Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Pippa at the little book owl for tagging me to do the Mystery Blogger Award!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
Okoto Enigma (creator of the award)

 

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BOOK TAG: Infinity Dream Award

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Thank you to Caitlyn at Rhodes of Reading for nominating me for the Infinity Dream Award!

And shout out to whoever made the featured image (I don’t know who made it but I’ve seen it used on a few of these tag posts so thought I would use it too!).

Rules:
1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them


11 Facts About Me:
(I always struggle to find new facts for all of these tags, so sorry if you already know some of these!)

  1. I study History at University
  2. My favourite areas of history are late Tsarist Russia/beginning of Soviet Union, and religious European history – I’m planning to combine all of that for my dissertation!
  3. I’m one of those people that hardly ever deletes emails, and only when it gets to the point where there are about 3000 emails in my inbox do I actually go through and delete the ones I don’t need to keep!
  4. I love flowers. If something comes in a floral print, I will pretty much always go for that option – as such my room is basically floral-overload!
  5. I am a huge introvert…and proud!
  6. My favourite book series at this precise moment is Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy
  7. I love Paris so much!
  8. My favourite TV shows are Once Upon a Time, FRIENDS, and Lost (and loads more too!)
  9. I like to do nail art in my free time. I hadn’t done it for a while, but I’ve recently picked up doing it again and am really enjoying it. It’s so relaxing (when it goes right!)
  10. I am obsessed with Hamilton and listen to it pretty much every day!
  11. I would pick skirts and dresses over trousers and jeans most days!

Questions from Caitlyn:

  1. If you had to choose, would you rather be a contestant on The Amazing Race or The Great British Bake-Off? (Or The Great British Baking Show…depending on where you’re from!
    – I think I would be pretty bad on both! But I do like to bake sometimes, so probably GBBO!
  2. If you were on a deserted island and only had one book with you, what book would it be?
    – ‘How to survive on a deserted island: for Dummies’ (imagine if that’s actually a thing!?)
  3. Cake or pie?
    – CAKE!!!
  4. How many different cities have you lived in?
    – Only two – the city I grew up in, and the city I live in now at Uni.
  5. Hot chocolate or apple cider?
    – It depends on the situation – in the winter, hot chocolate definitely, but now its hot in the Summer definitely cider!
  6. What super power would you want to have?
    – To be transport myself to places with my mind! Just imagine all of the world that you could see without having to pay for flights! And after a tiring, busy day, you wouldn’t have to walk home! What is it called in A Court of Mist and Fury… winnowing I think?
  7. Who’s the last person you texted?
    – My mum probably!
  8. Do you buy DVDs or watch movies online?
    – I used to collect DVDs, but then I got Netflix, and I can’t quite justify buying them (unless it’s a new release, or a film that isn’t on Netflix!)
  9. Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to invite over for coffee?
    – Jesus, William Wilberforce and C.S. Lewis
  10. What’s your favorite accent to hear people speaking with? (British, American, Spanish, etc.)
    – I really like the French accent!
  11. Would you rather have a pet dragon or be a centaur?
    – Have a pet dragon, of course!

I nominate:

  1. Ayunda @ tea and paperbacks
  2. Demmi @ words and lyricss
  3. Chloe @ the weekend geek
  4. Heather @ the sassy geek
  5. Kaytlyn @ the bohemian bookworm

My Questions for you:

  1. Cake or ice cream?
  2. If you could be a mythical being (e.g. elf, faerie, dragon etc.) what would you be?
  3. What is your favourite weather?
  4. Do you prefer to read about heroes or villains?
  5. If you could travel to any country right now, where would you go?
  6. If you could meet your favourite author (dead or alive), who would it be?
  7. If you could star in any musical (or just a show, if you really don’t like musicals!), which would you like to star in?
  8. What is your favourite season?
  9. Ice cream or ice lolly?
  10. What is one thing you absolutely cannot stand?
  11. What is your top book recommendation to non-readers?

 

The Burrito Bowl Book Tag

Thanks to enthrallingdimple for tagging me to do The Burrito Bowl Book Tag (AGES AGO!!). I have never eaten a burrito but, even so, this tag has made me really hungry.

I’m going to try to not think about food, and think about the books instead.

*Intense focus*


RICE: THE FOUNDATION – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”

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I have always loved reading. However, it is only in the last few years that I have read the large quantity of books that I do. And that I can attribute to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I remember reading it around Christmastime (I can’t even remember how many years ago now) and being completely obsessed. From there I researched as many YA dystopian books I could, and so my reading obsession began!

BEANS: THE FILLER – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”

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The Selection by Kiera Cass. To me, this book was so boring because it felt like nothing happened. The plot didn’t seem to go anywhere. And when things did happen, they just seemed insubstantial or inconsistent with previous parts of the story. It’s one of the very few series I gave up on after book 1!

PROTEIN: THE BUILDING BLOCK – “A book quote to live by”

I feel I should choose a really deep quote here, but instead I am going to use the one that I have on my bookstagram and goodreads bio, because it explains me and my life very well…

“I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material.”
– Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas

FAJITAS: THE CRUNCH OF TEXTURE – “A book with immaculate worldbuilding”

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I feel like The Lord of The Rings is an obvious choice here. Despite how hard I find these books to read, the world is so intricate, developed and unique. Reading the books, you really feel like you have been taken out of this world, and into Middle Earth. And that’s what I read for.

SALSA: THE DANCE OF FLAVOUR – “A book that kept you on your toes”

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read this book in two or three sittings (which was a big chunk of time to devote given that I was also revising for exams at the time!) and was completely hooked. There are so many plot twists and shocking revelations, that I just could not put it down, and kept being surprised and shocked throughout the story.

CORN: THE EXPLOSION OF SWEETNESS – “A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”

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Any scene in Heir of Fire involving the friendship between Rowan and Aelin. In fact, I love all of their scenes in Queen of Shadows too. Just give me a book of Rowan and Aelin scenes and I will be a happy person!

CHEESE: THE BOND OF CALCIUM – “Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”

I have said this before, but I think Nikolai (from the Grisha trilogy) and Carswell Thorne (from the Lunar Chronicles) would be a hilarious duo. I think they both have a similar sense of humour, and they would be bouncing jokes off each other all day long.

SOUR CREAM: THE TANGY TOPPER – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”

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I think Lola is a very quirky character. I mean, you don’t get too many 17 year old girls wearing wigs and sparkly gold false eyelashes to school nowadays do you? At least, at my school we didn’t!

GUACAMOLE: THE COST OF CREAMINESS – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experienced)”

Generally, I don’t pay lots for a single book. I buy the paperback version most of the time, so that saves money against the hardback. Unless I know it is something I will love, or it is so beautiful that even if I don’t like it, I would like looking at it (which I am ashamed to say has happened a few times in the past), I won’t pay for a very expensive book. So fortunately, this hasn’t really happened to me.

LETTUCE: THE HANDFUL OF CRISPNESS – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”

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The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson has new and refreshing concepts/themes galore! I loved that in the first book, the relationship between the two main characters was not a romantic one (something very common in stories with two main characters). I like that sort of romance (if done well) but it was nice to read the father-daughter-type relationship that evolved instead. And obviously the fascinating and extremely unique magic system, of which I’ve read nothing like before.

CHIPS: LE PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”

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FANTASY: I would recommend Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I would recommend it to everyone (as it is my favourite book) but I think that as it is not too heavy on the fantasy and magic side, it is a great start for someone who hasn’t read much fantasy, but wants to get into the genre. It was the book that got me into fantasy!

TABASCO: THE KICK TO THE FACE – “Your favourite fight/action sequence”

That scene in Queen of Shadows when Aelin and Manon first meet! That is brilliant!


I tag:
(If you have already done the tag, please ignore! I’m so behind on my tags that I don’t know who has done what tag by now!)

Regina @ The Bibliotheque
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Sara @ Freadom Library
Sara @ Amorous Reads

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I’m getting back onto those tags! I’ve really missed doing them!

And what better way to start again, than with one of my current favourite book tags going around BookTube and Book blogs…

The Totally Should’ve Tag
(Originally created by Emma @ emmmabooks)

Thanks so much to Nikolieolieoh for tagging me!

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1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel.
– I would go for Vicious by V.E. Scwab, but apparently there is going to be a Book 2 now anyway, so YAY for book sequels to amazing books! On another note, where is book 3 of the Archived!!?? That needs to happen please!

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series.
– I would love a spin off series for so many book series, but I think most of you will join me in dying for one for the Hunger Games. It could literally be about any other character… (*internally chants ‘Haymitch, Haymitch, Haymitch’*).

3. An author who totally should write more books.
– Laini Taylor. But she’s got a new one coming out this year, so I guess I’ll have to let her off! Erin Morgenstern (author of the Night Circus – my favourite standalone novel) on the other hand, is not yet off the hook! How long has it been since the Night Circus!? (The answer is too long!)

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else.
– Alina from the Grisha trilogy. I understand why she ended up with who she did, but I was really hoping for any other person to end up with her!

5. Totally should’ve ended differently.
– Confess by Colleen Hoover! That ending seriously aggravated me!

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise.
– The Archived (again)! That would make such a great movie series!!

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show.
– The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I think that series would make an amazing animated TV series! Also the Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder, I think, would make an amazing TV series – the first book especially!

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view.
–  Rook by Sharon Cameron. At least my memory tells me that book had multiple perspectives?

9. Totally should have a cover change.
–  The Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi deserves much more beautiful covers!

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers.
– ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. Those original covers were so beautiful and then the third book came out like this…

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Luckily in the UK we got this…

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So I think we lucked out a bit there!

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one.
– Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I adored that book when I read it (so long ago now!). The second book I found okay, but unnecessary, and the final book I really didn’t like. It could have definitely finished after the first book, and I would have come away with a much better feeling about it!

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I tag:

Jeannette @ thebookcubby

Jaymee @bookciology

Cristina @ tinyobsessions 

Demmi @ wordsandlyricss

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Thank you to Calliope The Book Goddess for tagging me to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! It’s always fun to look back on your reading progress, and this tag is a great excuse to do that!

I will warn from the beginning that I do not remember every book that I have read so far this year. I tried something different this year, by writing down the books I have read and putting them in a jar, so that by the end of the year I can pull them out and find out how many books I have read, without the constant pressure of it throughout the year. This means I do not have a written down list of all of the books I have read so far in 2015, so I am going purely on memory!


Best book you’ve read so far in 2015…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses! I had been excited for this book since it was first put onto goodreads (it didn’t even have a proper title or synopsis back then!). It definitely lived up to all of my excitement!

Best sequel you’ve read in 2015…

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The Winner’s Crime (the sequel to The Winner’s Curse) absolutely blew me away. I was an emotional wreck after finishing this book.

New release that you haven’t read yet but want to…

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I am so excited to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I have heard some mixed things recently, but it sounds like the kind of story I am going to love! I plan on reading it soon, when I have finished the books I currently have on the go.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year…

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It is literally only a few days until Six of Crows is released! Winter (the final book in the Lunar Chronicles) is up there with my most anticipated releases too.

Biggest Disappointment…

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I am currently still only about half way through this book (I started it ages ago), but I am not overly impressed. I plan to finish it before the end of this month, but I will explain more in my September wrap-up why this book has been such a disappointment.

Biggest Surprise…

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I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was a surprise that I liked this book, but I did enjoy it a lot more than I had expected. I only finished this book yesterday, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it!

Favourite New Author…

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Victoria Schwab or V.E Schwab has become one of my top favourite authors this year. It started with A Darker Shade of Magic (which I read back in April), and every book I have read since I have fallen in love with. I only have The Near Witch to go, and then I am up to date with all of her published books.

New fictional crush…

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Lucien has grown on me a lot since I’ve finished the book, but Rhysand wins out for sure!

Newest favourite character…

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Wesley Ayers from The Archived. There is nothing not to love about that boy!

Book that made you cry…

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As I just mentioned, this book made me an emotional wreck. Some of these emotions caused me to cry.

Book that made you happy…

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Favourite book-to-movie adaptation you’ve seen this year…

I can’t even remember all the ones I have seen so far this year. Paper Towns was good. In fact, I personally thought it was better than the book. However, it didn’t blow me away. The Scorch Trials was good, but not amazing. I think if you ask me this question at the end of the year there will be an obvious answer… hopefully!

Favourite book review you’ve written…

My A Court of Thorns and Roses review was the first book review that I posted on my blog (back in June), so that will always be a special review.

Most beautiful book you have bought/received…

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The physical copy is even more beautiful! The colours, the illustration, the font… *sigh*

What books you need to read before the end of the year…

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There is only one book that I really want to make sure I have read before the year is up. I have had The Miniaturist for a while now, and started and finished it a couple of times. I think if I leave it much longer, I will never pick it up again. So I want to finally read it, because it sounds like something that I will very much enjoy, if I just push myself to get past the first chapter!


I tag…

Hayley @ BookishThings

Bridgit @ outofthebooks

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Samantha @ BookishLibrary

Read This, Watch This – Book Tag

Thanks to Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl for tagging me to do the Read This, Watch This book tag!

Rules:
1) Create 5 book – TV/movie pairings
2) Tag your favourite bloggers/booktubers


1. If you have read…
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You should watch…

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I couldn’t do this tag without including this film (in case you didn’t know it’s my favourite!). I would recommend this to fans of 1920’s literature and authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway (both of which are characters in this movie). It has the charm of the Great Gatsby, with the 1920’s costume, music and art, but is also much more light-hearted, funny and heart-warming.


2. If you have read…

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You should watch…

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I don’t think I need to explain what the X-Men films are about. In fact, this is probably more of an ‘if you’ve watched this, you should read this’ recommendation. Vicious has many comparisons to X-Men, the biggest being the Extra-Ordinary abilities. There is also your Xavier-Magneto-type duo, but with a much more complex and blurred relationship, and with more questionable motives and actions.


3. If you have read…

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You should watch…

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Do you like your dystopian and sci-fi movies with lots of adventure, an escape plan, a dash of romance, and just the right amount of creepy (just like The Maze Runner)? Then this is the movie for you! The Island is all of these things, following an isolated high-tech compound, where two characters make some unsettling discoveries, and stage a daring run for answers and, ultimately, freedom. Sound much like the Maze Runner trilogy? This film is very much like a grown-ups version of the Maze Runner.


4. If you have read…

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You should watch…

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Okay, you’re probably wondering how on earth these two things are connected. Well, while reading The Winner’s Curse, I couldn’t help but compare it to Sherlock, because of the main character: Kestrel. Her thought processes, knowledge, and cunning and clever calculation were so much like Sherlock’s. Her coldness at emotional situations, and the way she worked through certain mysteries and characters’ secrets in her mind reminded me of our modern-day Sherlock.


5. If you have read…

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You should watch…

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In fact, if you like fairytale re-tellings in general, and still haven’t watched Once Upon A Time, you should really give it a try! It blends many fairy tales, winding them together and putting characters from different tales in the same situations – much like the Lunar Chronicles. It doesn’t have the sci-fi, futuristic feel of The Lunar Chronicles, but if you like re-tellings, new takes on old tales, and fun characters, this is a great TV show to try!


I tag…

Sara @ freadom library

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Varsh @ WordsAreMagicGalore

Dee @ the bookish khaleesi

I can’t wait to see what book – TV/movie pairings you choose!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated for this award by four lovely people…
Varsh @ WordsAreMagicGalore
Calliope The Book Goddess
Dee @ thebookishkhaleesi
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Thank you all so much for nominating me.

Rules:
– Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog in your post.
– Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate ten other bloggers.
– Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.


I have decided to take my favourite questions from each blogger who nominated me (which I narrowed down to 13 – I always bend the rules on these things).

This is my second attempt at this, because the first time it was lost in my drafts. So I am starting again, and hopefully this time it will work!

1.Favourite Disney character?
– Mushu – because who doesn’t love that little dragon? More seriously, it would probably be Belle – because she loves books and reading.
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Books are the way to my heart too Belle!

2. Ultimate fictional crush?
– Only one!? I would have to probably say Valek from the Study series, my first real book crush!

3. Do you read multiple books at once, or one at a time?
– I often have lots of books started at once. If I feel bored of one book I will put it down and start something else. But I usually only focus on one of the books at a time – and when I am finished I will pick up one of the ones I had previously taken a break from.

4. Take two characters from two different books/series, and pair them together… (Like two who you think would be compatible)
– I think Nikolai (from the Grisha trilogy) and Carswell Thorne (from the Lunar Chronicles) would be a hilarious duo. They would be bouncing jokes and humorous remarks off each other all day long. From a romantic perspective, I think Vin (from the Mistborn trilogy) and Valek (from the Study series) would be an interesting couple – I think they’re pretty similar in traits.

5. A book with a super pretty cover? Ugly Cover?
– Pretty cover:
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Ugly cover:
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I actually liked this book, and the newer UK covers are okay, but this is the one I own, and it’s awful!

6. A character you just looooove to hate?
– I would say the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy, but I don’t actually hate him. Maybe Snape (at least in the beginning).

7. If you could be any supernatural book being.. character for a day, who would you be?
– If I could be a faerie, I would be a faerie! They are my favourite magical creature. I actually chose to do my A-level English coursework on a comparison of magic/faeries of Elizabethan times and our modern interpretation of magic in fiction (e.g. in Harry Potter). I can easily say that was the most fun piece of coursework I’ve done! Sarah J. Maas’s Fae have only cemented my love for faeries – and I think I would want to be one of her Fae!

8. Who are your top 3 auto-buy authors?
– Maria V. Snyder
– Sarah J. Maas
– Leigh Bardugo
(they are probably the only three authors that I would buy a book from, regardless of what it is about!)

9. Do you prefer paperback or hardback?
– Paperback for ease of reading and price. Hardback for how they look on my bookshelves. I generally would pick a paperback over a hardback though.

10. If you could live in any fictional world, where would you choose?
– Probably Narnia or Prythian (A Court of Thorns and Roses world). Narnia because it is where I grew up in my imagination as a child (and you could always return through a wardrobe if you wanted to return to reality), and Prythian because… Fae!

11. What do you love most about blogging?
– Receiving comments and discussing books with fellow bloggers and book-lovers. That is easily the best part!

12. What’s your favourite book turned into a movie?
– I love the Hunger Games movies – they are brilliant adaptations. I’ll be so sad when Mockingjay part 2 is over!

13. What are you currently reading?
– Queen of Shadows!! Or, I will be when the postman finally delivers it!


My questions:
1) If you could take any fictional character to the cinema, who would you take, and what film would you see?
2) Why did you start a blog?
3) Your favourite blog post (the post you most enjoyed writing)?
4) Favourite male character?
5) Favourite female character?
6) Least favourite character?
7) If you could pair a fictional book character with a Disney character, who would you pair and why (romantically or otherwise)?
8) The book that made you the most emotional?
9) A song that reminds you of a book?
10) If you could take any character and put them into another book world, who would you put in what world?

I tag:
Demmiwritist @ wordsandlyricss
Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl
Chanice @ insidethemindofabibliophile
Samantha @ BookishLibrary
Gabby @ Gabby The Dauntless Warlock
CJ Dawn @ Not Another Dumb Blonde
Erika and Miedjel @ Partnersinbooks
Ashley @ wordsweheart
Aentee @ Read at Midnight