Off The Topic Thursdays/ Camels


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The Waffle Book Tag

I saw this at Caitlin Althea blog, and I sent her a comment that I’d like to do this book tag and she tagged me in the comments.


  • Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles (That’s me, btw)
  • Feel free to use any of the waffle graphics in this post, just make sure to credit me (pretty pretty please with lots of maple syrup on top)
  • Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want) to. No pressure here, folks 🙂

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, honesty is the only classic I really like so I’m going with that book as my answer.

To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)

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This is a book that I heard about in the book community, and I found it when I was looking for books written in verses, it talks about family, disability and loss.

Reaching for Sun
Reaching for Sun
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

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Jacky Ha-Ha (Jacky Ha-Ha #1) by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Kerascoët (Illustrations) I don’t know why it reminds me of my childhood because I read this as an adult, but it still does remind me of my younger self.

Jacky Ha-Ha (Jacky Ha-Ha, #1)

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I’m going to go with Savannah Page from the book The Gift by Lily Zante the first book in The Billionaire’s Love Story series, which I did read all nine books from the series and for some reason love it.

The Gift, Book 1 (The Billionaire's Love Story, #1)


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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini made me cry my eyes out I don’t know why, but it touched me deep down.

The Kite Runner


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The Jester by James Patterson, Andrew Gross is fighting a war with jokes.

The Jester

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I think I talked about this series way too much form me to say anything more.

Zack Walker Mystery Series 4 Books Collection Set (Bad Move,Bad Guys,Bad Luck,Bad News)


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Hands down my iPad, I have the kindle app on it, and I prefer it to my real kindle, but everyone to his own.

Buy 2018 Apple iPad 9.7", A10, iOS 11, Wi-Fi, 32GB, Space Grey Online at

I tag you if you want to do this tag go ahead, I tag you because I don’t know who done it already or wants to do it. If you guys know how to do tips on blog graphics, please let me know, because I’m trying to learn more on the topic. The graphics are all Kat’s.



Things To Consider As A Wheelchair User When Flying

  • Try and get an extra amount of your medication just in case any of your suitcases get lost.

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  • Keep your medical insurance cards and a letter with all the medication you take handy.

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  • Try to get a seat next to a plane exit for extra legroom.

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  • Leave wheelchair instructions and show where everything is to the airline personal to avoid damage.

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  • Check for the company who made your chair and ask them what’s best for air travelling with your chair.

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  • Wear comfortable and breathable clothing.

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  • Explain the way you are comfortable with to aeroplane personal when they lift you to your seat.

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  • Keep calm when and if issues arise.

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite

The first thing that stood out for me from page one how will-powered Alaine is and on one side that good because she isn’t scared to discover the truth but on the other side that can also get her in trouble. She spoke out for things that she sees as right. I love the little hints of Haiti’s culture in this book since; it’s always great to learn about different cultures than mine.

One quote that stayed in mind is this “We’ve lived in this post-traumatic world for years now. We shouldn’t wait until there’s another tragedy to uplift this country.” It painted this image in my mind of a country that is trying to get back on its feet after the earthquake that happened back in January of 2010 that brought the country to its knees.

We get a taste of the traditional food which will make your mouth water for sure. One of the main characters (Alaine’s mother) was diagnosed with Alzheimer. We see how everyone is trying to process and learn to cope with this new lifestyle, and we see the effects that it has on her and her family. This book has some magical elements that surprised me a bit because I don’t know how everything is going to fit in together, but it does fit well when you see the big picture.

Something else I really liked is the usage of different media like email, diary entries and reports. I also appreciate that this book is its own voices. One negative point is that some parts were a bit slow going, but on the whole, I give this new release a four out of five stars.


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

Lol Surprise Readathon Announcement And TBR

My friend Hannah at HannacondaBlog came up with the Lol Surprise Readathon. It looks like there is something called ‘lol dolls’. If you guys know me enough, dolls aren’t really my style not even as a child. However, I’m still taking part since Hannah is hosting it. This readathon starts from October 1st till 31st October 2019.


1|Secret Message
Ask Someone Else to Pick your First Read or Pick a Book at Random

Oaken (The Underground #1)
(The Underground #1)
by Melody Robinette

2|Collectable Stickers [Pick One Challenge]
Colour Changing: Pick a Book You Changed Your Mind About
Spitter: Read a Book that You have Been Putting Off
Cryer: Read a Sad Book
Tinkler: Read a Book that Scare You

Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood
Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood
by Hollie McNish

3|Water Bottle
Read an Unpopular Book and Spill the Tea! [If you Want to]

Secrets in the Sky
Secrets in the Sky
by Pauline Wiles

Read a Book where Travel is Involved [Physical/ Metaphorical/ Plans to Travel]

Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente
Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente
(Sarah Jane’s Travel Memoir Series. #2)
by Sarah Jane Butfield

Pick a Book with Clothing on the Cover

Kat & Mouse: a Crosscannon Roller Derby romance (CRD Book 1)
Kat & Mouse: a Crosscannon Roller Derby romance (CRD Book 1)
by Jacquelyn Heat

Pick a Book with Your Favourite Colour on the Cover

The Onesies, Fall (Totlandia #1)
The Onesies, Fall
(Totlandia #1)
by Josie Brown

Pick a Book Based of Your Mood

Play Dead (Allie Babcock Mystery, #1)
Play Dead
(Allie Babcock Mystery #1)
by Leslie O’Kane

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Firsts Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book


Curiouser and curiouser. Quoting my favorite line in my favorite book (Hi, Alice) was my first reaction when I came home from school today and saw the new laptop that I’d been heavily hinting at wanting for the last few months, placed carefully in the center of the small desk in my bedroom. Well. My first reaction was actually distrust. Now, I know that a normal reaction to receiving a gift that you’ve wanted for an eternity and a quarter should involve something like clasping your hands on either side of your face, tears of happiness sliding down your cheeks, and a toothy grin followed by a loud exclamation of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” But gifting at my house doesn’t quite work out that way when you know for a fact that you’re not due to receive said gift for another six to nine months. Not when the only thing your divorced parents agree on is that their sole child should never feel entitled to anything without earning it, no matter what their salaries could provide.

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And The Book Is…

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
by Maika Moulite , Maritza Moulite

Goodreads Blurb

When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?

Actually, a lot.

Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.

All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.

You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.