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The LGBTQIA+ Booktube Tag

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I know this is a tag created by booktubers, for booktubers, but since recording a video of myself talking in front of a camera gives me serious anxiety, I am going to just do it on my blog. This is Isis, by the way. I really wanted to be a part of this, so I’m sorry if some of the questions just don’t apply to me. I saw Adriana do this tag on Youtube, which was amazing. So let’s get started!

Question #1: How do you identify?

Pansexual.

Question #2: What are some of your favourite LGBTQIA+ books and authors?

I have a ton! A lot of lgbtqia+ books are an instant buy for me. Some of my favorites are:

Question #3: How often do you talk about LGBTQIA+ books on your channel, and what videos of yours would you recommend people start with, if they’re looking for LGBTQIA+ content?

I try to talk about all the LGBTQIA+ books I read, and review them. I haven’t read as frequently this year as I used to, but I do my best to always read at least one diverse, own voices book. I think Aristotle and Dante is a great start, for which I’ve linked the review above. I think also anything by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Julie Anne Peters, David Levithan, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Adam Silvera is solid.

Question #4: Who are your favorite LGBTQIA+ booktubers?

Adriana from Perpetualpages

Tiernan from TheBooktuber

Ben from Benjaminoftomes

Paige from Enchantology

Peter from Peter Likes Books

Joseph from The Boy Who Cried Books

Question #5 (suggested by Jessie of Cup of Books): When was the first time you encountered an LGBTQIA+ character in fiction?

When I read Luna by Julie Anne Peters. Luna was this force of nature and I was enamored. I know this book is problematic in many ways, but it was my gateway book into more LGBTQIA+ books as well as discovering my sexuality.

Question #6: Anything else you want to add? And who do you tag?

I love LGBTQIA+ books, especially in YA. I think they’re incredibly important and necessary and influential. I’m so happy to know there’s so much to choose from nowadays. Everyone is welcome to do this tag!

 

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The Harry Potter Book Tag

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We were tagged by Lorryn from Reading Parental. Thanks so much for tagging us!

Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Nicole: I never get answers like this. How am I supposed to know? Do I choose one randomly? Because then I would be a half-blood since they get the best of both worlds. Is it decided in terms of privilege? Then I would be a pureblood, but not the Sacred 28. More like the Weasleys.
Isis: I’m a half-blood for sure.

Which wand chose me?

Nicole: I just took the quiz on pottermore for this and it says elm wood with a phoenix feather core. 10” and unyielding flexibility. Apparently that means I’m capable of highly advanced magic with great range, and I guess it’ll be stubborn about working for other people.
Isis: I took the pottermore quiz as well. I got the vine wood with a unicorn hair core. 13 1/2″ and quite bendy flexibility. Mine is a rare wand, and their owners are those who seek greater purpose. So that’s new.

Did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

Nicole: A cat obviously.
Isis: Owl!

Where did  the sorting hat put me?

Nicole: I’ve taken the quiz a lot, and it’s put me in every house. The most recent one was Hufflepuff. But I’m a Ravenclaw.
Isis: Hufflepuff every time!

What house did I want to be in?

Nicole: Ravenclaw
Isis: Hufflepuff!!! Represent.

What lessons are my favorite and least favorite?

Nicole: I always wanted to know more about the Ancient Runes class. History of Magic would be my least favorite.
Isis: I would love the potions class because Snape would be my teacher. I don’t think I would like the defense against the dark arts one because I’m not much of a fighter.

The form my patronus takes?

Nicole: Pottermore said an Osprey. Some type of eagle, I don’t know.
Isis: Deerhound. But honestly, I would have been okay with a snake.

What does a boggart look like to me?

Nicole: I have so many fears how would it just choose one? But uh maybe everyone hating me.
Isis: A giant worm that feeds on humans.

Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

Nicole: No I hate socializing.
Isis: I would attend every Quidditch game to support my house, of course.

Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

Nicole: Probably by the lake, the library, or in the dorm when everyone else is in the common room.
Isis: The library, or anywhere where there’s food. Or candy.

What would I most likely get detention for?

Nicole: Being late to class.
Isis: Not getting all my work done.

What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

Nicole: Inventor of spells. But also a writer. There’s never any fiction books mentioned, and maybe it’ll make everyone relax if they could read for fun.
Isis: Can I be in film or television? I don’t think that was ever discussed in the books, but I want a career like that in the wizarding world.

Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?

Nicole: The Elder Wand
Isis: The Invisibility Cloak
 

Favourite book?

Nicole: The Goblet of Fire
Isis: I love The Prisoner of Azkaban, although it also breaks my heart.

Least favourite book?

Nicole: Half-Blood Prince
Isis: I’ve never liked the Chamber of Secrets so much.

Favourite film?

Nicole: Prisoner of Azkaban
Isis: The Order of the Phoenix. I loveee Dumbledore’s Army.

Least favourite film?

Nicole: Order of the Phoenix
Isis: The Prisoner of Azkaban. Love the book, but the movie never felt as good or exciting.

Favourite character?

Nicole: Harry Potter until the very end
Isis: I love Sirius Black very much.
 

Least favourite/most hated character?

Nicole: Snape always
Isis: Umbridge.

Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

Nicole: Hagrid even if he sucked as a teacher
Isis: Snape! He’s my boy.

Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Nicole: Umbridge
Isis: Umbridge, too. But does she count as a teacher?

Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

Nicole: Honestly I’m not even sure what’s unpopular or not so here’s a couple of my opinions. Snape wasn’t bullied, and is a horrible person. Draco and Harry are not perfect parallels to Snape and James. Draco deserves more of the redemption arc/hero attention than Snape ever did. Dumbledore sucks and should have been put in Azkaban. Harry is biracial and bisexual. Ginny isn’t Lily reincarnate. Harry isn’t unobservant and stupid. Remus wasn’t a father figure to Harry.
Isis: I love Snape with all my heart. Leave him alone.  Also, maybe not relevant to the 7 “real” books, but MAKE SCORPIUS AND ALBUS GAY, YOU COWARDS!

If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

Nicole: This is so hard but Fred. His death still hurts so much.
Isis: Fred. Honestly, why???? WHY did we have to break up that amazing duo? It’s just not fair. Not fair at all.

The End of the Year Book Tag

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This book tag was created by Ariel over on Youtube. It sounded fun, so we decided to do it!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Nicole: All of them? Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, and Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh is just two of them.
Isis: I need to finish the book I’m currently reading: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. It’s a good book, but it’s pretty long for my usual taste. I’m hoping I finish it soon. Other than that, I’d just like to finish all the books I’m currently reading on GR. There’s just too many to list.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Nicole: The Diviners by Libba Bray. It has magic and deals with the occult which always makes me think of fall for some reason.
Isis: I’ve been reading Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood every fall for the past few years. It’s set in October, and it’s sort of a monster book with an eerie vibe. I even have a soundtrack for it. That’s my go-to fall book. I’m not sure if I’ll read it again this year, but I might.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Nicole: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan comes out October 3rd. I can’t wait.
Isis: I’m looking forward to Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It comes out October 10. Although I fear I may be too old to enjoy a John Green novel, the teenager in me is still super excited to get back into his stories. I have high hopes.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Nicole: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Follow Her Home by Steph Cha, and The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.
Isis: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Nicole: I expect to love The Fifth Season and The Ship of the Dead.
Isis: I think The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee definitely has its potential to become a new favorite. I’m about 150 pages into it and I’m already in love with the writing style. I love the dynamic between the three main characters and I’m looking forward to more. I’m hoping it stays consistently good.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
Nicole: I did but I don’t think it’ll happen. I never stick to anything.
Isis: No. I don’t like to think that far ahead. I don’t even know what I’m going to read after I finish my current reads.

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuma Riazi. I’ve talked about this book a lot, and I still really love it.

Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve talked about this one endlessly.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Nicole: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. It was fantastic.

Isis: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat gave me life. It’s the best sequel ever. The political aspect is so juicy and the romance is such a slow burn. So great, so good.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Nicole: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. I haven’t picked this up yet, and it’s really sad.

Isis: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This one has really poor ratings on Goodreads for some reason. I’ve heard that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously in order to enjoy it. I’m still really looking forward to it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Nicole: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. It comes out in October and I can’t wait.

Isis: The Last Cigarette on Earth by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This is Saenz’s new poetry collection that was pushed to August 15. I’m so excited because the only poetry I read comes from Saenz.
5. Biggest disappointment.

Nicole: Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani. I quit this book around fifty pages in. It was sad because I was looking forward to loving this book. But the subplots regarding the main character’s romance put me off too much even when I was enjoying the mystery.

Isis: What in God’s Name by Simon Rich was so disappointing. It’s an angel book that I was really excited to read, but it was so poorly executed. Not only was the entire thing stupid and boring, it was also body-shamed to an extreme. No good.
6. Biggest surprise.

Nicole: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. I expected to love this book, and was really surprised that it was just blah. And I didn’t know that it had iffy rep so I was also surprised by that. I think this question was supposed to be about a book that surprised you in a good way but oh well.

Isis: Preacher vol. 1 by Garth Ennis definitely took me by surprise. I loved the TV show so I read the comics, and it was not what I expected. Very different from the show, and way more bloody and shocking. I love both.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Nicole: Karuma Riazi

Isis: I liked C.S. Pacat’s world-building and characterization a lot, and I would definitely read anything she writes in the future. I also love that she’s very open about being genderfluid and bisexual.
8. Newest fictional crush.

Nicole: Alex Fierro from The Hammer of Thor

Isis: Jesse Custer from Preacher. I adore him.
9. Newest favorite character.

Nicole: Ballister Blackheart from Nimona

Isis: Damen from the Captive Prince series quickly became my favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.

Nicole: No books have made me cry this year.

Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson brought me pretty close to tears.
11. Book that made you happy.

Nicole: The Hammer of Thor. Doing this tag has made me realize that I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had so I’m sorry I have a lot of repeating answers.

Isis: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan. It was such a great book. Very sweet and pure. I wish more people talked about the Roosevelt series.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Nicole: I think the last adaption I saw was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so I’ll put that. Much better than the book.

Isis: Does the Vampire Academy movie count, even though I’ve never read the book? I enjoyed the movie. It was cheesy, but entertaining. Interesting vampires.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year)

Nicole: My Zombies at the East End review. I feel like I explained my feelings very clear in that one which I struggle with sometimes.

Isis: My Captive Prince review is probably one of the longest ones I’ve ever written ’cause I just had a lot to say.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Nicole: I’m going to cheat again and say the books Isis got me for Christmas. She got me the full Vampire Academy series and it’s amazing even if that series has unfortunate covers. But I don’t get a lot of books all the time and almost all of them aren’t new so they look really nice.

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Isis: I recently bought this manga, My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. It’s such a beautiful hardcover edition full of the most beautiful art. I can’t wait to read it.

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Nicole: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Flying Witches of Veracruz by James Endedy

Isis: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s about angels, so of course I have to read it.

Netflix Book Tag

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1.Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading

Isis: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan. This is a sequel in the Roosevelt series, and I really enjoyed it. I think it’s an important read, really diverse. It made me so happy.

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Nicole: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It was a good graphic novel.

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2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read

Isis: I read The Song of Achilles because everyone recommended it after reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. But I was so disappointed in The Song of Achilles. It was not my cup of tea. I still don’t get the hype for it.

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Nicole: People recommend The Iron Trial by Cassandra Claire and Holly Black to people who like the Harry Potter books. I did not like it at all.

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3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

Isis: I just recently bought an e-book I found randomly called Bonfires by Amy Lane. It’s about two older men who fall in love, both men have children from previous marriages, both are trying to get through life. It just sounds right up my alley. I’m excited to read it.

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Nicole: I finally bought The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I’ve been wanting it for a long time, so now I’m resisting the urge to drop what I’m currently reading in order to get to it quicker. 

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4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have never read or have no interest in reading)

Isis: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Gotta go back to the oldies. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like everyone has heard about this book. 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Love Shadowhunters, but I don’t like the author of the books. I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. The show is amazing.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve heard mixed things about this one. I’m not interested in a new book format or whatever. The story itself doesn’t really interest me.

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Nicole: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. A surprisingly good book.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. With how everyone talked about it, I expected it to be fantastic. It wasn’t.

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The Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I feel like everyone can still be obsessed with it, but after I found out the premise my already mediocre interest fell completely away. It just doesn’t sound interesting to me at all.

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The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. This one’s buzz is mainly on twitter, but it still counts. At first I was interested in this one because I simply heard it was about witches and it was good. Then all the negativity surrounding it happened, and I learned it was about unlearning racism, badly, in a fantasy setting. Even if it was well done, I still would have decided not to read it. It simply isn’t a plot that interests me.

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5. Comedies: A funny book

Isis: The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. I loved the humor in this book. It was the sort of humor that sinks in and really gets to you. If that makes sense. I still think about this book. It had a lot of heart too.

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Nicole: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I think it’s his funniest series yet.

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6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king

 Isis: As a drama queen myself, it’s hard for me to really pinpoint other drama queens/kings because I think everyone should be dramatic. But Juliette Ferrars was pretty dramatic in the Shatter Me series. I really loved her development though.

Nicole: Draco Malfoy is the ultimate drama king.

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

Isis: The new Carry On paperback book has this amazing cover. Simon and Baz are cartoons and they look beautiful. 

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Nicole: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon.

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8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

Isis: Eventually, I’d love to re-read the Gives Light series. I’ve talked about this one before. It’s one of my favorites. It’s set in a Native American Reservation, which is something you don’t see a lot. It was beautiful and so informative.

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Nicole: I’m not a big re-reader. I have been kind of wanting to re-read the Harry Potter series, which is the only books I’ve really re-read before. Also the two books I mention in the childhood favorites list.

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9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Isis: I think everyone should read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a good starting piece.

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Nicole: Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas. I think it’s not popular, but it really opened my eyes. I think it has important information that society, especially present in the media, doesn’t share at all.

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10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Isis: I don’t read many action packed books, but Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was full of action. I wanted it to slow down, but it never did.

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Nicole: The  Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. This book never stopped from the first page. Every page had something dramatic happen till the very last sentence.

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11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

Isis: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I’m dying to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. It looks so good and sweet and summery. I still haven’t bought it yet, but soon!

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Nicole: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh comes out on July 25th, and I can’t wait. It’s a middle grade mystery book that includes ghosts, and it sounds amazing.

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12. Max: Tag some people

Everyone, consider yourselves tagged

Books We’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

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1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

Isis: Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. I’m not sure why there’s so much hype surrounding it.

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Nicole: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I thought this sounded interesting because when people talk about it they just mention clairvoyants, but when learning more I learned about the slave/master romance it mainly involves around. Who wants to read about that?

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2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

Isis: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I mentioned this before, but I don’t like assassin books at all.

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Nicole: The Mortal InstrumentsThe Infernal Devices, basically any of the shadowhunter books.

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3. A classic that you’re not interested in?

Isis: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. I don’t think I’ll ever get to this one. It’s probably one of the few classics that have never appealed to me.

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Nicole: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I’m not interesting in reading about white men who think they are misunderstood.

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4. Any genres you never read?
Isis: I don’t think I’ve ever read any sci-fi. It’s something I stay away from. I’m not into it.

Nicole: I don’t think I’ve ever read a western or a cyberpunk. I wouldn’t say I would never read a book from either of these genres. They just aren’t on my usual radar.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?
Isis: I like to think I will read everything, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get to the Spanish version of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I bought it for my mom a few years back and she never read it, and when she passed away, I kept it. My sister read it and loved it, but I’m not sure I would like it.

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Nicole: I recently got rid of a lot of the books I didn’t think I would ever read. But I’ve stubbornly held onto a couple for some reason. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Truth or Dare Book Tag

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1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Nicole: The death collector by Justin Richards. It’s a book that’s always been there. I’m honestly not sure where I even got it but I’ve never read it.

Isis: I think one of the first books I ever bought for myself is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in third grade. I still have that copy, which is in really bad shape ’cause of my dogs who peed and chewed all over it. I can’t make myself throw it away.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Nicole: I’m currently reading Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. My last read was Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. And I think my next read will be Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.

Isis: My current read is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It’s required reading for one of my lit classes, and it’s really good, but I hate reading on deadline. My last read was Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. My next read will be finally In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Nicole: Since it’s been brought up recently I’ll have to say Shatter Me.  I know a lot of people say it gets better from the first book, but that doesn’t interest me at all.

Isis: I don’t understand why everyone praises The Song of Achilles. It is so overrated. I honestly don’t get the love for it.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Nicole: Probably Nicolas Sparks’s books. I have two. The Lucky One and The Guardian.  I picked them up since he’s such a big name and I thought I had to read at least one of his books. But honestly I’m not interested at all.

Isis: I own a copy of Gone With the Wind, but honestly it looks huge and not worth my time. I’ve heard it’s really good, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get to it.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Nicole: Oh I don’t know. Maybe all those old books people consider “real literature.”

Isis: Probably the Mistborn trilogy ’cause God those books are long. Also, all these cheesy Harlequin romance novels I have would be great for retirement. I love mindless reads.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Nicole: Uh wait till the end. Why would you spoil yourself like that?

Isis: You gotta earn that ending, man. Of course I wait till the end.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Nicole: I used to think they were a waste of ink, but now I always read them. They can be interesting.

Isis: I love reading the Acknowledgement if I enjoyed the book, so I think it’s interesting to have.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Nicole: Danny in the Dragonbreath books. I could be a dragon going on random adventures with my friends all the time, and life would be good.

Isis: I would love to switch places with Legs, Ari’s dog from Aristotle and Dante so I can be there to witness all the great fluff between my favorite characters.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

Nicole: Perks of Being a Wallflower was the first book me and Isis switched for our own personal book club that eventually turned into this blog.

Isis: I have a beautiful copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde that my mom gave me on my 22nd birthday before she passed away. It was a beautiful surprise when she gave it to me, and I will always cherish it. It makes me think of her.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Nicole: I got all the Percy Jackson books without even wanting/paying for them. My boyfriend works for a moving company and a lot of times he can take stuff the client wants to throw out. So I got the whole series in perfect condition from that. I also got The Hunger Games series that way.

Isis: I love getting books from the Dollar Tree for a dollar because that’s the last place you’d think you’d find books.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Nicole: I give people books all the time for gifts even if books aren’t their favorite thing. I wouldn’t say any of them stick out that much.

Isis: I give books to Nicole more than anyone else, and it’s because she’s my best friend, and she needs all the books. Honestly, my sister and niece get books from me all the time, and it’s actually worked in getting them more into reading.
12. Which book has been with you most places?

Nicole: I feel like this can be any book on my shelves. They’ve been with me as I’ve moved multiple places. As I read a book I usually take it with me everywhere till I finish it.

Isis: This tiny pocket Bible that my brother gave me when I was 8. It’s all wrapped in a smiley face cover. I’ve carried it with me for years, without reading it.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Nicole: Any book I actually read I typically liked. And I’ve never reread any of them later. Or even read the ones I didn’t bother reading.

Isis: I loved my required reading in high school. All of it. I loved all the classics. Those books actually made me love reading.
14. Used or brand new?

Nicole: Used. Cheaper books aren’t any worse than brand new ones. They might have some wear and tear on them, but the words inside are still the same. And it makes it so I can afford more books.

Isis: I love both! But used books don’t make me feel so guilty after buying them.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nicole: No.

Isis: Nope, but I do own two of them.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Nicole: I don’t think so but then again I usually watch the movie or I read the book. I don’t usually do both.

Isis: I’ll have to say, I adore the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, far more than the book. When I first saw the movie after reading the book, I didn’t love the changes. But then I slowly forgot the details in the book, and continued watching the movie, so the movie became one of my favorites. Now I don’t think I could re-read the book. That movie is perfect.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi made me really hungry.

Isis: This is probably odd, but I loved the way the food at Hogwarts was described in the Harry Potter books. That always made me hungry.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Nicole: I listen to Whittynovels and Thoughtsontomes from YouTube a lot.

Isis: I also love Whittynovels. Mostly, I like taking book advice from diverse readers who promote books with good diversity. 
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Nicole: I was surprised to like We are Not Ourselves and Ari and Dante. I typically don’t think I like realistic fiction with no magic or adventure so I’m always surprised when I do like it.

Isis: Yeah, I’m still surprised I enjoyed Vicious by V.E. Schwab so much because that’s not a genre I really lean towards. It felt like reading an action-packed comic book.