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I saw this tag over on Mud and Stars Book Blog and thought it looked fun. It is going to be a minute before I finish my next book for a review so I thought this would be fun to do in-between.
Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:
I have a few authors I follow but I would have to say that J.K. Rowling is the one I have read the most books from. I have literally read all that she has written including all the original things put out on Pottermore. There is a slight obsession there.
Best Sequel Ever:
I would have to say Conjuring of Light, which is the last book in the Darker Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I loved how well it wrapped up the story. It left me wanting a bit more and I am super excited for her new story in that universe!
As of this typing I am actually between books but I plan on starting The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is the last book in “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” series. Though I plan on starting that and then putting it aside to move to the illustrated version of the the third Harry Potter book this weekend.
Drink of Choice while Reading:
I don’t have anything that I specifically drink. I am usually reading at home and I almost always drink milk while at home. So milk would probably be the most common thing I drink while reading.
E-reader or Physical Book?
I am a physical book person all the way. I have nothing against e-readers, if it allows someone to read better I am all for it. I just can’t focus on a screen for a long period of time. I also need the feeling of a book in my hands and the ability to pull it off my shelf.
Fictional character you probably would have Dated while in High School?
This one is tough because I don’t usually think about myself dating anyone in the books that I read. I usually pair them up with other characters and not myself. In high school I probably would have dated someone like Simon from Mortal Instruments, sweet yet dorky.
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:
The one that comes to mind is one I recently finished, The Angle’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I was intrigued by the initial concept and ended up becoming engrossed in it. It has a mysterious air that was interesting. Thought I read the first book in the series and I am not sure what I think about it compared to The Angel’s Game.
Hidden Gem Book:
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I picked up this book because of the alien plot but it turned out to be so much more. It is one my favorite books of all time. It is deep and emotional and sweet and a fantastic story. It does not get the attention it deserves
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
This is easy, the moment I picked up the first Harry Potter book. I always enjoyed reading but I don’t know if my love would have become as deep without those books. I also don’t know if I would have become as passionate about writing without those books.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It an intriguing mystery but I wasn’t as thrilled about it as I wanted to be. I was expecting more from it and it confused the timeline for the series.
Kind of Books you Won’t Read:
I won’t say there is anything that I absolutely will not read but there a few genres I am not thrilled with. I don’t generally read nonfiction biographies unless I am super interested in the person. I also tend to have an issue with romance novels unless it has a supernatural twist to it. I like the more fantastic genres because they tend to give me something I can’t find in the real world.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
I think that would probably be Gone with the Wind when I was in junior high. I remember it being about 1000 pages. It was super long and I was not thrilled with it but was determined to finish it. I also remember that the liberian got on my case because it took me so long to read. It wasn’t like it was on a waiting list so I don’t know what her issue was.
Major Book Hangover Because of:
Most recently my book hangover came from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I knew where the book was going and how it would play out but I was so hoping it would be different. I was just emotionally drained at the end.
Number of Bookcases you Own:
In my apartment I currently have 4 that are completely full. I need another one but I am running out of room for more shelves.
One Book You have Read Multiple Times
Harry Potter is my obvious choice but the other would be the Everworld Series by Katherine Applegate. I read these all the time as a teenager. I loved the characters and the story was original and fun. I am a bit worried about reading them now though, hoping they don’t lose their magic as I age.
Preferred Place to Read:
There is nothing better than reading in bed with my cat curled up on my lap fast asleep.
Quotes that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read:
I have a number from Harry Potter but my favorite has to be from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
I am not sure I have that many reading regrets. I would have to say I regret ever feeling ashamed of loving to read. In school I did get teased about it often and sometimes it got to me but in the end it never dampened my love for books. In reality it probably made me love reading more.
Series You Started and Need to Finish:
I rarely don’t finish a series. I am very intent on making sure that I read a series right through. I am technically in the middle of the Cemetery of Forgotten books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I paused it in order to read the illustrated version of the third Harry Potter book, but will go back to it soon.
Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I could read all of those books multiple times.
Unapologetic Fangirl for:
Harry Potter is obvious but I also adore Malec from the Shadowhunter series. Magnus and Alec are just adorable to me. I have also become a serious fangirl for anything V.E. Schwab and Adam Silvera write.
Very Excited for This Release More than All Others:
Hmmm, I am trying to think of what is coming out soon. I think either Shaun David Hutchinson’s new book The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza or the Malec series that Cassandra Clare is supposed to be writing.
Worst Bookish Habit:
I tend to lose bookmarks and thus always dog-ear a book. I know that some readers detest people who dog-ear but it doesn’t actually bug me. I just wish I didn’t lose a bookmark between books. I always use it for one book then lose it before starting the next one.
X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:
I am too lazy to get up and go through any of my four bookshelves so I put my Goodreads shelf on random and counted the 27th on that list, Depths of Time by Roger MacBride Allen. I haven’t read it in a while but I do remember it being a good time-travel book.
Your Latest Book Purchase:
Just recently I went book shopping with my mom for an earlier birthday. I bought a number of books but the one I was most excited for, beside the illustrated version of the third Harry Potter book, was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I have heard great things about this one so I am eager to start it soon.
ZZZ-Snater Book (The Last Book that Kept You Up WAY Late):
I think that was finishing The Angle’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I had to figure out how it ended, though I wasn’t sure how to understand the ending. I am still not sure how it works in the whole series yet either.
I am not going to tag anyone, just if you are bored this was fun to do. What are your opinions on some of the books I mentioned?
I came across this tag over on Zezee with Books blog. It looked fun and different. Took me a minute to find time to do it but I had fun with it. It is always fun to look through my books and see what I have and don’t have.
Find a book with the letter “Z” in the title or the author’s name: This one was quite easy. As soon as I read it I knew the exact book to chose, World War Z by Max Brooks. This was a unique book that spun the idea of zombies on its head. I appreciated the fresh take on an overdone topic.
Find a classic: I am not a huge classic’s fan but I did notice that I do have a few classics on my shelves. I chose Grimm’s Complete Set of Fairytales though for this one. I adore fairytales and to have a full collection of all these original ones is great. (Though some are quite strange and disturbing).
Find the oldest book on your shelves: I wasn’t sure if this one meant the one oldest publishing date or if it meant takes place in a long ago time period or one I have had for a long time. I decided to go with one of the oldest that I own and that is The Stand by Stephen King. It was actually one of my dad’s old books so it is at least 30+ years old.
Find a book with a key on its cover: This one was by the far hardest one to find. I realized that almost none of my books have keys on them. I did find that the first Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has one on the back cover.
Find something on your bookshelf that isn’t a book: I have quite a few things on my shelves that are not books but by far one of my favorites are the book ends that I got while I was in Africa last year. (Though my cat did knock one off and I had to fix it).
Find a book with an animal on the cover: I have quite a few for this, most dogs. I ended up choosing To Say Nothing of the Dog By Connie Willis. I read this a while ago but I remember it being a interesting take on the idea of time travel and the way messing with time consequences work. I started a reread a while ago but got distracted by a new release. I am definitely going to have to go back to this one soon.
Find a book with a girl on the cover: Not many of my books have girls on the cover I discovered. I had a few but I ended up choosing Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This is the first book in the Dark Artifices series and I enjoyed the set up and introduction of new characters. Second book wasn’t my favorite but I have hope this series will end well.
Find a non Ya book – This one was super easy. It wasn’t until recently that I began reading Ya so I have a lot that fall outside that category. I chose The Lucifer Effect. It is a nonfiction book that explore the idea of what makes people do evil or bad things. I specifically focuses on the Stanford Prison experiment. Interesting read!
Find a book with stars on its cover: I discovered that a lot of my books take place in space so this wasn’t that hard. I ended up choosing Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. This was a cute love story that I got in a submission box. It could have had more depth to it but it was a cute and fun read.
Find a book with golden letters: Again I realized just how many of these types of books that I have. I ended up choosing Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It has been a while since I read the series but I remember it being a fun ride.
Find a book with a male protagonist: This one was ridiculously easy. I chose Vicious by Victoria Schwab. This was an interesting look into the head of an antihero. She is currently working on the sequel which should be interesting.
Find a book with only words on it: This one was more difficult. Many of my books have characters or story images on them. I ended up choosing More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It has lots of colors but there are no images on the cover. This was a heartbreaking but beautiful read.
Find a book with illustrations in it: I didn’t even have to think about this one. I chose the illustrated versions of the first and second Harry Potter books. They are beautiful renditions of the books. The illustrations add new life to the stories and I can’t wait for the third one this fall.
Find a diary (true or fictional): This one was almost impossible. I didn’t have anything that was specifically a diary. I chose Everyday by David Levithan. It is kind of like a diary. It is about the main character’s day to day life as they change bodies and lives over and over again. It was a great story about different lives with different people.
Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith): Many of the authors of my books have different and interesting names. I chose The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins. Rollins is a decently common name. I love his Sigma Force series and this was one of the more recent additions to the series.
Find a book that has a closeup of something on it: This was probably my favorite thing to look for. I chose Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It has a close up of a crow’s wing. I loved this series because it was deep and the characters were new and fresh. I loved the look at characters were usually aren’t supposed to cheer for.
Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earlier time period: I went far back with this one. I have a Precious Moment’s Stories from the Bible on my shelf that I have had as long as I can remember. Definitely takes place a long time ago!
Find a hardcover without a jacket: This one was more tough because most of my hardcovers have jackets. I do have the Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It was one of Barnes and Noble’s special editions.
find a teal/turquoise colors book: This was a fun one to end on. I found Blind Faith by Ben Eton. It was one I got when I did a study abroad in London, England. I haven’t read it in a while but I do remember it being a bit creepy with its dystopian themes. I’m a bit afraid to reread it now to see how close it could be to our current political situation.
I’m not going to tag anyone. If you think it looks fun and want to explore your shelves a bit more, feel free to do it!
I wasn’t tagged for this but I saw it on Fandomly Bookish and thought it seemed fun and something quick to do. I wanted to get a quick post up because my review for the last book in the Magicians series is going to take a minute to write. So enjoy this quick look into my reading life!
Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?
Physical Book. I can’t get seem to get lost in an e-book. There is just something about being able to hold the book and being able to put it on my shelf that I love.
Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?
Paperback. It is cheaper, which means I can buy more books and easier to carry around.
Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
In-Store Book Shopping. Being able to browse the shelves and have a cover catch my eye and fall in love with a new book is the best. I do online shop though when I want to buy a single book and can’t empty my bank account on other books that catch my eye.
Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?
Series. Though I guess it depends on the story. If a story is enthralling and has more story to tell then it works. If a story is drawn out just to make a series that can be annoying sometimes.
Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?
Villains. More often villains are the characters that go through a longer, more complex journey. They are able to live in a grey area, which I always find interesting. I love a good villain where you learn their background and realize that hating them isn’t as easy as it seemed at first.
Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?
So many! I would have to say either We are the Ants or The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. They are great books with strong messages disguised in sci-fi stories. They are fun, with intriguing and deep characters and make you think without being preachy.
Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?
Everworld series by K.A. Applegate. I loved this series as a teen. It was fun, the characters were strong and relatable. I loved this series and think it would be a fun read.
Question 8 : The last book you finished?
The Magicians Land by Lev Grossman.
Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?
Just went on a book shopping spree. I bought Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab, The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter, The Angle’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
Post-it note. I rarely use a bookmark. I usually bend the corner of the page (I know some people find that monstrous ). I can never keep a bookmark. I always lose them between books for some reason.
Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?
Sure. Usually I buy new but nothing wrong with a good used book!
Question 12 : Top Three Favourite Genres?
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller/Adventure
Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?
I always buy. I don’t borrow because I don’t like to read on a timeline. I like to not have to worry about turning a book back in. Plus I love adding to my bookshelf!
Question 14 : Characters or Plot?
Characters. I love to feel like I could be best-friends with a character. I want to feel connected to them. Good characters make the book. The plot can be convulted and all over the place but if the characters are strong and have depth I will be interested in the story.
Question 15 : Long or Short Books?
The more pages the better!
Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?
Depends on the book. Sometimes shorter chapters are needed and sometimes the chapters need to be lengthy to tell the story.
Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.k. Rowling
Is There More By Brittney Rz. (Casual mention of my book there 😉
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shelf Silverstein
Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
Laugh. I don’t cry easily and don’t like to cry. If a book can make me laugh it gains bonus points for me.
Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?
Fictional Worlds without a doubt. Real World is too complicated. Fictional Worlds are just much more interesting and fun.
Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?
Maybe? Haven’t ever listened to one other than parts of the Harry Potter books. But I would be willing to try.
Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
Yeah, the cover has to catch my attention before I will pick it up.
Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
Book to Movie. Most of the time with Book to Tv there are too many changes that make it hard to recognize the book used as the source material.
Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
Mocking Jay. The book was disappointing and hard to follow. The movie I understood much better.
Question 24 : Series or Standalone?
I oscillate between the two. Sometimes I need a standalone after a long series.
I am not going to tag anyone but if you are looking for a quick and fun tag to do, consider yourself tagged! What is everyone reading this weekend?
I wasn’t actually tagged for this but it looked like fun and I decided I felt like doing it!
-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)
-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
-Repeat until you completed three rounds.
Reread- I would reread The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This is one of my all time favorite books. I could never burn it and I can’t for a minute think of an aspect that could be rewritten.
Rewrite- I would rewrite The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter. I loved this book but there was a few pieces I would have probably redone. I anticipated a big reunion scene with a certain character that never came, which was disappointing. I might also rewrite it to go beyond her usual formula for these novels. Just to change things up a bit.
Burn- That leaves me having to burn The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Now I actually enjoyed this book but I do remember it being a bit long at times. It has been a long time since I read it and it didn’t really stay with me over the years, so if I had to choose a book to burn this would be it.
This was a difficult one because I love all these books.
Reread- I would reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I adore the Harry Potter novels and can’t imagine rewriting any part of it. And it would be a nightmare if I had to burn them!
Rewrite- If I had to rewrite one I think I would rewrite A Clash of Kings by GRRM, mostly because it is so long and I think it could be cut down a bit. The whole series could probably be rewritten to take out some unnecessary elements.
Burn- I love The Road by Cormac McCarthy but it is the one that is left. I don’t want to burn it but it just got the short end with these three.
This one was probably the easiest to decide on.
Reread- I would reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is another of my all time favorite books. It is so different than anything I have ever read before.
Rewrite- The Littlest Uninvited One by Charles Tazewell is a heart warming story about a dog taken in by an angel. The ending is perfect for anyone who has lost a pet. I would only rewrite the end to have a bunch of reunion stories just for the warm hearted feeling.
Burn – This one was easy. Marley and Me by John Grogan is one of the saddest stories I have ever watched and read. I am a huge animal lover and I balled in the theaters watching the movie and cried again reading the book. I would burn it just because I can’t ever go through that sorrow again!
This was a fun tag. So I tag anyone who wants to have fun!
I was tagged for this from Michelle over at Michelle, Books and Movies Addict. Thanks for the tag, I am a Disney lover and this was fun to do; though it did take some thinking.
1. Little Mermaid: A character who out of their element, a “fish out of water.”
This was a difficult one to come up with. I ended up choosing Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas has always lived a life that was very much about being the same as everyone else and never going out of that box. Then he becomes the Receiver of Memory and his whole world is flipped on its head. He goes from being a very comfortable fish in a large school to being a fish flopping around on the shore, trying to figure out some way to survive.
2. Cinderella: A character that goes through a major transformation.
This was difficult because there are so many character I love that change in a number of ways. I chose Wade from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wade started off the book as a kid who was just existing, he finds the first key and his world gains purpose. He learns the importance of reality, love, friendships and standing for what you believe in.
3. Snow White: A book with an eclectic cast of characters
This one was easy to come up with. I just finished The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, one of my all time favorite books. This cast of characters is wide ranging and includes a literal “watch dog,” a curious child with too much time on his hands, a cranky Humbug, and princesses who are Rhyme and Reason. There are so many different characters, all playing an important role and bringing fun and intriguing elements to the story. The cast is what makes this book so much fun to read
4. Sleeping Beauty- A book that put you to sleep
I have never been a fan of what are considered classic novels, many of them put me to sleep. But the one I have never been able to get passed chapter 3 or 4 is Little Women by Louise May Alcott. I have tried so many times to read this and have never succeeded, I just cannot relate to any part of the story and I get bored very quick every time.
5. The Lion King: A character who had something traumatic happen
them in childhood.
My first instinct here was to go with Harry Potter, but I am using that for two other ones so I chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen instead. Bod’s life starts off with the murder of his parents and sister, which he barely escapes. He then finds his way to a Graveyard where he learns a number of lessons from the inhabitants. He can’t really remember his traumatic beginnings but it leads him to a place where he can learn how to see the world a bit differently, something that is always necessary.
6. Beauty and the Beast: A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by; but found the story to be beautiful.
This one was the most difficult to come up with because big books are my favorite. The more pages the better. I am not intimidated by the size of a book. So I chose the Game of Thrones series by GRRM for this one. Mostly because I did not quite know what I was getting into when reading it. I didn’t know what to expect and after reading five of the books I still have no idea what to expect. I am eager for the series to finish (if it ever does) and would not care if they were thousands of pages long, as long as I get an end, I will be happy.
7. Aladdin: A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worse
I chose Ig Perrish from Horns by Joe Hill for this one. He wanted to find out what happened to his girlfriend and clear his name. He got his wish, but also found the darker side of himself as well.
8. Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not.
This one was difficult, I ended up choosing a Harry Potter character, though I am going to use the series again. Peter Pettigrew spend almost three books pretending to be a rat. But most importantly he pretends to be a tough person, while in reality he is a sniveling mess who is weak and stays around those who can save him. He pretends to care but in reality he is all about protecting himself.
9. Toy Story: A book with characters you wish would come to life
Look, Harry Potter again! I would love for all those characters to come to life and be able to hang out with them. They are so interesting and different that I don’t think you could ever get bored spending time with any of them.
10. Disney Descendants: Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
This was a tie for me. I have written extensive posts on both of these characters so I will keep it short here. I chose Jamie from Game of Thrones and Seichan from The Sigma Force series by James Rollins. They both have made some poor decisions in their lives but they begin to change when they meet new people in their stories. Watching them step away from being that “villain,” and become something in the middle is one of my favorite storylines to read.
Time to tag! As always if you have no interest in this or have done it already, feel free to opt out.