Tag Week Finale: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Tag Week

Hello lovely bookish people!

To wrap-up tag week, I made my very own tag. It’s kind of silly but I’m very excited about it. I haven’t been tagging anyone this week because I’m going to tag everyone who commented on a post during the week to do this tag! I hope you enjoy it :)

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to answer the questions myself? But I’m going to. Because WHY NOT.

Here is the: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag!

Rules and Regulations:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

You all know I love Leigh. But I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read Six of Crows until I saw Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews post on it. Let me just say she was a tiny bit excited about it. ;) Anyway, it definitely made me really curious about the book and I am SO glad I decided to read it because it is wonderful.

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

The Time Keeper

Full disclosure, I am not religious. But I think this book is fantastic for anyone who is or is not religious. It is unbelievably thought-provoking. It’s a quick read and I think it prompts some really important questions about what you believe that everyone should think about. I highly recommend this one for all adults.

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I don’t actually make New Year’s resolutions. But I’d like to! So my resolution is that next year I’m going to make resolutions. And I will be keeping it. MMHMM. ;)

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

To Kill a Mockingbird

This is such a hard question. I can’t believe I’m asking you guys to answer it. BUT I am all about important family relationships and my dad is one of my favorite people in the whole world, so I’m going to go with Scout and Atticus. I think their relationship is the reason I love this book so much. I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman yet and I’m very nervous about it, but regardless of how things change, Atticus was an incredible father.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I can’t even explain why I love this book so much. I just do. I read it for the first time last year, and I was completely absorbed in the story. It was a heart-wrenching experience and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

*Cough* *Cough*. I’M SORRY. I really liked the story, but I had a lot of issues with the writing and I just had SUCH high expectations because I’ve heard nothing but good things, so it really fell flat for me. I am going to continue reading the series in the hopes that it gets better.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I heard about the Lunar Chronicles long before I read them. I listened to the first like three minutes of the audiobook and discovered Cinder was a cranky cyborg and was like uhmm no. But then they kept popping up, so I gave it a more than three-minute chance and discovered I had been SO WRONG. I am so happy I read these books, I think they’re so unique and creative and Cinder is now my favorite character. Bad judgy Jordyn.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

I like to read YA and Romance when I need a break from life. My favorite books are those that challenge me and make me think about life and philosophy and anything and everything, but sometimes I just want to fall into a simple story. These are the times I reach for YA or Romance books.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

I think The Last Olympian stands WAY above all the other Percy Jackson books. It was so fast-paced and I was involved the entire time. It wasn’t quite so formulaic as the first four were, either. All of my issues with characters were resolved, I loved the role Hestia played, just ah. I felt 100% satisfied with the series after reading this book.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.


September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Briar Rose

I forgot about this book until just now and I want to re-read it. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but not. It’s about a family and the Holocaust and I absolutely loved that we got to read it for school. 15-year old me thought it was amazing.

AND my birthday is in September!! The best present I’ve ever gotten was my old cat, Firecracker. She’s gone now but she was the most amazing cat in the whole world. Even if she was ridiculously fluffy and coughed up hairballs no matter what I did to prevent them.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

I think I should probably dress up as Tris because I can not even tell you the number of people who have told me I look exactly like her. But I would LOVE to dress up as Danaerys because she’s a bad ass and I love her. Plus dragons.


Maria @ Marwhal Read

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Charelle @ The Scent of Cinnamon

Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews

Orangutan Librarian

Eliza @ Lipgloss & Paperbacks

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks

Paloma @ Pages and Pinapples

Keira @ Signing On

Jackie @ Fall in Love with the Sounds of Words

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

Lydia @ 22 is still young adult

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

And YOU! If you want to participate :)

DANG there were a lot more than I expected. Thank you all for participating in tag week with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! I loved hearing all of your opinions on my thoughts, and I’ve learned I need to read a lot more books because I’m OUT OF ANSWERS for these questions.

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

J. Bookish

Tag Week Day 5: The Book Courtship Tag!

Tag Week

Good morning/afternoon/evening/twilight/whenever you’re stumbling upon this post!

It’s time for Day 5 of Tag Week! You have all been super amazing and supportive and I’m so excited about all of the comments from my online friends! I finally hit 1,000 views which I was really excited about; it’s amazing that you guys would click on something on my page 1,000 times! That’s a lot of clicks. I hope you have enjoyed them all :)

The tag for Day 5 is The Book Courtship Tag! I was tagged  by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse! Let’s see how me and my book lover get on together (To my lovely boyfriend, don’t worry they won’t come close to you! ;) ).

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This cover is so prettyyyyy. I’d read one of my roommates’ copies but I didn’t own my own, and I was perusing Target looking for books I had NOT already read and I saw this one aaand you know how it goes. That being said, the content certainly doesn’t let ya down. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite book. But I can’t actually pick a favorite book because there are definitely a couple of them that hold special places in my heart *Cough* *Harry Potter* *Cough*. But I DO know that this is the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. Inside and out ;)

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

“When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.”

  1. I love the Tudor stories. 2. It sounds fun and scandalous! 3. IT LIED.

Kind of. It wasn’t nearly as intense as the summary led me to believe. I still enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what I’d expected.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Sidenote: I want this version. I love that cover.

I mean, gotta give a shout out to Jane. I’m really enjoying that I get to put a bunch of my favorite books in this tag, and what better than the best love story for the courtship tag?! I absolutely love Darcy and Elizabeth and this book and I love reading about this time period and all the balls and dresses and meek little courtships. *sigh*. I would have failed miserably if I’d lived during this time. Hold my opinions in? HA.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

I’d like to point out that  in every full series I’ve ever read the first book obviously made me want to pick up the rest. So come on. But I’ll play along. I just read Throne of Glass and promptly ordered the next two books! I have to wait for the paperback of book 4 because I can’t have all paperbacks and one hard cover, and I’m cheap. I wasn’t as wowed with this as I’d hoped to be. But I did enjoy it and I’m definitely intrigued! My review will be up soon, after this tag week is over!

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I’ve used this answer in a tag before, but I don’t care because it’s true! I started this book and could not put it down. I read the whole thing in about 24 hours. I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans (which I think is just crazy talk) but I absolutely loved it I think it’s perfect and I’m so glad I randomly picked it up in Barnes and Noble! Leigh Bardugo is my fave and if you are here you must learn to deal with my obsession. Can’t wait to see what she comes out with in the future!

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

I didn’t particularly like or enjoy this book. But it was fascinating. I couldn’t stop thinking about it because I was trying to figure out the damn language. If you’ve never read it, it’s written like it’s the future and words are different. As you continue, you figure out what they mean through context, but in the beginning it’s really hard to get through. It’s also incredibly violent, but you don’t really realize it until you figure out the language because you don’t know what the words mean… it’s just a book on its own level.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

OOOOH getting physical. I’m assuming this means a book where the cover feels interesting? I have not actually read this book yet, but I bought it because the cover is crazy. It’s like a bendy soft leather with all of those words pressed into it. I’m quite daunted by the book itself, but I pick it up occasionally because it feels nice.

Honorable mention: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because I also got this because of the color of the cover and the texture.

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg

UHMM this is dependent on the age of the person I’m recommending a book to! The Giver and Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire and The Things They Carried. But since this tag is for all of the people reading this,  I’m going to recommend FGTatWSC haha wow that’s quite an acronym. I think this is a fantastic book for women of all ages and everyone should read it. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and sweet and aww. I did a whole review on it here. It’s a quick read and totally worth your time!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

SInce I hated on Great Expectations yesterday I figure i should give Charles some love today. A Tale of Two cities is one of my favorite books. I read it in 8th grade for school and hated it, and then again in 10th and LOVED it. I haven’t read it since but I’ve been wanting to lately, and I have a gorgeous copy of my own that is just begging to be read. This is one story my mind wanders to every so often. It’s beautifully written and Sydney Carton is one of my favorite literary characters.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

Wait, wait. I’ve gone through this whole courtship and now I’m just supposed to share the love?! WHY DID WE BREAK UP?! Haha okay I’m done.  But I have not been tagging people intentionally this week, just wait. JUST WAIT.

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

J. Bookish

Tag Week Day 3: The Inside Out Book Tag!

Tag Week


Bored of me yet? Yeah I’ll bet you are. It’s okay, it’s hump day! Let’s see if I can make you smile. I feel like that sounded SO creepy hahahahahahaha. I take it back. I’m just going to post into oblivion now.

Okaaayy so today’s tag is the Inside Out book tag! I feel like I’m a bit of a hypocrite because when I saw the commercials for this movie it was just not doin’ it for me. So I haven’t seen it. But given everyone’s reactions I will probably watch it..sometime.. I love Disney movies! I just thought it was a weird concept and reminded me of the feelings version of Osmosis Jones which I HATED. But I’m gonna do the tag anyway because I cannot disobey the rules of the game and I’m IT.

I was tagged by Kelsey @ Don’t Shush Me! So go check her out after you read this post. :) I totally stole the gifs she used for her post. Sorry Kelsey! They’re just so cute!

A book that brings you joy!

giphyHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

How could this book not make me happy? I’m pretty sure it makes everyone happy. This whole series makes the whole world happy. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. Haha seriously though, when I’m sad I re-read this book. I can read it in a few hours because I’ve read it SO MANY TIMES I basically have it memorized.

A book that scares you!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoodgiphy-5

A lot of dystopian books scare me because I can envision our world going wrong and landing us in the same situations they’re in. The Handmaid’s Tale is the worst though, because it lands us in a world where women have zero rights. AGAIN. Which is terrifying. If you haven’t read this yet, you absolutely should because it’s amazing.

A book that disgusts you!

giphy-4Conversion by Katherine Howe

You will never again hear me mention this book on my blog, because I hated it. I hated everything about it. It was the biggest ever waste of my time. It’s kind of about the Salem witch trials, which I’ve always been fascinated by. It’s set in the modern day and alters between current and past perspectives. And the ending is just. Disgusting. No.

A book that makes you sad!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greengiphy-3

I’ve never mentioned a John Green book! I will use this moment to be a fan girl and say that I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska and they both made me laugh and cry and John Green is amazing. Period.

A book that makes you angry!

Life of Pi by Yann Martelgiphy-2

I loved the first 99% of this book. And then it ended. And the ending made me so so mad because it ruined what had been a truly incredible book. And I really wish I could tell you why, but in case you ever read it I can’t. Because you will either be happy with the ending or you will end up like me.

That’s it! I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a teeny bit tired of tags. My answers are too similar. I’m being boring which is basically my worst nightmare. So in the effort of livening things up a bit, here is an adorable kitten asking you to be my friend:

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

J. Bookish

Tag Week Day 2: Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!

Tag Week

Hello friends!

It’s Day 2 of Tag Week, and I’m going to do another tag about fall! Yippee! Are there any winter tags floating around? If there are, I have yet to see them…

Today’s tag is The Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag! Can I just say, am I the only one who thinks the name of this tag is ridiculous? No offense to the creator, but I think just one or two descriptive words would have been good. However, I do think this tag is very cute and I’m excited that I was tagged by TWO wonderful bloggers: Deana @ A Novel Glimpse and Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels (P.S. Astra?! That’s a gorgeous name!).

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