Liebster Award (Tag)

The always lovely Hannah nominated me to do this tag – thank you so much! Make sure you check out her blog, The Book Thief Without Words!

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Hannah’s Questions for Me

1. Favourite Diverse Book?

Definitely The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I really cannot say enough good things about this duology – intense, swoony, action-packed, plus mouth-watering descriptions of food.

2. Are you a writer? If so, what’s your current project?

I kind of consider myself a writer on sabbatical, if you will. I did a lot of writing in high school – I was in a creative writing club and class, and I even had a short story published in an anthology! Right now, however, I haven’t been doing that much writing, between university work and job work and reading to keep up this blog. Writing is definitely something I want to get back into soon, though, because I really miss it.

3. Favourite song atm?

Power by Bastille is my jam when I’m walking to class.

4. Favourite vegetable?

Does corn count? Is that a grain? If not that, then carrots.

5. What is one trope you love and one trope you hate?

Is “girls taking their destiny into their own hands” a trope? I’m counting it. I’m all about that girl power. As for a trope I hate, I’m one of the many who is tired of love triangles.

6. Least Favourite Book?

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay. I’m sorry, but that book was a mess.

7. What are your hobbies aside from reading?

Like I said, I used to do a lot of writing, but I started university and got a part-time job at the same time, so when I’m not reading or blogging I’m doing school work or helping people out at my library. I’m pretty boring tbh.

8. What’s your favourite underrated book?

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate!

9. What’s one book that you think doesn’t deserve the hype?

I was super underwhelmed by Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I found it really slow even 100 pages in, and I ended up DNF-ing it. But, hey, if other people loved it, that’s fine, too! It just wasn’t for me.

10. Favourite TV show?

The Amazing Race! It’s a dream of mine to be on that show some day.

11. One thing you’d like to see more of in books?

More close family relationships, more focuses on friendships – basically more books where romantic relationships are not the most important things. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I like it when familial and platonic relationships are emphasized, as well.


I’m only going to tag two people because I’m boring and shy:

Adele

Cat

Your questions are:

  1. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve read at? Describe it, if you can.
  2. Do you prefer reading when it’s raining or reading when it’s sunny?
  3. What’s the best contemporary book you’ve read?
  4. What was the last book that you gave 5 stars to?
  5. Do you enjoy poetry?
  6. What bookish innovation do you wish would be invented?
  7. What’s your go-to reading snack?
  8. What was the last book someone recommended to you? Did you like it?
  9. Which book character do you relate the most to?
  10. If you could have a power or technology from a fictional book, which would you want?
  11. How far are you in your current read(s)?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely day ❤

~Becca

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Why I Am a Reader Tag

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I’m going to be attempting the Why I Am a Reader Tag, which I saw Reagan from PeruseProject on YouTube do. I thought this would be a fun, kind of different tag to do to break up my usual book-recommendations and lists.

1. Choose one word that would describe you as a reader.

The first word I thought of was slow, because I am such a slow reader, especially with school and work, etc. I would love to read more of the books on my TBR, faster, but I enjoy savouring books and, let’s face it, my time management isn’t 100%.

2. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

The book that stands out the most in my memory is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I read it in the 3rd grade for class and it’s the first full-length novel that I remember really enjoying – so much so, in fact, that I borrowed my library’s copy after we’d finished reading it, lost it, bought them a new one, and found their copy much later. I still have their copy!

3. Hardcover or paperback?

I just love the durability of hardbacks, as well as the sweet designs a lot of them have. I know they’re more expensive and they’re heavier, but I’m always afraid of taking paperbacks anywhere with me because I worry they’ll get bent.

4. How has reading shaped your identity?

I’m pretty much the bookworm of my family – I’m always asking for Chapters gift cards for Christmas/my birthday, and (unless I’m in a reading slump) when I have free time I will normally spend it reading. I also think that if I didn’t love reading so much, I probably wouldn’t have the job that I do. I applied to work at a library because I wanted to work with books, and because Chapters wouldn’t hire me (xD), and 2 and a half years later I still love working there, and have gone through two promotions since I started.

5. What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

Honestly I’m not much of a rereader. I used to reread The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong when I was a tween, but nowadays when I seek comfort I turn to my own writing. That seems pretty egotistical of me, but I really like going back and reading the trilogy that I wrote when I was 14 through to 17. I got through 2 and a half of the books before I gave up on it. It’s really fun to see how my writing has changed since then, and to see how my perspectives have changed, too. I also have a slight obsession with the main characters of those books, who I hope to eventually bring to life in another story some day.

6. Who influenced you to be a reader?

There are a lot of people in my life who read a lot: my mom, for sure, but also my grandmother, my aunts and one of my uncles, and some of my friends. I feel like I’ve just always had people in my life who liked to read, and they really helped me (and still do!) navigate the wide world of books.

7. Describe your dream reading lounge.

Ideally it’s not at ground level, at least on the second story of whatever building I’m in. There’s either a large, comfy chair with an ottoman or a chaise lounge, a small table beside me for drinks, a pillow, and a blanket. There’s a large window to let in lots of natural light, and covering the rest of the walls are bookshelves full of my books.

8. What book changed the way you saw the world?

The first book that comes to mind is The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. As someone who was born and grew up in Canada, with a family who believes whole-heartedly in medicine and science, it was eye-opening for me to read about a way of thinking about illness not as a physical problem, but as a spiritual one. It really made me think.


Okie dokie, time to tag people! *rubs hands together*

I tag…

Hannah, Sarena and Sasha, and Adele!

If you’re reading this and want to do this tag, I welcome you to do it and say that I tagged you!

Have a wonderful Humpday, everyone! 😀

~ Becca

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Good morning, lovely readers, and happy Wednesday!

I’m currently sitting outside the library at school, charging my phone and enjoying a Tim Hortons breakfast. I don’t have class for another hour, so I’m using this time to put together today’s post!

Today I’m going to be doing a written version of the Rapid Fire Book Tag, which I saw Jesse the Reader do, but was created by GirlReading. I’ve gotten a bunch of new followers recently (Hello! Thank you for coming by!), so I decided that this book tag would make for a good introduction of myself, without actually calling it an introduction.

I’m pretty sure the point of this tag is to answer each question as quickly as possible, but in this case I’ll just be writing down the first answers that come to mind. You’ll have to take my word for it 😛

So, without further adieu, let’s get into the tag!

1. Ebook or physical book?

Physical books! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the convenience of ebooks, especially when I’m standing in a long line, but I enjoying holding and reading from a physical book even more. I find that I concentrate better with physical books, as well. That’s weird, isn’t it?

2. Paperback or hardback?

I’m a hardback girl, believe it or not. I know paperbacks are “easier” to carry around, but I find hardbacks more durable for travel, and I’m not really bothered by their size and weight when I’m reading. Plus you get a dust jacket and an inner cover and end pages with hardbacks, which is just like more space to have pretty designs.

3. Online or in-store book shopping?

I do most of my book shopping online, especially when I get them from Chapters (which is my main source of books) because they tend to be less expensive when I buy them online than when I buy them in-person. Plus, Chapters ships for free when you spend $25 or more, which is basically just 2 books. Even with the taxes, it’s still cheaper to get them online. I know some people like to pick out their books in person, but Chapters is pretty good at making sure their books are pristine during shipping.

4. Trilogies or series?

This is tough because I’m super impatient, so I like that trilogies tell the story in a shorter amount of time, though I’m also finding myself a bit annoyed by just how many trilogies there are out there – they’re almost becoming predictable. On the other hand, series with more than 5 books exhaust me. It’s hard, but I guess I’ll go with trilogies!

5. Heroes or villains?

I mean everyone’s the hero of their own story LOL but I have always tended towards the heroes side of things. I’m a romantic like that.

6. A book you want everyone to read!

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate! It’s like a high school drama with a diverse cast of characters, and it touches upon a lot of important, lesser-discussed topics like sl*t shaming and pansexuality, among other things. You can read the description HERE on Goodreads, and check out my review for it HERE.

7. Recommend an underrated book.

I don’t know if it’s necessarily that underrated but another book I want everyone, particularly teenagers, to read is Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Diverse characters, important discussions about school and life, a careful look into fandom culture – this book was so interesting and intense and I loved every second of it. Once again, you can read the description on Goodreads HERE, and my review can be found HERE.

8. The last book you finished?

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow! You can find my review HERE, but if you’re too lazy to read it I gave it 4/5 stars – it can be a little info-dumpy and complex, but I found it intense and fun to read.

9. Last book you bought?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! This is the 5th/6th (depending on if you count The Assassin’s Blade) book in the Throne of Glass series. I still haven’t read Queen of Shadows, though, so I probably won’t get to this big book for a while. I honestly just bought it to have it in my collection.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

Either my phone or a tissue. Actually, I once used a library information card as a bookmark. Nothing too weird – I usually have some kind of paper on hand.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Heck yes! Some of my books have come from either Book Outlet, the book section of second-hand stores, or used bookstores! The only problem I have is that they price their books so low that I tend to buy books that just look pretty, even though they’re not even on my TBR.

12. Top 3 favourite genres?

Fantasy, contemporary, and sci-fi

13. Borrow or buy?

I used to be a “BUY ALL THE BOOKS” person, but due to my lack of shelf space I have had to start borrowing books from the library! Most of the time, though, if I can buy them then I will.

14. Characters or plot?

Man if I don’t like the characters, there’s no hope. The plot can be pretty meh but if the characters are written super well and their lives are detailed, then I will probably still give it 4 stars. So yeah, characters are super important to me.

15. Long or short books?

Like I said, I get super impatient, so I love short books.

16. Long or short chapters?

Ideally, alternating between long and short ones, but if I have to choose one side then probably short. That way I can take breaks if I need to and still keep track of where I left off.

17. Name the first three books you think of.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

18. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

LAUGH. I love laughing and any characters that make me laugh I will instantly love. Plus, I have never cried while reading, and I want to see how long I can go for LOL.

19. Our world or fictional worlds?

I mean the idea of a fictional world is always appealing, since a lot of the time we write places that are somewhat better than ours. I’m in a pretty good place right now, though, so I’m going to say our world (although maybe in the world of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston, because while it’s basically our world, people actually take rape cases seriously in that universe)

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

I personally don’t use them, but I can imagine they’d be handy for when I (eventually start to) work out or when I’m doing chores and can’t read. Plus they make books more accessible!

21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

a l l  t h e  t i m e . It’s really bad. I’m a sucker for pretty covers.

22. Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Book to TV! Movies can cut a lot out, and TV shows can go into more detail and world exploration over a longer period of time. I know I said I’m impatient, but I like that a lot of TV shows release episodes weekly, and you get some time to discuss the episode and prepare yourself for the next one. It builds more suspense, too! Although I haven’t watched too many TV adaptations…

23. A movie or TV adaptation that you preferred over the book?

I honestly can’t think of one LOL

24. Series or standalones?

S T A N D A L O N E S.


That’s it for the tag! As usual, if you would like to do this tag then I tag you!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

~Becca

Ruler of Books Tag

As usual, I watched Jesse the Reader do this tag, and like him I was not tagged by anyone, but that’s definitely not going to stop me from doing it! In this tag, we pretend I’m the ruler of a bookish kingdom, and these are my rules!

1. What book would you make everyone read?

I’m going to say Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, as it covers the topics of sl*t shaming, pansexuality, gender as a social construct, and many others. It takes place in a small town in the US, so most of the main characters are white, though I think 2 of them are POC (which, if my memory serves correctly, is also brought up by one of the characters). It’s just all around a good book that I think everyone could learn from.

2. What would you abolish in book construction?

Tiny text. Seriously, it benefits nobody (I think). Make all book text a decent size, and keep some larger-print editions for those who need it. But the tiny text, especially in mass market paperbacks, can just go.

3. What author would you commission to write every book ever?

I’m going to say Renée Ahdieh for this one, because as she said in her recent Bustle interview, she takes the time to introduce the reader to a culture through its food, attire, weaponry, etc. She really thinks of all the details, which I think makes her writing so unique and so realistic. I would definitely want her to write all the books!

4. What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for new books?

The first one that came to mind was Fifty Shades of Grey + any other books that have to do with that series. If you want them, you can go to the basement, but I think the hype is over with now.

5. What cover artist would you commission to make a beautiful mural?

I would instantly hire Craig Shields, who made the jacket art for A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. Are you kidding? These books are so pretty, of course I’d commission him!

6. What book would you award the Ruler of Books Prize of 2016?

*throws award at Renée Ahdieh*


If you’d like to do this tag, then do it and say I tagged you!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

~Becca

Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

So the awesome Tilly of Tilly AndHerBooks  did this tag recently, and I thought I would try my hand at it! I’m not nearly as funny as Tilly, and it’s harder to get my emotions across in text, but hopefully you’ll catch my drift.

1. The best book you’ve read in 2016

100% The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book (and its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger). I regret how long it took for me to read it, but know that when I did finish it I was an absolute mess. I hope you all get to read it.

2. Best sequel that you’ve read this year

Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why was the sequel that beat out the first book. It is my favourite volume of the 3 I’ve read so far – it’s got an important message for teenagers, and (spoiler alert) Wolverine makes an appearance!

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

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh has intrigued me for a while, and I’ve heard so many great things about it! It would be cool to read a book from that time period (especially as an earth science/physical anthropology major lol)

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

This is tough because I’m really bad at remembering when books come out lol. I’m definitely looking forward to Crystal Storm, the 5th book in the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, especially with what happened near the end of Frozen Tides

5. Biggest disappointment

I was really excited to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken because of all the hype, but I was super disappointed when it just wasn’t working for me. I still have no idea why, but I wasn’t digging it. I’m hoping to give it another try eventually, not sure when that will be, though.

6. Biggest surprise

I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed Risuko by David Kudler! I was worried that the beautiful cover had set my expectations too high, but I ended up really enjoying it. Though not perfect, it was definitely fun and interesting – and that cover is still g o r g e o u s.

7. Favourite new author/new to me

I hate to repeat but *drumroll* RENÉE AHDIEH, Y’ALL. I’m like obsessed with her writing, and I honestly cannot wait to see what else she writes.

8. Newest fictional crush

Khalid tho…

9. Newest favourite character

Okay I’ll step away from TWatD for a question and say Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! He’s so funny and I’d love to be best friends with him.

10. A book that made me cry

Okay well guess what: I still haven’t cried while reading a book. But the most emotional book I’ve read was Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn. So powerful and gut-wrenching. It hit me a lot harder than I thought it would.

11. A book that made me happy

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell! It was just sooooo cuuuute and I was giggling like an idiot by the end of it.

12. Most beautiful books that you’ve bought or received

I’ve gotten so many pretty books because I’m a sucker for beautiful covers so here’s my top 5 (in no particular order)

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Eon by Alison Goodman
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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

I’ve got a few that I want to read, but the top one is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Others include:

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

14. Favourite book community member

I love everybody so much though??? Okay I’m gonna do what Tilly did and say the first person who came to my head which was….

Bazzi! My Danish darling ❤ Follow her bc she’s a lovely human being with lovely photos!


If you’re reading this and want to do this tag, then I TAG YOU. Go do the thing!

Have an awesome Friday ❤

~Becca

 

 

Nintendo Book Tag!

I was inspired to do this tag by Kat from Katytastic, who did this a while ago on her YouTube channel. Once again I wasn’t tagged, but when has that ever stopped me? 😛

1. NES: a classic you want to read

I have a few classics sitting on my shelves, but Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is definitely higher up on my list of classics to read. I keep hearing about it and want to form my own opinion of it.

2. SUPER NINTENDO: a sequel you liked more than the first

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – It’s actually the only book in the Throne of Glass series that I’ve given 5 stars (so far). I definitely like the series, but CoM was the book that impressed me the most.

3. N64: a book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

This is difficult because I’m an anthropology student so the way I look at the world is always changing. I don’t think that there’s any one book that really changed me, per say. Some books that have definitely hit me hard were Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (although I have been made aware of the many issues that the latter two have, I’m talking about how they made me feel before I knew about said issues)

4. GAMECUBE: a popular book that did not go over well with you

That would be Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. 100 pages in and I was really not feeling it, even though I’ve only ever heard wonderful things about it. I’m very confused about this reaction, because usually I love whatever others recommend.

5. WII: a new favourite book

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! I read it in May and I can’t stop telling people to read it. Seriously though, READ IT.

6. NINTENDO POWER: a favourite graphic novel (or one you want to read)

I haven’t really read graphic novels, but one that I’d definitely like to try is Blankets by Craig Thompson. Another one would be Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

7. SUPER MARIO: a character you want to squish like a Goomba

Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Aled’s mother in Radio Silence are the first two that pop into my head, although I’m sure there are many, many more.

8. ZELDA: a newer fantasy that you consider a modern classic

Again, this is difficult, because I really only read Young Adult fantasy, and with all the prejudice surrounding the genre I think any book within would have a hard time becoming a classic. I haven’t read it, but my boyfriend is reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and he’s absolutely loving it. I think any Brandon Sanderson novel has a chance at becoming a modern classic tbh.

9. SAMUS ARAN: a favourite sci-fi novel (or one you want to read)

One of my favourite sci-fi novels is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It really piqued the geek in me, and it stretches across generations, content-wise.

10. POKEMON: book editions you want to collect

I’ve honestly been debating collecting all of the Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen editions for a long time. Maybe in the future when I have more room for books I’ll collect them. There are so many beautiful ones!

11. DONKEY KONG: a book with original characters

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh has such a wonderful, interesting, and unique cast. I know that it’s inspired by older stories, but compared to all the other books I’ve read this one really stands on top when it comes to original characters.

12. NINTENDO FANDOM: your favourite Nintendo games (or ones you really want)

I’m a total sucker for Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and Megaman (yes, I know, it’s made by Capcom, but it was made specifically for the NES, so shut your face)


I tag whoever wants to do it to do this tag! It was a lot of fun 😀

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! ❤

~Becca

 

 

NY Times by the Book Tag

Happy Friday!

I was inspired to do this tag  by Jesse the Reader once again – you’ll probably notice that I’ll get a lot of the tags I do from him, because it seems like he and I both really like tags!

Anyway, let’s jump right into it.

1. What book is currently on your nightstand?

Funny enough, it’s The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. As a predominantly YA reader, some of you may be surprised to find a semi-religious book on my bedside table. This is actually my aunt’s book, but she lent it to me because she thinks I’ll like it. It’s basically about the women of the Bible, specifically Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. I think what really intrigued me the most about it was the fact that it’s focused on the lives of the women, whereas the Bible is focused on the men. I have yet to pick it up, but I should probably get to it soon so I can return it to her…

2. What was the last truly great book that you read?

The last book that I read and LOVED was Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! You can read my review about it here, but in summary it is such an important book for students and basically anyone in my ~generation~. I hope more people get to read it!

3. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?

This is a super tough one! Jane Austen would be fun to listen to, to hear her talk about her life and how she wrote in a time where writing was a man’s world. I’ve already met Morgan Rhodes at the A Book of Spirits and Thieves book launch (story to come later), but I’d love to sit down at a coffee shop with her and just talk about the writing process.

4. What book might people be surprised to find on your bookshelf?

I mean I’ve gotten rid of a lot of the books that I don’t want to read in my last unhaul, but I do have a couple of books on how to draw chibis! I went through a phase when I was like 12 where I just drew everyone in chibi form. I haven’t touched those books in years!

5. How do you organize your personal library?

My shelves are first separated by fantasy/sci-fi and realistic/contemporary fiction. There are also reference books on the shelf in my closet. After that, the books on my bookshelves are organized alphabetically by author, and then if I have multiple authors they’re sorted by series and order of release. Kind of confusing, but for example the Falling Kingdoms series would come before the A Book of Spirits and Thieves trilogy (both by Morgan Rhodes), and then the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan would come after.

6. What book have you been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?

I got the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy for my birthday last year and I have no idea when I’ll actually get to read it. Sometimes I totally forget I have it, too. I do want to read it, but when is difficult to decide since I have so many other books I want to read!

7. What book did you feel like you were supposed to like but just didn’t?

Everyone seemed to really love Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, but 100 pages in I wasn’t really feeling it. I wanted to love it, too, but it wasn’t sitting right with me. I would like to give it another try some time in the future, though.

8. What kind of stories are you drawn to, and which do you stay away from?

Right now I really love fantasy and sci-fi books that are full of adventure with a hint of romance, while horror and thrillers are not really my cup of tea.

9. If you could require the President/Prime Minister to read one book, which would it be?

This is also tough. I’m thinking I’d make Prime Minister Trudeau read a book about First Nations people by a Native Canadian, but I am also guilty of not having read one. Maybe he and I could read Birdie by Tracey Lindberg and learn together?

10. What book do you plan to read next?

Up next I plan to read The Red Tent, and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi!


Do you want to do this tag? Then *BAM* you are now tagged!

Thank you very much for reading, and don’t forget to leave your blog suggestions on yesterday’s post.

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

~Becca

Coffee Book Tag

Happy Friday, friends!

Today I’m going to be doing the Coffee Book Tag. I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone, but I saw Jesse the Reader do it so I thought “why the heck not?”

1. BLACK: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

For this one I’m going to go with Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I swear every single review I’ve seen for this book (which is going to be a series, I believe, with Wayfarer coming out January of next year) has been like 5 stars, but when I tried to read it I just couldn’t get into it. I will probably give it another shot in the future, but right now I’m 100 pages into it and I’m having a hard time actually getting into it.

2. PEPPERMINT MOCHA: Name a book that gets more popular during the holiday seasons.

Personally I really liked the Let It Snow anthology by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. I read it during the summer, funny enough, but it’s definitely one of those books that bookstores puts on their displays during the Winter holidays.

3. HOT CHOCOLATE: What’s your favourite children’s book/series?

My favourite books when I was a kid were the Dear Dumb Diary books by Jim Benton. These books were my SHIZ! I thought Jamie Kelly was so funny and so relatable. I re-read them when I was like 14 and I still loved them. Now I want to buy them all…

4. DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Recently this was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. This book had my heart pounding and I was always so worried about Shazi! I really need to pick up The Rose and the Dagger soon so I can finish this duology!

5. STARBUCKS: Name a book that you see everywhere.

The Harry Potter series is everywhere. Legit. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing something big when I see all the different editions and headcanons, because I haven’t finished the series. Other times I feel like I don’t even need to read them because I’ve already been spoiled for pretty much every aspect of that series. Just today I went to Coles with my cousin and when we saw them on display he said to me “they still display them like that?” Honestly, finding out today that he also hasn’t finished the books makes me feel a lot better.

6. HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.

I will always shout out one of my new favourite authors Riley Redgate! I got an ebook copy of Seven Ways We Lie from NetGalley, and it was honestly one of the best books I read in 2015. Different sexualities, taking on slut shaming, dramatic without ever being too much. Loved it. Do the thing and read it!

7. DECAF: Name a book that you were expecting a little bit more from.

The first book that came to mind for this one is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I actually think that I just expected too much because of the hype, so when I finally read it I was sort of let down. Look, I recognize that it is an important book, and I would still recommend it to people, but I wouldn’t try to overhype it like everyone else seems to.

8. PERFECT BLEND: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but was ultimately satisfying.

I’m going to go with the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes for this last question! It’s my favourite for a reason – it’s such a good blend of romance, action, and politics. All of the books either have 4 or 5 stars, so while they’re not always perfect as a whole they make the perfect blend of things I like and things I don’t like (mostly things I like, obviously)

 

Intimidating TBR Tag

I’ve decided that whenever I can’t post a video on Fridays, like now during exam season, I’m going to make posts based on the video I was planning to post.

Happy (late) Friday! I hope you’re all relaxing and treating yourselves tonight. I’ve been working on calculus all day, so relaxing is what I plan on doing for the rest of the night.

Anyway, today I’m going to be doing the Intimidating TBR Tag! I was inspired to do it by Jesse, aka jessethereader on YouTube, and the tag was originally created by Lindsey Rey. Basically this tag consists of a series of questions about the books in my quite large TBR pile. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

1. A book that you have been unable to finish?

There are a couple of books that fit this category, but I’m going to go with More Than This by Patrick Ness. I started reading this last year when I borrowed it from a friend, but just couldn’t get into it after the first 40-ish pages. It just didn’t hold my attention that well. I have my own copy now, though, so I definitely plan on giving it another try, especially since everybody else who has read it seems to have loved it.

2. A book that you haven’t read because you haven’t had enough time?

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes! I started reading this in December for #ReadWomen but with school and work and life in general I just haven’t had the time, which is really sad for me because this is my favourite series.

3. A book you haven’t read yet because it’s a sequel?

Rogue by Julie Kagawa. I bought Talon and Rogue a long time ago because I love their covers, but just haven’t had the opportunity to pick them up yet. They’re about dragons and every time I think about them I’m like “yes I want to read them!!!!” But then something else gets in the way and there they go, slipping down my TBR pile once again.

4. A book you have yet to read because it’s brand spanking new?

I think the newest book I have is The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, which I got in OwlCrate’s March box, so it’s not really that new. But it’s new enough that I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It’s definitely not a book I would have picked up on my own, but now that I have it I’m happy to have it in my collection because it’ll be an interesting story, I think.

5. A book you haven’t read yet because you didn’t like another book by the same author?

Going back to Patrick Ness for this because I also have The Knife of Never Letting Go, but since I wasn’t fond of the beginning of More Than This I’m worried that I won’t enjoy any of his other books. I also like the idea of The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which I don’t currently own, but again I’m worried about not enjoying Ness’s writing style at all.

6. A book that you’re not in the mood for?

For this one I’m going with The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons. My boyfriend bought this book for me for our anniversary a year ago, and while at the time I’d been excited to read it, my excitement for it has kind of died down. I think I’m worried about getting really pissed off by the injustice in it, as I am known to do, and right now I don’t think I need that added stress.

7. A book you haven’t read yet because it’s humongous?

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. 798 pages may not be a lot to some, but it is a lot to me. I’m also very impatient and I tend to enjoy short books in the first place, so it makes sense that bigger books really intimidate me.

8. A book you bought for the cover but mixed reviews have stopped you from reading it?

I bought The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton from a used bookstore because it’s a cool Waterstones edition that has blue colouring on the outside of the pages. Seriously, it’s so pretty! But I’ve heard really mixed things about it, so I’ve started putting off reading it. If you have any thoughts about it, I will definitely hear them out!

9. What’s the most intimidating book on your TBR?

I don’t even know what makes a book the most intimidating??? I think right now my biggest worry is Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas because it’s been out for so long now and I keep almost seeing spoilers. I thought Heir of Fire was too long to begin with, and with QoS being so much bigger I feel like I’m going to like it even less. Seriously, why do books keep getting bigger?

10. Who do you tag?

I tag the following people, if they ever read this: Bazzi, Cat, and Adele! If YOU want to do this tag, then I encourage you to do so and say that I tagged you!