Tag: The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Thanks to Rebecca for recommending my recommendations and tagging me to do The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag!


Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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My favorite genre is YA contemporary, and since it’s been a while since I’ve shouted about it, I’m going with Starry Eyes. This book features a great friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, a camping trip that made even me (a non-camper) want to spend some time in the wilderness, and a great discussion of safe, consensual sex.

2. Recommend a short book

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The Backstagers is a super cute graphic novel about the magical world that happens backstage at a school production. It’s filled with friendship and magical creatures and is so much fun.

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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I have to go with Coraline. The adaptation is basically the same as the book. The book was also a lot spookier than I’d expected! If you’re going to read it, I’d highly recommend the audio, since it’s narrated by Gaiman himself and features some creepy music.

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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I don’t tend to love thrillers, but You had me on the edge of my seat! I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a lot happening and a lot of it was really crazy, but it never felt like too much, like I’d need to set the book aside or take a breather.

5. Recommend a book series

There are so many series I could have gone with, but the first one that came to mind was Dumplin‘ and Puddin‘, so I’ll go with them. I got into Julie Murphy’s books at the end of 2019, and I ended up loving both of these so much.

6. Recommend a standalone

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If you’re looking for a book that deals with religion, sexism, misogyny, finding yourself, you can’t really go wrong with The Poet X. I was blown away by this book, and since it’s written in verse, it’s a pretty quick read, too.

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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There are a lot of books that I don’t think I talk about enough, but for this prompt, I wanted to go with one I loved that I don’t really see other people talking about, either. Beauty Queens is one of those books. Between the cover and the synopsis, it sounds kind of like a trainwreck. But I promise it’s not. It’s so, so good. It’s unapologetic satire of our obsession with reality television, with looking perfect, with being the best at everything. It has a really positive, really feminist message, and as a bonus, the “beauty queens” don’t just fit one stereotypical image of what a pageant girl should be.

8. Recommend your “staple” book 

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Is it even a book tag if I don’t somehow work The Hating Game in there? I mean, really.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading

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I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but the first books I remember reading on my own and really loving were the Beverly Cleary books. I had a stack of them at my grandma’s house and would often read them after I finished my homework.

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books


Tag! You’re It!

I’m tagging the three people above along with Lori, Alex, and Jamsu!


Feel free to steal this tag even if I didn’t directly tag you! I’d love to see your answers! What’s a book that got you into reading? What’s an adaptation that you’ve enjoyed? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 15)

I was nominated by Consu & Meggan for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
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What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


Rules of the award:

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

11 questions from Consu:

Favorite book of 2019

I think it has to be Sadie.

Prettiest cover (doesn’t matter if you didn’t read the book)

I didn’t like Wild Beauty, but I still love the cover.

Three words on a blurb that’d make you buy the book

FRIENDS. TO. LOVERS.

A book you expected more from (doesn’t mean it was bad, it just wasn’t it)

I didn’t think Make Me Bad was bad, but it definitely wasn’t up to my expectations for an R.S. Grey book.

A book you expected nothing from and left you pleasantly surprised

So many! The first one that came to mind was Small Spaces (and its sequel, Dead Voices) by Katherine Arden.

Best library/bookstore you’ve visited (yes, I’m stealing this question)

Best library: Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ. Very pretty building, great selection, they will literally obtain any book you ask for in any format you request, huge selection of used books for $1 or $2, tons of events, bestselling author on staff… best library ever.

Best bookstore: A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI. Really cool layout, owned by a famous author, a donation can get you some pretty well-known ARCs, bonus points for being in my favorite city.

A book to screen adaptation that you loved (or are waiting for)

I saw the movie before I read the book, but I’d have to go with Coraline! They did a great job adapting it.

A book you’d want to see adapted

I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians and I’d love to watch the adaptation when I’m done!

Favorite book from a genre you don’t usually read

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I loved Daisy Jones & the Six.

Reasons why you’d DNF a book

I’ll usually only DNF if it’s boring AND badly written, and not in a funny enough way that I can do a good rant review. I’ll also DNF if I don’t get along with the writing style after a couple chapters. I’m trying to get better about DNFing, but it’s still pretty rare for me.

A bookblogger you want to hype and why

Mandy & Sha at Book Princess Reviews for their amazing original tags and their consistently great reviews!

11 questions from Meggan:

If you had to choose a super power to gain and any color to alter your eyes to, which would you choose?

For a superpower, I’d choose teleportation. And if I had to change my eye color, I’d probably go with green.

If you could fly somewhere for 24 hours and money wasn’t an issue, where would you go?

I think I’d like to be relaxing in Costa Rica.

Which shows and/or movies can you watch over and over without being tired of it?

I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen Freaks and Geeks.

What is a book that you’ve read that you will always remember?

I’ve read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret so many times that I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

What is your favorite way to relax?

My current favorite method of relaxation is watching an episode of The Office with my boyfriend.

Is there a food you’ve never had but always wanted to try?

Probably, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head!

What kind of books/authors/genres do you like reading?

What is something you used to do regularly and miss?

Blog hop with a lot more frequency. I had a lot of downtime at my old job and could read and comment on a lot of posts while I sat on hold. I have a different job now with basically no downtime and most websites are blocked by the filters, so that’s not really an option anymore. I like my new job a lot more than my old one, but I do miss having all that time.

Cloud watching or stargazing?

Stargazing.

What is one mythological creature that you wish were real?

I don’t even know! Maybe a pegasus.

Is there something you refuse to eat no matter what?

Not really. I mean, I don’t like raw fish, eggplant, or coconut, but given the choice between eating them and starving, I’d pick eating them.


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your favorite way to relax? Which book cover is your favorite? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Many thanks to Laura Beth @ Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me to do the Disney Princess Hair Book Tag! ❤ (It’s been more than a year, but better late than never, right?)


The Rules

  1. Link back to Kyera’s original post on Kyera’s Library and Mandy’s post on Book Princess Reviews so they can see all your answers! Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs.
  2. Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  3. Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  4. Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

Best Hair Accessory

Favorite book sidekick

Princess: I love the flowers in Rapunzel’s hair! I don’t think I could ever pull it off, but it’s just so pretty. ❤

Book: Mister Kindly in Nevernight!


Biggest Hair Change

Plot twist that totally caught you off guard

Princess: When Mulan slices all of her hair off with a sword? Eight-year-old me was shocked.

Book: Never Apart went in a completely different direction than I expected!


Prettiest Up-Do / Bun

A book or author with the most elegant prose

Princess: I haven’t actually seen The Princess and the Frog, but Tiana is still the princess that comes to mind first!

Book: I also mentioned in my End of Year survey that To Be Taught, If Fortunate wasn’t my favorite read of the year, but it was really beautifully written.


Most Bounce/Body

Book that bounces between multiple time periods

Princess: I’d have to agree with Laura Beth! Definitely Ariel.

Book: Daisy Jones & the Six!


Most Intricate Braid

Favorite plot with multiple story-lines that are woven together

Princess: Anna!

Book: Saga!


Short & Sweet

A book that’s short and sweet

Princess: I’d have to go with Snow White.

Book: Snug! This is 136 pages of cute comics about being in love.


Nicest Half-Up / Half-Down

A book / character that you had a lot of ups and downs with

Princess: I have to agree with Laura Beth again — Belle.

Book: I definitely had my ups and downs with Kiss Number 8, but it ended up working out so well in the end.


Medium & Manageable

The last book you felt right in the middle about

Princess: Maybe Cinderella?

Book: As of writing this post, my last 3-star read was Shiver.


Best Bangs

Eye-catching cover

Princess: Aurora!

Book: The Babysitters Coven is the first one I thought of!


Long & Loose

Longest book you read this year

Princess: Definitely Merida!

Book: I’m doing 2019 since 2020 just started, so The Secret Commonwealth wins.


Best Pony

A book that swings from POV to POV

Princess: Jasmine!

Book: “Swings from POV to POV” sounds kind of negative, so I’m going with Trinkets. There were three POVs and absolutely nothing to distinguish them.


Stunningly Straight

A book that made you want to dive straight into the sequel

Princess: Pocahontas!

Book: Revival, Vol. 1! I jumped right into Vol. 2 and I really need to find the time to read Vol. 3.


Enviable Curls

A book with twists and turns

Princess: It has to be Merida again.

Book: I mean this sort of sarcastically, but also kind of not: Jealous Revenge.


Hair Closest to Your Own

A book that you strongly connected to

Princess: Probably Belle’s.

Book: I really related to Raleigh in Lost At Sea.


It’s been a year, so if anybody who wants to do this hasn’t already been tagged, please go for it! What’s the last book you really related to? Who’s your favorite book sidekick? Let’s talk in the comments!

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End of Year Survey: 2019 Edition

Here I am, once again, doing Jamie’s End of Year Survey! I love looking back on the year with this tag.

2019 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 177
Number of re-reads: 0
Number of DNFs: 11
Number of unfinished books: 1
Genre you read the most from: probably YA romance (as usual)

Some Bonus Reading Stats (including DNFs)

Books by female authors: 120
Books by male authors: 64
Books by anonymous authors: 1
Books co-written by male and female authors: 3

Adult books: 85
YA books: 85
NA books: 12
MG books: 6

Best in Books

Best book you read in 2019:

This is always the hardest question. I think this year’s best book was Sadie.

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t:

Possibly The Secret Commonwealth. I was really looking forward to it and it ended up just making me mad.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:

Permanent Record. Emergency Contact is one of my favorite books, and Permanent Record feels like it was written by a different person.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):

I feel like I was most successful with getting people to read Nevernight.

Best series you started in 2019:

The Backstagers! I think I have one volume left and I’m waiting because I don’t want it to be over!

Best sequel of 2019:

I really enjoy Revival, and Volume 2 was very good! I keep prioritizing other books over this series, but I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

Best series ender of 2019:

I didn’t finish a lot of series in 2019, and the few that I did finish were mostly just okay endings. Even though it’s a duology, though, Puddin‘ was really good.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019:

Maybe Julie Murphy? I didn’t go seeking out new authors, but I read three of her books and gave all of them four stars.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:

The story of The Poet X wasn’t out of my comfort zone, but it’s rare for me to read a book in verse. It’s even rarer for me to love one, but this was so good.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:

I hardly read any thrillers at all, but I’d say that You kept me interested.

Book you read in 2019 that you would be MOST likely to re-read next year:

Every year, I answer this question with a disclaimer that I’m not actually going to reread the book that I choose. I just don’t like doing rereads. But let’s see… if forced, I might reread Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. It was just so cute.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019:

Probably The Babysitters Coven! This wasn’t my favorite book of the year, but it might be my favorite cover.

Most memorable character of 2019:

Still Ghüs from Saga.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019:

I can’t say that To Be Taught, If Fortunate was one of my favorites of the year, but I also can’t deny that it was beautifully written.

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2019:

Bad Blood was incredibly thought-provoking, in the sense of “with all of those government regulations, how did something like this possibly happen.”

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read:

I was scared of the hype surrounding American Panda, but it ended up being so good!

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2019:

We barely get any time on this planet. Do not spend it pleasing other people. Fuck politeness. Live life exactly how you want to live it so you can love the life you make for yourself.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Shortest and longest book you read in 2019:

Book that shocked you the most:

I’m really picky about historical fiction, and I’ve never been super into bands like Fleetwood Mac, but I ended up loving Daisy Jones & the Six so much.

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):

I didn’t really have an OTP of the year in 2019. Maybe Olive and Ethan from The Unhoneymooners? Even then, they were just cute, not life-shattering or anything.

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:

I’d probably have to go with Willowdean and all her friends in Dumplin‘!

Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously:

Looking through my five-star reviews of 2019, most of them were by authors I was just reading for the first time! Jenn Bennett never disappoints, though, so the answer to this question has to be Serious Moonlight.

Best book you read in 2019 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram/etc:

Based SOLELY on a recommendation, and in had never heard of it before and would likely never have read it otherwise… The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg. This was a recommendation from Alex and definitely one of the best graphic novels of the year.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019:

If there’s one thing 2019 was lacking, it was a good swoony love interest. I can’t think of anybody!

Best 2019 debut you read:

The Story That Cannot Be Told!

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year:

Most vivid setting definitely goes to Pumpkinheads. I felt like I was right there on the farm!

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:

Snug was just so cute. I love Catana’s comics.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018:

Ugh. Saga, Vol. 9.

Hidden gem of the year:

Kiss Number 8 was one of my favorite graphic novels of the year and I’ve hardly seen anyone talking about it!

Book that crushed your soul:

2018 was Saga, Vol. 7. 2019 is Saga, Vol. 9.

Most unique book you read in 2019:

Definitely Jealous Revenge.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):

Most mad is hard, because I had a few books that made me really mad. I think that honor goes to Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, though, for glamorizing really problematic behavior. (I have a whole rant in my review.)

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog/bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019:

I don’t really know! I didn’t do much discovering in 2019.

Favorite post you wrote in 2019:

Last year I gave three answers to this question, so I’ll do that this year too:

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:

I’m still not over getting this ARC.

Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc):

Definitely BookCon!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019:

That’s a hard one. Maybe going out of my comfort zone a little bit to do some author interviews/guest posts!

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:

Figuring out how to balance reading with moving, living in a new city, and starting a new job. Audiobooks have been my savior!

Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):

My most-viewed post was the one about Mackenzi Lee.

Post you wished got a little more love:

I was surprised at how few views my review of American Panda got! It was such a cute book and hardly anybody even saw it!

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc):

I don’t think I discovered any book-related sites or stores, but I did (re)discover my love of audiobooks. I also discovered that I really enjoy doing buddy reads with my boyfriend.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I met all of my goals. It’s actually going up as tomorrow’s blog post, but I finished all three reading challenges and met my 100 book goal for 2019.

Looking Ahead

One book you didn’t get to in 2019 but will be your number 1 priority in 2020:

Ever since I was so disappointed by Lovers Like Us, I haven’t had the motivation to read The Last Hope. This is one ARC that I really need to get to, though, since it released back in August!

Book you are most anticipating for 2020 (non-debut):

Definitely Chasing Lucky! Anything by Jenn Bennett automatically goes on my most anticipated list. 🙂

2020 debut you are most anticipating:

I have to support my fellow book blogger here and say that the debut I’m most anticipating is The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa Sloan!

Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2020:

I don’t think there are any! I think I read mostly standalones or completed graphic novels in 2019.

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2020:

It would be really cool to hit 3,000 followers. I’d also like to do more collaborations. (I say this every year.)

A 2020 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read any 2020 books yet!


Have you done this end of year survey? Feel free to leave your link and the comments and I’ll check out your post! Do we have any of the same answers for these questions? Anything you disagree with me on? Let’s talk in the comments!

Tag: My Favorite 2019 Blogging Moments

Thank you to Lori for tagging me to do the My Favorite 2019 Blogging Moments tag! This is such a great way to look back on the year. ❤


Rules:

  1. All the answers must be about your blog posts
  2. Please link the original creator of the tag so I can see all your posts!
  3. You don’t have to provide just one post for each question, you can provide as many as you want so long as they were written in 2019
  4. If you haven’t written a post that matches one of the questions, choose one that relates to it as close as possible
  5. Tag 5+ bloggers to they can share their accomplishments too! And make sure you read the posts they share!

What’s your favourite book review?

It’s so hard to pick just one! My favorite reviews tend to be the rantier ones because I love getting all of my thoughts off my chest. I’ll share my top three:

What’s your favourite discussion post?

I don’t want to get mad again, so I’m not going to re-read it or even summarize it for this tag, but my favorite discussion post of 2019 was the one about Mackenzi Lee.

What’s your favourite fun post?

I love tags, so my favorite fun post would have to be the Song Request Book Tag!

What’s your favourite book recommendation post?

I’m really hesitant about recommending books since I don’t know if even I would like some of my favorites anymore, but I did do a Top Ten Tuesday about my favorite books from my favorite genre!

What’s your favourite book/bookish photo?

Remember when a physical ARC of Serious Moonlight just showed up at my door? That was a good day.

What’s your favourite original idea/blog post?

My Lover Book Tag!

What’s your absolute favourite blog post you wrote this year?

One of the BookCon posts, probably. Either the BookCon wrap-up or the BookCon giveaway!

Have you reached any blogging achievements this year?

Yes! I hit 2,000 followers, which was really exciting! I also completed all of my reading challenges and ventured out of my comfort zone to do some author interviews and even had an author do a guest post!


I’m tagging:

SusanMandy & ShaRebeccaConsuThe Orangutan Librarian ☆ anyone else who wants to do this!


What have been some of your favorite blogging moments in 2019? Did you reach any of your goals? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Musical Shuffle Book Tag

I was tagged by Jamsu to do the Musical Shuffle Book Tag! This tag was created by Bex @ Becca Leighanne, and it sounds super fun. I’m just going to put my whole music library on shuffle and see what I come up with.

(Today is a tag instead of a WWW Wednesday because I’m traveling for the holiday and wasn’t sure if I’d have time to write the post!)


The rules:

In this tag, we put the tunes on shuffle & with each song we list a character, a ship, a book — whatever book-related that the song reminds us of. Consider it their song. Let’s do it for 5-10 songs (y’all can be extra if you want. I love people who are extra) & then TAG 5-10 OF YOUR FELLOW BLOGGERS. 


[1] Hurricane by Something Corporate

Shake down, you make me break
For goodness sake, I think I’m on the edge
Of something new with you
Shout out, don’t drown the sound
I’ll drown you out, you’ll never scream so loud
As I want to scream with you

This screams friends-to-lovers to me, and not in a cute and innocent way. A book that I think fits that well is Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey.

[2] Are You Home by Broods

I love this song, but this is not a book that I’d love to read! This song is about suspecting that your significant other is cheating on you, and the most cheating-heavy book I’ve ever read is Always Never Yours.

[3] Sadie Hawkins Dance by Relient K

Sitting in the back of my next class, napping
Got up, gave a speech, then bowed to the clapping
Told a funny joke, got the whole class laughing
Think I got a tan from the light which I was basking

Well, that’s a throwback! I went to Catholic high school in the early 2000s, so Relient K was kind of a big deal. This song still makes me smile. But anyway, this song is definitely about a guy who loves to perform, so that’s got to be Tiny Cooper in Hold Me Closer.

[4] Enchanted by Taylor Swift

This is me praying that
This was the very first page
Not where the storyline ends
My thoughts will echo your name
Until I see you again
These are the words I held back
As I was leaving too soon
I was enchanted to meet you

I feel like this song is exactly what Arthur would have started singing after meeting Ben in What If It’s Us.

[5] Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie

Sometimes I forget how much I love Death Cab until one of their songs shows up on shuffle and I’m reminded… like right now. Anyway, Soul Meets Body is one of my favorites of their songs and I particularly like the verse about bad things coming to the surface, but everything feeling better afterward.

Well, I cannot guess what we’ll discover
When we turn the dirty with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s
And not one speck will remain

This is very second chance romance-y to me, and one of those that I really loved that dealt with that theme was Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren.

[6] Don’t Feel Like Crying by Sigrid

First of all, this is MY JAM. But let’s see… a book in which someone dries their eyes because they don’t feel like crying. I think Catherine in Heartless would fit.

[7] The Mixed Tape by Jack’s Mannequin

I love this song so, so much, and figuring out a book or character or anything to pair with it was really difficult! I think the closest I can get, if I take the lines “I can’t get to you” and “Where are you now,” is Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh.

[8] Jesus Christ by Brand New

Oh gosh, this is one of my all-time favorite songs and I’m about to pair it with one of my least favorite books. To me, this song is all about having an existential crisis, wondering if there’s any point to anything, wondering what (if anything) comes after death, and hoping that you’ll be saved from all of this but not really knowing if it’ll happen. The book I can think of that best fits with that is All the Bright Places, which I absolutely despise, but it is what it is.

[9] Benson Hedges by fun.

So I drove until we both broke down
I was stranded in a border town
Believing the motel TV would bring me to safety,
But between MTV and Mr. O’Reilly
I’ve come to find, that I can’t be defined

The book that immediately came to mind, which is about a road trip and learning things about yourself, is Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart.

[10] Time to Dance by Panic! at the Disco

Alright, so this is possibly cheating because this song is actually based on Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. I think this verse best illustrates the book:

She didn’t choose this role
But she’ll play it and make it sincere so
You cry, you cry (Give me a break)
But they believe it from the tears and the teeth
Right down to the blood at her feet
Boys will be boys, hiding in estrogen
And wearing Aubergine Dreams (Give me a break)


I’m not going to tag anybody, but please feel free to steal this and share your selections! Do you like any of these songs? Would you have chosen different books for any of them? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 14)

I was nominated by Trisha, Dini, and Shyla for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
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Rules of the award:

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

11 questions from Trisha:

A book you pretend you’ve read?

I don’t think I’ve ever pretended to read anything! I will openly admit that I haven’t read a lot of classics or really popular books.

Recommend me a new book boyfriend. What makes him swoon worthy?

That’s a hard one! I haven’t found a good book boyfriend in a long time. I’ll have to go with one of my old standbys — Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game. Some things that make him swoon-worthy:

  • witty banter
  • works in publishing
  • will take care of you when you’re sick
  • seems mean but is just shy

I’m really selling him, I know. I promise he’s better than I’m making him sound.

A criminally underrated book or series?

The Story That Cannot Be Told deserves so much more attention than it’s getting!

How do you organize your bookshelves?

Well, they’re organized in a sort of rainbow, but then books come off the shelf and go back on and I just have so many books with black and white spines that it’s really just a mess.

Do you mostly buy new or used books?

Mostly used! If I can buy it used, I will.

What was the name of your first pet?

A goldfish named Jack. He lived three days.

Do you prefer first or third person?

It depends on what I’m reading, but usually first person. The vibe has to be right for me to prefer third person.

What is the last book you read out of your comfort zone?

Do I even have a comfort zone anymore? I kind of read whatever I feel like these days. I guess maybe The Kitchen by Ollie Masters. Mafia and murder aren’t really my cup of tea, but it was for a reading challenge.

What did you rate your last read and why?

I’m writing this a little bit in advance, so I’m sure I’ll have finished more books by the time this posts, but I finished Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen today and I rated it three stars. Honestly, I felt like it was a little longer than it needed to be and the characters’ lack of discussion of their relationship combined with all of the assumptions they made about each other frustrated me. That said, it was definitely one of the better erotic novels I’ve read, it actually had a plot outside of the sex, and the ending wasn’t ridiculous.

What’s most important, plot or characters?

This is the hardest question for me, because I find it really difficult to care about the plot if I don’t care about the characters, but it’s also really hard to care about the characters when they’re all sitting around doing nothing. But if I was forced to choose, I’d probably go with characters.

Do you read one book at a time or multiple at once?

These days, sometimes I’m juggling three or four books at a time.

11 questions from Dini:

If you could get an ARC of any one of your most anticipated releases, which would it be?

I would break my self-imposed ARC ban for Chasing Lucky.

What is your least favorite book you have read this year?

There have been some real doozies this year, but Little Birds, a collection of “erotic” short stories featuring racism, pedophilia, and bestiality, might take the cake.

What is a book or series that you feel is overrated?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. A rant review is coming.

What is a book that you always recommend to everyone?

Probably The Hating Game. Just, like, constantly.

What is a hyped book you have no interest in reading?

It’s heresy, but I have literally zero interest in reading Ninth House. I was excited about it, but then I read a few lists of content warnings, and nope. Not for me. I prefer my books a little lighter than this.

What is a movie/TV show location that you want to visit IRL?

I’d love to have Bob make me a burger.

It’s a dark and stormy winter’s night. What book would you curl up beside the fire to reread?

I don’t really do rereads, but I’d love to curl up with either a fluffy romance or a fun graphic novel.

Would you only check out books from libraries or buy all your books new for the rest of your life?

Check them out from the library. My wallet can’t handle the amount of books I read.

What’s your favorite time of the day to to read?

Honestly, all day. I listen to audiobooks from about 8 am to 5 pm during the week, and then I do at least a little physical reading when I get home.

Best bookstore you’ve visited?

A Room of One’s Own is near my old college campus in Madison, WI and I didn’t think much of it when I was a student. I think mostly I was just annoyed with a professor for refusing to let the university bookstore stock the required textbooks and instead making me find this independent bookstore off campus. Well, I went back over the summer and it was great! I’d be there all the time if I still lived in Madison.

If you could have dinner with three authors who would they be and why?

  • Jenn Bennett, because she seems super nice, I love her books, and I’m jealous of her bread-baking skills.
  • Sally Thorne, because she also seems super nice and I’d love to talk to her about The Hating Game and Josh and Lucy.
  • R.S. Grey, because if she’s half as funny in real life as she is in her books, we’ll have a great time.

11 questions from Shyla:

Name one thing that you’re obsessing over / geeking out about these days!

Decorating my apartment! We just got the signed records up, and I have a ton of stuff — my favorite Saga issues, some set lists, some signed Playbills — framed and ready for hanging whenever I get the time. I also finally got my birthday present (a handwritten note from Jenn Bennett) framed and hung.

What’s a more appealing reading experience to you, series or standalone?

Definitely standalone! I’m terrible at finishing series and I hate cliffhangers.

Show off your latest book haul (purchase, gift, what have you)!

I actually haven’t had a book haul in a long time! The last gift I got was Jealous Revenge, but that’s an ebook so I can’t really show it off!

You’ve had a rough day, how are you going to spend your evening?

Great question. My preferred end to a rough day goes as follows:

  • come home, pet my cat a lot
  • take a nice hot shower
  • eat a nice home-cooked dinner with my boyfriend
  • watch a funny show, probably The Office
  • eat some ice cream or whatever kind of baked good we’ve recently made

Morning person or night owl?

I’m just a sleepy person. But I guess probably night owl. I have a lot of trouble falling asleep, so if I can sleep past 6 am, that makes life a little easier.

Are you pickier about food or books?

Definitely books! I’ll eat almost anything.

Name one bucket list item!

I’d love to be able to sit down with one of my favorite authors and actually have a conversation with them. I’ve met a few authors I really admire and I’m usually a jumble of nerves and barely able to get any words out.

If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be?

Speaking of never sleeping, I’d love to invent a machine that would put me to sleep without any of the negative side effects of actual sleeping pills.

If you were starting University/College tomorrow, what would you major in?

Hmm, if I could do it all over again… I might do an English degree to make a job in publishing a smidgen more likely.

If you could travel to one book world, which would you choose?

Henrietta, Virginia. 🙂

Who would you cast as the lead in a screen adaptation of your favourite book (whether or not it already exists)?

I am very sorry, but I am terrible at fancasting. I have no idea where to even start.


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your go-to book recommendation? Do you like to stick to one book or read multiple at the same time? Let’s talk in the comments!

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