The Sunshine Blogger Award

The lovely Ash @ wildheartreads has tagged me to this and I’m so honored! Also look at me, I’m actually doing a tag and not postponing it until it’s 347832 months later and at that point it doesn’t even make sense to post it anymore and- well my point is that I’m doing this now so y’all can be proud of me (and sorry to everyone who has tagged me and never heard back from me lmao – Laura this one goes to you).

I actually did this same tag a looooooong time ago I believe but the questions are different so it’s all good!

How Does it Work?

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Ash’ questions

  1. If your favourite book was adapted would you prefer it as a film or TV series?

    My favorite book series is Captive Prince and a film (or even three) wouldn’t do it justice, so I’d have to go with TV series! It would make much more sense and if done right it would be the best way to convey the same exact slow burn vibe that the books have.

  2. What would your dream reading nook look like?

    You know those couches shaped like an L? I love the corner part because I can sit however I want and stretch my legs all the way and I feel “safe” I guess.

  3. Paperbacks or Hardcovers?

    Ebooks actually gsdhlgsgh but I guess hardcovers because they look nicer and you don’t have to hold the book open the whole time, you can just put them on a surface and keep reading.

  4. Do you listen to music when you read or do you need silence?

    I very rarely listen to music when I read, mostly I just don’t think about it and start reading in silence. If someone else is listening to music I can read but it can’t be something with a lot of lyrics if that makes sense, and it also can’t be something that I already know because if I know the lyrics and music I just start humming along and get distracted from my book.

  5. Favourite meme that describes you reading?

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    You get the idea

  6. Favourite genre?

    It used to be fantasy but now I see that I can’t read only fantasy anymore, I also need to read some contemporary stuff sometimes, so I have no idea. But I’ll just go with YA in general I guess.

  7. Do you fancast characters or do you prefer to let your imagination do the work?

    Neither, I don’t really see faces in my head when I read so I can’t fancast.

  8. Favourite trope/least favourite?

    Favorite romance trope: enemies to lovers
    Least favorite generic trope: dead queer people for the sake of furthering straight people’s narrative

  9. What fictional world would you love to visit?

    Earlier I would have said the Harry Potter one but since it’s apparently impossible to be a queer person there I’d rather go visit the Always Human world so I could try different mods for different hairstyles and looks and also knowledge mods would be super cool.

  10. What book surprised you the most (good or bad)?

    I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started The Darkest Part of the Forest and I guess I thought it would all take place in a faerie world but it actually mostly takes place in the real world but then again nothing about it feels like our world because it’s all so magical and the writing is perfect to give you this sort of magical vibe. The romances also surprised me a lot in a very positive way.

  11. What was your last 5 star read?

    That would be At the Edge of the Universe (my review)! I loved it and it made me fall in love with SDH, now I really need to check out all his books.


My questions!

  1. What was your favorite book as a child?
  2. Do you get reading slumps? How do you get out of them?
  3. What’s the one book or series that made you fall in love with reading?
  4. What are your thoughts on ebooks?
  5. Are you more of a fantasy or a contemporary person?
  6. Who’s your all time favorite author?
  7. Do you read audiobooks? Why or why not?
  8. First person or third person?
  9. Plot or characters?
  10. Heroes or antiheroes?
  11. Single point of view or double/multiple POV?

I tag:

Elise @ thebookishactress
Laura @ thebookcorps
Em @ emspermanentink
May @ foreverandeverly
Acqua @ acquadimore
Alienor @ meetthebookworld
Marta @ thecursedbooks
Syd @ reading&rambling
Shan @ littleirishbookcat

No pressure to do this if you’ve already done it or you don’t feel like it!

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Down the TBR hole #2

down the TBR hole

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

(I’m doing a softcore version of this, and some books will end up on my “maybe” shelf!)

TBR count after the last post: 490

Current TBR count: 492

(don’t ask how it happened)


46465

 

The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

I have no recollection of adding this and yeah I also don’t think I want to read it, like I really don’t think I’ll be in the right headspace for it now or ever.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I actually own the whole series as ebooks and I do plan to read it. It’s not one of my priorities because I also need to be in the right mood for epic fantasy and I want to have time to binge the series in case I find it bingeable, which is something I can’t do right now. So this stays.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I remember hearing about this when I first started navigating booktube (I don’t remember who mentioned it though) back when all I read was YA fantasy and it caught my interest. Now that I’m active in the book community I still hear about this book and a few trusted friends love it so I’m definitely keeping it (2014 me would be proud but she’d wish 2018 me had the time to actually read it).

VERDICT: keep

 

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Legend by Marie Lu

Eh. I still haven’t read a single Marie Lu book, and tbh I’ll probably read something else by her before this. If I read this. I keep seeing people giving it four stars but it doesn’t actually sound mindblowing or anything.

VERDICT: maybe

 

 

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The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I don’t even need to read reviews or a synopsis lmao

VERDICT: keep

 

 

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Eh. Sounds a little too straight for me.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

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Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski

No idea if this was also translated in English, but it sounds good and I really can’t afford to delete books in German from my TBR since I can’t find that many that I’m interested in.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

This sounds really interesting but at the same time it’s not something I see myself getting to anytime soon. I’m definitely more interested in the future and upcoming novels by Lee, and maybe eventually I’ll check this one out too.

VERDICT: maybe

 

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Riders by Veronica Rossi

I added this because I loved Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy, but at this point I’m not very interested in it so…

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

 

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This was actually recommended to me more than once, but what really made it stand out from the recs I received is that apparently it has lgbtq+ characters that are just there and I love it when fantasy books do that, so.

VERDICT: keep

 

 


FINAL TBR COUNT: 488 BOOKS

 

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my decisions to keep/remove them from my TBR?

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

I was tagged by Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library quite some time ago and I’m finally getting around to write this! Thank you so much!

The Rules:

  1. Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: use the ‘sort>random’ option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf)
  2. For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill)
  3. Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six)

Round 1

Burn: This is a no-brainer, I’d burn Down: Portal by Glenn Cooper. I can’t remember much, except that while the idea was cool, the execution sucked. I didn’t even like book one in the series too much, although it had some interesting elements, but this sequel is so stupid it’s not even worth “rewriting”.
Rewrite: I wouldn’t say I’d want to rewrite all of it, but there are some parts of ACOMAF I’d definitely change. If you’ve read my review of ACOWAR, you’ve see some of the problems I had with it, and while I didn’t reread ACOMAF recently (I originally gave it five stars when I read it last year, but my tastes have changed so much) I’m willing to bet that if I reread it now I’d find the same problems I had with ACOWAR, especially when it comes to the “steamy” parts *cringes because she didn’t find them steamy at all*
Reread: As if I need an excuse to reread one of my favorite series of all time 😀 Well, it’s obvious I would and will reread The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic (I in fact have reread the whole trilogy in January/February this year). I really miss the Foxes of PSU and I can’t wait for the pain that my third reread will bring (why are we readers like this?)

Round 2

Burn: I’m sorry but I didn’t like Flame in the Mist and among these books it’s the one I wouldn’t mind burning.
Rewrite: I loved the Girl in a Box series when I read it three years ago. I can’t remember much about it except that it’s really, really long but I binge-read it in just a little bit over a month. I wasn’t as much of a critical reader back then as I am now but I’d say if I read it now I’d find some things in the writing that I’d like to change. I even gave Untouched four stars instead of the five I gave every other book in the series so I probably must have found something I wanted to change.
Reread: I’ve been meaning to reread the Gli Invisibili series for so long! It was one of my favorites (together with Harry Potter) when I was a kid, and I remember Gli Invisibili e la Strega di Dark Falls was my favorite one. I was obviously still a kid so maybe I’d find it awful now, but I’d still read it because I like feeling nostalgic of good things. The only reason I haven’t done it yet is because I can’t for the life of my find book one (it must be somewhere in my house, unless I lent it to someone back in school and forgot and never got it back…I really don’t know). It’s too bad the series is only in Italian because I never find anyone who has read it!

Round 3

Burn: I’m probably going to readers hell for this but I’d burn Pride and Prejudice PLEASEDONTKILLME! I read it a couple of years ago and I liked certain parts but it was so boring and difficult to read (please remember that English isn’t my first language so I had some issues with this because it was written so long ago). Out of the three books above it’s the one that has given me the least in terms of enjoyment, so it’s a burn. *watches followers count drop while sad music plays*
Rewrite: Despite all the flaws I might find now, the Throne of Glass series has given me so much that I would never hate it no matter what. I’d rewrite the first book to fix the character problems (Celeana being described as a ruthless, bloodthirsty assassin…while we’re being shown that she, in fact, isn’t ruthless OR bloodthirsty).
Reread: I definitely would and will reread The Raven King (and the whole series) because it has some of the best characters I’ve ever read about (Adam and Ronan are character goals tbh)

This was really fun to do! I don’t really know who has done this tag already so I tag anyone who wants to do it!

The Sunshine Blogger Awards

I was tagged by Alessandra @thebookishmind more than a month ago and I failed at posting this sooner 😦 Thank you so much Ale for tagging me ♥
I love this tag because the questions change all the time: you just answer the eleven questions you were tagged with, and then come up with eleven different questions and tag a bunch of people that will have to reply to them. Also make sure to tag and thank the person who tagged you so they can see your answers

 

1. Describe yourself with three characters.
Renee Walker, Wylan Van Eck, Adam Parrish.
2. Three books releasing this year that you are most excited for.
The Love Interest, ACOWAR, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
3. What is the last book that you DNF?
Our Own Private Universe
4. One of your 2017 book goal.
I just want to read things that I enjoy, and I won’t put up with books that I honestly feel aren’t going to be enjoyable for me (for example I don’t think I’m going to read Caraval) or that aren’t working for me, even if I’m in the middle of them. So this is probably going to be the year of DNF for me :’D
5. What is the exact number on your TBR? (Not ebook)
Hah. This is a awkward, because most of my TBR is actually in the form of ebooks, so counting those, I have about 100 unread ebooks on my Kindle/iPad.
6. Are you a paperback or an hardback reader?
Neither – I’m an ebook reader all the way! If I’m forced to read physical copies I prefer hardbacks.
7. Who is your last author discovered?
Austin Chant, I loved Peter Darling and I’m definitely curious to read whatever he comes up with next. In the meantime I’m going to have to check out his previous works.
8. Who is your book boyfriend? Why?
Rhysand because he’s the embodiment of how a man should treat the woman he’s in a relationship with; Matt Boyd because he’s not afraid of strong women; Kell Maresh because HOT; Alucard Emery and Nicolai Lantsov because PIRATES,… uh, was I supposed to only choose one?…
9. What is your last bookish-obsession?
I fell in love with graphic novels and mangas! I’d never read many before this year but now I can’t seem to go a week without starting at least one!
10.The Doctor invites you on his Tardis. Where are you going?
This is going to sound really lame, and there are probably smarter answers I could give, but honestly I’d want to meet W.A. Mozart…so around 1780-1790 Austria (but I’m bringing antibiotics and disinfectant).
11.What are your latest TV shows obsession? TOP 3.
They’re not really latest obsessions because, except YOI, I haven’t watched the other two recently, but anyway: Yuri!!! On IceOutlander, Game of Thrones.


My questions are:

1. What is the last book you read until the end but wish you’d DNF?

2. What is one lesson a book taught you?

3. If you could meet any author from the past, who would you meet?

4. What’s your favorite reading spot?

5. What’s your #1 bookish pet peeve?

6. What’s one book you think would work better in a different format (TV show, manga, video game, you name it!)?

7. Name a trope you’ll never get tired of reading.

8. What’s one book you wish you’d written yourself?

9. What’s your favorite person/tense to read (first person present, third person past…)?

10. Multiple point of views or unique point of view?

11. Have you ever changed your mind about a book/author/genre because of a review or discussion you’ve read on a blog or Goodreads? If you did, explain a bit 🙂

 

I tag:

Jess @beaucoupbooks

Leah @unearthingwords

Stephanie @teacherofya

May @sunsetsandbookfests

Liam @heyashers

Emma @adreamerslibrary

I hope you all haven’t done this tag already (I mean, the questions would be different anyway, but I understand if you don’t want to do the tag a hundred times!).
If I haven’t tagged you please feel free to do this tag as well, just tag me so I can read your answers (since I came up with them I’m super curious to read the answers!)

 

#T5W: 2017 Goals

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I’ve been a bit absent on the blog (the holidays do that to me), but hopefully now I’ll get back on track. Let’s start with the first Top 5 Wednesday of the year.

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

2017 Goals:
–These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

So here are some of my goals, in no particular order:

  • Keep cultivating meaningful online friendships: when I started finally writing reviews, first only on goodreads and finally on my own blog, I was certainly hoping to find like-minded people to share opinions with. What I didn’t believe was possible was finding true friends, especially within just a couple of months of being an active goodreads user. So I hope this trend will continue ♥
  • Be more supportive: this is both in general and on the bookish community. I really want to help others without expecting anything back, and that’s something I only managed to start doing this past year.

    what terrifies me most is how we
    foam at the mouth with envy
    when others succeed
    but sigh in relief
    when they are failing

    our struggle to
    celebrate each other is
    what’s proven most difficult
    in being human

    Rupi Kaur, from milk and honey

  • Read outside of my comfort zone. I am a Fantasy girl and I don’t want that to completely change, but I also want to find new genres and formats (for example I just read milk and honey and it was great).
  • Find new things that I enjoy doing. In the past few months I’ve found a couple of things that for many reasons I’d never tried (like writing), and I hope I can continue finding more.
  • Be better and more consistent with blogging…but I feel like we’re all on the same boat 😛

I’d love to hear your guys’ goals!

The TBR Tag

I couldn’t really find who the original creator for this tag was, so please if you know let me know in the comments so I can credit them 🙂

I’ve seen this tag on Jess @ beaucoupbooks‘s blog and I felt like doing it, so here we go 😊

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads obviously! It’s really easy to use in its basic features and I’ve been using it long before starting to write actual reviews.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

Mostly ebooks because they’re cheap and I have no space 😛

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I mostly go by mood and mood alone. Recently I’ve been joining buddy-reads with some online friends and that means I might not be in the mood for the book we’re currently BR’ing (or that I might not be able to read a book that I’m in the mood for because of the BR), and that’s been messing up with my brain a bit xD also I’ve “had” to read some books for reviewing when I would have normally waited a bit longer before picking them up.

A book that’s been been on your TBR list the longest?

That has to be Lord of the Flies, just because it’s the very first one I’ve added when I joined GR, but I guess it’s just one of those books I’ve lost interest in since I added it, and I just can’t bring myself to remove it.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

The very last book I added on GR is One by Sarah Crossan.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

The first time I saw Gilded Cage by Vic James I was attracted to the cover, and then I actually got interested in the book itself by, you know, reading the blurb. Lol.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

Beautiful Disaster and Paper Princess are on my “My friends say it’s crap” GR shelf 😉

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I can’t really choose between these two so I’ll have to cheat and add them both: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. They both sound like amazing LGBT books and I’m overly excited for them *heart eyes*

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

There are so many I guess, but the most popular and hyped lately has to be Illuminae (and Gemina). But I have them both and I’ll get to them soon-ish.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Lately my friends buddy-read A Darker Shade of Magic and its sequel and they’ve been telling me I need to read it, and I really want to! But there’s so many books on my TBR and I’m feeling a bit (a lot) overwhelmed at the moment 😦

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

This has to be Carry On! I need to finish reading Fangirl first but I’m so excited to get to it right after! 😍


If you’d like to do this tag consider yourself tagged ♥

This or That Book Tag

Thank you

I want to thank icebreaker694 so much for tagging me! I’m really new to blogging so it was the first tag I received and it made me happy 💗

Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag (10) other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Couch all the way!

Male main character or female main character?

This is hard. I think overall I read/have read more books with female main characters, but some of my all-time-favorite books actually see a majority (if not all) of male main characters (I’m thinking Captive Prince, Raven Boys, Six of Crows…). I really can’t decide on this one!

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Mmh, I typically don’t snack while I read, but if I have to choose, I’d probably say sweet snacks.

Trilogies or quartets?

I’ll go with trilogies simply because I have only read one quartet (The Raven Cycle). In general I think it doesn’t matter how many books a series has, as long as it makes sense for the story and making it a quartet or a five-books series is not just a way to spill more money out of readers.

First person point of view or third person point of view?

I’ve enjoyed many books in first person, but I definitely prefer a third person point of view.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Night night night. I’m a night owl and I can focus better after 11pm, and I find there’s an almost magical atmosphere when I read something that keeps me up after everyone else has gone to bed.

Libraries or bookstores?

Bookstores. I typically don’t go to libraries because we already have so many books in my house and at my grandparents’ house, and if I want to read some classics I can generally find them there. If I want to read YA I’m pretty sure I won’t find much of it in the libraries we have here.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I haven’t read any books whose only purpose is making me laugh. I’ll have to say books that make me cry and laugh are my favorite.

Black book covers or white book covers?

These questions need to stop messing with my brain. I just can’t choose! If I absolutely have to, I’ll say black covers.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Well, finally! This is an easy one for me: character driven 5ever. If I love the characters, I don’t even care if the plot is somewhat lacking (I’m looking at you, Raven Cycle).

I tag:

Sarah @theyabooktraveler
erubooksandrecs
Emma @cornreviewsbooks
Sarah @ampersandprincess
Raneem @arayofbooks
Sabrina @unicornsreadtoo
Chelsea @romweasley
Emma @adreamerslibrary
Megan @bookslayerreads
Jordan @herpaperadventure