Get to Know the Blogger Tag

Hi all,

Time for another book tag! Thanks to lorisbookshelfreads for tagging me, even though I was tagged nearly two months ago and I’m just now finally getting around two it. Oops. Better late than never?

RULES:
Thank the person who tagged you!
Link back and credit the original creator (GoodeyReads)
Answer book questions about yourself.
Answer the other questions about yourself.
Change the last 5 questions when you tag someone else (if you want! – the more random the better)
Tag at least 3 people.
Have fun! (ooh, that was cliche)

A BOOK ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE FROM (CITY, STATE, COUNTRY — YOUR CHOICE)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, right near where I grew up. I remember reading the tunnel scene and thinking it was so cool since it was the first book I can remember reading that took place so close to where I lived.

A BOOK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE NON-BOOKISH HOBBY

Ya’ll, I loved how much comfort Lara Jean took in baking in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, in all three books. There’s something so comforting about baking that I don’t think I’ve ever seen put into words until I read this series. (By the way, my coworker says my mint chocolate chip cookies are bangin’.)

A BOOK ABOUT A FEAR OF YOURS

Okay, I’m going to get both personal and probably dramatic here, but The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. My #2 biggest fear is a cancer diagnosis since I’ve lost so many loved ones to it. (My #1 fear is being kidnapped, but I don’t read books about that for mental health purposes).

A BOOK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT BRINGS YOU JOY

In the last answer, I couldn’t choose a book about books, so in this answer I will. This summer I read a really beautiful memoir by Azar Nafisi called Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. I definitely don’t talk about this book enough. It’s about her experience teaching a secret literature class to a group of young girls and women in Iran. It’s a book that I found literally life-changing, especially as a a book lover.

A BOOK ABOUT YOUR CAREER/WHAT YOU’RE STUDYING IN SCHOOL

Okay, so I actually work a crappy job right now while I’m trying to save up for graduate school, and I got my undergraduate degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in gender studies last spring, so I’m gonna go with what I studied in school because I can’t think of any books about my actual job or the career I want to go to graduate school for (librarian). So I’m gonna go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Cath is studying creative writing like I did; I loved this book so much since it was not only about creative writing and fandom, but one of the only books I’ve found with a protagonist in college.

WHAT JOB WOULD YOU BE TERRIBLE DOING?
Ya’ll, I would be an awful waitress. Things are hard for young people today in terms of the job market, and I always say the only job I would never take is in food service because I know that 1) I am not made for customer service, 2) my memory is terrible and I would not know who wanted what, and finally 3) I’m clumsy as hell and drop/spill things all the time. It wouldn’t be pretty.

WHAT’S A SUBJECT YOU WISH YOU KNEW MORE ABOUT?
I wish I knew more history, especially world history. I know that’s pretty broad, but my education kinda sucked in this area, and there’s still a lot of basic world history that I don’t know. (In my American public school, I learned, shockingly, 90% American history.) It’s a goal of mine to read more nonfiction so I’ve been getting bits and pieces of this through some memoirs, but perhaps I should pick up more history books!

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BEST DAY ON THE CALENDAR AND WHY?
November 21st because that’s the day the world was first graced with my presence.

WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST ITEM YOU SPENT WAY TOO MUCH ON?
I dunno if this counts as an item, but I spent more than my rent on 2 Jonas Brothers tickets for their reunion tour this summer and it’s taken me nearly two months to fill in that financial hole. I have no regrets.

WHAT’S A QUIRKY THING YOU DO?
Everything “quirky” I do is a side-effect of my anxiety; tbh I can’t think of anything I do quirky that isn’t. Sorry, ya’ll.


And that’s a wrap. This was a little different than a lot of tags I’ve done since it has a mix of bookish and personal questions. It was a fun change-up.

I never tag people (I never wanna bother people tbh), but the rules are the rules, so I tag Sophie, Emma, Bree, and anyone who read this and would like to try it out.

Thanks for reading, and see ya’ll next week with another review!

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The Fall Out Boy Book Tag

Hi all,

Recently, I was tagged by Raine Reads to do their original Fall Out Boy Book Tag. If ya’ll follow me on Twitter or read my seasonal wrap-ups and favorites posts, ya’ll know I absolutely love Fall Out Boy. I was so excited to be tagged in this because Fall Out Boy + books? It had my name all over it.

The Rules
Link to the creator’s blog (Raine Reads)
Thank the person who tagged you
Pick a book or character to answer each prompt
Tag as many bloggers as you’d like to do the tag next!

Take This to Your Grave
A book that’s a little rough around the edges but you love it anyway

The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

This was a Kindle book I got for free as part of Amazon’s Kindle First program. As ya’ll can read in my full review of the novel, there are definitely some critiques I have of it, but I have to admit I had so much fun reading this! Despite it’s flaws, I’m really looking forward to the sequel. (Check out my full review here.)

Sugar, We’re Goin Down
A book that lives up to the hype

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

There was so much hype surrounding this book that I almost didn’t read it because I figured there was not a chance it could possible live up. I was horribly mistaken. The characters! The emotion! The romance! The action! The betrayal! I cannot wait for book #2! (And I just realized I never wrote a review for this? What??? Gotta get on that ASAP!)

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”
A book with pop culture references

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was an easy one. The Hate U Give is full of pop culture references, from music to Vines. I mean, the title it’s self is a reference to Tupac Shakur’s Thug Life. (Review)

Thnks fr th Mmrs
A book that you changed your opinion about

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I went through lots of emotions with this book that had little to do with it’s content. I didn’t like this book at all when I read it for the first time way back in middle school. When I read it again for college, I really appreciated the story and characters, as well as what it did for the foundation of YA in the classroom. However, this was amidst the author’s not-so-great response to readers speculating about some of the characters’ sexualities, and it makes me look at the author’s work a bit differently. Sigh. A mess.

What A Catch, Donnie
A character that you want to take care of

Ya’ll, I have so many characters I want to take care of that I keep a list in the back of my book journal. I definitely have to say Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, who I feel would not let me take care of him but probably needs it. The second is Wylan van Eck from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, who I think can’t ever get too much love and protection.

Just One Yesterday
A book you wish you could read for the first time again

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This was another easy one for me. I picked up The Raven Boys because I loved Stievfater’s Shiver Trilogy so much years and years ago, and I didn’t anticipate how much the book (and whole series) would come to mean to me. I wish I could go back and experience it all from the beginning, and maybe appreciate experiencing it for the first time.

Hot To The Touch, Cold On The Inside
A book that you were excited to read but ended up being a disappointment

An Absolutely Remarkable thing by Hank Green

I was so excited to read this, especially after seeing so many high reviews. Unfortunately, it was not my cup of tea. It certainly wasn’t what I expected it to be and there was definitely more about it I disliked than liked. I go into depth more about it in my recent review if you wanna get the details.

Centuries
A book you see everywhere but are afraid to read

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I have seen some people say this is their favorite novel of all time and some people rate it 1-star with a ranting review and hardly anything in between. To be honest, the premise of it doesn’t sound very interesting to me (in fact, it sounds like the same kind of story I’ve read a dozen times already), which makes me wonder why it has so many high ratings. I have to admit my curiosity is piqued, but the one-star ratings point out all of the things I was afraid the story would have. I may get around to picking it up, just to see what all the fuss is about. (I will also admit that this book has a gorgeous cover.)

Ghost Busters (I’m Not Afraid)
A new take on a classic story

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

If ya’ll follow me on Twitter or have been reading my recent reviews, you know I have been all about Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I had so much fun reading this series, and Cinder is my favorite classic or fairytale retelling to date! It’s also one of my favorite YA series I’ve ever read, and it reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with YA in the first place. You can read my full review of Cinder here.

Young and Menace
A controversial book

I simultaneously can think of a hundred books that could fit this and none at all. I feel like I constantly see books being called out for this or that, but I also can’t think of any books I’ve read that I would really consider controversial… (Can I use Uprooted again? Does that count as controversial? Nah, don’t quite think so.)

And that’s it for the Fall Out Boy Book Tag! I want to thank RaineReads again for tagging me in this super fun book tag!

I never do direct tags when I do a book tag, so I want to tag anyone who is a Fall Out Boy fan. If you like tying together your love of books and music, this is a great tag to do!

Thanks for reading, ya’ll!

The Coffee Book Tag

Hi all,

To be honest, I can’t quite remember where I first saw this tag (I forgot to favorite the link, oops!) but I knew I absolutely had to do it. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge coffee drinker (I need at least two cups to get through the day) and I was so excited when I stumbled across the tag.

I got this from abookloversplaylist over on Blogspot. Enjoy!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
The first book that came to my mind for this is Percy Jackson. I can’t think of too many series with big fandoms where I hadn’t gotten in to the books. It took me years to read Percy Jackson (I didn’t read it until college) and I still haven’t picked up Heroes of Olympus or any of Riordan’s other series (Riordan himself has a pretty hardcore fandom)

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. I have yet to read this, but I see so many themed photos of this float around the internet around the winter season. Maybe this will be the year I finally get to it!

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I said this in my review, but this is a book I absolutely adored in childhood, have reread several times as an adult, and would read out loud to my own child if I had one. (Review)

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish
Ya’ll, I just finished reading Winter, the fourth and final book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and it was so suspenseful I never wanted to put it down. Every chapter pushed the story forward and always left me begging for more.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
Two books came to my mind for this one: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. I’ve seen both of these all over Tumblr and Instagram for what feels like months but haven’t read either of them. One day, ya’ll. One day.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
I think I’ve only read a single indie book/series, and that was All for the Game by Nora Sakavic. Tell me ya’ll remember how big this was on Tumblr circa 2015.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. This was one of my most disappointing reads of 2018, to be honest.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. That’s probably a pretty typical answer, but while I was ultimately happy with the ending of the series, there were definitely thing I didn’t love, and definitely thing that hurt to read about.

Thanks for reading! Check back every Wednesday for a new post!

Get to Know Ya Book Tag

Hi all,

I hope you’re all doing splendid! I took a bit of a break and didn’t write a review for this past Saturday, and I thought it’d be fun to get back into things with a tag. This is the Get to Know Ya book tag, which I came across over on lifeandotherdisasters. I’ve been looking forward to doing this one, so I hope you all enjoy!

Favorite Book of All Time
If I had to pick, I’d probably say my current favorite book is probably The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I hate picking a single favorite, book, though, because my tastes change so often and there’s so many that I love!

Favorite Book Five Years Ago
5 years ago takes us back to 2013, so it was probably What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, which remains one of my all-time favorites to this day.

Favorite Duology/Trilogy/Series
I feel like saying The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater would be cheating since I already used a book from the series, but that’s the answer. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are close behind, though.

Last Book You Read
The last book I read was The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin. It’s a cute little mystery/romance about a woman who uses comic books to help the police catch a real-life superhero, a villain, and a dirty cop. It was a TBR jar pick that I didn’t even intend to pick up this soon, but I ended up really enjoying it! (Also, I’m still kind of loving this cover…)

Last Book of Poetry I’ve Read
I just finished reading the beautiful leather-bound edition of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing on It. I loved Where the Sidewalk Ends as a kid, and I had such a great time revisiting those poems as well as experiencing some that I hadn’t read yet.

What Book Most Influenced Your Life
How am I supposed to pick one! I think the creator of this tag probably meant for this to be an inspirational read or something of the sort, but I’m gonna go with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight for this one. Honestly, if I hadn’t jumped on the Twilight hype train in 7th grade, I probably wouldn’t be the avid reader I am today, so I can’t deny that Twilight was pretty big influence on me.

Book That Made You Ugly Cry
Sorry ya’ll. I have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for this one. That’s the only book I’ve read that really had me bawling.

Book That Made You Laugh
This was a tough one, because I don’t read that many funny books. The last book I can remember that made me really laugh out loud was probably The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

Character You’d Like to Be for a Day
Grace from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy. Maybe before she turned into a werewolf, though.Anyway, I related to her so much when I read that series in high school that it felt like she was made for me.

Book So Good You Dreamt About It
I can’t remember ever having a dream about a book. Welp!

Book You DNFed
I quit reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey pretty early into it. I still have it on my TBR shelf in hopes that I’ll pick it up again. Maybe one day!

What Book Are You Excited to Read
I have so many unread books right now that they’re piling upon my desk, but I’m probably most excited to read Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I’ve wanted to read it for a while now,and I’m especially inspired to read it after the Netflix adaptation has gotten so many positive reactions!

This was such a fun tag to do. As always, I don’t tag anyone specifically so if you’d like to do this tag, go for it! Thanks for reading!

The Halloween Book Tag

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Hi all,

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re enjoying all the candy and costumes and pumpkins and decorations and spooky fun today! Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, and I thought it’d be fun to do a little Halloween tag today. I found this one over on abookandacupofcoffee on Blogspot. Enjoy!

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Favorite Horror Book?
Swan Song by Robert McCammon. This is the first proper horror book I ever read, and it remains one of my all-time favorite books. It was so much more than fear and gore and all of that fun horror stuff, and a lot of what happened in the book has stayed with me even though I read it years ago.

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?
Can I use the same book twice in a row? In Swan Song, there’s one scene I remember vividly: the book takes place after a nuclear war, and a group of people took over an abandoned grocery store. They forced one of my favorite characters through an awful race/obstacle course in the store, and I remember blazing through because I wasn’t sure if he’d survive or not. The other moment that comes to mind is the end of Gone Girl when I realized that there was absolutely no way to escape what Amy had set up.

Have you dressed up as a book character for Halloween?
Yes! Three years ago, I dressed up at Hermione for my lit mag’s Halloween party. It’s probably my favorite costume I’ve ever done. (I was going to include a photo but honestly, no one wants to see Sophomore-year-of-college Joie.)

What do you think your favorite fictional character would dress up as for Halloween?
My favorite fictional character is Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle) and I have no doubt he wouldn’t dress up and would claim he was scary enough without a costume.

What is your favorite type of horror (gore, psychological thriller, etc.)?
Definitely psychological thriller. I think they’re even scarier than straight-up gore, monsters, etc. I also think it’s so interesting to consider how the events unfold and trying to retrace steps once something big has been revealed that you didn’t see coming.

If books were as cheap as candy, which book would you give out to Trick-or-Treaters?
This is a tough one because everyone has different tastes and also, how do I pick just one???  I’d probably give out The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater if I had to pick. I still can’t get over how much I love that series.

My Halloween TBR list:
I only have one book on my Halloween TBR: Ghostly by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s an anthology of ghost stories I’ve been planning to read for a bit.

Recommend some Halloween Reads!
I’m not big on horror or anything, so I usually recommend books with a bit of a creepy vibe: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and of course Swan Song by Robert McCammon. I recently wrote a post with a full list of my Halloween recs that you can check out here!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

This or That Book Tag

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Hi all,

I discovered this tag a while ago on herpaperadventure’s blog, and definitely wanted to give it a go. I think it’s a pretty unique tag; I’ve never seen one with this kind of format before, and honestly, it just seems like a lot of fun, so here we go…

Series or Standalone?
I tend to read more standalone’s because, honestly, I don’t have to worry about buying 3+ books but I actually prefer series because I have more time with the characters and worlds, which means they usually stick with me much longer.

Magic Earned or Magic Born?
Definitely magic earned. I don’t mind magic born, but I love the idea of magic/powers being something that everyone has the potential for, and anyone with enough patience, practice, and determination having the capability to become powerful.

Enemies-to-Lovers or Friends-to-Lovers?
Enemies-to-friends-to-lovers? But if I had to pick, enemies-to-lovers for sure. I don’t know, I guess I just love the added tension.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?
Hilarious banter. I hate picking up books that I know will make me sad, no matter how good they’re supposed to be. I usually avoid them. (Life is sad enough as it is. Gosh.)

Love Triangle or Insta Love?
Anything but love triangles. I feel like they’re so over-done, and they’re only fun when you’re not sure who the main character will actually pick, which rarely happens.

Keyboard-Smash Fantasy Names or All Names Start With the Same letter?
Probably Keyboard Smash Fantasy Names. It takes a while for me to remember whose who with both, but the big, long fantasy names being very different from one another means I usually catch on more quickly than if a bunch of the names start with the same letter.

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?
Ugh, probably dead parents? That sounds awful, but parents being cruel to the main character feels worse to me.

Supermodel Looks or Constantly Says How ‘Plain’ They Are?
Not a fan of either of these, but probably supermodel looks. I hate when characters (especially main characters, especially main characters who are the “chosen one”) consistently complain about how plain they are when they’re, like, the hero…Also, what’s wrong with being plain, huh?

Face on Covers or Typography on Cover?
Typography for sure. Having a face on the cover usually means I visualize that face when I’m reading, which takes away some of the fun for me.

Villain Turning A Little Good or Hero Turning A Little Bad?
Villain turning a little good is my absolute favorite trope, hands-down. That’s it. That’s all I have to say.

This was such a fun, quick lil tag. Hope you enjoyed reading! See you on Saturday with a review!

The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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Hi all,

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you might know that, after nearly a year of watching it, I finally finished Gilmore Girls not too long ago. I absolutely loved it (and I hardly watch TV shows, especially ones that are seven seasons long), so I wanted to do this Gilmore Girls book tag. The original tag was done by PucksandPaperbacks, but I found it on ABookLoversPlaylist, and I’m using their version with additional characters. Enjoy!

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Lorelei
A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor
Kitty from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Kitty was great comedic relief in this series and everything she said was either dead-honest or absolutely hilarious.

Rory
Your favorite classic
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I honestly haven’t read that many classics, but this was the first classic I ever read that I didn’t completely hate, and it still holds a special place in my heart.

Luke
A book you secretly love but are afraid to admit.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’m not too secret about any of my bookish loves online, but in real life, I always keep my love for John Green books a secret. It seems like ever since the TFIOS movie, I’ve gotten so much slack for reading his books, so I don’t talk about them much anymore even though I love them all, TFIOS especially. Anyone else run into this problem?

Lane
A musical character
Sam Roth from the Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. His acoustic guitar scenes had 15-year-old me swooning.

Dean
Your first book love
I don’t know if this means a book or a character, but I’m gonna go the book route: the first book that I really fell in love with was probably Twilight, to be honest. I read a lot of children’s and middle grade when I was a kid, but Twilight is what made me fall back in love with reading and introduced me to young adult. (I suppose Edward Cullen could also fit for the character variation of this one, but I’d rather not go there if I don’t have to.)

Sooki
A book you’ve devoured
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Each time I reread this, I finish it within two days. There’s just something about it that won’t let me put it down.

Jess
A book you love that gets the most hate
Probably Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. People seem to really hate the Harry Potter parody aspect of it, but I really loved this book, and I’m so excited to see Simon and Baz’s story continue!

Miss Patty
A book that was ruined by the hype
Honestly, I can’t think of any books that have been ruined by their hype, but a book that didn’t live up to it’s hype is Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. You can check out my review for an explanation of that one.

Emily Gilmore
An expensive book
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. When I first picked this up, I couldn’t understand why it was so much more expensive than a normal hardcover…until I flipped through it and saw all of the beautiful illustrations. It was totally worth it. Check out my review here for proof.

Paris
An uptight character
This was a touch one, but maybe Genevieve from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han?

Richard Gilmore
A character death you will never get over
Finnick from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It still keeps me up at night, tbh.

Logan
A character who has gone through the most development
Adam from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Seeing his character growth over the course of the series is one of my favorite aspects of the series.

Michel
A book with a character who has an accent
I thought of Lara from Looking for Alaska by John Green. I just remember her accent being mentioned and described a lot throughout the book.

Christopher
A character who is part of a “Team” fandom Ex. Team Jacob or Team Edward
The only books I can think of besides Twilight that have done this is The Hunger Games? So I guess Peeta, because I can’t stand Gale.

Jackson
A loyal character
Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. He may be a con, but he’s loyal to his friends and his team for sure.

Taylor
A character who always has something to say
Mrs. Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice usually lets her feelings be known….

Kirk
A quirky character
This is a tough one to do without using one of the books I’ve already used twice, so I’m gonna say either Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli or Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Babette and Morey
A couple you couldn’t imagine not being together
Sam & Grace from the Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. One of my all-time favorite literary couples.

Thanks for reading! See you on Saturday with a new review!