Tag: Game of Thrones Book Tag

So, like three months ago, Bibi tagged me in the Game of Thrones Book Tag! As I’ve been saying lately, it took me a while… but I finally did it! Thank you for the tag, and sorry it took so long!


HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR

NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ORIGINALLY LOVED, BUT UPON A RE-READ REALISED THAT IT WASN’T SO GREAT AFTER ALL.

I hardly ever re-read anything, so this doesn’t happen to me often! The only case of this that I can think of is the Mates, Dates series that I was so obsessed with in middle school. I picked up the first book for a re-read a couple years ago and cringed through it. It’s definitely not something you read once you’re a fully grown, full-fledged adult.

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING

NAME YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR 2019.

The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert #1)

A bunch of my most anticipated books came out in the last couple weeks, but one I’m still really excited for that’s coming out later this year is The Story That Cannot Be Told! I haven’t read it yet, but I’m part of the blog tour and I’m really looking forward to sitting down to read this one.

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD

 NAME A BOOK THAT YOU FELT COMPLETELY SLAYED WITH FANTASTIC CHARACTERS, PLOT, PACING, ETC.

The Song of Achilles

If we’re talking about books that slayed me, I can’t really go wrong with choosing Love and Other Words. This book left me A MESS.

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY

NAME A BOOK THAT ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER ENDING THAT GENUINELY PISSED YOU OFF.

Sorry Not Sorry

I love Saga, but come on. That was just rude.

HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN.

NAME A BOOK, OR BOOK SERIES, THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Delirium is one of the first books I ever added to my Goodreads TBR, and if I’m honest, I’m probably not going to be reading it any time soon.

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP

NAME THE MOST GRAPHIC OR DISTURBING BOOK THAT YOU’VE EVER READ.

You probably saw it coming: Troll.

HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG

NAME A BOOK OR BOOK SERIES, THAT GETS BETTER AND BETTER WITH EVERY RE-READ.

I’ve mentioned a ton of times how I don’t like to do re-reads, but one book that I actually re-read that enjoyed more the second time around was The Catcher in the Rye.


Since I’m three months late on this one, I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you think it looks fun and you want to do it, please feel free! Don’t forget to link back to me so I can see your choices. 🙂 Which cliffhanger upset you the most? What are some books that were better (or worse!) after a re-read? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Taylor Swift Book Tag

I have been listening to so much Taylor Swift recently! Lover is basically constantly on repeat in this house, so Alex tagging me in a Taylor Swift book tag that’s different from the three I’ve previously done couldn’t have come at a better time!

If you’re interested, the previous Taylor Swift tags are here:


Teardrops on My Guitar:
a book that always makes you cry

I have to agree with Alex here! Me Before You made me sob.

Stay Beautiful:
a book with the prettiest cover

One of my recent favorites is The Babysitters Coven! I love the colors and the illustration style!

Love Story:
favorite romance/couple

I couldn’t possibly go with anyone other than Josh and Lucy!

Fifteen:
favorite coming-of-age story

I really enjoy coming-of-age stories, so it’s hard to pick one favorite! I think I’ll go with Fangirl, though.

Back to December:
biggest bookish regret

Hmm, maybe not getting into graphic novels sooner? I was kind of a book snob and told myself that they weren’t real books for a long time. Now I love them (obviously) and can’t get enough.

Never Grow Up:
favorite childhood book

I’ve talked about Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret a lot on this blog, but it really is one of my favorite childhood books. It’s also one of the few books that’s held up really well over several re-reads.

Red:
favorite book with a red cover

I’ve enjoyed so many books with red covers over the years! The first one to come to mind is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together:
a book you really wanted to love but couldn’t

After seeing so many rave reviews of The Foxhole Court, I really thought I’d love it. I ended up not connecting with the characters at all and thinking the plot was absolutely ridiculous.

Bad Blood:
a book featuring enemies to lovers

One of my favorite tropes! The first one that came to mind was Hotshot Doc.

Shake it Off:
a book you couldn’t let go of

I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a lit class in college. It was the only book we read that I’d really heard of before, so I chose it as the topic for my presentation. Then I realized it was also about three times longer than any of the other books! I had a momentary panic about whether I’d be able to finish it in time, but I didn’t really need to worry, since I could hardly put it down.

I Did Something Bad:
book confession (do you dog ear pages? destroy books for art?)

Haha, I think my only bad book confession is that I have a terrible habit of buying books that I don’t read. I have shelves and shelves of books that I still haven’t read. I get very tempted by cheap used books.

Getaway Car:
a book/series you abandoned

I don’t often DNF books, but one that I made it about 12 pages into before realizing it just wasn’t for me was Monstress.

Delicate:
a book you read when you feel vulnerable

I don’t know that there’s really a specific book that I’d read if I was feeling vulnerable. When that’s happening, I tend to reach for fluffy romances because they just make me feel so much better.


I just tagged a bunch of people in a different Taylor Swift tag, so I’ll leave this one open to whoever’s interested! I’d love to see your answers if you decide to do it! What are some of your favorite covers? What book did you try to love but just couldn’t? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Unique Blogger Award (Take 6)

Thank you so much to Heran for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award! This is always a fun tag to do. 🙂

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes here: onetwo, three, four, and five!

RULES:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

3 questions from Heran:

What’s the best and what’s the worst book you’ve read so far this year? And why?

Setting aside all literary merit and objectivity, based solely on the way they made me feel, the best would have to be Bloom and the worst would have to be Little Birds.

Bloom made me smile all the way through. I loved that it featured a love interest who really enjoys baking, and I also thought it was super cute.

Little Birds was the least erotic erotica I’ve ever read and it was just one cringy moment after another. I guess if you’re into pedophilia, racism, and bestiality, you might go for it, but if you’re not… I’d just steer as clear as you possibly can.

At what time of the day do you like to read most? Morning, afternoon, evening? Why?

I usually get the most reading done in the evening after everything that needs to be done is done. I have trouble focusing on a book when I know that there are other things — cleaning, shopping, etc. — that need my attention more than the book does.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

I think I’ve answered this question before, and I said something sassy, like Let’s Pretend That Never Happened.


My questions:

  1. What book are you most looking forward to in 2020?
  2. Do you have any bookish events coming up? If not, what bookish event would you most like to attend?
  3. What is your favorite trope and some examples of books you think do it well?

I’m taking a break from tagging people, but if you like tags and I never tag you, please let me know! If you want to answer these questions, please feel free and make sure to tag me in your post so I can see your answers. ❤

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Tag: I Should Have Read That

My goodness, talk about going back into the tag vault. Cait tagged me in this one way back in April and I thought I did it but I guess I didn’t! Well, there’s no time like the present, so here’s the I Should Have Read That Book Tag!


RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A book that a certain friend always tells you to read

Haha, I didn’t even have to think about this one. My boyfriend is always telling me to read The Wise Man’s Fear. I bought it maybe a year or so ago at his suggestion, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. One of these days I will!

A book that has been on your TBR forever, and yet you still haven’t picked it up

Shiver is one of the first books I ever added to my TBR on Goodreads, and I still haven’t read it! I finally bought this book a couple months ago, so fingers crossed that I’ll be getting around to it soon!

A book in a series you have started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing

I read a bunch of the Throne of Glass books and then just… stopped. I don’t even know why. Next up in that series is Empire of Storms.

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

Emma is one of the few classics that I own and one of the many books I haven’t read. I bought this book for two reasons when I was in high school: first, I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, and second, Clueless is a great movie.

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

I read a lot more than I watch things, so it took me a long time to find anything that fit this prompt! I’ll go with The Princess Bride.

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

Not so much recently, but I used to see The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo EVERYWHERE. Like, I could not log in to WordPress, open up Instagram, or go on Twitter without seeing someone talking about this book. I even bought it! But I still haven’t read it.


Considering I was tagged in this about five months ago, I’m pretty sure most people that want to do it have done it by now. But if not, please feel free to do it and link back to this post so that I can see your answers! What books are your friends always telling you to read? Which classics are on your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: thank u, next

Thanks to Siobhan for tagging me in the thank u, next book tag (way back in June!!). I really can’t believe that it took me so long to get to this one!


Name a book you said “thank u, next” to (a book you did not finish)

A book that I didn’t finish fairly recently (or, at least, over the summer) is A Week to Be Wicked. There wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with this book other than regency romance not really interesting me.

Name a book that taught you love (a book you loved)

I think my most recent five-star read was The One Hundred Nights of Hero!

Name a book that taught you patience

Any Tana French book teaches me patience. Her books have a really slow burn, but it’s all worth it in the end!

Name a book that taught you pain

I cried so many tears while reading Love and Other Words. So many.

Name a book that you loved at the time of reading, but in hindsight, you don’t like as much, though you still learned something from it

When I first read Red Rising, I thought it was completely amazing. 100% perfect. Basically flawless. Looking back, it’s not. Not that it’s the worst thing I’ve ever read or anything, but it’s definitely got its weak points.

Name a book you are currently talking to (have the hots for)

I haven’t even read it yet, but I’ll go with Permanent Record. I’ve read a ton of positive reviews of it, and since Emergency Contact was one of my favorites last year, I’m super excited to read it.

Name the book that gon’ last (the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more)

I could go with a few different choices for this one, but I think I’ll say You Asked for Perfect. I related to Ariel so much and saw so much of my younger self in him. When you’re a teenager, you kind of feel like nobody knows your struggles and everyone else is perfectly fine while you’re falling apart, so reading a book with a MC like Ariel made me, even as a grown adult, feel much better. I just wish books like this had existed when I was an actual young adult.


I’m almost three months late on this one, so I’m not going to tag anybody. But if you think this looks like fun, please do it and link back to me so that I can see your answers! What’s the last book you didn’t finish? Which book helped you love yourself more? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: 20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged by Raya to do the 20 Questions Book Tag! It’s been forever and a day since I was tagged, but here are my answers! ❤


1. How many books are too many in a series?

I don’t think there’s really a set number of books that’s too many. That said, when it feels like an author is dragging things out to make money, I’m done. That’s happened recently with a series that shall not be named — two authors I really love just keep cranking out one book after another and they’ve started recycling plot lines and the writing quality has gone way downhill. It’s sad, but I just can’t bring myself to read that series anymore.

2. How do you feel about cliffhanger endings?

They’re not my favorite thing, but if they’re done right, I don’t mind them. That cliffhanger at the end of Godsgrave has had me thinking about what comes next for an entire year now.

3. Hardback or paperback?

For practicality, paperback. But hardcover looks really nice on a shelf.

4. Favorite book?

5.  Least Favorite book?

6. Love triangles: yes or no?

With rare exceptions for very well-written books, absolutely not.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I believe that the most recent book was We’ll Fly Away, but not because it was bad or anything. I just wasn’t in the mood for such a heavy book when I initially checked it out from the library.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

This is going to be really shocking, so make sure you’re sitting down. I’m actually so wrapped up in moving right now that I haven’t picked up a book in several days.

9. Last book you recommended?

I think it was The Couple Next Door, which I haven’t even read yet, but it sounded like something my friend would like and I lent her my copy. (She loved it.)

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

Raya said the Quran, I’ll go along with that and say the Bible. I went to many, many years of Catholic school and I believe we read the entire thing over the course of high school.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

12. Favorite author?

Probably Jenn Bennett!

13. Buying books or borrowing?

Both, although I usually buy used these days.

14. A book that you disliked that everyone seems to love?

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks! I own so many bookmarks.

16. A book that you always reread?

None! I don’t love rereading.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

I don’t mind listening to instrumental music or music in a language I don’t understand while I’m reading. I can’t really listen to music that I love unless I’m in a loud public place.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

It really depends on the book. I think that some books really benefit from multiple POVs, especially romances, so that you can really get the full picture of what’s happening. Sometimes multiple POVs add nothing to the story, though.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I prefer to finish a book in one sitting, although that doesn’t always happen these days!

20. Who do you tag?

I’ve seen this one floating around a lot, so I’m tagging anybody who hasn’t already done it! ❤


What are the oldest and newest books that you’ve read? Can you read while listening to music? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag

I was tagged by Leelyn to do the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag! I love Buffy, so I’m really excited to do this one. 🙂

Also, prepare to see a lot of tags on this blog in the coming days! I’ve been kind of absent recently because I’m making a big move (almost 1000 miles!) next week. I haven’t had a ton of time to read (and my books are mostly in boxes), but this is a great time to get caught up on tags.


I’d say the main character from the Throne of Glass series!


I don’t want to be stereotypical and go with Hermione or someone like that, so I’ll say the Owens family in The Rules of Magic!


Mr. Kindly in Nevernight! I guess he doesn’t just provide comic relief, but he’s definitely comic relief in an otherwise pretty dark book.


Choosing one single favorite would be pretty difficult, but I love the Grants in Save the Date!


I think Loren Hale in the Addicted series works pretty well for this prompt!


Amanda in Kiss Number 8! She grows so much throughout the course of this book and it’s amazing!


Holland in the Shades of Magic series! He’s such a villain when the book starts, but it’s hard not to sympathize with him by the end.


Nova’s grandmothers in Mooncakes are great parental figures!


Laura Dean in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me! I don’t think even she knows where her loyalties lie.


I’ve read a ton of really great LGBTQIA romances recently, but I think I’ll go with Bloom for this one! Without a doubt, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.


I’m tagging Jamsu and any other Buffy fans to do this one! I’d love to see your choices! Can you recommend any great LGBTQIA romances? What about a book with a great redemption arc? Let’s talk in the comments!

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