Folklore Book Tag

It’s Thursday, so you know what that means…Book Tag Time!

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Today I’m happily taking part in the Folklore Book Tag. Thank you to Star @ Star Is All Booked Up for tagging me!

The 1: A Book You Grew Out Of

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I got swept up in the Grishaverse a couple years ago. While I still appreciate the Grisha trilogy, I’m not as enthused as I was once was!

Cardigan: a book you keep coming back to

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi 
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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

I have many fond memories of Reading Lolita in Tehran! This takes me back to my days living in New York City several years ago.

The Last Great American Dynasty: A book where everything goes wrong

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

This story had every possible worst case scenario in play!

Exile: An ending you didn’t like

The Stand by Stephen King
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The Stand by Stephen King

I enjoyed this story, but that ending…why???

My Tears Ricochet: Broke Your Heart

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Oh my, that ending…yanked at my heartstrings!

Mirrorball: A book that speaks to your soul

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I flowed with this story so much! This was a rock documentary I never wanted to end!

Seven: Characters you want to take home and protect

Eve Brown. She seems like such a free spirit! can’t wait to read her story next year!

August: Summer Love

Crier's War by Nina Varela
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Crier’s War: Crier and Ayla

This bond is so complicated and beautiful!

This Is Me Trying: Mental Illness Rep

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
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When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

This is a riveting story about two girls at a crossroads, and a teacher who stops at nothing to guide them through.

Illicit Affairs: Forbidden Romance

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The story about a demon who’s entwined with the Mayfair witches throughout the generations

Invisible String: Soulmates

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Chloe Brown & Red Morgan)

Chloe and Red are made for each other!

Mad Woman: Vengeful Woman

GIrls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
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Girls of Paper & Fire (Lei)

Lei is out for revenge, and nothing will stop her!

Epiphany: A Loss You’re Not Over

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi
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The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

There was a death in the Oyster Thief that was so heartbreaking. It was such a journey!

Betty: Love Triangle, F/F Romance

A Blade so Black by LL. McKinney
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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

This series is filled with a thrilling F/F romance!

Peace: Found Family

I would go with The Gilded Wolves again. This is such a solid group!

Hoax: Character That Fooled You

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (Malachiasz)

He was a definite trickster!

Those are the questions for this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my responses!

Feel free to take part in this tag!

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My Life In Books Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Today I’m doing the My Life In Books Book Tag. Thank you so much to Cielo @ Bellerose Reads for tagging me. Feel free to check out her blog for some amazing content!

1. Find a book for each of your initials

C – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
A – A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
T – Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
H – Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
L – Lobizona by Romina Garber
E – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
E – Eva’s Treetop Adventure by Rebecca Elliott
N – No Exit by Taylor Adams

2. Count your age along your bookshelf

42 – The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

3. Pick a Book Set in Your City/Country

The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen (United States: set between my home state in New Jersey & Pennsylvania)

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

CIty of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – I want to visit Scotland one of these days!

5. Pick a book that has your favorite color on it

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – Purple is my fave!

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman – I read this story a few years ago, while working at a local private school. It’s such a heartwarming book!

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon – This story had very slow pacing. I was so glad when I finally finished reading it!

8. Which book on your TBR pile will give you the most achievement when you finish it?

The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler
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The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler – I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for a year. It’s a big one, so I’ll be happy when I finally get to it/finish it!

Tagging

Corina @ The Brown Eyed Bookworm
Karen @ Twisted in Pages
Tessa @ Tessa Talks Books

Those are my answers! Do you have any similar books in common? Let me know in the comments!

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The Summer Vibes Book Tag

Summer is now in full force, which means it’s time for The Summer Vibes Book Tag! Thank you so much Ashlee @ Books are 42 for tagging me! Although many of us are still restricted to our homes, the sun is shining (along with the heat!) in Central NJ. I would say that calls for Summer fun!

Rules:

  • Mention the creator and link back to the original post! (Deanna @ The Comfy Reader)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer all the prompts below however you see fit
  • Tag some friends!
  • Feel free to use the graphics

The Beach: A Book Set Somewhere Tropical

I think of Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Part of the story is set in the Dominican Republic, which is always very warm and tropical!


Music Festival: A Book with a Focus on Music

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is a rock documentary style novel, featuring a young singer and the band that changed her life.


Watermelon: A Book with a Juicy Secret

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. This historical fiction tale carried quite a plot twist!


Water Park: A Book Set Near or on The Water

All the Stars and Teeth by Adelyn Grace. This story centers on a world of water!


Ice Cream: A Book or Genre That is a Guilty Pleasure

I would say that Love, Art, and Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone was a guilty pleasure read for me!


Picnic with Friends: A Book About Friendship

I would say The Gilded Wolves and The Boyfriend Project are excellent stories about close friendships!


Road Trip: A Book that Takes You on an Adventure

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto is quite an adventurous story!


Sunburn: A Book that you Regret Reading

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon.


Summer Dress: A Book that is Light and Cute

Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright. I absolutely loved it!


Mosquito: A Book with an Annoying Character

Elena Richardson from Little Fires Everywhere. Did not like her at all!


Tagging:

Books Best Blog

Bri at Books and Shadows

Star is All Booked Up


Love and Light, Cathleen

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My Life in Books Tag

I decided to do the ‘My Life in Books’ tag! I discovered this tag through eleanorsophiewrites‘ page.

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials

C: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
A: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
T: Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
H: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
L: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
E: Eighth Grade Bites by Z. Brewer
E: Emotional Rescue by Ben Greenman
N: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pick A Book Set In Your City/Country
The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen

Pick A Book That Has Your Favourite Colour On It
Since I adore the color Purple: These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memories Of?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It was a recommendation from my poetry therapy community. I enjoyed that story!

Which Book Did You Have The Most Difficulty Reading?
Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon

Which Book On Your TBR Pile Will Give You The Most Achievement When You Finish It?
The Buried by Peter Hessler. It’s a non-fiction story about Egypt. I keep telling myself I’m going to read it, but never around to it!

Tagging:
S. Pasciuti | Reader Fox
Julie | One Book More
Shivi | Bookaholic
AhanaRao | Heart’s Content



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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Halfway through 2020??? I never thought we would never get to June!

I’m sure that many of us want 2020 behind us! I just want the threat of coronavirus to be gone so we can resume social gatherings (safely) once more. Until then, I spend many days in my yard reading. Contacting my friends too…messaging/texting is such a lifesaver!

I’ve read several books thus far in 2020, and I will share my most loved (and disappointing) reads. My Book Freak Out Tag for 2019 will also be available to view here!

I came across the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag through Kristen Kraves Book‘s page.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:

Lobizona by Romina Garber

This was a tough one, but I absolutely enjoyed Manu’s story! This takes place within the Miami area, and it the confronts the issues of family separation and the immigration crisis head on. A magical school with witches and werewolves also exists! Lobizona comes out in August!


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020:

Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets #3) by Natalie Walters

I’m surprised that I’ve only read one sequel this year! Silent Shadows was a tale filled with action and romance. It was pretty enjoyeable!


New release that you haven’t read yet but want to:

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A Song Below Water features strong women entwined in silence, until an unspeakable event shakes up their Oregon community. I can’t wait to read this story!


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

I absolutely cannot wait for The SIlvered Serpents! I read this book through NetGalley, and I already pre-ordered my copy. I love Serefin and his crew! The Silvered Serpents come out in September!


Biggest disappointment:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I really wanted to love this book soooo much! Sadly, it wasn’t for me!


Biggest Surprise:

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

I didn’t know what to expect from this story, but I’m so glad that I took a chance on this one! This had a blend of supernatural, mystery and thriller wrapped up in a beautiful gift!


Favorite new author:

Talia Hibbert

I absolutely enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and I’m excitedly awaiting Take a Hint, Dani Brown, which comes out on June 23!


Newest fictional crush:

I always have a rough time answering this one!


Newest favorite character:

Izzy Richardson (Little Fires Everywhere)


Book that made you cry:

So far I’ve yet to read any!


Book that made you happy:

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

I enjoyed this Middle Grade story about competition and friendship!


Favorite Book to Film adaptation:

Becoming

It was such a wonderful documentary!


Favorite post you have done this year:

Quarantine Book Tag (I had fun doing this post!)


Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year:

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This purple cover is everything!


What book do you need to read by the end of the year:

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager


If you would like to take part, consider yourself tagged!


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The Finished Books Tag

I discovered this book tag on Kristin@Kristin Kraves Books‘ page!

Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
I keep a list through a reading journal and on Goodreads.

If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?
I haven’t recorded reading statistics yet, but I would love to! I need to make time to do so.

Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?
Yes, I give star rating, ranging from 1-5 stars. I usually gauge the rating from how absorbed I get into the story.

Do you review books?
Sure do! I post regular reviews here on my blog, my Instagram, and Goodreads.

Where do you put your finished books?
I have three places: the two bookshelves in my bedroom, and a space in the basement. Sometimes I keep a couple books on my desk when I don’t feel motivated to shelve them!

Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?
I usually mark it as ‘Read’ on my Goodreads. I try to post my review on both my blog and bookstagram accounts on the same day. I also share my progress on social media.

Those are the questions! If you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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The Groundhog Day Book Tag

I came across this tag through Emer A Little Haze Book Blog! This tag was originally created by Nina Testa on YouTube.

Many people gather for groundhog day but you don’t understand why……What is a book everyone gathers around hyping, but you don’t understand why?
Serpent and Dove‘. Just not interested!

The famous groundhog predicts the weather….. A book you find predictable?
Home for Christmas‘ by Catherine Lanigan. It was a cute story, but very predictable!

Phil the Groundhog is said to never die and have the power to predict weather….. A book dealing with a mythological creature
The Hobbit‘ by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love that story!

In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray relives the same day several times…….A book dealing with living a day over and over or time travel?
‘Time After Time’ by Lisa Grunwald. Great historical fiction, with a supernatural twist!

Punxsutawney Phil is from a tiny town in Pennsylvania….A book based in a small town?
‘Beach Read‘, set in a small town in Michigan!

If you would also like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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Behind the Book Blogger Tag

I hope everyone is having a good start to their weekend!

Since I recently hit the 200 follower mark (thank you to everyone who have joined!), I’m doing the Behind the Book Blogger Tag so people can know more about me!

I found this tag on Jessica C. Writes‘s blog!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Link back to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you would like to know more about!

The Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging? & Why have you kept blogging?

I began Woven From Words back in 2018. I set a goal for myself to write a journal entry a day for that year. That’s right, 365 posts! While some days were a challenge, I achieved my goal! In 2019, I turned my blog into an official Book Blogging page. I’ve always had a love for reading since I was younger, and I wanted to share my love for books on a regular basis!

I continue to blog because I love sharing my love of reading to the world. I enjoy meeting like-minded bookish people as well!

Me with my husband Andy!

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I enjoy writing Book Blogger Hop posts. I feel like it expresses a form of my reading style, and it gives me a chance to follow others who take part. I also love writing posts that center around diverse representation/authors.

3. What are your top three favorite blog posts?

Here are three posts I enjoyed writing:

  1. Books I discovered through iaPOETRY
  2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal/A Review
  3. Books to Knit and Crochet By

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Normally (when things weren’t chaotic with the virus), I love sitting in a bookstore or head to a park on decent days. Now we’re all indoors, but I still enjoy reading outside when the weather is beautiful! During these lockdown days, I soak up every moment I can out in my yard.

Reading outdoors!

Working with yarn also helps me relax! I taught myself how to crochet 10 years ago, while in grad school. I needed something soothing while creating lesson plans, and I discovered how to create other adorable things!

A pumpkin I crocheted!

5. What are three of your favorite things?

  • Reading
  • Crocheting
  • Writing Poetry

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Taking part in both Blogtober and Blogmas last year. I’m happy that I was able to write about bookish topics related to Halloween and Christmas. Also, I’m proud to reach 200 followers!

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

  • Writing poetry–I trained under iaPOETRY to use creative writing as a healing tool for others. I have a wonderful poetry therapy community!
  • Crocheting–I make small animals and scarves. I haven’t don’t as much yarn creating recently due to a wrist injury, but I hope to make more soon!
  • Scrapbooking–Creating a story with photos!

8. Describe your personality in three words.

Patient, Generous, Open-Minded!

9. What are your top three pet peeves?

  • People disrespecting our health care workers
  • Closed-minded people
  • Too much clutter!

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I live with Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1991 (I was 13 at the time). No major complications, just a life of balancing carbs and and exercising regularly. Insulin injections are now second nature for me!

Thank you all for reading! Feel free to do this tag if you like!

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Avatar the Last Airbender Book Tag

I’m always searching for fun book tags to complete, so I decided to do the Avatar the Last Airbender Book Tag!

I came across this tag through Star is All Booked Up‘s page. The Last Airbender Tag was created by A Clockwork Reader!

Water

Katara and Sokka: The Best Sibling Relationship

Widget and Poppet Murray from The Night Circus. These siblings compliented each other in many ways!

Yue

Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers

Anita Blake and Richard Zeeman from Circus of the Damned. I still think he’s a better choice than Jean Claude!

Book Bending

A Book With Disturbing/Unsettling Content

Ever Alice–quite a different version of Alice in Wonderland!

Earth

Toph: A Character Whose Strength Surprised You or The Other Characters In The Book

Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series!

The Tales of Ba Sing Se

Best Short Story/Poetry Collection

Night Shift by Stephen King. Such a great short story collection. Every story in this book was memorable!

Kioshi Warriors

Best Warrior Character

Zafira in We Hunt the Flame! Such a strong female lead!

Fire


Zuko: Best Redemption Arc

Damon–The Vampire Diaries series

Iroh

Wisest Character

Maverick Carter–The Hate U Give

Azula: Best Downfall

The villian had it coming!

Appa: Favorite Fictional Animal/Pet

The creatures from The Tea Dragon Society. I wanted them all!

Aang: Purest Cinnamon Roll

Wylan–Six of Crows

Avatar State: A Stubborn Character/ A Character That Struggles With Letting Go

Heather–The Dead Girls Club
She was in denial for far too long!

Those are the questions! This was so much fun to fill out!

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Quarantine Book Tag: May 7

Since many parts of the US are still under lock down/quarantine (things are still a bit restricted here in NJ), I finally decided to do the Quarantine Book Tag!

I’ve been tagged by Zezee@ Zezee With Books. The Quarantine Book Tag was created by OurBookNook.

Must-Have: a book you *have* to have with you while quarantined

The Sword of Shannara’ series by Terry Brooks
I loved reading this series during my undergrad years! I got swept away with these characters going on an epic quest, facing challenges and battles along the way!

Isolation: a book where the MC spends most of their time alone

Mike Hayes (Our Kind of Cruelty)
Mike spends lots of his time alone for the wrong reasons. As you read the book, it becomes clear that he has quite the obsessive personality!

Binge Read: a long book series you’d recommend to someone who has a lot more time on their hands

‘The Magicians’ series by Lev Grossman

This urban fantasy trilogy will have you swept up for days! I love this group’s adventures!

Toiler Paper — All the TP is gone! What book are you using?

Problem solved!

Anti-viral: a book that went viral that you have avoided or not read… yet

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I hope to read this novel soon, I hear so many great things about it!

Super Binge: What book and TV series combo would you recommend?

Anne of Green Gables/Anne With An ‘E’
I’ve caught a few episodes of ‘Anne With An ‘E”s first season, but they were very good! It’s too bad that Netflix cancelled it after a couple seasons. And the book series is so memorable!

Those are all the questions! If you would like to take part, consider yourself tagged!

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