The Cake Flavored Book Tag, Yum!

A few months ago (we all know how bad I am at doing tags in a timely manner), I was tagged by Erin to do the cake flavored book tag! I love cake and I obviously love books, so this will be a fun tag to do…and it might make me a little hungry.

CHOCOLATE — a dark book that you loved

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: I wouldn’t say this is the darkest book I’ve read, but it definitely has some dark—and gruesome—elements to it. I adore Rory Power and her writing so much because of those elements, though. They are woven into the story in such a beautiful way. If you like Rory Power (or are interested in her books), I did an interview with her for my podcast last month that you can listen to here.

VANILLA —  favorite light read

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: This is one of the most recent YA contemporaries that I read and loved! It has a few more serious elements to it, but overall it was such a great, light-hearted, funny read. I will be adding all of Leah Johnson’s future books to my TBR!

RED VELVET — a book that gave you mixed emotions

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: I thought a 3 star read was the perfect choice for this prompt. This was a really good read that contained a lot of elements I love in books: mixed media, mystery, messy characters. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a favorite read. I’m still excited to read the rest of the series, though!

CHEESECAKE — a book that you’d recommend to everyone

Talking As Fast As You Can by Lauren Graham: I’m currently deep into a Gilmore Girls rewatch (something that I have playing in the background on my tv almost at all times), so this book came to mind. It’s a memoir by Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai in the show. This is just an overall great read. Lauren talks about the beginnings of her acting career, and it was really funny. I loved listening to the audiobook because it’s narrated by Lauren herself!

COFFEE — a book that you started but never finished.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: This doesn’t really count because it’s a book I just started earlier this month but put down to finish a different read. I still plan on reading it this month, I just wanted to prioritize the other book first! In fact I’m hoping to finish it this week!

CARROT — a book with great writing

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay: I just read this one last month and I’ve talked about it quite a few times on my various platforms. I adored this book, though, and I will continue to shout about it to the world. The book was so beautifully written, and I think more people need to know about it!

What’s your favorite type of cake? Mine’s definitely cheesecake!

The Netflix Book Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good holiday season this year, given the circumstances.

Since I’ve been home from school, all I’ve been doing is catching up on movies and shows that have been on my Netflix list for ages, so I thought it was appropriate to do this tag now!

I’m not sure who the original creator is, but I saw it on Kristin’s blog a really long time ago (yes, that’s how long I save tags for), so check it out!

Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading

Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham: I will talk more about this book in my wrap up, but it was an enjoyable read! It’s also my last read of 2020!

Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: I’ve only read 2 other short stories and novels by Shirley Jackson, but I absolutely loved them. This one has been recommended to me quite a few times after I read The Haunting of Hill House! I also have the movie adaptation of this on my Netflix list, so I need to get on it ASAP!

Recently Added: The last book you bought

The Lord of the Rings box set by J.R.R. Tolkien: I have had this specific box set on my mind for years. I almost bought it so many times, but then I kept holding off. I finally decided to purchase it for myself as a Christmas gift, and I am so happy that I did. I’ve only read The Hobbit (2 years ago for a children’s literature class), but I really enjoyed it. That’s what inspired me to purchase this set!

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have read or have no interest in reading)

Read:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: This book has been super hyped this year, and for good reason! This is a beautiful historical fiction about two Black twins who split up and live very different lives—one passes as white, while the other escapes an abusive marriage.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Everyone has heard of this book, and everyone has heard of how heartbreaking it is. I just had to include this one here!

Unread:

Circe by Madeline Miller: This book was one that I had on my TBR for a while, but the longer I thought about it, the less interested I was in it. I’m sure it is a really good book, like everyone says! But personally, I know I wouldn’t really enjoy it.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I feel like everyone is going to hate me for this one, but I just have no desire to read this series (or any of SJM’s other books). I tried ACOTAR and didn’t really like it, and I’m also not really a YA fantasy person—especially a series.

Comedies: A funny book

Shit, Actually by Lindy West: This was a really fun book where a woman gives commentary about various films. Her reading this was just so entertaining, and I highly recommend it if you like to watch movies!

Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king

Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: I have the worst book memory possible, so it’s hard for me to think of things like this right away, but I had The Cruel Prince lying next to me, so I thought of Cardan. Not only is he a legitimate king, but he is very dramatic, too.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

The Switch by Beth O’Leary: Illustrated novels are all the rage right now, but it was surprisingly difficult for me to choose a book for this! I decided to go with The Switch because I think the cover with the doors is absolutely adorable. Plus, it was a phenomenal read!

Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han: I absolutely must do a re-read of this series soon. It is definitely one of my favorite series of all time, but I have never re-read it!

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton: This is a book that needs to be read by everyone. It’s a story about a women who was raped who then accused the wrong man of the crime. He went to prison for years until it was finally proven that he was innocent. It made me sob, but it was so beautiful.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: For some reason, this was the first book to come to mind. It definitely has a lot of action (the whole series does), and I think it’s just a really fun read!

New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: This is probably going to be one of my first reads of 2021, and I am so excited! It has been out for a little while now, but I wanted to include it here!

This was such a fun tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I enjoyed writing them :)

I can’t believe I have just one more post going up in 2020. There are going to be some changes and new things coming in 2021 that I’m really excited to be sharing soon, so be on the lookout for that!

For now, I’ll see you on Thursday :)

Baby It’s Cold Outside Tag

Back in November, I was tagged by the lovely Erin to do the Baby It’s Cold Outside tag that she created. I’m a little late, but it’s actually snowing as I write this, so I think it’s a fitting time to post it!

Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book? 🌨

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: Admittedly, I haven’t re-read this book since my first read back when I was 14. But this book just brings back the best memories for me, as does the entire trilogy. Plus, I’ve watched the movies a ton of times, too, so it’s just become one big ball of comfort for me.

Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it (a little morid, but…)? 👼🏼

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: Look, I don’t know if I’ll be buried with this book. But I do plan on getting a tattoo inspired by it, so close enough, right? This book is everything to me, if I’m being completely honest. I love it so much.

Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?) 🔥

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: The angst and the feelings in this book. Ugh, impeccable. I still need to read book #2, and I’m just desperately waiting to get my hands on a copy from the library!!

Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read? 🍫

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: Is now the time I have to admit that I haven’t read any Holiday books in years??? I’ve read quite a few books set in Winter but they just don’t give off the Holiday vibes. I did read this Dickens novel back in elementary school and it was the first one that came to mind, so Im putting it on here.

Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes? 🛷

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: One of my favorite books of the year for sure and the ending? Shocking for sure! If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend picking it up.

Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover? 🧥

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer: I hate this cover. So much. And the book wasn’t that great either (🙈).

Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you marathoned? 🎬

After The Eclipse by Fran Dorricott: I just finished this one last night but I read the majority of it in 2 days (and it’s over 400 pages, so that was FAST for me). I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns in this thriller.

Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year? 🎅

I didn’t ask for any books for Christmas this year because I just don’t need any at the moment! But, on my ARC wishlist right now are The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin, She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon!

That’s it for the tag! If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged by me!

And let me know if you agree with any of my answers, or tell me what books you would pick! And thank you so much to the lovely Erin for tagging me :)

5 Star Predictions for 2021 (#5)

Hello! This is my fifth installment of 5 star predictions! I’m almost done with reading the books from the last batch, but I thought I would do a post with my predictions for the new year!

This is also another way to get myself to read books I’ve been putting off reading, so I’m going to try to get to these early on in 2021. This is how I’m holing myself accountable. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Boarding school horror story. What else is more me than this? I’ve also seen some pretty good reviews of this, so I’m really looking forward to reading it! I have an audiobook courtesy of Libro.fm, so I think this is going to be a great book to dive into soon!

Anxious People by Fredrik Bachman

I have had multiple books by Bachman on my TBR over the years, but I’ve never picked one up yet. I have heard phenomenal things about the author, and I’m expecting the book to be very poignant and beautifully written. All I know is that it is about a robber who holds a group of people hostage at an apartment open house! It sounds super intriguing, and I’m curious to know how the story will unfold!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

My sister got me this book for my birthday last month, and it has taken a lot of willpower not to have started it right away. I held myself back because I was still working through quite a few other books, and I don’t think I’ll have time to get through it this month either. BUT, that means it is a perfect read to start the new year off with, and I think that is exactly what I’m going to do! In case you don’t know, this is a story about a girl who makes a bargain with the devil to live forever in exchange for being forgotten by everyone she meets. Until she meets someone who remembers her…

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I love a good YA mystery. And this is a Sherlock Holmes spinoff about the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time, and it’s imperative that I get to it in 2021. I want to even finish the whole series, though I’m not sure when that will happen!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

This is a book about a mysterious illness that causes people to fall asleep and not wake up. I don’t know much else besides that, but I have heard some very good things about it. I think it will be a strange and atmospheric novel, if the cover is any judge. My lovely friend Olivia gifted it to me, and I can not wait to pick it up!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? I would love to hear any opinions on them you have!

The Book Blogger Oldie Tag

Hello everyone! Today I am excited to be sharing another tag with you all. This is one that I saw Holly do based off of the Booktube Oldie Tag created by Monica Kim!

I have been blogging for quite a while now, so I would definitely consider myself an oldie. I knew I wanted to eventually getting around to doing this tag, and here I am, finally getting to it!

1. How long have you been part of the book blogging community?

As of September, I have been blogging on this site for 5 whole years! I still can’t believe that. You can read my 5 year thank you post here :)

2. What was your biggest misconception before starting a book blog?

Truthfully, I didn’t have any misconceptions because I sort of started book blogging…by accident? I began my blog as a lifestyle/beauty blog, and then slowly started making more reading-related content. Eventually, all of my content became centered around books, which is what got me here today! Basically, I just started writing about books and was already in the book blogging community before I even realized it.

3. How do you think book blogging has changed since you first started?

It is a lot more inclusive now, for sure. Back when I first started, I remember mainly seeing posts about super hyped books (John Green, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, etc). Obviously, many books that are talked about now are still ones that are hyped many times, but I’ve also seen the community grow to more niche-based bloggers who post books outside of the traditional YA sphere.

Publishing as a whole has become much more diverse (though there is still a long way to go), but many people have now made an effort to include more representation in their reading (myself included).

4. What is your favorite book blogging memory?

My favorite memories have to be any time that I met a blogger friend in real life! The fact that I’ve been able to make such genuine connections online and then translate them to the real world is incredible to me! I wish more of my blogger friends lived near me so I could see them more often.

5. What are some books that you were introduced to because of book blogging?

Oh wow, there are so many. Prior to book blogging, I honestly didn’t really pay much attention to new releases. I would go into Barnes and Noble or the library and just pick a book that caught my eye based on the cover and synopsis. I miss those days a little bit, but I’ve also found so many incredible books because of bloggers.

Some that immediately come to mind:

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

6. What is something that frustrates you about book blogging?

It’s frustrating that we are still not treated with the same respect as the rest of the book community. I understand that blogging may not be as popular as Booktube anymore, but book bloggers are truly the foundation of the book community. I just wish that more people would recognize it as a valid and genuine platform because it has such a huge impact on a lot of people.

7. What is your hope for the future of book blogging?

I hope that it will continue to be more inclusive and diverse, that people will be friendlier and more welcoming, and that it will continue to improve every single day!

That is it for this tag! I had so much fun writing these answers, and I hope that some of you will join in and do the tag yourself!

See you next week :)

Finally Fall Book Tag 2020!

Hello everyone! I know that fall started a little while ago, but I definitely want to take part in this tag! Fall is my absolute favorite season, and this tag is a great way to welcome these next 3 months.

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: This book was full of descriptions of the island where the boarding school is located that these girls attend. I could picture it so vividly in my mind, and it played like a movie while I was reading the book.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief

How To Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow: This is the perfect book for this list. It was such a beautifully written story, but it is also very heavy and dark. Proceed with caution with this one. It is one that I loved very dearly.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington: I read this book pretty recently, and it was so fascinating. I don’t think people understand the value of sleep. We live (at least in American) in a world that thrives on work and productivity—and I’ve been swept up in that, too. Many people praise pulling all-nighters and applaud others for working hard for weeks on end. But sleep is vital to our success, happiness, and health. Without it, you won’t be able to thrive! Highly recommend this one, it was so fascinating.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of

The King of Crows by Libba Bray: I chose the last book in this series because I feel like here is where everyone is the closest and the friend group is really prominent. These characters all care about each other so much, and they are such a tight-knit group. I would love to be part of it!

5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines

Here is a very random stack of orange, yellow, and red books that I put together for this!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is the first book that popped into my mind. In case you don’t know, in this book, Evelyn Hugo is recounting her life to a journalist. This book is such a great fall read. It’s a slower paced book that is so beautifully written, and it is sure to put you in that cozy, autumnal mood.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I just read this one a couple of days ago, and it was such a phenomenal read. It reminded me a lot of The Yellow Wallpaper and The Turn of the Screw, so if you like those creepy, haunted house vibes, you’ll enjoy this one a lot! It was really atmospheric, and I enjoyed it a lot.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo: This book isn’t necessarily really short, but it is definitely a fun, fast-paced contemporary! It gave me all the feels, and I really enjoyed it. I also really want to read more of Maurene Goo’s books because this one was so good!

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I am in dire need of a re-read of this one! You guys already know it’s one of my favorite books of all time, and I read it right before it came out last year. I desperately want to re-read it, and as soon as I find the time, that is what I hope to do! I think it’ll be one of my last reads of 2020!

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”

Candles and fuzzy socks: I wear fuzzy socks all year round, but especially during the fall and winter, they are THE BEST. A true necessity to comfort during this season. I also love burning a vanilla, pumpkin, or cinnamon-y candle. It really sets the mood, especially if you dim the lights and lay under a warm blanket. Wow, that sounds so nice I might go do it right now!

That’s all for the tag! If you want to do it, feel free to consider yourself tagged by me :)

Let me know what you thought of my answers to these questions.

See you on Thursday!

Books I’m Bringing to College – Junior Year Edition!

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to write this post! This is now my third year of sharing what books I’m bringing to college with me, but it’s a little different this year. Freshman and sophomore year, I had YOU choose what books I brought through a series of Twitter polls.

This year, I am not doing that, only because I completely forgot that I had done this in the past, and I already chose which books I’m bringing with me. I hope you can forgive me for that, though (🙈).

Alright, let’s look at the books!

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett: This is one of my most recent book purchases, and it is one I am really looking forward to reading. So many people have been talking about this book, which makes me really interested in it. I’ve also heard amazing things about The Mothers by this author, so if I enjoy this one, I will be adding the other to my TBR for sure!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I want to finally pick this one up in the very near future, so of course I am bringing it with me to school. I actually bought it while I was at school last year, so I had it with me for a long time, but never got around to it. This year, I really plan to.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard: I am not a big adult fantasy reader, but this is a book I remember hearing Merphy Napier talk about a lot in the past, and the way she described it made me really interested. That was a year or two ago, though, and I still haven’t read it.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This is another book that I have had on my TBR for quite a while, so I want to get to it ASAP. I also own Before I Fall, which I also want to read sometime soon. Hopefully I really enjoy this one!

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: This cover is gorgeous. I’ve heard great things about this book. I’ve talked about it quite a lot, so we’re just going to move on. But I am really excited to read it!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: I have been wanting to explore the world of YA mysteries for a while now, especially after reading the Truly Devious series this year. Many of my friends have really enjoyed this one, so I want to give it a shot! I’m not letting my expectations get too high, though, as I am a bit picky about this genre.

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I’ve talked about this book a lot quite recently, as I really want to read it, and I have heard amazing things about it. I know it will be a more hard-hitting story, which are usually some of my favorite books.

The House by Christina Lauren: Did you know Christina Lauren wrote a thriller many years back before they started mainly writing romance? Truthfully, when I bought this book, it was before I even knew who Christina Lauren were, and it took me many months before I made the connection. I think it will be very interesting to see their writing in a different genre.

*New* Five Star Predictions + Update! (#4)

I can’t believe I’m already doing my fourth ‘five star predictions post.’ I might finally be getting better at this, but I don’t want to jinx myself with this next set!

Anyway, I’m going to quickly go over the books from my last predictions post, and then share 5 more predictions!

Previous Predictions:

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power: This was absolutely without a doubt a 5 star read for me. I have an entire review post up for this one if you want to check it out, but it really did exceed my expectations. Beautiful. Phenomenal. Amazing.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Another 5 star read! Woohoo! I’m already doing better than my first predictions post (oops). I really knew I would love this one because Six of Crows was such a great read, and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I wanted to better know the characters. I definitely got that from this second book!

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: The first one I got wrong. I gave this book 3 stars only. I just wasn’t a big fan of it, and it was a huge disappointment to me because I know so many people loved it.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan: Another loss here. This one was just not a good book to me at all. I was so bored by it, and I did not enjoy the story. I gave it 2 stars, and I don’t want to talk more about it, but it just wasn’t for me!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: Luckily, we’re ending on a positive note! I gave this one five stars, which doesn’t surprise me at all. I absolutely loved Little Fires Everywhere, and I knew that Celeste Ng would not disappoint with this one.

I got 3/5! Not too bad, if I say so myself. Should I aim for 4/5 in the next round?

New Predictions:

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I have been wanting to read this book for far too long, and I’m very embarrassed that I have not yet read it (especially since I have an ARC 😭). I have heard nothing but amazing things about this one, though, and it is supposed to be about a heavier topic. If you know me, you know that I love hard-hitting contemporaries, so I am looking forward to it.

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: Full disclosure- this book is on here solely because of the cover. In all honesty, I don’t know what it’s about at all. BUT, I have heard some great things about it, and every time I see it on my bookshelf, I feel drawn to it. I’ve been scared to pick it up because of this reason, though, so this is my way of forcing myself to finally pick it up.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I have now read all of Leigh’s published works (not including her novellas) except for this book! I am SO excited for it, especially considering that I have given all of her books high ratings. Plus, dark academia is totally my vibe, and I’ve been wanting to read more of it.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green: This book has such a high rating on Goodreads, and everyone I know who’s read it has LOVED it. I am very excited to pick it up, especially because I know it has to do with social media. That is a topic I have been increasingly interested in reading because I have really been seeing how social media affects me personally. I think it will be both an enjoyable and thought-provoking read!

You Have a Match by Emma Lord: Last year, I read Emma Lord’s ‘Tweet Cute,’ and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of her next release! I absolutely loved her debut book, and I have such a good feeling about this one. I just know it will be such a cute, swoon-worthy read, and sometimes you just need one of those!

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! I’m really hoping that at least 3 of these are 5-star reads, but obviously I hope all 5 of them are.

I can not wait to get into these soon, and hopefully give you all another update in a couple of months!

What are some of your 5 star predictions?

Folklore Book Tag

I have not stopped listening to Folklore since it came out. And listen. I was never a huge TS fan. I’ve always enjoyed her music, but I wouldn’t consider myself part of the fandom or anything. Then, Lover came out, and so many people on my Twitter timeline were talking about it. Naturally, I listened to it, and I fell in love with so many of the songs.

But, folklore??? This is a whole new level of perfection, and I think it may be one of my favorite albums of all time (and definitely Taylor’s best). I’m in it now. I’m part of the fandom, okay? Y’all converted me.

I know this post is a little late, but I had other posts to get up first, so I apologize. But it’s never too late to gush about these songs, so it’s fine.

I was tagged by Ruby, who is such a light! Thank you so much for the tag 🥰 And thank you to Isla, who created it!! I am in love with it and all of the questions!

The Rules:

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people. 
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.

The Questions:

*I tried picking books that I don’t talk about too often for this tag, too!

the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: Wow, this book was phenomenal! I just talked about it in my July wrap-up, but it truly was amazing. The entire book left me speechless, to be quite honest. I had no idea where the story was going, and it really took me by surprise in the best way possible. I’m not going to go into details because you absolutely should pick it up for yourself! And you can read it along with the Unfriendly Black Hotties Book Club because it’s their August pick!

cardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book is definitely a favorite of mine, and I will be re-visiting it soon. It tells lots of great stories and is filled with adventure.

But the entire book is really sad throughout, which is why this is the perfect answer to this question! I’m sure you’ve heard lots about this book before, but if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should!

the last great american dynasty // a book with a fascinating and well-told story

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: I don’t talk about this series enough to be honest! But it was so interesting, and the whole thing left me wanting more. It is crafted really well, and I think it is one of the best YA mysteries out there.

The entire series was great, too, which is hard to find in books! I usually end up really disliking at least one book, but that was not the case at all here. Each one really added to the story and it wrapped up nicely.

exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read

Sociable by Rebecca Harrington: There are a lot of books I could have chosen for this one, so I’m just going with my latest 1 star read.

This was an ARC I received quite a while ago, but I just finally read it last month (oops). I could have saved some time by not reading it, I can say that for sure.

my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably 

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman: This is a book about a girl dealing with the grief of losing her sister, and if that isn’t enough to make you cry, I don’t know what will.

I was honestly in tears for the majority of the book. The writing was also so beautiful, and I really love this author.

mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I know I said I was trying to pick books that I don’t talk about a lot for this tag, but I just couldn’t not mention this book! The entire time I was reading this book, I really felt like I was in a trance. I adored every single thing about it, and the whole book is really an ode to storytelling. It made me fall in love with writing even more.

seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

Judy Moody Books by Megan McDonald: I thought about my answer to this one for a while because I have a lot of childhood favorites (The Magic Treehouse, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Junie B. Jones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, etc.).

But my official pick is the Judy Moody series! I loved so many of these books, and I can picture a few of them on my shelves so clearly. It just warms my heart when I think about these books (and yes, I’ve seen the movie). The two pictured above are definitely my favorites!

august // a book that reminds you of summer

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood: I read this book a few years ago, and I adored it! It has ‘summer’ in the title, so obviously it is the perfect choice!

It was fun to follow the lives of four siblings because not many books do that. I need to pick up more by Jessica Spotswood because this book was a really great read!

this is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness 

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow: This book was so heartbreaking but beautiful. I listened to the audiobook, and the whole time I was so immersed in this story.

It is definitely a book about loneliness and grief and friendship and pain. Also, the cover is really stunning.

Illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: This book was just SO. GOOD. I think I might have even loved it more than THUG, which is hard to believe! I read it fairly soon after it came out I believe, and I still think about it to this day!

I don’t know how Angie will top either of her two books, but I know she will, which is incredible to me.

invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: I read this book when I was about 14 I think, and it really changed my world. It was the first time I saw myself represented in a book (OCD), and I related to the main character so much. I also think it’s what got me into poetry, and I will forever be thankful for that because poetry changed my life for the better. This book holds such a special place in my heart!

mad woman // a book with a female character you adore

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: I LOVE LIZ LIGHTY SO MUCH AND I ALWAYS WILL. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

epiphany// a book that was haunting

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: This was a phenomenal read and it really had a haunting vibe to it! It takes place in a smart house, and the twists and turns make it a super chilling read- which is one of my favorite types of stories! It was a really well done retelling of a classic, too!

betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning

The Diviners by Libba Bray: There were many couples in this series that I adored, but I’m going to point out one specifically that made my heart soar!

Mini spoiler- Proceed at your own risk!I completely loved Memphis and Theta together!! They made me so happy, and it was just so wholesome. I was so glad that Theta had found someone who cared for her so much, especially after the toxic/abusive relationship she had left.

peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett: The main characters in this book, Theodora & Huck, completely stole my heart! They were both such amazing characters. I say this every time I talk about Jenn Bennett, but she really does write the best characters. They are so well fleshed out, and I feel like I really know them!

hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman: This book was a huge disappointment for me because I was expecting to love it, but it fell so flat 😭 I was hoping for a relatable main character plus a fun romance, and this was just…not that at all. There was no character development, and the romance was lacking completely.

I tag anyone who loves Folklore and wants to do this tag! It was such a fun one :)

Let me know what you thought of my answers & tell me what your favorite song (or songs, I know it’s hard to choose) is from the album!

The Stuck at Home Book Tag

It’s been… a long time since I’ve done any sort of official tag post (aside from the Mid Year Freakout). I love doing tags, though, I really do. They are so much fun and I get to talk about things that I normally don’t talk about!

Today, I wanted to do the stuck at home book tag, even though I’m a little late (BUT it’s the perfect opportunity to remind you to please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, etc.! This virus isn’t over yet!) because I was tagged to do it by Juli from Kozy Words! I am so excited— and thank you Juli!!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Link back to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

The Questions

What are you currently reading?

This is definitely not going to be accurate by the time this post goes up, but I’m currently reading The King of Crows by Libba Bray—meaning I’m FINALLY finishing The Diviners series!! I’m not very far into it as of now, but I am really excited to see how this story ends. I have been waiting months for my hold to come in from Libby, and now that I have it, I am going to devour it!

What’s your favorite “can’t leave the house” activity?

At the beginning of self-isolation, my favorite activity was hiking and baking. I was going on hikes pretty much daily. My dad, sister, and I would explore all of the parks and trails near us that we’ve never been to (we just moved here a little less than a year ago), and it was such a great experience. I was getting more fresh air than ever before, and I was feeling my best. Unfortunately, it is now usually too hot to go during the day, and no one in my family would wake up early enough to go with me in the mornings. So, now I mainly go on runs around my neighborhood or at the nearest track by me.

I also love baking, but that’s something that I’ve been doing less of once again. I think I just got bored of it after a while (oops 🙈) because I was making the same few recipes. I have to try out something new soon. Speaking of baking, I did a whole post where I tried different recipes from books, so check it out!

A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

Umm… my entire TBR. There are honestly too many to name, so I’m not even going to try.

An intimidating book on your TBR?

Right now, I’m most intimidated by A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. I want to finish this series before the summer ends, but I keep putting it off. The book is just so long. Plus, I read the first two as audiobooks, so having to read the final one physically is worrying me a little bit.

I also have an entire post that just went up on Tuesday about books that I am intimidated by, so check that out, too!

Top 3 priority books on your TBR?

  • The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Recommend a short book!

I can’t recommend just one because I’ve read quite a few that I LOVED recently, so here’s another list:

  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Recommend a long book!

This book isn’t really that long (498 pages), but I don’t read a lot of tomes. I’m going to recommend The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern because it’s one of my favorite (if not #1 favorite) books of all time.

Something you’d love to do while stuck at home?

I would love to start working more on my undergraduate honors thesis for school. I want to start the planning, researching, and early development of it because it would get me ahead once classes start in the Fall! I’ve already done a bit of outlining and research, but my goal for August is to do even more.

What do you plan on reading next?

Next on my TBR as of now is Sociable by Rebecca Harrington!

The Tags

I don’t like tagging people anymore but if you want to do this post, consider yourself tagged!

Are any of these answers the same as yours? Let me know! And tell me how you feel about any of the books I mentioned :)