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Finally Fall Book Tag

Happy Thanksgiving guys! I hope you are spending this time with loved ones (as much as we can this crazy year) and resting from your normal craziness. In the spirit of the end of fall, I am skipping some tags on my list to do this one. I’m so excited for this tag! I had seen it around, and it looked so fun that I was very happy to be tagged by Maya @ HerBookishDesires. If you haven’t checked out Maya’s blog, please do! She has a ton of fun bookish content and a very happy writing style. 🙂

And now, on to the tag!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

To be honest, I had mixed feelings about this one (you can see my full review here), but I have to give Lobizona props for a gorgeous setting. Both the fantasy world and Miami were very vividly described. (Plus that cover! Gorgeous. :D)

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

This book was definitely the first that came to mind. It is a really interesting dystopian standalone, but the true theme is grief and closure. It made me cry, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. If you’re interested in my full thoughts, go here.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

This was hard because I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, to be honest. However, I read parts of this for an interesting “definition of consciousness” class I took a couple of years ago, so it seemed appropriate. I would try to describe it to you…but it’s about as easy as defining consciousness. Just know that it is thought-provoking, which is just what you want in a non-fiction.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.

I can only pick just one? HAAARD. Um. I am really tempted to pick the Cullens. But since the idea of my mind being read isn’t too appealing, I will go with The Mysterious Benedict Society. Because I would probably return to childhood if I could belong in that society. I loved them so much.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

Can I be really boring and say Princess Bride? Because I haven’t read it, but that is literally the only one I could think of. Gosh. Is this a whole subgenre I’m missing? Because my brain is blanking, lol.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Again, I can only pick one? Because I could go way beyond one. Well, the creepiest book I’ve read this year is Eight Will Fall, although I didn’t like it much, to be honest. (Full review here).

Bonus: If I was picking a creepy book I loved, it would be A Deadly Education. Just saying.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

This one is pretty short, but oh so sweet! It goes by pretty quickly because it is full of cute and funny illustrations.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I love this one, and it’s been a few years since I’ve read it. Time for a re-read pretty soon. 🙂

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

Fuzzy socks, fuzzy blanket, a comfy recliner, and something sweet to drink. Preferably hot cocoa.

That was such fun! Thanks again for the tag, Maya, and thanks to everyone who stuck it out til the end, lol. I know I always break the tagging rules, and I’m sorry. But I’m going to leave it open-ended again, simply because it’s basically the end of fall. (Everyone knows that Black Friday marks the end of fall and the beginning of Christmas. RIGHT?). But anyone who wants to do this one before fall ends, go for it! And please tag me or comment so I can see your answers!

Hope you guys are having an awesome day, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Hayden

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Thanks so much to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for tagging me! I am excited to finally be doing this one! If you haven’t checked out Tiction’s blog, you totally should! She has a lot of interesting and upbeat content. 🙂

This cool tag was created by Madame Writer, and you can check out her blog here.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

  • Link back to original creator.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag.
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Add one more prompt of your own.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Have fun!

LET’S BEGIN, SHALL WE?!

Never Have I Ever…read a later book in a series before reading the first book

Hmmm….maybe with a series of standalones, unintentionally. Not on purpose in a series where the order matters. At least not that I can remember…

Never Have I Ever…burned a book

OF COURSE NOT! That just seems really extreme. If I don’t like a book, I’ll just donate it. Jeez.

Never Have I Ever…read a book I knew I would hate

Hmmm. It depends on when I figured out I would hate it. I’ve never picked out a book that I knew I would hate. But I’ve read the first chapter or two and figured out I would hate it, but still persevered through. Does that count?

Never Have I Ever…wrote a fanfiction about my favourite books

No. But I’ve had been extremely tempted. Definitely some daydream fanfiction happening in my head.

Never Have I Ever…loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older

Hmm. I don’t think so, if only for sentimental attachment. I really love my childhood faves. They’re like old friends. 🙂

Never Have I Ever…dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters

Ha. No. I’m not a big costume person.

Never Have I Ever…hated a book by an author I love

Well, I’m not sure I would use the word love in regards to A.G. Howard, but I did really enjoy her Splintered series and Stain standalone before I read RoseBlood, which I really didn’t like.

Never Have I Ever…gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

Well, yeah. Haven’t all booklovers? Bookstores are irresistible. 😀

Never Have I Ever…read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Yeah…I’ve done that. Sometimes I’m unsure if a book is worth reading, and I check out the ending first. I CANNOT handle sad endings, okay? Quit judging me.

Never Have I Ever…read a book without the dust cover

Not purposely, I don’t think. If it comes with a dust cover, I read it with the dust cover on.

Never Have I Ever…skim read nearly half a book

Yeah. Sometimes I think a book isn’t worth reading thoroughly or my self control just crumbles. It’s 50/50 really.

Never Have I Ever….pretended to have read a book that I haven’t

I don’t think so….why would I do that?

Never Have I Ever….saw the movie before the book

Yes. Harry Potter and Twilight are good examples.

Never Have I Ever….read a book someone else is reading by peeking in their copy

Ummmm, I don’t think so, lol.

Addition: Never Have I Ever…laughed out loud in public while reading

Yeah…surely I’m not the only one who’s done this? I get weird looks, but I ignore them.

This was such a fun one! Thanks again, Tiction! Since it looks like this one has been around a little while, I’m going to leave my tags open-ended. If you haven’t been tagged and you want to do this one, go for it! Please comment with a link or tag me so I can see your answers!

Thanks for bearing with me and happy reading!
Hayden

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The Bookish Snob Tag

Hey everyone! I am finally getting to work on my tag list after wrapping up my October goals. Thanks so much to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds for tagging me! If you haven’t checked out their blogs, you totally should! Riddhi has such a cheerful blog and a really wide variety of interesting posts. Ahaana is so sweet, and she has really awesome, thorough reviews. So you should go check out their blogs if you haven’t already! Anyway, on to the tag….

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

Sadly, no. I don’t have the self discipline. When I find a TV show or film I really want to watch, I just go for it. I often end up reading the book afterwards, though, even if I didn’t like the movie. A great example would be Twilight. I really didn’t like the movie, so I thought, “the book can’t be worse than this”. And it was way better, so there you go, lol. But if I really like the show/movie, I often don’t bother with the books…so I guess I’m shooting myself in the foot with that. An example of this would be Harry Potter… but I swear I’m going to read the books, Riddhi. Really. 😀

FORMAT SNOBYou can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books for sure. But I really enjoy all the formats, so that would be sad.

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Yes. But I’d probably pity/judge them just a little, lol.

GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Nonfiction for sure. But if I had to pick a fictional genre, probably historical fiction, which isn’t normally my jam, or poetry, which I must admit I never read.

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy, definitely. Especially YA fantasy. I guess that’s pretty self-evident by the books I review, lol.

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm. I’m pretty new to the bookish community, but I would guess romance. Whether it’s insta-love or steamy, some people really look down on it, I think. On the flip side of that, I think people are always really proud of themselves for reading classics. Myself included, of course. You mean you DON’T read them?

Just kidding, lol. That was a fun one, and I’m glad I finally got to do it! Thanks again to Riddhi and Ahaana. 🙂

Since they both tagged quite a few people (Riddhi tagged 32!), I’m going to leave this one open-ended. If you’d like to do this one, consider yourself tagged!! And please tag me or let me know in a comment, because I’d love to see your answers!

Happy reading, guys!
Hayden

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Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Book Tag

I’m so excited for this one! Percy Jackson was definitely one of my ultimate favorites as a kid, so this tag was especially fun for me. Thanks so much to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the tag!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly!
  • Match books with the given prompts.
  • Tag however many people as wanted!
  • Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.

The Prompts:

Percy Jackson: Your favourite book of the year

This was pretty hard. I’m going to go with The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae, but I could have gone with Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer or Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano. I loved them all a lot.

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae book cover image.
Annabeth Chase: A book where you are in awe with the author’s genius

The first one that came to my mind is probably a solid choice here, and that would be The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It has such detailed, original fantasy, and it’s one of my favorites.

Grover Underwood: A book you love that’s under-hyped

I love a lot of hyped books, so this was difficult, lol. I went with the one that had the fewest reviews on Goodreads, and it is They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth. I know the cover isn’t great, but this is such a sweet historical fiction with a slow burn romance. I normally don’t go for historical fiction, but this one is awesome

Luke Castellan: A book you thought you’d hate but didn’t

Well, I normally don’t read books I think I won’t like, but one I can think of is The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie. This is a standalone dystopian novel that explores grief and healing. Grief is not a topic I typically enjoy in YA books (or any books, for that matter), but I liked this one.

Chiron: A book that will always make you feel at home

I could have picked so many for this one (including The Lightning Thief, lol), but I guess I will go with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I’ve re-read this one several times since childhood, so it feels like a friend.

Tyson: A book with a sibling relationship you adore

I’m going to go with Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones for this one. Sophie’s relationship with her younger sisters is hilarious and adorable.

Thalia Grace: A book where time froze when you read it

Um. Difficult to say. Any book that becomes a favorite of mine is a time freeze moment, honestly. I guess Stain by A.G. Howard is a good one. That was one of the few ebooks that I read and immediately went and bought a hardback copy. I typically wait until it shows up at my used bookstore. I’m broke like that. This one, I bought brand new.

Nico Di Angelo: A well-loved book you love too

I thought about Twilight for this one, but then I realized it has one of the lowest Goodreads ratings of my favorite books! So, I’m going with Everything, Everything. I figure any book with a movie must have a solid fan-base.

Calypso: A book you’d be marooned on an island with

I’m going to cheat a little on this one, and pick my collection of Jane Austen books. I feel like Jane Austen is an author I won’t get sick of. But just the idea of having only one book makes me sad, so I’ll move on now.

Rachel Dare: A book you predict you will give five stars

Hmm. My predictions normally don’t come true. But I will go with The Inheritance Games (I STILL haven’t gotten to read this one. Please come in soon!), which looks so fun.

Jason Grace: An upcoming book you’d get hit by a book to read now.

I’m going with Kingdom of the Wicked, since I’ve been looking forward to this one for a few months. It looks right up my alley, and that cover…

Piper McLean: A book you loved that someone else convinced you to read

This would have to be Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy, which is another historical fiction that is an all-time favorite of mine. It involves a woman having to pretend to be a man, and of course, delicious romance ensues. Plus, it’s set in medieval middle east, which is a setting I love. If you haven’t read this one, you should, because it’s awesome.

Leo Valdez: The funniest book you have ever read

Ah! I cannot pick just one. I am the kind of reader who laughs out loud (yes, I get weird looks), and it is impossible for me to pick just one funny book. Some of the funniest books I’ve read would include The Lightning Thief (of course), Howl’s Moving Castle, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and Poison by Bridget Zinn.

Hazel Levesque: An old book you read a long time ago but still love

Hmm. A good one would be The Mysterious Benedict Society, another all-time favorite of mine from childhood.

Frank Zhang: A book you were afraid to reach the end of

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano, definitely. She kept foreshadowing a sad ending, and I was on pins and needles.

Reyna Ramirez-Arellano: A book everyone hates but you love

Lol, since I realized this actually doesn’t have a great rating, I’m going to go with Twilight. I know this is kind of a love or hate one, but personally, I love it.

Octavian: A book you would punch without hesitation

Ha. Bone Crier’s Moon would be a good one for me. I know most people didn’t hate it as much as I did, but I wanted to strangle Ailesse (the main character) the entire time. Punching would work too.

Percabeth: The book with the best romance

Oh my goodness, there is no way I can pick just one with the best romance. So instead, I will go with the romance I have probably loved the longest, and that would be Ella Enchanted. Oh, Char’s love letter is just the best. If you haven’t read this one, go! Read! Because it is so super sweet. 🙂

Well, that was fun. Although it took a hot minute, lol.

My Tags:

  • Chloé @ Chloem.reads
  • r.bookish @ r.bookish
  • Tiffany @ Tiffthebooknerd
  • Anyone who wants to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged! This is a really fun one for Percy Jackson fans. 🙂

Whew, that was long! Thanks for hanging in with me. Hope you guys have an awesome week and happy reading!

Hayden