Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018 Edition

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hey everyone and welcome to another tag post! I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I know it’s a bit late for this tag since it’s all about being mid-year and that was technically last month, but I still wanted to do this tag. I first did this tag last year (click here to see that post) and I had a lot of fun doing it so I decided to do it again this year. This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. All book titles mentioned below link to Goodreads. Let’s get started!


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

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I had to go with two books for this question: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – my only 5 star reads so far this year. Both books center around heavy topics and are wonderfully written. I was captivated by both of these books and I highly recommend them!

However, I suggest you first check out the following content warnings for each of the books before picking them up. The Nowhere Girls: rape, sexual and physical assault, sexual harassment, panic attacks. Anger Is a Gift: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

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

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I’m going to answer with two books for this question as well – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim. These were both fantastic sequels!! I definitely recommend you check out both of these series!

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

Save the Date

Save the Date by Morgan Matson was the first book to come to mind! This book was just published last month but I’m bummed I haven’t been able to read it yet. I’m waiting for my hold on it to come in at the library and then I’ll be diving right in! I’ve loved all of Morgan’s past books and I’m super excited to read this one!

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

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Oh wow, I’m super excited for a lot of new releases in the second half of the year but I’ll only name a few: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, and The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

5. Biggest disappointment

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Two books I read this year were both pretty disappointing: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian and All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I was expecting to enjoy these two books a lot more than I ended up enjoying them. I rated both of them 2.5 out of 5 stars.

6. Biggest surprise

The Nowhere Girls

When I started The Nowhere Girls, my first book of 2018, I had no idea it would also be my first 5 star read of the year as well so that was definitely a surprise! I ended up enjoying it so, so much (as you can tell since it’s my answer for question #1).

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

Girl Made of Stars

I’ve read a book by this author before but after reading her newest novel, Girl Made of Stars, I’d have to say Ashley Herring Blake is a new favorite author! The writing in this book was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much! I’ll definitely be reading anything Ashley writes next!

8. Newest fictional crush

Uhhhh, no one?

9. Newest favorite cover

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Here are three of my favorite covers of books I’ve read so far this year. From left to right: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

10. Book that made you cry

The Nowhere Girls

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I very rarely cry at books (movies too), but I started crying while reading The Nowhere Girls  only because one of the main characters was having a panic attack and her dog was being super sweet. Yeah, I definitely cry when animals do cute things!

11. Book that made you happy

My Plain Jane

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows definitely made me happy! While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as their first book, My Lady Jane, I still really enjoyed it and I loved the silly aspects of it!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I don’t think I’ve seen any yet! However, I’m looking forward to seeing Love, Simon hopefully sometime soon!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Um. Well. I haven’t written any official review posts so far this year. Oops!

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

Obsidio

Since the number of books I’ve gotten this year are extremely limited, I’m going to go with Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, which has a gorgeous cover! Trust me, it’s even better looking in person on the physical book.

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

I don’t have a specific list of books in mind but I do have 7 books left to read in order to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal on there to 50 books and at the time of writing this post, I’ve completed 43 books. My personal goal was to read 100 books, but that probably isn’t going to happen.


I’m not going to specifically tag anyone but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Feel free to link your post in the comments below! I would love to see your answers to these questions.

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hello everyone! Is everyone in the Christmas/holiday spirit? I can’t say I’m 100% in the spirit quite yet. Even though our house is decorated, it just doesn’t feel like the holidays yet to me. I’m hoping this fun tag will help me get in the spirit! The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag was created by Jenniely and I was tagged to do it by Krutula. The tag has a list of 15 bookish “sins” and you have to say whether or not you’re guilty of committing each “sin.” If you’ve done more than not, you’re considered naughty. If you haven’t committed many of the “sins,” you’re considered nice. Let’s get started!


1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Oops… I’m guilty of this one. I actually received 2 ARCs this year that I have yet to read and review. However, one of them I just got this month so I haven’t really had the chance to read it yet.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I don’t use Netgalley so I’m just going to skip this one.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

Um… yeah. I do this A LOT. I know that I never follow through on reviews so I’ve started writing “more thoughts to come” on Goodreads but I can’t even follow through on that!

4. Folded down a page of a book

*gasps* Never!!

5. Accidentally spilled on a book

I had a close call earlier this year when I spilled a glass of water, but my book (and my laptop) ended up safe! I just ended up drenching the table and some unimportant papers instead.

6. DNF a book this year

Guilty! I ended up DNFing 2 books this year.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Even though I have bought books because of their pretty covers in the past, I still have the intention of reading them. So, I’m innocent in this one.

8. Read while you were supposed to be doing something else

I’m 99.9% certain I’m guilty of this one. I can’t think of a specific moment right now but I’m sure I’ve done it.

9. Skim read a book

While I’ve skimmed small parts of books, I have never skim read an entire book before.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I actually passed my Goodreads goal!! As of the time I’m writing this, I’m 5 books ahead of my goal!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it

Nope, I’m innocent with this one. The only books I’ve borrowed this year have been from the library and I’ve returned them all on time.

12. Broke a book buying ban

I didn’t really put myself on a book buying ban this year so I’m good with this one.

13. Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about

GUILTY. So guilty. Most of the time I don’t even attempt writing reviews anymore but when I did start a few, I didn’t finish them and when I tried to go back to them, it had been too long and I forgot all of my thoughts regarding the book. Oops!

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

No way!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope! I’m really hyperactive when it comes to my Goodreads account. I always keep it updated!

The Results:

I’ve committed only 5 of the 15 bookish “sins” on the list so I can definitely say I’m nice – not naughty. I’m pretty darn proud of myself for not doing some of the things on this list, especially not being super behind on my Goodreads goal. I was super behind on it in 2016 so it’s nice to see how much better I’m doing this year!


This was a super fun tag and I would love to spread the joy! If you’re reading this and would like to do the tag, consider yourself tagged by me! If you end up doing it, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments below. Happy holidays!

Four London Book Tag

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Hello everyone! Today I’m here to do another book tag that is based on one of my favorite series – the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. This tag was created by Arkon and Annie and I was tagged by the lovely Krutula. Thanks for tagging me, Krutula! Side note: all the wonderful graphics in this post were created by Arkon and Annie. Now let’s get started!


Q1

“Like Lila with the Stone’s Throw in her regular old grey London, she just can’t seem to get away from the place. No matter how many times she runs away to seek adventure and get herself a ship. So, we wondered what book/series is essentially the Stone’s Throw for us in literary form?” –Arkon and Annie

For this one I went with a series instead of one book and that is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Now, I’m not actively trying to quit rereading this series (let’s be honest, I’ll probably still be reading it when I’m 100 years old), but every time I reread a Harry Potter book, I’m neglecting a book on my TBR. And while I feel bad for doing that, I will never be able to quit rereading one of my favorite series of all time! In fact, I think I’m due for another reread soon…

Q2

“Lila said goodbye to Grey London with a wave and a grin and never looked back. She was done. She was over it. She wanted bigger and better things.” –Arkon and Annie

There are several books and series I’ve abandoned throughout the years but one that first came to mind was one I decided to quit earlier this year – the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and gave it 4 stars. I wasn’t too impressed with the second book but I still wanted to give the series a chance in case it improved. However, it only got worse from there. The third book was so bad! I was bored out of my mind for a majority of the book and then the ending was absolutely horrible and it made the decision of whether or not to continue with the series a really easy one!

Q3

“Grey London is the only London that’s basically devoid of magic. It’s dead or it’s dying and very few people can access that scraps of power that are left. But ignore all that.” –Arkon and Annie

I’m going to go with The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver for this one. I really didn’t like this book for the most part. My biggest problems with it was that it was SO unrealistic and the main character really got on my nerves. However, the one character, Josh, really saved the book for me. I definitely would have given the book a 1 star rating if it wasn’t for him. I’m going to quote 2015 me when I say: “In a book where everything was so unrealistic, [Josh] was a breath of fresh air.”

Q4

“There are many forms of Aven (blessed) in the Shades of Magic books. There are the priests and the Antari. Both have a different form of magic. The Antari can control all forms expertly and equally. The priests are similar in that the have access to all forms, but they’re not particularly talented at any of them.” –Arkon and Annie

My answer for this questions just has to be the series that this tag was based on, the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab! This series is full of amazing characters, wonderful worlds, a fantastic plot, and fantastic writing! Other books/series I just had to include in my answer are: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, and any Rick Riordan book.

Q5

“Kell’s coat is the most fantastic piece of clothing that we’ve ever read about and we so want it. You can change it up whenever you like and there just might be an infinite amount of forms for it to take.” –Arkon and Annie

Without a doubt, any Harry Potter book. Every time I reread the books I notice a minor (or sometimes major) detail I didn’t pick up before. I think it’s fantastic that I’m able to experience this!

Q6

“Holland and Kell to a greater extent are loved and feared simultaneously. People look at them and marvel at their power, but they also fear them because tiny, tiny mortals don’t like sentient beings to be able to do more than them. Be more than them.” –Arkon and Annie

Definitely the world in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! I love it because of all the cool technology they have but I also fear it because of the scary disease that is being spread and the evil queen who resides on the moon.

Q7

“At the beginning of the series White London was even worse than Grey London is some respects. To take the throne, you had to kill. The hygiene of the general populace was terrible and Astrid or Athos Dane could bind you or bury you at whatever moment they saw fit.” –Arkon and Annie

I wasn’t wild about the first book in the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club, but I decided to continue on with the series anyway and I’m so glad I did! I enjoyed the sequel, The Dark Days Pact, A LOT more than the first book. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!

Q8

A book/series that you would kill for

I’m not sure I would actually kill over a book, but I would most definitely shout my love for the following books/series until my last breath: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, the Heroes of Olympus series & the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan, the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo… honestly I could go on for hours!

Q9

“White London was dying. Holland saved it. May the potentially ungratefully denizens of the palest of London’s mourn his soul.” –Arkon and Annie

Oh. My. God. How is it possible to pick just one book?!? Uhhh… ummmm… yeah I’m just going to skip right over this one and move onto the next question.

Q10

“Osaron and his massive ego consumed the people in Black London and tried to consume all of the population of Red London (White London and Grey London just weren’t good enough. Rude) but he failed and only consumed a few. They died horrible deaths. It was exciting.” –Arkon and Annie

Again, I can’t pick just one to answer so all of the following books are ones that I didn’t want to put down while reading: More Than This by Patrick Ness, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows, Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, and Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

Q11

“Every good person in all the Londons that matter aka Red and White know that Black London is to be treated as if it is the plague. *cough* someone tell Kell *cough* and there are some books which we absolutely stay away from.” –Arkon and Annie

The first book I thought of was Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I have absolutely no interest in reading any kind of erotica book, but I definitely don’t want to read one that centers on an unhealthy relationship.

Q12

“Magic man Osaron is a puppet master. He says buy me a rake, you do it. He says shove that rake in your eye, you do it. He says call me you crazy magic lover boy, you do-  wait, what?” –Arkon and Annie

I feel like this name keeps coming up in my answers but… Mr. Rick Riordan has complete control over my purse strings (aka my wallet). I can’t not buy every book Rick puts out and he keeps on writing them! (I’m not complaining, but my wallet definitely is.)

Q13

What character/s from the Shades of Magic trilogy would you like to see have a spinoff?

It’s no secret that I love all the characters in the Shades of Magic series so… can I say all of them?? There’s just so many possibilities within the world(s) of this series and I want to read all of them!

Q14

If you could rule one of the four Londons, which one would you rule?

I’m probably not cut out to be an actual queen (though I often joke to my family that I am a queen), but if I had to choose, I would most definitely like to rule my favorite of the four Londons, Red London.

Tag

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The Book Aesthetics Tag

The Book Aesthetics Tag

Hi guys! I’m here today to do a super fun tag created by Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff. Since I’ve been loving making aesthetics recently, I thought now was the perfect time to do this tag! I wasn’t tagged by anybody but when has that ever stopped me from doing a tag?

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you.
  • Credit the creator of this tag.
  • There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question.
  • Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else.

Favorite book of the year

The Hate U Give 3

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Some Kind of Happiness

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

The Hate U GiveA Conjuring of Light, and Some Kind of Happiness are 3 of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year! I loved them for different reasons but they all had a couple things in common: 1) they’re amazing and 2) I didn’t want to put them down while reading! I highly recommend you check out all three of these books!

Character you relate to a lot

Emily SYBG 1

Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Tash - Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

There are several characters I like and admire but there are few that I really, really relate to. The two I went with for this question were Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone and Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. At the beginning of Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily is very much an introvert. She was afraid to do anything outside of her comfort zone. This is exactly the way I am! Throughout the book, Emily has adventures and really comes out of her shell. Now, I still haven’t 100% done this but I still really, really related to Emily! The reason why I relate so much to Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy is that we’re both asexual. It was the first time I read a book with an asexual main character and it was SO well done. Tash and I had pretty much the same exact thoughts about our asexuality so it’s no wonder why I connected so much to her!

A character you look up to

Nina - Six of Crows

Nina from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Inej - Six of Crows

Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Hermione Granger

Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Annabeth Chase

Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series & The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

These four ladies are all total badasses that I really admire! They’re all strong in their own ways and just really, really awesome.

An underrated gem

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

The Impostor Queen

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

I loved both Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Impostor Queen so much! I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about them. The books don’t share a similar plot or genre or anything but they both feature awesome queer girls who are fighting for themselves and for others. I highly recommend you check these two books out!

 

A character that deserves more love

Alex - Magnus Chase

Alex from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Reyna - The Heroes of Olympus

Reyna from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Look what we have here! Two more characters written by the wonderful Rick Riordan. Rick just has a way of writing fantastic, diverse characters! I love both Alex and Reyna so much! They’re different from one another in many ways but they’re both strong, independent people who don’t take no for an answer. I think they sometimes get forgotten when people are talking about their favorite Rick Riordan characters but they’ll always be towards the top of my list!

An underrated OTP

Nik and Hanna - Gemina

Hanna & Nik from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely loved both Hanna and Nik as individual people in Gemina and they’re even more awesome as a couple! They start off as acquaintances in the beginning, but as the story goes on, they have to band together to fight for their lives which brings them closer to one another. I highly recommend this book and series!


That’s the end of the tag! I had so much fun creating all these aesthetics! I’m not going to tag anyone specific but if you love making aesthetics and want to do this tag, go ahead! 

A to Z Bookish Survey

A to Z Bookish Survey

Hi everyone! I was looking for a fun tag to do and after some Google searches, I came across the A to Z Bookish Survey on Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)’s blog. It looked like a very interesting tag to do so here we are! Let’s get started!


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The author I’ve read the most books from is Rick Riordan. I’ve read a total of 18 books by him! And I most definitely plan on reading even more books by him in the future!

4

I’m not sure if I can give the title of “best sequel ever” to just one book but if I had to, Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes would definitely be towards the top of my list! This is my favorite book in the Falling Kingdoms series (so far) and I absolutely love it!!

5

I’m currently reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which has been on my bookshelf for SO long. I’m currently about 80 pages into the book (at the time I’m scheduling this post) and it’s pretty interesting so far!

D

I don’t really drink anything other than water (except for the occasional Pepsi or iced coffee) so more often than not, I’m just drinking water when reading!

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I read 100% physical books! I don’t own an ereader and I’ve tried reading ebooks on my sister’s iPad before but I tend to get headaches. Therefore, I just stick to physical books (which I prefer anyway).

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I’m not sure what to answer for this question. I didn’t actually date anybody when I was in high school so it’s strange to imagine me actually dating anyone – let alone a particular fictional character! But I guess if I had to pick someone, I would go with Paul from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. He’s a really great friend (which is something I look for) and he’s also really kind and supportive.

G

For some reason, I was really hesitant to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. At the time, I was just getting into the science fiction/fantasy genre and didn’t know if it would be something I’d like. I’m so glad I gave Cinder a chance because The Lunar Chronicles ended up being one of my favorite series!

H

Not a lot of people talk about Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, which I find strange because it was really good! It features diverse characters and a heartbreaking and intense plot. I absolutely flew through this book and I highly recommend it to everyone!

I

One of the most important moments in my reading life was when I was about 5 years old. I read my first book, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, all by myself! I was so proud of myself that I ran around the house telling everyone that I had read my first book!

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At the time I’m scheduling this post, the most recent book I finished was Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. The book was enjoyable and I really like the main characters, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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I don’t read erotica, horror, or religious books. I also very, very rarely read non-fiction. They’re just not my cup of tea!

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The longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling which is a whopping 870 pages! Even though this is a huge book, I want to try and read an even longer one (maybe 1,000+ pages)!

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I’ve had many book hangovers before but one that sticks out to me was the one I had after finishing Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This book was so, so good that I was not ready to move on to another book!

N

I own a total of 4 bookcases – 2 large, 1 medium, and 1 small. I absolutely love my bookcases!

O

I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 3 times so far and I plan on reading it many more times. I just love this series so much – it will never get old!

P

I prefer to read somewhere that’s quiet and comfortable. Usually that’s either on the couch in the living room or in my bed!

Q

I’m always terrible at writing down quotes I like from books so after a bit of online searching, I found one from The Hate U Give that I really love:

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” –Angie Thomas

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I really regret not reading the Harry Potter series when I was younger. I would have liked to grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

S

There are many possible answers for this one but I’ve decided to go with The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson. I’ve read the first two books, The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, but I haven’t gotten around to reading the final book, The Beauty of Darkness, yet. At this point I’m going to have to reread the first two books because it’s been so long that I remember next to nothing that happened!

T

It was too much pressure to pick 3 of my all-time favorite books so instead I picked my most recent 5 star reads: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord!

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I will never apologize for how much I adore the characters, plot, writing, and worlds in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab!

V

I am anticipating so many releases but I think my number 1 most anticipated is Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Obsidio is the third and final book in The Illuminae Files series and I can’t wait to see what happens in this book!!

W

My worst bookish habit is probably buying books and then not reading them for a long time. I really need to work on breaking this habit or else my TBR will completely bury me!

X

Some Kind of Happiness is another 5 star book that I read and loved earlier this year! Fun fact: I borrowed this book from the library to read and immediately after finishing, I went on Amazon and bought myself a copy because I loved it that much!

Y

The last book I bought (at the time of scheduling this post) was Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I’m looking forward to reading this book once I read the first book in the duology!

Z

Once I got into Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, I didn’t want to put it down! I stayed up late reading and I was really bummed when I had to stop reading to go to sleep!


As always, I have no idea who I want to tag so if you’d like to do this tag, feel free! If you do decide to do it, leave the link to your post down in the comments below!

To Be Read Tag

To Be Read Tag

Hi everyone! Today, I’m here to do the To Be Read tag which I found on Spines & Covers’ blog while searching for book tags on Google! I can’t seem to find the original creator of the tag though. Anyway, let’s get started!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I keep track of all the books I want to read on Goodreads! I love being able to make different shelves on there to stay organized.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

My TBR is 100% print books. I’ve only ever read a few ebooks in my life and I haven’t read one for awhile. I get headaches if I read ebooks on my phone or my sister’s iPad (the only ebook compatible devices I own) so I’ll be sticking to physical books for now!

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since I’m a mood reader, I just pick up whatever book I’m in the mood for. Occasionally I can stick to a pre-planned monthly or readathon TBR, but it doesn’t happen too often!

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Burn for Burn

According to Goodreads, the book that’s been on my TBR the longest is Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. It’s been on my TBR since June 9, 2014! That’s over 3 years!!

5. A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?

The most recent book I added to my TBR is Ruse by Cindy Pon. This is the sequel to Want, which I read (and really enjoyed) earlier this month. I can’t believe I have to wait until 2019 for Ruse!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

Gunslinger Girl

I originally added Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely to my TBR because of its gorgeous cover, but I also think it sounds really interesting!

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading

A Game of Thrones

Probably A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I bought it because a lot of people were saying how amazing it was, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to reading it. I once tried reading a few pages and it was extremely dense. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll try again but probably not anytime soon!

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

Obsidio

Umm do you have all day? Seriously, I could give you SO many titles for this one. To save time, I’ll only name one: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is the third book in one of my favorite series, The Illuminae Files, and I’m so excited to read it!! It was pushed back from its original release date in October 2017 to March 2018. I’m bummed that I have to wait even longer, but I think it’ll be worth the wait!

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

The Raven Boys

I’ve been recommended The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (well, the whole series) by multiple people. I own the entire series, but for some reason haven’t started it yet!

10. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read

27 Hours

A book I’m dying to read is 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I’ve heard SO many good things about it but unfortunately I have to wait until October when it’s published to read it!

11. The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf

I currently have 327 books on my Goodreads TBR. That isn’t as daunting as some people who have over 1,000 books on their TBR, but it’s still very intimidating!


I tag anyone who would like to do this tag! If you decide to do it, please leave the link to your post down in the comments! How many books do you currently have on your Goodreads TBR shelf? Let me know!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hi everyone! As you can tell by the title, today I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. I’ve been wanting to do this tag on my blog for awhile now but I discovered it too late in 2015 to do it and I forgot to do it in 2016. Even though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’m still doing it! Book titles link to Goodreads. Enjoy!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

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Since it’s totally impossible for me to pick only one, I went with the three 5 star books I’ve read so far this year: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. They’re all my favorites for different reasons but I loved them all so, so much!!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

The Hammer of Thor

I could also say A Conjuring of Light for this one, but as I’m trying not to repeat answers, I’ll have to go with The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I really liked the first book in the series, but this sequel was even better! I’m so excited to see what happens next in the third book!!

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

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Even though I could answer with lots of different books, I decided to go with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and I’m dying to read it!

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

27 Hours

Again, I could name a ton of books for this question but I managed to pick just one: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I’m beyond excited to read this book!!

5. Biggest disappointment

You're Welcome, Universe

My biggest disappoint so far this year was definitely You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. The book sounded so good and I was hearing a lot of good things about it, but unfortunately I really didn’t like it. The main character was so rude and selfish for a majority of the novel that it really made the book unbearable. The only things I liked were the Deaf rep and the ASL aspects. Other than that, I really disliked this book. I ended up giving it a rating of 1.5 stars.

6. Biggest surprise

The Dark Days Pact

My biggest surprise so far this year was The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. I had given the first book in the series, The Dark Days Club, a 3 star rating, but I ended up liking the sequel a lot more than I thought I would! The plot was so interesting and exciting that it immediately drew me in! I ended up giving it a 4 star rating, which was a big improvement from the first book.

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

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My favorite new author of the first half of 2017 is most definitely debut author Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give. As I previously mentioned, The Hate U Give was one of my favorite books so far this year. Because of that, I definitely had to give some love to Angie Thomas who wrote a spectacular book that I never wanted to end! I’ll most definitely be reading anything Angie writes in the future!!

8. Newest fictional crush

I’m not quite sure I have a new fictional crush! If I had to pick someone though, I would say Paul from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. He’s so kind and such a great friend. I would definitely like to have someone like him in my life!

9. Newest favorite character

I’m definitely going to have to go with Alex from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. Alex was a great addition to the crew and I’m so excited to see more of Alex in the next book!

10. Book that made you cry

We Are Okay

I don’t really cry while reading books but We Are Okay by Nina LaCour definitely made me tear up. It was a heart-wrenching story about grief that I really enjoyed!

11. Book that made you happy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee is a book that made me so, so happy! Mostly because the main character was asexual just like I am and it was so amazing seeing my sexual orientation represented in a book! I also really enjoyed pretty much everything else about this book, especially the characters. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Umm.. I don’t think I’ve seen any this year! I saw Beauty and the Beast though. Does that count?

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Sadly, I’ve only written 3 full length reviews so far this year. So if I have to pick a favorite, I’ll have to go with my review of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! If you’re interested in reading it, check it out here.

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

Once and For All

I’m definitely going to have to go with Once and for All by Sarah Dessen for this one! I love the colors on the cover itself and I love how the cover beneath the dust jacket is purple and the end papers are bright pink! It’s so beautiful!

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

Umm… TOO MANY! In order to meet my Goodreads goal, I’m going to have to finish 41 more books. There are so many books I want to read before the year is over – I could probably write a whole blog post about it! Hmm, maybe I will…


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Have you done this tag this year? If yes, please link me to your post below! I would love to see what your answers were for the questions! 

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Hamilton Book Tag

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Hey everyone! I’m here today with an extremely fun book tag! Like millions of others, I’m super obsessed with the musical Hamilton. When I came across this book tag (original video here), I just knew I had to do it! Apart from the Try a Chapter tag I did last month, I haven’t done a lot of tags recently. So I figured now was the perfect time to do the tag. Let’s get started!


The Questions:

1-the-room-where-it-happens

My answer for this one is an answer I’m sure many people have said and it’s a bit predictable, but I have to say it anyway: Harry Potter. I just love this world so much!! It’s so amazing and magical and I would just love to explore it! Of course, I would love to be there during the happy times – NOT when Voldemort is there.

2-the-schuyler-sisters

Even though this question asks for one underrated female character, I’m going to give you three (just like there are three Schuyler sisters)! The first female character I find very underrated is Elli from The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine. Elli is always looking out for other people and is always concerned about their needs over her own. She is kind, giving, and extremely determined. I really, really admire Elli and wish others talked about her more! The second female character I think is underrated is Yael from the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin. Yael has seriously been through so much yet she continues to fight for her life and for the lives of others. She, like Elli, is very determined and strong. Also, she’s a skinshifter. How awesome is that?! Lastly, the third female character I think is underrated is Amara from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. Now I don’t 100% love Amara, but she’s one of those characters you aren’t necessarily supposed to like. She’s pretty ruthless and makes some really harsh decisions, but she’s just one of those characters I can’t help but admire. Amara grew up truly in a man’s world – her father is the leader of an empire where men are allowed to have their daughters killed at birth. After Amara survived what should have been her drowning, she has always had to keep her guard up and try to prove her strength and her worth to her father and to the world.

3-my-shot

I could say Amara from the Falling Kingdoms series for this one as well, but I’m trying my hardest to not repeat answers! Instead, I’ll have to go with Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles series. Now, Queen Levana isn’t someone we want to have this trait. This is because most of the time, the things she wants are usually very bad for others. While I have some admiration for Amara, a morally ambiguous character, I have none for Queen Levana.

4-stay-alive

I have SO many different answers for this one (mostly people from Harry Potter)! However, I’m going to go with the person who died in Crooked Kingdom. I’m not going to say who so I don’t spoil anyone, but if you’ve read the book you know who I’m talking about! Why, Leigh Bardugo, why did you have to kill that person???

5-burn

Um, yeah. I’m definitely going to have to go with the person who died in Crooked Kingdom and the person they were in a relationship with. The scene where the person died and they said those things to their loved one just completely broke my heart!! I read Crooked Kingdom 4 months ago and I’m STILL not over that scene.

6-youll-be-back

For some reason, I’m completely blanking on this one. I know for a fact I’ve read books with sassy villains in them but I can’t think of a single one right now!

7-the-reynolds-pamphlet

I absolutely love when books have plot twists! There are multiple books I can think of but I’m going to have to go with the twist in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I was finding the book pretty boring until BAM! That plot twist hit. It was so good and after being confused for a little bit, everything made a lot more sense!

8-non-stop

I love marathoning series! It’s so great to be able to go from one book in a series to another without having to wait a year or so in between. Especially when a book ends in a cliffhanger! One series that I practically marathoned (I did read a couple other books in between) was the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This is a spin-off/continuation series of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I loved it so much!!

9-satisfied

Once upon a time, I didn’t care for books with multiple POVs – or even two POVs. Wow, how things have changed! Instead of naming just one book for this one, I’m going to have to go with a series. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan features a multitude of POVs throughout the five books. The different POVs really allow us to get to know each character better than if the books were told in only one POV. I know I said I was going to try not use the same answer for multiple questions, but this series truly shows the benefits of having multiple POVs in a book!

10-who-lives-who-dies-who-tells-your-story

Oops, here I go repeating an answer again. But I HAVE to do it. My answer for this one is 100% the Harry Potter series. It has been 10 years since the last book in the series was released and the love people have for the series has not diminished at all! I truly believe this will be a series that will be remembered a long time from now!


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Try a Chapter Tag

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Hi guys! Today I’m here with a tag – which is something I haven’t done in awhile! I was trying to look for my next read (before I started to get into a reading slump) and I had no idea what I wanted to read. I know that there are several books on my shelves I really want to read but I’m not sure which specific book I want to go with. That’s why I decided to do this tag! This tag was created by BookParadise on Youtube and I’m excited to give it a go!

The Rules:

  • Choose at least 5 books that you have been meaning to read
  • Read the first chapter of each book (prologue included)
  • Decide if you want to continue with the book or if you’re going to set it aside for now

Book #1: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

My Thoughts:

Out of the 6 books I read for this tag, this one had the shortest first chapter (only 7 pages). My first impression of this book was that it had very beautiful, descriptive writing. However, this writing style took a bit longer for me to read and process. Not that this is a bad thing, it was just something I noticed! In addition, I thought it was interesting how the main character’s curse was due to her horoscope. I thought that this was very unique and it left me wanting to know more about this world! Lastly, I thought the way the first chapter ended was very mysterious – the main character couldn’t see her own shadow!

Verdict: Definitely a contender

Book #2: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.

My Thoughts:

This was a very faced-paced first chapter! It had a lot of action straight off the bat and also some backstory as well. The main character, Katsa, was rescuing a prisoner from another king’s dungeon and knocking out guards left and right! She is one of the few people who are Graced, which means they have some sort of ability. Katsa has the ability to kill very easily, but she doesn’t necessarily like this ability. In this first chapter we learn that she first killed a man when she was only 8 years old and that her uncle, the king, decided to keep her around instead of executing her because he knew that one day he could use her abilities to further his own cause. I really enjoyed this first chapter! I felt like we learned a lot in these 13 pages, but not too much!

Verdict: Definitely a contender

Book #3: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day. Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love. Or she could disappear.

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty interesting first chapter, but also a bit confusing as well. This book is about time travel and it seems like in order for them to travel, they must obtain a map of the place they want to go to. This is an interesting concept but the way it was executed in the first chapter kind of confused me – I’m still not exactly sure how it works. However, I’m sure the concept would become clearer to me if I continued on with the story. I did enjoy that before the first chapter there was a map of the place the characters were currently in. Also, I saw before chapter 2 that there was a different map so I’m hoping this is a recurring theme! I absolutely love maps in books! However, while this was interesting, the first chapter alone wasn’t interesting enough for me to continue on with right now. I hope to pick it up sometime in the future though!

Verdict: Setting aside for now

Book #4: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

My Thoughts:

This book had the longest beginning of all 6 books – and probably even longer than any book I’ve ever read. The prologue alone was 20 pages! The first chapter itself was 27 pages. I was 10 pages into the book when I realized this and as it wasn’t holding my interest at all, I knew I couldn’t read all 47 pages. I don’t know when I’ll be continuing on with this book. It definitely has an interesting premise but not something I currently want to read.

Verdict: Setting aside for now

Book #5: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

My Thoughts:

I decided on page 8 out of the 19 page first chapter that this was not the book I wanted to read right now. There was way too much going on (unfamiliar words, concepts, etc) that I couldn’t wrap my mind around it all. While I’m not in the mood for this book right now, hopefully sometime in the future I will be!

Verdict: Setting aside for now

Book #6: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

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In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.

My Thoughts:

This first chapter was very interesting! It starts off in the year 1919 in an asylum for criminals with “afflicted” blood. Our first main character, Corinne, is supposedly starting her first shift as a nurse at the asylum where one of her patients is our second main character, Ada. Shortly after, we learn that Corinne and Ada are best friends and Corinne has come to the asylum to break Ada out. I really enjoyed this chapter! When I read the synopsis, it seemed like this asylum bit would happen later in the novel and not in the first chapter. It left me wondering how and why Ada ended up in the asylum, why people with “afflicted” blood are treated so poorly, and what abilities Ada and others like her have. I really, really want to know more!

Verdict: Definitely a contender


And the book I decided to continue on with is…

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I’m really excited to read more of Iron Cast!! If you’ve read this book, let me know in the comments what you thought of it. No spoilers please!!


Instead of tagging specific people, I tag anyone who is struggling to pick their next read. Hopefully this tag is as helpful to you as it was for me! If you end up doing the tag, please leave a link to your post in the comments!

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Your Future Book Tag

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I first saw this tag being done by Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner and I thought it looked like tons of fun! Instead of tagging particular bloggers, Josie tagged anyone that was reading her post. Therefore, I guess I’m sort of tagged?

How It Works:

Select 5 books (either randomly or your choice) then answer the 10 questions. Questions 1 and 2 correspond to book one, questions 3 and 4 correspond to book two, and so on. Let’s get started!


Book One: Illuminae

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1. Open book 1 to a random page and look at the first word on that page. If the word is less than 5 letters long, you’ll go to college. If it’s more than 5 letters, you won’t be going to college.

The first word on the random page was “intersections,” which is definitely more than 5 letters. Looks like I won’t be going to college! (Even though I’m actually in college now…)

2. After opening book 1 to a random page, use the first name you see and think of what their job is. That will now be your future job. If the person is still in school, you’ll be a teacher. If you don’t know the person’s job, you’ll be unemployed.

The name I saw was Ezra Mason who used to just be a high school student but then got recruited into the military after the planet he lives on was attacked. So I’m either going to be a soldier or a teacher? I’m definitely going with a teacher since I’m pretty sure I’d do terrible in the military.

Book Two: Shatter Me

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3. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be the person you marry.

The first name I saw was Adam. Nooo!! I was hoping for literally anyone but Adam when I opened the book. Adam isn’t as annoying in the first book as he is in the last so if I’m marrying first book Adam, I guess I’ll survive.

4. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be your best friend.

The first name I saw was Warner. Of course I couldn’t see his name first in question #3! While being only friends with Warner isn’t ideal, I’m definitely still excited that he’s still in my life.

Book Three: The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

5. Open book 3 to a random page and look at the second word on that page. Count how many letters that word has and then subtract that number by 2. This number will be how many children you have.

The second word on the page was “rib” meaning I’ll only be having one child. Considering I have to have this child with Adam, one is fine with me!

6. Open the book to a random page. The first name you see will be your child. If you have more than one child, repeat this process for each one. 

The first name I saw was Sadie, so that means Sadie Kane is going to be my daughter. Considering the amount of evil gods/goddesses in this book, I’m very lucky I got Sadie!

Book Four: Cinder

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7. The setting of the book will be the place where you live. That being said, where do you live?

Cinder takes place in a futuristic version of Bejing, China called New Beijing so that’s where Adam, Sadie, and I will be living!

8. Open book 4 to a random place. After selecting the first name you see, think of the way this character gets around (car, bike, etc). This will be your future mode of transportation. Teleporting, broom, etc. are allowed. If your character has no means of transportation that you know of, you will be using public transportation.

The first name I came across was Cinder and she travels in various ways but I decided to go with the coolest mode of transportation – Captain Thorne’s spaceship. It would be so awesome traveling everywhere in that thing! (Note: I realized afterwards that Cinder doesn’t actually travel in the spaceship in this book of the series, but I’ve decided to keep my answer)

Book Five: Falling Kingdoms

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9. Does this book have any animals in it? Pick your favorite animal and that will be your pet. If there are no animals in the book, you will have no pet.

The only animal I could think of that was in this book is Lucia’s rabbit. I’m pretty certain it was this book in the series that she had the rabbit, but I could be wrong.

10. Open book 5 to a random page. The first name you see will be your enemy.

The first name I saw was Magnus. Dang it! I was hoping for King Gaius or Aron, since those two are really easy to hate. While Magnus makes some questionable choices, I still really like him. I’m bummed that he’s going to have to be my enemy!

Synopsis of My Future:

After not attending college, I miraculously still get offered a wonderful teaching position in New Beijing, China where I meet my husband-to-be, Adam Kent. After getting married, Adam and I have a baby girl, Sadie, and later adopt a pet rabbit for her to play with. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I hang out with my best friend Aaron Warner in Captain Thorne’s spaceship (that we totally didn’t steal). While with Warner, I enjoy complaining about the two most annoying men in my life: my husband Adam and my enemy Magnus Damora.


I had a lot of fun with this tag! To spread the joy, I want to tag ALL OF YOU to take part! Make a post participating in the tag and leave the link below. I would love to see how your futures turn out!

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