Disney Book Tag

Disney Parade 2013, Photo taken by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse
Disneyland Parade, June 2013. Photo taken by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse.

Thank you to Alyssa @ Reading, reading, READING for tagging me to do the Disney Book Tag. The Disney Book Tag was created by Katytastic on her Youtube channel. You can watch the original tag here.

I’m excited to participate. With a seven-year-old in my house, everything is Disney these days, so this fits right in. If I’ve reviewed a book mentioned in this post in the past, you can click on the book title to read the review.Here we go!

1. The Little Mermaid – a character that is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Five Flavors of Dumb

The first character that popped into my mind is Piper from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Piper is suddenly made manager of her high school’s favorite rock band and she has to prove she can get them a paying gig — only Piper’s deaf. She can’t even hear their music. Piper’s definitely a fish out of water.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Saving Toby (Toby & Claudia Book 1)

My Cinderella isn’t the typical Cinderella. It’s a guy: Toby from Saving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link. I chose Toby because he starts out as “one of those bad Faye boys” and turns his life around in ways he never thought he could.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins definitely has a cast of eclectic characters. Lola’s a future fashion designer. Crickett is an inventor. Calliope is an ice skater. Lola’s has two gay dads and a rock star boyfriend.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

Ahhh. This question again. I’ll stick with the same answer. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Bronx. I couldn’t even finish it. It was like reading a text book. Great information, but not enough excitement.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Grey (Fifty Shades, #4)

So many books could go under this category. I swear almost every story has something that could fit. I’m going with Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed and Grey by E.L. James. The dude had a terrible childhood and it shaped him into who he became.

6. Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

The Fault in Our Stars

I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a big book in length, but I did put off reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for a long time simply because I knew it would be a very emotional book to read. Sometimes, I just not in the mood for sadness. I did find the story to be beautiful and not depressingly sad once I read it. I’ll always be glad I did.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

I’m going to say Blake Brennan from There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras for this one. Blake really wants to know the secret behind her parents’ violent deaths and her past. Having this wish granted may not lead to the answer she’s hoping to find.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be something or someone they are not

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Bone Marrow Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is my pick for Mulan. Mare is a Red thrust into the Silver world. But she’s not just any Red. (And I still think Bone Marrow every time I read Mare Barrow!)

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)

This one is easy. Bright Side by Kim Holden. I want to live in a world with characters as awesome as these ones. I want them to be my friends. I want to go to college with them. I want to hang with them. I want to play musical instruments I can’t play and jam with them. I want to be influenced to “Do epic” like them. (READ THIS BOOK, PEOPLE!)

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)

Well, I hate to love this character. He’s very bad. He’s a motorcycle gang leader. He’s a murderer. He’s a criminal. He’s a kidnapper. He’s everything I should hate in a character, but I can’t help but love him. He’s Grizz from Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn.

Now, let the tagging begin! I tag the following friendly bloggers, if you want to participate and haven’t already been tagged.

Erika in Bookventureland


The Lit Mermaid 

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Erika in Bookventureland for nominating A Novel Glimpse for the Blogger Recognition Award. This award was originally created by Eve over at Edge of the Night.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above.)
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!


How did A Novel Glimpse Start?

For a couple of years I toyed with idea of creating a book blog. I was hesitant because I know there are millions of book blogs out there and I wasn’t sure I would be good at writing book reviews. My “preschool mommy friends” (Our kids are no longer in preschool, but we still hang out.) from Mt. View Cooperative Preschool kept encouraging me and telling me to just go for it. It was after one of their son’s birthday party that I really began to consider it. Once I thought of the name A Novel Glimpse, I decided to just go for it.

My advice for new bloggers?

  • Keep it simple to start out with. Get yourself going with a few posts and then look back and see if you want to make any changes. If you haven’t actually started your blog yet, have a few posts written and ready to go.
  • Check out other blogs. Follow the ones you like. Comment on posts and interact with the blogging community. It’s a great way to make blogger friends and get involved in all of the fun memes, awards, etc.
  • Link your blog to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It helps people connect with your blog.
  • Email the link to friends and family and tell them can forward on the link.
  • Be honest in your reviews. If you liked it, you liked it. If you didn’t, you didn’t. I’ve loved books that other people have hated and vice versa. But make sure to do it all politely.
  • Have fun with your posts. If it feels like work, you won’t want to do it.

_________________________________________________________________________*Here are the 15 bloggers I’m nominating for this award.

jellieeebeansss @ NOM DE PLUME

Bananagrams Book Reviews
Ellis @ Ellis Nelson Books
Ian @ ephemeralwriting
Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings
Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Blog
The Bibliotheque
LJ @ All My Love, LJ
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Skylee @ The Night Girl
The Whimsical Writer
Areli @ books and photographs
Annemieke @ A Dance With Books

*If you are not interested in receiving this award or have already been nominated and made a post, you can disregard.

The Creative Blogger Award


Thank you to Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard for nominating A Novel Glimpse for The Creative Blogger Award. Don’t forget to check out her blog! 🙂



Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Share 5 facts about yourself.
Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.


1. I have an only child. No, we’re not having more kids. We had one on purpose. Sometimes, I feel guilty that she doesn’t have a sibling, but most of the time I don’t. I feel lucky that she gets all of our time and attention. Plus, now that we’re involved in sports, I see families struggling to get all of their kids to practice and games and I don’t have to worry about it.

2. I’m married to my best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s best friend. We all went to high school together. She dated the guy for 3 years, but I never really knew my husband. I was even good friends with her ex-boyfriend and knew his other friends. It wasn’t until I graduated from college that another mutual friend introduced us and the rest is history.

3. I hate flying. I know planes are safer than cars, but they make me nervous. Every time I fly, I have to remind myself that one of my best friends used to be a flight attendant and flew multiple times a day without crashing.

4. I love a good Midwestern or Southern accent. I could listen to Matthew McConaughey speak all day long. (Just don’t tell my husband. Lol!)

5. I love watching The Mindy Project. My best friend once told me that if we both hadn’t gotten married and had kids, she could imagine we would be a lot like Mindy. Well, I’d be Mindy and she would be my best friend. I’m still not quite sure if that was a compliment or not.


I nominate:

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Book Blog

Day 3: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge


Thank you to Annemieke @ A Dance with Books for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. So, here’s how it goes…


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

This Song Will Save Your LifeMy final quote is from This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I chose it because it is simple and true. It’s something pretty much everyone has to learn.

“People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.”
―Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life


My final challenge nominees are:

Warisha @ Warisha Reads

Erika & Miedjel @ partnersinbooks

Alyssa @ Seals of Approval Books

Day 2: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge


Thank you to Annemieke @ A Dance with Books for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. So, here’s how it goes…


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts, #1)Today’s quote is from Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. I found Kaleidoscope Hearts to be incredibly moving book. It was with filled with emotions from the start. This particular quote spoke to me because love really is all of those things at different times in life. And I really do think love is everything.

“Love is beautiful, shattering, moving, haunting. Love is everything.”

-Claire Contreras, Kaleidoscope Hearts


Today, I nominate:

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Brittany Marie @ brittanymariereads

My Ink & Wit

Day 1: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge


Thank you to Annemieke @ A Dance with Books for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. So, here’s how it goes…


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)Today’s quote is from Bright Side  by Kim Holden. I don’t think a book has had such an emotional effect on me since I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I laughed, I cried and I am constantly trying to apply the following quote to my life now.

“Do epic.”

-Kim Holden, Bright Side


I nominate:

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Book Blog

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

More Happy Than Not Tag


A big thank you to Giselle @ HARDWORKBOULEVARD for tagging me and giving me the opportunity to complete the “More Happy Than Not” tag. It’s another fun one.


The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag was created by Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome but was originally made in response to the “What makes you #MoreHappyThanNot?” question inspired by Adam Silvera’s upcoming debut More Happy Than Not.  You basically highlight ways you’ve been able to express happiness from the things—big and small—in your life.

These are the three simple rules for doing this tag:

(1) Answer the question “What makes you more happy than not?

2) Link back to this post to the person who tagged you (or the original creator of this tag)

(3) Have FUN. You can add your links below, as well!


I Am More Happy Than Not surrounded by my family. Whether it’s my own little family, my extended family or my husband’s, it always makes me feel loved.


I Am More Happy Than Not watching my daughter participate in anything active. She loves sports and gives them her all. Her favorite right now is soccer and I’m proud to admit I’m a soccer mom. She also wants to be on American Ninja Warrior when she grows up. She’s been working on getting her dad to build her a course in the backyard, but we don’t think our neighbors would approve.

I Am More Happy Than Not when I get to hang out with my two best friends. As we’ve gotten older and had careers and families, getting together isn’t as easy as it used to be. I wish we were back in the days when we were able to hang out daily and have slumber parties, but life changes. Any chance I get to hang out with my girls is guaranteed fun.

I Am More Happy Than Not camping and boating in the summer with our friends and camping buddies. It’s always an adventure. We’ve seen friends in our camping group come and go, but the six of us always have a great time.


I Am More Happy Than Not when reading a book. (Duh!) I have always loved to read. I’m always looking for the next book that is going to make me feel something.


I Am More Happy Than Not listening to music from the 1980’s. I have loved listening and dancing to it since I was 18 years old going to a Seattle 18 and over club called DV8. The infectious beats and choruses make me smile. It can make a bad mood good. I would love to list a favorite song from the 80’s, but there are just too many.


I Am More Happy Than Not when watching a really funny movie. My favorite funny movies right now are Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. Rebel Wilson just knows how to make me laugh!


Here is who I tag:

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Alyssa @ Seals of Approval Books

Skylee @ The Night Girl

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

I would like to thank Hard Work Boulevard for nominating A Novel Glimpse for the Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award. It’s awesome to have fellow bloggers take in interest in the blog and nominate it for these fun awards. It helps other blog writers and readers get to know me a little better, while I get to know them.


By accepting this award, the rules to be followed are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has given you.
  • Nominate ten other bloggers
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

Here it goes…

What kind of sickness have you lied about so you wouldn’t have to go to work or school?

  • I can neither confirm nor deny that I may or may not have had food poisoning one time back in college and “had” to call in sick.

What is your favorite opening line in a book or movie?

  • I honestly can’t answer this one. I read so much I can’t remember. I know there have been some good ones. I can remember my favorite last line in a book, though. It was from Maggie Stiefvater‘s The Raven Boys. I would tell you what it is, but it would completely ruin the book for anyone that hasn’t read it.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

  • Yikes! It was a picture of the back end of my dad’s car. He had a medical emergency the other day and backed his car into a wall. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t bad and he’s okay.)

Who would play you in a movie?

  • Hmm….Well, if it was a movie already made, I would want to play Janie in Girls Just Want to Have Fun or Becca in Pitch Perfect. If it was a movie that hasn’t been made, I’d say Ugly Love, the movie they’re making of Colleen Hoover‘s book.

Last thing you bought?

  • Groceries. Exciting, huh?

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

  • I couldn’t think of a good one, so my daughter suggested ice powers like Elsa. Lol. I think it sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I also hate being cold. Maybe I should say the power to heal people. That would be awesome.

What is your favorite indulgence?

  • Sweets! Especially cookies. I can’t keep them in the house.

Name three things you could not live without.

  • My family & friends, books, running water (which I say includes a toilet!).

If you were deserted on an island, one person you would like to take with you? It could be fictional or not.

  • Just one!?!?! My husband. I feel like he would be handy. But I want to take my daughter, too! Dang it!

Your favorite childhood game/s?

  • Life. I loved that game. I think it was the whole getting to marry someone and add little baby pegs to my car.

Now, here are the blogs I nominate to the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award. I know, I know. There aren’t 10, but I was running short on time, so this will have to do. 😉

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Beth @ My Ink & Wit

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Book Blog

Warisha @ Warisha Reads

Skylee @ The Night Girl

My questions for you:

  1.  Name the person you would most like to read a memoir of and why.
  2. What book are you most looking forward to being released this summer?
  3. Do you like sharing paperback/hardback books with others?
  4. If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
  5. Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?
  6. How long does it usually take you to read a book?
  7. Do you like being book tagged? Why or why not?
  8. Do you believe unicorns exist?
  9. Which celebrity do you wish was your best friend?
  10. What is your favorite song at the moment?

Okay, go!

Book Tagged Again — “Would You Rather”

One of the things I love about writing a blog dedicated to books is the book blogging community. They’re so nice and so much fun! I had the privilege of being tagged by HardworkBoulevard in a “Would You Rather” tag. Tags are a lot of fun because the questions they ask can give blog readers a look into the blog writer. So, here it goes…

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

  • Standalones. Trilogies can be good, but the first book is always the best. There are a lot of trilogies that I could read just the first book and be done. Plus, no cliffhangers in standalones.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

  • Honestly? Female. I don’t have anything against male authors, it’s just that when I look at the books I’ve read the majority of the authors are female. Plus, I’m a big romance fan and it seems to be women writing those.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

  • Oh, man. Well, I have a Kindle and I love reading on it, so that pretty much means I buy most of my books from Amazon. The only physical bookstore close to me is Barnes and Noble, so if I’m buying a hard copy, it’s definitely Barnes and Noble. But my favorite bookstore I’ve ever visited is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

  • Neither. I actually had this conversation with my BFF recently. There are some good movies made out of books, but there aren’t really any amazing ones. You just can’t put everything that’s in a book in a movie. In a book, it’s like you’re reading the characters’ minds. You can’t really do that in movies unless you’re using a narrator all of the time.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

  • 5 books per week. 5 pages per day would drive me nuts. I’d never get through all the books I want to read.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

  • I’d love to be a professional author. I have such respect for anyone that can write a really great book. There’s so much creativity in writing.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

  • Hmmm….I’m going to say librarian. Just because there wouldn’t be the pressure to sell, sell, sell.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

  • Just my favorite. I already know I like it.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

I like both, but if I had to choose it would be ebooks. I like that you can get some for free, share them and they don’t take up as much space on your shelves.

Now I’m going to share this book tag with a couple other bloggers:

The Night Girl

Erika in Bookventureland

Anyone else is more than welcome to join in as well!

The Liebster Award (Helping Promote New Bloggers)


I need to thank thenightgirl for nominating me for this really cool thing called The Liebster Award. This fun award is one that’s passed around between bloggers. It’s kind of a way to help promote blogs that are just getting started. In order to receive the award, you must have less than 200 followers.

Once you are nominated for the award, you can choose to nominate other new bloggers for the award yourself. There are some rules, though. In your award post, you must:

  • Thank and link to the blog that nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 10 blogs (Must have less than 200 followers each.).
  • Propose 10 new questions for your nominees
  • Include these rules in the post

So, here are the ten questions I received their answers:

Tell me about your favorite book genre? or sub genres? Why is it your favorite?

  • Contemporary Romance is my favorite genre. It can be YA, NA, or Adult. I just like a good love story.

Do you have any other passions? if so, what are they?

  • Hmmm….I’m not sure if I have any other passions. I do like music and working out, but I wouldn’t say they are passions.

Favorite summer activity that isn’t reading?

  • Boating and camping.

How do you feel about gardening?

  • I don’t do it. Well, my husband and kiddo planted some snap peas and carrots this year. I helped pick them. Does that count? I’m all for it, but haven’t really done it. I do hate yard work, though. Allergies ruin it for me.

Do you believe in mermaids?

  • Do I believe in mermaids. Lol. Well, let’s see. No, not really. Maybe they could have centuries ago since they’re part of legends, but in this day and age it’s a definite no. Sorry Discovery Channel “Documentary.” Not buying it.

What historical period of time do you think you would have liked to live in?

  • Honestly, I’m good with the here and now. I like running water, toilets and such. I can’t really imagine any other time. I got to see the 80’s and 90’s. That was pretty dope.

Do you prefer stand alone books or trilogies or even series?

  • I love them all. Each of those categories has excellent books in it.

If you could choose a best friend from a book (e.g. what main characters best friend would you want to be your best friend) who would it be and from what book?

  • That’s an easy one for me. Right now I’m obsessed with Bright Side and Gus by Kim Holden. That series is AMAZING! So, I’m going to say Kate and Gus. You can’t pick between the two because they make a whole.

If you could acquire any type of skill in the world, what would it be?

  • I would like to be more outgoing.

Do you judge books by their covers?

  • Yes and no. A beautiful cover obviously helps, but I go more on what people are saying about the book.

Now for my nominations:

Shelf Defense


Entertain Me


My Ink & Wit


To Mommy and Beyond

Seals of Approval Books

Dreary Romance Book Blog

Your 10 questions to answer should you accept the challenge:

  1. What is your favorite book right now?
  2. What is your least favorite book genre?
  3. If you could be friends with any author, who would it be?
  4. Do you have to finish every book you start?
  5. What book has inspired you or touched you the most?
  6. If you could be a character in any book, what book would it be and what part would you play?
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  8. Do you believe in UFOs?
  9. If you were going to get a tattoo right now, what would it be of?
  10. What is your favorite song right now?

Okay, go! (I swear it’s fun.)