Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so when I came across the Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag over at A Court of Coffee and Books, I knew I had to participate!

This tag was created by Charleigh over at Charleigh Writes. Her rules are simple:

  • Please link me back so I can read your answers.
  • You can’t choose a Harry Potter book for any of your answers.
  • Tag however many people you wish.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

Let’s get right to it!

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It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books, and I still haven’t been able to read The Starless Sea.

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You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

All of the three books in The Stormlight Archive series are over 1,000 pages, and this is the longest. It’s like hauling a brick around in my bag, but so, so, so worth it.

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It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I don’t usually snack while I read, but this novel about inspiring chef and teenage mother Emoni never fails to make me hungry.

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Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Any book with a movie or T.V. tie in cover. Seriously. My real answer for this, however, is is the Ember in the Ashes series. I’ve never cared for people on the cover of books, and I feel as though this series could have much more beautiful covers (to match how beautiful the story is!).

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You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This book is only 181 pages, but it packs in an amazing amount of storytelling. This is one of my favorite Neil Gaiman novels, and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it. I can usually finish it in just an hour or two.

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You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

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A Hero Born by Jin Yong

Any of the special editions published by The Folio Society, particularly this copy of A Hero Born, one of my favorite books of 2019.

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You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

I had high hopes for this book going into it, but by the end of it, I really did want to throw it at something. If you want to know all the details about why I thought this book was terrible, read my full review. To summarize, though, the main character falls for an abusive love interest who frequently lies to her and manipulates her.

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You’ve just visited Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’ve had this book on my shelf since it came out and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I definitely will be in 2020 though!

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Congratulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I honestly haven’t read very many Christmas books, so I’m going with this tried-and-true classic.

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You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that The Hobbit is my favorite book, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. I have so many memories associated with this classic fantasy novel, and it’s been my favorite since I was a child.



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Reader Confession Tag

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I discovered this book tag through the blog Rums the Reader and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I’m not sure who the creator of it is, so if you do, let me know in the comments!

Let’s get right into it!

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Have you ever damaged a book?

I’m sure I have, although it’s never been intentional. Even when I was a kid I refused to write in or dog-ear my books. I’ve always considered books to be precious.


Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

No, at least not that I can think of. When I borrow something from someone I’m going to try my best to take care of it, especially if it’s a book!


How long does it take you to read a book?

Not too long. I’m a pretty fast reader, so as long as I have time to read I can usually finish a 500-page book in a day or two.


Book that you haven’t finished?

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There’s not a single book that I haven’t finished, but there is a series. I read the first of three volumes of Outlaws of the Marsh, and I fully intend to read the next two. I just don’t know when I’ll get around to it.


Hyped or popular books that you didn’t like?

These are all books that were super hyped up, that I really did not like. Click the links to read my reviews:


Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I’m not sure. Maybe some smutty romance? I tend to be really open with what I’m reading though.


How many books do you own?

Oh my gosh, I have absolutely no idea. If I had to make an estimate I’d put it at somewhere between 400 and 600.


Are you a fast or slow reader?

Fast. Not as fast as my mother was, which was mind-boggling (she could read three or four books in a single day and retain everything), but I can finish a medium-length book in a day or two.


Do you like to buddy read?

Yes, yes, yes! It’s not something that I get to do very often, but when I have buddy read books in the past I’ve loved it. It always makes reading a more intimate and special experience.


If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

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The Lord of the Rings. It’s a long, epic fantasy series, and I’ve already read it multiple times and have always loved it more and more each time.




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5 Books I Would Love to See Turned Into a Movie

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It seems like books are getting so many film and television adaptations recently, which is great for those of us who love seeing our favorite books brought to life. The Witcher and Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books are being made into Netflix series, Marvel is releasing a crazy amount of films and shows based on their iconic comic books, and every time you turn around there’s a new adaptation being announced.

Here are five of the books that I would most love to see turned into a movie!


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Read my review

For The Night Circus to be made into a good movie, this is a book that would require just the right director, someone who can translate the atmospheric whimsy of the novel onto the screen. Done right, though, I think this could be an incredible and beautiful magical realism movie. I also think the black, white, and gray color scheme of the circus would translate well to film.


The Last by Hanna Jameson

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Read my review

Just the other day I was telling my boyfriend that I was surprised that more post-apocalyptic films featuring nuclear war hadn’t been made in the past decade or so. The Last would be a perfect novel to turn into such a film. This book combines both the post-apocalyptic world that we expect with a murder mystery. It’s set in a hotel in a remote part of Switzerland, which would make for a great backdrop for a film.


The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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Read my review

This novel would be a perfect option for an engaging chick lit film. It’s a hate-to-love romance set in rural Alaska. Our two main characters, Calla and Jonah, are immensely likable and could be portrayed perfectly on the screen if the right actors are chosen.


One Second After by William R. Forstchen

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Is anyone surprised that I’m adding a second post-apocalyptic story to this list? Because you really shouldn’t be.

One Second After follows the survivors of a community near Black Mountain, NC, after an EMP attack that wipes out everything electronic. The reason I would love to see a film adaptation of this novel (aside from the post-apocalyptic part) is that Black Mountain is just minutes away from Asheville, NC, where I lived for all of my twenties. I would love to see a film based there, and this story would be an engaging one.


A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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Read my review

This was a wonderful book that dealt with racism in a powerful way, and for that reason alone I think this would be a great novel to be made into a movie. It’s very real, which obviously would translate well to film. Shirin is a strong character who isn’t afraid to also be vulnerable, which I think is important to portray.


What books would you like to see made into movies? Let me know in the comments!




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Do I Have That Book? Challenge

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I first came across this book tag after watching Hannah and Hailey’s Booktube channels. The Challenge was originally created by Tabby at the YouTube channel Keeping Tabs.

As you know, I don’t have a YouTube channel (yet), so we’ll do this the blogger way.

Let’s get right into it.


1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

I actually really detest deckled edges, as I think it cheapens the look of the overall book. Despite that, I have so many books with these edges. Stop it, please!


2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Imzadi by Peter David

I knew I’d have to go with one of my Star Trek novels for this, as I very rarely buy books with people on the cover.


3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

I could only find two retellings, although I have a feeling I have more than that. My other choice could have been Ibi Zoboi’s PrideLee’s This Monstrous Thing is a Frankenstein retelling.


4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

This one took me way longer to find that I’d like to admit. I haven’t read this story yet, but I’ve heard great things about it.


5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

You know I have to throw my favorite book in here somewhere, right?


6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

I never understood the amount of hate surrounding mass market paperbacks. They’re cheap, which makes them more accessible to a lot of people. You don’t always need to have the most expensive, nicest version of every book.


7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

I had to do a wee bit of research for this one. Ayn Rand’s real name is Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum.


8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I still haven’t read this behemoth of a book, and I don’t even really know what it’s about. I picked it up on a thrift store trip a couple years ago.


9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson’s novels are always full of maps, so this was an easy one.


10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Technically, this series hasn’t been made into a television show yet, but it’s going to be. I can’t wait for the Netflix series! 


11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)

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The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

It’s been ages since I read this book. I read it for one of my university classes back when I was still studying political science. I don’t have any books written by actors or musicians, so a vice president is the best I could do.


12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

This was one of the first books I chose for my Book of the Month Club box. I still haven’t read it, but I’m hoping to get to it soon!


13. Do you have a poetry book?

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Harvest Poems by Carl Sandburg

I have very few poetry collections. This is an ancient collection I’ve had through multiple moves and for who knows how many years. You’d think I’d have read it by now. I haven’t.


14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The award stamps aren’t attached to this cover very well (you can see in the picture that they’re peeling), but The Hate U Give deserves all the awards it’s received.

Read my review of The Hate U Give here. 


15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

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Nope. This is the only question I couldn’t answer. I even looked up a list of authors whose last names start with W and still couldn’t find any P.W’s whose books I own. Oh well.


16. Do you have a book of short stories?

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Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

I love Margaret Atwood’s writing style, and this book of short stories are phenomenal.


17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

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Gandhi: An Autobiography by Mahatma Gandhi

Finding a book that was between 500 and 510 pages took me so long. I’d almost given up before I grabbed this one, which comes in around 502 pages, not including the glossary/index.


18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

I can’t say I enjoyed the movie adaptation of Cold Mountain, but it is one of my favorite stories set in my beloved Appalachian Mountains.


19. Do you have a graphic novel?

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

This graphic novel memoir of the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is incredible.


20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

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The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I was surprised that I don’t own more books with more than one author. Aside from a few of my Star Trek novels, this is the only one I could find.




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Books I Want to Read – Book Tag

Book Tag

I found this tag this morning on Bookishly Rebecca, and it was originally created by Jamishelves.


A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I might be the only person left in the world who hasn’t read any Sarah J. Maas. Eventually, I do want to get around to reading the Throne of Glass Series, but I’m not quite ready to take on a massive seven-book series right now.


A book that’s really long

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

At 559 pages, this wouldn’t be the longest book I’ve ever read (that would be Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance), but it’s still daunting.


A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I’ve had a Barnes & Noble Classic edition of Anna Karenina for nearly a decade. I keep telling myself I’ll read it eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet.


A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

I’m fairly certain that I was supposed to read this play in high school, but I never did. I’m not a huge fan of reading plays, but I know this is a highly influential work.


A book that intimidates you

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1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies

I borrowed this book from my Dad on Christmas, and I still haven’t read it. I love history, and I’m particularly interested in Chinese history, but this book is massive. I keep telling myself I’ll read it soon, but I’m not entirely sure when that’ll happen.


A book that you think might be slow

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I wasn’t a fan of the Cloud Atlas film adaptation, but I still want to give the book a chance. I’m just worried that it’s going to be dreadfully slow.


A book you need to be in the right mood for

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Everyone has amazing things to say about this romance novel, but I have to be in just the right mood for romance books. I’m hoping I’ll be in the mood for it soon though!


A book you’re unsure if you will like

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

I’ve tried on three separate occasions to read this book, never making it past the first few chapters. I want to like this series, but I’m not sure I will. I plan on giving it one more shot, and if I’m not interested during the fourth attempt, I’ll DNF it forever.


How would you answer these questions? Let me know in the comments!



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Bookish Merch to Add to Your Wishlist

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There’s one thing I love almost as much as books: bookish merch.

Whether it’s a product with a favorite quote, gorgeous fandom-inspired art, or just a scarf with a bunch of books on it – I want it.

Here are some adorable bookish products available on Amazon right now.

I am an Amazon Affiliate, which means that if you purchase any of these products I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. However, this is not a sponsored post – these are all products that are on my personal wishlist!



Out of Print Scarves

Out of Print makes some of the most amazing book merchandise. They sell a variety of their scarves on Amazon, including a Polka-dot Poe one, but these two are my favorites, especially the colorful typewriter one.


Leather Book Strap Carrier

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I’ve only seen these leather book straps in old movies and photos, so I was stoked to find out you could still buy them. It’s not the most practical thing in the world, but I’m into the aesthetic.


Book Darts

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While Post-It Notes are cheap as hell, these reusable metal book darts are much better. This is something that I came across recently that I immediately wanted. I annotate my books as I read them, but once I’ve written a review I typically remove the Post-Its marking the page. I also read a lot of library books that I have to remove markers from. I love that these are usable and the whole tin of them is very affordable!


Retro Book T-Shirt

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It’s a simple shirt, but I like it.


That’s all I have for today, but I’m always on the lookout for cute bookish merch so these won’t be the last I feel.

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Books Nest. If you’d like to participate here are the rules:

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 10 others to take part
ENJOY THE TAG!

The Questions

  • A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read 
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
  • A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
  • A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
  • A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
  • A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet 
  • A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

A Book That a Certain Friend is Always Telling You to Read 

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I had trouble coming up with an answer for this one, so I’m going to go with volumes two and three of The Outlaws of the MarshI’ve already mentioned on my blog that I read volume one at the request of my boyfriend, who read it in college and loved it. It’s an absolutely massive set of books, and when I finished volume one I picked up volume two to put on my TBR list, and there it has set for about two months. I just can’t bring myself to open it, despite my boyfriend repeatedly telling me that volume two is even better than volume one.


A Book That’s Been on Your TBR Forever and Yet You Still Haven’t Picked it Up

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak seems to be a widely beloved book, and it’s been on my TBR forever, but for some reason, I just haven’t read it yet. I still want to, and I have a strong suspicion that I’m going to adore it. I’m not sure what’s kept me from reading it.


A Book in a Series You’ve Started, But Haven’t Gotten Round to Finishing Yet

I couldn’t think of an answer to this one! Usually, when I love a series I end up essentially marathoning all the books that are currently out. The series I’m currently working my way through is Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series.


A Classic You’ve Always Liked the Sound of, But Never Actually Read

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This was easy to answer – Jane Austen’s Pride and PrejudiceI’ve wanted to read this book for years, but for some reason, it’s always on the backburner for me. I’m finally going to read it in 2019 though, mainly because I received Ibi Zoboi’s Pride in an Owlcrate and want to read it after the original that it’s inspired by.


A Popular Book That It Seems Everyone But You Has Read

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I feel like everyone involved in the book community is obsessed with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’m sure I’ll probably read it eventually, but for the time being, I’m 99% sure I’m the only person who hasn’t started this series yet.


A Book That Inspired a Film/TV Adaptation That You Really Love, But You Just Haven’t Read It Yet

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Despite knowing that I would probably love it, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin has been on my TBR since I initially signed up for Goodreads. I love the television show so much, and I’ve been wanting to get started on the books for years. It just never seems like an appropriate time to start them. Perhaps I’ll start reading the series this year. Maybe.


A Book You See All Over Instagram But Haven’t Picked Up Yet

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Lately, it’s been Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves. I received this book in January’s Owlcrate, so I’m definitely going to read it very, very soon, but this cover has been so prevalent on Instagram recently.



There you have it! I’m still relatively new to the book blogger community, so I’m not going to tag individual people, but if you would like to participate in this tag, go for it! Just read the rules up top.

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you to Lori for tagging me to do this!

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WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself

  • I’m obsessed with Star Trek. My favorite series are The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. From an early age, Star Trek taught me to respect other cultures and to embrace diversity. I’m always re-watching one of the series at any given time; right now my boyfriend and I are watching EnterpriseSide note: I still always giggle anytime I seek Commander Riker sit in a chair.
  • I have a couple of speech impediments, specifically rhotacism and a lisp. I was incredibly self-conscious about it for the first twenty-five years of my life or so before realizing that I would have to learn to embrace it. Now I’ve had two jobs in a row that entails speaking to large groups of people, and I no longer stress about the way I talk (or, at least not as much as I used to)!
  • I wrote a picture book about vampires taking a road trip in the fourth grade. It was in a composition notebook and I illustrated the whole thing. I was so immensely proud of it and dragged it everywhere I went. I don’t remember what happened to it – I recall searching for it in high school and never found it, and then my family’s house burned down when I was 19. It may be lost forever, but I’m still proud of that first book I wrote!

Lori’s Questions

Why did you start blogging?

Although Read Yourself Happy is just a few months old, I started my first blog during my freshman year at university in 2007. It was about politics and current events (I was a political science major), and I’m still proud of it. I called it Karmic Reverberations and it’s still available online. From the title and the fact that I was blogging under the name of Karmalily, I’m sure you can tell I was going through my hippy phase when I did this.

Less than a year later I started a blog about living as a vegan, which became much more successful than Karmic Reverberations. I named it Ahimsa, and it is also still available online. I spent years doing this blog until I left Asheville, NC and started eating eggs, at which point I felt it would be dishonest to continue writing a vegan blog.

What is your weird habit that you always used to do while growing up?

This will probably gross a lot of people out, but when I was a kid I would only eat bacon dipped in ketchup and Tabasco.

What book(s) are you hoping that you could finish before 2018 ends?

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama. I adore Michelle Obama, and I purchased her new memoir the day it was released. I can’t wait to get more of an inside look at her life.
  • Outlaws of the Marsh by Shi Nai’an.This book is massive at 1600 pages, and I’m only in the middle of volume 1. I had intended to finish it this month, but I’m starting to realize that there’s no way that is going to happen. Despite being written in a different language and nearly a century ago, it’s a very enjoyable read.
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I just got this book from the library and I can’t wait to start it. Originally it was the absolutely gorgeous cover that caught my eye, but the story sounds really interesting as well.
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle. I grew up loving Monty Python, and I’m currently listening to the audiobook of this, which is read by Eric Idle and I highly recommend it because he sprinkles in singing here and there throughout it. It’s so hilarious!

A book that you would recommend to someone no matter what?

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood because it should terrify anyone that reads it. There’s a reason people are obsessed with how real the current television series depicting this novel seems, and that reason is that it’s not at all far-fetched. This is a cautionary tale that everyone should read at least once.

Have you played an instrument before? If so, what did you play?

I’ve attempted it twice – a guitar and a violin. Then I discovered that I have the worst ear for music ever. I still eventually want to learn to play the saxophone. I listen to jazz every day and the saxophone is such a relaxing sound. Saxophones are crazy expensive though, so that’ll have to wait.


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My Five Questions, and Who I’m Nominating

  1. What is the scariest book you’ve ever read?
  2. What is the most memorable dream you’ve ever had?
  3. Who is your musical guilty pleasure?
  4. If you could get lost in any fictional world, what would it be?
  5. What book are you most looking forward to being released in 2019?

I’m tagging Jennifer, Margaret, Jamie, and Hâf.