New Years Book Tag

I saw this over on And On She Reads page and thought why not answer these questions.

Yes, I know New Year’s is over, but hey, it’s still January so it’s considered acceptable right?…Right? Oh well, I still wanted to answer them anyway!!!

How many books are you planning on reading in 2023?

I don’t have a set number of books that I want to read. I always set my GoodReads goal to one book, and I’m always happy with that!

Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2022 but want to make a priority in 2023?

They’re are MANY books that I wanted to read in 2022, but just didn’t. Five of them would be:

  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
  • The Red Palace by June Hur
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  • Book of Night by Holly Black

Name a genre you want to read more of in 2023?

I definitely want to read more manga and possibly some middle grade this year! I would to love to know what you would recommend.

Three non-book related goals for 2023?

I don’t have many, but some non related book goals for me are:

  • Journal more. I definitely have fallen behind on journaling and would love to get back into it this year.
  • Be more active
  • I would love to try to learn a new language. I tried duolingo once a while ago, but just never stuck with it. I would like to try again this year and see what comes out it.

What’s a book you’ve had forever and still need to read?

I was looking at my shelves and on the stuck out to me immediately is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I’ve had this book on my shelf for SO LONG!!! I need to make this a priority for this year!

Bookish Smash or Pass

I came across this fun tag created by Becky over at Becky’s Book Blog and found it to be a lot of fun!

Bookish Tropes

SMASH! I love a good trope(for the most part). Enemies to lover, grumpy/sunshine, age gap, chosen ones…I eat it up!

Alternating POV

Smash. This is something that I’ve really come to love over the years! When we get to see the perspective from other characters. Most of the times it’s fascinating!

Ambigious Endings

PASS!!! Nope. Overall, ambigious endings are a no go for me. I like my stories wrapped up nicely. I don’t want to spend all that time investing in a story for me to have to figure out what the hell happens in the end. Like…why? Just tell me.

Non/Fiction

Another Pass. Obviously there is nothing wrong with non ficiton. It’s just definintely not something that I choose to pick up. The number of non ficiton books that I have read are very very slim.

Historical Setting

Oh this is a hard one because I don’t mind a good historical setting, but it’s definiitely not something that I gravitate towards. I may have to say PASS(AHHHH)

Morally Grey characters

Smash. I mean these type of characters are just so interesting to read about!

First Person POV

Smash. I don’t really have any explanations for this. I just like it!

Audiobooks

HARD SMASH!!! Especially these last couple of years. It’s interesting because years ago it would’ve been a pass. However, over the years I’ve become addicted to audiobooks. They’ve definitely become a game changer for me!

Re-reading

Smash. I absolutley love re-reading books and think people should do it more. It’s great for when you just want to read a story you’re familiar with, or maybe you need something to get you out of a reading slump. Re-reading a favorite book could be the way to go!

Classic novels

Pass. Absolutey nothing wrong with classics, but like with non fiction it’s just not something that I pick up. Although I do have a couple classics on my tbr that I want to check out!

Annotating

SMASH!!!. I love annotating books, especially books that I feel like I will love. Usually when I annotate though, it’s me just writing my thoughts/commentary to the characters and/or what’s happening in the story. So sometimes it’s like I’m having a conversation with them and if they do something idiotic, I’ll make a comment saying “WHYY???” or “DON”T DO IT!!!”. Just ridiculous things like that, but it’s fun to look back on!

Cracking Book Spines

SMASH!!! I’m all for cracking book spines! DO IT!!!

Smut

Smash. I think a good smut scene is great!!!

Character Driven Books

Smash! YES! We need amazing characters! So I’m absolutely here for the character driven books!

Past/Present Split Timeline

I think I’ll have to go with pass. I mean I do enjoy them, but it’s not something I’ll jump for!

Heavy World Building

Probably another pass for me. I have a hard time focusing if it’s a lot of world building. I mean if it’s not info dumpy than maybe, but honestly, heavy worlding books are not ones I’m reaching for.

And that’s it for the questions! This was a lot fo fun to answer! What would your answers be?

Spooky Would You Rather || TAG

I found this Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag over at TheSassyGeek page and although it’s an older tag, I thought it’d be a fun one.

1.) Thrillers or Supernatural(s)?

Oh definitely supernatural books. Always a go to for me!

2.) Ghosts or Zombies?

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! I LOVE ZOMBIE stories. I can’t get enough of them!

3.) Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires 100 percent! I just find them more fascinating, and I may be a bit of a sucker for fun 🙂

4.) Witches or Demons?

I got to go witches! Witch stories can be very addicitive!

5.) Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

I’d go 13 chapters. Why not?

6.) Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

Okay, so I was going to pick by myself in a locked brightly lit room. But changed my mind last minute. If I’m reading a scary book, I’d rather be in the dark with only a candle, because if it’s too scary, I could just get up and walk somewhere else with light and people! But if I’m locked in a room, I can’t go anywhere.

7.) Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

Umm…really? Do I really have to pick one of these? I don’t want either. UGHHH!!! Okay, I would have to say face my fears…even though it scares me just picking that. But I honestly don’t think I’d want to be in the mind of a killer. Just…no.

8.) Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

I’ll go movie with this one. Personally, I find myself more freaked out when watching a scary movie than reading a scary book.

9.) Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

Definitely fall time. I just get those spooky, horror vibes in the fall.(as I’m sure most of us do)

10.) Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

Probably 10 spooky books in October. Even though I don’t read many spooky books throughout the year, I definitely wouldn’t want to limit myself on how many I could read.

And that’s it for this spooky tag. What would your answers be?

Would You Rather || Book Tag

I randomly came across this tag over at loisreadsbooks and thought it would be a fun one! So here we go!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Trilogies! I love being with a story, the world, and characters for a while. So I definitley prefer trilogies!

Would you rather shop at Waterstones or Amazon?

I’ve never been to a Waterstones mainly because we don’t have one. So I’m just going to assume it could also be any bookstore, and of course I’d choose a bookstore. There’s just something about browsing the shelves that makes me happy!

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

TV Shows! I prefer tv to movies as it is. I love when books are adapted into shows, because I feel like you get more time with the story and characters. However, I know some adaptations fit better as movies, but I definitely prefer shows.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Definitely 5 books per week. I don’t think I could just read 5 pages a day.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Reviewer! Even though I struggle with writing reviews, I don’t think I could ever write a story. I wish I could, but no. I would definitely be better at reviewing all the amazing stories others create!

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Oh this is interesting. Probably a librarian. No reason other than I just think I’d prefer it more.

Would you rather read only your favourite genre, or every other genre but your favourite?

Oh this is difficult…let’s see…favorite genre? Every other genre but my favorite? UGHHH…I’m struggling with this one. I think I’d have to go with read only my favorite genre??? Maybe…GAHHHH this is hard. Okay, yeah, I’m going to stick with read only my favorite genre. Final answer.

Would you rather only read e-books or physical books?

See, if you asked me this years ago, it would without a doubt have been physical books. But now, shockingly, I’d have to go with e-books. And only for the convience. You just can’t beat it…Oh wow… I honesly can’t believe I said e-books. I’m surprised myself!

And that’s it for the tag! What about you? What would your answers be?

Never Have I Ever || Blogger Edition

I saw this fun tag over at Whispering Stories page. This was created by My Rollercoaster Journey.

Never Have I Ever || Blogger Edition:

1. Published a post without revising it

Honestly, I want to say no…but I think I may have back in my very beginner days of blogging.

2. Published a post without pictures

Yupp! Absolutely. This post will most likely not have any pictures.

3. Stayed up all night writing a post

Nope. Not that I can recall.

4. Copy pasted a post entirely

No!

5. Went more than a week without posting

Yes. Never intentionally. But an unintentional haitus has happened to me…more than once.

6. Blogged on a topic just because it was trending

I believe so? I can’t think of any specific topics off the top of my head, but I’m sure I have.

7. Commented on another person’s blog just to promote myself

Nope.

8. Published a post with no links inside

Absolutely. Especially in my early days when I didn’t know what the heck I was doing.

9. Pushed yourself to blog when you didn’t feel like it

Yes. I try to post at least once a week, but at times even that feels tough. I’ll have these moments where I’ll say maybe I’ll just skip this week, but I push myself to put up a post because I know if I don’t then I’ll just keep skipping and then one week will turn into another week of not posting and so on. But I think we have all had those moments, right? I’m always SO IMPRESSED with people who can manage three, four, five posts a week! I honestly don’t know how they do it.

10. I’m out of ideas but there have to be 10 questions, so adding a random number to a list just so the list can be 5 items or 10 items

Haha! This is just funny. But yes. I don’t know why, but whenever I make list I’ll always end them on multiples of five. Why is it like that?

And that’s it for the questions. This was a really fun tag to participate in. I hope you enjoyed!

WWW Wednesdays…on Thursday?!?!?!

I wanted to participate in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words, but I forgot to upload it on Wednesday(SORRY. I really just lost track of time). So here we are uploading it on Thursday! YAY!!! If you don’t know how it works, you simply answer the three W questions below!

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

What am I currently reading?

What did I recently finish?

Hellion by Rhys Ford. This was a random book I found when I was searching through Libby late at night. It was a fine read. I didn’t love it, but also didn’t hate it. I do think I may check out more by this author at some point, but I’m not in any rush.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I honestly don’t know. I’m thinking possibly a manga??? We shall see!

What about you guys? What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? And what do you plan on reading next?

Thanksgiving Feast Book Tag || Happy Thanksgiving!

I came across this tag over at Elley the Book Otter page and thought lets do this! So here’s the Thanksgiving Feast Book Tag!

Turkey: The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving Feast, but it’s always dry and actually isn’t that great… – A book that everyone likes, for some reason that completely escapes you.

You by Caroline Kepnes. I’ve tried to read this book a couple of times now, and I just can’t seem to get into it. I think this one is just not for me. (Also, I haven’t watched the show yet, but I do want to check it out)

Stuffing: Warm and filling, and best when smothered with gravy – A comfort read.

For me, this would be the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare! At this point I’ve reread them multiple times(at least The Mortal Instruments), and I still feel like I’m finding things that I missed. And each time, I get sucked back into the world!

Potatoes: Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew – A book that’s great in any format – hardcover, digital, audio…

I believe the A Good Girls Guide to Murder books by Holly Jackson are perfect in any format! I’ve read the first two books, three ways. I listen to the audiobook for both, while reading the hardcover for the first book, and the ebook for the second! I enjoyed them each way.

Green Bean Casserole: the obligatory side dish that you have to have… whether you want it for not. – A book that you were obligated to read (for school, for a book club, because it was a gift…)

There were a lot of books that I had to read for school that I didn’t enjoy, but they’re also some that I did. So I thought I’d share one that I did enjoy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I will admit, it has been awhile since I’ve read this, but I remember being so surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. I do wonder if I were to reread this, what I would think of it now.

Jello Salad: Look, this is dessert, how on earth does jello with bits of fruit and marshmallows and whipped cream get classified as ANY sort of salad? – A book that is really bizarre.

I honestly can’t think of a really bizarre book that I’ve read off the top of my head…hmm…

Cranberries: Do you serve real cranberries, or canned cranberry jelly? A book that is highly divisive – and you have strong opinions about it.

I’m going to have to steal her answer and say Twilight! It gets a lot of flack, and I really don’t think it deserves it. Of course it has it’s flaws, but I think it’s a series that will always be important to people!

Pie: Whether it’s pumpkin, apple, pecan, or French silk, it’s not Thanksgiving without pie – A book you can’t live without.

I’m going to have to repeat an answer and go with the Shadowhunter series as a whole. I’ve been reading these books for a very long time, and I just can’t imagine what it be like to not have this series, and these characters! I absolutely love this series!

3 Days, 3 Quotes- Day 3

3days3quoteschallenge

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specifically, although I saw this on My Tiny Obsessions page, and I thought it would be fun to do! Especially since I’ve been gone for over four months, I thought this would be fun as a getting-back-into-blogging post! This is the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. 

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day! (If you’re reading this, and want to do it, go right ahead! I tag you!

“And people like you are the reason we have middle fingers.”

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

3 Days, 3 Quotes- Day 2

3days3quoteschallenge

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specifically, although I saw this on My Tiny Obsessions page, and I thought it would be fun to do! Especially since I’ve been gone for over four months, I thought this would be fun as a getting-back-into-blogging post! This is the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. 

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day! (If you’re reading this, and want to do it, go right ahead! I tag you!

“…anyone who thinks one book has all the answers hasn’t read enough books.”

Saga, Vol.6- Brian K. Vaughan; Fiona Staples

3 Days, 3 Quotes- Day 1

3days3quoteschallenge

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specifically, although I saw this on My Tiny Obsessions page, and I thought it would be fun to do! Especially since I’ve been gone for over a four months, I thought this would be fun as a getting-back-into-blogging post! This is the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day! (If you’re reading this, and want to do it, go right ahead! I tag you!)

“We all change the world, with every day of living in it,” Magnus said. “You just have to decide HOW you want to change the world.”

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare