Tag: Fall Out Boy Book Tag

I was not tagged, but I love Fall Out Boy and I love books and I love tags, so I had to do this when I saw it on Angelica‘s blog!


The Rules

  • Link to the creator’s blog (Raine Reads)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Pick a book or character to answer each prompt
  • Tag as many bloggers as you’d like!

Take This to Your Grave

a book that’s a little rough around the edges but you love it anyway

I definitely understand what it is that makes people dislike Emergency Contact. But I just love it so much. I think that what makes it rough around the edges is also what makes it realistic and great.

Sugar, We’re Goin Down

a book that lives up to the hype

You probably thought I was going to go with The Hating Game. Surprisingly, I’ve decided to go with something different. I was a little bit afraid to read Ready Player One since I don’t always go for this kind of story, but this one was really well-done.

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”

a book with pop culture references

You might not think a book set in 1553 would contain a lot of pop culture references, but… My Lady Jane does.

Thnks fr th Mmrs

a book that you changed your opinion about

I don’t know if it’s really accurate to say that I’ve changed my opinion about The Gentleman’s Guide. I still think it’s a great book, but I’ve definitely changed my mind about its author.

What A Catch, Donnie

a character that you want to take care of

There are many characters I want to take care of. Adam Parrish. Holland Vosijk. Darius Kellner. The one I’m going with for this prompt, though, is Luka Kotova from Infini.

Just One Yesterday

a book you wish you could read for the first time again

I absolutely loved Fangirl the first time around. I’m actually planning to re-read it, but I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Hot To The Touch, Cold On The Inside

a book that you were excited to read but ended up being a disappointment

I was a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk when I was in high school. I read all of the books of his that my local library had. I got Pygmy for my 19th birthday and just HATED it. I haven’t read anything else of his since.

Centuries

a book you see everywhere but are afraid to read

I just finished Daisy Jones & the Six and loved it. I’ve really only seen positive reviews of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s just sooo hyped that I’m terrified that I’m going to hate it.

Ghost Busters (I’m Not Afraid)

a new take on a classic story

At the Stroke of Midnight is basically a sexy, feminist retelling of Cinderella.

Young and Menace

a controversial book

Let me tell you, I had some conflicted feelings about All the Bright Places. It was written in a way that made it very hard to put down. Niven made me feel a lot of things for her characters. But I feel like the whole message of the book is problematic and I can’t support it.


I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but if you love Fall Out Boy, please feel free (and please link back to me so I can see your answers)! Which book do you wish you could read for the first time again? What’s your favorite book that includes pop culture references? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 10)

Many thanks to Shyla for the nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 789


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.

Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I’m getting rid of over 100 books that I’m never going to read again. (I’ll be doing a post about it someday soon.)
  2. My least favorite vegetable is probably eggplant.
  3. Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve been on more rollercoasters in the last six months than I’d been on in the last probably fifteen years.

Questions from Shyla

What is in your reader wheelhouse? You see it on a shelf, you can’t resist.

I’d have to say any kind of friends-to-lovers romance. I’m a little pickier about my enemies-to-lovers books, but friends-to-lovers is almost sure to please me.

What is the last book you read?

Right now, I’m about halfway done with We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar. The last book I finished was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

If you could have one superpower, would would it be?

I have a standing answer for this question — teleportation. I’m in a long-distance relationship and both my mom and my best friend live in a different state than me. I’d be teleporting constantly if I could.

What horror/dystopia book or movie would you be most likely to survive through and why?

Well, I just watched The Conjuring with my boyfriend not too long ago, and I think I can pretty safely say that I’d survive that movie. Why? Because the second that dog refused to walk through the door of the new house, I would’ve been like… nope. Something’s wrong here. We’re leaving.

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

Ooh, good question. Going along with my superpower answer, I’d love to invent a way to teleport. Not only would I be able to easily visit anybody at any time, but I would also definitely be rich enough to retire and spend the rest of my life focusing on books and doing good in the world.


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer Shyla’s questions if you’d like! Which horror movie would you survive? Which superpower would you like to have? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Friendship Profile Challenge

I was so excited to see that I’d been tagged by Rebecca to do the Friendship Profile Challenge! I love tags like this and I’m always up for making more blogging friends! ❤


RULES

  • Tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • Make the pledge that ✋ you are interested in making new blogger friends
  • Answer each question as fully as you want
  • Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

 

Name: Sara
Location: New Jersey, USA

 

✋ My name is Sara, and I’m interested in making new blogger friends.

I enjoy: (check all that apply)
☐ Twitter chats
☐ Insta chats
❎ WordPress comment threads
☐ Other:

Expand on that! (optional): 
Twitter stresses me out so much that I rarely ever use it except to retweet other people or automatically share my blog posts. I only have a personal Instagram, which is probably pretty uninteresting if you don’t know me in real life. So WordPress it is! I’m always ready for a good conversation in the comments. 🙂

I like to talk about: Books (of course), my cat, any cats, music and concerts, baking, dermatology, basically any kind of pop culture from the 90s, coffee shops and bookstores I should visit in the NY/NJ area, really anything that you’re passionate about

Conversation Starters: “Want to see a cute picture of my cat?” & “Have you heard this song??”

Find me on Twitter & Goodreads.


I’m tagging…

Cait ✳️ Jamsu ✳️ Lori ✳️ Megs ✳️ Hannah ✳️ anyone who’s looking to make friends!


Please feel free to do this challenge even if I didn’t specifically tag you! Do you like talking about any of these things? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 11)

I was recently nominated by Trisha and Alex for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 910


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:

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

I think I’d live in New Girl. Can you even imagine how much fun it would be? I’d love to have Jess as my BFF. Hanging out with Nick, Schmidt, Coach, and Winston wouldn’t be too bad, either. (And Ferguson!!)

If money were no object, where would you be living?

I’d be living in a spectacularly awesome apartment in Brooklyn!

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in anything, what would it be?

Can I say something like… not letting things get to me? I’m usually pretty good at that, but I’ve had trouble letting little things go recently. I was mad for longer than I’d like to admit last Friday because a man was super rude to me at work.

Which one is the first book you ever bought?

I’m not really sure! Probably something by Tamora Pierce, I’d guess. I was always at the bookstore with my mom when I was little.

Let’s be honest, which is that series of books that you know you will not finish?

Most of them! I’m very bad about finishing series. It’s more rare for me to finish a series than it is for me to stop it.

If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?

Summer. My favorite season is actually spring, but with everything blooming comes a lot of pollen, and it just leads to me sneezing over and over and over and over and over again for weeks. With summer, I get nice weather without all that nonsense.

How many unread books do you own?

Overall, I’m not sure, but I counted 75 in my bedroom a couple days ago.

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Jenn Bennett, Krista & Becca Ritchie, and R.S. Grey. There are a ton of authors that I want to read everything from, but not a ton of authors that I’ll actually purchase each time.

What’s your favourite bookish map?

Another question that I’m not sure on! I don’t mind fantasy, but it’s not really my favorite genre. I can’t think of any bookish maps that I was really into off the top of my head.

Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

Maybe Belle from In Bed With the Beast. It’s basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so Belle is a nerdy bookworm who’s lived a pretty sheltered life, and I relate a lot.


11 questions from Alex:

Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Jenn Bennett!

What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?

Probably A Song of Ice and Fire? I just have no desire whatsoever to read that series.

Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?

Yes, I have dropped books in the bath. 😥 I mean, I guess they dried out, but they look weird.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

My shelves aren’t really organized in any real way. They were sort of a rainbow, but then I decided that I didn’t want to separate series, and it turned out that at least half my books have black spines, so it’s just kind of a jumble right now.

How many unread books do you own?

I just counted a couple days ago and I believe it’s 75!

What is your most anticipated release of 2019?

Darkdawn!

What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?

Oh, I did a whole post about this in January. I’m not doing too great on reading my backlist books, but I am trying. I’m going to say Vengeful because I was so excited to pre-order it and now it’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I had many favorites, but the one that’s best stood the test of time is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

A minor reading slump can be fixed by picking up some audiobooks or graphic novels. I was in a pretty major reading slump from the end of February until the beginning of April, though, and nothing really pulled me out of it until I just one day got over it.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?

I don’t do discussion posts really often, but I usually end up feeling pretty proud of myself when I do. Here are some discussion posts I’ve really enjoyed writing:

What is your favourite book cover?

I always have the same answer for this question, which I guess makes sense since it’s my favorite…


I’ve tagged a ton of people recently, so I’m going to take a little break for now. If you want to answer these questions, though, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Which backlist book are you most excited to read this year? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Song Request Book Tag (Take 3)

The song request book tag is one of my all-time favorites, and I was so excited to see that I’d been tagged by Consu! Thank you! ❤


RULES:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Consu’s requests

1. “To Noise Making (Sing)” by Hozier

Who could ask you
Be unbroken or be brave again?
Or, honey, hope even on this side of the grave again
And who could ask you to be sound or to feel saved again?
But stick around until you hear that music play again

I think that August was my favorite character in Famous in a Small Town, and the bridge of this song reminds me of him so much! August has been through a lot and I just want to give him a hug.

2. “Mourning in the Streets of Amerika” by Rise Against

With a teleprompter in our faces
Yeah, we don’t even know what we’re saying
Car that’s slowly crashing
And we can’t look away
Parading to the edge of the cliff now
We’re trying to figure out how to get down
While the night is fast approaching
Would we even recognize our former lives in this artificial light?

My first nonfiction choice for this tag! I decided to go with Fantasyland because it’s about how people will believe anything they’re told.

3. “No One Mourns the Wicked” from Wicked

Yes, goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the wicked
They reap only what they’ve sown

Winter is all about working to finally defeat Levana after this whole series of her doing horrible things, so it seems pretty fitting for this song about the death of the Wicked Witch of the West.


My requests

1. “Too Proud” by Broods

And then I start to get nervous
What if I never resurface?
No one can hear me down here
The pressure gets worse the further I fall
The dimmer the light, the lower I go
And I’m getting cold

Sorry (but not really) for not shutting up about Broods, but I was just at their concert and it was amazing. I was thinking about Ariel in You Asked for Perfect while I was driving home from work today, because apparently that’s a thing I do now, and this isn’t the song I was originally going to put it with, but it’s almost perfect. Ariel is drowning in everything he needs to do, but he won’t ask for help because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s not perfect.

2. “Strangers” by Sigrid

Like strangers, perfect pretenders
We’re falling head over heels
For something that ain’t real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

It’s so hard to talk about the plot of Alex, Approximately without spoiling the whole thing, but basically it’s about two people who meet online and kind of fall for each other while talking about movies. But throughout all of that, there’s this question of whether they should meet in person or not because what if it’s not the same?

3. “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional

Vindicated, I am selfish, I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along
And I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now
The things you swore you saw yourself

I was just talking with my boyfriend the other day about how I was really into Dashboard Confessional during my peak emo stage. I think “Vindicated” could really fit with anything that has a coming of age theme. I think it especially fits with The Way You Make Me Feel because that book really focuses on Clara learning to think of someone other than herself and analyzing decisions she’s made and learning to live with the consequences and become a better person.


I’m tagging…

JessRobinHannahKensleyNatalie


No pressure if you don’t want to do the tag (or if you’ve already done it), and please feel free to do it even if I didn’t tag you! What do you think of my song and book choices? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Liebster Award (Take 7)

I love doing these Q&A kind of tags, so I was really happy to see that I’d been nominated by Susan for another round of The Liebster Award! Then, to make things even better, I was nominated a couple days later by Daniel! Thank you both! ❤

If you want to see the previous versions of this award, you can click here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 56


The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

11 random facts about me:

  1. The socks I’m wearing right now have cats and books on them (my two favorite things) and they were a gift from my boyfriend. ❤
  2. I have the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met. I chose her from the Humane Society (or, really, she chose me) when she jumped on my shoulders as soon as I walked in the room. Fifteen years later, she still loves to sit on people’s shoulders.
  3. I’m going to a bunch of concerts this year and I’m really excited about it! Coming up in the next couple months are twenty one pilots and Billie Eilish, and then I’ll also be seeing Sigrid this fall. I’m really hoping for a summer Bleachers show to be announced, too.
  4. I hate the taste of coconut but love the scent of it.
  5. I recently rode the world’s tallest rollercoaster and lived to tell the tale.
  6. I’m listening to What Would You Do by Bastille right now.
  7. Speaking of songs, every morning my best friend and I text each other the first song we heard when we woke up. Today my song was Buddy Holly by Weezer.
  8. My go-to music when I need to cheer up is really old Taylor Swift songs. I can’t even listen to Our Song or Mary’s Song without smiling.
  9. I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m just widely known as a crazy cat lady, so my boss will come up to me in the middle of the day and ask me for advice about his kitten and my coworker will send me pictures of every cat she crosses paths with.
  10. I’ve never been a big soda fan, but I really love drinking seltzer.
  11. Just within my line of sight right now are 75 books that I have to read.

11 questions from Susan:

Your favorite book/comic turned movie/TV show?

It’s pretty rare for me to both read and watch something, so let’s see… The most recent book I’ve read that’s been turned into a TV show was You. I absolutely loved that book even if it completely creeped me out. I haven’t seen the show, though.

What book /comic you want turned into a movie or tv show (that hasn’t already been announced as being in production)?

I would love to see The Hating Game turned into a movie, but I’d also be terrified that they’d ruin it.

What character do you most love to hate/hate to love?

I loved to hate Ambrose from The Name of the Wind!

Have you ever read a book where the bad guys win at the end (and I don’t mean if you are in the second book of a trilogy- they would have to win at the end of the trilogy or a stand-alone)? I ask because I have, and it is so rare and so remarkably brave for an author to do, in my opinion. I’d love to know if any are out there I don’t know about.

I don’t think so!

What authors have you tried and tried to read but decided just aren’t for you?

The one that I can think of off the top of my head is Penny Reid. I did enjoy one of her books, but none of the others. I think that’s more a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.”

Favorite Indie bookstores that everyone should visit (doesn’t have to be where you live- maybe you found them on vacation).

Two lesser-known bookstores that I really enjoy in NJ are Labyrinth Books in Princeton (I love their final copies sale section and the used books downstairs) and Booktrader in Hamilton (it’s so overwhelming but in a good way).

What was your “homerun book” aka… the book that hooked you into being a life long reader?

Oh, I’m not sure! My grandma used to read me a ton of Golden Books when I was really little, and that got me started on my love of books. I don’t think there was one single book that started it all.

Who is your reading companion (who is usually, if anyone/anything by your side when you read)?

This little lady. 🙂

What book OR TV show have you read/rewatched the most?

It’s pretty rare that I re-read books, but I have re-read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret a few times. The TV show I’ve seen most is probably Freaks and Geeks since I’ve forced multiple people to watch the whole thing with me.

What book have you recommended the most to others?

Without a doubt, The Hating Game.

What book do you inwardly roll your eyes at when others say it is their favorite book?

I try really hard not to do this! I don’t like judging people based on their reading preferences. That said… probably Fifty Shades of Grey. I only made it through the first few chapters of this book (though I think a hate-read might be interesting) and I can just tell you that there’s much better-written erotica out there.


11 questions from Daniel:

Cake or non-cake donut?

For a normal breakfast donut, I’ll go with non-cake. But if I want more of an indulgence, there’s nothing better than a Brooklyn Blackout cake donut from the Doughnut Plant in Brooklyn.

What is you preferred milk type (two percent, whole, almond)?

I don’t really drink a lot of milk aside from half and half in my coffee, but if I’m getting something to put on cereal, I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

What’s the last book you checked out from the library?

Wordcrime by John Olsson! I got that and the audiobook of Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid on the same day.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I’ve never met anyone who’s, like, Taylor Swift-level famous. But I did meet Broods last weekend and that was probably one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me.

What’s the last thing you’ve cooked or baked from scratch?

I believe that would be the pot pie that my boyfriend and I made for Easter. If we’re talking something that I alone made from scratch… I think that’s chicken and dumpling soup.

Biscuits or bagels?

Give me a bagel any day.

baby boi or BIG BOI? (refer to and include one above picture)

This is the hardest question I’ve ever been asked in my life, but I think I have to go with baby boi. He was just so tiny!!

If you could have dinner with one author that’s alive, who would it be?

Jenn Bennett! She seems so nice.

What is your most anticipated release of the year?

DARKDAWN!!!

What’s been your most disappointing read this year, so far?

Probably The Umbrella Academy. It was so hyped and I just didn’t enjoy it at all.

What was the last song you listened to?


My nominations:

SavannahEricaAmbiHeatherCateOn the BookpageAlexLady BShylaMegsSofii


My questions for you:

  1. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
  2. Which book that you already own are you most looking forward to reading?
  3. Which upcoming release are you most excited about?
  4. What’s your favorite TV show right now?
  5. What’s the last movie you watched and how was it?
  6. Are there any tropes that you just can’t resist?
  7. If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
  8. What’s your favorite dessert?
  9. Do you have any pets? If so, please feel free to share pictures!
  10. What kind of job could you never do?
  11. Coffee or tea, and how do you take it?

Please feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t nominate you! I’d love to see your answers! ❤ What’s the last thing you cooked or baked from scratch? Who is your reading companion? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ Numbers

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. Doing only A-Z meant that I missed some books that I’ve loved, so here are the numbers!


✰ MEMORABLE (FOUR- AND FIVE-STAR) BOOKS STARTING WITH A NUMBER ✰


✰ BOOKS ON MY TBR STARTING WITH A NUMBER ✰

I don’t have any books on my TBR that start with a number, but please feel free to recommend some to me!


Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Can you recommend any books that start with a number? Let’s talk in the comments!

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