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.

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Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2018

Seriously?! June is over? I cannot believe it is. I’m kind of freaking out at how fast this year is going. So I needed to take some time away from blogging. My life has been too hectic. And just for the sake of doing so, I didn’t want to publish something half ass. But you’ll be seeing me around much more though!

Let me know how your June has gone! I’d love to check up with all of you.

 

Yeah, last month, reading took a back seat. I couldn’t decide which book to read, which one to hold off on, and which one to finish. I went back and forth from one book to the next. Don’t you hate you that? I know I do. I can’t stand it when indecisiveness rules my every choice.

But with the books I did read, I enjoyed. And I was finally able to read two of my most anticipated reads of this year!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I need to find my fellow Dantella groupies because I need to squee about this book. Caraval is one book that snuck on me when I didn’t expect it. And I’ve been eagerly waiting to read Legendary. But like other readers, I was hesitant to read a book solely on Tella’s POV. Tella is a tricky character for me. She bothered me in Stephanie’s debut novel, but I loved her in this one. Stephanie blends magic, intrigue, and politics and creates an enchanting experience.

I cannot wait to read Finale.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is GORGEOUS. It rivals Flame in the Mist, and I thought that book was too beautiful for words. Smoke brings on a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Going in, I knew my favourite characters, Mariko and Okami, would suffer, but I was not anticipating the need to punch a wall and scream, “don’t hurt my babies!” at 2 in the morning.

Renée beautifully crafts a historical fantasy you’ve been hoping to read. And while the book is a slow burn, it will satisfy her dedicated readers. I’m hooked.

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book is BEAST. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m enjoying it. Even though I’m late to the game, I don’t want this series to end. Finally, the entire crew joins forces to take down the evil bitch queen we call Levana (bless my swearing skills). I feel the story starts off slow and then builds off of that. I enjoy seeing how each character interacts, and I hope to finish this monster off shortly.

I cannot wait to find more sci-fi books. I don’t want to miss any great series. So shoot me some of your favourite picks! I’d love to discover more!


Give it to me to buy more books than I read for the month. Okay, I can’t put the blame on that. I had several pre-orders, so don’t judge. What am I saying?! I’m talking to fellow book nerds.

I wanted to keep my book haul short for June since I wasn’t sure if I’d read this all (I’m glad I decided ahead of time, or I’d be kicking my butt right now). But I was able to pick up books I’ve been dying to read. And hopefully, I’ll get to them soon.

Who am I kidding? I’ll just keep adding to my pile. 😂

 

So what was your most anticipated book for June? Did you get into a reading slump like me? Let me know in the comments!!

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

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names

I think I’m making a repeat performance. I thought I liked my original post, but I’ve trashed it entirely. I don’t know why. I’m picky. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve chosen my favourite character names.

 

Nova “Nightmare” Artino from Archenemies

Look at this cover. 😍 It’s so pretty. Both her given name and nickname suit her rather well. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like Nova as a character. I felt she complained too much, but when you read her background, you can’t blame her for it.

Have you heard this duology is now a trilogy?!

 

Aleksander “The Darkling” Morozova from Shadow and Bone

Of course, I’ll probably fall for the ultimate bad guy in this series. I can see it now. I’ve been eyeing this character for years but haven’t gotten around to reading Shadow and Bone yet. The Darkling has a nice ring to it though.

 

Princess Selene from Cinder

I am not obsessed with this series. I repeat. I am not obsessed with this series. Am I surprised the author used the name “moon” for one of her main characters? No. I love the name. And Cinder is, and will always be, one of my favourite characters.

(Yes, I fully admit I’m addicted to the Lunar Chronicles. Please don’t judge me.)

 

Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius from Empire of Storms

Oh, look. Another series I haven’t read but spoiled myself anyways. So I basically know what occurs in almost every book in the TOG series. But I won’t skip reading it. And one reason why is Rowan. I’m hooked on territorial fae males, and he will probably be on the top of my list, especially when he takes his wife’s last name. Cue the sighs.

 

Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes

This boy may just own a big chunk of my heart. Even before I bought Sabaa’s debut novel, I knew Elias was trouble. His character arc in A Torch against the Night still makes me weepy, but I won’t be surprised if he finds a way to get out of his current deal.

 

Eelyn from Sky in the Deep

Doesn’t that name sound beautiful? I love Eelyn. Her storyline creates such a wonderful debut novel. I’m holding out hope that the author will expand this book into a series. I don’t how since this is a standalone. 🙃

The Reader Confession Tag

Even though I would love to *cough* obsess *cough* over my Scarlet review, which I hoped to write last night, my health decided to kick me when I was down, so I need to take things easy for the next while. Now, say hello to another book tag!

So I saw this one on Hammock of Books. I love when I see Kay’s posts pop up on my Reader feed. Go check out her blog!

 

Have you ever damaged a book?

😐😐😐

Yes. Several. And I don’t want to talk about it. I feel so guilty. 😭

How long does it take you to read a book?

I typically give myself about seven days to read a book. But I read Cinder in twenty-four hours, and I read a 300-page book in almost two weeks. So I’m all over the board with this question. 😅

Books that you haven’t finished?

I believe I’ve dnf’d a handful of books, but there are plenty I wanted to though.

Hyped/popular books you don’t like?

I don’t understand the book. I love magical realism, but the storyline is all over the place. I honestly tried to love it. Just look at that cover. But I felt the book had two separate stories conflicting with each other, and I’m not sure which one won.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Smut. Actually, I wouldn’t tell my mom I read it, but she probably already knows since I read it in front of her. I have no shame in reading these books. Oh God, I’m like Nesta. 😂

How many books do you own?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I owned around 300. But compared to some of these bookstagrammers, I’m a baby Smaug.

Are you a fast or a slow reader?

It all depends on the book. I can breeze through a couple hundred pages in a few hours, and sometimes it may take me forever to get through a book.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yassss. My first and last buddy read was with Dana @ Dana and the Books. Both she and I attended college together and took the Ryerson Publishing program as well. And even though she has moved to the UK, we keep tabs on each other. She’s one reason why I first started blogging.

But yes, I love doing it even though I don’t do it often. And this answer gives you permission to bug me into buddy reading with you.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Obviously, I prefer reading in my head. I cannot imagine any other way. I’d probably annoy everyone more if I do.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

I’ve always been honest with my readers. I come from poverty and a bad past. So reading, and in extension writing, has saved me. Both have blocked out situations and pain. So if I had only one book to read/own, it is White Oleander. It is my haven, my safe place, my bible. If you’re a survivor, and you’ve read this book, you’ll understand what I mean. If you don’t, I still recommend it to you.

 

Tag time!

Just because I tag you doesn’t mean you’re obligated to do this tag. I just thought you might have fun doing. Now if you do, link me back. I want to read your answers.

For anyone who I haven’t tagged, you can do it as well! I’m not stopping you. 😉

  1. Marta @ The Cursed Books
  2. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black
  3. Merline @ Merline Reads
  4. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
  5. Elaine @ Howlin’ Books
  6. Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
  7. Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
  8. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  9. Sara @ The Bibliophagist
  10. Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

The Unique Blogger Award

If I could scream without causing another coughing attack, I would. But I can’t. Over the weekend, Merline from Merline Reads nominated me. Thank you, deary. ❤ I needed that pick-me-up since I got sick on my birthday and have been a walking plague ever since.

I was wondering how I’d start off the week, and my mind was coming up blank. So you’ve saved my butt, Merline. You should go check out her blog!

Now, onto the award.

 

The Rules
  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Merline’s Questions

1. How do you balance personal life, blogging, reading, and other commitments?

Plan, plan, and plan. You can’t wing everything in life, even if half of the people I know would say otherwise. My planner has saved me more than once. You may need to make a blogging day (or days) so you can schedule which posts to write.

With reading, I calculate how many pages I need to read per day. One tip I’d give is to write reviews as soon as you’ve finished the book, or you’ll run into problems with no remembering certain details. Perhaps I should take my own advice. 😅

 

2. Describe the book of your dreams.

Oh, I’d love for a book that could actually transport me into the story. Wait. No, scratch that book. That’s the plot for the Chamber of Secrets. Nope. Not interested, Riddle.

I don’t have one, which surprises me since I thought I would. Fiction will always have flaws in it. Even my most favourite books have them. Or maybe I’m still looking for the most sarcastic character who will prove me wrong.

 

3. What you would do with a million dollars?

First, I’d support my Mom. She has given up so much since she became disabled, and she has always deserved more. And no, Mother’s Day doesn’t sway my thoughts.

If I had anything left over, I’d invest it, or I’d build my own library and stock it with tons of books.

 

My Nominees

  1. Kay @ Hammock of Books
  2. Nina @ The Cozy Pages
  3. Taylor @ Nerd Narration
  4. Jess and Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser
  5. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  6. Ashley @ Book Tales
  7. Kathy @ Books and Munches (please tell you’ve found me a Scots! 😉)
  8. Marty @ The Cursed Books
  9. Jenn @ Bound to Writing
  10. Elaine @ Howlin Books

My Questions

  1. Which villain have you fallen in love with?
  2. What is the last blog post you struggled with the most? Why?
  3. What series would you love to be apart of?

 

Thank you for nominating me, Merline! I had such a fantastic time with this post. Anyone who is interested in doing this award, link back to this post so I can see your answers! I can’t wait to read them.

🎉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!

Beyond the Blurb | Criticizing Reviews

Here’s another addition to my discussion post, Beyond the Blurb. I want to talk about criticizing reviews. I find this topic contentious. We bloggers all have different opinions on the same book or of the same author. Sometimes we’ll disagree, and that point is where situations will get dicey. I don’t have a problem with the different opinions. I draw the line when people start harassing others because of their opinions though.

Maybe not all of you have seen the hostility bloggers receive once they post their review. Unfortunately, I have, and I don’t see this trend disappearing any time soon. So when does critiquing a review drift more into criticizing? Making your complaint personal doesn’t help. Yes, we all read the same book, but how we read it and what we see will differ. For example, you may see misogyny as nothing more than a horrible plot device in a book, but I may see it as a way to show how our world is mirroring fiction. When you attack someone, you aren’t helping your side. And you aren’t building up your opinion. Instead, you weaken it.

I’ve seen bloggers attacked for not speaking up. Now I see why those people came after bloggers. But becoming one, I see the dangerous line we walk once we hit the publish button. But we have an avenue to stand up where some people may not have that right to do so.

I would rather have people come to me and ask me why I didn’t talk about these problematic scenes than have them attack me. I’m still branching out into the diverse world. I’m still learning, and I want to support diverse authors and their books. So I may not pick up on something that you may blatantly see. Having an opinion in 2018 has turned toxic. We pit ourselves against each other. And somehow this toxicity has drifted into literature, which has been trying to combat the problem.

Several books have suffered because of this issue. Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark was one of the most anticipated books of 2017. But when the reviews came out during the release, bloggers were borderline harassed by other readers. They obviously didn’t pick up on the ableism and racism in the book, or they simply didn’t believe they were offensive. Some of the reviews that talked about those concerns persuaded me not to read the book. But what I didn’t expect was the firing squad who lined up those chosen few reviewers and fired hatred.

If you have a red flag about a review, talk about it. Don’t criticize, and don’t belittle that person. Your point won’t come across to anyone. But your anger will, and it won’t help your cause.

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? When does someone cross the line when critiquing a review? When does it become criticizing?