The New Disney Princess Book Tag

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I saw this book tag on Flavia the Bibliophile, and even though I wasn’t tagged I just had to join in! I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of book tags I’ve done, and I am obsessed with Disney Princesses. Am I also procrastinating on starting a book that’s been on my tbr for way too long because I secretly don’t really want to read it? Maybe.

Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoevver tagged you.
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White

The Book (like the movie) That Started It All
Favorite Debut Book From an Author

51GfkFJuPCL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Mmmmm, so hard to pick, but probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I mean, it’s just one of my favorite books period. It’s so romantic and dreamlike. I wish Le Cirque des Rêves was a real place.

Cinderella

A Diamond in the Rough
Just like Cinderella, you either didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem.

136116That would have to be Sir Percy from The Scarlet PimpernelAt the beginning of the book he is just portrayed as this foppish dandy without half a brain. His wife, Margaret, sure thinks of him that way. But as the book goes on and you get to know him you find out that there is so much more to him, and Margaret (and I!) fall deeply in love with him. Ohmygosh, The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time favorites.

Aurora

A book that makes you sleep or just could not hold your attention.

downloadI really really tried to read A Tale of Two CitiesI promise I did. It sounds like a really cool plot, all my friends in high school loved it, and it’s not nearly as long as the other Dickens novels. But halfway through I realized I had no idea who any of the characters were, that was how bored I was. I quit.

Ariel

Under the Sea
A book with a water/ocean setting

o-WHERED-YOU-GO-BERNADETTE-MOVIE-facebookI don’t know if Where’d You Go Bernadette should really count here, because they’re only on their Antarctic cruise for such a short section of the book, but it’s too amazing to not shout it out here! Anyway, Bernadette’s mental breakdown happens as a result of the cruise, so I say it counts. Such a hilarious book. If you haven’t read it, you should.

Belle

Beauty and the Books
Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover

b743d4a15a201da0d4f18209acbe06f8Hermione Granger, definitely Hermione. I wish I could be her best friend.

Jasmine

The Thief and the Princess
Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book you didn’t expect to love so much)

51vPXr7ganL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I really enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last StandIt was so charming, and the whole book is rather unexpected. The premise is that elderly respected Major Pettigrew falls in love with the least likely person, shopkeeper Mrs. Ali. They have almost nothing in common, but they are kindred spirits.

Pocahontas

The Real Life Princess
Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read

20121214-092551-pic-597986943As some of you know, several years ago I read and loved a book called Mrs. Queen Takes the TrainIt is based on Queen Elizabeth II, and was adorable, silly, and sweet. I have always had a little bit of a fascination with British royalty, and this was a fun take on the reigning monarch.

Mulan

The Princess that Saved Her Country
Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

Eowyn. Definitely Eowyn.

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Most people probably wouldn’t think of Tolkien as a feminist. I doubt he would! But keep in mind he was writing about a middle-age society that thought of women as homemakers and mothers, people to be protected. Yet we have this woman who has grown tired of being a caretaker to her elderly grandfather, and envies the men who get to ride off to war. When her only opportunity to win valor vicariously through a husband passes her by, she takes matters into her own hands and rides to war. THEN she takes down a foe so deadly that not even freaking GANDALF could defeat him. AH! She is my favorite!

Tiana

The Princess With the Coolest and Most Diverse Crew
Name a diverse book, whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

capa_109501_1356716888Um? I guess Percy Jackson in the Heroes of Olympus series? I read a lot of older books, so I guess this is the best I’ve got. Let’s see. There’s Piper who’s American Indian, Frank who’s Chinese, Leo who’s Hispanic, Hazel who is African-American (Cajun?), and Nico who’s gay. Actually, the Magnus Chase series has had a lot of diversity in it too. Rick Riordan is really going out of his way to make that happen for young readers.

Rapunzel

Let Your Longgggggg Hair Down
Name the longest book you’ve ever read

LordoftheRings001Definitely The Lord of the RingsI mean, without the appendix it’s still over 1000 pages long. And I’ve read a good chunk of the appendix.

Merida

I Determine My Own Fate
A book where there is no love story/interest or isn’t needed

51n8BHFovdL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ender’s Game is a great example of that. I mean, yeah, they’re KIDS, so that’s part of the reason, but also the book just didn’t need it. I hate when Sci-Fi books especially get off track because they’re adding some romance. Just focus on the reason we’re here!

Anna & Elsa

Frozen Hearts
A book in a winter/cold setting

18081809I just finished Landline by Rainbow Rowell yesterday, and I didn’t realize it was a Chrristmas time book until I started reading. I guess I should have, it’s right there in the synopsis… Anway, LOVED IT!

Moana

How Far I’ll Go
A character that goes on a journey

Let’s see, I’ve already used The Lord of the Rings twice, so lets think of something else. lol

12974372A Natural History of Dragons, a quirky fantasy, sends its main character, Lady Trent, off to foreign lands to discover how dragons behave in their natural habitat. It’s not a journey that a woman aught to be making, but she convinces her husband she will never be happy if she leaves the research to the men. Sure enough, it is not safe for her to go, but through a lot of pluck she gets through it, even if not unscathed.


Alright! I’m tagging:

Have fun!

Review: The Last Star

51CC+o3cfQL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Series: The 5th Wave
Genres: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure, Young Adult
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆


They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Someone on bookstagram last night, not knowing about this looming book review, casually asked “So what did you think?” And I sat there with my fingers hovering over the screen of my phone, stumped. Eventually I wrote, “Undetermined.”

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Review: Cuckoo’s Calling

16160797Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Series: Cormoran Strike
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


Oh. My. Word.

So, let me start off by saying that I am not at all well-versed in the mystery genre, and have very little to compare to. I have been wanting to get into this genre for a while now, but wasn’t really sure where to begin. So when I saw Cuckoo’s Calling on sale for $6 I figured, why not?

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WWWHHHYYY????

I love Goodreads.

Goodreads is my favorite way to decide what books to read. I love that I get a summary, reviews from all kinds of people (usually good and bad), discussion questions, and a set of books its similar to. Plus, if I’m not sure what to read next, it makes recommendations!  And don’t even get me started on the yearly challenge.

But there is one thing I just hate about Goodreads.

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Review: Prince Harry Boy to Man

35074543Prince Harry Boy to Man by William Kuhn

Genre: Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆


It’s 2007, Harry’s twenty-three and he has problems he can’t handle alone. The army considers him a risk. The press thinks he’s a brat. Girls like him because he’s a prince. He wishes he wasn’t. He hopes service in Afghanistan will help him solve that. Instead, deployment exposes vulnerability under his bad boy persona and results in a comic coming of age he definitely didn’t see coming. He’s always hated the media so he doesn’t know what to do when he falls for a reporter from CNN. It’s complicated by the fact that she’s disguised as a man to evade the Pentagon’s ban on women in front line positions. Nor does he anticipate making a gay best friend in a brother officer named Mustafa. And what’s his former nanny doing on the plane to Kabul? There’s also a warlord driving a Mercedes and a colonel who’d much rather be reading Shakespeare. Together they stumble upon buried trauma from Harry’s childhood. If he can learn how to cope with all that, he may find fulfillment he never dreamed was possible in being a prince.


Occasionally I have wished that, as with movies, comedy was considered a literature genre. This is one of those times. Honestly, I think that Mr. Kuhn has missed his calling and should be writing screenplays. Maybe then we could see some movies that were actually funny.

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Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen-of-shadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Inconsistencies. This was a giant book full of inconsistencies.

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Anything But Books Tag

I was tagged by Dawlyn and Krista at Little Blind Book Finds. Should be a fun way to get to know me, since pretty much all you know at this point is that I like books. Obviously.

1. Name a cartoon that you love.

Pokemon2I just love cartoons in general. They are the best kind of TV to watch. But right now my son and I are having a really fun time watching Pokemon season 1 together! Ash is like, the worst Pokemon trainer of all time, but it just makes me laugh. And who doesn’t love Pikachu? Continue reading