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Tag Time | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 7

TagTimel12:17I want to say a huge thank you to bookwormmuse for tagging me to complete this Q & A award. I always love answering the questions that others come up with. Where does your creativity come from? I am always at a loss when I need to create questions for others. Anyway, without more of a delay, here we go!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

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Previous Editions

TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 6

TAG |The Sunshine Award Vol. 5

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 4

TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 3

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 2

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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  1. What do you think is your defining quality?
    •  I think it would have to be how eggar I am to help in anyway that I can
  2. What book changed your way of thinking? Or your overall outlook towards certain things.
    • This would have to be Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I think because I read it so young it really taught be a lot about family, making though decisions, and more.
  3. What is more important for you, the plot or the characters? What can make you stick it out to the end if everything else is failing in a book?
    • this is so hard I really despise an annoying character, but if the entire plot is bad the book is bad in my eyes. so I would say plot is more important. Honestly if the book is really failing I will just stop reading it or skip to the end if I need to know what happens to a particular character.
  4. What do you do to get through a reading slump?
    • Listen to an audiobook or reread a favorite.
  5. Do you have book buying bans for yourself?
  6. What is the one thing that you can not stand in a book?
    • Romance where there doesn’t need to be any.
  7. What do you consider yourself, introvert or extrovert?
    • Introvert
  8. What is the one thing on your bucket list that you want to do more than anything?
    • Honestly, I have never created a bucket list so I have no idea. Anyone have any ideas?
  9. What do you wish there was more of in your life in general?
    • I wish there was more quality time with those that I love.
  10. Can you describe your style?
    • Classic and nerdy
  11. If you could, what would you change about your life?
    • Honestly, I would change nothing because that would probably change something else that I would want to keep the same.

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Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

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 I was tagged by Jenn to do this wonderful tag. If you have not checked out her blog before, you should. She is a very passionate blogger. This tag is such a fun idea to see if you will be getting a wonderful bookish goodie this time of the year or you will be visited by Krampus. Just, what I needed to get into the spirit of the holidays. Without more delay, here is the tag!

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

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  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it  
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
  • Folded down the page of a book
  • Accidentially spilled on a book
  • DNF a book this year
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
  • Skim read a book
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it
  • Broke a book buying ban
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
  • Wrote in a book you were reading
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book
  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
  • Sat on a book accidentally

Score: 7/20

Woohoo, I am not as naughty as I thought I would be getting. So it seems I might be getting some bookish goodies in a few weeks!

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Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout

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I cannot believe that 2018 is almost already halfway over, where has the time gone? I have a sneaking suspicion that I have been just having too much fun and that is why time has gone by unnoticed. Whether that is the reason or not I want to check in on my reading regardless and make sure I am on track with my reading. So, here is what my reading has been like so far in 2018!

Books I Read in 2018

Stats

Questions

Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent, it was an absolutely wonderful thriller.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

The Dire King by William Ritter, it was fun and wonderful just like every previous book in the series.

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

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I have no idea why I have not read this book yet.

Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018?

Honestly, I am not too sure. Lately I have been focusing more on what I have.

Biggest disappointment?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, it just was not for me.

Biggest surprise?

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, I did not expect to like this classic as much as I did. Now I keep telling everyone to get it and read it.

Favourite new author?

Liz Nugent, I have read two of her books this year and I loved them both.

Newest fictional crush?

I don’t  have one oddly, that usually happens a lot.

Newest favourite character?

I can’t decide! I found so many awesome ones this year.

Book that made you cry?

None made me cry, but some made me come very close.

Book that made you happy?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, it just made me feel happy and I flew through it.

Favourite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

I haven’t seen any so far, any recommendations?

Favourite review you’ve written this year?

REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent or REVIEW | The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Most beautiful book you bought so far this year?

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

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

The Heart's Invisible FuriesUnder the DomeThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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What book do you want to read by the end of 2018?

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Tag |Ace of Spades Book Tag

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Hello all, today I am here to share a tag. I was lucky enough to be tagged by Regina from Bookish in Bed to complete the Ace of Spades Book Tag. This is an awesome tag that surrounds the book written by Amanda Foode, how fun is that? Sadly, I myself have not read the book, but these questions made me even more intrigued. Anyway, without further delay, to the tag!

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1. Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of it’s own!

This may be a catch all answer, but Hobbiton and Bag End. I feel like this little town is just magical. I love the Hobbit and I always liked the start of the book and imagined all the things that happen there.

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2. The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal family/gang!

Honestly, I can’t answer this. I don’t really have a favorite fictional criminal gang. The only one that really pops into my head are the characters from the Bone Season. So I shall go with that!

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3. Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

The only character that comes into my mind is Sherlock Holmes. While he does not “play” for his life. He often has to play mental chess to solve a murder and keep himself and Dr. Watson safe.

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4. The Doves are a gang of assassins… What book you’d kill to have in your hands right now?

Right now all I want is to have Stephen Kings new book in my hand. It is called the Outsider and comes out in May.

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5. The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

Sadly, I loved Sleeping Giants, but I have since lost interest. It is not fault of the series itself I am just a huge mood reader. Chances are I will end up liking it again in a few months or years.

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6. With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to speak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

Gah, I have no idea how to answer this, sorry!

7. Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

I love to hate Dolores Umbridge. She is a horrid character, but I have to admit so well written.

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8. You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin. The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

Well, it seems like I am in the World of the Dead. I don’t want to say the book because it may be a spoiler if you have not read it just yet. Sorry to be so vague.

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TAG | End of the Year Book Tag

Tag Tuesday

Thank you so much for the tag, Jacquie from Rattle the Stars  Jacquie is half of the duo over at Rattle the Stars, you should check them out. They are both wonderful writers and have a fun blog. I have to say I am glad I was tagged, this is a great tag to wrap up the year and look into the new one ahead of us. I hope you enjoy the answers.

 


The Questions:

    • Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Nope, thankfully this year I have either gotten rid of all the books I have not finished because I DNF’ed them or I finished them. Although I am currently in the middle of reading a review copy of The Last Girl by Nadia Murad, but I will be finishing it before the year ends.

    • Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Nope, I just kinda go with the flow when it comes to reading.

    • Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I am looking forward to a few in January such as The Cruel Prince and The Hazel Wood.

    • What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

    • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I honestly don’t think so. While I know I am going to enjoy the books I am reading or planning on reading I don’t think any will surprise me in any way.

    • Have you already started making reading plans for 2018? 

I have made a few plans, but I am doing a separate post on that very soon.


I hope you enjoyed the tag. If you want to participate please feel free to consider yourself tagged!

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TAG | “Keep it Fresh” Award

Tag Tuesday

I was nominated by Audrey over at audreywritesabroad, thank you!

Rules

  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions, explaining why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit.
  3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

Part A

1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

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2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

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3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

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4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

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5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery, etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

I honestly, I don’t know what to pick for this one!

6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot … etc.)

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7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

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8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!

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9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

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10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

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11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE … do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)

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12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

Oddly enough, I have not read a funny book so far this year. I need to remedy this quickly.

Part B

Create your own. 

Peach – Name a books that was just peachy/excellent.

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Part C

Smoothie: Strawberry + apple + orange + pineapple + blueberry.

I loved Audrey  answer so I am going to take it, sorry Audrey! I am picking the Harry Potter series as whole because it made me feel many emotions throughout the series, and because Smoothies are amazing and so is the series.

Nominees

Lovelene from thesetrappedwords

Plus anyone who would live to do this tag!

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TAG | The Unique Blogger Award

Tag Tuesday

Thank you Dawlyn and Krista from Little Blind Book Finds for the Tag! Today for Tag Tuesday I will be doing The Unique Blogger Award. I love tags like this because every person creates the questions for the people they tag so no one has the same questions.

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions

The Questions

1.What inspired you to start your blog?

Going right for the hard questions, huh? Well I decided to make my blog because I wanted to talk about books. Now some of you may know I have a bookstagram and I had that first. But, while I LOVE bookstagram and still use it constantly I noticed there is a lack of communication which upset me. So I decided why not create a blog. While I made it a while ago, I really started using it this past January.

2. What advice do you have for new bloggers?

Have fun and post what makes you happy because people who enjoy the same stuff will find you. Also, blogging is meant to be fun, make sure you are always enjoying the content you are creating and don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

3. Name a book that you’ve read or want to read that you heard about from the blogosphere?

This is a really great questions, hum. I think one of the main books/series I plan to read because of the blogosphere would have to be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I heard about it on booktube, but a review I read, which of course now I cannot remember, and it really sold me on the book/series. Apparently, my boyfriends love of commas has rubbed off on me.

My Questions

  1. Is there a quote from a book that has inspired you/changed the way you view things? If so, what is the quote?
  2. Who would you cast as the main characters of a movie adaptation of your favorite book?
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I Nominate:

Jess

Nikki

Kristina

Sarah

Misty

Also, anyone else who wants to join in on the fun!

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TAG | On My Shelf Book Tag

Tag TuesdayHello everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. Last week I ended up taking a week off to get some exciting personal stuff taken care of. Now I am back and ready to go with a lot of ideas and energy. So lately if you have not noticed I have been doing more tags, that is because I think they are so fun and I love reading other peoples answers. I am thinking about doing a “Tag Tuesday” type thing because I find them so fun. What do you think? Let me know. So this week I am doing the On My Shelf Book Tag. I have been seeing it for a long time around booktube and blogs and thought it looked like a lot of fun.

Directions: Pick a number between 1 and as many books as you have on your bookshelf. You can ask friends or go to social media for help or you can use a site like random.org. When you get the list of numbers (I picked 8) find the corresponding book for number and provide a memory. (Example: #7 find the 7th book on your bookshelf and share a memory).

The Books

100: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

My Mom and Dad took my to the bookstore on my birthday and let me pick out a few books. This is one of the books I picked up. I have not gotten to it just yet, but I am very much looking forward to it. It is a mixture of mythology, magic, and other lore.

142: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I read this as a ebook loan from the library when I was watching my friends puppy for the weekend. It was great he napped on my lap as I read this book in nearly a day. I would like to add that this dog is about 75 pounds and so not a lap dog. My legs went so numb, but he was being so cute I didn’t have the heart to tell him get off.

10: End of Watch by Stephen King

I have yet to read this Stephen King book because it is a third in a series I have not started yet. But, I will say that Stephen King has become my favorite author. I have yet to be disappointed by him. Even before his books I was in love with his work. When I was younger, most likely to young, I watched creep show and all the movie adaptations for his work and loved it. I remember watching the 6 hour TV version of The Shining with my friend. We started watching it in the afternoon and as things got more intense the sun went down. It was one of the best movie watching experiences I have ever had.

133: 50 Children by Steven Pressman

I picked up this book when I went to DC with my aunt and Mom. We spent the weekend going though all the museums and walking around the national cemetery. Somehow I ended up the tour guide for them since my aunt never went there and my Mom had not been there since she was a little girl. I remember learning more about my moms childhood and the wonderful times they had. It was very nice to hear the stories and spend time with an aunt I had not spent a ton of time with due to distance. I picked up this book on our last day when we went to the Holocaust Museum. I have to say that this museum was one of the best we went to not only because it was factual, but it also impacted us all emotionally as well.

36: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling

One of the funniest memories I have with this book is right before the movies came out for this book I decided to reread it so it was fresh in my mind. Well, I happened to get to a VERY intense/emotional part and I happened to be at Uni in between classes. Lets just say I was trying very hard not to ugly cry in public where everyone could see. Somehow I managed to pull myself together in time for class.

132: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This was the first book I bought because of booktube. I had just started watching youtube maybe 6 months before that due to makeup tutorials and other lifestyle videos and decided to search books. Well, I stumbled into booktude and I am still have not left. So not only was it the first book I bought because of booktube, but it was the first Rainbow Rowell book I ever read. She is still an author I enjoy a lot and continue to read. I think she is the only author where I have read all of their work.

166: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, the only memory I have for this book is how happy it made me. I read it so quickly not much happened. I pulled it out and started reading it on a weekend. I stayed in bed all day and read it cover to cover. I think someone had to remind me to eat something I was so into the book.

53: Alice’s Adventures on Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Now, my moms other sister who I spent a lot of time with LOVED this book. In fact it was her favorite book. I picked up a lovely illustrated edition so I could read it since I somehow managed to only watch the movies. Being a book lover I want to read the source material. I will say I much prefer the only animated movie over the newer live action adaptations.

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What is your favorite book on your shelf?

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TAG | The TBR Tag

Tag Tuesday
1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I use Libib and google sheets. I use libib because it is so easy just to scan a new to me book and I have a nice easy list on my phone. When I get a new book I instantly add it to libib, but it may take me a few days to up date sheets. On Sheets I record the title, author, when it was released, when I received it, and when I started to read it. So if something sits on my shelf for lets say a year I can see that instead of thinking of thinking “oh I got that a while ago” I can say “Oh man, I have had this a year and have not picked it up”. This shows me that I may not actually be interested in reading the book. Sometimes seeing a concrete date helps me unhaul my very filled shelves.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

My TBR is mostly print, but I want to transition into ebook. As I have said my shelves are very full. So I am slowly moving to putting in requests to my library and reading books that way. Then if I am in love with the book I can buy it and have my own copy.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Honestly, I just pick up a book. I just walk over to my shelf and scan till I find something I have not read. I pick it up and start to read. While I do tend to do this at the start of the month and make a little TBR, but if I happen to read all of those books or not stick to it. It doesn’t bother me.
4. A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries Of The Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder. I picked this up when I went on vacation to D.C. with my Aunt and my Mom (2015). We visited the Holocaust Museum and I picked up 4-5 books. This is the last of that trip that I have to read. Since this is a collection of diary entries I know I have to be in the mood to read this. The topic is difficult, but to hear about it from those who saw it first hand make is more powerful.

5. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

Wicked Like A Wildfire Lana Popović 🙂 
6. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover

I don’t really do this. Yes, a cover will catch my eye, but I need to be interested in the description as well for me to buy the book.
7. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

I plan on reading all of them, but the one I think I will be saying for when it gets lower or at its lowest is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 

8. An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Refer to answer of question 5 in addition to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition , The Dire King by William Ritter, and Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal

9. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

I feel like everyone has already read The Circle by Dave Eggers and The Secret History by Donna Tartt .

10. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, so many people have told me to read it!

11. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

The book I am most looking forward to it A Court of Wings and Ruin. I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury and I am so invested!

12. How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Currently I have 35 books.

You can explore my entire TBR here: https://bookishluna.libib.com/i/to-be-read-pile


I Tag

Charlotte

Misty 

Anyone who would like to take part, please do! I love knowing what is on everyones TBR.


What book has been on your TBR the longest?

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TAG: Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

Tag TuesdaySo I was on booktube, yet again, and was watching some of Ariel Bissett’s videos and I came across this tag. Even though I was not tagged I thought it would be a ton of fun to do! I will insert her video at the end so you can watch it too if you would like.

The Questions:

1/ A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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A year or so ago this book was featured in book hauls, review, blogs, and it seemed like everyone was reading it and was super excited. I on the other hand just was not interested. When I buy or read a book I want to know a little bit about the plot and such, but this book had a description that didn’t really tell me much. Plus, since all the hype I have heard some not so god things.


2/ A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

Fallen Kingdoms

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3/ A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Fahrenheit 451

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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Both of these have been talked about by my friends and family members. I have been told “you have to read it” so many times, but I just don’t feel inclined to do so. If you have read either of these let me know, I am curious to what you think.


4/ Any genres you never read?

Satire, I don’t really gravitate towards it. Maybe one day I will give it a go,  but not today.


5/ A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

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The reasons I don’t think I am going to read this is because it is a dystopian/end of the world book, which is a subject I don’t always enjoy and when I picked this up I was unaware it was a series. Lately, I have been getting tired of reading series. I am gravitations towards stand alone books.


What book on your TBR are you unlikely to read?I hope you enjoyed the tag, if you want to do it please feel free!Ariel Bissett’s Video