Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
Tag 5 people!
Since I am starting the tag, I will, obviously, only have “requests”.
1. “Falling Apart” by Broods
I feel like I’m definitely going to have to go with my most recent read, The Witch Elm by Tana French for this one, as it seems everything is “falling apart” for Toby, and he’s constantly wondering when he’s going to get his hold on things.
2. “Not What I Meant” by dodie
This one brings to mind You’d by Mine by Erin Hahn for the reason of the line “have I built a little empire or made a fucking mess,” which is kind of how I feel Annie feels throughout the work.
3. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
For this, I chose Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. This song and book very much remind me of my own situation. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that.
Hey everybody! I was tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Ally!
WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. –Okoto Enigma
THE RULES FOR THE AWARD ARE:
Put the award logo/image on your blog
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post(s)
Three Things About Me
I have a godcat — Aubrey! :’D
I’m going to Rome this year, and it will be my first time going abroad! I am so excited about it!
I have seen Lorde in concert 3 times (one of which I practically waited in line for 86 hours to get front row . . . but that’s another story, and it was totally worth it).
Questions from Ally
Who was your favorite childhood author?
I used to love love love Andrew Clements. I remember walking into the library sometimes and seeing his new book on the shelf and getting to the edge of my seat so I could grab it before anyone else could.
What’s your favorite dessert?
I can’t really choose a favorite! I love to bake, so anything that I bake for that day is my favorite!
Which fictional character do you relate to the most?
A character who keeps coming to mind is probably Kvothe from the Kingskiller Chronicle. His drive to achieve his dreams is something that reminds me of my mind set — to never give up.
What book would you recommend to your younger self?
While I can’t think of a specific book, I would have told myself to pick up ERAGON by Christopher Paolini sooner, so I could get into fantasy at an earlier age. It is now one of my favorite genres.
Tell me your very specific coffeeshop order.
A grande, carmel, latte machiato with almond milk OR an americano, no cream.
Hello! Welcome to the New Year! I hope everyone has a good one and achieves all of their goals for 2019!
So, I’m a sucker and love these kinds of posts, as anytime where I can be a little snarky or shed some great light on my favorite reads, I will take! Please note that these are just my opinions, and yours may differ from mine! I’d love to chat about it with you in the comments!
This is not limited to books published in 2018, but to books that I have read throughout the year.
These books are in no particular order.
3 Best Books of 2018
This book checked all of the boxes for me — it was spooky, great characters, great story. If you’re looking to ease into some American classics, but are intimidated by some other authors (Herman Melville, I’m looking at you), this is such an amazing one to start with.
This is the perfect adult high-fantasy — amazing characters, page-turning with an awesome story (not to mention the violence and sex). Again, the perfect ADULT fantasy . . . be warned this is not YA, haha.
You can read my review here. (It was one of my first reviews ever, so beware.)
*clears throat* YOU WILL NEED TO SIT DOWN WHEN READING THIS REVIEW. I think this book upset me the most from all of my reads in 2018. Get someone to write about topics who has no idea what they’re like (particularly being overweight), and you wind up with a disaster.
Terrible, terrible, terrible. Offensive, poorly written, just terrible.
HOT CHOCOLATE: MARSHMALLOWS AND CHOCOLATE AND WHIPPED CREAM, OH MY! RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S SWEET THROUGH AND THROUGH
Okay, okay, this isn’t even out yet. But, I received this as an ARC and loved every second of it. PRE-ORDER THIS ONE!! IT’S SO GOOD!
PEPPERMINT MOCHA: THE FLAVOR OF PEPPERMINT IS STRONG AND DISTINCT. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF STRONG EMOTIONS.
This book . . . laughing, crying, everything . . .
APPLE CIDER:IT’S SO GOOD IT CAN’T BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IT’S FROM APPLES—THAT MEANS IT’S HEALTHY, RIGHT? RECOMMEND A BOOK FULL OF CHARACTERS WITH QUESTIONABLE MORALS.
Every character’s morals change so drastically in this book, and by the end you really don’t know who to trust and it’s kind of frustrating.
EGGNOG: IT’S CREAMY AND SMOOTH, WITH A LITTLE SPICE, AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN ADD ALCOHOL TO IT. RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S MOSTLY FUN, WITH JUST A HINT OF DANGER.
Surface level, Holden is a funny, carefree kind of guy, but as you dig deeper, you start to see his layers of emotion may be more serious than you once thought. Plus, walking through New York City alone at night as a teen? Scary!
GINGERBREAD LATTE: A DRINK WITH A VERITABLE EXPLOSION OF SPICES. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF ACTION.
For some reason I don’t think this was the best received book, but when I read this, it was a full 5 stars. This is a PAGE TURNER. And, who knows, maybe if I read it now, I would hate it. But who doesn’t like a scientist who’s company tried to kill her and is on the run?
OH, here’s a little bonus of my cat, Jonas, in his little Christmas sweater 😀
Whatever holiday you are celebrating, I hope you have the best of it!
MY JAM | A SONG YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE HEARD IT AND A BOOK THAT YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF
I have listened to this song over a thousand times in the past year and a half if that’s any question as to how much I love it.
Well, I bet you saw that coming. This is one of the only books I’ve re-read (twice, actually), and will continue to re-read.
THROWBACK | A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME IN YOUR LIFE AND A BOOK YOU READ THAT YOU WOULDN’T LIKE NOW
I grew up in the south, and can any of us look back on our adolescence and not cringe just a little?
Boy did I think I was the smartest first grader in all the land when I was one of the first to be allowed to read chapter books (yes, *rolls eyes*, “allowed”). This was one of my favorites, but I’d like to say I’ve grown up a little from these, now. (This one was my favorite).
REPLAY | A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT AND A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK
For some reason, I cannot stop listening to this song.
While I did only give this four stars, in the end (review here), I was very shocked at how much I enjoyed this one.
GETS ME | A SONG THAT IS LITERALLY ME AND A BOOK THAT IS ME IN BOOK FORMAT
I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who can’t relate to this song.
No, I do not have crazy powers, but I feel Kvothe and I have a lot in common.
WUT | A WEIRD SONG THAT YOU LIKED ANYWAYS AND A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR SOME REASON
I only say this is weird because of how much instrumental is in it, which is typically not my style, but boy can I jam to this song.
I think this book stuck out for how much I hated the “protagonist” and how much I ended up loving the suspected “antagonist”. You can read my review here.
LET’S GO | PICK YOUR BEST PUMP UP SONG AND A BOOK THAT INSPIRES YOU
THIS SONG GETS ME SO FREAKING HYPE I LOVE HER
If I could ever come even close to the way she writes prose, I’d be happy. (Review here.)
CHILL | YOUR BEST CHILL OR RELAXING SONG AND A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH ON A RAINY DAY
If you haven’t heard this song yet, you’re missing out . . . so good.
This is my favorite of Flynn’s work, and nothing beats a great thriller on a rainy day.
NOSTALGIA | A THROWBACK SONG YOU LOOK BACK ON FONDLY AND A BOOK YOU READ AND LOVED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG
I still listen to this song, haha.
I remember how excited I was to get this when it came out. This is one of my favorites from her.
WHO | WHO IS AN AUTHOR YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE WITH?
This is really difficult, but with a little thought, I would love, love, love to sit down and talk about craft with Jay Kristoff. I feel like we’d get along pretty well.
WHAT | WHAT GENRE/STYLE DO YOU MOST OFTEN GRAVITATE TO?
I really enjoy fantasy, action/adventure, and thrillers the most, it seems
WHERE | WHERE DO YOU PREFER TO READ?
Honestly wherever. I don’t really have a favorite place to read, believe it or not.
WHY | WHY IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?
I feel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a book that everyone needs to read before they reach the age of 25. I feel that Holden offers a very outrageous perspective on the world, and that everyone can relate to him in some way.
BONUS: HOW | HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING WHAT BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
There’s is no way of going about it. It’s madness, really. (Just kidding, it’s whatever strikes my interest at the time.)
As the only part of tags that I don’t like doing is tagging, so whoever wants to do this one, you’re up!
In anticipation of my most anticipated release of the year, I’m going to have to go with Aelin from the Throne of Glass series. (What will I do once this series is over *cries*).
Werewolf | The Perfect Book to Read at Night
While this book didn’t particularly spook me too much (that’s hard to do, mind you), I have a feeling that reading it on a cold, winter night, surrounded in blankets with a candle and some hot coco would just about hit the spot for me.
Frankenstein | A Book that Truly Shocked You
Can I truly say Godsgrave*shocked* me if I predicted what was going to happen (Sara is my witness)? But, I think I was mostly shocked I was right. I have a video of me finishing the book somewhere and screaming, because I had been reading it all day and it was, like, midnight when I finished it and…yeah.
The Devil | A Dark, Evil Character
Goodness, I loved to hate Levana…
Grim Reaper | A Character that Should Never Have Died
I’m going to skip this one to prevent possible spoilers, but I think we all have a character death we wish we could change.
Zombie | A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Starry Eyesas much as I did, but I read the majority of this while chaperoning an overnight camp for 4-H, and when it was done, I was sooooo sad. It got me out of a reading slump, for sure.
Gargoyle | A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost
IF YOU GO NEAR MY KVOTHE WE’RE THROUGH
Vampire | A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You
How to Set a Fire and Whynot only bored the hell out of me, but also made me want to vomit for them trying to compare it to The Cather in the Rye.