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…

mid-year book freakout tag

I know it’s July and not *technically* mid-year anymore, but I decided I wanted to do this tag after all this year because it’s a classic. I probably haven’t actually read enough books to do this tag (I’m at 24 books for the entire year and my GR goal is 25), so we’ll see how this goes, but I definitely still have books I want to gush about.

1. best book you’ve read so far in 2020

This is probably a toss up between THREE DARK CROWNS, which I finally read, and FELIX EVER AFTER. I loved both of them for very different reasons; TDC was a surprise for me because I’d been putting it off for so long, and FELIX I loved because I felt seen by the trans/nonbinary rep.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far

I’ve only read one sequel this year, which was ONE DARK THRONE, and it was really killer…no pun intended. The cliffhanger at the end of THREE DARK CROWNS had me absolutely needing to read book 2 almost immediately because of the ending with Katharine (who I still love even though she’s evil), so I had to get all the rest of the series immediately.

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

Eeeeee I need to read YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN!!!!! I ordered this one from Bookshop for one of my Blackout books because it was also one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year, and it’s taking forever and a half to get here. But I NEED this rivals to lovers queer book in my life PLEASE I AM BEGGING!!

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

The book that popped into my head for this is NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest, who wrote one of my favorite books from last year, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE. I just loved her writing style and she made me remember what I love so much about YA contemporary, so I’m super psyched for her second book.

I’m also REALLY pumped for Tiffany Jackson’s new book, GROWN. I have loved two of her previous books, ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, and can’t wait to read more from her.

5. Biggest disappointment

Honestly I’m not sure what to pick for this one because only one book I’ve read this year was genuinely terrible (VERY NICE). I guess if I had to pick one I’d say I’LL BE THE ONE just because even though I liked the story and romance, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style, but I would still definitely recommend that book to people.

6. Biggest surprise

I know I’m repeating books already but for sure THREE DARK CROWNS. I expected I would like it because the premise of three royals fighting to the death for the crown is exciting and one I like, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as amazing as it was.

7. Favorite new author

I’m going to pick Riley Sager for this one because I really liked both thrillers I read by him. I read both LOCK EVERY DOOR and HOME BEFORE DARK, but probably HOME BEFORE DARK was my favorite because it was more on the horror-y end of things. Both were about creepy houses, which is totally my jam, and both completely surprised me because they did not end at all how I guessed or expected.

9. Newest favorite character

I’m skipping 8, newest fictional crush, because I mostly read YA still and that would be weird because I’m 26.

Anyway.

I’d say Auggie from THE FELL OF DARK by Caleb Roehrig, aka gay Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for this one. He really made the story special with his sarcasm, horniness, and general awkwardness. He was so charming and I just wanted to hug him and protect him.

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10. A book that made you cry

I don’t usually cry during books so I don’t have an answer for this one.

11. A book that made you happy

Even though it’s a dark book, it still made me so happy to see so many bi characters in Christine Lynn Herman’s 2019 debut, THE DEVOURING GRAY. I had a lot of bi friends in high school so I felt very seen by that book even though it was paranormal.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation

I haven’t actually seen any this year I don’t think?

13. Favorite post you’ve done so far this year

Probably this post. I was inspired to write a letter to a book because I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Nut Free Nerd, do that, so I experimented with that style for my THREE DARK CROWNS review and loved writing a review that way.

14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

I LOVE my physical copy of CINDERELLA IS DEAD, and I’m so glad I preordered it even though I had an eARC. It is just so gorgeous.

15. What book you need to read by the end of the year

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN. I know I already said I need to read this book, but I have a very bad habit of putting off my most anticipated reads, and I refuse to do it with this one. I also need to read 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY by Sandhya Menon before the end of the year because I keep forgetting about it even though I am very excited for it, which doesn’t usually happen. I’ve just totally lost track of books and when they’re coming out this year.

If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged 🙂

animal crossing book tag

Today I’ll be participating in the Animal Crossing Book Tag, an original tag created by Bec and Angharad of Two Book ThievesThis tag celebrates reading and the lovely game Animal Crossing, which is probably helping keep at least half the population sane during isolation. Yay, Animal Crossing! You go, Animal Crossing!

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Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

Definitely Lyra from THE GOLDEN COMPASS/His Dark Materials series. Whenever I think about that series I get so nostalgic because I listened to it on audio a million and one times when I was a kid.

 

Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read

Um…I really don’t read much historical fiction. I can’t recommend my usual historical fic rec because the author is turning out to be trash and I can’t ignore that anymore. I guess I’ll go with SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, which is about an obscure ship sinking that I think took place near Poland? There was something about Poland, I think.

 

Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?

Whatever Tahereh Mafi’s next book is going to be. I’ll be honest and say I still haven’t read the continuation of the SHATTER ME series and I’m not sure if I’m going to. But I loved FURTHERMORE and am liking WHICHWOOD at the moment, so I can’t wait to see what she does outside of those two worlds.

 

Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?

TATBILB, of course!! I love the Song sisters so much. If I had ever had siblings, I would want to have a little sister exactly like Kitty (minus her spilling my deepest secrets, of cours).

 

The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of

Not a single character I guess but a book–I tried reading THRONE OF GLASS recently and was…unimpressed. I was very bored by both love interests and don’t understand what the hype is about them. Caleana can do better.

 

Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to

Jandy Nelson and Leigh Bardugo, TAKE MY MONEY LADIES!!! Also Sandhya Menon; she can definitely have all my funds.

 

The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

Blue Sargeant’s family in THE RAVEN BOYS. However, I will say that I find it hard to believe any of those women are as hetero as Maggie Stiefvater portrays them to be.

 

It’s a C+  – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Meeting the love interest in a dream. Or meeting some other important character in a dream. Can we retire this please?

 

The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?

Honestly most of the books I’ve been reading lately don’t feature places I’d actually want to go. Like…do I want to be buried in Kalyazi snow or traipse through Tranavian swamps, or cross the Fold? That would be a hard no. But maybe Lyra’s version of Oxford in THE GOLDEN COMPASS so I could have an animal soul companion.

 

What Would Dodos Do?  – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

Actually, I would like to go to the Inkworld from INKHEART. It’s so magical and wondrous.

the out of your comfort zone tag

I was tagged by Caro to do the Out of Your Comfort Zone book tag! This tag is especially appropriate because I am participating in Caro’s challenge, which is the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, this year. You can find more information about it here. The original tag was created by emmabooks on YouTube.

 

1. a book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books you don’t usually like

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The book that immediately came to mind for this one was THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE & VIRTUE. I am definitely NOT a historical fiction reader, and honestly I almost passed this one up because I assumed I wouldn’t like it because of the genre even though it was gay, but the hype monster convinced me to pick it up and I’m thrilled I did because I loved it.

 

2. a book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about

I used to not be at all interested in the romance genre, mostly because the books I did read were all unpublished and not very good and I thought some of it was uncomfortably erotic and sexual, but man, did I LOVE Helen Hoang’s debut, THE KISS QUOTIENT, last year. I even recommended it to my mom because I liked it so much (she was not a fan, alas). I ended up reading a couple more romances last year, including THE RIGHT SWIPE, which I also adored, and am hoping to experiment more with the genre this year as well.

 

3. a book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it

 

This question is really hard, and I am mostly typing this sentence to give myself more time to think about it.

update from 5 minutes later: I still can’t think of something. Maybe I’ll come back to this question. Maybe I won’t.

 

4. pick a friend or booktuber who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in

 

I don’t know if any one person in particular does that for me, but book bloggers in general have really unintentionally encouraged me to give other genres a try, especially romance. I also really like watching different booktubers because I feel like booktubers I follow tend to have a very diverse array of interests in terms of genre.

 

5. pick a book out of your comfort zone that you would like to read

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I’m very interested in reading an adult thriller I got from by Book of the Month box this month, which is called YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It’s about this pair of sisters who are very creepy and a girl they become interested in and apparently want her life for some reason? The summary didn’t make much sense to me but I’m excited about it because the authors are supposed to be very good.

 

6. a book or genre so outside of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it a chance

 

I am probably never going to try to read another sci-fi book set in space. Other than the Lunar Chronicles, I’ve hated every space book I’ve tried, so I think that genre is not for me. I just find it confusing and am not interested in the subject for the most part.

 

 

the liebster award

I am pleased to announce I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Elara, whose blog is total witch/book crossover goals. Thank you for the nomination!

 

rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

 

11 random facts about me

  1. I’m partially deaf in one ear and wear a hearing aid
  2. I’ve been an aspiring author for a long time but can never get myself to write
  3. One of my cats likes to climb my shoulders every. Single. Morning.
  4. I’m a Virgo but don’t relate to any of the traits, probably because I was literally ONE DAY away from being a Leo.
  5. I really like frozen peas.
  6. I am a sushi addict.
  7. I love America’s Next Top Model and have no shame.
  8. The fictional character I relate to most is Twilight Sparkle.
  9. I’m a librarian but still fantasize about working in publishing one day.
  10. My apartment is haunted.
  11. I used to have pink hair.

 

elara’s questions

  1. Are you subscribed to any monthly book boxes, such as OwlCrate?

I used to subscribe to OwlCrate, but now mostly just look out for special editions of individual books that they do (why did I buy RUTHLESS GODS when I was meh about the ending of WICKED SAINTS?? I am weak.) I am currently subscribed to Book of the Month because I want to try out more adult books.

 

2. What book would you love to see turned into a movie/TV show?

I don’t really want any of my favorite books to be turned into a movie. Although I would watch a show of the House of Night series.

 

3. What tropes can’t you get enough of?

Fake dating and enemies to lovers

 

4. What tropes are you sick of?

Purple eyes. Let us retire this trope forever.

 

5. Is there a book that you weren’t sure you’d like, but ended up liking?

I wasn’t sure if I’d like P. S. I STILL LOVE YOU because the first time I read TATBILB I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I actually LOVED the second book and ended up loving the rest of the series. Then I reread the whole three books last year and loved all but book 2. Lol.

 

6. What book character do you relate to most?

Etta from NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.

 

7. How would you feel if you had to trade places with the protagonist of the last book you read?

Oh, that would actually be fun. The last book I read as of the writing of this post was THIS WAS OUR PACT and it was very magical and there was a bear side character and I would like to be friends with the bear.

 

8. If you had to choose, what book villain would you be?

…I’m just really into the Darkling…

 

9. What’s your favorite magic system?

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but the answer is obviously INKHEART!! The MC’s father can literally read characters to life out of books, but when something or someone is read out of a story, someone or something else has to go back into that same story.

 

10. Is there a special bookshop or library in the world that you’d love to visit?

I would love to go back to Waterstones in London. There’s also a library just for children somewhere near me I think? And that would be super interesting to go to as a children’s librarian.

 

11. What advice would you give to new book bloggers?

Don’t worry about having a niche right away. I think that’s something that can be developed over time and it’s okay if when you start, you just want to talk about books in general.

 

my nominations

honestly I’m really shy about nominating people for things and also don’t feel like coming up with 11 more questions, so this is what you get, lol. Sorry for underachieving.

the sunshine blogger award

Hello friends! I am happy to announce that I have been nominated by the lovely Emmie for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you, Emmie <3 <3

what is the sunshine blogger award?

This award celebrates bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring and spread sunshine throughout the blogging community and I’m just???? I am those things?! I am so pleased!

 

rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

 

emmie’s questions

1. What is your favorite retelling of a classic (Shakespeare, fairy tale, etc.)

I love retellings, yet when I saw this question, they all went right out of my brain even though I LITERALLY HAVE A TATTOO FROM MY FAVORITE RETELLING. I am an idiot. My favorite retelling is obviously the SPLINTERED trilogy by A. G. Howard, which is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Please, just give me all of the Alice retellings this instant. I felt like the ending of the trilogy was a bit of a cop out, but it remains one of my all-time favorite series.

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2. Is there a book of which you prefer the movie?

Um…I don’t really like book to movie adaptations as a rule so I don’t know? The only one I can think of is Whale Rider but I’ve never actually tried reading the book it was adapted from so…?

 

3. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

It embarrasses me that it’s not even bookish or witchy, but I LOVE writing wrap ups and goals posts. I find it so satisfying to look back on what I’ve done and read throughout the month. I don’t know if anyone else enjoys my goals or wrap up posts, but I love writing them so THEY SHALL NOT STOP.

 

4. What percentage of books you own have/haven’t you read?

Probably about 50/50. If we only count physical books. If we count unread eARCs on my Kindle, it’s probably more like 75/25. I am ashamed.

 

5. Which book has a great ending?

omg, I get to gush about DAISY JONES & THE SIX again. I won’t give anything away of course, but that ending CRUSHED. ME. CRUSHEDDDDDD.

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6. Do you write/underline in your books?

Not usually, but when I was having some mental health struggles last year I found that annotating helped me engage with the book more, and I did actually enjoy annotating.

 

7. Which authors that you recently discovered would you like to read more books of?

Ooh, I get to talk about DAISY JONES again. I would love to read more of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. I did try THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, but am not sure if I’ll finish it because I found it very upsetting and also I had almost every part of it spoiled for me by the book community, so we will see. But there are lots of other books by her that I think I would enjoy that I want to try.

 

8. What is your comfort book?

I don’t really know? I wasn’t really a rereader until last year, and my opinion of books tends to change when I reread them, so I’m not sure what I would consider a “comfort book.” I guess I would pick TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE because it’s so charming and sweet and has baking.

 

9. Greatest turn-off in a fictional love story? Greatest turn-on?

Turn off would be romances where the only obstacle is a lack of communication or some kind of misunderstanding related to communication. I just don’t find that exciting because all the characters would have to do to fix it would be to TALK TO EACH OTHER. My greatest turn-on would be the enemies to lovers trope.

 

10. What book has been on your tbr the longest?

This is another question I don’t know the answer to because I just unhauled a lot of books that I’ve had for years on my unread bookshelf.

 

11. What 2020 release are you most looking forward to?

Oh man, there are SO MANY. The one that immediately came to mind when I saw this question was A SONG BELOW WATER, which is a paranormal book about two magical black girls, one of whom is a siren.

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i nominate

I am actually very shy/nervous about nominating people for awards like this so I may not do all 11, but I will definitely nominate a few people whose blogs I adore. If you don’t do award tags/tags, I will not be offended, but just know I think you’re all great!!

Caro | Romie|E | Marie| CW | Destiny

 

my questions

  1. What is your most anticipated diverse book of 2020?
  2. What genre/type of book do you consider to be out of your comfort zone?
  3. How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?
  4. What is a book that surprised you recently?
  5. How many books are you hoping to read in 2020?
  6. Are you participating in any reading challenges this year?
  7. What’s a book you’ve been putting off reading? Why?
  8. What’s a popular book you have no interest in reading?
  9. What is a genre you hardly reach for? Why?
  10. Do you annotate your books?
  11. What’s your favorite book cover trend?

 

the fall bucket list tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Caro to do the Fall Bucket List Tag, which I’m super excited about because I love fall and I love doing tags! Woohoo!

Here are the tag rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of the creator’s graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

 

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I was going to pick TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE for this one, but it fits another prompt on this list, so I decided to go with WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI instead. This book is about a Desi girl and boy whose parents set them up when they go to a tech summer camp. The funny part is that the boy knows they set them up but the girl does not, which results in one of the most hilarious meet cutes in all of YA. I loved DIMPLE so freaking much, and also really enjoyed its companion, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE, and can’t wait for another companion, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY. If you haven’t read Sandhya Menon’s books, you are SERIOUSLY missing out and need to get thee to a bookstore (or your local library!!)

 

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For this one I’m picking ILLUMINAE. ILLUMINAE is still so hyped, even years after its original publication, which is pretty impressive. This space YA in a quirky format seems to have a lot of staying power, and I’m super embarrassed I have yet to actually finish it. I’ve started it quite a few times, but always get bogged down by something in it. Oh well, maybe someday I’ll finish it.

 

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The first book that came to my mind for this tag is Jen Wilde’s book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS. There’s definitely romance in this book also, but for most of the book, the focus is on the deep friendships that Emmy has with her fellow bandmates and others and how they help and support her through hard times.

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Weirdly, the book that popped into my mind for this one was CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber. It’s not a warm and fuzzy book, necessarily, and it’s about a mysterious game that involves a lot of deception. I read it when I got snowed in with some new friends, and that memory makes it a warm and fuzzy book for me.

 

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Obviously for this book I had to pick the most talented baker in YA, Lara Jean from TATBILB. Throughout the series, Lara Jean bakes a ridiculous amount of things, and in the last book, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN, she spends at least half the book trying to perfect her chocolate chip cookie recipe. I would love to have Lara Jean bake for me, or bake with Lara Jean.

 

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I think I literally screamed for joy when THE HEIR, the first book in the duology after THE SELECTION was announced. Usually, I’m not a fan of when a series ends or there’s only a single book and then more of the series or another book is announced after the fact, sometimes many years later. But I loved THE SELECTION so much that I was thrilled to hear the story would be continuing, even if it was about different characters.

 

I tag…whoever wants to do this tag!

books i want to read but don’t want to READ tag

I was tagged by Caro for this tag, which was created by Jami. This tag is dedicated to all the books you want to or feel like you should read, but when it comes to actually reading them, you just can’t seem to make yourself do it. #bookwormproblems amiright? Yes, I am right.

Onward to the tag:

 

A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

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THE FOXHOLE COURT–THE FOXHOLE COURT definitely fits the bill for this one for me for this one. I see EVERYONE talking up this book and Neil Josten (sp??) but it’s definitely not something I’d pick up on my own. I haven’t had very good luck with indie-pub’ed books so I tend to avoid them as a rule, which I guess could be considered snobby, but it’s just my experience. Plus, I generally don’t do sports books, or books about the mob, so I just keep putting this one off even though it’s on my Kindle (which is good, because then I don’t have to look at that horrible cover). Even though it’s gay, I’m just not super interested in this series but everyone talks about it so I feel like I should at least try it.

 

A book thats really long

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ILLUMINAE–Um…ILLUMINAE, anyone? I have actually tried to read this book twice, but both times I got stuck at about 100 pages. Partially it’s because I can’t understand the story because space books aren’t my thing, but also, IT’S HUGE!! It intimidates me so much.

 

A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long

 

WHAT TO SAY NEXT–Literally so many. It’s embarrassing. But I guess I’ll go with Julie Buxbaum’s second book, WHAT TO SAY NEXT. I ADORED her first book, TELL ME THREE THINGS, and was utterly psyched to get her next book as an ARC, but I never read it for some reason?? But I still think I would enjoy it because I really like her writing and her romances.

 

A book that is ‘required’ reading (eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

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THE GREAT GATSBY–I know, it’s shameful that I haven’t read this book. I’m completely embarrassed that I never read this. But I was never assigned it and I just don’t pick up classics on my own??

 

A book that intimidates you

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HOUSE OF LEAVES–I’ve had this on my shelves for an embarrassingly long time. I’ve tried to read it, but it was just so long and the format was super bizarre. It’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and is supposed to be mega creepy. I heard about it because I liked Mark Z. Danielewski’s sister Poe’s music.

 

A book you think might be slow

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AUTOBOYOGRAPHY–This one might be a shocker to some people and I am totally here for the bi writer energy of this book, but contemporaries that are over 400 pages like this book tend to have pacing problems, i. e., are super slow. I still really want to read this one and have had it on my TBR for a long time because of the aforementioned bi writer energy, but I keep putting it off for some reason.

 

A book you need to be in the right mood for

 

REALLY ANY POETRY BOOK. The poetry mood does strike me sometimes, but if I try to read poetry when I’m not in the mood it’s usually because I’m just trying to bust through it so I can add another book to my Goodreads challenge and get ahead, not because I want to actually read it. So I have to be mindful of that.

 

A book you’re unsure if you will like

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HEARTLESS–I bought two editions of this book because I loved the cover so much and also the OwlCrate white edition was just irresistible, but I keep putting it off. Part of the reason is because I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations. But also I’m worried I won’t like it because I had part of it spoiled for me while looking up quotes for a display at work, so I’m worried that will kill the whole book for me.

the mid-year book freak-out tag

omg y’all, it’s halfway through the year!!!

okay, actually, it’s over halfway through the year now that I’ve actually gotten around to doing this tag in…July…oops. But it’s only the second week of July so that still counts as mid-year…right? Welp, either way, I want to do this tag because I wait for it every year, so here we are. Onwards, to books and gushing!

 

best book of 2019 so far

I think the best book I’ve read so far in 2019 is probably either I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE by Kristina Forest or I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman. I almost didn’t read I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE and honestly don’t know what propelled me to request it from NetGalley, but I’m so glad I did because it made me remember why I used to love contemporary novels so much. It had so many things that made it a “me” book, including an artsy protagonist, a road trip, and a hate-to-love, slow-burn romance. I dug this book so much and just thinking about it makes my heart so happy.

I also really loved I WAS BORN FOR THIS, which is the first book I’ve read by Alice Oseman. Her writing style was not what I expected it would be, and I found it really sharp and addicting and awkward in a good way. I loved both narrators, which usually doesn’t happen for me in a multi-POV book. Both Angel and Jimmy were really interesting, well-developed characters and their stories intersected in a very unexpected and interesting way.

 

best sequel i’ve read

I’ve only read one new sequel this year and that was RUIN & RISING, the third book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. It was good, but not as good as the first two and I predicted the major twist that happened to Alina. So if I had read more new sequels, this might not have been the best one.

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new release i have yet to read

Um…so many. But let’s go with I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST by Mason Dreaver. I wasn’t originally intending to read this one because honestly…I hate the cover. I just can’t look at the book because I think the cover is so ugly. But it’s about a nonbinary character and I am nonbinary and there are like no nonbinary books so obviously I have to read it. Plus the IWYATB bot twitter account keeps popping up into my feed and honestly the quotes make it look good.

 

most anticipated release for the second half of 2019

wait for it…





NINTH HOUSE!!!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGI’MDYINGINEEDIT!!! Okay, so I do have an eARC of NINTH HOUSE, but I was supposed to get an ARC at Book Expo and that did not occur and I am still upset about it especially because so many people are trading their ARCs they obviously could only get at Book Expo. Like, if you’re not going to keep it, give a chance to someone who wants to treasure it forever and ever. Ugh. Anyway. I am dying to read my eARC of this book.

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biggest disappointment

I think for this one I’d have to go with Helen Hoang’s second book, THE BRIDE TEST. I was so looking forward to it because I unexpectedly loved THE KISS QUOTIENT, but I was really put off by the romance in this book. I just didn’t ship it and the consent aspect seemed questionable and I just couldn’t get behind it, which meant I didn’t really like the book because it was obviously a romance.

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biggest surprise

Related to the above prompt, my answer for this is THE KISS QUOTIENT. I decided at the beginning of the year to give more adult books a try, and this one was really popular, so I decided to give it a shot even though I didn’t have a good track record with adult romance. But…I loved it so much??? Helen Hoang’s writing was just excellent and Stella and Michael were such interesting characters and I shipped them very much. This book was totally out of my comfort zone and I was expecting to hate the smutty parts but even those were so good because consent was so important, and I’ve been recommending this book to everyone and it’s just so good, y’all.

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newest fictional crush

I’ve mostly read YA this year and am way too old to have a YA-aged book boyfriend (hello, pedophilia) so hard pass on this question.

newest favorite character

I’d probably have to go with Rhi from Alisha Rai’s THE RIGHT SWIPE. I wasn’t sure if I liked this book at first but eventually I really loved it as I got to know both of the main characters. Rhi is such an ice princess on the outside but it was so touching to watch her relationships with her friend Katrina and obviously with Samson. Plus, I super related to her struggles having come out of an emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship, so during those parts I ended up really connecting with her.

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book that made me cry

I have a really hard time actually crying at books so…none so far.

 

book that made me happy

For this one, I’m going to go with CHECK, PLEASE! the graphic novel I read recently. It was really cute and about a gay college student who joins his school’s hockey team even though he’s afraid of getting hit. He also really likes pie, makes videos for a vlog about pie and his life, and has a crush on the team captain, who is mysterious and hard to read. This book was utterly adorable and I can’t wait for the second volume to come out.

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book(s) i want to read by the end of the year

 

the wonderstruck book tag

I know someone tagged me for this while I was gone, but I can’t remember who it was! If it was you, please let me know in the comments so I can link to you 🙂 This tag was created by Purely Olivia. I knew as soon as I saw someone do it that I had to do it eventually because I love books (duh) and I LOVE Taylor Swift, so this is basically my dream tag!

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to the creator (above)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post.
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

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I could choose so many books for this one because I used to be super into heartbreaking and gritty contemporaries, but today I’m picking WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND. It’s about a girl with autism who loves animals and the book WATERSHIP DOWN, and her struggles to form lasting relationships because of past trauma in her childhood. This book was so well written and harrowing and amazing and is ridiculously underrated.

 

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…all of them??? Okay that’s not true. I have a terrible memory. I guess a recent one would be MONDAY’S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson. It’s about a girl whose best friend goes missing and nobody seems to notice or care. There are some confusing bits and the outcome is definitely super upsetting and disturbing, but this book is so crushingly good.

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I would love to see THE BELLES as a movie. Just imagine the teacup animals! Tiny dragons! Bitty elephants! And all the makeup and costumes!! That would be a luscious, sumptuous movie for sure.

 

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I LOVE all of A. G. Howard’s book covers, but I think STAIN might be my favorite.

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For this one I think I’d pick THE HAZEL WOOD. I felt like it got a bunch of buzz before it came out, but after it was released everyone said they hated Alice because she was mean. I absolutely loved this one though and loved Alice’s dark temper and the cult fairytales and the spooky vibes.

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I actually usually have the opposite happen where I hate the first book in a series but love the second book. Notably, this happened with the DELIRIUM books and the Lunar Chronicles. I was meh about DELIRIUM but thought PANDEMONIUM was really great. With CINDER, I found the writing very poor and the story predictable, but loved both of those things in SCARLET (plus, who could not love Wolf??)

 

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Definitely either INKHEART or THE GOLDEN COMPASS. I listened to both of these books on audio a million times as a kid and still love them.

 

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I almost picked THE SELECTION for the book that everyone hates, but I decided to use it for this prompt instead. This book was like a dystopian fantasy version of Top Model and just gave me so many guilty pleasure swoons.

 

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I’d have to go with THE KISS QUOTIENT for this one because Stella and Michael are for sure my new bookish OTP. I shipped these two immediately and their story is what got me interested in trying out more adult romance.

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…am I allowed to pick the same book twice in a row?? I think I’ll use this to gush about THE KISS QUOTIENT some more because I was SO not expecting to love it as much as I did, but I was instantly hooked by the story, the ship, and the writing. This book became a new favorite almost instantly despite thinking I wouldn’t be into adult romance.