Book Tag | Mid-Year Freak-Out

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I realised yesterday that my posts have pretty much been the same for the last couple of months – either a review, reading updates or monthly wrap-ups. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write some original posts, but I’m hoping in a couple weeks when I finish college I’ll have more time to.

I also noticed that I haven’t done a tag in a while, and I saw this one over at Chelle’s Book Ramblings (you guys should go check out her blog!) and thought it looked like fun, so I’m going to give it a go!

Let’s begin!

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I’ve recently read some amazing books, so answering this one is a bit tricky for me! In terms of genre, the best fantasy novel I’ve read this year has to be Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (she is Queen haha!), but I don’t think I can pick my favourite contemporary.

Random fact: I went off contemporaries for a while, but my love for them seems to be coming back.

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Lord of Shadows without a doubt. It’s the second book in Cassie Clare’s The Dark Artifices series, and it was so good (you can check out my review here). However, I will mention I haven’t read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas yet so this choice was a pretty easy for me (those two books were my most anticipated releases this year, and I know ACOWAR is going to be amazing).

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There are so many books that have been published this year that I want to read! One is Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – this book sounds so good (and so emotional), and I can’t wait to read it.

Goodreads synopsis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin may just be the most anticipated book for me right now. I only just (literally, while writing up this tag) found out about it, and I am on the verge of becoming a hysterical fangirl!

I loved Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy, and I really liked the way it ended, so I’m a bit scared for what this book will hold. But I have to read it. Dear gods how am I going to be able to wait until November for this to be published?!

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might have picked up on the fact that I very rarely DNF a book – which isn’t to say I always finish books, but I mostly think that I’ll eventually pick it up again if I don’t. (I sort of feel if I’m not getting along with a book, it’s just not the right time to read it.)

A book that I gave up on this year was Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman. I just couldn’t get along with the writing style, but I’m determined one day I’ll pick it up – hopefully when I’m more in the mood for it.

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I was shocked by how much I enjoyed Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It’s such a great novel, and so unique in terms of plot and layout. I initially picked it up because the trailer for the movie adaptation looks really good, but I wasn’t expecting the book to be as amazing as it was. You can check out my review here!

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I recently read and reviewed Carlie Sorosiak’s debut, If Birds Fly Back, and it was a lovely novel. This is definitely an author to keep an eye out for!

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I loved Olly from Everything, Everything – he was such a sweetheart to Maddy!

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I’ve come across some awesome characters this year! Namely Linny (from If Birds Fly Back), and Rhys & Steffi (from A Quiet Kind of Thunder).

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I won’t lie, it would be quicker to list the books that didn’t make me cry this year (I’m an emotional person, I can’t help it haha), so I’m just going to leave it at that!

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard made me happy – I said in my review that it makes me feel happy just thinking about the story and the characters. Sara Barnard did such a wonderful job with this novel!

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I’m going to let these covers talk for themselves:

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

I also bought The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and it is possibly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen. There are little illustrations on every page and it’s so lovely! Unfortunately I haven’t taken any photos of it yet, but I’ll definitely be posting them on my Instagram when I do!

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So many. I’ve fell behind on my Goodreads challenge (well, to fall behind surely you had to be on target in the first place, which I technically wasn’t…), but the one book I’d like to read before the end of the year is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I loved the first two books, and I know this book is going to be amazing, too.

And that’s the end of the tag!

If you’d like to do this, feel free to say I tagged you! I’d love to hear your answers in the comments!

Thanks!

– Emma

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

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I think I’ve done this award before, but they’re fun to do, so thanks to Mandy from Book Princess Reviews for nominating me – you should go check out her awesome blog!

The Rules

– Display the award on your blog

– Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog

– Share 7 facts about yourself

– Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog

My Facts

  1. My family and I have twelve pets (which includes four guinea pigs living in my room)
  2. Pop punk is my favourite genre of music
  3. On the subject of music, I’m a music tech student!
  4. I play the piano, and work out songs by ear (though I also have lessons)
  5. I wear glasses
  6. I love bullet journaling
  7. I generally only read YA books (except a few choice Matt Haig novels and two classics)

Well, those facts were truly random, sorry!

Who I’m Nominating

Sophie @ Mind of A Book Dragon

Cee Arr @ Diary of A Reading Addict

Sierra @ The Nerdgirl Review

If anyone else wants to give this a go, feel free, and if I’ve tagged you and you don’t want to, don’t feel like you have to!

Thanks!

– Emma

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The Panic! At The Disco Book Tag

Hey guys!

This tag was created by Liv, and the awesome Cee Arr from Diary of a Reading Addict tagged me to do this, so thank you!! You guys probably don’t know this, but I adore P!ATD, so this is a dream book tag for me! Let’s begin!

 

I Write Sins, Not TragediesA Book You Didn’t Finish/Understand

I have very few books that I officially DNF – I’m always hesitant to say I couldn’t finish it, because at a later date, I might! So I can’t actually think of an appropriate book for this one; sorry guys!

Northern Downpour – A Book That Made You Cry

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

It really doesn’t take a lot to make me cry when I’m reading, but with this book, I sobbed, and I sobbed, and I sobbed. It broke my heart – thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes!

This Is Gospel A Book That Made Your Heart Pound/Suspenseful

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I loved this book! I have a review coming up soon, it’s just taking me ages to actually get through the review without breaking down and fangirling every second! This book was addictive, and every second I was wondering what was going on, and what Feyre was going to do! You can read my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses here!

MemoriesA Book You Attach With A Memory

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City of Ashes  by Cassandra Clare

I remember reading this book on my iPad in the car, when my family and I had gone for a day out. I had my earphones in, and this one song was constantly on repeat for the entirety of the journey, and I kept it playing even when we got home. I remember just curling up on the sofa, with my earphones in, and falling in love with the Shadowhunter world even more.

Sarah SmilesYour Favourite Love Story

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The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention this favourite series of mine somewhere in this tag! My favourite love story has to go to both Shane and Claire’s, along with Eve and Michael’s (I can’t choose between these two)! This series by Rachel Caine is truly amazing, and when I next reread them, I’ll be reviewing them for my blog!

VictoriousA Book With The Best Battle

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Goddess by Josephine Angelini

I remember a certain battle in this book being pretty darn epic (and heartbreaking, if I’m remembering correctly)! I can’t say anything, because I’d be giving so many spoilers away, but I remember the battle being awesome. (I think there’s also a battle in the second book, Dreamless, which is amazing too!)

Girls/Girls/BoysA Book With Your Favourite LGBTQ+ Character

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South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

(I love this song so much! Definitely has nothing to do with a shirtless Brendon Urie in the video…)

Anyway, Bren from South of Sunshine is an awesome character! I loved how she was so open with who she was; it was lovely to see a character happy with who they were!

Emperor’s New ClothesA Book With A Good Cover Change

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This whole series got a re-vamp, and it’s done them the world of good! We’re actually reading this book for my friend’s and I’s book club this month, so if you’d like to get involved, you can check out our Goodreads page here!

LA Devotee A Fictional Place You Want To Live In

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Idris, from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series‘! I love Cassie’s books so much, and Idris sounds so beautiful!

Miss JacksonYour Favourite Female Protagonist

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The Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Alex from The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Alex is just a walking sass bomb! I love her, and I aspire to be like her!

(I wasn’t listening to P!ATD while I did this tag…nope, definitely not!)

Who I’m tagging:

Beth from The Books Are Everywhere

Sophie from Mind of a Book Dragon

You don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to! And anyone else who loves P!ATD, and wants to do this tag, you can!

Thanks!

 – Emma

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This Or That Book Tag

Hey guys!

I’ve been tagged to do this by Emma from The Bookish Underdog – thank you for tagging me! Check out my name twins blog because it’s awesome!

Here are the rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag and spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Definitely my bed!

2. Male main character or female main character?

In all honesty, it really doesn’t matter to me. I find that the best books have both – a strong male main character, and a strong female main character!

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING (though chocolate will always win if it comes down to it!)

4. Trilogies or quartets?

This one’s hard to answer. Some books really suit being trilogies, while others would be awesome as quartets – for instance, The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin is perfect, while I think The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins would have been much better as a quartet. My final answer is…it depends completely on the story!!

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?

Again, it depends! It’s all on how an author pulls off whatever POV they’re writing! I can sometimes find third-person a bit disconnected, but I can also find first-person too much. My two favourite series are written in third-person though…

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

Both! However, I do love reading in the morning in my room, just because the sun shines in through my window, and the views are gorgeous. There’s something so calming about reading in the sun!

7. Libraries or bookstores?

HAHAHA- wait, you’re being serious? Bookstores. Always bookstores.

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Laugh – this is mainly because of the looks you get from people when you randomly start laughing in public! However, crying with a book has its perks too – sometimes you just need a good cry!

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

I love both! I do tend to have more black covers, but I like white covers just as much!

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?

Who I’m tagging:

Beth from The Books Are Everywhere

Sophie from Mind of a (Book) Dragon

Sophie from Book Wish

Jess from The Mud And Stars Book Blog

Nielle from Nielle-Reads-Books

Charleigh from Charleigh’s Book Nook

Heather from The Sassy Book Geek

Charley from Books And Bakes 1

Sammie from Bookshelves And Biros

Michelle from Book Adventures

If I’ve tagged you and you don’t want to do it, don’t feel like you have to! And if I didn’t tag you, and you fancy giving this tag a go, feel free to!!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Blogger Recognition Award!

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I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award; thank you so much to Icebreaker694 for nominating me!!

Here are the rules:

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

 

How The Book Crunch came to be:

I’d started a book blog a very long time before this one, but I didn’t really have anything to write about, and I also didn’t know how to review books back then. To put it bluntly, the blog sucked. Majorly. So I stopped posting on it.

I then met my best friend Beth, and together we started another book blog! The problem was, again, I wasn’t inspired to write anything. Nothing in me wanted to sit down at the laptop, and write for our blog. After a few months of running a blog together, something happened between Beth and I involving the blog which sort of put us in rocky territory, and we decided our friendship was much more important than the blog.

And so we started separate book blogs! She started The Books Are Everywhere, and I started The Book Crunch! I found myself actually wanting to blog, and found things to talk about with you guys! (Side note: I’d just like to say a massive thank you to my followers – you’re all amazing, and I feel like you’re all really supportive of my blog! The Book Crunch wouldn’t still be here without you guys!)

My advice for new bloggers:

  • The book blogging community is full of friendly, amazingly kind people who are just like you. They’re here because they want to share their passion for books! Don’t be afraid to comment on other blogger’s posts, or like and follow their blogs! The bookish community supports you, and gives back any support you give to them – don’t be scared to show bloggers if you like their blogs!
  • Follow a lot of book blogs – I find that reading different people’s writing styles always inspires me to change up how I do things, and helps me improve my own writing! It’s also really interesting to see other blogger’s thoughts on books, and read their other bookish posts!

(Sorry if that’s not very helpful!!)

Here are my nominees:

Beth from The Books Are Everywhere

Sophie from Mind of a (Book) Dragon

Eve from Eve Messenger’s Other-Word-ly Endeavors 

Jorlene from Page Chronicles

Nazahet from Read Diverse Books

Lashaan and Trang from Bookidote

Sammie from Bookshelves And Biros

Jess from Mud And Stars

Michelle from Book Adventures

Sak from Opinionated And Bookish

Charleigh from Charleigh’s Book Nook

Charley from Books And Bakes 1

Nielle from Nielle-Reads-Books

Melissa from In A Bookish World

Nicole from Away In Neverland

Thanks!

– Emma

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The Music Artist Character Tag

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Hey guys!

I’m back with an original tag today from Icebreaker694 – thank you for tagging me!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Choose a singer/band/DJ/anyone in music that you love
  • Choose 5 songs that they have written and pick a book character that the song should describe
  • Tag other bloggers to do it

My artist: Sam Smith

(He has such an angelic voice and I love him!!!)

1. “Nirvana

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South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

I think this song sums up really nicely how Kaycee feels towards Bren!

2. “Latch

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This is Julian’s song! It’s literally just perfect for his and Emma’s ‘relationship’.

3. “Stay With Me

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon would definitely be singing this to Baz. (Oh gods, the feels!)

4. “I’m Not The Only One” – ft. A$AP Rocky

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Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

So it might not be the thirteenth book in the series where this song applies, or rather, where Shane thinks it applies. (I can’t say anything else because of spoilers, but if you’ve read the books you’ll know what I’m on about!)

5. “Like I Can

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I love this series, especially this book! I think this song, though not as dark as Jace’s feelings are, is a pretty good representation of what he’s thinking.

Who I’m tagging:

Beth from The Books Are Everywhere

Sophie from Mind of a (Book) Dragon

Sammie from Bookshelves & Biros

Michelle from Book Adventures

Charleigh from Charleigh’s Book Nook

If I’ve tagged you and you don’t want to do it, don’t feel like you have to! And if I haven’t tagged you and you’d like to do it, feel free!

Thanks!

 – Emma

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Slumps Are For Chumps

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Hey guys!

Thank you to Charleigh from Charleigh’s Book Nook for tagging me for this one!! I love doing tags, and have quite a few to do, so I thought I’d give this one a go today!

Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

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The 52nd by Dela

I never really put down a book without finishing it and say ‘I’m done with this’ – I normally just put it down to read at a later date. However, the last book I put down was this one. I received it through Netgalley, and am hoping to read it this month, but think I may have to DNF review it unfortunately.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?

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Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I haven’t read these books in a long time, but I distinctly remember that I didn’t want to stop reading them. The characters were sort of addictive to read about! (And Jennifer is an absolutely awesome author!)

Which book do you love to hate?

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To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee

I strongly disliked this book while reading it (which was last week, so I’ve got a review coming up soon!), but when I got to the last few chapters, everything started to make sense. I loved the last chapter so much, because I finally realised what Harper Lee was trying to do. (But the first half of the book was torturous.)

Which book would you throw into the sea?

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Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter

I just didn’t get along with this book. But I wouldn’t throw it into the sea in real life – it’s on my kindle, and I love my kindle!

Which book have you read the most?

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The Morganville Vampires series & The Mortal Instruments series

These two series are my favourites – Morganville is by Rachel Caine, and TMI is by Cassandra Clare (you can read my post about meeting Cassie here!). If you haven’t read these books, I cannot recommend them enough!

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

Any classic. (Except Of Mice And Men.) This is because I really don’t like most classics, and if someone got me one and asked me if I liked it, I’d feel bad about having to say I did when I most likely didn’t.

Which book could you not live without?

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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

These books, this world, and these characters…to precious to loose. And Cassie’s writing is magical, so I don’t think I could live without it.

Which book made you the angriest?

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The ‘curious incident’ involving the dog made me so angry; I was actually fuming. I really, really dislike this book. (You can read my review of it here.)

Which book made you cry the most?

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I sobbed at this one. Such a beautiful novel, with such beautiful words – but gosh darn, my emotions. I know once I see the movie, I’ll have panda eyes in the cinema.

Which book cover do you hate (like) the most?

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I’m not going to lie, this question confused me. However, I’m going to take it as putting a cover I don’t like, and that would have to be the old versions of this series. They nearly make me cringe, looking at them (the new covers are gorgeous though).

Who I’m tagging:

Beth from The Books Are Everywhere

Sophie from Mind of a (Book) Dragon

Jess from The Mud And Stars Book Blog

Nielle from Nielle-Reads-Books

If I didn’t tag you and you’d like to do it, feel free to! And if I did tag you and you don’t want to do it, don’t feel like you have to!

Thanks!

 – Emma

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