the “I’ll get around to it later” blog tag

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Quote, Unquote!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog tag, and I’ve missed them. I’ve decided to do one this week, except there’s a surprise: it’s totally original!

That’s right. This week I’ll be presenting to you a new and completely original blog tag created by yours truly: The “I’ll Get Around to It Later” Blog Tag. Let’s jump right in!

the rules

  1. Link back to the original post–this one right here!–so I can read your answers and support you. (Alt text for your own post: Link back to the original post at Quote, Unquote so the creator can read your answers.)
  2. Link back to the post of the person who tagged you and thank them.
  3. You may use the included graphic anywhere in your post, but you don’t have to.
  4. Fill all seven categories.
  5. You can either leave this tag open so anyone can do it or tag up to seven people.

the categories

  1. A classic book that you have been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet
  2. A book on your shelf that you haven’t read yet
  3. A book that you got recently that you haven’t read
  4. A book that you’ve had forever but haven’t read
  5. A book a friend recommended that you haven’t read
  6. A book you’re procrastinating on
  7. The next book on your TBR

That’s all for now! I’m not doing this tag myself just yet. I am planning to after Easter–I already have a post planned for next week–but you can go ahead! I’m not tagging anyone, so just feel free to use it on your own blog.

I hope you have fun!

Until next time,

The Reread, Rewrite, Burn Book Tag

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Quote, Unquote!

This week…I’m torturing myself. Just a little bit. You see, I found this tag on my friend Alabama’s blog and decided it was time for a little pain.

The rules of this tag are simple: You have a wheel with however many sets of books you want (I have twelve books, so there will be four rounds). You spin the wheel three times to randomly select three of them. Then you decide what you want to reread, what you want to rewrite…and what you want to burn.

Let’s hop in. Enjoy!

Here’s what my wheel looked like at the beginning:

What it chose for the first round: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

I think this is actually the easiest choice out of all my spins. Let’s see…

Reread The Book Thief. It’s already written so beautifully, and I don’t think it needs any improvement or changing whatsoever.

Rewrite 100 Days of Sunlight. As beautiful as this story was, I felt like the prose was sometimes lacking, plus there were a couple of swear words sprinkled in here and there that I didn’t really appreciate.

Burn Ella Enchanted. I’m so sorry! That hurts my heart to write, but honestly, I don’t think it takes as high a priority as everything else.

Here’s what the wheel looks like now:

What it chose for the second round: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Dust by Kara Swanson, Race the Night by Kirsten Hubbard.

It had to pick Stargirl and Dust?! Really? This is hard. This is so hard.

Reread Stargirl. It doesn’t need changing. It’s such a beautiful book, with beautiful characters and a beautiful setting.

Rewrite Dust. I feel a little disloyal saying this, but I felt like Kara was trying a little too hard with the British slang in this book. That’s probably what I would change most.

Burn Race the Night. I love this book, but I haven’t read it in a while, and I don’t think I remember it as well as the others. Of course, now I’m going to go read it and cry over burning it. (I’m not actually burning it. I just feel guilty.)

Here’s what the wheel looks like now:

What it chose for the third round: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

Why am I doing this to myself?

Reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The Harry Potter series is basically my security blanket. When I’m going through a rough spot and need something familiar to read, I always turn to the series, especially the last three books. I can’t change something like that.

Rewrite Tweet Cute. Again, I would change it to make it a little more clean. I don’t think I would change much of the story, though, because honestly? Enemies-to-lovers? Yes please?

Burn When You Reach Me. Guiltttt. I’m so sorry! (I can’t believe I’m apologising to these books. Honestly, I feel like they should be apologising to me for all the pain they’ve inflicted.)

The last set should be pretty obvious, but here’s the wheel anyway:

What it chose for the fourth and final round: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

This one might be a little surprising. Honestly, I’m surprised, and I’m the one writing this.

Reread Liesl and Po. This book is always so magical, and I find something new in it every time I reread. I don’t think I could or would change anything.

Rewrite The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. While this is a really neat way to sort of wrap up the Hunger Games franchise, I had some issues with the plot of this book. I would probably change some of the bigger picture.

Burn Walk Two Moons. I don’t want to…but I have to. *cries softly*

And that’s about it for this week! Feel free to steal this tag if you wish to do it on your own blog.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next Wednesday!

Until next time,

Two Many Blog Awards

Puns, am I right?

Anyway, hello, everyone, and welcome back to Quote, Unquote!

I was recently tagged for two blog awards: the Outstanding Blogger Award and the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve been putting off doing them for a while, but here they are, finally!

This looks like it’s gearing up to be a long post, so I’ll just jump right in.

The Outstanding Blogger Award

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create seven unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you may be nominated. (Liesl’s note: Since I’m being tagged for two blog awards, one that requires 10 tags and one that requires 11, I’ll just be nominating 11 people at the end of this post. They can do whichever–just one or both. It’s up to them!)
  5. At the end of 2021, every blog that pingbacks the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2021 Outstanding Blogger award.

Mia’s Questions

1. If you had an unlimited amount of candy for a day, how much would you eat?

Because the person who nominated me is my best friend, I can get away with this: Mia, do you want my credibility destroyed in front of the entire Internet?

I have no idea. Depending on the day and the type of candy, I would honestly probably eat more than is healthy. I have a major sweet tooth, and it gets me in trouble sometimes.

2. Does anyone in your family scrapbook?

No, although I would like to get into it. I would probably drop it within a couple of weeks, though, because I can’t commit to large craft projects.

3. Do you like to sing?

Yes, but only when I think my voice sounds good. Which is about 2% of the time.

4. Do you know your vocal range?

Not in terms of actual notes, but when I’ve sang in mass choirs before, I’ve usually been labelled as a soprano.

5. Are you homeschooled, or have you been? What did you take from it?

I am homeschooled, and I have been for my entire life! I love it.

I think the biggest thing I’ve taken from the specific program I use, Classical Conversations, is that teachers don’t always have to be teachers. A phrase that comes up a lot in CC is “lead learners,” and I think that’s a wonderful thing. Leading a conversation that students are invested in is way more important (in my opinion) than spouting facts at students and expecting them to retain them.

6. What is your dream job?

Full-time author, part-time proofreader. If I could squeeze a little bit of being a YouTube gamer in there, I would. (That was always my dream in middle school, and I still hold out a little hope for it….)

7. What was your favorite TV show when you were younger?

We don’t watch a lot of TV shows in our house, but I would always be so excited to watch Curious George at 7:00 on PBS Kids.

My Questions

  1. What’s the last song you listened to? Have you heard it before? If not, what did you think of it? If so, why do you like it?
  2. What’s your favourite flower? Include the colour!
  3. What book has had a profound impact on your life?
  4. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?
  5. How would you describe the colour red to a colourblind person?
  6. Where do you feel most at home?
  7. What would you put in a time capsule?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (Thanks for this opportunity, Emily!)
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. 
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and create 11 new questions. 
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post. 

Emily’s Questions

1. Do you like questions?

Depends on the question.

2. What are some of your favorite words?

I keep a list of beautiful words, actually, and my favourite right now is tempestuous. I love to say it. Logodaedaly is also awesome, as well as ricochet, maelstrom, and crescent.

3. What do you know about your family history?

Quite a bit, actually. My dad’s side is pretty much entirely German–my great-grandparents emigrated from Germany just before WWII started. My mom’s side is a mix of a bunch of heritages (there is a fair amount of German in there, too), but her grandparents were mostly American farmers. There’s a lot more than that, but it would take another thousand words to explain it, so I don’t think I’ll go into that quite yet.

4. Are you a broad thinker or a deep thinker?

More of a deep thinker. I like to think that I’m insightful.

5. What song do you have stuck in your head?

“High on Life” by Martin Garrix ft. Bonn. It has been there for approximately three days now. I want it out.

6. How do you unwind after a long day?

Immersing myself into a fictional world, either mine or someone else’s, or texting a friend to chat about nothing in particular. Unless, of course, this long day has consisted of much socialisation. Then I just cry.

Just kidding! Kind of.

7. How would you describe your sense of humor?

Witty and sarcastic. A tad dark at times. Meme references.

8. What are the most random things you have memorized?

The coordinates to the Minecraft home base that my mom and I have had since 2011. I kid you not. I don’t even know how I remember it–I just do.

(They’re 900 -3400, in case anyone was wondering.)

9. What makes you feel awe?

Crepuscular rays. Owls. Holy Week hymns. Cats when they land on all their paws. Beautifully written sentences. Stories that stick with you. Loyalty in turbulent times. Easter eggs in video games (how do they think of these things?). The fact that I am completely, totally forgiven.

10. What is the last YouTube video you watched?

Wow, everyone wants to incriminate me today.

This one, actually.

Gotcha! *evil grin*

It’s actually this one. *hides* Yeah, yeah, I know. It was my friend’s fault. And I’m sorry that that’s now going to be in your head forever.

11. If you could invent a new candy, what would it be?

Peanut butter cups coated with pretzels bits and toffee bits. I think I would call it Kitchen Sink. As in, “everything but.”

My Questions

  1. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  2. How many states (in the US) have you visited? (Yes, Americans, the one where you live counts.)
  3. What do you collect, if anything?
  4. How would you describe your style?
  5. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s the first thing on it?
  6. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
  7. How comfortable are you with public speaking?
  8. How do you normally spend New Year’s Eve?
  9. What’s your favourite meal?
  10. Where do you usually sit to write your blog posts?
  11. If you could have any pet–and I mean anything, no matter how outlandish or impossible–what would it be and what would you name it?

My Nominees

Congrats, you guys! You can do one tag or both, if you’d like.

Liesl @ XOXO Liesl
Esmerelda @ Lattes and Literature
Carlye @ Carlye Krul
S. J. @ S. J. Barnard
Grace @ This Stack of Books
Aditi @ One in a Million
Ash @ Starlight Strands
Chloë @ Chloë Mali
Callie @ An Unfinished Story
Heaven @ Glorify Christ
D @ Random Specific Thoughts

Thank you for reading that rather lengthy post, everyone, and I’ll see you next Wednesday!

Until next time,

Me and Music Tag

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Quote, Unquote!

Well, guess who forgot that March had five Wednesdays?

*points to self with both thumbs*

So today we’re going to be taking part in the Me and Music Tag! I found this on Maya Joelle’s blog, and it looked like so much fun. Let’s jump right in!

The Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs (I used Sophie’s graphics, and I put them in rainbow order, because…why not).
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!

Say It || Britt Nicole

Hollyn || Hollyn

Say It and Hollyn are my middle school jams. Every time I listen to them, I get this giant wave of nostalgia. I absolutely love all of Britt Nicole’s albums, but Say It is my definite favourite.

The Hamilton soundtrack

Just. YES. I mean, propriety aside, this entire soundtrack is a thing of beauty.

I don’t have a lot of these, because I’ve never really thought about it, but there is one:

Don’t Stop Believin’ || Journey
Just a city boy / Born and raised in South Detroit

I was also born and raised in the Detroit area, so I always have to giggle at this line. Even though there is no such thing as South Detroit, according to my dad.

Um…so I looked at Billboard’s Top 100 chart, and I recognised a few songs, mainly from my friends, but I haven’t heard any of them. I’m going to skip this one.

(This is kind of sad, realising how definitely not in the loop I am.)

Every Move I Make || Shout Praises Kids
Every move I make I make in you / You make me move, Jesus / Every breath I take I breathe in you

I can explain! I feel a little embarrassed to admit it, honestly, but I teach Sunday school to small children (read: herd cats weekly), and we end our big group sessions by dancing to this song. It’s honestly such a joyful song.

Sucker || Jonas Brothers
I’m a sucker for you / Say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly / I’m a sucker for you / Any road you take you know that you’ll find me

Just Dance ruined this one for me.

Non-Stop || Hamilton
Why do you write like you’re running out of time? / Write day and night like you’re running out of time? / Ev’ry day you fight like you’re running out of time / Keep on fighting. In the meantime–

I’ve already mentioned my love of the entire Hamilton soundtrack, but “Non-Stop” is my favourite. It blends a bunch of the songs from the first act in a beautiful harmony.

Show Yourself || Frozen II
Show yourself / I’m dying to meet you / Show yourself / It’s your turn

The absolute best part about this song is how it goes from gentle and sweet to blazing and determined in the course of four minutes. The songwriters and singers did such a good job on this one. Just…yes.

I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) || Hercules
No chance, no way / I won’t say it, no no

I love the beat and the power of this one! It’s so energising and determined.

Glow || Britt Nicole
We will not be silent, won’t hide it / The time is now / And you can’t stop us

I’ve already talked about how much Britt Nicole was a part of my childhood, especially in middle school, but “Glow” especially was one of my favourites. I used to dance to it all the time.

Good Morning || Mandisa (ft. tobyMac)
Good morning / Wake up to a brand new day / This morning I’m stepping up / Stepping on my way

Mom used to blast this all the time in the mornings. All. The. Time. It got really annoying after a while, as you can imagine. (And Mom, I know you’re reading this, so…you succeeded in annoying us. Congratulations.)

The Timeline song

I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. But the homeschool program we use has us learn a timeline, and the timeline has a song, and I can’t not include it on my childhood songs list.

Here’s the link if you really want to spend thirteen minutes listening to this so you can understand what the heck I’m talking about.

Roar || Katy Perry
I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / Dancin’ through the fire

This is another one that I used to have on my old playlist that I absolutely loved.

Man, scrolling through my old iPod to find these has been a blast from the past…

My parents are going to get mad at me for listing songs from their childhoods as “really old,” but I grew up on 80s’ pop (from my mom) and rock (from my dad), and I have to say, they are still the best.

Eye of the Tiger || Survivor
It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight / Rising up to the challenge of our rival

This is one of the best songs ever. Fight me. One of the 80s’ quintessential songs. If I could scream in a blog post, I would.

Livin’ on a Prayer || Bon Jovi
Whoa, halfway there / Whoa, livin’ on a prayer / Take my hand, we’ll make it, I swear / Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

Again, one of the 80s’ pop songs I have an infinite amount of respect and love for.

Back in Black || AC/DC
Back in black / I hit the sack / It’s been too long, I’m glad to be back

This song has one of the baddest, high-energy, awesome-villain-sounding beats I’ve ever heard. It’s one of my top favourites, for sure.

Sweet Child O’ Mine || Guns ‘n’ Roses
She’s got eyes that it seems to me / Reminds me of childhood memories / Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky

The obligatory guitar solo in the middle of this song is the best.

Photograph || Def Leppard
You’ve got some kind of hold on me / You’re all wrapped up in mystery

This song does not take long at all to get stuck in my head. It’s so catchy, and I love the chord progression.

Concrete Jungle || Au/Ra
In this concrete jungle / We all act like animals / Runnin’ on pure instinct / No, we ain’t scared of nothing

This song can only be described as clever. As well as having a catchy beat, its lyrics are also metaphors and beautiful wordplay.

King of Anything || Sam Tsui
Who cares if we disagree? / You are not me / Who made you king of anything?

The original version of this song is by Sara Bareilles, but I much prefer Sam Tsui’s version. This song is so sassy! I have to sing along (preferably while doing several dramatic hair flips).

I’m Not Her || Clara Mae
Been told that she’s the opposite / I kinda like the sound of it / Because there’s no one like me, and that makes it easier

This song has sad lyrics but an upbeat melody, and it’s so easy to sing along with.

Headphones || Britt Nicole
She gave it her best / She tried to fit in / She tried to be cool, but she never could win

Another song from my childhood that sparks such joy in me. It’s practically a law that I have to sing along.

In Awe || Hollyn
I’m livin’ in awe / ‘Cause You don’t need me at all / But You couldn’t love me more

This song always makes me sit down and think about how lucky I am that Jesus saved me, and even though He doesn’t or shouldn’t love us, He does anyway. It’s such a gift.

God Only Knows || for KING & COUNTRY
God only knows what you’ve been through / God only knows what they say about you / God only knows how it’s killing you / But there’s a kind of love that God only knows

This song calms me for the same reason that “In Awe” does. I feel alone sometimes, but this song reminds me that God is wrapping me in His love and care.

My brain has Swiss cheese holes in it, so we’ll see if I can remember more than a couple songs with memories.

Immortals || Fall Out Boy
‘Cause we could be immortals, immortals / Just not for long, for long

We were at a roller-skating rink when this song came on. I remember putting on this giant burst of speed and singing along at the top of my lungs because it energised me so much.

Gold || Britt Nicole
This, this is for all the girls / Boys all over the world / Whatever you’ve been told / You’re worth more than gold

I did this song for a presentation with my friend at our homeschool community once, and it was so much fun! I don’t really remember the specific memories so much as I just know that we did it and spent a whole lot of time rehearsing.

Little Girl || Faith Marie
My friends always tell me I get carried away / Sometimes I spit when I talk ’cause I have so much to say

This song hits hard, honestly. The lyrics are so poignant and real, and they carry so much emotion. It’s painful, yet encouraging. I don’t know how that can be, but it is.

Toxic Thoughts || Faith Marie
Oh dear, I don’t wanna be a burden / But could you please be a little more concerned with / The overactive mind of a believer / The toxic thoughts of an overacheiver

For the same reason as the above song.

Medicine || Au/Ra
Band-Aids for all my scraped knees / Blankets when I had bad dreams / Felt like nothin’ could hurt me / ‘Till you hurt me

This song is so, so, so sad. It makes me think of betrayals. The vocals are haunting and beautiful and match the tone of the song perfectly.

Still That Girl || Britt Nicole
Brown hair and bright eyes, such a beautiful blue / A heart full of laughter with nothing to lose / That’s how I remember you

My best friend of many, many years has brown hair and blue eyes, and she moved thousands of miles away from us several years back. I used to listen to this song and cry about how much I missed her. I still do sometimes.

Ooh…this one is going to be fun.

Brave || Sara Bareilles
Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out / Honestly / I wanna see you be brave

This line always puts me in a confident mood when I don’t feel like I can speak up. It gives me courage.

Kicks || Au/Ra
What’s dust to you is gold to me / But we’re just different books to read / Where every single chapter / Is another cliffhanger

I absolutely love the analogy of this one! Especially because I’m a bookworm. It’s clever.

Hall of Fame || The Script,
Be students, be teachers, be politicians, be preachers / Be believers, be leaders, be astronauts, be champions, be truth-seekers

This song, like “Brave” from above, is another one of my “permission slips,” if you will. I especially love the “be truth-seekers” part, because (even though I’m sure this is not what they’re talking about) you should always seek the Truth in whatever you do.

Fix My Eyes || for KING & COUNTRY
I’d love like I’m not scared / Give when it’s not fair / Live life for another / Take time for a brother / Fight for the weak ones / Speak out for freedom / Find faith in the battle / Stand tall and above it all / Fix my eyes, eyes / On You, You

That was a long segment of lyrics, but I find that part so convicting and encouraging. Live life for another. Take time for a brother. It’s sort of like my manifesto in song form.

Do Life Big || Jamie Grace
And I gotta take time / To hear that little voice inside / Sayin’ I came to give you life / So spread your wings and fly

The beat and energy of this song gets me moving more than caffeine! Jamie’s songs are so encouraging and motivating.

Tiptoe || Imagine Dragons
Hey, yeah, don’t let them know I’m coming / Hey, yeah, tiptoe higher

I have to admit, I don’t understand this song’s lyrics at all, but the lyrics really don’t matter in this one, because I love the vocals and the melody by themselves.

Make It Up || Sam Tsui
Don’t got no master plan, I don’t got nothin’ at all / Please don’t think less of me

The frenetic energy of this song makes me want to bounce every time.

I See a Dreamer || CG5
I see a dreamer over there by the water / And I got no, and I got no / Kakorrhaphiophobia

This song is about a Minecraft YouTuber that I enjoy watching, and the video is beautifully animated. Also, kakorrhaphiophobia is the fear of failure, something that Dream (the YouTuber in question) does not have, hence the lyrics. I mean, the dude does corner jumps over pools of lava!

Pass It On || Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Kina Grannis, Alex G, Max, Diamond White
If there’s a smile inside then send it along / Take a little of your love and pass it on

First of all, Kurt is an absolute genius. (He’s the dude in the vest with the shaggy hair.) His videos and songs are brilliant, and this one is no exception. I love how he uses the sound of the bottle opening to create a rhythm.

Panic Room || Au/Ra
Welcome to the panic room / Where all your darkest fears are gonna come for you / Come for you

(Video content warning: blood, a dead guy.)

I actually wrote a short story based off the video for this one about scientists trying to escape a mutation–and then I realised that it was about anxiety attacks. Anyway, I thought the video for this one is very well done.

I honestly can’t think of any of these right now either, so I’m going to skip this one too.

Turns out that Spotify has a playlist auto-generated for me of just this very thing!

Cheerleader–Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit || OMI
Oh, I think that I found myself a cheerleader / She is always right there when I need her

I’m a trumpeter, so I really appreciate the beautiful brass in this song. I’m still astonished at some of the notes he hits, honestly. This song is so cheerful and joyful.

Thunder / Young Dumb & Broke (Medley) || Imagine Dragons, Khalid
We have so much in common, we argue all the time / You always say you’re wrong, I’m fairly sure I’m right / You say you’re basic, say you’re easy / Always ridin’ in the backseat

I would not have expected these two songs to go together so well, but they do! It’s such an amazing blend. Whatever genius spotted the potential for this medley needs either a medal or a cookie.

Born to Be Yours || Imagine Dragons, Kygo
I never knew anybody till I knew you, ooh / I never knew anybody till I knew you, ooh / And I know when it rains, oh it pour / I know I was born to be yours

I love the high-energy beat and the techno vibe of this song. It gets stuck in my head so easily.

And now for the last one…

*cough* It’s not like I have an entire playlist just for this, nope, nope, totally not. Never.

Just a Friend || Jamie Grace ft. Manwell
Why can’t you just see what I see / When you say I’m just a friend, tell me I’m just a friend

I think every high-school girl can relate to this song, honestly. But the best part is the bridge, when Jamie sings, “Father, I will place this in Your hands / You know me and all my crazy plans / Humbly I surrender this to You / So I’ll keep dreamin’, You keep comin’ through.” It reminds me that I need to put everything in His hands, including my relationships, and not just the romantic ones.

High on Life || Martin Garrix ft. Bonn
And I’d walk a million miles just to see you smile / Till the day I die

This song has such a sweet, positive, wholesome energy that I love.

Sunshine Girl || Britt Nicole
I could be your sunshine girl / Or the company for your misery / I could be the quiet one / Or the life of the party

This song was my favourite for a long time when I was younger, and it remains a favourite to this day. (It’s from Say It, in case you were wondering, which you probably weren’t.)

This was a lot longer than I anticipated (holy cow, 2814 words–!), but I hope you enjoyed nonetheless! I created a playlist on Spotify where you can listen to all of these, if you’d like to. (I didn’t add the whole albums, because it would probably go over the sharing limit.) Here it is:

Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next Wednesday!