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Wonder Woman Book Tag


I saw Wonder Woman in theatres back in June and I’m absolutely obsessed with anything Wonder Woman (who isn’t?) ever since. I’m so excited to see Justice League when it comes out later this year, but I’m even more excited for Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first book in the DC Icons series, to come out on August 29th. In anticipation for Wonder Woman: Warbringer, today I’ll be doing the Wonder Woman Book tag. This tag was created by Amber of Amber’s Books and More over on Booktube.

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book characterCelaena Sardothein from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. When I think of badass female characters, Caleana automatically comes to my mind.


Fantasy Island: A Book Setting you want to escape toWarcross by Marie Lu. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Warcross back in June and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE CAN PICK UP THIS BOOK AND WE CAN ALL FANGIRL OVER IT! I just want to jump into Warcross and play this virtual reality game!

London: A Hyped book that let you down – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Steve Trevor: A Book that has a beautiful Cover and a Great Story (i.e. great personality)Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I wrote a four paragraph review about all of my post-Salt to the Sea feelings on Goodreads right after reading it last year, and I still think back on this beautiful and heart-breaking story focused on lost history.

Lasso of Truth: A Book you hatedNemesis by Brendan Reich. Unfortunately, Nemesis did not live up to the hype for me, and the plot was very different than I expected to be.  While I appreciate its Lord of the Flies vibes, this YA novel felt more middle grade to me and I just couldn’t connect to the story and characters.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I still cry every reread, don’t worry.

Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate– Holland from the V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. Holland is one of those villains that you can’t do anything but feel sorry for. He was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LTBT+ representationHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about)

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

Courtney from buried in a bookshelf

Dani from Perspective of a Writer

Alaina from An Infinite Book World

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Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2

The lovely Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic nominated me last week for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Even though I was previously nominated and already did the tag, I thought I would answer Alex’s questions and tag a blogger with my own questions

the rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • list the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blogsunshinebloggeraward.jpg

Alex’s Questions:

1.If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be? Professional book reader (there’s health benefits, right?).

2.What’s the most important thing for you in a book review? Making sure to incorporate my favorite elements of the book. I love looking back on my reviews and seeing what I really enjoyed in a book.

3.Which author would you love to meet and why? Ruta Sepetys. She’s my favorite historical fiction author, and I consider Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray as two of my all-time favorite books. I’d love to have her sign my books and talk about her experience traveling for research.

4.Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget? Reading Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl during story time in kindergarten, aka what started it all.

5.If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of? Seeing the 1980 U.S men’s Olympic hockey team win gold in the games– Miracle is one of my favorite movies.

6. How would your perfect day look like? A sunny day perfect for the beach, going to the beach with a really great book in hand and my family for company, coming home to relax with a Parks and Recreation marathon and plenty of comfort food. Add some book mail in there, and that’s a perfect day to me!

7.Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night? Both. I feel so good about myself when I get up a bit early and start getting things done! However, I do get this strange motivation to do work around nine o’clock at night (for example, I’m writing this post at 10:30 at night).

8.Pc or mac? Mac

9.If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the part? My mind is absolutely blanking right now! To be honest, I get quite nervous when some of my favorite books get tv or film adaptations ( I still have no idea how Throne of Glass is going to translate into a TV show). But I must say, I am so excited To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before come to the big screen!

10. Which talent would you like to have? Singing. 

11.If you had three wishes, which ones would that be? I’m going to make my wishes fun and nerdish!

-Be able to go to San Diego Comic Con, all expenses paid

-Get a display case for my Funko Pop figures that would guarantee their safety (I think my Harry Potter’s glasses have broken off more as a result of falling off my book shelf than they have in the books).

-Go on an unlimited shopping spree in Barnes and Noble

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written this year?
  2. What’s you most anticipated fall 2017 release?
  3. What’s your current favorite song of the summer?
  4. Movies or TV shows?
  5. What’s your favorite snack and drink to have while reading?
  6. What hyped book have you not read yet?
  7. A book that you’ve loved and deserves ALL the hype?
  8. Sunshine or rain?
  9. If you could go to one convention, all expenses paid, what convention would it be?
  10. What was the best book that you read in July?
  11. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I tag:

Caitstiel from Caitstiel’s Book World 

 

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Summer Book Tag

Summer is not only my favorite season for the beach weather, but also for taking down my TBR pile! You could imagine my excitement then when I was recently tagged by Carrie from Salty Good Reads to do the Summer Book Tag. This tag was originally created by Kaelyn from misskaelyn over on Booktube.

What book cover makes you think of summer? The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (even though you could give me dogs and an ice cream truck during any season).

larajeanafWhat book has brightened your day? A much loved and talked about read of mine, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. Just thinking about this book about Lara Jean makes my heart so happy.

Find a book cover with Yellow on it: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

What is your favorite summer beach read? I’m going with my favorite book that I’ve read so far at the beach this summer, which is Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.

What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

I don’t read too many action books, but I’m going with The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and I’d be running to the ice cream to see if he’d trade the book for a vanilla soft serve. An unpopular opinion, The 5th Wave was just not my cup of tea.

(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending? Even thoughIMG_4433 my sunburn has been healed with A Court of Wings and Ruin, lets transport back in time to 2016 me with the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury. I needed ACOWAR then and there.
(Sunset) What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. It reminded me so much of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, a feeling that my book soul had been craving for too long.

eliza&mon1What book cover reminds you of a sunset? Once and For All by Sarah Dessen—I’m thinking of those gorgeous lilac night skies as the moon is about to set.

What is one book or series you hope to read this summer? I’ve read so many 2017 releases and a lot of books that have been sitting on my TBR this summer, but I’m most proud of accomplishing my goal of reading the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. I’d love to pick up a Taylor Jenkins Reid book this month though!

I tag:

Ally from Ally Writes Things

Brianne from bookish brianne

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Goodreads has been one of my book BFFs since 2015, so I think it’s time to recognize one of my favorite websites.

What was the last book you marked as read? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

What are you currently reading? Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

What do you plan to read next? Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (ARC)

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Do you use the star rating system?

I do, but I recently wrote a discussion about my love-hate relationships with star ratings here.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

I am! My goal is to hit 58 books because that will put me at having read at least 200 books from 2015 to 2017.

What book do you plan on buying next?

I’m not really sure! I’m trying to limit how many books I buy for the rest of the year.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

UM YES! I am the type of reader who keeps a notepad close by when I’m reading just for the purpose of writing down quotes. Here’s one of my favorites from Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom:

“Jesper couldn’t quite believe he was having a conversation with the Sturmhond. The privateer was a legend. He’d broken countless blockades on behalf of the Ravkans and there were rumors that… “Do you really have a flying ship? blurted Jesper.


“No.”


“Oh.”


“I have several.”

“Take me with you.”

Jesper forever ❤

Who are your favorite authors?

Marie Lu, Ruta Sepetys, Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han, and Sarah J. Maas

Have you joined any groups?

I’m part of Top Five Wednesday and a group focused on Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles (I remember freaking out over Winter’s cover).

Have you done the Goodreads Book Tag? Share in the comments!

 

 

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The “Friends” Character Book Tag (Original Tag)

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Besides reading this summer, I’ve been constantly rewatching one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Friends. Today, I am presenting the Friends Character Book Tag! The only rules of the tag are to answer the following questions, tag your fellow bloggers and vloggers, and mention the original post in your tag. Happy reading & Friends reminiscing!

The Questions:

Rachel: A character whose wardrobe you want to steal– Lara Jean from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han- Lara Jean has such an adorable wardrobe, and I feel like she would consider Rachel Green as one of her fashion icons. Lara Jean goes on a vintage dress hunt in the last book in the series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, that I would have loved to join her on.

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Joey: A book that left you mind-blownThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr- I didn’t know what to expect in Emily Barr’s The One Memory of Flora Banks, just knowing that our main protagonist, Flora, suffers from short-term memory loss. This book is all about Flora trying to have some sort of control on her own life, and I would have never predicted the ending of this book. I have a full review here.

Chandler: A book that made you laugh out loud– Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella- One of my favorite parts of reading Finding Audrey was Audrey and her family’s humor. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Bloody is not swearing,” he says, breathing hard, though to rein in his impatience.
“It is!”
“It’s in the Harry Potter films, OK? Harry Potter. How can it be swearing?”
“What?” Mum sounds wrong footed.
“Harry Potter. I rest my case.” ” (21)

 

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Monica: A book that made you hungry Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Monica Geller would be the first to appreciate Cath’s love for baking in Marissa Meyer’s Queen of Hearts origin story, Heartless. I still need to try to replicate Cath’s lemon tarts! I have a full review of Heartless here.

Ross: A book that gave you all the feels I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- When I think about books that have beautiful writing, I automatically think of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun. In my Goodreads “review” of the move from 2015, I wrote, “If you want a book that gives you the feels, read this one!”.

Phoebe: A quirky & enjoyable readMade You Up by Francesca Zappia- Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up is a quirky read that sheds light on mental illness. High school senior Alex often has trouble distinguishing reality from delusion, relying on her Magic 8- ball and the mysterious Miles for guidance.

I tag:

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Ally from Ally Writes Things 

Dani from Perspective of a Writer

Frankie from A Thousand Lives of Frankie Lovely

Brianne from Bookish Brianne 

Sue from Sue’s Reading Corner 

Are you a Friends fan? Share in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Children’s Books

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For this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be reflecting on some of my favorite childhood reads. I read very few Middle Grade novels, so I think it will be fun to go back in time and think about the books that made my love for reading grow.

The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke– Besides Harry Potter, the Inkworld trilogy was the first fantasy series I picked up when I was younger. I remember getting the first book, Inkheart, at my school’s Scholastic Book Fair (PSA to have these in college) and carrying it back and forth to my 5th grade classroom everyday. Meggie basically lives every reader’s dream, or nightmare in this case; her father can read book characters to life, while her mother disappeared into the story. Apparently, there’s been another book in the works for this series, which means I need to get to rereading soon!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry– Number the Stars is one of my all-time favorite books that I’ve ever read in school. In 137 pages (definitely recommend if you’re into short books), Lois Lowry tells the story of two young girls living in World War II era- Copenhagen. When the Jews of Denmark start being taken away, Ellen must pretend to be part of Anne Marie’s family.

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass– I first read A Mango-Shaped Space for summer reading in middle school, and since then, it’s still a book I love to revisit and reread. The story is told by thirteen-year old Mia, who has a not-so known condition called synesthesia. Mia can see sounds, smell colors, and taste shapes, which often causes a lot of misunderstand between her and her family and friends.

The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novels by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. MartinThe Baby-sitters Club books were among my favorite series growing up, so I was more than excited when they came out with graphic novels of the first few books. I loved (and still do) Raina Telgemeier’s artwork and how she brought Kristy, Stacey, Claudia, and Mary Anne to the comic pages.

The Nancy Drew Mystery Series by Carolyn Keene– I really enjoyed reading Nancy Drew and I remember doing a few book reports about her (one was an awesome haunted house about The Secret of the Old Clock). I would love to do a Nancy Drew cosplay one day!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Many thanks goes to Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd for tagging me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Make sure you go check out her blog, she’s always putting out such great bookish content!

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What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Danielle’s Questions

  1. What is the last book you added to your TBR? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path
  1. If you could get an ARC of any book that comes out later this year what would it be? They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  1. What is your favorite dessert? Cannolis!
  1. What author do you want to read more of? Stephanie Perkins. I plan on finally reading Summer Days and Summer Nights this month, and I’m so excited for There’s Someone Inside Your House.
  1. What author can you not get into? Cassandra Clare. I tried reading City of Bones a few years ago and I just couldn’t get into it (and I know everyone tells you to power through the first three books but that’s a bit too much commitment for a series I’m not too interested in).
  1. What book do you think everyone needs to read? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sidenote: I READ THIS BOOK BEFORE THE TV SERIES AND ALL THE HYPE SURROUNDING THAT #bookhipster #thankfulforhighschoolenglishclass
  1. If you could turn any book into a movie/tv show what would it be?Give me a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie please, I need more of the Song sisters in my life after finishing Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
  1. What is your dream vacation spot? San Francisco, California (also my #1 place I want to visit right now).
  1. What is your favorite genre to read? I’m a contemporary girl at heart
  1. What is the last song you listened to? Requiem from Dear Evan Hansen
  1. Who are you top 5 characters (books, TV, movies, anything)? UM UM THIS IS SO HARD SO HERE’S A RANDOM BUT FAVORITE MIX: Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation), Cath (Fangirl), DJ Tanner (Full House), Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), and Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

I tag:

Ally from Ally Writes Things

Judith from Chain Interaction

My questions:

  1. What was your favorite book in June?
  2. Who are your top five fictional crushes?
  3. What are your top three TV shows?
  4. Beach or pool?
  5. What book did you read purely because of the hype?
  6. What is your favorite summertime food?
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
  8. If you could transport yourself into any fictional world, where would you go?
  9. What’s your most anticipated fall 2017 book release?
  10. If you could choose any Funko Pop figure to have, who would it be?
  11. Would you rather only do book tags or book reviews?
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Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Shanya and Tanya from Twin Bookmarks to do the Desert Island Discs Blog Tag. This tag was originally created by Zuky from BookBumI recently rewatched Moana on Netflix and I’m feeling some island vibes (only if i could have Moana and Pua’s help). 

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The Rules:

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

The Albums 

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Hamilton: An American Musical– I think we’ve established that Hamilton will forever be my musical obsession. 

After Laughter: Paramore– My current favorite album and my favorite band. 

Fearless: Taylor Swift– Everyone needs some throwback TSwift in their life

Merry Christmas: Mariah Carey– This might be a while, okay?

1989: Taylor Swift– New TSwift is pretty awesome too

The Book

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This answer will change everyday, but for right now, I’m going with Carry On because it’s inspired from another one of my all-time favorite books (Fangirl), BAZ <3, it reminds me of Harry Potter, and ANY EDITION OF THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL. 

The Luxury Item 

A BOOKCASE FULL OF BOOKS (some soap and flashlights could also fit in there, right??). 

If you’re interested in doing the Desert Island Discs Blog Tag, then here: YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED BY FANGIRL FURY! 

If you could only bring one book to a desert island or maybe to somewhere a bit nicer, like a family vacation, what book would it be? Share in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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While finding books without romance is a bit difficult, there are just stories that don’t need romantical elements to make them great. Some of the following books may include hints of romance (I wish I could remember everything about my past reads), but by no means does romance first come to mind when I consider these works.

City of Thieves by David BenioffCity of Thieves is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. I read City of Thieves last summer, and I consider it one of my favorite WWII books because of its unique plot. Taking place in Russia, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting, earning a spot in jail next to deserter Kolya. Instead of being executed, Kolya and Lev are given a task: find a dozen eggs for a Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– One of my favorite books of 2017, I was sold on picking up This Savage Song because there is no romance in it. Yay girl-boy friendship! This Savage Song takes place in a city divided not only by a wall, but monsters. Kate, the darling of North, wishes to be as commanding and threatening as her father. August, on the other hand, wishes to be anything but the monster he is.

Radio Silence of Alice Oseman– Another one of my favorite reads of 2017, Radio Silence contains the slightest bit of romance (there’s discussion about past crushes and the development of some new ones, if I recall correctly), but romance is the last topic I think about when it comes to this book. When she’s not focusing on getting into one of England’s elite universities, Frances spends her time drawing fanart for her favorite Youtube podcast. When the creator of the podcast, not to mention her next door neighbor, Aled, asks her to do artwork for the show, Frances gets to finally experience true friendship.

One by Sarah Crossan– Sisters Grace and Tippi may share some things with one another that you may not share with your siblings, such as a body. Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and while life hasn’t been exactly easy for the past sixteen years, they’ve got a pretty good hang of it for their situation. But when a major operation begins to come up, Tippi and Grace must face the most impossible choice of their lives.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr– A book that deserves all the hype it gets, All the Light We Cannot takes place in occupied France during World War II. Blind since she was six years old, Marie Laure’s father has a miniature of their neighborhood in Paris for his daughter, so she can navigate herself through the city. When the Nazis occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo, meeting the path of Werner. Werner is an expert with technology, causing him to rise up at his Hitler Youth academy and earn a spot fighting the Allied resistance. All the Light We Cannot See features such beautiful writing and charcters, in addition to teaching readers more about the WWII period.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

Have you read any of these books? Share in the comments!

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

I absolutely love watching “25 Bookish Facts About Me” videos on Booktube, so I thought I’d share some facts about my own reading life!

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  1. In kindergarten, my teacher read Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl to my class, which inspired my love for Junie B and reading.
  2. The first ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) I ever received was David Baldacci’s The Keeper.
  3. My favorite Hogwarts professor is Professor Lupin, who I still have a major crush on. Maybe it’s the werewolf thing?
  4. I am a major The Hunger Games fan. I have the first movie’s poster framed in my bedroom at home and I will forever be #teamgale
  5. The first young-adult series I ever read was The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
  6. The authors I’ve met include Marie Lu, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J. Maas, Jacqueline Woodson, Jenny Han, E.Lockhart, and Adam Silvera.
  7. A librarian once accused of destroying the front cover of a Pretty Little Liars’ book. Yes, I read the PLL series, those books are addicting! I think my tears proved that I wasn’t the culprit, and I was terrified of going to the library without my mom for a while.
  8. My favorite book that I’ve read in school is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  9. Besides Junie B.Jones, I read Nancy Drew, the Babysitters’ Club, and the Main Street series growing up.
  10. I attended Book Con in 2015 and 2017, and the convention has made up two of the best weekends of MY LIFE. I have recap posts for my Saturday and Sunday at Book Con 2017.
  11. I’m a Hufflepuff.
  12. In middle school, I would read under my desk during math. #rebel
  13. My favorite classic is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  14. While I find hardcovers more aesthetically pleasing, I love reading paperbacks more.
  15. While I’ve gotten better in dealing with noise, I need it to be quiet when I read so I can focus more.
  16. My favorite bookmark is my Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory with a quote above his head that says, “That’s my spot!”
  17. If I were a Hogwarts house combination, I would be a Ravenpuff.
  18. I read 72 books in 2015 and 70 in 2016.
  19. I bought These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner primarily for its gorgeous cover
  20. My favorite places to read include my bed, and the beach and my backyard in the summer
  21. I wasn’t allowed to read the Twilight series when the books and movies came out because my parents thought I was too young. I read Twilight a few years later for book club and didn’t really understand what the hype was about.
  22. One of my favorite bookish tote bags is from Swoon Reads, and it says, “Shelfies Over Selfies”.
  23. More often than not, I make myself read a book before seeing its film adaption
  24. Since one of my siblings isn’t a big reader, whenever she actually reads a book and loves it, I must read it!
  25. The only Harry Potter movie I saw in the movie theater was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s one of the reasons why I consider Goblet of Fire one of my favorite books in the series.

I loved doing this tag and plan on doing a part 2 in the future! What are some bookish facts about you? Share in the comments below