END OF SUMMER BOOK TAG

BookTagI believe this tag was originally created by Bookchanted!
But I saw Destiny @ Howling Libraries do it and thought it looked very fun! 

I truly can’t believe that summer is officially over! But I’ve read so many good books, and I have truly had a very good summer all things considered with this world! But I’m also so ready and excited to move on to a new season, and read more good books, and heal more, and just… be even more happier (hopefully)! But I hope this book tag brings you a little happiness, friends! ☀️🍂

1. What was your favorite book this summer?

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You know, this was a harder question that I thought it would be, because I have honestly had such a blessed reading summer, but I think the answer is truly The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang the more I think about it! But Night Shine by Tessa Gratton is right up there competing with the spot! 💖

2. What was your least favorite book this summer?

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Whew, okay, let me go hide under my covers, and I almost put The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel for this one, but the more and more this year goes on, and the more and more people are just ignoring the problems with Loveless by Alice Oseman, the more and more it becomes my least favorite book of this summer.

3. What book do you wish you read this summer?

I truly think I am going to love The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth, and the cover and vibe feels so summery to me! But thank to Lea (and their amazing review!) I hope to read and love this one asap! 💓

4. What was your favorite classic you read this summer?

No, listen, I am closing my eyes and looking fully away. But the closest thing to a classic I’ve read all summer is Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins. You get it? Like, a modern classic. Goodbye.

5. Did you stray into a different genre and pick up a new and exciting book?

I feel like I always say that I just don’t like reading books with historical settings for the most part, and I feel like it’s very apparent to me with historical romances! But apparently I just needed the sapphics to win me over with The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits #1) by Olivia Waite! 💕

6. What was your favorite movie adaptation this summer?

No, listen again, I have to be honest here and say with my full chest this answer is also Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins, because I truly experienced the biggest serotonin boost watching this with Maëlys & Lea!

7. What was your favorite new book release?

Wow, blessings to be able to hype Night Shine by Tessa Gratton after all! Truly my favorite Summer 2020 book release! I hope you all pick it up! 💗

Okay friends, I hope you enjoyed! I feel like I haven’t done a book tag since coming back to blogging, so this was extra fun to write up! Please tell me what’s your favorite book from this last season! Or what book you’re looking most forward to this new season! I hope you’re all having happy reading and I love you! 💕

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2020 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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


Hello, friends! I know, it’s been a while. And I have very sadly not been the best blogger this entire year, but I truly hope to change that, and come back to a place in the book community that has always made me feel very safe. I hope you will see so much more content here from me, while I also hopefully remember how to write in-depth reviews again! But I thought this would be the perfect start to kick blogging back off, while also letting you know what I’ve read so far during this wild year that is 2020.  💗

So far in 2020, I’ve read 46 books


➽ 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Yeah, truly no one (including my damn self) would have guessed a Victoria Schwab book would be my favorite of 2020 as of now, but here we are. This was just utter perfection, one of the best things I’ve ever read. I am still in awe of the beauty of this book and I think it’s gonna be a hard one for any other book to top this year!
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➽ 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020:
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
I get that this feels a little like cheating, because it is the start of a brand new series! But since it is the 500th Shadowhunter book, and you need to read 200 books before this one, I still feel confident putting it as my favorite sequel! Also, this is the only “sequel” I’ve read (and not reread) that I’ve given five stars to!
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➽ 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
This has almost every key-word I’ve ever want in the synopsis, and Station Eleven is one of my favorite books of all time. I truly cannot believe I haven’t picked this up yet! 
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➽ 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) by Holly Black
Are we really surprised? I might be a bit depressed but I can still stay on brand easily.
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➽ 5. Biggest disappointment:
Docile by K.M. Szpara
This book just made me feel so uncomfortable when it came to horribly unbalanced power dynamics (and romance) and with how people of color were treated and written.
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➽ 6. Biggest surprise:
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Yeah, without question, the biggest surprise of my 2020 reading year has been the fact that The Hunger Games is still deserving of a five star rating. Truly perfection. Wow.
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➽ 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I actually think about lowering this rating to a 4 star a lot, but I still think that it is probably the best debut that I’ve read in 2020 so far!
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➽ 8. Newest fictional crush:
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
This was the first book I read this new decade and I think it will be a favorite forever. Easily the best 2019 release and I regret not reading it in 2019, truly. As for fictional crush, I feel like I am more in love with the writing and the feeling of true love on every page of this story. But Red and Blue are very much romance goals too.


➽ 9. Newest favorite character:
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Everyone, literally every character in this book is my favorite new character of 2020! This is my second favorite book of the year so far, and I am still smiling like an idiot thinking about it. I honestly think this could also be my favorite found family of all time. Truly, some of the best written characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! 


➽ 10. Book that made you cry:
The City We Became (Great Cities #1) by N.K. Jemisin
No one, and I mean no one, writes like NK Jemisin. The emotions that she is able to pull and evoke from me is unreal. The parallels and underlying messages from our world bring me so many tears of sadness, but the hope and beauty of what we can have brings me so many tears of hope. This book is a work of art in every way and I truly wish I could put it in everyone’s hands. Masterpiece. My 3rd favorite of 2020! 


➽ 11. Book that made you happy:
The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon #3) by Katie O’Neill
At this point in my life, I’m unsure if any series will bring me as much joy as this one does. I love the art, the story, the messages, the characters, and everything else so much!


➽ 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare (Waterstones Edition)
I’ve truly only bought 2 books this year, but honestly… both are gorgeous!
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➽ 13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Horrid by Katrina Leno | These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
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➽ 14. Favorite book community member:
My original reviewing friends who I would die for: Chai | May | Elise | Ju | Imi
My book club hosts who I love more than words: Amy | Romie | Maëlys
My best friend who makes everything so much brighter: Lea
I’d also just like to thank you if you’re reading this post and if you’ve supported me and my reviews for the last few years of my life. Your unconditional love and support never went unnoticed and they are such a great source of comfort to me right now in this strange period of my life. I love you, with everything that I am, truly, honestly, with my whole entire heart. Thank you.



Whew, okay! It really felt healing just to write up this post and look forward to posting it! I hope you’re all well. I hope this first half of 2020, strange as it is, has treated you kindly, but I hope the last half of the year is even nicer to you and your reading! If you would like to see, HERE is my 2019 tag, HERE is my 2018 tag and HERE is my 2017 tag! 💗

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Most Disappointing Reads of 2018


Hey, friends! Okay, I know this post is going to be a little on the controversial side, but just remember that just because a book wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you or anyone else. I’m so sorry if one of you favorite books happens to be on this list, but I promise you and your enjoyment are valid! But these are the ten 2018 publications that I found to be really disappointing. (Click on the titles to read my full thoughts and feelings, along with full lists of the trigger warnings that I came across!)


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


Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Cracked Kingdom (The Royals #5) by Erin Watt


Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett


Fight or Flight by Samantha Young


My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold


These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch


The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle



Okay, loves! Again, I’m so sorry if any of your favorites are on here. I promise, I still love you with my whole heart and I’d never intentionally hurt anyone. People just always want me to make this post at the end of the year, so I always write one up! But I hope you all are having happy holidays! And Merry Christmas Eve for everyone who celebrates! 🎄

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Bookish Naughty Or Nice Tag

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I was tagged by the amazing Kim at bookishkimberly (thank you so much, love!), but I believe the original tag was created by Jenniely’s blog! ❤


➽ 1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it
Unsolicited? Yeah, 100%! Something I personally requested or said yes to? No!

➽ 2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
No! I am at 89% as of the publication of this post!

➽ 3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
Yeah, two books actually (and they still haunt me): Saga, Vol. 7 and Jade City! But… I promise, soon!

➽ 4. Folded down the page of a book
I probably have before, but I don’t do this currently.

➽ 5. Accidentally spilled on a book
Lord, I don’t think so. *heavy breathing*

➽ 6. DNF a book this year
F U C K Y E S ! Five, actually!

➽ 7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
Yeah, I always get Easton Press editions of classics for special moments in my life, and I have never read a single one and probably never will.

➽ 8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
Yes. The end of this year has been “Melanie plays League of Legends while listening to an audiobook” mood.

➽ 9. Skim read a book
I’m sure I have, but I can’t recollect any I have done this with recently.

➽ 10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal
No, never.

➽ 11. Borrowed a book and not returned it
Yeah, I actually have a book that a girl let me borrow from high school that I never gave back, and then we graduated and lost contact and I actually feel bad every time I look at it on my shelves. Dana from Grand Blanc, if you’re reading this, holler at your girl. Thanks.

➽ 12. Broke a book buying ban
I never have put myself on a book buying ban.

➽ 13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
Nope. I always at least type up the bare-bones of a review, and I’ll always come back to it within twenty-four hours.

➽ 14. Wrote in a book you were reading
Yeah, I’d say 80% of the physical books I read, I annotate with pen, too.

➽ 15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
Hell no. In this Goodreads Challenge economy?

➽ 16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
Yeah, Dana from Grand Blanc is just going to haunt me for this entire tag, I suppose.

➽ 17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
Omg, yeah, this is actually my brand.

➽ 18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book
Hell no, I’m not a monster.

➽ 19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
Lmao, yeah, I recently got caprese salad on my Nevermoor cover while doing an bookstagram story, because, apparently, I’m a wild animal!

➽ 20. Sat on a book accidentally
Probably? I read so much in bed, and leave so many books in my bed, I can’t imagine that I haven’t done this.



Okay, friends! That’s the tag. I didn’t really add up my “yes” to “no” ratio, but I always like to think of myself on the naughty side, if we are being honest! But I thought this tag was hella cute and if you would like to do it then consider yourself tagged! ❤

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I hope you’re having the happiest of reading and holidays! ❤


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End of the Year Book Tag | 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful day filled with unconditional love and a good book! And I hope each and every single one of you knows how thankful I am for your friendships! But I can’t believe that it is going to be December in a little over a week from now! So, I figured that I would do this tag because I saw Myonna’s Reads do it! And I want to let you all know a few things I hope to read by the end of 2018, because it is coming up too damn quick! 🧡


➽ 1. Are there any book you started this year that you need to finish?


I put My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren to the side at the very end of September, and I still haven’t picked it back up! I’ll be honest, it is just not that good. But I will for sure make sure I finish and review before the end of that, and probably before the December 4th release date!


➽ 2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?


Honestly? Not really. But this December 17th – 19th me and my dear friend Julie are doing a buddy read for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis!


➽ 3. Is there a new release that you’re still waiting for?


Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare


➽ 4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The three ARCS I know I will get to very soon are:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty


➽ 5. Is there a book you think could still shock you & become a favorite of the year?

I’d be as bold as to say that I predict How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N.K. Jemisin will make my best of 2018 list! And it comes out this Tuesday!


➽ 6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Oh yes! I am going to be a little vague, but I promise announcements are coming soon for two different buddy read groups! And I will for sure do another five star prediction post featuring twelve books that I plan to read in 2019!



Okay, friends! That’s it! Again, I hope you are all having an amazing day! And if you do this tag, please tag me so I can see all the other books I need to make sure I read before the end of the year! Happy reading, lovelies! 🧡

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The Greek Gods Book Tag


Hey, friends! I was tagged by Claire and Books Coffee and Repeat to do this amazing little tag! And after reading The Silence of the Girls, and rereading The Song of Achilles, last month – I knew that this was the perfect time! 💛


➽ THE RULES:

• Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
• You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
• Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.



The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss



Circe by Madeline Miller



Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1) by Nicholas Eames



All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein



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



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



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



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



Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


➽ PEOPLE I’M TAGGING:

theorangutanlibrarian | JamiErin | Sapphire | Sam | Carolina | Brittany
(And anyone else who would like to do it – consider yourself tagged!)

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The Coffee Book Tag

Hey, loves! I was tagged by the beautiful Jami to do this tag, and my love for all things coffee and caffeination could not keep my away! And honestly? These questions are all pretty good! I hope you all enjoy! Happy reading and happy sipping! ☕️🍂


➽ BLACK COFFEE
a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
I feel bad picking this one, because Jami did, too. But holy shit, it is the damn truth. I’ve never understood the hype of this series, but the fans are honestly ride or die.


➽ PEPPERMINT MOCHA
a book that gets more popular during the festive season

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
I feel like this one is a little obvious, but I see so many readalongs and readathons that incorporate this book each holiday season! But I pretend like this anthology doesn’t exist because I one starred Laini Taylor’s story! YIKES!


➽ HOT CHOCOLATE
a favourite childhood book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
Always and forever the book that not only feels like my childhood, but is the book that made me fall in love with reading. I know this is going to be most people’s responses, but it is honestly just too much the truth.


➽ DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO
a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
I honestly was the most anxious mess ever while reading this concluding book. And I actually let out a scream unintentionally when Gansey put on a certain sweatshirt.


➽ STARBUCKS
a book you see everywhere

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic
Lately? This book! I feel like all my friends are screaming at me to read; either because they think I will love or they think I will hate it. But I think I’m going to give it a try come January 2019!


➽ THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP
a book by an indie author

The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade #1) by Michael R. Miller
I really loved this when I read it, but I am so ashamed that I haven’t carried on with the series! Hopefully, I will some day!


➽ OOPS, I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF
a book you were expecting more from

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Okay, so I will probably post my full review for this on Sunday or Monday, but I really was bored while reading this entire thing. I thought this was going to be so much fun, with a magical reimagining of historical France, but it was just ungodly dull.


➽ THE PERFECT BLEND
a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson
I mean, I’m still picking up pieces of my heart off of the ground, but this entire book was utter perfection in every single way.


➽ GREEN TEA
a book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
After rereading this last month, I just couldn’t believe how soft and beautiful this story still was. I mean, this is a book that weaves war into the central part of the story, but love is the constantl theme and it is done do delicately.


➽ CHAI LATTE
a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Like, when can I go to Faery? Please make it soon.


➽ EARL GREY
favourite classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I truly refell in love with this classic this year! And… hopefully *wink wink* I will fall in love with some other classics in 2019!


➽ PEOPLE I’M TAGGING
Solly | Amy | Emma | Raven |  Michaela | ShaiCaidyn & Chantel
(And anyone else who would like to do it – consider yourself tagged!)


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