The Favorites > May Guest Post

Hello, my angels ~

Another month is down — and this month, I chose the topics!

For those of you just joining in on the fun, here’s a run down on what 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, 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 May Favorites!!!

1) Favorite POC Character?

Ash > Janna Yusuf from Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali! Janna is such a wonderfully constructed character and I am just so in love with her and her strength and this novel as a whole.

Chrissy > I gotta say, Daniel from the book The Leavers by Lisa Ko. I adored that book and Daniel was such a sweet character and you really just felt for him throughout the entire book. Everything he went through was so intense yet he kept his sense of humor and turned out to be a great character. Very likeable. Also I gave the book a 10/10 rating, a rarity for my reviews.

2) Favorite Book Involving Mental Health?

Ash > Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, hands down. This novel is so heartbreaking and it literally deals with basically all of the awful things that someone could go through. But strictly on mental illnesses, this novel talks about anxiety and depression, and I believe it touches on a few others — I just can’t remember them off the top of my head.

Chrissy > Looking for Alaska by John Green has gotta be my pick. I remember reading the book and thinking that I honestly did not expect the story to turn out the way it did. It was totally relate-able and also very real. It’s a great YA book and highly recommend you guys to read it. So sad but so good!

3) Favorite LGBTQ+ Book?

Ash > They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera — which I’m going to be doing a reread for during June for the Reading it Queer Read-A-Thon! This novel is, once again, incredibly heartbreaking and it holds the record for the highest number of sobs a novel has ever gotten out of me. It’s just a beautiful story with amazing characters and I —

I just love it so much.

Chrissy > I loved the character Simon from The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. He was such a staple character in the book and was one of my favorite characters in it. He really showed us what it was like to be queer and out in the height of San Francisco’s 70s gay scene. This book has a great plot too, highly recommend it!

4) Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Ash > I don’t know if this is my favorite because this one is so difficult for me, but an antagonist that is definitely high up there on my list of favorites is actually not a person — it’s the Gray from The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. The Gray is such a complex . . . thing and it’s symbolic of so much that I won’t go into here because spoilers.

Chrissy > My ALL time fav villain that I will always love is Scar from The Lion King, haha but I have to be honest and say that I loved the cartoon movie a lot better than the book. Scar is so relatable…”I’m surrounded by idiots” – Scar. Story of my life scar, story of my life. But for real, my fav antagonist/villain is actually not a person but more of a metaphor! It’s the sea from the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This book is pretty epic, the sea literary has a life of its own, so much so that it’s almost like a person. Great book, and will always remain one of my classic favs. Not sure if I’m allowed to pick the sea but I just did, haha sorry Ash!

5) Favorite Naked Hardcover Book?

Ash > Probably King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Have you guys seen that naked masterpiece? Beautiful, legendary, never been done before . . .

Chrissy > My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. There was a limited edition cover that came out a while back and I was legit obsessed with it!! So gorg!

That is it for this month’s favorites post! I hope you all have an amazing day or night — goodbye for now, angels.

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, 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!

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, 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!!!

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, 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!