Power Couples Book Tag

I was tagged by the extremely amazing Icebreaker694. Go check out her blog!

And look at me being timely with a tag!


A couple that share big passions and goals

 

 

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Big goals is pretty solidly Katniss and Peeta as a couple I’d say.


A couple that love and respect each other

 

 

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Lily and James Potter. You can’t have a power couples list without them.


A couple that is stronger together than apart

 

 

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Magnus and Alec Lightwood are one of my favorite couples ever. And we’re getting a Malec series and I need it already!


A couple that wholly support each other

 

 

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Percy and Annabeth to a T!


A couple that is genuinely cute together

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Spoilers for The Raven King!!!

Adam and Ronan are super cute together – even if we don’t see much of them as an official couple by the end of the series. Ronan literally dreams up hand cream for Adam and helps get him away from his dad and they essentially adopt a dream child together. I am so ready for the Opal short story!

 

 


I Tag

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Roses Book Nook

 

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The Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian who is amazing and you should definitely check out their blog!

I’m usually really bad at getting to tags, but I figured I should try and get this done now in February because it fits best now.


PHASE 1: INITIAL ATTRACTION –

A BOOK YOU BOUGHT BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
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These are completely for the covers. I have 0 idea what the series is about, all I know is that people adore it.


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS –

A BOOK YOU GOT BECAUSE OF ITS SUMMARY?

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Its such a unique and interesting premise!

Netgalley Review: The Love Interest


PHASE 3: SWEET TALK –

A BOOK WITH GREAT WRITING?

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 Buddy Read – Book Review: The Night Circus


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE –

THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THE REST OF THE SERIES?

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 I’ve only read Red Queen but I’m dying to continue with this series!

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard Book Review


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS –

A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT?

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 I read this is a single sitting pretty much.

Book Review: Peter Darling


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND –

A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT?

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 I love this series so much!


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL –

A BOOK THAT YOU LOVE THE WAY IT FEELS?

I’m not even sure what this question means. A book thats gives you fluffy feelings? I book thats nice to hold?

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I’m going with these they make me happy.


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS –

A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

I don’t have a book I’d recommend to all my friends and family.

Like, my friends and my cousins have very different ages and reading tastes.

I will say more people need to read:

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NetGalley Review: The Edge of Everything


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE –

A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE?

Avoiding the obvious like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Twilight (all of which I’ve re-read more than three times each) I’m going with:

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 I’m actually currently re-reading them for the first time.


PHASE 10: SHARE THE LOVE –

WHO DO YOU TAG?

B @ Icebreaker694

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Roses Book Nook

Liv @ Curly Haired Bibliophile

Discussion: What Makes A Good Book Boyfriend?

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Alternatively could be titled: Types of Book Boyfriends

What Makes A Good Book Boyfriend:

Book boyfriends are different from your OTP or preferred choice in a love triangle.

Book boyfriends are book characters YOU would date.

I have below a non-definitive list of my own book boyfriends, grouped into three types of book boyfriends – in honor of today being valentines day.

But what makes a good book boyfriend?

 – They are usually attractive (for whatever you find attractive – this varies by person)

– They have a great sense of humor usually

-They are good boyfriends to their love interest in a given book, sweet or caring, or good with kids/animals. Tragic pasts and the “ability to be evil but aren’t due to love” are also common.

– Hot, dark and brooding is also common

– Anti-hero/villain a common theme

– If you’d date him in real life – he’s a book boyfriend


Strong and Silent:

Strong and silent ones are a sort of middle between good guy and bad boy. Less snark but more guarded. Usually, they don’t want to hurt another boy in a love triangle, they have a horrific past, and really don’t want to fall in love but do. They are physically strong, and usually have training scenes. Usually, the girl is the only one to make him laugh or seem to let his guard down and just be himself. Usually in a power of duty, and very hot. Not very flirty.

Fang – Maximum Ride

Dimitri – Vampire Academy

X – The Edge of Everything

Chaos – Throne of Glass


The Bad Boy:

Some bad boy types of love interest skit the line between Bad boy and actually evil boy, but we still love them. Usually, they’re guarded, a little mean at first and very snarky/sarcastic. Usually part of a love triangle. They are funny, and almost always very very hot. Very flirty too.

Daemon – Lux Series

Jace Wayland – Mortal Instruments

Adrian – Vampire Academy Aeries

Warner – Shatter Me Series

Zach Goode – Gallagher Girls Series

Will Herondale – Infernal Devices Trilogy


The Good Guy:

The good guys are usually not love interests to the protagonist, they’re background characters etc. Some try to be bad boys but can’t pull it off. They are very sweet, caring etc. Virtually the only guy capable of communicating his feelings. They are much more common in contemporary books.

Jase – My Life Next Door

Liam – Darkest Minds

Day – Legend series.

Kenji Kishimoto – Shatter Me

Seth Clearwater – Twilight Saga

Noah Czerny – The Raven Cycle

Finnick – The Hunger Games

Jem Carstaires – Infernal Devices

Carter Blume – Bad Girls Don’t Die

Levi – Fangirl


Do you share any book boyfriends with me?

Do you disagree with any?

Do you have another type/category of book boyfriends?

Let  me know!


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Netgalley Review: Please State the Nature of Your Emergency

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The sapient roaches of our planetary future, when they seek to understand the sickening dismay, abysmal grief and goofy absurdity of the Anthropocene in Donald Trump’s America, will reach for their dog-eared (or bug-horned) copies of Aaron Anstett’s PLEASE STATE THE NATURE OF YOUR EMERGENCY. In these impossibly crystalline poems, Anstett has distilled from the ironic bile of our vast, unbearable tragedy the steely essence of our predicament.


I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars

This is a short poetry book, about 50 pages. The poems range in length, but most are pretty short,  and they are free-verse for the most part. Not all are explicitly political, but knowing the context that most of these were written in response to Trump’s presidency certainly helps them make more sense.

I love the title and the cover. They fit so very very well.

Some poems didn’t made a whole lot of sense, or were pretty so-so, but most were pretty good. Some even great. I found some parts, especially the poem titles really funny. I really enjoyed it as a whole.

Netgalley Review: Sweet Dreams, Supergirl

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For Ages: 4-7

A young Supergirl fan faces her most elusive adversary — sleep! As darkness falls, a young girl attempts to catch some Z’s while DC Comics’ SUPERGIRL tracks down an enemy. With super hero traits, like BRAVERY, PATIENCE, and PERSISTENCE, they’ll both turn sleepless nights into sweet success and sweet dreams. Along with Omar Lozano’s action-packed art, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman and Be a Star, Wonder Woman) delivers an imaginative bedtime book for fangirls and fanboys alike.

Author Bio:

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Illustrator


5 Stars

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

I thought this was a super cute kids book. Geared towards young girls, it compares Supergirl to a little girl getting ready for bed. The illustrations are really nicely done, and I think its great for young girls, especially if they already like superheroes/Supergirl.

Netgalley Review: The Year of the Geek

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The Year of the Geek

365 Adventures from the Sci-Fi Universe

by James Clarke

The Year of the Geek is a fascinating look into geek culture. Each day will tell a different story from the sci-fi universe, from famous franchises and figures such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Peter Jackson and Luc Besson, to lesser known stories, including the French cult classic City of Lost Children, the Japanese anime Akira and bestselling German novelist, Marcus Heitz. With text written by self-confessed geek James Clarke and accompanied by over 100 infographics that have been specially commissioned for this book, The Year of the Geek celebrates all things geek in a new and intriguing way.


I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 



5 Stars


This is exactly the sort of fun, nerdy coffee table book I LOVE. All the infographics were super well made, and super interesting.

Some were a little hard to read since I was reading this on Adobe Digital Editions, so I really want to buy a hardback.

If you’re into geeky, meta stuff about your fandoms, then this is for you!

2018 Reading Challenges: January Wrap-up and Progress

2018 Reading Challenges

The link is to my post about my reading/blogging challenges for the year and more about my goals.


The Goodreads Reading Challenge

Goal: 150

27 books marked on Goodreads by end of January.

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2018 Fanfiction Reading Challenge
hosted by Cat On The Bookshelf

I don’t really keep track of my fan fiction reading the way I’m supposed to for this challenge, but I’m working on a massive rec list of my favorites for various fandoms!


2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge
hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Goal – 12

I have done 0 so far…


2018 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Whole Latte Ideas

YA Books Read (some Goodreads are DNF / Short Stories / Not YA):

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

AND…thats it.

So far: 2 books


#BEATTHEBACKLIST 2018 hosted by Novel Knight

Goal: 100

10 backlist books read (not counting DNF books or short stories/children’s books)


Mount TBR 2018 hosted by My Reader’s Block

Goal: Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

21 books

I’m counting DNF books that I wrote reviews for. Not counting short stories.

 


Modern Mrs Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

Haven’t worked on this…


2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Goal: 9 series

Haven’t finished any series…


2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Goal: Diamond – 100 Books

7 Netgalley reviews posted (to Netgalley – reviews are posted to by blog at a different pace, I’m counting off Netgalley).


All in all, not a bad month. Not as great as it could have been, but noticeably better than some of the last few months…


Favorite Posts and Reviews for the Month of January (2018):

Mini Book Reviews: If You Give a Man a Cookie – A Parody / A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies / Please Don’t Do Coke in the Bathroom / The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! / The Crime Book

YA Books in a Sentence – Part 3

My Top 5 Musical Episodes

Mini DNF Book Reviews: The SciFi End of the Supernatural / The New Voices of Fantasy / Prophecy Awakened / The Clay Lion

Book Review: Peter Darling

Book Review: R.H. Sin (Whiskey Words and a Shovel Vol. I, II, III, Resting in the Mourning, A Beautiful Composition of Broken)

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers

Netgalley Review: Charlie the Caterpillar

Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book

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I was given an e-arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review:

This book is pretty cute. The illustrations are nice, and it was pretty funny. The continuation of the “Nothing happens in this book” reminds me a little of the “There’s A Monster At The End Of This Book”.

Young kids will definitely like this one, its a great children’s book.

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Okay, so…

These are really late. But, I wanted to post them anyways.

Enjoy!


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Original Release Date:

Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

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This was one of my AP Lit summer reading books, though I would have read it at some point even if it weren’t required because I’ve read and loved so many retellings I felt I had to read the original at some point. I did feel knowing the story lessened my enjoyment at some points, because certain sections drag out in descriptions that sort of make my eyes glaze over, but I did truly enjoy it for most of the book. I prefer Emma though.


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Original Release Date:

Published May 22nd 2007 by Riverhead

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

At once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them – in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

This was one of our summer reading books for AP Lit this past year. Its well written, with amazingly real characters. I think its historically accurate, but I’m can’t be entirely certain. I am going to say its horribly depressing and I couldn’t really handle reading it for extended periods. If you like to cry when you read, you’ll enjoy this immensely.


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Original Release Date:

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Date I Read The Book:

November 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.
A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I only just recently finished reading this in class for AP Lit. Maybe I’m a little traumatized because we had to write a three grade essay and stuff, but I didn’t like this very much. It was okay, I didn’t mind reading it, I just didn’t particularly want to. Its entirely about death and despair, and in my constant state of anxiety of college right now, I was not in a state where I could enjoy this. I can see why others might though, and I know its of great literary significance.

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

I went a little request crazy and instead of torturing myself by trying to read and finish books I lost interest in, I’m just officially DNF-ing them.

Feel free to shame me for it, or if you like one of the below, try and convince you to finish it.


I requested and was approved for all these books from Netgalley. Because they are review copies, I tried to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I opinions are not changed because they are review copies. I may or may not revisit any in the future. But at the moment, I have no intention of finishing them at the moment.


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A Fabrication of the Truth
by Katie Kaleski

This book was way too cheesy to get through. It wasn’t badly written, but I couldn’t connect to any characters, and the plot was full of too many tropes – I felt like I already knew what was going to happen, and I didn’t feel like finishing. Maybe if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.


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The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
by Marianna Baer

Sex in books tends to freak me out a little – I just don’t like it, though usually I can push through it. Its kind of a center point of this book though – considering the MC is pregnant. I liked the protagonist, but the other characters felt cookie cutter. It was slow, and pretty cringe-y and I couldn’t get through it, though if sex in YA is less off-putting to you, you may like it. Its certainly different from other YA books.


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Four of a Kind – Four of a Kind, Book One
by Kellie Sheridan

Have you ever watched an ABC Family or Hallmark movie? This book basically feels like that. It wasn’t bad, but I also feel zero compulsion to finish it. Someone else may like it, but I just didn’t feel anything for it.


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Saabrina: Tanglewood
By Seth Cohen

So, when I requested this book, I didn’t realize it was a sequel. I tried to push through anyways, but it references characters and events from the previous books, and explains so little, that I was too confused to keep going. Not really the book’s fault, but I couldn’t read it.