Am I Naughty Or Am I Nice? | The Bookish Naughty List Tag


I mean, long time no see, you guys! I’ve been busy preparing all my posts for January, which I’m SUPER excited to post and show off to you guys because they’re gorgeous and I worked hard on them, but I decided to come back to the blog on the last day of the year (!!!) and do this fun tag I’ve been seeing around that was created by Jenniely @ A Page of Jenniely!

Basically, there’s a list of questions, and you have to check them off if you’ve done them, then count them up to see if you’re a naughty or nice book blogger. Clearly, this is already setting me up for complete and utter failure, but let’s get to it!

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Happy Birthday to Me! | Celebrating The Little Things Tag

Yesterday, I celebrated my 17th year on this earth (in short, it was my birthday).

I had a hard time agonizing over what I should do to celebrate it, and I thought the best way to do so was to just do the Celebrating The Little Things Tag, especially since my blogiversary is coming up soon, AND I AM VERY EMOTIONAL.

So, may I present to you, the sappiest post on my blog. Bask in the glory.

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You Will Never Get Me To Read These Books | Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag 

Hey, it’s Mikaela back at it again with another tag!

I feel like I haven’t done one in a while, and I thought, why not schedule one for September! I discovered this tag months ago, I’m pretty sure, and I’ve always been interested in it since I have so many books I don’t want to read! So, let’s get to it!

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The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

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So, half of the year is over, and I think this gif easily explains my feelings: 

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I’ve been failing on everything reading so far. I haven’t finished one series, and I’m not anywhere close to reading 200 books (I’m pretty sure I’m going to shorten it to 100 this year), and whatever other goals I had, I probably am not close to accomplishing as well. So, yeah. 2017 has been a pretty rough year for reading. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to be doing this tag, though!

I was tagged by Marija over at Inside My Library Mind – you can check out her post here! I was going to do this one anyway, whether I was tagged or not, so let’s get right to it!


1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

Aw, that’s cute, you thought I’d be choosing one book. Let it be learned that I cheat on tags. Like, all the time.

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson – This is the first book of his I’ve read, AND I NEED TO READ ALL OF THEM. The perfect blend of contemporary and a little bit of magical realism and science fiction. Also, was that the best or worst ending I’ve ever experienced? I still don’t know.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – SO DARK. SO TWISTED. SO AWFUL. But it was oh so good. This was one of the best thrillers and books featuring a small town that I’ve read so far. I only hope that Engel continues to write more thrillers in the future.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – BECAUSE DUH. But it was also extremely relatable, an overall powerful book, and Starr is a character that will always manage to stay in my heart.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – THE MAN IS A GENIUS. Once again, I read this book in a day (during a SCHOOL DAY, no less), and was on a rollercoaster of so many emotions. It was just a beautiful, raw story.

Final Girls by Riley Sager – I’VE BEEN WAITING 84 YEARS TO RAVE ABOUT THIS BOOK. This was actually the first ever e-ARC I received from Netgalley, and one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I’d like to thank the publicists I talked to who were kind enough to give me a copy even though I literally had, like, twenty blog followers. But, seriously, this book was fantastic, tense, addicting, and had such an incredible plot twist. I loved it.

2. Best Sequel of 2017 So Far?


Okay, admittedly, I haven’t read many sequels so far this year (I say as I anxiously look at my half-read copies of A Conjuring of Light and A Court of Wings and Ruin), but I read Gemina at the beginning of the year, and even if I had read a lot of them, it’d still take the cake. It dealt with the coolest sci-fi concept, and, personally, I thought it was better than the first book. I can’t believe we have to wait SO LONG for Obsidio.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

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A LOT OF THEM. I’m not even going to bother to answer this question because I have failed on every level to read any of my most anticipated releases. I’M SORRY.

4. Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2017?

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After getting so many amazing ARCs of pretty much all of the books I’m anticipating for the second half of 2017, it’s really hard to choose just one, but if I had to, it’d be They Both Die At the End. I’m a masochist, and I enjoy getting my heart crushed by Adam Silvera twice in less than a year.

UPDATE: I have read this book, and it has crushed me; 10 out of 10; would like to feel all those emotions again.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

Ugh, it’s terrible that I had so much to choose from. I’VE BARELY READ ANYTHING THIS YEAR, PEOPLE.

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle – This one ended up just being pretty boring and nothing like I’d expected. Also, it was annoyingly racist in some parts. So, there was that.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich – Ugh, it sucks to say this about one of my most hyped and anticipated releases of the year, but this one ended up just being meh. Not enough of the romance I was hoping for, the premise definitely didn’t reach its full potential, and the ending was sloppy and didn’t make sense. I saw his second book had been bought, though, and I’m still definitely going to read it, damn it!

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen – Another thriller with an awesome premise that totally fell on its face. Some parts just didn’t make sense at all, and the ending just had too much going on that I couldn’t keep up.

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger – Yeah, this was a big pile of nope. Eric, one of the main characters, was a douchebag, the romance was so insta-lovey, I just couldn’t deal with it, and it was just plain unrealistic, especially when it came to the needlessly complicated ending. Not impressed.

Frostblood by Elly Blake – Another book I was really hoping I’d like, but this managed to just be pretty much every fantasy book that has ever come out in the last couple of years combined. Nothing really original about it, and it was super boring to boot.

6. Biggest Surprise?

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky – I really didn’t expect much from this book, but I ended up really enjoying it and finding it entertaining. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really liked it!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – THAT ENDING THOUGH. Not to mention that the entire novel was just completely fascinating filled with characters I hated and so many twists and turns. I had so much fun reading it.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis – I ended up reading this entire book in a day, completely glued to the pages. I loved the characters, felt all the feelings, and it ended on such a cliffhanger! I demand all the sequels, like, right now.

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry – When I started this one, I didn’t really know how I’d feel about it, but I really ended up loving it! It definitely had an interesting story-telling style that I enjoyed, and I just couldn’t tell where the book would go next, up until the very end. And this one also had characters that were super fun to hate.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs – Such a brilliant, addicting sci-fi that delivered so well on its concept and had a completely mind-blowing ending that I really enjoyed. Can I have the sequel now, please?

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)?

For debut, it’s definitely Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was absolutely brilliant, and I can’t wait to read another book from her! And for new to me, it’d be Shaun David Hutchinson. I will read the rest of his books, damn it!

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

Bring me August from This Savage Song and Nik from Gemina to life, and I will be a very satisfied girl.

9. Newest Favorite Character?

Starr from The Hate U Give because she was just so damn relatable and wonderful. Cassian from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series because he is sweet and funny and tragic, and I don’t remember being so in love with him in the second book (but this could also go for Mor, Azriel, Amren, and Lucien, because Sarah’s characters give me life)? And Ella from Gemina, because she is one badass fifteen-year-old girl.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

 The closest to making me cry was History Is All You Left Me during the eulogy scene. TEARS IN MY EYES. Oh, and They Both Die At The End made me cry for real. ARE YOU PROUD, ADAM SILVERA? ARE YOU PROUD?

11. Book That Made You Happy?

“But, Mikaela, didn’t you say that you still haven’t finished this book?” YES, YES I DID. But what I’ve read from it has made me smile so much. I just can’t help but feel happy whenever I read a Maas book. They never fail to brighten my day. Also, Genuine Fraud because I’VE FOUND A GOOD YA THRILLER. PRAISE BE THE GODS.

12. Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year?

“But, Mikaela, this isn’t a book-to-movie adaptation.” First off, IT TOTALLY COUNTS. I’m sure there are X-Men or Wolverine comics out there somewhere, and the movie takes place in that universe, so there. And, second, because I’ve watched Logan THREE TIMES already, and it’s still one of my favorite movies of ever and I love it and it gives me life. Like, I hadn’t even watched any Wolverine or X-Men movies before this, and I still loved it (but I did watch the other Wolverine movies after it. Not as great, but entertaining, and the Wolverine is now one of my favorite superheroes, so yeah). If you haven’t watched it, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? WATCH IT.

And, okay, if you want a legit answer, then 13 Reasons Why. Even though it’s a TV show adaptation. And I haven’t read the book. But who cares because I loved it. GIVE ME SEASON TWO, PLEASE.

Oh, and I watched Brokeback Mountain yesterday. And it was actually a novella before it became a movie. So, I guess it counts. That movie was an emotional roller coaster, and I was definitely not crying at the end (okay, I was; I’m weak).

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Even though I don’t like writing reviews, I will say, my one-star reviews of Frostblood and Follow Me Back were fun to write (and surprisingly, two of the more popular reviews I posted). For something on a more positive side, my review of Follow Me Down was great as well because I got the opportunity to interview the author, Sherri Smith, who was so sweet and so amazing! That was my first author interview, and I hope to do more in the future!

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought or Received So Far This Year?

I haven’t bought or received too many books this year, so I’m just going to include some pictures of some 2017 releases with stunning covers!

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

SO MANY. Definitely A Conjuring of Light and A Court of Wings and Ruin because I refuse to go into next year with half-finished finales (I already have too many unfinished books on my plate). And, also, pretty much my rest of my Bookcon haul, which I’m very excited to dive into!


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And that’s it for the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag! 

Hopefully you enjoyed that and you’re doing ten times better at your reading goals for this year than I am! Please don’t follow my terrible example of “blogging so much, you forget what even is reading.”

Also, I don’t specifically tag people to tags, I just let anyone who’s read it be tagged! So if you haven’t done it yet, and you’re reading this, you’re tagged! But I’m late, so you’ve probably done it already.

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[TAG] In Which I Share My Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hey, look; it’s been forever since I’ve done a tag! So, let’s do that!

I’ve decided to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag, mainly because I love talking about my unpopular opinions and finding people who agree with me. I am the Queen of Unpopular Opinions, and I will fight you for the title. But, seriously, I do have a lot of unpopular opinions – not even just in books, but life in general – and I thought a tag would be a fun way to share them!


1. A Popular Book or Series You Didn’t Like

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HAHA, where do I start? I actually have a whole list of my least favorite series – which I’ll be linking to here – so I’m not going to re-list them all, but probably my top unpopular opinion regarding series is The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I thought I’d love this one, but the romance was just too much, and the sequel bored me to death. Kestrel is just too good for Arin. And for book, probably The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I literally can’t find one single soul who didn’t love this book, but I thought it was just meh. It was over-saturated with plot twists that got annoying after a while, and I was just missing something, I guess? I thought the ending was pretty good, though!

2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Else Seems to Hate But You Love


Funnily enough, I also have an entire post dedicated to unpopular books I like, which you can find right here! BUT, for the purpose of this question and not wanting to repeat my entire list again, I think my number one is probably The Cursed Child. Everyone literally hates it and found it SO disappointing – but I read it in a day and cried and I loved it. And this book also proved that my Albus and Scorpius ship that I’ve been sailing on since 2013 has solid concrete evidence, so, there’s that.

3. A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up with the Person You Didn’t Want Them to End Up with OR an OTP That You Don’t Like

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Fortunately, I’ve never lost a love triangle (MWAHAHAHA), so I decided on an OTP I don’t like. And that’s Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy. Honestly, I just really hate Noah and think he’s a pretentious jerk, so he could just disappear and all would be solved and make me ten times happier, to be honest. But everyone seems to love him apparently??? Ew.

4. A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

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I usually read a little something from every genre because I’m usually pulled in by synopsis’, not genres, but contemporary is probably the answer for this one. Especially the phrase “cute contemporary.” Whenever someone says that a contemporary book was “adorable” or “cute” or “fluffy,” I’m just never going to read it ever. Maybe I’m a masochist who likes death and torture and sadness and panic, but I just get bored reading about people falling in love in the real world with real problems. And I don’t think I’ve ever liked fluff??? Basically, I’m a monster.

5. A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

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Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments Series! I mean, I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books TO DEATH, but both times I read The Mortal Instruments, I was greatly annoyed by Jace. I mean, he probably wasn’t a trope when this book was published (way back in 2007), but after so many years of YA, I’m tired of sarcastic jerk-ish bad boys who have daddy issues and are using their sarcasm as a shield for how sweet they are. PASS.

6. A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem to Get Into

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This one’s easily Lauren Oliver. I read Before I Fall and LOVED IT – it’s still one of my all-time favorite contemporaries – and every single one of the books I’ve read from her after that have been total duds and I’ve DNF-ed them all. I only have Vanishing Girls left from her, but I love a good YA thriller, so, hopefully, this one’s good?

7. A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing

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I don’t even know if this counts as a book trope (it probably doesn’t), but when it comes to thrillers, YA or Adult, I’m getting really tired of the “OH MY GOD; YOU LITERALLY COULD HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS COMING BECAUSE IT MAKES ZERO SENSE AND IS IN NO WAY GROUNDED IN REALITY” plot twists. I feel like all the thrillers I’ve read this year so far have either been amazing, or they’ve fallen flat because of this strange need for a random plot twist that doesn’t have any evidence built up behind it. I’m going to blame the popularity of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train for this since everyone is trying to be the “next big thing,” but it only works the first couple of times before I get tired of it.

8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading


Following the cute contemporary trend I mentioned earlier, I’ll probably never read a Kasie West book, a Morgan Matson book, a Jenny Han book, or any of the books in the Anna and the French Kiss series. I know everyone loves these authors and their books to the moon and back, but I literally get bored reading the synopsis’ of these books. I DON’T LIKE FLUFF. I’M SORRY.

9. The Saying Goes, “The Book Is Always Better Than the Movie,” but What Movie or T.V. Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than the Book?

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The Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie for sure! I read the first book of the series and really enjoyed it, but then read the second book and was so bored by it that I DNF-ed it. But the movie was actually SO GOOD, and I loved how Burton completely changed the plot because it made for a much entertaining movie. And, personally, I always thought that this series should have just been a stand-alone, and the movie’s storyline expressed it perfectly, so there’s that!


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And that was the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading about all the things I like and don’t like that are totally unpopular! You guys really seem to like reading about my unpopular opinions because those used to be some of my most popular posts when I was a bit of a smaller blog.

Regarding tagging people, I never really tag specific people for these things, I just leave it open so anyone who wants to do this tag may do it! So, go ahead, and have fun with it!

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Do we share any of the same opinions (please say we do)? What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?

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The Emoji Book Tag


What is this? A tag I’m doing where I’ve actually been tagged? Just kidding, I’ve just never been tagged in anything, and this is super cool. Reg @ She Latitude tagged me in her post, and this looked super fun (even though I’m not a huge texting person), but I do use emojis a lot when replying or leaving comments, as I’m sure you guys can tell. If I don’t, I’m probably replying from my laptop instead.

The point of this was to only do five, but I ended up doing ten instead because I’m out of control and I love talking about books, obviously. So here we go!


🙈 Monkey Covering Its Eyes


I usually use this emoji for shameful confessions, so I chose Empire of Storms. I’m a huge SJM fan, and I got this book a couple days after its release, the one with the gorgeous fanart, because she actually came into town and I got my book signed by her…and I’ve never read it. I don’t know why. I really should before TOG #6 comes out and I haven’t completed yet another series.

❤ Red Heart


I use this one to express love, much like everyone, and for this one I’ll choose The Trap by Melanie Raabe. This is a thriller about a woman who is convinced that she has seen her sister’s murderer on TV, and writes a book based off the crime to lure him to her house. Yes, it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

🌟 One Glowing Star


I usually use this for star ratings on Books Amino, but since this is one star, I decided this one would be for a book I rated one star. I actually rarely give out one stars because I usually find something redeemable about  book, but I gave The Perfect Girl one star because I was super bored by everything going on, the characters weren’t developed well enough, and the mystery was handled in the most underwhelming way.

🙌🏾 Black Hands Praising


I use this one also for things that make me happy, and I’ve decided that for this one I’ll choose Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards. I discovered this amazing thriller author last year, and this is my favorite book of his. It’s one of those books where you think you know what’s going on and have already figured out and then BAM! You’re wrong. It’s really nice to read a thriller that brings out something new instead of using the same old plot twists all over again.

😂 Face Crying with Laughter


I use this one for when my friends tell me something funny, and I rarely laugh out loud at books, but one of the ones that made me really laugh was Laurent Linn’s Draw The Line, which is highly underrated. It deals with homophobia in the South, but it also balances it with an adorable romance and a great sense of humor.

😍 Face with Heart Eyes  


I usually use this one for when people do things that make me happy, so I chose Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. The main character of this novel is a total brat/mean girl at the beginning, but after going through multiple do-overs, she becomes a much better character and goes through so much development. She makes you want to change your entire attitude.

😤 Angry Face


I use this one for when I hear things that frustrate the heck out of me, and I’ll choose This Is Our Story for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book (I gave it four stars), but this was a thriller with a super cheesy romance on the side that was just. Not. Needed. One of my biggest pet peeves is that YA books feel the need for a romance to be there that really doesn’t need to be. They could have been friends, that’s all I’m saying. But, again, a really good YA thriller.

😅 Face Trying to Stay Calm/Sweating


I use this one for when I’m stressed out and pretending I’m totally not, so for this one I’m choosing These Broken Stars. You might be fooled by the gorgeous cover, but this is a true blue sci-fi that started out pretty calm, but then you hit this point, and the rest of the book you’re trying to keep calm while repeating, “WTF???” in your head about fifty times.

😉 Suggestive Face


I use this one when I’m joking around with my friend about innuendos (because I act like I’m twelve), so I’m using ACOMAF for this one. I’m not sure this one needs to be explained, but Rhysand is definitely the embodiment of the winky face.

👋🏾 Black Hand Waving Hi


I use this one for when I’m testing out people’s phone numbers and I’m praying to God I’m not texting some random stranger, so I thought a book that’d fit for this would be the first book in a series I enjoyed. I’m choosing Unearthly by Cynthia Hand because I thought this was a really good first book to an enjoyable series.

And that’s it for this fun book tag! It was super fun to do, and for anyone who’s read this and hasn’t done this one yet or think this one looks fun, go ahead and do it! I’d love to check them out!

Also, what the heck at yesterday’s post??? It’s my most liked and commented post so far, and I’m really shocked that so many of you guys enjoyed it! It means so much to me, especially since I’m always so nervous about posting my opinions (it comes with the social anxiety). 


What are some of your favorite/most-used emojis?