The 20 Questions Book Tag

It’s been AGES since I did a book tag on my blog. We’re talking more than a year here. I just scrolled through my posts now to see when exactly that was, and the last Book Tag I did was The Good Reads Book Tag on JUNE 23RD OF 2017!

God, I’m the worst book blogger. 

I promise I don’t have anything against Book Tags. They are super fun! I’m just never tagged in them, and a lazy book blogger sometimes. So since it’s clearly been forever, I thought I would do one.

I stumbled upon this one on Boston Book Reader’s site, it looked fun, so here we are. I could not find the original creator of the tag, which I feel bad about.

ON WITH THE TAG!


1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

I think it depends on the series, because some book series I want to go on forever while others I’m like, THERE ARE TOO MANY BOOKS. WHY MUST I READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS!? JUST TELL ME HOW IT ENDS!

But you want a number? I’ll give you a number. I’m going to go with more than 5, because unless I’m really into the series/world, it becomes a chore after 5.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I like them because it ends the book on a high note, and you’re left thinking “What next?!” However, it really sucks when you have to wait more than a year for the next book to come out.

Also, from a writer’s perspective they are fun to write! If I ever get published, I expect my readers to hate me for my cliff hangers.

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

Floppy paperback, because I enjoy reading from them more. However, some hardbacks are so beautiful, I just can’t resist.

4. FAVOURITE BOOK?

I hate when people ask me this question, because then I have to chose from my multitude of favorites. It’s not fair. It feels like picking a favorite child. If I had to pick, I’m going to go with Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, because I still remember my experience reading that book. It was like I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Jem, Tessa, and Will still hold all of my heart, so much so that I get so happy when they are mentioned in Cassandra Clare’s other works.

A close second is Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, because that book was epic!

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

Before this year I did not have an answer to this question, but now I do. It is The Testing of Luther Albright by MacKenzie Bezos. I really did not gel with this book. It was extremely slow paced and an uninteresting story.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Yes, but only if done well.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I’m honestly surprised by this one, because The Remnant Chronicles is a well loved series. It’s not bad, I just can’t connect with the characters. I was also hoping for a more interesting plot. I do plan on finishing it at some point this year, because I was more than 70% of the way through. Maybe the end will change things for me.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. My cousin, Kate, and I have been binge reading the Red Queen series. I have mixed feelings on the series as a whole. On the one hand, I find the world really interesting, but I’m personally not gelling with the writing style. I don’t think it’s poorly written, but sometimes it has a slower pace. That being said, I’m really vibing with War Storm so far!

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I’m pretty sure that it was Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, because I am obsessed with this book! Also, the person I was recommending it to was looking for a YA Mystery Thriller. If you’re looking for a good YA Mystery Thriller, I recommend picking it up. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

God, I don’t know the answer to this. I think it’s The Iliad by Homer? I had to read it for AP English ages ago.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, which I really enjoyed! It was a fun witchy book, that hit me right in the feels. I really liked that at it’s core, this was a book about female friendship. I also loved Mila’s narration. She had such a dry, sarcastic humor that I found hilarious.

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

This is another question I hate, because I don’t have an all time favorite author. I can name a few of my favorite authors. Ally Carter, Marissa Meyer, Brandon Sanderson, and Maureen Johnson. I think Cassandra Clare too, because she’s got me hooked on her latest series and I loved The Infernal Devices trilogy.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Both? I really like borrowing books digitally from my library, because I don’t have to worry about late fees and it’s a fun way to try out books. At the same time, buying books is an addiction. You can’t just buy one book. Plus, I can take as long as I want to read them, because they’re MINE!

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?

Oooh! We love ourselves a good controversial question. Let me think. Most of the books I actively dislike are books that most people dislike. So I’m going to pick a popular book that I felt meh on instead. There are many of those. The one I’m picking is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I liked the characters, but I thought the author could have done a better job at building tension. The plot was uninteresting and I did not find myself incredibly invested in the story. For a book about a tragic event, I did not cry, and I am a book crier!  This just did not do much for me.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, since I’ve reread it at least three or four times at this point (minus Winter because I suck at finishing series). I still get so wrapped up in the story even though I know what happens.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

Yes. It’s not preferable, but I can do it. I mostly do this on the train when I want to block out the annoying conversations around me.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

Multiple POVS all day every day! I really enjoy seeing the story and world from all sides, especially when it’s a story/world that I find super interesting.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Usually over multiple days simply for time. Most days I have a bunch of stuff to do, so it’s hard for me to sit down and dedicate a full day to just reading. That being said, if I’m super invested and have the time, I will spend all day reading a book.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

I don’t often read books purely because of the cover, but The Selection by Keira Cass is the closest thing I can think of. I mean the covers of that book has such a pretty dress, I can’t help but be intrigued.


We’ve reached the end of the tag, and I don’t know what to say because I’m bad at concluding things…but this tag was fun! No. It really was so much fun! I love answering random questions about books.

I am not going to tag anyone specifically. Mostly because I’m not sure who has done this already, but if you haven’t and you want to after reading my post consider yourself TAGGED!

Please let me know if you agreed or disagreed with any of my answers down in the comment section below. Also, if there’s a tag you would like to see me do let me know down below as well. 

P.S. I started doing this because I thought it would be an easy post. It took me at least a week to write this. Turns out answering 20 Questions is harder than it looks or I’m just lazy. Def just lazy.

Top 5 Books I Would Save in a Fire

If there was ever a fire that threatened to burn my house down, I would literally start chucking things out of my bedroom window. One of my windows overlooks the front of my house so it’s perfect for saving things. Among the first things that would go would be my notebooks, my favorite polka dot dress, my RM photocards, and the quilt my grandmother made for me. I would also try to find some way to get my nice iMac out of the house too, before I made my escape.

Honestly, my book collection would probably be one of the last things on my mind if this scenario was real. Most of the books in my personal library can be replaced. There are a few special things, but they’re not as special to me as let’s say my collection of converse sneakers (I know this seems random, but I love my converse).

For the sake of fun, and this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I’m going to figure out which 5 books I would save if I had the chance. Let’s go!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that the lovely Bionic Bookworm does. If you are interested in doing any of her topics on your blog she welcomes it! Don’t forget to check out her upcoming topics if you’re interested in participating in future Top 5’s! 

 

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1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I was obsessed with the Disney adaptation of this book and went through a giant Alice in Wonderland phase when I was 16. Admittedly, I have yet to finish the original story. I’ve started it a few times, but then got distracted by other things. It’s on my bucket TBR list and I will get to it eventually.

I currently own two copies of the book. One is a Barnes and Noble classics edition that is a bind up of Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThrough the Looking Glass, and other short stories Lewis Carroll wrote. The other copy is a beat up old print version I stole from my grandparents’ house. Even though the Barnes and Nobles edition is much nicer aesthetically, the older copy is the one that’s going out the window. The fact that it’s from my grandparents’ collection makes it irreplaceable.

 

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2. The Fairy Tale Book (A Collection of 28 Fairy Tales)

This is another book from my grandparents’ collection that I just can’t part with. These were the stories that my grandpa used to read to me before bed when I stayed over their house. I loved hearing these stories, and always imagined that I would read them to my children and grandchildren. This book is one of a kind, and literally cannot be replaced. Seriously, I don’t even know where I would go about finding this. It’s falling apart though, so it will have to come with me and my iMac when we make our escape as it would not survive the fall from the window.

 

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3. Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Okay, so admittedly this is a random choice, but this book has been haunting me since the day I accidentally set it down. I was so excited for this book to come out, but also sad that this series was coming to an end. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favorite series. Sometimes when I love a series so much, I dread the end and put it off for as long as possible. In my head, if I haven’t finished it that means it’s not over yet (at least not for me). There’s still new material to be absorbed. For example, I still have not watched the last season of Psych, which is up there with Arrested Development for my favorite TV series.

So when I got Winter in my hands, I wanted to read it as slowly as possible, because I didn’t want it to end, but I also NEEDED to know what happens next. This was a recipe for disaster, because one day I got distracted and moved onto something else. Then once I remembered I wanted to read Winter again, I LOST THE BOOK! I found it a year later with my shoes (I have a serious shoe addiction). Since finding it, I have been waiting for the right opportunity to binge read the series so that I can appreciate the finale in all it’s glory.

I feel like I’ve been on a journey already with this book, and I’ll be damned if it burns in a fire before I get the chance to read it! So it’s coming with me, if only so I can finally read the god damn thing!

 

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4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (Paperback Hufflepuff House Edition)

This is another random choice since Harry Potter isn’t one of my all time favorite series. With that being said, I have lots of house pride (GO HUFFLEPUFFS) that legit came out of nowhere. Don’t ask me why, I cannot come up with an answer that makes sense. I’ve tried. It wasn’t due to this book, though me buying this book didn’t help.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with the paperback version of the Hufflepuff House Edition. It’s bright yellow with bright yellow sprayed pages, and has all these cool facts. It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing books I own. I just love this copy so much and can’t be without it. Theoretically, I could buy another version of this edition, but in the heat of the moment, with my house burning down around me, I’m not taking any chances.

 

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5. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (Heist Society #2)

Watching your house burn down is some serious trauma, so if I was ever in this situation I would need a good book to read while I dealt with all this trauma. All of the books I’ve already listed are great options, but I’m going to need one of my all time favorites to get me through this situation. And right now Uncommon Criminals is calling me, begging me to save it from the fire.

If you know me, then you know that I love a good heist story and the heist in this book is particularly good. It is the second book in the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, and I think my favorite in the series. This book is a ton of fun, and I have a blast every time I reread it. It is just the escape I would need if I was ever in this situation.


Those are the 5 books I would save if there ever was a fire in my house. This was such a fun scenario to think about and it better stay fictional. While those are the 5 books I would save, I don’t want to part with a majority of my books. They’re too precious to lose in flames, along with the rest of my stuff.

Let me know which books you would save (and link me to your Top 5 Tuesday post if you created one). I would love to hear your answers and talk about all things books.

P.S. HUFFLEPUFFS FOR LIFE!

 

 

Top 5 Books That I Think Will Be 5 Star Reads!

Recently, I’ve been trying not to set high expectations for books because I’m afraid they will let me down. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re going to fall in love with a book and have it just miss it’s mark. *cough Six of Crows cough*

With that being said, I think this trend is so interesting and fun. I love hearing people’s thought processes behind their book selections, so I thought I would take a stab at it myself.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that the lovely Bionic Bookworm does. If you are interested in doing any of her topics on your blog she welcomes it! Don’t forget to check out her upcoming topics if you’re interested in participating in future Top 5’s! 

 

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1. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #3)

This is a given (or at least I hope it is). I loved the first two books in The Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension). They were my favorite reads of 2017. I love the characters, the world, and need to see what happens after the ending of The Well of Ascension. Plus, Branderson is excellent at writing conclusions. The first two books had solid endings, so I have faith that he’ll bring things home with an epic conclusion. Also, I gave both of the previous books a 5 star rating, so the third book has got to be a 5 star read too, right?

 

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2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2)

I have yet to officially start The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Most of the people I’ve heard talk about it say that it’s her best work yet. I really enjoy the Shadowhunter Chronicles world as a whole, but not every single book has blown me away. In fact, I feel sort of meh on The Mortal Instruments series. Literally, the only reason I read it was so that I could see the crossover with The Infernal Devices (which I LOVED) and so that I could read The Dark Artifices. I say again, I hear it’s epic and blows the other two series away.

The reason I chose Lord of Shadows over Lady Midnight for the 5 Star Rating is because I’m really not sure what I’ll think of Lady Midnight. I don’t hand a lot of 5 Star Ratings out, so while I know I will like the book, I’m just not sure if it will completely blow me away.

Lord of Shadows on the other hand has literally blown away everyone who has read it. I feel like I have not come across a review that wasn’t a rave review. Plus, it’s supposed to hit you hard in the feels and I’m more likely to give a book a higher rating if it hits me hard in the feels.

 

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3. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ancestor #1)

Okay, so now is when things get hard for me. As I said before, it takes a lot for me to give a book 5 Stars and it’s hard to predict what will be my new obsession. So the first book I’m going out on a limb on is Red Sister.

I’ve really gotten into the fantasy genre in the past year or so. This is a fantasy that has been on my radar because there are assassins and I live for assassins. Not only does this book feature assassins, but it’s all female assassins who I think are nuns? That concept just hooks me. Plus we get to see assassin school, which is always a good time. This book sounds like it is exactly what I’ve been in the mood for lately, so I’m hoping for 5 Stars.

 

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4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I have lots of good feelings about this book. I recently read Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson which I loved and am obsessed with (seriously, I need the sequel now). That book is a mystery like this one, and since reading it I’m in the mood for a good mystery.

Not only does this sound like a good mystery with an complex plot, but it gives me Inception/Memento vibes. It follows Aiden Bishop who is always too late to save Evelyn Hardcastle, so he is forced to repeat the same day over and over again. In order to get out of this loop, he has to solve the mystery. Playing with time and dimensions is a Christopher Nolan thing, and this sounds exactly like the kind of film he would direct. Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time, so the fact that it’s giving me these vibes tells me that this book could be next obsession.

 

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5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Even though this book has a very similar title to the previous book, it is completely different. Honestly, this is probably my most random pick on the whole list because it’s literary fiction. Literary Fiction and I don’t always see eye to eye. It just is a genre that is hard for me to get into, because I’m usually bored by the story. I think this book might be different though.

It has gotten great reviews from a lot of BookTubers, one of them being Emily from Books with Emily Fox. I think that our taste in books is very similar, and she gave this book a great review! She described it more like chick lit than literary fiction, and I’m all about chick lit. Especially, chick lit that hits me in the feels, which it sounds like this book will do. So I think it’ll be a book outside of my reading preferences that will blow me away.


Those are the 5 books that I think I will end up giving 5 stars. This honestly was SO much harder than I thought it was going to be. Now I’m afraid that I won’t end up loving any of these books like I thought, but I’ll just have to read them and see.

When I do eventually read these books, I will do an updated post and let you know what I ended up thinking of them. Maybe try it again? I don’t know, we’ll see.

For now, let me know if you gave any of these books 5 Stars. Also, let me know which books you think you will give 5 Stars. I just want to know, because I think this topic is so interesting.

P.S. I’m back 🙂

 

Discussion: Why I’m No Longer Doing Monthly TBRs

Creating your monthly TBR (or To Be Read list) is something that you do when you are a book blogger or BookTuber. After trying it for a year, I have come to realize that I hate doing it. They’re not my jam for a few different reasons and I thought I would share those reason with you those.

1. I’m a mood reader.

I’ve learned so much about my reading self over the past year thanks to this blog. One of the things I’ve learned is that I’m a mood reader. I tend to enjoy books way more when I’m in the mood for them.

When I create a monthly TBR, it’s to know what exactly I want to read that month. For example, when I plan to read a ton of fantasy, I sometimes find myself in the mood for a fluffy contemporary (and vice versa). When this happens I feel so conflicted, but usually end up sticking to my TBR and not reading books I want to. This has a negative impact on my reading, which brings me to my next point.

2. Sticking to a monthly TBR pushes me into reading slumps.

When I’m very strict about sticking to the TBR I’ve made for myself at the beginning of the month, I find that the next month I get into a mini-reading slump. Which sucks! Nobody wants to be stuck in a god awful reading slump.

I think that when I force myself to read books I’m not in the mood for, it makes reading feel like a chore. When it feels like a chore, I don’t want to do it as much. Then the reading slump attacks and I’m fighting to get out of it.

I don’t want reading to feel like something I have to do. It is supposed to be fun, right?

3. I find TBRs limiting.

Once I create my TBR for the month, there’s always at least one book I become aware of that I want to read asap. However, the books on my TBR are books that I’ve been meaning to read for like ever, so I feel bad picking up that book.

Also, I post my TBR on the internet and feel like I have to stick to them because of that. I’ve let the people know what I’m reading and I don’t want to disappoint the people! I know it sounds silly, because I don’t think you guys care how much I stick to my original TBR, but it’s the way I feel sometimes.

4. They make feel like I’m not reading the books I want to read.

So this one is a little melodramatic, but some months I make a TBRs that do not excite me. Or rather when I post them, I’m excited to read all of the books on the list and then my mood changes. New books catch my attention and I want to read those, not the ones I put on my list.

But I stick with my list most of the time and when I get to my wrap-up I feel like I’ve read nothing I really wanted to read. Which sucks! Reading is a hobby for me and I want it to be fun. It should be fun, but some months it doesn’t feel fun.

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Basically, monthly TBRs are sucking the fun out of reading for me, and I’m not standing for it anymore. Since it’s a new year, I’m trying a new thing and seeing how it works for me.

So I’m done with them, at least for this year! We’ll see if this works better for me, or if I miss making those TBRs. However, I’m excited to see where this decision leads me!

What is your opinion on TBRs? Do you love making them or secretly hate them, like me? Let’s discuss down in the comment section below. 

October Wrap-Up!

Hello fellow booknerds! It’s been a while. Sorry that I dropped off of the face of the earth, but October was an incredibly busy month for me. Not only was I swamped with theater and improv stuff, but I have started a new creative project which has been exciting. I will tell you guys all about that creative project in another post.

This blog is all about the books, so let’s get into those books. Even though I was super busy this month, I was able to read a decent amount. It wasn’t my best reading month, but certainly not the worst.

1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2) — This was the first book that I dove into. I was highly anticipating it after finishing the first book, Three Dark Crowns, in July. Three Dark Crowns blew me away, so I definitely had some high expectations for the sequel. I’m happy to say that I was not let down. One Dark Throne was just as exciting and addicting as its predecessor. I read the book in three days. Things just kept happening and I needed to know what happened next. Unlike most people, I think I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns just a hair more. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but my favorite aspect of Three Dark Crowns was the fact that the plot constantly kept me on my toes. When I was reading One Dark Throne, I was able to see more of the twists and turns coming. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the next installment. For more of my in depth thoughts, check out my review! Warning, it does contain some spoilers for the first book so I recommend only reading it if you have finished Three Dark Crowns(Rating: 4/5 Stars)

2. Lucky in Love by Kasie West — I picked this up because I was in the mood for a fun light read. That’s exactly what a Kasie West book usually entails so it was a good choice. She writes mostly cute YA contemporaries. This one was no different. It follows Maddie who randomly wins the lottery. Once she comes into money, it changes how people interact with her so we see her deal with that. There’s also this cute boy that she works with, Seth, who is unaware that she’s won the lottery. She likes that he just treats her the same and wants to keep it that way. I enjoyed reading this and thought it was cute. This book was nothing mind blowing, but just a fun read. I loved Seth and thought he was the best part. Not only was he super adorable (seriously, I think I fell in love with him), but I appreciated the fact that he was Asian American. I feel like it’s so rare to see a non-white dude as the male lead, especially in YA contemporary. I also think Asian American men are not often shown as sexy or attractive in American media. Seth definitely doesn’t follow the typical Asian American stereotypes and he just felt so real. Overall, this book was adorable. As I said nothing mind blowing, but not super cringy either. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)

3. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #2) — I decided to finally continue on with the Mistborn series this month. I absolutely fell in love with this world when I read The Final Empire back in May. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to read this sequel, but I took the plunge this month. The book absolutely blew me away. I mean Sanderson is known for being such an excellent writer, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but still! After loving The Final Empire I was worried that the second book wouldn’t live up to the first, but it totally did. The Well of Ascension is definitely a slower paced book, but everything continues to build and build as you read until you reach the end. God, the ending was so good. It’s the kind of ending that just whacks you over the head and makes everything come full circle in a way. I’m still not over it. Needless to say that I will be picking up the final book in the trilogy a lot sooner than this one! I cannot wait to see how Sanderson wraps everything up. If you are a fan of fantasy and haven’t read this series yet, please, I urge you to pick it up! (Rating: 5/5 Stars)


Those are all of the books that I read this past month. The Well of Ascension took up most of my time since my copy was a whopping 776 pages. It was easily my favorite read of the month so I can’t be mad at it.

I wish I was able to read more, because I’m slowly falling behind with my goal of reading 50 books this year. I need to get it together somehow.

Anyway I would love to know what everyone has been reading recently! What was your favorite book you read in the month of October? Have you read any of these books? Let’s talk about all things books in the comment section down below.