TAG TUESDAY: the autumn book tag

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It’s the second month of Autumn here in Australia, and I have to say that Autumn is probably my favourite season – I’m over the heat and ready for cold weather and snuggly clothes, plus it means it’s my birthday in a couple of months! So to celebrate the arrival of Autumn, let’s do the Autumn Book Tag (credit to the creator who I couldn’t find).

 

Apple Picking – A book on your TBR that looks so great, you can’t wait to get into it!

This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales

I have heard so many amazing things about this book so I’m sure that I will love it. It sounds emotional, touching, and it seems like one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.

This Song Will Save Your Life

 

Corn Maze – A book to get lost in

Girl in Pieces - Kathleen Gasglow

Despite this being a long book for a contemporary, I still managed to finish it in a day. I just couldn’t put it down! I would be reading it for what felt like a few minutes, but when I looked at the time it have been almost an hour. It swallowed me away from reality.

Girl in Pieces

 

Haunted Houses – A book that Scared you

Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

I’ve probably read adult thriller books that have been scarier, but I found this one creepy. I think that the situation that the main character is in – they’re stranded in a snow storm and now they’re in a house with two guys they don’t know – reminded me a lot of ‘The Human Centipede’… need I say more?

Black Ice

 

Pumpkin Patch – The latest book you purchased

Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare

I’m currently trying to save money, so I’m trying not to buy too many books or spend too much money on things that I don’t NEED. But the other day I had a break at uni so I popped into the shops (yes, a cheap book store) and came across Lady Midnight for $8!!! Considering I’ve seen it for nearly $30 retail, I couldn’t not pick it up!

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

 

Scenic Drives – A book that is lyrically beautiful

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

There’s just something about how this book is written that makes it so beautiful. Almost every page has an amazingly written quote that a lot of people can relate to – and it really makes me think about the story in a lot more detail. I really want to read this amazing book again soon!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Pumpkin Carving – A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind cutting up

The Crown - Kiera Cass

So this isn’t the worst book that I’ve ever read, and considering that I love the rest of the series (even The Heir), it’s hard for me to use this book as an example. But basically, I hated the ending to this book and the suitor that Eadlyn ended up with. It annoyed me so much that I even threw the book across the room for a video I did, but I don’t think that I would cut it up.

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

 

Drinking Apple Cider – A sweet book to curl up with

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Everything about the book is sweet and fun and cute, so this is always my go to book when looking for something more on the light-hearted side. From the story line, to the friendships, and even the romance, it’s overall just a sweet book and I think that there’s no better way of putting it.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

 

Jumping in a Leaf Pile – A book that reminds you of your childhood

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging - Louise Renninson

I’m currently working my way through rereading this series, and I forgot how much I loved it when I first read it. I was in primary school when I read this, so it reminds me of my life when I was first reading it, but it also reminds me of when I was in high school and I was Georgia’s age. I don’t know if this is exactly my “childhood” because it’s more “teenagehood” but it was definitely still apart of it.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)

 

Costume Party – A book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

There are two different ways that I could interpret this question, but I thought that with this series it didn’t matter because it covers both spectrum’s of diversity. There are a diverse range of characters in general – we’ve got a range of mythical creatures including shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, and they are all completely different and each to their own. But there are also multiple ethnicities, cultures, sexualities, genders and ages and I think that’s one of the main reasons that makes this such a great series.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

 

 

And that’s The Autumn Book Tag! Once again, I tried to look for the creator but couldn’t find them, so credit goes to whoever it is! If it’s currently Autumn in your country, then I tag you to do this – it was a lot of fun and definitely got me in the Autumnal mood!

TAG TUESDAY: the ultimate book tag

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Hello again, and welcome to another TAG TUESDAY. Today I thought I’d do something a bit different and talk more about my reading life as opposed to book specifically. This tag was created by these lovely girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZBk4IHdI

 

 

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I usually do, but in saying that last year my bus ride to uni would be up to an hour and I used to read most of the time without getting sick. So I think I get sick reading in the car, but for some reason bus’ are different.

 

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I could choose so many authors for this one, but there’s something about John Green’s writing that always captivates me. He writes so beautifully, and his characters always have this crazy hold on me and I become obsessed with them! I really hope he’ll publish another book in the future.

 

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Twilight:

  1. I read Twilight in primary school so it holds a special place in my heart. I only read HP a year ago, and even though I loved it, it’s just not sentimental to me
  2. I’ve always preferred vampires and werewolves to wizards
  3. The story concept and fantasy aspect is a lot easier for me to understand in Twilight than HP

I’m not going to lie, that was a hard one!

 

 

 

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

No.

 

5. Do you smell your books?

Yes – I LOVE the smell of books!!!!!

 

 6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I don’t really mind either way. I can usually go without them, and if they’re in there I usually don’t take too much notice of them.

 

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 

I read The Georgis Nicholson series when I was younger and I loved it. I’m currently rereading the series, and I still love the story line and it makes me laugh so much, but now that I’m a more mature and critical reader, I can definitely see some things that I don’t love so much. It is set for a younger audience so it’s not so much the quality of writing, but more the character of Georgia that annoys me a bit.

 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

In early years of high school, we had reading time during english class once. I grabbed Breaking Dawn from the shelf and purposely found the erotic sex scene and showed it to my friend. We were both giggling under our breaths, but the teacher heard me. Instead of just telling me to be quiet, she made me read out the page I was reading to the whole class. I was mortified, but I had no choice but to laugh it off (especially since the teacher looked just as embarrassed as I was).

 

 

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Persuasion by Jane Austen

 

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The ten year anniversary edition of Twlight/Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer.

 

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yes and yes (hopefully). I have completed first drafts to two different novels and began writing many others. Yesterday I decided that I’m going to start editing and working on a second draft to the first manuscript I wrote last year. I love writing and I think writing on this blog has definitely helped me with developing my writing also. I studied Psychology last year at uni, but this year I have transferred to an English and Creative Writing course, so I can’t wait to be writing more throughout the year!

 

12. When did you get into reading?

Ever since I was young I’ve always loved reading – I can’t pin point a time when I first got into it.

 

13. What is your favorite classic book?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read it for year 11 English and it was the first classic that I actually enjoyed. I’ve reread it since and watched the most recent film adaptation a million times.

 

14. In school was your best subject?

English was always one of my favourite subjects for most of my school years, but it probably wasn’t always my best. It always changed from year to year depending on what we were learning and who my teacher was.

 

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Smile, say thank you, and then go to my room and cry.

 

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t knowwwwww……??????

 

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Sometimes if I can’t get in the zone, I have a short attention span so I procrastinate and find something to do after writing each sentence.

 

18. What is your favorite word?

“like” – I say it waaaaay to often.

 

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’m definitely a book nerd and my entire family pays me out about it constantly.

 

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires because Twilight!! Besides, Fairies always confuse me in fantasy books because they’re never just normal cute little fairies.

 

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels? Shapeshifters? I don’t know! I think I would rather be a shapeshifter because how cool would that be?!

 

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits are cool, but I just started watching Teen Wolf a few days ago, and OMG! Werewolves!!!

 

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires again.

 

 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. I HATE love triangles!

 

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Romance all the way. I love fantasy from time to time, but I really have to be in the mood for it. There’s just something about lovey dovey books that make me swoon!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this little (or really long) tag for something different, and I’m sure you all learnt a little something about me. Comment below if you prefer romance or action books!

TAG TUESDAY: Valentine’s Book Tag

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Hi guys, and happy Valentine’s Day! Since Tag Tuesday feel on the 14th, I decided to stick with the theme, plus I love a bit of romance in books (or a lot). I got the tag from the video below;

 

Favourite couple ever – you want to have their relationship

Cress and Captain Thorne - The Lunar Chronicles

I could be here all day naming my favourite couples, but I managed to decide on Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. Rapunzel is one of my favourite fairy tales, so when I read ‘Cress’, I knew that I was going to love her the most. But there is something about her and Thorne’s relationship that I just love… plus Thorne is just amazing (funny male characters get me every time).

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

 

Relationship that never happened – you wanted them to get together but they never did

Charlie and Mikey - Girl in Pieces

I just read this book a couple of weeks ago, and there were so many topics, lessons and issues covered throughout. It is honestly one of the most touching books I’ve ever read and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to not think about it. But Mikey is just one of the sweetest and kindest characters I’ve ever read, and despite fading out of Charlie’s journey at the end of the book, he still had a big impact on her. I thought they would get together in the end, but I liked how Charlie didn’t need a guy to save her.

Girl in Pieces

 

Your bookish crush

Peter Kavinsky - To all the Boy's I've Loved Before

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, this will be of no surprise to you. Whenever I think of my favourite book guy, or my book boyfriend, Peter is always the first to come to mind. He is more realistic than the rest of YA male love interests which I really like, yet he still manages to be sweet, funny, charming, and just amazing. I wish he was real…

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

 

Worst relationship – a couple you wanted to break up

Celaena/Aelin and anyone but Dorian - Throne of Glass

This is why the first ToG book is my favourite – because Dorian is the guy that Celaena is interested in, and me being unaware of Sarah J. Maas’ reputation, thought that they were going to be the OTP that stuck together to the end. Unfortunately, after reading every book, this only seems like even less of a possibility. So basically, all of Celaena’s relationships are the worst, except for when her and Dorian were together.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

 

Your favourite love triangle

Charlie with Gabriel and/or Olly - Songs About a Girl

I usually hate love triangles – they stress me out (probably because of ToG) and whenever it looks like my OTP isn’t working out, I don’t seem to enjoy the book anymore. However, at the end of 2016 I read SAaG, and the love triangle didn’t bother me as much. Although Gabriel is my preferred guy, I still think that Olly is such a sweet heart and he and Charlie wouldn’t be bad together.

Songs About a Girl

 

Your favourite tragic love story – a couple whose relationship was cut short

Hazel and Augustus – The Fault in our Stars

Do I need to say anymore? These two are perfect for each other, and they shared a love that I could only dream about. They shared such a short time together, but it was the quality of that time that made it beautiful. Excuse me while I go and cry while rereading this book for the millionth time…

The Fault in Our Stars

 

So while I sit at home thinking about Peter Kavinsky, I hope you’re all having a more exciting Valentine’s Day than me!

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: books to read when in a reading slump

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No one likes being in a reading slump, and I know that I’ve had my fare share of slumps or not being in the mood to read. So I’ve come up with a few recommendations of books to read to try and get you out of that slump. I’ve tried to come up with a variety of different genres and reasons as to why each book is good to read, so I hope that at least one of these books can help you. Enjoy!

 

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

I know that a lot of people are iffy this book for a lot of reasons, and you might think that it’s a little childish for you. However, I found all three books from the series a fun and enjoyable, and quick and easy read, and I think this is always helpful if you are in a reading slump. At the beginning of 2016 after reading ‘Me Before You’,  I couldn’t bare the thought of moving on to reading another book because it felt like my emotions had been ripped out of me. ‘Girl Online’ was on my TBR so I thought I’d pick it up, and the light hearted and fun story line really helped me get over the tragedy from the previous book I read.

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The Devil You Know – Trish Doller

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it’s just the risk she’s been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

This book is a YA mystery/thriller which would usually be really intense and packed with story and plot lines, however, this one wasn’t too crazy for me. It’s a quick read (only a few hundred pages) so I finished it in a day, but that wasn’t the only reason I finished it so quickly. I wanted the mystery to be unfolded so badly that I couldn’t put the book down – it is such a page turner! I feel like a lot of the time thrillers have a lot of different story lines going on, but there was really just the one mystery to be solved which definitely made this an easy and “somewhat” light read.

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A Work In Progress – Connor Franta

Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.\
Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

For something different, I decided to go for a memoir/ non-fiction book because sometimes I find that it helps to read factual information as opposed to an actual story. AWiP is not only a quick read, but it is told in multiple short memoirs/stories from Connor’s life so it feels more broken up. This memoir isn’t just about Connor’s life, but he includes inspiration and drive into his writing, so when I put the book down I really wanted to go out and do the things that I love.

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Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging – Louise Renninson

Angus: My mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat. The size of a small Labrador, only mad. Likes to stalk Mr. and Mrs. Next Door’s poodle. I used to drag him around on a lead, but, as I explained to Mrs. Next Door, he ate it.
Thongs: Stupid underwear worn by old Swotty Knickers, Lindsay. What’s the point of them, anyway? They just go up your bum, as far as I can tell.
Full-Frontal Snogging: Kissing with the trimmings, lip to lip, open mouth, tongues…everything (apart from dribble, which is never acceptable). As taught to me by a professional snogger.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst if being a teenager.

I read this series when I was younger in primary school, but I am currently in the middle of re-reading them now. I finished the second book today in one sitting (maybe a couple of hours) and because they are so fun and quick, it was easy to read. I have always loved this series and I think that if you are in a slump due to reading such heavily filled with content books, then they are perfect to lighten up your reading. Not a lot happens in each book, but over the entirety of the series, Georgia goes through so much and I just love reading about it and having a laugh when doing so.

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The Selection – Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

If your more into dystpoian or fantasy books rather than contemporaries, then I highly recommend this series (if you haven’t already heard of it… because let’s be serious!). Despite the dystopian setting, this series main focus is the romance between Prince Maxon and America and the struggles they face together due to their differences. Although this may be a bit of a harder read, content wise, than the rest of the books that I’m mentioning, I feel like the fast pace and fun romance is perfect to get you out of that slump.

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Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This is another book that I finished in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. If you like contemporaries with a little bit of drama and emotion, then this is the perfect book for you. It’s quick, the plot is easy to follow, and the characters are so likable that it is impossible not to love this book. Although this book focuses on some more serious topics, I know for sure that it made me want to read more books so I’m sure it will for you too.

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Songs About A Girl – Chris Russell

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.
Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…

Although this is another contemporary, it’s different than the other’s I’ve mentioned. If you love reading fan fictions about your favourite band members (don’t lie – I know it’s your guilty pleasure) then you will love this book. It’s a little bit longer for a contemporary and quite a lot happens in the plot, but I still finished it within the day. It’s fun, adorable, and the romance the begins to develop between the main character and one of the band members was perfect. It is a part of a series though, with the second book due to release in 2017, so I can’t promise that you won’t want to read the second book straight after finishing this one.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!

In December 2015, I had just got back into reading after a hectic year of finishing high school. I had read so many books since finishing school at the beginning of November, but by this time I was looking for something quick, different, easy and fun to read. I had never been interested in the HP series before, but since joining the online book community not long before, I thought it was time to pick it up. The first book specifically I think is good to read if you’re in a slump because it is such a quick and easy read, but also because the fantasy elements aren’t difficult to understand. It really is such a simple book to pick up.

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Just One Day – Gayle Forman

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

I’ve chosen this book not only because it is an easy contemporary to follow and because it’s a quick read, but because the fact that it’s told over the course of one day makes it feel so much quicker. It’s fast paced, full of romance, and it’s set in Paris, and these are three things that I love! If you’ve been to Paris, then you will absolutely love reading this book because Gayle Forman’s writing makes it so easy to visualise and picture everything that she’s describing. I really want to read more books set in Paris!

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I know this is another contemporary, but the reason I’ve chosen Fangirl is because after reading it, it inspired me to want to read (and write) more, and I feel like any book that focuses on writing or reading will help with this. The main character in this book, Cath, is studying English at college, and she’s constantly writing, reading, and talking about Baz and Simon (her favourite characters). So when I finished reading Fangirl, all I wanted to do was read more books. Even though I wasn’t in a slump at the time, it definitely encouraged me to read more.

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Those are ten books that I think your should read if you’re in a slump. Be sure to comment below what books you recommend reading when you don’t feel like reading, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday with another review!

TAG TUESDAY: ‘gossip girl’ book tag

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Gossip Girl is probably one of my favourite TV shows in existence, and I’ve watched the whole series twice in two years! So today I decided to do the Gossip Girl book tag which was created by a bunch of book bloggers including JM Cabral, https://bookfreakrevelations.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/book-tags-2-the-gossip-girl-book-tag/

Serena Van der Woodsen – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction
I think at the moment, the “it” book is the Throne of Glass series. Everyone is reading it and everyone is loving it. Personally, I loved the first two books, but I found myself not loving the series as much by the third book. I also find Celaena (similarly to Serena) an unlikeable character – which is a very unpopular opinion. But I do LOVE Dorian <3.

Blair Cornelia Waldorf – A book/character you love to hate
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I really wish that I didn’t hate this book because I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books, but I just couldn’t get into this one – I couldn’t even finish it! I love Blair though and she’s probably my favourite character on the show! Hopefully one day when I get time I’ll try to read Carry On again and see if I can appreciate it this time around.

Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass – A roller coaster ride of a book/character
I felt like I was going on a crazy roller coaster ride when reading Looking For Alibrandi. There are so many ups and downs in that book – there’s humour, emotion (I bawled my eyes out in the end), and touching parts of the story that I could really relate to, and that’s probably why I love the book so much. Any book that makes me feel so many emotions throughout it, I think is an amazing book.

Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald – A book cover eye candy
The covers to The Selection series are all beautiful and I could stare at the forever! The dresses that the models wear are gorgeous and the colours (especially the pink and blue on The Selection cover) are amazing. Another eye candy cover is Binge by Tyler Oakley. The cover literally has candy wrapper on it, and just like Nate, I could stare at it all day.

Daniel “Dan” Humphrey – A book you think deserves more love than it gets
Surprise, surprise, I’m going with Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle. I talk about this book in pretty much every blog post because it is INCREDIBLE and everyone needs to know about it. I think for such a touching, emotional and eye opening book, this book doesn’t get enough credit world wide.

Jenny Humphey – A character that went through a drastic transformation, for better or worse
Penny from the Girl Online trilogy. Penny starts off the first book as a shy girl who is hiding from the world behind her computer. She has amazing talent and so much potential, yet her anxiety is holding her back from doing what she wants to do. But by the end of the third book she has come out of her shell and develops into a confident girl with so much to give to the world.

Vanessa Abrams – A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression
The Leaving by Tara Alterbrandi. I felt like this book had so much potential, and when I read the blurb I had really high expectations for it, but when I read it I was a little bit dissapointed. It wasn’t a bad book, I just felt that a lot more could have been done with it. There was a massive mystery aspect to it, but when the mystery was discovered it was a bit of a let down.

Lily Van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey – An OTP that could have been
I have to say something quickly. When I saw the last episode for the first time I thought that they did end up together because they kissed on the lips, but when I rewatched the series again a year later, I realised that they didn’t end up together!!!!! Such a let down. Anyway… for this one I’m going with either Celaena and Dorian from ToG because they were the first OTP in the series and I just can’t let them go. Plus Dorian is bae. And another Maas book I’m going with Faera and Tamlin (everyone is going to hate me for this one). I still can’t let go of Tamlin – I don’t care what anyone tells me.

Georgina Sparks – A villain who’s killing it with villainy
Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. That woman is crazy and probably one of the most cruel villains that I’ve ever read about (maybe along with Voldemort). I haven’t read the novella about her, but I think it would be interesting to go deeper into her character and discover more about her.

Dorotha Kishlovsky – A favorite sidekick character
Isaac from The Fault in our Stars. I answered this for a similar question in another blog post, but I just love him. He’s funny, charismatic, and so under appreciated. John Green needs to write a book just about Isaac because I would definitely read it. Plus he and Augustus together were so much fun – I can’t let go of the egg throwing scene.

Ivy Dickens – A book you always mistake for something else
When I was first reading The Selection series, The Heir had already been released so I bought the first four books plus the novella. But when I finished The One, I was confused because there was still another book. I was so dissapointed when I read the blurb to The Heir and realised that it wasn’t based on the same characters. Such a let down!

Lola Rhodes – A book/character you wanted to love more than you actually did
Blood by Blood by Ryan Graudin which is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf. I read WbW at the beginning of the year and it was amazing, so when BbB was released last month, I couldn’t wait to read it. But in the end, I just didn’t enjoy it and it had no where near the same effect on me that WbW had. I really wanted to love the ending to the duology, but I just wasn’t as intrigued this time around.

Prince Louis GrimaldiA Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk character
Matt from The Devil You Know, for obvious reasons. I loved him in the beginning and I wanted to read more about him, and when Cadie started hanging around with Noah, I felt a bit let down. But when we discovered who Matt is (and he’s more than just a jerk) I was so shocked and didn’t want to believe it. Such a good book though.

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And that’s the Gossip Girl Book Tag. Comment down below who your favourite GG character is, and be sure to do the tag if you loved the show as much as I do!

 

TAG TUESDAY: ‘pretty little liars’ book tag

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So far my summer holiday has consisted of catching up on my favourite TV shows that I haven’t had time to watch throughout the year, so be ready for some TV show related book tags. I caught up on a years worth of PLL episodes, so here’s the Pretty Little Liars book tag!

CREATOR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfnekqHUx4M

We all know Hanna has the best style: Who is one author who’s writing style you simple can’t get enough of?
A recent author I discovered this year who I mention in almost every blog post, is Sophie Hardcastle. Her writing style throughout ‘Breathing Under Water’ is so beautifully captivating and it is one of the main reasons that I love that book.

PLL Hiatus: A book/series it pains you to wait for?
I usually prefer to read series once they’re finished so that I don’t have to wait a year for each book, but one series I can think of is the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy. I read ACOTAR in January so I only had to wait four months for ACOMAF, but now I have to wait a year for the last book!!!

You’ve stumbled into A’s lair but quickly realize you’re not alone: Which fictional character do you send an SOS text?
Apart from one of the PLL girls (because somehow they always know how to get out of these situations) I feel like I would have to choose on of the typical dystopian hero’s or heroines. Either Four or Tris from Divergent would be a good way to go because they know how to kick butt!

Rosewood: A fictional place you would like to visit, despite it’s reputation?
The dystopian kingdom of Illea from The Selection series. I just find this world so interesting with the order of the castes and how they affect how each caste interacts with each other. Although I wouldn’t want to live in Illea, I would love to visit it (and Maxon).

A has invited you to the masquerade ball! What lavish outfit from a book would you wear?
I’m going back to The Selection again because the descriptions of the dresses that Kiera Cass talks about all sound beautiful. The turquoise dress on the front cover of The Selection is gorgeous and I’d want to wear that one, but I’m not sure if she actually wears that in the book.

Cece Drake: Name a totally epic plot twist
I love a good plot twist. The one at the end of ‘Wolf by Wolf’ by Ryan Graudin is pretty crazy, and we had to wait for the second book to release to find out what happens. One of my favourite plot twists is in ‘We Were Liars’. I didn’t see it coming, and not only was it shocking but it was also extremely emotional. I don’t think I’ll ever recover from that one.

It’s Halloween! You’re Aria and A has locked you in a crate. What power or weapon would you use from a book to help you break free?
I can feel the claustrophobia rising in me just thinking about it! I searched weapons from Shadowhunters and even though I couldn’t find a specific one that would help me in this situation, I’m sure one of them would. Those guys are always using their weapons to get the out of places.

Wren: Who is a minor character whose story you would love to know more about?
Isaac from The Fault in our Stars is one of my favourite side characters. He adds so much to the story, and his humour and personality is just amazing. Petition for John Green to write a book about Isaac!!!

And that’t the Pretty Little Liars book tag. I can’t believe there’s only half a season left and then it will all be over, but I can’t wait to see how they’re going to end it! If you love Pretty Little Liars, I TAG YOU!

TAG TUESDAY: the bookshelf tag

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This week for Tag Tuesday I will be doing The Bookshelf Tour. It looks like a lot of fun and I love looking at and talking about my shelves, so here goes…

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from?
They are all Billy Bookcases from IKEA. I bought the first one at the beginning of the year and bought the second two a few months ago.

How do you organise your books?
At the moment they’re in rainbow/ colour coordination. The bottom shelf are books that are on my TBR that I couldn’t fit in with their colours. There are a few other book elsewhere on the shelf that are also on my TBR though.

What’s the thickest book on your shelf?
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the one that stands out the most thickest.

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What’s the thinnest book on your shelf?
Persuasion by Jane Austen. You can barely see it on my shelf!

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Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
The Sky is Everywhere, The Fault in our Stars (paperback), The Rescue.

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Is there a book from your friend?
I don’t have many friends that read, but one friend bought me my paperback version of TFIOS for my birthday.

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The most expensive book on your shelf?
From memory, the Life and Death/ Twilight anniversary edition was pretty expensive.

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The last book you read on your shelf?
I finished What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick on Sunday.

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Do you have a complete series (I didn’t include trilogies)?
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What’s the newest edition to your shelf?
Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg and Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern were sent to me yesterday by their publishers. Thanks Penguin and Harper Collins!

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The oldest book on your shelf?
Probably Twlight or my brothers copy of HP and the Philosopher’s Stone

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight?
Hardcover of TFIOS

Most beat up book?
My brother’s copies of the first six Harry Potter books. You can tell he never looked after his books. But if we’re counting my own books, probably Twlight.

Most pristine book?
I make sure to never ruin my hard covers – TFIOS, The Cursed Child, HP and the Deathly Hallows, Binge.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?
My brother’s copies of the first six Harry Potter books.

A book that is your favourite colour?
My favourite colours are blue and purple, but the covers for Whisper to Me and Running Like China are beautiful.

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A book that has been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?
Water for Elephants. I bought this for like $9 YEARS AGO and have just never got around to reading it. I’ve seen the movie though.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first one you read?
Probably Twilight again…

Any signed books?
Illuminae, Gemina, Genesis Girl, Flawed.

 

That’s it for today! Comment below how you organise your bookshelf because I’m always looking for more ways to do it!

 

TAG TUESDAY: summertime madness book tag

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Summer is half a month away here in Australia, and I couldn’t be more excited for the sun, beach, summer fruits and spending time outside. So what better was to kick off the summer season than with the Summertime Madness Book Tag! If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, I TAG YOU!

A book with a summery cover
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is a really simple cover, yet every time I look at it, it reminds me of summer. Blue sky, a summer love couple, and the sun shining on them. Plus the book itself is so summery!

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A fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your summer vacation
The Shadow Hunters Academy in New York as seen in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’ve always wanted to go to New York, and even though it’s winter over there when it’s summer over here, I wouldn’t mind. Plus, I want to spot Jace.

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You’re about to go on a flight for your summer vacation, but you want to read a book that will last the whole flight. What novella do you choose?
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer. I started reading this Twilight novella years ago when I read the series, but for some reason I’ve never finished it. One day I’d love to pick it up again and read the whole thing.

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You have a case of summertime sadness. What book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is filled with so much happiness and I love that it covers so many topics. There’s romance, friendship, dealing with family problems, loss, heart break, venturing out into the world for the first time. Every time I think about the book it never fails to make me smile.

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You’re sitting at the beach all alone. What fictional character would be your beach babe?
Peter Kavinsky from To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Everyone knows that Peter is my all time favourite book boyfriend, so of course I’d want him sitting with me on the beach all day. Plus, I’d probably get to see him without a top on!

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To match your ice-cream, you want an icy cool sidekick. Which fictional sidekick do you pick?
Isaac from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. For some reason, Isaac is the first person that came to mind and I don’t even know if you could count him as a side kick. He is such an under appreciated character in TFIOS, so I would love to guide him around this summer.

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And that’s the Summertime Madness Book Tag. Comment below what you’re most excited about this summer (or winter depending on where you are in the world)

TAG TUESDAY: Aussie Book Tag

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I’ve been wanting to do this tag for so long and I’m finally getting around to it. This week is AUSSIE WEEK on my blog. Today, for Tag Tuesday, I’m doing the AUSSIE BOOK TAG and for Friday Favourites I’ll be talking about some of my favourite books by Australian authors. Without further ado, here’s the tag.

If you are an australian book blogger, I TAG YOU and comment below 🙂

KOALA: A character you want to cuddle all day long
Peter Kavinsky from ‘Too all the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Haan. I mention him in almost every tag, but I just love him. I want a Peter hug!

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VEGEMITE: A book you like that everyone else hates
Firstly, I HATE vegemite, but for the sake of the question I’m going to pretend that I like it. For this one, I’m going with ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not that everyone hates this book, but a majority of people said they didn’t enjoy it as much as they thought they would. And everyone else loved ACOMAF whereas I prefer ACOTAR… I’m still a Tamlin shipper (I HAVE NO SHAME!).

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SOCCEROOS: Favourite fictional squad
Andie’s friendship group from ‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson. I can’t remember all their names, and the boys and girls in this group were all so cute and so much fun together and it was great to read a contemporary group that focused on more than just a relationship between the two main characters. I wanted to be in the book hanging out with these kids… it seemed like so much fun.

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SOUTHERN CROSS: Most recent 5 star read
‘The Sun is Also a Star’ by Nicola Yoon. This book is incredible and put me through a million different emotions within the short 300 something pages. I have a full review of TSIAAS on this blog which you can check out!

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PATRIOTISM: Favourite book by an author from your country
‘Breathing Under Water’ by Sophie Hardcastle. This is one of the most inspirational, beautiful and emotiol books I’ve ever read, and it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read in 2016. More people need to read this spectacular book.

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ECHIDNA: A book you like to look at but physically hurts to read
I think I’m meant to choose a book that has a pretty cover but crap story, so for this I’m going with ‘Tripping Back Blue’ by Kara Storti. I have the hard cover of this book, and it’s so pretty that I even face it forwards on my book shelf. BUT I was so bored with the story that I can’t even tell you what happened.

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NED KELLY: A book that is really grim but an iconic must-read
I don’t really know how to answer this question, but I am going to go with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. I know that this books isn’t grim, but I didn’t feel anything for it, yet it’s one of those books that you need to read.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF: A book that had you gaping with awe
‘Whisper to Me’ by Nick Lake. It wouldn’t be a tag without me mentioning this amazing book. I was shocked, emotional, and scared when reading this book, and that’s what made it so amazing. The story covers everything from romance, grief, mental health, friendship, family, and finding yourself. Everyone needs to read this!

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PAVLOVA: A light and fluffy book that you can’t help but love
I’m looking forward to Christmas day so I can have a pieve of pav again! For this one I’m going with the ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ companion trilogy. All three of these books are just so cute and such easy reads. I really want to read them all again… if only I had the time.

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MILO: A genre/author you reach for to get you out of a reading slump
I don’t have a specific book or author that I reach for, but any quick, light contemporary book is usually what I pick up if I don’t really feel like reading. Those books that are set for a younger audience that would probably be crap if reading any other way…

 

So that’s the Aussie Book Tag. Comment below if you are a fellow Aussie and if you have participated in the tag so I can check it out!

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