OTP Book Tag

So, I was planning to do a review post today. But I just really didn’t feel like being thoughtful and critical and all that. So as I was watching some Booktube in procrastination, I came across this tag. I saw Sam from Thoughts on Tomes do it, and I believe the original creator is Kirstin @ Kirstin Reads. Even though people sometimes use OTPs from film and TV, I will only use book couples because otherwise, this will turn into a full blown dissertation on my ships.

Alright, here we go. Prepare for a lot of fangirling, ranting and so forth. This is going to be a long post. Grab some popcorn.


1. Pick an unpopular OTP that you ship

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Hmm… I’m not sure how unpopular this is because it’s the Harry Potter fandom. I don’t think there is any ship that is unpopular in the Harry Potter fandom, but Snape and Lily Potter. I love Snape and I wanted him to be happy. And I understand that it wasn’t going to be a good relationship and I absolutely think that Lily did the right thing getting away because it was toxic. Although, I personally feel like she made a  mistake giving up on him, not necessarily as a romantic interest, but as a friend. I strongly believe in not giving up on your friends. I will go to hell just to drag a friend out of there and I think that’s one of the most powerful kinds of love that is or should be the foundation of romantic relationships as well. And for all his faults, Snape had that loyalty, that unconditional love that cannot be explained by infatuation or attraction or fluffy romantic butterflies. That’s why some of my favourite OTPs are based on friendship.

I didn’t necessarily want them to be canon, but my heart still ships them together in a “What if” sort of way. And I also personally believe that, at least as far as we are shown, which might be biased because we only see Snape’s memories, but I don’t think James Potter was a good choice either. He was immature and an ass and we don’t see him growing out of that. So I really don’t care at all about that relationship.

Okay, that derailed. I feel very passionately about this. I have written longer essays than this on obscure, background Harry Potter stuff. But let’s move on now.

2. Pick an OTP that you didn’t ship at first but do now

I don’t really know what to say for this. I usually either ship a couple or I don’t. Well, sometimes I’m just indifferent. But I don’t think I’ve ever not shipped a couple and then shipped them. Actually, I have just not from books, so for this question I will pick a TV couple and that is Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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I did not like Tara at first at all. And I was a hardcore Willow/Oz shipper and I wanted them to get back together and I just did not like this ship at all. But then Tara really grew on me. And especially after re-watching the show. I still don’t really like her as a character in season 4. But I do like her in later seasons. My favourite Willow OTP is still her and Oz, but her and Tara are my second. I really, really hate everyone else that Willow is ever with. I can’t… just no.

3. Pick your most hated NOTP

BUFFY AND RILEY! Okay, I said I’m not doing TV shows, but I needed that out there. My most hated book NOTP… there are different ways I could look at this. I could tell you just an OTP that I hate because I hate the book and the characters. Or I could tell you an OTP that that I just don’t like them together. I’m going to do both, because I can’t decide.

An OTP that I just hate because I hate the book and the characters is Mare and prince whatever his name is. Cal, Cat, Cam. I don’t even remember. I absolutely hate Mare with a passion, if you’ve read my review of Glass Sword, you know how much I hate that book and Mare in particular. I don’t really have a problem with Cal. I just don’t care about him because he’s so one-dimensional and tropey and boring that I just don’t care.

And one OTP that I just don’t ship them together is Celaena Sardothien and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

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I never particularly liked Chaol. I don’t hate him, but he’s a little bit too boring and self-righteous for my taste. But I really did not like him with Celaena. I literally ship her with anyone else more than I ship her with Chaol. Anyone. I got a really sibling-y vibe from them for some reason and I don’t… that’s just wrong. I can’t ship that. It doesn’t work for me. And I really think that their relationship was completely ruined by them being together. I think there was potential for a good friendship there, but it was completely ruined and that kind of annoys me.

4. Pick an OTP that took waaaayyyy too long to get together

I don’t have any such OTP. I quite enjoy slow-burn romances. I hate, hate, hate insta love and I actually really like relationships where the two partners grow together, grow to know and love each other. So I don’t have an answer for this.

5. Pick your favourite non-canon OTP

I don’t know… maybe Ruby and Clancy from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I mean, not really. I like Clancy because he’s so clever and scheming. I don’t particularly care about Ruby though. I don’t know. I can’t think of any other answer though, so I’ll go with Ruby and Clancy.

6. Pick Your favourite BROTP

Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Forever. I just love them, they’re my babies. I love their friendship so much, I don’t even know how to explain my love for them, I just ugh! I love them. That scene in Clockwork Princess. If you’ve read the book, you know which one I’m talking about. When Will is on his way to… wherever he was going. It broke my heart. I cried so much just… I cried.

7. Pick an OTP you adored in the books but not as much in the movie or tv adaptation

Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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I love Clace. I am a very hardcore Clace shipper, but I did not really feel the relationship in either of the adaptations. I did not like Jace at all in the film, even though I loved Lily Collins as Clary. And in the show… I’ve yet to see season 2 of it. But I had a lot of problems with the first season of the show and the relationship between Clary and Jace was one of them. I didn’t feel it at all.

8. Pick a popular OTP that no matter how hard you tried you just can’t ship it

Dorian and Sorscha or whatever her name is from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. I can’t even find any nice fanart of them.

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I’m always picking the same series, but I just really didn’t like this relationship. I know a lot of people did and were really upset by what happened, but I just didn’t really care. I was even a bit relieved, because it just rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like that relationship was used as a crutch and I don’t like that kind of relationship. I like relationships where the two partners make each other better. And that just wasn’t it.

It wasn’t a good, healthy relationship. They had nothing in common. Her crush on him felt like a celebrity crush and I felt like he was only with her because he was broken and lost and needed a crutch. And I think that a lover is never a good crutch. At least, not a new lover. Like, getting into a new relationship as a crutch… I don’t like that. I don’t agree with it, I cannot get behind it no matter how much I try.

9. Pick your favourite LGBT+ OTP

Hmmm… I’m gonna go with Alucard and Rhy from the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab.

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I love this series. I love all the characters. I just, I love them. Nothing more to say.

10. Pick your al time favourite OTP/s

I mean, there are so many! I would say maybe Feyre and Rhys. My babies.

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Some other ships I absolutely love are Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Art by Taratjah

To name a few. I could go on and on naming OTPs and showing you pretty fanart, but this post is long enough as it is, so I will stop here.


Feel free to do this tag if you want to. Let me know some of your ships, let me know if you agree or disagree with some of the things I said.

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that have made you want to learn or do something.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctThis one seems to crop up in almost every list or tag I do. It’s because I grew up with it and it’s inspired a lot of my likes and passions. One of the things that it has made me want to do and that I have accomplished to some degree is to become a really good archer, like Legolas. I still have a little work to do before I reach his skill, but I’m a pretty good archer.

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

inferanalAnother one that I use often for my replies, but it’s one of my favourite series. And it has inspired, or perhaps rekindled a passion for the classics and for learning quotes because Will Herondale. These are things I’ve always loved, but I had neglected for a long time before reading the series.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne_of_glass_ukThis book has inspired me to start writing. I had had a story in my mind for years and years and I never really felt like writing it until I read Throne of Glass. After dashing through the series in a few days, I had a huge book hangover and I could not find anything that would take the edge off. And then I remembered the story that had been in my brain for so long and I realized that my main character was close to Celaena’s badassness so I wrote myself 50,000 words of ToG hangover cure in a few weeks.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

the-complete-sherlock-holmes-sherlock-holmes-booksI’ve always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I was really inspired by the books and the films and also the BBC show – basically every encounter I had with the character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired me to be aware of my surroundings, to pay attention, to observe. There have been times when I would do it obsessively, but even just in general, I have always worked to be a good observer and I owe that to Sherlock Holmes.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcThis book has made me want to visit Prague. I mean, I’ve always wanted to see as many places as I could and I’ve always thought Prague would be a great city to visit, but after reading this, I REALLY want to go.

6. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

22828394It’s a bit weird, because this has literally nothing to do with the book, but I just really wanted to know what the Schwarzschild radius is, so this book was the reason I spent hours reading about black holes and spheres and radii.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

immortalinstruments6booksThis series has made me want to brush up on my Latin. Because Jace could ‘speak’ it and I remembered that I really liked Latin in school. This series has also made me want to learn how to use throwing knives and start martial arts again. It’s pretty obvious why, I should think.

8. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

13486632I’ve had an itch for looking up things about World War II and just the general global political occurrences of the 20th century ever since I started reading this book.

9. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

13188729I’ve always loved ciphers and logic puzzles. Reading Bitterblue sort of rekindled that love and made me want to learn more about ciphers, become better at decrypting them and just generally improving my logical thinking skills.

10. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Patty Reid

17673307It’ll probably sound ridiculous, but I’ve really wanted to know what makes stain-resistant carpets stain-resistant ever since reading this book. I was a little bit upset that the question was posed, but never answered in the book, so I had to look into it myself (something known as Triexta – a corn-derived polymer – is as far as I could tell the best stain-resistant carpet fiber out there).

The Birthstone Book Tag

The Birthstone Book Tag

I saw this a while ago on booktube and recently I saw ChicNerdReads do it and I loved it both times, so I’m going to do it as well.

So basically, each question is inspired by one of the birthstones for each month.

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

22828394chasthkwgaaloxdSo many good candidates for this one. I’m tempted to go with Ramsay Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. Such a sadistic psycho. But another one on the same level with him is the guy from The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin. That book freaked me out. You can check out my review of it here.

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

kralica_na_senkite_hrmQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Because there are so many regal characters in that series and in this book in particular, Aelin really was a queen.

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

2128918Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. He was definitely a follower and quite the coward.

April (Diamond): A Diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThe Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I wouldn’t say it’s not well known, because I know it has quite a following, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about it on booktube or or book blogs and I just wish there was more hype for it because I adored it!

May (Emerald): Said to balance energy – Name two characters that balance each other well

ksdw_fdz5de6e747856c5ef94bff1a01ea495155Jace And Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Jace is reckless and bold and cocky, while Alec is cautious and subdued. They balance each other very well, Jace bringing Alec out of his comfort zone a bit and Alec tempering Jace’s recklessness.

June (Pearl): Associated with loyalty – Name a character that is loyal to the end

f3e44aa13286353ed8cb7955cb3db7a7There are a lot of loyal characters, but I think I have to give this one to Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t imagine Harry was easy to have as a friend, and yet Ron stuck with him throughout, despite the difficulties that they faced both within their friendship and from outside. I always think of him when someone says ‘loyalty’.

July (Ruby): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this book! But at the end when that thing happens and that someone does that one thing, before the awesome thing that happens right at the end. I was so angry. I remember I was outside reading and I started yelling at the book and stomping my feet. Thankfully, it was late evening, so no one was around to witness my hysteria.

August (Peridot): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – name a supporting character who you liked better than the main character

117541_600I think I could make a list. But I’m going to go with Cinna from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Just because I think he’s my favourite character in the series and he wasn’t even in the books that much. Most of the supporting characters I like better than the main ones (which would be such a long list) are present throughout all or most of the book.series. But Cinna wasn’t and I still adore him.

September (Sapphire): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming effect on you

148891The Bible. That’s what I read when I’m anxious or scared or sad or angry and it always makes me feel better. I always find a verse that inspires or strengthens or calms me.

October (Opal – my month!): Iridescence – Name a book that is iridescent, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (shiny? lots of colour?) or you can base it off a character (quirky? colourful?)

ukdsbhcDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is iridescent from every point of view. The cover is gorgeous and it shimmers when it catches the light as certain angels. At least the version that I have. There are plenty of colourful characters, both literally and figuratively (Karou’s blue hair? Brimstone and the other monsters?). And on top of that, the writing itself is iridescent. Honestly, if I had to attribute a colour-related adjective to the writing it would be iridescent. So many shades, so mesmerizing!

November (Topaz): Associated with resilience – Name a book with a character that rises to the top in a time of adversity

the-ascendance-trilogy-the-false-prince-35473004-935-475This is like every YA book ever. But I’m going to go with a book series that I haven’t seen much of around the booktube/book blog community. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I really loved this series and Sage is nothing if not resilient.

December (Blue Zircon): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of

clockwork-angelThe Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Will and Jem’s friendship is my favourite friendship that I’ve come across in literature, I think. It’s just beautiful. And I don’t know that I would want to be part of their friendship (I feel I would ruin it), I would love to just be around them and watch it.

I tag everyone to do this because I think this is such an awesome tag and I want to read more replies to it. So if you want to do it, please go ahead and comment a link to it so I can read it!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve never done it before, but I figured I’d give it a try.

Today I thought I’d talk about my top 10 favourite book couples. I’m not the biggest fan of the romance, it has to be a really good or if there’s more than just the romance going on in the book, then I don’t particularly care. But if it is a good one, I’m a total sucker. So let’s see what I come up with.

**SPOILER ALERT I’m going to try not to spoil anything, but because of the nature of this post sometimes, that may not be possible.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

b95adf173fbf6fb68148f17212ed78dbThis is probably my favourite romance novel. I don’t know why this book is so beloved, I can’t quite put my finger on why I love it so much. But I am low-key obsessed with Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is so friggin hot and I just love their relationship. I love it.

Lou and Will from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

et00035678I’ve talked about this book so much recently. It’s such an amazing love story and I really loved this book. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming and it definitely deserves a place on this list. I love both Will and Lou and I loved their love story. I also just watched the film today and I am currently a mess.

Rhys and Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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This couple is everything. I absolutely adored them and I was so happy about hwo their story played out. I loved how it grew to be what it was, how it became something greater than the sum of its parts. They’re probably one of my favourite fictional couples and they deserve each other. This list is in no particular order, by the way. I know it says top 10, but I’m just typing them up as I think of them.

 

Hazel Grace and Augustus Water from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

faultcoverI loved this book so much. Again, like Me Before You, it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved Augustus Waters and I loved Hazel Grace and I loved their relationship. It was cute, but it was also genuine and powerful and real. It was beautiful.

Drew and Kate from Tangled by Emma Chase

71owghguhjlThis book really surprised me with how much I liked it, which is why it’s on this list. It was funny and honest and sexy and I just couldn’t help but like Drew and Kate and their relationship.

Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

clockwork_angel_1I was team Wessa from the start. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jem, but Will is my baby, I just love him and Tessa is awesome and she deserves someone as awesome as Will and Will deserves someone as awesome as Tessa.

Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

616nnvhj-hlYeah, I know what I just said. But they’re in my top 10 favourite as well. I can’t help it. They’re just too awesome together and Jem is a beautiful sweetheart and he deserves Tessa and Tessa deserves a beautiful sweetheart and I love them almost as much as I love Will and Tessa. This series honestly ruined my heart with its beautiful love and if this wasn’t a post about romantic couples, my next one would be Will and Jem. Don’t even get me started on their bromance.

Holly Short and Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

6214061-256-k101891Maybe this is a little bit strange because it’s a middle grade series and Holly and Artemis were never really a couple. But they would just be such a kickass couple. He’s super smart, but also kind of an idiot and she’s just a total badass and they just complement each other so nicely. I totally ship Holly and Artemis.

Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

1953I just ship them, okay? Again, I know they were never really a couple, but in my brain they were. So I’m putting them on this list.

Magnus and Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

magnus-teammalec-alec-malec-favim-com-4245164Magnus is a giant bagful of glitter and Alec is a fluffy ball of cuddles and we all know that if you get glitter onto something fluffy, you won’t get it off so you might as well just admit it’s fabulous and move on with your day.

 

 

That is it for my top 10 favourite couples. There is a lot of Cassandra Clare in this post. What can I say, she just has the best couples.

Books With A Purpose Book Tag

I was tagged by chicnerdreads to do this, thank you very much for tagging me! I love tags. So let’s get on with it.

THE RULES:

  1. Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag
  3. For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome

*coughing away dust motes* I knew there was a good reason I never deleted my gif folder. I’m so excited about this, I’m doubly excited because gifs are involved!

Questions:

Best story premise? 

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctOh my God! This is really difficult. So many amazing premises especially when it comes to epic fantasy. Hmmm… I’m going to say The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Just because the book itself is like a premise for the whole epic fantasy genre. So without it, there would probably be a whole lot fewer awesome premises in the world.

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Best world building?

booksI have to say A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. I mean, have you read those things? The world-building is incredible. The amount of history and tradition and cultural elements in the series is phenomenal. The only other world this complex I’ve ever encountered before is Tolkien’s. But I don’t like having the same answer twice and anyway, ASOIAF definitely deserves this one.

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Best character?

clockwork-angelAll these questions are so difficult! Best as in “my baby”, best as in most interesting or most complex. Because those questions have different answers. This is distressing. Okay, I’ll just go with the “my baby” answer. And for that, I have Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

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Best series?

8uk-children-thomas-taylorThis just has to go to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, because no matter how many times I read that series, it never gets old. It’s one of those series that I usually put on some level above everything else and I don’t generally use it to compare anything to it because I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to all those other amazing books out there. Just like The Lord of the Rings, it’s in a league of its own, in my opinion. 

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Best tear jerker?

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Honestly, I don’t cry very often when it comes to books. There are 3 books that have gotten tears out of me in recent history and I don’t think I could put one over the other in terms of which one is the better tear-jerker. Because they all made me cry about the same. So, I pick all three. Nowhere in the rules is it stated that you can’t do that. So here they are: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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Best author?

sarah_j-_maas_18439I will give this one to Sarah J. Maas. She’s one of my favourite authors and both her series are among my favourites (I’ve been practically swooning over ACOMAFF for the past two months). She’s just so cool and I’m so excited to meet her this fall!

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Best writing style?

324620Laini Taylor. Hands down one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve come across. The way she creates suspense, the little plot twists at every corner and then just the beautiful, poetic way in which she puts words together. I adore her writing. It’s magical. 

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Best cover?

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_This is so difficult. So many books with gorgeous covers. To make this easier, I will limit myself to books I actually own physical copies of and that have not been featured in this post. And I’ll say Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. I love it so much, I have been known to just stare at it and run my fingers over it. 

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Best ending?

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The ending just made me punch the air in triumph and happiness and I was so freaking happy. I felt empowered by it, which is an odd choice of words, I guess, but that’s how I felt. 

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I feel like that’s a good gif to end this post with. Now, for who to tag. I don’t know who’s done this and who hasn’t, so sorry if you’ve already done it, but here it goes.

The Jouska

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And I don’t know who else to tag up to 5 because I haven’t been around here for long enough to know that many people. But if this seems like something you’d like to do, then please go ahead. I tag you.