The Fall Book Tag

I was tagged for this, brace yourselves, back in 2017. That is the shelf-life a lot of my tags have to endure until I get to them and I am so incredibly sorry for that. I’m not sure if Beth @Reading Every Night will even see this post now (I miss her on the blogosphere), but I’m doing the Fall Book Tag anyway. The weather is slowly getting colder, I can wear layers again … I just like the transition to this new season and wanted to celebrate that by doing a tag (and I haven’t posted anything else yet this week).

RULES

  • Please link back to Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag. She wants to see your answers.
  • Use her graphics—if you want to.
  • Have fun!

*click on the covers to get redirected to the Goodreads pages of the books. If I have reviews up, they will be linked in the titles in the text bits!*

CRISP FALL AIR – a book that felt fresh and new

Charming as a VerbI’m like 11 pages into this, so maybe not the best judge, but I just get exactly that fresh and crisp vibe from Charming as a Verb. If you’ve followed me for a bit, you will have noticed my utter enthusiasm for Ben Philippe’s first book, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, and his style of writing that I really enjoy. Everything flows so easy and feels natural.

HOWLING WINDS – an ending that blew you away

A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)This award 100% goes to A Deadly Education, because it was a really fun book to read for me. I liked it a lot, but also felt like it could just be a standalone and then THE FINAL LINE HIT ME! It made me question everything I had just read and I love it when that happens. Seriously cannot wait for you all to be able to read that book too!

COMFY SWEATERS – a book that gave you the warm and fuzzy’s

Tweet Cute*me going through my pile of books filled with sadness and misery* – Ah, yes, here we have something!

Tweet Cute was one of those books that just made you smile. The banter is fun and the grilled cheese references WILL make you hungry. But that’s just what you’ll have to endure for a lovely contemporary romcom sometimes.

BRIGHT COLORS – a cover with either red, yellow or orange in it

Burn Our Bodies DownI’m sure there’s plenty of people who already love and adore Burn Our Bodies Down, but I will never be one of them. Something about that book just rubs me the wrong way and I did not enjoy it. However, it fits the category like a glove!

LEAF FIGHT – a book with non stop action

The Black VeinsAnother book I am currently reading (and please don’t ask me why I can’t focus on just one book, cause I don’t know) is The Black Veins. There’s magic and road trips and monsters and people getting kidnapped. I’m not even at the halfway mark and so much has happened!

PUMPKIN SPICE – your most anticipated read

This is a bit tricky for me, because I’m at a point in my book blogging life where I just don’t keep very much up to date with new releases. Sometimes something catches my eye, but I have so much backlisted that I would be completely helpless without some of my blogging buddies and blogger blast mails from publishers to keep me up to date.

Something that releases soon though (October 6, 2020) is Spoiler Alert and it sounds so much up my alley:

Spoiler Alert

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster.  Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.

Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?


I TAG THEE

Since it took me, hold up … checking again, 3 years to do this tag, I just kind of want to leave it open for anyone who wants to join in no the fun. IF YOU READ THIS (and you want to do it) CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

What did you think of my answers? Let’s talk!

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!

A Thousand Pieces of You Book Review

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first installment in the Firebird Trilogy. Even though I’ve already read it at the beginning of this year, I haven’t written a review yet, so here we go! Please beware of Spoilers!

A Thousand Pieces of You is about a girl called Margeruite (or just Meg), whose parents have invented something extraordinary that’s called a Firebird. The device allows you to travel to parallel worlds, but before the final test of the device, Meg’s father gets murdered by his assistant Paul and she is hell-bent on revenging his death. To do so, she and Theo have to follow Paul into the unknown parallel universes that are out there.

I really enjoyed reading A Thousand Pieces of You, but it was a bit different from what I expected. I thought it would be an action-packed read with several jumps from one universe to the next, but that wasn’t really the case. Meg is pretty quick to doubt Paul’s hand in her father’s murder and in fact we only visit 4 parallel worlds. That doesn’t mean it’s really a bad thing, just that it was an unexpected change in pace. However, there were some exciting twists and surprises and maybe it was necessary to spend so much time in one world in order to really show the Paul-Meg-connection. I have to give it to Claudia Gray though for striking a great balance with creating the different worlds.  There’s a futuristic, a very imperial-like and more familiar worlds and she managed to make them believable, reasonable yet still with that element that only comes with experiencing something new.

The love triangle worked quite well for me too, although I felt a little frustrated with Paul’s hesitation after the happenings in Russia. Nonetheless, I love his connection with Meg and how it resonated in every universe they went to. I mean that’s the real kind of love – the one that survives through time and space! No matter how charming he is, Theo never stood a chance against that.

Last but not least, I fell in love with the cover right away! I’m such a sucker for pretty covers and A Thousand Pieces of You has definitely one of the most stunning ones out there! Luckily, they continued with this style and the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above, looks just as beautiful. I cannot wait for its release this fall (I believe it to be around November 3)!

Fazit: very romantic read that portrays a real connection/not a revenge-story

So, would you be interested in reading this book as well?

P.S.: I found this song (Your Soul by RHODES) and thought it fitted the story perfectly. Therefore, I suggested it to Claudia Gray on Twitter and she replied that she loved it and added it to her book soundtrack! No idea if she really did that, but wouldn’t that be cool?