The Goodreads Book Tag

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Big thank you to Jess @ Beaucoup Books for tagging me to do this one! Be sure to head over and not only check out Jess’s answers but her amazing blog as well!

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1. What was the last book you marked as “read?”

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

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This is a graphic novel so it may be cheating a little bit (if it is the last BOOK I read was “One of Us is Lying”). I haven’t reviewed this one yet as I finished it yesterday but it will be a glowing review, it was absolutely amazing! The art style was awesome and the story was even awesome-er, highly recommend it by the way!


2. What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

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The last two books I’ve read by this author were really “meh” so you might be wondering why I’d add another one of her books. Well, it’s really hard to pass up a book that’s described as being a “genderbent Beowulf re-imagining” because that sounds PERFECT and also BADASS! I’m definitely more than willing to give Tucholke another go just for this premise!


3. What book do you plan to read next?

Well I had a TBR set up for June but I also went to my library and they had a bunch of new releases so this is really a toss up. I’m terrible about sticking to reading plans, I’m sorry! However, I really want to make sure I finish up the books I borrowed first so I don’t really know. Either:

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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or

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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4. Do you use the star rating system?

Of course! Although I try to be a bit pickier with my ratings because I don’t really like when other people rate EVERYTHING 4 or 5 stars.


5. Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes I am! My goal is 80 books this year and currently I’m at 31 books read. So I’m 5 books behind schedule, yikes! However, I did factor in that I’d be reading shorter books as well as graphic novels so I’ll catch up eventually.


6. Do you have a wishlist?

Does any book lover NOT have a wishlist? I have a list of books I “need to buy” and wait until they have a decent prices so I can get a copy!


7. Which book do you plan on buying next?

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Currently I’m torn between When Dimple Met Rishi and Bad Romance! If you’ve had a chance to read either of these let me know what you thought in the comments down below and help me make up my mind!


8. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“The books we love, they love us back, And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of words. A girl with a story to tell.” – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – Vicious by V.E. Schwab


9. Who are your favorite authors?

Jay Kristoff, V.E. Schwab, Laini Taylor, Christina Henry, Amy Lukavics, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling (obviously!), & Gillian Flynn.

These are all authors I’ve read multiple books by and loved all of them!


10. Have you joined any groups?

Top 5 Wednesday & Hype or Like Friday! I don’t join the topics as much but these are both fantastic and fun groups to join!

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Just going to tag a couple people here! Sorry if you’ve already done this tag, feel free to just ignore this if that’s the case!

Tag! You’re It:

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Kirsty @ Kirsty Reads Blog

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Rachel @ Bookish Rachel

Becky @ Book To The Becky

Amanda @ Literary Weaponry

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The Sims Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this amazing book tag by my friend Michelle @ Book Adventures! Thank you Michelle and you guys be sure to head over and not only check out her answers for this but also her amazing blog! I mean it…..do it, do it now!

I’m actually really excited to do this tag finally because I freaking love The Sims!

This tag was originally created by Booktuber Hailey in Bookland.

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The Original Sims – The best author debut.

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

This was an absolutely excellent debut and I cannot wait to read more by this author, she did such a wonderful job with her world building and weaving so many different fairy tale retellings into it! (highly recommend checking this out by the way!)


The Grim Reaper – Saddest character death.

*****WARNING: SPOILERS FOR HARRY POTTER BELOW!!!*****

(Even though I feel like everyone knows anyways….)

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How about just all of the Harry Potter deaths, that about sums it up. These all DESTROYED ME!

*****END SPOILERS*****


Sims Getting Stuck – A character that just got in the way.

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Maia from  “Fate of Flames” is one of the most worthless characters I’ve ever come across, she was the main character and I feel like she did nothing but get in the way and fuck everything up!


Simlish – A book with amazing writing.

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“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” & “Lips Touch: Three Times” by Laini Taylor, seriously has the most gorgeous writing ever! Also “The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury deserves an honorable mention as well!


Expansion Packs – A series where the books keep on getting better.

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I read this a long time ago when I was in middle school but I read “Inkheart” and it was good but nothing crazy amazing but when I read the sequel “Inkspell” it blew my mind! It was so much better! The finale “Inkdeath” is just as good as well. Definitely a series that got better as it went.


Sim Romance – The worst case of insta-love.

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Of course there are PLENTY of YA books that have insta-love but this book was one of the worst ones because of said insta-love but also because this book turned out to be more insta-lovey romance than anything that involved pirates. I was infuriated, I don’t think I’ve ever been more mad at a book….


 Cheats – A book that was entirely unrealistic.

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I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi so technically ALL the books I read are unrealistic….but I’ll go with “Throne of Glass” being unrealistic anyways since the main character is supposed to be the deadliest assassin in the kingdom and she spend the book 1.) not killing anyone 2.) talking about shoes and dresses 3.) being moony-eyed over TWO different boys and 4.) complaining.

So yeah I would say this was unrealistic…..


Needs Fulfillment – A character who made all the wrong decisions.

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Maia from “Fate of Flames”. Again.


Error Code 12 – A series that started off great but went downhill from there.

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I actually haven’t really finished a ton of series, I’m good at starting them and never finish them but one that definitely got WORSE was the “House of Night” series by P.C. & Kirsten Cast. I read the first book and it was just okay but that series just kept going on and on and on and on needlessly. I don’ even know why I continued with it for as long as I did!


The Sims Vortex – A book/series that completely engrossed you.

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I’m going to go with both the “Gone” series by Michael Grant and the “Jasper Dent” series by Barry Lyga. Both are absolutely amazing and pretty dark,  and I was obsessed with both of them and could not stop reading until I finished both series!

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Tag! You’re It!

(As usual do not feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t want to and sorry if you’ve done this one already, feel free to ignore this!)

Caitlin @ Words and Other Beasts
Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd
Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Chelsea @ RomWeasley Books
Nicole @ BooksInked
Hannah @ Mortal Reader
Esther @ Chapter Adventures
Emily @ Rose Read

Carrianne @ Carrianne’s Cuppa ‘N Critiques
Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Jess @ Beaucoupbooks
Romana @ A Book Nerd
Debby @ Always Booking
Birdie Book Worm
Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads
Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea
Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews
Liam @ Hey Ashers!
A Book. A Thought
Payton @ Payton’s Book Thoughts
Nikki @ Nikki Needs To Read
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
Reg @ She Latitude
Michaela @ Floral Ink Books
Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
Beth @ Reading Every Night
Zeezee @ Zeezee With Books
Ali @ Devouring Books & Lattes
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And of course any of you who would like to do this tag as well! 

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Totally Should’ve… Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this ages ago by Anna @ My Bookish Dream, sorry this has literally taken me forever to do but thanks Anna for tagging me! Be sure to head over and check out Anna’s answers as well as her blog she’s fantastic and super fun to chat books with!

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Totally Should’ve…Gotten A Sequel:

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I just loved this world and these characters so much I would have loved for this to have a sequel if not a series! Granted it was a combination of retellings as well as its own story but I feel like the author could have kept going using different fairy tales (similar to what Marissa Meyer did with her Lunar Chronicles). Now excuse me while I go cry over this book again….

Totally Should’ve…Had A Spin Off Series:

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There really aren’t too many series that I have personally finished that I think would have a spin-off series work so I’ll just go with the Chronicles of Alice duology by Christina Henry. To be more specific I’d love to read a book/duology/series about Henry’s Cheshire character which I thought she did a remarkable job on, I also think it’d be pretty easy since there was more than enough information left unsaid about him too!

An Author Who Totally Should’ve…Written More Books:

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Gillian Flynn! She only has 4 books out total and one of them is a short story! She is an exceptional writer and I have loved every single one of her books and I need more, hopefully she’ll be getting back in the game eventually…..

A Character Who Totally Should’ve… Ended Up With Someone Else:

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I don’t really care too much about any romances in the books I’ve read or if I do (which takes a LOT, trust me) I actually like who the end up with. But I suppose for the sake of answering this question I’ll go with Harry Potter who I thought would have been better with Hermoine. I didn’t really like Ginny (especially in the movies) I felt she was just kind of blah and I just felt Harry and Hermoine would have been better.

Totally Should’ve…Had A Movie Franchise:

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Okay so this may be cheating a little since I don’t think this book would need a franchise but it DOES need a movie adaptation stat! It’s got morally ambiguous, super-powered characters and there’s a dog, what more could you want in a movie? Plus the powers in this book are straight up awesome and pretty unique!

Totally Should’ve…Had A TV Show:

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I think this book/series (from what I’ve read) would make an excellent TV show because there’s just a lot of content and it can also get pretty dark at times. It’d be interesting to watch for sure!

Totally Should’ve…Had Only One Point Of View:

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Not sure about this one since I usually enjoy multiple POVs but I think maybe one that I didn’t particularly  enjoy was “The Rose & The Dagger”. I didn’t like Shazi’s sister’s POV really at all.

Totally Should’ve…Had A Cover Change:

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Most of the time I like the original covers better but one I think could use a cover change is “Truthwitch” even though the series is currently ongoing (I hate when there are cover changes mid-series). The covers just aren’t that pretty and I don’t think it really shows exactly what the books are about either.

Totally Should’ve…Kept The Original Covers:

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I do NOT like the new covers for the Winner’s Trilogy (the ones on the bottom) because I don’t feel like they show Kestrel as she is at all, especially that first cover! Sure Kestrel was trained to use weapons but if you’ve read the book then you know she is NOT good with them and instead is more focused on strategy. Not that the original covers show her much better but at least they’re nicer looking in my opinion.

Totally Should’ve…Stopped At Book One

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I think you guys all know how I feel about this book being marketed as a standalone and then all of a sudden it’s a trilogy? No. Do not wrap up a book completely and say it’s a standalone and then go and decide to make it a series. Just no. Like I said this book was wrapped up nicely and with no loose ends, so why couldn’t we just leave it that way? Should have stopped at book one.

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I’m not going to tag anyone to do this one because I feel I tag the same people and you all have a huge pile of tags to do because of me, haha!

Feel free to do this tag if you want!

Here’s a clean template of the questions (got this idea also from Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger!):

Totally Should’ve…Gotten A Sequel:

Totally Should’ve…Had A Spin Off Series:

An Author Who Totally Should’ve…Written More Books:

A Character Who Totally Should’ve… Ended Up With Someone Else:

Totally Should’ve…Had A Movie Franchise:

Totally Should’ve…Had A TV Show:

Totally Should’ve…Had Only One Point Of View:

Totally Should’ve…Had A Cover Change:

Totally Should’ve…Kept The Original Covers:

Totally Should’ve…Stopped At Book One

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The Jingle Bell Tag

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December is of course going to be the month where I fill this blog full of Christmas posts and end of the year bookish lists so what better way to kick that off then to start out with the first Christmas book tag I was tagged in?

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This tag was created by Richard @ The Humpo Show who also tagged me to do this wonderful book tag! Be sure to head over and check the original tag out as well as Richard’s awesome blog! I was also tagged by Michelle @ Book Adventures who is one of my best blogging buddies so of course I’m going to yell at all of you to get over there and follow her blog!

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“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

The Night Circus

So I gave out a semi-biggish list of books I want for Christmas but I’m REALLY hoping I get “The Night Circus”! This is such a popular book and EVERYONE seems to love it so I want to see what all the hype is about. Also this way Michelle @ Book Adventures can be satisfied, haha!


“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

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SO MANY! But I’ll go with “Illuminae” by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman because it’s action packed and uniquely formatted.

You can read my full review of “Illuminae” here.


“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has the most festive look to it?

Kingdom of Ash and Briars

I don’t really have many festive (or Christmas themed) books but I think “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” fits this time of year pretty well as it has a very winter-y and pretty cover.

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.


Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

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Harry Potter is the only honest answer I can really give and I know most people will answers with this but hey whatever! Harry Potter pretty much IS my childhood after all.


The Grinch | Your favorite villain…

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Okay so BESIDES Harry Potter characters I’ll go with my favorite anti-hero/villain kind of: Victor Vale from “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab.

You can read my full review of “Vicious” here.


The Holiday | Name your favorite TWO couples…

Without saying all of the obvious, fantastic Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings couples…..

Karou & Akiva “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor

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The forbidden love trope at it’s finest.

Zahra & Aladdin “The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury

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These two had a slow-burn and their romance was so adorable that I couldn’t help but love them together.

I talk a lot more about why I loved these romances in my full reviews!

You can read my full review of “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.


What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

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Okay so I mentioned “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” earlier and I’d love to pick it again (because it’s underrated and FANTASTIC) but I’ll pick a different book: “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I think this is a great book everyone should read and that I also think will suit most tastes! I really wish I could get you all a copy of this……

You can read my full review of “My Lady Jane” here. 

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Tag! You’re It!

I’ll tag a few of my newest followers! Of course if you wanna do this tag consider yourself tagged as well!

Also if you don’t want to do this, definitely don’t feel like you have to!

Grace @ Books and Bemusings

Bethany @ The Bookworm Girl

Iman Ali @ Muggles and Mundanes

Emma @ After Butterfly Rain

Elle @ Bookishh

Krysti @ YA and Wine

Betty @ The Geeky Bibliophile

Tiana @ The Book Raven

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The TBR Book Tag

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I haven’t done a good ol’ book tag in such a long time! I’ve got a looooong list of them as well and I’m very behind so sorry to all of you who’ve nominated me recently I’ll get to it….eventually! I was nominated to do this tag by Reg at She Latitude and Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature thank you to you both and all of you readers be sure to head over and check out both of these ladies’ blogs, they’re awesome!

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How Do You Keep Track Of Your TBR Pile?

I pretty much just use Goodreads to add books to my TBR and keep track of what all is on there, I’m a hardcore mood reader so I don’t really prioritize any books unless it’s an ARC. I just kind of read whatever I feel like reading. *shrugs*

Is Your TBR Mostly Print or eBook?

Definitely mostly print books but I do have quite a few eBooks as well, I’m just a sucker for pretty covers…..

A Book That’s Been Been on Your TBR List The Longest

Um…..I don’t think I can quite pinpoint the book that has been on it the longest but it’s probably “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. Love the movies, read “The Hobbit”, but haven’t quite gotten to these books yet. A day may come when I finally get to read them but……

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

This was recommended to me by Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature and I very much trust her opinions on graphic novels so I checked it out of course and then added it to my TBR. I’m really new to graphic novels still so I definitely appreciate recommendations for newbies like myself.

“An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it’s cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.”

A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of its Beautiful Cover

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I saw “Labyrinth Lost” floating around for a while and just had zero interest in it but the more I saw it the more I just loved the cover and the more my interest grew. I mean look at it! It’s gorgeous! So eventually I added it to my TBR because it was too beautiful and then the description actually sounded pretty good as well, I have an eARC of this too. I almost regret getting an eARC because now I won’t have the beautiful physical copy.

A Book on Your TBR You Never Plan on Reading

House of Leaves

Honestly I do plan on reading all of the books on my TBR, because what’s the point of adding them and taking up virtual space if you’re not going to read them? I like to keep my list remotely organized.

But if there is a book I may never get to it would be “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s something that sounds interesting and the format is unique buuuuuut I probably won’t ever read it.

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

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Soooo excited for this since I really enjoyed Dawn Kurtagich’s debut book “The Dead House”, the title sounds deliciously creepy, and the cover is gorgeous! I love some creepy YA horror and I think this one will be amazing.

A Book on Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Pretty much everyone has read this book! Everyone! Since it’s by Sarah J. Maas that’s no big surprise considering how insanely popular her Throne of Glass series is. I do have a physical copy of this book waiting on my shelf for me but since I didn’t really love “Throne of Glass” I’m a little leery of reading this one.

A Book on Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

The Night Circus

This is a book that’s very popular, everyone has read it, everyone re-reads it, and everyone recommends it. At least it feels that way to me, a lot of my blogger friends loooove this book so that’s basically all the recommendation I need!

A Book on Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

My Lady Jane

“My Lady Jane”!!!!!! I’m putting myself on a bit of a book-buying ban otherwise this baby would be in my hands now! From the sample I read it sounds hilarious and charming, I just can’t wait to read it!

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Tag! You’re It (I’m going to tag a couple of the newest blogs I’ve followed!):

If you’ve already done this tag or just don’t want to that’s fine!

Daayla @ Bookish Daayla

Allie @ Whispers of Reverie

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

Isabella @ The Book Pandas

Jananee @ Head in Her Books

And if you’d like to give this tag a try consider yourself tagged as well!

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The Bohemian Rhapsody Book Tag

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I was tagged by the always wonderful Michelle over at Book Adventures where she hosts a weekly feature called Book Tag Thursdays (which this tag was a part of) so be sure to head on over and check that out. Book Tag Thursdays is tons of fun so I hope you decide to participate! This tag was originally created by Emma at The Bookish Underdog.

Also I’m just going to say who doesn’t love this song? I mean just hearing the words “Bohemian Rhapsody” instantly gets it stuck in my head and I love it.

I’ll link up each book I choose with my reviews if I have them as well! Also there will be excessive use of gifs!

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Mama,  Just Killed A Man: A fictional character’s death that really upset you.

****Spoilers for The Knife of Never Letting Go!!!!!****

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I’m following suit with Michelle and saying Manchee from “The Knife of Never Letting Go” because honestly I felt like a shallow husk of my former self after reading through that. I mean he’s a sweet, loyal, talking dog! Who does that?! Patrick Ness apparently.


Carry On, Carry On: Pick a book that was hard to keep reading, but was worth it in the end.

I don’t really have many of these and I didn’t want to pick the same book as Michelle again (because “Gone Girl” is the perfect answer) so I’m going with “The Winner’s Curse”.  This wasn’t anything excruciating to read through but the beginning was pretty slow and uneventful, however pushing through to the end was very worth it. All of the action and politics picked right up and makes you scramble for the sequel!


Sends Shivers Down My Spine: Pick a book with a beautiful cover/spine.

“Vengeance Road” even though this book wasn’t my favorite I still think the cover is absolutely gorgeous, so much detail!


Goodbye Everybody, I’ve Got To Go: A book that you couldn’t finish.

“Once Upon A Dream”, a twisted retelling of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Sounds awesome right? Wrong. It is not awesome. The writing and characters and story were all bland, bland, bland. I couldn’t even finish half of the book let alone the whole thing.


Thunderbolt and Lightning, Very, Very Frightening: Which book did you find very, very frightening. 

“The Girl From The Well” because I’m a big baby, some people didn’t find this book scary at all but I was terrified. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I watched “The Grudge” when I was in the 4th grade and I was so scared I couldn’t sleep alone for a week. So if you want to scare me…..Asian girls with long dark hair in their faces.

Don’t get me wrong though this was the FUN kind of scared, if that makes sense.


Bismillah, No! We Will Not Let You Go: Which book/series do you wish there had been more of.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians (but really who wouldn’t say Harry Potter for this? I figured everyone would say that though). I zipped right through this entire series and I KNOW Rick Riordan has other series based in the same setting but I loved Percy okay?


Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia: Which book/series should be made into a musical?

 Okay, okay picture this “A Song of Ice and Fire: The Musical”. Can you imagine the Red Wedding with song and dance? I can and it’s glorious. I apologize for not really taking this question seriously….


The Head Banging Bit: Which book made you face-palm?

“Blackhearts” because I wanted actual pirates and not this whole insta-love-fest that I actually got….. with zero pirates.

And to this book I say:


Oh Baby, Can’t Do This To Me, Baby: Pick a moment from a book where you felt the author was being mean to you.

“Nimona” because it ended and there wasn’t more.


Nothing Really Matters To Me: Which characters did you not care about?

Pretty much everyone from “City of Bones” I was not a fan of this book at all and I could have cared less about any of the characters.

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I’m not going to tag anybody this time around but PLEASE feel free to do this tag if you want to! You’re tagged! Spread the “Bohemian Rhapsody” love!!

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The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

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I was tagged to do this by both Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels and Beth @ Reading Every Night! Sorry it took my over a month to finally do this guys, so embarrassing. Make sure you all click the links and check out their answers as well, they both have extremely awesome blogs!

Fun fact before we start: I really enjoy answering questions, well fun questions where the answers are me-related because I’m egotistical like that.

Anyways let’s get started!

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How long have you been a blogger?

Since August of 2015 so around the 9 month mark. The Sassy Book is my first and only blog so I’m definitely still super new. I feel like I child running around alone in a store, it’s fun but also overwhelming and confusing at times still. 9 months really feels like along time but to me it’s nothing, time has flown by.

At what point do you think you will stop?

Not any time soon I can tell you that! My blog is the perfect outlet for me to say whatever I want about books and other bookish things since in real life there’s few of my friends that actually enjoy books as much as I do. So I definitely don’t have an end date in mind at all for now.

What is the best part?

I know everyone else says the community and I’m going to have to agree with them! Without the wonderful book blogging community I probably wouldn’t have made it this far and I probably wouldn’t be having as much fun either. Everyone is absolutely fantastic and supportive I have yet to meet a single person that wasn’t super friendly and helpful!

I LOVE being able to talk to all of you awesome people about books!

 

What is the worst thing?

The pressure of posting. I know this is a hobby and I shouldn’t feel pressure at all but sometimes it gets to me and I worry about when I go too long without posting a single thing. Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing up a post or I feel like I don’t have anything to say or that everyone will forget me if I don’t post!

Of course none of that is actually true but I get pretty stressed out easily about it even though I know I’ll get off my lazy butt and get around to my posts eventually.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Not that long really! I’ve done up a lot of images that I just re-use in all of my posts so I don’t need to make images for every single thing. Usually though it takes me maybe 10-15 minutes if I’m doing an image with my own text, but it does take me a lot longer to take photos of my books maybe like half an hour.

Who’s your book crush?

I know I keep going to the same person for these types of questions but honestly I don’t really have a lot of book crushes so George Weasley is my default answer, I’ve had a crush on him since I was a kid and read Harry Potter for the first time.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

V.E. Schwab or Gillian Flynn, I’ve read a few of Schwab’s books and all of Flynn’s and I just adore both of them. They’re both auto-buy authors for me,  I’d definitely have no problem coming up with questions to ask them!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Clothes.

Haha. Sorry. No I’m really not that fussy since most of my clothes are comfortable enough for me to blog in. Usually I’ll wear yoga pants and a t-shirt or sweatshirt though. Sometimes I don’t like to wear pajamas while blogging because then it makes me feel more sleepy and lazy, so wearing my “out and about” clothes makes me feel a little more motivated.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

To be honest I don’t usually keep track of how long it takes me, but for the most part a few hours. I get side-tracked easily…..

But I find that I can write a better post if I take breaks anyways.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

It’s seriously amazing. As I said earlier everyone is so friendly and helpful and nerdy. There isn’t a single thing wrong with this community and I’m so grateful to get to be a part of it and talk to all of you amazing nerds!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

  • Do NOT be afraid to interact with people, even if someone has 1,000+ followers! They will reply and talk to you! None of us bite, I promise.
  • Do NOT worry about how much traffic you get to your blog, sure some high stats are nice but don’t let it overwhelm you because stats aren’t everything!
  • It’s a good idea to post frequently but don’t do “quantity over quality”, you want your content to reflect you after all!

I didn’t realize how many tips I had in me I probably could keep going!

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Tag, You’re It

(Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag and sorry if you’ve already done it!)

P.S. (I’d really love to hear about your blogging life)

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Amy @ Nerdy Wolf Reads

Fadwa @ Word Wonders

Carrianne @ Carrianne’s Cupp ‘N Critiques

Evie @ Just Another Belle

Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

 

The Sassy

 

 

Book Tag Thursday: Spending A Fake $100

 

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Michelle at Book Adventures, who also tagged me to do this!

So while this isn’t necessarily a book tag it’s still a fun little post to do. This idea came from Cat at The Book Finch who did up a month long meme to help get you out of a blogging slump. She has some pretty wonderful post ideas so head over there and check it out!

So here are the “rules” for this post:

How’s your dream bookshelf looking, sparse? How’s your TBR, overflowing?  Today is National “Go for Broke” Day, and in honor of it I’m metaphorically giving you $100 to buy whatever bookish things you want.  Your job? Let the blogging community know how you would spend that $100.  Remember: Only Bookish Items. 

I will also be linking the titles to the respective websites, so if you see something you like as well you can just click it and go!

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Bookish Merchandise

Book Lover’s Scented Soy Candle: The Shire

The Shire - Soy Candle - Book Lovers' Scented Soy Candle - 8oz jar

$18.00

Scents:
Oakmoss, clover, aloe, with a hint of sweet cherry pipe tobacco!

Frostbeard has tons of other book themed and book smelling candles. I personally picked The Shire candle because….I love The Hobbit.

Novel Tea

$2.50

So each box has 5 teabags featuring literary quotes and are made with English Breakfast Tea.

I think these sound like a bit of fun since I do love drinking tea while I read, and having cute little bookish quotes on the teabags are a fun idea.

Portal Bookends

ThinkGeek - Portal Bookends Blue & Orange Portal

$28.22

I really don’t have enough bookends and these ones are PORTAL. I also really love Portal if you didn’t get that by now. This is a good combo for my book-loving and video game-loving sides.

 

Cheshire Cat Kindle Paperwhite Case

$15.99

This is a leather case that fits 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Kindle Paperwhites.

I’m quite sure about the quality of it since that’s a pretty dang cheap price, but I can’t resist anything with the Cheshire Cat on it. I really can’t.

Books

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

$10.58

Ok, so I just recently read the first two books and I DESPERATELY need the third and final book! Desperately!

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

$11.10

Haven’t I already read this book? Yes. Do I still want my own copy to read again and again? Yes. I’d rather use someone else’s money to do it though so it’s a good thing this isn’t my own money.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

$15.80

No, I haven’t gotten a hold of this book yet unfortunately. It’s a little more expensive than most books so I’ve been having a hard time justifying it to myself. Like I said though this isn’t MY money, it’s fake money! Woohoo! So now I can have this book.

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So my total amount spent comes to: $102.19

I’ll take that extra $2.19 out of my own pocket if it gets me all of that stuff though!

So how would YOU spend a fake $100? Let me know if you do this and link it in the comments!

The Sassy

 

 

The Book Courtship Tag

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I was tagged to do this perfect Valentine’s Day tag by Michelle at Book Adventures and Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature! Thanks to both of you lovely ladies! And be sure to head on over to both of their blogs and check out all of their awesome features including Book Tag Thursday hosted by Michelle (where I got tagged to do this).

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Phase 1: Initial Attraction – A book you bought because of the cover?

 

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

I was waltzing around Barnes & Noble when I spotted that little beauty on the shelves. I couldn’t help myself, it was hot pink with a pentagram on it! How does that not intrigue you? It was actually pretty good as well as creepy, I enjoyed it.

Phase 2: First Impressions – A book you got because of its summary?

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)

I actually get pretty much all of my books based off of their summaries but one that pops up into my head is “Rot & Ruin”. It had zombies and sounded like it would be full of action and some tear-jerking moments (which it was) so I bought it.

Phase 3: Sweet Talk – A book with great writing?

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

While the story itself is pretty so-so, Tucholke’s writing is simply beautiful. Seriously it pulls you in and keeps you reading, it’s some pretty great writing.

Phase 4: First Date – The first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Honestly do I even need to explain this? It’s like asking why I read the rest of the Harry Potter books after The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls – A book that kept you up all night?

Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin, #2)

I hate to use the same series again but “Dust & Decay” (Rot & Ruin #2) is the number one book that pops into my head for staying up all night. I remember I was so engrossed that I stayed up well into the early AMs, it was probably 2:30-3:00 when my mom came and asked what I was doing still awake. I shrugged and said I was reading, she told me to go to bed and I just kept reading.

Phase 6: Always On My Mind – A book you could not stop thinking about?

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

I’m a big fan of all things Middle-Earth so TECHNICALLY I never stop thinking about “The Hobbit”……

Phase 7: Getting Physical – A book that you love the way it feels?

 

I don’t really have any but I suppose my copy of “Dracula” is as close as it comes.

Phase 8: Meeting The Parents – A book you would recommend to your family and friends?

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

It’s hilarious and also pretty inspiring, this book tackles mental health issues with a lot of added humor. I definitely recommend this to EVERYONE.

Phase 9: Thinking About The Future – A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

BESIDES Harry Potter I would definitely re-read the Vampire Academy series, Richelle Mead is a fabulous writer and I loved these books.

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Phase 10: Share The Love – Who do you tag?

(No obligations and sorry if you’ve already done this tag, feel free to ignore your tag!)

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Ali @ Arctic Reads

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Raquel @ rakioddbooks

Paige & Yasmin @ The Wild Readers

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Alahna @ The Charmed Reader

The Sassy

‘Tis The Season Book Tag

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I was tagged to do the ‘Tis The Season Book Tag by Jessica over at The Awkward Book Blogger! Thanks Jessica! Be sure to go check this girl’s blog out she’s got some great posts and features!

I’m loving all of these holiday tags, hopefully they keep coming.

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1) Do you have a favorite winter read?

Nope, not at all. I just read what I want to read and I usually don’t have time for re-reads unfortunately.

2) Find a book with blue on the cover.

 

3) Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.

It’s a toss up between any of the Harry Potter books, any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, or The Hobbit.

4) Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation.

Narnia, because I can’t use Hogwarts every time I get asked this question. I’ve only read “The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe” when I was in the 4th grade but I think I’m still able to pick Narnia as an answer even though I’ve only been there once. Reading about it that is…I WISH I could actually go there.

5) Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

I really can’t make up my mind…..but since it’s a holiday tag I’ll pick Meira from “Snow Like Ashes” because she’s pretty badass and also she’s a Winterian. It’s just very fitting to take a Winterian on a winter vacation.

6) Name one book on your wish list this year.

There’s TONS, but I really want the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. I’ve heard lots of great things about it and I love horror, hopefully I get it this year.

7) Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Hot Chocolate

Divinity

“Elf”

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Tag You’re It!

Paige @ The Wild Readers

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

***If you have already done the tag or have too many other tags/posts to do please don’t feel obligated to do this one!***