My Blog’s Name in Books

Rules: 

1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

3. Have fun!  

Anyone who wants to join in is welcome to use the graphic
as long as they link back to Fictionophile.

So Thank You Fictionophile for creating such a fun (and devastatingly long) tag that I am sure to devour! I actually saw this as a reblog from Leave Me Alone I am Reading and Reviewing, so thanks to her for posting (or rather, re-posting)!

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MODERN WITCH’S BOOKSHELF

 

 

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M- My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

O- Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

D- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

E- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

R- Renegades by Marissa Meyer

N- Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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W- (the) Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I- I have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

T- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

C- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

H- Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

S- Sunburn by Laura Lippman

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B- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

O- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

O- Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

K- (the) Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

S- Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

H- (the) Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

E- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

L- Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Relly

F- From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon

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Surprisingly, That was NOT nearly as hard as I thought it would be! Granted, when you have almost 500 books on your Goodreads TBR, it is easy enough to order the list alphabetically and pick from there…

I know ya’ll have read some of these already. What did you think of them? Do they belong on my TBR? Which ones are on your TBR as well? Any you cannot wait to get to? Let’s chat! There are so many books to talk about!

 

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The Netflix Book Tag

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I have not been doing a whole lot of book tags lately (I know I just posted MASH but that was done a really long time ago, I just never typed it up) so I was really excited to see this one pop up recently. Part of me feels like the Orangutan Librarian tagged me for this already (it was actually the Superlatives tag, whoops!), but I could be wrong. Either way, I definitely saw this one Kristin Kraves Books, so thanks for posting! You HAVE to check out both of those blogs, they are two of my absolute favorites.

RECENTLY WATCHED: The last book you finished reading.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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I am SO glad I finally picked this one up. It had a lot of positive feedback a while back (it came out in January) and I was worried that my expectations would be too high but it was just as twisty and wonderful as everyone said it was! One of the best domestic thrillers I have read thus far.

TOP PICKS: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

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For this I went to the recommendations page on Goodreads and selected the list based on books I have read… I picked this book because well, doesn’t the cover just pull you in? Honestly it has me dying with laughter. I am so far I am 1 for 2 with Lockhart books so who knows, maybe this will be my next great read!

RECENTLY ADDED: The last book you bought.

Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure by James J. Cudney & Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I was on Amazon last night buying a phone case and I found my way over to the books section…oops :]

POPULAR ON NETFLIX: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading.)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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I tried to pick a more topical/new book and a classic for the ones I have read. The Hate U Give swept through last year and still remains on everyone’s MUST READ/RECOMMEND list. Can I make it through a meme/tag without mentioning Harry Potter? Nope

A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas & The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Honestly, I have zero interest in reading either of these series. I know they are widely loved by many readers, but I just cannot gather enough interest in them to pick it up. I must say that both sets have awesome covers though. I just don’t think I would like the content.

COMEDIES: A funny book.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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I LOVED this when it came out (though I have yet to read the second one). I remember laughing out loud practically the entire time. I even wanted to send this to my friend Kim because I felt like she could relate. I am going to have to revisit this soon because I don’t remember a whole lot about it other than I loved it and it was hilarious.

DRAMAS: A character who is a drama queen/king.

Rachel in The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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To an extent, it can be argued that Rachel (the main character) in Girl on the Train is a bit dramatic. While I enjoyed the book (the movie not so much), there were a bunch of times were I was not sure why Rachel did what she did. She really did push the envelope, a bit more than I personally would have been comfortable with, and frankly, seemed to be a glutton for punishment..

ANIMATED: A book with cartoons on the cover.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM! But I LOVE this book and this author. I think her two books so far have been super unique and important to young readers. More people need to read this (and All’s Faire in Middle School).

WATCH IT AGAIN: A book or series that you want to re-read.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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Another heading where I could have had tons of answers for; I would honestly like to eventually read ALL of his books (and own them at some point) but I do want to revisit this series very much. It was so different and I know that if I were a kid when it came out, I would have just as obsessed with it as I was/am with Harry Potter. I LOVED mythology as a kid, and am really glad that kids are reading these stories right now.

DOCUMENTARIES: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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I read this at such a pivotal point in my life. Dating is not the same as it used to be. And while it may seem that options are endless, it is increasingly harder to not only meet someone but maintain a meaningful relationship with one person. With the introduction of apps and the internet to dating, there are ALWAYS tons of people at your fingertips. Aziz talks about how you become obsessed with finding “the perfect one” with food, products, and that eventually weighs in on your dating choices as well. You are constantly left wondering, “what else is out there” which makes it hard to hold down a relationship. This is so important for everyone honestly.

ACTION AND ADVENTURE: An action packed book.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I don’t really read a whole lot of action-y books so this was a hard one for me to think of. I know that when I read this book, it was fast paced, and things were constantly happening so that’s action, right?

NEW RELEASES: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I bought this a couple weeks ago and I stare at it every day. I cannot wait to dive in because the hype, it is real right now. EVERYONE is LOVING this book. I am thinking it might be on the same caliber as The Hate U Give from last year, but it is still pretty early to tell. Either way, I am so ready to get into this.

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This was a really fun tag and I enjoyed answering these questions! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you like it, I highly recommend you try it out! Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you think :]

 

Bookish MASH tag

Today I am FINALLY presenting my results for the wonderfully fun (and nostalgic) M.A.S.H. Tag. This tag circulated a couple of weeks ago but someone was having issues with laziness (guilty), so I am only just posting my results now. I saw this on Bionic Book Worm Blog and Storys of Stories and just had to do it! PLEASE tag me in your results if you choose to do this because I am dying to read everyone else’s stories.

THE RULES:

  • Link back to the original post on Kyera’s Library so she can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, she won’t get notified if you just tag the URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

HOW TO PLAY:

For those who are unfamiliar, I’ll (attempt to) explain the game. You have ten different categories and you want to populate each of them with four different answers. Depending on your preference, you can do four good options or two good and two bad. The second makes the game a little more exciting because you are worried you’ll end up with a bad option.

In the classic game, you would be doing this with another person. They would tell you to close your eyes and draw a spiral. When they tell you to stop – you stop and count the number of lines in your spiral. Essentially, if you drew a line through the center of the spiral, how many times would it intersect? That is your magic number.

If you’re by yourself, you can always just pick a number and use that as your magic number.

Starting at M.A.S.H. count each option until you reach the magic number then cross it off. For example, if your magic number was 3 you would count 1 – M, 2 – A, and 3 – S. Then you would cross off S. H would become your new 1. You continue this through each category, crossing off as you go until there is one option left for each category.

What you have left is your YA story! If what I wrote made no sense to you, sorry – you can always go to this website which explains how to play with some pictures.

 

GENRE:

  1. Contemporary
  2. Historical Fiction
  3. Thriller/Suspense
  4. Fantasy

LOVE INTEREST:

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Peter K (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
  3. Logan Thibault (The Lucky One)
  4. Peeta (The Hunger Games)

SETTING:

  1. Casmir (Gunslinger Girl)
  2. New York City
  3. Hogwarts
  4. Italy

BEST FRIEND:

  1. Diana “Prince” (Wonder Woman: Warbringer)
  2. Hermione Ganger
  3. Skeeter (The Help)
  4. Starr (The Hate U Give)

VILLAIN:

  1. Count Olaf
  2. Dolorus Umbridge
  3. Adele (Behind Her Eyes)
  4. President Snow

PET:

  1. Butter (The War that Saved my Life)
  2. Pikachu
  3. Toto (the Wizard of Oz)
  4. Crookshanks

JOB:

  1. Professor
  2. Bounty Hunter
  3. Writer
  4. Queen

TRANSPORTATION:

  1. Hogwarts Express
  2. Private Jet Plane
  3. Horse
  4. Titanic

POWER:

  1. Super Strength/Bulletproof
  2. Invisibility
  3. Visions of the Future
  4. Can pull things (items) out of books

TROPE OR TWIST:

  1. Secretly Royal
  2. It was all just a dream
  3. Villain is related to main character
  4. Insta-love

THE NEW YA SUMMARY:

My name is Diana Doxa. I teach courses on Witchcraft at NYU in New York City but I own a small barn on Long Island where I live with my horse Butter. I met my best friend Hermione at a book signing a couple of years ago. Actually, I don’t know much about her but that is alright, because I have my own secrets. That is until Hermione comes into NYC with her friend Harry, to stop a new political candidate from gaining office. Betty DeVito has been appointed the new Secretary of Education, and doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the job, but Harry and Hermione are convinced she is going to unleash more than harmless chaos. They have evidence that she is not who she says she is, and is hiding her true identity, but who is Dolorus Umbridge, and why does she look so familiar? They know more than they are sharing, and have recruited me (and Butter) to help remove her from her position. Hopefully I can stay focused on that task, and not be distracted by a pair of mesmerizing green eyes…

It’s actually pretty funny because as I was crossing things off I was getting attached to other outcomes! Maybe we will try it again sometime soon :]

 

One-Liner Challenge

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The One-Liner Challenge

 

Divergent

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Being different is very, very bad.

 

In Twenty Years

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No matter what you have been through, some college friendships just do not last a lifetime.

 

March

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We were terrible, terrible people.

 

Anything by Nicholas Sparks

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Chances are, there is a character who was in the military, it takes place in North Carolina, and an epic love scene happens in the (pouring) rain.

 

Truly Madly Guilty

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A thing happens at a BBQ and no one can forget about it.

 

The Sun is Also a Star

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The most ridiculous insta-love I have ever read.

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Phew! That was super hard for no reason. I really wanted to do 10, but ended up with seven that I am pretty happy with. What do you think of my one-liners? Are they accurate?

I am not going to tag anyone, but PLEASE if you do this, tag me, so that I can see your answers too!

20 Questions Book Tag

I feel like I haven’t actually completed a tag in a while, though I am sure that is a lie. This one looked fairly straight forward enough so I thought I would give it a try. I was not tagged, but saw it over at Chain Interaction.  Judith is ambitious, and truthfully I was unaware that I was following her until this tag! But I had a chance to look around and she has loads of awesome content! Track her journey towards reading 250 books in 2018! (That is SOOOO many!). This tag was created by buydebook on Goodreads.

And now, on with the show!

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

This is actually a really great question! As some may know, I don’t read that many series at the moment, but when I was a teen, that was almost exclusively what I read. I think it has a lot to do with the content of the series. If the books cover many aspects of an entire fictional world, I can see having up to maybe 5-6 books in the series. If it is about your average person, I can see maybe 2-3 books. It all depends, but I really can’t staying completely interested in a series that spans more than 5-6 books.

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2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I think cliffhangers help a series more than they get credit for. I gives people that NEED TO KNOW mentality that they have to remedy immediately. However, that is also why I try not to read a series unless all the books are already out. I HATE having to wait to find out what happens (impatience). So I guess it is safe to say I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers.

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3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

I LOVE hardcover books. I have a lot now thanks to BOTM. For a collector, they are deff the better choice, though a good paperback is super satisfying in it’s own way, and really, the best kind of book to bring on vacation/to the beach.

4. FAVOURITE BOOK?

Too many favorite books to even entertain this question, though, most of you can probably guess which one stands out the most for me.

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

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6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Truthfully I almost always hate them. Either I root for the losing party, or they just end up taking over the entire plotline, which gets to be too much. As I am older now, I like to see a little more from a story than just a love interest. So I guess for now I am on the No side of love triangles.

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7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

I just could not get through an eARC recently. I felt so bad too because it was given to me by the author herself and I just, really disliked it. I didn’t connect with it on any level, so eventually I just put it aside and moved onto something else.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING

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I just started Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely not too long ago. I am really enjoying it so far! It is deff outside my usual parameters, but I like it. I don’t know how I feel about the “western” category attached to it though. Judging by the cover image, and the fact that the main character is a sharp shooter, it makes sense, but once you get into the story, I just don’t know. I guess we’ll see.

I did also just got a notification that some of the graphic novels I put on hold at the library are in, so I will probably pick those up soon and read through them.

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10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Sheesh. I am not sure honestly. Maybe the Odyssey (which I read in 7th grade, like a million years ago)? I am really unsure.

 

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I just completed my first eARC! It was called Alternate Sides by Anna Quindlen. The publication date for that book is March 20, 2018.

 

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

I honestly don’t know if I have a favorite author! There are a number of authors that are automatic reads for me- or rather, I am more willing to blindly pick up a book with their name on it, but I don’t know that I would say they are my favorites?

Liane Moriarty, Nicholas Sparks, Raina Telgemeier, Victoria Jamieson, Jodi Picoult, Rick Riordan, Elin Hilderbrand, Alice Hoffman, John Green- just to name a few.

And now Angie Thomas, as well.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

BOTH! I am an avid book collector, something I have embraced the last few years. But I am also a librarian who grew up regularly visiting the library, so I know the merits of being able to borrow a book vs. buying it. I’d say, a good balance of the two is a good recipe for a happy reader :]

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14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?

I was not a huge fan of Turtles All the Way Down, like at all. I know that people are very much for the accurate depiction of someone with mental illness and anxiety, but I am someone who really enjoys a good story line, and since this book was much more character based, I guess I just missed the hype. I do tend to like John Green’s other books but this one missed the mark for me.

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOGEARS?

Bookmarks all day. I am even starting a little collection of them because I know I have dozens, and can never find them. I have grabbed the ones I do know about, and put them in a bookish mug on my bookshelf so that I have options for each read.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

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17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

I can! I prefer wordless, but as long as the music isn’t super loud, I can have it on in the background.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

oooh! I like both to be honest. When there is a lot of things going on in the story, I think multiple POVs can be super interesting and really add to it. But if the plot is simple enough, one POV is more than enough.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

I would love to be a one sitting kind of reader, but my time is so fractured that it ends up taking me multiple days to finish anything.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

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Did you like this book tag? Please help yourself to something fun :]

A-Z Bookish Tag

I found this gem on 

She was actually one of the first blogs I followed when I started blogging! Check out her page, it is full of great tags, memes and reviews :] (her Book Tags are my favorite!)

Let’s get right down to business

A. Author you’ve read the most books from

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I want to say Nicholas Sparks sounds right. At one point I was working my way through all the Jodi Picoult books, but stopped after like 5. UPDATE– I did a count. I read (I think) 6 Jodi Picoult books and AT LEAST 10 Nicholas Sparks…I cannot recall if I read any of their other ones at the moment.

Truthfully, I have only JUST gotten back into reading (after a LONG 8 year hiatus) so it is not that surprising that I haven’t committed to one particular author’s life work when there are so many books to be read! I have a feeling that if I like Alice Hoffman’s writing though, she might quickly become my most read author (all her books sound SO good).

Also- I am completely useless without Goodreads records! Anything I read before opening my Goodreads account has faded into oblivion…I CANNOT RECALL WHAT I HAVE ALREADY READ!

 

B. Best sequel ever

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Let’s see, can I get through a tag without mentioning Harry Potter? The answer is no, and I am NOT sorry. It is so hard for me to even pick a favorite. After some consideration, I think that Half Blood Prince is my favorite sequel though. I liked Prisoner of Azkaban loads, but I had an issue with the time turner to be honest. It could have been used a zillion times throughout the series in order to make things go the way they wanted, and I am not just talking about for the trio! So that is why I have a (slight) issue with number 3.

C. Currently reading

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World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton—along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex. Who is Ada now? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

D. Drink of choice

I love (peach) Iced tea truthfully, though I try not to drink it too much. Also Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

E. E-reader or physical book

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F. Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school.

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I DID date someone like Peter in high school. It is probably why I loved this character so much. I am still thinking about him, which in turn makes me think about my high school boyfriend, my first love. I have a lot of positive feelings and connections toward Peter because of how closely he resembles my ex (not physically, but the character as a whole).

G. Glad you gave this book a chance

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Dude, I really was not into reading this at all. I deff got it in a subscription box a million years ago, and never touched it. Then a year ago, I found out my brother’s best friend read, and loved it. I wanted to be able to talk to SOMEONE about a book so I went looking for it, only to discover that I couldn’t find it! I bought a new copy, and I was completely blown away. It ended up being one of my favorite books of the year.

H. Hidden gem

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This book… I honestly cannot believe no one is talking about this. It was SOOO good. I just felt SO BAD for the characters, which allowed me to root for them throughout the entire book. And then to have a war as the backdrop to the story? Perfection! I actually just found out that the author wrote and published a sequel to this, so naturally I put it on hold at the library IMMEDIATELY. It is a must read, especially for historical fiction fans.

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

I. Important moment in your reading life

I remember reading Ella Enchanted in my 5th grade English class. I always liked reading, but that book always stood out for me. It was the first time (that I could remember) where I actually identified with the main character. That really sticks with me, even to this day (I don’t actually remember the story, but I remember loving it).

J. Just finished

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I finished these at the same time so I thought I would post both of them. Warcross was not what I was expecting but still extremely enjoyable! I can’t wait for the second book to come out. Star Wars was literally exactly what happened in the movies. I guess I was hoping for more of the story. Silly me. Though, it did spark enough interest to where I looked up and printed out the official order to all the novels published in this world. Who knows, maybe one day I will start that up.

K. Kind of book you won’t read

I am not super into the steamy romance books. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good contemporary love story! But I just don’t get into the steamy, erotic ones. I also am not huge into Fantasy *GASP* I know it is a total sin in the blogging world but IDK I just cannot get into it.

L. Longest book you’ve read

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Yo. Stephen King books are no joke. That is probably why this was the first and only book I’ve read of his so far. It was super good, but it took FOREVER to get through. At 1074 pages, it does not surprise me that I started skimming parts, just to get through to the end.

M. Major book hangover because of…

COLLEGE. I thought I would be ready to go once college ended, to finally get back into reading for pleasure but I was just so drained that I could not bring myself to pick up a book, not for a long time anyway. That was tough to get through.

N. Number of bookshelves you own

This is a bit of a loaded question at the moment. I technically have a couple book shelves? But they are scattered all over the place at the moment. I have one large one at my parents house still, and it is full of books. I have a smallish one in my apartment as well as a short table with shelves that I have some books on. And a bunch of my physical TBRs are currently on my desk. I am hoping that in the next few years I will have more space to actually put up shelves and organize them (and that I will have all my books in one place finally!)

O. One book you’ve read multiple times

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Surprise surprise. I know it says ONE book, but I cannot think of anything else that I have read multiple times because I liked it.

P. Preferred place to read

I will be a bit cliche and say somewhere quiet. I like to be comfortable (preferably sitting as opposed to laying) and it should be fairly quiet (light music in the background is not so bad, as long as it isn’t a TV or songs with lyrics).

Q. Quote that inspires you

 

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Master Yoda

R. Reading regrets

I don’t know that I have any “regrets.” I mean obviously there have been things I didn’t like, and even some that may have felt like a waste of time, but I would not say that any of them were regrets.

S. Series you’ve started and need to finish

I just read the very first graphic novel in the Wires and Nerve series (which is a spin-off of the Lunar Chronicles). The second one isn’t out yet, but I plan on reading (for the first time) the Lunar Chronicle series so that things make a bit more sense- though I didn’t feel as if I needed to have read them to make sense of this book…

T. Three of your all time favorite books

*don’t pick Harry Potter. don’t pick Harry Potter*

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Wonder by RJ Palacio

U. Unapologetic fangirl

UNAPOLOGETIC!

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V. Very excited for this release more than others

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One, I just LOVE this cover. And most importantly, it compares itself to a combination of Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic and the Salem Witch Trials (IRL). HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU NEED?!?! I have never read this author before, and I am very much looking forward to getting into more fantasy books, and I think this one will be a great way to do so.

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

W. Worst bookish habit

I am actually super terrible at book synopsis. For some reason I cannot give a good “what this book is about” which is probably why I steer clear from those in my own reviews/discussions. I read it, I enjoyed it, and most of the time, I can talk about specific parts of it, but my recall is shit, and that ultimately causes me to struggle with explaining what the book is about.

X. X marks the spot: Pick the 27th book from the top left shelf

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I Just got this from Book Depository and placed it on my shelf. I hope to reread it at some point (sooner rather than later).

Y. Your latest purchase

Aside from requested ARCs, you can see a list of all my last physical purchases (where I spent actual money!) here. Last Book Haul of 2017

Z. Z snatcher–book that kept you up way too late

SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM! I mean aside from the obvious- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- I have spent MANY nights up way too late in order to finish a great book.

 

Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Thank you to Perfectly Tolerable for tagging me in this interesting survey! She is pretty awesome, so you should check out her page! I especially like that she features some children’s books on it from time to time :]

Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books through one of these links I (Perfectly Tolerable) will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  Yes
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn  Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien  Yes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

I have only read 20 of the 100 suggested books.  Wow, I was actually thinking this might be much higher than it is. Interesting how things work out like that. It was an odd list, if I am being honest though. I feel like I haven’t even heard of some of these books!

 

I must now tag at least 5 people to participate and fill in this survey as well:

By Hook or By Book

A Reader’s Journey

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Beware the Reader

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