Tag: Mid Year Book Freak Out

Yay tags! It’s been a few months since my last. And this one seemed especially appropriate because of last week’s 2017 checkup post. Special thanks to Shouni @ Through the Book Portal for tagging me! If you’re not reading her blog, you’re definitely not doing life right. So go check her out. But first, the tag.

BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

23766634The third in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, no question.

First and foremost, it’s the only sequel I’ve read thus far.

Second, it’s Sarah J. Maas and I adore her.

And third, there was so much depth to every character in this book and so many surprises. 

All around, one of my favorite reads so far. And definitely my favorite sequel.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

Can I cheat? I’m going to cheat because I have three for this question.

Almost a month ago now, I had the pleasure of meeting Renée Ahdieh and Julie Murphy at the RT Booklover’s Convention which was held in Atlanta this year. Both of them were absolutely amazing people. It was an amazing convention and I’m working on getting some amazing pictures of the books I picked up so I can write a post about it.

Regardless, both of them were amazing and they told me about their up coming books and I fell in love. I already love Ahdieh because of The Wrath and the Dawn (which I loved). And I think I’m going to like Flame in the Mist even more. Although I’ve had Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy on my list for a while, I’m definitely more interested in reading Ramona Blue.

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough hasn’t been on my TBR for very long but the premise sounds amazing. Basically a girl trying to find her mother and her biology teacher’s killer. Sounds pretty interesting, if you ask me.  Continue reading “Tag: Mid Year Book Freak Out”

Tag: Fantastic Beasts Book Tag

So, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out in theaters and I have, unfortunately, not been able to see it. I know, shame on me. But I hope to see it soon *wishfully crosses fingers*. Regardless, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy doing this tag. Thank you to Shounima @ Through the Book Portal for tagging me. Make sure to check out her answers to this tag.

*Please note: I’m sorry so for the amount of pictures on this post. I realized I read a lot of series, thus a lot of pictures. Also, click on the cover images to get to the Goodreads pages for each book.

Unicorn

A Unicorn is a being of pure magic.
Choose a book with your favorite magical system

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Y’all knew this was coming. There was no way that a fantasy tag wasn’t going to include the ever amazing Sarah J. Maas and her Throne of Glass series! And after reading Empire of Storms, I have fallen even deeper in love with this series. Honestly, the magical system in this is the second best system I’ve ever seen, Harry Potter being the first (obviously). And the covers are just absolutely gorgeous.

Dragon

Choose a book that unexpectedly set you on fire
A book with an unexpected twist

Friction

Friction by Sandra Brown was so good! Definitely a worthwhile read.  I was surprised by some of the things that happened here, which is usually a pretty hard thing to do. I really enjoyed it. Continue reading “Tag: Fantastic Beasts Book Tag”

Tag: The Harry Potter Spells Tag

So things are happening in the Harry Potter world and I love the wizarding universe thus this wonderful tag is appropriate for the time. The Harry Potter Spells Tag was created by TurtleSympathy on YouTube but the video has been removed. But I ran across it over at Sarah’s blog Written Word Worlds and decided I’d do it too.

Quick note: All of the cute images of the spells are not mine. I grabbed them from Sarah’s blog post.

So let’s do this thing!

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A book that you found interesting but would like to rewriteThe Secret of Raven Point

I’m actually planning on writing a review for  but here’s a sneak peak I really liked the story and the premise. I even really quite enjoyed the plot  the way it was delivered was a bit rough. I think I’d change the writing style because it was uncomfortably choppy and almost a little rushed. But it was fantastic nonetheless.

alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

If you don’t know by now, I am obsessed with Sarah J. Maas’ series Throne of Glass. It’s amazing and easily one of my very favorite series. None of my friends seem to like the series, but I swear it’s amazing. Highly recommend from yours truly. Continue reading “Tag: The Harry Potter Spells Tag”

Taylor Swift Book Tag

So I was scrolling through blogs – as one often does – and I ran into this little beauty over on Jamie’s blog Becoming Bookish. The Taylor Swift Book Tag isn’t particularly new and I remember it going around booktube for a while, in fact this tag was created by the booktuber Sarah-Jane at The Book Life.

So let’s get into this tag!

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

A book or series that you were pretty sure that you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with
Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer . Man oh man, I really loved part of this series. It was good up until I started thinking about how not good it wasn’t. I really hated New Moon and then I started thinking about how badly written the entire thing was.

Red

Pick a book with red on the coverSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

This was kinda difficult to pick for even though I read quite a few books that have red covers. My choice is the phenomenal Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens by Becky Albertalli which I have a review for. It was incredible to read and I absolutely loved it. Continue reading “Taylor Swift Book Tag”

Tag: This or That Book Tag

So this cool book tag all about the your reading preferences was created by The This or That Book Tag was created Ayunda over at Tea and Paperbacks. But I was nominated by the the awesome (and pretty funny) Shruti at This is Lit. Both of these lovely ladies come highly recommended from yours truly. Seriously, go follow them. But first, let’s hop into this tag.

The Rules

  1. Mention the creator of the tag
  2. Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  3. Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  4. Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

The Questions

Reading on the couch or in the bed?

Definitely reading on the couch. I have a thing about reading upside down so I like to lay off the edge of the couch simply because my bed is really high. But to be honest, I’m more likely to be on the floor when I read.

Male main character or Female main character?

Ehm….. good question. I generally read more female main characters but I’d really love to read some good novels with male main characters. Any good recommendations out there?

Sweet Snacks Or Salty Snacks?

I’m about to sound really strange but I generally don’t eat while I’m reading unless I’m sitting down for a meal. On the few occasions that I do eat and read, I’d probably say sweet snacks- usually in the form of fruits. Continue reading “Tag: This or That Book Tag”

Tag: The Book Life

I’m sure countless of readers have dreamt of living in various book universes, I know I have. In this tag, I will share with you my ideal world from various lovely pieces of literature. Let’s get started!

18667779Who would your parents be?

My parents would be Emi’s parents from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour because her parents were awesome– eclectic, interesting, and a little bit funny. We only spent a few moments with them but they were nice to read about.

763588Who would be your sister?

I want Anne from Anne of Green Gables to be my younger sister because she would be so much fun to play with. She’s fun loving and imaginative and I wouldn’t mind spending hours with her.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaWho would be your brother?

This is something I’ve never actually thought that much about. But, I think that I would have to go with…. uhm… I actually don’t know. I guess…. Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli because he’s the least irritating of the male characters I’ve read.

Charlotte's WebWho would be your pet?

Ok this one is going to be a little weird. But when I was younger Continue reading “Tag: The Book Life”

Tag: The Birthstone Tag

This awesome Birthstone Tag was created by Jay G over on YouTube. Let’s hop right on in…

January (Garnet): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

In Blake Butler’s Three Hundred Million, the darkest and most horrendous character in the entire novel is… yourself. That’s what makes it such a great psycological thriller despite the fact that I hated almost every other aspect about this novel.

February (Amethyst): Purple is associated with royalty –  Name a book with regal qualities… you can base this off of characters or choose the king of all books.

Easily the entirety of the Throne of Glass series. No tag would be complete without at least one mention of this ultra- glorious series by Sarah J. Maas. Seriously you should read this series.

March (Aquamarine): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

Erm… this one’s a bit tough. I think I’d have to say…Hailey from the The Night Ranger. She was kind of her own character but then she would do something that would thrust her into a weird sort of follower like position. I don’t know, she was a bit weird even though I didn’t dislike her.

April (Diamond): A diamond in the rough name a book that you loved but is not well-known

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. This novel has a ton of mixed reviews but it’s definitely one of my favorite poetry books. The audio book, which I listened to back in sixth grade, was amazing and almost every poem was perfect for slam poetry. I absolutely loved it.

Another option is The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig. I read this last summer and it was a glorious. The changing of time periods and point of views was phenomenal and the storyline itself was beautifully choreographed. I really loved this novel because it’s one of the few where I didn’t have a favorite main character over the other. It was quite nice. Continue reading “Tag: The Birthstone Tag”

Tag: Disney Princess

Here is the continuation of the Disney related series: Part 2- The Disney Tag. Yes, I am aware of the fact that this is almost three months late but I’m doing it. I don’t know if I’ll be doing another one.

 

1. Snow White – Name your favorite classic

Easy. I choose The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I love this novel because the imagery in his novel is phenomenally done and almost everything is some form of a symbol. I really didn’t expect to like it but it was a required book in 11th grade and I’m so glad I read it.

2. Cinderella- Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime

Lexicon by Max Berry. It’s set in a world where coercion is a science of language and the people who master this science are known as “Poets”. We follow the lives of Emily Ruff, who has been brought to this school, and a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson who is the key to a war among Poets. It’s absolutely amazing and I just had to find out the end.

3. Aurora- Name your favorite classic romance

Erm… Romance… I don’t read a lot of romance. I’m going to bend the rules a little here and go for a modern romance instead of a classic: A Good Woman by Danielle Steele.

4. Ariel- Name a book about that’s about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Without spoiling, Jonas does make many sacrifices in his fight. And Lois Lowry is just a fantastic author. It’s amazingly well written and not are the characters flushed out, but they’re also relatable. And the plot is absolutely beautiful.  Continue reading “Tag: Disney Princess”

Tag: Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

A big thanks to Cindy over at Stranger Things Have Happened for tagging me!

What to do: I have 5 books picked at random. Each book will answer two questions. The first name I see when I flip through the book without looking will be in that team.
The five books I chose at random:

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Anne of Green Gables

The first person to die: Gilbert Blythe… I am so okay with this. I really hated Gilbert Blythe in the first book, he was such a jerk. If he dies by zombie, I’m fine.
The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Diana Barry… No! Not Diana! I could never do anything so harsh to my bosom friend! *Fling myself onto a bad and weep in Anne-like fashion*

 

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451

The first person to turn into a zombie: Mildred Montag… Doesn’t she already fit this mold? I just hope she won’t try to eat my brains. If she stays the same, I think I’ll be okay.
The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Clarisse McClellan… Seriously?!?! Why would you do this, what did I do to you? I think, I’m not like others who don’t read.


Gone with the WindGone With the Wind

The idiot of the team: Rhett Butler… Well if he’s the stupidest one on the team, I think I’m pretty safe tonight. Rhett’s cunning and smart and he’d find a way to make good with the zombies. Yay to living!
The “brains” of the team: Ashley Wilkes… Truthfully I don’t remember much of this man which isn’t really a good thing… I might actually die!!

 
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass

The team’s medic: Celaena Sardothien…. Forget dying, Celaena’ll just patch me up… And she doubles as a weapon herself. Awesome!
The weapons expert: Dorian Havilliard… Never mind, we’re gonna die. Why not Chaol?!? Why?!?!

 

 
LexiconLexicon 

The brawler: Wil Parke… Yup, still going to die. There is no hope, I can kiss any semblance of humanity good bye. Good bye cruel, zombie filled world!
The Team Captain: Virginia Woolf… HECK YES!!!!! And all is good in the world. No dying tonight. I would have preferred her as my weapons expert but I’m okay with her here. More than okay in fact.

Well that was fun! I’m not really sure I’ve made it out of the zombie apocalypse alive- unfortunately I’m sure Diana hasn’t- but at least my team is interesting.

I tag all of youwho desire to do this. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it immensely.

Tag: The Opposite Books

Hey there! The Opposite Books Tag was created by minhaestante over on YouTube.

The first book in your collection and the last book you bought

The first book I ever got to be part of my collection, that wasn’t given to me in school, probably goes to Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park. My kindergarten teacher gave it to me at the end of the year and is the most important book I’ve ever owned. The last book I bought is the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series: Queen of Shadows. I am in love with this series and am so excited to read this book. Hopefully I’ll get around to it on Monday.

A cheap book and an expensive book

The cheapest book I’ve ever payed for…. I’m not sure. I’m going to cheat a little and constrict this to the past two years. The most expensive book I’ve bought is A Court of Thorns and Roses. This is the first book in Sarah J. Maas’ new series (reviewed here) which I bought it at full price on Barnes & Noble for $11. So worth it though! And the cheapest book I’ve bought is Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons which, I believe, I spent about $0.50. This is the second book in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series which is amazing.

A book with a male protagonist and one with a female protagonist

Giving this question to some non YA books. One of my favorites with a female protagonist is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne which is set during the Puritan time period and follows Hester Prynne’s life after committing a grievous sin. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so. A book with a male protagonist goes to The Outsider which I read back in middle school. It’s a fantastic book about the struggles of Ponyboy Curtis living in Oklahoma during the 1960s. This book details two weeks of his life and the issues between his gang, the greasers, and the Socs which is the rival gang. Another phenomenal book that everyone should read.

A book you read fast and one that took you long to read

Well what are we defining as fast? I got through the entire Harry Potter series in a week which I think is pretty fast. If you haven’t read them, please go do so immediately. And a book that took me a long time to read goes to Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I. It’s been on my shelf for what feels like forever (probably 3 years). And it’s been about 6 months since I picked it up and I am still not completely finished. It’s incredibly disappointing because I love Sherlock Holmes and I really want to finish. I will hopefully finish during Christmas break.

A book with a pretty cover and one with an ugly one

I really really like the cover of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys. Despite its title, it has no relation to the Fifty Shades of Grey series at all. Between Shades of Gray is set in Lithuania in 1941 and beautifully depicts the hardships of the time through the eyes of fifteen- year- old Lina. If you really like historical fiction, I think you’ll really enjoy this one.

The book with the ugliest cover goes straight to Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I am not a fan of real faces on covers, at all. And this one bothered me even more because the amount of face wasn’t even- more than half of the guy’s face is shown where as only half of the girls is seen. I thought it was tacky. I also didn’t like the book which might also be contributing to my dislike for this  cover

A national book and an international book

A national book that I have a lot of love for goes to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This book takes place in a futuristic American city. I don’t believe we get an official location but I could be wrong. For an international book, I choose Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It’s set everywhere from Asia to Africa to the moon.

A thin book and a thick book

One of the thinnest book I own is by Sandra Cisnero and was required reading over the summer for my AP Spanish class. The title is La Casa En Mango Street which translates to The House on Mango Street and unfortunately I was not the biggest fan mostly because everything was from the eyes of a whiny six- year- old.

The thickest book I think I own (not including Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix)  is Dangerous Women which is a collection of short stories from various authors including George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and many others. It’s a fantastic book all about strong female characters with none of the ridiculous “I don’t realize how strong I am” crap that’s becoming all too common in today’s YA.
Continue reading “Tag: The Opposite Books”