The Lover Book Tag | 2019

I’ve been trying to write a blog post for ages now, but nothings been grabbing my attention, until now! What Vicky Read created the Lover Book Tag, which is inspired by Taylor Swift’s new album, which I have been listening to non stop since it came out.

I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about

I had to go to my Goodreads TBR shelf to answer this one. One book that I completely forgot I had on my TBR shelf is Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I added this book to my TBR shelf in 2015. I don’t think this is a book I would go out of my way to read now, and I actually will probably take it off my TBR shelf now.

Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read

I love reading fantasy books in the summer. I’m not a huge contemporary fan, so I like to use summer as a time to catch up on my favorite fantasy series.

Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series

I finally read Finale by Stephanie Garber, and I absolutely loved it. Now that I’ve finished the trilogy, I can definitively say that it is one of my favorite series. I loved each book, and there was no second-book-slump.

The Man – An Amazing Female Character

I’m going to have to go with Mia from Unearthed and Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Mia is such a badass and is definitely one of my favorite female characters ever.

The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up

The Percy Jackson books will always stick with me. I love the world Rick Riordan created, and I love how we got to grow up with the characters throughout the books and spinoff series. I even went to see The Musical in New York and it was incredible.

I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!

Everyone in my life knows how much I love Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter novels, they’ve been a longtime favorite.

Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad you could paint the town blue

Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner actually made me cry, and books never make me cry.

Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP

One of my new OTPs is Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love the way Bardugo wrote their relationship.

Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype

I was really scared to read The Wicked King by Holly Black because I loved The Cruel Prince so much. Luckily, TWK lived up to the hype and was a worthy follow-up.

Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again

Finale was so hard for me to finish. I never want this series to end, and it was so hard for me to say goodbye to those characters.

London Boy – A book based in London

I don’t think I’ve read many books set in London, but The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is always a favorite.

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky

Any of Rick Riordan’s books always make me laugh. He’s such a fantastic writer, and I love his characters.

False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe 

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will always be a favorite. I love the characters.

You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat is definitely not for everyone, but it’s a favorite of mine.

Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)

An Enchantment of Ravens is loved by so many people, but I was just so bored by it. It moved too quickly and the romance was so forced and fake to me.

ME! – A Character You Relate To

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber is literally me. We have the same personality and I am fiercely protective of my younger sister too, who reminds me of Tella.

It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With

Katy from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout jumps to my mind immediately. She’s so funny and relatable, and also such a badass. She’s definitely one of the most powerful female characters I’ve read about.

Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!

I was skeptical when I first read Roseblood by A.G. Howard, but I ended up really enjoying it. I definitely plan on rereading it sometime in the future.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Now that we are a little over halfway through 2018, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and participate in the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag for the first time ever! This is the first bookish tag I have participate in on this blog, and I hope to do more in the future. This tag is all over the bookish community, but I took my questions from Korrina’s youtube video. Without further ado, lets get onto the questions!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

I think I have to give this to Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This book was so much better than I ever expected it to be. I wrote a review where I basically just talk about how amazing this book is.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Without a doubt the best sequel I’ve read this year is Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I’ve already read this book twice this year, and honestly I might end up reading it a third time. Sequels to books usually end up falling slightly flat for me, but Legendary is the exact opposite. It’s just as magical as Caraval. I have a review up that you can check out for my full thoughts.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh! This book just came out, but I cannot wait to continue Mariko’s story.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

This category is tie between Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Ophelia by Lisa Klein was such a huge disappointment to me. This book had so much potential and it just fell flat. Read my full thoughts here.

6. Biggest surprise.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore! I fully went into this book expecting to not like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Once again, I can’t just pick one! This is a three-way-tie between Meagan Spooner, Alexandra Christo, and Sarah Glenn Marsh. Before reading Unearthed, I read Hunted by Meagan Spooner and was just blown away by her writing. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo was such a great retelling, and I also really loved Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Plus I was able to meet all three of these authors earlier this year, and they were both so lovely and it just made me love them even more!

8. Newest fictional crush.

Definitely Cardan from The Cruel Prince. I can’t wait to see what happens to him in The Wicked King.

9. Newest favourite character.

After reading Caraval, Scarlett was definitely my favorite sister. When I heard that Legendary was going to be from Tella’s POV, I was disappointed because I wasn’t a huge fan of her. But boy did Legendary change my mind! I love Tella just as much as Scarlett, so this category has to go to Tella.

10. Book that made you cry.

I rarely cry when reading books, but this year I reread The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas and I think you all know when the tears started welling up.

11. Book that made you happy.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. This was such a fun novella where all my favorite characters were just enjoying life and taking a much needed break from saving the world.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

There are so many! Off the top of my head I can think of Legendary (the UK and US edition), The Cruel Prince, the UK paperback of Caraval, and the 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

One book I really want to read by the end of 2018 is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I would also like to finally read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo and to catch up on my Rick Riordan books!

14. Favourite Book Community Member

There is no way I could pick just one person, so this goes to everyone I follow on bookstagram! This is such a fun, respectful community of book lovers and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.