The Grinch Book Tag

It has been a while since I have done a book tag. Here is one I have seen on Maddy (The Book Pusher)’s channel. It has questions inspired by the Grinch character and Christmas grumpiness. Let’s go.

Questions:

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

Yelena Zaltana and Valek in Poison Study. Nope. They had so much potential. But, Yelena turned into a lady who is good at everything, and Valek was simply a love-sick puppy.

Bleurgh.

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

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Listen, I have a problem with how women were portrayed in this book. Even the love story was not something I felt remotely interested in. At all.

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!)

Cluck’s douche of a brother in Weight of Feathers. Another someone who ruins things all the time is Mae’s brother in Demon’s Lexicon (His name is Jamie, and I disliked how he was handled overall).

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

Snippets of Fallen Kingdom, like I know some of the people who end up together in later books. Disclaimer, though: I don’t hate spoilers. For the most part, they tend to help me with my anxiety.

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

Shahrazad in The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Nope. Zero connection. She goes from “Oh, I am going to get revenge” to “He is so beautiful” so fast. I can’t even understand the attraction.

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

You know that has to be Po and Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Cashore. Oh, I dislike them so much. They are flat cut outs of action figures, who do nothing more than “fight.”

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

For whatever reason, I am uncertain about longer books. They scare me. I don’t want to get rid of any of them, because I know it’s very likely that I will enjoy them. Some of those books include Brandon Sanderson’s novels and Brent Weeks’ books as well. It’s just a different genre for me. But, let me reiterate: I have no intention of getting rid of them. I am just not motivated to read them so far.

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)

There is a death in Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo that broke me into a thousand pieces. Another one is in City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

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

Definitely Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Why is it fourteen books long? And, how on earth am I going to read it without getting tired of these characters?

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

The two main people in You Know Me Well by David Levithan and

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The Birthstone Book Tag

The lovely Julie from Pages and Pens made a video on this tag. I thought it would be nice to do my own take on it. Essentially, it’s a list of all birthstones and each stone correlates with a book related question. Ready? Let’s go!

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

Umbridge from the Harry Potter series is a terrifying person. I know she’s not even the main villain, but I find Dolores Umbridge terrifying because she’s rather relatable. This is particularly true given the extra info JK Rowling provided on her.

2. February (AMETHYST): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters of choose the King of all books

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab has one of my favorite royal families in literature. I think of Rhy fondly.

3. March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

UM. Luc’s brother in Weight of Feathers was so wishy washy and abusive, I can’t even begin to explain. I have surprisingly suppressed knowledge of his name. That’s how much I dislike him.

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

Oh no. I think most of my books are fairly well known, but the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May doesn’t get enough love.

5. May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

First, I want to go on record to say that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger balance each other beautifully. While I see the appeal of Draco being with my favorite bookworm, I much prefer Ron as a companion to her.

6. June (PEARL): Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end

Derrick from The Falconer. Loyal to the end.

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

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainanni. Here’s another one, too, that ticked me off:  The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

8. August (PERIDOT): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

I have to agree with Julie on this one, Kenji from Shatter Me. Also: Nikolai from Shadow and Bone or Grisha verse, in general, is exceptionally awesome. Simon Lewis, Maia Roberts and Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series are people I wish had bigger roles in the story. I love Lissa Dragomir way more than Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy. 

 

9. September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I am surprised by this experience, honestly. The book is set so far in the future, and it is in outer space, that I am mostly amused by the resilience of human nature. Plus, it’s really funny. (I am about 25% of the way through).

10. October (OPAL): Iridescent – Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of color?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colorful?)

Furthermore  by Tahereh Mafi is fairly centered on colors, and the setting is rather peculiar.

11. November (TOPAZ): Associated with resilience – Name a books with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity

August Flynn from This Savage Song along with Kate Harker.

12. December (BLUE ZIRCON): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be apart of

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater has one of the most precious friendships I had ever encountered. I love everyone in this friend group.

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Book Tag: The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag 2.0

It’s been a while since I have done a book tag, so I thought now would be a good time for one. Luckily, the wonderful Adrianna from Perpetual Pages posted this video of the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag 2.0. This updated version is by Maddie and Bee.

Maddie’s Challenges for Bee:

1. Red as the secondary color

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. A book you read pre-release

The last arc I recall reading (parts of) is Uprooted by Naomi Novak. I didn’t like it. And, then, I read a finished copy (also didn’t like it).

3. Contains mixed media

Probably Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff qualifies for this answer.

4. Best friends as protagonists

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is about parabati who fall in love (among other things happening in the story as well). So, that one.

5. A buddy-read book

I don’t normally buddy-read books, because I am very slow as a reader. The last thing I did read with someone else was The Lies of Locke Lamora with the sweetest pal, Annemieke.

 

6. One I haven’t read

So many. I’ll go with Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.

7. Typography cover

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black has really interesting typography. I like that cover, because it is very eerie looking.

8. Author surname beginning with D

All the Susan Dennard books I have: Truthwitch might be the most hyped of them.

9. Second book in a series

Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima is certainly one that comes to mind.

10. POC protagonist

I’m guessing, the heroes in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir are people of color.

Bee’s Challenges for Maddie:

1. Boy on the cover

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

2. Question in the title

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling is a book I passed on to my mom.

3. A sticker you can’t peal off (eg. promotional ones)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has this sticker announcing that my copy is a signed copy.

4. A titles that six words or more

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is quite the mouthful.

5. An alliterative title (where all the words start with the same letter)
6. 2 books where the titles rhyme

Splintered and Cinder are pretty close to a nice rhyme, in my humble opinion.

7. Flowers on the cover

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

8. An author who shares your initials

Not on my shelves, but I did once read some Douglas Adams books (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). 

9. A book you want a friend to read

Oh, I don’t know if you have read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. You should give it a shot.

10. A book with three or more colors on the cover

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is colorful and beautiful. (Oh, I am positively squealing for the companion novel coming out in November, because yes). 

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About Me/Book Tag: The Blogger Stats Book Tag

 

I saw this lovely tag on Of Wonderland, so I thought I’d share it on here, too. By the way, you should visit that website, because #aesthetics. Plus, these ladies who run that site create great content. And, I like them.

Let’s begin.

THE LAST THREE BOOKS YOU READ?

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
The Selection by Kiera Cass
A  Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

SPOILERS OR SPOILER FREE?

try to be spoiler-free, but I am really bad at this. In general, I seek out spoilers to help me with anxiety.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BOOK BLOGGING?

A year. I have been trying to find my place on the Interwebs for a while. I started out writing angry posts about my mental illness, though.

A BOOK YOU READ IN ONE SITTING?

A Monster Calls. These things never happen to me, you see.  I am a painfully slow reader, and I struggle to stay focused. A lot of the Harry Potter books were also one-sitting reads, but that was years ago. (Speaking of which, I need to reread those books again).

YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?

Urban fantasy! I like a middle ground between fantasy and a familiar setting. Lately, high fantasy has been something I am exploring.

PREFERRED BOOK SIZE? (NOVELLA, TOME…ETC.)

Regular shaped novels are my favorite. Part of the reading experience for me is dependent on  my sense of accomplishment. Tomes can be daunting. Plus, they drag quite a bit. Info dumpy and a little unnecessary in its length. However, I am trying to keep an open mind. Maybe I just haven’t my own tome yet.

AMOUNT OF BOOKS ON YOUR TBR?

At least 150-200. TBR is just book on my shelves, too! The exciting part is that I have lots of options for a long time.

A BOOK YOU HAVE DNF’D?

Funnily enough, I haven’t DNF’s a book in so long. I disliked The School for Good and Evil quite a bit, but I finished that darn book while seething.

RECENT AWARDS OR MILESTONES?

I have vegan/plant based for about 9 years. Yet, I had taken a hit with occasionally binging on cheese when feeling destructive in more recent years. It’s been two months since I last got to this point! Been wearing my hijab for almost two years.

BEST INTERACTION WITH AN AUTHOR YOU ENJOY?

Hmm. Cinda Williams Chima was helping me figure out what to read from her books first. I liked that interaction. Anna Marie McLemore and I talked about our hair (have you seen her hair? So pretty).

AVERAGE NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU READ PER MONTH?

6-7, I think? I normally don’t track my reading, and I am very new to reading regularly. So…this is just an estimate.

TOP THREE PUBLISHERS?

I don’t really know? I haven’t interacted

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES YOUR BLOG USES?

My blog uses? I use Twitter.

AVERAGE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND NETWORKING?

Honestly, I am trying not to spend so much time on social media. At least an hour or so per day, I communicate with people on Twitter.

MOST COMFORTABLE BLOGGING POSITION?

Sitting, in bed.

MUSIC OR QUIET WHEN WRITING REVIEWS?

There are certain songs that go with books. It always changes, depending on what I’m writing.

CAN YOU SUM UP YOUR BLOGGING STYLE IN 5 WORDS?

Honest, raw, ambitious, muddied with metaphors.

A BLOG YOU LOOKED UP TO STARTING OUT?

When I started considering book blogging, I had gone to Goodreads in the hopes of meeting people to guide me. Inge and her blog stood out. She has introduced me to so many lovely bloggers. Ely’s spot on the Internet was a standout as well.

THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE REVIEWED SO FAR?

Uh. That is not fair. A Conjuring of Light and The Falconer. 

BEST PIECE OF BLOGGING ADVICE?

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

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Book Tag: The Wonder Woman Book Tag

 

Hello! I watched this book tag on Julie’s channel (Pages and Pens). It’s called the Wonder Woman Book Tag. If you’d like to join in on the fun, feel free to snag the questions for your blog and/or YouTube channel. Let’s begin.

1. Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character

Probably Aileana from The Falconer or Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. I love them both.

2. Fantasy Island: A Book Setting you want to escape to

Furthermore! (Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi)

 

3. London: A Hyped book that let you down

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It just wasn’t for me. Ari was an annoying protagonist and I did not like him at all.

4. Steve Trevor: A Book that has a beautiful Cover and a Great Story (i.e. great personality)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

5. Lasso of Truth: A Book you hated

“Hate” is a really strong word, and I don’t like spreading that kind of energy out to the book community. However, I can say that, in general, David Levithan books don’t jive well with me. If I had to use examples, You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour was frustrating.

6. Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

7. No Man’s Land: A book you want to send through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (let’s romanticize the immigrant narrative. I read this, like, ten years ago. I still hate it with a passion).

8. Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. The Darkling is actually pretty interesting. I  wish there was more of him in the story.

9. Dr. Poison: A Villain that has no reason to exist

That girl in The Selection. What’s her face? Her name? Celeste, I think? Yeah, there is no need for shaming a girl who is ambitious and privileged. The whole book is about how Celeste is a jerk face for wanting to win, even though her family is well off.

10. The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

Hmm. Harry Potter series? Narnia? Lord of the Rings? 

11. Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Ely and Mich, Inge and the Gang, Annemieke, Shannon. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.

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BT: Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

So, I was watching my sweet friend Ely’s channel when she discussed this tag. It is called the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. Essentially, it is a bunch of questions that help you reflect on the year thus far in terms of literature. Super excited to do this.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May, I think.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab.

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

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore, Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Oh, I don’t like this question. Writing is hard, okay? Some things are just not a good fit. For me, what didn’t gel well with me: Uprooted by Naomi Novak and The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chianani. Also, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

6. Biggest surprise.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was a surprise, especially since the Grisha books did not resonate with me.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Elizabeth May’s writing is a dream. That’s all I have to say. (Thanks, Chiara, if you ever read this).

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t have crushes, in general, but I do have characters that resonated with me quite a bit. I look up to these ladies: Aileana Kameron, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik.

9. Newest favorite character.

Derrick from The Falconer is adorable. I like that little pixie and his honey-loving ways.

10. Book that made you cry.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare made me tear up.  The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I do suspect that A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness will make me cry when it is time for me to read it this month.

11. Book that made you happy.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

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

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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

*Fights inner Slytherin noise* Um. A couple of books. 1) The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, 2) Roshani Chokshi’s books, 3) Marie Lu’s books?

*Inner Slytherin comes out* ALL THE BOOK I OWN MUST BE READ!!

Ahem. Yes. What was I saying?

14. Favorite Book Community Member

You may be thinking, “Dina, can’t you alphabetize this list?” to which I say, “No, this is less rehearsed. I like authentic lists. Also, this made me very anxious, because I wanted to mention everyone who is been very kind to me over this past year of me blogging more seriously. If you’re not on this list, I still love you, I swear!”

Ahem. Here we go:

Ely and Michelle from Tea and Titles 

Inge and Aly, Anissa and Ella over at OfWonderland 

Chiara, who has the cutest little Figgy boy of my heart, @ Delicate Eternity 

Lara Liz @ Another Teen Reader 

Jolien from The Fictional Reader 

Annemieke at A Dance with Books 

Cee Arr @ Diary of a Reading Addict 

Topaz Winters @ Topazwinters 

Wendy @ What The Log Had To Say

Shannon Miz @ It Starts at Midnight 

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BT: The Nope Book Tag

 

Today, I am going to be doing a tag that I saw on the lovely Farrah’s channel, which I will link here. The tag is called The Nope Book Tag. Basically, it’s a series of nope situations in relation to books.

Let’s begin.

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just pure shock. It’s a great book, but, like, no.

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Well, I don’t quite hate her, but America Singer makes me upset sometimes.

3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch. It’s definitely not my thing.

4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. Look, I am trying to be nicer to Ginny, but I just feel like her character development was rushed. It is upsetting to see characters shoe-horned into relationships that came out of nowhere.

Shut up, Harry, with the whole “beast” thing inside of you. That’s weird.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. The whole Mal sacrifice thing followed by the Just Kidding moment–it was frustrating. In case I have not informed you lately, I don’t like Mal.

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Any time Adrian Ivashkov started drinking, I was shaking my head. As someone with an illness close to bipolar depression, I feel a close connection to his character.

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

Erotica. Anything with graphic sex scenes. Romance novels. Not my thing.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Um. None? If I can read it, it’s good. The only thing I never get is e-books, because: a) I get anxious about purchasing online copies of things, and b) I don’t like staring at a screen to read my novels. Also, like the temptation to buy things would be WAY too intense. I’m not the one who buys the books. My family does. So…yeah, it’s just not a good fit for me.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

The whole “innocent and perfect girl falls in love with bad boy” is upsetting. Stop reducing women to just stereotypes. Yes, even “innocent” girls have a dark side.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Any Sarah J Maas books. Nope. Not for me. While I am definitely not judging people for reading her work, I did give it a try and it was not for me at all.

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I don’t normally roll my eyes at other people’s work, even if it is somewhat not fitting in with what I like. I do get annoyed when women are shown as mean people (hello, Greek myths).

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Micah from the Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I do not like him. In addition, I have very mixed feelings about Ammon.

 

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I honestly don’t remember this book. Really don’t care about Sydney going off on her own adventure.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

The villain in A Conjuring of Light is scary. I can’t stop thinking about him.

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Noah Czerny in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater. He is my favorite ghost.

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Soman Chainani.

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BT: Book Title Book Tag

 

I thought I’d share this lovely book tag called the Book Title Book Tag. It was on Reading Realm’s channel. You answer a bunch of questions using, as the title suggests, book titles. Let’s begin!

1. Title that’s the story of your life

The Dark Days Club by Alisson Goodman
As someone with depression, I experience hopelessness a lot. Today (it’s Tuesday), I am going through a rough time and I almost wish there was a club for people with dark days .

 

2. Title that describes your perfect weekend

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
live for music and lyrics. The thrill of discovering new jams is always beautiful.

3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

Splintered by AG Howard
Not so much in an Alice in Wonderland kind of way (okay, I admit, maybe that’d be possible. It’s very probable, to be honest). But, I mean it in a splintering kind of way. Diverging from the norm in general sounds like my deal.

4. Title you want to name your child

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The name sounds lovely.

5. Title of your ideal job

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
If only I could be a decent writer and have radiance and grace in my words. Forever awkward, I suppose, like a pimply teen.

 

6. Title of a place you’d like to visit

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente
Fairyland. Enough said.

7. Title of your love life

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
I came out about a year ago as aro ace and often, I feel like this message was implied for me, that I am this cold calculating person who just doesn’t get romance.

8. Questions you ask yourself

Half Bad by Sally Greene
So, none of my books are really a question, however, this “badness” ones is always on my mind. I am a Scorpio and a Slytherin. Being bad is assumed to be who I am and how I function.

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
Do you know how exciting it is to see other people proud of their horoscope? I get shamed so much for it, and I’m trying to embrace it.

10. Title you’d name your band.

Prodigy by Marie Lu
I skipped a couple of grades from middle school to high school, and there was this weird assumption that I was this super smart genius child. I never was particularly smart. So. That’s why the word “prodigy” makes me laugh. Especially on days when the impostor syndrome is intense.

 

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BT: Bookshelf Scavenger Tag

 

 

It has been a while since I have done a tag. And, this one, the Bookshelf Scavenger Tag, is going to be great for us to get to know what books I have.

1. Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Find a classic

The Complete Pelican Shakespeare

3. Find a book with a key on the cover

BitterBlue by Kristin Cashore

4. Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book
 I mostly have little trinkets. Little dolls that I adore. Some perfumes.
5. Find the oldest book on your shelf

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811).

6. Find a book with a girl on the cover 
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
7. Find a book with a boy on the cover

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

8. Find a book that has an animal in it 

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel). 

Got to show Church some love.

9. Find a book with a male protagonist

I haven’t read this one yet, but: The Knife of Never Letting Go 

10. Find a book with only words on it 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson 

11. Find a book with illustrations in it

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Cathrynne M. Valente

12. Find a book with gold lettering

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

13. Find a diary (true or false)

Harry Potter and the  Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling is the only one that comes to mind.

14. Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

15. Find a book that has a close up of something on it

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

16. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

Shakespeare again?

17. Find a hardcover book without a jacket

The Difference Between You and Me

18. Find a teal/turquoise colored book

Teal? Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

19. Find a book with stars on it

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

20. Find a non YA book

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This is such a different read for me, because I didn’t start out liking it in college. And, now, I am wondering if I will like it. Rather curious to see if it will offend me as a person with mental illness.

21. Find the longest book you own 

Aside from the Shakespeare collected works, I think A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (the final book in the Wheel of Time series). 900 pages.

22. Find the shortest book you own

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis, probably

23. Find a book with multiple PoVs

 

I suspect Falling Kingdoms series will be one of those.

24. Find a shiny book 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

25. Find a book with flowers on it

And I Darken by Kiersten White

 

It has been a while since I have done a book tag. Here is one
The lovely Julie from Pages and Pens made a video on this tag. I thought
It's been a while since I have done a book tag, so I thought now

BT: I Dare You Book Tag

Today, I found a video by Pages and Pens on the I Dare You Book Tag.   This tag sounds wonderful, so I decided to give it a try for the blog. I want to preface the I Dare You book tag with a warning: these are my opinions. By no means am I implying that just because I feel a certain way, you should, too. We may disagree on the books or characters, but we can still be friends and respect our different opinions.

Now that this was said and done, let’s begin with the rules.

Le Rules
  • You must be honest
  • You must answer all questions
  • You have to tag at least four people

 

1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

It’s the first book I owned. I got it in 2002.

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

Current read: Shadow and Bone 

Last read: Um. I can’t remember which, but The Wrath and the Dawn was pretty close or A Gathering of Shadows 

Next read: Blue Lily, Lily Blue and A Shadow Bright and Burning 

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The word “hate” makes me flinch. I may dislike some aspects of a book, but I don’t like saying that I hate it. Uh, I don’t think that many people liked it but…Allegiant. That was a bit of a shocker for me.

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

A Thousand Nights. I just don’t like the book because it doesn’t establish any connection with the characters. It’s hard when they have no name, and no dialogue. I keep giving it to my brother and taking it back.

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?

None? I want to read all the things now! I can reread later on in life. Also, I have no intention of retiring.

 

6. Last Page: read it first, or wait till the end?

Uh. You WAIT TILL THE END. Always.

7. Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

As a reader, I kind of don’t look at the acknowledgments because I feel like it’s somewhat private. I know, it doesn’t make sense. But, I want my own acknowledgments one day as a writer to be kind of a private affair.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Probably Blue from the Raven Cycle. I just wish I were cool and hip.

 

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

Anna and the French Kiss reminds me of happy spring/summer days. Harry Potter books remind me of my early days in California and discovering reading/libraries/books.

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

City of Bones I got it while having really bad fever and flu in grad school. I was uninspired and had no direction because school was just all about boring books.

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

Yep! I give books to my brother and sister often.

12. Which book has been with you the most places?

I’ll Give You The Sun was a book that I had taken all over the place while we were hanging out with one of my mom’s friends. We’d take her to beaches, and museums, parks, and I’d bring this book with me to keep my anxiety under control. And, it was a pretty good book. Even though it had some sad moments, I think it tells an important story for me.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Shakespeare and Jane Austen are probably the two main ones. I actually ended up hating a lot of classics, and never intend on trying them again. Like, The Red Badge of Courage and The Scarlet Letter.  I ended up disliking the books I used to like, but mostly because of the memories associated with them.

14. Used or brand new?

Both! I like free shipping, when I get to that 25 dollar mark. And, if it’s cheaper to buy the book used, I do that. Whichever is cheaper.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, I have, but it was early in my reading life. It was way before the movie were made. *Is a hipster*

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

I always say this, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

 

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks excluded?

No. Is that a thing? I am vegan, and the character rarely just eat what I eat.

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

Hm. My book friends, for the most part: Jolien, Inge (sometimes Aly, too. But, I am still too shy to ask), Ely (and Michelle kind. Too shy to talk to her that much), Cait (we’re not quite at the friends stage, but I like similar books to her). Some booktubers have close tastes to my own, too.

 

 

19. Tag (at least 4) friends

Asti 

Annemieke 

Jolien 

Ely and Michelle 

Inge and Of Wonderland team 

Chiara 

Shannon 

 

Anyone who wants to do this, go for it, consider yourself tagged (<— that was one gross run on sentence).

It has been a while since I have done a book tag. Here is one
The lovely Julie from Pages and Pens made a video on this tag. I thought
It's been a while since I have done a book tag, so I thought now