The Aussie Book Tag

How could I ever pass up on this post? (posted on the eighth of May – the true ‘Straya Day (May 8. May8. M8. MAAAAAAAAAATE))

I got this post from Beth at Reading Every Night

Koala: A Character You Want to Cuddle All Day Long

Call from ‘Magisterium’ by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

I tried to think of someone from a series that I hadn’t already mentioned, but Call is my precious child and I had to do it.

Next book tag I do, I’m going to make it a rule that I’m not allowed to choose any books that I’ve already talked about. Especially not Magisterium or The Lunar Chronicles, which I’m pretty sure I’ve brought up in every single post (seriously though; read them).

Vegemite: A Book You Love That Everyone Else Hates

(Some ‘Strayans don’t like Vegemite. I am 1000000% not one of them.)

Pretty much anything by Shakespeare, but my personal favourite is Hamlet.

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Every year in English class, everyone dies a little inside as the teacher presents us with yet another one of Shakespeare’s works; everyone except for me. (How can you people NOT love it though? Everyone dies it’s great!)

 

Socceroos: Favourite Fictional Squad

 

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The Rampion crew from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

I love all of these characters and the way they interact and just aah the character dynamics.

Southern Cross: Most Recent Five Star Read

‘Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian’ by Rick Riordan.

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This book wasn’t perfect or anything, but I did absolutely love it and also I adore Percy. It was also great to see Clarisse again, because I love her and she hadn’t been around as much since the second book. Also, I loved The Part. You know The Part. The Part Where Percy and Annabeth Have Their First Proper Kiss and the Other Campers Throw Them in the Lake and They Kiss Again Underwater Because Son of Poseidon? Yes, that part.

Since reading this one I’ve also read Lost Hero and Son of Neptune, which were both good too, but there was a serious lack of percabeth.

Patriotism: Favourite Book by an Author From Your Country

I generally have no idea where the author of the book I’m reading is from, so I’m just going to put literally the only book I’ve read where I know the author is Australian (well, French-Australian) as my answer;

‘The Phar Lap Mystery’ by Sophie Masson.

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I like the story of Phar Lap, and I remember liking this book, however, it must not have left much of an impression on me as I don’t remember much of what actually happened in this book at all.

Echidna: A Book You Like to Look At, but it Physically Hurts to Read

‘The Selection Series’ by Kiera Cass.

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These books all have really nice covers (although I don’t like the dress in The Elite and the model on The Crown doesn’t look like how I picture Eadlyn) but they can be very frustrating. One of the biggest plot points in the first three is just one big love triangle, and America is frustratingly indecisive. The Heir didn’t bother me too much, although Eadlyn was a prick at first, but the insta-love in The Crown was terrible.

Despite all of that, I did still enjoy the series for reasons unknown to me.

Ned Kelly: A Book That is Really Grim, but an Iconic Must-Read

I… am not entirely sure what is meant by an ‘iconic must-read’. Again, this is just my brain failing to process things because I should be sleeping right now.

Great Barrier Reef: A Book That Had You Gaping in Awe

(Man I would love to go to the Great Barrier Reef someday).

The entire Chronicles of Narnia, but specifically ‘The Last Battle’ by C.S. Lewis.

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Before Narnia I had basically only read picture books (I was really really young, okay?) so Narnia was my first ever proper read, and it left me literally gaping at the blank pages they leave at the end of a book. I’d never read anything like it, and from this, my reading obsession was born.

Pavlova: A Light and Fluffy Book That You Can’t Help but Love

‘Princess for Hire’ by Lindsey Leavitt

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I don’t remember much of what happened in this book as I haven’t read it since I was a kid, but I do know that I loved it and I can’t help but look back on it with fondness.

Milo: A Genre/Author You Reach For to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Fantasy is always my go-to. The great thing about fantasy is that the author can write anything they want to, and as a result, fantasy books can all be completely different from each other, which is great for getting out of slumps.

 

 

Addilyn out.

(P.S. Vegemite until the day I die!)

The Who Am I Tag

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I wasn’t originally going to do this tag, I was just planning on opening the quizzes I felt like doing in another tab – but then I opened almost all of them anyway, so I figured why not?

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

 

What is the Meaning of my Name?

Everyone seems to be doing first and middle name so:

Addilyn – Noble and kind

Tia – Goddess, godly.

Wow. My name makes me look pretty good xD

 

What is my Meyer-Briggs Personality Type? (Link)

Ugh, I am so sick of this quiz – I’ve already done it SO many times. Luckily, I’m pretty sure I have some screenshots lying around of the results I got last time…

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“The Campaigner” (ENFP-T)

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Strengths
– Curious
– Observant
– Energetic and Enthusiastic
– Excellent Communicators
– Know How to Relax
– Very Popular and Friendly

Weaknesses
– Poor Practical Skills
– Find it Difficult to Focus
– Overthink Things
– Get Stressed Easily
– Highly Emotional
– Independent to a Fault

Well, I relate to bits and pieces of this, at least. There are parts of it that I really see in myself – the curiosity, independence, friendliness, difficulty focusing, and energetic…ness? I also really relate to this part;

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Other than that, not much rings a bell. This always happens to me though – I’ve never taken a personality test that could get an accurate depiction of me. Probably because I have a very hot and cold personality; happy and friendly one minute, annoyed and wanting to be alone the next. I kind of flip between two extremes.

Funnily enough, the only part of a personality quiz result that has ever truly struck a chord with me is something that I read in Beth’s result (see her blog post, linked above). “Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life” – this actually really resonated with me, because I’ve felt this way my entire life.

 

What is my Zodiac Sign?

Sagittarius. According to Google, that makes me assertive, restless and open.

Well, I’m definitely assertive and restless, and I’m not entirely sure what would make someone an ‘open’ person.

 

What is my Hogwarts House?

I’m a proud little Hufflypuff ^.^

 

What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

Visual (no surprises there).

Visual – 10
Aural – 1
Read/Write – 3
Kinaesthetic – 3

I absolutely hate when I have to pay attention to something and there’s no visuals. Plus, diagrams make it so much easier to understand things (every other explanation is so confusing), and it’s so much faster to learn through diagrams – every other method takes FOREVER, it’s tedious.

 

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

I got that I use each half equally, which doesn’t really surprise me.

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My results show a small dominance for the right side, which also isn’t all that surprising.

The thing is, I’m really good when it comes to left brain things like logic and maths – but I hate that stuff. So I shun my left skills and only pay attention to the right – the creativity, curiosity, art, fantasy, chaos and whatnot; the stuff that I love.

 

What is my Blood Type?

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What Career Am I Meant to Have? (Link)

Pretty annoying that you couldn’t skip questions, as some of them I didn’t care either way, or they weren’t relevant, etc.

Also, as for the question about where you’d like to work – working from home would actually be the dream for me. Super independent AND you get to sleep in, stay in your pajamas, raid the fridge etc.

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I would LOVE to be a writer, and the description sounds like me when it comes to the whole imagination-creative-artistic thing.

As Beth observed in her post, everyone’s blog post seems to write this as their answer. I wonder if there may be some kind of pattern there – the booknerds who run blogs are all getting the ‘writer’ result? Now why would that be, I wonder?

 

What Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

I got Divergent, mostly Amity and Dauntless.

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I’m glad I got mostly Amity, because that’s definitely the faction I would choose (though I would be very tempted by Dauntless). I just love Amity – they’re so friendly and happy, and when I read the books I really related to them. I would also really fit in at Dauntless, so I’m not surprised I scored highly there – however, I’m a chicken when it comes down to it, hence why I wouldn’t actually choose Dauntless. I just fit in with them personality-wise; I love thrill seeking, tattoos, messing around with friends (they did more of that in the books) etc.

I’m surprised that I scored so highly for Candor – I’m a huge liar. I’m also really surprised that I scored so poorly for Erudite. I may not value intelligence (beyond not wanting to hang out with complete idiots), but I am really smart – though I don’t like to say it, because I feel like I’m bragging or something.

 

What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

I am the middle born in my family (one older and one younger sister). This apparently means that I’m a social butterfly, peacekeeper, and fairness-obsessed.

I don’t know about peacekeeper, but I am a social butterfly. I reckon different people define ‘fairness-obsessed’ differently, so… maybe?

I only really relate to bits and pieces of the description. One part that reminds me of me is “They also tend to lean on their friends, as their parents’ attention is often focused on the oldest or youngest child.”

 

 

Addilyn out.

The Reader Confession Tag

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

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Have you ever damaged a book?

Unlike every single other book lover I know (and pretty much everyone I’ve ever met who’s so much as touched a book), I don’t believe in constructing a protective force-field around my books, lest so much as a fly come into contact with them.

I believe that books are for reading, not for sitting on my shelf looking pretty and gathering dust.

Besides, a slightly battered book is a well-loved book, so yeah, I’ve been known to break a spine or two.

That being said, there are still certain things that bring me physical pain to witness – like when my big sister doggy-ears her pages. WHY WOULD YOU HURT A BOOK IN THIS WAY!?

 

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Well, technically it wasn’t me, but my friend, who damaged it (he fell over and landed on my bag and book, bending the cover and ripping the first page in the process), but I still felt REALLY bad. I fixed it up with sticky-tape, but I wanted to buy her a new one (unfortunately, I am poor).

 

How long does it take you to read a book?

Devastatingly, I’m a really slow reader TT^TT

Whenever I get a new book, all I want to do is devour it; but I know it’ll take me a while to get through. Your average 400-500 page book will take me half a week to a week, depending on how much I like it.

It’s not even that I’m a slow reader, it’s just a combination of the fact that I spend all of my time either at school or working on assignments (TT^TT) and the fact that when I DO read (which is whenever I possibly can), it consists of about 5% reading and 95% getting distracted by anything and everything, and/or zoning out, and/or having to re-read sentences over and over because they aren’t sticking in my brain. I wish I could concentrate better; I would get through books so much faster (this causes me genuine sadness).

 

Books that you haven’t finished?

No matter how terrible, I’m too stubborn to ever leave a book half-read; however, sometimes I’m so excited to start a new book that I just won’t be able to finish the one I’m working on first; as such, I almost always have ten to twenty books going at once (especially since I always end up re-reading old ones too), with one to three of them being favourites that I focus on more than the others.

As it’s quicker than listing ALL of the books I’m reading at the moment, these are the three main ones I’m currently focusing on;

*’Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy. I once tried to read this series, but got distracted by other books, and so I never got past halfway through the third one. Now I’m re-reading the first one so that I can try again to make my way through the series.

*’Misery’ by Stephen King. I started reading this one a long time ago, but got distracted by another book pretty early on. As I love Stephen King, and as what I’ve read of the book so far was good, I’m now going back and trying again to read it.

*’Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth’ by Rick Riordan. A while ago I finally decided to read the Percy Jackson series, and I’ve LOVED it so far. Unfortunately I was unable to get my hands on this (the fourth) book for a long time; but now I finally have it! I tried to make myself wait until I’d finished the first Skuldiggery-doggz before reading it, but I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!

So there you have my chaotic reading methods ^^”

 

Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; ‘Matched’ by Ally Condie was overrated, poorly executed, and I didn’t like it.

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Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

When I was about ten or eleven, I picked up ‘The School for Good and Evil’ by Soman Chainani. I loved the book and wished there would be a sequel, but knew from the neat ending that there never would be.

It wasn’t until I was about fourteen or fifteen that I realised that there WAS, in fact, a sequel – and a third book after that!

However, being a young teen, I was acutely aware of the fact that this book was aimed at (approximately) twelve year olds; and I was clearly SO much older and more mature than that *playfully rolls eyes at past self… even though I’m still only seventeen*, so I only ever read those books at home, and never admitted to anyone else that I was reading them.

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How many books do you own?

I have absolutely no idea.

A lot. A lot a lot.

Every part of my room is stuffed with books.

I’m not kidding. Every shelf full, stacks on every desk, stacks beside every desk, stacks in every corner of the room and all along the sides, drawers that used to be for clothes now full of books, stacks of books under the bed, stacks of books inside and on top of the wardrobe – just, books everywhere, okay?

Not to mention my old playroom from when my siblings and I were kids (used to be full of our toys, now full of my books).

 

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I’m actually a very fast reader (something about reading just clicked in my head from a very early age, and I’m grateful for that every single day), however it still takes really long for me to get through books (see above).

 

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve never read a book at the same time as someone else, but I can’t imagine it working very well. I mean, what are the odds of both of you reading at the same pace? However, I do love getting my friends to read a book I love and then screaming about it with them xD ^^”

 

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I’ve never really understood the whole reading out loud thing. It’s much slower than reading in your head, and you can’t do it anywhere but the privacy of your own room. Some people say they can’t concentrate unless they read aloud, but I personally find the noise even more distracting.

 

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

WHAT?! Only one?? TT^TT

I want to choose one from The Lunar Chronicles or Magisterium (my two favourite series of all time), but how can I choose just ONE?

As much as it physically hurts me to choose just one, I think I’ll go with ‘Winter’ by Marissa Meyer (from The Lunar Chronicles) because of all of the Magisterium and Lunar Chronicles books, Winter is the longest at 823 pages.

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Let it be said that whoever wrote this question was definitely Satan.

 

 

Addilyn out.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Fandoms I’m In

None of this will probably come as a surprise, but I realised it had been a fortnight since I last posted so I had to bust something out quickly.

Also, look at me, doing a Top Ten Tuesday from the future! And on a Friday! Wow I so clearly have my shit together it’s intimidating.

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish

 

1) The Lunar Chronicles

I feel like this one doesn’t even need any further explanation at this point. Simple facts of life that are just known; E=mc(2); every action has an equal and opposite reaction; Addilyn is obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles. And you can’t argue with science.

 

2) Magisterium

Another series that I will worship until the end of time. Unfortunately, unlike the alive and healthy fandom of The Lunar Chronicles, the Magisterium fandom consists of approximately six other people and a shoelace [that was eaten by Warren].

 

3) Fairy Tail

It brings me shame to admit that I’m a very active member of an anime fandom, but what can you do. (PS Jerza is the best ship and I will fight you on this).

 

5) Harry Potter

One of the best things about this fandom is how huge it is. There’s fan art and fan fictions and groups everywhere you turn. Not to mention all of the merchandise that you can find everywhere (even though it’s harder to find Hufflepuff stuff) 🙂

 

6) Pretty Little Liars

I got bored of the books around the fifth one, but I love the TV show  – even if it can be confusing at times. After all, most of the supporting male characters look pretty much the same, so sometimes there’ll be a dramatic reveal and I’ll have no idea who it is. It’s like “Who murdered her? Dun dun dun! Dramatic reveal: it was generic white guy #27! Or was it #15?”

 

7) Once Upon A Time

Recent seasons haven’t been as good as the first few, but I still love the show. Also, seeing Henry grow up has been amazing (he’s nearly as tall as his mums now!)

 

8) Divergent

One of the many reasons why I love the Divergent series so much is that I actually enjoyed the movies as much as the books (even though they (especially the most recent one) were very different to the books). I am sad, however, that the movies didn’t include the best scene in the entire book series; when Amity accidentally drugged Tris with too much peace serum.

 

9) Friends

I love Friends so much, and have marathoned the entire series more times than is probably healthy. How else am I to achieve true Unagi? (I’m sorry xD)

 

10) Merlin

Merlin is another series that I will never stop loving. The bromance between Arthur and Merlin is perfection.

 

 

Oh my God, I finally did a Top Ten Tuesday list that was actually ten items long! *pops party popper*

Addilyn out.

Fall Activities Book Tag

“Addilyn, you can’t post a Fall book tag during Spring oms.” I come from the land down under, and down here it’s currently Autumn, my friends.

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

 

Apple Picking:
A book on your TBR that looks so great, you can’t wait to get into it.

‘Etiquette and Espionage’ by Gail Carriger

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I just love the concept – a finishing school where ladies finish people too – and I really hope it doesn’t disappoint when I finally make my way around to reading it.

 

Corn Maze:
A book to get lost in.

‘King’s Cage’ by Victoria Aveyard.

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Okay, so I haven’t actually finished this one yet, but I have completely disappeared into its pages over the last few days, which doesn’t really surprise me, considering I’m a big fan of the series so far ^^

 

Haunted Houses:
A book that scared you.

‘A Ghost in the House’ by Betty Ren Wright.

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This one was actually really hard for me to answer, because even the “scariest” books haven’t scared me since I was a little girl (that being said, I am the biggest wimp that ever did walk the planet when it comes to scary movies), so I really had to search back through my memory for this one.

I only have very vague memories of this book (which made it very hard for me to find it online, as I couldn’t remember the title/author and could just barely remember fragments of the plot), but what I do remember is how real it felt and how it genuinely scared me, which was why I loved it so much and visited it so frequently.

 

Pumpkin Patch:
The latest book you picked up/purchased.

‘Wires and Nerve’ by Marissa Meyer.

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Where oh where to begin.

I have been dying to read this book since the moment it was announced, and it went above and beyond even MY expectations (I all but worship the ground Marissa Meyer walks on, so I already expected amazing things from this book).

I seem to have underestimated Marissa Meyer (seemingly impossible, what with the pedestal I’ve put her on, but true) – I expected this book to just be all about Iko (which still would’ve been amazing) but the other main characters have had a real presence in the story and it has been wonderfully executed.

I love that we’ve gotten to see more of Cinder’s rule on Luna, and I love that so many of my questions about Earth’s reception of Cinder (and her relationship with Kai) have been answered, as well as countless other things I’ve wondered about.

Also, for a long time I’ve wondered about whether Thorne ever got back in touch with his parents, as he’s the only main character whose parents aren’t dead… or complete assholes. Don’t get me wrong, his parents are (pardon the frequent swearing) assholes, but they aren’t complete assholes. Anyway, it was great to see that answered. Also, I said that all of the other main character’s parents are dead (or assholes), but as it turns out, one of them’s parents (A++ English) aren’t, and that was another minor loose end that was great to see tidied up.

Minor, very minor, plot hole that I noticed was that, during a flashback, Iko was drawn in her servant android body, when she already had her escort-droid body at that point in time. Also, Tressa was drawn in the scene, and I don’t quite remember, but I don’t think she was there.

I could sing this book’s praises until the end of time, but I don’t want to bore you, so on we go.

 

Scenic Drive:
A book that is lyrically beautiful.

‘Brody’s Ghost’ by Mark Crilley.

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Okay, so this one is a bit of a stretch. Brody’s Ghost is a very serious story, so it’s not so much on the “lyrically beautiful” side, but there was one scene in the book (I’m not sure which volume, because I bought the collected edition) that I thought was just so beautiful that it deserved to be put here.

One of the main characters, Talia, died five years ago of leukemia. This was established early on in the book, though Talia said she didn’t want to talk about it. Talia is an interesting character, in that she can be very harsh, sometimes almost to the point of cruelty. There’s a lot of anger in her (which, when you’re dead at the age of sixteen, is understandable) and she’s usually impatient and snarky (I find it quite endearing, though), and I think her personality is part of the reason why it was so moving when she opened up a little to Brody, openly crying.

Anyway, I thought what she said was really moving, so I’m going to let it speak for itself (and hope that the power of the words isn’t lost by the lack of the visual aspect of the graphic novel):

“There were these flowers.
Next to my bed.
At the hospital.
I remember looking at them and thinking…
…why do people do that?
Why do they take something pretty and cut it…
…cut it off from what it needs to stay alive?
Then they stick it into a vase of water…
…just like they hook people up to machines in hospitals…
…and pretend that it’s going to work.
That it’s going to keep them from dying.”

 

Pumpkin Carving:
A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind cutting up.

‘Everneath’ by Brodi Ashton.

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In short, I didn’t like anything about this book (except for that cover, though). The main character was completely flat, the only reason she went to Everneath in the first place made no sense and was not believable in the slightest, and it had the most pathetic ending I’ve ever encountered. Not to mention the painfully forced, half there love triangle.

 

Drinking Apple Cider:
A sweet book to curl up with.

‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell.

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There was definitely a dark side to this book, but the relationship between Eleanor and Park was just so pure.

 

Jumping in a Leaf Pile:
A book that reminds you of your childhood.

‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox.

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It’s been years since the last time I actually read this book, but it was my absolute favourite when I was a little kid, and now even so much as seeing a poster of it, or a picture of the cover online, is enough to take me right back to my childhood.

 

Scary Movie Night:
Your favourite spooky read.

I genuinely can’t think of anything for this one. As I said earlier, I don’t really find any books particularly spooky so it’s hard to think of something.

 

Costume Party:
A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I don’t quite understand this one to be honest. I looked up ‘eclectic’ and it said that it means something that has been taken from a variety of sources. How can fictional characters be taken from a variety of sources?

It’s probably supposed to mean something about diversity. *shrugs* (I have GOT to stop writing these at 1am xD)

 

 

Addilyn out.

Bookish Book Lover Tag

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

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Rules:

  • Use the original banner.
  • Answer the questions!
  • Use lots of book covers.
  • Tag your friends.

What book are you currently reading?

‘Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan.

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This book has been on my TBR list since the dawn of time, and I’m really glad that I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. So far it’s really good, although predictable.

 

What’s the last book you finished?

‘Magisterium: The Iron Trial’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

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I decided to reread this book for about the millionth time, this time with the plan of looking for foreshadowing of the twist in the most recent book. (Going hunting for foreshadowing is definitely my favourite part about rereading).

 

Favourite book you read this year?

Damn, that’s a hard one. I’ve read so many amazing books, and I don’t exactly keep track of what I read when. (Btw, as it’s still kind of early in 2017, I’m including 2016 in this). I think I’d have to go with ‘Stars Above’ by Marissa Meyer.

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Granted, this was a collection of short stories, rather than a one-plotline type book, but one of these stories involved a certain otp wedding which destroyed me inside and has not stopped dropkicking me in the feels since.

 

What genre have you read most this year?

Definitely fantasy; I’ve always gravitated toward that genre.

 

What genre have you read least this year?

Definitely non-fiction. In fact, aside from schoolbooks and the occasional astronomy book (one of very few topics I find interesting enough to research outside of school), I don’t think I’ve read any non-fiction. It’s just not as exciting.

 

What genre do you want to read more of?

I’d like to read more dark stories. I’ve noticed that most of the books I’ve read over the last year or two have been very light – which is great, but I love darker books too and I like to have a bit of both.

 

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I honestly have no idea. I don’t track how many books I’ve read or set reading goals, because I don’t want it to start feeling like a chore.

 

What’s the last book you bought?

‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J Maas.

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Throne of Glass, much like Percy Jackson, is a very popular series that I’m constantly seeing on the various fandom blogs and instagram accounts that I follow. So this year I’ve decided to, finally, jump aboard the bandwagon and read these series’.

 

What book are you saving up to buy next?

My local bookstore recently expanded, and they have a new section that caused me to have a major fangirl freakout in the middle of the store xD

In this section they have the original Alice tales, the Grimm fairy tales, and all of your typical classics such as Pride and Prejudice. I really want the fairy tale collection and the wonderland collection because I love those stories and the books are SO PRETTY. They’re designed in that older style and the edges of the pages have that beautiful shiny… stuff. (Is it obvious that I’m writing this at 3am?)

The fairy tales page edges are gold and the wonderland ones are red and it’s just all so beautiful inside and out.

In short, I really want these books; but they’re about $50 each – and I am waaaay too broke for that haha.

 

How many books did you check out last library visit?

I actually haven’t been to the library in a while, as I’m still trying to work my way through all of the books on my TBR list that I already own but haven’t read yet.

 

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

‘Wires and Nerve’ by Marissa Meyer.

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I recently ordered this book on Amazon and now I have to wait (and wait, and wait) for it to arrive – and that’s the hardest part. I’m very impatient when it comes to waiting for packages to arrive, which is a shame, because they always take forever since I live in Australia.

 

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

‘The Chaos Walking Trilogy’ by Patrick Ness.

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I love this series and adore Patrick Ness, so of course I never fail to recommend the Chaos Walking Trilogy to anyone and everyone.

 

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

This is less one author and more two authors.

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black collaborated to write the Magisterium series, and I love Magisterium beyond all reason. This series is just amazing, and I’d love to see them tackle another book/s together after the series ends.

 

A few books your heart adores?

Some books that will always be close to my heart are (unsurprisingly): The Lunar Chronicles, Magisterium, Harry Potter, Narnia, the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Rest of us Just Live Here, and that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

 

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Magisterium (sorry to mention it so many times in one post) is one of those series’ that I simultaneously do and don’t want to end, because I’m dying to find out what happens but I’ll also be devastated when it ends.

 

What books are on your wish-list?

I already sort of talked about this one in the question on what books I’m saving up for so…

 

Addilyn out.

The Zombie Book Tag

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night and the following tag image was created by Jill at Rant and Rave About Books

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Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

My 5 Books:

1 – ‘Winter’ by Marissa Meyer

2 – ‘Magisterium: The Iron Trial’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

3 – ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness

4 – ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by JK Rowling

5 – ‘Talon’ by Julie Kagawa

 

The First Person to Die:

Scarlet

Devastating, but also a significant blow to the team. Scarlet is fierce, fearless, and always carries a gun (not a bad shot either). Her death would also cause problems if Wolf was around.

 

The Person you Trip to Escape the Zombies:

Jacin

My poor, precious Jacin. Not only would I be sad to see him go, but, as a Lunar guard trained in combat and first aid, he would’ve been very useful to the team.

 

The Person that Trips You to Get Away from the Zombies:

Master Rufus

Why have you forsaken me, Master?

Honestly, I can’t picture Master Rufus ever doing this. He’s got that whole father-figure/mentor-role/mature-adult/sacrifice-himself-to-protect-the-children thing going on.

 

The Team Idiot:

Call

Ahahahaha!

To be honest, I can see this happening – Call is a complete idiot; but in the best possible way (that is to say, he’s not the unintelligent kind of idiot). However, it’s only fair to acknowledge what an asset Call would be to the team. He may have a limp and be otherwise physically weak; but he also can literally throw fireballs with ease.

And that is what I love about Call as a character.

 

The Brains of the Group:

Viola

I can see this happening as Viola is very intelligent. I also feel that she’s suited to the role, as, fierce though she is, she doesn’t have nearly as much by way of fighting skills and/or experience as the other characters on this list so far.

 

The Team Medic:

Manchee

I’m not sure how I feel about leaving this role to a dog.

 

The Weapons Expert:

Harry

I’m none too confident in Harry’s knowledge of any weapons other than wands; and even then, he’s no Ollivander. Not to mention, no one else on this list so far would be able to wield a wand (or would need to, as in Master Rufus’ and Call’s case).

 

The Team Brawler:

Hermione

I feel like I’ve got all the makings of a really good team here; were I allowed to rearrange the character’s roles as I saw fit.

 

The First to Turn into a Zombie:

Elder Wyrm

As the Elder Wyrm is a humongous dragon that has been alive for at least a millennia and possesses a great amount of power, I feel that a zombie Elder Wyrm would be downright terrifying.

 

And Finally, the Team Leader:

Wes

Ahahahaha!

Okay, so Wes is very smart, practical, and able to keep himself objective when need be. In these ways, he would make for a great leader.

However, he’s also a grouchy little bubble of hatred for everyone and everything (but not in an annoying way). I honestly can’t picture him being the leader of anything.

 

And that’s my team. I am SO screwed.

Addilyn out.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books at the Top of my TBR List

I think someone needs to define the word “Tuesday” to me.

 

Also; good news! The day that I was taking my laptop in to get fixed (it stopped functioning altogether for a while) it magically fixed itself! (If you saw my last post you’ll know that it was acting really weird). I don’t want to jinx it but I’m really happy that it’s up and running again 🙂

Seriously though, why do things always fix themselves the second you seek help? I feel like the universe is just bored and needs a laugh.

 

Okay; ten (*cough*seven) books at the top of my tbr list.

1) ‘When The Moon Was Ours’ by Anna-Marie McLemore.

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Beth at Reading Every Night has mentioned this book a few times, and has made me eager to read it.

 

2) ‘The Alchemyst’ by Michael Scott.

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So I bought this book a while ago (mainly because of the cover, to be perfectly honest, but also because I love books that involve magic) and mentioned it in passing to my friends, and most of them immediately started singing the book’s praises, when I hadn’t even known that they’d read it. In short, their reactions have made me very enthusiastic to read this book.

 

3) ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan.

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This book series is extremely popular, and I’ve been meaning to get around to it for a long time. I find all things mythology and/or religion related very interesting, and apparently there’s a lot of Greek mythology in this, so I’ll probably really like it.

 

4) ‘Etiquette and Espionage’ by Gail Carriger.

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This is just a random book that I found at a bookstore but it sounds really good. To put in a quote from the blurb found on goodreads; “At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything.”

 

5) ‘Firstlife’ by Gena Showalter.

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Another random find, this book has a really interesting concept and I’m excited to find out if it is what I think it is.

 

6) ‘Misery’ by Stephen King.

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I actually started reading this book a while ago, but didn’t get very far in as I got distracted by a new release in a series that I love.

 

7) ‘Hunger’ by Michael Grant.

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Hunger is the second book in the Gone series, and whilst Gone wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, I still really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what happens next.

Also, this may be considered a minor spoiler but, while reading the preview first chapter (you know how sometimes at the end of a book they’ll add the first chapter of the next in the series?) of this book, I just found it amusing. You see, the three main characters were driving off to inspect something, and there was also a new character there with them.

Not long later, it became apparent that a character death was imminent, and I thought to myself, “Wow, I wonder who’s going to die!? Main character number one, main character number two, main character number three; or random new guy who just showed up three pages ago?”

 

 

One day, one of these lists will actually reach ten, god dammit.

Addilyn out.

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

 


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Say whaaaat?

Here’s to one whole year of late posting, forgetting to blog, accidentally deleting whole posts, not logging in for months on end because of computer and/or internet difficulties, and just overall failing to stick to a posting schedule xD

Special thanks to my readers, all two of you, who I couldn’t have done this without xD

 

My laptop is acting extraordinarily glitchy at the moment, so please forgive anything weird that happens in this post (such as the above picture, which was only supposed to be the tag picture until Carrie decided to gatecrash and refused to leave)

 

I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

Rules

* Thank the the the person who tagged you

*Mention the creator; Kirsty at https://kirstyandthecatread.wordpress.com/about/

* Match à book to each of the songs/characters below

* Tag as many people as yœu [what is happening] like

 

 

“Tale as old as time”

A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading

Like School But Fun [I have no idea what you would call this type of setting]

I often like books that are set in a school that you would actually want to go to; such as Hogwarts or the Magisterium.

 

 

Belle

A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

‘Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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I loved the cover, and I was only more intrigued when I read the blurb, however I haven’t actually read the book itself yet, so I can’t speak for that part.

 

 

Beast:

A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell

[WHY is there a drawing of a Kneazle there?]

Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I expected this book to be bad; it’s just that this isn’t my type of genre, so I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Also, I felt that the progression of the relationship between Eleanor and Park was very natural; and therefore realistic.

 

Gaston:

A book that everyone loves that you don’t

‘Matched’ by Ally Condie.

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I can see why this series is so popular – the concept was really good! It was just very poorly executed and overall disappointing. It fell into every cliche and every trope that you would expect of a YA dystopian book.

 

Lefou:

A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

Iko from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer (sorry for putting the same answer as you, Beth)

I love all of the tlc characters (Thorne being my favourite (I love him so much)), but Iko is definitely my favourite female character. She’s just amazing to behold in everything she does, and I’m so excited to see her getting her own book in the series (which is going to come out in less than a week now!! (How the time does fly))

 

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière & Cogsworth:

A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness.

I will never cease to sing this book’s praises Ï zill nevęr ceqse to sing this book’s prqises because of what it has done for me. [I am pretty sure my laptop has a virus. Or ten.]

The main character in this book is struggling with OCD, and it was portrayed really accurately in this book. Now, as OCD is a type of anxiety, I related to this book a lot and on a very deep and emotional level (I’ve had anxiety for several years now). I will always be grateful to this book for putting my feelings into words.

Also, there is a scene in this book where the main character visits his therapist and talks about a lot of things, all of which really hit home with me. It was really good for me to read this because it was this that made me realise how bad my anxiety was. It was because of this book that I decided to start seeing a psychiatrist – potentially the best decision I’ve ever made. I owe more than I can ever express to this book.

 

 

“Something there”

A book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

‘The Heir’ by Kiera Cass.

This book was hard to get into, and I didn’t like the main character at first, but I’m glad that I stuck with it.

 

“Be Our Guest”

A fictional character that you’d love to have over for dinner.

(Um, all of them?)

Thorne from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

I try to avoid using the same series more than once in a blog post, but I cannot begin to express to you how much I LOVE Thorne.

He is everything I needed in life xD

 

 

Aaaaand done.

(By the way, I ran an antivirus on my computer and it removed a bunch of tracking cookies but otherwise found nothing, and my computer is still being really weird TT^TT)

Addilyn out.

Netflix and Books Tag

To be perfectly honest, I think I’d prefer books to “chill” any day ^^

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I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

Rules

  • Choose a book or book series that best matches the prompt provided.
  • Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect your preferences!
  • A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
  • Link back to the creators, Christy at Novel Ink and Lauren at Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!

So apparently you only do the ones you want to, so the following is only the ones that I could think of an answer for, and all of the prompts are listed at the end, per the rules ^^

 

Vampire Diaries: Your Ship Sank or Didn’t Happen

‘Soldier’ (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa.

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The Talon series has a love triangle in it between Ember (the main character, who is a dragon (although she is usually in human form, of course)), Riley (another dragon), and Garret (a human). (I would highly recommend reading this series, by the way. Please do not be deterred by the love triangle). Also, may I just say that the thing that impressed me the most about this book is that for once, FOR ONCE, the main character didn’t just float around, refusing to choose anyone ever. Ember decided to suck it up and choose and that was just incredibly refreshing to see.

Now skip ahead to my next answer if you are not prepared for spoilers.

So Garret used to be a soldier who hunted and killed dragons, but he fell in love with Ember, realised that all dragons aren’t evil (as he was raised to believe), and left the Order of St George (the soldier people). Riley is Ember’s Salitht’ahn (I have absolutely no idea if I spelt that right) which is basically the dragon word for life mate.

Being that it’s a love triangle, I promised myself that I wouldn’t ship anyone, but I hardcore ship Ember and Garret and there is no stopping it. The only problem is, Garret was just killed off.

(I am, however, holding on to the hope that he’ll come back, or wasn’t really dead, etc, etc. All that stuff that happens to “dead” characters).

 

Friends: Best Cast of Characters/Friendships

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

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I feel as though I can’t write a single one of these posts without mentioning my favourite books (after all, I love them for a reason), and one of the amazing things about The Lunar Chronicles is the cast of characters. These characters are brilliant because they have fleshed out backstories and personalities and just, overall, feel real because of this. Also, the friendships built between them feel natural and amazing, and don’t happen instantaneously like in some books (Cinder and Thorne (brotp right there), and Scarlet and Winter are two of my favourite friendships in the series).

The main reason, however, why I think the cast of characters is so good is because of the diversity. I’m not just talking about the fact that we have main characters who are men, women, white, black, Asian, etc, I’m also talking about how diverse their personalities are.

We’ve got everything from a stubborn woman who always speaks her mind and is not afraid to shoot you, to a brooding, protective and devoted man. Everything from a man who was born into a life of luxury that comes with a lot of weight on his shoulders, causing him to doubt himself about every decision he makes, to a woman who is confident, brave, and has lived a difficult life. Everything from a woman whose living family would happily see her dead, but who is still kind, friendly, and open with her emotions, to a man who hides his emotions at all costs, blending into the background and therefore coming across as cold and indifferent. Everything from a man who is flirtatious, loud, and overconfident in his abilities, who skips from woman to woman, and is impulsive and outgoing, to a woman who is shy, quiet, and dreams of fairy-tale-prince type men who will sweep her off her feet and into a life of romance and long term commitment.

And all of the above sets of characters are couples.

It may sound like it would never work out between some of them, but trust me, these couples are strong. It may sound like these couples would feel forced, but no.

 

Gossip Girl: Hate That You Love/Guilty Pleasure

‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass.

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This series was awful in every way, and yet I loved it. Between the love triangle, and the constant arguments that never would’ve happened in the first place if the characters just talked like normal people, and the fact that the entire idea of a bunch of girls competing to marry a prince is the most white trash thing I’ve ever heard, I still cannot get over the fact that I like this series. I feel like I talk about this too much, but it just baffles me. I just have no idea why I like it.

Also, the setting of this book wasn’t well developed at all. It was supposed to be set in the future, but in many ways it felt like it was set in the present (although in a fantasy version of our present, of course) and in some ways it felt like it was set in the past (archaic ideals of sex and sexuality in their society).

 

Doctor Who: Long Series You Loved

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C. S. Lewis.

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Admittedly, all of these books were pretty short, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are seven books in this series and yet that didn’t feel like nearly enough.

(Okay, so this isn’t exactly the longest series in the world. Sure, there are a lot of series’ longer than this, but I haven’t read much by way of long series’. After all, picking up the first book of fifteen is a commitment (and do I look like I’ve got that kind of time and money on my hands?), not to mention, it can be really hard to figure out which one is the first one.)

 

Grey’s Anatomy: All The Feels

‘Heartless’ by Marissa Meyer.

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Reading Heartless was like watching a disaster in slow motion. Like that feeling you get when you see a glass on the other side of the room, falling, and no matter how desperately you reach for it, there is nothing you can do.

Going into the book, you know that it’s the backstory of the Queen of Hearts. In other words, you know it’s not gonna end well, but there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

This book was, however, written extremely well (no surprises there, Marissa Meyer is an amazing author). The relationship between the main characters felt very natural, and I feel that Marissa Meyer really captured the entire essence of everything that Wonderland is.

Spoilers ahead. Skip to my next answer if you want to avoid them.

Another good thing about Heartless is that when Cath and Jest are planning to go to Chess and then go on a journey across the land to defeat the Red Queen and end the war for good etc etc before peacefully living their lives together, what struck me was that in any other book, that’s how it would’ve went. If Cath wasn’t supposed to become the Queen of Hearts, this book would’ve been the first of a trilogy and everything that she and Jest planned would’ve happened, resulting in a happy ending for them.

I really wanted that for them.

 

How I Met Your Mother: Bad Ending

‘The Crown’ by Keira Cass.

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The Selection series has a sequel series, and that series ends with The Crown. This series follows the story of America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn. (By the way, what is with the names in this series?)

(Also, sorry. “America and Maxon’s daughter” technically would count as spoilers for the original series, but honestly, I’m not going to count it as a spoiler because it was pretty obvious who she was going to end up with.)

As we’ve already established, the Selection series has sucked me in, and, as it is something that I appear to be unable to escape from, I bought The Heir (first book in the second series) despite telling myself that I wouldn’t. I then told myself that I would read The Heir, but then stop. It seemed easy enough at first (The Heir started out hard to get into) but then, of course, I got addicted and bought the next one.

Now, for the sake of being fair, it seems worth mentioning that The Heir ended really well! The Crown, not so much.

Now skip to my next response if you are not prepared for spoilers.

So, going into this book, I knew that she was going to end up with Eikko (I looked it up), so, naturally, I really wanted to like them together; I really did! But I just couldn’t do that.

Eadlyn and Eikko’s relationship was the worst case of insta-love that I have seen in a long time. Within half a page of realising that she had feelings for him, Eadlyn called him her soul mate. Within one page of kissing each other for the first time, and admitting their feelings to each other, they said that they loved each other. Approximately one week later, they got engaged. ALL of this took place in the last third of the last book in the series. (And that was the bad ending that I was telling you about. It’s not an unhappy ending, of course, but it feels WAY too forced).

 

The OC: Series That Should Have Ended Earlier

‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard.

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Anyone who has ever read (or watched) Pretty Little Liars has experienced that moment. That when-the-bloody-hell-is-A’s-identity-finally-going-to-be-revealed-so-that-I-can-move-on-with-my-life moment.

And then when A is finally revealed, there’s a new A to take their place.

It just got dragged on and on and ON. It took forever for any of the questions to finally be answered.

 

That 70s Show: Set in a Different Time Period

‘The Ivory Rose’ by Belinda Murrell.

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The Ivory Rose started out in the present, then moved back to the 1890s. This book was a favourite of mine as a kid, and I feel that it portrayed the 1890s really well and was very well researched (although, to be fair, I don’t know much about the 1890s).

It’s been a while since I thought about this book actually. I should read it again.

 

Orange is the New Black: Couldn’t Stop Reading

‘Carrie’ by Stephen King.

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What I liked about this book was how realistic it was – despite the fact that it centred around the paranormal. Stephen King wrote this book as though he was documenting something that had already happened, and it was very well done.

 

All Prompts:

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Unlikeable character(s)
  • Vampire Diaries: Your ship sank or didn’t happen
  • Friends: Best cast of characters/friendships
  • Gossip Girl: Hate that you love/guilty pleasure
  • Doctor Who: Long series you loved
  • Grey’s Anatomy: All the feels
  • How I Met Your Mother: Bad ending
  • Supernatural: Favourite paranormal/fantasy
  • Freaks & Geeks: Left you wanting more
  • The OC: Series that should have ended earlier
  • Girl Meets World: Should have a spin-off
  • That 70’s Show: Set in a different time period
  • Orange is the New Black: Couldn’t stop reading
  • Parks and Recreation: Made you laugh out loud
  • One Tree Hill: Favourite book boyfriend
  • Breaking Bad: Favourite villain
  • Modern Family: Best family or parents

 

 

That’s it, then ^_^

Addilyn out.