Fight like a YA girl Tag

I was tagged by Lyndsey from Lyndsey’s Book Blog, so thank you! I love strong female characters (which is also why my female characters in the novel I am working on right now are so strong and fierce), so this tag is perfect!

The rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

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The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag (2017 edition)

When I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere again (over here and over here), I was immediately thrown back into the beginning days of my blog (look at me pretending to be all experienced, it was last year). It was one of the first tags I did, I think, I don’t really remember, but anyway, I’m going to do it again!

Last year I apparently read 35 books from January to mid-July. Now I’ve read 55 and it’s not even halfway June yet. I guess you could say I stepped up my reading game haha. This will only make it harder to choose books, there were so many good ones already.

Q1: The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I think I’m going to go with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, because it’s one of those books that you love while reading it, but even after it’s finished you find yourself thinking about it a lot. I have the same with Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle, but I think The Serpent King will be one of my absolute favourites for years to come. It made me so happy and then broke my heart and mended it and I NEED A REREAD ALREADY.

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Q2: Your favourite sequel of the year

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. 100% yes, I will love the raven boys forever and oh my god her writing is perfection. The ending was a bit “meh” though, but still, I love it to bits.

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Q3: A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Story of my life, though. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor is at the top of my list. I need it. I crave it. But I need to buy the pretty blue and yellow edition and I can’t find it 😦

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Q4: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS. I am so jealous of people who got an ARC. Can it be October already??

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Q5: Your biggest disappointment

I hated The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton so much, but I’m not sure that’s my biggest disappointment. I can’t think of anything else though, so The Way Back Home it is.

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Q6: Biggest surprise of the year

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers (REVIEW). The premise doesn’t sound that interesting, but it’s so good. I will keep repeating how much I love this book until you’ve all read it and loved it though haha. It’s about Hope who dies and then sends her friends on a scavenger hunt through New York.

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Q7: Favourite new to you or debut author

Leigh Bardugo. No doubt.

Q8: Your new fictional crush

I don’t really have fictional crushes but I do really like Kaz (Six of Crows duology), Nikolai (Shadow and Bone Trilogy), and Adam (The Raven Cycle). (I would never steal them from their lovers though (Well, I guess stealing Nikolai wouldn’t hurt??))

Q9: New favourite character

How am I supposed to choose??? I really don’t know…

Q10: A book that made you cry

I don’t want to repeat myself but ehm The Serpent King 🙂

Tears. So many tears.

Q11: A book that made you happy

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, this book made me intensely happy (well for most of it).

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Q12: Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

Apparently, that is The Circle, which is the only book-to-movie adaptation I’ve seen??? I don’t watch many movies… Unless… does Beauty and the Beast count? Then it’s Beauty and the Beast.

Q13: Favourite book post you’ve done this year

If I’m going to have to believe you guys, it’s my May wrap-up. Uhm. Okay? That was not my favourite by far. I think my favourite would be either my TBR discussion or my discussion about 13 Reasons Why.

Q14: The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

I just bought Illuminae and oh my it’s pretty! Even prettier than I thought it would be. I also really like Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which I won and We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Q15: What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

Well, I would read my entire TBR and that seems like a fun challenge. My TBR is only about 40 books long and that seems doable? I mean, I’ve already read 55 books and we’re not even halfway. The only problem is that I am constantly adding books, so there won’t be an end to it.

Did you do this tag? What was your favourite read of 2017 so far? Do you agree with any of my choices? Also, would you like to see a book haul from all the books I’ve bought/gotten/won lately?

Do you have a favourite post you’ve written this year? Let me know! I’d love to read it (if I haven’t already)

Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

I saw this tag over at Ariel Bisset’s youtube channel, which is awesome, so go check out her video! This tag is about all the books you’ll never read and I thought it would be fun to discuss some of the books I won’t read and why.

The Questions

1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

Anything by Rick Riordan (sorry don’t hate me). I’ve considered reading Percy Jackson for so long, but I don’t see myself picking up this series ever. I don’t know, I liked the movie but I just have no interests in myths and gods and all that.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

I will probably never finish the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and will never start her other series Throne of Glass. I know, they are so hyped and everybody has been raving about them but I’ve heard also so many bad things, offensive things about them. I read ACOTAR and enjoyed it, but not enough to get the next books in the series.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I tried okay, I tried! I just couldn’t get into it.

4. Any genres you never read?

Erotica is a no-go for me. I would read anything except this.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

David Sedaris’ book When You Are Engulfed in Flames. I didn’t even know it was a collection of essays (I only found out because I googled it) but I do know that I will probably never read it. I got it at a second-hand book market and because it was really cheap and I liked the cover I decided to buy it but in hindsight, I should probably never have done that.

Another book I will probably never (or not any day soon) read is Marion Pauw’s Jetset (which is only released in Dutch I think). It is a mystery thriller, one of those summer books my mom would read. My mom gave this book to me but well, it’s not really my type of book.

That was it for this tag, I wasn’t tagged but if you want to do this tag as well, give it a go!

Which book will you never read? Any of these books on your list?

The Your Favourite Music Tag: Books & Music -> a perfect combi

This tag is created by Debbie from Debbie’s Library and I’ve taken my time to get to it, but it’s here! I barely do tags anymore like you might have noticed, but I couldn’t pass on this one. I love books and I love music so this is a perfect match! Thank you Debbie, for creating this tag and tagging me!

The Rules

  • Tag the creator of this tag and the one who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen whenever they are played
  • Pick the books/characters you think fit that song the best, and explain why you pick this book/character for this song
  • Tag some friends!

The Books!

The music!

Horns by Bryce Fox

In her heart, there’s a hole
There’s a black mark on her soul
In her hands is my heart
And she won’t let go till it’s scarred
Try to breathe, but I can’t
‘Cause the air she feeds me is damned
Got a touch like a thorn
‘Cause the girl, she’s hiding horns

This song reminds me so much of Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows. Kaz and Inej have a complex relationship if you can say so, they are both very morally grey characters and Kaz has a thing for Inej but doesn’t want to admit it. Also the vibe of the song fits perfectly. I can create an entire post talking about music that fits with this book (but I won’t). I recently created a Six of Crows themed playlist and I love listening to it, so if you want to as well, the link is here.

Link to the song.

Steady As She Goes by The Raconteurs

Find yourself a girl and settle down
Live a simple life in a quiet town
[…]
Well here we go again
You’ve found yourself a friend that knows you well
But no matter what you do
You’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell

I might talk about this book a little bit too often but this song reminds me a lot of The Serpent King, and especially of Travis. The Serpent King is about three friends in their final year in high school. Travis is a simple guy and he just wants to live in his little hometown, with the girl he likes, but life takes him in another direction.

Link to the song.

All I Want by Kodaline

All I want is nothing more
To hear you knocking at my door
‘Cause if I could see your face once more
I could die a happy man I’m sure

When you said your last goodbye
I died a little bit inside
I lay in tears in bed all night
Alone without you by my side

I could quote this entire song because it’s so perfect. This song reminds me so much of Clay and Hannah from Thirteen Reasons Why. Hannah commits suicide and Clay the boy who loved her now has to live with the regrets and pain of her loss and this song captures that perfectly. (but if you loved me, why’d you leave me?)

Link to the song. Link 2 (if you haven’t seen these videos yet that’s right there are two, you should it’s so wonderful, they have made me cry many times over. KODALINE GIVE ME A PART 3!! I NEED IT.)

Demons by Imagine Dragons

Don’t want to let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t want to hide the truth
[…]
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide

This song reminds me of Will from The Infernal Devices, he is a very mysterious character because of his tragic background story that leads him to hide his true self. I think this song really reflects the darkness inside of him and the secrets he’s keeping. (also it’s about demons 😛 )

Link to the song.

Greek Tragedy by The Wombats

I love this feeling
But I hate this part
I wanted this to work so much
I drew up our plans on a chart
Cars are flipping, I’m in hot pursuit
My character’s strong but my head is loose
She hits like ecstasy
Comes up and bangs the sense out of me
I only just finished The Sun Is Also A Star (like last night 1 am) but I realize this song fits perfectly with it. In The Sun Is Also A Star, Daniel and Natasha meet in New York, and Daniel falls head over heels for her, but it’s Natasha’s last day there, because she is an illegal immigrant and has to leave the country. I think this song perfectly describes the complex, quick and dramatic nature of their relationship (also the song mentions karaoke bars 😀 ).
Link to the song. (warning: the video is a bit very psycho)

I tag…

Because I barely do tags anymore, I’ll tag some people, but everybody is free to do it 🙂

I tag… Mahriya, Anushka,  Julianna, Sydney, Bex, Kelly, Jackie, All The Jazz (no pressure, I just thought you might like it, so if you don’t want to, don’t 🙂 )

Also, if you liked this post, I once did a similar one, which you can check out here.

What do you think of my choices? Do you like this music? If yes, any recommendations?

Beautiful is… Tag

I am horrible at tags, and I think by now you probably noticed that. But there’s a new factor that’s influencing my horribleness at tags, all of my files are currently on my external hard drive, because a) I’m too lazy to put it all back on my computer and b) my pc will have to be reinstalled next week or so, so it would be pointless to move them. So well, the fact that all my files are on my hard drive, has caused me to be temporarily lost as to where my list with tags to do is, so I don’t have my reminder. Oops.

Anyway, I came across this video and it reminded me of this tag, so here I am. This tag is created by Kiya of Flawed Silence, so go check her post here. I was tagged by the wonderful Tanya from Scribbled Dreams, and you can check out her post here. Thank you Tanya!

The Rules

1) Link back to Kiya’s post in your introduction so the awesome peeps you nominate can get a brief context of the tag.

2) Thank your nominee.

3) Answer the questions

4) Tag anyone – no limit on numbers

5) Let them know.

6) Tag it as #beautifulistag so Kiya can read them all!

7) Comment I am beautiful at the end of your post (because you are :))

8) SMILE BEAUTIFUL

The Questions

What is your definition of beautiful?

Beauty is, I think, often defined as something that’s aesthetically pleasing, but I don’t agree. Beauty is so much more than that, I know very cliché, but true, it comes from within. It’s something you can’t really describe but only feel.

What do you find beauty in? (Abstract or concrete ideas)

It’s not just the way we look, it’s the way we smile, the way our eyes shine when we’re excited, it’s the acts of kindness, it’s our willingness to help, our inspiration and our hope. Hope is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

When you think of beautiful, what are the first four things or words that come to mind?

The sky, people, love, art

A song, quote or lyric that you think sums up beauty perfectly

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”
― Stephenie Meyer, The Host

Although that doesn’t even capture it fully. I don’t think there’s any way to capture beauty, even in words.

 

Tell us seven reasons why you are beautiful

❤ I am determined.

❤ I am kind (or at least I try to be as much as possible)

❤ I dress the way I want to dress, because it makes me feel good

❤ I’m confident in my skills

❤ I appreciate the little things

❤ I think I am beautiful

❤ I know who I am and what I’m bad at and I am always working on getting better, being better, being kinder, being more innovative, more creative, making this world better.

Tell us about a time someone made you feel beautiful. How did it make you feel?

Pfff… I don’t even remember. I do remember people commenting on my clothes, but the last time someone called me beautiful..? I really don’t know.

 

If you had to draw beautiful, how would it look?

I would draw the universe, because not only is the universe itself is beauty, but there is beauty to be found in every single thing, from subatomic particles to entire galaxies.

 

When was the last time you highlighted someone’s beauty to them?

See, I already found something I need to work on, I am horrible at compliments, especially in real life, I really can’t remember when it was the last time I really made someone feel beautiful.

I’m not tagging anyone for this tag, but that is because I think everyone deserves to be tagged and I think you’re all beautiful people, even if you don’t realize it yet. Smile. Be your pretty self, you’re you and that’s the best thing in the world.

I am beautiful (the required sentence :P)

The Dreamy Covers Book Tag

It no secret that I love book covers, I buy books so I can first read them and then stare at their covers for eternity. A pretty cover can be the sole reason for buying a book.

I was tagged both by Debbie from Debbie’s Library and Savanna from The Book Prophet for this tag! Thanks to you both! The tag is created by Tiana from The Book Raven. These three bloggers are some of my absolute favourites, so go check them out! (and follow maybe?)

The Questions

“No Ideas but In Things” A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside

Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan. This cover captures perfectly the story of the book, it’s about two persons flying through space with only about an hour of air left. And you know, the cover actually shows two persons floating in space so I think it’s perfect (and really pretty).

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“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book cover is just so creepy, I love it.

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“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Both are so cute and pretty!

 

“The Simple Aesthetic” A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. Simple, pretty and meaningful.

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“Cover Envy” A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

We Are The Ants by David Shaun Hutchinson. I am in love with this book and the premise and I haven’t even read it yet. I have this feeling that this book might become my new absolute favourite book, is that weird?

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“Travelling Abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside your own

The Firebird series by Claudia Gray. This book series is just too pretty. And I’ve finally got it complete on my shelves so I can stare at the prettiness all day. I believe the covers have landscapes of New York (?), Russia (is that St. Petersburg?), Paris, San Francisco, Rome and somewhere in space. I can’t wait to read the last book (and does that mean they’re going to outer space??? *dies of excitement*)

 

“The Color Wheel” A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours

All The Things We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I think you could say I love blue covers. This one is another very pretty one. I also really love the alternative cover of this book with the blue cityscape of Paris, I believe.

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“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. I would never have picked up this series if it still had those old cringe-worthy covers. The colours on these new covers are just simple and pretty and I love the gradient.

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“Oldie but Goodie” A favourite cover of your favourite classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. There are probably a million pretty editions of this book but I particularly like the simplicity and the artsy-ness of this one.

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“And the Winner is…” Which book cover mentioned above is your favourite?

My answer would probably always be the Firebird series by Claudia Grey, they’re just a delight to look at!

What is your favourite cover? And of these covers which one would you pick?

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

The Blogger Aesthetic Award is created by Liam @ Hey Ashers and I was nominated by Cassie from Rants and Raves from a Bibliophile. Thank you Cassie!

I love aesthetics and in the past few years (okay throughout my entire high school career and university) I have spent a probably too large amount of time on weheartit. This is a website on which you can “heart” images and save them in collections etc. There’s a lot of stupid pictures on there, but it’s so much fun to collect them and make aesthetically pleasing collages with them. Therefore this award was very easy for me (I’m a pro at wasting time haha).

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

I don’t really need the tips but they are here anyway:

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

My Collage

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So some explanation starting from the top right:

  • This doesn’t need much explaining. I love books. I adore them and I love browsing bookstores and libraries.
  • Why do people always underestimate short people?
  • I spend quite a large amount of time on trains.
  • I LOVE looking at the stars.
  • I weirdly relate to this girl because I do that too a lot, the hair smelling thing.
  • I just realised this is almost the same quote as before. Oh well.
  • Sometimes you just need to breathe, I could use some more air sometimes.
  • This picture is just amazing. I love it.
  • I am a relatively shy and introverted person, and sometimes there is this very extroverted giggly funny person inside of me that comes out when I’m comfy and happy.
  • Cycling is by far the best way to travel short distances. Except when it rains.
  • Again, stars!
  • I love writing.
  • The sound of crashing waves = the best sound ever.
  • Wolves are my favourite animals ever since I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • Space art! This just makes me happy.
  • I have survived a lot. And also I really like mountains. This country is so flat! No mountains!

I’m not nominating anyone but I am gonna say “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.” I love this tag, but I can see that it can cost a little bit (or a lot) of time so I won’t pressure anyone, therefore, if you want to, go do it! I would love to see your life in aesthetically pleasing pictures 🙂