20 Questions Book Tag

Hi all! I was tagged by Cozy With Books back in May 2022, but it’s never too late to do a blog tag!

I don’t know who originally created this tag, but if you do, please let me know so that I can credit them!

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Monster Mash Book Tag

Hi all! I found this tag over at The Book Dutchesses and the blank template has been sitting in my drafts for months, but I’m just gonna get it done now instead of putting off some more. The tag was created by The Restricted Section.

1.) “I was working in the lab late one night” – What’s a book that kept you up at night?

I get scared very easily, so it’s not hard for a book to keep me up at night. I do remember that when I was reading The Whisper Man, I got so freaked out that I had to leave my apartment and read it in a Starbucks to feel safer.

2.) “My eyes beheld an eerie sight.” – What’s the weirdest or creepiest shit you’ve ever read in a book?

In general, I find books where the non-human entity suddenly begins speaking to be extremely creepy. Two books that I remember this happening in were Rolling in the Drowning Deep and It Looks Like Us. If you’re listening to the audiobook, the narrators usually do a really good job at making the voices very unnerving.

3.) “Get a jolt from my electrodes.” – Name a book that completely shocked or surprised you.

I recently read Invisible Things and the ending of that book really shook me because it was much more open than I thought it was going to be. I remember texting my partner like, “IT JUST ENDED??? WHAT??”

4.) “The guests included Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.” – Name your favorite monster or villain from a book.

Though I tend to like a lot of villains, this usually only happens when I’m watching something on-screen like a TV series or movie. As far as books go, I can’t really think of anything right now. I have read a few books that seem to function as kind of villain origin stories where a character you are initially rooting for seems to slowly become more and more evil. The Obsession by Jesse Q Sutanto was one of these.

5.) “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?” – Name a book that was super hyped when it came out, but no one talks about anymore.

This is a hard question to answer because I might have also stopped talking/thinking about it. I think I’ll go ahead and say Divergent by Veronica Roth. This series used to be so big, but I feel like I’ve heard basically nothing about it since the film franchise flopped.

6.) “They did the mash.” – Name your favorite book that is a mash up of two or more genres.

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina is a book that I will never stop recommending to people. It’s a YA book that blends mystery with paranormal fantasy and poetry. If you haven’t read it, I’m literally begging you to check it out. It’s called Catching Teller Crow in some countries.

7.) “It was a graveyard smash.” – What is your favorite horror novel?

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant is a novella that blew me away. It was atmospheric and managed to convey a lot of emotions and story despite its short length. It’s a prequel to Into the Drowning Deep which I didn’t enjoy as much, unfortunately.

8.) “The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds.” – What’s your favorite song based on a book?

I’m not 100% sure what this means, but I’m going to go with “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri because I really like that song and it was written specifically for the film adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

9.) “Tell them Boris sent you.” – What’s your go-to book recommendation?

For the longest time it was The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. I also often recommend Red, White & Royal Blue, The Things She’s Seen, Love Times Infinity, and Anxious People.

10.) “For you, the living, this mash was meant too.” – Who do you tag?

I did this tag very late, so I’ll just tag anyone interested!

It’s Finally Fall Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged in this, but I saw it over at Hannah’s Bookshelf and thought it looked fun. I clicked on several posts for this tag, but couldn’t find the original creator. If you know who they are, please let me know so I can credit them!

Let’s get into it!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear | Name a book with a vivid setting!

I’m going to go with Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. It’s a novella and a very quick but haunting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book is a prequel to Into the Drowning Deep and I would recommend reading it before that one as it gives a fun view into some of the events mentioned in that book.

I don’t give 5 star ratings out very often, but this was a 5 star read for me. For those of you who don’t know, Mira Grant is a pen name for Seanan McGuire, so if you like her books, definitely give Mira Grant books a try!

This is a horror book where the main plot follows a bunch of people exploring a part of the ocean that has killer mermaids in it…need I say more?

Nature is beautiful… but also dying | Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Love Times Infinity is another book that I gave 5 stars this year and it is absolutely fantastic. I was in tears throughout this book because of how difficult some scenes were and how heartwarming other scenes were.

The general plot of this is that it’s a YA contemporary coming-of-age book of a teenage girl learning what it means to accept that she is deserving of love. As the child of a rape victim, she has been conditioned into thinking she was a mistake her entire life. Now that she’s finally growing up, it’s time for her to explore that negative self-image and grow.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and to also meet the author in person at a Chicago event!

Fall is back to school season | Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I don’t read many non-fiction books, but basically every book I read teaches me something new. One book that I read as part of a book club was The Five, which tells the stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims.

Jack the Ripper is probably the most known serial killer around, and as a result, he is highly sensationalized. Many people forget that the women he killed were, in fact, real people who didn’t deserve the fate they were dealt. In this book, the author attempts to pay homage to the victims of such gruesome crimes while busting some of the myths and misogyny that often surround their histories.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend time with the people we love | Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

Omg there are so many groups that would be such a blast to be part of! The friend group from TJ Klune’s series The Extraordinaries seems like they would be a lot of fun. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this series on audiobook and I loved the tight ride-or-die friendships that these characters shared.

I do, however, have to acknowledge that I am no longer a teenager, so looking at some groups of my own age group, I might say the team from Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series. They have a great dynamic and the women also run a little feminist club that seems very motivating.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground | Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

I’m going to go ahead and the the L for this prompt because I am sitting in a library right now, nowhere near any of my books. I also am not 100% on what counts as “fall-colored”. I tried to search my phone for images of books that might satisfy this prompt, but I’m just going to give up and say SORRY!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside | Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

Oh I have so many books like this! One of the first ones I thought of was a book that my partner wanted me to read and it’s Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

The main character of this book is an aspiring YA author (who is a teen herself) who is trying to learn how to navigate the publishing world while dealing with some of her own issues, including writer’s block.

The book is told through alternating chapters where some chapters are about the author and some chapters are the book that she has written. It was a lot of fun and a very unique experience.

The nights are getting darker | Share a dark, creepy read.

I have to admit that literally any dark thriller/horror novel will scare the heck out of me because I am the biggest wimp in the world when it comes to that stuff. I’m going to go with a book that I did a tour for this year called Into the Sublime.

As you can tell from the cover, this is an atmospheric horror/thriller novel about a group of strangers who decide to explore a cave that is rumored to have mysterious properties.

The reason this book really got to me is because a lot of scenes occur in near-darkness and I am afraid of the dark. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how terrified I would be in these character’s shoes.

The days are getting colder | Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built is the perfect candidate for this! It’s a novella, so it’s only 160 pages and it is one of the most wholesome novels I’ve ever read.

This book and some other books from Becky Chambers seem to be in this nice little genre of a kind of cozy utopia type of literature.

In this novella, the book follows a monk and a robot who team together to try and figure out who they are and what humanity really needs. My Goodreads review for this literally says, “This was the purest book I’ve ever read in my entire life. Someone hold me”

Fall returns every year | Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I keep meaning to do a reread of Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I read this book a while ago and I loved it so much that I wanted to run around yelling at everyone else to read it. I cried multiple times while reading it, and it was an easy 5 star read for me.

The book is a gay adult romance novel about the hate-to-love relationship between the son of the US president and a Prince of the Royal Family. McQuiston wrote this at a time where America was going through the turmoil that was the election of Donald Trump, so it proved to be a nice escapist type of read at the time.

Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights | Share your favourite cosy reading accessories!

I don’t have pictures of anything right now (again, cause I’m writing this post in a library), but I have so many blankets that I’ve received from book boxes that I often end up using to keep me warm during these colder days. If you know me in real life, you know that I’m cold basically always, so a blanket or jacket during the Fall is a must. I also really like having candles going in my apartment, and sometimes I put up an atmospheric YouTube video (RusticPages has some good ones) in the background to really get in the right mood space. I’m looking into getting an Oodie for this season.

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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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