Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag

I saw this on A Book A Thought blog and decided I had to give it a chance!

πŸ‚ The Rules πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Link back to the original post
πŸ‚ Thank the person who tagged you
πŸ‚ Do the prompts below
πŸ‚ Tag some friends
πŸ‚ Most importantly – have fun!

πŸ‚ Pumpkin Spice Latte: A book you didn’t think you’d love πŸ‚

I say this all the time, I don’t do overly hyped series or books. Trust me, I have a whole box of overly hyped books from my friends that I haven’t read yet because quite frankly, I don’t want to be disappointed or disappoint them. However, when my spouse offered to buddy read this book with me, it made the experience of this book better and it allowed me to form my own thoughts about this book without that kind of pressure (although, the looming anticipation from friends was lurking right over my shoulders the entire time). I was pleasantly surprised. I still need to finish this series, but I understand why so many readers really love the Illuminae trilogy.

πŸ‚ Hot Apple Cider: A book that got you a bit hot under the collar πŸ‚

The Devil In Me (Seven Devils #1) by K. I. Lynn hit me right out of left field! I knew it was going to be a steamy book… I just didn’t know how steamy. And that’s all I have to say about that.

πŸ‚ Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: A book that felt like a warm hug πŸ‚

Check Please Vol. 2 left me in a whirlwind of feelings. I laughed, I got emotional, and I’m still in denial that this duology has finally come to an end. I refuse to accept it! This duology follows Eric Bittle and his adventures in college, more specifically playing on his college’s hockey team. There’s a very wholesome romance throughout both books, found family, and navigating the waters of publicly coming out to the ones you love most. This is probably one of my favorite duologies and I can’t recommend it enough!

πŸ‚ Maple Pecan Latte: A book you enjoyed that was hard to get into πŸ‚

Okay, let me explain this one! I recently finished Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) and I loved it. I really, really enjoyed it. However, I say this all the time (this will be mentioned in my final review as well), I struggle so much with multiple povs. I can handle three point of views max, two at bare minimum, but once you go past the third perspective, things start to bleed together for me and I struggle with keeping track of who’s who. I emphasize this especially with high fantasy books because there’s so many details to remember. I also want to mention there’s a lot of content and trigger warnings for this book (which are listed on my pre-statement about this book). Both of these things will be mentioned in my finally review, but setting those aside, I really enjoyed this and I was easily captivated with the story. I’m eager to see how the next book will play out especially with the ending of this book!

πŸ‚ London Fog: A vanilla character πŸ‚

Yumeko from Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I love Yumeko in this series! She loves with her heart on her sleeve and tries to do the right thing. Julie Kagawa did a fantastic job at writing her character and taking Japanese mythology, mixing it into this fantasy adventure. And saying she’s vanilla isn’t a bad thing. Yumeko is very sweet, very innocent, and as you read through this series, you see amazing character development. I truly enjoy her character and what she brings to this story.

πŸ‚ Hot Buttered Rum: A book that was velvety smooth to read πŸ‚

I think I’m going to have to choose the Wayward Children series for this answer. When I hear ‘velvety smooth’, I think of books that were easy for me to fall into, to read in one sitting, and books that have writing that’s lyrical and easy to fall in love with. To me, that’s the Wayward Children series. I have reviews for the first four books which I’ll link below.

πŸ‚ Every Heart A Doorway
πŸ‚ Down Among the Sticks and Bones
πŸ‚ Beneath the Sugar Sky
πŸ‚ In an Absent Dream

πŸ‚ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew: A character whose temperament is icy cold πŸ‚

Surprisingly enough, I don’t have an actual answer for this. I haven’t read a book in a long time that has a character with a temperament that’s icy cold.

πŸ‚ Salted Caramel Mocha: A book that you’re salty about πŸ‚

I don’t get upset with books that often. For the most part, usually the lowest I’ll rate a book is three stars. It’s extremely rare when a book makes my blood boil and I give a low rating, too. It’s month later and I’m still salty about The Wives. I understand why some readers would like this. Not only did I buddy read this with a friend of mine who also had a conflicting reading experience, I also read chapters out loud to my spouse who continuously repeated “WTF” and made cringed faces. I took it as far as thinking “maybe I was overreacting” and actually sent screen shots to friends and family who thrive off the horror and thriller genres. I was met with a lot of questions, comments, and concerns. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be picking anything up from this author in the future.

πŸ‚ Honey Bee Latte: A character who is sweet πŸ‚

I love all the characters from The Tea Dragon Society, but I really love Greta especially in The Tea Dragon Tapestry. Greta has so much love and cares so, so much for those around her. That really shines throughout this entire book. I really loved the moments Greta has with Ginseng. I thought they were such precious moments and I love them together so much! This series means so much to me and I’m really hoping we’ll see more of this world in the future!

πŸ‚ Gingerbread Latte: A character you’d take home for Christmas πŸ‚

I have to say Chloe from Get A Life Chloe Brown. Chloe and I have a lot in common and I just have this feeling like we’d be good friends who really connect with each other. Plus, I think she’d have a fun time trying to cuddle all three of my cats!

πŸ‚ Tagging πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Destiny from Howling Libraries

πŸ‚ Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog

πŸ‚ Kayla from Books and Blends

πŸ‚ Donna at Momsbookcollection

Okay, readers! That wraps up another blog tag! I had so much fun filling this out and I thought it was very appropriate now that we’re moving into the fall/winter season. Do you have a book you’re salty about? Do you have a favorite character you find incredibly sweet? Tell me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re all tackling those tbrs, I love you! 🧑



The Animal Crossing Book Tag!

Credit for inspiring this post goes to Destiny from Howling Libraries and her Animal Crossing Tag post. Make sure you check her blog out and give her some love!

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, it finally happened… I have fallen deep into the hole that is Animal Crossing. In my defense, it’s a really addicting game and I have a very addicting personality. I was doomed from the start, but I’m having a wonderful time and still trying to persuade my spouse to come play as well. But I wanted to do something a little different and what’s more different than bringing in a gaming tag that somehow relates to books! So sit back and enjoy this wild ride!

🐾 PAST VILLAGER β€” who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart? 🐾

I think I talked about this a few times, but when I was in third grade, I was reading thick books like The Tale of Despereaux. I discovered this book not long after I had become severely ill and advised to stay inside to fully recover. And reading that book, it was a wonderful adventure and I still remember the little mouse that changed my time in self-isolation. I still think about that book and Despereaux from time to time. I still love that little mouse with my whole heart.

🐾 BLATHER’S BLATHERINGS β€” recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read 🐾

Oh jeez, this is one of the worst genres for me. Historical fiction is not my cup of tea. I guess, if I really had to choose, I would say The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. Aside from one other series, this is a book that I really enjoyed and the male lover interest completely stole my heart. It is a romance book. If that’s not your cup of tea, I’m sorry. I don’t have many historical recommendations!

🐾 CELESTE’S WISH β€” what is a future book release you wish you could read now? 🐾

You know, I have shouted from the roof tops about how much I want to read Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. However, I do have my interview with Stephen Gramham Jones on May 30th and I really, really want to read his book, The Only Good Indians. Aside from the cover, everything I’ve been hearing about this book has me excited and this book can’t be put in my hands fast enough. Also, being half Apache myself, I don’t talk about Indigenous authors or books enough and this is me telling you to go support this author.

🐾 TIMMY & TOMMY β€” what is your favorite sibling relationship in a book? 🐾

No, not another hard question to answer! I have read so many books with fantastic sibling representation. Of course, I’m a sucker for those books because I love my younger sibling a whole lot and would take on the world for them. I think out of all of the books I’ve read with great sibling relationships, There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool definitely has that sibling relationship that I feel represents my younger sibling and I. Beru and Ephyra are two very different beings, but they’re still sisters. Beru is terminally ill and Ephyra is a force of nature that will stop at nothing to find a cure for her. While my younger sibling isn’t terminally ill, my younger sibling is more passive and quiet like Beru. Whereas Ephyra, who loves like a burning sun and is very protective, is more my personality. And I truly love their moments together.

🐾 THE EASTER BUNNY β€” a popular book character you’re not a big fan of 🐾

I feel like this is going to cause a huge uproar. However, I really didn’t care for The Darkling. Listen, not only did I strongly dislike The Darkling, but I strongly disliked Alina and Mal. The only one who made that trilogy a little brighter was Nikolai. Sorry, but that’s just me and my opinions.

🐾 NOOK’S LOANS β€” an author you’d give all your money to 🐾

That’s easy! Kerri Maniscalco! But seriously, I have so many authors I would throw my money at no matter what they write.

🐾 THE SISTERS ABLE β€” what is your favorite fictional family (found or otherwise)? 🐾

The only true answer is The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum! That’s all I have to say about that.

🐾 IT’S A C+ β€” what’s a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up? 🐾

For once, I want the chosen one trope to back fire or be rewritten differently. While we’re on tropes, the whole Beauty & the Beast retelling trope, I’m over it. Give me a Hades and Persephone retelling, give me a chosen one story line where they’re really not the chosen one, give me something new and fresh. No matter how many different ways you write it, it’s still the same trope. Do something new!

🐾 THE WANDERING CAMEL β€” what is your favorite book set in a land far away from yours? 🐾

The Shadow of the Fox trilogy by Julie Kagawa. I love Japan, the culture, the history, and the mythology. If I had it my way, I would get a ticket as soon as possible and take a trip out there. One of my childhood best friends is Japanese-American and they still hold residency in Japan. They have trying for years to get me to come with them on one of their trips. So every time I recommend that trilogy, I always think of them, I think of Japan, and then I end up craving some homemade sushi.

🌸 Shadow of the Fox

🌸 Soul of the Sword

🐾 WHAT WOULD DODOS DO β€” a fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment 🐾

I think the question and answer above answers this question perfectly!

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Okay, friends! I hope you had as much fun as I did writing this article! And I got to recommend some of my favorite books to all of you! If you plan on doing this tag, please feel free to tag me so I can read your answers and feel free to tell me in the comments below if you’ve read any of the books I talked about above. Until next time, stay hydrated, stay safe, I love you! πŸ’•


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Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! Emer is such an amazing and kind soul! She has been supporting me for a while now and I’m so thankful I get to call her my friend. I’m truly grateful to be tagged for this and is means the world to me!

🍁The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award🍁

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🍁 The Rules:

🍁 Display the Award Logo.

🍁 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🍁 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🍁 Nominate some bloggers.

🍁 Ask them seven questions.

🍁 Questions set by Emer 🍁

🍁 What country that you have not yet visited would you like to go to?

Honestly, I would really like to go to Japan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day travel there and see everything the culture has to offer. I would also love to travel to the United Kingdom. My lifelong penpal of fourteen years lives over there. She means the world to be, she’s one of my best friends, I really want to travel out there to finally hug her, meet her face to face, and share my greetings with the family I’ve come to know and love.

🍁 What is you favorite flower?

Everyone asks me this question because of my two tattoos. I actually have two favorite flowers. The first flower is a sunflower. I don’t want to go into details about that flower because it’s very personal, very emotional, and just something that stirs a lot of emotions in me around this time of year. The second flower is snapdragons. I love this flower with my whole heart and it wasn’t until a year ago that I found out the flower I loved so much in my childhood is called snapdragons. I love the look of them, I love how delicate they are, and I love the symbolism and meaning behind this flower.

🍁 If you could go back in time, to which time period would you choose to visit?

I feel like the Renaissance era would be a time where I would thrive and be madly in love with. Don’t ask me why, that’s just me guessing!

🍁 Do you believe we are alone in the universe?

We don’t know this question! We don’t know her! If I’m being absolutely honest; in my life experience there have been things that have happened to me, things I have seen and experienced that I can’t explain. Things that the people who were with me can’t explain. I’m not the type of person who likes to assume or even say “This is cut and dry! There’s no other option!” What I know from science alone, we’re still discovering and learning things about the ocean. It’s the exact same thing with space and the universe. I like to believe that there are some things we have yet to learn, or discover, or even know because we’re human beings and we’re always growing, learning, and adapting. So I think to cut and dry assume we are or aren’t alone in the universe is just silly. There’s always a mystery that can be unraveled, it’s just a matter of when and who will do the unraveling.

🍁 What is your all time favourite meal? (Include drinks, side orders, desserts etc. etc. Calories do not apply!!!!)

Once again, another question I love that people ask me. My answer will forever and always be… Mac n’ Cheese. No one can tell me otherwise.

🍁 If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

This is something I have thought about for a very long time. I have spent my time in elementary school all the way to now, in my adulthood, thinking about this. I honestly think if I were to ever write a book about my life if would be titled one of two titles. The first one being Down the Rabbit Hole or Fox of Many Faces. Everyone asks why I would pick one of these titles and the answer is somewhere between is simple, but really complicated. I’m in my twenties and in my twenty some years of living, I have experienced more of life than most people can say. Those experiences have been dark, gruesome, great deals of sadness, and some of the happiest moments that have taught me things and have molded me into the person I am today. The reason I haven’t started writing that book even though I desperately want to, I’m not ready to reopen old wounds and look behind the lock doors of my memory. I’m a firm believer of “let sleeping dogs lie” and that’s where I stand with things for right now.

🍁 What is the blog post you are most proud of writing? Share a link to it.

This is really tough. My book blog is pretty new so there’s not a lot of articles or posts on it yet for me to really say “I feel accomplished as a blogger,” in my opinion. However, if I really had to pick one article, one post out of all the ones on my blog right now… it would be my review for Sadie. This was one of my hardest, hardest reviews I ever had to write. I don’t talk about my past very often or openly for that matter. I usually say, “I’ve seen some things” or “I’ve been through some messed up stuff,” but I never go into details. I always try to be as open and as honest, but my past is just something I don’t like to dig up. This book was the first time I felt like I owed it to, not only myself, but to all of those out there who have been molested or raped to say something, to speak about my experiences. I don’t go into a lot of details in my review about all of the situations, but writing that review, I was choking on my sobs and really fighting myself to make sure I spoke out about how broken our society really is. When writing about these things, it’s never easy and I scared my spouse like no tomorrow, but when I finished writing that review… it was like a relief had washed over me and I remember just finally breaking down for a full hour. After holding in all my thoughts for a couple of days and rereading all my notes, finally putting everything into a review and having no regrets about how that review turned out; this review took a part of me and it’s one of my reviews that every time I look at it, I feel nothing but pride.

Those are my questions from Emer! She really threw me for a loop there! Those questions were insanely hard to answer and things got a little tense near the end. But once again, thank you so much Emer! You always fill my heart with so much love and joy every time you tag me in these! Now I’m going to tag a few blogs to receive this award!

🍁 Blogs Tagged 🍁

🍁 Donna

🍁 Robin

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 Sara

🍁 Molly

🍁 Shaked

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My Seven Questions 🍁

🍁 What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

🍁 What is your favorite season?

🍁 If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

🍁 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

🍁 What are you two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

🍁 If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

🍁 What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?

Okay friends, that’s everything! Make sure you go give Emer some love and check out her wonderful content! She one blogger I wish I could eternally tag for the rest of my days because she’s so thoughtful and just amazing! I hope you enjoy this little, easy breezy post! I know I have been a bit absent due to fighting off whatever sickness I’ve come in contact with. I do promise that posts will be coming soon even if that means I have to start doing weekly updates. But as always, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️