The Inside Out Book Tag

I was tagged by Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Inside Out Book Tag–thank you! 🙂

Joy — A book that brings you joy.
It’s the first book of an amazing and very magical series…do I need to explain more?

Sadness — A book that made you sad.
Those of you who have read Allegiant can probably guess why.

Fear — A book that truly scared you.
The Grievers were kind of creepy to read about on my first read of The Maze Runner.

Disgust — A book that disgusted you.
It wan’t the book so much as the main character’s decisions who ‘disgusted’ me, I guess.

Anger — A book that makes you angry.
The book itself was well written and the characters likable, but that ending earned that book a good long private rant. It was a good ending, yes, but the very abrupt ending made me want more of the book.

I tag…

I hope you enjoy the tag! 🙂


Day 3 – 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

Thanks again to Demmi Writist @ Words and Lyrics for tagging me! 🙂

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Graphic


  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick up to three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

Neil Gaiman Quote

I tag…
Feel free to disregard this if you’ve already done the tag or don’t do tags–I hope you enjoy the tag 🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Coffee Book Tag! 🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

Here’s the tag:

Black — A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
Personally, I thought that it took awhile for me to become interested in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but once I did, I began counting down the days till the sequel’s release.

Peppermint Mocha — A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I’m not a big holiday book reader, but if I had to guess, a favorite classic read would probably be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which I have not read). One favorite “holiday” like book of mine is Winterspell by Claire Legrand, which is a dark fantasy Nutcracker retelling.

Hot Chocolate — A favorite children’s book
It’s a well written autobiography, but it reads like a novel 🙂

Double Shot of Espresso — A book that kept you on edge of your seat from start to finish
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, definitely. With most of the world / character development in book 1, every part of book 2 was filled with action and suspense. It is probably one of my favorite sequels.

Starbucks — A book you see everywhere
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This book has been on my TBR for awhile, first the cover attracted me, then the synopsis.

That Hipster Coffee Shop — A book by an Indie author
For this one, I’m going to go with Chained by Susanne Valenti. It was an enjoyable and well written YA dystopia.



Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf — A Book You Were Expecting More From
After reading The Crossroads‘ plot synopsis, I was looking for a good ghost story. I got a ghost story, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and I did not enjoy it very much.

The Perfect Blend — A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
So many books can fit this category, so I’m going to end up doing two: one for standalone book and one for series. For individual book, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In the end, it was a satisfying read, but also very bitter and sad. For series, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. At the end of Winter, my thirst to find out what would happen to the main characters was not quenched.

Green Tea — A book or series that is quietly beautiful
Definitely The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Chai Tea — A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Probably the Nancy Drew series by Caroline Keene. Nancy is always traveling for a lot of her mysteries and the books do a fairly good job describing all of them.

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Earl Grey — A favorite classic
I’m not a big classic reader, but if I were to choose one, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I tag…

If you’ve already done this tag or you’re not interested, feel free to disregard this 🙂 If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, feel free to join–hope you enjoy! 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for tagging me 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Water — A book you simply cannot live without
I have not read this book yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be suspenseful with great writing–I really want to find out what happens to Ringer, especially.

Food — A book that is a close second on your favorites list
All the characters are very likable and the plot moves at a fairly brisk pace, but slow enough so I can still understand what is happening. I think this book is my favorite of the series 🙂

Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe
I’m going to go with Lila’s answer on this one:

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
Although this isn’t in my top favorites list, this book doesn’t take very long to set up and moves at a super fast pace and sweeps you into the story.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart
A book set in a library with games and riddles–need I say more? 🙂

Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading
I can’t remember which book first directed my love of reading, but I do remember that The Hunger Games began my love of reading YA.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I tag…
Please do not feel pressured to participate. Feel free to ignore this if you’ve already done this tag 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Poppy @ Poppy’s Best of Books for the nomination–I appreciate it 🙂


The Sunshine Blogger Award


  • Thank and follow the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions they set for you.
  • Set some new questions and nominate five more bloggers.

Poppy’s Questions

1. What does your favorite outfit consist of?
A T-shirt and track shorts.

2. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What I want to eat completely depends on my mood and energy level, so if I had to pick one food I honestly don’t know what I’d chose.

3. Three desert island books – what would yours be?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (or Catching Fire), Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and some very long (but still enjoyable) novel that I cannot think of.

4. Would you rather be reading out in the sunshine or holed up indoors reading whilst its snowing outside?
Definitely reading indoors. I’m not much of an outdoor person.

5. What hobby of yours could you not live without?
Either reading or writing, but in the end I’d have to say reading because I wouldn’t be able to write and enjoy it without other books to fuel my creativity.

6. Have you got any pets – what are they?
One adorable pet: a dog.

7. What would your dream house look like?
My dream house would probably have a very large library and plenty of room for my dog to play.

8. What was/is your dream job?
My dream job would be as a writer and an editor.

My Questions

  1. If you could have the last unreleased books of any unfinished series, what would they be?
  2. What would your dream library look like?
  3. If you had to live in any dystopian world, which world would you choose?
  4. What do you like best in a book?
  5. What specifically makes you dislike a book?
  6. Generally, what are your expectations on a hyped book before you read it?
  7. Most beautiful book book cover you’ve seen that prompted you to purchase the book immediately?

My Nominees

The Dim Sum Book Tag

Thank you so much Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do this fun tag! 🙂

The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  3. Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  4. Food coma.


Tea–A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold

For this, I think I’m going to choose The Rose Society by Marie Lu. The writing was great, but as I kept reading the book all I could really think about is: What is Adelina doing?

Chiu Chow Dumpling–A book that features elements of land and sea

Interesting prompt…I’m trying to decide The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Heroes of Olympus, or Six of Crows? I think I’ll go with The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan because the main characters spend a lot of time traveling on the sea and battling an evil earth goddess.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Rice Noodle Roll–A favorite multi-layered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally Ambiguous?

My first thought is Aelin, but I already choose her for a lot of answers, so this time I’ll go with Ringer from The 5th Wave. She’s definitely a mysterious character with a murky history, but great shooting skills.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Shrimp Dumpling–A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Though the synopsis did not completely spoil the book, I kind of always knew Katniss would survive because there were later books and Katniss was the POV character.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Continue reading

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you to Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd for nominating me–I really appreciate it! 🙂 I apologize for the late post.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Ariana’s Questions

  1. What are some new releases you are most looking forward to in 2016?
    So many! New 2016 releases that I’m most looking forward to would include Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Traitor’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, ToG #6 by Sarah J. Maas, The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
  2. What is you favorite under-hyped book?
    Favorite under-hyped books…probably Origin by Jessica Khoury and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
  3. What is one thing (activity, song, movie, etc…) that always makes you happy no matter what?
    Reading. The large majority of the time I’m reading a fairly enjoyable book.
  4. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
    I do not mind standalone novels, although I have a harder time finding standalone novels that I like, so I’d say series. Plus if I like the series I get to read more of it.
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what are your favorite games to play?
    I do not play video games.
  6. What is your favorite song of all time?
    Lithium by Evanescence.
  7. If you could have any fictional animal as a pet, what would you choose?
    Either Fleetfoot (Throne of Glass) or Fawkes (Harry Potter).
  8. What 2016 movies are you most looking forward to seeing?
    I’m really looking forward to seeing The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2016 since they’re both film adaptations based on two of my favorite books.
  9. What book or series would you recommend to someone who says they don’t like to read, and why would you choose that book or series?
    To someone who does not read very often, what book or series would I recommend? It really depends on the person. To everyone (unless if they dislike fantasy) I’d recommend the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling because who could go wrong with these books? To people who prefer more realistic fiction, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart because it’s a well-developed novel with unique characters. To people who prefer very action packed books, The Maze Runner by James Dashner because my heart would not stop pounding during my first read of the series.
  10. What is your absolute favorite quote?
    I have many favorite quotes, but to pick one…

I Nominate…

My Questions

  1. Favorite band or singer?
  2. One yet to be released 2016 book that you’re really, really excited about.
  3. Favorite color?
  4. You’re sleeping until you suddenly have a really good idea. You (a.) Write it down on the nearest piece of paper, (b.) go back to sleep and write it down the next day, (c.) go back to sleep and forget about it the next day, or (d.) none of the above.
  5. One book that always makes you happy when you reread it.
  6. What is your favorite hyped book?
  7. Who is your favorite intelligent/strategic main character?
  8. Favorite book based on mythology?
  9. Favorite book with a made up language?
  10. Prose or poetry?

Liebster Award | 2

Thank you iloveheartlandx @ Book Lovers Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award. You can visit her blog here.

The Liebster Award

The Rules

  1. Once you are nominated, thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  2. Nominate eleven smaller bloggers (try to keep to under 300 followers). You may have to go hunting for these blogs, the idea is to find new blogs and share them with the community. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
  3. Answer the eleven questions the presenter asked you.
  4. Write eleven questions for the bloggers you nominated to answer.
  5. Lastly, copy the rules in this post.

iloveheartlandx’s Questions

  1. What do you love most about reading?
    What I love most about reading is being able to lose myself in the words, explore new (fantasy) worlds, and spend time with amazing characters.
  2. Favorite book blog that you’ve discovered this year?
    I don’t know. I’ve discovered a lot of wonderful book blogs this year.
  3. Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging because I wanted to give blogging a try and because I wanted a place to talk about books. In 2014, I had an approximately ten month hiatus from blogging and then I began blogging again. I continued because I began to really enjoy it and a lot of book blogs are filled with great book recommendations.
  4. TV series that you love to binge-watch?
    I don’t exactly have a TV series that I love to binge-watch. But I am interested in seeing what becomes of the Shadowhunters TV series.
  5. Favorite movie?
    My favorite movie really depends on my mood. Generally movies I haven’t seen yet are the most entertaining, but all-time favorites would be Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.
  6. Favorite book series?
    Again, it really depends on my mood. At the moment though, I really want to read The 5th Wave trilogy and The Lunar Chronicles since I haven’t read all the books.
  7. Favorite stand-alone book?
    I don’t often read stand-alone books, so when I do read one, it’s usually pretty good. I guess either Coraline or The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Both were beautifully written, but slightly creepy reads.
  8. If you could be any animal what would you be?
    Maybe a hawk–it would be fun to fly. Or a dog: dogs have such easy lives.
  9. Who is your favorite fictional character?
    That’s a hard one…I have so many favorite fictional characters. To pick one…Hermione Granger.
  10. What do you like to do outside of reading?
    Outside of reading, I enjoy writing, running, baking, and knitting.
  11. Who is your favorite singer?
    Amy Lee from Evanescence–she has a really beautiful voice. I would never have begun listening to her though if it weren’t for Veronica Roth’s Divergent playlist.

My Questions

  1. What film adaptation or any movie are you most excited for in 2016?
  2. What are three 2016 releases you are dying to read?
  3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
  4. Do you have a pet?
  5. What is one book with a lot of hype that you like?
  6. Who is your favorite mischievous character? (e.g. Peeves the poltergeist from Harry Potter)
  7. What is one film adaptation you like more than the book?
  8. Pen or pencil?
  9. Paper book or eBook?
  10. Paperback or hardcover?
  11. Do you like doing artistic activities? (e.g. drawing, sewing)

My Nominees

In my previous Liebster Award post, I nominated 11 other blogs. So I nominate anyone who hasn’t done the Liebster Award yet or anyone interested in answering my questions. 🙂