I Should Read That Book Tag!

I Should Read That Book Tag

A big thank you to Kay @ Hammock of Books for inviting me to do this tag (back in, oh…August, whoops). It’s been a bit since I’ve done a book tag but this was super fun to fill out! But my TBR…yikes. There are hundreds more books I could probably put down for these questions. 😅 Regardless, here are some of the top books on my mind!

(Also, Kay is an amazing book blogger, so definitely make sure to check out her blog!)


The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

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I think I mentioned this recently, but one of my best friends is always telling me how astounding and impressive the Mistborn series is! I promise I will pick it up soon! (eh, hopefully)

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

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A Torch Against the Night! Hopefully I can return to the series before the final book releases! Lol, one of my Lit profs told me he abandoned this series because it got too romancey and angsty for him, so I’ll be curious to see how my thoughts compare!

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

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The Fate of the Tearling in the The Queen of the Tearling series! I read the first 2 books years ago but never got around to the third, even though I own the entire series. Why are series so hard to finish?!?!?

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

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Jane Eyre! I even bought a copy at a used book sale like 5 years ago. My roommate has even repeatedly mentioned how much she loves this book, so I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

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Um….don’t hate me, but….Harry Potter.

YES I KNOW I’M A FAKE FANTASY BOOK NERD!!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

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My latest TV obsession has been Outlander. I don’t know if I will ever pick up the books–I’ve heard mixed things about them. But maybe?! I’m always curious how books and their adaptations compare.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

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With their recent cover redesigns, I keep seeing the Lunar Chronicles all over Instagram. Again, I’ve read all of the books…except the last one, Winter. Have you seen the cover redesigns?? They’re so gorgeous! I really wanna own them tho I most definitely don’t need to…


Lowkey don’t know if I can come up with 10, BUT I TAG…

Of course, no pressure to participate (and sorry if you’ve already been tagged for this–I forgot to check), but if you do the tag, please tag me so I can see your answers! 😀


What books are at the top of your TBR? What’s a bookish adaptation you’re loving? What’s a classic you want to read?

The Survive or Die Bookish Tag!

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Lol, so May @ My 1st Chapter tagged me for this way back in February, and it’s taken me 6 MONTHS to finally sit down and do this tag, whoops. BUT I’VE FINALLY DONE IT! Wow, this was so much fun and I can’t believe I didn’t get around to it sooner. (also, having the imaginary power to kill of characters was quite thrilling)

Rules:

1) Link back to the creator (Sapphire’s @ Simply Sapphire Song).
2) Write down seven (or more!!) characters and seven fictional worlds/ settings. (Most use books, but you can do movies/tv shows!)
3) Choose one random character and one random world.
4) Determine whether that character would survive that world/book.
5) Repeat!

Somewhat similiar to May, I picked out the characters by randomizing my All-Time-Favorites shelf and the worlds by randomizing my Read Shelf and using the first options that appeared. I did skip over the books that I didn’t think most would recognize and thoose that I didn’t remember anything of.


***spoilers ahead–read at your own risk!!***

1. Chaol Westfall (Tower of Dawn/Throne of Glass series) in New Beijing (The Lunar Chronicles)

Chaol in New Beijing…I mean Chaol uses a wheelchair or cane and if I remember correctly, New Beijing wasn’t the safest place to live?? And the boy won’t have Yrene’s healing magic around (awww, that’s so sad to think of them separated). But oooh, what if he became a cyborg like Cinder? Chaol could totally fend for himself then, perhaps join Prince Kai’s guard or something. But then, I’m not sure Chaol would ever consent to having technology embedded in his body. Plus, let’s not forget that plague going around…

Final Decision: Dieeeeeee (sorry, boy)

2. Katsa (Graceling) in France during WWII (All the Light We Cannot See)

This is kinda a silly one, since Katsa a total badass and her grace is literally SURVIVAL, so we’ve got a no-brainer here.

Final Decision: SURVIVE! (forever? Does her grace means she gets to live forever? Has this ever been addressed?)

3. Cath (Fangirl) in the Grisha World (Grishaverse trilogy/Six of Crows/Language of Thorns)

Oooh, my little introverted, anxious writer, I don’t think you could make it in an fantasy world, to be frank. Especially the chaos that’s going on in the Grishaverse.

Final Decision: DIE (sorry, hon)

4. Feyre Archeron (A Court of Thorns and Roses) in A Modern Day World with Death-Cast (They Both Die at the End)

I mean, how long are we talking about surviving for? Because no one escapes Death and their Death-date. (NO ONE, no matter how much we wish it 😭). And does Feyre get to bring all her magic? Because honestly, she could probably handle this world no problem, tho she might get frustrated with it like the rest of us.

Final Decision: Survive!

5. Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee aka Ani (The Goose Girl) in Panem (The Hunger Games)

I mean, our girl here can speak with birds, the wind, and even fire later on. I feel like if she were to participate in the Hunger Games, all the other contestants would underestimate her, she would sneak away & hide, and then she would defeat everyone else at the end with the help of wind and fire. Not to mention, Ani already has experience running from people who want to kill her (seriously, for like the entirety of the first book, so many try to murder her). I have total faith in our girl.

Final Decision: Survive!

6. Princess Lia (The Remnant Chronicles) in a Paranormal-infested Washington state (Twilight)

Oooh, this is tricky. On one hand, Lia has magic and is in tune with the world and is essentially notified if anything bad is about to happen. But would her magic work in our world? Not to mention, Lia, you’ve already gotten your love triangle, so I don’t think you’re gonna get two other men to pledge to protect you from the vampires and werewolves. But I could kinda also see her teaming up with Alice and being super wise and mysterious forces… (lol I’m not sure if that makes any sense)

Final Decision: Survive (if she meets the right people and doesn’t get caught in any vampire war cross hairs)

7. Kestrel (The Winner’s Trilogy) in Ancient Greece/Greek Mythology (Circe)

Kestrel is a pro at maneuvering political drama and court, and since the Ancient Greeks, especially the gods & goddesses, are all about power politics too, so I have no doubt that Kestrel could not only survive, but work her way up to a position of power or even tricking another immortal into making her a goddess.

Final Decision: Survive!

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Wow, I had 5 protagonists survive and only 2 die, but I guess that makes sense, since most of these characters wouldn’t be protagonists if they weren’t good at surviving (especially the fantasy ones), right?


I TAG…

Of course, no pressure to do the tag, but I had so much fun doing this tag, and I would love to see your answers!


What did you guys think of my decisions? Did you agree with them? Disagree? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag + 2019 Goals Check-In

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag + 2019 Goals Check In

I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I’ve never done this tag before?!? But I’m starting to FREAK OUT about all the books I want to read this year, so I guess it’s time to do this tag, huh? (Even tho the main wave of these tag posts have already gone by, shhhhh)

I’ll try not to repeat books for the questions, but let’s be real: it’s gonna happen. Multiple times. ALSO, I’m only considering books for this tag that I’ve read before the end of June.

And according to another blogger’s post, it sounds like the creators of this tag are ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!


The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.

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Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Wow, a hard question right off the bat. There were so many close contenders but WOW THIS SHORT STORY COLLECTION WAS GORGEOUS AND AMAZING and I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner. I gotta say it’s been my fav book so far.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, we’re talking about the conclusion to one of my all-time favorite series, soooo…..

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

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I’m finally catching up on all the Leigh Bardugo books this year (I’ve already read 3 this year: Crooked Kingdom, Language of Thorns, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), since I had only previously read the Grisha trilogy and didn’t get around to Six of Crows until last December. Hoping I’ll get to this book sometime this fall.

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

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

I mean, obviously the stereotypical book blogger answer. I like hopping on my book bandwagons, okay?

5. Biggest disappointment.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE AND IT LET ME DOWN IN SO MANY WAYS. This was literally my #1 anticipated release for 2019 and I couldn’t believe how underdeveloped the plot was, how bland the characters were, and how rushed and confusing the plot was. (You can see my full review/rant here if ya want.)

6. Biggest surprise.

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I don’t ever read psychological thrillers–or thrillers in general–so how addicted I became while reading this book astounded me. I can’t wait to pick up more books by Riley Sager!

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

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Yes, I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to reading my first Adam Silvera book either, but it did. I’ve followed him on Instagram for awhile now and ahhhh, I just think he’s so cool. And I can’t wait for his fantasy novel next year!

8. Newest fictional crush.

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Henry from Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall

I’ve never been good about remembering and naming fictional crushes, but hmm, maybe Henry from Grace After Henry?? Though this is even more cruel to myself BECAUSE HE’S DEAD FOR 98% OF THE BOOK.

9. Newest favorite character.

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Laila Piedra in Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Again, I’m not great at questions that require specific character answers, but I think I’m gonna go with Laila Piedra in Final Draft. I resonated with her a lot and I just loved that she’s an aspiring sci-fi writer!

10. Book that made you cry.

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Whoops, here it is again. But, I mean, I finally read it this year and there were (of course) many tears. THIS BOOK GAVE ME TOO MANY FEELS!!

11. Book that made you happy.

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Though it wasn’t the greatest book, The Princess and the Fangirl was a super fun and hilarious read. I literally read the entire book in a day (and a workday at that!) and basically giggled the entire time.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

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Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Sorry, but I just can’t not include it. HAVE YOU SEEN THE INSIDE OF THIS BOOK??

13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The Bear and the Nightingale series by Katherine Arden

I’ve been saying I’ll read the first book during my winter break for the past 2 years now. So, um, 3 times the charm, right?

14. Favorite Book Community Member.

Um, authors? Everyone? Bro, I can’t pick just one. That’s like asking what my favorite book is.

OOOH, WAIT, I KNOW: Everyone who follows me, interacts with me on WordPress or Goodreads, and anyone else taking time out of their day to read this post! I appreciate you guys so much! ❤


2019 Goals Check-In:

  • Read 50 books— By the end of June, I was at 32, so I’m ahead on this!
    • Reread at least 5 books– ERMMM, I’ve reread 0 books so far…
    • Read at least 20 books that I own (acquired before 2019 and not including rereads)– I’ve read 5 books for this category (I really gotta stop checking out so many things from the library)
    • Read at least 10 books published in 2019– I’ve already read 12 books that released this year!
  • Write everyday–At least 100 words– Yeah, this has not really been happening…
    • Fully revise my WIP and have a complete 2nd draft– I’m not sure how likely this is to happen, but I’m still working on this same WIP, so that’s sorta good, right?
  • Blog at least once a week— With the exception of a few busy times during my spring semester, I’ve been doing pretty well at this!

Essentially, I need to step up my rereading, books-I-already-own reading, and writing game (…or is it games?).


How are you doing on your 2019 goals? What did you guys think about my answers–did you agree or disagree with them? Anyone else binge reading Leigh Bardugo books this year?

Hope you all have a fabulous second half of the year!

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Sunshine Blogger Award

A little sunshine to break through this dreary winter (even though it doesn’t look like winter here. ahhh, I want snow). In October, the awesome Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice tagged me for this award! I’m so honored that she thought of me (and praying that she doesn’t mind that I’m doing this tag 3 months late). Dezzy has such a pretty blog, so make sure to check it out!


RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post 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 logo in your post/or on your blog.

DEZZY’S QUESTIONS:

1. What’s your favorite type of blog post to write, and why?

Hmmm, probably Top Ten Tuesday posts and monthly wrap-ups? I love making lists (specifically TBR ones, tho I’m never super great at sticking to them) and TTT coomunity is great. In regard to wrap-ups, I find it super pleasing to reflect on all the books I read in a month (and again, write a TBR for the next month). Tho my wrap-up posts are not always great when I procrastinate and leave all the writing until right before I post it (as opposed to periodically working on the post throughout the month).

2. Do you usually reread books? Why or why not?

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Not super often, but sometimes! Generally I’ll reread books if I want to go back and finish a series. One of my favorite books, which I’ll never stop reading tho, is The Goose Girl!

3. What’s a book that made you an emotional wreck and/or broke your heart?

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Hmm, I tend to avoid books that will make me an emotional wreck, but the last book that made me cry (and I almost NEVER cry over books) was The Bird and the Blade. I won’t say more, but if you haven’t picked up this book yet, go do so now! It’s a YA retelling of the opera Turandot.

4. What’s a book that brought you the utmost joy (you couldn’t stop smiling after reading it)?

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Oooh, there are probably a lot of books I could name for this, but the first one that comes to mind is Crown of Midnight. I loved how dramatic the ending was and I remember thinking about the book and speculating about the next one for months afterwards.

5. Standalone books or book series?

Ooooh, this is hard! I love series because it means you get more of the characters but I also love standalones because of the lack of commitment they require….so, series, I guess? Tho lately I suck at finishing them (looking @ you Kingdom of Ash and Crooked Kingdom).

6. If you could unread a book, what would it be and why?

Probably any one that I’ve given a one star, since I only give that rating to books that I think are complete trash. One star reads–usually because I binge-read to get them over with/find out what happens at the end–always leave me feeling gross after I finish reading them and I hate that feeling.

7. How has your blogging style and writing voice changed since you first started blogging?

Ermmm, I think I’ve gotten more informal and casual in my writing? Also, when I first started my blog, I didn’t take it very seriously and my posts were pretty irregular. I didn’t start putting more effort into my blog and posting regularly until the start of 2018 (which is 4 months after I started Are You My Book?).

8. How have your reading tastes changed ever since you started blogging?

Hmm, I don’t know if they have? I think perhaps I’m a little bit more open about trying books from other genres (outside of my usual area of YA fantasy), but I don’t think I can specifically nail down any other changes.

9. How did you discover your favorite author and/or favorite books?

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One of my favorite series is Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (tho I still have yet to read the last book). I honestly think I discovered it merely by searching for books on Amazon. I remember discovering the first book and I think perhaps it hadn’t been publish at the time (lol I remember frantically searching the internet for a longer excerpt because I was so hooked by the opening pages in the Amazon preview). I forgot about the book until a couple months later in 2012 and then asked for it for Christmas. I’ve been hooked ever since.

10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation?

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If you had asked me before 2018, I would have instantly said A Walk to Remember. But after 2018 with the release of Love, Simon and watching the BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice for my Jane Austen class, those are now also top contenders…

11. List three favorite books and one song you associate with each of them!

Eep, I’m gonna have to bail out on the song portion of this question; I’m horrible at recalling song titles, let alone knowing them in the first place. 😬


MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s your favorite book to recommend?
  2. If you were forced to try out a new type of blog post (e.g. a new format or topic), what would it be about?
  3. If you had to dye your hair a color from the rainbow, what color would you pick?
  4. Who’s an auto-buy author of yours?
  5. Your all-time favorite snack?
  6. Current obsession? (e.g. movie, song, TV show, book)
  7. Tell us a little bit about your blogging routine?
  8. Tea or coffee and what’s your favorite kind?
  9. What’s your favorite day of the week?
  10. If someone handed you a giftcard to a bookstore right now, what book would you buy with it?
  11. What’s a goal of yours for 2019? (bookish, blogging-wise, other, it doesn’t matter)

I NOMINATE:

If you’ve already done this tag or you don’t like doing tags, no pressure!

(Also, yes, I know that is clearly not 11 bloggers but I had trouble finding blogs that were currently active and hadn’t already received this award!)


How did you discover your favorite author? What are your favorite books to reread? What was the last book you read that made you an emotional wreck?