The Jingle Bell Book Tag

Hi everybody and welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

I am sorry that I only had time to put up one post over the last week. I have had SO many tests and assignments due this week, but I only have one due next week and then I have two weeks off for winter break! Anyways, every year I try to complete one winter/holiday book tag and try to only pick books for the questions that I have read over the past year. Since I have only been reading frequently for the past three months, I don’t have that many books to chose from, but for the small time that I have read for, I have picked up some phenomenal books! I first saw this tag on “Adventures of a Bibliophile” and you can read her post here. I wasn’t tagged to do this post by anybody, but I really wanted to participate in it!


“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

 

While I don’t celebrate Christmas (Hannukah FTW!), I asked my parents for two books this year (both of which I was fortunate to receive!). The first book I requested was “Bibliophile” illustrated by Jane Mount. I absolutely LOVED this book, and is a MUST for all book lovers a.k.a. BIBLIOPHILES! I also asked my parents for the “Darker Shades of Magic Series” box set written by V.E. Schwab. I finished the first book at the beginning of the month and unfortunately didn’t love it, but hopefully I will enjoy the rest of the series.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” – What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

 

I don’t want to give away my favourite book of the year, but I have read quite a few books this year that I have loved! These include “Dare You To Lie” by Amber Lynne Nautsch and “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, both of which I gave five stars to!

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

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The number one book that always unleashes my inner child is always any book in “The Land of Stories” series written by Chris Colfer. TLOS is my all-time favourite middle grade fantasy/fairytale retelling series ever, and is one of my all-time favourite series in general.

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – Which book has most festive look to it?

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While it may not have the most festive look, I absolutely love the cover of “The After Life of Holly Chase”. I am currently reading this book and it is so great! It’s a sort-of variation and sort-of retelling of “A Christmas Carole”.

The Holiday – Name your favourite TWO couples…

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Hmmmm… this one’s a tough one. As of right now, I’d say my favourite couples in one book were from the book “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell. Both couples had really interesting relationships, but no spoilers here! “Watching You” comes out on December 26, 2018, and my full review will be up on that exact day!

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

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A book I would love to give all of my readers as a present would be “The Leading Edge of Now” by Marci Lyn Curtis. I absolutely loved this book and think that it is such an important one to read.


I TAG:

Here are Melissa’s and Stephanie’s versions of this tag (click on their names)!


I hope you all enjoyed reading this tag! If you want to participate in the tag, feel free to say that I tagged you and send me the link so I can read your post!

Good Night Book Owls!

Spooky Scary Book Tag!

Hi everybody and welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

With just about three weeks until Halloween, I thought it would be fun to participate in another book tag! Although I wasn’t tagged in one, I still thought it would be fun to do! If you have not completed this book tag but want to participate, I tag you (send me a link to your version of the tag and I will tweet it out!)!

I got this tag and all of the questions from “Howling Libraries”, you can check out her post here!


1. What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

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While you would probably expect me to go with a horror or thriller for this question, I actually believe that “Night” by Ellie Wiesel was the scariest book I ever read. The Holocaust in general is such a scary event, and it is even more scarier to me because I am jewish and have close family members that passed away because of it. I think the scariest part of this book is knowing that everything written inside it is real. There is nothing scarier than reading a scary book and imagining yourself in the narrators shoes, wondering if you would have even made it out alive.

2. Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

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The book (or in my case, series), that I always reach for during Halloween time is the Goosebumps series. A few years ago, my cousin was cleaning some stuff out in his basement, and stumbled upon over 40 Goosebumps books. Around that time, I was looking for some spooky books to read, and I figured Goosebumps were great “classic” scary books for young adults. In 2015, I created a little Goosebumps challenge to see how many of them I could read throughout the month of October. I believe I read about 15 of them, and they were all great!

3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

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A book (or again, series) that I LOVE is “The Land of Stories” by Chris Colfer. This is my very favourite middle grade book series, and I still re-read them to this day. They are so magical, and really pull you into a magical world. (Yes, I am missing one but plan to pick it up very soon!)

4. Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

I don’t think I’ve read any books with a witch character that I loved. 😦

5. Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

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For this question, I will go on the “bad” end of the spectrum. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart is one of my least favourite books that I have ever read in recent history. I feel like this book is one of those where you either “love it or hate it” and there’s no in-between. I personally really disliked this book. Although it’s been a while since I read it, I remember not being able to understand anything that was going on, and I also didn’t feel any connection towards any of the characters.

6. Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

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“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins is one of my favourite contemporary novels, and one that brought me such joy and warmth when I read it. The characters were so sweet to read about and were written with such clarity. Perkins overall writing style is one of my favourites in general, and of course her cute contemporary storylines are very comforting to read about whether you are in a haunted graveyard or not!

7. The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc).

I would have to say my favourite supernatural creatures to read about are vampires. Even though I have yet to find a book series about vampires that I love (still haven’t read Twilight…), I hope to find a good one in the future!

8. In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

“milk and honey” by Rupi Kaur is one of the darkest book covers I have seen in recent memory!

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That’s it for today’s blog post! I hope you guys enjoyed it! Like I said, if you like this tag and have yet to do it, feel free to say that I tagged you and I will retweet your post on Twitter! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see sneak peaks of upcoming blog posts and to find out what I am currently reading!

Good Night Book Owls!

OMG THIS SONG! Book Tag

Hi everyone!

I have been listening to a lot of music lately, especially a lot of Charlie Puth and Khalid! I have decided to take part in the “OMG THIS SONG” book tag, although I wasn’t tagged (oops!).


MY JAM: A song you must listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / A book you’ll never get sick of.

The song I must listen to every time it comes on is called “Find Your Love” sung by Drake. This is one of my all time favourite songs, and the rare time it comes on the radio I always make it super loud and listen to the whole thing. It is SO good!

The book I’ll never get sick of is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I may re-read this book soon, which will be the third time I’ve read Divergent. Divergent was one of the first YA books I’ve ever read, and it is a spectacular action book/series.

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THROWBACK: A song that reminds you of the cringiest time of your life / A book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now).

The song that reminds me of the cringiest time of my life was “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. 2014 was just weird stage of my life, and whenever I hear “Shake It Off” I am always reminded of it (LOL).

Most of the books I’ve read in the past I feel like I would still enjoy now, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. I’ve tried to read the rest of the books in the series, but none of the events/concepts involved in the books appeal to me.

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REPLAY: A recent song you have on repeat right now / A recent favourite book.

A recent song that I have on repeat right now is “How Long” by Charlie Puth (I told you I’ve been listening to Charlie Puth a lot recently!). It is such a cool song, and I have been loving it!

While I haven’t read much of anything this year, I did read a book by one of my twitter friends titled “Baseball Life Advice” by the wonderful Stacey May Fowles. I will be posting a review for the book on my MLB blog very soon! It was a fantastic book, and I recommend it to any Toronto Blue Jays fans.

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GETS ME: This Song is Me / This Book is Me in book form.

I wouldn’t say that I know a song that really represents me.

However, a book that represents me in book form would probably be “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. While I haven’t completed this book yet, the main character, Cath, represents my true personality. She blogs about her favourite things online, and isn’t very social (HAHA).

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WUT: Weird but I liked it? / A unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason.

The song that I think is kind of weird is “Young, Dumb, and Broke” sung by Khalid. Normally I’m not a big fan of Khalid’s music, but the more I listened to this song (as well as the rest of his recent album), I actually enjoyed it!

A unique book that stuck out to me was “Popular” by Maya Van Wagenen. I don’t think we will ever find a book similar to this one, and I really enjoyed reading it. It expressed Maya’s individually and braveness. I don’t think I’d ever be able to do something similar to what Maya did in this novel!

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CHILL: Favourite chill, relaxing song / A book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day.

My favourite chill song is “Slide” by Calvin Harris. It has such a nice beat and uplifting vibe, and I loved listening to his entire album.

A book I’d curl up with and read on a rainy day is “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins. I loved this book, but have yet to read any of her other books. You can read my review of the book, here.

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ADDICTING: Guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / Guilty pleasure, trashy, fast, light read.

One of my favourite guilty pleasure songs is “Beauty and a Beat” sung by Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. While the song doesn’t have much substance, it has a great beat and rhythm. It’s one of my favourite Bieber songs!

“My True Love Gave To Me” written by over 10 YA authors is one of my favourite holiday light read books, and I have read it during every winter break since it was published. You can read my review of the book, here!

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I don’t have any bloggers to tag off the top of my head, but feel free to join in on the tag if you enjoyed my post!

Thanks so much for reading today’s blog post! What has been your favourite song to listen to lately? Let me know in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!

Christmas Song Book Tag!

Hello everyone!

In the spirits of the holidays being right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to participate in the Christmas Song book tag! Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, I wanted to do this post now so that everyone can get excited about the holidays coming up. I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, I to do not, but I still wanted to participate in the fun!


1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Dorothy from the Dorothy Must Die series is quite the villain, if I do say so myself! From an amazing back story, to the evil creature she seems to have become, she proves herself to be one of my favourite villains. Although, I have read many books, and I have read about some other great villains previously, too!

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Although I don’t have a tree, I do hope to buy myself “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicole Yoon. I just recently read her debut novel “Everything, Everything” (a review shall be going up shortly) and absolutely loved it, so I know I need to get my hands on this one very soon!

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

I am currently reading the “Room” by Emma Donaghue for a school project, and I think Ma, Jack’s mom, overcomes some great obstacles and learns how to live with those obstacles.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

I think that Alex, from The Land of Stories, would be on the top of the nice list because she is so nice and caring. On the other hand, I think that Connor from TLOS would be on the top of the naughty list because he is always up to something!

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a book that melts your heart. I absolutely devoured this book and read it in one sitting on a sick day during winter break. You can read my book review here.

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Living in Canada, there are quite a few books who take place out of my country. One of my favourite books is Anna and the French Kiss, and that is based in Europe! You can read my review here.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

You can read all about my favourite winter reads here!

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

The fictional character I would love to spend the holidays with is Froggy from The Land of Stories. He is such an old and wise soul, and I feel like holidays with him would be so fun!

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

The book I would DEFINITELY sacrifice is Kissing in America. I received a copy of this book from a publishing house, and I didn’t enjoy it.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

I was actually just talking about this with a few friends in my english class this morning! A book that I think everyone should read is “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini. It has such a memorable message, and I love it so much!


That is my version of the Christmas Song book tag! I tag anyone who wants to join in on the fun!

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Good Night Book Owls!

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!

Hi  everyone!

I’ve seen this TAG around the blogosphere for a while, and not just in the bookish area  of it! Thanks to Sarah @ ShesJustFangirling for tagging me in this awesome tag! Let’s get started!

How long have you been a blogger?

I have been blogging for more than 2 years now! I started my blog in December 2013, and am currently in my 3 year of blogging! It has been so much fun, and I don’t know what I’d  do without having created my blog! There are so many amazing people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had. I couldn’t be more thankful!

At what point do you think you will stop?

At this point, I don’t think I’ll ever stop! I’ve had so many amazing memories from it, and I’d never want it to end! I’ve taken several breaks, but I really enjoy it so I don’t see a point of stopping!

What is the best thing?

Besides all of the amazing book, I love all of the events I’ve been able to attend! Among them being, HCC Frenzy Presents, Raincoast Teen Preview and the TIBF!

What is the worst thing?

There isn’t really anything bad about book blogging, but whenever I’m on a reading slump it’s  really hard to right bookish related content/reviews. This normally ends up myself having to take a little break which is kind of depressing…!

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

I’ve always loved book blogs that make there own graphics for each post, such as Falling Down the Book Hole. I haven’t figured out a  good way to do that yet, so I mainly just stick to book covers which are really easy to find.

Who’s your book crush?

I’d have to say Ettienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss.

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

Honestly, anybody who wants to come on my blog is welcome to email me!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Whatever I want mainly. I’m currently writing this at school after I’ve finished all of my work. Normally I’ll be in my pajamas or comfy clothes.

How long does it take you to prepare?

I don’t really know if you’d say prepare, but I like to schedule my blog posts weekly (I’m scheduling this one of Wednesday, to go up the day you see this). It’s way easier to do that because then I know I’m free to do stuff during the week.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Besides the MLB Toronto BlueJays community, it’s one of the best out there!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I have an entire “Creating a Book Blog” series, which you can find here. I’d recommend scheduling a ton of posts through out the month, and make sure you have social media linked to your blog. Also, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CONTACT ME page, and here’s why.

Who do you tag?

I TAG these amazing blogs…  (my favourite girls who start with A – not actually I just love all of there blogs and it’s a coincidence).

Aneta

Alina

Ashley  

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Good Night Book Owls!

 

 

Hanukkah Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to be creating a Hanukkah Book Tag! I figured since there are a lot of Christmas Book Tags, I would do a Hanukkah one!

Let’s get started!

  1. The Oil lasted for eight nights… what book did you take your time with and end up loving?

It took me 2 weeks to finish Cress by Marissa Meyer, but I ended up loving it! It’s taking me a while to finish Winter, but I’m loving it so far, too!

2. Spinning Driedal… What book made you spin around and around?

A book that made me “spin around and around” was Red Scarf Girl. I had to read this for school last year, and I felt like there was no plot in it and once it got kind of good, it was done!

3. Hanukkah Gelt… What is the fanciest book/bookset you own?

I actually don’t have a lot of special bookish stuff, but I love this Hunger Games box set that I bought a few years ago!

4. Latka’s (Potato Pancakes)… What book do you love and reread once a year?

As most of you know, I’m in love with The Land Of Stories by Chris Colfer, and I always reread it every year!

5. Maccabees… What book has an amazing group of characters that beat out the enemies?

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning has an amazing group of characters that #ComeTOgether (BLUEJAYS REFERENCE!!) to defeat the bad characters!

6. Family Time! What book has an amazing family aspect that touched your heart?

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini may not have a huge family aspect, but in a way friends are more like family in this novel! Read my review here. 

I hope that you all enjoyed my Hanukkah Book Tag!

Good Night Book Owls!

Summer Lovin’ Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

As summer is coming to an end, I thought that it would be fun to do the Summer Lovin’ Book Tag! I am kind of in a rush, so I will just be showing pictures to describe my answer!

The Summer Lovin’ Book Tag was created by RichardDenney, check out the original video here.


1. Start of summer: Pick a book with an attention grabbing first sentence?

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2. Too hot to go Out: Pick a book for a day in?
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3. Summer Road trip: Pick a book you’d take with you on the road?

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4. Iced Tea Goodness: Pick a book with a cold setting?

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5. Nasty Sunburn: A book you really disliked (so far) this year?

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6. Sizzling Read: Recommend one of your favorite books?


I hope that you guys enjoyed this quckie book tag!

I TAG:

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https://justadreamer24.wordpress.com/

https://enthrallingdimple.wordpress.com/

Wanna be TAGGED in my next book tag? Check out how to be, here!

Good Night Book Owls!