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The Fantasy Book Tag

Hello everyone! Fantasy is probably my favorite genre to read. When I saw The Fantasy Book Tag over at ZeZee With Books, I knew I had to do it!


What is the longest fantasy series that you have ever read?

I think it’s probably The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris coming in at 13 books.

Favorite fantastical setting or world.

I have to say The Wizarding World from Harry Potter.

Besides Harry Potter, what is your favorite fantasy book/series?

AHHHH this is such a hard question because I have SO MANY. I think as of right now as a whole, my favorite fantasy series is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

What fantasy book do you wish was more popular?

The Color Alchemist Series by Nina Walker! I loved this series and I feel like no one knows about it!

Your favorite villain.

Hmmm.. There are so many good options for this as well. The first one that really sticks out in my mind is Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Such a well written and complex antagonist.

What’s the first fantasy book you have ever read?

Oh man. The first one I remember was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was 9 and I have vivid memories of finishing it in my 3rd grade class room and being so proud to have finished it by myself.

Your favorite Harry Potter book

Half-Blood Prince is my favorite. I love all of Voldemort’s backstory.

What is your favorite mythical creature?

I love fairies! And really anything Fae related.

Favorite female protagonist from a fantasy book?

Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. She is so flawed and real and I love her.

Favorite male protagonist?

Kvothe from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. His arc is so epic and I really hope someday we get to find out HOW IT ENDS. GRRRRRR.


How would you answer these questions? Do you agree with my answers? Let me know in the comments! I tag anyone who is currently reading a Fantasy book! 🙂

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The Stay at Home Book Tag

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To be honest, I don’t really know what day it is anymore, but apparently, it’s Saturday!  All of the days seem to run together now, and without a schedule, it’s nearly impossible to keep them straight.  So here we are with the most fitting tag, The Stay at Home Book Tag, created by Princess of Paperback.  I found this tag over at Books Are 42 and knew that I had to do it as well.


Laying in Bed- Book You Could/Have Read in a Day

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I am so excited for the last installment in the Shatter Me series.  I almost don’t want to read it cuz I’ll be sad that it is over.  I usually read these books super fast because they are easy reads and I can’t put them down, so I imagine this one won’t be any different, especially during the quarantine when I have all the time in the world.

Snacking- A Guilty Pleasure Book

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I absolutely LOVED the Sookie Stackhouse books.  They are the best kind of trash read and the perfect definition of a guilty pleasure book.

Netflix- Series You Want to Start

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I have heard such amazing things about this series and have been wanting to start it for a while.  Unfortunately, I left the first one at home in NYC and don’t have it here with me… Maybe I could get it on my kindle from the library.

Deep Clean- Been On Your TBR for Ages

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I have been wanting to read this for SO LONG.  But it is a skinny book and was always so expensive at the store and I could never bring myself to buy it.  I finally just ordered it off of Thriftbooks and it should arrive at my house any day now!

Animal Crossing- A Book You Recently Bought Because of Hype

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I had been so excited about this book, as were a lot of people in the blogosphere, and I was sadly SO disappointed.  It was a struggle for me to get through, there was hardly a plot, and there were barely any vampires.

Productivity – Book You Learned from or Had an Impact on You

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I am a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan, and Big Magic was such a lovely and inspiring book.  Being involved in a creative career can be terrifying, especially right now, and her ideas about the interworkings of creativity were mind-blowing and so impactful for me personally.  It also made me really want to write a book.

Facetime – A Book You Were Gifted

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One of my best friends bought me this book when my grandma passed away a few years ago, and I just recently found her card while clearing out some old storage containers.  It was such a wonderful, thoughtful, and unexpected surprise to get her package when I was feeling so sad.  I will always remember this particular gifted book.  Shout out to my girl Allison! ❤

Self Care – What is One Thing You Have Done Recently to Look After Yourself

I have been working out like a fiend.  I’m usually a fairly active person being a professional dancer, but I have been working out more than ever since being quarantined.  If nothing else, at least I’ll come out of this stronger!

BONUS – Name a Book Coming Out Soon

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I lived for The Selection (which is coming to Netflix now!! YAY!!), and I am so excited for this new series!!


I tag everyone who is bored at home right now! ❤ Let me know if you do it so I can see your answers too!! 🙂

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The Perfect Book Tag

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Hello everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe and healthy.  Today we’re doing The Perfect Book Tag, which I found over at Sophie’s Corner.


The Perfect Genre: pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

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Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the epitome of everything good in Historical Fiction.  It is well researched and educational, has amazing characters, and an exciting and engaging plot.  There is a reason this is my favorite book of all time.


The Perfect Setting: pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

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Is there a better setting than Hogwarts? I don’t think so.  Fight me.


The Perfect Main Character: pick the perfect main character

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Celaena Sardothien is my PERFECT main character.  She is strong, feminine, bad-ass, caring, reckless, contradictory, stubborn, smart, and confident.  She is such a complex character and I love her so much.


The Perfect Best Friend: loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

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Hermione Granger.  Never was there ever such a supportive, loyal, and loving friend.  They literally would not have survived without her and she was ALWAYS there for her friends in every possible way.


The Perfect Love Interest: pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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I mean COME ON.


The Perfect Villain: pick a character with the most sinister mind

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Elara Merandus from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  She is SO manipulative and vindictive.  The things she does are so appalling and messed up and I love her for it.


The Perfect Family: pick a perfect bookish family

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The Grant family from Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  I fell in love with their family dynamic and even through all the ups and downs, they were there for each other.


The Perfect Animal or Pet: pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see in a book

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I love Nifflers.


The Perfect Plot Twist: pick a book with the best plot twist

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Twist after twist after twist.  This book kept me on my toes the entire time.

The Perfect Trope: pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

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I shamelessly love a love triangle.

The Perfect Cover: pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

I love these covers.  They’re beautiful and clean and perfectly evocative of the stories inside them.

The Perfect Ending: pick a book that has the perfect ending

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The ending of this series was perfect.  It was everything I wanted and it was the first series ending that I have read in a while that actually felt satisfying.


I tag everyone! 🙂

What are your perfect choices? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #21

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Season by Sarah MacLean

3751593Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued; in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year’s season begins!

My Thoughts: I started listening to this audiobook and it just could not hold my attention.  I didn’t like the writing style and I think there are better books of this genre out there to explore.  VERDICT: TOSS


Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?
 
Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .
 
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .
 
From author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

My Thoughts:  What is it about the Roaring ’20s that is so appealing?  I can’t get enough of it and this book sounds juicy, drama-filled, and fun.  VERDICT: KEEP


Slightly Single by Wendy Markham

22772A heat wave in Manhattan is enough to drive a girl crazy, and for Tracey Spadolini, a 24-year old New York transplant who’s been “left behind” for the summer, there’s even more to sweat about. Her Slightly Significant Other, Will, will be returning from summer stock in September, to pick up where they left off. (Or will he?)

But, in the days after Will’s departure, Tracey decides it’s time for a reality check. Her un-air-conditioned East Village apartment is a dump, her entry-level ad job sucks, her thighs don’t seem to be getting any thinner, and Will seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. So, Tracey, with the help of her friends and one very attentive guy, decides to spend her summer reinventing herself . . . and taking a chance on liking the new woman she becomes.

A refreshingly honest account of universal female dilemmas, Slightly Single is an engaging story of one young woman’s search for happiness.

My Thoughts:  This sounds cute, but it doesn’t have that special something that is drawing me in.  VERDICT: TOSS


Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

Mara Valentine is in control. She’s a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents’ pride and295117 joy. She’s neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece – yes, niece – come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize – and root for.

My Thoughts: I can see why I added this one back in 2012, but if I’m being honest, I’m never going to search it out with so many other books that I’m dying to read so for that reason… VERDICT: TOSS


The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small9737753

A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths.

In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.

Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives. 

My Thoughts: This is a tough one for me.  It gives me Dan Brown vibes, and I shamelessly love his thrillers, but I just don’t know if I need to read this one… Maybe I’ll keep it in mind if I ever find myself in the mood for this type of story… VERDICT: KEEP


2 out of 5 Keeps is not bad! We’re slowly weeding out the tosses.  What books have you tossed lately? Which ones have you added? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Prediction Book Tag

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Happy Thursday my lovelies!  I hope everyone has been having a great week so far and is reading some good books! We all know I love a good book tag, and I found this one over at The Bibliophagist and it looked like fun.  Here is my Prediction Book Tag.


RULES:

Pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews
Tag the person who tagged you.
Find an answer to match each prompt.
Have fun!


ALL OF THESE PROMPTS ARE YOUR PREDICTIONS FOR YOUR…

NEXT READ

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I’ve been waiting to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance since I bought it the day it came out because I got behind on my ARCs and had library books checked out.  I’m excited to finally get to it.

NEXT 5 STAR READ

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I’m reading this book right now, along with a retelling of it, Anna K., and I am loving every second of it.  It is so much easier to get through than I expected and is quickly becoming one of my favorite classics.

NEXT 1 STAR READ

I rarely give a book 1 Star… especially nowadays. For me, a 1 Star basically means a DNF and I want to predict that I won’t have any of those in the near future.

NEXT LOVE INTEREST (OR CHARACTER THAT SEEMS REALLY COOL TO YOU)

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I loved Grey in the first book, but I am really excited to see how is character expands and what will happen for him in this one!

NEXT BOOK YOU’LL BE BUYING

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I cannot wait!!!!

NEXT BOOK THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A BOOK HANGOVER (AND DESPERATELY WANTING A REREAD OR NEXT IN SERIES)

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I have heard such amazing things about this series, so my hopes and expectations are high!


I Tag:

Isobel @Isobel’s Book Corner

Anna @Talking To My Shelf

Renee @Renee Reviews

 

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The Wanderlust Book Tag

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Good afternoon my lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag and today I’m doing a tag that I found over at one of my favorite book bloggers, The Orangutan Librarian.  Here is The Wanderlust Book Tag!


RULES

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

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This place takes place in a quiet, small town in Pennsylvania and what happens when a girl who got out returns.  It was a great story about family secrets, dynamics, and growth and I really loved it.

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

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In this trilogy, Belly returns to the beach house every summer with the same family friends.  It takes place in a small beach town and I love the atmosphere of this summer romance trilogy.

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

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This book is about a siren and a pirate prince.  Need I say more?

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

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I absolutely loved this book.  It takes place in the marshes of North Carolina and the setting is such a huge part of the story and Kya’s journey.

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

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This book takes place in the Russian wilderness in winter.  Just thinking about it makes me cold.

The boonies: a book with rough or isolated terrain 

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The setting of the Alaskan frontier in the 1970s might as well have been a character itself in this book.  It was so vivid and SO important to the plot and characters.

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

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This book had a surprise Western-Esque setting about halfway through the story.  It was an interesting turn of events, but I did enjoy the setting.

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

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This book is so beautiful and inspiring and most of it is spent crossing the desert.

Wild and untamed: a book set the heart of the woods

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A modern take on fairy tales, the forest plays a big part in this one.  It even becomes a special source of magic.

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

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This world is beyond brilliant.  I think whimsical is the perfect word for it.


 

I tag The Book Lover’s Sanctuary, Just Me Mrs D, The Literary Counsellor, The Love of Books, and Words About Words.

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Disney Sidekick Book Tag

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Hello everyone! I am a Disney freak and when I saw The Disney Sidekick Book Tag on Megabunny Reads, I knew I had to do it.  It was created by Book Princess Reviews!


Mushu From Mulan – Name Your Favorite Hilarious Character or Your Favorite Comedy/Funny Book

Fred and George Weasley.  They’re just the best.

The Seven Dwarves From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Favorite Group / Ensemble

The Order of the Phoenix and Aelin’s Court from Throne of Glass

Pascal From Tangled – Name a Book or Series That Started Out One Way But Changed for You

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  The first book was just ok for me, but I ended up falling in love with that series.

Meeko From Pocahontas – Name a Plot Twist That You Did Not See Coming

The end of Kingsbane by Claire Legrand.  While this series isn’t my favorite, that ending had me on the floor.

Rajah From Aladdin – Name Your Favorite Best Friend in a Novel

Hermione and Ron. Obviously.

Sebastian From The Little Mermaid – Name a Novel Where Music Played A Big Part or Made You Want to Sing Its Praises

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  This answers both parts of this question.

Maximus From Tangled – Name a Character That Faces a Lot of Obstacles

Frodo Baggins.  Poor guy.

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave – Favorite Family Dynamics in a Novel

The Covey family from The Lara Jean Trilogy.  They have the most endearing, loving, and realistic relationships and interactions.  I also relate so hard as one of 3 sisters.

Ray From The Princess and the Frog – Book That Most Impacted Your Life

Harry Potter.  Without a doubt.

Hei Hei From Moana – Name a Character That Steals the Show

Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses.  He is 100% the best character in that series.

Gus & Jaq From Cinderella – Name Your Favorite Opposite Attracts Pairing

Legolas and Gimli from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I love them and cannot wait to dress as them for Halloween with my boyfriend someday.


I tag anyone who can’t stop watching Disney+!! 

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Christmas Songs Tag

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Hi friends! We’re getting closer and closer to the holidays and as this is posting I will be on my way to the beach in St. Maarten with my family to celebrate!  I found this Christmas Songs tag over at Amy’s Bookish Life and it was created over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favourite bookish couple.

Oh man, I have so many! How am I supposed to pick!? I guess I could pick Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses.


2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).

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This book takes place in a university town where most people there are not local and they’re from all over the continent, so they’re all away from home.


3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).

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I LOVE these novellas from Warner’s POV.  I think they are so brilliant.


4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?

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I am so excited to get my hands on this book.  Hopefully, it’ll be soon!


5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?

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Or every Kristin Hannah really…


6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.

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Really any time of the year… but I love reading and watching Harry Potter around the holidays.  I’ve never really been into reading Christmas themed books, as much as I enjoy a cheesy Christmas movie.


7. “We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.

OMG. I have no idea how I am going to pick this one.  I LOVE trilogies and some of my favorite books of all time are trilogies…  Here are three I really love.


8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.

Peter Kavinksy.

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9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.

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Ugh. This was one of the worst finales I have ever read.  What a disappointment.


10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.

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I am so pumped for this new SJ Maas series! YAY!!


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Black Goddess Reviews

A Little Haze Book Blog

The Brunette Bookworm Blog

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The Festive Book Tag

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Happy Thursday friends!  I am currently flying over the country to get to my best friend’s wedding in Mexico, but as I leave the cold behind I thought I’d leave you all with The Festive Book Tag, which I found over at KarisBooks.


1. What fictional family would you like to spend Christmas dinner with?

I have to copy Karis’ choice and say The Weasley family.  Is there even another choice?

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2. What is a bookish item you would love to receive as a gift?

Honestly anything Harry Potter related would make me a happy camper.

3. What fictional character do you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?

Lara Jean Covey.  She is so crafty and sweet and would make the most heartfelt gifts.

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4. Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

5. Bah Humbug. What book have you been disappointed in and think should be put on the naughty list?

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This was such an unfortunate let down!  As a finale to such an epic and twisted trilogy, the third book was anticlimactic and too nice.  I wanted so much more from one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

6. What book do you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the nice list?

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One of my favorite books of the whole year.  I absolutely loved this and am dying to find out what is going to happen.

7. Red, Green and Gold. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it.

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Not exactly red, green, and gold, but this cover gives me Christmas morning vibes.

8. What is a book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too.

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This book is just incredible and if you haven’t read it yet, I really hope Santa brings it for you!


I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! I tag anyone who has had a peppermint mocha today 🙂

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The Netgalley Book Tag

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Hello my lovelies! Today’s book tag is The Netgalley Book Tag created by Kourtni Reads.  I saw it over at A Little Haze Book Blog and Emer said anyone who wants to do this tag was tagged by her, so I considered myself tagged 🙂

The rules are as follows:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (Thanks Emer!)
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Kristin Hannah.  I have yet to be disappointed by any of her books and they are always beautifully character-driven.  Also Sarah J. Maas.  I love the worlds she creates and her characters are some of my absolute favorites.  I can’t wait to read her new book.

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

The cover art usually draws me in initially, but what makes me request it is almost always the summary.  I will also request a book by an author I know I like or a book that I have heard a lot about.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I do not review every book I read.  There are some books that I want to keep just for me.  I try to stay up to date with reviewing my ARC’s and am working on getting my Netgalley ratio up to 80% (I messed it up at the beginning when I was still figuring out how it worked).  I like to review new releases when I can and also review the classics I read for my Classics Club Challenge.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Hmmmmm… maybe a badge for reading more classics?  It might give me motivation to buckle down and get some more done.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

The next American Royals book by Katharine McGee.  I CANNOT wait.

NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The last ARC I reviewed was The Wickerlight by Mary Watson and I am currently reading The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi.


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag and can’t help themselves from requesting too many books from Netgalley 🙂