Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Calliope from Calliope the Book Goddess to do the Seasons of Book Blogging Tag!! Thanks for the tag girl!

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see your answers) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there.
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like to when you’re finished, or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun!

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it. 

I loved the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins so much that I would love to experience it again as if I’ve never read them before!

MARCH is my birth month and the greatest birthday gift I ever received was my GameBoy Color (Teal) with Pokemon Crystal from my parents! Such fond memories of me and my GameBoy!!

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass just wasn’t anything special. Sorry! On the plus side it does get better as the books go on!

May is the month when flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you. 

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

I instantly fell in love with this book! Which is surprising because at the time of reading it, I didn’t really like much contemporary books. But thanks to this one I tend to read more of them!

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

I read fantasy and sci-fi like crazy! It’s my favorite genres and the ones I usually gravitate towards in book stores. BUT sometimes my brain is so overwhelmed with it that I need a good contemporary to ease my way back into a high fantasy!

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire).

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE BOOKS MADE ME SEE FIREWORKS!

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson has written a few books now that I absolutely adore! But I feel like they and him are not talked about enough. I want him to see even more success then now!

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

The Outsiders

Those who follow me already know The Outsiders is the only book I read in school that I actually liked…

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress-up as for Halloween.

Magnus Bane

All I need to do is put on the eye make up and I will literally look like Magnus Bane! Maybe add a little more outrageous fashion choices and I will have the perfect costume!!

November is the when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommend it!

Steel Heart

Big thanks to Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts for recommending Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson to me. I LOVED this one!

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift. 

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

If only I knew more people who read. I would give EVERYONE this book for Christmas if that were the case!

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I don’t make resolutions because I don’t like breaking promises. But what I did want to achieve this year was a more balanced life with the blog, social and work. I can say I’m pretty happy with the way things are turning out so far!

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic or familial, your choice!

I love the friendship and the dynamic between Darrow and Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. Their bromance was on point!

 


I TAG YOU

Sara | Flo | Jenna |  Joey | Laashan & Trang | Trisha Ann | Joan | Lois JM | Amanda


Well there ya have it! The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. Hope you enjoyed my answers!

Until next time,

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The Coffee Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Jenna over at Reading with Jenna and Kat over at Impossible Girl Blog to do The Coffee Book Tag.Thanks for the tag and you guys should go check out her blog right now, please and thank you. Now as I am not a coffee drinker, I still thought this would be a fun tag to do!

So let me brew a pot of tea and let’s get this started!


 

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I still haven’t been able to get through the first book… but I hear it’s an amazing series!

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

I don’t know what it is about this series that reminds me so much of Christmas and the holidays, but it does. Does it do that for you guys too?

Hot chocolate: A favourite children’s book

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This one always sticks out when I think about childhood books!

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Morning Glories Vol. 1

A recent graphic novel read of mine. I was absolutely glued to the pages from beginning to end!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

Over the last couple weeks, all I’ve been seeing everywhere is this wonderful series! I love it!

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

Shout out to Elise Kova for this beautiful series!

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

Carry On

I wanted more from the story. The characters were great though!

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

That ending though…

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

This book is so beautiful and so not talked about enough.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

This is probably the only book I have read that evolves time travel, and it is lovely!

Earl grey: A favourite classic

The Outsiders

I don’t read classics, so this is my version of a classic!


I TAG YOU

Vivian | Larkin | Ali | Amanda | Maria | Becca | Emma | Chelsie | Beth

Until next time,

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Pixar Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Pixar Book Tag. Pixar holds quite a few of my favorite animated movies ever! Including The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc., so I knew I had to do this tag.


Toy Story — A book where you wanted the characters to come to life

Falling KingdomsOf course I want the characters from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes to come to life! So I can fall madly in love with Magnus and knock Cleo out of the picture. Sorry girl, I’m just better. (I’ll settle for Ashur if Magnus doesn’t take the bait though…)

 

 

 

 


A Bugs Life— A character who goes through a transformation

Red RisingDarrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown went through a major transformation. Going from the Red Slave to a Gold God. The precedures he had to go through I wouldn’t even wish on my enemies.

 

 

 

 


Monsters Inc. — A strong/scary character develops a soft side for someone else

Shadow and BoneThe Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He is scary, but charming, evil bu handsome, and he has a soft spot for Alina his Sun Summoner.

 

 

 

 

 


Finding Nemo — “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever

HP Philosopher's StoneI will forever remember 4 Privet Drive. As would any other Harry Potter fan ever!

 

 

 

 

 


The Incredibles — Coolest Book Family

The Serpent KingFrom the most recent book I have read, I would choose the Blankenships from The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner! If I didn’t already have a cool family, these guys would be the ones I would choose.

 

 

 

 


Cars 1, 2, 3 — A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed

10507293Should I mention the Selection Series by Kiera Cass… I mean come on. Just stop already!

 

 

 

 

 


Ratatouille — A book featuring a non-human/humanoid

CinderYou guys might think I am talking about Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but I am reffering to the humanoid that is Iko. She is hands down 100% better then Cinder… don’t hate.

 

 

 

 


Wall-E — A book that made you lonely

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven definitely makes you feel lonely near the end. Heartbreaking as it was, there was still a silver lining!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Up — A book whose characters quickly made you become emotionally invested in

More Happy Than NotI quickly got emotionally invested in Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera to the point where my heart was literally breaking for him.

 

 

 

 

 


Brave — Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaI don’t read enough contemporaries to really have an exact answer for this, and the ones I have read have had problematic at home relationships. So I will choose the strong bond between Simon Spier from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and his parents.

 

 

 


Inside Out — Name a book that could be one of your core memories

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton will always bring back fond core memories. Favorite book growing up at school!

 

 

 

 

 


Well there you have it the Pixar Book Tag. Brings back a lot of fond memories as I was going through these questions. Did you guys love any of the movies from Pixar?

 

Until next time,

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I TAG YOU

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Amy @ Book Enthral

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Nick @ The Paper Dragon

CW @ Read Think Ponder

JM @ Book Freak Revelations

Autumn is Awesome | TAG

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm Blog. SO thank you my dear! Autumn is my favorite season, so I couldn’t pass this one up.


What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

EVERYTHING.

The weather gets cooler. The leaves change to pretty colors. I get to start layering my clothes again with SWEATERS. (My favorite pieces of clothing) I get to drink my tea without sweating. I get to curl up with my favorite blanket and cuddle.

What is there not to love about Autumn??


What book reminds you of your school days?

The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton!

I’ve had to read this book so many times over the years I can’t even count anymore. It still holds the top spot in favorite school reads!


What cover reminds you of autumn?

City of Fallen Angels

Its the color scheme I guess!


What is your favorite horror or Halloween story?

I don’t really have one, as I have not read any books in the horror genre before. But I did make a promise to myself to have a butt load ready for next year’s Halloween!


What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Movie Scream

Hands down it’s Scream by Wes Craven! It will forever be my favorite horror movie of all time because it holds such nostalgic memories for me. Even though it may not be the scariest or the best out there, it will still remain a classic until the end of time.


What fall book release are you looking forward to?

Frozen Tides

Autumn doesn’t end until December 21 I think, so Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes still counts as a Fall release. I am counting down the days. 15 more to go until I can get my hand on this beauty!!


What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

I will admit, I don’t watch a lot of movies in theaters… So I will just go with the obvious answer of Mockingjay Part 2. (Even though I probably won’t watch it in the theaters.


What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?


As this is the tale end of the season, I won’t be tagging anyone. BUT I hope you enjoyed reading.

Until next time,

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My Like in Books | TAG

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Analee from Book Snacks. Thanks for the tag and sorry it took so long for me to finally get to it. Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, especially when you life involves books! So let’s get into it!



1. Find a book for each of your initials
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Joyride

(J)esse

New Moon

(N)icholas

2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

23

City of Ashes


3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Book of Spirits and Thieves


4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.


Japan

The Ronin's Mistress


5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color. 


Blue

Falling Kingdoms


6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Outsiders



7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Althea & Oliver


8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

The Harry Potter Series!

Well that was a lot of fun! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.

Until next time,

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I TAG YOU!

Nicolette @ A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly

Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm

Ashley @ The Socially Awkward Bookworm

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

** Don’t feel obligated to do the tag if you don’t want to **

The Nostalgic Book Review | TAG

The-Nostalgic-Book-Review-TagHey guys!

First off I want to thank both CW @ ReadThinkPonder and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna for tagging me! This is such a cool and fun looking tag created by CW herself. So definitely go check her out and while you’re at it check Jenna’s blog out too!


How the Tag Works

In this tag, you will be reviewing a book you read three or more years ago (if you started reading less than three years ago, tell us about your first book). The best part: you will be reviewing the book purely from memory. I hope you all have fantastic memory (because I certainly don’t)!

Here is the tag, broken down into three parts:

1. The Summary.

First, tell us a little bit about this book, and approximately when you read it. Write a summary (brief, long, anything you like!) of the book you are reviewing.

Note: This means that you are not allowed to look up specific details of the book if you do not remember them. Remember — purely from memory! If you don’t remember that one name, write what you think they were called. Hands off Google, everyone!

2. The Thoughts.

Share your thoughts on your chosen book. Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back then.

3. The Epilogue.

Here’s the fun part: now you can look up a summary of the book – find all those names that you couldn’t remember, those plot points that seemed pretty important – and all those things you might have forgotten. Don’t go back and edit the summary from the first part!

Rules of the tag:

  • Please link back to Read Think Ponder’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!
  • Remember: do not look up your book when writing its Summary and Thoughts.
  • Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.
  • Tag your friends and fellow bloggers – it’s up to you how many!

Now onto to my Nostalgic Book Review!


The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Published by Speak on September 1st, 1988
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Classics, Academic Literature
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback


The Summary

Ponyboy is a Greaser and his city is divided between them and the Socs. The Socs are rich and privileged while the Greasers are poor and trying to survive. When Ponyboy accidentally kills a Soc he freaks out and runs away. People die and life lessons are learned. Something about pain or loss somewhere in there too. Oh and a girl named Cherry. (Last time I read this book was in high school almost 10 years ago, and middle school before that. It also stands being my favorite piece of literature that I had to read for school).

The Thoughts

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was required reading twice in my school career. I never dreaded having to read it for the simple fact that it was quite enjoyable. It’s raw and real depicting a world where it’s rich vs. poor. The Greasers were like one big family. They were always looking out for each other even when times get tough.

If I had to read this book again for whatever reason I most definitely would! In fact I am going to find myself a copy the next time I find myself in a used bookstore!

The Epilogue

Here is the actual book’s synopsis:

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

I think I was pretty spot on if I do say so myself. I got the very generic points down symbolism as well. The only mistake I made was saying that Ponyboy was the one who killed the Soc, when it was his friend Johnny who did. Which reminds me of poor Johnny dying from burns… I think…


I TAG YOU:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Krista @ Of Love and Wanderlust

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Syc @ The Lit Mermaid

Flo @ Flowless Books

Aria @ Aria Stuck In Wonderland

I think I did pretty good! And here I thought this was going to go horribly wrong because my memory is horrible. I hope you guys enjoyed my little nostalgic book review!

Until next time,

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Required Reading | Top 5 Wednesday [6]

TOP5WEDNESDAYHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Required Reading Books.

So if you’ve been to a North American High School, you know that in every English class you take there will be a book or several books you have to read in order to move on to the next grade. Let me tell you how much I struggled with required reading in school because they would always be books that just didn’t interest me one bit! Do you know how hard it is to force yourself to read a book that constantly puts you to sleep?

But don’t get me wrong, they weren’t all bad! The ones that made my list today are the ones that I actually enjoyed and wouldn’t mind re-reading in the future. So let’s get to it!


5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

MacbethMacbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

Credits to wikipedia for the brief synopsis.


4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and JulietThe play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

Credits to wikipedia for the brief synopsis.


3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mocking BirdThis wonderful book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a timeless classic. The story occurs in Maycomb County, Alabama during the Great Depression where a black man Tom Robinson is accused to raping a White woman. Despite the significant evidence pointing to Tom’s innocence, thee all white jury finds his guilty.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.


2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great GatsbyTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.


1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.


If you guys have not read any of these literary classics, then I highly recommend you do so. These are the books that ignited my love for literature and love for reading. I appreciate everything these books have taught me and I will take the lessons learned with me for the rest of my life.

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. If only I could live in these worlds! So much more exciting then the one I live!

Until next time,

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