Past, Present and Future Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely, Lorryn @ Reading Paternal to do the PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE TAG! Thank you!!! Lorryn is a great blogger, definitely give her a visit! This tag was created by Bookish Pisces! I always love exploring my Goodreads shelves. Yeah it can be a little stressful and worrisome knowing that I might never get to some of these books, but I like doing it anyway!

Rules:

  • 🔮Find a book published 10 (or more) years ago
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published THIS year.
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published next year (or further in the future)
  • 🔮Tag 3 people
  • 🔮 These should all be books that you would want to read and that you could add to your TBR if they aren’t already and if you need help finding older books Goodreads does give comprehensive lists✨

~ PAST ~

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I am always up for a tale about sisters!

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables (the series) by L. M. Montgomery

Well I need to finish the series!

Complete Anne 8 Copy Boxed Set

~ PRESENT ~

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I can’t wait!! November is almost upon us!

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

I need to read this Maya inspired book!

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

I put this one off just because I don’t think I can handle the cliff hanger that will come with it!

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3)

~ FUTURE ~

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

Bolivian inspired fantasy. Absolutely YES.

Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast

I’ve been waiting for this F O R E V E R.

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

More Latinx books that I am 100/10 ready for (NO that that is not a typo)

Dealing in Dreams

I Tag…

Kaya @ afictionalbookworm

Sha & Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Shannon @ Shelfish For Books

Let me know what you think! What books have you been meaning to read? What books are you looking forward to reading?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Disney Channel Halloween Movies Tag

Greetings readers!

Continuing with the #Spooktober theme I have been tagged by the amazing Sha and Mandy of Book Princess Reviews to do their very own, original DISNEY CHANNEL HALLOWEEN MOVIES TAG!! I ADORE Disney Channel Movies in general, but the Halloween ones are just so, so, so good AND spooky! I am incredibly excited to do this tag so I will not delay any longer and get right into it!

Rules:

  1. Tag the creator (bookprincessreviews) of the DHM Tag.
  2. Thank the person who tagged who.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag five more people.

Halloweentown: Where is your favorite place to go for Halloween or a place you want to go?

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On Halloween I usually like to stay at home (since I have outgrown trick-or-treating sadly 😦 ) I love to stay in and watch…well umm…Disney Channel Halloween movies…..BUT I have always wanted to go to an old castle in Europe and stay over night. (They have tours like that, right?) I mean 1000% I would freak myself out, but the experience would totally be cool!

Under Wraps: What’s something that used to be scary to you and then you realized it wasn’t just the mummy in this movie?

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Something that used to be scary for me…hmmm….I used to be afraid of big roller coasters. I only did the kiddie rides until I was about 11 or so and said to myself “Rendz we have to suck it up and be brave” so I went on my first big kid roller coaster and it was THE BEST. Now I LOVE roller coasters! The higher, the better! The faster, the better!

*If you are ever on a coaster yourself and hear someone shouting a “Hail Mary” as you go up the mount, know that that is me.

Tower of Terror: What is the scariest place you’ve ever been?

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I avoid scary places…oh gosh…ummm probably the small auditorium I was in when I did a speech competition in French. I am frickin traumatized. I tried to put my introvert self out there…but nope nope nope not for me!

Twitches: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be?

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WITCH. GIVE ME ALLLLLLL THE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t Look Under the Bed: Were you scared of monsters when you were a kid? When did it stop?

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Hell yes. Ghosts especially. I was that kid who would run up the stairs from the basement once I turned off the lights. If there was a dim light in my room, I would NOT open my eyes for fear of seeing something scary in the dark. My arm or feet could NOT hang off the bed for fear of something coming out from under my bed to snatch me. My imagination ran wild and I would hear whispers of my name when I would be in a room by myself.

When did it stop? I still run up the stairs from the basement.

Phantom of the Megaplex: Do you watch scary movies? If so, what is your favorite or the one you got most afraid of?

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Hell NO! I watched one scary movie with my sisters once, gosh I don’t remember what it’s called. *Quick google search* Oh it’s called The Haunting which starred Liam Neeson a.k.a Alsan a.k.a the reason we watched it. Anyways it freaked me the f*** out and NEVER AGAIN. But dumb Rendz tried to watch The Woman in Black once, during daylight and I JUST CAN’T.

The Scream Team: Who would be on your dream team if you went on a ghost/supernatural creature hunt?

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Carswell Thorne so I could hide behind him and cuddle close when something freaky starts happening. And maybe Nedra from Give the Dark My Love because she’s a necromancer and has good control.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire: Have you ever witnessed something/someone that could only be explained by the paranormal? If yes, what/who?

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I don’t think so……maybe I have but I am too traumatized to remember…?

I Tag…

Raes Reads and Reviews

Journey Into Books

Ryann the Reader

Emily Kate Reads

This One is for the Books

*All these fabulous bloggers that you should definitely check out!*

Let me know what you think! What is your greatest or scariest Halloween memory? Which Halloween movie is your favourite (Disney or otherwise!)? Will you be dressing up this year?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

The Representation Book Tag & My very near future Latinx TBR | It’s #HispanicHeritageMonth so it’s time to get the party started!

Greetings readers!

We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and I thought it would be fun to do a little tag! Now HHM isn’t really talked about much where I am from. It’s not exactly established and to be honest I didn’t know it was a thing until like two years ago when I first joined twitter. So yeah.

I think this month is more well known in the US than Canada just because they have such a larger Latinx and Hispanic population. But there are Latinx people everywhere and I choose to celebrate it even if it’s really just me when I’m not online.

I found this tag on CatFairy Books which looks like a very fun blog. This tag was originally created by Booktuber Iris Moon! If you want to see more, check out their posts! It’s all about representation and how often you feel seen in books!

1. Introduce yourself! What are your identities?

Hi, I’m Rendz…but my name is not Rendz. However, for the purpose of this blog it is. Rendz is actually a nickname I sort of adopted in high school, so I adopted it for this blog of mine. I’m pretty much your everyday Rendz. Female. Cis-het. Introvert.

I was born and raised in Canada, but my parents immigrated here from El Salvador. A small Central American country that owns half of my heart. It’s not exactly the most popular country…or safe. But it is home. (Regardless of my parents saying that I can only claim it so much…yup) I choose to claim it all. It’s home and I ache to go visit.

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2. What was the first book/media in which you felt represented?

I honestly don’t know the exact first time. I know it wasn’t in books. When I was young we had access to Latino TV so Univision and Telelatino were parts of my life. And even though I shouldn’t have been watching telenovelas….I did pay attention to some.

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And I wouldn’t exactly count Dora the Explorer as the best rep either. Although she did help keep up my Spanish.

I sort of felt represented in The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. Mostly because the world and language had Spanish influence, and Elisa was just an amazing character. (I seriously need to reread these books) But Rae Carson is not Latinx and although some words may be similar to Spanish it’s just not the same as reading a book where you actually see your experiences from your culture, right?

HOWEVER, Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres had many moments where I went #relate. So I think that is my final answer. Lock it in.

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

3. Is there a character in your favorite book/genre that represents you?

I’m still looking.

It’s not that I haven’t found characters that I relate to, in terms of like my personality…but I would really like to see my heritage reflected in a book. Which is not gonna be easy to find. Yes, there are many Latinx books out there. But every Latinx country is distinct, we all have our own traditions, foods, customs and yes some do overlap, but I really really want to read a book about a Salvadoran character. (Don’t even get me started how long I would have to wait for a Salvadoran Canadian character, I’d have to write that!)

I don’t know when it will happen. Maybe I will make it happen? Who knows, but I am 1000% dropping all my dollars on it.

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4. What was the worst representation of one of your identities that you have ever read? 

Not just in books, but I get so annoyed whenever Latinx characters are A) The Sex Object B) The Troubled Kid from the gang C) The Maid/Gardener.

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I have had enough of that. Give me Latinx royalty. Latinx mythology. Latinx superheroes. Latinx nerds. Latinx anti-heroes. Latinx magic and fantasy.

5. What is the best representation of your identities that you have ever read?

Once again…still looking. I just have not read nearly enough Latinx books to come up with a good answer! But I am so looking forward to one day finding that book, where it hits almost all the points. For now I am just content reading any Latinx book!

6. Do you think your identities are misrepresented or underrepresented in the books that you read?

With the persistence to have an increasing presence of diversity in YA and MG, I am beginning to see the end of what was an under representation in those age categories. Recently, I have been discovering more and more books with Latinx characters and every week I check for more announcements on Latinx books that are to come. Let’s just say I have a long list of books to get to and I couldn’t be more excited. What I am hoping for is a lot more expansion within the Latinx stories told. There are so many Latinx countries out there, so many stories to be told.

I want to see them. I want to read them. I want to write them.

I Tag…

You. Everyone has an identity to share. Everyone has books that represent who they are, and I would love to read about them. So if you do decide to partake, ping back to me so I can see it! There are so many identities out there, I would love to get to know you a little more!

The Very Near Future Latinx TBR

Because so many of my answers were kind of left open since I haven’t read enough Latinx books to really know what’s out there, I decided to list some books that I know I want to get to!

Certain Dark Things and Prime Meridian and Gods of Jade and Shadow (2019) by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

Blanca & Roja (and other works) by Anna-Marie McLemore

And basically this entire list come 2019

And more!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! Are you interested in reading more Latinx rep? Any book recommendations for Latinx rep? What kind of representation would you like to see in books/media?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

 

The Cliché Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely Catherine @ This One is For the Books to do this tag! Thank you ever so much, Catherine! As much as she is lovely, she is also quite a wonderful blogger, so you should definitely give her site a visit!

I am one who loves and hates clichés. There are those that I live for and some I can honestly live without. This tag made me go through lots of emotions, made me really think about which ones I like and don’t, so I hope you enjoy!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

Every Disney Adaptation over the Grimm of Anderson fairy tale….? They may be really sugared up and kid friendly compared to the original tales, but come on who doesn’t love a good Disney film!

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The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

Is it cheating if I say Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles because she is literally living the most iconic rags to riches story as a Cinderella retelling??? I don’t think so….soooooo CINDER!

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The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.

A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

Mr. Penderwick and his four (and then six) children.

He is literal dad goals. All dads should aspire to be as kind, generous, funny and intuitive as Mr.P is with his kids. I literally just get all happy and sunshiny when I think about this family and the father-daughters relationship development in book 2! Ugh I just love them!

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You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

CHAOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER. NOT A STUPID SHIELD WITH AN OWL. THE DISRESPECT IS REAL. YES, I AM STILL MAD ABOUT IT.

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You Can’t Please Everyone.

A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves.

Queen of Shadows/Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I hate (and yet enjoy) the series in general, but a strong hate for these two books is most prevalent.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.

What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

Confession: I am a reader who usually avoids the hard hitting books. The ones that are emotionally raw and have heavy subjects. I use the excuse that I don’t want to cry, but I think I’m just scared of reading about events that could have or have happened to people. And realizing that the world is terrible and that people have to go through things that are so much worse. I hate feeling uncomfortable. But like what is me being uncomfortable? Nothing. So I have to suck it up and read these books, which are important.

Reading this book was hard, it was gut wrenching and emotional. And it was at times very uncomfortable. But in the end I feel like I can understand what people who have suffered like the characters a little more. That they deserve their stories to be told and that they deserve happiness. And it’s my job to not stay ignorant about it.

Love Is Blind.

A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance, #2)

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

The MC in this book, Oree is actually blind! Reading from her perspective was actually really entertaining! There were still plenty of descriptions to be had! I really enjoyed the first two books of the series so I’m hoping to one day get back to the third book!

Ignorance Is Bliss.

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

This really hurts to admit it, but I was unimpressed by this ending. I loved every single book prior to this one, but you can tell that Morgan struggled to find the right finish and to be honest it could have been better. *cries*

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There Is No Time Like The Present.

What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

I don’t think I have one really. Contemporary is not a genre I reach to regularily (only in the summer) and from the books I have read…none of them I can really claim as my favourite.

Better Safe Than Sorry.

A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad

Anything by V. E. Schwab. I haven’t read any of her books and yet I own her Shades of Magic trilogy and Vicious. I want to read them really badly, but with this slump I have going on I’m afraid of not finding the magic in her work like others have! But like I’m gonna read them…eventually.

V.E. Schwab

I Tag…

YOU! I would love to see all your opinions on these cliches! Feel free to tag me so I can see your answers!


Let me know what you think! Do you agree or disagree with my answers? What is your favourite cliche? Which one can you not stand?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by my good friend, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Cheesy Goodness tag! I feel like it is the perfect time to do it because I feel like I need all the cheese right now. From my books, obviously….I can only handle so much cheese in real life.

If you don’t know Mandy…??? I don’t even know how that is possible because if you know me, you know that I love her and you should definitely take the time to check out her blog!

On to the cheesy goodness!

RULES

  • Tag the original creator: Fire and Rain Books
  • Ping back the person who tagged you (above)
  • Have fun!

1. Cheddar The Classic Cheese: Pick your favorite classic novel

Wow I am struggling on the first question…um

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

It’s hilarious, imaginative, and I love Anne to death!

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2. Swiss The Hole-y Cheese: Pick an emotional rollercoaster

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir.

I am not okay.

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3. Blue Cheese The Controversial Cheese: Name an unpopular opinion

I hate hate hate hate the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Aelin sucks. Rowan grosses me out. Chaol deserves the world. Everybody else is pretty cool.
And yet here I am waiting for the last book, so I know how it ends and I can leave these books far, far behind me.

Tomorrow is the day everyone! I will *hopefully* be meeting @therealsjmaas on her last stop for her ACOWAR tour! 
Am I nervous? Yes. 
Will I make a fool of myself? Probably. 
Will I be happy? Yup! Fangirling about Chaol and Sorscha is one of my joys in life! 
I really hope I get a wrist band tomorrow for the signing! Wish me luck! 
#reader #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #sarajmaas #acotour #bookworm #bookblog #bookaddict #bookstagram #chaolwestfall #fangirl #books

The first two are the only ones I like. The rest can burn in a fire. (But I’d save ToD)

4. Brie The Favorite Cheese: Name an author you always want more of

Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Sabaa Tahir…..

This is a list.

5. Gouda The Dutch Cheese: A book that makes you want to travel

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Travelling to fictional worlds counts right????

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6. American The Fake Cheese: Your least favorite book

Queen of Shadows/Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Nope. Nope. Nope.

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7. Colby Jack The Mixed Cheese: Pick your favorite ship

CRESSWELL. CRESSWELL. CRESSWELL.

8. Mozzarella Cheese The Simple Cheese: An old favorite you’ll never stop loving

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.

Forever the greatest.

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall 👭👭 One of my favourite Middle Grade series of all time. It's stars one of the most epic sisterhoods ever, so I'm definitely all over that! These books are so incredibly adorable, funny, and heart breaking! (I literally cried reading each book)  The final book ~ The Penderwicks At Last ~ is coming out this May! (Finally after 3 years of waiting!) I'm so excited, I already have my tissues prepped.  #thependerwicks #jeannebirdsall #mgbooks #favereads #bookstagram #reader #books

9. Pepperjack The Spicy Cheese: A book you can’t judge by the cover

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
I don’t really get the cover, but the story is amazing! (I actually really need to continue the series)

Nameless (Nameless, #1)
via Goodreads

10. Muenster Cheese The Monster Cheese: A villain that should never have the chance to eat cheese again

The Commandant. She doesn’t deserve anything. Not my sympathy. Not my cheese. NADA.

Patiently waiting for A Reaper at the Gates coming this summer! 😍  I've been waiting so long to be reunited with Elias, Laia and co. Now that the time is approaching, I have to emotionally prepare for the damage Sabaa will inflict.  I'm soooo ready.  #anemberintheashes #atorchagainstthenight #sabaatahir #ya #yafantasy #youngadultbooks #yabooks #bookstagram #areaperatthegates

I Tag….

Well I’m pretty lazy right now, so I tag you, you and You!

Make sure to link back to the creator (and me if you want) so we can see your post!

Let me know what you think! Do you like cheesy books? Do you have a favourite kind of cheese? What answers to we have in common?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

FIFA World Cup Book Tag!! | Because this is Literally the Only Thing I Am Watching on T.V. for the Next Month.

Greetings readers!

It’s that time of year! The only time when I truly and actually care about sports. (Besides the Olympics of course) It’s the FIFA World Cup Tournament!

Soccer–or more correctly put–football runs in my family’s veins. My grandfather was head coach to his city team back home and now my uncle is the team medic. My cousins play on little leagues for the city and even made it so far that they got to travel to Spain and compete there! I played soccer when I was young and joined a little league myself. We won the championship and it was quite fun, although I am bitter to this day that I never scored a single goal.

At this time of year, my family gathers around any TV we can find. We cheer and we yell (yes, at the T.V.). We celebrate and get upset, but mostly we just like to have fun watching and laughing together.

Even though my countries almost never make it to compete (Canada and El Salvador), I still have fun cheering on other Latin American countries, and if they all get eliminated, Spain. XD

SO I decided to come up with a tag to celebrate this tournament! Even if you’re not that big of a sports fan, all the prompts have bookish themes so I’m sure you’ll find some answers!!

Rules!

  • Link back to this post so I can read all your wonderful answers!
  • Answer the questions the best that you can!
  • Tag a few friends at the end to keep this tag going!
  •  Have fun!

Time for kick off!!!

Let the Flags Fly

Wave them high and proudly!!! Look at all the fun colours!!!
A Book from your World Cup  Competing Country/ the Country that You Want to Win!

As mentioned, my countries are not competing in the cup this year, but I do root for many of the Latinx countries!

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1)
via Goodreads

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

While Mexico is next to the last team I usually root for…I am really excited for this book! I have always wanted to see Mayan mythology used in books and this sounds like an excellent start!

It’s The Beautiful Game

Football! Soccer! Beautiful! Whatever you call it!
A book with a pretty cover / A book that features soccer

The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Just Stunning!

Ferocious Fans

Face paint! Big signs! Lots of noise!
Name a fandom you love being a part of!

Oh wow. Really all of them. TLC. Narnia. SoC.

However, I’m going to give a big shout-out to the AEITA fandom. The Emberlings! This fandom is so funny and beautiful! The fanart is amazing and the people are just as fabulous! We could always use more people, so feel free to read the books, fall in love and join in on the fun!

Teamwork! Teamwork! Teamwork!

There is no way one person can win the game!
Name your Favourite Bookish Crew / A Book that has Co-Authors!

The Rampion crew for life! But also the Dregs. But also the Pevensies and Penderwicks. I’m part of too many clubs.

 

Ref Blows the Whistle

You either love him or you hate him.
Name a book/character that you mixed feelings towards!

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This book was really beautiful both inside and out. (Seriously have you seen the cover??) But I had major issues with some of the characters and how the romance played out. I was not in agreement with how it ended up being and I was just not for it. I still get a little angry when I think about it, otherwise it was a really good book!

The Wicked Deep
via Goodreads

GGGGOOOAAAALLLL!!!!

Everyone loses their heads and starts yelling at the top of their lungs!
Name your last 5 star read!

A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir. I am still screaming about it!!

The Gold Cup

It’s what we play for.
The Most Coveted/Loved Book On Your Shelf

I have many many coveted books, I mean, my Narnia bind-up, TLC, my signed books…especially my signed Marie Lu books!!!! But the one book I have that is loved to the point that I bent it, doggy-eared it, left in little tags and highlighted it is….

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy  by Jeanne Birdsall

I love this book that much.

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I Tag…

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Kyera @ Kyera’s Library 

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl

Shelfish for Books

Let me know what you think! This was my first original tag, did I do okay? Do you watch the World Cup? What team are you rooting for? What books do you think fit the prompts?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Superlatives Tag

Greetings readers!

I feel like it has been ages since I’ve done a tag post! I had this one saved in my drafts which is basically all about yelling about my favourite books, so why not?

A million thank yous to Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls who tagged me to do this (ages ago I might add)! Angelica is a fabulous reviewer and always has great content posts too! I would definitely recommend you check out her blog!

On to the tag!

#1 MOST LIKELY TO BE IN THE MOVIES: THE BOOK THAT WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE

 

I am also going to cheat and say…Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan!

The movie will be out this August. The book, although very slow, was dramatic, scandalous and everything in between. I am so ready for it!

#2 BIGGEST DRAMA QUEEN/KING: THE MOST (OVERLY) DRAMATIC BOOK OR CHARACTER

The characters from Hinder by Kristin Ping.

They were both so obsessed with looks and appearences, I could not handle these people.

Hinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1)
via Goodreads

#3 BEST DRESSED: THE BOOK WITH THE BEST COVER

There are TOO many pretty covers out there to just choose one! But I mean…

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

I mean….look.

#4 MOST CREATIVE: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST UNIQUE PLOT, CHARACTERS, & STRUCTURE

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I know I was not as swept away by this book as others (seeing as I never continued the series), I still think that the way in which they are written is pretty cool!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
via Goodreads

#5 MOST POPULAR: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST RATINGS ON GOODREADS

*Well I am going to do this in terms of the books I have read*

Unfortunately, according to my Goodreads Shelf the answer is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. But I absolutely hate that book so I’m going to turn to the next book which is..

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Much more deserving for my version of this tag! XD

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#6 MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: THE BOOK THAT IS GOING TO BE APPRECIATED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Now that there has been a *confirmed* third book, we are never going to forget this series.

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#7 CLASS CLOWN: THE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

These kids are absolutely hilarious and I loved all their antics!

#8 MOST IMPROVED: THE BOOK THAT STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT REALLY PICKED UP

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

I’m stealing Angelica’s answer here because this was a really great book despite the slow beginning!

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#9 CUTEST COUPLE: CUTEST COUPLE IN A BOOK

CRESSWELL. CRESS X THORNE. THE SHIP OF MY LIFE. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.

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#10 BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: THE BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART

Champion by Marie Lu

I can’t even talk about it.

I Tag….

Anyone who wants to give it a try! I am so lazy right now and I’m distracted by the TV, hahaha!


Let me know what you think! What would some of your answers be to this tag? Do you have any answers in common with me? How much do you love yelling about your favourite books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Book and Music Tag!

Greetings readers!

AGES ago, I was tagged by the magnificent Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Book and Music Tag! Mandy is one of the most epic people I have met on this blogging journey of mine, so if you are not following her, I suggest you do so immediately!

Ahhhh music. You see the thing with me and music is that I have such an odd taste for it. I am literally into everything and yet I have my limits. The thing is that the music has to trigger some sort of feeling for me. Not just dance mode, or soulful, but if it lends itself to a story that I make up or moves me in any way then I’m telling you right now, it will stay on repeat for like a month!

Most songs I listen to are attached to one of my own stories, so attaching them to books that I have actually read will be interesting. Let’s see how this works out!

Rules:

  • Tag the creator of this tag (Debbie @ Debbie’s Library) and the person who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen to whenever they are played
  • Pick the books or characters that you think fit that song the best, and explain why you picked those books or characters
  • Tag some friends!

“Vengeance” ~ Zack Hemsey

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I think the title explains pretty much what I want to say. After the events of Six of Crows, Kaz and his crows are in quite a pickle and there is one certain character that Kaz needs to exact his wrath upon. The song is very slow at the beginning and then quickly picks up it’s pace. It has these sounds that I wouldn’t even know what instrument they belong too, but together this collection of sounds makes one moving piece. Much like how this odd group of criminals bands together to exact their vengeance.

I just really like it.

“To the Wonder” ~ Aqualung feat. Kina Grannis

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Not going to lie. This is 100% kind of cheating, but this song was used in a fanmade trailer for the series and let me tell you. THE TRAILER IS EPIC AND I CANNOT ASSOCIATE THIS SONG WITH MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE BUT TLC! Maybe it’s the piano that sounds so fairy tale-like that really matches the origins of the series? Maybe it is the voice of the singers that are rather lovely? I’m not quite sure, but I love it.

Here is the trailer: 100% recommend you watch it ~ It is not 100% accurate, but it is GOOD!

“Revolution” ~ The Score

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Again the title is really why. The whole idea of Elias and Laia being thrown into this mix of rebels and their own ambitions to bring down the oppressive Martial Empire just makes sense with the song. Although, I don’t recall there being any wolves in ember! XD

“Now We Are Free” ~ Hans Zimmer (Gladiator Soundtrack)

Champion by Marie Lu

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Before you all @ me. I know that Gladiator and Champion take place in polar opposite settings and that there are no gladiators in Marie Lu’s dystopian books. BUT. The song people, it makes me cry similar to how the epilogue of Champion just tears out my soul. The whole “Now We Are Free” title also kind of commemorates the finale of June and Day’s journey and the plight of the Republic against the Colonies. And….and…*sobbing Rendz* it totally gives me the same feels as when June talks to her brother, Metias. *more sobs*

“Hero” ~ Enrique Iglesias

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Oh my, I’m throwing it back. Back when Enrique had his mole. Waaayyyy back. And he wrote a catchy song about a Hero to match this superhero book! Okay… this was supposed to be a joke, but now that I think about it seriously, this would totally be Adrian’s song to serenade Nova. I mean “Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Or would you run and never look back?” that is totally a summation of Adrian and Nova’s relationship in this book. He does something cute and she responds by running away in the end XD.

I Tag…

Anyone who is pumping great tunes into their ears right now! Ping back to me so I can see!


Wow. That was harder than I thought. I don’t know how people make whole playlists for books, if I can barely match 5 songs to 5 books! I guess it helps if you listen to music with words, unlike me who likes to mainly listen to instrumentals and movie scores. XD

Let me know what you think! Do you associate songs with books? What is your favourite genre of music? Have you ever made a playlist for a book?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Mulan Book Tag

Greetings readers!!!

The other day, just because we were bored and felt like it, my sisters and I voted on watching a movie. As usual, we couldn’t agree on a recently released film so we decided to watch a Disney movie (because that is what you do when you are stuck on what to watch).

Now normally we fight over which Disney movie to watch too, except for one. We all want to watch different movies, but all three of us share one movie that we will watch whenever and wherever, and if you have already guessed, yes, it is Mulan!

I was tagged by the Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! One of the greatest and most regal bloggers I know! Seriously, if you do not know who Mandy is…I think you are in desperate need to go browse her posts because she is AMAZING!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like

Reflection “When will my reflection show who I am inside” – An inaccurate book cover that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about.

OOOOOOOOOOO…..SHOULD I BE PETTY???? SHOULD I BE PETTY????????????

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I’M GONNA BE PETTY!!!!!!!!!!!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)
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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve said it before and I’m gonna say it again. CHAOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER, NOT A DUMB SHIELD THAT WAS SO POINTLESS!!!!! And I’m gonna leave my rant here: Tower of Dawn Cover Reveal and My Thoughts.

Mushu – A character with a lot to prove.

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All three Queens from Three Dark Crowns: Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katharine

They each have to represent their kingdom and wield their powers in the best way possible to not only survive multiple assassination attempts, but to be seen as fit rulers of the island. They have a lot to live up to. No pressure.

“I’ll make a man outta you!” – A character who develops the most OR a book with some kick-a** training scenes.

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Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Not only does Attia go through quite a development from being an angry captive to the unwilling heroine, she also has some pretty AMAZING kick-butt scenes in this book!

“A Girl Worth Fighting for” – A ship you will defend till your last breath.

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Huns – A book/character that gives you the creeps.

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S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

All the rich, entitled, homicidal, white characters in this book need serious help.

Mulan – Your favourite bada** female protagonist.

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All of them! But if I have to be more specific I think Inej Ghafa would be the gal!

I Tag…
*Don’t feel pressured to participate if you don’t want to!*

Hannah Novel Nonsense

Hammock of Books

And anyone else who loves Disney and Mulan!!!


Let me know what you think! How many times have you watched Mulan? Who is your favourite Disney movie? What is your favourite Disney Film? What kick-butt characters do you love? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Greetings readers!

As I make my way down my list of to-do tags, I realized that I had skipped over this gem! I don’t think I have talked to much about my secret blogger life, so why not now?!

Thank you to Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl! She has such a beautiful blog, with lots of great discussion posts! She also recently hit 500 followers and is hosting a giveaway so you definitely want to follow her and enter!!

On to the tag!

How long have you been blogging?

About a year and a half! I started in September 2016 and have had a steady streak since!

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t know. I thought I would have given up already, but here I am still.

What is the best thing about blogging?

Other than getting to gush about great books…meeting people who can gush about those books with you! One of the best feelings in the world is sharing the same feels over a story with someone who just gets you!

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I’ll take Angelica’s answer because it is so so so so so right. Time. I am not one to post everyday. I cannot. I have no time to prepare a polished post for seven or even six days. I’m lucky if I post twice in one week! Usually, I find time on my commutes to school to rough out a review or discussion post. But editing, tagging, making graphics and rereading it over and over takes a lot of time.

How long does it take you to find make/find pictures to use?

Pictures are easy. Goodreads is at my service. Gifs are harder. Because I need to find the right one to convey the right emotion and that requires a lot of digging.

Who is your book crush?

BOY, IS THIS A LIST. AND IT IS NOT A SECRET. Captain Carswell Thorne who is Book Husband #1, Chaol Westfall who is Book Husband #2 and Elias Veturius who is Book Husband #3. Not to mention all the Book Boyfriends and Book Boy Toys out there who hold a piece of my heart too! I actually outlined My Hierarchy of Fictional Love Interests if you are interested in reading more!

What author would you like to have on your blog?

It would be a dream, A DREAM, to feature Marissa Meyer on my blog. She is my QUEEN. But then again the honour of hosting Leigh Bardugo would make me squeal and hosting Marie Lu would be legendary!!!

What do you wear when you write your blogpost?

Whatever I’m wearing, which is usually pjs.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Forever. First outline. Write it. Then Edit 1. Format. Edit 2. Create Graphic. Edit 3. Tag it, put it in the right category. Read it 10 more times. And schedule. IT. TAKES. ME. FOREVER.

How do you feel about the book blogging community?

A blessing. One of the best decisions I made was this blog. I am so happy that I took the chance to create this site and that it has led me to meeting so many amazing readers and authors. Books bring people together and I for one am so grateful for this community.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

A successful blog really depends on how you feel about your work and how you put yourself out there. Yeah, follows and likes matter, but I am telling you that it is 100% more satisfactory if you run a beautiful blog that you are proud of. Don’t be afraid to be you on your site. If you are happy with the posts you publish and the interactions you make, then you are a success, my friend!


I would tag…but I am very lazy at the moment. If you haven’t had a chance to talk about your blog secrets feel free to participate and let me know so I can see your answers!

Let me know what you think! How is your blogging going? Any highlights? What is your favourite post you’ve written so far? How many great blogger friends have you made so far?

Happy reading and blogging!

~ Rendz

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