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The Fall Book Tag!

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I was tagged by two amazing bloggers to do this tag. They were Beth @Reading Every Night and Dani @Perspective of a Writer. Thank you both once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blogs! They both have amazing blogs and you are missing out if you aren’t following them!


RULES:

  • Please link back to Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag. She wants to see your answers.
  • Use the graphics—if you want. (I have used the graphics in my post.)
  • Have fun!

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The Forbidden WishThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury is one of the best books that I have ever read. It’s also one of the uniquest ones as well. This book is an Aladdin retelling and it’s the only book that I have read that retells that story.

Everything in this story felt fresh and new. From the characters to the setting and magic. Everything about this book was amazing! It’s definitely a retelling that I didn’t know I needed until I actually read this book. The Forbidden Wish is a book that I recommend the most, more people NEED to read it!

I have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.


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GrishaThe first book that came to my mind was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology, as you may know, is one of my all time favourite series (books…however you want to see it). I adore all six main characters of these books, they are simply wonderful!

The ending to this story blew me away. I really didn’t think it would end the way it did. I can’t really say anything more about that, as I don’t want to spoil anything for this book. Go read it for yourself and you will know what I mean!

I have a full review for both books in this duology, if you are interested in more of my thoughts:


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Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is just one of those books that I find warm and cozy. I just love the story, the setting and time period, the characters. I find everything about this book to be wonderful.

This is a book that I really enjoy rereading during the winter or late autumn. I just feel as if this book fits the darker and colder evenings. I love reading it while drinking a hot chocolate while snuggling in a warm blanket.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics. I love Jane Austen novels (I have only one by her left to read) and this one is definitely my favourite. If you are curious my second favourite is Persuasion.


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The first one that came to my mind when I read this question was Legend by Marie Lu, or rather the whole Legend trilogy. Marie Lu’s writing style fits perfectly for the non-stop action category. I feel as if her books read like movies (if you call it that).

(These are the only books by Marie Lu that I have read so far. Though I plan on reading more by her.)


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You know me, I can’t just choose one book!


I tag EVERYONE who loves fall and feels like doing this tag!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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Spooky Halloween Tag [Non-Bookish]

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First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I hope that you are having a spooky day!

I was tagged by my amazing friend Heather @The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog, she is one of my favourite people on here!! Plus her blog is amazing, so you’re definitely missing out if you aren’t following her!

This tag was originally created by Simply Kenna.

WARNING: This is a really LONG post. You have been warned.


1. Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?

It’s kind of impossible for me to choose just one, so here are some of my favourites:

  • This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
  • Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Little Pieces – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Shadow Forest – Nox Arcana (or rather most of their songs)
  • Our Solemn Hour – Within Temptation
  • Waking the Demon – Bullet for my Valentine

2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

Umm…ANYTHING that could/would hurt me. I think that the answer to this question is quiet obvious. It would be a lot harder to finds something that I would want to run into.


3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

No and I never want to. Seeing that I actually believe, to some degree, in ghosts. There is no way that I would want to invite a ghost into my home. I have a feeling that it would definitely end in a disaster.

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4. Favourite horror monster or villain?

I love horror movies about ghosts. So they are my favourite monster, if you can classify them as that. I just find them to be the scariest. (Most of the time that is.) Some of my favourites are:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street,
  • The Woman in Black,
  • Ghost Ship,
  • The Conjuring.

5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

My family house is rather old and everything squeaks and creaks in it as it is. One weekend my parents decided to visit some of my family in a different state and I didn’t feel like going with them, so I decided to stay home and watch the house, feed the animals and such things.

The first evening that they were gone there was a blackout in the whole street. There was literary no light for miles and everything was very quiet. (It was already past midnight.) I went from my room to the living room to get a candle, so that I can at least see something. The whole house was quiet aside from me walking on the creaky floor. I got the candle and lighted it up and slowly made my way back to my room. I had to pass a huge mirror, which was very unpleasant as my reflection with the candle was rather creepy. (I have no idea why I felt the need to look at myself.)

As soon as I got into my room and put the candle down it blacked out (or turned off, however you call that), but every window was closed and there was no wind to turn it of. I lighted it two more times and two more times the same thing happened – the candle would burn for a while and then suddenly turn off. Then I heard the rattling of the wind outside and the window in another room creaked. (Not sure which room it was coming from, as I didn’t want to go and look.) It was really creepy!

Luckily the light came back on soon after and that passed without more incidents. (I think the blackout lasted for around half an hour or so.)

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6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

Probably yes. It really depends on the circumstances. If I had to do it on my own, I most likely wouldn’t. If I could have some friends with me, then probably. And it also depends on how haunted the house actually is. But you can bet that if something were to happen I would be out of there immediately!


7. Are you superstitious?

Yes and no. To some degree I believe in ghosts, but I’m not wary of black cats or any similar superstitions.


8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

No, not really. I did have a period when I was younger when I thought I saw figures, but that was a really long time ago and it happened for just a short amount of time.


9. Which urban legend scares you the most?

Which urban legend doesn’t scare me is the question. There are so many creepy and scary ones that picking the top one seems impossible. Recently I have been reading up on Japanese urban legends and they are really scary! (Why? Because I apparently enjoy creeping myself out.)

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10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

I definitely prefer thrillers. I’m not bothered by gore, but movies that are only gory and nothing else tend to get boring rather quickly for me. The same goes for books and other media as well.


11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

I find the whole concept of multiple dimensions fascinating. Now I’m not sure if I believe it or not. I feel as if I don’t have enough information about it to form a concrete opinion. Plus it’s not something I think about often, so I don’t have many thoughts on it in general. (Maybe in the future, when I research it more.)


12. Ever made a potion of any sort?

Kind of but not really. I had a friend when I was little and together we liked to play witches. So we made some imaginary potions and did other things that we thought witches did. I’m not sure if that really counts or not?

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13. Do you get scared easily?

No, not really. Or at least I like to think that I don’t get scared easily. There really aren’t many things that scare me. Even after watching a horror movie I can immediately go out in the dark without problems. I don’t tend to get scared when people try to scare me. And even in somewhat spooky situations I tend to keep a calm head. So, no I don’t get scared easily.


14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

No, I haven’t. And I also don’t plan to playing it EVER. As I have already mentioned in this tag, I believe in ghosts to some degree – so why in the world would I want to summon a ghost, that will most likely end up killing/harming me?

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15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?

In a way yes, but in a way also no. It would take me ages to actually explain what I mean with that, so I shall leave it at this for now. (I honestly don’t feel like getting into it right now.)


16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

There are two options for me:

  • I would either stay in my room
  • or get the hell out of the house!

It really depends where in the house I am when I hear them. If I’m in my room, it’s safer to stay there as the exit to the house is literary on the other side and I would have to go through nearly all the rooms to get out. If I was in the living room or anywhere else, I would definitely get the hell out of the house and then see what I will do next.


17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

I’m copying Heather here and going with Halloween. It’s the one that I have the biggest chance of surviving. There is no way I’m equipped to fight ghosts or any other supernatural creatures. But I think I would stand a chance against Michael Myers. (Or at least that’s what I’m hoping.)


18. If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?

A vampire. Definitely a vampire.

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19. Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Yes, I would. My best friend and I actually want to go together to a graveyard at night. We are both fascinated with ghosts and other macabre things, so visiting a graveyard at night seems like a good idea. (Which it probably isn’t.) Hopefully we will be able to go some time in the future!


20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?

Any type of gun. They seem like the most affective and while I would love to have a sword, I think I wouldn’t get that far with it. And I did use a gun before, so there is that as well. Though lets be real, I would probably die immediately in a zombie apocalypse. (Which would probably be the best, as trying to survive would be very hard and exhausting.)


21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

Definitely a Halloween party. I think I’m too old to go trick or treating, plus that really is not a thing where I’m from so I wouldn’t get any candy as it is. (And people would think I’m crazy, so there is that as well.)

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22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Probably a mix between the smart one and the skeptic. As I already mentioned, I tend to keep a clear head even when faced with creepy and somewhat scary situations. I’m the person who always (okay, most of the time) has a solution for any problem, or at least some kind of advice. So I feel like I would be the smart one in that situation, or the skeptical one – depending on how much everyone else is freaking out.


23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

No, I don’t. I’m scared of a movie while watching it, but once that finishes I’m usually alright. I’m definitely not going to bed right after watching a horror movie, as I tend to dream about what I watched. But I don’t need to see something happy afterwards, I just need some time to calm down. (Only if the movie was scary that is.)


24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

I think I’m a combination of the person who yells at the characters and the one that falls asleep, depending on the movie that is. I have fallen asleep watching horror movies before, when I found them boring and not really scary. I usually watch horror movies with my best friend and then we tend to yell at the characters together!

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25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?

I’m actually neither of those two. I’m not that easily scared and I never really feel like scaring other people. But if I had to pick one, I would definitely be the one doing the scaring.


26. Favourite scary book?

If you know me at all, you know at least two things about me:

  1. I love Stephen King books and most of my favourite scary books are by him.
  2. It’s impossible for me to pick only one book when there is a question like this.

So here are some of my favourite Stephen King books, I adore all of them. And they all scared me in different ways. (The scariest to me is probably It.) If you haven’t read any of these I would recommend starting with The Shining. It’s definitely a Stephen King classic and one of the best horror books that I have ever read.


27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I don’t actually remember, but I was probably too young. Even when I was a child I stayed up really late (which my parents didn’t know) and watched tv, as I had it in my room. So I stumbled across some horror movies as well. I think the first one I saw was one about werewolfs, but I honestly have no idea which one it was. (It was ages ago and I only remember some things from it.)


28. What was your first Halloween costume?

Halloween isn’t really celebrated where I’m from. It’s just not a big deal, especially when you are younger. There are some Halloween parties in bars and clubs, but you obviously can’t go there as a child. My first Halloween costume was a witch, which I was for a high school party. That just shows how Halloween isn’t really celebrated there.


29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

Nothing actually. This year I just don’t feel like going to a party or anywhere for that matter, so I won’t. And I obviously don’t have a reason beyond that to dress up for Halloween.


30. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

Definitely a black cat! I love cats in general, my favourite colour is black so it’s literary the perfect pet for me!

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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a spooky Halloween!

-Anna♥

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The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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I was tagged by the amazing Melissa @Book Nerd Momo to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog!


1. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

Okay. Lets be clear about something: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury was simply fantastic as a standalone. The story wrapped up beautifully and I loved how everything turned out to be. BUT I just need more Zahra and Aladdin in my life! I just want to read more about them and their adventures. I would love for even a novella, if not a whole book. (Oh, you should definitely read this book if you haven’t yet!)

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2. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off Series

WARNING: I’m totally going to ramble about Harry Potter for a bit.

There are sooo many spin-off series that I want from the Harry Potter series! (Like a lot of other people, probably.) I think I just want more and more from this world. Here are some spin-off series/books that I would love to have:

  • The Marauders Era – I would love to read about their adventures and how they all met. I would especially LOVE those books to be from Sirius’ point of view, as I would love to see the relationships and politics in a pure blood family. (Plus, he is one of my favourite characters so there is that as well.)
  • The Founders Era – I think the establishing of Hogwarts would be such an interesting story! After all, we have heard about the four Founders, but wouldn’t it be amazing to read about their adventures and lives?
  • Voldemort’s time at Hogwarts – I’m fascinated by teenage Voldemort (have always been) and how he established his following. It would really be interesting to read about, his backstory always intrigued me. Plus it would be fascinating to read from his point of view (both when he was sane and later as well).
  • Hogwarts a History – Ummm…I just REALLY want that book to exist! It’s referenced sooo many times throughout the Harry Potter series and I would love to have a copy of it as well. It would be amazing to have the whole history of Hogwarts in one place and be able to actually read it.

Okay…I have seriously rambled enough about Harry Potter. Moving on!


3. An Author Who Should Write More Books

The first person that came to my mind when I saw this question was Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite books, I simply ADORED everything about it. Her writing style is one of the most beautiful that I have ever encountered. Sadly she hasn’t written any other books yet. Though I’m hoping with each day that there will be an announcement that she is coming out with another book!

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4. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

I really wanted Alina to end up with someone else. Or anybody else for that matter, other than the person she chose in the end. This is the only pairing where I’m VERY unhappy with the way things turned out to be. That has probably to do with the fact that I hated the person she picked. I don’t think I will ever get over this…Sigh. (I read this series years ago and it’s still bothering me a lot.)


5. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin was such a fast and action packed book! The setting of the story is very interesting as well and I would love to see it on screen. I just have a feeling that this book would make an amazing movie! It’s definitely one that I would love to see. I have heard that the second book of this duology is amazing as well, but I have yet to read it so I can’t say anything about that yet.

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6. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Covers

The Diviners has one of the most beautiful covers that I have ever seen. The hardcover edition (which I own) is even more beautiful, as it has very pretty gold details under the dust-jacket. For some reason the publishers decided to change the covers for the other books in this series and all of them are beyond bad. Seriously, each is worse than the one before.

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7. Totally Should’ve Stopped At Book One

This is kind of a cheat answer, as I haven’t actually read the rest of the series. Anyway, I read The Maze Runner by James Dashner and I remember enjoying it. (Though I didn’t love it and I had problems with it.) I was unsure whether I wanted to continue the series or not. A TON of people told me that the series only got worse and worse, so I decided to look up spoiler and I had to agree – this series just went downhill.

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I TAG:

As always, if you have already done this tag or simply don’t feel like doing it just ignore me. No pressure! 🙂


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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The Beauty and the Beast || Book Tag

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I was tagged by two amazing people to do this tag. They were Beth @Reading Every Night and Aria @Snow White Hates Apples. Thank you both once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out their blogs!

Beauty and the Beast was actually my favourite Disney movie growing up. I asked my mom which one I used to watch the most and she said this one – “I had to watch it at least once a week” those were her exact words. So I’m very exited to be doing this tag now! Even though I was actually tagged ages ago, but I’m seriously the worst when it comes to keeping up with book tags and awards. (As you all should probably know by now.)


RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator; Kirsty at Kirsty and the Cat Read.
  • Match a book to each of the songs/characters below.
  • Tag as many people as you like.

“Tale As Old As Time”
A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.

Morally grey characters and antiheroes.

I don’t know if this can count as a theme, but I’m counting it as one anyway. Morally grey characters and antiheroes are my favourite ones to read about! (Which you probably already know, as I keep mentioning this at every opportunity that I have.) There is just something compelling about them and they fascinate me. I would NEVER get bored reading about them.


Belle:
A book you brought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.


Beast:
A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

The Martian was a book that I didn’t know what to expect from. Honestly I didn’t have that high expectations for it, simply because science fiction wasn’t a genre that I read much from. Especially when it came to stories like this, where a character is trapped on another planet. The reason I decided to read this book was because the movie was coming out soon – I just randomly decided to pick it up. This book blew me away! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, I even managed to finish it in one day.

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Gaston:
A book everyone loves that you don’t.

Okay, lets be real: There is no such thing as a book that everyone loves! No matter how popular a book is, there is going to be people who love it or hate it. I decided to go with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for this one, as it was one of the most hyped books at the time that I read it. Everyone seemed to love it and I kept getting it recommended. I didn’t enjoy it that much, I didn’t outright hate it – it wasn’t that horrible. I just didn’t find it to be as good as people said it was, plus I had some major problems with it as well.

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Lefou:
A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

The only character for this question that came to my mind was Leo Valdez from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. (I actually had a hard time thinking of an answer for this one.) I honestly didn’t care that much about Jason in this first book, probably because I expected to read about Percy (who is one of my favourite characters EVER) but that didn’t happen. However, I completely adored Leo! He was definitely my favourite character from this book!

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Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière & Cogsworth:
A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

A book series that helped me through some tough times was the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first time I read this series was when I was in elementary school (when I was around 13 or 14) during the summer holidays. I didn’t have many friends back then and I mostly spent my time alone at home, I was very lonely. (I just felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, in any friend group.)

Reading all the Harry Potter books during that summer helped me a lot, they made me very happy! Now, whenever I feel sad or down I tend to reread at least one of the books. They just always manage to lift my mood no matter what, and I love getting back into the  magical world of Harry Potter. This is definitely the perfect series for this question.


“Something There”
A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

For this question I’m cheating a little bit. When I’m not enjoying a series I don’t continue reading it, so finding one that picks up as the books continue wasn’t possible for me. (Plus I tend to dislike the endings to trilogies, so there is that as well.) So instead I decided to go with a series that just keeps getting better with each book.

I adored Eragon, it was such a fun book. I really liked the characters and the world, plus it has dragons – as you may know I simply LOVE dragons!! The second book, Eldest, was even better. I enjoyed seeing all the character development and finding out more about the world was amazing as well. (Though this second book was a lot slower than the first, which I didn’t mind.) I’m currently reading Brisingr and so far I’m loving it – even more than the second one!! This is kind of a cheat answer, as I haven’t read the whole series but I’m still going with it. (Though I’m hopeful that I will love it as well.)


“Be Our Guest”
A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

The first two characters that came to my mind were Zahra and Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury, so I’m going with the two of them. They are two of my all time favourite characters and I would love to get to meet them. I have a feeling that having them over for dinner would be a lot of fun as well! I would love to talk to them and hear about their adventures, the stories they grew up with and many more things. The more I think about this, the more I want to meet both of them!

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I tag EVERYONE who loves Beauty and the Beast and wants to do this tag!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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The Would You Rather Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely sisters Shanya and Tanya @Twin Bookmarks to do this tag. Thank you both once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blog!


1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift-card?

As much as I love physical books, I would have to go with the unlimited money for Ebooks. Why? Simply because it’s unlimited money and I could always buy books without worrying if I’m going to have enough money for other things (like food and other life important things).


2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

Without a doubt J. K. Rowling. I really don’t have to think about this one at all. She is one of my all time favourite authors, plus the Harry Potter series had the most influence on me as a reader. (And is the one series that I have reread the most times.) I would simply love to chat with J. K. Rowling and thank her as well.

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3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favourite book for one day?

Probably write the world’s most famous book. Most of my favourite books have terrible worlds and I don’t really want to be in them, even if it’s only for a day. And if I ended up visiting the world of Harry Potter I would just feel depressed because I would miss being in it (which wouldn’t be good at all). Plus I do want to write a book, so there is that as well.


4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favourite fictional love triangle.)

Well, my favourite love triangle (or actually the only one that I like) is the one between Will, Tessa and Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. And I would choose Will, which probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows me – after all he is the kind of character that I tend to love.

 


5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

As much as I love Hogwarts, I have to go with traveling the world for a year. Traveling is something that I always want to do, I just love exploring new places. But, as you all probably know, traveling isn’t that cheap and I really don’t have the money to do a lot of it. So getting to travel for a whole year without a cost would be a dream come true!

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I tag:

(As always: If you have already done this tag or simply don’t feel like doing it feel free to ignore me!)


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I was tagged by the wonderful Beth @Reading Every Night to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!

For the first time EVER I won’t be rambling while answering the questions to a tag. Why? Because this is the rapid fire book tag and I shall stick to that name and answer the questions as fast as possible!


1. eBook or Physical Book?

Physical book.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback.

3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

(Both?) In-Store book shopping.

4. Trilogies or Series?

Series.

5. Heroes or Villains?

Villains.

6. A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

7. Recommend an Underrated Book?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.

8. The Last Book You Finished?

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis.

9. The Last Book You Bought?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

10. Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A piece of wood.

11. Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes.

12. Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Fiction.

13. Borrow or Buy?

Buy.

14. Characters or Plot?

(Both?) Plot.

15. Long or Short Books?

(Both?) Long books.

16. Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters.

17. Name the First Three Books You Think of…

Vicious by V. E. Schwab,

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern,

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

18. Books that Make You Laugh or Cry?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower made me cry. Anything by Terry Pratchett makes me laugh. Any Harry Potter book for both categories.

19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds.

20. Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes.

21. Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes, though I try not to.

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV adaptations.

23. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Lord of the Rings movies.

24. Series or Standalones?

Series.


I tag:

(As always: If you have already done this tag, or simply don’t want to do it feel free to ignore me!)


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag || 2017 Edition

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I was tagged by the amazing Heather @The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!

As you can probably tell by the title, this isn’t the first time that I’m doing this tag. I have done it the previous two years as well and it’s become somewhat of a tradition. (The 2015 Edition and 2016 Edition, if you are interested in checking them out.) This year I haven’t been reading as much, I have only finished 15 books so far – so my answers might be a bit repetitive. Although, it does make actually picking my answers easier, so there is that as well!


1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

It has to be, without a doubt, A Darker Shade of Magic by the wonderful Victoria Schwab. This book was simply amazing in every aspect! I loved the world and magic system that Schwab has created within this story. I can’t wait to continue reading this series and getting more information about the world, as I’m VERY fascinated by it. The characters were wonderful as well! The story, though slow at the beginning, turned out to be amazing as well.

And I have rambled enough, if you want more I do have a full review which you can check out. 😉

Victoria Schwab


2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

I haven’t actually read that many sequels this year. (Or any really. For whatever reason, I definitely NEED to change that!) One that I did read was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and I really enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t completely love it. It was a lot better than the first book. (No, I still don’t like either Clary or Jace.) I’m very much looking forward to continuing this series, especially if the books keep getting better!

I have a full review for this book, so if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.

Shadowhunters


3. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

It’s obviously The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I have adored both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. I’m basically exited about any book that Leigh Bardugo releases and this one is no exception! The Language of Thorns is a collection of fairy tales that are told in the Grisha universe. I ADORE fairy tales! So that is another reason that I’m beyond exited about this book to come out! I have also heard that it’s illustrated, which makes it even better!

Grisha


4. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

A book that I expected a lot from was Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson, but it ended up disappointing me very much instead. The premise sounded very interesting and like something that I would immensely enjoy. I was immediately drawn to it when I saw that it has some horror story retelling. (Plus the cover is simply gorgeous as well!) This book turned out to be rather flat for me, with a few interesting aspects but also some major problems.

I have a full review of this book where I go more into detail as to why I didn’t enjoy it and the problems that I had with it. So if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault


5. BIGGEST SURPRISE

The book that surprised me the most was Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson. This is a short story collection of dark tales, as the title implies. Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t one of my favourites (I ended up giving it 3.5 stars) but the stories in itself surprised me very much! I didn’t expected them to be as eerie and unnerving as they were. That was the aspect of these short stories that I enjoyed the most.

Shirley Jackson


6. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

No one actually. For an author to become one of my favourites I need to read at least a few books by them (two or more). There wasn’t a single new author that I read multiple books from this year and that’s why I don’t have a new favourite one.


7. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

This one I actually had to think about, as I don’t have fictional crushes that often. In the end I decided to go with Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. I simply adored him as a character and I can’t wait to read the other books from this series to get more of him in them. (I’m beyond exited to read the other two books in this series, as I have heard that they only get better!)

Victoria Schwab


8. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Two of my new favourite characters are Zahra and Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. They were both such strong characters in their own way and I simply adored them. I loved them on their own and together as well. Their interactions were amazing to read! Everyone needs to read this book, as it was simply fantastic!

The Forbidden Wish


9. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The only book that I remember that made me cry was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but that’s no surprise as I always end up crying whenever I reread a Harry Potter book. That’s just a thing that happens. I guess that I’m just to emotionally attached to this series. I read the illustrated edition of this book for the fist time this year and it was simply beautiful!

Harry Potter


10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The first book that came to my mind was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Why? Because I reread this book this year and ended up loving it as much as I did the first time I read it. It just made me very happy to get back into this story and world once again. This book is beautifully written with an amazing story and characters. This is definitely a book that I will be rereading many times in the future!

Roshani Chokshi


11. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

None actually. I haven’t seen a single book to movie adaptation this year, so I can’t possibly have a favourite one. In general I’m just not a big movie person, I rarely end up watching movie. I just prefer watching tv shows and anime over movies.


12. FAVOURITE POST YOU’VE DONE THIS YEAR

I have published 54 posts in the first six months of this year. How in the world do you expect me to choose one favourite among them?! I love and am proud of all the posts that I publish, otherwise they would end up in the trash and not published at all. I guess a few posts that I particularly liked from the first half of the year are:


13. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

I haven’t been buying that many books this year. I’m actually on a book buying ban where I need to read 5 books before buying one new one. And seeing as I haven’t been reading much this year, I haven’t been buying many books either. A gorgeous book that I bought for my birthday was Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, this book is simply stunning!

Neil Gaiman


14. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I really want to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. Contemporary isn’t a genre that I generally gravitate towards, as I’m mostly not interested by the stories (with a few exceptions of course). This book has an asexual main character and I simply NEED to read it for that! If you didn’t know, I identify as asexual and I have never read a book about an asexual character before. I have heard amazing things about this book so far and I’m very exited to get my hands on it!

Tash Hearts Tolstoy


15. WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Or rather what books do I want to read by the end of the year. I really want to read more books by Victoria Schwab, who is one of my favourite authors. I want to finish the Shades of Magic series and I want to start the This Savage Song duology (maybe even finish that one as well). I know that I will love all of these books, I just simply NEED to get to them!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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