Emoji Book Tag

I was in the mood for a book tag and found the Emoji Book Tag from Blame It On Chocolate. Here are the original creators of the Emoji Book Tag: Liz from lizlovesliteratureJenny from JellafySanaa from InkBonesBooksDylan from dylanbooksMax from WellDoneBooksVilde from vforvildeScott from Scott Place. You choose 5 emojis: ones you like, ones you use most often, ones you used most frequently.

Here we go.


⚓️ Anchor

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Pirates, ships, and sirens, oh my! This book is set on the seas, with a kick-ass female protagonist.

 

 

 


🐺 Wolf Face

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

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I have read this series too many times to count. The main fantasy creatures are wolves, but Fey, Warlocks, Witches, and more join the party eventually. What I love the most is the intense, unbreakable friendship between Jaque, Jen, and Sally. If you are looking for female friendship and support in a YA book, then look no further.

 

 


🚀 Rocket

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (review)

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This book is set in the future where people live in space. Technology has obviously advanced, and readers follow the POV of a half-human, half-robot (a diabolic).

 

 

 


👽 Extraterrestrial Alien

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The main character, Katy, meets her new neighbors when she moves to West Virginia: Daemon and Dee. They are both very good looking and out of this world – literally. They aren’t you classic aliens, but are made of light and have the powers to prove it.

 

 


🎶 Multiple Musical Notes

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (review)

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This book has a huge emphasis on music and identity. This book was influenced by The Labyrinth, David Bowie, “The Magic Flute”, and Phantom of the Opera.

 

 

 


Since I wasn’t technically tagged to do this, I’m not going to tag anyone. This is a free-for-all; if you want to do the Emoji Book Tag, then consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

What books would you have chosen for anchor, wolf face, rocket, extraterrestrial alien, and multiple musical notes emojis?

 

 

Who Am I? Book Tag

I found this tag from Drizzle and Hurricane Books: Who Am I? Tag.


What is the meaning of my name?

“The meaning of the name ‘Jessica’ is: ‘Wealthy; Foresight, God Beholds’.”

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What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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INFJ-T = Advocate


What is my Zodiac Sign?

“The Lion
July 23 – August 22

The zodiac signs and meanings of Leo is about expanse, power and exuberance. Leo’s are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it as they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. That’s okay, because if you observe, the Leo is usually correct in his/her statements. Leo’s have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It comes from being a leader. They are brave, intuitive, and also head-strong and willful. Beneath their dynamic persona lies a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they do not easily share with others. They might be a bit bossy, but those who know them understand this comes from a source need to do good, not (usually) from an inflated ego.”

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What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

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“Hufflepuff – 15
Ravenclaw – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 6”

 


What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

My “scores were:

  • Visual 4
  • Aural 7
  • Read/Write 6
  • Kinesthetic 8″

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link) 

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What is my Blood Type?

I honestly have no idea. Sorry!


What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

Writer

“You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.”


Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

Abnegation

“You belong with the selfless. You always find yourself lending a hand to others, and you seldom realize it. You truly care about the people around you, and you’re the first to notice when someone is under the weather. Just when you think you have a day to spend for yourself, you probably catch yourself listening to a friend dish about her problems instead. Some people might tag you as “boring”, but those closest to you know that you’re a simple gal with the purest of hearts.”


What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

“The Firstborn

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.”


I tag!

Anyone!

The Narnia Book Tag

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I found this book tag at Anna’s @ My Bookish Dream blog. Here is her post:Narnia Book Tag I tagged myself because I do love The Chronicles of Narnia. Credit goes to Clemi’s Bookish World for creating the Original Narnia Booktag. Here we go!

 

NARNIA: A magical world you would like to visit

Hogwarts

 

 

 

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: A book you find underrated

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A classic that you love

1984 by George Orwell

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (review)

PRINCE CASPIAN: A sequel you loved

The Steele Wolf by Chanda Hahn (series review)

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER: A quest you’d like to be a part of

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

 

 

 

 

THE SILVER CHAIR: A book you didn’t expect to love

And I Darken by Kiersten White (review)

THE LAST BATTLE: The perfect ending to a series you loved

Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

THE PEVENSIES: A siblinghood of friendship you would like to be a part of

Lightwoods from Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

EUSTACE SCRUBB: A character who grew on you

Aphrodite from The House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast

MR TUMNUS: Your favourite mythical creature

Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

CASPIAN: A character with regal qualities

Ren or Kishan from Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck (Tiger’s Curse review, Tiger’s Quest review, Tiger’s Voyage review)

REEPICHEEP: a loyal character

Jen and Sally from Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis

THE WARDROBE: your favourite hideout/place to read

Bed or Couch in apartment

 

I Tag:

Everyone! If you love The Chronicles of Narnia, the books or the moves, then have some fun with this tag!

The Stationery Book Tag

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The Stationery Book Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a long while and I haven’t been tagged recently either. So I found The Stationery Book Tag on Cátia’s blog: The Girl Who Read Too Much. I’m going to keep this simple, so, here we go!

Rules

 

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book

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Pens: A basic staple for any reader

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Notebooks: What books do you own multiple copies of

None.

 

Markers: A book with a beautiful cover

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Glue: Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

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Scissors: What book would you like to destroy

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Art kit: What completed series do you own

  • Mortal Instruments Series
  • Seven Realms Series
  • Divergent Series
  • Hunger Games Series
  • Harry Potter Series
  • Infernal Devices Series
  • Uglies Series
  • Iron Fey Series
  • Artemis Fowl Series
  • Twilight Series
  • Lux Series
  • Shadow Falls Series

I’m sure I have a lot more, but these are the completed series I own off of the top of my head.

 

Bonus: Show us your desk/stationery that you own for each question

My desk isn’t organized enough for this…

 

I Tag:

If you want to take part in this tag, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

 

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I was tagged by the amazing Lois @ Lois Reads Books to do The New York Times “By the Book” Tag created here. Here is Lois’ post for this book tag.

 

What book is on your nightstand now?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten around to reading this one. This was my most anticipated read of the year. Sadly, I’m in a bit of a book slump. I love the book, but I haven’t been able to finish it in over a month. 😦

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Sorry to be predictable but as my very last read and one of my favorite books, the Throne of Glass series takes the cake.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Shakespeare. I don’t particularly love his writing, but he is a mysterious man. I would want to know about his life and confirm all of his pieces, since there is so little known about him. If I study abroad I will go to the United Kingdom where I would visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Honestly, nothing. Almost all of my books are YA, some NA.

How do you organize your personal library?

By series. I keep all of the books together in order of their respective groupings/authors.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is next up on my TBR list.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I could not get into this book. I read the first few pages and set it back down.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Generally, I am drawn to…

almost anything YA especially fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, romance, and paranormal

…and I stay clear of:

erotica, religious or spiritual nonfiction/fiction, biographies, manga, and self-help novels.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

My first thought was how to run a country for dummies. :/

What do you plan to read next?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Tag, you’re it!

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Libster Award

Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, link it to your post and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think deserve the Liebster Award.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.
  • Write the rules in your Liebster Award blog post.
  • Let the blogs know about your post and that you have nominated them.

 

Thank you so much to Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am still a new blog of about 5 months. I want to express my gratitude for all of my followers and those who have supported me.

 

Answers

1. What is your favorite childhood book? Was there one in particular that made you fall in love with reading?

Harry Potter is my favorite childhood book. It made me fall in love with reading from an early age. In middle school, both the Twilight series and the Mortal Instruments series encouraged my passion for books.

2. If you could do an interview for your blog with any author, who would you choose and why?

Sarah J. Maas. I love all of her books. She is my favorite auto-buy author. Her stories are amazing. It would be amazing to talk to her about the worlds she has created and about her writing process.

3.  Have you ever hated a book that everyone else loved?  If so, which book and what didn’t you like about it?

Yes. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I picked this book up, read a few pages, and then put it back down. I simply could not get into it. 

4.  What made you decide to become a book blogger and what have you learned along the way so far?

I love books and reading. Yep, shocking huh? I created this blog to share my opinions and talk with others about literature. This blog is also to connect with other bloggers, authors, and publishers to learn more about publishing, since that is the career I hope to go into. I have learned a lot about interacting with others, being social. I’m learning to put myself out there. 

5.  Aside from blogging and reading, what are some of your other hobbies?

Knitting, crocheting, writing, watching TV.

6.  Who is your least favorite fictional character? What do you dislike about the character?

Joffrey Baratheon. Need I say more?

7.  If you could choose to live anywhere else in the world aside from where you are now, where would you choose and why?

I’m not sure I would choose to leave where I am now. As much as I hate the winter season where I live, I love my hometown.

8.  What is the last book that made you cry?

The Fault in Our Stars. Both the book and the movie made me bawl my eyes out. John Green really knows how to toy with a reader’s emotions.

9.  What is your beverage of choice?

Coca-cola. Yes, I know it’s really bad for you. However, it is my go-to choice of drink for most meals, especially when I’m in a restaurant.

10. What are your favorite reads of 2016 so far?

11.  What is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?

Harry Potter. This may be cheating because I answer HP for everything, but oh well! (YA Book to Movie Adaptions)

 

Nominees

Saily @ Reading Turtle Duck

Liv @ Curly Hair Bibliophile

Marta @ The Book Mermaid – The Book Mermaid: Liebster Award

Esther @ Chapter Adventures

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

 

Questions for Nominees

  1. What is your favorite type of blog posts to write?
  2. What is a seriously underrated book that you love, that others should read?
  3. How many books do you usually read per year?
  4. What does your perfect reading nook consist of?
  5. What is your favorite song at this moment?
  6. What kind of snacks do you eat while you’re reading?
  7. What are some books you wish were adapted into movies?
  8. Which fictional book world would you like to live in most?
  9. What is your most and least favorite genre?
  10. What was your favorite childhood TV show?
  11. How do you choose your next read?

How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag (Original)

I haven’t done that many book tags. However, when I was watching the How to Train Your Dragon movie, I just knew I had to make a book tag. I have looked on the internet and have not yet come across a How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag. So, I decided to make one for myself and for you. It is quite lengthy so prepare yourself.

 

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Disclaimer: How to Train Your Dragon belongs to Dreamworks Animation LLC.

Rules:

  • You may use these graphics.
  • Link back to the original post and mention the creator (Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages).
  • Include the credits section at the bottom of this post.
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Tag everybody, tag nobody, tag somebody.
  • Have fun!

 

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Hiccup started out as a failure to his people. He wasn’t adept at dragon killing. Suddenly, he knows the ins and outs of the creatures he is supposed to despise. He becomes popular, and in turn he tries to use his fame to create an alliance between the humans and the dragons. In the end, he changes the minds and hearts of everyone in Berk.

Black City by Elizabeth Richards. It took me a while to get into this book. I started it, read a little, stopped, and then started the process again. Finally, I picked up again and enjoyed the read. I eventually finished the series.

 

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Astrid is the fierce female viking. She is strong and smart, the perfect contender to be a dragon killer. She is suspicious of Hiccup and eventually discovers his secret. Once she sees the beauty in and of the dragons, she is usually by Hiccup’s side. She stands for her beliefs and helps her friend to the very end.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena Sardothien. Celaena is a fierce, female assassin. She is strong, intelligent, and enduring.

 

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Stoick the Vast. He is the leader of the vikings of Berk. He is strong, determined, and caring. He can be thoughtless, but he does feel responsible for his people. He loves his family. After a while, he sees reason and recognizes his son’s greatness. He is a proud man, but he is even more proud of his son in the end.

J.K. Rowling. Rowling paved the way for female authors. Harry Potter is the best book series in the world. She knows her creative space like the back of her hand. She also stands for the extraordinary and social justice.

 

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Valka goes out on her own to live with the dragons. She knows untold secrets and comes out of nowhere in the second movie. She sees the world in a different light, like her son. Nowadays, most books are a part of a series. Authors have a hard time containing their words and creative worlds = lucky us!

1984 by George Orwell. This standalone novel turned out to be one of my favorite classics after I read it in high school. The plot, characters, and ideas all intrigued me and pushed my intellectual boundaries.

 

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Gobber is loyal and funny. He is a teacher, friend, blacksmith, and so much more. He supports Stoick and Valka, Hiccup, and all others. “He’s a bit gruff, but his heart is always in the right place.” (credit) If you were Gobber, which book characters would you ship?

Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Daemon and Katy. I relate so much with Katy and bad boy Daemon is so hot.

 

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Snotlout is impulsive. He speaks his mind and does what he wants. He is rude and also flirty. If he was a book lover, I’m sure he would buy a book because of an enticing cover, intriguing synopsis, or just because he can. Is there a book that you bought simply because?

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. (review) I loved the cover. I had heard of the title before on Twitter, but hadn’t looked into it. The bookstore didn’t have the original book I was searching for, so I went for it.

 

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Family and friends are the most important aspect in one’s life. Sometimes the representations in books are optimal (while other times the representation is non-existent). Books can contain perfect, desirable relationships that we all want to be a part of, so choose a book with a family or friend bond that you wish were real in your own life.

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis. Jacque, Sally, Jen. These three girls have a bond that I envy with a passion. They know each other so well. They can finish each other’s sentences, talk in code, quote movies, and play the most hilarious games.

 

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Fishlegs is intelligent. He knows dragons by the book, and by the book only. He inspires knowledge in himself and in others. As with Fishlegs, sometimes books make one want to learn something new, research a new topic, try a new experience, or go somewhere exciting. Name a book that makes you want to expand you horizons.

Collide by Shelly Crane. (review). Sign language. I actually wanted to learn sign language after watching Switched at Birth on ABC Family. I bought a book and started practicing through the internet, but then life caught up with me. After recently reading Collide, I realized I still have the desire to learn sign language. However, I need to find the time and devotion to fulfill this dream.

 

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Toothless is a Night Fury. He is the only one left of his kind, making him extremely rare. He is loyal, fast, intelligent, and cute. Find the bookish equivalent to Toothless, a novel that is not read too often/under-hyped that you adore.

Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn. I really love this series. I think it is unique and covers intense issues while still incorporating YA fantasy aspects. I think this book needs more recognition and readers.

 

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Those in the Boulder Class are solid and resilient. Meatlug in particular is tough, obstinate, slow, and lazy. Sometimes it is hard to pick up the motivation one needs to complete a task. Other times, there are bumps in the road, rocky obstacles that get in one’s way. Despite the struggle, we have to rise about the challenge and persevere.

The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck. Kelsey Hayes. (review of Tiger’s Curse) Throughout the course of this series, Kelsey faces so many obstacles. She fights physical and mental demons. She has to build her confidence, deal with two love interests, travel the world, take classes, and so much more all as a teenager. Her adventures take her through so many obstacles, yet she comes out on the other side stronger for it.

 

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Not much is known about the Mystery Class, hence the name. Dragons in this class are cunning and stealthy making them feared above the others. Barf and Belch are a part of this conundrum. While they share one body, each head has it’s own personality. To be effective they must work together.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. (review). This book is in the mystery genre. Something terrible has happened to the Sinclair family, but since the main character doesn’t remember, you follow her pursuit to understanding herself and those around her after a life-changing accident. The end is shocking and sad, but reveals the realities of life and how others can impact your decisions.

 

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“Sharp Class dragons are vain and prideful, and they all possess sharp body parts.” (credit) These dragons are sleek and shine, honor and self-respect. They are beautiful and graceful with their pointed limbs and they know it.

Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Aphrodite LaFont. Aphrodite is all about appearance. She is beautiful and quite smart. She gets the guys and has grace. She can be rude and crude, as well as misunderstood. Her parents are rich and powerful. It seems like she has it all.

 

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Stoker dragons are small and unruly. They can literally set themselves on fire making them hotheaded. This class is an explosion in a tiny package. Find a book that is small, in physical size or page number, that is full of action, mystery, or willful characters.

Wake by Lisa Mcmann. I read this book a long time ago. I hardly remember it. However, for only around 210 pages, I remember that it was full of interesting ideas and a suspenseful plot.

 

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Rare, powerful, inflexible, and loyal. These are some of the descriptor words for a dragon in the Strike Class. More prominent traits of the Strike Class also include blazing speed, cleverness, strength, and navigation. They are very rare, but very mighty. They are like a wild mustang horse: hard to train but loyal in the end.

Paper Princess by Erin Watt. (review). I finished this book in one sitting of about 6-7 hours. This book was hard to contain and the cliffhanger had me guessing. Nevertheless, like the Strike Class dragons, the characters stayed true to themselves in the end. The Royal brothers exhibit some of the same traits of stubbornness and power.

 

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As the title suggests, Tigal dragons are associated with water, specifically the ocean. Those in this class are usually larger than most other classes. Water can be soothing, but not with dragons. For most book lovers, we enjoy a relaxing read near the water (as long as your book doesn’t get wet). For dragons, find a book that matches their habitat in setting.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. This book take place mostly on the beach by the ocean. Filled with merpeople, water, discovery, and princes and princesses, Of Poseidon fits in with the Tidal Class.

 

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“Natural born hunters, Tracker Class dragons have a highly acute sense of smell or taste that enables them to track down and find things.” (credit) Sadly, we humans are not trackers. There are some forms of books that are hard to find, like versions from other countries, special editions, hardcopy VS. paperback, ARCs, and more. Like Stormfly, these books are a torturing “mix of beauty and brutality.”

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I very much want to read Caraval. After all of the hype, it has become my most anticipated read of 2016. I can certainly wait till it’s release day, but I would LOVE an ARC of the novel.

 

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There is a lack of knowledge about these dragons, so they have not yet been classified. They could be sorted in the future, but until then they are stuck in the shadows of information. Like debut authors and their books, they are new and haven’t had quite as much publicity and appearances in the book world to be fully understood.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I cheated by choosing two. I want to read both of these 2017 debuts, like right now.

 

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Dragons don’t like smoked eel of lunch. They flinch and cower from the striped delicacy. Like the eel, there are some books that people just won’t touch. It could be because of a passionately harsh fandom or because you don’t want the next book to ruin your experience with the previous. There are many reasons not to read a certain book, and while people will try to persuade you to pick it up, it is your choice to decide what you will read.

*shrugs* I don’t know. I would almost say a book genre, like bibliographies. I could say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but the truth is that I might read it sometime in the future.

 

Tag, you’re it!

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I am excited because this is my first blogger award of any type. I want to thank M (mreadsbooks) @ A Blog of One’s Own (post) for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

 

Rules

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

 

How my blog started

Ok, how my blog started…. Well, in May of 2016 I had just finished my first year of college. By the time I started my blog I had taken all of my exams, finished all of my classes, and moved back home. I had recently figured out my life. I declared myself an English major with an emphasis in Literature and Language. I also declared my Spanish minor and writing minor, as well. I then knew what I wanted from life. I could picture myself in a bookish job, reading and working with YA authors/books. When I started to look for internships and potential jobs, I saw entries where a background in reading, editing, and reviewing was encouraged. Some even asked for a link to the prospective employee’s blog. Blogging, I thought, that could be fun and helpful towards my future career. So I jumped right in. I started a blog about books, specifically YA novels. Now you must understand, that I didn’t start this blog simply to get ahead in life, although it is a positive side effect. I have always loved books and reading. The book worlds were my escape and the book characters my friends. I loved where fantasy stories could take me, the different lives I could live vicariously through words on a page. Remember, that at the time when I started Pore Over the Pages, I had decided I wanted to take my passion further. This is what erupted from that defining moment in my life when I figured out which path I wanted to take.

 

Advice

I don’t really know how qualified I am to give advice since I am still a newbie, but alright. I am still learning, and I think that is the best experience a blogger can receive.

1. Share YOUR opinions.

This may sound obvious, but write what you believe. Don’t conform. Your reviews/ideas are for yourself first and for your audience second. Stay true to your personal thoughts.

2. Get involved.

Blog hop. Participate in weekly memes. Follow other blogs. Leave comments. Like posts. Join social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin’. Become friends and interact with fellow bloggers. Build yourself a good and friendly reputation.

 

Nominees

This award has been going around for a while, so if I tag you and you have already completed this award, link me to your post. If you participate due to my tag, let me know when you publish you post. You are in no way obligated to participate. If you want to join in, then have fun!

Stranger Things Book Tag

I recently finished watching Stranger Things, a Netflix original. I finished the 8 episodes in 1 day. (I binge watched till 2 in the morning. Oops.) Then I found this Stranger Things Book Tag by Nisha @ A Running Commentary on Twitter: @aruncommentary.

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[the first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused]

The first book that came to mind was Proxy by Alex London, since I have recently finished this book. The world in this novel is a futuristic US, with Big Brother-like technology. The dystopian setting is interesting, where no one belongs to themselves and there is betrayal even amongst the rich and powerful. The jargon and political system isn’t fully explained, and it is up to the reader to determine meaning, which left me thoroughly confused.

 

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[a book with a setting you would never want to live in]

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This novel isn’t YA or fantasy, which is my usual MO. I read this book in high school for my historical criticism essay. I would never want to take the place of the main characters, Mariam and Laila. They live in post 9/11 Afghanistan in a constant state of terror. They survive through bombings, betrayal, loneliness, abuse, horrible conditions, etc. This book made me grateful for where I live and whom I live with.

 

eleven

[a book you own that is somewhat damaged, but loved to pieces]

My Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling has seen better days. They are certainly worn around the edges, due to constant use by myself and my family. We all love Harry Potter to pieces, literally.

 

mike, lucas, and dustin

[a trilogy you always go to whenever you need a pick-me-up]

The first series that I thought of wasn’t a trilogy. So, my next picks would be the Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare or the Perfect Chemistry Trilogy. I love both of these series and can always go back to them.

 

the demogorgon

[a book with a terrifying beast you wouldn’t want to face in a dark alley]

After reading This Savage Song (review) not too long ago, the monsters in Schwab’s book gave me the chills. The most frightening: Malchai.

“These skeletal figures are vaguely human in conduct and appearance, save for the dark bones beneath their translucent skin, and their ember red eyes. […T]he Malchai are solitary, independent predators that feed on blood. They are weakened by sunlight, but still capable of moving in it.” {Description from EpicReads Quiz}

 

dr. brenner

[a book with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated]

SEBASTIAN! Sebastian from the Mortal Instruments Series is so crazy, determined, freaky, and manipulative. He is a villain I love to hate.

 

nancy wheeler

[a book you didn’t expect to love]

And I Darken (review) by Kiersten White is a YA, fantasy, historical fiction. I’m not one for history, at all; it is my least favorite subject. I also don’t favor character driven books. This novel was both historical and character driven. BUT, I loved it (5/5 stars, to be exact)! Lada, Radu, and Mehmed are all so complex and captivating. They all break the mold, especially the fierce feminine representation of Vlad the Impaler.

 

hawkins, indiana

[a book with a setting that’s just a little bit strange]

The Chemical Garden Series by Lauren DeStefano has a chilling setting. This YA dystopian features a future where bioengineering has cured and destroyed. The treatment of women in this book is chilling. The plot, environment, etc. is weird and strangely imagined.

 

 

Tag, you’re it! I tried to find others whom have seen Stranger Things like myself. If you have already done this tag, ignore this. If you haven’t seen the series or simply don’t want to participate, that’s OK too. If you complete this because of my tag, connect me to your post! Have fun!

Milana @ A Couple Reads

Kathleen @ Books, TV, and More… Oh MY!

Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – Stranger Things Book Tag

Esther @ Chapter Adventures

This or That Book Tag

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“The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!”

I was tagged by The Night is Dark and Full of Books to complete the This or That Book Tag. The original tag was created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. As the title suggests, you choose one of two options, this or that. Here we go!

1. Reading on the couch or on the bed? 

I like both. But if I had to choose it would be the couch (as long as I can put my feet up).

 

2. Female or male main character?

Female main character. As a female myself, I relate better to strong girl/women characters in most book.

 

3. Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

Salty. I love snacking on pretzel rods or tortilla chips when reading. Although, I do get annoyed when crumbs decide to make a home in the pages and the crevices of my books. 

 

4. Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies. It can be hard for me to finish a book series, especially if I have to wait for the remaining books years at a time. When a new book comes out in a series, I feel the need to read the predecessors first. On occasion, I just don’t have the time. Sometimes, I can’t get back into a series I had previously loved. As it turns out, for me in the book world, time doesn’t always heal all wounds. 

 

5. First person or third person point of view?

Ok, this is a hard one. I think it depends on the author and how they handle POVs. If I have to choose, probably first person. I have an easier time connecting with the characters that way. 

 

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

Night. 100%. I am a night owl. In the morning, I tend to be grumpy and non-talkative. (Fun fact: I don’t drink coffee or tea.) Reading before I go to sleep helps me relax and unwind from long, stressful days. On the other hand, some books keep me awake till after midnight. I always say “one more page,” but one page turns into chapters, and then, suddenly, there are no more pages left to read. 

 

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I would have to go with bookstores, since I haven’t been to my public library in years. I like to buy books, because I almost always want to read them again. I have so many books in my room that my bookshelf is overflowing. One day, I hope to have a personal “library” filled with floor to ceiling bookshelves that cover the walls. 

 

8. Books that make you laugh or cry?

I would prefer laughing over crying. I am an ugly crier and tears tend to give me headaches. 

 

9. Black or white book covers?

Black. White covers look so fancy and pristine, but they also have a tendency to get dirty. Besides the fact that I love black, (P.S. I wear black almost every day) I think black covers are sharp. They are a trend in the current book world, and I am a periodic trend follower. 

 

10. Character or plot driven?

I’m not even sure if I can choose. I think both the character and the plot together make for a good book, not separately. While I am ok with character driven books like And I Darken, there are some, like Collide, that I don’t fully enjoy. So I would have to go with plot driven. I want action; I want something to happen. 

 

Tag, you’re it! If you have already been tagged, ignore this or send me you link to add it to this post. If you are tagged but you don’t have the time to complete this, I untag you. If I didn’t tag you but you want to complete this book tag, consider yourself tagged. Have fun and happy reading!