WHO AM I? BOOK TAG | The Great American Read by PBS

This Book Tag was started by PBS Digital Studios in conjunction with The Great American Read. Submit your vote for America’s favorite novel here (Voting is U.S. Only): Vote here!


If your life were a book genre, what would it be?
I mean, as much as I want to say fantasy, you know I’d be a boring contemporary! But like, I could totally make it a romance, depending the night!


What villain from a book do you identify with the most?
This is such a hard question, but I guess I’ll go with The Darkling from The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, because 1.) I’m a very passionate person, like him! 2.) I always stand up for what I believe is right, like him! 3.) I like to make girls swoon, like him!


What protagonist are you most similar to?
I’d have to say a mix of Senna from Tarryn Fisher’s Mud Vein, Leigh from Emily XR Pan The Astonishing Color of After, and Holo from Isuna Hasekura’s Spice and Wolf!


Which book did you connect with in the past that you no longer do?
Gosh, I feel like this is such a hard question, because I connect so much with my past. But I guess I’ll say the Goosebumps books by RL Stine, just because I was so obsessed with them when I was a little kid, but I never even read anything remotely scary now as an adult.


What recent book read would you love to be a character in?
I’m going to go with Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, because I would love to live in the hidden away, winter mountain kingdom, ruled by the Staryk King! I would say Holly Black’s fae lands, but (let’s be real) I probably wouldn’t last a minute! So, snowy elves it is!


How do your reading habits show off your personality?
I suppose I will say that my reading habits really showcase how dedicated I am. I rarely DNF a book, and I rarely will give up on anything in life. I know that’s not the healthiest of ways to live (in books and in real life) but it’s something that I think really mirrors each other. Also, something I need to continue to work on!


What book taught you something about yourself?
I feel like I used this every single time, but it’s the damn truth: Black Iris by Elliot Wake, because it was the book that made me realize that I was pansexual, and it completely changed my life! 💖💛💙


And if this looks like a tag you’d like to do: consider yourself tagged! Also, here is some more information about this tag and why it was created! I completely encourage you all to go vote! My biased self has been voting for Harry Potter every day! Happy reading, friends!


PHASE ONE
Beginning currently through October 18, 2018 at midnight PT, there are two methods of voting, which include:
• By using the voting app on The Great American Read website. You’ll have to register before your first vote, using either your email address or a Facebook login, but after that you’ll be able to vote with just a few clicks.
• By posting an original post to Facebook or Twitter using the official hashtag for your favorite book. The hashtags for each book can be found on the individual book pages in the READ THE LIST section. You can also download a PDF of the hashtag list here.
You can place one vote for each book every day, so go ahead and vote for all of your favorite books!


PHASE TWO
When the full series of The Great American Read launches on September 11, 2018, we’ll launch two extra ways to vote for your favorite book, alongside the existing online and hashtag voting:
• By calling a Toll-Free phone number for each book. We’ll add the phone numbers for each book to the READ THE LIST section when Toll-Free voting goes live on September 11, 2018.
• By sending an SMS with a unique code for your favorite book. We’ll add the SMS number and unique codes for each book to the site when SMS voting goes live on September 11, 2018.
All voting methods will close on October 18, 2018 at midnight PT. We’ll reveal the results and announce The Great American Read winner in the Grand Finale show.


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Book Blogger Test Tag

THE RULES:
1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (Thank you, I love you, Taylor!)
2) Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.


1) WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 BOOK PET PEEVES?

  • Pointless and unbelievable miscommunication.
  • When writers give AIs and robots genders
  • Once a character is killed, they should stay dead. Ghost forms are okay.

2) NAME A PERFECT READING SPOT.

Winter night, fireplace blazing, pouring rain outside, cup of coffee steaming, and me, cuddled up with a blanket.


3) GIVE 3 READING CONFESSIONS.

  • Sometimes (as long as it’s not a REALLY anticipated read) I will read the last page or paragraph of a book. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY! And I know this really bothers a lot of people, but I sometimes do it.
  • I’ve totally read graphic novels at bookstores, taken notes, and went home and reviewed them.
  • I don’t mind it when characters “let out a breath they didn’t know they were holding!”

4) WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I’m a crying at, like, everything, so probably last night. For real.


5) NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Three: Strange Grace by Tessa GrattonBatman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu, and A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole!


6) FAVORITE READING SNACK?

Does tea and coffee count? For sure tea and coffee!


7) WHAT ARE 3 BOOKS YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE?


8) PROVIDE A PICTURE OF YOUR BOOKSHELF.

I’m so sorry, friends. I have books… everywhere! And five overflowing bookshelves! I promise, once I have my library, you’ll get an entire blog post!


9) HOW MUCH DO BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN 3 WORDS?

Whole. Fucking. Lot.


AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
❤ Lilly
🧡 Amy
💛 Lacy
💚 Dani
💙 Kelly
💜 Shai


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Highest Rated Books on my TBR (According to Goodreads)

highest ratedHey, bookworms! I’ve seen a few of my friends do this type of video on Booktube, and I think it’s really cool. Basically, these are the ten highest rated books that I have on my TBR on Goodreads, that are also already out! Seriously, King of Scars should not be at a 4.59 rating when Leigh herself said there will be no ARC for this one. Lord, help me!



➽ 10.) Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Rating: 4.25 | 1,172 Ratings | 411 Reviews
This book just came out this year, but literally so many people I love and trust have hailed this as their favorite book of 2018 so far! I added it my TBR because of May’s amazing review, and I can’t wait to get to this one, hopefully in August!

➽ 9.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rating: 4.25 |350,297 Ratings | 27,239 Reviews
This is book that is so loved by so many that it’s just intimidating. It’s honestly a modern classic and I can’t believe I haven’t read it. Maybe I will add this to my TBR this fall, and I hope to fall in love too. Oh, and I’ll make sure I have all the tissues, because I know I’m going to need them!

➽ 8.) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Rating: 4.30 | 158,112 Ratings | 10,877 Reviews
I know, I know, I’m a failure. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this one either. I just know that I’m going to love it, but so many books and so little time, friends.

➽ 7.) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Rating: 4.32 | 117,552 Ratings | 16,957 Reviews
I actually think I have a little bit of fomo from the third book in this series just coming out and having all of my friends love it so much! So, seeing this on the list totally makes me want to pick it up even more!

➽ 6.) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4.32 | 232,305 Ratings | 12,891 Reviews
I just read Outlander in December of last year, and was actually pretty impressed at how well it held up in 2017! I just really didn’t love the end of that book, and I know that this second installment is going to be dealing with those events, so I’m scared! But this is such a beloved series, and I know I should continue on!

➽ 5.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Rating: 4.36 | 1,436,043 Ratings | 99,101 Reviews
I know, I can’t believe I have read this staple in modern day literature. I just know this is going to be a really hard read, because I am the most emotional person I know, so I think that’s why I push it off. I do own the super gorgeous anniversary edition, too! So, there is really no excuse!

➽ 4.) High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 4.36 | 5,893 Ratings | 981 Reviews
Friends, you know I’m ringing that shame bell at my damn self. I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, but I promise I will soon. And I hope I love it as much as so many people on Goodreads have already!

➽ 3.) Fairy Tail, Vol. 1 (Fairy Tail #1) by Hiro Mashima
Rating: 4.39 | 76,176 Ratings | 816 Reviews
I’ve wanted to read this manga for so damn long. It is some of my offline friends’ favorite! Like, they are obsessed with it. I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet, especially because I love guild house/hall settings and books filled with characters going on quests.

➽ 2.) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4.48 | 134,448 Ratings | 19,867 Reviews
You all, I’m the reason the other books in this series probably have a bit lower ratings! I just can’t connect and love this series the same way that everyone else does! But I’ve read all the other books, so I honestly do need to get to this one. I just keep pushing it off.

➽ 1.) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Rating: 4.55 | 414,290 Ratings | 44,440 Reviews
Yeah, I think I’m going to have to pick this one up immediately. With those numbers and the amount of actual reviews? Like, I have to pick this one up. Also, this is one of my best friend’s favorite books of all-time.


Also, it is probably important to note that I wrote up this post last week, so a couple of these ratings could have shifted a little bit! And more reviews and ratings probably got added! But hopefully it wasn’t a large enough influx to mess with the number order of these ten books! But I thought this was really fun to see, and I hope you all enjoyed, too! What’s a book that you “need” to get to that everyone else loves? Happy reading, loves!

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My Most Read Authors

MostReadAuthorsHey, friends! I have seen this post floating around a couple of my friend’s blogs and a few booktubers! So, I thought it would be cool to see what authors I’ve read the most books from! I was actually really surprised by a couple of these, but I immediately knew who my number one was going to be.

➽ James Patterson – 27 Books
Favorite Book by Them: Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2)
Lord, help me! Hi, my name is Melanie, and throughout all of middle school and high school, I was obsessed with James Patterson. Or, really, more specifically, Alex Cross.

➽ Karina Halle – 23 Books
Favorite Book by Them: N/A 😎
I’ve been blogging and “seriously” reviewing for two years now, and I’ve only had one “bad” author experience. Want to guess who it was with? Lmao, okay, no shade, but I’ll never read another book by this author. Next!

➽ J.R. Ward – 20 Books
Favorite Book by Them: Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)
I stan one paranormal queen, and it’s JR Ward. I actually thought she would be higher on this list! But the way she is churning out book after book, new series after new series? I think she will take that first place spot eventually.

➽ Richelle Mead – 20 Books
Favorite Book by Them: Shadow Heir (Dark Swan #4)
Also, my high school reading experience was also made up of Vampire Academy. And to this day, Adrian is one of my favorite characters of all time, even though I didn’t love the end of his spin-off what-so-ever! Also, Richelle is a UofM graduate, so I am kind of biased with liking her! Plus, her and her vampires will always a special place in my heart, because they meant so much to me when I was younger.

➽ Ilona Andrews – 18 Books
Favorite Book by Them: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)
Best husband and wife writing duo of all time. Okay, so I honestly have read so much PNR in my life, but this couple just does it better. The tenth and final book in a very cherished series of mine, comes out this August and I can’t wait. I have honestly, and wholeheartedly, loved everything they have have created.

Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed this quick little glimpse into my reading life! It’s funny though, because I feel like these are all SUCH high school reads for me. Even when I look past the top five,  it’s all from authors I loved back in the day! Brandon Sanderson is the “newest” at spot number fifteen! I guess I just don’t binge series the way I used to anymore! But I hope you all are having happy reading, and that your current book is five star worthy! Let me know some of your most read authors! ❤️

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2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

 

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!


Happy summer solstice, my loves! I love seasonal equinoxes so very much! And what better way to celebrate than to do one of my favorite posts of the entire year? 💛☀


So far in 2018, I’ve read 87 books and, thanks to the amazing Brock at Let’s Read, here are some other statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet:










For this tag, I also made it a point to not use the same book twice (or else you all would just have a list of mostly Circe and The Cruel Prince). Also, all of these books are 2018 publications that are already released (or else you all would just have a list of mostly The Wicked King and Spinning Silver).


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:
Circe by Madeline Miller


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018:
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor


5. Biggest disappointment:
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes


6. Biggest surprise:
Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst


7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


8. Newest fictional crush:
Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


9. Newest favorite character:
Kalen from The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco


10. Book that made you cry:
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


11. Book that made you happy:
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire


12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden


14. Favorite book community member:
I’m actually going to write up a shout out post, featuring so many of my lovely friends, in July! But in the meantime, you all should check out some of my favorite Bookstagrammers!



That’s it, loves! I hope you all enjoyed, even though you all probably weren’t too surprised! I know I need to be better about reading books by authors that aren’t living in The United States, and I’m really going to make a conscious effort in the following half of 2018! Also, if you guys want to check it out: here is my 2017 Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, that is still filled with so many of my favorites (and even more pretty charts)! And happy first day of summer! I’m wishing you all the love, happiness, warmth, health, and good books always and forever. ☀💛

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I Spy Book Challenge

I was tagged by the amazing Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall to do this amazing tag, which was originally created by the wonderful Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books!

How to do this tag: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!


1. Food

Sweet Surrender (Sweet #1) by Maya Banks


2. Transportation

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3) by Brian Staveley


3. Weapon

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin


4. Animal

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden


5. Number

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


6. Something You Read

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black


7. Body of Water

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


8. Product of Fire

Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning


9. Royalty

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt


10. Architecture

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft


11. Clothing Item

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


12. Family Member

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


13. Time of Day

Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown


14. Music

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo


15. Paranormal Being

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


16. Occupation

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison


17. Season

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin


18. Color

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


19. Celestial Body

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


20. Something That Grows

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


I Tag:
May| Lilly | Lily | Amy | Danielle | ShaiKristinKristi

 


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Pride Flag Book Tag 🌈

This amazing tag was created by Common Spence and it is honestly the very best tag on Booktube! And I knew I couldn’t resist doing this during Pride this year! Also, Spencer is quickly becoming my favorite Booktuber, and you should all check them out! 🌈



❤ 1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!

Without a doubt, I had to go with Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Evelyn has to overcome so much in her life, but she unapologetically loves herself and those around her. She is such a bi icon.


🧡 2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

Black Iris by Elliot Wake literally is the reason I discovered I was pansexual. Black Iris is still a catharsis for me to this day, and it will probably forever be. I have so much love for this book that completely changed my life and helped me understand sexual fluidity.


💛 3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

This might be cheating, but I’m going to say the entire Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, because just knowing a series like this exists brings me more joy than I have words to express. To everything queer representation, to all different types of bodies (shapes and abilities) representation, to mental health representation, to so much more, this series is a gift to the world. And I just received an ARC of book four and I am still in completely awe.


💚 4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst is set in a medieval-like world, that also happens to have lots of magic, people who can shapeshift, and even a dragon! It also features a beautiful bisexual main character.


💙 5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

Without a doubt, I knew I had to pick We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson! Henry is a gay teenage boy, who is suffering with so much loss, while also trying to find peace with so many aspects of his life. And the journey was so beautiful to read.


💜 6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
I’m actually going to go with the short story “Love Spell” by Anna-Marie McLemore, that is in the Toil & Trouble anthology coming out this summer! It stars a trans boy who has devoted his life to God and the Catholic church, and a girl who the town thinks is a witch that doesn’t even deserve communion. And I promise you, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. This is about community, and prejudices, and family, and knowing your worth, and knowing when love is worth it. This story truly has stuck with me and will stay with me forever.


And consider ALL of you tagged, because this is the book tag that we all deserve! It’s actually perfect, and I hope you all do it! Also, feel free to comment below and let me know one of your favorite LGBTQIAP+ reads! I’m always looking to add to my TBR! And happy Pride and happy reading, loves! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜


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