[2016 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon] — Mix and Match



The “Mix and Match” challenge seeks to find other avenues bloggers are passionate about and sharing them!

The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is a blogging event hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.




Photography effort level: “let’s try to snap an okay image”

I’ve yet to read this book so I have no idea how much music is actually in it. Either way, I kept most of my sheet music from elementary-to-high school (SEE WHAT I DID THERE WITH WHICH SONG I LAYERED ON TOP?) and though I probably won’t play in a wind symphony again, I’m still low key on the hunt for an a cappella group to join LOL with my [only] shower-approved singing skills (which is mediocre at best).

Were you ever part of a musical group? What instrument did you play?



Photography effort level: “suddenly lazy and omg i just want to open the bag of chips”

Dillard “Dill” Early is the protagonist in this story. This is not the first time Zentner has convinced me to devour dill-flavoured foods.

Food is wonderful. I used to watch a lot of Food Network television and have now gravitated towards watching cooking videos and food-eating-reaction videos on YouTube.


What books have encouraged you to go devour food?


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35 thoughts on “[2016 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon] — Mix and Match”

  1. We Were Liars, because that’s really all it was good for. ALL. THE. FOOD.

    I played in band in middle school and part of high school. I was a clarinet player. I also played some piano in middle school. It was kind of funny, because they called it “keyboard” class and I was like “yay a computer class I want to take that” and when I get there it was actually keyboard as in musical instrument LMAO!!!


    1. I would have totally taken a picture of pretentious food if I had any…

      Oh hey, I played Clarinet too! All those runs…how fun!

      Ah, we had classes called keyboard too but I’m questioning how you thought it was a computer class (wouldn’t that be “computer science then?!” — but then again why would there be a class devoted to simply keyboard skills LOL)

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      1. Yay Clarinet! I don’t even remember how to play though. I stopped after 9th grade.
        I wasn’t the brightest middle schooler haha! I don’t know why I thought it was a computer class. I thought it was some kind of typing class, so I figured that’s why it was called “keyboard” haha. I never took it again after that LOL!


  2. I love this post haha – I especially love the photos, they add a touch of personality! 🙂 Plus, the music scores with Passenger…that looks gorgeous! 🙂
    I have been part of school choirs and orchestras – I play the violin! 🙂
    Emotional books always make me go find food – I think I opened a box of chocolates and sobbed after reading A Thousand Splendid Suns! xD
    Hope your LoveAThon is going by swimmingly! 🙂


  3. I played violin myself for seven years and was in my high school’s symphonic orchestra. I’d like to pick it up again eventually just for something fun to do.
    I looove pickle/dill flavored foods. There is a popcorn shop here that sells spicy dill popcorn and it’s amazing. I can’t think of a specific book, but really any book that has detailed descriptions of food will probably make me hungry.


      1. Lays’ like that! It’s like it bewitches you, there’s no way your done until you finish the whole bag, no matter what size it is.
        Here in Croati we have only one size – 150g.

        Yes, harmonica was my main instrument. I wanted to play piano but came too late when music school registered new students, so I ended up in harmonica class and studied it for 7 years…


  4. Played piano when I was younger, but didn’t get the practicing down, wish I stuck with it though. What a great post and pictures 🙂


  5. That photo of Passenger is gorgeous! I learned how to play the piano and guitar once; neither stuck with me. My music skills are limited to shower-singing and karaoke haha. The Grisha trilogy had quite a bit of mouth-watering description about food, and that really made me want to eat. This post made me realise I have never eaten anything dill-related!


  6. Nice post, Joey! Love the pictures you took. 😉 Passenger did include a little musical aspect (the main character Etta loved to play the violin, plus some other little stuff) but nothing too big, in my opinion. Or maybe I just can’t remember them if there were. 😂 As for a musical instrument I play, I used to take a keyboard class in middle school… But that was kind of the extent of it. Lol.


    1. Ohh, I thought there was more of a musical influence in Passenger! Now I’m dubious as to the point of Etta’s interest if music is rarely touched on in the book LOL because it sounds as if it could be easily replaced with any other thing like crocheting and she’d be the same.

      But damn, I wish I had a keyboard class during middle school (then again, I went to elementary school).

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      1. Yeah I was expecting a bit more too.. I dunno, it was okay though I guess. The role is music still was important, to an extent but not as much as I’d hoped.
        Haha yeah it was pretty fun now that I think of it, though I was never the best at it.. 😂


  7. Wonderful post! I am not musically gifted in any way 😛 I tried the recorder and failed, I tried the guitar and failed, I can’t sing and everything else is just a no go for me – so yeah, non-gifted in the music department.

    Now, if you’re looking for a book to make you hungry: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler. Damn my mouth was watering so much during that book and now thinking back, I have a deep craving for a cupcake – I mean, who knew those little cake things were fancy? I sure didn’t 😉


    1. Perhaps you’re gifted in the musical listening department then (surely that’s a thing somewhere).

      I feel like cupcake towers or whatever are the new hipster-y trends of celebrations. Itty bitty cake things are definitely more moist and delicious than most cakes (or maybe I’ve just had bad cakes).

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  8. Aha the little messages under your photos made me laugh – this is such a good little post!! I particularly love the sheet music and Passenger (and that you put Pirates of the Carribean at the top – so perfectttt)

    I used to play piano when I was about 10 … and then completely gave up from a mix of lack of interest, and no skill whatsoever. Sometimes I think if I had face palmed the keyboard it would have made a better sound 😛


    1. I hope future you doesn’t regret this lack of interest in piano playing (that makes me sound super old and brittle — which I totally am).

      Have you read Passenger? I totally put Pirates of the Caribbean on top because of the ship on the book cover but that’s as far as I know what happens in the book and it’s proximity to musical themes.

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  9. Love the photos. I’m learing how to play guitar. right now am on the simple stuff since i keep forgetting.


  10. I love your photograph for Passenger! It’s gorgeous. And the book is lovely as well 😉 I was never in a musical group, but I did play the piano growing up. I also sing, and have been training with my husband (who’s an excellent singer). Hope you find a singing group soon! (P.S. Food is always awesome.)


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