BLOGGER AWARD #3 | Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award
Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award
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Hi, everyone! I was nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Award back in September by Anna over at Anna’s Book Nook, and I figured I should, ya know…finally get around to it, lol. Thank you to Anna for nominating me! Lemme just point out before we begin that this award was originally created by Rising Star @ Ideal Inspiration Blog.

Content warning: I wanna forewarn y’all that I do talk about alcohol in the second question I answer, in case that can be sensitive for anyone!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  • Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted an “official” spot to talk about books and create bookish content!

What is your favorite fall tradition/activity?

So I love watching all the scary Halloween movies, but I also enjoy trying all the new hard cider flavors my local apple orchard makes every year.

If you could live in any book, what would it be?

Priory of the Orange Tree! I loved the world-building and the aesthetic. Not to mention the characters! (but let’s be real, I’d most likely die from…something. pretty easily, lol)

Are you more of a coffee or tea person? Cold or hot?

Cold coffee and hot tea!

If you could change the ending of one book, what would it be and why?

Crooked Kingdom. Y’all know why.

Nominees (Please don’t feel pressured to do it! If you don’t want to, that’s totally okay 😊)

Questions

  • what was your last 5-star read or read that you loved?
  • any reading resolutions or goals for 2021?
  • what books are you hoping to get to this year?
  • do you have any comfort meals or foods?
  • if you read or were read to when you were younger, what was your favorite childhood book? if not, what book(s) got you into reading?

And that’s it! I hope y’all enjoyed this award post. I’m curious — let me know what sort of fall, winter, spring, or summer activity/tradition you love to do! See y’all next time. 😊

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TOP TEN TUESDAY #9 | Favorite Adult Characters in YA

Hi, everyone! It’s Tuesday, so get ready for another TTT. For those of you that don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme ran by That Artsy Girl. This week’s prompt is a character freebie: anything related to characters. For this, I decided to do some of my favorite adult characters in Young Adult fiction!

5. Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Sally just tries so hard to make sure Percy’s taken care of and everything, and I love her. I really must re-read the series to remember everything she’s done because I’m 90% sure she’s done a lot.

4. Larten Crepsley from Cirque du Freak

He is such a good character! Kind of an ass in the beginning, but Larten grew on me as the series continued. The vampire is basically just an old grouch who wants to take care of his spider and “grudgingly” cares about Darren, too, I guess, if he must.

3. Uncle Will from The Diviners

Reading through the first Diviners book, I loved Uncle Will. His obsession with the occult is interesting, and I like his interactions with other characters. I’m interested to see what he’ll be like in the rest of the series.

2. Christopher Wolfe from The Great Library

Not gonna lie, I hated Wolfe in the beginning because, uh, he was a jackwagon. But by the end of Ink and Bone, I really liked him as a character. I’ve only read the first book, so here’s to hoping he isn’t killed off in the upcoming books or something.

1. Colm Fahey from the Six of Crows duology

This man. THIS MAN. Colm’s the dad who would make sure everyone was hydrated and well-fed before they went out into the Barrel to go and steal shit from people. He cares so much about his son and, in extension, the rest of the Dregs. He just wants Jesper to be happy, and he made Crooked Kingdom so good. I hope he’s thriving.

And there are just a few of my favorite adult characters in young adult books! Are any of your favs on this list? Or are there other adult characters you absolutely love? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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Hey there, everyone! I recently created a Patreon that has more bookish stuff. If you like what I do on this here blog, maybe you could think about supporting me with a few dollars in exchange for even more bookish content!

You don’t have to worry about any content from here being behind a paywall, either. Absolutely everything on this blog is staying here, including reviews, book tags, weekly memes, discussions. Everything. The content on Patreon could be seen as extra perks and a way of saying thanks for supporting me!

Depending on the tier you choose, being a patron allows you to have:

  • early access to reviews (24 hours)
  • the ability to collectively choose 2 books for the following month’s TBR
  • exclusive posts on bookish tips and tricks
  • character analyses
  • and more!

Regardless if you become a patron or not, I really appreciate the support you have all given me throughout my blogging journey. ❤️

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BOOK TAG #16 | Pre-Netflix GrishaVerse Tag

So, Nox @ Nox Reads tagged me in this tag…back in January. I’m just now getting to it. This is fine. I’m fine. Not like I had a hiatus that went on for several months right after she tagged me… *nervous laughter* Anyway, let’s get into it!

Note: some of the prompts can contain spoilers for books in the GrishaVerse.

Nina Better Be Plus-Sized: a books with fantastic fat rep

Outside of the Six of Crows duology, Undead Girl Gang is one of the only books I’ve read with good fat rap. And I need to change that. This was a really good book, too, and I would recommend it (here’s my review for more info!).

Malina Are Not My OTP: a book where you couldn’t get behind the romance

I wanted to love this book so bad, but I could not get behind most of If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker. There’s slow burn (which I love), and then there’s “let’s throw these two characters together at the last 10% OUT OF NOWHERE.” Ugh.

“The Darkling Isn’t Dead”: a book where you connected with the villain

Hello, Adelina Amouteru, I love you. Seriously, grey characters in YA fantasy series? Here, have my whole soul. I mean, she was the villain to some of the characters, so this totally counts.

Don’t You Dare White Wash: a book-to-movie/TV show adaptation where the character’s ethinicity was respected

I don’t watch many movies or TV shows, so I’m the wrong person to ask. But I guess Rue from The Hunger Games? Wasn’t she black in both the book and movie? That’s all I got.

The King of Scars: a book by a beloved author that you’re excited about

I read A Darker Shade of Magic the beginning of this year, and I absolutely loved it (here’s my review)! I can’t wait to read the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows, hopefully sometime soon.

Inej and Kaz: fancast your faves

*whispers* I’m not doing this because I have no Idea™️ how to.

No Mourners, No Funerals: a book quote that has stuck with you

May I present to you what fucking killed me in Crooked Kingdom? “I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together — knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” Fuuuuck me.

Tag Your Faves and Spread the Hype

Listen, if you want to do it? Boom, you’re tagged. Go at it, my dude!

And that’s that! I hoped y’all liked it (especially you, Nox!). Lemme know if you decide to do this tag — I’d love to see your answers! Also…super excited about this Netflix series.

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

Hey there, everyone! I recently created a Patreon that has more bookish stuff. If you like what I do on this here blog, maybe you could think about supporting me with a few dollars in exchange for even more bookish content!

You don’t have to worry about any content from here being behind a paywall, either. Absolutely everything on this blog is staying here, including reviews, book tags, weekly memes, discussions. Everything. The content on Patreon could be seen as extra perks and a way of saying thanks for supporting me!

Depending on the tier you choose, being a patron allows you to have:

  • early access to reviews (24 hours)
  • the ability to collectively choose 2 books for the following month’s TBR
  • exclusive posts on bookish tips and tricks
  • character analyses
  • and more!

Regardless if you become a patron or not, I really appreciate the support you have all given me throughout my blogging journey. ❤️

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BOOK TAG #8 | Fall Book Tag

The Fall Book Tag

Hi, everyone! I know it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last posted (getting ready to go back to college was a struggle, haha). So, I wanted to start out nice and easy with a book tag! I understand that it isn’t quite fall yet, but I always made fall synonymous with September, so here we are.

Here are the rules for this tag:

  • Link back to Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

Without further ado, let’s begin!


1. Crisp Fall Air: a book that felt fresh and new

The Diviners

I’m going to have to pick The Diviners by Libba Bray! Even though I’m only five or six hours into the audiobook, I’ve been loving it. I suppose the aspect of kids having magical powers isn’t entirely new, but the setting (1920s New York) has a great feel to it, and I think the narration is phenomenal. Definitely something that’s new. Continue reading “BOOK TAG #8 | Fall Book Tag”

List #4 | 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters That I Enjoyed & 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters I Want to Read

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Happy Pride Month, everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying June as much as I am (or even more so). Since it is, indeed, Pride Month, I wanted to celebrate by making a list of five books with LGBT+ characters that I liked, and five books with LGBT+ characters that I can’t wait to read! And, of course, I know that I phrase it as “LGBT+,” but I do emphasize the “+” heavily, which includes ace-spec, aro-spec, pan, and otherwise queer folks, too!

So, let’s get started, first with five books with LGBT+ characters that I enjoyed (in no particular order)!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs

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I’m pretty sure I’ve already talked about this book a lot, but still. It has a special place in my heart. It’s the first book I’ve read ever that has a (mostly) fluffy plot and an m/m romance. I just really love it, and I can’t wait to re-read it!

Continue reading “List #4 | 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters That I Enjoyed & 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters I Want to Read”

DISCUSSION #3 | YA Fantasy and LGBT+ Rep. (Kind of a Mess, but Getting Better? Possibly.)

YA Fantasy and LGBT+ Representation

(Entirely unrelated, but I hate how big the “+” is compared to the rest of title. I couldn’t change it, either, sadly…)

Hi, everyone!

So, in celebration of finishing (and loving) Children of Smoke and Bone, I figured I’ll do a discussion post on YA fantasy! And since I always love queering things up a bit when I can, this is going to be about LGBT+ representation in YA fantasy: the good…and the not so good.

As disclaimer, I’ll try my best to be as inclusive as possible! I know I just say “LGBT+” when referring to the non-allocishet community, but just think that there is extra emphasis on the “+”. Because, hey, I’m part of the “+” myself! And, when talking about the community, I am also including ace and aro people, too!

So, here we go!

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #2 | April 2018

I hope everyone’s April went well, both for reading/book blogging and in general. Since it’s already the first day of May, I figured I’ll post my wrap-up! I actually finished quite a few more books this month compared to March: instead of two, I read and (mostly) finished seven books! And I got through all but one book that was on my TBR for this month. Without further ado, let’s get into my wrap-up for April 2018!

The first book that I finished in April was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

Quiet

⭐⭐⭐
3/5 stars

This book let me down. I was pretty excited for it because I never really looked into the research surrounding introversion and extroversion. However, outside of the actual research described in the book, I didn’t much like much else. For a more in-depth review, here is my review on it, but I didn’t like the dichotomous view of introvert vs. extrovert, and I thought the real-life examples were lacking, amongst other complaints. But yeah, wasn’t a huge fan.

Next up on my list is Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge.

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REVIEW #4 | “Crooked Kingdom” (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

Crooked Kingdom

Title: “Crooked Kingdom”

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pages (hardcover): 546 pages

Original Publishing Date: 20 September 2016

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets — a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.”

Trigger warnings for the novel:

  • violence and gore (throughout the novel)
  • talk of past trauma (throughout the novel)
  • character death (pg. 494)

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

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MONTHLY TBR #1: April 2018 TBR!

Hi, everyone!

I decided to start doing monthly TBRs (TBR: to be read, for those who didn’t know)…we’ll see how these go, haha. I’m much more of an emotional reader, so I’m not sure if I’ll stick to this list, but I’ll try since it will be the first time I’ll be doing it. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!


1. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone by Becky Blades and 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

Both of these books were gifts from my parents when I graduated high school back in 2016, and outside of flipping through them, I never actually read them. I decided I’ll just group them together since they’re really short books, and I’ll also review them together as well. They have similar content, so why not? Moving on to my (hopefully) second read this month:

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

I read Six of Crows twice before, but I just got my hands on Crooked Kingdom, its sequel, and I forgot what happened at the end of Six of Crows. So, here I am, planning to reread it in April. And since I just said I recently bought Crooked Kingdom, it seems pretty obvious what the next book is going to be…

Continue reading “MONTHLY TBR #1: April 2018 TBR!”