Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey peeps! So I figured I’d do something fun today and come at you with a tag! This tag was created by Alina @ Tall Tales on YouTube, so go check out her video and channel. I love fall, you love fall, everyone loves fall, so here’s a tag pertaining to fall. Let’s go!

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

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Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman definitely has a vivid setting. Not only is the book written in a way where it includes case files, texts, visuals, audio recordings, etc, but there are some sections where you can see what the ship looks like and the way everything is described just makes it sound so vivid.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

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This manga deals with depression and suicide, and oh my God, I cried a lot during the whole story. It’s about a group of friends who, about ten years in the future, want to go back and change things so they can save their friend who blames himself for his mother’s suicide, and so they send letters to their past selves and they essentially get a second chance at saving it. It was just a very lovely story and one on a topic very personal to me.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I… don’t really read non-fiction books, so… Yeah…

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

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Can I just be part of the Night Court, please? They’re a misfit group of friends and I love them, so I’d like to join them in Velaris.

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

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I took this photo back in October 2016 and I think it’s wicked pretty!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

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How could I not think of Shazi and her storytelling skills in The Wrath & the Dawn? I love this story and the world it’s set in, but I also love how there’s stories within it that brings you to another world as well.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

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I still haven’t finished this book that I’ve been attempting to read for over two years because I hate horror and it’s wicked unsettling and I just… I can’t.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

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When will I ever not refer this book in a tag? I mean seriously, it’s so cute and funny and heartwarming. Just do yourself a favor and go read it.

9. Fall (luckily, it’s my favourite season) returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

You know, I don’t care how much crap Twilight gets, it’ll forever be one of those books that meant so much to me in a time that I needed it. And then The House of the Scorpion and A Certain Slant of Light were two of the first YA books I read in high school and enjoyed because I read them for fun (one was for summer reading and was the only summer reading book I actually read… and enjoyed). So yes, I’d love to revisit all of these eventually.

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

Fall is the time when NaNoWriMo gets started and sucks away my soul, so I’ll be wrapping myself up in the hat and scarf (I just use the mug for decoration), and then on our recent trip to Disney World I got this super comfy and pretty hoodie and I love it and I’ll be wearing it a lot on the cold days, I’m sure.

11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

I tag everyone because it’s a new tag and everyone should do it!


Let’s Chat! ^w^

What are you most excited for when it comes to fall? Any book releases you want to let me know about that you’re excited for? What will you be wearing or using as an accessory when it comes to your fall reading? Let me know!

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Festive Christmas Book Tag

Hey peeps, how’s it going? I’m here to do a fun Christmas tag that I first saw on Jessethereader‘s channel, but the tag was originally created by GirlReading. I haven’t done a tag in a while and let’s be real: FESTIVE TAGS ARE MY FAVE. So without further ado, here’s the questions!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with.

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No gonna lie, I’d love to spend time with the Weasley family. I think it would kind of fun in a chaotic way? And I’m talking before all the crap happened with Voldemort. But even afterward, a few years down the road, I think it would be fun to sit with a big family and just have a fun magical Christmas dinner.

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift.

See my Top Ten Tuesday Holiday Gift Guide from this year because I need something from every single one of those small businesses I listed!

3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?

THIS GUY RIGHT HERE:

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…it didn’t say it had to be a fictional BOOK character…

Oh fine.

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For this one I think I have to go with Alice from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. She seems to have a knack for giving Bella a lot of really cool, expensive gifts, plus she has really good taste, so she’d be a great Christmas elf.

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

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For Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli I think the perfect song would be All I Want for Christmas is You. Because let’s be honest: it’s true.

And if we wanted to play off of a certain someone’s nickname, then it would be I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You. >> Harharharhar.

5. Bah Humbug: a book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the Naughty List.

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I was disappointed in The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski when I read it earlier this year because it had been so hyped up for so long by so many people that I was expecting to go into it and really enjoy it, but it just didn’t work for me. You can check out my review for more details.

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the Nice List.

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I think My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows needs more love and appreciation (even though it has lots) because IT’S SO GOOD. Historical fiction meets fantasy meets comedy meets romance? I mean, there’s seriously something really cool about it and you NEED to read it! Check out my review for more thoughts as to why!

7. Red, Gold, and Green: a book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

I mean, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is kind of already styling for the winter season, so…

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8. A book or series you love so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too.

THRONE OF GLASS.

But, I mean, that’s a given. So let me talk about something other than that series.

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I think everyone should check out the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. They whole series is already out and they’re available as ebooks on Amazon! It’s a YA fantasy series about a library apprentice named Vhalla who is just working her days in the library, a place she considers her home, when she saves the life of one of the princes when he arrives home. She is then thrown (quite literally) into a situation that awakens her powers as a Windwalker – the only known one in the world in many, many years. She faces a lot of peril, betrayal, love, friendships, and more. I still have to finish the fourth book then read the fifth, but the first three are definitely amazing and I highly suggest you check them out!

I tag…

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you celebrate Christmas? If not, what do you celebrate for the holidays? Do you like the festiveness of the season, or are you more of a Scrooge? What book or series would you recommend me to definitely read?

Fairytales IRL Book Tag

Hey peeps and welcome to another book tag! I find I don’t do these as often as I thought I did, and this one’s been going around very recently to a few people on YouTube, so I decided to join in on it because I LOVE fairytales! You can check out Jessethereader’s video here!

I haven’t actually read a fairytale in a while. I’ve read a few retellings and stuff, but otherwise I pretty much just watch the Disney adaptations (which is fine with me). I love the tropes and the hope that a lot of fairytales can inspire … when they’re, you know, not being told creepily and stuff.

somethinginbetweenSo this tag was put out by Harlequin Teen inspired by the release of Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz, a contemporary book about a Filipino girl who’s done everything expected of her, has gotten really good grades, and even gets a scholarship to her dream college – and then it all falls apart when a family secret gets out and she is no longer eligible for that scholarship. She then does what she never has before: rebel. She tries to do a lot of the things teens do before they graduate and that’s when she meets the son of a congressman.

It sounds interesting and cute, and I’m just really interested to do this tag! In the tag you’re teaming up tropes with contemporary stories, so here we go:

1 . Fairy Godmother: a contemporary trope where a fatherly/motherly figure guides a misguided protagonist.

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I had the hardest time thinking of someone for this one and then I GOT IT. Dr. Daniel Leed from Girl Against the Universe! He’s a really cool psychiatrist and I felt like he really did a good job of helping to guide Maguire down a healthy path by challenging her and allowing her to figure things out on her own.

2. Prince Charming: a contemporary character who takes on a quest for his or her love interest.

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I think that Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before definitely fits the bill for this one because she wrote letters to each guys she’s had a crush on before, and even though it backfires on her, it’s still as though she’s on a quest to find that “perfect guy,” and all that. She’s a dreamer and adorable and I love her.

3. Forbidden Fruit: the contemporary trope of giving in to temptation.

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I think that Maddy from Everything, Everything fits this description to a T because she was without everything in the outside world for the majority of her life. When the boy next door moves in, of course she’s interested and gives into temptation and discovers a lot about herself in that time.

4. When the Clock Strikes Midnight: a contemporary trope where the characters must fear an impending moment.

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Okay, so this one is kind of just scary because, well, it’s a book about a school shooting: This Is Where It Ends. I know the kids in the school weren’t expecting it at the time or anything, but as the hour progressed, more and more people were just terrified of what would happen next. It’s truly terrifying.

5. The Big Bad Wolf: an antagonist so powerful that the hero feels helpless against it/him/her.

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I’m going to have to go with the depression and suicide in My Heart and Other Black Holes because, speaking from experience, that antagonist is extremely powerful and you do feel helpless against it in those situations. I thought that Aysel did her best to climb out of that hole and I applaud her for it because it isn’t easy.

6. The Power Within: a contemporary example of unexpected power from a character who imagines themselves to be ordinary.

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So I’m going to go with Sam from Every Last Word because she deals with a form of OCD that causes her to have obsessive thoughts that could potentially lead to harmful outcomes, but usually they’re just daydreams or harmless things. As she writes poetry and talks about her illness through that, she really takes hold of herself and I think that that is truly amazing.

7. The Grand Ball: a contemporary trope wherein a character faces a major moment of fitting in.

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I’m going to say the same thing as Jesse and talk about Cath from Fangirl because she was so introverted and shy and scared at the beginning of the book that it was near impossible for her to make friends (even though Levi tried really hard all the time). As the book progressed, though, she began to open up more, to stand up for herself, and to really shine. I think she definitely faced that major moment and took it all in stride.

8. Fairest of Them All: a contemporary pressure for outer beauty that challenges the importance of inner beauty.

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I think Eleanor & Park really hits this on the head because the two main characters are a red headed girl who lives in poverty so she’s pretty much wearing the clothes she makes herself, and the only half-Korean boy who likes to wear dark clothes and listen to “strange” music compared to the other kids. Though, I do love both of them because they don’t care what anyone else thinks and they each really bring out a positive outlook in one another when it comes to that.

9. The Evil Stepmother: a contemporary character who invokes anger or resentment for stepping into another’s role.

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I think for this one I’m going to go with Kristin from None of the Above because she is really like her own evil stepmother. When she’s diagnosed as intersex she becomes so disgusted with herself that it’s like she wants to do everything she can to pretend she’s not who she is, and that’s not healthy. I think a lot of resentment formed as a result of that.

10. Happily Ever After: the contemporary belief in finding happiness in the end even when the road to get there had its struggles.

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Have you met my friend Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because he’s adorable and I love him. He also went through a crap ton of, well, crap, to get his happy ending and even though some of what he dealt with was hard to see, I’m glad he did manage to get through all of it and be happy.


This was a much more difficult tag than I was expecting for some of these questions, but I also liked them because they had me thinking about just what kinds of characters I’ve seen and read about, and how each of these different tropes really do play a part.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some of your favorite tropes in books? What are your least favorite? Who do you think of when you think of the Prince Charming or the Big Bad Wolf? Tell me all the things!

I Am The Reader Tag

thereaderHey peeps and welcome to another tag! So the one I’m doing today I first saw on emmmabooks channel called I Am the Reader and it was created by PenguinTeen. This tag is to celebrate the book called The Reader by Traci Chee.

The synopsis says: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

And if that sounds interesting to you, then you can get your hands on this book now because it was released on September 13th! So let’s jump into the tag:

1 . Choose one word that describes being a reader.

Fun. Seriously, think about it. As a reader you get to discover new worlds, meet new characters, talk with other book lovers (like you peeps!). I mean, what could be more fun?

2. What’s the very first book you fell in love with?

I remember several books that I fell in love with, but the one that sticks out in my mind the most, and the one book I’ve reread four times, is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. This book shaped so many young people’s lives when it came out and I was definitely one of those people. I fell in love with the characters, the story, the plot, everything about it. I was a Twihard through and through before it was even considered for a movie. And I could talk about it with my friends, and then I had my husband read them (when we had just started dating in high school), and even he liked them! It’s just one of those books that will always remain in my heart for so many reasons.

3. Hardcover or paperback?

I personally prefer hardcover just because I think they’re much prettier and easier to hold when reading and such, but I really don’t mind paperback because they’re cheaper and they can still be pretty.

4. How has reading shaped your identity?

Oh man. I can definitely say these past two years have really shaped my identity because before, yeah, I loved to read for fun and stuff, but until I started blogging and really getting into it, I would read – maybe – one book for fun per year. If I was lucky, anyway. But I’ve always loved to read. From the time I was young, I was picking up books. I remember as a kid I would read fairytales and kids science books and books about certain topics, like puberty or animals or whatever. But as I grew older, my reading slowed down (I hated summer reading because all of the books were boring to me until my last required year in high school), but I’d always find those few hidden gems that I’d love and reread over and over again.

These past two years, though, have been tremendous for me in terms of calling myself a reader. My coworkers know that I run this blog and occasionally talk to me about it. I got a tattoo on my back that’s a quote about how much I love books, for crying out loud:

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So how has reading shaped my identity? Everyone knows me as a reader. Everyone knows just how much I love books and they’re generally surprised when I tell them I haven’t read certain series yet (*cough*HarryPotter*cough*) and they just know exactly what to give me during certain times of the year. I used to just be Rayna, but since starting my blog I’ve become Reader Rayna, and I’m perfectly happy with that.

5. What book do you read when you need to be comforted?

I honestly don’t turn to reading when I need to be comforted. For me, yeah, reading is relaxing, but I really enjoy getting into the stories and really focusing on what I’m reading. If I’m not in the right mood, then I can’t read.

But, if I were to lean toward a book, then I’d probably choose one I know can make me either smile, laugh, or one I’ve read multiple times, like Twilight. Or maybe just read manga so my mind can also focus on the images.

6. Who taught you to be a reader? (Or did you do it all on your own?)

I honestly learned all on my own, really. I mean, my parents always encouraged it and would always get me books if I asked and everything, but in terms of my passion for reading? That’s all my own. My parents don’t read for fun at all, so really it’s all me.

7. Describe your dream reading lounge.

I could say Belle’s library (which is amazing), but honestly I would just like a wall of bookshelves full of books, and a small nook where I could have a large, stuffed chair with a throw blanket, and a small table on the side to rest my book or a cup of juice. Kind of like this but with a space for a small table:

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Found on Pinterest

8. What book changed the way you act or see the world?

Hmm, this one’s tough because I don’t know if there actually has been a book that’s made me change the way I act or see the world. Like I said, Twilight had a huge significance in my life in high school when I first read it, but I don’t know if something’s really changed the way I view things… But I mean, doesn’t every book effect us in some way?


So there you have it! I thought this tag asked a lot more personal, detailed questions than a lot of tags do, so I really wanted to do this one.

For people I’m tagging, I tag…

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What would your dream book lounge look like? And how has reading shaped YOUR identity? Tell me all the things!

 

July 2016 Wrap Up

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Hey guys! We’re almost in August which means it’s almost my birthday, which means I’m going to be OLD. Okay, well, 25, so not that old, BUT STILL. A QUARTER OF A CENTURY.

Anyway, I had a much better reading month this month than I did in June, and I got some writing done, which is always exciting. So let’s talk about all of the things I did this month!

What I Read

  • Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes – Such an awesome book with a cute story and characters, where there was, of course, romance, but it dealt with mental health, supportive friendships, and learning about yourself. 5/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I can definitely see what all the hype was about even though it felt like it was missing something. Like an extra bit of oomph! But I still enjoyed it. 4/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 & 2 by Ichigo Takano – I LOVED THIS. These two manga volumes were definitely my favorite reads this month and I am just so happy that I read them. Beautiful story about depression, suicide, and the importance of friendship. 5/5 stars Check out my review!

Books I Started But Didn’t Finish

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I found it really difficult to get into this book, and I only read the first chapter. Maybe it’s just her style of writing, but I’ll still give it a go.
  • The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power – I received this for review on Net Galley from Simon and Schuster and I didn’t finish it on time, but I was enjoying it, even if there was a lot of technical jargon and other problems with it.
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Okay, technically I started this a long time ago, but I started listening to it again and I was enjoying it! But I still haven’t finished it.

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Books I Got This Month

Discussions I Held

None. NONE!? What is this sorcery!? I usually have at least one discussion… Huh. I guess this month didn’t have much going on.

Top Ten Tuesdays & Top 5 Wednesdays

Writing Related

  • Camp NaNoWriMo: July Edition – That’s right! I had joined Camp NaNoWriMo! My plan was to do weekly updates again, but that fell flat pretty quickly.
  • I will say, though, that I started one novel then worked on the one I started last year because I’m finally – FINALLY – almost done writing the first draft. Maybe I’ll finish it today once this post is already up, but I’m very excited!

Fun Things

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I read one fantasy book this month, bringing my total up to 25 out of 30 fantasy books read for the year! I’m pretty impressed, really.

Life Updates

  • I think I had a boring life this month… It consisted mostly of work.
  • It was my mom’s birthday, though, so there’s that. The week after her birthday we had a barbecue at their house and a bunch of family came over, plus I got to see my nieces and nephew, whom I don’t see that often. It was nice!
  • And I applied to two rep searches on Instagram: one for Evie Seo and the other for Bookworm Boutique! I think it’s so cool that they put out products, and I already have one from Evie so I know that they’re good quality!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What was your favorite book that you read this month? Did you participate in any readathons? Tell me all the things!