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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2018 Edition


Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

While I essentially gave up doing my random tags over the last two years (I have so many other things to post!), I remembered doing this tag back in December 2016 as a way to wrap up my reads for the year. So this year, I thought I’d bring this back and make it an annual tradition. I always do my Year’s Reads in Review feature but this one really makes you think about things and features some books that wouldn’t necessarily make my Top Picks of the Year.

Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three (I do 5) rounds

To get the books for each batch, I used a random number generator to pull titles from my “Books Read in 2018” excel file. This includes any DNF’d titles and if a number repeated itself, I reran the generator until I got a fresh title.

Round 1

Double Exposition (Songs and Sonatas, #1) Exmas The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder

Burn: There were definitely things I liked about Double Exposition, but it got the lowest ratings of this group so it’ll get burned.

Rewrite: The predictability of Exmas is what stopped that book from being a 5 star read for me, so I would rework it a bit so the plot wasn’t as obvious.

Reread: There is a bit of a mystery to The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder— one I didn’t figure out at all. So I think it’s always interesting to reread those books that had you stumped the first time around to see if you could figure it out earlier.

Round 2

Watching You Without Merit Free to Risk (Freedom #3)

Burn: I had high expectations for Watching You as a YA thriller but it got a little lost in the romance. Plus, now that the suspense of the stalker is mute, I’m not sure if I would enjoy another read through it.

Rewrite: First, I find it crazy that I would rewrite anything by Colleen Hoover (she’s one of my all time favourite authors), but Without Merit just had a little too much going on to make it cohesive and amazing.

Reread: When I need an emotional read with strong characters, Free to Risk is a great one to pick up!

Round 3

The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) Blood Match (Blood Type, #2) Sweet Black Waves

Burn: This has more to do with the audiobook narrator than the actual book itself — I can’t stand how she does male voices in The Shadow Hour.

Rewrite: There isn’t much I would change about Blood Match except the one super obvious plot point of this novel. And maybe more sexy times?

Reread: I DEVOURED Sweet Black Waves when I read it June. I just loved the characters so much!

Round 4

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2) Gunslinger Girl Only Between Us

Burn: I had high expectations for Be With Me after reading its predecessor but this book fell flat very quickly. Immature characters, a lack of chemistry between the leads (which was crazy because it was so there in the first book when they were there for all of 5 minutes!) and just a boring plot–nothing new here! Which is probably why I DNF’d it a third of the way in.

Rewrite: I thought Gunslinger Girl was going to be something completely different than what it actually was so I would totally rework parts of the story to make it more exciting…and more Wild West.

Reread: If you want to read about characters with tragic pasts and flaws, you don’t need to look further than Only Between Us. It will cause absolute havoc on your heart.

Round 5

The Wager (The Bet, #2) Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire, #1) Legendary (Caraval, #2)

Burn:I DNF’dThe Wager at 14% so clearly something didn’t work for me very early on. The chemistry was off and the plot wasn’t very mature so I had no problems putting it down.

Rewrite: While I enjoyed Stripped Bare, there were some predictable twists and I wanted to see the leads talk to each other more than just jump each other’s bones all the time. So you could definitely make this story stronger with some additional scenes.

Reread: There wasn’t much I didn’t enjoy about Legendary. I thought the pacing was great and I loved Tella as a heroine!

What would you Burn, Rewrite and Reread from 2018?

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Tag it Thursdays: How I Read Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

How I Read Tag

I found this tag last summer on two blogs: Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian and later, McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea’s blog. I wanted to do this particular tag because it asks some cool questions about reading and blogging–not just the typical/standard ones. Enjoy:

How do you find out about new books to read?

Definitely Goodreads! Their “Readers Also Enjoyed” side widget is deadly! Kobo also does a great job of recommending books to me as well since I do get so many from them.

And of course, all the other blogs out there! I’ve made it a point to make sure I note which books I find from others (because how many times do we comment that we will let someone know our thoughts and never follow up?) along the way.

How did you get into reading?

Both of my parents are active readers so reading has always been a part of my life from an early age. But I credit The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants for reigniting my regular reading habits. I devoured that book in a weekend and loved every minute of it. Afterwards, I wanted to get that feeling back and so I became an active library patron from then on. It also helped I had to commute 1 hour each way to my high school and so I had time to kill and reading was a great way to do that.

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How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?

When I was a teenager, I couldn’t get enough of YA paranormal reads. I pretty much picked up every title my library had. However, I’ve recently discovered I can’t stand them! All the petty problems are just not for me anymore. I find myself getting more annoyed by the character’s and their antics than I am enjoying them.

I’m also outgrowing certain authors as well. I adored Meg Cabot as a teen and as I get older, even her adult novels are loosing their appeal. Lots of authors have a formula that works for them and I find the more you read by them, the more you start to see it. It can make books rather boring.

How often do you buy books?

This year I’m on a bit of a self-imposed book buying ban while I try to clean up my eReader. So lately, I’ve been buying books sporadically whenever there is a very good sale. And that varies month by month so I would say that I buy 0-5 books on a monthly basis.

How did you get into book reviewing?

Because I read so many books in a year (150+), I wanted to help others decide what was worth their time. My friends always ask me about books and so it’s a role I’m comfortable in. I decided to focus on series in particular because I had just finished a series I had invested 3+ years in and it had the shittiest ending ever and I wish someone had told me the whole series wasn’t worth my time. (That series was Delirium BTW)

My other motivation was to have a place to remember how I felt about a particular book! I have a crappy memory and sometimes books get lost in the shuffle so it was great to have a place to keep track of everything.

How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

This one is tough! Anger is the first thing that pops into my mind. If it’s a physical book, I probably close it a little too forcefully but since I mostly eRead, I don’t get to do that. Then I take some time and try to rationalize why the ending would be what it is before I compose my review.

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How often do you take a sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

NEVER! I hate spoilers with a passion and why reveal the biggest one of all!

Don’t forget to check out Krystianna’sMcKenzie’s answers! Thanks for bringing it to my attention <3

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Tag it Thursdays: This or That

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

This or That Tag

I love tags that make me choose between a set of predetermined choices–less work for me…in theory. There are a few categories down here that I wish had a third option for.

This tag was originally created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and I was tagged by the awesome Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger. Definitely check out her answers because she’s got some great ones.

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!

1. Reading on the couch or in the bed?

I’m a bed reader. It’s how I wake up in the morning and how I go to sleep at night.

2. Male main character or female main character?

I want to read more books where the lead is a male. I tend to stick to genres where female characters are more prevalent; though, duel POVs seems to be very popular in New Adult fiction…

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

I have such a sweet tooth, it’s insane.

4. Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies though I honestly prefer duologies. Trilogies have a more natural progression to me, even if they slump a bit in the middle. Quartets are hard to write plot-wise.

5. First person POV or third person POV?

Man, sometimes I wish these questions had a situation to give some context! I tried to answer this exact question in a Throwdown Thursday post earlier last year. Short answer: I prefer my romances to be first person but my mysteries and thrillers to be third person.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

Damn, I do both. But I find the morning to be most productive in terms of reading more. I get up earlier than I have to in order to get a few chapters in before work/school.

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I am cheap but I also love to support my local library. I would say that 90% of the books I read are from the library though I’ve tried to read more of the books I own over the last year.

8. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Let’s go with cry. I usually read alone so no one can judge me as I shed a tear or fill a bucket. I prefer my movies to be humorous.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

Are we talking the hard cover the dust jacket covers? In that case black because it shows less dirt.

If we are talking the cover itself, I like the clean contrast a white cover provides.

10. Character driven or plot driven stories?

I’m going with plot. I can hate the lead characters but still enjoy the plot of a novel; it just helps if I like them or if they have strong character development.

Thanks again Jordan!

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Tag it Thursdays: R.I.P. or Ship Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

R.I.P. or Ship Tag

So I know the officially holiday for romance was two days ago, but when you create a tag feature that can only be done on Thursdays, you just have to post things on that day of the week. So keeping with the theme of love, I decided to do this tag.

When I saw this tag on Em @ Em’s Book Corner last year, I wanted to give it a shot. It’s originally created by Booktuber emmmabooks.

The idea: you choose characters from the books of your choice, write down their names and put them in a jar. Then you pull out two names and decide whether or not you like (“ship”) or dislike (“R.I.P.”) the new relationship.

For my tag, I used 10 books that I’ve marked on Goodreads as my “fav couples” ever. I figured if any character has a shot with another random character, its the one half of my favourite couple/friend combo ever.

1–Lily (Touch Me Not) & Devi (Porn Star)

When I first pulled these two ladies out, I thought: OH the irony. See Lily has an issue being touched and Devi makes money by being in pornography videos–pretty polar opposites. But part of Lily’s journey in Touch Me Not is to be comfortable touching another person, so who better than Devi? Devi has great self-confidence and I think she would be a fantastic influence on Lily. And can probably give her some nice tips on how to handle her new relationship in more ways than one.

Verdict: friendSHIP

2–Drew (Tangled) & Haley (Until It’s Right)

Drew needs someone who can put him in his place but still appreciate his charms and I don’t think that is Haley. Haley is a nice girl but doesn’t quite have that self-confidence (yet) that Drew requires.

Verdict: R.I.P.

3–Dmitri (Vampire Academy) & Chloe (Crushed)

Haha what a combo! At first, I was a hard NO with these two but I could definitely see Chloe giving Dmitri a piece of her mind when the occasion calls for it. Dmitri is a pretty intimidating guy but I don’t think that would stop Chloe from being honest with him. Oh, but don’t forget that Dmitri is technically part vampire so…

Verdict: R.I.P.

4–Dylan (Schooled) & Sophia (Rook)

I’m not even going to elaborate on this one. Dylan wouldn’t be able to handle Sophia and her scheming, mysterious lifestyle and Sophia wouldn’t like Dylan’s straightforward approach to life and relationships.

Verdict: R.I.P.

5–Logan (Porn Star) & Lola (Dark Wild Night)

Oh, this has potential! Both Logan and Lola know what is means to have a missed connection that they know could be more. My only concern would be the Lola couldn’t handle what Logan does for a living and seeing him around other girls on a regular basis so unfortunately:

Verdict: R.I.P.

6–Michael (Crushed) & Kate (Tangled)

This could actually really work! Kate has great self-confidence and is a lot of fun. Michael is a little scorned but I think Kate could mend his broken heart.

Verdict: relationSHIP

7–Dean (Hopeless) & Alexis (Schooled)

I really like this one! Dean is a very patient guy and so, so sweet. Sure he has a bit of a reputation but underneath, he’s a keeper! Alexis is determined to succeed and she is very understanding. I think she could see past Dean’s reputation and they could be great together…if their ages were closer.

Verdict: relationSHIP

8–Rose (Vampire Academy) & René (Rook)

I kinda like this one. Rose can handle a life of adventure and scheming–I mean that’s what happens all the time in Vampire Academy. René reminds me a bit of Adrian who I thought had great chemistry with Rose throughout the VA series. René exudes confidence, has a bit of mystery and is very intelligent. Their relationship would be fast and furious I think but perhaps not long lasting.

Verdict: relationSHIP

9–Oliver (Dark Wild Night) & Kyle (Until It’s Right)

What a great match! These two would hit if off I think. Both are nerdy, slightly geeky guys who are just super nice!

Verdict: friendSHIP

10—Sky (Hopeless) & Nikoli (Touch Me Not)

At first, this was a no-go for me. But I see an older Dean (Hopeless) when I think about Nikoli. Sure, he as a reputation but throughout Touch Me Not he showed that he has a heart of gold and can be patient when he needs to be. So I think he really could help Sky navigate her life…if they were the right age.

Verdict: relationSHIP

What do you think about my pairings?

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Tag it Thursdays: ABBA

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:


I was just 11 years old when my mom introduced me to the music of ABBA. We had just gone to see Mamma Mia and I loved it! To this day, I’ve seen is 3 glorious times and I count it as my favourite musical that is based on previously released songs (ie not an original score).

As for the movie…it was a bit of a miss for me. I love Meryl Streep but not as Donna. Otherwise, I enjoyed the casting and it was fun. I still watch it when I get a hankering for ABBA and sing all the songs.

When I read Ranu @ Araliya Bookshelf‘s post of this tag, I had to give it a shot. I’m glad she corrected the titles of the songs from the original tag because that is a little irksome. So, for those songs where the lyrics were misinterpreted, I’ve changed the tag to better suit what the song actually is about.

Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken Series Book 3)

Take A Chance On Me

A book you unexpectedly liked

After feeling underwhelmed by the first two books in the Broken Series, I almost didn’t pick this one up. But I’m so glad I did! It was amazing and completely unexpected!

The Winner Takes It All

An Overhyped Book

The Grisha Trilogy was such a disappointment for me. While I loved the concept, I did not love Alina nor the execution of this series.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Violins of Autumn


An amazing historical fiction

I loved this one! Violins of Autumn takes place during WWII and focuses on one girl’s role in the war. It was an enthralling adventure!

Does Your Mother Know?

“A newly released novel you want to read”

The next line in the song is “does your mother know that you’re out” so I went with a newly released book I can’t WAIT to read. I eagerly awaited Starflight and adored it, so I am STOKED for the sequel, Starfall.
Starfall (Starflight #2)
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I Have A Dream

A favourite, ‘ideal’ book

You can read my fangirl babbling of The Winner’s Trilogy in my review. But I loved this series for the political intrigue and the intelligent heroine. This book reminded me of why I love to read.

Dancing Queen

A book with royalty

Cross the Stars grabbed my attention because it focuses on the cultural and political issues revolving around an American girl and a Jordanian Royal.

Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars #1)
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Money, Money, Money

A book you’d pay good money for.

The Red Rising Trilogy absolutely blew me away. It’s the next series I plan on purchasing for my collection.

Lay All Your Love On Me

A book that needs more attention

I don’t usually read YA contemporaries but Adorkable was AMAZING! I laughed, I cried and I most definitely swooned. It was perfect and it was Cookie O’Gorman’s debut!

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Mamma Mia!

“A book that gave you a serious book hangover”

“Blue since the day we parted” That was the lyrical inspiration for this redo of the original tag. I waited for YEARs for Lady Midnight but it didn’t disappoint. When I finished it, I was so upset…I wanted it to go on forever.


A book that should fall in trouble and never be rescued.

I don’t even think I got past chapter 2 for Until I Met You. I have never disliked a character as much and so soon as I had with this one.

Until I Met You
Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

Knowing Me, Knowing You

A book that just wasn’t for you

I really wanted to like this book. I was excited to read another Western novel and I had heard great things about Walk on Earth a Stranger. But this novel was just too slow for me to fully appreciate it.

Man, I love that GIF 😛

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Tag it Thursday: Burn, Rewrite or Reread

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

I found this tag on Analee @ Book Snack in January of 2016 and thought it was a lot of fun to do. I thought it would be a fun way to wrap up my 2016 reading year by only using books I read in 2016. Which, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Why Goodreads doesn’t have a random feature is beyond me, but I figured it out!

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)

-Repeat until you completed three rounds (I like 5 as a better number)

Round 1

Dangerously Damaged (Addicted to You, #1) Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons, #4) The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #2)

Burn: Dangerously Damaged is the first of a serial that was never finished. Something I didn’t know when I started to read it in August. Super disappointing…probably why you don’t see it for sale anywhere.

Rewrite: While I enjoyed The Revolution of Ivy, I wouldn’t have minded a little more excitement. I always wanted this series to be a little more “dangerous” and that’s what I would hope for in a rewrite.

Reread: Wicked Sexy Liar was a lot of fun to read. The Wild Seasons is one of my favourites!

Round 2

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) Schooled

Burn: Incarnate was a huge disappointment. It was slow and dull and not what I expected at all. It would be shame though to burn such a beautiful cover.

Rewrite: This one is tough because Schooled was AWESOME! The only thing I would rewrite about it would be giving us Dylan’s POV as well as Alexis’.

Reread: The Winner’s Trilogy (The Winner’s Kiss) is one of my all time favourite series so this is a given. I’ve even bought all the books (a rarity for me) just so I can have them later in life to reread–and share!

Round 3

Kick, Push (Kick Push, #1) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Why Not Me?

Burn: I’m going to go with Why Not Me? for this one. I much preferred Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Rewrite: This is tough because nothing comes to mind immediately in terms of what to rewrite for Kick, Push. Maybe rewrite it so I don’t get all those feels? Haha. No, in all seriousness, maybe more focus on the skateboarding aspect?

Reread: Cress is one of those books I appreciated a little more in hindsight I think. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite reads and this one was one of my favourites in the series. Oh Captain Thorne…

Round 4

Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles, #1) Say Nothing... (Speak, #2) Modern Romance

Burn: This really isn’t fair because I truly enjoyed Modern Romance. It was very interesting and the audiobook was hilarious. But it’s kind-of a one time read…

Rewrite: YES! Rewrite Gambit! This book had so much potential but really lost it on the execution if you ask me. It had a weird flow and the exposition was much too long. But it has all the right stuff there just itching to be put to good use.

Reread: The Speak Series (Say Nothing) has a great couple in Ari and Ben. Their story and connection was so sweet and heartwarming, why wouldn’t you want to reread this?

Round 5

If You Leave (Beautifully Broken, #2) The List (College of Charleston, #1) 27 Days to Midnight

Burn: The List had pretty much every trope I hate in New Adult romance: love at first sight; a love triangle and a selfish heroine. One of the most frustrating reads of this year.

Rewrite: I really enjoyed the concept of 27 Days to Midnight but I wanted it to be a little more exciting. Maybe some more romance?

Reread: Courtney Cole writes fantastically heartbreaking New Adult novels and If You Leave is no exception. One of my 5 star reads of this year and one I wish I had read earlier!

Disagree? Let me know!

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Tag it Thursdays: Totally Didn’t Book Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Totally Didn’t Book Tag

When Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews did this last year, I book-marked it to do at a later time. Not only did I love Stephanie’s answers but the tag is just so much fun that I had to do it. I had to dig deep to answer some of these questions so I hope you enjoy it!

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mythos Academy Series! But it is one of those series that suffered from having too many sequels, hereby dragging out the overarching plot.

This series could have easily have been a trilogy, maybe even 4 books max and still delivered all the awesomeness I love about it!

Origin (Lux, #4)Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view!

I love me some Jennifer L Armentrout (that’s why she is one of my most read authors) but I didn’t totally love when she introduced Daemon’s POV into the Lux Series. JLA is a bit of a formulaic author so I find her characters kinda sound the same in all her stories–and that is a bit of the case here with Daemon and Katy. Plus, I kinda liked Daemon being a mystery and not seeing inside his head.

Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series!

This one was tough for my to answer because I don’t really notice when covers change. But one I did notice was the Arcana Chronicles. I can’t say that I prefer either cover to be honest.

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Bad RomanceTotally didn’t need a love triangle!

I struggled with listing a book for this one. I think love triangles are very rarely needed in a novel so I could have more than 20 books listed here.

But I’m going to go with Bad Romance because the love triangle here is completely ridiculous. The logic actually hurts my head. I wish the forbidden romance between step-siblings was emphasized more instead of the love triangle.

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3)Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series!

This book immediately popped into my mind but I was shocked when I saw that I gave this a 4/5 on Goodreads!

The Crossfire Series is one that was originally a trilogy but was extended to be a 5 book series shortly after the 2nd book was published. And it shows in this instalment. This book is pure filler at its finest!

Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy, #2)Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger!

Alyxandra Harvey is a favourite Canadian author of mine and I was really enjoying her Lovegrove Legacy Series until I read Whisper the Dead and found out that the next book wasn’t going to be published!

What a bummer! And what a cliffhanger we were left on too! I hope that someday I can find out what was going to happen next for these 3 cousins!

(Turns out, there is a 30 page novella that wraps everything up but I would have preferred a whole novel!)

Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view!

I like when my romances have dual POVs because I need to see that emotional connection established between the two leads that only a character specific POV can provide.

In Beyond the Stars, I would have loved to have learned more about Jack as a character. He had so much potential to be a complex character and I just felt like he wasn’t developed as well as he could have been.

Real (Real, #1)Totally didn’t need that much hype!

I was so, so excited to read Real. It topped tons of romance read lists and I couldn’t wait to see what got people so hyped about this series.

Wow–what a disappointment! I detested the whiny heroine, disliked the alpha hero and couldn’t get over the repetitiveness of the writing!

(And don’t get me started on the words used in the sex scenes!)

Totally didn’t need a relative book reference! (e.g. Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I picked up Trust Me, I’m Lying because it said:

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

And while it does draw those comparisons, it really does stand out on its own and is one enjoyable, exciting read!

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)Totally didn’t deserve my time!

Don’t even get me started on the mess that is Breaking Dawn in the Twilight Saga!

It’s a mishmash of fan-service, silly characters and dragged out story lines. I’m not even going to mention the fact that the story builds up to some epic battle that merely ends with a hand-shake…ugh!

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Tag it Thursdays: Seven Deadly Sins

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

I was tagged earlier this year by Erin @ Reading With Wrin to do this tag. Thank you SO MUCH for the tag Erin and my apologies for not doing it sooner! This year has just flown by!


What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

I have never paid full price for a book in my life. I’m so cheap, it’s ridiculous. I’ve always been a part of rewards programs or use promo codes to get a better deal. So, this took a lot of research on my part to find my most expensive novel (The Book of Awesome). For my most inexpensive (Wasted Summer), I didn’t pick a freebie but one I actually paid for.

The Book of Awesome Wasted Summer (Stone Cliff, #2)


What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Sophie JordanI’m going to go with Sophie Jordan. I’ve read 3 different series (Firelight, Ivy Chronicles and Uninvited) by her and have been disappointed every time! The crappy thing is that I love her story concepts, just not their execution. And I’m so, so tempted to pick up Reign of Shadows…sigh

Victoria and the RogueGluttony

What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

I’ve reread Victoria and the Rogue so many times, it’s ridiculous! One of my favourites from my teen years! And, it was the focus of my Nostalgic Book Tag in the summer.


Fallen (Fallen, #1)Sloth

What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

The whole Fallen Series has been sitting on my shelf due to pure laziness. I’ve even read the first 2 books and have the last 2 books purchased! But time has not been my friend with this series…



What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I think because my friends know I love Shakespeare and have an English minor, they assume I read very “intellectually-stimulating” novels but that isn’t necessarily the case. And that isn’t to say that the latest YA novel or my most recent romance read are not intelligent books–because they can be–I just know that they don’t expect that to be my answer. I actually talked about this in one of my Meme-ful Discussions and why you shouldn’t be ashamed of reading certain novels.

So long story short: I don’t really have a go to “smarty-pants” book I name drop when needed.


What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

I really love male characters that let their leading lady blossom on her own. I hate when female leads are stifled by their male counterpart. I like my romantic leads to be partners and compliment each other in a positive way. I also have a soft spot for nerdy guys.

You can check out more of my book boyfriends on the following list:


What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite series ever and I want to add it to my physical book collection. I was going to get the hardcover set until I saw this brand new set. It’s so beautiful! And so expensive! I’m hoping I’ll get it for Christmas or buy it with my first paycheck…

Thanks again Erin!

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Tag It Thursday: Nostalgic Book Review Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Nostalgic Book Review Tag

Talk about nostalgia! I was tagged for this one last October by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. I waited so long to post it thanks to scheduling conflicts but mainly because I didn’t know what book to pick! But I finally found what I think is the perfect book for this tag.

Learn more about the origin of the tag here!

In this tag, you will be reviewing a book you read three or more years ago (if you started reading less than three years ago, tell us about your first book). The best part: you will be reviewing the book purely from memory. I hope you all have fantastic memory (because I certainly don’t)!

The Book:

187810I chose Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot because I’ve talked about it a lot lately in other bloggers “rereading” discussions. It’s one of my go to books when I need a pick me up and one of the first books I got when my reading addiction started 10+ years ago.

 I haven’t read this book in 5 or so years so I’m going purely off of my memory. (And I wrote this post as a work document while on a road trip where I had no internet so no Google for help).

 The Summary:

First, tell us a little bit about this book, and approximately when you read it. Write a summary (brief, long, anything you like!) of the book you are reviewing.

Victoria is on route to England from India to make a desirable marriage. On the boat, she gets proposed to by a Duke who is essentially perfect (handsome, titled and rich) but the proposal is interrupted by dashing captain of the boat (I want to say his name is James?). As Victoria and her Duke continue their courting on dry land, the Captain continues to make appearances in her life. Of course the Captain and Victoria have that perfect sexual tension where they can’t stand each other but they don’t discover that until it may be too late!

 The Thoughts:

Share your thoughts on your chosen book. Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back then.

This novel reaffirmed my love of the romance novel. It has all the perfectly swoon-worthy moments a girl could want. I just loved the chemistry Victoria and the Captain had and how they complimented each other so perfectly.

In hindsight, this novel started my love affair with historical romances. Until this point, I was mostly read YA contemporaries (like The Princess Diaries or The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) since that was what my library had in stock. But after this novel, I graduated to other historical series like the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and eventually the adult series like Spindle Cove or A Season for Scandal.

The Epilogue:

Here’s the fun part: now you can look up a summary of the book – find all those names that you couldn’t remember, those plot points that seemed pretty important – and all those things you might have forgotten. Don’t go back and edit the summary from the first part!

I’ve included the full summary at the bottom for your reference. I did get a few things wrong. The Duke is actually an Earl and his name is Hugo; the Captain is also called Jacob, not James. It also wasn’t a coincidence that Jacob interfered in the courting like I thought.

If I read this book now, I think I would find the plot too simple to keep me entertained. But given the size of the novel, I probably would let it slide. This is definitely a comfort read for me more than anything.

And writing this post has really made me want to read it ASAP!

Summary (From Goodreads):


Growing up in far-off India, wealthy young heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot was accustomed to handling her own affairs — not to mention everyone else’s. But in her sixteenth year, Vicky is unceremoniously shipped off to London to find a husband. With her usual aplomb, however, Lady Victoria gets herself engaged to the perfect English gentleman, even before setting foot on British soil.

The Rogue

Hugo Rothschild, ninth earl of Malfrey, is everything a girl could want in a future husband: he is handsome and worldly, if not rich. Lady Victoria has everything just as she’d like it. That is, if raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs would leave well enough alone.

Jacob’s meddling is nothing short of exasperating, and Victoria is mystified by his persistence. But when it becomes clear that young Lord Malfrey just might not be all that he’s professed to be, Victoria is forced to admit, for the first time in her life, that she is wrong. Not only about her fiance, but about the reason behind the handsome ship captain’s interference.

Thanks Marie! Apologies it took so long!

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Tag It Thursdays: The TBR Book Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

Normally, I post my Throwdown Thursday Meme on the last Thursday of the month, but I’ve opted to discontinue that feature. I might make it a seasonal feature for my blog but at this moment I’m undecided. But without further ado, here is my latest tag!

This month’s tag:

The TBR Tag

I was tagged AGES ago by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts, last August to be specific. Thank you Joey! Despite this being at the top of my “to write” list, I never got around to it and postponed its publication numerous times. Since it is a bit of a “time sensitive” post (meaning my TBR changes on an everyday basis), I wanted it to be as accurate as possible when I finally published it. Not some post I wrote in October but didn’t publish it until March.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I wrote a whole series of Tips posts on this earlier this month but I primarily have 2 ways of keeping track of my TBR: Goodreads (I have shelves for books that have to be published, sequel TBRs and “new” books) and an Excel spreadsheet of all my book purchases. But I would say Goodreads is my main tracking method.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

My Excel Spreadsheet of purchases is all eBooks, as is my TBR “star” jar. But my main TBR list via Goodreads is basically any format I can get my hands on. I don’t discriminate 😉


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

For my Rock My TBR Challenge, I pull a star out every time I finish one book/series. Most of the time though, it is whatever holds I get in from the library first that determines my next read.

Another method I use to find my next read is to randomly generate a number and use that to pick out 2 or 3 books from some sort of list I have created. Then, I read the synopsis for each and decide which book “speaks” to me the most. (The curse of being a mood reader I think).

Love StruckA book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

I bought this book for my Kobo as soon as I got my eReader in 2011. It was one of my first purchases, meaning I didn’t have over 300 books to read instead. What’s even worse is that it is only a novella that is 58 pages long–why I have never found the time to read something that’ll take me an hour at most is beyond me :S

Beyond that one, it’s really hard for my to say what has been on my TBR the longest since I only joined Goodreads in 2012 and did a bulk shelving of books I wanted to read as soon as I joined.

 A book you recently added to your TBR?

 Outrun the Moon

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)  January (Calendar Girl, #1)
 New Novel/Series #MakeMeRead It

 Newest Purchase

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I have yet to truly enjoy a Sophie Jordan novel despite attempting 3 different series by her. While I am intrigued by the concept of this novel, the mixed reviews lead me to belief I won’t enjoy it BUT I cannot resist that cover!

 Unintentional VirginA book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

This question was really hard to answer because I plan on reading every book on my TBR even it that isn’t practical. However, this book popped into mind because I did start to read it but couldn’t stomach anything past Chapter 2. I tell myself I will read it simply because I purchased it and hate leaving books I purchased unread but, let’s get real…I’m not picking this up again.

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

Starfall (Starflight #2) Heartless Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) United as One (Lorien Legacies, #7)

I couldn’t pick just one!

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

I feel like I am the only blogger in the book blogging community who didn’t get an ARC of this novel—it was EVERYWHERE this year! From January right to its actual publication date, this novel stalked my Twitter and Blog Reader feeds for months! I always planned on reading it because I read anything with a hint of Russian Imperialism but I’ll admit the hype definitely made me curious…and a little scared to actually read it.

  Uglies (Uglies, #1)A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

I’ve had numerous requests from people to do a series review for the Uglies. I hope to get that published early this summer once school is officially finished!

 A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

The Morning Star (Katerina, #3) Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga, #3)

These are all sequels to series I really enjoyed but I haven’t gotten a chance to read!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

The short answer according to my Goodreads account:

  • 1193 new series or standalone novels
  • 47 books that have yet to be published
  • 390 sequels

Thanks again Joey!

What about you? Do we share some similar answers? Are you also overwhelmed by your TBR?

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