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Book Blogger Hop: Jan. 18th-24th

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: 
Is there anything that drives you bonkers when you’re reading a book and it makes you want to tell the author a thing or two? (submitted by C. Lee @ cleemckenziebooks)


It has been a hot minute since I participated in this, wow. I keep meaning to do it, and then I forget :/ Anyway…


I keep writing and deleting, because my mind keeps going back to the way a lot of men write women in their books, but I don’t feel up to citing examples and the like right now.

So, I’m going with something that doesn’t just happen in books, but always drives me nuts. I don’t know what to call this, so I’ll just try to explain as briefly as possible.


There are characters who are close. One of them has something slanderous said about them. Their friend believes it, and doesn’t even take the time to actually ask for the slandered person’s side of things. Drama, for the sake of drama, basically. I can’t stand it.

I hate drama that exists for no good reason, period. It’s why I never liked soap operas, and I think why I steered away from a lot of contemporary books for so long, because every one I picked up had things in it like that. Drama because lives are in danger, or whatever? Fine. But drama because of gossip or whatever? Pass.

An example: In the second Harry Potter book, Hagrid is accused of something. Harry and co. just…believe it. They know Hagrid, and yet, they believe that he was responsible for this bad thing, and didn’t really try to get his side of things. It wasn’t until Ron and Harry encountered Aragog that they actually believed Hagrid wasn’t responsible.

I’m sure I could come up with other examples (and plenty of them), but that’s the freshest in my mind because I just re-read the book 😛

As for wanting to tell the author a thing or two…eh, that rarely happens for me. It’s their book, and they can write whatever. We all like different things in books, and that’s fine.


This is probably why I never read the Gossip Girl books, and gave up on the Pretty Little Liars books. The constant drama, drama, drama just annoys me.

This is probably my Slytherin showing, but I value loyalty. A lot. Not blind loyalty, of course, but friendship and found families are extremely important to me, and I can’t imagine taking someone else’s word (especially a stranger’s) over a close friend’s.

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Last 10 Books Tag

I saw this one over on KristinKravesBooks and felt compelled to do it. I don’t know why, but I’ve been really enjoying tags recently 😛 This tag was created by Marc Nash over on YouTube, I believe.


1) The last book you didn’t finish?

Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Laura Tempest Zakroff because the formatting for the e-ARC I had was a mess and I couldn’t read it :/ The last one I DNF because of the book (content, etc.) was White Stag by Kara Barbieri.

2) The last book you re-read?

Not counting my current read, it was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

3) The last book you bought?

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! I pre-ordered it after hearing about the Kindle debacle 😦 I almost never pre-order books, but after I related the story to husband, and read him the synopsis, even he was interested (he rarely has time to read) and told me to go ahead and pre-order it ❤

4) The last book you said you read but didn’t?

Uh, I’ve never done it in conversation or anything like that. My last year of high school, though, I was supposed to have read something, but I didn’t. I still passed everything related to it no problem, though, because I knew the story so well from hearing about it forever. (It was a Shakespeare play, but I’m not sure if it was Hamlet or Macbeth. I think Hamlet, but that was a long time ago.)

5) The last book you wrote in the margins of?

Probably City of Holy Fuck This Is Long Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I was so Done with the series by then, and I have a lot of, erm, let’s say colorful notes in the margins of that book.

6) The last book you had signed?

I’ve never been to an author signing (*sobs forever*), but the last signed book I received was Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene, which was the book for the December OwlCrate.

7) The last book you lost?

*Jeopardy music plays* Uh… Probably something I loaned to someone, back when I still did that? I haven’t for years, though (because I rarely got them back, or they were returned very damaged), so I can’t remember.

8) The last book you had to replace?

I think Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell? But, I did also buy the Kindle edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, more recently. I didn’t have to replace that one, but I can’t really read mass markets anymore and that’s what my copy was.

9) The last book you had an argument over?

Eh, I don’t really argue about books, except with myself 😛 The last one was probably King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I wanted to pre-order it, but the last time I tried to pre-order a book from Barnes & Noble, the order was cancelled and I still don’t own it. So, I argued with myself about that, and decided to wait and pick it up in a store.

10) The last book you couldn’t get hold of?

Becoming by Michell Obama, oh my gosh. The library and OverDrive wait time is ridiculous (like, years long, no joke), and I live quite far from a bookstore and haven’t been able to visit one since late spring last year. But! I just signed up for Scribd, and I think it’s on there!


I’m not tagging anyone, but I’m also tagging everyone who reads this, if you want to do it!

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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this one exactly, but I saw it over on Nerd Narration and it seemed like fun, so I’m doing it 😛 This one was created by Jenn, and you should totally also check out their blog.

(I originally used thumbs up for yes, thumbs down for no, but the emojis looked super weird, so I changed it to the checks and Xs :/ )


THE RULES:

  1. TAG & LINK THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU!
  2. TAG & LINK THE CREATOR!
  3. CROSS OFF THE ONES YOU’VE DONE! 
  4. TAG MORE PEOPLE!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✔️

>_< It’s a problem oh my gosh. I have a few I really need to get through ASAP.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley 

I don’t think mine has been that low since shortly after I joined, and it’s currently at 83%.

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✔️

Ouch. This is something that haunts (and daunts) me, constantly.

Folded down the page of a book 

I don’t ever do this, so nope.

Accidentially spilled on a book 

I don’t think it’s happened this year, thankfully.

DNF a book this year ✔️

I think more than one, actually.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it 

I don’t think I have ever bought a book just because it was pretty. I’ve purchased a specific edition, or picked up something because of the cover, but I wouldn’t buy it if I had no intention of reading it eventually.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔️

Most recently, I was reading while I should have been writing for NaNoWriMo 😛 (It worked out, though.)

Skim read a book 

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, I think. I’m pretty sure I haven’t done it this year…

Completely missed your Goodreads goal 

I don’t set my goal as a serious challenge anymore because I found it was taking away a lot of enjoyment for me.

Borrowed a book and not returned it 

Nope.

Broke a book buying ban 

I’m actually not 100% sure, but I don’t think I have. I don’t really do book buying bans, though,  because I know, as soon as I put one in place, a book I’ve been trying to get a copy of for years will suddenly have a Kindle sale price of $1-3.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✔️

Ugh, yes. This has happened to me a couple of times and it’s so frustrating.

Wrote in a book you were reading ✔️

I don’t do this with nice copies, but I have written in at least one this year.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads 

I used to do this all the time when I was in my early 20s and felt weird about people being able to see I’d read erotica haha. Now, I don’t care about that at all, and I care more about being able to see if I’ve read something or not, so I add everything.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend 

I also have no borrowed a book from a friend this year, so nope.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book 

I don’t think anyone has asked to borrow a book this year, but I don’t loan my books anymore because they almost always returned destroyed, or never returned at all.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book 

Nope.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ✔️

Ugh, this has happened several times, so now I’m super careful to put the jacket away somewhere very safe, or leave it on (if the actual cover of the book is decorated in some way).

Sat on a book accidentially ✔️

Haha, oh yes. This happens at least weekly, honestly.


Final Score: 8/20

Nice list, yay! (If this were a lifetime thing, I would totally be on the naughty list haha.)


And that’s a wrap!

If you haven’t done this tag yet, and you want to, tag! You’re it! 

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T5W: Future Classics

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.

July 11th: Future Classics
–What books do you think will stand the test of time?

I think this was more stressful than it should have been haha. I first sat down and couldn’t come up with anything. It was one of those “I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read” kinds of moments (ok, more like half an hour, during which time I just sat and stared at my shelves and actually almost cried, but let’s not talk about that).

But I finally came up with 5, so yay! In no particular order, as usual…




The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan–
I think his books are going to stick. Maybe not all of them, but I have a feeling that in another 10ish years, they’re going to be considered modern classics, as Harry Potter is now.

 


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid– I read this last summer and I still think about it a lot. I still hate the description because it makes it sound different from what it was actually like, but it was really good, very timely, and I hope it makes it as a classic. (My review.)

 

 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn– Confession: I haven’t read this one. I tried (several times, ugh), and couldn’t get into it. I also didn’t like the movie, or Sharp Objects (which I actually did manage to finish, but barely). I think Gillian Flynn’s writing just isn’t for me, idk. But this book exploded a few years ago, and people are still talking about it and referencing it regularly, so I have a feeling it’s eventually going to be considered a classic.

 



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab– Maaaaaybe it won’t become a fantasy classic, but I think it should, and I hope it does ❤ (Do I need to explain this one, and why I chose it?)

 

 


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–
I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, either. The writing, the story, the cover ❤ It’s still a really popular book, and I see it as a lot of people’s favorite/in their list of favorites pretty regularly. I honestly can’t remember a time (since I became aware of the bookish parts of the internet a few years ago) when I haven’t seen this book pop up on social media at least once a week.


What are some books you think are destined to become classics?

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Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

I was not tagged for this, but I’ve seen it everywhere (here, tumblr, youtube…) for about a month now, and I kept wanting to do it, and now I am. I think this originated on Youtube, but I saw it most recently on Lia @LostInAStory’s blog.

Here we go!


The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I hate this one because I’ve read several books I loved, but I narrowed it down to 2 (it was originally 3 until I read the next category)…which is probably cheating, but I love them pretty equally, so I’m going with it.

  

 

Your favourite sequel of the year

I love this book, I love this series, and I am still pushing it on everyone every chance I get 😛

 

A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

So. Many. For this one, because there are probably a dozen I could pick from, I’m just going with a new(ish) release that I own but haven’t read yet.

I actually hadn’t even heard of this one (how??) until last month when I saw it on social media. I grabbed a copy last time I was at a bookstore and I’m hoping to get to it really soon because it sounds like something I’m going to love.

 

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I thought this was going to be super hard to narrow down, but then I remembered that this is coming out in October!

 

Your biggest disappointment

It’s a tossup between these two. I’ve heard amazing things about both, and I really disliked both. I won’t say I hated them, but it was really close. I gave both a grudging 2 stars (actual 1.5 rating, I think), and kinda wish I hadn’t read either of them because I feel like my time could have been spent much better.

  

 

Biggest surprise

I’m going more negative here because I expected to like this more than I did :/ I still did enjoy it, but I went into it expecting to really love it and it fell a little short of my high expectations.

 

Favourite new to you (or debut) author

No thought needed for this one. I absolutely loved this book and I can not wait for more books ❤ (I reviewed it here if you want to check out my full thoughts.)

 

Your new fictional crush

I don’t think I have any.

 

New favourite character

Oh gosh, pretty much everyone from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

 

A book that made you cry

This one. (Reviewed over here.)

 

A book that made you happy

I loved this book and it was so satisfying ❤

 

Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

I didn’t read it this year, but I finally watched The Martian a few weeks ago and loved it. Not as much as the book, but I think both are great.

 

Favourite book post you’ve done this year

I’m not even sure why, but I think it was a Top 5 Wednesday and my first post of the year: 2018 Reading Resolutions. I think it might be my favorite because I’m actually not doing too bad with sticking to my goals, yay!

 

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

This gem ❤

I’ve seen these editions online (they’re the Harper Collins ones with “interactive elements,” and I know they have at least two others besides The Beauty and the Beast) but holy crap are they so much more amazing in person! (Confession: This was still in the plastic until 2 minutes before I took the pictures :/ So…I still haven’t even actually really looked closely at this gorgeous book and all the cool stuff that’s inside it, like that door. That door opens and there’s all kinds of other nifty things to explore.)

 

Books I want to read by the end of the year

I just did a T5W about this, so I’ll just leave that link here (and also because I am very lazy right now, sorry).


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Do you have any goals for the second half of the year?

If you did this tag, let me know and I’ll check it out 🙂