Friday, October 24, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Third) with Rose of Searching the Clouds


Today, I have Rose of Searching the Clouds stopping by to help celebrate my blog's birthday. Not too long ago, I was a guest on Rose's awesome blog on her Blogger Spotlight feature. Y'all should definitely check out the post as she had some of best questions (and sign-up for your chance to be featured, too).

So, this is me telling  strongly suggesting that you check out Rose's blog Searching the Clouds because I'm sure y'all will enjoy it.

Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Rose:
J.K. Rowling. I read the Harry Potter books in first grade and fell in love, and to this day they are among my very favorite books.
Harry Potter is one of my favorites as well.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Rose:
Oh boy, there are a ton of book-worlds that I would love to live in! I hate to be repetitive, but ultimately I think that the world of Harry Potter wins out. I am a wizard in disguise, after all.
I'm sure many of us, myself included, wouldn't mind living in the world of Harry Potter.

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Rose:
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski! GO FORTH AND READ IT RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!
I second this motion!! I need The Winner's Crime in my life right now!!!

Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Rose: 
Blogging can be tough, but I think that if you are committed enough you'll get through the bumpy roads just fine. :)
Dedication and remembering to keep it fun!

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Rose:
Day from Legend by Marie Lu. He'd whip things in shape in a second.
I'm thinking I may need to finally read this series because of your answer.

Now it's time for me to answer Rose's question.......

Rose: Favorite minor character in a book? 

Me: Well, I'm not sure I have an all-time favorite minor book character, but there is one from a series I recently started that I've enjoyed quite a lot. Now, don't go telling him that I labeled him as a minor character as he's likely to be miffed...

My current favorite minor book character would have to be Inspector Grayling from Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series. There's just something about him and the way he clashes with Mina in the series that makes him interesting. And it doesn't hurt that he's a softy for dogs. So, between the clashing of defectiveness between Grayling and Mina, and the fact that I'm sure there's more to his story than what we've seen thus far, Inspector Grayling is my current top minor character.

Rose, thanks so much for stopping by to help me celebrate my blogoversary and for the wonderful interview.

Guy's don't forget to check out Searching the Clouds for bookish fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Second) with Lisa of Girls with Books


On the second day of blogoversary (that being today) we have the lovely Lisa from Girls with Books! *huzzah*

Lisa is half of the duo of Girls with Books where they review a broad range of books from young adult to adult titles on their blog. Your mission, dear readers, should you choose to accept is to visit their blog and see the great things they have going on over there.  Go on, I'll wait for you to return.

Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Lisa: 
I have always read Stephen King books but as I got older, my reading went to the curbside. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series brought me back to reading. 

I've one Stephen King book through to the end, maybe two...it's so hard to remember without looking. I may not have read Stephanie Meyer, but I'm glad you found an author who's writing brought you back to reading.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Lisa:
This is a difficult question. It's a toss up really between world of Twilight and the world of Divergent. Edward and Four, need I say more. :) 

Not sure I'd want to live in Divergent's world, but I do love the first book.

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Lisa: 
The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I need to read that!!!

Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Lisa:
I love blogging. It's awesome to get to know other people who love books as much as I do. However, there are many book blogs out there and the trying to make our blog stand out takes a lot of time and energy. 
So much time and energy to make that happen.

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Lisa:
Without a doubt, I'd choose Four and Tris. 

Now it's time for me to answer a question from Lisa.

Lisa: What is your favorite blogger moment? 

Me: Oh gosh, you are not holding back with this question!!!!Favorite blogger moment....There are so many moment(s) that have happened over the last few years that I find it hard to pick just one.

If I'm honest, it would have to be the first time someone followed my blog. More specifically, the first follower that was not someone I knew outside of the internet. It was just really great to think that someone outside of my circle was tuning in to see what I had to say about the books I read. It really just made me realize that there were other people just as interested in talking about books as I was. So, that would have to be my favorite blogger moment.

Lisa, thanks so much for joining in and helping me to celebrate another year of blogging.

Children's Book Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny [ARC]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman, October 28, 2014.128 pages. Published by Henry Holt CO. Source: publisher.
Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to. This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.

First Sentence:
Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary [Day the First]:


*Note: due to blogger being cantankerous the last two days, this post is going up the day after my blogoversary* T_T

Guys, I am beyond excited to kick-off my sixth blogoversary by spotlighting a few bloggers and an author. They've all be kind enough to answer a handful of random questions to be shared with you lovelies starting tomorrow.

Because I can find no words to express my excitement over celebrating six years of blogging here at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, I decided that this gif from Enchanted does the job quite well in showing just how I feel today.


Even with what has happened over the weekend in the booksphere, I find myself still wanting to show my appreciation for all those who have supported me in this blogging endeavor for the past for years and to encourage y'all (those who blog) to not let anyone take away your joy of talking about books whether you like the book or not. Again, while I do encourage you not to be disheartened by the latest happenings, I do urge all of y'all to do always keep your personal safety in mind at all times whilst internet-ting.

All seriousness aside, let's get back to celebrating!!!!!!!!!!!



So, the question remains, after six years what have I learned from this experience........


  • That sometimes you just have to throw all the rules and any plans right out the window. Things don't always go just how you imagined them going; and you know what that is 100% okay because things happen! 
  • That there are still so many books out there that I want to read and authors I have yet to discover. Oh my gosh, just thinking of all the book world left to dive into has me crazy excited!!! *hides multiple stacks of TBR books under bed*
  • That I have find my people! You, yes, you wonderful you, who take the time to share your thoughts on what you read. Without you I would have missed out on so many books that I considered not within my reading preference. Y'all have also saved me from reading certain books that would have been not for me. Blogger, reader, reviewer, book lover: I believe y'all are all pretty awesome and look forward to yet another year of bookish fun. 
  • Finally, that there are so many amazing, nice authors out there. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with so many of you through the years. 

FOR ALL YOU AWESOME PEOPLE!!!

I would like to thank each and every one of y'all for all of your support and for sticking around. I am definitely looking forward to sharing more awesome book things with y'all over the next year (and then-some).


In closing thoughts....

I'll be answering questions posted by my lovely blog guests over the next few days, so, if you have a question you like me to answer just leave it in the comments and I'll include it in the closing post for the celebration.

P.S. You can still sign-up to be spotlighted on the blog as I'm looking to make this a regular feature to help spread the book and book blog love around. All info is on the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

Sign up for the 2014 All about Middle Grade Reading Challenge.

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