The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag

You may (or may not … who am I to know what you are thinking) have noticed that Tuesdays and Fridays have been suspiciously void of #CurrentlyWatching posts. I promise, they are not gone for good, but I had noticed a decline in readership of those posts and they are A LOT of work, so I just wanted to give you all a breather. I may have overdone it with the recommendations and I know that not everyone can watch as many shows as I do. I don’t even know how I do it. Anyway, long story short, #CurrentlyWatching will be back but reduced to once per week. In the meantime I am here to do some other tags and features?

I saw the Cheesy Goodness Book Tag over at Kay’s blog Hammock of Books and I LOVE CHEESE SO MUCH (we are completely going to disregard that I am trying to consume less milk products, because cheese will still forever be my weakness). And, while I wasn’t personally tagged for this, there was an invitation for everyone who loves cheese to do this – queue my entry!

THE RULES

  • Pingback the original creator (Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books) so she can see all your cheesy goodness answers.
  • Pingback the person who tagged you!
  • Have fun!

CHEDDAR: THE TRADITIONAL CHEESE | Name your favorite classic novel

Usually, I would say The Great Gatsby, but since that was Kay’s answer, I am going to dig deep and come up with something else. Classics really aren’t my specialty, you know? But I do adore Persuasion by Jane Austen, so that is not too shabby of an answer either.

SWISS: THE HOLE-Y CHEESE | Name an emotional roller coaster

While Midnight Sun definitely has its faults, you could laugh and cry equally with this book. That constitutes as an emotional roller coaster then, right?

BLUE CHEESE: THE CONTROVERSIAL CHEESE | Name an unpopular book opinion you have

I … okay, how do I say this? *deep breaths* I did not like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know it’s a modern classic. I know a lot of people love it and it has helped quite a few as well, but I could not connect to it at all and I blame the writing and not the story for that. Because when I actually watched the trailer for the movie, that evoked more emotion in me than the entire book.

BRIE: THE FAVORITE CHEESE | Name an author you always want more of

There’s a couple go-to authors I can never get enough of and it’s quite hard to choose from them all. However, I have read every. single. book Morgan Matson has written and there are no regrets there whatsoever.

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GOUDA: THE DUTCH CHEESE | Name a book that makes you want to travel

Call Me By Your Name made me want to go back to Italy. I’ve been there and I wasn’t in love with the place I specifically went to. But books like that always make me want to disappear in the country side for a couple of months, get to know the locals and learn the language.

I’d be Elio, just sitting at some piazza and reading and enjoying the sun. Also, Italy has good cheese, right?

AMERICAN: THE FAKE CHEESE | Name your least favorite book

Wow … that’s actually a really tough one! I checked Goodreads and I gave The Homecoming a solid 1 star-review. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that’s rare, but for the life of me, I could not tell you what happened in that book. I am good at erasing the memory of things I did not like.

COLBY JACK: THE MIXED CHEESE | Name your favorite ship

Again with the hard questions!?!? I am very bad at choosing just one thing/person/ship/whaterver … buuut, Sevro and Victra (Red Rising series) are the weirdest yet one of the best couples out there.

*actual life tips Victra would give*

MOZZARELLA: THE SIMPLE CHEESE | Name an old favorite you’ll never stop loving

The Thief Lord is one of my childhood favorites and I will never not love it. Same goes for the Inkheart trilogy. Basically everything Cornelia Funke was my jam when I was younger.

PEPPER JACK: THE SPICY CHEESE | Name a book you can’t judge by its cover

Disregard this odd cover choice for My Lady Jane! I am so, so, so, so glad it is not the only one available, but that cover just totally ruins the vibe for me.

MUENSTER: THE MONSTER CHEESE | Name a villain you wish would never have the joy of eating cheese again

Since I just finished To Kill a Kingdom, I can say that I hate the Sea Queen with a passion. I don’t know if she lives off of anything other than her enemies’ tears, but now she is getting NO cheese, not once, not ever.

I TAG THEE

I am going to make this very simple since I wasn’t technically tagged myself either, I am opening up the possibility for everyone who loves cheese to do the tag as well. You are hereby tagged, cheese lovers!

What did you think of the tag and my answers? Can you relate??

The Netflix Book Tag

Seen as I am basically already an unofficial Netflix hype girl, I was more than happy when Heather @Frozen Books Blog tagged me to do the Neftlix Book Tag! I am so pumped to answer some questions! Let’s get started!!

RECENTLY WATCHED: The last book you finished reading.

Coincidentally, I have another tab open with the not yet finished review for this book and that is Dear Martin by Nic Stone! It wasn’t an easy read, but a necessary one that I absolutely loved. The actual review should be up soon!

TOP PICKS: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read. 

To Kill a Kingdom

Uhm, this is actually a tough one … I am currently reading To Kill a Kingdom and on the cover it says for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s writing – does that count? I am going to say it counts, just because in addition to liking Leigh Bardugo, I also ADORE siren and pirate stories, so it would make sense as a recommendation anyway.

RECENTLY ADDED: The last book you bought.

Technically that was also Dear Martin, but since that’s a boring answer, I am going to go with the last book that was delivered to me aka the last book mail I got. And that is the movie tie-in from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

POPULAR ON NETFLIX: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading.) 

Books I have read:

Books I haven’t read:

Please don’t kill me for not having read HP, but it’s just not going to happen anymore.

COMEDIES: A funny book.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1)

For some reason, I tend to gravitate more towards sad books, but The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is definitely a book that has had me laughing out loud a couple of times.

DRAMAS: A character who is a drama queen/king.

Stealing Candy

I don’t know why this book came to mind, but Candy from Stealing Candy basically enjoyed being kidnapped and decided one of her abductors was hot? So … she scream drama queen to me.

ANIMATED: A book with cartoons on the cover.

We Are Okay

Cartoon may be an overstatement but I do love the illustration on We Are Okay. It is so freaking beautiful and I am in love with the imagery and the colour scheme just as much as I love the story.

WATCH IT AGAIN: A book or series that you want to re-read.

Sooooo … I have said this a lot already, but I do NOT re-read. However, sometimes I go back and check on certain paragraphs and quotes and I have done that the most for Call Me By Your Name recently.

DOCUMENTARIES: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

I actually struggled to choose a book for this particular question. Born a Crime is a fantastic book that I would definitely recommend, but in the end I want to go with Quiet by Susan Cain, because I think it’s just more generally applicable. It touches upon the differences of introverts and extroverts and how we can understand each other better. I absolutely love it!

ACTION AND ADVENTURE: An action packed book.

My first thought here went to the Wolf by Wolf duology! It has a bike race, deceit and high stakes – if you don’t call that action-packed, then I don’t even know.

NEW RELEASES: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

There’s a lot of books I am excited to get my hands on this year. I feel like we just get better and better content each year (with a couple unfortunate exceptions), but Leah on the Offbeat has been on my list for probably the longest time.

I TAG THEE

As always, don’t feel obliged to do the tag if you don’t want to! And let me know your thoughts on my answers in the comments below!

The Superlatives Tag!

Once again, I want to thank the ever amazing Orang-utan Librarian for always tagging me in super fun tags. Today I am coming at you with the Superlatives Tag! The name alone already suggests it has to be the best, right? I hope you enjoy!

#1 MOST LIKELY TO BE IN THE MOVIES: THE BOOK THAT WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE

This simply HAS to be the Night Circus! I’ve been screaming about needing a movie adaptation for it for years and with the advancement in CGI and such, I really believe that the right producers could create a true and magical gem out of this book.

#2 BIGGEST DRAMA QUEEN/KING: THE MOST (OVERLY) DRAMATIC BOOK OR CHARACTER

If we are going for character here, my first thought was definitely Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. There was drama wherever that girl went and a lot of it was her own doing. I don’t mind people being eccentric, but she was a tad too much for me and that’s probably the reason why I liked her book the least.

#3 BEST DRESSED: THE BOOK WITH THE BEST COVER

I only got this one in the mail recently, but I immediately fell in love with my new edition of Anne of Green Gables! The gold lettering and the illustrations are just adorable.

#4 MOST CREATIVE: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST UNIQUE PLOT, CHARACTERS, & STRUCTURE

Tough one … tough one indeed. My heart wants to say Call Me By Your Name but my head tells it is Shatter Me … just because I haven’t talked about it for a while and I am pumped to read Restore Me. The writing style was unique for sure, the characters not that out of this world, but I liked how my allegiances completely changed throughout the story.

#5 MOST POPULAR: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST RATINGS ON GOODREADS

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Sooo, I totally just went to Goodreads and checked on my “Read”-shelf which book had the most ratings and it’s The Hunger Games with more than 5 million ratings.

#6 MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: THE BOOK THAT IS GOING TO BE APPRECIATED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

NOW I get to say Call Me By Your Name! It’s just … I can’t get it out of my head and it was so beautifully written but so sad and quite strange and oversharing at the same time, but I loved it.

#7 CLASS CLOWN: THE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

I am going to have to go with The Epic Crush of Genie Lo for this one. I laughed A LOT while reading it and didn’t care who heard it or didn’t.

#8 MOST IMPROVED: THE BOOK THAT STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT REALLY PICKED UP

To me, that just feels like almost every Victoria Schwab book I have read so far (except her series finales, cause they are action, action, action). She always takes her time in setting up the world and letting us get to know characters before the true chaos begins. I am just randomly going to go with A Gathering of Shadows now.

#9 CUTEST COUPLE: CUTEST COUPLE IN A BOOK

WHY WOULD ANYONE MAKE ME ACTUALLY CHOOSE FOR THIS ONE!?!? I can’t make those kinds of decisions.

Okay …

Kasia and Dyson! HA! I can always root the most for my own couple from Arcadia and they ARE the cutest … when they are actually together.

#10 BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: THE BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART

The Orang-utan Librarian definitely already stole the perfect answer *whispers* Words in Deep Blue will always break your heart! But I can come up with something else! A Monster Calls! Very sad – no doubt!

I TAG THEE

I hope it goes without saying that I don’t want you to do the tag if you don’t feel like it or if you’ve already done it! What did you think of my answers? Could anyone relate?

The Goodreads Book Tag

We shall not speak of when I was actually tagged for this Goodreads Book Tag! (Seriously peoples, I don’t understand how there are drafts from 2015 to now? I apparently never check my drafts …) Anyway, the lovely Flo @flowlessbooks tagged me and I want to thank her for her patience and consideration when she wrote the tag over a year ago …

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Die Wunderübung

The last book I marked as “read” was Die Wunderübung by Austrian author Daniel Glattauer. I went to the signing for this book and it was really fun. One of my former teachers is the director of the movie adaptation of this book and he was there as well … and didn’t recognise me. Somehow I wasn’t surprised.

 

What are you currently reading?

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah! (Finally – as Cristina has wanted me to read this for the longest time)

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Apparently that was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black because EVERYONE just seems to scream about how amazing and fun this book is, so I want to know if the hype was justified. But also, I am not actually going to read it anytime soon until the hype has died down. If that makes sense?

What book do you plan to read next?

I think it will be Everything, Everything, but I refuse to actually be tied down to one book. I am way too much of a mood reader for that and there’s so much out there that I could chose from, you know?

Do you use the star rating system?

Yep, I do. I have this theory that all the books I read start out as a 3-star-book and then either improve or get worse from there on out. I would love to have half-stars as well though, then I wouldn’t always have to decide if I should round up or down.

Are you doing a 2018 Reading Challenge?

Again, this is also a yes. I decided to go with 60 books as a goal and so far so good.

Do you have a wishlist?

Actually, I do have a wishlist but not on Goodreads? It’s just some place I can keep track of what I want, because I don’t use the “Want to Read” option all too regularly. Most of the time I forget to even check on there unless someone directly prompts me to.

(Should you want to see my Amazon wishlist for whatever reason, you can do so here)

What book do you plan to buy next?

Something from my wishlist????

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

I just randomly made screenshots from two quotes I someday in the past liked on Goodreads!

Who are your favorite authors?

SO MANY!!!

  • Pierce Brown
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Becky Albertalli
  • Nina LaCour
  • Jeff Zentner
  • Morgan Matson

Have you joined any groups?

I think I did at some point, but I can’t even remember at this point because I never visit them. So, I am just going with a simple no instead.

I TAG THEE

Do you use Goodreads to keep your books in order? Did you relate to my answers? Let’s chat!

The #NotAll Book Tag

I got tagged by the lovely Orang-utan Librarian who created the#NotAll Book Tag. When I saw their answers, I absolutely agreed on so many of them, but I think it’s still going to be so much fun to come up with responses of my own. Here we go!

#NOTALL COVER CHANGES – A COVER CHANGE YOU LIKED

I really didn’t have to think about this for very long. I am one of the first to scream about how unfair it is when covers don’t fit together, but sometimes there is just no denying that it was for the better.

#NOTALL ADAPTATIONS – AN ADAPTATION YOU LOVE MORE THAN THE BOOK

Do I need to explain this?

#NOTALL TROPES – A TROPE YOU’LL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING

I always enjoy the whole enemies-to-lovers-trope. It doesn’t even necessarily mean that they initially have to hate each other, but just proving each other wrong about the image the other person has in their mind and realising that they are meant to be is a feast to watch.

#NOTALL INSTALOVE – YOU INSTALOVED THIS INSTACOUPLE

Generally, I do understand instalust, but instalove annoys me. Of course you can fancy someone after only seeing/meeting them once, but that is not love. However, if we put the story in the right setting and make the circumstances almost fairy tale-like, I might be persuaded to be okay with it. Therefore, I am just going to go with the book The Siren and won’t spoil what happens in it.

#NOTALL LOVE TRIANGLES – AN EXAMPLE OF LOVE TRIANGLE DONE WELL

Ugh, the Orang-utan Librarian only picked THE most perfect love triangle there is and that’s the one from The Infernal Devices. I swore I would try my best to not repeat answers, so this is me trying. Since I had to find a default answer, I want to say that I was really okay with the love triangle in Shatter Me, especially how the tables turned over time and my allegiance really switched fast.

#NOTALL PARENTS – BOOKISH PARENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, PARENT!

The Garretts, without a doubt!

#NOTALL VILLAINS – A VILLAIN YOU LOVE

When the villain is done well, I will almost always end up loving them. So very often they are just really misunderstood. One of my favorite “villains” was Holland from the Shades of Magic books, although I put those quotation marks there on purpose because sometimes he just really didn’t feel like a villain at all, but more like someone who did what he had to to survive.

#NOTALL CHOSEN ONES – A CHOSEN ONE YOU CAN GET BEHIND

I like the Percy Jackson series, even if I never finished it. So, I can definitely get behind the various chosen people in those books.

#NOTALL HYPED BOOKS – A BOOK THAT LIVED UP TO THE ACCLAIM

Thank the heavens there were several ones!

#NOTALL *INSERT FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE

The genre I probably lean most towards is Fantasy/Magical Realism, so if I take a look at books in that area, I have to say I was really disappointed in Winter’s Tale. I could not get through that book for the life of me. However, I did love the movie. Just the right amount of cheesiness for me!

#NOTALL *INSERT LEAST FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU LIKED FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T OFTEN READ

I am not really a fan of thrillers, especially for adults, but I was sort of … kinda … alright with Gone Girl? It still took me forever to read, just because the first part bored me to no end, but then it picked up and I actually enjoyed it.

I TAG THEE

*please don’t forget to tag back to the original post by the Orang-utan Librarian if you do the tag!*

Your Bookish Identity Tag

I basically just got tagged to do the Your Bookish Identity Tag by the Orang-utan Librarian and a couple minutes ago, but I couldn’t resist doing it right away. Look at me being all enthusiastic!

WHAT DYSTOPIAN/FANTASTICAL WORLD WOULD YOU LIVE IN?

Without hesitation, I would move into the Night Circus. It would be such a beautiful, magical world. The level of whim would be 100%.
Design by: Kelly K. Fallon

WHO WOULD YOUR PARTNER BE?

One of my greatest bookish loves is Max Vandenburg from the Book Thief. He is kind, generous and so very strong in all the ways that count. I could not imagine anyone better at my side.

And just because this isn’t a question, but I want to say it anyway, we are going to adopt August Flynn from This Savage Song together and coddle him and make his life beautiful!

WHO WOULD BE YOUR GODLY MOTHER/FATHER? [PERCY JACKSON]

I am not sure to be honest. Hestia is the goddess of family, hearth and home, so I am just going to go ahead and assume she would be a good mother? She’s supposed to be a virgin goddess, so I’d be interested in how my existence started out, but let’s be real, weirder stuff has happened in Greek mythology.

WOULD YOU BE A DOWNWORLDER OR NEPHILIM? [SHADOWHUNTER WORLD]

I am going to say Nephilim, just because I am really into their runes and I would be interested how my life would be like if I had mandatory training the entire time growing up, you know? How jacked would I be if I were forced to work out? That’s a real thought I sometimes have.

WHICH HOUSE WOULD YOU BE IN? [HARRY POTTER]

I will use every and all opportunities to use this gif from the Royals.

WHICH FACTION WOULD YOU BE IN? [DIVERGENT]

I always wanted to be divergent, just because it seemed the coolest. However, no quiz on the factions ever had that as a result, sooo … the last time I did a quiz for another tag, I got Erudite. Which isn’t bad, because they are super smart, but yeah, I wanted to be more versatile.

erudite

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DAEMON [NORTHERN LIGHTS]

Again, I did quizzes for this before and one of the answers I got the most often was a snow leopard. I’ll happily take that.

I TAG THEE

What do you think about my answers? What would you have said?

The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian sure is keeping me busy with tags, this time with an original creation called The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag. Let’s get right to it!

“YOUR MAJESTY, THIS IS A MAGIC SUIT” – An overhyped book that promised to be *something more*

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)It’s not so much that I don’t like the book, but I just expected MORE from A Shadow Bright and Burning. Maybe I was blinded by the cover, maybe I just had completely wrong expectations to begin with, but in the end it all comes down to the book lacking in some way. It’s not terrible at all, it could have been better is all I am trying to say.

“SOMEBODY SEND FOR THE QUEEN” – A love interest that wasn’t called for

Seriously, any book that has three guys or girls fawning over the the main character is just way too much. I’ve seen that happen once in real life and the person didn’t actively have to worry and chose one of them, because they were oblivious to the crushes. Anyway, back to the question, I will forever refuse to acknowledge Gale as a valid love interest in the Hunger Games series. Team Gale is a myth when it comes to the books!

“THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A book that seduced you with its cover (that you ended up disliking)

Love Letters to the DeadI hate it so much when this happens and the unfortunate thing is that it DOES keep happening. One of the most memorable to me was Love Letters to the Dead. I was really in love with it, but it did not hold up one bit. It felt like a genderswapped version of The Perks of being a Wallflower and since I didn’t love that book either, it just wasn’t for me.

“SUMMON THE COURT TO CONVENE” – A book where you were swayed by public opinion

I am going to have to go with the same answer as the Orang-utan Librarian here, because I used to love Twilight when I was young. I won’t ever deny that (#nobookshame!) but over time and with the franchise growing so immensely, I just kind of started to resent it more and more. I totally get it when people ridicule the books now, but at the same time I am sad that it has taken the joy out of it completely.

“LOOK AT THE THE KING! LOOK AT THE KING, THE KING, THE KING!” – A stark raving mad book that just boggles the mind

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)Mind boggling and crazy can be a good thing, right? So, I am going to go with Sleeping Giants, because it was insane in that quiet, dark and twisted way.

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – A tropey get up you’ve seen before that probably needs redressing (aka a trope you’re bored with seeing)

That one will forever go to the absentee parents/guardians, because while I do understand that not all parents pay attention to their kids even when they should, it’s ridiculous how lacking they are in literature sometimes. Again, not saying they have to be good parents or anything like that, but when I was little I legit thought that the only way to go on an adventure is when you are an orphan.

“SUMMON THE COURT PHYSICIAN! CALL AN INTERMISSION!” – A book that needs medical attention aka a rewrite

Anne & HenryAnne & Henry is a modern day teenaged retelling of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. When I first heard that, I was all over it, but I had hoped for so much more. The stakes just weren’t high enough, which made everything seem pointless and ridiculous.

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” –  There’s no hiding for this one: a book that is just nakedly bad

The HomecomingWhen you read a book, finish it and are still not sure what happened during the key event of the story, you just know it’s bad. That happened with the Homecoming for me.

BONUS: “HIS MAJESTY IS WIDE OPEN TO RIDICULE AND SCORN”- Something (anything) that astounds you with its popularity

I can’t really think of anything, but I want to keep the question in for the people that I tag … Okay, I know something. Avocados! I do not understand where their sudden popularity came from and I don’t like their taste.

I TAG THEE

Michelle | Flo | Vicky | Rachel | Samantha | EVERYONE