The Last Ten Books Tag

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and the long list of tags that I need to do have been growing and sending me into a mild panic, so I figured now is as good a time as any to start cutting it down! I decided to go with something a little simpler to ease me back into the groove of doing tags so I’ve decided to do The Last Ten Books book tag that Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerd tagged me in last month.

Thanks so much for the tag, Kerri! If you haven’t already done so, do check out her blog for awesome reviews, spotlights and other great bookish content! 😍

Now, let’s get down to business…

After doing a little internet sleuthing, I found that this original tag was created by booktuber: Marc Nash and you can watch his original video below. Thanks for creating such an awesome tag! 😊


THE LAST BOOK I GAVE UP ON

This took me a little while to figure out cos I actually couldn’t remember the last time I DNF’d a book. So I had to dig deep into my archives and I realised the last book was Relentless Habit by Karen Renee. It was a sexy romance but I found it neither sexy nor romantic… So 🤷🏻‍♀️

THE LAST BOOK I REREAD

Oof, this is another thing I haven’t done in months! I think the last book I re-read was Aurora Rising in preparation for my buddy read with Sammie for book two, which we finished earlier this year. I listened to the audiobook with my re-read and it was fantastically done with a full cast and I loved it!

THE LAST BOOK I BOUGHT

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker. I am so incredibly excited to start this book because I’ve been seeing reviews for it everywhere lately and the hype is big, friends! I took a peek at the first few paragraphs last night and I could already tell I’m going to love it 😍

THE LAST BOOK I WROTE IN THE MARGINS OF

I’m going a bit rogue on this one because I don’t ever write in the margins? But I did write sticky notes and place them along the margins for a few books this year and the last one was Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This one came in like a wrecking ball and I needed to chronicle my feels.

THE LAST BOOK THAT I HAD SIGNED

Well, I do have quite a few signed editions thanks to being subscribed to a book box (which has now changed so I’ll definitely miss that)! The last ‘signed’ purchase that I made was the Brown Sisters Series by Talia Hibbert. It’s a digital signature though, which is kind of a bummer, but still counts, right?

THE LAST BOOK I LOST

It’s been a very long time since I last lost a book—which is actually kind of surprising to me considering I’m pretty forgetful 😂 The last book I lost was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. I think I might’ve left this on a plane or airport back in 2009/10 and it made me pretty sad cos I was getting really into it!

THE LAST BOOK I HAD TO REPLACE

I had to request a replacement copy of The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen from BD last year because my order was so water damaged and ripped that I couldn’t even open the book! This is my interpretation of the question lol

THE LAST BOOK I ARGUED OVER

Oh… Um… Have I ever argued over a book before? I don’t think that I ever have… At least not that I can actually remember 😂

THE LAST BOOK I PRE-ORDERED

As an international reader, I don’t actually pre-order a lot of books unless it’s for a special signed edition or for pre-order goodies because most of the time I get them late anyway. 😂 But according to my records the last book I pre-ordered was Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan! It looks and sounds so good and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


The 2021 Mid-Year Check-In Tag

I know we’ve already gone well over the mid-year mark by now but as I’ve been away for the last few months I decided that it’d be a good way to catch up on some of the things I’ve read this year!

I started the year off pretty strong in terms of marking what I’ve read and crossing off prompts for one of the challenges for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, but as the months rolled on, the more I read, the less I reviewed and the less I updated my books and challenges. When that started happening is when I decided to take my break and while I’ve been trying to catch up on updating things, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve forgotten a lot of what I’ve read! Oops… I know that a lot of the books I sped through were romances but I read through them so quickly I honestly can’t remember what I thought of them anymore. So I’ve just decided to leave off marking those off for now and I might come back to them later on.

Clearly, we’re off to a good start, right? 😂 All that being said, I don’t have fancy stats, charts and graphs and what’s marked on my Goodreads Reading Challenge isn’t the most accurate record of what I’ve read cos plenty of books are missing but… We’re rolling with it! (I feel like I’ve said that a lot these last few posts, haha!)

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021?

I thought it’d be a lot harder to choose but I am tied between Jade City and The Ones We’re Meant to Find. They’re both SFF though one is adult and the other is YA, and their stories couldn’t be more different either. But aside from fantastic writing, the characters were just *chefs kiss* — I love them so much!


Best sequel so far of 2020?

I haven’t read a lot of sequels this year but even so, I think Jade War would steal the show. THIS BOOK!!! 🥺😭


new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

What haven’t I not read yet? 🤣 So much… So much… But one release I want to read very soon, as in this weekend soon, is She Who Became the Sun. I read these two amazing reviews by Lia and Jess and I’m sold!


Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020?

There are so many I don’t even know where to start! I don’t think I have one especially anticipated release but these are some I’m super excited for…

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson


biggest disappointment?

I know my choice for this is quite an unpopular opinion because everyone seems to have loved the book but… I was really disappointed with A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (please don’t come for me)! I was bored for the majority of it and the haphazard world building + info dumps combined with Poppy’s incessant questioning monologue just really got under my skin in the worst way 🙈 It didn’t stop me from reading the third book though and I’m glad I did cos we finally get the strong Poppy we’ve been waiting for and I really enjoyed it!


biggest surprise?

I’m gonna go with the Murderbot Diaries. So many people love this series and I was (often) told that I’d love it too and they weren’t wrong, but I was surprised by just how much I love this whole series! Murderbot is such a well-written character and they have quickly become one of my all-time favourites! I’ve read all six books as a buddy read with Leslie @ Books are the New Black and it was so much fun!


Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)?

I think this cherry goes to Fonda Lee, author of The Green Bone Saga and two of my top favourite reads so far this year. I was so intimidated by the hype around these books but I’m so glad that I finally read them this year because they were mind blowing! I cannot put into words how much I loved them. I think this series is outside my comfort zone in many ways so I was not expecting to fall hard and fast. Fonda Lee’s world building, characters, and plot are just… The ultimate *chefs kiss*! 🤣


newest fictional crush?

This is easy but I’m kind of cheating a bit because it’s a book that I just read last week and obviously, it’s well past the mid-year point! But I honestly can’t think of anyone else right now because I loved Axel Bergman, our hero from With You Forever by Chloe Liese. If you love inclusive, heartwarming, steamy romances with great H/H, and meddling, boisterous and loveable families, you won’t want to miss this series!

Bonus crush: I also have to give a special shoutout to Rafe, our favourite very buff, very tall, and very tattooed male nanny.


newest favourite character?

I can’t choose one! I’ve read so many amazing characters this year but some favourites that come to mind:


Book that made you cry

As an emotional reader, books make me cry fairly often! 😂 Though perhaps out of all the books that did make me cry, the one that made me cry the longest/hardest was The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. This one crushed me!


Book that made you happy?

Just as easily as I cry in books, it also doesn’t take much to make me laugh but I’ll go with Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. I adored Dani and Zafir—their banter was bang on and their chemistry was so fire! 😍 I had so much fun reading this book and it gave my heart all the happy feels 💜


favourite book to movie/tv adaptation that you saw this year?

So… I haven’t really watched many things this year? I still haven’t watched the popular adaptations like Shadow & Bone yet. I guess the only thing that comes to mind would be Fruits Basket—does that count? 😂 I think it was a manga first, right? I binged the first and second seasons on Netflix super fast!


favourite review you’ve written this year?

I’m really bad at talking up any of my posts on this blog so this was a bit of a struggle to pick… I’m sharing my review for The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. This was a blog tour review but it was also the first review where I made a journal spread and I had so much fun with it 😍

I was also quite happy with my reviews for Silence is a Sense, The Death of Vivek Oji, and Shards of Earth!


most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

This has to be the Strange the Dreamer Box Set. Sadly though, the quality of the books aren’t half as good as I expected and considering what I paid to buy them, I was pretty disappointed. Still, the artwork is gorgeous and they’re a beautiful addition to my shelves!

Note: this picture is not mine—I found it on Google!

what books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I wouldn’t say I need to read any of these, except for the ARCs of course, but I do really want to read most of this smol sample of my TBR by the end of the year!

Well, that’s done! *phew* This post always takes me longer than I anticipate but I’m glad I did it! It’s made me realise that I haven’t read half as much as I thought I have, even with the “missing” books from my list! 🤣 Oh well… How are your reads going this year? What’ve been some of your favourites? Have you read any of the books I mentioned here?

The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Happy Thursday, friends! We’re so close to the weekend (although my weekend has personally already started since I work part time) and yet I’m still doing things at the last minute! I wasn’t sure what tag that I wanted to do today (not that I have a shortage in my back log) but I saw Alexis @ The Reading Addict post the Spring Cleaning Book Tag and it looked like fun so I decided to give it a go today! Yay! 😆

The creator of the Spring Cleaning Book Tag is Amanda @ Between the Shelves.

The Rules

  • Link back to the original post
  • Tag as many friends as you want
  • Have fun!
1. Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to read

Ooh, there are *so* many but I’ll go with the Blood and Ash books. This series is literally everywhere and it seems to be so well loved that I’m honestly surprised I never even heard about it before the second book came out last year (and now I can’t stop seeing it everywhere)! 😂 I’ve never read a book by Armentrout before so I’m definitely curious to see if it’ll work for me!

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Books I Want To Read But Don’t Want to Read Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Michaela @ Journey Into Books to do the ‘Books I Want To Read’ tag and look at me–doing a tag within a month of being tagged! 🤣 Thanks for the tag, lovely! Check out her blog for great reviews and other fun bookish content ❤️

The basic idea of this tag (from the original creator) is: basically all those books where you really like the idea of reading the book / you do WANT to read the book, but the actual process of reading it seems daunting or unappealing! Why do I feel like I’m gonna struggle with this even though this sounds like a fun and interesting tag?! LOL 😂

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag (this post, and Jami!)
  • Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
  • Tag some people at the end to do the tag next

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

Layla by Colleen Hoover. I’ve heard some wildly mixed reviews for this book but I’ve also seen it EVERYWHERE. That said, I think I can apply a lot of Hoover’s books for this prompt–not that I don’t want to read them but there are so many and honestly, I don’t really want to either? 🤣


2: A book thats really long

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Not only is this one chonkster of a book, I also have very negative associations with this book because I picked it up during The Worst Slump Ever™️. I got really close to finishing it but then I stopped reading for 3 months (see: worst slump ever) and now I get weird iffy vibes when I think about picking it up again. I want to finish it cos I’m so close to the end but also… It’s so chonky? And I don’t remember what’s happened last and… Hmm. 🤔


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

There are… Quite a number of books that I’ve been contemplating removing off the shelf lately but for this I’m going with Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This was gifted to me by a family friend and I mean, it’s one of those “classics” that I do want to read because it’s a “classic” but at the same time I don’t think I actually have any interest in it anymore?


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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve actually attempted to read this one or two times (albeit without much enthusiasm) but I was never really able to get into it? I want to read it because it’s such a classic but also… I don’t know when (if ever) I’ll pick it up!


5: A book that intimidates you

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Confession time: I’ve never watched any of the adaptations because I’m convinced I want to read the book first but every time I look at this chonky beast of a book I wilt a little bit inside at the thought of making my way through it. I feel like it’s a book that’ll take not only my full concentration but also a good long while to read. I have a feeling it’ll be worth it(?) but it’s also very scary 😂 I guess time will tell if I’ll ever pick it up!


6: A book that you think might be slow

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke. This was honestly purely a cover buy but then I Goodreads’d it and it sounded really interesting. I don’t know why (maybe it’s the epic size of the thing but) I have a feeling that this might be on the slower side of reads. I do want to read it but also, I don’t know when that day might ever come! 😅


7: A book you need to be in the right mood for

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I do have an interest in reading this book especially because everyone and their mum seems to have read it. I tend to struggle a lot with staying focused on non-fiction though so I definitely have to be in the perfect mood to read this!


8: A book you’re unsure if you will like

Um… Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I really don’t know why I feel this way but I just have a feeling that I might not like it and that’s why I keep putting off the many opportunities I’ve had to read it. I know it’s an incredibly well loved story so I’m not sure what about it makes me feel this way but I’m leaning towards maybe not reading it? (pls don’t hate me) 😂

And that’s a wrap, friends! That was fun (and I did have a time making up my mind lol)! I won’t be tagging anyone specifically but everyone is welcome to do the tag if you want! If you decide to do the tag don’t forget to link back so I can check out your post! 😃

The End of Year Book Tag – 2020 Edition

I did my first End of Year Book Tag for 2019* and in what I’m guessing will become a yearly tradition now, I’ve come back to it again in 2020 as we’ve got one week left to go until this hot mess of a year comes to an end! I pretty much said the same thing last year (and basically in my posts for the last few weeks) but I can’t believe this year is coming to an end already! It felt like it took forever but also no time at all. Now without further ado, let’s get into this tag!

*I’m still not quite sure who made this tag but I did find it on Jenn @ Jenniely’s page.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I won’t be counting my actual ‘current reads’ list but even not counting those, I do have a fair few that I started but wasn’t in the right mood for at the time, so I put them aside–it’s not at all because I wasn’t enjoying them though (honestly)! I’m still keen to get back to these ASAP.


Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Confused man’s face with mouth hanging open (that is literally me rn)

Still not really sure that I get this question. I mean, it’s not autumn anymore but also, no I don’t have any particular book that I read to transition into the ‘end of the year mode’!


is there a new release that you’re still waiting for?

I was going to say no but then I remembered Love at the Icicle Café, which I added to my TBR just last week and it’s only out on 29 December, so I guess there is one I’m still waiting for in 2020 😂 The rest have all come out and what a year it has been!


what are three books you want to read before the year ends?

Hmm… I’m going to pick one from the list of books that I need to finish: Clap When You Land, but the other two are The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The Dragon Republic (before diving immediately into TBG)!


is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your favourite of the year?

Ngl, if I do manage to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue before the year ends, I think that there’s a very high possibility it could end up being my favourite. Based on what others have said about it I have a feeling I’m going to really really love it and omg, I can’t wait to read it!


have you already started to make reading plans for 2021?

I was going to say no but then I do already have a few blog tours lined up for January so I guess I do 😂 These are just some of the titles I’m on a tour for and I’m excited to give them a go!

Aaand that’s a wrap, folks! Well, that ended up being a lot shorter than I thought it’d be 🤣 Why did I think this tag was miles long when I did it last year? LOL. Anyway, I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but if you wanna do it, feel free to link back to me so I can check out your answers!

Jingle Bell Book Tag

It’s Friday and I usually do a “Lets Talk Bookish” post but my brain has been feeling pretty foggy lately and I haven’t the capacity to write good posts, so I decided to do a fun tag! I have a million that I still need to do but, of course, I decided to do one that I wasn’t actually tagged in! It seemed perfect for the upcoming holiday season though. Can you believe it’s practically already mid-December? 🙃 WOT.

I saw this on Stephen’s blog and if you haven’t already, I’d recommend checking it out because Stephen writes great posts and reviews, and is all around awesome! 😉 Now without further ado, let’s get to the tag!

The Jingle Bell Book Tag was originally created by Richard @ The Humpo Show

🎄 “All I Want For Christmas Is You…” 🎄
What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

Is it really possible to choose one book? If you can, you definitely have a lot more restraint than me! But if I had to choose only onetwo, the books that come to mind are: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Felix Ever After. I still haven’t bought the ebooks cos I really want physical copies of these beauts 😂

🎄 “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” 🎄
 WHAT book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Surprising absolutely nobody: The House in the Cerulean Sea. I mean… Is this answer getting old? I really don’t care because this book was all kinds of heartwarming and wonderful. My heart fills up with all the fuzzy feelings when I think about it and if you haven’t already, please read it! 🤣

🎄 It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” 🎄
Which book has THE most festive look to it?

Ooh, this is a toughie because there are so many festive covers that I absolutely adore. I just recently did a post with Christmas romance covers that I think really scream ‘festive’ vibes. Some more examples:

🎄 “ELF” 🎄
What book unleashes your inner child?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This book is one of my top favourite childhood reads and every time I read it or hear mention of it I get thrown back to the giddy feeling I got when I read this book for the first time. The joy that the chocolate factory and all its wonderful oddities gives me is really like no other and when I was a kid I absolutely lived for the magic of this story! 🥰

🎄 “The gRINCH” 🎄
your favourite villain…

I think this is gonna be a toss up between Eli and Holland but both are villains in Schwab’s books (Villains and Shades of Magic, respectively). I really love to hate these two 😂

🎄 “The HOLIDAY” 🎄
Name your favourite TWO couples…

Oh this is so tough because I read a lot of romances and whenever I love a romance I ship those ships in a big way 😂 The first two couples that popped into my mind were: Calla & Jonah from The Simple Wild (*swoon*) and Maia & Edan from Spin the Dawn (*still swooning*)

🎄 What book would you like to give as a present to your followers? 🎄

Hmm… I guess I should go for something other than Cerulean Sea? 😂 I’m also gonna pick a few because I can! These books are from (mostly) different (sub-)genres and ones that I feel deserve more love (well, TPW gets a lot of love but I can’t not mention it because this book!!!). This is kind of inspiring me to do an end of year giveaway, so maybe stay tuned for that? 😉

And that’s a wrap, folks! This was fun and exactly what I needed because I didn’t have to think too hard at the end of a long working day/week. On that note, I’m not tagging anyone specifically but feel free to link back if you wanna do the tag so I can check out your answers too! 🥰

Have a great weekend, friends! Mind yourselves 💙

The Hallotober Tag

I was looking for a fun and easy tag to do for today and then I remembered that Leah @ Leah’s Books recently tagged me to do The Hallotober Tag, and with Halloween just around the corner it’s the perfect time to do this! If y’all haven’t already, you should check out Leah’s blog! She’s not only sweet and wonderful, but she also writes some great reviews that have resulted in me adding even more books to my TBR on a regular basis. Plus, she’s like my bookish twin so it’s almost a guaranteed win for me if it’s a win for her! Thanks for the tag, Leah 🎃

THE Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  2. Put the rules at the beginning or after introduction
  3. Answer the 13 questions 
  4. Tag 13 people to do the tag 
  5. Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own
  6. You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post

LEAH’S QUESTIONS

What is your favourite horror novel or short story?

Seeing as how I don’t really read horror, I’m not sure that I have a favourite. I did read Rules for Vanishing last year though and it was hella scary but I would definitely recommend it! I’m honestly surprised that I managed to read it because it’s everything I would normally run away from, and that cover still gives me major creeps, but I’m so glad that I ticked it off my list! Check out my review.

what was the last halloween costume you wore?

Hmm… I think the last costume I wore was a mix-n-match panda costume (ha, surprise) that I pulled together at the last minute. It was when I was living in the UK, I was going to a Halloween party at a club with my then partner, and we only decided to go at the last minute. It was a proper messy night 😂

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FALL SNACK?

Fall isn’t a thing in the tropics, but I also can’t remember indulging in any particular ‘fall snacks’ when I lived in Australia or the UK. I will say that my favourite fall treat is a Pumpkin Spice Latte and I mean, the drink itself is quite rich and could be considered a snack, right? It’s my favourite! I wish they had it year round LOL

do you carve pumpkins?

My last memory of carving pumpkins was also probably the first time I ever carved pumpkins… In Kindergarten 😂 It’s funny how I don’t remember so much but I do recall that memory well. It was definitely a fun time!

Do you prefer horror movies or stories?

Being The Ultimate(st of) Chicken(s), I would say neither. But if I had to force myself I’d probably choose a horror story. My imagination might run wild but at least I can try to control it? 😅

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HALLOWEEN MEMORY?

Hmm… I don’t know if I really have a favourite memory. When I think of Halloween I always think of those fun times when I was still in school and used to go trick-or-treating around my neighbourhood in the Philippines. It was a surprisingly big thing! I always loved dressing up and coming home with lots of candy and seeing how crazy people went with decorations and costumes! 🍭

DO YOU PREFER TO GIVE OUT CANDY OR GET CANDY?

I mean, who’s gonna say they don’t prefer to get candy?! LOL kidding… 👀 I mean, obviously, I love to get candy but I also enjoy giving them out because I know the joy of receiving it!

DO YOU DECORATE FOR HALLOWEEN OR FALL?

I don’t! Like I said, it’s not really a big holiday here in Asia and although we did use to decorate when I was a kid, the most decorative Halloween props that I have now are fake fall leaves, a black pumpkin and a cute ceramic ghost + sign that says Happy Halloween! 🎃 I also only have these props because of bookstagram 😂

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE URBAN LEGEND? IF SO, WHAT IS IT?

Wow, I’m gonna be really boring (again) here and say that I don’t? I mean… Not really? That stuff scares the crap out of me and I tend to stay away from listening to them as much as possible. That said, I wasn’t immune to hearing about them, and although they’re not favourites, the most popular ones I heard about growing up were: Bloody Mary, Hanako, and the Candy Man. I shudder at the thought of them.

WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND THE NIGHT IN A GRAVE YARD OR A HAUNTED HOUSE?

Again, why would I wanna be doing either of those things?! 🙃 I mean, hard pass for sure, but if I was forced to choose, I would mos def go grave yard over a haunted house. At least a grave yard is open space, right? I also don’t think that they’re half as scary as haunted houses, although that doesn’t mean I’d want to be hanging around one for shits and giggles! 😂

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPOOKY MOVIE?

Well… Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas are spooky and they are favourites! 👻

Who is your favourite character from a horror movie or book?

Um… I’m actually drawing a blank for this one… 😅 I’m sorry, I can’t think of anyone because I can’t think of a book or movie!

WHAT KIND OF BOOKS ALWAYS PUT YOU IN THE AUTUMN/HALLOWEEN MOOD?

While I don’t read the traditional horror or scary books, I do like a book that can set a good creepy and mysterious atmosphere that send chills down your spine and the hairs on the back of your neck prickle. The kind of books that make me want to burrow even deeper under my duvet to keep me safe from all the scary! Those definitely put me in the Halloween mood!

~I tag whoever wants to do this!~

MY QUESTIONS

  1. What book would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read spooky/scary books?
  2. What is your favorite horror novel or short story?
  3. What was the last Halloween costume you wore?
  4. What is your favorite fall snack?
  5. Do you carve pumpkins?
  6. Do you prefer horror movies or stories?
  7. What is your favorite Halloween memory?
  8. Do you prefer to give out candy or get candy?
  9. Do you decorate for Halloween or fall?
  10. Do you have a favorite urban legend? If so what is it?
  11. Would you rather spend a night in a grave yard or a haunted house?
  12. What is your favorite spooky movie?
  13. Who is your favorite character from a horror movie or book?

Stuck At Home Book Tag

Hello friends! I was in the mood to do another tag today, but instead of looking to the many (so many) tags that’ve been lingering on my ‘tagged files’, I decided to do the Stuck At Home Book Tag that Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den tagged me in last month. Big thanks for the tag! 🖤If you haven’t already hopped on over to check out her blog then what are you waiting for?! Sammie’s one of my favourite bloggers and her posts never fail to make me laugh because she’s a funny one and her content is always goals (seriously)!

…So now that we’ve got that covered, let’s get straight to it!

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Currently Reading Book Tag

Hello friends! I hope everyone is doing well and has had a good if not great week so far. I for one am very much looking forward to the weekend so I don’t have to think about work anymore (hopefully). But I digress because I’ve decided to do a quick and fun book tag that doesn’t require me to think too hard about my answers because I’m definitely that over-thinker 😂 Lucky for me, Alexis @ The Reading Addict tagged me to do the Currently Reading Book Tag and it’s just the right kind of tag I was looking to do. If you haven’t already, go check out Alexis’ blog for some great reviews and bookish content!

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2020)

Holy wow, I honestly can’t believe that it’s already mid-year. Time is a funny thing normally but in 2020 it’s just outrageous, as the year itself has been! The year got off to a pretty strong start despite quickly falling sick towards the end of January (it wasn’t corona!) after which everything basically spiralled downward and that’s when my reading really tanked. With all the negative energy that has been projected worldwide, it’s a miracle I managed to read anything at all, but I’m thankful I had the blog tours (the majority of which will no longer be mentioned!) to keep me motivated and reading. This year I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books and despite it all, I think I’ve done quite well and I’m even 27 books ahead of schedule.

I’ve been seeing a lot of people do this tag lately and so of course I’m hopping on board too albeit a little late. I did my first mid-year freak out tag in 2019 and it was fun to look back and see what was and wasn’t making my hit list last year. So before I go off on another long-winded spiel, let’s check in to see what my 2020 reading is looking like right now!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

This is probably (obviously) the hardest question. I am really torn because I’ve had a surprising number of amazing reads so far, but I think I’m going to pick Words in Deep Blue. This sent me on a wild rollercoaster of emotions and it was endlessly quotable. I think this is such an underrated gem and you can read my review here. Now I’m going to cheat a bit and mention my other top contenders: The Kinder Poison, The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones, Nevermoor and Vengeful.


Best sequel so far of 2020?

Surprising no one, I haven’t read many sequels so far this year but of the ones I’ve read I’m going to have to pick this great contemporary romance: The Guy on the Left. Let’s just say that after completely loving book one but really not loving the character who would be our hero in book two, I was shooketh to read it and love it perhaps even more than the first! If you like romance, second chances, slow burns, and some deliciously steamy encounters, do yourself a favour and pick this up!


new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Eherm… Now where do I even start? (I’ve got those *shame bells a la GoT* ringing in my head!) This hasn’t been a super great year for me reading outside of my blog tour reads so there are plenty to choose from, ha! But I’m going to go for Beach Read because 1) It was released on my birthday, 2) I’ve heard countless praises for it and 3) I’m hoping to read it this summer (loose use of the term as it’s perpetually summer in the tropics)!


Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020?

Another one that’s super difficult to narrow down because there are so many amazing releases and I can’t choose? But also, my latest TTT post was about this so you can check out my list of top ten most anticipated releases (although in reality there’s obviously plenty more)! I’m currently reading an eARC for one of my most anticipated reads: Unravel the Dusk, and though it’s still early days I’m loving it!


biggest disappointment?

It hurts me just as much as it might hurt you for me to say this but my biggest disappointment was The Toll, the third and final book of the amazing Arc of a Scythe series. I was just… Expecting more and it really fell short. While I did still enjoy what we were given, it wasn’t the series ending that I thought we would get and I feel the story deserved to end on a much better note! But anywho, those are just some of my thoughts but you can read all my thoughts in my review!


biggest surprise?

It’s for definitely going to be the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend. I wasn’t expecting to fall head over feet in love with a MG fantasy this year but wow, I loved the books in this series so much! If you’re looking for something that will make you nostalgic for your days reading Harry Potter as a kid this is the book you should read! But it also has so much more to offer. It has an incredible world, quirky and hilarious characters, a feisty MC in Morrigan Crow and a villain who I feel falls more on the morally grey scale (albeit the darker side) than on the pure evil scale? (maybe that’s just me though) TL;DR: Read it! You won’t regret it!


Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)?

I’m so torn! It’s so hard for me to choose because as I’m going to be repeating over and over again, I’ve read so many great books so far in 2020! But… If I had to choose I’d pick Jessica Townsend because her Nevermoor series is seriously going to be one of my all time favourites. Funny that, last year I picked Jane Harper, who is also an Aussie author like Jessica! The Aussie’s are hitting it big 😍


newest fictional crush?

Ugh why do I torture myself? Hmm… I can’t decide so I’m going to cheat and give you three of my new fictional crushes. I’m choosing Ryder from Only When It’s Us, Reid from Love Lettering, and Zach from Let’s Get Textual. If you’ve read any or all of these, I guess you might figure I have a type 🤣 All three had me swooning throughout these reads and I loved every minute of it!


newest favourite character?

I going with Maia Tamarin from Spin the Dawn for this one. I love her spirit and her fierce determination to see that her family suffers no more loss than they already have. She puts family first and works countless hours to achieve her goals and honestly, she’s such an admirable character. I’d often forget her age because she has a maturity to her that made her relatable to me.

I kind of want to cheat a little and given an honorary shout to Zahru from The Kinder Poison because she’s feisty, full of snark and although her naïveté sometimes drove me a little crazy, she was a fierce character (who can also talk to animals!) that brought me so much joy!


Book that made you cry?

The question should be: what book didn’t make me cry?! Hah. Kidding… Sort of!

No, but in all honesty the book that really hit me hard in the feels and made those angry/sad silent tears stream down my face was The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones. So relevant with everything that’s happening in America right now and I think a good introduction to difficult topics for younger readers written by an own voices author. Don’t let this one pass you by, friends! If you’re curious to know more, check out my review.


Book that made you happy?

Okay but all of the books I enjoyed made me happy in some kind of way? I’m a ‘laugher’ so it really doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I’ve laughed through a lot of the books that I’ve read this year but the most recent one was Walk of Shame. Although it wasn’t my favourite romcom I had a really good time laughing at and with our characters.


favourite book to movie/tv adaptation that you saw this year?

Okay this is kind of weird to admit but… I don’t think I’ve watched any book/movie/show adaptation this year? I actually can’t remember the last time I watched a movie/show I read the book of and it has also been a while since I’ve actually sat and watched something thanks to books and ACNH. But if there’s one show that I think will be a favourite (if I do get to watch it!) and it’s Normal People. The book has weirdly and unexpectedly become a favourite and I really like the look of the show!


favourite review you’ve written this year?

Hmm… This is tough but I think I’m going with my review for The Silence of Bones because I loved this book. It makes me sad that it’s one of the more underrated releases of 2020 because it honestly deserves so much more love and attention. You can tell how much work Hur put into that book with all the details about this dynastic period and it was fantastic! Check out my review for more about it but I really recommend it 😉


most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

I actually have a few new gorgeous books on my shelves but I’m going with The Mountains Sing. I got my copy personalised and signed by the author as she was living in Jakarta at the time of the release, and that’s always a treat! This story felt like non-fiction and I felt as if I was hearing it being told to me first hand. Immersive and powerful! Check out my review to learn more about it.


what books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Omg if I actually listed what books I “need” to read by the end of the year we might be here forever. So I’m just going to mention a few (cough*twenty*cough) that I’m very excited to get my grabby hands on and that I’m really hoping will get read by year end!

I had a lot more fun doing this post than I thought I would. Granted I didn’t give myself too much time to dwell on my answers and I think that made it easier for me to do! Looking forward to seeing how the rest of 2020 goes… Have you done a mid-year freak out tag?
How are you doing with your reading? At the end of the day what matters most is that you’re enjoying yourself!