The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Huge thanks to Darque Dreamer Reads for tagging me! This was so much fun to do!


The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you!
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts (the awesome creators of the tag) so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

The Tag:

❆ Snow White ❆

This Book (like the Movie) Started It All
Favorite Debut Book From an Author

Legend (Legend, #1)

I thought of several books but kept realizing they were not in fact debuts. Fail 😂 It’s hilarious to me that for most authors I’ve read all of their books except their debuts. Anyway, after a bit of thought, I’m going with Marie Lu, as I have literally followed her since the release of Legend. Warcross is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. As a side note, I’m only now realizing that I’ve never liked any of Lu’s covers… A perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover; I can’t imagine not having these books in my life, no matter how heartbreaking the endings always seem to be. 😭💔

✬ Cinderella ✬

A Diamond in the Rough
Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But They Turned Out to Be a Total Gem

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

I hate to use the same authors and books across tags, but it has to be Ronan Lynch from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. I was indifferent towards him in The Raven Boys, as I didn’t know enough about him to form a real opinion, but I adored him in The Dream Thieves and haven’t stopped adoring him since. Though I wasn’t happy with the conclusion to TRC, I can’t wait for Ronan’s sequel trilogy!

 Aurora ❧

Sleeping Beauty
A Book That Makes You Sleepy, or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

I have to go with Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller for this one. The night I received my e-ARC, I immediately read the first nine chapters. It’s been weeks now, and I still have not finished it; I’ve only been able to read one chapter at a time. :/ I’m trying to stay positive though; I think it is starting to pick up now. Hopefully. **Update: a few days later, I’m already liking it much better, but it’s true that the book just could not hold my attention for a while.**

⎈ Ariel ⎈

Under the Sea
A Book With a Water/ Ocean Setting

Drown

Naturally, I have to choose Drown by Esther Dalseno–a fantastic yet dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, perfect for fans of Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m dying to read her second novel, Gabriel and the Swallows, as it sounds like something only she could come up with and actually pull off–yet another hauntingly beautiful story with fairy tale-like qualities.

⚘ Belle ⚘

Beauty and the Books
Name A Book With The Best Bookworm/ Booklover

Pride and Prejudice

So the first characters that come to mind are Matilda, Cath from Fangirl, and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. I’m sure you know whom I picked what with the usage of the bold font, so yeah… I hadn’t read P&P until last year when I instantly loved it, and once again my love for it has been rekindled after acquiring DVDs of both the 1995 and 2005 adaptations. Also, I clearly need to find more books with protagonists of the booklover variety! Why can I only come up with three characters??? (Also, I’m not mentioning Celaena or Dorian, since I just don’t even know what to say after Empire of Storms…)

✰ Jasmine ✰

The Thief and the Princess
Name A Book With An Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance, or a Book You Didn’t Expect To Love So Much)

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I never expected to love Where She Went as much as I did. Gayle Forman‘s If I Stay was good, but for such an emotional story, oddly enough, it didn’t really affect me. On the other hand, Where She Went hit me right in the feels, over and over. It may have something to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narrator that was chosen. He perfectly brought Adam’s character and story to life. Anyway, even if you’re like me and didn’t enjoy If I Stay, I highly recommend its sequel!

✵ Pocahantas ✵

The Real Life Princess
Name A Book That is Based On a Real Life Person You Want to Read or Have Read

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

The first book that really got me into reading biographies is Hyeonseo Lee’s The Girl with Seven Names–a book more people need to read. This year, I have really developed a love and passion for autobiographies and memoirs, and this book just affected me in a way I thought nonfiction never could. Much like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (which I also enjoyed deeply), but on a whole other level of terrifying, it was an eye-opening read that perfectly exemplified why I’ve become interested in nonfiction, why I want to learn more about the world. Different from your typical memoir, TGWSN focuses on what life is like for those living in North Korea and what trials those who are lucky enough to escape must face, as Hyeonseo herself is a North Korean defector.

❈ Mulan ❈

The Princess That Saved Her Country
Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’m happy to say that this a hard one to answer! I’ve met so many wonderful heroines throughout my life. Fiercest, though? I’d be lying if I didn’t say Lada from Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga. I mean, she’s literally a female version of Vlad the Impaler.

♥ Tiana ♥

The Princess With the Coolest and Most Diverse Crew
Name A Diverse Book, Whether it is a Diverse Set of Characters (Like Tiana’s Group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and More)or Just Diverse In General

The Six of Crows Duology Boxed Set

I have to agree with the majority on this one–the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo! Like DarqueDreamerReads wrote, the characters are diverse not only through their races but also through their varying personalities, beliefs, strengths/weaknesses, and pasts. It’s amazing to see a group of characters so different all in the same book, working together.

❁ Rapunzel ❁

Let Your Longggggg Hair Down
Name the Longest Book You Have Ever Read

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

According to Goodreads, the longest book I’ve ever read is A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. 1000% worth the hours it took to finish. Though I love Game of Thrones, it will never compare to my love for the books, A Song of Ice and Fire. The books are always better; movie/TV adaptations are simply a quicker way to revisit some of my favorite moments.

✦ Merida ✦

I Determine My Own Fate
A Book Where There is No Love Story/ Interest or Isn’t Needed

This Song Will Save Your Life

I just realized that I’ve never mentioned This Song Will Save Your Life here on the blog before, and that is a huge mistake. It may be the only book I’ve read by Leila Sales, but it is my second most favorite and my second most relatable coming-of-age novel. Second only to Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, which nothing will probably ever beat, so it’s pretty much my favorite.

❆ Elsa & Anna ❆

Frozen Hearts
A Book in a Winter/ Cold Setting

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

Well, this was enlightening. I literally scrolled through my entire Goodreads “read” shelf, and only found a handful of books that fit the bill. Only problem is that I didn’t like the majority of them, so through process of elimination my answer is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (review here)–the only book I enjoyed that takes place partially in a Winter setting. Very atmospheric and perfectly fit the tone of the book. Especially when combined with my playlist; it really impacted my reading experience.

❀ Moana ❀

How Far I’ll Go
A Character That Goes On a Journey

Daughter of the Forest  (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1)

Well, considering I almost exclusively read only fantasy, this applies to almost every book I’ve ever read. The first one to come to mind that I love immensely and have read for the first time last year is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (my review here). Sorcha’s journey is probably the most intense, powerful, and emotional one I’ve ever come across.

**Note: The header image was made by the creators of the tag.**


I Now Tag:

I started tagging people and realized I was basically just tagging all of my mutuals, so I tag anyone who is reading this and wants to be tagged! I will gladly add links to your posts. ^-^

Taylor

 

August 2017: TBR

Last month I failed to stick to my TBR, so I think I’m going to do my TBRs a little differently from now on. I’m no good at setting a list for myself and planning out my month, as my reading tastes change all the time.

So. I’m going to split my monthly lists into 1) the books I absolutely have to read/am obligated to finish and 2) the books that I don’t necessarily have to read now but want to, and I’m not going to let myself get start the books I’ve deemed “optional” until I’ve finished the “mandatory” ones.

And I know it sounds like I’m taking the fun out of reading by saying “books I’m obligated to read,” but that phrasing just gives me the push I need to start reading and then hopefully the book will do the rest for me.

So yup, that’s my new plan, and without any further ado…

August TBR

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Mid-Year Freakout: Book Tag

Whoops, initially I forgot to put an intro here… I guess what I would have said is that I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. I moved to Florida at the end of September last year, and I keep thinking we’ve only lived here a few months when actually we’ve almost lived here a full year. Crazy. So much has happened and yet it still feels like 2017 has just begun.

Without any further ado, here’s my Mid-Year Freakout tag! (I tried to only use a book once by the way, even though a lot were contenders for multiple categories!) Enjoy, and link me to yours if you want!

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June 2017: TBR

Like May, June will also be a bit busy. However, this time it’s not really due to new releases. This time it’s due to the several birthdays and anniversaries my family and friends have to celebrate, and therefore probably trips and less reading time. I also hope to get a job, so there’s that…

Anyway, there are a total of ten books I hope to get to (realistically maybe only eight), so here they are in no particular order:

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May 2017: Wrap-Up

In the month of May, which I knew was going to be a busy one for me, I managed to read a total of eight books (well, seven and one graphic novel). Not too shabby, and I’m proud to say I stuck to my TBR! I read everything on it except for Now I Rise, which hopefully I can finish just in time for its release date!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (3.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Though I may not have liked the majority of ACOTAR, its ending made me read its sequel, which was a game-changer for me; a lot of the problems I had were cleared up in ACOMAF, and I could see there was clearly a lot more at work than it first appeared. (Kind of like Sarah’s Throne of Glass series, and how it has also grown so much with every book.) As you could probably tell by my rating, I have mixed feelings about ACOWAR. On the positive side, there was sooo much to love and Sarah has finally provided us with some clarification on the things we’ve been wondering since book one, but on the negative side, this was–subjectively–a terrible wrap-up for Feyre and Rhys’ arc in the world of Prythian. I have a lot to say about this one, so expect both a review and a spoiler-filled book talk coming soon!

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)2. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (DNF–No Rating)

Quick Overview: I was initially attracted to this book, because I heard it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, except that it focuses on Aurora’s overlooked and underappreciated half-sister, Isabelle. Unfortunately, the execution was just so incredibly disappointing. If you’re looking for a good Sleeping Beauty retelling, I instead recommend Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle or Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns. The former is a short illustrated story, and in place of a prince to saving the day, the heroine does. The latter, isn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I liked it much, much more than Spindle Fire. For specifics, you can read my review here!

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Laini Taylor never ceases to amaze me! Though I was a bit saddened when she pushed back the release date of this one, I knew it would be for the best; if Laini said it wasn’t ready for the world, I was happy to wait until she decided it was. ☺️ I, of course, wanted to see her at her best. Now I don’t know what changes she made during the extension, but I’m positive she made the right call, because this book was perfect. (It’s definitely my favorite of 2017 so far, and it’s probably an all-time favorite as well!) I don’t know that my review could ever do it justice, but feel free to check it out here!

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)4. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Renée is one of my auto-buy authors and even though my hopes were high after The Wrath and the Dawn quickly became a favorite of mine, this new release did not disappoint. It took a while to really hook me, but once it did, it never let go! The characters were all distinct and entirely lovable, even if flawed (isn’t that what makes characters great anyway?), and the romance found in the book easily rivals Shazi and Khalid’s–which is no small feat! Review for this amazing book coming soon!

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

 

5. Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale (No Rating)

Quick Overview: Okay, so my best friend is obsessed with the Archie comics. She’s loved them ever since she started reading them as a kid, so I decided it was about time I checked them out, especially after I watched and loved the new show, Riverdale. Archie has been around since 1939–for 78 years–so I didn’t really want to get into those hundreds of issues. However, this series of issues is new and still being published, so I went for it, figuring I’d be able to keep up with each new issue if it was something I liked. That being said, I did like it, but I’m not sure just how much. I may read a few more issues and do a review once I have more solid opinions on the series as a whole.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)6. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Once again, a five out of five–maybe more like 4.75, but I can’t stand to give it an official rating any less than the max! I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters and the world(s) they live in, but hopefully this is just a small arc out of a longer story, as Schwab has hinted! 🤞All in all, it was a great wrap-up of the trilogy, and I can’t wait for Schwab’s next release, Our Dark Duet! No review for now, but I may do one on the trilogy as a whole someday soon.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

7. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: 2019. 2019. Two years until the next installment??? I am so devastated. 😭 And this is coming from someone who never thought twice about Lady Midnight until the high-praise reviews started rolling in. I am so glad I decided to read this trilogy; there is just as much to love in it as TMI and maybe even TID. And TID is my all-time favorite. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the characters in this book (three specific ones actually), it would have only deserved 3.75 stars, as it did lag and it feels like some pages should have been cut, but the way these characters affect me is unreal and definitely bumps up my rating.Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

 

8. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (no rating yet)

Quick Overview: Just read this one tonight, so it counts! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Thief’s Cunning–the sequel/companion novel–through Sarah’s generous giveaway on Twitter (thank you, Sarah!), so you can probably expect a review on them both coming soon! 😉

 


So, those were all of the books I managed to finish this month, but there are also a few that I picked up and had to put down temporarily. Those, I plan to finish in June, and here they are:

The Darkest Part of the Forest Radio Silence The Serpent King

All of these so far have been amazing and unique reads, and I plan to pick them back up ASAP!


How did your TBR work out this month? Did we read any of the same books? I’d love to know, so leave a comment if you want! See you on Friday! 🙂

– Taylor

3 Great Audiobooks

First off, it must be mentioned that I have not read too many audiobooks. I almost always have at least one checked out from my library, but more often than not, I don’t have the time to listen to them. (I read faster than it usually takes to finish an audiobook. I guess that might be a negative I forgot to include in my last post–whoops.) 

Assuming you’ve read my post from Monday, you will know my thoughts on audiobooks, and why I’ve finally come to love them, but for the most part, I still have not listened to probably more than fifteen.

A lot of the audiobooks I have listened to were just okay. Nothing too amazing or phenomenal, but as I started to think more on it, I realized there are 3 in particular that I love either just as much as the book or possibly even more
Without any further ado, here are those audiobooks and what I loved about them:
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