This or That Book Tag

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We all know how much I love a tag and I’ve lost track of which ones I have and haven’t done. However I saw this over on Joie’s blog and it didn’t look familiar so here it is.

Series or Standalone?
I start way too many damn series’ for me to pretend that I prefer standalones. Don’t get me wrong, I do. They stress me out less and save me money, but I love a series so much. I lover getting to sit with characters and watch them develop over time.

Magic Earned or Magic Born?
Let me tell you how much I love reading about people not realising that they possess some kind of magical powers but finding out over the course of the book that there is something gong on with them. So as such, magic born.

Enemies-to-Lovers or Friends-to-Lovers?
Enemies to lovers. I hate it when friends can’t just stay friends, that happens sometimes people just remain friends throughout everything. I’d like to see that happen more…so enemies to lovers, that’s more interesting. And also, not something I think I’ve read that much.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?
I like a little bit of both sometimes. Mostly hilarious banter, but sometimes emotional ruin is really satisfying.

Love Triangle or Insta Love?
I hate both. I hate both so much. But, if a love triangle is done well that it can be brilliant and it doesn’t make me want to gauge my eyes out. Insta love will most likely always drive me insane, just breathe a little bit.

Keyboard-Smash Fantasy Names or All Names Start With the Same letter?
I am interested as to how far you could go with all the names starting with one letter. It feels like it could be fun.

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?
It’s harsh, but dead. Mean ones are just excessive. I mean it can work in some situations, but in others it just feels awful to read.

Supermodel Looks or Constantly Says How ‘Plain’ They Are?
I hate it when characters are described as plain and then it’s somehow supposed to be a miracle that they can do x, y or z. Why does it matter? Why must it constantly be mentioned? I mean the other option isn’t much better. There needs to be a middle ground.

Face on Covers or Typography on Cover?
Typography to be honest, or some kind of graphic. Unless it’s a movie cover I tend to prefer it when they are kind of a blank cover. I am a total sucker for a pretty cover, give them all to me. The prettier the better.

Villain Turning A Little Good or Hero Turning A Little Bad?
Villain turning a little good all day every day. I am such a weird sucker for that, give it to me always.

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The Playlist Book Tag

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Raise your hand if you’re surprised that I have another bookish related book tag going live today?

No hands raised? Yeah, that’s what I thought. This one combines two of my faves, books and music and I saw it here

One Direction: A book you would still love without one of the main characters

Honestly, I don’t think there are any…? I read a lot of first person narratives so I kind of only really know a lot of characters in accordance with what the narrator says/reveals about them and so I don’t really know if I would care enough independently of the narrator…

Busted: A book you didn’t expect to have a sequel

I was surprised to find out that Warm Bodies  had a sequel as that didn’t seem like something that needed to happen. I mean I’m gonna read it, but yeah, was surprised that it happened.

5 Seconds of Summer: A book that reminds you of summer

Currently the To All the Boys I Loved Before trilogy gives me those vibes, just because I devoured the books and the film made me feel all warm and fuzzy and those are the feelings of summer I feel.

Adele: A book you love or you hate

I’m currently still loving all of Adam Silvera’s work, I mean it hurts my heart, but I love them all.

Taylor Swift: A guilty pleasure book

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, I don’t have them. I read what I read.

Green Day: A book that bored you to sleep for a whole month

Do I have to say it? Do we all know what my answer is going to be? Have I mentioned how much of a slog I’ve found it before (many times)? It’s Moby Dick (obviously)

Coldplay: A book that makes you sad no matter how many times you read it

Okay, I am not a huge fan of re-reading books and so I don’t do it (I get stressed about the fact that I am not reading something new). However, even thinking about They Both Die at The End makes me feel sad.

The Glee Cast: A book that you’d like to be made into a musical

Okay, so I’m like a musical person, in that they tend to be the only thing that I ever go and see. And so when R and I went to see Cursed Child we kind of just forgot that it wasn’t going to be a musical even though there were many opportunities for it become one. So I feel like I would want Harry Potter to be a musical in some capacity.

Ed Sheeran: A book that was more emotionally heavy than you expected it to be

History is All You Left Me and More Happy Than Not both took me on rides and felt like a sucker punch to the gut. So thanks for that Adam Silvera.

Miley Cyrus: A book that you still don’t understand

I kind of still don’t get The Girl of Ink Stars. It just felt a little anti-climatic or something. I didn’t quite understand the hype, I think that was the main thing with it.

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The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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For the sake of my sanity (and maybe yours) I am breaking the book reviews up with my faves. A book tag (that I saw on here). That I may or may have done before but I imagine the answers will be different if I have, also I could probably search to see if I have, but my head is set on this and so here it is:

A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor
But there are so many. I have so many sarcastic faves, I can’t choose just one. I won’t. I actually honestly can’t choose one, I just tried and failed…

Your favorite classic
I’m such a sucker for Pride and Prejudice.

A book you secretly love but are afraid to admit.
I have no shame about most things at this point in my life, who the fuck cares?

A musical character
I feel like the characters in my current book have that kind of vibe, although none of them are explicitly musical. I don’t know, I literally never notice if they are musical or not.

Your first book love
The first book I ever fully loved was Double Act. The first character that I ever loved with all my heart was Ron Weasley.

A book you’ve devoured
I devoured the whole damn To All the Boys trilogy. I read all those books in about a day each, which was both amazing but all means that it’s gone now….

A book you love that gets the most hate
Looking for Alaska. I mean, I didn’t hate it really, but also I didn’t get the hype. It was just kind of meh.

Miss Patty
A book that was ruined by the hype
I saw a lot of hype around Ponti and when I read it I just…didn’t get it.

Emily Gilmore
An expensive book

As in the most that I have spent on a book? The Barnes and Nobel Complete Works of Shakespeare. It has gold gilded pages and everything. We all know how much I love a gilded edge.

An uptight character
Camellia, The Belles. She was just incredibly selfish and kind of always thought that her way was the right way, even when it wasn’t.

Richard Gilmore
A character death you will never get over

Rufus and Mateo aren’t really dead right? Right?

A character who has gone through the most development
Adam from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Seeing his character growth over the

A book with a character who has an accent
Life of Pi. I just remembered how stunning this book is. It was so beautifully written and so big yet small. Pi was such a great character and the

A character who is part of a “Team” fandom Ex. Team Jacob or Team Edward
I guess Peeta. Although I have a lot of things to say about the whole ridiculousness of that ‘love triangle’. But let’s not go there for now and just leave it at Peeta.

A loyal character
Bogdan, Conquerer’s Trilogy. My god The loyalty there. The way that whole story ended. It broke my damn heart.

A character who always has something to say
There will be more on her later, but I feel like on some level Cassie from Frat Girl. Not in a bad way or anything, but she seems to always be prepared for what is thrown at her.

A quirky character
I guess Cath from Fangirl would be considered quirky. But I kind of hate that word for a lot of reasons. So we’ll go with Cath. Also, curveball, Hermione.

Babette and Morey
A couple you couldn’t imagine not being together

Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. More on them later this week/next week. And also Ron and Hermione. I will fight people on that one.

And that is another tag done. Book reviews are back tomorrow!

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The Beauty and the Beast Tag

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Of course I come out of this A-Z Challenge with a tag post almost instantyl, it’s who I am. It’s what I do. And this one is to do with one of my fave films and so it was always a given that this was going to happen. So let’s get to it.(Oh and also, I saw this here)


A Villain You Can’t Help but Love
I always seem to have a soft spot for villains. Not in a justified way but in a like, they always have better back stories to me and I just want to know more about how they got there. I saw Cursed Child last week and so I am currently all up in my Malfoy feelings, so let’s go with Draco.

A Book Everyone Loves But You Don’t

The Girl of Ink and Stars…

Belle and Adam

Your Favourite One True Pairing (OTP)

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. No questions asked.


A Character Who is Destined for Greater Things

Mare Barrow. The place that she was left in was so open ended and she had the strength to do so much.

A Book You Bought for its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too

You know I was drawn all the way in by the Everless cover and well I’ve just finished it and damn was that book a piece of art that I am excited to read a sequel for.


A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help but Love More Than Their Counterpart
Ron fucking Weasley. Honestly, I love him so much. Don’t get me wrong I love Harry and Hermione, but there is just something really special about Ron. I will defend him for forever. (I did not mean to mention them twice, but here we are)

Mrs. Pots, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth

A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Really Taught You Something

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race really finally meant that I stopped giving a shit about worrying about being ‘too black’ or ‘too white’. It helped me come to terms with the minor clusterfuck that is being mixed race. I’m both. I’m not ashamed of it and other people’s issues with it is not my fucking problem anymore.

Be Our Guest

A Book That Made You Hungry
Eat, Pray, Love especially when she was in Italy.

A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner

There are so many. Weirdly right now, it’s Offred. That level of pent up rage and living in that world. I wanna hear shit about it.

Beauty and the Beast

Opposites Attract

Like Mare and Cal…although actually they probably aren’t total opposites. They’re just opposite enough I guess.

Something There

A Character Who is More Than They Appear
It threw me how much I gave a shit about Evangeline in the end when it came to the Red Queen series.

A Book or Series That You Weren’t Into at First but Picked Up Towards the End
It’s no secret how I feel about Cassandra Clare’s work. I just about tolerated The Mortal Instruments and as such was hella annoyed at my lack of impulse control that meant that I had to read The Infernal Devices and I turned out to not hate it as much as I thought it would. I mean I still don’t think it was great. But it wasn’t as shit as The Mortal Instruments and I was surprised that it was written by the same person.

Kill the Beast

A Book You Picked Up Because of the Hype
Honestly, I picked up Fangirl because of the hype and did not regret it for a second.

Tale as Old as Time

A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Tired of Reading
I will honestly never get bored of reading about people who ‘shouldn’t’ be together fall in love. You know like princes and ‘common folk’, or a football player and a nerd. That kind of shit.

A Book or Moment That Always Makes You Cry

I don’t really cry at books, and as such I cannot think of a single moment in a book that has made me do that recently.

And that’s it. Done. Turns out I’m thinking about the Red Queen series a lot right now still.

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The Unique Blogger Award

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We are out of the Red Queen saga briefly while I finish up King’s Cage and then there will be another wait before War Storm because you can’t review a book you haven’t read yet. So that will come in a few weeks (why that will be the case will be made apparent soon) and you can probably expect another batch of them when the time comes.

In the meantime however, I was nominated by the lovely Jess for this award.

The Rules:

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

Jess’ questions were the following:

Starting with a hard one, what is your favourite book?

Ummmm, this is a hard one. I have so many. I am really bad with this question. I think it’s The Secret History. But then it might also be Neverwhere. There are a lot to be honest. I have read a lot of great books. My favourite from this year so far has been They Both Die in the End.

Do you listen to music whilst reading. If you do, what do you listen to?

I do for the most part. These days I tend to only read on my way to and from work on the train. I cannot do that journey in silence, it would drive me insane. As to what I listen to, it varies. Currently I am on a huge musicals thing and am going through a cycle of Mean Girls, Heathers and Bandstand.

Where is your favourite place to read?

I don’t actually have a favourite place to read to be honest with you. I currently do most of my reading on trains, does that count? That’s kind of all I’ve got to be honest.

And that the question section of this here award done.

Onto my questions:

1) Can you not finish a book?

2) What’s your favourite book series?

3) What is one book that you could re-read multiple times and never get bored of?

And I tag:

1) A Very Bookish Girl

2) Samantha the Reader

3) Quirky Lady Bookworm

4) The Infinite Bookcase

5) LF Books

6) The Wanderlust Reader

7) A Book. A Thought

8) Continue Reading Here

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“My Blog’s Name in Books” Book Tag

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So I have reached a kind of stalemate with myself in that for some reason I am yet again finding it really hard to get book reviews out of my head and onto the page. And then also I got halfway through one only to discover that it didn’t save and so most of it is now gone and I am protesting against it momentarily. Also, I have a reviewed currently scheduled for a book that I am still reading and so I am also trying to bide myself some time. The Red Queen series reviews are acoming though, I’ve gone all the way in.

In the meantime I am doing another tag post because they are my break glass for emergency. I feel like this one is just going to highlight to me all the books that I have told myself I will read and yet show no signs of actually reading. Also why is my blog name so damn long? And why does it have so many bloody ‘f’s in it??


1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

3. Have fun!  

T – Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – Lucky for me this is actually on my list for this year

Throne of Glass

H – Hunger, Roxane Gay – Also handy, because this is also on the list


E – Everless, Sara Holland – Also on my list for this year


G – Grief is the Thing With Feathers, Max Porter – I forgot this was even on the list, I thought I was gonna struggle with this letter, turns out that is not the case

Grief is The Thing With Feathers

I – Inkheart, Cornelia Funke – I think I started reading this book when I was in school, but clearly do not remember and so it seems like a safe bet to have this be on a to read list.

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

R – Renegades, Marissa Meyer – I need to finish The Lunar Chronicles first, but I liked her style of writing and so I feel like I might like this one too.


A – Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian – I am currently reading the Red Queen series, as I mentioned above, and all of the covers have a crown and some blood dripping down it, I’ve lived with nothing but this image all month, I am clearly having a moment with fancy crowns on book covers.

Ash Princess
Ash Princess

F – Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk – This is also on my list for this year, so that’s handy

Fight Club
Fight Club

F – Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby – Who knows when I put this on my to read list, I read one book by Hornby once and apparently thought I was going to make it a thing I guess…?

Fever Pitch

E – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman – This is for sure on my list because it is literally everywhere whenever I go into a Waterstones and the power of suggestion is real.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineela

F – False Hearts, Laura Lam – I had no idea this was on the list, my interest has just been been piqued again.

False Hearts

I – If I Stay, Gayle Forman – For some reason I thought I had already read this, but given that it is still on this list I’m guessing I haven’t

If I Stay

L – Life After Life, Kate Atkinson – I don’t think I have read anything by Atkinson, but there are a lot of books by her on my list. This being one of them.

Life After Life

E – Exit Here, Jason Myers – I have no idea what this book is about or how it got here. But here it is.

Exit Here

S – Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham – I actually remember putting this book on my list because it’s written by Lauren Graham and I love her.

Someday, Someday, Maybe

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20 Questions Book Tag

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If you’re surprised by the fact that this is another book tag then I really don’t know what to say to you about this. The tail end of this month is basically just me talking about books in some guise at all times. And so here we are with some more books. I saw this over on Tabby’s blog at some point last month.


I’m a fan of the trilogy. I mean having said that it also depends on the series itself. 6 books felt like too much for The Mortal Instruments, but 7 was nowhere enough for Harry Potter. I need all the books that I can get for The Bone Season  series because I am not ready to be done with it


Let me tell you a thing, I finished The Handmaid’s Tale the day before I wrote this post which had the most open ended ending I’ve ever read and I will always be low key concerned about Offred for the REST OF MY LIFE. All that to say is that I hate them. In most circumstances. There’s those happy open endings that I don’t mind so much.


I was such team paperback girl and then I threw all caution to the wind and now I’ll take either. And now I have a whole lot of both.



I’m not playing this game, because I can’t. So I’m gonna go with my favourite book I’ve read so far this year, They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera


Again, I’m just going with books that I’ve read this year, and honestly so far I’ve read a lot of decent books which means that this was actually kind of hard to do, but it’s All That She Can See, Carrie Hope Fletcher.


I’m bored of them now. Unless you can do it really well and somehow make it worth it I don’t wanna know.


It’s still Moby Dick. It may always be this book.


Ponti, Sharlene Teo as I’m writing this. As it posts and you’re reading it, who knows it could be any one of the 50 odd books that I have slated for the year.


I honestly don’t remember, I don’t really recommend books all that often. I think it might have been The Rosie Project.


I’ve read a lot of books from the 18th/19th century because uni kicked my ass like that, so have The Scarlett Letter



The book I’m reading right now which is the answer to number 8.


I’m gonna say Samantha Shannon at the moment just because I started thinking about the 4th Bone Season book out of nowhere as I was writing this.


Buying. Always. I have a problem.


I don’t really know. I cannot think of one. I fell off the Twilight train around the same time as everyone jumped on it. But that is kind of the only one that I can think of at the moment.


I’m a bookmark girl now. I used to not give a shit.


I haven’t reread a book in a hot minute, so I don’t actually know.



Yeah, that’s how I read on the train, it’s pretty much the only way I read these days.


Depends on how it’s executed. And there is always a part of me that is wishes for a POV of a character because I just wanna know how Tzain felt about all that was going on throughout the whole thing. That was a book full of different perspectives and they were all handled so well, but I still wanted more.


Typically it’s over the course of a week, but there are some books that I can get done in a day if the mood so suits me.


Children of Blood and Bone to be honest. I saw the cover and was like daaammnnn son, then I read what it was about and as like daammmmnnnn son all over again and so it entered my life.

And that is another book tag done. I enjoy these far too much. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag and get the chance to talk a bit more about books.

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