Birthday Party Book Tag– because it’s my birthday and why not

So, today’s my birthday and since it’s usually one of the worst days of the year (I always have awful luck on my birthday and it’s usually just a terrible day all around :/ ), I decided to try to do at least one enjoyable thing. I looked around and was happy to find this tag from Metaphors and Moonlight, which happens to be one of my favorite kinds to do.

The rules:

For this tag, you just need to choose five different books. Then, for each question, you open the corresponding book to a random page and follow the instructions for the answer. At the end, tell us how well you think your party turned out!

My books:

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(Left to Right: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare // A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab // Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling // Horns by Joe Hill)


I haven’t read any of the prompts and I picked my books randomly from ones I’ve read and liked/loved, so I have no clue what’s going to happen :/



1. Open Book 1 – The first character name on the page is the one who plans the surprise party.

Will (Herondale). Hmm, ok, I can maybe see this not being awful

2. Open Book 2 – The first character name on the page is the one who ruins the surprise early (either by accidentally mentioning it or by telling you on purpose because they can’t keep a secret).

Felicity (Worthington). Oh, I can totally see her doing it on purpose, but not because she can’t keep a secret haha.

3. Open Book 3 – Wherever the current scene takes place will be the location of the party (as specific as possible, e.g. a person’s house, a grocery store, the middle of a forest, etc.).

The royal map room in the Red London palace. Might be a bit intimate, but definitely a kind of unique and cool party setting.

4. Open Book 4 – The first character name on the page is the one who bakes the cake.

Professor Trelawney. Oh gosh, I hope she’s got some kitchen talent :/ (I’d be super interested to see what kind of cake she baked, though!)

5. Open Book 5 – The first character name on the page is the one who sticks their finger in the icing when no one is looking.

Merrin (Williams). o_O So…ghosts are invited, I guess?

6. Open Book 1 – The first character name on the page is the one who buys trick candles (those kinds that never go out).

Charlotte (Fairchild Branwell). I’m not sure I can actually see her doing this, but maybe. It would definitely be more shocking, coming from her.

7. Open Book 2 – The first noun on the page that is a tangible object is the first gift you open.

Piano. Ooh cool! I miss having a piano. (I played when I was a kid/teen.)

8. Open Book 3 – The first character name on the page is the one who puts on the dorky party hat.

Kell (Maresh). Haha, nice 😀 (Now I’ve got this image in my mind of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander but with red hair and a party hat on his head.)

9. Open Book 4 – The first noun or adjective (whatever works) on the page is what the party theme will be.

Potions Class. (Does that count?) If that does count, I think it’s a good party theme and I’d love it 🙂

10. Open Book 5 – The first noun on the page that is a tangible object is what the pinata will be filled with.

Soda. That…that sounds like a very bad idea omg.

How the party turned out:

Eh, some good, some less parts.

The party location was definitely a success, and Trelawney’s cake (a giant red velvet “crystal” ball with ominous dark blogs) was a hit, the piano was a fabulous gift, Kell was adorable in hit dorky hat, and no one got knocked out by the falling soda cans from the pinata (though Felicity’s skirt did get soaked in grape soda, which served her right for blabbing about the party and spoiling the surprise).

What do you think? Would you come to this party?

Have you ever had a surprise birthday party in real life?

Tell me about a favorite birthday memory of yours 🙂



T5W: Creepy Settings

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


October 11th: Favorite Creepy Settings
–These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies…in a good way. 


Ok, picking only 5 was a little hard for this topic. And I had a hard time remembering what was actually creepy vs what was just bleak/dark/etc.

In no particular order…


The Shining
by Stephen King–The Overlook Hotel:
I mean, come on. Giant, old, essentially empty hotel? It would be creepy without any kind of supernatural happenings.



The Woman in Black by Susan Hill– Eel Marsh House & surrounding marshes: Again, the house was creepy enough, but add in the haunting? Nope, not staying there alone, thanks. Then there’s the marshes, which have claimed many lives and are possibly also haunted.



The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– pretty much everywhere in it: Ok, it’s been 2 years since I read this one, but I remember large parts of the book having an eerie feel to them & the setting. The house was probably the creepiest, though.



The Road by Cormac McCarthy– post-apocalyptic-America: This one I read a long time ago and so don’t remember a ton about it. I do, however, remembering it being very creepy as the father and son made their journey.



Bird Box by Josh Malerman– the world, the river: Is it cheating to use a current read for this? I’m only about halfway through and am pleased to report that this is the first book in ages to actually kind of freak me out. A+ creepy setting creation.



Bonus settings (yeah, I know it’s T5W, but I’m adding more because I love this topic):

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– Thornfield Hall: It wasn’t over-the-top creepy, but it definitely had that “There could be ghosts or anything in this place” kind of vibe.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– the entire town of West Hall: I don’t want to say anything to spoil this one, but trust me, it’s a bit creepy.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– the woods?: The five stories in this graphic novel are awesome and all have a bit of creepiness to them.

What are some of your favorite creepy settings?

Is there a particular kind of creepy setting you prefer?

Book Blogger Hop: October 6th-12th

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are both considered classics. Have you ever read either of them?

After many (many many many) failed attempts, I finally finished both.

I read Dracula almost 10 years ago, and enjoyed it, though not as much as I’d hoped to. The majority of the book really dragged by and I struggled a lot with it, but the last bit (after a particular event that I won’t name because ~spoilers~) picked up and I really loved it.

Last year, I made it through Frankenstein and just kind of liked it. I realized that I knew most of the story, but some things never really made it into adaptations, so it was nice to read the source material.

I think I rated both 3 stars on goodreads, with an actual rating of 3.5 stars each. I did like both books, I just expected…more, maybe. I’m curious now to read the edited version of Frankenstein, though (I read the original 1818 edition, which is apparently more gruesome than the later, more popular version), to see how it compares to the original.

Someday, I might revisit one or both, but probably not for a long time. They were good, but not favorites.

Have you read either/both?

Which one is your favorite, or the one you’re most looking forward to reading?

T5W: Favorite Books with Witches

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


October 4th: Books Featuring Witches 
–So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters. 


You guys, narrowing this down to 5 was impossible. I decided right away to not use Harry Potter, mostly because it’s obvious and there are rarely topics I wouldn’t use HP for. These are in no order, as usual…


The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan– I remember when these books came out, and I wanted to read them sooo bad. I didn’t get to until I was an adult, though. (Is it cheating to use a whole series? Oh well.)



A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness–
loved this book. I’ve only read the first two, but I’m looking forward to re-reading them and then finally finishing the series, now that I have all the books.




The Witches
by Roald Dahl– This. Book! ❤ I loved it so much as a kid, and I recently re-read it and still loved it. (The movie is also A+. Anjelica Huston is great.)




Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen– I debated about using this one, because I’m not sure if they were ever explcitly called witches. Sarah Addison Allen’s books are great, guys. If you liked Practical Magic, give Sarah a try because (in my opinion) her books are better.



The Stacey Justice series by Barbra Annino–
(Oops, I cheated with a series again.) I’ve only read half of this series (3/6 books), but I really liked them and can’t wait to finish the series. If you like those funny, cozy mysteries, like the ones set in B&Bs, and wish you could read one with witches and shenanigans, give this series a shot.


Ok, I can’t leave it at five, so here are a few other books with witches (or possibly witches/witchy people) in them I’ve enjoyed:

I am completely certain I’m forgetting at least a few more that I’ve really liked :/

See any of your favorite witchy books here?

Let me know what books with witches you love and recommend!

First Lines Fridays: September 29th

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately. 

Interested? Keep scrolling to find out which book this is from.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

What it’s about:

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are beings such as ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.

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Raise your hand if you knew exactly what the book was before you scrolled.

This book has been on my TBR for almost 10 years, but I finally got around to reading it, and I have to say I loved those first lines. I just finished it, but didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped. I think it was my third Gaiman book, and, while I love his writing, I also hate it a bit. Overall, though, I enjoyed The Graveyard Book, and I’ll be reading more of his books eventually.

Have you read it?

What did you think of it?

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: September 28th

This weekly meme was created by Uncorked Thoughts and is now hosted by Lunar Rainbows.


The topic this week is: Would you rather get a disapproving glare from McGonagall or Dumbledore? 


You know, my first instinct was the say “Dumbledore!” because I would hate to disappoint or annoy Professor McGonagall, but…I wonder if Dumbledore’s glare would actually be worse.

He didn’t strike me as the type of character to glare at people very often, so I think it might be more shocking and possibly even a little scarier than Minerva’s glare (I’m sure she glares at people daily).

So I’m going to actually say McGonagall. It might make me feel awful, but I can’t shake the feeling that Dumbledore glaring at me would terrify me.

Who would you rather have glare at you?

T5W: Books I read because of the internet

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc. 
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use 


I had a hard time remembering how I learned about some of the books on my shelves, but I helped myself out by narrowing this down to books I either found because of booktube or blogs, or decided to read because of booktube or blogs.

In no particular order…


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater– I seriously doubt I would have read this book/series if it hadn’t been for almost everyone online I know (and trust the bookish opinions of) telling me to read it, or raving about it on their own.



Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– I’m pretty sure I saw this on booktube first, then on a few blogs. However I found it, I instantly knew I needed it and ordered a copy ASAP. It is gorgeous, a bit creepy, and I recommend it to everyone. (Reviewed here.)



Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples– I want to say I first saw this on booktube, but I have no clue about who’s channel. I remember seeing it on a few blogs and booktube channels around the same time and knew I had to read it.



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I was definitely aware of VA before booktube and blogs, but it was a booklr pair-up thing (something about trading book recs a year or two ago) that actually got me to read the first book.



Unteachable by Leah Raeder– I found this one because of booklr, and I really liked it. It’s definitely not for everyone, and maybe I would hate it if I re-read it now, but I’m still glad I read it.




I think it would have been easier to do a list of 5 books I read because of the internet, but didn’t like, because I kept changing the books I picked 😛

Have you read any books because of booktube, or some other platform?