Fall Activities Book Tag

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I’ve been tagged by the Orang-Utan Librarian and Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions to do the Fall Activities Book Tag (originally created by Dreaming Through Literature). Usually I am very late with tags, but I made an exception with this one, because I sort of wanted to get it done before the end of fall (it seriously wouldn’t have been much a of a shocker if I stumbled up this again in Spring 2017 had I not seen it today). Thanks for tagging me! Let’s do this!

APPLE PICKING

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)

I was trying to find something with actual food on it, but I failed. Instead I got a whole different kind of beauty to present to you. The Firebird series has some of the most gorgeous covers out there. I cannot wait to read this one!

CORN MAZE

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

The Raven Cycle as a whole is a series to cherish, but while reading the Dream Thieves, I felt so very connected with the boys and Blue. It’s like I had been a member of their group all along.

HAUNTED HOUSES

A book that scared you silly

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)

Hmmm … I don’t really do scary, but in terms of constantly being afraid for my babies, Morning Star is still on the top of that list. Pierce Brown gave me some serious trust issues (I am just going to pretend I didn’t have before) and I was crying because of that book!

 

PUMPKIN PATCH

The latest book you picked up (purchased)

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It’s been a while to be honest. I have this massive physical TBR pile staring at me, so unless I get that one a little smaller, I won’t be allowed to buy anything new. However, last month I went on a mini book buying binge.

 

SCENIC DRIVES

A book that is lyrically beautiful

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Shatter Me definitely isn’t for everyone, but as to this day, I cannot get over how unique and beautiful that writing style was.

 

PUMPKIN CARVING

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

The Movie Version

I would never harm a book, not even the ones I really dislike (although I may or may not have thrown one across the room once). Since I had to choose though, I went with The Movie Version. I just wasn’t very happy with the portrayal of the mental health issue at all and that made me quite sad and angry while reading.

 

DRINKING APPLE CIDER

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This is probably a very ME kind of opinion, but I would cuddle up with This Savage Song any day. Just reading about my baby August fills my heart with warmth.

 

JUMPING IN A LEAF PILE

A book that reminds you of your childhood

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Always and forever the Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke! That book, that movie! I was just in love with it all and still am.

 

SCARY MOVIE NIGHT

Your favorite spooky read

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Again, I don’t do spooky! But for a lack of better idea I am saying Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. At least the pictures were kinda scary.

 

BONUS! COSTUME PARTY

A book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

The Girl from Everywhere, because why not?


I TAG

If you’ve already done the tag or don’t want to, just ignore this! And if I haven’t named you specifically, but you feel like this is your kind of thing, feel free to do the tag as well! My tag-posts are always an open invitation for everyone who feels inspired!

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

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It’s been forever that I’ve done a tag and this one is fairly recent, so I am apologizing to everyone who has tagged me for something else before. I have no schedule for these things and I do them very much at random. Bear with me, one day, someday, I will get to yours as well, but right now I want to thank Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much for tagging me for the Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag (created by Tinka @The Crazy Reader)! I had no idea what kind of festival that was (Google is my friend) but now let’s go and have some fun with this!

1. REUNION OF FAMILY: Name a Book with Family Goals.

A lot of families in books can be terrible. Either they are no-shows or abusive, but there is one family that I always think of first when it comes to the happy and supportive kind – The Garretts from My Life Next Door. I think I’ve mentioned them about a 100 times by now, but they are just that good a family!

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2. FULL MOON: Name a Book with a Werewolf (this festival has nothing to do with werewolves; the only common things is the full moon).

Bitten! It’s also a TV show, so I can think of it really easily. I always intended to continue with the book series, but I have the TV-tie in for the first one and they didn’t release the other 13 (?) books with those, so now I have stopped after one book. It was a good one though, so … sorry?

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3. MOONCAKES: Name a Kind of Food in a Book that you Wish was Real.

Food … mhmmm … now I am getting hungry. Because, you know, just the general thought of food is making my stomach growl. However, I cannot think of a single dish right now that doesn’t exist in real life. Sooo … just give me some black gold (Gambit’s expression for hot chocolate) while I keep pondering this question.

4. RABBIT: Name your Favorite Creature from a Book.

In the Dark Reflections series by Kai Meyer, there’s this lion made of obsidian. He can fly and is just generally awesome. Can you imagine going through his mane and it being all soft, but simultaneously it’s made of stone? It would probably blow your mind. I guess I have a thing for lions and objects made of stone. Just the other night I dreamt of gorillas made of alien-stone. It was pretty epic!

5. CHANGE: A Character that Makes a Significant Change to the Plot Since he/she did Something too Many Times.

When I was little, I adored the Series of Unfortunate Events, but Count Olaf kept appearing each book, badly disguised and I got so frustrated with adults. How could they not see through the charade of this terrible actor? I just wish he hadn’t been so persistent. I imagine he spent more money chasing the Baudelaire orphans than he’d get from their heritage anyway.

By the way, there’s a first teaser for the Netflix series. While I am a bit dismayed that they actually show Lemony, it looks really good so far.

6. LANTERNS: Name a Toy or Game in a Book that you Liked to Read About.

I don’t remember what the book was called, but it was about a bear who got lost or no one bought him or whatever and I always felt so sorry for him. I wanted that happy end for him sooo bad!

7. AUTUMN: Name a Book which you Feel is the Best to Read in Autumn.

I am just going with the first book I thought of and that was Fangirl. Cath goes off to uni and that’s in the fall, right? And she likes to wear layers and I just associate that with this time of the year.

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8. FESTIVAL: Name your Favorite Festival in a Book 

My mind is completely blanking! I can’t think of ANYTHING! If you know a festival in a book that I might have read as well, please tell me!


I Tag:

This was way more difficult than I thought it would be and you are of course free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it, but I will be looking forward to all the people who feel inspired to try their hands on this!

The Autumn Book Tag!

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Welcome to the Autumn Book Tag! Seen as winter is coming, I thought I’d better hurry up and do the tag before all the leaves have fallen from the trees. I was tagged by Trisha Ann @The Bookgasm and if you haven’t seen her post yet, you should definitely go and check it out! She gave great answers! Let’s do this!

1.What is your favorite thing about autumn?

There is so much, I don’t even know where to begin. For one, I like the weather. I was never a fan of warm climate and I like mild days with a little bit of wind. Of course, that can go awry very quickly in autumn. If it’s raining or sometimes already snowing, that is like almost too cold for me. I like the happy medium. However, if it does rain, then there is nothing better than to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Second, I like the colours associated with autumn. The reds and dark greens and all that jazz.
Another perk of autumn is the fact that a ton of new TV shows start airing and books get released. I LOVE THAT!
And last but not least, I like that I can wear layers again. I just feel a lot more comfortable with a jacket on.

2. What book reminds you of your school days?

Our teacher wanted to do something different and not read the Diary of Anne Frank with us, so instead we read Malka Mai by Miriam Pressler in class.  We did some excessive research on the topic and read other novels that took place during WWII as well. It’s not my favourite topic, but it definitely reminds me of school.

3. What cover reminds you of autumn?

16101168The last time I was asked this question, I chose City of Fallen Angels, so I don’t want to use the same one again. Malka Mai looks very autumn-y, but I just used that up as well. I guess in terms of colour, Lola and the Boy Next Door also fits the profile. So that it is!

4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)23164983I seriously have no idea! I know one thing for sure and that is that I don’t like to be scared. I just don’t get the thrill of it. I suppose Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City has a certain creep factor … Only because of the pictures though. Sorry for not coming up with something better.

 

5. What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Uuuh, tough one! I’ve watched horror movies before, but I’d rather forget about them. So, as I’ve mentioned in the previous answer, I am afraid I can’t really recommend anything scary, but I do have something that I used to love watching on Halloween and that’s Halloweentown! I’ve watched all four movies about a gazillion times.

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6. What fall book release are you looking forward to?

I’ve been looking forward to a ton of books and I still haven’t read any of them. But here are some examples. (Click on the covers for more info!)

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7. What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

Hmmm … we are already pretty deep into Autumn, so a couple of the movies I was anticipating were already released. I am so bad at this tag, because I simply cannot answer with just one book/movie. I CAN’T DO IT! Here is a mix of the ones I haven’t seen yet (some are yet to come out, others have already premiered … I am not going to the movies as often as I’d like to).

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8. What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?

I still need to finish Landline and then I have two eArcs I should get to and those are This Song Is (Not) For You and Seven Ways We Lie.

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I Tag:

EVERYONE! I’ve lost sight of who has done what, especially when it comes to Fall Time/Autumn book tags! There are so many! But I bet now that Thanksgiving is over, we all need to brace ourselves for Christmas-themed tags. Either way, I am rambling on. If you want to do the tag, consider yourself tagged!!!

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!

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I love Fall Season! It brings me a ton of new shows on TV and the perfect weather to stay inside and cuddle up with a book, which the Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag is basically about. I got tagged by my friend Astra from @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels. She just had her one-month-blogging-anniversary, so head over there and check out her fabulous work so far!

Crunching Leaves

The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.

I know that this is a lot of people’s answer, but so what? City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare!

Cozy Sweater

It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I wanted to go with Fangirl first (which of course give me the fuzzies), but I ultimately went with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I still can’t get over how much I love that book!

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Fall Storm

The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day

Mostly when it’s a stormy day outside, I want something cute and romantic. Something that warms me from the inside, but if I had to choose one book (which I sort of do right now), I would choose Austenland by Shannon Hale. It’s a super fast and super funny read and then I’d watch the movie right afterwards with some hot tea and cookies. Good times!

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Cool Crisp Air

Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

I think Mark Watney from The Martian is one of the coolest characters to ever exist, but there is no way on earth (or Mars) that I would want to trade places with him! So, my default answer is Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices.

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Hot Apple Cider

What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

This is always so difficult! I feel like I am mostly reading things that are either very current or already popular. However, a book that just didn’t let me go ever since I read it was How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Her style of writing took a lot of getting used to and it’s not even one of my all-time favourite books, but that story – it just kept me thinking for a while.

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens

The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing as an embarrassing book cover. The only books I’ve ever hidden are the ones from the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy, simply because I didn’t want to answer questions about them.

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Pumpkin Spice

What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Chai Tea Latte!!! It’s not a food and I drink that stuff all year round, but who cares? In summer time I simply convert it to an iced Chai Tea Latte!


Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth – Who do you tag?

I tag…

Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Prima @Panda Hearts Books

YOU!

* As always, sorry if you’ve already done the tag and I forgot about it! Also, don’t feel obliged at all!

Chicago Fire Season 4 Premiere

Chicago Fire is back and that means one by one my favourite franchise is becoming complete again. I already showed you a little Preview and First Look (including Spoilers for the entire Season) in a previous post – click here to check it out! Otherwise, let’s continue with the Season 4 Premiere!

Okay everyone, you should know how this works by now, but I still feel obliged to say it every single time. We pick up right at the same moment the last episode ended, but there is so much going on each episode that I just break it down into characters and my thoughts for their storylines. Spoilers ahead!

  • Gabby and Casey – I think everyone wants to know what’s going on with them. Well, Gabby was really worried after finding dead Katya, but Antonio got to Casey in time. He’s changed and now has a more violent/impulsive streak, but after Gabby was in danger during one of the fires, he FINALLY realised that he just wants to be with her. So, in the last seconds of the episode he goes to Molly’s to tell her how he feels and she’s super happy and that’s when she tells him that she’s pregnant and they hug.
    I am so glad it happened this way around and not him wanting to get back together after she told him about the pregnancy. Now I don’t feel like they just got back together for the baby. But throughout the episode you could see how much Dawson was struggling as a firefighter and probably wanting to stay one.
  • As announced, Severide got demoted and I was super mad on his behalf! I think he is handling this a lot calmer than expected, but definitely still not well. I just think it’s so unfair, because while the turnover rate on Squad may be high, that surely isn’t his fault. I am so worried about him, because he wants to leave Firehouse 51 and I am NOT okay with that. I hope that Cruz could dissuade him from that idea.
    Also, we got to meet his new love interest, who he meets at his management training course. They hooked up already, but I read something about complications on the way, so I don’t think it will last.
  • Dallas Patterson, the new Captain replacing Sev, seemed really nice. I wanted to like him and not resent him, because after all it’s not his fault that Sev got demoted. However, by the end of the episode I didn’t particularly like him, especially not because he told Sev that he HAD to show up at his boat for a mandatory group thing. Just give the guy some space to breathe and digest what happened!
  • The new recruit Jimmy totally blew it! He came off like some stupid frat boy and that’s not what Firehouse 51 needs. I am glad he apologized in the end, but he will have to do some serious growing up. I am however interested to see if there’s really something going to happen between him and Chili – she definitely thinks he’s hot.
  • Will Halstead once more got to make an appearance and it makes me so impatient for Chicago Med! Chili and Brett had a really heartbreaking case and they asked for his help to find out about the fate of a patient.
  • The fire the firehouse had to attend to was something different too this week. I can’t believe those people are suing the firehouse even though they were the ones delaying them and causing the death of one of their neighbors. I was really disappointed in humanity on this one. I mean, how can they be so irresponsible?
  • I can see a lot of trouble for Molly’s coming because of the new neighbors

So, that pretty much sums it all up. What did you think?

Fall Review: Casual & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Usually I review shows that air on the same day, but what can you do, I totally forgot to write the post when the show actually aired.

Casual

Network: Hulu
CastMichaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr, Patrick Heusinger, Nyasha Hatendi, …

A recently divorced woman moves in with her bachelor brother and her daughter. They all try to maneuver the crazy world of dating and staying sane in general.

I did not expect to love this show as much as I did! It’s like a weird Indie movie in TV show format and that’s totally my thing. The awkwardness was palpable, it was hilarious, had smart dialogue and was just generally great. I loved the dynamic between the main cast, especially Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie (Michaela Watkins) as siblings. In my mix it’s not just a comedy but also has a bit of drama mixed in.

I could see this not being everyone’s type of humour, however the show is on my TV Fall list and for now it will most definitely stay there!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Network: The CW
CastRachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Donna Lynne Champlin, …

Young and successful lawyer Rebecca is unhappy with her life, that is until she randomly meets her ex Josh. Even though their meeting only takes minutes, she discovers that she still has feelings for him and he gives her the idea to move across the country to his home town. 

I am so conflicted about this show. On the one hand I am not in love with the musical-aspect of the show, but I did laugh a lot! The title already hints at Rebecca’s behaviour being a little … irrational, but I don’t think she’s actually a nutjob – maybe a little crazy, but aren’t we all? In my mind she didn’t follow Josh across the country for love, but rather to find a way to finally be happy. She chose finding her own way and doing what she wants over guaranteed success and that’s actually kind of brave. But don’t worry, the show’s theme is definitely a light-hearted, uplifting and bubbly one – not all that serious.

My favourite character so far is Greg (Santino Fontana), the barman and a friend of Josh. Also, I think Crazy Ex-Girlfriend works quite well in combination with Jane the Virgin, which is why I will watch a couple more episodes before committing to it for good.

Did you watch either one or both shows? Did you like them or not?

Fall Review: Code Black

Once again I am coming to you with a Fall Premiere of a show. This time it is from CBS and called Code Black!

CastMelanie Chandra, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Marcia Gay Harden, Harry Ford, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzmán, Bonnie Somerville, …

A Code Black is when there are more patients needing help than a hospital can provide due to lack of resources. A normal hospital has this happening about 5 times a year, the Angel’s Memorial an average of 300 times. The show follows the doctors and nurses who have to deal with the craziness.

I thought I was done with medical dramas, but it turns out I am just tired of Grey’s Anatomy. All the others are still fine! Code Black is based off the documentary of the same title by Ryan McGarry. They really tried to push the show with the casting of Marcia Gay Harden as one of the leading tough surgeons, but I recognised some of the other faces too. The characters are fine so far, but not all of them are likable from the beginning. They tried to give each resident their own problems, but what show doesn’t have that?

That’s a bit the problem with Code Black. It focuses on a very unique situation in hospitals, but whereas that should create tension and drama, it still has difficulties distinguishing itself from all the other med dramas out there. Sure, if you like that sort of thing, it’s an entertaining show with lots of blood spilt and suctioned up, but it’s not unique. It is possible that it will develop over time. My Wednesday nights are already pretty full with Chicago PD, Empire, Nashville and some other comedies. Still, I’ll give Code Black a chance, but only for a couple more episodes.

What do you think? Should the producers have taken a look at the market and never even developed the show? Or are you embracing another medical drama?