Tag | Wonderstruck Book Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Sara about a million years ago! School is finally coming to a slow-down, so I’m trying to do my catch-up game here!

Sara knows just how much I love me some Taylor Swift, so here we go!

  • Link back to the creator (Olivia)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post. 
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

I tend not read many books that “break my heart,” so I’m going to stray a little for this answer. Hamlet is probably my favorite Shakespeare play out of the right I had to read for university this semester. Hamlet’s character is just so easy to feel sorry for, and the inevitable doom he brings upon himself is just sad.

This book . . . goodness. This book does not get the credit it deserves! It is one of the most, if not the most, psychologically thrilling books I’ve ever read. This is a true, modern-day, literary masterpiece. You can read my review of it here.

To be honest, I wouldn’t care for *any* book to become a movie, because they always seem to mess everything up. But I feel that Ask the Passengers would be a great one — it’s light and coming-of-age. You can read my review here.


I believe this came out my first year in high school, and I just remember thinking of how beautiful it looked! (P.S. This is definitely one of my favorite Ellen Hopkins books, so if you can, check it out! It’s a quick read! She’s definitely an author I don’t see too much on WP!)

I’m going to have to take Sara’s answer for this one. This is one of the very few books I’ve re-read. And this is the ONLY book I’ve re-read more than once. A true masterpiece.

WHY IS NO ONE STILL READING THESE?!?! I was so obsessed with this trilogy when I was younger! Ugh! Sooooo underrated!

Still remains as one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. The second I picked this up, I couldn’t put it down. Rothfuss manages to just bring you into his world and never let you go.

Refer to “Shake It Off.”

While there was never any defined “romance” in Renegades, I absolutly loved the tension between Nova and Adrian.

This could also fall under the category of “a book I still think about after reading it.” I just wasn’t expecting so much from this, as I’m usually let down by “hyped-up” books. But everything was just done so well in this — it dragged me through all of the emotions.

Eragon is the book that got me into fantasy. Unfortunately, I DNFd Eldest 150 pages in because it bored me to death.


I love tags and Taylor Swift! So, if you love those two things, consider yourself tagged!


What’s a book series where you loved the first book and hated the sequel? Let’s chat in the comments!

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August 2018 | In Review

August

Wow! This month was a whirlwind, While I felt most of it was waiting around for one specific event (which we’ll talk about below), there was still a lot going on! Let’s get on with it, then.


Books Read

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff: (448 Pages) I COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE IN A SEQUEL. 5 out of 5

All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor: (432 Pages) Waste of time, and just plain funny sometimes. 2 out of 5

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King: (293 Pages) An amazing story about a girl trying to find her way in the world with great touches of magical realism. 4 out of 5

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: (384 Pages) The main character was annoying, but the rest of the story was good.

Down Time (novella) by Barry Lyga: (40 Pages)

REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR: NASHVILLE

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I was so thankful to be able to see this amazing show up close and see the talents of all Charli XCX, Camila Cabello and, of course, Taylor Swift in one room.

Also, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill showed up somewhere in there?

We danced and sang as much and as loud as we could. Again, so so thankful for this experience of a lifetime. I’m eagerly awaiting the next tour.

 

 

Three Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 3 of 3)

lyric challenge

A book tag about my favorite songs? Yes please, Sara. Thank you for the tag!!

Yesterday’s pick: “High Five” by Sigrid


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

WHEN YOU ARE READING THIS IT WILL OFFICALLY BE ONE DAY UNTIL I SEE TAYLOR SWIFT SO I AM SHARING WITH YOU MY FAVORITE SONG FROM reputation . . . GETAWAY CAR.

No, nothing good starts in a getaway car…

It was the best of times, the worst of crimes
I struck a match and blew your mind
But I didn’t mean it
And you didn’t see it
The ties were black, the lies were white
In shades of gray and candlelight
I wanted to leave him
I needed a reason

X marks the spot, where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, I was lying to myself
I knew it from the first old fashioned, we were cursed
We never had a shotgun shot in the dark

You were driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

It was the great escape, the prison break
The light of freedom on my face
But you weren’t thinking
And I was just drinking
Well he was running after us, I was screaming ‘Go go go!’
But with three of us, honey, it’s a side show
And a circus ain’t a love story
And now we’re both sorry (we’re both sorry)

X marks the spot, where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, every man for himself
I knew it from the first old fashioned, we were cursed
It hit you like a shotgun shot to the heart

You were driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

We were jet set Bonnie and Clyde
Until I switched to the other side
It’s no surprise, I turned you in
‘Cause us traitors never win

I’m in a getaway car
I left you in the motel bar
I put the money in a bag and stole the keys
That was the last time you ever saw me

Driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

I was riding in a getaway car
I was crying in a getaway car
I was dying in a getaway car
Said ‘goodbye’ in a getaway car

I was riding in a getaway car
I was crying in a getaway car
I was dying in a getaway car
Said ‘goodbye’ in a getaway car

Tagged (only one today)

Becky

The Mystery Blogger Award

The amazing Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads nominated me for this award! Thank you! This is all very exciting as this is the first one I’ve ever been nominated for! So, here we go!The Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Display award logo
  • List the rules
  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Mention and link the award creator: Okoto Enigma
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice

 

Three Things About Myself

  1. I’m a huge fan of pop music. A lot of people seem quite in shock that a straight male loves pop music, and that’s a stereo type I would really like to break. Why does music have to have gender associated with it? Lorde and Taylor Swift are my two favorites, and I feel so lucky that I get to see both of them live this year!
  2. I’m writing this post from Arizona. While I live about 1,000 miles East of this place, I’m currently visiting Arizona because that is where most of my family lives! Cool to see wild cactuses.
  3. The word “semantics” bothers me. And now it’s forever going to plastered on my blog.

Five Questions from Velvet Spades:

  • What is that one book you own that you would NEVER lend out to anyone for fear that you might never get it back? (Either due to nostalgia or because you love the book too much to let it go)
    • I would probably say my copy of The Catcher in the Rye. The book means so much to me that it would take a very special person to fork my copy away from me. I read that book for the first time in 8th grade and then re-read it my senior year and found it still held its value to me. It’s just a book I keep coming back to. I just feel it takes what being young is to such an extreme that anyone can relate to it in some way. And while people who read it either love it or hate it, if you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend that you do.
  • Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great grandchildren?
    • Definitely the past to meet my ancestors. I don’t think I would want to know where I end up. I want it to be a surprise.
  • If you could go on a two week vacation tomorrow (& of course money is not an issue) where would you go?
    • Europe – just travel everywhere in there. Would love to. Taste all of the wine, chocolate and cheese.
  • If you were given a lifetime supply of anything in the world, what would you choose?
    • Front row concert tickets. Yes. That would be quiet nice and save me a lot of money. (Tbh honest, I’ve yet to actually buy front row, only GA and waiting a long time to get to the front haha).
  • Good news or bad news first?
    • Bad, that way the good news can (hopefully) make everything better.

 

My Five Questions:

  1. Who is one person you would freak out if you met in real life?
  2. Front of the plane or back of the plane?
  3. What’s the first song that comes up when you hit shuffle on your favorite playlist?
  4. What book would you recommend for “non readers”? Why?
  5. If you had to write the ultimate fan fiction, which five characters would you choose to include in it?

Nominations:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Bentley @ Book Bastian

Erin @ Undercover Binge Reader

Reaghan @ thats so reaghan

Heidi @ bookloverblogs.com 

 

I’m excited to see all of your answers!

Best,

Daniel

TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG & 3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES TAG (Day 1)

Taylor Swift Tag

In celebration of the Reputation Stadium Tour starting in 2 days, I thought this would be appropriate.

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I believe it originated from Kat, owner of Katytastic on YouTube.

**Note: I removed some of the questions and updated them with some newer songs. All of the questions added by me will have a ** beside them, indicating they were not part of the original tag.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Panic by Lauren Oliver
Panic by Lauren Oliver

—For some reason I just remember thinking this book would be the coolest, so I guess I had high-hopes from the beginning. When I was done with it, I knew I was disappointed, but was like “it was such a cool concept, so that saves it.” But, three years later, I have realized “a cool concept” is not a saving grace, haha.

 

Red

Pick a book with a RED cover.

The Catcher in the Rye cover
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

— You already knew this is going to be on here somewhere, haha. Just…go read it if you haven’t.

The Best Day

Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

—When I read this, I was sitting on the beach with sand between my toes.

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**This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Pick a book you feel shames its genre.

13 reasons why
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

—Glorifies Suicide (check), glorifies rape (check), boring as hell (check)… For someone who was just getting into contemporary at the time, thanks for putting a bad taste in my mouth.

I Knew You Were Trouble

Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer

— OKAY LEVANA CAN SLAY ME ANY DAY

Innocent

 Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Burned by Ellen Hopkins

—Some blog spoiled it 100 pages in…yay.

**Don’t Blame Me

Pick a popular book that you couldn’t finish.

City of Bones
City of Bones by Cassandra Calire

—Sorry, not sorry universe.

You Belong With Me

Pick your most anticipated book release.

Kingdon of Ash
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

—FSHADKJSHASLd

**Getaway Car

Pick a book with a badass main character.

Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus

—Kvothe is the baddest it gets.

 

Come Back, Be Here

Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

You get so alone sometimes it just makes sense
You Get So Alone Sometimes That It Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski

—Ha. Try and take this from me.

 

I’m only going to tag 1 since I’m about to tag 3 below, haha.  But, please, feel free to do this tag! 

— Sara @ The Bibliophagist (sorry I was so quick to get ya’ back)

3 days, 3 tags

I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist !! Thank you for being so kind to me ! Your blog is amazing !!

The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

This quote is slightly depressing, but it has been stuck with me for a very long time.

“No one can hate you with more intensity than someone who used to love you.”

–Rick Riordan, Blood of Olympus

This quote, to me, is so intense, and really sticks with me, especially when I’m reading or writing and come across a hateful relationship between two characters. It just really gets me thinking about if there was ever love to begin with.

Tagged

Simone @ Simone and Her Books

Hollie @ HOLLIEBLOG

Ceara @ ReadingArsenal

Best,

Daniel

FRIDAY FAVORITES: Week 4 (February 9th, 2018)

It’s hard to believe that it has been about a month since the first one these!

Well, without further adieu…

Here’s the criteria.

This list will consist of my weekly favorite:

  • Physical Thing
  • Non-Physical Thing (This can include but is not limited to anything from Movies, Videos or Online Articles)
  • Song

 

FAVORITE PHYSICAL THING

Uniball VISION Pen

Buy here.

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All I’m saying is that this is one of the smoothest pens out there. Perfect for sloppy first drafts and mark-ups.

FAVORITE NON-PHYSICAL THING

booksnjournals Instagram

@booksnjournals

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I really don’t even remember how I started following this person, but I just remember one of their posts popping up in my feed one day AND JUST LOOK AT THIS JOURNAL!

Doesn’t this make you want to start one of your own? I have no idea how she has under 100 followers, but GO FOLLOW HER FOR MORE POSTS LIKE THIS AMAZINGNESS!!

 

FAVORITE SONG

“Delicate” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Reputation Credit: Mert & Marcus

You can hate on Taylor all you want, but I’m a huge fan and I think that “Delicate”, off of her latest album reputation, is one of most subtle love songs there is. If you’re looking for the perfect “crush” or “new relationship” song, this is it.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, this week has honestly been a little stressful, but we have all gotten through it!

As for the project I have been mentioning, be expecting that soon. Not soon soon, but soon.

Other than that, I hope you have a great fin de semana!

And, if you, for some reason, don’t like any of these things, just remember that these are just the honest opinions of an English Major.

Best,

Daniel xx