Friday, October 20, 2017

Who Am I? Tag

Since today is my birthday, I thought it was appropriate to do this tag about WHO I AM. I found it back in May at Bookmark Lit and knew I needed to do it. Feel free to participate if you want I'm not tagging anyone specific.

1. What is the meaning of your name?

Apparently Chrystal is an American created name made from a combination of Christa and Crystal. [source]
Christa means Christ-bearer [source] and Crystal means earth mineral or brilliant glass. [source]
Funny, my Mom just really liked the name Crystal or Christina, she wanted a CH name, so someone said just put an H in Crystal. She wasn't trying to combine two names at all. And I guess that means I'd learn towards the brilliant glass meaning then. Nothing special - not like my middle name, Ruth, that means friendship. [source] So am I everyone's BRILLIANT FRIEND then?

2. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

Mediator Personality (INFP, A/T) - Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration. [source]

3. What is your zodiac sign?

I'm a Libra - so my Myers-Briggs results make sense. You know balance and harmony in all things. That's me! The scales.

People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful and fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for Libra -born, and with their victorious mentality and cooperation, they cannot stand to be alone. The Libra is an Air sign, with expressed intellect and a keen mind. They can be inspired by good books, insurmountable discussions and interesting people.
The ruling planet of Libra is Venus, who is a lover of beautiful things, so the quality is always more important than the quantity for people born under the Libra sign. They are often surrounded by art, music and beautiful places. They are cooperative by nature, so they often work in teams.
Libra is fascinated by the balance and symmetry. Libra-born prefer justice and equality, and they cannot tolerate injustice. They avoid indulging in all types of conflicts and prefer to keep the peace, where this is possible. They like to do everything in pairs and not alone.
The biggest problem for Libra-born, is when they are forced to choose sides, because they are very indecisive and sometimes they forget that they have their own opinion.

Strengths: Cooperative,diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social
Weaknesses: Indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity
Libra likes: Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors
Libra dislikes: Violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity

4. What Hogwarts house would you be in?

I've taken this many times and always get Hufflepuff, but I feel like I might be a combination of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. [source]


5. What are your learning styles?

  • Visual 7
  • Aural 7
  • Read/Write 8
  • Kinesthetic 8
You have a multimodal learning preference.

6. Are you more of a left brain or a right brain person?

Perfect! Almost 50/50 - I know there are times I'm more analytic and others I'm more creative, so this makes perfect sense to me. [source]

7. What career are you meant to be in?

Interesting. I always thought I'd be administration or HR related. I always played secretary growing up.

Writer: You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.[source]

8. What Divergent faction do you belong in?

I've never read the books, so here goes nothing. [source]

Erudite - no idea.

Erudite is one of the five factions in the world of Divergent, the one and only faction dedicated to knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, and astuteness. It was formed by those who blamed ignorance for the war that had occurred in the past, causing them to split into factions in the first place. {Source}

9. What does your birth order say about you?

I'm the oldest of three children... Firstborn. [source]

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

1979 | Books Published in my Birth Year

When I saw Meagan, from Reading Away The Days, mention that she wrote a post about books published in her birth year, I just knew I had to check out the books published in 1979. We got chatting on Twitter about it and she was totally cool with me doing up my own post about what I found. Check out her list here for books published during her birth year. 

Here's what I found for 1979!

The only book that I've read from this list that I've compiled is Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. I have watched the movie version of The Neverending Story, but haven't ever tried reading the book. And I've always wanted to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, perhaps I'll check out the audiobook from my local library.

Have you read any of these? Which were your favourites? What books were published the year you were born?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

House Cup Reading Challenge | My Points Tracker

So I'm making this post as a place to track my progress on the House Cup Reading Challenge. I haven't set my reading list in stone as I'm a mood reader and I have a few review books I'm hoping to use for part of this challenge. I'm also hoping to complete some of the bonus challenges. So here's my way of tracking what I've read/plan to read. 

Here is a list of books that I'm hoping to read during the challenge (just not sure where they fit just yet, will assign a spot once I've read them). 

Funny enough, none of the above are even my current reads. Oops!

Main Challenge (20 points each)
First Year: reader’s choice
Second Year: reader’s choice
Third Year: reader’s choice
Fourth Year: reader’s choice
Fifth Year: reader’s choice
Sixth Year: reader’s choice
Seventh Year: reader’s choice

Bonus Challenges (10 points each)
Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Social Media Bonus Points
Use the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge on Twitter to earn 1 point per tweet (limited to 20 points total).

Reasons I Love My Library! | Ontario Library Week 15-21 #GetTheCard

It's that time of year again where we celebrate and promote out local libraries! It's Ontario Library Week! I've decided this year that I'm going to make a post about all of the amazing reasons that I love my library.

My most recent reason for adoring my library is the children's area. Our library has an awesome play area with a train table, a giant Connect Four game, infant toy section, computers, craft area with weekly crafts, Lego/Mega Blocks, musical instruments, puzzles, colouring pages and more! And of course an overwhelming selection of board books, picture books, middle grade readers, DVDs, audiobooks, and video games to borrow!
Lately, I've been using the Overdrive application on my cell phone to listen to audiobooks and read ebooks. I love that I can download the books I'm wanting access to right on my phone and not need to run to the library to get them. I've been finding it easy to listen to books while I go for walks on my lunch hour or cutting the lawn. They have a wide selection of titles.

Hoopla is the newest application that I want to try, but I've heard amazing things from friends. I think it's going to be a handy way to watch TV shows and movies. I already have Netflix at home, but I think since there are a lot of shows missing or that have been retired from Netflix, that perhaps I'll be able to find them on there. I'll be giving it a try this week actually.

My local library hosts an annual Local Author Showcase in summer with used book sale. It's a host to a wide variety of authors from children's picture books and memoirs to both fiction and non-fiction. I've met quite a few interesting people when attending - like author/illustrator Peggy Collins.

Each week the head librarian writes an article for the local newspaper. The topics vary from new releases, upcoming programs, tips on picking the right book for you, etc. I love ripping open the paper to see what she'll write next. It's how I found out about Blind Date With A Book years ago.

They also attend the Farmer's Market and have a booth for kids to listen to stories and play games and make crafts while their parents are shopping the booths. Sometimes they even have surprise guests like Belle!

Our library has an amazing YA section and graphic novel selection. I know they are trying to appeal to the younger generations and I think they are doing a great job in our town.These sections keep growing and they are sure to bring in the hottest new releases.

There are some really fun programs that our library has started and continues to run each year. Some of my favourites are Graffiti in the Margins (I still need to try this, but I've been donating books to use), Blind Date With A Book for both adults and children (my first and second years participating), Teen Paint Nites, lending of telescopes for use at the viewing center, bicycles to use around town, museum passes for local places and in bigger cities and GPS lending for geocaching in the area. Our library is so much more then books!
I love that there are multiple branches to reach as much of the community as possible. I've attended three of the locations and they are all different. The one closest to me just closed down as it was tiny and not visited enough (which made me sad because it was a five minute walk), the main branch which hosts many of the exciting events they have during the year and another branch about a 20 minutes drive from my home that seems to be the children and teen hub (it happens to be located at the community centre where the swimming pool and arena are located).

Our library has a very active social media presence and they are interactive with those that reach out to them. I follow them via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I love interacting with them whether it's to ask a specific question, to find out upcoming events or discuss a great new read.

Overall, I love their dedication to community involvement both in person and via online avenues. It just shows their dedication to their clients and their understanding of the changing needs in our society. I'm hoping to pass along my love of reading and libraries to my daughter and they are already making my job that much easier with all that they do.

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I also have access to another library system close by in the city that I work and I've been lucky enough to check out some of the amazing things they do as well, including a traveling exhibit about Anne Frank. But since we moved five years ago, I only visit this one a few times a year now.

So tell me what you love most about your local library. Do they have any interesting or unique programs that I should ask my library to try?

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