The Rapid Fire Book Tag!

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Hey, young bloods! Today, I'll be stealing a super fun book tag from the lovely Beth @ Reading Every Night. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy!

eBook or Physical Book?

Ooh! Although I've been reading more eBooks recently, I'm going to have to go with physical books. I usually feel much more connected to the story itself when I'm holding a book in my hand.

Paperback or Hardback?

Hardbacks are prettier, but paperbacks are so much easier to hold and carry around!

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store all the way! Online has a larger selection, but there's something innately magical about browsing physical books. I'll be going manga + light novel shopping in a couple days, and I'm very excited to splurge. (I'll probably get this and the first few books in this series.)

Trilogies or Series?

T R I L O G I E S. The longer the series, the more stressed I get about its existence. Will I ever finish it?? It's so intimidating!! There's so much room for things to go downhill or disappoint me or or or.....

Heroes or Villains?

Villains! I feel slightly bad for saying this, but there it is. Villains usually interest me so much more.

A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. 

If you want to understand (or even if you don't) what it is to be a woman in the world today, read this book. And even if you think you already understand, I pretty much guarantee this book will still give you new insights and new sobering depth of knowledge.

Recommend an Underrated Book.

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.

But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

*cries about this book until the day I die*

I genuinely don't understand why this isn't more popular. The voice is hilarious yet down to earth, the story is incredibly suspenseful, the writing is compelling, and the characters are delightful yet heartbreakingly real. There's magic, murder, mystery, and plenty of explosions. This was hands-down one of the very best books I read last year (second only to Merrick by Anne Rice), and the sequel was equally amazing. I absolutely can not recommend this title enough.




What's the Last Book You Finished?

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

11/22/63, a time travel thriller by Stephen King. I'd never read any King before (primarily because I rarely like horror novels), but this was a 100% horror-free book I really enjoyed. It was suspenseful and compelling, and though I didn't like them at first, I grew to love the characters by the end.


The Last Book You Bought?

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valante. This series was recommended to me by my incredible IRL writing buddy, and though I didn't love the first book, I'm really enjoying this one. (Plus, how gorgeous is that cover?!)

Weirdest Thing You've Used as a Bookmark?

Oh man, I am SUCH a stickler about always using actual bookmarks. :P The weirdest thing would probably by a sticky note?? I know, that's actually pretty normal. But I always make sure to have multiple bookmarks on hand in case one goes missing.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Usually yes, with a few exceptions. I really like marking up poetry books, so if a used poetry book already has markings in it, I probably won't go for it. I also like my journals to be unmarked. But honestly? Other than that, I love with used books. I adore the feeling of community you get from giving new interest to someone else's old book.

Top Three Favorite Genres

In terms of story type: Fantasy (life), poetry (Rupi Kaur, N.L. Shompole, Jack Kerouac, E.E. Cummings), and magical realism (if you have any good recs for this genre, other than When the Moon Was Ours, I'd love to hear them!).

In terms of story audience: Middle-Grade (ages 8-12) is hands down my favorite, followed by adult and children's. 

Borrow or Buy?

My budget says borrow, but my heart says buy.

Characters or Plot?

Characters all the way.

Long or Short Books?

Whatever length is needed to best tell the story. I tend to prefer short books, though. Long ones scare me.

Long or Short Chapters?

Proportional to the book size.

Name the First Three Books You Think Of...

Books That Make You Laugh or Books That Make You Cry?

Laugh, all the way.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

F I C T I O N A L. 

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No. They're great for road trips, but that's about it. They take so long to get through!

Do You Ever Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Oh, man. ALL THE TIME. A solid 75% of the reason I refused to read The Raven Cycle for so long is because I really don't like the covers.

(Well, Blue Lily, Lily Blue has a nice one. But I didn't like any of the rest of that book don't shoot me pls so it all evens out.)

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptions?

I'm going to quote Beth for this question, because she said it perfectly: "Book to TV Adaptations. There’s a limited amount of time in a movie to develop the world, the characters and the story, whereas in a TV show you have a whole season worth of episodes to do the same thing."

A Movie or TV Show You Preferred to its Book?

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. The book was incredibly slow and boring, but the movie was action-filled and dynamic.

Standalones or Series?

STANDALONES. They are SO much less intimidating and stressful.


Let's chat! What's the last book you finished? A story you want everyone to read? Favorite genres? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.


P.S. - I know my posting has been slightly spotty this month, and I'm sad to report that, with the school musical coming up, it will only get worse. I'll do my best to write posts in advance, but I may still disappear off the Internet on occasion. :(

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  1. Great answers for this tag, and I agree with so many of them as well. Definitely physical books over eBooks in terms of building a book library, you're right there is something about holding them in your hands and being more connected to the story. For on the go reading I'll have to pick eBooks though! :D
    I'm hoping to get started on Milk and Honey seen. There have been a lot of poetry books floating around and I want to try the genre myself. Also in terms of magical realism recommendations other than When the Moon Was Ours have you read Bone Gap? That always feels like the next obvious one to me but if you haven't read it definitely check it out because it's an amazing book. There's also A Fierce and Subtle Poison and The Love That Split the World, which are really underrated but really good as well! :D

    1. For sure! I've started downloading books on my phone, and they're so easy to whip out if I'm in a waiting room or standing in a super long line.

      In terms of poetry, I would also really recommend Lace Bone Beast by N.L. Shompole. I actually should have a post on her going up tomorrow! :)

      Bone Gap is on my TBR, and I'm super excited to read it! I'll have to check out your other two recs :)

      - Ellie

  2. FANTASY all the way! :) And I've used tissues as bookmarks before, so that would have to be the weirdest thing I've ever used. XD Great post, and good luck with the school musical!

  3. This is a cool tag I feel like I've learnt so much about you. I am totally the same, I prefer trilogies because otherwise I feel like I am waiting a billion years to finish a series. The Blackthorn Key sounds super interesting, I'm not sure if I've heard of it before. Great Post!

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    1. Finishing trilogies also decreases the size of a person's tbr pile way faster than finishing an 8-book series does. XD Thank you!

      - Ellie

  4. i love how hardbacks stack up in my shelf, but I love the portability and lightweight-ness of paperbacks ✨

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

    1. Saaaaame! I feel so bad when I have my pretty hardcovers standing up in a sea of battered paperbacks, but then I remember budget and portability.

      - Ellie

  5. "My budget says borrow, but my heart says buy."--I could not relate more. And I used to prefer eBooks because I could all these highlights and notes and it was all nice and portable, but I've started to prefer physical books this past year or so. And I've never understood people's inclination to buy books online instead of in an actual bookstore. Like, have you BEEN in a bookstore? They're magical and I would gladly live in one if I had that option! Anyways, awesome post, Ellie!

    1. I could spend forEVER in bookstores, let me tell you. There are some books - like self-published titles - you have to buy online, though, because stores won't carry them. :( Thank you!!

      - Ellie

  6. dude, if i could i would take every copy of milk and honey and give it to every. single. person on this planet, it's freaking amazing.

  7. Yay, The Raven King! I loved it so much just as well. And I added The Blackthorn Key to my TBR a little while ago, you made me even more impatient to read it now :)

    1. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! :)

      - Ellie

  8. Oooo! Another great tag! These make for great conversation at casual gatherings.
    The last book I finished was Demon Ex Machina by Julie Kenner. It's book 5 in the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series. Book 6 is waiting to be purchased - I have to find my gift card. It's a fun series, but the main character can get frustrating.

    I like trilogies and series, but my biggest reading pet peeve is picking up what seems to be a standalone book only to find it is book part of a series. Even more annoying if it is not book one. Then sometimes you get a great story and book and think it wraps up well and find out it is book one in a series. Standalones rock!

    With regards to eBook or real book - real book all the way. Spacially, eBooks take up much less shelf space, but I've found they do a number on my eyes, so can only read one long or three shorter books before heading back to paper and ink.

    I can spend hours in store! Love being surrounded by books. Like when Belle sees Beast's library for the first time...yeah, that's me.

    Bookmarks are the best. I have a great variety, but in a pinch I use all sorts of paper scraps. The worst is doing a reread and coming across an uncashed check. LOL Thankfully, I've only found two and they totaled $35. So I didn't miss much. :-) I've been known to use a gift card, post it, straw paper, business get the picture.

    The first three books I can think of: Girl of the Limberlost, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Shiver.

    I did renew my library card recently so I could read Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series. But as I said I have a cart waiting to be paid for at

    Adaptations are tricky. I like that you can spread out and do more over the length of a TV season. However, lately new series get maybe 3 episodes to to gather ratings or they are canceled. Plus, I've been super excited to have a series go to TV only to see it go wildly off book (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood; The Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters). Some do not (Outlander, Poldark). Of course, the same can happen with movie adaptions.

    Thank you for this awesome topic!

    1. I used to think eBooks didn't work with my eyes? But I've recently started getting into them again, and now I'm thinking that either my eyes have improved or I don't notice the problem since I'm now reading eBooks I like.

      OH MY GOODNESS, YES. So many books, so little money.

      - Ellie

    2. I've found if I vary eBook and paper my eyes don't feel a weary. But completely agree that if I like the eBook it doesn't seem to bother my eyes as much. :-)

  9. Ahh what a fun tag! I love all your bookish tags. Loved reading all your answers-- I feel about the buy or borrow dilemma haha. Out of curiosity, have you ever picked up one of those monthly poetry journals from the bookstore? You can get a subscription too. I recently grabbed one and had mixed opinions about how I felt about the poems, but it was cool to have such a broad range of authors in one book. I wanted to discuss the concept with someone haha and see how another poetry enthusiast felt about them, so I figured I'd see if you'd heard of them. Neat post as always :)

    1. Thank you! Oh, I haven't! (I must confess I hadn't heard of them until now.) But it sounds really awesome; I'll have to set about sniffing out some in my town. Thank you again, dear <3

      - Ellie


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