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.

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BT: The Magical Girls Tag

 

 

While watching Ally’s video on this tag, I decided to follow suit. In hopes of sharing more about myself while also being a positive post. Here are my answers for the Magical Girls Tag.

⋯ QUESTIONS ⋯

1) Magic Potion: Favorite Drink

I am a fan of fruity teas, and some herbal ones too. My go-to in places is raspberry iced tea (if it is hot out), and African Sunrise if it is cold. In addition, I am the queen of smoothies in this house.

2) Spell Book: Do you keep a journal or diary?

Yes! Ever since I started therapy six years ago, I have kept a journal. Since August of 2017, I also started bullet journaling.

3) Pick 2 Things: A Magic item, and a Magic Accessory

Hm. Well, I have been a hijabi for two and a half years. My magic item would be a scarf, probably. It gives me so much joy to wear turbans and scarves. Magic accessory would have to be bracelets and earrings. Total favorites.

4) Magic Animal/Companion: if you had a mythological pet, what would it be?

Non-magical animal (arguably. I personally find them really magical): cat. Many cats. I also want a pygmy puff from the Harry Potter series.

5) Magic Girl In Disguise: A real life girl you look up to who you think could maybe, secretly, be hella magical

A couple of girls come to mind. Emma Watson, obviously, for being totally woke and clever. A true Renaissance woman, Watson is ever growing as a feminist. Amandla Sternberg, Rowan Blanchard, Yara Shahidi are also excellent examples of budding feminists. I learn from them so much. They use their platforms for a greater good.

Other real life girls I love: Rebekah Boruki, Tara Stiles, Adrienne Michler, and Rachel Brathen.

6) Most Enchanting: your favorite fictional enchanting or magical girl

Luna Lovegood, obviously, is pure magic and rainbows, unicorns, sunshine. Other magical girls: Bay Briar and Estrella, along with her sisters/cousins in Wild Beauty. Blue Sargent in The Raven Cycle. Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows.

7) She’s So Cute! Style inspiration whose clothes would make you feel magical

It is very rare to see bigger girls in literature, and so I think of my two favorites: Nina Zenik and Molly Susu-Peskin. Just the fact that they exist makes them magical.

8) Favorite Magical Girl Shows or Movies

This was a hard one. I have to go with Gilmore Girls, which I have only seen one or two episodes of. It’s a nice and cute show, even though not much seems to happen in terms of plot (but hey, what do I know). My absolute favorite magical girl show has to be Jane the Virgin, because a family of women is the core of the show. Bliss. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another one I really love.

9) Old Spells: A nostalgic magical show

When I was in high school, there was a lot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. That’s probably the nostalgia factor here. But, it was nice seeing women uplift each other.

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BT: Festive Christmas Book Tag

I’m late to the party, but I thought of sharing a book tag to celebrate Christmas. This tag, which I have seen on Sam’s channel, is called the Festive Christmas Book Tag. Happy holidays!

1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

Lara Jean’s family sounds like the most fun family. We can bake together. I don’t know, I just see myself painting the girls’ nails. Their dad can fuss over us a little.

2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

I am kind of weird with gifts, because I worry a lot about having to buy something in return. Bookmarks sound a little more doable than the other bookish items. Hot dang, bookish merchandise is way too expensive.

3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect christmas elf?

Someone with a good sense of humor, but also kind of crude, sounds like a Christmas Elf to me. I’m thinking Kenji from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

4) Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

“I’ll be Home for Christmas” sounds like the anthem to The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima. (which I have yet to read, I know).

5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

I actually don’t think of the Naughty List that way. Some of the coolest people commit acts of disobedience to get a point across. But, to answer the prompt, I would say Ursula Monkton from The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

 

7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully christmasy feel to it.

Shiver series by Maggie Steifvater has winter-y vibes in general.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

A few books come to mind: Turtles All the Way Down tops the list in general.

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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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I'm late to the party, but I thought of sharing a book tag to celebrate