The Emoji Challenge

FINALLY! The weekend is here! And I am stoked not to do anything but sleep and read. I think the entire book community knows I am a fiend for emojis. I probably use them way too much and find any reason for using them. So I had to do this challenge Sha and Mandy tagged me in. I want to thank both of you two. I am excited to do this post.

Rules

  • tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • share one thing you learned about the person who tagged you
  • for each prompt, you can use a maximum of three emojis
  • tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

What I learned about the both of them is that Mandy doesn’t like TOG (it gets better in the later sequels) and that Sha is Canadian (I had no clue). Before you get to my post, give some love to Mandy and Sha, who created the challenge. And if you don’t feel like answering a few questions, you can always leave your answer blank. I hope you all have fun! Happy weekend!


What country do you live in?

🇨🇦

What was your dream job growing up?

👩🏻‍🎨👩🏻‍🚀

How many siblings do you have (if any)?

3️⃣➕ (🤷🏻‍♀️)

What are your top three favourite activities?

🎞📖🖊

What is something you’re very good at?

🎨🖊

What is something you’d like to become better at?

💪🏻🚴🏻‍♀️🎻

How many languages do you speak?

🇬🇧

What is something you could talk about for hours (non-book related if possible)

☄️🔮😷

What’s your favourite book genre?

🧝🏻‍♀️🧛‍♀️🌌

What is your favourite season of the year?

🍂❄️

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what animal would you be?

🐱🐺


I Tag

The challenge is short but sweet. Don’t feel any pressure into doing it, if you don’t want to. You can always join in on this fun and do the challenge. You don’t need me to tag you. Have fun!

Jess | Rachel | Alyssa | Mel | Karalee | LaRonda | Lori | Sue | Danielle | Monika | Dora | You!

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YA Playlist Tag

Morning, bloggers!

This week feels as if it has been a month. And I’m still trying to process everything. 😂 I’m not alone, right? I’ve been at two different hospitals on four separate trips. And I’m done. The weekend cannot come soon enough.

Jess and Teagan from Fiction No Chaser tagged me in their first tag. I’ve been trying to find the right characters and songs for this post, so it’s taken me much longer than I anticipated. But it’s here! I want to thank my two dark souled sisters for tagging me.

Rules

  • Pick your characters
  • Choose their song
  • Link to OG post at FictionNoChaser
  • Tag some friends

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The Mystery Blogger Award (3)

Morning, everyone!

This week has been hellish. I’ve pushed back so many posts. But once again, an award nom has saved me. I wanted to work on my next review, but writer’s block has hit me hard. Rosanna from Reading in the Garden nominated me. I want to thank her for thinking of me! We’ve recently started following each other, and I am always excited to see what she has next on her blog.

So why don’t you send her some love before you get to my post. You won’t be disappointed.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone Books That Deserve a Sequel

Hey all!

Where are my clumsy people at? I know I’m not alone. I started off the week by badly spraining one of my toes, But thankfully, this post kind of makes up for most of that. I typically read series since I enjoy them more, but I’m interested in seeing what you all pick.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. This week’s prompt is all about standalone books that deserve a sequel.

Enjoy!

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Behind the Blogger Tag

Morning book lovers,

Please tell me that I’m not the only person who’s trying to figure out what time it is. I don’t mind daylight saving time and the longer sunlight, but I need an extra day to recuperate.

I found this tag on Berries and Books. Before you get to my post, why don’t you send Dora some love! You’ll love her blog.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

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The Liebster Award (5)

Happy Saturday!

I’ve been meaning to catch up with all my blogging. And I think an award post is a great first step. I feel honoured to be a part of this community. And I want to thank Lexie from Reading by Starlight for nominating me. So please show her some love!

 

The Rules

  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Let them know you’ve nominated them

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Beyond the Blurb | Are Selling, Trading, and Hoarding of ARCs the Next Necessary Evil?

Morning, everyone!

Let’s say this next discussion topic, in my Beyond the Blurb series, branches off from my previous post about the blogosphere fighting over ARCs. They are a controversial topic and a problem that many bloggers, readers, and reviewers deal with.

More and more, I see international bloggers struggle to request them. Even though I am Canadian, and there are several Canadian-based publishers in the country, I may very well be overlooked by American-based ones. Either North American laws prevent them from acknowledging me, or they don’t see the point. And don’t get me started on American giveaways and pre-order contests. However, at least I have some options nationally. But many international bloggers do not.

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Beyond the Blurb | Breaking Up with a Book from Your Favourite Series

Morning, book fam!

Are you that surprised I’m going with the hard discussion topic? I’m not. Not in the slightest. Breaking up with a book is hard, painful, and often heartbreaking. It particularly hurts when the title is one of your most anticipated reads of the year. Sometimes though, you may have set your expectations high and now run into the situation where you aren’t sure if you should DNF that book or suffer.

And right now, I’m in that position. On the 13th, I first started reading King of Scars. I’ve been waiting for this book for a good year, even though, at the time, I didn’t read the Grisha Trilogy yet. And I want to scream at the book gods and demand why I’m not loving it as much as I want to. Yes, I expect this series to floor me just as Six of Crows has done. But I feel Leigh, even though she is my queen, and her books are a bit of a hit-or-miss with me. And I hate that. Hate it more than damaged books. So if you’re stuck, like me, what do you do? How do you move from the literary fork in the road? For my next discussion post, Beyond the Blurb, I’ve come up with these simple tips to live by:

 

If You’re Struggling So Much That You Can’t Focus, Put the Book Down and Move On

What’s the point in struggling? What’s the point in wasting more time on a book that doesn’t capture your attention and draw you in? You shouldn’t have to suffer just because you bought the book. You can simply DNF it.

 

If You Feel as if You’ve Invested Enough Time into the Series, Reconsider

Right now, this tip is where I go back and forth on. I’ve invested a lot of time and money in this series. I’ve purchased the merch, the special editions, and all the books. So why shouldn’t I put in the time for the next addition to this ever-growing world?

 

If You Believe You Can’t Get into the Story, Find Another One, Then Come Back

Perhaps the book isn’t the right fit for you at this time. Some books are meant to be read at the right moment. And others need to be read later on. If you hate DNFing a book, you can always come back to it when you’ve cleansed your palate.

 

If You Need a Pick-Me-Up, Read Your Favourite Genre to Get Back into the Swing of Things

Even though I love YA fantasy, which is one of my favourites, I’m digging the paranormal romance genre right now. And I feel like I need some zing in my dull reading life. Some genres are hard to get into, so always go back to the one that makes you feel happy.

 

If You Still Aren’t Sure, Ask a Reader/Blogger Friend

Friends are there for more than just talking about your favourite book boyfriend or the most hated character you want to see die. If you don’t know what you should do, ask your friends what their opinions are. Outside help is appreciated.

 

So what do you do when you contemplate breaking up with a book? What are your tips that can help readers when they’re stuck in this dreaded situation? What do you think I should do?

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Published by: Henry Holt and Co.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 448

Rating: 4/5

Source: Purchase

Goodreads | Indigo | Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Book Depository


Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner-hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice-and only she can face the oncoming storm.


“I’ve seen what you truly are, and I’ve never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”

Because of the fallout from the explosive ending of Leigh’s debut novel, Siege and Storm walks on the borderline of the second book syndrome. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the sequel. But I’m rather surprised I do.

Leigh improves on her weaknesses in Shadow and Bone. And while some nuisances weren’t necessary, I feel it gives you a better understanding of this vast universe Leigh has created. The political backdrop refuses to remain hidden and rears its disturbing head. And she explores the intricate bond Alina and the Darkling share, which is as tantalizing as I imagined it.

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Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Morning, book fam!

I wish weekends were longer than just two days. Three would be optimal. We all need more time to read or to hope we will read, when in reality, all we do is waste time, thinking of doing just that. Am I right?

Okay, I found this great tag on Bibliophagist. Sara hasn’t tagged anyone in particular, so I thought I’d take a chance at this.

I hope you all enjoy the post and have a great weekend!

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