Spotify Wrapped Book Tag

Hey friends, I hope the week is treating you right. One sleep ’til Friday and two sleeps ’til the weekend—let’s go! ✨

Today I’m doing a tag that I saw Elli @AceReader post a few days ago and though I’m usually terrible at matching songs to books and vice versa, I couldn’t resist giving this a try. I’m also hoping to participate in the Sound of Madness reading challenge this year so I thought this could be a good warm-up to that!

The idea of this challenge is to put your 2022 playlist on shuffle, and for the first five songs, you need to pick a book you read in 2022 that fits that song. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. You just have to explain why you chose that book for that song.

Edit: Thanks to Jennifer @My Book Joy for finding the original creator of this tag: Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books!

This tag is also going to spotlight what a basic pop junkie I am but that’s OK—I’m living my best life! 😂 I’m also choosing matching books limited to my 2022 reads, so that should make it more fun, lol. On that note…

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New Year’s Book Tag!

Hello, friends! I hope you’re all doing okay and taking care of yourselves. 💜 I’m back with the first tag of 2023 and it’s fittingly the New Year’s Book Tag! It’s only mid-January so it’s definitely still okay to do this tag, right? 😜 I was tagged by the wonderful Kerri @Kerri McBookNerd and if you haven’t already, I would encourage visiting her blog for some great content, especially fantasy related.

In the interest of keeping this intro short and sweet, I’m simply going to dive in. This tag was originally created by booktuber Heather @Bookables.

How many books are you planning to read in 2023?

I’ve set my Goodreads/Storygraph goal to 150 books. Same as last year but I have a feeling it’s gonna be really different this year with work and all.

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12 Book Challenge – 2023

Hi there, friends! As the last post before the new year rolls around, I thought I’d share one of the challenges I’ll be participating in next year and that’s the ✨ 12 Book Challenge: 12 friends, 12 books, 12 months! ✨ I started seeing tons of bloggers participating this year but I was a little worried about putting myself out there and getting zero responses in return. When I saw this challenge making the rounds again this year, I thought, screw it—let’s just do it! So I did and (thankfully) people responded!

Below are the 12 books that I was recommended by 12 lovely friends over on book Twitter! I’d not heard of a few of these and a few were already on my TBR, but all of them sound interesting and I’m super excited to read them in 2023! These are listed in no particular order.

1

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Recommended by: Chris @ Biblio Nerd Reflections

📖 SYNOPSIS

Set in an alternative Edwardian England, this is a comedy of manners, manor houses, and hedge mazes: including a magic-infused murder mystery and a delightful queer romance.

For fans of Georgette Heyer or Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton, who’d like to welcome magic into their lives. . .


Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he’s actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society. If it weren’t for this administrative error, he’d never have discovered the incredible magic underlying his world.

Cursed by mysterious attackers and plagued by visions, Robin becomes determined to drag answers from his missing predecessor – but he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his hostile magical-society counterpart. Unwillingly thrown together, Robin and Edwin will discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.

2

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

Recommended by: Louise @ Foxes Fairytales

📖 SYNOPSIS

“Stolen me? As soon to say a caged bird can be stolen by the sky.”

Velasin vin Aaro never planned to marry at all, let alone a girl from neighboring Tithena. When an ugly confrontation reveals his preference for men, Vel fears he’s ruined the diplomatic union before it can even begin. But while his family is ready to disown him, the Tithenai envoy has a different solution: for Vel to marry his former intended’s brother instead.

Caethari Aeduria always knew he might end up in a political marriage, but his sudden betrothal to a man from Ralia, where such relationships are forbidden, comes as a shock.

With an unknown faction willing to kill to end their new alliance, Vel and Cae have no choice but to trust each other. Survival is one thing, but love – as both will learn – is quite another.

Byzantine politics, lush sexual energy, and a queer love story that is by turns sweet and sultry. Foz Meadows’s A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth. It is a book that will live in your heart long after you finish the last minute.

3

Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney

Recommended by: Mayri @ BookForager

📖 SYNOPSIS

Life gets complicated when Death gets involved.

To be born into a family of royal assassins pretty much guarantees that your life is going to be… rather unusual. Especially if, like Miscellaneous “Lanie” Stones, you also have a vicious allergy to all forms of violence and bloodshed, and an uncanny affinity for bringing the dead back to life.

To make matters worse, family debt looms – a debt that will have to be paid sooner rather than later if Lanie and her sister are to retain ownership of the ancestral seat, Stones Manor. Lanie finds herself courted and threatened by powerful parties who would love to use her worryingly intimate relationship with the goddess of death for their own nefarious ends. But the goddess has other plans…

4

Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Recommended by: Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink

📖 SYNOPSIS

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

5

Bright Side by Kim Holden

Recommended by: Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

📖 SYNOPSIS

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you…
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you…
And some will end you.

6

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Recommended by: Julie @ One Book More

📖 SYNOPSIS

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn.

7

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

Recommended by: Shazzie @ Reader at Work

📖 SYNOPSIS

A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love, in this heartwarming and enchanting fantasy.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party–or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones–the most elusive of all faeries–lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all–her own heart.

8

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Recommended by: Leslie @ Books Are the New Black

📖 SYNOPSIS

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

9

Small Miracles by Olivia Atwater

Recommended by: Timy @ Queen’s Book Asylum

📖 SYNOPSIS

A little bit of sin is good for the soul.

Gadriel, the fallen angel of petty temptations, has a bit of a gambling debt. Fortunately, her angelic bookie is happy to let her pay off her debts by doing what she does best: All Gadriel has to do is tempt miserably sinless mortal Holly Harker to do a few nice things for herself.

What should be a cakewalk of a job soon runs into several roadblocks, however, as Miss Harker politely refuses every attempt at temptation from Gadriel the woman, Gadriel the man, and Gadriel the adorable fluffy kitten. When even chocolate fails to move Gadriel’s target, the ex-guardian angel begins to suspect she’s been conned. But Gadriel still remembers her previous job… and where petty temptations fail, small miracles might yet prevail.

Olivia Atwater explores love, grief, and the very last bit of chocolate in this sweet modern fantasy, full of wit and heart. Pick up Small Miracles, and enjoy a heavenly faerie tale from the author of Half a Soul.

10

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Recommended by: Jess @ Jessticulates

📖 SYNOPSIS

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend… and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life.

11

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Recommended by: Queenie @ The Erudite Labyrinth

📖 SYNOPSIS

A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family–and a new love–changes the course of her life.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….

12

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend

Recommended by: Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

📖 SYNOPSIS

Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts, and control the power that threatens to consume her.

But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious Unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realizes it’s up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and everyone in Nevermoor – in more danger than she ever imagined.

So these are the 12 books I’ll be reading for this challenge and I’m looking forward to it. Have you read any of these books? Are you also doing the 12 Book Challenge and are you looking forward to the books you’ve been recommended?

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag – 2022 Edition!

I’ve been seeing this tag floating around again over the last couple of days and since the (first and) last time I did it was in 2019, I decided why not do it again? It’s not like I have a bunch of other Christmas tags to choose from! *awkwardly clears throat* 🫣 On that note, let’s get straight to it, shall we? My answers apply only to my reading experience in 2022!

This tag was originally created by Jenniely.

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Bookish Smash or Pass Book Tag!

Hello, friends! The end of 2022 is speeding ever closer and I hope everyone’s doing okay especially as I know this time of year isn’t fun and fantastic for all. I’ve been doing pretty terribly with posting this week, smashing my posting streak to bits as my poor organisational skills took centre stage. 😂 All that being said, I decided to finally do the Bookish Smash or Pass tag originally developed by Becky @Becky’s Book Blog after not only being tagged by her but also by Sahi @My World of Books! Thanks to these lovelies for tagging me and don’t forget to check out their blogs for all the good SFF and other bookish things.

Now I’m wondering… Am I gonna smash on everything or is there something I’m going to pass on?! Without further ado, LET’S FIND OUT!

Bookish Tropes

BIG SMASH! I’m definitely here for ALL the tropes, especially in my romances. I love knowing what I’m getting into especially if it’s a trope that I love but it’s also a good way for me to stay away from the books that have tropes I don’t like—such as the dreaded love triangle.

Alternating POV

ABSOLUTE SMASH! I love alternating POVs. I’m all for the different perspectives and I think it makes for a more well-rounded story but also gives characters more depth. I’m less picky when it comes to SFF and contemporaries but when it comes to romances, I find myself getting annoyed when there’s only one POV. I need to know what both parties are thinking, please!

Ambiguous Endings

It’s gonna be a PASS for me, thanks. I mean, that’s not to say that I totally hate all books that have open endings, I’m generally okay with them if they’re satisfying but I’ve found that’s generally never the case and so if I had the choice, I’d definitely take my well-rounded, closed endings!

Non-Fiction

Eh… I mean… This is a toughie because I don’t read a lot of non-fiction even though I always set a yearly goal to read one more NF title than I did the year before (definitely failed this year, lol). I just can’t get into NF books as easily and it takes me yonks to read but I’m not against reading more either, y’know? So I’m going for SMASS. Smash-Pass = SMASS.

Historical Setting

It’s a SMASH! I’ve always loved historical fiction and I still love a good historical setting. Some of my all-time favourite reads have historical settings (Persuasion, The Shadow of the Wind, and Evelyn Hugo to name a few)! I love what historical settings can add to a story too.

Morally Grey Characters

SMASHTASTIC! If I’m being honest it’s only in recent years that I came to develop a strong appreciation for morally grey characters and it’s all thanks to Schwab’s books—A Darker Shade of Magic series and Villains series, and the latter especially. Victor is *chefs kiss!*

First Person POV

Yeah, I can SMASH with this. I’m not particularly fussed with first-person POV but it really depends on the character(s). If they’re annoying then it’ll be an absolute nightmare to get through a book with this POV and it’s definitely happened before! 😂

Audiobooks

SMASS. So, I don’t mind audiobooks but I don’t work through them as quickly and easily as many people seem to. When I find one that works, I usually finish a book faster and end up loving that audiobook; but I’m also quite picky when it comes to audiobooks and when I listen to one I have to give it every bit of my attention, so I can’t multitask while listening because otherwise, I miss everything. The narrator also needs to be really engaging, capture all the character’s voices well, and just be easy to listen to.

Re-reading

Well, it’s usually a PASS for me. If I’m being honest, I have about a bajillion books on my “let’s re-read this” list and the time to re-read never ever comes around. 😂 There are just too many books to read and not enough time to read all of them and re-read the rest. It’s cliche but it’s true! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Classic Novels

SMASS! I don’t read a lot of classics but two of my all-time favourites are classics and I’m interested in reading more classics but I just struggle to get through them. And I mean, if given the choice between reading a classic or a contemporary or fantasy, I’d definitely pick the latter two.

Annotating

YES! SMASH! I’ve come to love annotating books and now just highlighting and making notes on my Kindle but annotating in my physical books as well. I love tabbing and although I still haven’t fully leveled up to writing directly in my books, I do make notes on stickies and put them in there. There’s something so satisfying about annotating although it can definitely change the reading experience (in both positive/negative ways)!

Cracking Book Spines

How do people read some paperbacks and NOT crack the book spines? I’m not for it but like I’m also scratching my head in wonder because I have yet to be able to read a paperback without once cracking the spine, no matter how floppy it is. Sorry, it’s just facts!

Smut

I. Am. HERE for the smut. SMASH IT! Really not much for me to say other than yuh, I love it. 😂 Obviously, I prefer my smut with plot and if it serves to advance the characters and their stories but I’m also okay with mindless no plot, just smut books. They’re fun to read every now and again although I mostly don’t rate those books when I do read them!

Character Driven Books

SMASH THE LOT! I love and adore character-driven books and as much as I love a good strong plot, if I don’t like or connect with the characters, it will be a struggle for me to get through the book.

Past/Present Timeline

Eh, PASS. It’s really not my favourite storytelling method. There are definitely exceptions where I enjoy this alternating timeline but I usually find that I’m less engaged in one timeline, usually the past, and want to skip ahead to the present.

Heavy World-Building

SMASH but only if it’s not dumpy, confusing or boring heavy world-building! I love when world-building is done well cos it helps me get lost in the story and love it even more.

Tagging

Unsurprisingly, as predicted, I smashed a whole lot on this list, lol. On the whole, I think I’m a pretty easy-to-please reader but this was a super fun tag to do! 😊

Thanksgiving Book Tag

So… I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and I know the holiday has come and gone but I saw this tag on Chris‘s blog and it looked like a fun one to do so I thought, why not? Now here we are! 😂 Let’s get straight into it.

This is an original book tag by Anna’s Book Nook.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Give credit to the author (Annasbooknook)
  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag others if you desire!

1) Friends and Family: A book with characters that feel like family

Okay, not to “steal” the same answer as Chris but… The characters in The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee will never not be the first I think of for prompts like this. They’re still on my mind all the time and the clan artwork is still my wallpaper and screensaver now. I don’t think I’ll be changing it anytime soon either! 😂

2) Fallen Leaves: A book that fell flat (didn’t meet your expectations)

Daughter of the Moon Goddess
by Sue Lynn Tan

Hello and welcome to my unpopular opinion time! Listen, I’m just as disappointed as everyone else when I say that I didn’t love this like I thought I would. Even though the writing was gorgeous and the world-building stunning, there was something about the story that prevented me from fully connecting to it and the characters. Not to mention that bloody love triangle! Please, no. 😮‍💨

3) Thanksgiving Dinner: A book you want to read every year during this season

I’ve been bingeing the Stay a Spell Series by Juliette Cross and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite series. The first book was a rocky start but I’m so glad that I kept reading as every book after has gotten better. I’m currently on book four and loving it with every bone in my body. No, seriously. I am! I don’t reread much but I’d definitely reread this series.

4) Turkey: A book with a bird in it

The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

This is the first book I thought of. I read it a couple of years ago but I still think about it every now and then. It’s a beautifully written book about grief and well worth the read!

5) Ham: A book that made your eyes glaze over (boring)

A Ghost in Shining Armor
by Therese Beharrie

Another one I was sad to not love… Friends, I really tried. I don’t know if it was just my mood but it was not doing a thing for me! It sent me to sleep several times and I never made any progress… I haven’t fully decided whether to DNF or not but I’ve put it down for now and might come back to it later (probs not though).

6) Dinner Rolls: A book that melted your heart and made you feel warm

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
by Megan Bannen

I mean, I loved this book so much that I ended up writing an “essay” review because I had so much to gush about? Love love love. 💜 I will always recommend this weirdly macabre yet beautifully heartwarming romance!

7) Mashed Potatoes: A book with a white cover

You’ll Be the Death of Me
by Karen M. McManus

I love these editions of McManus’ books! I also love that these ones all have sprayed edges that match the cover text. The bonus is that I really enjoyed this thriller/mystery. 😍

8) Gravy: A book you’re not totally sure why you love, but you do

Normal People
by Sally Rooney

Okay, I had a hard time finding a book for this prompt cos I usually know why I love the books I love?

But this took me on such a journey even after I finished reading it and I can’t properly explain in a way that people will probably understand why I love it so much. It hurt and it was hard to read and I hated it sometimes but I also forking loved it and it’s on my top books list and it’s not moving. So, yeah, lol. 🤷🏻‍♀️

9) Pumpkin Pie: A dessert book that you love

Battle Royal
by Lucy Parker

I’m taking this prompt literally because this book made me so hungry for something sweet! Gimme all the cupcakes, cakes, pastries, cookies, and boozy treats, please. This rivals-to-lovers romance was super satisfying as well! 😍

Bonus: Black Friday – Top 5 books on your “I want to buy them” list

I think my problem is quite common among my fellow book lovers and it’s that I can only choose five books? 😂 But I did it…

And that’s all from me, folks! I won’t tag anyone but if you want to do the tag, feel free to grab it and link back so I can see your answers (gimme tea)! 😃

Life in Books Book Tag!

Hello, friends! I’m back with another tag today and it’s the Life in Books Book Tag! I apparently bookmarked this tag over a year ago (haha) when I saw it on Georgia @Lost in Neverland‘s blog. I was looking for a simple but fun tag to do and this one qualified so, without further ado, let’s get to it!

Also, no one seems to know who the OG creator of this tag is but if you do, please leave a comment below and I’ll add the info! 😃

Find a book for each of your initials

My initials might surprise some because my full name is quite long and complicated and I much prefer my nickname, Dini, to it. But for this prompt let’s stick to my full initials: MSK.

M

Maggie Moves On
by Lucy Score

S

Squire
by Sara Alfageeh

K

Kindred
by Octavia Butler

Count your age along your bookshelf—what book is it?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I feel like this is a book I talk about a lot or at least I always recommend it in my lists. It’s an exquisitely written piece of literary fiction and although I’m not big on magical realism, this book absolutely stole my heart!

Name a book set in your city/country?

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

I recently read this book and it’s the first mainstream trad-published YA book written by an Indonesian author set in Indonesia. I loved it! 💜 This was set in Jakarta (the city I live in) and Bali (the island my family is from)!

Name a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Well, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say this book represents Alaska, but it’s a destination that I’d definitely love to travel to. I know, these books definitely romanticise it a lot but still, I’m curious!

Name your favourite childhood book

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I had a lot of favourites as a kid but I loved the magical whimsy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was obsessed with finding a golden ticket and I wanted so bad to go to Willy Wonka’s factory despite knowing it didn’t actually exist! 😂

Name a book that’s your favourite colour

To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

Purple is my favourite colour though I’m a sucker for the lilac, pastel purple, and lavender shades.

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Sweet Valley Series by Francine Pascal

I have so many fond memories of reading so many different Sweet Valley books growing up. Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley Junior High to University, Special Editions, Thriller Editions, Super Editions, I gobbled it all up and I could not get enough of these twins, their friends and the incessant drama!

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

William Shakespeare 😭

This was a tough prompt so I went with something that I read ages ago but would most likely still be relevant now. I gotta be honest, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan because I struggle to get through these books without a guide and even then, it’s a struggle…

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Not only is it the longest book on my TBR at close to 1,500 pages but it is also one of the books with the smallest text and that more than anything has put me off reading it. I don’t know when I don’t know how but I will tackle this book one day and I will feel bloody brilliant when I finish it! 😂

I won’t be tagging anyone but if you’re interested to do this tag, feel free to link back so I can read your answers! Have you read any of these books and if you have, do you have similar thoughts about any of them? Are any of these on your TBR?

MidnighTS Book Tag (I)

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to do this tag today because it’s based on Taylor Swift’s newest album drop: Midnights. I first saw Yolanda @Past Midnight post this book tag and since then, I’ve seen a few bloggers do it too—even some who haven’t blogged for a long time and who had a revival moment just for this tag! I’m going to keep this introduction short and just get into the good stuff. FYI, this is just for the first 13 tracks on the regular album but there’s a part two for the 3am tracks! ✨

This awesome tag and all its images were originally created by Star is All Booked Up!

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I’m back with another tag today and it’s for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag! I was actually tagged by the wonderful Aster Marie @Happy Bookish After a couple of months ago and then I recently saw Kaya do the post, which spurred me into finally writing my own. Thanks for the tag and inspiration, friends! 😍 I honestly don’t think I’ll be spilling any tea or juicy deets as I don’t think these takes are really ‘hot’ but I guess we’ll soon find out. 😂 On that note…

This original book tag was created by the booktuber: TheBookArcher.

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20 Questions Book Tag!

Hi, hello, friends! I’m back with another tag today and it’s the 20 Questions Book Tag that the wonderful Kerri @ KerriMcBookNerd tagged me in back in June (oop!). If you haven’t already, go check out Kerri’s blog! She writes wonderful posts and is such a supportive friend in the community. 💜 Thanks for the tag, lovely!

I tried to find the OG creator of this tag but kept running into dead ends, so if you do know who it is, please let me know and I’ll link to them. On that note, let’s get to the tag!

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