Some of My Favourite Book Quotes | Magical words that make me feel all sorts of way

Greetings readers!

I can’t recite many book quotes by heart. I tend to have words that stick with me and sometimes phrases, but never the full quote. Most of the time I bookmark them so whenever I pick up a read I can go back and remember how that quote made me feel. That being said, I have one down..almost. But there are so many more that I love I figured I’d document some down so I can start rehearsing them hehehe!

The Funny Ones

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“The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain.”
― Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks

Girl. Can I relate. And not just fictionally. The amount of foolish things I’ve said and done for a seemingly attractive boy…how embarrassing.

The Beautiful Ones
via Goodreads

“The place an intelligent person sings is in the bathroom. One sounds better,”
— Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones

I have never seen the truth spoken so clearly in literature. Truly an iconic moment. Not only is it funny, it is a flattering quote as well!

The Tear-Jerkers

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
― Marie Lu, Champion

If you know, you know. AND I AM CRYING. I will literally never get over this. I can’t wait to reread the trilogy and be totally crushed again!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I have been made to protect you. Even in death, I will find a way.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

WHO ELSE IS SOBBING BECAUSE HELLO NIAGARA FALLS IS CURRENTLY FALLING DOWN MY FACE! I just…I don’t know how to deal with this much pain.

The Ones that Make Me Scream

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“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.”
― Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

I JUST…I MEAN…IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW AGAIN. I legitimately yelled when I read this for the first time!

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“She was but a girl from nowhere. Let the heroes save the world, save kings who must regain their crowns. Live, live, she wanted to live, and there was a way.”
― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow

It’s really what the character does right after this quote that makes me scream. It is just such a powerful moment in the book. I loved it so much! I love this book so much for so many reasons and ugh I cryyyy.

The Inspirational Ones

Legend (Legend, #1)
via Goodreads

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
― Marie Lu, Legend

This is one of the few quotes I know by heart and it is so amazing! It has stuck with me since the first time I read the book and Legend was one of the first YA books I read as a tween!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together–knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

This quote does a little bit of everything for me. It makes me cry, scream and feel loved. It is packed with so much emotion I can’t help but feel a boost of inspiration to love more fiercely!


Let me know what you think! What are some of your favourite book quotes? Do you memorize them? Do you keep them close by whenever you need a boost?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Con Sabor Reading Challenge 2020 |As in the Latinx style, I am super–but fashionably–late

Greetings readers!

My papi always says that one never-ever arrives to an event at the designated time. Being 30 mins to an hour late is the fashion for my father and frankly I have channeled that energy in writing this post (seeing as I’m 4 months late to the party).

Nevertheless, I am so very, very pleased to be coming to you with this post today! I don’t generally tend to join many reading challenges because we all know I suck at meeting goals that I put for myself  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but when I found out that there was a new challenge going around prompting people to read Latinx authors…well OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO PARTAKE! And I don’t know how many Canadian-Latinx bloggers are out there joining in…but I’m happy to be a member from el norte-norte 😉

The lovely bloggers Dani @ metamorphoreader, Astrid @ Book Love Book Reviews, Natalia @ Books.Build.Life, and Nox @ Nox the Reader created the challenge and are basically motivating people to pick up as many books by Latinx authors as they can within the year 2020!

You can start any time during the year and if you want to participate you can sign up here!

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The prompts are:

  • January- Book with mental health representation
  • February- Romance
  • March- Fantasy
  • April- Contemporary
  • May- A genre out of your comfort zone
  • June- LGBTQI+ representation
  • July- Afrolatinx main character
  • August- Fat representation
  • November- Retelling

September & October are left free to celebrate LatinxHeritageMonth and December is catch up time (bless, I will need it.)

I have listed the months/prompts below a long with the books I’m hoping to get to to complete the challenge! I’ll be honest with you, I won’t be doing the challenge in order because schedules are iffy with me when it comes to books and some of the publishing dates don’t correspond. However, rest assured I will be getting to all the prompts!

January- Book with mental health representation

  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams ✔️
  • **I NEED RECS**

February- Romance

  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  • Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

March- Fantasy

  • Lobizona by Romina Garber
  • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  • Diamond City by Francesca Flores ✔️

April- Contemporary

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  • Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

May- A genre out of your comfort zone

  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Short stories) ✔️
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Crime Thriller) ✔️

June- LGBTQI+ representation

  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

July- Afrolatinx main character

  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa ✔️
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

August- Fat representation

  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • **I NEED RECS!**

November- Retelling

  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • **I NEED RECS**

Other books I’ll be getting to during the year and #LatinxHeritageMonth:

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  • The Resolutions by Mia Garcia
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
  • The Curse of the Nightwitch by Alex Astor

Let me know what you think! As you can see, I don’t have two books for every prompt and I would very much like some recommendations! If you have any please let me know! I would also love to know if you are participating! What books are you planning on reading? What Latinx books are you looking forward too?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mood Reading | Super specific environments that make me want to read a certain genre…

Greetings readers!

I know a lot of you are mood readers out there and I am very curious to find out what kind of things trigger your moods! Is it simply a rush of feelings that overtakes you? Is it something visual? A smell, perhaps? For me, it is a combination of all of these factors and it comes in the form of the weather. Specific environments with specific aspects about the weather make me crave a certain kind of read. Is it weird to admit? Maybe, but it’s true and I am nothing if not honest with you guys!

Summer Lovin’

Picture this: A forest of very thin trees. Green leaves and green grass. There is a soft yellow light streaming through the foliage and the trunks, it’s almost blinding but not quite. It bathes everything in a soft glow of light making me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. There’s also a soft wind, very light and sweet smelling. It carries the scent of the grass and also picks up the pollen in the air making the view sparkle.

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Scenes like this makes me want to read something whimsical! Definitely a fairy tale kind of read that makes me feel fluttery and magical. I definitely would stray away from anything too dark, but something that is very heavy on the forest setting and super duper heavy on the magic and whimsy. Most often it is middle grade that wins this category!

For example:

Storybound (Storybound #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

Rainy Days

Picture this: The world around you is filtered in a soft green-grey light. The paved road you’re standing on is slick and wet, the lights from the lampposts lining the streets flicker in the puddles around you. There is a very list mist surrounding you, but you don’t have an umbrella so you are getting a little wet. It smells like another bout of big rain is coming so you start sprinting down the road trying to find cover.

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Settings like this for some reason remind me of Victorian books. So I definitely crave something historical with big skirts and horse-drawn carriages. Maybe it’s because I hear London is always gloomy that I want to read something British!

For example:

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1) Illusionarium

October Mornings

Picture this: It’s the middle of autumn. There is no green in sight, only orange, yellow and red can be seen as far as the eye can go. The breeze is cool so you are bundled up but not too tightly and the wind is more fresh than anything also carrying the scent of oncoming rain. As you walk down the a black paved road, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and the scent of the autumn is penetrated in your nose!

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Autumn is back to school time and it just makes me think of middle school. It’s probably due to the fact that I walked to school for most of my academic life so this experience is embedded in my mind. The memories are so potent and middle school, while it wasn’t the easiest time, it was still a great time in my life! So books about being a kid and living your life are what really at the top of my mind in this environment!

For example:

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1) Accidentally Fabulous (Accidentally, #1; Candy Apple #12)


I’m sure there are more environments out there that change my reading moods in certain ways and I’ll have to take note of them in order to do a second of these posts! But for now I’ll leave you with the three that are so common in my life right now.

Let me know what you think! What kind of mood reader are you? What brings out your moods? What kind of books do you read when certain moods come on?

Happy readng!

~ 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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Bookish M.A.S.H. Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the incredible Kyera @ Kyera’s Library in this super cool tag that she came up with herself. The Bookish M.A.S.H. Tag!! I haven’t played a round of M.A.S.H. in a very long, long time. I used to play all the time in middle school, especially during indoor recess when there was nothing better to do! It was a game that predicted the future, who wouldn’t want to take a chance at it!

Kyera created a Bookish version that basically creates a YA story with you as the centre of the universe! Seriously this was so much fun to do and Kyera is the brilliant brain behind it! If you do not already follow her, you definitely should she is amazing, kind and a great blogger!

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!

My M.A.S.H. Options: I decided to change up the answers for my M.A.S.H. and stayed true to the two good options and two bad options!

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My magic number is: 7
(In my version of M.A.S.H. you ask a friend to draw a series of lines until you tell them to stop without looking. However many lines there is how long you count for! You can honestly just pick a random number!)

My results:

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My Story:

Coming soon to a book store near you, the next big contemporary novel that will have you crying after the first page.

Rendz didn’t realize her parents were evil until she witnessed their greatest crime. Raised as an assassin with only her pet snake to keep her company she walks out of her home longing for a quieter life in the famed city of Ketterdam. Rendz and her best friend Linh Cinder take on a new life in a mansion that Rendz drew to life from the rubble. Little did she know that her new beginning in this dark city would lead to her face-off with her cruel neighbour, the Commandant. Tears will fall. People will die. Rendz will love a boy named Joseph Sandrin, but  betrayed by his infidelity, she will once again have to begin a new life.

Critically acclaimed, with ten starred reviews, Rendz’s story is one of heartbreak, love, falling out of love and finding the courage to live as an assassin in a contemporary setting…which is totally possible, right?


Wow. 5 stars right there, am I right?

I Tag…

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Royal Reader

Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd

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*A fresh copy for you to add your own answers*


Let me know what you think! Would you read this “contemporary” story? Have you ever played M.A.S.H.? Would you want to write an autobiographical YA story about yourself?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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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

blood and sand
via Goodreads

Attia and Xanthus

Seriously, they kick major butt when they work together.

A couple that wholly support each other

Rainy Day by taratjah
Artist: Taratjah 

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

Cresswell Snow by taratjah
Artist: Taratjah 

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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