Chocolate Book Tag

 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Today, I’m going to be doing the chocolate book tag because that is one of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day. This was created by A Daydreamer’s Ramblings. You can click on the covers of these books to see my reviews as well (if I’ve done them)! Let’s go ahead and get started:

Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)

The Truth About Alice

This book talks about so many dark topics, but focusing on rumors and bullying. It’s a really touching and short book, packed with lots of emotion.
White Chocolate — Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Here is a book that is kind of un-traditionally funny. Bernadette disappears and it’s all about her daughter and husband’s search to figure out where she went. Berndaette is kind of crazy and the things that she does are pretty funny and outlandish!
Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

With the movie trailer just dropping, I have seen so many people either buying this book or reading it right away. And so far, they have all said good things!
Chocolate with a caramel center — Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Of course, any Stephanie Perkins book will do this! I just think that the romance paired with the setting in Paris makes this book TOO CUTE.
Wafer-free Kit-Kat — Name a book that surprised you lately.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Talk about surprising! This is filled with twists and turns and I had to go out to the bookstore the very next day to get my hands on the next one. I would clear a weekend for this series!
Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

I would necessarily say I’m going *nuts* about it, but with the new TV show (that I’m still hesitant about) and just finishing this series, I am back on board the Shadowhunter fandom! I can’t wait to see where else this world expands.
Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows — What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I recently did a whole Top Ten Tuesday post about these and this was pulled from that list! This book is so light hearted and fun, definitely something good for escaping the real world for a little bit.
Box of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

The Hex Hall trilogy is packed with supernatural, mystery, action, romance, and humor! It’s a great series that I absolutely adore.

How would you answer these questions? Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you all a great time, filled with loved ones and chocolate!

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2015 End of the Year Book Survey

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Another year is almost over! That means it is time for one of my favorite bookish traditions – the end of the year book survey. This is hosted by the lovely Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner. This is for all the books I read this year, regardless of publication year. Let’s get started! I love doing this and seeing everyone else’s, so leave me yours in the comments and I’ll stop by too!

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Number of books read: As of right now, 112, but I will probably get some more books in before the end of the year!

Number of re-reads: None!

Genre I Read the Most From: Contemporary again! I read a lot more than I usually do, mostly because I discovered so much from last year.

(an additional question from me) Total Number of Pages Read: 36338 pages!

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  1. Best Book I Read: I’m going to give this a tie. It was so hard for me to pick between the two! But I LOVED Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and 99 Days by Katie Cutogno!
  2. A Book I was Excited About and Thought I Was Going to Love More But Didn’t: So many! This year was not that great for my anticipated books…I think Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge probably comes out as the most disappointing though. But so many people love it, so still give it a try!
  3. Most surprising book: Probably 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen. I had no idea anything about this book and there weren’t too many reviews about it either. But it was SOOOO good!
  4. Book I Pushed the Most People to Read: I love convincing people to try Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins! I think it has something that everyone would love.
  5. Best series I started, best Sequel, and best Series Ender: My favorite new series is The Program by Suzanne Young, my favorite sequel was Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, and my favorite series ender was Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins!
  6. Favorite New-to-me Author: I have really been enjoying Anna Godbersen’s historical fictions!
  7. Best Book that was outside of my Comfort Zone: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is an adult contemporary book that I loved.
  8. Most thrilling/action packed book: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle! I read this while traveling and it kept the time passing by. There were so many crazy twists!
  9. Book I am Most Likely to Reread Next Year: I am not a huge re-reader, but I might reread Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
  10. Favorite Cover: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  11. Most Memorable Character: I think I am going with Harper Price from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. She has a really fun spirit and is quirky but still has some southern charm about her!
  12. Most Beautifully Written Book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for sure!
  13. Most Thought Provoking Book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews had a very interesting perspective on life that I really enjoyed reading.
  14. Book I Can’t Believe I Waited until 2015 to read: Although it is still a pretty recent release, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord is one that lots of contemporary lovers (like me) have enjoyed but I only read this year.
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote: I did a whole Top Ten Tuesday post about this, but my favorite from that post was: “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” – Paper Towns, John Green
  16. Shortest and Longest Book: The shortest novel was The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (201 pages) and the longest was Winter by Marissa Meyer (824 pages).
  17. Book that Shocked Me the Most: I would say Vendetta again, but another one would be Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, the second book in the Hex Hall trilogy!
  18. OTP of this year: I really liked the relationship between Caymen and Xander in The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, but there were so many good ones.
  19. Favorite Non Romantic Relationship: All of the friends in Paper Towns by John Green. They had such a great and realistic chemistry!
  20. Favorite Book From an Author I’ve Read Previously: I’ve read most of Gayle Forman’s other work, but Where She Went is my favorite of all!
  21. Best Book I Read Solely on Recommendation: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel was surprisingly really good! It had a very addictive quality to it.
  22. Newest Fictional Crush: Can I just have Archer from Hex Hall?
  23. Best 2015 Debut: I think Maggie Hall killed it with The Conspiracy of Us and I cannot wait for more from her!
  24. Best Worldbuilding: The world of Beautiful Creatures is really well done and very intricate. I loved the tone they used for it.
  25. Book that was the Most Fun to Read: I had a lot of fun with The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz and seeing how all the Disney characters’ children were like.
  26. Book that Made me Cry: There were LOTS of tears with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
  27. Hidden Gem: I think that the Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke duology by Anne Blankman is a great historical fiction, but offers a little something for everyone!
  28. Book that Crushed my Soul: We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han was really sad because I finished the whole series for this summer and it was a pretty interesting end to this love triangle.
  29. Most Unique Book: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky is interesting because it is the memoir from a man who works as hotel staff. It’s a pretty average person story, but that made it unique.
  30. Book that Made me the most Mad: Probably Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout because it didn’t live up to what I wanted it to and focused on the wrong things.

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  1. Favorite New Book Blog: I don’t know exactly how old these book blogs are – but I have recently found Ava from Bookishness and Tea and Alex from Fiery Reads!
  2. Favorite Review I Wrote: I like my review of City Love by Susane Colasanti because I feel like I really got everything I wanted out of it and broke it down really well.
  3. Best Discussion Post: I wrote a post about my perfect fantasy book as part of a series earlier this year and I liked how it encouraged me to think some more about my ratings! I’ll have to continue this series in 2016.
  4. Best Event: I personally enjoyed the Last List blog hop for those books published during the closing of Egmont Publishing. I was really happy to spread the word about one of those books in particular.
  5. Best Moment: There were so many – but I think being more active on Twitter and meeting lots of people because of that is one!
  6. Most Challenging Things about Blogging/Reading: Making time for it! I have problems trying to find a routine. And also, coming up with creative, new content.
  7. Most Popular Post: My blogger interview for the BFF Blog Hop with Stefani @ Caught Read Handed.
  8. Post I Wish got a little more Love: Maybe my top ten tuesday post about character names for my children? I had a lot of fun with that one! (And I would still totally pick all of them.)
  9. Best Bookish Discover: Does Twitter count? Or at least, the book blogging side of Twitter. It’s been a great way for me to connect with other readers.
  10. Reading Challenges Update: It’s not exactly the end of the year, but for right now: I read 112/75 books, 7/6 classics (mostly thanks to schoolwork), 68/25 new-to-me authors.

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  1. One Book I Didn’t Get to but is my Number One Priority: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I loved the Grisha trilogy, so I think I will like this one too.
  2. Book I Am Most Anticipating: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book sounds amazing and heart-breaking and I loved what I read from her this year.
  3. 2016 Debut I Am Most Anticipating: Very excited for Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw! It looks like my perfect book.
  4. Series Ending I am Most Anticipating: Only one really and that is The Crown by Kiera Cass, the last book in the Selection series.
  5. One Thing I Hope to Accomplish: As far as books go, I really want to read more books that I love and get myself into both a blogging/reading schedule. And for personal life, I want to try new things and challenge myself to go vegetarian for a while!
  6. A 2016 Release I already Love: I haven’t read any yet!

And that’s it! What a year!

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Beautiful Books #1/Introduce Your Novel

Today, I’m very excited to be finally posting my Beautiful Books #1 Post, Introduce Your Novel. This is a spin-off feature of the Beautiful People feature hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up Further In. All of this change is for NaNoWriMo which is coming up very quickly! I really want to participate this year and really get it done. I’m really not sure about how well I will do, which is why I’m not signing up officially, but it’s just more of a personal goal for me to write more during this month.

There are eleven questions in this first part of this segment, all about my project for NaNoWriMo.

  1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? I came up with the idea for my novel because I really like playing laser tag and I think it would be awesome if there were professional leagues. I also love sci-fi and books set in the future, so I decided to put it there. I’ve had the idea for a couple of years now, but I’ve always thought that I would be better at writing contemporary because I read more contemporary. But, I’ve tried that a couple of times and it hasn’t worked out, so trying something new!
  2. Why are you excited to write this novel? I’m excited because of all the world building and the creativity that goes into developing the world and these characters!
  3. What is your novel about, and what is the title? The current working title is Purple. It’s about a girl who plays a game (kind of like Laser Tag) professionally and her parents were both professional players as well. All of the players live together on one space ship and are raised really harshly in order to become the best player. They are never allowed to leave and travel the galaxy, but they go on a tour to build press and that’s where the plot starts off.
  4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!) Veronica – Confused. John, Veronica’s Dad – Caring. Lilly, Veronica’s Mother – Motivated. Blair, Veronica’s best friend – Settled. Spencer – Cocky.
  5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them! I think I’m most excited to write about Blair and Veronica’s relationship because I love best friends in books and I’ll be pulling from some of my own best friends for their relationship!
  6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way? She wants to explore the world and know something besides a game, something more meaningful, but she is trapped into the life she was born into.
  7. Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!) It’s set on a spaceship in space. Essentially, Earth is still inhabitable, but people prefer to live in space and Earth is only one of the options. There are plenty of different ships that you can go between, but Veronica is stuck on the one where the game is played and filmed.
  8. What is the most important relationship your character has? Her relationship with her parents is very strong, even though she feels annoyed with them for bringing her into all of it. But she also loves her best friend, Blair.
  9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? She realizes who she is and what she’s doing and her purpose in the world.
  10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over? I think self-discovery is one of them and also pushing outside of your comfort zone. I want them to feel like the way you feel when you walk out of a Marvel movie (like you can save the world and maybe punch a hole in the wall with your strength)
  11. BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month. Since I’ve never done it – I’m guessing here. But my basic tactics are: don’t delete anything, just write, and keep going even when it gets hard.

Like I said, I’m not sure how long I will make it through NaNoWriMo because I have school stuff and life stuff to do during November as well. I’m just hoping to take some more time with words.

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Dreamland Tag

Hello everyone! Today, I’ll be doing the Dreamland tag. This was created by Epic Reads in order to celebrate the release of Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson.

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Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

I love the cover for this book and although I’d never heard of it before this tag, I’m excited to pick it up soon. There are six questions:

1. Who would be your dream book boyfriend or book girlfriend?

Obviously – Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. There is no other option for me.
2. If you could walk into anyone’s dreams, real or fictional, whose would you walk into?

Probably Ron from Harry Potter. He would probably have interesting dreams, combined with him being a wizard and all that.
3. Which YA romance is the all time dreamiest?

This is kind of like asking for my OTP – I can’t choose! Recently, I loved the romance between Sloane and James from The Program by Suzanne Young.
4. Have you ever had a dream you wished were true?

I think so, but I actually have a hard time remembering my dreams when I wake up. I have had some that I thought were true and I still kind of do.
5. If you were on Freud’s couch, what would he say about you based on your dreams?

Probably that I should stop reading before bed because I dream about A LOT of fictional characters and plots.
6. What is the weirdest dream you ever had?

I had a dream my high school burned down, but I was too worried about getting a popsicle inside to focus on anything else. I made it out alive, but never got the popsicle.

I’d love to hear about some of your dream experiences! I’m not going to tag anyone directly, but you all should definitely do this. It was so much fun.

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Reading Rendezvous (1)

Reading Rendezvous

Reading Rendezvous is a weekly feature created by the Fern Team of the Book Blogger Creativity Project that acts as a travel guide, highlighting places we would like to visit and recommending books that take place there.

I am very excited to be taking part in this project, which is happening over multiple groups who work together to come up with a new type of feature. For this opening post, all the amazing book bloggers on my team will be featuring books that take place in our home state. I’ll have links to their post at the end of this!

I’m originally from Kentucky, so I am featuring a YA romance author who is both from Kentucky and writes her books set in Kentucky. Have any guesses?

It’s Katie McGarry!

Katie McGarryKATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

I think all of us in Kentucky are UK fans.

Some of her books include:

Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Crossing the Line, Take Me On, Nowhere But Here, Breaking the Rules, Red at Night, Chasing Impossible, Walk the Edge

All the books in the Pushing the Limits series take place in Louisville, KY so I’ll be featuring some of my favorite spots there.

There are plenty of fun places to visit in Louisville but a few of my favorites are the Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs (the home of the famous Kentucky Derby), and the Louisville Mega Cavern which has lots of fun things like zip lining. I love this video that will take through some of these locations and more in the home of Katie McGarry and all her characters:

You can check out all the other amazing people and their featured places too! Make sure to visit Cyra, Nori, Lauren, Karen, Sheridan, Lizzie, Tamara, Ashley, and Shayna to hear about their home places and books set there.

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

Hello everyone! Today, I decided to do the Burn, Rewrite, or Reread tag! I’m not sure who this was created by and I haven’t been tagged by anyone but it looked like fun. I’ll be doing five rounds where I randomly select 3 books per round off of my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf. Then, I’ll be choosing one to burn, one to rewrite, and one to reread! Let’s get started!

Round 1

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Isle of the Lost (The Descendants #1)

Burn – City of Ashes. Honestly, I don’t remember too much about what happened in this book…I think it was my least favorite of the series though (from those I’ve read).

Rewrite – City of Bones. There was a lot of tropes and plot things that didn’t work for me in this, but I did like the overall world building. Plus, Clare’s writing style just doesn’t jive with me very well.

Reread – The Isle of the Lost. I really liked this fun play on Disney characters and it seems like a great middle grade read. I only read it recently, but I could see coming back to it for something light and easy.

Round 2

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)City Love

Burn – City Love. I enjoyed this book, but I LOVED the other two in this category. 😦

Rewrite – Just One Day. I LOVE this book, so this is hard for me. But Gayle Forman could rewrite it and it would still be beautiful.

Reread – Prisoner of Night and Fog. This is one of my favorites of all time, so I would love to pick it up again. Especially knowing how everything turns out and being more aware of the real history.

Round 3

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Onyx (Lux, #2)Let's Get Lost

Burn – Onyx. I felt like this was a filler book to lead up to the rest of this series. While I enjoy the entire Lux series, this has been my least favorite so far.

Rewrite – Let’s Get Lost. There were just some minor things I would like to spruce up about this book because I feel it could be a favorite if it weren’t for some details.

Reread – The Knife of Never Letting Go. I really liked this book, and I need to reread it anyway to continue on with the series.

Round 4

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Burn – The Sea of Monsters. I love the Percy Jackson series but this was my least favorite, plus I love the other two more!

Rewrite – Mockingjay. Maybe some of my favorites can survive this time around??

Reread – Siege and Storm. My favorite of the Grisha trilogy. It’s really fun and action packed. Plus, Sturmhond.

Round 5

Belly UpWhite Space (Dark Passages, #1)This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

Burn – Belly Up. I liked this one, but Stuart Gibbs still has other amazing books I can read.

Rewrite – White Space. This book has a very Inception-like quality to it where you never know what is going on. I think that it could be improved with some more details to ground it in reality.

Reread – This Shattered World. I love this series and it’s a great example of beautiful sci-fi. I can’t wait for the last in this trilogy!

And that’s the tag! I hope you all enjoyed this. Some of these were super challenging for me (*cough* Round 2 *cough*) and I’m happy I don’t actually have to burn some of these beautiful books. Let me know if you would have decided differently for any of these in the comments.

Now, I am going to tag Stefani from Caught Read Handed, Julien from The Fictional Reader, and Jade from Bedtime Bookworm. I hope you all decide to participate because this is a fun (and challenging) tag!

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Emoji Book Tag (2)

Today, I’ll be doing the emoji book tag! I was tagged by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and this tag was created by Sanaa @ Ink Bones Books. The idea here is to pick 5 of your most used emojis and match up books to them. I already did this tag once, about this time last year, but I figured I would do it again because my emoji usage has changed somewhat!

  Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – This book is so funny! Sophie has a great outlook on life and her experiences with the new paranormal world she found herself in. I love her humor and sarcasm.

  Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman – When I think about this emoji, I think about a book so intense that I couldn’t put it down! Both of the books in this duology are really intense with such high stakes. It’s so much fun and you won’t be able to put it down.

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – This emoji to me is sarcastic and a little flirty. This PERFECTLY describes Kaidan who is a great book boyfriend and essentially this emoji in character form.

     Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This one was hard for me, but I ended up choosing this book because it is so good, plus this emoji could represent St. Clair!

     The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – This emoji is like a totally shipable couple! I really liked this romance.

I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag, so if you want to do it, go ahead!

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