Tag Tuesday: Dreamy Book Covers Tag


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!


  • 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:


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:


Tinder by: Sally Gardner. Scary wolf is scary.

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


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:


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:


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:


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: 


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:


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?:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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

9. Newest favorite character.


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.


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

11. Book that made you happy.


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)


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?


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?



Trouble by: Non Pratt

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


Orlando, Florida

Paper Towns by: John Green

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



Mapping the Bones by: Jane Yolen

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color



Grasshopper Jungle by: Andrew Smith

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


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?


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?


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!!!!!

Tag Tuesday: Reputation Book Tag

Well, I’ve done the other Taylor Swift tags, so it only makes sense that I do this one now! Per usual: I wasn’t tagged! But, this is my favorite album that T-Swizzle has put out, so, I kinda had to do this. This tag was created by Liv @ Liv’s Books. Okie dokie, let’s get started!

1. …Ready For It? | What is a book that you were super excited to read?


Bridge of Clay by: Markus Zusak. I mean, I don’t really need to go into this one, do I? Like, me just saying “WAITED SEVEN YEARS” gets the point across enough, right? Okay, cool!

2. Endgame | What are some of your OTPs?

My #1 OTP will always be Pynch. Close second right now is probably MiaxAshlinn. And then third is most likely DannyxColton. They’re all my precious baes. And they all better be LEFT ALONE!!!!

3. I Did Something Bad | Name a book with morally gray characters.


Geek Love by: Katherine Dunn is SUCH a MESSED UP book. And the main reason, mostly, is because the characters are SO MESSED UP. But, even with that being said, you become so wrapped up in their journey, and their relationships. They really do entrap you. It was such a fascinating read. I really need to go back and reread it.

4. Don’t Blame Me | What’s a book that you recommend to everyone?


Code Name Verity by: Elizabeth Wein. Um, again, do I really need to go into this? I’m pretty sure I covered it all in my epically long post about this book/series, which you can check out here. So, yea, just go read that if you want more info because, I’m really out of words when it come to talking about this book. I used em all up. They gone. Kaput.

5. Delicate | What is a book that you will never loan to anyone?

If it’s got an author’s signature in it? YOU AIN’T TOUCHING IT. This goes double for if it’s signed AND personalized. Like, just, NO. NOOOOOO TOUCHY.

6. Look What You Made Me Do | What is a book that got you into reading/ gateway book?


Well, I’ve honestly been an avid reader my entire life. So, I guess the answer to this would be the first book I ever read on my own, which would be Is Your Mama a Llama? by: Deborah Guarino. It’s about a baby llama. It’s cute.

7. So It Goes… | What is a book that sucked you into a particular author or series?


The League series by: Sherrilyn Kenyon is was got me into reading adult romance novels. Now some of my all time favorite series, and characters, and authors are from the adult romance world. So, I’ll forever be thankful to her, and her MANY (sooo many) series, for that.

8. Gorgeous | Name a book with a beautiful cover.


I know I’ve talked about the hardcover edition of The Price Guide to the Occult by: Leslye Walton on here before. But have I mentioned the paperback??? Like, zomahgoodness?!? It is the beauty!!! AND THE GRACE!!!

9. Getaway Car | What is a book you’ve read with crime involved in some aspect?


The Hangman’s Daughter series by: Oliver Pötzsch!!! UGH!!! I never hear anyone talk about this series!!! But it’s so good!!! It’s historical fiction, romance, and crime thriller ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! And they make illustrated editions!!!! Quit sleeping on this series people!!!

10. King Of My Heart | Who is your book boyfriend/ girlfriend?

Ashlinn Järnheim is my WIFEEEEE!!!!

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied | What is a book that made you want to dance around when you finished it?


Definitely Check, Please! by: Ngozi Ukzau!!! IT’S SO FREAKIN’ CUTE, Y’ALL!!!!

12. Dress | Name a book character you want to trade wardrobes with.


Theta Knight from The Diviners series by: Libba Bray! I’m all about that 20’s aesthetic, and Theta is such a badass bombshell. Gimme all her clothes!

13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things | What is a problematic book you’ve read?


The Saga comics by: Brian K. Vaughn. Now, I kinda fell off the wagon with these before they started being problematic, but I’ve heard TERRIBLE things about what the series does in regards to queer representation in later volumes. So, needless to say, I won’t be continuing this series.

14. Call It What You Want | What is a book you wish you could change the title to?


Definitely Night Pleasures by: Sherrilyn Kenyon. Like, come on!!!! That sounds like straight-up porn!!! There’s no avoiding awkward stares in public with a title like that!!! And the later titles for the series get so much better!!! Like, Bad Moon Rising? That’s an AWESOME TITLE!!! But nah, we gotta start off with the cringe titles. Ugh.

15. New Year’s Day | What book that gave you a fresh outlook on life?


Slaughterhouse Five by: Kurt Vonnegut will always be one of my all-time faves because of how much it taught me about SO MANY things. Politics, history, war, humanity, right vs. wrong, literary theory, and a BUNCH more. It really is a spectacular book, and really is a classic everyone should read.


Well that was fun! I really liked these questions! Now, what about y’all? How would you answer any of these questions? What’s your favorite song off of Reputation? Mine is probably either “Don’t Blame Me” or “Getaway Car.” I tag anyone who loves Taylor to do this tag! Go forth, do the thing!!!!

Tag Tuesday: Me In Book Characters Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around for forever, and have been wanting to do it for forever, but never got around to it. Most recently, I saw Kat @ Life and Other Disasters do this tag, and I guess it just lit the fire under my butt, so heeeerrrreeee weeeee areeeeee! This tag was created by Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books, so go check them out! Okie dokie, let’s do this!!!


1.) James Morgan from Ballad by: Maggie Stiefvater.

James is the CLOSEST I’ve ever come to seeing my OCD and anxiety represented in a character. From the way that it presents, to the way he copes with it, just, so much of it is so similar to my own experience. Especially the way that he uses sarcasm, and writing on himself, as coping mechanisms. Those are things that I’ve also relied on at one time or another, and it was just, so validating to see on the page.


2.) Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by: John Green.

Much like Colin, as a child I was put into a sub-set of children that were considered “special.” In our particular case, we were called “gifted.” We were told all growing up that we were so much more advanced than the other kids our age, so much smarter, and it really imbedded this idea in our minds that we WERE “special.” But then we grew up. By the time we got to high school, we realized this wasn’t the case. We weren’t smarter than the other kids. We weren’t more “special” than them. We just happened to pick things up quicker than them when we were smaller. But now, everyone had caught up, and we didn’t know how to cope with being just like everyone else, after being “special” for so long. This was a huge part of Colin’s story in this book, and it really resonated with me, and again, made me feel so validated. It’s something that SO MANY kids go through, and I wish it was talked about more. Because it SUCKS.


3.) Elizabeth Frankenstein from The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by: Kiersten White.

I won’t go into too much detail here, as I have a full review for this book scheduled for posting closer to the release date, but I will say this: this book deals with the topic of toxic/abusive relationships. Elizabeth, for almost the entirety of this book, finds herself in one, and it struggling with how to deal with it. As someone who spent years of their life in such a relationship, this was so incredible to see, and see it done SO WELL. So often in YA, we see these kinds of relationships romanticized, and it’s terrible. But here, White made sure that we never viewed this relationship as anything other than toxic, and damaging, and dangerous. I really can’t express how much I appreciate her doing this, and giving this topic the respect, and attention, that it deserves.


4.) Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle by: Maggie Stiefvater.

Adam Parrish is a character I relate to on so many levels. His drive to be the best (even when it’s damaging), his stubbornness, his perfectionism, his smart-mouth, how loyal he is to his friends, how he over-thinks things, and so much more. He’s a very flawed character, and I’m a very flawed human, and it was (here it comes again) so validating to see that. To see those flaws laid out there, just as is, not romanticized or down-played, and to still be able to sympathize and like this character. I also mentioned in my Pride Flag Book Tag post, which you can check out here, that I got so much validation from seeing him go through such similar experiences with his sexuality, as I did. He’s one of my most precious and beloved characters. I’m forever grateful to Maggie for him.


5.) Calixte from Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor.

For context:

Now [Ebliz Tod] said to [Calixte], with utmost condescension, “Dear girl, your credulity is as vast as this desert. One might get lost in it and never again encounter fact or reason.”

*Thirty pages later*

“Hey, Todd, am I really seeing this?” he heard [Calixte] call. “Or am I lost in my vast credulity? And, a moment later: “What are you doing here, Todd? Don’t you know it’s rude to wonder about in someone else’s credulity?” And then: “Is this fact or reason I’m encountering? Wait, no, it’s more demon bones.”

This is the most #MeAF thing EVER. I swear to God. Like, if anyone EVER tries to make a big deal about me being stupid, or wrong about something, and it turns out I’m actually right? OH MAN. There is NOTHING on this green Earth that can save you.


So, there you have it! Those are the characters I relate to the most! Now, what about y’all? What characters do you most relate to? Do you also relate to any of the characters I mentioned? Lemme know down in the comments!

I tag anyone who has yet to do this tag to do it! Go forth, do the thing!

Tag Tuesday: Pride Flag Book Tag

Blah blah blah. Wasn’t tagged. Blah blah blah. HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE!!! I’m here to live my queerest life, and I actually learned some stuff from this tag (which is freakin’ cool), so here we are! This tag was created by Spencer @ Common Spence, and you should totally go check him out and subscribe! Okay, lets-a-go!


1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE.


I’m going to go with Tiny from Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by: David Levithan. Tiny is just so unabashedly OUT and PROUD and it is the BEST. He really is just out there living his gayest life and loving every second of it, and it’s so beautiful to see. He is an inspiration and an icon. We all need to stan.

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2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.


I have to go with The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater. In this book, Adam has a moment that really speaks to an experience I went through while coming to terms with my own sexuality. It’s something that, even yearrrrs later, still bothered me. And seeing him go through THAT SAME EXPERIENCE, and coming out of it JUST LIKE I DID, was so freakin’ validating, and it meant so much to me. I’ll always be grateful to Maggie for giving me that, and Adam.

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3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.



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4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.


For this I’m totally stealing Spencer’s answer and going with Timekeeper by: Tara Sim. I absolutely ADORE this series and am so upset that I haven’t talked about it on my blog until now! Hence the answer stealing. It’s such a fun and fast-paced story! And Danny and Colton are my precious babies, and they need to be given ALL THE GOOD THINGS. And Spencer is right: this series is UNDER-HYPED AF, so pleeeeeeease go check it out!

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5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.


I’m going to go with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzie Lee. In flashbacks, we see Monty go through some really hard times regarding his sexuality. The moments were so heartbreaking that they brought me to literal tears more than once. But, we can see over the course of the novel that, while those experience still hurt, he hasn’t let them stop him from trying to be happy, or being who he is. Which is such a powerful thing, and I loved seeing it on the page.

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6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.


Gotta go with The Dream Thieves by: Maggie Stiefvater. Yet again Maggie manages to NAIL one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to grapple with in regards to my sexuality. How do you simultaneously be Catholic, and queer? This is something we see Ronan struggle with SO MUCH over the course of this series, but especially in this novel, and it just meant so much to me to see this struggle be addressed, and see where he ends up by the end of it all.

Woohoo! And that is it for this tag! That was a gay ‘ole time! See what I did there? Now, what about y’all? How would you answer any of these questions? Tell me about it in the comments! Hope y’all are having a fantastic Pride Month! If you love rainbows: you’re tagged! Go forth! Do the thing!

Tag Tuesday: The Anything But Books Tag

Y’all know the routine by now, don’t you? You know that I wasn’t tagged to do this, right? Good. Glad we’re all on the same page. I saw ReadorRot create this tag on Booktube forever ago, and thought it was a cool idea. After all, there are OTHER THINGS we care about besides books. Maybe not as much, but still! So, without further ado, let’s go!

1.) Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

Cartoons are literally my favorite form of television. So, that being said, I have quite a few favorites. Here are the top four:

I even made book tags for Steven Universe and Gravity Falls! Check ’em out and let me know if you actually do them!

2.) What is your favorite song right now?


The song I’m constant jamming out to right now is First Burn by: Lin-Manuel Miranda. For those of you who don’t know, First Burn was the first draft of Burn from Hamilton. And it is a JAM. Like, ugh, yes. I am all here for angry, bitter Eliza Hamilton. Please go check it out? It’s amazing!

3.) What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?


So, not many people know this but: I’m a HARDCORE Pokemon Go player. Like, not kidding. At least 5 hours a day. AT LEAST. It’s pretty crazy. And what’s even crazier? I’m not NEAR as hardcore of a player as my mom. She’s a Beast-mode player. Lemme know if y’all still play? I love finding other players!

4.) What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Well, I kinda already answered this with #3, but another thing that surprises a lot of people is: I’m a Disney Pin collector. I haven’t been at it long, only been collecting since 2016, but it’s quickly become an addiction. I’ve already got two entire lanyards full, and am working on a third! I’ve even gotten some of my friends addicted too! I’m a bad influence.

5.) What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

History. History history history. Pretty sure I’ve made this clear by now. I’m most interested in WWII/Holocaust, American Revolutionary War, Salem Witch Trials, and Industrial Era of Europe. Ancient Greece and Egypt is cool too. And I’m also really interested in Florida’s history, as it’s my home state. Really, I’m just a big ole history nerd.

6.) What is something unusual you know how to do?

Ummm, I can tie knots one handed? I think that’s the only unusual thing I know how to do? Everything I know how to do is pretty ordinary. Guess I’m pretty boring.

7.) Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).


Like I said in my Paper Corner Bookmark post, which you can check out here, I’m always making these things.

I also made my Defaced Raven King this year. You can read my post about that here!

8.) What is your most recent personal project?

Really, this blog is my most recent personal project. But I’m also hoping to get to deface more books soon, and maybe make another Harry Potter wand. What can I say? When the craft-bug bites me, I get the itch to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!!!

9.) Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).


10.) Give us something thats your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.

Sapphires are my favorite gemstone to wear in jewelry (even though it’s not my birthstone), but my favorite color is green. So you’d think emeralds would be my favorite, but they’re not? I don’t know. It’s weird. I’m weird. Whatever.


Whelp, that was a lot of fun! Now, what about y’all? How would you answer any of these questions? DOES THE BIKE THING BUG YOU TOO? Tell me all about it down in the comments! And I tag anyone that just wants a break from writing about books! Go forth, do the thing!