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Try A Chapter Tag – OwlCrate Edition

So, I have a habit of getting books from OwlCrate and not reading them. I’m horrible about this. I need to get better. So, I decided to help out with that, I’m going to do the Try A Chapter tag. I’m not sure who started this tag, but I would like to thank them. This is going to be so helpful!

I’m changing it up a bit and saying that as of right now, I’m not going to unhaul any of these books just yet. I like to give books at least 100pgs before I DNF them but like to make it until at least halfway. There are certain instances that I’ll DNF early but I don’t forsee these books having that issue as it’s mainly an issue I have with New Adult books.

I’ve already started a lot of these books. If I have, I’ll read a chapter wherever I am in the book. And I’ll let you know where I am so you know if I’ve already read the first chapter or not.

I’m currently starting this post on June 6th. I’m giving myself enough time to go through and read all of them because there’s a lot of books here. I’ll put the date I write the paragraph(s) after then “end” for that paragraph(s) so you can keep track of everything.

Let’s get into this!

Three Dark Crown by Kendare Blake

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I did not get this in an OwlCrate but I do own it and haven’t read it so I’m counting it. That and because I keep thinking I got it from OwlCrate but I have to keep reminding myself I didn’t.

I’m currently on page 43 which was the beginning of Chapter 3. (June 6)

I finally got to read this chapter and I don’t know. It lost my interest several times. It should have been a good chapter but I just wasn’t into it. I’ve heard great things about the characters of this book. The sisters specifically. Usually you choose a side when it comes to stories like this but I’ve heard that you like all three sisters. We’ll see. (June 16)

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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I got this book in October’s OwlCrate. I’m currently on page 34, which is part way through chapter 2. So I’ll finish chapter 2 and depending on how it is will decide if I read chapter 3. I’ll update after I read it! (June 6)

I finished chapter 2 of this. It wasn’t too bad. I want to continue reading. I’m curious what’s going to happen. (June 18)

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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I got this book in December! I’m on chapter 3. So I’ll read chapter 3 and get back to you guys! (June 6)

I’d have to say, of the three that I’ve read so far, this is the one I’m most interested in. I finished chapter 3 and I wanted to continue. Not spoiling anything, I’m interested to see what happened at the end. And I’d also like to see what happens with everything else mentioned in this chapter. (June 18)

Roseblood by AG Howard

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I got this book in January! I’m currently on chapter 2 (I told you I started a lot of them). I’ll read chapter 2 and get back to you! (June 6)

Nothing too interesting happened during chapter 2. We got a better look into her past and the relationship between the main character and her mom. I plan on continuing, though. (June 18)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Finally! One I haven’t started. I got this one in February. I’ll read chapter 1 and return! (June 6)

This one was interesting. I ended up reading 2 chapters because the first was just short letters. But the second was interesting. Definitely caught my attention and I’m interested in continuing. (June 18)

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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I got this one in March. I haven’t started this one either! So, you know the drill. (June 6)

This was interesting. I really like the main character. She’s interesting. I definitely look forward to finishing this book and moving onto the next. (June 19)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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I got this one April! I decided to include a photo of Eliza and Her Monsters and Upside because Eliza is the last book I recieved from OwlCrate but I have since finished it. I haven’t started Upside, though. I plan on reading it in June and by the time this goes up, I may have already done so. (June 6)

I am definitely looking forward to continuing this book. It caught my interest. I am interested in who she is going to fall in love with. (June 19)

I hope that you enjoyed this tag! Have you read any of these books and if so, what are your spoiler-free thoughts?

Happy Reading!

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

So, I had a different post planned for today but I didn’t have the information I needed so I scrapped the idea. I wasn’t going to post anything today. But then I remembered I wanted to do this tag! So, let’s get into this really quickly before I lay my son down for bed! I’m not sure who the creator of this is. I did it quick.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I had a different option for this but then I saw the next question so I changed my answer for this one!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I loved this book so much. Everything about it. 5/5 stars. I didn’t write a review for this book because I personally didn’t think I would have been able to do it justice. I wouldn’t have been able to convey just how much I think everyone should read this book. Please, everyone read this book.

 2. Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2017

This was not even remotely difficult for me to choose.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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I absolutely adored ACOMAF. I read ACOWAR but I did not like it nearly as much as I loved ACOMAF. You can read my full review of ACOMAF here and ACOWAR here. I warn you, I haven’t looked at my ACOMAF review since I wrote it. So I’m sure it’s a jumbled mess and just bad.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Can I just say all of them? Is that an option? I decided to go with one I already own to help limit the options.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’m writing this at almost 9pm so it’s dark out. I don’t have time to take pictures tomorrow before this goes up so I’m not going to include a picture. Since I don’t have the picture to link, you can purchase this book here.

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

Another easy one. I’ve been anticipating this book since October of last year.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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Please, if you haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper, please read it! It’s the book that got me back into reading young adult and it makes me happy to just think about the fact that the sequel will be out in about 3 months!

5. Biggest Disappointment

A Court of Wings and Ruin. The pacing of this book just killed me. I could have had it done so much quicker if I just skipped the entire middle. And I wouldn’t have missed much. But that’s not to say I despised the book. I gave it 4 stars on GoodReads (Actual 3.75). I did have a lot of problems with it, though.

6. Biggest Surprise

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles

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7. Favorite New Author

I was going to say Lizzy Charles but I’m going to change it up. I’d have to say Francesca Zappia. I am currently buddy reading Eliza and Her Monsters with Donna from Mom’s Book Collection. We both absolutely love it.

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

I’m horrible about having fictional crushes. I read a lot of romance with swoon-worthy boys but they always end up in a relationship I don’t want to break up. As I was writing that, I thought of someone!

I would have to go with Jase from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I just finished this book this morning and, um, what? I don’t know how to react to it. But I did love Jase.

You can buy City of Bones from Amazon here.

9. Newest Favorite Character

I’m going to have to mention Eliza and Her Monsters again. I absolutely adore Eliza. I relate to her so much! I feel like this book is my life.

10. Book That Made You Cry

Repeating another answer. The Hate U Give. I cried. This book was just so emotional. Still recommend it.

11. Book That Made You Happy

Orange by Ichigo Takano

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12. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Recieved)

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

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13. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

I’m going to cheat and say all of them. I don’t think that far ahead. And I don’t stick to my TBRs so I’m not going to be holding myself accountable.

14. Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

I’m going to mention a few of each of those! If I mention them in one category and they have another (like a Blogger has a Bookstagram), I won’t be linking to it but you should definitely check them out! I don’t know too many bloggers. Please, recommend some below!

Bloggers:

Jessica Marie 493
Mom’s Book Collection
A Thousand Lives of Frankie Lovely

BookTubers:

Books and Lala
Pages and Pens
Hailey in Bookland
Hardback Hoarder
Chelsea Dolling Reads
Problems of a Book Nerd
Super Space Chick

Bookstagrammers:

French Toast n Books
Dark Faerie Tales
Book Slayer Reads
Belinda Missen
Poodles Ponies Peonies
Library Looter
Critic Uncritical Bookworm

Bookish Shops:

Enchanted Fandoms
Otter Nonsense Designs
In A Paper Forest

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed. If you haven’t done this tag, you’re tagged!

Happy Reading!

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High School Book Tag

I was tagged in this by Jessica from JessicaMarie493. Click on her name and you can read her answers! I highly recommend checking her out. She’s my favorite ❤

The Rules:

  • Thank the creators: Namitha @ TeenMemoir and Jasmine @ HowUsefulItIs
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

A+ on the Test: A Book Or Character That Makes You Smile

I ended up typing out these questions before choosing answers and I realized I could choose someone from the ACOTAR series for almost all of these. So I’m just going to choose it for one. But it’s not this one 😉

For this question I decided to go with It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles. I got an eARC of this book from NetGalley and Entangled Teen. I didn’t go into it with high hopes but it was wonderful. I ended up buying Lizzy Charles’ (‘s? I never know xD) other three books! I’m very excited to get right into them this month.

I have a full spoiler-free review here.

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Sports Team: A Fictional Family You Want To Be A Part Of

I’m probably going to throw everyone for a loop here. But I’m going to have to say I would love to be part of the pack in the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. They were all just so close and caring. And come on, who wouldn’t want to turn into a wolf. And you’re welcome everyone. Heres a photo of my destroyed editions of the series from way back when.

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Class President: A Book That Tries To Make A Difference

I’m going to steal Jessica’s answer and say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s such a good book and I recommend it to everyone.

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High School Sweetheart: A Book Character You Have A Crush On

This one was as easy one as I have several different choices. I decided to go with Jest from Heartless by Marrisa Meyer, though. Gosh. Just Jest.

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Prom Night: A Book With A Beautiful Cover

Um, any book on my shelf? XD I decided to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco because, ugh. Just look at that. Perfection. I can’t wait to get Hunting Prince Dracula in and to be able to take a picture with them together.

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Spring Break: A Book You Can Always Turn To When You Need An Escape

This one was one that I had to actually think about for a bit. I don’t reread books very often except manga. I’d have to say Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. I haven’t read this manga fully through before (at least not in a while). So I definitely plan on doing it this year. I just want to read them in print so I have to get the rest of the volumes first.

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School Lunch: A Book Character(s) You Want To Have Lunch With

Alright. Now we’re getting into A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. Technically this is for A Court of Mist and Fury but still. I would love to have lunch with the whole Dream Court. Rhys, Mor, Amren, Azriel, and Cassian. I could do without Feyre. But everyone else, yes. I would love to just have lunch with them in their relaxed states.

My review for ACOWAR (spoiler-free and spoiler) will be going up tomorrow.

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Halloween Party: A Character You Would Like To Be For One Day

Um. This one is tough. All the books I read, bad things happen to the characters. I don’t want to be anyone xD Is that an option?

Oh! I got it. I didn’t want to repeat any answers but I’m going to and I’m not going to feel bad about it.

I would like to be Bella from Twilight. Why? So I can go to New Moon time, get over myself and run away with Jacob!

School Bully: A Character You Don’t Want To Go To School With

See, this one I’m mixed about. I’m going to go with The Darkling but only because I feel like he’d kill me. But if I could get to know him, maybe I’d be fine with it xD I want to get inside his head. What can I say? P.s. No spoilers. I’ve only read Shadow and Bone.

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Graduation: A Book With A Bittersweet Conclusion

This one was another hard one for me. I would have to say Shadow and Bone for now just because I didn’t like the ending, but I know the thing I didn’t like didn’t really happen so I’ll be continuing.

That’s about it!

I tag:
Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner
Donna @ Mom’s Book Collection
Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl
Julie @ Pages and Pens

(I’m only tagging four people because I can xD)

Happy Reading!

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Marry, Date, Deny

So, I asked several times for book characters from you guys and never got any replies besides the lovely Jessica (go check her out, I love her). I didn’t say what they were going to be for but I was hoping for more suggestions. I ended up just writing down first characters that popped into my head. That consisted mainly of Twilight characters. There are a few other characters but don’t be surprised by all the Twilight.

I plan on doing the You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag pretty soon so tell me some character suggestions. And I may do this again. Let me know if you would like me to do themed ones, like characters from Harry Potter, only fantasy characters, only characters I hate, only characters I like, etc. Let me know any post suggestions you’d like also!

Now, let’s get on with this. Today, I’m doing the Marry, Date, Deny (kinda) tag. Let me know if you agree with some of my answers!

Round 1:
Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series
Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series
Audrey Rose from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

Oh man. This is a tough one. Of course, only I could manage to get two characters from the same book in the first round.

I’d have to say: Marry Thomas, Date Audrey, and Deny Ron

Sorry Ron! I love Thomas so much. I’m only denying you because you and Hermoine are adorable. Is that a good excuse?

Round 2:
Feyre from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series
Bella from the Twilight Saga

This was easy: Marry Feyre, Date Harry, and Deny Bella

I do not like Bella. She always got all of the guys! And was just an annoying character. I’ve realized this after I was over the whole craze, though.

Round 3:
Amren from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Jacob from the Twilight Saga
Alice from the Twilight Saga

This was is so difficult! Oh man. I think I’ve decided and I’ll explain more after.

Marry Amren, Date Alice, Deny Jacob

I know, I know! I’m Team Jacob. The reason I’m denying him in this case is because, well, he’s a creep. No spoilers in case anyone is going to read this but hey. I loved Alice and I love Amren. She’s getting on my nerves a bit but I think she’d make a good wife. Alice would just know what’s going to happen and that would ruin all the surprises.

Round 4:
Tohru from Fruits Basket
Jest from Heartless
Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses

I knew as soon as I got Jest that the last would be Rhys.

Marry Rhys, Date Jest, Deny Tohru

I loved Rhys from his first appearance in ACOTAR. He popped up and I was like “I’m going to love this guy. He better be in more of the book.” And well, Jest. Can’t say no to him!

Round 5:
Draco from the Harry Potter series
Hermoine from the Harry Potter series
Mor from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Not much to say here. I just chose this because, well, you’ll see.

Marry Mor, Date Hermoine, Deny Draco

I’m just going to end this here. Short and sweet post. I kept putting off doing this post until I realized at 7am that I had to write this because it had to go up at 12pm. So, here it is. I hope you enjoyed! I also realized that there weren’t a ton of Twilight characters. Hm.

Happy Reading!

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

*This tag was created by The Book Archer. You can watch their video here.*

**I wasn’t tagged for this, but I wanted to do it! **

 A Popular Book/Series You Didn’t Like

I am going to have to go with the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I just did not like this series. I thought the first one was okay and the style was interesting. But by the time I got to the second, the hype of the style was over and the second seemed too repetitive and I was just over it. I have come to realize since that I don’t like sci-fi that much so that could have a lot to do with it.

A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Seems To Hate But You Love

Hm. This one was a tough one for me to think about. I haven’t read a lot of books that people have hated. I’d probably have to say The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. I only read the first book and I definitely enjoyed it. Everyone else seems to hate it, but I found it interesting. I’m still debating if I want to finish the series or not though.

A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did NOT Want Them To End Up With or An OTP That You Don’t Like

I really wanted to say ACOTAR but if you’ve read the whole series, you’d know that not true. So I looked at my shelves and decided to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m sure if you’ve read it or know anything about Alice in Wonderland, you’d know why. But no spoilers!

A Popular Book Genre You Barely Reach For

I decided to change this up a bit and just go with one that I don’t enjoy. I’ve read several these past few months and I’ve come to decide that I dislike science fiction. I thought after reading Cinder that I didn’t mind sci-fi. Then I read Illuminae and Gemina and I didn’t really enjoy those. Now I’m reading a science fiction ARC and I’m not enjoying it as much as I could be. So no more sci-fi for me.

A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

Oh man. I was going to hold off on doing this tag because I wasn’t sure what to choose for a lot of these answers, but I watched the original video recently and I had a ton of ideas. Now I’m drawing a blank again. I decided to go with Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. Spoiler-ish following. I’d like to specify this is for ACOTAR. Everyone seemed to love Tamlin in the first book but I just didn’t. He was driving me nuts. I didn’t expect what happened to happen but I just didn’t like him from the beginning. I wanted to so bad but I knew as soon as Rhys popped up that I would love him. I always go for the bad boy, what can I say.

A Popular Book Trope You Are Tired Of Seeing

I could have so many for this, but a lot I can get past. The one thing that makes me DNF books is a super controlling boyfriend in romance. You know the type I mean. The super controlling kind that will punch another guy if they look at the girl in any way. I’m sick of it. Then the girl always give in instead of countering it. And even if they do counter it, the reply is always “this is so new to me and I don’t know how to act.” No. Stop. There was one book like this recently and despite the fact she hated everything he did, she still had sex with him to “get it over with.” Come on. No. How about you don’t do that. I’m to a point where I’m ready to DNF a book at over 80%, but of how controlling the guy is. He’s completely obsessed with the girl in a very unhealthy way. I just want to enjoy a nice healthy romance.

A Popular Series That You Have No Interest In Reading

I don’t plan on finishing the Illuminae Files. I can’t really think of any other ones off the top of my head. I like to give everything a try. If it’s a sci-fi, I probably won’t pick it up.

The Saying Goes “The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie” But What Movie/TV Adaptation Do You Prefer To The Book

I’d have to say that I prefer the Gossip Girl TV show to the books. I’ve read a few of the books and I honestly can say that I don’t remember any of them and I don’t care to continue. I loved the show, though. There are several shows/movies that I’ve seen without reading the books but that’s changing now. If there’s a book version of a movie I want to see, I’ll read the book first.

I’m not going to tag anyone because I don’t know too many book bloggers just yet! So if you want to be my friend, send me a message, follow me on Twitter or Instagram, and just strike up a chat!

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GoodReads Book Tag

This post is going up so much later than normal and I apologize for that. I planned on writing this over the weekend but I ended up working on the later posts in the week and then I got busy. So here is the Good Reads Book Tag. I’m unsure of the creator so if you know who it is, please let me know so I can tag it in here. Thanks and let’s just get into this.

I’m sorry that it was kind of rushed and I’m not going to be tagging anyone. If you would like to do this, then feel free to. If not, then don’t. If you do end up doing this, let me know below so I can read it!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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What are you currently reading?

I have nine books on my currently reading shelf. I’m actively reading two and those are Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Son by Lois Lowry.

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What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Born Sinner by SL Jennings. I heard about it from Jewels over at Pages and Pens on YouTube. It’s not a normal read for me but I would like to get into it.

What book do you plan on reading next?

I’m hoping to finish Gemina fairly quickly and then I plan on buddy-reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Jessica over at JessicaMarie493.

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Do you use the star rating system?

Yes. I use it with every review. I’m trying to get the hang of it and get how I review all fleshed out but I definitely use it.

Do you have a wishlist?

Not on GoodReads. I have one on Amazon but I haven’t updated it in a while. I need to keep track of books I want to read and buy.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes!!! I have it set for 55 and I’m up to 19 so far.

What book do you plan to buy next?

I have A Court of Wings and Ruin preordered then after that I have Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco preordered. Those are currently the only two I have planned to buy.

Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I can’t think of any off the top of my head. I don’t think I have any saved on GoodReads (if you can even do that).

Who are your favorite authors?

I absolutely love Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer, and Kerri Maniscalco. Those are the top three off the top of my head.

Have you joined any groups?

I’m a part of the Tome Topple group and Top 5 Wednesday!

Are there any questions you’d like to add?

Not that I can think of!

This was a fun one. I love GoodReads. I just need to organize it better. Thanks for reading! What is your current read and how do you feel about it?

Happy Reading!

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Netflix Book Tag

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Two of the things I’m addicted to. Books and Netflix. Um, can I just say yes?

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Alright. I found this on AbigailHaleigh‘s BookTube channel. Here’s the link to her video! I’m unsure of the creator, though. So now that that’s out of the way, let’s do this!

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Recently Watched: The Last Book You Finished

This may have changed since I wrote this but as of right now (4/10/2017), it’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This was my first read of the Harry Potter series and I definitely enjoyed it. I already know that next time I read this it’ll be to my son. Currently we’re reading Messenger then Son, both my Lois Lowry, then I’m unsure what we’ll read. But anyway, Deathly Hallows. Those feels, though.

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Top Picks: A Book/Books That Have Recommended To You Based On Books You Have Previously Read

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I haven’t really had any books recommended to me based on other books I’ve read but I did have one recommended to me today because I saw Beauty and the Beast. A coworker told me I should read Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly. I’m still unsure about this just because of the reviews that I’ve been hearing about it. Maybe one day I will pick it up.

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Recently Added: The Last Book You Bought

Actually, that book is coming in today! I’ll make sure to put a personal picture in here once I get it! That book, which I’m overly excited to read, is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’m very excited to get into this book. I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

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Popular on Netflix: Books That Everyone Knows About (2 You’ve Read and 2 You Have No Interest In)

Let’s see. Hold that thought…

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Alright. After a lot of thought on this, I have decided. The two I’d like to read are The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. The ones I don’t want to read would be The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I decided to go with two that don’t own out of the ones I want to read.

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Comedies: A Funny Book

I can’t really say much about the rest of the series but I’m going to say Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I personally have laughed several times at this book. But at the same time, it’s also heartbreaking and rough.

Dramas: A Character Who Is A Drama Queen/King

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I spent more time than I needed to on this one. I looked at other people’s blogs and other people’s BookTube videos. Everyone was giving answers to books I hadn’t read. Then I came across someone who said a certain person from a book I haven’t read. But that brought my mind to a book series I have read that’s just drama filled completely. And that series is the Twilight series. Specifically Bella in New Moon. If that wasn’t a drama queen, I don’t know what is.

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Animated: A Book With Cartoons on the Cover

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Can I count this? Is this cheating? That’s okay. Orange by Ichigo Takano!

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Watch It Again: A Book/Book Series That You Want To Reread

I would love to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses. Just to see how often Sarah J Maas foreshadows to what is going on. But I have way too many books to read right now that I won’t have time to reread anything.

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Documentaries: A Non-Fiction Book You’d Recommend To Everyone

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I haven’t read any non-fiction books completely through yet but I would have to recommend Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I am about halfway through this book and it’s killing me. This book gets down and dirty about the behind the scenes with factory farming and “organic” farming. Even if it doesn’t change your mind on eating meat, I feel that everyone should know what’s going on behind the scenes. Things need to change with how animals are treated, especially since they are going to end up dying so people can eat.

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Action and Adventure: An Action Packed Book

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I’d have to go with the Hunger Games trilogy. I wasn’t a huge fan of the series itself but I did enjoy the action of it. There was always something going on. This picture isn’t mine but if I were to buy it, I would want these covers. Maybe one day I’ll read these to my son and hopefully enjoy them more.

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New Releases: A Book That Just Came Out Or Will Be Coming Out Soon That You Can’t Wait To Read

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Oh man. There are so many. I can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas that comes out in May, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco that comes out in September, The Hate U Give which I just purchased recently. The list could go on and on but I’ll stop there.

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I hope you enjoyed this! It seemed to take me a while to actually write. I kept getting distracted with reading. I had hoped that I would end up writing all of my posts ahead of Tome Topple starting but nope. I ended up getting distracted. Happy reading!

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The TBR Book Tag

I saw this video on Books and Lala‘s YouTube page. My TBR is so overbearing that I figured this would be a good one to do! So let’s just get into this.

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How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I am probably the worst at keeping track of my TBR. I am thinking about redoing my bookshelves so that my TBR books are separate from my read. The only problem I’m finding with that is the fact I haven’t read most of the books I own… But I don’t really have a set way of keeping track of everything.

Is your TBR mostly physical or eBook?

I prefer to read the physical book so most of mine are physical. I usually read only manga on my Kindle. I need to start reading on there more on the way to work and at night. But because I work overnights, I don’t usually read in the dark.

How do you determine what book from your TBR to read next?

It all depends. Normally I end up having a TBR at the beginning of the month but a lot of the time, I don’t stick to it. Normally it’s just what I’m feeling like reading. I have a TBR jar that has the books I own in there and the different tasks I have from the challenges I’m doing this year.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest.

Off the top of my head, I know that I’ve wanted to read American Psycho for the longest time. I’ve started it and got about halfway through before putting it down. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m doing a poll on my Twitter about whether next month I should finish books I’ve started or something else. Feel free to go there and vote!

A book in your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.

Tonight The Streets Are Ours. I couldn’t begin to tell you what this is about. But I think that’s the only book that I can claim is only there for it’s cover.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

I can’t say that I don’t plan on reading any of the books on my TBR but I doubt I’ll be getting around to any of my James Patterson anytime soon.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

Um, A Court of Wings and Ruin. Do you even need to ask. But also Hunting Prince Dracula. I’ve been looking forward to that since I found out Stalking Jack the Ripper was to be a series.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read.

Uh, all of them. Let’s see, the Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass series, Everything Everything, the Grisha trilogy, everything else.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

No one really recommends anything to me directly but one that I bought that a friend said I needed to read is In Order to Live.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

All of them? Nah, I’m really looking forward to getting around to the Throne of the Glass series and finishing up the Lunar Chronicles.

How many books are on your TBR shelf?

GoodReads? 209. My bookshelves? 95 (update from 4/12, this number has increased since I wrote this xD).

That’s about it. Hope you enjoyed! What’s your most anticipated read that you own? Happy reading!

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’m not sure where this tag originated but I’ve seen it going around BookTube and I figured I would do it. Since I’m writing this ahead of time since I want to focus on my reading during Tome Topple (even though this is going up before it starts), some of the answers may change. I’m not sure what they all were. In case you didn’t know, you’re supposed to answer these with short answers. I think it’s only supposed to be one/two word answers but hey. Some need explaining. But let’s just get into this!

  1. eBooks or Physical books?
    Physical. I will read eBooks but I would prefer to have the physical book in my hands. The only books that I’d prefer eBooks for is manga/comics. They are just easier to read and a heck of a lot cheaper.
  2. Paperback or Hard Cover?
    Um. Hard cover mostly. Except Harry Potter. I don’t know why.
  3. Online or In Store Shopping?
    Online. It’s cheaper and I don’t like having to deal with people.
  4. Trilogies or Series?
    Series for books I love. The more I can get of them the better. But trilogies are more appealing when looking at what I have left.
  5. Heroes or Villians?
    Villians if they’re done correctly. For example, Joker. I love him. Not a romantic love. I just love how messed up he is. His whole story intrigues me.
  6. A Book You Want Everyone To Read?
    I haven’t read it but The Hate U Give. It’s a new release and everyone who’s read it and people that I trust the opinions of recommend it to everyone. The topic makes me agree.
  7. Recommend an underrated book.
    Um, I haven’t read any?
  8. The Last book You Finished.
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  9. Weirdest Thing You Used As A Bookmark?
    My son’s arm/leg while he’s sleeping
  10. Used books, yes or no?
    Yes but I would prefer not to.
  11. Top Three Favorite Genres
    Romance, Fantasy, Crime Fiction
  12. Borrow or Buy?
    Buy
  13. Characters or Plot?
    This is a tough one for me. I could probably overlook a bad plot, though. If the characters suck, I don’t think I could get through it.
  14. Short or Long Books?
    Long. They seem to be thought out better in general.
  15. Long or Short Chapters?
    Short. I usually read on my 15 minute breaks or on the ride home. I feel better leaving off at the end of a chapter rather than in the middle of one.
  16. Name the First Three Books You Think Of
    Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Lunar Chronicle (Technically all series but hey)
  17. Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?
    Cry. If a book can make me legit cry, it means I connected to it. Anything can make me laugh.
  18. Our World or Fictional World?
    Fictional.
  19. Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?
    If you try to claim you don’t, you’re lying.
  20. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptation?
    If it’s a series, TV. If it’s a Trilogy or under, Movie.
  21. Series or Standalone?
    Series. I connect better. In case you haven’t realized, I like books that I connect to.

I tag JessicaMarie493 because she’s the only one I communicate with a decent amount!

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Bookish Wednesday: Hamilton Book Tag

Just like pretty much anyone else that has listened to anything Hamilton, I’m obsessed. I know the first act by heart. I’m still working on the second act but I can’t seem to make it that far normally. I have to start from the beginning every time so by the time the second act comes along, I have to stop listening.

I’m not sure who created this so if you know, let me know please. I want to give them credit. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, either. Well, let’s not waste anytime. Let’s do this.

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The Room Where It Happens: A Book World You Would Put Yourself In

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This one was a tough one. There are so many that I would like to live in after all the conflicts from the books. So I decided to go with a book I haven’t read yet. I would love to live in the story of By Your Side by Kasie West. I would love to be stuck in a library. I mean, I’d like to have my son with me but being surrounded by books like that would be heavenly. You can purchase this book from Amazon by clicking on the photo.

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The Schyuler Sisters: An Underrated Female Character

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I’d have to say Liza from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. She was such a small character, I think she only pops up twice in the story but she was such a huge character. She was Audrey Rose’s cousin and she had the opposite views on how Audrey Rose was acting. She didn’t seem too eager to change how her life was but she supported Audrey Rose in doing what she wanted to do. She was one of the only people in Audrey Rose’s life that supported her.

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My Shot: A Person Who Goes After What They Want And Doesn’t Let Anyone Stop Them

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There are so many people that would fit for this one. It was hard to choose and I didn’t want to repeat any answers but I couldn’t help myself. I absolutely love this character so I couldn’t not mention him any chance I can. I’d have to say that Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. There will be spoilers following so if you don’t want to read any, skip to the next question! You can purchase these books from Amazon by clicking the images.

In the first book you don’t see very much of Rhys getting what he wants but it’s all revealed in the second book. In ACOMAF, Rhys explains how he kept the good half of his land hidden from everyone for hundreds of years. He kept his people safe from Amarantha’s attacks because of this. He became her pet just so that he could continue to keep them safe. He would do anything to continue keeping his people safe, no matter what the risk would be to him.

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Stay Alive: A Character You Wish Was Still Alive

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SPOILERS (Obviously)!

The first book that popped into my head was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I wish that Jest lived. Obviously, I knew from the beginning that he was going to die but it was still just as heartbreaking as it would have been if I didn’t know. If only he would have lived! Cath would have become a baker and they would have lived happily ever after. This book killed my feels. The picture is of the cover that was exclusive to OwlCrate but you can purchase the original from Amazon by clicking the photo.

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It’s Quiet Uptown: A Book That Made You Ugly Cry

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I don’t even have to think about this one. The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Every time. I decided to choose a very happy gif to go with a super depressing subject. I won’t get into it for spoiler purposes but if you’ve read this book, you know what I’m talking about. You can purchase this book from Amazon by clicking the photo.

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Burn: The Most Heartbreaking Ending To A Relationship You’ve Read

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I really didn’t want to repeat another answer or I would have mentioned Heartless again but I was looking through my read books and saw The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. That definitely fits. I think everyone pretty much knows how this book ends but I won’t spoil it for anyone. You can purchase this book from Amazon by clicking on the photo.

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You’ll Be Back: Sassiest Villain

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I tried so hard to figure out an answer for this. I just couldn’t figure one out. I even looked at several other people’s answers. I hadn’t read any of the books they mentioned! Or I haven’t gotten to the point where I would count them as sassy. So, let me know some sassy villians that you all know about!

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A Book With A Twist You Didn’t See Coming

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I decided to change this question up a bit. This plot twist I didn’t see coming wasn’t at the end but in Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. SPOILERS!!! I definitely did not see that Yuuki would end up being Kaname’s sister. Talk about awkward. I shipped them the whole time!

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Non-Stop: A Series You Marathoned

So, this is a book that I haven’t marathoned yet but I plan on marathoning at some point. Well, there’s two. I want to marathon The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. You can buy each book from Amazon by clicking the covers.

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Satisfied: Favorite Book With Multiple POVs

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This one was a tough one to figure out. I couldn’t think of any books that I’ve read that were in multiple POVs. I was going through my read books on GoodReads and about slapped myself. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. This book surprised me a little bit. It was mostly predictable for me but I didn’t see the end coming completely. I enjoyed the fact that this book was told in several different POVs and time periods. It helped to enhance the story in my opinion. You can buy this book from Amazon by clicking the photo.

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A Book/Series You Think Will Be Remembered Throughout History

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I was trying to think of a good answer for this one and I really didn’t want to take the easy way out but I decided that I’m just going to. Harry Potter. I feel like Harry Potter will be a book series that will continue to be read and loved by many people to come. I am reading this series for the first time now and I’m enjoying it at 21 years old. There are some things that I see wrong with it but they aren’t major enough to really take too much from the series.

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Bonus!

Helpless: A Relationship You Were Pulling For From the Start

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I didn’t even have to think about this one. Feyre and Rhysand. I’m about half done with ACOMAF and as soon as Rhys showed up in ACOTAR, I knew that I was going to fall in love with him. And guess what, I did! Feyre needs Rhys in her life. You can purchase these books by clicking the pictures of the covers above.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite Fight Scene

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So, this one is going to be interesting. The book that I chose is one that I DNFed, actually. The only reason I chose a certain scene in this book is because I literally laughed out loud when it happened. The book is Beautifully Damaged by LA Fiore. There is one point where Ember is being harassed by some drunk in a bar and she ends up punching him in the face. I don’t know if you can really count that as a fight but it was hilarious to me. You can read my full semi-spoiler review here for the reasoning I DNFed it. You can purchase this book yourself from Amazon by clicking on the photo.

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Say No To This: Guilty Pleasure Read

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100% Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. It’s a cheesy romance that I have read several times over. I love just kicking back and bringing myself back into my teenage years when I was reading any and all shoujo manga that I could find online. You can purchase the first volume from Amazon by clicking on the photo. The cover I have shown is the original cover. They have since changed it and aren’t producing this cover anymore.

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What Comes Next: A Series You Wish Had More Books

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There are so many books that I wish would have more just in the world. The stories may be finished, but it would be nice to see more of the world that the author created. I hate that I’m repeating answers but this is one that I want the most. I would love to see more stories in the world of ACOTAR. I want to see how the take over of Amarantha affected other lands and how they worked to repair afterward.

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP

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Once again, mentioning ACOTAR. If you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed. I love the bromances between Rhys, Cassian, and Azriel. I laugh every time the three of them are together.

What’d I Miss: A Book/Series You Were/Still Are Late Reading

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So, this is kind of a cheat answer but all of them. I am so behind on reading everything. If you would like to hear my “reading story” let me know!

Well, that’s it! Not much else to say. Let me know one of your answers to any of these questions. Happy reading!

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