The Coffee Book Tag

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

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, feel free to join–hope you enjoy! ūüôā


Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of December 15, 2015 is: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015. There will be a few series in the mix too, since I wasn’t able to decide on my favorite book of the series.

Here’s the list:

Top Ten Tuesday

1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Special Book Set - Throne of Glass Series.

2. The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

3. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

4. Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott

5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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The Character Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions¬†for tagging me to do The¬†Character Book Tag–I had a lot of fun doing it ūüôā¬†This tag was created by¬†Jeremysepicreads and¬†MariaMuses¬†and¬†originally a BookTube tag. You can find the original tag videos here and here.



  1. Pick 10 books off of your bookshelf.
  2. You must own the books.
  3. You must have read the books.
  4. No e-book versions.
  5. You can only use each book once to answer one question.
    Note: I cheat and sometimes ignore this rule for some of the questions.

10 Random Books I Selected Off My Bookshelf

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

3. The Death Cure by James Dashner

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

7. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

8. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

9. Specials by Scott Westerfield

10. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT, if you’ve not read any of the above 10 books.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of December 8, 2015 is: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.

Here’s the list:

Top Ten Tuesday

1. Josephine Angelini

I only just finished reading Trial by Fire, but it is an amazing read complete with unique characters and world.

2. Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is a fantastic writer who’s developed the intriguing world of the Shadowhunters. In 2015, I read¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†and¬†The Infernal Devices.

Reviews: Clockwork Angel

3. Laura Hillenbrand

I don’t often read non-fiction, but Laura Hillenbrand’s biography¬†Unbroken¬†was a fabulous read.

4. Stephen King

I’ve never read any of Stephen King’s horror books and I’m not sure if I ever will. However I did read Stephen King’s memoir¬†On Writing¬†and it is a great read for all writers.

5. Claire Legrand

I honestly cannot remember where I first learned of Claire Legrand’s¬†Winterspell, but it was a great dark fantasy retelling of the Nutcracker.

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The Bookish Alphabet Tag

Hi Readers,
I was tagged by The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Bookish Alphabet Tag, which was started by¬†Mariana @¬†Fireheartbooks. To do this tag, all you need to do is find a book that you own that begins with each letter of the alphabet. You do not need to have read this book for it to count. ‘The’ in the title does not count, so you could do The Half Blood Prince¬†for ‘H.’ So here’s the tag:

The Bookish Alphabet Tag

A ‚Äď And Then There Were None¬†by Agatha Christie

B¬†‚Äď Bird by Bird¬†by Anne Lammott

C ‚Äď City of Ashes¬†by Cassandra Clare

D ‚Äď The Death Cure¬†by James Dashner

E ‚Äď Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

F ‚Äď Four by Veronica Roth

G¬†‚Äď The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

H¬†‚Äď The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I¬†‚Äď I Am Malala¬†by Malala Yousafzai

J ‚Äď Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront√ę

K¬†‚Äď King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

L¬†‚Äď Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

M ‚Äď Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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To-Be-Read List #6

On my¬†To-Be-Read¬†List #5, I read The Assassin’s Blade¬†by Sarah J. Maas, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. ¬†I also read¬†The Rose Society¬†by Marie Lu, Murder on the Orient Express¬†by Agatha Christie, Clockwork Angel¬†by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, and The Island of Doctor Libris by Chris Grabenstein, which were not listed on my To-Be-Read List #5.

Here is my current To-Be-Read List:

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare


The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Angelfall by Susan Ee

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving themed Freebie

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 24, 2015 is a Thanksgiving themed Freebie. My Thanksgiving-related Freebie is top ten books/series I’m grateful I read this year.

Here’s the list:

Top Ten Tuesday

1.  The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
By now, I think that I have established the fact that I am a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series. The series was amazing and I read all five books over the fall.

Special Book Set - Throne of Glass Series.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes was an exciting fantasy read with dystopia elements. The writing was good and the characters were also compelling.

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I read The Mortal Instruments series in the spring through summer and I loved all of the books. The world building, characters, and plot were all amazing.

The Mortal Instruments

4. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

I read The Inheritance Cycle over the summer and it was terrific high fantasy quintet that reminded me of Lord of the Rings.

5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

This dark fantasy retelling of the nutcracker had sat on my TBR for well over two months, but it was worth the wait. I highly enjoyed the book.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 10, 2015 is:¬†Top Ten¬†Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Here are the top ten book to movie adaptions that I’m looking forward to:

Top Ten Tuesday

1.  An Ember in the Ashes РThe second book will not be released until 2016, but it was announced that there will already be a film adaption! According to IMDb, it will be released in 2017.

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 — The film adaption of Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay will be released in ten days from now: November 20, 2015!

3.¬†Throne of Glass¬†— I love the Throne of Glass books, so I was very excited when I learned that ¬†there would be a film/TV adaption. (See: Throne of Glass Optioned as a TV Show¬†post)

4.¬†The School for Good and Evil¬†— I’ve read that there’s supposed to be a film adaption of Soman Chainani’s book, but there’s no announced release date or cast yet… ūüė¶

5.¬†Winterspell¬†– I’ve not heard of a film adaption in the making for Claire Legrand’s dark fantasy retelling of the Nutcracker, but if there was one it would be really interesting to see how it was done.

6.¬†Shadowhunters¬†— After deciding not to make a sequel film to¬†City of Bones, it was announced that a TV show based on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments would be made.

The last three are already released film adaptions that I’ve not seen and I’m not sure whether I want to see them or not.

7. Insurgent РThe sequel film to Divergent, based on the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.

8. ¬†The Scorch Trials¬†– This movie is based on the second book of¬†The Maze Runner¬†trilogy by James Dashner. In the book, there are many…intense scenes of unattractive violence…which I think I’d rather not see.

9. Nineteen Eighty-Four — I actually do have no intention of watching the film adaption of George Orwell’s classic dystopia because the book itself was rather violent.

10.¬†Eragon¬†– A movie was made of the first book of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. ¬†I actually have seen this and whoever made it, completely ruined the story line, characters, etc. As a result of my dissatisfaction with the film adaption, I have no intention of ever re-watching this.


The TBR Book Tag

I was tagged by the Quirky Book Nerd to do the TBR Book Tag. Thank you for the tag!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use GoodReads sometimes, but mostly I use it to archive my progress in reading. I guess that I use my TBR posts as a reminder to myself of what I want to read next.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Most of my TBR’s are print because I like paper books better. However Cassandra Clare’s Tales from Shadowhunter Academy novellas are only on e-book and I really love her books–also that series is about nine books, which is a good bit of my TBR.

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

Normally I read which ever book I either have on my hands at the moment or the one that sounds most interesting.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

The Elements of Style¬†by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White¬†has been on my TBR for a very long time and I still haven’t read it.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

The cover of Winterspell by Claire Legrand looks so mysterious and foreboding that I was immediately interested. Plus the quote from Marissa Meyer refers to a darker version of the Nutcracker, which interested me.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Seabiscuit¬†by Laura Hillenbrand? I read¬†Unbroken¬†by Laura Hillenbrand and liked it, but I already have such a long TBR and generally I prefer fiction…

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

An unpublished book on my TBR that I’m excited for would probably be¬†Lady Midnight¬†by Cassandra Clare

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I only got to about page sixty-two before I had to return it to the library.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Six of Crows¬†by Leigh Bardugo, so I’m finally going to begin reading it.

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

A Torch Against the Night¬†by Sabaa Tahir. But it won’t be published until April 26, 2016 ūüė¶

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

45 books?

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