The Opposite Book Tag

Here’s yet another tag that no one has officially tagged me in, but I am doing it anyway because I’m an independent book blogger and I don’t need to be tagged.

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First book in your collection/Last book you bought.

First Book: The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer, I saw my sister reading it and I just got it and read it. And it’s been in my collection ever since.
Last Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved by Jenny Han.

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A cheap book/An expensive book.

Cheapest Book: The short answer would be that I don’t know which is the cheapest book in my collection. Throughout the years I’ve learned little tricks to save money when buying books. Some of the cheaper books in my collection are Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Scarlet Letter, some of Jane Austen novels, The Outsiders, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Most Expensive Book: the Avatar comics Library Edition they’re all over 20 bucks, some even go as high as $30.

 

A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.

Male Protagonist: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover is the retelling of Hopeless but from Holder’s point of view.
Female Protagonist: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.

Fast Read: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood is among one of my fastest reads, but not the fastest one. My fastest read is Ugly Love but (spoiler alert) it will be mentioned in another category, and I did not want to repeat books. Plus, this gives me a chance to mention this book again.
Slow Read: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella took me a whole month to read.

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Pretty cover/Ugly cover.

Pretty Cover: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Ugly Cover: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins original cover. They were horrendous and misled me to believe it was just as bad when in reality it’s such a good book.

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A national book/An international book.

National Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Florida, United States / my home)
International Book: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria/ not my home)

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A thin book/A thick book.

Thin Book: A Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (122 pgs)
Thick Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (457 pgs)

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Fiction book/Non-fiction book.

Fiction: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Non-Fiction: Hamilton The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Mrianda & Jeremy McCarter

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Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.

Romance: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Action: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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*There’s a lot of action in Ugly Love but it’s the Rated R kind of action… I had to make that joke.

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A book that made you happy/One that made you sad.

Happy Book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Sad Book: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The Stationary Book Tag

I first saw the tag over at Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages and of course I had to do it, and here it is now. A little bit late, but it is here! I hope you guys enjoy this quick tag.

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RULES

 

PENCILS: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book

Junie B. Jones by Barabara Park

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PENS: A basic staple for any reader

Because I don’t want to say Harry Potter, I will instead say The Hunger Games because I still haven’t met someone who has disliked it, and I also think it’s staple in the YA community.

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NOTEBOOKS: What books do you own multiple copies of

Technically Fangirl, Twilight, and We Were Liars

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MARKERS: A book with a beautiful cover

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood because it’s my duty to mention it as much as possible. Besides, the cover was one of the things that drew me into the book.

 

GLUE: Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

Kellen and Wavy from All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I also want to say Kady and AIDEN from Illuminae, but I feel like that might be a weird answer… *nervous laughter*

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SCISSORS: What book would you like to destroy

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker… I have my reasons. If you want to know go my review HERE.

 

ART KIT: What completed series do you own

  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  • Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Slammed trilogy by Colleen Hoover
  • Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

I know that books like Saga and Illuminae Files are still in progress but I am counting thme because I have all the books of those series so far.

Bonus: Show us your desk/stationery that you own for each question

Not now….

I Tag: If you want to take part in this tag, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

This or That: Rating Books One Star

This or That challenges is hosted by the Bookmark Chronicles. This week’s prompt is:

Have you ever given a book a one star (out of 5) rating?

If so, give the title and why didn’t you like it (or them if it’s happened more than once).

I generally don’t but I know I definitely have. For me they are rare so a book has to be atrociously horrendously bad for me to give them a 1 star rating. I went through my Goodreads account and found these 6 books and here they are.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker

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This one made the list recently this year. I despised it and I kept hoping it would get better as I read it but it just kept getting worse. It’s SUPPOSED to be a love story but it’s really about this insta-love story between an angry girl and her kinda creepy neighbor who says he will “fix” her. It just made me angry and I don’t know why it has such a high rating on Goodreads.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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Okay, If I’m honest I don’t exactly remember why I gave this a one star rating. I think it had to do with corny predictable plots in the Twilight era of vampires and some kind of insta-love. I remember I even found typos that bothered me.

No Turning Back by Bryan Anderson

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This is the only book on this list that I feel bad about giving a low rating. Why? Because I met the author at a school event and he is a wonderful human being in person. He’s a brave man who went to the front lines of war for his country, and yet here I am giving his book a one star rating. The problem with the book is that personality and wonderful storytelling in person does not translate as well in book form. The sad parts weren’t sad and the funny parts weren’t funny.

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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I had to read this for school and for whatever reason it was a tough read and therefore hated. Looking back maybe it doesn’t deserve it, but that’s how I felt at the time.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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The first book in the series was good, I enjoyed it, but the trilogy went downhill from then on. By the time I got to this book, I was already annoyed by the story and barely finished it.

The Candy Book Tag

I was sort of, technically tagged by Lara @ The Book Heathen to do this tag and I am to do so!

APPLE

Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of award but, um it really isn’t your thing.
For this I have to say the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin. I tried it. I read the first book and half of the second but it was becoming a chore rather than something fun, so I gave up.

MILK CHOCOLATE

This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely everyone
1984 by George Orwell because everyone needs to read this book. Also, I think it might be one of the easiest classics to get into.

BLACK JELLYBEANS

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Why do these exist?
Up until now I would have said the The Immortals series by Alyson Noel because in my opinion the first book, alone, was really, really bad. However, I have another answer: Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker. Now that book was really, really, really bad.

CHOCOLATE KISSES

        

Awww this novel had the best romance.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover?… Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino?… Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell?… Yup, sorry, I can’t choose. Don’t make me choose!

GUMMY SPIDERS

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Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for week after reading this scary one.
I know it’s not a book but the series Stranger Things gave my nightmares on the day I binge watched it. It’s not that scary as you watch it but it did give nightmares. For a book related answer, I have to say Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff because it does have some scary scenes in it.

JUMBO LOLLIPOP

    

This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

COTTON CANDY

Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do)
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

I tag everyone who gets this far! That means you who read all this. Yes you, now go on complete the tag.

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

So it’s not exactly the New Year anymore and it’s already been a week since it’s been 2017, but that’s not stopping me from doing this tag! I wasn’t exactly tagged but Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews but she did say that if I wanted to, I could. Therefore, I’m doing it.

RULES

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or don’t)

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Best Book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (I just realized some of my favorites have the word “Ugly” in it)

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Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year.

Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Bryn Greenwood

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

Thirteen Reasons Why Netflix series

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one).

Miles from Ugly Love but maybe not because he’s very moody.

What’s on your TBR for 2017? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  2. Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

Short Answer: 50 books

Long Answer: Last year my goal was 23 books because that was one more book than what I read in 2015. But, in 2016 I discovered graphic novels and I read A LOT of them and they helped me surpass my goal by a longshot. By the end of the year I had 90+ books (I had no idea I could read that much), so this year my goal is 50 books.

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

Just Goodreads for now.

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

I have a lot of books I bought last year that I haven’t read and right now I’m trying really hard to read the ones I already have before buying any new books. Key word, buying. If someone wants to gift me a book, I won’t say no… I honestly don’t know how long this will last. Thankfully, school just started so that will keep me busy enough from going to Amazon or Barnes and Noble or any bookstore.

The Journal Tag

How many journals do you own?

I have two completed journals and two more that I’m currently writing in.

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When did you start keeping a journal?

Since I was little it was an on and off thing. Earlier this year is when I really started to journal on a consistent level.

How do you date your entries?

I put the date and time because sometimes I write more than once in the same day.
Example:
October 25, 2016
(6:00pm)

How many different types of journals do you currently use?

Two. One is my personal journal. The other journal is more of a reading log where I keep a record of how many books I read in a month, how many books I received/bought, and any quotes that I liked while reading during that month

Do you have a favorite journal brand?

Nope.

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Do you ever write outside or take your journal with you?

Nope, I’m too afraid to lose it and someone will find it lol

Do you keep an online journal?

No, but I had a “journal” word document once. It lasted less than a year.

How often do you journal?

I aim for at least a sentence everyday.

Do you record dreams? And if so, how?

I’ve thought about it but I don’t always remember my dreams or I forget them throughout the day, so it would be very inconsistent. But, when I do remember I do write it down, if it’s interesting enough.

Do you prefer to write on lined pages?

Lined pages please! I never mastered the art of writing on blank paper.

Do you ever censor yourself?

I try very hard not to, but I’m sure I do it in some way.

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If you have a reason, explain why you started journaling?

Earlier this year I was going through a tough patch in my life when I saw a really cute journal at a store that said “My Brilliant Ideas” on the front cover. I bought it on a whim not sure what I would do with it. I wanted to record my “tough patch” as a way to go back and see how I got through it. Now, that I’m over that patch it’s interesting to see what I wrote about it.

If you’ve been writing a long time, how has your style changed?

I used to think journaling was strictly for documenting what happened in your day until I decided I was going to write something every day. The problem with writing every day is that sometime you really have nothing to interesting enough to say. That’s when I started have more fun with my journal. I started to write down lists, quotes, song lyrics, very spoilery thoughts on books and tv, and sometimes I just doodle. Now even when I have nothing interesting to say about my life, I still have a reason to go to my journal day to day.

The Inside & Outside Book Tag

Yet another book tag I found that no one has tagged me, but I’m going to do it anyway. Because remember, I’m a rebel. Grrrr.

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Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough.

I like short summaries. When I see long summaries I tend to get tired of reading them. I just want the gist of things, but make “the gist” interesting enough for me to read.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

Paperback… Don’t kill me! But let’s face it paperbacks are so much better. They’re easy to carry around and they don’t weigh as much. However, I do agree hardcovers are prettier.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

It depends. If I’m reading for fun, I won’t write on them, unless I have a really good point to make. But, if I’m reading a classic I find it easier to keep up with the storyline if I make notes on the margin, I also write on my books when it’s an assignment. So I’m sorry book people, but I do have quite a few scribbled books. Are you shocked?

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

Pride and Prejudice? Divergent? Saga? I can’t decide.

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

It really doesn’t! If the book sounds interesting to me, then I’ll read it. It’s that simple. I remember in high school when we had to analyze poems, some of the authors had unisex names, so we were unsure of the gender. It didn’t really bug me at first, but I realized that my analysis would be better if I knew the gender. Why? Because poems are more intimate, the topic of the poem makes better sense seeing where the person comes from. For example a 19th century women wouldn’t be writing about being in the frontlines of a war, but a man could be. Anyway, I digress. For books, I don’t care if an author is a man or a woman, but for poems I like to know.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I am sooooo guilty of this. I don’t even know why I do it, but I do read the last page if it’s short or the last paragraph. Has it spoiled anything for me? Not really. Do I recommend it? Hell no! I’ve done this with TFIOS and a recent read Living Dead Girl and V for Vendetta.

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

ORGANIZED! I am VERY organized with certain things, and one them is my bookshelf. The only time it wasn’t in tip top shape was when Booktubeathon came and destroyed it, but as soon as the week ended everything was in it’s place and I could breathe again.

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Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I don’t like talking about this, but Under the Poppy… I never read it and since then, I have ripped it apart. The “messy pages” background you see in some of my Instagram photos come from this book. I also rip the pages off in the name of blackout poetry. I’ve made my peace with and no longer feel guilty.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Let’s just say that books are like my organs, and I can’t leave without them. If I’m going to leave my house, I’m most certainly going to take at least one of them with me. It’s virtually impossible for me to leave the house without a book with me. I went to a party, and I took a book with me. I went to Ihop with a friend and took a book with me. I go to the mall to shop and I take a book with me. I go on vacation and I bring two books with me, or buy a book in the airport. Even in my own house I carry a book with me everywhere I go because you never know when the urge is going to hit. My favorite place to read is the backyard, but it’s summertime and it’s Florida, so I don’t go there a lot not because it’s too hot and too humid because it’s Florida.

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