
  Christopher Keller from The English Girl by Daniel Silva (and again in The English Man)

An assassin...so I probably should have guessed? But he's just so chill and easy going about everything. He's British. Says easy-peasy at one point? Ex SAS. Complete and utter badass (If the SAS bit didn't already tell you that.) When anyone asks him if he can handle bad weather he gets super offended and says, "I'm regiment, love."

So I knew I would like him, but didn't know it would be this much?


5. Best Sassmaster

Malachite from Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf.

There were a lot of other sassy characters, but he wins. He wins by a landslide.



6. Best Antihero
Dante from Legendary


7. The Best Friends Of All
Lucien and Malachite from Bring Me Their Hearts



8. Best Villain To HATE
Lira's mother in To Kill A Kingdom


9. Award For Best vs Worst YA Parents

Mums Edition:
BEST:
HER MUM in Love & Luck by Jenna Evan Welch

WORST: 
Her Mum from To Kill A Kingdom

Dads  Edition:
BEST:
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch

WORST:
The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A Nielson


10. Ship Of All Ships In 2018



Nix and Kash - A Girl From Everywhere/A Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Gauri and Vikram - Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Maya and....wait. What IS his name? - Star Touched Queen (<<<If you want a Rhys like "prince of night, darkness and death," but actually in a healthy relationship, READ THIS BOOK.)
Tella and Dante - Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Carter and Reid - The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum
Lira and Elian - To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Aubree and Sam - Wanderlost by Jen Malone


11. Most Precious Must Be Protected
Sam from Wanderlost by Jen Maone
Jane from The Secret Diary of Lizzy Bennet


12. Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive
*spoilers* from Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas


13. Award For Making The Worst Decisions
Can I say Kasie West's entire book Listen To Your Heart? STILL BITTER MY SHIP DIDN'T SAIL


14. Most In Need Of A Nap 
First of all, I'd like to say that Morgan Matson's books never really clicked with me but I. Keep. Picking. Them. Up. And. Reading. Them.

Charlie from Save the Date.

Poor Charlie! GIVE THAT GIRL A NAP.


15. Want To Read More About You
 Gauri and Vikran. Or anything by Roshani Chokshi...SERIOUSLY. HER WORLD BUILDING. HER STORY TELLING. AAAH















 AND!



MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2018! 


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Read: January
Favorite Quote:

"There's a drafting table in my cabin. But don't lay a finger on anything else."
"I assure you, Captain," Blake said. "My intentions are honorable."

Slate cocked his head; understanding dawned on his face. "I meant don't touch my stuff." He rolled his eyes. "I need some coffee." And then he strode off toward the hatch without a backwards glance.

But Kashmir was watching, his arms folded, standing against the door to the Captain's Cabin. As we approached, he smiled thinly. "Don't they say the road to hell is paved with honorable intentions?"
"That's good intentions." I said, making a face.
"Ah, yes. Of course." He turned the knob and opened the door with a flourish. "But perhaps Mr. Hart can go to hell anyway."





Love and Gelato by Jenne Evan Welch 

Read: January
Favorite Quote:

"I want to try for another record tomorrow. What was that last kind I had? With the chocolate chunks?"
"Stracciatella."
"I'm naming my first daughter after it."
"Lucky her."






The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
the sequel to The Girl From Everywhere 

Read: February
Favorite Quote:

(Quote #1)

I've always tried to resemble a brave man.

It didn't used to be this hard-and I've had so much practice pretending. After all, when you're a thief, you're always pretending to not be. The same is true when you're poor. And sometimes also when you're in love.

I still don't know how it happened. Usually I'm better at guarding what little I have. But one day, I went looking for my heart and found it in Nix's hands. (awww)


(Quote #2)

But when I'd fallen, she'd jumped, and inshallah, I had a chance now to say the things I should have said long ago. All I had to do was be brave.

Or at least pretend I was, long enough to blurt something out.




Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
 Final book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy 

Read: April
Favorite Quote:

"You can't carry this entire ship on your shoulders, Kades."
"I can with you beside me. <3"




A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Read: April
Favorite Quote:

(Quote #1)
After being attacked by her and rolling out of his chair to avoid having stuff thrown in his eyes..

He didn't even bother rising to his feet after he'd rolled out of his chair. Instead he sat up, leaned forward and steepled his fingers. His fingers were long and slim, tapered and clean. He had the fingers of a scholar. Not a soldier.
"This is quite possibly the most exciting meeting I've ever had. Do continue."

(Quote #2)

"Wakey! Wakey!" shouted the vetala, slapping his face. "I jumped off because I thought you were a husk of a thing. But the pretty monster came back for you."






The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Read: April
Favorite Quote:

Kamala is a talking, people eating horse-like thing

“It is nice to be nice," said Kamala with a sage nod. "And it is also nice to eat people.”






 Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Read: May
Favorite Quote:

“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”






Love and Luck by Jenna Evan Welch

Read: June
Favorite Quote:

“Every time a traveler goes to Ireland and doesn’t stop at the Cliffs of Moher, a banshee loses her voice.”




Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  
 Read: June
Favorite Quote:

"So," she said cautiously, "is all this your way of telling me you’re the villain?"
His chuckle was dark. "I’m definitely not the hero."
"I already knew that," Tella said. "It’s my story, so clearly I’m the hero." 





The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R Shrum

Read: June
Favorite Quote:

"Let me take your plate." Reid's voice startles me badly enough that I jump and apple juice sloshes over the side of my cup.
 I narrow my eyes. "What?"
"Your fruit plate. Its empty."
I snort. "Why? Planning on poisoning it when I'm not looking?"
"Well, its empty so that wouldn't be very effective."
My eyes narrow further. They are slits and I'm pissed. "Did you seriously walk all the way over here just to take my fruit plate?"
Reid's lips thin into a line and he runs his hand through the wild tuft of hair on his head, thumb brushing over the shaved sides. "Yeah. That and..."
He glances over at Riya who is doing a terrible job at attempting not to eavesdrop and Will, who is not pretending at all.




To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Read: June
Favorite Quote:

"It's you."
My eyes shoot upward. The prince of Midas stares down at us, horrified and awestruck. His lips tilt a little to the left. "Look at you." He whispers. "My little monster, come to find me."




Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Read: July
 Favorite Quote:

  “Strawberry milk,” I say, eyeing him as we head toward the counter. “Really.”
He turns to me. “Do you have something to say about my snack selections?”
“Nope.” I fall into line behind him. “I just didn’t realize you were a middle-school girl going to a slumber party.”
“And I,” he says, plunking his strawberry-fest down on the counter, “didn’t realize you were a soccer mom justifying her chocolate craving with the fact that raisins are a fruit.” 






Wanderlost by Jen Marlone 

Read: July
Favorite Quote:

(Quote #1)

"Likeyoubye"


(Quote #2)

“A hug is just a strangle you haven't finished yet”
  




What are your favorite books from 2018?
-MK

Thursday, January 3, 2019

I'm Back // Recap // What's Next?


*Jumps from somewhere offscreen*
*hits the ground in a somersault and stands up just as fireworks start exploding in the sky behind me*

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!


Things That Have Happened Since My Last Post on Oct 30:

  • I started watching White Collar but then discovered it was being taken off Netflix in a month. There were eight seasons and I was on season one. I did what any sensible person would do and watched all of them before it was taken down.
     
  • I then had nothing to watch and my bestie was watching Grey's Anatomy....
    I did NOT watch every episode, but I did watch at least three seasons. My friend is still catching up to where I am.
     
  • I watched all of Hawaii 5-0.
    It was beautiful. *sobs* Book em Danno. Mahalo. WHERE ARE MY NEW EPISODES?
     
  • I also watched Dynasty which was...whoa. A whole new level of crazy. But it was about rich petty people and while there is a lot of stuff I wasn't a fan of it amused me..and Fallon is such a Slytherin. But there was only one season and it ended with a CRAZY cliffhanger.
     
  • I don't want to even start with all the movies I watched. Quite frankly I'm a little embarrassed by how much I watched...
     
  • The power went out on campus all day
    So I did was any sane person would do. I walked to the corner and bought fast food and charger my phone. I took a several hour nap that was only broken my someone calling me to make sure I was ok. (I was. Always pack 3 flashlights!) Also, someone from the floor beneath mine was playing purge sirens. 
     
  • My roommate was accused of dealing drugs
    Basically she didnt have pockets, so she stuck some cash in her prescription pill bottle. And then set it down when she was sitting on a couch and forgot about it. Police came and pounded on our door. While she explained everything to them, I sat on my bed and read a book. #mindingmyownbusiness 

    (I just realized I DID tell my roommate about my blog when we first met, but I'm 95% sure she never actually found it and read it...)  
     
  • **Other roommate horror stories that I wont spread to the wind** 

  • I taught a 50 min hands on workshop for a final
    I literally taught other freshmen things I'd about before I took this class.
     
  • I then lost my voice that night and couldn't prepare for the presentation I had for another class the next dayIt was for my english class...And I ended up going in anyway, presenting without a powerpoint (yay me) and freaking out so much before it started (idk why...I'd just given a huge presentation the day before and was fine...) and I was so busy channeling CALM CALM CALM that I went up there, leaned on the desk and spoke to them like I was their teacher and it was mid-semester. And then my teacher told me I was "a little informal."
    Rude.
      
    Actually, the informal part might have been because I accidentally said *ahem* something not entirely ladylike....
    Oops.
     
  • Still did a pretty amazing job though, if I do say so myself. 
      
  • FINALS WEEK 
     
  • Plotted interesting stuff for this year. (Book things. Not world domination...)
    So I might actually have snippets soon? Not too soon though because I'm going to focus on plotting before I start writing again.  

     



I've been plotting some other fun things for 2019, but for now you'll have to wait.


Since college is so crazy and I don't have a lot of time to work on writing things. So instead of trying to blog and write, writing will have priority from now on. If I don't have time to write anything, then I wont post. If I have to time to write, then the stories come first. To help with this new plan, sometime in January (possibly February) Sarcastic Scribblings will be updated once a week instead of two - three times a week. 


Happy New Year!
 -MK





Sunday, December 30, 2018

Coming Soon...

*Girl opens the window and slips in*

Sneaky Girl: *Leaves window open*
Sneaky Girl: *Pulls off ski mask, shakes out brown hair and looks around the room in satisfaction before she starts pulling dust covers off chairs and turning on lights*
Sneaky Girl: *is so busy she doesn't see the door open behind her and the very tired looking girl with the bed hair and the oversized mug*
Annoyed Girl: "Kace. Why."
Sneaky Girl: *freezes*
Annoyed Girl: What's wrong with the door??? It wasn't even locked."
Sneaky Girl: But where's the challenge in that?
Annoyed Girl: How about I break one of your legs? Would that be challenging enough? Would you stop then???
Sneaky Girl: *Is now leaning out off a small ladder to pull the heavy curtains down from where they were tacked to the wall*  Do you REALLY think that would stop me?
Annoyed Girl: *sighs and sits on couch with her feet curled up under her* Why are you doing this?
Sneaky Girl: Lily, I am shocked! How could you forget! MK is coming back!
Annoyed Girl: I know THAT. I mean why are YOU doing this?
Sneaky Girl: Im being nice...
Annoyed Girl: *laughs*
Sneaky Girl: This way everything is all set up!
Annoyed Girl: (sarcastically) Oh course. MK wouldn't want to do this. She'd be perfectly fine with random people messing around with her blog!
Sneaky Girl: Exactly!
Annoyed Girl: Excuse me? Who's the blogger?
Sneaky Girl: Ummm. Mk?
Annoyed Girl: *looks annoyed*
Sneaky Girl: *in mock innocence* Or did you mean you?

*They are both quiet for awhile*

Annoyed Girl: Why is it so cold in... DID YOU OPEN THE WINDOW?
Sneaky Girl: umm
Annoyed Girl: THIS IS NEW YORK!
Annoyed Girl: IN JANUARY!
Annoyed Girl: IT IS SNOWING!
Sneaky Girl: (A little guiltily) Oh...I didn't realize it was cold
Annoyed Girl: WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?
Sneaky Girl: *sends a blast of ice at the top of the window*
Window: *slams shut*
Sneaky Girl: *dissolves ice ladder into small ball and makes it explode into tiny snow flakes in the room
Sneaky Girl: *flicks white hair over shoulder*
Sneaky Girl: All done!
Annoyed Girl: WHY IS YOUR HAIR BLONDE?
Sneaky Girl: Oh? It happens when I use my powers.
Annoyed Girl: SINCE WHEN HAS THAT BEEN A THING?
Sneaky Girl: I don't know. Ask the author. Now would you get over here and help me?
Annoyed Girl: I thought you said you were done
Sneaky Girl: With the room maybe. But I heard there was going to be some interesting stuff going down
Annoyed Girl: COULD YOU HAVE PICKED A COLDER NIGHT???
Sneaky Girl: Umm. Probably? *slips out window and drops*
Annoyed Girl: YOU IDIOT YOU CANT FLY
Sneaky Girl: (Muffled) There's a ledge
Annoyed Girl: *running out of the room and finding her boots* NO THERE'S NOT. THAT LITTLE LIP ISN'T EVEN A FOOT WIDE.
Sneaky Girl: ...
Annoyed Girl: *jumping toward the door on one foot as she puts a boot on* Idiot. Utter idiot. I'm friends with an idiot.







***COMING SOON: ME***



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Comments...

You may have noticed that the comments are disabled...

Or not, since I'm on hiatus...

But I've been getting a lot of spam comments.

Here are some of my favorites:



My Fall TBR Pile and Playlist:
Peter Gale Godalming: "This is my first time reading this."

Reading this what? This post? Cheers you for mate.



Should You Read Reviews Before You Read the Book (A guest post by the lovely Lila Kims)

Actually, all of the comments on this one are pretty funny...

Sir Jack Brabham Son: "Of course I read the book first, that makes sense."

Ok, Mr. Sassy. First of all what is up with that name?




Dual Book Review: Open Road Summer and PS I Like You

Dr. Christian Farthing: "I want to read this book. Seems like a good book."



They seem to all be commenting on posts from September...But because I don't have time to go through and delete them (which is what I was doing) disabled the comments. :(


MK

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Project Canvas Post Live!


READ IT HERE!

Sadness! Regret! Hiatus!


Y'all know how this entire blog is based around books I've read and books I'm writing?

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And y'all know how I haven't written anything in over two months?

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And how I've only read one book?

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Yeah...makes it kind of hard to post things...And I know I tired the very desperate and very fun guest post party in an attempt to keep myself from going on hiatus and in hopes that I'd get back in the writing groove?

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I'm leaving.
*sad face*

Don't worry. I'll be back eventually. I'm not sure how long I'll be gone...right now my plan is to take off October and November and possibly December. Possibly do a partial hiatus in January? I don't know...

I will be back at some point in January.

And it IS possible I'll come back in November or even late October...

But whenever I come back, expect a lot of VERY interesting snippets!

-MK

*waves and runs off mysteriously into the night*

Thursday, October 4, 2018

WIP Board for Yet Another Secret Project

Ok...so I haven't had much time to write since college started...

But, I have been working on my stories. It's mainly been plotting.


And yes, by plotting I mean I've been working on the WIP board on pinterest.

 This is an abridged version...

It is filled with crazy old ladies, huge libraries, and beautiful landscapes.

Enjoy


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Four Authors I'd Love To Meet

This prompt was inspired by That Artsy Reader Girl's Weekly Prompt: Top Ten Tuesday


Leigh Bardugo

 Leigh Bardugo wrote two of my all time favorite books: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
 I've read several of her other books (Wonderwoman: Warbringer, The Grisha Verse trilogy, and the Language of Thorns) While I didn't love all of them quite as much as the Six of Crows dulogy, I am super excited for Prince of Scars. 

I am obsessed with Leigh Bardugo's characters. So I would probably ask her about them if I met her. Oh who am I kidding. I'd probably be prying for information about the rumored third SOC book...

 
Roshani Chokshi 

Roshani Chokshi wrote The Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. If you haven't read these yet...DO IT. They are the best fairy tale retellings I've ever seen. They're so beautiful and MAGICAL and I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I FEEL LIKE I'M READING A FAIRY TALE.
 
JRR Tolkien 
 
Yes. I realize he is dead. But hush. Its not like I'm meeting any of these other people... J.R.R. Tolkien wrote THE BEST EPIC FANTASY NOVEL EVER. The world building! The songs and poems scattered throughout! *sigh*

Though, if I met him I probably wouldn't talk about books...I'd probably be walking with him quietly through some nice garden looking at trees or we'd be getting into wild shenanigans. 

Apparently at one point he dressed up as a polar bear and chased other scholars.

 
Stephanie Garber  
  
Stephanie Garber wrote Carival and Legendary. And lets be honest...if I met her, it probably wouldn't be at a meet and greet. More of a "I'll let you go when you tell me the ending to Finale."
Which would actually be a really terrible plan...since she'd probably refuse to tell me (as authors do) and she wouldn't be able to finish it because she'd be kidnapped...so I'd just make the wait longer. 

Oh. And kidnappings illegal and I'd probably go to jail.


Who would you want to meet? 
-mk