The Valentines Day Book Tag

Yeah, I know Valentine’s Day is gone. But honestly, if you were expecting me to do this on time, you don’t know me very well. I actually have a couple of tags and a couple of reviews backed up that I just haven’t found the time to do. Soon, hopefully.

Anyway, I was tagged to to this by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek. Thank you so much Heather for tagging me. You can check out her blog, it’s cool. And now, onto the tag!


1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

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I’ve read a few great stand-alones, but the most recent and the first to come to mind is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I have a full review of this beautiful little book, if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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Even after all this time (and many, many dystopians under my belt), I think The Hunger games is still my favourite. This is the series that really got me into YA literature and it will always be special to me. Plus, it’s awesome!

3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this series is SO underrated and it deserves to be talked about more. Go read Artemis Fowl!

4.) Favorite Book Couple

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Feyre and Rhys.

Art by Charlie Bowater

5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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There’s a long list of those. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is on example. Or The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve read Cinder, but not the rest of them. And many others, really. There are a lot of popular books that I haven’t read yet. So many books, so little timeeeeee!

6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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I loved this book so much! Keep an eye out for my review which should (hopefully) come up soon. It was brilliant. I can’t wait for the next one!

7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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The German (original) edition of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I’m currently (slowly) making my way through it. I don’t know why the cover is pink and not red, but there you have it.

8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

RHYYSSSS! Or Kaz Brecker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Rhys by taratjah and Kaz by Coralie Jubénot

9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

Well, to be honest I’m not that fussed about Valentine’s Day. Like… if you have a SO, then sure that’s great. Celebrate Valentine’s Day. But if you don’t, then it’s just another day really. It’s not special to me in any way. So I have no answer for this question. I would read whatever my current read is and watch whatever I felt like. For example, this Tuesday, I watched Life of Brian with my friend (Monty Python is everything).

10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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Oh boy. This sort of implies I’m aware of recent releases. Although, I was in Waterstones a couple weeks back and I saw this gorgeous hardcover of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I nearly bought it, but there was also a gorgeous hardcover of Nevernight and I’d heard more about that one, so I ended up buying it in the end. Still, I’ve read some amazing reviews of Caraval as well, so if I found it again, I would definitely buy it.

I tag you, yes YOU to do this. Because our love for books is equal all year round, so who cares if Valentine’s Day has passed, right?

The Sims Book Tag

The Sims Book Tag

It’s been foreverrrr! I’ve been super busy and been neglecting this place for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be able to ease back into it now that the crazy couple of weeks have gone. And what better way to do that than with a book tag? Thank you to Heather @The Sassy Geek for tagging me!

So, let’s get into it!

The Original Sims – The best author debut.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s hard to believe this is a debut.

The Grim Reaper – Saddest character death.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. You know who I’m talking about! *sobs uncontrollably*

Sims Getting Stuck – A character that just got in the way.

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Mare Barro from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. My hatred for her knows no bounds. I feel like the whole world would have been better without her.

Simlish – A book with amazing writing.

Anything that Laini Taylor writes.

Expansion Packs – A series where the books keep on getting better.

I am DYING for ACOWAR! I NEED IT!

Sim Romance – The worst case of insta-love.

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Meira and that prince guy. Forgot his name. I mean, Snow Like Ashes is just the most recent horribly insta-love-y book I’ve read. I’m sure there are many others.

Cheats – A book that was entirely unrealistic.

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Pale Highway by Ncholas Conley. I mean… talking slugs?

Needs Fulfillment – A character who made all the wrong decisions.

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Tamlin. TAMLIN. Tamlin. T a m l i n.

Error Code 12 – A series that started off great but went downhill from there.

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I mean, I wouldn’t say it started off great, but compared to Glass Sword, Red Queen was much better.

The Sims Vortex – A book/series that completely engrossed you.

I would start reading and next thing I knew, it was dark, I hadn’t eaten all day and I really had to pee.

That’s it for this tag. Thank you once again to Heather for tagging me. And if you love the Sims, then you are tagged to do this!

The Thrice Read Book Tag

This tag was created by the girls at Thrice Read (as the name suggests) and I stole it from them muahahah. Here we go.

What book defines you as a reader?

I don’t think any book defines me as a reader. I think every book I read defines me as a reader and so do the books I (actively) choose not to read.

Most unique book?

Hmmm… The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore and Bitterblue in particular. I just found them so unique among YA in their style and sort of… ideas I guess.

Which characters would play the Angel and devil on your shoulders?

Rhys would play both the angel and the devil.

Devil Rhys: *shoves hands in his pockets and grins wickedly* Come on, Romana darling. You know you want to spend all night reading.

Angel Rhys: You can’t always do what you want. You have responsibilities. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made!

Devil Rhys: Responsibilities? *cocoons me in the most comfortable starlit darkness, perfect for reading* Darling, this the court of Dreams, not Nightmares.

Me: *looks at Angel Rhys pleadingly*

Angel Rhys: *rustles wings irritably and crosses his arms* 

Me: *bats eyelashes prettily*

Angel Rhys: *huffs* Yeah, alright… I make a good point. *rustles wings again and scowls* But if you can’t wake up tomorrow morning, I’m dumping a bucket of water on you.

Me: *grins*

Both of them: So, what are we reading tonight?

And that, my friends, is why I’m absolutely screwed. Also, yes I did just write a mini fanfic of me and Rhys, don’t judge me, I know you’ve done it too.

Book that represents each stage of your life (childhood, adolescence, adulthood).

Childhood: The Chronicles of Narnia

Adolescence: Strangely, The Harry Potter series. It was my rebellion of sorts. My dad had never let me read them before.

Adulthood: I don’t know what to answer for this one. I don’t feel like an adult.

Book that is your go-to reread.

ACOMAF. I’ve read it three times already. Also, the HP series. I’ve read that 3 or 4 times as well.

Book that surprised you the most.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I didn’t expect to like this book, but I really did.

Most read author?

Hmm… Cassandra Clare maybe? I’ve read all of her Shadowhunter books and also The Iron Trial. What’s the tally for that? 12? 13? Though… Joseph Delaney maybe. I’ve read most of his Wardstone Chronicles series. And that has 15 books? 16? I’m not sure. This doesn’t really reflect on my favourite authors though, more on what authors write a lot of books.

Which character is most like you?

Ugh, I don’t know. Rhys? Because of his combination of arrogant facade and low opinion of himself? Nesta because she’s fierce and would do anything for the people she loves, but doesn’t really give her love freely? Auri from the Kingkiller Chronicles because she’s anxious and perceptive? I don’t know.

What is your favorite nonromantic ship.

Can it be like a group? The Night Court (can you tell I’ve just finished re-reading ACOMAF?) also, Kaz and his group.

Do you prefer the hero or the villain?

I prefer a healthy combination. I like those morally ambiguous antiheroes that do the wrong things for the right reasons and the right things for the wrong reasons and are flawed and a little bit broken, but they’re trying to be good, they’re trying to be better, trying to be their best and they keep trying, even when they fail over and over again.

 

 

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag – Part 2

I was tagged by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. I’ve already done it once (you can check that out here), but I’m going to do it again because it’s fun. 😀 So thank you Heather for tagging me! Also, I may have reviews of some of these books, so hover over their titles if you’re interested and see if there’s a link there!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round 1

Burn: Tribulation Force by Time LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I enjoyed this book. But not tremendously. So I don’t really have a problem burning it.

Rewrite: I’m going with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Don’t get me wrong, this book is AMAZING and beautiful and I absolutely loved it. I would just much rather reread the other one because I love Artemis Fowl and for some reason, it’s very difficult for me to reread historical fiction.

Reread: I have spoken before of my love for this series. It’s one of my favourite series and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

Round 2

Burn: The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love Sherlock Holmes, but I can’t say that this was my favourite Sherlock Holmes story and it can’t really compare to the other two, so it’ll have to go.

Rewrite: The Hundred Year Old Man That Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not really the kind of book I could reread.

Reread: Of course it was going to be the Harry Potter book. I love rereading these. I have reread them several times and I’ll do it again.

Round 3

Burn: Iron Kin by M.J. Scott. I didn’t really like this book. It’s my least favourite in the series. But even if it were my favourite in the series (which is Shadow Kin, if you were wondering), it still could not compete with the other two.

Rewrite: Power Study by Maria V. Snyder. I actually really loved this short story. It was really cool. But A. It’s a short story, so it can’t really compete with a novel and B. It’s up against ASOIAF. So it’ll have to be rewritten.

Reread: I’ve actually been meaning to reread ASOIAF before Winds of Winter comes out (so like, in the next decade).

Round 4

Burn: For once, there isn’t one that I would clearly burn out of the three. Maybe I’ll go with Scorch Trials by James Dashner because I think this was my least favourite Maze Runner book.

Rewrite: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed this book. I love Agatha Christie and she had me guessing with this one. But with detective novels, rereading them isn’t very fun because you already know who did it. So I’ll have to rewrite this one.

Reread: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. I remember reading this when I was like 12 and really loving it. I’m curious if I’d enjoy it as much now, so I’d reread this one.

Round 5

Burn: The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas. I don’t even remember much of this book other than Chicot. I used to read a lot of French historical fiction for some reason and I really loved it. But that was when I was young. Now I just read YA. I was such a pretentious kid.

Rewrite: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I would write some more Magnus into it cause there can never be enough Magnus.

Reread: Of course I wouldn’t change a single thing about The Hobbit. And of course I want to reread it!

Round 6

Burn: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I actually really loved this book, but it just can’t compare to the other two. Sorry!

Rewrite: This is where the hard part begins. Both of them have that one thing that happens that just pulls your heart right out and uses is as a chew toy. So that could be rewritten for both of them, I guess. But I also definitely want to reread both of them. Hmmmm… I’ll go with Crooked Kingdom, because in CoM, at least that unspeakably horrible thing leads to a lot of things being set in motion and it’s really important, whereas in Crooked Kingdom… it’s just cruel.

Reread: And that leaves Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

I’m too lazy to tag people right now, but this is a fun tag to do, so if you want to do it, I tag you to do it. Leave a link below if you do so I can check it out!

 

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Savannah @ The Book Prophet to do this tag. Thank you Savannah! Winter is one of my favourite times of the year, so I’m going to love this tag.

1. Do you like the cold?

Yes, I love the cold. I love snow (that’s why I hate English winters. they’re just wet and ugh). I love ice skating and winter sports in general and I like the crispness of cold air. When you breathe it in and you feel it all the way into your lungs. I love it!

2. Favorite part about winter?

Snow and Christmas.

3. Does it snow where you live?

Not really where I’m living now. England sucks. But it did snow where I grew up. So I have some amazing winter memories.

4. Favorite clothing item in winter?

I like wearing gloves. And snow boots. Also, I really love weird winter socks. Well, I love weird socks in general, but weird winter socks are extra awesome!

5. Your favorite winter memory?

Oh, I have so many! Like my brother and I coming home after a day of sledding and our mum would have food ready and hot chocolate and we’d put on warm, dry clothes and watch TV and the house would be all decorated for Christmas. Sometimes, our dad would take out his guitar and we’d sing carols.

6. Favourite hot drink?

Hot chocolate!

7. Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket?

I always get a really strong desire to read Harry Potter in winter. It just feels so magical and for some reason, the most evocative HP scenes are the Christmas ones. So yeah, HP.

8. Best winter movie to watch?

Hmmm, this isn’t really a winter film, but for some reason, when I was younger, they always played The Lord of the Rings around Christmas on TV, so it sort of became a tradition to watch it every winter.

9. Do you do any winter sports? (Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice-Skating)

I always ice-skate. That’s the one I do most frequently. Although I can also ski and I used to go with my family sometimes.

10. Favourite Christmas/holiday/New Year tradition?

Well, every year, my family gathers at my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve and there’s presents and food and drinks and it’s fun and cozy and also a little bit exhausting. And then, the next day we meet again at my grandparents’ house for lunch. And there, we have more presents and more food!

I’m too lazy to tag anyone, so please consider yourself tagged if you want to do this!

 

 

 

The Nintendo Book Tag

I was tagged by Ana @ Nerdy Book Worm to do this tag. Thank you Ana! I have actually never owned a Nintendo (I know, my childhood was sad). I actually never had any kind of gaming console. I just played on a PC. But I’m going to do this tag anyway.

1. NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

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Wow, there are a lot of classics that I want to read. But I think I will go with Hamlet for this one. I have never read Hamlet from start to finish. And I don’t know why. And I want to read it.

2. SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series)

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I’m sure I could find a lot of answers for this, but I’m going to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, because I loved ACOTAR, but I absolutely ADORE ACOMAF.

3. Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. There have been many books that have made me think about certain aspects of my life or of the world or that have influenced me in some way or another, but I don’t think I can say I went into reading a book with one worldview and finished it with a different one. I think all books I read have an impact on me somehow, but not a revolutionary one.

4. Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I know this is a very controversial book. People generally either love it or hate it. I hated it. I had to read it for school, I was 12 or 13 at the time, and I just remember thinking throughout “Why on earth would any teacher make us read this stupid book?”

5. Wii: A new favorite book

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Six of Crows by Leigh Brdugo is my newest favourite book. I love it, I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I love it. I have an entire review telling you how much I love it and it still does not adequately describe how much I love it.

6. Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

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There are so many series I want to start, it’s overwhelming. I’ll go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ve wanted to read this book for over a year now and I still have’t read it and I don’t know why, but I want to.

7. Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Dolores Umbridge. Or Mare from Glass Sword. It’s a toss.

8. Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

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A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. I don’t think I really need to explain that.

9. Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Another one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

10. Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

I want the Harry Potter ones that make Hogwarts with their spines. And I also want the original, UK Bloomsbury editions of HP (I have some of them). And I also collect editions of The Lord of the Rings. 

11. Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

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If only I hadn’t used Six of Crows in another answer. But that’s okay, because A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (review here) also has an amazing cast of characters that I love.

12. Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game

I don’t really have an answer for this, because as I said, I’ve never owned a Nintendo.

I tag

TheBookWormsFantasy

Joana @ A Bookish Blog

Marta @ The Book Mermaid

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

So, I got my hands on a little bit of free time and I went on a blogging binge and scheduled a bunch of posts (you may have noticed I’ve posted every day for the past few days!). As I was scrolling through my feed, I saw the girls @ Thrice Read do this tag and since I love Beauty and the Beast and I love tags, this seemed like a match made in heaven.

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

Probably the whole “bad boy with a tortured past and kind of a chewy centre” trope. I know it’s everywhere and it annoys some people, but I have a soft spot for it and I’m not even sorry. Also, just high fantasy settings. I never get tired of reading about the worlds people make up.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Look at that gorgeous cover. I honestly knew nothing about this book. I just bought it because it was a hardcover and was really beautiful and cheap. But I ended up loving it so much.

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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I have to go with Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid for this one. I got it as a free kindle. I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but I actually really loved it. I have a review of it by the way, if you’d like to read more about it.

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I wouldn’t say that everyone loves it, as I have seen several reviews that pretty much agreed with me. But it does seem to be generally liked and I really hated it. I also have a review of it if you’d like to know why. I have to admit thought, the cover is really gorgeous. A pile of rubbish wrapped in a pretty package. Kind of like Gaston.

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

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Lucien from ACOTAR (where the counterpart is Tamlin). Even before Tamlin lost his marbles, I loved Lucien more. (Image credit)

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

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The Bible. That’s what I always go to when I’m going through a difficult time and I always find comforting words of wisdom in it.

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I started reading CoB for the first time, I got through a couple of chapters and then gave up. It was only years later that I picked it up again (quite by accident). I had forgotten that I’d started it before and I was confused as to why it seemed so familiar. Anyway, the second time around I finished it and then I got really into the series.

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

Can I have a really… REALLY big dinner table? Because I really want to have dinner with so many characters. I want Rhys and the Night Court and I want Will Herondale and I want Kaz Brekker and ALL of his gang. ALL OF IT *sobs uncontrollably* and I want the entire Fellowship of the Ring and Hermione and Aelin and all of her court and Manon… well I kind of want the whole cast of ToG and… well, do you know any good catering services? And a really big venue? Preferably with access to an orchard or something. I feel like some of these characters might butt heads.