Tag Tuesday: Hamilton Book Tag.

Oh my god. I’ve been meaning to do this tag for YEARS!!! Like, I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long. Hamilton is one of my favorite things ever! Just, sigh, I upset myself. Anywho, this tag was created by Maureen @ maureenkeavy, and AS USUSAL I was not tagged. I just love Hamilton. And books. So here we go!

1.) The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in:

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I would say Weep from the Strange the Dreamer Duology by: Laini Taylor. It’s such a rich, and magicial, and stunning world. I’d love to go and just let my eyeballs soak in all the amazing. But I’d want to go after all the conflict gets resolved, of course.
2.) The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character:

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Aislinn from the Wicked Lovely series by: Marissa Marr. No one ever talks about this series, and it’s a shame. It’s probably my favorite faerie series, and the heroine is such a great role model. So often in paranormal-romance books, the leading lady doesn’t make the wisest decsions, but not Aislinn. She was so level headed, and logical, and responsible. And I really just love her, and wish more people knew about her.
3.) My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them:

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Adam Parrish from the Raven Cycle Quartet by: Maggie Stiefvater. This is what makes Adam who he is. He is the most focused, and dedicated, and ambitious character I’ve ever read about. And it’s part of why I love him so much. We’re both little Slytherin babies who won’t let anyone or anything stand in our way.
4.) Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive (SPOILERS!):

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Rudy from The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak. Oh man, this one hit so freakin’ hard. He was such a sweet, and genuine, and loyal boy. And he loved Liesel so much, and she loved him. It was so hard to watch him go.
5.) Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read:

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Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by: John Green. This one hit me really hard too. I know what it’s like to watch a loved one succumb to cancer. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be if it was the person I was in love with. This left me absolutely sobbing in my living room.
6.) You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain:

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Villains in books aren’t really sassy, at least not the ones I’ve read about. So I’m just gonna go with the sassiest villain I know: Scar. Always and forever the Sassy King.
7.) The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming:

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I gotta go with More Than This by: Patrick Ness. And I don’t feel bad about saying there’s a twist, because it happens really early on. Like, in the second chapter.
8.) Non-stop: A series you marathoned:

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The Black Dagger Brotherhood by: J.R. Ward. Oh man, I got the first ten books on my eReader, and just read, and read, and read for a straight week. Barely ate, or slept. I was just so freakin’ hooked on this series. It’s so damn good. Everyone needs to read this series!!!
9.) Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs:

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I’m gonna go with a recent favorite: The Watch That Ends the Night by: Allan Wolf. All of the POVs were so distinct, and offered such a broad view of what it was like for all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds, to experience this tragedy. We really did get a 360 view of how this all went down, and how it affected everyone.
10.) Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history:

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I really think that The Shades of Magic series by: V.E. Schwab is going to stand the test of time. I think that, years and years from now, it’s going to be one of those big name fantasy series that everyone is talking about. The story, and the world, and the characters are all so rich, and complex, and fun to read about. I really think our grandkids are gonna be talking about these books.

11.) Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start:

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Danny and Colton from the Timekeeper series by: Tara Sim! From the minute those boys entered a room together, I was screaming “NOW KISS! NOW KISS!!!!” They’re such sweet, and precious cinnamon rolls, and I just want them to be happy together until the end of time! Heh. See what I did there?
12.) Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene:

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I’m gonna have to go with Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor. During the big fight, I was on the edge of my seat. I was terrified of what was gonna happen to all my precious babies, and what the affect on the world would be. It was all so tense, and teeth-clentching. It was honestly one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever read.
13.) Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read:

Rereads! Rereads are my guilty pleasure. I have SOOOOO MANYYY books on my TBR, it’s not even funny. So whenever I pick up a book and reread it, I feel so freakin’ guilty.
14.) What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books:

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THE RAVEN CYCLE BY: MAGGIE STIEFVATER!!!! I mean, I know we’re getting The Dreamer Trilogy, but I want to see more Gansey, and Blue, and Henry, and the women of Fox Way!!! I wanna see all my faves together again!!!
15.) Right Hand Man – Favorite BROTP:

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Ugh, Kell and Rhy from The Shades of Magic series by: V.E. Schwab! They’re so sweet, and loyal, and dreamy. And they care about eachother so very, very much. Their relationship was probably my favorite in the entire series. We need more devoted Bros.
16.) What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading:

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I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on Earth to read The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern. I didn’t read it until last year. I KNOW I KNOW!!! But it’s such a hyped book, and so many people are obsessed with it! I was afraid it was going to live up to my expectations. But it totally did! It’s such a beautiful book. I understand why it’s so many peoples favorite.

Whew! That was a long one, huh? But I really wanted to do the bonus questions! I just love all these songs so much! But what about y’all? Do you agree with my answers? What’s your favorite Hamilton song? Let me know down in the comments!

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Tag Tuesday: The Classics Book Tag.

Okay, so, this tag is ANCIENT. But, I hardly ever talk about classics, so I figured I’d drag this one out of the vault. This tag was created by It’s a Books World, and per usual, I wasn’t tagged. But oh well! Let’s get to it!

1. An overhyped classic you didn’t really like

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The Old Man and the Sea by: Ernest Hemingway. Seriously, how did this thing win the Pulitzer? This was a Florida-Heat-Fever-Dream that Hemingway had down in the Keys, and then he wrote it down. His war pieces are far better. This was just, bad. So bad.
2. Favorite time period to read about

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The 1920’s. This time period was just full of people striving for that American Dream, and absolutely failing at it. Now, I know that sounds harsh, but I’m completely against the old-fashioned idea of the American Dream. It was a false promise that didn’t include the marginalized. The 20’s was all about throwing caution to the wind, and living life however you wanted. American Dream be damned.
3. Favorite fairy tale

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Well, it’s not really a fairytale, but I love the Hades and Persephone story from Greek mythology. It’s always been my favorite, for as long as I can remember. So many people consider it an “abduction” story, or even a “rape” story, but I’ve never seen it that way. I’ve always believed that Persephone chose to become the Queen of the Underworld. She was a strong, independent woman who took what she wanted. And I love that.
4. Which classic are you most embarrassed you haven’t read yet?

Anything by Jane Austen. That’s right. I’ve never read a Jane Austen book. I’m not a huge fan of British Lit to begin with, and couple in all the hype, and it leaves me a little weary to pick an Austen book up. But I do plan to change that soon, after all, I can’t avoid her forever. I’m an English major!
5. Top classic you want to read soon

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I really want to read Animal Farm by: George Orwell! I’ve been meaning to ever since I read 1984 in high school, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. It’s one of my reading goals for the year though!
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic

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The first thing coming to my mind is The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by: Kiersten White. It’s such a progressive, and brilliant retelling, and I love it to bits. You can hear more of my thoughts about it in my full review here.
7. Favorite movie/TV series based on a classic

The first thing coming to my mind is an animated TV series. It’s Over the Garden Wall. It’s based on Dante’s Purgatorio, and I absolutely adore it! It’s one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I rewatch it all the time.
8. Worst classic to movie adaptation

I have to say Beowulf! Oh my god! It’s soooooo bad! And the original story wasn’t all that great to begin with, so that’s REALLY saying something! They just changed entire plot points around, and added so many ridiculous things! It was terrible!
9. Favorite editions you’d like to collect more of

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The Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics! They’re so beautiful! I have a few of them, but I need them ALL!!! And they’re reasonably priced, they’re on sale often, and they’re easy to just go and pick up at the store. I really need to get more of these this year.
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone

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Editha by: William Dean Howells. This is probably my favorite short story of all-time. It deals with such modern, and meaningful themes in such a refreshing way. It was probably the best thing I read my entire first year of college. I really wish it was taught in high schools. A LOT of teenagers could use the lessons that it teaches.
11. What’s your favorite classic of all time?

It’s a neck-and-neck tie between The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Slaughterhouse Five by: Kurt Vonnegut. Both of these books were so beautiful, and touched me so deeply in different ways. I really can’t pick between them. They’re both so fantastic, and I can’t wait to make my future students read them!

Well that’s it! Now y’all know more about my feelings on the classics! But what about y’all? What are your favorite classics? Do have any Jane Austen recommendations for me? Let me know down in the comments!

Tag Tuesday: The Hopeful Book Tag.

OMG! I WAS ACTUALLY TAGGED TO DO A TAG!!! IT’S A MIRACLE!!! So, yea, I was tagged to do this by Marte @ Blissful Reading on YouTube, and the tag was created by The Book Finch. This is such a nice, quick, and wholesome tag, and I’m really excited to do it. Also… I WAS ACTUALLY TAGGED TO DO IT!!! Ok, let’s get to it!

1. A book world you would like to escape to.

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I’m gonna stray away from the stereotypical Wizarding World answer, and go with Eretz from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. It’s such a rich, and fantastical world, and I’d love to see all the Chimaera and Seraphs. But I wouldn’t go during the war. That would be….bad.

2. A romance that left you all mushy inside.

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I’m going to go with Prince Sebastian and Frances from The Prince and the Dressmaker by: Jen Wang. Their relationship is just so adorable, and supportive, and sweet. It’s really a relationship that everyone should aspire to.

3. A friendship we should all aspire to have.

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Okay, is there a better friendship than the Gansey from The Raven Cycle Quartet by: Maggie Stiefvater? No, I really don’t think there is. Every single one of them absolutely loves each other so freaking much, and it’s just, UGH. I love them. I ADORE them.

4. Intermission! Insert the cutest picture of your pet or the cutest animal picture you can find.

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BEHOLD MY KITTIES!!!

5. A character in a leadership role that inspires you.

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Karou from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is always my go-to answer for this kind of question. She was so incredibly strong throughout that entire series, even when the entire world was against her. She’s really a character that I deeply admire.

6. Recommend three (3) books that fill you with hope.

7. (Optional) Tag people.

Tag Tuesday: Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag.

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I saw this tag absolutely EVERYWHERE, so I figured I’d go ahead jump on the band wagon! It also looks like a lot of fun. And I like fun tags. This tag was created by Jenn @ Jenniely and was, as usual, tagged by no one! So here we gooooo~

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you (Lol, no one ever tags me)
  • Tag and link me/this post 
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

 

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✔

I started requesting ARCs for the first time this year, and I also received a TON of ARCs at ALA 2018 (you can see them all here). That being said, when coupled with the mental illness spiral I went through this year (which I explain here), there are quite a few ARCs I didn’t get to this year. Whether it be reading them or reviewing them. I still plan on reading/reviewing them though! I have no problem reading/discussing back logged books.

  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✔

My Netgalley rating is awful. I don’t do well with pressure being applied to the things I do for fun. So I quickly figured out that Netgalley probably wasn’t the site for me. I much prefer Edelweiss.

  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

I can proudly say that I haven’t done this once this year! I was NOTORIOUS for doing this on my booktube channel in the past tho…

  • Folded down the page of a book ✔

I’ve been doing this a LOT lately. And I’m not sure why? I’ve always been good about using a bookmark but, I don’t know. Some switch just flipped in my brain and I’ve been a dog-earring fool all year!

  • Accidentally spilled on a book

Nope. Not once. Ever.

  • DNF a book this year 

I’ve done this a few time this year. DNFing is something I’m trying to get more comfortable doing. I’m usually the person that will stick through a book no matter how much I’m hating it, but I’m trying to knock that off. Life’s too short to be reading bad books.

  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it 

I mean, this is kinda always the case when I buy a foreign edition for my collections. No, I can’t read Cantonese, THE COVER WAS PRETTY!

  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 

Not so much this year, but I’m sure I did at some point.

  • Skim read a book 

Nope. I never do this. I either read every single word, or I quit the book. I can’t skim. I just can’t.

  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Nope! I actually surpassed my goal this year, which I’m equally surprised by, and proud of! GO ME!!!!

  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 

I’ve had my friends Golden Compass books in my trunk for months now. I’m the WORST person. Ever.

  • Broke a book buying ban 

Lol, I never put myself on a book buying ban, so I can’t break one. That’s why I never put myself on one. Can’t break what you didn’t make!

  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 

Nope. I just never even started the review, then forgot what the book was about….

  • Wrote in a book you were reading 

I’m an avid annotator soooooo…..

  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope. I always scan and add!

  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend 

In the trunk of my car. For MONTHS. I’M THE WORST!!!!

  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

Nope. I’ve lent out a few books this year. Gotta share the good lit.

  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book

NEVER! NEVER NEVER NEVER!!!!!

  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Nope. I take my jackets off, put ’em on a shelf, and leave ’em there till they go back on the book. Full-proof system.

  • Sat on a book accidentally 

Countless times. I’m always dumping books onto the seat of my car, then sitting on them when I get back in the car. Constantly.

Naughty: 10 Nice: 10

I’m a very balanced human.

I think EVERYONE has already done this tag, so I’m not going to tag anyone. But if you haven’t done it yet, feel free to say I tagged you!

 

Tag Tuesday: Dreamy Book Covers Tag

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I saw this tag floating around somewhere and fell in love with it! We need more tags that focus on how beautiful books are ON THE OUTSIDE!!! So, I’m gonna do it!

RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you (Lol, no one ever tags me).
  • Mention the creator of this tag: Tiana @ The Book Raven
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger to do this tag!
  • List the rules.

“No Ideas But in Things” – A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it:

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Wildwood by: Collin Meloy. This cover does such a great job of squeezing in so many of the elements of the story into it (and it’s absolutely stunning!)

“Dark and Lovely” – A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up:

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Tinder by: Sally Gardner. Scary wolf is scary.

“Sugary Sweet” – A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug:

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The Thai edition of We Are the Ants by: Shaun David Hutchinson. Look at it!!! It’s so freakin’ cute!

“The Simple Aesthetic” – A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design:

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Gotta go with my Favorite edition of The Messenger by: Markus Zusak. Gah! It’s so awesome. I love it so much.

“Cover Envy” – A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet:

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My long sought after, Slovenian edition of The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak. This thing has been on my “must obtain” list for the longest time! But international shipping is THE WORST. But look at it! That silhouette is so beautiful. I adore this edition.

“Traveling Abroad” – A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own:

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The German edition of Night of Cake and Puppets by: Laini Taylor has the skyline of Prague in the background, and it’s GORGEOUS!!

“The Color Wheel” – A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors: 

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The Barnes & Noble edition of Sense and Sensibility by: Jane Austen. It’s so green. And pretty. Pretty green~

“Switching Gears” – A cover change you absolutely adore: 

The Grisha trilogy by: Leigh Bardugo. I mean, I like the old ones too! But I think I like the new ones just a liiiiitle bit better.

“Oldie but Goodie” – A favorite cover of your favorite classic:

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This is my all-time favorite cover for The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“And the Winner is…” – Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?:

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Gotta go with the Slovenian edition of The Book Thief. It’s just SO PRETTY!!! I NEED IT!!!

 

I’m actually gonna tag people!!! (HOLY CRAP!):

Sammi @ OneBookishGirl

Beth @ Devine World of Books

Amy @ Quixotic Pixels

Siobhan @ Novelties

Go forth and do the thing lovelies!!!

Tag Tuesday: Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I know I’m a little late in doing this tag buuuuuuut, Imma do it anyway. It’s just a great way to recap the first half of the year, and I’ve had fun doing it in the past sooooooo, here we go! You know the drill: I wasn’t tagged. And this tag was co-created by Chammi @ IsThatChammi and Ely @ Earl Grey Books.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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Bridge of Clay by: Markus Zusak. Okay, raise your hand if you’re shocked? Anybody? Yea, didn’t think so. I’ve been waiting for this book for 7 years, and let me tell y’all, IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT. I’m still debating whether or not I think this is his best work. It’s probably gonna take me till the end of the year to make a decision. Check back with me about it then!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

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Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor. Again, anyone shocked? Any raised hands out there? No? Good. This was MIND BLOWING!!! Like, I’m still recovering from it. And I can’t start to think about it for too long, or I start getting all worked up and, I just, can’t function after that. This duology is PURE MAGIC. This, FER SURE, is Laini’s best work and just, UGH. She’s incredible. Forever in awe.

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

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Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi. Everyone has been hyping the HECK outta this book since it came out, and I SUPER wanna see if it’s worth it. I’m hoping to get my hands on it soon. Fingers crossed!

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

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It’s gotta be Kingdom of Ash by: Sarah J. Maas. Look, I know that this series is a hot mess. But, I love it, and I’m invested in it, and I’m reallyyyyyyyyy curious to see how it’s all going to wrap up. Like, just, so much has to get tied up and, I don’t know. I’m, concerned, to say the least. But still excited!

5. Biggest disappointment.

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Gonna have to go with Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by: Mackenzie Lee. Now, I’m not saying this wasn’t good, or that I didn’t enjoy it. I just didn’t love it the way I was expecting to. It didn’t live up to my expectations, and it just wasn’t as good as Gentleman’s Guide. Which is a shame. But I still enjoyed it, and still think everyone should go out and get it!

6. Biggest surprise.

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Definitely Wildwood by: Collin Meloy. This was just, so good??? Like, I wasn’t expecting it to be bad, or anything, I just wasn’t expecting it to grip me as much as it did. I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to middle grade, but this one really blew me out of the water, and I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

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

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Miss Kiersten White. This year was the first time I COMPLETED a Kiersten White book, so I’m counting that. I started And I Darken last year, but only made it about half way before I had to return it to the library. But, I got to read an ARC of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein this year and it was FANTASTIC. And I also finished And I Darken, and it was great too. Can’t wait to get my hands on more of her writing.

8. Newest fictional crush.

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ASHLINN JARNHEIM from The Nevernight Chronicle by: Jay Kristoff!!!! SHE’S MY WIFE!!!

9. Newest favorite character.

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Carden from The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black. He’s just, such an angsty trash baby. And his relationship with Jude is just, so fun to make fun of. Like, I LIVE for the Carden and Jude memes that pop up on Twitter. They are THE BEST.

10. Book that made you cry.

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Bridge of Clay by: Markus Zusak. Yea, just, brace yourselves y’all.

11. Book that made you happy.

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Check, Please! by: Ngozi Ukazu. Like, this book was so freakin’ adorable and sweet, I think it gave me cavities. I did a full review on this book that you can check out here!

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

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Gotta give it to The Price Guide to the Occult by: Leslye Walton. I mean just, look at it! It’s so freakin’ gorgeous! And it has sprayed edges! And the cover is this really soft, matte material! It’s just, so pretty. I love it. I also did a full review for this book that you can check out here!

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

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AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by: Sabaa Tahir!!!! I swear, if I don’t read this book this year, I’m gonna rip my own arm off. I NEED TO DO THE THING!!!

14. Favorite Book Community Member

Oh god. How am I supposed to pick just one?!? You know what, I’m not. I’m gonna say that it’s ALL of the amazing people in my inner, bookish circle on Twitter (they know who they are). They’re ALL amazing, and I love ALL of them to itty, bitty bits.

 

Okie dokie! That’s my first half of the year! Not too shabby. Now, what about y’all? How would you answer any of these questions? What’s been your best book of the year so far? Tell me about it in the comments! And I know this tag is late so, I tag anyone who just hasn’t gotten around to doing this tag yet. Go forth! Do the thing!

Tag Tuesday: My Life in Books Tag.

So, I’ve seen this tag ALL OVER THE PLACE, for the past four years, but have never gotten around to doing it. Well, that changes today! As is custom: I have not been tagged! And it seems to be a bit of a mystery as to who originally came up with this tag, as the original video has been removed, but I most recently saw Cali @ Darque Dreamer Reads do this tag, and she’s the one who inspired me to do it! Okie dokie, let’s go!!!

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

Chrysanthemum by: Kevin Henkes

More Than This by: Patrick Ness

Prince Caspian by: C.S. Lewis

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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Twenty-Five.

Trouble by: Non Pratt

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

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Orlando, Florida

Paper Towns by: John Green

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

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Poland.

Mapping the Bones by: Jane Yolen

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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Green.

Grasshopper Jungle by: Andrew Smith

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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Every year, my elementary school music teacher would put on a little play that went along with this book. Complete with musical sound effects!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by: Linda Williams

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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This book is the Actual Worst. Like, EVER.

The Red Badge of Courage by: Stephen Crane

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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I’ve been putting off this mammoth book for the LONGEST time. I just need to get it done!

The Sweet Far Thing by: Libba Bray

 

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this tag yet! Go forth!!! Do the thing!!!!!