Stationary Book Tag

I want to thank Andie @ BooksCoffeeAndPassion for tagging me to do this book tag. I absolutely adore book tags so keep the tag coming! I’ve had so much fun doing the last few from everyone!

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book | A Series of Unfortunate Events

a2ea4766f8470f0435e492db349ec2f3.jpgThis was the first series as a kid that I had my mom making daily runs to the bookstore for me. I was blowing through these books in 4th grade, and they started getting longer and longer but I could not put them down. I remember going to New York to visit my grandpa and we were supposed to walk around the city but all I wanted to do was stay in and read (which was the start of a slippery slope…did you get the series of unfortunate events pun there?)

 

Pens: A Basic Staple for any Reader | The Book Thief

19063-2I love The Book Thief. It is such a beautiful story and the fact that it’s narrated by death makes it so unique. It’s such an amazing book and if they didn’t make you read it for school then everyone should read it at some point. It is one of the only books that has ever made me cry and possibly the only book that made me cry that wasn’t sad because a dog was dying or hurt. I also just got the special anniversary edition because I love it that much and it’s beautiful.

 

Notebooks: What do you Own Multiple Copies Of | None yet but…

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I have every intention of investing in the special edition of Eleanor and
Park and Fangirl, both by Rainbow Rowell. I just really love the beautiful fan art on the inside cover, especially in Eleanor and Park and since they’re standalones it’s not like I have to invest in an entire second set of a series.

 

 

Markers: A Book With a Beautiful Cover | Clockwork Princess

6131164Ok so there are so many books with beautiful covers (like every SJM book ever) but I LOVE the Clockwork Princess cover. The first 2 books have good covers, but the last one is amazing! That dress is so gorgeous and Tessa looks just how I imagined her and it’s just stunning.

 

 

 

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (friends or couple)| Percabeth

f15f05e59c4e906cd447444fd72006afSo I just used Percy and Annabeth for another tag, as my ultimate OTP, and while I have a lot of ships in my armada, Percabeth will always be up there as a favorite. I picked them for this question because there are plenty of OTPs who don’t always work great together and Percy and Annabeth are the ultimate fighting machine and between Percy’s powers, Annabeth’s smarts and both of their overall skill and determination they have literally been able to walk through hell together so I’d say they work pretty well together.

 

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy | Allegiant

Allegiant_novel_cover.jpgStupid stupid stupid Allegiant. Taking a perfectly nice series and ruining it all. Not just the ending (you know what she did *glares at author*) but the entire last book was just such a let down. The entire plot line just fell flat compared to what had happened in the previous books and don’t even get me started on the ending because I’m still upset about it.

 

 

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own | All the Sarah J Maas books

throneofglasssetSo I do not yet have entire series but I have all her released books, including the coloring book! (just missing the last book in each series *sobs uncontrollably*) and then they’re both over which will be the most bittersweet year ever. But I used to buy all my books on kindle and then I bought 1 Sarah J Maas book last year, which led to all of them, and now I have over 3 shelves of books.

 

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Who Do You Tag | 
Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook 

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

Sam @ OneBookishGirl

Ann @ AnnsReadingCorner

 

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

The Book Courtship Tag

Ok so I originally saw this on booklayerReads blog and thought it looked super fun so here it goes. This is the Book Courtship tag!

Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover | Red Queen

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Although I had heard of Red Queen, I had no idea what it was about and simply wanted it because it looked so pretty. I mean that crown dripping blood? Gorgeous. I mean how could you not want to read this?

 

First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary | The Bricks That Build the Houses

26073155I was in a used bookstore when I found this, so naturally the YA books were very limited. I grabbed this one off the shelf because it was bright pink and read the description which read

Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. But can they truly leave the city that’s in their bones?

It sounded very exciting, and thus far it’s been a lot slower than I was expecting, as right now it’s slowly detailing the lives of all theses characters who slowly begin to interconnect so hopefully we’ll get to the exciting stolen money and drama soon.

Sweet Talk: A book with great writing | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Anything by Rainbow Rowell has great writing in my mind. I love her books because there’s just something about the way she writes that captivates me. I’ve said this before but in my mind her and John Green touch on similar subject matter and write along similar lines but for some reason the way Rowell does her dialogue and weaves her story just captivates me so much more. Fangirl especially is a book I could read over and over and never get tired of.

First Date: A book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series | The Hunger Games

2767052While this applies to most series I’ve read I’d have to say The Hunger Games because that was really the first YA series I picked up for fun in high school after what I can only call my longest reading slump ever (post twilight in 8th grade that lasted for about 2 years). After reading the Hunger Games I had to have Catching Fire and stayed up all night after junior prom to finish it.

Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night | Catching Fire

6148028Again, this has been a lot of books for me, since if somethings good I do not want to put it down. But since I just mentioned it, I’ll say Catching Fire. At my post prom party when everyone else went to bed, I stayed up until 4 in the morning finishing Catching Fire because I HAD to know what happened. No shame.

 

Always On Your Mind: A book you could not stop thinking about | A Court of Mist and Fury

26073150A Court of Mist and Fury is responsible for my biggest book hangover EVER. Honestly it has been over 4 months since it came out and I’ve read plenty of other amazing books since then, INCLUDING Empire of Storms, and STILL I cannot get A Court of Mist and Fury off my brain. I think it may be my favorite SJM book of all time, which I can’t believe I’m saying because I LOVE Heir of Fire.

Getting Physical: A book you love because of the way it feels | The Complete Sherlock Holmes B&N Edition

9781435158108_p0_v1_s192x300This is probably the most beautiful book I own. It’s huge, leather bound, has the fancy build in bookmark, and the edges of the pages are GOLD. Plus the cover and spine are both gorgeous and it looks so nice on the shelf. I just love holding it, and it’s usually my subject for all book photo shoots.

 

Meeting the Parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends | Eleanor and Park

15745753I love Rainbow Rowell and I love Eleanor and Park. I think it’s such an amazing coming of age story that also touches on some really deep and important issues such as bullying, self identify, poverty and abuse, just to name a few. Honestly I feel like this book should be read in high school, since at least for me in 9th grade we only read “coming of age” stories and this one is amazing and I have already recommended it to at lease 2 people.

 

Thinking About the Future: A book or series you know you will reread many times | Throne of Glass Series

81PUjYDq2yLIt’s already been reread so many times so I know it’s going to happen again. I feel like every time I pick it up I discover some new little detail that just ties the story together later on the road and the ups and down of Celaena’s life and her struggles are so amazing to read every time. It may be fantasy but it’s a beautiful story and I’ll never get tired of it.

 

Share the Love: Who do you tag? |

@Emiesnook of course. I also tag the @The Immortal Readers and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

Throne of Glass Book Tag

So obviously this is in honor of the release of Empire of Storms this week. I found this on polishedpageturners blog, so without further delay here is the Throne of Glass Book Tag!

 

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved

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Well this one is easy. Throne of Glass. I know not off to a great start picking Throne of Glass as the first book in the Throne of Glass book tag but lets face it, that first cover was rough. In fact, Goodreads kept suggesting ToG to me with the old cover and that combined with the terrible little blurb “2 men lover her, the whole land fears her, only she can save them all” just made it sound terrible but eventually I picked it up and the rest it history.

 

Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside

256683City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I was looking for books to read after the Hunger Games wet my literary appetite in high school and google just kept recommending the Mortal Instruments. So I looked them up and between the cover and the blurb I thought it sounded awful (just goes to show the blurb is always a bad indication of how good a book is). Anyways, I love the series, and the spinoffs and the rest is history.

 

Erilea | A series with great world building

21473404.jpgThe Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. Now bare with me a second since I know it takes place in New York and the continental US (which is not a world that needs to be built obviously) but the way Rick incorporates the Greek myths and Gods and stories into the US from Greek mythology is so amazing that it seems like he’s built this completely probable world of his own around one that already exists.

 

Rifthold | A book that combines genres

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. In my opinion this book is a mix of Alien Sci-Fi and Dystopian since we have a very much post apocalyptic world but the Alien component is also such a strong factor.

 

 

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth or legend

9462795Starcrossed by Josephine Angellini was my first taste of Greek Mythology woven into modern day. Although I loved the Percy Jackson series, these books hold a special place in my heart since they take place on Nantucket and I am a Massachusetts native and I love reading about the names of places I’ve been.

 

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist

19288043-2.jpgGone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read this at the recommendation of a friend who had said to me right before I started it “it’s obvious who did it from the first pages”. I thought she had spoiled me badly. So I spend the entire first half of the book (spoilers ahead) convinced that of course Nick did it. It’s so obvious. Boy was I surprised when Amy starts narrating and I realized my friend had tricked me.

 

Assassin’s Keep| A book with an unreliable narrator

10507293The Selection by Kiera Cass. Now America is not unreliable in that she’s shady, more in the sense that she always messes everything up. Don’t get me wrong I loved these books (especially the first 2) but the more we went on the worse she got at literally always doing the wrong thing until in the last book she literally almost ruined everything for no reason.

 

 

Astern Blackbeak | A book that’s got squad goals

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. How can you not love and want to be a part of the swaggering, rag tag team led by Kaz in this book? They’re all so different and yet go together so well you can’t not want to be a part of their squad.

 

 

 

Terrasen | A book that feels like home

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Surprise it’s not Harry Potter for me. No the first big fantasy book I ever really got sucked into was Eragon by Christopher Paolini . My dad read it to me in the 4th grade and I loved it and it started what ended up being a 4 year long obsession with dragons.

 

 

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell gives me all the feels. I loved that book so much even though it was full of heartbreak and it literally killed me reading it but it will forever be one of my favorites.

 

 

 

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you

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The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I bought this last year and have slowly been progressing though it but it is a monster of a book and some of the Holmes stories can be a bit slow at times or are just filled with a few too many old english phrases that  I can’t follow what’s happening but I am determined to get through it.

 

 

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. How can you not swoon over a giant, adorable, chivalrous red-headed Scotsman? I mean really? James Alexander Malcom McKenzie Fraser is irresistible.

 

 

 

Chaos Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently

26073150A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. No book tag would be complete without this making an appearance. But I was trying not to use any books twice and although I could put this almost anywhere (particularly books that make me swoon) I was really struggling to come up with something for this and it just hit me. This book had you looking at an entire first book in the series differently because it had you realizing signs of an unhealthy relationship and examine depression, abusive relationships, PTSD, feminism and a lot of other really important themes that dominate the       book even though it is fantasy, which is what makes it such an amazing book.

 

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift

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The Partials by Dan Wells was a birthday present from a good friend of mine and ended up being a very enjoyable series to read for a nice dystopian story.

 

 

Eye of Elena | a book you found right when you needed it

This isn’t exactly a book but I found  PolandBananasBooks on Youtube right when I needed it. She helped bring me out of my shell a bit for loving to read during my freshman year of college and I know I would not be as comfortable being bookworm I am today if I didn’t find her freshman year. Plus she’s the reason I’ve read so many of my favorite books (including ToG).

 

I will tag Emiesnook to do this tag next and anyone else who wants to do it. Good Luck!

Thanks for Reading

Maggie

Rainbow Rowell vs John Green

If you like YA, you’ve probably heard of these 2 authors. John Green is of course famous for books like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, which are both now movies, and Rainbow Rowell has the extremely popular Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. And while they are similar, both writing contemporary, there is just something so different in the way they write.

For me (please don’t be offended) I have never been obsessed with John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars when I heard it was becoming a movie. And of course I thought it was good (4 stars) and sad, and cried but just his writing style of making his characters so sophisticated was not my favorite. The dialogue his characters have just never seems real enough for me to believe. The conversations, ideas, metaphors all felt a little forced to make these teenagers seem like so much more.

So I read Paper Towns when I heard it was going to be a movie and I thought it was even worse. At least in TFIOS I could kind of believe they may be pretentious because all Hazel ever did before she met Gus was read. But in Paper Towns I could not stand Margo. And honestly I did not think reading about looking for her clues was that interesting. Just the way she talked about “paper towns” and how everything was fake did not appeal to me and was only a 2 star read for me.

Now please don’t hate me, again TFIOS 4 stars. But then I found Rainbow Rowell and I was just blown away. Like Green her both books I read touched on really serious issues. In Fangirl it’s being abandoned by 1 parent, being raised by a single dad, having a parent with some mental illness, too much drinking and partying by her sister. In Eleanor and Park it’s even more serious themes. Poverty is something we see Eleanor struggle with, and she’s living in an abusive household, plus body image, and body shaming. But then we see Park struggle with his dad for acceptance, and racism, and gender roles (eyeliner scenes). But for me there is just something so real about her characters. All their dialogue and thoughts are so relatable. With Cath she was easy to relate to since the entire premise is she’s a Fangirl, but even in Eleanor and Park, while I’ve never been in Eleanor’s exact situation it was still so easy to really understand and get a really good feel for her character.

Now again, this is not me saying John Green is a bad author. It’s just two authors who really write such similar style books, they’re just so different and for me Rainbow Rowell is 5 stars for both Fangirl and Eleanor and Park which is why Rainbow Rowell is easily my favorite contemporary author and one of my top 2 favorite authors of all time. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Thanks for Reading

Maggie

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Non Spoilers!

Super cute book. Rainbow Rowell is so amazing and I love her writing and if you’re looking for a beautiful story that is teen romance but also really gets deep into some issues then read this. I don’t want to spoil it so go read it and come back!

Spoilers Ahead!!

I love Rainbow Rowell. Her writing style is just so amazing. The first book of hers I ever read was Fangirl and I loved how cute it was but at the same time there were some serious issues in that book being discussed. It’s the same in Eleanor and Park. Poor Eleanor is in a bad situation with an abusive step father who has already thrown her out of the house once. Her mother is too afraid of him to do anything. Her real dad is pretty much non existent in her life and she has 4 other siblings to look after. They don’t have enough money to go around to the point that we know she doesn’t even have a toothbrush and a lot of the story focuses on Eleanor overcoming some personal shame in not wanting to let Park in to much because she doesn’t want his pity or want him to know what kind of a place she comes from. And then also some self conscious body image issues. I like how the author never really makes clear how big Eleanor is. She thinks she’s fat, but then what teenage girl doesn’t, where as Park only ever thinks of her as curvy, or full or “heart shaped”. I just appreciated that we have a protagonist who isn’t stick thin since usually they’re self conscious about how petite and thin they are in a lot of books.

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