The Sunshine Blogger Award (Part 1)

I was tagged on this several times starting in 2020 and I’m finally getting to it! Thank you to Ashley, Livy, Kate, Ellie Mai, and Kerri for tagging me!

Since I was tagged by several people who all have different questions, I’ll have to combine the questions and split this into multiple posts (so that it doesn’t get too long). Sorry it took me so long to respond!

What Is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work?

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

The Questions

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m a fan of most YA genres and I’m also a huge fan of new adult/adult romance novels.

What nonfiction book(s) are your favorite?

I don’t really read non-fiction but I have slowly been reading more and more. So far my favorite would probably be Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi.

Do you read multiple books at once or just one?

I try to read one at a time but lately I’ve been starting several books at once. I’m part of several book club/blog tours every month so that contributes to reading more than one book at a time.

What other hobbies do you have besides reading?

I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, though we typically listen to an audiobook while we do them. I also enjoy going for walks and watching movies, shows, hockey, and football.

Do you have a reading goal for 2020? If so, how is it going?

LOL I’ll change this question to 2022 to account for my failure to post this in 2020. My reading goal for this year is 100 books and I’ve already read 99 lol. I guess I should have aimed higher?

What prompted you to create a blog?

It was the fact that my memory is horrible. I would read books and then forget a month later whether I liked them or what about them I liked/didn’t like. I figured that starting a blog where I write reviews of the books would encourage me to remember my experiences.

What is your favorite trope?

I love hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers in romance novels. I don’t know why but the angst and the pining is amazing.

What is your least favorite trope?

I absolute despise the love triangle trope. I hate it so so so much and it can sour any reading experience I’m having regardless of how good the book is. I really don’t know why it’s so popular still because I haven’t met anyone who likes it (I’ve met a few who are indifferent).

What fictional world would you like to visit?

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Basically all the worlds I’m thinking about right now are dystopias so I probably shouldn’t want to visit one of those BUT if I did have to, I think I would like to visit the world in The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. There’s like a Disney Land type of theme park that sounds like it could be fun if you ignore all the terrible things going on behind closed doors.

What book disappointed you this year?

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How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days sounded like it was going to be right up my alley as an adult romance novel. Unfortunately it was incredibly unrealistic and the main characters were hot messes. It felt like they were teenagers but they were actually in their 40s I believe.

What is your favorite cover from 2020?

I’m going to change this to 2022 but the book I chose is actually one I read in 2020 AND 2022. I’m not actually sure if this question means the book was supposed to be published in 2020/2022 but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro has a gorgeous cover so it’s what I decided to choose. I put my Instagram photos of the cover above. You can follow me there @jenjenreviews.

What is the most recent book that you added to your TBR?

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I honestly somehow don’t remember adding this book to my TBR, even though it says I added it on the 8th of this month. It’s not out yet so maybe I was trying to remind myself to preorder it.

How do you add books to your TBR?

It’s mostly books that I see either when I’m exploring stores or scrolling through Instagram and Twitter. I’m a huge cover buyer so if the cover is gorgeous, I’m likely to add it to my TBR.

I’m also a subscriber to several book boxes so those books automatically get added to my TBR.

What was your most recent 5 star read? And why was it 5 stars?

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I read this in March for a blog tour and it was so good! I have an entire blog post dedicated to it so you can read about my thoughts here.

Favourite TV series to binge and where can I find it?

Supernatural is a series that I’ve rewatched from the beginning like 6 times. I haven’t caught up though (I’m currently in season 11 with Rob and the furthest I got on my own before starting it from the beginning with him was Season 13 episode 6.

As for where you can watch it: it’s on Netflix!

What book/series would you love to get an adaptation?

I would like to see an adaptation of Truly, Devious because I’m a huge fan of mysteries. It’s also one of the few series that I actually read all the way through. Most of the time I end up kind of burning out mid-series and not finishing it.

Which adaptation do you hate the most?

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I remember absolutely hating the adaptation for Eragon by Christopher Paolini when I watched it. I also hated Twilight when I watched that adaptation but it’s now one of my favorite things to hate-watch.

What is your most anticipated release of 2021?

I suppose this should be changed to 2023. The short answer is that I have no idea. I’m horrible at keeping track of book releases and since we’re only in June right now, it seems too early for me to know.

Favourite thing to snack on whilst reading?

I don’t have a favorite reading snack because I don’t like to eat and read and if I do, I usually just eat whatever is around me at the time. I’m too clumsy and messy to try and eat anything complicated while reading.

Who’s an author you haven’t read but would love to?

I’ve never read any Sarah J Maas but I’m not sure I’d “love” to read her since I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews of both her and her books.

What is your favourite thing about reading?

I enjoy getting lost in the lives of random made up characters. Life is a mess and so if a book can capture me enough to make me forget about it, it’s an amazing experience.

What was the last book that surprised you?

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Before Takeoff was a book I literally just read last week and it was absolutely bonkers in the best way possible. It’s like Jumanji if Jumanji were a contemporary romance novel. You can read my full review here.

What is your favourite book series?

I don’t have one because I don’t actually have many favorite things and I have a really bad habit of not finishing series (woops). I’ll name The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater here since it’s one that I managed to finish that one and enjoyed it quite a lot.

Is the book always better than the film?

I’d say with everything that I’ve watched, this is true. However, I think it’s not a fact but rather a common occurrence. Books and film are totally different mediums for how to tell a story so they’re going to have to differ a lot. I think a lot of people don’t keep this in mind and focus on difference more than they should.

What was the last book you DNFed?

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I don’t DNF books often so I’m having a hard time remembering. It might have been Fool Me Twice at Christmas by Camilla Isley. It was promoted as a cute fake dating story but the main character was literally cheating on her boyfriend and I couldn’t handle it. I ended up having to switch to a spotlight for this blog tour.

What is your favourite setting for a book?

I don’t have a favorite setting but I think I’m a fan of workplace/school settings. I’m not 100% sure though.

What title would you choose for your own autobiography?

OH MY GOD. I was literally thinking about this question a few months ago when I was toying with the idea of trying to write one for my future self. I couldn’t come up with a good title though so I still don’t know.

What 3 things would a book need to include to make it a must-read for you?

  1. A beautiful cover
  2. A romance without a love triangle
  3. An interesting premise

Which genre do you like least and why?

I’m not a fan of fantasy because I often find that they’re too wordy and I get bored of them very easily. I’ve tried a few of them and got mixed reactions so I’m still trying to figure out how to determine which ones I should read or not.

What’s been the most popular post on your blog?

Technically it’s the Trope-ical Readathon Information page, but that probably doesn’t count. The next non-readathon post that’s the most popular is my review for With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Shoutout to Dave from TheWriteReads because he’s the reason that post has so much love.

Which are your favourite book blogs to visit?

All of my TWR gang! We have a group chat on Twitter where we share our blog posts so I’m most often on their blogs.


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The Romance Reader Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Books Are 42 to do this post. Thanks so much, Ashlee, for tagging me!

I’m not sure who started this tag, but if you know, please say so in the comments! Alright, let’s get started.

What age did you start reading romance novels?

I’m actually fairly new to the romance game. I had been reading YA novels that featured romance for a while, but I only got into the romance genre around 3 years ago. That means I would have been around 25 years old.

If you could pick one hero to meet from your favourite romance novels who would it be and why?
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I’m bad at doing these kinds of questions because I can never remember characters when asked about it. I do know that I would love to meet a character with a good sense of humor. Going off of a romance novel I recently read, I might go with Dan from A Brush With Love by Mazey Eddings. He might not have been the funniest of romantic leads, but his relationship with Harper was one of the cutest things ever. He seems like a really good guy.

Who are your favourite romance authors and why?

I am a huge fan of Casey McQuiston solely because of how much I enjoyed Red, White & Royal Blue. I also read One Last Stop a few months ago and enjoyed it (though not as much). Other romance authors I’ve rated 4.5 or five stars include Talia Hibbert, Alexis Hall, Becky Albertalli, Paullett Golden, Jules Wake, Ali Hazelwood, and Sally Thorne.

What is a favourite romance novel to re-read?
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I’ve been meaning to re-read Red, White & Royal Blue for a while. I also want to reread The Hating Game because I am interested in watching the adaptation.

What book would you recommend to a non-romance reader?
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I would definitely want to go for a tamer romance novel, because some readers might not be prepared for the level of steaminess that some romance novels have. I would probably lean more towards contemporary with romance and suggest Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I rated this one 4.5 stars and it was only because Rainbow Rowell did my favorite character so dirty at only point and I still don’t understand why it was necessary.

Which is your favourite: contemporary, suspense, or historical and why?

CONTEMPORARY 100%. I’m not a fan of historical romances because a lot of them are regency romances where there’s misogyny and classism. I also avoid a lot of suspense romance because those like to include abuse/sexual assault. Contemporary romance is a genre that I can find a nice comfort read in to just relax and enjoy.

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The Cat Markings Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Kerri over at Kerri McBookNerd! Thanks for tagging me!

This tag was originally created by Laura at The Corner of Laura. Let’s go!

The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (The graphics were also created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

Prompts

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The Things She’s Seen (published as Catching Teller Crow in other countries) by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read and I only bought it because it was on sale at Barnes & Noble. I haven’t seen anyone on Book Twitter or Bookstagram talking about this book and I want to scream at everyone to read it. GO READ IT!

I’m reading a non-fiction book right now about “invisible illnesses” and it’s really interesting. In particular, these first chapters are talking about the author’s experience with being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. The book is The Invisible Kingdom by Meghan O’Rourke. Another book that has great disability representation from an ownvoices author is The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

This is so difficult because when I reread The Hunger Games trilogy, I re-fell in love with Peeta Mellark, but I also will always have a soft spot for Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle and The Dreamers Trilogy. I’d have to say they’re probably tied for different reasons.

Samantha Wishaw from the Hedgehog Hollow series is such a lovely person. She is kind to everyone she encounters, regardless of how they treat her in return. I’ve read the first two books in the series and it’s just devastating how rude her mother is to her considering how great of a person she is.

There are so many friendship dynamics that I love! Recently, I read A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings and the main character’s best friend, Thu, was an absolute joy. I would love to have a friend like that.

I’m trying to think about books that I’ve read that have a giant party in them and I’m coming up blank lol. I’ll go with Alex Claremont-Diaz from Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston because he’s such an idiot and I love him so much. He would 100% cause a bunch of drama at a party and I’d be there laughing and eating my popcorn.

I love the squad from The Raven Cycle but I also absolutely love the squad from the Truly Devious Series and since I’ve already named people from The Raven Cycle in this tag, I’ll go with the Truly Devious Series. That group of friends are both different and similar in so many ways and I really like how they bounce their energies off of each other.

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Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by AndOnSheReads back in October and I’m finally getting around to doing this. Thanks so much for tagging me!

This tag was started by LindsayHeartsBooks on YouTube.

You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep ONE from each of these genres: Contemporary, fantasy, nonfiction and one other of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Omg this is so difficult. I’m going to go based off of my initial gut feelings.

Contemporary: I’m going to assume this has to be straight up contemporary and not like a contemporary horror or contemporary mystery or something. I’ll probably go with Anxious People, which is one of the best books I’ve read. I wasn’t much a fan of the Netflix adaptation though.

Fantasy: I really want to say The Name of the Star because it’s the book that I’ve read the most amount of times in my life, but I don’t think it’s classified as a fantasy. I’ll go with The Raven Boys.

Non-Fiction: I don’t really read non-fiction books, so this is kind of a difficult choice. Am I allowed to choose a text book? I’d probably want to grab a random graduate level book on number theory if so.

Wildcard: I’m going to choose House of Leaves for this one specifically because I know that each time you read it, it’s an entirely different experience. On top of that, there’s a bunch of hidden messages/codes throughout the novel so I think it would keep me busy for a long time.

You’re at the book store and you can hear a teenager telling their mother they don’t like to read, but their mother insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

If I hear that someone isn’t big on reading, especially if they’re a teenager, I’d probably recommend a graphic novel first. I read a lot of manga before I really got into novels. One of my favorite series is Case Closed, so I might go with that.

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You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?

The Name of the Star is my go to comfort read. I’ve read it probably around 6+ times (though most of those rereads were via audiobook), so I’d probably put on the audiobook for another good reread session.

You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

I’m going to say Twilight because I was obsessed with that book during my freshman year of high school (I’m sorry!).

Your friend surprises you with a four day trip and you have one hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

Why do I only get to bring one book??? I need like 4! I guess I’m currently trying to make it through Dune so I’ll go ahead and say that book.

Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

I don’t know if I’d overly worry about one specific book, but I do know that I would be upset if it were any book that I have personalized specifically to me. I have a few books that were mailed to me directly from the author so they have a dedicated signature/note at the front. I would hate to lose any of those.

Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you A) Just pretend you haven’t noticed, B) Ask them to repurchase it, or C) Secretly do the same thing to something of theirs?

I would do none of these, but I guess the closest option would be (A). What I would actually do is ask them what the heck happened to the book and see what the explanation is. The friend may even offer to repurchase it at that point, but if they don’t then I’d probably just try to get a new copy at some point myself.

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Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords Tag

Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m doing another book tag that I was tagged in by And On She Reads. Thank you, Erika! Be sure to check our her blog if you haven’t already!

Your go-to genre or favourite type of book:

My go-to genre is probably new adult or adult romance. Strangely enough, though, I often don’t rate the ones I read very well. I just default to it when I’m looking for something fun or quick to read.

Retellings you are drawn to:

Most of the retellings that I’ve read are traditional (Disney-ish) fairytale retellings. I have read a few that were retellings of past books/plays or myth retellings but I think the fairytale retellings are more mainstream. I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly drawn to any type of retelling.

Lifestyles or careers of the book characters:

This isn’t a question so I’m not sure what this is supposed to mean. If it means lifestyles or careers of book characters that I enjoy reading, then I think I enjoy reading about college students or adults who don’t have their lives together and are working a normal 9-5 job that they may or may not hate.

Places or settings you are drawn to:

I guess I kind of answered this in the previous question about college students and 9-5 workplaces. On top of that, I am a fan of books where woods or forests are heavily featured, either in a magical way or a spooky way.

Relationships you enjoy reading about:

I love when books have healthy relationships (of any type!). So many books rely on miscommunications or toxic relationships to run their plot and I’ve grown very tired and frustrated from reading so many of these. In particular, books with strong sibling and/or parent dynamics are some of my favorites.

Buzzwords in the title of the book

I don’t think I have any specific buzzwords that draw me to be a book BUT I love a good pun. Usually the worse the pun is, the more I’m intrigued by the book. I’m looking at you romance and cozy mystery books.

Things on book covers that draw you in:

Illustrated covers that are cute really get my attention. I’m also very much drawn to books that have very pretty flower/nature designs. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.

Non-fiction buzzwords or a non-fiction area you are drawn to:

I don’t read much non-fiction, so this is a hard one. I think that of all the non-fiction genres, I’m probably most interested in True Crime and Memoir. Here are some of the non-fiction books I’ve read.

Medical conditions of characters:

I’m happy to read any medical conditions, provided that they are accurate represented. This often means that I prefer to check beforehand whether or not the book is #OwnVoices. Too often abled authors will write about disabled characters with incorrect information or misrepresentation.

Time of year, or time in history / future that you are drawn to:

I’m actually a huge fan of contemporary novels in this aspect. I don’t tend to like historical fiction novels and though I do read some futuristic plots, I’m only drawn to them if they are about a dystopia. So I would say either contemporary or dystopic/apocalyptic future.

BONUS #1:  Any other bookish boxes or buzzwords not already mentioned:

I’m not sure what “bookish boxes” means but there haven’t been any questions about specific tropes so I’ll talk about my favorite tropes! I’m a big fan of both hate-to-love and friends-to-lovers despite them being kind of opposites. I’m also drawn to books about workplace romance. In terms of non-romance tropes, I’m a fan of the boarding school trope. I absolute HATE love triangles.

BONUS #2:  What bookish boxes or buzzwords turn you away from a book?

Books with cheating turn me off immediately. In fact, I recently got one book in a subscription box where the blurb basically describes the plot as a happily married woman realizing that maybe she wants to cheat her husband and I was like SOLID NOPE and jokingly told my partner the book was going straight in the trash. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it lol.

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The Europe Traveller Book Tag

Hello all and welcome to my blog! I’m attempting to post more frequently because I stopped posting a lot in the past year. Today I’m bringing you a book tag that I was tagged in by the wonderful And On She Reads! Thank you for the tag!

France – Your favourite love story

I don’t have a favorite love story, so I’m just going to name some of the couples that I’ve enjoyed from my 5-star reads.

  • Henry and Alex from Red, White & Royal Blue
  • Lucy and Joshua from The Hating Game
  • Chloe and Red from Get a Life, Chloe Brown
  • Luc and Oliver from Boyfriend Material
  • Percival and Abigail from A Dash of Romance
  • Jess and Sam from The Spark

Spain – A colourful cover

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The End of October by Lawrence Wright is a book that is on my partner’s TBR and it has a colorful spine so I decided to look up the cover and indeed it is also colorful!

I also have the OwlCrate version of This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron which is more colorful (in my opinion) than the original cover. I can’t find a good picture of it online though, and I’m too lazy to take a picture myself right now, so I’ll just go with The End of October.

Italy – A book taking place in summer

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In the last tag, I talked about how I don’t pay attention to what season books take place in, so I’m finding this to be more difficult than it probably should be. I’m pretty sure, however, that Wayward Son occurs during the summer.

Greece – A book with mythology

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The first book I can think of is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I read that book a while ago and then realized that I should probably read the Percy Jackson series first so I didn’t continue. I do own the full Percy series and it’s on my TBR shelf. I just haven’t gotten around to starting it yet (story of my life).

I did post a review if The Lost Hero on my blog. You can read that here.

Belgium – A book with politics

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I recently read a book called We Are 100 by comedian Nathan Timmel and it was surprising political. I don’t know what I was expecting from it, but through the plot, the author brought up a lot of moral/political issues that occur throughout the world.

If you’re interested in checking that book out, you can find my review here.

Ireland – A book with a strong friendship group

The Raven Cycle is one of the best found family stories that I’ve ever read. I’m currently in the middle of the spin-off series called The Dreamer Trilogy and I’m hoping that one goes just as well.

Another book that I recently read and loved the friendship was One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. The relationships in there were as hilarious as they were heartfelt. I’d definitely recommend all of these books that I’ve mentioned.

The Netherlands – Flowers on the cover

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Five Feet Apart was the first book I thought of because I am in love with this cover. Not only is is GORGEOUS but it also is an upside down tree with flowers that is in the shape of lungs. Is that not the coolest and cleverest thing you’ve ever seen???

I haven’t watched the film version of this and I have no idea if it is an accurate representation of MS, so I’ll have to leave that up to those who are more qualified than me. I did post a review of this novel which you can read here.

Germany – A book taking place at Christmas

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to read random love stories. The more festive, the better! It’s hard for me to name just one, so I’ll go ahead and just list a bunch.

  • My Lucky Night by Olivia Spring (review)
  • Christmas at Snowflake Lodge by CP Ward (review)
  • Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas by Jennifer C. Wilson (review)
  • Christmas at Marshmallow Cafe by CP Ward (review)
  • Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell (review)
  • The 12 Christmases of You & Me by Jennifer Joyce (review)

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Autumn Book Tag

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today is another tag that I was tagged in by Erika from And On She Reads! Thank you for the tag and I’m sorry it always takes me so long to get to these! We’ve still got a few days left in autumn though so I’m not too late!

1. What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?

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I don’t really pay attention to which books occur in what season unless they’re holiday books, but for some reason the first book that came to my mind was A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro because of its colorful cover.

I wrote a review for this book way back in the day—in fact, I don’t even remember what I wrote about it—and you can find that review here.

2. What is your favorite autumnal book cover?

OOPS I just answered this in the previous question so let me take a look at my shelves to find another option.

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I’m going to just go with Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power because it has an autumn-feel to the cover due to how orange it is.

I actually wasn’t a fan of this book which was a shame because I was a huge fan of Rory Power’s Wilder Girls. You can read my review of Wilder Girls here.

3. What is your favorite autumnal drink to read with?

I basically always drink chai lattes no matter what season it is, so I would have to say a chai latte. I know pumpkin spice is the flavor of the fall, but I really don’t like the taste. I tried pumpkin spice lattes several times before and I’ve thought all of them were disgusting lol. I have recently, however, discovered that I’m a fan of hazelnut flavors in my coffee drinks; does that count?

4. Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?

Late at night because I’m basically never awake early in the morning. I have a really hard time waking up at reasonable times no matter what time I went to sleep the night prior, so I’m naturally a night owl.

5. Halloween is coming! What is your favorite spooky read?

Oops, I guess I took too long to do this tag 😂.

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I don’t have a favorite spooky read because I’m a huge scaredy cat and like to avoid scary reads as much as I can. The most recent horror book (non-thriller) that I read was The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh.

As usual, this one scared the pants off of me despite being a YA novel. Usually what ends up happening is that I don’t find books scary while I’m reading them, but then I’m terrified of being alone immediately after.

You can find my review for it here.

6. What is the ultimate comfort read for you?

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This is one of the only questions that I always have an answer for! My ultimate comfort read is 100% The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. It might seem strange that I’ve labelled it a comfort since it’s a thriller/mystery novel, but I’ve read this book far more than any other book. I think I’m at 6 or 7 reads for this one.

You can read my review of the audiobook here.

7. What is your favorite autumnal reading snack?

I thought this said reading stack and I was very confused. Now that I know it says “snack” I’m still really confused. What the heck is an autumnal reading snack??? In general, though, I don’t like eating while I read anything because I’m bad at putting things in my mouth while keeping my eyes on the page.

8. What is your favorite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?

I have a lot of bookish candles from book boxes that I subscribe to, but I don’t pay attention to what the scents are aside from whether or not I like them. I burn any candle that smells good and then when that one runs low, I start sniffing the other ones I have to find the next option.

9. When you’re not reading, what is your favorite autumnal activity?

I was born and raised in Hawaii where we don’t have autumn, so I don’t really have a favorite autumnal activity. I do really enjoy stealing leaves from random trees that I walk past in the fall though, because they have such lovely colors that I’m not used to seeing. I’ve also recently learned how to dry plants, so I have a few colorful leaves in a drying rack thing that OwlCrate sent in one of their boxes.

10. What is on your autumn/fall reading list?

Autumn is SUPER close to coming to an end, so I don’t have an autumn/fall reading list anymore. I did have a TBR for the months of October and November, and I succeeded in reading all of the books on that stack except for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I guess that would be the only thing on my list then?

I’m not going to tag anyone this round because I delayed on doing this tag to the point where it doesn’t make sense to tag anymore people. However, if this suits your fancy, feel free to do it!


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Three Bookish Things Book Tag

Hello everyone and welcome to a new week! Today I bring to you another book tag! I was tagged by Esther earlier this month (thank you, Esther!).

I can’t seem to find who initially created this (it may have started on Instagram?) but if you know, please tell me!

Three read once and loved authors

  • Victoria Schwab is an author that is super hyped but so far I’ve only read one of her books, City of Ghosts, which is a middle grade. I enjoyed it a lot and have been on the hunt at local bookstores for the sequels but so far none of them carry hardcovers.
  • Sally Thorne. I read and loved The Hating Game but I have yet to pick up another book by her.
  • Casey McQuiston. Red, White & Royal Blue is one of my favorite books of all time, but it’s the only McQuiston books I’ve read so far. We do own One Last Stop though and I’m planning on reading it next month!

Three titles I’ve watched but haven’t read

  • The Vampire Diaries. I binge watched this one summer without internalizing the idea that it was a book first. There’s a used bookstore near me with two TVD books for cheap but none of them are the first so I haven’t bought the ones available.
  • Harry Potter Series. It was hard to be alive and not watch these films with everyone else but I never made it past book 3 in the series. And now that the author has decided to be violently and unapologetically transphobic, I’m not really in any hurry to try to read them.
  • Game of Thrones. I only watched like one season of this show with my partner, Rob, before we gave up. I’m not a fantasy reader and I hate when a series is never completed, so I doubt I’ll ever pick this series up.

Three characters you love

  • Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle. RONAN IS MY BB BOY AND I WILL PROTECT HIM AT ALL COSTS.
  • Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games is the definition of cinnamon roll. I will rant at you for hours about how Katniss did not deserve that boy.
  • Andie Bell from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. She had the determination and self-drive that I wish I had! I think she could destroy anything by sheer force of will and I am in awe.

Three series binged

I’m not much of series binger so these answers are kind of random

  • Inuyasha was the series that introduced me to the magic of manga. I haven’t read all of the English volumes available, but I did binge like 20 of them in March.
  • Cased Closed has been one of my favorite series (both anime and manga) since I first read and watched it. I own a bunch of them and binged the first 30 volumes August of last year.
  • The Shades of London. This one isn’t complete yet, but the fourth installment was supposed to be published in like 2017 and is being delayed for unknown reasons. I’ve reread the first book MULTIPLE times and there was one period where I listed to all three on audiobook back to back.

Three favorite book covers

  • With the Fire on High was 100% a cover buy for me back when we purchased it and thankfully the book was absolutely worth it!
  • The Inheritance Games (US edition) has such a great cover but for some reason there’s an alternate cover that I hate a LOT. I’m glad I was able to purchase the cover I liked.
  • Cinderella is Dead (UK edition). I am so freaking thankful that I won this book in a giveaway by a UK person so I got the UK cover from Book Depository. I’m firmly in the UK cover > US cover camp for this book.

Three goals for this year

  • Post more on my blog. I kind of let this blog fall to the waist side recently and I’m trying to pick it back up again. Sometimes I debate whether or not I should purchase a hosting plan instead of using free WP but idk yet.
  • Start graduate school successfully. I’ve registered for fall classes for graduate school (to get my PhD) and I’m crossing my fingers very tightly that I’m cut out for it. I have a masters already, but I left without pursuing my doctorate because it was taking a giant toll out of my mental and physical health.
  • Learn how to promote my blog, Twitter, and Instagram properly. My Twitter followers have been slowly dwindling in the past month and my Instagram followers have been stuck at the same-ish number for months. I’m trying to post more regularly in the hopes that I can get more following and make more friends. I really want bookish friends IRL to hang out with. I don’t know how to make friends as an adult.

I tag:

The Book Snob Book Tag

Hi Everyone! I haven’t been very active on my blog lately, but I’m hoping to change that very soon!

Today I’m doing the Book Snob Book Tag! I had to do a bit of sleuthing to find out who created this originally, and I think it was tia and all the books. I was tagged back in October by Leah; thank you, Leah!

Questions

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

My answer would be ALMOST always. There are a few movies and television series that I watched before reading the book because of how hyped they were and there are a few that I watched without realizing they were books beforehand. In general, though, I try to read the books before watching.

FORMAT SNOB: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

Definitely physical. I can do eBooks but they hurt my eyes/head if I read too many back to back. eBooks also tend to make me sleepy for some reason. I’ve started listening to more audiobooks lately, but I sometimes have a hard time staying focused while listening to them which results in me missing some things and having to rewind. For me, nothing beats reading a physical book.

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I’m not really sure what a “non-reader” is? Does that mean they don’t read at all or that they read but not a lot? Either way, I’m pretty sure the answer is yes just as long as they’d support my reading. I would never date/marry someone who tried to keep me from reading or from having my dream library.

GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

I was gonna cheat and say a non-fiction genre but I’m assuming that since I’m a primarily fiction reader I have to choose a fiction genre for this. I don’t like fantasy books, but sometimes one comes out of nowhere and is really good so I’ll probably go with horror. I’m already a scaredy cat anyways so it would probably benefit me in the long run haha.

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

My heart wants to scream ROMANCE but my brain says Contemporary Fiction because YO IT CHANGES WITH THE TIMES SO ITS LIKE MULTIPLE GENRES IN ONE. Like, if I really wanted to read a book set in like the 1980s or something, I’d just have to go find a book written in the 1980s! How cool is that?? Contemporary novels also tend to have romantic subplots in them as well and as you know, I’m a sucker for romance.

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Probably romance. Many who don’t read claim that it’s just pornography or that it’s not “real” writing. And even amongst those who do read it, I see a lot of people bashing authors for how they write their romances. In particular I think many arguments in the romance realm involve how steamy romances “should” be. Idk I’ll read all of it hehehe ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I Tag:

The Piano Playlist Tag

Hi all!

I was supposed to do a post earlier today, but I took a nap instead 😂. Sorry for the late post today! Let’s all just pretend that I’m back in Hawaii and that this is a reasonable time for me to post something.

I was tagged by Ashlee back in February and I’m finally getting to this. Thank you for the tag, Ashlee!.This tag was originally created by Moi at Bookish Blunders!

Rules:

  • Post the rules in your post.
  • Answer all the questions and if you’ve never heard any of the songs, listen to them before you answer the questions.
  • Link the creator and the person who nominated you (Moi @Bookish Blunders).
  • Nominate 8 people. Only 8. (Why? There’s no Symphony no. 9, so)
  • Use the featured image I’ve posted on this tag. (It’s drawn by Moi, and she’d like some recognition)
Piano Playlist

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata: A book you read that had an unexpected plot twist near the end

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman was a book that was constantly throwing unexpected twists my way. I couldn’t take anything for granted and even when I thought I was catching on to some of the tricks, I managed to be surprised by almost every single one.

Lizst – La Campanella: A book that you couldn’t even finish

I DNFed Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I’M SO SORRY). I found the book to be extremely boring and every time I thought about reading it, I dreaded it. Rob eventually convinced me that it would probably be better for my mental health to just DNF it.

Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee: A book that was crazy and chaotic that you couldn’t even figure out what was happening

House of Leaves is a book that is absolutely bonkers from start to finish. It kind of has a story within a story within a story. The book is full of footnotes and pages that will require you to flip the book around to read them. My experience reading it was both fun and horrible. In the end I rated it 5 stars, but I’d never read it again.

Mozart – Rondo Alla Turca: A book that is so over-recommended that everyone and their grandma has read it (it’s still good, though)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston feels like a book everyone has read (for good reason!). It’s one of my favorite books of all time so I’m one of the people who is probably over-recommending it tbh.

Beethoven – Für Elise: A book that has been one of your favourites for ages

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson is a book that I have adored since I first read it in college in 2013. I keep wanting everyone to read it, but just be warned that it’s a series that was never completed. No one knows what the heck is going on with the next book.

Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu: A book that is high up on your to be read list

Rob has wanted me to read Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson for a while and I keep putting it off, so I should really read that soon. It was on my May TBR post, but I still haven’t opened it lol.

Beethoven – Sonata No. 17 “Tempest” 3rd Movement: A book that you love but isn’t that well-known

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina is an amazing book that not many people know about. Rob and I randomly decided to buy it from B&N, and we both rated it 5 stars. The story and the writing is beautiful and haunting. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: A book that is extremely long, but you still like it

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon might be the longest book I’ve read of my own accord (rather than being assigned it in school). It’s a very good book, but it’s over 800 pages so I was terrified when I first picked it up. I read it in chunks of 50-150 pages at a time.

Debussy – Clair De Lune: A book that was wonderful from start to finish

I was a huge fan of The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I read it for a blog tour so you can read my full review here, but the book was so fantastically written that I was thoroughly impressed with the author. I’m curious to try some of her other books, so if you’ve read any of them, recommend me some below!

I tag

I basically always fail at tagging specific amounts of people because I can’t deal with that sort of pressure, but I’ll tag the following: