Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

I have not done this tag regularly, but a lot of my friends are apparently way more devoted to (book) blogging than me and are blessing my timeline with their takes on the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag every single year, which is a look at our reading so far! So, I wasn’t technically tagged this time around either, but I saw so many people do it, that I just decided to join in on the fun (as I tend to do bi-annually). I have seen the questions vary a bit, but simply went with the ones I used in my 2018 version of this.

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020

Normal PeopleI didn’t give Normal People the highest rating, but it sure is the one book that just sticks with me. I’ll just go about my day and be reminded about it in some way and then find myself thinking about the characters for hours again. It sure has made an impact. (Read my review here)

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy, #2)I haven’t read very many series this year so far, which thankfully makes answering all the easier. I read both the first book in the series, Wicked Saints, as well as the sequel, Ruthless Gods, in 2020 and I have no regrets. I don’t know what exactly it is about these books that fascinates me so much, but I am having the time of my life getting tortured by them.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

A Song Below WaterAlright, let’s not pretend that I am not always perpetually late to the party when it comes new releases. I almost want to call myself the queen of backlisted reads, but that would also not be entirely correct. I just don’t keep track of when things release, but just trust that I will find the right stuff eventually?
Anyway, I want to read A Song Below Water! I mean, yes please, set it in one of my homes away from home (Portland, Oregon) and fill it with sirens. I am so here for that!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Watch Over MeThere are a couple, but not a huge amount, of auto-buy authors out there for me. Nina LaCour is someone I’d read anything from. Give me a shopping list and I’d gladly take it. However, we are getting lucky and will have another emotionally charged and character driven release of hers coming up this year – Watch Over Me! I seriously cannot wait!!

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Again AgainIt wasn’t the worst thing on the planet, but I really expected more from Again Again by E. Lockhart. Having read several of her previous books, this was such a letdown in comparison. Something about it just didn’t connect. (Read my review here)

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Anna K: A Love Story (Anna K, #1)Describing why this was a surprise is a little difficult, but having neither watched or read Anna Karenina before and associating with an old-timey classic had me surprised how much I liked Anna K. But it was always obvious to be set in modern day and just be a fresh take in general, so I don’t know why I was a bit nervous? (Read my review here)

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Ben Philippe totally charmed me with his Field Guide to the North American Teenager and had me fall in love with his easy-flowing style of writing. He has another book scheduled to release later this year (Charming as a Verb) and yet another one for early 2021 (Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend) and I am just here for all of it. I am so glad I picked up his book!

Ben Philippe (Author of The Field Guide to the North American ...

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Sorry to have to double down on an answer, but I kind of fell hard for Connell from Normal People. He was quiet and kind, genuinely just wanting people to like him and being afraid of what others might think of his choices. Sure, he had his flaws, but that just made him more real. The fact that they cast him perfectly in the TV adaptation with newcomer Paul Mescal was just the cherry on top.

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

I don’t make character aesthetics (except for my own peeps) very often these days, but Darlington from Ninth House got one. That means A LOT in my book! I just like charming boys with the potential for darkness they don’t want.

There’s a lot of other characters I liked too, such as Serefin from Wicked Saints, Madison from The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, Pepper from Tweet Cute … I am bad at picking faves.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Tyler Johnson Was HereI don’t think I cried because of a book this year yet, but Tyler Johnson Was Here had me close to tears multiple times. The subject matter is bound to do that to you for sure. (Read my review here)

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Tweet CuteTweet Cute made me so happy. I found it during my peak obsession with Bon Appetit videos, so, the food component, twitter feud and flirty banter was EVERYTHING to me. The characters were so funny and I just had a great time with that book. (Read my review here)

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I watched Little Women this year and even if I haven’t read the book, it’s my favourite adaptation and film and overall story. I just love it with all my heart.

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

I loved doing a series of posts where I talked about which book, movies and TV shows I made you watch and read. It reminds me that what I am doing here isn’t just shouting into the void, but actually talking to people and sharing interests. It warms my heart every single time.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Aphrodite Made Me Do ItExcuse me while I lust over the cover for Aphrodite Made Me Do It. Poetry collections often have the prettiest designs! Obviously, this book is also great on the inside, but I find the cover to be a real eye catcher.

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

If We Were VillainsDark Age (Red Rising Saga, #5)As always, I continue to work on the physical copies I have at home. There’s books that might remain unread on my shelves forever, but some I REALLY want to get to this year are If We Were Villains and Dark Age. Let’s hope that Dark Age doesn’t actually take me the entire year …

I TAG THEE

I tag whoever wants to do this as well! YOU!!!


What did you think of my answers and the general mid-year reading recap? Let’s chat!

The “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag

I wasn’t very consequent with my Friday is tag day proclamation, but the lovely Kirstie Ellen @Upside-Down Books tagged me for the “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag and it seemed deliciously fun. I feel like I’ll have to expose myself with some of those answers, so, I want to thank her for the opportunity and hope you all enjoy it!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part (I’ll just leave this up to whoever wants to do it)
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Beartown (Beartown, #1)Alright, so, Lois never specifically urged me to read Beartown in any way, but she knows me so well and every time I see her talk about it, I just want to pick it up right away … I just haven’t even bought it yet …

For real though, it’s a small town sports drama with deep human emotions and I just know I’d be so here for it!

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

Testament of YouthI actually have briefly picked it up, because I adore the movie with all my heart, but I never made it all the way through Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. It’s quite heavy and since they are her diaries, it’s all real life stuff and I just couldn’t … I think I’d rather rewatch the movie.

A book in a series you’ve started,  but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet

Dark Age by Pierce Brown is still chilling on my shelf. That book scares me SO much! I don’t know why, but it’s just MASSIVE and I haven’t really read any big books like that for a long time and I know it’s likely going to wreck me emotionally on top of it all too.

Just look at it compared to some other books on my TBR …

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

War and Peace? I don’t know … it’s just that I know quite firmly that I don’t enjoy very many classics, but I quite like movie adaptations of Russian materials, so that’s one of the few I could think of.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

HA! I know that one! Harry Potter, and I truly mean the entire series. Sometimes (looking at you Percy Jackson), I start a series and then life gets in the way and I forget to continue, but I’ve literally never picked up the Harry Potter books and at this point, I just don’t see it happening.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet

The GoldfinchLet’s not go overboard by saying I really loved loved The Goldfinch, but I loved the trailer? I enjoyed the movie, I just thought it would have been a better fit for a limited series or some other longer format. Anyway, haven’t read it, but can definitely see the appeal.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

The Priory of the Orange TreeHmmm … a confession that wasn’t even prompted her but that is coming regardless is that I’m not really in the bookstagram realm. A book I kept seeing everywhere, especially on Twitter too was The Priory of the Orange Tree and it’s another very daunting size.

 

 

 

 


I TAG THEE

I haven’t really been up my blogging game, so I’d like to leave it up to anyone who sees this tag and wants to do it. CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!


What did you think of this post? Can you relate? Are you shocked? Let’s talk!

Lowest Rated Books (According to GR) I’ve Read

I thought it was very interesting to dig into my Goodreads archives last week to take a look at some of the highest rated books I’ve read according to the average star rating on the site. Now, this week, I’d like to try the reverse and see if I disliked the lowest rated books as much as the general public! I’m usually more on the generous side with my ratings, so this will be interesting, at least for me. (But hopefully also you!)

**Disclaimer: I chose to focus on novels here and exclude comics and graphic novels again. Last time I went from highest to lowest rating and I will do so here as well (aka the lowest of the lowest rated book is the last one) **

Anything You Want

Anything You WantAverage rating: 3.35
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Woah! First one and the opinions already differ. I remember how I knew a lot of people that didn’t enjoy it as much, but I had a great time with my buddy-reading-group. Maybe I wouldn’t feel as enthusiastic about it now, but back then, it struck a chord.

Snow White & the Huntsman

Snow White & the HuntsmanAverage rating: 3.34
My rating: 3
Thoughts: Hear me out! This is a screen-to-book-adaptation and not the other way round. I was really in love with the aesthetic and soundtrack of that movie back in the day and was intrigued by the idea of learning more about the characters in the book. That didn’t happen, it was super mediocre, BUT unlike in the first movie, Chris Hemsworth’s character has a name in the book.

Find Me

Find MeAverage rating: 3.34
My rating: 1 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Do you know how often I give 1-star-ratings? The answer is: close to never. I was so in love with Call Me By Your Name (I do realise it has its flaws and I found out about the author being a weirdo very late, but I loved the writing) and was so excited but I HATE Find Me with a passion. Hate it! I wish it had an even lower average rating …

The Colorado Kid

The Colorado KidAverage rating: 3.32
My rating: 3
Thoughts: I don’t read Stephen King books, because 1) a lot of them are massive and I’m not feeling that and 2) I don’t enjoy being scared. However, I was a huge fan of the TV show “Haven” (still am) and it’s based on that book. It’s so loosely based on it that I didn’t really find much enjoyment in the book at all. I do realise that it’s not representative of King’s work in general.

Almost Adulting

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)Average rating: 3.32
My rating: 3.5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Books by YouTubers are always tricky! I didn’t hate this one, but I found that it wasn’t exactly what it advertised to be. It felt more like an autobiography than a fun self-help book about how to adult.

The Movie Version

The Movie VersionAverage rating: 3.30
My rating: 2 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: First of all, the book advertised something completely different and made you go into it believing it was going to be cute and fun, when in fact, it was about a serious topic such as mental health. The representation was terrible and the main character insufferable. It’s a real shame.

Sweetbitter

SweetbitterAverage rating: 3.29
My rating: 2 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Oh wow, did I have things to say about that book. I did a very detailed comparison to the TV show (which went on for two seasons) and couldn’t find much love for either. There was just something toxic about it all.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful SymmetryAverage rating: 3.25
My rating: 2
Thoughts: I blocked out a lot of what happened in this book, but after liking The Time Traveler’s Wife so much, this book felt like an utter disappointment in comparison. The premise of this one was so absurd, I don’t even want to talk about it.

The Pisces

The PiscesAverage rating: 3.22
My rating: 1 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Look, I knew in the opening chapters that it wasn’t for me and because I’m a super stubborn person, was determined to finish it anyway. I know a lot of people actually liked it a lot, but I wanted something far less crass and more traditionally merman-esque. I was blinded by the cover …

The Film Club

The Film ClubAverage rating: 3.18
My rating: 4
Thoughts: I actually quite enjoy slowly told family stories without much plot. You want to reconnect with your son through movies and write about it? Sure, I’m here for it.

This Song Is (Not) For You

This Song Is (Not) for YouAverage rating: 3.13
My rating: 3.6 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: It sure wasn’t perfect, but I found a poly-amorous relationship with an asexual partner explored in a rather positive light to be rather interesting. The characters are often still judgy hypocrites, but yeah … it wasn’t the worst.

Anne & Henry

Anne & HenryAverage rating: 3.03
My rating: 2 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: This book had so much potential, being a modern day teen retelling of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, but they completely blew it. If you are a fan of Tudor history, spare yourself!

Stealing Candy

Stealing CandyAverage rating: 2.86
My rating: 2.5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: This book … the main character … basically, it’s about a girl who falls in love with her kidnapper. It’s not the first time that story is told and it probably could be done well? But Candy, she fell in love THE MOMENT he abducted her but had a nice jawline … come on!

Gone Wild

Gone WildAverage rating: 2.73
My rating: 2.5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: I have a hard remembering much about the book other than that it was very short. I think the characters were relatable enough, but there just wasn’t much time to see any development and that irked me.

 

 


What are your thoughts? I feel like I mostly went with the trend again? Were you surprised to see some books have such low ratings? Did you find you didn’t know as many of these books as you did in the highest rated list? Let’s chat!

Highest Rated Books (according to GR) I’ve Read!

I was inspired by my friend The Orang-utan Librarian, who wrote a fantastic post, which was in turn inspired by something they saw on Thoughts of a Reader. So, I really hope no one will mind that I am going to take a look at some of the highest rated books (according to Goodreads) that I’ve read and how I saw them in turn. It should be a fun exercise to see if my taste goes against the grain or not! Let’s go!

**Disclaimer: I chose to focus on novels here and exclude comics and graphic novels. That’s a topic for another day maybe? Also, whenever the list was dominated by a series, I just picked the highest rated part instead of all the separate books.**

Fleabag Scriptures

Fleabag: ScripturesAverage rating: 4.83
My rating: 5
Thoughts: I think Phoebe Waller-Bridge is one of the great script writers we get to enjoy this decade, so I absolutely loved getting the opportunity to relive the Fleabag series in written format. It gives you a great insight into how she writes and what television scripts look like. Also, I’m not surprised by the high rating, as I suspect only fans will even check it out.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Average rating: 4.65
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: I don’t like Maas writing and her books as much as I used to, but I was in love with the way it defied my expectations of how this sequel would turn out. I really liked the switch of who was the bad guy in the scenario.

Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Average rating: 4.60
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: I loved my heist gang and know that many, many Leigh Bardugo fans do too. I think we’re all pumped for the Shadow and Bone Netflix series.

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Average rating: 4.58
My rating: 5
Thoughts: The Infernal Devices is my favourite series in the Shadowhunter universe so far/out of all the ones I’ve read. I found the end here weirdly satisfying and even got to love a love triangle.

A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)Average rating: 4.54
My rating: 5
Thoughts: I’ve definitely struggled with the Song of Ice and Fire books and just straight gave up somewhere in the fifth, but this was a good one. Maybe the best of the series, so it makes sense.

Obsidio

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Average rating: 4.53
My rating: 4.5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: According to my rating on Goodreads, I liked this more than Gemina … and yet, in my brain I liked Gemina best. Memory is a weird thing, but maybe I deducted points for Gemina because some of the later pages were almost illegible due to dark font on dark paper.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U GiveAverage rating: 4.51
My rating: 5
Thoughts: Hands down, I think this book was so necessary and important and I loved the impact it has had. I would also love for Dear Martin and All American Boys and similar reads to get equal attention, because I’ve seen so many people have their eyes opened due to them.

Morning Star

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)Average rating: 4.49
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: I’m offended on behalf of the Red Rising series that it hasn’t shown up before and with a higher average rating. Literally one of my favourite series in this world. I’m not sure Morning Star was my favourite installment, but they are all fairly equal.

Born a Crime

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African ChildhoodAverage rating: 4.46
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: As an equal fan of Trevor Noah as a person and him as an autobiographical writer, I’m all for him showing up on this list! Born a crime was a feast in my eyes.

Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: The RevolutionAverage rating: 4.46
My rating: 5
Thoughts: I took this book everywhere with me for weeks and it’s not small. Also, it’s perefection. PERFECTION!!!

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be FeministsAverage rating: 4.45
My rating: 5
Thoughts: I found this to be such a valuable read! Enough said.

Ignite Me

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Average rating: 4.41
My rating: 4
Thoughts: I liked this series a lot and would have been fine with this book being the end of it all. Not as fond of the continuation to be honest.

It Ends with Us

It Ends with UsAverage rating: 4.40
My rating: 4 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: This was a tough read for me, but I know how big of a fanbase Colleen Hoover has.

The Martian

The MartianAverage rating: 4.40
My rating: 5 (click here for my review)
Thoughts: Mark Watney is only one of THE best fictional characters. I’m not biased at all.


Are you surprised by me going with the flow so much? I always found that I was rather generous with my ratings, so it’s not that much of a shock to me. Although, I really thought that there would have been at least one or two books with a completely different rating from me. Oh well … did you miss any big books or series here?

The Quarantine Write Tag

As I mentioned last week, I kind of want Friday to be the designated day for tags. However, I never said it had to be a book tag, so, I am introducing to you the Quarantine Write Tag! (How terribly timely, right?)

In the past, I have created several posts of this sort, such as the Winter Is HereValentine’s Day, Life Choices and Milestones Write Tag. Basically, I wanted to provide a fun exercise for fellow writers to explore their characters some more, even if it meant placing them in an entirely unrelated setting to their story. I always quite enjoyed them and if you think this could be something for your project, please feel free to do this as well! This time, I wanted to place our characters in the middle of this terrible pandemic. How would they act and who is most likely to do XY – that’s what the questions below are for!

Now, you may wonder why I am doing this, especially since I haven’t done a write tag on this blog in years. Oh well, I decided to join Camp NaNoWriMo on a whim to continue working on my #witchyWIP. A couple of people already know the story, but it has been put on hold for over a year. Right now, I am posting the chapters I have worked on, on this site! It’s a “secret” WordPress blog that I have created to work on my writing and still share it with people. The posts are currently password protected, but if you are curious about it, just let me know and I will find a way to get you that password! (I swear, I am not super selective about who gets one or not, I just want to have some overview over who accesses the posts for now!)

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
    I still struggle with having a polished version of the blurb for this #witchyWIP. I mean, I don’t even have a title yet … but let’s try:When 6-year-old August enters Rosalie’s life, she has no idea just how much the girl will change her entire family’s fate. Being the last one of a powerful but destructive magical lineage, she links herself to Rosa’s youngest son, binding them even beyond this life. A scandal for the entire community! But what really happened to August and will they ever uncover all the mysteries surrounding her without getting destroyed themselves? Only a tale that spans decades will tell.

  • This is pretty focused on main characters but don’t hesitate to use several characters for the answers if you want to! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which character is most likely to help out their elderly and vulnerable neighbors during the crisis? OR which of your characters has an essential job (or would have if they didn’t live in a fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi/whatever different world) and brave the outside on the daily?

August and Josh are sort of a package deal on this one, which makes it hard, because you need to keep a secure distance from one another in public. But August would probably take care of the neighbors, while Josh would work as a nurse or in a care facility. I could totally see that being a profession he’d be interested in.

Who is your go to character for TV and movie recommendations? (As they most likely spend all their time binge-watching shows already!)

A character that may seem out of left field, but Cole. He’s Mirabella’s husband and they both take August into their home and eventually become her parents. Cole is a quiet soul as well as a homebody and would enjoy talking about nothing but TV.

Tell us about the first character who would go slightly mad staying inside for too long?

Again, I have to mention two people here. Willow and Wren, the twins, are a force of nature and not to be tamed. Having to stay inside sounds like torture to them.

How does your most extrovert and your most introvert character handle the crisis?

Who IS my most extrovert character? Maybe Rosalie? She’d hate this altogether, because she needs to stay busy like her twin girls. Usually she jets from one appointment to the next and would therefore have a hard time coming to terms with this. All other possibly ambivert to introvert characters would be fine … unless they live with Rosalie and the twins. That just sounds stressful to me.

Which of your characters is a prepper and would have been ready if this had been a zombie apocalypse?

Mirabella likes to have things planned in life, so I presume she’d have a plan for this as well. You know, just in case!

Who got panicked and bought everything in bulks (despite reassurances that markets would not run out)?

I actually can’t see anyone panicking like that. They are all witches, they’d handle this somehow else … right?

If there is a character who might be hard to convince that the virus and its dangers are real, who would it be? Why?

I think Rosalie is stubborn and as a witch she’d probably think that they’d be immune or find some workaround. BUT caution is always better and I’d like to think she wouldn’t endanger anyone, she’s not a villain after all.

Who would organise all the zoom-group chats to make sure their friends and family stayed connected? 

My pure puppy boy Josh would be in charge of that! Not only is he good with human gadgets, but he just likes it when everyone gets along and stays in touch.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic of your main character bundling up at home!

I would read this as Josh and August doing the things we all do these days. Binge TV, read books, cook more at home and try to come up with silly things that make us laugh. Plus, appreciating the people we have with us and that make us happy.

I TAG THEE

Please, do NOT feel obliged to do this!! I just thought I’d get the ball rolling my tagging a couple folks:

I hope you enjoyed this tag and that it offered some sort of brief entertainment. If you liked it, please don’t hesitate to share it, so that a lot of people will discover it and let us in on their own stories to tell!

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag

I’ve been looking through my 75+ drafted posts and I am trying to get to some that have been in there for literal years. Back in early 2018 Fadwa @Word Wonders tagged everyone who loves the show for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag. (I would like to link to the original creator, but Em doesn’t have a blog anymore?) I don’t know why I didn’t do it back then, because I sure seemed to have saved it? I really love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so it would be a natural fit. But that doesn’t stop me from simply doing it now, especially since I am trying to get a kind of blogging routine back (Fridays for tags maybe?). Let’s go!

Jake Peralta

Starts off goofy and kind of a sh*thead and then becomes a lovable goofball.

I am picking Jack from Tweet Cute! (and not just because his name is so close to Jake …) In general, I feel like the Pepper-Jack-dynamic is very similar to the Amy-Jake-one (if I wasn’t trying to pick a different book for every prompt, I’d definitely also say Pepper was Amy). Jack isn’t that much of a sh*thead, but he is a bit of a prankster and snarky and bitter.

Raymond Holt

Starts off as intimidating robot, then becomes the dad figure you secretly (not so secretly) wanted in life.

Okay, hear me out! I know that Mr. K from Anna K is NOT the perfect father. The way he treats Steven and then does a 180 in how he treats Anna is … less than ideal? However, he seems strict and intimidating, but still loves his children and wants the best for them. Even when it takes him some time to come around, he definitely comes through for Anna in the end.

Amy Santiago

Type A who’s in control but geeks out over nerdy things like stationary and tries to be cool (and fails).

Okay, so Maddison from The Field Guide to the North American Teenager actually IS cool, but she is Type A if I have ever seen one. The way she coordinates everyone’s life is a miracle and I definitely think she has a nerdy side to herself for sure.

Gina Linetti

Lovable narcissist who everyone is lowkey afraid of, extremely smart yet uses their power for evil.

I am sure there are loads of characters like that in more recent fiction, but somehow the only one I could think of was Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby? I don’t think I need to explain the narcissistic qualities of him, how his plans couldn’t exactly have been called “good” and how everyone was a little intimidated, yet enthralled by him?

Charles Boyle

The most loyal of friends, would memorize everything about you to make sure you’re always happy, also a foodie.

When I think about good literary friendships, somehow Morgan Matson always comes to mind. My favourite of hers is still Since You’ve Been Gone and Emily definitely has the loyal best friend thing down (Sloane not so much?). She also works in an ice cream shop during the summer, if memory serves me right, and that totally fulfills the foodie component.

Terry Jeffords

Always trying to have a self-care day but failing miserably because they need to take care of their rowdy children.

Apparently I like to throw in a childhood favourite for all these tags nowadays. It was a hard tie between Prosper and Scipio from The Thief Lord, because both have to act like the parents of the group in a way, even if they are all just trying to survive and live their lives.

Rosa Diaz

The less you know about their past … the better. Would kill to see them smile though.

Malachiasz? Malachiasz! (Wicked Saints remains a fave!)

Norm Skully

Loves food so much, they’d probably kill you for a donut. Would fake a heart attack for anything.

A little bit of a cop out, but the only character so obsessed with food that they’d do anything and that I could think of right now was Jughead. I mean, the only time he thought he might have romantic feelings for someone was when the other person was dressed as a hamburger?

Michael Hitchcock

Surprisingly a very good friend, though he seems like he’d sell you out for anything.

I am pretty sure that NO ONE believed in Sevro‘s loyalty when they first started this odyssey of Red Rising, but he has proven himself to be a formidable friend despite his shadiness.


CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!! Especially if you like the show! 


What did you think of my answers for the prompts? Did they make sense? Let’s talk!

The Perfect Book Tag

Yes, hello everyone! This is me actually doing a tag again? It’s been ages, but we are all staying home, taking care of ourselves and others in the process and I really, really wanted to give you some fresh content on the blog. I haven’t been the most present on the blog as of late, because both parents are doing the whole home office thing now and I try to limit my internet use (as not to crash the poor rooter) while they need to work, like the good daughter that I am. However, that leaves me with online time mostly in the late afternoon and sometimes I just don’t have it in me to be creative then.

With much talk about basically nothing, this all led to me checking my drafted yet never completed posts and I found this little gem. So, huge thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for being so thoughtful and tagging me for the Perfect Book Tag back in the day!

The Perfect Genre

pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Ha! I tricked you! I bet you thought I would pick a book from my favourite genre (fantasy/sci-fi), but regular good old YA contemporary it is. I read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager pretty recently and I thought it had some great teen representation and also gave me flashbacks to my semester abroad in the US (which I always kinda like).

The Perfect Setting

pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

To me, the perfect setting might not be the same as for you? I like a good magical world, I really, really do. Would I want to live in it? That’s debatable, because most of the time it’s connected to mortal peril. So, my perfect setting is something more along the lines of the British isle of Guernsey, loads of beaches and cliffs, an all-surrounding calm and friendly (albeit somewhat nosey) neighbors.

The Perfect Main Character

pick the perfect main character

AUGUST FLYNN! (This Savage Song) My baby boy will forever remain perfect in my eyes. PERFECT, do you hear?

The Perfect Best Friend

loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Tough one! Tough one indeed! But, I think, in the end I’d go with Kenji from the Shatter Me series. If you have him on your side, I think you’d be able to get through anything.

The Perfect Love Interest

pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

I have a couple contenders for book hubby, but one of my all time favourite people is Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief! He is kind and smart and patient and a fighter. I don’t actually know how he is romantically, but I see those qualities as a plus in a partner.

The Perfect Villain

pick a character with the most sinister mind

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

I DON’T WANNA SAY WHO! But the villain in Wicked Saints is divine (no pun intended)!

The Perfect Family

pick a perfect bookish family

My Life Next Door

The Garretts from My Life Next Door will forever remain an example of a loving, present and beautiful family. I don’t think any such thing as perfect exists, but they are darn close!

The Perfect Animal or Pet

pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book

The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections, #1)

Okay, I read the Dark Reflections series when I was like 12, so, no guarantee to how they would hold up now, BUT they had living stone lions who could fly. And their fur was soft. And I never loved creatures more than them!

The Perfect Plot Twist

pick a book with the best plot twist

We Were Liars

Even saying that this book has a plot twist is a bit of a spoiler, but it has been out for years now, so what can I say? We Were Liars had me in freaking tears!

The Perfect Trope

pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

I am a total sucker for fake dating! Most notable example here is probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? (Also quite enjoy enemies to lovers though. Or the “there’s only one bed in the room/one room left at the hotel”-dilemma. OR the friends with insane chemistry that hook up one night and don’t make it awkward but just seamlessly start dating afterwards because they are meant to be)

The Perfect Cover

pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)

The ENTIRE Jackaby series has covers to die for, but this was the one I saw first (although it’s the final book), which is why I picked it now.

The Perfect Ending

pick a book that has the perfect ending

***SPOILERS FOR THE LAST LINES OF CALL ME BY YOUR NAME!!!***

Twenty years was yesterday, and yesterday was just earlier this morning, and morning seemed light-years away.
“I’m like you,” he said. “I remember everything.”
I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.

Everyone can feel about Call Me By Your Name however they want (and I get certain criticism), but I ADORED that book. And I thought the ending was perfect (love a good reference to the title), so I will never understand why the author felt it necessary to write a sequel I hated.


If YOU, much like myself see yourself in need of ideas for blog posts in these dire times, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!!

What did you think of my answers? Could you relate? Let’s chat!

Your WIP in Gifs Tag! (NaNoWriMo 2019 Edition)

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen this tag before! I have previously done it for my project Arcadia (check out the post here) and for my #witchyWIP (which you can check out here) and both times, I just had a ton of fun. Now, I didn’t want to do an official NaNoWriMo announcement, because I don’t know how seriously I am taking it this year, but I figured everything that helps get me motivated is a good thing.

Disclaimer for those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is: It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event that takes place during the month of November. Writers all over the world attempt to write a novel with at least 50K words during the time constraint of that one month. I’ve done it previously, but only succeeded once.

Since you are not supposed to TALK about what your WIP is about, I am not going to for now. I might do a short summary at the end, but will mostly just let you guess?? Let’s do this!

THE RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you (no one tagged me this time, but still, thanks Michelle for creating this kind of post!)
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back to this post so she can find out aaaall about your WIPs!
💛 Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

THE QUESTIONS

Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs!

(Keep in mind, this is just a regular old Contemporary YA. I wasn’t trying to hint at any sort of scifi connection or so …)

Time to introduce your main characters!

Karoline

Little bean thinks she can do anything!

Lena

There’s some stuff to unpack there. Who is she jealous of? Does it make her literally sick? Stay tuned!

Jack

Maybe that’s not so much Jack, as Karoline’s thoughts about Jack, but whatever.

Marcia

You don’t want to mess with that lady.

How would your main character react in a crisis?

I feel like Karoline would have a hard time asking for help. She’d just try to brave it on her own.

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

This story has some … memoir-esque qualities …

And if you were to meet your antagonist?

It would be civil, but I don’t think we’ll ever be on the same page.

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

Actually, despite Karoline crushing on one or two people, there isn’t really a romance. It’s super tame and just not about that.

How do other characters feel about this ship?

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

This is the evolution of how I hope everyone will feel about Karoline.

WHAT IS IT ACTUALLY ABOUT?

As much fun as it was to look up those gifs and pick them for this post, I could understand how you might not feel the connection to any of it, since I have told you literally nothing besides it being Contemporary YA so far. Let’s start with a little blurb maybe?

Karoline is ready to see the world! (Or at least she thinks she is.) After mountains of paperwork and considerable support from her friends and family, she is finally about to embark on her exchange semester in the US. But when she arrives, nothing is like she imagined it would be. Yes, every day in High School feels like she jumped right into one of the TV shows that have shaped her youth, but somehow she just can’t seem to make it work with her host family. Will Karoline manage and have to grow up in a foreign country with no support system from back home around?

I am still working on that pitch … but it’s basically what it’s about. This is very heavily influenced by my own experiences, but I threw in more than enough fiction to not make it awkward with real life people. At least I hope so … no one better try to find themselves in this story.

So far, I am not on target for the official NaNoWriMo goal at all, but it’s okay. I will write at my own pace. What do you think about my untitled exchange semester story? Are you interested? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let’s chat!

Kiss, Marry, Kill – Marvel Edition

In honor of the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame, I am breaking with tradition and am doing a Kiss, Marry, Kill tag outside of Valentine’s Day. Just in case, you don’t know what this tag includes, it’s about pitting three people against each other and me having to decide who, in this specific scenario, I would rather kiss, marry or kill.

This specific edition is based on Swetlana @The Caffeinated Bookworm Life‘s post! (She did a Fuck, Marry, Kill, but whatever …) We first bonded over our mutual love for Sebastian Stan, so when she did a Kiss, Marry, Kill for the actors and actresses of the Marvel franchise, I was all in (especially since I didn’t 100% agree with her choices). I hope this will be fun for everyone! Here we go:

Round 1: Danai Gurira, Brie Larson, Sebastian Stan

Kiss: Brie Larson – *starts singing* Hello again, friend of a friend, I knew you when our common goal was waiting for the world to end … I thought she was badass since Scott Pilgram vs. the world.
Marry: Sebastian Stan – I can’t get rid of the dream I once had for two consecutive weeks where I dreamt we worked together and then also started dating. I practically had a second life with him.
Kill: Danai Gurira – I have no reason for this. I really like Danai and would not have killed anyone this round if it had been an option.

Round 2: Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans

Kiss: Anthony Mackie – I have no particular reasoning for this.
Marry: Chris Evans – Okay, the man seems like he has Peter Pan syndrome and I have a Wendy syndrome. We’d be a good fit. Also, he has a dog and that’s a plus in my heart any day.
Kill: Jeremy Renner – I also have no particular reasoning for this either, I am even a little sad.

Round 3: Gwyneth Paltrow, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Kiss: Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born has elevated him in my eyes again.
Marry: Zoe Saldana – Zoe is brilliant and gorgeous and why not?
Kill: Gwyneth Paltrow – I just don’t really care for her?

Round 4: Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Letitia Wright

Kiss: Letitia Wright – *shrugs* that’s just the way it is.
Marry: Paul Rudd – He seems like an honest, fun sweetheart and I have a type. That’s it. Sweet people are awesome.
Kill: Robert Downey Jr. – I just don’t think I could handle him in his full glory!??!?!

Round 5: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jude Law, Chris Hemsworth

Kiss: Jude Law – There’s a reason Dumbledore got hot the second he was played by Jude Law.
Marry: Chris Hemsworth – I would love to be with someone who talks about me with the love and affection Chris Hemsworth displays when he talks about his wife. So, I’d want to be his wife. (sound logic!)
Kill: Jake Gyllenhaal – I am sure he is a cool guy too? He just was left at the end …

Round 6: Tom Hiddleston, Winston Duke, Mark Ruffalo

Kiss: Winston Duke – what was it? M’Baku can blow m’back out?
Marry: Mark Ruffalo – Mark once stopped in his car to ask the sister of a friend, who was crying on the street, if she was alright and/or needed help. He is a truly good person and who wouldn’t want to marry someone like him!?
Kill: Tom Hiddleston – How did I get here? I adore Tom but the whole TSwift stunt was a misstep.

Round 7: Michael B. Jordan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt

Kiss: Michael B. Jordan – What a man!
Marry: Elizabeth Olsen – I adore that woman! She is forever one of the people I’d like to meet and befriend and spend time with.
Kill: Chris Pratt – He already is dating someone named Kat who has a connection to Austria. Let’s not meddle with that since she’s obviously not me.

Round 8: Tessa Thompson, Tom Holland, Evangeline Lilly

Kiss: Tom Holland – He always seems so young, but he isn’t though? Right?
Marry: Tessa Thompson – Tessa is so cool and amazing and an icon. I am into it.
Kill: Evangeline Lilly – I have no real connection to her?

Round 9: Chadwick Boseman, Hayley Atwell, Benedict Cumberbatch

Kiss: Hayley Atwell – surprisingly, I don’t really care much for this round.
Marry: Chadwick Boseman – Chadwick is cool, but he seems so tired of his Black Panther fame.
Kill: Benedict Cumberbatch – I mean, he isn’t Sherlock in real life, so I don’t know where to put him.

Round 10: Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Karen Gillan

Kiss: Lupita Nyong’o – Lupita is glorious like the sun and she personally made sure to be included in the film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” and I admire that.
Marry: Karen Gillan – Karen is one of my favourite people ever since she was Amy Pond on Doctor Who and I also like her as Nebula and she did an amazing job with her directorial debut, even if it furthered a depressive spiral. I did a post on movies she is in, so yeah, I’d marry her!
Kill: Scarlett Johansson – I realise she lead the way for female heroes within the Marvel universe, but for some reason I don’t particularly like her.


Okay, it was a little weirder than I thought it would be to do this for the actors/actresses rather than their characters, but what do you think? Can you relate to my choices or do you think I am insane? Both? Neither? Let’s chat!

Kiss, Marry, Kill: TV Edition

You all know, we’ve done this before! There was the book edition, the TV & book edition and this beautiful Valentine’s Day we are focusing on TV alone. I was even too lazy to make a new graphic, but that’s the beauty of this tag and this tradition … it still doesn’t get old. (At least I hope so!?!?!)

As always, this is also your yearly reminder that Valentine’s Day should not make you feel bad about yourself if you are single. I’ve never spent that day with anyone in particular and I am just fine! This day is just as much as about self love, if you choose it to be, so – be a little kinder to that face in the mirror today!

**all names and shows were randomly drawn**

ROUND 1

Kiss: Sutton (The Bold Type) – I don’t really have an explanation for this? Out of these three characters I feel the most neutral about Sutton??

Marry: Gert (Marvel’s Runaways) – Everyone who knows me, knows that I love Gert. I think marriage could be kind of exhausting with her, but she is fierce and not to be messed with and doing the best she can in a tough spot and I love her for that.

Kill: Manfred (Midnight, Texas) – Given how often he has been possessed by ghosts now … maybe he should just join them?

ROUND 2

Kiss: Marcy (Travelers) – Marcy is so pretty and cool, but also from the future with a very high intellect and I am not sure how I’d feel being with her for longer? So a kiss it is.

Marry: Michael (Roswell, New Mexico) – Michael is a broken boy, but I love him. He brings out the silly “I want to save THIS particular bad boy and love him forevermore”-feels in me.

Kill: Otis (Sex Education) – I am so sorry! Otis is like a precious bean, but he’s also so young and I can’t imagine dating him either??

ROUND 3

Kiss: Nick (The Handmaid’s Tale) – he is one handsome devil. Nick isn’t a bad man, but he is also not a good one. I credit that to the world he lives in, but I’d rather just have a brief encounter with him.

Marry: Jules (Imposters) – that woman has been through some heartbreak, but I am sure I could be the stable environment she needs. I am super trustworthy. Also, I always wanted to make a con artist fall in love with me. It’s a whole thing.

Kill: Elsa (Plan Coeur) – I never know how to explain the “kill” decisions, because Elsa is such an awkward mess that I super relate to her, but together we’d be terrible.

ROUND 4

Kiss: Matthew (A Discovery of Witches) – I am sort of over vampires, but … Matthew intrigues me. I’d like to know what a kiss feels like.

Marry: Alan (Russian Doll) – he was one of my favourite parts of the brilliance that was Russian Doll. He has his issues, just like everyone else (maybe a couple more), but he has a golden heart. I couldn’t imagine anyone nicer by my side.

Kill: Cameron (Halt & Catch Fire) – She is badass, but she also always believes she is right, holds a grudge forever … wow, dang … that all sounded way too familiar to myself. But my issue is that she lets her friends down and believes she is superior to them.

ROUND 5

Kiss: Eleanor (The Good Place) – Girl is a snack, as she constantly likes to point out herself!

Marry: Fallon (Dynasty) – would I like to have the comfort and security that comes with being a Carrington? Heck, yeah! I just don’t want all the drama and backstabbing.

Kill: Lisa (Friends from College) – Lisa is in enough love drama without me. I actually really like her on the show, unlike a lot of other viewers apparently, but out of the three here, she just wouldn’t be my top pick.

ROUND 6

Kiss: Tandy (Cloak and Dagger) – Tandy is a mess, but a cute one?

Marry: Buck (9-1-1) – not gonna lie, I am just majorly crushing on this dude. The way he was into Abby, I mean, that’s a girl’s dream! I want that for myself!!

Kill: Joe (You) – Easiest choice ever!!! One less creep out and about.

ROUND 7

Kiss: Amanda (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) – she’s cool. I’ve got nothing more.

Marry: Wynonna (Wynonna Earp) – She’s even cooler. I have even less to say.

Kill: David (Schitt’s Creek) – I AM SO SORRY! I adore David, but he’s a lot. Like a lot a lot.

ROUND 8

Kiss: Hope (Legacies) – I didn’t always like Hope, but she has grown on me. And she does have vibes with Josie, so I think she’d kiss a girl.

Marry: Schneider (One Day at a Time) – He’s such a lovable dork. I think him being in a loving environment, surrounded by family, that would really do him good. Just look at how he blossoms when he is with the fam on the show.

Kill: Alyssa (The End of the F***ing World) – Nah, I just couldn’t see myself with her.

ROUND 9

Kiss: Jasper (The Royals) – my beloved bodyguardian angel. I’d steal a kiss, but he’ll be forever with Len in my mind.

Marry: Dylan (Tidelands) – I just … uhm … think he’s hot? And he’s half siren! That’s my jam.

Kill: Carmen (Siempre Bruja) – I keep wanting to apologize to the characters, even though someone always has to die …

ROUND 10

Kiss: Tommy (Peaky Blinders) – that man is in pieces and I would never dare suggest I could somehow make him whole again.

Marry: Sansa (Game of Thrones) – my one and only true Queen!

Kill: Star (Star) – I envy her for her voice and tenacity, but that girl is so selfish and mean and sometimes straight violent.


So, that concludes this year’s Kiss, Marry, Kill. I know my taste in shows is pretty out there, so I hope there weren’t too many shows that no one knows in the mix. Feel free to ask about any you want to know more about though! As always, I’d love to chat! What do you think of my choices?