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Unpopular Opinions (Book Tag!)

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Unpopular Opinions

I was tagged by the bookishly wonderful Anna @ It’s my birth write — thank you so much, you happy fanceh penguin you!  ❤

The tag was created by TheBookArcher. Here’s a link to the original video.

Now then…. LET’S WRECK IT, RALPH!

(I’m sorry, I spent like lots of hours organizing all Keith and I’s movies in alphabetical order this afternoon/evening.  My penguin brain is mush and all I can think of are movies now)

1. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE.

How about I give you a few…and the reasons why I didn’t like them.  Because WELL-ROUNDED for the win!

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

 Rating: 3/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I was reading Twilight again?; pretty slow start; lots of snark, agnst, and teenage drama; aliens…sort of?; fast-paced second half; some pulse-pounding, sexy moments

(If I re-rated this book now, it’d be closer to 3 Penguins)

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Rating: 3.75/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: interesting twists and embellishments to the ideas of “supernatural” powers; sometimes awkward, cliched plot twists; a few weird world-building blips; a story I cared about…with characters that I just couldn’t

(If I were to re-rate this now…I’d probably rate it closer to 3 or 3.25 Penguins)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Rating: 3.5/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: very slow beginning–seriously, it dragged; intriguing plot, unique cast of characters; I didn’t really feel invested in any of the crew; I wasn’t emotionally invested in the story, either, really; once the pace picked up, the read was quick; loved the addition of the photographs

2. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE.

Again, I’ll give you a few…and the reasons why.

The Gracekeepers

Rating: 5/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: lyrical, poignant writing; an intriguing, unique sort of dystopia; imaginative, vivid world-building and imagery; heavy, emotional prose; unexpected, surprising twists; small snippets of a lot of different perspectives woven into the two main ones—and it works; endearing, complex characters; lots to love in this read

Rating: 5/5 Penguins Everything That Makes You
Quick Reasons: I don’t… I can’t… WHAT did I just read?!; there might be tiny pieces of my heart embedded in the carpet where it dropped out of my chest while reading; why isn’t this book talked about more?!; beautifully heart-wrenching; I LOVE the juxtaposition of these two “what if” situations

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This one doesn’t even HAVE quick reasons because I read it so early in my blogging career!  If you want to read my review on it, though, you can find it RIGHT HERE!

3. AN OTP THAT I DON’T LIKE.

Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1)

 Claire and Riley.  I just… I was ALL SAWYER ALL THE TIME from the very first page, and I cannot for the life of me stand behind Riley.  I just can’t.

4. A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.

I…read pretty much anything and everything these days, so… *shrugs* Iunno? The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

OH OH OH WAIT, yes I do!  High fantasy.  High fantasy and I don’t get along very well.

I’ve only managed to read a few, actually, so far… my favorite being this one right here–

5. A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Gale.  I just CANNOT with that boy.  I don’t even know why.

6. A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO.

Ann Brashares.  Again, not sure why, except maybe my age? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)

7. A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING.

In.  Sta.  Love.

Also, “special snowflakes,” ESPECIALLY in dystopian/post apocalypse.  Not every main character HAS to be good at all teh things, okay?! So quit it!

8. A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Sorry not sorry?  This just doesn’t really scream at me to read it, and there are WAY too many other books I WANT to read out there for me to bother wasting my time on something I’m pretty sure I won’t like.

9. THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?Beastly (Beastly, #1; Kendra Chronicles, #1)

This one!  Because…gaaaaah, I dunno, the movie’s just better IMO!

I TAG:

PandaPants

Deanna

Carrie Artrip

yourdaughtersbookshelf

By Hook Or By Book

 

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The Beauty and The Beast ( #booktag )

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I stumbled across this #booktag while perusing bloglovin recently, and decided I wanted to play!  I found it on Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads’ blog–thanks, Kourtni, for posting it!  To see her post, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

I’m honestly not sure who the original creator of this tag was…if anyone knows, please feel free to inform me, I’d LOVE to link back to them?

With that said…LET’S GET IT ON (like Donkey Kong)!

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“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.

There are a couple, actually, so…

The Red Pearl

Enemies to frenemies to friends to lovers…because HELLO, can anyone say #alltheadorbs #moststeamylovesever #justkissalready ?!?!?!?!

The Boxer and the Butterfly

Faux romance to REAL STEAMY…because again, adorbs?  I guess I like my romance with a ton of drama and adversity in the beginning…

Belle – A book you bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside.

The Twistrose Key

Again…there are SO MANY I could have listed here!  I decided to go with a book I don’t talk about often, though.  Just LOOK?!?!?! at this gorgeous cover?!  This was one of the first #midgrade books I remember picking up…and I ADOOOOORED every second of it.  Seriously, guys–I recommend this one.  I gave it 5/5 Penguins.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but that pleasantly surprised you.

Dark Water

 

If you know me, you know I don’t read thriller/mysteries often.  But something about THIS book called to me….and I’m SO super glad it did, because I LOVED IT SO HARD.  Seriously, penguins–this read is a TRIP, and will leave you picking up the pieces of your jaw at the end.  Trust me.

Also, fun fact?  It’s only 99 cents on Amazon for your ereader. HINTHINT, NUDGENUDGE.

 

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

 

PLEASE don’t send the seals after me, penguins!  I didn’t HATE this book…it just didn’t work for me personally.  I was booooored.  SO BORED.  I didn’t much like the main character.  I just…couldn’t get into it, I guess.  I’m SORRY, okay?!  I tried so hard!

 

 

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

The White Rabbit Chronicles: Alice in Zombieland / Through the Zombie Glass / The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1-3)

 

KAT!  I loooooove love looooooooooove!!!! Kat.  Seriously, Kat is total BAE and I think SHE should have been the MC of these books.  I mean, I still love these books, but…Kat!

 

 

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

There are so many books that I’ve read JUST THIS YEAR ALONE! that have taught me super important, valuable things…so I’m not going to list them ALL out here.  I WILL, however, tell you this:  you can find ALL OF THEM on the shelf I’ll link right below this statement.

TO THE SHELF–CLICK HERE!

Trust me.  You’ll want to click that, if you want to know a little about what books have touched me hardest.

“Something There” – A book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

Uhmmmmm… I don’t know that there are any?  If there are, I can’t think of them off the top of my head tonight!

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

Trick

 I deeeefinitely  have to say Poet.  He’s just so down-to-earth and honest and entertaining and…. GAAAAAAH, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW HARD I LOVE HIM OKAY?!

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I TAG!:

Annelise (PandaPants)

Lauren (Real Life Ghost Hunter)

Stefanie (I don’t have a nickname for you yet!)

And…ANYONE ELSE who wants to brave the tag!

That’s it, y’all!  PENGUIN, OUT!

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This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag

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I was #tagged by the wonderfully lovely Katelynn @ Books & Bottles in THIS POST RIGHT HERE!  SO MANY THANK YOUS, sweetheart–you always know how to make a girl feel loved!  (also, I miss our GIF wars…we should totes start that up again soon)

So…let’s DO this thang!

THE RULES:

  1. Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to my blog.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Tag as many people as you want.

THE QUESTIONS:

1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

Any and all types of retellings EVAR because RETELLINGS, PENGUINS!  Retellings are the absolute beeeeest and I adore them.

I mean, think about iiiiiiit!  You can have your cake, and eat it too–in the form of your faaaaaaavoritest story, except with the author’s own spins and twists and surprises!  It’s like asking for a Barbie Doll for Christmas and getting a whole buncha them instead.

(although according to Goodreads, I’ve only read 46 retellings?!  I think that numbers a little bit off…. I know I’ve read more than THAT.  By a lot.)

2. WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

Uh.  Uhhhhh.  UUUUUUUUUUHM.

Okay, I can TOTALLY do this, let’s see here…

It’s a toss up between ….

No.  Nope, I can’t do this.  There are WAY TOO MANY AUTHORS I LOVE who have written some of my faaaaavorite retellings and I refuse to choose between my babies.  You can’t make me so there!

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3. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

Uhm.  How about we go with the fact that IT’S THE GLUE THAT HOLDS MY LIFE TOGETHER?!  Do I really need more reason than that, I mean seeeeeeeriously?  SERIOUSLY?!

Also, Pride and Prejudice retellings for the win for life because they are bae.

4. WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

It was a trilogy, if I remember right…

I think maybe you might have heard of it?

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And so began an obsession that I see no end of!

5. IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

Oh, penguins.  OH, PENGUINS.  This is like…this question?  THE DEVIL!  Okay, let’s see… If I had to pick just one recommendation, I guess I’d go with…

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Because it’s suuuuuper fun, it’s super quick, and it’s got ZOMBIES!  I mean, everyone loves zombies, right?!

(okay…maybe I’m also SLIGHTLY obsessed with zombies.  Just a little)

6. WHY DO YOU READ?

….Because WHAT ELSE am I going to do with my life?!?!?!  I mean I could write a book…but…that requires reading.  I could watch a bunch of movies, but…READING IS BETTER.  I could become the crazy cat lady of my neighborhood but I’m moving in December and books don’t get fur all over your nice black pants and words don’t leave you dead mice as presents.

So… I choose books.  Because I can.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Do YOU like to read retellings?  What’s your favorite, if so?  If you haven’t read one before but want to, which do you hope to pick up first?!  LET’S TALK BOOKS!

Also, I tag (but please don’t feel obligated to do the thing if you don’t wanna):

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Tori @ Book Dreamer

Annelise @ The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange

and, of course, ANYONE ELSE who feels they’re strong enough to take this #booktag downtown!

Thanks for sticking with me and my nonexplanations, penguins!

Until next time, happy book-ing, and…

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Reader Confession Tag

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Reader Confessions Tag

I stumbled across this awesome tag over at Reads and Treats— thanks, Kendra!

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes.  And I did it… ON PURPOSE!

NUUUUUUUUUUH!  you say.  HOW DARE YOU?!  I hear you exclaim.

Honestly?  I bought the books.  I destroyed the books.  I don’t feel bad about it.

Also, I took a book arts class in college, soooo…

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I don’t think so.  But I don’t borrow books.

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

It depends.  On my days off, I can EASILY finish 1-2 books (sometimes 3, depending on length!)  During the work week…I get through maybe 1, if I’m lucky?  So… usually about 3 a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

I know my reading tastes well enough, I usually don’t buy books that I end up not liking.  Every now and then one sneaks onto my reading list (usually in the form of retellings)  But…I haven’t DNFed a book in a while.

5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

Let’s burst some bubbles here, shall we?!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs);
Obsidian (Jennifer L. Armentrout);
The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot);
Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard);
Vicious (V.E. Schwab);
Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Nawww, I’m pretty open with my reading.  If people don’t like it, too bad, stuff and fluff–they can go shove themselves with marshmallows.

7. How many books do you own?

Print books is somewhere around 800?  Ebooks is more like 300.

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

This TOTALLY depends on several things.  First, I tend to fly through ebooks, where with print books I read much slower (someone explain this to me?  I don’t get it)  Second…if I’m not real invested in the book?  I take MUCH longer, because it starts feeling like a chore instead of like fun.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

YES! YES!  YES!!!!!  Seriously, guys, feel free to approach me about buddy reads–my door is always open!

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Er…in my head, I guess?  I do read aloud to the husband, though–mostly Terry Pratchett, because those books BEG to be read aloud–and he doesn’t seem to mind it, so… maybe you should ask him?

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

My Kindle!  Because technically it’s ONE book…….that holds literally as many books as you want it to at any given moment.  ONE book, countless reading possibilities.  Smart, right?!

I TAG:

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews

Caitlin @ Words and Other Beasts

Heather @ The Sassy Geek

And anyone else who wants to do this thing!

As always, no pressure–if I’ve tagged you and you don’t wanna, don’t do the thing!

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In My Headphones–TAG!

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I was tagged by the ever-wonderful Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews to do this tag.  Thanks, Lauren–my musical penguins thank you for enabling my addiction.

The Rules:

  • List the first 10 songs that come on shuffle (no skipsies).
  • Then write your favorite lyric (or verse) from each song.
  • Tag/link others

The Songs:

The titles link to the song on YouTube in case you want to hear!

Shadows, by Breathe Carolina

All of me is wrapped around you
They will never hold you like I do
A thousand suns will stay and melt
Our shadows into one
Now I want it all

Sleep Baby Sleep, by Broods

Ignorance is torture but your love is right
Tip to tip a gentleman of the night
Feed my fascination a way our skin likes silk
And I’m still filled with wonder you could fool me easily so

A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Smoke, by PVRIS

You’re just a ghost of blissful feelings,
A cloud of smoke that I keep breathing,
An illusion, I’m losing you to the games in my mind.
I see your face, an apparition,
But now it’s changed,
Shape shifting,
Don’t wanna open my eyes.

Silence and Scars, by Pop Evil

I know I’ve been wrong; I don’t have all the answers
I’m stuck in this hell somewhere in between
What I want and what I need; I don’t have a good reason
Now that you’re gone only silence and scars remain

All of My Days, by Tyler Brown Williams

Oh oh let’s go, nobody knows
Let the wind take us away
Oh wherever we go, I hope that you know
That I’m gonna love you for all of my days

I’ll Follow You, by Shinedown

Yeah the first step is the one you believe in
And the second one might be profound.

I See the Light, by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things, the way they were

May I, by Trading Yesterday

May I hold you as you fall to sleep
When the world is closing in
And you can’t breathe here
May I love you, may I be your shield
When no one can be found
May I lay you down

Last Love Song, by ZZ Ward

All these notes and all these words,
Are all that’s left in me,
Bend these pages, count my woes,
One last song to set me free

And that’s it!

I Tag:

Whoever the heckle wants to do this thing!

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It’s All About Me, and Who I Am (Tag)

I found this tag via Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews on this post right over HERE!  Thanks, Lauren–you always have the bestest tags!

Vital Stats

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Name: Elizabeth
Nicknames: Beth, Bethy, Bethly (I miss you, Grandpa), RizzedBeth, Liz
Birthday: March 8th
Star Sign: Pisces
Occupation: Retail/Cashier

Appearance 

Hair colour: Mostly brown
Hair length: Short
Eye colour: Brown
Best Feature: Hmm… I like my eyes.  And my collarbones.
Piercings: Technically my ears are pierced, but I’m SOOPAH allergic to metal.  I can’t even wear the hypo-allergenic crap because I break out in about five minutes.  Also, I can’t afford the expensive gold crap, so… tada!
Tattoos: Not yet, but I’d love to get at least one someday!  It’s on my bucket list.
Right or Left: For wha?  I’m right-handed, if that’s what you’re asking…

Firsts 

Best Friend:  One of the…fourteen?!…kids who lived across the way from my grandma.  I don’t know why, but he and I clicked almost immediately when we were little, and were pretty much inseparable until he moved away.  I remember in kindergarten one day, I had a tummy ache.  He let me lean my head on his shoulder during story time.  I still think about him sometimes… I don’t know if he even remembers who I am.
Award: I don’t even remember.  Something for school.
Sport: Lmao I was never allowed to participate in sports.
Real Holiday: Uhm.  I dunno?  I don’t know if I’ve EVER been on a real holiday lol.
Concert: The Cool Whip guys came to our high school.  I guess I can count that, right?  ( and by Cool Whip guys, I mean Ball in the House )

Favourites

Film: I can’t pick just one!  Let’s see… The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride; Practical Magic; Pitch Perfect; Big Hero 6; Pirates of the Caribbean (the entire franchise); G.I. Jane; Dead Silence; 10 Things I Hate About You; How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; Hope Floats; Moulin Rouge….I could keep going, but.
TV Show: Criminal Minds; Monsters Inside Me; Face Off; Boy Meets World AND Girl Meets World; Gilmore Girls
Colour: I mean, this changes depending on the day.  Today?  It’s these:


Song: I…you’re joking, right?  Tell me you’re joking?  How about I give you…uhm…three?  But you have to realize, these aren’t the ONLY ones!

Restaurant: I don’t really have one?  Mostly because I live in a TEENY TINY TOWN.  No really.
Shop: Again, I don’t *really* have one, because…we have literally none around here.
Books:

You really want to know?  Go here.

Currently 

Feeling: Tired and full.  YAY ham!
Single or Taken: Married.  So… what do you think?
Eating: Nothing.  Because just finished.  YAY ham!
Thinking About: Not much honestly.
Watching: Nothing.
Wearing: Plaid pajama pants and an orange-pink long sleeve.

Future

Want Children: Yes.  When the time’s right.
Want to be Married:  I already AM married.
Careers in Mind: Can… Can I just, like, read books for a living?  Or raise penguins?!
Where You Want To Live: I don’t really care, so long as it’s warm and dry and has the hubby in it.

Do you Believe …

God: Not really
Miracles: What do you mean by “miracles,” exactly?
Love at First Sight: Definitely NOT.
Ghosts: Definitely YES.
Aliens: Definitely YES.
Soul Mates: I believe there are different types of soul mates, so YES.
Heaven: Not “heaven” per se.
Hell: Naw.
Kissing on the First Date: *shrug* It’s your life, do what yah want!
Yourself: I try to.  It’s harder some days than others.  Today is a good day.

Tagging:

Whoever decides they wanna do the thing should totes DO THE THING!

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The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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I stumbled like a klutzy clucker (HAH, that’s a lot of fun to say!) across this tag on bloglovin thanks to

Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews and THIS POST RIGHT HERE!

and because, like kooky Kirk (MAN I’m on a roll here!) watching the series through-AGAIN!-I decided I had to drop every single thing I was doing (which…was absolutely nothing) and DO THIS TAG!

So let’s do it!

1. I JUST GOT HIT BY A DEER

character having the worst day ever

Oh goodness, let’s see… I think I’m going to go wiiiiiith…

Oh, oh, I know!

The Uninvited

Ivy Rowan, from The Uninvited!  I mean… I can’t say WHY, because SPOOOOILERS man!  but trust me, she’s having a bad day.

2. STARS HOLLOW

wildly eccentric cast

Equal Parts (Supernova, #1)

I cannot.  I repeat, CANNOT! get over how much I adooooore this book, and these characters, and…Gah.  I NEED BOOK TWO!  Someone get Emma Winters on the phone.  It must be done.  It must be done soon.

3. COFFEE

a book you’re addicted to/a character with an addiction

Well…this is NOT an easy choice, but I have to go with

Arena

because…an addiction to virtual reality?! Heck to the yes.

4. SOMEONE DEVIL EGGED MY CAR?!

great act of revenge

Revenge is a dish best served cold.  Unless you’re in Hell, in which case, it would melt before reaching your intended destination.

What am I even saying?! I’m gonna have to pick…uhm… You know, you would be AMAZED at…..how few books I ever read with revenge as a plot device?  Because… I don’t think I do.  At all?  Like…I can’t think of one.

So, next question!

5. MR. MEDINA

an illicit affair

F*ck Love

THIS ONE THIS ONE THIS ONE!  Yes.

6. KIM’S ANTIQUES

a world you’d be afraid to enter

I mean, I LIKE music, but…I don’t like music that could kill me.  So I have to say

Vinyl (The Vinyl Trilogy Book 1)

7. HARVARD VS. YALE

character who needs to make a life-changing decision

Uhm.  Uhmmmm. Let’s just go with…

Wrecked

I can’t even imagine having the make the sort of decisions these characters do.  I just… Ugh.

8. LUKE’S DINER

a comfort read

If you saw this coming, kudos to you, because OBVIOUSLY I had to pick

Pride and Prejudice

9. AM I CRYING OR LAUGHING?

a book that messed with your emotions

The Love That Split the World

10. EMILY

the HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge)

Can ANYBODY say Zahra?!

The Forbidden Wish

11. LORELAI AND RORY

favorite family dynamic

Uh.  Uhhhh… OH OH OH!  (and again, if you saw this coming, HUGE KUDOS!)

But–the Bennet sisters.  ALSOALSOALSO, Darcy’s relationship with Georgianna, because can you SAY adorable?!  PARTICULARLY in this book right here:

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

12. I PUSHED HIM IN THE LAKE!

a book you’d throw in a lake

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

13. 1000 YELLOW DAISIES

favorite romance

Touch

Love and Andrew!

14. JESS

an unpopular opinion

 I am sorry.  I have to come clean.  YA with aliens?  I just CANNOT get behind it.  I mean…it’s SO cliche?!  At least, the few I’ve read so far.  If you’ve read a YA with aliens, PLEASE let me know what it was?  I might be willing to give it a try.

15. FIRST SNOW

snowy or holiday read

I…erm… I don’t really READ holiday books?  OHOHOH, wait, I got one!

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols

Yes, I went there.  No, you won’t hurt my feelings if you laugh at me.

16. HEP ALIEN

book centered around music

In the Band (Luminescent Juliet, #1)

Love this book.  LOVE this series.  But this one?  This one’s my favorite of the three.

17. HE’D BETTER HAVE A MOTORCYCLE!

your book crush

Liam.  frakking adorable. Stewart.

Forever.  Foralways.

18. IT’S REPETITIVE AND REDUNDANT

a book that could have been shorter

Uh… Uhmmm… Let’s see…

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

Don’t get me wrong.  This was a FUN read.  I actually somehow liked Beau much more than I liked Bella, though…I’m not sure why?!  BUT.

This book, as fun as it was, was just… TOO LOOOONG.

So. Yus.

19. KIRK

the weirdest book you’ve ever read

Do you… Do you realize who you’re talking to right now?  Because I am THE QUEEN of weird books.  I devour weird books by the bucket load.  I…

I honestly don’t know if I can answer this question.  What can I say?  I live and breathe weird, which…makes actual “weird” things seem normal to me.

20. IT’S A LIFESTYLE. IT’S A RELIGION

that one book that means more to you than any other

The Night Circus

This was the very first book I ever picked up completely on a whim.  I didn’t know anything about the read, I didn’t know anything about the author.  All I knew was:  it called to me.  It called to me HARD…and I answered.  And I’ve never looked back.

I Tag:

Kristen @ Boys in Books are Just Better

Ash @ Ash and Ink

BrizzleLass Books

Charleigh @ Charleigh’s Book Nook

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Lila and/or Claire @ Book Conversion

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Bookish Academy Awards (Tag)

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THE BOOKISH ACADEMY AWARDS OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS

I was tagged by the bookishly brilliant Eve Messenger in this post right over HERE!

Huge thanks to her!  If you don’t know Eve yet, you should totally go fix that right this second, cuz…she’s all sorts of rockin’.

Best Male Protagonist

Holding Smoke

John “Smoke” Conlan

for challenging my perspective on “good” vs. “bad.”

Best Female Protagonist

Touch

Love

because, hullo, female cupid!  I mean, okay, that’s not the only reason, but…yeah.

Best Plot Twist

I can’t help it, this one’s a TIIIIIE! Between:

The Love That Split the World

and

Vinyl (The Vinyl Trilogy Book 1)

Please don’t make me choose…

Best Book Cover

Uhm.  I… Uh…

Weeeeell…

Oh, I know!

The Fall Up (The Fall Up, #1)

It’s so soft and pretty and…toooootally disorienting!

Best Supporting Character

#Hater (Hashtag, #2)

Braeden

I just LOOOOOOVE his relationship with Rimmel.  They are seriously frakking adorable.

“I’m hitting the shower,” Braeden said and slammed his locker shut.

“Hey,” I said and caught him by the shoulder. He glanced around at me. “You wanna tell me why Rimmel called you before the game?”

Braeden spun. “Did you go through my phone?”

“Did you lie to me about my girl?” I countered.

He wiped a hand over his face. “Fucking A. Don’t put me in the middle, Rome.”

“You’re my best friend, asshole. There is no middle. It’s my side.”

“Hey now,” he said. “Sisters before misters and all that.”

“What the fuck does that even mean?” I drawled, amused

“It means I’ve taken her on as my little sister. You’re her mister. I’m officially in neutral territory.”

I mean, I can’t eeeeeven!

Most Unique World

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)

No explanation needed.

Best Screenplay Adaptation

I…don’t know?… I haven’t really watched any recent book-to-movie adaptations.  ALTHOUGH (and warning, this is definitely NOT true to the book), I seriously ADOOOOOORE

SyFy Channel’s Alice.

A Book You Would Love to See Animated

The Twistrose Key

I feel like this would be SO good animated.  Like, SOOOO good!

Best Author

I… I don’t know if I can pick just one?! Let’s see…

Cambria Hebert (New Adult)
Therin Knite (all sorts of genres)
Natalia Jaster (poetic fantasies)
Cat Winters (historical/paranormal fiction)

How’s that?!

Best Collection of Short Stories

I haven’t read any short story collections recently.  Oh, wait!  How about

Through the Woods

Best Historical or Historical Fiction

Inside Out & Back Again

Best Book of the Year

Oh, jeez.  The pressure!  The pressure is too great!  How dare you ask me to hurt a bunch of books’ feelings?! How DARE you?!?!?!

Okay, okay, if you insist on twisting my arm!…

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

AM I NOT MERCIFUL?!

I Tag:

EVERYBODY!  You, and you, and you, and YOU, and yes, you over there in the very back where you don’t think I can see you.  I sooooo totally see you!

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The Mean Girls Book Tag

SO MANY THANKS (like, the limit does not exist amount!) to Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books for tagging me!  If you want to see her tag post, go right on over here (I promise, no playboy bunnies, fluffy mice, or scary vampires will jump out at you if you click it.  SO CLICK IT!)

1) Which fictional character’s names did you get completely wrong?

Hermione.  I don’t remember HOW I was pronouncing it before the movies, but it was wrong.  It was SO wrong.

2) Which character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?

Peter Pan in LITERALLY ANYTHING would be pretty amazeballs.  I mean really…his mischievous awesome?  In everything?!  I’d be in Heaven.

3) Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you déjà vu of another book whilst reading it?

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I…literally felt like I was reading Twlight all over again.  Which wouldn’t be BAD, but…THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK!?  So why????

4) Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Uhm.  OHOHOH, I know!

Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1)

That one!

5) Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

I… I mean… You can’t expect me to choose just ONE, right?!  That would be… Well, that’s just silly.

I’ll give you the MOST RECENT, how about?

The Love That Split the World

Natalie and Beau, for the win, for always and forever!

6) How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

You’d…have to ask the husband.  Something weird happens when I walk into a bookstore.  It’s like…time, for me, just STOPS (but only for me?).  I don’t even look at anything but the pretties, which means I’m likely to spend entire days in one store if I have the chance.  Whoops?

7) Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

Because I’d be ALL OVER THEM:

Trick

Poet.

Because I’d want to STRANGLE them:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

What’s his bucket… the computer? the AI?

Because I’d be ALL UP IN THEIR BUSINESS:

Vinyl (The Vinyl Trilogy Book 1)

Ronja and Roark.  ‘Nuff said.

8) Which overhyped book were you cautious about reading?

Can I say ALL OF THEM and get away with it?  Because… I go into every overhyped book with all the nerves.

9) We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Deathless

Koschei the Deathless!

10) Your favorite fictional parent.

Solace

Luther Marion–because, I dunno, there’s just SOMETHING about him that makes my heart go all gooey.

11) Which book or series would you love to catch on?

Vinyl (The Vinyl Trilogy Book 1)

12) Describe your ideal character to read about!

Snarky.  Diverse.  Confident in self/place in the world.  Flawed but redeemable.  A bit on the dark side.

13) What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’?

Seems most often I take to twitter and whine at the authors…even if they don’t respond.  I also apparently make very loud, dying-whale noises when my husband asks me what’s wrong.   XD

14) Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?

I can’t think of any specifics…but characters are BOUND to earn an eye-roll or twenty from me if they decide to keep their mouths shut when it’s SMARTER to just talk to the person/talk about what’s bugging them/ask for help.  Swallow your pride, stupid–it won’t kill you, though going it alone might!

I Tag:

ANYONE AND EVERYONE who wants to do this!  It’s a TON of fun, you should do it.

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread (Book Tag)

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The epically awesome Eve Messenger tagged me in this post right over HEAH!  Yes, the accent was totally necessary in this moment.

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books you’ve read. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads “read” shelf.*)
  • For each group of three books, decide which book you’d burn, rewrite, or reread. (A lot like “Kiss, Marry, Kill.”)
  • Repeat until you complete three rounds (or five)

Round 1:

Burn:

Planet of the Lawn Gnomes (Goosebumps Most Wanted, #1)

I mean…I like R.L. Stine well enough, but….this book’s gotta go.

Rewrite:

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

I was SO excited about this book!  Too bad it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Reread:

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

This first choice was REALLY difficult!  I didn’t really like this book, either, but…it’s the best of my options.

Round 2:

Burn:

Seeker (Seeker, #1)

I HATED, I HATED, I HAAAAATED this book!  Burn, baby, burn!

Rewrite:

The Martian

I mean…I love this book, so no worries, I won’t change much!  If…anything. >.>  Maybe I’ll just CLAIM I rewrote it?!

Reread:

I Am the Messenger

I really do need to reread this one.  IT MUST be done!  And soon!

Round 3:

Burn:

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Do I really need to explain this one?  No?  Good.  Cause I’m not gonna.

Rewrite:

Cryer's Cross

Also, this would definitely receive a cover make-over.

Reread:

Un Lun Dun

This steampunk-esque retelling of Alice in Wonderland is my JAM, man!  LOVE this book!

Round 4:

And the most difficult choice EVER:  three of my 5-penguin, all-time-favorite reads!…. Be still, my heart!

Burn:

Deathless

NO! NO! NO!  That ending?! I REFUSE.  I refuse so hard!  (but really…I could never burn this book…so gorgeous!)

Rewrite:

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Instead of rewriting, can we just…like…pretend this book didn’t kill me?!  Please?  I could never rewrite it and make it work so beautifully, but…MAH HEART!

Reread:

The Love That Split the World

Yup.  Yus.  That’s… That’s what I’m going to say.  But I had my fingers crossed behind my back THE ENTIRE TIME, so I win this round, game!  I WIN THIS ROUND!

I Tag:

Whoever the heck else wants to play, because I’m way too lazy today to link all the names.