The Book Mashup Tag

This is a really cool tag that I saw on The Book Prophet’s Blog. It was originally created by Lia@ Lost in a Story

Rules

Pick 10 (I picked 8) books and divide them into two groups.

Then randomly select a book from each group and mash the two books together. The world’s your oyster here really.

Write a synopsis paragraph of your mashup book.


Round 1: Throne of Glass and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Celaena is Adarlan’s most infamous assassin, she has seen and done them all. But when the Crown Prince hands her a strangely glowing hair brush, she finds herself thrust into a strange world where children face unspeakable horrors armed with nothing but small sticks and strange words, all to win a mysterious cup. 

Will she learn to navigate this strange world in time to win the competition and her freedom?

Round 2: The Oathbreaker’s Shadow and Artemis Fowl

Raim is fifteen. He lives in a world where each promise is sealed with a knot and breaking a promise means a life cast out in the desert.

Artemis Fowl is twelve. He’s a genius, a millionaire, and most importantly, a criminal mastermind.

 Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed. But when one of Artemis’ plots goes a little bit wrong, the two boys meet in the heart of the desert and realise that perhaps they could help each other. 

Round 3: City of Bones and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

(This one should be interesting)

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway.

And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a bunch of angsty warrior children (too angsty, truth told, for a man of Allan’s age), a stolen cup (Allan can’t really understand what the fuss is, the cup doesn’t even contain vodka), some demons (when you’ve lived as long as Allan, nothing is surprising, really) and the strained relationship between a father and his children (Allan never liked his own father much either, so he has the deepest sympathy for the youngings).

Round 4: Nevernight and The Book Thief

(Oh boy. How do I even. This is going to be so dark.)

So, my idea for a mashup for this was to have Liesel read Mia’s story and then decided she wants revenge for all the crap in her life and follows Mia’s example. But I just can’t bring myself to spoil the beautiful story that The Book Thief is, with something like that. It’s just… wrong. Or the alternative would be to have Mia somehow end up in Nazi Germany, meet Liesel and decide that the Nazis need some killing.

But I can’t think of any way to bring Mia into Liesel’s world without a massacre ensuing and stay true to their characters and I can’t bring myself to ruin The Book Thief any more than I have just by thinking what I just thought. So I’m not going to write a synopsis for this.

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C’s Book Blogger Test

I found this book tag over at Thrice Read (where I find most of my book tags). Check out their post here. Seriously, their blog is great.


TOP THREE BOOKISH PET PEEVES

You know what, I can give you three entire posts with just my bookish pet peeves. In fact, I can give you four entire posts. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS

  • I often start reading multiple books at once (I’m reading 3 at the moment, I think. Possibly 4)
  • I eat while reading
  • Dust jackets really annoy me and I always take them off while reading a hardback.

LAST TIME YOU CRIED READING A BOOK

Hmm… I’m not sure. It may have been while I was reading Lord of Shadows. But not for the reasons you might think.

NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE

Three at the moment. And one on the floor next to my bed. Don’t ask why, I’m not entirely sure why it’s there.

FAVORITE READING SNACK

I don’t have any particular reading snack. Just whatever I feel like eating.

THREE BOOKS YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE

The Bible

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

A PICTURE OF YOUR BOOKSHELF

Um… I don’t think I  have one. Especially that I have several bookshelves and they’re not all in the same place.

HOW MUCH DO BOOKS MEAN TO YOU?

Books are some of my favourite things. They make me happy even at the worst of times. Just seeing them and knowing that I can slip away into a world of magic at any time makes me happy.

BIGGEST READING SECRET

I haven’t got any reading secrets. :/

How I choose Book Tag

I should really, really be catching up on my reviews. But I’m really, really not in the mood to write a review right now, so here I am with another book tag. I stole this (as I often do) from Thrice Read. If you don’t follow their blog, you really should, because it’s great! Anyway, let’s get to it.


Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m not sure why i bought it. I think it had something to do with it being set in a desert setting and being western-y and also very pretty. I did end up really enjoying this book though, so I have no regrets.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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This is the answer I usually give to this question, but Tangled by Emma Chase. I honestly have no idea why I read it at all. Because it’s not a genre that I generally enjoy and it didn’t even have a pretty cover. I remember finding it on Goodreads and I think I read a review that was really positive and I was really bored, so I was like… “Eh, might as well.” And I ended up really enjoying it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

This is pretty hard to do, since a) I have 2 bookshelves in 2 different places; b) I have way too many books for just the two bookshelves and therefore, they’re double stacked like nothing else and c) I know where all my books are on the shelves. So instead, to make it more random, I’m gonna go to my Goodreads owned books shelf, set it on random and get the first book on there.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I won this book in a giveaway and I discovered it when entering that giveaway.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I bought it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Oh man, there are so many for this one! Um… Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff and absolutely fucking YES! You can read my review of it, if you are interested.

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik. This is another one that i heard of through booktube. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about dragons in Napoleon’s time so… as far as I’m concerned, that’s all you need to know really.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Hunger Games, believe it or not. I wasn’t much into YA at the time, so I only found out about it when the first film came out. I watched the film and I thought it was meh, but decided to read the books. It’s interesting, because I liked the first film a lot more after reading the books than before, which is unusual.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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This one’s hard. There are so many! Well, The Lord of the Rings definitely has to be on this list. I’ve read them 3 times, the first time I was maybe 12? I’m not sure. I picked them up because I loved the films.

The ACTOAR series by Sarah J. Mass should probably also be on here. I picked it up when the first book came out (well, a bit later that year) because I’d read ToG and I loved it and I wanted to see what else Sarah had in store. Also, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories, so when I heard it was a retelling… I just had to.

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Someone had lent it to my mum a few years back and of course I wanted to read it because it was a book and it was C.S. Lewis. And I read it twice in two days.

I could continue this list, really but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.

Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag

I know it’s quite some time past mid year, but… oh well. I did this tag last year as well (timelier then), out can check that out here.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

6547258For this I probably have to go with The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Although I’ve read a few awesome books so far this year (honourable mentions go to Illuminae, Nevernight and A Conjuring of Light), this one just kept me up at night reading and I was just so excited to talk to everyone about it and that hadn’t happened in a while. I have both a spoiler-free review and a rave review of this, if you’re interested to know more of my thoughts about it.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

32200595This one goes to A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. It was such a great conclusion to the series. There is so much going on, we lern so many new things. I loved it so much, I felt all the feels and I NEED to get to her other books. I love her writing and her imagination so much. She writes such compelling stories and characters and I just don’t even know why I haven’t read all her books yet! I have a spoiler-free review of this one as well, if you would like to read more of my thoughts on it.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

297489251Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Again, another author whose writing I love so much, and yet I still have to finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I still don’t have my hands on Strange the Dreamer and I want it because it’s beautiful and I bet on the inside it’s beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

32055872Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I loved Nevernight so much, Jay Kristoff is one of my new favourite authors and I want to read this book yesterday! This actually shares a release date with Tower of Dawn, which I’m also quite excited about, but not as much as I might have expected. Was a bit disappointed with Empire of Storms and Chaol is not really my favourite character. So Godsgrave wins this time. And I’m so excited about that cover! It’ll look so pretty along with the first one!

Biggest disappointment

caravalstealing snowCaraval by Stephanie Garber. That book sucks. If you’ve been following my reviews, you know how much I hated that stupid book. If you haven’t, then you can check out both my spoiler-free review of it and my rant review. The biggest disappointment position is actually a joint one, and Caraval shares it with Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I also have both a spoiler-free review and a rant review of that if you want to know more, so I won’t go into too much detail about why I hated it because I don’t want to ruin my day.

Biggest surprise

28448287Hmm… this is difficult. I don’t think I’ve really read any books that surprised me so far this year. Maybe Replica by Lauren Oliver, because I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. it was far more insightful and clever and bold than I thought it would be and I went through it really quickly. So I guess I was a little surprised by it, but I can’t say it was a big surprise. I have a spoiler free review of it if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

4735144Jay Kristoff. I’ve read two of his books already and loved both. There’s something about the wit of his writing that gets me and I will read pretty much anything written by him. I really have to catch up with his other books. I can’t wait to see what other delights he has set in store.

 

Newest fictional crush

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Ahem… I’m okay. Ignore what just happened…

 

 

Newest favorite character

This is kind of hard… either Mia Corvere from Nevernight, AIDAN from Illuminae (although… Kady and Ezra as well, if I’m being honest) or Kit Herondale from Lord of Shadows. I’m currently about two thirds through Lord of Shadows and what can I say, I just can’t resist a Herondale. It’s a tough question to answer, because there isn’t any one character that stands out dramatically above the others, there are just a lot of really good characters that I love.

Book that made you cry

a monster callsI don’t think I have an answer for this. I can’t remember reading any book that made me cry this year. Oh actually, I may have cried when reading A Monster Calls. Like, not properly cried, but I think my eyes got a bit watery. I do have a review of A Monster Calls if you want to know more of my thoughts. It’s a really powerful book, I thought and I do recommend it to anyone.

 

Book that made you happy

Again, I’m not sure I have an answer for this. I can’t think of a book that made me particularly happy. I mean, all books tend to make me happy just because I love books and I love seeing them and having them and arranging them on bookshelves, but beyond that, there wasn’t any specific book that made me happy.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

23395680caravalnevernightlord of shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. It’s so pretty! And it looks so nice with Lady Midnight and I’m happy. I have the edition with the dark blue pages and it’s so cool and I love it!

Other honourable mentions for beautiful books are IlluminaeNevernight and Caraval (even though the book itself sucks, I can’t deny that it’s beautiful to look at).

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I’d like to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and maybe some more Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab. And I need to continue the Mistborn series.

The Book Title Book Tag

Saw this over at The Book Prophet’s blog and I love tags and this sounds like such a fun challenge. Basically, I just have to answer questions with book titles. So here we go.


1. Title That’s the Story of Your Life

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a good one because my life is just a chain of awkward and weird. Also The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making because I read a lot of fantasy and I spend most of my time in my own head, in my own world.

2. Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because it just makes me think of embers in a fireplace and I love reading by the fire with a hot drink and a blanket and a comfy sofa.

3. Title of an Adventure You’d Like To Go On

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey because I love exploring and just going new places and discovering things.

4. Title You Want to Name Your Child

I really like the titles of the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix as names, so if it were a boy Lirael and if it were a girl, Clariel. For some reason, I feel like Lirael is a boy’s name and Clariel a girl’s name.

5. Title of Your Ideal Job

The Craft of Research. Science is what I’ve always wanted to do and thankfully, it is what I’m doing.

6. Title of a Place You’d Like to Visit

Oh man! There are so many… A Whole New World by Liz Braswell because it would be so cool to visit another planet. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman because it sounds so mystical and wonderous. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones because again, so cool and magical.

7. Title of Your Love Life

Um… Tangled by Emma Chase because it’s a bit of a confusing mess at the moment. Also Pivot Point by Kasie West, because I feel like things are being determined at this moment and what happens now will set the tone for later? This is a hard question to answer even without having to limit myself to book titles.

8. Questions You Ask Yourself

What If? (Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions) by Randall Munroe. This is incredibly accurate.

9. Title of a Kingdom You Want to Rule or Name

Hmm… The Final Empire because it sounds so… final. Either in the sense that it’s enduring or in the sense we have reached the end of existence, of matter and civilization. And while I do quite enjoy living and you know… the lack of chaos and anarchy in my life, there is a small, strange and rebellious part of me that would just love to watch the end of the world.

10. Title You’d Name Your Band

There are so many cool ones for this! Pretty much any Laini Taylor book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Awesome name. Days of Blood and Starlight? Absolutely bitchin’! Strange the Dreamer? Dreams of Gods and Monsters? Silksinger? Yeah, Laini Taylor books have awesome titles.

Other cool ones would be The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Six of Crows, Ruin and Rising or A Toaster on Mars. I could probably go on, honestly, there are so many good ones. But I’ll stop here.

I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m lazy, but please feel free to do this if you think it’s fun.

The Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

I was tagged by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls to do this. Thank you Angelica! I love P&P. This should be fun.

How it works

  • Link back to Laura and Emma’s original posts so we can see all of your answers! (Just copy and paste these instructions)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people

While Mr. Bennet silently reads in the study, and Mrs. Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?

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Here I’m gonna go with Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I just love their relationship.

You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?

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I still haven’t got this, for some reason.

Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr. Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?

Hmmm… maybe Feyre’s Starfall dress? (image credit)

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Or Tessa’s Dress.

It is the Christmas Ball and Maria has asked you to join her at the piano. What music or song would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?

Well, I just started reading The School for Good and Evil, but I’ve only read one chapter so far, so I don’t really know what song would fit it.

You’re helping Jane to take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?

artemis fowl ARTEMIS FOWL!

It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr. Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book, while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?

There are many. In fact, I have a whole series of posts dedicated to quotes, because I am a quotes aficionado (you can check that out here). But I’ll go with the first line of what is probably my favourite non-fiction.

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
-C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?

Hmm… this is hard. I tend to love a lot of villains. Sebastain Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments maybe? Oh… Light from Death Note. Or Johan Liebert from Monster. Also, I’ve recently read Illuminae and I really loved AIDAN.

As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?

Um… not many of the books I read, that’s for sure. People tend to die a lot in those places. I’m gonna go with Le Cirque des Reves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I feel like from all the places, my life would be least threatened there and it would be so freaking awesome.

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You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to relive some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?

My grandfather used to have this giant collection of stories and fairytales. It was yellow and very old and every time I would go there, he would read to me from it for hours and hours. I know that’s not really me reading, but it’s a very fond memory. And I’ve read the book by myself as well. I’m pretty sure I now have the book at home (I stole it from him muahahah)

You’re on a tour at Pemberley and you come across Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr. Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?

Rhysand from ACOTAR, Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices and more recently, Elend Venture from the Mistborn series. There are others, of course, but these are my top ones.

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I tag all P&P lovers to do this!

The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so, here is one. I found this over on Thrice Read.


1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

Usually, yeah. Though I can read on planes and trains.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Probably everyone and their mother gives this answer, but Laini Taylor.

3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Harry Potter. Vampires. Don’t. Sparkle.

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Depends. If the definition of a book bag is a bag with a book in it, then yeah, frequently. If you mean a bag that is specifically designed for carrying books or something, then no.

5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

You mean there are people who don’t?

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

With. I love little illustrations. I am a child, okay. I need pictures.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I don’t think I have such books. I mean, I’ve read quite a few poor quality books. Some of them I even enjoyed. But I was always aware that they were poor quality.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Probably my Buffy the Vampire Slayer  comic.

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

I think it’s Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. I’m not sure if it’s got more pages than The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, but it’s a hardback and The Wise Man’s Fear has Bible pages so Inheritance  is definitely thicker.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

I’ve always been into reading.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

Hmm… does The Lord of the Rings count as a classic? If not, then probably The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

I was kinda good at everything. :/

15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Depends who gave it me. Though… in all honesty, I’d probably keep it no matter what. I’m a book hoarder. It’s a problem.

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Shan’t.

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

All of the above. Sometimes at the same time too.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

Fairies. Never been a huge fan of vampires and I’ve always loved fairies and the folklore surrounding them.

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters. Because I’ve always wanted to be one.

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. Or no love scenes. I’m okay with either.