Tis’ the Season of Love: The OTP Book Tag

Hello lovelies!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I was tagged for The OTP Book Tag by the hilarious Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa and I thought it would be just perfect to post on this holiday of lovers.. or single people.. or love! What have you. My lovely boyfriend is working today, so I will be living vicariously through my books. Since I was introduced to book blogging, I have learned a bit about the secret language of serious readers. However, the term “OTP” has eluded me. Thankfully, Carlisa has rectified my ignorance. I am pleased to announce I now know that OTP means “one true pairing”! Ladies and gentlemen, I have crawled out from under my rock. Now then, let’s talk a bit about my favorite fictional characters make me feel like this:

An Unpopular OTP That You Ship

I seriously don’t think I ship any unpopular ships. My ships are pretty-much chillin’ in the main stream. However, I am very aware of the gigantic love-triangle controversy in Throne of Glass, and I guess this is as good a time as ever for me to weigh in on that? I’ve only read the first book, so this is a very tentative opinion. BUUUT thus far, I have to say I would root for Prince Dorian over Chaol. I actually strongly disliked Chaol in the first book, which is strange because he reminded me of Jon Snow whom I love.

An OTP That You Didn’t Ship At First But Now You Do

My emotions were all over the place when I read The Grisha Trilogy. In Shadow and Bone, I was all about The Darkling. In Siege and Storm, I began to second guess my conviction because I just adored Nikolai. In both of these books I was strongly anti-Mal. I could not stand the guy, or Alina’s annoying demeaning crush on him. In Ruin and Rising though, somehow, I ended up feeling like they needed each other. I DON’T KNOW. I’ve said it before: Bardugo is the master of emotions.

Your Most Hated OTP

Romeo and Juliet. ROMEO AND JULIET. I have hated Romeo and Juliet since I first read the play my freshman year in high school. Stupid little lusting teenagers trying to rebel against mommy and daddy who end up killing themselves?! OH MY GOD. No.

P.S. Is it just me, or does he look a heck of a lot like Zac Efron circa High School Musical?

An OTP That Took Waaaay Too Long To Get Together

I am really tempted to choose Cress and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, but who am I kidding, the slow burn was perfect.

Soooo I’m going to go with Maxon and America from The Selection. 90% of the plot of the first three books is  America going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen. GAHHH. She was so irritating. Let’s be honest, she just wanted to have her cake and eat it too. Never mind the feelings of the guys. Playa playa.

Your Favorite Non-Canon OTP

Danaerys and Jon Snow from  A Song of Ice and Fire. I mean, come on. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. The wall + dragons? Yes please. In my dreams, the series ends wrapped up in a nice little bow with Dany and Jon on the throne of Westeros. If only George were into happy endings….

Your Favorite BRO-TP

I’m going to take this literally and go with Fred and George. Every time I re-read the series I enjoy them more. These amazing twin pranksters are freaking hilarious, and J. K. is brilliant for writing them in for much-needed comic relief. Even when George loses an ear, he cracks a joke. What’s not to love?

An OTP You Adored in the Books But Not As Much in The Adaptation

Errrmmm this is kind of a stretch, because I only adore them in the first book. But still, I’m going with Tris and Tobias in Divergent. You can all call me crazy, but the guy who plays Four is all wrong. He’s nothing like how I pictured him. And I think Shailene Woodley did a really good job at capturing the spirit of Tris, but it really irritates me when an author emphasizes an aspect of a character and then it’s completely ignored in the casting (*cough* Harry’s EYE COLOR *cough*) Tris is supposed to be tiny and childlike. Roth mentions it incessantly. It’s actually a bit irritating.  And then they pick a woman who’s what, 5’8″? I don’t know. The actors just clashed with my image of the characters so I’m not as supportive as I wanted to be.

An OTP That No Matter How Hard You Try, You Just Can’t Ship It

Emma and Jacob from the Peculiar Children series. I wanted to like them, I really did. Their relationship was sweet. ish. But I just found it really creepy! I mean, Emma had been in love with Jacob’s grandpa. And they have the same powers and are just really similar and… it’s just wrong! In addition, it didn’t add anything to the story. I think Riggs is a bit of an unskilled author who felt like their had to be a romance thrown in there. Personally, I think the focus should have stayed on the other peculiar children and their almost familial relationship. But whatever!

Your All-Time Favorite OTP

YEP. Proud of it. I am a die-hard Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters fan. Or possibly more accurately, a die-hard John Green fan. I absolutely adore The Fault in Our Stars. The relationship between Gus and Hazel is raw and sweet and beautifully realistic. It has no faults in my mind. Pun intended.

I hope you are all having a fantastic V-Day with your significant others or friends or family or just pampering yourself!

I tag:

Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Maria @ Marwhal Reads

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


Dragon’s Loyalty Award


I was nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse ON SEPTEMBER 28TH. AND by Catia @ The Girl Who Read too Much on November 20th. Which isn’t quite as embarrassing. But still.  I’m just now accepting. I have no excuses. Let’s do this.


1. Display the award on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
5. Write seven interesting things about you.

  1. This is the first award I’ve ever accepted on the blog. I’ve been nominated for eight of them. And like five of those I’ve been nominated for multiple times. So basically, I am the blogger equivalent of a sloth. The slowest sloth you can imagine.
  2. One of the items on my bucket list is: catch someone in the act of hanging a billboard.
  3. I’m an assistant teacher for a 4th and 5th grade class and I LOVE it. I think it’s amazing that I get paid to hang out with kids all day.
  4. I’ve lived in Washington State my entire life. I’d like to move to Colorado with Tim some day, but I can’t imagine leaving my family.
  5. My sister is going to have a BABY! So I’m going to be an AUNTIE! NEXT MONTH! I’ve actually been an aunt since I was 5 (my brother has 5 kids) but this is the first one I’ve been an adult for.
  6. I went to Cabo San Lucas with my parents when I was 12 and I brought a book for each day of vacation. And I finished all of them.
  7. I used to think I was a dog person. But I’m definitely not.

I secretly think there should be some kind of criteria for tagging people for awards. How do I know who’s worthy of a dragon’s loyalty?! What does that even mean! I’m sure all of you are worthy. Let’s go with my 6 latest follows.

A Reader of Literature

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Isabell @ A Book Frenzy

Teodora @ Pages of Books & Reviews

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

12 days of christmas blogging

Look at me. Back at it one day after I admitted to my absence. Even I’m impressed with myself. This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 1: List your favorite things about Christmas

Twelve days of Christmas, twelve favorite things? I think yes.

  • Decorating Christmas trees
  • Making my famous Christmas cookies
  • Getting to see my family
  • Making/buying gifts for my loved ones
  • Wrapping presents
  • Spending time by the light of the tree
  • Wishing it would snow
  • Christmas lights!!!
  • Ugly Festive sweaters
  • Hot cocoa/cider
  • Christmas cheer

I’ll be back tomorrow! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


Book Review: Winter

Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

In Winter we hit the ground running. Our crew has just kidnapped Kai from his palace/wedding in New Beijing and are hiding out in the Rampion from not only Luna, but Earth as well. Their planning has finally come to a head and they must begin their war against Levana and put Selene (aka Cinder) on the throne. The fact that the evil Queen can literally control their minds only complicates things a teeny bit. *Cough*.

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Tag Week Day 4: My Life in Books Tag!

Tag Week


Day Four!

I’m actually really excited about this tag because it’s more *challeng*-ey and less *let me think deeply about my books*-ey. I was tagged by Samantha @ Read’s Read Reviews, who is just the most enthusiastic little blogger ever and she deserves even more attention than she gets, so go check her out!!

1. Find a book for each of your initials

Just ListenJane EyreThe Kite Runner

Oh cool, J J K.  That’s not difficult at all. Thank goodness there were no more J’s because those are the only J books I’ve read. And there were no K books on my Goodreads. So (the) Kite Runner counts, right? It’s on my TBR list… GRRRR. So my name is Jordyn Jean and I secretly hate my middle name. And my last name is one of those crazy names where I’d know it was my turn in attendance because the teacher would get to the K’s, frown, and stop talking. That was my cue to raise my hand. Also, that’s the cover of my copy of Jane Eyre which I love.

2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

WHICH BOOKSHELF?! I’m going to pick whichever 23 I like better. Hold please.

East of Eden

East of Eden it is! I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It’s really a terrible story, but parts of it are so beautiful. My favorite quote is “All great and precious things are lonely” which is just beautiful, but an evil woman is the one who says it, so… I try to forget about that. Also, I keep forgetting how old I am. Is this what happens when there are no more exciting birthdays in your future? Gah. Getting old.

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Yeah I’m from Port Angeles. Yadda yadda. You know the drill. If you don’t, here’s the story.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to

I want to travel everywhere. So that’s a lame question.

Alright, The Lord of the Rings because I desperately want to go to Rivendell. ;) Also, the movies were filmed in New Zealand and I really want to go there as well!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

The Fortune Hunter

My favorite color is blue. And I love this cover. In the real-life version, the gold and silver are SHINY. And I love shiny things.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?


7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

It took me about a year and a half to read Great Expectations. I got through from sheer determination. It was dreadfully dull and I really don’t know why it’s so beloved.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

Because it’s huge and scary and I’m terrified to read it! But I will one day, and I will feel seriously accomplished once I do. And probably sleep with a night light on for a month or so. No big deal. ;)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Bedtime Book Tag

Hello fellow book nerds!

This is my very first tag. I’m quite excited. I totally wasn’t tagged. Well, technically, Zezee with Books tagged anyone who wanted to do it.. so we’ll just pretend I was officially tagged. This tag was originally created by Kellys Bookspill! The video is actually hilarious. Onesies galore.

The Bedtime Book Tag… sounds so nice and reminiscent of childhood days…

Alright. Flashlight under the covers time.

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Top Ten Tuesday Time!

Hello Friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books that Would Be on Your Syllabus if You Taught “X” 101. So I have a confession to make. I’m apparently not very good at thinking of 10 books that fit any list. But I also can’t just leave the list at less than 10. Less than 10 = Less than finished = sleepless nights. So I keep morphing these things to allow me to finish the lists. I hope I’m not disappointing the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. I’m sorry for letting you down. *glistening tear*.

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