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 🙂


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 🙂


Hogwarts Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around, most recently on Nova from GalaxyLocks’s blog, but I can not find the creator! If anyone knows, please let me know.

I wasn’t actually tagged for this, but I really wanted to do a tag, and this one seemed like fun, so…here we go!

Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Definitely a Muggleborn! The entire rest of my family is so far from magical. Well, they want to be, at least, but sometimes weird stuff happens with my mom’s family, so maybe I’m a half-blood?


Which wand chose me?


Applewood: Applewood wands are not made in great numbers. They are powerful and best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. It is said that the possessor of an apple wand will be well-loved and long-lived, and I have often noticed that customers of great personal charm find their perfect match in an applewood wand. An unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongues is often found among apple wand owners, who include the celebrated author of Merpeople: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Language and Customs, Dylan Marwood.

Phoenix Feather core: This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike. Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.

Length: 10 ¾”

Flexibility: Slightly springy


Did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

A cat, for sure.


Where did the Sorting Hat put me?


What house did I want to be in?

Honestly, Ravenclaw, but I would have been fine if I’d been sorted into Hufflepuff.


What lessons are my favorite and least favorite?

Favorites: Charms, Divination, History of Magic, Astronomy, Transfiguration, Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Least Favorites: Muggle Studies (I’d probably be bored, but who knows), Potions (I think I would actually be ok at Potions, but not under Snape), Artithmancy.


The form my patronus takes:


I was so scared to take the patronus test because I was afraid I would get something I really didn’t like or feel anything for. (Is that weird?) But, I got a big cat, which didn’t surprise me at all, and I haven’t come across anyone else with a leopard patronus, so that’s cool. If I could choose my patronus, it would probably be either some type of cat, a penguin, or an octopus, so I’m happy.


What does a boggart look like for me?

I’m really not sure. I feel like I’d have the same kind of boggart experience as Molly in OotP, though, so I’m glad those things are fiction :/


Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I would like to think yes, to both, but I’m not sure. I would probably try out for quidditch, and probably not make the team. I wonder what kinds of clubs and stuff Hogwarts students had, besides quidditch, though. Were there art clubs? Writing clubs? What about photography? Did Hogwarts have a school paper or anything like that? Depending on my options, I would either be super involved, or I would just spend my time trying to organize a book or writing club if there wasn’t already one.


Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

In the library, almost exclusively. I’d probably also try to sneak into the kitchens every now and then, and I would probably hang out with Hagrid and whatever the creature of the week happened to be.


What would I most likely get detention for?

Ok, in muggle school, I think I got detention once and it was for chewing gum. But at Hogwarts? I’d probably get it for being late to class, sneaking out of my common room to explore or meet up with friends in other houses, and that sort of thing.


What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

Oh man, I have no clue. I would probably want to write, though, so either working as a journalist for The Quibbler (yep, I wouldn’t go for The Daily Prophet) or writing for a magazine, or…a novelist? Was that a thing in the wizarding world?

The end! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it, do it!

The New Disney Princess Book Tag

I was tagged by JessicaMarie493 😀 Thank you!


  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you
  • Tag me and Mandy with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy’s link & Zuky’s link)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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Snow White

This Book (like the Movie) Started It All
Favorite Debut Book From an Author 




A Diamond in the Rough
Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But they Turned Out to Be a Total Gem


Ooh, this is a tough one because there have been a lot, I think. Maybe Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys. I think I have a better answer, but I don’t want to use the same book twice, so Ronan is my final answer.



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Sleeping Beauty
A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention



The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. I tried to read it probably a dozen times over more than 10 years, then I tried the audiobook, and I finally DNF’d it and I’m unhauling it.





Under the Sea
A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting



Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva. I think this counts, because mermaids.






Beauty and the Books
Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover



Matilda! I related way too much to her when I read this as a child, and I’ve always loved her. She might be part of the reason I love books so much, now that I think about it.






The Thief and the Princess
Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)



Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read Emily’s Wuthering Heights and hated it, then I wasn’t wowed by Pride & Prejudice, so I assumed I wouldn’t like Jane Eyre. I was so wrong! It’s one of my favorite classics, now.




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The Real Life Princess
Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read



I think I actually have a few on my TBR, even totally removing biographies from my options. So, I’m going with one of the more recent additions to my TBR: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.



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The Princess that Saved Her Country
Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know


I had to really think about this one, and I’m still not sure if I would actually call her “the” fiercest, but Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy books is definitely high on the list.





The Princess With The Coolest And Most Diverse Crew
Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

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I’m going with Six of Crows, because I haven’t found many books that are diverse in multiple ways while also being well written. (And I’ll also use pretty much any excuse to talk about this book because I love it and Leigh Bardugo’s writing in general.)





Let Your Longggggg Hair Down
Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read


Coming in at a whopping 1396 pages (of regret) is Stephen King’s It. This book took forever to read and I really didn’t like it.







I Determine My Own Fate
A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed


I had to think about this one, too. I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness about six months ago, and I still feel a bit devastated. It was sooo good, and I can’t believe it took me so long to read it.





Frozen Hearts
A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting



The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. It’s set in Vermont during January, and is nice and creepy.






How Far I’ll Go
A Character That Goes on a Journey


Uh…I’ve read a lot of books with characters going on journeys, I think. Ok, this is super cliche, but I’m going with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.



This was super fun, and I’m going to try to start doing more tags on here! (I always mean to, but then I forget, and don’t remember for ages and then feel really awkward about it, especially if I was tagged by someone and didn’t do it right away :/ )


I’m going to tag: Books & Hot Tea / Salmah’s Bookshelf / Dani @ Perspective of a WriterBookmark Your Thoughts / Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd / and YOU! If you find this tag here on my blog and want to do it, consider yourself tagged 🙂


The “This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours” Book Tag

I was tagged about a million years ago (back in February, oops :/ ) by Books & Hot Tea, and I totally forgot to do it. I blame not having a 2017 datebook yet, because I fail that hard at being organized. Anyway, I’m going to do it now, because better late than never, right?



First things first, here are the rules:

  • Credit  Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog. (Also, if you want to learn more about the tag you can see Drew’s post HERE.)
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

And now, let’s get to the questions!

1. What is your favourite genre?

This is kind of a difficult question for me right now because I’m in a weird place with reading. But, I’m going with fantasy because it’s the genre I read the most, and usually enjoy.


2. Who is your favourite author from the genre?

I don’t really have a single favorite. I love V.E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, and Jim Butcher, though, so how about I leave those and call them my top 3 favorites?


3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I think it’s the vastness of it. There are so many things to work with (magic systems, creatures like unicorns and dragons, different worlds, etc.), and it’s easy to get lost in them for a while when I need a break from reality and/or anything resembling reality.


4. What is the book that started your love for the genre?

109137I genuinely have no idea because I’ve been reading since I was 3, and6319 I’ve long forgotten most of what I read before middle school. I know I liked fantasy a lot already before Harry Potter came to the U.S. (I was 9 then, I think)… I started reading Roald Dahl in kindergarten, so it was probably one of these, I just don’t know which one.6327


5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?



Oh gosh, that would probably be something I would come up with on a case by case basis. But, one I would probably suggest is Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It isn’t super long, it’s urban fantasy so there’s not a lot to learn about the universe (like the family trees, maps, etc. more common with high fantasy), he has a fun writing style with wit and sarcasm, his characters are distinct and well-written, and his books are just a good time.

6. Why do you read?

I just love it. I’ve loved books longer than I can remember, but I grew up not really having access to many. Books were precious to me, and I think that really influenced my adult hoarding of them. Books have always been a comfort and escape for me because I didn’t have anything close to a happy childhood, and even now I feel calmer and safer when I’m surrounded by books. I’m in it for the stories and characters, too, but books are basically my life-long security blanket.


I feel like I’m going to fall asleep on my computer, so I’m not tagging anyone.

But, if you find this here and want to do it, I tag you! Please do it and tag me so I can see your answers 🙂