The Twilight Tag

I saw this over at A Book Lover’s Playlist and it looked like fun, so I’m doing it despite not being tagged!


1. What movie and book is your favorite?
Twilight – for both.

2. What has your experience been like with Twilight?

My grandma gave me the first book for Christmas in 4th grade because my cousin Jasmine loved the books (she was in 5th grade at the time – so my grandma didn’t realize it was inappropriate for a 9 year old).
So, I read it, and I really loved it, and made my mom buy me the next book. And the next book. And the next book.
Mind you I was nine – Jacob was my favorite solely because he was Sharkboy – and I skipped chances of pages in both Eclipse and Break Dawn because it had “weird adult stuff” – I didn’t fully read the books until 7th grade.
I made my parents watch the movies with me. I got my friends to read the books and the entire series and started a shipping war.
The teacher at one point called my mom because my book wasn’t appropriate for my age, my mom said I could read what I wanted.
My and Twilight had a whole thing.

3. Favorite character?
I loved Seth Clearwater, and I love Alice and Jasper.


4. Team Edward or Jacob?
I was team Jacob for most of the series – now I’m Team Edward.


5. Your favorite Cullen (other than Edward)
Alice! She’s a wonderful pixie.


6. Favorite song from the soundtrack? Or favorite soundtrack?
Basic but: 1000 Years from Breaking Dawn.


7. How often do you watch a Twilight movie?
Every few years now I’d guess. I rewatched Twilight a few months ago though.


8. Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
Vampire – not sure how well being a werewolf would go since I’m allergic to dogs.


9. What vampire power would you want?
Any? One of the elemental powers probably. Or Jasper’s emotions thing.


10. Most embarrassing thing you did because of Twilight?
Made my mom take me to the midnight premier of Break Dawn Part II – and wore Twilight necklaces/shirts a lot.


11. A part that made you cry in the book and in the movie?
A lot of things – most notably Rosalie’s backstory.


12. Name all of the movies from your favorite to least favorite.
Twilight

Breaking Dawn Part II
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn Part I
New Moon

I Tag:
Anyone who wants to do this.

Unboxing – Marvel Collector Corps – December Box: X-Men

My love of Marvel is no secret on this blog, nor is my subscription to the Marvel Collector Corps box.

Marvel Collector Corps is a subscription box run by Marvel and Funko that is shipped every other month.

The December box was X-Men themed, which was super exciting, because I am dying for the movie Logan to come out (though it basically looks like a dramatic “retired war hero finds new meaning in life after being lonely and sad for years” movie starring Wolverine).

You can see some of my past unboxings below:
Spiderman (August)
Women Of Power (June),
Captain America: Civil War (April),
Doctor Strange (October).

And some of my other Marvel posts: here (Captain America: Sub Rosa book review), and here (CA: Civil War Movie Review).

If you’ve got the money, like Marvel, and like pop figures, I really highly recommend this subscription box, I love it!

*Please note, as usual, I am not sponsored or paid/asked in way to say these things, these are my own, unbiased opinions communicated by my own free will*


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Cyclops is one of my favorite X-Men, so I really liked the comic this time.

The shirt is my favorite of any so far, I’m a sucker for fictional school class shirts (I also have a starfleet academy one). Its also super soft.

The pop figure is also one of the best, I love the motorcycle, and the Mystique figure is very well made as well.

I think this may have been one of my favorite boxes.

UnBoxing: Marvel Collector Corps October Box – Doctor Strange

My love of Marvel is no secret on this blog, nor is my subscription to the Marvel Collector Corps box.

Marvel Collector Corps is a subscription box run by Marvel and Funko that is shipped every other month.

The October box was Doctor Strange themed, which was super exciting, because I am dying for the movie, and am already fond of Doctor Strange just for the fact that he’s a neuroscientist and my career of choice is pediatric neurologist. He’s basically who I would want to be in the Marvel Universe.

You can see some of my past unboxings below:
Spiderman (August)
Women Of Power (June), and
Captain America: Civil War (April).

And some of my other Marvel posts: here (Captain America: Sub Rosa book review), and here (CA: Civil War Movie Review).

If you’ve got the money, like Marvel, and like pop figures, I really highly recommend this subscription box, I love it!

*Please note, as usual, I am not sponsored or paid/asked in way to say these things, these are my own, unbiased opinions communicated by my own free will*


As always, the box is designed beautifully!

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The customary patch and pin were super cool, some of my favorites! I really need to get some sort of jean jacket or something to iron my whole patch collection onto to show off!

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The customary variant cover comic was Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1, and the cover was SO PRETTY my terrible rushed photography doesn’t do it justice.

Let me know if you guys want me to review the actual content of these comics, because I’d love to start doing some comics reviews!

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The pop figure this time was Astral Projection Doctor Strange, though yellow for the movie rather than green for the comics. In person, its so nice and the glitter adds a really cool dimension to it in the light.

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The shirt this time was epic! Last box, we got a hat instead, but I think I prefer the shirt! As always, it is very well made, and something interesting, the white ink faintly glows in the dark as I discovered in the early hours of this morning. So thats real cool!

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The mug is possibly one of my favorite things I’ve ver received in these boxes, I am an avid collector of mugs, and this is suitably large, and very nicely made, it doesn’t look like the kind my mother can accidentally destroy in the dishwasher, which is convenient.

The packaged it very well so it did not arrive cracked or broken, which is always a good thing to note!

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Captain America: Civil War Book Tag

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I wasn’t technically tagged in this, but I saw it over at Icebreaker694 and well, my love for Marvel has been well established so I HAD to do it!

Because I could write a dissertation on why there is no right side to this civil war, lets just establish right now that I am team both.

You can see some of my other Marvel posts below:
Marvel Collector Corps: August – Spiderman
NetGalley Review – Captain America: Sub Rosa
Marvel Collector Corps: July: Women of Power Unboxing
Captain America: Civil War – Movie Review
Scars And Stories: That Time I Wrote Fanfic For A Grade
What We know so far, and what I suspect: Captain America: Civil War

 

Now that that’s established, let’s get on with the tag!


Team Captain America:

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Captain AmericaName a character who always does the right thing. (If you’re team Iron Man you can change this to ‘a character who is a ‘goodie two shoes’ or ‘mature good one in the group’)

I am going to go the classic “Harry Potter”. He always does the right thing, even when it literally kills.

Falcon: A loyal character

Percy Jackson. Loyalty is literally his fatal flaw. Wilson is far luckier in that regard.

Hawkeye: A character that is extremely good at something very specific

I feel like saying Katniss is a cheap shot.

So, I’ll go with…

Nope can’t think of anyone else. I’m going with Katniss.

Ant-ManA character that’s just happy to tag along

Simon from The Mortal Instruments. You know why.

Agent 13A character you’re super nervous about

Literally every character in Red Queen.

But seriously, Sharon Carter deserved better. I am SO MAD.

Winter Soldier: A character with really great positive character growth

To go with a less obvious answer for the first time, I’ll say Jack from The Paradox of Vertical Flight.

Scarlet WitchA character that started out on the wrong side but ended up joining the team

Baz from Carry On. First person I thought of.

Bonus: Winter Soldier & Captain America: Two characters that have been friends for a long time:

Cammie and Liz from Gallager Girls. True childhood best friends.

 

Team Iron Man:

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Iron Man: A character that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes (*If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character willing to stand up to his friends for what he believes in’ ^_^)

America from The Selection, three books in and she STILL drives me crazy.

War Machine: A character that’s always showing off his “big guns.”

Celaena from Throne Of Glass for sure.

Black Widow: Bad-A female character that also has a soft side

Hermoine, definitely.

Black Panther: A character out for revenge

I can’t think of a non-spoiler-y answer for this…

Vision: A character you are unsure about

Again, can’t think of a non-spoiler-y answer.

Spider-Man: A character you were afraid just wasn’t going to fit in (*If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character that made it a tad bit better ’ ^_^)

Macie from Gallager Girl.

Pepper Potts: A character who uses their intelligence

Annabeth and Reyna from Percy Jackson.

Bonus: Captain America vs. Iron Man Name two characters that started off as friends and are now enemies OR Name two characters that are on opposing sides that you want to work together

Victor and Eli from Vicious, there are a PERFECT example!

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(What do you mean this isn’t how the movie ended???)

I Tag: (If you want to…)

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

Casey

 

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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I was tagged by Icebreaker694 literally forever ago, but I have never claimed to be on top of this, so this should come as a surprise to exactly no one who has ever seen a tag by me.

This tag (and all of its lovely wonderful graphics) was created by ReadAtMidnight.

You should definitely check them both out, as they are lovely human beings with lovely blogs!

Honestly, I’ve loved Pokémon since I was three, and I’m obsessed with Pokémon Go!

You can read my review of the game from when it first came out here:
Pokémon Go Review + Mini Guide
On The Question Of Being “Too Old For Pokémon?” (And The Release Of Pokémon Go)

Now, lets do this!

 

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Harry Potter, because I’m basic like that. I swear, I think you guys might be more tired of reading that answer than I am of writing it, but I cannot change the past…

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A-typical answer here but: The 14 Bears In Winter and Summer. I was a favorite book of mine as a kid, and I still love it!

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’m still going to read (and probably love) it because my best friend will murder me if I don’t, but seeing all the hype makes me not want to read it, for fear of not liking it.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, for sure.

 

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I actually bought the biography of Alexander Hamilton. It is on my shelf in all its 800-something page glory and to be quite honest? It scares me.

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I don’t really get nightmares from books, but I did stay up all night reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (on a school night, I wanted to die the next day, but it was worth it!).

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I think my brain just short-circuited, because this is not the sort of question I am capable of answering.

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Illuminae. I could not put that book down!

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The books in the Shadowhunter world. I will happily read every single one of Cassandra Clare’s books for that series, spinoffs and all.

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I had low expectations and I was blown away. (Much like Team Rocket, ha!)

 

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And I Darken by Kirsten White. I dying to read it, its currently staring at me from my shelf.

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Anything signed by JK Rowling. It is my dream in life.

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I don’t know. I don’t generally realize that things are debuts novels most of the time…

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Jk Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Sarah J Maas… Do you need more names?

 

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I have to go with Gemina, oh am I dying to finish the Illumine series!

 

I Tag (If you already did this, then ignore me!):

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

NetGalley Review – Star Trek: StarFleet Academy

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I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.

Release Date:

August 2, 2016

Date Read:

June 2016

Star Rating:

4 stars

Official Summary:

A bold new chapter for STAR TREK begins here, in an all-new series that shows you what life is like for cadets at the galaxy’s greatest school! Witness the student days of the iconic cast before they joined the Enterprise! Plus, meet an all-new group of students as they embark on bold new adventures of their own! The first new characters in the STAR TREK movie universe make their mark here.

My Review:

(First, let me just say that I am a very big fan of the cover of this book, it perfectly matches the art of the graphic novel (which isn’t always the case and that drives me mad). The art style fits Star Trek very well, with bright colors, and a clean style, each species is definite, well designed and each character is easy to identify, even in busier panals.)

This is the first of the Star Trek Academy books I’ve read, it also happens to be a graphic novel and it features the characters from the current movies. This book has two alternating stories being told, one of the characters we know and love, before becoming the enterprise crew, which is exactly the sort of expanded canon I find enjoyable, and one with all new, but no less interesting characters, including a female vulcan cadet.

Saying to much would give a lot a away, this isn’t the most complex story, but I makes for a quick fun read, and reads like fan fiction in the best possible way.

If you’re a fan of star trek, especially the new movies, and you like expanded canon books, you’ll definitely like this one!

 

Marvel Collector Corps: August – Spiderman

My love of Marvel is no secret on this blog, nor is my subscription to the Marvel Collector Corps box.

Marvel Collector Corps is a subscription box run by Marvel and Funko that is shipped every other month.

The August box was Spider-Man themed, which was super exciting, because I was pleasantly surprised with spiderman in Civil War.

You can see some of my past unboxings here (June), and here (Civil War).

And some of my other Marvel posts: here (Captain America: Sub Rosa book review), and here (CA: Civil War Movie Review).

If you’ve got the money, like Marvel, and like pop figures, I really highly recommend this subscription box, I love it!

*Please note, as usual, I am not sponsored or paid/asked in way to say these things, these are my own, unbiased opinions communicated by my own free will*

Here’s the August box:

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The boxes come in really nicely themed packaging.

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As always, this box come with a customary themed iron on patch and pin.

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Variant cover comic, these are helping me steadily build my collection and they make really pretty shelf decorations!

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My personal favorite, the exclusive pop figure, this time we got a leaping spiderman, which is really cool! (I am running out of shelf space for them though…)

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The extra thing this time was this fabric plush figure that I absolutely love!

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Since the last box, Women Of Power, featured a Spider-Gwen shirt, the customary shirt was forgone in favor of a snapback hat, which I am a big fan of because I’ve been meaning to get a new cap since my last one broke a few months back, I’ve already used this so much!

NetGalley Review – Captain America: Sub Rosa

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I received an e-arc copy of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.

Date Released:

June 21st 2016

Date Read:

June 2016

Star Rating:

Un-rated – DNF

Official Summary:

Frozen in a state of suspended animation since the end of the Second World War, Captain America is a man out of time. But now freed from his frozen slumber, he s back in the nick of time and ready to face threats that couldn t even have been imagined when the world had last seen him. Joe Books brings Marvel fans an all-new adventure featuring a classic superhero.”

My Review:

This book is another Marvel YA novel, much like Black Widow: Forever Red which came out last year (and which I still haven’t read).

I can see the appeal of this book, a novelization of Captain America, who is my favorite avenger and thus I was very excited for this book, it is written very much like a generic action novel, emphasis on the action, and the plot is very much the kind where, if Captain America were replaced by any other character, you’d have to change virtually nothing.

I only read about 50 pages before I got bored and gave up, which happens rarely for me, but the characterizations weren’t what I’d come to expect from Marvel characters, and it felt that too much action for the sake of action with little exposition, something which I am personally not a fan of, not in movies or in books.

I don’t want to bash this book, because some people may like it, but it really really wasn’t for me. Sorry.

Goodreads Link

 

 

 

Beauty And The Beast Book Tag

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Though this is very late (when aren’t my tags like, really) I am very excited to do this tag!

I’m dying for the new live-action movie (because seriously is there a better Belle than Hermione Granger herself) but in any case, Belle is my favorite Disney princess of all time, so I’m very excited.

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I was tagged by the lovely Icebreaker694 (and I really need more adjectives, I use lovely almost every tag, sorry), but she is one of my favorite humans, not only because she tags me in everything (which I LOVE) but her blog is perfection. Check her out!

(Also, sorry if the gifs don’t seem to match the questions to you, they make sense to me, but my brain makes weird associations).

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1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

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I LOVE redemption stories. To the point that, even when certain characters I like aren’t actually redeemed, I still argue that they CAN be.

This took me so long to find an answer, I don’t really analysis my reading choices or why I like things. But redemption is one of my favorite tropes. I really like stories where a villain teams up with the heroes against a worse villain. And stories where the protagonist/narrator IS the villain. Think Doctor Horrible. But I can never find enough of them. Anyone got anyone recommendations?

(I know the gif doesn’t match with this answer, but romance is a trope right? Also I picked all the gifs before answering, so this should be FUN).

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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These all DEFINITELY fall under the catagory of (partially) cover buy. Time Lord fairytales and Illuminae are definitely new favorites because of it. I haven’t read Hamilton yet, but I’m sure I’ll love it (I am obsessed with the musical after all).

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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I haven’t finish this series, but I read this book back in (pause for me to google when it come out because thats when I read it)… 2010! I was 10 years when I read this wow. My dad bought it for me after I finish Percy Jackson since it had just been released and he thought I would like it. I resisted, being a ten year old I didn’t WANT Egyptian mythology I wanted more Percy Jackson. I was halfway through it before I told my dad, hey, this is sort of like Percy Jackson, and my dad was like, uh, its by the same author… My little brain was BLOWN. I never finished the series though… By the time the second book come out I was distracted by other books, and by now I’ll need to re-read this. I want to at some point.

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

 

 

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Definitely the Delirium series. Everyone seems to love it and I just…don’t.

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

 

 

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See, when I’m not doing a tag, I can rattle off books in which this is true. When I am doing a tag, I forget every book ever in existence that I have ever come across. After ten minutes of staring at my shelves, I remembered that Twilight is like, the EPITOME of this. I dislike Bella, she irritates me (she was fine in Twilight and Breaking Dawn, I wanted to hit someone throughout New Moon and Eclipse). However, I LOVE every random background character (except for Mike, I want to punch Mike).

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

 

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I am going with Harry Potter. Because it was the series I read when I transferred from private to public school AND taught me how to read (chapter books at least).

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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Funny story with the Infernal Devices. I was in the seventh grade, and Clockwork Princess had just come out. My lab partner was OBSESSED with these books, and recommended them to me. I didn’t know the Mortal Instruments existed. I thought it was just the Infernal Devices. The problem is, I HATE historical fictional. Long story short, I got halfway through Clockwork Angel before giving up. Soon after, I found City Of Bones at the school book fair, loved it, and binge read through to City Of Lost Souls. During the wait for Heavenly Fire, I read Clockwork Angel, and enjoyed it this time around, because I was already attached to the world (and Magnus). It took me a year to get to Clockwork Prince, and I only read Clockwork Princess at the beginning of this year… I know, I suck.

I pre-ordered City Of Heavenly Fire, but I STILL haven’t read it because I was halfway through when I first bought it, then left for camp and had other obligations and by the time I had time to read again, I had forgotten most of what was happening, but its a LONG book to re-read half. So I haven’t yet… It IS one of my before-school-starts goals though, because I also want to get to Lady Midnight. Which I also pre-ordered two copies of…

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

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I would love to either:

  1. Have the golden trio + the Weasley family over, because I love Harry Potter and I want to meet EVERY character I swear.
  2. The Raven Cycle gang, because I love these people, seriously. Though Noah would have to come as well because he is my CHILD.

 

Tag (You’re IT)

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(Be warned, doing this tag got the ENTIRE soundtrack stuck in my head.)

kiwireads

ThatBookshelfBitch

TheOrangutanLibrarian

TheGrishaLieutentant

LivingInFiction

 

To Not To Read Tag

I have another tag! I scheduled all my tags awhile ago so I’m excited to do another.

I was tagged by the lovely Icebreaker694 to do this tag! Thank you!

She is also the creator, so go check her out!

This tag is going to be difficult because I have problems with not finishing books. I’ll probably not only use DNF books, but books I didn’t want to finish and series I didn’t finish. Okay? Okay.

 

Rules:

Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)

Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)

Answer questions (See below!)

Tag other poor souls to do this (Trust me, I won’t)

Easy right?

Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part

 

What book would you be willing to finish?

 

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I’m going with The One for this. I LOVED The Selection. I liked The Elite. I tried to read The One like twice, but I’ve never finished it. Still want to though.

 

A dystopian book that you put down.

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I read the first book in the series way back when it come out, but I skipped pages at a time because my 11 year old self felt uncomfortable reading the kissing parts (This is a problem I had, I STILL skip sex scenes in books, it makes me uncomfortable). I never finished the series. But I want to!

A book that you just didn’t want to finish at all.

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I tried to read this. I tried. I just couldn’t do it. I liked the concept behind the world. But the love triangle physically hurt to read and I didn’t even get halfway through the book. Please say I’m not alone here. I know a lot of people who liked it, I’m just not one of them.

 

A sequel.

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I liked Beautiful Creatures. But I did feel it was unnecessarily long. I started Beautiful Darkness, didn’t get more than 50 pages in. It was too slow and spent too much time recapping the first book. I couldn’t do it. This was the first series that I caved and didn’t finish, and I felt so guilty.

A book you’ll never again pick up.

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I read this for school. Got halfway through then gave up and read the sparks-notes. I HATED it. Sorry.

A book with too much hype.

I used pretty much ALL my hyped books for all the other questions, so…

A haunting read.

 

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I saw the movie first. Creepy as hell but I liked it. The book gave me anxiety though, so I gave up on it. (I was like, 12 though…) I’ll probably try and read it again one day now that  I’m older.

A contemporary.

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I have started this book multiple times, and I’ve never gotten through it. I always end up confused as to who is speaking. I do want to finish it one day though, its the only John Green book I haven’t read yet.

 

A book you were unsure of.

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I was conflicted about reading this in the first place, I love Lauren Oliver’s stand-alones, but there are a lot of conflicted feelings about this series. I loved the first book, and the ending made me mad, as did the beginning of the second. I don’t think I’m ever going to finish the series. But I’m still a little iffy on that.

 

I TAG:

BookshelvesandBiros

52LettersInTheAlphabet

TheOrangutanLibrarian

RakioddBooks

LivingInFiction

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