The Book Mashup Tag (original) | In which my brain has made a weird but wonderful thing

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.

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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.

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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!

What Cats Do Book Tag

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!

Rules

  1. Credit Kate
  2. Answer the questions
  3. And tag as many people as you like

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Purr – as cats do when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happy or relaxed?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls is such an underrated Maggie Stiefvater series. I adored these books so much and I think I always will.

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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!

The Book Titles Tag

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)

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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.

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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!

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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!

You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Bex’ blog My Shelf and Myself and I thought it was a lot of fun to read and do, so here I am. The idea is that you write down 30 names and pick two random names per question. Then you have to choose which of these two you would pick.

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You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team – who would you pick to complete your team?

Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) or Arthur Dent (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Well, Lara Jean would be a lot of fun to have on my team but I’m not sure, she doesn’t come across as a super intelligent. Arthur on the other hand, might have more knowledge? He is an adult so that might help?

Both characters want to kill you – which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Grace (Shiver) or Inej (Six of Crows)

INEJ NO DOUBT. To kill her would suck but I think I’d be killed in 0.2 seconds if I didn’t. It would be bloody painful too, Inej likes cutting people with knives.

You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters – which one are you going to give your rose to?

Shahrzad (The Wrath and The Dawn) or Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)

Both are not really my type (if I have one that is), but they’re both fierce and sassy and awesome. Though, I would have to pick Shahrzad for this one, simply because I think Scarlet won’t want me (or my flowers).

You’ve been chosen for The Hunger Games – who would most likely volunteer in your place?

Gansey (The Raven Cycle) or Kaz (Six of Crows)

Well, the most optimal situation would be Kaz, because he’d have killed all the competition in a few hours at most, but I doubt he would volunteer for anyone (except Inej), let alone for me. So I’d have to go for Gansey, who would probably die before the first fight ends (he can’t even throw a punch).

You’ve stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Finch (All The Bright Places) or Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Ehm, will either of them survive at all? Dorian will miss his mirror too much and Finch… well we all know how he ended up. I’d eat Dorian though, even if it were just for the fact that he wouldn’t turn psycho on me.

You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course) – who is your sidekick?

Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses) or Alina (the Grisha trilogy)

Alina, obviously! Not only did I think Feyre was not particularly smart, but Alina has amazing powers. Chances are that I will become her sidekick though, because she’s pretty impressive with her light powers.

You’re a manager of an avocado admiring company – who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Elias (An Ember In The Ashes) or Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

I don’t really know about Elias’ communication skills, but Cinder is, I think, pretty good at it. Plus, I would never fire Cinder, she’s like my hero. So sorry, Elias but you got to go!

You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies – which character is most likely to comfort you?

Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) or Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)

You have to ask??? Do you see Levana in any situation comfort anyone??? Levana is the most self-centered, evil-minded, and power-hungry villain I can think of. So, Alice it is.

Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Simon (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) or Dill (The Serpent King)

I don’t really see any of them being popular, they’re both outsiders and in different ways, but I think I’m going to have to choose Simon. Dill’s family name would probably never make him popular, and also he doesn’t care about popularity so??? (Don’t worry Dill, we’ll be outsiders together 🙂 )

The day has arrived; you’ve finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Four/John (The Lorien Legacies) or Cath (Fangirl)

Well, both probably? Four would be too busy fighting aliens and Cath would simply forget because she’s too busy writing fanfiction. I don’t think I even would invite Cath, though she might be more likely to show up.

You’ve just found an upcoming Booktube star. Who would it most likely be?

Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) or Liesel (The Book Thief)

As much as I love Karou, the answer to this question is (no doubt) Liesel. Liesel loves books so I could definitely see her starting a booktube channel (that is, if she lived in this decade).

Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person – who would you invite?

Mare (Red Queen series) or Marguerite (Firebird trilogy)

No way I’d invite Mare, she’s too… too… annoying. Marguerite it is! She likes art too, so we’d probably be drawing all night. And she also has lots of stories from alternate dimensions so that will be fun!

Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the parent?

Scarlett (Caraval) or Natasha (The Sun Is Also A Star)

UHM NO THANKS. If I have to choose, Natasha, she’s an awesome character (not that I would ever sleep with her but I could say that about literally everybody).

You’ve just written a super important text. Who would see it, but not reply?

Jacob (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children) or Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice)

Okay, assuming Elizabeth lived in this decade, she would most likely answer. I think she’d be an awesome friend. Jacob on the other hand, might be too busy fighting monsters to answer.

You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mom or dad has been replaced by… who?!

Blue (The Raven Cycle) or Clary (The Mortal Instruments)

BLUE (obviously), if she’d be half as cool as her mom, she beats Clary, no doubt. I would probably have to make the breakfast myself but still, I want Blue.

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I tag whoever wants to do this, it’s a lot of fun! Who would you give your rose to: Scarlet or Shahrzad? And which fictional character would you want to be your sidekick?

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?

Tag Tuesday | I Dare Book Tag

Back in December I was tagged by Annike from Twin Tales and by Bex from My Shelf and Myself for the I dare you tag, so thank you both! It has been a while, but I am here with the answers 🙂

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The Questions

  1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
  2. I really can’t remember, my shelves have changed a lot over the years, but I think it could be by copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Most of the books I read before that one I have unshelved.
  1. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
    At the time that I’m writing this, which is about 10 days before I’m posting this, I am reading both An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Serpent by Sarah Fay Olsen. I am planning on reading the rest of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo next, I have already read the first, so now it’s time for the rest!
  2. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?
    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t enjoy it much.
  3. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
    Probably a few classics; To Kill A Mockingbird for example. I also own a book by David Sedaris which is Dutch I believe and I have not even started reading it but I have already given up. I don’t think I’ll ever read it.
  4. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?
    Well, retirement is a long time, but I can imagine my 70 year old reading books about middle-aged women in some castle in Italy falling in love with the gardener, you know what I mean.
  5. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
    Always wait, I don’t want to spoil myself!
  6. Acknowledgement: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
    Depends on the author, some really make it an interesting piece, others a waste of space.
  7. Which book character would you switch places with?
    None. My life might be a little boring, but at least it’s safe and I like it.
  8. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
    Pretty much every book reminds me of something in life. But Radio Silence by Alice Oseman reminds me of a lot of situations that happened to me in real life.
  9. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way?
    I once bought a bag with books in it, without knowing which books where in there. I got some really good books and some not at all. Overall it was a pretty good buy, especially since you got 4 or 5 books for the price of 1. I must still have that bag somewhere, it has a John Green quote on it!
  10. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
    I once got a Twilight book from my mom for Christmas, but she didn’t realize it was the third (?) book in the series. I had (and still have) no intention in reading Twilight so I gave it to my best friend who is obsessed with twilight and collects the books. I also bought another friend a pretty copy of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for her birthday and she was very happy with it!
  11. Which book has been with you to the most places?
    A lot of books have been travelling with me from my hometown to my university town, but I also always bring books on vacations. So I guess my answer would be.. I don’t know? The farthest a book has gone with me was to the US a few years ago. I remember it was a very strange book and it had goblins in it, I can’t even recall the title. I didn’t like it.
  12. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
    I really enjoyed all my required reading for English class, however, I hated most books I had to read for my Dutch class, and oh… French, that was a disaster. I read them but I didn’t understand them. Some of the books I had to read for Dutch are even more horrible than I can remember. For some reason a lot of Dutch books are about middle aged men who have too little sex (according to themselves), drink too much and fall in love with a very shady girl (or a hooker).
  13. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
    Receipts? Handmade bookmarks? I haven’t found anything special in books so far.
  14. Used or brand new?
    Both! But if I can, I buy used books.
  15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?
    Yes, I’ve read The Da Vinci Code (of course).
  16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
    Not that I can think of.
  17. Which book should have never been published?
    Any book that’s racist probably, I think Mein Kamph applies here 😛
  18. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, they are baking cookies so often in that book!
  19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
    Idk? No-ones? I guess, often I follow my friend from high school’s advice, however she did recommend me SJM’s books, and I don’t think they’re for me.