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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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


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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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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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Currently Reading Book Tag

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve completed a book tag, so today I’m going to do the Currently Reading Book Tag.

I came across this tag through Charvi@ Not Just Fiction‘s page.

1. How many books do you usually read at once?
The most I read at one time is two books. Sometimes it’s a Hardcover copy and a digital read. Other times I’m reading an audiobook alongside another story.

2. How do you decide to switch between multiple reads?
I listen to audiobooks either in the evening or when I’m walking in my yard on clear days. I read my other books in the middle of the day.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through a book?
Sometimes I switch bookmarks! Recently I’ve been pretty good at keeping it to one bookmark when reading through an entire book.

4. Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?
I keep the books I’m reading at my desk/work space. I listen to audiobooks through my phone.

5. What time of the day do you read the most?
I love reading during the middle of the day. Before social distancing began, I would read for an hour when I came home from work (I usually came home at around 4pm). Since my ‘work from home’ schedule lasts until 3pm, my reading schedule hasn’t changed.

6. How long do you typically read in one session?
I can read for about an hour a day, unless I’m really involved in the story. If I’m nearing the end of a book during that ‘hour a day’ setting, I try to push it until I’m done.

7. Do you read hardbacks with the dust jackets off?
All the time! I don’t want to ruin the beautiful images!

8. What position do you mainly use to read?
I read sitting at my desk, or sitting in the living room.

9. Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?
When I was ‘out and about’, yes!

10. How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?
I do my best to update it every evening, but sometimes I forget to do so!

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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

It’s amazing that 2019 is halfway through! I’ve been seeing this tag circulate throughout June, and I’m glad that I’m finally taking part in it. I see this as a way to relieve wedding planning stress lol!
I came across this book tag through Adventures of a Bibliophile‘s page.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019
I really enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I read the audiobook version of this story, and it was absolutely amazing. It felt like I was listening to an actual band’s rise and fall in history. The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faraqi was a close second in favorite reads thus far.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019
I haven’t really read through a sequel yet! I’m currently in progress of reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. So far I’m enjoying it!

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year
I can’t wait to read A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney. I really love reading Alice in Wonderland reboots, and A Blade So Black was a lovely modern take on a classic story. The book features a strong, African-American character as Alice, which is very empowering.

Biggest Disappointment
I wasn’t particularly into Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. As much as it was refreshing to discover Nikolai, I found the story as mostly filler.

Biggest Surprise
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I was pleasantly surprised in discovering how good this story was! The message of female empowerment in the face of a patriarchal society came through clearly.

Newest Fictional Crush
I would say that Joe Reynolds from Time After Time was very intriguing to learn about! He was hard-working and passionate at the same time, and that always wins me over.

Newest Favorite Character
Addison Hatta in A Blade So Black. He was a super cool individual!

Book That Made You Cry
Daisy Jones and the Six. The last hour of the story was heartbreaking!

Book That Made You Happy
Wish by Barbara O’Connor. It was so endearing, and the dog/child bond was adorable!

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
Honestly, I haven’t watched too many book to film programs this year. I heard that Good Omens is amazing to watch on Amazon Prime, so I should catch an episode of that series.

Favorite Post You Have Done This Year
I would say that the post about ‘The First Book Series I Read’ was one that I really liked writing about. I love all the posts I’ve worked on, but I enjoyed looking back on what I read when I was younger!

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto. I received it through OwlCrate a couple months ago.

What Books Do You Need To Read By the End of the Year
Definitely A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney, and Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. I’m looking forward to reading The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See as well.

TBR Book Tag

I discovered this book tag through ‘Feed the Crime‘s blog.

How do you keep track of your TBR list?

I mainly keep track of my TBR list through keeping a mental checklist of what I would currently love to read. I also have most of them listed on Goodreads, but I don’t focus on that too much.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

My TBR is mainly print books. I have some on my Kindle also, but not many.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since this month I’m participating in Asian Readathon, I’m focusing on books that stick to that format. Aside from that, I’m mainly a mood reader.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest.

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One day I’ll read this!

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

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A book on your TBR list strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.

I don’t follow this, I purchase them because I’m interested in reading them.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

A book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. A co-worker gave me a copy during last year’s Secret Santa.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

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Color Me In by Natasha Diaz. Thank you NetGalley!

A book on your TBR everyone has read but you.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I love this author!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

I have 32 on my TBR shelf. But I have more than that lol

The Breakfast Club Book Tag

I discovered this tag on The Bibliophagist’s page. When I was younger, I enjoyed watching The Breakfast Club. I loved finding out the quirks and secrets from each of the characters stuck in that detention hall!

Princess: a book that is very popular and pretty on the outside, but you thought was uninteresting on the inside

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‘In Her Shoes’ by Jennifer Weiner. This story features two sisters as they navigate life’s challenges and romantic misadventures. I really wanted to enjoy this novel, but I found myself disinterested after a few days.

Criminal: A book that looks/sounds rough and bad, but ended up completely stealing your heart

‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo. It seemed like a story filled with unexpected events based on a heist, and that plot line usually doesn’t flow well with me. However, it turned out to be a story with captivating characters, and strong female roles. It was an amazing tale.

Brain: A book that made you think

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‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace’ by Jeff Hobbs. This story features the life of Robert Peace, a man living in an inner city who achieved graduating from Yale, but fell under difficult times in the years that followed. Despite his mother and school mentors doing everything possible to ensure his success in life, the pressure of instant gratification (and the temptation that accompanies it) overcomes him.

Basket Case: A book that people would call you crazy for reading

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‘Miss America’ by Howard Stern. He’s such a wild radio personality, but I enjoy his sense of humor! I read ‘Miss America’ and ‘Private Parts’. No regrets!

Athlete: A book that made you struggle/work to finish

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‘Minion (Vampire Huntress #1) by L.A. Banks. I began reading this book a few years ago, and couldn’t finish it. Last month I received it from the library, and I finished it in a week, but I realized that I wasn’t as eager to read it as I once was. I motivated myself to finish for the sake of finally figuring out the plot and what happened throughout the story. But it will be a while before I pick up Book 2.

Easter Book Tag

Happy Easter to those who celebrate! I discovered this tag from Crowing About Books.

Rabbit: A book you wish would multiply (a book you want a sequel to, but doesn’t have one)

I would love ‘The Oyster Thief’ to have a sequel! It was such an amazing story about adventure and becoming your own person, set within the underwater world.

Egg: A book that surprised you

I would say The Killing Dance (Anita Blake #6) by Laurell K. Hamilton was a story that surprised me. Anita is a vampire, and the series began with her steadfast on ridding the supernatural from her area, romance being the last on her mind. By the end of the novel Anita takes on a different perspective, and this begins the radical shift in Anita’s curiosities toward desire and sexual exploration with the supernatural.

Hunt: A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

I’m going to refer to a children’s book for this one! I was searching for ‘Ten Tiny Turtles’ by Emily Ford for my Toddler classroom. I owned it a couple years ago, but it fell apart because…well…toddlers+an accessible book on the shelf=no more book!
I was searching for months for another copy, but no luck. I finally discovered an extra copy in a bookshelf in one of the classrooms that’s only used during after school time. It’s a bit worn, but the pages are still intact!

Lambs: A children’s book you still enjoy

I love anything Snoopy/Peanuts related. And also the ‘Frog and Toad’ series. I can return to them at any time and feel happy.

Spring: A book with a cover that makes you thing of Spring

‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’ by Lisa See. It’s a memorable story of two women keeping an enduring relationship throughout the decades, communicating through codes passed on through memorable keepsakes.

Rising From the Dead: A book from a deceased author

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. This story follows a young girl named Scout growing up in Alabama during the Great Depression. It captures the plight of racism in its raw, uncensored form.

Basket: A book that is in your Amazon cart or wish list right now

‘Crooked Kingdom’ by Leigh Bardugo. I can’t wait to read this story! I also have ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs story on this list. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’.

Candy: A book that is sweet

‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver. This story follows the lives of Laurie and Jack over a 10 year span, after a chance encounter at a bus stop in London. It’s equal parts sweet and heartbreaking.