Top Ten Tuesday | Novellas and Short Stories

 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

How’s your week been going? I’ve been struggling to come up with a good list since I don’t read a lot of these stories or novellas. I typically stick with larger books. But for this week’s topic of Top Ten Tuesday, I want to talk about some of the novellas and short stories I have read and want to read. So let’s get to the post, shall we?

 

 Ayama and the Thorn Wood and When Water Sang Fire from The Language of Thorns

It’s hard to pick which stories I love the most from this book. But the two that have stuck with me are these. Both are the first and the last, and yet they complement each other beautifully. However, the siren story may be my favourite out of all them.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight

Yes, I’ve complained plenty about this novella. However, I love going back to Velaris and seeing what my favourite characters are up to. And the tension between Nesta and Cassian make up for some of my disappointment.

 

Queen Song from Cruel Crown

This short story revolves around the first wife of King Tiberius, Queen Coriane. She has intrigued me since Red Queen. And when I read her story, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. You know she’s dead. You know she lost her battle, and yet her story is nonetheless compelling.

 

Hidden

When I heard about this novella, I nearly screamed. I’ve followed the Women of the Otherworld series since I was 13. So when I heard Kelley wrote a story about Clay and Elena taking the twins on a holiday vacation, I knew I had to read it.


 

Stars Above

I’ve finally finished Winter, and I just need the next dose of this series. When I found out Marissa wrote a collection of Lunar Chronicle stories, I knew there was no way I could pass up this book. No way. I can’t wait to get back into Marissa’s world.

 

Queens of Fennbirn

I’ve been meaning to catch up on this series. However, I haven’t read the second book, and I spoiled myself on the third, and clearly, I haven’t read this one as well. So I truly need to tackle my TBR pile, stat. I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I’m not sure if I hate it, but I do know I love some aspects of it. Kendare creates a magical yet dangerous world that you can’t help but fall for. This book combines The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen.

 

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

I know, I know, I’m behind on my Shadowhunter books. Okay, one book doesn’t necessarily count as behind. But you get what I mean. I should have read this book before transitioning to the Dark Artifices series. I’ve been wanting to see how Simon transforms from a teenager who can’t remember the love of his life and his best friend to a Shadowhunter.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Okay, I’ve gotten back from my little niece’s first birthday, I’m exhausted and don’t feel like writing a review, so thankfully, this tag is easy peasy to do. Or I’d be crying right now. 😂 I found it on Hammock of Books. You should definitely check out Kay’s blog!

 

Best Book You’ve Read so far this year

Stay calm, Sibby. Stay calm. This book made me cry, scream, and almost had me throw it across the room. But how can I?! It’s so damn pretty.

 

Best sequel you’ve read so far this year

I’ve been waiting a long time for this sequel, and Stephanie doesn’t disappoint you. I never thought that I’d love Tella and Dante, but I’ll eat my own words.

 

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Kelley addresses school shootings in her latest book, and I cannot wait to read it. I’ll always read her books.

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Lada will make this finale the most bloodiest yet. I’d like nothing more than to see Radu to find love, Lada to slay, and Mehmed to die.

Okay, that escalated slightly too much there.

 

Biggest disappointment

I hate putting this book here. But here it is, and I never knew I’d ever be disappointed with the finale. I love Victoria, but for me, I feel that the ending is what kills this series.

 

Biggest Surprise

I’ll always love reading about faerie stories. They’re one of my favourites! But I never knew I’d adore this book. However, I was wrong. Jude is one of my faves, and Cardan weaseled his way into my heart.

 

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Okay, quite a few readers found this book unoriginal. But I love it, and I can’t wait to see what Sara has in store for the sequel.

 

Newest fictional crush

HELLO, THORNE BABY. I’ve been crushing over him for years, but this year, I’ve only got to this series. I love his conflicting character arc.

 

Newest favourite character

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom. I cannot stop raving over this evil cinnamon roll. I love sirens, and she makes we me want to be one.

 

Book that made you cry

I somewhat dislike Labyrinth Lost, but this sequel is what made me love brujas. Lula, horribly scarred, loses her boyfriend, who breaks up with her just before a bus accident. She wants him to cheat death, but instead, she makes him and the other victims zombies.

 

Book that made you happy

I don’t ever want to stop talking about this series. I know I’ll keep coming back to it. How can I not? I love Cinder, Kai, and the entire Rampion crew!

 

Favourite book-to-movie adaptation you saw this year

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! Originally based off of Jurassic Park, Fallen Kingdom makes me fall in love with dinosaurs all over again. But I’m still healing from my heart getting ripped out of my chest.

 

Favourite post you’ve written this year

My bad trope discussion post is definitely up there. I’ve been meaning to write this one for such a long time, and I’m glad I got around to it.

 

The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

I’m loving all the purple covers coming out this year. I love this trend. I truly do. I’ve been wanting to get this sequel for such a long time, and to see it wrapped in white with purple, I nearly squealed when I opened up the box.

 

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Practically my entire TBR list. 😂

 

Tag Time!

Mara | Vanessa | Jeanine | Christine | Bree | Teagan and Jess | Kalina | Harshita | Justine | Ashley

You! Anyone who wants to do it can! Just link me to my post because I’d love to see your post. I don’t know who else has done this tag, so go for it.

Beyond the Blurb | So You Hate Your Blog Name

Are you in the same situation as I’m in, where you hate the name you picked for your blog? I don’t blame you. I’ve reached my two-year blogging anniversary, and yet I can’t stand looking at my URL. In my defence, I picked it when I couldn’t get the word novelties by itself. And I regret that moment ever since.

I’ve picked a new one. And hopefully, I can still get to keep my followers once I switch over to it. But now, I’ll have to look into a WP subscription in order to keep everything I’ve created. And while that step is annoying, I’m happy to make the change. I need it. And more importantly, I want it.

So what do you do when you’re stuck in this dilemma? Here is some advice that may help you pick a new blog name or find the right one for you when you already have one:

 

1. Research and See What Other Bloggers Have Picked

Before you even decide to start a blog, look at which names have already been taken. A lot of book blogs may have the words read, night/midnight, chapters, spine, reader, paper, or page/pages. While I like them, I think moving beyond them will make yours stand out. However, the word book/books is a perfectly fine option either way. If you want to use those words, go with something unique. Change it up so your name doesn’t blend in with the others. And look into blog subscriptions so you can keep it for good.

Here are some names, while a few are common, actually work:

A Page with a View: I love how this name tells a story. Even though it uses the word page, it’s unique and fresh.

Read at Midnight: Clear and precise, this name tells the readers what this blog is about.

Nose Graze: Unique, highly original and memorable, this name will always be my favourite.

The Reader and the Chef: This one goes with a theme and stands out from the rest.

My Friends Are Fiction: Alliteration will be popular with bloggers.

 

2. DON’T DO WHAT I HAVE DONE. Really. I mean that. Don’t do it.

Don’t pick just a random name because you’ll regret it. I don’t know how many times I need to use full caps, but don’t go down the road I’ve gone. It’s costly and annoying.

 

3. Figure Out What Your Brand Is

This tip is important. Figure out what it is before you move forward. Are you a book, fashion, lifestyle, food, or life blogger? What do you want your name to stand for? Once you find that answer, you’ll have a better chance at picking a name.

 

4. Talk with Other Bloggers and Bounce Ideas Off of Them

I picked my new name by talking with a fellow blogger, Danya @ Fine Print. Sometimes, getting a second opinion will do wonders for you. Trust me. Even now, I’d love to bounce my ideas off of some more bloggers just to see if the name I’ve picked is good.

 

5. Accept That It’s Okay to Change Your Name

If you hate it, change it. And you know what? I know many bloggers who have changed their names several years in. Ashley from Nose Graze changed her name two years in. Don’t be afraid of change. It’ll bring in a new stage to your blogging.

 

6. When You Have Picked a New Name, Announce It Multiple Times, over Multiple Platforms!

And this final step is vital as well. Don’t just change it and forget to tell your followers. They’ll have a hard time finding your blog. And you don’t want that. Break it to them that you want to change your name, and you’re in the process of doing so.

If you want, you can leave your blog theme and design the same for a month or two so they can see that your blog is the same. The name has just changed. And yes, this point is where I say I’m changing my blog name.

So what are your thoughts about changing a blog name? What do you think about doing it? Are you in the same situation as I’m in? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday | My Summer TBR!

 

I am not a “sit by the pool” reader. Nuh uh. One, I don’t want my books wet. Two, my friends would like nothing more than to get them and me soaked. Three, if I’m not in the pool for most of the day, I’m more like Wednesday Addams. I stay in the shade, away from people. So I’ve chosen to show off my summer TBR list for this week’s topic of Top Ten Tuesday.

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I KNOW. I said I didn’t want to read this series, but you all persuaded me to pick it up, so this is on my list. I saw it in Indigo not that long ago, and I knew I had to buy the first book soon. And now I’m regretting not including it in my last haul. I love book peer pressure.

 

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

This book has been sitting on my TBR list for years, and when I saw the redesign of the hardcovers, I couldn’t pass it up! Superpowers, jealousy, and betrayal? Sign me up. Let’s just hope the hype is real.

 

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I can’t get enough of siren stories, and I’m so excited to find another one for this summer! I’ve been counting down the days to this Ursula retelling, and I just hope it lives up to this gorgeous cover.

Who else is excited to get this book?

 

Heart of Iron by Asley Poston

I bought this book a while back, and I’ve been eyeing it ever since. So I know I have to read this sci-fi Anastasia retelling.

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

I keep pushing this series off, but that stops. I’m finally picking up the sequel and travelling back to Red London. I’ve been wanting to go for ages, but too many books simply got in the way.

 

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Every single time I see Illuninae in a bookstore, I can’t help but flip through it. Ugh, I regret not buying the series sooner. Hopefully, this sci-fi will inspire me to read more books in that genre.

So which books do you hope to read this summer? Do you want to tackle a series you’ve been wanting to read? Have you’ve picked some of my choices? Let me know in the comments!

The Sunshine Blogger Award (3)

I’m always surprised when I get nominated for these awards. I’m clearly doing something right, or this post wouldn’t exist. 😂 Sara @ The Bibliophagist nominated me. So thank you, Sara! You can’t imagine how happy I am to be nominated! Go check out her blog!

 

WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

Sara’s Questions

 

Chocolate or coffee?

Yuck. Definitely chocolate. I can’t handle the smell of coffee, let alone the taste of it. How do you drink that?!

What’s your perfect “me” time?

Where I can just disappear in a book, when I get lost in a bookstore, or where I can cuddle with my cat. And let me tell you: the latter is harder than you imagine!

Who’s your most-read author?

Kelley Armstrong, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Ariana Franklin

What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?

ACOTAR series. I’m a predictable reader, so I’m not surprised I think about this series so much. Those bat babies certainly know how to distract you. 😉

What was the happiest day of your life?

I had two days: when I got my first cat, Tobi, and when Buddy, my stray-turned-pet, walked into my family house. Yes, he actually walked right through the door and demanded food. I couldn’t believe he did it, and I watched him do it. 😂

If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

Kaz. I relate so much to this character even if he’d be tempted to steal from me.

If there’s one unfinished book/TV/any other medium series that you could have finished right now, which would it be?

Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong (I spoiled myself with the last book, and I’ve avoided it because of that)

13 Reasons Why TV series (I just need to know what happens)

Dangerous Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl! (JUST WRITE THE NEXT BOOK)

Riverdale TV series

You’re given the option of knowing the exact date and time of your death or staying blissfully unaware. Which do you pick?

I’d rather not know even though a huge part of me wants to say the exact opposite. I think I’d obsess with the date more than live my life.

If you were told you could be an expert in any one thing instantly, what would you pick?

Writing!

What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?

War Storm and The Hazel Wood. I love most parts of the former since it’s one of my favourite series, but the ending killed it for me. And I had too high expectations.

With the Hazel Wood, I feel the story is too over the place, and I was lost by the end.

If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

I’d travel to all the best bookstores around the world. I want to find those rare books, meet interesting readers, and make new friends.


My Nominations

Kathy | BreeMogsy | AshleyJess, and Teagan | Nina | CindyKayBecky | LaRonda | Kris


My Questions

There are some questions above I like, so I’ll be using a few.

  1. Is there a character you wish went a different path?
  2. Which character would you want to save from a horrible situation?
  3. What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?
  4. Which fictional world do you want to live in?
  5. Your bookshelf is on fire, which book do you save from the flames? Why that one?
  6. Who is your favourite character you want to meet but are afraid to?
  7. Which genre you cannot stand reading?
  8. Which series are you eagerly waiting to get your hands onto?
  9. Which animal/pet do you love the most in a series?
  10. If you could change an ending in a book/series, what would it be?
  11. What was the last book you read that disappointed you the most?

The Ultimate Book Tag

Oh, hi there!

Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to find new tags. And I found this one on The Cozy Pages. I love seeing what Nina posts next. She’s one of my favourite bloggers I have the honor of knowing, and I’m glad we stay in touch. Go see what else she’s posted. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do

Now, since I don’t feel like writing a review at midnight, I think this is a good substitute. And I haven’t been around lately since my life decided to get crazy hectic this past week.

So let’s get to the tag!

 

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Sometimes. If I don’t pay attention to my surroundings, I’m fine. If I look up, then I run into a problem.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I personally like Kelley Armstrong’s. Kelley is the reason why I decided to get into book publishing, and her writing has saved me numerous times. Overall, she brings realness to her characters. You feel as if they’re normal people even if they’re supernatural.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

HA! Ahem, I almost choked reading this. I think the answer is in the question. I pick Harry Potter because of the Twilight Saga.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

Technically, my purse is my book bag. I bought it at Indigo and have used it ever since. I hate purses, but mine says, “Read the North,” so I can’t complain.

Do you smell your books?

My friends can easily answer this question. Yes. And I shiver when I crack open a book that hasn’t been opened up yet.

Books with or without little illustrations?

Doesn’t bother me. I like the trend of publishers including illustrations, like Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Probably the entire Mortal Instruments series. I didn’t know the controversy surrounding the author, then I delved deeper into YA and found much better series. However, I keep going back to it.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I had a speech impediment when I was young, so I’d often get angry and throw my book when I read out loud. My family thought it was cute, and now they worry I’m slightly more invested in books than originally thought. I just want to throw them for another reason now. 😉

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

My copy of Language of Thorns may be the thinnest.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

My collection of Outlander books. Those are beasts. And I’m dreading to finish them.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I’ve been writing for more than half my life. Most of the writing I do now is blogging, but I’d love to get into creative writing again.

When did you get into reading?

My mom pushed me into it when I was little, but she actively bugged me to read more when I was a young teen. Now she complains when she sees my TBR pile. 😂 I can’t win.

What is your favourite classic book?

I have to agree with Nina on her answer of Pride and Prejudice. And Oliver Twist is up there as well.

In school what was your best subject?

English and creative writing (and fashion, even if I dress like a slob)

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I’ve had this situation happen before, and I offended the gift giver, so I’ve asked my friends simply to give me Indigo gift cards. They work out for everyone involved, really.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. It’s more urban fantasy adult than YA though.

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I usually drop my phone. I’m a huge klutz and probably shouldn’t be near any devices. I even drop my laptop. 😅

What is your favorite word?

Yeah, I shouldn’t repeat it here. I may be small but I swear like an educated sailor.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd all the way!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I prefer the fae. I love the backstory of them, and you find much better stories about them as well.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. They get all avenge-y and slay people (it’s midnight, so don’t judge my word choices). And I have a thing for wings, apparently.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? 

Spirits. I’ve had enough of the latter. And frankly, I laugh when I read about a character getting punched by a ghost.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

I’d rather hang out with the bloodsucking thing beyond the grave. And if you don’t know that reference, I’ll be severely disappointed!

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden. Please, only forbidden. The former choice rarely works out well.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed stories. If it’s paranormal romance, I’m fine. But I rarely read strictly romance.

 

Tag time!

You aren’t obligated to do this tag. If you’ve done it before, you’re good. If I don’t tag you, and you want to do it, please don’t hesitate to do so. I love finding new tags! So don’t let me stop you from doing this one.

  1. Jess and Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser
  2. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  3. Justine @ Bookish Wisps
  4. Book Orbit
  5. Kathy @ Books and Munches
  6. Christine @ Life with All the Books
  7. Ashley @ Book Tales
  8. Kaila @ The Traveling Inkwell
  9. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black
  10. Cindy @ Readctbooks

Beyond the Blurb | Tropes That Turn Me Off from Reading

Happy Saturday!

It’s about bloody time I’ve done another discussion post. I’ve had the ambition to do it weekly, but I seem to have forgotten. 😅 I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a long time, and Kathy @ Book and Munches is what sparked me to think about tropes that may persuade me to DNF a book.

So how much time do we waste with dealing with annoying tropes? Too many. Yes, some work, while others are overused and drawn out. I don’t know how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at ridiculous avoidable storylines. But I must admit that, if used correctly, tropes can enhance an already brilliant book and series. But I wouldn’t be here complaining about them if all of them were.

Now here are my top five tropes I’d love to see disappear:

 

Abused Woman/Girl Healing by Falling in Love with an Alpha Male

This kind of trope can go either way really. Some authors can pull it off rather well, and others, well, can’t. But some authors, particularly paranormal romance ones, believe a woman must fall in love with an alpha male in order to heal from an abusive relationship. No, she doesn’t. Frankly, she should run the other way and maybe find a nice guy who’s the exact opposite. But most of the paranormal romance industry would keel over and die if it weren’t so dependent on this trope.

 

Biphobia

Apparently, a bi man and a bi woman simply cannot date because their relationship would be seen as a heteroromantic one. Excuse me? Let me all remind you that it is possible and happens all the time. The bi man can get the girl, or he can get the man and vice versa. Frankly, there is no polar extreme in sexuality. There is no “either gay” or “either straight.”

 

Cheating

Do 👏 not 👏 promote 👏 it, especially in YA books. I don’t care if over half of all YA readers are adults. They come from all ages, and we shouldn’t promote that cheating is the best (and only) solution to be with the person we want, while we just happen to be in a relationship or vice versa.

One reason why I am hesitant to read Kendare Blake’s One Dark Throne is that the author bases her story off of cheating. And I couldn’t stomach this arc when I read the first book. It made me sick.

 

Pitting Women against Each Other

Why must we continue using this trope?! We women should be standing up for each other and supporting one another. One trope Victoria Aveyard uses in Red Queen is this one. Evangeline pits herself against Mare. Now their so-called friendship (or mutual agreement) is much better later on in the series, and now, I don’t want to do a facepalm when I read their scenes. But when I first read it, I almost gagged.

 

Normalizing Abusive Relationships

I don’t why I’m stating this in 2018, but let’s not forget that we shouldn’t encourage or even normalize abuse. Whether emotional, psychological, physical, and sexual, abusive relationships should never, ever, be accepted into the book community. I cannot stand when I read it in books.

When I see readers are still shipping Feylin (Tamlin and Feyre) from ACOTAR, I want to smash my head up against my computer screen. Feylin didn’t consist of love. We do not disregard what the abuser does or has done. And we do not make excuses for the said abuser. And let’s be clear with one point: women can also be abusers as well.

Which tropes can you not stand? What ones are you hoping to die off? I’d love to see what your thoughts are on this topic, so let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

I struggled with this week’s topic. I could use all the books from my previous posts, but I don’t want to be repetitive. So for my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve picked my top five choices of worlds I’d never want to live in. Why? I have horrible luck. And knowing to me, I’d get myself shot or blown up. Or worse yet. BOTH. 😅

 

Kerenza in Illuminae

And here’s another sci-fi patiently waiting on my TBR list. Let’s throw in an invasion, teenage heartbreak (because, why not), and a deadly plague. I honestly thought the authors attempted too much in the first book of this series, but I’m dying to get my hands on it.

 

Fjerda in Ruin and Rising

Give it to me to be a Grisha born in Fjerda. I’d have a better chance at being a Heartrender in Ketterdam. The Drüskelle scare me more than anything. And I can only imagine how it’d feel going up against one of those soldiers.

 

Thuvhe in The Fates Divide

Yes, I haven’t read Carve the Mark or its sequel, but I doubt I’d like the planet both Cyra and Akos inhabit. But from some readers, I’ve heard the overall worldbuilding is fantastic though. Even though I was excited to see what Veronica has in store in her latest series, I wasn’t too thrilled with the reviews coming out. What do you think of this Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet?

 

Republic of Gilead in Handmaid’s Tale

Given the fact I’m a woman who likes nothing more than to run her mouth, I doubt I’d be alive in Gilead. But if I somehow were, I wouldn’t want to live there. I have yet to read this series, but I have good reason. The political atmosphere lately has started to remind me of Atwood’s famous piece, and I think watching the show is enough.

 

Wonderland in Heartless

I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. But I’ll give it a read because I’m Marissa trash (God, I need therapy). I’ve always hated the queen, especially her classic “Off with their head” quote. I just hope I don’t gain ten pounds after reading this book. 😂

🎉Birthday Book Tag and Epic Birthday Blog Tag🎉

Obviously, as you can tell, I have aged today. I’m just one year closer to thirty, and somehow, I don’t look it. Thank God for my shortness. This year, my birthday lands on the awkward Thursday where no one can really do anything, so I’ll just squeeze in more reading time. I can’t complain about that though.

I haven’t seen these tags before. But I happened to find the first one on Bound to Writing! And I saw the second on Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Now, go take a look at their other posts. They deserve some love too. 😉  I somehow ran into a problem since I couldn’t pick which one to post. So I apologize for this being long.

As you may tell, I took some liberties with the tags below. 😂


Birthday Book Tag

COUNT YOUR BIRTHDAY ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF AND THEN SUBTRACT YOUR BIRTH MONTH

Doesn’t this cover look so pretty? I love it. I cannot wait to get into this Anatasia retelling!

 

IF YOU COULD SPEND YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Because I’m a salty, sarcastic, and slightly scary small person, I’ve decided to choose the Dregs from Six of Crows. I want Kaz to teach me how to cheat someone, Inej to teach me how to stab someone ( this reason sounded better in my head), Nina to show me the best waffle houses, and so on.
And I can’t believe I used all S’s for the adjectives to describe me. I don’t mean to do that. 😅

FIND A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE SEASON YOU WERE BORN IN

Yes, I’m using this book as a smut reference. If memory serves me correctly, Feyre accepts the mating bond with Rhys during Calanmai, which surprisingly is when they also met the year prior.

 

FIND A BOOK THAT IS THE COLOR OF YOUR BIRTHSTONE

I’m not a huge fan of green, so I can’t find a cover I like. But the one that reminds me of May is Wild Beauty. And it has a few splashes of that colour. Please, let me find time to read this beautiful book.

 

PICK A BOOK SET IN A TIME PERIOD, WORLD, OR COUNTRY YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN

Since I know how women were horribly treated in the past, and I love the luxury of baths, books, and airconditioning, I don’t think I’d want to go back there. So I hope (but doubt) the future will be better. But for this book, I’m just here for the technology and shiny colours. And so help me, if the sequel’s cover isn’t as beautiful as this one, I will ugly cry.

 


The Epic Birthday Blog Tag

The Rules

  1. Always Always Always pingback/link to icebreaker694‘s site (she wants to see your answers).
  2. Post this on your birthday!!! Or not, y’know, you do you.
  3. Answer the questions! (You might have to do some digging, hope that’s not a problem.)
  4. Tag as many bloggers as you can! (At least 1+ so the tag won’t die!)

 

When’s your birthday (month + day)?

May 10 (obviously)

What’s your Zodiac sign?

Mother bloody Taurus

What’s your birthstone?

Emerald, the most fragile gemstone there is. I see no shade in that comment 😒

Do you know someone with the same birthday?

Sid Vicious (okay this post is getting weird now)

What historical event occurred on your birthday?

Apparently, my birthday means nothing to you. But let’s continue.

Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South America’s first black president. Okay, now that’s more important. John Wayne Gacy died a year after my birth (and there goes my excitement).

What do you usually do to celebrate your birthday?

I eat too many cupcakes, read, and try to avoid everyone. Then I get bombarded by messages on Facebook because everyone needs that site to remember all their friends’ birthdays.

Were you born in the morning, afternoon or night?

Afternoon! And I know the exact time, which I won’t tell you. 😝

If you could have any present in the world, what present would it be?

Are you truly asking me this question?! Honestly, if I could have a hidden library with a hidden door leading to it, I’d be in heaven.

How did you get your name?

…A soap opera. Thanks, Mom. Do you know how many times people have tried, but failed, to pronounce my name? The most memorable is “Shabam.” I couldn’t stop laughing in my coding class. I don’t know how my teacher came up with that name.

Have you ever forgotten your birthday?

LOL. Yes, this week.

Book flash: Five books you’d want to be given on your special day!

Luckily, I was able to the snag the first two books, but I need to wait for the last three. 😒 Here are my picks:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

 

Tag time!

Since there’s little way for me know if your birthdays are coming up, I tag anyone and everyone! I had such a great time doing these tags, and I hope you do too. Just link me back. I’d love to read what your answers are!