The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag was originally created by CC’s Books and As Told by Tina! But the reason I decided to do it was because I saw Heather’s amazing post, while I was looking up a fun tag to do on Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all having an amazing day! Whether it be hanging out with your friends, with your loved ones, with your significant other, or just by yourself with a good book! 💗 💓 💕 💖 💞 💘

1. Stand Alone Book you love
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

2. Dystopian Book you Love
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin

3. A book that you love but no one else talks about
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

4. Favorite Book Couple
Kvothe and Denna from The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss

5. Book that other people love but you haven’t gotten around to read
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare *dodges tomatoes*

6. A book with Red on the cover
Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

7. A book with Pink on the cover
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (I haven’t even read this, but I honestly think it’s the only pink book I own!)

8. You were given a book of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/girlfriend would give them to you.
Magnus Damora from the Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes! *swoons forever*

9. You are Single on Valentine’s Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?
Honestly? Anything I’d want! Haha But, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne has a pretty swoon-worthy romance that is so cute!

10. You are in the Book Store. All of the sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love.
My luck? I probably would be looking at something cringe-worthy, I’m sure! But If I got to pick, I’d say The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole, which comes out February 20th!

11. Spread the Love Who do you tag?
💗 Kayla
💓 Avery
💕 Destiny
💖 Lilly
💞 Benni
💘 The Orangutan Librarian

(And to whoever else is interested in this tag – consider yourself tagged!)

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

I was tagged to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag by the amazing Sophie @ Blame Chocolate! (Thank you, love!) 💘

Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
90% of the time I do it on my laptop, at my desk, in my bedroom. But 10% of the time, when I’m traveling or out somewhere, I will type away on my iPad with a traveling keyboard I have.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
It depends how much I love or hated the book, honestly, haha! But I think it is always safe to say between an hour and two hours. Sometimes I spend a lot of time gushing about how much a book meant to me, or I spend too long trying to articulate why a particular book didn’t work for me. The stipulation is Anthologies, because I write those reviews as I read the stories, so technically those take me days. *flex*

3. When did you start your book blog?
I officially made my blog on January 3rd, 2016, but I didn’t really take it that seriously until January 2017. I have been reviewing since 2009 on Goodreads, but some of those early reviews, when I was young and dumb, are so very cringeworthy. Do not recommend reading, haha!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I think the worst thing is just not feeling good enough sometimes. I think this is just something I struggle with in life in general, but sometimes blogging can feel really overwhelming when you feel like you aren’t being appreciated, especially since we are all doing this for free and it takes way more time than anyone prepares you for!

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
There are so many good things, but I’d say the best is just being a part of a community that constantly shares and celebrates a love for reading. I don’t really have offline friends that read, so being able to talk and gush and complain about books with people on here is one of the greatest blessings in my life. But having someone tell you they loved a book you recommended is right behind it.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
My favorite blog post I’ve ever created has to be my experience at The Goodreads Power User Summit at the end of 2017. Not only was it a highlight of my year, it is an experience I will never forget and I feel so very honored and blessed to have been able to write it.

7. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
I love writing my wrap ups! It gives me a great opportunity to reflect on what I read for the month, and I love seeing what were the highs and the lows for my month, and seeing the star ratings I gave everything.

8. When do you typically write?
I read mostly at night, so I finish books mostly at night, and my favorite time to write reviews is immediately after I finish the book, so I typically also write my reviews late night. The rest of the time, I just try to squeeze writing in whenever I can, but it seems to be later at night, before bed!

9. Do you review every book you read?
Ever since I got serious about reviewing on Goodreads, I have. I hate being late with reviews, and it happens very rarely. I am a very scheduled person, and I have a type A personality where I love making lists, spreadsheets, and keeping track of all things in life, including my reading and reviewing.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
The number one thing I need while writing is a quiet space, which is sometimes hard to come by. I do love a cup of tea, or maybe a beer, depending on how I felt about the book, but they are just an added bonus.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I already touched upon this above, but I love writing my reviews immediately after finishing the book, as long as my notes are finished. (Sometimes, when reading eARCs, I just highlight, and then I need to transfer my notes onto paper.)

12. How often do you post?
This just depends on how much I am able to read for the month, and how big the books I’m consuming are! I make sure I always post a minimum of twice a week, but I like to be at about four a week, because I like to post around fifteen things a month.


I Tag:
1. Destiny
2. Avery
3. Kayla
4. Raven
5. May

(And to whoever else is interested in this tag – consider yourself tagged!)

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The Books Under the Tree Tag

The Books Under the Tree Tag was originally created by Game of Tomes, but the reason I decided to do it was because I very recently saw Pages and Pens! 🎁🎄💛

1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?
Silksinger (Dreamdark, #2) by Laini Taylor! A lot of people don’t even know about this series that she first wrote, but it’s perfection just like everything else that she touches. Sadly, it will never be finished and copies of book one and two (Silksinger) are hard to find. They are roughly $40 – $60 on Amazon Market, but be very careful about not buying an old library copy (if that’s not something you’d want)! And it’s honestly the one specific book I asked Santa for.

2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?
My signed first edition copies of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Pat Rothfuss. They were so unexpected, and they mean more to me than most things I own. I will forever cherish them. And… I was a crying mess when I opened them on Christmas day. Also, sidenote: books are truly the best gifts.

3. What book gives you all the Christmas feels?
I have to go with Julie and say Harry Potter, too, because Harry actually being able to experience a happy Christmas with the Weasleys is something so beautiful that I lack the words to even begin to describe it. And Harry Potter always feels like Christmas to me, even with their July release dates.

4. What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?
This is a first year thing, but I’m going to attempt to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, just because I am supposed to read at least one classic a year, and… I’m a big slacker and haven’t! Plus, I think this will totally help give me some much needed holiday cheer!

5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?
Without a doubt, Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose!

6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, because everyone walking this Earth needs to read this book.

7. Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

8. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Who do you tag?

The Printed Girl
Two Book Thieves
Book Geeks
Sarah Ames-Foley
Lair Of Books
Dani
Orang-utan Librarian
Leo
Howling Libraries
Lucinda
❄ And anyone else that is even slightly interested in doing this!


I hope you all enjoyed this! And I hope you are all having the happiest of holiday seasons! Also, make sure you guys check out a giveaway I’m doing on my Instagram! The winner will be chosen on Christmas! ❄☃💙

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK TAG

This tag was originally created by A Thousand Lives of Daisy, but the reason I decided to do it was because I very recently saw chelseadolling reads do it! 🎁🎄💛

1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?
Oh gosh, either Manon Blackbeak from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas or Magnus Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes! Or, like, both! Please?

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
You guys who have read the series, please don’t think I’m a terrible person, but I’d totally pick Aalea from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, even with the chance that I might die afterwards!

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

4) It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?
Is “for people to actually give a shit about other humans and/or our Earth” a really negative answer? Probably. I’ll just go with what I want the most under the tree, and that’s a weighted comforter because 1.) I’m old and 2.) anxiety is real, my friends. (Somehow, I still made this such a negative answer, haha!)

5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
This is a hard question, but I keep coming back to The Lord of the Rings, just because I love those characters with every fiber of my being, and I really enjoy most of the actors. Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Liv Tyler…. Like, I’d love to chill with any of them, honestly. (But especially Viggo…. Boiiii…)

6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
Oh my gosh, without question it has to be Solovey from The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden! Probably my favorite animal companion of all time, and I want to hear all his sassy banter with me and Santa.

7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Year’s Eve party, who do you pick?
This legit is such a hard question, because you have to make sure they will (for the most part) get along with one another! I guess I will do five pairs, so at least everyone will have someone they feel somewhat comfortable with!

8) What character would make a good Santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)
Like, I think I’m going to have to say Hagrid from Harry Potter, because he’s so sweet and kind and thoughtful. Yet, he is also big and soft and has an amazing beard. AND he could have so many awesome mythical creatures pulling his sleigh. Ahhh, I now need him to be the non-muggle Santa.

Okay, guys! That was the All I Want for Christmas book tag! I hope you enjoyed all my pervy answers, and I hope you guys all do this tag, too! And I hope you guys are having an amazing December and holiday season! Also, if you want to do this tag: consider yourself tagged! And happy reading, lovelies! ❄☃💙

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The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes!

Also, this is a bit of a controversial tag, because it kind of showcases negative opinions. And I won’t lie, I actually tried to pick bigger named books that might surprise some of you. So, I just want to preface this by saying that I’m sorry if I didn’t enjoy one of your favorite books, series, or characters. And that my feelings do not invalidate yours whatsoever. And that’s the beauty of the book community; we can all read, interpret, and love differently.

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

This was also Sam’s answer, but it’s honestly perfect for this question. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has like plummeted. The first couple books weren’t that great to begin with, but books three and four were so amazing! And then book five came out around this time last year, and it was honestly the worst in the entire series. I have no faith whatsoever in the next and final book.

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

This is just because I’m on Goodreads so much, but I will forever and always be haunted by A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet. If you guys every want to see literal garbage fire comments, check out my Goodreads review for that book. Numerous people have actually written reviews about my review for that book. I honestly wish I never even picked up an ARC of that shitty book, because it was totally not worth.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

Without question, Mal from the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Like, not only did he mess things up for everyone, he messed things up for me. He also messed things up for Alina. I wish he could honestly disappear from this series.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

I guess I would have to say the Outlander series, and it was super recent. And it wasn’t really that big of a spoiler, but Paloma totally let it slip that someone who I thought was dead was not really dead! Haha! But, I mean, no body = no confirmed death, anyways, so I probably could have guessed this person wasn’t dead, but she totally confirmed it and now I’m a bundle of anxious nerves. (I’m honestly super good about reading new releases, and I very rarely get spoiled for things. #blessed)

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

If I’m aiming to be controversial, I would totally say Cinder and/or Cress from The Lunar Chronicles. I don’t know why that series doesn’t work its magic on me like it does everyone else, but here we are. I did really love Scarlet, but for some reason I never felt like I was truly every rooting for Cinder or Cress.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

I could say Alina and Mal. I could say Celaena/Aelin and Rowan. But I guess I’ll be extra controversial and I will say Jon Snow and Daenerys Targareyen from ASOIAF. Oh, and I also fucking hate Agnieszka and the Dragon from Uprooted, too. People think that’s romance? *sips tea forever*

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Okay, I feel personally attacked, but a few are: Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead, Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson, and The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan!

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

Without spoilers, even though I’m sure everyone has probably read and/or been spoiled for this before, but a certain beloved house elf in the Harry Potter franchise still makes me weep.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Without question, the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. Lord, help me. Like, it’s finally starting to get better again, but that series should have concluded at book six and been left for me to love in my nostalgia. Now, all my angsty teenage memories are tainted by convenient plot twists, terrible switching of PoVs randomly, and now tragedy porn. Jericho Barrons, my originally book boyfriend, deserved better.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villains again!)

Everyone is going to hate me for even saying this, but Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Like, she’s the worst assassin and everyone hails her as the best assassin in the world, when literally she only accidentally kills people. She is annoying, and her decisions are always ignorant, and she makes the worst impulsive choices while being condescending to everyone about theirs. Like, please, just make Manon the rightful star of that series.

Whew! Okay! That was the Grinch Book Tag! Hopefully you guys are still going to follow me and be friends with me on here! Again, I’m so sorry if I brought up one of your favorite characters, books, or ships. I promise, whatever you like in literature is valid, and never let me or anyone else take joy away from you over it. I mean, Sam completely trashed The Bronze Horseman and you all know I really enjoyed that first book. So yeah, I hope you guys are having an amazing December and holiday season! Also, if you want to do this tag: consider yourself tagged! And happy reading, lovelies! ❄☃💙

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Bookish Thanksgiving Tag

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American followers! You guys will never know how thankful I am for each and every one of you! I hope you all have an amazing day with your family, and good food, and even better books! 🍂🦃💛

I wanted to just do a little tag blog post to celebrate! And I know I’m going to be busy today with my family, so I thought this would be a fun thing to update! This tag was created by Fangirlscity over on BookTube!


1. Bread – What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?
Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt, and the rest of the series. Like, they are so addicting, but you’ll finish and be like “what did I just read?” after you close every single book.

2. Turkey – What book made you want to fall asleep?
The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead, and honestly anything else recent by Richelle Mead. I’m still in shock how low her quality has dipped, because she used to be such an auto-buy author for me.

3. Gravy – What book makes the whole series worth reading?
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo. I honestly only thought Siege and Storm was just okay, and I blatantly disliked Ruin and Rising, but Shadow and Bone was honest perfection.

4. Stuffing – What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell! Seriously, it’s a nonstop, action-filled, hilarious ride that I never want to get off. I can’t recommend this entire series enough.

5. Mashed Potatoes – What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness. Such a beautiful atmosphere, such an enthralling synopsis, so much potential, and just… nothing.

6. Cranberries – What book has the sweetest romance?
Lazlo and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, hands down. So beautiful, so pure, must protect them at all costs. I’m not crying right now, you are crying right now.

7. Corn – What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
Okay, hear me out, I think Geekerella by Ashley Poston is corny, but in the best way possible! It’s geeky, and predictable, but oh so sweet! Such a fun read.

8. Green beans – What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
You all are going to kill me, but every single Sarah J. Maas novel. If I end up giving one of her books one star or five stars, it doesn’t matter, I always think those books are so long winded and could so easily be condensed!

9. Pumpkin Pie – What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
Harry Potter, any and all, always.

10. Dog/Cat – What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
First off, this is a random transition question, but okay… stuffing, also always stuffing.


And that’s the tag! I hope you guys enjoyed, and I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thanksgiving! Happy reading, lovelies! 🍂💛 🦃

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My Five Favorite Bookish Buzzwords

Hey, lovelies! I recently saw my friend Alexis do a video on her BookTube channel The Sloth Reader about her five favorite bookish tropes or buzzwords, and I loved it! I couldn’t resist doing it for my blog, and I hope you all go and give her and her channel some love, because she herself is nothing short of amazing and I love all her content!

Okay, so here are my five favorite bookish buzzwords or tropes and some of my favorite books that have those buzzwords or tropes:


QUEER
Just please, give me all of the queer books, especially in fantasy! If I know a book has a queer main character I will be immediately ten times more likely to pick it up and/or request an ARC of it.

Recommendations:
The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Black Iris by Elliot Wake
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


FAE
Faeries is probably my favorite element of any book. Like, even my bio on my blog says how I am biased towards Faery books and I stand by that with my whole body and soul. Bonus points if the books have the Seelie and Unseelie courts!

Recommendations:
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr
Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by Juliet Marillier


INNS/PUBS
Ever since I was a wee little girl, way too young to even understand or appreciate The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, it sparked my love for books about inns and pubs! Most of my favorite books have at least one major scene take place in one, and I wish more stories took questlines through these types of establishments.

Recommendations:
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell
Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft
Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes
The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski


LOVE TRIANGLES
Yeah, I’m sick and my favorite trope is a good love triangle! Bonus points if it is queer! I just love some good angst, and nothing in this world can make a book angstier than a well done and painfully rewarding love triangle.

Recommendations:
Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre
The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher
Thoughtless (Thoughtless #1) by S.C. Stephens


BOARDING SCHOOL SETTINGS
I mean, Harry Potter is why I’m the reader I am today. Every time I open up a Harry Potter book, it’s like coming home all over again. Magical schools, and just plain old boarding-schools, will always be something that I love and will also be something that I will never get enough of.

Recommendations:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Cracked (Soul Eaters #1) by Eliza Crewe
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire


And those are my shameless favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed it, and feel free to give me all the recommendations of your favorite books surrounding these tropes and/or buzzwords! Happy reading!

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