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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.

Goodreads Tag

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1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Isis: Green but for a Season by C.S. Pacat. It’s a short story set in the Captive Prince world and I wasn’t going to read it but I have serious Captive Prince withdrawals and it just happened.

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi. I reviewed it here. It was really good.

 
2. What are you currently reading?

Isis: -Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero – amazing so far, but it’s taking me way too long to finish. COLLEGE! FRUSTRATION!

-In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero – same thing here!

-Sweaters & Cigarettes by Mika Fox – I stopped reading this one in August of last year, and haven’t picked it back up. I’m not even halfway through and there’s been so much angst already, kinda. I don’t know how I feel about it.

Nicole: On Goodreads it says I am currently reading 24 books, and I don’t have half of them anymore. I’m actually currently reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan which I am loving, Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetanti which I was loving but then I got distracted by Magnus Chase, The Pants Project by Cat Clarke which I’m liking but it’s taking too long to read, and Hero by Perry Moore but the first chapter is so info dumpy and boring I dread picking it up again.  

 
3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Isis: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce – I bought this one today at a library book sale. It’s a children’s book and it sounds like fun.

Nicole: Peter Darling by Austin Chant. I read a review about it, and it sounds really good.

 
4. What book do you plan to read next?

Isis: Honestly, I have no idea. I know I need to get to Juliet Takes a Breath soon, so probably that.

Nicole: It’s between Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza or Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia since I check them out from the library and they are due soon.

 
5. Do you use the star rating system?

Isis: Yes, and I try not to give 5 stars too often. A lot of my favorite books are 4 stars actually.

Nicole: Yes I usually add them to my reviews. My profile says my average rating is 3.63.

 
6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Isis: Yes, and it’s for 30 books. I’m currently 6 books ahead of schedule!

Nicole: I set it for 52 books, but I’m currently 8 books behind schedule.

 
7. Do you have a wishlist?

Isis: Yes, it’s one of my Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/17632530?shelf=wishlist

Nicole: No I don’t.

 

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Isis: I ordered on Amazon Saga vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee, and the paperback version of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I won’t be getting these in the mail until the paperback of Carry On is released, so until May. 😦

Nicole: I really want to buy The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

 
9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

Isis: “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.” – Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.” – George Orwell, 1984

“I’ll always hate shoes.” -Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Nicole: I don’t really keep track of quotes honestly.

 
10. Who are your favorite authors?

Isis: BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ. I will literally buy anything he publishes. I actually already have, but I mean in the future. Then there’s Rainbow Rowell, Victoria Schwab, and David Levithan. You know, the usual.

Nicole: Victoria Schwab, Rick Riordan, Mildred D. Taylor, Ursula Vernon. I think Karuna Riazi can easily become one.

 
11. Have you joined any groups?

Isis: Nicole and I have a group on Goodreads called Hopeful Wanderers and you’re welcome to join. We do update it, though our reading is veryyyy slow. Still, it’s not abandoned: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/107752-hopeful-wanderers

Nicole: The one Isis linked is all. I tried to be a part of the Austentatious Book Club, but then never read any of the books.

 
12. Are there any questions you would like to add?

How about, what’s the last book you added as “favorite”? And what are the number of books you have in the read and want to read categories?

Isis:  Mine is At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve raved about this book endlessly so I won’t do it again. But if you haven’t read it, definitely check it out. I loved it! I currently have 294 read, and 766 to read.

Nicole: I don’t ever put any books in other categories but I would have put The Gauntlet. And I currently have 190 books read, and 583 in the want to read category.

Mass Effect Tag

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Commander Shepard: A favorite protagonist

Isis: Aristotle Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. He was so relatable and beautiful. I always come back to him, but I’m not even sorry. He’s the best.

Nicole: Magnus Chase from The Gods of Asgard series. He’s smart and scared and I loved reading from his perspective. 

Liara T’Soni: A character with great character development

Isis: Ozzie from At the Edge of the Universe. He has the most painful character development, but it was also so well done. I loved him from the start to the end, but I was proud of him at the end. He grew so much, and he became a better person overall.
Nicole: I really liked how Zach develops in Last Night I Sang to the Monsters by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Garrus Vakarian: A favorite friendship

Isis: August and Kate from This Savage Song. Their friendship was pure and strong and it was totally platonic. I loved every minute of it.
Nicole: Rose and Lissa from The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead have a great friendship. They still fight and mess up, but they don’t forsake each other for it. They support each other like a real friendship.

Jack: A character with a tragic past that works

Isis: Ummm Andres from In Perfect Light. The reason for this is that half of the book is about his tragic backstory, and the other half is about him dealing with it presently. So it works really well. And his backstory is so painful but it’s also hopeful at the end. I adore that book. I don’t think I could have taken such a sad backstory from anyone else, but Saenz is a genius when it comes to writing tragedy.
Nicole: Amy’s backstory from Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson worked well for the story. It’s the whole reason the book happened, and I feel like it fit and was done nicely.

Samara: A complicated family dynamic

Isis: Oh man, the family dynamic in Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon is just the craziest thing. The Arlington family was a mess, but I grew to love them anyway.
Nicole: Artimes from the Artimes Fowl series has an extremely complicated family, but it somehow works.

Marauder Shields: A favorite inside joke from a fandom

Isis: I don’t know if this is necessarily an inside joke but every time someone in the Captive Prince fandom even mentions Charls, it is hilarious. We are all Charls.
For context, this line from “King’s Rising”:
“That’s right. He is Charls. I am Charls. We are cousins,” said Charls, gamely, “named after our grandfather. Charls.”

 

Nicole: The Harry Potter fandom will never get over this, and I always laugh.

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Thane Krios: A favorite character death

Isis: *Spoiler alert*  Voldemort. Die, bitch.
Nicole: I won’t say names but there is a character death in The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight that’s pretty great. And by that I mean really, really sad.

Kaidan or Ashley: A character you could delete and it would have no effect with the story

Isis: Haha, this is sad. I think if you deleted Agatha from Carry On everything still would have happened pretty much the same way. I honestly liked her, but she was no unimportant, it’s not even funny.
Nicole: I feel like if Tyler wasn’t in Zom-B it wouldn’t have been that different. He was there to get beat up, have racist tirades thrown at him, and make B feel bad. Really it would be doing him a favor to take him out of the story. 

Mass Effect 2: A favorite middle of the series book

Isis: The first thing that came to mind is Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat. Of all three books, this was by far the best one. It’s the only one in the trilogy that I gave a 5-star rating to. It’s probably the one I would definitely re-read.
Nicole: The Attack of the Ninja Frogs is the second book in the Dragonbreath series, and one of the best books that I’ve read so far in the series.

Andromeda: A favorite spin off

Isis: I don’t read spin offs because I don’t really read series. I think the only spin off I’ve ever read is the Sidewinder series that was a spin off of the Cut and Run series. I didn’t like it very much though.
Nicole: I’m not sure if this is technically a spin off but it’s not a sequel either. I really like Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio. It’s three short stories featuring side characters in Wonder that I think added to the story nicely. 

Bioware: An author you support even if they disappoint you

Isis: I think Benjamin Alire Saenz, Rainbow Rowell, Victoria Schwab, and David Levithan are the only ones who have this honor.

Nicole: Victoria Schwab and Ursula Vernon immediately pop into my head. I will probably buy anything Khaled Hosseini writes.

 

Bookish Questions Tag

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1. What book is on your nightstand now?

Isis: I have a ton of books on my nightstand, but the one on top is In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. It’s the book we’re currently reading for book club.

Nicole: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen because I read a little before bed about a month ago, and left it there. I haven’t picked it up again since.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?

Isis: The last truly great, nearly flawless book I read was At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I adored that book and raved about it a lot. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Nicole: The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee was a really great book, but if I had to pick something fiction it would have to be The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. It probably isn’t even that great of a book if you criticized it on a basic writing level, but it was the last book I read that truly grabbed me and forced me into the story. Which is sad since I read it last October.

3. If you could meet any writer—dead or alive—who would it be? What would you want to know?

Isis: I’ve already met my favorite author, Benjamin Alire Saenz, twice before. So other than him, I’d love to have met Jane Austen. Her life was fascinating and I admire the way she crafted her stories. She was so ahead of her time. I just love her.

Nicole: I really like Victoria Schwab so meeting her would be cool. Talking about writing with Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling would be nice too. Realistically, whenever I meet authors I’m usually too nervous to barely say hi to them, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Isis: I do have a book on my shelf called The Threesome Handbook by Victoria Vantoch. The only reason I bought it is because I went through a Misha Collins-Vicki Vantoch obsession and I felt it was necessary to have. No shame, though, right?

Nicole: It might be surprising that I have a whole shelf of romance books since that’s a genre I don’t gravitate toward ever really. I don’t think I have a particular book that would be surprising though. 

5. How do you organize your personal library?

Isis: No real organization to it. Other than Benjamin Alire Saenz and Stephen King shelves, everything else is just scattered. I guess I group them by size mostly.

Nicole: I tried to set it up by genres, but I don’t have enough shelf space so I have random stacks of books everywhere.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

Isis: Right now I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not yet reading The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It just recently came out and I got him to sign it for me before it was even released. But I have it tucked away with no plans to read it yet. I will, though! I’m just reading so many books at the time. I’m not embarrassed over not reading anything, though I wish I could get to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ’cause everyone praises that book and I have it, but again, not sure when I’ll get to it.

Nicole: I always mean to finish the Percy Jackson series but I never pick up the next one. I’ve been meaning to pick up The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin too. I usually feel a little embarrassed if a book is really popular and I haven’t read it. Only when it’s being hyped up though.  

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Isis: I’m drawn to contemporary, realistic stories. Lately I’ve been trying to read more angel books for research, but other than that, I just love a good realistic world with realistic characters. With a happy ending, preferably. I do stay clear of high fantasy books. I find it difficult getting into those type of books. Also, probably any sci-fi. I’m picky sometimes.

Nicole: I’m usually drawn to any story with magic. So fantasy I like just not the ones with old kingdoms that are really political and that’s it. I’ve also really been into nonfiction lately. I stay clear of stories that just depressing nothing happy goes on at all. I like contemporary, but I’m also really picky about which ones. Anything too tropey or straight romantic I stay clear of.

9. If you could require the president to read one particular book, what would it be?

Isis: The current president? Jeez, can he even read?

Nicole: Maybe Wonder by R.J. Palacio or something like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

10. What do you plan to read next?

Isis: I plan to read Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. I have the ebook and I started it a few weeks ago, but I just stopped reading it. It was great and I can’t wait to focus on it again!

Nicole: I’m in the middle of five books right now so I should probably finish those, but honestly that’s not gonna happen. I feel like reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino right now, but I might leave that half finished too.

Gilmore Girls Tag

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Lorelai: A character who’s the rebel

Isis: My favorite rebel without a cause is Zane Garrett from the Cut and Run series. He was a rebel through and through. He had many addictions and vices and he did whatever he wanted and he dressed however he wanted.

Nicole: Sirius Black will always be my favorite rebel.

Rory: A perfectionist

Isis: I would say Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. I get the feeling that Mr. Darcy needs to have everything in a certain sensical order or else he’ll lose his mind. He seems pretty stuck on his ways. He did have character development at the end but I’m pretty sure he’s a perfectionist. You know, Mr. Darcy and Rory would probably get along really well if they knew each other.

Nicole: I think Victor from Vicious would fit.

Luke: a kindhearted character who never fails to surprise you

Isis: Dante Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. There is no one kinder than Dante. Everything he did just made me like him more. He was beautiful in every way. Must protect at all costs.

Nicole: Auggie Pullman from Wonder is the sweetest kid.

Paris- a character who loves to be in charge

Isis: Raffe from the Angelfall trilogy loved giving orders all around since he was a big bad angel. But come on, he was ridiculous at times. I really liked seeing how much he tried to control Penryn and then completely fail. It was great.

Nicole: Peter Pan always loves to be in charge. He has to lead everyone in going to the island to their games and their battles.

Sookie and Jackson- A couple that seems natural together

Isis: Marko and Alana from Saga

Nicole: Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games series. After everything they experienced together how could they not end up together?

Lane- a character you think would always have your back

Isis: I know I could always count on Ron Weasley. He would be the perfect friend to have on any occasion. I would trust Ron with my life because he would defend and protect me without a doubt. My hero.

Nicole: Kim from If I Stay. I think she would do everything she can for her friends even if she has to try to get along with people she doesn’t like to do it.

Emily- a character who struggles with relaying their emotions effectively

Isis: Aristotle Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. There is probably no better character for this answer. Ari is a pro at hiding his feelings. He even hides them from himself.

Nicole: Zach from Last Night I Sang to the Monster repressed every memory that would make him feel something so much that he struggled with identifying all his emotions. Even the happy ones.

Paula Anka- Favorite fictional pet

Isis: Lying Cat from Saga. I realize it’s an insult to call him a pet, but he’s amazing. I love the way he calls out everyone on their lies. I wish I had a cat like him.

Nicole: In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Ari adopts a stray dog he names Legs. I mean he’s just a dog. He doesn’t do anything special, but I love dogs.

Babette- A character that can talk too much

Isis: Hermione Granger. But I liked that about her. She always had important, intellectual things to say. I really liked the way she rambled most of the time.

Nicole: Danny from the Dragonbreath series never shuts up, but it’s funny instead of annoying.

Miss Patty- A character that always seems to know everything

Isis: I do not regret picking Hermione already. I have someone better. Colin from An Abundance of Katherines. Since Colin was a prodigy, he was pretty smart. He knew all the facts, and I actually found him incredibly endearing. I loved that aspect about him the most.

Nicole: Artemis from the Artemis Fowl series is a genius. I don’t know how his brain works.

Michel- favorite sassy character

Isis: I’ll have to go with Baz from Carry On. Granted, I was not a huge Baz fan, but he had a few sassy lines here and there. My real answer is Lucifer from the TV show Lucifer, but I thought I’d stick to books. Seriously though, no one sassier than Lucifer.

Nicole: Magnus Chase is full of sass no matter the situation he gets into.

Kirk: favorite oddball character

Isis: Skylar from the Gives Light series is such an endearing oddball. He’s usually an outsider, or at least he thinks so. He’s the main character but he always comes across that way. And I love him for it.

Nicole: Eleanor from Eleanor & Park. She doesn’t fit in, she dresses different, and she’s one of my favorites. 
Christopher- An unreliable narrator

Isis: Cadence from We Were Liars is probably THE most unreliable narrator I’ve ever read. I really liked her though. I think that’s always hard to pull off, but it worked for me.

Nicole: Melinda from Speak is unreliable because her anger blinds her into making a lot of generalizations about other people that we can’t trust.

Dean- a character you liked at first before you figured out what a douche they were

Isis: Ah, well I’m going to go with an oldie. Good old Edward Cullen. Hear me out. When I was fifteen and naive, I loved Edward. I never really saw him as anything less than perfect. But recently I reread Twilight and I hated Edward with a passion. He was frightening, sadistic, and completely obnoxious. A total douchebag, to say the least.

Nicole: This is a spoiler but Quentin from The Outliers. I was rooting for him, and he betrayed me.

Jesse- a character that you want to lovingly push into the lake

Isis: Diego from the novel Nicole and I are currently writing Summer Storms. Listen, I love Diego with all my heart, but he can do and say some things that just really get to me (even though I write them). I would really love to push him into a lake and see him almost drown since he can’t swim that well. I wouldn’t let him drown because, like I said, I do love him.

Nicole: Rose from The Vampire Academy. I love her, but she makes stupid decisions.


Logan- A cocky character with a soft side

Isis: I hate this but I’m choosing Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy. I don’t know how I feel about calling Warner cocky but he definitely puts on a facade that isn’t real. He’s a real softie underneath all those shitty layers. Or maybe he’s just shitty and it’s hard to see it cause he’s so pretty and angsty and smoldering.

Nicole: Draco Malfoy of course. He’s so arrogant, but he loves his family especially his mom.


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Halloween Tag

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Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

Isis: Bombora by Mal Peters. I read that book first thing this year and absolutely hated it. I bought it solely because it was originally fanfiction, but the characters were cold and empty. I hated everyone. The storyline was poorly done. Just a terrible disappointment. Free fanfiction is so much better.

Nicole: A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess. I just hate it.

Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Isis: Skylar St. Clair from Gives Light by Rose Christo was such a treat. I loved his innocence and then his strength. He was just a full ray of sunshine. I adored him.

Having recently read The Importance of Being Earnes by Oscar Wilde, I’m going to go with Algernon as the trick character. The guy was the best part of the story, especially because he tricked everyone and he did it so well. I loved his sense of humor.

Nicole: Wylie from The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight is a treat. I love her so much right now, and she’s such a good friend and human.

For a trick character, I’ll have to go with Peeves from Harry Potter. He’s always messing up everyone’s day for laughs. 

Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Isis: My favorite book of all time, of course. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is the sweetest of all books. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve read it four times and plan to read it many times again in the future.

Nicole: The Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon. Such light easy reads with good art and lovely friendships.

Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Isis: This is a weird question, but I’m gonna go with Ty Grady from the Cut & Run series. I never knew if I loved or hated Ty, though I definitely felt many emotions towards him. I think he was intimidating but also a goofball. He’d make a good ghost. I wouldn’t mind being visited by him. I’m sure he’d try his hardest to scare me but then he would make sure I was okay.

Nicole: Magnus Chase from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. I don’t know if ghosts are possible in that world since for all the book he is already dead, but he would be so much fun to hang around and to tell me all about dying.

Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Isis: I’m gonna go with Prince Robot IV. He kicks ass. I love his style. Love his wit. Love his entire being. I would love to be him for a day.

Nicole: Being Peter Pan would be pretty cool. I would get to fly around an island all day talking to fairies and mermaids.

Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Isis: I love the way everyone comes together in the Order of the Phoenix and create Dumblebore’s Army. That was my favorite moment. When everyone shows up ready to train and fight back. Makes me so proud of all my children.

(Also, I love the moment Sirius tells Harry he can come live with him in Prisoner of Azkaban. I cried so hard.)

Nicole: I was going to go with the DA, but that would be boring since Isis already talked about it. There’s so many little favorite moments, but I’ll go with the graveyard scene at the end of Goblet of Fire. It was the first Harry Potter book that I had read, and it was before the fifth book came out so I had no idea there was even going to be a fifth one. It was so creepy and intense, and I remember being so scared for Harry. It’s one of the rare moments I’ve been completely invested in a book.

Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

Isis: I’m not creeped out easily. But many moments in The Shining by Stephen King creeped me out. I think the ending of Angelfall by Susan Ee was one of the most gruesome ones I’ve ever read. Overall though, I can’t think of anything.

Nicole: I remember having to put Angelfall down at the end because I was surprised she went there. I had to put Extreme Zombies down because of the rape scene in it because it was disgusting. But I can’t think of a story where I’ve been so creeped out I had to put it down. I don’t think I’ve that many scary books.

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag

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Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.

Nicole: Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

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Isis: Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Nicole: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Rowell’s writing in general just makes me feel really nice, and this is my favorite book of hers. Eleanor and Park are really cute.

Isis: Every time I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell I get the best fuzzies. I love it so much.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR
genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Nicole: I just read whatever I’ve been reading on a stormy day. I don’t switch books or anything. But when I think of reading on a stormy day, I think of mysteries.

Isis: I’m going to cheat a little bit here and say that the entire Gives Light series by Rose Christo would be perfect on a stormy day. Those books were just so peaceful and warm and I felt so soothed reading them. So definitely those.

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Nicole: I think Amy Curry from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Just because she went on a cool road trip though. Every other character gets in bad situations I don’t want to be in even if I was cool.

Isis: Definitely Penryn from the Angelfall trilogy. I think Penryn is the coolest character ever, and I would love to be in her place, so I could kick butt and also smooch with Raffe. Just saying.

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest,
hottest thing?

Nicole: This book was published in 2009, but I still wish people talked about it more. Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz is really good, but people usually only talk about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I love that book as well, but I think people generally just read that one, and not Saenz’s other books.

Isis: My new favorite novel In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Saenz deserves to be so hyped. Nobody has ever talked about it, but it still lingers in my mind months after reading it. Yes, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an incredible, amazing, perfect book, but I wish people would also talk about In Perfect Light. There is just so, so much to love about it. (I had to mention Ari and Dante, just once).

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up -What’s
the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Nicole: I own a couple of those cheesy romance novels. The ones with the guy and girl are almost kissing, and the guy is usually shirtless. I hate those covers.

Isis: This one:

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Did I buy this book solely because it features a sheriff with a heart of gold? OBVIOUSLY. Am I ashamed of it? A little bit.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Nicole: Hot chocolate. I can’t really think of foods. Maybe beef stew, but I don’t only eat that in the fall so. Chocolate it always comforting though.

Isis: I know it’s not asking about drinks, but TEA. I can only think of cheesecake as my biggest comfort food. I also just love chocolate chip cookies. All the sweet stuff.