The Grishaverse Book Tag

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There’s never enough Grishaverse in my life so today I’m doing a book tag inspired by my favorite fictional world! (Honestly how have i not done one yet?) Created by Rebecca Books this tag uses Leigh Bardugo’s iconic characters, so let’s get started!


Kaz Brekker
(A Book You Shouldn’t Judge By It’s Cover)

My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten

Nina Zenik
(A Book That Made You Feel Empowered)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Inej Ghafa
(A Book With A Good Balance Of Character And Plot)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Alina Starkov
(A Book Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Read)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Mal Oretzev
(A Book That Always Sticks With You)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkling
(A Book With A Dark Plot)

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Jesper Fahey
(A Book That People Always Seem To Leave Out)

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Wylan Van Eck
(A Book That Wasn’t What It Seemed At First)

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Matthias Helvar
(A Book That Was Bad At First But Turned Out Good)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Nikolai Lantsov
(A Witty Book)

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Are you a Grishaverse fan? Who’s your favorite character?

Let me know in the comments below!

Reader Problems Book Tag

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Today I’m bringing you the Reader Problems Book Tag that I discovered while browsing The Book Nut. It’ll give you a little insight into my mind in regards to books.


1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

Typically I’m picking up new releases or arcs for review but when I go to my backlist I’m looking for titles I was really hyped for or fit my current mood.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I very very rarely go the DNF route. If I really cannot power through it I have to put it aside for a bit.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Of course I’d try to catchy up and the best way to do this is picking up comics, manga, and novellas. Short and sweet stories that breeze by.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

Basically by planning on picking up the new ones regardless.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I’d probably just keep my opinions to myself but if I really needed to vent I’d maybe head to Twitter.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Probably stop reading until I can shed all of my pent up emotions. 

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

I don’t have the time to reread like this but if I’m super lost I’ll look up recaps to refresh my memories.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Gosh this is really hard. My books are so precious but when I do lend them out I’m very adamant that they will be given the utmost care. 

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

My tried and true method is going to the romance genre. It really kicks my reading pace back to normal.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

Quite a lot of them. I do try to read them at the library first if I’m not positive I’ll like it but when I love them, I need them.

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Some not long at all, others often gather dust.


How do you face your reader problems? Any methods I need to try?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Ace of Shades Book Tag ~ #Doves Edition

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Hello all! Today I’ve got an exciting book tag to help celebrate one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. Started by my fellow #Doves member Min over at Min & Her Books with the help of Katie at Katsyxo, The Ace of Shades Book Tag is inspired by Amanda Foody’s upcoming fantasy novel. Check out the questions and answers below!


1. Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of it’s own!

Daevabad from S.A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass. It’s teeming with character and culture housing a vast populace of djinn.

2. The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal family/gang!

The Dregs! My crow children are the absolute best especially dear Dirtyhands.

3. Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! With the backdrop of the most aesthetically pleasing circus ever, everyone is wrapped up in a longstanding competition that frequently turns deadly. It’s so rich with detail and full of complex emotion.

4. The Doves are a gang of assassins… What book you’d kill to have in your hands right now?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Yes I need my Nikolai book now!

5. The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

Oh the Twilight series. How I loved you when first I read you. Now I don’t know what I was thinking.

6. With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to speak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

I’m gonna echo Min on this one. Gavin Brawley from Illegal Contact may be a brute but when he opens up he’s oh so soft.

7. Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a character I cannot help but despise. She’s so brutal and coldhearted even with her own son.

8. You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin. The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

Well Odessa from Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen is excellent at finding things in the Deadlands so I think I might be alright. Fingers crossed the Sparrow brings her A-game.


Did you enjoy this tag? Are you getting excited for Ace of Shades?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Air Awakens Book Tag

Today I get to do a book tag for one of my fave series, Air Awakens by Elise Kova. It was created by Sabrina from Beyond the Book Reviews and Alexis from Mad for Books, Luv in celebration of this wonderful world. Check out the questions and answers below!

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Vhalla is a library’s apprentice, if you could have an apprenticeship, where or what would it be?

I’ve always been fascinated with architecture and home design and think it would be awesome to apprentice with someone. For a while I wanted to go to school for it but I ended up choosing history instead.

Vhalla battles with many friends by her side, which one of your blogger friends would you like to battle alongside?

I’d love to fight alongside Michelle from Dreaming of Alba. She’s such a fierce friend and I know she wouldn’t let me down.

Aldrik finds a rose garden to be his quiet spot, what’s your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is curled up on my couch with my dog snuggling me.

If Baldair invited you to the Gala, what color would you choose for your gown/suit?

I’d love to show up in a flowing red and black gown.

Affinities are dangerous in the Solaris empire. There are WaterRunners, FireBearers, EarthBreakers, and WindWalkers. Which would you want to be?

I’d most want to be a FireBearer with the power to wield flames and see into the future though I do think I’m more like a WaterRunner.

What book would you recommend to Vhalla Yarl if you ran into her at the library?

I’d probably use my go to recommendation of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Baldair’s Golden Guard consists of six members. If you had your own Guard, pick five book characters to join you.

I would have to choose Kaz from Six of Crows for his conniving, Katniss from The Hunger Games for her bow wielding, Dick Grayson from DC Comics for his myriad fighting abilities and acrobatics, Lila Bard from Shades of Magic for her magic/sass, and Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings for his heart.

Between Jax, Baldair, and Daniel, who would you kiss, marry, and kill?

Kiss: Baldair   Marry: Jax   Kill: Daniel

Vhalla’s favorite dessert is a lemon cake. What kind of dessert would you like to eat while reading?

I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate but especially rich cupcakes with lots of frosting.

In the Air Awakens series, which cover do you love the most?

I do go back and forth on this but Fire Falling most frequently stands out in my mind with both Vhalla and Aldrik standing together in their armor.


Did you enjoy this tag?

Feel free to take part yourself or let me know your answers in the comments below!

The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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I was searching the blogosphere when I came across the Totally Should’ve Book Tag on The Bibliophile Girl and thought it would make for a fun little post. The tag was created by EmmaBooks. Check out my answers below!


Totally Should’ve…Gotten a Sequel

My friends and I have decided that Celeste Ng needs to write a sequel to Little Fires Everywhere with the kids as grown ups. There’s so many questions I want answered.

Totally Should’ve…Had a Spin Off Series

The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters totally could’ve expanded with a series focused on the younger generation. Give me all the adventures of Ramses, Nefret, David, Lia, etc.

An Author Who Should…Write More Books

Erin Morgenstern!!! I fell in love with The Night Circus and would totally pick up anything she put out!

A Character Who Totally Should’ve…Ended Up with Someone Else

I honestly still ship Luna Lovegood with Dean Thomas. That last book totally set the stages for a sweet romance.

Totally Should’ve…Ended Differently

How dare you Cassie Clare? The ending of Lord of Shadows crushed my soul! I’m gonna need a different ending stat!

Totally Should’ve…Had a Movie Franchise

Leigh Bardugo’s entire Grishaverse should be brought to the big screen. Full of magic, political upheaval, and even heists, there would be so much world to explore as well as some epic fights.

Totally Should’ve…Had a TV Series

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater would be just such an atmospheric and cinematic story and I think it would make for a gorgeously heart wrenching show.

Totally Should’ve…Only Had One Point of View

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It kind of ruined the way I felt about Four.

Totally Should’ve…Had a Cover Change

Nemesis and Ally by Anna Banks were pretty much awful.

Totally Should’ve…Kept the Original Covers

I really wish The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon would have kept the original covers but at least the publisher is doing a special edition with each new book that will match.

Totally Should’ve…Stopped at One Book

Divergent by Veronica Roth. That book was so solid and then the rest of the series slowly dismantled everything I loved about the story.


Did you agree with my answers? Have different ideas?

Feel free to do your own tag or let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

The Shadowhunter Tag

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Sometimes I totally don’t talk about my fave series enough and the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare all hold a special place in my heart. From The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and The Dark Artifices to all the other offshoots, I just cannot get enough of this world and these characters. Today I’m doing a little tag that Cait at PaperFury did recently to lay down my love for this series.


WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER?

How could I just pick one? Let’s narrow it down by series at least! For The Mortal Instruments, it has to be Isabelle Lightwood. She kicks serious butt, has great attitude, and always look fabulous doing it. In The Infernal Devices, it will always be Will Herondale. He has my heart and soul. The Dark Artifices is harder to choose since I’m a huge Blackthorn family fan but let’s go with Mark. My smol Fae son.

WHO IS YOUR OTP?

There’s just so many options! By series again: Simon/Izzy, Will and Tessa, and Julian and Emma.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.” ~ Lady Midnight

MOVIE VS TV SHOW?

I definitely prefer the movie in terms of look and feel but I thought a lot of TV show casting was pretty great.

WHAT WOULD YOUR SHADOWHUNTER LAST NAME BE?

If I’m taking one of the common names it would for sure be Blackthorn but if I had to pick one I’d make it Rainshire.

WOULD YOU RATHER LISTEN TO JACE PLAY PIANO, JEM PLAYING THE VIOLIN, PLAY VIDEO GAMES WITH SIMON, READ A BOOK WITH WILL, OR PAINT WITH JULIAN?

Personally I’d choose to listen to Jem playing the violin. Music can be so soothing and I could just relax as he strung beautiful notes together.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE RUNE WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I think the communication rune would be really cool especially if it meant speaking easily in other languages.

WHAT TYPE OF DOWNWORLDER WOULD YOU BE?

Wow this is harder than I expected. Maybe a warlock, I mean who wouldn’t want magical powers, right?

FAVORITE SERIES SO FAR?

At the moment I’m enthralled by The Dark Artifices. Hopefully the final book won’t ruin things for me.

WHO IS YOUR MOST HATED CHARACTER?

Probably Valentine or Sebastian, those Morgenstern men know how to get under my skin.

IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH A CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Probably Izzy. I’d love to just chill in NYC with her, walk around, sight see, go shopping, hunts some demons. A regular day.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE SHADOWHUNTER BOOK?

Can I say a tie between Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows?

WHICH BOOK HAD THE WORST CLIFFHANGER?

Lord of Shadows without a doubt!

IF YOU COULD HAVE MORE OF SOMETHING IN THE SHADOWHUNTER WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Just keep the books coming please!

IF YOU COULD MEET CASSANDRA CLARE, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK HER?

Why do you torment my heart?


 Are you a fan of Cassandra Clare’s books? Prefer one series over another?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I know, I know. A tag on a Monday? Do not fear, I will have a review tomorrow. That being said, The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag caught my eye when I was on Flying through Fiction, and thought it would be fun. So without further ado, here we go!


What do you like about buying new books?

I have a deep love for buying new books even though I probably shouldn’t. I love a bright, shiny cover without blemishes and no damage. I’m kind of picky but if I’m paying for them I want each one to be as perfect as possible.

 How often do you buy new books?

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Creatures of the Night Book Tag

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When searching for book tags I discovered this Creatures of the Night Tag on Dreamland Book Blog. It was originally created by Katytastic on Youtube and I thought October was the perfect time for this one. It’s simple! Just pick your favorite book with each of these different creatures of the night. Let’s get started!

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In 1972, a 16-year-old American living in Amsterdam finds a mysterious book in her diplomat father’s library. The book is ancient, blank except for a sinister woodcut of a dragon and the word “Drakulya,” but it’s the letters tucked inside, dated 1930 and addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” that really pique her curiosity.

Her widowed father, Paul, reluctantly provides pieces of a chilling story; it seems this ominous little book has a way of forcing itself on its owners, with terrifying results. Paul’s former adviser at Oxford, Professor Rossi, became obsessed with researching Dracula and was convinced that he remained alive. When Rossi disappeared, Paul continued his quest with the help of another scholar, Helen, who had her own reasons for seeking the truth. As Paul relates these stories to his daughter, she secretly begins her own research.

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Disclaimer: Pokemon Go is owned by Niantic and Nintendo. All images were created by Read at Midnight.

With the release of Pokemon Go my deep love for these creatures has returned and I cannot get enough of playing this game. I absolutely adored the original anime show and can remember seeing the first movie with my dad and brothers at the old theater in town that’s now closed down. Aentee of Read at Midnight created this tag to bring together two of the most wonderful passions, books and Pokemon, and I’m excited to share my answers with everyone. Let’s get started!


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If would have to be picture books when I was really young. Those very first moments when books inspired me. Definitely Madeline, Where the Wild Things Are, and Goodnight Moon to name a few.

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Harry Potter all the way people!!!! This firmly cemented my addiction to books and fandom. My love for it will never fade and I will reread these till the end of my days.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn comes to mind. It was so hyped when it released and then when the movie came out. I just have no desire to read it now, the mystery and intrigue has been lost.

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I went through a phase where I read a lot of dystopian series all around the same time. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Wither, Legend, etc. It didn’t deter my love for any of them though.

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Mistborn has currently been checked out on my library card for months now and this is the second time I’ve tried to start it. It’s such a commitment and of course it’s a series. It will haunt me from my ottoman until I pick it up though.

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I try to avoid scary books at all costs but I have on occasion branched out. The creepy crawly collection, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, definitely did the trick and it was hard to turn off the lights.

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How to choose? I have so many from the original OTP, Ron and Hermione, when I discovered shipping to pretty much any pairing Leigh Bardugo creates. My current obsession is Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury. Love! Love! Love!

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I blew through All the Feels by Danika Stone in just one night. The narrative moved so quickly and I absolutely loved it!

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Eevees are the cutest thing ever! I will never get bored of them especially since they evolve into so many variations. Same goes for Cassandra Clare books! Just keep em coming. I will never be tired of books set in the Shadowhunter world and it doesn’t look like I need to worry about them going away anytime soon.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix but I absolutely fell in love with this world and the characters. From Sabriel and Touchstone to Lirael and Sam, now I just crave returning to these lands.

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This is such a hard one. I guess I’ll say Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas even though I may actually never read them. I have a two sided relationship with her writing and I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews.

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I will forever drool over the Folio Society editions of every single book I love. They are just so beautiful, I want to pet them. Unfortunately they cost a fortune.

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I’m super excited for Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill to come out this winter. I’ve heard amazing things so far and it definitely screams “must read” for me. Plus the cover is gorgeous!!!  If only my poke-eggs would hatch into ones I chose…

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Gosh I have quite a few but most importantly Leigh Bardugo and J. K. Rowling, my queens. I will buy anything and everything they ever release.

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For all the A Song of Ice and Fire fans out there, I am with you and feel your pain. When will Winds of Winter come out? Honestly I’m thinking never at this point. Most aggravating of all is the fact that the show has surpassed the books. Grrrr!


This was so much fun! Thanks to Aentee for creating this amazing tag and excellent graphics. I hope you enjoyed my answers and feel free to take on this tag too! Are you playing Pokemon Go? Has it taken over your life? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Hamilton Book Tag

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Well if you haven’t heard of Hamilton yet I suggest using the magic of the internet to immerse yourself in this phenomenal musical immediately. I mean, it is mind blowingly good! I’m dying to see it on stage so I will be waiting impatiently for a tour. In honor of my deep love for Lin Manuel Miranda’s creation, check out my answers to this awesome book tag inspired by the songs. Let’s all thank Maureen Keavey over on BookTube for creating these epic questions!

The Room Where It Happens: Book World You Would Put Yourself In

I always come back to the Shadowhunter world with its angels and demons, warlocks and fae, werewolves and vampires. Cassandra Clare has created such a vast universe and I love immersing myself in it.

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