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HAMILTON BOOK TAG

this tag is created by maureenkeavy over on booktube! i cut out a few questions (because i felt like it was taking too long to load everything) and also added two of my own, which are the last two in the bonus section (because i couldn’t help myself). if i tagged you, feel free to do all of them or a select few or whatever you like! i also reordered some questions so all the spoiler ones wouldn’t be in a clump.

sometime last week, i had a ~revelation~ and decided to create a HAMILTON BOOK TAG. but then i googled it and saw that it was already a thing people were doing and the disappointment came crashing in. *cue ‘awwwww’ voice over* but the original tag is fun nonetheless, so i decided to do it anyway. because hamilton and because book tags. (i actually LOVE reading and doing tags, but don’t know why don’t do them that often.) let’s get to it!

THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED // a book world you would like to put yourself into

there are so many choices and almost all the ones i’ve read/watched on this tag have been screaming HARRY POTTER!!!! but i’m going to go ahead and choose THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by erin morgenstern. everything about this circus is SO COOL and i’d love to visit (or live in) it one day. the mysterious and ethereal atmosphere makes me want to roam the place for hours and hours and hours. the bonfire? yes. the ice garden? yes, please. the wishing tree? YESSSS.

THE SCHUYLER SISTERS // an underrated female character

you said “underrated female character;” did you mean REYNA FROM THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS SERIES, by rick riordan????? i think we can all agree that reyna never gets enough credit. for anything. also, do you realize reyna’s story is kinda similar to alexander hamilton’s? raised as an orphan in an unknown island off the coast, home destroyed in a raid of pirates (or hurricane), managed to escape to the mainland… sound familiar? reyna was also single-handedly in charge of the ENTIRE CAMP. also, let’s not forget that in THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS View Spoiler »

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BEST OF THE BEST 2015

BEST OF THE BEST 2015

BEST BOOKS OF 2016

with the year coming to an end, it’s time to break out the bookish awards again. these are the BEST OF THE BEST books i’ve read this year. i didn’t read as many books this year as i did last year, so i didn’t have a lot of books to choose from. i also didn’t include books that i’ve read but aren’t released yet (ex: PASSENGER). aaaand i tried not to choose repeats. without further ado, here are my favorites of this year:

the start of something new: favorite first in a series

i read a considerable amount of new series, but MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE, by brandon sanderson promptly blew me away (and left me in a puddle of tears). this book is filled with so much action and depth and character love. i’m so glad i picked it up – even though it took me like, three months to finish it.

queen of shadows, by sarah j maas

following through: favorite sequel or part of a series

i began the THRONE OF GLASS series, by sarah j. maas a few years ago and found it mediocre. a lot of people continued to rave about its perfection, so i decided to give it another shot. i started HEIR OF FIRE (the runner up for this award) and WOW this series did a 180 on me. i fell in love with everything. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was even better. all the claps go to this book.

finest finale: favorite conclusion

after following these characters for four long years, the LUNAR CHRONICLES is officially over. reading WINTER, by marissa meyer made me feel über sappy – sad and happy. the conclusion didn’t fall short and i was ecstatic about that, but the series is ending! thank goodness marissa meyer is writing a collection of short stories set in this world. hooray for more adventures with the gang.

single and proud: favorite standalone

i read a lot of amazing standalone novels this year, so choosing one was obviously difficult. i decided on SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE, by morgan matson! the romance was adorable; the friendship is A+; there’s a lot of fun adventures and fantastic character development. basically, it’s awesome.

new to the crew: favorite debut

my love for THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, by renee adieh was a surprise. i started off feeling “ehhhh” about it the book because the writing is difficult and different. but after a few more chapters, it became clear TWATD would be a gem and hold a spot in my favorites shelf.

THE WINNER'S CURSE, by marie rutkoski

cover porn: favorite cover

it’s ironic that i chose these awards before the recent events, but my favorite cover of this year THE WINNER’S CURSE, by marie rutkoski. *sighs* i love everything about this cover because it’s equally regal and powerful. kestrel’s dress is stunning and the way she’s grabbing the letter “R” looks like she’s holding a bow and arrow. i’m also a huge fan of the sideways type and i’m kinda sad they changed that in the future covers like THE WINNER’S CRIME. (and obviously superbly sad they changed it again uGH)

lionheart: favorite protagonist

these next few awards were SO DIFFICULT. how could one compare aelin to vin or to kaz or to anyone?! it was a little easier that i made the “no repeats” rule, but still, so difficult! anyway, i decided on gia from THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, by kasie west. i related to her on a spiritual level. i’m not popular like gia is, but the feeling of being paper-thin is one of my greatest fears. as is using social media for validation. i love this book and its characters.

dream team: favorite friendship

i’m going cheat and choose a vin & tensoon from THE WELL OF ASCENSION or HERO OF AGES, by brandon sanderson. (this is the second novel of the MISTBORN series.) they were an unlikely of friends, but love their dynamic. and in the HERO OF AGES (spoiler!!), when tension decides to break out of his prison to help vin… FEELZ.

TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, by jenny han

ship ship ship: favorite romantic relationship

the most difficult question of the year is here. there are SO MANY of my favorite ships in the books i already mentioned (or am going to mention), but i’m going to choose lara jean song & peter kavinsky from TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. like i said in my open letter to lara jean, my relationship with this series is strange. i’m not a fan of the writing or the characters or anything related to it objectively, but i’m strangely obsessed with the two of them and always come back to reread.

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, by becky albetalli
SIX OF CROWS, by leigh bardugo

standing ovation: favorite books of the year

finally, here are my fave fave FAVORITES of this year. (i chose two because i couldn’t help myself) SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, by becky albertalli is definitely one of my favorite books of all-time. everything about it is cute and adorable; the writing is so true and relatable. I LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH. *flees to eat oreos and cry* i would’ve also given this the favorite debut award, favorite standalone, and favorite ship. <333

i don’t know how many times i say this, but SIX OF CROWS, by leigh bardugo is so good. the cast and characters are my the best; the fantasy world is the best; the action is the best; THIS BOOK IS THE BEST. other awards this novel deserved: the start of something new, lionheart, dream team, and ship ship ship. (basically, all the ones it would’ve qualified for.)

what were some of YOUR favorite books of this year? let me know in the comments!!

THE WINNER’S TRILOGY 2.0

the cover games
THE COVER GAMES is a feature here at the twirling pages! i’ll be discussing: miraculous cover changes, battles between the US cover/UK cover, heart-eye-emoji covers, and well all things book cover related! (SHAMELESS FACT: i will judge a book based on its cover and i’m a total cover snob.)
if you’re active on bookTwitter or booklr (bookTumblr), you would know that people (including myself) were internally exploding yesterday morning/afternoon. why, you may ask? well, macmillan decided to announce some special news for THE WINNER’S TRILOGY. it was exciting for me since i love the first two books and the third/last is coming out soon. the company’s also been fairly quiet about this series, which i find strange (no ARCs, that i know of, and no crazy social media promo); afterall, the release for the last book is coming in a few months and the first two books were wildly popular. i dunno, i guess i was expecting more. ANYWAY, an excerpt was released but that’s not what everyone was buzzing about. macmillan decided to change the entire series covers. you know, that would’ve been fine if it weren’t, you know, THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. i don’t understand why they did this since they’d already had a perfectly fine cover released months ago. *exhales deeply* to say i’m “disappointed” is an extremely strong understatement. when is ever alright to change the cover mid-series? NEVER.

this is how i felt and currently feel and will continue to feel for the history of ever:

let’s inspect the damage. before vs. after.

the winner's trilogy 1.0 the winner's trilogy 2.0 i’m going to be honest here and say that the new cover aren’t all that bad. i’d think they’re fine if the original covers didn’t exist. if these were the new paperback versions, that’d be perfectly fine as well. however, i like the original covers SO MUCH MORE. i bought and read THE WINNER’S CURSE because of its cover. i saw it, and thought, “WOW I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.” i don’t feel that with these new ones. and quite frankly, i find that the taglines are tacky. “some kisses come at a PRICE.” really?? REALLY??? *eye roll* however, the worst thing is that they’re deciding to change it MID-SERIES. it may seem petty to you, but to me, that’s the difference between buying the book and borrowing it. i buy (physical) books based on their covers and overall aesthetic. if i don’t like the cover but want the content, i’d get the EBOOK so i don’t need to see it every time i go through my shelf. a cover, for me, is the difference between buying the book and not buying the book. that’s very important to the publishing company and the author, so this change is truly unfortunate for both sides of the case.

how does this reeeeeaally make us, readers, feel? (some of my favorite tweets from yesterday, as they sum up my thoughts pretty well.)

       

here’s more about the covers that maaaaay get you a bit annoyed:

  • macmillan said they weren’t going to use the dress photos because kestrel, the main character, didn’t look “badass” enough. (tweet from macmillan was deleted so here’s a screenshot)
  • here’s a rant relating to that
  • the new covers also seem to be… not very original.
  • that is all i guess

info about the books:

THE WINNER’S CURSE: review // goodreads // amazon // book depository

THE WINNER’S CRIME: review // goodreads // amazon // book depository THE WINNER’S KISS: goodreads // amazon // book depository (scheduled release: march 1, 2016)
i want to point out that these are my personal opinions and i don’t mean to offend anyone. i think marie rutkoski’s work is fantastic and i will continue to read these books despite the cover change. i simply think the publishers made the wrong choice in changing them at this time. (seriously, ONE MORE BOOK LEFT.) anyway, what were your thoughts on the change?
 

PSA: macmillan re-released the cover and announced that they will be publishing the first cover in hardcover and releasing the entire series with the new covers in paperback. BLESS THIS PUBLISHING COMPANY! (more info about it on their tumblr)

ten things i’m thankful for

top ten tuesday

i know it’s sunday and i’m posting a top ten tuesday. i also know that thanksgiving is over and i’m writing a thanksgiving post. DON’T JUDGE. i was super busy this past week (performance and all) and then busier (vacation and black friday shopping) but i still wanted to write a post on how thankful i am.

in all things bookish…

bookstagram

i have to start off this list with bookstagram (aka books on instagram). if i hadn’t created my bookstagram account, i wouldn’t have created my blog or met all these amazing people or cherished my love for books. (well, i’d be a reader but not an avid reader. and that makes all the difference.) i’d share a few of my favorite accounts i found along the way, but i’ll dedicate an entire post to that later. 😉 (honorary mention: booklr aka books on tumblr. although i joined later, booklr is also fantabulous.)

bookstagram

the blogging community

the best part of blogging is the people. i probably wouldn’t have lasted this long if not for the great friends i’ve made (and i’m going to say this over and over again). special thanks to these cool cupcakes for being spectacular (in alphabetical order):

aila from one way or an author // annie from the runaway reader // aneeqah from my not so real life // ava from bookishness and tea // kaitlin from next page please // jen from books and other happy ever afters // jess from princessica of books // shanelle from the art of escapism // tamara from tamaraniac // AND SO MANY MORE

BOOKS!

i wouldn’t be here if not for books (duh). so thanks to these fantastic books for being, um, fantastic. these aren’t always the BEST books i’ve ever, but they’re impactful in my reading life and regular life.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB, by e.b. white // THE CLIQUE, by lisi harrison // ROOKIE MAGAZINE, by tavi gavinson // SHIVER, by maggie stiefvater // DIVERGENT, by veronica roth

publishers who’ve given me the time of day

i know publishers are extremely busy, so i’m super thankful for those who’ve responded to or even looked at my emails. i’m even more thankful to the ones who’ve given me some pretty fantastic stuff so thank you thank you thank you. (special thanks to: disney-hyperion, penguin random house, st. martin’s press, and scholastic!)

authors, creators, and other dreamers

to all the authors, creators, and artists: THANK YOU. if you’re working in a something that’s related to art (yes, i consider writing a form of art), THANK YOU. it makes me sad to say that art isn’t usually in someone’s “ideal job” list. it’s not promoted in schools, and it’s often times degraded. i mean, look at the amount of math/science courses we’re required to take vs the amount of design/art courses. it makes youngins, such as myself, feel the need to pursue something we wouldn’t necesarily thrive in. (cough anything math related cough) when i see people who try to push for art, it gives me hope that the future is possible for artists like me. :’-)

because i have a life outside of books, i’m thankful for…

my family

all the hugs go to my parents and sister! this is something i often take for granted, so yayyyy to my family. *squishes in a group hug even though we don’t really hug* although there are its ups and downs (like all families), i’d be nowhere without their support. everyone is super supportive and i know i can rely on them for everything.

all the privileges i have

recently i had an existential crisis and i kept replying the first line of THE GREAT GATSBY, which is:

“In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'”

there are so many things that come so easily to me – food, housing, an education, clothes, electronics, and so much more – that i often don’t even think about. it’s all already there and i don’t ever need to worry about it. when it fully hit me how lucky i am, i realized how materialistic and shallow i (and i’m sure many others) can be (but it’s not mine – our – intention). i guess it made me extremely grateful for all that’s given to me, but it also makes me a bit sad. (because who am i to deserve all this stuff more than the next person?) (see? an existential crisis over here.)

opportunities given (and not given)

following up the last thankful-thing, i’m thankful for all the things that have happened this past year (or my lifetime, i guess). it’s kinda weird to say this, but i’m thankful for all the things that didn’t happen this year: the rejections, downfalls, and so-called failures. there were times when they (the failures) allowed other, better opportunities to arise.

life

(i’m seriously in an existential mood.) to match the mood, i’m thankful for life. (YAY!) sometimes i forget that life is a gift and it could easily be taken away from me. so thank you, Holy Thing That Could Be God But Also Could Not Be God, for giving me the gif that is life.

finally, the most important one: korean food

this is OBVIOUSLY the most important one since it’s only my favorite food in the entire world. and a honorary mention: ice cream. oh, k-food, whenever i was having a bad day, you’d lift my spirits with your deliciousness. love you to the moon and back.

korean food

what are you thankful for in your life?

top ten quotes of the year

top ten tuesday

top ten tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

i’m getting extremely busy with rehearsals and life and everything, but i honestly couldn’t help myself from doing this week’s top ten tuesday: favorite quotes from the books you read this year. i read a sad amount of books this year – only 35 so far – but i did have some reeeeeeally fantastic books on the list. in no particular order, here are my favorite words on pages:

the rest of us just live here

the rest of us just live here, by patrick ness

“Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too.” (pg. 342)

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

the fill-in boyfriend, by kasie west

“We rarely find a depth by looking inside of ourselves for it. Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story, Gia. When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.”

REVIEW + DISCUSSION // goodreads // book depository // amazon

AlltheBrightPlacesbyJenniferNiven

all the bright place, by jennifer niven

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.” (pg. 142)

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

the hero of ages, by brandon sanderson

“There has to be a balance, Vin” he said. “Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between who we wish to be and who we need to be.” he sighed. “But for now,” he said, nodding to the side, “We simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” (pg. 205)

REVIEW + DISCUSSION // goodreads // book depository // amazon

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, by becky albertalli

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

since you've been gone

since you’ve been gone, by morgan matson

“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.” (pg. 323)

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

the winner’s curse, by marie rutkoski

“Isn’t that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?” (pg. 6)

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

the wrath and the dawn, by renee ahdieh

“You cannot control the actions of others. You can only control what you do with yourself afterward.” (pg. 137)

REVIEW + DISCUSSION // goodreads // book depository // amazon

popular by maya van wagenen

popular, by maya van wagnen

“But it turns out most people are waiting to be discovered too.” (pg. 191)

REVIEW // goodreads // book depository // amazon

six of crows, by leigh bardugo

“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”

REVIEW + DISCUSSION // goodreads // book depository // amazon

what are some of your favorite quotes? which one is your favorite from my list? let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link me to your ttt if you posted one!