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The First Date Book Tag

Hi everyone! I saw this book tag on Twirling Pages‘ blog (quiet possibly my favorite blog in the world), and it’s so cute so I decided to do it.

1. Awkward first date: a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, just lacked that spark for you.

For me this was definitely Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I expected so much from it, but it just didn’t give me that “zing” that makes me like other books. It was a good book, just not amazing for me.

2. Cheap first date: A book that turned out less than you expected.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. The funny thing is, I loved the first couple hundred pages but after I continued reading, I realized I didn’t actually like it that much. (Sadly). I do love some of Sarah’s books, but this was one I ultimately ended up feeling “meh” about–it was kind of…cheap.

3. Well prepared first date: A book that was better than you expected.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I actually read Nicola’s Everything, Everything as an ARC and it was kind of a “meh” book for me–so my standards weren’t really that high for this one. Luckily, though, I ended up falling in love with her new book. It exceeded all my expectations!

4. Hot but dumb: a pretty book, but not so hot on the inside.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I have to say, I was initially really into this book because of the cover. I mean, yes, the synopsis sounded cool, but that cover?

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It’s so nice. Too bad I thought the book was not so nice.

5. Blind date: A book you picked up not knowing anything about.

I just went back and went through, like, my whole Goodreads read shelf, but I couldn’t see any books that I had absolutely no idea about the book before I read it. I can almost guarantee that I read the synopsis or read a review of a book before I actually read it, so…yea. No answer for this question!

6. Speed dating: A book you read super fast.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini–I think I only mean to read a few chapters when I first sat down, but I ended up finishing the whole book within a few sittings. I surprised myself with this one.

7. The rebound: A book that you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined that book for you.

Probably The Crown by Kiera Cass. I had just finished And I Darken, which I of course had absolutely loved, so when I read this one, I just didn’t like it as much. Also, I didn’t think it was as good as the other books in this series anyway, but it does have something to do with the book I read before it.

8. Overly enthusiastic date: A book you felt was trying too hard.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Maybe because I read it way after the original publication date (which meant I had already read so many amazing fantasy series), I thought this was like a less good fantasy book. It didn’t catch my interest as much, sadly, since I felt like I had already read the same plot line a million times already.

9. The perfect first date: A book that did everything right for you.

I feel like I shouldn’t, but…And I Darken by Kiersten White. I read this over a year ago last year, and despite my expectations, I still loved it. Dark, gritty, slow-burning romance with kickass characters. What’s not to like? (Plus, Ottoman setting, and a really diverse cast of characters!)

10. Humiliating first date: A book you’re embarrassed to be seen reading in public/to say you like.

I don’t really have any books like this? Mostly because what I read is generally what is considered “appropriate”. At most it would be maybe My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, and this is not because of the content itself, but rather because the title and cover makes it seem like it’s some stupid romance or erotica. (Which it’s not).

11. BONUS! The second date: a sequel you are most excited to read. (This question was created @ Twirling Pages, and is not part of the original tag).

After all that talk about And I Darken, do you really expect me to say a book besides Now I Rise? (Of course it’s Now I Rise. Duh.)

This tag was so much fun and I hope everyone does it, I’m so glad I found it! It’s actually one of my favorite tags right now I think. Hope you enjoyed reading, and please let me know of your opinions as well!

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Days of the Week In Books

Hi everyone! I saw this tag on Instagram and I wanted to do it because it seemed short and fun–I’m not sure who the creator is but here we go!

  • Monday // A book you’re too lazy to read–Honestly any classic; because they kind of scare me since the writing is usually much harder to read or understand. Also, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor despite the fact that I actually loved the first two. I just know it’s super long and it’s intimidating me!
  • Tuesday // A book that’s hard to read–I want to go ahead and say The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Some scenes were super gritty and tough to get through because of the characters, although this is an amazing book.
  • Wednesday // A book you didn’t finish–I tried reading The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine over two years ago and I absolutely despised it. The instalove was so bad that I just…couldn’t.
  • Thursday // A book you wouldn’t recommend–Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I know. That cover is beautiful, right?

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It just promises something good. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Don’t let the cover fool you–you can learn more about why I thought this wasn’t good here.

  • Friday // Anticipated book releases–omg, there’s so many? The Becoming of Noah ShawHere We Are Now by Jasmine Warga, and The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke are just three I haven’t spoken much about but I am very excited for to come out!
  • Saturday // A book you’ve reread–I always have the same answer for this, because it’s basically the only book (series) I’ve reread, and that’s Percy Jackson. I reread it so many times when I was in fourth grade.
  • Sunday // A book you didn’t want to end–And I Darken by Kiersten White. This book guys. This book. I need to get my hands on the sequel ASAP, but I loved it sososo much.

I hope you enjoyed reading this short little post! Thanks for reading!

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The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so today I decided to do one that’s a bit long. I’m going to try to answer the questions as quickly as possibly–here we go!

1. What was the last book you read?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2. Was it a good one?

Yup! I gave it four stars.

3. What made it good?

The characters, mostly. The plot wasn’t that surprising or amazing, but since I love the characters, I enjoyed it.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

I guess yea–though it’s so popular, most people have already read it. (There ARE other amazing books though!)

5. How often do you read?

I used to read super often, but during school times, I can barely read every few days and that’s if I am lucky–usually I end up only reading over the weekends. Now, since it’s summer, I can finally read everyday!

6. Do you like to read?

Hmm…I wonder why I run a book blog….

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Most of the books I’ve been reading recently have been good (also I only read 6 books so far this year anyway) but I think the one I disliked was Wink Poppy Midnight which I actually read like a year ago haha.

8. What made you dislike it?

It felt really disconnected, random, and I couldn’t understand any of the characters. It could have been cool but it ended up being just a weird book that felt like it wasn’t planned out at all.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes yes yes! I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember…but I can never just sit down and write. All my ideas are short-story like and I can’t think of a full-blown novel plot, which is what I wish to do.

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

Of course. The one that’s a classic answer for me is Percy Jackson as it got me into reading, but another one is Divergent because it got me into YA and blogging.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

No. I get why other people might, but it would ruin my image of characters that the actual author created and I just generally don’t approve of it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Hahahhaha no.

13. What’s your favorite book?

You really expect me to be able to choose one? (Though I have a list of favorites on this blog, it’s really outdated so I don’t wanna link that.)

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Some of my least favorite books are Switched by Amanda Hocking, Half Bad by Sally Green, and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.

15. Do you prefer physical books or e-books?

Physical books, definitely. Though I do like reading from e-books when I’m traveling.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was in kindergarten I think? I’m not sure. (So around 5)

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

The Giver by Lois Lowry (which I read in 5th grade) and also Walk Two Moons by Samantha Shannon. I loved both of them, surprisingly.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Again…I really can’t choose. But any Cassandra Clare book or the Percy Jackson series.

19. Who is your favorite author?

….can’t choose?

20. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy. I have always loved fantasy, and any sub-genre of it. ❤

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Just from a random series? From Throne of Glass, it’s definitely Dorian. I’ve loved him from the start.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes–and it’s my favorite thing when I forget that I’m reading and I am completely engrossed in a story.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Usually I think stand-alones should stay stand-alones because often times the sequels end up disappointing and stretched out. However, I’d love to read another book in the world of The Night Circus since I love it so so much.

24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel?

I know this is going to be a…different answer, but the Divergent series. I loved Divergent, but the other two just ended up being disappointing. I feel like if it was one book, it would’ve remained one of my favorites.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

During school time? A month at least. Outside of school, a week or maybe a few days.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

No no no no no no. I actually despise it.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Percy Jackson movies, anyone?

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I really liked Paper Towns–actually more than the book–and I want to reread the book so I can get a better feel of it again.

29. Do you read newspapers?

No, not really.

30. Do you read magazines?

Again, not really.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines if I had to choose I guess.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yup! One of the most comfortable spots to read.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Omg I’ve never even tried it haha.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes! It’s actually where I get most of my reading done. (Well on the bus, anyway, but same thing.)

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Again, never tried it.

36. Are you a fast reader?

I think so–it’s more of just that I don’t have time to sit down and read a lot of times, which is why it takes me so long to finish some books.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nah, not really. ^

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere comfortable, not anywhere in particular.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

A lot of times, yes, especially if I am tired and if there are too many distractions or if the book is particularly boring.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I’d prefer it, yea. But I can read even if there is sound, as long as it isn’t obnoxious.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom really got me into reading as a kid, so I guess her.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

After I finish Lord of Shadows, I’d love to read This Savage Song but honestly I’m not sure.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I think by first grade I was reading small chapter books meant for little kids, but in third grade I started reading full length novels. (Like Percy Jackson.)

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Honestly, can’t choose right now.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

  I don’t really know haha.

47. What book have you reread the most?

I don’t reread books much anymore, but when I was little I read The Lightning Thief at least five times.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Any book that can be brought up at any time all across the world that will still be recognized–something that doesn’t grow old or become forgotten.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Animal Farm–I thought it was really interesting when I read it for school, though there are other books but I can’t think of them right now.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think any books in particular should be banned, but since it is supposed to be a school environment, I don’t think anything too explicit or inappropriate should be allowed, especially for kids.

Alright guys, that’s it for this long tag! Hope you all enjoyed reading through it–if you’re interested please do it too! (I’m too lazy to tag people right now haha.)

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

HI GUYS!! I’m finally on spring break, and I’m so happy! (Well, kinda. I’m also kind of disappointed in myself and I’m really, really tired, but hopefully I can read at least *two* books and write a bunch of blog posts.)

A few weeks ago I watched Beauty and the Beast, and although I didn’t love it THAT much, it was still so much fun to watch and I decided to do the tag. So without further ado, here we go! (This tag was created by Du Livre–post is linked here!)–Images also from her blog.

1. A villain you can’t help but love.

Instead of going with a cliche answer like Six of Crows, (because you all know I always choose it), I’m gonna go ahead and say Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites. Honestly though, this is also a cliche answer because I love love love Adelina. She’s literally the most villainous main character I’ve ever read from and has no idea of fairness or justice except for herself.

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2. Your OTP

You really think I have one answer to this question? This is extremely hard, as you all know. This time I’m going to go with Emma and Julian from Lady Midnight because the release is coming sooner–which I am oh so excited for–and I miss this world so much. It makes my heart hurt a bit thinking about them and I can’t wait to see what other events will unfold in the next book.

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3. A Character That’s Destined for Bigger Things

Who else but Lada from one of my favorite books ever, And I Darken? SERIOUSLY. And actually, almost all the main characters (Mehmed–obviously.) Lada is such a strong and awesome main character who has to combat women’s suppression in her time period but she has so much potential and I can literally FEEL it coming in the next book.

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4. A Book That Makes You Hungry

I’m also going to go ahead and choose The Wrath and the Dawn like the creator of this tag did. GUYS THE FOOD DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS BOOK ARE AMAZING. I mean, I may also be a bit biased because it’s all Middle Eastern food (which is my favorite type of food), but still. It literally makes me hungry thinking about it.

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5. Beauty and the Beast: Opposites Attract

I haven’t talked too much about this book because I’ve been blogging so little, but not only is The Sun is Also a Star an AMAZING book about family and love and the world in general, but the two main characters are both incredibly diverse and also polar opposites. I thought this was a beautiful novel and I would 10/10 recommend you to read it especially if you love contemporaries. (It’ll make you think. Seriously).

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That’s it for this tag! It was so much fun to do and I liked that it wasn’t too long because a lot of times tags take, like, over an hour for me to write. I tag…

And you, if you’d like to do this tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading & I’ve missed talking to you guys!

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Stationary Book Tag :)

Hi guys! I feel so bad because I haven’t written anything in nearly two weeks, but I promised myself I would today. I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I saw this tag and since I love stationary I decided to give it a shot. Let’s begin!


Pencils: Favorite Children’s Book

Fun fact: even before I knew what “stationary” was, I started collecting pencils–in Pre-school–and I still have them! Anyway, for this question I’m going to go with something other than Percy Jackson and choose something that is actually a children’s book. Before I started reading “real” long books, I loved Jigsaw Jones Books. They were mystery books for 1st graders and they were perfect for me.

Pens: A Basic Staple for Every Reader

What else besides Harry Potter? Even my sister, who rarely reads any form of fantasy, loves Harry Potter. I mean, duh.

Notebooks: Books You Own Multiple Copies Of

I actually…don’t have any multiple copies that I can think of right now! I’d only buy extra copies if I had different versions, but yea. I’m too broke honestly.

Markers: Books With Beautiful Covers

There are a LOT of book covers I love. But I think I should give a shoutout to the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken because look:

Glue: Two Characters That Work Well Together Even If They Aren’t Together

At the end of Truthwitch, which is actually one of my favorites of last year, I shipped Aeduan and Iseult SO hard even though they weren’t together. I think I kind of see a romance blooming and I can’t wait to read Windwitch which just came out to see what happens!

Scissors: What Book Would You Like To Destroy

Half Bad by Sally Green. (Was that her last name?) The more I think about this book, the more I hate it. I know a lot of people like it, but I just…don’t.

Art Kit: Completed Series You Own

Percy Jackson. I own ALL the books! 🙂 And I have since 3rd grade.

And that’s it for this book tag! If it intrigued you, I recommend doing it but right now I need to do some work so I’m not tagging anyone.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag *insert fire emoji*

Hello fellow bloggers! I am writing this post three months in advance–its August right now–in order to save some time during the hectic school year. Anyways, the point of this tag is to answer these questions as quickly as possible so I’m going to try not to elaborate so much.

Let’s begin!

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E-Book or Physical Book?  

Physical book!

Paperback or Hardback?

Both are good, but I’d prefer hardcover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store. I don’t have a credit card yet and every time I want to buy something online my parents interrogated me.

Trilogies or Series?

Series 🙂 I think trilogies are done too often and usually have similar, annoying flaws.

Heroes or Villains?

Ooh, it really depends on the character. I love a strong hero or a strong villain, as long as the character is awesome. But I have a thing for reading anti-hero stories…

A book you want everyone to read?

AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE ❤

 Recommend an underrated book?

Most of the books I read nowadays are not underrated, but one of my favorites from the past was The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers 🙂

The last book you finished?

Since I’m pre-writing this in August, right now its Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes but until November…I have no idea.

The Last Book You Bought?

Again, in August that would be Truthwitch by Susan Dennard but I’m pretty sure I will buy more by the time you’re reading this haha.

 Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I don’t really use a bookmark if I don’t have one right next to me, so no answer!

Used Books: Yes or No?

Totally yes! Especially if they’re in good condition.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy (including all sub-genres), contemporary, and magical realism. This is making me realize I need to read more sci-fi and historical fiction…
Borrow or Buy?

Buy, if I have the money and want to own the book.

Characters or Plot?

Characters. Even if the plot is slow, good characters can make up for it. (Unless the plot is TERRIBLE.)

Long or Short Books?

Neither? I like my books between 300-450 pages long. Depends what you call long/short.

Long or Short Chapters?

Definitely short.

 Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Lady Midnight, And I Darken, Truthwitch.

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

I usually don’t outright laugh or cry while reading, but Rick Riordan’s books always make me crack up 😀

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

No matter how terrible fictional worlds may be, I always prefer reading fictional ones to ours.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Never listened to one, though I want to try!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Initially, yes. Who doesn’t? But I won’t not read a book because it has an ugly cover, though I may not buy it.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Neither…I’m really not a fan of adaptations, honestly.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Paper Towns by John Green! I actually think I would have liked the book much better, as much as the movie, if I had read it now. I just think I read it at the wrong time.

Series or Standalone’s?

Series, unless the book is bad, haha.

Not tagging anyone, but that’s it! Do you agree with my answers? Or not? Let’s talk why in the comments!

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New York Times By The Book! | Book Tag

I was tagged to do this by Emily over at The Little Book Affair, so thank you so much! ❤ Let’s get right into the questions–it feels like I haven’t done a tag in forever! 🙂


What book is on your nightstand right now?

I don’t really have a nightstand, but rather I put the book(s) I’m currently reading on my desk, so that would be…


What was the last truly great book you read?

This year most of the books I read were pretty amazing, but the last book I read which was The Night Circus was truly great. I’ll be talking more about it soon, but yes. SO AMAZING.


If you could meet one author (living or dead) who would it be? What would you ask?

I would meet Cassandra Clare because she’s my FAVORITE YA author and I love her so much…I’m not even sure what I would directly ask, but I’d ask a LOT of questions and just gush, haha.


What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

None, actually. I’m not ashamed or surprised that I own a particular book! 🙂


How do you organize your personal library?

Unfortunately, I don’t have one big bookshelf like most people, rather I have books stacked all around–inside my desk storage, under my bed, and in a box in my closet, so they’re not really organized in any way.


What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten to yet?

Well, first that would be Harry Potter because I still couldn’t get to finishing the series 😦 but the other trilogy I’ve been meaning to get to forever is the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater.


Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

Don’t hate me but…I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I just didn’t see the appeal of this book. I didn’t hate it or anything, but I definitely think there are hundreds of books a million times better that don’t get the hype.


What kind of stories are you drawn to?

It really depends on my mood, as Emily also said, but I am always open for books that are said to have beautiful, atmospheric writing. I am a sucker for those–ones that make you feel as if you’re in the book, that take you out of the world. 🙂


If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

Um. I’m going to skip this.


What do you plan to read next?

I’m not so sure, but I think I’m going to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik because its going to be coming in the mail. SO excited!!


Thanks for reading! Now time to tag people…

And as always, YOU if you’d like to do this tag as well! ❤

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