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.
#3 BEST DRESSED: THE BOOK WITH THE BEST COVER
There are TOO many pretty covers out there to just choose one! But I mean…
#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!
#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 Giveby Angie Thomas
Much more deserving for my version of this tag! XD
#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.
#7 CLASS CLOWN: THE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
The Penderwicksseries 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!
#9 CUTEST COUPLE: CUTEST COUPLE IN A BOOK
CRESSWELL. CRESS X THORNE. THE SHIP OF MY LIFE. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.
#10 BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: THE BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART
Champion by Marie Lu
I can’t even talk about it.
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?
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!
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!
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!)
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?
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
Tag as many people as you like!
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 Trilogyby 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 Narniaby C.S. Lewis
GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS
Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Inej Ghafa – Six of Crowsby Leigh Bardugo
Helene Aquilla – An Ember in the Ashesby 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 Ashesby Sabaa Tahir
Cinder – The Lunar Chroniclesby Marissa Meyer
Shazi – The Wrath & the Dawnby 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 – Renegadesby 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 Giveby 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!
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)
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!
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!
I wrote four fangirling posts along the way which was also pretty fun, so if you want to check those out, be my guest!
What’s on you TBR for 2018? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)
A Reaper at the Gatesby Sabaa Tahir
Immortal Reignby Morgan Rhodes
Wires & Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Wacross 2by Marie Lu
Furyborn my Claire Legrand (I got an ARC, so I get to read it early! *gloats*)
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!
Read my shelves
Read 25 Debuts of 2018 in 2018
Get to 1000 followers (I’ll kind of need your help for this one)
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!
If you’ve already done this tag, feel free to just tell me your goals in the comment! ❤
So reflecting on my 2017 reading goals. I realized that I didn’t really have any. I just sort of went with the flow. That year was full of new changes and lots of books (most that I didn’t get to…oops) I realized that for this new year, 2018, I want to have a set list of just a few things I want to accomplish. Things that I can reflect back upon throughout the year and hopefully within 360 days, I can say I got things done!
1. Read my shelves
I can’t even begin to explain the amount of unread books currently sitting on my shelves. It’s quite a large number and for this new year I want to actually make a significant difference in that number. I want it to go DOWN! Now some of the books I have sitting around are recent releases, whereas others are three years old! (Some even older) That is just ridiculous and it is necessary that I get to them as soon as possible.
Plus, as my shelves expand throughout the year, I want to make sure I have a balance of read shelved books and newly acquired shelved books. This is my biggest goal of the year because I am a sentimental weirdo who deep down believes that my old books will get jealous if I put them off any longer. (I won’t even breach the topic of “expired” ARCs….I have like five on my shelf…….oops!)
2. Read debuts
I know this is always a tough one to accomplish. I have still not made even the smallest of dents in 2016 and 2017 debuts so don’t expect too much from me, I am trying my best to catch up.
There are currently 102 YA Debuts on the Goodreads list I am starring at. Many of them on my To-Be-Read and others I haven’t gotten a chance to look at yet. My plan is at least to get to 25. (Remember this is just debuts, there are still a whole bunch of other books out there that I want to get to!)
So 25 2018 debuts is the goal! I have three ARCs currently in my possession meaning progress is being made!
3. Gain those 1000 followers
So this really doesn’t completely depend on me, but it would be really nice to reach those 1000 follows by the end of the year. I’m am almost to 500 right now so if I can do math correctly, 500 more followers in another year isn’t too unlikely!
I have two tactics to actually lure in readers that will hopefully bring me good luck.
INTERACT! Follow other blogs myself. Fastest way to make friends is to go out and blog hop, like, comment and share opinions with people! I really have to amp up my commenting game!
Promote me-self. I am literally the most awkward self-promoter out there but like you gotta do what you gotta do. Sharing reviews on any social media outlet from Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter and maybe I’ll begin a Tumblr, will really help spread the news that Reading with Rendz exists and that I’m pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!)
4. Manage my book money “better”
Hehehehe…what I mean by this is that by the time my highly anticipated books are released, the ones I know I want to buy, I will actually have the money to buy them!
The library and I have always been good friends, but now we are going to be blood relatives. I’m going to borrow physical and ebooks as much as I can, so that I can read as much as I can. Especially books that I’m still iffy about. Getting debuts from the library will be tough, but doable!
I will also be taking advantage of sales when I can and if possible order more from cheap stores like Book Outlet.
I make this promise to my wallet.
5. Expand My Genres
Almost 90% of what I read last year was fantasy. Which in my case…is completely understandable, but I really want to make some changes. I want to open myself up to different genres out there and read what they have to offer.
I already started off the year right! I read a thriller-ish/contemporary-ish (more thriller) book which I very much enjoyed! I hardly pick up thriller, but this one sounded so intriguing!
I plan on reading about three books from each genre that I hardly pick up so…
3 Historical Fiction
*maybe a non-fiction book*
I might read more in some areas than others, but hopefully I get to at least one from each! This is one of the most important goals on the list and something I really want to achieve so send me your recommendations people, I’m going to need them!
Five goals for 2018. Doable.
I may not exactly achieve the exact numbers for each, however I’m hoping that I do touch upon most of these goals. I have a feeling about 2018. It’s gonna be a good one. Otherwise, I’ll make it good. Optimism is hard to keep hold of, but we can do it peeps.
It’s a simple question many people ask: “What book changed your life?”
The complexity comes in answering. For me at least, and I am sure many of you would agree. No one book changed my life. No one book had everything I was looking for. No one book had a full representation of who I was, rather it was multiple books. Series of books. Multiple series of books that I learned from, harboured intense feelings toward and ultimately changed me.
So we are going to start from the beginning and move forward. I am counting the series that have impacted me in one way, shape or form. There isn’t really an end to this list. As life goes on, I keep reading more series change me and this list grows!
Those of you who know me might spot some familiars and go “Well…duh!” and some might surprise you. I doubt it though, I am about as open as a…well…book!
Junie B. Jones seriesby Barbara Park
So some of you know that I hated reading growing up. Going to the library at school consisted of me picking up picture books, but in Grade Two we had to start taking out novels. Books without pictures. The horror. I couldn’t fathom reading a page of just words. Words that I didn’t know their meanings or how to pronounce them. No.
I saw all my classmates taking out books and reading them just fine. I (who was very prideful) took out books just like them and never actually read them! I hardly ever read my assigned books for language too. Eventually my teacher caught me. She noticed how I was struggling to pronounce words and when she interviewed me about my book, I knew nothing about it! She told me that I had to try and I was also afraid of being reprimanded for not reading again, so I listened to her.
The next time I went to the library I found a bucket full of thin-ish looking chapter books. An entire series, I realized about this coocky girl named Junie B. and her adventures in school. I made a pledge to myself in the moment, standing in front of the boxes that I would read this entire series no matter what. And I did. I read one every week or so and continued to do so until I found other series that drew me into my reading mode. I loved Junie B. It was the perfect series for me. A little comedy, a lot of drama and just good fun!
I’ll always be thankful for Junie B. Jones and Barbara Park as they mark the beginning of my reading journey.
Now we are going to skip forward a few years and meet twelve year-old Rendz! In other words, The Golden Age of Rendz.
Over the years I read lots of great books, I went to the library three or four times over the summer to take out books, but none of them really impacted me or made me addicted to reading. That comes later!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It was a January, some years ago. I was at my cousins’ house after school as usual. My older cousin arrived and I saw that she was clutching a black book with a weird/cool-bird-thing on the cover. Tween-Rendz was intrigued, so I asked my cousin what she was reading. To quote her: “How do you not know?” Apparently these books were rather popular and her hold from the library finally came after weeks of waiting. Long story short, she ended up buying them to avoid the long library wait and I borrowed them from her in February.
I read the entire trilogy in nine days.
I always said that reading books slowly made them more enjoyable, but for the first time I had experienced the joy of being completely engrossed in a story that you finish it before you even realize. Everything about THG just hit me in all the right places. The action, the romance (even though it was a triangle), and the heroine just completely transformed me. Literally. (I braided my hair like Katniss for the next three years…#TrueStory) Then the movies came out and were great and I was just completely submerged by this genre of dystopia and fantasy.
The big thing about THG is that the series made me less hesitant to head into the teen section or to explore the YA section at Indigo. I visited the library more often, took out lots of more books and read them faster than ever. My YA journey really started with this book series and I have never looked back!
Last one of this post! It’s really no surprise!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Controversial Bit: It didn’t begin with the books, it began with the movie.
C’est vrai! It was December 2005 and baby-Rendz demanded that she and her family watch the movie she has been seeing advertised on TV lately. Her mother said “Your going to get scared by all the monsters,” but Baby-Rendz insisted. So we bought the tickets and I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time!
My mom was right, I was supremely scared of the monsters.
My cousin would eventually buy me a DVD of the movie and that, ladies and gents, is the beginning of a phase I am never going to grow out of!
BUT..the books? Where do they come into play? In the 6th grade my teacher decided to read LWW to us and I was literally over the moon because that meant we would also be watching the movie at the end of the unit! Of course while studying the book we had to find all the symbolism and metaphors and all those other fancy-dancy literary terms (plus I went to a Catholic school, and this is C.S. Lewis so you know Jesus was brought up a couple times too), but all of that really took a side note. For me, I was realizing that my favourite fantasy world could be explored in more ways, that I could venture further into the world with the other books, I just had to find the motivation to do it.
That motivation didn’t come until the following year when I bought a beautiful bind up of all seven books and read the entire, humongous tome in a month and a half. It was fantastic, I found new love for LWW and also found other faves in The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair!
Narnia was such an important feature in my life. It took up (and still does) most of my thoughts, I would coerce my friends into playing “Narnia” at recess, I would reenact my favourite scenes at home and find my favourite quotes to write out. The obsession is never ending. I know they may not be the most politically correct books and C.S. Lewis is pretty problematic himself, but I cannot deny what a huge impact these works had and still have on me.
Narnia was my first fantasy world that I visited and even though I’m sure there are other amazing worlds to explore, I will always choose Narnia as my go to.
Alright that’s enough for now! These are just the beginning books, the ones that really impacted me as a kid and tween.There are still a few more series that changed me in some way that I will dive into in other posts.
Let me know what you think! As a kid what are some books that really changed you? Or perhaps they made you fall in love with reading? I would love to know!