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The Summer Reading Tag

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I found this tag on Life and Other Disasters, and I thought it looked like fun.  Since the weather here in NYC right now is sunny and HOT, I am in a perfect summer mood and all I want is to be outside reading my book in a bathing suit.

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better

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The first 100 pages(ish) of Outlander are a DRUDGE, but once you get past that first part, it picks up and is amazing.


Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare

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This book just fills my heart ❤


Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country

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I want to go to Ireland SO BADLY, and this book just increased that need.


Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced

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DENNA.  I am obsessed with her.  She might by one of my favorite characters of all time.  She is the epitome of a mysterious/shady character, and I hope that SOMEDAY (come on Pat, you’re killing us) we will find out what she’s all about.


Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed

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I just recently finished the ARC of Wrong in All the Right Ways, and while it was an easy and fast read, I didn’t feel like the plot was too strong, and some of the scenes felt a little disjointed to me.  Full review to come.


Green Grass: pick a character(s) that was full of life, making you smile

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My loves.  Fred and George.  By now, everyone probably already knows how obsessed I am with them, but let’s give them another shout out ❤


Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets

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I’m reading this right now, and these secrets are killing me.  I NEED TO KNOW THE ANSWERS!


Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting

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I’m only two books into this series and already the world is huge.  I’ve heard it just keeps getting bigger and I can’t wait to see where it goes.


BBQ: pick a book in which a character is portrayed as a hunk

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Rhys.  Need I say more?


Summer Fun: I tag anyone who loves to read outside in the sun ❤

 

 

 

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Cleaning Up My TBR- Down The TBR Hole #2

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?

Down the TBR Hole #2

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Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.

My Thoughts: Ahhh another one I feel like I HAVE to read… but I really don’t want to.  I actually feel like a bad person for not having any desire to read this one.  I also feel like I know the story well enough without having to read it. Verdict: Toss


compassThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other.

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman’s award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

My Thoughts: I’ve had this on my list forever because it’s famous and not really because it appeals to me.  My roommate just started reading this series and he was underwhelmed by it, which just makes this decision easier for me. Verdict: TOSS


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A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. 

The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

My Thoughts: I did a bad thing with this one and saw the movie before I read the book.. I absolutely love this movie and the story.  It brings me to tears every time.  But now that I know the story and how it ends, my desire to read the book as dwindled… Maybe if I run out of things to read? Verdict: TOSS


137791Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she’s directed, her mother gets described as a “tap-dancing child abuser.” Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.GG

My Thoughts: Someone gave this to me so long ago, I can’t even remember where I got it from.  While I love a good family dysfunction story, I’ve read a bunch of bad reviews for it, and I know there are other stories I want to read more. Verdict: TOSS


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Weiner’s witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life’s priorities.

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. 

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

My Thoughts: I am a  fan of Jennifer Weiner, and this sounds like an easy and fun summer beach read.  I haven’t been reading as much “Chick-Lit” as I used to, but this one still sounds entertaining. Verdict: KEEP


I was able to be a little more cut throat on this round!  What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

 

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018

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I did this tag last June (created by Ely and Chami at A Book So Fathomless), and have been seeing it pop up all over again.  I think it’s a great way to recap the first half of the year, so here we are! 🙂

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2018

It’s a tie right now between The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  Both gave me such severe book hangovers that I was basically a zombie afterwords.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018

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I’m loving this series so much.  I can’t wait to get to the next one, because I know I have so much to look forward to! AHH!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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I love The Devil Wear’s Prada series, and I cannot wait to read the third installment.  Especially because it’s about Emily and she’s my favorite 🙂


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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Ahhhh there are so many I am excited about, but Kate Morton has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait for her new release The Clockmaker’s Daughter in October!


Biggest Disappointment

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Don’t get me wrong, this is still a great book, and I liked it, however; I had such high hopes and there was so much anticipation for this release and finale, and I was underwhelmed by the ending.


Biggest Surprise

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On the surface, this does not seem like a book I would like… and I’m obsessed with it.  I love fantasy, but I’ve never been a huge sci-fi person.  This book is INSANE and I lived for every second of it.


Favorite New Author

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I fell in love with this book and her writing, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us! 🙂


Newest Fictional Crush

Chaol from Throne of Glass


Newest Favorite Character

Leni Allbright from The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Book That Made You Cry

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Blubbering MESS, per usual with Kristin Hannah.  LOVED this book.


Book That Made you Happy

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Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

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This series is incredible, and I love that it is expanding past the end of the book for the 2nd season.  Great writing and incredible acting. Way to go Hulu.


Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year So Far

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters I Would Love to Play in a Movie

I had so much fun with this one.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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What Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year

I have too many to name.  I do know that I need to finish the rest of the Throne of Glass series before the new one comes out this fall!  I have my Current TBR up and I update it regularly, so whenever I see a must read soon book I’ll add it to that list.


I tag anyone who hasn’t done this one yet and wants to 😉


Hope everyone is having a great year so far! Do you agree with my answers? Have you read any of the same books as me? Have any recommendations for me to add to my list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 ❤ Happy reading bookworms!

 

 

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Cleaning Up My TBR- Down the TBR Hole #1

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?

Down the TBR Hole #1

1953A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

My Thoughts: This book is on my Classics Club list, and I have always wanted to read such a classic piece of literature.  The premise sounds interesting to me too… Now to find out if I like Dickens. Verdict: KEEP


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“It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships’ cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.”

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author’s lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

My Thoughts: Ugh. This is hard already.  I feel like I HAVE to read it because it is one of the most famous books of all time, but it just sounds SO BORING and SO LONG.  This has always been one of those books that I would say “I’ll read it SOMEDAY…” Let’s be real though… I’m never gonna be in the mood for this.  (I feel the guilt already and may change my mind later…) Verdict: TOSS


929Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.

My Thoughts: Ok, this book has been on my TBR ever since I saw my mom reading it when I was in middle school.  I just don’t feel a very drawn to it… I feel weird getting rid of it after so long but…. Verdict: TOSS


2187Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

My Thoughts: This one has been called EPIC in many cases, and has won a ton of awards.  Its been sitting on my shelf for years, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!  It is definitely different from what I normally read, so I think I’ve been waiting until I’m in the right mood for it… I just need to get on with it. Verdict: KEEP


10441The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down’s Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century – in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

My Thoughts: I added this book because my mom had read it and gave me her copy, but I probably would never have picked it out on my own.  While part of it intrigues me, there are so many other books that I want to prioritize. Verdict: TOSS


WOW.  This is A LOT more difficult than I thought it would be… It feels like I’m getting rid of my babies.  Hopefully it’ll get easier as we go because I’ve got 861 left to go… Oh boy…

What do you think of my choices?  Let me know in the comments 🙂
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The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

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Spring cleaning… Something I really need to do in my apartment desperately… but I was tagged in The Spring Cleaning Book Tag by Reading with Jessica so for now, this will have to do 🙂

The Struggle of Getting Started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

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This is always the first book that comes to mind for books that I have been meaning to read for ever, and the reason I haven’t gotten to it is because of its size and its intimidation factor… I’m planning on tackling it finally this year though!

Cleaning Out the Closet: A book or series you want to unhaul

This series has been on my TBR since MIDDLE SCHOOL, and I still have never read it.  It seemed so scandalous to my younger self, but now that I’m older, the desire to read it has disappeared. Bye!

Opening Windows and Letting Fresh Air In: A book that was refreshing

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This book is easily one of my favorites that I’ve read this year.  It just fills your heart with happiness and hope and it is so incredibly beautiful.

Washing Out The Sheets: A book with a scene you wish you could rewrite

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WORST ENDING EVER.  It still makes my blood boil to think about it.

Throwing Out Unnecessary Knick-Knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary

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As much as I loved coming back into Mia’s world, this book was unnecessary.  The original series ended so perfectly, and I think this one felt thrown on the end.

Polishing Doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish

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I absolutely adore Kate Morton and after the long journey of this story, the ending wrapped up everything very well and gave me a gigantic book hangover!

Reaching to Dust the Fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message

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I ended up really liking and being haunted by this book.  I did think it tried too hard to shock with all of the explicit, sexual scenes that seemed unnecessary to me though.

The Tiring, Yet Satisfying Finish of Spring Cleaning: A book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through

I loved The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but it was not a quick and easy read.  Even now, I feel like I need to re-read them because I feel like I missed things, and that there is so much more information to be absorbed from this world.  I’ve recently been watching the movies, so its putting me in the mood to read them again.


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Lorraine Ambers

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The Netflix Book Tag

Happy Thursday everybody! It has been super rainy and gross here in NYC lately, so all I’ve been wanting to do is sit on my couch with my books and TV.  Kat at Life and Other Disasters did The Netflix Book Tag a little bit ago, and tagged anyone who likes Netflix.  I figured that since I love me some Netflix, this was the perfect time to tackle this tag!


Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

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Wow. I am still reeling from this book.  I saw people DYING over Obsidio, so I thought it was about time I saw what the fuss was about.  Holy shit. I’m deceased.  I can’t remember the last time that my heart raced so fast while reading a book.


Top Picks: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

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My good friend recommended this to me, and I definitely trust her opinions on books.  She knows my love fore fantasy runs deep, and she said this is a must read.


Recently Added: The last book you bought.

I am on strict Book Buying Ban rules, but luckily for me New Releases that I have been waiting eagerly for are not included 🙂


Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 You’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading.)

Books I’ve Read:

Books I Haven’t Read Yet:


Comedies: A funny book.

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One of my favorite series ever.  It just makes my heart so happy.


Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

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Miranda Priestly. Queen.


Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover.

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Watch it Again: A book or series that you want to re-read.

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I’m on my 5th re-read of the series.  I’ll never stop. NEVER.


Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

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I always rave about this book, but I seriously think everyone needs it in their lives.


Action Adventure: An action packed book.

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See above. Still dead.


New Releases: A book that just came out, or will be coming out soon, that you can’t wait to read.

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FINALLY!!!!


 

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Tamika @Paperback & Flick Chick

Taylor @Taylor Talks Books

Adrianna @For the Luv of Books

 

 

 

 

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Disney Song Book Tag

I am, and always have been, a Disney fanatic.  I know all the songs by heart, and sing them fairly regularly.  There is something about Disney that just makes my heart happy.  I found this tag on The Thrifty Bibliophile, and had to give it a go.  Check out her answers too- she picked some good ones! 🙂

A Whole New World- Pick a book that made you see the world differently:

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is one of the best books I have ever read.  So inspiring, beautifully written, and about a mix of cultures that I had very little experience with.

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Cruella De Vil- Pick your favorite villain:

I’m gonna go with the character that I have the most hatred for, and that is William Hamleigh from Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

I Won’t Say I’m In Love- Pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved:

Do I agree that these books are trash? Yes.  Did I still devour them? Absolutely.

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Gaston- Pick a character that you couldn’t stand:

First of all, I take offense because Gaston is my favorite, and I’m not so secretly in love with him…… and my answer to the question is Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I never liked him from day one.

Part of Your World- Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in:

Is there even a question? I literally cried at Harry Potter World….

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes- Describe what the book of your dreams would be like:

A historical-fiction fantasy romance with witches

Someday My Prince Will Come- Pick a book character you would marry if you could:

God I have so many book boyfriends.  Right now my current love is Chaol from Throne of Glass, but I’m only on Book 2 so we’ll see how that goes.

I See the Light- Pick a book that changed your life:

This book is everything, and I think everyone needs to read it.

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When You Wish Upon a Star- Pick a book you wish you could read for the first time:

One of my friends from my last show was reading them for the first time and my heart hurt with jealousy and excitement for her!!

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I Just Can’t Wait to be King: Pick a book with a monarchy:

I loved this book.  One of my biggest book disappointments to date was the ending of this trilogy.

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Do Re Mi Book Character Tag

I am a total theatre nerd, so when Adrianna from For the Love of Books tagged me in her new Do Re Mi Book Character Tag, I got so excited.  I have grown up loving The Sound of Music, I have several friends who are currently touring the US with the show, and I even modeled for some of the ads for the tour (even though I’m not in the show haha)!

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Do, a deer, a female deer – Name a book character with an animal sidekick!

I’m gonna go with Ayla from the Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel.  She has both the lion cub, Baby, and the horse, Whinney, that she raises and they become her only companions for a while, and they help each other survive.

Re, a drop of golden sun – Name a book character who puts a smile on everyone’s faces, they just light everything up with their presence!

Fred and George Weasley.  I know I always use them, but they’re just my favorite!

Mi, a name I call myself – Name a book character with a name you always pronounce wrong or one you wish was pronounced differently! 

I’ve come to terms with it and pronounce it correctly now, but I struggled with Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I originally pronounced it like “R-eyes” instead of “Rees” and I had to force myself for a while to pronounce it the right way once I found out.

Fa, a long, long way to run – Name a book character who is either forced or chooses to runaway from home.

Enzi from The Gwythienian by Savannah J. Goins

So, a needle pulling thread – Name a book character who’s a healer or puts people back together in some way, you know cuz sewing! (Just go with it!)

Caris from World Without End by Ken Follett.  I love her and her whole journey as a physician in a time when so little was known.

La, a note to follow Sew – Name a book character who’s a bit of a follower, but could totally be a leader with some encouragement!

Neville Longbottom.  He starts to get there towards the end of the series, and it always makes my heart happy.

Ti, a drink with jam and bread – Name a food that a book character made you want to eat and who that character is!

I really just want to eat all of the feasts at Hogwarts….

Thanks again to Adrianna for tagging me and creating this awesome tag! I tag:

Claire @Cup of Books

Kellie @Kellie’s Book Shelf

Alana @The Bookish Chick

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Unique Blogger Award

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I am so happy to have been nominated for the Unique Blogger award by the lovely Erin at A Redhead’s Rambling.  I am a huge fan of her blog, and love that she’s a theatre geek like me 🙂  Make sure you check her out folks!

The Rules:

1) Share the link/s of the blogger/s who has/have shown love to you by nominating you.

2) Answer their questions.

3) In the spirit of spreading the love nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4) Ask them 3 questions.

If you could be friends with one bookish character, who would you choose and why?

Mia Thermopolis.  She’s smart, funny, goofy, loves books, and is a loyal friend.

What three songs would you pick as the playlist to your life?

Work Bitch– Britney Spears, New York, New York– Frank Sinatra, and Slide– The Goo Goo Dolls

If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life, what would you pick and why?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (or Harry Potter 1-8 on a continuous loop if that counts…)

My Nominations:

Kate @Reading Through Infinity

Bree @Bree’s Books

Shane @The Blue Green Reader

Maisy @Hawthorn Book Reviews

Adrianna @For the Love of Books

My Questions
  1. If you could pick the brain of one author, who would it be and why?
  2. What is the first book that you fell in love with?
  3. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

 

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A- Z Bookish Survey Tag

I saw the A-Z Bookish Survey Tag on Reading Through Infinity’s blog, and it looked like too much fun not to do myself!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Meg Cabot.  I love her.

Best Sequel Ever:

The one that comes to mind now is A Court of Mist and Fury.

Currently Reading:

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee or tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book.  When I was on tour my Kindle was convenient, but I always miss the physical book.  I can only read on my Kindle for so long.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Fred or George Weasley.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman.  I was so underwhelmed by Practical Magic (which made me so sad because I love the movie), and it made me nervous to read the prequel, but OMG am I glad I did.  It’s one of, if not my favorite, books I have read so far this year.

Hidden Gem Book:

Prism by Nina Walker.  I was sent this book to review, and I fell in love with the series.  I’m dying for book 3.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I had my first book hangover after reading All-American Girl by Meg Cabot… I was probably in 6th grade and it is the first time I ever remember having that feeling of being half-empty and half-full.

Just Finished:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Incredible.  I don’t understand why it took me so long to finally read it.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Religious fiction.. it’s not for me.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon- 1,443 pages

Major book hangover because of:

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I was a zombie after that one.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

One…. and its overflowing everywhere.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The entire Harry Potter series… that’s pretty much it.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bath tub.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The secret is here in the present.  If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it.  And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.” -The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (I could have chosen a million other quotes from this book too….)

Reading Regret:

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.  Why did I waste all of that valuable reading time!?

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Oh god so many.  The Earth’s Children series, The Sookie Stackhouse series (I have one left and I’m putting it off cuz I’m not ready for it to end), the Outlander series… the list goes on.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Oh man. AHHHHHH!

  1. Harry Potter in its entirety
  2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss…. Pat… I don’t mean to pressure you, but like…. it’s been years.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying books when I have a million to read.

Your latest book purchase:

I have been on a book buying ban since NOVEMBER (I know.  I’m dying.) and I’ve actually stuck to it and gotten through a ton of my physical TBR pile!! The only exception was when I went to Kristin Hannah’s book signing and bought The Great Alone, but my boyfriend gave me the money for it as a present…. so it doesn’t really count 🙂

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  I couldn’t stop.

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