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The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag 2019

I’m getting this done a bit later than anticipated, but that’s ok. I’ve made it through 41 books so far this year, a decent amount of which have been backlist reads. I’m only going to let myself use ONE book for each answer to keep things spicy, and I’m not allowed to reuse answers.

Best book you’ve read so far

Normal People, thanks to the Women’s Prize & Sally Rooney!

Best sequel so far

Squire by Tamora Pierce!

New release you haven’t read but want to

There are loads, but the most anticipated I have yet to read (that has already been published) is The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos!

Most anticipated release in the second half of 2019

This was tough, but I probably have to go with the upcoming Joe Hill short story collection!

Biggest disappointment

Thankfully I’ve been pretty blessed as far as reading goes this year, but I’ll have to go with An American Marriage for this.

Biggest surprise

Probably If, Then which I did expect to enjoy, just not as much as I did!

Favorite new author

Becky Chambers! After The Long Way, I’m excited to read more of her work.

Newest fictional crush

To quote Rachel, pass pls.

Newest favorite character

Probably Henry or Alex from RW&RB!

A book that made you cry

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Oof.

A book that made you happy

I don’t read many happy books oops. We’ll go with Merry Inkmas.

Favorite book to movie adaptation

I haven’t actually watched any this year??

Favorite review

Probably in part due to recency bias, I’ll pick Evicted.

Most beautiful book bought/received

Probably the copy of Waking Gods I bought last weekend.

Books you need to read by the end of the year

The list pretty much never ends!

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The “I Should Have Read That Book” Tag

Shouts to Ally for tagging me in this! Please check out her blog, she has a lot of good posts. 🙂 I am one of the biggest perpetrators of “I should have” or “I’ve been meaning to” when it comes to books, so I love this.


Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read.
My sister keeps telling me to read Where You’ll Find Me and she has a copy annnnd we live together so I have no excuse as to why it’s taken me so long.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up.
Bad Feminist is literally the book that’s been on my TBR the longest, and I haven’t read it because I want to buy a copy but at this point I should just use the library, ha.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet.
I loooved Sleeping Giants, so I really needed to get to Waking Gods.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier!

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read.
Throne of Glass, I feel like it’s such a popular series and I haven’t read any of them!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet.
I really enjoyed The Shining film but I haven’t read the book yet!

A book you see all over Instagram [Twitter] but haven’t picked up yet.
These Witches Don’t Burn has been everywhere lately and I wanna read it so bad but haven’t yet!


I just tagged a ton of people the other day, so I tag anyone who would like to do this!

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The Liebster Award #3

I was tagged by Naty a few weeks ago to do the Liebster award again!

Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Naty’s Questions

What book you wish you could un-read to experience it for the first time again?
Hmm, maybe The Pisces?

What’s your Hogwarts house?
I’m kind of an equal split between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Sometimes I lean a bit more to one side or the other. I probably would have been sorted into Ravenclaw.

What popular book have you not read yet?
The Lovely Bones is still on my TBR, I know it was pretty popular back in the day.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Joe Hill, Tamora Pierce, Maggie Stiefvater

What book do you LOVE but you don’t normally recommend to people? 
The Pisces, again!

What book are you always recommending to people?
Hmm, probably Annihilation!

What middle grade book do you wish you had read as a kid?
I can’t think of anything off the top of my head!

How many books do you have on your TBR?
Umm… 1189. Oops.

What bookish universe could you live in?
Haha, probably something contemporary and normal. 😛

What genre do you read most?
Fantasy!

What is a bookish goal you have for 2019?
Less pressure on myself! I don’t want to get stressed out about reading, I want to love it.

My Questions:

If you could control the weather, how would the seasons change for you?
What are you reading right now?
If you could magically acquire a new talent, what would you choose?
How would you describe your “aesthetic?”
What is something you’re hoping to accomplish in the next year?
What is your most used emoji?
What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do with your time?
What’s the last text you sent?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s your phone background?

I tag:

Rachel
Callum
bookwormmuse
Becky
Hannah
Destiny
Avery
Kristin
Ally
Kaleena
Meeghan

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A to Z Book Tag

Destiny tagged me in this a few months ago and I’m fiiiinally following through. It was started over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

a. Author you’ve read the most books from.
Lemony Snicket, I read the entire A Series of Unfortunate Event series, plus one or two others.

b. Best sequel ever.
Right now I have to say Squire by Tamora Pierce, I read it recently and looved it.

c. Currently reading.
Lost Children Archive and Dust.

d. Drink of choice while reading.
I usually don’t drink anything while reading at home, but a drip coffee or a vanilla latte if I’m at a coffee shop! Occasionally I’ll sip a cider or cocktail while reading if I’m out waiting for someone at dinner or a bar.

e. E-reader or physical book?
I really have to say both! I read so much more on the go because of ebooks, but I do tend to prefer physical books.

f. Fictional character you would’ve dated in high school.
Alex, the brother’s best friend, from Girl Made of Stars. He was so sweet and absolutely the kind of guy I would’ve dated in high school.

g. Glad you gave this book a chance.
Recency bias here, but Ordinary People! Like I said in my review, it’s not something I would have read on my own but I did end up enjoying it.

h. Hidden gem book.
I recently did an entire post on this!

i. Important moment in your reading life.
Honestly, starting The Pisces felt really important because I just knew right away that the book would be so, so meaningful to me.

j. Just finished.
I just finished Praise Song for the Butterflies, one of my Women’s Prize reads.

k. Kind of books you won’t read.
There’s not much I absolutely won’t read, but I typically avoid books about food, just because they don’t interest me much.

l. Longest book you’ve read.
According to Goodreads, it’s A Storm of Swords!

m. Major book hangover because of…
Umm, I don’t get book hangovers very often, so I don’t remember!

n. Number of bookcases you own.
Technically 1, but I have a couple more DIY ones set up, ha!

o. One book you’ve read multiple times.
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce!

p. Preferred place to read.
Either propped up in my bed or on the couch! I wish I had a nice armchair to sit in, though.

q. Quote that inspires you/gave you all the feels from a book.
UGH, the Editor’s Note in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark that announces Michelle McNamara’s death tore through me.

r. Reading regret:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, always.

s. Series you’ve started and need to finish (all books are out).
Most pressing right now are the Themis Files and the Protector of the Small series.

t. Three of your all-time favorite books.
House of Leaves, Annihilation, and The Pisces.

u. Unapologetic fangirl for…
Tamora Pierce! ❤ u ❤

v. Very excited for this release.
The Exile’s Gift by Tamora Pierce. Ha, see above.

w. Worst bookish habits.
Returning library books late, having a TBR waaay too long, and stressing myself out about numbers and what I “should” be reading.

x. X marks the spot! Start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book.
The Artist’s Way! I still have never been all the way through this, oops.

y. Your latest book purchase.
A Field Guide for Science Writers, which I got when I thought I might want to be a science writer.

z. Zzz-snatcher, the last book that kept you up way too late.
Umm, I don’t remember! I don’t read much before bed anymore, specifically for this reason.


I tag anyone who wants to do this! I’m too sleepy to make a list. 🙂

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Spring Cleaning [book tag]

Charlotte was kind enough to tag me in the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! I love spring cleaning, and I love books, so hopefully I also love this tag. 🙂

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

I’m stealing Charlotte’s answer here, because it was the first thing to come to mind: The Wheel of TIme series! I’ve been meaning to read it for literal years but am too intimidated by its length to start.

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

This one is more difficult, as I’ve been a lot better about immediately unhauling books I no longer want on my shelves. I did unhaul Future Sex recentlyish because it was sent to me unsolicited and after skimming the book and the reviews, I wasn’t interested.

OPENING THE WINDOW AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

This is corny as hell, but I found Merry Inkmas refreshing because I was super depressed when I read it and needed something light-hearted and cute!

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A SCENE THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

This is a little difficult, as I’m struggling to remember any specifically bad scenes. I guess I’d rewrite one of the scenes in I Kill Giants, just to remove the homophobic slur.

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

Honestly, both of the sequels to The Butterfly Garden were pretty unnecessary. With a fourth on the way.

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

I thought It Devours! ended on a clean, realistic note so I guess I’d choose that.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

One of the faults of Sex at Dawn was that it was so aimed at giving you one message, that it had no issues with tearing others down. I felt a little more balance would’ve been nice.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH: A SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

It took me years to get through The Raven Cycle, but I just adore it!


I tag Hannah @ I have thoughts on books, Destiny @ howling libraries, Rachel @ pace, amore, libri, Callum @ Callum McLaughlin, and Ally @ Ally Writes Things. (But only if y’all want to do it!)

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread #3

I haven’t done this meme in so long, but I recently got the urge to do it again! It’s such a fun game.

What you have to do is: randomise your read shelf on goodreads, choose first 3 books & then decide which one and why you want to burn, to rewrite & to reread.


All the Birds in the Sky | The Vegetarian | Sometimes I Lie

Burn: All the Birds in the Sky, I just didn’t love it!
Rewrite: Sometimes I Lie, it was good but could’ve been a bit better.
Reread: The Vegetarian!! Which I’m definitely going to reread at some point anyway. 🙂

Animals in Translation | Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) | Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert

Burn: Linger, which I enjoyed BUT compared to the other two this is just the decision I need to make.
Rewrite: Animals in Translation becaaaause I can’t choose to rewrite someone else’s poetry, especially when I enjoyed it!
Reread: Collected Poems, since this is just where it needs to fall.

Chains | Carrie | Eleanor

Burn: Eleanor, which I unfortunately just didn’t like very much.
Rewrite: Chains, which I did think was great BUT I’m just not ready to rewrite Stephen king.
Reread: Carrie, in part because I’ve been wanting to reread it anyway.


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Blog All Day, Meme All Night [tag]

Ally @ Ally Writes Things was kind enough to tag me in this, which I am FINALLY getting around to after, oh, 4 months? Sorry Ally! Regardless, I love memes so this is a great tag.

1. YEET – which book would you yeet out of existence?

Okay, I know I’m in the minority on this but I REALLY did not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sorry (not sorry)!

2. CRYING KIM K – which book gives you lots of feelings?

Girl Made of Stars made me cry for probably an hour straight. Big mega feels.

3. AMERICA, EXPLAIN – favourite book set outside the US?

The Vegetarian is one of my all-time favs and it’s set in South Korea. I need to pick up more of Han Kang’s work asap.

4. RIP VINE – your saddest character death?

In recent memory, the deaths at the end of The Song of Achilles are very very sad.

5. WHAT ARE THOSE? – a book that left you confused?

I’m so sorry, but I just don’t Get Paper Girls, and it was sooo confusing to me. I tried reading Vol. 2 but that didn’t help. 😦

6. BIG DICK ENERGY – favourite character with BDE?

Could the answer be anyone else except Sadie? Although, I did like Ally’s choice of Evelyn Hugo.

7. I WON’T HESITATE BITCH – favourite book with a morally grey protagonist?

Definitely Kaz from Six of Crows. He is the MOST morally grey.

8. MOVE, I’M GAY – favourite book featuring a lgbtq+ romance

I had to pick The Raven King just because I read it so recently and Adam and Noah’s kiss was UGH PERFECT.

9. STREET SMARTS – favourite book featuring a protagonist whose strength is their intelligence?

It Devours! features a main character who is a woman of color and a scientist and her strength is most definitely her intelligence!

10. ALEXA PLAY DESPACITO – character death you were happy about?

Magic Brian in The Adventure Zone, but mostly because it was so funny!

11. THEN PERISH – a book you DNFed?

I’m not afraid to DNF whenever necessary, but I just could not push myself through The Snowman.

12. KERMIT SIPPING TEA – a book that makes a statement?

The Body is Not an Apology! It’s all about self-love.

13. SAME HAT – the character you relate to the most?

Okay, this is non-fiction but I’ve been having a LOT of health issues soo I’ve been meaning to reread Ask Me About My Uterus.

14. OH WORM – a book you didn’t expect to love?

I thought i would like We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I had no idea how much I’d LOOOVE it!

15. SHREK – favourite book featuring mythical creatures?

Basically everything by Tamora Pierce!!


I’m a bit tired, so I’m not going to tag anyone but let me know if you decide to do this! 🙂

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Bookish This or That Tag

I’ve been in a slump lately, so I’m leaning more into tags and themed posts rather than reviews. I saw this one over on Sam’s blog and thought it looked fun!

Series or standalone?
I really tend to read more standalones. I like series, but I have trouble keeping up with them!

Magic earned or magic born?
I’d have to say magic earned. Magic born can be fun, but I do like to see characters rewarded for their hard work.

Enemies to lovers or friends to lovers?
HMMM, probably enemies to lovers.

Hilarious banter or emotional ruin?
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Love triangle or instalove?
Love triangle that turns triad. Literally every love triangle I see I’m like “y’all, this is what polyamory is for”

Keyboard smash names or all names starting with the same letter?
Same letter, unless there’s some kind of logic behind the keyboard smash, like it matches up with a language or something. But then I guess it’s no longer a keyboard smash.

Mean parents or dead parents?
This feels like a lose/lose. Probably dead parents. I hate reading about abusive parents.

Supermodel looks or constantly says how “plain” they are?
Honestly, I don’t care as long as a character isn’t drop-dead gorgeous but pretending to be ugly (@ every movie and TV show ever).

Face on cover or typography on cover?
Typography 100%. Face would have to be absurdly well-done and is difficult to pull off.

Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?
Tough choice. I am kind of digging antiheros, so I guess I’ll go that route.

Best friend dies or love interest dies?
This is difficult, but I say love interest.

Awesome writing with a dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?
Yikes, definitely awesome writing. Dull plots are difficult, but they’re growing on me as long as the writing is lovely. Bad writing and that book is going straight to the DNF pile.

Cliffhanger ending or heartbreaking ending?
Heartbreaker, because I’d like to know what’s happened, even if I’m dying inside.

Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?
Y’all are gonna hate me because I actively do BOTH, but dog-earing pages is much more handy.

“Bad boy” trope or “perfect golden boy” trope?
Gimme a bad boy tbh (unless it’s Gansey, then I want the sweet boy).

That was a cute fun one! Let me know if you do this so I can check out your answers. 🙂

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How I Choose My Books [tag]

I was tagged by my pal Rachel to do this and I’m pretty excited for it!

Find a book on your shelves with a blue pink cover. What made you pick up the book in the first place?

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I don’t know if this means physical or GR shelves, but I’ll assume the latter. I picked up Baby Teeth because I saw it on Netgalley and was extremely intrigued by both the cover and the blurb. I’m about halfway through it and very much enjoying it!

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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The first time I read this, I expected to like it — but didn’t. I picked up the series again because so many of my reader friends raved about it and I wanted to give it another shot. I wasn’t expecting to like it after DNFing the first time, but I ended up loving it!

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random.  How did you discover this book?

Umm, maybe we are using physical shelves. I’ll just short my GR shelves at random, haha.

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Okay, at least I know where I found this one. I read Destiny’s review and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy!

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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This was recommended to me by my friend Kyra! I enjoyed it, but think I would have enjoyed it much more if I had read the books that came before it.

Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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That’s most of the books I’ve read, tbh. Starfish definitely lived up to the hype for me, though.

Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

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This was another one that was all over the bookblogging community when it was released. Luckily this lived up to the hype as well!

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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I’m so glad I saw the trailer for the movie and picked up AnnihilationI’ve ended up adoring the Southern Reach series and actually just finished the third book a couple days ago.

Think of your all-time favorite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

I picked up House of Leaves because I had a friend who adored it and I found the premise intriguing. It took me months to read, but it is truly one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve been meaning to pick it up again sometime soon (I read it in 2014), but it’s a commitment and I need to make sure I’m ready.

The Pisces feels like cheating because I JUST read it and posted a review two days ago, but I knew I wanted to read it from the instant I heard about it.

I picked up Strange Weather in part because I love Joe Hill and in part because folks who had been lucky enough to get ARCs had been raving about it. I read this shortly after it was released in the fall — and even got to meet Joe Hill at the release party here in Boston!

I’m tagging: Destiny, Anna, and Jenna!

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The Ultimate Book Tag

Thanks so much to Danielle for the tag!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yup! When I was a kid, I used to read until I was too nauseous to continue. I guess I’d rather read and be miserable than not read at all, haha! Luckily, I don’t usually get carsick on the train, so I can read while commuting now.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

For me, it’s probably Joe Hill. His writing style includes a lot of dark humor, or humor in dark situations, and on top of that his writing is just tremendous.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter! 1. I’ve read it over and over and over. 2.  It essentially raised an entire generation of people. 3. The stories within it are more interesting and complex.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I typically carry a large purse with at least one book, a pencil bag, a personal journal, a book journal, my wallet, medications, a handkerchief, portable phone charger, earbuds, work ID/lanyard, gloves, and a few other small miscellaneous items.

5. Do you smell your books?

Maybe new ones sometimes, but not really anymore.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I love little illustrations in books!!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Gonna agree with Danielle and say Twilight! I definitely loved it when I first read it, and then realized it was relatively… bad.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Ummm, nothing that I can think of off the top of my head!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Definitely one of the comics I have.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I write a little bit, but don’t see myself getting published. Anything could happen, though!

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve aaaaalways been a reader.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Ummm, maybe Jane Eyre?

14. In school what was your best subject?

English or art.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I’d say thanks, and then probably put it in a Little Free Library. I’d be grateful for any gift.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Uhhhh, not sure.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I’m not a vlogger, so I don’t have to worry about this!

18. What is your favorite word?

Gosh, I have no idea.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies, they’re a lot more fun than vampires imo!

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Um, shapeshifters I guess?

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? 

Spirits! I love ghost stories [heart eyes emoji]

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Zombies, I’ve always loved them for some reason

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love!

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Depends on my mood, but usually action-packed with some love scenes.