Posted in Young Adult

Book Blogger Hop Week of the 15th-21st


Book Blogger Hop

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?

I saw this on another blog that I follow, and thought that it was a great idea!

In answer to the prompt, I would have to say yes and no. For me, my main thing is keeping my book series the same. So if I start a series in one format then all of them have to be in the same one! It bothers me a lot if I have a mix of hard cover and paperback  series on my shelves!

I typically like to buy paperback books just because they are cheaper, but I will go out of my way to by the original cover if they made it into a movie. I personally can’t stand books with movie covers.

What about you? Do you buy the more expensive editions, if there is a cheaper version out there?

 

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Days of the Week Book Tag

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I found this book tag on @Thrice Read, and thought it was a cute and short one to do. I don’t really like tagging other people to do things, so if you like this one then I nominate you! Just let me know if you do it so that I can look at your answers.

Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read ||
Sometimes, I just get into book slumps and I just don’t want to read anything. I really get lazy reading long books, or series that has a lot of books in it. For instance, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I have all of the books, but I am just too lazy to read them all. Mainly because I lost interest after book 2 or 3.

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish
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I will have to go with Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol I by Danielle Paige. It’s been awhile since I have read the first two books, and I thought I would be fine reading one of the short stories volumes. Boy was I wrong, it took me forever to finish because I thought it was so boring compared to the actual series.

Wednesday: Book you haven’t finished ||
I probably read the first 100 pages of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved the movies when they came out, so I decided to read the books that they were based off of. I started when I was in middle or high school, and I haven’t picked it back up since. I read The Hobbit with no problems, so I thought TLOR would be no problem.

Thursday: Book you don’t recommend ||
For this one, I will have to go with Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. There was so much hype for this book when the movie came out last year, and honestly I thought the book and movie were just a big let down.

Friday: A book you can’t wait to be released
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How do I pick just one book? There are so many that will be released soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on! I guess, I’ll just say Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo as two of the big ones I am waiting for.

Saturday: Book you wanted to re-read right away ||
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. This was such a fantastic and creepy book, I felt like I missed a lot of clues throughout that was explained at the end. I would like to reread to see if I can pick them up before the reveal happens.

Sunday: A book you didn’t want to end
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There are a lot of books that fit this description. I’ll go with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I like that this is a series, because I just really loved the world building and all of the characters!

What’s a book you didn’t want to put down? Let me know in the comments!

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Lit-Cube August “I’d Rather Be A Mermaid” Review

Lit-Cube is a monthly subscription box that sends you a book, a wearable, and other little bookish goodies.

The cost: $29.99/month + $4.99 s/h to U.S. and $14.99 s/h to Canada

<–This is what it looks like on the inside, after you first open it! The anticipation is exciting. This months theme was “I’d Rather Be A Mermaid.” I love all things mermaid, so waiting all month for this box was torture!

Check out my other Lit-Cube reviews and book box subscription reviews !

After the theme card, comes the description card of all of the items included in this months box.

Would you rather be a mermaid A witch? A faerie? Or a werewolf? Choose your favorite paranormal story and download samples from The Cotton Candy Quintet! I thought this was a cute way to promote Erin Hayes’ books from The Cotton Candy Quintet.

Another promotional item in the box, is this Updrift coaster. Updrift is the first book in The Mer Chronicles by Erinn Stevens. The coaster is really cute, and after looking it up I found out it is also the cover of the book, so I will definitely have to check it out!

The book this month is Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce. This is book two in the World of Aluvia series, but it can be read as a standalone, which is great because I haven’t read the first one yet!

Published: May 9th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press

Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.

The retail value of this book is $16.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $16.14 (at least you get a 5% discount!).

This book has an interesting premise. I have read some really good mermaid books and some that are not so great. I really hope this falls in the first category!

If you haven’t read the first book (Fairy Keeper), like me, Lit-Cube included a free ebook download! If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free, but if you are like me and don’t you can purchase it from Amazon for $4.99. For an ebook that is not a bad price.

This month, we not only received a paperback book and a free ebook, but we also got another paperback book! My TBR list is growing quickly!

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Published: October 1st 2013 by Square Fish (first published September 4th 2012).

Goodreads Summary:

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

This book has some great reviews on Goodreads, and I can’t wait to dive into it! (See what I did there? ;)).

This book has a retail value of $9.99, or you can get the Kindle version for only $7.09 on Amazon.

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Another goody this month, is this Lit-Cube Exclusive Mermaid Travel Cup! It is super adorable, and I love that it is in purple! This travel cup has a retail value of $9.99.

Inside the travel cup was all of these goodies! There was some promotional items for more mermaid books, a signed bookplate from Amy Bearce, a couple of drink packets, and a lip balm.

If you join Poppy Lawless’s newsletter, she will give you a free copy of The Glass Mermaid (book one in The Chancellor Fairy Tales series). All my life is as fragile as glass. What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

Amy Bearce’s signed bookplate is super adorable. “Everytime you write a review, a mermaid is born!”

This months snackable are Everly Drink Packets! These drink mixes make drinking water every day more enjoyable. “Their drink mixes are natural, sugar free, zero calorie, and very affordable. Great for a hot summer day while reading a book!” We even got a code to try all of the flavors for free! They have a 3-day challenge to kick the soda and sugar out of your diet for only $10, and a box of 30 packets is only $17.50. Since we received two samples, I would guess that the estimated value is $1.17. We even received a pitcher packet, but I couldn’t find that one on their website. I received Peach Mango, Green Tea Passion Fruit, and Strawberry Lemonade to try!

The wearable in the box is the Mermaid Lip-Balm by LippincottSoapCo on Etsy. Their “Mermaid” lip balm smells just like a rainbow snowcone! This is a creamy, scentless balm that stays on for hours. The ingredients in this balm are beeswax, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, phthalate-free flavor oil, castor oil, lanolin, and vitamin E. This has a retail value of $4.00, but if your purchase is $50 or more they have a coupon code for 10% off!

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“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of the depths, and a great fear of shallow living.” Believe it or not, but this is a beach towel! This is the last Lit-Cube exclusive item in this months box with a retail value of $19.95. I love the quote on the towel, but it doesn’t feel like a towel. It seems as if it is more like a blanket, but still cute.

Overall, this box has a value of $66.23, not bad for a $34 subscription box! I think since I have been subscribing, this has been the most highly anticipated box and it did not disappoint! I loved that this one came with more than one book and all of the bookish items were great!

Next months theme is “Haunted Hearts” and it is being guest curated by AG Howard the author of The Architect of Song (which will be the book next month). Everything in the box will be hand picked by Howard, how exciting!

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What do you think of this months box?! Do you love mermaids just as much as me? What do you think of next months theme??

Check out my Facebook page and let me know if you have one as well!

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The MakeUp Book Tag

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First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out! Second, I would like to thank Ash @ OnceUponABookshelf for tagging me!

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Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with Six of Crows and Girl Against the Universe. Both of these books left lasting impressions in their own way. They almost had me in a book slump because I didn’t want to pick up another book that might not live up to the greatness I just finished.

 

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Favorite first book in a series

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Alice in Zombieland was the first book I read by Gena Showalter and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I got sucked into this first book, and then quickly devoured the rest of the series.

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Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

 

The two main characters in these books just really annoyed me. I could have lived my life perfectly fine without them. I didn’t know that a main character could have/be as many cliches as these two. 

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Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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I do have some issues with the last book of the Lunar Chronicles, but I also absolutely loved Winter. This was just a great book to finish a fantastic series.

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Pick a book you think everyone should read

 

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I would probably say The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It has almost a little bit of everything for everyone.

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Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

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I haven’t read this book yet, but I love the cover!

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Pick a dark and mysterious book

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This is a fairy tale retelling that you didn’t see coming. Cinderella isn’t the nice and innocent girl from the Disney movie, instead she has a bit of a mean streak.

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Pick a long book

 

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This is most likely the longest book on my shelves, but that isn’t surprising considering it is Harry Potter. I love this entire series, and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! 😉

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Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

 

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Hmm . . . I would have to say that this was the most recent cringe worthy romance. You have your insta-love, and the “I’ll do whatever you say because I love you” mentality from the main character. Yikes.

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Pick a book that brightens your day

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Dessen is probably one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I am in between series, I love just picking up one of her books and getting lost in her universe. Each book is set in the same town, so it is great rereading a book and seeing how they all fit in with each other.

 

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Your favorite book kiss

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I can’t really think of which characters shared a book kiss that is my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the little romance that was in this book. The ending though is what makes it all that much better!

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this quick fun book tag!

Posted in Young Adult

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Hey everyone! Pokémon Go has taken over everything this summer and it is taking the world by storm! I started playing a few weeks after it launched, and I am only on level 14. Thankfully, right next to my office is a Poke stop so I can play during breaks right at my desk!

Alright, so to the tag!

The Pokémon Go Book Tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight (the graphics were also created by Aentee). I saw this tag on Ellie @ Capitol Books blog, and thought what a cute little tag to do on a Saturday morning!

Without further ado, here is the Pokémon Go Book Tag:


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I have been reading for a very long time now, and I cannot for the life of me remember what book started that love for reading. When I was little, my dad used to read to me before going to bed every night. So, if I had to guess, I would say that fairy tales really started my love for reading thanks to my dad.

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I will have to say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, will always be a classic that I could read over and over again.

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Hmm….I would probably have to say the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I read the first two books before they became popular, thanks to the movie. By the time the last book came around, I really didn’t feel like reading it because so many people were talking about it. (The movies did not help either, but that’s a rant for another day)

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. Just another dystopian novel with monsters, but I couldn’t help but really enjoy it anyway. =)

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This is an easy one. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’ve read the first two, but I can’t really remember what happened, so I’ll have to start over. There is just so many and each book is just so thick! =/

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This is a hard one, a lot of books have kept me up at night. It’s the whole just have to finish that last chapter before going to bed, but alas 10-30 chapters later it’s 3am and I only have 2 chapters left! Therefore, I must finish, scenario that happens all the time.

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There are many that fit this category. But, if I had to choose just one, then I would pick Cinder and Kai. =)

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The last fast-paced book that I read was Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It was a great stand alone book, that is worth a read in between series.

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I will never get tired of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. So basically any retelling of a fairy tale could be considered a spin-off of TLC right? Maybe, I should just say fairy tales re-imagined and then TLC will be included in that. =)

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Hmm….I would have to say the 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Even though there are mixed reviews, I liked the movie, so I am hoping that I will enjoy the book.

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I would love to own a first edition of any Jane Austen book.

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I am so excited for Flashfall by Jenny Moyer to come out in November. I read the arc thanks to NetGalley a few weeks ago, but I wouldn’t mind reading this again to see how much if anything changed. Plus, it means after the first book comes out, the second one will be that much closer to be released as well!

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Sarah J. Mass, JK Rowling, Marissa Meyer, and Kelley Armstrong. Just to name a few.

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The sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I found out about the releases the beginning of the year, and it seems as if time is going by so slowly before the release!


 

That’s it for the Pokémon Go Book Tag! Thank you all for reading this post and comment below on any thoughts you have on this post.

Okay, now onto tagging people. I tag my good friend Lucas @ gimmesamich89 and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

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Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day is this weekend and I don’t have a gift yet! As usual, I never know what I am going to get my dad. Normally, I’ll get him something Harley Davidson related or a Star Trek book. This year, I decided to break away from the usual and get him something different. So a little research is in order of Father’s Day appropriate books.

Alright so here’s my list of possible Father’s Day appropriate books:

For the science guy:

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The Gene: An Intimate History  by Siddhartha Mukherjee, published May 2016 by Scribner.

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

 

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye, published November 2015 by St. Martin Press.unstoppable

In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you’ll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you’ll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

For the father that is more interesting in cooking:

bobby flayBobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay, published April 2013, by Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. I love watching all of his shows on the Food Network Channel! Since my dad loves to grill, this would be perfect for him! If he didn’t already have so many cookbooks, and that he hardly uses them =/

 Here is everything you need for a great backyard bash: pitchers of cold drinks, such as Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade, and platters of starters to share, like Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Chutney, and inventive sides, including New Potato-Corn Chowder Salad.

How about the Stephen King fan?SK

End of Watch (Bill Hodges Series #3) by Stephen King, published June 2016 by Scribner. Although, my dad is a big science fiction fan, he will sometimes read a good horror fiction here and there. This is the third book in the series, so if I get him this, I’ll have to buy him the first two books. But since it is a trilogy, it will make a nice box set!

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

For the dads who think they are comedians:

batdadBatDad: A Paradoy by Blake Wilson, published May 2016 by Crown/Archetype. I love his videos that pop up on Facebook, so I am sure my Dad will get a kick out of this!

Life as an everyday superhero when your Batmobile is a minivan, the villains you face are your crazy kids, and your Bat Cave is always covered in piles of dirty laundry. 

 

So ultimately what did I end up buying my dad? I’ll most likely end up choosing the Bobby Flay cookbook (and make him grill me something when I go visit), and the BatDad book (just for laughs). I’ll probably even throw in a Star Trek: the Next Generation book in there, just because I know he’ll really enjoy it.

What are/did you get your dads for Father’s Day?

 

Posted in Uncategorized, Young Adult

Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank You To @onceuponabookshelfblog for Nominating Me!!

This is my very first tag, and I am very excited for being nominated!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Questions

If you can live any fictional world, which one would it be and why?

If I could live in any fictional world, I would probably want to live in the Harry Potter universe. Magic and fantastical beasts? Enough said.

What made you start reading and why do you like it so much?

When I was younger, my dad used to read me stories every night. I enjoyed listening to the books so much, that I started to read at a very young age. Reading is such a great past time. If something in life is stressing me out, I can just pick up a book an escape for a little while.

Was there a book where you loved the side characters more than the main characters? If so, which one and why?

Hmm…I would have to say in the most recent books I have read, I would pick Ophelia Adrift by Helen Holtz. I was not a big fan of Ophelia, and her friends were much more dynamic and smarter than the MC.

Would you rather face Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles) on a one to one battle?

Oh, that is very hard. I would have to say I would rather face He Who Shall Not Be Named. Mainly, because I will have magic on my side to help me out and a backup army, which never hurts.

Besides reading, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach since it is only 30 minutes away from me. I am also trying to make my dogs love the beach more, instead of being afraid of the water the entire time. I also love going to the movies and eating the movie theater popcorn, because for some reason it is just not the same as popcorn at home.

What is your typical coffee order at Starbucks?

A grande skinny vanilla latte.

What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?

The Lion King. Hands down.

My Questions for You

  1. What is your favorite genre to read?
  2. Currently, what is your favorite series?
  3. What series do you love to hate (that isn’t Twilight)?
  4. Who is your fictional crush?
  5. If you could give one book suggestion, what would it be and why?
  6. What is your favorite place to read?
  7. What do you enjoy doing, besides reading, in your free time?

I TAG:

@gimmesamich89

Anushka@livinginpages

@bookishdaayla

Plus 4 more =)

Sorry if you have already done this tag! You don’t have to do again if you don’t want to. But for everyone else, have fun! And let me know if you have your answers up and I will definitely check them out!