Since I’m really tired (I woke up at 6am and I’m not a morning person) and didn’t prepare anything for today (yay for my procrastination skills), I decided to do a fun tag today! I actually haven’t seen this around but I googled and found it and I thought it would be nice to just chat a bit about how big of a book nerd I am haha. I don’t know who created the tag, and I wasn’t tagged so I guess we should just get started!
We probably all have heard of the Try A Chapter Challenge or Tag before but in case you didn’t, it’s basically that you pick a couple of books (usually 5) and you read the first chapter and see what you think and whether you would like to continue it. I have decided to do a little twist on this tag by listening to audiobooks! I’ve recently gotten really into audiobooks and I have quite a list of books that I’ve been thinking about reading but am unsure of. So that’s why I’ve decided to listen to some audiobooks and see what I think!
The books I’ve picked are:
I saw this tag over at Sydney’s blog Fire and Rain Books and it looked like much fun! This tag is quite self-explanatory, the title says it all so let’s get into it! I just reorganized my bookshelves so it’s the perfect time to go on a little scavenger hunt!
I actually have two shelves, one with all my YA books and one with all my adult, middle grade, classics and non-fiction books and then I also have my ereader (which is actually a very old ipad but it still works). Anyway, I’m going to find some books on all of those shelves and my ereader and there are 8 questions so I’ll be doing 3 from my YA shelf, 3 from my other shelf and 2 from my ereader (because I have much fewer books on there).
1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
I picked up Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid because it was on sale (that sounds bad haha). I read one of Adi Alsaid’s other books (Let’s Get Lost) and quite enjoyed it and then I saw this one was only a few euros in ebook format so I bought it. I quite liked it (that seems to be the lesson here: I quite like Adi Alsaid’s books haha).
2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?
The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans is a book I needed to read for my Dutch literature class and I expected to hate it because it’s Dutch literature and I really don’t like Dutch literature. However, I liked it! I loved the mystery aspect and the unreliable narrator aspect a lot and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then, which is something that’s rare for me. Especially since it has been years since I read it.
3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?
I discovered Radio Silence by Alice Oseman through Eve’s blog, I think. I don’t quite remember. Anyway, I absolutely loved it! I got the book through this book service that send out books to bloggers for review and after writing my review I never heard from them again haha.
4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?
Warcross by Marie Lu has been recommended to me by pretty much everyone that read it so I think this counts. I actually have a lot of books that were recommended to me still unread on my ereader. For some reason I tend to pick those up not as soon as other books.
Anyway, I really enjoyed Warcross, it was so action-packed with twists and I liked the characters, so yeah, it was a success!
5. Pick a book that you discovered through booktube/book blogs
The fact that Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is now one of my favourite book series is entirely because of book blogs and bloggers (including Ilsa). I don’t think I would ever heard about it, let alone picked it up if it weren’t for the hype. I LOVE THIS SERIES.
6. Find a book with a one word title. What drew you to this book?
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER?? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I won this copy (it’s an ARC) from a giveaway held by Akemi herself and I adored this book so much.
7. What book did you discover through a film/tv adaptation?
The only book I can think of that I discovered through an adaptation is The Hunger Games (and the rest of the trilogy). I saw the first movie before reading the book, I think. I’m not exactly sure anymore. It has been a long time! I do remember really well going to the movie with my friends from high school and really enjoying the movie!
8. Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read them and why did you pick them up in the first place?
My all time favourite book is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I first read it for my English class. You needed to read a couple of books but you could decide for yourself which books you wanted to read so I went to my school library and found this book. And then I put it back because I thought it would be too difficult to read such a big book (it’s not really big, but I was really bad at English and preferred my books to be less than 200 pages if possible). But it intrigued me and I ended up reading it (and I’m rereading it for the 5th? 6th? time next week!)
What is one book on your shelf you picked up because of a recommendation? How did you discover your favourite book? Which book did you read that you thought you would hate but ended up loving?
As you might know, I have been anticipating the release of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody for a while (okay, for over half a year…) and I was so happy to have received an eARC but even more, I’m also in the Ace of Shades street team (go #Scars!). Ace of Shades has been compared to Six of Crows (I mean, now you have to read it, right?) and is about a girl, Enne, who is trying to find her mother in the City of Sin with gangs and criminals and I’ll just let you read the synopsis (below) because it’s amazing. This tag was created by some members of the Doves, which is another team in the AoS street team: Katy and Min. Thanks guys! (also thanks for letting me do this tag :))
Many books have this little blurb saying “for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Hunger Games” or something alike. I usually really like those kind of things but only if they’re accurate. And if they mention any of the cliché too-often-compared-to books, they might as well not do it at all.
However, they are really fun to play with, and that’s what I’m going to do today. This tag is created in the weird part of my sleep-deprived brain and works like this:
- Choose 10 or more book titles (you can also play with tv series, movies or basically anything that has a story and characters)
- Put them in a bowl/mug (or be lazy like me and just use a randomizer online)
- Take 2 of them and mash them up!
- You can take characters from one story and put them in the other, mix up the worlds, fuse the story-lines, anything is okay as long has it contains elements from both stories!
- Write a (small) paragraph with the premise of your new mashed-up story
- Go on until you’re out of titles!
- Have fun! Go crazy!
I’m going to play with a bunch of very well-known YA books because it’s fun and everybody knows them at least a little.
1. The Hunger Games X Six of Crows
The gangs of Ketterdam fight in an epic battle to the death to become the best of the city. All the gang leaders have to put forward their best and most cunning. Of course, the first of the Dregs to volunteer was Kaz Brekker, aka Dirty Hands. Not much later Katniss Everdeen of the Dime Lions, a smart bow-woman stood up to fill their spot, but only to save her sister Inej from having to participate.
Inej is not pleased.
2. Illuminae X Red Queen
The Silvers and Reds lived in peace until the space ships attacked, only few were able to survive the mysterious attack. Among them, many Silver royals and a common Red girl pretending to be one of them. Throughout the flight, the Silvers take control, because only they can control the ship with their powers. The common Reds only realize before they do that the ship’s AI system is out of control and Kady, a programmer, and Ezra, a pilot, have to save the ship from disaster.
3. The Raven Boys X Radio Silence
Frances’ best friend, Blue, lives on the other side of the country, but seems worlds away. The only way they keep in touch is over through the internet. Frances, however, keeps hearing less and less of Blue and in order not to face her feelings for Blue (
sorry not sorry) starts to obsess over the podcast Universe City. Little does she know, that Blue is making different friends, falls in love and is on the search for a Welsh king that may or may not even exist.
4. The Infernal Devices X Fangirl
Cath’s family of Shadowhunters had always been pushing her to train and become one herself. Cath, however, prefers to think up the most amazing adventures in the safety of her room. Only when a new girl arrives at the (dominantly male) institute, her life starts to shift. She’s dragged in the adventure to save the Shadowhunters, together with Tessa, from dangerous automatons and a creepy old man
who should just shut up already.
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children X The Kiss of Deception
When Lia escapes her arranged marriage, she hopes to find a simple life on a small island on the English coast. She doesn’t know, however, that the boy she was meant to marry is trailing her every step and even worse, a traitorous spy who turns out to be a wight (#spoileralert :P). With monsters around every corner on her journey, she finds home in a strange orphanage with even stranger children stuck in a time-loop.
6. An Ember in the Ashes X Harry Potter
When an owl showed up at Elias’ doorstep with his letter to Blackcliff Academy, the most notorious school for battle and magic in the middle of the desert, he can’t believe his eyes. His loyalty always was in the muggle world, but for his family’s namesake, he goes anyway. But then, he is also entered in the tri-wizard tournament and has to win from the famous boy who lived in order to be able to return to his muggle life.
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe X The Maze Runner
When Ari arrives at the Maze, his life seems to have taken a turn for the worse. He can’t remember anything but when he looks into the eyes of Dante, another boy in the maze, his heart aches. He aches to see the stars, which they can’t see at the Maze. Thomas, another boy at the Maze seems to gather the group to try to escape but all Ari really wants is to escape the maze that is his own mind.
This went from a little crazy to psycho crazy, but this was honestly so much fun to do! I hope you loved reading it too! I am tagging: Eve, InsideMyLibraryMind, Jenn, May, Ilsa, Michelle, and uhhmm anyone who wants to do this! (I dare you!)
If you’re doing this tag, please link back to me and thank the person that tagged you! I’d love to see what you all come up with!
I was tagged for the What Cats Do Book Tag by Faith from Adventuring Girl and because I love cats and books, I decided to give it a go! Thank you, Faith for tagging me!
- Credit Kate
- Answer the questions
- And tag as many people as you like
Purr – as cats do when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happy or relaxed?
Sometimes the best thing is just to read some romantic, slightly cliché book and relax. I don’t do it often, but sometimes. Isla and the Happily Ever After is definitely one of those sappy books that makes me happy.
Sleep – what is a book that put you to sleep, or was just boring?
SeQuence was just so boring… Sorry.
Twitch While Dreaming – have you ever dreamt of a book you read?
Not that I can remember. I did once dream about Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, which I haven’t read but I dreamt that the writer was about to give me a copy of her book and then she decided to give it so someone else
Seems to Play Nice…until the claws are out – which book had the biggest plot twist?
Plot twists don’t get much bigger than the one in Red Queen!
Cuddles – which book character would you (want to) give a hug to?
My answer to this question will forever and always be Oskar from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Please let me hug Oskar, okay, he needs it so much.
Catnip – what’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?
The Color Project gave me a lot of fuzzy feels!
Cat Breeds – what are your favorite books?
Both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Serpent King have a special place in my heart.
The Vet’s Office – least favorite book.
I don’t really have one least favourite book but The Way Back Home gets pretty damn close.
Being in Places They Shouldn’t – least favorite cliche.
I have very many pet peeves and 99% of them are related to love-stories. I don’t like love triangles and insta-love, but what I hate even more is the “sort of plain, insecure girl who desperately needs a boyfriend”. I hate that it undermines the whole idea of that you’re your own person and that don’t need anyone to feel complete. I hate that so so much. (I didn’t hate this book (at all), I just hated that aspect of it).
The Good Old Cardboard Box – most underrated book series.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls is such an underrated Maggie Stiefvater series. I adored these books so much and I think I always will.
What’s your least favourite cliché? Which character would you want to give a hug?
If you want to do this tag, go for it! I am not tagging anyone in particular but you’re open to do it as you please!
I saw this over at BooksAndLala‘s youtube channel and it sounded like so much fun I’ve decided to do it here on my blog as well. This tag is a combined edition of two different ones from Rachel Reads and Books and Looks.
The idea behind this tag is that you have 18 questions/statements and you answer each of them with a book title. I have decided to answer solely with the books on my physical shelves, to make it a bit harder for myself (not that this isn’t hard already haha)
1. Title that’s the story of your life
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” – Okay, that one was surprisingly easy. I am definitely a wallflower haha.
2. Title that describes your perfect weekend
I’m trying to find something with reading in the title but I don’t have anything… So I’m going to have to go with “Let’s Get Lost“, because I’d love to get lost (in a story? haha).
3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on
I’d love to go on the adventure: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe“, if that means I get to go with Ari and Dante to discover the secrets because that sounds like a lot of fun!
4. Title you want to name your child
I’m not going to call my kid “The Maze Runner“, “Legend” or “Heartless” or something like that. It’s really hard to find a one-word title. I’m going to have to go with “Scarlet“, or maybe “Illuminae” because that’s quite pretty I think.
5. Title of your ideal job
Titles I can come up with: “Red Queen“, “The Martian” and “The Book Thief“. Though Red Queen and The Martian sounds pretty cool job descriptions, I think I’m going to steal some books.
6. Title of a place you’d like to visit
I don’t have any city/country related book titles, except Auschwitz, and let’s not go there. I do own however a copy of “City of Fallen Angels“, which I think is a well enough description of Los Angeles. I’d love to go back to Los Angeles!
7. Title of your love life
UHm haha I think I’m going to have to go with “Silent to the Bone” because my love life is non-existent. “Radio Silence” is a good option as well.
8. Questions you ask yourself
“Am I Normal Yet?”
9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name
Options are: “Narnia” (which is pretty much taken and also not exactly the title of the book), “Crooked Kingdom” and “Hollow City“. I choose Crooked Kingdom because that sounds pretty cool!
10. Title you’d name your band.
If it were like metal/hard rock, I’d go with “The Death Cure“. “Requiem” also sounds pretty cool for a band name, but I don’t know what type of music they’d play. For a soft indie/folk band, I’d go with “Pigeon English“. I think I’m going to go with the last one. I am also a little bit in love with Lala’s idea of a band called “Eleanor & Park” because that sounds like something I’d definitely listen to.
This is part 2 (the other tag)
1. What is your current mood?
“Great Expectations” is as close as I get to how I feel right now. I’m excited and hopeful so I think it fits.
2. What is your favorite color?
The only book I own with a color in the title is “Scarlet” so I guess I’m going to go with that.
3. Describe your
BookTube bookblogger bestie.
Man, this one’s hard, but I own this Dutch book called “Lieveling“, which translates to something like “darling” or “favourite” and I think that’s quite perfect!
4. How do you feel about 2017 so far?
2017 has been a pretty good year so far (for me at least) so I think I’m going to go with “Everything is Illuminated“?? Because I can’t find anything better haha.
NO NO WAIT: “My Most Excellent Year” 😀
5. Where do you want to travel?
Okay, this is pretty much the same question as before so I skip it!
6. What is your relationship status?
Happy and single, but I don’t have a book called that so. I do own a book called “Forever” but I don’t own one called “Alone”. That’s a bummer haha.
Okay I got something (this took me forever): “Enders” because I ended my last relationship (that’s the closest I could find. I literally own nothing else that could describe my single-ness).
7. What are your summer plans?
Gosh, I really do not own enough books to answer all these questions. I GOT IT. I have this Dutch how-to book about writing called “Schrijven, Kreng” which translates to “Write, Bitch!” (yeah rude I know) but I am going to write this summer!
8. What are your 2017 goals?
Same answer as before but also “Graduation Day“? (and also the other books in the Testing Trilogy; “The Testing“, “Independent Study“) Although that won’t be this year but beginning of next year. BUT I WILL GRADUATE in the upcoming 12 months!
Okay that was a lot harder than I thought! I own a lot of fantasy novels with fancy titles such as “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, “An Ember in the Ashes” and “The Bone Season”, which are all really nice but don’t really help me with this tag!
How would you describe your life with only the titles of books on your shelf? What’s the title of your ideal job in book titles? If you want to do this tag, go for it! It’s lots of fun!