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Fall Activities Book Tag

It’s finally feeling like fall here in SoCal, probably because it’s been raining..but I decided to do the fall book tag to get into the fall spirit. I was tagged by Ashley @Dreamingthroughliterature so thank you! Definitely check out her blog; I always get awesome graphic novel recommendations from her.

Apple Picking: A book on yImage result for the stories of ibisour TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

I recently bought The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto which is a Japanese scifi book that takes place way in the future where androids have taken over humanity and our main character is a storyteller that spreads stories about how humanity came to this end. It sounds soo freaking good and I’ve seriously been slacking on scifi this year so this book sounds perfect right now.

Corn MazeImage result for a torch against the night: A book that’s so much fun to get lost in.

I recently read and finished A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I had my problems with it (surprise, surprise) but I think Tahir did a good job with maintaining the suspense and the action-packed plot. She’s definitely not afraid to cut a few fingers or break a few..bones. I was definitely there for the plot and that made it really easy to get into.

Haunted HImage result for night filmouses: A book that scared you silly.

I’ve decided that straight up horror books are just not for me although horror movies are (it’s weird). So I wouldn’t say Night Film by Marisha Pessl scared me persay but it did give me the chills and it was really suspenseful and darkly atmospheric which kept me on the edge of my seat.

 

Pumpkin Patchsteam: The latest book you picked up (purchased).

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer is a gorgeous coffee table book that I borrowed from my library detailing the history of Steampunk and steampunk literature. It’s a great reference guide for writers. Lately I’ve been really wanting to read how-to guides for writing or reference books (what a nerd) because it just makes me a better, analytical reader. So now you can read more of my book reviews where I pretend to know what I’m talking about. Hoorah!

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And speaking of pumpkin patches, I went to one. I’m doing a Fall activities tag so I thought it fitting that I include a picture of me actually doing a fall activity :3

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I might be smiling but I was internally dying from the heat..

Scenic DrivImage result for kitchen banana yoshimotoes: A book that is lyrically beautiful.

I actually refuse to say any prose is more gorgeous and ephemeral than The Night Circus’s but I feel like I always include that book in the previous tags I’ve done so I’m gonna go with Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. It’s more of a quiet beautiful like a the sky after it rains type of beautiful.

 

Pumpkin Carving: A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.Image result for wolf by wolf ryan graudin

I’m gonna cheat and say Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin even though I’ve only read like 30 pages of it and have since DNF’ed it. I’ve noticed this trend in YA writing and it’s when the author writes something really dramatic in one line and then inserts one line under that to emphasize how dramatic the previous sentence was. It annoys me to no end mostly because I feel like it’s grabbing a pan and banging me over the head with how oh so dramatic it is when it’s..not.

The world was not just moving. It was alive.
And it was ready to fight.

Hiking: A book that was a highly enjoyable romp.Image result for cleopatra in space

Romp reminds me of adventure so I’m going to go with Cleopatra in space by Mike Maihack. It’s about a girl named Cleopatra (what did you expect?) who finds a tablet that transports her to the far future and there she goes to school in space and has a mission to defeat an evil ruler. It’s so much middle grade fun and it made me smile like an idiot. It’s not just an adventurous romp though. It has a lot of heart and the fluid artwork that helps you appreciate the world.

Drinking Apple Cider: A sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

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I’m gonna go with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan because it’s just so cute and it’s about two teens falling in love during the holiday season. I was reminded of this because the sequel is actually coming out (after like what 500 years? I didn’t even though there was going to be a sequel) and it’s called The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily. I’m so excited. I definitely need more rom-coms to read that are set during Christmas…

Jumping inImage result for the queen of attolia a Leaf Pile: A book that reminds you of your childhood.

I’m currently working my way through The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner which is a YA fantasy written in the 90’s or is it early 2000’s? It reminds me of the days I went to the library and looked on the shelves for cool-looking fantasy covers and read a lot of traditional fantasy books with sword fighting and old-fashioned political intrigue like Tamora Pierce’s books.

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I’ve mentioned Psycho and Nailbiter before but again I don’t think I’m into horror books anymore so I’m choosing The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. It’s vividly dark and follows the Gothic tradition of atmosphere. These stories are also subversive and more gory retellings of fairytales so it was pretty creepy and definitely good for October. I do have a horror graphic novel on my TBR that would have fit this category that I really want to get to called Harrow County which is described as a “southern Gothic fairytale” about a witch. Sounds awesome.

Image result for crooked kingdomBonus! Costume Party: A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I haven’t read about a more lovable cast of characters than the ones in Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for a while. I adore these delinquents and thieves and gang members as though they were my own friends. If you haven’t checked out this duology, do it; it’s one of the better YA fantasies. I just found out yesterday that Bardugo is writing a new book called Ninth House which features a New Adult protagonist who gets involved with the occult. Uhmmm, sign me up pleaseee.

I hope you enjoyed this tag. I know I haven’t done one in forever but this one was so fun to do. Let me know what your answers would be or if you’ve read any of these books. Feel free to do this tag if you so wish. I’m, once again, too lazy to tag anyone. I’m not finished with the fall/Halloween spirit yet because my next post will be some mini reviews on Halloween/horror movies I’ve been watching lately so stay tuned for that =)

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The Book Courtship Tag

After I do this tag, I’ll probably only have 90 more tags to do..No big deal..

But out of the ones I’m tagged in, for some reason, I just felt like doing this tag today. I was tagged by Charley @Bookandbakes1 and of course, Summer @xingsings. Thank you tagging me! =)

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

I love, love, love the cover of The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber which I got at a library sale. I think it’s very simple but mysterious at the same time. I love the gold constellation detailing which makes it easier for the reader to know right off the bat that hello this is scifi. I think I just have a thing for constellation and stars on covers because despite having people on the color, I also really liked the cover of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner.

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Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

I have yet to find a book retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I like but when I read the summary of Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield reimagining Pride and Prejudice in contemporary times with Elizabeth as a magazine writer and Darcy as a doctor, I was like give me that right now.

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Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

The Child Thief by Brom. I love how he so seamlessly combines elements of suspenseful, eerie writing found in horror books but also combines the mysterious, abstract writing of fairytales into one book.

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Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

I recently read Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen which is LITERALLY like a cartoon network show. Even the art style reminds me a lot of the art in Adventure Time. Each volume feels like a different episode so even though there was no cliffhanger, I immediately wanted to pick up the next volume.

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Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night

I literally did not sleep till 4am reading The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. My roommate wonders how I can stay up that late reading of all things. If it’s the winner’s trilogy, I’d gladly stay up all night reading (too bad I can’t pull allnighters). I don’t know people do it.

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Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

Psycho by Robert Bloch. I could not stop thinking about the character’s deceptions and the really scary motel that they own and the twist was so mindblowingly insane. INSANE I TELL YOU. Fun fact, this was the book that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie and the tv series, Bates Motel.

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Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

Chew Omnivore Edition 1. As much as I buy hardcover books with flaps, I actually love hardbound books, this one is so sturdy and just the right size where it’s not too heavy but not too small where you can’t enjoy every detail of the artwork. It’s the kind of book that you read when you’re sprawled on the floor, with your feet up and elbows on the floor.

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Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

I always recommend YA contemporary to my friends because it’s quick and easy to read. I’ve recommended Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson multiple times. I also like to recommend graphic novels like Saga by Brian K Vaughn because there are pictures and people are more interested in that I guess if they don’t read a lot. But I kind of shouldn’t recommend that considering I don’t know how comfortable people are with explicit content. As you can see, I am really bad at recommending stuff. I’m always worried they won’t like it.

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Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A sweeping coming of age story about obsession and grief. It’s a massive book and I probably missed a lot of details but it was such an immersive ride. And the next time I read it, I can savor it more than just focusing on what’s going to happen next.

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Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

I think I’m quite possibly the last person on the book blogging community to do this tag so I tag anyone who hasn’t done this yet. I also would like to tag some people I want to get to know more =)

Jorelene @ PageChronicles

Aldana @ perfectioinbooks

Meg @ maginibooks

It was actually kind of hard thinking of one book to answer these questions because there’s so many that could fit each one. Let me know what your answers would be for these questions! =)

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Burn Reread Rewrite Tag

Thank you to Analee @BookSnacks for tagging me! Also thanks for teaching me about the randomize option on Goodreads. I did not even know that existed and I’ve been Goodreads for like almost a year now? I’m so smart..

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books. (I used the ‘Random’ option on my Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)

-Repeat until you completed three rounds (I’m doing 6)

 

Reread: The Lies of Locke Lamora because it’s one of my favorite fantasy series of all time and it’s seriously so amazing. I particularly love the witty banter between the characters. I literally cannot praise it enough. Like I would sell my soul to Scott Lynch. Without a second thought. No, really.

Rewrite: Probably The Child Thief. I want more Wendy and Tiger Lily! And some parts felt a little unnecessary and dragged the book down.

Burn: Soulless. I love fantasy but for some reason, I have so much trouble getting into Urban Fantasy. I just thought this was just alright. I think it tried way too hard to be charming and witty when it wasn’t..

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Reread: Unteachable remains, to this day, my highest rated (4.5/5) romance book I’ve read. It’s also my most highly rated New Adult book. And a romance book impressing me is like me trying to impress Gordon Ramsay with my cooking. It’s hard. Also, it wins another award for best NA cover ever.

Rewrite: Crash Into You. Dear Ms. McGarry, Fix that melodramatic ending and that cover. Otherwise, it was a cute book.

Burn: To be honest, Crash Into You and Cuckoo Song are interchangeable for these two categories. I could burn or rewrite either. Cuckoo Song had such an eerie, creepy, suspenseful beginning with talking dolls and leaves falling mysteriously out of people’s hair. But then the plot just stopped in the middle and it dragged so much until the end.

3. 

Ugh this is so difficult.

Reread: Airborn. This is actually one of more underrated middle grade adventure books I’ve come across. It’s so fun and so entertaining. It has flying pirate ships, the classic underdog, a cute romance. I mean, what more can you want.

Rewrite: The Name of the Wind. Write more female characters! Also, the ending subplot just was so unnecessary to the story. Some of the plot tropes are really cliche too and some of the lore and history could have been better integrated.

Burn: Alif the Unseen. The premise is interesting and one of the few Middle Eastern fantasies I’ve read that is so devoid of Western perspective, but the characters and the plot do not really live up to it.

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Reread: The Wrath and the Dawn; I actually should read this again since there is a short story coming out with the events of the first book from Khalid’s perspective!! ❤

Rewrite: An Ember in the Ashes. I need more worldbuilding. Less love triangles. Less sexual-assault-as-a-way-to-make-a-character-appear more-evil trope.

Burn: Monkey High. I will burn this and then buy myself another copy 😉 but seriously, this book subverts a romance trope that I had been waiting for. The main male character who is normally the goofy sidekick ends up with the girl (who is more of like your alpha male type character)?? Yes, please.

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Reread: Strange and Ever After. This isn’t really a testament to how good the book is. It’s more of the fact that I didn’t like the other two books. But SaEA does have its moments.

ReWrite: The Martian should have been retitled How to Survive on Mars 101. Give me more character development, more of Mars itself!

Burn: The Spook’s Revenge. Worst series ending ever. If you read this series, just pretend like this book doesn’t exist.

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Burn: Code Name Verity. It just lacked a sense of urgency and pacing for me.

Reread: The Well of Ascension. This is actually my second favorite Mistborn novel. Sooo good. I love all the political maneuvering in thsi one.

Rewrite: Nailbiter. All it needs is a little more character development.

As always, I tag anyone who would like to do this. It was really fun, but really hard at the same time.

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

Summer, you are a lifesaver. I’ve been craving a holiday book tag but I wasn’t tagged so I was like um, what do? But now you tagged me and I get to do one! 😉

I’m going to try and post at least 3 times a week because I’m on break and I’ve been neglecting this blog a little

Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas tree?

Any of the 300 books on my TBR lol..

No but I actually would really want books (like graphic novels) because they’re expensive and I usually can’t buy them so I would love the second volume of Rat Queens or Nimona.

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A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?

I’m excited to start The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak. This book takes place during the Ottoman Empire and follows um..an architect’s..apprentice but I love architecture and this book promises a lot of that.

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Favorite Christmas movie?

Unaccompanied minors! I rewatch it every year and it’s by no means a great movie or even a good one for that matter but it makes me so happy and puts me in a festive mood even though it’s about kids trapped in an airport..but it’s funny I promise.

Do you like snow?

Can I tell you a secret? *whispers* I’ve never seen snow..unless you count that one time I saw fake snow at a ski lift in Big Bear..but I really liked that..

Name a character you would like to spend Christmas day with?

Cimorene from Dealing with Dragons because she’s such a delightful and quirky character and can make really good food :3

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To give or to receive?

Both! I love thinking of gifts to give to my friends and family but I love seeing what other people think to get me 🙂 It’s like a game of “who knows me better”.

What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I think spending Christmas in Narnia would be the dream. I mean all that snow and the chance to get presents from Father Christmas. Christmas dinner at the beavers (what were their names again?) and then storytelling by the fire with Mr. Tumnus. A chance to go to the White Witch’s castle! There’s so much to explore in Narnia.

Fondest Christmas memory?

Probably when I was younger, I celebrated Christmas at my grandma’s house and there were so many presents and I got a princess “piggy bank” which I thought was the coolest thing and my cousins and I would always go outside and play with each other. Sigh, those were simpler times.

Can you say “Christmas tree” ten times fast in a row (while pronouncing them correctly)?

Just did and near the end, my christmases sounded like “wismas” lol.

I tag anyone who’s feeling the holiday spirit! 😉

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The Villain Squad Tag!

I think of October as tapping into your dark side so I’m here with a tag celebrating all the villains we all love and love to hate. This tag was created by 4 people over on booktube. I’ll link Kassidy’s video since she’s was the first I saw. Ok so, you can choose any villains from books, movies, or TV. I stuck mostly to books but I did delve into other media.
Think of your own villain identity and power!

I suck at making up names but I really like the sound of Dark Savior because since I suck even more at thinking of villain names, I decided to go for irony. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it because I like the fact that a savior is suppose to be the face of hope and obviously save the people from evil but since I’m the savior, there can be no savior..

I also suck at thinking of powers that I want. But I decided the one I want is the telekinesis that Syndrome has in the movie the Incredibles. I mean he can fly so bonus points. I actually thought about having Violet’s power (invisibility and invincibility bubbles) but I would have no offense and I’m not smart enough to use those to my advantage so I’ll just go for flashy 😉

So now to assemble my team! Which villains would you want on your team?
The Leader – Pick a villain to lead the squad.

I have to pick Voldemort for this one because he knows how to gain a following. He knows how to manipulate and persuade plus he’s actually really smart but can be charming at the same time. I mean, he’s basically the ultimate villain.
The Killer Smile – Pick a villain who’s just extremely attractive

V'lane:

Vlane from the Darkfever series. He is a Seelie Prince whose power is basically making people die through sex appeal. His appearance changes with what kind of person you find attractive. Yeah..
The Loose Canon – Pick a villain that marches to the beat of their own drum

Maleficient! I actually have not read the original story but from what I can tell from the movie, she’s a solo villain and doesn’t need anyone to do her dirty work. Also, she can turn into an evil dragon :3

The Unhinged One – Pick a villain that isn’t playing with a full deck.

One of my favorite villains of all time is The Joker because he’s so unhinged but so incredibly smart and is always one step ahead of you and I think that is what makes him truly terrifying. Plus he’s also aesthetically horrifying too.

The Redeemer – Pick a villain that’s on a path of redemption/would play both sides

The first person that popped into my head was Regina from Once Upon a Time. I can’t really explain to you how much I love Regina. Her character arc is so, so beautiful and her character continues to impress me even as Once Upon a Time deteriorates as a show (it’s just gotten worse with every season). She’s literally the queen of sassy comebacks.

The Evil One – Pick a villain that is just bad to the bone.

Sarren from The Immortal Rules trilogy. He is violent, sadistic and shows no mercy. I mean, remember the end of The Eternity Cure?? There is literally no hint of humanity with this one.
The Once-Was-Good – Pick a villain that didn’t originally start out as a villain.

I was going to pick Boromir from Lord of the Rings but I need more lady villains so I’m going with Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. I’m kind of cheating a little because I haven’t read Fairest but from reading and watching videos, it looks like she doesn’t start off as a villain and I think she’s the kind of evil you just love to hate. I figure she can work with Regina to create illusions *evil laugh*

I actually think I have a pretty badass team #squadgoals ;). Who would you pick for your villain squad?

I tag:

Meg @ Little Blog of Books

Samantha @ Dream by Day

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Charley @ booksandbakes1

and you!

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Around the World in YA book tag

Hi everyone! So I just moved back into my apartment; it feels really good to be back. I still have a few days left to enjoy before school starts so I’m back with a tag! I was tagged by Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf whom I’ve mentioned before has an awesome blog. You should definitely go check her blog out. I especially love this tag because I love to travel even though I don’t do it at all because my family hates traveling. So let’s get started!

The rules:

List a country, and then show which favorite book of yours is set in that country is. You can use the countries I used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

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The quintessential beach read. A fast-pace and addicting urban fantasy. The descriptions of Dublin are absolutely gorgeous!

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If anyone knows any other book set in Prague, I would love to know. I think it sounds like such a beautiful place with tons of history and amazing architecture. And I’m obsessed with architecture.

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Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong. Translated by Nina Mcpherson and Phan Huy Duong

A lot of books written by Vietnamese authors in Vietnam will inevitably be about the Vietnam War and I understand it was an important time in my country’s history but I wish more books were just set in Vietnam without this backdrop of war. This book helped me realize and appreciate the richness of Vietnam and its culture. Vietnam represent yeeee..

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I haven’t actually finished this book yet (Shhh…) but I’m loving it.

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Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

It’s been heralded as sort of nonfictional Chinese Cinderella. I really enjoyed it when I first read it but looking back on it, the writing was just ok and the author writes herself as too much of an angel and a victim which leads to lots of self-pity but I still really liked the look at Chinese language and culture and the look at China in a time of turmoil.

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The first book actually wins an award for most reread book I’ve ever read..Wow great phrasing there..My judgement may be biased considering I did read it as a young teen and I’m not sure how it would hold up with me today but I have read his other books and enjoyed them so.. But this book is amazing, a YA urban fantasy with a sassy djinn and magic.

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A graphic memoir about a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The subject matter is heavy but Satrapi handles it in a lighthearted way that doesn’t undermine the seriousness of the situation.

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This coming of age novel is gorgeously written and I felt very immersed in Spain’s culture and atmosphere during the 1940’s.

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There are only two words that can describe the magic that is Eva Ibbotson and her characters and writing: enchanting and charming. You can tell that Ibbotson has a love for the outdoors.

I tag:

Samantha @ Dream By Day

Summer @ XingSings

Aentee @ Read by Midnight

..and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

It’s past the middle of the year and the thing I’m most proud of is getting a job this summer..lol..which doesn’t sound like a lot to mr. But ANYWAY I’m here to talk about some books, surprisingly. Thank you so much to Anjie @ Love thy Shelf and Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland for tagging me! If you haven’t already, you should totes check out their blogs because they’re just so awesome.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.

Please tell me you knew this was coming. I’ve been shoving this book down every man, woman, child, robot, and porcupine that has come my way.

Fun Fact: The author picked this cover because it wasn’t clear whether the man was in pleasure or in pain..

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

A lot of people are probably sick of me mentioning The Winner’s Crime so I’ll go with PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Surprise Surprise, the “love triangle” did not annoy me at all in this book and only this book can make studying at Starbucks appealing :3 especially if you’re studying with someone whose name starts with a “P” and ends with a “eter Kavinsky”.

Fun Fact: I actually own the biology book on the cover.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon sounds so fucking awesome! It’s YA fantasy revolving around Chinese mythology. Action, adventure, mystery, and romance ensue!! Um..

Fun Fact: This book comes out today so can someone buy it for me and send it my way. Please and thank you.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I NEED THIS NOW. I ALSO NEED MORE CINDER/KAI NOW.

Fun Fact: Marissa Meyer started the first book Cinder as a Nanowrimo project. I can’t believe how far it’s come.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Tossup between End of Days and The Elegance of the Hedgehog mostly because I was so sure I was going to like them but I ended up not..End of Days was so rushed and nothing developed and some side characters were brought in just for convenience of plot..The Elegance of the Hedgehog was enjoyable in its parts but not in its sum but other could have given more care to the actual story and it was really pretentious.

6. Biggest surprise.

A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. Biggest surprise in a bad way. I was so sure I would love this book that I was even more disappointed that this book wasn’t even average for me.

Fun Fact: There has been 133 on screen “confirmed” deaths on the Game of Thrones TV show. 116 male. 17 female.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

This year was the first time I read Margaret Atwood. I read The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake which were both amazing, awesome, A+ books. I can’t wait to read more of her books especially The Blind Assassin.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Who is the newest addition to Carolyn’s list of fictional boyfriends hall of fame?

a) Jerricho Barrons from DarkFever

b) Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

c)  Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn

d) JD Jameson from Practice Makes Perfect

e) All of the above wrapped up in one package and sent to my front door.

You know the answer although if I had to pick it would probably be Khalid.

9. Newest favourite character.

Who is Carolyn’s newest favorite character? Is it,

a) Sharzhad from the Wrath and the Dawn

b) Annamae from Under a Painted Sky

c) Jude from A Little Life

d) Werner from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The answer is D although all of the other choices come really really close!! I love Werner because he lived in 1930’s Nazi Germany and he trains to be one of Hitler’s Youth but all he really wants to do is study physics and I love how he’s such a dreamer despite such awful circumstances.

10. Book that made you cry.

I give in..I have to use this book..again..You know that one part in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland where she cries enough to make an ocean? That’s me just at the ending of this book…

11. Book that made you happy.

Firefight makes me happy because I think this story is just so exciting and it reminds me a lot of a fast paced action movie and David and Megan are precious cinnamon rolls that are too precious for this world.

Fun Fact: Calamity is coming out next year which makes me squeal with delight.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I haven’t watch that many movie adaptations this year but I have to go with Still Alice. It’s gut wrenching with great acting.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

It might seem a little weird but my very first review for this blog (my review for Alex + Ada Vol. 1 & 2). It’s not the best review I’ve ever written but I remember feeling really accomplished after writing it and it kind of reminds me of how far I’ve come when I look at that review and my latest ones and how I’ve improved in writing my book reviews. Plus, I really love that comic series.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

I haven’t read this one yet and it’s kind of hard to tell just from looking at it on the computer screen, but the colors are bright but muted at the same time so it gives a sort of old and historic feel to the cover. Of course, I also like the use of some traditional Vietnamese clothing like the straw hat. I’m really excited to read this one because it’s about a man who bikes his way around Vietnam and he talks about all the interesting people he’s met.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?