Book Tags

My Life in Books Tag!

Capture.PNGThe My Life In Books Tag was originally created by The Journeys of A Girl.

Instead of my normal Wishing and Waiting Wednesday, I decided to change things up a little and do the My Life In Books tag!

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

AAlice in Wonderland

L– The Little Prince

W– The Worst Witch

2. Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?

27774758AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir… which I still have not read.

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

tkmNot set in my city but TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee is set in my state! (Alabama)

4. Pick a book that represents a place you’d love to visit.

auACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis is set in space… and I kinda really want to go!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

bhTHE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler is a great books with a beautiful purple cover! My favorite color!

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

hpI’ve talked before about how I came to have my first Harry Potter book that Christmas Eve MANY MANY YEARS AGO (gosh, I’m getting old) and even though my feelings towards Rowling are rocky at best… I can’t ever forget what Harry Potter gave to me as a young, lonely kid.

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

137791DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells is an awesome book but it covers some super heavy topics that made me put the book down several times. I love all of the companion novels to this, too, but they all make me cry!

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

C99O54SUMAAxzp9IT by Stephen King. WILL I EVER BE FINISHED WITH THIS BOOK???

And that wraps up this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Book Tags

Unpopular Opinions: BOOK EDITION!

Capture.JPGThe Unpopular Opinions Book Tag was originally created by TheBookArcher!

I want to preface this post with the same disclaimer everyone else uses: These are just my opinions and they aren’t meant to hurt, embarrass, or otherwise stress anyone out. I love the book community and how we all have different opinions on books and authors… and these are just mine!

1. A popular book you did not like.

25526296EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire. This was continuously pitched to me as THE asexual book I needed in my life and that it was right up my alley on the creepy scale.

But I was so underwhelmed with the story, hated the main character, and gave this book away as soon as I was finished. I have no plans to read the companion novel and I kind of wish I had never read it just so I could pretend to be hyped about it without having to say “Actually… I hated it…”

 

 

2. A popular book or series everyone else seems to hate but you love.

18053060THE DOROTHY MUST DIE series by Danielle Paige.

I have seen so many people talk about how boring this series is but I love it so much? Maybe it’s because I’m a huge fan of retellings and “after the story ends” books. Maybe it’s because Danielle Paige is literally the sweetest human being I’ve ever met. Either way, I love this series, I love Amy and Nox, and I’m HOPING that THE END OF OZ wasn’t actually the end.

 

 

3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with someone you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP you don’t like.

Gansey should not have ended up with Blue. Gansey should have ended up with Ronan and Adam. Listen, you know it’s true.

4. A popular book genre you hardly ever reach for.

Sci-Fi. I don’t understand present day technology… don’t expect me to understand made up technology.

5. A popular or beloved character you do not like.

16068905Cath from FANGIRL.

I hated her so much. Like the only reason I finished the story was because of Levi. While I totally understood her worry about her sister, it also felt like Cath was trying to make her conform to her wishes. Not to mention that whole line about “I don’t want to read my m/m fanfiction to you because there’s a gay dude downstairs.

Girl….

 

6. A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

Marie Lu. I tried reading LEGEND and ended up skimming the last 50 or so pages. I tried reading THE YOUNG ELITES and didn’t make it even 20 pages in. It makes me SO MAD because all of my friends seem to super love her work and I’m just meh about it.

7. A popular book trope you’re tired of seeing.

Love. Triangles. Please, please stop. They are so boring, so tired, and so morally weird and I can’t stand them.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

256683THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare.

I read CITY OF BONES but it took me a month to finish it and I only made it halfway through the second book before I gave up. Even before I knew all the drama surrounding her, I couldn’t get into the books at all.

 

 

 

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

22628THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

I absolutely loved this book but the movie just added so much heart and emotion and Logan Lerman was the absolute perfect Charlie.

The book touched my heart but I absolutely SOBBED in the movie theater.

 

 

 

And that’s it for my unpopular opinions! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Book Tags

MID YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

CaptureThe Mid Year Freak Out Tag was originally created by Chami and Ely! Yes, this is another BookTuber tag and one day I’ll make a YouTube channel so I can do tags there but until then…

I can’t believe June is almost over! We’ve reached that half-way point in the year and it just reinforces my belief that the older you get, the fast time flies. I have read a staggering 90 books so far and I’m hoping to keep the momentum going and finish the year out with a bang.

Without further ado…

1) What is the BEST book you’ve read so far this year?

This one was SO hard. Even excluding books that won’t be released until 2018 (which is where my FAVORITE book will be), narrowing it down to one was… impossible. So I picked three.

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli is my first pick. I’ve gushed about this book so much, y’all should know exactly what it’s about. This was one of those books that gave me happy, summer feels.

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon is a super recent read. There is literally nothing about this book I didn’t like. I think the characters were super sweet and relatable and I am a sucker for a happy ending.

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore snuck up on me in a lot of good ways! I knew the premise of the book going in but no one prepared me for the utter magical Autumn feel about this book.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far?

WILD BOY AND THE BLACK TERROR by Rob Lloyd Jones. This was a close one because of the Grisha series I plowed through last month but… this sequel to WILD BOY was so satisfying and I loved every minute of it.

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

GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr. I have heard so many good things about this book and I can’t resist a story about sisters.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

It’s definitely a tie between WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore and THE WONDERLING by Mira Bartok. Both of these books have such stunning covers!

5) Biggest disappointment?

TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY by Kathryn Ormsbee. I tried to read this earlier in the month and just couldn’t. I may give this another shot later on, but Tash’s character just completely turned me off.

6) Biggest surprise?

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby. I had been putting off reading this for such a long time because I had friends who said the book was pretty awful. I ended up reading this on a whim and absolutely fell in love.

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

Mackenzi Lee! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE!

8) Newest fictional crush?

We all know how about Nikolai Lantsov at this point.

9) Newest favorite character?

This one is hard, too! But probably Finn O’Sullivan from THE BONE GAP.

10) Book that made you cry?

THE YEAR OF SHADOWS by Claire Legrand. I cry easily but this book really wiped me out at the end.

11)  Book that made you happy?

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSE by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. This isn’t a particularly happy story… but it is a hopeful story and it has a stick-to-your-ribs goodness about it.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

I’m giving this one to THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSE by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

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

IT by Stephen King. I just want to be finished with this mammoth, send help.

 

 

So, that’s it for my mid year freak out! Comment below if any of these books sound interesting to you! And I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Book Tags

The Reading Habits Tag!

CaptureThe original Reading Habits Tag can be found here!

I love booktube and I love all the tags that booktubers create! However, since I don’t make videos (yet), I decided to move this tag to my blog!

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
    I generally read on my bed at night. On the weekends, I do like to pile blankets and pillows on the floor in front of my bookcases and read there.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
    I have a HUGE collection of bookmarks… and I rarely use them. Usually I just remember what page or chapter I was on or I use a sticky note.
  3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/or a certain amount of pages?
    I can’t stop in the middle of a chapter! How do people do that?? I do try to read 100 pages every day but if that 100 pages ends in the middle of a chapter, I keep reading.
  4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
    I usually don’t eat because I’m afraid of dropping something on my book. I usually make a cup of tea when I start reading… and promptly forget about it (whoops).
  5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
    Nope.
  6. One book at a time or several at once?
    I used to be strictly one book at a time but in the last few months, I’ve had several books going on at one time. I do this a lot with super huge books.
  7. Reading at home or everywhere?
    Everywhere! I read at home, at work, at the park, at the coffee shop…
  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
    It depends! Of course if I’m in public, I read silently. But when I’m at home, I read to my dogs!
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
    If I’m bored with the book, I do have the tendency to skim pages. If I’m unsure about the ending of a book, especially character deaths, I will read ahead to see if they survive or not. Spoilers don’t bother me or take away from my reading experience.
  10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
    BREAK ‘EM. Kidding. I don’t purposefully break the spines but if it happens, I’m not going to freak out. I have books that look like they’ve never been read and I have books that look super well-loved.
  11. Do you write in your books?
    ALL THE TIME. I write, highlight, and tab books!
  12. Who do you tag?
    Anyone reading this!