I Dare You #Booktag

I Dare you

 

We decided to do this book tag after the fabtastic @Paperfury did it over at her blog. Go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

1. WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELVES THE LONGEST?

Raven: I had to look at my goodreads shelf for this and apparently Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan has been on my shelf since January 4, 2014…

Beez: *Denial*

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The Reader Confession Tag

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Let’s be honest… we weren’t tagged to do this but we were desperate to talk about ourselves. Also, Holly said “YOU” at the end of her tags so excuse me but who are we to pass over an opportunity?

We were inspired to do this tag after we saw Holly, over @Nutfreenerd do it. Check her fabulous blog if you haven’t already!

And we really tried to find out who made this tag first but we couldn’t, so whoever made this tag… hey there.

Here come the questions:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Book Fangirling Award

We were nominated by three fabulous book bloggers- Acciopadfoot, Journeyofangie and Lunireads for this award so THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! But that also means that this is going to be a loooong post but we will try our best to keep it interesting.

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Book Sacrifice tag

We were tagged by the amazing kirstyreadsblog to do the book sacrifice tag. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

#1 An Over-Hyped Book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

Raven: For me that would be The Fault in our Stars. I agree that it was a good book but it was way too over-hyped. Truth be told I didn’t even cry while reading it nor while watching it in theater. *hears loud gasps*

Beez: The maze runner and The fifth wave and every other dystopian book that people lost their shit over but were actually only hardly meh. (I wouldn’t know cause I don’t read them).

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Beez’s Friday finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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I’m going to let you in on all the books I’ve added on my TBR pile and reasons for hence. Be cautioned- I am bizarre and I like philosophy.

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#1 The killer next door by Alex Marwood

Beez: If you live in Dubai, and don’t know about the following piece of information, this is going to be your lucky day. Some metro stations allow you to borrow books and that’s amazing. So this is one book I picked up because well, it sounded hella interesting and creepy.

#2 The age of genius: The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind by A. C. Grayling

Beez: Basically, I’m interested in the evolution of human intelligence. And I also met this author and was extremely interested and flabbergasted by what he said. So there. Also, a book actually about the evolution of human intelligence is The dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books we are intimidated by

Imagine you are looking great this evening. You are wearing the most coziest clothing, you are jamming to your favourite music and dancing to the aroma of chocolate cookies baking in the oven. There are birds flying around you cause you are Cinderella and suddenly you’re stepsister comes in, dressed in those fancy clothes and that smug look showing off her unquestionable dominance.

She scares you and makes you uncomfortable, lowers your self-esteem and makes you cringe and hide in the shadows.

Today we talk about 5 books that do the same to us.

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#1 The Game of Throne series by George R. R. Martin

Raven: I have read the first four books and had absolutely no trouble tackling them but for some reason I just can’t seem to want to read the fifth book. I did try once, and read about a 100 pages after which I realized that I had absolutely no idea about what was happening… and now even if I want to read it I’ll have to read the summary of the previous four books cause I don’t remember a lot of things. #problemsofreadingfatbooks

Beez: This series requires intense dedication and tons of time- to get fully into and then to stay into. I’m a fail.

#2 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Raven: I have heard sooo many good things about this book and I really want to read it before I watch the movie but UGH! I just can’t make myself start it because I’m scared that I will be super disappointed.

Beez: Gone girl is the definition of intimidating. It promises to be good, and it’s adult fiction (I like adult fiction), but it’s scary. And the writing is not all that simple. And it just promises this whirl-wind of stuff so I’m scared like what if I’m too dumb and I read it and I don’t get a thing? I’m afraid of being a failure.

#3 Haruki Murakami books

Raven: His books are so thick! Not only with pages but also with content (I believe) and it’s an adult book and I haven’t really liked a LOT of adult books (probably cause I haven’t read many…)

Beez: I really want to read his books, but I’m kind of scared because I really want to like them but I’m afraid I won’t get it because I’m stupid.

#4 Classics

Raven: Classics always taunt me with their mostly archaic English and dragged plotlines. I have read only 6 classics and even though I have loved all of them (except Silas Marner) I can’t say I’m a huge fan.

Beez: I think the writing of classics, the way they get a little confusing especially with tons of characters with long names and the endless descriptions holds me back from reading them. They’re also slow paced so they require soo much more patience. I’m also very thick.

#5 Hyped books

Raven: Books that are hyped scare me the MOST!

Reason no. 1: EVERYONE seems to love it and that in itself makes me feel apprehensive about whether it is REALLY good or people are just saying so because THEY think that since the OTHER person loved it so they SHOULD love it too…

Reason no. 2: I expect WAAAAAAY too much from those books and am almost ALWAYS disappointed. (Ex: MAZE RUNNER)

Reason no. 3: It kills my DESIRE to want to read so and so book. I mean I know we all love fangirling about books that we love but in the process it kind of loses meaning? I know I recently hyped up The Raven Cycle for a good friend of ours here on WordPress and felt immediate guilt because I know exactly how it feels to be on the receiving end a.k.a too much pressure which turns you off. (Sorry mate!)

Beez: I don’t like hyped books because I know I’ll hate them, or at least most of them. And it’s true, when you see them again and again and again in your feed you sort of just adopt the attitude of, ‘oh yeah, that’s the popular book I’m not reading’. Especially when the book is young adult, I have learnt that I will have issues with it, so I should stay away from it. And if the book is a series, I’m already running away because no. #nottryingtobehipster #justanoldsoul

Tell us yours in the comments below or attach a link for us to check it out!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

The Entertainer Blogger Award

We were nominated by Milou from Simplyabookdrunkardblog for the Entertainer Blogger Award. Thank you so much! Don’t forget to check out her awesome blog.

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The rules are:

  • Write a post with the award picture
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most important of all, Entertaining
  • Add these rules to the post
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions down below

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

Well I don’t think we thought anything through before we decided to start one. It was a very on-the-spot decision. Beez just texted me one day, saying that she wanted us to start a book blog and I went okay! But I’m so glad we did because this is a wonderful place for us to meet amazing people with whom we can just relax and talk about books.

2. What is your favourite book?

THIS should NOT be a question for book nerds! I can’t possibly choose. But some of our favourites would be the Harry Potter series, The book thief, Fangirl, The raven cycle and recently, Mistborn.

3. What do you dislike the most?

In a book, it would be characters that are 2D or characters that are sexist or a plot that is so uninteresting that it makes me want to kill myself.

In general, it would be life…

4. What is your favourite food item from the mall?

BURGERS AND PIZZAS!

5. What is your favourite pastime activity?

Reading, colouring, painting, watching T.V. shows (Anyone here who has watched Merlin??) and for me (Raven) obsessing over everything my birdies do.

We nominate:

Thebookllama, Bookdrblog, Bookishregards, Bookhaunt, and Acciopadfoot

We have only nominated 5 people but if anyone out there wants this award then you are more than welcome to have it!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books with “Hard” Topics

We love books that have dragons and magic and futuristic technology but every once in a while we also love to just sit down and read books that deal with issues that trouble our humanity.

So here is a list of 5 books that deal with such topics and did an amazing job at it:

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#1 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Raven: This book is beautiful! The way it deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is so unique and refreshing. It is not at all like how you would expect PTSD to be like. A must read.

Beez: This book deals with a “hard” issue that’s very different- PTSD, for me because I have never gone through anything of that magnitude and it’s effects. I didn’t quite read this with enlightenment of PTSD in mind, but I still got the feel of how crushing the effects are and it was also beautifully written.

#2 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Raven: This was an issue that I was not really aware of at the time so you can see how reading books surrounding such issues can spread awareness. In this book Will is quadriplegic, a situation in which all four limbs are in paralysis. Even though the book wasn’t from his point of view, you could still see and feel all his troubles through the eyes of Louisa.

Beez: This book has a very controversial issue and while I feel, we got to see not much of the side of the thinking process about Will’s decision, we get to see how that affects his friends and family.

#3 Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Raven: This book broke me. Anyone who has read my review of the book knows how much this book affected me. It’s set during the World War I and it deals with the after-effects of war on soldiers a.k.a shell shock. I can’t explain to you how beautifully John Boyne has worked with this topic.

Beez: This is another book where you have such a serious topic seen by the eyes of a little boy. It’s amazing and insightful to see how he copes and tries to control things to any extent he can and how his understanding of the war is. And this book doesn’t stop there- it goes on to show how he reacts to his dad’s condition after the war and it’s done beautifully and delicately.

#4 By the time you read this I’ll be dead by Julie Ann Peters

Beez: This book dealt with suicide, depression, getting bullied and going to a fat camp. A lot of depressing stuff and whenever I read it I got under a depressive spell. I cannot vouch for the quality of this book because I read it quite some time ago. But it was a good read and I did connect with her character and did get affected.

#5 Lola Rose by Jaqueline Wilson

Raven: This book is on my TBR.

Beez: This book is an excellent book about the effects of an abusive parent on a child. Lola in this book, takes this very protective and defensive side against her father- she regards him as bad and she is very concerned of him finding them and whenever her mother talks about him, she gets all apprehensive and controlling. I understood exactly how she felt because of the writing by Wilson. Lola is so scared of her father that it’s so important that she keeps her family safe from him, whether it’s his episodes or physically. And along with that, her younger brother shows the other effects of having an abusive parent. A very insightful read.

Special mentions:

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio [Facial deformity- “mandibulofacial dysostosis”]

2. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp [Alcoholism]

3. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen [Abusive relationship]

4. One by Sarah Crossan (so darn good) [Conjoined Twins]

Tell us yours in the comments below or leave a link for us to check it out!

AND HAS ANYONE HERE WATCHED MERLIN?? I’M GOING CRAY CRAY OVER THAT SHOW AND I’M JUST IN SEASON 2.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

The TBR Book Tag

We were tagged by Milou from Simplyabookdrunkardblog to do the TBR (To Be Read) Book Tag. Do go and check out her fabulous blog because she is just amazing!

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1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Raven: Most of the time it’s Goodreads but when I go to bookstores and see books that I’m interested in but don’t want to buy without any prior research, will be included in my phone as a ‘Note’. 

Beez: I also use Goodreads and I usually take pictures of the books I want to read when I go to a bookstore. And then those pictures are forgotten…

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Raven: It’s mostly eBook since I don’t technically have a shelf and I don’t like spending the little money that I have on books that I’m not sure I’ll like.

Beez: I’m in the same boat as Raven. Hella broke.

3. A book that has been on your TBR pile the longest

Raven: Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I added this book on November 12, 2013… and I don’t think I am ever going to read it because it just doesn’t sound like something I’ll be interested in. It just shows how much my likes and dislikes have changed over the years.

Beez: I have wanted to read The Outsiders S. E. Hinton by since forever. We both came across it in Fangirl and since then I’ve wanted to read it. (I read it when I was 13 and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!)

4. A book you recently added to your TBR pile

Raven: I added The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner on March 20, 2016. I decided to add it to my TBR after reading Yourdaughtersbookshelf amazing review on it.

Beez: Just today, I put Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh in my tbr (in my head) because I read an interview with the author and it sounded amazing.

5. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

Raven: I don’t ever decide to read a book ONLY because of it’s cover so I’m just going to mention a book on my TBR that has the most beautiful cover (according to me) and that book is ‘A natural history of dragons’ by Marie Brennan. I love it so much! It is one of those very rare books that I saw on a Booktubers (Sanaa from InkBoneBooks) shelf and went “Oh my god! What book is that?” 

Beez: I’m going to pick We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson. On a funny note, I used to want to read The ghost and the goth series by Stacey Kade because the cover looked completely hilarious to me. I never read it and I think it’s because the start wasn’t really that good. Also, This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

6. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

Raven: Again, this would be Blue is for nightmare.

Beez: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell because it’s good but I still won’t read it… Also One day by David Nicholls because I just can’t.

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for

Raven: That would be THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater!! It is the final book to the Raven Cycle series and it is releasing next month and I’m sooooo excited I can’t control myself.

Beez: SAME AS RAVEN!

8. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you

Raven: That’s going to be a LOT of books because I always avoid books that are being hyped about on all kinds of social media. I DON’T KNOW WHY I DO IT! I just do and I hate it! But since I have to mention one I’m going to say Legend by Marie Lu. I own a physical copy of this book but I’ve yet to read it.

Beez:  I hang my head in shame- House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

Raven: A darker shade of magic by V.E.Schwab… AGAIN! I am for some weird reason avoiding it when the hype is on it’s peak. I HATE myself.

Beez: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I own a physical copy of it but I still haven’t read it and I plan to correct that soon.

10. A book on your TBR that you are dying to read

Raven: The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really want to read it but I want to own a physical copy of it so… that’s gonna be some time since I’m so broke.

Beez: I’ve heard terribly nice things about Why we broke up by Daniel Handler and I really really want to read it. And also the book Raven mentioned.


 

We tag:

Yourdaughtersbookshelf , katiesormaz, mybooksforalltime, rattlethestarssite, bookeater, acciopadfoot and journeyofangie

Some of these are our amazing recent followers and we love the content they post so definitely go check them out. This is just our way of saying that we really appreciate the fact that you guys found us decent enough to follow 😛

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~