Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag

Mid-Year Freakout

(It’s a little too late for mid-year, but it’s never too late to freak out over books. Ready…set…go!)

Best Book You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: It’s a really difficult choice between The Raven King and The Winner’s Kiss. Even though I think The Winner’s Kiss was better plotted overall (and even though Roshar is a character who exits), I’m going to go with TRK because I have so much attachment to the characters and because I can still remember the rush of happiness that ran through me as I read certain scenes. (We Are the Ants and On the Edge of Gone are also very high on my list.)

Sondra: Oh god, um I’ve read so many good books… I think I’m gonna have to go with My Lady Jane. The book was so different and yet so fantastic and just holy yes wow. I loved it okay.

Best Sequel You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: …and since I didn’t say The Winner’s Kiss for the last one, I’m going to list it here instead. Gorgeous writing, very painful, A+ relationship development, ROSHAR, etc. If series enders don’t count under “sequel”, I’m going to have to go with The Bands of Mourning.

Sondra: A Court of Mist and Fury. I cannot even. I just can’t guys. That book is my end. I haven’t even really had a hangover from it since I literally restarted the series and have been savoring it. I don’t even know how to get over it or start to think about getting over it. Also The Raven King, because how does one words like Maggie? How did three books of so much come together to this one tome of perfection.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
Polina: And I Darken by Kirsten White. Actually, this is partially untrue–I looked at the first few pages in the bookstore, and I want MORE.

Sondra: ……Tell The Wind and Fire… OKAY I KNOW DON’T SAY IT.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Polina: I have a whole list here! Crooked Kingdom is number one, surprising no one.

Sondra: Oh lord…Umm… I might also have to go with Crooked Kingdom? I probably would say Gemina but I managed to get an ARC and have already read it, so to go with one I haven’t read. Crooked Kingdom.

Biggest Disappointment
Polina: Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. It was all right, but after everything I’d heard about the series, the actual book was underwhelming and made me uncomfortable.

Sondra: Alanna The First Adventure. I dunno what I was expecting but just something…more. I might go back to this series later, but I dunno, maybe not.

Biggest Surprise
Polina: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, both in terms of plot and in terms of how much I loved it.

Sondra: Either The Diabolic or The Fixer… Probably The Diabolic. I was expecting something to just sacrifice to the DNF pile after A Court of Mist and Fury, but oh my god I fell in love with this book so hard.

Favorite New Author
Polina: Definitely Corinne Duyvis. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick up On the Edge of Gone.

Sondra: Katie McGarry! I know so many people already have read and loved her work but I just fell into this pit and I’m so happy here.

Newest Fictional Crush
Polina: I actually can’t think of any fictional crushes I’ve had lately. Can I say Lila Bard again?

Sondra: Oh boy. Rhysand. Shocking no one I know. (Or honestly Mor. She’s amazing too)

Newest Favorite Character
Polina: I’m reading This Savage Song right now and I have a lot of love for Kate Harker. I just have a thing for female characters with dark pasts who could easily kill me, I guess?

Sondra: Percy Jackson. I hadn’t read any of his books before this, and now I just feel like I need more of them, even though there’s so many that I’ve already finished.

Book That Made You Cry
Polina: The Winner’s Kiss. Every time Kestrel’s relationship with her father came up? Cue the waterworks.

Sondra: The Raven King. I don’t normally cry in books, at all, but oh my god. It just hurt all over the place and I just wow.

Book That Made You Happy
Polina: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Because RICK RIORDAN, and also because it’s a superpopular middle grade book with a canonically bi protagonist.

Sondra: Pretty much all of Katie McGarry’s books. Like I just sat there with a stupid grin for a large portion of all of the books okay. (Also I think I laughed more than I have in a VERY long time with Trials of Apollo. But since Polina used it I went different)

Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation of the Year
Polina: I’m planning on doing a post on the literary webseries I’ve been watching lately, but for now, let’s just say The Autobiography of Jane Eyre completely surprised me with how well certain elements of the book translated to modern times, and with how good the acting was.

Sondra: I’m waaay behind the train here but Hugo was absolutely amazing! It followed the book crazy close and I just was thrilled with it overall.

Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far
Polina: My review of Tell the Wind and Fire, because it just wouldn’t be a year without me screaming about Sarah Rees Brennan.

Sondra: My review of A Court of Mist and Fury.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year
Polina: I haven’t been able to justify buying it to myself because money, but once I do the Hamiltome will automatically take this position.

Sondra: OH THE HAMILTOME FOR SURE. I was gonna say My Lady Jane because that cover until I read Polina’s. The Hamiltome is absolutely 100% gorgeous inside and out.

What Books Do You Need to Get To by the End of the Year?
Polina: The Lies of Locke Lamora (which I listed for this last year as well. Oops.)

Sondra: If I don’t say Tell the Wind and Fire, Polina will fly to Texas and hit me. I already know it. But also Vicious by V. E. Schwab.

Make Me Read it Readathon!

I’m so excited, I’ve never done a readathon before and this one seems like one just up my alley! If you want to join in, there’s a linkup here. Then I can get payback and make you read books I love mwahaha. In truth I’m really excited for this I have so many books that I’m always thinking “Maybe I should read that one? I dunno.” SO NOW I PUT IT IN YOUR HANDS. I hope to read 5 books during this week, I have no clue if I’ll ACTUALLY MAKE IT, but I’ll be starting with the book with the most votes. So if you really want me to read something be sure you vote for it! Should we move onto the books that are up for debate?

You can vote for up to 5 books, but if you really want me to read it you can come back every day and vote for another five. So let’s see how this goes shall we?

Make Me Read It!

The Kiss of Deception
Vicious
Carry On
The Storyspinner
Shatter Me
Ink and Bone
The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer
Magonia
The Cage
Falling Kingdoms
The Witch Hunter
Hold me Like A Breath
Incarnate
Riders
Firstlife


 

The poll will be open through the first day of the readathon (July 9th). You can follow along with my progress and live tweeting over on my Twitter @RunYouCleverBoy but I’m so excited for this and I can’t wait to see what books I get to read!

Sondra

Femslash February Update

I hope all of you had a happy Valentine’s Day. I celebrated by studying, playing “No Children” by the Mountain Goats (aka the ultimate anti-love song) on repeat, and writing this post, which is basically a collection of mini-reviews on the f/f books I’ve been reading.

So far, I haven’t actually had the chance to finish as many books as I wanted, partly because I was distracted by Brandon Sanderson for the first week and partly because school. But I think I’m getting in the swing of things now! So far, I’ve read three books, and about halfway through one more.

The first book I finished is The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie. I did a full review pretty recently, so I won’t say too much about it here, but I loved it! It’s about pirates and sea monsters and adventure, all the female characters are awesome and well-developed, and the romance is a lovely slow-burn.

Next I read If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, which was frustrating and heartbreaking and beautiful. The main character is a lesbian in Iran, where homosexual relationships are illegal. She is considering undergoing a transition (which is legal) to be with the woman she loves. Even though I understood that Sahar’s situation was desperate, there were points where I wanted to yell at her to just think things through, to at least talk to Nasrin about it, and at Nasrin for…a lot of things. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, because the characters were believable, and I loved reading about girls in love in a different culture, by an author of that culture. Sahar’s voice always feels true to life, and her story is painful but important. One thing I didn’t love was that the trans characters in the story were gendered according to how they appeared, not who they were (eg, trans male characters who were pre-transition were referred to as ‘she’). I also would have liked to see some secondary characters developed beyond what their role in the story was. In spite of its flaws, I did like this book, and I hope Sahar will be okay.

The most recent book I finished is Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. This one is about a set designer who finds a letter that leads her to a movie star’s granddaughter. She ends up helping the granddaughter learn about her past, and falling in love with her in the process. You know, up until recently I thought Hollywood YA was just not my thing, but if authors like Nina Lacour and Dahlia Adler keep writing cute f/f romance with Hollywood as a backdrop, I may change my mind. It’s just this lovely heartwarming romance. The last few chapters in particular are beautifully written and feature what is probably one of my favorite declarations of love of all time. I loved reading about Emi’s passion for set design–it’s an aspect of filmmaking that people don’t think about much, and it genuinely felt like a part of who she was. Other aspects I liked include Emi’s friendship with Charlotte and Emi being biracial. Ava is great too–I love how human she is, even with all the larger-than-life things going on around her (though if I have one criticism of this book, it’s how overly convenient it is that of course she turns out to be an amazing actor). Definite rec for the romance, the writing, and the characters’ love for their art.

Right now I’m roughly halfway through Wildthorn by Jane Eagland and Adaptation by Malinda Lo, and I just started the audiobook for Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. So far I’m liking all of them, but we’ll see my final thoughts next week!

Sondra

The Cinderella Book Tag

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I’m not sure who started this one, if you know lemme know so I can credit them!

Evil Step Sisters–A Book With Characters You Hate

All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I can’t think of a book I’ve read where I’ve actively disliked the protagonist–generally, the worst protagonists for me are the ones I don’t care about at all. So instead, I’ll settle for a book that had some secondary characters who were terrible in an incredibly human, realistic way and who made me whisper “I hate people” to myself at several points when I was reading.

Prince Charming–A Book With A Gentleman

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I am talking about Liam Stewart, who is wonderful and sweet and loves all his friends so much and calls Ruby darlin’ and at one point randomly gives her socks when she’s crying and basically makes my eyes turn into little cartoon hearts. I like Liam Stewart a lot, can you tell?

Cinderella–A Character Who is Kind, Graceful, and Defiant

Sansa Stark–A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I don’t think I’ve talked about ASOIAF on this blog yet, mostly because it’s been ages since I read it and I remember very little. But I love Sansa Stark and her subtle character growth and the tactics she learns to use to survive in her terrible situation and her ability to keep some of her hope and compassion even after everything she’s been through.

Fairy Godmother–A Character Who Always Has Someone Watching Over Them

Lissa Dragomir–Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I’ve only read the first Vampire Academy book thus far, but Lissa and Rose’s friendship is by far my favorite thing about the story. Both characters care very deeply about each other, and it’s immediately clear that Rose will do anything to protect Lissa. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books and cry about their friendship some more!

Helpful Creatures–A Book That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad

The Turn of the Story/Wings in the Morning by Sarah Rees Brennan
Wings in the Morning is always what I reread when I need to cheer up. Both stories are so much fun and refreshingly self-aware, with believable, flawed characters and some hilarious dialogue. Also, a certain ship gets together in Wings in the Morning that makes me embarrassingly happy. The first time I read the story, I literally jumped up and down and squealed with excitement. I am a human disaster.

Ashes–A Book You Didn’t Care For

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I love the Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, so I expected to enjoy Shiver at least a little. However, while there are some good things about it (the writing, some cute scenes, Isabel’s entire existence), I mostly found the book slow and boring. My biggest problem was the focus on Sam and Grace’s romance; they were thoroughly uninteresting as a couple and only barely interesting as individuals. Honestly? If Maggie Stiefvater’s name wasn’t on the cover, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.

Pumpkin–A Character With A Transformation

Ida Holmstrom–The Engelsfors Trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
Ida begins the series as the resident mean girl who bullies others and wants nothing to do with the rest of the Chosen Ones. By the end of the second book, her worldview has shifted dramatically. That’s all I can really say about spoilers, but her character arc is amazing and I was surprised by how intensely I grew to love her.

Impossible–A Book With an Ending You Didn’t See Coming

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
If you’ve read this book, you know exactly what I mean.

Just Breathe–Something that Inspires You to be Courageous

The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass = life inspiration. That is all.

Happily Ever After–A Book With a Perfect Ending

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The ending was so CUTE and HAPPY and HEARTWARMING and gave me a mountain of warm fuzzy feelings!

Polina

One Lovely Blog Award

Recently (and by recently I mean like a month ago, whoops) Morgan at Hopeless Book Addict tagged us in the One Lovely Blog Award. (Pssst, you should totally check out Morgan’s blog if you have the chance!)

I’m kind of sporadic about doing things I’m tagged in, but this one looked fun and relatively straightforward, so here it is! I hope you enjoy listening to us talk about ourselves.

The Rules:
–          You must thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog
–          You must list the rules and display the award
–          You must add 7 facts about yourself
–          You must nominate 15 other bloggers

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Sondra1. I can’t stay up late and read. I always wind up falling asleep and forgetting everything I read the night before.
2. I can’t get rid of books, if I’ve read them that’s one thing I can sometimes let them go if I didn’t like the book. But if I haven’t read the book? Oh I just CAN’T get rid of them. WHAT IF I WANT TO READ IT ONE DAY???
3. I really do have blue hair, and not only do I have blue hair I’ve kept my hair blue almost three years now. I never thought the color would suit me but now that I’ve gone blue? I just can’t imagine NOT having blue hair.
4. I play Dungeons and Dragons every week.
5. I’m completely addicted to going to cons. And 2016 I plan on going to a whole lot more.
6. My car is named Iko after my crazy love of Lunar Chronicles (The second part of that I’m sure you knew)
7.  I own a little pig, she’s 30 pounds of sass. You can see a whole lot more about her on my Twitter if you want to see photos.

Polina

  1. I’ve been doing theatre since I was thirteen and will probably never stop. If I disappear for a while and don’t post anything, it’s probably because I have a show coming up.
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is everything to me.
  3. This spring will be my last semester at college, which is terrifying to me.
  4. The last game of Scrabble I played ended with the other two players yelling at me because I got more points than both of them combined.
  5. I should probably never sing where anyone can hear me, ever. (I do anyway).
  6. I live really close to three different used bookstores, and it’s the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me.
  7. I barely watched any TV last year because I was always reading, but right now I’m watching Jessica Jones and loving it.

 

Nomination time!

Like other times we’ve been tagged we’re gonna do the same thing! YOUR BLOG! Comment and tell us about your blog! Show us your latest reviews! Then you get to be nominated for One Lovely Blog Award!

Blogger Recognition Award

So I was going to try and get a post up today with more of the Vengeance Road characters and then this amazing comment showed up and now Polina and I have come to find out that we were nominated for this award! This is the first time something like this has happened to us and to say that we’re excited, and that we screamed a little is just a tiny bit of an understatement! You guys can’t even imagine how much this means to us!

This award was originally created by Eve at Edge of Night to lift spirits in the blogosphere and to make bloggers everywhere feel like they are a part of a community. I think it’s a lovely idea and I want to give so many thanks to Fatima from Book Whizz for this!

Here are the rules!

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story

SondraI’d heard about book blogging, and it always seemed like something that was for specific people, like you signed up with the publishers to get arcs and they agreed to let you be a book blogger. Don’t ask I had some weird notions. Anyway it was then that I wound up following some book reviewers who were doing arc giveaways, (You know on twitter those RT&Follow things?) well I started realizing things that I knew about blogging were wrong, and not to mention it looked like so much fun. I debated about starting a vlog, but to be dead honest with you? I’m way to self conscious to put myself out there, I’d love to do it still, I think, but I do feel like that’s something that’s going to have to wait for a later date. So I decided that it was time to push my love of books to blogging.

What a crazy ride it’s been too. I had so many questions and I think lovely Nikki over at There Were Books Involved fielded nearly all of them because she’s amazing. But a lot of it I learned on the fly, picking up on what other people were doing and just going full speed ahead. It’s pretty much what I do in life. And let me say this blog has been the best and sometimes the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Best because I adore being part of this community! I love learning about new books and sharing my love of these books with anyone and everyone. We might have a small readership here but I’m just thrilled to be able to do this. Worst because I always feel like I’m not doing enough. That I should do something else for the blog, that I should make another graphic, another blog post another something to make this blog even better… Which is what I’m going to use to lead me into the things I’ve learned and that I want to pass onto other people.

1. It Doesn’t Matter: Not in the “blogging doesn’t matter” way, but when you’re laying on the couch and starting to get stressed over “Oh god do I have a blog post scheduled for tomorrow??? TOMORROW IS USUAL REVIEW DAY? DID I EVEN READ A BOOK???” just take a breath…and go back to your TV show. Because if you miss a review day, so what? Make it up next week with an even better review. Because instead of having crappy quick reviews every week, make solid reviews every other week. Trust me as you get rolling you’ll get faster with reviews, and you’ll find it easier to keep up with.
2. Take Time For You: One thing I’ve learned with blogging is that you can spend a full 9-5 hour shift working on your blog, tweaking things, changing graphics, writing blog posts, keeping up with memes and everything else under the sun. And you know what that leaves you with less time for? Reading. Spending time with family. Watching TV shows. Actual work. Remember that this blog is a hobby. Don’t let your need of an amazing blog stress you out and keep you from the blog.
3. ARCs don’t matter: You want your blog to be something that you love. Which means read the books you love and post about them. Everyone else is posting about this new arc, post about that old classic book that is totally underrated and no one reads. It not only makes your blog different, it brings readers to your favorite books. Eventually readers will come to your blog, eventually the arcs will happen.

I think you’re seeing my reoccurring theme here and trust me when I say it’s an ongoing process even for myself. I stress out constantly over the blog, or what book to read next so I can review it for the blog. Just tell yourself to stop and breathe, and then go read whatever book you want. Take a trip to a bookstore or library and pick up something that looks interesting to you and read it. If you want review it. Doesn’t mater if was published 1990, if you loved it review it and publish the review. (Geez, Sondra, take your own advice here.)

For the blogs we recommend? Well, how about yours? We’ve gotten tagged in a couple of these and then we just get hit with a stump of finding blogs. So, we want to nominate YOUR blog!! Comment and let us know about your blog so we can check it out, but then do the tag yourself!! Lets get the word about about all of your smaller blogs that totally deserve the page hits!

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Mid-Year Freakout

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2015
Polina:
 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. (You may have noticed I haven’t shut up about Mistborn at all since I read it). There are more, but if I start listing them this post will get out of control.
Sondra: Dear God this is hard, but it’s probably gonna go to Illuminae. Months later and I’m still screaming about it.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015
Polina: 
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. It was well worth the wait. (Although…please don’t make us wait that long again).
Sondra: Gonna have to agree. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Polina:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I still can’t believe I haven’t read it.
Sondra: I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headly. I was so excited for it, I even have an arc, I just haven’t read it.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Polina:
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Sondra: Winter by Marissa Meyer for sure.

5) Biggest Disappointment
Polina:
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. It was so tropey and predictable and boring and not at all the exciting morally conflicted emotional adventure I was anticipating.
Sondra: The Jewel by Amy Ewing. The characters were just so hard to even want to like.

6) Biggest Surprise
Polina: 
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz. I picked it up because it was one of Pulseit’s free weekly offers and came out on the other side with a lot of tears in my eyes and a new favorite author.
Sondra: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee. It was a little out of my normal reading but I found that I absolutely loved it!

7) Favorite New Author
Polina:
UM. Brandon Sanderson, V. E. Schwab, Rosamund Hodge, Hannah Moskowitz, Patrick Ness, Adam Silvera, Sabaa Tahir, Becky Albertalli…
Sondra: V. E. Schwab. Renee Ahdieh. Noelle August.

8) Newest Fictional Crush
Polina: 
Elend from Mistborn. We’re first introduced to him when he’s reading at a party, so I kind of didn’t have a chance. Also, Celaena Sardothien. As a lot of Throne of Glass characters (including Celaena herself) will tell you, it’s kind of hard not to have a crush on Celaena Sardothien. (I’ll get used to calling her Aelin eventually, I swear I will.)
Sondra: Since I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for the first time this year can I ACTUALLY use Mr. Darcy? If not I’ll go with Adam from Rebound by Noelle August.

9) Newest Favorite Character
Polina: 
My most recent favorite is Agniezcka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which I’m currently reading. But shout-out to Hazel from The Darkest Part of the Forest and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles and Penryn from Angelfall and Victor from Vicious and Etta from Not Otherwise Specified and Simon from Simon vs and Ling from Lair of Dreams and Vin from Mistborn and Rachelle from Crimson Bound and I just have a lot of favorites, okay?
Sondra: I’m currently reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and Kelsier has really creeped up on me man. He’s great.

10) Book That Made You Cry
Polina: 
I’m going to mention A Monster Calls again. It made me cry. A lot.
Sondra: Umm…none yet? I’m figuring I’ll be crying in either Queen of Shadows or Winter, but as of yet I haven’t cried this year.

11) Book That Made You Happy
Polina: 
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, aka the cutest book in the entire world. (Have I said that before? Probably. Will I keep saying it? Probably.)
Sondra: Can I just use the entire Boomerang series by Noelle August???? All of them made me so stupidly happy my grin literally hurt.

12) Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation You Saw
Polina: 
I haven’t actually seen any this year, so I’m going to cheat and say the second season of Carmilla even though it has hardly anything in common with the source material any more. (I do plan to see Paper Towns eventually. There’s that.)
Sondra: I’m actually the same… I was just thinking about how there were less book to film adaptations this year, or at least there seemed to be less YA to film adaptations.

13) Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year
Polina:
I’m kind of proud of my reviews of Red Queen and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, because I had really mixed feelings about these books and I think I managed to articulate the good and bad parts fairly well. I’m also kind of proud of my Demon’s Lexicon review, because that’s one of my favorite series and I managed to maintain an acceptable fangirling-to-discussion ratio.
Sondra: Umm… Well mine is probably my Illuminae review which is scheduled for later, oops?

14) Most Beautiful book you bought this year
Polina: 
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Gorgeous colors are gorgeous.
Sondra: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh!! That book is SO gorgeous inside and out!

15) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Polina:
 most of my ARCs from ALA, for one thing. (Illuminae and Six of Crows are currently the highest priority for me.) In terms of new releases, Winter and Queen of Shadows and Demon Road. In terms of books already out, A Darker Shade of Magic, the rest of Brandon Sanderson’s books, Chaos Walking, The Lies of Locke Lamora, These Broken Stars, the rest of Vampire Academy, Girl of Fire and Thorns, and I want to at least start the Falling Kingdoms series.
Sondra: Um, all the books. I’ve got a few releases from authors I love coming up, but also I really want to try and knock out some of those books that I’ve bought over time and just never read. They’ve been languishing on my shelves, sometimes for literal years, and I want to fix that for the rest of this year.

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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Polina Sondra
GettingBackTogetherWe Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

(A Book/Series You Thought You Were in Love With, but Had to Break Up With)

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Beastly by Alex Flinn Allegiant by Veronica Roth
This book had everything that was needed to make fourteen-year-old me happy: a boy with issues, a girl who loved books, a fairy-tale retellling, some humor, and some references to my favorite musicals. I still think a lot of these things are great, but if I were to read this book now, I suspect I would be frustrated with the cliches more than anything else. I also remember reading the sequels/companions and finding them very boring and underwhelming. I loved the first two books in this series. I even was at B&N when it opened for Alliegent. But then Twitter blew up, and I knew SOMETHING happened. I’m terrible with books, and I read for, well happiness, so I flipped to the back and saw THE THING. I was so upset I put the book down, and since that time I’ve found zero interest in ever picking it up. I found out what happened, I read the entire recap, I just have no interest in reading it now
RedRed

(A Book with a Red Cover)

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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Red Glove by Holly Black

There are a lot of books I could have chosen for this, but I’m going with Unspoken because I’m physically incapable of shutting up about the Lynburn Legacy because  isn’t the original cover so great?! It’s unique and eyecatching and hints at both the book’s Gothic elements and its playful tone. The new girl-in-forest covers aren’t terribly hideous to look at, but I’m forever distressed by how generic they are. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL, PUBLISHERS.

I don’t talk enough about how much I LOVE The Curse Workers series. This series is one of those that I can pick up at any time and just read and reread. The world is amazing, the characters are fantastic, and it’s a con book. Which if there is one underrated genre it’s cons and there need to be more of them.
LoveStoryLove Story

(A book with a forbidden love)

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor  Talon by Julie Kagawa
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.  It did not end well.”  And that’s all I’m telling because this book is much better if you go into it knowing nothing, but yes, there is forbidden love, and it is amazing and so is everything else  Okay so my number one pick would also be Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because that book series is just so….there aren’t even words. But beside the point. Talon is the story of a dragon falling for a human(Also for another dragon but we’ll just ignore him for this). It’s pretty much cheesy trash, and I love it so much.
Forever and Always
(Favorite Book Couple)
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Will, Jem, and Tessa – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare  Scarlet and Wolf – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Will, Jem and Tessa start out as what seems like a typical “which bachelor will the lady choose?”  love triangle, but by the end of third book, they are obviously so much more than that. All three of them love each other deeply and equally, and would do absolutely anything to spare the others suffering. If not for certain extremely upsetting events, I am absolutely sure they would have ended up in a wonderful polyamorous relationship.  I can’t even say much here because it’ll all just come out as incoherent screaming and crying. These two are my absolute 100% death. Scarlet is a book I can reread at any time, and never get tired of it. I die any time they’re mentioned. (And yes as obsessive as I am about Blue and Gansey, Wolf and Scarlet STILL beat them out for top spot). I once found myself on the floor curled around a pillow trying to read Cress because of Wolf. It’s a legitimate problem I have with them.

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The Best Day

(A Book That Makes You Nostalgic)

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This was the only John Green book (well, partially John Green) that was released when I was an active member of his fandom. The year it came out was one of the messier ones in my life, and reading John’s books and watching his videos gave me a sense of  community I didn’t have anywhere else and helped shape important parts of my identity (and of course, community and identity are things this book deals with a lot). I don’t love John Green’s books the way I used to, but at this point they’re a part of who I am, and the excitement of counting down the days towards this book snf going to the author event is a memory I will always treasure.  I remember waiting for these books to publish (I got in after Goblet of Fire was released) Hogwarts was always such a special place to me growing up. I knew from a young age I was a Gryffindor, and that truly changed who I am as a person. Yeah sure I think 10 year old me chose Gryffindor because it was Harry’s house, but throughout my teen years the embodiment of Gryffindor shaped who I am today. I could talk forever about how much this series made me who I am. Hogwarts was my home when bad things happened, I was sheltered within its walls.
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I Knew You Were Trouble

(A Bad Character You Couldn’t Help But Love)

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Manon Blackbeak – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas  Liraz – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
From her first appearance, Manon is unapologetic and terrifying and I love every moment of it. Even though her chapters in Heir of Fire weren’t connected to the overall plot (yet), they were an amazing addition to the story. She mercilessly kills people and doesn’t let anything stand in her way and is generally scary and awesome. And then there’s her relationship with her wyvern Abraxos and the hints of her future character arc coming up to the surface and I need Queen of Shadows right-freaking-now so I can see where her character goes next. So I know by the end of the story she’s changed and such but, she starts out so terribly evil. And I loved her even then. I loved her when she was terrible and murderous, I had no clue where Laini was going to take her character and I didn’t even care.
EverythingHasChangedEverything Has Changed

(A character from a book who goes through extensive character development)

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Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi Kady Grant – Illuminae
By the end of the third book, Juliette is barely recognizable from the terrified, self-loathing girl she was in the beginning. Watching her come into her own and discover her strength and courage was by far my favorite part of the series. The fact that it took her a while to get there just makes me appreciate it even more. Can I use her? I’m gonna use her. I know it’s an arc, I know you guys haven’t gotten to read it. But, just hear me out. This girl my friends. From the end of the book to the start she’s nearly unrecognizable, and I never noticed her character changing. I loved it so much.
YouBelongWithMe
You Belong With Me

(Your Most Anticipated Book Release)

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
 Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t think any of those need an explanation, except to say that I need all of those books and I’m terrified of all of those books. Do I even have to explain these? Like do I have to?
InnocentInnocent

(A Book Where Someone Spoiled the Ending for You)

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The last Darren Shan Saga book  Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
I manage to spoil myself for almost everything I read, usually by being stupid enough to go to the Tumblr tag or TVTropes page before I’ve finished reading. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the Darren Shan saga, but they are the one instance I can think of when I was spoiled through no fault of my own. I was fourteen at the time, and this girl and I were taking the bus home and talking about books. This series came up, and I told her I hadn’t finished it. She responded by telling me exactly how the series ended. I stared at her in surprise, and she apologized, and then proceeded to tell me another spoiler from the last book. I was young and stupid and a friend of mine told me how it ended. I still haven’t actually read it because I was so stupidly angry that I couldn’t stand looking at the book. I wasn’t angry at the ending. I was that angry that I’d been spoilt on the ending. I was also young. Very young, like… 12 maybe?
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Come Back, Be Here

(A Book You Don’t Want to Lend Out for Fear You’ll Miss It Too Much)

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Any Sarah Rees Brennan book  None…?
No. Just no. It’s bad enough that I can’t take all of them to college with me. They’re my babies and the spines look great together and my Sarah Rees Brennan collection is extremely pretty and what do you mean I’m being irrational?  I don’t really loan books? Or when I do it’s people I really trust, and so if I’m going to let them borrow a book I’ll let them have anything because the list of people I loan my books to is like…two. And one of which is my sister in the same house so I could get it back at any moment.
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Teardrops on My Guitar

(A Book That Made You Cry)

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
A lot of books make me cry, so I’ll just go with the most recent one*. Without giving away any spoilers, I basically spent the last fifty pages screaming “NO” and “EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE” at no one in particular. That said, the parts that upset me the most involved Kestrel’s relationship with Jess. Basically every interaction between them after the first one broke me into tiny pieces.
(Also, shout-out to The Beginning by KA Applegate. A children’s series with flipbook corners and ridiculous covers shouldn’t be able to make me cry so hard, and yet….)
*I originally wrote this in March, and TWC is no longer the most recent, but I’m too lazy to change the post.
 I’m opposite of Polina, I don’t cry in books. I feel like my chest is splitting open. I bite my knuckles so hard that I lose all feeling in my fingers, I nearly yank my own hair out. But I don’t cry. I don’t really cry much in real life unless someone really gets to me either so… But City of Heavenly Fire at the end when well things go down I started crying. I couldn’t even see the page because I was sobbing so hard.
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Shake It Off

(A Book You Love So Much You Just Shake Off the Haters)

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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan  The Selection by Kiera Cass
Look, it’s not a perfect book (and it could have used waaay more Frank and Hazel), but it has Piper and Annabeth being friends, and Reyna’s backstory, and the conclusion to Nico’s amazing character arc, and Nico and Reyna’s friendship, and Percy telling Annabeth he loves her, and it made me smile so hard my face hurt, and all of those things were 200% worth it for me. Now don’t get me wrong. I know these books are trash. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned. I love to read trashy books. Just give them to me. I adore The Selection series for their trashy qualities.
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Enchanted

(A Book You Discovered by Accident and Ended Up Loving)

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The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg  The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
When I saw this one in a bookstore, I’d literally never heard of it before. I picked it up because the summary sounded cool. Fast forward two years later: I refuse to shut up about this stupid beautiful Swedish witch series and how much Linnea and Vanessa love each other, and I know for a fact that I’ve ruined at least three people’s lives with it. Now this may surprise you, but before this book I didn’t read High Fantasy. But after winning a giveaway from Fierce Reads I wound up with an arc of Winner’s Curse on my doorstep. I was so excited to get an arc that no matter HOW out of my comfort zone it was, I was going to read that book. Well, needless to say it changed my view on books completely. Because you all know how I am with High Fantasy now…
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(Favorite Autographed Book)

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I traveled for two hours to get these books signed, but it was worth it because Marissa was awesome and funny and read an excerpt from Winter and complimented my dress!!! (I also got Under a Painted Sky signed by Stacey Lee, and she was wonderful to talk to and had an awesome stamp.)  It was really wonderful meeting her and getting her to sign my book. She was super sweet even though I knew she was hungry and far beyond the time that she was supposed to sign. She just went forward anyway and I loved her for it. It made the books super special.
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Welcome to New York

(Favorite Contemporary Setting)

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I’m reaching A LOT here, but we don’t know the time period of the book, so it could theoretically be contemporary! (There are a more than few hints that it isn’t, but we’re just going to ignore them for now). Anyway, Thisby Island is one of the most vivid, well-written settings I have seen in a long time. I felt its atmosphere all the way through permeating all the way throughout the book, and I am constantly impressed with Maggie Stiefvater’s abilities. I’ve always wanted to visit France. But I mean, who doesn’t? But at the same time I love that Stephanie made the area that Anna’s in a character. She just didn’t just make it the setting and leave it alone. It truly plays in and I adore that on top of everything else.
TodayWasAFairytaleToday Was a Fairytale

(Favorite Retelling)

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve already mentioned the Lunar Chronicles several times on here, so instead let’s go with Daughter of the Forest, a retelling of The Six Swans. The writing, imagery, and family relationships are all absolutely beautiful, and this book and its sequels contain some very different and amazing female protagonists.  I’m a HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan. Ever since I was itty bitty I watched that VHS until it was well and truly dead. I’ve seen school productions, and one of my greatest wishes is to see a full Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. And I LOVED what Sarah did to the fairytale. It was absolute perfection. She made it her own and still used the original tale to the point that I got excited about things coming up because I knew where in the story we were.
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All You Had to Do Was Stay

(A Book You DNF’d But Want to Try Again)

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Terrier by Tamora Pierce  Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
I don’t remember why I never finished this book, or read the rest of the trilogy, but it’s very embarrassing given how long I’ve loved Tamora Pierce and how much she’s influenced me as a reader. I will give Terrier another try eventually! I tried this book at the EXACT wrong time, I knew it was a red riding hood retelling, but I’d just gotten done with a Lunar Chronicles reread. I didn’t give this book a fair chance and I really regret that now.
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 Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson  A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
 I’m reading this trilogy right now, so it might just be the one that’s leaving the strongest impression in my mind at the moment, but I have all the love for Brandon Sanderson’s plotting and world building, as well as the incredible magic system. This might be cheating but, I’ve loved so many of the crazy interesting worlds that Claudia has created in this series that it just makes me stupidly happy to think about. They’re all so different and unique that I just love visiting each and every one of them.