Power Couples Book Tag

Greetings readers!

In honour of Valentines Day, which is fast approaching, I found it is the perfect time to fan about my favourite couples from books.

Thank you, Sophie @ Blame Chocolate for tagging me in this epic tag! She has an amazing blog! *Seriously, I demand that you check it out!*

Oddly enough, I found it really hard to answer these questions. Trust me, I ship tons of ships, but having to choose just one to fit the categories was tough! Plus this tag also made my reread list grow even longer because there are so many couples out there that I want to revisit!

Let’s get on with it then. Prepare to swoon.

A couple that share big passions and goals

Prodigy: The Graphic Novel (Legend: The Graphic Novel, #2)

via Goodreads

Day and June

*Infinite crying* At first they each had their own separate lives and goals until they came together and it all merged into one. They just wanted justice, and their journey to it was hard fought with so many sacrifices. My heart cannot handle it when I think about them. I adore them so much!!!

A couple that love and respect each other

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Maya and Amar

They are their own people and literally go to the ends of the world for each other. My heartttttttttttttttttt.

A couple that is stronger together than apart

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Attia and Xanthus

Seriously, they kick major butt when they work together.

A couple that wholly support each other

Kai and Cinder

They rooted for each other throughout the whole Levana debacle even if they thought each others approaches were a little risky. i.e. Kidnapping the groom, Trying to stab the bride at the wedding. They cheered for each other without a doubt. I LOVE THEM.
This piece of fanart makes me literally squeal and cry and yell. Too much cuteness in one.

A couple that advocate each other for others

Cress and Thorne

Cress will literally defend Thorne against himself and anyone else who demeans him heroic-ness and Thorne will always keep his stance on how incredible Cress is even though she has been locked away most of her life. THEY ARE THE SHIP OF MY LIFE. I SUPPORT THEM ENDLESSLY. DON’T YOU DARE FIGHT ME ABOUT IT.

I Tag…

Well anyone who feels like gushing about their favourite ships! Please do it, I would love to see your answers!!

Let me know what you think! Who are your favourite romantic ships? Friendships? Sibling(ships)? Yell out your OTPs I am ready! 

*Quick reminder that I need your votes for my TLC fanart reveal! Details at the bottom of my last wrap up post!*

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Fight Like A YA Girl Tag

Greetings readers!

I’m forever going to be late with all these amazing tags! Krysti over at YA and Wine created this incredible tag that features and recognizes the various strengths of all our favourite YA Heroines! I absolutely adored reading through this tag and answering the questions myself, I hope you all enjoy!

Thank you to the three epic bloggers who tagged me ages ago! Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews, Eva @ BrilliantlyBookish, Joana @ BookNeeders They each have such incredible blogs and I hope you all take a trip to their sites one day! You’re missing out on some amazing content!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

WARRIOR GIRLS

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Helene Aquilla – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

June Iparis – The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND

Kestrel – The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Adelina – The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Literally fights with her mind)

Cress – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART

Winter – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Maya – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Lucy Pevensie – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Helene Aquilla – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Laia of Serra – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Iko – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE

Laia of Serra – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Shazi – The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Cleo Bellos – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Nova Artino – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Scarlet – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Lada – And I Darken by Kiersten White

GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS

Nina Zenik – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yrene Towers – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Meira – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Charlotte Holmes – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Starr Carter – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS

All of them.

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK WITH A STRONG LEADING LADY

Furyborn by Claire Legrand will have TWO fierce ladies front and center, so I am pretty stoked for this book!

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

I Tag…

Anyone who has not had the chance to have a go at this! (But I think literally everyone has already done this and given amazing answers!)



That’s it for me! I know there are a lot of repeats on my list! Frankly, I just have not read enough! There are so many ladies from books on my shelves that I wanted to add, but I haven’t read their story yet, so really I can’t judge their ferocity just yet! But I look forward to it!

As someone who has never been particularly physically strong, or snarky-strong, it’s so important that this tag was created to showcase the other strengths! So thank you again to Krysti!!

Let me know what you think! What is/are your strength(s)? Who are your favourite YA Heroines? What fierce lady inspires you? (Real or fictional)

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Ringing in the New Year Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely Sophie @ Blame Chocolate to do the Ringing in the New Year Tag! Sophie is a wonderful friend and blogger! She has tons of great reviews and posts, so make sure to drop by and pay her a visit!

It is still January so the idea of setting goals is still applicable. Especially if you have already broken some resolutions, it is not too late to set some more!

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2017

*I say rereads count!*

I reread The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer in the summer of 2017, which was the best decision I have ever made. Reliving all those emotions and revisiting the characters I adore was the most amazing experience!

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I wrote four fangirling posts along the way which was also pretty fun, so if you want to check those out, be my guest!

A Moment of Fangirling: Cinder A Moment of Fangirling: ScarletA Moment of Fangirling: Cress A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

Roshani Chokshi, Stephanie Garber, Kendare Blake, Lilliam Rivera, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

***And clearly in 2018 I have to go about finding some male authors of interest too! I hear Jay Kristoff and Neal Shusterman are ones to look out for!

 

 

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I’m pretty excited to see The Hate U Give movie…I believe it comes out this year! There are so many other YA adaptations coming to the big screen, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet!

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

CARSWELL THORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHAOL WESTFALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT MOSTLY CARSWELL THORNE!

*Artist: Taratjah*

What’s on you TBR for 2018? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)

via Goodreads

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)

via Goodreads

Wires & Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles (The Belles #1)

via Goodreads

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

via Goodreads

Wacross 2 by Marie Lu

Furyborn my Claire Legrand (I got an ARC, so I get to read it early! *gloats*)

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

via Goodreads

How many books do you hope to read in 2018?

60 is my plan. 25 Debuts and whatever I find on my shelves or the library!

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Down the TBR Hole, etc.)

Yes! As stated above I plan on reading 60 books, so I have Goodreads to keep me on track! It is the same personal goal I had from last year and I got close but didn’t exactly achieve it. Here’s to hoping this year turns out better!

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging (or vlogging), and otherwise)

I do! I even wrote a whole blog post so that they would be written out meaning I can’t opt-out anymore!

New year reading goals

  1. Read my shelves
  2. Read 25 Debuts of 2018 in 2018
  3. Get to 1000 followers (I’ll kind of need your help for this one)
  4. Manage my book money
  5. Expand my genres

You can check out my full post here!

In terms of life goals….I’m trying to get Real Life-Rendz together. We have important decisions to make and she has to not be afraid of change and taking risks. So hand me your most inspirational quotes, please!

I Tag…

If you’ve already done this tag, feel free to just tell me your goals in the comment! ❤

Abigail’s Books

Darque Dreamer Reads 

Pages Unbound Reviews

Let me know what you think? Do we have any common goals? What were your favourite books of 2017? What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Norse Mythology Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

Thank you to Kyera @ Kyera’s Library for tagging me and creating such a wonderful tag! I love all things mythological and Norse mythology is definitely one I would love to know more about!

The Rules:

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

ODIN – FAVOURITE STAND ALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

I read this book on one of my trips back home to El Salvador and I remember enjoying it very much. The characters, the horse races, and the atmosphere of the book completely transported me to another world!

More recently…The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This was a lovely romance novel with telekinesis which gave it a magical feel without being overly fantastical and I fell in love with it!

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THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

Champion by Marie Lu (the preceding books as well)

I have never been the same. The trauma of that ending was so detrimental, I look at the book and shiver! I think about the book and I’m hit with all the pain, sadness and hope that I was hit with the first time.

Champion (Legend, #3)

via Goodreads

LOKI – BIGGEST BOOK PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

I don’t know if this is ***spoilery***…but Keenan’s big reveal towards the end of A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.

I never liked him for a reason!!

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FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

C R E S S W E L L  I S   M Y  L I F E ! ! !

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Artist: Taratjah 

HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

It’s the best book in that series, you cannot convince me otherwise. I would consider Throne of Glass a duology because in my opinion the books after CoM get worse. (Save Tower of Dawn)

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BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

CARSWELL THORNE. CARSWELL THORNE. CARSWELL THORNE
CHAOL WESTFALL. CHAOL WESTFALL. CHAOL WESTFALL.

*Artist: Taratjah*

SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

via Barnes & Noble

Isn’t it just stunning! I really want to own it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but The Penderwicks are a dream. They are adorable MGs that give me all the feels. They make me laugh, cry, experience second-hand embarrassment, smile and just fill me with this everlasting joy!

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FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

The only place I would rather be….

The Chronicles of Narnia!

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TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

Tyr is the god of war

The balcony scene from Winter by Marissa Meyer, where the whole crew practically almost died. So intense. So heart-racing. I love it so much.

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ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

The death of chapters 38-40 of Crooked Kingdom.

Still gets me.

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NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK /AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

I haven’t read any recent ones…..but I’m hoping to!

However, I have read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis which is most definitely a sea adventure!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

via Goodreads

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows

June Iparis – The Legend Trilogy

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Artist: Merwild

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Artist: Patsie 

AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK “CREW”

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

THE RAMPION CREW (The Lunar Chronicles) and THE DREGS (Six of Crows)!
No, I am not cool enough to hang with either.

Look at Winter and Jacin!!! The Lunar Chronicles by Hiyukee

Artist: Hiyukee

SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

IKO! IKO! IKO! IKO! IKO!

I Tag…

*No pressure if you have already done it/or do not feel up to it!*

Taiwo @ Stuffed Shelves

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Angelica @ Dreaming of Fiction

This was so much fun! I hope you all enjoyed my answers and that we get more YA books based around Norse Mythology! I especially loved sharing the fan art of so many talented artists out there! I hope you check out the pages I linked to discover more of their work.

Let me know what you think! Who is your favourite Norse god? If you could be a god/goddess of something, what would you choose?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag (But like the year is almost done Rendz???)

Greetings readers!

Yes, I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag two months before the end of the year.

Yup.

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Thank you to Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews for tagging me! Mandy is amazing and wonderful and has so many amazing posts and reviews that go up constantly! You should give her a visit and a follow and don’t forget to interact with her royal highness

Since this does have to do with the middle of the year, I’ll only count books I read from January to August of 2017!

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

(Not counting my TLC reread….because it would be my #1 answer, always)

Oh gosh…hmm….The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi was beautiful.

But I also read The Midnight Star by Marie Lu and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo which actually broke me.

There is no single answer for this!

 

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro. A little confusing at the end, but I really did enjoyed spending time with these characters again!

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3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

Literally everything….

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor are just some on my top list!

 

 

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

*Second half of 2017 being in progress*

It was Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas because CHAOL WESTFALL DESERVED HIS OWN BOOK!!!

BUT I HAVE BEEN WAITING AGES FOR NEW MARISSA MEYER….SO RENEGADES, TOPS ALL!

 

 

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

I was just expecting so much more…..epicness, motorcycles, and drama. Instead I got some really anti-climatic, weird stuff that I was just not into! Full Review Here

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

Maud by Melanie Fishbane

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! It just gave me all the feels!!

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7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU) ?

Debut: Stephanie Garber, Caraval (and I think most would agree) was amazing and I am dying for the sequel!

New to Me: Roshani Chokshi, She debuted in 2016, her novel The Star-Touched Queen and novella Death and Night blew me away earlier this year! I cannot wait to dive into her other works!

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8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Amar (The Star Touched Queen) – Total hottie with a way with words. Swoon.

Lorcan (Empire of Storms)- Smol, angry bean but I love him.

9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER?

Katharine and Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I love them both and I am so worried for them too! I haven’t read the sequel One Dark Throne but I am eagerly anticipating it!

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10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

None yet! (But I did get a little emotional while rereading The Lunar Chronicles, the feels hit me hard)

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

My Lunar Chronicles reread of course! It was so much fun reliving the stories and spending time with my faves!

I plan on doing it again next summer!

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12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I have not seen any! I know there were a couple, but I haven’t seen them!

13. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

Oh gosh, I don’t know. Hmmm…

I had a pretty fun time writing my Empire of Storms review, it is full of funny gifs and unpopular opinions *evil laughter*

On a more positive note: My sisters (Maz and Kez) and I buddy read Three Dark Crowns and we each have our own quirky reviews on here! Reading their reactions was pretty fun! (I’m still trying to convince them to do it again for book 2!)

My Review | Maz’s Review | Kez’s Review

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I bought Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer in January which I find just lovely, I may not have been a fan of the art at first, but now I love it! It really encompasses the quirkiness and total awesomeness that is this series!

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15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Literally everything.

*That’s not a good goal Rendz* Okay, fine.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Maz will kill me if I don’t), Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, THE SHADES OF MAGIC SERIES BY V.E. SCHWAB (Literally everyone will kill me if I don’t read these) and the list goes on….


I would tag people, but it is long past mid-year and I’m pretty sure everyone else actually did this tag on time!

Still, let me know what you think! What is your favourite read of the year so far? Any new favourite authors? What book are you still eagerly waiting for?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Halloween Creatures Tag!

Greetings readers!

It is that time of year again! When the scariest movies are on TV and the Halloween Town theme song is on endless repeat in my head! It’s Halloween Season!!

I love Halloween. I loved dressing up as a kid (though I usually went as a witch or princess….one time as a cowgirl) But this is a great time for movies, even though personally I cannot do scary/thriller and I will never be able to do horror, I love kids Halloween movies! (The Kid in Rendz never died)!

Thank you so much to  Melting Pots and other Calamities for tagging me to do the Halloween Creatures Tag! Give my girl a visit and explore all the great posts, reviews and discussions she has going on! You’re in for such a great treat!


I do love me some mythical and eccentric creatures so this seems like a really fun tag!

Rules for the tag:

  •  Follow the Categories
  • You Must Be Honest
  • You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability
  • You Must Tag At Least 3 People
  • Have Fun!
  • Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated! (credit goes to: Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)

Witches : A book or character that is magical:

The Chronicles of Narnia! The books that first introduced me to magic and never let me go!

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Mummies : A book or character you can’t wrap your mind around:

Jonas from the Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Like I don’t hate him…but I also think he is a nuisance and needs to get his act together.

Vampires : A book, series, or author you can’t live without:

Marissa Meyer and The Lunar Chronicles

I would be living an unfulfilled life had I not read this series. Marissa Meyer is my queen, she gave me everything I ever wanted. Who would I be if I never met my husband Carswell Thorne??? Answer: No one. I would living incomplete. Thank the stars for the existence of this amazing author and these incredible books!

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Werewolves : A book best read in the middle of the night:

House of Ash by Hope Cook

This was a gothic and really dark read. Plus it gave me Monster House vibes which in my defense is kind of creepy movie to show kids (Oh Rendz, you soft, scardey cat)

Zombies : A book you picked up for the 2nd time/Continued after DNF’ing it:

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

What a foolish creature I was. I first tried to read this book back when I hated reading so I understand why I dropped it after a few pages. Thankfully, intelligent 12 year-old Rendz picked it up again, fell in love and I’m still endlessly waiting on the fifth book!

Ghosts : A book you easily predicted a twist or ending:

Warcross by Marie Lu

I absolutely adored this book, but I have to say that I did see the twist that came at the end. Although, the reason why it happened still shocked me.

Frankenstein : A book that truly shocked you:

Champion by Marie Lu

I’m never going to get over that ending. I am and always will be broken because of that ending.

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Skeletons : A book or character that chilled you to the bone:

The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir

This lady is insanely frightening and I would never want to cross paths with her. She is crazy!

Ghouls : A book that left you hungry:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

My mouth was literally salivating after the first couple of pages.

Goblins : A greedy character:

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Dirty Hands wants it all and he knows exactly how he is going to get it.

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Devil : A dark, evil character:

Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Hated her with all my guts. She is literally responsible for the death of thousands and feels exactly zero remorse.

Grim Reaper : A character you loved/hated that died:

Sorscha from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Sorscha was the first character in that series I really related to and I absolutely hate that her time was cut so short. I hate that she is just brushed under the carpet and in the next installments of the series she is nothing but an after thought. If she were still alive, I would demand/petition/riot for a book solely on her and her adventures. But no, she’s dead!

Scarecrow : A book or character that scares you:

Every horror book out there. Goodbye Mr. Stephen King.

The Monster Mash : Tag 3 or more people to do this tag:

Fire and Rain Books

Ryann the Reader

Darque Dreamer Reads

That’s all for me folks! Let me know what you think! What was your favourite Halloween costume ever? What is your favourite scary book/movie? (You know, so I can avoid it) What is your favourite Halloween creature?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Greetings Readers!

If there is one thing I love to do on my blog is spillllllllll my unpopular opinions. Things that I don’t find quite amazing that others fawn over, or things that I fawn over that others hate. It truly makes for some good drama and me?…Well I love me some drama!

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Huge thank yous to the following lovely bloggers for tagging me and giving me the opportunity to spill all my unpopular views of this bookish universe!

Melting Pots and other Calamities

IceBreaker649

Painfully Fictional

TheBookCorps

All of these bloggers are fabulous and have such incredible posts, reviews and discussions. You should give them all a visit and lose yourself in their amazing archives!

Let’s get started! *evil laughter*

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

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Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

I thought the first book was amazing after having read it, but then I let it simmer and really…it wasn’t all that great. Then I read the sequel which was really boring and just a big nope. I never picked up the third one and now the fourth is coming…….I just don’t know if I will ever get back to that series.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

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Dust Land Trilogy by Moira Young

Maybe it’s not hate, but just a big dislike because of how the story is written. The author doesn’t use proper grammar or spelling to really emphasize the rustic-ness of characters. There isn’t even any punctuation really. This bothers a lot of people, but I loved it! I thought it was so cool!

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

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Rowan and Aelin a.k.a Rowaelin

I hate them both. Individually and as a couple. Their existence to me is unbearable but I have to bear it for all the secondary characters that I love. But I honestly don’t like these too, I do roll my eyes every time I scroll down Pinterest/Twitter/Tumblr and see something about them. I do not care for them at all. If either of them die…good.

*Did I take it too far*

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A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

Thriller……………………….it’s cuz I’m a big scardy cat and I just can’t do the intense twist and brain melters! Also, horror because, again, tooooo scary!

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

Geez other than Rowan and Aelin?

Cal from the Red Queen series

I found him really boring, dry and just a big baby. No thanks, I liked Maven more and we all know how that turned out to be.

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

John Green.

I never actually even read one of his books….I’ve never had the inclination to. I watched The Faults in Our Stars movie, but I still have no desire to read the book. I don’t even know what his new book with the turtles is about. Just nope.

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A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

Love triangles need to stop. Just nope. Nope. Nope.

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

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City of Bones….and that entire series by Cassandra Clare. Even though I’ve read the first chapter of City of Bones, I never continued. There are way too many books in the Shadow Hunters world that I just will never have the inclination to start them now!

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

I actually don’t have an answer…

I haven’t read enough book to Movie/TV adaptations to judge. I’ve either read the book or haven’t watched the movie or vice versa! But like I’m pretty sure I like the Princess Diaries movies more than I would the books (If I were to ever read them)

I Tag…

Oh gosh, everyone has done this tag…but I’ll still tag a few of my new blogger friends! *no pressure to do it if you already have!*

Angelica @ DreamingofFiction

Taiwo @ StuffedShelves


Let me know what you think! Share any unpopular opinions with me? Share any opposing ones? What is your ultimate unpopular opinion?

Sorry if I like kind of trashed your fave book, series, author or OTP…..but this is my blog and opinions are mine! That being said I completely respect you if you disagree with me.

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag |In Which Rendz is Behind On All Her Tags…

Greetings readers!

You know what’s sad? That I’m just doing this tag now. I was tagged (the first time) to do this in May. May. From then on, I was tagged two more times! Like Rendz??? Get yourself together!!! But hello? There are so many tags and award posts out there and only one Rendz! How am I going to do it all?! *crumbles under pressure*

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I can DO IT! IT JUST MIGHT TAKE MONTHS!!! So if you tag me for stuff, I’m sorry if it takes like 6 months for me to do it…BUT I will do it!!


Anyways, enough ranting! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the very BESTEST Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! Co-creator of this tag and Blogger Princess extra-ordinaire! If you don’t follow Mandy, (which I’m pretty sure you do…) then you must bow down to her royal highness and seriously read her posts. They are fun, cheeky and full of magic! She is a huge Disney Princess fan as am I! (Hence this tag!)

ALSO HUGE THANK YOUS TO:

Lyndsey’s Book Blog  and Melting Pots and Other Calamities for tagging me ages ago as well!! (I’m sooo late, so sorry!) Both have such incredible blogs, with incredible posts and reviews!! Follow! Follow! Follow!

So I am extremely delighted that I get to take part in this amazing tag!! And just for the record, my favourite Disney Princess is Cinderella! *quizzical faces from the crowd* It’s true Cindy and I have a long  history and while she not be the most progressive or coolest princess out there, she is still my #1!

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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SNOW WHITE

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT ALL

Favorite Debut Book From an Author 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I’m going to stick with a 2017 debut. This is one of the few debuts I have read from and this book took the YA World by storm earlier this year. With reason I believe. This book was magical, mysterious and very beautiful! I cannot wait for the sequel Legendary coming next year!

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CINDERELLA

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Gem 

Magnus Damora from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

What can I say? I hated his guts in Book 1 and 2. He grew a little on me in book 3. In Book 4 and 5 I completely adored him. He upped himself to book boyfriend status from being a no-status-guy and that my friends is a miracle. When I say I hated his guts, I hated his guts! And now look! I love (and am very worried) for his guts!

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AURORA

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1)

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

In my defense, I read this way, way, way, way back before I actually liked reading. And it did indeed put me to sleep. My sister woke me up after she noticed the book had fallen on my face. Perhaps I shall give this book another try one day because it is a true classic.

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ARIEL

UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

I think this is the only book I’ve read so far with a ship setting. Actually no, that’s a lie. I have read a pirate-y book before, but I didn’t like it so let’s stick to the classic Narnia. It’s my trademark guys!

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BELLE

BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

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Gosh why is this one so hard?? Gonna go with the obvious, Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The only book by Rowell that I’ve read and I very much enjoyed! Cath is a super-duper book nerd and writes fanfiction so I think she most definitely counts XP

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JASMINE

THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I honestly didn’t expect much from this book/series other than cheese and cliches. I was sooooooooooooooooo wrong. Immensely wrong. SO SO SO SO SO wrong!!!! I will always regret not picking it up sooner, but then again not regret it because I got to binge read them! Just a truly amazing series that is very close to my heart!

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POCAHONTAS

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

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Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

It’s a fictional, emphasis on the fictional, account of the teenage years of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables. I really enjoyed this book and I was lucky enough to even win a signed finished copy! Super yay!

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MULAN

THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

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Cinder & Co. from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

FEMALE FIERCENESS TO THE MAX!!! AND CINDER ACTUALLY SAVES THE MOON AND THE EARTH!!! With the help of her uniquely fierce female cast (and male co-stars as well)! Cinder is the leader and the brains, Scarlet is the protector and muscle, Cress is the hacker and intelligence, Winter is the sweet talker and comforter, and out lovely Iko is team mascot, or in other words she gets the ball rolling!!

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TIANA

THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. My always, always answer! This motley bunch was so much fun to follow and you have all kinds of characters in here with of all backgrounds, identities, personalities. All things wonderful!!

 

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RAPUNZEL

LET YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR DOWN

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

800 glorious pages….that if you want to know more…I rant about it in this post:
A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

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MERIDA

I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1)

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

There is no time for romance when your spinning stories to keep yourself alive!

ANNA/ELSA

FROZEN HEARTS

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

Oh my, oh my….

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I wonder….

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What I could possibly….

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Write about….?

Day 5 of #febbooksarelit is First Love (First Book You Fell in Love With)  I don't think anyone should be surprised when I say The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my my first book love.  Well, it is.  It is also my first movie love, so it's a two in one special.  The magic of Narnia has touched me for life and there's no going back!  Hope you are all having a great day!  #bookstagram #books #narnia #thechroniclesofnarniathelionthewitchandthewardrobe #thelionthewitchandthewardrobe #cslewis #readingwithrendz #magicalstory #reader

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……

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HOW FAR I’LL GO

A Character That Goes on a Journey

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Meira from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

Meira definitely has her world turned upside down! From the beginning of the series she is put through so much and has to endure so many painful situations. The last book made me cry a little because *a thing happens* and I just could not! She is still one of my favourite characters and I hope to reread the series one day!


I Tag…

Really anybody who hasn’t done it yet! I’m so late with this tag! My newbie bloggers out there just joining the game! I tag you!!! Feel free to ping-back to me (or not) so I can see your answers!!

Let me know what you think! Who is your favourite Disney Princess? Your favourite Disney movie? What has Disney done for you in your life?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Happiness Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by two lovely people for this wonderful tag! I feel like I am in the perfect mood to do this since I was down in the dumps earlier and I need some cheering up!

Thank you to..

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional – Nadwa has great reviews, tags and other great posts all the time up on her blog, so you should definitely give her a visit!

Jeannie @ A Happy Clam – Another great blog with awesome posts, reviews and more!

Let’s get on to the HAPPY!

List Five Things That Make you Happy

1. BOOKS *shocker* Yes, books hence this blog, hence the bookstagram, hence the overflowing shelves in my room, hence the books I have hidden in various areas of my room so my family doesn’t think I have too many. Yeah…books.

Seriously though…reading books is the best escape and past time for me. I used to detest reading but now I cannot get enough of it!

2. Rewatching the Narnia movies *another shocker* It’s just the sense of nostalgia and comfort I get from revisiting a familiar world and story that I love! Plus, I have a competition with myself to see how many lines I have memorized (which is a lot).

3.  Sketching/Being Artsy – It has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was a kid, I was an inventor. I wrote little stories then illustrated them. If I pictured a castle in my head, I built out of toilet paper rolls and scrap cardboard. If I wanted a toy car, I built that too with bottle caps for wheels.

I have about three sketchbooks. One filled with nonsensical drawings, one I used for school (far more professional) and one specifically for fan art (which if I ever finish one drawing, I will share with you!) And I have a binder full of drawings of forests and other enchanting things because I went through this everlasting magical forest phase!

4. Sitting on My Porch and Day Dreaming – This is done more often in the summer when it’s nice and hot, maybe a little breezy. But sometimes, I just like to sit and day dream. Not actually think about all the stressful things in my life, but think about stories, adventures, the good times I’ve had. I day dream far too much and too often. I can do it any where and I love it because that is where my stories come and characters I create tell me about themselves and I shovel out their secrets! It’s also where the sketches and fan art ideas come from!

5. Being Alive and Well – There is so much crap in this world, and people are suffering constantly. People are always fighting, whether it be for their lives, health or beliefs. I’m lucky to have been born in a free country, in a relatively chill neighbourhood (it has it’s share of dark times). I’m lucky to have a loving family, to be in good health and not having to live in constant fear or peril.

Life is most certainly not perfect for me, but it’s those good feeling moments that I cherish. Those moments when I lose myself in a book, those moments when I am revisiting my favourite fantasy world, those moments when I crease my brow to get those paint strokes right, those moments of contemplation on my porch.

Those moments when I remember; I am alive and well.

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

My music taste is literally all over the place. I like pop, hip hop, reggaeton, instrumentals even some rock and country. Literally I am all over the place!

So this list consists of some current and old songs that make me tingle! They give me giddy feels and I adore listening to them!

SOOO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

AGAIN SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL

HOW CAN THIS NOT BE ON THE LIST!?!

OLD SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *little Rendz is swaying somewhere*

My current song on repeat!

I can keep the list going, but the tag asks for five so I won’t cheat! 😉

I Tag…

Let’s get the happy train going! Choo-choo*

Book Chanted Blog

The Book Goddess

The Clever Reader

This is a pretty old tag, so if you have done it before no need to do it again!

*That was such a bad joke, I’m sorry!


I would love to know what makes you all feel happy and giddy inside. Let’s veto “books” as an answer because I’m pretty sure we all know that!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Unique Blogger Award Pt 2

Greetings readers!

I really am horrible person at keeping up with my tags and awards. I have a word document with a list of tags and awards posts I must get to. This particular award has been sitting on my document far too long and collecting way, way too much dust!

I have three lovely and amazing bloggers to thank for nominating me for this award.

Thank you to…

Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog – A wonderful blog, full of amazing tags, reviews and discussions. Plus my fellow Canadian blogger *fist bump*

Olga’s Oddish Obsession – Great blog with a great writer behind it! You definitely must drop by this blog!

Kyera’s Library – Such a cool blog with so many fun posts and fandom related discussions! So much wonderfullness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So thank you, thank you, and thank you to you all! I am so honoured to be recognized by these amazing bloggers and I hope you all drop by and give them a visit!

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Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Shanah’s Questions!

1. What do you like most about being a (book) blogger?

I love obsessing about books. It is one of my favourite things to do. Writing endless posts about my feels and overall attitudes towards books and all things fandom is one of the best feelings in the world. Plus, I have a whole community who actually fangirls/boys with me.

2. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fantasy. No hesitation. I’m always looking for a little magic in my life along with some grand adventure. The answer will always be fantasy.

3. What female or male character do you find most inspirational and why?

Hmmmm….this one is tough.

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I find Inej Ghafa pretty inspirational. Her life got turned upside down and she had to endure horrors that no person should have to endure. The fact that she can still go through her life everyday and continue to face dangers with hope and courage in her heart, that’s what I want. The courage to go forward despite the terrors of the past.

“You still may die in the Dregs.”
Inej’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”
― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

Olga’s Questions!

1. When it comes to books, what is your preferred genre and what in particular made you love it so much?

Fantasy!!!!!!!!
The magic, adventure, battles, mythical creatures!! I mean, what is not to love??

2. What career would you like to pursue in the future? Publisher? Author? Secret Ninja? Dancing Minnie Mouse at Disneyland?

What a haunting question. I have never truly known. Not even to this day. But I fantasize of signing books and meeting people who love what I write. So….I definitely want to be a secret Ninja!

3. Does it take you a while to type your reviews or other blog posts? Which, by far, has been your favorite book to review? Add a link!

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Once I get into the mood and in my zone it takes me 1/2 hour to an hour to write up a review. Depending on how much I want to rant or rave and how many times I have to keep heading back to my YouTube tab to change the song I am listening too.

Umm fave book to review…what a tough question!

Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer
This one has a funny story to go along with it, plus I adore everything TLC!

Kyera’s Questions!

1. What is your favourite book genre?

Guess. Take a gander!………………….It starts with an F…………………it ends with a Y………..I talk about it non-stop……………………………………………………………………*magic*

2. Would you rather always get to read new releases, but never keep them or never get to read new releases, but have as many books as you want?

Read new releases but not keep them! Hello, I want to read books! Plus, it’s basically the system of the library!

3. Have you ever gone to meet an author before (ie. book signing, book fest/con, etc)?

I am fortunate enough to live in a big city so author tours come up here sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. I have had the grand opportunity of meeting Morgan Rhodes, E.K. Johnston, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, M.E. Girard, Veronica Roth, Kiersten White, Catherine Egan and my idol MARIE LU!(I also went to a Sarah J. Maas signing but eh, whatevs I didn’t actually meet her!)

I love to write about my embarrassing moments when meeting authors, so please check them out!

The Lady is A Champ Experience (Marie Lu, Morgan Rhodes, Kiersten White, Catherine Egan)

Teen Tour Experience (Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, M.E. Girard)

Veronica Roth Event 


I Nominate

I’m nominating a few new lovely bloggers I have had the chance of interacting with over this summer!

Darque Dreamer Reads

Bookchanted Blog

Keystroke Blog

InkGirlWords

My Questions:

  1. Quick Estimate! How many books are on your bookshelf? (Physically)
  2. Name one book that totally blew your mind! In what way?
  3. What really attracts you to read a book? A.K.A what is you hook-line-and-sinker?

Thank you again to all the lovely people that nominated me for this award! I love having such wonderful blogger friends!

I promise guys I will get better (and faster) at answering these tags and award posts!*

*Hopefully 😀

And since it was such a popular question today: What is your all-time favourite genre?!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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