Romance Readers | Book Tag

I saw the romance tag on Books Are The New Black Blog. I am a massive romance fan. Which, I’m sure is clear considering how many reviews I have done for contemporary adult romances. It is absolutely ridiculous but they make me so happy. I couldn’t find this original tag, but if you know where it is put it in the comments and I’ll make sure to add it here!

Let’s just get started! I haven’t tagged anyone in this since I don’t know who actually reads romance books or not…oops? I’m so dang behind on blogging. If you want to do this tag, please do! ♡

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WHAT AGE DID YOU START TO READ ROMANCE NOVELS?

I read my first romance book when I was 11 I think. However, I thought it was the most scandalous things and didn’t start reading romance again until I was 16 – where I still saw it as a guilty pleasure that made me nervous.

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♡ IF YOU COULD PICK ONE HERO TO MEET FROM YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVELS, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? ♡ 

I’ll pick someone from a romance book I read recently. Noah from The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – review coming soon – because I adored his family. I was iffy on him during some parts of the romance novel but I loved his humour.

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter also had an amazing nerdy hero named Zach. He bloody had a baby goat, how amazing? I think that is the only thing that matters in my reasons as to why I would pick him.

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♡ WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE AUTHORS AND WHY? ♡ 

I may as well just make a list for this one. I don’t have ‘why’s’. My why is that they are all absolutely incredible and their romance novels make me mushy goo.

  • Talia Hibbert
  • Alyssa Cole
  • Alisha Rai
  • Christina Lauren
  • Nicola Davidson
  • Tessa Dare
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♡ WHAT IS A FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVEL TO RE-READ? ♡ 

I used to be big on re-reading and I think the romance book I’ve read the most is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. However, after reading her newest novel 99 Percent Mine (review) I am simply not a fan of the author anymore.

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♡ WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A NON-ROMANCE READER? ♡ 

It depends on how the person will go into the book. Are they someone who is just going to call it mummy porn? I can’t deal with that. I only recommend based on a readers taste and if they don’t like romance I am just way too exhausted to even think of recommending one to them.

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♡ WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE: CONTEMPORARY, SUSPENSE, HISTORICAL AND WHY? ♡ 

I definitely prefer contemporary. I love real life settings and love when I can understand references. Historical fiction tends to make me mad often due to the sexism that usually takes place. Suspense is always enjoyable, I love being kept on the edge of my seat and anxiously waiting on what the end is.

 

The Cookie Book Tag | Book Tag

Thank you so much, Heather, @ Nightly Reading for tagging me! I saw your answers and the questions and just had to do this. Definitely head over to their blog as well, they have some amazing content.

Even though I am a little late. This is another tag where I am a little lazy to put in the book covers – I’m sorry. I’ve spent my day trying to schedule blog posts for after I finish University (which is in October) and buying clothes for my work experience/internship I am doing. I’m sorry if you guy’s don’t like that but that is unfortunately how it is.

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Liebster Award | Book Tag

I was tagged to do this particular award by one of my favourite people in the blogging community. Destiny @ Howling Libraries is seriously one of the most well-spoken people in this community. I literally can’t get enough of what she posts and highly recommend you all head over to her blog and check her out. Thank you so much for tagging me Destiny! ♥

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T H E   L I E B S T E R   A W A R D

Liebster is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. The Liebster Award is for your favourite or beloved bloggers who deserve some love in their lives.

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The Lady Jaines | Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction. I only recently started following their blog (a month ago now, because this, has been scheduled) but I absolutely love their content and recommend you head over and give them a follow!

I’m so excited to jump into the tag because there are so many fun questions so let’s just jump into it.

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R U L E S

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creators: Rebecca @bookishlyrebecca and Ellyn @Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

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The “Me in Book Characters” tag

I was so excited to be tagged in this original tag! I love the girls over @ Windowsill Books so here I am with the ‘me in book characters‘ tag. Thank you so much for tagging me in this Ash and Lo! I hope you enjoy my answers.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the creators of the tag (Us! Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you!
  3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
  4. Tag your friends!

So, let’s jump into this! I was going to include fanart for each character but some of these characters don’t have any, unfortunately. I highly recommend all these books as well (obviously).

  • Ginny Weasley / Harry Potter

I absolutely adore Ginny Weasley. She is straight up my favourite character in the book universe. Hell, my mum even got me her wand for my 20th birthday. She is such a strong individual who never gives up. I see myself in her because she stayed resilient despite every struggle in her life, whether it be her or family. She never gives up and is not afraid to kick ass. My family say I’m more like Hermione, but I see so much of myself in Ginny that I can’t agree with them.

  • Nesta Archeron / A Court of Thorns and Roses

I’ve been told by countless of my friends that I am similar to Nesta from ACOTAR. At first, I was offended because of how she treats Feyre, but as we got to get to know her over the series I understood. She is fierce and loyal. You don’t mess with her family or her friends or she will come after you. I’m similar. If you do my friends or family wrong they may forgive you but I never will. I will be your worst nightmare. I also see Nesta as someone who doesn’t care for herself as much as she cares for whom she loves, and I believe I’m the same way. I’ve been told more than once that I ‘put my life on hold’ to take care of my mum but I disagree.

  • Julian Blackthorn / The Dark Artifices

Again, another fiercely loyal character. Is there a theme here? I seem to see myself as very loyal. Julian is a character I saw myself in with his struggles. He doesn’t want to ask for help despite the fact he knows he needs it. He knows that he will die under the stress he places on himself but he doesn’t care if he can keep his family innocent. For years my sister and I kept what was happening with our mum a secret. We didn’t want to worry our family or have them on our doorstep taking us away. I just love Julian so much. I am definitely not artistic like him though.

  • Grace Glasser / How To Make A Wish

Grace was basically me in a book. Her struggles with her mum, her personality, her determination. It was difficult to read because I related too much. The only varying factor of the book was our sexualities, this being one of the first f/f books I read. I still find myself reflecting on this book and just how powerful it was for me. The parallels I found between my life and Grace’s have me itching to re-read this.

  • Monty / The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

Yet another character who is fiercely loyal. There is one part of Monty I relate to intensely. That being his reaction when he finds out his best friend has epilepsy. It is incredibly ableist and not the best response, but it was raw and it was real. I finally got to read something I had gone through five years ago and that was so powerful for me.


Tags

Honestly, I don’t have anyone to tag for this but please feel free to do it! Tag me in your answers too, I would love to read them and what characters you find yourself present in!


Happy reading everyone!

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Wonder Woman Book Tag

I wasn’t actually tagged to do the Wonder Woman tag, but after seeing the film with my best friend anything Wonder Woman calls to me. The original creator of this tag is Amber @ Amber’s Books & More

Let’s jump straight in, no time to babble and ramble when Wonder Woman is part of a discussion, right?

I wrote this before the book released, but I just want to add how much I love the book. There’s a review on my blog if you’re curious about my full thoughts.


1. WONDER WOMAN: YOUR FAVORITE BADASS FEMALE BOOK CHARACTER

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I’m going to try and keep myself to one book per answer (very hard), I got incredibly stumped here but I had to include my original favourite badass woman Rose Hathaway. The movie destroyed her but I am looking forward to my annual re-read of the series because her strength is admirable.


2. FANTASY ISLAND: A BOOK SETTING YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO

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I have to choose the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I always dreamt of becoming a badass warrior (I’m actually looking up kickboxing classes right now) and I feel like I could definitely achieve that while fighting off demons and looking good while doing it.

3. LONDON: A HYPED BOOK THAT LET YOU DOWN

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Wintersong wasn’t overly hyped when I read it, but I just couldn’t get into it. It was simply Carval part two for me. I may give it another go because my two bookstagram best friends love it and I feel bad for shitting on it.

4. STEVE TREVOR: A BOOK THAT HAS A BEAUTIFUL COVER AND A GREAT STORY (I.E. GREAT PERSONALITY)

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This is honestly my favourite cover ever. It’s beyond stunning and I am so glad I loved the story of all three books.

5. LASSO OF TRUTH: A BOOK YOU HATED

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Don’t even get me started on this series. I will rant for days.

6. WONDER WOMAN’S SHIELD: A BOOK SO SAD YOU NEED A SHIELD

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A List of Cages broke me. It was such a heartbreaking tale and I read it in basically one sitting. I still get emotion speaking about it.

7. NO MAN’S LAND: A BOOK THAT YOU WANT TO SEND THROUGH NO MAN’S LAND (I.E. SHOOT IT TO DEATH)

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I’ve linked this review on so many blog posts I feel it’s unnecessary to do it again. I hope All The Bright Places burns in the fire pit of hell it deserves.

8. ARES: A VILLIAN THAT IS SCARY, BUT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO HATE

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This was such a hard question, so a random choice will have to be Lada. Lada is kind of an anti-hero right? She works, right? Also, I know I would be terrified of her.

9. DR. POISON: A VILLIAN THAT HAS NO REASON TO EXIST

I don’t really have an answer for this. I’m not too mad at any villains that exist, I think all the authors I’ve read have done an amazing job of showing why they are included.

10. THE AMAZONS: A BOOK THAT YOU WISH HAD MORE/BETTER LGBT+ REPRESENTATION

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Need I say more? Despite JK’s claims that Dumbledore is gay, it was never in the text so it is in fact not canon. Which, obviously does matter.

11. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WHAT SUPERHERO BOOK FRIENDS DO YOU TAG?

I’m not too sure how to go about tagging but I will tag you aka whoever is reading this because I still need to work out the whole tagging thing.

The Nope Book Tag

So, here’s the thing. I’m a salty bitch. I have a shit tonne of unpopular opinions and even more opinions that are just me being strange. However, I am very vocal about them so the Nope tag is 10/10 made for me. I mean, I’ve already done this once but WordPress fucked me over and deleted it so I’m back and I’m saltier.

I tag everyone. Do this if you’re mad, had a bad day or just read a bad book. Vent your anger and tag me so I can see your amazing responses.

I was also going to post all the covers to the books (which I did last time) but I would rather not do that again because that took forever. But, I will link the Goodreads profile to each book.

I’ll also have a review up soon, I just need to actually finish a book to do that.


 

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

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Spoiler alert, I never finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I just didn’t enjoy it. Book one was a blessing to my eyes, Insurgent was a mess and Allegiant? We don’t speak of that trash in my household. Despite never finishing it, it was pretty hard to escape spoilers on Tumblr (which I used to have). I was spoiled about 70 pages into the book and just put it down. Never to return. I mean, I’m pretty sure the bookmark is still in it four years later.


2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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A character I have hated for years is Jem Carstairs, from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. If an author presents me with a love triangle I will always choose one charatcer and despise the other. It has happened countless times and it still does. So, Jem Carstairs was straight on my number one enemey list as soon as he started to get involved with Tessa Grey.

Also, on another note, shove that best ending to a love triangle shit away. I disagree with that, so much. I cringe every time I see that. It was shit. Plain and simple.  Bye.


3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

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I read Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgens when I was just getting back into series last year and when I didn’t believe in DNF’ing a book (I know, scandalous). This book had some great potentional, until we started to get really weird about the concept of virginity and religion. Now, I don’t give two shits if you are religious or a virgin or a religious virgin. But, it really isn’t that great of a plot device and reason for the world to basically die. It was pretty slut shaming from what I can remember too and I am not about that life, so step back Wendy Higgens.


4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

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I don’t enjoy Rowan and Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. It’s also not because of the whole abusive thing everyone talks about (I have my opinions on that, growing up like I did I disagree with everyone. That’s just me personally though). My problem with Rowan and Aelin is that they’re boring. I skim their parts and simply want for them to end. I just couldn’t give two shits about them. I do love all the side characters, though, so that’s why I keep reading them. They’ve also gotten better, in my opinion.

I also know they’re problematic but this is my opinion. 


5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

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I didn’t see this twist coming nor did I enjoy it. It was trash. If you’ve been on my blog for a while you probably know I hate Caraval by Stephanie Garber. That book has to be in the top ten worst books I have read in 2017. I finished it at my friend’s persistence and wow, what a waste of time. You can honestly not say your plot is “nothing is real” or “it’s all a game” and expect me to be shocked when, Woah, it’s true??? Think again.


6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

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I’m going to have to choose Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. That girl is trash. I swear I don’t get why anyone let’s her make choices in anything during that series. She almost gets them killed at least five times and is constantly changing her mind. Clary is just so damn frustrating. I can’t deal with her stupidity in the books sometimes and the way she treats other characters. Someone lock that girl up with the Silent Brothers for a while so she can get a reality check. 


7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

This one was an easy one, adult romance. I’m a plot driven person and I need more than just senseless sex and pointless dialogue to keep me engaged. I love a smutty read as much as the next person, but I also need the plot to keep me interested and engaged in the book.


8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Since I live in Australia and am a broke ass university student I get frustrated when books release first in hardback and a year later in paperback. I can’t afford close to $30 for a book and still eat. Don’t do this to me. I am poor.


 9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

This is an easy one for me and it’s step siblings romance. In my mind that’s incest. I know it isn’t illegal but I had step brothers for five years (my mum split from their father) and to even think of them in a romantic context? That’s disgusting. Whenever I see people or authors romanticising it I want to go projectile vomit.


10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

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I had a different answer for this when I did it the first time but I am happy to change it to Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James. Back in high school, when I was a mere 14 on the cusp of turning 15 everyone in my grade was reading this on our school issued laptops. there was a USB being passed around with the file and I, being so pure and smol, refused to even touch it. Now, after watching the movie, I’m glad I didn’t waste my time on this trash.


11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Okay, this isn’t a big one. It also doesn’t make me roll my eyes. But, character driven plots drive me mental. I know a lot of people love them but I don’t even really care for the characters sometimes when I’m reading. I just want action and for the book to make me cry. If the plot is character driven I don’t get as attached and I hate it.


12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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I think everyone should agree with this and if you don’t block me. But, Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I understand he isn’t that vital after book one but, boy, does he make me pissed off. I specifically remember reading ACOTAR like are we romanticising abuse? Then I didn’t want to post my opinion online since the fandom is scary so I tried to go along with it but nope. I can’t stand when people want him to have a redemption arc because not everyone is as strong as Feyre. Abusers don’t deserve a second chance. No matter how attractive and pure you think they were. They’re terrible people and should be treated as such.


13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

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This is another book that if you know me will not make you shocked. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is my definition of terrible trash. I hide it whenever I’m in the store and try to push books that promote mental health a lot better to the front. This was not a good book. If you search my blog you can find a full review on it which really has a lot of rage behind it.


14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

I’m going to keep this answer short and say all of them. Villians terrify me since so many are people you might find on the street. Plus, I’m pretty terrified of people due to my own personal experiences.


15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

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I can’t say much here because I’m not the devil and about to spoil everyone. But, I’m still crying from a death that occurred in one of these two books.


16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Does it make me super petty if I say that I have been looking forward to this question? I’m here to share my opinion to never read Amy Tintera’s books again. Gather around folks, and hear about the time one of my favourite authors subtweeted me (incorrectly) and has since deleted it. Obviously, I have a screenshot of it though.

So, I posted a photo of Amy’s books on Instagram. I was very excited to share my photo, I thought it was good so I tagged Amy. Clearly a mistake. If you aren’t going to click onto the link to see my Insatgram post here is what I said:

💐This emoji has basically no relation to this series BUT Ruined is honestly one of my favourite books. @readbycaitlin recommended it to me and I couldn’t put it down! It was such a murderous and revenge filled book (my favourite) that I was so drawn in and waiting on every single word. Avenged was a bit of a disappointment to me, I felt it focused on too many characters I didn’t care about and I was a bit bored. I can’t wait until book three though! This is also my 200th post, YAY!
💐QOTD: is there a sequel you didn’t enjoy too much?

This has some parts taken out, but this is the main part about the book. Amy clearly offended by my post decided to take to twitter and think this was an appropiate tweet:

It doesn’t have her handle the photo but trust me, it was her. Now tell me, where did I say the word hate? Where did I ask people for “their most disappointing sequels”. She twisted my words and decided to get her following to come for me. I had authors I love replying to her and telling her not to worry and strangers saying I was vile. I was an anxious wreck for three days wondering if people would find me. I was so scared, but I wouldn’t take my post down. Thankfully, only one person found me and blocked me after I told them I didn’t really care for their opinion.

So, Amy Tintera and I will not be continuing a bookish partnership. I am in the process of selling her books because even seeing them on my shelves reminds me of that time and how afraid she made me feel.


So, that’s it! That’s me being the salty bitch I was born to be. This post probably holds a shit tonne of spelling and grammatical mistakes but let me have this rage. Also, if you got this far, then I definitely tag you to do this one!

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I’ve seen everyone doing this tag and I was pretty curious so here I am. Ignore the weird format of the pictures throughout, I was learning how to add photos to a blog post!

1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

So, so, so many! But to list a few (because I could go on for a while) here we go:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord of Shadows by far has been the best sequel I have read this year. I was blown away by how much Cassandra Clare has improved as an author.

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

This one is a pretty hefty list, but to name a few

 

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Caraval was a book I had small expectations going into but it let me down even more than I expected!

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE

Not Your Sidekick & The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice & Virtue!

7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

Cale Dietrich

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Can I say Julian Blackthorn? That’s a continuous fictional crush I’ve held since last year. No? Fine. Since I just finished it the other day, Monty from The Gentlemen’s Guide.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Kit Herondale in Lord of Shadows!

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY 

What doesn’t make me cry?

I sobbed in Lord of Shadows & The Gentlemen’s Guide, I got a tad weepy in A Court of Wings and Ruin and I had tears running down my face the whole time I read A List of Cages.

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY 

I’m not sure I’ve read too many happy books this year, so I’m going to pick The Hating Game by Sally Thorne which I actually re-read.

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

I haven’t watched too many but let me just say not Shadowhunters.

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR? 

I’ve only just started blogging but my favourite reviews on Goodreads are the ones where I dislike the books. I think my favourite one was probably my Caraval review.

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR?

Or my limited edition Waterstone copies of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! 

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Way too many. Don’t let me check my iBooks library either because then we are entering dangerous territory!