Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Whew! Hello there! How are you? Hope you’re well. I’ve seen this tag floating around and I thought of partaking because it seems fun!

1.Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
reid_9781524798628_jkt_all_r1.inddI’m going to go with the majorities answer, and that is: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This book was also the reason why I got back into reading this year. I’m so grateful. After being in a slump for over a year, Daisy Jones got me out of that.

 

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?
40265670When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton! It’s not a continuation but it is a companion novel and omg what a book!!! I actually read it this month. Hopefully I’ll post a mini review for it soon. I would highly recommend this book and Next Year In Havana. Definitely worth the read and it’s own voices too!

 

 

 

3. New Release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
40236964Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine! I’m grateful that I received this book from the author and publisher. I definitely want to get to it ASAP!

 

 

 

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year? 
43263680Ninth House (Ninth House Series #1) by Leigh Bardugo! I am so excited to read this because it’ll be my first book where it’s not Grishaverse related. No, I did not read her Wonder Woman book. Ninth House does sound right up my ally; thriller, adult, fantasy, secret societies. SIGN ME UP!!

 

 

 

5. Biggest Disappointment? 
img_0010Hate to say it but definitely King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I DNFed it at 100 pages. I tried so hard to give it a chance but I couldn’t do it. It was not in me/not for me.

 

 

 

 

6. Biggest Surprise?
img_0007For this question, I’m going to say Sadie by Courtney Summers because it was my first real Audiobook that I loved and devoured. I was not expecting to like it very much, especially since I can’t really get into YA anymore. However, this book, the theme, the plot, EVERYTHING, really did it for me.

 

 

 

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)? 
6572605Taylor Jenkins Reid. I read both Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo this year and now I want to read all of her work.

 

 

7383025Honorable mention for Chanel Cleeton. Just like Taylor, I also read Next Year In Havana and When We Left Cuba this year. I definitely will be reading her other books in the future.

 

 

8. Newest fictional crush?
34745311._SY475_I thought I was going to have a hard time choosing an answer for this question but umm HAVE YOU HEARD OF SHEPARD OLSEN???!!!????!?? He’s from Rebekah Weatherspoon’s romance novel, Haven. Wheewwwwww yes get your life by reading this book. And you’re welcome.

 

 

 

9. Newest favorite character?
img_0008EVELYN HUGO!!!! She is that bitch! Wow wow wow. I love how strong willed she is and her “take no bullshit” “do what you gotta do to survive” type of personality she has. I love reading morally gray characters, who you don’t necessarily agree with their decisions but you get why they do it and don’t hate them for it.

 

 

 

10. Book that made you cry?
35305625A lot of books made me cry so far this year lol. However for this one, I’m going to choose one that’s impacted me. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a thriller but there’s such a beautiful story with some of the characters that made me emotional.

 

 

 

11. Book that made you happy?
34374628Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton!! I cried so much for this book but I was so happy with everything and how the story closed up, especially the character endings as well. Ugh, I was smiling big at the end.

 

 

 

12. Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year?
Uhhhhh I don’t think I’ve watched any book to movie adaptations. Or maybe I just can’t remember right now to be honest lol.

13. Favorite review you’ve written (Booktube or written)?
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14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?
37703550I had to look at my bought books and I’ve decided to choose Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This book is beautiful on the outside and the inside. Also! I wanted to add that the cover matches the atmosphere of the content.

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I don’t need to read any books but I definitely want to get to these:


And that is all for today! I will not be tagging anyone. Please feel free to tag yourself. Any of these answers same as yours? Let me know!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a Sunshine Blogger Award! Whoaaaaaa!!! Thank you Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile for awarding me with this! Her questions are amazing and I cannot wait to read them! Also, definitely check out her awesome blog.

Rules

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

***Before we start, I want to make a note that if you ever tag me, please tag a blog post so that I can see it. For some reason due to my theme, I won’t get a notification/ping-back if you tag my about me or blog link. Thanks so much! Let’s get started!***

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  1. What are you reading right now?
    Odd & True by Cat Winters
  2. What was your favourite read from 2016?
    OMG so many to choose from but I’ll have to say Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. What is your favourite read of 2017 so far?
    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Definitely started off the year with a bang!
  4. Do you read more than one book at once? Why? Why not?
    The only time I ever read two books at once is if I am reading a fiction (any sub genre in this category) book and take a break to read a poetry book which doesn’t happen all the time. I cannot read two fiction books or two poetry books at the same time. My mind does not do well at all lol. I admire people who can read multiple books at the same time.
  5. Do you enjoy reading classics?
    Nope.
  6. What is your ideal reading spot?
    My bedroom, I can read well on my bed or the floor lol.
  7. Do you read when you travel?
    No I do not!!! I usually can read on the plane or car ride but I do not read on vacation.
  8. How many books do you read in a month (approximately)?
    My reading has slowed down tremendously this year due to being an author now lol. I would say 3-4 books per month.
  9. How many books do you read in a year (approximately)?
    About 50 to 60 books per year but that most likely will be lower this year.
  10. What is your favourite genre? Why?
    OMG this is so hard! No it isn’t lol it’s a tie between anything YA and poetry. I feel like I connect most to these genres, poetry for personal reasons and YA for the fun. I love reading action packed YA stories, oh it just takes me to another world!
  11. Do you read more during a particular season than other seasons?
    I read a lot more during Fall/Winter/Spring seasons because once summer comes, I have a lot of guest in my household *side eye* and that messes with my reading time.

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I suck at tagging people and making questions up so I will definitely be passing this part lol. Call me a rule breaker? I would love to chat in the comments though! Do we have anything in common?


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The Mid Year Freakout Book Tag

Hello everyone!!! It’s been months since I’ve done a tag and I really like this one. I was tagged by the wonderful Azia @ The Uncharted Word, you all need to check out her beautiful page.

To play fair because I know this tag is super late, I will only count the books I have read from January 1st to June 30th. Let’s start!


133309431. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This was such an easy answer because it’s really stuck with me. It’s actually one of the very first books I read in the beginning of the year. I have a full non-spoiler rave review here.

 

 

 

 

 


our dark duet2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab! Hands down, best sequel I have read so far. I do plan on reading A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light in the next half of the year so I wonder if any of these will take it’s place lol. I have a non-spoiler review here.

 

 

 

 

 


294145763. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee! This book has asexual representation and if you don’t know, I identify as gray ace (demisexual). A lot aces in the book community have been raving about this one so yes!!!! Here is the synopsis:
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?


300794394. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. Thanks to my twin, Lilly @ LairofBooks for mentioning it to me. Ever since she mentioned Spellbook, it’s been on my planner waiting to be released and purchased lol.
Here’s the synopsis:
One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .


314511745. Biggest disappointment?

Lol I am going to get major side eye for this one and maybe lose a few more followers like I already did when I posted my spoiler rant review. However, I have to be truthful with myself. The answer is A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTWAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas. I found the book to be very problematic. The thing that upsets me most about this one was that it had a lot of potential (in my opinion) to be great. I really absolutely adored A Court of Mist and Fury so to read this one and see the outcome was just utterly disappointing.

 

 


eliza6. Biggest surprise?

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia! I loooooved that book so much! It was heavily compared to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I didn’t enjoy Fangirl at all. But! I loved Eliza and the graphic novel inserts. I wrote a non-spoiler review here.

 

 

 

 

 


303252317. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

K.Y. Robinson!!! I read her debut poetry collection The Chaos of Longing that was self-pub and is now officially signed by Andrews McMeel. The re-release of Chaos of Longing will be out in September. The Chaos of Longing made me cryyyyy!!! She also published two other poetry books under a pseudonym and I really loved them.

 

 

 

 


8. Newest fictional crush?

I don’t have a fictional crush……

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297489259. Newest favorite character?

Sarai from Strange the Dreamer!! Gosh her character arc is amazing and her power is great too. Also, if you haven’t read Strange the Dreamer, you definitely should. I have a non-spoiler review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


2720780710. Book that made you cry?

soft magic. by Upile Chisala. This debut poetry collection that came out a while back had me seriously tearing. There was so much beauty and honesty. Amazing poems of women empowerment. I would definitely recommend this! Here is the synopsis:
‘soft magic.’ is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. ‘soft magic.’ is a shared healing journey.

 

 


3289047411. Book that made you happy?

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember! I have a non-spoiler review for it here. Finally a mermaid book with some norse mythology that was worth every second of my time!

 

 

 

 

 

 


12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I don’t have an answer for this because either I cannot remember watching anything or I haven’t watch a book to movie adaptation this year. And I am going to lean with the latter.


13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

This answer goes hand in hand with the first question. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! It was really fun to write that review, add quotes from the book, and aesthetic ❤


Kindle14. Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year?

Lol this is going to sound really pretentious but I have to go with my own poetry book love, and you. I am obsessed with my own book and the cover. Sorry not sorry haha *hides face in embarrassment*

 

 

 

 

 

 


15. What books do you need to read by the end of year?

Whoa I have so many books to read by the end of the year but I’ll just insert the covers here and ones that are already out:


and that is all for today! let’s chat in the comments about your thoughts and opinions on some of my answers! thanks so much for stopping by ❤


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The Who Am I Tag

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve done a tag but I really wanted to do this one after seeing it everywhere. Especially after my twin Lilly@LairOfBooks did it and I started checking out the links lol.


What is the meaning of my name?

The meaning of Gretchen is “pearl” and it is originally from Germany.

Fun fact? My name is very known in the town my family is from in Puerto Rico. There are a lot of girls named Gretchen 😉


What is my Myers-Briggs Personality Type? (Link)

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According to my personality test:
The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

Things I find to be very true about myself:

  • It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that Advocates need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw.
  • Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates
  • Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, Advocates use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones.
  • Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, Advocates step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. Advocates see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Speaking in human terms, not technical, Advocates have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience.
  • Advocates have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place
  • Advocates are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, using this image to keep themselves from having to truly open up, even to close friends. Trusting a new friend can be even more challenging for Advocates
  • People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living

What is your Zodiac Sign?

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i used the same website that Lilly used and omfg this is so real!!! Link here

  • Virgo doesn’t just talk about it… they do it.
  • Virgo has an analytical mind that’s capable of finding solutions to tough problems.
  • Virgo gets frustrated by incompetence and stupidity
  • Virgos are sensitive and emotional… even if they don’t show it
  • Virgo is a perfectionist… sometimes to a fault
  • Virgo has a hidden wild side that only a lucky few see
  • Virgos are born skeptics who don’t believe something until they see it for themself
  • Virgos have strong opinions and they aren’t afraid to voice them
  • Virgos are worriers and over-thinkers
  • Virgo is a lover not a fighter and they generally try to avoid confrontation
  • However Virgo is NOT a pushover and knows how to stand their ground
  • Virgo hates being lectured and judged
  • Virgo can be bossy but only in the name of getting shit DONE
  • Virgo is attracted to confidence, ambition and intelligence
  • Virgo can sometimes come across as cold but the truth is they are just cautious about opening up
  • Virgo can seem cool as a cucumber whilst simultaneously being on the verge of a total nervous breakdown
  • Virgo stays organized and can’t stand clutter
  • Virgo is calculated and doesn’t make reckless decisions
  • Virgo is modest and humble
  • Virgo is always working hard to improve their future
  • As a friend Virgo is loyal til the end

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

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I’m half Slytherin too.


What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

Your scores were:

  • Visual 11
  • Aural 10
  • Read/Write 10
  • Kinesthetic 11

You have a multimodal learning preference


Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

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why am i not surprised??? lol


What is my Blood Type?

I am Type O Positive


What Career Am I Meant to Have? (Link)

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OMG YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

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That’s the Slytherin in me lmao.


What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

I am a Firstborn and according to the link, this is what it says (I disagree with a lot of this):

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 don’t know who to tag but if you would like to do this go ahead!! Did you find any similarities with me? Let’s chat in the comments ❤


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The Blogger Aesthetic Award | and a poem

Hello everyone!! I have been in a terrible reading slump and I thought it would be a perfect time to do this award. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this. However I have been seeing this award around and I love anything aesthetic. So here we are!!

The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers!

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The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:


My Aesthetic:

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my favorite color is black
because it speaks
a lot about my life.

i love an autumn rainy
day in new york city.
it’s the calm within
the storm.

baxter is the love of
my life. he’s not just
an animal, he’s my child.

writing has saved me
from the shitstorm
that is my mind.
planners have secured me
from the anxiety that’s
within me.
books have escaped me
from my reality.

please do not talk
to me unless i have
had my cup of coffee.
cafe bustelo with a
bottle of water on
the side,
puerto rican style.

the galaxy connects with me.
i am one with the universe.

i am demisexual,
therefore i fall under the
asexual umbrella.

– here lies me


i’m not tagging anyone cause i suck at tagging but i mean if you want to do it, please do. this was so much fun =)


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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Hello!!! Here I am with another tag, thanks to Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea! Please check out her blog, she is one of the most sweetest people I have ever met and I love her diverse picks in reads =)

Here are the rules:

  1. List the first 10 12 songs that come on shuffle (no skipsies)
  2. Then write your favorite lyric (or verse) from that song *if it’s worth to mention*
  3. Tag others

Like Danielle, I pretty much listen to a little of everything except country. I also listen to Spanish music because if you don’t know I’m Puerto Rican! Music and mood definitely go hand in hand and I love good lyrics. Even though sometimes I throw the lyrics out the window and just hear a song for the catchy beat. Here’s a secret: I know how to sing lol. Through my fathers side of family we have musicians, artist, and sports entertainers as well. Let’s get onto the tag!

1.Alive and Kicking by Nonpoint

I’m stronger now, even after everything that you did.
I’m still alive and kicking.
I’m better now.
I’m awake now.
I can see everything in front of me, now.

2.Get Back by Britney Spears

3.Abusadora by Wisin y Yandel

4.Terrible Love by Birdy

It’s a terrible love
And I’m walking with spiders
It’s a terrible love that I’m walking in
It’s quiet company

5.Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

No wind no rain or winters cold can stop me baby,
‘Cause you are my goal.
If you’re ever in trouble;
I’ll be there on the double.
Just send for me, oh baby.

6.There You Go by P!nk

There you go, lookin pitiful
Just because I let you go
There you go, talkin bout you want me back
But sometimes it be’s like that

7.R.I.P. 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood

R.I.P. to my youth
If you really listen, then this is to you
Mama, there is only so much I can do
Tough for you to witness it but it was for me too
I’m using white lighters to see what’s in front of me

8.In The End by Linkin Park

I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when…

9.In The Morning and Amazing… by Circa Survive

You are in my dreams
Half human, half machine
You with someone else that I have felt and seen
I cannot rest, or my consciousness contest
Looking right through the lens
From winter brings the spring again

10.Sweet Nothing (ft. Florence Welch) by Calvin Harris

And it’s not enough to tell me that you care
When we both know the words are empty air
You give me nothing

11.Fast Car (Ft. Dakota) by Jonas Blue

So I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast, I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I, I had a feeling that I belonged
And I, I had a feeling that I could be someone

12.Sippy Cup by Melanie Martinez

Blood money, blood money
How did you afford this ring that I love, honey?
“Just another shift at the drug company, “
He doesn’t think I’m that fucking dumb does he?
It doesn’t matter what you pull up to your home
We know what goes on inside
You call that ass your own, we call that silicone
Silly girl with silly boys

I tag anyone who wants to do this!
I definitely had fun doing this because it’s different than my usual book/poetry post you see. Thanks to Danielle again for tagging me! Do you like any of these bands/artist? Let’s talk in the comments!


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Beauty and The Beast Book Tag

Hello I was tagged by Lilly @ Lair of Books and Ash @ Once Upon A Bookshelf for the Beauty and the Beast Tag! CHECK OUT THEIR AWESOME BLOGS!!!!

Also check out the Creator of this Book tag Kirsty @ Kirsty and The Cat Read

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

THE BAD BOY!!!!!!! Oh I will never get tired of the misunderstood bad boy who you hate in the first few chapters and then end up loving because he makes all the sense in the world. I always fall for that trap…I mean trope.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

23395680-2I mean, I got it as a gift after I read the library edition..so it still counts right? Gosh this book is so beautiful without the jacket on and the inside IS SO AMAZING!!!! (read through documents, IMs, emails, not your regular book format) One of my favorite books. It’s a 5 star read for me.

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

18344534This book is a New Adult and I wasn’t really expecting it to be amazing as it turned out to be. One of my favorite New Adult books that I love oh so much. It’s not just the romance but the past of these two characters that bind them together is beautiful. I plan on doing a Mini Review on it soon so watch out for that!

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

17675462Gasp, kick, and cry all you want….I WILL NEVER GIVE THIS SERIES ANOTHER TRY. I just can’t do it. I have a more in depth reason as to why here.

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

11235712-2IKO!!!!! Please no spoilers!!! I haven’t read Cress and Winter yet, but I love me some Iko! Iko is an android, btw. Iko is so loyal and my heart panicked a few times when I thought bad things would happen.

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

270730I read Crank when I was teenager. My teenage years were really hard but getting lost within Hopkins writing made me feel better about myself. I almost got into drugs and this book definitely helped me see the light on that world. Crank is based off Hopkins daughter who’s an addict.

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

10929432The Archived by Victoria Schwab was really slow in the beginning and I almost DNFed it but then I reached past 100 pages and it got sooooooo good I couldn’t put it down.

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

tumblr_o79odoTp5o1rzvcdpo1_540.pngTessa Gray from The Infernal Devices (photo credit here) because we can talk about boys and books. Plus she’s classy ass f***

Tagging Time: (you don’t have to do it and if you have, I apologize)
Books, Vertigo and Tea
Inked Brownies
Hanging With Amanda
BookNerdMomo
bookslayerReads
The Uncharted Word
Dream your own Dream
A Word About Books


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Rapid Fire Book Tag

Thanks to Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek for tagging me!!! Check out his blog, not only does he talk about books but he also has fantastic writing.

On to the questions!!!

  1. E-book or Physical book?
    Can I say both? I like to read my new adults/contemporaries on my kindle and all my other books like Fantasy, Paranormal, and Versed/Poetry books etc. as Physical. I just love holding the book in my hand and feeling the pages. And New Adult physical books are expensive compared to how much I pay on the kindle plus I read those so quick AND THEY DON’T HAVE A MAP!
  2. Paperback or Hardback?
    It all depends. I love me some paperback though because they aren’t heavy on the hands, although I do own TONS of hardbacks and if it’s a series, I try to make sure they all match.
  3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
    Online because it’s cheaper and for some reason, the books always comes in perfect condition versus when I go to the store and they look beaten up. I also like to go in-store though, especially Strands because it’s cheap just for some book therapy. ONLINE for sure though plus coupons for days on top of that cheaper price.
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  4. Trilogies or Series?
    Hmmmmm it really depends. I’ve read some amazing trilogies and series. As long as the in-between books don’t suffer from second/third book syndrome, then I don’t really care.
  5. Heroes or Villains?
    Going with Drew’s answer and saying anti-hero. I love their brains and mentality and screwed up way of thinking. Then again, I just want to hug them half the time and be like “you’ll be okay, I understand why you’re that way”
  6. A Book You Want Everyone To Read?
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    I know this a very hyped book in the book community, however I’m just never going to stop talking about it. It’s a fantasy with a group of 6 outcast set on a heist. I don’t have a review of it because I did read this book way before I ever thought of blogging. I love this book so much because of how dark it is and it has very well displayed diversity: Disability, PoC, LGTBQ+. However you can check it out on Goodreads, if you’re interested in checking out.
  7. Recommend an Underrated Author?
    Here I am once again mentioning the awesome C.C. Hunter. I don’t ever see her anywhere and when I do, I am usually just as in shock as the person who knows I’m aware of this author. She has written the Shadow Falls series and the spin off, Shadow Falls: After Dark. It’s a YA Paranormal series set in a boarding school for the “troubled” paranormal.
  8. The Last Book You Finished?
    Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. It is the first book in The Nevernight Chronicles and you can find my book review here.
  9. Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
    Gum wrapping paper. One day I had started this new book and forgot to take a bookmark with me to work, so I looked around my bag and used that.
  10. Used Books: Yes or No?
    Yes. I don’t mind them, even though I don’t have tons of used books myself. But I have some that are almost brand spanking new and I got them for SUPER CHEAP!
  11. Top Three Favorite Genres?
    Fantasy, New Adult, and YA
  12. Borrow or Buy?
    BUY. buy buy buy!! I hate borrowing things from people. Point, period, blank.
  13. Character or Plot?
    Both. I feel like in order for a book to excel, you need both equally.
  14. Long or Short Books?
    I  really think it all depends on the genre/plot of the book. Like what is the trying to accomplish? If it’s a contemporary/new adult, then I prefer those to be short and to the point. If it’s a fantasy, dystopian, or paranormal, then I prefer those to be long because of the world building and character development. I like when those kind of books take their time building a very well developed world/characters.
  15. Name The First Three Books You Think Of
    -Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
    -Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
    -Consequences by Aleatha Romig
  16. Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?
    I feel like I’ve answered this before but I’m gonna go with cry. I always remember those more because I’m so freaking sensitive!!!
  17. Our World or Fictional Worlds?
    Fictional. I read to escape.
  18. Audiobooks: Yes or No?
    HELL. TO. THE. NO.
  19. Do You Ever Judge a Book by it’s Cover?
    Guilty as charged, yes I do.
  20. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
    I think it depends on the book. If it’s a long series, then I would say TV. If it’s a standalone or trilogy, then movie. I mean I actually prefer none but it is what it is.
  21. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
    I would have to go with The Maze Runner. That book was horrible in my opinion but the movies are pretty good, not going to lie.
  22. Series or Standalone’s?
    SERIES!!!!!!!!

TAG TIME!!!
Whimsically Megan
Teacher of YA
M Reads Books
One Bookish Girl

Real Neat Blog Award 1, 2, and 3

I was tagged by The Jouska, Muggles and Mundanes and Novelers Blog a very long time ago and I apologize for not doing this sooner.

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the seven questions.
  3. Frame seven questions for your nominees.
  4. Nominate seven deserving bloggers for the award.

Questions from The Jouska:

  1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
    Chic Nerd Reads
    Chic because it means stylish and elegant, and I love dressing up and looking cute (even though I have my “I don’t care what I look like” days). Nerd because I feel like I identify with being a nerd/geek. So my blog name is basically saying “a stylish elegant nerd that reads”
  2. Do you plan your posts before writing them or are you more spontaneous?
    Anything that is book related is definitely planned. All my personal writing tends to be spontaneous, unless I remember a certain poem from a few weeks back that I would like to post.
  3. Is there any book that you could read over and over again without getting bored?
    Umm I’m not so sure because I don’t re-read books.
  4. Who’s your favorite Talk Show host?
    I don’t watch much TV to say.
  5. Would you rather read the book first and then watch the movie or vice versa?
    I would rather read the book first and then watch the movie.
  6. Have you ever gotten the opportunity to meet your idol? (It can be anybody, a celebrity, author, singer, and so on.)
    I don’t have an idol, however I did get to meet two of my all-time favorite authors at the same time and it was one of the greatest experiences ever. I met Ellen Hopkins and Lauren Oliver, wow they’re such wonderful women.
  7. How many languages can you speak?
    Two, Spanish and English.

Questions from Muggles and Mundanes:

  1. If characters were real, who would you want to be?
    RHYS!!!!!! (From ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas)
    The Maddox Brothers (written by Jamie McGuire)
    All of Shadow Falls Academy because I think they would be super cool to hang with (written by C.C. Hunter)
  2. If you had a chance to meet your doppelganger which book would you tell them about?
    Wow this is so hard to answer lol! Probably Shadow Falls by C.C. Hunter, Rooms by Lauren Oliver, and anything written by Ellen Hopkins.
  3. What book would you save if your house was set on fire?
    I’d save my dog. I would cry for all my books but my dog would be my first thought. Sorry to my library.
  4. If you had a chance to re-write one book which would it be?
    I am going to choose a recently finished book and that is How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather because of that ending!!!
  5. What is your favourite thing in a book that when you find it there it changes everything?
    It depends on the book and character.
  6. If you had a chance to move to one country in the world which would it be?
    Probably somewhere in the UK.
  7. If you had a magical power, which would it be?
    Read minds. I love knowing what people think.

Questions from Novelers Blog:

  1. What is your favorite book?
    This is a very hard question that I never know how to answer.
  2. How and when do you usually post your book reviews?
    I don’t really have a set day to schedule a book review. However, I do try to write a book review either immediately or most 2 days after finishing it because it’s still fresh on my mind.
  3. What is your favorite postion to read in (not trying to be creepy, I swear)
    The sitting position if I’m reading physical copy or laying down if I’m on my kindle.
  4. What is the first book that you remember reading?
    The Secret Garden
  5. What is your top 3 favorite authors?
    – Ellen Hopkins
    – Lauren Oliver
    – Wendy Higgins
  6. What is your favorite song to play when your reading?
    I can’t play music when I read. Although I’ve been recently getting into instrumentals lately.
  7. What’s your favorite music artist?
    Favorite?? Ahh!!! Can’t name one. But here’s a few: Banks, Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, Alina Baraz, The Neighbourhood, Melanie Martinez, P!NK

My Nominees:

  1. Life Through A Book
  2. Rattle The Stars
  3. BooksWithSim
  4. Bookslayer Reads
  5. Read It And Leap
  6. Natasha Reads Books
  7. The Bookish Universe

Questions:

  1. Do you have a song that you will never ever get tired of?
  2. If yes, then what is the name of the song and by who?
  3. How many books do you have in your TBR (to be read) shelf?
  4. How many books have you read so far this year?
  5. What book have you recently finished?
  6. What book has your lowest rating so far this year?
  7. What do you drink a lot?