How I Choose My Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Melting Pots and Other Calamities – whose blog is absolutely amazing, so go check them out!


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover.
What made you want to pick up this book
?

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A combination of reasons mostly boiling down to:
-a glowing recommendation from Icebreaker694,
-the comparison to Sherlock and Doctor Who (two of my favorite shows),
-and the cheap price of the hardcover via Bookoutlet.


Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did.
Why did you read it in the first place
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I don’t really read books I don’t expect to enjoy.

I guess I could go with The Cursed Child – so many people seemed to hate it that I dragged my feet before getting to it. I didn’t HATE it, I liked it, it was entertaining. But I prefer to imagine it as Harry’s fever dream of sorts rather than actual canon.

I read because its Harry Potter – that much should be obvious.


Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random.
How did you discover this book
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I discovered this book when I was randomly scrolling through the kindle deals looking for a new ebook to read after AP testing was finished and we basically were doing nothing but watching movies/stareing at the way in AP classes.

It was on sale for $1.99 and seemed interesting – so I got it.

Its now one of my FAVORITE books.

Read my review here: Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

And there is a sequel! Read my review here: Arc Review: Nowhere Near You


Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you.
What did you think of it
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A friend of mine from school LOVED this book – and sophomore year of high school bought it for me for my birthday because she NEEDED me to read it.

I really, really liked it. But I haven’t continued on with the series yet. I might just wait to binge read it when the entire series is finished.

You can read my review here: Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard Book Review


Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs.
Did it live up to the hype
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Pretty much EVERY book tuber I watch was RAVING about this book – before it even came out.

And if you’ve read it, you know OF COURSE it lived up to the hype. Its killing me that they pushed back the release of Obsidio.

 


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title.
What drew you to this book
?

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I’d boughten and read City of Bones from the school book fair and when I finished they didn’t have the next book, so I went looking for another.

Divergent was on the same “bestsellers” table and it looked interesting so I bought it.

Sidenote: a lot more books have 1-word titles then I thought…


What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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I saw the movie with my parents, and I liked it, so when I found the book at a second-hand-bookstore I bought it. And I liked it.


Think of your all-time favourite book/s.
When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

Well, I have a whole story about how I came to read and love Harry Potter here:
19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story

And a whole story of how I came to read and love Twilight here:
Discussion: Why I Still Love Twilight


I Tag:

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

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Mini Book Reviews: Fowl Language – The Struggle Is Real / Heart and Brain – Body Language / How to Be Perfectly Unhappy / Lady Stuff – Secrets to Being a Woman

LOOK WHOSE FINALLY WRITING SOME BOOK REVIEWS!

Between school (5 AP classes are NOT conducive to reading), and college apps (NEVER ENDING but IMPORTANT), I haven’t had time to read.

But these are all super quick, funny, light little cartoon-graphic novel reads. I’m trying to get into reading more again, I swear.

I read all of these towards the end of September.

These are all books I read via receiving e-arcs from Netgalley. And this is my honest review.


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real

by Brian Gordon

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Official Synopsis:
The Internet sensation, Fowl Language Comics, is back with its second book, Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real, the perfect parenting humor book for anyone who liked Toddlers Are A**holes!

“This Guy’s Comics Hilariously Sum Up the Truth About Being a Parent.”

—Buzzfeed
He’s back, and he’s totally got parenting figured out this time. KIDDING.

It’s another collection of Fowl Language comics, ripped from the headlines of this author’s actual friggin’ life.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll swear. It’s almost exactly like a day of parenting, except without the annoying little people.

Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
I really like the art of this one, its really well done, and I like the whole Duck thing – it makes it funnier. I’m not a parent (obviously) and it will probably be funnier to you if you are, but I have lots of cousins and a much younger sister – so I felt I could relate to it.
I enjoyed it.

Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection

by The Awkward Yeti, Nick Seluk

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Official Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the hugely popular Awkward Yeti comics comes the third collection in his Heart and Brain series.

Heart and Brain: Body Language continues the adventures of the loveably conflicted sentimental Heart and rational Brain, as well as other bodily inhabitants like Gallbladder, Muscle, and Tongue.

Warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, these comics bring our inner struggles to vibrant, humorous life.

Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
Of all of these, this one is probably my favorite. I read the Heart and Brain comics online ALL THE TIME. And I relate to it so much most of the time. This book is a really nice collection – I hadn’t seen most of them online before. And its really funny, with really nice art.
I REALLY recommend it!

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy

by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

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Official Synopsis:
Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmealand #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: “Are you happy?”

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
This book is SUPER short, but it has possibly the best art of all of these. Its super pretty. This one isn’t funny like the others, its raw and honest and I felt I could really connect with it.
Check it out!

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

by Loryn Brantz

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Official Synopsis:
A collection of Loryn Brantz’s vibrant and relatable Jellybean Comics about her everyday experiences as a lady 

Home manicure tips, awkward seduction techniques, scoping out the snack table, and—most important—prioritizing naps: Lady Stuff reveals these womanly secrets and more. In sections like “Grooming and Habitat Maintenance,” “Mating Habits,” and others, these brightly colored, adorable comics find the humor in the awkwardness of simply existing.

Like the work of Sarah Andersen, Gemma Correll, and Allie Brosh, Loryn Brantz’s Jellybean Comics are accessible and funny; lighthearted takes on the author’s everyday experiences and struggles being a woman.

Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
I love this funny-comic-cartoons. This particular book, I had seen a lot of the cartoons inside on Buzzfeed and stuff, but it was really enjoyable to read through this book. Its short – it took me about 20 minutes to get through. The artwork is really nice, its funny, and its really relatable. (Save for one cartoon that was more cringe-y than funny…)
I recommend it!

Have you read any of these?

Do you agree with my thoughts? Disagree?

Are you planning on reading any of these books?

 

Let me know what you think!

 

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 3 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World


I Tag

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 2 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde


I Tag

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge – Day 1 (Version 4)

Thanks

Closet Readers tagged me for this, so here we go again!


Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day


Quote

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


I Tag

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

 

Fall Activities Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Sara @ Freedom Library –  yes this is a year late but in my defense…I had to wait until it was fall again.

We don’t actually have fall in Florida, at least not where I live. We have “hot” and “slightly less hot but with rain” and “those two days where its 60 degrees and we all think we have frostbite” – we do not have seasons.

So I can relate to precisely none of this…But its fun anyway!


Apple Picking

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

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Corn Maze

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

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Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly

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Not a horror novel, but teen pregnancy freaks me out, even fictional – this whole book, while good, gave me anxiety.

 

Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased)

I honestly have no idea. I don’t buy books often.

 

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

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Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

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Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood

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Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read

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Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful blogger Icebreaker694 – seriously, go check out her blog, she is one of my favorite humans.

I haven’t seen this tag around until she tagged me, but its based on books and music so I’m sure it’ll be fun!

And if you want more desert island fun, check out my post:
Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story
(Based off Lord of the Flies!)


HERE’S HOW IT WORKS…

  • Link back to my (BookBum’s) original post, so I can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my url)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going

PREMISE OF DESERT ISLAND DISCS…

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

MY ANSWERS

Album 1: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out from Panic! At The Disco

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Album 2: From Under The Cork Tree from Fall Out Boy

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Album 3: Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now  from All Time Low

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Album 4: Hamilton

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Album 5: Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

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The Single Book I Am Permitted: Lord of the Rings

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Single Luxury Item:

This one is easy – an inflatable mattress sleeping bag! I get cold okay! And desert islands aren’t very comfy.

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Not my picture – but the exact one I had through childhood.


I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Calliope The Book Goddess

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

The Epic Birthday Blog Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful and amazing Icebreaker694 – who is also the creator of this fun tag. She has one of my favorite blogs and is super sweet, so go check it out!


Rules

  1. Always Always Always pingback/link to icebreaker694‘s site (she wants to see your answers).
  2. Post this on your birthday!!! Or not, y’know, you do you. 😄
  3. Answer the questions! (You might have to do some digging, hope that’s not a problem.)
  4. Tag as many bloggers as you can! (At least 1+ so the tag won’t die!)

QUESTIONS!

WHEN’S YOUR BIRTHDAY (MONTH + DAY)?

October 8th

WHAT’S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?

Libra.

I know relatively little about horoscope’s and signs though. So don’t ask me.

I’m year of the Rabbit for the Chinese zodiac thing though, FYI.

WHAT’S YOUR BIRTHSTONE?

Opal.

I actually own an opal necklace in the shape of a dolphin (which happens to be my patrons though I didn’t know that when I picked it when I was 7. I was just into dolphins the way most little girls are into horses).

I know all the birthstones of the top of my head – there’s a fun fact about me.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH THE SAME BIRTHDAY?

My mom’s cousin shares my birthday – albeit different years. There are a lot of October birthdays in my family though.

And me and my sister should have had the same birthday (my due date and her c-section date where both November 18 – though we were both October, 8 and 23, respectively).

WHAT HISTORICAL EVENT OCCURRED ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?

B’s link for figuring this out: here

Famous Birthdays:

RL Stine, Sigourney Weaver, Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, etc.

Events:

  • 1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leds to disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1492 Columbus‘ fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
  • 1633 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government
  • 1769 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)
  • 1821 The government of General José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.
  • 1835 Charles Darwin reaches James Island, Galapagos archipelago, on HMS Beagle
  • 1871 Great Fire kills 200, destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of Chicago buildings, & original Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1886 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Noble Bachelor” (BG)
  • 1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh‘s son
  • 1945 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada
  • 1946 Kwo-less-shrew selects Gen Chiang Kai-shekas President of China
  • 1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson‘s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 John Lennon releases his megahit “Imagine”
  • 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • 2012 John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent
  • 2014 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • A collection of interesting/horrifying things that happened on my birthday. Among a bunch of baseball records and bomb/nuclear tests for some reason.

WHAT DO YOU USUALLY DO TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Parties are the norm in my house. Lately, its been friends (about ten or so) plus aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents coming over to watch movies and go swimming. My cousin and best friend sometimes sleepover too. And my grandpa takes an album’s worth of pictures (aka, the Cuban Family Duty) since he’s a professional photographer (or was at least, he’s retired now).

WERE YOU BORN IN THE MORNING, AFTERNOON, OR THE NIGHT?

At night. My mom had to miss my baby shower because I was being born.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY PRESENT IN THE WORLD, WHAT PRESENT WOULD IT BE?

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Thats a loaded question.

So, I’ll go with the book I’d want if I could have any.

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It would be (any) signed Harry Potter book. Too bad they run $3000+……

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST BIRTHDAY MEMORY?

We have photo albums for every birthday from baby shower to like, my 12th. Plus 15th and 16th. So I don’t know if my early memories are actually memories or just memories of stories I’ve been told plus pictures.

I know my first birthday was Baby Loony Tunes. And my second was Elmo. Third was Dragon Tales. Fourth was…give me a second…Dora the Explorer. Fifth was Strawberry Shortcake. And sixth was Dinsey Princess. The one I firmly remember with my own memories. I told my sister (who was in my mother’s 8-months -pregnant stomach) “you can’t be born today, this is not Full House” and my and my dad built the Piñata (a bunny from Viva Piñata) ourselves. I also did a costume change from Aurora’s pink dress to Bloom from Winx Club’s outfit.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NAME?

If you ask my mom, my parents just liked the name Samantha, and my middle name is my aunt’s name. (Other considerations included Sabrina, Rebecca, and Alexandra)

If you ask my dad, I’m named after a character from Bewitched. And he wonders how I ended up a total nerd…

HAVE YOU EVER FORGOTTEN YOUR BIRTHDAY?

No. Though my dad has mistyped my birthday as 8/10 (aka August 10th) before. On multiple occasions.

BOOK FLASH: 5 BOOKS YOU’D WANT TO BE GIVEN ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

I have no shortage of books I want but here are five.

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LASTLY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! TREAT YOURSELF TO A GIF!

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I Tag!

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

And whoever shares my birthday/sees this and wants to do it!

 

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag

I was tagged by two very lovely bloggers: The Orangutan Librarian and Icebreaker694

Go check out their amazing blogs!


THE RULES:

  • Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

 1). WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

I read a lot of different genres, mostly across YA (WHICH IS NOT A GENRE IN AND OF ITS SELF ITS AN AGE CATEGORY).

But I’d have to say Science Fiction / Fantasy (SFF) is my favorite genre.

2). WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

And more – but these are the first that come to mind!

3). WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

I DON’T KNOW ITS FUN TO NOT BE IN THE REAL WORLD.

4). WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

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5). IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

See the above authors.

See their books.

All of those.

Plus:

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Arc Review: Nowhere Near You

Book Review: How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe

Book Review: Redshirts

 

6). WHY DO YOU READ?

BECAUSE I LIKE IT OKAY, WHY DO YOU BREATH?!?!?!??!?!?

(I’m bad at answering these sorts of questions….Can you tell?)


I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Adri @ Little Fox & Reads

Teacher of YA

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

The Marvel’s Avengers Book Tag

The Grisha Lieutenant tagged me in this AGES ago. Sorry this took me forever to get to…..


Captain America: Civil War Book Tag

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Iron Man – a book that made you laugh out loud: 

Captain America – a book that sends a positive message:

Thor – a book with a characters strength you admire:  

Black Widow – a book with a kick-ass female protagonist: 

Hulk-  a book that made you incredibly angry:

Hawkeye – an underrated book you think more people should pay attention to

{BONUS} Loki – a book with a twist or surprise that tricked you: 


I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

 

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

 

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

 

Melting Pots and Other Calamities