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Gossip Girl Book Tag

Once upon a time, I wasn’t as TV noob as I am today—well, okay, I keep track of what’s out there except I do not watch them. But then, I had multiple television shows I was tuning in to, and one of them was The CW’s Gossip Girl, based on the novel series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Looking back, to say I was into it would be a grand playing-it-cool. I was obsessed. It match-aired here in one of our local networks and I’d watch multiple replays—aside from the episode’s first screening—every week. My best friend and I would even talk in length about certain scenes, like the characters were friends of ours. Or, at the very least, schoolmates.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when fellow fans JM (of Book Freak Revelations), Kevin (of Tomebound) and Salve (of Cuckoo For Books) decided to initiate a book tag featuring the one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, I was on board tout de suite. And without further ado…

…or not. There are two things to consider if you were to peruse this post, viz. a) it is based on the TV series, not the books, and b) some items contain substantial spoilers for the TV series.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN
The “It” book of YA fiction.

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Not only do I now realize how dreadfully Herculean the term “The “It” book” puts in one’s choice, it also requires a compelling argument. Hence, allow me to take a slightly different angle and pick Lara Jean’s story. Just because of how often I see this book (or the sequel) on Instagram.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

BLAIR WALDORF
A book/character you love to hate.

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Since my introduction is a trip down memory lane anyway, let’s carry on. I’m going with Jane of the Volturi. I recall hating how unfair her power is. Or maybe because it was sick and I wanted me some sick power? (What, don’t tell me you don’t ponder these philosophical stuff?)

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Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

CHUCK BASS
A roller coaster ride of a book.

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There’s a collection of reasons why The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my top ten all-time favorite books, one of them being it made me feel all of these emotions.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

NATE ARCHIBALD
A book cover eye candy.

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Fun fact: I’m responsible for this particular item. Not-so-fun fact: I CAN PICK A MULTITUDE OF COVERS. Why do I have to do this on myself? In fact, I can dedicate a whole article about #coverlove and—oh wait, I did. But I’m zeroing in on Sarvenaz Tash’s upcoming 2016 novel. Look at the color scheme and overall vibe!

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The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

DAN HUMPHREY
A book you think deserves more love than it gets.

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Oh! I have a bunch of titles but I recently finished Ford’s Suicide Notes and this was published in 2008 but why haven’t I heard of it?

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Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

JENNY HUMPHREY
A character that went through the most drastic transformation, for better or worse.

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A piece of (lemon) cake! Sansa Stark. Enough said.

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

VANESSA ABRAMS
A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression.

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So I picked this graphic novel during last year’s MIBF thinking there’s some awesome Starlord action. But what did I get? NO STARLORD! But I digress.

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The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin

RUFUS & LILY
An OTP that could have been.

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I usually don’t use the same title or series in a single tag but for this one I’ll bend. Okay. This is straight up fanfic, right? Someone write me my Sansa x Ser Loras story!

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

GEORGINA SPARKS
A villain who’s killing it with villainy.

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The Dark Fairy from Cornelia Funke’s Mirrorworld Series easily comes to mind. I’d consume a whole book dedicated to her complexity.

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Mirrorworld Series by Cornelia Funke

DOROTHA
A favorite sidekick character.

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Given that Nico di Angelo isn’t one of The Seven, he’s basically a secondary character. And next to Annabeth and Percy, he is my favorite demigod from Uncle Rick’s Greek mythology retelling. It has always been this way, ever since the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. And in fact, I was more invested in his and Reyna’s arc in The Blood of Olympus.

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The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

IVY DICKENS
A book you always mistake for something else.

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Not necessarily “always.” But somehow there was a phase when I almost always confused Half Bad and Red Rising. I DON’T KNOW WHY.

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Half Bad by Sally Green • Red Rising by Pierce Brown

LOLA RHODES
A book/character you want to like more than you actually do.

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Yesterday, I talked about how Neil Gaiman touched my life. It still saddens me how my first foray into his extensive list was a bit underwhelming. I did like Coraline, however.

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

PRINCE LOUIS
A Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk character.

Due to the spoilery nature of this one, I will leave it blank and instead give you this:

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You know you love me. XOXO.

Tag you’re it:

Cristian @ The Bookish God
Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Jayvee @ Writer For Misfits
Jem @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Shannelle @ The Art Of Escapism

And oh. JM posted his entry yesterday, Kevin’s will be up tomorrow and Salve’s on Friday.

Who is your favorite Upper East Sider?

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We Can Make an Extracurricular Activity Out of Googling Stuff

Real Neat Blog Award

As someone whose penchant for asking random questions not only subjected him to a couple of what-a-weirdo baffled stares in the past but also plunked him into awkward conversations, today’s Tag or Award or whatever is right up my alley. So thank you Wesaun @ Oreo and Books and Tam-Tam @ Thoughts And Afterthoughts who now knows what a horrible person I can be for the Real Neat Blog Award! You can check out their entries here and here, respectively.

And because I feel like info-dumping would bore you out of your mind, I’ll only answer seven questions instead of fourteen. Or maybe because I’m lazy. You decide.

IF YOU COULD HANG OUT WITH 2-3 CHARACTERS FOR A DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO (FICTIONAL), WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND WHY WOULD YOU DO IT?
I initially wanted to mash up fandoms for this idyllic one-day getaway but then I thought of Mim (Mosquitoland by David Arnold) and—nope, OF COURSE it has to be Mim, Beck and Walt. This trio is their own adventure. Like, we can make an extracurricular activity out of Googling stuff and we’d have a blast. I’m not even kidding. OR we can go to Le Cirque des Rêves (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern). Yeah, that would be super awesome.

IF YOU COULD BUILD SOMETHING USING MULTIPLE COPIES OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2015, WHAT WOULD YOU BUILD AND WHY?
I’m gonna build my own red iron throne. GO FIGURE.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
This is actually more complicated than black and white? Because the easy answer would be a light shade of teal. However, I also like three-shades-darker bean red, milk white and blue dress, especially together. And oh, mustard yellow. By the way, I’m talking HTML colors. Because I’m a nerd.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO THAT IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO THE BOOK WORLD, BOOKS, OR THE COMMUNITY?
I really enjoy going to the cinema alone. In fact, there was a time when I’d go watch a movie every week and that was my me-time. It’s just, there’s something about the alone-ness of it. Like, there’s this entranced moment after the film right? Where you think big thoughts, like maybe you can move to France or open a bake shop or do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do. And you never even do it. It’s just the feeling that you can maybe turn your life into a movie, you know? (Also, I think I’m paraphrasing Ezra Faulkner here.) That—those few minutes after the credits—that’s very special for me, and I want to savor it in silence.

YOU HAVE TO SWAP BLOGS WITH A BLOGGER (INCLUSIVE IS BOOKLR/BOOKTUBE/BOOKSTAGRAM) AND NEED TO OPERATE IT ON THE SAME SCHEDULE (OR NOT) LIKE THE ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATOR FOR A MONTH. WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? WHY?
Cait of Paper Fury I choose you! Wait, no. Cait is not a Pokémon. But she’s definitely my choice. Just because I feel like running Paper Fury for a month would entail stretching my comfort zone even more. Gosh. I would have to read ten books or thirty seven to keep up.

WRITE A HAIKU WITH BOOK TITLES/AUTHOR NAMES.
Never let me go
Every day, at breaking dawn
Through the looking-glass

IMAGINE YOU HAVE SEVERAL ROWS OF SHELVING FILLED WITH A MULTITUDE OF BOOKS; FROM THOSE YOU OWN TO THOSE ON YOUR TBR—ALL OF WHICH YOU LOGGED ON GOODREADS. BEHIND THE SHELF IS A PANIC ROOM. TO GET INTO THE PANIC ROOM, YOU HAVE TO PULL OUT A BOOK (CAN YOU IMAGINE THE ACTION?). THERE IS AN INTRUDER IN YOUR HOUSE—A MURDERER?—WELL, YOU DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT. THE THING IS, THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS ACCESS TO YOUR GOODREADS ACCOUNT AND CAN SEE EVERY SINGLE TITLE YOU’VE LISTED. YOU’VE ALREADY CALLED THE COPS AND THEY’RE SET TO ARRIVE WITHIN MINUTES SO SAID INDIVIDUAL WON’T HAVE TIME TO PULL EVERY SINGLE BOOK OUT OF THE SHELVES TO GAIN ACCESS. WHICH BOOK DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE YOUR ACCESS CODE. JUSTIFY YOUR SELECTION.
Andrew Smith’s Winger because, DUH, that would be totally so unpredictable. Yeah, no. I don’t see the immediate use of Goodreads in this scenario? But anyway, I’d use Chocolat by Joanne Harris as access code because a) I only know two—and I mean two—people who have read the book, ergo, b) I hadn’t been as vocal about my fondness of it, and so c) it’d be a stretch for the intruder to single this title out. I think its spine is rather unremarkable, to boot.

There you go! If you’ve read Chocolat or know the specific name(s) of your favorite color(s), come talk to me. And also? I’m nominating these luscious waffles:

Cait @ Paper Fury
Eriele @ This Is Not Your Book Blog
Jayvee @ Writer For Misfits
JM @ Book Freak Revelations
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kevin @ Tome Bound
Liam @ Liam’s Library

Here are your questions:

  1. If you can only eat one group of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Classification can be as broad as “desserts” or as specific as “hamburgers.”)
  2. What is that book you wish you had when you were younger?
  3. Describe your coffee. (Or other favorite drink.)
  4. Which fictional character you’d switch lives with and why?
  5. Which album can you listen to on repeat for one whole day?
  6. In relation to the previous question, select a novel and do its soundtrack.
  7. And lastly, write a poem or haiku or song for either waffle or doughnut.

Books that were mentioned (click the cover to be directed to its Goodreads page):

Mosquitoland   The Night Circus 01   The Beginning of Everything

Never Let Me Go 01   Every Day 01   Breaking Dawn 01

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 01   Winger 06   Chocolat

Pick one question from any of these and answer it in the comments below!

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No, Wait, That’s Not My Ravenclaw Answer, What?

The Would You Rather Tag

It’s Sunday. It’s a breezy evening for a tag. Thank you Joe @ Thoughts and After Thoughts, my ever dependable provider of tags! You can check out his entry here. And while you’re at it, do read his latest discussion: What If Bloggers Had Blubrs? It’s incredibly entertaining! (And not just because I was mentioned twice.)

Here goes…

WOULD YOU RATHER READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR ONLY STAND-ALONES?
I’d rather go with stand-alones. There is something sublime about capturing a story in just one book. The want for more mingling beautifully with—but never overcoming—satisfaction.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ ONLY MALE OR FEMALE AUTHORS?
Not to be a party pooper . . . but I refuse to answer this question.

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WOULD YOU RATHER SHOP AT BARNES AND NOBLE OR AMAZON?
Right now, I live in the Philippines and there’s no Barnes and Noble here. So.

WOULD YOU RATHER BOOKS WERE MADE INTO TV SHOWS OR MOVIES?
I’m always interested with news of books getting adapted for TV. I think these allow more space for creative interpretation and/or departure. Except I’m a sucky TV series guy. So yeah. Gimme the films!

WOULD YOU RATHER READ ONLY 5 PAGES PER DAY OR 5 BOOKS PER WEEK?
I know for a fact that I cannot devour five books in a week—well, maybe if all five books are mediocre, then I can jump right off from one title to the next, which will probably leave me in a reading rut. BUT 5 pages per day? Daaang, that’s two months for a 300-page novel.

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WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PROFESSIONAL AUTHOR OR REVIEWER?
A professional author thank you very much.

WOULD YOU RATHER BE A LIBRARIAN OR A BOOKSELLER?
I’d rather be a bookseller just because I’m curious about the business side of our community.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ ONLY YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OR EVERY OTHER GENRE BUT YOUR FAVORITE?
UGH. Where is the fun in this question? Okay. I’m all for stretching your horizon but I have to go with my favorite genre. No, wait, that’s not my Ravenclaw answer, what?

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WOULD YOU RATHER READ ONLY EBOOKS OR PHYSICAL BOOKS?
Easily physical books. I’m old school.

So what does this tag tell you (and to some extent me)? I’m indecisive. *Drops mic.*

Tag, you’re it!

Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Summer @ Xingsings
Wesaun @ Oreo and Books

Your turn! Pick a question or two and tell me what would you rather do.

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You Cut Me, I Bleed Coffee

The Coffee Book Tag

FINALLY. The Tag created just for me! Except. This list is hurting my organization-loving, system-embracing, pattern-revering brain. I’m just saying. You’ll see what I mean in a while. But as I often tell people: you cut me, I bleed coffee. So massive thanks to Awesome-Cait of Paper Fury for tagging me, ergo, bringing this thing to my attention! (You can check out hers in here.) Let’s get brewing:

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*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

BLACK
A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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First item and I’m replicating Cait… I am. You know. Such a loser.* But, no, really. ASOIAF is probably the ONLY series I had to push through because I both love AND hate it. It’s political and has tons of family drama and scheming, which I absolutely adore, but it’s also choke-full of exorbitant details. I mean, what do I care about the grooming of a lordling nobody’s destrier?

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

PEPPERMINT MOCHA
A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

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I’d say Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle but that’s copying (yet again) from Cait, so I’ll go with the next title that comes to mind: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Although, in all snowy honesty, the former is much more fun than the latter.

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HOT CHOCOLATE
A favorite children’s book.

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Le Petit Prince is a children’s book, right? ‘Cause I read this on my 20th birthday! But I’d loved it longer than that . . . for no reason besides me being a Francophile.

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO
A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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I’d say Ness’s More Than This? Just because it continuously flips everything on its head and it also happens to be my first really-really weird read.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

STARBUCKS
A book you see everywhere.

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So a I need me a Taylor Swift gif, and b “got a long list Starbucks lovers,” right? How awesome that Starbucks gets to have its own category! And oh, Percy Jackson actually has a line for this: “Hercules, huh? That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn—there he is.” HA! The Fault in Our Stars is my initial choice. But, well, Cait. Hence, I reap the next elite tribute (see what I did there?):

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP
A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

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I haven’t really read a self-published work, so my best friend gets to have this spot because why not? She’s a local writer, too.

The Bet
The Bet by Kimberly Joy Villanueva

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF
A book you were expecting more from.

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Did you ever, after closing a certain book, feel like you’ve read it at the wrong time? Not due to sex and violence like you’re in middle school. Just—you get the idea. The Interestings seemed that to me. In fact, it left me with a reading slump. Sad, sad summer story of my life. Disclaimer: the novel isn’t objectively terrible. It’s not you, Meg; it’s me.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

THE PERFECT BLEND
A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

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Easily Erin Morgenstern’s debut. I. freakin’. love. this. to. bits. and. pieces.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

GREEN TEA
A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

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Last time I checked, green tea isn’t coffee? And, yes, that’s coffee Thor demands. But, um, Sáenz’s multiple award-winning Aristotle and Dante is one of those books I want to shove in people’s hands because it’s so beautiful that I can’t even. Seriously.

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CHAI TEA
A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

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What are we proving here? Chocolat is very atmospheric in that it brings you to South-Western France and leaves trails of chocolate in your fingers and the smell of burnt sugar and candied fruits in your nose.

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Chocolat by Joanne Harris

But if we’re talking out-of-this-world far off places, nothing beats Lev Grossman in that score.

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The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

EARL GREY
Favorite classic.

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Okay, I give up. I even cheated with the gif, but this is The COFFEE Book Tag? As for my pick, DUH.

To Kill a Mockingbird 01To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Or if you think earl grey doesn’t go well with To Kill a Mockingbird (take lemonade instead), here:

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Now I want my iced caramel macchiato! Tagging the following coffee beans:

Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Joe @ Thoughts and After Thoughts
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Summer @ Xingsings
Wesaun @ Oreo and Books

What is your favorite coffee and book pairing?

*Props to you for getting the reference!

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I Am More Happy Than Not

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UPDATED: Until now, I’m still overwhelmed by Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s reactions to this post, not to mention the generous comments left by other bloggers (thank you!). So I’ve decided to turn this into a tag (well, not without encouragement from fellow bookworm/friend Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again)! There are only three simple rules: (1) answer the question “What makes you more happy than not?”, (2) link back to this post (so I can read your entry) or to the person who tagged you, and (3) have FUN.

Whenever I see piles of books everywhere, though at this point it is ridiculous how I still don’t have bookshelves, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I drink coffee, though almost always the instant kind, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I spend time with my now two-year-old godson Carlisle, though seldom and inevitably leads to me feeling like five hundred pounds of exhausted (I’m exaggerating but you get the point), I am more happy than not.

Whenever I listen to music, though the same albums again and again, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I go through the comments in my blog, though far from reaching the count worth speaking of, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I eat, though a basic necessity but especially when it’s time for dessert, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I get a tweet from someone I look up to one way or another, though rendering me a big mess of fanboy incoherence often times, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I write, though not as productive as I wish I were, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I daydream of one day walking across the streets of Paris, though a hackneyed portrait, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I’m reminded that I have a loving family (grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins included), though my parents parted when I was eleven, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I am hit by the realization that I have this diverse bunch of wonderful people I call friends, though the half I suck at getting in touch with and the other half I have yet to meet in person (yes, don’t talk nonsense, our friendship built through the internet is legit), I am more happy than not.

Whenever I watch a film, though not as regularly as I used to and especially when I go alone, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I sing and dance in the shower, though sounding nowhere near decent, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I reflect to that one fortuitous summer day when I picked up To Kill a Mockingbird when I could’ve chosen something else, though there was no way of knowing then how it’ll change my life forever (okay that’s super cheesy, whatever), I am more happy than not.

And whenever I read, I am perpetually more happy than not. (Though, yeah, some characters are vexing.)

What makes YOU More Happy Than Not?

Here’s what makes other people More Happy Than Not:

Summer @ Xingsings
Wesaun @ Oreo And Books
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Randstein @ Hyperion Sturm
Michelle @ Putting My Feet In The Dirt
Joey @ Thoughts And Afterthoughts
Danni Mae @ Danni Mae
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
Katherine @ Neon Yeti Reads
Josephine @ Josie’s Book Corner
Ashley @ Dear World…
Josh @ Been There, Read That
Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane Books
Aimee @ Deadly Darlings
Faye @ Written In Blue
Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews
Casey @ Inspired By The Page
Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity
Romi @ Where The Writer Comes To Write
Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams
Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland
Christina @ Fairy Skeletons
Lia @ Book Land
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Analee @ Book Snacks
Victoria @ Escape Into Pages
Kimsiang @ The BookRabbicorn
Joey @ Bloggin’ Books And Stuff
Rose Marie @ A Reading Writer
Erika @ Rickus Bookshelf
LJ @ All My Love, LJ
Aetheristrux @ The Amazing Life Of A Bookworm
Alexia @ Booklexia
McKenzie @ Bookish Things And Tea
Stephanie @ A Reader’s Oasis
Tasha @ The Bookie Monsters
Cassandra @ Life With Cassandra
Kate @ The Book Goddess
Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature
Charley @ Booksandbakes1
Caz @ Travelling In My Bookcase
Shannon @ In A Wonderland They Lie
Lizzy @ Lizzyreadsbooks
Amy @ Curiouser And Curiouser
Victoria @ Addlepates And Book Nerds

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I Would Give Up the Internet

The Extraordinary Means Tag.

First off, I’m so thrilled that Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider (which I just learned is pronounced with /ɪ/ and not /aɪ/; thank you Margot!) is coming out this month! As you know—or not (c’mon, look at my header!)—her debut The Beginning of Everything is one of my favorites. And so when I was tagged to do this challenge, I got pumped up!

… Until I saw the actual challenge. Boy, there are some really torturous questions here! But. Let’s get down with it.

Thank you Wesaun for the tag! (Shucks! I realized I don’t know your YouTube channel!) Also, this is originally a video tag but whatever.

*Click the book covers to be directed to their Goodreads page.*

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book.

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This is a serious commitment. SERIOUS. I mean. The inter-freaking-net! For a month. So I’m going with the one book that started it all for me. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Imagine me walking the hall with All The Swagger.

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plain ride.

How can you live WITHOUT something you absolutely love for a year? HOW? It has to be Rainbow Rowell. I mean. She’s funny and smart and I’m guessing she flies Class A, too.

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure Hollywood made this book into a movie.

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HAHA. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli or Winger by Andrew Smith. And I wouldn’t settle for anything less. It’s With The Best Team or nothing. I’m not even kidding. I will burn Hollywood to ashes before they do anything stupid. Preferably with Josh Boone helming and John Bailey doing the cinematography.

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book.

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That’s it. I MEAN. Le fuck?* This is Extraordinary indeed! But. Let’s say, HYPOTHETICALLY. It’ll be the world of the Percy Jackson books. I’ll be an Athena kid. And I’ll be friends with the gang. Cross that, BEST friends.

5. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author.

As if the interwebs need more evidence of my weirdness. John Green. Have you seen how fast he speaks? There’ll be no time wasted! Plus he’s funny and smart (do we have a trend here?) and geeky and, OH, he’s a Swiftie!

6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life.

I’m blanking on this one. Mainly because the girls I’d want to date are taken and I approve of the couple. Hmm. Maybe Sam from The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I know I know. There’s the boyfriend. We’d just hang out. OR since we’re playing extremes. I’d take Simon Spiers to an Oreo date! He’s gay. He’s taken. We’ll have fun.

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You Are Tagged!

Awesome-Cait @ Paper Fury
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Denisa @ Bookworm Extraordinaire
Dianne @ Oops! I Read a Book Again
Joe @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader

(I’d also like to hear Hazel’s (@ Stay Bookish) and Jon’s (@ Bookish Antics) thoughts but they don’t do tags. So yeah.)

And YOU. If this is awesome to you, consider yourself tagged!

Other books mentioned:

 Extraordinary Means 01   The Beginning of Everything   The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Okay. Confession time: what would be your answers? Spill!

*Props to you for getting the reference!

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No One Knows I Love Cake

The Cake Book Tag

So I was going through Awesome-Cait’s articles (of Paper Fury fame) the other day (true story: how can she write all these posts AND read so much books AND writer her own novels?) and apparently, it struck me, NO ONE KNOWS I LOVE CAKE.

But it’s okay. *Moves in the corner, lies down and curls up fetal-position.* I’m doing The Cake Book Tag anyway, because why not?

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*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

FLOUR
A book that was a little slow to start off but really picked up as it went along.

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First thing that comes off the pathetically-beanstalkish-scrawny List of Books Shelumiel Read is Gone Girl. I mean, I was intrigued from page 1 but not until when the bomb that was as big as Missouri was dropped did I feel like I had to finish it in one sitting. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a close runner up (I almost gave up, actually; now it’s one of my beloved classics).

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

BUTTER
A book that had a rich, great plot.

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I’m the neighbor who’s a sucker for characterization but The Magician King‘s plot is so loaded and complex and exquisitely harrowing (not that this category calls for the last one). Seriously, you have to check out Grossman’s Magicians trilogy if you haven’t already.

The Magician KingThe Magician King by Lev Grossman

Also, I looooooove me some butter.

EGGS
A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.

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Eggs are amazing, how about we start with that?

And then, having made my rhetorical point I will resume to tackle this item. What? That sounds familiar? Right. Because I just quoted the book I’m throwing in next. John Green’s The Fault in Ou—hold up! WHOA WAIT. Drop your pitchforks and torches. I picked up TFIOS in the wake of its hype, you see. So naturally I was a ball of skepticism. Six books later, John Green is one of my Top 5 Favorite Authors.

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

SUGAR
A sugary, sweet book.

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I’m so bad with choosing only one like I’m so bad with turning away from cakes. And coffee. And butter in any form. Obviously I can go on and on but I will stop. These two had me smiling, alone on my bed, like the creep that I am.

Fangirl   Let it Snow
Fangirl
 by Rainbow Rowell
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

ICING
A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.).

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Reckon I told you John Green is a house favorite? Fact checked. I love Paper Towns to bits and pieces and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FILM ADAPTATION AND THE TRAILER CAME OUT LAST WEEK AND EXCUSE ME. (I’d shoot for The Nights Circus by Erin Morgenstern too, except there’s no comic relief.)

Paper Towns 02Paper Towns by John Green

SPRINKLES
A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you’re feeling down.

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I’m not much of a series person but Uncle Rick’s retelling of the Greek (and Roman) Mythology is easily my cushion. In fact, even the fanfiction gets me in most days.

PJO #1PJO #2PJO #3PJO #4PJO #5
HOO #1HOO #2HOO #3HOO #4HOO #5
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

PS. I am also not the rereader type; To Kill a Mockingbird is an anomaly.

THE CHERRY ON TOP
Your favorite book this year so far.

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When you cheated once… No, really, I’m awful at this. (Trivia: a Guardian is my first 2015 read, b The Darkest Part of the Forest is my first from new releases, c Charlie, my nickname for Alex London which he approves and you need not know of, loved The Darkest Part of the Forest.)

Guardian   The Darkest Part of the Forest
Guardian
 by Alex London
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

There! The moral? Shelumiel LOVES CAKES AND YOU PROBABLY SHOULD TOO.

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Tagging the following confections:

Joey @ Thoughts After Thoughts
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog (yes, Joey totally sold me the Levi Isaac)
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Cristian @ The Bookish God

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