Down the TBR Hole #2- I am a book hoarder trying to let go

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I am back with the second installment of my TBR cleanse. As you can probably tell by the title, I’m kind of a book hoarder… and even hoard books that I don’t have (aka: keeping books on my TBR that I’m probably never going to read).

I’m doing my best….

Since my last post, I have added a huge number of new books to my TBR, which is super counter-productive. So, because of that, I am going to do 10 books today instead of 5.

Gotta get on top of this before I’m buried by my ever-growing TBR.

If you want to know more about how the TBR cleanse works, visit my first post here, where I included all the “rules”.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in!

1. Die for Me by Amy Plum

9462812Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Okay so I’m pretty sure I added this book to my TBR just for the cover. I mean, look at it!! It’s gorgeous!

The plot also sounds interesting, but honestly, I don’t see myself ever reading this. I don’t think this book brings anything to the table that I haven’t seen before, over and over again.

Verdict: Going
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2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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This book sounds awesome: a Victorian boarding school, a dangerous clique of girls, and some seer powers.

Buuuttt…. honestly what is with all the dead parents? Why does it seem like every book like this one features the death of parents or just dead parents? It’s kind of getting on my nerves at this point. This book sounds good, but I don’t know if I would ever actually pick it up.

Verdict: Going
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3. The Strange Power by L. J. Smith

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Psychically gifted students.

Ummmm, cool? But considering I didn’t like any of the other books I read by L. J. Smith, I have no idea how this book made it on to my TBR. I’m never going to read it. It’s just not going to happen.

Verdict: Going
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4. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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I love mermaids. I will always love mermaids (and if I ever say I don’t… that’s how you’ll know I’ve been possessed. Get the salt). But, looking back at this book, I don’t think I’d enjoy it. It sounds really corny and way too young for me. I would probably be cringing throughout the whole book.

Not really my idea of a good read.

Verdict: Going
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5. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

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Again with the dead parents. My gosh.

This book sounds good, I guess, but again I don’t think it’s going to bring anything that I haven’t seen before. I obviously liked/wanted to read a certain kind of book back in 2013… and I think I’ve moved on to new kinds of books. I guess I just got tired of those tropes. (But that means that this TBR cleanse is going surprisingly well!!)

Verdict: Going
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6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I actually really want to read this book. This is one of the only books from back in 2013 that I have actively thought about, and almost got a few times (although other books keep distracting me).

I think I will get to this book one day, and I hope I like it when I finally do.

Verdict: Staying
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7. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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This book actually sounds really good. Basically every other day, Kali is normal, and the days in-between she is a monster hunter.

I feel like this book would be something new, but that could mean I either love it or hate it…

I don’t know if I’ll ever actually get to this book, but I think I want to keep it around for now.

Verdict: Staying
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8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

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Dead bodies and school drama. This really sounds like a book I would have liked 5 years ago.

But it is not 5 years ago and I am really doing my very best here. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think this is a book I’m ever going to realistically pick up.

Verdict: Going
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9. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

8685644Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Violet pretends to be a medium…. only she can really see ghosts, and now they wont leave her alone.

This book sounds spooky and good. I still love reading about ghosts (and have been reading a lot of ghost-centric books lately), but I don’t really think that I would enjoy this one. I don’t see myself picking it up.

Verdict: Going
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10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

18189606Added to my TBR on: May 20, 2014 (yup, a whole year went by…)

I was watching booktube the other day and saw a review of this book. And it sounds like the kind of book I would not be able to stand.

It’s no secret that I’m really not into contemporary, and this sounds like it is literally the epitome of everything I can’t stand about contemp.

Verdict: Going
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Wow I’m actually so proud of myself right now. That was ruthless.

TBR stats:

Books removed today: 8
Total books removed: 11
Books left in TBR: 376

That felt great!! When is the last time you went through your TBR? How many books did you get rid of?

 

Book Review- Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 608
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

After not really loving Illuminae (read my review here), I went into this with relatively low expectations. Maybe that’s why I liked this one so much more. Or maybe this one was really just that much better.

I liked Hanna and Nik a million times more than Kady and Ezra. They were more entertaining, more unique, and just better characters in general. All of the characters in Gemina were more dimensional than in Illuminae, even if they still were a little too similar for my taste.

The plot in this one was pretty similar to the plot in Illuminae, and none of the twists surprised me (not that they did in Illuminae…. you know what? I’m just going to stop talking about Illuminae now.), but I still found them enjoyable. Even though the twist in this one was more “out-there”, I found it much more believable and enjoyable (than Illuminae… Ugh why am I still talking about this? I’m hopeless).

I loved that in this second installment in the series, I could actually tell the difference between who the characters were, and it didn’t sound like they were all 12 year olds. It was great.

I would definitely recommend reading this one if you’ve read the first one (even if you didn’t necessarily like the first one… like me) because this was So. Much. Better. Like 10000% better. Also, if you like sci-fi, you should give this series a go. It’s not so bad after all. Also I can’t wait for Obsideo now!! If it follows this pattern of getting better, than it is going to be amazing!!

I am going to give Gemina four out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is my Genre, Tell me Yours TAG – What is my favorite genre? Why do I read? And other questions like those.

 

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*sings loudly and off-key* I was taaaaggggeedddddddddd to do this taaaaaggggggggg

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Hey, I tried….

Alrightly, so I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the “This is my genre, tell me yours” tag. If you don’t follow Lauren yet: What are you doing? Also, if you want to check out the creator of the tag, click here.

Aaaaaaaand now for the questions (dun dun dunnnnnnn):

1. What is your favorite genre?

Okay, I see how it is. Starting with the hard questions.

Hmmm, probably fantasy. Probably. It really depends on the day.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre? n.gif

And I thought the first question was hard.

I could probably make a list of a million authors here, because there are so many amazing ones…

Okay I’m gonna try: Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jessica Khoury, Elizabeth Norris, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kerstin Gier, Sarah Beard….

Like I said, the list is super long. But if you don’t know any of those authors I definitely suggest you go check them out.

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

I have no idea. I guess I just love the magical-ness?

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

Again, no idea. I’ve been reading since forever, and I can’t remember the first books that I read that made me love reading. I’ve just always loved reading.

That being said, The Percy Jackson series definitely got me reading more, even if they aren’t the books that initially started me on reading. Those are some great books!

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

9378297Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s just an amazing book. Like so amazing I have read it a million times and keep going back to read it 28187again because I will never tire of its amazingness.

That being said, the Percy Jackson books are also amazing, quick, funny reads. I think that anyone who is not “huge” on reading would still have an amazing time with the series, and get through those books super easily, falling in love with the story in the process!

6. Why do you read?

HAHAHAHAHA. Why does the sun shine? Why do we need to breathe oxygen? What is the purpose of life?

These questions are all of the same caliber.

And…. Scene! Great job everybody. That was wonderful. Let’s take it from the top!

AKA it’s your turn! I’mma tag some people, but even if I don’t mention you by name, YOU’RE IT!

I tag:

Lori @ Reading with Lori

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books

Vikki @ The Mundane Teenage Life

Thanks for reading!

Novella Reviews- Cruel Crown (Red Queen 0.1-0.2)

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Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen on January 5th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Novellas: Queen Song and Steel Scars
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Queen Song


Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars

Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.


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Pages: 53

This novella follows Coriane from when she is 16 to her death.

The story feels a little cramped, and I wish there was a lot more detail, but then again it is a short novella, so I didn’t expect it to be super detailed. I loved to learn more about Coriane, and Tiberius (or Tibe) as they met and got married and eventually had Cal.

This novella definitely gave me a lot more of the King’s background, and it’s so interesting to see him in this vs. how he is in the Red Queen books. It just goes to show how much Coriane’s death and Elara really affected him.

It was also really interesting to be able to see into Coriane’s head, through her diary entries, as she spiraled into Elana-induced insanity. It did feel a little rushed, but again, it is a short novella, so I didn’t expect it to be too detailed.
Although I don’t think this is a “must-read”, I am glad I read it, and it gave me a lot of insight into some of the less explored characters of the Red Queen series.

I am going to give Queen Song four out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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Pages: 94

Farley is one of my favorite characters from the Red Queen books, but sadly this novella fell a little short for me.

Farley was as cool as ever, but this story was a little confusing. There were these correspondences between the Scarlet Guard that took me forever to figure out how to decipher, which was pretty frustrating.

And then there was Shade. Beautiful, lovely Shade who I seriously love so much. I just don’t feel like this novella did him justice at all. Yeah, it was cute seeing how he and Farley met and started working together and stuff, but it felt like I was reading about a different Shade who kind of had the same characteristics as the Shade from the main novels… if that makes any sense.

This novella wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t as amazing as I hoped.

I am going to give Steel Scars three out of five hearts.

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Thanks for reading!!

And don’t forget to check out my reviews of the rest of the Red Queen Series:

Red Queen
Glass Sword
King’s Cage

Discussion: Why do we DNF books? What books were not worth picking up?

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while. It’s actually painful for me to write, because some of these books were just SO TERRIBLE that it hurts my soul.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about why I DNF books, and about some books that I have DNFed.

It’s important for me to say, before I start this post, that I honestly gave these books everything I had. I hate giving up on books, and usually force myself through them in hopes of them getting better. That is stupid of me. So I’m also going to give you a list of books I definitely should have DNFed and didn’t because I’m stubborn and sometimes an idiot.

What does it mean to DNF?

DNF, or “did not finish” refers to a book that you never finished.

It literally just means that you didn’t finish the book.

Why do I DNF?

There are a lot of reasons people might not finish a book. But, usually, it’s because 1) the book is so bad that it is painful to read, 2) the book is super boring and you lose interest and can’t bring yourself to pick it up again, or 3) the book has some kind of offensive or harmful content.

I personally have DNFed for all of those reasons at some point or another.

What books have I DNFed?

I decided to write this post because I DNFed 2 books in the month of July. TWO!!! Here they are:


29868610Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was given to me by my librarian to try out. I usually like memoirs (even if I don’t read a whole bunch of them) but I just could not get on board with Kendrick’s writing. I’ve never really liked Anna Kendrick, but I don’t dislike her either, so I thought that this might be a fun book to read. But I found myself cringing at how she wrote. Everything about this book just annoyed me, and I got antsy every time I picked it up and tried to read a little more of it. Finally, after two weeks of trying, I DNFed at about 50%


28220701I’ve had an ARC of The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle sitting in my room for about a year (I know, I know, that’s way too long, also thank you to the published and authors for getting this to me), and I finally got myself to read it. I was immediately confused, and found both the writing style and the plot cringey. I kept thinking that the book was going to sort itself out and get exciting at some point, but no matter how hard I tried, I did not enjoy any of it. The characters seemed forced and I didn’t like them at all. The plot was trying too hard and full of annoying clichés. Honestly I think this book could have used a few more drafts. I DNFed at about 30%.


Besides those two books, I can only remember DNFing two others… both over a year ago.


22510983If you couldn’t tell by my recent Hate-Haiku, I really REALLY didn’t like this book. At. All. I wrote a review for it a long time ago, right after I read/DNFed it (you can read that here if you so desire), and honestly this is one of the worst books I have ever laid eyes on (which is painful to say considering how beautiful the book looks). It’s hard to talk about this book without getting mad. I had such high hopes for this one and the premise was super amazing and the FLOP. So. Painful. Everything. About. This. Book. Was. Terrible. I can’t remember exactly how far into it I was when I DNFed, but it was before the 50% mark… and I’m honestly surprised I made it that far.


6186357I’m pretty sure that I watched the movie before I tried the book. Yeah, that’s kind of a no-no, but I’m kind of a rebel (haha I wish) so I do it anyway sometimes….

But I didn’t really like the movie. So then I picked up the book, thinking “well, the movie wasn’t so bad… I’ll probably like the book more.” I WAS WRONG. I tried to read this for so long and I actually made it to around 90% when I just couldn’t anymore. It was too bad… too painful. But I should have known. If Dylan O’Brian can’t make it good, no one and nothing can.


Books I definitely should have DNFed.

For every book that I DNFed, there are 10 books that I should have DNFed. Why didn’t I DNF these? Because some silly part of me kept whispering “it will get better… just hang in there.”

Whoever said to listen to your gut obviously hasn’t met my gut…

So here are some of the books that I should have DNFed. Consider yourself warned:

I pushed through these books with sheer will power, but I honestly regret reading them. I didn’t really enjoy any, and I certainly didn’t get anything out of them. I think the only one I didn’t review on my blog was Quarantine (because I read it before I started blogging), but you can read my reviews of the other books here:

Fangirl // Unscripted // Fallen // As I Wake // The Love Interest

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so obviously there are people out there who loved the books I couldn’t stand.

I’m not trying to tell you that you have to hate the books that I hate. If you loved any of these books, that’s great! I’m honestly glad that someone was able to find something in these books that I couldn’t.

Talk to me:

What books did you DNF? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you like them? What is the last book that you had to DNF?

Sunshine Blogger Award!!

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I WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

As I was saying….

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Coffee Loving Bookoholic !!! So now I get to answer the 11 questions she has asked, and then I get to write 11 questions and nominate 11 more blogs to answer them!! (Okay but seriously what is with the number 11? I’m confused)

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I will now lay out the official “rules” of this award for you because I am a good Samaritan (or am I?)

  • thank the person 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
I guess that wasn’t so hard…

OOOkay! So here are the questions for me to answer, complete with (you guessed it) MY ANSWERS!!

1. If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Is professional sleeper an acceptable answer?

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2. What’s the most important thing for you in a book review?

Writing one or reading one?
Writing one: uhh I don’t know… I just kind of wing it?
Reading one: I guess just being able to easily see what the person rated the book *shrugs*. I really like reading all different types of reviews.

3. Which author would you love to meet and why?

Kendare Blake because she has been my favorite author for as long as I can remember. (Which you can probably tell by how much Anna Dressed in Blood shows up in my posts!)

4. Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget?

Not really…. although I wish I had some kind of cool story to tell you guys.

5. If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of?

ALL OF THEM.
OH WAIT STOP NO THERE ARE SO MANY BAD ONES WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF??????

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*Distant gunfire*
*Gasping*
*Indecipherable screaming*

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*whispers* “please, never make me do that again”

On a totally unrelated note, I think it would be totally cool to visit Laura Ingalls right around the time she was a teacher.

6. What would your perfect day look like?

Reading. All. Day. In. My. Grownup. Onsie.

7. Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night?

This is actually a tough question because I’m a morning person and a night owl. Like I wake up super early (like 6 AM) and go to bed super late (like 12-2 AM) so I pretty much never sleep. And I’m kind of productive during both times?

8. Pc or mac?

I have a PC, but I like the apple software more… so probably mac.

9. If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the parts?

Gosh I’m really bad at casting….
So I would do Anna Dressed in Blood (obviously) and here would be my cast (sticking to the 4 main characters here):

Cas: Nick Robinson
Carmel:
Liana Liberato
Thomas:
Asa Butterfield
Anna:
India Eisley

wow that was hard….

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10. What talent would you like to have?

The ability to never seem like a clutz

11. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

I honestly would have no idea what to do with three wishes… like all of the things I would wish for would be weird… oh wait, how about this:

1. A at-home library that never runs out of shelf space
2. Free books for life (hardback and paperback… not that e-book stuff)
3. The ability to freeze time so I can read forever and not miss out on the world….

AND NOW: for my nominations….

  1. Lucy @ Down the Rabbit Hole
  2. Lily @ Cheeky Booky
  3. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews
  4. Ashley and Sabrina @ 5171 Miles
  5. The Orangutan Librarian
  6. Lauren @ Comma Hangover
  7. Diana @ Bookish Diana
  8. Rosie @ Reads and Roses
  9. Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek
  10. Analee @ Book Snacks
  11. Nia @ Shades of Paper

(I’m not sure if any of you have been tagged by someone else, but now you get to answer my questions too!!!!)

My Questions for you:

  1. First five things that pop into your head. GO:
  2. If you could turn into an animal, what would it be and why?
  3. What is your spirit animal? (Is it the same as the animal you would turn into?)
  4. What is one book you think everyone should read?
  5. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  6. What is your most controversial book-related opinion?
  7. What character (from books/TV/movies/etc.) is literally you?
  8. Glass half full or half empty?
  9. Telekinesis, teleportation, or telepathy?
  10. What food speaks to your soul?
  11. Whatever you do, don’t think about pink elephants. Okay, what are you thinking about?

To those I nominated: I can’t wait to read your answers!

To everyone else: Thanks for reading!! See you next time!

 

 

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I saw this tag done by Anna @ My Bookish Dream and loved it!! So of course I decided to do it! Because why not?

Basically this tag is a bunch of rapid-fire questions to answer, mostly about bookish preferences. Let’s get started!!


EBook or Physical Book?

Physical Book. 100%

Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store… unless I’m on a budget (because I’m incapable of walking out of a book store with less than an armful of new books)

Trilogies or Series?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
(please don’t make me pick)

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes… unless the Villain is the protagonist… but then… sometimes…. ummmmm
Next question?

A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Recommend an Underrated Book?

(ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOOOODDDDDDD) Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

The Last Book You Finished?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Book You Bought?

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

 Gas receipt? A Pen? I don’t know…

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes.

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal/Magic/Mythology

Borrow or Buy?

Buy: Books that I love and want to own
Borrow: Books that I’m not sure about/don’t want to invest in quite yet

Characters or Plot?

It really depends on the book, TBH…

 Long or Short Books?

Again, depends on the type of book… but I’ll go with long.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short.

Name the First Three Books You Think of…

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

Books that Make You Laugh or Cry?

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Our World

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes!!!!!!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

More than I’d like to admit…

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Movie.

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

The City of Bones movie. I know it’s widely disliked, but I liked it so much more than the book.

Series or Standalones?

Series… but not companion novels. I hate when companion novels are terrible and mess up the first book.


Phew. Some of those were hard.

But there you have it! My rapid-fire book tag answers.

I tag>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everybody!!

Seriously, this tag was super fun to do, and now you all have an excuse to do it! You are tagged! Go at it my bookish friends!

What do you agree with me on? What do we disagree on? Let me know in the comments below!!

And thanks for reading!!