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Monday, September 24, 2018

Let's Talk (about books) | collab with Kenzie


Today I'm doing a collab with my absolutely lovely friend Kenzie and I am sooooooo excited!! I've been wanting to collab with her for a while because ahhhhh she's just so cool. She's basically like pizza, a raninbow, and all of the most wholesome books put into a person and it's kind of great. She always has the best energy and is soooo nice and is always so active in the community. Plus she has red hair which I'm kind of jealous of because I've always wanted red hair BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT OF THE POST. Today we're doing a super fun bookish collab and answering the questions from Charis's "Ask A Reader" tag plus a couple extra thrown in. :)

1. WHAT SPARKED YOUR LOVE FOR READING?

Nabila: Two things. Number one my dad. He used to force me to read when I didn’t like reading which
wasn’t that much fun but he was the one that got me to read in the first place. Number two percy
jackson. I fell in love with that book and then I just had to read more.


Kenzie: So... I never liked reading much. I didn’t crave it. There were a few childhood books that I
enjoyed but while my sister was whipping off this book and that book, I preferred to do more
“crafty/creative” type things with my time. My mother tried to encourage me to read (especially those
recommended classics) and it was always really hard for me to get into them...
Until I read The Hunger Games. That was when I fell in love with books and wanted nothing more than
to smoosh my face up against those glorious pages.

2. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BOOKS?

Nabila: Mostly the library. I don’t have a job or anything so buying all my books is out of the question and
my whole family is a library family so it works great. Fun fact, the library I used to go to flooded during
Hurricane Harvey, so now I go to a makeshift one in the community center near me. Very small but I can
still request books which is really all I need.


Kenzie: I wish I can say that I take advantage of my glorious library but I buy my books. I was never
encouraged to go to the library (because, to be honest, it was gross there) so I usually bought them or
they were given as gifts. I have a bit of ocd when it comes to having to own all the books that I have read.
When my library got a makeover, I did try reading a few books from there but I just felt the need to buy
them afterwards because my collection felt “off”. So, I usually give all my money to the holy trinity:
Barnes and Noble (this place owns my soul)
Amazon (plz just take my money)
Book Outlet (I bought all my christmas gifts from here last year and I have zero regrets) (why yes, I did
purchase my own christmas presents and wrap them. no I do not have any shame)


And then the other 25% is received through gifts. The thing with Book Outlet is that it carries books that
are “flawed” ever so slightly. The condition varies a little bit but for the most part, they’re in pretty good
shape. However, their inventory changes all the time so you’ll just have to go back and keep checking
what books they currently have.

3. WHERE DO YOU READ?

Nabila: There are three main places where I read. Number one the living room. Once it’s time to get off
electronics (around 8:30 for me) I basically just read. Number two my room. At night (if I’m kicked out of
the living room) I just lay on my bed and read. Number three school! It’s actually kind of crazy how much
free time I have to read during the school day to read haha.


Kenzie: I love reading outside. It allows me to enjoy the lovely weather and do something I enjoy. But
when the weather is yucky, I usually read on the couch or in our big fat recliner... And my bed. You have
no idea how excited I get to crawl into bed with my lil’ night light and my current read. I’m like a little kid
after Christmas morning. I also like reading in the car and it doeSN’T MAKE ME CAR SICK. BLESS.

4. WHEN DO YOU READ?

Nabila:  I basically answered this above but to recap: in the morning, at night, when the internet goes out,
and school. So basically like always lol.  


Kenzie: *heavy breathing* o-o every. chance. I. can. get. (Which is mostly in the afternoon to early
evening to late at night- the only time I ever stay up past 1 is if I’m deep into a book and I can’t put it
down.) I will sometimes, on rare occasions, read right when I wake up. I’ve found that it helps me be
more productive and excited about my day. I’ll just lay in bed for an extra hour and give myself a little
treat before entering the world.

5. WHAT GENRES DO YOU READ?

Nabila: I read lots of different genres including YA, dystopian, realistic fiction, historical fiction, memoirs,
drama, romance, poetry, and graphic novels. One genre I’ve noticed I don’t really like is fantasy. What I
mean by that though is books that are totally set in a different world. For example, I liked Harry Potter. But
I didn’t like The Ranger's Apprentice.


Kenzie: *skips around and tosses confetti in the shape of Ys and As* I don’t think I’ll ever be able to step
away from it. But since I do buy all my books, I have to be picky about which ones I choose so I’m not
waSTING MY ENTIRE EXISTENCE. I usually go by what is popular (I know that sounds bad but if it’s
popular, yah bet it’s got to be worth a lil’ of my time). And if those popular books happen to be in the
adult genre then so be it! Although, I do have a couple favorite genres I tend to lean toward when I’m
looking for a new read:
Contemporary
Fantasy


I have such a soft spot for contemporary books because they’re usually quick to read and they make me
squeal.  *cough* To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before *cough* Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
*cough*-- man, my allergies are acting up.

6. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD READS?

Nabila: Basically all of Rick Riordan's books. Except for the first Percy Jackson series. The first book
was good and started my love for reading. The rest of them though? Not good. Butttttt like every other
book by him is absolutely great. I also don’t think he gets enough credit for how much diversity is in his
books! There is both a gay couple with Apollo having awesome commentary in the Apollo books
and there is someone who is gender fluid in the new Magnus Chase books. That’s so cool! Some really
little kid books though would be Where The Wild Things Are and The Daring Book For Girls book.
Those were great.


Kenzie: Like I said, I never did a lot of reading when I was younger. My two favorite books from when I
was really young were The Giving Tree and Goodnight Moon. Then in middle school I’d read American
Girl books or my dad would read to my siblings and I and we always enjoyed The Magic Treehouse
books as well as those Narnia books.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Nabila: This is sooooooo hard but some of my faves would be The Selection series, The Hunger games
series, The Giver, In The After, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (aka Love, Simon WHICH I STILL
HAVEN’T SEEN BUT I REALLY FREAKING WANT TOO), Ready Player One, How To Be A Bawse,
The City Of Ember, The School For Good And Evil series, I Become Shadow, I Am Princess X, I Am
Malala, and like twenty thousand more.


Kenzie: DUDE. THIS QUESTION IS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE. I do have one ultimate favorite
book that I will never ever get sick of. I literally can’t find anything wrong with it- it’s perfection. Hehe,
I’m sure you’ve already guessed it but I’ll just say it anyway.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


That book is mY CHILD. I will protect it at all costs so fiGHT ME. (Softly, because I’m a sensitive little
bean.)


But since you did ask books with an s, I’ll list a few other favorites:
Everything, Everything
The Sun is Also a Star
All The Bright Places
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Eleanor & Park
The Dangerous Art of Blending In
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hate U Give
The Mortal Instruments Series
The Throne of Glass series
The 5th Wave series
Mara Dyer series
Anything by Rainbow Rowell
anD MORE


Also... NABILA. Come over to my house and we will watch Love, Simon together and we’ll eat rainbow
skittles and oreos, m’kay? It is not an option anymore.



8. DO YOU READ FAST OR SLOW?

Nabila: Compared to most people I know pretty fast. I can go through a book in a day. Sadly lately I just
haven't been reading that much which makes me really sad.


Kenzie: Compared to most people, I’m a slow reader. I’ve gotten a bit faster over time but it takes me
like a month to get through a fantasy book and I’ll usually take 3 days to get through a contemporary.

9. DO YOU SET READING GOALS? WHAT ARE THEY?

Nabila: I actually did a Goodreads goals this year (feel free to friend/follow me on there) which was 50
books. At the point that I’m writing this I’ve only read 27 and I’m kind of scared I’m going to fail haha.  


Kenzie: YES SIR! Every year I make a Goodreads goal and it’s usually small (since I am a slow reader).
I made it to my goal last year (barely) and I just need to read one more book to make it to my goal of 30
for this year!

10. HOW DO YOU TRACK YOUR READS?

Nabila: I never have until this year but now I do on Goodreads.


Kenzie: Goodreads. It saved my life. I can’t live without it. We’re actually married. Sorry you missed the
wedding.


11. DO YOU BINGE-READ?

Nabila: Yeah sometimes I have these periods of time where I just read read read. Sometimes it will be a
week or a day or a day or a month but I’ll just be in this reading mode where I almost can’t stop.


Kenzie: Here’s the thing. I can’t not be reading a book. If I don’t have a current read then I feel like I’m
missing a limb. However, I’ll go through streaks of just reading, reading, reading... and sometimes it’ll
take me longer to finish a book over other times. I usually binge-read if I’m reading a really good
contemporary and I can’t breathe unless the book is finished. But whenever I finish a book, I have a
really hard time picking up another book. I don’t know why, it’s just really hard for me to start a book over
finishing one??

12. DO YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH CHARACTERS?

Nabila: Sometimes but it’s always cause I think they're adorable and sweet and I fall in love with them as
like this adorable person but in a platonic way. I've never had a crush on a fictional character.


Kenzie: BWHAHAHAH IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION. I fall in love with characters more than I should.
Sometimes I’ll be going about my day and I’ll start thinking about said character and I’ll just think: i rlly
luv u.

13. DO YOU BUDDY-READ?

Nabila: If this means like read a book at the same time as someone not really. I will make my friends read
the books that I love though so that we can gush over it together.


Kenzie: If it means reading in the same room as someone then yes, sometimes. My sister, Lila, loves all
the same books I do so she’s usually reading a book I recommended to her. Or I might read while my
brother reads his comics. Or if it means reading the same book at the same time with someone and
chatting about it... I do it sometimes but it doesn’t really work out the greatest. I’ll either be too far ahead
or too far behind and the vibe gets lost in between.


14. DO YOU RE-READ?

Nabila: No, not unless the book is amazing and I have nothing else to do and I haven't read it in a while.
I don’t like rewatching movies or shows either.


Kenzie: I used to be like Nabila but I’m guilty of it. I have such a horrid memory so it makes it pretty easy
to re-read books. This year I re-read A LOT of books. I couldn’t help myself! I’ll usually do it if the sequel
or movie is coming out to refresh my memory.


15. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A READER?

Nabila: Being able to go into this whole other world and person's life whenever you want. It’s like being a
shapeshifter or time traveler or something but with a smaller chance of dying.


Kenzie: YOU’RE NEVER BORED AND THERE’S SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. Plus, it gives you an
escape from the real world and allows you to be more educated on certain subjects.


16. WHAT IS ON YOUR TBR?

Nabila: Soooooooo many things (find full list here) but a couple book I’ve been wanting to read for a bit
include Fangirl, Carry On, Leah On The Offbeat, The rest of The Lunar Chronicles, Illuminae, To All The
Boys I’ve Loved Before, Queens Of Geek, Little Fires Everywhere, Warcross, A Thousand Perfect
Notes, and like twenty thousand other books haha.


Kenzie: Umm... oh, idk... WAYWARD SON?????????????


According to Goodreads, I have 1,439 books on my to-read. I’m not even going to get into that because
there are just so many. Too many. That doesn’t include the physical tbr pile I have in my room. Yeah,
my tbr is trying to murder me at the moment. We are not on the best of terms. It’s okay, after a little
couples therapy we should be fine.
therapist: so, I believe communication seems to be the problem here.
me: *is reading carry on for the 24984728912th time* hm?
tbr pile: you think??


17. WHICH AUTHOR WOULD YOU DIE OVER MEETING?

Nabila: Oh my gosh. There are soooooooooooo many authors that I just lovvvvve so I’m pretty sure like
all of them???? One author that I would love to meet currently is Becky Albertalli who I know Kenzie
actually got to meet (I’m supes jealous!!!). I’m currently reading Leah On The Offbeat and I, of course,
read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens agenda a couple years ago and I’m obsessed with both books!!!
Leah On The Offbeat is sooooo good it seriously lifts my mood. I love the narrator and all of the
references to pop culture and how I feel like it could literally be the mind of someone right now. It
feelllllls sooooo current which of course it is but even more than other books because of all of those
comments. I have laughed out loud multiple times while reading it. :)


Kenzie: I’ve met a lot of authors in my time but I know for a fact that I will fall face first on the floor if I
ever enter the same room as Rainbow Rowell. I don’t think I’d be able to handle the number of feels
that would come with that???
I told you Kenzie was great!! Plus she's just so funny and ahhh I love. If you want to see even more of her
coolness make sure to check out her blog and insta.

Would you call yourself a reader? What is one of your favorite books? 



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Creator Spotlight | Rosie From Two Points Perspective


This post is super exciting for me!! I remember when I used to be subscribed to Rosie's daily newsletter and I kind of freaking loved it. I read her emails literally every day and it just felt like a friend. She now has an amazing blog and seriously both her blog layout and writing is so awesome like teach me how you do this????? Today we're doing an interview swap! Soooo once you finish reading this you can check out her blog to find my answers to her questions. :) Let's get started and welcome the wonderful Rosie!

go team applause GIF by Molang.Official

What is your name and what does it mean? If you're named after someone who is it and what does that person mean to you?
My first name is Nicole, but I go by my middle name, Rose. (Do you have any ideas how many times I've
had to say that?) Nicole means "victory of the people". Rose refers to the flower of the same name.
Sadly, I am not named after anyone.


Cool! What is your blog's name and what does it mean? How did you come up with up?
My blog's name is Two Point Perspective. After deciding to step back from one of my long-term blogs,
Self Known, I was inspired to create a new blog. I desperately wanted to step into a new Internet
space, and because I'm majoring in art therapy, I thought it would be cool to mesh some creative terms
together. But I had the hardest time trying to figure something out. I turned to my family for support,
brainstorming with them until my brother suggested "two-point perspective". It's a design aspect used
to create the illusion their word is 3D. But because perspective can also mean mindset, or how you
look at things, I thought it was a great way to tie in the mental health aspect of my blog with the artistic
side. In short, Two Point Perspective means using art (defined as anything created in any medium by
any individual) to heal and pursue our best selves.



Wow that's such a cool title and thought process behind it! How do you spend an average day?
My average day starts at about 6:30 am when my alarm goes off for the fourth time. I dedicate my first hours of the day to preparing for the day, mentally (quiet time and devotionals), physically (showering, picking out something that makes me feel cute), and emotionally (praying for what's ahead). Then I like to sit down at the computer and work on any school projects. I work until I get hungry, then take a break to make a snack or lunch, depending on the timing and which sibling is in charge of food that day. Then I squeeze in some more school before commuting to my afternoon classes. After class, I usually have something extra, like a lab or a piano lesson. Then I head home, do more school, eat dinner, and stop all school stuff (unless urgent) by 6 pm. Then I have my creative time, which includes blogging, organizing, walking the dog, and working on my novel. Then I plop down in bed by 10 pm, pretending I'm not watching YouTube for an hour, and pass out.


What are your favorite hobbies?
I have so many! Blogging is in the top three, along with piano and writing creative fiction. Among the other things I like to do: bullet journaling, reading other blogs, watching anime, and reading manga.


What is your favorite thing about me? I want to know ok do not judge me haha.
Hey, I'm not judging, girly. ;) My favorite thing about you would have to be your presence. You have this bubbly, positive, smiley, giggly presence that I find infectious. You attract people in search of something to brighten their day, and that's what you do. You brighten it!


Awwww thank you so much! That's like all I've ever wanted to do haha. :) How do you come up with blog posts and how do you usually go about writing one?
A lot of the time my posts are about issues I've struggled with personally and then somehow found a
solution to -- either through writing the post or just on my own through experience. I also draw
inspiration from other bloggers, people I watch in public (don't judge me now, haha), and conversations
I overhear or participate in.


If I have an idea I like to write it down ASAP, just so I don't forget it. Sometime it will be a title or the gist,
other times it will be all the steps I want to include, plus the lesson I've learned. If I have time I'll open
up Blogger and free write until there's nothing left in my brain. Other times I'll make a note on my phone
and it may stay there for weeks. The posts I feel are the most helpful, inspired, and I feel good about
sharing are the ones that go live on my blog.



What does your blog mean to you and why would you say your blog?
My blog is an experimental learning platform, just like many other blogs are. It honestly means so much
to me, especially since I've let go of the notion that I need to be a popular blogger. I'm content where I
am and it's taken me such a long time to get to that point.


I blog because I am selfish. It's a way I express myself and work through my problems. But it's also how I
connect with others and learn to help them in the best way that I can, whether that be through going
through something relatable or making them laugh.


If you could hang out/meet any living person for an hour who would it be?
Honestly, I would have to say Abbiee! She is just so inspiring and I'd love to pick her brain on a whole
bunch of things -- plus I'd love to just hang out in her aesthetically pleasing room, drink tea, eat waffles,
and stare at her awesome bookshelves. <3_<3


CAN I COME WITH YOU GUYS THAT WOULD BE COOL. If you had to choose a career now what would it be?
I would be a writer, because that's my dream goal -- along with being an art therapist. But if I'm just a
writer I wouldn't have the privilege of going through six years of college now would I? ;)


What do you see happening with your blog in the next year? What do you want to happen?
I see growth happening. A growing community of creatives sharing and promoting each other's work.
People helping one another creative and find healing.


I would love to monetize my blog eventually but right now the focus is on school. I hope to have time in
the future to really focus on expanding my reach and helping as many people as possible.


What is one topic that you're really passionate about?
I'm very passionate about finding the best possible way to do something aka productivity. I am
obsessed with finding tips and tricks that actually work and I love to obsessively organize my time to get
the most out of my days. Perhaps that's a bit odd, but it's the truth.


That's really cool! Anything else you would like to share?
I am so thankful to have the opportunity to do this interview exchange with you! Thank you for
collaborating. I hope to do it again in the future. :)

Aww I super duper loved collaborating as well!!

That was super awesome!! If you want to find her at some more places here are a couple: 
I super duper wuper love collaborating with people and doing fun stuff like this so if you ever want to collab make sure to email me at nabilaeve@gmail.com!                                             





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