The Book Cake Tag | 2018

I was tagged by the amazing Nia @ Shades of Paper! And I tried to find the original tag, and I think it’s from the amazing Jen @ Jen Campbell! And I figured it would be the perfect time to do this tag, because my birthday is next Monday, the 27th!

I mean, is it really a birthday cake tag without a picture of me with a cake?

Self-raising flour: a book that started slow then picked up

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Dark fairy tale, Russian folklore, winter setting, village surrounded by woods, fae like creatures, lyrical writing, and hella feminist. Sometimes I think this book was written completely for me.

Butter: a book with a really rich, intense plot

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid has the best plot, ever. It is so rich, and so intense, that you won’t be able to put it down. This is the most addicting book ever, and even though I was crying so hard, and borderline hyperventilating, I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

Eggs: a book you had reservations about but actually really enjoyed

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman was a book I was so scared to read, because it is so beloved and has so much hype surrounding it! But dear reader, it is worth every single ounce of that love and that hype. Perfection.

Sugar: a sweet book

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read.

Icing: a book that included all the things you enjoy in a book

Circe by Madeline Miller is the book of my heart. This book is about healing and doing what it takes to come into your own. This book is about love; the love between lovers, the love of a mother, and the love you must find in yourself. This book proves why family of choice will always be greater than family of origin. This book is about magic, and how we can find it in ourselves if we look hard enough. This is a book about becoming the witch you’ve always buried deep inside you.

Sprinkles: a book or series that you return to for a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down

Harry Potter. Always and forever. It will always feel like coming home.

Cherry on top: your favourite book of the year

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton is still, easily, my favorite book of 2018. I still can’t believe such a perfect book exists, and a standalone no less! I can’t wait for September 18th to roll around, just so you can all fall so very in love with this  spooky book, with a dark fairy-tale vibe, that heavily talks about society’s gender expectations, while being a love letter to gender fluidity, and with the most heartwarming polyamorous relationship!

Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed this tag! I honestly am the type of person that’s like “August is my entire birthday!” So, here we are! Also, I only picked books that are absolute masterpieces, because my birthday celebration deserves nothing less than only five star reads! But I hope you are all having an amazing August, and thank you for making every day feel like my birthday in the book community!  ❤️

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Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names (AKA: What I might name my children if I ever become a parent!)

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!

Fun fact that you might not know about me: when my mom was a young girl she read Gone with the Wind and fell in love with the name Melanie. She says that she always knew that if she had a daughter she would name her Melanie. Hi, hello, she had me and followed through!

This week’s topic is Best Character Names, and I was honestly a little apprehensive about making this list, because if I ever choose to have children these will be my future children’s names! Well, I mean, not all of them, but four of these are for sure in the running if I ever become a parent!

But some of these names are just ones that I love with my whole heart, but I would never name my future kids them! But I get so very happy when I read these names as characters in books, regardless! Okay, I’m being long winded. You will easily be able to tell the names I loved from the names I only like! And without without further ado here they are!

King Arthur – Morgana
I’ve always loved the named Morgana! Also, this is the name of my favorite video game character of all time, so it just makes my heart so very happy when I read it in books!

The Virgin Suicides – Lux
This was my favorite book for the most years in my so far, so I couldn’t not mention a name from this one, because all of the sister’s names are amazing, in my opinion! Lux, Cecilia, Bonnie, Mary, Therese, all amazing, but Lux is my favorite!

The King Killer Chronicles – Auri
Maybe it’s because I love this character so much, and because I have so much fanart for her, but I love the name Auri!

Inkmistress – Garen
I love this name more than words. I audibly gasped when I read this name for a minor side character in Inkmistress. This one of for sure in the running for future children.

The Bird and the Sword – Larkin
If I miraculous birth a girl tomorrow, this would be the name I would give her. When I was a freshman in high school, I had biology with a girl named Larkin, and upon attendance call on that very first day, I fell completely head over heels for this name. I still have never met another person with the name personally, but it is without a doubt most likely going to be my imaginary daughter’s name. Love, love, love. Also, the girl in this book is named Lark, so… I’m stretching a little bit, but I couldn’t not put Larkin on this list.

The Cruel Prince – Cardan
You all, this name. Like, what a perfect fae prince name. So fae, so powerful, so perfect. And just saying the name Prince Cardan makes me feel all the ways. I just love it.

Throne of Glass – Rowan
I have always loved this name, which is funny because I absolutely hate this SJM character. But when I was quickly just thinking about names that I love, I knew I had to add Rowan/Rowen. This name is getting a little bit more popular, but it’s because it’s so beautiful and so beautifully gender fluid!

Throne of Glass – Manon
Yeah, somehow Sarah J Maas made it on this list twice. I’m sorry, you all. But honestly, Manon is not only one of my favorite characters of all time, but Manon is also one of my favorite literary names of all time!

Edgar Allan Poe – Lenora
Lenora is my grandmother’s name, so I carry this one very near to my heart. I fully believe that I will somehow incorporate this into a child’s name if I ever become a parent. I just love it, and I love my grandma so very much, so this one is extra special to me.

The Odyssey – Atlas
If I miraculous birth a boy tomorrow, this is the name I would name my son. This name is so powerful, so meaningful, and just sounds so very perfect to me. Also, my favorite musical artist in the entire world, Claudio Sanchez, named his child this, so it only furthered my love!

Okay, I hope you all enjoyed this super sappy post! And let me emphasize to you all, I am not pregnant, nor have I ever been pregnant! But I love names, and quotes, and all the words, and I collect them all the time. Also, I hate the idea that we have “boy names” and “girl names” so I’m sorry if I made anyone uncomfortable with picking Larkin as my favorite girl name and Atlas as my favorite boy name. Society’s gender roles are gross. But, hopefully you enjoyed seeing what I would name my hypothetical children/maybe, hopefully, one day children. Also, I just realized that three of the ten are also League of Legends names, so there’s that! I’m such a dork, I swear! Also, if you all want to pull a Rachel to my Monica with Larkin, Atlas, or Garen – I’ll come for you! Hahaha, just kidding! I truly couldn’t resist! Happy reading (and character and/or children creating), my loves!

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The Sims Book Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Sophie @ Blame Chocolate! This tag was originally created by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland! And you all probably know that I’ve enjoyed playing The Sims my entire life, off and on, so I couldn’t resist doing this tag! Plus, it’s adorable!

The Original Sims: The Best Author Debut

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

I still can’t believe this book was a debut. Most impressive debut I’ve ever read, and probably will ever read.

The Grim Reaper: The Saddest Character Death

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

This will forever and always be my answer. FOREVER AND ALWAYS!

“Here lies Dobby, a free elf.”

Sims Getting Stuck: A Character that Got in the Way

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

You all are about to see how petty I am. But my young and (even more) angsty-self LOVED Adrian. But freakin’ Dmitri kept coming in and ruining everything! It didn’t matter if he was good, or evil, or distant; he was a thorn in my side and I’m still bitter.

Simlish: A Book with Amazing Writing

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Can I go a tag without mentioning this book? No. And I probably will never be able to. In this book lies the best writing I have ever experienced. Such a blessing.

“Sarai was seventeen years old, a goddess and a girl. Half her blood was human, but it counted for nothing. She was blue. She was godspawn. She was anathema. She was young. She was lovely. She was afraid.”

Expansion Packs: A Series Where the Books just Keep Getting Better

Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Seriously, this tag has me listing all of my favorites! The Greatcoats honestly just get better and better, but the first book is a masterpiece, too, so it’s really saying something.

Cheats: A Book that’s Completely Unrealistic

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

You all know I hate bringing up this book. But it’s the worst. And no matter what, I tap out at semen that has the ability to heal. Not today, demons. Goodbye.

Needs Fulfillment: A Character who makes all the wrong decisions

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

You all, I’m hard-pressed to think of a main character that made my rage more than the protagonist in this book. From her actions, to the things that came out of her mouth, this character didn’t do anything right.

Error Code 12: A Series that Starts Off Great but Goes Downhill from There
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Gosh, I’m hesitant to say this even “starts off great” but I truly think books three and four are amazing. But the rest? Either mediocre and just downright bad. One of the worst series conclusions ever, too.

Sims Vortex: A Book or Series that completely Engrossed You
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

My brand, my love, my legacy. Fae, enemies to lovers, lyrical writing, strong female leads, everything I want in a book and series. Completely and wholeheartedly addicted.

I Tag:

But if you’d also like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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The Second Annual Book Blogger Awards | My Nominations

The Book Blogger Awards is a great way to just show support for our book community and all the book reviewers that do so much! I’m not really viewing this as a competition or anything, but I just wanted to do some nominations that showcase some of the blogs that I love and that enrich my life in more ways than I can express!

Today is actually the last day of voting! You know me, always doing things last minute! But I couldn’t resist shouting out a few of my favorites! And hopefully you all find some new favorites, too! Also, don’t forget to check out the creator of this award, Joce @ Write Through the Night, and check out #bookbloggerawards2018 for more nominees!


➽ Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19) – Julianna @ Paper Blots

➽ Best Adult Book Blogger (20+) – Lilly @ Lair of Books

➽ Best Book Blogger from an Underrepresented/Minority Group – Em @ Running Away with Dream Thieves


➽ Young Adult – Courtney @ Curly Book Owl

➽ Romance – Taryn @ Romancing The Shelf

➽ Science Fiction / Fantasy – Mogsy @ The Biblio Sanctum

➽ New Adult  – Kayla @ Books and Blends

➽ Literary Fiction / Classics – James @ This Is My Truth Now

➽ Mystery / Thriller – Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me


➽ Best book reviews – Emma @ Emma Reads Again

➽ Best Book Recommendations – Bentley @ Book Bastion

➽ Prettiest Bookshelf – Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills

➽ Best Discussion Posts – Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books


➽ Most Engaged in the Community – Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

➽ Blog Aesthetic – Norrie @ Reading Under the Blankie

➽ Social media influencer – Elise @ The Bookish Actress

➽ Best personality / friendliest member of the community – The Orangutan Librarian


➽ Best New Book Blogger – Avery @ Red Rocket Panda

➽ Best Overall Book Blogger – May @ Forever and Everly

And I know I’m probably forgetting 100+ people who I love with my whole heart and soul, and I’m so very sorry! I swear, I really shouldn’t have waited until last minute to throw this post together! But I love you all, and I just want to say thank you to every single book blogger and reviewer out there. You all truly make this community a better place, and you are all doing the Lord’s work on the daily! Thank you!

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