Inside Out Booktag

I think I may have been tagged to do this at some point, but never got around actually doing it, and now I just stumbled onto it on Meggan’s blog, and decided that I had to do it.

There are just five prompts, following the five emotions from the (awesome) movie Inside Out, and for each, I picked a book!

JOY | Which book brings you the most joy?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book is the best, it’s fantastic, it’s sweet and beautiful and it just makes me so happy.

DISGUST | Which book grossed you out the most?

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. The whole mind jelly thing or whatever (you’ll have to excuse me I read it a long time ago though it’s something I will unfortunately never forget) completely grossed me out, it gave me the chills, it was just so disturbing.

FEAR | Which book scared you more than anything?

I don’t really read scary books or horror stories for some reason, so I’m going to go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because throughout the book I was just so scared for everyone’s lives all the time.

SADNESS | Which book made you cry the hardest?

This question only has one answer for me and that is One Day by David Nicholls. It breaks my heart every time I think about it. This book is so beautiful and sad at the same time (and I can only recommend it!)

ANGER | Which book pissed you off the most?

For this one I’m going to go with My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and I know it’s apparently an unpopular opinion, but I just don’t get why so many people love this book. I don’t like the main characters and especially Lila, and don’t relate with whatever happens. I’m reading book two right now, and I don’t even know why because it’s overall SO FRUSTRATING.

And that’s it for today’s post, thanks for reading!

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O.W.L.’s Exams Readathon Wrap Up

This month I accidentally stumbled across an amazing themed readathon, and I decided to take part in it. You can check out my TBR here. Basically, the idea was to read books following different prompts that matched the subjects studied at Hogwarts for the O.W.L. exams taken the Fifth Year students. I found a book almost for each prompt, so that I would have a large choice, and read some of them, and some others (matching or not) the prompts.

Here are the prompts that I managed to get:

Ancient Runes – Read a book with a symbol on the cover

My pick was originally Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cunnings, but I eventually read City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, in the recent edition that has indeed a very beautiful symbol on the cover.

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Note: This one could also fit other themes like Charms (Read a fantasy novel) and also deals with shape shifting, secret societies and magical creatures, it’s just the perfect series for a Harry Potter/magical themed readathon!

Divination – Read a book about prophecies

I had picked Wonder Woman, vol.5: Flesh by Brian Azzarello, and I did indeed read it an love it.

Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Flesh

History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction book

For this one I had picked Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but I didn’t touch it this month. However, I read Beloved by Toni Morrison, and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, which are both historical fiction.

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Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book

For this one I had picked Misogynation by Laura Bates, however, I didn’t have the time to read it this month. I did read a non fiction book this month, albeit a much shorter one, and it was the biography of Carrie Fisher by Chris Dicker.

Full title: Carrie Fisher Biography: The Legacy of Princess Leia, Rumors and More

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And finally:

Astronomy – Read a science-fiction book

I had picked New World: Inferno by Jennifer Wilson but unfortunately I didn’t manage to pick it up, however I did read a science fiction comic book, and that was Vol.2 of Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, the comic book sequel of The Lunar Chronicles.

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)


Pass Grades:

Outstanding – Sit (and pass) at least 5 O.W.L’s

Exceeds Expections – Sit (and pass) at least 3 O.W.L’s

Acceptable – Sit (and pass) at least 2 O.W.L’s

I managed to read books fitting five different themes, so I guess I passed my O.W.L.s Outstandingly!

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O.W.L’s Exams Readathon TBR

I found out about this readathon on Literary Wisdom‘s blog and I immediately wanted to give it a try. It’s taking place through the month of April, from the 2nd to the 29th. Basically, it’s a themed readathon with 12 different themes matching the different Hogwarts school subjects and different O.W.L.s that students are taking during their 5th year. If found a book for almost all of the themes, and I will try to read as much as I can, and see how that goes!

Ancient Runes – Read a book with a symbol on the cover

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith Part 1

Arithmacy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

Astronomy – Read a science – fiction novel

New World: Inferno by Jennifer Wilson

New World Inferno (New World, #3)

Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes magical creatures or features a magical creature on the cover

The Golem and the Djinni by Helen Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni (The Golem and the Djinni #1)

Charms – Read a fantasy novel

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Defence against the dark arts – Book about/featuring secret societies/clubs

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Divination – Read a book about prophecies

Wonder Woman, vol.5: Flesh by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Flesh

Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction book

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism

Potions – Read a book about/with alchemy

I’m going to skip this one because I couldn’t think of anything ~

Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/ shape shifting/ similar theme or a book with a cat on the cover

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Pass Grades:

Outstanding – Sit (and pass) at least 5 O.W.L’s

Exceeds Expections – Sit (and pass) at least 3 O.W.L’s

Acceptable – Sit (and pass) at least 2 O.W.L’s

Fail Grades:

Poor – Sit only one O.W.L

Dreadful – Start but not finish any O.W.L’s

Troll – Don’t show up for your O.W.L’s

I hope I read a few of those, and I will let you know how it went at the end of the month!

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 3

And here comes the last day of the 3 Quotes 3 Days Tag! I’m a huge lover of quotes, and it was so much fun to do this and share the love. Once again, thank you Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

The rules go as follows:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

And for the last day, I decided to share my favourite quote from my favourite book. I have it up on my wall, just above my desk. And in case you didn’t know (because I don’t talk about it enough), my favourite book is One Day by David Nicholls.

“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life, it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle.”

I just love this quote so much ♥

I already tagged people yesterday and the day before yesterday, so I’m not tagging anyone specifically today, but if you want to do this tag, feel free to do so! I’m tagging you! And I hope you have a wonderful day!

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 2

To be honest, I had already seen bloggers do this tag and I thought this was pretty cool, so I’m glad I was tagged to do it because it gave me the perfect opportunity to do it! Again, thanks to Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

For this second day, I have chosen to present you with a quote from Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, because I believe this book is extremely important and want everyone to hear about it. The quote is from the third chapter: What is White Priviledge?

“How can I define white priviledge? It’s so difficult to describe an absence. And white priviledge is an absence of the negative consequences of racism.”

I’m tagging Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles, Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and Ally Dewing

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 1

I’ve been really slacking on this blog, but I’ve just been tagged for the 3 Quotes 3 Days Tag and it’s the perfect opportunity to make up for that! Thank you Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

My quote today is from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, which I just finished reading!

“He wasn’t evil, wasn’t cruel, wasn’t monstrous. He was just someone who wanted to be something else, something he wasn’t.”

I’m tagging Digital Jen, Romie We Deserve Love and Literary Wisdom

Harry Potter Spells Booktag

HP Spells Book Tag

Before I start I wanted to thank the super awesome Norah for tagging me to do this super awesome booktag! Check out her post here. This tag was created by KimberlyFayeReads who is also the one who made the gorgeous designs!!

1 - Accio

1. AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU WISH YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON RIGHT NOW

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #2)

I absolutely loved her first poetry book the princess saves herself in this one and when I heard she was publishing a new one, I got really excited. It will be released in March 2018, and I can’t wait!!

2 - Alohomora

2. FAVOURITE SERIES STARTER

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I think I’ll go with Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan because I remember falling in love with this series as soon as I started it, and also because it is the first book in the series, and also the first book in a whole universe which I really love.

3 - Cheering Charm

3. A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU ALL THE WARM FUZZIES

Before I Fall

Before I fall by Lauren Olliver. I don’t talk about this book a lot but I absolutely loved it, and I will always remember feeling butterflies in my stomach while reading it.

4 - Aguamenti

4. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY

The Fault in Our Stars

For this one (and though I know it’s not a very original choice) I have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because I clearly remember crying in my bed at 2am while finishing this book the first time I read it.

5 - Expecto Patronum

5. BOOKISH HERO OR HEROINE YOU WANT AROUND TO PROTECT YOU IN REAL LIFE

Can I have my own Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) please? He is a very realistic character with an incredible character development, who in the end, will do anything for the people he cares about.

6 - Lumos

6. A BOOK YOU INTENTIONALLY SPOILED FOR YOURSELF

I do that so often while skimming through the pages and then hate myself. To be honest, I can’t pick a book in particular ^^

7 - Imperio

7. A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE EVERYONE READ BECAUSE YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH

One Day   A Quiet Kind of Thunder   The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Can I pick three? I’m going to pick three. The first one is my all time favourite One Day by David Nicholls, which is beautiful, realistic and heartbreaking at the same time. The second time is a 2017 release which I absolutely loved and believe everyone should read because it is a very good representation of anxiety. I’m talking about A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. And I can’t not talk about one of my new favourites, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, a non fiction that deals with artists, loneliness and social media. If there is one thing you have to remember from this post, it’s that you should read those books.

8 - Engorgio

8. A BOOK SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This universe had so much more potential, I could read about it forever.

9 - Wingardium Leviosa

9. A BOOK WITH AN UPLIFTING ENDING OR MESSAGE

The Upside of Unrequited

The Up Side of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Such a bright and positive book, about accepting yourself. It has fantastic and beautiful charcter. The perfect example of an uplifting book!

10 - Obliviate

10. A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET YOU EVER READ

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins. It was my least favourite book in the series and honestly broke my heart way too much. Get this heartbreak away from me please.

11 - Anapneo

11. AN AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS ALWAYS GET YOU OUT OF A SLUMP

Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante

For this one I’m picking something a little bit different as the author is a comic book artist and illustrator. She is French, she’s an amazing feminist and relatable badass lady. Her name is Pénélope Bagieu.

12 - Jelly-Legs Jinx

12. A SWOON-WORTHY HERO OR HEROINE

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen. I love her so much. She is a complex, relatable and well-written character, and honestly one of my biggest bookish crushes. I need to talk about this series more, by the way.

13 - Aresto Momentum

13. A BOOK THAT CAUSED YOU TO STOP DOING ALL OTHER THINGS UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I remember I read this one after my exams in my second year. I didn’t have much to do and I just loved it so much, I couldn’t put it down.

14 - Crucio

14. A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ (FOR WHATEVER REASON) OR BROKE YOU

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. All the not-trusting-each-other between Tris and Four was plain annoying and extremely frustrating and all I could ask myself was WHY. This book was so painful to read.

15 - Rictumsempra

15. A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD

Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life's Awkward Moments

Introvert Doodles by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson. This one is also one of my recent reads, I loved it so much because of how relatable and cute it is. And also really hilarious.

16 - Expelliarmus

16. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SEND IT (OR YOUR EREADER) FLYING

Night and Day

Night and Day by Virginia Woolf. Sadly, I’m not a huge Virginia Woolf fan, and the only reason I finished this book is because I had to read it for one of my classes. I found it extremely frustrating. I was sold a book about feminism and suffragettes, and what I actually got was a bland imitation of Jane Austen. And clearly, if I hadn’t been reading it on my kindle, I would have thrown it out of the window.

17 - Portus

17. BOOKISH WORLD YOU WISH YOU COULD VISIT

Narnia. My answer for this question will always be Narnia. (Or Hogwarts. How am I supposed to pick?)

18 - Stupefy

18. A BOOK WITH A SCHOCKING TWIST OR ENDING

One Day

One Day by David Nicholls. I totally did not see that coming. How dare you, David Nicholls? How could you do this to me? (But seriously, go read this book.)

19 - Avada Kedavra

19. A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU

I have an endless list for that. From Shade Barrow (Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard) to Fred Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) to Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins). And so many more.

20 - Finite Incantatem

20. BEST SERIES CONCLUSION

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab. I’m pretty sure this was my favourite in the whole trilogy.

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And that’s it for today! I tried to be more or less original in my answers, depending on the questions. I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do it as well! If you want, consider yourself tagged, and know that I had a lot of fun doing this! Have a wonderful day!