Never Have I Ever: Writer Edition

Hello and happy Thursday! How’s everyone doing? I hope your week is going well!

I’m here today with a fun post! I saw this on Isabelle’s and Victoria’s blog, Bookworm Hollow! They nominated any writers who see it, so I’m doing it now because it looks like fun! Thanks!!

Rules:

  • Link and thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!) 
  • Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.  
  • Tag 3 bloggers.Β 

Never have I ever:

Started a novel I didn’t finish.

Yes…many! Especially when I was younger, because I’d start on different books and then have new ideas, and I’d stop writing the current one I was working on.

Written a story completely by hand.

I did when I was younger. It was a short book about a girl whose town gets attacked, so she has to live on this island by herself. I gave it to my mom…I wonder if she still has it. πŸ€”

Changed tenses midway through a story.

I don’t think so. I normally just write books in the present tense, so I don’t have a problem with changing tenses! I just feel like writing in the present tense is more normal for me.

Not researched before starting a story.

Yes, I think so. Then, when I was writing, I’d have to stop and research. πŸ˜„ I’m better at researching before now, though!

Changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.

How about changing the name when starting on the second draft? Because that’s just what I did. In my dystopian novel, one of the narrator’s names has changed…πŸ˜…

Written a story in a month or less.

I’ve written some short stories in less than a month, but not a novel or anything. I think that this novella for my English was written in about a month.

Fallen asleep while writing.

I don’t think I’ve done this one. I don’t normally write a night.

Corrected someone’s grammar irl/online.

Yes. I’m that annoying person who will correct grammar a lot.

Yelled in all-caps at myself in the middle of my novel.

I don’t think so! Sometimes, though, I’ll write notes to myself in my book.

Used β€œI’m writing” as an excuse.

Guilty. πŸ˜…

Killed a character that was based on someone I know in real life.

No, I haven’t, lol. I don’t really base my characters off of real people in life. Sometimes, I’ll take inspiration, though, from people. But, I have no real enemies, so I haven’t killed anyone based on a person in real life. Do be warned that you could be incorporated in my novel, though, everybody. πŸ˜„

Used pop culture references in a story.

Yeah, I think so, but not a lot. I have used some specific brands and people (actors, bands, etc.) in my writing.

Written between the hours of 1:00 am and 6:00 am.

I’m not one of those crazy writers who are up in the middle of the night writing, but I do get up sort of early. I usually get up at five, but I don’t always write when I first wake up. I probably have written before six, though.

Drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

I don’t really drink coffee.

Written down dreams to use in a potential novel.

I don’t think I’ve written them down, but I have remembered some to use in a novel.

Published an unedited story on the internet/blog/wattpad.

Last year, I wrote a short novel for my English class and published that on my school blog, chapter by chapter. I think that I published them unedited. I went back and edited them afterward, though.

Procrastinated schoolwork because I wanted to write.

I’m not one to procrastinate a lot. I usually like to get my school done first, so I don’t have it hanging over my head while I write.

Typed so long my wrists hurt.

Yes.

Spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

Nope! I share the computer with my family, so I would probably get in a lot of trouble. That’s why I’m not allowed to have drinks by the laptop while I’m using it.

Forgotten to save my work/draft.

I use Google Docs, so I think it automatically saves. That would be horrible if I lost all of my writing! 😒

Finished a novel.

The first draft. I am currently working on the second draft of my dystopian novel. I don’t think I’ve ever fully finished a novel. (I did the historical fiction for my English, but that was a novella, so I don’t know if it counts.)

Laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

Yes…

Created maps of my fictional world.

Yes, but it was no work of art. I just used a pen to draw a simple map.

Researched something shady for a novel.

I don’t think so, but I have researched a lot for my writing. I don’t know about shady but definitely some weird and random things…

I nominate any writers who read this post!

Thanks for reading! Are you a writer? How would you have answered these questions? I’d love to chat in the comments! Hope you have a good day, and see y’all on Monday!

Answering Y’all’s Questions

Hello! I’m back with a new post this week! I’m going to be answering the questions you guys have asked in this post!

Thanks so much to Addie and Maggie for asking some questions! Be sure to look at both of their blogs, because they share some great posts!

Let’s get into the questions, now!

Addie’s questions:

1. Have you ever been out of the U.S.? If so where did you go?

I actually haven’t ever. I think it would be really fun to travel sometime, though! I just don’t like plane rides.

2. Do you have any pets? (you may have answered this question before I just can’t remember lol)

I think I did before, but I don’t mind answering it again!! I have a cat named Luna! πŸ₯° Here is a pic!

3. What’s your favorite hobby?

Uhhhh…this is a hard one, considering the fact I have so many hobbies! πŸ˜… Writing, crochet, and running have to be my top three. I don’t think I can choose just one!

4. If you could live anywhere you wanted in the world where would you go and why?

I would really like to visit Italy or France! If I had to choose one, though, it would probably be Italy! I’d love to go there for many reasons, one being the food! Pasta, pizza, gelato…yum! I don’t know if I’d like to live there, but just for a visit would be fun! To live…I’m not sure! I don’t have a very good understanding of different places, because I haven’t traveled a lot, so I don’t know if I would be able to answer that!

5. Any college/future plans?!

It’s funny you ask this because it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I plan to become a doula when I’m out of high school, and then maybe go to college to become a midwife if I like that career area!

Maggie’s questions:

1. Would you rather visit a library or a bookstore?

I like them both for different reasons! I love bookstores because I can actually buy the books, whereas at a library I’d have to return them in a few weeks. I also really like the library, especially if I don’t have any money to spend on books. Overall, though, I’d have to go with a bookstore!

2. What’s your favorite savannah animal?

Elephants! For some reason, I’ve just always loved them, and I don’t know why, but that’s definitely what I’d choose for this question!

3. What are a few countries you’d love to visit?

Like I said earlier, Italy and France are two countries I’d love to visit! I also really like Ireland!

4. Do you prefer lemonade or tea?

I like both, but lemonade is my favorite!

5. What were some of your favorite games to play when you were little?

When I was little, I really loved to play Monopoly and Risk! I love the games that rely heavily on strategy, instead of just luck. These games sort of combine the two, so I really enjoyed them! I also liked Scattegorites, I think, though that was a bit later.

6. How would you describe your art/decorating style?

I like really simple and cute decorations that are bright and cheerful! 😊

7. Do you prefer drawing or painting?

I don’t do much of either, because I’m not the best at it, but I do like drawing better.

Thank you all for reading! And, thanks again to Addie and Maggie for asking some questions! I had so much fun answering them! See y’all Thursday!

Bye!

~ Rebekah

Reacting to and Answering Your Assumptions About Me

Hello everybody! I hope you are having an amazing day!

A couple of weeks ago, I reached my one-year blogiversary, and I asked for y’all to comment with some assumptions you had of me! Today, I’ll be reacting to these assumptions! πŸ˜ƒ Thanks to everyone who commented with their assumptions! I had such a fun time reading them, and answering them!

Heidi’s assumptions:

You enjoy road trips

I do! I love traveling, as well as going on fun road trips! There’s just something so exciting about them, even if I am crammed in the car with my siblings for hours. We can usually find some fun things to do, and activities to keep us occupied! I can’t usually read in the car very well, or crochet because I get car sick, but I love to listen to audiobooks and music during car rides!

You like to hang out with friends often

I would like to, but most of my friends don’t live super close, so I don’t see them a lot. I do like talking to them, though, and talking to all of my blogging friends on here!

You like Mac and cheese over pizza

Mac and cheese is really good, but I still like pizza better! Pizza is one of my favorite foods, if not my overall favorite! πŸ˜‹

Briar’s assumptions:

You like the color blue

Yesss! Blue and yellow are my favorite colors! 😊

You own a cat

I do! Her name is Luna, and she is adorable! Here are a few pictures of her:

I went on my photos app to find a picture, but I couldn’t find one that was from the past three years. I realized that most of the pictures I have of her are on my camera, so I went outside and took a few pictures! Isn’t she so cute?

You like alpacas

I guess I do. I’m not super into them, but they are cool!

Maggie’s assumptions:

you love puppies and kittens!

I do! They’re adorable! πŸ˜πŸ’•

you like neutral color palettes

I do like neutral colors! They are one of my favorite color palettes. However, I do really like pastels and blues as well!

you’d love to go canoeing

I love canoeing! My family has a couple of canoes, and I love going out on the lake with them! It is always a chaotic thing: my brothers intent on crashing into the other boat, or one of the little kids crying because we’re drifting too far from the shore, but it is a really fun thing, and definitely a great family bonding experience! πŸ˜ƒ

you’re more of a saver than a spender

Absolutely correct!

you like butterflies

Yes, they are very pretty!

Victoria’s assumptions:

You like birds

Yes, birds are really nice!

You like cute animals

Doesn’t everyone? πŸ€”

You prefer pop music to rock

Yes! I don’t really enjoy listening to rock unless I’m in the right mood, which isn’t that often. Rock music just isn’t my favorite. I don’t totally know what is considered pop music, but I listen to Taylor Swift a lot, and she does pop music I think.

Your favourite ice cream is strawberry

Strawberry ice cream is nice, (especially the kind with the chunks of strawberries πŸ˜‹) but my favorite is probably mint chocolate chip, or some type of chocolate fudge ice cream!

You don’t like math

I actually usually enjoy math! I used to like it even more before I started algebra and geometry, but I still like it quite a bit! (Yes, I know it’s weird.)

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Were you surprised by any of my answers? Are there any more assumptions you have of me that I can answer in the comments? I’d love to hear from y’all! πŸ˜€

See you in a little while! Have an amazing day!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2022

Hello everybody! I know that this is my second post today, but I wanted to get my monthly wrap-up posted before we get too far into July! June was a pretty good month for me, but I did feel like it went by really fast!

Books I read

I got three books read in June.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. This was a sweet, fun, quick contemporary read! It definitely gave me some summer vibes! I read Jenny Han’s other series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and loved it, so I thought that I’d read this series! I loved it, and gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars!

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano. This was one that I read for my English class. I didn’t like it much, but there were some interesting descriptions and scenes. I rated it 2 out of 5 stars.

Emma by Jane Austen was the last book I read. I was assigned to read Pride and Prejudice last year for my English, and I enjoyed it a lot, so I thought that I would read another Jane Austen book! Emma was a really fun book! I liked it a lot and I rated it a 4.75 out of 5!

Writing updates

I barely wrote at all this month! I know that I was trying to finish the whole novel in June, which definitely did not happen, but I think that taking a break was good for me because now I really want to write it. I am planning to share a bit more about it once I finish the first draft!

Crochet

I got some crocheting done this month, including a summer top, and some smaller projects, like washcloths. I am currently working on another top, but I ran out of yarn, so I have to wait and get some more!

Running

I am really proud of my running this month! I stuck with the 10k training plan, and only have a few more weeks left! It’s getting so hot here, so I have been getting up earlier and getting my runs in early when it’s still cooler out, or going in the evening. Running in the middle of the day in summer is brutal. I’ve also been focusing on warming up before my runs, which I’m bad about, and cross-training, which I have done more of this month!

Posts

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022

Some Bookish Phone Wallpapers

The Blogger Recommendations Tag

Definitely not a lot of posts in June, but in July, I’m going to be posting twice a week again, because school is settling down for the summer and I’m not as busy!

Reviewing my June goals

  • Read a Kasie West book Sadly, I did not get around to it. I couldn’t buy one, and I couldn’t find any at my library
  • Follow the 10k training plan Yes, I did this!
  • Run 20 miles (at least) 39 miles! πŸ˜ƒ
  • This might be too ambitious, but I want to finish my contemporary novel Yeah, definitely not…πŸ˜…
  • Post once a week I only missed one week this month.
  • Read five books Nope!
  • Make a summer bucket list Yes, I did!

Goals for July

  • Exercise every day
  • Get caught up (at least a little bit) on tags, awards, and nominations on my blog
  • Write for 20 minutes each day
  • Make a schedule
  • Hydrate more, because it’s getting super hot
  • Do a 10k run
  • Post a book review
  • Take more walks, and enjoy nature

Important events in June

  • I visited some family and relatives, which was fun!
  • VBS happened one week at our church, and I helped! My siblings all had fun, too!
  • Awaiting season 4 vol. 2 of Stranger Things!!! It finally came out today, and I’m going to be watching the first episode tonight! (I’m so scared!) Do any of y’all watch Stranger Things?
  • I made a new blog in May, which I posted about in my last monthly wrap-up, but I recently changed the name and the link, so here is the new one: Rambles With the Saints Please check it out, and follow if you want!

Pictures from June

We went on a little car ride, and I got Subway for the first time! (At least that I remember. There might have been a time I had it when I was younger.) It was so good!
My crochet project in the car. It was a washcloth! I usually get pretty carsick when I crochet or read in the car, so I didn’t get that much of either done on the trip.
Messing around with the macro photography on my phone! I kind of like how this picture turned out!
Watermelon is the perfect summer snack!
Yum!
We got this Stranger Things Surfer Boy pizza one day, and it was actually really good!!
Reading Emma on the porch on a nice cool day. ☺
Another macro shot! I was working on a puzzle, and I think this picture is pretty cool!
My puzzle of the Eiffel Tower! ❀ Almost done!
Strawberry smoothies made with strawberries from our own garden! Smoothies are one of my favorite summer foods, especially for after I go on a run!
Crocheting outside with some of my favorite yarn, Lion Brand’s Coboo! It’s the perfect yarn for crocheting summer patterns, especially tops! πŸ’•
My sister’s dog is adorable!!
The theme for this month’s bookshelf display was “Comfort reads”. This includes nostalgic reads or ones that my sister and I read when we were younger…books that feel like home. She made this sign, and it’s amazing!
Here are the books! Lovely War by Julie Berry, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. My sister also made the eye of Sauron (on the right) from The Lord of the Rings series! She’s so artistic and creative!

That’s all! Thanks for reading today’s post! How was your month? Which books did you read in June? What are your goals for July? I’d love to chat in the comments! 😊 Have an amazing day!

~ Rebekah

My One Year Blogiversary πŸ₯³ // Comment Some Assumptions // Blog Redesign

Guys!! Guess what?!?! Well, you probably saw from the title: I’m celebrating my one year blogiversary! (Blog + anniversary) πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ Books and Hooks is one year old!

I’m so happy to have this blog and to be in this wonderful community of bloggers. Everybody’s so kind and amazing! Thank you! I have had so much fun this past year with my blog! I think that blogging is an amazing way for me to share things about my different hobbies with people, and to talk about my thoughts! I totally love blogging, and plan to continue doing it through the next few years! ❀

Here are the stats on my blog from the past year:

Total followers: 126

Total published posts: 84

Total comments: 670

Total likes: 1,212

Total visitors: 1,419

Total views: 4,507

To celebrate, I thought I would ask you guys to submit some assumptions you have about me! Please comment them down below and I will react to them in a separate post! If there is one that I don’t feel comfortable with, I am not going to include it in the post.

Also, if you’re reading this on my blog (not in WordPress reader), you might have noticed that I have a new theme, new colors, new headers, and everything!! I just felt like my blog needed a change! I also created a new blog button, so if you’ve swapped with me, you can update it on your blog if you like! πŸ˜€

I’m also going to be having a new posting schedule, starting next week: I’ll be posting twice a week again, on Monday and Thursday!

Thanks again to everyone who has been kind, and commented or liked my posts! I really love the blogging community, and I think that you’re all amazing! πŸ₯°

Thanks for reading today’s post! Remember to comment with any assumptions you have of me! I hope you have an amazing day, and I’ll see you guys soon! πŸ’•πŸ™‚

~ Rebekah

The Blogger Recommendations Tag

Hello everybody! Today I’m here with a tag I was nominated for! Thanks to Maggie and Heidi for including my blog in their posts! You should definitely go check out both of their blogs, because they post really fun posts that I enjoy reading a lot!

The tag I’m going to be doing is the “Blogger Recommendations Tag.” I really like the idea of this tag!

The Blogger Recommendations Tag is essentially a way for bloggers to share some of their favorite bloggers with their readers. It helps the readers discover more blogs and also brings appreciation to the bloggers mentioned.” — Nehal @ Quirky Page (the creator of this tag)

Okay, let’s begin!

Rules

  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of the tag: Nehal @ Quirky Pages.
  • List the rules.
  • Share one or more bloggers you think fits into each criteria.
  • The people you mention will be considered tagged.
  • Apart from the ones you shared, you can tag other bloggers and notify them.
  • Just have fun!!

The list of prompts

  • A fascinating blog theme
  • A lovely home page
  • Great book reviews
  • Amazing humour
  • Mind-blowing poems and stories
  • The friendliest
  • The most consistent
  • The best at sharing tips
  • The talented artist
  • Cool site name
  • The underrated

A fascinating blog theme:

Pearl’s blog, The Homeschooled Girl, is really pretty! I love the yellow, all the sunflowers, and I just think that her whole blog is super pretty!

I also love the blog that Sylvie @Musings of a Bookworm created! The theme is so pretty, and I love the colors and the fonts!

A lovely home page:

Miriam @Inside Miriam’s Mind created a super nice page! It looks very simple, neat, and organized, and I love that!

Great book reviews:

Suhani @Random Reader’s Rambles shares amazing book reviews! She makes them so fun to read, and I always want to go check out the book that she’s reviewing!

Victoria and Isabelle @Bookworm Hollow do some amazing book reviews as well! I always enjoy reading their reviews, because they give a detailed summary of their thoughts, but don’t end up spoiling anything!

Amazing humor:

I really like Selina’s personality and humor! Be sure to check out her blog, Simply Selina, because she shares very fun posts!

Mind-blowing poems and stories:

Stara @The Pool of Thoughts writes some amazing poems, and I love reading all the haikus she writes!

The friendliest:

I think that all of you are amazing and friendly, but here are a few people that came to mind when I read this prompt:

The first person I thought of when I read this was Maggie @Maggie’s Doodles! She’s just so nice and friendly when commenting or replying to comments, and shares a lot of amazing and encouraging posts!

Aayushi @Ash Radiance is so nice, friendly, and positive!

Heidi @Heidi Lane is also so friendly as well as helpful! Make sure to look at her blog, because she shares some great posts!

The most consistent:

Maybe Rachel @A Bookworm’s Paradise! She posts so consistently, and it seems like she reads a lot of books!! I love reading her posts!

Diamond @I Have 12% of a Plan also is very consistent with her blogging, and also her reading!

The best at sharing tips:

The Living the Blogging Life team!! They share such amazing tips, and I always find myself coming back to their blog when I need help with something on my blog!

Evin, @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings, also shares some amazing tips on her blog!

The talented artist:

Rajonya @Princesss World does amazing paintings and sketches!!

The Pastel Bicycle @The Paster Bicycle also makes some really amazing crochet creations that I love to see!

Cool site name:

I like the name Raegan came up with for her blog, Raegan’s Full Mind! I also love all the content she shares, so you should make sure to check out her blog!

The underrated:

I don’t see that much about Sophia’s blog, Teen Writer in SG, but she shares amazing posts about books, her poems, and other things in her life! Everyone go check her blog out!!

Nominations: Anybody who I mentioned in this post! If you already did this post, don’t want to, or are tag-free, sorry for bothering you! Also, if I didn’t mention your blog, but you still want to do it, please do! I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts!


That’s all for today! Thanks for reading, and have an amazing day, everyone! ❀

~ Rebekah

Photography Contest!!

Hello! I hope everyone’s having an amazing day so far!! πŸ˜ƒ

Tomorrow is May 20th, the last day you can submit your photo for the photography contest I’m hosting to celebrate 100 followers!! Click here to read about the rules, and how to participate!

Here are all of the contestants so far:

Maggie
Stara
Duo Disseminators
Corrie S.P.
Heidi

If you entered a photo, and I didn’t include it in that list, please comment, so I can add it!!

Thanks for 100 followers, again, and I’ll be excited to judge all of the photos!! ❀ Have an amazing rest of your day!

~ Rebekah

Thank You For 100 Followers! πŸ’–

Hello, happy weekend! Today’s post is a short one, but important nonetheless! I just wanted to thank everyone for following: I have 100 followers now! One of my goals for 2022 was to get 100 blog followers, but I never thought that it would happen as soon as April! Thank you sooooo much, guys! πŸ₯°

I’m wanting to do a celebratory post, but I don’t really have an idea as to what to do. When I got 50 followers, I did a Q&A, so I’m not really wanting to do that again. Maybe assumptions about me? Or would you rather? If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them down below!

Thank you again for 100 followers!! πŸ˜ƒ I hope you have an amazing rest of your weekend, and I’ll see ya’ll on Wednesday! Bye!

~ Rebekah

A Small Blog Redesign

Hello! I’m just popping in here to let y’all know that I changed my blog’s look a little bit! It was nothing too big: I just changed up the color scheme and updated a few pages. My blog used to be a greenish color, but now it’s blue! πŸ˜ƒ I also changed my blog button, so if we swapped buttons, you can update it if you want to!

I hope everyone’s having a great week so far! I’ve been really busy with school, but I’ll still have a fun post for you guys tomorrow! Let me know what you think of the new color and blog look in the comments! Have a great day, and see you tomorrow!

~ Rebekah

The Blogging Love Tag

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Books and Hooks!! Today, I’m here with a tag I created called “The Blogging Love Tag”. I came up with this idea a few days ago, and thought it would make a cool post! The Blogging Love Tag is meant to spread the story of your blog, your thoughts on blogging, and to spread the love of blogging!! πŸ’–

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you, or whose blog you found this on
  • Mention the creator of this tag — Rebekah @BooksandHooks
  • Add the featured image to your post
  • Include the rules in your post
  • Answer the five original questions about blogging
  • Answer the questions the blogger who nominated you asked
  • Ask the bloggers you nominate two additional questions
  • Nominate as many people as you want, or leave it at an open nomination!
  • Tag it with ‘blogginglovetag’
  • Spread the love of blogging! ❀

The original questions:

  • When did you start blogging?
  • Why did you start your blog?
  • What’s your favorite post you’ve written?
  • What are some of your goals for your blog?
  • What’s your favorite thing, or things, about blogging?

My answers

When did you start blogging? I first had a blog for posting essays for my school, but I don’t know if I would consider that blogging, because I kind of had to have that blog. I started this blog on July 1st, 2021!

Why did you start your blog? I started this blog, mostly just for fun! I wanted to write about the things I love, and share crochet patterns I create, so others can make them!!

What’s your favorite blog post you’ve written? I like the post “10 Random Things I Love β€” because I like thinking about all of the little things that make me happy!

What are some of your goals for your blog? I’m trying to get to 100 followers this year!!

What’s your favorite thing, or things, about blogging? I like getting to know different bloggers, and I also just love sharing the things I love with others!

Additional questions for the bloggers I nominate

Where did you get the idea of having a blog?

How did you come up with your blog name?

Nominations

If I nominate you, but you don’t really want to do this tag, don’t feel pressured to do it!

Maggie

Evin

Raegan

Sophia

Heidi

Gelina

And, YOU!!

Okay, I hope you liked today’s post!! See you next time! Bye!! πŸ˜€

~ Rebekah