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?

The Book Blogger Confessions Tag


And I have arrived with another book tag!   I saw this first on Books Amino, and I thought it looked like fun, so I decided, “Why not?”


Which book, most recently, did you not finish?  


My Sister Rosa was my only DNF of this month. I love thrillers in general, but prefer adult ones to YA, and I thought this one would be a good one, but, it wasn’t. This was more contemporary than thriller, and even though there was supposed to be a jaw-dropping ending, I didn’t care to make it through pages of a romance I didn’t care about. Why do YA books ruin themselves with romance (this shall be a topic for discussion)?

Which book is your guilty pleasure?  


Definitely the Everneath trilogy. These are just really fun, fluffy books with pretty good plot twists. I wouldn’t say it’s the best series out there, but it’s a really fun ride!

Which book do you love to hate?


 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I actually read this book twice – once when I was twelve, and again earlier this year – and twelve-year-old me and sixteen-year-old me have very different opinions. I enjoyed it back in middle school, but as a high schooler, I just noticed how insta-love-y it was, and how poor the world-building is. I actually ended up rage-quitting. Not a good reading experience.

Which book would you throw into the sea?  


[Insert Any Classic Here]. I honestly can’t even begin to choose just one, but I’ve only liked one or two school-assigned books, and have been completely unimpressed with the many others I’ve been forced to read (this calls for another future discussion topic).

Which book have you read the most?  


Unwind, most definitely! I re-read it with joy this past year because I had finally acquired the sequels, and I’m pretty sure I loved it even more than I did reading it the first time. Just know that I will promote this book with my life, and you’ll probably see it mentioned about 2841849149 times on this blog.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?  

Does “Any book that I already own” count as an answer? I think yes.

Which book can you not live without?


Because I’m horrible at making choices, I’m going to horribly cheat on this question and say that I can’t live without any of Sarah J. Maas’s books, the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, and the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. These series and authors always make me so happy, and when I’m feeling down, or just need a little pick-me-up, these are my immediate go-to’s.

 Which book made you the angriest?  


Hm, again, multiple answers for this. For Dangerous Girls, I was angry for the main character, who was treated horribly by the media and painted as this horrible human being, who also had to deal with the death of her best friend and her cheater of a boyfriend. For The Couple Next Door and The Game You Played, I was angry because the main men were total douchebags.

Which book made you cry the most?  


I’ve actually never cried while reading a book; I’ve only teared up, at most. But, A Monster Calls drained all my emotions and I did tear up a lot reading those final pages AND during the movie trailer, so that’s who the award goes to!

Which book cover do you hate the most? 

It’s a tie between the original Shatter Me cover, the original Throne of Glass cover, and the new Winner’s trilogy covers. All three of these covers just don’t seem to understand the theme of their own books – Juliette and Celaena, who are both badass, look like they’re going to prom, and Kestrel, who can’t fight, is holding a sword – and they just look horrible in general.


And that’s it for this book tag! Only two more posts left until the new year rings in: my Year in Review for 2016 and my December Wrap-Up!


What are some of the ugliest book covers you’ve ever seen?

Worst of 2016


(Yes, hi, still Mikaela here under a new name – and better-looking blog, I think! Hopefully you guys weren’t confused!)

Ah, yes, it’s that time of the year for sharing unpopular opinions. I’m not one to really hate books that I don’t end up liking. Only a couple of books have led me to rage-quit, and I rarely give out one stars to books I’ve completely read; most of them are awarded to DNFs. But, this year, I read some pretty bad books, because four of them were one-star reads, and I read through the entire thing. But, compared to the overall books I read this year, it really wasn’t too bad.

So, if any of your favorite books are on this list, all I have to say is…


But enough of that! Let’s get into the books!


With Malice


So, my biggest issue with this book was the fact that this was pretty much almost a copy of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. Even certain details that was unique to Haas’s book were included. For example, in Dangerous Girls, Anna and Elise take a photo on Halloween night in which Anna is holding a knife to her throat as a joke. This also happens in With Malice, with Jill holding a knife to Simone’s throat on Halloween night. I probably would’ve appreciated this more if Dangerous Girls had come later, but this just seemed like a poor man’s version.


The Winner’s Crime


I’m not going to include the summary of this since it’s a sequel to The Winner’s Curse and it’s chock-filled with spoilers, but this was extremely disappointing. The Winner’s Trilogy is probably one of these most-loved series on Goodreads, and I honestly thought I was going to join in on the appreciation. I mean, it’s a fantasy novel with war and politics where the main character is smart and uses her brain. What’s not to like? But, it fell flat for me when I realized that a horrible forbidden romance was going to be the main focus. And it was an extremely angst-y, overdramatic forbidden romance that makes you roll your eyes. Arin, the guy she’s pining for, is supremely annoying and whiny and immature, and I’m confused as to why he’s so popular? I gave the first book two stars, but, this one was SO MUCH WORSE, and I ended up giving it two stars. The covers are gorgeous though.

(Not to mention I read the first two books twice just in case I missed something. I really hadn’t.)


The Bird Tribunal


For all the great thrillers I discovered this year and quickly became my favorites, there are always the hyped ones you expect more from. A couple of them are on this list. This one is SUPER popular and well-liked, but this time, I just don’t get it. Is the atmosphere chilling? Yes. Is the romance creepy and unsettling? Yes. But…I guessed the ending to this novel about ten or so pages in. And, nothing can word my disappointment when I reached the end, and realized there wasn’t some huge plot twist to throw me off. And that I sort of wasted two days of my time. And that I’ve seen elements of this book before, except I’ve seen them handled better. So, this was a fail in my book, but I’m a party of one.


The Last Star


Again, no summary for this since, as you can see from the cover, it’s a finale for a trilogy, but I was super disappointed by this one. I loved The 5th Wave, and still enjoyed The Infinite Sea, even though others found it mediocre. This one just completely ruined the trilogy for me personally. The writing was off – not saying there weren’t beautiful quotes, because they were, but it wasn’t as polished and sophisticated – the romance was awful – especially that cheesy sex scene which can be summed up as whut? – and the ending led up to the stupidest decision regarding a character I’ve seen yet. Pretty much no questions were answered, and there were too many loose ends. It sucks, because I used to consider this one of my favorite series, but it’s sort of hard to say that now.


The Kind Worth Killing


Oh hyped thrillers, why must you let me down? This one just wasn’t for me. I felt that it was way too gimmick-y with the plot twists happening pretty much every couple other chapters. It really ruined my enjoyment of the novel. And there’s the fact that the blurb made this book much better than it was. I’m going to be reading Her Every Fear once I actually have money in my pocket, and hopefully that’s better, but I just think that a different author could have done better with the concept. I will say, the ending made me laugh a little.


The Couple Next Door


This book and B.A. Paris’s Behind Closed Doors were probably the most hyped debut thrillers from new authors over the summer. I ended up enjoying Paris’s novel, but this one fell flat. First off, I really hate Marco, and I’m not going to say why because ~spoilers~, but he irritated the hell out of me. Second, I felt “meh” after realizing the whodunit. Never do you want to figure out the mystery person and be disappointed by it. The very last chapter was pretty awesome, but, awesome endings do not a better book make.




I was originally going to avoid this one at all costs after seeing the movie trailer, since it basically gives away the whole plot, but I caved. Bad idea. This was just a really shallow dystopian novel that didn’t provide anything new, much like most books published in the genre after the success of The Hunger Games. It really bothered me that it seemed like no one had common sense in this game, and just went along with everything told to them. I mean, obviously this game is off its rocker, but, hey, Vee’s getting new shoes!!! Also, the romance – or shall I say, insta-love? – between Ian and Vee was cheesy and unnecessary and just *sigh*. And the ending really didn’t make that much sense to me at all, and is left quite open-ended. I haven’t watched the movie adaptation, and probably won’t, if this was the material they had to work with.


Return to the Dark House


Oh, look, another finale/sequel! I think I’m seeing a pattern here. Anyway, I read the Dark House duology (or trilogy? There may be a third book in the works, but I ain’t touching it) for October because I was reading ~spooky~ books, and the first one wasn’t too bad. It was like a cheesy, teen horror B-movie in book form, but I enjoyed myself despite the insta-love. But this one managed to just expand on what made it suck so much in the first one. Ivy, the main character, is a total reckless idiot, the type of protagonist  that authors assume you’ll cheer for as they make the stupidest decisions. The thing that annoyed me the most was that Riley (excuse me if that’s not her name; I’m 90% sure it is), the other protagonist, was smart and was shoved to the side. Also, Ivy’s doing all this to rescue a boy she “fell in love with” over a three-day period and can’t survive without. Whatever.


The Perfect Girl


And another disappointing thriller! What makes this doubly disappointing is that I’ve read Macmillan’s first novel What She Knew and I devoured it. It was a really nice take on the “missing child” subgenre of thrillers. I read The Perfect Girl first, and definitely didn’t like it. Not only was the writing completely unspectacular and seemed really detached – much like the one-dimensional characters – but the book really seemed to drag. I read both of Macmillan’s novels on iBooks, so they were both over 700 pages, since the app drags out page numbers. Compared to What She Knew, which took me two days to read, I read The Perfect Girl in about five or so days, which is super long for me to be reading a book.


Station Eleven



This started out so well, but tapered off towards the end. Listen, I love pretentious adult fiction. I love gorgeous prose that basically borders onto purple. I can enjoy a slow book. But this one just wasn’t for me. Objectively, I’d say this was a good book, but for me, I was basically skimming the last few chapters. It may have been because long chapters are a pet peeve for me, but I was getting impatient and bored, and I realized that I just really didn’t care. This might be the book for another reader, but that reader isn’t me.


And that’s it for all the negativity! There are definitely some super hyped and popular books on this list, but I’ve learned that when I dislike a book, I sort of expect it to be well-loved among other bookworms, so I’m not really surprised.


What were some of your disappointments or least favorites of 2016?