100 Followers and The Versatile Blogger Award!

Happy Friday!

Do I REALLY have 100 followers? Like, really? (rubs eyes and refreshes page again, because part of me still thinks that I dreamed it all)

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I am honestly SO happy and SO grateful to all of you who read my posts! I remember when I first started this blog with one sad, lonely follower (myself). And in the beginning, I honestly couldn’t believe that anyone would want to read what I have to write. I was ecstatic when I got my first like and my first comment and my first handful of followers.

And you know what? My heart still leaps when I get a new WP notification. I love each and every comment I get from you guys! And each new follower makes me smile! Really! From the bottom of my heart!

I am so grateful for all you wonderful peeps and fellow bloggers. It’s amazing to talk to people from all over the world who like the same stuff as I do. And I love discovering new books and new ideas through you guys. I find myself learning new things and pushing the boundaries of my imagination every day.

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I also want to announce that I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Big thanks to cseveneaj (@Pen and Paper) and Rejoice A (@The Southern Girl) for nominating me 🙂 Please check out their blogs! Cseveneaj writes lovely poetry, and Rejoice A’s posts will make you smile.

Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of you nomination.

Seven facts about me:

I have a greyhound (the dog, not the bus company) named Charles, like the Prince.

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I am one of those people who have to check the stove and my alarm a gazillion times before I go to bed, because I am terrified that my apartment will burn down overnight and I won’t wake up in the morning.

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I am a pharmacist and I work with children who have cancer. Chemo and radiation are tough. But kids are so strong and resilient and brave, because they roll along with whatever life throws at them. They are amazing little humans.

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My fiancé finished medical school this year and is starting his residency in pathology. It’s perfect for him, because he doesn’t like talking to people. He’d rather do autopsies.

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My pole dancing friends call me fearless, because they see me trying things that could get myself seriously hurt. The truth is that I’m terrified each time, but I don’t let it stop me :’)

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I secretly love spending time alone.

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I was born in China and moved to Canada when I was 8 years old. On my passport, I am Canadian. But I am fiercely proud of being both. I love the stereotype that Canadians are nice, because it is so true. And did you know that the Chinese invented paper and printing? And gunpowder? Without China, we might not have books (or gun violence, for that matter.)

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I nominate the following peeps:

(Please check these blogs out, because they are so much more awesome than mine!)

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Breezy @ Breeny’s Books

Annie Earnshaw @ Annie Likes Words

Stella @ Stella’s Journey

Melanie @ MN Bernard Books

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Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

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Rachel @ Rachel Also Writes

I totally wouldn’t be surprised if you are on this list and you have already been nominated for this award before 🙂

Do any of you share the same quirks as I do? What are some interesting facts about yourself?

 

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

Hello everyone!

… Is it too late to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag? I mean, is still the middle of July, right? Which is still sorta-kinda middle of the year? Right!? Right!??

*Is totally late to the party*

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Ahem, anyway! I saw so many awesome people do this tag, and it looks like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d give it a roll.

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2017

18336965This one is super hard, because there are so many books that I’ve read this year that I absolutely love. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga takes the cake, because it made me laugh and cry (and sometimes, both at the same time.) What I love about this book is that no one is perfect and there are no true villains. Everyone is complex and have a story of their own.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

29939230Hands down, this goes to A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (the last book of the Shades of Magic series). So much magic! So much imagination! I just LOVE the world of Kell and Lila and Rhy and Alucard! My favourite character has got to be Alucard. He is just SO AWESOME.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is a notable mention. It’s an amazing story and an amazing world. But it’s just… so… long.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

32075662I MUST have been talking about reading The Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab since forever!! This is the sequel to This Savage Song, which I read and loved.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

18336972I am very excited for Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga, to be released in November 2017. I LOVED the writing style and the characters and the dialogue and just about everything in her debut novel Black Holes (see above).

(Oh how I WISH I could add The Doors of Stone, 3rd book of The Kingkiller Chronicle series, to this list. Release date is still TBA…)

Biggest Disappointment

32333174Oh boy. I think you guys must have heard me rant about this one already. My review is here.

Biggest Surprise

9305362The Captive Prince Trilogy by S. U. Pacat is a mastermind thriller and heart-stopping romance, all under the guise of a male/male slash fic. I had expected to read a trashy, brainless novel, but this was anything but.

Favourite New Author(s)

In clockwise fashion: Jasmine Warga, V. E. Schwab, and Patrick Rothfuss 🙂

Newest Fictional Crush & Newest Favourite Character

Kvothe, from The Name of the Wind, because he is just so darn smart and cool ❤

Book That Made You Cry

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Black Holes also made my fiancé cry, which is saying something, because, up to that day, I quote, “I have never cried reading a book.” HA 🙂

Book That Made You Happy

19547856Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is one of those books that you can’t put down. Although the subject matter is serious (coming out), the story is written with such wit and humour that I couldn’t help but smile and laugh.

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

P00292H.jpgIn an effort to research my novel (cough, not procrastinating, cough), I re-watched the Sound of Music movie (1965). Did you know that this was based on a memoir titled The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by Maria von Trapp? I sure didn’t! The screenwriters did dramatize many elements of (the real) Maria von Trapp’s life, in the name of “artistic license.” Fortunately, many of the essential aspects of the movie are kept: Maria was raised by the convent, and the Captain was sought after by the German navy, and the Von Trapp family did become a prominent group of singers.

Just thought I’d share this fun tidbit 🙂

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

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On Being An Introvert. I love this one because it came from my heart.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

222078The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich is the only actual, physical book that I’ve purchased this year (others are in eBook or Audiobook formats.) But this IS a beautiful book. There are pages and pages of coloured prints of all the examples that the author refers to in his retelling of art history.

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

Oh boy, where do I even start!? I want to read some new YA fiction (like Dimple and Rishi, Eliza, and The Dark Duet) which I’ve read SO many rave reviews about. I also want to read some of the Good Ol’ Classics, like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, which I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read yet 🙂

What are your favourite books this year? Is there a book that disappointed you? What are you looking forward to reading? Do you have a favourite new character?

And I tag… YOU! 🙂

The Get to Know Me Tag!

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Hello everyone!

I was tagged by Vrinda over at A Bookish Human. In real life, I am a quiet person and not good at talking about myself, so let’s see how this goes! I am excited but at the same time nervous (runs off and hides in a corner.)

Vital Stats

Name: Sophia

Nickname: Lots! Most common: Sophie. Most creative: Soapy. (Yup, Soapy.) Others: Sophs, Soso, Sopho.

Birthday: January 7th

Star Sign: Capricorn

Occupation: I am a pharmacist (although sometimes I introduce myself as a “drug dealer” for fun and people take me seriously).

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Appearance

Hair Colour: Black

Hair Length: Varies. Now it is shoulder-length

Eye Colour: Brown

Best Feature: My smile, if that is a “feature”

Braces: No, my teeth are mostly in line, except four of my teeth jut out slightly like fangs! (I’m not a vampire! I swear!)

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Piercings: Ears

Tattoos: At one point I was thiiiiiis close to getting a tattoo but chickened out at last minute! If I were to get a tattoo, I would go for a small and simple one (like a tiny heart on my back). One day, one day 🙂

Right Handed or Left Handed: Right handed

Firsts

Real Holiday: What makes a holiday “real”? Back when I was 3 or 4 or 5 in China, I went to a beach with my mom. It was called “Bei Dai He”. Although I don’t remember much about it, I’d like to think it was an amazing vacation and that I was being a real darling 🙂

Best Friend: That would be Rebecca and Vera, who I met after I came to Canada. Rebecca and I went on to go to the same junior high and the same university program, and we still keep in touch today :’)

Award: Student of the Month back in grade 4. I was super proud of it!

Sport: Triple long jump. (I am terrible at team sports, but I loved track and field.)

Concert: Do junior high band concerts count?

Favourites

TV Shows: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, House MD, Lost

Colour: Red

Songs: I love songs by Hedley, Sia, and Chopin. My current ear worm is Despacito by Justin Bieber. Did I mention that I met Justin Bieber before he got famous? My high school class went to see a play at Stratford (Bieb’s home town) and we saw a kid playing guitar and singing in front of the theatre, surrounded by a small group of people. He was pretty good. My friend took a video, and we watched it again several times later, “wait, isn’t that Justin Bieber?”

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Restaurant: Pretty much anything 🙂

Shop: Value Village. I love thrift shopping, the perfect combination of cheap and unique.

Books: I can’t name them all off the top of my head! The list would go on and on and on! Let’s start with My Heart and Other Black Holes, Everything Everything, and the Name of the Wind.

Shoes: I LOVE bright-coloured heels.

Currently

Feeling: Happy.

Single or Taken: As of a week ago… ENGAGED!!!!!! *Shouts from atop a mountain*

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Eating: Just finished dinner (spicy grilled chicken thighs, peppers, and spinach on a whole-grain bagel with baby tomatoes on the side) and a glass of homemade iced tea.

Thinking about: Writing this post!

Watching: Myself type 🙂

Wearing: DIY sleeveless top (DIY in the sense that it was once a T-shirt before I cut off the sleeves and collar), gym shorts, and slippers.

Future

Want Children: I love children. They are super cute and I’m sure they will bring fulfillment to my life. However, they seem to cost a lost of time, energy and money! How am I supposed to be a published writer and pole champion, while working full-time, if I have a kid (or two) on my plate? That being said, I do want children one day, just not today.

Want to be Married: Yup 🙂

Careers in Mind: Pharmacist (which I am now). I also want to be a published writer part time.

Where You Want to Live: West coast, with the mountains and the ocean.

Do you believe in

God: Depends on the day.

Miracles: Yes.

Love at First Sight: I believe that we can “click” with someone at first sight. There are people that we naturally get along with better than others. But love develops after years of commitment and mutual understanding.

Ghosts: No, but I am still terrified of them.

Aliens: Yes. There must be a planet out there with living creatures. But I am skeptical that they are anything like the aliens we imagine.

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Soul Mates: Yes.

Heaven and Hell: No. The world is not black and white and it doesn’t make sense to divide people into good or bad.

Kissing on a First Date: Hasn’t happened to me.

Yourself: I believe that I can do anything that I set my mind to 🙂

Tag

I want to tag these wonderful peeps:

Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Lashaan @ Bookidote

Stella @ Stella’s Journey

Carl @ Scene from Afar

And YOU! Yes, you who are reading this post 🙂

Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag. If you have done this tag before, or don’t like to do tags, or are too busy to do this tag, that’s quite all right!

 

Cheers,

Sophie

The Unique Blogger Award

Hello everyone!

Happy Thursday! Today will be a short and sweet post. Melissa from The Bookish Wanderer wrote about the Unique Blogger Award tag. She offered to tag anyone who is interested – that’s when I decided to join in on the fun 🙂

Without further ado…

Question 1: What is the one movie that influenced your life the most?

Back when I was a kid, I loved the movie Mulan. Remember this girl?

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I swear that I must have watched the movie at least 10 times (both the Chinese and the English versions.) I loved that it was based on a true story of a beautiful and strong woman who decided to take her father’s place in the army (although the plot has been Disney-ified). I also loved that it featured a strong heroine who is not only female, but Chinese, which I could identify with. She is also very kick-ass. She masquerades as a man to get into the army, and then she saves the country. She isn’t an overnight success, however. At first she is clumsy and uncoordinated and can barely lift water pails, but with hard work and perseverance, she is able to become one of the best fighters in the army. Mulan taught me that anything is possible if I put my mind to it, which is something that I strongly believe in today.

Question 2: What is something you’ve never done that you’ve always wanted to do?

My recent obsession is pole fitness. I am still a beginner, but I hope to one day participate in a pole dance competition. Here is one of the moves that made my jaws drop:

(That’s not me, by the way.)

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It is called the “Jade”. Essentially the only thing that keeps you on the pole is the skin of your inner thigh and your belly. Crazy, I know. I am still in the beginner/intermediate level right now but I hope to get there some day.

Question 3: What’s your dream career?

Right now I am a legal drug dealer (a.k.a. pharmacist), and that is what I will realistically be for a long time. I like what I do but there isn’t much room for creative expression, and I am a creative person.

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I love writing. And my dream is to write books that people will read and get lost in. I am not too concerned about making money as a writer, because I want to focus on improving the quality of my writing first. For now I will keep my day job. Who knows? 🙂

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! Here are my questions for you:

  1. If were to choose one character from a book/movie that you are most similar to, who would it be?
  2. What are your goals for 2017? (Writing, reading, or otherwise.)
  3. What’s on your bucket list?

If you do this tag, please do let me know. I would love to read it 🙂

 

Cheers,

Sophie