3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

Happy, Friday!

Remind me how this week has gone by so fast. I’m losing hours. Anyways, today is my final day in this quote challenge. Mariam from Book Mania deserves another big thanks for tagging me.

Jude may be one of my favourite characters because, instead of letting her past burden her, she uses it as a weapon. And I truly need to live by that.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

The Quote

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

—Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince


Tag Time

Don’t feel like you need to do this tag. If you want, link me up. If you don’t, I’m fine with that as well. I hope you all have as much fun as I have had!

Kristin | Shalini | Kaleena

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

Morning book lovers,

So who’s ready for another quote? I’m now onto day 2 of the quote challenge. I want to stick with the whole badass theme with it. So I’ve picked a quote from my King Kaz. He infuriates me, makes me laugh, makes me curl up into the fetal position and cry, and inspires me every day to fight my demons since no one else will.

I want to thank Mariam from Book Mania for tagging me. I appreciate it a lot!  💜

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

The Quote

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing.

Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

—Kaz Brekker, Crooked Kingdom


Tag Time

You know the drill! If you’ve already done this post and don’t want to do a repeat performance, that’s fine. If you do, link me up. More importantly, have fun with it! I know I have.

Becky | Jennifer | Mogsy

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1)

Morning, everyone!

Since I wasn’t liking my original post, I thought I’d publish this tag instead. Today is day 1 of the 3 day quote challenge. Mariam from Book Mania tagged me a while ago. Thank you! 💜

I wanted to find just the right quote to start off this challenge. And I can’t go wrong with a Throne of Glass one, now can I? This quote has stuck with me long after I found it. So let’s get to the post, shall we?

 

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

The Quote

“We all bear scars. Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

—Celaena Sardothien, Throne of Glass


Tag Time!

Like all tags, if you’ve already done this one, don’t feel obligated to do it again. If I haven’t tagged you, and you want to, then go ahead! If you do, link back to me! I’d love to find new quotes and books.

Teagan and Jess | Justine | Lily

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Fall 2018 TBR

Hey, everyone!

So guess who got an extension on her internship? Clearly me. And I forgot to tell everyone. Typical, I don’t say anything until weeks later. I’m thrilled, and I can’t believe I’ve been working at a small press for the last six months. I can’t. Someone slap me, please.

As you all know, Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. For this week’s topic, we get to show off our potential TBR list for Fall 2018. And I don’t know if I should be dreading this post or if I should be happy. My physical pile is getting out of control, but let’s throw in some new titles and just ignore the problem, shall we?

So I hope you enjoy! Here are my top picks:

 

Sadie

I’ve heard a lot of buzz with this new YA mystery. And I knew I had to read it when I found about the podcasts you can listen to while reading the book. I love unique ways of telling a story, and I think this book deserves a place on my TBR list.

 

Two Dark Reigns

I probably haven’t given the series proper credit. Kendare has created an eerie yet spellbinding world, and I love it. Unfortunately, some tropes kept me from reading the sequels sooner. But I need to stop letting my moods get in the way of some great storytelling. And frankly, I need to know which queen kills Mirabella.

 

Broken Things

I wasn’t sure if I should put this title on my list. However, I like to explore different genres. And I’ve seen some promising reviews for this YA suspense. I don’t always read this kind of book, which is why I’m so drawn to it. And I think it’s a perfect read for the Fall and Halloween.

 

Archenemies

Please be good. Please be good. You don’t know how much I want this book to be good. 😂 I adore Marissa’s writing. I truly do. But the cliffhanger at the end of Renegades has kept me on my toes ever since I read it. I love dark little heart Nova, and I can’t wait to see the internal battle she’ll more than likely have in this sequel. Bring it, Marissa!

 

Shadow of the Fox

I first fell in love with the cover. You can’t go wrong with cover love. But at the time, I was a little hesitant about putting it on my list. I’ve never heard about the author before. But I adore Japanese culture, and I keep seeing rave reviews. So I’m taking a chance on this book.

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Yes, this book has been on another one of my TTT posts. But I’m not passing up on this series. Nope. Not going to happen. I love historical fiction, and the author incorporates some of the most prolific characters and real-life people into her writing.

Bookish A-Z Survey Tag

Hey, everyone!

Here’s to another weekend. I can’t believe we’re halfway through September already. Can you believe it? Kalina from Kalina Reads tagged me, and I couldn’t pass up this great tag. Go check out her blog. I love it! This post may be long, so prepare yourself.

 

Author you’ve read the most books from

Kelley Armstrong, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and V. E. Schwab

 

Best sequel ever

What more can you ask for? Enemy-to-lovers romance, redemption, healing, and one hell of a cast of characters.

 

Currently reading

How can I pass up reading Catwoman?! She’s my all-time favourite villain/anti-hero. Thankfully, it got me out of my slight reading slump.

 

Drink of choice while reading

Since Fall is coming, I have to list these two delights: hot chocolate or hot cider!

 

Ereader or physical book

I don’t mind the convenience of an e-reader. However, I love the feel of a book in my hands. And throwing (lightly, you know I can’t hurt my babies) a book won’t cost me $200+ to replace. 🙃

 

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school

…..I didn’t date in high school. My mind doesn’t know how to compute with this question. 😐

 

Glad you gave this book a chance

Honestly, I wrote off the sequel because the first book didn’t capture me as much as I wanted it to. However, I can’t get over the sequel. I love it and can’t wait for the third installment.

 

Hidden gem book

This beauty was a pick on my Top Ten Tuesday post. But it deserves all the recognition it can get. I can’t get over how this book is meant for book lovers. I love WWII stories, but Guernsey sets the bar high for other books.

 

Important moment in your reading life

Starting my book blog! I truly didn’t think I’d last more than a year. And somehow, I’m still here, two years in. 😉

 

Just finished

I’m an instant Kristoff fan! This book is so much more than I thought it might be.

 

Kinds of books I won’t read

Erotica and chick lit. I don’t mind paranormal romance or romance novels. But I’d rather keep the Christian Greys away from my shelves, thank you.

 

Longest book you’ve read

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon clocks in at 870 pages. You can’t imagine how many wrist cramps I got.

 

Major book hangover because of

I found getting into another book was infinitely harder after I finished this book.

 

Number of bookcases you own

Right now, I own two, but I need two large ones soon. I had to move books again so I could have some space for my new additions.

 

One book you have read multiple times

Kelley’s debut novel got me to where I am now. And it made me love urban fantasy and just fantasy in general. I’ll never stop promoting her work!

 

Preferred place to read

I love my Sheldon chair. It creaks and is slightly falling apart, but I love it regardless. Sometimes, Bud likes to steal it from me.

 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you have read

“No. I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material.”

This quote is my life’s motto.

 

Reading regret

Not finishing the Harry Potter series and not reading TOG earlier!

 

Series you started and need to finish

This series will kill me, but I don’t care. Just bury me under a weeping willow, and I’ll be fine with this end.

 

Three of your all-time favourite books

WHY MUST YOU ASK THIS QUESTION?! I’ll pick my three favourite reads with main characters who are morally grey.

 

Unapologetic fangirl for

Territorial fae men (Maas can use the word males; I use men), enemy-to-lover relationships, and bad boys who are cinnamon buns.

 

Very excited for this release more than all the others

CAN’T IT COME SOONER?! I’m dying over here.

 

Worst Bookish habit

Skipping ahead in a book and ruining it entirely. Please tell me I’m not the only reader who does this heinous act.

 

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

 

Your latest book purchase

I really need to catch up on this series. I have so many books to read now.

 

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way too late)

I lost so much sleep with this series. Almost every chapter has a cliffhanger, and I don’t have to willpower to put down the book.

 

Tag time!

You know the deal: if you don’t want to do this tag, don’t feel obligated to do so. But if you want to, link back to me! I’d love to see your answers. More importantly, have fun with it!

Leslie | BeckySahi | AshleyAlexandra | Kaleena | Teagan and Jess | Mara | Kay | Norrie | Lily

Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems

Happy Tuesday, dearies!

Finally! I can breathe. The constant heatwaves just make me want Fall to come sooner. I shouldn’t complain since I’ve just seen the weekend’s temps. 😐 Who’s ready for cozy blankets and sweaters, hot chocolate, scary books, and bonfires? I know I am.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. For this week’s topic, we discuss hidden gem books. I had a hard time with this post. I wasn’t sure which books to put on my list and which ones to take out. So hopefully, you enjoy it more than I have. 😂 Here are my choices for books I don’t talk much about:

 

Grace and Fury

I’ve seen quite a bit of marketing for the book. But I haven’t talked much about it though. I wasn’t sure if I’d read the book, until I won it in an IndigoTeen contest. But the premise of it is one of the most unique concepts I’ve seen lately, so it deserves a bit more attention than it has received.

 

City of Ghosts

Yes, since it’s a Schwab book, it’ll receive great marketing. However, I’ve seen several readers hesitate to pick it up since it’s geared toward middle-grade readers. But often times, I’ve found great storylines in MG books. And with that thought, I believe more people should take a risk with Schwab’s latest story.

 

Black Witch

Black Witch had a solid marketing plan. But some readers were turned off because select reviewers ripped apart this book. Now, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t back up some adult bloggers’ claims, but I know many people refused to read it, which I find unfortunate. So no one gave the book a chance. But I hope to do so soon so I can see if those claims are true or false. You can find more information about the controversy here.

 

The Wicked Deep

I wasn’t sure if I’d love the book. The author combines the Salem Witch Trials and Hocus Pocus. And if there’s one thing you should know about me is that I adore that movie. My expectations were high, but I loved the book, even the ending, which is slightly predictable. Unfortunately, since the publication, I haven’t seen many bloggers mention it.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens

Quite a few readers have compared the book to ACOTAR, and I think that does a disservice to it. When I finally picked it up, I had no expectations, but I haven’t talked about it since. However, I was so pleased with the writing, storytelling, and characters. Unfortunately, it hasn’t moved past that comparison, which is a shame.

 

Wild Beauty

I bought this book earlier this year, and while I haven’t read it yet (I need to stop buying books and not reading them), I haven’t seen a lot of love for it. But magical realism is sometimes hard to sell though. Not everyone likes it, and other readers may not even acknowledge this kind of genre. But I’m intrigued to see if it lives up to my expectations.

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I haven’t cried so hard reading another book. I found this beauty several, several years ago, and I’ve read it so many times you can see my fingerprints on the book. I’m a historical book lover, and I’ll always fall hard for a story based in WWII. The storyline is heartbreaking, and the stellar cast of characters will stay with you longer than you read the book.

And it deserves all the praise it has received because of the Netflix show. I highly recommend both show and book!

Beyond the Book | Badass Female Leads Deserve Equal Respect as Males

Hey, everyone!

In my weekly/monthly discussion post, Beyond the Book, I like to address issues that not everyone will talk about. Or sometimes I just discuss random book stuff. You never know with me.

As you can tell by the title, I may step on some toes. I’m tackling this topic. Why? Lately, I’ve seen a lot of hate for badass female leads facing so much negative backlash. No, I don’t see this post as a feminist slant. The journalism student in me will always see both sides to a problem. It’s more of the double-standard I see in fandoms or on social media platforms. So here are some issues I can’t stand in the book community:

 

Apparently, a female main character can’t have a big ego

I see this problem all the time. She can’t be as ruthless as her male counterpart. A good example is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and Kaz Brekker. Much of the SOC fandom adores this PTSD-ridden, complex, and cunning character. I know I do. He reminds me of my mental illnesses and the struggles I constantly face because of my trauma. However, I see other readers call Aelin a “bitch.” Isn’t she similar to Kaz? Can she not have the same ego, if not more, than he does? Clearly, I’m not so sure anymore.

 

If a man offers to help her through her pain, then she isn’t seen as strong

The first step I learned about healing is to let people in, let them help you, allow them to pick you up when you can’t possibly drag your broken soul off the floor. So if a female character can’t heal entirely without receiving help, then why is it okay to criticize her when someone (particularly a man) offers that help? Don’t we adore (and often rave about) when we see another male in a different series get the same support? Is that woman supposed to suffer alone and heal on her own? No. We put too much pressure on the image of an “independent” woman. Yes, being independent means that you should depend on your own. However, it doesn’t mean total isolation though.

 

If you support a broken, badass male character, then support her

Pretty self-explanatory, right? Nope. Or I never would have listed it in my post. You may not like how she heals. But you don’t tear down her journey.

 

She can’t cope the same way as a male or another well-loved female character

You all know I wasn’t a huge fan of A Court of Frost and Starlight. However, the scenes where Nesta shows how she’s coping with her fears, her past, and her trauma spoke to me. I slowly grew to like her as a character. I don’t like her lack of sisterly love for Feyre at the beginning. But her mental illness is shining through her tough exterior. And yet, here I am complaining about the fandom completely disregarding her illness. So people support Feyre, not Nesta.

Side Note: Yes, that may be because people hate Nesta and her past with Feyre. But the issue still stands.

 

I hope, in time, the book community will give more respect to these beautiful and utterly strong women. We can’t tear them down. We need to support them, no matter what.

 

So do you see what I’ve seen? What are your thoughts on the topic? Do you think the book community will change its view of female characters? What needs to be changed?

The Relationshipper Book Tag

Hello, book fam!

How do I start off another glorious reading weekend? I do a tag post. Finally. I’ve been dying to do one!

Anyways, my darlings Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser tagged me! And you know how I love talking about my favourite ships. Thank you, T and J! 💜

Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

Jess and Teagan’s Questions

What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

My smol cinnamon bun Az. HE DESERVES ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD. I’m still angry at how Maas misused him. 😠

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Flying trip!

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

Cardan from Cruel Prince,

Darkling from Grishaverse (what is wrong with me),

Dante from Legendary,

Kaz from Six of Crows,

and William from Clockwork Princess

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Cheating. It kills the entire book for me.

What’s your favorite ship?

Rowelin right now. I love Feysand. However, I feel how Rowelin grows as a couple makes them one of my favourite.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Keenan and Laia from A Torch against the Night. She deserved so much more than what she got from that disgusting man.

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Lysandion (Lysandra and Aedion)! If this ship doesn’t sail, I’ll do a book burning. Okay, that’s slightly harsh. But I’ll cry hard.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

Maven and Mare. I don’t know why the YA community thinks this ship was okay. So let me get this message to the people in the back: THIS SHIP WASN’T GOOD. IT WASN’T SANE. Got me? Okay.

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I need to see Aelin and Kaz together. The insanity between the two of them may just make the book combust.

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

Nina and Mathias. Can I please have more years to mourn?! WHY DID YOU DO THAT, LEIGH?!?!

…And I’m still salty.

Jacob or Edward?

Neither. 🤷 I honestly don’t know how I liked either of them.


My Questions

Let’s start a long tag post at 10 pm. Sure. That’s a great idea, Sib. Onto the questions:

  1. Which ship do you hope lives forever?
  2. What trope can you not get enough of?
  3. If you could destroy a ship, which one is it?
  4. Which book boy/girlfriend would you steal from his/her significant other?
  5. What is your favourite ship?
  6. What is a ship that makes you want to dig your eyes out?
  7. Which bad guy/girl would you love to date?
  8. Which ship will go down with?
  9. Which ship can you not live without? Why?
  10. What is your newest book crush or your new favourite relationship?
  11. What book relationship burned you the hardest?

Tag time!

But why only five people though?! Okay, you know the deal: if you don’t want to do this tag, you’re good. If you do though, link me! I’d love to see your answers! If I haven’t tagged you (because I had the five-person limit) but want to do it, go ahead!

Kalina | Danielle | Justine | Lily | Kaleena

Top Ten Tuesday | Bingeworthy TV Shows

Hey, everyone!

I can’t believe it’s the first week of September. August flew past far too quickly for me. Don’t you agree? And I’m still trying to catch up on liking and commenting on other posts since I was too busy to do so. I feel so neglectful!

For this week’s topic, we get to discuss our favourite binge-worthy TV shows and/or movies we watch when we aren’t busy reading. Surprisingly, I rather enjoyed this topic. So for my picks, I wanted to have a good blend of book-related and non-book-related shows. Not every adaptation will be great. However, some have surpassed its original source. So my choices below are my top eight favourite shows.

I hope you enjoy!

Outlander

I’ve basically given up on the books. I don’t have time to read 700+ books anymore. However, my love for the show hasn’t changed at all. Both Sam and Caitriona are one of the best up-and-coming actors. And I love how they explore the world the author has built. They both bring their own take of the characters and make them their own.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Clearly, this show is an add-on to my list (thank you, Sara, for reminding me 😂). But how can this list be complete without Buffy?! It can’t. This show made me who I am today. It is one of the reasons why I love fantasy and why I keep going back to that genre.

 

Supernatural

How could I forget my favourite show?! We’re currently coming up to season 14, and I still don’t know how long this show has lasted. I’ve seen my four smol cinnamon rolls (Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley) die, and I’m not sure if the new season may give me heart palpitations or not. Supernatural is a show that continues to surprise me even if it’s showed its fans everything.

 

The Strain

I haven’t loved a vampire show in such a long time. By the end, The Vampire Diaries disappointed me. And don’t get me started on The Originals, which had the worst ending I’ve seen in years. But the Strain has stayed consistent throughout its entire three-series run. And it hasn’t lost its gore either. I still get shivers when I see the vampire’s tongue sucker.

 

The Magicians

Probably one of my favourite series is the Magicians. I haven’t read the series yet, and I don’t plan to. However, I’ve never thought I’d love the show this much. The reviews for the series made me hesitant until I binge-watched the first season. Snark, sass, sarcasm, and huge doses of magic will wheel you in from the first episode. I cannot recommend this show enough. I would die for Julia, Margo, and Eliot.

 

9-1-1

In one sitting, I binge-watched half this series. I couldn’t get enough of watching this action-packed show. Each character brings a new arc that’s interesting. And they come together as a family so they can save lives.

 

How to Get Away with Murder

I don’t know how I still watch this show even when it confuses the hell out of me. And yet, I still come back, screaming for more. I’m a sucker for a great mystery. And the show constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the next season.

 

The Gifted

Did I have any, ANY, faith in a new Marvel show? No. Nuh huh. So I had zero expectations coming into this series. And I hate every second I doubted the show. The first season was short. However, it sucks you in so quickly that you don’t have time to question anything else. I didn’t realize I loved watching The Gifted until the finale came. I will always love the X-Men. But this show may top most of the X-Men movies.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey, everyone!

How’s your long weekend looking? I finally feel like myself after Fan Expo. I never knew I could walk that much, but my feet say otherwise. 😲

I’ve never done this award before. Leslie from Books Are the New Black nominated me. You need to check out her blog. You’re in for a treat.

Thank you, Leslie! 💜😘

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Seven Things about Me

  1. I’ve almost died three times. I practically lived in my local ER/hospital because I was always sick.
  2. Since I had a speech impediment when I was young, I hated public speaking. I couldn’t do that part of an assignment, and I certainly can’t do it now.
  3. I’m a marketing and publicity intern at a small Canadian press. Getting this internship took me years. I actually mean that. I couldn’t believe that I got it, and I’m so lucky that I have.
  4. I may have half-siblings, but I don’t see them as family. Over the years, I found mine through friends, and they’re more of a family than my own blood.
  5. I don’t like peacocks. I had one stalk and chase me. And ever since then, I can’t look at one without having a “flight” moment. They may be pretty, but they are dangerous.
  6. I hate when books show up damaged. My collection is basically pristine. And when I see a book damaged, I cry a little inside.
  7. I swore off getting another cat when my first pet, Tobi, died. It took me years to get over that loss. However, I found this little guy walking in my neighbour’s driveway, whistled at him, then fed him when he followed me home. And he just walked right into my family’s life. Literally, he just walked through our front door and occasionally knocked on it when the rain came. Bud, my stray-turned-pet, has captured my heart. He’s a fighter like me, and I adore this little man. ISN’T HE CUTE?! 😍


My nominations!

Kaleena | Erin | Alexandra | Kristin | Lilly | Bibi | Jess | Vanessa | Lily | Christine | Justine

If you don’t feel like doing this post or have been nominated before, don’t feel obligated. But if you want to do it, link back to me! I’d love to see your responses.

Thank you again, Leslie.