The Fruity Book Tag

Hi guys! A while ago my friend Liv from Olivia Chanel created The Fruity Book Tag (here’s the original post!), in which she took fruits and paired them up with different types of fruit. I love book tags and I love Liv, so of course I have to do this one.

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APPLES – a book with forbidden love

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat is one of the first books that comes to mind when I think of forbidden love. The main character, Damen, is the heir to the throne of Akielos. His “love interest”, Laurent, is the heir to Akielos’s rival kingdom, Vere. On top of having their respective kingdoms to rule, they ruin each other’s lives. The things they do to each other should guarantee they’ll never have romantic (or even friendly) feelings for each other. But sometimes you fall in love with whom you least expect.

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PINEAPPLES – a book with a Latina/Latino character

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan actually has two Latino characters, and one of them is a main character. I want to focus on Reyna, though. She is Puerto Rican (like me!) and a badass. She is smart, a great leader, and a good person. This was my first and only time reading about a Puerto Rican character in a book, and it was an amazing experience.

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WATERMELONS – a book that takes place in the summer

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is the last book I read that takes place during the summer, and it was so good! The main character keeps a scrapbook and pages from it are shown in the book, including pictures, playlists, receipts from stores and restaurants, and other fun stuff.

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BANANAS – a book that is anti-slutshaming

As far as I remember, I haven’t read any books that are anti-slutshaming. The Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie is very sex-positive, though. I don’t like this series but most people seem to love it, so odds are that if you read this series, you will love it.

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MANGOES – a book with a non-western setting

The Wrath and the Dawn  by Renée Ahdieh is either the only or one of two books I own that have a non-western setting. I have not read this yet, but I read Despina’s short story and really liked it, so I expect to love this book when I finally read it.

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POMEGRANATES – a same-sex ship

Of course I have to go for the cutest of all the ships: Simon and Blue from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book is so cute and fluffy. It is one of the few books that I constantly feel the need to reread, to be honest. There’s theater, fandom references and a little bit of mystery. What’s not to like?

Ah, this book tag was so fun! (It was totally worth it to spend four hours editing the pictures.) I’m not tagging anyone but if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged. ☺

 

Colleen Hoover Book Tag

Hey guys! Today I am doing a tag that doesn’t really make sense for me, because I haven’t liked any Colleen Hoover book I have read, but the questions were really great so I felt the need to do it.

The Colleen Hoover Book Tag was created by Marta’s Bookshelf. Go check out the original post, and maybe do the tag because it’s really fun!

  1. Maybe Someday. If you had to make the soundtrack for a book, which book would you choose and which songs would you use?
    I would choose Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat, and all I know is that the soundtrack would include Strange Love by Halsey. I barely know any songs, so my soundtrack would only have one song for the longest time, but this is the only book I am reminded of when I listen to music. (Well, when I listen to this one song.)
  1. Slammed. I dare you to make a four verses poem describing your favorite book right now.
    I choose any book in The Raven Cycle series.

Dreams, ghosts, and true love’s kiss.
One is destined for greatness,
But this time death won’t miss.
And just like that, goodness will be extinct.

This poem is so bad but it was so fun to write! Also, ouch.

  1. Ugly Love. “Love isn’t always pretty, Tate.” A book that can break your heart and fix it at the same time.
    The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes, I am repeating a series and choosing a book I haven’t read because I just know that this book is going to kill me, chop my heart into little pieces, put it back together, bring me back to life, and repeat the process all over again.
  1. Losing Hope. A book you would like to read from another character’s POV.
    For this question I am going to choose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because for a long period of this book, Dante is living in another state and is actually creating memories and experiencing things. Dante is an interesting and, frankly, adorable character, so I would like to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe from his point of view.
  1. Confess. Let’s judge a book by its title… Let’s confess. What is the book that no one expects you to like but you actually love?
    I don’t know if this is a book people don’t expect me to like, but since I normally like more than just romance in my books, I will go with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. Most people seem not to like this collection of short stories, but I loved the atmosphere of it, and most of the romances were adorable. I think there were one or two stories that I didn’t like, which makes this my favorite anthology for sure.
  1. Warren (Maybe Someday). Most main characters have a best friend that can be either very charming or really annoying. Who is your favorite secondary character? And who is the one you dislike the most?
    I have never thought about this question in depth, so I can’t tell you who my all-time favorite and least favorite secondary characters are, so I will choose my answers from books I have read this year. My favorite secondary character from a book I’ve read this year is Lady Maribelle from The Skylighter by Becky Wallace. She is not my favorite secondary character of all-time, but I was so, so, so pleasantly surprised by her character that it’s hard not to say her name when I think of characters I like. One secondary character I dislike a lot is Penelope from Carry On. She annoyed me all the time but truthfully, so did every other character in this book.
  1. Miles (Ugly Love). Very often we find characters with a very troubled, dark and traumatic past that doesn’t let them move on. Which character’s past would you like to erase to make them feel better?
    I would like to erase Ronan Lynch’s past, from The Raven Cycle, because when he lost his father it changed his life completely, and not for the better. I would give him his dad back. And while I’m at it, I would give Adam Parrish a different, loving family.
  1. November 9. Name a book you perfectly remember the day you read it.
    Far from You by Tess Sharpe, because I read it with my friend, Liv, and we spent all day sending reactions and theories to each other. That made this reading experience unforgettable. If you get the chance to buddy read a book with a close friend, do it. You will not regret it.

I will tag Olivia to do this tag, as well as anyone else who wants to do it.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’re Intimidated By

Hi there! If you didn’t know, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey. Basically, you are given topics for each Wednesday of each month, and you choose five books to talk about in relation to the week’s topic.

This week’s topic is Books You’re Intimidated By. While I don’t own many intimidating books, there are a few that I can mention, starting with the one that has affected me most recently:

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  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This book is ginormous! I started it back in January, and I can’t get over the size of the hardcover. I read the first book as a paperback, and the second as an ebook, and I had no idea the hardcover would be so big. The size of it makes it hard for me to concentrate, especially as the world is becoming so different from the world in the previous books. It almost feels like starting a new series, and I haven’t had the motivation to focus on it. In the three full months since I started it, I have read 60 pages.18367581
  2. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. This book is also intimidating because of its size, but mostly because of its weight. It weighs more than my biggest book. Seriously, I could fend off an attacker with this book! Not only that, but it has two stories in one. That is certainly a little daunting.

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  3.  The Diviners by Libba Bray. The Diviners is a book that I am actually very excited to read. It is also a long book, but it is not the size of the book that is intimidating; it is the size of the series (and how long it will take for all of the books to come out). There are going to be four books in this series, which is not a lot, but only two of them are out. That is what truly makes the series intimidating for me. I got the first book in paperback, and I would like to have all of them in paperback. Paperbacks take around a year after the original publication date to become available, which I know is going to be a problem with this series. The paperback of the second book comes out in September. I don’t know when the third book will come out, but it will likely take a while because these books are big. Then, add a year to the publication date of the hardcover. That is when the paperback of the third book will be out. But what about the fourth book? And the paperback of it?! I am starting to think I will not get to read this whole series until at least 2020, which will suck if I end up loving the books.

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  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Ah, Lady Midnight. This book. This beautiful book. I have been obsessed with Emma and Julian since the moment I found out about them, which was way before City of Heavenly Fire came out. I have imagined them in so many different ways, that knowing they are already out in the world (and may end up not being as perfect as I imagined) is scary. I am almost sure the worry is for nothing, though, and I will love this book more than I thought possible.

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  5. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I think this one is kind of self-explanatory. The edition I bought is a hardcover with 908 pages, which is bad enough in itself. I bought it online, so what I didn’t know was that the text is extremely tiny and will be almost impossible to read without giving myself a huge headache. The actual story is probably very dense and will require a lot of time and attention, which makes this book the most intimidating book I own. I am really hoping I will love it. If I don’t, it might put me in the reading slump of the century.

What are the books that intimidate you the most?

 

Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

This year may be 1/3 of the way over, but there are still many books that haven’t been released yet. Here are some of my most anticipated reads of 2016 in publication order:

While looking for this year’s releases I realized that I haven’t started most of these series but I am definitely excited about them. So, let’s get started!

First of all is The Rose & the Dagger, the sequel to The Wrath & the Dawn, by Renée Ahdieh. I have not read The Wrath & the Dawn yet because I’m waiting for The Rose & the Dagger so I can binge read this duology, but I have heard nothing but good things about it.
Release date: April 26th, 2016

The second book I am anticipating is Some Kind of Perfect by Krista and Becca Ritchie. This is the epilogue book for the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series. The first book, Addicted to You, is currently free on Amazon and other ebook platforms. It is about the life and struggles of two best friends, a sex addict and an alcoholic. Most people love this series so if you haven’t read it, you should get on that!
Release date: May 20th, 2016

The Darkest Magic is the second book in a spin-off trilogy of the Falling Kingdoms series. I haven’t read the first book yet (or the Falling Kingdoms series, for that matter), but apparently it includes time travel, along with magic and lots of dangers, so it sounds like it will be right up my ally.
Release date: June 28th, 2016

Ghostly Echoes is the third book in the Jackaby series. I have only read the first one, but with a cover like that, I know I need to continue this series. Jackaby is a Sherlock-like supernatural detective, with a personality reminiscent of The Doctor. In my opinion, this series is not as good as it sounds, but it is entertaining enough, with mysteries that feel silly in a good way even if people are dying left and right.
Release date: August 23rd, 2016

Confession time: I haven’t read The Grisha trilogy yet, but I went and bought it when Six of Crows came out because everyone was talking about how good it was. I’m planning to read The Grisha this summer, and then Six of Crows, so I can read Crooked Kingdom as soon as it comes out. Because what is cooler than a group of people doing a heist?
Release date: September 27th, 2016

What is cooler than a heist, I ask? Two princesses falling in love, maybe? Do you need to know anything else in order to want to read this book ASAP? No? Didn’t think so.
Release date: November 22nd, 2016

This is the fifth book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I have no idea what it’s about, but I own the first four books in the series so I better hope I end up loving it.
Release date: December 13th, 2016

Damaged Like Us is going to be the first book in a spin-off of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. It follows some of the children of the main characters in other two series, and how their lives are as they grow up in the spotlight.
Release date: Sometime in 2016

 

The Hamilton Book Tag

How fitting that my first post will be about my biggest obsession at the moment…

This tag was created by maureenkeavy. *bows down to her because this tag is the best*

The questions:
1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in
The obvious and best answer would be the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I am going to choose not a world, but a town called Buttermilk Falls. Everything revolves around love and good food and there’s a tiny bit of magic, so if I couldn’t end up in the Wizarding World, Buttermilk Falls wouldn’t be such a bad place to live in.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
Lady Maribelle from The Keepers’ Chronicles (specifically the second book, The Skylighter). I can’t say the reasons why she’s awesome without spoiling the book, but trust me, she is the definition of a badass character.

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them
Laurent of Vere from the Captive Prince trilogy. He is clever and manipulative and gets people to do whatever he wants, and sometimes they don’t even realize it.

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive
Spoiler alert? Gansey. He’s not dead yet but he will be.

5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read
Celaena and Sam. Yup.

6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
Any villain from the Heroes of Olympus series will do.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. Everyone who has read this book knows what I’m talking about.

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned
Harry Potter. It did not end well.

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Honestly, every book in this series could be used for this question.

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
Since I already used Harry Potter, I am going to pick Twilight. It may not be a beloved series anymore, but as long as Young Adult literature exists, Twilight will be remembered.

Bonus questions:
1. Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start
Lola and Cricket, who are ridiculously adorable together.

2. Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene
I don’t really have a favorite fight scene, but I am going to choose that scene from City of Heavenly Fire with Julian and his dad.

3. Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read
I am going to go with a series almost everyone hates that I enjoy each time I read it: The Hush, Hush Saga. It’s full of clichés but for some reason I kinda like it.

4. What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books
The Shatter Me series had a mostly open ending, so I would like another book about the adventures of the main characters after the revolution. Sigh. One can only hope.

5. Right Hand Man – Favorite BROTP
My favorite BROTP is the BROTP of BROTPS: Heronstairs.

6. What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading
The Addicted Series.By the time I read this series, six of the books were already out and the seventh one was about to be released.