Tag Thursday – 2019 Mid Year Freak-Out Tag

Good morning (/afternoon/evening/night depending on where you are) my dear friends!! I hope your week was spectacular! Today, I’m going to do the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag. I know, it’s halfway through July, and the middle of the year was June, but late is better than never right? This is my first year doing it, and hopefully I’ll continue doing it for many years to come! I think there are different versions of this with different questions (I think??) so this version is one I saw on Paws and Paperbacks!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

There are so many amazing books that I’ve read so far this year, but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo definitely tops them all!


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

The Wicked King by Holly Black. I really didn’t like The Cruel Prince, but this sequel made me really like the characters and also managed to make me super excited for The Queen of Nothing!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. This sounds so cute and also seems to be what my life will possibly be like in the future (minus the cat!!), so I definitely want to read this!! It’s also a book about a girl who loves books so…


Most Anticipated Releases For the Second Half of the Year

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black and Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff


Biggest Disappointment

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes and I was excited to read one of her older books, but Nobody was such a huge disappointment. It was so cliche, and so boring, and the MC annoyed me so much.


Biggest Surprise

I really didn’t expect much from My Lady Jane because it was a historical fantasy with a bit of romance. To my surprise, it turned out to be amazingly hilarious, super entertaining, and refreshing. And the cover is beautiful as well!


Favorite New Author

Lisa Gardner. I loved her D.D. and Flora Dane novel, Look For Me, and I’m definitely going to check out the rest of her mysteries!!


Favorite New Crush

KAZ BREKKER!!! 100% no doubt about it. Actually, the whole crew from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo is my new favorite crush!


Favorite New Characters

Kaz, Inej, Jesper, and Wylan from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo, Nasir and Altair from We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Nate from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, Nate from One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Aza from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green…and I think I’m going to stop here.


Books That Made you Cry

No book has made me cry yet…I don’t really get emotional like that when I’m reading.


A Book That Made You Happy

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan was different from my usual read, and the struggles of Lila as a stay-at-home mom of two who is married to a food critic made me laugh a lot and definitely made me feel happy.


Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

Lol, I haven’t bought any books this year? But I think that the cover of Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore is gorgeous!


What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

Including my most anticipated releases: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle, and The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

Tagging/Nominating:

So it looks like no one gets tagged for this? People just do it, so I’m not going to tag anyone! If you’d like to do it, go right ahead!

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

And that’s it for today! Have you done the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag? Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Pancake Book Tag – Tag Thursday

It is Thursday!! I am so excited, as it is only one more day till the weekend!!! Anyways, time for another book tag my friends! I was tagged by the lovely Kat @ Novels and Waffles to do The Pancake Book Tag. Please do yourself a favor, and check out her absolutely gorgeous blog!!

Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post (Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic)
  • Feel free to use any of Becky’s wonderful pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


This book has a lot of elegant descriptions and prose and I loved it. The descriptions were plenty and the scenery was described eloquently!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Nobody can beat Kaz’s wit and sharpness. He is very calculating, very gloomy, very dark, and is not a guy you want to mess with. He is also super composed, and smart, and I love him so much.

Sammy Keyes and The Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen


If I had the time, I’d probably re-read all 18 books in this series in one day. I really loved Sammy and all her friends and always had a good laugh while reading her books. Definitely a comforting read that I’ll be re-reading for hopefully many years to come.

I don’t think any book has given me a book hangover?

The Wicked King by Holly Black


I was happy that this book was better. I was excited for Cardan and Jude. I was nervous as the story unfolded. And I was shocked, then in denial by that surprising ending. A lot of different feelings were going through me while reading this book.

Ahahaha, can I put a whole bunch of books? Morally grey characters and anti-heroes are my best friends, so this question has multiple answers.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Kaz Brekker and literally all the other MC’s in this book | The Wicked King by Holly Black: Cardan Greenbriar and Jude Duarte | Vicious by V.E. Schwab: Victor Vale | A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee: James Easton

And I’m going to stop here lol

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


I was super confused through-out this mystery. A character dies, and we aren’t told if it was suicide or murder, so I was constantly switching back and forth between Theory A in which the character was murdered or Theory B in which it was a suicide. The ending finally explained everything but I was overall underwhelmed and confused by this book.

Hmm, I don’t know for this one. Usually it’s either I love the two characters together, or I don’t like them together at all. So no, I don’t think I’ve come across such a romantic pairing.

First of all, I am completely with Kat and Becky about not liking peanut butter. I really don’t. I had a PB sandwich once (no jam) and was sick all night. So no PB thank you!!

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


Now for a character I found revolting. That honor goes to Tom Fitzgerald. He and his son, and pretty much all the men in this book were repulsive. I still enjoyed it, but they were all nasty and horrible guys.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


This book has some amazing diverse characters. There are Asian characters, gay/bisexual characters, and one of the MC’s is also supposedly part Latina.

Tagging/Nominating:

Kay @ Hammock of Books | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Mel @ Mel To The Any | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Connie @ Connie Reads | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out! Also, if you’d like me to stop bombarding you with tags, just let me know 🙂

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so much Kat for tagging me!! Have you done The Pancake Book Tag? Who are some character that are super sharp and witty in your opinion? Have you read any of these book? If, so what did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Liebster Award #2 – Thank You So Much!!

It’s time for Tag Thursday! Today’s tag (or I guess I should say award) is The Liebster Award! I was tagged by the always and forever amazing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. Go check her post and blog out and then come back to finish reading this! I guarantee that you’ll love it!

Thank you so much Meeghan for tagging me!! However, I’m going to be shortening the questions, answers, and nominees to five.

Btw, this is my 100th post!!! YAY me!!!!

Let’s get started!

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions:

If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?

Aza Holmes from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Josephine March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I don’t know. A friend of mine says that I am a lot like Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo so I guess I’m going to go with that.


What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Home Alone!!! The first movie and the second one. I LOVED them both and I can always always always always re-watch them! The other two movies were pretty awful in my opinion


How many books are on your TBR?

243 books. And it’s still increasing!


What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

Slime. It’s disgusting, makes me want to puke, and gets everywhere. And once it sticks in the carpet, it sticks. Yuck.


What was the last book you DNF’ed?

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

5 Facts About Me (just like Meeghan, I think I’ve said some of these before, but there isn’t much to tell so sorry):

  1. I hate nails on paper, or walls, or chalkboards. It is such an irritating sound and makes me feel super uncomfortable.
  2. I was born with six fingers on each hand. Note the was – I now have only 5.
  3. I’m one of those people whose favorite color changes depending on their mood.
  4. I think I’ve said this before, but I don’t know what else to say. I love cooking and baking!
  5. I love love love love landscapes or still lifes, but I’m a pretty horrible painter.

Tagging/Nominating:

Umairah @ Sereadipity | Kat @ Novels and Waffles | Aoife @ Pretty Purple Polka Dots | Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink | Jaime @ Books and Waffles | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

Your Questions:

I’m going to post the rest of Meeghan’s questions, if you’d like to answer them and some of my own:

Meeghan’s:

1)Which character would you swap lives with?

2)Who is your favorite villain and why?

3)What’s your go-to book recommendation?

4)What was the last book you read that made you cry?

5)Which fictional character do you think would be the most frustrating to meet in real life?

6)What social stigma do you think society needs to get over?

Mine:

1)If you could live in a book, which one would it be?

2)What are some of your other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

3)What’s your favorite snack or drink?

4)What was your last 5 star book?

5)If you could ask an author, who isn’t alive, a question, who would you ask and what would you ask them?

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so so so much Meeghan for tagging me!! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’ll see you guys next week!

Who Am I Book Tag – Tag Thursday

It’s Thursday! Time for another book tag (my first in a long time lol). I was tagged by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books to do the Who Am I? book tag. I apologize Xandra, because you tagged me in April and I’m not getting to it until now.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Question 1:

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK GENRE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Contemporary. I wish that it was Thriller, but I’d probably be dead within a week lol . So definitely a contemporary, but without any romance…


Question 2:

WHAT VILLAIN FROM A BOOK DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST?

A villain? I don’t think I identify at all with any actual real villain. An anti-hero: probably Kaz (Six of Crows) or Victor (Vicious). I probably am not super similar to them but a girl can wish!


Question 3:

WHAT PROTAGONIST ARE YOU MOST SIMILAR TO?

I am actually quite similar to Aza from Turtles All The Way Down. We both are kind of awkward, and not very comfortable in social settings.


Question 4:

WHICH BOOK DID YOU CONNECT WITH IN THE PAST THAT YOU NO LONGER DO?

Cross My Heart and Spy by Ally Carter. I originally loved the story when I was younger. I decided to re-read it a few months ago, and all the issues in it became very vivid to me. I’ve decided to not continue re-reading the series so that I don’t spoil the rest of it.


Question 5:

WHAT RECENT BOOK READ WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE A CHARACTER IN?

Six of Crows. I loved all the characters, and since Kaz is the leader, I have some guarantee that I’ll come out of any heist alive. I loved this book, and it is definitely going to be one of my favorite top ten books of 2019.


Question 6:

HOW DO YOUR READING HABITS SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONALITY?

I like to finish a series once I start, or at least skim read all the books. I think that translates into my life because I do my best to finish everything I start.

Also, virtually 90% of the books I read are e-books, and I spend most of my time on the computer or online, so I guess the fact that I favor e-books is also why I like being online? (Probably the other way around actually 😂😂)


Question 7:

WHAT BOOK TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF?

I don’t know. Books teach me different things every single day. I can’t really point out which book taught me something specific about me, but all books have taught me a lot of different things about myself and the world.

That’s it for this Thursday!! I tag:

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Kay @ Hammock of Books | Sara @ My Year of Reading Dangerously | Crystal @ Paper Royalty

No pressure if you’ve already done the tag, or if you don’t want to do it. If you’d like to do the tag and I haven’t tagged you, go right ahead and be sure to link back so that I can check it out!

The Liebster Award – Thank You So Much!!

Hey friends! Today, I’m doing The Liebster Award which I was tagged in by the amazing Umairah @ Sereadipity. I’m going to also be shortening the questions/nominees to five, so let’s get started!

Thank you so much Umairah!!

The Rules:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

(3) Nominate 11 blogs.

(4) Notify those blogs of the nomination.

(5) Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I am reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.

Questions:

(1) How do you choose which books to read?

Most of the times, I read the summary and if it’s interesting or what I’m look for at the moment, I borrow it from the library. I recently did a Top Ten Tuesday post about what draws me to books which you can check out here. Also, if the book has been recommended to me by a good friend, I’ll definitely read it.

(2) Which three book characters do you wish were real? Why?

Aza Holmes from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I want to hug her so much, and tell her that she’s worth the world, to support and help her through all her spirals.

Mary DiNunzio from Accused by Lisa Scottoline. This is part of a series, and I love reading about Mary’s family and legal life. I’d love to meet her, and maybe even be her sidekick during one of her cases!

Josephine March from Little Women by L. M. Montgomery. I loved Jo as a kid. Her adventures, quick temper, and aspirations to be a writer were so much fun for me. I’d love to meet her, and have a chat over a nice cup of tea.

(3) Which themes or tropes do you dislike in a book? Why?

I really really don’t like insta-love because most of the time, it is not used right. The characters are usually flat, the romance even flatter, and it can ruin great books.

I also hate it when the good guys are White and the bad guys are Black. It does NOT sit well with me. Thankfully, I’ve only read one book in which something like that happened.

Another theme that I dislike, is when the MC realizes that the organization that has raised him/her his/her whole life is evil, they decide to get revenge. It’s so overused, and I avoid it, unless it seems like there’ll be a unique story behind it.

(4) Who are your top three favorite authors? Why?

Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She is an amazing author and I love most of her female MC’s. They’re strong, sassy and amazing and I really love her mysteries.

Lisa Scottoline. I love her legal mysteries/thrillers and her Rosato and DiNunzio series in particular.

Lisa Jewell. I’ve read only two books by her and I’m loving her work so far. I’m definitely going to explore the rest of her books and read more.

(5) What do you think is more important in a book, well-developed characters or a gripping plot?

I think a gripping plot is overall more important in a book, but both are needed for a good story. If the plot is very good and very gripping, then I can usually overlook or hate the characters less. If the book has no plot, or a very bad one but with well-developed characters, then it’s just blah, slow, and a waste of time. I’ll probably hate that more because I would feel like the characters didn’t get the story they deserved.

Questions:

1)What’s your favorite pastime when you aren’t reading or blogging?

2)What’s your go to genre?

3)How many books do you plan on reading this year?

4)Which three characters would you love to switch places with for a day? Why?

5)Share a fun fact about yourself.

Tagging/Nominating:

The Reading Chemist | Crystal @ Paper Royalty | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Sara @ My Year of Reading Dangerously | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag that’s absolutely fine, and if you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!