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New Years Resolution BOOK TAG!

Hey everyone, I saw this tag on mistysbookspace’s blog and I thought that was a fun tag and I really wanted to do it before it was too late. So thanks for bringing this to my attention and please go check her out! So without further ado, my bookish New Years Resolutions.

Questions

1.) An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before)

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I have three authors picked for this! Dick Francis, a mystery novel author who was also a racing jockey! Rainbow Rowell, who I’m sure you all know, but I KNOW I’ll like her work, it’s just a matter picking up her stuff. Finally a horror author named Greg F. Gifune. I always am on the look for new horror authors and Gifune was brought up in the Goodreads group Gore and More and I’m really excited to pick him up in the month of February.

2.) A book you’d like to read

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This year I’d to read Night Film by Marisha Pessl and  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

3.) A classic you’d like to read

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There are two that I’m really interested in this year. They are The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Stranger by Albert Camus.

4.) A book you’d like to re read

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I’ve been meaning to reread IT by Stephen King because it’s my favorite book of all time.

5.) A book you’ve had for ages and want to read

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I’ve had this book for YEARS and have never read it all the way through. I’m going to try to read it this year, but we will see.

6.) A big book you’d like to read

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I’ve heard this was an amazing SK book and as a fan I NEED to pick it up, but the size is just so daunting, so ugh.

7.) An author you’ve previously read and would want to read more of

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Sophie Kinsella! I love the Confessions of a Shopaholic series and I would love to read her other works.

8.) A book you got for Christmas and would like to read

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I got Gerald’s Game for Christmas, but already read it so…one accomplished!

9.) A series you want to read (start and finish)

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The Six of Crow duology! Does this count? It better!

10.) A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)

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The Dark Tower series! I only have 2 more!! It’s taken me over a year, but I’l be done by the end of 2017!

11.) Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2017?

 

 

My goal for this year is 30 books!

 

 

 

12.) Any other reading goals?

See  my goals in my post HERE!


And that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone because I got to this really late, but if you want to do it YOU ARE TAGGED!! Thanks for reading!

SOCIAL MEDIA —

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Check out my last post on my review of Bird Box – Josh Malerman HERE!

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2016/2017 TAG

KAYLA @ KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM tagged me in this, so thanks! She reviews middle grade and YA and you should totally check her out!

David @ #theguywhosaidalwaysno  created this awesome tag so you should check him out too!

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Here are the rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 3 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.


 

Describe your 2016 in 3 words!

Escaped reading slumps!

 

Write the name of 2 people that characterized your 2016!

My family, friends, and a very special someone ❤

I don’t feel entirely comfortable stating specific names, but if they read they know who they are.

 

Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much!

This may sound crazy, but San Antonio Texas has some truly beautiful sights. Not only is the Riverwalk amazing, but if you get out of the main part of the city you’ll see some amazing hills and stone quarries. San Antonio is my favorite city in Texas, to say the least!

 

Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

This is definitely hard. I’m a really adventurous eater, so any chance I have to try something new I get really excited. I’d say it was a tie between the classic Genghis Grill (pic is not my bowl), which is my all time favorite restaurant or this amazing Shrimp Po Boy I had at a new restaurant in my hometown. I love food.

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Write the event which has marked you the most in 2016 (even global event).

Of course, starting my second year of college was a huge thing for me. I also changed my major in 2016 to Elementary Education and I’m MUCH happier now. I also worked with children for the first time in 2016 which was a big deal for me. Finally, moving into my first apartment (which was technically in 2017 but I want to brag, ok?). It was a big year!

 

Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and if you want link a photo.

In 2016 I got my beloved TV as a gift. I know that’s lame, but it’s definitely the thing I’ve used the most in 2016.

 

Write 3 good intentions for 2017.

To read more diverse books so I can educate myself about the struggles of those different from myself. Also to promote diversity in this hard time for America. I want to do everything I can to impact children lives in my workplace and possibly in volunteer work. Finally, I hope to make some new friends. I’m not sure if that counts as a “good intention” but it’s definitely a resolution.

 

Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

That’s hard because traveling is expensive, but I would like to visit somewhere up North like New York or New Orleans.

 

Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Yes! Food again! I don’t know so much about eating, but I want to learn how to cook Asian food this year, since it’s my favorite and I don’t want to order out as much.

 

I TAG…

Payton @ Payton’s Book Thoughts

Hannah @ Cats, Books, and Food

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

If you’ve already done this, no worries.. I can’t keep up!


 

SOCIAL MEDIA —

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Check out my last post on my review of Gerald’s Game – Stephen King HERE!

 

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The Goodreads TAG AKA Exploring Goodreads

So I haven’t actually been tagged for this, but I have recently just started using Goodreads (again) and thought this was a good way to become even more acquainted with it. Go check out Vivian’s and Lauren’s  posts as well.

 


 

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The Mist – Stephen King

 

So this is due  an explanation because I definitely read this book like 2 years ago, but since I haven’t used Goodreads that much, I was trying to update my reading list. So it isn’t my most recent read (that is A Monster Calls), but my most recent addition.

 

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4) – Stephen King

 

I am LOVING this book! I am a little under halfway through with this book and if it keeps up the way it has, it may be my favorite in the series!

 

 

 

What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

 

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NOS4A2 – Joe Hill

I have been seeing this book at my local bookstore and I almost buy it every time.

It took me FOREVER to figure out what the title was, then I figured  out it was Nosferatu.

SIGN ME UP!

 

 

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(I am skipping which books I plan to read next, because it was in my last tag here)

 

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, but I don’t usually write reviews. Like I already write them here (and I may be too lazy…)

My avg. rating is a 3.80, I rarely give less than 3 stars.

 

Are you doing a Reading Challenge?

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–  Ok so maybe I couldn’t figure out how to put the whole graphic, but my goal is read 25 books by the end of the year. So far I have 9/25 completed, and am 2 books behind.

 

 

Do you have a wishlist?

Only on Amazon for newer books (that I want other people to buy for me). I buy books very impulsively.

 

What book do you plan to buy next?

Again, I’m very impulsive, but chances are its a Stephen King book to add to me collection.

 

Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Stephen King

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

 

Who are your favorite authors?

  • Stephen King
  • John Green
  • J.K. Rowling
  • R.L. Stine

 

Have you joined any groups?

I have not, because as I mentioned earlier, I’m rather new to it all. If you have any recommendations, tell me!

 

What do you think that Goodreads could do better?

I’m stealing everyone elses…

HALF STAR RATINGS!

 

I’m not going to tag anyone (because it’s late and I’m lazy), but if you want to do this go right ahead!

If you’re on Goodreads add me, I want to be your friend!

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NY Times By The Book TAG

I have seen the tag EVERYWHERE on booktube and finally decided that I MUST do it! So get excited because I really am!

1. What book is on your night stand now?

Wizard and Glass : The Dark Tower IV – Stephen King

I’m about 197 pages (out of 694) into this book and I’m LOVING it! We finally get some much needed backstory and I’ve never been so excited to delve into a character.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

This book touched me on a deep, emotional level. I was so impressed by this book and it is my favorite book I’ve read so far this year.

3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

I have a hard time with this question, because I strongly believe that you shouldn’t meet your heroes. People raise their heroes on a pedestal and often forget that they are just people too. Because of this people are often disappointed by them.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest I’ll answer for the sake of the tag. Obviously my answer is Stephen King. I  would ask him if his reoccurring themes of alcoholism and drug abuse was on purpose or was it something that he wrote subconsciously (as it was something he struggled with).

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

These books are such a guilty pleasure of mine. Of course, I read them as they came out, when I was a kid, but I still find them as funny as I did then. I only own the first (I used to have the second but I can’t seem to find it).

 

5. How do you organize your personal library.

One shelf is all Stephen King books (see my collection here). The rest are just placed by height. I just redid my shelves and they look very nice!

 

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

I don’t get embarrassed about not reading books, I read what I want to read, when I want to.

 

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh

I really wanted to like this book, but it was written in a very thick accent and I am not in a place where I want to really use my brain when I read. Because of this I put this book down (for now).

 

8. What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Horror/ thriller is where my heart lies. I could pick up any *good* horror/ thriller and love it. A bad horror/ thriller novel really upsets me though. Along the lines of horror/ thrillers, I love really dark books. Don’t get me wrong, I love lighthearted reads, but reading dark books are more enjoyable to me.

As for genres I stay clear of, it is almost exclusively fantasy. I have never really liked fantasy, even when I was younger. I go back to a fantasy novel every once in awhile to try to get in to it, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

 

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

This is one of the most influential books I have ever read, so of course I would want the president to read it. It may not inspire him like it inspired me, but it’s the best I’ve got.

10. What do you plan to read next?

Of Mice and Men  – John Steinbeck

I just found this under my bed, and it is so short that I can’t justify not reading it soon.

Confession of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

I’ve heard such good things of Sophie Kinsella’s work and I saw it in the store and thought “Why not?”.

 

This is an older tag so I’m not going to bother tagging anyone. If you haven’t done this and want to, go ahead!

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The Book Scavenger Hunt TAG

I saw blackcatkai’s post of this forever ago and it sounded so fun (and gave me a good reason to redo my bookshelf). If you’ve never heard of her blog, go check her out!

Also I apologize in advance for my photography skills.

Find a book with the letter Z in its title/author’s name

The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket

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This was surprisingly hard. I only had two books in my whole collection (you’ll see the other later).

 

Find me a classic!

I had more classics than I expected, but didn’t want to have to choose between them, so I included three.

1984 – George Orwell

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Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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Find me the oldest book on your shelves

The Dead Zone – Stephen King (1979)

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Find a book with a key on its cover

The Austere Academy – Lemony Snicket

IMG_2795 I couldn’t find ANY books with a key on it. But this book has a fork…so that’s ok right?

Find something on your shelves that ISN’T a book

IMG_2806.jpg This is one of the coolest things I own. This is a vintage, antique typewriter my grandparents found in their attic. No, it doesn’t really work, but it is still such a great piece.

 

Find a book with an animal on its cover

Garfield By The Pound -Jim Davis

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Find a book with a girl on the cover

Stealing Heaven – Elizabeth Scott

IMG_2798 If you have never read Elizabeth Scott, I would highly recommend her. I would compare her with Sarah Dessen, for her light hearted YA romance.

Find a book with stars on its cover

Jemima J – Jane Green

IMG_2803 Another cheat? Maybe, but I couldn’t find any books with stars, so if you looked at the “I’s” you will see star-like shapes.

Find a book with golden letters

A light in the attic – Shel Silverstein

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Sure maybe I lost this dust jacket, but it still has gold letters. Also Shel Silverstein’s work is great!

And that’s it! I had a ton of fun with this! If anyone else wants to do this, go right ahead, you’ll have a good time looking through all your books!

 

 

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Siblinghood of the World Bloggers AWARD

I was nominated by Simply a Book Drunkard for this award, and for that I am super grateful. If you haven’t already, check her out!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10)
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations

 

Answers:

  • Favorite ice cream flavor?
    • Easy, anything with cookie dough. Probably my favorite of all time is Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked (which has brownies in it too!). I don’t discriminate though.
  •  Wonderland, Neverland, or Narnia?
    • Wonderland for sure! I love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
  • What is the weirdest thing you have ever done?
    • I don’t actually know. I live in a constant state of weird so at any moment of the day I’m doing the weirdest thing I’ve ever done.
  • What was your dream job when you were 5?
    • For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a teacher.
  • What Hogwarts house are you in?
    • Hufflepuff!
  • If you could make 3 wishes, what would they be?
    • 1. That incurable diseases would be no more. 2. Unlimited free stuff off amazon! 3. To not be allergic to cats anymore.
  • If your house was on fire and you could save 1 thing what would you sae (family and pets already safe)
    • Can my whole Stephen King collection count as one item? Because I can’t choose just one.
  • What do you love most about the country you live in? (and what country is that?)
    • USA! USA! I love being able to express myself freely and openly, because in other countries people can’t.
  • Turn to page 37 of your most recent read. What is the first line?
    • Blackberry looked up, tugged out his paws and ran back – Watership Down

  • What is your favorite Doctor (Who)?
    • David Tennant all the way!

 

These were such good questions (I might recycle some)


 

I nominate:

My questions to you:

  1. What is your favorite genre of book?
  2. Do you prefer to read the book before or after you see the movie?
  3. Wonderland, Neverland, or Narnia
  4. Coffee or Tea?
  5. Grab the book closest to you turn to page 27, what is the last line?
  6.  Cat or dog person?
  7. Introverted or extroverted?
  8. Checking out library books or buying?
  9. What’s your favorite TV show?
  10. What are your weekend plans?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

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The Four Fact Survey TAG

I wasn’t actually tagged in this, but I’m doing this anyway, as usual. I saw this tag on hideawaygirl’s blog so check hers out too.

Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name (Kyleigh)

I don’t really have nicknames now, but over the years I had a few.

  1. Kyle : My friends and I gave each other boy names once. Why? I don’t know.
  2. Kyleigh-girl : My dad calls me this.
  3. kittykyleigh : I used to be super into twitter, and this was my @ name.
  4. Stupid : Just kidding! I just couldn’t think of another.

Four Jobs I’ve Had

  1. Volunteer at a summer horse ranch – I taught kids how to ride horses. So fun!
  2. Schlotzsky’s Deli – It was awful, need I say more?
  3. Teacher’s Assistant at a daycare – this is my current on-campus job.
  4. Teacher at a daycare – this is my current summer job (I started last week! So fun!)

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

  1. The Shawshank Redemption – My all-time favorite movie. Also it is based off a Stephen King short story.
  2. Clueless – My all-time favorite guilty pleasure movie
  3. Mama Mia! – My all-time favorite musical.
  4. Pitch Perfect – Not really an all-time favorite, but I own it and have watched it so many times.

Four Authors I Recommend

  1. Stephen King – for those who love horror
  2. Sarah Dessen – for those who love contemporary
  3. Ray Bradbury – for those who love sci-fi
  4. George Orwell – another for sci-fi

Four Places I’ve Visited

  1. Florida – Disney World!
  2. Illinois – I’ve got family in the midwest
  3. San Antonio, TX – I love this city
  4. Japan – Saved the best for last, my sister used to live there so I got to visit for awhile and got the full experience.

Four Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now

  1. Eating pizza
  2. Watching Bob’s Burgers
  3. Sleeping
  4. Shopping at a Half Price Books

Four Foods I’d Rather Not Eat

  1. Onion – Ew!
  2. Tomatoes – Just ew!
  3. Coconut – Ew ew ew!
  4. Asparagus – So ew!

Four Of My Favorite Foods

  1. Pizza
  2. Mac and Cheese
  3. Broccoli and Cheese Soup
  4. Ice cream

Four T.V. Shows I Watch

(Only four? Sheesh!)

  1. Bob’s Burgers – all-time favorite show
  2. F.R.I.E.N.D.S – all-time favorite sitcom
  3. Gilmore Girls – all-time favorite comedy (w/out a laugh track)
  4. House M.D. – all-time favorite medical show

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year

  1. Turning 20
  2. My sophomore year of college
  3. Seeing my friends from school again
  4. Hopefully making a ton of money in my summer job

For Things I’m Always Saying

  1. “My bad!”
  2. “Sorry!”
  3. “Shh, I’m reading!”
  4. “Neat.”

Fin. This was a fun tag, anyone who is interested should also try it out. Some of these are hard to think of, so good luck!

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Who Am I? TAG

So, I am just going to make a habit of doing tags that I don’t get tagged in,  because I am my own independent woman. I saw this tag on The Belgian Reviewer’s  and Bookish Regards’s blog, so you should go check theirs out too.

Things I researched about myself:

  • The meaning of my name
  • My Myers Briggs personality
  • My zodiac sign
  • My Hogwarts House
  • My learning style
  • Am I left or right brained
  • What career should I be in?
  • My Divergent Faction
  • What my birth order means about me.

This is a long post so grab a snack and lets go.


Meaning of my name:

I actually know this one without looking it up and it’s rather embarrassing.

The name Kyleigh is derived from the Australian Aboriginal’s and quite literally means…boomerang.  So basically no one can get rid of me.

Myers Briggs Personality Test:

INFP – Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Propecting

I must admit I have taken this quiz before (because I love these tests). The most interesting part to me is that I used to be classified as INTP, but since I have gone to college, it has changed to INFP. It’s crazy how people can change you know?

INFP 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, INFPs 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 INFP 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.

Famous INFPs

William Shakespeare
J.R.R. Tolkien
Björk
Johnny Depp
Julia Roberts
Lisa Kudrow
Tom Hiddleston

Fictional INFPs

Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings
Anne of Green Gables
Fox Mulder from X-Files
Amélie Poulain from Amélie
Arwen from The Lord of the Rings
Sybil Branson from Downton Abbey
Lance Sweets from Bones

Zodiac Sign:

ARIES TRAITS

Strengths: Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate

Weaknesses: Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive

Aries likes: Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports

Aries dislikes: Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one’s talents

As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries almost always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent.They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition. They are always first in everything – from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars, Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. People born under the Aries sign, are meant to emphasize the search for answers to personal and metaphysical questions. This is the biggest feature of this incarnation.

What Hogwarts House would you be in?

Hufflepuff

Hufflepuffs are trustworthy and loyal. We don’t shoot our mouths off, but cross us at your peril; like our emblem, the badger, we will protect ourselves, our friends and our families against all-comers. Nobody intimidates us.

I know some people get insulted when they are placed in Hufflepuff, but I couldn’t tell you why. I think its a very honorable house.

Learning Style :

Tactile – 45%, Visual – 35%, Auditory – 20%

If you are a tactile learner, you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a “hands-on” learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. You need to be active and take frequent breaks, you often speak with your hands and with gestures, and you may have difficulty sitting still.

As a tactile learner, you like to take things apart and put things together, and you tend to find reasons to tinker or move around when you become bored. You may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process. You often communicate by touching, and you appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back

I mean I can agree with most of this, but I am NOT coordinated.

Left Brain or Right Brain :

Right Brained – 72%, Left Brained – 28%

After finding that I was right brained, I had to look up what my results meant, as the test doesn’t give you an analysis.

The right hemisphere of the brain controls sensory processing and expression. Children who are right brain dominant are often very visual, spontaneous, emotional and intuitive but may struggle academically with memorizing facts and paying attention to details.

Creative kids tend to be right-brained, and when in learning situations they prefer to:

  • Be shown rather than told how to do a task.
  • Solve problems by looking at similarities and patterns.
  • Draw rather than write.
  • Physically handle objects.
  • Answer open-ended questions rather than multiple choice tests.
  • Discuss topics.
  • Assimilate whole chunks of information rather than break them down into discrete facts.

 

 What career are you meant to be in? :

Education and Training – 87%

Culinary – 67%

This is appropriate because I am currently going to school to teach Home Economics classes (like cooking and family life). So this is basically perfect.

What Divergent Faction do you belong to?

Amity

You

You belong with the peaceful. You hate when people fight over the stupidest things, and you’re never one to argue. You’re chill, always laid back. You’re open to the opinions of others, and you love being surrounded by people. You’re at your worst when you’re not on good terms with somebody, and you hate making enemies. You’re willing to make sacrifices if it means keeping the peace, and you usually play mediator. You’re fashion is always bright and vibrant, and you’re not afraid of color. You love music, art, and games—anything that will make you laugh, dance, or have a good time.

What is your Birth Order?

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.

 

I REALLY enjoyed making this post. I find all of this extremely and I want to see everyone else’s, as well. So I tag EVERYONE. Seriously…all of you do it.