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?

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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…

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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!

 

Coming Soon!

I haven’t really been finishing any reviews for books lately (there’s been a lot of romance/pool reads for me the last month), so in an attempt to break the posting dry spell I’ve compiled this list of books soon to be released that I’m excited about!

NEW BOOKS

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas    B&N     Target (not up yet)

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One of my favorite series, I’m super excited for this release! I can’t wait to see Chaol’s adventures in the Southern Kingdoms. The Target exclusive edition is going to have fan art on the end papers whereas the Barnes and Noble edition will have a pages from Maas’ writing journal. I personally will probably end up with both but the fan art for these books is always super awesome.

 

Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff      B&N

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I’m currently reading Nevernight right now and it’s an action packed with assassins. I’m already excited or the next book to release, and can’t wait for the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition which will have fan art on the endpapers, and will be signed! I just love seeing characters brought to life in illustrations.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo      B&N

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I was originally leery about the DC Ya Novel Series, but then I saw the list of killer author’s representing the best superheroes! I can’t wait to see how Bardugo represents Diana. Right now they have a signed edition of the book available for preorder at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE EDITIONS

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare   Amazon

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The 10th anniversary edition of this book looks awesome! There will be illustrations and fan art throughout the book and it’ll be beautiful with gilded edges and cloth bound. There will be four stories previously available only in limited distribution (and a brand new one!). Even though I already have this book in paperback (signed no less!) I’ll definitely be picking up this edition of one of my favorite series.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab   Amazon

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I just finished this book recently and can already tell it will be one of my favorites (see my review HERE). I don’t own it physically yet, so this edition is perfect for my collector (and bookstagram) needs! It’s the negative of the original cover (and foiled!) with a glossary of terms, an interview with the author, and best of all it will be SIGNED! Though there aren’t any plans for the rest of the series to have collectors, if this one sells well they will likely do it. So go support my crazy collector needs and preorder it today!

Thanks for reading! I’ll hopefully have more reviews to post soon!

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Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this super awesome Book Tag on The Paperback Princess and decided to give it a try! Please feel free to try it yourselves, or comment your own preferences!

1. Inside flap/back of the booksummaries: Too much info or not enough? 

I love summaries for fantasy novels because they give you a better idea about what the book will entail; however, when it comes to contemporary romances (or really romances of any kind) I always feel like they’re a little TMI. Especially for books where the couple has a “back story,” I like to figure the back story out as I read rather than read about it in the book summary.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?

Definitely an Ebook! If it’s a book I love or one of my favorite series the hardcover will find it’s way to my shelves later on. EBook’s are so much easier to read, especially when traveling or laying in bed. I’ve been working through The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks for so long simply because I bought the trilogy in one giant volume and can’t easily take it anywhere!

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

CLEAN.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

It absolutely doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s a good story. I actually thought that J.K. Rowling was a man until I was over halfway done the series! I normally find out author’s genders now because I follow my favorites on Goodreads or twitter, but it hasn’t influenced my book choices!

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

One of my darkest secrets: whenever I get bored at a certain part of the book, I turn to the last page/chapter and skim it to see what will happen. I hate that I do this, and really wish I could restrain myself, but as of yet have not been able to manage the self control!

6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I love when all books of the same color are organized together, and as a result have my bookshelf organized in a rainbow! You can see a bit of my red/orange shelf in my blog header image!

7. Have you ever purchased a book based on the cover alone?

Absolutely! I love going in to used bookstores and finding cheap, pretty books to read. I actually found my favorite author/series (Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass) by looking through the covers in the library’s New section.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

One of my favorite places to read in the summer is by the side of my local pool. I love being able to read and sunbathe with a waterslide only a few feet away! (yes, I am a 5-year-old stuck in a 20-year-old body) If not at the pool, I love curling up in an armchair with a cup of iced or hot tea depending on the season.

What’s your reading style?  Do we have anything in common? Please comment below or take up the Tag yourself!

As always thank you so much for reading!

emily

Book Tag: The Book Blogger Test

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen.

What are your top 3 pet peeves for books and reading? | 

1. When an awesome Sci-fi/Dystopian or any book with a wonderful driving plot turns into a love story. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love stories and a good love triangle. But, I HATE it when this wonderful world, which has been built up by the author with a great external enemy fighting against the main character and then oh my goodness she/he can’t focus on any of it because of her love life. Um girl, the world is about to go to hell and you are trying to choose between guys. Let’s save it first.

2. When you’re reading a book and get sand in it…or have to kill a bug. I love having a physical copy of a book, however I really only keep them with me at home, one of the reasons being I hate messing up books. I’m fine with spine breaks or rippled pages, but I hate when foreign matter gets in between the pages. This is one of the main reasons I bring my kindle on travel. Also it’s a lot lighter.

3. When you’re totally engrossed in a book and then life happens. You know those books where you just want to sit and read for hours…but then you have to go to class or an appointment etc. Yea, that’s actually my number 1 pet peeve.

Describe your perfect reading spot | My bed, or a reading nook

I love to be able to cuttle or curl up and read. Natural light is always better than lightbulbs. I don’t like to read in public because I get distracted by everything going around me, and I find it hard to get engrossed in the book.

Tell us 3 book confessions |

1. I never finished the Mortal Instruments Series. One of my favorite series, I originally read them as they were releasing. However, when the fourth one came out I was super excited that it wasn’t a trilogy like I originally thought and then I did not finish it. I’m in the process of rereading the first three, and then will hopefully finish the series.

2. I read too many books at a time. I am currently reading three books at once, which is probably a new low for me. I constantly switch between books based on my mood. I find it very hard to only have one book option at a given time.

3. I look up spoilers on Tumblr. I hate myself for this, but I will look up spoilers on tumblr when I’m waiting for a really great book to come out (aka like Empire of Storms).

When was the last time you cried during a book | Empire of Storms

I sobbed during Empire of Storms. The ending killed me. All together a wonderful book that I recommend to everyone. If you want to read more about it, go HERE.

How many books are on your bedside table | Nine

I have an ever growing pile of books next to me. Most of them are from the library and will probably be returned before they will be read, an problem I have had since I had a library card.

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading | Pretzels

I absolutely love the crunch of pretzels, and how they can stave off hunger so that you can continue reading uninterrupted. I will say that when I am deep in a book, I could care less about food and only the deepest hunger will make me rise to find a snack.

Name 3 books you would recommend to everyone | 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

3.  Enclave by Ann Agguire

There are also so many other books that everyone should read that I have not put on this list, but these are the ones I’ve been loving the most recently.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase | I’ll raise you an entire bookcase.

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Write how much books mean to you in three words| My entire life.

What is your biggest reading secret |

I constantly stop in the middle of books and put them aside. Even if I love the book, I often set it aside and start reading or continuing another one. The most recent book I have done this with is Winter. Absolutely love the book and series, but I put it down and have yet to pick it back up.

Who do you tag | because all my blogger friends have already done it, I’m going to try and make new ones! I tag you…

Ann @ AnntheBookmaster

Anna @ MyBookishDream

September Owl Crate

So I finally caved and subscribed to Owl Crate last month when I found out that there September theme was Darkness, and there would be a Throne of Glass inspired item inside! I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep today, and wanted to share what I found inside! (be warned, don’t continue if you don’t want spoilers for this months box)

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This lovely picturesque letter summarizes what was in the box, but if you don’t feel like reading that fine print continue on for my picture-by-picture dissection.

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Let’s start off with the pick for this month’s book, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake! I am super excited for this book, which doesn’t come out for another four days (September 20). I actually had to cancel my Amazon pre-order because it came in this lovely box! With this book came super cool swag: a signed paper form Kendare Blake, a copy of a handwritten letter from the author with a map on the other side (I love me some maps), and a foldable fortune teller featuring themes from the book! And can we all just appreciate how beautiful this book is naked?

There were also two little samplers included: one with an excerpt from P.C. Cast’s new novel Moon Chosen, and one with the first chapter from an upcoming serial Remade writteb by a ton of cool authors.

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Now onto the cool merch items! My personal favorite was the Celaena’s Cake candle from Melting Library! I absolutely love cake candles, and anything Throne of Glass, so the mixture was a wonderful surprise. There was also a beautiful bookmark with a Six of Crows quote on it, which will never leave my copy of the book so it doesn’t get ruined. I can’t wait to use the fizzy fortune teller bath bomb, which dissolves to give you a yes or no answer when you drop it in the tub (reminds me and the box curators of the Raven Cycle). And last but not least, the awesome Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children pouch (book not included).

I adored this month’s box, and I hope that I can scrape enough money together for next month’s. The theme for October is Once Upon a Time! If you like what you see here, you can click this link and sign up today: OwlCrate

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Empire of Storms Review

28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass Series #5

Genre: Fantasy

Published: September 6, 2017

Rating: 5/5

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Non-Spoiler Section:

I absolutely loved this book. While Heir of Fire remains my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms very easily overtook Queen of Shadows for the number two spot. This book is looongggg in an absolutely wonderful way. Maas always has excellent character development, and this book does not disappoint in that aspect. She also is the master of introducing new people and power couples.

The end absolutely destroyed me, and I cannot wait for the next one in the series. It is a bit of a cliff hanger, however it is well worth it on the tear-jerker scale. I am not lying when I tell you I have been unable to really focus on any other book for the past week because of how thoroughly Empire of Storms destroyed me. This series is my all-time favorite, and I would definitely recommend to anyone considering reading it.

I was also fortunate enough to be able to get both the Barnes and Noble, and Target edition which both had wonderful fan art by the awesome artist PhantomRin!

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Spoiler Section:

I apologize in advance if this section is more of a rant of feelings than actual coherent speech. I will attempt to make this brief

Elide and Lorcan as a couple are one of my new favorites in the series. I just absolutely love how they fight and challenge each other, and Elide’s healing process as well as Lorcan’s softening literally gave me life, as they both developed and evolved so much throughout the book.

I totally did not see the Lysandra twist at the end coming! Perhaps that makes me a little dense because they did mention like twice that the shifters are feared because of their abilities to imitate important people. I was SOBBING when Maeve came and took Aelin. Legitimately was incoherent for a good two hours. And oh my goodness, Rowan being so heartbroken and destroyed! My poor little baby hawk. I don’t know how I am supposed to wait a year for the next book D: I suppose that is what ACOTAR 3 is for!

 

If you enjoy the Throne of Glass series as much as I do , you might like some of my bookish bracelets. Here are a few that I have made inspired by Throne of Glass! 

If you wanna see more bracelets like this, check out my ETSY shop.

Thanks for reading!

-Emily