Birthstone Book Tag


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This book tag has been floating around and I wanted to share it! This was created by one of my Booktube friends, Jay G @ The Awkward Bookworm. I was tagged on YouTube to do this tag, so I may do a video version in the future!


 January (GARNET): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

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I don’t often read outside of Contemporary novels, therefore I don’t have many villains I’ve read to choose from. I would have to say he-who-shall-not-be-named from the Harry Potter series.

February (AMETHYST): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters of choose the King of all books

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When I think of royalty, The Selection by Kiera Cass comes to mind. I loved this world and the battle the girls had in order to get to Maxon.

March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

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When I think of wishy-washy, I automatically think of Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han. Throughout all three books, Belly is indecisive over the two brothers she likes. Her love triangle is like tug-of-war.

April (DIAMOND): A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

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Personally, I think this book is underrated! I do not often see it being talked about. So, more people need to read it! & now it’s a TV show on go90.

May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

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Yay! This is my birthstone and here is my favorite book. Ryan and Gabby balance each other out very well. Gabby struggles with social-anxiety and Ryan helps her get out of her comfort zone from time to time. On the other hand, Gabby wants Ryan to succeed and she comes to him concerned when he keeps getting concussions in hockey.

June (PEARL): Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end

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Levi from Fangirl is a very loyal character. He’s loyal to Cath from the moment he meets her to the very end.

July (RUBY): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

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There isn’t a book per say that I absolutely hate. But, this book makes me very frustrated. As it is written as an #ownvoices novel, I felt that the novel lacks some key pointers. For instance, the mc has been in love with his best friend for years and he just “gets over it” and moves on. This book tried to be too much at once and I believe that’s where it lacked. There is a lot of LGBTQ+ rep and it’s set during PRIDE. However, it doesn’t feel authentic.

August (PERIDOT): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

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I’ve read all of Kasie West’s published novels and this one was my least favorite. I would have much rather had a book about Charlie’s brothers than her.

September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you

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Connor Franta inspires me and I see him as a role model. This book is so calming and view altering. He emphasizes on parts of his life with the addition of his artsy photos! One of my favorite books, by far.

October (OPAL): Iridescent – Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of colour?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colourful?)

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The most colorful and quirky character I can think of has to be Lola Nolan. She loves to dress up, wear wigs and bright colors.

November (TOPAZ): Associated with resilience – Name a books with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity

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Resilience is the main message from this book. We see Jeannette spend her childhood in poverty and jumping from home to home. Jeannette and her siblings are a prime example of resilience.

December (BLUE ZIRCON): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be apart of

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This isn’t necessarily a friend group, but I would like to be friends with Molly & Cassie.


 

What is your birthstone? Mine is Emerald.

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Hocus Pocus Book Tag


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I had been searching for Halloween book tags and I saw alwaysopinionatedgirl post this and it was destiny! It’s all Hallows Eve, so  I will be doing the Hocus Pocus Book Tag. This tag was created by Never Not Reading. 

Hocus Pocus is a classic Halloween movie that I adore! I remember my first time watching it was in grade school at my friends house and being spooked!


  • THE SANDERSON SISTERS: A GREAT TRILOGY

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My all-time favorite trilogy, it is so close to my heart; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It is truly a great trilogy about coming of age, first love, and a strong sisterly bond!

  • WINIFRED SANDERSON: A BOOK WITH A TRULY EVIL FEMALE VILLAIN

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer and the only book I’ve read that has a good villain. We get to see the origin story of the Queen of Hearts and how she gets to be evil!

  • SARAH SANDERSON: A BOOK THAT UNCANNILY ATTRACTS CHILDREN

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Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park, I grew up with these books and I love that I still see kids reading these books today!

  • MARY SANDERSON: A BOOK THAT IS JUST PLAIN SILLY

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland is a book that I adored because it has a serious topic, but the comic relief really helps! I was LMAO at this one!

  • MAX: A BOOK THAT IS TRYING REALLY HARD TO BE COOL, BUT DOESN’T ALWAYS SUCCEED

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I’m going with My Life with The Walter Boys by Ali Novak. For me, I felt like this novel just had too much going on and scenes that were added to the plot were unnecessary. The author was trying too hard, whereas she could’ve kept some things out!

  • DANI: A BOOK THAT ISN’T AFRAID TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS

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This Book is Gay by James Dawson. This is non-fiction and I call it, “The Gay Handbook”, it’s hilarious yet Dawson tells the full truth about being LGBTQ+, do’s and don’ts for allies, and has excellent, well researched chapters about any LGBTQ+ topic (HIV/AIDs, Coming Out, Homophobia, etc.)!

  • BINX: A BOOK SERIES THAT JUST WON’T DIE

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I’m not a big fan of series, mostly because I don’t take the time to read them. So, I don’t have an answer for this one!

  • ICE: A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER THAT’S DUMB AS A ROCK

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She’s not dumb, and I know she knows what she is doing. But, Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, she just can’t decide who she wants and makes the situation more complicated than it should be!

  • THE BLACK FLAME CANDLE: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WISH YOU COULD RESURRECT

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The Selection, I’d like to see more of just Maxon and America. I haven’t read the other books past The One. But, I like the focus on Maxon and America’s relationship.

  • HEADLESS BILLY BUTCHERSON: A BOOK THAT’S NOT SO BAD AS PEOPLE MAKE IT OUT TO BE

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ELEANOR AND PARK. It’s sad how many times I see that E&P is problematic, which at some times it can be. But, it’s a topic that someone could relate to and it’s the 80’s!

  • WINIFRED SANDERSON’S SPELL BOOK: A BOOK WITH A MIND OF ITS OWN

     

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  • GARRY MARSHALL: A BOOK WITH A CAMEO

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell! Not going to give it away, but it’s a cute one.


Happy Halloween! 

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All About My TV Shows Tag


I saw this tag done by Bookmark Lit   and I knew I had to do it once I read the questions! I don’t watch excessive amounts of TV, I drop by Netflix every once and a while. But, I want to share my TV show favorites with you!

Let’s get started.


1. First TV show you ever watched

I couldn’t tell you the very first TV show I watched, but as a child I loved to watch Arthur, Out of the Box, and PB & J Otter.

 

2. All Time Favorite TV Show

My favorite show of all time has to be Gilmore Girls. I resonate with it so much and I always go back to episodes when I’m not feeling my best.

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3. Your Character Crush

OMG…I’ve had a lot of character crushes, especially when I was younger. Lucy, Ruthie & Mary from Seventh Heaven, Summer from The O.C. and Carrie from 8 Simple Rules are some of mine! I was in love with them. The list goes on, I could be here for DAYS.

4. Favorite OTP

Luke and Lorelai — for sure!

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5. Most disappointing ending or cancellation

PUSHING DAISIES. I’m still not over this cancellation! This was my favorite show when I started high school, my friend introduced it to me and we would talk about it all day long and watch it on the weekend.

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6. A Show you’d like to be on

Hm…I don’t think I would want to be on a show. I’m content with watching them and having nothing to do with it. But, maybe I’d like to be on The Mindy Project!

7. A character you’d love to take on a date

This is a hard question because I don’t watch enough TV and there’s not many gay girls on TV, that I know of. But, I’m thinking of Ellie from Degrassi, I LOVED HER & we’d go on a coffee date.

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8. A popular TV show you can’t stand

I don’t have any problems with any TV shows, they may just not be “for me”.

9. A scene that made you cry like a baby

Rory’s high school graduation. EVERY TIME.

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10. A character with a killer wardrobe

There’s really not many characters who have the same wardrobe taste as I do. So, IDK!


 

… I never know who to tag. So..you’re tagged if you would like to do this! Link me so I can see yours 🙂

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Blogger Recognition Award


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Thanks to Books4Jessica for the nomination! She just moved her blog over to WordPress from Wix. Go check out her bookish posts!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

 

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

 


HOW I GOT STARTED

I’m known more as a Booktuber, but I actually started blogging before I made my Booktube channel. I started on Blogger in April 2014 ( a week before I posted my first Booktube video!) I shortly switched to WordPress because I wasn’t getting any traffic on my posts.

My first posts were photos with quotes on them, then I started writing reviews of books I recently read: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, then TFIOS by John Green. Reviews were the only content I had at that point! Shortly after, I started my first readathon, Bout Of Books and got into more readathons after!

Honestly, I’ve been blogging more than Booktubing because writing is so much quicker and more convenient for my schedule!

MY ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS

  1. Write and post what YOU want your blog to be about. For me, I just started posting non-bookish content and I love it! Make your blog what you want it to be, you’ll have more fun that way.
  2. If you want to bring traffic and attention to your blog, participate in blogger events such as Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday. They’re weekly topic based groups and you can link your post so other members of the group can view them and comment! But, read other posts too and comment to make blogger friends and new followers!

I TAG:

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books 

Sydney @ Sydneys Shelves 

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Growin’ Up Book Tag


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This past month I turned 23 and I’ve been feeling nostalgic. I found this tag and I’m in love with it.

Creator: Possibly Literate on YouTube.


 

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Pre-school: It’s okay to admit it, you’re just in it for the pictures. What’s your favorite illustrated book?

 


 

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Kindergarten: NAP TIME! What’s a book that put you to sleep?

I don’t really get bored of books too easily.  I can’t think of a book off the top of my head that put me to sleep.


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Elementary School: Recess and story time and jungle gyms–SO MUCH FUN. What’s a book or series that’s just plain fun? 

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Middle School: The awkward and embarrassing years… What’s a book or series that you’re embarrassed you used to be a huge fan of?

I don’t think there’s any certain book or series that I’m embarrassed of! I embrace my passion for all the books I like! There was a book I was obsessed with in middle school because I thought it would cure all of my breakups haha!

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High School: The popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the loner–these are all stereotypes, but people are more than they appear!! Who is a character that you initially wrote off as a trope/stereotype but grew to love?

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Sawyer is definitely a love/hate character in this book. He’s the ultimate bad boy who runs away from his problems. But, I grew to like him and his decisions toward the end.

 

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College: Out on your own, forging your own path, making your own schedule. What is your favorite coming-of-age story?

 

 

Ah, I loooove coming-of-age stories. I can’t just pick one so here’s a few good ones!


 

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Adulthood: Taxes and retirement accounts and car payments OH MY. All depressing, but you still have a sense that the world is your oyster. What is a book that’s pretty depressing, but also has a sense of optimism to it?

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This is a cancer story about two teens, it’s my favorite!! Definitely sad but has comic relief!


 

 

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If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to do this tag, I consider you tagged!

Netflix Book Tag


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Hello everyone! Happy Friday TGIF! I hope you all have a nice Easter weekend, if you celebrate. I’ve been wanting to do a tag and I thought this would be a good one. I’ve always wanted to do it, but never got around to it. I may make Tag Friday a thing… So, if you have tagged me in a tag let me know!

This tag was created by A Darker Shade Of Whitney on YouTube.

Recently Watched: What is the last book you finished?

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – I have a review of this book, I loved it a lot. If you’re looking for a new diverse book, pick this one up for sure.

Top Picks: Books Recommended to you based on another you’d read.

Based on having read IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, I was recommended THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was really good and I loved the transgender representation. However, it is not own voices but it reads like an own voices book. The author worked in Gender Identity Services. I also recommend this if you liked IF I WAS YOUR GIRL.

Recently added: Last book you bought?

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I just bought this last night on Amazon. I wanted to buy a beanie, but I always feel uneasy buying just one thing and so I have to buy two. So, I bought this book because there was one left, I’ve been wanting to buy it and my library doesn’t have it and B&N never has it. So, it was time.

Popular on Netflix: List 2 books you have read and 2 that you have not that are getting the HYPE.

I don’t really know what books are HYPED right now. But, I chose A List of Cages by Robin Roe and Literally by Lucy Keating. I have read, How to Love by Katie Cotugno and You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner and I really loved them, both.

Comedies: A Funny Book

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This book had me laughing-out-loud so much. It’s hilarious! This book definitely needs comic relief because it’s a heavy read. I highly recommend it. Here’s one of my favorite lines: “Maybe Dracula wasn’t a vampire, just a raging alcoholic who was constantly hungover” (115, Sutherland). 

Drama: Character that is a drama king or queen?

I have two for this. I always feel that Jennifer E. Smith has dramatic characters. See my review of This Is What Happy Looks Like  haha, Ellie bothered me, a bit. Belly from The Summer trilogy, she’s just dramatic af! But, she’s supposed to be.

Cartoons: A Book with a cartoon on the cover.

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I haven’t read this yet, but I want to. It’s so cute and I have heard great reviews!

Watch Again: A series book you want to read again.

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Fun fact about me. I’ve only ever read about three series. The Selection, The Summer I Turned Pretty – I think those are the only ones?? Dreamology by Lucy Keating. Her second novel just came out and I’ve been seeing people reading this which makes me so happy because it’s a great, cute book. I’d re-read it again.

Documentaries: A nonfiction you’d recommend to all.

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This is my favorite memoir. It’s funny and it’s so genuine. If you’re in your 20s, I highly recommend this. It’s about Katie, who has never been kissed and her crazy somewhat-dating journey.

Action & Adventure: An action packed book.

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If you’ve read this, you’re probably like “what??” or you’re not. I think this was pretty action-packed for me. Especially toward the ending. However, I just don’t read action-packed books because I read little contemporaries don’t judge me.

New Releases:What is a new release you’re excited about?

Connor Franta’s new book is coming out on Tuesday 4/18, I can’t wait. I pre-ordered it, I really loved his first book. This is more of a artsy book but nonetheless I love Connor’s work. Also, the last Lara Jean book is out May 2nd and my heart isn’t ready but I can’t wait to see where it’s going to end. If you don’t see me for a while, the book has broken my heart and I cannot go on aka a book hangover.


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So, tell me. What are you currently watching on Netflix? I decide to start F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I have watch so many episodes of Friends, but I want to watch it from the beginning to the end.

VALENTINE’S DAY BOOK TAG


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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you spend today with your book boyfriends, I know I will be! This is the Valentine’s Day Book Tag is from Epic Reads.

Here are the questions:
1. First Book Crush – Chris Abley from The Clique Series! I mean, when I was in sixth grade I definitely wanted to ride horses with him…

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2. What book would you want as your Valentine? 

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3. Candy Hearts or Chocolate?

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4. What book would you gift to your true love? Not If I See You First, because I want everyone to read it!!

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5. Favorite Rom-com

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE. IT’S THE BOMB.

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6. Best Valentine’s Day gift you ever received (or want to receive)

I don’t know the “best” but a memorable one is that in high school, my boyfriend at the time gave me a very, very large Valentine’s Day card. I’ll never forget lol! I feel like Valentine’s Day isn’t about gifts, nor do I care about the gifts, but I wouldn’t mind a book!

7. Favorite thing about Valentine’s Day (if you love it) OR favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day (if you hate it)

I really like reading on Valentine’s Day and spending time with my family!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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