This or That book tag

Today I’m here with another tag: the This or That book tag. This tag was created by Paper Fury. I saw it done over on The Kingdom of Pages and thought it looked like fun. So, I’m giving it a try!

Series or Standalone?

Obviously I want whatever is going to serve the story the best, but if it’s really good, I generally want a series so I can have more.

Magic earned or magic born?

Either, as long as they have to work and learn to control and use the magic. If they’re born with it and it comes as naturally as breathing, I’m less interested, but if they have to work to learn to control it, it’s okay.

Enemies-to-lovers or friends-to-lovers?

I tend to like enemies-to-lovers better. I’ve always been a sucker for when the bad guy has to join up with the good guys to defeat an even bigger bad guy, and that’s a little of what enemies-to-lovers gives me.

Hilarious banter or emotional ruin?

Hilarious banter.

Love triangle or insta-love?

It depends, is the isnta-love due to a biological imperative or soul-bond? Because I love that. But if it’s just two people falling in love instantly… eh, I think I’d still prefer that to a love triangle. I’m tired of those.

Keyboard smash fantasy names or all names start with the same letter?

All names start with the same letter. I don’t read keyboard smash fantasy name books.

Mean parents or dead parents?

Dead parents.

Supermodel looks or constantly says how plain they are?

Supermodel looks. That’s how I’ll picture them anyway.

Face on cover or typography on cover?

Depends on how pretty/arresting the face or typography is. I’m not particularly drawn to one over the other.

Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

I probably already answered this, but villain turning a little good. It’s catnip to me.

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Avengers Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag done in several places and, since I love the Avengers, I thought I’d play along. From what I can tell, this originated on YouTube with Super Space Chick.

So, without further ado, The Avengers Book Tag!

Iron Man: A Book that made you laugh out loud.

I listened to this on audio, the combination of the hilarious plot and the even more hilarious narrator had me laughing out loud almost the whole book. I love this book so much. It’s silly, it’s fun, it’s intriguing, it’s fast paced. It’s just a wonderful experience. If you haven’t read it or listened to it, do it ASAP.

Captain America: A book that sends a positive message.


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levin is a wonderful story about saving yourself, choosing your own live, and being authentic. It’s also got a wonderfully developed love story.

Thor: A book with a character’s strength you admire.

Ace of Shades/King of Fools. I admire Enne Salta’s strength. She’s spent her life feeling like a failure. But when her mother disappears, she goes from her safe life in Bellamy to the city of sin and gets entangled in the dark underworld. Instead of letting it beat her, she becomes a street lord, forms her own gang, and does what she needs to survive. She’s strong and she doesn’t break even when things get rough. I wish I could be half as strong as she is.

Black Widow: A book with a kick-ass female protagonist.

Velvet Templeton from Velvet: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker is a secret agent turned secretary turned rogue agent. She’s strong, she’s smart, and she’s deadly. She’s awesome.

Hulk: A book that made you incredibly angry.

Blackout by Mira Grant made me angry. I liked the first one okay, enjoyed the second more, but the third one made clear that something was happening and then did all sort of acrobatics to claim it wasn’t what it was. And it made me mad. Because, just call it like it is, don’t justify it and pretend it’s not what it actually is.

Hawkeye: An underrated book you think more people should pay attention to.

Backwards to Oregon by Jae is a super fantastic book about a woman named Luke Hamilton who’s lived her life as a man (and is probably really non-binary). She’s planning on going to Oregon and needs a wife to join the wagon train. She marries a woman named Nora, who’s worked in a brothel for three years and is ready for a change. It’s got so many tropes that I love, it’s romantic, it’s sexy, it’s epic, and it’s wonderful. And no one I know except for my sister has heard of it. I think more people need to read this book.

*BONUS* Loki: A book with a twist or a surprise that tricked you

Gemina totally tricked me. I was in Minneapolis on a work trip, and I grabbed a few minutes for myself in the room I was sharing to read while everyone was at happy hour. I was relaxing on the bed, reading, and then something happened in the book. I bolted upright and yelled out loud. It was totally shocking and totally great.

I’m not entirely sure who to tag to do this, so I’m going to leave this open for anyone who’s interesting. Just drop a link below so I check yours out.

New Disney Princess Tag

Today I’m doing the New Disney Princess Tag. It was created by Book Princess Reviews and Zuky. I saw it on Ashes Books & Bobs and thought it looked like fun.

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s
    always good fun
  • Tag Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews and Zuky @ BookBum so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

SNOW WHITE – this book (like the movie) started it all
Favorite debut book from an author

This was a hard one, because there are a lot of debut books that I love, but I’m going to have to go with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. There’s just something so magical about the series and the book and the fact that it’s her first published book is amazing

CINDERELLA – a diamond in the rough
Just like Cinderella, you didn’t expect much out of this character in the
beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem

Peeta from The Hunger Games didn’t make much of an impression on me when I first started reading the book. In fact, I don’t think it was until his surprise announcement at the television broadcast that I gave him much thought. After he announced that he liked Katniss, I paid closer attention to him and ended up really liking and rooting for him through all three books.

AURORA – sleeping beauty
A book that makes you sleepy or could not hold your attention

I couldn’t get into The Raven Boys. I liked the first chapter, but as soon as it went over to Gansey’s POV, I just lost interest. Maybe I’ll try it again sometime.

ARIEL – under the sea
A book with a water/ocean setting

Ahab’s Wife, or the Star-Gazer by Sera Jeter Naslund is a book that takes place both by the ocean and on. Una, the protagonist, grows up in a lighthouse, but runs away, disguises herself as a boy, and joins the crew of a whaling ship. I loved this book when I read it years ago; I should reread it sometime.

BELLE – beauty and the books
Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover

 I’ve got a soft spot for Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. I know it’s a send up on how reading too many Gothic novels and letting your imagination run away with you isn’t the greatest thing, but I love how much she loves reading and how excited she gets over reading. It reminds me of me.

JASMINE – the thief and the princess
Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book
you didn’t expect to love so much)

I never expected to love the Illuminae Files as much as I do. I didn’t even like it when I started reading it. I found it so confusing because when reading e-mails or chat transcripts, I tend to skip over usernames, so I only knew Kady and Ezra. All the minor characters were a blur to me. And then, I realized my mistake and I made an effort to pay attention to who was “talking”. But, honestly, the major reason I love it so much is AIDAN. I love that murderous AI. It’s so wonderfully twisted and I want to marry it. Legally. Forever. I’d be Mrs. AIDAN Murderbot and happy about it.

POCAHONTAS – the real life princess
Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read

I’d like to read An American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt. I thought it sounded interesting. The summary from Goodreads makes it sounds so interesting and I’ve seen a couple of glowing reviews. I think I’m going to try and get around to it this month.

MULAN – the princess that saved her country
Name the fiercest heroine you know

Hanna from Gemina is pretty fierce. I described the book as Die Hard, only instead of a building, it’s a ship and instead of a veteran cop, it’s a kick-ass teenage girl while I was reading the book, and, let’s face it, that’s basically what it is. A bunch of terrorists take over, think they have everyone locked down, but, uh-oh, someone is loose and they are well trained and driven by anger and a desire to help their loved ones. The fact that Hanna is a teenager and a girl just makes it all the better. (I mean, I’ve been saying that I want a shot-for-shot remake of Die Hard with a woman for years; this satisfied that want.)

TIANA – the princess with the coolest and most diverse crew
Name a diverse book, whether it is a diverse set of characters or just diverse in general

I have to go with Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. This book has everything: Muslim teens, genderfluid/transgender teens, deaf people, people of color, homeless people, and more. What I like about the diversity in Magnus Chase as opposed to the Heroes of Olympus, is that it feels organic and not check-listy. It doesn’t feel like Rick Riordan was trying to hit as many boxes as he could to be inclusive; it feels more natural. (Not that I don’t love the Heroes of Olympus series; it just feels a little bit more forced).

RAPUNZEL – let your long hair down
Name the longest book you’ve ever read

I think the longest book I ever read was Les Miserables. It was 1463 pages long.

MERIDA – I determine my own fate
A book where there is no love story/interest

The Giver by Lois Lowry has no love interest or story as far as I recall.

MOANA – how far I’ll go
A character that goes on a journey

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Charlotte goes on both a literal journey from England to American and a metaphoric journey to finding herself.

And that is the New Disney Princess Tag! I’m tagging anyone who is interested in doing this tag. Leave me a link down below so I can see your answers!

I Should Have Read That Tag

I saw this tag done over on Lori’s Bookshelf Reads and thought it seemed like fun. So, I decided to do it!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A book that a certain friend always tells you to read:

clockwork angel book cover

My sister has told me a few times that I might like this series. I’ll probably get around to it one day, but I’m a little bit intimated by it, to be honest

A book that has been on your TBR forever, and yet you still haven’t picked it up:

study in scarlet women book cover

I’m sure there are books I’ve intended to read and haven’t for longer than this one, but I purged them from my Want to Read list on GoodReads and can’t think of them right now. But I’ve been meaning to read this for over a year and just keep forgetting to.

A book in a series you have started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing:

A question of Holmes book cover

I only started reading this series last year, but haven’t gotten around to reading the last book yet. I started it, but didn’t have time to finish it yet.

A classic you have always liked the sound of, but never actually read:

Middlemarch book cover

I really liked the miniseries and even started it last year, but didn’t continue it. It’s on my 19 for 2019 list, though, so this is the year! *fingers crossed*

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy book cover

This was really hard. I could use Middlemarch again, but I feel like that’s kind of cheating. I can’t say I loved the movie of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (with Gary Oldman), but I definitely left the movie intending to read the book and just ever got around to it.

A book you see all over Instagram, but haven’t picked up yet:

Wild Card book cover

My Instagram is mostly teachers. This book was all over it last year. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading it or not.I tag:

I tag:

Yvonne @To Think about Words | Read with Abi | Victorious Pages | Tilly @the Biblioshelf | Aubrey @The Book Life of Aubrey Smith

Music Shuffle Book Tag

Today I am here to bring you the Music Shuffle Book Tag. This tag was created by Becca Leighanne (original post is here). The rules are simple: using your preferred source for music (iTunes, Spotify, etc), put the songs on shuffle. For each song, list a character, ship, or book that the song reminds you of. Do this for 5-10 books. You owe zero explanation for any of the songs you pair up, but you can explain if you want. It’s up to you.

Here are my ten songs:

I Touch Myself by the Divinyls

Daisy from Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I love myself, I want you to love me
When I feel down, I want you above me
I search myself, I want you to find me
I forget myself, I want you to remind me

It’s a recent read, but as soon as this popped up, I thought of Daisy and her desire to be loved.

Who Will Sing Me Lullabies by Kate Rusby

Enne from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.

Lay me down gently, lay me down low,
I fear I am broken and won’t mend, I know.
One thing I ask when the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies,
Oh who now will sing me lullabies.

In this big world I’m lonely, for I am but small,
Oh angels in heaven, don’t you care for me at all?

You heard my heart breaking for it rang through the skies,
So why don’t you sing me lullabies,
Oh why don’t you sing me lullabies.

Maybe Enne’s mother never actually sang her lullabies, but I can see Enne longing for it.

We Are the Champions by Queen

Kady, Hanna, Ezra, and Nik from The Illuminae Files.

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers

‘Cause we are the champions of the world

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Velvet Templeton from Velvet by Ed Brubaker.

Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

She may be a woman, but Velvet “did her time” in the secretarial pool after a mission gone wrong, only to the thrust back into action.

The Prettiest Thing by Nora Ephron

A from Every Day by David Leviathan.

So why does it seem
Like a picture
Hanging up on someone else’s wall
Lately I just haven’t been myself at all
It’s heavy on my mind

A person who has lived their whole life living other people’s lives might sometimes feel the haven’t been themself at all.

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass

Una from Ahab’s Wife-or The Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund.

He came on a summer’s day
Bringin’ gifts from far away
But he made it clear he couldn’t stay

No harbor was his home

Ahab came, wooed her, then went back to the sea.

Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

And the love that I feel is so far away:
I’m a bad dream that I just had today
And you shake your head
And said it’s a shame

I think Kaz is his own worst nightmare.

Waterloo by ABBA

Lord Courtenay and Julian Medlock from The Ruin of the Rake by Cat Sebastian

Waterloo I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo promise to love you for ever more

Waterloo couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo

You’ve got a confirmed rake on one hand, and an uptight, moral man on the other. When the come together, bam! They both lose the war and fall in love.

Friend is a Four Letter Word by Cake

Ben and Rafe from Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

To me, coming from you
Friend is a four letter word
End is the only part of the word

That I heard
Call me morbid or absurd
But to me, coming from you
Friend is a four letter word

Rafe loves Ben, and Ben doesn’t even know Rafe is gay. This is a relationship doomed from the star.

Jolene by Dolly Parton

Eponine from Les Miserables

Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you
Jolene

Because Eponine might as well have written this about Cosette.

I tag:

Lori @lorisbookshelfreads

The Caffeinated Reader @theverycaffeinatedreader,

Yvonne @yvonnekinsreads

Kerry @wingedanomaly261826784

Molly @mollyslittlecorner

I also tag whoever wants to do this tag! Leave a link down below if you do. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Beauty and the Beast tag

This is an older tag that was created by Du Livre in 2017 to celebrate the release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. Although it’s an old tag, I love Beauty and the Beast with all my heart and really wanted to do it.

A villain you can’t help but love

I am totally and completely in love with AIDAN from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff. It’s an AI, and it’s totally amoral and has no problem with killing thousands of people on a whim in the name of keeping others safe or to protect those it’s obsessed with. But I love AIDAN. It’s just such a wonderful character and whenever it’s point of view came up in the book, I got so excited. I love that murderous AI.

Your OTP

My OTP is Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage from the Lady Darby mysteries by Anna Lee Hubard. They are such a wonderful couple. She’s loving and kind and he’s supportive and encouraging. Whether Gage is encouraging her to follow her artistic passion or investigate the latest mystery that’s been brought to her attention, he is 100% there for her and supportive of her endeavors. From the moment Kiera first called him a rake to the moment they first kissed, I was totally rooting for these two.

A character destined for greater things.

Cinder from the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer is definitely a character destined for greater things. Raised in obscurity by a cruel adoptive mother, Cinder is a cyborg with few rights. She is a greatly talented mechanic and fiercely independent. She had no idea how powerful and important she really was.

A book that makes you hungry

Although it’s been many years since I’ve read it, for this question I’m choosing the book Sunshine by Robin McKinley. The main character, Rae, works in a bakery and the book is full of rich and tantalizing descriptions of the baked goods. Whenever I read this book, I make sure I have easy access to cinnamon rolls, even though I know they aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the book.

Opposites attract

For this one, the first couple that came to mind was Silas Mason and Dominic Frey from A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles. Silas is a radical, an idealist, a bookseller, and the writer of seditious pamphlets. Dominic is a gentleman who works for the Home Office seeking to stamp out sedition. But, every week, they meet and fall just a little bit more in love with one another. It’s not a neat affair or a particularly nice one, but it was one of my favorites in the Society of Gentlemen series.

So, that is the Beauty and the Beast tag. I hope you enjoyed reading it. If you did, consider yourself tagged and leave a comment below so I can read yours!