The 2021 Book Tag: an Original Tag

Hey everyone! I’m back, with a SUPER exciting post! I introduce to you, my 2021 book tag!!!

To be honest, when I made my 2020 book tag last year, I did not expect to make one again this year. The 2020 book tag was to reflect a crazy year that none of us expected and none of us ever hoped to relive. But, while 2021 has been better in a lot of ways, we are still definitely not out of this mess. A lot of things still happened this year, and so I did end up choosing to make another book tag.

Disclaimer: As I, Phoenix, live in the United States of America, the events that these tags reflect are mainly based off of my own experience of things happening directly around me. Therefore, I won’t be including significant events that have happened elsewhere in the world in this tag. HOWEVER, if you are from another country and think of an event that was impactful around you, feel free to add another question to this tag that you think goes with that event!

Here are the rules and announcements for this tag! (Please copy and paste at the beginning of the tag!)

  • Link back to the original creator, Phoenix @Books With Wings
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Tag at least 3 people
  • While the events covered in this tag are mainly centered around the going-ons in the United States of America, if you live in another country feel free to add another question or two to this tag that you think goes with an important event that happened elsewhere!
  • PLEASE NOTE: While this tag discusses events that happened in 2021, it does not at all need to be completed in 2021. This is NOT a time-restricted tag and you may do it whenever you want. (you also do not need to talk about books that you read in 2021! It can be books you read whenever!)
  • Some of these questions are rather vague; these are totally up for interpretation!

Below is a list of the questions and their corresponding events in 2021:
Please note: while I tried my best, not all of these may be in chronological order.

  1. A sequel that did not live up to expectations (general 2021)
  2. A book where everything immediately went badly (Attack on the USA capital)
  3. A book where things seemed to change for the better (President Joe Biden’s inauguration)
  4. A book where science/some kind of sci fi thing plays a major role (Vaccines)
  5. A book where the characters get a reprieve (general, middle of the year)
  6. A book about sports/centered around competition (Summer Olympics 2021 2020)
  7. A book with a terrifying plot twist (Delta Variant)
  8. A book with awesome behind-the-scenes characters (eg side characters) (THANK YOU ESSENTIAL WORKERS)
  9. A book where there are HUGE consequences to an event/action/etc. (supply chain backups due to covid)

My answers:

A sequel that did not live up to expectations

After spending a bit of a ridiculous amount of time looking through my goodreads ‘read’ shelf, and determining that I no longer read many book serieses (that’s a word, definitely), I’ve decided on Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I really enjoyed book one, Children of Blood and Bone; in fact, it was one of my favorite books of whatever year I read it. And sure, the second book was good…it just wasn’t as good as I expected, compared to the first book.

A book where everything immediately went badly

I mean, honestly the whole beginning of She Who Became the Sun is pretty harsh. I mean, Zhu is left with…nothing and kinda has to remake her whole life (which of course she then does quite successfully).

A book where things seemed to change for the better

There were definitely some light parts in Act Cool, but there were also several times when it dealt with some much harsher topics, especially as it got closer to the end of the book (please check trigger warnings before reading!!!). While in the end, things weren’t totally resolved and happily-ever-after etc, it did seem to be a more hopeful ending.

A book where some kind of science/sci fi plays a major role

Not gonna lie, I was absolutely thinking about this book when I wrote this prompt. I mean, it kind of fits…perfectly. In The Ones We’re Meant to Find, it’s a futuristic world where a bunch of cities are literally in the sky because of flooding stuff and climate change, and tech plays a HUGE role overall in the story.

A book where characters get a reprieve

The fact that it actually took me quite a bit to think of a good response to this really says something about authors…when I think ‘get a reprieve’ I more imagine a pause in the actions near the middle of the book, but that just doesn’t happen much!!! In the end, I’m going with Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, because there’s one point when the two main characters just kinda go off on their own and chat which is always nice when characters get away from everything like that.

A book about sports/centered around competition

As a sports fan and someone who plays sports and someone who reads as well, I’ve read several books about sports (though books are rather lacking in the sports department honestly). But I’ve chosen Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name for this prompt, because I actually got this book when I was much younger but just wasn’t very interested! I finally read it in August and sped through it, absolutely loving it!

A book with a terrifying plot twist

This book had the kind of plot twist to make me go, ‘wait, no!’ out loud. What the heck??? The River Has Teeth is one that I took an entire Sunday and just read it straight through, barely putting it down. It was spooky and enticing and, of course, shocking.

A book with awesome behind-the-scene characters (if you can’t think of anything, then side characters)

Honestly, I’m going with good old Hunger Games here. When I say ‘behind the scenes’ I kind of mean characters who don’t get a lot of page time but are always still helping, and in Hunger Games the people who stand out to me are Portia and Flavius. They were just kind of background supports that were pretty great. There was also a lot of things in the Hunger Games with behind the scenes characters, with the whole games; though of course not all of the other people were ‘awesome’.

A book where there were HUGE consequences to an event/decision/etc

It most certainly did not take me long to find a book for this prompt. I’m going with The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl, which I read just last month. The huge consequence is kind of the main plot; Holly chooses to get turned into a vampire by her boyfriend. But then he dumps her, and she’s left as a 16 year old forever. She’s also connected to him, as he’s her maker, so she’s required to follow him wherever he goes. Also, she’ll have crimped hair forever.

Well, there are my answers to my 2021 book tag!!! I’m so excited to be doing this again, and I cannot wait to see everyone’s answers! This tag is open to anyone who wants to do it, as it’s an original tag, but I will tag a few people just to get things going:

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant
Alex @The Scribe Owl
Maria @The Character Study
Ashmita @The Fictional Journal
April @Booked Till Midnight

What did you think of my 2021 book tag? Have you checked out my 2020 book tag? What are some of your favorite books from 2021?

The Bookish Blog Tag

Hey, everyone! It’s been a very long time since I actually did a tag, and I have so many stacked up in my drafts folder that I decided to do one FINALLY!

I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Madeline @The Bookish Mutant, way back in January (sorry it took so long to do it!) Her blog is absolutely amazing so please go check it out!

I’m pretty sure this is going to be an extremely hard tag to do, given that it’s basically general ‘favorites’ in the book world, but let’s see how it goes!

Also, I’ve come up with a new sign-off graphic, I’d love to hear your thoughts on that!

What are 1-3 of your favorite books of all time?

Oh, a bookworm’s least favorite question. But seriously, how in the world am I supposed to choose THREE??? That being said, I can’t even remember the plot of the last book I read, how am I supposed to remember what plot of all the books is my favorite?

After a great amount of indecision, I’ve decided to go with Felix Ever After (Kacen Callender), Loveless (Alice Oseman) and I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson). But honestly, don’t trust me on this. Felix Ever After and Loveless are probably correct, but I really don’t know what I’d say for the third book. I guess I’ll Give You The Sun will go in here for now.

What are 1-3 of your favorite authors of all time?

Also EXTREMELY hard. My first two are almost certainly Leigh Bardugo and Alice Oseman, but I really can’t think of a third author, so I’ll just leave it at those two

Who is your favorite female character of all time?

This is officially the hardest tag I’ve ever done. I think I’m going with Fie from The Merciful Crow for this one because even though it’s been such a long time since I read this book, I remember loving it! I honestly don’t see a lot of hype for this book around, which is disappointing because I definitely enjoyed it a lot!

Who is your favorite male character in a book?

This one might be a little easier, but still. Very difficult. As to not overthink things, I’m just going to go with Jesper from Six of Crows because I feel like if I actually go look through my books, I’m going to end up with a lot more indecision. And Jesper is a very cool character.

What is your favorite mythical world?

Who am I kidding? Of COURSE it’s the Grishaverse, same as Madeline! Everything about the world that Leigh Bardugo has created is stunning and just so brilliantly done! Though, I think a close second in worlds would be the one from The Merciful Crow. (Read. The. Merciful. Crow.)

What book has your favorite cover?

I scrolled through all 612 books on my goodreads shelves (and wow am I glad that I’m fairly conservative in adding books to my tbr) and came up with nine contenders. In the end, I think I’m going to have to go with The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah. It’s not the prettiest cover, and it wasn’t my favorite book, but there’s something about that cover that I LOVE.

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption?

I don’t watch many movies so I honestly don’t know what to say for this one. I feel like Moxie is gonna be pretty good, but I haven’t actually watched that yet, so I don’t wanna say that before I watch it. Other than that, though, I couldn’t tell you what this one might be.

If you could make any book into a movie, what would it be?

Aaah I’m always very iffy on book to movie adaptations because it seems like a lot of times things are going to get messed up! However, for this one I’m going to say Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth. Its plot has very distinct plot points, which I think is good for a book being turned into a movie because the movie gets those plot points. Also, it’s super funny and the characters are great.

What was your favorite childhood book?

I legitimately don’t know what this means. Like when you say ‘childhood,’ how far back do you mean? I read Percy Jackson in 3rd and 4th grade, so that might work? But before those…oh boy I did not know what a good book was.
When I was very young, I remember reading the ‘Rainbow Magic’ series and loving them, getting basically all of them, and…wow. If you don’t know what they are, basically they’re books about two girls who meet some fairies and then help them. Each book is centered around a different fairy, who the girls meet at the beginning of the book and then turn into fairies (they have some special dust that lets them turn into fairies or something?) in order to help solve a problem the fairy has. They’re extremely repetitive, and there are some very odd fairies (Fatima the Face-painting Fairy…Monica the Marshmellow Fairy…there’s just so many books that they had to get creative I guess!)

Fantasy or Sci-fi? (Or neither?)

These days, I honestly don’t read much of either, but I’d definitely go with fantasy. I used to read fantasy all the time, and I still definitely read it much more than sci fi, though I’ve headed towards reading realistic fiction more these days. Sci fi, I’ll occasionally delve into, but I just don’t enjoy those books as much as fantasy or realistic fiction.

Well, that’s it for this tag! It’s so nice to FINALLY be doing tags again since it’s been so long, and I’ve met so many new people since then! That being said, I tag:

Susana @Susana Loves Books
Maria @The Character Study
Jan @The Doodlecrafter
Ritz @Living, Loving, Reading
Saniya @Sunnyside Reviews

What are some of your favorite books and authors? What do you think about mine? Do you do tags often? I’d love to chat with you! (PS what do you think of my new sign-off graphic???)

Enola Holmes Book Tag

Hey, everyone! I’m doing yet another tag this week because first of all I have a whole lot that I need to do and second of all I completely forgot about posting anything until today and I’m going on vacation today (I dont’ even know if this tag will actually get out because I may not have time.)
Anyways, let’s get into this!
This tag is based off of the movie (book?) Enola Holmes and I read the book and watched bits and pieces of the movie a while ago so I thought I’d try it out! (let’s not mention that I literally remember 4 of the characters mentioned here because my brain is great with names irl but terrible with names in books)
I was tagged for this by the wonderful Madeline @The Bookish Mutant and please go and check out her amazing blog!

~Rules~

  1. List the rules and the prompts of the tag in your post
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and pingback to their post
  3. Give credits to the creator of the tag, Bellerose Reads, and pingback to her post.
  4. Tag at least 5 people to do the tag.

Enola Holmes: An independent and smart female protagonist

I’ll go with a choice that I don’t usually stick in book tags here–Emanuela from Beyond the Ruby Veil. The book itself was a little bit meh (bow down to my descriptive skills) but I would definitely describe our main character as ‘independent and smart’. She’s also a morally grey character so if you like that kind of stuff, maybe you should try this book!

Sherlock Holmes: Your favorite mystery/thriller book

Uh wow I don’t read much mystery or thriller. I think I’ll go with The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe–it was the most recent thriller I’ve read and it was also very good!

Eudoria Holmes: A character that defies the rules of their society

I don’t know if this is rules so much as stereotypes and judgement but throughout I’ll Be The One, Skye constantly has to face doubters and haters who don’t think she can/should be in a KPop competition given that she’s fat. She never backs down from the competition and shows everyone that no matter what you look like, you can get to your dreams.

Mycroft Holmes: The most annoying character you know

Uh wow that’s really tough. I mean, there’s a lot of annoying characters out there but how do I choose THE MOST annoying? My first thought went to characters who are homophobic/transphobic, etc. who are the antagonists of books (Simon vs, Felix Ever After) but those characters aren’t what I’d describe ‘annoying’, they’re awful. So I really don’t know what I’d go for, here.

Lord Tewksbury: A character you want to protect at all costs

There’s so many, but I’m going with what my brain immediately thought of: Jesper and Wylan (I know, I know, it’s two, I’m sorry…). I dunno, they are both just such beans and I must make sure they don’t get hurt. Though, if I had to choose one, I’d choose Wylan.

Inspector Lestrade: A loyal side character

My brain sometimes just thinks of a random book I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise, but I’ll go with Miles from Lore for this one. Miles is just a complete mortal with no connection to any of the greek god stuff going on in Lore but when Lore finds a dying goddess outside her house, he helps her with that. Lore and the others, too, constantly tell him to get out of there because it’s dangerous for him and he doesn’t need to be there but he stays and also proves himself useful many times.

Miss Harrison: A book that aged like milk

At first I was very confused as to what ‘like milk’ meant because clearly I don’t know that milk spoils okay then. Anyways. A book that aged badly…I can’t think of anything that aged too badly but recently I read the fourth book in the Magic Misfits series and it just wasn’t as enjoyable as I remember the first three being, probably because I’m just not as young anymore.

Linthorn: A character you hated from the very beginning

I guess I’ll say Minya from Strange the Dreamer, here. I get that Minya had a really traumatizing past and she was just trying to protect everyone, but she went around with it in a very bad way and she was just all out cruel.

Edith: Your favorite book with black rep.

It was really tough to choose, here, but I think I’ll go with Felix Ever After. It was just a really enjoyable book, possibly my favorite realistic fiction ever. It kept me totally engaged the whole time and I devoured it in one sitting to finish it.

Alright, there’s the end of the tag! I’m not gonna tag anyone because I don’t know who has/hasn’t watched/read the movie/book but if you have watched or read it, please try out this tag! It was super fun to do!

That’s all for this post! I really hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed doing it! Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet and have an amazing rest of your day! Sorry if this tag came off as a little bit rushed (because it was, indeed, rather rushed, but I still loved doing it). As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

The Last Ten Books Tag

Okay, I have a LOT of tags to do. I mean, I think we all do. But I have a LOT. This year, I’ve been doing one tag a month, but it looks like that’s going to be too few. I’m going to try to do two tags this month but honestly, who knows if that’ll happen.
It’s not often that I do a tag that I wasn’t tagged for but I saw this tag on Never Not Reading and it just looked so interesting and I had to try it out! Let’s get right into it!

The Last Book I Gave Up On

It’s not often that I DNF a book and I believe that the last book I gave up on was War Girls, back in December. It was nothing against the book, I swear, I was just in a big reading slump and was definitely not in the mood to pick up sci fi. I’m going to have to pick it up again eventually but it’s definitely not near the top of my list of books to read soon.

Last Book I Re-read

Oh, wow, I do not reread books very often. I’m a little annoyed about this but the last book I reread was one that I had to read for school, because we were writing an essay on it and I wanted to refresh my memory. So, the last book I reread was, unfortunately, 1984 by George Orwell. I didn’t enjoy it the first time and I didn’t like it the second, either.

Last Book I Bought

Well this one is gonna have to be Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo. I finished King of Scars around the middle of last month and immediately pre-ordered Rule of Wolves from the bookstore (and I got it three days before it was published which was a very nice surprise).

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t

This is not something I do often, if ever. There may have been a time during which I thought I read a book a while ago and so I said I read it, even though I didn’t, but I cannot think of anytime that that has happened at the moment and if it did, it probably happened a long time ago.

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

Nope! I don’t think that I have ever done this because I am too terrified of getting WORDS on the book (words that are not part of the book, I mean). It’s just…the pages look so nice, and pristine…how in the world could I RUIN it like that???

Last Book I Had Signed

Well, the last book I got that was signed was The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna because I got it in an Owlcrate box. So I have several books that I got signed because of Owlcrate. However, the only book that I have personally signed is All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace–I read it basically a year ago now (for some reason the date April 12 sticks out in my head when I think of AST…maybe that’s when I read it, maybe my brain is just weird…I definitely read it in April, though) and I really enjoyed it so I went and emailed the author, telling her that I was sad I couldn’t reread it because I’d gotten it from the library. And shockingly enough, I got a response in which she told me she could send me a copy of the book!!! Directly from the author!!! To me!!! When it arrived, it was personally signed with a message to me and this is probably my biggest book-related accomplishment ever.

The Last Book I Lost

Uuuuuuh I honestly cannot remember the last book I lost. The only thing that I can think of–you know when you lend a book to a friend and then they just…never give it back? Yeah, so I believe one of my friends who I literally never talk to anymore has Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Fredrick, a middle grade mystery, and one of my friends has Ella Minnow Pea, which I lent to her because it’s a really strange book and she wanted to read it because I told her that. Lastly, one of my friends has To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo which she borrowed right before quarantine happened so I haven’t had a chance to get that one back. I have no idea if I’m ever going to get these books back, I might like to get Absolutely Truly back one day just because I own the second one and it’s sorta annoying to have the second but not the first and I’d like TKK back because it was a good book. I don’t really care about Ella Minnow Pea though.

Last Book I Had to Replace

I’m honestly not sure that I’ve ever had to replace a book. I don’t really care if my books get beat up as long as they’re still readable. Even the fourth Harry Potter book that has like four pages fallen out of it, we just keep the pages with the book and then if we ever read the book we just read those four pages when we come to the part where they fell out. (we haven’t read it in a while though, because of, you know, JKR)(‘We’ refers to my sister and me in case anyone’s wondering)

Last Book I Argued Over

Well, I’m not entirely sure if this was an argument or just a discussion but basically I had a friend who read and enjoyed One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus and at one point a few weeks ago I just pointed out the problematic aspects to her just to make her aware of them (I have also read One of Us is Lying and overall I did enjoy it, though now I have been made more aware of the parts of it that are extremely problematic). We just had a discussion of whether it was okay to still enjoy the book, despite that, and why it was so problematic and things like that.

Last Book I Couldn’t Find

I’m assuming this means like couldn’t find in a library/bookstore given that there already was a ‘last book you lost’ question and I think…well, a while ago I believe I was trying to find an ebook copy of The Catcher in the Rye and my library…doesn’t have an ebook copy of that??? I was extremely surprised about that, given that it’s a classic.

Well, that ends the tag! I’ll tag:

I hope you enjoyed this tag, as it was super fun to do! Please, if you find this tag interesting, go ahead and try it, no need to be tagged! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this, it means the world! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

Julie and the Phantoms book tag

Honestly, I’m amazed that I’ve kept the fact that I’m doing this tag a secret.
Okay, maybe that’s not as amazing as I made it sound. But I have been doing a LOT of JATP-talking recently and not once have I mentioned this lovely thing.
I…don’t know what I was thinking with this intro. MOVING ON.
Here we go, because everyone who knows me knows that of course I had to do this tag.
If you’ve followed my blog for just about any amount of time, you know how obsessed I am with this show (Answer: Really really really obsessed). So yeah, of COURSE I had to do this post! Honestly, you guys are probably tired of me rambling on and on about this show but….uuuuh oops?
I first saw this Julie and the Phantoms book tag over at Books and Mate way back in December when I’d only watched four episodes of the show. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do it!

Rules

🎤 Link back to the original post (and also Sarah’s booktube account)!!
🎸 Thank whoever tagged you!!
🎸 Answer the prompts!!
🥁 Tag some friends to share the awesomeness!!
🎹 Go watch Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix (and sing every song like it’s your last performance on stage)!!

I was planning to give you a quick summary of the show but then I realized that if you’ve followed my blog for any period of time that you’ve heard me talk about this too much already (And if you’re new, check out my January and February wrap ups to see anything about me being obsessed with it).

But you know, a quick summary never hurt anyone (I promise I will make it very quick)

When Julie’s Mom died a year ago, Julie lost her passion for music. But when cleaning out her mom’s studio, she plays a CD and three ghosts appear in the room! At first hesitant about their appearance, Julie soon realizes that the three of them can help her get music back into her life–and maybe they can become friends in the process.

Okay so admittedly that summary was very bad and very cheesy (and I made it up myself) but I seem to recall some summary somewhere on Netflix describing the boys as ‘three ghostly guys’ so I’m not feeling so bad about this.
Now, let’s get into this tag!

Now or Never: A book at the top of your tbr

Hmm…this is sort of tough! Since I’m a bit of a mood reader, I don’t really choose what books to read next, I pick out what I want to read as I go. But I’ll go with King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo–I read the entire Shadow and Bone series just so I could read this and with book 2 coming out this month, I think it’s time I finally started this one.

Wake Up: A book you were hesitant to read

I’ll say The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow for this one. The catch line and the synopsis for Sound of Stars sounds really weird (can their love of books and pop music save the world?) and I’m all in all not a super big sci fi fan but I did end up liking Sound of Stars more than I was expecting given the sort of far-out premise (also can we take a moment to admire that cover? I feel like I say this every single time but it’s so beautiful!)

This band is back: A sequel you waited a long time for

Can I say Julie and the Phantoms for this one??? Haha I guess it hasn’t been thaaaaat long since I started watching JATP (3 months now) but still. We have to wait until Septemberrrrrrr.
Anyways, onto books. I’ll say a sequel that hasn’t actually been published–book 3 of the Legends of Orisha, by Tomi Adeyemi. The second book came out….sometime in late 2019 and we still don’t have a title, cover or release date for book 3.
(Also, if we’re talking shows that we’re waiting for, I think the real answer here is The Dragon Prince–for anyone who’s followed TDP since near the beginning–season four is slated to come out in December, and at that point it will have been over two years since season 3 came out aaaaaah.)

Bright: A book that took you by surprise

Eh, why not put a murder mystery for a book that took me by surprise? I think that Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson really took me by surprise because books one and two, while they were good, I didn’t enjoy them as much as I was expecting. And Hand on the Wall was just a LOT better. Plus, that murderer reveal…WHAT.
(Commentary on the series–I’m not all that psyched that there’s going to be yet another book because Hand on the Wall was a nice conclusion and I really dislike series that could have ended but the author draws it out even when there’s no reason to. The murder has been solved. End of discussion. You don’t need to start another book in the same series about something completely different.)

Wow: An action packed book

Yeah, I’ll go with Legendborn for this one. A LOT happened in Legendborn and while I wasn’t a fan of the info-dumpy world building, it was DEFINITELY a book full of action and was a lot of fun to read.
Also, I honestly feel bad for comparing Legendborn to Wow because Carrie’s a jerk buuuuuut it fits the prompt. Don’t take it personally, Bree.

(Okay, but since we’re on Wow I have to ask this question–opinions on Dirty Candy? Personally, I’m actually a fan of their songs even if they are extremely self centered, I like the actual music).

Flying Solo: A book with incredible friendships

Well, apparently Alice Oseman is amazing at writing friendships. Vic @Books and Mate said Radio Silence for this one, and I’m going to go with Loveless. I loved loved LOVED the friendships in that book. I actually have a friend who described this as a platonic love story which I think is a perfect explanation. I especially loved Rooney’s monologue to Georgia near the end, it was so so sweet.
(Also, Flying Solo is definitely one of the best songs in JATP, it is extremely sweet and I love it)

I Got the Music: A book that got you out of a reading slump

I guess I’ll go with Moxie for this one. My last slump, in early December, was pretty bad, I couldn’t read anything I wanted, I DNFed a book for the first time in I don’t know how long, and then I picked up Moxie. I don’t usually read realistic fiction but I decided to try it and I was able to mostly get out of my slump! (it took a few more realistic fiction books to get me allll the way out).

The Other Side of Hollywood: A book with a great ensemble of characters

Ummmm yeah right know I can only think of Six of Crows, which was Meeghan @Meeghan Reads (the creator of this tag)’s answer. Honestly, it’s totally true, though, the Crows are awesome! (Thank you, me, for my daily reminder to actually start reading King of Scars)

All Eyes on Me: The prettiest book in your collection

Okay, I think that all of us book lovers can agree: that phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Yeahhhh…we all forget that once in a while.
I’ll say This Tender Land by William Kent Kreuger here. I honestly love books with sunset covers so much.
(Another one I would say would be Sound of Stars but I already used that for another prompt so I decided to change it up a bit).

Finally Free: A series you wish would never end

Honestly, I don’t know if there’s a series I wish would never end. Sure, there’s lots of series’ that I want more once I’m done with them, but I don’t want the author to keep pushing content out in books that are unnecessary (‘books that are unnecessary’ is clearly an oxymoron but just for now I’ll let it slide on this most). I find that a lot of series’ decline once that happens, so I don’t really want to say anything for this.

Perfect Harmony: Your favorite OTP

I do not know. I guess I’d have to say…
Uuuuuh….
You know how your mind always blanks when you try to think of something? Yeah, that’s happening.
Well, I’ll come back to this later which probably means that I’ll never come back to this but okay then.
How is THIS the question I’m having trouble with, like 70% of books ever have a fairly large romantic plot in them.

Edge of Great: A book that is (almost) perfect

I don’t…I don’t know…how do I not know? Sure, I read lots of good books. Lots of GREAT books (no pun intended) and I have favorite books but I don’t know about a book that is perfect or even almost perfect. How do I choose and is this a thing? A perfect book?
Well, this is not an answer but I was looking through my goodreads books and sort of laughed because if you’re taking this prompt literally, you could put KOTLC since literally it seems that the elves are perfect and such…but I’m not putting KOTLC for a book that’s perfect (no POC main characters until book 4 with a cast that big??? No LGBTQ+ characters so far 8 books into the series???)
Aaaaah I literally do not know what to answer, all books have their flaws!

Unsaid Emily: A book that made you cry

Those of you who know me know that I don’t cry due to books or movies or whatever. In fact, I have never cried during Unsaid Emily in my three times watching it and multiple times listening to it. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve cried due to a book and less than one finger on the times that I’ve cried during a TV show or movie (that is to say, none). So I’m citing a book that I read several years ago here, but I will recommend this book and continue to do so, because it’s EXTREMELY GOOD and, as you can probably tell, EXTREMELY SAD. It’s also middle grade but DON’T LET THAT MAKE YOU HESITANT. This is a book that I literally remember what happens several years after I read it, which is saying something since I rarely remember what happened in a book I read a month ago. SO GO READ THE BOOK!!!!
(how did I go through this entire part without saying the name of the book? It’s the Bridge Home, in case you couldn’t tell from the image).

You Got Nothing to Lose: A villain you love to hate

I…honestly don’t usually pay much attention to villains. Like, I know there’s a lot of villains that people like because they’re evil or whatever (Darkling…) but I really just…that’s not me. So I really do not have anything to say for this.

Stand Tall: A book that gave you the feels

…Am I just a heartless person?
Like, am I an emotionless book reader? Because I seriously don’t know what to answer for this. All I can answer is Stand Tall (NOT A BOOK, PHOENIX, NOT A BOOK). Or just JATP in general (STILL NOT A BOOK!!!). I seriously do not know how to answer this.

Okay! That’s it for this tag! I’m going to be tagging the people who I KNOW have watched JATP and love it. If you’ve watched JATP and haven’t interacted with me about it at all (and you love it), first of all–talk to me about it, I will literally talk to a rock about this show, and second of all, consider yourself tagged! If you HAVEN’T watched it, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE??? GO OUT AND WATCH IT!!! The only excuse I will accept is if you do not have netflix. (I’m pretty sure there’s a part, perhaps right before Bright, when Reggie says something like ‘what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance?’ and I have just that line stuck in my head right now, but it pretty much fits what I’m thinking!
Anyways, I tag:

What did you think of this tag? Have you watched Julie and the Phantoms? Do you want to watch Julie and the Phantoms? Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? Talk to me in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As always, thank you all so much for checking this post out even if you aren’t a ridiculously obsessed fantom like I am. Stay safe and keep on reading!

End of the year Superlatives tag

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s been more than a month since the year actually ended. And it’s taken me way too long to do this tag. Super sorry but hopefully everyone will enjoy it anyways!
I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Alex @The Scribe Owl. This is her first original tag so I really hope that you check her original post and her blog when you have time!

~Rules~

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you choose has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

~Book Tag~

I just want to say one thing before I begin, the first part of this tag is a lot like my bookish awards that I do in each of my wrap ups. Therefore, my answers for a few of these questions will probably be the exact same thing as in those awards for my December/yearly wrap up. So sorry for any repeats that you read!

Best Villain

As I said in my yearly wrap up post, I cannot tell you.
That is to say, I believe that the best villain I read in 2020 was in Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. Unfortunately, said villain isn’t actually introduced as a villain until about halfway through the book at least and as much as I love spoiling things for my family members, I’m not going to go around spoiling this entire book for all of you.
Bottom line: you want to know the best villain? Read the darn book.


Best Main Character

Fie from The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owens was the best main character I read this year. Fie’s a super fun main character because she’s just so determined and…well, there was something about her that made her really likeable in my opinion. I don’t know what it was and also I read these books several months ago and my brain is immune to retaining book-related information. Maybe I’ve just read so many books that my brain has just decided it can’t possibly keep all the information about all the books so it just decides to keep none. Who knows?


Best side character

Well, this one took me a bit to figure out. I was very torn between Silas, from Sorcery of Thorns, and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. In the end I chose Silas because Felicity does actually get her own book in The Montague Siblings series.
Anyways. Silas. I actually can’t remember what I loved so much about him but he was just…oh my gosh, it’s a shocker any of you put up with my posts because I feel like half of them are just ‘I don’t know why I liked ___ but I did :)’.
Anyways. Trying to think back to what I liked about him. Also looking back at my Sorcery of Thorns review. I think I liked Silas because you could tell that he really did care about Nathaniel. Even though he was under this contract and he was…certainly interesting when he was not bound, it still really felt like he really did care about Nathaniel.


Tough luck: a character you’re glad you aren’t

Honestly, I think I’m going to have to agree with Alex for this one…I would definitely not want to be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. He’s just…well, if you’ve read it, you know, if you haven’t, go read it what are you waiting for.


Best place to raise a family: A place that you wouldn’t mind settling down in

Oh how could I not say it.
No actually I literally cannot say it now, I’ve forgotten the world name and because it would be an embarrassment if I actually posted this like this…time to ask someone.
Hello I’m back and wow how could I possibly forget.
Living in the lost cities, from Keeper of the Lost Cities would be AMAZING (and yes, I literally forgot what the lost cities were called). Honestly, I sort of feel like Shannon Messenger just took out all the bad things from our world and added a whole bunch of good food and bam, we have the lost cities. I want to eat that food so badddddd. (oh look, it’s my daily reminder that I need to read 8.5. I OWN the darn book, I need to get to it!)


Uninhabitable: A setting you would never want to live in

Ah, well, eh heh.
There’re countless books out there with terrible worlds. You know, the ones where women are super oppressed, things like that (it’s always the women. Always. I mean, reading a book where there are oppressed men who fight a bunch of women to land on top does not sound like a fun time but even in those books where the main point ISN’T actually fighting that oppression, it’s the women who are the oppressed. Fun times).
BUT I’ve chosen ‘1984’ by George Orwell.
Literally everything you do is watched and listened to.
If you step one toe out of line and are caught, you’re tortured until basically all you can think about is your loyalty for ‘Big Brother’.
Yeah, no thanks 🙂


Most likely to succeed: An indie or under-hyped book that everyone would like if they just tried it.

Not going to lie, I don’t follow the hype.
By which I mean I don’t even know where the hype is at any given time??? Here’s what I know: Six of Crows=hype. The Cruel Prince=hype. Everything else=? (I mean okay those were just the first two hyped YA books I could think of. I’m not going to go answering Percy Jackson or Harry Potter to this question).
But I’ll go with a book that was very good and I haven’t heard much about. That sounds underhyped, right? Probably? Hopefully?
Anyways. Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. IT WAS SUPER GOOD. I loved the protagonist, Jane, as well as the other main character, Katherine. Plus, it’s got good rep! Jane is biracial and bisexual and Katherine is black and aro/ace.


Life of the party: a book that kept you laughing and having a good time

Okay so THIS one is quite EASILY ‘The Extraordinaries’ by TJ Klune. The Extraordinaries just kept me laughing throughout the whole book, it was just so funny and I just loved it because of that.


Most unforgettable: A book you couldn’t forget if you tried.

I…feel like it’s a bad sign if I have to actually LOOK THROUGH my 2020 books to find the ‘most unforgettable’ books. But the thing is, even if there is a book that is ‘unforgettable’ for me, if my memory isn’t jogged on it, I’m never going to think of it.
I swear this prompt is keeping me from doing the rest of the tag, I keep staring at it and going ‘I don’t know’ and turning to do something else AAAH.
Okay, here goes. Maybe I’m being a little bit boring here but I’m going to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows is just…Six of Crows, I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s unforgettable.


Most unique: A book unlike anything you’ve ever read before

Don’t you just love when you’re doing a book tag and a book immediately pops into your mind when you see a question?
For this one I’m going with The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to think of this book when I first went into it. It was, in fact, like nothing I’ve ever heard and the premise was just so different. The tagline is ‘Can their love of books and pop music save the world?’ But I did end up enjoying The Sound of Stars.


Well, that’s a wrap of this wonderful tag! I hope that you all really enjoyed doing this! I know a bunch of people who’ve been tagged for this already so apologies if you’ve already been tagged but here goes:

Alright! That’s all for today, friends! I hope that you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to see you next week for a new type of post that I’m trying out that I hope you all will really enjoy!
What did you think of this post? What are some of your favorite books from 2020? Let me know in the comments!

Baby it’s Cold Outside Book Tag

Thank you so much to Cherelle @A Bolt Out of the Book, Madeline @The Bookish Mutant and Cherry @Cherry Blossom Books for tagging me to do this! (wow, when did I become so immersed in the blogging community that I get tagged 3 times for something!) I am so so so sorry it took me so long to get this out…I know that it may be a little past the time when this tag is appropriate to do but I’m going to go ahead and do it anyways since the questions aren’t thaaaaat related to the holidays (if they are, well, just let me do my tag in peace).

~Rules~

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: erin @ Reading On A Star !
  • Answer the questions!
  • Tag however many people as you want!

~Questions~

Snow Day: What’s your comfort book?

Aaah, well it turns out I actually don’t reread many books over and over again. If I had to choose one I would probably say the Percy Jackson books (the original ones) or the Harry Potter books because when I was younger I used to just read these books over and over and over, whenever I didn’t have a book from the library or something I’d just pick these up. I can’t count how many times I’ve read the Harry Potter series. (And ever since certain comments from the author have been revealed I have yet to pick it up again. *sigh*)

Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it (a little morid, but…)?

I have to choose one book to take with me to the afterlife? To read over and over again for all of eternity? Ha ha just kidding. Okay…a book that I want to be buried with. Hmm, this one’s hard. You know, in about April when I actually read this book, it was my favorite book, I absolutely loved it, it was awesome…and then I read a lot of other books, got more immersed in the reading (and blogging) community and it sort of got pushed to the background. But I think for this one, I will say All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. It’s adventure fantasy so it’s just really fun to read and…well there are parts of it that are a little cliche, it’s soooort of just another adventure fantasy but I really really enjoyed it.

Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?)

So…I do not like romance much. Like, at all. I really really don’t enjoy reading books that are just straight up romance, as in that’s a main part of the book.
However. I suppose for this question I will say…well this is a bit of a weird one, since they’re not really a main couple in the book but then again they might be in book 3…anyways, I’m going to say Sev and Kane from Crown of Feathers. Yeah, not a romance AT ALL but…I dunno. And, disclaimer, I read this book a while ago so I might not be remembering Kane’s name right…my brain is swiss cheese. I apologize.
I don’t know what it was about them that made me like them…I mean it was a biiiit of an enemies to lovers romance but they weren’t enemies, they just disliked each other…anyways, whatever it was, I shipped them from the moment Kane appeared in the book (yes, when the two still disliked each other)

Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

Yeah, I really don’t read many seasonal novels. I’m not even sure what winter-themed means….I mean, I suppose, like, it’s winter out? Cold and snow? Which, you know, is a liiiittle odd since there’s plenty of places that never even get snow but okay I’ll go with it. For some reason the book that first comes to my mind is Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Fredricks. This is a middle grade novel that I read several years ago and if I recall correctly it’s based mainly, if not completely, in a small town in…New Hampshire? Vermont? In the winter.

Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

I’ll have you know that it took considerable self restraint NOT to put Four Dead Queens here (and if you want to see the numerous posts where I talk about the crazy plot twist in this book, see my yearly wrap up, my liebster award post, and my original tag, the 2020 book tag). Instead, I chose Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian. This is possibly the only spooky (I guess horror?) YA book that I’ve ever read but I REALLY loved it. There were definitely a lot of twists that I never really expected.

Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

So, I’m going to have to agree with Cherelle on this one that A Court of Silver Flames has a REALLY ugly cover. But I’ll also say a book that I’ve actually read because I’ve never read any ACOTAR books and will probably never read them. So I’ll go with Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. This is a middle grade novel so maybe it’s a little unfair of me since I understand that even the covers of middle grade novels are a little different than YA novels but I feel like in this cover there’s way too much going on in this cover. The main premise of Lupe Wong Won’t Dance is this girl who’s a huge Mariners fan and a huge baseball player as well–she plans to be a pitcher in the major leagues. Her uncle works for the Mariners and promises Lupe that he’ll introduce her to her favorite baseball player if she gets all A’s in school. But then, in gym which she loves, it’s the square dancing unit and Lupe does NOT want to square dance.
I didn’t like this cover for a few reasons. There’s a lot going on in this cover–we have her school’s mascot behind her on what I assume is the gym floor? And then around Lupe there’s people dancing–square dancing, I assume. The title is also super colorful and just all those different colors and things happening, it’s a lot for eyes to take in? But also, there’s a lot of words on the cover. Of course we have the title, in large letters at the bottom, and then the author, but also Lupe’s jersey that she’s wearing has the words ‘Mexinese’ on it–Lupe is mexinese and that’s definitely touched on in the book–as well as her school mascot behind her has words around that. I feel like on a cover, really the only words should be the title, the author and maybe a short phrase or something.
Lastly, the jersey she’s wearing isn’t the same colors as a Mariners jersey and I know it’s not a Mariner’s jersey but I feel like since that’s her favorite team it should be at least the same colors. These are the colors of a Mets jersey.
(please excuse the formatting for this answer. Thank you)

Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read?

I’ve actually been reading a lot of books really quickly, lately…I’ve spent a lot of time, just, reading which is pretty nice. So, there’s been several books that I read in under 24 hours but I think I’ll say that the last book I actually binge read was probably Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson. I read this in one sitting, in a little under 2 hours I think. Someone I know had been RAVING about this book so I picked it up one day and just gave it a go. It was…pretty interesting? A really cool adventure, and crazy that it was realistic fiction. I learned some survival skills and it was cool that it was about dog sledding since you don’t see many books about that.

Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?

Well, here’s the one question that is a biiiit out of season. But fortunately, there’s birthdays! Eventually! I’m not actually gonna tell you when my birthday is (sorry guys) but I WILL tell you it’s in less than a year. I know, that really narrowed it down.
Aaanyways, either my birthday or Christmas will come first or maybe someone will just give me a book randomly (every reader’s dream). But the book that I probably want most for a holiday would be…A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I’ve heard a lot about this book and it’s a mystery and I’ve recently been reading more mysteries and they’re super interesting and yeah I just want to read this now!

~Tags~

Well it’s a little late in the season to tag anyone, However, there’s been several new bloggers in the goodreads YA book blogs group (check it out if you haven’t already!) and I thought I’d tag them! So I’ll tag:

Well, friends, that’s this week’s post! Have you read any of these books! And be sure to check out the four blogs I tagged–they’re new bloggers and would love your support! As always, thank you so much for popping by and checking my post out! It means the world. Stay safe and keep on reading!

The Outstanding Blogger Awards

This award looks so fun and I cannot thank the three people who nominated me enough! Please please please check out Em’s blog @Cats, Bibliophiles and Baguettes. CBB is no longer active due to problems with the website creation website, but Em has started a new blog, on wordpress! You can find her @Tea for Teens. Next, we have April @Booked Till Midnight! As soon as I saw her blog, I fell in love (with the blog. And it’s purely platonic, I have no romantic feelings for April’s blog. Guess you’ll have to try harder, April. 😂😂😂 Actually wait, please don’t because I don’t really want to fall in love with a blog). She posts the most amazing things so please give it a look! And lastly, just today (or perhaps yesterday, depending on when I post this), Tiction @Fictionally Crazy nominated me as well!
Anywhom, before I start this post, I suppose I ought to actually post the rules…just so you all can keep me in check. Here you go:

  • Provide a link back to the creators original post 
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

(By the way, I think the idea of every blog being entered at the end of 2020 to see who wins is an AWESOME idea)

And now, the part that you’ve all been waiting for (that is, I assume it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for since it’s the body of the post you’re currently reading), my answers to the questions!

Em’s Questions:

1. What is your ideal vacation spot?

Let’s see…usually when we go on vacation we go to a wide variety of places. I don’t visit beaches very often, even if we go to a state on the coast, just because my parents don’t like them much–and honestly neither do I. Too sandy. There’s two spots I love to vacation. Either in a cabin by a lake (kayaking!) or, actually, in the middle of a city. I LOVE exploring new cities, seeing new things, just being surrounded by buildings and people, it’s so awesome for me. (plus, there’s always lots of new restaurants with good food)

2. Who is a person who inspires you?

You know that thing where you’re asked a question and all answers just immediately vanish from your head? Yeah. But okay I actually got one. Phil Bildner. Bildner actually writes middle grade novels, not YA. I read his book A High Five For Glenn Burke earlier this summer and it was really enjoyable. For some background, AHFFGB is about a young gay boy who really loves the sport of baseball. He finds out and does a school project on the very first openly gay baseball player in the major leagues, Glenn Burke and throughout the book, Burke’s story really inspires him. Now, I love this book because I love baseball and I love the LGBTQ+ community. And this book is actually what got me interested in the LGBTQ+ community within professional sports (mostly baseball). Nowadays, I’m super interested in this and want to work to make professional sports and sports at all levels more accepting for the LGBTQ+ community. And AHFFGB is really what started it.
That being said, I also really admire Sean Doolittle, who is a pitcher in major league baseball (Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, currently a free agent). Doolittle is a HUGE ally for the LGBTQ+ community and uses his platform and voice to speak out for a lot of causes (also, please look up Sean Doolittle pride shoes because those things are b e a u t i f u l)

3. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about having a blog?

Probably one of my favorite things about having a blog is interacting with people and seeing how people enjoy my content (either that or you all are just putting on a facade to make me think you’re enjoying it). I love interacting with readers.
One of my least favorite things to do is probably design the actual blog, like what the pages look like and stuff. I feel like wordpress can be sorta frustrating when doing this just because…well maybe it’s because I’m an inexperienced wordpress user. Anyways, I dislike making my blog look good overall–but it’s fun to add little graphics to posts.

4. What’s your favorite bookstore?

Hmmm well I don’t usually really go to bookstores…(especially not during covid, obviously). Usually, I just get books from libraries. I do think that Barnes and Noble is a pretty cool store…other than that I can’t think of a big chain bookstore that you all would know of (and I’m NOT willing to talk about local bookstores that I go to).

5. What are your 2021 reading goals or life goals?

So there are a LOT of books that I REALLY want to read in 2021–enough that I will hopefully eventually write a post of 21 books I want to read in 2021. A few of the most notable ones are Cemetery Boys, which I actually hope to read in, like, the last 6 days of 2020 (this is me banking on getting it for christmas), some VE Schwab books and some Alice Oseman books.

6. If you could wish for one thing (not more wishes) what would it be?

In a perfect world I would say books but there’s too many problems in the world for me to feel like I can say that. So. I’d probably wish for everyone to be able to accept everyone for who they are–I wish that everyone would support the LGBTQ+ community and BLM and for everyone to be a feminist and no judging on body size or anything like that. That would be my wish.

7. What’s one thing you like about my blog and one thing you dislike?

I really enjoyed all the creative list posts you did, Em! I know that your new blog is not entirely focused on books but I hope that you will still be able to squeeze in posts like the ones on CBB like the list of books about politics you did around election day, or the red and green book cover list you did for one of the first days of blogmas. Those were so interesting to read!

April’s Questions

1. What is an oddly specific trope you adore?

THERE ARE TROPES THAT I LIKE
I JUST CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING RIGHT NOW
I’LL KEEP THINKING
Update from like two days later: have yet to think of a trope I really like but the trope I dislike the most is INSTA LOVE. I DESPISE INSTA LOVE. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

2. What is your favorite figure of speech?

APRIL STOP WITH THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE OBVIOUS ANSWERS I JUST CAN’T THINK OF RIGHT NOW. Nah, you don’t actually have to stop. But I can’t think of anything right now, I might come back later.
(Yeah, I didn’t do that, my mind is still empty)

3. What is your favorite song right now?

Hmmm….it’s something from Hamilton, the musical or Six, the musical. I think it’s Six, the song, from Six, the musical. For background, Six the Musical is about King Henry VIII’s six wives. It tells the story of the wives that might have been lost in history, given that Henry VIII, being a king in the 15 hundreds, was much more well known than his wives. The last song in the musical, named for the musical, is a rewritten end to the story of the six wives, in which they all get together and form a band, throwing off their positions as Henry’s wife. It’s just a very catchy and fun song and I love the idea!

4. What season is your favorite?

Ah, that’s actually really difficult. See, I like winter because snow, but also in the winter it’s really cold and then I’m cold and that’s not fun.
I think I like fall the best because it’s not too warm but not too cold.

5. Book Quote that you absolutely adore?

I don’t actually usually remember book quotes…I just read the book for the book. Ugh I’m sure there are some good ones out there but for now I can only remember the one from Cinderella is Dead that goes something like, “Do you even know how to use a sword? Women aren’t permitted to–” “The pointy end goes in your neck.” It’s amazing sword etiquette. But I really should start paying more attention to quotes in books.

6. If you had a sword, what would you name it?

Now this is a top notch questions if I’ve ever seen one. It requires some thinking because I’m not going to go naming my sword and silly little name that comes to mind…it must be dramatic! And it must be interesting! And it must be just…perfect.
I think I’d like something…like I don’t know. Maybe the word death included. Deathslayer, maybe…no, that’s too close to Elisabeth’s (Elisabeth from Sorcery of Thorns, where I assume April got this question from). Deathstabber? Dreadslayer. Dread…bringer. No. Doom. Huh I could just name the sword Doom, that would be interesting. So many words with D that are so dark (ha ha there’s another one).
Final verdict: Darksong.

7. If you could turn into any food for a day, what would it be?

I, uh….what? I mean if I really had to choose a food, it would probably be one that not many people would eat just so that I wouldn’t get eaten…something like one of those stinky cheeses. Or maybe a barely heard of vegetable. But if I weren’t going to be eaten regardless, I’d say I’d like to be a bar of chocolate because chocolate is just…✨perfection✨

Tiction’s Questions

1. What is one country you’ve always wanted to go to?

Easily Canada. I kinda…have an obsession with Canada? Well not really. But I have actually never been out of the United States and Canada…I don’t know, it just seems cool. Toronto, especially, I really want to live there when I grow up (yes, I’ve never been there, I know. I don’t know what it’s like at all. I still want to live there).

2. Tea or Coffee?

Amazingly enough, I’ve never had coffee in my life. Yes, I’ve gotten through school thus far without a sip. No caffeine in sight (other than chocolate because chocolate). However, I don’t exactly like tea either. And I enjoy the smell of coffee, so I’m sorta at a stalemate here.

3. Share a favorite quote?

Ha, well I don’t really remember quotations very well…I did put one up above when April asked.
For some reason when I saw the word ‘quote’ in this question I immediately thought of a certain English teacher lecturing about how ‘quote isn’t the right word in this scenario, it would be quotation, a quote is speaking or…’ honestly I don’t even remember and that might be wrong, so don’t quote me on that (ha ha see what I did there?)

4. If you could master one language, what would it be?

Let’s see…well it would either be Spanish or Latin…so Latin is a dead language but the thing is, since it’s the origin of the romance languages, I’d know a bit about those, too. Also, Latin is really difficult because there’s conjugations and declensions and tenses and it’s my lowest grade in school right now. But Spanish is used today and pretty common. I think I’d choose Spanish.

5. What’s your book of the month?

Hmm, I’ve read a lot of good books this month. I’m going to have to say Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu, because it was really empowering and just a nice book altogether. You can find my review of it here.

6. Would you rather read just one perfect, no-fault, long, long book in your life or read unlimited standalones with cliffhangers at the end?

Ummmm stop being difficult, heh heh! That’s really hard because I wouldn’t want to read a single book in my life! But a whole bunch of cliffhangers at the end??? Aaaaaaah I guess I’ll have to say cliffhangers…I hope that never happens to me though, ha!

7. Tell us a Dad Joke

Funnily enough, I just read one in a book tonight.
Why did the scarecrow get an award?

Because they were outstanding in their field.
I would explain it (like what happens in the book) but explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog (If you ask nicely, I’ll explain that one in the comments. And it’s another dad joke too).

I nominate:

Katie @Whispering Pages
Sunny @Revolution Reading
Ahaana @Windows to Worlds
Emilie @Chronicles of a Bibliomaniac
Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library
Tess @Unbound Library
Vic @Books and Mate
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Sanskriti @Portals Into Books
Cherry @Cherry Blossom Books

Questions:

  1. What’s the weirdest idea for a book you’ve ever read?
  2. What’s a food that everyone likes but you don’t?
  3. What do you do to get inspiration? (for writing a story, doing homework, whatever)
  4. Have you ever spoken to an author? (IRL or through email or goodreads or anything) If so, who and what did you say to them?
  5. If you could tell a character in a book one thing before the story took place, what character would it be and what would you say?
  6. Tell us a one sentence horror story (kinda a classic I know)
  7. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written in the past three months?

Well, friends, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading all my answers to these questions, boring as they are (I feel like half my answers were just, ‘I cannot think right now’ in some form).

What’s a dad joke that you enjoy? What sort of tropes do you like? And what are your goals for reading in 2021? Feed me words in the comments! (I’m sorry, I’m tired and not sure what I’m saying right now).
That’s all for today! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

The Liebster Award (#1 and #2)

Aaaand I meant to publish this yesterday but forgot to click the publish button. Go me.

I wrote the below and then was tagged by Alex @The Scribe Owl for the Liebster award as well. However, I like my old intro even though it is no longer accurate so I’m keeping it. Enjoy me from two weeks ago. 😁😁😁

Okay. So teeeeechnically, I wasn’t tagged for this.
However.
Sunny @Revolution Reading tagged ‘Anyone who is interested in doing this tag who hasn’t yet, or anyone who has read at least one book this month.’ Given that I haven’t done this tag/award yet…here goes.

Honestly, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been nominated for the Liebster Award. In fact, so many people have been nominated that everyone just assumed that I had already been nominated and therefore no one tagged me. (Wow, that was some crazy reasoning)

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your 11 nominees 11 questions

(Just wondering, does anyone know what’s up with the number 11?)

Sunny’s questions:

Have you ever spilled anything on a book?

The answer is yes, probably. How could I not have spilled something on a book once in my life? But it was also probably a very long time ago because I’m very careful with my books. Most of the books I read are from the library so you REALLY don’t want to spill anything on those, and nowadays I usually read on my kindle. Not a physical book. But sometimes I get a few crumbs on my kindle because reading while eating. I honestly have no idea what people who don’t read do while they’re eating, like do they just focus on the food? Preposterous!!!

Which book gives you the most holiday vibes?

Oh, wow. I don’t usually read books for the holidays, I just read normal books. I actually do not like reading books specifically about/for the holidays…I’m not sure why. It’s just not something I enjoy doing. But we’re talking about vibes here. So.

For some reason the book ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte gives me holiday vibes. Why? I have no idea. It’s literally about queens getting murdered. And it’s a mystery. But maybe because I read this in early January or the fact that I feel like I remember one very short scene where it’s snowing, I get holiday vibes from it. Also the COVER. It’s absolutely beautiful. And…not exactly holiday-y? But to me I feel like it is. I do not know why.
Anyways, I cannot stop talking about this book (I mentioned it in my 2020 book tag as well), you guys NEED to pick it up. It’s amazing.

Which is better, cake or pie?

Um, cake. OBVIOUSLY. With cake, you get the, well, cake, so it’s ALL sweet. And then there’s frosting. Meanwhile, with pie it’s usually fruit-based which, I mean, is fine. Good. But in a dessert I’m sort of looking for something sweeter (I actually don’t usually like frosting much, however. It’s almost TOO sweet). Pie for breakfast, however? Yummmm.

What’s next on your tbr?

Hmm, I don’t usually plan a tbr just because, well, I think I’m a mood reader? Sort of? I just go with what I’m reading right now and usually I don’t not have something to read because of what I request from the library or something someone else in the family gets that I want to read…I don’t really think about what I want to read next.
However, I would really enjoy to read King of Scars next. I suffered through the Shadow and Bone series just to get to this one so I would really like to read it soon. We’ll see, though. I expect I’m getting a lot of books for Christmas, given that…that’s one of the only things I asked for.

When’s the last time you bought a book? What was it?

Aaah I really don’t buy books often! At all! I literally can’t remember the last time I bought a book aside from that time in early January when I bought 4 books with a gift card I got from Christmas. Though technically that’s a Christmas present? But if we are counting that, I bought these four books:

List a few books that you want people to read!

I have, in a great struggle, managed to narrow this list down to four books that I loved and that I think don’t have a lot of hype.

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. I’ve already talked about this book several times so I think you know how much I love this one!
  • Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian. This is such a creepy and fascinating book. I really enjoyed it because it’s very different than anything I’ve ever read before and I really like reading spooky stories that aren’t absolutely terrifying but are slightly freaky.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. I really enjoyed the unique caste system and magic system in this book! Plus the story and characters were awesome.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. This was a really interesting story and it was about phoenixes, so that’s a plus. The world building was fascinating and I loved how the history of the world was interwoven with the story, so beautifully created.

Would you rather trade places with your least favorite character from your favorite book or have your favorite character die in your least favorite book?

Definitely have my favorite character die in my least favorite book. My least favorite book is…well I’m not entirely sure but it’s probably something I had to read for school. No offense to all the English teachers out there, but I’m not very attached to any of the characters in books we read for class and so for a favorite to die…not that sad. Plus, a favorite character in a least favorite book probably isn’t a character I like very much anyways.

Paperbacks or hardcovers?

The answer is probably paperbacks. I like paperbacks because they’re smaller and you can bring them on trips and such as well. Hardcovers are more durable but they can be annoying since they’re heavier. Honestly though, I prefer ebooks above all, I know I’m crazy that way.

What’s your least favorite genre?

Aaah I mean it’s probably nonfiction. I mean, nonfiction can be fine in some cases, like when you’re doing a research paper or when it’s actually a story, and an interesting one, but most times…I just don’t pick it up. I don’t know what it is about it. Honestly, if there were a book that was like, ‘The story of…a memoir,’ even if it sounded really interesting, I’d be less likely to pick it up. You could just take out the ‘a memoir’ part and I’d probably pick it up, ha ha.

Would you rather spend the day in your favorite book, but be a character that was only mentioned a few times, or spend the day in your second favorite book and be with the main character(s) the entire time?

Oh, second favorite all the way. I mean saying ‘favorite book’ and ‘second favorite book’ for me doesn’t really make sense….I just love so many books that it’s impossible to choose!
Hmm but if you think about it if you’re with the main characters the entire time, it might get super dangerous…unless we’re talking about this is before/after the book takes place, just a normal day.
But like…being in the favorite book and not even meeting the main character? Barely even being there? That would be sad. It would feel like a missed chance to me.

Night owl or early bird?

Oh, early bird all the way. I used to wake up SUPER early but quarantine has spoiled me so now I only wake up like a half hour before the average person. I go to bed much earlier than the usual teenager. I think I get more sleep than everyone else in my class 😂. But I also don’t absolutely love sleep, like when asked what I’m going to do it’s not going to be sleep.
Hmmmm I wonder if those two things are *gasp* related???

Alex’s questions:

What is your favorite decade for music?

Oh man. Much to everyone’s chagrin, I don’t listen to much music. I mean, the only music I really listen to is musicals. Aaaand I currently have the piece I’m playing on the violin stuck in my head (yes, I have violin music stuck in my head) but that doesn’t count. Anyways, I think that all these musicals are from different times? Hamilton is very recent and I think that Six the musical came out last year but I have no idea when Les Miserables came out.
Hang on, looking it up…
O-oh. Um well. 1903. Okay then.

What is your favorite genre and why?

Fantasy, easily. I think that I like fantasy because it lets you get away from the real world. It lets you go to a world where there’s magic and, while the worlds often still have problems, there just aren’t the same problems that our world has. I love seeing all the world building and the different magic systems and just how characters interact with a world that is not the one I know already.

Are there any books you have a love hate relationship with?

Ah ha ha ha ha ha.
You’re lucky you didn’t tag me for this two weeks ago.
Yes, I do have a love hate relationship with a graphic novel series…Fence by CS Pacat. On one hand, it’s like my favorite series of all time, I love the characters, I love the ships, I LOVE the fencing (for those who didn’t know, I fenced for approximately 5 months last year). But then…my obsession got too much. So I still absolutely loved the book but I began to hate it–I uttered the words ‘I wish it had never been written’ several times–because it was the only thing I could think about.
But I still love love love it even though last week was NOT pretty (you can ask any of my IRL friends).
I think that my obsession has toned down now and I don’t want this to scare you away from reading this book because it’s awesome and the obsession only happens to me. ⬅ This is a proven fact, my friends have read it.

Are you also a book hoarder collector?

In the sense that I get books whenever I can and then don’t read them for a long time because I own them and can read them whenever but that is not the case with the books at the library, yes, I suppose you can say that I am.
In the sense that if I get money I will immediately go buy books, no because I’m cheap.

What is at the top of your Christmas list?

Well. The broad answer is…books (I know, shocking, right?). But as for what books, well, I have two books that I really really want to get. Cemetery Boys has been one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year and I know it came out in like September or October but I still haven’t read it because it’s on my Christmas list. So I better get it.
The other book is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I’ve read so many reviews of it and seen so many awesome things that I can’t wait to read it! If I get it it will also be my first VE Schwab book so that’ll be exciting!

What is your favorite holiday?

Don’t make me choose! I like all the holidays. But if I were to choose one…probably Christmas because I enjoy spending time with my family (not this year, though) and we always get lots of cookies. Plus, having the house all decorated is really nice, it makes everything warm and peaceful (I hate decorating though). And the presents books are also a nice bonus 😁

If you had to attend a dinner party with your three favorite authors and only one of you got to walk out of the room alive, who would it be?

Congrats, I am officially concerned for your sanity.
Okay but seriously, WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS? And why why why do I have to choose?
Anyways, what even are my three favorite authors? Just like books, I don’t have three favorite, there are just multitudes of amazing books.
Also I just don’t want to say I’d kill anybody? Because that’s cruel? And these are real people?

If your two favorite book characters had to duel, who would win?

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy must you hurt me with these ‘favorite’ questionsssss??? Aaaah who are my favorite characters? I can never choose! I’m sorry for being so indecisive! I just–I love all the smol children who suffer many traumatic instances that their creators put them through.
But you know what since you asked I’ll just choose two characters that I enjoy reading because whatever. If….Harvard Lee from Fence and Fie from The Merciful Crow dueled…well Harvard knows how to fence but I think Fie has an unfair advantage given that she can burn some teeth to get magic (that probably sounds very confusing to someone who hasn’t read TMC). So I’d say that Fie wins. (sorry Harvard. Don’t worry, you can still beat Nicholas…for now)

Do you have any pets?

I do in fact have a dog. She’s just over three years old and is a mutt. Her name is Luna Bear Schuyler Rutabaga and she’s 1/8 lab, 1/8 huskie, 1/8 terrier, 1/8 bulldog and 50% unknown. So yes, very much a mutt. She’s also absolutely crazy and will probably kill herself by eating something she isn’t supposed to one day.
Sorry, no pictures.

Do you play any musical instruments?

I, like approximately half the population, play the violin (I’m joking, way less than half the population plays the violin, it just seems like so many people I know play violin). I have been playing for 5 and a half years.

Which are better, squids or octopi?

Octopi, 100%. They’re awesome, they’re so sweet. Squids just live in the deep dark depths freaking me out. Oh yeah also I recently watched the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and that octopus was the sweetest thing.

Well there’s the award!
Here are the people that I nominate:

Em @Tea for Teens
Turquoise and Amethyst @Act Your Page
Sibella @YA Book Reviews
Shine @Haunting Ghosttown
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Vic @Books and Mate
Tess @Unbound Library
Emilie @Emilie the Bibliomaniac
Urmom @Urmom Reads Books
Madeline @The Bookish Mutant
Booktastically @Booktastically Amazing

And here are my questions:

  1. Have you ever had a book hangover?
  2. How often do you cry when reading books?
  3. What are some of your most anticipated 2021 releases?
  4. What was the most surprising thing you read in 2020?
  5. If your name weren’t your name what would your name be? (that was trippy…)
  6. When you think ‘fantasy’ what are the first four words that come to mind? Why?
  7. Write a summary of a book where you place characters of a book you’re currently reading in the world of the book you just finished reading (how do the characters react to the new world, how does the story change)
  8. What book that you’ve read do you think would make the best musical adaption?
  9. If you were trapped in a room for the rest of your life and could only bring three books, which would they be?
  10. What’s the most embarrassing book-related thing that has ever happened to you? (ex: three times now I have shipped people who ended up being related)
  11. What’s the weirdest food combination that you’ve ever eaten?

I can’t believe I’ve finally done a Liebster award! I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever spilled something on a book? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What are your opinions on all of Alex’s ‘extremely cruel favorite character/author choose one’ questions? I’d love to hear what you think below!
Thank you all so much for reading–it means the world. As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

Lost in Translation Book Tag

Alright everyone, today we are learning a lesson and that lesson is to never ever trust google translate with your translating needs. This is something, actually, that any teacher teaching me a language has told me countless times and yet people probably still do it because it’s easier. So let’s see what this tag is all about and have some fun as we go!

Thank you so much, Sunny @Revolution Reading for tagging me in this tag! Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick the last book that you read
  2. Translate the title into three or more languages using google translate
  3. Translate it back into english and compare how close or how far it was from the original title
  4. Put the original title down at the bottom and talk about your last read!

Translated title: Magic Technique

(Yoruba, Ukrainian, Icelandic, Chinese, English)

What. WHAT? W H A T?????? Okay but seriously, try to guess. Just try to guess what the heck this title could possibly be. I want you to write down your guesses right now and tell me in the comments after because this is absolutely ridiculous.

The original title is Sorcery of Thorns
How, just how did I get “Magic technique” from Sorcery of Thorns?

Anyways, I did do a book review about this book but I may as well talk about it.

This was a very interesting fantasy book. Our main character, Elisabeth, grew up in a library of magical books so…you all can be jealous of her now. But then (dramatic pause…) she becomes accused of setting a cursed book on the nearby town (even though she was the one who stops it)! Thus, she is sent to the city with a sorcerer to face her judgement!

This was a different book, a different idea, than other books I’ve read and it was fascinating that way. There were some parts that I felt were unneeded or overly convenient and the ending was a little confusing to me, but other than that, it was very good! To see my full book review, click here.

Okay! I’m gonna do another one because I want to and also I thiiiink this one is gonna be great. I hope it will be, anyways. Here goes:

Translated title: We Slip a Hand

(English, Chinese, Thai, Pashto, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, English)

W-what? I don’t even know what this means. We Slip a Hand? It sounds like some book about card games. Or like…nope, I have no idea why you would name a book “We Slip a Hand.”

Anyways. Any guesses on what this one actually is? Write them down now and put them in the comments at the bottom? The actual name is below:

The original title is We Ride Upon Sticks.
So it looks like the ‘we’ part is still the same, but the rest of it…I dunno how on earth this happened.

We Ride Upon Sticks was a really interesting book. It was an adult book and the entire thing was pretty slow, but it was actually really good. I loved it because it was about a female sports team which is not something that you read much. Plus, the girls had a super strong bond which was nice. There was a lot of diversity, both racially and LGBTQ+-wise so that was super cool, especially since it was based in 1989. I loved seeing how the girls grew over the year and discovered more about themselves and each other. You can find my goodreads review on this book here.

Well that’s the book tag! Again, thank you so much to Sunny for tagging me; this was super fun. I will tag:

Alex @The Scribe Owl
Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library
Sibella @YA Book Reviews

Well, there’s the post! I really hope you enjoyed this tag, it was fun to do and had a really funny turn out! Remember, those tagged don’t have to do the review and if you weren’t tagged but think it sounds interesting, please go ahead and do it!
As always, thank you so much for reading; it means the world. Stay safe and keep on reading!