The Greatest Showman Book Tag!

It’s be over a year since this movie came out and I’m still screaming about it.

It’s that good.

So! Why not do a tag about it?

I saw this tag over at NoReadsTooGreat, so go check out that post! For all the reviews/recommendations for the novels listed, they will be linked at the very bottom — can’t miss ’em!


Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to the creator’s post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more).
The Greatest Show > In Which the Intro is Amazing

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it — the formatting of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is like nothing I’ve ever read before and it’s so amazing.

In the beginning, we’re met with a writer who is being led to Tea when she’s seventeen years old and is in her self-produced exile (though that isn’t going to last long).

But then during the next chapter, we see Tea when she’s a preteen (around 14 or 15 I believe) and she doesn’t have a clue as to what a mess her life is about to become.

It’s just so captivating.

A Million Dreams > In Which Things Get a Little Too Dragged

My pick for this prompt is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

Listen.

This novel seemed so slow to me. Like so slow that I couldn’t figure out what exactly was happening. Which I don’t know how exactly that happened, but it did.

Come Alive > In Which There’s A Nice Plot Twist

I really don’t think it’s possible for me to go through a tag without mentioning a Leigh Bardugo book.

But! My pick for this one is Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

As to avoid spoilers, I’m not going to go too into this one but just — trust me when I say that this ending plot twist really shook me to my core.

The Other Side > In Which A Villain Turns Into a Good Guy or Vice Versa

Of course, I had to mention another Leigh Bardugo book. Whoops.

But come on! It’s the Darkling! He’s perfect for this one.

The Darkling is from the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. And well, he seems nice. Then he’s not. And he kind of fluffs up Ravka.

Tightrope > In Which the Love Triangle Took a Wrong Turn

I honestly kind of avoid novels when I know there’s going to be a love triangle so I don’t really have one for this prompt. Onto the next one!

From Now On > In Which the Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together in the End

To finish off this tag, we have Roseblood by A. G. Howard!

Throughout this entire novel, we follow Rune who’s life is kind of a ghost story meets “you’re the chosen one to die” prophecy and she’s honestly not killing it.

But by the end, she’s safe with the guy she loves (who’s so edgy but I’m team bad boy so I’m okay with it) so all is well!


For All Your Linking Needs >

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Review

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Random Recommendation (Basically Review Part 2)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo Review

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Review

Roseblood by A. G. Howard Review


That’s all for this one, you guys! Bye!

The Favorites > April Guest Post

Hello, my angels ~

For this month, it was Chrissy’s turn to choose the questions, and I loved what she decided on!

For those of you just joining in on the fun, here’s a run down on what the fluff goes on. Basically, Chrissy and I get together each month and one of us picks out 5 questions themed around our bookish favorites. Then we each give our answers and we both write our respective posts to you all!

Now, let’s talk about Chrissy! Chrissy is an amazing book blogger who you all can find over on https://chrissysbooks.com, or you can click the link attached to her name. 10/10 blog posts and book reviews, highly recommend. So please, go show her some love, angels!

Without further ado, let’s get into our 5 April Favorites!!!


1) Favorite Imaginary Book World that You Would Like to Most Live In

Ash: This one was actually pretty difficult for me, but after a lot of consideration (I’m making this sound a lot more deep than it actually is but oh well), I decided that it’d have to be The Grishaverse from Leigh Bardugo’s series, the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the Nikolai Duology, and also The Language of Thorns, a standalone novel. This world has completely entranced me since I first read Six of Crows so I don’t think I really had another option.

Chrissy: Is it weird to say that I would like to live in the forests with Winnie the Pooh and the gang? Haha, I think it sounds to nice there, I would totally be at peace and would spend my days eating honey with Pooh and chatting to all the animals. Also I adore winnie the pooh stories, so sweet!


2) Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

Ash: Okay, so here’s the thing — I don’t really watch book to movie adaptations. Either I read the book and don’t watch the movie, or I watch the movie and never read the book. I’m trying to combat this though! I actually just recently read Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman but I haven’t watched the movie yet, though I am planning to!

Chrissy: I’m actually exactly the same as Ash here, I only ever watch the movie, then don’t read the book, or vice versa! I have to say that I really liked Love, Simon. I thought the movie did pretty great justice to the book! It’s a sweet story and I enjoyed the movie too. I also really liked the movie adaptation to The Color Purple. They went above and beyond with the movie, all the characters were as described in the book, and I really enjoyed both the book and movie. Great cast too!


3) Favorite Book that was Recommended by a Friend

Ash: Hands down, it’s They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (though, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is also pretty high on this list). This novel was recommended to me by a good friend of mine, Nikki (@xonikkee), and I live-texted her as I cried during it. And when I was finished, I sent her a copious amount of videos throughout the course of two days explaining to her how much I loved it, and how I would never recover from this heartbreak. Fun times, truly.

Chrissy: I had never heard of Daphne Du Maurier until my buddy Jeny told me about her, I absolutely fell in love with the book Rebecca as well as My Cousin Rachel. Such good books! I loved them both so much. Still to this day, I think it was one of my favorite reads and I always recommend Rebecca anyone that wants a good suspense novel. That book will never go out of style, great classic read.


4) Favorite Childhood Book

Ash: If you’re following me, then you probably know that it’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. And if not, then now you know! But basically, I have been a fan of this book for so many years and am obsessed with everything about it.

Chrissy: Yeah I’m gonna have to have the same answer as my first response. I LOVE Winnie the Pooh. Ugh I just wanna give him a big cuddle, such great stories. I also really liked The Lion King. I used to have the book when I was younger and loved looking at all the pictures. Such great meanings and morals behind the stories too.


5) Favorite Reading Format, Physical Books or E-Books

Ash: Physical!!! There was a long period of time in which I only read physical books but I’ve actually recently started reading a few e-books! Speaking of, I think I’m going to go look for some free ones now, even though I have so many other books to read. Oof, why am I like this?

Chrissy: 100% Real books, all the way! There’s nothing like holding, smelling and getting the full experience of a real book. I also like being able to see how far I am with it, and generally love the feel of holding one. I have read a few e-books and tend to get ARC in that format, but my true love will always be real books, love the smell of them, old, new, they’re just awesome.


Thanks for tuning in, guys! Talk to you guys soon!

Song Request Book Tag

Hello, my angels ~

How are you all doing today!!!

Now, I know what you all may be thinking — Where is the normal Top 5 Tuesday?

Let me explain —

The topic for this week was Top 5 Books in Space and I’m going to be real with you all — I don’t read books that take place in space. They’re just aren’t really my thing BUT that may change one day.

So, knowing that I wouldn’t have anything this Tuesday, I thought it would be the perfect time to post this really cool book tag post!!!

This is the Song Request Book Tag and I was tagged by Jayvel, an amazing bookish friend of mine. So a huge shout out goes to him!!! Flashback though, this tag was originally created by Daniel @ Page to Page, so honestly — go him.

Without further ado, let’s get into this book tag!!!


Rules:

  • Thank and link back to tagger -> Thank you again to Jayvel!!!
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Jayvel’s Request!!!

(Oh before we begin — I don’t know how to insert YouTube videos or audios so you’re just going to have to look these up on your own)

1) “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift

This song made me think of Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow! The song is basically about how no matter shitty life can get, you can always make it through. No matter how hard everything gets, you just have to keep going.

There was something about the tone of the song that reminded me of Charlie throughout all of her struggles and trauma.


2) “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves

Honestly, this song kind of made me think of Girl in Pieces again. But then I was like — can’t do that again.

And then I thought of one that’s an even better fit! Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, of course! The more positive connotation that this novel supplies made me think of Cath during the end of the novel when she’s figuring out her life and getting happy again.

Love that for her, honestly.


3) “Sight of You” by Sigrid

This song made me think of The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and I’m going to be real with you.

I don’t remember why.

I’m not in a place right now where I can listen to the song again and in my notes for this tag, it literally just says the name of the song and that book.

So whoops.

But just trust me on this one, okay?


Ash’s Request!!!

(It’s a new day and I still don’t know how to insert Youtube videos or audios so you’re going to have to keep looking them up)

1) “365 Fresh” by Triple H

Party.

That’s honestly what comes to my head when I think of this song.

But bookwise! This song reminds me of Summer Days and Summer Nights An Anthology because it’s just such a summer song??? Like during the summer, it’s a must for me and my best friend to roll the windows in my car down, turn this song up on blast, and just drive.

It’s just….so good.


2) “Transform” by Daniel Caesar ft. Charlotte Day Wilson

Okay, even if you aren’t interested in this tag, please listen to this song. I love Daniel Caesar so much OOF.

Anyways, the book for this tag is actually a series — and it’s the Frostblood Saga by Elly Blake!

This song is basically about becoming the person you were always meant to be and having that relate to someone you love and that related to Ruby and Arcus a lot for me.


3) “Dark Times” by The Weeknd Ft. Ed Sheeran

This one definitely reminds me of the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo.

This song is talking about how difficult it is to let go of your past and the bad habits that you develop over the years. And how that when things get shitty, it’s hard to /not/ go back to those habits because no matter how bad they may be, they work.


I Tag ~

Throne of Books

Meltotheany

Sahi


That is it for this book tag, everyone!!! A final huge thanks goes to Jayvel for tagging me, this was so fun to do!

The Favorites > March Guest Post

Hello, my angels ~

Today, I come to you again with another edition into the series I’m doing with Chrissy!!! We are back to answer the five questions chosen for this month’s The Favorites post. Chrissy actually had the amazing idea to go back and forth with the assignment of questions so for March, I chose 5 favorites themed questions! I hope you all enjoy them!

For those of you just joining in on the fun, here’s a run down on what the fluff goes on. Basically, Chrissy and I get together each month and one of us picks out 5 questions themed around our bookish favorites. Then we each give our answers and we both write our respective posts to you all!

Now, let’s talk about Chrissy! Chrissy is an amazing book blogger who you all can find over on https://chrissysbooks.com, or you can click the link attached to her name. 10/10 blog posts and book reviews, highly recommend. So please, go show her some love, angels!

Without further ado, let’s get into our 5 March Favorites!!!


1) Favorite Bookish Map?

Ash > This question is so hard for me! I read so many fantasy books and a lot of them have maps in them. But taking into account the coloring of it, the exactness, the book itself, and, of course, how helpful it actually is, I’d have to say the map of the Grishaverse, a universe created by my favorite author, Leigh Bardugo. I find myself referring to the map throughout these books to track where all of the characters are and where they’re going. It’s also a gorgeous map and I’m in love with it, and basically anything else Leigh Bardugo does.

Chrissy > I felt a bit silly with this question because I had no clue what a Bookish Map was! You definitely learn something new everyday that’s for sure!! Ash explained to me what it was and now I totally wish I had one! Haha Usually bookish maps are in fantasy books and are usually placed in the beginning, middle or the end of the book to highlight what journey the characters partake in. I’ve never actually read any fantasy books so I’m totally missing out on these awesome maps! Maybe I can get some inspiration from Ash on her fav bookish map and will read a fantasy book one of these days. But for now, I unfortunately do not have one. Sad times. Sad times.


2) All Time Favorite Character/Type of Character?

Ash > I get incredibly attached to book characters, as all of us do, so I kind of cursed myself for putting this question in. But! Thinking about it, Delilah Bard from the Shades of Magic Trilogy by V. E. Schwab is my favorite character ever. She’s a strong ass woman living in shitty Grey London (but not for long) stealing, cheating, and beating her way through it. She never asks or begs for pity in regards to her crappy childhood and she works towards what she wants. And she’s a pirate in the making. What’s honestly not to love? By extension, badass female characters are my favorite type of characters!

Chrissy > Oh boy! What a question! This is like asking what my favorite ice cream flavor is! I’m always changing my mind with this haha Okay, well I have read a lot of books with some amazing characters but I’ve gotta say, the character that I loved the most well, for now, because I’m sure this will change in time, is Achilles from The Song of Achilles. He is a total kick ass character and I really enjoyed reading that book so much too. The Song of Achilles is a greek mythology book so you know it’s guaranteed to have loads of action, drama, sex and amazing scenes, I just loved his character so much. Achilles is a demi-god and he was pretty much created to fight and be the best warrior there ever was. He’s basically a babe, he’s charismatic, he’s very confident, cocky even, and did I say hot? Haha well I just liked the guy and wish I could have met him in real life. I adored Madeline Miller’s retelling of this amazing story and if you haven’t read The Song of Achilles, then you’re totally missing out! Here’s my full review of this amazing book.


3) Favorite Non-Fiction Book?

Ash > No doubt — Love’s Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom. An old teacher gifted me this book when I wanted to be a psychiatrist and I fell in love with it within the pages of the prologue. Behind being an interesting book about a psychotherapist and 10 of his patients, it’s an incredible story of discovering the complexities of human nature and how all of us, every one of us, is in this together.

Chrissy > Well this is a no brainer for me. Michelle Obama, Becoming. Ugh this book!!!! THIS BOOK. If you haven’t read it yet I strongly suggest you get yourself a copy from wherever you get books from because this book is everything. I’ve always liked Michelle Obama but after reading her eloquent memoir, I literally think that she’s my hero. Like actual hero. Her book was so well written, and it’s not just about her time at the white house, it’s so much more than that, it tells the story of her life and how she became to be the person she is today. Also, she’s just so down to earth that you really feel that you can have a normal conversation with her. You don’t even have to be into politics to read it, it’s just a well rounded amazing read, also it’s so cool to get the inside scoop on the on goings of the white house too. I adored it!! Check out my full review of this ermazing book, I promise you, you will love it. I’ve also yet to see a negative review of this book!


4) Favorite Book of 2019 (So Far)?

Ash > For those of you who frequent my blog, you all probably think the answer to this is going to be King of Scars, because I have been waiting for it for so long. And you’d be right! In terms of the book I was most excited about and made me feel all of the things, it would be King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, the newest edition to the Grishaverse that has so much going on that I don’t know if I can accurately explain everything. But in terms of a book that I didn’t know I was going to read this year, did, and fell 100% in love with — that would be They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. On the other hand, They Both Die at the End is a contemporary book about what happens when people are notified the morning of their death day. It follows Rufus and Mateo, who are both going to die. They meet and go on one last adventure — together. Needless to say, that shit hurted.

Chrissy > Actually I would have said Becoming by Michelle Obama because I had read her book in January and it’s my fav read of 2019 so far, but….I think I should pick a 2nd book because I can’t talk about Michelle throughout this whole Q&A right? Or can I…nah just kidding. Okay, my 2nd fav book of 2019 is a psychological thriller by Wendy Walker titled The Night Before. This book literary kept me on my toes! It was just a good page turning can’t stop thinking about it thriller. I loved it. It follows Laura, a young lady who signs up for an online dating profile to basically get out there and start dating after her terrible break up, Laura’s always been a bit insecure but she is determined to feel good about herself and get out there and date. She goes on this date with a guy she knows very little about and doesn’t come back home after her date. Her sister goes crazy looking for her everywhere, I mean the whole story is as tense as it comes. It’s filled with lots of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I was in the mood for a good thriller when I read it and basically got just that! Which makes it one of my fav books of 2019 so far. This book doesn’t come out till May 14th, 2019 but when it does, definitely grab yourself a copy. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Check out my full review of this awesome twisty book.


5) Favorite Late-Night Read?

Ash > As someone who has nightmares for years, I find reading before I go to bed helps. I literally have no idea and with the book I’m about to say, it really shouldn’t help — but it does. I’ll read stories from Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales — the original creepy as hell ones — and then I’ll go to sleep. I don’t get it either, but it works for me. For those of you unaware, the Grimm’s Fairy Tales include all your favorite Disney-fied tales, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the Sleeping Beauty, but these are the originals. And they are a lot more gorey, bloody, and creepy. It’s a great time, honestly.

Chrissy > Well I have to go with a creepy book for this question. I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork. This book was creepy!!! I mean it sent chills down my spine long after reading it. It also has some pretty good twists in it that I found very disturbing, imaginative and scary. It follows two detectives, Mia and Holger. Mia is a bit of a reclusive person, Holger had to practically beg her to get her on board for a crime that has recently happened and desperately needs her help for. She signs on to help Holger out, a veteran detective and the story goes on from there. A 6 year old girl is found dead hanging from a tree. The only clue being an airline tag around her neck that says ‘I’m Travelling Alone’. Creepyyy! This book gave me late night chills. Loved it. Haha so it’s definitely my pick for a long time fav night time read because sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up in your bed sheets on a late night with a creepy page turning book. Check out my brief review of I’m Travelling Alone here.


And that closes off the March Favorites!!! Have a great rest of your day/night, angels!!!

BTS Book Tag!!!

I’m finally doing it!

I must have a weird thing with book tags because I love doing them — but I never get the energy to do them. But not today.

We’re doing the BTS Book Tag. Let’s go.

(But quick disclaimer! Credit goes to the original artists/photographers for the photos I’m using!) (Oh! And I got these questions from the video on Yvette Eclectric’s channel!)


10 Bookish Questions:

1) Namjoon > A Leader-Like Character Who Loves His Friends and Family
  • I don’t know if I’ve ever read about a character who loves her friends and family as much as Alice Bell. Ali is from the White Rabbit Chronicles, and she’s a complete badass! She cares for and loves her friends, whom she treats like family, as fiercely as she fights zombies.
2) Seokjin > A Young Person Who is Basically a 40 Year Old Dad (Loves to Eat and Make Dad Jokes)
  • So here’s the thing — for the life of me, I can’t think of a character that fits this topic completely. So we’re just going to skip this one. Sorry, Jin!
3) Taehyung > A Multi-Talented Character (Since V can sing, dance, and act!)
  • Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series! I say this because not only is she incredibly versed in the many ways you can maim and kill a human being, she’s also very musical. We stan a piano-playing, killing machine!
4) Jimin > A Character Who Can Go From Super Funny and Adorable to Incredibly Charming in 1.2 Seconds
  • No! I couldn’t go through a book tag without talking about the Six of Crows Duology!
  • So this is Jesper Fahey, a charming sharpshooter who seems like he has his shit together, but when he’s talking to the boy he likes, he says, “maybe I like your stupid face”.
  • I rest my case.
5) Jungkook > A “Baby” Character Who is Underestimated
  • Lovely Hime from the Seafire Trilogy!!! Everyone aboard the Mor Navis recognizes Lovely Hime as being just that — lovely — but she shouldn’t be underestimated. She’s so incredibly strong, in every way.
6) Hoseok > A Character That is Bursting with Energy and Is Always in a Good Mood — Literal Sunshine
  • For this prompt, I chose Prince Ahmed Al-Oman Bin Izman, who is pictured at the very top of the sort of pyramid picture.
  • With everything Ahmed has to do everyday, (I’ve heard heading a revolution isn’t the easiest thing in the world) it’s a wonder how Ahmed can still laugh and joke as often as he does. He makes my heart soft.
7) Yoongi > A Character That Seems Hard on the Outside, But, In Reality, is Super Sensitive
  • Honestly, any of the main guy characters from the Shadowhunter universe could potentially fit this category, but for me, Magnus fits it the most.
  • Magnus Bane is a charming, snarky, sarcastic, and hilarious warlock, but he is also a loving husband and the amazing father of his two sons. He’s a huge sweetheart and I love him with all my heart.
8) WINGS Album > A Book That You Connected With on a Spiritual Level and You Don’t Think You’ll Never Forget
  • I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully and accurately describe all that this novel means to me. The best way I can describe it is that when reading this novel, I felt seen. I felt validated and represented and I couldn’t have asked for more.
  • To read my full thoughts on this novel, click here.
9) The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever Album > A Book that Reminds You of Your Childhood (You can’t say Harry Potter!)
  • I loved Dork Diaries!!! I read as many of the books as I could, when I was younger.
  • I guess I enjoyed them so much because I connected with feeling like a dork. I still feel like one, I’ve just learned to own it 😉
10) Big Hit Entertainment > A Book that Isn’t Popular But That You Love and Want Other People to Know About
  • I NEVER SEE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE QUEEN OF HEARTS SAGA!
  • I haven’t finished of the last novel just yet because I plan on re-reading the entire series, but from what I remember, this series was super interesting and deserved more hype.

10 BTS Related Questions:

1) Who is your Bias?
  • Park Jimin has been my bias since the very beginning!
2) Who is your Bias Wrecker?
  • Literally all of the other members. But my top two bias wreckers are Yoongi and Namjoon.
3) What is your favorite BTS song?
  • I honestly can’t choose. So instead, I’ll tell you the type of songs I listen to most often from them — and those are the slower, deeper songs. This is because most of the time, I’m working on blog things, doing school work, or reading and when I’m in that type of atmosphere, I like the vibe of the slower songs.
    • A few of my favorites of said slower songs is House of Cards, Rain, Let Me Know, Singularity, Serendipity, Intro: Nevermind, Intro: Boy Meets Evil, Magic Shop, Just One Day, Outro: Purpose, and Spring Day
4) What is your favorite BTS MV / What is your favorite choreography?
  • My favorite BTS MV is probably Blood, Sweat, & Tears. I love the video aesthetic throughout the entire thing, the song is beautiful, and the choreography goes so well with the music. The entire video is a work of art and I’m: in love.
    • This was also the era of chokers, lace, and mesh/sheer fabric so that is also definitely a plus
    • @ Big Hit please bring that back I am STARVED
  • I’m narrowing it down, but I’m tied between two choreos as my favorite and they are Silver Spoon (Baepsae) and Airplane pt. 2.
    • I love Silver Spoon because it’s such a fun dance but it’s also still physically appealing and I just love how happy they all look in the dance practice (peep that ending for Yoongi’s dance break which added 10 years to my lifespan).
    • I love everything about Airplane pt. 2, the overall vibe for it really does it for me. But I have a soft spot for dances involving chairs for some reason??? I guess because I dance and dancing with chairs is just fun???
5) How did you discover BTS?
  • My best friend! I have code names for all of my friends on here and hers is Cherry Blossom and if you’re a frequent viewer here, then you’d know that I talk about her very often.
  • I got into BTS about 5 years ago (that’s crazy to think about).
6) What is your favorite moment in a TV show or Reality Show (ex. Weekly Idol) or just your favorite video in general (like behind-the-scenes or live or something like that!)?
  • I really love the Bangtan Bombs from their earlier days because they all look have this youthful, happy glow and it makes me soft to see how far they’ve come.
  • Also! That moment in an old Weekly Idol when Jimin says “English is not a barrier when you’re as cute as me” !!!
  • As of late, my favorite videos are like the mini clips of Joon and Jin guiding the other members and retrieving them at award shows when they go wandering. Super funny!
7) Why do you love them?
  • This is going to get sappy so grab your tissues.
  • I first got into BTS when I was in seventh grade and seventh grade was . . . well it was absolute shit for me. But, seventh grade brought me my best friend and, by extension, BTS. We bonded over them as a group for a deep reason that is another story in itself. So they helped score me an amazing best friend.
  • Then and even to this day, I connect with all the members on different personality aspects that I thought I was alone with or I thought made me weird.
  • But even now, they make me feel seen. They make me feel validated with my mental illness and struggles and they make me feel like I’m apart of this huge, diverse family. Not only is their music comforting to me, but they are as well.
8) Which BTS album is your favorite?
  • Either Dark & Wild, WINGS, or Love Yourself: Answer
9) Do you have any BTS merchandise? / Have you been to a BTS concert? (Kpop concert in general?)
  • I have a BTS phone case for an old phone of mine, so I just keep it as decoration — the photo on it is from the ORUL8,2? era
  • I don’t know if albums count but I’m going to count them anyways
    • I have two BTS albums — Love Yourself: Her and Love Yourself: Answer
10) What is your favorite live performance by BTS?
  • My favorite is actually pretty recent and it is the 2018 MMA performance!

Bonus Question:

— Which member do you think has the biggest difference in their personality versus their stage presence?
  • Yoongi!
    • Yoongi is such a diverse person in all of his mannerisms and I really relate to him on that ground. On stage, he can be all smirks and fast yet calculated raps, but he’s also the man who cries when he sees his family. He’s cold and calculated, but he’s also not any of those things. He has this outward shell he keeps and I can resonate with that — because I have one too.
    • He seems like such a cold, unforgiving person, but he’s not. He’s just a guy who had a dream and chased after it

That’s all for this tag, guys! See ya 😉

The Favorites > February Guest Post

Cue a new series here on InkTrails!!

One of my favorite things about blogging and the bookish side of any platform is meeting new people. I’ve made such amazing friends through comments and buddy reads and guest posts and I’m so incredibly happy to say that I’ve made another! But, even beyond that, her and I have collaborated to bring you guys this post — a bookish themed favorites post! How this works is that Chrissy and I (mainly Chrissy) came up with 5 bookish questions and then we both answered them.

This has been such a fun process that we have decided to make this a monthly thing for you all! So keep an eye out for that.

Now, more on Chrissy! Chrissy is an amazing book blogger who you all can find over on https://chrissysbooks.com, or you can click the link attached to her name. 10/10 blog posts and book reviews, highly recommend. So please, go show her some love, angels!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into The Favorites.


1) Favorite Genre?

Ash: High Fantasy — no doubt. I love everything having to do with it — the fighting, the action, the friendships, the constant fast paced motion — ugh I love this genre so much! The only thing about it is I don’t really like a lot of politic based high fantasy, but I’m getting better with that so now, officially nothing can stop me from falling down a high fantasy WHOLE.

Chrissy: That’s a hard one! I love SO many different genres as you can tell from my blog. I can read just about anything! Although, I do have to say, my favorite genre that always keeps me on my toes, is……drum roll please!……….Psychological Thrillers. Yep! I LOVE a good plot twist. Always been a sucker for them. The reason why suspense/thrillers are my fav genres is because if I’m ever having a reading slump, or need a pick me up after a heavy book, thrillers are my ‘go to’ genres to fix me right up. I can’t get enough of them. Funny enough, I can go ages without reading a single thriller book but once I get back to it, it brings me such satisfaction after reading it and going through all the twists and turns of these books. I just adore them.


2) Favorite Book Cover?

Ash: I had to search through all my books for this one and I finally found one (*cough* three) that I have decided are my favorites and those are the three books in the Queen of Hearts Trilogy. The coloring of these books are so beautiful to me, I love the way they mimic the queen in your standard deck of cards, the inverting of the colors and the coloring as the series progresses is so thoughtful and stunning, hell, even the back of the cover is beautiful. I’m just completely in love over here don’t mind me. (also this picture is NOT mine so don’t get any ideas)

Chrissy: We all love a good book cover. I hate to say it, but I am definitely guilty of judging a book by it’s cover most times. Especially these days, book covers have come such a long way and now when you walk into your local bookstore and peruse the aisles, some of the book covers are just stunning! This was a very difficult decision for me because there are so many book covers that I adore. I am also judging this by books that I have read. My current favorite has to be Sing, Unburied, SIng by Jesmyn Ward. Boy that was a hard decision. My number 2 was very close! Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (the red and gold armor cover). I have included a photo below. From the moment I held this book I was captivated by the cover, it’s so haunting and fragile and sad. I feel like he looks deep into your soul. After reading the story, I loved the cover even more. I loved the warm colors, the vibe of the cover was also striking and raw. Loved it.


3) Favorite Place to Read?

Ash: I have to go with Chrissy on this one — there is nothing like curling up with a cup of tea, a book, and a blanket and reading for hours. It’s the easiest way for me to get into a book and forget the time! Close second goes to the back — I know, kind of weird but let me explain. I love drawing a bubble bath, lighting a candle, and using my book light to read. It’s so peaceful and lovely. If you haven’t done this, definitely give it a try!!!

Chrissy: This is an easy one, my bed. At night, before I sleep. There are so many other places I love to read, especially a deserted island with a cocktail in hand (that has never happened but could you imagine!). The park, the couch, a coffee shop, they’re all amazing but nothing will ever come close to that cosy feeling you get when you crawl into bed after a long day, and grab your current book and read a chapter or two, or ten! Also it’s such a great way to unwind after the day and helps you sleep so much better than staring at your phone scrolling through fb or insta. As much as I love to do that, I love my good bed habits and will never ever change.


4) Favorite and Least Favorite Book of 2018?

Ash: I’m going to start off with my least favorite book of 2018 because some of you may fully get angry at me for this. Whoops. But, my least favorite 2018 read was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Okay, listen — I read this novel and I was so excited but as I read, I started getting more and more frustrated with the entire book, so much to the point that I almost DNF’d it. OKAY, now to make you all not hate me anymore, hopefully. My favorite read of 2018 was actually a contemporary novel from a debut author which was surprising because I’m not one to read a lot of contemporary novels, though I am starting to get more into them (I know, we love character development). This novel though was Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow and I loved this book more than I could ever probably describe. This novel follows Charlie who is in a hospital for trying to kill herself. The book takes you through Charlie’s life, before and after the first moment we meet her, and takes us through her process of healing and all the roadblocks in the way. It is such a beautiful novel and I love it beyond belief, so much so that it’s actually my favorite standalone novel.

Chrissy: Fun question 🙂 My favorite book of 2018 was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. A nonfiction memoir that took my breath away. So very beautifully written too. It follows Paul Kalanithi, a respected and well known neurosurgeon, he almost completes a decade’s worth when out of the blue he gets diagnosed with inoperable stage IV lung cancer. It tells the story of his life and legacy. This book just broke my heart but in a moving way. Such a beautiful story that stuck with me till this day. The reason it’s my favorite book of 2018 is because of just that reason. I haven’t been able to forget about it. I gave it a 10/10 on my ratings.

My Least Favorite Book of 2018 was, One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Every now and then I like to mix in a classic literary read and this was one of the ones I read last year, but boy oh boy did it bore me!! I was just NOT feelin it in the slightest. It’s about an ordinary prisoner inmate named Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, set in a soviet labour camp in the 1950s under the ruling of Stalin’s communist oppression. It follows him on a normal work day in the camp/prison and the struggles he faces in order to survive a brutal, gruelling and harsh day in the prison. I really tried, because reading for me, is a joy. This just killed my soul. Just did not do it for me.


5) Favorite First Line in a Book?

Ash: “People often shit themselves when they die”. How can you not want to read the novel that follows that line. This one comes from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and I read this novel recently, and have become completely entranced with Kristoff’s writing style and this series as a whole.

Chrissy: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again…” Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. What a line. I loved Rebecca so much! It’s one of those books you can read over and over again. Such a classic read. I don’t even want to explain more than that except that it’s an awesome book and everyone should read it. It’s got everything in it. Deception, romance, suspense, you name it. A well rounded classic read indeed.


And that is all for the FIRST Favorites Q & A with Chrissy! This was such a fun post to make and I hope you all love it. I will see you guys soon! Bye, angels!

The Grishaverse Book Tag!

HAPPY KING OF SCARS AND THE SEVERED MOON RELEASE DAY MY ANGELS!!!

Listen,,,, I’m flipping shit over these releases and my Twitter is probably just going to be me yelling until I finish both of these novels. So get ready for that!

In honor of these two novels by Leigh Bardugo being released today, I thought I would post the Grishaverse Book Tag!

This tag was originally created by Rebecca Books and I knew I had to try it out!

All of your linking needs with be at the bottom, as usual (now, at least).

So, without further ado, let’s get into this!


Kaz Brekker > A Book You Shouldn’t Judge By Its Cover

I really can’t think of a book for this topic! All of the books I have/know of, fit their covers quite nicely. So instead . . .

I’m just going to talk about how much I love Kaz Brekker.

Kaz is not like any character I’ve ever read before. He’s cruel and brutal and smart and cunning, but he’s also caring in the only way that he really knows how and he’s loyal.

One of the reasons I love the Six of Crows Duology so much is because I saw bits and pieces of myself in each character. With Kaz, I relate to changing our weaknesses to be our strengths.

He’s original and awful, yet so amazing and I love him so much.


Nina Zenik > A Book that Made You Feel Empowered

This entire series made me feel so empowered. I’ve definitely written about it a lot but I’m going to say it again!

This series made me feel so proud to be a woman and it made me feel validated that I could get better. It’s just so beautiful to me.


Inej Ghafa > A Book With a Good Balance of Character and Plot

If someone were to ever count how many times I rave about this duology, the number would probably be ridiculously high. But am I going to do it again? Yes.

👏🏻 I 👏🏻 LOVE 👏🏻 THIS 👏🏻 SERIES👏🏻 It has beautiful and diverse characters, an interesting plot that ties pasts and futures together so wonderfully, and it never fails to bring me to tears, either from sorrow or laughter.

I picked this duology for Inej because this series focuses just as much on characters as it does on the plot and making sure everything flows together nicely. And it does!


Alina Starkov > A Book Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Read

This cannot be replicated. It just can’t.

So Sad Today is a collection of personal essays written by Melissa Broder as she struggled with depression, anxiety, and more. So Sad Today began as a Twitter page that soon became this book, though the page still exists and I follow it to this day.

It’s raw and, as someone who struggles with anxiety and working through trauma, it hurts so much to read but it’s so important TO read.

I would place a trigger warning on this novel though, if you aren’t okay with people talking about mental illness, drug abuse, etc., I would take a break on this or if you still want to read it, read it slowly and read it with care. But if you can handle reading this, please do so.


Mal Oretzev > A Book that Always Sticks With You

I need to reread this series soon! I started it when I was around 12, I believe, and it’s stuck with me throughout all these years. They’re worn from travelling and rereading and one of them is missing the jacket (I’m still dying over it I’m so SAD).

It’s an interesting series to say the least. It has an Alice in Wonderland kind of feel to it, so you guys know I had to read it. Honestly, think Alice in Wonderland but it’s in real life with more death and more zombies. And a hint of hot bad boys.

WAIT I THINK THIS SERIES WAS THE VERY BEGINNING OF MY BAD BOY OBSESSION OH MY GOD I LOVE THAT FOR ME

This point is really a mess I’m so tired as I’m writing this okay ONTO THE NEXT


The Darkling > A Book With a Dark Plot

This is literally an autobiography from a man who confesses to being Jack the Ripper, one of, if not the most, infamous serial killers EVER. You can’t get much darker than that.


Jesper Fahey > A Book That People Always Seem to Leave Out

Why does no one talk about this series??? It’s so incredibly interesting (though, long as hell) and it’s such an interesting history lesson for history buffs, like myself.

I love learning so much and this series is packed full of knowledge with a really cool, borderline creepy, twist.

Please read it.


Wylan Van Eck > A Book That Wasn’t What it Seemed At First

If you guys haven’t seen my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses (will be linked at the end), you may not know this BUT I really didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses that much. Even further though, I had such a hard time getting through A Court of Mist and Fury until page 140 something with one specific quote from Feyre when her and Rhys were playing “20 questions” on a roof. That made me do a complete 180 on this series and it’s now one of my favorites.


Matthias Helvar > A Book that Was Bad at First but Turned Out Good

This novel was . . . something. It was okay starting out but then I got to the end and it threw me for a 180.

I’m so intrigued as to what happens next because of it!


Nikolai Lantsov > A Witty Book

The plots of these books aren’t really the best construction wise for me but I still enjoy this series so much because it’s so funny. The characters are honestly so hilarious and they make the series. There I said it!


FOR ALL YOUR LINKING NEEDS ~~

The Princess Saves Herself in this One Review

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One Review

Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series Recommendation

Six of Crows Review

Crooked Kingdom Review

Six of Crows Duology Recommendation

So Sad Today: Personal Essays Review

So Sad Today: Personal Essays Recommendation

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire Review

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

A Court of Mist and Fury Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

A Court of Frost and Starlight Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Recommendation

Devils & Thieves Review

Firebug Review

Pyromantic Review


Alright, that’s all for now. BRB, going to go read these new releases BYE!!

Favorite Books of 2018!

How is there only two days left of 2018??? It’s so crazy to me!

This year was . . . definitely something. Blog-wise, it was actually a pretty good year! But, onto the real reason you’re here — the books.

Some of these books you’ve definitely seen me talk about before, but some more than others. They are listed in whatever order I thought of them in and as we progress through the list, we’re going to talk about why I love these books and at the very end, all reviews/recommendations will be linked for your viewing pleasure!

Now, onto my favorite books of 2018!


1) Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

“There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part that was not stronger for having been broken.”

— Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Literally no one should be surprised by this.

Fun Fact — Leigh Bardguo is actually my favorite author! And she became my favorite author because of this duology.

I love everything about this series. I love the characters, I love their dynamic, I love the base plot, I love the way it’s written, but maybe above all else — I love the way Bardugo writes.

She writes so poetically and it’s like everything you read has an impact. Everything she conveys sounds beautiful and utterly heartbreaking. I’ve never read anything by another author that made me feel as much as I do when I read her novels, save for a few poets.

She’s that good.

“But wasn’t that what every girl dreamed? That she’d wake and find herself a princess? Or blessed with magical powers and a grand destiny? Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

— Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

2) Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

“The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

— Oscar Wilde, page 122

This novel was probably my most anticipated release for 2018 and it delivered 100%. Honestly, I love this entire series, but this was the only novel in the series that I read this year.

Quite honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this series. For a 900 page novel, it kept the pace required to keep me interested and I’ve been so incredibly partial and dedicated to these characters since the beginning.

If you thought this series was overhyped, I beg you, give it a try. You may be surprised.

3) Shades of Magic Trilogy by V. E. Schwab

“But this one was beautiful in a different way, an opposite way. It reminded Lila less of dress and finery, and more of sharpened knives and the ships on the sea at night. It looked dangerous.

— V. E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

I love books involving magic. I always have — they’re like my book soft spot. That being said, I’ve read a lot of magic-focused books.

But I’ve never read one just like this one. The spin on it to have a dying breed of magicians travelling through worlds was so compelling to me, and the main reason I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic in the first place and I’m so glad I did.

“Are you made of anything but mysteries?”

— Alucard Emery, page 27 of A Gathering of Shadows

I connect with Delilah as a character so much to the point that it feels like she was written for me. She’s everything I am, yet at the same time, she’s everything I want to be.

There are so many lessons to be learned from this series and I enjoy watching and listening to others trying to pick out all of its amazing quirks.

It’s a fun, yet heavy read. You’ll laugh, sometimes so hard you’ll have to put the book down, but you’ll also feel.

“Whether her hands were filed with knives or fire, her voice low and coaxing or lined with steel, she seemed to hold the world in her hands. Maybe she did.”


— V. E. Schwab, page 623 of A Conjuring of Light

4) Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

“I didn’t so much as twitch my fingers as I grabbed full hold of the desert. Of my desert. I was the desert. And it would answer to me.”

— Amani Al’Hiza

Fun Fact — This novel actually got me out of a reading slump. My life was becoming a gigantic, sad mess and I didn’t have the energy to do anything. But then I went book shopping with my grandmother and I was so excited to see that they had this novel in stock.

After reading it, I started writing and planning again. It worked wonders for me.

Honestly, it still does. There are stories spread out throughout this series that the desert storytellers tell to everyone and I bookmarked all of them and typed them up to read when I needed a push.

That’s why this novel makes this list — because I needed it when I didn’t think I needed anything or anyone, and then it made me want again.

“I’d forgotten how powerful a story could be.”

— Amani Al’Hiza

5) A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

“That’s what happens when you’re responsible for lives other than your own, isn’t it? You do what you have to do.”


— Feyre Archeron, A Court of Thorns and Roses

I first bought this series due to all the hype I heard surrounding it. And after the first novel, I didn’t really understand it. But looking back on the entire series, I did.

This series isn’t a Beauty and the Beast retelling — people may try to tell you that but it isn’t — it’s so much more than that. There are elements similar to Beauty and the Beast, but that’s not all there is. Above all else, I think this series shows us that monster aren’t always hiding in the shadows, nor are our saviors always basked in gold and white light.

“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety. And I’m thinking maybe he knew that–maybe not actively, but maybe he wanted to be that person for someone. And maybe that worked for who I was before. Maybe it doesn’t work for who–what I am now.”

— Feyre Archeron, High Lady of the Night Court, A Court of Mist and Fury

The reason I love this series so much is because, like the others on this list, it gave me hope.

I’m not good at baring my emotions to people. It doesn’t matter who they are, it’s just not something that I can do easily. But to truly understand why this series means so much to me, you need to know something about me. Two and a half years ago, I dated a really shitty dude and while reading this series, I saw myself in Feyre and in the quote above, and I also saw him in Tamlin.

What I’m trying to convey here is that I know, first hand, what it’s like for the people who tell us they love to also be the cause of our nightmares. To be the people who haunt us during every hour. I felt seen while reading this novel and that was truly a beautiful feeling.

“There are many types of strength beyond the ability to wield a blade and end lives.”

— Amren, A Court of Wings and Ruin

I could sit here and list off all the reasons I love this novel, or even describe how beautiful the writing style is or how badass the characters are.

But anyone can do that, and they could probably do it better than me.

What I can do, like no one else, is tell you how a story someone else wrote was also a my story, one that I lived through. That’s something I can do.

“I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create because I have no other way of voicing this. It is hard and it hurts, but if I were to stop, if I were to let this loom or the spindle go silent. . .Then there would be no Hope shining in the Void.”

— The Weaver, A Court of Frost and Starlight

6) Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series by Amanda Lovelace

once upon 
a time, 
the princess 
rose from the ashes 
her dragon lovers 
made of her
 & 
crowned 
herself
 the 
motherfucking 
queen of 
herself. 

— how’s that for happily ever after?, page 105 of The Princess Saves Herself in this One

I felt so empowered reading this collection. I felt so immensely proud to be a woman and I loved that feeling so much.

Amanda Lovelace’s style of poetry is also really beautiful to me and I, ugh, I just love it and her so much.

That’s basically it.

the boys who spend all their days finger-fiddling with matchsticks line us up & proceed to stick tiny yellow & black truth-telling flowers between our teeth. one by one, they ask us if we know who crime we’re guilty of. after a brief pause to gather our thoughts, we say, “the only thing we’re guilty of is being women.” this is simultaneously the right & wrong answer. to the match-boys, our existence if the darkest form of magic, usually punishable by death.

they don’t even know what’s coming. how cute. 

we shouldn’t be afraid of them. 

no no no. 

they should be afraid of us

the first lesson in fire., page 14 of The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One

7) Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

“The thing about family is sometimes you don’t have to ask us to do stupid things, and sometimes you don’t get to tell us we can’t.”

— Redtooth, page 99

I love the overlying layer of sisterhood throughout this novel. That’s probably my favorite thing about it — the woman on woman love and trust and family. It’s so immensely beautiful to me.

Like the Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series, this novel also made me proud to
be a woman. And like I said before, that’s a really good feeling.

“Remember, when they call you girl, they’re trying to tell you something. They’re trying to tell you that they’re more than you, that the body you’re in makes you less. But you know, and I know, that you’re exactly what you need to be.”

— Jules, page 252

8) The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

“Some days will be better than others. Some days you will wake up crying, his name the first to fall from your lips. Some days, you will look up at the stars in the sky from a lonely beach and know none of them look down on him. That is the nature of grief. But to grieve means you have loved. To love opens up the possibility for grief. There cannot be one without the other.”

— Tea Pahlavi

Ah, the sequel to the novel that started it all.

For those who don’t know, I began this blog because I had so many emotions about The Bone Witch and I needed to let them out.

This novel definitely lived up to my expectations and I haven’t read anything like it.

The formatting of it is also something that I’ve never read and it adds so much beauty and depth to the story. I’ve ranted about it many times, you can read more about it in the reviews linked at the end.

“Whether my death changes anything is not important, but whether you allow my death to change you is another matter entirely.”

— the Faceless, Usij

9) Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

“Everyone has that moment, I think, the moment when something so . . . momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”

— Grandpa Felix

One day I will talk about my mental health struggles but today just isn’t that day. But I can comfortably say that, similar to the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, my story was told without me having to write down a word.

It was comforting to read about a character who has gone through such awful situations still surviving and doing her best to be happy.

I think we’ve all had times when living kind of sucks and this novel helped me feel validated to feel like that, yet it also helps me kick the world’s ass everyday.

While reading this novel, I felt like I was reading the story of who I could have been if I hadn’t of found my solace, well, solaces. I realized how lucky I was to overcome my issues and that everyday is a struggle for most people, so we should, as human beings, try to make the days bearable for everyone around us.

I just love this novel so much.

“What’s your solace? Do you know? Find it and don’t stop doing it, ever. Find your people (because you need to talk), your tribe, your reason to be, and I swear to you, the other side will emerge, slowly but surely. It’s not always sunshine and roses over here, and sometimes the dark can get pretty dark, but it’s filled with people who understand, and just enough laughter to soften the edges and get you through to the next day. So: go. Go be absolutely, positively, fucking angelic.”

— Kathleen Glasgow

For all of your linking needs >

Six of Crows (Six of Crows Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo Review

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows Duology, #2) by Leigh Bardugo Review

Six of Crows Duology Recommendation

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3) by Cassandra Clare

The Dark Artifices Recommendation

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic Trilogy, #1) by V. E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic Trilogy, #2) by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic Trilogy, #3) by V. E. Schwab

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor of the Throne (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy, #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy, #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands Trilogy Recommendation

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, #4) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Recommendation

The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series, #1) by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series, #2) by Amanda Lovelace

Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series Recommendation

Seafire (Seafire Trilogy, #1) by Natalie C. Parker

Seafire Recommendation

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch Trilogy, #1) by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch Trilogy, #2) by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch Trilogy Recommendation

The Other The Bone Witch Recommendation Because I’m Insane

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces Recommendation


There’s one more post for 2018! But for now, see ya 😉

End of the Year Book Tag!

Okay, here’s the thing.

I debated for a long time about whether I should do this. But, obviously, you can read the title, therefore, you know that I’m going to do it.

I got these questions from MetalPhantasmReads so go check out that post!

I don’t know what else to say so let’s get into the End of the Year Book Tag!


1) Are there any books that you still need to finish?
  • I don’t really have any books I need to finish before 2018 ends because I’m trying to take these last few days of the year to plan for next year. But, the main novel I’m currently reading right now is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, and if I can get that done before the year ends, that’d be pretty cool.
2) Is there a new release that you’re still waiting for?
  • I’m actually all good for 2018! My next anticipated releases aren’t until January 15 (Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer and The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi) so I have a bit of a break.
3) What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
  • Like I said, I’m pretty good for this year because I trying to work on planning but, ideally, I would like to finish Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Deviant by Lesley Livingston, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare!
4) Is there a book that could still shock you as a favorite of the year?
  • If I finish it in time, I think Carry On could potentially be a new favorite of mine. Based on the reviews I’ve seen for it, I have high hopes!
  • Lookout Alert! I’m also planning a post for my favorite 2018 reads so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested!
5) Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?
  • Yes and no. I’m waiting for my beginning of the year book haul (which, based on your votes via twitter [@iinktrailss], will be a post) to start planning out reviews, but I’ve been working on a few new tags, layouts, and such that I’m super excited for!!

That’s all, folks (let’s hope I can say that, legally)!

K-Pop Book Tag (3rd Gen. K-Pop Version!)

Y’all already knOW WHAT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!

Part 2, though. 

Hey guys, welcome back (or just welcome in general)! Today, I have a second part-er for you guys — the 3rd Generation Version of the K-Pop Book Tag!! This tag was created by Kate Pfeil, so definitely go show her some love!

I have my BTS playlist going (currently listening to Could You Turn Off Your Cell Phone from Dark&Wild, such a banger) so without any further ado, let’s get into the K-Pop Book Tag with 3rd Generation questions!

Exo — A Book that is Super Hyped and You’re Scared to Get Into

I’m gonna be real with you guys — I don’t really stan Exo. But I will admit that Call Me Baby is an absolute banger.

Onto the topic, I actually have a lot of books/series that fall under this category!!! I was scared of Scythe by Neal Shusterman and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas (currently consisting of A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and A Court of Frost and Starlight) and I was pleasantly surprised with almost all of these books (A Court of Thorns and Roses kind of threw me for a loop but I truly believe it’s important to the series and if you want to read THAT RANT, click here!).

But currently, the novel I’m most scared to read is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. One of my friends really enjoyed this series a few years back and when he leant me it for read, I didn’t really enjoy it that much. But! I have bought my own copy to read and you all will hear my thoughts on it sometime in December!!

SLIGHT INTERMISSION

CYPHER PART 3: KILLER JUST CAME ON AND I’M SO HYPED UP RN LET’S DO THIS

Seventeen — A Debut Author That You Love

These SWEET BABY ANGELS!!! My bias’ (because I’m indecisive) in Seventeen are S.Coups, Vernon, and Jeonghan!! 

Ahhh this one is hard for me!!! I discovered a lot of really amazing authors this year and I also am anticipating the first novels of a lot of others in the next coming months — so I’m going to do one from each of those categories (because I’m indecisive)

From the breakout books I’ve already already read side, I’d have to go with Kathleen Glasgow — and if you have seen my review and/or recommendation for her first novel, Girl in Pieces. 

. . . IT’S JUST SO GOOD!!!

Glasgow’s writing is so entrancing and in Girl in Pieces, she portrayed the feelings that in those situations, are extremely hard to fake. Everything she wrote hit me so hard and mayhaps I cried. 

SPEED — A Book Everyone Else Has Seemed to Have Forgotten About But You Love

This topic works well with SPEED because mayhaps I haven’t heard of them I’m sorry bye. 

One isn’t coming to me off the top of my head so stand by . . . 

ANOTHER INTERMISSION

CONVERSE HIGH JUST CAME ON AND OH MY GOD MY LITTLE HEART

Okay so I can’t think of a novel that fits this topic exactly so I’m going to change it just a little. Instead, I’m going to do a book that should be talked about more than I think it actually is. Maybe that’s similar enough? Let’s hope so. 

So! The novel for that one is Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali. Once again, if you’ve been here for at least 5 minutes, you would know that I’m hopelessly in love with this novel and it deserves more recognition! It’s about a Muslim teenage girl being surrounded by close-minded white people, coming to terms with the fact that she was raped by the “golden boy” at her mosque, and trying to navigate her family, her trauma, her friends, her religion, and so much more. It’s such an amazing read. 

INTERMISSION: THE RECKONING

MAGIC SHOP IS ON! THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BTS SONGS MIND IF I SOB?? (VMIN’S HARMONY ALWAYS MAKES ME WEEP)

Bastarz — Your Favorite Spinoff Series

I haven’t listened to Block B in so long and I honestly didn’t know they made a sub-unit with three of the members, I’M SORRY.

Does The Dark Artifices count??? Because it’s going to count. 

I’m so excited for Queen of Air and Darkness that I can barely breathe about it without SCREAMING. I have been waiting for this since I picked up Lady Midnight on a whim in the Walmart book section somewhere in Tennessee and finished Lord of Shadows at midnight on a stormy night — I hadn’t moved in 3 hours. 

I need this novel. 

Got7 — A Book with the Most Unique Cast of Characters

They are all baby boys and you literally can’t tell me otherwise. I love them all so much, though I’m Mark trash (sorry, mom).

Stand by — let me ponder . . . 

I think I’m gonna go with the Summoners Trilogy by Taran Matharu, consisting of The Novice, The Inquisition, The Battlemage, and the prequel to the trilogy, The Outcast. This series features a lot of different types of creatures, not even including the different types of demons and a lot of different personality types as well. 

INTRO: INTERMISSION

YOOO I’M SINGULARITY TRASH JUST SO YOU KNOW

BTS — Your Top Fictional Boyfriend(s)

If you guys read the 2nd generation version of this tag, then you would know that BTS is my ultimate favorite group. I’m not going to go too in depth about how much I adore them here though because I’m planning on doing the BTS Book Tag very soon! So for now, just know that I’ve been stanning them since I was in middle school and they helped me get through a lot of crappity crap. 

So! Fictional boyfriends! Where do I start? 

Cole Holland from the White Rabbit Chronicles because he was the original bad boy boyfriend for me, and I’m a huge sucker for bad boys. Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series because, well, obviously. Jin from the Rebel of the Sands Trilogy because he’s so witty and funny, yet he’s super caring and ugh. Love him. I think that’s all I have for now. 

EXID — Your Fave Kickass Lady

In this household, we stan queens and icons. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk. 

I would so put Delilah Bard for this one but I already did her in the other tag so!! I’m going to have to go with Inej Ghafa from the Six of Crows Duology, consisting of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Inej may just be my favorite character from that entire series because she is so powerful. She went through so much and yet she takes no pity, no excuses, and no shit. She’s an icon and legend, truly. 

SNSD — Fave Female Friendship

Like I mentioned in the other tag, SNSD, aka Girl’s Generation, are probably my second favorite girl group!!!

A strong friendship between characters is something I honestly live for and it is so amazing for me. 

SO THE THING IS. I have two fave female friendships (say that five times fast) and both are FROM NOVELS I’VE ALREADY MENTIONED I’M SORRY. But they’re my favorite do if you think I care, you are incorrect. 

First off, we have Alice and Kat from the White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter. One of the reasons I love this friendship so much is because, not only are this pair extremely funny together, they remind me a lot of my best friend and I. Kat met Alice in the hospital and they both went on this kind of “road to recovery”, mentally and physically, together. Though, between my Cherry Blossom and I, we switch places, I’m more of the Alice and she’s more of the Kat. But we go back and forth sometimes, and are just super similar.

The second friendship is between Feyre, Mor, and Amren from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas — because who doesn’t love three amazing, gorgeous women kicking ass, loving and fighting for each other, and helping the others heal from all of their past trauma. It’s just so good. 

Amber — A Character Who Doesn’t Stick to the Norms

AMBER IS SUCH AN ICON OH MY GOODNESS!!! She doesn’t apologize for liking a more “masculine” style and it’s so amazing to have an idol that shows us that there truly is no gender for clothing, activites, and more. Please stan her, thanks. 

I’m going to do Yeva from Hunted by Meagan Spooner! This one goes primarily for the mainstream culture in the novel itself but Yeva does this one specific thing that not many do . . . she reads. The horror. 

So I picked our girl Yeva because she’s in all of us. We all have a thirst for knowledge and adventure in us. 

Hyuna — A Female Character Who’s Not Afraid of her Sexuality

I love Hyuna so much. She’s really out here validating the fact that women are sexy and can act accordingly because it’s there body and they can do what they want. I love her and everything she stands for so much.

Okay so! There’s a lowkey couple from Seafire that I love so much. But the thing is, I can’t exactly remember who it’s between but I’m pretty sure it’s Redtooth and Anima. I’m pretty sure. 

But! The reason I love this couple is because it’s not a big deal. It’s written normally because a relationship of this type is normal. These two characters were outwardly affectionate towards each other and they loved each other. And that’s how it should be.

They made me soft. 

Suho — The Best Mom

A soft boy. 

Give me a minute to think about this because in a lot of novels I read, the moms are either awful, dead, or both. 

I FOUND GOOD MOMS BUT THEY’RE ALL DEAD STAND BY WHY I TRY TO FIND A LIVE ONE.

Okay I got one!!! Jocelyn Fray from The Mortal Instruments! Jocelyn, like any mother, has made mistakes (you should have told Clary she was a Shadowhunter Jocelyn!), but she is protective over and loyal to her daughter and does everything with her best interest in mind. 

GD + CL — Your Fave Royal Couple

Listen guys, I don’t really stan either of these two but it seems that they are very happy together and I love that for them. 

I DON’T WANT TO MENTION A SERIES I’VE ALREADY DONE BUT I NEED TO I’M SORRY. 

So Feyre and Rhys are probably my favorite royal couple. Is that surprising? No? Understandable. But when King of Scars comes out and if Nikolai ends up with a nice man or woman, they will be another one of my favorite royal couples.

PSY/Gangnam Style — The Book that Made You Get Into Reading

I’ve already done a category about PSY and my opinion hasn’t changed so! Let’s get into it. 

I have two books/series that truly made me get into reading. The first one is the White Rabbit Chronicles, which I read about 6 (???) years ago and it started the obsession. But the second series is The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco because The Bone Witch is the novel that started this blog. Both of these series hold a very soft and special space in my heart. 


That’s all for this one, guys! I’ll see you tomorrow with a Top 5 Tuesday!