The Cookie Book Tag

The Rules:


Chocolate Chip: A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed (interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago)

I have been so bad about reading classics lately, but I always say that my all-time favorite is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. This was my second favorite book all through high school, and it really shaped the writing style I still love to this day. You can feel the cold in your bones when you read this book, the messages completely will gut you, and the writing is so lyrical and beautiful and has so many meanings. Okay, I might need to reread this sooner than I thought.


Thin Mints: A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read (your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere)

You all, please don’t hate me. I swear, it is my book reviewer shame that I have never touched a book by Cassandra Clare. Everyone tells me how much I would love her new series, so hopefully this will be the year I finally start with City of Bones! Do you guys think I will like it?


Shortbread: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

If Holly Black ever comes onto my blog, and sees how I answer her for every question like this… I’ll probably be just a little embarrassed, let’s be real. But Holly Black is forever and always my fae queen, that shaped me into the reader I am today and is the reason I can’t get enough of all things fantasy. She will always be the author I can’t get enough of!


Samoas/ Caramel DeLites: An Emotional Rollercoaster (this cookie was hard … so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you)

Circe by Madeline Miller made me feel more happiness than any book has in a long while. I still can’t imagine anything dethroning this book as my favorite book of 2018. All the feels, but all the love and happiness, too.


Oreos: A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover

The UK version of Uprooted by Naomi Novik is actually my second favorite cover of all time. Sadly, I didn’t love the story as much, but I still can’t believe the beauty of this cover. Also, have you seen the Spinning Silver UK cover, yet? It’s perfection, too.


Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties: A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I went into this book expecting a cute romance with some LGBTQIAP+ elements, but what I got was my soul reflected back at me. This is such a masterpiece. I still can’t believe something so perfectly written and crafted is in the world.


Snickerdoodles: A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

No matter how hard JK Rowling is trying to ruin my childhood, I will never stop reading Harry Potter. Ever. These books are so much of my identity, I’ll never be able to go a year without rereading at least one.


The Three Friends I Tag:
Avery
Michaela
Sophie

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

“…the last time I saw my brother was five years ago. Lying dead in the snow.”

Sky in the Deep is a debut, standalone, young adult fantasy novel that stars two different Viking clans. But this is a story about betrayal, then survival, then a choice. You all, I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was unique, well written, and has some amazing characters.

Our main protagonist, Eelyn, has lived the last five years mourning her brother’s death. Every five years, the two rival Viking clans battle for no reason other than blind hatred. And five years ago, Eelyn had to watch him fall off a cliff and was forced to leave him dying below. But this book starts out five years later, with a brand new battle, yet Eelyn sees her brother, Iri, before her very eyes.

The two rival Viking clans:
Aska – Worship the god Sigr, water and the sea, and Eelyn’s clan where her father is the leader.
Riki – Worship the god Thora, mountains and fire, and the side that Iri is currently fighting for.

Eelyn doesn’t even know how to process what she is seeing, especially being on the opposite side of the battlefield with her presumed dead brother, who was once her fighting partner. And her hesitation costs her, because she ends up captured by a Riki, who spares her life for some unknown reason.

“I’d abandoned my clansmen on the battlefield to chase after the brother who didn’t even want me.”

Then we get to follow Eelyn becoming a slave for the people who she has vowed to always kill. But slowly, she starts to realize that maybe the Aska and Riki have more in common than anyone would ever think, including a common enemy, the Herja, that will eliminate them all the same way they killed Eelyn’s mother.

I will say that I thought this read a little older on the young adult scale. I mean, yeah, the main character is totally seventeen-years-old, but her brother is five years older and the story does star him, too, even if we don’t get his point of view. A lot of dark things happen in this book, and the author doesn’t shy away from the violence. And rape threats are used a lot during this story. Like, a lot a lot, so just know that going in. And content/trigger warnings for loss of a loved one, violence, murder, gore, sexual assault(s), physical abuse, slavery, talk of suicide, and war themes.

And even though this is a brutal book, the romance is so damn sweet. I mean, it’s a slow burn without question, but enemies to lovers will forever be my favorite. But seeing it happen to a nice guy, too? It was really sweet and I really enjoyed it. I might even go as far to say that the romance in this book was my favorite element of the entire story.

“I remembered the way he looked, lying with eyes staring into the sky that day I’d left him in the trench in Aurvanger. The broken boy bleeding in the snow beside my brother. I wondered if the gods had a plan then.”

I also love the sibling relationship between Eelyn and Iri. In general, I’m always a sucker for books about siblings who unconditionally love each other, but this story had such a unique twist and dynamic, I absolutely loved unfolding the mystery behind what happened five years ago.

My heart was also truly stolen by Halvard and his relationship with Eelyn in this book. Like, best character and the most amazing little cinnamon roll ever. There is such a strong emphasis on found family in this book, and I was so here for it. Truly, these 350 pages carry a beautiful and important message about how life is about surrounding yourself with people who love and accept you, regardless of what blood runs in your veins.

Overall, I really did enjoy this one. I wish the rape threats weren’t so abundant, but besides that I feel like this is a really solid story that is action packed and truly captivating. I never wanted to put this book down, and each time I picked it up I felt absolutely teleported into this world. Also, I kind of have a soft spot for girls that wield axes. I really enjoyed it, and I cannot wait to see what Adrienne Young does next!


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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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“Whatever the birthday girl wants”

Friends, I really wanted to love this, and I still enjoyed it! Penelope Douglas is the queen of writing enemies to lovers. I am obsessed with Corrupt, Bully, and Punk 57! So, when I heard she was releasing a new taboo standalone, I knew I couldn’t resist one-click buying! But… dare I say? This book wasn’t taboo enough for me. It read just like a normal romance, where the characters have a big age difference.

Jordan is a nineteen-year-old girl who comes from a very abusive home. Her mother left her, her father remarried a not so great person, and they live in a very bad neighborhood. She is also dealing with the loss of one of her best friends, but her and her other best friend decided to move out together and start a relationship. Jordan is going to college, working at a local bar, and she is pretty much the only responsible one in her relationship, because her boyfriend, Cole, just got them kicked out of their home.

But the night before that happens, Cole doesn’t pick Jordan up from work late night like he’s supposed to. So, she decided to catch a late movie screening of an old 80’s horror movie, and she bumps into a guy who finally makes one of her days feel good. Oh, and it’s her birthday. After a great time connecting with this guy, they soon part ways because she has a boyfriend she is committed to. But they soon realize he is committed to her boyfriend as well, because it is his son. *dun dun dun*

And since Cole just got them kicked out of their residence, the only solution is to obviously move in with his dad, who she just accidently shared an amazing movie night with! You all, the Lord is testing me! But for real, this actually has a really good romance that I was completely invested in.

I mean, yeah, this is a story about a girl falling for the dad of her boyfriend, but it never really feels angsty. Her boyfriend is a disgusting jerk for 99% of this book. He not only lies to her, disrespects her, and hangs out with her abusive ex that puts her in uncomfortable situations, but he’s also never there for her. And in turn, this book never feels like an angsty love triangle where a dad and son are fighting for the same girl; you root for the dad 100% of the time. And even though the angst is for sure there, this is such a damn slow burn romance.

“Turns out my dream girl belongs to the one person it would kill me to hurt.”

And let me put a big emphasis on the fact that Jordan is only nineteen-years-old and Cole’s father, Pike, is thirty-eight. On top of the fact they are both now living in his house rent free. Plus, Jordan has a really shitty home life and feels like she has nowhere to go. I could write an entire review on the power imbalance between these two love interests. So, please never think I’m ignoring this. I just rate erotic books differently than other books! I know many of the relationships are toxic and problematic and I completely understand that they wouldn’t be the healthiest and/or most ideal of starts for people in real life, but I love steamy reads and I rate them purely off my enjoyment. But I’m never making excuses for any of the content in this book.

Content Warnings: abandonment, talk of physical abuse, underage drinking, death of a friend, and cheating.

I will say that Jordan is a very strong character and does have a lot of agency. She never read like a young adult and she never felt childish. The best part of this romance is that she always stuck up for herself to Pike. And she honestly always put her self and self-worth first.

“I should thank you, actually. I’ve been trying for years, it seems, to be the kind of woman I admire, and all of a sudden I feel like I am that woman now. I know I’m worth it. You’re just not.”

I also really loved Jordan’s sister in this. I am a big sucker for sibling relationships and Cam and Jordan’s unconditional love was a treat to read. Cam never felt shame for her work, and always let people know that she wasn’t doing anything she didn’t want to do. I don’t know, I just really liked her character. I also loved that Cam was a single mom, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if Penelope Douglas gives us a book about her in the future.

But as I said above, this is an erotic romance, so I suppose I should talk about the sex in this book. I, personally, always love Penelope Douglas’s writing and her sex scenes always feels like a gift from above. Consent was something that was always stressed in this book too, so I really enjoyed that considering the not “normal” relationship. There is also a scene in this with mud that hit kind of close to home for me, so I really liked that. I just really loved the chemistry between these two characters, and I may complain that this wasn’t taboo enough for me, but the sex was really damn well done.

Okay, on to the biggest thing I didn’t like, which is something that’s just personal to me: this book really stresses having kids before you’re “too old” and I really hated every time it was emphasized. Since Pike is 38, he is very sensitive about having more kids, because he’s always wanted more, but like, it’s 2018, more and more people are starting to have kids in their 30s. I know that I will not be having kids in my 20s, so maybe that’s why it rubbed me the wrong way. But I still had hope that this wouldn’t turn into a “everyone should get married young and have kids in their twenties” type story. And I honestly probably would have given this book four stars if the epilogue was not included in this book. Again, maybe this is just me, but I almost felt shamed for choose to live my life for me in my twenties, and like, I’m not about to have an erotic romance novel make me feel bad about myself or my body that will be completely capable to bear children in my 30s.

Also, I will say that I really disliked how this book kind of makes it seem like joining the military fixes your problems. Like, I obviously support our troops, and my dad is a retired marine, but I hate when books portray “bad boys” who are sex obsessed, womanizing, partiers and then instantly fixes all their issues by joining a branch of the military. I know a lot of bad dudes that have joined the military and came back to my home town, and guess what? They are still bad dudes, just with worse haircuts.

And, in turn, I kind of didn’t like how this book displayed people who work at strip clubs. I mean, it wasn’t anything blatantly offensive, but it for sure hinted at, “you can do better than showing dudes your body” and it was annoying. Again, let me scream from the rooftops: It is 2018, please stop shaming sex workers. Okay, thanks, bye.

But overall, I still really enjoyed this one. I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down. Penelope Douglas is a super talented author, and even though I think I like her hate to love romances a little more than her standard romances, I still completely devour her books. Her writing is phenomenal, her characters are also so captivating, and she always comes up with unique elements that make me want to read everything she writes!


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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Video Games of All Time

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!


So, the Top Ten Tuesday this week is a freebie that you could do anything you want with! Obviously, I made this blog because of my passion for literature and reading, but the other half of my heart will always belong to video games. And if you’ve ever wondered why my blog name is Mel to the Any, it is completely, 100%, without question, because it’s been my online ID for so long because of video games! But I figured it would be cool to tell you guys my top ten favorite video games, all of which have really shaped the person I am today! And I ranked them from my least favorite favorite to my most favorite favorite! I hope you guys enjoy!

(Also, enjoy this picture of baby Melanie realizing that few things in the world made her happier than the tanooki suit in Super Mario Bros. 3!)


Also, if you guys would like to add me on any gaming platform, here they are:
Steam: Meltotheany / http://steamcommunity.com/id/meltotheany/
Battle.Net: Meltotheany#1897
Origin: Meltotheany
League: Meltotheany
Discord: Meltotheany / meltotheany#9380


And let’s be real, I’ve been playing video games my whole life, I had to add five honorable mentions as well, just super quick:

Pokémon – Pokémon Yellow to be specific, because Pikachu would follow you around.
Dark Souls – Because it’s my brother’s favorite game, and few things in life bring me more joy than theorycrafting with him and ruining his playthroughs trying to be as good as him.
Age of Empires II – The number of hours I have clocked in from playing this classic game with my friends is a little ridiculous, but each night has brought me so much joy.
Hearthstone – I feel like I had to include this, just because I play at least one game of Hearthstone every night before I go to bed. (Also, I’m a Blizzard fangirl in general!)
The Sims Franchise – I’ve played this entire franchise on and off for so damn long, that I couldn’t compile a list without mentioning these games!


➽ 10.) RuneScape

Lord, help me. I didn’t want to put this on my list for you to all see my shame. But it had to come into the tenth place spot, because this is the game that got me obsessed with MMOS! If it wasn’t for this game, I would have never picked up WoW when it came out. And me and my brother were legit so damn obsessed with RuneScape when we were little. It’s funny too, because from time to time we will reinstall it, and try to play the “new” version, and we always have a good laugh.


➽ 9.) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I have only played W3, but I loved it more than I have words to express! I’m so forever thankful for my friend Jake and for him buying me not only this game, but both DLC when they became available too! These games are actually based on a Polish book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which has gotten pretty popular as of lately! I’ve only reviewed the first set of short stories, but they are glorious perfection. Also, team Yennefer forever, okay, thanks, bye!


➽ 8.) Child of Light

I’m weeping just thinking about how perfect this game is. The one liners in this? Perfection. And every time I start this game, I enter into a water colored heaven that I never want to leave. And seeing this main character grow? With her adorable companion? Lord, who keeps cutting these damn onions? Seriously, please pick this one up.


➽ 7.) Civ Franchise

The highlight of my week, every week, is spending Thursday night with my dear friend, Cory, playing Civ, and watching Critical Role. Right now, we are playing Civilization VI, but we have clocked in a lot of time with the older games too. And my heart is always so full playing with someone I care so much about, each and every week! (Until multiplayer SDV comes out… eventually, muahahaha!)


➽ 6.) Banished

Okay, I’m here to tell you right now that this is the game everyone sleeps on! I have played, and loved, many city builders in my life, but all of them fail in comparison to Banished. It is hard, but it is rewarding, and I love it more than words. Also, this entire thing was created by one dude, and it’s truly a work of art. I will play this game forever and ever.


➽ 5.) Spyro the Dragon

My Playstation didn’t see any other game except for this one for… a long time. I just remember getting this for Christmas back in the day, and me and my brother playing it the entire winter break, nonstop. Like, we’d take turns to eat and stuff. We were ridiculous. From collecting all the gems, to kicking all the sheep, to that final boss battle. All the nostalgia, all the feels, and Spyro will always be one of my favorite protagonists of all time. Let’s hope a remake doesn’t try to ruin it.


➽ 4.) Halo Franchise

Okay, so I have a soft spot for Halo 2, always and forever, but nothing emotionally impacted me more than those first commercials coming out for the xbox and Halo. Like, I was shook. Actually, to this day, I still think the Halo commercials are 10/10. The story is one I’m so invested in still. The memories from every midnight release. The memories from every LAN. The memories of MLG. Even the memories of my hands being so sore form hamburger controllers. This will forever always be a series that I will love for the rest of my life. It means so much to me. I actually hope to one day get a Master Chief tattoo on my thigh. Also, best quote from any video game ever? “Wake me… when you need me.”


➽ 3.) Transistor

Never have I ever played a game so beautiful visually, musically, and story wise. And the amount of money I have given Super Giant Games for merch is something I never want to think about. The story in this rivals the very best books that we all read and review, and if you guys are looking for a game you’ll never forget, please pick up Transistor. Also, if you’ve ever wondered about my twitter background of that image I use all the time? It’s from Transistor. The Art makes me week. Also, Bastion should probably be on this list too, but I honestly couldn’t fit it in. And both of these games will be so cheap for the Steam Summer Sale coming up. Please, please, please, I’m begging out, give Transistor a try, or at least the soundtrack.


➽ 2.) World of Warcraft

I’ll be honest when I say that I don’t know where I would be today without World of Warcraft. It has quite literally shaped my life and what it is today, and I will forever be thankful for this game. I have played it off and on for over a decade now, and it is easily the game I’ve clocked the most hours in. I mained a Warlock (meltotheany) in vanilla and through most of BC, but I switched over to shammy (xviv) in sunwell, when my guild needed it. But they were awesome and let me full gear both of them. I feel like I have played my shaman way more, but my heart always has belong to my warlock, but I’d probably going into BFA maining my shaman once again, let’s be real.


➽ 1.) League of Legends

League of Legends is the biggest game in my life right now. I am completely obsessed with LoL esports, and I don’t miss NA or LCK games. My favorite weekends are LCS weekends, and not only is it my favorite game to play, it’s my favorite sport to watch. I am a mid Morgana main, but Ahri is my second favorite. I also have a soft spot for Annie, because she was the first champion I ever played. Also, what a missed opportunity… Mel to the Annie… Ahhh, I should have been an Annie main! I love playing Lux and having my brother play Garen, because I’m ridiculous. And I love Zyra too, even though I dislike her rework, because she’s difficult to succeeded mid lane with now.


Okay! I hope you all enjoyed! I also hope I didn’t gush too hard! I know this isn’t book related (even though I’ve read so many books and lore behind most of these games), but I hope you liked maybe learning a little bit more about me and my passions! Also, if you’re interested in playing any of these multiplayer games with me, let me know! Happy gaming, lovelies! 👾

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Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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1.) Illuminae ★★★★
2.) Gemina ★★★

“Every story needs its hero.
And its villain.
And its monster.”

Hi, my name is Melanie, and I’m the only person in the book world that doesn’t love this series the same way everyone else does. Seriously, take this entire review with a grain of salt, because I am very much in the minority with my feelings. There is just always something stopping me from loving and being completely invested in this series.

Illuminae is easily my favorite in the series, and even though every part of me wants to say that’s because it is where Ezra and AIDAN have the biggest roles, the realistic part of me knows it is probably because it was the first time experiencing the unique formatting. This series is told in case files, hidden documents, and messaging programs. But maybe the newness wore off after the first book?

“There’s a billion different versions of you out there, in a trillion different universes. And I still can’t get over how lucky I am that, out of all those versions, you’re the one that’s mine.”

Obsidio picks right back up after the events of Gemina, and all the characters are together and trying to save what there is left to save. This series surrounds teens in space, that after way too many betrayals, have learned that they are the only ones they can trust. This is the third and final novel, but the enemies this time are the worst type of monsters: humans.

This is the most amazing artwork from MeganJeongArt!

The story did keep me invested, and these books always feel so easy and fun to read. But, I do feel like my second biggest complaint with Obsidio was all the camera surveillance. It completely takes away from the strongest aspect of the book. And if I’m being honest, it reads like a not as good book.

I completely understood and enjoyed being introduced to Hannah, Nik, and Ella (The best person in the entire series, if we are REALLY being honest here) in Gemina, but I felt like adding two brand new characters (and their completely unnecessary romance) into Obsidio was such a poor choice. I totally get how their stories (especially Asha’s) were needed with the direction of the plot, but I truly wish it could have somehow been done some other way.

Moving on, Obsidio was able to evoke a lot of emotion from me around the half way point. I was snapping my friends, convinced that this was going to be my favorite installment in the series. And, like, I should totally care more about the humans than an AI, right? RIGHT? The lines are blurred, people. And it was hard to think with so many tears streaming down my face.

But the number one thing I disliked the most about Obsidio was the ending. I am going to keep this spoiler free, but if you’ve read it then you probably know what I’m talking about.

Overall, and again, please take this review with a grain of salt, because most of my friends have five starred all three of these books. Like, completely loved and adored and put on their favorite shelves. And, again, I don’t know why I can’t connect with these stories the way my friends do, but if you are even somewhat interested in this story, you should totally give these books a shot. I mean, murderous AI, crew of cutthroat kids willing to do anything to save each other, betrayals, twists, turns, heartbreaks, romances, the most wonderful hacker in all of literature? These all sound pretty amazing, true? Seriously, check out come of my friends’ reviews: Destiny, Brandi, Em, Lilly, & Dani! TL;DR – listen to them, because I love them with my whole heart and trust them completely. Just, for some reason this series is my kryptonite.


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The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward

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1.) Dark Lover ★★★★★
2.) Lover Eternal ★★★★★
3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★
14.) The Beast ★★★★
15.) The Chosen ★★★★

It always feels so good to jump back into JR Ward’s world. This is book sixteen, with so many spinoffs and novellas intertwined, so I feel like I can’t say much, but this is just a series I will always love. Basically, in the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world.

But The Thief surrounds mostly four different storylines, even though we get to see most of the brothers, new and old, and their partners. And to make this easy, I’m just going to break down each of them.

“She missed the man she shouldn’t have ever had as if he were a piece of her soul, left behind.”

Assail and Sola – *swoons forever* I’ve been waiting for these two to finally have their book for a long while. And it was so worth the wait. Sola’s number one priority will always be taking care of her grandmother, so she is still on the run and in hiding with her. Assail is not doing so great after trying to detox the drugs from his body while in rehab in the brotherhood’s hospital. But his cousins go searching for the one thing that might bring him out of his endless sleep. I loved the dynamic between Assail and Sola and I pray that we get more of them in future books. Also, I loved Sola’s grandmother so much, and I can’t speak on the Latnix rep, but the Catholic grandmother rep was so on point!

Victoria – I’ll be honest, I hated her point of view. Victoria is in town, looking to find out what happened to her brothers, and to maybe get revenge for them. Honestly, I get why she had a point of view, and it obviously tied everything up in the end, but it still just felt pointless.

Vishous and Doc Jane – A lot of people were very scared, because JR Ward said that these two had a little bit of a rocky road ahead of them. And even though there is no cheating in this book, there is a close call. But seeing these two reconnect was honestly something that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. And it really put into perspective how important it is to make time for yourself and for your partner. Vishous also deals with his parentage and learns a few new things that will probably start to change the mansion forever.

Throe – Xcor’s former second in command has taken quite the turn. He is now a villain that I don’t think even I was prepared for. And the book sex scene was… something I don’t really have words for. But I enjoyed how he used his new-found power, and I thought it was pretty scary and really made for a page turner. And it is going to be very interesting to see how the Omega feels about all of this.

Overall, I just will never get enough from this world, these brothers, or this author. Every single time I open up one of these book, it feels like pure joy. I know that nostalgia factors in a little, because I’ve been reading this series for what feels like my whole life, but I also think this series is some of the best PNR out there still. And I absolutely cannot wait to finally actually meet Murhder. I have a feeling the wait is going to be very worth it.


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Meme Book Tag

The Meme Book Tag was originally created by Books are my Social Life & Dylanthereader5! I wasn’t tagged by anyone (I think) but I’m going to do it anyway, because I like to pretend I’m a dank memer! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


1. Crying Kim Kardashian – A book that made you cry.
Most recently? You all, I was bawling, like ugly crying, sobbing, snot everywhere, for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.


2. Salt Bae – A book that needed a little something more.
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes needed more than a little something, but I would have been happy with an ending that was decent. 🐸☕️


3. Guy thinking – A book that made you think.
I feel like I have to go with The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, just because of the hidden messages that he was talking about, and even all the parallels that are apparent in 2018. This book was constantly making my mind work.


4. Confused guy – A book whose hype you don’t understand.
Easily, The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert, even though I think a lot of the hype did start because of the breathtaking cover, but this one just did not work for me or my tastes.


5. Evil Patrick – A guilty pleasure read (whatever you consider guilty pleasure to mean).
Ahh, I hate the term “guilty pleasure” but I also know, without a doubt, this totally is all the trashy new adult romances I read. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas, Play On by Samantha Young, The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy, Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters, Breaking Him (Love is War #1) by R.K. Lilley.


6. Meryl Streep – A book that you’re always hyping up.
Everyone would answer Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, but get ready to hear nonstop about my love for Circe by Madeline Miller, too!


7. Successful baby – A book (whether you liked it or not) that you felt accomplished after reading.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, just because it is such a prestigious read, and the writing is very much on the pretentious side. But, bonus points, because I ended up loving it and I still can’t stop thinking about it.


8. Pennywise – A book with a promising concept/a book that you had high expectations for, but ultimately let you down.
I’m going to go with Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland, just because this has a very unique currency system, but the more and more I read, the more and more me and my friends realized how the concept was just like in the movie In Time starring Justin Timberlake.


9. Headphones guy – A audiobook that you enjoyed.
This is a funny question, just because it feels like 2018 has been the year that I’m disliking every audiobook I’ve tried. But to date, my favorite of all time is Oathbringer, which is narrated by the amazing Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.


10. Distracted guy – Two books; one you’ve been neglecting on your TBR for a long time and a new one that’s distracting you/peaking your interest.
Without question, the one I’ve been neglecting on my TBR is just to start The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don’t even know what’s wrong with me at this point, but I think knowing how many books are in the series just makes me scared. For a new one that’s distracting me? These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch always catches my eye when I get on my iPad to read an ebook. I’m fiending for gay pirates always though.


11. Cash me outside girl – A book that tried to be something that it’s not (pretentious, didn’t live up to what it was marketed as, etc.)
Honestly, I think this is my least favorite meme of all time. So, I guess it is only fitting to bring up one of my least favorite books of all time for an answer! Night Film tries to be dark, and scary, and different with the multimedia aspects, and tries to be this big mystery. Instead, it’s just offensive, and gross, and reminds me why I hate reading main protagonists that are white, rich, successful, men, who can’t recognize their own privilege.


12. Dog in fire – How many unread books do you own?
Oh boy, this is a hard question. I’ll be honest, I normally don’t buy books that I haven’t already read. And this is because I am incredible privileged and read mostly ARCS. Not counting classics (because I do have some super old editions of classics that I’m probably never going to read) I probably have about 75 books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read. And that’s mostly from Book Outlet, I won’t even lie. But ebooks… ebooks are a different story, and I don’t even want to think about it!


13. BONUS – Pick a meme that wasn’t featured in this tag and pair a book with it.
My Question: A book that had you looking and feeling like this?
I’m going to go with Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake, because I loved this book and these characters so much, but my heart was racing 24/7 being a worried momma bird watching over them! Like, these characters pull at the heartstrings, and after I finished the last page? I felt like I just ran a marathon.


I Tag:
May
Lilly
Elise
Silvia
Alienor
Hannah
Lori
The Orangutan Librarian
Sophie
Kayla
Raven

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