NEW YEAR’S BOOK TAG

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So, I discovered this tag from Beverley A. Baird and it looked like a lovely tag and way too connect with people and their goals. I know January is half over, but It’s still the new year, so here’s a tag to commemorate it.


 1. How many books are you planning to read in 2020?

So, last year I tried for 145. In the end, I wasn’t able to complete it. There were a lot of life changes that threw askew, but that’s okay. This year I’m shooting a bit lower. I’m shooting to read at least 60 books this year.


2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2020.

Not only did I not reach my goal in 2019, but I didn’t complete my Book-ish New Year’s Resolution to read 5 book series. So I want to finish the rest of the series I started, but there are plenty of other books I’d love to tackle. Too bad I can only choose 5. LOL.

The Book of Life (All Soul’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
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It’s a phenomenal trilogy and I am determined to complete it. Such magical and visionary work of art.

The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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I mentioned this one a lot last year, hoping to get to it, but it just didn’t happen! I’ve been working on it for over five years and this year I am going to finish it.

 

The Thing on the Doorstep
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
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I have yet to read a piece of work by the writer. I hear such great things when he’s brought and I’m excited to have one of his books.

 

Don Quixote
Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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This is a classic I can’t wait to read!

 

The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I’m thrilled to finally own this book and I’m even happier to get to read it. Armentrout has always left me satisfied and greedy-feeling for more. The next book to the Origin series, a spin-off of the LUX series, is going to be fantastic. I can just feel it.


3. What genre do you want to read more of?

There are genres I can get into and some I can’t. Mystery has never been my strong-suit unless another genre is heavily tied in or overshadowing it. Memoirs are a rarity because I get enough real-life with my own life. But, it there was a genre I’d like to get into a little more this year it’s good old-fashioned fiction. No magic or sci-fi or romance, but some plain fiction.


4. Name 3 not-related-to-book goals for 2020.

I’m not super big on goals outside of books because I just live day-to-day, but here is a couple I can work on.

Buy a new phone. (So, not a massive goal, but I do need to replace my old one. It’ll be an all year saving adventure since I have many other things: bills, bills, books, bills, to pay for. Plus, I hate the idea of going through a phone service and prefer paying for it all at once and having a pay-as-you-go service. Fewer strings that way. So, yep. New phone.)

Do Yoga 3-4 times a week. (I do not athlete well. At all. Trust me, I’m pathetic. But I love doing yoga for exercise. I’ve fallen by the wayside a bit with it and really want to get a regular schedule going again.)

Remain in better contact with those I value in my life. (I know that it’s up to others to keep in touch, but it’s also up to me too. I’ve been out of touch with a few people and have a bit of a heavy heart about it. I want to be in touch more because though those I love and care about aren’t nearby, I still think about them like crazy.)


5. What’s a book you have had forever and are determined to read?

Clan of the Cave Bear
Author: Jean M. Auel
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Whether I get to it this year or next, it’s getting put on the queue line AKA the back of my couch where I put the books I want to read next. It’s one that I’ve heard is so beautiful and magnificent.


6. One word that you’re hoping 2020 will be.

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Maybe it’s cheesy, but I have been quite productive and have been working pretty hard on some projects and I hope to seem them come to fruition. I hope to see it all pay off. Not only my work though, but my everyday life. I hope to get out and do more in my everyday life as well. Living like a couch potato does nobody any good, sadly, and even though I enjoy it. Last year was hard and not that great. There were many struggles that really knocked me on my ass and tested my resolve personally. So while 2019 had been productive and full of change, it was also extremely stressful. This year, I am hoping it will be much better.


7. Tag a friend.
Tagging everyone! What is 2020 for you?


More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Christmas Carol Book Tag

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Merry merry, book lovers!

Here is my festive Christmas-y book tag, but it’s not the ordinary type. This is a wish list!  While strolling through some amazing Christmas songs sure to get stuck in your head, here’s my Christmas wish list according to the carols/songs. This may be the closest I come to going caroling.

 

Jingle Bells

A book you’re incredibly excited about.

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Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’ve been so stoked for this book since I heard it was coming. It also connects to Armentrout’s diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa which results in loss of vision because her character in the series is going blind even though the character can communicate with ghosts and spirits. I have yet to meet a piece of work I hate by Armentrout and am doubting I ever will. I love the spunk she brings to her stories and this is one I can’t WAIT to read. If anyone wants to get it for me I won’t object whatsoever! C’mon Santa! I’ve been pretty good(ish) this year!

 

Carol of the Bells

A horror or thriller book you really want.

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The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

I’m not typically and mystery girl, but crazy things happen at motels and I refer back to the movie Joyride when I say this. A creepy and thrilling classic starring Paul Walker and Steve Zahn. This one seems odd and intriguing and I’m curious to read from the perspective of someone who works at a place like this and witnesses what goes on.

 

Feliz Navidad

A diverse book, whether culturally, sexuality, or other that has really captured your attention.

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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova

This one has been on my wish list for about a year and a half now. It’s got magic, adventure, and family. The exploration of Latino/a culture has always been a fascinating one for me. I love the way the dead is celebrated, how big the families are, and the beautiful traditions. I know I don’t nearly enough to consider myself completely cultured, but I love learning more and more about it. Getting a chance to experience the magic of the culture, if only just a drop, through this paranormal YA and also enjoy my favorite genre would be epic.

 

Last Christmas

A romance you want though you know it may just break your heart.

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Finale (Caraval #3)
Author: Stephanie Garber

You totally know there is romance mixed into this trilogy. While I haven’t gotten to Legendary just yet, I already know it’s going to be great and definitely need the final part of this gorgeous and intense adventure. Desperate! LOL.

 

Little Drummer Boy

An epic journey or series you want to start or need the next volume to.

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

I loved Children of Blood and Bone and have been waiting with so much anticipation for the next one! I’m so fecking excited about it! Just a phenomenal and magic driven series. If anyone wants to get it for me I will not say no, but be totally grateful. I totally recommend reading this series if you haven’t.

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

A coming of age book.

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Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

This isn’t a typical feel-good coming-of-age book, but one of struggle and overcoming of hardship and pain after something utterly tragic and life-shattering happens to a girl that causes her to go mute and be shunned by her friends. My best friend has told me how powerful and groundbreaking this story is so, of course, it’s one that’s on my wish list.

 

Silent Night

A heartwarming, inspiring book.

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Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

I know what it’s like to fangirl. You should see me live-tweet when a favorite show is on. This one stuck out to me for that reason and because of how growth seems to be a theme. That and discovery. I’ve heard so many good things about this book so it’s going on the wish list!

 

What’s This? (Nightmare Before Christmas)

A book that’s not what you’d typically read, but you really want it to freshen up your book pile.

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The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead

I’ve read the first in Mead’s Bloodline’s series and it wasn’t half bad. I look forward to finishing one day and decided that this one might be interesting too. I’m still not that into Vampire Academy and I think it’s because if feels over-hyped to me. Mead approaches the supernatural from an angle I’ve never read so I feel reproachful yet intrigued about it.

 

Deck the Halls

In the spirit of joy and the Fa Lalas, what’s a book you put on your wish list because everyone else is recommending it?

 

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After We Collided (After #2)
Author: Anna Todd

So, I’ve read the first one already, which is why I’m opting for the second book. If you’ve read my review then you know I wasn’t a big fan, but with a few people around me really amped over this series and its intense chemistry and back-and-forth romance that’ll drive you insane apparently.

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

A wintery splendor you want to read with some hot cocoa while snuggling by the fireplace.

 

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Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Amy McNamara

This is a recent addition to my wish list. About a girl still dealing with the loss of her boyfriend from a car accident and the fact that she survived it. Heart-aching and tragic. Loss is not easy and this one sounds like it’ll put me through an emotional wringer. That’s part of the reason it’s on my list. That, and I’m a sucker for reading about overcoming such loss and moving on.

 

What books are on your Christmas list? Tell me in this Fa La La tag! I’m not tagging any blogs on this one, but I truly hope you tag me if you do this one because I’d love to see your wish list! Maybe you even have a few different songs or carols to stick to books on your wishlist. Let me know!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Thanksgiving Book Tag!

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Hello, lovely bookworms!

I hope you’re well this cold and cozy season. It’s nearly time for the foodiest holiday of the year. Thanksgiving! Now, I know that not everyone around the world celebrates, but it’s during this time I like to feel thankful for the friends and family I have. I’m very lucky to have what I have even if it doesn’t feel like a lot all of the time. I am lucky to be alive. I know it’s this time of year, with the sun going down earlier and the ridiculous cold settling into bones, turning them to stone, that those who live with depression can feel it the heaviest. For those who bear their struggle with the dark cloud, the wall, the deep hole in the ground you work to climb out of, the ten-ton shadow that sits on your shoulders and whispers twisted truths, know that you are not alone and that you are loved. I bear my own dark cloud and some days are easier than others, but I’m incredibly grateful for those in my life, especially those who get those funny feelings to check in on me (like mum).

Now, the foodiest time of the year! There’s a book tag for that! Here it is. From The Sassy Book Geek I bring you a tag that will get your stomach rumbling and your brain too.

 

  1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plotline?

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Echoes by Alice Reeds

I was thrown off by this one because I didn’t fully understand what was happening to the two main characters or understand the main plot and got lost in their back-and-forth bickering/flirting.

  1. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

An amazing story. So beautiful and tragic and LONG!  The longevity and immense detail weren’t bad but it did cause me to fade in and out of sleepiness at times.

  1. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

There are many series that I’ve read. I want to go with my utmost favorite, but there have been some new ones that I’ve been diving into. It seems like it would be the first book in a series that really hooks you and gets you to plummet into a book series, but sometimes the first book comes out meh and you get this flash of hope that the next one will be the one to drag you under. The third installment to The Great Library series pulled me in deeper into a dangerous world of knowledge. The first two books were amazing, but this one really amped up the risk and emotions and left me reeling. I’ve yet to get the fourth and final book to read it, but I’m hoping soon. It is on my list. LOL.

  1. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

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The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

            I choose the entire series because one: I’m in the middle of reading it currently, and two: It’s been nothing but action. I feel like it’s even more amped up than the Percy Jackson series that precedes it. It’s definitely a winner in the action department with a fight or battle around every corner that could possibly end with dead demigods or crazy results. I’m certainly out of breath after a battle.

  1. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

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Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

I need to be more specific in this case. The book wasn’t absolutely dreadful. Not by any means. But I felt like there could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been more fleshed out. I just wasn’t as hooked as I wanted to be. I still enjoyed it, but I wasn’t totally satisfied.

  1. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I could’ve gone with something more complex, toxic, up and down, but I wanted to go with a book that pulled my heart in so many different directions and compressed it as if squeezing it in one’s hands and making me breathless and heart-stopping. The magic-infused within it makes it shine.

  1. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

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Zom-B by Darren Shan

Still reading this series, but there are always moments that I get caught on that are totally funny and goofy. I keep reading because I’m quite interested in the character development and seeing what happens at the end, but overall, it’s kind of silly with a side of gore.

  1. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

I’ve really been enjoying this series, but there have been times that I’ve found myself wishing some parts had been shortened so that the story could move forward. I know that not everyone agrees and that the King man is highly revered for his long novels. I hold him in high respects myself. I really loved his memoir. IT’s truly helped me as a writer. But, even some of the authors we respect and admire the most can seem longwinded here and there.

P. S. I do have The Tommyknockers on my queue AKA the back of my couch, and I can’t wait to get to it. I also think it should be up on the remake list of movies only because I’d love to see the differences with all of the CGI and such.

 

  1. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I’ve fallen back on The Arcana Chronicles (Kresley Cole) and Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine) many times when I feel like I just seem to not reach a good book. It sucks when book after book seems to not reach you, but these series always get my blood pumping and reach my sweet spots.

  1. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

I love turkey, but if I’m honest I’m going to steal some green bean casserole. Does that make me a vegetarian dog, because I’m definitely a dog person, even though I had a dream about a purple cat the other night, well then yes it does. I love my mom’s casserole and am always getting seconds of it.

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Tag, you’re it! That’s right, I’m doing some tagging this time, but if you don’t feel up to it that’s alright. I just find fun tags like this to be a great way to connect and get friendly with other blogs and also share interests. If I made you hungry, sorry (not).

Odd and Bookish

Kiera’s bookish thoughts

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A Book. A Thought.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hey there, my devious book hoarders!

Halloween is growing closer! Can you feel it!? With the spooky holiday growing closer I thought I’d do a spooky book tag. I present to you, the Seven Deadly Sins book tag! I figured it was. A little different and nifty. So, let’s dive in!


Greed

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A book series you’d give all your money away to have because, hey, who says bills are important. Pssht.

I happily threw my money away to LUX by Jennifer L. Armentrout and will be doing the same thing for her Origin series! With crazy twists and enticing dialogue, I’m hooked.


Envy

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What book-world do you wish you could live in over real life, because sometimes (or all of the time) the real-world blows.

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I live for a good apocalypse world because the life or death world seems adventurous and exciting and if I die at least it would be interesting. LOL. Hell, even a world with the supernatural would be exciting. Lately, I’ve been wondering what it would be like to live in a world with gods and Greek gods. That’s right, the universe of Percy Jackson. Granted, that could change tomorrow, but right now I’m curious about which god would be my parent.


Gluttony

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If an author was a food, which one to do over-indulge in. You buy every single one of their books because they’re that good and you just can’t get enough.

I love Rachel Caine. She’s got this way of garnering my excitement with her stories. Always has. Now, I haven’t read all of her books. I’d really love to get started on her Weather Wardens and finish The Great Library series.


Wrath

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See You in a Porridge

A book that has made you rage.

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There have been many books that have evoked some heavy raging out of me. One is definitely Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell. Super obsessed with the book, but the villain has made me rage a few times! He’s a genius and cruel and devious.


Lust

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A book that made you purr. While this is a popular book tag ask, let’s amp it up. This book you chose was wild and unexpected and shocking, but you just couldn’t get enough.

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For me, Paper Princess by Erin Watt. The beginning knocked me on my butt and shocked me. A teenage girl, stripping to make it by in life discovers her biological father was super-rich. Getting shoved into the rich life has its twists and turns and this girl is about to discover that the life of the rich isn’t as glam as she thought, but is filled with dark secrets and unexpected turns.


Sloth

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A book that took you forever to read.

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This one is a winner! I am currently going on 6 years while reading The Stand by Stephen King. I began it back in 2013 during college and then just got stuck because life got in the way. However, I’ll be continuing it pretty soon.


Pride

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A book you recommend to everyone and always gush about.

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There are a lot of books I gush about. Most currently, I’ve really been gushing repeatedly about Children of Blood by Tomi Adeyemi because the next installment is coming out soon! This book was just phenomenal. It really swept me away into a beautiful and terrifying world of magic and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It was incredible.


So, some of these are repeats from some tags you’ve seen from me before, but when the books are good they’re sinfully GOOD. You know? Of course you know! There are many new reads I’m getting knocked off my TBR that I can’t wait to talk about and gush next about in book tags.

Now for a bonus!

What’s your most deadly sin?

Me? Welp, I do get wrathful easily. Not proud of. And I’m a glutton for books. I know it. My mum knows it. Everybody knows it. I have no shame about that. LOL.

Since this tag was inspired by Halloween, I’m not tagging any humans this time and instead am just leaving it out there for everyone!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Back-To-School Book Tag

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Fall has begun and those long yellow rockets are moseying down the streets again and toting off tiny humans to fill their brains with a little thing called knowledge that in some cases just seeps out of their ears. Not going to lie, I didn’t pay much attention in school, yet I magically passed with some great grades. I always had my nose in a book, and no, not a textbook. LOL. I must’ve learned something.

So, this is a book tag for back to school. Some subjects you loved and some you dread and possibly some you slept through. Here is a book tag to commemorate those days!

Let’s get started!


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The class that taught you one of the most complicated and ever-changing languages on the planet. I still suck at it-both writing it and speaking it. LOL. But hey, it’s what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I’m all right with that. It also helped me discover just how much love Shakespeare and Gothic literature and other genres and that I want to write.

What is a favorite classic or book poetry of yours?

Stargazing at Noon
Author: Amanda Torroni
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I haven’t read it yet, but I have such high hopes that it’s the one I’m choosing. I can’t wait to read it.


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Somehow letters and shapes found their way into this subject. This is worse than English in my opinion.

A book with a number or shape (freaking Geometry. Smh.) in the title.

The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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A star is totally a shape. I’m also super excited for the next book in the series: The Burning Shadow that’s coming out next month.


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I loved all the sciences, especially Astronomy. They were an adventure for my creative brain, something I could really use later on. And, I do to this day when I write, creating worlds or manipulating them into what I see in my imagination. I can take this very real and solid fact and turn it into magic. I love it.

What is a Science Fiction or Dystopian book or series that swept you away?

The Dark Tower series
Author: Stephen King
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Currently in the middle of this one. It’s been pretty wild and having just finished the fourth book and now consider myself hooked on it. It’s pretty dense but that’s the King-man for you. Full of detail, sarcasm, and immense storytelling that will swallow you whole.


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History was majorly touch-and-go for me. Sometimes I was enthralled and sometimes I wanted to sleep, which is why I sat in the back.

What’s a historical book you enjoyed? How about a book that you both loved and hated?

The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
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I went with the historical book. It’s not often that I get swept up in a historical book, but The Last Magician really swept me away and if I can promote it I will. With magic and danger and the cusp of romance and secrecy and betrayal who could ask for more!?

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As a bookworm and a person who just does not athlete well (No, I’m serious. I will more than likely hurt myself than be a valuable teammate), this was not a class for me.

What’s an action-packed book that made you sweat?

Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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From some kickass moments of kicking fae ass to some seriously steamy moments, I was always out of breath.


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I loved art…though I can’t draw to save my life. I’m a big lover of covers, not because I think they solely decide whether I will read the book or not, but because graphic designers put in as much work into those covers as authors do their books. So, praise to the cover artists!

What is a book with an unbelievably, astounding, gorgeous, can’t look away cover?

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
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There are so many books with unforgettable covers, but if I have to choose one, I’m going with this one because it really just made me swoon and fall in love. I love books. I love the way this book and every one them in the series captures the traditional, old fashion, and ancient cover of a book well-kept through history. The colors are vibrant and correlate with the story so beautifully. It just truly gives my sense some overload and nostalgia in the way a library does and that’s the point.


 

Never an easy class to sit through and more often than not showed you the most uncomfortable things about life and the many ways you can die. Awesome!

Name a sad book that just made your stomach sink.

Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Book two of the Red Queen Quartet. After reading it, I couldn’t start the next book for close to three months I was such a mess. That ending…getting me a teared up just thinking about it.

Bonus one? (Because honestly, who can choose just one all the time?): We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. I still get teary-eyed sometimes when I hear ‘Landslide’ by Stevie Nicks because it reminds me of specific parts of the book.


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These days, colleges love if you can get even just a little bilingual. Most of them want two or more years of study. I took three years of Spanish and then some more during my college years. It was pretty fun.

What’s a diverse or otherworldly book you enjoyed?

Undertow
Author: Micheal Buckley
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Giving those Aquaman vibes, I didn’t expect to get pulled into a world of the sea fighting the land and in Coney Island no less. Now I just need to get the other two books!


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It’s not a club I joined. I was a choir girl for 7 years. My voice is shot now, but I still sing terribly in the car and the shower. The drama club and other arts are such a staple and keep creativity alive and it’s very sad how underestimated and underfunded they are these days.

What’s a romance that pulled you in and wrapped you around its little finger?

Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
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This one of many. I wanted to mix it up a little so that you know I do many  MANY favorites. LOL. This was an intense, contemporary book that didn’t hold back. Left me holding my breath a few times not only because it could get super-steamy but because it could get me shook up pretty hard. Some of the things that happened were c-r-a-z-y! So wild! I would be hopelessly addicted if it were a TV show.


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The class that was meant to help prepare you for life after high school with a variety of things from cooking to sewing to complex paperwork. Personally, I believe it needs to be a full year class, not just a quarter semester. You taught me how to pay a mortgage for a house I’ll probably never own because it’s more expensive than I can earn at the moment and how to pay taxes, which was such a confusing mess. However, I did learn to be braver and risk-taking by taking up my teacher’s dare to eat a vinegar-soaked pig’s foot. And hey, I am a fantastic seamstress and can cook some pretty good brownies. Woohoo?

What book left you with mixed feelings or confusion afterward?

Actually, I just finished one recently.

Night Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
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I just…struggled. LOL. I had high hopes and they just fizzled and disappeared the way rain does after a downpour in the middle of summer.


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The course that you take with your gym teacher who just reads from the manual which you can do at home. But you get credit, so you might as well if only to make sure that you won’t be that person who doesn’t nearly run over the person on the sidewalk during the driving test.

What book drove you out of your comfort zone?

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher

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Now, I put this up here not because it was because of some theme or dirtiness n the books. It’s because I don’t typically get into memoirs or any non-fiction really. Just not for me usually. But, I am a major fan of the princess. She’s one of my idols. So, I wanted to read about one of the biggest breakout moments of her life: Star Wars.


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Study Hall: It was the one period in the day you could sleep. Of course, I was the person that did all my work because I did not want to lug books home. Just nope. I also got to go to the library which, like any bookworm, is my happy place.

What’s a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did?

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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No joke. It was middle school and everybody was carrying it around and talking about it and I didn’t get what was so appealing because I’m a Buffy girl. My vampires didn’t sparkle. They were sarcastic and soulless (except for two) and they got dusted. But, these ones sparkled and a strange introvert fell in love with one and it was rainy and I was like…”Wha?”. I did a thing I don’t do too often. I fell into the trend. Now, I didn’t become as obsessed as many others did, but I did nit-pick because of the mythos of vampires and werewolves. LOL. The story itself was beautiful, and in a way, tragic. I think I’ll reread them at some point.


And a couple of college courses too…

 

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One of the best subjects ever, but that may be because the results can be pretty horrifying and the magic is out of this world. Plus, the way these stories came into being and how they come from a stem of truth is mindblowing. I get super geeky and ecstatic with mythology and I mean all kinds.

A fantasy book that stems from mythology that you couldn’t get enough of.

American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
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This will always be one of those ones that is at the top of my list. Through and through, this book is just laced with the gods and stories we know not to mention the new gods we don’t even think about.


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Not. My. Favorite. Subject. At. All. Complex with so much masculinity. Sheesh. However, putting the Pavlov effect in motion can be hysterical. And, I’m also fascinated with dreams. I guess it’s trying to decipher everything else that’s just not up my alley. That and the idea of analyzing myself is shudder-worthy. I don’t hate the subject, but it’s just not for me. Book, however? YESSSS.

A thriller that had you jumping out of your seat.

Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
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Thriller can be touch and go because it all depends on what keeps you clinging to the edge of your seat. I have a fascination with dreams and in this book, a girl can get sucked into people’s dreams. Something deadly is going on and she must figure it out before people, or possibly herself, end up dead.


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Understanding the history of women and men, and venus and mars, and learning about sexuality can be overwhelming, but so useful in real life. The world is evolving and we as the human race are a major part of it. Learning the history and continuing to live in the history being made today is eye-opening and exciting. No longer should anyone fe afraid to be anything or anyone other than themselves.

An LGBTQ book or one with LGBTQ involvement that you love and/or it inspired you.

All Soul’s Trilogy
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Sexuality isn’t something that is of concern in this trilogy I’ve realized. It’s more important to love and be loved and just be who you are than anything else and those themes are so strong and I’m so in love with this series!


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I was never one to get up on stage in front of a lot of people. I loved EVERYTHING behind it from designing sets to hands-on building them to make-up and costume. Some of these classes I didn’t get the chance to take, but those that I did were so much fun.

What’s a play that you would recommend people to read?

The Cherry Orchard
Author: Anton Chekov
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Okay, so I love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and definitely recommend it, but to reach outside that one I went with a Russian play. I enjoy Russian Literature so much and this entwined family, romance, desperation, and romance.


 

If you could go to any school, what one would you choose? ANY. SCHOOL.

Me? Not going to lie, I would’ve wanted to go to either Sunnydale High or Beacon Hills High. I live for the “Will I die by some mysterious supernatural cause?” kind of day. Keeps life interesting. LOL. And I probably would’ve gone to UC Sunnydale for further education. That or Whitmore College (The Vampire Diaries).

 

 

For this book tag I’m tagging:

Bibliomedico

A Little Haze Book Blog

What Rebecca’s Read

The Book Raven

A Court of Coffee and Books

 

I haven’t tagged some blogs in a while and miss being in contact with them! So I hope you guys take up the call! It’ll be fuuuun! Just don’t forget to tag me in it because I want to see your results! If you have additional courses to add that’s cool too! And if you weren’t tagged and want to do it then go for it!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Thoughts? What subject do (or did) you love in high school or college? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Drunk Book Tag

Hey there, epic bookworms!

This is one fun booktag! I was so excited to do it. It’s unique and wild. It’s good to cut loose every once in a while and this is a perfect way to do it as a bookworm, aside from filling a wine glass to the brim with strawberry wine or a having large tequila sunrise.

Let’s be honest, I don’t always get my alcoholic on but when I do I make sure the buzz is good.

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Here we go! Let’s start with something light and we’ll work our way up. LOL.


Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

Me? Guilty? Pssshhhht. Yeah…right. LOL. Well, I have read some Maya Banks and if you have then you know she gets pretty hardcore. It’s definitely on that fence of like and dislike and most definitely a pleasure.

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Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college-aged book.

New Adult is still relatively new but Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire is one of my absolute favorites! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a little too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?

Tequila and I are great friends. Never a bad experience. I can’t always say that about a book. Sometimes you get your hopes up and they get dashed. That happened to me recently. I love LOVE Kresley Cole, but Lothaire went to places I did not like. Just no thank you.


Beer Bong: What’s a book that you read super fast?

I’ve been reading the Zom-B series by Darren Shan lately. They aren’t very long, which is helpful, I get them done in a couple of hours.


SPRING BREAK!!!!: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?

This one is tricky. I have yet to find one I fully enjoy honestly. However, Marked by Sarah Fine was pretty steamy and The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice was smutty too! They have to be my favorites so far.


Screwdriver: What the most twisted (HEH) book you’ve ever read?

Lasher by Anne Rice was pretty twisted. There were so many times my eyes bugged from my head.


Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?

Hands down A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. It’s diverse for the way it approaches mental health.

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Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that just didn’t live up to the hype?

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas was okay, but it wasn’t what I thought it’d be.


Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break-up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice-cream, and a bucket for your tears. Name a book that made you cry out all of your feels.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham made me bawl my eyes out. I remember sitting on the kitchen counter with my back to the fridge because it was the least likely place for my mum to find me at the moment.


Strip Club: What’s the sexiest naked book?

Not going to lie, the hardcover of Poison Princess by Kresley Cole is fecking gorgeous! I don’t get drawn to the covers with guys that have abs you can injure yourself on. My kind of sexy book is all about the art itself and Poison Princess is one of those ones.


Snagged from: Elaine Howlin

Created by: Pages and Pens and ChelseaDollingReads

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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My Blog’s Name in Books – A Book Tag

Hey there, book nerds!

How are you doing? It’s already the middle of the week and I was just thinking about what my book tag of the month would be and poof! I discovered a fun one! I found it while taking a peek at The Bibliophile Girl – a really nice book blog. Anywho, the tag is pretty self-explanatory from the title. I’ll be plucking titles from my TBR list-which is so freaking long by the way-to spell out my blog name. On the plus side, the list will be long LOL. so, let’s get this thing!

TToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe

HThe Haunted by Danielle Vega

EE. T.: The Extraterrestrial by William Kotzwinkle (There’s a book based on the classic movie! A score find!)

 

SStone & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

CCarnie Punk – Rachel Caine

AAnimal Farm by George Orwell

RRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

LLegendary by Stephanie Garber (I’m making my way toward it! I have it, but my TBR list is uber long.)

EThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

TThese Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

 

RThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

E – An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

AAwaken by Katie Kavinsky

DDevilish by Maureen Johnson

EThe Elementals: Earth by Day Parker

RThe Revenge by Hannah Jayne

 

It was tricky to figure out some of these! I’m not tagging anybody in this, but if you feel like giving it a shot then definitely do!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Thoughts? Maybe you have one of these on your TBR, too, or have read a few. Let’s chat in the comments below!