Fictional Settings I Wish Were Real | Seriously, I REALLY wish these were real.

Hello. It’s me.

(Sorry, I feel like this post warranted that. It’s been so long, and it’s so old, I know! But I had to. SHHH you know you do it too.)

I’m back today with another post, you guys! Be proud of me. I’m not exactly sure what inspired this topic, but I was making a few header graphics for some of my other planned posts and then suddenly I saw a picture that just made this idea pop into my head. Be prepared for a severe case of wanderlust guys, for these fictional places! I mean, come on, who DOESN’T want to go to these places?

Let’s do this! I apologize in advance if this post causes your wanderlust to go overboard and like me, you end up sobbing because these places don’t exist.

Fictional settings I wish were real

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter)

YOU ALL SAW THIS COMING. I mean, come on! Even people who haven’t read Harry Potter (ps you must definitely go fix that mistake asap please and thank you) wouldn’t mind going to the utter fabulousness that is Hogwarts. And other magical places. (Diagon Alley, anyone? I WANT TO GET MY WAND and magic thanks.)

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LOOK AT IT!! ❤ ❤

2. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Hasn’t anyone else dreamed of visiting Narnia once upon a time?! I mean, come on. IT’S NARNIA peoples. ❤

narnia-map

3. Camp Half Blood/Jupiter (Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus)

Rick Riordan’s books have always had a place in my heart, and it’s definitely a certain that Camp Half Blood found a place there too! IT’S JUST THE BEST. Someone take me there, please? *heart eyes*

Camp Half Blood

4. Luna, New Beijing (The Lunar Chronicles)

The settings in the Lunar Chronicles sound so cool! And I SO wouldn’t mind visiting Luna or New Beijing. Seriously, why can’t these places be real?!

Luna

5. Panem (The Hunger Games)

I think it makes sense to wish this was real, right? I mean, war’s over and everything and Panem just sounds SO COOL. And really pretty? Are there any tours available, ’cause sign me up please. (Yes, I realize Panem is FICTIONAL *sadly* but maybe the places where the movie took place? ‘Cause those were super great. Ahem.)

Panem

6. Ravka (Grishaverse)

Ahh, Leigh Bardugo and her Grishaverse. Can never get tired of it, really. Especially now that we have the amazing Six of Crows and the books in that series! Ravka’s world just seems so cool. And I know it’s based off Russia too (which is already on my to-visit-someday list because RUSSIA.)

Ravka

7. Trollus (Stolen Songbird)

I haven’t squealed about this book and the series enough, tbh. There is SO MUCH going on for this book and oh my gosh, the world building is most definitely one of the best parts!! Trollus just seems SO AMAZING (I’m saying that for literally every place on this list, but SHH. They’re all so amazing.) and I really want to go visit! It sounds really dark and cold and everything but beautiful with lights and hidden treasures. ❤

Trollus
I found this on Pinterest and it LOOKS SO PRETTY

8. The Fae Courts (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

If there was one thing Sarah J. Maas didn’t blotch in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, it’s the world and descriptions! I absolutely adore the idea of the Courts (Spring Court, Summer Court,etc.–SO BEAUTIFUL) and it would be SO COOL if they were real (apart from the part where there’s a whole war going on… details, details.)

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9. Khorasan (The Wrath and the Dawn)

Set in the middle-east, The Wrath and the Dawn duology is probably one of my favourite books, for like EVER. Seriously, I love this book series SO MUCH. (So basically, if you haven’t read this yet, LEAVE. AND DO SO IMMEDIATELY. Ahem.) And the setting was so cool!! I would definitely not mind visiting someday… (except I can’t *sob*)

TWATD Map

10. Primoria (Snow Like Ashes)

Primoria

Can I just squeal about how much I adore the world in Snow Like Ashes? It’s based on the seasons, and there are 4 kingdoms (each based on a season) and it’s just asjksfhkdhgolehtogrehgaernglekg. Seriously. I have no words. The descriptions and everything was all SO PRETTY AND MAGICAL. I just really want to go. Pretty please? PLEASEEE.

Bonus: Multi-Londons (Shades of Magic)

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I suppose you can count this technically as a real setting, because, hello? LONDON? But this world as a whole is (to my dismay) fiction so. SOB. Who doesn’t want to visit multiple Londons? Red London, Grey London, White London. They’re all SO COOL and I severely want to visit!!!


So.

*offers you tissue box*
Anyone else facing the struggles of being (too) attached to fiction? I am seriously SO SAD that these places don’t exist for us bookworms to visit… (With the exception of Hogwarts, kind of, since we can visit at Universal Studios? BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME *sobs harder* [I’m totally okay, guys. Totally sane. I’m usually not this emotional, sorry. 😛 But can you blame me?]
ANYWAY. Join me in my sobbing wanderlusting! (That sounds kind of weird..) Which of these places do YOU wish were real the most? (Obviously ALL of them, but if you had to pick. (a horror, I know! I apologize in advance.) Which of these books have you read? TALK TO ME, please. (I’m very desperate and it clearly shows.) Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! ❤
Until the Next Meal, Analee
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Types of Readers! | Some more categorization because why not?

It’s Thursday and I decided it was time for another discussion! Though this time it’s more along the lines of my other post I did a couple of weeks ago, I think, about Types of Book Bloggers, instead of my usual Book Snacks Babbles posts–this time about Types of Readers!

It was so much fun the last time, so I thought, why not? After all, some more categorization can’t hurt. Better get comfy, because this time I have quite a bit. 18, actually. Woo! All of us are most probably more than one type.. let’s see which of them we are!

Types of Readers

The Procrastinating Reader

Ah, what a positive one to start off with. ;D The procrastinating reader is the one who, true to the name, PROCRASTINATES. Uh, yeah, no duh. This type of reader, although has the intention to read the books on their TBR and such, never gets around to it due to some reason or another–usually made up. “Oh, I have to clean my room,” says the procrastinating reader to the already-neat-and-pristine bedroom. “Oh, I need to cook dinner.” says the procrastinating reader at 4:30 PM. You know the deal. Kind of the equivalent of the anti-reader, yet not…? The intention is there, the will is not, I guess.

Procrastination

The Fast Reader

These are, (obviously) the readers who seem to be able to devour books in one bite. Or the readers who just simply have the capability of, well reading fast! I like to think I’m a relatively fast reader, myself, though there are people who are much faster than me. 😉 Kudos to you if you’re a fast reader! It can definitely be useful for finishing books faster, am I right? Haha.

The Slow Reader/The Absorbing Reader

Naturally, with the fast reader, there is also the opposite, the slow reader, or, the softer term for it, the absorbing reader. This reader, takes his/her time to absorb the words he/she is reading, you know? It takes them a longer time to read a book, sure, but they get the chance to savor the writing and the story. 😉 So don’t feel bad if you’re a slow reader! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

The Any-Book-Or-Genre Reader

This reader reads all and any books or genres! Nothing is off-limits, everything is a possibility. Whether it be a big book, a small book, a fantasy book or a non-fiction book, this reader is open to everything. Pretty straight-forward! This type of reader has it pretty easy in terms of finding a good book; after all, since this reader is open to so many possibilities, there’s bound to be at least one that he/she will enjoy. So, if any of you are this type, good for you! You’re very open-minded, which is good. 🙂

The Picky Reader

Basically the polar opposite of the above type, the picky reader is incredibly.. well, picky. He/she has special requirements, or only a certain type/genre of books that he/she likes to read. It can generally become quite difficult to find something satisfying or a book that meets the requirements of this reader because they’re either so specific or there aren’t many that exist! For all of you picky readers out there… good luck getting the exact type of book you want! (You know what they say though; if there isn’t the book you want to read already written, write it yourself!)

The ebook Reader

Exactly what the name dictates, the ebook reader reads.. ebooks! Now, it doesn’t have to mean that this reader likes to read ONLY ebooks, but mostly that they often or at least sometimes read ebooks–and enjoy it. They don’t mind ebooks, and they generally have either an e-reader (such as Kindle, or Kobo) or an app on their phone/ipad/device/whatnot that allows them to purchase and read ebooks.

We’re high-tech, bruh.

The Audio Reader

I cannot claim to know what this experience entails, but the audio reader is what I’m naming the people who prefer to read audiobooks over physical books or ebooks–or people who often use audiobooks. I’m most definitely not one of those people (there’s something about audiobooks that drive me nuts.. I’ve never actually completed one whole audiobook? I just couldn’t.) but there are definitely a lot of people who enjoy the audiobook experience! It seems to be pretty common.

The Constantly-in-a-slump Reader

I suppose this is kind of similar to the procrastinating reader? But not exactly. This type of reader, is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a reader.. who often finds herself/himself not in the mood to read. So, in a reading slump. Except the reading slump is almost always present. There’s no specific reason as to why or how this is caused, but oftentimes (I’m assuming, at least. I can’t speak from experience on this one) it’s due to either stress, school/work, or any other issues. And when you don’t feel like reading, well, there’s no point forcing it ’cause it ain’t gonna get you anywhere, really.

The Critical Reader

The critical reader is a bit more of a.. I dunno, different name, for the harsh reader. Analyzing even the tiniest thing, the critical reader often spots flaws and problems in a book more easily and faster than anything else. Nothing escapes their sight! Their critical eye and expertise in focusing on important details, or flaws, can prove to be useful, but may also lead low-ish ratings, and less-than-stellar opinions, if you know what I mean.

The Full-of-feels/fangirl(Boy) Reader

Again, pretty self-explanatory (tbh, most of these are, but hushhh. Small details. I like to talk.) but this reader is the one who’s often just full of ALL the feels. Most of the time they enjoy almost all of the books they read, whether it be because they single out the books in their comfort zone, or just because they’re always overwhelmed by the feels. 😉 When they’re reading a book, more often that not these readers are able to find many aspects throughout the novel to fangirl over, or aspects that they adore. Fangirling is a common occurrence for them! (Then again, I suppose this goes for most bookworms.)

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The Re-Reader

The re-reader, of course, is singling out the readers who often re-read books, and really love doing so! If I’m being honest this was me, many, many years ago?? There’s just such an appeal to re-reading sometimes–it can be comforting to go back to a book you know you loved before. Nowadays this isn’t really one I’d say I can claim (not enough time to re-read, I’m afraid), but I do know there are many (or at least a few) that can.

The Late-Nighter/Sleepy Reader

I’ve never actually met a reader who fits with this type, but I’m assuming it’s a possibility? Basically it’s the reader who always, or almost always, reads at night, before going to bed–and almost always ends up falling asleep despite the promises like, “I’ll get to chapter 18!” or “I will finish this book tonight.” I might’ve been this type, actually, a few times, lol. Books are great and all, but… sleep is sleep, so.

So basically you’re reading, reading, but then you get so tired.. Though let’s be real, this gif represents basically everyone, almost all the time. Okay, fine. It represents ME, all the time. XD

The Mood Reader

The mood reader (lol, I know it sounds like a person who reads your mood, but that’s not what I’m talking about) is the type of reader who chooses what to read based on how they’re feeling. I am totally a mood reader sometimes! Following our moods can be so helpful in finding a book that goes well with how we’re feeling. It might be that we’re sad and we’re looking for a book to cheer us up or we’re sad/frustrated/angry and looking for a book to reflect our feelings–or anything else of the sort. You know what I mean!

The Easily Emotional Reader

Better get that box of tissues out! The Easily Emotional reader is someone who can often become very emotional (aka brings out the water works) very easily. Whether it be a contemporary novel dealing with cancer or suicide, or a fantasy novel that kills off one of the main characters, or a book with a super cheesy and happy ending, this reader has tears for them all. And this is not a bad thing! I can’t say I’ve been in such a situation before, but I do know there are many people who can become easily emotional while reading so I thought I should put in this category.

It's So Beautiful

The Ambitious Reader

Omg this is totally meeeeeeee. XD This reader is one who sets incredibly high goals, and who just wants to READ THEM ALL. And by them I mean books, if you didn’t know. But obviously you knew that. Characteristics of an ambitious include (but are not limited to) having an incredibly large TBR (though this is kind of a universal bookworm one, but whatever), setting a very high goal for the number of books he/she wants to read throughout the year or during a month, etc. (So ME ME ME. Oops.)

The Binge-reader

This can be me? Sometimes? I mean, I occasionally (well, rarely, but still) binge-read a series or something, but that’s the extent of it. So in some cases the reader might simply find binge-reading a good reading method for them–in which case, great! I can’t do that myself, but good for you. Otherwise, the binge-reader just gets into the habit of binge-reading accidentally after spending a lot of free time on other stuff, and attempting to catch up with reading afterwards.

The Book Polygamist/Multi-Reader

This is another type that applies to me as well, at times. Basically it’s a reader who reads several books at once. A polygamist, if you didn’t know, means being married to several people at once. Hence the term book polygamist was born. But I kind of prefer the term multi-reader, or multi-tasking reader? I’m fine with saying a book polygamist, (it’s a creative term, at least!), but since polygamy is typically looked down upon in real life, I’d prefer not to promote, however indirectly, the same idea when it comes to books. 😉 But anyway, this reader, is simply one who reads several books at once! This is something that I used to struggle with before, but I’ve gotten quite used to and quite good with juggling several books at once, so it’s not quite as confusing or difficult as people would imagine.

The All-Nighter/3 AM Reader

What is even sleep?? asks the all-nighter Basically the opposite of the late night reader, the all-nighter is, as the name suggests, a reader who sacrifices their night, in favour of reading. Lol, I make it sound so much more ominous than it is, oops. Although I’m a total advocate for sleep (I love sleeping, guys. Almost as much as books and chocolate.) I can totally understand this! I become an all-nighter/3 AM reader (which, by the way is basically the same thing, except that perhaps they get at least a bit of sleep. :P) when it comes to really good books, soooo. Come on don’t deny it, you’ve been guilty of staying up super late before, or even pulling an all-nighter, to finish a book. 😉


Phew! That took a while. XD I did a lot more than the amount I listed for types of book bloggers, haha. And these aren’t even the only types of readers, I’m sure. But I’m going to leave it at that for now; I think 18 is more than enough, don’t you think? So tell me: what types of readers do you consider yourself to be? Do we have any in common? I’d consider some types I am to be the the multi-reader, the ambitious reader, the ebook reader, etc. What types would you say I am? XD Let us babble in the comments!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Types of Book Bloggers | Because a little categorization never hurts, right? (Or so I hope.)

Hello! After my ‘types of male love interests‘ post (last week? I’ve lost sense of all and any sense of time oops), I decided to reach out further from the Valentine’s Day and love theme, and go for a more broad topic.. after which the idea of ‘types of book bloggers‘ sprung to my head. I thought it would be a fun post to do, something light and fun, you know?

So without further ado, let me present you with (a few) types of book bloggers! And by types, I’m not talking about like, what different book bloggers blog about, it’s more personality-wise? And their style? Kind of? I dunno. Just read it and interpret it your way! 😛 Remember also that no one is restricted to being only one of the following types! We are all divergent in our book blogging personalities, and we can most definitely be several of these. 😉

*I must request though that even if you dislike this post, please don’t come after me with a fiery stake! Eh, yeah, that wouldn’t be too pleasant for me—err, I kind of want to live past 17, so… no thanks. Lol. Please and thank you. If you have any differing opinions, I’d love to chat in the comments!

Okay so let’s do this!

Types of Book Bloggers

The Fangirling Book Blogger

If this is you… welcome to the club! (And if you aren’t, well, don’t worry, there are plenty more to suit your fancy) The fangirling book blogger is someone who often goes all out for fangirling in their posts— which, of course, many bloggers do. What sets this apart, however, is that their overall personality comes off as being an extreme fangirl through their posts. All book bloggers have become fangirls/fanboys at some point, but some show it more than others, I guess? I don’t know if that makes any sense, though, soo. Yeah.

The Snarky/Witty/Humourous Book Blogger

I put the whole snarky, witty and humourous types of book bloggers all in one for a few reasons; one, they’re all similar qualities enough that they don’t exactly require different categories, two, often times bloggers have one or another one of these qualities together, and three, well, they all serve a common purpose; to entertain. Right? At least most of the time. I’m quite envious of these types of bloggers, actually (the snarky/witty/humourous ones) seeing as how I love their voice and often wish to have their abilities! 😛

The Consistent Book Blogger

So, I think I’ve encountered, like, a few of these across the blogging community, but basically these types of book bloggers are the ones whose blog is always very organized, both in terms of its visuals as well as in other parts, like posting schedule, or the types of post. I feel like this type of book blogger should have its own category, because AHEM, if you can manage to stay organized, and find a consistent blogging schedule while still going through the hectic thing call life, kudos to you! In fact, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. If any of you are this type, this is a message to you all. XD

The Inconsistent Book Blogger

Okay, so after the above type, naturally I have to put in the opposite! I think you all know what the characteristics for this blogger entails… But don’t worry! Even if you are this type of blogger, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! And I’m not just saying that because oftentimes I* must become the inconsistent blogger. 😉 In fact, it’s truly inevitable; at some point in your blogging journey, you’ll get busy and it will be incredibly hard to keep up a consistent schedule. No shame, guys! Life happens.

*This is the part where if you have any tips, throw ’em at me! Cause I need any help I can get. Lol.

The Random Book Blogger

Interpret this one however you want, but I’m seeing this kind of as the type of book blogger who, I don’t know, often posts all sorts of things? Like, there’s not a specific range to what this blogger posts. Sometimes it’s this, sometimes it’s that. Most days don’t have anything specific planned. Maybe one Tuesday they’ll post Top Ten Tuesday, but then maybe next Tuesday they post… a book or even movie review or something. You know? #me

The GIF Book Blogger

This type could basically go for any type of bloggers, but the GIF book blogger refers to the type of book bloggers who, staying true to their title, almost always, or often, utilize GIFs in their posts. I can’t say I see this type often, but when I do, well, it’s always fun seeing GIFs included, am I right? Especially when they reflect the text of the post perfectly. It’s quite easy to become the GIF book blogger, actually.

LOLLL I just had to put this GIF. XD For no reason whatsoever.

The Eloquent Book Blogger

Okay, so ‘the eloquent book bloggers’ are what I would say are the types of book bloggers whose writing is always crisp and fancy, or very well put together. Their words, their writing always make you want to read their posts, and their posts—particularly reviews—are usually quite insightful and informative to read. I AM ENVIOUS for I usually end up being a stuttering walrus* in comparison. But I love reading their posts!

*It was the first thing that popped into my mind! Don’t ask where it came from. I have no idea.

The Photography Book Blogger

Ahh I’m not exactly sure if this counts, but I put it on the list sooo IT COUNTS. Because it’s totally a valid one. Yes. Like, you know the bloggers who always have such beautiful photos on their blog?? (Usually of books, because, er, I’m concentrating on types of book bloggers, sooo.) Yeah, them. Their posts often include such amazing bookish photos, ahhhh. I heart this SO MUCH. (Mostly because I’m extremely jealous that I have no photography skills whatsoever, but hushhhhh. ‘Tis my secret.) If the photos are taken well (which they almost always are), IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL.

This is one of Cait (@Paper Fury)’s photos AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Bookish photography is something I will forever be envious of!

The Procrastinating Book Blogger

This sometimes can be tied in with the inconsistent book blogger, but I’d say the procrastinating book blogger is one who, well… PROCRASTINATES. Whether it be with book reviews (haha meeeee. I have so many of them that I want to do, but never end up actually doing), book tags, or anything else, this blogger is basically in a blogging slump half the time, but yet not. They post, but they procrastinate on doing so, and in the things they post. Does that make sense?

The Personal Book Blogger

The personal book bloggers are what I’m choosing to call the bloggers who posts a lot of personal stuff, like about their life, or something they love outside of books, alongside their bookish posts. I don’t follow many of these types, but that’s only because there aren’t so many I’ve come across, hehe. These blogs are always quite interesting, because everyone has such different stories to share! It’s also great to find out more behind the person of the blog.


So I lost count of how many I listed? 8? 9? I dunno, but there are tons more! Though you get chocolate if you understood half the things I said, LOL. MY RAMBLINGS ARE HARD TO COMPREHEND, I admit. Although I stand by the fact that it is you little minions who must amp up your understanding level. XD

Anyway, if you have any other types you know of, let me know in the comments!! I’d love to know. Also, which of these types do you fall into? Do you fall into several or only a couple?? Oh, and feel free to send some blogging tips my way, if you know of any on how to be an organized blogger! Also, which one of these categories do you like most, in terms of reading other people’s blogs? Let me know all and any thoughts in the comments! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Not all books hate families, I assure you..! | A list of books with pro-family themes

Happy post-Family Day! Who else in Canada is mourning the fact that work and school resumes now that the weekend and Family Day has passed? XD I know I am. Yesterday was Family Day for me—a fairly boring one, but whatever. No school means no school, right?—and so in honor of that, since I kind of skipped out on making a themed post for yesterday, I decided to make a list of books with pro-family themes.. today! It’s kind of sad how having positive familial relationships in books is so rare sometimes. I shouldn’t have to be digging through the bottom of the floor just to find books that have actual families, at the very least. But I digress. Onwards to the list!

Books with pro-family themes

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

HP series

No brainer, much??! The Weasley family is, without argument one of the best families out there. Not only are they totally awesome, they just ARE a family. You can’t even question it, because they’re so perfect. The bicker with each other, they support each other, they love eachother, and always have eachother’s backs. Really, I don’t know what else to say other than YES FAMILY. lol.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

This is one of my more recent reads (though I suppose not so recent when I think about it) and I was delighted to see the positive family themes in this one! There were a lot of issues for the characters to sort out regarding their family that involved… well, there were a lot of complications in the quest to having a happy family, but in the end, this book was so great in representing what true family is! (Also the sibling relationship in this one was great too.)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms

Now, some of you may be thinking about the familial relationships in this one and be like, really? all skeptical-like, but yes. I don’t know if anyone else noticed, or if this is just me grasping at straws but in the first book, I found Cleo’s family to be a good example. I mean, Cleo loved her sister and her father whole-heartedly, and would do anything for them.  It was nice to see at least a bit of a family theme in this book, you know, amidst all the death and stuff.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

I do realize that Cath’s mother was MIA for most of the book and definitely was not the best mom, but Cath, Wren and their father made up their own little family, and I totally supported them! I loved the pro-family themes in this one; especially with Cath and her father. She loved and cared for him so much, and that was really nice to see. The fact that the father cared so much about Cath and Wren in return was sweet too!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon’s family is absolutely hilarious! Omg I loved them. They were so supportive (I know I’ve been repeating that a lot, but it’s true!! Plus it’s a very important trait in families. *nods*) and they simply had a great dynamic. Also can I mention how wonderful it was for Simon to have such a close relationship with his siblings, and parents? Like YES.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You

To anyone who’s read this book, this one is a great example as well! Marguerite has two loving and understanding parents, as well as one sister. Yep, this is a sci-fi novel, and yep, I kid you not, she has.. wait for it… *gasp* a family. And it was so great! Also, while we’re at it, it was so interesting to see the different versions of her family too, in the various dimensions! This is definitely one book you might want to check out if family is important to you in books. 😉

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay

I wasn’t, like, the biggest fan of this book, but it’s definitely a book that doesn’t neglect the power of family! A lot of the story is spent in flashbacks, and from there we can see how important Mia’s family is to her, as well as how they interacted with eachother. And it was clear that her family had a very positive relationship, so yay!

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

The Selection series is not without flaws, but I found it worth mentioning in this post seeing how it offers a relatively good example of pro-family themes. America’s family seemed pretty realistic, to a certain extent, and was generally very supportive of one another. I liked May and America’s relationship, though it wasn’t focused on much I suppose, as well as the relationship between America and her father. As for The Heir, Eadlyn had a pretty good family… mostly. America and Maxon were good, though some of their decisions involved some raised eyebrows on my part. But still. Point being; pro-family! *Claps*

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend

June and Day’s respective families are the reason for Legend being on the list. June’s parents were dead even before the book started (so no worries, it’s not a spoiler, you’ll learn that quickly anyway), but her relationship with her brother recieves a thumbs-up from me! I appreciated their strong bond. Day didn’t have the best family, in that they weren’t in the best condition, but their relationship was strong and filled with love. ❤ Agh. Why they don’t have more strong familial relationships in books, I don’t understand.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I know, I know. Most of you are probably looking at the screen like, girl, really?! or something like that. But yes. This isn’t a mistake! Twilight actually does have a pro-family theme, as much as Twilight-haters might want to deny it. The Cullen family, though perhaps not popular, still does support the whole pro-family theme! The Cullens are very protective of one another, and love eachother.. in their own way. This may not be a favourite, but it still has a good family theme! Don’t kill me please.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Aaaand, last but not least, to conclude this list, I’ve put Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! This book also has a pro-family theme going on (duh, that’s why it’s on the list), thanks to Mare. She obviously cared for her family quite a bit, and her family, despite their disapproval at times, returned that sentiment. It was refreshing to see that in a fantasy novel!


So that’s it for this little list! I know (well, hope) that there are many other books out there with pro-family themes; if I’ve missed any that you’ve read, feel free to mention it below! I’m always on the lookout for books with families actually present, you know? Having no family in YA books has honestly become too common. But tell me what you think? Has families become sparse in YA? Is that a good or bad thing? What bookish families do you love the most? Let me know whatever thoughts you may have down in the comments! ❤ Happy Tuesday!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Types of Male Love Interests | Happy Valentine’s Day!!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Woot woot! I hope, if you’re with your special (wink wink) friend you’re enjoying yourself, or, if you’re all alone this V-Day, you’re surrounded by books (or family, but, you know, booooooks) because what else is better to be surrounded with? But anyway. I was going to do a bookish OTPs post today, but seeing how tons of other bloggers have covered that area already in the past few days, I’ve decided to do a different kind of post and talk about my types of book boyfriends I have met in books! I was debating over this and types of bookish couples/girl friends, but in the end I went with the book boyfriends. (But if you’d like a ‘types of bookish couples or girl friends’, let me know!) Let’s do this!

Ty[es of Male Love Interests

1. The player/bad-boy.

Kind of touched on this, I think, the other day when I talked about romance tropes we love or hate, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again! You know the type; he’s trouble, and the girl knows it. Oftentimes it concludes with said bad-boy changing his ways because he fell in love with the more ‘goodie two-shoes’ type girl. The player is a very common and popular type of book boyfriend; and if you’re read at least a few YA books, you know what I’m talking about. I’d offer examples, but… this one’s everywhere.

2. The possessive one.

*Cough* Edward Cullen *Cough* Just kidding… but not. If you’ve read or heard of Twilight, it’s definitely one of the biggest example of the possessive boyfriend! Whether you like this type of boyfriend or not is completely a personal preference, but it’s undeniable that this type is quite popular in YA! As far as I’ve noticed, anyway. The possessive boyfriend is the one who’s also usually VERY protective and rages upon anyone who threatens to touch or hurt his love.

3. The anti-hero.

This kind of ties into the first one, but at the same time, doesn’t. I’m talking more about the villainous sort of love interest, the one with a darker agenda, if you know what I mean. This type is most common in YA fantasy, dystopia, and the like, and can be very popular among readers! #Darkling Basically the opposite of a hero (duh, hence being called the ANTI-hero).

4. The best friend boyfriend.

This particular boyfriend is not only a love interest for the character, but is also a very close friend. I don’t know, this seems kind of uncommon sometimes? Like, sure, the usual book boyfriends are a good friend too, but.. there’s a few that are, like… I don’t know how to explain this without sounding completely bonkers, but basically, isn’t just a boyfriend, you know? He’s there to be a friend, too. (Which, to be honest, is what all boyfriends should be, but I guess I can’t say.)

5. The Prince Charming.

This type of boyfriend can be put two ways: one, he’s the type who always saves the day—the hero. Two, he generally always needs someone to save, protect. There’s a reason why the Prince Charming is associated with damsels! True to its name, the prince Charming-type boyfriend is often, well, charming, and, as I mentioned, saves the day or needs someone to save. To be honest, I’m kind of on the fence over how much I like this type. I don’t know. Also, is it weird that I kind of picture the Prince Charming in Shrek?? LOL that’s so random.

6. The hero.

I suppose this can be taken for Prince Charming, but… I don’t think so. The hero, to me, is the type who’s, you know, very loyal and brave, and strong. He’s willing to do what’s right for the one he loves (or whoever he’s loyal to). It’s more different than the Prince Charming, since.. Gah this is turning out to be the most confusing thing ever. But where the Prince Charming is sometimes, well, not as honorable as he seems, perhaps, the hero, is… the hero. I don’t think there’s anymore to add other than that.

7. The sweet and romantic.

Ahhh let’s bring out the awkward and adorable love interests! To be honest I kind of love this type alongside the bad-boy one—opposites, much? I know, lol. The sweet and romantic boyfriend, well, is exactly what he sounds like! These are the types that are sweet, thoughtful and (usually) very understanding. Oftentimes I also see this type with the best friend boyfriend—and it totally makes sense why! Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss and Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda both come to mind for this one!

8. The funny one.

By the way, by ‘the funny one’ I mean, you know, the type who’s almost always cracking jokes and smiling, not, like, the ‘weird one’ or something, though I suppose it could be that too. XD This type of boyfriend is often very charming, albeit a bit silly at times, due to his very charming and happy demeanor. I kind of love this type, because, who doesn’t like a good laugh?? Characters like Percy or Leo, can both apply for this one, don’t you think?


So that’s it for this little post about types of male love interests! I know there are probably a lot more I haven’t touched on, so feel free to add any type of love interests YOU’VE encountered! Also don’t forget to mention; which types of these do you love? Which do you dislike? Also, let me know if you’d still like a bookish OTP post, or types of bookish couples. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! *Virtual hug*

Until the Next Meal, Analee

7 Romance Tropes You Know You Secretly (Or Not-So-Secretly) Love and Hate

Tropes are everywhere these days! Even though not everyone loves them, some are just really fun to read. And so, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to make a post listing 7 romance tropes you either love or hate! I thought it would be a fun post to do, so… Let’s do this!

7 Romance Tropes You Know You Love or Hate

1. Love Triangle 

Now, this one is definitely one of the reasons I felt compelled to add ‘hate’ to the title here. I know a lot of people hate this one—though to be honest (for some this may not be anything new) love triangles don’t bother me as much as some other people. ‘Cause well-written love triangles are actually really good! *cough* The Infernal Devices *cough*  They can bring out so many emotions, and also contribute to character development so.. #I’mhappy But I’ll be the first to admit that love triangles that are poorly written are definitely not something to like! But when they are…

2. Forbidden Love

Now, I’m not sure where exactly this falls into; it has both its lovers and haters, as most everything in this world! I find this often in fantasy, paranormal or dystopian/sci-fi novels, but it has a presence in contemporary novels too. I don’t mind this trope that much, although it definitely depends on the actual execution and the story. You know the type; even if the two characters are in love with eachother, there’s something that’s preventing them from actually being together. Often times I see this alongside a love triangle; one of the love interests are ‘forbidden’ if you know what I mean.

3. Insta-Love

Sound familiar? You bet it does. The trope of insta-love is well known.. although not that well-received by readers. And I can totally understand that! Insta-love is just so hard to relate to sometimes, and us readers being the cynical and sour lemon (not that there’s anything wrong with that) it’s not that believable either. Often times this is a trope that cause people to disregard romance in a book, which is unfortunate, but it does have its fans—after all, if it didn’t, why would authors continue to use it so much?

4. Best Friend Romance

I think this is definitely one of the most-loved tropes..? Maybe? It could be just me, but this trope is really popular—and I totally see why! It’s one of my favourite tropes too, no matter how many times I read it. Reading a story where a pair of close friends fall in love is just so sweet and heart-warming! It’s kind of hard to resist that charm. Not that most people want to, right?

Basically me when I read a fluffy best-friend romance… IT’S JUST SO CUTE.

5. The Player/Bad boy

The player/bad boy trope is one I’ve seen often (or so it seems), whether it be a romance novel, a fantasy novel, or a paranormal. The main male character is labelled as a ‘player’, and has a reputation for playing the field, seeking relationships usually without much emotional attachment other than lust, until he meets his one true love. You can’t deny hearing this one before, it’s must’ve been in at least ONE of the books you’ve read!

6. The fake boyfriend

I actually haven’t seen much of these, but it’s a trope that I admittedly love, or at least usually enjoy. The idea of it is just so much fun (though in essence maybe it’s not the best written trope) and I found myself enjoying the previous books I’ve read with this trope quite a bit (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, All I’ve Never Wanted). Basically one of the characters (usually the female character) take another character to pose as their boyfriend, for some given reason. It sounds kind of ridiculous? But I assure you, it’s fun to read, and totally swoony! (Even though swoony is not a word, shhhhh. It is now.)

7. Best friend’s brother/sister

Generally this goes for older siblings? The protagonist has a crush on his/her friend’s older brother/sister, usually some family/friend thing that prevents them from getting together, etc etc. You know how it goes. I’ve seen this pretty often, I have to say, and most times I believe I enjoy it! Sometimes though it comes off as extra cliché and becomes annoying to read about, but there are definitely times where it’s very well done (and not, you know, creepy or weird or something).


Aaaaaaaaand that’s a wrap! 7 romance tropes that you either love or hate, in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day! Be sure to let me know down below: which one is YOUR favourite trope? Which ones do you hate? What other tropes do you love? Let me know in the comments!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Awesome Gifts To Get Your Resident Bookworm for Valentine’s Day | Bookish Gift Guide (AKA Things You Should Immediately Buy For Me)

Guess what celebration is right around the corner? That’s right, Valentine’s Day. And so, because I’m so very nice (or so I like to think) in honor of that measly little celebration where people expect you to get them things, I’ve decided to make things easier for any of you struggling to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone, a family member, or yourself (because it’s important to gift yourself these things *nods*) or if you want someone to get you something good for Valentine’s Day, well, you’re welcome! And even if this post isn’t much help and ends up making you jealous for the things you don’t have (AKA ME RIGHT NOW) … well, I’m glad you stopped by! XD Just kidding. It’s always fun to look at bookish gifts either way, am I right?!

So.. before I ramble any further and bore you all to tears, let’s get on with a few bookish gifts that you might want to get for me your resident bookworm!

Although, please note: None of these pictures belong to me! Credit goes to respective owners. 


To be honest, Etsy or Red Bubble (and Society6) are your best friends for bookish gifts! There’s soooo many options, so many ideas for bookish gifts that basically any bookworm would enjoy! To start off, here are some bookish necklaces (from a variety of Etsy stores) to drool over…

Find them here: A Thousand Pieces of You | A Court of Thorns and Roses | Anna and the French Kiss 

Or there’s this Will Herondale one… 😉

Will Herondale Pendant

Find it here.

Also, HOGWARTS. AND HARRY POTTER. Yessss.

Or simply this one because, well, do I need to explain??

(Find it here.)

There are also other ones you can check out here. Someone get me all of these, quick! XD (Oh, and be sure to get some for other people too, if you want.)

To continue the theme of bookish necklaces…

TFIOS Pendant and Charm

It’s kind of perfect for Valentine’s Day, am I right?! Find it here.

There’s also things like:

Find them here: Bloggers Gonna Blog | Reader | Writer 

Perfect, I tell you, PERFECT.

For more in this style, check out the store.

So Many Books, So Little Time

This is actually so perfect!! Not to mention 100% true. Find it here.


Soooo I should probably move on to other bookish gifts before I fill up this whole post with bookish necklaces… BOOKISH MUGS, here I come!!

I Read Past My Bedtime Mug

What more could be better than a mug? A bookish mug, of course, and this one is absolutely perfect. Find it here!

Happily Ever After Mug

Okay, I must confess (although most of you probably know all of this already): I haven’t read the popular Stephanie Perkins books from which this mug is based on. BUT I do plan on it! This mug looks sooo pretty and it’s definitely urging me to read the books, haha. Find it here.

Be Careful of Books Mug

A mug with a quote from The Infernal Devices? YES PLEASE. Find it here!

Everyone loves pillows, right??

I mean, who doesn’t? What better than to have a comfy pillow next to you in case you fall asleep reading? And a bookish pillow, at that? Pff, I don’t get why you guys all don’t have this already. (I don’t have this either but hussshhhh. That’s why you guys have to look at the following pillows and get them for me.)

Just Read Pillow

Doesn’t this pillow look so artistic?? I love it so much. Find it here!

Stay Bookish Pillow

Another perfect pillow! Find it here.

Aaaand to wrap up the bookish gift ideas, a few awesome tote bags! (Because who doesn’t like tote bags??)

My Weekend is Booked Tote Bag

It most definitely is, for me! Find this bag here.

Dream Big Tote Bag

I love this bag so much! The quote on it is perfect, and the bag itself looks really cute. Find it here.

Between the Pages of a Book Tote Bag
This design also comes in different forms, like mugs, phone cases and more!

Omg this is so pretty. I NEED THIS. Find it here!


SO. What are you planning on getting for your special friend or family?? Aren’t these bookish gifts just so amazing? Which ones would you want to get for yourself? Does anyone want to get me these? 😛 Even if you aren’t planning on buying any og these, which are your favourites? Happy pre-Valentine’s Day! (Yes, I do realize there’s still a week left. Details, details.) Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

My Thoughts On…Shadowhunters TV Show | Episode 1: The Mortal Cup

Shadowhunters. The time has finally come! After months upon months of waiting for its release, the first episode of the Shadowhunters TV show, based off of the bestselling The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, came out on Netflix—and naturally I had to watch it! I’ve seen tons of posts lately from other bloggers sharing their thoughts on the first and/or second episode, so I decided, why not? I have a lot of thoughts to share on it, so let’s get started.

Thoughts on Shadowhunters

Let’s start with the best and good parts, shall we?

Castings and Characters

  • Simon WAS PERFECT. I must admit, I wasn’t completely sold on Alberto Rosende (the actor) at first, but after seeing him in the first episode, I gotta say, he’s great. Fingers crossed that the great acting will continue!
  • Simon and Clary’s friendship was sweet! Simon and Clary got along really well, and I really liked how the two actors pulled off their friendship.

trailer-de-shadowhunters

  • Alec‘s portrayal by Alexander (CORRECTION: Matthew) Daddario was really great. Mostly it’s just that Alec was basically everything I imagined him to be like! Protective of Jace and Isabelle, hostile to Clary. Can’t wait to see more of him as the show continues.
  • As for Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia), I have to admit that I was expecting her to be more, I don’t know, hostile and more angry. I feel like the show tamed her down a bit more in comparison with the books. I really liked the actress who played her, though! And although some of her lines were terrible, I liked her parts well enough. (She could still kick butt, that’s for sure.)

  • Alan Van Sprang shone through as Valentine! He wasn’t exactly how I pictured him, but he turned out to be pretty good.
  • Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), too, was alright. I was kind of? skeptical of both her and Valentine’s casting, but she turned out to be alright as well. (But why on earth did she give Clary a stele??)

Plot

  • The Pandemonium scenes were really good! Not horrible, at least. Especially the part where Jace, Alec and Isabelle was hunting down the demon (though what was the use of Isabelle’s wig when she takes it off anyway?)
  • To be honest I’m not quite sure how I feel yet about the inclusion of the mundane blood thing going on, but for now I’m just gonna place it with the good parts of the episode, because, well, it wasn’t necessarily a bad addition. Obviously there has to be some changes where the plot’s concerned to not make it identical to the book.
  • Having Luke as a policeman was an interesting idea! I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, when I first heard of it, but now it doesn’t seem to be that bad.
  • I feel like there’s more I have to say about the storyline and everything, but… my memory kind of sucks right now?

Where things became ‘meh’

  • So.. Maureen is friends with Simon and Clary, and is the same age as them now? Not sure how I feel about this either. I suppose it’s not exactly a bad thing, but it has me questioning as to where it will lead.
  • The special effects. More specifically, the portal. I’ve been seeing talk about how the show’s on a low budget and everything, but really? Was that the best they could do? Again, it wasn’t BAD persay, but it could’ve been better.
  • Magnus Bane… what even happened? I’m not even sure how to explain this one. His character just seemed so.. wrong somehow? Maybe? I don’t know. (I seem to be repeating ‘I don’t know’ really often, but oh well…)
  • The institute is now full of people and really modernized… not sure how I feel about this?? 

Reasons for angry stomping and lots of frowns:

  • DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE DIALOGUE. Gah. Sometimes I was able to ignore it, but there were several times where the dialogue became cheesy and cliché as hell. I cringe just thinking about some of them.. PLEASE MAKE THIS BETTER, I BEG YOU. (Don’t ask to whom I’m begging… I don’t know, maybe the gods of TV shows?? #Totallymakessense)
  • The acting. NOT ALL of the acting, mind you. Most specifically I mean the delivery of lines from Dom Sherwood and occasionally other actors. But mostly Dominic, who plays Jace. I swear, the way he says his lines makes me cringe. Don’t ask why, because I can’t really pinpoint the reason… but let’s just say right now I can’t seem to fully accept him as Jace. I really hope he improves as the show goes on…
  • No chemistry between Kat and Dom. Dominic looked like he’s in pain half the time anyway and had terrible lines, but still. None. Nada. If there was any, I was oblivious to it. Which is quite a shame! There was a lot of places where the movie went wrong, but on-screen chemistry wise, Movie-Clary (Lily Collins) and Movie-Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) were great. Or at least, pretty decent. So it was kind of sad to see that the show lacked this. Having said that, I’m not too sad seeing how this is only the first episode. BUT STILL.
  • What happened to the weapons?!! Those seraph blades look like cheap plastic lightsabers.. and just… no. What happened to the naming and all of that? Grrrr.

Phew…I think that’s mostly it! At least, that’s all that currently pops into my brain. The show has been getting some mixed opinions as far as I’ve seen, but to me, it wasn’t horrible. It didn’t follow the book page-for-page, but it did keep some of the main events and key details, and it still was entertaining despite the meh and the bad parts—so I will definitely be continuing the series! Plus, it’s just the first episode, right? Plenty of room for improvement and second chances.

Do let me know what YOUR thoughts on the show are! I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to continue to write a post for each episode… maybe I’ll do one post at the end of each month with comments on each of the episodes released during that month? Whatever the case is, right now, let me know whatever thoughts you may have about the first (and/or second) episode, or just this show in general. Discussion is always fun! 😀

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

2015 End of Year Survey | Wherein I fangirl about books I read in 2015…even though it’s 2016

We are almost halfway through January 2016, which means that I am hugely late on this 2015 End of Year survey hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner… but we always have time to fangirl about books, right? It was tremendously hard to come up with answers for some of these, but…LET US COMMENCE. (Warning; You may expect some cheating on these questions… as per usual, oops.)

Reading Stats

Number Of Books Read

Reading Challenge Updated

Eeep, 176 books! I set my challenge to 150, so I’m happy I was able to surpass it! And I ended up enjoying most of the books I’ve read too, so that’s an extra plus.

Number of Re-Reads

I’m not quite sure.. I had several re-reads mostly at the beginning of 2015 but that was kind of it! Just not enough time to reread anymore, when there are so many other books to read.

Genre I Read The Most From

Genres I Read

To be honest this year has been one of the firsts where I read so many different genres! (No one can be more surprised than me at the fact that I actually approached non-fiction books this year…) For this year, it looks like I read the most contemporary books, with fantasy closely following.

(The genre pie chart idea was totally stolen from Cait @ Paper Fury.)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

I’ll be skipping this question—but don’t worry, I’m currently in the process of making a post with the best books of 2015, so look out for that later on! 🙂 I’m really late on all these 2015 stuff, but it’ll be up soon, hopefully!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Off the top of my head, I’m going to say Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley… I mean, I liked it, but… I just thought I would like it more, you know? You can find my review on it here.

Magonia

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Perhaps this isn’t the ‘most’ surprising book I’ve read, but I was pretty surprised (in a bad way, unfortunately) with The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey. I’ve read several reviews on it from other people who tell me they really enjoyed it, etc etc. but to me, it really fell flat and I was quite surprised at how it turned out.

The Sister Pact

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Well, I read this book pretty late into 2015 (it was released this September) but afterwards, I definitely recommended it to… basically everyone..?! Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was so amazing and I fell in love with it. SO GO. READ IT. Then come back and fangirl with me.

Six of Crows

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

-Eeep, I’m glad I started The Young Elites series by Marie Lu this year oops, I mean last year (though I probably should’ve waited till the series was completed to binge-read it)!! I read up to the second book and am anxiously waiting for the third.

The Young Elites

-Ahh, best sequel of 2015…I’m not sure if this refers to the best sequel I read in 2015, or a best sequel that was published in 2015, but to be safe I’ll go with both; The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski is the sequel to The Winner’s Curse, and I loved it! I read it a while ago (early March 2015), but I can’t wait to take off where it ended with The Winner’s Kiss, releasing sometime in 2016.

Winner's Crime

-As for best series ender of 2015, I’ll have to go with Winter by Marissa Meyer, or Unspoken by C.C. Hunter! Winter just brought out all the feels, and I was quite satisfied with it, even if it was 100% perfect. (Then again, what books are?) Unspoken was a great one too, a series ender that may not be as known, but still fantastic!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Ahem, I shall make a list, because ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH. (Of course, three isn’t enough either, but I will have to learn to cope..)

For further fabulous authors, you can check out this TTT list (for fabulous debuts) and this one for more fabulous new-to-me authors, and finally, some of my fabulous auto-buy authors. As you can see, I love authors. I am enormously envious and in awe of their writing abilities. I may have repeated some over here already, because… well, why not? Fabulousness is fabulousness. And yes, that is now a word.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Well, I don’t jump for joy with most New Adult novels (just not my thing, to be honest) but Confess by Colleen Hoover was definitely one of the best I’ve read! (Of course, I haven’t read many NA novels, so there are probably other, better ones out there, but hush, child. Details, details.)

Confess

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I think I’m going to go with Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas because even if it wasn’t completely flawless, it was definitely not lacking in the action department!

Queen of Shadows

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Well, basically any series that has a book being released next year is a possible choice for me to re-read… so, I don’t know? I may or may not decide to re-read The Wrath and the Dawn, but I may or may not decide to also re-read Queen of Shadows or A Court of Thorns and Roses??. So yeah, I’m pretty undecided on this one.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

You guys all know my go-to choice for this one! I swear guys, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is too gorgeous for its own good. Cover designers, STAAAAHP. (On second thought, noooooooooooo. I need my pretty books!)

A Thousand Pieces of You

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

In an attempt to not choose a character from a book I’ve already listed (you see how I purposely torture myself..it’s not healthy), I’m going to go with Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli; Simon is simply so adorable! I seriously wish he could just come to life, you know? He’d be a great friend to have around. 🙂 Not gonna forget him anytime soon, that’s for sure.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda_bookcover

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

There are so many books I’m tempted to put down here, including the Shatter Me series (because Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is so beautifully unique) but I’m going to go with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness because this book truly is something. ❤ The writing is so beautiful!

A Monster Calls

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Truthfully, I can’t think of many for this one. I mean, sure, there are books that made me think a little, and books that I loved, but none really that I can say really changed my life or was the most thought-provoking book I’ve read.

But for the sake of answering this question I’ve decided to go with More Than This by Patrick Ness. I know, two Patrick Ness books in a row? But I kind of have to. While More Than This didn’t fully live up to the standards, of, say, A Monster Calls or the Chaos Walking trilogy, it still proved to be a thought-provoking read.

More Than This

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Ooh, I know this one!! Technically it’s a series (but who cares about the technical stuff?); Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The last book was published 2014, or maybe even the year before that? I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, because the series is simply amazing.

Shatter Me series

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

There are so many amazing quotes I’ve read in 2015, and if I could put them all here, I would! But alas, I can’t, and so I went with a great quote from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (which, by the way, although may not be one of my absolute favorite books, was still an okay read).

Love Letters to the Dead

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015

Shortest: I’m not quite sure, to be honest…? If novellas count, then it would be something like Destroy Me or Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi maybe, but if not… I don’t know. And I’m a bit too lazy to go searching on Goodreads or on my bookshelves.

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer, hands down! This book was a whopping 800-something pages, so.. yeah. Definitely the longest book I read this year. I don’t regret it one bit, of course!

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t know if this would be the book that shocked me the most, but this one certainly shocked me—more than once, at that. Don’t worry, no spoilers, but although it’s a very different read than most other books out there, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes definitely has some parts where you won’t be able to resist being shocked.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Nooooo I can’t just choose one! It’s too difficult. (AKA I’m too lazy to list them all.) I bet you guys probably know them all by now anyway, right? XD

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m assuming this means a boy-girl friendship… oh, oh!! I know this one. Cinder and Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is perfect for this. Their banter and their friendship is absolutely marvelous, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! (Except if it meant that I could have Captain Thorne for myself, of course…)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I feel like I have so many choices for this one… but I’ll just go with the first one that popped into my head, which is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I really enjoyed this one; Queen Sarah J. Maas strikes again!

A Court of Thorns & Roses

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure

Again, I feel like there’s a lot of other books I could choose for this (2015 was THE year for peer pressure, LOL) but I’ll go with Red Queen by Victoria Averyard. I feel like I got pressured to read this one the most out of the other books since this seemed to be literally everywhere! And although it did have its fair share of problems, I can definitely see why it’s so hyped—thankfully it didn’t turn out that bad for me either.

Red Queen

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Shall I pull out my ground-length list? Just kidding, but the question might as well just ask me to do that, since I honestly cannot answer this question with only one name. Like, come on, let’s be real here. (Although we all know the fictional life is better.)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Oh god, you’ve got to be kidding me! I’ll list a few, but you guys have heard of them enough from me already..

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
The Wrath and the Dawn
Everything Everything

It’s literally impossible to name them all. But you can check out my list of 2015 debut authors, in which I mention other debuts I really enjoyed. 🙂

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley will be my choice for this one! Even though I used it for the second question on this survey (I believe it was ‘a book you thought you’d like more but didn’t’) I’m going to use it for this one again since this book definitely has one of the most creative and most vivid settings I’ve read in a long time!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Obviously, I couldn’t just choose one! I tried to choose some books that I didn’t previously choose yet in the survery, which was a tad more difficult, but I managed. 🙂 These 5 books were so much fun to read—you guys better go read them asap!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

You guys should all know that I don’t cry very easily when reading books (but I’m a very nice person, I swear!) so this one is kind of easy to choose from seeing how my choices were pretty limited. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes brought out the feels! If I remember correctly my eyes definitely turned misty-eyed, and I may have shed a tear or two. It’s a really good book, guys.

Me Before You

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I’m assuming this means a lesser known book that was really good? In any case, What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi is definitely a book that I’m so glad I got the chance to read. It turned out to be a really worthwhile contemporary novel that combined two known tropes (cancer and teenage pregnancy) in a way that was both entertaining and different.

What You Left Behind

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because I NEED THE NEXT BOOK. AGH. Someone please help. I can’t wait a WHOLE YEAR, come on!!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

As what seems to be the common trend for me in this survey, I can’t say if it’s THE MOST unique book I read, but The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling definitely took a different spin on the classic Cinderella tale—and did it well, too!

The Ugly Stepsister

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I’m not sure if these ones made me mad, persay… I’m not exactly sure how to describe it, but I’d say more frustrated.  Reawakened by Colleen Houck could’ve been such a great book, but my frustrations over its similarity to Tiger’s Curse and my annoyance with the main character made this such a difficult book to like.

Reawakened

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

There are so many! I only started blogging in 2015, so… basically all the blogs?? LOL. Only half joking. I love all of your blogs so much!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

AHH I don’t know! It’s too hard to choose. And since it’s been a long time since I wrote a review anyway (oops)… I’ll skip this one.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t done as many discussion posts on my blog as I would’ve wanted, so… I guess I don’t know? However most recently I did a Things I Discovered About Americans which was a lot of fun to write, so I’ll go with that!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I can’t say I participated in author signing, festivals or virtual events (*LOUDLY SNIFFLES* *Curls up in a ball and cries*), but I did (and still do) participate in several memes. Having said that, I’m not exactly sure which one to choose for that either! I suppose maybe Top Ten Tuesdays..? It’s always lots of fun to make lists (though of course enormously torturous to limit myself to only 10…) and it’s great seeing other bloggers’ lists too!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Well, I consider this an all-time thing, but the best moment I would say is simply having you guys all read my posts and talk to me! Seriously, I love you guys so so so so so much, and you guys are such a big part of my life now that every moment you guys support me and stop by my blog is simply the best. GROUP HUG!!

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6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Finding time to read and blog! This was by far the hardest problem for me this year, trying to balance school on top of my blog and the books I read. It’s the reason why I’m more MIA than usual, sadly. Too much work, too less time!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Uhhh I’m not sure… but whichever one it is, I shall give you ALL THE HUGS AND ALL THE LOVE because your support by commenting and visiting my blog means so much!! Seriously, you don’t even know the extent of how much.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Again, I’m not sure.. So sorry I’m basically leaving so many of these questions blank, but unfortunately my brain is still half-dead—come on guys, it’s Monday. 😉

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Guys, if you don’t know about Book Outlet, you’re missing out! There are tons of amazing sales on books—I always save so much compared to how much buying books would’ve been at our local bookstore like Indigo or something.

Also, BookBub is great for ebook deals! Pretty dangerous for my TBR, but hey, it’s not like my TBR is shrinking anytime soon, right?

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Well, apart from my Goodreads reading goal, I had also been participating in the Popsugar reading challenge—which, I didn’t complete, sadly. I totally had the intention to, and was really close, but in the end I just couldn’t bring myself to read the books I had planned for the challenge. Being the perfectionist I am, it kind of grieves me that I didn’t complete it, but I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, haha.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

ALL THE BOOKS. Just kidding. Tomorrow’s TTT topic is along the lines of this though, so I’ll just leave this one blank for now.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken are books I definitely can’t wait to read! (They’re already released, so now it’s just a matter of getting them!)

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Well, I can’t remember ALL the 2016 debuts that caught my eye, but I’m really interested in these three being released this month:

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

*Grabby hands* I NEED A COURT OF MIST AND FURY & THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. Seriously, I absolutely can’t wait for these two books.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find a consistent blogging schedule and pattern! I’ve been totally out of whack when it comes to my blogging schedule, so I definitely want to find a good schedule that’s suitable for me.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’ve only read one 2016 release so far, but I wouldn’t exactly use it for this question seeing how I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. So… another blank space!


WOW, that was long. 🙂 I won’t blame you (too much) if you skipped most of it. But it was a lot of fun to write—and I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did your 2015 reading go? I know we’re.. what, 11 days past 2015, but details are details, am I right?! Let me know what you think of these books—which ones did you read from here? What were your thoughts on them? LET US TALK.

Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Things I Discovered About Americans…

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE (of the border…)

That will never get old, I’m sorry.

In case you didn’t see my post yesterday, I am back from the States and at home in Canada, and instead of writing a recap post, I decided to make it a bit more fun and making a little post about the things I found out about Americans! This is just a little non-bookish post which I thought would be a little fun to do—please don’t take anything personally.

So.. let’s get onto the things I discovered about Americans! *Claps enthusiastically*


1. Americans don’t have Tim Hortons… they have Dunkin’ Donuts??

THE HORROR. As you guys have probably just realized, I like Tim Hortons. What can I say, I’m a Canadian! (Well, I’m technically American since I was born there, but DETAILS, DETAILS. Who cares about them?) I guess I’m not that surprised that America don’t have Tim Hortons—I was mostly kind of… well, I don’t know what exactly I was, but it was mildly interesting to see how they have Dunkin’ Donuts instead, which I have never heard of in my life… LOL.

2. Americans have some not-so-correct stereotypical ideas about us Canadians…

Now, for all you Americans out there, I’m not trying to say that ALL of you have these kind of ideas! But when I went to visit my cousins in Boston and New York, let’s just say that I.. did not exactly agree with their idea of what Canadians are like. 🙂 But it was all just in fun, of course. Here are some that they told me:

-Canada is basically the North Pole.
UHHH, NOPE. (Thank god.) Yes, it can get super cold here in Canada, but we do have something called… SUMMER. The season of suns and hot weather. You know.

-Canadians pronounce ‘sorry’ differently.
Where did this come from?! Like, apparently there’s more of an emphasis of the ‘o’ in sorry when Canadians say it? I’m not sure if that made any sense, but… whatever. It’s definitely not something I’ve ever heard!

-Canadians say a-boot, not about.
Again, UHHH NOPE. At least not for the Canadians I know. Maybe for other people..?? Possibly? Improbably, but you know. I don’t know. I can say for sure though it doesn’t apply to me!

-Canadians always say ‘Eh’.
Uhh, do we?? I honestly didn’t notice this one, but.. maybe it’s true? Canadians, help me out here. Tell me, do we say ‘eh’? AHHH the struggles. The fact that I don’t know if I say it probably means that I say it so much I don’t notice that I say it, but maybe not, so.. HELP.

-Canadians live in igloos.
THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY… apart from the few handful of people who live in igloos, I can whole-heartedly assure you we do NOT live in igloos! 😀 LOL.

Ah, little cousins. (They’re like, 10.) CLEARLY THEY NEED MORE EDUCATION. XD

3. They insist on making things difficult and continues to use pennies.

Maybe this is just me still ranting because I had a hella hard time trying to pay when I went shopping, but… THIS IS A VALID POINT. As some of you may know, Canada discontinued the use of pennies—but Americans did not. Which caused me much pain as I tried to pay $3.28 for some donuts and an iced cappuccino Dunkaccino when I struggled to find 3 pennies in my purse. AGHHH.


SO. There we have it! A few of the things I discovered about Americans, while on my trip! This was a lot of fun to write—do let me know your thoughts! But please, do not misunderstand my intention, I wasn’t trying to offend anyone with this post, and if I did, I offer many apologies! ❤

I know there are a lot of Americans out there, and Canadians too, and I’d love to see what you think of the things I listed. And for all of my other-nation friends out there, please don’t shy away from letting me know the things YOU discovered/know of/heard of about Americans (or Canadians!)! I love discussions.

Hope you guys have all had a great new year yesterday!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

EXCLUSIVE Q&A Interview with Amy Engel, Author of The Book of Ivy!

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to present an exclusive Q&A interview with Amy Engel, the author of The Book of Ivy and its sequel, The Revolution of Ivy! (You can check out my review on The Book of Ivy here.) Thank you Amy for accepting to participate in this interview!


Q: What was your inspiration for The Book of Ivy?

A: Honestly, I’m not really sure. I just had an idea about a girl forced to marry a boy she was coached to kill and the rest of the story flowed from there. I’ve always been really interested in family dynamics and the ways in which our families influence us, so that definitely had a big impact on the story.

Q: The Book of Ivy is a YA dystopian duology. Are there any other genres you think you’d be interested in writing?

A: I think I’d like to try a YA contemporary at some point. And I love dark, suspenseful books as well.

Q: What was the biggest challenge for you when writing The Book of Ivy and/or its sequel?

A: The biggest challenge was just the pressure that came with writing a sequel. I wanted to make sure I was true to the characters and their journey, and I didn’t want to disappoint fans of the first book. There’s a lot more expectation with a sequel.

Q: Do you have any other novels (or ideas) you’re currently working on or planning to work on?

A: I wrote an adult novel, The Roanoke Girls, which is being published in early 2017. It’s a gothic suspense novel and I’m working on edits for it right now. Once those are done, I plan to start something new, but I haven’t nailed down exactly what yet.

Q: What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

A: Read as much as you can. Write even when you don’t feel like it or aren’t inspired. In order to write, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices with your time because there are only so many hours in a day. Grow a thick skin. Learn to take criticism well. Work hard to develop your “voice” as a writer. Believe that good things can happen.

Q: Did you have any specific people (yourself included) in mind when you were creating your characters?

A: No. I rarely base characters, even loosely, off people I know in real life. Ivy, for example, isn’t based off anyone I know and is actually very different from me in a lot of ways. When I was writing her there would be times I would stop and think, really, that’s what you’re going to do, Ivy? Because her choices were so different from the ones I would’ve made. But that’s a lot of the fun of creating characters. It’s like you get to live a dozen different lives instead of just your own.

Q: What has your journey to being an author been like? Did any part of being a published author take you by surprise?

A: My journey to being an author feels like it took a long time, but I know in the grand scheme of things it really didn’t. I wrote my first YA novel a few years ago and tried to get an agent, to no avail. So I trunked that book and then had the idea for Ivy. Again, I tried to get an agent and I got more interest, but many of the agents who read the book didn’t think they could sell another dystopian novel to publishers. That’s when I found Entangled Teen and sent them the manuscript. I waited a couple of months while they read the book, and then they made an offer of publication. I was thrilled and they’ve been amazing to work with! For my adult novel, I went back into the query trenches and was lucky enough to have multiple offer of representation. I signed with Jodi Reamer of Writers House and she sold the book to the Crown imprint of Random House in May. I think the thing that’s surprised me the most about being a published author is the amount of waiting involved at every step of the process. I’d heard that publishing was slow, but it’s REALLY slow. It definitely teaches you patience. But it’s worth it all at the end when you hold your book in your hands!


So there we have it! Thank you so much Amy for answering my questions! I loved The Book of Ivy duology and it was a pleasure to have you on my blog today.

Now, you readers tell me: Have you read The Book of Ivy duology? Do you want to? (Of course you do! RIGHT?!) Tell me whatever thoughts you may have below! 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Note: *Credit for the featured image goes to the owner, I did not make it myself.

Monthly Wrap-Up | 2015 October

Hello bookworms! You all know it’s the end of October, so here’s a little recap of this month’s blogging and bookish events!

Books Read

Books Reviewed

Book Tags

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Book Snacks Babbles

Why Do You Re-Read

Other Posts


I think that’s it for my blogging and bookish wrap-up! I suppose this month went pretty well, all things considered. Second month of school and all, I’m surprised I managed to get so much reading done. So tell me; how has your month gone by? Good? Bad? Did you complete whatever TBR you had in mind for the month? Let me know in the comments! I won’t bite. (I never do.) Feel free to link your own wrap-up as well if you want! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

2015 November Book Releases

October is over! Now it’s time for November!

My rhyming game is on fleek, guys.

Ahem, let’s ignore my little dorky quip there. Hello bookworms! Today is November 1st, which means the time has come for me to share the upcoming book releases for the month. There aren’t as many must-buys for me this month it seems (my wallet is crying in joy), though there are several books I’m looking forward to the most! Anyway, let’s get on with it! All book titles link to Goodreads, as always.

November 1st

November 3rd

November 5th

November 9th

  • Sidespace by G.S. Jennsen (Aurora Rhapsody #4)

November 10th

November 16th

November 17th

November 19th

November 23rd

November 24th


So that’s it for November’s upcoming book releases! Several books I definitely can’t wait for—Winter, I’m looking at you—and it definitely seems November 3rd and the 10th are big days for new releases. Also, is it just me or are there a lot of NA releases coming up?

But either way, tell me; What do you think of November’s releases? Which books are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat with you all! 😀

Happy first day of November! Hugs! 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

2015 September Wrap-Up

It’s officially the end of September! I certainly can’t believe it… but then again, that’s nothing unusual. These months just seem to fly by! Here is how my month went by, blogging and bookish!

Books Read

I read a combination of both amazing and good books; which I take as a good thing! My only problem now is I really have to get the reviews up for all of these. 😉

Books Reviewed

Book Tags

Book Blitzes

Blog Tours

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Friday Finds

Spotlight Saturday


So that’s how my month has gone by! I’m definitely going to be trying harder to get more reviews completed; I know there are a lot that you guys are looking forward to! 🙂 September was a really busy month for me, and although I don’t have high hopes that October will be any better, here’s hoping!

How has your month been? Good? Okay? Tell me below, I’d love to chat! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

2015 October Book Releases

Hello bookworms! September is almost over, which means October is on its way! There are sooo many books being released this month. So let’s get on to it! ❤

2015 October Book Releases

October 1st

October 6th

October 12th

October 13th

October 2oth

October 27th

October 28th

  • Unspoken by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3)

So that’s it for the releases in the upcoming month! I hope this post got you to add some new books to your TBR; these all seem very interesting! I can’t wait for them to all be released. Also, I’d love to know; which books are you looking forward to the most?

Until the Next Meal, Analee