TBR Book Tag

Another book tag! As usual, I was tagged by the amazing Emily @ Embuhlee liest. Woman, you tag me in so many things! I am super glad, but at the same time my procrastination is not, haha. Keep tagging me anyway, because I know me being a baby about it won’t stop you. xD

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Mainly through Goodreads, but I also keep a book list in a notebook. It’s really long but I love writing it down instead of just using the app. Plus, I started it a long time ago so, me being me, I just couldn’t stop adding to it. What can I say? I’m old school.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly print. However, since I received my NOOK I’ve been more open to e-books. And my library only has certain books on my TBR list in e-book form so I don’t really have a choice.

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

I’m definitely a mood reader. Whatever I feel like reading, I read. However, for those of you who have been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I’ve been mainly focusing on completed series. I also need to start focusing on books I actually own…^^;

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

6068551767326Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater has been in my Goodreads ‘to-read’ section the longest, but as for my book list I have written in a notebook, it would be The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix. The Keys to the Kingdom series by the same author is above that, as well as a few other series – some of which I have completed – but I’ve read a few of the books in those series already so I wasn’t sure if that counted or not.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

24934065One of the most recent books I’ve added to my TBR list on Goodreads is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I was reading a post from one of the blogs I follow about what they recently added to their TBR list and this book was one of them. I read the summary and it sounded like something I would definitely be interested in reading so I added it. However, it will probably be awhile until I actually get around to reading it…^^;

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


I thought this one was really neat looking.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I’m going to have to agree with Emily on this one. Why would you have a book on your TBR list that you never plan on reading? Sure, it may take you awhile to get to the hundreds of books that you have listed there, but the point of having them on there is because you’re interested in reading them!

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

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher, the sixteenth book in the Dresden Files series. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait.

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas. When this book came out I saw sooooo many reviews on it. I really want to read it, but as I’m doing my best to stick to completed series at the moment, I must wait.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Ummm, I’m not quite sure. Not many people have actually recommended specific books to me so I can’t think of one at the moment. I usually just see what other people are reading and if it sounds interesting I add it.

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

There are actually a lot of books that are on my list that I want to read…like now. But, as I mentioned above, I’m only reading completed series so I can’t read a lot of the stuff I have added. It’s sad, but I have such a terrible memory that I would have to reread each book in a series every time a new one comes out otherwise I won’t remember anything.

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

As of right now, 259. However, that’s not including a lot of the books on my written book list, because for most of the series I want to read I just have to first book actually in my shelf, due to the fact that if I don’t end of liking the series I won’t have to go through the trouble of deleting every book from my shelf.

And there we go! Thanks again for tagging me, Emmy. This was another fun one! :D


Pixar Book Tag


Hello everybody! I’m finally getting around to catching up with all the stuff I’ve been tagged in. There’s a lot of it…^^; This tag is an original created by my good friend Emily @ Embuhlee liest and her friend Shivii @ Shiviigoesrawr.

Toy StoryA book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I’m going to have to say the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones. Yes, I know, they’ve made a movie for this book and now a TV series, but honestly I don’t think either has really done it justice. The movie was tolerable, and the TV show…well, if you read one of my previous posts you’ll know I didn’t even manage to make it through the first episode. I may try again…we’ll see. But I think this book has such a variety of different characters that it would be a blast if they came to life and I was able to spend some time with them. Especially Jace! ;D

A Bug’s LifeBig beautiful butterfly. Name a character that goes through a wonderful transformation or development arc.


Kitty Norville from Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. If you read this series you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about. In the first book Kitty is a submissive werewolf that’s pretty much at the bottom of her pack and is constantly taken advantage of by her alpha. Honestly, she was rather annoying and pathetic. I didn’t know if I would continue with the series due to her being the main character. But, I read all fourteen books in the series, and that is due to the fact she quickly grows a backbone and becomes a likable character that knows what she wants in life.

Monster’s Inc –  Name a book where a strong or scary character develops a soft spot for someone else.


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Iorek Byrnison is an armored bear who everyone fears, but when Lyra steps into his life and shows him compassion, he steadily begins to take a liking to her. Their friendship and loyalty for each other grows throughout the story.


Finding NemoP. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Name a book that has an address or other quote within that’s been burned into your memory forever.

The Cupboard under the Stairs
4 Privet Drive
Little Whinging

Come on, we all know this one! xD

The IncrediblesName the coolest book family.

I’m going to have to copy Emily’s answer. The coolest book family is definitely the Weasley’s from Harry Potter. No argument.

Cars1,2 and now 3. Name a book that keeps getting sequels that you feel are not needed.


Okay, while I did enjoy the first four books in the Tiger’s Curse series, I do not believe a fifth one is needed. Like many people, I thought the series was over after the fourth one – it wrapped up nicely and everything! – but apparently a fifth one is happening and I have no idea how the author could possibly keep going. I guess I’ll find out whenever she decides to release it.

RatatouilleName a book whose main character is not a human nor a humanoid figure.


Into the Wild by Erin Hunter, the first book in the Warriors series. This was one of my favorite series when I was younger. I still haven’t finished it because there are so many books and they just keep on going. Although I’ve always been more of a dog person, this series that revolves around cats that live in Clans in the forest is a fantastic read that really works your imagination.

Wall-EName a book that made you feel lonely.


I’m going to go with Life of Pi by Yann Martel, because the whole book is about Pi being stranded out on a boat with only a few animals for company. I guess animals are better than no one, but even I – who is easily annoyed by other humans – would be craving human interaction after such a long time out at sea.

UpName a book whose characters you became very quickly emotionally invested in.

I’m really trying not to say Harry Potter, because I want to give other books a chance, but I’m going to go with Harry Potter anyways. Sorry other books.

BraveName a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship.

Ummm, I honestly can’t think of one for this spot. I’m really trying to…but I can’t. I’m looking through my Goodreads ‘read’ books and in most of the books the relationship between the main character and her mother isn’t that great or she doesn’t have a mother. There may be one or two that has a decent mother/son relationship but I can’t seem to find any good mother/daughter ones.

Inside OutName a book that you would say could be one of your core memories.

764354I will not pick Harry Potter for this section. Instead, I will pick the other book I talk a lot about, Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first in the Dresden Files series. It was one of the first books that really got me into urban fantasy. I can’t wait for the sixteenth one to come out! :D

And that’s the tag! It was a fun one and I’m proud of you, Emmy, for making your own! And Emmy’s friend too of course! xD

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Yes yes, I know it’s almost the end of the year…not the middle of it, but I was tagged by Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland back in September and I told myself I would catch up on all of my book tags! So that is what I am going to do! Thanks a bunch for tagging me, Erika, and sorry this is so late…^^; Because I should have done this sooner, I’ll only refer to books I’ve read before Erika tagged me.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

Well, I re-read the Harry Potter series this year, so that is definitely up there, but because I’ve read them before I’ll pick something else. I’d have to say the best book I’ve read so far is  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It was a very fun and entertaining read. I’m definitely looking forward to what other books Albertalli comes up with!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015

9662386Hmm, I guess I’ll go with Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck. I’ve read quiet a few sequels this year but this one was one of the better ones. I believe the fifth book in this series has yet to come out, but I’m interested to see how this series ends. I, like a lot of people, thought the fourth one was the last, since it pretty much wrapped everything up rather nicely, but apparently not.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to


So, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you’ve probably noticed that I bring up the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher…a lot. xD Because it’s amazing, of course. Anyway, Butcher is coming out with a new Steampunk series that I’m interested in reading. The first book is The Aeronaut’s Windlass. When I eventually get around to reading it I’ll have to try not to compare it to the Dresden Files…too much, at least.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Ummm, honestly I don’t really have one. I don’t read a lot of new releases – at the moment I’m currently focusing on completed series – so I can’t think of any that I’m really looking forward to at the moment.

Biggest disappointment

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz, the first book in the Blue is for Nightmares series. I definitely struggled through this one. The overall plot wasn’t completely awful, but I just couldn’t stand any of the characters. Not a single one. Usually there’s at least one, but nope. Nada. Zip. Zero. This was one series I decided I would give up on after the first book, which doesn’t happen often for me.

Biggest surprise


Zaria Fierce and the Secrets of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett. This wasn’t the biggest surprise because I didn’t think it would be a good book, but because I never imagined that an author would actually approach me and ask me to read and review it. I’m truly thankful to Keira for giving me the chance to read the first of Zaria’s adventures and am also pleased that she has asked for me to review the second book as well.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Becky Albertalli. She wrote Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and although that is the only book she’s written, I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with!

Newest Fictional crush


I’m going to have to say Ren and Kishan from  Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. I really enjoyed both characters so I can’t really pick just one. I think Ren was a better fit for Kelsey in the end, but there was so much thought put into Kishan’s character as well that if I had been in her situation I honestly don’t know which I would have chosen. Once again, I’m looking forward to see how the series ends.

Newest Favorite Character

I would have to pick Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I know this is the third time I’ve brought this one up in the tag, but I enjoyed it immensely. As I stated in my review of this book, he is an awesome main character. His sense of humor and the fact that he loves Harry Potter made him very likable. I also found him quite relatable because, like myself, he’s nosy and uses the terms ‘freaking’ and ‘just saying’ often.

Book that made you cry

As mentioned earlier, I did happen to re-read the Harry Potter series this year, so obviously I cried through a couple of those, but again I’ll try to stray away from them for this tag. So, I’ll pick Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck, the fourth book in the Tiger’s Curse series. I tend to get emotional during books, and movies as well, and there were at least four times while reading this book that I began tearing up. Judge me if you will, but I think that if I have come to like characters enough to cry over them the author has done a pretty fine job.

Book that made you happy


Okay, well I tried. But how can reading the HP series, or re-reading in my case, not make you happy?! So yes, I will bend and choose the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling for this section. I always feel happy when reading this series, but probably the happiest when reading the first book. It’s my favorite of the seven.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Ummm, I can’t really think of one. I don’t even know if I’ve seen a book to film adaption this year…or, at least I don’t remember if I have.

Favorite review you’ve written this year

Once again, I don’t have one. I don’t really think I favor any one over the others. I think I’ve improved a bit from my first review earlier this year, but a review is a review.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I know this book came out a couple of years ago, but I just got around to buying it this year. I’m hoping to read this series, as well as finish up The Mortal Instruments series, sometime next year. I’m also interested in seeing how the upcoming show, Shadowhunters, airing on ABC Family, will turn out. Honestly I’m kind of worried about it…^^;

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Well, back in September when I was tagged, I had planned on reading the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. I’m currently on the twelfth book in the series and am hoping to finish the series by the end of the year. Only two more book to go! I also have only two more books left in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, which I’ve been plugging away at for some time now. I am also hoping to finish it up soon.

And that wraps it up! Again, sorry this is so late, but I’m glad I finally got around to doing it. It doesn’t really make sense to tag anyone for this one now…being as it’s almost the end of the year. So I won’t.

Happy reading! :)

Mean Girls Book Tag

My dear Emily tagged me in another fun-looking book tag! Who doesn’t love this movie? Or at least find it entertaining…? In her post Emmy states that it is ‘one of the most quotable movies of all time’ and she is absolutely right. If you’ve never seen this movie go watch it.

1. It’s Pronounced Like “Cady”. – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

I can’t really think of any off the top of my head, but while reading the Demonata series by Darren Shan, there was a character with the name of Beranabus. It’s not so much as me mispronouncing his name…it’s more I was really just too lazy to sound it out correctly…xD In my head whenever I read his name it just came out as ‘Bernabus’ so basically I just didn’t bother to pronounce the first ‘a’. Shame on me, I know.

2. She Doesn’t Even Go Here! – Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.

I think it would be interesting to place the Bauldelaire siblings from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, in the world of the Gone series by Michael Grant. If you’re not familiar with the Gone series, it takes place in modern California but in a small section of the state everyone over the age of sixteen vanishes, no technology works, and some kids begin showing signs of special powers. Since the Bauldelaires are so practical and smart, I think it would be an interesting crossover.

3. On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink. – Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you déja vu of another book while reading it?

The Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith reminded me of the Demonata series by Darren Shan (mentioned earlier). They are both horror-based and the writing style is vaguely similar. Also, both main characters are the type that completely freaked out, but then learned to roll with it as shit hit the fan.

4. You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores. – Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Honestly, I can’t really think of anything specific at the moment. I know I’ve read some books where the main female character was whiny and had to have a ‘big strong man’ come rescue her, but usually at some point she has a ‘revelation’ and becomes more sure of herself.

5. You Go Glen Coco! – Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

The Baudelaire siblings from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. So many bad things happen to these kids, but they always manage to pull through it somehow. You just can’t help but want to be their personal cheerleader.

6. Get in Loser, We’re Going Shopping! – How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

If I’m not looking for anything in particular and am just browsing I usually stay longer than if I were actually looking for a specific book. I use my public library a lot so I try to only buy books that are on my list and that aren’t at the library. There are only a few series where I will actually purchase the books even if they are at the library.

7. It’s Not My Fault You’re Like In Love With Me Or Something! – Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I’d like to think no one would ever put a restraining order on me…but if it really came down to it, probably Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. I luff him.

8. I Can’t Help It That I’m Popular. – Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I still haven’t read this book, but I’ve heard mostly good things, but some not-so-good things too. I’m definitely going to read it…eventually, but I’m a bit cautious that people have hyped it up so much that I’ll end up being disappointed. I guess we’ll see, when I finally get around it it! xD

9. She’s A Life Ruiner. She Ruins Peoples’ Lives. – We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate. 

Hmmm, I’m going to stray away from books and into anime for this answer. I choose Hisoka from the anime, Hunter x Hunter. He’s an extremely sadistic villain that dresses as a jester and uses playing cards as weapons. He’s actually quite creepy, but I can’t help but love him! <3

10. I’m Not Like A Regular Mom, I’m A Cool Mom. – Your favourite fictional parents.

Arthur and Molly Weasley. No explanation needed.

11. That Is So Fetch! – Which book or series would you love to catch on? 

I can’t really think of one, honestly. I like a lot of different books, but I feel the ones I really enjoy are already fairly well-known. I can always fall back on one of my absolute favorites, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, but even that has it’s own group of followers.

12. How Do I Even Begin To Explain Regina George? – Describe your ideal character to read about.

I admit I do love the sarcastic characters that always have a great come-back for everything. And an awesome sense of humor. Humor is a big turn on for me when it comes to liking characters. If there isn’t at least one funny character…the entire story just feels blah. The characters I lean toward liking are usually on the stubborn side as well. I can’t really think of anything else at the moment…so those few traits will have to do!

13. I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings. – What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’? 

It depends where I am. If I’m at home I usual start tearing up pretty bad. I’m also allowed to read at one of my jobs, so when I’m reading a more emotional part of the book I try my best to resist tearing up…but sometimes it just doesn’t work…^^;

14. Nice Wig Janice, What’s It Made Of? – Your Mom’s Chest Hair! – Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?

Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I use him as an example waaaay too much, but he’s amazing so it’s okay.

15. Boo, You Whore. – Name a time a characters decision has made you roll your eyes.

Pretty much most of Kitty’s decisions in Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, the first book in the Kitty Norville series. Her character was just…ugh, in the first book. But I wanted to see where the author took things, and now I’m about to start the eleventh book in the series. So obviously I think it took a turn for the better.

And done! Even though Emily tagged me…over three months ago, I’m proud of myself for finally finishing it. Especially because it had sat in my post section as a draft for quite some time. I have quite a few more tags to get done so I’ll be trying my best to catch up on everything. As usual, I tag anyone who was interested in this tag and would like to participate! :D

Burrito Bowl Book Tag

A huge thanks to Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland for tagging me! As usual, I apologize that it has taken me this long to complete it…since I was tagged almost a month ago. I like to take my time…? (*excuse for being lazy*) Now I really want to go eat a burrito bowl. Although, I actually prefer it with the tortilla as the bowl. A bowl you can eat! What’s not to like about that?! xD

Rice: The Foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”

I’m sure there are a bunch of others that have a similar answer, but I can’t recall there being just one book that got me into reading. I read a bunch of stuff when I was younger so I would never be able to really narrow it down to just one. There’s always Harry Potter, of course, but I enjoyed reading before I even read that series. So I wouldn’t really say that counts. And there wasn’t even a specific book that got me into book blogging either. It was simply my passion for reading in general. And a little peer pressure from a good friend, of course.

Beans: The Filler – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”

311512I’m having a hard time coming up with a book for this section. But I do remember when I read Eldest by Christopher Paolini, the second book in the The Inheritance Cycle series, about halfway through I just stopped reading it for awhile. And I mean, like, weeks. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read it, but I just remember that about halfway through the book there was nothing going on. Absolutely nothing. I think that’s when Eragon was training in the forest…? Or something like that. But yeah. It was awful. I do plan on rereading it, however, since I only ever read the first two in the series, but I’m probably going to end up struggling through that part all over again when I do.

Protein: The Building Block “A book quote to live by”

I’m going to have to go with a quote by the amazingly witty Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. The first time I heard this one I just thought it was the greatest thing.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.”

I really don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I suppose it has to do with making a ‘cliche quote’ more original. Plus, it’s funny.

Fajitas: The Crunch of Texture – “A book with immaculate world-building”

19725697Hmm, that’s a tough one since everyone has their own opinion of what ‘immaculate world-building’ would be. As for me…I’m really trying to not pick Harry Potter for this one. It’s hard. But I really do like the world-building in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Yes, it’s about talking cats, but they’re intelligent cats who have gathered together and formed Clans out in the wild.  Their whole ‘way-of-life’ is simple, yet very clever and unique. If I were a cat I would totally want to live in that world.

Salsa: The Dance of Flavor – “A book that kept you on your toes”

7723542I would say A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. Another book in the POV of an animal. This book follows the actions and thoughts of dog who, after passing, is reborn as a completely different dog, but with the memories of his past life. This happens multiple times throughout the book. He’s not sure what it all means, he simply wants to find his purpose in life. It’s a great read and you just want to keep reading until the end to find out what this one dog goes through during each life. It’s fascinating. And, just a heads up, if you’re emotional when it comes to books, you will mostly likely cry. I did. Quite a bit… *no shame*

Corn: The Explosion of Sweetness“A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”

119322I don’t have the greatest memory, so sometimes remembering a specific scene is a bit difficult for me. Be that as it may, I’m going to choose pretty much the entirety of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I mean, the whole book is about Lyra venturing out to find her best friend Roger. If that ain’t friendship than I don’t know what is. Plus, throw in Lyra’s bond with her daemon, Pan, and her growing fondness with the bear, Iorek, and it fits with the theme perfectly.

Cheese: The Bond of Calcium“Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”

I’m going to have to pick Alex Sawyer from the Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith and Grubbs Grady from The Demonata series by Darren Shan. They both go through such horrific events in their own books, I think they would really be able to relate to one another. I could see their meeting turn into a contest of who has seen more messed up stuff than the other… xD

Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”

91479Once again, I want to stray away from Harry Potter, because I feel a lot of people will end up choosing Luna for this section. She did immediately come to mind, but I’m deciding on Waldo Butters from The Dresden Files. He’s a cowardly medical examiner who adores polka music and created a suit with instruments attached to become his own one-man band. Although not the bravest soul, he helps out the main character a bunch through the series and isn’t afraid to be, well…himself.

Guacamole: The Cost of Creaminess – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experience)”

Erika mentioned text books, so I feel like I agree with her. They are waaaay too much money for how little you use them. I mean, it depends on the class and all…but still. However, if we’re not counting those awful things…I’m not quite sure. I don’t buy books new very often. I buy second-hand books or use the library. But sometimes I can’t find a book I need at a used book store or the library doesn’t have it, so I’m forced to buy it at B&N or online. Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes not. There are only a few I will go out of my way to actually buy new. I am cheap and like to save money *insert thumbs up here*.

Lettuce: The Handful of Crispness – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”

6315602For this one I’ll choose My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I’ve only read the first book in the series so far, I plan on going back to it in the near future, but I thought it was a neat idea because the books focus on banshee’s.  I’ve never come across a book solely about banshee’s. If you read a lot of fantasy/supernatural based books they do crop up from time to time, but never has the protagonist been one. At least not in anything I’ve read before. Like I mentioned, I’ve only read the first book so far and it was okay. The plot was really interesting, but I wish I liked the main character better. I’m hoping she’ll grow on me in the next five books.

Chips: Le Pièce de Résistance – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”

764354People who have read my blog for awhile are probably sick of me talking about this series, but I’m going to say it anyway! Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files series. Fantasy is my favorite book genre, so if you are into that particular genre as well I definitely recommend this series. It’s about a smart-ass wizard in Chicago solving crimes, basically. What more can you ask for?

Tabasco: The Kick to the Face – “Your favorite fight/action sequence”

This is also a tough one. I’m going to go out on a limb a bit and say the fight in Heaven’s arena between Gon and Hisoka from the anime Hunter x Hunter. Yeah yeah, it’s an anime, but it’s based off the manga so there! Still counts. Or at least I say it does.

I’ll go ahead and tag Emily because she always tags me in stuff. I think this might be the first time I’ve tagged her in a book tag… xD She always beats me to it! And I tag anyone else who is interested in participating, as usual! :)

Nintendo Book Tag

I am finally…FINALLY…getting around to doing this tag Emmy so kindly tagged me in…almost two months ago. I’m sure I’ve mentioned I’m a procrastinator…right? RIGHT?! Either way I’m getting around to it now and that’s all that matters! :D

1537471) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read
Honestly, I’m not super interested in reading many classics, but I would like giving Moby-Dick a try. I’ve already read Dracula and Frankenstein for one of my classes before, otherwise my answer may of been one of them, but the plot of Moby-Dick has always peeked my interest. I’m not sure if I’ll ever actually get around to reading it, but if I do I’ll definitely let you guys know what I think.

11614392) SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the 1st (can be a 2nd book in a series)
I’m going to go with Fell by David Clement-Davies, the sequel to The Sight. It’s not often that I like a sequel more than the original, but in this case I definitely enjoyed Fell more than The Sight. I really wanted to like the first book more than I did, especially because it was about wolves, but I just didn’t think it was all that great. Fell was a better overall read for me, but to be honest I actually like Firebringer, by the same author, better than both Fell and The Sight.

3) Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world
I don’t really think there is just one particular book that has changed the way I look at the world. I’m gonna have to say each book I’ve read has brought something to the table, if you will. I’ve come to learn so many things from so many different books that I just wouldn’t be able to narrow it down. So I’m going to be that person and say just about every book I’ve read has impacted me in some way or another, be it ones I enjoyed or ones I didn’t.

4) GameCube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you
Going back to classic books, I’m going to have to say Frankenstein. As I mentioned earlier, I had to read it for one of my college classes, but I just didn’t really enjoy it. I found myself skimming a lot and I hate skimming, so that’s how I can tell if I’m not overly fond of a book. The concept is a good one, but it just didn’t do much for me.

5) Wii: A new favorite book
Hmmm…I haven’t read many new books recently. So, I’m going to go with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I really, really enjoyed this book. It was funny, witty, and an overall great story. You can find my review on this book here.

124138366) Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start
I’m going to say Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise – Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang. This is a graphic novel series I want to start. I own all three parts to The Promise, but I have yet to read them. I fell in love with this show after watching the first episode air on TV for the first time and was bummed when it ended. When I heard there was to be a continuation in comic form I really wanted to read it, but have just never got the chance yet. The sequel TV show, The Legend of Korra, was okay – it was a neat idea overall – but personally nothing beats the original. And do not even get me started on the live-action movie. No. Just no. So yeah, I will definitely sit down and read that in the near future.

7) Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba
Since it doesn’t necessarily say book character, I’m going to pick an anime one instead. Well, I guess he technically is a book character, since the manga came before the anime…but I’ve only watched the anime. ANYWAY. I pick Eren from Attack on Titan. I recently just watched both seasons of this anime and OH MEH GAWD. I wanted to punch Eren in the face so many times. If you happened to sit with me and watch this series it would be nothing but: “Eren, why are you so dumb?” “Seriously, Eren, stop being so frickin’ dumb!” “You need a kick in the face, sir, for realz.” “What the hell are you doing, you idiot?!?!” “HOLY CRAP, EREN, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!” Ehem…well, yeah, let’s just say he wasn’t my favorite character. Wanna know who is? Levi. Cause he’s a bad-ass and actually punches Eren in the face. Multiple times. I love him. Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now…

8) Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic
I can’t really think of one. Not one that’s newer anyway.  And again, I haven’t read much newer stuff recently. I guess I could say The Hunger Games. The first book came out seven years ago, but I suppose that’s new enough. I really did enjoy this series and am super excited to see the last movie this year!

9) Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. I haven’t read this book yet but it’s been on my TBR list for awhile now. It definitely sounds like something that has great potential, so I can’t wait to give it a read and see for myself.

10) Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect
I’m going to copy Emily’s answer for this one and say those fancy editions of classic books that Barnes and Nobel sells. If you’ve ever been in a B&N you know what I’m talking about. They’re just so pretty looking.

16471911) Donkey Kong: A book with original characters
I’ve mentioned this book series in a few of my tags, but I’m going to do it again anyway! Lord Loss by Darren Shan. Grubbs Grady is just such a wonderfully original character that when a question comes up about original characters I instantly think of him. He’s funny, sarcastic and when his entire reality shifts, he’s not afraid to act…well, afraid.

12) Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want
Pretty much all of the The Legend of Zelda games are my favorite. I’m also a fan of Super Smash Bros., the Mario Party games, the Mario games in general, and Animal Crossing. I’m also looking forward to Hyrule Warriors when it comes out on the 3DS, since I don’t own a WiiU. Which makes me sad because then I won’t be able to play the new LoZ game either…*cry cry*

And that wraps up that tag! As per usual, I tag anyone who would like to participate! I’m much too lazy to actually tag specific people…maybe in the next one. Let me know if you do this tag so that I can read your answers! :)

How I Read Books Tag

Another tag! Bet you can’t guess who tagged me? (That was sarcasm, btw…) As usual, it was my dear Emily! I do enjoy book tags…I just have a bad habit of not completing them in a decent amount of time from when I was tagged. Because she tagged me…three weeks ago, I believe? Heh…heh…

1. How do you find out about new books to read?
Mainly Goodreads, but after I started blogging it’s been more common for me to find books from other bloggers. Occasionally one will be recommended by a friend. If you’ve ever been to Barnes & Noble, you know how you get that little piece of paper after buying a book that gives you a few recommendations? Yeah, I would usually look up those too. If I hadn’t already owned/read them.

2. How did you get into reading?
Honestly I’m not quite sure. I remember reading books ever since I learned to read. My mom’s a big reader too, so maybe that had something to do with it.

3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?
Instead of reading solely middle-grade and young adult books, I’ve branched out to adult fiction, including murder mystery and the occasional romance book. I don’t mind books with more adult-themes now, as long as the plot and characters are good I’ll probably read anything. However, I still steer mainly toward fantasy-related plots.

4. How often do you buy books?
Not very often. The library is my best friend. I do usually wander into a used bookstore a few times a month, but I don’t always buy something. I have a list and if I don’t find a book on that list I don’t buy anything. There’s too much I own that I still haven’t read to continually be buying more books.

5. How did you get into Book reviewing?
Emily! I believe I was stalking her Goodreads (we’ve known each other for a long time so it’s not creepy…right? RIGHT?!) and saw that she had joined a group of book bloggers…or something like that. And so I found her blog and began reading it. I mentioned it to her and she peer pressured me into starting my own. I wasn’t sure at first…cause I never really reviewed books before. Even on Goodreads I would simply rate them with the stars, not actually write a review. But I’m glad I decided to participate to be a part of the book blogging community. I’ve met some awesome people along the way and I am even more involved with books than I was before.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
I usually think about how it could have ended better, then I get over it. Sometimes I talk to myself…mostly it sounds something like, “Are you serious?! That’s stupid!” And, like Emily, I do a fair share of sighing.

7. How often do you take a “sneak peak” at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
Once again, like Emily, I don’t do this to necessarily look for a happy ending, most of the time I’m just looking to see how many pages there are until I’m finished or something like that. Then I’ll see a spoiler phrase and kick myself later for it.

8. Who are you going to tag?
Anyone who wishes to participate! :)

Also, I wanted to say a quick thank you to all of my followers! I now have over 50. I’m honestly shocked because I feel like I’m just rambling half the time…and who wants to read my rambling? But I guess some people like that? Either way “THANK YOU!” And know that I really appreciate it! :)

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

My dear Emily has tagged me to participate in another book tag and, as usual, it’s taken me awhile to complete it. But I have done so! Finally…so yeah. Here we go~

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I’m going to pick Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I’ve used this book in a few other tags but that’s because I haven’t not liked many books that I’ve read. I don’t know exactly how popular this one is, but I feel like it’s fairly well-known. I didn’t mind the overall plot, but I didn’t like any of the characters. And I simply can’t like a book if I don’t like any of the characters in it.

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
6257500Ummm, I’ll say Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding. I wouldn’t say this one is really popular or hated but I couldn’t really think of anything else so, like Emily, I chose it because it had a lower rating than a lot of other stuff I’ve liked (3.59). I thought this was a great series. It had an action-packed plot and I enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t believe it’s completed yet, so I’m keeping my eye out for the sixth book.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
This one is hard. Usually pairings grow on me. Let’s see…(possible spoiler?) I’m going to choose Faythe and Marc from Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series. I’ve only read the first two books, so I don’t even know if they stay together. But for now that will have to do. I liked Jace better as a romantic interest. Marc is too…’alpha male’ and bossy. Whenever I get around to finishing that series, I’ll see who she ends up with.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I would say straight up romance. Most books have a touch of romance, but I don’t read many purely romantic books. My mom reads them so we have them around the house, but I don’t read them often. Very occasionally, if I’m in the mood, I’ll pick one up but I mostly need me some action-packed, humorous books to hold my interest.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Bella from Twilight. She’s just dumb. No offense to people who enjoy her as a character, but I personally can’t stand her. Edward I can kind of tolerate…but Bella…just no.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I actually can’t think of one. There are a few series that I didn’t care for, but I’ve read other stuff by the author which I enjoyed. So none for now. This might change in the future though.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
I would actually just love to see more books from the villains POV. I’m sure there are a decent chunk out there (let me know in the comments if you know of any!), but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. The bad guys have feelings too! Even if most of them are horribly twisted and disturbed…but wouldn’t it still be interesting to read? I think so. Oh, which makes me think of another trope. Bad guys turning good. I mean, it’s usually better for the story and blah blah blah, but I prefer them to remain bad. It’s more fun that way.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Divergent series.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
7260188Huh, this is a tough one. I’m going to copy part of Emily’s answer and say Mockingjay. I thought the movie was really good and I’m excited about seeing Part 2.



Done. I tag anyone who would like to participate!

Happy reading! :)

Would You Rather Book Tag

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I was tagged by Analee at Book Snacks to complete this tag. She also created the image above, just so you know! ;D She tagged me roughly…two weeks ago. I’m finally doing it now! Unfortunately I’ve been busy busy busy. So it doesn’t matter how long it’s taken me to do it, but that I’m actually doing it, right? ^^;

Would you rather…

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?

Hmmm, I’d probably go with only trilogies. Mainly because I never feel like I get to know the characters well enough in just one book.

2. Read only female or male authors?

I wouldn’t be able to choose. The gender of the author doesn’t matter to me in the least. As long as I like their characters and writing style, I’m happy!

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

This is a tough one. Since you can mostly find books cheaper on Amazon…but then there’s shipping. And you have to wait for Amazon, while at B&N you can just buy a book and leave. Unless they’re talking about B&N online? I dunno… Then again, on Amazon you can buy used books…and I’m all about used books. GAH. I’ll have to go with Amazon.

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?

T.V. shows. That way they can follow the books more accurately.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Five books per week. I couldn’t live with only five pages per day…

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?

Crap. Another tough one. I would love to just get paid to read, but then again it would be awesome to publish something I’ve written. But…I’m going to go with reviewer.

7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

Read new ones. I do enjoy re-reading some of my favorites, but I actually don’t do it very often so I feel like I would get bored after awhile just reading twenty of them over and over and over again.

8. Be a librarian or book seller?

A book seller. That way I could own my own bookstore! :D

9. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?

Only read my favorite genre. I generally stick to Sci-fi/Fantasy anyway, and it’s such a broad category, so I don’t think I would have difficulty finding books if I stuck to strictly one genre.

10. Only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical books. I began reading eBooks last year and don’t get me wrong, they’re great and super convenient, but I still like holding a physical copy of a book better.

And that’s that! Like usual, I tag anyone who found this tag interesting and would like to participate! :)

Time of the Day Book Tag

Once again Emily tagged me in another book tag. And once again, it’s taken me awhile to complete it. I still need to do a review on the Connor Grey series and another book tag from Analee at Book Snacks. Did I mention I was a procrastinator? But yeah, I’m slowly getting there. Anyway…book tag time!

1 – Time to wake up: A book that opened your eyes to a genre you didn’t previously read.
I’m going to go with Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. This was one of my first ‘adult’ books. My friend’s mom wouldn’t even let me borrow them until I was eighteen (even though there wasn’t any sex until…the fifth or sixth book I think?) But yeah. It opened up my eyes to the adult fiction genre. I need to catch up on that series. It’s pretty long. Some of the more recent books haven’t been as great, but I still enjoy the characters and the overall plot.

2 – No time for breakfast: A book that has been sitting on your shelf for ages.
The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski. I don’t remember if someone gave this book to me or if I bought it myself…but it has just been siting on my shelf forever. I think part of it is because I was waiting until the series was completed…but even then, for some reason when I think of what I want to read next it just never comes to mind. Now that the series has finished up I’ll have to get around to reading it.

3 – Time to travel to work: A book you read whilst traveling.
I actually don’t have a specific book for traveling. I just take whatever book I’m currently reading. Recently I’ve heard of people listening to audio books while in the car, but I get easily distracted if I don’t have the actual physical book in front of me so I simply can’t use them. Which is sad because they’re a great concept, just not for me unfortunately.

4 – You’ve had a hard time at work: A book you struggled to get through.
Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I mentioned in my first WWW Wednesdays post that I struggled through this book and I did. A lot. The overall plot wasn’t terrible, but the characters were just…ugh. Most of them were simply uninteresting and I didn’t really connect with any of them. Towards the end of this book I was skimming, mainly reading the dialogue to see how it ended. I don’t do that often but I just really wanted to be done with this book.

5 – Lunch time: A quick and easy read.
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. I read a good chunk of A Series of Unfortunate Events as a child but never got around to finishing it. I’ve recently picked it back up and have slowly been working my way through it again due to the news of there eventually being a live-action show on Netflix. Since the movie was no good, I hoping Netflix does better!

6 – Time for your performance review: A book you bought because of a review you read/watched.
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I haven’t actually bought this book – as I’ve mentioned quite a few times I normally don’t purchase the books I read – but a couple months ago there was a lot of hype for this book and I read quite a few reviews on it, so it is definitely on my TBR list! And once I do get around to reading it I’ll be posting my own review.

7 – Time to travel home: A book that follows a character on some kind of journey.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. This was one of my favorite books as a child. It’s about dragons so of course it’s amazing! Although movies based on books usually aren’t any good, I think this would have been a great book to make into a movie. Probably an animated one, but still.

8 – Dinner time and conversation: A book you don’t hear people talk about much, but you loved.
You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #1)I’m trying to think of a book I’ve never put in a book tag before…(I really want to put the Dresden Files again, but I’m refraining from doing so). Hmmm…I’m going to pick You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister. This was a really great book. There was plenty of action, plus romance, and the characters were hilarious. Plus this was another one about dragons…so yeah. That’s usually a plus-side with me. If you’re looking for a funny adult fiction series (warning: there are some steamy scenes in here) then check this book out!

9 – Time to zone out in front of the TV: Your favorite book that has been turned into a movie or TV show.
Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel. This was actually a book I wouldn’t have normally read, but I really enjoyed it. And so when the movie came out I didn’t want to watch it until I read the book first, so that’s exactly what I did. I know that usually makes the movies less enjoyable, but I simply prefer reading the books first. However, it didn’t really matter much in this case because I thought the movie was amazing! It followed the book decently and the graphics were just…WOW. If you aren’t planning on reading this book, at least go see the movie!

10 – Bedtime: The book that is currently on your nightstand.
I don’t actually have a nightstand, but the book that is currently on my dresser is  Chasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur. I haven’t started it yet, since I’m still working through My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent, but I’ll get around to reading this within the week. Unfortunately I work all weekend so less time for reading…

11 – Night-time: A book you couldn’t put down so you stayed up way too late reading.
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. (The link goes to the movie-edition cover – which I normally don’t like – but that one had the best summary so sorry if it’s confusing.) Another funny adult fiction series. All of the characters are hilarious and it’s packed with enough action to keep you wanting more. If you saw the movie, let me just say it did the book no justice (as usual). So give it another chance and read the book! It’s another long series – I believe she’s on the twenty-third book? – but give it a try anyway!

Another book tag completed! Once again I tag anyone who thought this tag fun and interesting and would like to participate! :)

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