The Zodiac Book Tag

It’s time to waste time with another book tag! I’m going to give a shoutout to Audrey Writes Abroad for doing this tag before me. I appreciate it. This may sound silly but I’m a fan of astrology. I certainly don’t follow my zodiac (Cancer btw) religiously but I enjoy reading about zodiacs and comparing mine to my friends’ zodiacs. I hope you fellow astrology fans hope you like the books I’ve picked in correspondence.

Capricorn: Hardworking, Stubborn, Straightforward

For this one, I’m going to have to pick The Lightning Thief (Book 1 of the Percy Jackson series). The whole story is about determine teenagers who have to fight against literal gods no matter what. It fits the bill for me.

Taurus: Good Taste, Sensual, Stubborn, Down to Earth 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is my pick for this one as it has a great combination of deep rooted-stories, bizarre (but kind of hot) sex scenes, and an overall profound message.

Virgo: Successful, Creative, Clever 

This is my mom’s zodiac sign and one of her (and my) favorite book/movie is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It’s certainly a unique spin on a classic fairy tale with plenty of wit and whim that keeps you hanging on.

Aquarius: Innovative, Admired, Eccentric, Distant

A good friend of mine is an Aquarius so I must honor my friend by choosing the Sherlock Holmes series. It’s certainly a front runner for detective novels and the backstory is just as eccentric as the story itself. You may not be a fan of Sherlock Holmes but you have to admit that it certainly has had an impact on pop culture.

Gemini: Dynamic, Many Talents, Likes Games

This one is a bit of a pun but I’m choosing Game of Thrones (Book 1 of A Song of Fire and Ice) by George RR Martin. If you are a fan of the show and/or the books, then you see my reasoning. The novels cover such a wide range of well-developed characters who must win the ultimate “game.”

Libra: Irresistible, Adventurous, Indecisive 

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments were one of my favorite series in high school and it still fits this description. I had a hard time putting down that series and Clare created some brilliant conflicts within the series that I’m still mad about.

Pisces: Free, Sensual, Sensitive 

The Great Gatsby is a short but powerful novel that follows it’s own path with Fitzgerald’s tender writing. The free spirited characters are bogged down with the touchy world of wealth. This is definitely a book for a Pisces.

Cancer (me): Sensitive, Friend-Oriented, Forgives but Doesn’t Forget 

Forgive me for being biased but I have to pick The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The novel carries the theme that friendship is one of the most valuable things in a person’s life. Along with Amir’s tough but soft characterization, this book is perfect for my fellow Cancers.

Scorpio: Self-Reliant, Powerful, Secretive, Wise 

My younger sister and another close friend of mine both share this zodiac so I have to give them a shoutout. I’m picking Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Love it or hate it, the novel is certainly perfectly twisted and strange in every way.

Aries: Brave, Independent, Impulsive, Hates to be Restricted

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights comes to mind as Catherine and Heathcliff fit the Aries description (in my opinion). With it’s wild setting and even wilder characters, Wuthering Heights doesn’t hold back in its dark themes.

Leo: Creative, Popular, Faithful 

Leos are guaranteed to enjoy the Harry Potter series. It’s creativity lends to it’s popularity which then lends to it’s pretty faithful following, adaptations, and spin-offs.

Sagittarius: Open-minded, Loving, Insensitive  

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the first books most students are exposed to as it exhibits open-minded and loving characters who are seen through the point of view of the precocious Scout.

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of my choices. I’m leaving you a link to an artist who does “shitty horoscopes” and I love their work.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

Hi everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a book tag and I’m ready for another one. This one was created by Book Syrup and I found it through Book Tag Index so check out both of the blogs.

The Best Color Combo on a Book? 

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Best Typography (Font) on a Book? 

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Best Simple Cover? 

Turtles All the Way Down

Best End Pages?

I don’t own many books that have fancy end pages so I can’t really answer this one.

Best Map? (Game of Thrones)

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Best Naked Hardback? 

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Best Back Cover? 

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Best Chapter Headers? 

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Best Illustrations? (milk and honey by Rupi Kaur)

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Best Spine? 

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Favorite Cover on Your Shelves? 

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The Joy of Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! As I panic about my upcoming finals, I realize that I need to take my mind off of things. I am so excited for Christmas just for the sake of being able to relax. I found this tag on The Giraffe Files so check out her blog. I also hope that you all have happy holidays.

Anticipation: What book release(s) are you most excited about?

I can’t think of any upcoming book releases but I know what books I’m hoping I’ll get for Christmas.

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Christmas Songs and Carols: What book(s) or author(s) can you not help but sing your praises to?

JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, Andy Weir, John Green

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Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has the best world building?

The Song of Fire and Ice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, World War Z 

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Christmas Carol: Favorite classic novel or one you want to read?

I do love Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, and The Great Gatsby. I want to read 1984, Frankenstein, and Catch 22. 

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Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

I really want Bonfire by Kristen Ritter, Origin by Dan Brown, The Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and  The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

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Candles in the Window: What book gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Christmas Tree Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I have a shirt with the cover of The Great Gatsby on it because I love it so much. My copy of The Song of Achilles also has a really pretty cover.

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Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas? Or do you have any Christmas memories that stand out to you?

I look forward to Christmas every year because I just love being home and feeling like I can relax for just a little bit. All of my Christmases have been memorable in some way or another.

The My Name In Books Tag

Hi everyone! I decided since I’m on a short vacation so I’m going to do a short and easy tag. I’ve seen a bunch of people do this one so thanks to everyone I’ve seen do this. I tag the rest of you. This is super easy. You just have to spell out your name in book titles. I’m going to do my first and middle name. My last name is too long. So here we go, time to spell out Emily Sue in book titles

E: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 

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M: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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I: It by Stephen King

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L: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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Y: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day 

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S: Stardust by Neil Gaiman 

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U: Ulysses by James Joyce 

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E: Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

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Ten Book Related Songs Tag

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been busy and also I haven’t really read anything new but I hope to post something new. I saw this tag on Julie Davide’s blog so make sure to check out her site. Now, I will share with you my favorite songs based on books with links if you want to listen to them as well.

“Over the Love” By Florence and the Machine from The Great Gatsby (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

While Lana Del Rey’s song “Young and Beautiful” is a really beautiful song, this one is also a really poignant song. I absolutely love Florence and the Machine as well. The Great Gatsby is also one of my favorite books.

“I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (dir. Peter Jackson)

I am a huge Ed Sheeran fan so I was really geeked when he did a song for the album for the movie adaptation for The Hobbit. 

“As You Wish” by Alesana based on The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The movie adaptation of The Princess Bride is easily one of the most iconic movies. Any fan of the book or the movie will appreciate this duet. Alesana also has done other literary themed songs that are based off of Dante’s Inferno and Edgar Allan Poe’s stories so I definitely recommend look at their other music.

“Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend from the album “Vampire Weekend”

I think you writers and grammar nerds will get a kick out of this song. The chorus is pretty hilarious as it begins out with the honest line, “Who gives a fuck about the Oxford comma?”

“White Blank Page” by Mumford and Sons from the album Sigh No More 

I don’t know about the rest of you but I really loved Mumford and Sons when they first came out with their banjo-infused sound. This one is particularly angst-filled and I think it works well for writers, who are a melodramatic bunch. (Bonus points for me because I happened to find a video of them performing this song in a bookstore).

“The Writer” by Ellie Goulding from the album Lights

I know that this one is a cover of another song but I love Ellie Goulding’s take on it. It’s a very whimsical and romantic song. We could all use a little bit of whimsy and romance on occasion.

“Shakespeare” by Fink from the album Hard Believer

This is another good angst-ridden song about struggling to learn Shakespeare as a teenager and just getting nothing from it. As a teen, I could have cared less for Romeo and Juliet.

“Paperback Writer” by The Beatles from the album 1

Let’s get classic with some of The Beatles. This one of my favorite songs and I hope you like it as well.

“Annabel Lee” By Stevie Nicks from the album In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks took Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee” and turned it into an awesome acoustic song with a bit of a 1970s vibe. It’s really fantastic.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (dir. Francis Lawrence)

All of the albums that came out for the movie adaptations of The Hunger Games series were really good but I love this one in particular because it’s just so damn empowering. (Also I just really love Lorde).

Those are ten of my favorite bookish songs. I hope the links work well. Also, let me know if you would like another top ten list like this. I love sharing my favorite music as well as my favorite books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hello all! I may have not mentioned this but I’m a big fan of superheroes. I’ve been in love with Marvel since the first Iron Man movie and I watch all of the CW superhero shows like Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. I also have a pretty decently comic book collection that I’d be happy to share with you if you’re interested. In honor of Wonder Woman, I’m going to do this tag that I found on the Coffeeloving Bookoholic‘s blog.

Wonder Woman: Your Favorite Badass Female Book Character 

I’m going to name a few here. Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Annabeth Chase (The Percy Jackson Series), Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments), Tally Youngblood (The Uglies Series), Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief), and Tris Prior (The Divergent Series)

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Themiscyra: A Book Setting You Want to Escape to 

Hogwarts (obviously) and Kings Landing would be pretty awesome. I’d also like to spend some time in Camp Half-Blood

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London: An Overhyped Book that let You Down

I was disappointed that I didn’t care for The Clockwork Angel series and I also didn’t care for The Catcher in the Rye. 

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Steve Trevor: A Book with a Beautiful Cover and Great Story

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller has a gorgeous cover with a gold-leaf helmet on the front and the story is fantastic. (Bonus points for being a Greek Mythology based story). Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also has a lovely cover. The Great Gatsby has classically beautiful cover as well.

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Lasso of Truth: A Book You Hated 

Real talk: I hated The Circle by Dave Eggers, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers, and Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Wonder Woman’s Shield: A Book So Sad You Needed a Shield 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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No-Man’s Land: A Book you wanted to send through No-Man’s Land to get shot

See the Lasso of Truth tag above.

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Ares: A Villain that is Scary, but You can’t seem to Hate

Voldemort is kind of a badass along with the whole crew of Death Eaters. Hannibal Lecter is also a great horror villain. Bonus: Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series.

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Dr. Poison: A Villain that had no reason to exist

I honestly can’t think of any. Even if the villain wasn’t very great, they still had a purpose.

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The Amazons: A Book that You wish has better LGBTQIA+ representation

I mean, a lot of books can fit under this category so I can’t name any one in particular. There is no doubt in my mind, though, that there needs to be more representation.

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That’s the end of the tag. I tag everyone who is a fan of Wonder Woman or superheroes in general. Have fun!

 

The Horror Movies Book Tag

It’s October so I might as well do something Halloween-themed. Shout out to Thrice Read for posting this tag on their blog. I welcome you all to do this super spooky tag too.

Zombie Apocalypse: Name a book you would save when civilization ends.

If I were to pick a series, then I would say Harry Potter. If I were to pick a standalone novel, then I would pick The Odyssey.  

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The Vampire: Name a book you would stake through the heart.

The Circle by Dave Eggers pissed me off to no end with its infuriating characters who don’t learn anything at all. I get that the point of the book is that sometimes you can’t escape innovation (good or bad) but I thought that was a little pessimistic.

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Haunted House: A book that still haunts you

The Secret History by Donna Tartt has stuck with me since I read it for the first time, not knowing what I was getting into. It’s easily Tartt’s most quotable book. Bonus: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak also stuck in my mind after I read them.

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The Psychological Thriller: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn definitely threw me for a loop. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher also does a great job with plot twists as Hannah tells her story. Bonus: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (that I love) includes some great plot twists as well. Red Shirts by John Scalzi has a really meta plot that messed with me.

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The Creepy Doll: A book that seems innocent but it’s not.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green both begin out innocently enough only to rip your heart out and stomp on it. (I mean, you can say that for most John Green books, though. I can’t say the same for John Steinbeck.)

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The Monster: A book that you could barely tackle.

I reviewed The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before I actually finished because the book was so long, at least for me. I still enjoyed it, though. Admittedly, I’m still not quite finished with IT by Stephen King either.

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The Comedy Horror: A book with mixed genres that worked or didn’t work.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver did a really good job mixing a ghost story with a family drama. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is a great combination of supernatural elements and comedy as well.

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The Cliched Teen Horror: A book you found super cliche.

The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer was riddled with cliches. I also found An Abundance of Katherines by John Green to be a bit cliche but it wasn’t nearly as bad as Twilight if you ask me.

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The Demonic Possession: A book that was so gripping that you needed an exorcist to escape it.

The Harry Potter series, The Percy Jackson series, American Gods, The Princess Bride, Looking for Alaska, The Little Friend, The Lost Symbol

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The Science Fiction: A book you would sacrifice to the aliens for the good of mankind.

I would happily give the aliens The Book Thief and To Kill a Mockingbird in order to illustrate the best and worst parts of humanity.

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The Anything but Books Tag

It’s no surprise that I’m doing yet another tag but I figured I do one that is not related in anyway to books so that you all can get to know me a bit more. I found this tag from Charlotte Annelise so check out her blogs. In the meanwhile, feel free to learn some things about me.

Name a Cartoon that You Love – I’ve actually become a fan of Rick and Morty recently. Normally, I’m not a huge cartoon person outside of Disney movies but this cartoon matches my sick sense of humor.

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What is your Favorite Song right now? – I’m currently a fan of “Angel on Fire” by Halsey, “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, and “Heroin” by Lana Del Rey.

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What could you do for hours that isn’t reading? – I’d probably be watching movies/tv shows/YouTube videos because I’m a bum like that.

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What’s something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by? – I don’t know but I guess you all might be surprised that I like cooking. I don’t do it often but I do own cookbooks that I’ve used.

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What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing that you like to learn about? – I’m a bit of a conspiracy theory buff. Do I exactly believe what in those theories? No. Are they still fascinating to learn about? Yes, if you ask me. Also I just love learning weird facts so feel free to send me some good ones.

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What’s something unusual that you know how to do? – I actually know a lot about camping stuff, like how to tie certain knots or properly cook food over a fire. I used to camp a lot when I was younger and was a Girl Scout for a time.

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Did you make something in the last year, and if so, can you show it? – I’m pretty darn inartistic. My mom, on the other hand, is super crafty so if I had a picture I would show you one of the Halloween wreaths that she made.

What is your most recent personal project? – I’ve had a novel and some short stories on the back burner for a while now but I’ve done anything with them in a while.

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Tell us something that you think about often? – What am I going to eat next?

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Give us something that is your favorite but oddly specific – Hair-brushing ASMR, Songs with a Person’s Name in the Title, Jalepno Poppers that have Cream Cheese Filling, Vintage Ghost Photos, and Dark Blue Boot Cut Jeans

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Say the first thing that pops into your head – what the fuck is happening now?

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The Book Titles Tag

I couldn’t resist when I saw this one. I can’t name a single source for this one but you know who you are if you’ve done this one. I appreciate anyone who enjoys me doing these and, to anyone who doesn’t like these tags, I’ll be posting more reviews soon.

1 A book title that’s the story of your life

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I’m a huge fan of Felicia Day and I loved her autobiography. She’s very relatable and even the title spoke to me.

2. A title that describes your perfect weekend.

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One of the central themes in this book is traveling aimlessly from paper town to paper town. I love just driving around and sight-seeing all of these tiny towns.

3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

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I have always wanted to go to Savannah, Georgia where this book is set. I’m fascinated with the paranormal so I would love to go on a ghost tour in Savannah.

4. Title you would want to name your child

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The first one is pretty obvious. I really like the name Hazel, the main character in The Fault in Our Stars. As for Harry Potter, there are an abundance of names in there that I would consider naming my kids.

5. Title of your ideal job

library of souls

I know it’s not a job title but I would like to work in a library, or just around books in general

6. Title of a place you would like to visit

the shining

I want to do a tour of haunted hotels, including the one that inspired The Shining. 

7. Title of your love life

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I’m just an Elizabeth Bennett looking for my Mr. Darcy

8. Questions you ask yourself

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My anxious and weird brain if full of “what ifs?”

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule

Allegiant

I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t like this book but the title does make for a good kingdom name.

10. A title you would name your band

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This one would be a good name for an all female-rock band. Also, I’ll be reviewing this book soon.

11. What is your current mood?

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I’m kind of hungry right now.

12. What is your favorite color?

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13. How do you feel about this year so far?

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Maybe some of you feel this way too.

14. Where do you want to travel?

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I want to go back to Dublin so badly.

15. What are you summer plans?

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I’m not planning on stealing books but I’m planning on stealing away into books.

16. What are your plans this year?

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I’m really hoping to get an internship or, at least, apply for some internships.

The Harry Potter Spells Tag/Challenge

I’m back at it again with another book tag but I realized I hadn’t done a Harry Potter related one yet. I found this one on @becomingbookish  so check it out if you want. Other than that, enjoy this tag and feel free to participate in these tags too.

Expecto Patronum – A book associated with good childhood memories

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Well, obviously I have strong ties towards the Harry Potter series but I also loved A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle and The Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funk

Expelliarmus – A book that book you by surprise

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I had to read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for my World Lit class last semester and I ended up loving it. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a powerful story.

Prior Incantato – the last book you read

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The last book I read was The Shining by Stephen King. I haven’t finished it yet but I’m working on it.

Alohamora – A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered

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I used to be an avid Mortal Instruments fan and, though I don’t read it anymore, it introduced me to urban fantasy.

Riddikulus – the funniest book you read

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The Martian by Andy Weir is pretty hilarious. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett is also a really funny read.

Sonorus – A book that everybody should know about

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I absolutely recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Secret History by Donna Tartt to just about everybody.

Obliviate – A book spoiler you would like to forget having read

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I skipped to the end of Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series, because I was frustrated with the book then I was pissed at the ending and just gave up reading it.

Imperio – A book you had to read for school

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I’ve read a bunch of books for school so I’m going to say my favorites have been Dracula, The Great Gatsby, Brick Lane, and Fahrenheit 451. 

Crucio – A book that was painful to read

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The Book Thief hurt like hell but was still a great book. Also, The Mark of Athena hurt my feels.

Avada Kedavera – A book that you would kill

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Allegiant, Ender’s Game, The Lovely Bones, and The Gold Coast can suck it for all I care.

 

That’s the end of this book tag. I hope you enjoy this one too.