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Bookish Tags: Hamilton Book Tag

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Like everyone else on the internet I’ve taken quite a liking to the Broadway Musical about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Okay, I haven’t been able to stop listening to the soundtrack but that’s beside the point. If you haven’t listened to any of the songs the entire album is on Spotify. Anyway, a Youtuber by the name of Maureen created a tag involving both Hamilton and books! To check out the original video you can click here to watch it.

A quick warning before starting that there may be spoilers below. Proceed with caution! If you haven’t read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and don’t want to be spoiled stop reading NOW.

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Question 1: “The Room Where It Happens”

A book world you’d put yourself into..

6547258For this question I’m picking Scadrial or The Final Empire in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It’s not the cleanest of places, but there are so many different areas to explore. Not to mention the interesting people who live there. I’ve always wanted to visit a high-fantasy world and Sanderson is an expert at creating complex ones.

Question 2: “The Schuyler Sisters” 

An Underrated Female Character..

7417780 (1)My choice has to be Georgie Finch from Melina Marchetta’s novel The Piper’s Son. This book is highly underrated and although the plot itself is subtle it carries a powerful message of family. Georgie has to go through misfortunes of death and betrayal, but regardless of her heartbreak still she finds time to help her depressed nephew. She’s a wonderful character that deserves more appreciation.

Question 3: “My Shot” 

A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them..

27190613This one goes to a new favorite character of mine. Ladislav – the daughter of Vlad Dracul (yes, that Vlad!) knows exactly what she wants and doesn’t follow the rules. She is bloodthirsty and violently protective of those she cares about, which is few. Lada is brutally honest and won’t hesitate to rip out someone’s throat. How lovely. She is a main character in the new novel And I Darken by Kiersten White.

Question 4: “Burn” 

The Most Heartbreaking end to a Relationship You’ve Read..

27362503It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. My heart hurts. In the event of massive spoilers I won’t say anything else. Read this book!

Question 5: “You’ll Be Back”

Sassiest Villain.. 

17675462The only villain that comes to mind instantly is Piper Greenmantle from The Raven Boys Quartet by Maggie Stiefvater. Or really any of the villains in this series. Although she isn’t my favorite evil character of all time her comments are golden, and I can’t help but laugh every time she speaks to her husband.

Question 6: “The Reynolds Pamphlet”

A book with a twist you didn’t see coming..

8490112For this answer I’m picking Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. It was such a creative twist to a story that already had me clenched within its claws. This trilogy keeps getting better and better. I knew this story was weird, but I would have never guessed what would happen. It’s fantastic!

Question 7: “Non-Stop”

A series you marathoned.. 

angelfall-susan-eeI’ll admit that I was late to this party, but decided that I finally had to read it. When I started Angelfall by Susan Ee I was hooked. The first book reads like a movie and everything is so easy to visualize. After finishing one book I couldn’t stop. I remember staying up all night reading World After (book two) and rushing to finish the last book. It was worth it.

Question 8: “Satisfied”

Your favorite book with multiple Point of Views.. 

11264999There are so many books I could’ve picked and I’m sure many others have chosen this as well but I couldn’t help it. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is the ultimate book when it comes to a wide variety of characters. Each character adds to the massive scope of A Song of Ice and Fire. For those of you who were wondering, Arya and Jon are my favorite characters to read from.

Question 9: “Stay Alive” 

A character you wish was still alive..

A Little LifeWillem. Do I even have to explain? For more about this heartbreaking and fantastic story read my review here. It’s my favorite book of all time.

Question 10: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”

A Book/Series that you believe will be remembered in history..

3What other book is there to pick besides Harry Potter by J.K Rowling? It 11016gave magic to an entire generation and then some. But in order to be a little more interesting with my answer I decided to pick my favorite classic too. Jane Eyre.

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Bookish Tags: The Book Courtship Tag

Bookish Tags

Many of these tags are taken from book vloggers on YouTube and my plan is to do one every Friday. The Bookish Courtship Tag was originally created by Jessie the Reader. Here we go.

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

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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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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?

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What do you think?

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Bookish Tags: The Social Media Book Tag

Bookish Tags

To celebrate my return to blogging I wanted to start doing some book tags. Many of these tags are taken from book vloggers on YouTube and my plan is to do one every Friday. This should be fun! So without further ado, here is The Social Media Book Tag.

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Twitter: Favorite short book?

My answer for this has to be The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It’s such a magical story and comes in at a total of 181 pages. It’s rich in plot and characters that will leave you wanting so much more.

FacebookFacebook: A book that everybody pressured you to read.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’m currently doing a re-read of the book so I can continue on with the series. The fourth book is set to be released in the fall. I remember a bunch of friends telling me I just had to read this new fantasy book. I plan on making a blog post about re-reading books in the near future.

TumblrTumblr: A book you read before it was cool. 

I’d have to say either The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon or The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Both are wonderful books and they have recently been getting a lot of attention in the book community.

MyspaceMyspace: A book you don’t remember whether you liked it or not.

The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler. I don’t remember much about the book, let alone if I liked it or not.

InstagramInstagram: A book that was so beautiful you had to instagram. 

I’m going to cheat and say the whole Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Those books are so gorgeous!

YoutubeYouTube: A book you wish would be turned into a movie.

Um. Maybe The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Only if they do it right. It could also work as a TV show.

GoodreadsGoodreads: A book that you would recommend to everyone. 

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. What a wonderful book!

I hope you enjoyed this tag. Everyone should do it if they want to. My Goodreads, Pinterest, and Tumblr links are listed above if you want to check them out.

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Wishlist Wednesday #15

wishlist-wednesdayI’m astonished by how fast the weeks go by because it’s time for another Wishlist Wednesday already. I can’t complain though. This blog hop was started by the lovely Dani at Pen to Paper and it allows those in the book community to highlight one book they desperately want on their shelf.

My main reason for this week’s pick is the fact that the last book in this series was released and everybody seems to be talking about it. I would appreciate it if I could read this series without any spoilers getting thrown my way.

13455782Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: Paperback, First Edition, 340 pages.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now
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I’ve heard so many things about the Shatter Me series and most of it remains good, but I still haven’t picked it up yet. I’m actually happy that I waited this long because now I can marathon the entire thing! I plan on reading the novella’s too because I know they are imperative to understanding certain characters. That’s what I’ve been told. For those of you that are unaware, Tahereh Mafi and her husband Ransom Riggs have started making Youtube videos and I can’t even begin to tell you how genuine they are. Watch them here. – I’m going to make it a 2014 goal to start this series and finish it. If you’ve read any of these books, please let me know what you thought. (without spoilers) Thank you.

What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below.

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Divergent Trailer

Those of you in the book community have probably come across the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. It remains a very popular trilogy and has a movie to be released in 2014. The first official trailer came out a few days ago and if you haven’t seen it, you can watch it below. Roth has created a wonderful world and it will be interesting to see how they adapt it for the big screen.

Let me know your thoughts on the trailer and the movie in general.

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Wishlist Wednesday #7

wishlist-wednesdayIt’s really upsetting that I had to miss out on last weeks Wishlist Wednesday, but I’m hoping this will make up for it. Wishlist Wednesday was started by Dani at Pen to Paper and allows bloggers to share a book that they desperately want on their shelves.

If it wasn’t for Youtube and the “booktubing” community I probably never would have come across this novel. This weeks pick happens to be book one in The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons.

wishlist wendsday #7  The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

One of the biggest reasons why this novel caught my attention was the fact that it fell under the Historical Fiction genre. When I researched it further on Goodreads I was so excited to see that its setting was partly based in Russia. You don’t see many books set in that country. (At least I haven’t.)  From the blurbs on Goodreads It looks like many readers have enjoyed these books. I’m really looking forward to picking this one up soon.

I may do a post on some of my favorite book reviews on Youtube. It’s an idea!

What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below.

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Wishlist Wednesday #6

wishlist-wednesdayIt’s hard to believe that another week has gone by, but here we are again on Wishlist Wednesday. This blog hop was started by Dani from Pen to Paper and allows participants to highlight a book they desperately want on their shelf.

Recently I watched a video on Youtube that featured the author Alexandra Bracken as she talks about her novels. Her newest one Never Fade is coming out in just a few short weeks and I will definitely be picking it up.

16150830 wishlist 6  Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

I have already read the first book in the series (The Darkest Minds), however it’s been a while so I might re-read it before starting this one. I plan on doing a book review on both eventually. So watch out for that! If you want to check out the video featuring Alexandra Bracken I will of course leave the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OnyDu7AmZs*Possible Spoilers! Watch with caution!* 

I’m really excited to see where this series is going and the author seems so down to earth. Never Fade comes out October 15th.

What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below. | The holidays are coming up soon, have you started a Book Wishlist yet?

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