Stranger Things Book Tag

Stranger Things is one of the best new TV series that I saw this year so when I saw that there was a book tag going around, I had to make it ASAP. This tag was made by Sarah over at Sarah Sunbeemz. The link to her video is here. Let’s get started!

1. EPIC INTRO. The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

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The Young Elites sucked me into its world within the first chapter but by the first page, I was hooked. The book kickstarts the beginning with Adelina imprisoned, waiting until her execution that takes place on the following day. I immediately wanted to know what she did to get herself into this situation and if she could get herself out of it as well.

 

 

2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself. 

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I know that it is the obvious choice but to me, the one and only answer for this question is and always will be the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I don’t even care how common the answer will be, I just want to live in it for a little bit and see how the world works.

 

 

3. SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

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There are so many friendships that I could’ve chosen for this topic but the group that stood out for me the most is Blue and the Raven Boys in The Raven Cycle Series. I love all of the characters separately and also when they are all together. The way that the lot of them interact with each other and support one another is my favourite thing ever. I love Blue and Ronan’s back and forth banter; it’s always something I look forward to whenever I read about them.

 

4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.

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Winter from The Lunar Chronicles. When we are first introduced to Winter, we are informed about her state of mind because of the Lunar gift that she has as well as her lack of usage for them. Winter is strong and kind; she sees the best in people even if their feelings for her aren’t reciprocated. Seeing her hallucinations influenced by the halting of her powers become deathly close to reality was incredibly scary each time it happened. I just worried for her well-being most of the time.

 

5. THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

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In the book Half Bad by Sally Green, I thought there was going to be a lot of magic involved. The story takes place in a world where there are White Witches and Black Witches and our protagonist happens to be a mix of both. I’m not sure how it is in the following novels for this series, but there was a minimum amount of magic in this first book. I don’t know, but with a book involving this many witches, I expected there to be more magic than this.

 

6. MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

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Hunger Games had a pretty insane government. I mean, they had a bunch of children fight each other to the death on national television for entertainment. How freaky could you get?

 

 

 

7. DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

I think I can say that I’ve lived my entire life happily if I never have a Dementor come through my walls. They would suck the fun out of everything.

8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING. name a book that left you wanting more.

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The last few sentences of The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan had me wanting to throw myself out of a window. I immediately needed to know about that person’s situation and where said person was located. Thank goodness I didn’t have to wait a year for the next book to come out and that I had it right on my bookshelf. I would’ve shriveled up into a raisin if I had to wait that long!

 

 

I Tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag!

 


 

And with that, I’m pulling this tag into a close. As always, thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next post.

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2016

Now that the year is more than halfway done, I thought that this book tag was appropriate for this time of the year. I’m thinking about doing this tag annually from now on. If you would like to see my choices for last year, please click here. Let’s get started!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.

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Out of the 37 books that I have read so far in 2016, The House of Hades was the absolute best. From action, to adventure and romance, this novel had everything I’ve ever wanted and more. It is well paced and a never ending roller coaster of fun. The characters go through so much character growth and make me love them even more. The House of Hades is a phenomenal sequel that has topped its predecessor and sets up for a highly anticipated finale.

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.

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I cannot even begin to describe how fantastic this book was. Never have I ever felt so many emotions sneak up and ambush me in anguish. ACOMAF might actually be the second best book that I’ve read so far after House of Hades. There are few books for me that improve in its sequel; they often fall into the ‘second book syndrome’ pile. This was not the case for A Court of Mist and Fury. This book blew ACOTAR away and out of the park. There was an incredible amount of character development, world building, and plot development that I greatly appreciated. I didn’t know that I craved a book this much until I read ACOMAF. All in all, it was a great book.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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Morgan Matson is a contemporary queen. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, she has become one of my auto-buy authors. I don’t know a lot about The Unexpected Everything, but judging from her other written works, I can already tell that it will be another one of her amazing contemporary books filled with loveable characters, and a story with substance. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favourite reads last year so it is evident that I need to read the sequel. I own both of these books, but I have yet to read them. My TBR pile is getting out of control.

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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Six of Crows was my favourite book of last year so I have nothing but high hopes for Crooked Kingdom. My only fear with this book is that my expectations are going to be ridiculously high while reading. I need to get back into the world with my favourite cast of characters as soon as possible. September can’t come fast enough!

 

 

5. Biggest disappointment.

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I’ve had a pretty amazing reading year so far, so there aren’t that many ‘disappointing‘ books to choose from. The Crown wasn’t that much of a disappointment for me as a whole because I adored Eadlyn’s character growth and how great she became throughout this book. I just didn’t like how the book ended so quickly and wrapped up that fast. I just….. The more I think about the ending makes me roll my eyes, so I’m just going to move onto the next part.

 

6. Biggest surprise.

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Illuminae is possibly the third best book that I’ve read this year. I went in with the lowest expectations possible because of the crazy hype that this book got in the past year and how it was written but oh my goodness how I ate my words. It was like I was reading a movie with my eyes. The amount of action between these pages is immense. Kady and Ezra are people that I can root for. I honestly didn’t expect to like Illuminae this much. A pleasant surprise!

 

 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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Ryan Graudin is a new to me author. Wolf by Wolf was such a thrill to read. It was so unexpected I can’t even describe how much fun I was having while reading. I was interested about reading her other book, The Walled City, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The concept of her stories are always intriguing, so I feel like she is an author that I will be reading a lot from in the future.

 

8. Newest fictional crush.

Crush? How about crushes. Plural, because there is no way I can choose just one. Ezra, Leo and Rhysand from The Illuminae Files, The Heroes of Olympus series, and A Court of Thorns and Roses series are all great but are so different from each other. The three of them are similar in the way that they’re all so funny and charming. I just love them all so much.

9. Newest favourite character.

Feyre made the biggest 180 in history. I greatly appreciate it, but in my opinion, I thought that it was a little too fast. I still love her though. I started out with rolling my eyes at every decision she would make in the first book but that immediately changed when she came into her own and became a new person to root for in the second book. I went from not caring at all to caring immensely about her well-being and about the situations that she was in. Feyre is incredibly strong in so many ways, and not just with physical strength (although she is like the actual Avatar). She has grown so much emotionally and mentally as well, under circumstances throughout the two books. Feyre cares so much about her family and the well-being of others and I adore that about her. Any character that can go from me disliking them at first, to me loving them afterwards, deserves all of the praise that they get.

10. Book that made you cry.

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I didn’t read that many books that made me cry that much so far, but this book was the one. I wasn’t gross sobbing or anything, but near the end I was super sad had shed some tears.

 

 

11. Book that made you happy.

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I honestly cannot remember reading another book that made me as happy as this one. Although Simon isn’t in the best situation, his attitude and relationships between his friends and Blue really made this book. Simon, in my opinion, is incredibly relatable; he is someone that I would want to be friends with. I also love the amount of diversity that is in this book. Reading this made me a happy person.

 

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Me Before You was the only book to movie adaptation that I saw this year, but if we’re including comic BOOKS, then Captain America Civil War was great as well.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Frozen Tides was my only review that I’ve written so far this year, so it would have to be my favourite by default. You can read it here.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

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There are no words except that this book looks better in person. I just love how the cover of this book looks so much.

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

These are my must reads of the year. Crooked Kingdom is an absolute NEED for me to read. I don’t know what the rest of the year will look like for me, but here is what I hope for. These choices, and any of the classics I have on my shelf.

 


 

Here is my take on this year’s Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. As always, thanks for checking this out and I’ll see you soon!

 

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

I saw this tag on youtube the other day on Alana’s channel over at King Books, and I thought it would be fun to do to finally post something that isn’t a wrap up HAHA. This tag is all about the look and feel of your favourite books. Book Syrup is the creator of this tag and the link to her video is here. I want to focus on the books I have on my own shelf (with the exception of Best Spine) so I can show the actual things like chapter headers and illustrations rather than just the front cover. Okay? Okay, let’s get started!

1. Best colour combo on a book cover

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If I had to pick my favourite Heroes of Olympus cover, it would have to be The House of Hades (with Son of Neptune right on its tail). I think that the purple and orange colours work so well together to make the setting of the cover so miserable. I love it. The blue towards the bottom compliments the orange as well. All in all, I’m obsessed with this cover.

 

2. Best typography/font on a book cover

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I LOVE this cover in general, but I think that the way the title is written really ties everything together. The sharpie-look is very fitting; it’s exactly how I would imagine Lara Jean’s writing to be like. I just love how it’s written in sharpie. It looks so cute! The accented colours also add to the look of a cute contemporary novel (pink in this book and blue in the sequel). I can’t wait to see what the third book will look like.

3. Best simple cover

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So simple, but so great. The mint colour is one of my favourite colours ever! The title really pops because of how the red compliments the green. Cath, Levi, Simon, and Baz are drawn so cutely too. Sometimes simplicity is all you need.

 

 

 

4. Best endpages

20160619_010900[1]I could’ve used A Monster Calls for so many of the categories because of how beautiful the book is in every way but ultimately, this book had the best endpages. It was the only book that had something other than a map/a solid colour. I love the blue background and white outlines.

 

 
5. Best map

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I know that I posted this map before in one of my previous posts, but The Kiss of Deception’s map is my favourite one. I love how you can see the main kingdoms and what the castles look like as a whole. The sepia toned pages gives the map an old feeling. I also love the sigils of the main kingdoms. To me, this map is perfect.

 

6. Best naked hardback

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There are words to describe how much I love this novel looks without the dust jacket. The front cover has a violet and a finch amongst the stars. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL. BLESS THE DESIGNER. The yellow on white is genius.

 

7. Best back cover

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This question was a little hard to find a book for. Most of my books have very plain backs. I chose Since You’ve Been Gone because on the back, it is the list that Sloane left for Emily. The book was such an adventure and I loved every single event on it.

 

 

 

8. Best chapter headers

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Six of Crows is possibly the greatest looking book I have ever set my eyes on. The chapter headers look great as well. The black wing doubles as a night sky and the smoky background doubles as buildings. It is such a cool looking header. I’m excited to see what Crooked Kingdom is going to look like.

 

9. Best illustrations

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These illustrations are from the book Everything, Everything. The novel is filled with so many more drawings, charts, and diagrams. There is an abundance of drawings scattered throughout the whole book so it was hard to choose which I wanted to feature. Cute pictures for a cute book.

 

 

10. Best spine

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I think that I retract my comment about Six of Crows being the greatest looking book I have ever set eyes on because have you seen this book? It is so beautiful and well made. I could go on an on about how much I love the spine, but I’ll just let you stare at this masterpiece.

 

 
11. Favourite cover on your shelves

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I couldn’t just choose one cover for this question. I was thinking about showing the Heroes of Olympus series, but I didn’t want to do any repeats of anything so I pulled out The Winner’s Trilogy instead. The Winner’s Curse is the real winner here, but I wanted to showcase the whole series. The dresses are so beautiful and the typography is on point.

 

12. Tag 3 friends to do this tag

I tag:

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

and everyone else who wants to do this tag

As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

Book Courtship Tag!

I feel like it has been such a long time since I’ve done a book tag (or posted anything, actually) so I thought it would be fun to get out of my posting slump by doing the Book Courtship Tag. This tag was created by Leah from Hi I Love Books. Her video will be linked here. So yeah, let’s get started!

THE QUESTIONS
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

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This book is probably one of the prettiest books that I own. It is gorgeous! The colours of the dress and the dress itself steals the whole show. Once I saw it, I just knew that I had to have it. It was also on sale for 5.99 at the time when I bought it, so that helped me decide as well.

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

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Everything about the summary made me so hyped about this book! Princess Lia doesn’t want to follow through with her arranged marriage, so she and her friend run away to the next town over to start their new lives. Little does she know, two mysterious strangers follow her into town. One being an assassin sent to kill her, and the other being the prince that she was supposed to marry.  The thing is, Lia doesn’t know who is who which makes it a bit of a guessing game for the reader.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

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Never have I ever experienced writing like Laini Taylor’s. She creates such a unique world filled with unforgettable characters with her words. With a world like this one, I would expect nothing less than amazing writing to bring everything to life. From what I’ve already read from Laini Taylor, I like what I see.
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

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Shadow and Bone was an amazing read for me. I flew through this series within a matter of weeks. I didn’t expect to love the series as much as I do today. I also didn’t expect to be so drawn into the Grisha world. The first book was so action packed and fast paced, I could barely put the book down. With the events that happened at the conclusion of the novel, I absolutely needed to know what would happen next. Also, The Darkling!!!
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

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There were so many books for me to choose from for this question because I usually stay up until the early hours just to finish the book I’m reading. I went with Steelheart because it was a book that I have recently finished. Whenever I am extremely invested in a book, I devote most of my hours reading the book until it is finished. This was the case with Steelheart. I had to know what the characters were going through and how the super human abilities came about. I could not put the book down!
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

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Since You’ve Been Gone has recently been a new favourite of mine. I fell in love with the story and all of the characters inbetween the pages. It is such a feel good book that goes over friendship, family, and self confidence. To me, the character was so relatable; I could see myself in Emily’s situation. It has been a few months since I’ve read this book, and I still can’t stop thinking about it!
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

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If you have ever gotten the chance to feel this book, then you would know what I mean when I say that this book feels amazing. The cover feels so smooth, soft, and velvety. The first time I held it in my hands, I spent a good minute or so just feeling the cover. That sounds kind of weird the more that I think about it. HAHA
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

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I feel like this is everyone’s go-to response for this question but in all honesty, how could it not be? I think people of all ages can relate and cherish the story in one way or another. Harry Potter has been such a defining mark in peoples’ lives. I have been around almost as long as it has, actually. This book has everything in it! I just hope that people who haven’t already read the series will pick it up sometime in their lives.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

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I was six years old when I first read this book at school. I remember loving the story back then and I think I’ll still love it in the future. I hope that I could pass this story down to other people and have them love it as well.
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

This is totally up to you if you want to do the book tag or not so it’s alright if you don’t do it. I’d like to tag:

Evie @ justanotherbelle

Nick @ nickvreys

Kira @ fieittyreads

Kacie @ kaciesbookshelf

Quionna @ quireads

Aentee @ readatmidnight

Erika @ errka220

and You! I tag whoever else wants to do this tag.

As always, thanks for reading!

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag!

I saw this tag floating around the booktubes and book blogs. I liked the questions being asked so I thought that I would give it a try for my first book tag! I believe that this tag was made by Chami and Ely at ABookSoFathomless. So Here it goes!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.

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This question is so hard. How could I possible pick only one? For my answer, I would have to cheat a little bit and go with The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, and Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. All of these books made me feel very strong feelings.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

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I’m going to go with The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.  We get to read more about Kestrel and her situation with things. Once again, Marie Rutkoski’s writing was beautiful and amazing. THE ENDING HURT SO GOOD. I need the next book as soon as possible.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh is my top priority read as of right now. Ever since I’ve heard the synopsis at the beginning of the year, I knew that I had to read it as soon as possible. A king takes a new bride every night, only to kill them at sunrise. Our main character VOLUNTEERS to become his bride and hopes to kill him as revenge for him killing her best friend. Like, come on. This book sounds amazing! I have heard nothing but good things from people who have read this book.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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My most anticipated release is The Rose Society by Marie Lu. After the events of the first book, I need to know how Adelina will go about her way. I don’t want to say too much because that would spoil The Young Elites. Maybe I’ll cheat a bit more and add Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo to my answer. After the Grisha trilogy, I needed something more in the Grisha world. When I heard about the new series that will take place in the same world, I was ecstatic. The waiting game for new releases is always a hard one.

5. Biggest disappointment.

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is my biggest disappointment this first half of the year. The premise of the book sounded interesting to me; it is the love story between two people that is told in multiple perspectives other than the two main characters. Everyone else around them can see that they’re in love except for the couple. It sounded different, something that I’ve never read before.  The execution was not as up to my expectations. But don’t let my thoughts hinder you  or anything if you are interested in reading this book. Do give it a try! It just wasn’t the book for me.

6. Biggest surprise.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. The guessing game between who the Prince and the Assassin is kept me on edge. There were so many times where I thought I knew who was who, only to be confused two chapters later. This story rolls out in its own pace and I love it. I am so excited to read the sequel.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

After marathoning the Falling Kingdoms series, Morgan Rhodes has become a favourite of mine. Her writing style is so fast paced and her books are so great. I will need to read her new book while waiting for Frozen Tides to come out.

8. Newest fictional crush.

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This question is so hard to pick just one person. My top person would be John Ambrose McClaren from P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. He is so darn adorable. But Nikolai, The Darkling, Captain Thorne, and Magnus all follow behind him.

9. Newest favourite character.

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Cleo Bellos from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. She falls into my list of favourite badass females. To me, she shows that she doesn’t need to be the best fighter in order to be “badass”, kind of like Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkowski. She is strong willed, smart, manipulative, and knows what she wants. Cleo is one of my new faves.

10. Book that made you cry.

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Of Mice and Men by George Steinbeck. This book had me tearing up so hard by the end of the book and I don’t usually cry. I don’t know what it was but something about the characters made me so sad. I read this book for my school novel study portion of English and yeah. I’m so glad to have finished this book at home rather than at school because I would have been sobbing so hard in front of all of the people I know.

11. Book that made you happy.

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour made me incredibly happy. It is a book that I still think about to this day. I love how involved I felt reading with all of the pictures, receipts, and playlists included in the book. This book showed me that sometimes you need to take the detours in life and enjoy the adventure to your destination; it’s not about taking the quickest route to the places you need to be in. I absolutely loved this book. Bless you, Morgan Matson!

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

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I don’t really have a favourite book to movie adaptation this year because the only book to movies that I watched were Insurgent, and 50 Shades. I was not a fan of either of them. But, if we’re talking about a COMIC book to movie adaptation then hands down I would say Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe I’m bending the rules a little bit, but this movie was amazing. One of my favourites for sure! The soundtrack is the absolute bomb as well. Highly recommend this movie to everyone.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Well, considering the fact that I’ve just started this blog and only have 2 reviews up, I guess that I don’t have much of a choice in my pool of reviews. I would say that I like my Rebel Spring review better? Haha I don’t even know. Here is the review if you haven’t already seen it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

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I really like the covers of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology by Jenny Han. I love the look of the Sharpie titles on the front and the cute backgrounds. They’re totally my style. I also received The Heir by Kiera Cass from my cousin as a graduation gift (Along with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas, I might add). The dress, colours, lights, and everything on the cover make it so appealing.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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To finally end the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I absolutely need to finish Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I have put this book off long enough. I read the second book back in November and have tried to read the last one but it never felt right whenever I started the book. I need to conclude this wonderful, magical series.

This tag was a lot of fun! A great and fun experience for the first time. I want to tag

Cátia @ thegirlwhoreadtoomuch

Kacie @kaciesbookshelf

Nicole @ nymphadorawinterfell

Aentee @ readatmidnight

Kira @ fieittyreads

Sandy @ starpressed

and You!

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. Thanks for your time and take care!

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

I am so excited to have finally participated in a new Top 5 Wednesday! I have seen so many videos on youtube about this weekly thing. When I found out that this group was open to everyone, I joined it right away and now here I am.


This weekly series was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and information about the Top 5 group will be here. Come join the family for next week 🙂 SO, let’s get this started!

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5. Zuzana Nováková from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

After reading the first two books in this series, I have come to realize that Zuzana is one of my favourite characters. She is so supportive and strongly cares about Karou and her safety. Zuzana also brings hilarity and a sort of lightness when the story gets a little dark; her antics with her boyfriend Mik are so entertaining to everyone.  In a few of the chapters of the books, Zuzana does get some perspective, so why not have a full book? I would like to see her take on things, her thoughts on the chimaera and angel worlds, her relationship with Mik, and just immerse myself in her humour. I haven’t finished the last book in the series so I don’t know what her fate will be in the end.

4. Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes

Although we don’t know too much about Helene, (as of right now there is only one book in this series) I can see myself reading about her own journey in this crazy academy of soldiers. Being the only female in the whole academy certainly makes everything for her harder when she has scumbag people like Marcus doubting her abilities also while whispering disgusting things about what they would want to do to her in her ear. Helene is such a strong woman and is clearly capable of getting by on her own. Also, with the events leading up to the end of the book, I would like to see how this story goes on through her perspective. Continue reading