Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Protagonists

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This is my first time doing it, and today’s list is a freebie as long as it involves characters, and this post is long overdue.  For today’s list I decided on 10 of my favourite protagonists in books I’ve read. They’re not necessarily the best protagonists, but they’re some of the best.

They are in no particular order.

Tarzan

Tarzan might be one of your favourite Disney characters, but he is also the star of a number of books. I really enjoyed reading Tarzan’s books and that’s why he is on my list. He’s obviously a very strong and athletic human and could quite easily beat up any of his enemies, but he is one of the most gentle characters I’ve ever read.

I really enjoyed learning alongside Tarzan, and his love of Jane was a refreshing romance that develops throughout the books.

Nynaeve

This is one of the newer members on this list, but honestly she would probably be in my top 5 favourite characters if I was ranking them properly. I love how strong of a character she is, and how determined she is to be the best at what she does.

What I like most about her though is the fact that she pushes herself. She pushes herself, often too hard, to be the best and do better, and blames herself even when something minor goes wrong. She pulls off some amazing feats, and then will immediately blame herself for something she did wrong. I related to this so much, and this is why Nynaeve is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Arya Stark

Arya is cool, badass, smart, scary, and downright awesome all wrapped into one. As one of the Stark kids, her life has not been easy, but she has pushed through it all and has become pretty amazing in the process.

She’s also a main source of the non-Westeros story line we get in Game of Thrones. She develops some magical powers, and it’s cool seeing a female character, in a world where they are often useless, become one of the strongest and scariest characters in the whole world.

Liesel Meminger

Liesel made this list because I feel like she represents an aspect of who I am. She discovers a love of books and reading, and sacrifices her safety for the safety of others.

I want to believe that I am similar to her in some ways, and the sadness of her story is what makes her character so amazing.

King Arthur

I’m speaking of King Arthur from The Once and Future King more specifically, but Arthur in general is one of my favourite characters across any platform.

He stands for chivalry, honour, wisdom and strength. He represents the good in people, and isn’t the stereotypical warrior king that people might assume come from the Middle Ages period.

Even during all this, he is still human. He feels betrayal, he shows weakness, he gets hurt. He’s a godly figure that lives as a human, an that’s why he has made my list.

Jaime Lannister

This is the second and last Game of Thrones entry on this list, but I think he is deserving of the praise. Jaime makes my list because he is a lot like King Arthur in a way. He is this praised and revered character that basically has the heavens opening up for him…until he is dragged through the mud and the dirt and left in the garbage.

He is taken from his high horse, and he changes. He adapts. His character changes and develops and grows with the story, and he becomes a good guy. We see a character change from evil to good, and as he is no longer praised by the story characters, he starts being praised by the readers.

Martin the Warrior

Did you ever think a mouse could make the list? Well you would be wrong. Martin the Warrior is from some of my favourite books of all time, and he stands for the good in people.

He’s a noble warrior that fights for the good of those who can’t protect themselves. His life isn’t easy, but he fights through it, serving the side of good and helping anyone he can, despite his pain and his own problems.

Garrett Reilly

This may be more of an unknown member on my list, but I like Garrett Reilly a lot. He’s a gifted genius who has struggled through life, and still struggles. He could very easily be making millions of dollars, living any life he wanted by using his intelligence, but instead he uses his brains to help defend his country from opposing threats.

There’s not much else to say here other than I really enjoy his development. He is very much a lone wolf that we see develop into not only a team player, but also a leader and friend.

Luffy

This might not be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but Luffy is definitely one of my top 5 characters as well. The biggest reason is that he stands up for his ideals and his friends.

You can insult him all you want, and people do, but as soon as you try to crush someone else’s dreams, or hurt someone weaker than yourself, he is going to make you wish you didn’t. I could probably write an essay on Luffy and why he is such a good character, but I will leave it there.

Kaladin

Kaladin is from the Stormlight Archives, and like Luffy and Nynaeve, he is in my top 5 characters. Why do I like him so much? He’s not perfect. Yeah he’s probably the best doctor around, and definitely one of the best fighters, but he doubts himself.

He makes mistakes and beats himself up and doubts himself constantly, but will consistently help others. He will see the best in them and trust them completely, even if it hurts him.

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I’M BACK

I’M BACK

So you may have noticed that I’ve been gone from the blog for the past week and a half or so.

I’m not sure if you are worried, but if you were, don’t be because I am perfectly fine.

I am not sick, in danger, or uninterested in continuing the blog, I just wanted to take a break to see how I felt about it.

I wanted to see how my life would be if I took a step away from the blog and just didn’t touch it, or the Podcast for a bit.

The conclusion I came to?

It felt like part of me was missing. I know I had just started this blog a half year ago, but it’s become part of who I am.

It’s become a part of me that I missed for almost two weeks, and I am excited to get back going again.

The schedule will stick to what it was before, except I might do Top 10 for Tuesdays instead of doing the writing prompts that I usually do.

So if you were missing my daily content, you won’t be missing any longer because starting today there will be regular content coming at ya!

I’ve got a few good ideas planned for the next few months and I think you all will enjoy them.

It might not all pan out as I hope, but I’ve got one segment planned that I am really excited for, and I think people might enjoy it a lot too.

Quote of the Day: Blood Eye

In keeping with my regular Friday tradition, I’ve got some quotes from Blood Eye for you, which was covered by the wonderful Sarah Houser this week as a guest post. There were some pretty vulgar quotes, so I limited the number of curse words. Hope you enjoy them!

“A strong arm kills but a cunning mind keeps you alive” 

“Even war gods fear their wives, then, Sigurd reflected sourly. ‘She is already warping my ear for taking three sons into the same fight,’ Harald went on. ‘If I took you too she would make what you did to Olaf look like a kiss on the cheek.’ He frowned. ‘Look now! Her eyes are into us like cat’s claws.” 

“Pagan or Christian a man is never happier than when he has emptied his balls and drunk his fill.” 

“You can go back the way you came, but that course in itself feels stale, for you merely re-live what has already been.” 

Ask Me Anything + The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to Joanna Nicole for nominating me for this award! If you haven’t checked out her blog – The Geekish Brunette, I highly suggest checking it out! My content pales in comparison to hers, so do me a favor and follow her blog too!

Last week I also posted an Ask Me Anything, so it was perfect timing that these two events ended up on the same day. I’ll throw in my AMA questions and answers in at the end of the tag.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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Questions from Joanna Nicole @ The Geekish Brunette:

1.) What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

This is a really tough answer, because I don’t really know. It might sound a bit silly, but the books that have had the biggest impact on my life have probably been The Magic Treehouse series. They were some of the first books I ever remember reading, and I think they made me fall in love with reading when I was a young kid.

2.) What was your last book hangover?

Great. First two questions and I have a hard time answering them. I’m not really sure what to say for this because I am always reading at least two different books at one time, so there’s never really a chance for me to take a break from reading…I may be misunderstanding what book hangover means though.

3.) Favorite book quote and why?

Life before Death
Strength before Weakness
Journey before Destination.
It’s a quote from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, and there is so much meaning behind each of those phrases that it really means a lot to me. The way I think of the quote is a little different than what Sanderson’s characters do, but I think he made it so that it can be interpreted differently. If it means anything I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of that quote.

4.) What is your favorite color and what book cover best shows it off?

Blue. Not even a question. Maybe I am just a stereotypical guy who likes the “boy” color. In terms of what book cover, I’d probably say what I’m reading now. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan.

5.) Favorite book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

I’ve never thought of this one before, but probably Clary Fray/Fairchild in the Mortal Instruments series. Don’t ask why…but if you do I’d probably answer you.

6.) Do you prefer standalone or series?

Series for the most part, but I’ve read a few standalones recently that have tipped the scales just a little bit.

7.) Who is your favorite villain and why?

It’s a tie between Napoleon from Animal Farm and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Both very different characters, but I liked seeing Napoleon grow into the villain throughout the book, but I also like Sauron’s presence and power, but we never actually get to see HIM, so it’s an interesting type of villain.

8.) Do you like morally grey characters?

Depends on the book/series, but overall yes. I think they make books more suspenseful as a whole, and add an interesting look at the world. Straight good or bad and you know what decisions will be made, but add a touch of grey and you never know what you’ll get.

9.) What got you into reading?

Like I said, The Magic Treehouse series was the first one I remember really getting into, and it opened my eyes to the fantastical possibilities that books can bring you.

10.) Favorite book-to-movie adaption?

As much as I am not a fan of how hyped the series is, I’d say Harry Potter. They did a good job adapting the movies for the big screen.

11.) What is your least favorite book genre?

Probably romance. I don’t hate it entirely, but it’s something I’ve dipped my toes into, and I haven’t been able to go any further. I think romance and I just don’t get along too well.

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My Questions:

1.) If you could get one book quote tattooed on your body, what and where would it be? (keep it clean people)
2.) One book series you want turned into a tv show or movie?
3.) If you could live in any book world, which would it be and why?
4.) If you had the power to read something, and make the words become reality in front of you, what book would you read first?
5.) What’s one really popular book you dislike?
6.) If you could have a pint with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
7.) Where is your favorite place to read?
8.) What book death hit you the hardest?
9.) What book has been on your TBR the longest, and why?
10.) What is one idea for a book/series you wish you could act on and write?
11.) What’s one book you love that you think everyone should read?

I don’t know 11 other book bloggers well enough to tag them, but if you’re reading this and want to participate in the Award, then consider yourself tagged. Otherwise I have a few people I’d like to tag. Enjoy!!! (If you’ve already done it please ignore me I’M SORRY)

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Below are the questions to my Ask Me Anything I posted last week. There weren’t many submissions, but here they are.

Question: What was the book that got you into reading?

I said it above, but The Magic Treehouse series really opened my eyes to the possibilities of worlds and imagination.

Question: What’s one book you think you’d love to read- but either you haven’t found it yet or no one has written about it yet? (For example- I’d love to find a dark fantasy based on Hawaiian folklore.)

I’d like to see a book based off of a video game I don’t remember the title of. The concept is that these 4 people were all chained together and they had to figure out their way out of this tower. I think it could be a really cool concept, having characters physically bound to each other the whole story.

Thank you guys so much for asking me these questions, and thanks again for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Wednesday News: June 5

Wednesday News: June 5

This week I’ve got a few book release dates for you, because I know you’ll want to read pretty much every book on this list. These are all of the ones I could find, so don’t ask for any more please.

The Truth About Heartbreak

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This is Crazy

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Cinder and the Prince of Midnight

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When the Light Went Out

Jun 4
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If It Makes You Happy

Jun 4
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City of Girls

Jun 4
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Rebel Born

Jun 4
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The Beholder

Jun 4
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The Beyond

Jun 4
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The Bobcat

Jun 4
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The Summer We Lost Her

Jun 4
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The Two Week Arrangement

Jun 4
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Wild and Crooked

Jun 4
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Slay

Jun 4
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I'll Never Tell

Jun 4
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The Rest of the Story

Jun 4
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Virtually Yours

Jun 4
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Coldhearted Boss

Jun 6
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No. 1 Love

Jun 6
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Pretty Scars

Jun 6
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My Best Friend’s Ex

Jun 10
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Dream Sequence

Jun 11
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A Girl Like You

Jun 11
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Fix Her Up

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Kickin' It

Jun 11
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Mixed Signals

Jun 11
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More Than Anything

Jun 11
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One Minute Later

Jun 11
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Raphael Tillie Cole

Jun 11
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Recursion

Jun 11
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Rise

Jun 11
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Sordid Empire

Jun 11
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The Chai Factor

Jun 11
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The Edge of Us

Jun 11
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The Summer Guests

Jun 11
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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Jun 11
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Vow of Sacrifice

Jun 11
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Waiting For Tom Hanks

Jun 11
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Man of the Year

Jun 11
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Mrs. Everything

Jun 11
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The Friend Zone

Jun 11
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Getting Played

Jun 11
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The First Mistake

Jun 11
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Naughty Stranger

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Sexy Filthy Boss

Jun 11
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Jersey Six Jewel E. Ann

Jun 13
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The Man I Need

Jun 13
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How to Say Goodbye

Jun 13
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Kandi Steiner

Jun 13
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Brit DeMille

Jun 13
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Written With You

Jun 15
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Stay Tia Louise

Jun 16
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Parental Guidance

Jun 17
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The One

Jun 17
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A Story Like Ours

Jun 18
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Broken with You

Jun 18
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Girl in the Rearview Mirror

Jun 18
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Hooked

Jun 18
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Letters to Molly

Jun 18
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One Night at the Lake

Jun 18
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The Last House Guest

Jun 18
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The Lemon Sisters

Jun 18
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The Perfect Date

Jun 18
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Violent Ends

Jun 18
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Winter Flower

Jun 22
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iBooksBetween Us And Forever
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Dylan Allen

Jun 23
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Teardrop Shot

Jun 24
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Corinne Michaels

Jun 24
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After the End

Jun 25
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Better Than the Best Plan

Jun 25
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Call It What You Want

Jun 25
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Dear Wife

Jun 25
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Girl Upside Down

Jun 25
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Gumiho

Jun 25
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Justified

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Never Fall in Love With a Rockstar

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Save the Date

Jun 25
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The Accidental Girlfriend

Jun 25
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The Orphan's Song

Jun 25
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The Virtue of Sin

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Seven Nights of Sin

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Once Upon a Bad Boy

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Deadlock

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Superfan

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Paranoid

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Stuck Up Kristie Leigh and Leddy Harper

Jun 27
GoodreadsThe Younger Man
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Karina Halle

Jun 27
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Emily Goodwin

Jun 27
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Winter Renshaw

Jun 28
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Heartache and Hope Jay McLean

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Quote of the Day: Naruto

Quote of the Day: Naruto

This week I covered the Naruto manga as a whole, and so I’ve thrown together some of my favorite quotes from it for you. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you know who says each one.

“Those who break the rules are scum, that’s true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.” 

“We both want the same thing. We both want the peace Jiraiya spoke of. You and I are no different. We’re both working for our own justice. The justice I have meted out against Konoha, is exactly the same as what you’re trying to mete out against me. Everyone feels the pain of loss the same. We both know that pain. You are working for your justice, and I for mine. We are just ordinary people driven to revenge in the name of justice. But if revenge is called justice, then that justice breeds yet more revenge. And becomes a chain of hatred. Living within it, aware of the past, predicting the future. That is what it means to know history. We cannot help but know that people cannot understand each other. The world of ninjas is ruled by hatred.”

“When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.”

“A genius, huh? What does that mean? Genius? So I was not born with a whole lot of natural talent, not gifted like Neji … but I work hard and I never give up! That is my gift…that is my ninja way”

“There’s no advantage to hurrying through life.”

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but I never really had the platform that enabled me to.

Since I started my blog, I guess I’ve built up a bit of a following, and I figured it might be a good time to start a little Q&A thing to answer any questions my followers had about me.

I don’t know how many of you are actually real. Maybe you’re all a very elaborate hoax put on by my family to make me feel accomplished, I don’t know.

Either way, I’m putting it out there.

Any APPROPRIATE questions you guys ask me, I will answer next week on Thursday. If you ask a question and you have a blog, website, or social media handles of your own, please let me know and I will make sure to tag them in the next post!

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