It feels like it’s been ages I last did a tag on my blog but I got tagged for this by Ella @ ella isn’t reading about a year ago and it’s finally time to do this tag! *lol* So a huge thank you to Ella for tagging me and for being so patient! XD I really like the idea of this tag because the feelings I have while I read a book are always an important criteria when it comes to my rating. So this said, let’s just head to the tag!
Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
Nominate between 5 other bloggers.
Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
1. A book that you can’t forget
Normally I’d go with „Sadie“ here because this book is still haunting me, but I decided to go for a different book this time around. „The Poppy War“ is also among the books I can’t forget and even though I read it about two years ago I’m still not over it and didn’t dare to read the sequel. I think I need to be in a really good headspace to be able to tackle it or I’ll at least have to buddy read it with someone. XD
2. A book that made you angry about the world
That is a tough one but „The Raven King“ definitely made me angry about the world. What Neil and Andrew have to experience and what they go through, it made me so, so damn angry! I mean there are adults in this series but they can’t really help them and UGH! (To sing it with BTS’s words) *lol* It’s just so wrong and unfair and they deserve the world! T_T
3. A book that disappointed you
I absolutely loved and adored „The Selection“ trilogy. It’s one of those guilty pleasure series you just read and devour. XD But the fourth book in the series „The Heir“ just didn’t do it for me. I mean I really liked all the boys but Eadlyn (America’s and Maxon’s daughter) was such an unlikable character and super immature. So yeah I was a little disappointed by the last two books and didn’t enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the original trilogy.
4. A book that made you laugh and cry
Wow, that’s no easy prompt. I mean there are a lot of books that make you laugh OR cry, but usually it’s not both. So I had to think a little bit about that prompt but in the end there’s only one author that can always make me laugh and cry with her books. Suanne! I swear „A Charm of Finches“ caused me to laugh really hard but it also made me cry like a baby so it definitely fits the bill. Suanne writes such beautiful and painful stories and her books always make me feel A LOT! ❤
5. A book that excited you
I was sooo ready to read this ARC and already very excited to start with it, but once I actually read the book I was even more excited because it was everything I ever wanted to read and even more! ❤ I absolutely ADORED this book and I wish I could read it for the very first time! I kinda envy the people that will discover „If This Gets Out“ when it hits the shelves in December! *lol*
My 5 Feelings for you:
A book that made you feel uncomfortable
A book that made you happy
A book that made you laugh AND cry (because I just love books like that and need recs. ;-P)
This was a pretty fun tag and I really enjoyed the questions so thank you once again to Ella for tagging and thinking of me! XD I hope you enjoyed my answers and I really hope everyone I tagged will have fun with this too! =)
I already know that I’m going to regret doing this tag once I’m finished because there is no way… Literally NO WAY I won’t get hungry after this! *lol* I mean alone the first prompt already makes my mouth water! Haha! So yeah, I guess I’m doomed! XD
Anyway! I was tagged for this by Elli @ AceReader and I want to thank her for thinking of me! If you don’t know Elli’s blog yet you should definitely go and check it out! Elli has a great blog and an awesome personality so you can’t go wrong with taking a closer look! 😉 This said, let’s do this!
Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness
Because quite honestly I’ve never read a better prologue in a book than the one in „The Dream Thieves“. (Okay, the one in „The Name of the Wind“ is amazing too. *lol*) Still, the atmosphere, the poetic writing, the way the pacing for the book is set! Perfection! This book already captured all of my attention with the opening lines and it stayed strong until the very end! ❤ Maggie Stiefvater is a true master of words!
Nathan Allan from „I Wish You All the Best“! I recently finished reading the book and he’s just too precious and good for this world! Seriously, everyone should have a Nathan Allan in their life because this boy is an angel! ❤ He always did the right thing and knew exactly what Ben needed and he was so altruistic that it sometimes hurt! *lol*
I get all giddy when I think about Simon and Baz and even though I read „Carry On“ a million of times after first reading it in 2017 it still makes me so damn happy. I’m always smiling when I think about this book and Simon and Baz will always cause me to end up as a melted butter puddle on the ground. I think „Carry On“ just gives me that feeling of undiluted happiness you usually only feel when you’re a child.
„The Hate U Give“ didn’t just have a good message it was an important massage as well and it still needs to be spread and heard! I really liked Starr and her friends and the way she used her voice to fight for the things that matter. Angie Thomas wrote an amazing book and I hope many people will read it!
I could have gone with every single one of Alice Oseman’s books here but „I Was Born for This“ was so amazing that I just have to mention it! 😉 All the band members and Angel don’t only make for a super diverse cast but they are also very relatable and feel real! Plus we have a bi, gay and transgender rep which are all super amazing! ❤ Alice Oseman writes the perfect books, seriously! XD
This is probably one of the most hyped book series I know and it’s hyped for a reason. I loved the original trilogy and I really hope the next books that will follow will be great too. I’m currently reading „A Court of Silver Flames“ and since this book is about Nesta I’m very curious how I’ll come out of it. *lol*
As always you don’t have to do the tag but of course I’d be happy to see your answers! 😀
This was a super fun tag and I hope you enjoyed my answers! Thank you so much for tagging me Elli! It might have taken ages for me to get to this but I did it! Eventually! *lol* Also I’m super hungry after doing this tag! Like ahhh I need a cupcake right NOW!!! T_T
I was tagged for this by Juli @ Ich Lese last summer so I thought it would be fitting to do this tag now that it’s almost summer again. I know, I know, my brain works in mysterious ways sometimes. ;-P I could have done that in winter too, but nah. Where’s the fun? XD Anyway, as it seems this tag originated from Tracy at Truffle’s Literary Wonders so a huge thanks to Tracy for creating this tag. =) Also THANK YOU (this time actually in capital letters *lol*) to Juli for thinking of me when she did that tag! If you don’t know Juli’s blog already make sure to check it out! It’s a really lovely page and Juli has interesting content!
This said let’s have some fun and go for the answers! 😉
One: What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart?
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
Just in case you didn’t already know this: I hug this book like a pillow before I fall asleep! *lol* No, seriously, a pillow is more comfortable but I just love this book so much! ❤ Whenever I think about Baz and Simon my heart gets all warm and soft and „Carry On“ never fails to make me happy! It’s just too sweet and the MCs are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! If you haven’t read this yet, you’re clearly missing out! ;-P
Two: What’s your favourite book with a white cover?
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Was I even supposed to think of another book here? *lol* All four books of „The Raven Cycle“ have a white background and this series is one of my all time favourites! I just love all those four boys and I can’t get enough of them. I love this series and it’s characters so much it’s not normal anymore! ❤ So yep, I’ll always go with „The Raven Boys“ here! XD
Three: You’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a cup of hot chocolate. What monster book are you reading?
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
This book is one of the biggest I ever read and I loved every second of it. I think I even read it in winter and mostly on cozy nights at home. Kvothe is one hell of a fine character and I love him so much! Seriously, he’s exactly the kind of hero I love in my books. So no wonder I ate this up like a pile of tasty pancakes. *lol* But seriously, if you’ve never heard of this book and never read it: Do yourself a favour and read it now! 😉
Four: It’s snowing outside and you decide you want to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?
The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
Ohhh I’d be so ready for a snowball fight with Will and Jem! Just imagine all the banter and how fun it would be? They are my favourite shadowhunter duo and something ordinary like a snowball fight would be already amazing! ❤ Ahh why did you make me think of this. I want to go for a snowball fight with them now! XD
Five: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?
Imagine Me – Tahereh Mafi
Just chapters? Can I throw the entire book in the fire? *lol* Because quite honestly the idea of throwing this into a fire was the only thing that got me through this book. XD Sure, there were a couple of nice moments but mostly I just wanted to shred it into little tiny pieces and be done with it. Wow, I finished this a while ago but as it seems I’m still salty! Haha!
Six: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give to someone as a Christmas gift (or any gift really) to inspire them to start reading?
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
I really enjoyed this when I read it for the first time and I actually got it as a Christmas gift for one of my besties. She reads a lot of fantasy books so I figured that one would be a great choice for her. Especially because Locke Lamora and his band of Gentleman bastards is awesome!
As always you don’t have to do the tag but I’m sure it would be fun to read your answers! 😀
For some reason I think I enjoyed this even more because I did it in spring. *lol* Do you agree with any of my choices and which book would you throw in the fire to revive it? (Very curious about that one. XD) It as fun to do this and I’m looking forward to read your answers! Thanks once again to Juli for tagging me. ❤
And as always: Take care! And stay healthy and safe!
Copy-paste these rules and list of prompts in your tag post (it should automatically pingback to the original so your post can be added to a masterlist!)
Hey there, my lovelies! ❤
I was lucky enough to get tagged for this by My awesome Yoongi who is not only the creator herself but also the Yoongi to my V! XD Being ARMY and a huge fan of Sabrina and books in general I just HAD to do this! *lol* It took me quite a while to get to this tag but I eventually succeeded and went for it in the form of a BookTube video. I hope you’ll enjoy it and find some new book recs! 🙂
If you want to use the graphics you can find them in Sabrina’s original tag 😉 and if graphics aren’t your jam: Here’s a list of text-only prompts!
‘Life Goes On’: Book to remember 2020 by
‘Fly To My Room’: Book with a new perspective
‘Blue & Grey’: Book with mental health topics
‘Skit’: Book with great banter or made you laugh
‘Telepathy’: Book with strong family bonds
‘Dis-ease’: A comfort read
‘Stay’: A book filled with yearning
‘Dynamite’: Book with a retro cover
Since I couldn’t really tag anyone in the video except of everyone who watches it, I decided to tag people for it in this blog post! (I found some of you through Sabrina’s BTS art so I hope it’s okay that I tagged you!?)
This tag was a lot of fun and I want to thank Sabrina once more for creating it for us ARMYs! The graphics are amazing and I enjoy just looking at them! They totally give me a happy vibe! *lol* Did you read any of the books I mentioned in the prompts or do you want to read some of them?
Now that it’s already March I decided to finally go for the „Summer Vibes Book Tag“ which was originally created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. The lovely Elli @ AceReader tagged me for this in July 2020 and being the walking and talking oxymoron that I am, I almost wanted to do this in winter. *lol* Well, March is at least a halfway decent time to go for it, right? XD
Anyway! A huge thank you and shout-out to Elli for being so kind to tag me! ❤ It might have taken a while for me to get to it but here I am. Actually spring seems to be the perfect time to go for this because my anticipation for summer is great. I can’t wait to go outside and not to … well freeze. 😂
This said: Let’s to do this!
☀The Beach: A Book Set Somewhere Tropical☀
The plot of this book is quite literally playing on an island in Indonesia so it totally fits the bill. *lol* Not to mention that the chemistry between Kate and Nick is amazing and kind of heats up things as well. ;-P As an FBI agent and con man they shouldn’t even be attracted to each other but as I already said, the tropical heat is actually the least of their worries. XD This is a great series if you want something light in between books. =)
☀Music Festival: A Book with a Focus on Music☀
I think after reading „I Was Born for This“ this book will always be the first thing that pops into my mind whenever I think about a book that focuses on music. I mean it’s about a famous band and their fandom so it really nails that prompt. *lol* Not to mention that it was amazing! Seriously, if you’re a fan of k-pop, part of any band fandom, have an own blog and are active on social media this book is for you! It tackles quite serious topics like social anxiety as well though, so keep that in mind when you pick this up. 😉
☀Watermelon: A Book with a Juicy Secret☀
Haha! This addresses one of the most serious juicy secrets ever: „Who killed Evelyn Hardcastle“! XD And it was such a blast to try to unravel this secret! I swear my mind is still a pretzel but „The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle“ was so worth it. *lol* If you enjoy intricate and multilayered mystery books that make you think and blow your mind: Search no more, this one is for you! ;-P
☀Water Park: A Book Set Near or on The Water☀
Well, this book plays on the water, in the water and above the water so I guess we ticked off all the water settings. *lol* This said I loved „To Kill A Kingdom“ because the sirens in this are bloodthirsty and the prince is a pirate king that doesn’t mind to get blood on his hands. Add an awesome crew and adventure to that and you have a really nice book that will keep you entertained until the last page.
☀Ice Cream: A Book or Genre That is a Guilty Pleasure☀
Definitely „The Selection“ series! I mean book 1 to 3 were already a guilty pleasure but the fourth book seems to have cemented my opinion. *lol* I really disliked Eadlyn, but I liked some of her suitors and even though the fourth book didn’t blow me away I still want to know who’s going to be the man at her side. So I guess this truly makes this a guilty pleasure read. It caters to my girlish side. ;-P
☀Picnic with Friends: A Book About Friendship☀
I’m currently reading „House of Earth and Blood“ and the friendships in this are everything! No matter if it’s between Danika and Bryce or Hunt and Bryce, I just love them. They don’t only feel real but also very relatable. I kinda want more of them now that I’m hooked to this book but since I have no idea where this series is heading (it’s really unlike any book Sarah has written) I’ll just have to wait and find out. XD
☀Road Trip: A Book that Takes You on an Adventure☀
Monty’s and Percy’s Grand Tour through Europe is one hell of an adventure! I loved this book so much because it was very funny and Monty is such an adorable character. His interactions with Percy were so sweet and I loved those two to bits and pieces. Also Felicity, Monty’s sister, is amazing as well and if you want to read a book that takes you on an adventure this is definitely a good choice. 😉
☀Sunburn: A Book that you Regret Reading☀
I really didn’t like „Genuine Fraud“ and after finishing it I felt like I wasted my precious reading time. I still think that it’s a „it’s not the book but me“ thing though. I thought „Genuine Fraud“ would be like „We Were Liars“ but it was something entirely different and it featured two tropes I just don’t like in books: An open ending and it had no central theme, so it’s no surprise I got a sunburn. It just wasn’t for me. *lol*
☀Summer Dress: A Book that is Light and Cute☀
„Red, White & Royal Blue“! Funnily enough this has a lot of serious topics as well but it’s feels so light and cute that it’s the first book that came to my mind. Henry and Alex were just such amazing characters and this book gave me so much hope for the future of the world. *lol* I wish we’d already be at the level of acceptance that’s portrayed in here but as long as we’re not RWARB is a great replacement for an evening star that should guide us just fine! ❤
☀Mosquito: A Book with an Annoying Character☀
I’m sure the Yoongi to my V will read this and agree! *lol* I got so annoyed by a certain someone in this book and to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the entire trilogy yet, I’ll just say it was a female character and I didn’t like her. XD You know who I mean, Yoongi! ;-P
As always you don’t have to do the tag! I just thought you might enjoy it. 😉
This was a really nice tag! I should have done this in summer… or well, not! *lol* I like that I did it in March. ;-P Anyway! Did you read any of the books I mentioned or do you want to read some of them?
It’s tag time and today I’ll go for a special one! Sabrina created this tag a while ago and I thought now that I finially read the first book I might as well go for it! 😉 I’m sure everyone who knows Sabrina also knows that she’s obsessed with ‘The School for Good and Evil’ series by Soman Chainani and so it’s no surprise she was inspired enough to actually go for her own tag! First of all I want to say: THANK YOU, Sabrina!!! Because I feel really honored that you considered me worthy enough to tag me. And secondly I need to tell you how AMAZING those prompt graphics are! Like OMG! I’m in awe. ❤ This said, let’s do this! 😀
Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post!
Post these rules and list of prompts in your tag post. If you copy-paste the rules, it should automatically pingback to me so I’ll see your tag post!
Ahh I can already tell that Sabrina will like that choice *lol*. I’ll go with „Carry On“ here because I really never would have expected to love this book so much! I went into this expecting some sort of Harry Potter fanfic and what I got was so much more!! ❤ Simon and Baz are the best and I just adore this book!!! Also aside from the obvious points it has absolutely nothing in common with HP! XD
I think „Radio Silence“ definitely fits that bill. It was so beautiful to see how the friendship between Frances and Aled gave them the courage to be who they truly are! ❤ It enabled them to embrace their true selves and made them so much braver than they would have been on their own. I just loved their character arcs and I really, really want their clothes and Aled’s hair! *lol*
I’m only about 40% into the book but I love it already!! „The Starless Sea“ is probably the embodiment of a unique and unforgettable book and I love it with every fibre of my heart! Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is epic and I really hope she’ll write even more magical books. They are all so mysterious, mesmerising, beautiful and whimsical!
Another book I’m currently reading: „House of Salt and Sorrows“. It’s some sort of „The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes“ retelling and I’m enjoying it immensely! I mean the original fairy tale already had some sort of dark edge to it, but I think Erin A. Craig lifted it to an entirely different level. This is dark and creepy and I’m so here for it. XD
Since I already used „Carry On“ I’ll go for „Red, White & Royal Blue“ this time around! Henry and Alex were so damn adorable and Henry is the most precious and sweetest thing! ❤ I love this prince and it’s no wonder Alex fell so hard for him. RWRB was one of the best bookish experiences ever and I still think it’s an amazing and hopeful book. 😀
I don’t read many collections or anthologies but „The Language of Thorns“ was a really great collection of short stories. I loved that they were all so dark and cruel, just like the old fairy tales we all know and grew up with. Leigh did an amazing job with this book and the drawings only made this even better. I can totally recommend this if you want to read modern fairy tales. XD
The last girl gang I read about and loved was the one from Sarah J. Maas’s „Catwoman“! I swear Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman were such a great trio! *lol* They certainly gave Batwing a run for his money and I loved their friendship even though they had quite a few arguments. XD Now that I think about it I’ve to say that there need to be more girl gangs in books. I mostly know mixed bookish squads but almost no girl gang.
Is it weird to say „Fence“? *lol* It’s one of the few collaborations I know about and C.S. Pacat works with Joana LaFuente, Johanna the Mad and Jim Campbell so there are definitely a lot of people involved in this graphic novel. 😉 Plus all those boys are so sweet! I can’t wait to read how it’s going to continue!
„Vicious“ by V.E. Schwab! Don’t tell me you didn’t see that one coming! XD I mean Victor and Eli are the embodiment of complex villains and I just adore Victor so damn much! ❤ This man is dangerous but also hot as hell and he has feelings even though they are buried deep. *lol* Ahh I just love Victor Vale! Period!
„The Impossible Boy“! I’ll never get tired of gushing about this book and how important it was for me to read it! I didn’t even know I needed this book until I read it and I’m so glad I stumbled over it. It helped me to accept myself and to be who I truly am and it came at the right time in my life. So I’ll always be grateful Anna Martin wrote this!
At the risk of feeling the wrath of many readers who love this book to bits and pieces: „The Catcher in the Rye“! I just couldn’t read this book. I mean I did read it, but it was pure torture! *lol* I have no idea why so many people love it and it was the favourite of my English teacher which was the main reason I gave it a try. Whatever the magic of this book, it was totally lost on me. Sorry!
I can’t remember ever being as stressed by a book as I was when I read „Muse of Nightmares“. Seriously, the entire book had me at the edge of my seat and whenever I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just got … well worse. *lol* Laini Taylor killed me with this and my stress level was off the charts! >_< I’m still recovering from reading „Muse of Nightmares“ which is the main reason I haven’t posted a review yet. I need to calm down first. XD
Of course you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to, it would make me happy though. *makes huge puppy eyes* *lol* And if you’re worried you might be spoiled for the series, Sabrina said it’s spoiler free. 😉
I hope you enjoyed reading through the tag! I definitely had a lot of fun doing it!
I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and I want to give her not only a HUGE thanks but also an even bigger shout-out for being such a sweet blogger! I found a lot of interesting other bloggers through her blog post so please check it out and maybe you’ll find other amazing bloggers too! 😉 Also: Me actually doing a seasonal tag during the right season?!! I know it’s unheard of but there’s a first time for everything! *lol* ;-P
Finally Fall Book Tag
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I really loved this book and it was such an amazing journey! So creative and beautifully written! Also the world building and magic! Just great! I think I rarely read about such a vivid setting and the only other book I can think of that might play in the same kind of league is „Strange the Dreamer“. XD
Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief. We Are Okay
I love this book with all my heart because it captures loss and grief like no other book I ever read. Such a beautiful and touching book! I think it shows that there are many facets of grief and that it doesn’t always have to be loud and screaming but that it can also be quiet and so painful that you can’t seem to be able to speak about it. >_<
Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
My hubby loves this book and I got curious. Don’t tell him, but I think it’s actually pretty awesome. *lol* There went a lot of effort into the details of „Man-Of-War“ and the black humour you can find in every corner of this book made it a really enjoyable read. If you like history, ships and want to know how they were operated this might be a good fit for you! 🙂
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. The Shadowhunters
Oh boy, there are so many but since I’m currently reading „Clockwork Prince“ I’ll go with the Shadowhunters! Just to see Jem and Will interact would make me so damn happy, also I love and adore the friendships and relatinships in TMI and TDA as well. The Blackthorns will always have a special place in my heart and yeah… well you get the idea! *lol*
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!
I hope that’s enough?! 😉
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story. Moby Dick
I know this might be an interesting choice but hear me out! „Moby Dick“ is probably the embodiment of a book in which someone is telling a story. I mean it begins with the famous words: „Call me Ishmael.“ and is told from Ishmael’s POV. Also it’s a great classic and I learned a lot about whales and the sea while I read it.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.
I read this in October and it was amazing! So many awesome, dark and creepy fairy tales! It was a lot of fun to read them and they were really good. Plus for a scaredy fox like me this was an awesome Halloween read. It was creepy and dark but not all too much!
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
„Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda“ will always warm my heart! ❤ I paged through this in no time and it’s such a sweet read. I could reread this forever and maybe I’ll actually reread it soon. I miss precious and relatable Simon and heaven knows we all need a little bit of warmth and happiness in our lives!
Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
I even put this on my Book List 2020 and I’m so going to read it soon! I love this faerie series to bits and pieces and I adored its characters long before Maas’s Rhysand, Tamlin and Feyre even became a thing. This is the first faerie series I ever read and it will always hold a special place in my heart. 🙂 Irial and Niall!!! ❤ My precious babies!
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
I was tagged for this by Emma @ A Few Chapters ‚til Love a while ago and finally managed to get to it! XD So a huge thank you to Emma for thinking of me! You’re the best! ❤ Also I saw that some of those questions will be tough to answer but I love myself a good challenge so I’m all ready for the fun! 😛
☆ Mention the creator of the tag (Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight) and link back to the original post!
☆ Thank the blogger who tagged you
☆ Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
☆ Tag 5+ friends
☆ Feel free to copy the heading graphics
“Not only is it a seriously immersive adventure though the rivers of the world [also I’m low key screaming because we’re getting a movie] but I love the puny tongue-in-cheek humor of the skippers” – Alexandra
Believe it or not but my knee-jerk reaction to this was that I can’t think of a single book that’s set along the river. Which is kinda crazy if you think about it. I mean there are books that mention rivers in them but they are never truly a big part of the plot. The only book that comes to mind because the characters made a journey on the Nil is „Blood Sisters“ so I think I’ll just go with this one for now. =)
“Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirates life for me! Pirates of the Caribbean is a staple at any Disney Park. Did you know it was the ride that actually inspired the films? That’s right, Walt Disney himself oversaw the development of the ride which opened in 1967.” – Alexandra
I never knew the ride came before the movies! Color me surprised. XD This said „To Kill a Kingdom“ definitely falls into this category! It was such an adventure and I loved Lira and Elian! By reading this book I finally realized that I’m not only a huge fan of morally grey characters but apparently also a sucker for pirate princes and blood thirsty sirens. *lol* If you’re a fan of easy banter and snark too then you really should give this a try! 😉
I am quite literally obsessed with The Haunted Mansion, namely it’s Parisian counterpart Phantom Manor with it’s more intricate, eerie theme. Located in the Western-esuqe Frontierland, Phantom Manor’s narrative centers around the bride herself and tells the story of Melanie Ravenswood who is haunted for all eternity by the menacing Phantom. – Alexandra
Ohh how I loved „Anna Dressed in Blood“. There’s a Victorian haunted house, Anna is the ghost and Cas Lowood is supposed to tackle the task of sending her to her final destination. Well, until for some reason Anna doesn’t murder him but starts to talk to him instead. XD Seriously, I got such a „Supernatural“ vibe (the early seasons) when I first read this and I really enjoyed it! If you want to read an eerie ghost story you’re in for a treat with this one. XD
Knott’s Berry Farm eat your heart out because Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the best mine cart ride. Ever. Set in a seemingly haunted canyon, Thunder Mountain is a thrilling coaster-like ride through a rickety gold mine. – Alexandra
The first book that instantly comes to mind is „Illuminae“! This book had me at the edge of my seat from beginning to finish and boy did I chew on my fingernails. *lol* I never read such a fast paced book that tackled so many interesting topics and to say my mind exploded would be the understatement of the century! I said it once and I’ll say it again: This needs to be an action movie!!!
Ah, Splash Mountain – the best thrill ride in any Disney Park. Hands down. Nothing like a five story drop to ground below to get that heart pumping, am I right? Splash Mountain is a classic log ride though the bayou that features a cast of animatronic critters from The Song of the South. And, isn’t there just something so atmospheric about the Deep South? – Alexandra
Here’s an entire series that’s set in the deep south! 😛 Charlaine Harris’s „Sookie Stackhouse“ books play in a small town in Louisiana and even though the last few books of this series weren’t as good as the first 6 or so I still finished it. If you don’t want to fight through all 13 books you can always watch the tv series though. „True Blood“ is the on screen adaption and I’m sure if you like vampires you might enjoy that one as well.
Of all the flagship castles, there’s something to be said about the sprawling simplicity of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World Resort. I mean, the lofty spires, the climbing turrets, the ornate trims – the moat? It just screams happily ever after. Also, dinning in Cinderella’s Royal Table is a high priority of mine. – Alexandra
Don’t say you didn’t see that one coming! 😛 I mean „Cinder“ is kind of destined for this, right? And true to the fairytale original there was a castle in this one too. *lol* Also can we all agree on the fact that Cinder, Iko and Prince Kai were awesome? I really need to continue with this series because it feels like it’s been ages I read the first book. But oh well, too many books, too little time and all that jazz! XD
No trip to Disneyland’s complete without taking a spin through the whimsy of Alice’s Mad Tea Party. I don’t know about you, but I’m always the one shrieking with laughter, spinning the teacup as fast as it can go and holding on for dear life. [Would not recommend riding after a Dole Whip] – Alexandra
And here comes another retelling! „Heartless“ was one hell of a whimsical book but considering it’s the story about how a young girl became the queen of hearts this should be no surprise. 😉 I might have a few issues with this book and how the character arc was executed, but that doesn’t change anything about my love for Jest! He’s one of the best and most intriguing fictional characters ever and if you haven’t read „Heartless“ yet you’re definitely missing out!
Okay, so the Matterhorn isn’t as cool as Thunder Mountain but it’s snow-capped aesthetic and alpine vibe is seriously atmospheric. As you hurtle though snowy chutes and jagged edges, you might even glimpse the Abominable Snowman himself. – Alexandra
In Robin Hobb’s „Assassin’s Quest“ the characters spend a lot of time walking and hiking on the mountain so that’s the first book that came to mind. *lol* If you want to read it I recommend to read the first two books though! If you’re an epic fantasy fan you’ll most likely end up loving it because Robin Hobb doesn’t only write awesome fantasy but also amazing characters (especially Fitz, Nighteyes and The Fool)! I loved this series so much! ❤
Ignoring that fact that It’s a Small World is the most annoying song ever written [try getting that one out of your head], I can’t fault it’s child-like celebration of world peace and unity. It’s whimsical and iconic as you board a boat and traipse across the globe. This might make me seem like a Basic White Girl™, but I’ve always been fascinated by French folklore and culture. – Alexandra
„The Grisha Trilogy“ is inspired by Russian folklore and mythology and you can read it in every single page. I guess that’s part of why I enjoyed it so much! Other countries, their culture and their languages always fascinated me and still do so it’s no surprise I was a sucker for this kind of fairytale! XD And Leigh Bardugo can write!!! If the Darkling and Nikolai Lantsov aren’t enough reasons to read this, then I don’t know. *lol*
As far as roller-coasters go, you can’t beat the thrilling breathlessness of racing through the cosmos in Space Mountain. The attention the detail – the futuristic space station vibe, the swirling strobes and the nebulae as you hurtle through the void of space makes Space Mountain a truly immersive, out-of-this-world experience. – Alexandra
Okay, that promt was really hard because I think I never read a real space opera! If NetGalley decides to approve my ARC of „Seven Devils“ I’ll finally go for the experience though! *lol* I really can’t wait to dive into this and after reading Sabrina’s review I’m convinced that I’ll enjoy it immensely. 😀
Of course you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to! I just thought you might enjoy doing it! Disney is always a lot of fun, at least for me it is, so I wanted to share it! 😉
This was quite a tough tag indeed. *lol* I really had to think long and hard before I could come up with a book for some of the promts. XD It was fun though! Do you like Disney and did you ever visit one of the parks? Do you agree with my prompts? What kind of books would you have chosen? Did you read and like some of the books I mentioned? Talk to me and let me know!
I got tagged for this by Brianna @ Brianna’s Books And Randomness in March and the fact that I’m only doing this now is testament to my „Snaildom“ and yes, this might be a word I made up but it definitely is a thing. *lol* 😛 Anyway, thank you Brianna for thinking of me when you did this tag! I’m a huge fan of the „Throne of Glass“ series and it made me really happy to get tagged for this. XD
So before I do this tag there’s only one thing I need to get off my chest first: WHY IS THERE NO DORIAN HAVILLIARD PROMPT!!!??? Like seriously?! How could you forget about my baby!? T_T Not fair! I still love „Throne of Glass“ though so I’ll do the tag even though not having a Dorian prompt is kinda killing me. A slow and painful death. *lol*
Anyway, let’s do this and wallow in my justified pain later. 😛
A book with a cover change you loved
I think that would be Jay Kristoff’s „Nevernight“. When I first got curious about the book I always saw the cover with Mia on it but I rarely like book covers with people on them. (Of course there are plenty of series that do this and I love them still. *lol*) Well, and then I discovered the other cover and was blown away! ❤
I don’t know about you but in my opinion the second cover is way more awesome than the first. XD Especially because there are so many details in the drawing! It’s amazing!
A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
Seriously, the cover of „Assassin’s Apprentice“ couldn’t have been any more boring. It has that typical 90ies epic fantasy vibe going on and when I first picked it up in my library I was like: Mhmm let’s see if this is going to be good. AND boy, was it awesome!!! By now there are about three other covers but none of them does Fitz’s story justice so I think I’ll never be satisfied with the covers for this book. *lol*
A series with great word building
Jeez! I could go with about a million fantasy series here but I’ll go back to the roots and say „Lord of the Rings“. XD Because let’s face it, this was one of the first epic fantasy series I read. I was 13 when I first picked it up and so immersed in the story that I didn’t only read all three books in about a week but also learned Elvish. (yes, I was THAT obsessed!) *lol* I guess that says quite a lot about the great word building of J.R.R. Tolkien. Eleni sílar antalyannar! 😛
A book that combines genres
Well, if the combination of a fairy tale and science fiction isn’t the perfect pick for this, then I don’t know. 😉 I loved how Marissa Meyer combined those two genres in „Cinder“ and I’m really looking forward to read the rest of the series. 😀
A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I will never get tired of telling everyone how wonderful this book is! „The Song of Achilles“ is one of the best books ever! ❤ Madeline Miller nails fictional myths and legends like no other author I ever encountered and I don’t even hesitate before I pick up one of her books.
A book with an unexpected twist
I don’t know how often my head was spinning while I read the „Red Rising“ series but Pierce Brown definitely threw me for a loop! *lol* There were soo many twists and turns throughout the entire series that I was reduced to a nail biting mess by the end of it. Haha! Such a great series! ❤
A book with an unreliable narrator
I guess Cady from „We Were Liars“ is the only character that comes to mind. I probably should read more books with unreliable narrators. XD
A book that’s got squad goals
I’m sure that if you’ve read „Six of Crows“ this is the first book that will come to your mind. And if you haven’t read it already you certainly should because that squad is truly #SquadGoals!!! I loved Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina and Matthias. ❤ All of them were such amazing characters and the way they work together and appreciate each other (and their skills) is nothing but awesome.
A book that feels like home
I could go with „Harry Potter“ here because it’s basically my childhood but I discovered so many great series over the years and if I have to choose I’ll go with „The Raven Cycle“ and „An Exaltation of Larks“. HP feels like my childhood and therefore is dear to my heart and feels like home, but those other two …. they are my everything! ❤ Just to think about them makes me feel all cozy, homey and loved.
~AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS~
A book with the power to destroy you
I’ll go with the only book I never managed to write a review about: „Kingdom of Ash“. This book was so good and destroyed me in the best way possible. It took me about 5 months to even think about writing a review and there are so many characters, quotes and things that happen in here that I still didn’t finish my review. I feel like Patrick Rothfuss writing „The Doors of Stone“. *LOL* So if I ever write and post this review I’ll drink a good whiskey and lean back in my chair. Haha! 😛
A book that intimidated you
„The Poppy War“ intimidated me big time! For one thing it’s HUGE! The sheer amount of pages was already intimidating enough and then add all the trigger warnings I read about. This was definitely no easy read and quite a tough journey. (and this is probably the understatement of the century. XD) But it’s a really, really good book and I can totally recommend it. (Even if it’s super tough to read.)
A book that makes you swoon
I haven’t read this yet but the mere idea of diving into Javier Landes’s story is already enough to make me swoon! I love this man so much! And yes I say man and not character because for me he’s a living and breathing person! ❤ I can’t wait to read this and I hope I’ll finish a few of my books soon so I can finally tackle this gem!!!
A book that challenged you to see things differently
I’m from Austria and my country is so very different from America. So to read this definitely challenged me to see things differently. I think „The Hate U Give“ gave me a good glimpse at America and the racism that’s still going strong. It was good to read this from Starr’s perspective and it helped me to understand the problems she had to deal with. It’s a really important and great book and I think everyone should read it!
A book you received as a gift
I really just got this as a very belated birthday present from one of my besties! (COVID sucks… XD) I wanted to borrow this from the library about a thousand times but I never got to it so I’m very glad I have it in my own collection now. I won’t have to worry about library deadlines when I start to read it and for me this is a big plus! *lol*
~ EYE OF ELENA~
A book you found right when you needed it
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started to read this but it turned out to be exactly the kind of book I needed at that time. „Traitor’s Blade“ was easy to read, the characters were likable and it was something different than I’m used to. It was a really light and enjoyable book and it helped me to escape the world for a little while. XD
I’m still kinda miffed about the fact that there is no Dorian Havilliard prompt but I guess I’ll have to live with it. Why, oh why, does everyone always forget about my precious boy? *sniff* Still, this tag was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed my answers! XD
This said let’s tag a few of you to join the fun. 😛
Today’s Topic is: Books That Make Me Smile (For any reason! Maybe tell us why?Submitted by Julia @ pagesforthoughts)
1.) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
I cuddle this book when I sleep!! *lol* So it should be no surprise that it makes me smile! ❤ But seriously, Baz and Simon are everything and they are so fluffy and cute I can’t help but smile whenever I see this book at the library or at the book store. Just to know this exists and other people might read it makes me already so happy. (Yes, if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m Snowbaz trash and I’m not ashamed of it! *lol* 😛 )
2.) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
This book was so much fun and since Simon is probably the most relatable character ever I love it with all my heart! Plus all the HP references and the dialogues and the friendship/family dynamics, Simon and Blue’s e-mails?! Simon being such an adorable nerd! I smile just thinking of it! ❤
3.) An Exaltation of Larks – Suanne Laqueur
I’ll never get tired of telling you how awesome this book is!!! The banter and the conversations are perfection, the characters are multilayered and amazing! The story is … I really have no words to describe my love for this! My heart is so full whenever I think about „An Exaltation of Larks“ and I didn’t even finish it yet! I feel as much love for this as I feel for „The Raven Boys“ and you all know how deeply and unconditionally I love them! My heart aches when I smile – It’s THAT kind of smile!
4.) Percy Jackson and basically every Uncle Rick book!
The mere thought of Uncle Rick is already enough to make me smile. XD His books are always funny and I love his humour and sarcasm. No matter which kind of series he writes they are always a nice adventure and his books never cease to amaze me. Plus they make me smile A LOT! I just love Uncle Rick’s characters. 😀
5.) Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
This is the slow sort of smile that involuntarily tugs at the corners of your lips whenever you think about your childhood. I was the generation that grew up with HP and I read the first book when I was eleven. When I was 19 the last one came out so you might as well say that HP was my childhood and you wouldn’t be wrong with that. This series is like an old friend I’m always glad to see again and just like I do with friends I always give it a radiant smile. 😉
6.) The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Those boys are my bookish family and I’d die for them! ❤ My love for this series is not from this world and I’m hopelessly, madly and deeply in love with all of those characters. Whenever I sit on my chaise longue and look at my book shelf my gaze comes to a rest on „The Raven Boys“ and I smile. I’ll never stop loving those boys. NEVER!!!
7.) The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
If we’re already at describing smiles this one is the kind of sad smile that quirks your lips while tears are steaming down your face. This book broke me in the best way possible and even after finishing it two years ago I still feel raw whenever I think about it. To see it in the shelves of my library gives me an odd sense of happiness and I guess I’ll always feel melancholic when I see it. Such a beautiful book! T_T
8.) Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
Okay, RWRB made me laugh so hard it’s impossible not to list it here! Whenever I look at it I remember the „turkey scene“ and it has me laughing once again. *lol* This book was so refreshing and funny and I just lived and breathed for the family and friendship dynamics. Also RWRB gave me hope! I wish everyone would be as open-minded as the characters in here and I’d so help to support Alex’s mum! ❤ She was amazing! They all were.
9.) The Little Witch – Otfried Preußler
This smile comes with childhood memories! =) I remember asking my grandma and mum to read this to me because I really loved „The Little Witch“. This story was just too cute and the little witch was kinda relatable. XD I think I really need to reread this with my child. ❤
10.) Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
I just love this series! And basically every single one of Cassandra Clare’s books. They feel like home and I adore the characters so much. Especially the three MCs of this series. Jem, Will and Tessa will always make me smile and I love how much they love each other. This is a love triangle done right and ahh the feels! XD Those three love each other deeply and it’s so beautiful it makes me smile. 😀
Which books make you smile? Do we have some in common? Do you also think that there are different kinds of smiles and that not all of them are happy? What were or would have been your book choices?