Book Mashup Part 2

Part 1

I did this a long time ago and I had a lot of fun with it so I decided to give it another go. Basically, I selected 6 books and then randomly selected 3 pairs. For each one of the pairs, I’m going to write a mashup synopsis.


Caraval & The Blade Itself

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Until she receives an invitation.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck, so when he finds a mysterious invitation, he doesn’t hesitate. 

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But he never could resist an invitation.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. And when an invitation arrives in his office, he realises he might just get his wish.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz, better known as Legend; a bald old man with a terrible temper and a flair for the dramatic. Once a year, he hosts a magical performance in which the audience and the performers are one and the same.  

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


This was very hard to do. The two books could not be more different. But I tried my best.

The Archived and The Hunger Games

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Most children in Panem dread the Reaping each year. But Mackenzie Bishop is not most children, she dreads what comes after the Games are over. Mac is a Keeper of the dead.

 Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen knows she’s been handed a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. Underfed and on her own, she is the first victim to fall in the Arena. But when she wakes up in a strange, dim corridor, she begins to understand that The Hunger Games have only just begun. 

The Raven Boys and Snow Like Ashes

Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest to find an ancient locket that is said to contain the power of Winter. 

Blue is sceptical at first, but as she is pulled into the world of the raven Boys, she begins to understand that this is more than a rich boy’s entertainment and all that she holds dear may be at stake.


These were all so much harder than the last time. I picked the books with a random number generator, so they wre randomly selected from the books I’ve read and I also randomly chose the pairs. It took so long to write these three and try to make them work at least a little. I had two other pairs that I just ran out of patience and ideas with. So I’m going to leave them here and if you guys have any ideas for them, I’d love to hear them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses and Spinning Silver

Red Sister and The Selection

Alphabet TBR Tag

Ok, so this whole posting every single day thing is HARD. You may or may not know that I’ve decided I will post every single day for the month of May. Should have probably chosen a month when I don’t have exams to do this, but I started now and I’ll be damned if I don’t see it through. This was just a really long winded way for me to say I have another tag today because I couldn’t think of anything more original to do. So I stole another tag from Kristin. I’m pretty sure I stole my last tag from here too. So check her blog out.

Anyway, I’m gonna try to use books on my physical TBR in an attempt to motivate me to read them. But I may not have one for each letter.


A: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I actually have so many books starting with A on my TBR. But I chose this one cause I actually started reading it and then I stopped, I don’t remember why, I was enjoying it. But I never continued and I want to finish it.

B: Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Another one that I started and never finish. I didn’t really like the MC, which is why I stopped, but I want to give this series another try because I wasn’t in the best headspace when I started it, so that may have contributed to my lack of enjoyment and everybody seems to love this series.

C: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Yet another one that I started and set aside. I kind of have an excuse for this one. I took it with me when I was travelling for archery. I went to a competition. So I put it in my archery bag and didn’t get to read much during the competition. But I don’t unpack my archery bag, because it just has my archery stuff in it. And I forgot I’d put it there. I forgot that I had it, actually. Which says something about the amount of books I own, but that’s another story.

D: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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Are you surprised? I started and haven’t finished this one was well. I don’t really have an excuse for this. I just wasn’t loving it. But I don’t want to DNF it because it’s not bad and I already read like more than half of it. But I just wasn’t loving it.

E: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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I actually don’t own this one, but I didn’t have an E book on my owned TBR. But I’ve been wanting to pick this series up forever and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

F: The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

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Another one that I started and almost finished, but now quite. I don’t even know why. I just haven’t been in the mood for philosophical reading I guess.

G: The Gift by Alison Croggon

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I’ve been eyeing this series for a while now and I spotted the first book in a thrift store and bought it.

H: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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One of my friends got it for me over a year ago and I still haven’t read it. So I need to get on with it.

I: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The same friend got me this at the same time and I haven’t read it.

J: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I only have an electronic copy of this, but this is a classic that I’ve been interested in reading for a long time, so I need to get to it.

K: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s the finale! Why haven’t you read it Romana? Shame! SHAME! Just read it!

L: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Remember that friend who got me those other two books? Yeah… he got me this one as well. Have I read it? Nope. Do I want to? Yes! Then why haven’t you read it Romana??? WHy? I don’t know, ok. I just don’t know.

M: Mark of the Thief by Jenniver A. Nielsen

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I loved her other series, The False Prince and I want to give this one a try.

N: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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This is a very complicated and confusing sci-fi. I started reading it and was like ?????????????? And I’m used to reading complicated and confusing SFF books. I do want to give this another try, because I hear that once you start understanding what’s going on, it’s pretty good.

O: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I’m about a third through this book. I wan’t to finish this series already. I’m not enjoying this book as much as the other two, but I still want to finish it.

P: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

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I didn’t have an owned P book that I wanted to share, so here’s one that I’m hoping to get to soon. I actually don’t know much about it, but I think it’s inspired by Chinese history and stuff and it sounds cool.

Q: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Another finale that I’ve yet to read.

R: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

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I started reading this because I really love physics and I wanna know more. But I’ve yet to finish it. It’s not exactly bedtime reading at least for me, so I do need to concentrate. Which means that it’s slow going. But I do want to read it.

S: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

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If I read this and finish The Four Loves, I will have read every C. S. Lewis boo that I own. So I’m hoping to get to both of them this summer.

T: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Second John Green book on this list. I just haven’t been in the mood for contemporaries in over a year. And they’re just sitting there, waiting for me to want to read a contemporary.

U: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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Another letter without an owned book. But I’m interested in this series. It sounds cool.

V: Viper by Bex Hogan

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I recently read one chapter of some of my TBR books  and this is one of the ones I decided to keep.

W: What If? Serious Scientific Questions to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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I’m almost done with this. I think I have less than 100 pages left. So I’m hoping to finish it soon. But it’s one of those books that I’m never really actively reading. More like a chapter or two every now and again, just because of the nature of the book. I am however enjoying it a lot.

X: No luck 😦

Y: Y: The Last Man Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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I don’t yet own this, but it’s probably going to be the next graphic novel series I read. I actually do have it on Kindle, but I don’t like reading graphic novels on Kindle.

Z: Better luck next time :-/

Marvel Avengers Book Tag

I got a tag for y’all today. I saw this on some other blog and sounded cool, so here we go.


IRON MAN: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

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The Martian by Andy Weir. This book made me laugh multiple times, It’s really funny. I have a review of it, go check that out.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A BOOK THAT SENDS A POSITIVE MESSAGE

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Temeraire  by Naomi Novik. It sends the message that dragons are awesome and clever. And that’s a positive message. And it makes me happy.

THOR: A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER’S STRENGTH YOU ADMIRE

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I admire Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. All the Naomi Novik books today. Because she’s badass and is super chill and self confident even when the dumbass she loves runs away cause he’s a dumbass. And Agnieszka is just like “Yeah, well I’m amazing anyway and I’m just gonna do my thing until you decide to get your shit together and realise I’m amazing and even if you never do I’m still amazing tra la la”. And I admire her for that. I wish I was like that too.

BLACK WIDOW: A BOOK WITH A KICK-ASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

ESSUN FROM THE BROKEN EARTH. EsSuN. Essun. Essun. essuNNNNNN. I’ve talked about this series to death and I’ve reviewed it and raved about it. so go check those posts out.

HULK: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU INCREDIBLY ANGRY

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I feel like I haven’t trashed on this book in a while, so just in case you didn’t know, I hated it. It made me maaaddd. If you want to know why, you can read my rant about it.

HAWKEYE: AN UNDERRATED BOOK YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO

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I’ve only said it 50 hundred million times.

*BONUS* LOKI: A BOOK WITH A TWIST OR SURPRISE THAT TRICKED YOU

Mistborn  by Brandon Sanderson. Particularly the last book. But throughout the series, I just didn’t see stuff coming. I’ve also reviewed this series.

Trying a chapter of my TBR books

I saw this done on booktube and thought it was a very good idea for whittling down my TBR. It’s now got to a point where I have over 70 books on my physical TBR. A lot more than 70 actually. I’ve gotten better at being selective about what books I buy, but I have now accumulated a fair number of books from Fairy Loot. Now, I love Fairy Loot, but the books they include have been a bit hit and miss. So I’ve decided to go through the Fairy Loot books that I have not read yet and try a chapter and decide whether I want to keep them or not. I have 7 books.


Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

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I gave this 3 chapters, not just one. And I don’t think I’m going to keep it. I suspected I wouldn’t love it based on the synopsis and what I read convinced me. It seems like it’s going to be a very typical YA fantasy that I’ve seen 100 times before. The magic reminds me strongly of one of the Grisha types of magic. All in all, I just don’t see myself enjoying this very much. It would probably be a 2 star read for me and I just have too many books to read to waste my time.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

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Reading the synopsis of this, I was intrigued and I hold to that after reading the first chapter. It seems to have a really cool setting and a really cool magic system from what I could tell. Also, it has some positive blurbs from several authors whose work I’m a fan of. So I’m keeping this one.

Viper by Bex Hogan

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Definitely keeping this one. I hadn’t read the synopsis of this, but after reading the first chapter, I am intrigued. It seems pirate-y.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

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This one is an ARC and it won’t be published until July. I’m not sure about this one. On the one hand, giant elemental crows… on the other hand… another story of a princess being forced to marry someone blah blah blah. I’ll sit on this for a while longer, but realistically I won’t read it.

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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This was honestly such a pleasant surprise. Definitely keeping it! I hadn’t read the synopsis, so I knew only vaguely that it’s something to do with dragons. But it’s about were-dragons, aka people who turn into dragons. And it seems to take place in modern day. Also I really enjoyed the MC’s voice. Very funny.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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I have to say I was expecting this one to be in the discard pile. It’s a dual perspective, so I gave it two chapters, one for each character and I think I’m going to keep it. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I really love beauty and the beast. but more than that, I liked the take on the beast’s curse. Also, the female MC has cerebral palsy, which is interesting although I didn’t like her voice that much.

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

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This sounds pretty cool and I enjoyed the first chapter, so I will keep this one as well. I’m actually surprised I’m enjoying so many of these!

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

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I was intrigued by this from the start. A Latina-inspired setting! After reading the first chapter, I am definitely interested in reading it.

I thought I’d end up getting rid of more of them, but I’m glad that most of them appeal to me and I’m now more motivated to pick them up than I was before. So I will probably be doing this again in the future. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them.

Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

Blogger Tag

I was tagged by SapientReader. Thank you for tagging me.


What is the biggest reason you read?

I enjoy it.

Book that changed you as a person?

I don’t think there is any book that has changed me as a person. Except perhaps the Bible.

A Book that everybody should read?

The Bible.

Which author would you like to meet?

Living, I’d love to meet John Green. Dead, C. S. Lewis.

Fictional character who you to befriend? ( not marry)

The squad in Six of Crows.

Which fictional character’s life would you change your life with?\

I’ve answered this question several times before and I’ve firmly established that the lives of the characters in the books I read aren’t exactly enviable. So like… Chairman Meow or Church from The Mortal Instruments.

Which part in any book that made you cry a lot ?

Ending of Clockwork Princess. 

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I Dare You Book Tag

I was tagged to do this 100 years ago and I completely forgot. I was tagged by The Book Mermaid, so thank you for tagging me and sorry it’s taken me so long to actually do this.


Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

I don’t know honestly. I have books that I’ve owned for as long as I can remember.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current readThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’m rereading this and I’m loving it all over again ❤ This series is underrated.

Last readOur Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. I adored the book and the duology and I love everything Victoria Schwab writes.

Next read: I don’t know… I don’t usually plan what I’ll read next. I’m a mood reader, so whatever I feel like. Maybe The Runaway King which is the sequel to the book I’m currently reading. Or maybe I’ll finish one of the 15 books I’ve started reading and abandoned halfway through for no reason.

What book did everyone like but you hated?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I know not everyone loved it, but a lot of people did and I hated it.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

Haha, there’s a list tbh. Um… The Silmarillion is probably on that list. I’ve read the first half or so of the book 3 times and I never finished it. I want to read it, but I also can’t seem to commit to it. The Odyssey is another one.

What books are you saving for retirement?

Maybe I’ll finally read The Silmarillion when I retire. I feel like that’s a retirement book.

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

Wait until the end. I don’t like spoilers.

Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Definitely not a waste of paper. Even if they may not always be interesting and may not be interesting for everyone, I think they’re important. It’s important for the author to acknowledge the hard work that went into creating the book and the people who did that hard work.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Uh… I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this question before and like I said then, there aren’t many characters in the books I read whose lives I envy lol Maybe like… Church from The Mortal Instruments. He has a pretty sweet life… for the most part. I mean, everybody wants to be a cat, right?

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person)

Plenty. The Mortal Instruments reminds me of high school because it’s one of the last series I read before I graduated. TFIOS reminds me of a hot summer day because I read it on a hot summer day and I remember wondering around town in blistering heat trying to recover after it.

Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. This is a really fun book totally recommend. I don’t know if the way I acquired it is particularly interesting, but I can’t think of a better one. I got this book in an airport. I was travelling from London to Vienna and my flight got cancelled, I had to spend the night in the airport and then the next day the flight almost got cancelled again (it was only delayed, thankfully but I had a good scare). So as I was waiting to find out if my second flight would be cancelled, I saw this book and the title caught my eye because I felt like it was very relevant to my situation. It was just one damned thing after another.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Uh… does a birthday qualify as a special reason? Otherwise, I don’t think so.

Which book has been with you most places?

My Bible. I take it pretty much everywhere.

Any required reading in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Sadly, no. I still dislike the books I had to read in high school as much as I did when I had to read them.

Used or brand new?

I don’t mind. I would say I get about half and half. I actually like used books. There are some things that I don’t like. Like if the pages are torn or written on. But I don’t mind yellowed pages and worn covers. Of course, I also love pristine, new books. I like both and I like having both. I like my shelves to be a mixture of new and well loved books.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Possibly, but I can’t think of any right now.

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)?

Harry Potter!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t think I actually have such a person. I’ll consider any recommendation, but I’m usually a pretty good judge of whether I’ll enjoy a book or not, so if it doesn’t sound like something I’ll enjoy, I won’t really prioritise it no matter who it comes from.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I don’t normally read adult romance, let alone enjoy it, but I loved this one. Similarly, Tangled by Emma Chase.

 

 

#NotAll Book Tag

As per usual, I stole this tag from Thrice Read.


#NOTALL COVER CHANGES – A COVER CHANGE YOU LIKED

I’ll have to go with Caitlynn’s answer and say Throne of Glass. I mean there’s no comparison.

#NOTALL TROPES – A TROPE YOU’LL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING

Probably bad boy with a tragic past and a soft chewy centre. Don’e ask why, I just eat that shit up like nothing else. *coughs* Herondales *coughs*

#NOTALL INSTALOVE – YOU INSTALOVED THIS INSTACOUPLE

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Hmmm… this is a pretty tough one. I really don’t like insta love. But I guess my answer is also Caitlynn’s answer. Because I liked Karou and Akiva and while I guess you could say their relationship is insta love-y… it makes sense once you read the second book.

#NOTALL LOVE TRIANGLES – AN EXAMPLE OF LOVE TRIANGLE DONE WELL

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Will-Jem-Tessa. The only love triangle I’ve ever read that I genuinely loved.

#NOTALL PARENTS – BOOKISH PARENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, PARENT!

Hmm… I’m gonna go with Mrs. Weasley.

#NOTALL VILLAINS – A VILLAIN YOU LOVE

I mean… I love a lot of villains. Sebastian from TMI, Viktor from Vicious (I know he’s kind of the protagonist of that book, but really everyone’s a villain in that one), Severus Snape (more of an anti-hero, I suppose, but still), Cardan from The Cruel Prince (I just finished that book and honestly I don’t know what to do with myself). Though I don’t really think he was the villain of that story. They’re kind of all villains. AIDAN from Illuminae; The Darkling from The Grisha books… I could go on. I love me some villains.

#NOTALL CHOSEN ONES – A CHOSEN ONE YOU CAN GET BEHIND

Harry Potter.

#NOTALL HYPED BOOKS – A BOOK THAT LIVED UP TO THE ACCLAIM

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There are quite a few, but I’m going to go with the most recent. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I LOVED this so much I want the next one NOW.

#NOTALL *INSERT FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE

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Fantasy. And really there are plenty. Most recently read, Everless by Sara Holland. I enjoyed it because I was just in the mood for mindless entertainment, but it wasn’t very good.

Then we’ve got my two most hated fantasies ever: Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. We all know how I feel about these books. If you don’t, then click on the titles and you’ll find out.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Rasch. I didn’t hate this one, but it was just meh.

#NOTALL *INSERT LEAST FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU LIKED FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T OFTEN READ

Adult contemporary romance. And for this, I have two of them:

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, which I liked so much I read it twice. And Tangled by Emma Chase which I also really enjoyed.

 

The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

HARRY POTTER

Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

The Christmas Song Book Tag

I stole this tag from Thrice Read (as always). Check out Eden’s post.


1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love

I love me a good villain, so I have quite a few. However, I just finished reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Victor is my child ❤ Other notable mentions are Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare,  Holland from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, Severus Snape from Harry Potter, Mia Corvere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I could go on, honestly.

 2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I haven’t got anything in particular.

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Hmm… I don’t know. Maybe Vin from The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

a) I honestly read about so many horrible characters. I’m going to go with that guy from The Schwarzschild Radius because I’m still traumatised by that book.

b) Probably Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. He seems to be pretty perfect. It’s almost annoying.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

Oddly enough, Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It made me cry.

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Pretty much every single book I read. So um… The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, since I’ve been listening to those on audio recently.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

For me, nothing says Christmas as much as Harry Potter.

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Lila from the Shades of Magic series. We could run away and have an adventure together.

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. And if it was really cold, I’d also throw in Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Even though it’s a really beautiful looking book on the outside.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

The Bible.