Coffee Book Tag

Time for another tag!

Okay, so I don’t drink coffee all the time, but I do like a good cup of coffee every now and then. And can we talk about how amazing coffee smells? Mmmm… Just thinking about the wonderful aroma of coffee makes me want some.

*focus, self, focus* Whew. Back to the tag.

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Lord of the Rings. I’ve got a friend who absolutely adores the series—perhaps “adores” isn’t the best word. I suppose you could say she thinks the series is “literary genius.” However, it’s just so hard to get into. I tried reading the first book, but if I’m being honest, I got quite bored reading it…

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2. Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that get’s more popular during the winter or festive time of year.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. This one’s a bit obvious, I know. “Holiday” is literally in the title. But that’s why everyone reads it during the holidays, right?

3. Hot Chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

The Witches by Roald Dahl. And every one of his other books. Because we can’t forget about Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and all his other fantastic stories. Why I picked The Witches first though was because I loved the book so much when I was younger that I reread it and reread it and reread it. Of course, now that I think about it, I reread Matilda quite often as well.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be heading to the library to check out all of Road Dahl’s books to get over this awful reading slump that has come over me.


4. Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. I flew through this book in one day. Every time I got to a new chapter I thought: “Must. Continue. Reading. Must. Know. What. Happens.

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Really. You must read the series. Just get past the first book and you’ll be whizzing right through. (This is the rare series where the books get better and better as you go on). (Also, just as a warning, ignore the terrible cover change for the last book.)

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

The Hunger Games. This is a pretty generic answer since a lot of people have said this, but that just means this book really is seen everywhere. And if you haven’t read it—um, have you been living under a rock?

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.

Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I’m not 100% sure if this book was written by an indie author, but it was listed under “indie” in Goodreads and I haven’t heard book bloggers or booktubers really talk about this book, so I’m just going to put it as my answer.

Anyway. Angelfall is fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. All the other adjectives I can’t think of right now. You should definitely pick this book up. Now. Please?


7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Before I answer this question, I have to ask: How do you “accidentally” order decaf?

Back to the actual answer. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I was expecting A LOT more than what it gave me… A lot more.

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8. The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

The Vampire Academy series. The last three books… Man, those were definitely bitter, but at least the series ended with sweet moments…

9. Green Tea: Name a book or series that is quietly beautiful.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. The art style, the simple color palette, the story, everything together…

10. Chai Tea: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far off places. 

The Falconer series by Elizabeth May. It made me dream of Scotland, yeah, but mostly about the land of the fae. Okay, I’m well aware that it’s incredibly dangerous there, I would most likely die as soon as I stepped foot there, blah blah blah… But perhaps I could go during tourist season? Visiting hours? *looks hopeful*

However, I just have to include Anna and the French Kiss here (not because I loved the book though, I actually thought the story itself was just “meh”), but because I am so intrigued by France, Paris especially. I really do dream to go there… (There’s also the upside that this is actually an achievable dream, though you never know 😉 ).

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11. Earl Grey: Name your favorite classic.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I cannot describe to you the impact this book has. It really makes you think back to when you were a wee child, imagining up millions of things that only exist in your head, lost in your version of the world.

That’s it for now!

If you want to do this tag, I tag you. (Especially you coffee lovers out there ☕ ).

Thanks for reading! 👋


Reader Problems Book Tag

Hi! I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I felt like doing one, so here I am. 😉

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Umm… If I’m being honest, instead of choosing a book from my TBR, I usually add a book I want to read next. Heh… Heh…

But, if I had to choose, then I would just look through the list, find titles I’m interested in (I’ve got so many books that I normally forget what the majority of the books are about), look at the synopses, then pick a book. Or I just base it on my mood.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Depends on the book. Sometimes I quit, sometimes I go on. If I’m not liking a book, I either skim through a section and find a place I’m interested in reading and continue from there, or skip to the end (usually if I skip to the end I’m most likely not going to finish the book).

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

This is my first year participating in the reading challenge, so I haven’t had any past experiences like that. If I had to say though, I think I would try as hard as possible to catch up, but I wouldn’t beat myself up if I didn’t complete it. I would just be very disappointed in myself. Very. Very. Disappointed.

4. The cover of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

Umm… I don’t really cope, as much as become annoyed at the publishing company for changing the cover but ultimately do nothing because honestly, what company would actually read an email complaining about the cover change and do something about it?

I would just read the book, enjoy the content, and try not to look at the cover.

Of course, many would say they could just buy the entire series with the new covers, but there was one problem with the Across the Universe trilogy. The covers were beautiful for the first two books, then they changed the cover of the third book, but I liked the original covers much, much better. I was quite disappointed with the cover change.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? 

Mm… Anyone I can find, really. I do try to listen to others’ opinions though. It’s always fascinating to hear about the other side.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? 

I try really hard to suck in the tears, but if I can’t hold them in, then I just cry and let people judge. 😭

Or, you know, I just look up to see people staring at me and just laugh and point at myself and laugh some more to cover it up. 😂

7. A sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book?

Sometimes I’ll reread the first book, sometimes I won’t. It really depends on my mood. Just like Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I felt like rereading it, so I did. Then I picked up the second book.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

I usually recommend finding it at the library. If it’s not at our local library, then it’s most likely at libraries near us. The person can definitely find it.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I stop reading for a small period of time, then find a quick read to get back into the groove of things. This usually works. Usually. Or sometimes I just give up and pick up a book when I feel like it again.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I pick the one I want to read the most (or I pick the one I think I’ll most likely read next), buy that, hesitate a bit because I really want to buy the other books too, and ultimately buy that one book and then check out the other books from the library.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Usually they sit there fore a while. Unless I really, really, really want to read the book. Then I would pick it up. But I’ll get to them eventually. Eventually. *whistles innocently*

If you want to do this tag, then I tag you! 🙂

Thanks for reading! 👋

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag


I know this tag is pretty old, but I was inspired to do this, so here it is!

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like. 

I didn’t really enjoy Anna and the French Kiss. A lot of booktubers and book bloggers spoke about how amazing it was and though it was cheesy it was super easy to get through, but it was a bit too lovey-dovey, soppy, and cliché for me. Also, I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing style and that is what often drives me away from books.

Furthermore, I know I’m only supposed to talk about one book, but I just want to say that I also really dislike The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It was so boring (at least to me) and slow-paced. I didn’t like the writing style of that book either. Bet you’re seeing a trend, aren’t you?

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love. 

I wouldn’t say everyone seems to hate the Precious Stone trilogy, but I have read many reviews that say the writing was elementary and the main character was whiny and talked like she was much younger than her age.

Though the main character’s mental age was questionable, I found the series really enjoyable because all the books were incredibly quick reads and I loved the twists in the story and the action. I thought the plot was intricate and loved the storyline, so I was able to (sort-of) ignore the silliness of the main character (other than the times where she was having some sort of conflict with her love interest—those were just ridiculous).

Anyway, I still adored the series despite its flaws.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with or an OTP that you don’t like.

Mia and Colt from The Witches of the Glass Castle series. Man, I hated both of them. Mia because she was needy and very (very, very) stupid at times and Colt because he’s the most cliché “bad-boy-turned-good-because-of-a-girl” ever and I just despised his personality. Also, first he treats a girl terribly, and then he warms up to her because she’s just sooo alluring. Ugh.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for. 

Well, I used to read contemporary books all the time, but now I normally reach for fantasy. So, since contemporary is a pretty popular book genre, I don’t really read it that much—mostly because many of them are romances and a lot of them have clichés that I can’t really stand.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like. 

I really don’t like Étienne St. Clair. I mean, I get that he belongs with Anna and everything, but I felt he was neglectful of his actual girlfriend as soon as he met Anna and it certainly wasn’t a good idea to make out with another girl in public when he was still technically together with his girlfriend! If he really was a good guy, he would have treated his girlfriend the correct way by breaking up with her by explaining things and not just neglecting her and kissing someone else in front of her.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

I want to say Stephanie Perkins—okay, yeah, I’m going to say Stephanie Perkins. I think her books are way too cheesy for me.

Also, an honorable mention to Lauren Oliver. Her book Delirium was really predictable and cliché, so I don’t think I’ll be picking up any of her other books anytime soon (at least any other books in that series). (Though I did read her book Panic and it wasn’t too bad.)

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. 

Where do I start? Let’s see…

The worst of them are insta-love and love triangles (UGH I cannot stand love triangles at all).

But, here’s more: bad boys, “special snowflakes,” “the Chosen One,” good guys always winning, there being “good guys” and “bad guys” in the first place, and the characters always acting as if they can’t live without their love interest (*cough* Bella Swan *cough*).

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading. 

The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I loved her Vampire Academy series, but I don’t think I want to read the spin-off series because I was never really a fan of Sydney or Adrian.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

There hasn’t been a movie (yet) that was better than the book, but, though I absolutely loved the book The Fault in Our Stars, I also loved the movie (I sobbed so much reading the book and watching the movie).

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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The Nephilim Book Tag

Hi! I’ve recently started getting into Shadowhunters again, so I decided I would do The Nephilim Book Tag. I believe this tag was originally created by emmmabooks, a booktuber you should definitely go and follow.

Anyway, let’s get started with the questions!

1. TMI or TID? (For those of you who haven’t read any books by Cassandra Clare, TMI stands for The Mortal Instruments and TID stands for The Infernal Devices. Although, if you haven’t read the books, I wouldn’t recommend reading further unless you don’t mind getting SPOILED.)

TMI. I think. I mean, I liked TMI’s storyline more than TID’s and I read TMI first, but there were some parts of TID that I thought were done better. For example, since Cassandra Clare wrote TMI first, her writing style improved in TID. Still, I guess I would choose TMI. It was what first introduced me to Cassandra Clare’s books.

2. Favorite male character?

Will Herondale. I know there are a lot of Jace Herondale lovers (admit it, he’s a Herondale) out there, but I like Will better. Let me explain myself before you get mad. I really don’t want to say this, but I think Jace is a bit… cliché. Don’t get me wrong—he’s not a bad character. I still like him. It’s just… He’s blond, incredibly good-looking, the best Shadowhunter, a rebel, and keeps his emotions hidden behind a “mask.” Those are, unfortunately, all YA clichés. And, Clary just happened to be the girl to break through his cold, tough exterior. Sigh. Yet another YA cliché. On the other hand, though Will Herondale is extremely good-looking as well, he’s not as cliché as Jace. Yes, he fell for Tessa, but still. He is not a cliché, super-tough guy. Well, he is a great Shadowhunter, but he’s sensitive and sweet at heart. And so quirky. I mean, who else would say their soul is mauve? He even said, “‘Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.'” Who else would say that? It’s adorable and hilarious. Will is totally afraid of ducks—he just won’t admit it. I love Will so much. 😀

Okay, okay, I know I’m only supposed to choose one favorite male character, but I just have to give Raphael an honorable mention. He’s sarcastic, which is one of my favorite things about him, dramatic, and I just love his interactions with Simon so much. 🙂

Okay, okay, okay, I know I already gave an honorable mention to Raphael, but I just have to give Magnus an honorable mention, too. He is just awesome. He is such an eccentric little warlock. Yeah, he’s tall, but I still call him an eccentric little warlock. He’s just great.

Okay, this is the last time. I might actually love Will, Magnus, and Raphael equally. I just can’t decide!

3. Favorite female character?

This is a hard one. Hm… Probably Isabelle Lightwood. She’s such a tough, awesome Shadowhunter. She’s better than a lot of the guys. She is totally badass. Yet, she’s still got a sensitive side. For her family, her friends, for Simon.

4. Favorite ship?

MALEC. Alec and Magnus. All the way. They are absolutely adorable together! I don’t have enough words to say how much I love them together. I just love them so much. They are 100% my OTP.

5. Least favorite ship?

Jessa. Jem and Tessa. I’m sorry to all the Jessa shippers, I really am, but I don’t like them together. I ship Wessa all the way. Will truly loved Tessa. Truly loved her. If only he hadn’t thought he was cursed, he would have told her he loved her sooner! Why Jem? Why did he have to propose to Tessa? WHY? I get that Jem fell in love with Tessa too, but I’m just so disappointed that in the last book Cassandra Clare still made Jessa the endgame. 😦 I understand why she did that. She wanted to make her fans happy by having Tessa marry Will, but also by having Tessa talk to Jem again at the end. Unfortunately, I wasn’t satisfied because she made it seem like ultimately, Tessa ends up with Jem. But Tessa married Will! I know this is completely selfish, but I wish somehow Will could’ve become immortal so he could be with Tessa forever. Okay. Whew. Rant over. Sorry about that.

6. What kind of Downworlder would you be?

Probably a warlock. I would seriously love to have magical powers. Plus, if I were a warlock, I would be able to hang out with Magnus. 🙂

On the other hand, being a faerie wouldn’t be too bad since they’re cunning. Although, perhaps I wouldn’t want to be untrustworthy. I think I’ll stick with being  warlock.

7. Favorite book?

City of Glass. I loved how it wrapped up the story so well since TMI was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Plus, Alec and Magnus were together in that book. Of course, City of Heavenly Fire is a very close second because it is the true end to the series (though I was kind of sad TMI was over after that book) and Sebastian was in it.

8. What Shadowhunter family do you belong in?

I would love to be a Herondale, but, unfortunately, I don’t think I would fit in. I’m definitely not as graceful as all Herondales, and I’m certainly not an amazing Shadowhunter. I’m not exactly the most coordinated. I’m actually quite like Clary. I love art (sketching) and I’m clumsy like her. Of course, she’s a way better Shadowhunter than I could be. Therefore, I guess I’d say I belong in the Fairchild family? Plus, Charlotte is awesome, too.

9. What would be your ideal weapon?

A sword? Dagger? Bow and arrow? Okay, probably not a sword. Way too heavy for me. Maybe I would want a dagger. Light and efficient. Although, a bow and arrow would be great too—just one issue. I’m not exactly great at archery. I’m not even good. Plus, archery is Alec’s thing. I couldn’t take that away from him. I’ll choose a dagger as my ideal weapon.

10. How did you get into Cassie’s books?

I’m actually not sure. Somewhere, somehow, I had heard about TMI’s first book, City of Bones, and went to my library and picked the book up. I was immediately hooked. There was no going back after that. I was completely immersed into the world of Shadowhunters. I also love how all her books have connections and involve characters from TMI, TID, and TDA (The Dark Artifices). And, I’m so glad she decided to write novellas that focus on Simon. I have yet to read them since I was waiting for the complete collection and now that I have it, I’m saving it for Christmas. I’m so excited. I’m also seriously going crazy waiting for Lord of Shadows (the second book in The Dark Artifices).

So, I would completely, utterly, totally recommend all of Cassandra Clare’s books if you haven’t read them yet.

What are you doing here, still reading my blog? Go and read her books! 🙂

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