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The “All About Reading” Book Tag

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I love doing book tags, and I found this gem on ThriceRead‘s Blog. At this point, I pretty much find all of the fun book tags on their blog. I am so glad that I found them a little over a year ago! They found this on Maria’s blog. You can also watch the video that inspired her over here: Why I Read | All About the Reading Tag by Books by Leynes.

All about the Reading – Tag

1.What do you look for most when you pick up a book? A) A beautiful writing style B) A character driven story C) A plot driven story
I look for first a character driven story, because ultimately they are the reason I am reading the book in the first place.

2.What are your pet peeves in books?

Love triangles that make no sense.

3. If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4. Which genre would you like to explore more?
Fairy tales from other countries.

5. Was there ever a movie adaptation you liked better than the book?
Hmm…I am sure there are some movie adaptations that I have liked better than the book, but I can’t think of any right now. Oh wait…Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I couldn’t stand the book, but the movie was a tiny bit better.

6. If one of your favorite books would be adapted or get a new adaptation, which book would it be and which role would you like to play?

Definitely either the Grisha trilogy or the Six of Crows duology! In the duology, I would love to play Inej!

7. A hyped book you wouldn’t recommend at all?

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I just could not get into it at all.

8. A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?

I’d have to say Harry Potter, because it helped instill a love of reading chapter books.  When the first book came out I was in 4th or 5th grade, and I can’t think of a book that had so much influence in my life before that.

9. Are you a fan of re-reading books, do you do it often?

I don’t mind re-reading books, but I definitely have to be in the mood for it and that doesn’t happen very often unless it is a stand alone book.

10. Which book title could easily be the title of your life?

Right now it will be The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. lol. I seem to always be forgetting things lately! #mommybrain

11. Which book should be required reading for everyone?

I don’t like required reading. Definitely took the fun out of reading, but if I had to pick a book I would say 13 Reasons Why or another book that opens up the dialogue for suicide prevention or another hard topic that teenagers have to face.

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The Greatest Showman Book Tag

I saw this tag on Thrice Read forever ago, and it has been sitting on my drafts for awhile!! Figured it was finally time to finish it!! I love The Greatest Showman, and the soundtrack is amazing (my hubbie wasn’t quite the fan as I am, but that is beside the point).

The Greatest Show: The Greatest Book You Ever Read.

This is such a hard question! There are just so many great books out there that I have enjoyed!!! So I will just pick a book that I have read recently that I really enjoyed!

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30038855-letters-to-the-lost

A Million Dreams – A Book That Left You Dreaming

I’ve come back to this one a few times now, and I still can’t think of a book that fits this category.  I’ll pick Illuminae because after reading it I wished that I hadn’t so that I could immediately pick up the second book! This book left me wondering about everyone left on the ship and what is going to happen next.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae

Come Alive – A Book Where A Character Finally Accepts Themselves

I feel like any Sarah Dessen book can actually fit this category. But this one, is one of my favorites. Macy goes from just coasting through life, to finally understanding what it means to live, and then accepts the tragedy that happened in her life to finally start living again.

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The Other Side: A Character Who Changed Your Opinion About Them

Hmm…there hasn’t been a lot of characters where I changed my opinion about them…but I guess I will go with Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. She really annoyed me with how she let her family and other people treat her, and by the end it seemed as if she finally had enough.

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Rewrite The Stars: A Bookish OTP That Overcame A Lot To Be Together

This could really be any YA love story, in my opinion. Everyone has to find some great true love and then oh no something isn’t quite right so they have to overcome some obstacle! Soooo let’s go with….

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval?ac=1&from_search=true

From Now On: A Book You’ve Ignored For Too Long & Must Read

This book has been on my TBR pile since I bought it on Black Friday, what two years ago? And guess what, this past Black Friday I bought Renegades and guess where that one is sitting as well.

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Avengers Book Tag

With the release of Infinity War next month, I thought it was appropriate to do an Avengers Book Tag!

Like most of the tags that I do, I found this one on ThriceRead, so check out her post here! She found this tag over on Danielle’s blog, Life of a Literary Nerd, check out her post here!


Iron Man

FAVORITE FIRST BOOK

Let’s go with Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae

Captain America

BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE IN A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD

Let’s go with a book set during the 15th century? I think.

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Thor

A BOOK CHARACTER YOU LIKED MORE AFTER THEY WERE CASTED

Hmm this is a hard one…Let’s go with Will from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Let me also just say that I very strongly disliked this book!

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QUICKSILVER AND SCARLET WITCH

A BOOK WITH A SIBLING DUO

Since book two is about to come out in the next couple of months, lets go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The sibling duo in this book was great, and I can’t wait to see how their story continues in Legendary

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval?ac=1&from_search=true

Loki

A VILLAIN THAT YOU LOVE AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT BE ATTRACTED TO

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy!

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I didn’t feel like getting a cover from one of the books in the series, so how about a picture of when I met Leigh Bardugo?


ANTMAN

A BOOK I’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ

I’ve had Renegades on my TBR shelf since Black Friday, and I still haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet!

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THE HULK

A BOOK YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT WITHOUT GETTING ANGRY

The Lady of Sherwood was a fairly recent read (within the last 6 months, I mean) and I just can’t get over the fact what a disappointment this book was. I had very high hopes for it since I’ve never read a gender switch of Robin Hood. Guess I’ll just keep searching

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BLACK WIDOW

A SIDE CHARACTER THAT YOU WISHED HAD THEIR OWN BOOK

I would love a book about Inej from the Six of Crows duology!

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this book tag on @bookslover95 blog (you can click on the link to see her answers and check out her blog)! I figured since I use Goodreads basically on the daily, this would be a good one for me to do! I don’t really like to tag people, but if you want to do this one feel free! Just let me know so that I can check out your answers!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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This was a decent book on first love and over coming obstacles that may come across your path. Still working on my review of it, but it’ll be up soon!

What are you ‘currently reading’?

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This book has been on TBR shelf for awhile, and since I just got approve to read the sequel thought I should probably read this first. =p

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. It doesn’t come out until sometime in October, so it doesn’t have a cover yet.

What book do you plan to read next?

I guess technically Gemina isn’t a book I plan on reading next since I am about a quarter of the way through. But it is a book that I plan on picking back up soon!

Do you use the star rating system?

I do.  How else am I supposed to remember if I liked a book or not? lol

Are you doing a reading challenge?

My goal this year is to read 52 books (not including baby S books, because they are short and don’t count). Last year my goal was 100 which got quickly changed to 75, and then I ended up finishing with only 55 books.

Do you have a wishlist?

I do, but not on Goodreads. I have a list on my phone and on Amazon. That way if I’m out and about I can quickly check my list to see which ones I need.

What book do you plan to buy next?

I just bought a bunch of books for my birthday, so I am good on that front. I might by the third HP illustrated edition if it ever goes back on sale, or if I get a really good coupon.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

“So many books, so little time” Frank Zappa

Who are your favorite authors?

There are just so many so I will try to narrow it down to a short list:

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • JK Rowling
  • Sarah J Maas
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Kelley Armstrong

Have you joined any groups?

A few, but I’m not active at all in them. I do better in the Facebook groups that I have joined.

Do you think Goodreads could do better?

Being able to do half stars would be nice. I hate having to round up or down

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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this on Thrice Read yesterday, and thought I haven’t done a book tag in awhile so why not? So if you are like me, and a lover of book tags, do this one and let me know that you did so that I can check out your answers!

How many books do you usually read at once?

Typically, I will read about 2-3 books at one time.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’ll either read 1-2 books from my ever growing TBR shelf that I have in my office closet (because I ran out of shelf space in the office #sorrynotsorry), and a book on my Kindle. Most times it just depends on where I am or how much time I have in between things to pick which type of book format I’ll read. If my husband is complaining about the light, then I’ll most likely switch to my Kindle book. I think my Kindle TBR shelf is a little out of hand, I have so many eArcs that I need to read and review it is a little crazy!

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Sometimes, but not very much. I never really use the same bookmark right after each other. Normally, I will just grab whatever is closest when I start a new book and then I will use that one for the entire reading time.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Where do I not keep them? LOL. My iPad is either right beside me or on my night stand, and the book I am currently reading I will carry everywhere around the house.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

It used to be right before bed, but now I have somewhat of a more flexible schedule thanks to maternity leave. I will read whenever baby Sophia is taking a nap (if I am not catching up on chores around the house or running errands).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

This is a hard question. Some reading sessions will be an hour or two, and others are about 10-20 minutes. It really just depends on what the baby is doing or wanting at that particular time.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Definitely off. I am particular with my dust jackets and I don’t like them to get torn or messed up. I also take them off when lending them to other people, because lets be honest you never know how they will treat your book!

What position do you mainly use to read?

Laying down on the bed, or lounging on the couch.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Depends on where I am going. If I know there will be a long waiting period then yes, if I am just running errands around town then no.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Religiously. I love seeing the status bar move, it makes me feel accomplished. Although I am currently almost 20 books behind schedule for the year…oops.

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Trick or Treat Round the Block Book Tag

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I was tagged by Amanda from A Brighter Shade of Hope, so click the link to check out her answers! I love doing book tags, and since it is Halloween this is the perfect one to do! (P.S. I really liked her Halloweenesque photo above, so I decided to use it for this book tag as well)


#1 Creepy house on the corner of the street: book with a creepy cover

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This is probably my favorite book by Kurtagich right now, so if you haven’t read it, I definitely suggest you check it out!


#2 Lights out (party poopers): a book you want to read when you want to escape

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#3 The house that gives out the cheap candy: guilty pleasure book

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Normally I read a lot of fantasy books, but sometimes I like to pick up a contemporary romance novel!


#4 The house with the best decorations on the block: best haunting/Halloween themed cover

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Since the Wonder Woman movie came out earlier this year, you can imagine how many little Princess Diana’s are running around tonight! I think I probably saw about 10 in my new little neighborhood alone!


#5 The house that gives out the best candy: #1 Halloween recommendation

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I’ve only read half of this book so far, but I can tell you that I am enjoying it so far! It has the supernatural element that makes it perfect for Halloween!


Speed round:

#1 Corn maze or haunted house? Corn maze. Although I have learned to never go to a haunted corn maze with my husband, because he will leave me behind. Can you imagine what would happen if we went to a haunted house?!

#2 Classic or unique costume? I love unique costumes, but I am not creative enough to make them so classics are best! My little girl went as Cinderella and Tinkerbell this Halloween, and I definitely just bought them from the Disney store. lol.

#3 Sexy or scary costume? Can I choose comfortable? When I was in college and high school, I definitely choose sexy as much as possible. Now though, I would just prefer to be comfortable especially since all I do now is pass out candy and eventually start taking my baby trick or treating.

#4 Comedy or horror Halloween film? Comedy, because I’m a wimp and can’t handle scary movies.

#5 Chocolate or sour candy? Is this even a legit question? Chocolate all the way!


I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this cute fun little tag! Although, in my time zone you only have an hour and a half to complete this before Halloween is over!

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A cute picture of baby Groot and Star Lord funkos, just because =)

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Fall Activities Book Tag

I found this tag Sam’s @ RiverMoose-Reads blog and thought what a cute little tag to do now that it’s “Fall”.

Technically in south Texas we don’t really have a fall, but this week has been raining a lot so it’s in the 70s!! While I’m enjoying that the weather is finally below 90 (for a short time), my sister on the other hand had her first snow already!! 😱 lucky.


Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly


Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased)


I might have gone a little overboard on my latest book purchase on Book Outlet. #sorrynotsorry 😜

Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful

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Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood

Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read

I loved the book that this novella is based upon!! It has been awhile since I’ve read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, so reading this brought me right back in

Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters


How could I not go with the Six of Crows duology?

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I have done a book tag! I saw this over at Thrice Read, and lets be honest they do the best tags and I love reading them and doing them myself!

 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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I wouldn’t mind being a really cool assassin!

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I’m not a huge fan of people on covers of books.

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie….sweet potato anything really =)

 

What’s your favorite underrated books?

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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey guys! I am in the middle of some books right now. So, as a result of not having I a book review to post anytime in the near future, I decided to do a book tag! I found this book tag by Eden @Thrice Read, and let’s be honest they find the best book tags and I love seeing theirs and actually doing some of them. So without further ado here are my answers!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far.

Hmm…this is a hard one. Looking back through my lists I only gave three 5 star ratings this year! So then I’ll have to say Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

I’ve actually only read one sequel so far this year, and I wasn’t impressed with it as I only gave it 2 stars. Sooo I guess since that was the only book I read it’ll have to do. icekissed

3.New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There are so many new releases that I want to get my hands on!! Some of them include Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Once and for All by Sarah Dessen.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017

This definitely goes to Leigh Bardugo and her new book Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

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5. Biggest Disappointment?

Hm…I would probably have to say Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I wasn’t very impressed with the art and the writing wasn’t the same caliber as with the series.

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6. Biggest Surprise?

I normally don’t read bibliographies, but I found myself really enjoying Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham.

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7. Favourite New Author

She isn’t new to the scene, but I discovered her for the first time this year! So my new favorite author is Susan Dennard! I absolutely loved Truthwitch and I can’t wait to read more books by her!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

Hm…this is a hard one. I don’t think I have one.

9. Newest Favourite Character

I really liked Scarlett Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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10. Book That Made You Cry

There has been a few books that made me cry this year, but the one that made me cry the most was Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely suggest you pick it up!

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11. Book That Made You Happy

Hm…I don’t know if a book has ever left me feeling happy, but excited to read it? Sure. I guess if I had to choose one, I would choose Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. The book as a whole didn’t make me happy, considering that it was a little confusing and kind of out there, but the way that it ended had a happy ending. Sooo…there’s that, I guess that counts.

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12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year

I’ve only seen Before I Fall, but I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet.

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13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

I would probably say…my favorite review so far this year was for Truthwitch.

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14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Considering that I haven’t bought that many books this year, since I am on a ban, I’ll just have to go with Caraval

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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

There is way too many books to list! A few of them though would have to be Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, Metaltown by Kristin Simmons, and Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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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!