The Fall Book Tag

Happy Monday, bookworms! I was sort of, kind of tagged for the Fall Book Tag by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. You should definitely check out his blog if you’ve somehow managed not to yet. (After reading this post, of course!) Anyway, this tag looks super fun so let’s jump right in!

 

For this one, I have to pick The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. This book takes a hard look at rape culture and was refreshingly honest. I absolutely loved seeing all the girls band together the way they did.

 

This one goes without question to Deadly Traditions by Apollo Blake. This novella only took me a sitting to breeze through but wow was the ending a shocker for me!

 

As if any book could compete with When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon when it comes to warm and fuzzy’s. I like watching them try though because warm and fuzzy is my autumn aesthetic.

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. AND it has a big orange swirl on the cover!

 

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter is pretty heavy on the action. I also love how obsessed the main character is with numbers. It is like a balm on my number-loving soul.

 

I’m going to go with The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, which I will (hopefully) be reading in December with¬†Story Society.

 

I’m not going to actually tag anyone but if you think this tag looks like fun (spoiler: it is!), consider yourself tagged! That’s all for now. Have a great week and happy reading!

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this done by the lovely Weezie at Weezie’s Whimsical Writings and thought it looks super fun. I know I haven’t been posting as often as I would like to so I wanted to do something special and hopefully get my creative blogging juices flowing. 

1. I love buying used books that someone has annotated because I feel like I’m getting a part of their story along with the one the author wrote.

2. But I can’t ever bring myself to annotate a book. Even when I was in school, I couldn’t mark my books even to highlight the parts I needed to study later.

3. I really enjoy character based stories, but if there’s no plot I’m not likely to finish reading it. Especially if it’s a tome.

4. Cover changes mid series set off my anxiety so badly that I have stopped buying books of the series until it’s been completed.

5. The most satisfying covers for my anxiety are Rick Riordan’s. The paperbacks of each series are all the same height and are of similar design and that is just so soothing to me.

6. I am constantly rereading the Harry Potter series. Sometimes it takes me a year or two to get through the whole thing, but I’m always currently reading at least one of them.

7. My favourite bookstore isn’t one I get to visit with any regularity at all, but if you’re ever in London you should check out Word On The Water. It’s. The. Best!

8. I love the maps in books because they’re so detailed and creative and beautiful… but I rarely use them for reference while I’m reading.

9. My TBR is a disaster zone and I have no shelf space for that.

10. I’ve gotten really good about how I request books and give feedback for NG and I’m kinda proud of myself for it.

11. I’m TERRIBLE at fancasting.

12. I’m almost never reading only one book at a time. It’s always between 2 and 8, depending on the level and genre of each book. I’m currently reading 6.

13. I don’t read many anthologies because when I do I feel like I’m both rushing through stories and not reading quickly enough.

14. At least one of my current reads is always an audiobook. This is because I listen on the bus to work instead of pulling out a book. I don’t get bus sick often, but they do tend to be crowded and stuffy. Headphones = less conversation expectations.

15. If you talk to me while I’m obviously reading, I will glare you to death (or until you go away).

16. I don’t lend out my books. Ever. I used to, but they always came back damaged if they came back at all.

17. I love that my job allows me to get kids excited about reading. I also (not so) secretly love doing this by reading them picture books. Children’s picture books authors are underrated.

18. I love bookish candles. I know I could probably get something similar at the store if I really looked, but I love that someone had a specific book or character in mind when they created them.

19. My very favourite bookish candles are from Canterbury Road Co because the scent throw is strong enough to fill a large room without being at all overwhelming.

20. 99% of the time, if I can get a book at the library I won’t buy it, even if that means waiting 6 months. There are few exceptions.

21. I take so many notes when I’m reading a book I plan to review that sometimes when I read something I know I’m not reviewing it’s such a relief.

22. I read and write both nonfiction and fiction.

23. I make bookish amigurumi.

24. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of coming up with ideas I like for blog posts….and then never writing any of them.

25. I can read almost anywhere with almost anything going on. In bed or on the bus? Sure. Radio or tv blaring? Why not.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Hopefully, I’ll be more regular with my blog posts soon. I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I always feel awkward doing that so if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! ūü§ď

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Happy reading!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-blogger-award.jpgThank you so much to Romie @¬†Who said reading was boring?¬†for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! If you aren’t following her twitter, instagram, or blog, you’re really missing out and I recommend you remedy that as soon as possible! (After reading this post, of course.)

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

 

I. Book Recommendation: “if you liked this book, then you’ll like this one”

I have a few of these, but the one I’m going to go with this time is: If you like Harry Potter, then chances are you’ll like The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely a series I enjoyed that has a Harry Potter-like flair to it!

 

II. Care to share an unpopular opinion?

Ha! Of course I would. I don’t like reading hyped books. I used to because it’s how I found Harry Potter, which saved my life (a story for another time), but I’ve been let down so many times. Most recently, the book that let me down horribly was The Raven Boys. I’m happy other people enjoyed it but….not my cup of tea.

 

III. Put your phone on shuffle and find a book that matches the song you got.

I had to use my computer instead because I don’t keep music on my phone. The song I got was¬†Beacon by Goliath Flores¬†and the book that matches it is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. The song is about still being yourself while letting yourself love someone and also letting yourself grow as a person. I also kind of feel like it’s about being there for the person you love even in the hard times.

 

IV. If you had to use one book as a shield to protect yourself – because why not, you totally dislike the thing – which one would it be?

I really don’t feel like I totally dislike any book that much. There are a great many books I feel meh about but dislike involves a level of caring I just don’t have for books I don’t like or love. I suppose if I had to choose one, it’d be Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas because it’s just kind of taking up space on my shelf and, with it being as large and heavy as it is, would make a perfectly acceptable weapon.

 

V. If you could share a cup of tea – or a good mug of coffee – with a fictional character, who would it be?

It would be so awesome to have a cup of tea or coffee with Nina from Six of Crows. Especially if there are waffles involved!!

 

VI. Unhaul: List 3 books you don’t want to see anymore on your shelves

Since I’ve already said one, I’ll go with The Raven Boys and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (because the series just wasn’t for me) and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (I never read it and won’t because I’m not sure I’m ready for the portrayal of abuse).

 

VII. Share the love: list your 3 favourite booktubers and 3 favourite bookstagrammers.

In no particular order, my 3 fave booktubers are the (book) supplier, xreadingsolacex, and squibblesreads. My 3 fave bookstagrammers (again in no particular order) are Vanshika, Brittany, and Shannon. The bookstagrammers were HORRIBLY DIFFICULT to choose. I really only follow those three booktubers though so that was easy!

 

VIII. Let’s say you have to get a book cover tattooed on your body, which one do you end up with forever?

Six of Crows French Edition. No contest whatsoever. IT’S GORGEOUS!

 

IX. Worst and best book-to-movie adaptation?

Worst is probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I couldn’t enjoy it and I’m not sure if that’s because it wasn’t good or if it’s because the movie is LITERALLY NOTHING like the book. At all. Best is The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, which was adapted to the film Home by Dreamworks. I enjoyed the movie so much that I decided to read the book it was adapted from and was utterly disappointed.

 

X. If you could get rid of ONE character because they’re a total pain in the ass, who would you choose?

SEVERUS SNAPE

 

XI. Choose one book for each season.

Spring: How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Summer: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Autumn: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Winter: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (this is usually when I start my rereading of the series, so I always associate it with the season)

 

My Questions

  1. What’s something you’d like to see more of?
  2. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
  3. Why did you decide to blog about books?
  4. What book or book series would you most like to see adapted into a movie or tv show?
  5. What book or book series do you wish you could forget you read and why?
  6. Who are three book bloggers, booktubers, or bookstagrammers who inspire you as a book blogger?
  7. Who are your auto-buy authors?
  8. What genre would you like to start reading more of?
  9. What do you drink or snack on while you write blog posts?
  10. What are your non-bookish hobbies?
  11. If you could have lunch with three characters, which three would you choose?

 

I Nominate

Katie @ katsyxo

the (book) supplier

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Ravenclaw Book Club

Breeny @¬†Breeny’s Books

Lexie Brooke @ lexiebrookeblog

Misty @¬†Misty’s Book Space

Chelsea @ romweasley

Leah @ Small Queer, Big Opinions

YA Wednesdays

and YOU! If you’re interested in doing the tag, consider yourself tagged! ūüėČ

 

That’s it for now, bookworms. Happy reading!

Harry Potter Spells Tag

Hey, bookworms! I missed doing a post yesterday for Harry Potter’s birthday because of writing and work. So today I’m going to make up for it by doing the Harry Potter Spells Tag, which I found on¬†becoming bookish, who you should definitely check out (after reading this post, of course)!

I’m not going to tag anyone specific so if you decide you’d like to do it, consider yourself tagged! Let’s get to it!

 

1. Expecto Patronum – a childhood book connected to good memories

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is the only “childhood” book that I have good memories of. I consider childhood to span from ages birth to puberty, which didn’t leave me with much time to experience it as I went through puberty “early.” This was one of the first books I could read by myself and so I read it until my copy was tattered. (Photo credit to¬†Chris Schwartz.)

 

2. Expelliarmus – a book that took you by surprise

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The Alchemyst (well, the whole The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott really surprised me. I was looking for something similar to Harry Potter after a reread of the series and someone at the library suggested these. The covers reminded me of old books, which I thought was awesome, so I decided to check them out but had low expectations and wow! Definitely give them a go.

 

3. Prior Incanto – the last book you read

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I’m working my way through The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. The last book I finished reading was the first book in the series, The Red Pyramid. Honestly at this point, the author could put his grocery lists on eBay and I’d bid. I like him as a person, but his writing is also really good, albeit inconsistent.

 

4. Alohamora – a book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before

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Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey introduced me to a load of new things, both book related and not. It’s the first alternate universe book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I wish there were more alternate universe novels out there because I LOVE them. (If you have any recs….give me all the recs.)

 

5. Riddikulus – a funny book you’ve read

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I laughed my way through at least half of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon. It’s such a fun summertime read and I’ll probably reread it again soon because I just love it so much! I should probably also work on my review for it but I might just wait until after my reread to do that. I don’t know yet. We shall see!

 

6. Sonorus – a book you think everybody should know about

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If you’re surprised that I’m picking The Alchemists of Loom series by Elise Kova, you must not follow me on any social media or text with me at all ever because it’s at least half of what I talk about. I absolutely love this beautiful steampunk fantasy series and please check it out. You can thank me later, preferably with baked goods or candles.

 

7. Obliviate – a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read

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I would love to forget having read what I did of A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I’ve read ownvoices reviews that say how much they loved the book and saw great representation in it, but I really just hated it. As an ownvoices reviewer myself, I felt like it reinforced general stereotypes of bipolar disorder and the associated medicines while also providing wild inaccuracies I hadn’t heard before. I won’t review or rate it because, like I said, there are some reviewers who found good rep in it but I would love to forget I read any of it at all.

 

8. Imperio – a book you had to read for school

This one is impossible for me because the only things I had to read for school was when I was participating in school plays and I had to read and memorize a script. We were assigned book reports but we were always allowed to select our own books and since I was an avid reader even when I was younger, I never felt forced to read anything. I just wrote the report about whatever I happened to be reading right then.

 

9. Crucio – a book that was painful for you to read

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Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember In The Ashes series is so extremely painful to read, but not for the reason you might think. It’s so incredibly well written that everything is immersive and realistic and seeing the people in the book suffer is excruciating. I can’t wait for book 3 in 2018!

 

10. Avada Kedavra – a book that could kill

The first book that pops into my head for this prompt is 13 Reasons Why because it romanticizes suicide, which could potentially push someone toward committing suicide themselves. This has probably also been aggravated by the creation of the show, which I already know I can’t watch so please¬†stop recommending I watch it.

 

And that’s it! I had loads of fun doing this tag! If it looks like something you’d enjoy doing too, I tag you!

Happy reading!

The Mid-Year Freakout Tag

Hey, bookworms! I was (sort of) tagged by Rea at deadwritersclub to do The Mid-Year Freakout Tag. Go check out her answers to the tag here (after reading my answers, of course)! If you feel like doing it, I tag Katie and thebooksupplier and whoever else reading this that wants to complete the tag. Lets do this thingy!

 

One. The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

That’s tough because I’ve read¬†so many amazing books so far this year. The best so far is a tie between The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. They’re all stunningly written novels with beautiful representation. If you haven’t read them, definitely pick them up!

 

Two. Your favourite sequel this year

I have trouble remembering more than a few books back unless they really stood out for me. Right now I’ll have to say The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, which comes out 11 July. It’s one of those “one more chapter” books where you one more chapter yourself into oblivion and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

Three. A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Want by Cindy Pon! I keep hearing so many amazing things about this book and I really would love to read it.

 

Four. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

There are some amazing books scheduled to release during the second half of this year, but above all 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. Hands down. No contest. QUEER TEENS IN SPACE WHAT COULD BE BETTER (That was rhetorical. Nothing could be better. Obviously.)

 

Five. Your biggest disappointment

I was really disappointed reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s so hyped up and then just… I don’t know. It just didn’t live up to my expectations at all. I probably won’t finish the series because the writing just isn’t for me.

 

Six. Biggest surprise of the year

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Oh. My. Gosh. Who expects the sequel/companion novel to be twice as good as the first novel? Not me, that’s who.

 

Seven. Favourite new-to-you or debut author

This question is just so unfair because all of my favourites this year are new-to-me or debut authors and I LOVE ALL OF THEM EQUALLY! I’ve been sitting on this question for five minutes and still….drawing a blank. They’re all wonderful.

 

Eight. Your new fictional crush

I don’t usually do fictional crushes, partly because I find it weird as a concept and partly because I read a lot of YA and NA and as an adult I feel like having an actual crush on a character in these books would be weird? In my mind “book boyfriends” and “book girlfriends” are like a “if we were the same age,” which is great but just…it’s not a compulsion I have. Also, that’s an entirely different conversation that I could likely fill an entire post about.

 

Nine. New favourite character

DIMPLE! Girls who are more obsessed with tech and programming and coding and their own career than they are with finding the perfect boyfriend while still supporting their friends’ needs? GIVE. ME. MORE!

 

Ten. A book that made you cry

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir. No, I don’t want to talk about it.

 

Eleven. A book that made you happy

I’ve read lots of feel-good this year and I’m trying not to reuse books too many times on this list…. so….. The Alchemists of Loom. Chick loves chick while loving mechanics and destroying as much as possible. Are you seeing a pattern yet?

 

Twelve. Your favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year

I haven’t watched many really so I’m sure it won’t surprise many of you that I’m choosing Harry Potter. We watch those in my house A LOT.

 

Thirteen. Favourite book post you’ve published this year

It still definitely needs some tweaking and I’ll probably start doing something weekly to be more specific, but I’m pretty proud of my list post of ownvoices queer books. It makes me happy to see all of it in one spot! (You can find that here.)

 

Fourteen. The most beautiful book you have bought/received this year

I won an ARC of Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza and the cover of it is just GORGEOUS!!

 

Fifteen. What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Um… Well if I don’t read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I can think of at least three people who will hunt me down and duct tape me to a chair while I read it so… definitely those! I also want to finish Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. It’s really good so far, but I’m reading more than one book at a time, which means it’s taking FOREVER. I would also like to read The Alchemists of Loom book 3 when it becomes available in the winter. What else? The world may never know. Unless you look at my TBR on Goodreads and then you’ll understand why I’m twiddling my thumbs a bit on writing out a full list.

 

That’s it! That was super duper fun so thank you so much for tagging me, Rea!! Hopefully I’ll probably post something in the next couple of days to let you all know what’s going on. That may or may not be in my June Wrap-Up. I haven’t decided yet!

I hope your week is going wonderfully! Much bookish love and I’ll see you next time.

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I found this tag created by TheBookArcher on YouTube and thought it looked like excruciating fun. These opinions are unpopular but they are my own. You have been warned!

 

1. A Popular Book or Series That You Didn’t Like

I have to go with A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. It’s one of the only books I’ve DNFed this year (for representation reasons) and I will be hopefully writing my review on it soon. It will be a spoilery review so if you plan to read the book, maybe skip it, but… I feel like it needs to be written.

 

2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Else Seems To Hate But You Love

I’ve seen quite a few people hating on Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I adored this book! It was such a creative way to retell Alice in Wonderland that if I hadn’t gone in knowing it was a retelling, I might not have known. I also like that it was written at a Middle Grade level because it meant birthday gifts for niecelings.

 

3. A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did NOT Want Them To End Up With (Warn People For Spoilers) OR An OTP You Don’t Like

The Grisha Trilogy (I dislike many fans’ OTP from this series but I’m happy with how it ended)

 

4. A Popular Book Genre You Hardly Reach For

I don’t reach for poetry very often, but I enjoy it very much on the occasions I do pick it up.

 

5. A Popular Or Beloved Character That You Do Not Like

Celaena Sardothien

 

6. A Popular Author You Can’t Seem To Get Into

Well… There are a few who fit this one. I’m going to have to go with Jay Kristoff.

 

7. A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired Of Seeing (Example: “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

White Savior [screams into the void]

 

8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest In Reading

ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

 

9. The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book? 

The only one I can think of is Home, which is based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday

 

Well, that’s it! (Relatively) painless book tag fun. Have some unpopular opinions of your own? Then I tag you to complete this tag!

A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Tag

Can you believe March is already over? Where did the time go? Anywho, it’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for me to do another book tag!
I found this one that was created by Erica Robyn Reads, whose blog is pretty awesome and you should check it out (after reading this post, of course)! This tag looked fun and dark, which serves my mood well this month. Let’s get started!

 

Bad Beginning  Name a book or a series you had trouble getting into but ended up loving

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison. It took me a couple tries to get going on reading this one, but once I finally did I had trouble putting it down. It’s such a well written story and I can’t wait to see what Meg Elison comes out with next.

 

The Fire – Name a book that you wouldn’t rush to douse with water if it happened to catch fire

Well, this one is a bit tough because I don’t like book burning, even for asthetic reasons (I’m looking at you, bookstagram) so I don’t know that there is a book I wouldn’t douse if it was on fire. Outside of an apocalyptic event, that is.

 

The Orphans – Name a book duology, trilogy, or series that you wish had been a standalone book

The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg. I enjoyed reading this series, but I think the way it flows might have been better as a standalone with separate parts to distinguish time passing instead of separated into three books.

 

Mischievous Schemes – Name a character (or characters) that always seemed up to something

Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. He always has a plan for everything and is often planning things for when his other plans are complete. The man is always four steps ahead.

 

The Eye – Name a book scheduled to be released in 2017 that you’ve had your eye on

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember! I’m so very excited for this one. F/F mermaids? Yes please!!

 

Disguises – Name a book that you read and loved but would never have picked up if you had judged the book by its cover

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern. It’s such a beautiful story of coming of age and attempted redemption that I had to love it. The cover isn’t ugly by any means but it’s just not something that would have called to me.

 

The Villain – Who is your favorite book villain?

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He’s creepy and selfish and horrible… And human. He’s probably the scariest of all the villains I’ve read because underneath all the horror, he’s still so human with human desires and needs.

 

Letters – If you could write a letter to tell your past self to read a certain book, what book would that be and why?

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I originally bought the book when I was 16. I started it and got to maybe page two a few times but didn’t actually read it until I was 19. It would have saved me so much if I had read it sooner.

 

Clever Inventions – Name an invention from a book that you wish was real

The flying ships in The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson. I just think it would be really cool to be able to sail in the sky.

 

Mob Mentality – Name a book that you read solely based on the recommendation of others but didn’t enjoy

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I heard it was supposed to be a badass f/f with a princess, but it didn’t quite turn out to be as good a story as I had hoped. If you’d like, you can find my full review of it here.

 

The V. F. D. – Name a book or series you’ve read that is about a secret society

Black Iris by Elliot Wake. It’s probably the most interesting secret society set in present times that I’ve read so far. It’s also really, really dark so if you’re into that definitely check it out. If you want, you can find my review of it here.

 

The Sugar Bowl – Name a book that you used to own, but can no longer find

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches series. I had the whole thing because the library wouldn’t let me borrow books for a while but I haven’t seen it in years. I suppose that’s what happens when you move as often as I do.

 

Unhappy Endings – What book or series did you feel ended badly or in a way that you did not like (NO SPOILERS!)

I really didn’t like the way that Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson ended. I won’t get into that because spoilers. Spoilers everywhere. If you’d like, you can check out my minimal-spoiler review here

 

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically this month. If you’d like to complete it, please do! If you post it on your blog, please feel free to put a link. In the comments section so I can check out your answers.