Summertime Madness Tag

We still have a couple more days before the end of summer comes along so I thought it best to do this tag before then. Also, I’m procrastinating on a book review. I have so many thoughts but am finding it hard to organize them. I am so easily distracted these days. Anyways, this tag.

I was tagged by Summer at XingSings to do this tag. Thanks again, Summer! :D

Show a book with a Summery cover! i.e Sun, Beach etc.

I picked The Last Summer by Ann Brashares because it has all the elements the question asks for: beach and sun. And I also picked Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile because the colors on the cover makes me think of summer. I haven’t read either of these books yet.

Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!

The Lightning Thief

I’d go to camp. Camp Halfblood, that is, from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight so what novella do you choose?

One of Robin McKinley’s novellas/short stories that’s based in Damar. I just found out about them.

You have a case of Summertime Sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

It depends on how sad I am. If I’m just down for the day, I’ll pick up either the first or fourth Harry Potter book. If I’m feeling sorry for myself, then I get Eat, Pray, Love.

You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Hmm…I don’t really fantasize about guys in books these days but if I have to choose, it’s either Marko from the Saga series or Sawyer Silver from Rat Queens.

To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?


Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?


There’s still some time before summer gets here so you can do it. Even if you’re seeing this in autumn, I still encourage you to do it and take some summer into the fall.

Happy reading! :)

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Book Haul #10: Last of Summer

Umm…I guess I was supposed to be on a book-buying ban. I totally, conveniently forgot about it, of course, but now I’m really on one…unless coupons come my way. I don’t know how long I’ll last but I’m going to enforce this for the next two months at least.

Note: Purchasing Patrick Ness The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an exception.

And here are the last purchases for this summer.

Book Outlet

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Exploring My Bookshelves: Textbooks

“Exploring My Bookshelves” is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds. Since Victoria was on summer vacation, Shannon at For the Love of Words created her own topics, which I followed along with. Now they will both host the meme in alternating months. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This week’s topic:

A textbook or a book you bought for class

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Book Cover Guessing Challenge: Wishes for My TBR Pile #7

I’ve been tagged twice to do this challenge by Tasha at Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books and Dimple at enthrallingdimple. Thanks ladies! Since it’s the end of the month and I haven’t yet done a Wishes for My TBR post, I thought it best to combine the two.

This challenge was originally created by Trey at Trey Schnarr Books. His instructions:

It  is  pretty  simple  to  play  this  game,  all  you  have  to  do  is  find  some  books  that  you  don’t  know  anything  about  but  are  pretty  hyped  either  on  booktube  or  bookblogs  and  guess  what  they  are  about  based  on  their  covers.  Then  read  what  it  is  actually  about  and  compare  your  guess  to  the  actual  synopsis.

I’ll deviate a little from his rules since I’m combining this post with another so some of these books might not be very popular.

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites

My guess:

I’d like to read a Terry Pratchett novel but I don’t know where to start. Shortly after his death, this infograph was posted to help newbies navigate his books if they didn’t want to just jump in randomly. I’ve decided to start with this one. All I know is that it’s from the Witches Novels series. I don’t think I read the synopsis when I added it to my TBR list on Goodreads. I guess it’s about witches battling about whether their rites should be equal or not.

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlI intended to see the movie. I really did. That’s why I went and bought the book. But then I forgot. At least there’s Netflix.

Quick summary:

From Goodreads:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

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Weekend Reads #17: On Translations

I’ve ventured off on my own for this meme. Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

The question for this weekend:

What are your thoughts on translated literature? Do you think meanings are sometimes lost in translation?

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