Tag: Harry Potter Honoring the Dead

Thank you, Maddie, for tagging me in the Harry Potter Honoring the Dead tag! (Sorry it took me almost a month to do it.)


THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you (and paste these rules)
  • Show your house pride!
  • Tag 7 other bloggers.

MY HOUSE!

Just like Maddie, Pottermore put me in Hufflepuff! Way back when, I was convinced that I was a Gryffindor and I was so upset to find out that I was a Hufflepuff. Now that I’m a grown adult, I’m just like… yeah, I’m a Hufflepuff. There’s no question about it.

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Oh lord… am I terrible person if I ignore all the actual people and bring back Dobby?


SIRIUS BLACK | A BOOK WITH THE BEST FATHER/MOTHER FIGURE

You know which book has parents that actually parent? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Come to think of it, Leah’s mom in Leah on the Offbeat actually parents, too. I guess Becky Albertalli is good about that. 🙂

SEVERUS SNAPE | A BOOK WITH A REDEEMABLE CHARACTER

Holland in A Conjuring of Light. I have probably read at least 200 books since I finished that one and I’m still not over it.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE | A BOOK WITH A GREAT MENTOR/TEACHER

There are so many great mentors and teachers in The Name of the Wind! Ben might be my favorite, though.

HEDWIG | A BOOK WITH A GREAT ANIMAL SIDEKICK

Definitely Mister Kindly in Nevernight! Even if he’s not really, technically an animal. He’s close enough.

DOBBY | A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER WHO CREATED BAD SCENES ON ACCIDENT

Monty in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is kind of a disaster, but I love him.

FRED WEASLEY | A BOOK WITH YOUR FAVORITE BROTHER/SISTER DUO

When I think of a book with great siblings, I think of Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

NYMPHADORA TONKS | A BOOK WITH THE BEST FAMILY FEUD

I can’t say that I really read a lot of books with family feuds in them, but there is a bit of a feud in Starry Eyesso maybe I’ll go with that.

CEDRIC DIGGORY | A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER DIED TOO YOUNG/TOO SOON

I don’t know that there’s a way to answer this one without spoilers, so I think I’m going to skip it!

REMUS LUPIN | A BOOK WITH YOUR FAVORITE SHAPESHIFTER

Other than Harry Potter, I’m not even sure that I’ve read a book with shapeshifters.


If you think this looks like fun, consider yourself tagged!
Please link back to this post so I can see your answers. ❤

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Book review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Source: Purchased

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

It means it’s seven thirty on a Saturday night, and I’m four stops away from the first act of my love story.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been screaming about this book for the last… year, maybe? As soon as it was announced, I knew I would love it. I was even more convinced when I read the synopsis and saw the cover. It showed up at my house and I immediately locked myself in my bedroom and started reading. I wish I could’ve just read straight through, but ugh, work. 🙄

I don’t even know where to start because I just loved this book so much.

  • I loved Arthur. I want him to be my best friend and go to musicals with me.
  • I loved Ben. I want him to be my other best friend and go to Lorde concerts with me.
  • I loved Arthur and Ben together. They were so cute. SO CUTE. I am almost crying right now thinking about how much I love them.

There were so many things that happened in this book that I related to.

  • “Who is he? Name. Address. Social security number. Twitter and Instagram handles.” ACTUALLY ME WHEN MY FRIEND MEETS SOMEONE, OKAY? ACTUALLY ME. (Also my friends when I’m hanging out with someone new.)
  • “Just write a post that describes the moment, like, Hey, we met at the post office and made out inside a mailbox, so on and so forth.” ALSO ACTUALLY ME WITH THE EXAGGERATIONS, I CAN’T HANDLE IT.
  • ARTHUR’S DAD’S POP CULTURE REFERENCES!! MY SO-CALLED LIFE! THE BREAKFAST CLUB! ACTUALLY ME!!!
  • He flings his arms around me before I can say hello, and now he’s just standing here hugging me like a cobra. THE MOST ME SENTENCE I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE, THIS IS ME IN ONE LINE

Honestly, I have 29 quotes flagged in this book and I could keep going, but I’m going to stop now. Well, almost. Can I also say that I really want to read Ben’s book? I need it in my life. Can Becky and Adam publish that next, please??

Anyway, in summary:
Five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Five hearts ❤❤❤❤❤
Five sobbing emojis 😭😭😭😭😭

I loved this book so much.

#mm18: new or old

Have you read What If It’s Us?
What am I supposed to do with my life now that I’ve finally read it?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 6)

I was recently nominated by Jamsu for the Mystery Blogger Award! This means that it’s time to come up with some more facts about myself… I’m not sure if I’m an interesting enough person for this. But, as always, thank you so much for the nomination! ❤

You can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

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The rules for the award are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify).

Here are three things about me:

  1. I drink a lot of coffee now, but I once didn’t drink coffee for four years out of pure spite. This guy my cousin was dating told me that it was impossible to finish college without regularly drinking coffee and I wanted to prove him wrong. So I did.
  2. I just took a road trip to Tennessee with my manager and I thought it was going to be weird but it was so much fun!
  3. I’ve never once broken or sprained anything, I’ve never fainted, and I’ve never had a cavity. Nothing ever happens to me, but in this case, it’s a good thing.

5 questions from Jamsu:

1. Do you have a best friend?
I do. Oh, you wanted more information than that? Okay.

My best friend that I see on an almost daily basis is my co-worker, Rhovena. She’s one of the only people in my real life that knows about my blog and also, she’s so much fun and she’s the only person I ever actually do things with.

My best friend that I hardly ever see that I’ve known forever is Brigitta. She loves books as much as I do, or maybe more, because she sometimes reads eight or ten books at a time. In fact, when we were in middle school, she would read while she walked to school and almost die on a daily basis.

And my favorite person is Daniel, who I met through this blog and just finally after all these months met in person. (I might still be crying about how great he is.) Daniel is the actual best person I’ve ever met in my life.

2. A book character you recently fell in love with?
Kvothe from The Name of the Wind.

3. What one superpower would you like to have?
Teleportation, because, see above, my friends live far away.

4. What is the 13th book on your shelf?
Depends on which shelf we’re looking at, but the one in my immediate view right now is A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole.

5. What is your favorite snack?
I just had another tag ask me this! Sour Patch Kids are my favorite but I can’t keep them in my house because I’ll eat the whole bag.


Since this is my sixth time doing this tag, I’m not going to nominate anyone. If you haven’t already been nominated, please consider yourself tagged! I would love to see your answers either in the comments or in your own post. ❤

Book review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

I couldn’t even tell you the last time I read a middle-grade book, but I love Victoria Schwab and I was looking for something quick to listen to on a road trip, so I figured this would be a good option. Also, fun fact, I’m pretty sure that everybody that attended BookCon got an ARC of this except for me, but then again, I had no idea what I was doing there.

This is going to be a pretty short review because I actually don’t have all that much to say about this book.
I thought that Cassidy was a good protagonist, although I was a little bit put off by how much she focused on being different from the popular girls at the beginning of the book. It was just so “not like other girls” and I didn’t really expect that in a middle-grade book, of all places. After she got over that, though, I really ended up liking her character.
loved that the book was set in Edinburgh! I visited Edinburgh a couple years ago and I felt like I was right back there. I can definitely see all of these ghosts running around Edinburgh. It really was the perfect setting.
As for the actual plot, I was a little disappointed. I’m not sure if this is common for a middle-grade book since I really haven’t read any since I was in middle school, but it kind of felt like nothing actually happened for most of the book. There’s a premise, of course, and a couple things happen, but overall, I felt like it was mostly Cass just wandering around Edinburgh and talking to ghosts with very little actual plot.
I’m being a little generous with my rating because I know I’m not the target demographic for this book. As an adult book, I’d probably give it two stars, but since it’s intended for younger readers who are probably looking for very different things, I’m giving it three.
#mm18: new or old

Have you read City of Ghosts? Do you read middle-grade books?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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Weekly Update

 In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • I was only gone for not even three full days and somehow I am behind on everything in my life. I don’t know how that works, but it’s fine.
  • The only exciting thing that’s happened to me since my last update was GOING TO TENNESSEE AND MEETING DANIEL. You can see his side of the story here. ❤

Blog hopping:

Weekly playlist:

I had heard this song before but I listened to it again this week and I was like half a second from sobbing and I had to pause it for a second to compose myself. What has happened to me?!?

 

Only semi-book related: I met my favorite person!

If you’ve been following my blog for really any length of time longer than maybe a day, you probably know that Daniel at Page to Page is my favorite person ever. Let’s see here….

What I’m getting at is that it’s no secret, he’s my favorite. I’m not sure that there are enough heart emojis or crying emojis or words in the English language to describe how happy I am that I finally met my favorite person, but it’s a thing that happened and I still can’t really believe it.

We went to Dollywood! And let me tell you something, I never do anything ever and I had not been on a rollercoaster in at least fifteen years, but I had the best day. THE BEST DAY. Like, I don’t know if there’s ever been a greater day in the history of all of my life. Maybe I’m gushing a little bit too much right now, but I can’t really lie and be like “oh, it was fine I guess” because it wasn’t fine. It was the best.

I’m glad that I have photographic evidence of this day because I’m not sure that I’m 100% convinced that it actually happened even though I was there.

Really, though, how much fun did we have. We had so much fun. I basically died on every single rollercoaster, but it was so much fun. Look at how traumatized I look. But in a fun kind of way.

We also did an escape room! And I had never done an escape room before, but it was a lot of fun! We even escaped! (Although to be fair, I would not have escaped without Daniel. And maybe also the three old women on our team, but mostly Daniel.)

Given the opportunity, I could probably go on for another 40,000 words or so. I could talk about the pancakes(!!), the spooky mine rollercoaster(!!), the Authentic Mexican Restaurant(!!), and how the entire day was the most perfect day I have ever had. Mostly, though, I just want to end this post by saying thank you to Daniel for sending the email that started all of this.

I could not possibly be happier that we met.


Have you ever met up with an online friend in person? CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MY FAVORITE PERSON? (Because I can’t.) Have you been to Dollywood and do you agree with me that it’s an amazing place? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Source: Borrowed

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

So, fun fact: I never actually planned to read Warcross. Despite being absolutely inundated with positive reviews over the last year or so, it never really felt like something I had to read. But I was looking for an audiobook to listen to on the ten-hour ride to Tennessee and Warcross was available, so I listened to it. It was… fine. But it wasn’t as good as I’d expected.

To start off, after reading the synopsis, I was a little worried that it would just be Ready Player One with a female protagonist. It really isn’t similar to RPO at all, so that was a nice surprise. The beginning of the book felt kind of slow to me, but once I got into it, it was a pretty fun book.

This book is kind of hard for me to review, though, because the two biggest issues I had with it happen in the last 25% and I don’t want to spoil the book for the three people in the world who haven’t read it yet. So, here, in the vaguest of terms, are the positive and negative bullet points of this book:

  • Positive: Teenage female hacker saving the world! (Or, at least, the game.)
  • Positive: Diversity! Characters from all over the world and many different backgrounds!
  • Negative: It took a while to grab my interest.
  • Negative: Suuuper cliched plot twist at the end.
  • Negative: Entirely unnecessary romantic subplot, and this is coming from someone who literally runs a romance book blog.

So, with two positives and three negatives, I think it’s fair to give this one two stars. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it and I don’t really feel like I need to read Wildcard.


Have you read Warcross? Is it on your TBR?
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