the fall time, cozy time tag

I was tagged for the Fall Time, Cozy Time tag by the lovely Caro! I love doing tags and I love fall, so really, this is the perfect tag for me!

crunching leaves–a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

I knew instantly I had to pick When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon for the answer to this prompt. I have always adored this cover and probably would’ve read it based on cover alone if I hadn’t known anything about it when it came out. This cover is just so happy and joyful and makes me smile every time I take it off my shelf.

cozy sweater–what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Am I allowed to pick a book I read only this month? I must, because Charming as a Verb is so delightful and made me feel all kinds of fuzziness. Henri is such a witty, and yes, charming character, but is also so genuine and I just want to hug him and tell him as long as he does his best he’ll be okay. I also LOVE the romance in this story, because Corrine, the LI, is so powerful and Henri is continuously amazed by her and reading about their romance made me so happy.

fall storm–choose a book you’d like to read on a stormy day

I am ashamed to say I haven’t finished this yet but Cemetery Boys definitely gives me stormy night vibes, as it is about witches and cemeteries and dark magic. Maybe I’ll read it for Mabon this year…

cool crisp air–who’s the coolest character you’d like to trade places with?

I would LOVE to be Leo from the Love, Sugar, Magic series by Anna Meriano. Leo is a little girl whose family runs a magical bakery and discovers all the women in her family are brujas, or witches. I would absolutely love to help out in a bakery, especially a magical one!

hot apple cider–what underhyped book do you want to become the next hottest thing?

I’m actually really surprised the book community didn’t hype up When We Were Magic more when it came out. It’s about a group of teen girls who all have mysterious magical abilities. I loved the friendship and sapphic dynamics in this book and the magic system and how dark it was (the story starts out with the MC accidentally killing a guy at a prom afterparty with her magic). This book is so good and sapphic book twitter needs to GET ON IT.

coats, scarves, and mittens–what’s a book cover you don’t like?

The colors on this make my eyes bleed. Not a fan.

pumpkin spice–what’s your favorite fall time foods/comfort foods?

I am really looking forward to soup season. I have a lot of soup recipes bookmarked on the New York Times Cooking app. I also love hot apple cider and am definitely going to need to make a trip to Trader Joe’s soon because they have amazing cider. I’m also looking forward to it being appropriate tea weather (not that you can’t have tea all the time, but it’s just so much more satisfying when it’s actually cold out).

warm, cozy bonfire–who do you tag?

Continue Reading

lucky number 7 book tag: a book tag for taylor swift’s “seven”

This tag is inspired by Taylor Swift’s song “Seven” on her new album, FOLKLORE. While listening to this song, I couldn’t help but come up with book prompts for so many of the lyrics and had to make a tag for it. Keeping with the “seven” theme, there are seven prompts for this tag.

Here are the tag rules:

  • Link back to the creator (credit: Mel @ Cotton Candy Book Witch)
  • Feel free to use the graphics with credit
  • Tag as many or as few people as you want! (maybe tag 7 people?)

My pick for this prompt is going to be THE DEVOURING GRAY by Christine Lynn Herman. I loved this book when I finally read it a few months ago, as it is full of creepy small towns, mysterious curses, and numerous chaotic bi characters.

I’m going to choose Jenny Han’s first series, THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, for this one. If you don’t like love triangles, this series about Belly’s relationships with Jeremiah and Conrad will not be for you, and honestly Belly is kind of annoying sometimes, but I devoured these books when I read them in college and was extremely entertained by them.

I will always love the original Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I know people prefer SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM, and I have not read that duology yet so I can’t compare, but I just so loved this series and wish I had read it earlier when they first came out so I could be in on the hype.

I have become a fan of Riley Sager’s books this year and particularly liked his latest release, HOME BEFORE DARK. It’s about a woman whose father is famous for writing a bestselling horror memoir about their time living in what he claimed was a haunted house. When he dies and she finds out her parents still own the house, she goes back to uncover the truth behind the lies she’s grown up with her whole life.

INKHEART by Cornelia Funke, which follows the story of Meggie and her father Mo and his unique ability to bring book characters into the real world when he reads aloud, will always have a special place in my heart. I always felt like a weird kid because I loved to read, and this book made me feel like loving books was something magical that deserved to be celebrated.

OMFG, why did I pick this prompt, this is so hard! It’s a toss up between Jen Wilde’s THE BRIGHTSIDERS, about a party girl pop star, and Kalynn Bayron’s 2020 debut, CINDERELLA IS DEAD, a Cinderella story continuation set 200 years after the original fairytale in which the story is used to oppress anyone who’s not a cis het man. Both of these stories brought me so much joy for different reasons, and I am going to gush over any queer book that makes me feel happy to be queer.

THE SELECTION series by Kiera Cass is definitely my pick for this one! But to be clear, the original trilogy, not the duology featuring America’s spoiled brat daughter. I know this series is trash, but it’s just so fun and I have very fond memories of reading these books right before I went to college each year because they always came out close to when I went back to school and I’d read them on the drive. This series gave me everything I wanted with plenty of drama and heartache in the middle, so I still love these.

I tag…

Continue Reading

the cinderella is dead tag

Hello friends, and welcome to a lovely tag inspired by my favorite read of the year thus far, CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron. CINDERELLA IS DEAD is a continuation of the Cinderella fairytale, set 200 years after the original story in a world where the fairytale is used to oppress women and anyone who is different from the status quo.

Here are the tag rules

  • Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post. Nobody tagged me so I am obviously not doing this, lol.
  • Link to the original creator: Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads! Please note that she used the artwork/graphics if you end up using them.
  • Answer the questions to the best of your ability. No wrong answers here!
  • Tag some people you think would would have fun doing this tag.
  • Copy-paste the rules and prompts.

sophia: favorite sapphic book

It was hard to pick one for this prompt but I decided to go with one of the first sapphic books I ever read, DOWN TO THE BONE by Mayra Lazara Dole. It’s from probably around 2008 and is about a Puerto Rican girl whose family kicks her our after she’s caught kissing her girlfriend. I’m honestly not sure how this book would hold up in 2020 since it’s been a long time since I read it, but I remember loving it when I first read it as a teen. No pic of it because both covers for it are ugly af.

erin: book that hurt you the most

The first book that popped into my head for this was ALLEGIANT, aka the worst series finale known to man. I am still so mad at being sucked into the DIVERGENT trilogy just for that ending. Plus, Tris & Four’s romance is toxic.

constance: favorite loyal character

Wow apparently I don’t read a lot of books with loyal characters because I had a hard time coming up with one for this but I decided on Elias from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, who is loyal to a fault to Laia. Please be aware, I have not yet read A REAPER AT THE GATES so no spoilers in the comments please!

amina: a book that made no sense

I am not going to name the book because I don’t want to indirectly promote it but That One Book by Rape Apologist Chris Lynch. Specifically the sequel to the first one, because it makes no sense that that was published when the main character still thought he did nothing wrong.

Also low key TEETH by Hannah Moskowitz, which had a woman who had sex with a fish when the fish jumped into her vagina and then gave birth to a weird fish human as a result.

luke: a forgotten series you want to read

I’m not sure what this prompt really means/is asking, but I’ll go with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE because I started it when it came out and then kinda forgot about it when I got mad at the ending of book 1 for utilizing one of my least favorite tropes but I still kinda want to continue it?

manford: the absolute worst character ever

Any character from Harry Potter, because we do not stan any character written by a transphobe. BAM.

cinderella: favorite retelling

Um, I’m going to cheat with this one because CINDERELLA IS DEAD literally is my favorite retelling ever? I really tried to pick something else but I just love this book so much? It’s definitely a new all-time favorite and my favorite book of 2020 so far.

Continue Reading