Blogmas Day 11: Tag Tuesday! Bookish ‘Naughty or Nice’ Tag

naughty-or-nice-temporary-tattoo-tt0138We survived another Monday, y’all! And how do we celebrate? With a tag for Tag Tuesday! I was “tagged” by Destiny @ Howling Libraries, and I have to give credit to Jenn for creating the tag. Here we go:

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it – Naughty! I did this once and it hit my Netgalley score so hard I’m never doing it again. Next year, my answer will be “nice”! 
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley – Nice! I am currently sitting at 81%. Its one of my New Years resolutions to get that number up. I WILL hit at least 90%, gosh darn it!!
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) – Naughty. I rarely ‘promise’ a full review to come. I think maybe once or twice I have. I really only rate or rate and review. Its all or nothing. I am trying to get better at this too.
  • dog-eared-book-e1358973316431Folded down the page of a book – Nice. I really don’t mind this too much, but I have so many nice bookmarks now I have no reason to fold. I used to though. Not anymore!
  • Accidentially spilled on a book – Nice. I am SO careful of my books. I do NOT spill.
  • DNF a book this year – Naughty. I also don’t think that this is a bad thing necessarily. I just have come to realize that it takes a lot of time to read a book, so why waste it on a book you aren’t enjoying?
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it – Nice. I will admit that I cover buy relatively frequently. However, I always intend to read it. And I am ok at walking away from a beautiful cover if I’m not going to read it.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) – Naughty. I do this all the time. But also, I have learned the skill of multi-tasking….working and listening to an audiobook!
  • Skim read a book – Naughty. Once you get past the point of DNF and then a book takes a turn for the worst and you just know you’re in for a LONG RIDE…yeah. Been there.
  • fol-book-sale-general-pic_img_0267Completely missed your Goodreads goal – Nice. I will PROBABLY miss my goal of 75. I’m not giving up yet though. I am currently at 62 books.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it – Nice. I am not really a borrower unless its the library, and I bring those back!
  • Broke a book buying ban – Nice. A book ban is a book ban. I have SO. MANY. BOOKS. just sitting on my shelves that I need to read! (and so little money in my wallet)
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about – Naughty. This I so fairly often. I very rarely write a review right after finishing a book. I Just need to let it sink in. But then sometimes I sort of forget to go back and finish a review….whoops.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading – Nice. I really don’t write in books unless its for school, and I’m not in school any more. At this point, if a note needs to be made, I make it on a Post-it or in my phone and come back to it later.
  • c1z93cykfzklFinished a book and not added it to your Goodreads – Nice. No way! If I read a book, I want “credit” for it! Those are going straight to GR!!
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend – Nice. I have already mostly answered this one. I really don’t borrow books, but I will add that at the same time, I don’t really lend books either….for good reason!
  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book – Naughty. Sorry but….I just don’t trust people!
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book – Nice. I definitely don’t do this. Maybe I would ask first, but I never initiated it.
  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged – Naughty – I literally just did this today! It really wasn’t too bad but I am so good at squishing and wrinkling them!
  • Sat on a book accidentially – Naughty. Uhhh, yes. Do you know how many books you have to pull out at a time to have booksta pics? A lot. They litter your furniture and floor. I’ve definitely sat on them.

So that’s all folks! My score: 7 Naughty/13 Nice. Woo hoo!! I’m a nice bookworm!! Where do you rate?

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Blogmas Day 4 – Tag Tuesday: Christmas Characters Tag

I have been looking forward to this tag since I first heard of its development! Anthony did a tad of brainstorming with our blog group and it got me in the Christmas mood WAY early. But I’m not mad. I love Christmas characters! You can go see the original tag on Anthony’s blog – Keep Reading Forward!

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santa-claus-sugar-cookies_exps173334_th133086b08_06_4bc_rmsSanta Clause – A Gift You Received or Want This Year
I am hoping to get the new anniversary editions of The Hunger Games and the special edition of Six of Crows. Its so pretty!!

Mrs. Clause – A Favorite Holiday Treat to Have Every Year
Peanut butter blossom cookies! Or really just the huge variety of Christmas cookies in general.

Ghost of Christmas Past – A Holiday Memory from Your Past
My younger brother and I have always loved Home Alone and can pretty much recite it line for line. When we were little (I was maybe 5 and him 3? Something like that?), we wanted to re-create the scene where Kevin sleds down the stairs in his house and out the front door. The thing was, though, that our front door didn’t QUITE line up. He could figure out how to turn, right? I mean, its like a race car going around the corner! Well, I think you can figure out that this didn’t all go out as planned. He went down the dozen-plus stairs on his plastic sled and went SMACK into the wall. Practically UP the wall, actually! 🤣 Its a story we revisit EVERY Christmas.

fotorcreatedBuddy the Elf – “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” – A Holiday Song You like to Sing Each Holiday Season
Umm, all of them! I usually make myself a new playlist every year too. There are only so many Christmas songs out there, but the versions and arrangements are infinite!

original-28011-1463671484-3Misfit Toys – An Unpopular Toy You Really Wanted to Get One Year
I don’t know about unpopular…but I know I wanted one of those XL Barbie heads, where you were supposed to be able to do their hair. I never had sisters or anything but I wanted to learn about playing with hair. I never got her. I’m kinda glad because looking at her now, she’s rather creepy….

Grinch – A Moment When Your Heart Grew Three Sizes
A few years ago, I was invited to sing at the White House at Christmastime as an alumni of the college I had just graduated from. I had put in a lot of work the year before to be able to go and my class wasn’t able to, but the year after they did. I was touched that I was invited to go, and that trip was so amazing.

Jack Frost – A Tradition You Like to Do Every Winter
Going out to get a live Christmas tree is something my husband and I do every year. We walk out into the forest at the tree farm and walk around until we find “the one.” Before we were together, I hadn’t had a real tree since I was very young. Now though, it has become a yearly tradition. We almost got married at the tree farm but decided against it for other reasons.

Hero Boy – A Moment You Believed in a Holiday Wish/Miracle
I absolutely believe in holiday wishes and miracles. I know that the holidays can be an emotional, and even lonely time for some. However, I also feel that there is a power and a beauty to them as well.

Cindy Lou Who – A Favorite Holiday Tradition
I love attending church on Christmas Eve. I haven’t been the most devout of Christians over the past few years of my life, but church on Christmas is a beautiful thing to me.

frosty_primaryFrosty the Snowman – A Memory Involving Snow or A Memory You Would Like to Have Involving Snow
This isn’t necessarily a specific memory, but I do remember a few times that I have been able to go out at night while it was snowing and just watch the snow fall. I find it fascinating that snowflakes fall from the sky, but they make no noise. That stillness is almost indescribable. And then fresh show shimmers and glistens. I’m not a fan of slippery surfaces and cold, but fresh snow and just watching it fall….I absolutely love it.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – A Holiday Activity You Like Doing
Christmas crafts! I am addicted to seasonal and holiday crafts!

Ebenezer Scrooge – “Bah, Humbug!” – A Favorite Holiday Saying or Quote
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Also the quote from the Grinch where–and I’m paraphrasing here–“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas is

Spread the Holiday Spirit!
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TAG TUESDAY! The Nightmare Before Christmas Tag

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. As can be expected, the weather here is typical fall: one day sunny and 81, the next rainy and 45. One never knows when its fall in the midwest!! I’m hoping I’ll have the chance to go outside and shoot some photos soon. Fingers crossed! Oh, and here is a link to the creator’s original tag. Here we go…

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1. Sally –loves someone a lot and gets them in the end … The first book that came to mind when I read this prompt was the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This series, of course, is love triangle central and I won’t give away the resolution of who Alina finally ends up with, but I will tell you there is a lot of wanting and of course, someone(s) gets a HEA.

2. Jack – a character that longs for more … For this one, I’m going to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper. Audrey Rose is always wanting more training, more cases, more reasons to voice her opinions about women’s rights. She is a perfect example of a Jack-like character and how she sometimes got carried away with her wanting.

3. Zero – side kick character … My new favorite is Jacob from Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts. First off, I loved this book. Second, Jacob not only saved Cassidy’s life, but thereafter he was her best friend and stuck by her at all times. They understood each other so well and help each other through everything.

4. Oogie boogie – a book with a wicked villain … I’m going to go a little off a limb and go with Geekarella on this one. I finally got around to reading this book this summer and it was so cute and so fun that again, I don’t know why I waited so long! So the ‘wicked villain’ here is Elle’s mom and one of her stepsisters. In this modern world, it is just disgusting and cruel to treat someone the way that Elle is treated.

Regular_Final_-_8-21-20175. Halloween town – a book with a creepy theme … Anna Dressed in Blood. I feel like I don’t need to do a lot of explaining on this one. The title is rather creepy in and of itself. I didn’t love this book, but it was set up for the sequel and by the end of the book, things picked up and I was intrigued by that ending! So maybe someday I’ll get to the sequel.

6. Christmas town – a book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy … All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. In some ways, this book was a tough pill to swallow. At times, I thought I might be walking away from this book, which is weird for me because I LOVE CoHo. However, by the end, I was crying happy love tears.

557682e7-6ea0-42bb-9a54-e662382233e57. What is this – book that took you by surprise …. I have to say Children of Blood and Bone for this one and here’s why: I was skeptical about the hype around this one. So much so that I almost didn’t even pick it up to read, but I’m so glad that I did! COBAB was so amazingly good and it moved so quickly, I was just in love with it from beginning to end.

So that’s that my friends. If you need some seasonal, bookish entertainment, then I tag you for this book tag! Have fun!!

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Tag Tuesday: Reader Problems Tag

Hi everyone! I am sorry I’ve gone pretty quiet on here! There has been so much activity in my real life. We have sent out all of our wedding invitations and have gone into heavy duty decoration-making mode so things have started getting really busy! But I’m still reading as much as possible and now things will hopefully die down a little bit. In regards to this tag, it was originally created by About to Read.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I’m a mood reader and an impulse reader. Also, based on the release date of ARCs that I need to read for NetGalley or blog tours.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’ve gotten better about embracing the concept of “Life is too short to read books that you don’t enjoy.”

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? The end of the year is always crunch time it seems! I read shorter cozy mysteries and romances. And its really not a burden because I love holiday books!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? Cry and whine and buy them anyway and pray that someday they will match!! I hate non-matching covers!

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? There have to be people out there who also don’t like the book. I will find them!

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? I will cry. If its cry-worthy, the dam will break and the tears will flow. Probably not as ugly as if I am at home, but it will happen.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? If I truly loved the first book, I will re-read. If a book was just ok and I am about to jump into a sequel then I will probably browse Goodreads and/or my past blog posts and reviews for thoughts.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Give recommendations on places to buy the book at a good price or find ebook bargains.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? Keep trying until I find one that hooks my attention. I have this so frequently, I WILL find one eventually.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? As much as I want to BUY ALL THE BOOKS, I try to limit it to only buying 1-2 at a time, 3 at the most. Plus sometimes I pre-order books that I really want so there are those also.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? I am ashamed to say that usually I get really excited about a book release, go out and buy the book, and then they sit for a long time. I have to finish whatever I’m currently reading, and then I have to wait to be “in the mood” for it.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know how I roll with my tags. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in doing this tag, consider yourself TAGGED!! Just answer these questions on your own blog and link back to my blog and you’re good to go! Hope you’re having a great week!

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Tag Tuesday: Harry Potter Book Tag

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!! Did you know that today, July 31st, is Harry Potter’s birthday? Yep! Its almost sad that I know that, but I do. Our little hero was born on this day in 1980. So in honor of that, of course I must do a tag in his honor!

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Favourite book – Growing up my favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban. I still really like that book but now that I’m older I think Deathly Hallows is my favorite. I think it has more depth to it, which I appreciate more.

Favourite movie – Half Blood Prince for sure! Although I enjoy watching Goblet of Fire much more than I used to.

Least favourite book – Chamber of Secrets I think. Probably my least favorite movie as well. Which is a shame because I love Kenneth Branagh!!

37da4a94ad2dfe0a275634a5ed212b8eParts of the books/movies that made you cry – Oh come on! Dobby. The raising of the wands for Dumbledore. Those are the biggest moments.

If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character who would it be? Either of the Weasely twins. 😉

Favourite character – Prof. McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Sirius, Dumbledore

What would your Patronus be? A dog.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose? Wand.

What House would you be in? Ravenclaw.

If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? Alan Rickman.

lhp1_featuredHave you played any of the video games? Lego Harry Potter for the WIN!!

If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play? Spectator.

Were you happy with the ending? Yes, minus the “Fifteen years later” part. I hate when authors do that. I just don’t need that in a book….

How much does Harry Potter mean to you? I have many memories associated with the books, the movies, merchandise, and hopefully someday the theme parks. I plan on making more with future children and other family members. I don’t see HP fading from my life anytime soon. ❤

So if you’re reading this and you’re a fan of HP and want to wish him a happy birthday too, or just want to have a bit of fun with this tag, then consider yourself tagged! 😉

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Tag Tuesday: The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hi everyone! June is officially over so we are MORE than halfway through the year. Yikes! I figured this week, I’ll take a look at what I’ve read so far this year and put the good, the bad, and the ugly into a tag. I’ve read 34 books so far this year and Goodreads tells me I’m “one book behind” on my goal of 75 books. Without further ado, here goes!:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

a_semi-definitive_list_of_worst_nightmares_krystal_sutherland_fall_2017_ya_booksSo far this year I have marked 7 out of 35 books as 5 stars but the one that I am choosing as “the best” is A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. Why? It was the biggest surprise and I think that its the most impactful and the most creative. This book had humor and heart and depth! I mentioned when I reviewed it a few months ago that I dislike the cover and I still feel that it in no way does the book justice. If you like contemporaries and/or magical realism and don’t shy away from trigger warnings of suicide or depression, then absolutely read this book. SO. WORTH. IT.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists. I only have a short list to choose from and I wasn’t in love with the Grisha sequels so when all else fails, default to the PotterVerse! This was actually my favorite of the short library collections. I found this one witty and interesting, moreso than either of the other two books.

344992213. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

To Kill a Kingdom is getting so much buzz and I have had this book for months now! Why have I still not read it?! I always tell myself I want to be ready for the Goodreads awards and I’m going to binge read when the nominees come out but there are just way too many. I have to start NOW and I just know that this will be on there.

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

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I am desparate for this release!! I have heard its good and its right up my alley. I cannot wait for this release!!

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Wrinkle in Time: Graphic Novel. Maybe its been too long since I read the book, or maybe the graphic novel was just too cheesy for me. Whatever the matter, I had been looking forward to reading this and ended up very disappointed. I don’t have a ton of experience with graphic novels, but I have enjoyed those I have read….with the exception of this one.

289456656. Biggest surprise.

Zero Repeat Forever. I’m choosing this not just because I am surprised that I enjoyed a sci-fi book (its not my typical go-to genre), but I was surprised by the ending. Hello cliffhanger!! I was so drawn into the characters of this book and I can’t wait for the second book to release!!

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

Ashley Poston – Geekerella. I received an ARC of Geekerella before the paperback was released and I absolutely LOVED the book. Honestly I was a little skeptical but it all ended up great! Now I’m considering buying my own hard copy because I loved it so much! Ashley Poston is definitely an author I will read again.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Levi from Fangirl. Pretty much enough said. The guy can make me a latte anytime! 😉

9. Newest favourite character.

The Darkling! Seriously…all the merch, all the books, all the angsty talk….#teamDarkling

2511100410. Book that made you cry.

November 9. I have fallen in love with Colleen Hoover this year and November 9 is probably my favorite CoHo book at this point. I can’t wait for her next book to release! All Your Perfects is the title and it releases on July 17th. Almost here!

11. Book that made you happy.

Catching Fire. Book #2 of The Hunger Games is my favorite and I have been craving a re-read for a while. I was so happy to finally pick it up and I absolutely loved my time listening to the audiobook for the first time.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Annihilation – way better than the book. The movie is SO trippy! It was everything I expected but didn’t get from the book!

3364552713. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. I feel like I got to reference some fun works, use some great quotes, and find some fun pictures to put into my review. Plus I enjoyed the book itself so that made writing the review all the better.

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

Sky in the Deep. I thought this book was beautiful both inside and out. I like that it was unique and strong.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Darkest Minds, and I want to pick up the Red Queen series again, now that its finished (I hate cliffhangers with unreleased books).

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So there you have it, folks! If you are reading this and you have not yet done this tag, consider yourself officially tagged and go do it! Its a good one! Oh, and just a reminder, my giveaway is still open for The Last Time I Lied. If you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to read this amazing summer thriller by Riley Sager, visit my last post and give me your best shot and two truths and a lie and I’ll enter you to win a free copy of the book. Giveaway goes until 7/19/18. Goodluck!

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Tag Tuesday: The Musical Theater Tag!

Hello everyone! So, in light of the Tony’s airing last week, I just stumbled upon this Musical Theater tag and decided WHY NOT?!?! Now, I found this on Em’s blog, but she is not the original maker of the tag from my understanding. This tag is NOT a bookish one, but I am going to change a few tags and make them so. Apologies to the original maker of the tag, whoever you are. But anyway, here we go!

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  1. What was the first musical you ever saw? That is really difficult to say because my grandparents watched these things the way we watch Netflix. If you ask what was the first musical I remember seeing LIVE? That’s probably Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Narrator in that show is still one of my dream roles.
  2. What was your favorite musical growing up? Growing up as a small child probably The Sound of Music because my grandmother played it for me and had me sing it constantly. Growing up into high school, though, I fell in love with Wicked and I really bonded with my best friend over it. We would sing it over and over together.
  3. Were you ever in a musical? Oh yes. My first ‘role’ was completely embarrassing and I never admit to it. I only got it because I was the only elementary student who could actually sing. Then in high school I was in the chorus in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (I’m still going to be that Narrator someday, dammit!). Then I played in the pit orchestra for the rest of high school. Then I actually studied voice and finally landed a badass role of the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Maria has NOTHIN’ on the Mother Abbess, I’ll tell you what. 😛
  4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway? Wicked.
  5. If you could be any female character in any musical, who would you be and why? Kathy from The Last Five Years because have you seen that musical?!
  6. How about male character? Archibald Craven from The Secret Garden (bet you weren’t expecting that one, were you??). If you aren’t familiar with this musical, you absolutely should be. It is so beautiful. The male roles in this are spectacular. Plus, Lily Craven is another in my list of dream roles. Ohh, its just so beautiful, I just wilt at the thoughts of this musical!
  7. Favorite musical song to sing in the shower? Ummm, all of them?? ‘Come To My Garden,’ from The Secret Garden, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain,’ from The Sound of Music, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Popular’ from Wicked, ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ from Smash
  8. Who is your favorite musical theater actress? Audra McDonald, Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenowith
  9. Actor? Jeremy Jordan, Jonathan Groff, Aaron Tveitt, Christian Borle
  10. Favorite film adaptation of a musical book? The Hunger Games! I still love the books, but I like the movies too.
  11. What do you think is the most underrated musical book? Wither and the Chemical Garden trilogy is, I believe, a very underrated trilogy. The writing was great and the concept was so unique that it has stuck with me for the three years since I read the books.
  12. Overrated musical book? I know its an unpopular opinion but: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I wasn’t a fan.
  13. What musical made you cry? The Last Five Years. Gets me every time I listen to it. The movie version not necessarily…I didn’t think it was all that great (though I love looking at Jeremy Jordan, and he’s a great singer)…but man, I cry my eyes out.
  14. Are there any musicals books you saw read and hated? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Eighty Days Yellow, and the first Vampire Diaries book.
  15. What musical book made you laugh? Geekerella and November 9 made me laugh.
  16. What musical book do you want to see made into a film? The GrishaVerse books, Children of Blood and Bone, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and anything by Colleen Hoover.
  17. Which musicals are you dying to see? Hamilton – duh. Anything with Audra McDonald. HP and the Cursed Child.
  18. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical? That’s one I would actually need to think about…..I could almost see The Night Circus as a cool musical…

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Tag Tuesday: Inside Out

Hi everyone! So I just started a new job last week and as with any new job, I have been feeling SO many emotions! Its such a roller coaster!! That being said, I feel it appropriate to do the Inside Out Book Tag this week so here goes!

Joy: Which book brings you the most joy?
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Joy, for me, is probably The Hunger Games. Any versions, any merch, any anything and I’m just in love! The series means a lot to me and I just love the contents and the characters. Both the books and the movies are excellent, in my opinion. I love THG!

Disgust: Which book grossed you out the most?
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This one is pretty easy for me. Whiskey Sour or any of the Jack Daniels mysteries by J.A. Konrath. I have read the first three in the series and they are good but man, this guy is not shy about putting in details about his killers’ murder methods! Let’s just say, for example, that book 1 is responsible for me never eating bite size candy bars without me cutting them in half ever again. Nope, nope, nope!!

Fear: The book that scared you more than anything?
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I don’t scare easily when it comes to books, but due to the circumstances under which I read it, I am going to choose Amityville Horror for this one. I had to read this for a course in college and I read a few chapters over a weekend when I was staying by myself in a really old building at a camp/forest preserve out in the middle of nowhere! So hearing the creaks and moans of the old building and the wind and all that while reading about a possessed house was NOT a good idea!!!

Sadness: Which book made you cry the hardest?
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Oh Lordy, do I have to re-live this one? While I don’t scare easily over books, I do tend to cry relatively easily over books. So. My top cry books: Allegient (Divergent trilogy), Extraordinary Means (if you haven’t heard of this book, go look it up. If you liked The Fault in our Stars, or even if you didn’t [because I didn’t… #unpopularopinion ] this book was even better!), and The Light We Lost.

Anger: Which book pissed you off? 
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I won’t say it “pissed me off” but it definitely was not up to my expectations. Or maybe it wasn’t what I expected. So for this one I’ll choose Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. My favorite character gets killed off, my ideal ship doesn’t happen, and the trilogy ends!! Pout, pout, pout!

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Tag Tuesday: Norse Mythology Book Tag

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Its finally starting to feel AND look like spring in my neck of the woods and it is marvelous! Our pattern of snow…melt…snow…melt…snow…etc. is finally over (knock on wood, right?). But anyway, on to the reason why we’re all here: BOOKS!

So this week for *Tag Tuesday,* my friend Sarah posted the Norse Mythology Book Tag and it was awesome!

THE RULES of the TAG

  • Link back to my original post and to Kyera’s post
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you…show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wondeful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going.

ODIN – FAVOURITE STAND ALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine and war among other things.

 

 

Going through my list of books there were a couple that jumped out at me to choose as a good stand alone, but then once I found T.H.U.G., all bets were off. If you still have not read this book, get to it! I also highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator is amazing! But really, this book about a teenager witnessing the shooting of her (unarmed) friend at the hands of a police officer will give you a lot to think about. The Hate U Give  is so well-written and its being made into a movie as well so if you’re one of those people who likes to read the book before something hits the screen, then put this on your TBR!

THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful lady Sif.

I didn’t even have to think about which book to choose for this one. Hands down, The Light We Lost was a great book that took me in and went straight to my heart. HARD. For me, this book was a clear 5 star read and I still recommend it to everyone who asks for books to read.

LOKI – BIGGEST BOOK PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

Ok, maybe I should have seen this one coming, but the plot twist in Red Queen  pretty much tore the carpet from beneath my feet! I think I was too concerned with the love triangle/square (which I believe was what the author intended…well played, Ms. Aveyard) to be concerned with any other deeper plots at play and I completely missed the big twist so by the end, I was SHOOK. The book leaves off pretty much ready to go on to book two but unfortunately I haven’t been able to read on yet. I really need to though, because I really enjoyed book 1!!

FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and fate.

My next three answers are from the same trilogy–spoiler alert–so sorry not sorry if you aren’t a fan. For this pick, if there is anyone out there who has been living under a rock and doesn’t know how this story ends and who the main character ends up with, I won’t spoil it and give the books/movies away.
So my OTP pick is Katiniss’ man in the Hunger Games trilogy. For the longest time, I was rooting for the other guy but once I reached the end, I could never imagine her with anyone else. Also, it was funny because in the books, I thought she should be with–and I will come right out and say this–Gale, and the movies, I thought she was best off with Peeta. But after re-reading and re-watching and really thinking and being open-minded and trying to be in Katniss’ mind, I agree with the way it all is and its beautiful. *sigh*

HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and it is he who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds. 

Not only is The Hunger Games my favorite series/trilogy, Catching Fire is one of my favorite books. I love the new characters that are introduced (oh, hello Finnick!), the development of the ignorance and manipulation of the Capitol, the cleverness of the Games, just….everything!! I absolutely LOVED this book!

BALDUR – FAVOURITE MAIN CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

Katniss. This girl perseveres through everything and comes out stronger for it. True, sometimes (ok, a lot of times) she’s flying by the seat of her pants and/or letting other people make her look good but let’s be honest, in order to survive and keep those you love alive, you have to do what you have to do. She is strong, empathetic, compassionate, sarcastic, loyal, smart, etc. I could go on. After all this HG talk, I really feel the need to re-read this trilogy. I’ve got the itch!!!

SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

The Forgetting. I love this cover. It has two of my favorite things: a beautiful tree with falling leaves/flowers(?), and gorgeous purple ombre. Silly me has been slacking for years now on reading the book (I have an arc from 2016!!!) but its still on my TBR, partially because of this gorgeous cover!!

FREY – BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the Lord of weather, God of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

While I did enjoy The Lunar Chronicles as a series, the Wires and Nerve graphic novels are seriously amazing in and of themselves. I mean, you should read the Lunar Chronicles in order to know what is going on and the back story because truly they go together, but the humor in Wires and Nerve and just getting to see the characters all together is so much fun. I really enjoy those books so immensely!

FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

 Ivory and Bone is a very interesting and unique book, and I really mean that in the best of ways. It is written in second person, from a male point of view, in a prehistoric type of setting. Yeah, told you it was unique!! But really, it was such a neat setting that all was forgiven for me because it was so beautiful, so natural, and it all just worked together. I really enjoyed it. And like I said, it was just unique and refreshing to me. None of it was forced or out of place so I just really enjoyed it.

TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

Tyr is the god of war.

Travel…death threat…travel…capture…battle…travel…battle…death threat…travel…battle…epic battle…travel…battle…you get the idea. But we all love it. =]

ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

Spoiler warning – but after all these years, if you don’t know who dies in Harry Potter, that’s your own fault 😛 Anyway, I’m still not over the deaths of this series. I’m still in major denial. I legitimately do not think that Sirius and Dumbledore are dead. I mean, technically Rowling wrote it but…what’s behind that curtain?? Big D was the master of death! Come on!!!! I’m really not over it….

NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

njord2b71yno1_1280Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

My ‘read’ list is sadly lacking on water/ocean books so I have to pass on this one. I have several on my TBR list though so I’ll get back to you !

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

Well this book just had to be on the list. Eelyn is pretty much the fiercest female character. Well, strictly human character, that is. We could go superhero and talk strong, or emotionally strong, or…basically there are different kinds of strong so choose your strong. To me at this moment, I know I wouldn’t be able to rush into battle wielding an axe in one hand and a sword in another. I wouldn’t be able to watch my brother, father, best friend, and the man I love all risk their lives alongside me. I would be miserable living the cold winters in a tent. To me, that’s a whole lot of strong and fierce!

AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK “CREW”

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

For a moment I considered the crew-fam that is The Lunar Chronicles. They are a fun bunch of misfits come together to save a planet and a moon and I love each of them dearly. I also considered the Grisha trilogy Alina-Mal-Nikolai-etc. crew, but really I just love Nikolai and secretly love the Darkling in all of his broodiness. I know of other crews that I know I will love when I read them. But above all of these, I know my all-time favorite and really first crew love was the Harry Potter crew. So–duh–that’s my final answer!illus_smoke_divider_by_entropies-d4triyr

And that concludes our fun for the day! I now hereby tag Ashleigh, Nicola, and Maggie…plus anyone else who wants to get their Norse on! 😉

Currently listening to: Everytime We Touch by Cascada

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Tag Tuesday: Easter Book Tag

170412-better-chocolate-bunny-easter-se-335p_56963533f30696ec7e11f1525df3013c-focal-1000x500Happy (belated) Easter, everyone! I hope that your baskets were full of goodies and you had a nice weekend with family. If you aren’t an Easter holiday observer, then hopefully you had a good weekend in general. My fiance and I had a Star Wars marathon in addition to Easter festivities. His birthday was last Thursday and he was so excited about the release of The Last Jedi so you better believe we watched all nine movies. Oh boy!

Anyway, today I bring to you the Easter Book Tag. This tag was originally vlogged by Rosie the Reader. This is a pretty short and sweet tag but I’m working on a monstrously large one for next week – stay tuned!

Rabbits – A book you wish you could multiply

1505944943061594800_220I’ll kick this off with Outlander. I have only read as far as Voyager (book 3) in the series so far, but I simply love these books! And the show now too, of course. Yes, the two have their differences of course, so I have to keep them different in my mind and sometimes I feel like I need to keep my books handy by my side while watching. Or maybe I just need a “quick guide”! But back to the books. One cannot mention Outlander without expressing love for Jamie Fraser. He is a man of beautiful words and deep love and will make any reader swoon! Another amazing thing about these books is the historical detail. Its no wonder these books are so long. They are thoroughly researched and beautifully written. If only all books are so thorough and beautiful.

Egg – A book that surprised you

32766747My pick for this is one of my favorite reads from 2017: Library of Fates. I didn’t have high hopes for this book because Aditi Khorana’s first book didn’t have the highest rating on Goodreads, but this book blew me away! I was so surprised by the beauty of this book and how wonderfully the magic and folklore were woven into the story. I honestly did not predict most of the events of the book, which I had very much expected to. This book was one that I received for free as an ARC but loved so much, I bought a hard copy for myself when it was published. If you still haven’t read it, pick it up! Its a really great read! I would love to read more books like this–it was perfection!

Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

cb19f00d-3a9e-4884-8e70-0516e274ad32Generally I read books as I find them, rather than hunting books that I want to read so this one was tough for me. I’ll choose Dumplin’ though, because last year at a signing I got to meet Julie Murphy at a release party for Ramona Blue. I had her sign my copy of RB but what I really wanted her to sign for me was Dumplin’ because as a singer with body issues, I identified with that book. I looked around the shop and could not find a hard cover copy to have her sign for me! I was so bummed! I complained probably a little too loudly and a store employee overheard me. She went to check the store again and no, sure enough, no more copies. Julie was sad for me, the employee was sad for me, I was sad for me. Bummer all around. Well, then a manager overheard. She thought maybe there were one or two stashed in the back. Sure enough, there was one more copy in the back and it was all mine! And that’s how I got my signed copy of Dumplin’.

Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy

Hands down: The Giving Tree. There are several more, of course. I am a sucker for kids books and books from my childhood or books that we read to young campers at my summer camp, but man, The Giving Tree just gets me in the feels! I hope that everyone has read this book. If not, add it to your personal library. Share it with your children and with your friends’ children, and your family members’ children. Its just that worthwhile.

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Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of Spring

35020380Wild Beauty! This book came in a Fall/Winter Owl Crate box and I haven’t been able to motivate myself to read it just yet because it hasn’t felt like the right season! But now that its spring, it feels like the perfect time! Either this month or next month I’m going to try to dive into this book. Its all about a family of women living on a lush garden estate which enchants guests from around the world. In their legacy, they may not fall in love too deeply or their lovers will vanish. Then one day a mystery boy appears in the garden and changes everything. From what I read in reviews, Wild Beauty is all about beauty and love–all the things we need more of in the world.

Rising From the Dead – A book from a deceased author

18373Get your Kleenex ready. My pick from this one is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I can barely say or spell the title without getting sad. I think I’m just scarred from reading this in my childhood. I remember reading it in, maybe sixth grade and becoming so engaged in the book and being extremely crushed by the ending! I have no idea how I would feel reading it now. If it would still bring out such an emotional reaction from me or not, but I know it made an impact from me and I thought it was a powerful book.

Baskets – A book that is in your Amazon cart or wishlist right now

37546906There are so many!! Right now I am debating on whether or not to pre-order Ace of Shades. I’ve been waiting on this one for months now (haven’t we all?!)! ARC reviews being posted are really great and are only making me more excited. Is it April 10 yet?!

Candy – A book that is sweet

23395098My pick for a sweet book needs to be Fangirl. I put off reading this one forever because I read Carry On first and didn’t like it too much (don’t hate me!). However, I’m glad that I gave Fangirl a chance because it was SO.GOOD.!!! I loved Levi and his sweetness. He went straight into my list of top 5 book boyfriends. Another sweet thing about this book was Cath’s relationship with her father. Her relationship with her sister was strained throughout the book but of course they had to work things out. So ultimately, a very sweet book that I very much loved.

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So that’s the tag, my friends! If you’re reading this and are still in an Easter-y mood, feel free to take this on. I picked out a few books I haven’t thought of in a while, so maybe this tag would give you the same opportunity as well! Until next time…happy reading!

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