Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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I haven’t done a tag in forever! So I decided I would do one now! All I did was go into the WordPress Reader and scrolled until I found a tag! So the first tag I found was the Totally Should’ve Book Tag and The Book Dutchesses is who posted it.

Let’s jump in!

1. Totally should’ve…..gotten a sequel

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I do love that this was a standalone as YA Fantasy standalone’s are rare, but also this book was amazing and I wanted more.

2. Totally should’ve…… had a spin-off series

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Do I really need to explain myself?

3. Totally should’ve……who totally should write more books

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This is Alwyn Hamilton’s debut and it was bloody amazing!! So I need something else from her!

4. Totally should’ve……ended differently

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There is one specific thing that should have been different at the end of this book! But I don’t want to spoil anyway, sooo….

5. Totally should’ve……had a movie franchise

I am not going to answer this but knowing how a lot of book to movie adaptations go, they ruin it. So no.
But a book that would make a cool movie would be Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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6. Totally should’ve……had a TV series

Same as for the movie. I don’t want it ruined but a book that would make an awesome TV show if done correctly would be The Menagerie Series by Tui T Sutherland & Kari Sutherland

7. Totally should’ve……had one point of view

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I wouldn’t necessarily say this should have had only 1 POV, but less than it did might have been nice to connect with the characters more. I do love multi POV books though.

8. Totally should’ve……had a cover change

These covers are just no!! I honestly prefer the 10th year anniversary & movie covers (below) to these. But none of them are great. Out of all of them, the movie cover is the best-looking one and that is saying something! This series is amazing can we please do something about these shitty covers though!

9. Totally should’ve……kept the original covers

I have a couple.

First off, I don’t hate the cover change itself as the new UK covers are awesome too. But it pisses me off that they changed it mid way through a series! If you’re going to do that, still come out with the next books as a matching cover. and the new covers. Like Alwyn Hamilton did with Rebel of the Sands!

Next, I know both are still available but the first covers are gorgeous!!

10. Totally should’ve……stopped at one book

Okay, so for this one it should have stopped after the second book.

I really enjoyed Firstlife & Lifeblood but Everlife, my god! It read like a fucking Adult romance 80% of the time! And it’s meant to be a YA fantasy. It was just bad.

I Tag

I usually don’t tag specific people, but I thought fuck it. Why not, so I tag:

Kathy @ Books and Munches

Maya @ Fire-Breathing Book Dragon

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Arwa @ One’s Peculiar

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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So here is my unpopular opinions book tag! This Tag was created by The Book Archer on YouTube! Obviously this is just a link to my YouTube video, but I didn’t see the point in typing out the whole thing when you guys can just watch the video! Hope you enjoy and subscribe!

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No Disclaimer Book Tag

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So I haven’t been tagged in this, but I haven’t done a tag in ages as I always forget when I get tagged. I have seen this one around a fair bit, along with the Unpopular opinions Book Tag and want to do both. So let’s get straight into the questions.

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1. Which trope (or tropes) in books, annoy you the most?

I have done a discussion on this topic actually but the one that annoys me the most is the missing/dead/unkown parents trope or just crappy parents. Why can’t our main characters have a nice family?!?! Like I know in real life this isn’t a trope, it is a reality for a lot of people. However, I feel like it is the case in 90 YA books out of 100 which is a little out of hand. I will do the same as I did in my discussion post on this subject. I will look at the last 10 books I read, in order, and say whether this was a present trope. I won’t say titles of the books though because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Father present, mother I think is dead (can’t remember as it’s been a while since reading the first book)
Dead parents
Dead mother & unknown father
Parent’s only paid attention to the child fully after the events of the book, beforehand, they didn’t really care as the MC wasn’t the smart or athletic one like his brothers.
Dead parents
Dead parents
Dead parents
Parents killed early in the book
Parents alive but don’t understand their daughter and are more worried about other things most of the time
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Do you see what I mean?!!?!?!?!?!

2. Which writer/writers do you feel are overrated/overhyped?

Hands down, Cassandra Clare. I couldn’t seven finish the first series and I have no interest in continuing to the other books. I might consider it if she ever solo writes a book that isn’t in the TMI world. Because at this point everyone loves the other 2 series, but you have to read TMI to continue and I couldn’t be fucked reading 4 more boring books just to get to the better series. I’m not doing it.
I do however enjoy the Magisterium series by her & Holly Black, but it’s middle grade and because of the co-author situation it has a whole other feel to it compared to TMI.

Another one that is overhyped is Neil Gaiman. I just haven’t been able to get into any of his books. I have read 3 Neil Gaiman books now and have not enjoyed any in the slightest.

3. What are your least favourite books you’ve read, since joining BookTube?
(Yes this is a BookTube started tag, but I’m just doing it on my blog!)

Out of the books I fully read, not DNFd the books with the lowest ratings on my Goodreads are:

Zenith by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
End of the World: The Beginning by Nesly Clerge

These were all under 2 star reads for me.

4. A terrible ending, that ruined an otherwise quality book?

I can’t think of a book that really fits this. For most of the books that I think about with crappy endings, there was something else throughout the book that I didn’t like either, so it wasn’t necessarily just the shitty ending the ruined it.
So instead, I’m going with a series that had a crappy ending and I’m choosing the Everlife series by Gena Showalter. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and then the last book ruined it for me. It was obsessively romantic whenever we were reading from Killian’s POV, which was completely unnecessary in a YA fantasy book. It was actually kinda bordering on creepy as fuck at some points, just the way that character talked about the love interest. It completely put me off this series. If you want to see some quotes of what I am talking about and other reasons why this book felt like an over the top cringe-worthy romance more than a YA fantasy, then check out my review HERE.

5. Which fictional character(s) do you wish were not killed off?

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Okay, so spoilers for Harry Potter first off.
There is a tonne in Harry Potter that I wish weren’t killed off. Dobby, Fred, Lupin, Tonks, Colin Creevey, Lavender Brown and probably more that I can’t think of right now.

Next, spoiler for The Bronze Key, the 3rd book in the Magisterium series.
This one is fresh in my mind as I only just finished listening to the audiobook of this today, but Aaron! Why did they have to kill him? Like I have a weird feeling that somehow he will come back in the next book as weirder shit has happened in this series, but why?

Next, just everyone amazing character that dies in the Rebel of the Sands series. There is so many and that last book fucking killed me. Why did you have to kill off the best characters?
Okay, spoilers! Why did you have to kill SAM???????

6. What are some of your bookish pet peeves?

Soft touch covers. They look nice, they feel nice but they leave FINGERPRINTS FUCKING EVERYWHERE!!!! And the covers just don’t last as they don’t have that protective plastic coating over the top! All the silver detail just rubbed of my ACOTAR books because there was no top coating.

And just books in general that have that cheap plastic coating on top that just peels up. I have had Harry Potter books that are first edition paperbacks and read multiple times that the cover is still in perfect condition, yet I read some brand new books once and the plastic starts peeling off and taking half the cover image with it! Bitch, I probably paid near $20 for you!! Stay in one piece, at least for the first damn read!

7. What are some books you feel should have more recognition?

Hands down, The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni! If someone asks for a YA fantasy recommendation I straight away recommend this series! It is so damn good! Has a bloody awesome world and magic system. Has the best friend group I have ever read in a YA fantasy. Basically no romance until the 4th book. It has dragons!! That can bond with humans and communicate telepathically! Come on?! What’s not to love about this series?!?!!?
Yes I know, people overseas can’t get the physical copy as it’s an Australian publisher, but you should be able to get the eBook. Or maybe even check QBD for international shipping. It is so worth it. Her new book is available in US & Canada, but it is with a different publisher! Hopefully, eventually, The Medoran Chronicles will be available too!

8. What are your thoughts on censorship, and banning books?

Okay, I don’t think a lot of the books that are banned in schools should be. Like Harry Potter, that decision was just stupidity, not that there was actual content in the book that could be harming. However, I do think that library books should have trigger warnings displayed. Actually, scrap that, I think all books should have trigger warnings easily identified on the cover.

If a teen wants to read a book with topics such as mental health then that should be allowed because most of the time, during high school, is when a lot of people struggle with mental health, I was one of them. There should be books available that they can read about similar topics to possibly help them deal with that. Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower being a prime example that I know has been challenged and banned in the past and maybe still is. I don’t know. I can’t find an actual list of challenged and banned books in Aus. I have found a list for the US, but I can’t find any Aussie based lists and I have been searching for half an hour..
Also, books that feature LGBT content was often banned. However it is actually legal now in a lot of places, why should that be banned now?!

I do however agree that books with certain sexual content don’t need to be in a school library. Not necessarily banned, but does the school librarian really think that books like 50 Shades of Grey need to be on their shelves were an 11 year old can go and grab it?
But that is just common sense.

Side note, I was just reading some of the reasons certain books were challenged in the US and some of this shit is hilarious.
Wanna know one reason 50 Shades of Grey was challenged?? “Poorly written”.
What about Harry Potter? “Setting bad examples”
‘Be right back, just going to hiss at a tap and see if the sink disappears into the floor so I can hide from class?’ Yes, Harry Potter is definitely setting realistic bad examples for muggle children.
How about The Lord of the Rings? “Supernatural themes”, no fucking shit sherlock! That is the point of fantasy!
What about a book called ‘Sex Education’?? “Sexual content”. Fucking really?! What year do kids do sex ed in the US that a book about Sex Ed is banned? Look out! Scary pictures!!!!
Where’s Waldo! Where’s Waldo was challenged?! Are you shitting me right now? We have Where’s Wally here in Aus and I’m fairly certain my primary school had those books and we used to get in trouble for hiding in the corner doing Where’s Wally instead of reading a book! Wanna know the reason why it was banned though? “Nudity”! Okay, maybe Where’s Waldo is a lot more different to Where’s Wally than I thought, but I don’t remember hunting for a set of binoculars and finding a set of tits instead. Just saying.

9. Who do you tag?

I haven’t done a tag in so long, I don’t know who to choose!

Kathy @ Books & Munches

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That is the only ones I can think of atm! If you want to do it, then do it!

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Tag Sunday – Currently Reading Book Tag

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It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a tag, but I have been busy! But I’m back.



1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I only ever read 1 book at a time but I am also listening to another audiobook at the same time. Usually, 2 actually as I am always listening to a Harry Potter audiobook and then one other book.

2. IF YOU’RE READING MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT A TIME, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHEN TO SWITCH BOOKS?

I swap between audio and normal book depending on whether I’m doing something or not.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Nope.

4. Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

On my bed next to my pillows.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

Night usually. If I’m not working or busy then I will read for a few hours. If not then I will usually read from about 10/11 till 2am usually.

6. How long do you typically read in one setting?

That just depends on how long I have but 4 hours is usually the longest.

7. Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Off as I don’t want to tear it by accident.

8. What position do you mainly use to read?

I’m usually either sitting in my lounge, sitting or lying on my bed.

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere?

No, I don’t. I will take it with me if I’m going away somewhere or if I know I will have waiting time but other than that I leave my books at home.

10. How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I update it when I put the book down and go to do something else. I use Bookout most though. If you don’t know what Bookout is, it’s an app where you put in the book you’re reading and press the reading button and it records the time you read and at the end of the session you put in the page numbers or percentage and it will estimate how long it will take to finish the book if you continue at the same pace. You can pause your session at any time and also pause and add thoughts on the book and quotes that you like. Also when you finish a book you can bring up a stats pages which shows you pages read, total reading time, reading speed in pages/h, most pages read in a day & most minutes read in a day. It’s a really cool app!



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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

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Tag Sunday – This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag

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This tag was created by The Tattooed Book Geek! Let’s get this going!



1. What’s your favourite Genre?

YA fantasy is definitely my favourite!

2. Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

J.K. Rowling of course!

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3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Definitely the worlds. Being able to escape into a completely different world with magic and mystery!

4. What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking.

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5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Well, of course, Harry Potter, that one is obvious. But besides that, I would recommend The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni!

6. Why do you read? 

I hate this question! I read because I enjoy it! Why else do people do things?!



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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

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Tag Sunday (kinda) – I Love Spring Book Tag

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So, I started this a few days ago when I was bored and then my mate turned up so I had to pause… Then I was planning on doing it yesterday as a Tag Sunday post, but I was so tired so I just went to bed. So here it finally is!

I will be getting back into Tag Sunday’s from now on as I have been so slack!

So let’s get straight into it!



1. How is spring where you live?

Bloody hot and dry.

2. Anticipated book release this Spring?

3. What book cover makes you think of Spring?

4. Where are you going to read this month?

That’s kinda an odd question? I’m going to read in the same places as the rest of the year? Bed & longue as usual.

5. Find a cover with a sun on it?

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6. What are your favourite spring reads?

I don’t read certain genres in certain seasons. I just always read YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian and historical fiction.

7. Find a book with many different colours on it.

I’m choosing a series & a single book that I instantly thought of when reading this question.

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8. Who do you tag?



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So usually I tag my 2 latest followers, but as this tag is limited to people who are in Spring atm I’m not going to tag anyone in particular. But if you are in Spring right now then consider yourself tagged!



Also if you are a fellow Aussie then let me know in the comments!

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Hogwarts Tag

So this is a bonus tag but as soon as I saw this I had to do it! I am obviously a massive Harry Potter fan and I will never pass up a chance to talk about Hogwarts!

So, I’m going to get straight into the questions. Also, I tag EVERYONE!!



Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Well my mum has read the first 3 books and getting to the others and watched all the movies and my dad doesn’t read, he has seen all the movies though because he didn’t really have a choice haha. So I would probably say Half-Blood.

Which wand chose me?

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Did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

I would probably choose an owl. Even though I love cats I think owls are awesome and would be handy as!

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Where did the sorting hat put me?

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What house did I want to be in?

I always thought I would be Gryffindor and I was very okay with that!

What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?

Favourites:
Care of Magical Creatures – I love animals and my favourite class in school was Ag and this is the magical equivalent!
Charms – This is the basic kinda spells so I think this would be important and who doesn’t want to make things fly!
Potions – Not with Snape as a teacher though as it seems like he actually doesn’t care about his students, he just expects everyone to be shit so doesn’t actually try and properly teach them and I can’t stand that.
Transfiguration – Who doesn’t want to learn how to turn a desk into a pig?! This is also a really handy skill if you are in a pinch and need something.
History of Magic – if it had a different teacher that was actually engaging! I love learning about history but how do they expect anyone to pass this class if everyone is asleep or zoned out!
Astronomy – I love looking at stars and I would love to learn more about them. In school, we only learnt a little about the planets in science class but I have always been curious.

Least Favourite:
Herbology – I have never really been into gardening or anything as I’m more of an animal person so I don’t think I would love this subject. I think learning about some of the plants would be a bit interesting though.
Muggle studies – I don’t honestly see the point of this subject but if you were a pure blood or a half-blood that was raised mainly in the wizarding world then I think it would be interesting. But I would definitely not be an Arthur Weasley.
Ancient Runes – And this is mainly here because I don’t fully know what it is or understand what you actually learn.
Divination – I’ll pass!

The form my Patronus takes:

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I don’t really like the Patronus quiz thing. I have done this test about 4 times and obviously got all different things as I’m pretty sure it’s completely random as I’m pretty sure I answered the tests the exact same at least 3 of the times. And I remember getting a Mastiff dog the first time, which is honestly a dog breed I do not like and then I got I a different bird which I had never even heard of and when I looked it up it was a bird not found in Aus, so of course I didn’t know it. Then I got something else that I don’t remember and then I got the Sparrow. At least I know what a sparrow is but I still don’t think this test is that great.
On the Expecto Patronus info page, it says that the Patronus is usually something that is common where you live and that is why cats, dogs & horses are the most common. But that was not the case at all in any of choices I got as I have never even seen a mastiff in person I don’t think and Sparrows are kinda rare to see where I live, you only see them occasionally.

What does a boggart look like to me?

Okay so I honestly do not know any of my fears so I have no clue what my Patronus would be. I obviously have a fear I guess but I haven’t experienced it yet to actually know it.

Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I would definitely give Quidditch a go, I don’t think I would be good at it as I don’t have the best hand eye coordination. I would probably collect Chocolate Frog cards! I would also give Wizards chess a go too. I haven’t played chess a tonne so I’m not that great but I think it would be fun.

Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

Near the lake, of course, sitting near the lake reading would be awesome! Or just chillen in the common room near the fire in the comfy lounges in winter.

What would I most likely get detention for?

Probably ‘talking back’ to the teacher or talking in class..! Oh and probably sneaking to the kitchens in the middle of the night!

What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

Auror would be cool but I’m going to go with something to do with animals as I would love to work with animals!
I did a quiz on BuzzFeed, which you can find HERE and it said I should be a Wandmaker, which would be interesting! I think wand making is a little understated but you would get to go on awesome adventures to harvest the wood from wand trees and collect the cores for the wands!



And that is all! I’m going to take a few people, not my most recent followers like I do on my normal Tag Sunday.  But if you want to do this tag then feel free!!!! I tag EVERYBODY!!!!

I tag: Bree @ In Love and Words // Maya @ Fire-Breathing Book Dragon // Destiny @ Howling Libraries // Stephanie @ TeacherOfYA



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