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This or That {Book Edition}

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Hello guys! I was checking my email when I saw this post by Paper Fury and since hers was so good, I decided to jump in. So, here are my picks for these Bookish This or That Tag questions.

1. SERIES OR STANDALONE

Standalone. When I was younger I used to be obsessed with series, but now ya girl has too many things to do to finish a series. Exhibit A: I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book.

2. MAGIC EARNED OR MAGIC BORN

I think I prefer magic born because they have to live with it and figure it out, which causes some interesting plot situations.

3. ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS OR FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS

I actually like somewhere in-between but I guess I’ll choose friends-to-lovers.

4. HILARIOUS BANTER OR EMOTIONAL RUIN

Emotional ruin because I like to die when I read books…

5. LOVE TRIANGLE OR INSTA LOVE

Love triangle! Insta love is irritating to me but I love a good love triangle to divide the fandom.

6. KEYBOARD-SMASH FANTASY NAMES OR ALL NAMES START WITH SAME LETTER

Fantasy names, it makes the book more interesting and more memorable.

7. MEAN PARENTS OR DEAD PARENTS

Dead parents because pain again and also mean parents are usually written in an unrealistically annoying way to me.

8. SUPERMODEL LOOKS OR CONSTANTLY SAYS HOW “PLAIN” THEY ARE

Neither. But since I must choose…supermodel looks because the “plain jane” trope is overused.

9. FACE ON COVER VS TYPOGRAPHY ON COVER

TYPOGRAPHY!!! I absolutely cannot stand a model’s face on the cover of a book aghhhh!

10. VILLAIN TURNING A LITTLE GOOD OR HERO TURNING A LITTLE BAD

Hero turning a little bad. I like blurred lines and it’s interesting when you have to ask whether your heroes are actually “good” anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this random little tag, feel free to tell me some of your picks in the comments.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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Palates

25 Questions Food Tag

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I was looking for something fun, simple, and food related and I stumbled across this food tag. I thought it’d be fun to give it a shot.

1. What’s your favorite breakfast?
I’m in love with breakfast! My fave would be either Chicken & Waffles or Shrimp & Grits.

2. How do you drink your coffee?
I don’t like coffee but if I go to Starbucks or something I’ll get a Caramel Frappe or some type of latte. Although, because of the recent unfair treatment of customers I won’t be going to Starbuck’s anytime soon.

3. What’s on your favorite sandwich?
There’s too many: Monte Cristo, Banh Mi, Philly Cheesesteak, French Dip… ok I’ll stop now. But in terms of more basic sandwiches I love an amazing grilled cheese sandwich.

4. Soup or Salad?
Soup. Although I love salads too.

5. What’s your favorite cookbook?
Martha Stewart Cakes, it has a lot of my go to cake recipes in it.

6. No more sweets or no more hearty foods?
I guess hearty foods, I love desserts with my entire being.

7. What’s your favorite Cuisine?
Can I be really broad and say Asian? I love Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese foods so much I couldn’t just choose one country.

8. What’s your favorite food movie?
Ummm, I can’t really think of a food movie other than Ratatouille so…

9. What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Potato chips with ketchup and hot sauce.

10. What’s your greatest inspiration source?
Pinterest.

11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
Going out for dinner because I love trying new restaurants

12. High end or low profile?
Well, I have kind of expensive taste, however, I love those hole-in-the-wall places with bomb food. So, both!

13. What’s your favorite restaurant?
It’s a list: Uncle Julio’s, Thai Phooket, Martin’s Barbecue… and many others

14. I do my grocery shopping at:
I don’t really do the grocery shopping, but my parents shop at Kroger, Publix, Sprout’s, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods

15. The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:
This is too much pressure! But right now I’d have to say the shrimp & grits waffle from Waffle Works in Birmingham

16. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
Neither

17. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
Peanut butter.

18. What’s your favorite snack?
Greek yogurt or apple and peanut butter

19. What’s on your pizza?
It changes often but right now I’m into: cheese, red onions, Italian sausage, spinach, sometimes sundried tomatoes.

20. What food do you really dislike?
Honestly, there isn’t one that I dislike completely, some foods I only like it certain forms or prepared certain ways.

21. What’s your favorite food blog?
This one! No just kidding it’s probably Sally’s Baking Addiction (I mean, my blog’s good too though…)

22. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Seaweed, frog legs, maybe other things I forgot.

23. What’s on your food bucket list?
Try Indian food, learn to make croissants, and eat sushi in Japan.

24. I couldn’t live without:
Kimchi? I put it on a lot of things. Another would be hot sauce: Green Pepper Cholula, Sriracha, Tabasco, Mango Chili, I love them all.

25. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi, hands down.

Let me know some of your answers below!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

Plots

My Name in Books Tag

img_2766-1Today class was cancelled and I wanted to use this time to write a blog post. But I had no clue what to write about, so I googled book tags and this one seemed fun. rather than just spelling my name I thought that I would explain why I love these books, then I realized that each one of these is special to me in some way. Without further ado let’s get into this tag!

A: Around the World in 80 Days -Jules Verne

A classic, I read this in a book club when I was around 8 years old and looooved it! It’s full of adventure and when I went back to read it later I realized how well written the prose is.

K: Kira-Kira -Cynthia Kadohata

My very first blog post was a book review of this book, you can check it out here. This book gave me an irreplaceable look at Japanese-American culture and experiences in a way that I never thought about before.

I: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie -Laura Numeroff

These picture books are timeless, I still love them. I think this is also one of the books my mom used to teach me how to read.

L: Life in Motion -Misty Copeland

One of my favorite autobiographies ever! I sped through this book in les than 24 hours because it was that amazing. Misty Copeland is such an inspiration and this book is a must read.

A: Anne of Green Gables -L.M. Montgomery

Another classic that I really enjoyed reading. Anne is such an infectious character and the books never bored me.

H: Hush -Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woo is one of my favorite authors and this book was so emotionally moving. She always does an amazing job of talking about huge issues in a personal way, with one character with whom the reader can relate. This book is no exception.

Stay fly,

Akilah

Pleats

Would You Rather ~Fashion Edition

Would You Rather is one of my favorite games so I’m stoked to play this fashion edition today. I got these questions from Popsugar Australia and I’m just going to answer them. Definitely tell me your answers in the comments.

Would you rather win a pair of designer shoes every month for a year? Or have 10 minutes to raid the Vogue fashion cupboard?

This is a difficult question right off the bat but I’d definitely choose Vogue closet. Ten minutes is really all I need to grab all the Balmain, Chloè, YSL, Off-White, and Alexander Wang I need. Plus I can get some designer shoes while I’m in there and get more variety.

Would you rather get 30 minutes to raid Olivia Palermo’s wardrobe? Or have Vogue stylist’s at your beck and call for a year?

Again I must choose Vogue. Since I want to be a stylist, I get so excited thinking about all I could glean from the creative minds at Vogue and all the networking connections a year could provide.

Would you rather lose a suitcase full of your favorite clothes? Or tear a hole in your designer handbag?

Tearing a hole in one handbag doesn’t seem as catastrophic to me as losing a whole suitcase full of clothes. I prefer clothes to handbags anyway so I’d survive.

Would you rather work on and launch a successful collaboration with Isabel Marant? Or score 10 pieces from a designer of your choice?

I’d rather have the collaboration, because while I’d love to have 10 Balmain pieces, I see a collaboration with Isabel Marant as being fun but also providing me with a lot of career opportunities. Thus, in the long run that collab would pay off more.

Would you rather only shop online ever again? Or only shop in store ever again?

In store allllll the way! I don’t like to wait for my stuff to come in the mail and I need to try things on and feel textures when shopping.

Would you rather as of tomorrow only wear black and white? Or as of tomorrow only wear colors and prints?

Although I love colors and prints but I think it’d be easier for me to only wear black and white but I have to cheat a little and add gray because gray is life.

Would you rather wear heels forever or flats forever?

Not sure if sneakers are included in this or not but I could probably survive on only platform sneakers so I’d choose heels forever. Heels forever would allow me to wear wedges most of the time for comfort but still have the option to be fancy.

Would you rather spend have $4,000 to spend at Myer or $2,000 to spend at Chanel?

I didn’t know what Myer was at first but it appears to be an Australian online store. They don’t carry any brands I’m truly interested in so I’ll say Chanel. $2,000 is enough to cop an iconic crossbody.

Let me know in the comments which question you found the hardest.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

Music · Plots

Hamilton Book Tag

What could be better than history, hip-hop, and books? I’m so excited to be combining these things in the Hamilton Book Tag today. I randomly found it, it’s kinda old, and I wasn’t tagged but we’re gonna do it anyway! Also I don’t know who started this so I apologize for not giving them credit but if you’re reading this and you came up with it thank you. I did however find it on a blog called Cuddle Buggery. One more thing this post contains spoilers for The Hunger Games series.

Hamilton changed my life when I heard the soundtrack and if you haven’t heard it yet you need to give it a listen because ish lit. I admire Lin Manuel Miranda’s creativity and his vision for diversity. Having black and Latina people play the founding fathers is revolutionary and “the world will never be the same”. I could fangirl about Hamilton all day but I digress, let’s get into the tag!

The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself into

I’m definitely going to say Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia because living in that magical world, meeting those mythical creatures, and walking with the magnificent Aslan would be amazing.

The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character

This book series in underrated as a whole but I think as a character Petra from The Calder Game is underrated, she’s so well developed as a side character and has a distinct personality.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Sophia from Sophia’s War definitely went after what she wanted. That doesn’t mean I always agreed with her though…

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

There are so many characters I wish were still alive but I’d definitely say Rue and Cinna from The Hunger Games. They were my favorite characters in the book and in the movie so I was devastated when they died *cries*.

Burn: The most heartbreaking ending to a relationship you’ve ever read

I have a rather uncoventional answer for this question but I would say the relationships in The Scarlett Letter are so heartbreaking. This is rather expected because the whole book is about adultery and shame but once you read it you’ll realize that it isn’t the relationships you might expect that are most heartbreaking.

You’ll Be Back: The sassiest villain

The Mysterious Benedict Society was one of my favorite series when I was about 11 or 12 (it’s still amazing btw). And the villain is so savage and hillarious, I won’t tell you who it is but if you’ve read the book you know. Everyone in this book is lowkey sassy though which why I love it.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

I’ve read a lot of books with twists but one that definitely stuck out was Traitor’s Gate by Avi, thiisss boooook! It destroyed my life with it’s web of intrigue and lies, so many lies!

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned

I don’t really marathon series anymore but when I was younger I marathoned The Left Behind Kids series (i didn’t finish them though because they’re a lot of them) but I read a good 50-60 of them in about two months.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

Satisfied is one of favorite Hamilton songs and one of my favorite books with multiple points of view is Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper. This story is beautiful and shows how two seemingly different lives have parallels.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Little Women is such a timeless story and it already showed it’s longevity by lastng this long. I think the sisterhood between the March sisters will never expire.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

I was definitley rooted for Matt and Love from The Boy in the Black Suit from the very beginning, they have such a sweet relationship and this book is funny but also deep.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

I honestly don’t really like reading fight scenes, they usually seem to drag and the descriptions never quite thrill me but I did like a scene in The False Prince (series) it was quite dramatic.

Say No To This: A guilty pleasure read

I don’t have one because all books/articles/etc that I feel like I shouldn’t read I don’t.

What Comes Next: A book/series you wish had more books

I would love it if The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Fraizer had a sequel because I’d love to see the main characters in another setting after the duration of the book.

Right Hand Man: BroTP

A BroTP is a spin on OTP (one true pairing or a relationship you root for) only this time it’s not a romantic relationship. I’d say Logan and Philip from CandyMakers for this one because they were hilarious.

What’d I Miss: A book/series you were late to reading

Ummm Harry Potter because I’ve only readl the first one…

Wait For It: A book that was worth waiting for

I’m gonna change this up a bit and say a book that I currently can’t wait for and that is Dear Martin by Nic Stone. It’s been hyped by my favorite authors and the synopsis sounds amazing. It comes out in October and “I’m gonna wait for it, I’m willing to wait for it.”

Stay fly,

~Akilah

What book are you currently waiting for!


Plots

Purposeful Pages #1

Purposeful Pages Link-Up LaunchLong time no see friends, it has been a whirlwind of a week but I’m back. Today I’m going to do the Purposeful Pages tag/link-up which Amanda and Hannah put together.

Purposeful Pages is a monthly link up designed to unite bloggers on answering questions about life, blogging, the Bible, writing and books.

Now to the questions:

  1. What verse and chapter of the Bible inspired you most this past month and why?

At the end of June and into the beginning of July I’ve been needing a reminder of the hope I have in Jesus. When I see all the violence against my people and the violence in return it’s easy to be afraid but then I think about 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2. What’s a book (fiction or nonfiction) that you read or continued reading this past month that reminded you of an important truth?

Well, a book I’m actually reading currently: Riot by Walter Dean Myers had a beautiful quote in it:

“It’ll be done when America at last defines itself, by what she sees in her collective mirrors and not by what she sees in her imagined the world of snow-white angels floating among the clouds of our lofty ideals. Until then, we’ll all be in the streets looking for where we belong.”

I think this is such a timely quote as it relates to violence and race relations in America.

3. Do you have any goals for yourself this month? If so, what are they?

This month is almost over but for the remainder my goals are to…

  • Do math everyday
  • Prepare for upcoming trip
  • Begin scheduling and prepping for school

4. Have you discovered anything new or changed your blog around this past month?

No, not yet.

5. What is your favorite blog post that you wrote in June?

My favorite was the birthday post I wrote for my sister: Ten Things I’d Tell My Ten Year Old Self.

6. Can you share one quotable thing from your novel/book (if applicable that you recently wrote?

I haven’t recently written anything actually so…

7. What biblical character would you get along with the most and why?

Maybe, Esther? Since she got all those beauty treatments before becoming queen I would think she might be into fashion, so that could be fun. Also, I really identify with her courage in the face of adversity and her love for her people.

8. Favorite new word unearthed from the dictionary?

Huh, I don’t have one. But I do love learning new words

9. In the blogging world what is one thing you have learned about yourself?

I’ve learned that it’s more fun to write how I actually speak than to write how I would an essay.

10. What fictional character would you spend the day with and what would you do?

Ya’ll kill me man. I didn’t know what to put for this so I asked my Mom and sister and my mom said Aslan. Then I said totally, why didn’t I think of that?

But yes, Aslan. I don’t know what we would do but it would be lit.

Stay fly

~Akilah

That’s it! Comment below with what you think I should do with Aslan (if you’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia) or what word I should fall in love with.