The Beauty and the Beast Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to do this amazing tag, which I believe was originally created by BooksAndJams! 🌹💛


➽ BELLE: A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE TOO:
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden


➽ GASTON: A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T:
Night Film by Marisha Pessl


➽ LEFOU: A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTERPART:
I mean, they are both main characters, but I still feel like Inej is the “sidekick” to Kaz, and as much as I love Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa has my whole entire heart!


➽ MRS. POTTS, CHIP, LUMIERE, AND COGSWORTH: A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE:
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


➽ SOMETHING THERE: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END:
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White


➽ BE OUR GUEST: A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER:
Mairwen Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton



Okay, friends! That’s the tag, which ended up being hella short, but that’s okay! I hope you all enjoyed! And if you are interested in doing this one, please consider yourself tagged! Happy reading, my loves! 💖

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A-Z BOOKISH SURVEY

I was tagged by the amazing Michaela @ Journey into Books to do this amazing tag, which I believe was originally created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner! ❤


Author you’ve read the most books from:
This post shows my shame of it being James Patterson!


Best Sequel Ever:
The Wicked King by Holly Black!


Currently Reading:
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner!


Drink of Choice While Reading:
Water, coffee, or tea!


E-reader or Physical Book?
Honestly? Either. I guess I’d prefer physical a little more because they are easier on my eyes, but I always read ebooks ten times faster.


Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker! (Probably my favorite romance of 2018!)


Hidden Gem Book:
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher!


Important Moment in your Reading Life:
I suppose I have to go with the time I read Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater, because it was the very first book I ever reviewed back in 2009 on Goodreads!


Just Finished:
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier with Candace! 💕


Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I mean, obviously I don’t want to read anything racist or homophobic, but if we are talking just about genre? I mean, I’ll honestly try most anything. But I really don’t like western feeling things/anything with *cowboy* love interests! (Did I really just type that?) 🤠


Longest Book You’ve Read:
Goodreads says it is Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson, coming in at 1243 pages!


Major book hangover because of:
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor


Number of Bookcases You Own:
Five. But I need…. so many more. Lord, help me.


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Harry Potter series, always and forever. ❤


Preferred Place to Read:
I’m not sure if this is my preferred place, but I feel like I read 80% of the time in my bed.


Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
I’m such a quote reader! But my favorite quote of 2018 has been from The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan:

“If he looked in my eyes straight on, he would know how he’d pierced me with an arrow, how its shaft was still sticking out of my chest, twitching each time my heart contracted. And maybe he’d see how my mother had sliced up everything else.”


Reading Regret:
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet, forever and always.


Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan! *dodges tomatoes*


Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire


Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss! (I’ll honestly wait forever for book three, with a smile on my face!)


Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others:
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden!


Worst Bookish Habit:
Not rereading enough. I have so many books, that have completely changed my life, that I’ve only read once. I wish I would make more time to reread favorites. Maybe in 2019?


X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry! Which, holy moly, I really need to read!


Your latest book purchase:
I actually did a virtual book signing for Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand from Good Choice Reading the other night! 💕


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy, without question!



Okay, my loves! That’s the tag and (hopefully) all 26 questions/letters! If you would like to do this – consider yourself tagged! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading, friends! 💖

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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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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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