NOPE. book tag

Hey everyone! Today I’m doing the NOPE. book tag, that I found on The Book Nut.

 

1)Nope ending-an ending that made you go NOPE in either denial, rage, or simply because the ending sucked.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows almost destroyed me

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2) Nope protagonist- a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Sasha Stone in This Darkness Mine made me want to rip my hair out. Just. She is such a terrible person, and also just insane.

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3)Nope series-a series that went downhill after the first book.

The Poison Study trilogy-the first book was amazing, but the books slowly got longer and less interesting, and I gave up halfway through the last one.

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4)Nope popular pairing-a ship you don’t agree with(haha my NOTP)

Celaena and Dorian from the Throne of Glass series. I don’t like the series itself, but the books that I did read, I was definitely rooting for Celaena and Chaol to end up together.

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5)Nope plot twist-a twist you didn’t like.

Every. Single. Death. In this book. Just-stop, Jo, stop.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

6)Nope character decision-a decision that you didn’t agree with.

Whenever Percy went off and did stupid things in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. *facepalm*

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

7)Nope genre-a genre you will never read.

Never say never. *shrug*

8)Nope book format-book formatting you hate

I don’t really hate any book formatting, I enjoy basically all formatting.

9)Nope trope-a trope you hate

Ummmmm…. love triangles, “I’m not like other girls”, the mean popular girls(I can guarantee that this is NOT true, I’ve gone to public school my whole life and this trope pisses me off), the girl who automatically becomes popular when she becomes hot, when mental illness is cured by people, and so many more. This list could go on for ages.

10)Nope recommendation-a popular book you refuse to read

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I didn’t really enjoy her Darkest Minds series, and I’ve seen several bad reviews for this one.

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

11)Nope cliche/pet peeve-a writing cliche or pet peeve

None are coming to mind at the moment?

12)Nope love interest-a love interest that’s not worthy of being one

Cho Chang from Harry Potter.

13)Nope book-a book that shouldn’t exist

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

14)Nope villain-a terrifying villain

Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

15)Nope death-a character’s death that still haunts you

See number 5, above.

16)Nope author-an author you didn’t enjoy, and decided to quit.

I’m sorry guys but…John Green. (Please don’t kill me)

Thanks so much for reading! Do you agree with any of these? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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Mini Reviews//the disappointment edition

All the books below have left me in such a big puddle of disappointment that I couldn’t even write a full length review for you. Here are some mini reviews on my recent disappointing reads.

 

Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda

Image result for simon vs the homosapien agendaSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

I don’t know, maybe you’ve heard of this book before? It kinda sorta has a movie coming out soon (aka March 2018), and everybody kinda sorta raved about it when they read it, so needless to say, the hype for this book is kinda sorta huge.

I picked up this book way after everyone else, so the hype was insane once I finally read it.

And…

It fell completely flat for me.

I didn’t connect to the characters, or find them very interesting. There were also way too many side characters for me to keep track of, and I kept confusing their names and personalities and in the end, just sort of gave up.

The plot wasn’t particularly interesting either? Like there’s nothign specific that I can point at and say “That. I don’t like that.” But there wasn’t anything in the plot pulling me in, other than the anonymous e-mail sender, which honestly wasn’t even that intriguing to me.

Some good points! LGBTQ+ rep! Jewish rep! Good parents and siblings! And Simon himself was a pretty well-developed character.

It wasn’t the worst book, but it far from lived up to the hype.

 

(3 stars) 

 

All Rights Reserved

All Rights Reserved (Word$, #1)

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

You don’t understand how excited I was to read this book. The premise sounds amazing-everything you do is copyrighted? Like, damn, that sounds like it would make an amazing story(even though dystopian is kind of over). And a bunch of BookTubers had gotten this book for review, so I was seeing it all over the place. I had to read it.

And it was such a big flop.

The plot was boring. Even following the “leader” of the resistance, we barely got any action. The action we did get was filled with “legal matters.” (see below) The side characters were either undeveloped, annoying, or not seen enough. In addition to that, the world was filled so many intricate laws that the author felt the need to explain, and there was so much legalese in the book that I just skipped over.

The world just felt extremely bland and legal. Idk, that’s the word to describe it.

It was so stiflingly legal. So many laws, legalese, and contracts that it made it very hard to sit through and read.

 

(2.75 stars)

 

Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

Now, this may have been the most disappointing read of all. I absolutely adore Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles are one of my favorite series, and Heartless blew my mind. But.

This book.

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Arghhh I just can’t.

Going into it, I was already a little skeptical, just because I usually don’t enjoy superhero movies and books. They always feel bland, and they just don’t appeal to me. But, since this was a MARISSA MEYER book, who is an auto-buy author for me, I decided to give it a shot.

Why not?

This is why not:

This book is over 500 pages. Should be exciting, right?

No.

This book contained about four fight scenes, two of which were either fake or boring.

Most of the time was spent world building, introducing an insane amount of side characters that I couldn’t keep straight, since they all had two names as well(secret identities and all that), making stupid plans that went nowhere, and just monologues of the characters pondering life.

Arghhhh.

Why?

I didn’t even especially like the side characters. The main character, Nova, wasn’t especially interesting either. She was pretty badass, and had interesting powers/skills, but other than that, there was nothing intriguing about her.

The other main character, Adrian, wasn’t that great either. Yes, both of them had secret identities, but that didn’t spice anything up, since the identities were already revealed to the reader at the ery beginning of the book.

So, the world didn’t interest me, the plot didn’t interest me, the characters didn’t interest me. Is there anything else left?

No.

Except it’s one redeeming factor-the ending. The ending is an absolute plot twist/cliffhanger/absolute insanity. Like whattttttt.

So, now, I don’t know if I should read the next book just to see why this book ended the way it did, or just leave it be, since I obviously didn’t enjoy this one.

I AM FRUsTRATION

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(2.5 stars)

 

Thanks so much for reading! Have you had any disappointing reads lately? What did you think of Renegades? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Let’s Discuss-Adultolescence

YouTuber books have a reputation for being…not exactly the best.

They’re often ridiculed, and for good reason.

Many of them are dumb, pointless, and written purely for money rather than passion or ideas.

Now, I don’t know whether this one was written for money or passion or whatever it was, but either way I absolutely loved it.

This book is Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna, know online as The Gabbie Show.

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This book contained both purposely funny and comical poems, really deep, serious poems, and poems that read like simple children’s poems but actually meant way more.

That’s why it’s called Adultolescence-a mix between serious adult problems and funny, sometimes childish poems.

Many people didn’t understand this, and thought the poems were stupid, and dumb, and written purely to take up pages. It’s a modern, contemporary piece, and I don’t think that got through to everyone. Now, not every poem was a masterpiece. There were some poems that I read and thought-ummm okay? Why?

I think that’s ok though. The way I see it, the poems were meant to be a mix of silly, funny poems and serious ones. They were a stream of Gabbie’s thoughts, however stupid. The whole time I was reading this book I was obsessed with the poems, the silly drawings, the deeper meanings in her simple words.

There were multiple times when I was reading when I had to put the book down and just think “Damn.”

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So-now the discussion.

advice

My favorite little series of poems scattered through the book were all titled things like “Advice 14” or “Advice 9.” They basically read like tweets with funny, quirky little pieces of advice.

I enjoyed them so much, and I don’t even know how to explain why. They were so simple, but I loved them so much.

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cute, quirky, but true piece of advice written like a tweet, along with the texing lanuage
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this is probably part of the reason people thought the book was dumb
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but I thought it was an interesting, unique thing to put in poems
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something that’s “cute” and “quirky”
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but also speaks to internet culture today
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and i just like the casual, funny vibe she has with these poems
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they made me lol i liked that
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and they’re an interesting way to put real advice into poems
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so yeahhhhh
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they were great
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i like them
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every time i saw one on the page i got excited
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i adore the hell out of these poems
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the end also p.s. sorry the pictures are so bad i didn’t wanna spend a lot of time making them look good cuz i’m a bad blogger oops

long poems

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i liked the way she talked about this-you don’t have to do this, i can do this perfectly by myself, but i wouldn’t mind it
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just an a+ message
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i love this take on dreams, i think it’s beautiful (and funny at the end i never realized how funny she is until i read this book)
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just an interesting take that i liked
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i already saw that her short poems were really good
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but i was hesitant about reading her long poems
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cuz those are completely different things (also 50% why i like this poem is because it’s about running)
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but i really like them
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and i found them really insightful and well written (also again this is such a great take on modern/internet culture and please comment below)

 

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the end 🙂

just some good ones that i don’t really have a title for

Below are some poems that don’t tie together in any particular way, but they’re all around the same length, and I liked all of them, so enjoy the discussion in the caption

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i just thought this one was funny and interesting and #relatable
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i love the language and the rhythm in this one and there’s a metaphor in there somewhere, i just don’t know how to put it into words
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love the metaphor for perspective and also reminds me of a great meme that makes me lol-the real mvps are the jewish kids who never told the other kids that santa isn’t real
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your disability is your superpower, remember that *strong arm emoji*
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lolololol
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the whole poem is just genius, especially the last line
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a very millenial metaphor, a very good metaphor, an i very much like this poem metaphor
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omg her poems are so good i just <333333
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quite possibly my favorite poem in the whole book. i freaking love it. this is the first poem i read and had to stop after

short and sweet

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ik ik that was a good joke.

i should be a comedian.

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a cute tweet/poem that could’ve been in advice, and i love it
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another poem that could’ve been in advice. i also love it
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hahahahahah same tho
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this isn’t the most poemy poem but it’s funny. lol. i like it. i’m probably the only one who did.

So yeah. Those were my thoughs on Adultolescence. I hope you could understand them, they seem kind of crazy and scattered to me.

I really just wanted to throw my feelings about this book around because it was pretty freaking amazing, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on some Rupi Kaur.

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Comment below!

 

 

October Wrap-Up 2017

 

So, I don’t know exactly how to do this, I’ve never done a wrap up before. So, let’s just jump in and see how it goes.

Books!

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I read 11 books this month, so it wasn’t too bad, considering I was extremely busy.

Favorites? Adultolescence, Made You Up, and One Dark Throne

Least favorite? The Graveyard Book, I had to read that one for school

Surprises? I didn’t have any good surprises this month, but I did have a bad surprise. Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda was so so so disappointing. There were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way, and after all the hype it was just a huge let down. (Review on this might be coming soon!)

What am I reading next?

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I’m so excited for all of these, but hesitant about The Upside of Unrequited after mt experience with Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda. I am beyond excited for Renegades, and I also can’t wait for Dodie’s book after my great experience with the last YouTuber book I read, Adultolescence. Crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to get to all of these, because my library doesn’t always have all the books I want!

Life!

This month was absolutely insane. I had a ton of cross country meets, since I’m on the school team. I also had my homecoming dance, which for non-Americans is a high school dance and football game, and that was really fun.

One of my best friends also just had her Bat Mitzvah, and all my friends from camp got back together for the weekend and it was the best time I’ve had in a while. Homework has also recently been getting to me, but I’ve been plowing through!

Also, I went to a Halsey concert and that was soooo fun! This is the second concert I’ve ever been to, and they’re always such an amazing experience.

Other Fun Stuff

I’m just gonna try some things out, let me know if you find this interesting!

Videos(BookTube and other):

Christine at polandbananasBOOKS talks about how to make anyone a reader:

Ariel Bissett announced her new podcast!

 

 

Sasha Alsberg talked Ryan Graudin about her new book, Invictus!

Katesbookdate on destroying books:

Superwoman and how parents annoy you!(I found this hilarious)

Music-

I am so so so excited about this portion, because this month has been an amazing music month for me.

My absolute most listened album/songs this month was Chapter Three:Yellow by Bea Miller. These. Songs. Are. Just. Amazing.

Second, I have been adoring Halsey and her new album for months now, but since I went to her concert, here’s some extra appreciation.

Third, I’ve recently gotten into Lorde’s Melodrama. I don’t love all of the songs, but overall it’s amazing.

 

Last music for this month is Dodie’s album. I’ve been listening to it for a couple months, but it’s still amazing.

Writing

Lol don’t make me laugh.

 

That’s it for today! Thanks so much for reading! Tell me if you liked it, and if I should add or take out anything from this type of post. Tell me below what you read and listened to this month, and what you’re planning on reading next!

 

 

 

 

 

On Writer’s Block

‘Tis the season of NaNoWriMo-all anyone can talk about is planning for it, and outlining their project, and how excited they are, and how they’re planning on winning this year.

Good for them.

Really.

I’m jealous.

I have not written more than a page of creative writing that wasn’t for school for over a year now.

I’ve been asking myself this for a long time, especially recently since everyone’s in the writing spirit.

Even my parents have noticed, often asking me if I’ve written anything lately and if I would like to share it with them.

And to be completely honest, the knowledge that I haaven’t written anything is so long is not fun to have. It drags me down. It makes me feel bad about myself, question my ability to write, my identity as a writer.

I really really really really don’t like it.

So why don’t I just sit down and write?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself over and over, believe me.

There’s almost nothing stopping me. Yes, I have school obligations, sports, spending time with family and friends, reading, that take up basically all my time.

But if I make time for all of those things, can’t I make time for writing?

And believe me, I’ve had plenty of ideas that I could easily use. I have an unholy amount of started but unfinished documents.

And I’ve read post upon post on writing tips, writing inspiration, writing ideas, writing everything.

SO WHAT IS STOPPING ME?

NOTHING.

LITERALLY NOTHING.

I DON’T EVEN KNOW.

Ok, sorry for that little freak out, but if you can’t tell I’m just a little frustrated. This discussion post didn’t really go anywhere, it was more just a word splat onto the page, but I needed to get this out somehow.

What about you? Do you get writer’s block often? Have you ever gotten it at all? What do you do to get over it? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

Hamilton Book Tag

Hey everyone!

How’s the weekend going? Mine has been insane so far, I have so many things going on, but I’m really excited about this post because I’m doing….drumroll please…

The Hamilton Book Tag!

For those of you who don’t know(although how, this used to be the biggest thing ever) Hamilton is a musical based on the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

It doesn’t sound great, but I guarantee it is the best musical EVER.

The music and the lyrics are genius, the cast is amazing and so much love for Lin Manuel-Miranda.

So, this tag combines two of my favorite things, Hamilton and books.

(can you tell why this is mildly exciting for me??)

Without further ado, let’s jump in.

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The Room Where it Happens-a book world you would put yourself in

Completely ignoring the wizarding world, I’ll go with Camp Half-Blood from the Percy Jackson series. Yes, I could die, yes, I could get injured, but who wouldn’t wanna be a half-blood?

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The Schuyler Sisters-an underrated female character

All the female diviners from the Diviners series by Libba Bray-Evie, Theta, and Ling are all so strong, powerful, and badass as heck.

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My Shot-a character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them.

Queen Katharine from the Three Dark Crowns books does absolutely anything in order to try and reach her goal-something valuable in a position like hers.

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You’ll Be Back-sassiest villain

AIDAN from Illuminae isn’t exactly a villain, but he is a pretty evil AI system-so I think he counts.

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Non-Stop-a series you marathoned

A while back I marathoned the Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and boy oh boyyyy was that series AMAZING. It’s so underrated, all the books were absolutely perfect.

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Satisfied-favorite book with multiple POVS

Both Vika’s and Nikolai’s chapters in the Crown’s Game duology are pretty epic.

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story-a book/series that will be remembered throughout history.

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Need I say more?

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Helpless-a relationship you were rooting for from the start

I was trash for Cress and Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles from the very beginning.

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Ten Duel Commandments-favorite fight scene

Now, I don’t really like fight scenes that much-I get bored and lost with the description of every single punch and kick and stab. But, the final fight scene from Sea Spell is amazing.

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Say No to This-a guilty pleasure read

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is definitely my guilty pleasure read.

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What Comes Next-a series you wish had more books

I think I’ve answered this in a previous tag before, but I will always welcome more Percy books. <333

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Right Hand Man-favorite BROTP

Dill and Travis from The Serpent King.

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What’d I Miss-a book or series you were late reading

I was late reading A List of Cages by Robin Roe-almost a year after it came out!

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Stay Alive-a character you wish was still alive

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Forgetting about Harry Potter for a second, this may still be one of the most disappointing deaths I have ever read.

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Burn-the most heartbreaking end to a relationship

The first one that came to mind, something I haven’t thought about in a while was Silena and Beckendorf from Percy Jackson. Whoever’s read it, you know what I’m taking about.

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The Reynolds Pamphlet-a book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Lol, almost every single chapter in My Sister Rosa.

So, that was the Hamilton tag! I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did!

Thanks for reading! Do you adore Hamilton as much as I do? If so, what’s your favorite song, and who’s your favorite character?What are some of your favorite musicals or musical songs? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera//Quotes part II

Hey everyone! So, as promised, I finished They Both Die at the End, and it was beautiful, as expected. I also have some new quotes from the second half that I think are pretty darn cool, so let’s jump right in.

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The most important goodbye

People (1)

 

-My bad for snapping.-

 

Love is a superpower we all have,

 

The two have laughed and cried

Life isn't meant to be

 

speak

 

Bring on

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of Adam Silvera’s books? What did you think of them? Are there any quotes from books that you love? Let me know down below!