Opposites Book Tag

Hey everyone! This has been awhile coming, I just got really busy with university. I first saw this tag when Tanya of Read. Run. Study. did it, I’ll leave the link for her over HERE so you can go check her out, and it looked like a lot of fun so I have decided to attempt it!

1. First book in your collection & the last book you bought

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The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse is one of the first books that I recall personally buying when I was in grade…3? I have older books in my house but either I didn’t buy them they were given to me or they aren’t mine (ie: all the Harry Potter’s are my older brother’s).

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare finally shipped to me a few days ago even though I purchased it back whenever, but I’m going to go with that one!

2. A cheap book & an expensive book

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My copy of Specials by Scott Westerfeld was in the free book give away bin at my school library so that would be the cheapest.

And Stardust by Neil Gaiman is one of my more expensive books at ~$25. Worth it, it’s a really good book, I recommend it!

3. Book with a male protagonist & book with a female
protagonist

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Percy Jackson Series. As I was doing this I realized most of my books don’t have male leads, slightly more challenging then it should have been. If you haven’t read this series, where have you been for the past 10 years? It’s really amazing, really fun, go find it!

Female protagonist! I got this one in the bag! But let’s go with The Naming by Alison Croggon, I have never heard anyone talk about these books, I have two I believe there are four in total. I read these back when I was in my Lord of the Rings mourning period and I really enjoyed them! It’s an epic fantasy that follows a slave girl, Maerad, as she is broken out of her slavery by a magician, Cadvan. I actually have been meaning to pick this series up again and finish it, I only stopped becasue the third book wasn’t published and I just ended up forgetting about it.

4. Book you read fast & book that took too long to read

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I read the whole Hunger Games Trilogy (by Suzanne Collins) in one night, not ashamed! Who needs sleep when there are books?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. This isn’t a long book! My copy is 275 pages. I was stuck on an island with no TV and no internet and this was the only novel I had left of the ones I brought and it still took me a week! I found this book so boring I kept having the problem of falling asleep while reading it! I keep telling myself that I should re-read it becasue I was pretty young, 12 or so, and I’ll probably enjoy it more now but it’s really hard to force myself to do.

5. Pretty cover & ugly cover

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Entwined by Heather Dixon. I feel like i should frame this and hang it as art because it is so beautiful  I usually tend to prefer simpler cover designs, but this is just too pretty and it matches the story PERFECTLY!

I don’t even own this book but I have to include it, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have been avoiding buying this book though I have the other two for no reason other than I hope they re-print the hardcover with the new version. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m waiting! If I hadn’t heard about this book from so many people liking it and saying the cover doesn’t match, there is no way I would have picked it up. I judge book by their covers, so do you, don’t pretend you don’t. When you are out walking though Chapters or Barnes and Noble you don’t pick up books that don’t catch your eye.

6. National book & international book

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The only book I have based in Canada is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. If you don’t know this book and you are female I’m not sure what to say to you. There are a bunch of movie and TV movies and TV shows and there’s a musical. Classic young girl literature.

I’m going to go with Greece becasue I was just there, Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner, it’s based in ancient Greece and follows Helen of Troy when she was a child. Not a fantastic book, the history and mythology isn’t overly researched, but it’s kinda cute. Little bit of badassery from 10-year-old Helen.

7. Thin book & thick book

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The thinnest book I have is In My Enemies House by Carol Matas clocking in at only 176 pages. This is a WW2 book and it is very intense, I can not read it more than once every couple years becasue even though it is fantastic, it’s very graphic and difficult to read. It’s on par with Elizabeth Wein’s novels in my mind.

Breaking Dawn is my thickest at 756 pages unless we count my Charles Dickens collection which is actually 5 books in one and 1481 pages. I haven’t read any of it. It’s really big and scary. It’s absolutely gorgeous though.

8. non-fiction book & Fiction book

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Thanks to U of C common reading program I own one non-fiction book now. Misfit: A Changemaker with an Edge by Andreas Souvaliotis. I haven’t read it, I probably won’t. I don’t like non-fiction novels. I don’t want to read about this world, that’s what news is for, I want my novels to be an escape.

Fiction, let’s have No Small Thing by Natale Ghent becasue I just read it. This book is based in 1977 and is about these three kids for a recently poor family with a father who walked out on them when they lost their money. And they come into a free pony. It’s a super sweet coming of age story.

9. Overly romantic book & action book

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Anyone who has been following my blog for any amount of time knows my go-to romantic novel but I’m going to shake it up a bit and actually do something different. Halo by Alexandra Adoretto. This novel is about 3 angels who come to earth and the youngest one falls in love with a human boy. This is another book I didn’t realize was a series. It ended perfectly fine after this book and I don’t see the reason for a second so I haven’t read it becasue I’m sure that somehow it will mess up this perfect novel. It’s not all lovey-dovey, there is some conflict with a demon pretending to be human and bringing evil to the town and what-not. I could have gone more romantic but I don’t read many romance specific books. I like my books with romance in them but I don’t own many “romance novels.” I’ve read some, none that come to mind. If you want to leave some suggestions that would be nice actually.I need some fluff to read.

Everlost by Neal Shusterman. I didn’t realize this was a series until I just Goodreads it to find the authors name! Apparently it’s a trilogy. It’s about kids caught in limbo, really interesting. There’s a hint near the end that there might be a romance starting but we never see it develop which was fine by me, the story wasn’t set up for a romance.

10. Book that made you happy & book that made you sad

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Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby. This is a weird one becasue while reading it you wouldn’t immediately think “happy.” It has a lot of sad moment in it and the end is incredibly bitter-sweet. I wish I could explain it better but that would spoil you. It’s so hopeful and optimistic it makes me feel better.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. ***SPOILERS*** Many will disagree with me becasue this is a touchy subject, but the hardest death for me in this series was Sirius Black. He didn’t need to die, if Harry had just remembered his stupid mirror! He was the best person and he went through so much and just as his life was improving he gets killed.

That is it for this tag! I hope you found some new books you want to pick up!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Pride (Day 7)

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Hello everyone! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 7: Pride – What is a book that you are most proud of yourself for having read because it makes you feel distinguished/intelligent?

9781435129757The last day! Ok hmm, I would say To Kill a Mockingbird but seeing as I read that in school and so does everyone else I don’t think it works. I’ll go with The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Its a really great classic if you have never read it I highly recommend it. It is a fantastic book about a handsome young man who sells his soul so that he may remain young and flawless forever. Instead his portrait will age and take on all the injury for his sinful life style. The movie is not great (As much as I adored Ben Barnes.) but this book is just perfect. If you are going to read/buy it though be very careful to get the original. There are so many abridged versions because it was considered quite scandalous for many years.

This is a book that make me feel quite intelligent and cultured. If for no other reason then it’s a classic that many people know, but few seem to have read.

And that is it for the 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Challenge! Bye lovelies!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Envy (Day 6)

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Hello everyone! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 6: Envy – Who is the fictional character who’s life you are most envious of?

Hermione-Granger-Photoshoot-OOTP-hermione-granger-1354671-1919-2560My immediate reaction would be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. She’s a witch and she gets to go to Hogwarts! Yes. she does have to deal with a lot of dangerous stuff, but I would take that deal any day! She is one of the best heroines because she’s really smart and can kick a little bit of ass. She’s also one of my favourite characters overall. Emma Watson is also really beautiful and looking like her would just be a fantastic bonus.

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Wrath (Day 5)

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Hello everyone! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 5: Wrath – What character do you have a love/hate relationship?

America Singer from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. She is so frustrating sometimes but I still love her. Just she can be so irrational and doesn’t think things through and she’s really smart sometimes and then just totally clueless the next minute. Frustration! Again sorry this is so short! I just got out of contemporary class and I had like 10 minutes before tap. So Yeah. Didn’t really think this challenge through, but oh well! I have finished Lady Audley’s Secret and I tried writing a book Rant on it and that just didn’t work well. I LOVED it though. 100%!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Sloth (Day 4)

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Hey lovelies! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 4: Sloth – What is a book that you never finish because of sheer laziness?

pride and prejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I gave this book what I deemed to be a solid effort. But seriously I can only handle so much talk of balls and gossip before I get bored. I have a lovely cloth bound edition of this book so I will probably pick up at some point. I tried reading this 4 years ago (?) and I got about half way through before I just decided I had other things I wanted to read and that was the end of it. Who knows! I’m older now so perhaps it will go over better.

Sorry this was short I have Calculus to do! Bye dearest darling! Kisses!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Greed (Day 3)

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Hey lovelies! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

64481Day 3: Greed – What is a book that you keep to yourself?

I’m going to say all the beautiful leather bound books that I got for my birthday this year. They’re mine. No one touch them. Apart from that A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s one of the few, if not the only, book that I never talk about because I view the story as… belonging to me I guess? It’s just not a book I ever think of anyone else reading because it’s mine. I’m telling you guys though because it’s a really good book and I need to be less selfish with it. It’s a murder mystery based on a true story. A Historical fiction set in 1906, Mattie Gokey is working at a hotel and struggling with the burden of raising her sisters while her father struggles on the farm all with the fresh pain of her mother’s death. She’s fallen in love with handsome but dull Royal Loomis, and all but given up on her dreams to go to school in New York to be a writer. When the drowned body of a young woman turns up at the hotel where Mattie works and she finds the dead woman’s letters, she starts to question what she wants. The letters might help bring peace to the dead and help Mattie find her voice again.

Bye everyone!


7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Gluttony (Day 2)

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Hey lovelies! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 2: Gluttony –  What is the most expensive book you’ve bought?

TheNightCircusThat would have to be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The hardcover of this was $32! If that isn’t extravagant spending on a book then I’m not sure what it. But it was so worth it because I completely adored this novel. It’s about a mysterious circus that’s only open at night. Beneath this circus’ breathtaking exterior there is a ancient magical feud playing out. The circus as it’s stage, the performers are the cast and the visitors are both audience and orchestra that can be played as needed. But Celia and Marco are the directors. At least, they think they are. It’s a mix of a magical fairy-tale, a carefree daydream, and a beautiful nightmare. And the cover is so pretty too. I cannot recommend this book enough, but you do need patience to read it, it’s really long with tiny, tiny print and can be a bit slow at time with all the description.

And that concludes Day 2! Bye guys!