The A to Z Book Tag!

I just love tags. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them. 😛 Sorry this post is late again, I have a cold and this post is very long and I just didn’t get around to finishing it on time. :/

But I saw Isabelle do this tag recently so it made me want to do it too, and since it’s inspired by the alphabet it seemed like a good one for around the back to school season. 🙂 It was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and looks really fun, so let’s go!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Nothing’s gonna top Margaret Peterson Haddix at 21 books. She’s published SO many and I started reading her books when I was twelve. I don’t think anyone is gonna catch up any time soon. 😛 I’ve read her entire Shadow Children series with seven books, the entire Missing series with eight, and The Always War, Turnabout, Palace of Mirrors, Double Identity, Uprising, and The House on the Gulf.

Best Sequel Ever:

Hmm, this is a hard one. I could probably go with something popular Catching Fire or Gemina, but I think I’ll go with an underrated one because it was one of the first sequels to pop in my head:

I totally expected this to fall into the “second book syndrome” category because I liked the first book, but didn’t love it, so I totally underestimated it! It blew me away by expanding on the character’s relationships and adding a bunch more twists and political intrigue and I totally thought it would be boring but it wasn’t. It left on a horrible cliffhanger so I really need to get to the finale soon.

Currently Reading:

I have like 60 pages left so I’m planning to finish it soon, I just haven’t had the time. It was pretty creepy at some parts and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but the worldbuilding is so cool and the plot is so good!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I usually read in bed before I go to sleep so I don’t usually have a drink with me, but if I do it’ll usually be water, tea, or hot chocolate cuz I can’t have caffeine late at night.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Definitely physical. I’ve been reading a few more things digitally, but when I do I’ll just use my phone or laptop. Investing in a Kindle or something just wouldn’t be worth it to me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

…I never would’ve dated anybody in high school. XD I still have never dated anybody now. 😛 But recently I read a book where I thought I finally have an answer for questions like this:

Merrick from Coral is just so patient and understanding with Coral through her darkness and pain that she’s going through, and he’s going through his own stuff but he never gives up on her, and I just appreciated that so much. I could relate to Coral a lot and I thought if I was ever going to end up with somebody, I would need a guy like Merrick.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

This was a random pick from my TBR jar earlier this year, and I had seen it on my Goodreads shelf and thought it looked interesting but wasn’t sure I’d like it. It ended up being one of my favorites of the year! The writing was just so GOOD and there was a little bit of a mystery and when the pieces fall into place it’s so heartbreaking and GAH it’s just a beautiful book!

Hidden Gem Book:

I’d definitely consider this a hidden gem. I’d always heard of this author’s other book, Wanderlost, which is another one I’m really interested in, but no one ever talks about this one. This was another TBR jar pick and another new favorite for me! It was just so FUN to read; the whole concept of sailing down the West coast and stopping and seeing new places was just so interesting to read about, and Cassie’s pain and everything she was going through was so relatable. Even though she could be kinda angsty and bratty, I sympathized with her so much cuz I understood where she was coming from. The romance was sweet and sarcastic and made me laugh a lot, and the drama with her relationship with her mom made me want to stay up late to see how everything was going to be resolved.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering Libby and Rakuten Kobo. I used to be against audiobooks, but now I really like that I can read while doing the dishes or something. XD

I love that Libby connects to my local library’s digital collection, so I use it a lot to try out books on my TBR that I’m not sure I’ll like for free as an audiobook or an ebook and I get through them a lot faster that way. And if I don’t like it, then no harm done. And on Rakuten Kobo I get a credit to use every month for an audiobook, so I use that for books that my library doesn’t have on Libby.

Just Finished:

I just finished beta reading the new edition of Beyond Her Calling for Kellyn a few days ago and I really liked it. 🙂 Ivy is definitely one of the characters that I’ve related to the most out of any I’ve read. ❤

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Horror and smut, mostly. I’m not too into paranormal elements anymore. I can’t think of anything else specifically.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

This one, at 724 pages. Though I feel like it kinda doesn’t count because it’s a collection of a bunch of stories instead of just one. 😛

Major book hangover because of:

I think one of the biggest hangovers I’ve ever had was when I finished reading Mockinjgay for the first time when I was 16. I’ll never forget the numbness I felt after experiencing the end to all the crazy things in that iconic series.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

One and a half. XD A full=sized one and a short one with cube-shaped shelves.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I think the only book I’ve reread more than once is Peter Pan. I read it countless times when I was little, and I’ve reread it four times in the last few years. There’s definitely some other favorites I’ve reread at least once that I would want to reread multiple times, like the Hunger Games series, Snow Like Ashes series and Sky in the Deep. 🙂

Preferred Place To Read:

I usually only read before bed cuz that’s how I make sure I have time every day unless I’m too tired, but I actually like reading during the day and wish I could do it more. I like bringing a book with me on road trips, outside in the yard or on the back porch, and even while waiting for food at restaurants. 😛

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book:

Oooh, let me just pick one from my Literary Listography journal: *clears throat* Ah, here’s one I love from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco:

“Those who deserve respect are given it freely. If one must demand such a thing, he’ll never truly command it. I am your daughter, not your horse, sir. {I’d} rather be a lowly wretch on the streets than live in a house full of cages. Do not lecture me on propriety when it’s a virtue you so grossly lack.”

Reading Regret:

I kinda wish I started the Throne of Glass series with Assassin’s Blade like everyone told me to, but oh well.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all the books are out):

*laughs nervously* I’m sure there’s a lot…

  • The Savvy trilogy by Ingrid Law (I’ve read all but the last one)
  • Off the Page duology by Jodi Piccoult and Samantha Van Leer (I’ve read only the first)
  • Summer Dance duology by Ingrid Law (only the first)
  • Love and Gelato trilogy by Jenna Evans Welch (all but the last one)
  • Embassy Row trilogy by Ally Carter (all but the last one)
  • The Apothecary trilogy by Maile Meloy (all but the last one)
  • The Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May (only the first one)
  • World of Solace trilogy by Jaleigh Johnson (all but the last one)
  • The Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray (all but the last one)
  • The Neverland Wars trilogy by Audrey Greathouse (only the first one)
  • Scarlet trilogy by A.C. Gaughen (all but Lion Heart)
  • Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy by Aimee Carter (only the first)
  • Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard (all but War Storm and Broken Throne)
  • Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson (all but the last three)
  • The Selection series by Kiera Cass (all but Happily Ever After)
  • The Secret series by Pseudonymous Bosch (first two)
  • Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro (only the first two)
  • Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine (only the first one)
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson (only the first one)
  • Mo and Dale Myseteries by Sheila Turnage (only the first)
  • The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (all but Obsidio and Momento)
  • The Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey (all but Silenced and Sabotaged)
  • The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (only the first)
  • An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir (only the first)
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (only TOG and Assassin’s Blade)
  • Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore (only Graceling and Fire)
  • The Darkest Minds series (only The Darkest Minds and Never Fade)
  • Heart of Iron duology by Ashley Poston (only Heart of Iron)
  • Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson (only Truly Devious)
  • Pumpkin Falls Mysteries by Heather Vogel Frederick (only the first)
  • System Divine trilogy by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (only the first)

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick! They just make my heart so happy. 🙂

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I don’t pay too much attention to new releases usually, but this one definitely has caught my eye and it sounds SO good and I’m sure I’ll love it. It’s a unique concept, a fantasy that features a main character with social anxiety, and it’s by the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King series which I love. I probably won’t get to it this year but every time I think about it I really want to read it! D:

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably reading slow. And taking forever to get to sequels. And buying a book and not reading it until at least 1-3 years later. What? I like to savor my books, okay?! XD

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Why did I decide this week was a great time to tear apart my shelves and reorganize them when I knew I wouldn’t have time to finish? O.o Soooo most of my books are in piles on the floor, but I guess I can count the ones left on the shelves and its…this one:

Your latest book purchase:

I recently found these at a thrift shop. I used to own the entire Millie Keith series and have been wanting to repurchase them so I’m so happy I found the first book. And I’ve always wanted to start the Elsie Dinsmore series which is one of the spinoffs so I’m excited I found the first two books in that series also!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Towards the end of this book there’s a section where all the twists get revealed one after another and I totally meant to read 40-50 pages before bed…but before I knew it it was 2am and I had read 100 pages. XD It was just SO good!

Have you done this tag? I tag you if you haven’t! 😀 Would you rather buy or borrow your books? What’s your last favorite read? I’ll see you on Saturday with my August Wrap Up! (How is it September already?!)

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