O.W.L. Readathon “Report Card”

This month, I’m participating in the O.W.L. Readathon, which was created and is hosted by the lovely booktuber Book Roast so check out the announcement video if you want to learn more!

To help keep track of what books I’m reading (and for picture options later), I’ve made this printable O.W.L. “report card” where you can write down what exams you’ve taken (books you’ve read) in different subjects, and if you passed (finished) them! If you are interested in joining, more information on what books are for each category can be found in the link to the rules in the description of the announcement video.

If you choose to use this, please make sure you credit me because I did spend time making it! If you are a bookstagrammer or want to take pictures, you can tag me @emiesnook on most platforms!

I’m going to post more about what I’m planning on reading this month for the O.W.L. Readathon in my next TBR Tuesday post, so make sure you check back!

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The 90’s Kid Book Tag

THE RULES

  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around!  I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

POKEMON

A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all.  Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.

The author you need every book from.

 

Sarah J. Maas is my all-time favorite author, and I absolutely NEED everything that she writes. (As you can see from the pics above, my obsession has led to some marvelous adventures. You can read about Bookcon and the ACoWaR tour.) For those not in the know, she actually wrote the BEGINNING of a serial story on tumblr (The Starkillers Cycle) with Susan Dennard and the fact it will probably be forever unfinished (the underground fandom thinks they had a falling out) is heartbreaking.


AIM

AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.

Book that connected you with your best friend.

The reason my sorority Big Sister and I met was actually because I put Sarah J. Maas on my introduction and interests slide when I was joining. One of our “sister dates” was an adventure to a local Maas signing! The rest is history, and now we have expanded our circle of obsession to others in our Harry Potter Family.


FURBY

Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed.  Somehow these made a comeback?

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

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An unpopular opinion – I didn’t really enjoy the book An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. The cover is absolutely stunning by one of my favorite fan artists, Charlie Bowater, and because of the hype I decided to pick it up. It really just wasn’t for my over-analytical mind with the writing seeming for much younger audience and the characters having some holes I couldn’t ignore.

 


N’SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.31453592

The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole is a book that I waited for-freaking-ever for. After the major cliffhanger in Arcana Rising, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and there is still so much unresolved things that need to happen before the end of the series! I’m in denial that the next book will be the last in The Arcana Chronicles, which is one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.


SLIMED!

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out.  Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

22328546A book everyone loved but you hated.

The Red Queen series is one that I absolutely did not like. When I say I didn’t like the series, I mean I forced myself to read the first book because everyone seemed to love it, and then figured there MUST be something in the sequel to redeem it (which I did not find). I ended up DNFing Glass Sword and have no desire to return to the world. It seemed like a really tired YA trope that wasn’t done in a new or compelling way. Mare was whiny, the “good” prince was trash, and the only interesting thing was the superpowers, but I digress.


OREGON TRAIL

90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great.  It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.

Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert is a book that I had to read for English class in high school, and one that I hope I never have to pick up or look at for extended periods of time again.


MIXTAPE/CD

Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

 

Ready Player One, Red Rising, and The Darkest Minds. All three of these books have such amazing and powerful stories that I believe people of all ages and background would love and enjoy.


DIAL-UP INTERNET

You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE?  IMAGING WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.10987

I ended up picking up and putting down Voyager by Diana Gabaldon for over a year before I finally buckled down and forced myself to finish it. The same thing is happening now with it’s sequel Drums of Autumn, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon.


KEENAN THOMPSON

He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever.  Also Mighty Ducks.  Good Burger.  Keenan and Kel.  All That.  Everything.

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.3

Harry Potter references seem to have found their way into everything YA, and even some adult, but I’m not complaining. Harry will always have be The Boy Who Lives On In My Heart.


THUMBS UP, SEVEN UP

A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like 18966806guessing games.

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown. No spoilers but something VERY STRESSFUL happens towards the end of this book, and I *may* have peeked to see how the situation would resolve itself (I don’t trust this man after what happened in Golden Son.)


DUNKAROOS

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

I don’t enjoy eating while reading, because I’m always worried that I’ll get food stuff on my page. When I do eat, I’ll normally have cookies with chocolate milk or tea of some kind (iced or hot).


SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid!  Plus, there were illustrations…

A book that kept you up all night.26795341

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli had me up until 2AM as I finished it in one sitting. This book had everything I love in a contemporary: a cute romance, a story about finding yourself, and a dash of mystery (with some well done drama mixed in). I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation coming out at the end of this month!


BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye.  He has a Netflix show again!

A book that taught you something new.

21532133I’m not that big into non-fiction books (which is a fact that I am working to remedy!) but I have always been a fan of historical fiction. However it sounds, I learned more about the Scottish uprising and Bonnie Prince Charlie by reading the Outlander series than I ever did in school. While I’m not saying its 100% historically accurate, Diana Gabaldon definitely did her research and I love how many historical aspects she mixes into her books.


That was a lot of fun and nostalgia. Feel free to steal this tag and spread it around if you’re a fellow 90s kid, or you just love book tags too!

Reputation Book Tag

I haven’t done any Book Tags lately, and I saw this awesome Taylor Swift themed one on The Book Browsing Blog and had to fill it out!

Whenever I mention a book that I’ve reviewed below, you can click on the name to see my full post on it.

Are You Ready For It?: What is a book that you are super excited to read?

I’m SUPER excited to read the sequel to Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, Traitor to the Throne. I loved all the characters and the amazing world and mythology, and can’t wait to dive back in.

21427834End Game: What are some of your OTPs?

Elide and Lorcan from Throne of Glass are one of my all-time favorite One True Pairings. I love whenever the bad-broody-in-need-of-redemption males get with the a nice girl. Added bonus when they have some fae blood.

Maximoff and Farrow from the Like Us series by Becca and Krista Ritchie are my favorites in the romance genre. Definitely check that series out!

I Did Something Bad: Name a book with morally grey characters.

Six of Crows is always my go to when thinking of morally grey characters. I mean, the main characters nickname is Dirty Hands and he certainly has completed enough dastardly deeds to live up to it. Despite the highly illegal activities the gang gets up to, you can’t help rooting for them every step of the way.

Don’t Blame Me: What is a book that you recommend to everyone?

I recently read Red Rising by Pierce Brown and have been vehemently recommending it to anyone who likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi. If you’re a fan of either of these genres, you HAVE to check this series out!

Delicate: What is a book that you will never loan to anyone?

Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I have a first edition hardcover (out of print now) , SIGNED and although I love the book, I absolutely REFUSE to lend out my copy to anyone.

Look What You Made Me Do: What is the book that got you into reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first book that truly enraptured me, way back when I was in Kindergarten. If I hadn’t been exposed to this lovely series, I’m not sure that I would be the avid reader I am today!

So It Goes: What is a book that sucked you into a particular author or series?

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout made me absolutely addicted to all of the authors paranormal work. I’m still working my way through her contemporary books, but her Lux series and The Dark Elements series are amazing!

35406534Gorgeous: Name a book with a beautiful cover.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton has an absolutely gorgeous (AND SHINY) UK cover that I’m in love with. Still working my way through Traitor to the Throne, the second book in this series, but I can’t wait until I crack this one open.

Getaway Car: What is a book that you’ve read that has crime involved in some aspect?

Of course, Six of Crows again comes to mind. One book that I haven’t read yet, but am super excited to pick up is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch which is supposed to be another wonderful heist book.

King Of My Heart: Who is your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Lorcan Salvaterre from the Throne of Glass series is one of my all-time favorite BAE’s!

26795341Dancing With Our Hands Tied: What is a book that made you want to dance around when you finished it?

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli was such a sweet and touching book. Definitely made me want to twirl around, I was so happy for all of the characters.

Dress: Name a character that you want to swap wardrobes with.

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass has such an amazing wardrobe, I would love to swap with her! From assassin gear, to beautiful dresses, she has style that I can’t even dream of.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: What is a problematic book you have read?

Fifty Shades of Grey is a book I’ve read that is contentious because of its portrayal of romance isn’t healthy.

Call I What You Want: What is a book that you wish you could change the title to?

I can’t really think of one of these offhand, I feel like every book has the title it does for a reason! What is an example that you can think of?

New Year’s Day: What book gave you a fresh outlook on life?

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas changed my life in high school. In the book, the main character deals with depression and trying to find herself. It found my at exactly the right time and remains my favorite book by Maas.

Thanks for reading, feel free to try this out yourself!

 

Favorite Literary Pooches

It’s National Dog Day! And in honor of Man’s Best Friend, I’ve compiled a list of three of my favorite literary pooches.

The first spot on this list can only go to the one, the only, the OG puppy bada**

  1. FLUFFY from Harry Potter

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Be honest with yourself, even when this giant dog was trying to kill Harry and his friends, you imagined him as your own personal guard dog and pet. Leave it to Hagrid to have a three-headed dog as his pet. Fluffy, you will always hold a special place in our hearts, even if you no longer guard the Philosopher’s Stone.

2. LADVARIAN from Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Trilogy #2) by Anne Bishophigh_drama_074
I absolutely love this series (if you haven’t heard about it, check out my review HERE). One of the most lovable characters in it is the Sceltie pup known as Ladvarian. Loyal to a fault and best friends with an Arcerian cat Kaelas, Ladvarian captured hearts the moment he bounded onto the page.

While no pictures of Scelties exist, here is an adorable Sheltie who reminds me of the little Warlord Ladvarian.

 

3. FLEETFOOT from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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While she doesn’t get enough page time, especially in the later books, Fleetfoot is one of the enduring lovable creatures in the Throne of Glass series (review HERE). Fleetfoot loves Celaena and makes friends wherever she goes. She loves to play fetch, and run around in open spaces. She is loved by the entire fandom, and Maas herself has said she is the only character guaranteed to survive.

And in a roundabout way, that brings me to what I want to get across in this post, and what the entire purpose of National Dog Day is. While Fleetfoot found her forever home with Celaena, not all dogs get such a happy ending. Fleetfoot herself was almost killed because she didn’t act like the other dogs.

“Kill it? Kill it? For what reason? What did it do to you?”

“It won’t make a suitable pet, which is what all of these dogs will become.”

“So you’d kill it because of its temperament? It can’t help being that way!”

Maas, Sarah J. (2012-08-07). Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series Book 1) (p. 244). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Every dog deserves a forever home. Please help them find it. If not by adopting, then by donating your time or money to shelters in the area. No puppy should be killed because of temperament or because of lack of space and resources. Finding out about your local shelter is only a google search away. Here’s the link to the ASPCA’s website to help you find your local branch: ASPCA .

If you’d like some doggy merch which also benefits pooches in need, check out IHEARTDOGS.COM. Just for signing up for their emails they donate one meal to a shelter dog in need! (I found out about this company from my lovely big Maggie, at massachussetsnovel)

While National Dog Day is meant to bring awareness to the pups that need a human, it is also an opportunity to celebrate your own special best friend. So grab your treats and your party hat and snuggle extra hard today (or read about your favorite fictional snuggle buddy)!

As always, thank you for reading!

Emily