Beauty and The Beast Book Tag

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are having a fantastic day. So was looking at one of my new favorites bloggers, Kirsty, over at her blog The Bibliophile Girland I decided to do a book tag she did called The Beauty and The Beast Book Tag. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!

I will link Kristy’s blog and the creator of the tag’s blog right here:

The Bibliophile Girl and here is the direct link to her version of this tag here.

The creator of this tag is Gretchen over at Chicnerdreads so definitely check out her blog as well!

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So let’s do this thing!

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Question #1.

‘Tale as Old as Time’ – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.

I honestly love dystopian novels and fantasy novels. I specifically love fantasy novels about the fae. I always have. I can read The Hungar Games trilogy over and over without growing tired of it, and the same is true with either of  Sarah J. Maas’s book series. I also love the “Beauty and the Beast” retellings too, of course!!

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Question #2.

Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.

I recently bought a copy of Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and it’s stunning. I loved the film and I’d been waiting for it to come out as a novel for years! It was definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t seen the film or read the novelization I highly recommend it.

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Question #3.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

So for this one, I’m going to choose a novel I had to read for the course I took this past semester. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s a 19th century novel about a family who moves from the country to a highly industrialized town in Britain. Gaskell definitely has her own writing style but the story is written with a nod to Jane Austen. It very much has a Pride and Prejudice feel to it but in a completely different style. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did!

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Question #4.

Gaston – A book everyone loves but you don’t.

Okay, I don’t know what the opinion of the interwebs is, but when it comes to people I know personally, I am the oddball with this book. What’s the book I’m talking about? Probably one of the first real YA books out there: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I had to read this in school and I hated it. I was bored the entire time. I don’t even remember what the story is about anymore. I’ve considered giving it a second chance now that it’s been ages since I read the book. I just don’t know if I can do it. (P.S. Sorry, if you love this one, no offense.)

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Question #5.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

I’m going to have to say Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. She always brings me joy when I am reading the books and she comes into the story. She’s so kind and smart, and honestly forgiving too. She ignores so much that people do to pick on her. She’s just one of my absolute favorite characters!

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Question #6.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiér, and Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

Okay, this will totally sound cheesy to some of you but I’m going to go straight to it. My Bible has helped me get through more tough times than any other book possible. I believe it is God’s word and therefore I can learn and grow through it. For those of you who have read it and believe in it as well, you understand what I mean. As far as any other book that I learned from, as a kid, reading Nancy Drew or Anne of Green Gables and learning about life through the different dynamics of the characters, those things helped me grow as a person. But no other book has helped me through the tough times the way reading my Bible has.

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Question #7.

‘Something There’ – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

Okay, as crazy as this will sound, the first book of The Hungar Games trilogy was like this for me. I had a really hard time getting into it. I think maybe it was because I was reading it on my e-reader instead of reading a physical copy of the book. I prefer physical books to digital ones, despite having TONS of them. So maybe that’s why it took me so much longer to read despite enjoying it once it was over.

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Question #8.

‘Be Our Guest’ – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

Oh gosh, just one? Wow…um, I guess I’d have to say, Nancy Drew. She was one of the first fictional characters to get me into reading as a kid, so if she came over for dinner, I could ask about her latest mystery!

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That’s all I have guys! Feel free to do the tag and let me know if you do so that I can check out your answers!! Have a wonderful week!

~mk

2019 Christmas Reading Recommendations

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday season is going well. I have been looking for Holiday reading recommendations to share and new holiday reads for myself as well. Although I have read a few of these, several are new recommendations to me too from my amazing sister! So without further ado, Let’s look at the books!!

  1. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. This is the second book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and I do recommend reading the first one first, this second book takes place during the Christmas season!
  2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is a cute contemporary Christmas romance story and I very much enjoyed it. Dash and Lily are very cute and have an enjoyable adventure together. I would definitely recommend checking it out for a quick Christmas read!
  3. Hunted by Megan Spooner. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but when I initially read the novel, it gave me such winter vibes, I thought it would be a fun one to read around the Christmas season. I do plan on doing a Winter Reads list, so maybe it’s more appropriate to list there, but sometimes I enjoy a good Beauty and the Beast novel around Christmas.

Christmas Recommendations I haven’t read yet:

So as I said, some of these are new discoveries for myself this year. Although I cannot give an opinion on whether or not these books are any good myself. I will state if they were recommended to me or if they are ones I am just hoping to check out. You may even find that they were some of the same ones listed on my December TBR post:

  1. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. This is a recommendation from my wonderful sister who loves Agatha Christie’s novels. I can’t give an opinion on it yet myself but I know she loves it and has excellent taste in classics.
  2. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie. Another recommendation from my lovely sister.
  3. What Light by Jay Asher. I have heard mixed things about this one. I hope it ends up being one that I enjoy but I am not sure. We will see.
  4. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. I have heard some great things about this book and the stories it holds. Hopefully, I enjoy it when I get to it.

So hopefully I have some good recommendations for you here and for me as well. If and when I get a chance to check these out (the ones on my TBR for this year at least) I will hopefully get a chance to review them and let you know what my thoughts are.

If you have read any of these and found that you liked them or didn’t, let me know! I’d love to get your thoughts and opinions on these novels!

Merry Christmas everyone!!
~mk

 

 

September 2019 TBR

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Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. I am so excited to share with you the books I plan to read in September. So far I have been doing pretty well with catching up on the reads that I have been trying to get to for… way too long. Some of the books, I started ages ago, put down, and then restarted so I had to guestimate the actual real start date of the books I read on Goodreads. Do any of you do this? It’s a terrible habit I have.  Anyway, that said, I have been able to get through several books and because of this, I was able to add new books to my TBR for this month! So, let’s dive in!

So here are the books I’ve added to my September TBR:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • After You by Jojo Moyes

Now if you are anything like me, you have a pile of books that you are reading. If you are a slower reader, like me, some of them you finish in a couple of days because you are really into that book and some you finish over months because you hit a spot in the book that is a slow spot…or maybe you misplace the book. (*cough* all. the. time. *cough*) Anyway, these books are the top ones I’m reading BUT…I am also reading the books mentioned in my last post. So if you take a look back at that one it’s not as bad as it could be. Sometimes I start so many books at once I have to completely stop half of them just to read one.

So what are you reading in September? Are you a mood reader like me and plan to read things that help to bring on the Autumn vibes? Let me know!

~mk

August 2019 Reads

Hello, everyone! I hope your week is fantastic. So today I thought I’d give you a brief glimpse of what my current reads are. I know, I know, August is over, but these were started in August so I had to list them as being August reads. :p

Some of them are getting more attention than others but I am definitely enjoying each of them, but, I wanted to share the books I’m currently enjoying at the moment!

  1. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I discovered the Outlander series through “Booktube” shortly before the series came out on Stars. I heard lots of people had read it and loved it. Honestly, I was very intimidated to read it because the series looked so incredibly daunting. These are not short books, guys, these are 800 some odd page books!!! BUT… I jumped into Claire and Jamie’s world and I haven’t been able to look back. Voyager is the third book in the series and I am greatly enjoying it. I won’t give away anything because I don’t want to spoil the novels or the show for anyone. I have maybe 10 chapters left in the book. So I definitely recommend the series, but I will warn you that this is not a YA series. There are some strong adult themes throughout the novels. Be aware of that before you jump in.
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I know…I can’t believe I haven’t finished the series along with everyone else….but, like with many book series that I love so dearly, I sit on them and don’t finish them as quickly as I should because…I don’t want them to end. Sarah J. Maas is my current top favorite author. I have loved every one of her books and I cannot wait to read Cresent City when it comes out. That said, I love Aelin’s character. I know some people love this series and other’s don’t. Many of the people who don’t think the characters are bland or are all the same. Maybe Aelin fits a trope but she’s the type of character who, at least for me, grabs and doesn’t let go. I really enjoy her snark, her growth, her ups, and downs. If you like fantasy novels and you enjoy YA, I would say at least give this series a try. So far I am loving this book and I have maybe a third left to go before it’s done.
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I waited until Finale came out before I picked this up. I reread Caraval not too long ago and I am so happy to be back in this world. I’m not super far into this one. Maybe a third of the way through but I am hoping to finish it soon. Since Legendary is the second book in the series, I love how we get the switch between Scarlett and Tella’s perspective. If you haven’t read this one, I don’t want to really give you much other than think of a circus type mystery. It’s amazing.
  4. The Handmade’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. So first off, I have not seen the TV series. I have, of course, seen the trailers but outside what the trailers show and the little bit that I have read in the summary of the novel, I only know that this is a dystopian novel. I’m not going to summarize what the novel is about here because honestly, I have only just started it. I am maybe a chapter or two into it. From what I gather, it is a future dystopia that backtracks to a fictional culture with fewer freedoms.  I don’t really have an opinion of this book yet. I’m hoping to like it but I have heard mixed reviews.
  5. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. Put Scotland, Arthurian legend and Outlander together and that’s what people have said you get when you read this book. The story is based on the historical Scottish queen and her brother who give us the mythological figure of Merlin. Going into this book, that was all I needed to know. Languoreth and Lailoken are brother and sister, children of a Scottish lord. Their story brings is one of magic and myth. Although I’m not very far into the story (less than a third of the way) I cannot wait to see where this takes me.

 

So these are some of my main reads for the moment. I’m also reading a couple other books that I’ll list here. I plan to do full reviews of them once I complete the books series.

So what are you reading? Have you read any of these books and did you enjoy them? What did you like or dislike? Hopefully, September will bring me new reads and all of these will be finished! If not, well…I guess I’d better get back to it! :p

Let me know!

~mk

The Great Reading Slump of 2017

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. As I’m sure you gathered from the title of this post, I am in what I am calling “The Great Reading Slump of 2017”. As I’m sure you guessed, this is why I haven’t posted in a while. I was hoping to have something more interesting to post about by now, but since I’m still pretty ‘slumpy’ this is what we are talking about today.

Now, I am not sure if what I am in is a true ‘Reading Slump’ or a ‘Book Hangover’. I do know that I have stopped and started several books, all of which I want to read, have read before, or know that I like…but the fact is: I can’t seem to get out of the reading slump at the moment.

So today I’m going to talk about what I do/have done since I’m in a reading slump. So, let’s jump in!

  • Listen to audio books!

Since I have been in this reading slump for a little over a month now, I have been listening to my audio books like crazy! Most of them I started earlier this year, and since I like to switch up what I listen to based on my mood, I have several different ones going.  I’m currently listening to:
– Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (This was the first book I started this year, and it is a collection of short stories about, like the title says, Norse mythology. It is a lot of fun and a nice slow burning book.)
– Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (If you follow me on twitter, you probably already know this.)
– Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (a great non-fiction, self-help book suggestion by Mollie over at Mollie Reads that I started much earlier this year.)
– The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (I have read this book physically, but I have heard the audio books are really good, so I started this in the hope of continuing the series.)

  • Allow yourself a break from reading.

Since I’ve been in the reading slump, I’ve tried very hard not to force myself to read. Sometimes, in my experience, forcing myself to read, will only make the reading slump worse. So I have allowed myself some time to watch TV, listen to podcasts (they are my new addiction, I may have a post on that topic at a later time) and just tried to relax in my down time. So if you enjoy listening to music and crocheting (another thing I’ve done to relax….) then go for it! Allow yourself some time to let your mind recharge before jumping back into reading.

  • If you must read, pick a book you know will help you out of the slump.

So I will admit, the book I chose that I thought would help me with this, wasn’t the best choice. I thought that it would be a decent choice, but it ended up not being the best choice. So if you know a book that would get you out of a reading slump, maybe it’s one of your all time favorites, and I you read it not too long ago, read it again. Chose a book that will help you out of a slump. Right now, I’m so deep in this slump, I’m not even sure that my favorite book would get me out of this slump.

  • Try reading something outside your comfort zone

Another thing that I’ve tried is to read something completely different than what I normally would chose. I am primarily a reader of fiction, so for me, a lot of times I will turn to non-fiction to help get me through a slump.

So, those are my reading slump suggestions or things that have worked for me. If you have some suggestions that work for you, I’d love to hear about them. Maybe they will help me get out of ‘The Great Reading Slump of 2017’! Who knows!

Thanks for reading and I’ll chat with you in the comments!

~mk