My Top 5 Most Out of this World Urban Fantasy Young Adult and Middle Grade Books

 

 

In my early days of reading for pleasure regularly, I was mostly relying on one genre. This genre is, and will probably always be, my safe place. It is urban fantasy. For Top 5 Wednesday this week, the topic is to share our top 5 urban fantasy novels. I am very excited to talk about these books.

5. City of Bones by Cassandra clare

I had read some of Clare’s fan fiction in my early college days. She makes me laugh. Many people do this thing where they list every rumor about an author, every damning coincidence, or every mistake they ever made. When it comes to Cassie Clare, there’s a lot of stigma. Her work is somehow belittled because, oh, it has things in common with other work. It deterred me from reading her stuff for a long time.

However, when I did start reading her books, I was inspired and comforted. It still doesn’t sound like anything I’d ever read. It’s funny, because when I was working on my thesis, it became very clear how derivative literature can be. That’s the fun part. Anyway, this book brings me so much joy.

4. Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief by rick riordan

When I read this book, I was early in my graduate school days. I remember getting it from the library, and simply not knowing how awesome it was going to be. This series is often mocked, too, as you’ll notice a common thread within my post. It got so bad with people calling it “childish” and “unoriginal.”

To me, this series created such a fun and humorous series of adventures, cool characters, wonderful relationships. All of these things were established with the backdrop of rich mythology incorporated into the average daily life.

3. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizi

Another quite rich world presented with a balance between adventure and normalcy. Three siblings go on a quest that is so breathtaking in its richness. I find myself thinking of this series often, particularly how it flows into another trilogy afterwards. With that said, I think the cool feature of this series is how it is accessible to younger readers while not being patronizing to older ones at the same time.

2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This novel flirts with magical realism, and it makes me happy. To me, one of the features of urban fantasy involves younger characters going on quests despite their age and stature in society. We have Adam Parrish in these books, a poor boy from an abusive family, and he is given so much power and agency. It really is empowering to readers, I find. Same with Ronan Lynch.

But, even more beautiful is the commentary on strength in its varying forms. Sometimes, you don’t really do much to be powerful. Look at Blue Sargent’s abilities, her lineage, personality. Perfection.

 1. Soulless by gail carriger

Steampunk is hit or miss for me so far. In this story, the main character is witty, with a seemingly normal appearance. Many side characters claim that she is not a conventional beauty due to heritage. And, she is soulless-all powers of the supernatural do not work on her. Romance, intrigue, mystery are all rolled into one delightful candy-like novel.

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Top 10 Books I Could Reread Forever

 

 

I’m back with another entry for the epic Top 10 Tuesday meme, which is now run by Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, we get a topic for us to list books we find suit the prompt (on a Tuesday). Today, I am bringing it back to the feel-good books that I could reread forever.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This the only Austen I have read. I could use a reread right now, honestly, because I have read it over ten years ago. Jane and Elizabeth have such a wonderful bond. They are sisterhood and friendship goals. Having a young feminist figure like Elizabeth in this book warms my heart. She is critical of her society while maintaining a timeless charm. Her story with Mr. Darcy is forever dear to me, because it is ultimately a commentary on social interactions and the misgivings of first impressions.

9. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Jolien hates this book, but, to me, it speaks to my longing for the past. It reminds me of my tendencies to romanticize people, collapsing them into stereotypes as I love the idea of them rather than their actual personalities. Gatsby, with his longing to fulfill the American Dream, offered a flaw in a system I once thought was perfect. The nouveau-riche plight for acceptance among the aristocratic class hit home for me. Plus, how can I ever not love Nick and Daisy. My beautiful Daisy, so frail and bitter. Perfection.

8. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by jenny Han

I remember feeling ashamed for liking the first two books of this series. People said Lara Jean was childish. To me, she appeared to be inexperienced with relationships. That did not make her unappealing. Instead, her journey to finding her place in the world, particularly in the final book, created a lovely narrative not entirely reliant on romance. I like the familial tones in this trilogy. Lara Jean is someone I aspire to become. The baking, the pastel colors, the crafting, all of it is endearing and heartwarming. I could never get sick of rereading her story. She is so dear to me.

7. Vampire Academy by richelle mead

You thought this post was going to be all classics and romantic books, didn’t you? I love this series by Richelle Mead because of the central friendship between Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir. I love their bond’s strength despite their differences in personality, ability, and stature. There are varying kinds of greatness and success in this world. Mead is careful not to generalize features of strength. You can be sensitive and powerful. Or, you can be like Rose and kick literal butt all day.

6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I actually love this author’s work in general. From what I have read of Hex Hall, Hawkins seems to have always had humor incorporated into her narratives. She includes interesting characters and places them in a seemingly normal world that is punctuated with notes of the supernatural or paranormal. It’s genius, because her writing is both amusing, engaging, but not exhausting with its fantastical elements. Rebel Belle certainly manifests all these features of Hawkins’ writing.

5. gemina by amie kaufman and jay kristoff

Listen, this series is a ton of fun. The kick-butt main characters and their equally capable love interests, the rather negative artificial intelligence in the series called AIDAN, are memorable and oh so charming. It is hard not to whiz through these books. Gemina in particular was a step up from Illuminae, which was already awesome in and of itself.

4. iron king by julie kagawa

I remember nothing about this series, except that it was a fun time if I don’t think of other people’s perceptions of me. It’s  a story about faeries and changelings. Definitely, it is back on my shelves in time for a reread. I was going to give it away but decided against it.

3. Beautiful creatures by kami garcia and margaret stohl

This series is dark and charming with a nice lore for witches. It has lifetimes and reincarnations, a fantastic love story, and wickedly complex characters. The authors do such a wonderful job including a male protagonist who is unlike the typical men in young adult literature, especially paranormal or urban fantasy stories.

2. Hush, Hush by Becca fitzpatrick

I already repurchased the first two books of this series, because I cannot stop thinking about Patch and Nora. They are so sweet, and they endure such miserable circumstances. Besides, the best friend in this series is awesome. What is her name? Vee or Vi? Something like that. I can’t believe I remember her. It’s been a while. I cannot express just how excited I am to reread this series.

 1. Twilight by stephenie meyer

Another series I am repurchasing. The first two books are on my shelves, ready to be enjoyed. Bella and Edward’s connection coupled with all the odds against them made for one hell of a story. Alice Cullen, Rosalie, Jacob Black, all of them are characters I think of often. I cannot wait to revisit these books this year and in the years to come.

Your turn

Do we share any books in common? What are your favorite books to reread? Are you rereading any of them in certain seasons or moods? Tell me all about it in the comments.

See you there.

xo

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Woeful Reading Challenge Update and Modifications

 

Early in the year, I decided to plunge into various reading challenges. Namely, my focus was on the Beat the Back-list and the Pop Sugar Challenge. A moment of reflection every couple of months is a good way to keep me accountable and transparent. In brief terms, my reading challenge update is woeful and in need of many modifications. Let me explain further. Read on.

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Out of the series that I have listed from Beat the Back List, I have read none. My main struggle is that I cannot fit in the series with many challenges. Besides, my reading has taken a huge dip in frequency and duration. This is partly because I am intimidated by slowing down and reading. Often, my manic episodes dampen my chances of sitting still at all. I get so wrapped up in the ambitious energy, the hyper drive that I experience, and the high hopes that I have. As I write this blog post, I am at the tail end of a manic episode (I hope it’s the tail end, I don’t know. It’s still hard to observe this dissonance).  I am not sure how I will be able to incorporate reading even when I am manic.

My modification is to read things that satisfy this mania. Adventures and action-packed novels sound like they would keep me from feeling that I need to do things myself. Perhaps I can displace my own energy into what the characters are doing.

challenges and libraries

As much as I love the idea of reading from the library, the Pop Sugar challenge overextended my reliance on going there. I have high anxiety around deadlines and borrowing things in general. It’s a double whammy for me, and it just isn’t worth the sleepless nights of me trying to read as fast as I can.

I like somehow bending my TBR to fit the prompts in creative and even stretched ways. There is no need for me to try to function within these rules. My goal is to read my TBR, and enjoy the books I already have.

This is what I can do right now. Read  from what I own, and fulfill the prompts however I see fit.

Back to that back list challenge

So far, I have not been able to read a single series back to back. My modification for the challenge is to read more than one series at a time to provide variety in my reading experience. I am aiming to vary my suggestions for each challenge that I do each week to avoid getting bored or overwhelmed.

Hopefully, my reading will improve with these modifications. How is your progress with your goals in mind so far? Please share any tips on how you read more off your TBR piles.

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Way back in February, I went to the library and grabbed my first Sarah J.
I was watching this video by the awesome CeCe, where she discussed books that would
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The Sum of These Books

I was watching this video by the awesome CeCe, where she discussed books that would sum up her personality. As I reflected on my experiences, I have decided to share my own equation along with the missing parts of it, too.

Faith and Friends

Tahereh Mafi’s Whichwood spoke to me spiritually. As the main character wears a headscarf and is isolated because of her insecurities, I felt understood. Granted, I am not isolated because I have a huge burden on me in terms of work or legacy. I do however think that my anxiety is the reason for my difficulty in making and keeping friends.

Laylee has a strained relationship with her ancestry, which, in my case, is allegorical to the mental illness legacy within my own lineage. This book, its coldness, the colorful scarves, the friendships, all of it is just perfectly me.

The Average Queen

While working on my first personal essay, I came to this repeated notion of my average skills. Like the princesses in Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, I feel rather mediocre often especially when faced with people in my age group. Often, particularly when manic, it feels as though big things are possible for me. However, when coupled with my meek personality and anxious disposition, I realize that I’d be lucky to pass for average.

Bipolar disorder

I have a mild form of bipolar called cyclothymic disorder, which often feels like darkness and light often battling within me. I guess this is why Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl echoes to me even throughout the years.

Another character touching dynamic between Kate and August in This Savage Song. This monstrous thing lurking behind me and within me is easily manifested in this duology by Victoria Schwab, who is among my favorite authors because of her exploration of evil in various forms.

anxiety and writing

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is pure perfection with cute fanfiction along the way. I am in no way saying that I am a talented writer like Cath. However, I did lose my spot between my siblings for a long time (even now) because of new transitions. The habit of displacing my identity through fandom is spot on. I’d much rather be someone awesome than me. I am not even looking for a Levi to love me. I am looking for a Levi to befriend, and drink warm tea, and fangirl together.

Another one is, of course, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, where anxiety and body image come into play. Again, not interested in romance, but this book still hit some exact notes for me.

Finally, it would not be a post about me without a John Green reference. His epic Turtles All the Way Down is my most cherished work of his at this point. It was an accurate portrayal of OCD, which is something I deal with. I am trying not to reshuffle my whole book shelves repeatedly as I write this. My own OCD manifests very differently from Aza, the main character in this book. It still functions the same: obsessive thoughts and a compelling act that is almost a sacred ritual.

Your Turn:

What are the books that encompass parts of who you are? Do we share any books in common? Holler in the comments. See you there.

xo.

 

 

Way back in February, I went to the library and grabbed my first Sarah J.
  Early in the year, I decided to plunge into various reading challenges. Namely, my
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A Goodbye to February 2018 Series of Reading Plans

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month was for me. My oldest cat, Mika, passed away days ago. Depression has spiraled into epic levels. But, I am fighting back by incorporating a nice series of reading plans for this final week.

If I did not mention it sooner, I am part of the lovely Of Wonderland book club. I am a terrible participant, however, I am trying to get involved with the group and the challenges. February’s theme was adventures. Let’s see what I have planned to fulfill this prompt.

Contemporary Challenges

Right now, yours truly has been avoiding We Are Okay because it deals with grief. It feels appropriate, but it may hurt me to continue. Nevertheless, we trudge on. It’s a short book.

Next, I found a book that my good friend Misty recommended. It is David Arnold’s Mosquitoland involves a journey on a bus. From what I hear, the characters are quirky in this book.

fantasy setting adventures and journeys

A few options from last week’s to be read piles remain: Marie Lu’s Legend and Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky. For now, I am going to see whichever one seems to fit my mood for that day. Please let me know if you have one you’d recommend to read first.

Next, I have been slowly reading The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. It is still not building up the tension enough for me to be a wild fan. Still, it’s a Richelle Mead book, which means it could go in either direction.

Furthermore,  I would like to give Passenger by Alexandra Bracken a shot. Another story that was recommended by the Of Wonderland team is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. I am unsure about which one will strike my fancy in the moment. But, they are both on my shelves. Finally, I hope to check out Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.

So many options, I know!

Suggestions?

If you have read any of these books, feel free to recommend them. Also: send me head-canons too. I am always more likely to enjoy a story if I have a connection to the characters or plot.

I hope February is treating you well.

 

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TimeHopAthon and Week 3 of February 2018

I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing up for another attempt to participate in a readathon. This time, the readathon is called TimeHopAthon, and it will take place on week 3 of February 2018.

Challenge 1: Past: Read a historical fiction or classic

Two books on my current TBR fit into this prompt. First, I am keen on reading the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, which is called Changeless. In addition, my current read meets this challenge as well: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.

Present: Read a book released in 2017/2018

Ah, I have many books that I could read for this challenge. Let’s just begin with We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. If I do a good job with this one, I would like to read another Adam Silvera book at some point.

Future: Read a book that takes place in the future (i.e. dystopian, sci-fi, post apocalyptic)

Legend by Marie Lu coupled with Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi are what I am planning to read for the third and final challenge. I have the whole series up on my shelves, so it is time to read these books.

Challenge I Ignored: Beat the Backlist

Beat the Backlist was a challenge I signed up for in early January. Throughout the next couple of weeks, I intend on starting the series I included in my announcement to join this challenge. Hopefully, yours truly can start read more, because I have not been reading enough in February.

Do I have any readers here who are participating in challenges? Share your plans and progress, so I can be jealous of you. Perhaps, I can join some more challenges that can help me read more. My February has been a sad month, filled with excessive sleeping and a lack of motivation to do much. Here I am trying to do better for this stretch of the month.

 

The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As
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Top 5 Women-Who-Love-Women Books

Happy Valentine’s Day, peeps! This week, we will continue with the love theme on our Top 5 Wednesday. I am going to be listing my top 5 women who love women books that I have read. My big warning here is that a) there may be spoilers ahead.

Let’s go.

5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by libba bray

I read this book ages ago, and so I don’t recall the details or character names, which is good. This means I cannot spoil the story. All I will say is that there’s a queer couple in the story. Unfortunately, it was revealed as a spoiler, but I’d say the author respected the characters and wrote them beautifully still.

4. Dreadnought by april daniels

I just wanted to include my favorite trans girl (so far. I am working on including more diversity in my reads). This book angered me quite a bit, because I connected with the main character on an emotional level. We may be quite differently placed on the LGBT+ spectrum, however, I empathized with her struggles to be taken seriously.*

*I read the first book from the library and did not get to the next one yet.

3. Born wicked by jessica spotswood

I have not read the final book in this trilogy yet, so I remain unaware of what will happen to the queer couple in the story. However, reading about them broke my heart. Yet, I remain passionate about them and my hope for their happy ending continues to live on. Furthermore, I enjoy this character’s family acceptance of her feelings towards this person. (Goodness, being spoiler-free is so hard). This is particularly a fresh image to be portrayed within the rather stifling setting.

2. The Upside of Unrequited by becky albertali

There are two queer couples in this story, and they are both wlw. I love the familial love in the main character’s life. It warms my heart to see happy families depicted in novels, particularly novels featuring queen characters.

And finally…

 1. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Featuring queer Latina girls attracted to the one and only Bay Bryar, this book is magic. McLemore is one of my absolute favorites. She writes with sensitivity and doting love toward her characters, her imagery, her themes, her plot. She honors her characters by offering a complex presentation of their lives. She writes so beautifully. This novel, being her latest, is my favorite one yet.

 

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Top 10 Love-Related Quotes

 

Top 10 Tuesday is now hosted by the lovely The Artsy Reader Girl. It is essentially a weekly topic meant to spark discussion, lists, and excited chats about books. This week is a freebie, but I decided to copy our host. A list of love-related quotes is in order. Let’s go.

10. p.s. i still love you by jenny han–“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

While I have never fallen in love romantically, I do like this idea of chance in any relationship. I have always been far too anxious to keep any relationship around for long. This quote reminds me of the very scary nature of friendship so much, it validates my pain. To me, I am still kind of in awe of those who have been friends for years, decades, lifetimes. It’s mind-blowing to me. I wish I could have something like that, with friends, that I may rise above the fear and take a chance on people.

9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson-“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

When I read this book, I was really lonely. But, I kept feeling this tug from the universe telling me that you don’t have to let your past relationships go. I conflate confronting my past with escaping it too often, even back then. Funnily enough, this story is about two siblings who are not speaking to each other, which is something rather common in my life, because they come to terms with their differences somehow. Here’s hoping I can make my own peace with my inner demons.

8. the dream thieves by maggie stiefvater–“‘I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.”

Their love is so pure and sweet. It was a privilege to read their story for four books. Seriously.

Speaking of which…

7. The Raven king by maggie stiefvater-“His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”

Come on. Ronan Lynch, who feels everything so intensely, is a wonder to behold. He scared me at first, because I could kind of identify with him. I yearned to be like him in my past. To see him so vulnerable humanized him, made him a small babe that I wanted to protect.

6.City of Glass by Cassandra Clare-““Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously.”Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”’

Listen, Jace just sounds like how I make fun of myself. I love Cassie Clare’s writing. She can do no wrong in my world.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

The awkward moment when a fictional character says what is always unspoken for me.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green-“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always.'”

Sometimes, when people know what you mean, it doesn’t really matter how you phrase things. This is a thought that paralyzes me, because I am often hung up on the semantics. I feel things intensely, and I don’t often find the right words or actions to express my feelings and thoughts. I read this book way back in 2012, and I still think about it and about this moment.

3. more happy than not by adam silvera-“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”

Mental illness tells me many things. There are really tough nights, and I think of this book on those nights especially. It’s easily a favorite of mine.

This leads me to:

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo-“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

My tough fighters, Inej and Kaz, are so dear to me. And, as someone who has endured sexual abuse, I identified with Inej and Nina both. Maybe I’ll write about it later. But this post is already long. I like that Kaz and Inej don’t touch. It comforts me a lot.

 1. Six of crows by leigh bardugo-“Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”

Because to me, all the interactions between the Dregs is a breathless affectionate whisper. You got to listen to them bickering and see who they become throughout these two books. They are so wonderful, it really makes my heart beat a little faster. Just look at Matthias warming up to them. So good.

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For this week's Top 10 Tuesday, I am twisting the prompt a bit. Rather than
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February 2018: Week 2 Reading Plans and Contemporary-a-Thon Attempt

Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this week, as I attempt to weave in Contemporary-a-Thon. For the announcement video of this readathon, click here to see Julie from Pages and Pens explain the challenges.

Just as a heads up, I have failed to read as fast as I did in January (so far). Things got even worse after reading Empire of Storms this weekend (I don’t want to delve too much into it, though).

1. Newly acquired contemporary

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the last contemporary I got. To show you have infrequent my contemporary reading is, I will say that I got this book for my birthday. Way back in October.

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

I am probably going to double up and say Always and Forever Lara Jean for this one, too. If I can, I may read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.

3. Read a hyped contemporary

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was pretty hyped. Perhaps I will go with this one. Or, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which was hyped up quite a bit.

4. Read a diverse contemporary

All three books I have listed so far can be considered diverse. Excuse me while I do a happy dance.

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

Yeah… I don’t do dark contemporary. Skipping this one.

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

I don’t have any graphic novels to read. Passing over this one, too.

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you

Maybe First and Then by Emma Mills? I run into this one often. Or, Coraline by Neil Gaiman. That one was recommended to me a lot ages ago.

From the library, I had read some of the first Magnus Chase book, and the first Trials of Apollo. In addition, I did read most of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (not a fan).

Are you participating in any readathons or challenges this week? Share in the comments your reading plans!

See you on the ‘net.

 

The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As
My first round of booktubeathon went so poorly that I am in need of trying
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Bookish Love Tag

 

 

I was watching Aly from Hardback Hoarder’s video on this tag, and I decided to give it a shot. The tag is called the Bookish Love Tag, which is just perfect for this month of leurve (ahem. I am mature. Love. That’s what I meant to say).

Leurve.

Here are the questions.

1. 3 book boyfriends/girlfriends

Book Girlfriends: Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Right? Did I spell that right? Who knows). Anyway. I love her so much. Kady Grant from Illuminae along with Hanna Donnelly. (Shush. I have more).  Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa. Felicity Montague from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. 

Book Boyfriends, let’s do this: Ezra and Niklas from The Illuminae Files. Allucard from A Darker Shade of Magic. Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone.  Jacob Black from Twilight. Kelsier from Mistborn.

2. 3 OTPs

I have quite a few:  Blue and Gansey are high up there, for me. Aileana/Kiarian from The Falconer. Simon/Izzy from The Mortal Instruments. Dimitri/Rose from Vampire Academy.  

3. Favorite first kiss

Simon and Blue’s first kiss was pretty sweet (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens’ Agenda by Becky Albertalli).

4. What couple had the greatest sexual tension?

Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Another classic is obviously Bella and Edward from the Twilight series.

On Valentine’s day, which couple would…

5. …go to a fancy restaurant

I don’t know any characters who would go to a fancy restaurant to show each other off. But, I feel like Molly and Reid (The Upside of Unrequited) should go to a fancy restaurant. Molly likes to bake, and I think they’d have interesting conversations about the decor and feel of the restaurant. Molly could dress up and feel extra cute.

6. …have a quiet picnic/walk on the beach

Kell and Lila from the Darker Shade of Magic series. They’d enjoy the beach and they could use a little nice and quiet getaway. Another couple that comes to mind is America and Maxon from the Selection. They’d also like a walk together and a small picnic.

7. …stay at home and watch Netflix

Adrian and Sydney from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead are all about hanging out at home and enjoying each other’s company. I feel like Adrian leaves behind the partying because it triggers destructive behavior.

8. …go dancing!

Aileanna and Kiaran (The Falconer) are the most likely to go dancing, I suppose. But, then again, they are from a different time.

9. What couple do you want to get together?

Aelin and Rowan, I guess? (Throne of Glass) 

10. What couple do you HATE that everyone else LOVES?

Harry/Ginny? Is that a ship everyone likes? I just hate that epilogue so much.

My incredible friend Ely posted her answers to this Book Personality Challenge a few days
As I watched Marines' video of this tag, I felt that it would be a
    Ali from the Hardback Hoarder channel recorded a video where she answered the