While We Wait For Queen of Shadows | Book Tag

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been eagerly awaiting Queen of Shadows, which will be released tomorrow. I mean, I did dedicate this entire post to describe the agony of the wait. Which is why I was delighted to find that Kelsey over at Don’t You Shush Me not only created this lovely tag, but also tagged me! Thank you, Kelsey! 

Favorite Book by Sarah J. Maas and Why?


WHAT THIS IS TOO HARD. I’m going to have to go for a tie between ACOTAR and Heir of Fire. I loved both of these books so much, ACOTAR because I love both fae and retellings and Heir of Fire because fae, once again, and Rowan. Rowan was definitely a high point. 

Favorite Character in the Throne of Glass series and Why?

Uh, Rowan. I thought I made this clear. Why? He is a faerie. A faerie. Also Nehemia, but uh…

Which Team are You On? (Dorian, Chaol, or Rowan)

Oh, hmm, let me see, ROWAN. 

Guys. Come on. Keep up. Though it was originally Chaol, but he was really getting on my nerves in Heir of Fire and Rowan was there being a faerie and all. Guys, a faerie. 

How Long Have You Had to Wait Between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows?

I’m luckier than most, actually. I read Heir of Fire back in April, so I’ve had five months to wait, which is significantly better than a year, I’ll admit. But still. It’s been excruciating.

What are your favorites out of the books that have helped you pass the time waiting for the next Sarah J. Maas release?

Wow, this is a hard one. Well, my favorite books that I’ve read since Heir of Fire would be The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I would definitely recommend those two books!

When do You Think You’ll get a Chance to Read Queen of Shadows?

Tomorrow. As soon as it comes out. Please, I’m not an amateur. 

What Would You say to Recommend Sarah J. Maas books to Someone who has Never Read Them?

Assuming I can form coherent sentences, I might say this:

“Her writing is so addicting and all her characters are just—UGH I LOVE IT ALL SO MUCH.”

Hmm, no, I don’t think I would be able to form coherent sentences. 

Since I’m not exactly sure who’s a fan of the series or not, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if the wait for Queen of Shadows is agonizing you, do this tag!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Address: P. O. 86907 

Montgomery Village, MD 20886


Most Likely To… | Bookish Edition [TAG]

From Yearbooks to middle school slumber parties, everyone has tried to decide who they know is most to succeed, get arrested, etc.

It’s time for the bookish version.

Since I’ve never seen this before, I thought it might be fun to turn this into a tag. So here’s how it’s going to work:

1. Put 18 book characters into a jar and shake it up. 

2. Have the first three most likely to… categories ready. Pick three names from the jar and apply them to the first three categories.

3. Keep going until you have none left!

Round One

The Most Likely Tos:

1. Get arrested (going straight for the cliches)

2. Cry in a movie 

3. Have kids first.

The characters:

Warner from the Shatter Me series

Cather Avery from Fangirl

Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series.

Well. Okay. Since she already has a record, We’re going to put Celaena in the get arrested category. Since I think Cath would be the most likely to have kids first, maybe after her first best-selling novel, I’ll put her there. Which leaves Warner for the crying during the movie. Which I can actually see. Which is actually completely hilarious.

Round Two:

4. Become a multi-millionaire 

5. Write a best-selling book

6. Give all their money to charity.

The characters:

Reyna from Heroes of Olympus

Sharzhad from The Wrath and the Dawn

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles

With Reyna’s powerful personality, I can see her as a snazzy businesswoman who becomes a multi-millionaire. Sharzhad has a strong sense of justice, so I can see her giving all her money to charity. Cress is already a genius with all her hacker skills, and with her interesting past she could certainly write a fascinating book!

Round Three:

7. Join a cult

8. Beat Donal Trump in a presidential election 

9. Be a closet nerd

The characters:

Four from Divergent

Raffe from the End of Days trilogy

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses

WOW. Oh my gosh. Rhysand is totally a closet nerd. I can totally picture him being all buff and manly in public and then returning to his little home and having a Star Wars marathon. OH MY WORD THAT’S FUNNY.

Four could totally run for president. I just hope he doesn’t kill Donald Trump in the process. As for Rafee, I can see him in a little fallen angels cult.

Round Four:

10. Have the most piercings 

11. Get a stalker, or have a stalker or whatever

12. Open an orphanage

The characters:

Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Insturments

Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy

First of all, the Darkling’s probably going to have a stalker because it’s probably going to be me. Just making that clear.

Isabelle Lightwood will definitely be the one with the most piercings, and I can certainly see Annabeth opening up an orphanage with Percy!

Round Five:

13. Become an actress

14. Join a gang

15. Open a bakery

The characters:

Han Allister from the Seven Realms series

Rowan from Heir of Fire

Effie from the Hunger Games

EFFIE WOULD BE AN AMAZING ACTRESS. Hollywood would be a fantastic place for her! As for the gang, I can’t see Han going back to his old ways, but I can sort of see Rowan joining the dark side, just not for long. I can see Han settling down and opening up a bakery with his tiny little children. Aw, it’s all too sweet. 🙂

Round Six:

16. Go Christmas caroling

17. Go through a goth phase

18. Murder someone

The characters:

Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter books

Sam Cortland from The Assassin’s Blade

Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices.

Crap, this is hard. See, Sam is an assassin. Was an assassin. *sobs* So, he’s got to be the one most likely to murder someone. Draco through a goth phase? That is hilarious, and I can totally see that. 

And of course, Will would to Christmas caroling. Because he’s hilarious and perfect and beautiful. I’m not sure if those count as reasons, but we’re going with that either way.

I’ll tag:

Analee @ Book Snacks

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf

Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories

Silanur @ Aloof Books

Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Summer @ Xing Sings

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

And anyone else who wants to give it a try, it’s an insane amount of fun!

Do you agree with my choices? Have any requests or questions? Let me know in the comments!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Address: P. O. 86907 

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

One Lovely, Lovely Blog Award

As I’m sure some of you wonderful bloggers who tag me in all these awards and tags know, I’m absolutely awful at keeping track of them. I will generally tell myself I’ll do it later…and, well, you know.

This will change!

Okay. Fine.

I will do my best to change this!

Matt over at Matt and his (adorable) Cats tagged me for the One Lovely Book Award. THANK YOU MATT (and your cats)!


You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

You must list the rules and display the award.

You must add 7 facts about yourself.

You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

1. My passion (other than books, of course) is ballet. You can tell by my feet, which are becoming uglier and more scarred every day. I’m so proud.

2. I have a pretty unique heritage. My mom is Indian and my dad is half Scottish, half Irish. Though when people see my tan skin and dark hair, they generally assume I’m Hispanic. Which really bothers me, because my facial structure is completely different.

Then again, it can be an advantage. If I commit fraud of some sort. See, my older sister (wonderful role model she is) told me I could apply for Hispanic scholarships in college. My mom’s maiden name is Fernandez (Portugese missionaries in Southern India), and I look Hispanic-ish enough that I could get it.

But lying is bad. Don’t lie. 

3. My favorite color is puse, mainly because most people have no idea what it is.

4. I am a grammar nazi. Whenever I thank someone and they reply, ‘your welcome,’ I have to meditate.

Which is totally me being a hypocrite because I find spelling errors on my blog weeks after the post has been published…

5. As much as I love cats, dogs are my favorite. Mainly because dogs don’t make my eyes water and my nose sneeze. Oh, and they don’t make me stop breathing either. That too.

Sneaky, sneaky kitties.

6. Until recently, I never watched any foreign films. Now, I realize many of them are actually a billion times better than American movies. Such as Queen, which is a Hindi movie that actually doesn’t involving constant dancing and ear-shattering music. In fact, there’s not even a romance. I know. Independent woman traveling on her own? Truly scandalous.

7. My favorite music genre ranges from the Four Seasons and Elvis Presley to Wicked and Les Miserables. Actually, it doesn’t really range. Pretty much just those four things.

And now I will greatest pride and deepest pleasure, I nominate the following blogs:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Aloof Books
Josie’s Book Corner
My Tiny Obsessions
Book Enthral
Enthralling Dimple
Summer @ XingSings
A Hundred Thousand Stories

Yes, I didn’t nominate 15 blog’s. Feel free to rant about what a terrible person I am in the comments.



Bookish MASH!

If you don’t know how MASH works(Was the rock you lived under comfortable?), basically you list these categories(Husbands, Homes, Transportation, etc…) and have four options in each category, two good, two bad.(And yes, I cheated a little in the husband category…) Then you ask someone to tell you when to stop and you make a bunch of lines on a piece of paper. Use the number of lines to count all the listings and stop and cross of one listing when you reach the number.

Here are my lovely little categories!

My mom was a little confused about when she was supposed to say stop, so it went a little long… 

At the very least, my love life is successful!

At least it’s a shack with Percy Jackson…

If you’ve read Legend by Marie Lu, you know that Antartica in that book is freaking awesome.


I have nothing positive to say about this… 



Wings = I’m a fairie. That, or Rowan will carry in me in his arms and transport me places, which I really don’t have a problem with.

That’s it! Give it a try, it’s so much fun!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Bath and Body Works Book Tag!

Stop. Everybody stop what you’re doing and go check out ReinReads. Her blog is awesome and she was kind enough to tag me!

And also a thank you to Summer over at Xingsings, your photography skills are amazing, I hope you don’t mind me using your awesome banner above!

1. Pure Paradise: A book that was simply perfection


Perfection. Well, I don’t know if there’s any book that is PURE PERFECTION. I mean, perfection? But I’ll go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. From being amazing relatable to hilarious and quirky, it’s one of those books that’s the closest to perfection you’ll ever find.

2. Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel that you really enjoyed.


Though I could just use Fangirl again, I’m going to go for a little diversity. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This book was also insanely relatable, and I loved watching Emily’s journey to independence and self-discovery. The romance was more on the sidelines, but I loved it that way.

3. Fresh Strawberries: A book you really enjoyed that came out this year.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renèe Ahdieh lived up to the hype! You can check out my review here!

4. Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley


Okay, I cheated. I went straight from Anna and the French Kiss to Isla and the Happily Ever After. I know, I KNOW. But this was the only one available and I needed that Stephanie Perkins gooey warm happiness!

5. Paris Amour: A couple you majorly ship together




Just kidding I love you all, even if you have a small mind that actually believes Tessa could belong with someone other than Will.

6. Dancing Waters: A book that takes place on a beach/perfect beach read.


So In Honor by Jessi Kirby doesn’t take place on the beach, but it does take place in summer. I’m currently reading this and having a lot of fun, though it’s definitely more thought provoking than your average beach read.

7. I ❤ Cake Books: Favorite book/character



I have an undying loyalty to Rick Riordan. Every book he publishes, I will love. It’s been decided. 

But Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson surpasses everything. Ever.

8. Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter.

I’m going to go for the same answer, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins.
This book was really fun and whimsical, and I loved most of the stories.

9. Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/ interesting/ appealing setting


Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard is one of the few books in YA with traveling involved. It’s set in South America, which sounds so exciting and appealing to me, I can’t wait to read it!

10. Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s).



And now, I shall tag:

Partners in Books
Josie the Bookworm
And anyone else who spends their free time either reading or compulsively smelling all the Bath and Body Works candles! (And smelling books, let’s be honest.)

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907 

The Bedtime Book Tag!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to thelittlebookaffair for tagging me!

1. What book kept you up all night reading?

Though I loved The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, the second book in the trilogy, The Winner’s Crime, brings things to a whole new level. With political intrigue and forbidden romance, this book is impossible to put down.

2. What book made you scared to go to sleep?
I know you die-hard horror fans are all laughing at me, but as an amateur to the horror genre, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was pretty scary. It includes all sorts of skin crawling mystery and creepy hallucinations, making it hard for me to sleep.

3. What book almost put you to sleep?


There were a lot of things I liked about Eleanor and Park, but it was just so slow for me.

14. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?



5. What book has your dream boy/girlfriend?
Guys. Will HERONDALE. C’mon son.

British accent? Check.

Beautiful? Check. (I’m a little vain, okay)

Witty? Check.

Surprisingly emotional interior? Check.

6. What book world would be your worse nightmare to live in?
I’m not good at fighting. Or running. Or moving in general.
7. What book cover reminds you of nighttime?

Though These Broken Stars was a DNF for me, the cover is inarguably gorgeous.

8. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

I must use this once more. I must.

9. What book have you actually dreamed about?

I had a dream about the Cyclopse. Not a big fan.

10. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?
See question 9. I don’t want to talk about it.

And now I shall officially tag:

Give it a try!
Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Around the World in YA | Book Tag!

The best part about reading is traveling somewhere else while staying right where you are.

I have created a tag in which I list a country, and then tell you what my favorite book that is set in that country is.

Get it? Got it? Good!


For this I must say Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Okay, there’s just one day that’s actually spent in Paris, but it’s the most important day of the book. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time, and I enjoyed it so much more than If I Stay.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I mean, did you actually think I would pick anything else? This book doesn’t give a description of modern day Germany, but it’s certainly a blast into the past.


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. BECAUSE WILL HERONDALE FOREVER AND ALWAYS.



Cinder by Marissa Meyer sends us into the future. Who knows if future China will really be teeming with cyborgs and androids!


Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis is one of the rare YA books set in India. I really enjoyed this one, and I think anyone can get a good feel for India through it.

I tag: 


Josie the Bookworm
Love thy Shelf
The Worn Bookmark
You can use the countries I used, add your own, or use completely different ones!


Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Rip It or Ship It| Couples from Different Books [TAG]

Hello, friendly little donuts.

I’m a little hungry. Can you tell?

Anyway, today I’m going to be doing the Rip It or Ship It tag. I saw this over at Josiethebookworm, as well as all over booktube. It looked absolutely hilarious, so I thought I’d give it a try.

In case you didn’t know, basically you put the names of different book characters in a jar and take out two at a time to see whether you ship it or rip it!

Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer trilogy and Laura Jean from To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Well…*burts out into obnoxious laughter*

Laura Jean is very innocent, and a little naïve. Noah Shaw is, well, the exact opposite of that. He’s a daredevil and is constantly putting himself in danger, and he loves risks and adventure. I think Noah would get bored with Laura Jean, and Laura Jean would probably end up peeing her pants with Noah. So, I rip it.

Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices and Feyre from ACOTAR

This might work, actually. Feyre is very stubborn and determined, while Will is a little more carefree and humorous, at least on the surface. You know what they say, opposites attract. I ship it!

Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter Chronicles and Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer trilogy 

Oh. My. Goodness.


Okay, I think this would be a mutual hatred. Magnus would scorn Mara while she would be like, “Ew, why is there so much glitter.”

Rip it. Just, rip it.

Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter and Penryn from the End of Days trilogy 

This entire tag has consisted of me dying of laughter.

But seriously guys, can you even imagine? Penryn is kickbutt with a strong sense of morals, while Draco is a jerk and a dweeb.

Okay, you might think I’m crazy, but I kind of ship it. I feel like Penryn would knock some sense into Draco, and of course he would fall hopelessly in love with her. 

Ship it because I am clearly mentally unstable!

Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy and Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Insturments

Talk about power couple. Warner is very protective and possessive though, and Isabelle craves freedom. I don’t think it would end well. Unfortunately, rip it.

Captain Thorne and Cinder, both from the Lunar Chronicles


Percy Jackson and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games

What in the actual heck.

Percy Jackson is a demigod. (Newsflash). Effie is a little insane. And high matinence. I think this relationship would consist of Effie driving Percy insane while he sassed her. Which actually would be pretty funny. Ship it, because it’s hilarious. Also, as previously mentioned, I’m clinically insane.

That was seriously so much fun. Please tell me what you think of these couples in the comments, and feel free to do this tag, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Au Revoir!


Disney Book Tag!

Hello, my lovely little followers and what I hope to be my soon-to-be-lovely-little-followers!

So, the awesome Silanur from AloofBooks tagged me in this swankified tag, and because of my intense, undying, and quite possibly creepy love for both Disney and books, I decided to do this tag right away!

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”


For this, I must choose Cather Avery of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Being quite the socially challenged introvert, she definitely struggles in college.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Of course, I have to choose the ultimate transformation, Juliette from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Juliette starts out as this annoying, whiny brat, and transforms into—well, you’ll just have to read and see!

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters 

I gotta say Cress, the latest book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. From Cinder to Wolf to Throne, it’s a pretty diverse cast of unique characters.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep


So, Silanur (the blogger who tagged me, in case you have short term memory loss like a certain Disney sidekick fish) will hate me for this, but I will have to say The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Though I loved the writing style, I barely made it through the first book, and couldn’t even finish the second.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

So, we’re going to go with Kahlid from The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, which I happen to currently be reading. It’s tragic, it’s traumatic, and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happened.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

I think I was in 4th grade when I picked up a very sizable book by the name of Little Women. Though scary, I began reading anyway and it didn’t take very long to fall in love with the story and characters.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

I’m going to go with Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. *MINOR SPOILER* All Feyre wants in the beginning of the story is to go home, and, well, she gets her wish.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

I’m going to choose Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The entire plot relies on her pretending to be one of another blood.

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life


10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

*SPOILER FOR SHADOW AND BONE* The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, come on. Who else could I choose? I’m still convinced he’s really a good character and it’s all an illusion

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed that lovely little tag!

I officially tag any blogger with the word “book” in their blog title. And even if you don’t, go ahead and give this tag a try!

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite Disney movie? Comment below!


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Away in Neverland for the nomination! Her blog is absolutely fabulous, so make sure you check it out!

The lovely little rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their sight 
  2. Put the award logo on your blog
  3. Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  5. Nominate 10 blogs 

1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child? 
Erm, obviously the Percy Jackson books. They are my babies and I love them.

2. Is there any author of book that you collect and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title? 

Rick Riordan. Do you see a theme here?

3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by its cover (not that we ever do that!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?

Ooooo! Any covers with gorgeous dresses! Also covers with bright colors and tumblr-y illustrations.

4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be? 

A unicorn. Not that they’re imaginary, of course.

5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?

City of Bones, thank you very much. 

6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. And not unusual in a good way. It’s actually the worst book I’ve every read. It might just be me, but I enjoy having sentences and paragraphs and periods.

7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?

Angelfall by Susan Ee! I’m SO not a paranormal fan, but THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD I JUST CAN NOT ASDFGHJKLOQKAJSMDNCHDJ .

8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?

Um. not really.

9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin. Just..too lazy.

10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish-do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right and perfect and wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?

As much as I aspire to be like Rory Gilmore, let’s be real here. I’m about to buy a whole ton of impulse buy books.

My super awesome nominations that you need to go follow right now:

A Bookworm’s Perfect Apple

Josie the Bookworm

Book Snacks Blog

Books and Feathers

Books Over People

And: Everyone with with the word “book” in their website name!