Reading nook, book confessions and recommendations – the book blogger test

Happy Sunday, friends!

Sorry. I couldn’t resist with that GIF.

Today, I wanted to do something short and sweet, so I opted for a book tag, something I haven’t done in a while on this blog? I’m not sure why. Maybe because my list of tags to do is ENDLESS. Seriously, I have tags waiting for me to be done since 2015. I am ashamed hahaha. Today, I’m going to do this fun tag called “The Book BloggerΒ Test”. Now, I am not entirely sure why this one is called Book Blogger Test… Will I fail at being a great book blogger if I answer these wrong? Let’s hope not…

Thank you to my fantastic friend Kat @ Life & Other Disasters for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions asked on this post
  • Nominate at least five people to do it also
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them

Describe Your Perfect Reading Spot!

I definitely want to steal Kat’s answer for that one and go with a little reading nook right besides a window with a gorgeous view, filled with pillows and everything. To be honest, though, my couch, big covers and pillows and my cup of tea would also be a perfect reading spot… as long as I have the perfect book to go with it.

Tell Us 3 Book Confessions!

  • I can’t remember the last time I DNF-ed a book.
  • I don’t buy new books before I am done with my physical TBR. Well. I make exceptions for favorite authors and highly anticipated books.
  • I never write in my books. I’m that kind of person that keeps her books pristine.

When Was the Last Time You Cried During a Book?

I don’t know if I’m supposed to answer with the last book that made me tear up, or the last book that made me cry like a baby for hours, so… I’ll answer both. I am deeply emotional when reading books, okay?

The last book I teared up while reading was How To Disappear. I didn’t expect to.

I think the last book I really cried a whole lot while reading (meaning, I was BLIND and couldn’t go on with the read) was 180 seconds.

How Many Books Are on Your Bedside Table?

My books aren’t really on my bedside table? I have books lying around everywhere, but my bedside table is too small to hold all the books haha. Right now, the books I need to read are on a pile on my bookshelf and I have … books to read. I am currently reading one book, Girls Made of Snow and Glass.

What’s Your Favorite Snack to Eat While You Are Reading?

I don’t often snack while I read. I do eat full meals, though, because I always read on my lunch break at work? But for the sake of this, if I had to answer with a snack, I’d go with chocolate, because you can never go wrong with chocolate. AND TEA, obviously. Did I mention I’m 99% made of tea? I need tea okay.

Name 3 Books You Would Recommend to Everyone!

I’ll Give You The Sun made me feel ALL the emotions. If you know me just a little bit, you know I LIVE for emotions in my books.

The Harry Potter series, just to be obvious here… and also because I think it’s a classic and a masterpiece of world-building and imagination.

Looking for Alaska, because you all saw that coming from a million miles away. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, yet I think that Green manages to write incredible characters and shape an unforgettable boarding school adventure in that one, with the right amount of laughter, tears and everything in between.

Show Us a Picture of Your Favorite Bookcase on a Bookshelf!

These are not necessarily my favorite books. My bookshelves are color-coordinated and I just love my small minions collection here…and that rare shot of me from far away, but yes I’m on Platform 9 3/4 heading to Hogwarts.

Describe How Much Books Mean to You in Just 3 Words!

Escape. Imagination. Worlds. (That was super hard to do. Like, I want to talk about my love for bookish characters, but also how I appreciate that it makes me escape to new worlds and emphazise with the world and discover new things and cry all the time but there you get three random words??)

I’m going to tag these amazing people and bloggers, if they want to answer these questions!

What’s your perfect reading nook? What are some favorite books you would recommend to absolutely EVERYONE (you know, even your cat, dog and next door’s hamster)?

Can YOU describe what reading means to you in three words? Because that’s way too hard. Let me know your thoughts in comments!

 

 

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103 thoughts on “Reading nook, book confessions and recommendations – the book blogger test

    1. Aww thank you haha, I have more, I’m a little obsessed haha πŸ˜›
      Same here, it just makes me feel… strange, in a way, but I have NO PLACE whatsoever to put books there, hahaha.
      Thank you!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  1. Wait, did I read that correctly? You don’t buy books until you are done with your physical TBR? How is that even possible?? Lol. I would be waiting years! Good for you! I always say if I got stuck on a deserted island that had wifi and a trunk of my books I could finally get through them all… jealous, totally!

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    1. Well, aerm, yes you did πŸ˜‚ I buy new books whenever I’m own to 2-3 books, actually, but I always read ALL my books anyway before getting new ones. I’m sort of weird in the bookish community for that, I guess πŸ˜‚
      Hahahaha, well… someday, I believe you’ll get through ALL the books. YES YOU CAN. πŸ˜›

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  2. Nice answers Marie! Well I would love to have that kind of reading nook. All Inhave is my bed to read on πŸ™„ Even if there is a window sill, there would be no pretty sight outside πŸ˜‚ I don’t write on my books either. I mean I have other places to write then why the book?

    Every time you mention that you don’t buy new books until there is none on your physical TBR, just amazes me. You really are a magical person πŸ˜ƒ

    I don’t think I can write down just 3 of my all time favourites but yes John Green made it to my list too πŸ˜ƒ Its TFIOS. And yes HP for sure.

    My shelf is also color coordinated and those minions are so cute ❀️ And I can’t see your face clearly, again πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

    And I don’t want to think about that hard question, but Escape is a word that I would like to use too 😊
    Nice post!

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    1. I’m with you. I know some people love to mark things down in their books, yet I can’t bring myself to do it, I love to keep my books perfect, well, as perfect as they can be πŸ˜‚

      YES JOHN GREEN! I’m so glad he’s your favorite too and that we bonded thanks to his stories as well ❀ ❀

      Sorry πŸ˜‚ I promise I'll send you a selfie someday if it matters that much to you πŸ˜‚

      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment!! ❀

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      1. Haha yes To John Green ❀️ I am glad too that I found his lover.. they are so rare species to find πŸ˜€
        Haha well a selfie would work πŸ™ˆ well everything about our favourite bloggers matters, isn’t it? 😜

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    1. It was so hard, it took me forever to find three words… we need more, we need entire books to explain our love for reading and what it means to us πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment, Angela! ❀ ❀

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    1. I struggled for a while before writing my review and still ,I feel like it wasn’t coherent. I NEED to read your review though and know ALL your feels about this book so… GO WRITE IT NOW πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❀

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  3. So my favorite reading nook…everywhere! On the train, in my bed, in my kitchen, in the garden… A book I would recomment to everyone: Making Faces by Amy Harmon. Reading means escape and freedom. It also means learning. In one word: passion!

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  4. FAVOURITE BOOKS I WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE ARE: Six of crows (YOU STILL HAVEN’T READ IT IM SORRY IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT ME BEING FRIENDS WITH YOU RIGHT NOW) Starfish, Daughter of the Burning City, Strange The Dreamer. I don’t think you’ve read any books here SFJSDHFJDFSJ. Reading for me is happiness, wildness and freedom. But like, THAT DOSEN’T CAPTURE EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT BOOKS AND READING. I’l give you the sun is AMAZING its so weird and beautiful at the same time?? AND I JUST LOVE IT WITH MY HEART. Your bookshelf is sooo pretty I LOVE LE MINIONS

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    1. I AM SO SORRY I am so ashamed of myself, I swear I will read it soon, I will have to buy it soon and I will read and love it and scream about it with you I PROMISE.
      OH YES, freedom is such a great word!!
      Right? I’ll Give You The Sun was incredible, I loved it so, so, soooo much. I need more books from the author right now.
      AWw thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  5. Thanks for tagging me 😍 I love reading all your answers! πŸ™‚
    I definitely admire you for not buying new books until you are done with your physical TBR – I don’t think I know anyone else who manages to do this πŸ˜„
    Oh seeing Looking for Alaska makes me want to reread it, it has already been 4 years since I last read it – times flies
    by so fast 😱

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    1. You’re so welcome, I can’t wait to see your answers for this! πŸ™‚
      OHHHHHH you have read Looking for Alaska, that’s so great. It is one of my favorite books of ALL times ❀ ❀ And yes wow, time flies, I have read it years ago as well πŸ˜‚

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  6. OMG yes, tea and chocolate! I’m also almost made entirely of it xD We’re soulmates hahaha
    I rarely DNF books and I never write in them either. It’s just… Ugh, I don’t know. I don’t want to get them all inked on and risk damaging them. Plus, they’ll look ugly because my handwriting sucks.
    I love the little Minions, so cute! And colour-coordinated shelves? Wow, you are a brave one!
    Thank you so much for tagging me, Marie! This sounds lovely and I’ve been on a roll with tags so I’m hoping to do this one soon ❀

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    1. Hahaha yes we are, soulmates made of tea and chocolate πŸ˜‚
      Haha I might be brave, but sometimes… it’s a struggle, there are so many shades of green, blue, yellow etc, it doesn’t look perfect but I try πŸ˜‚
      You’re so welcome, I can’t wait to read your answers πŸ™‚

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  7. i don’t think i’m an emotional person, especially when reading books, but i have to admit i teared up by the end of the hate u give, by angie thomas. there was something about the ending, when the authors lists all the names of other teenagers with stories similar to khalid’s that moved me a lot. it can also be the fact i was about to have my period, hahah. i love the look of white spines together! i wish i had more white books that i could create a whole shelf with them; it would probably be my favorite shelf too!

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    1. oh yes, the hate u give was such a moving book, I agree!
      aww, thank you so much, Lais! well someday you’ll have an amazing shelf filled with white books… but you’ll have to add a touch of colors, I’ll send you some minions πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  8. I think that reading nook with a view is every reader’s fantasy haha. I also completely agree with the don’t buy more physical books until the current pile is clear, but it’s hard to apply that rule to my kindle haha.

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    1. I think so too, haha, we are so not original on that one πŸ˜‚
      OH yes…. I mean, you don’t actually SEE the books there, so it’s so easy to get more and more and more, then realize you still had like, 10 books left to read πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much, Lois! ❀ ❀

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  9. I’m loving the Sunday gif πŸ˜‚ Honestly, that reading nook just sounds like the perfect place! It reminds me of Remy’s bedroom from Ratatouille~ That’ll be one of my goals to have when I’m older. The white bookshelf is honestly so beautiful & aesthetic ❀

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  10. You look like you had a lot of fun writing this tag.

    I couldn’t believe that you’ve never DNF-ed a book before. And how do you resist the temptation to buy more books? Tell me your secret!

    x Rasya

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  11. WHATTTT. YOU’RE AMAZING, MARIE. I DNF books all the time, since I believe in not wasting my time. XD I do have a policy, though: for physical books, read at least 100 pages, and for ebooks, read at least 30%. After that, I’m free to DNF as I please. XD AND HOW DO YOU NOT BUY BOOKS ALL THE TIME? GIVE ME YOUR POWER

    I also attempted to read Girls Made of Snow and Glass at the start of the year, but I ended up putting it on hold. I was liking it enough, but To Kill a Kingdom called to me. XD I have yet to continue it. Curious to see your thoughts!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Hahaha I get it. I don’t know, I haven’t found a book I REALLY wanted to DNF, lately? I feel so lucky πŸ˜‚

      Ohhh I hope you will continue Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I’m about… maybe at 50% now? And I really enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for your comment, Aimee! ❀

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  12. ALL THOSE MINIONS! 😍

    If I were allowed to only give one book at people and run away, it would be The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. No blinking! In just 3 words what books mean to me? Mmh. Adventure. Alpas. Pineapple. 🍍

    I buy physical books once a year on summer holiday because books are cheaper than in my country. eBooks are life-savers, really!

    ( Who can resist using that gif on Sundays? )

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    1. ( I know I can’t resist. I mean, it is THE ULTIMATE SUNDAY GIF πŸ˜‚)

      Oh, the raven boys, such an amazing book – and series, I loved it so, so much. It was so…. beautiful and unique ❀

      I wonder now…. why do you somehow think of pineapples? πŸ˜‚

      Thank you so much for your comment, Morgane! ❀

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  13. Ooh, I would love to do this tag! It looks super cute and fun and I love tags that ask questions like the ones above. I also prefer to keep all my books unmarked; the most I could ever do probably is use colorful tabs. I love the books you would recommend people, too. I love I’ll Give You the Sun, it’s probably my favorite book ever because of how beautiful it is, and The Harry Potter series is great for anyone in any genre, and I really did enjoy that John Green book. I loved that one and An Abundance of Katherines, although many people didn’t enjoy that one as much.

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    1. OH YES, please do it then, I would LOVE to read your answers πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad to hear you love I’ll Give You The Sun, it is such a beautiful book, I love it sooooooo much. ❀ ❀
      Oh so happy to hear that! I really liked all of Green's books, for some reason An Abundance of Katherines isn't as popular, yet I love it too πŸ˜€
      thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  14. I want those minions!! They’re so cute ❀ ❀ Also, applause to you for being that person who reads and then buys…and not the other way around. I'm often like that because my mom keeps a tab on me and my 'leisure' purchases LOL but it's one tough (but great) thing to do πŸ˜€

    I don't have a reading spot per se but my bed would be the go-to place whenever I read at home. And YES TO TEA! I like coffee, too, but tea's the best and nothing can beat the way tea makes me feel all refreshed and sweet and ugh, amazing ❀

    I read a lot during my lunch breaks, too, so high-five! XD

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    1. Aww thank you πŸ™‚
      Ahaha yes, it’s great to be in control, but…. it is REALLY hard sometimes, NOT to buy books hahaha. We all need someone to prevent us from getting all the books πŸ˜›
      OH YAY another tea lover, this makes me so happy ❀
      Reading on lunch breaks is great, it's a real getaway from work, haha πŸ™‚
      thank you SO much, Fanna!! ❀

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  15. I don’t like to write in my books either. When I do, I only do it in pencil! But normally that’s only in nonfiction or poetry…very rarely will I mark in fiction. It just seems wrong.

    (This is why I’m so bad at remembering quotes…and also why I enjoy using my Kindle! I can highlight away in there without feeling like I’m ruining something magnificent.)

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    1. (out of topic, but I completely forgot to send you this email with the post schedule you asked for! I’m so sorry, I will do that tonight for sure! πŸ™‚ )

      I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way – I just couldn’t write in my books ahah, it’s just… it doesn’t sit well with me, somehow πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Emily! πŸ™‚

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  16. No post on Sundays!

    Obviously I had to open with that. I love your answers for this, Marie 🌸
    One day in my dream home I will have my very own reading nook, for now my bed and my fluffy blankets will have to do.

    Omw! We kinda have the same mindset when it comes to buying books! I can’t have a million unread books lying around, I have to finish most of them before buying new ones, also I think we both know how expensive books can be! I also never write in my books; they’re basically sacred to me πŸ˜‚

    Also I cry so easily while reading, I just get SO emotionally invested. We have so many things in common and I’m so happy you tagged me 🌸

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    1. Ahahah, I love that moment so much in the Harry Potter movies πŸ˜›
      OH that’s so great!! I felt a bit alone until now, I am glad you have the same mindset. I feel so much better getting new books once I’ve gone through the ones I have ahah πŸ™‚
      You’re so welcome, thank YOU for your sweet commet! I can’t wait to read your answers ❀ ❀

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  17. You definitely pass the book blogger test according to me! Reading is, to me, freedom, adventure, and journeys. My ideal reading nook contains sunshine, a cool drink, and baked goods (but it’s summer right now; in winter it would definitely be a fruit tea instead)

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  18. Ooh, must-reads? Well, of course, Six of Crows (READ IT), THUG, and the PJO series! (That series was my entire childhood. πŸ˜‚) Aahh how are you liking Girls Made of Snow and Glass?? I finished it recently — it was such a good book. 😍

    And omg I love your white bookshelf! I literally have like 3 white books… and a billion black ones. πŸ˜‚ But your beautiful face is too small, I can’t see it! 😜

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    1. YES I will read Six of Crows, thank you for the reminder πŸ˜‚
      I am almost done with it – maybe less than 100 pages left now – and I am really enjoying it so far, such a great story and I LOVE the characters’ relationships ❀

      Ahah thank you and… sorry πŸ˜‚ Someday I'll show my face πŸ˜›

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  19. Awww your reading nook sounds so cute! I honestly should utilize the comfy chair for my reading space, but well, my cat kind of keeps it for herself. And I’m not allowed in it. SO. AND I WISH I HAD A WINDOW WITH PILLOWS AND STUFF. I just have to settle for my bed haha.

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    1. OH NO, damn. And we all know, once a cat takes his place on the couch, comfy chair or anyplace, it’s so hard to tell them to leave πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Bed is great, too! As long as you don’t fall asleep, haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Valerie! ❀ ❀

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    1. OH YES, please do, I’d love to read your answers πŸ™‚
      Same here, I do most of my reading on the train to and from work ahah. It’s not too comfy but it works, I agree πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much ❀

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  20. Great answers for this tag Marie! πŸ˜€ I definitely agree with your answer for the first question because that would be my perfect reading spot as well. Also I can’t remember the last time I DNF-ed a book either but I can remember the last book I wanted to DNF, I kept reading but I was so tempted to put it down (really I’m not sure why I didn’t!)
    I’m really not surprised to see I’ll Give You the Sun or Looking for Alaska on your list for a book you’d recommend to everyone, and I love your picture of your bookshelf as well, complete with your minion collection! πŸ˜€
    Great post, and again great answers as well. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh I understand the feeling – I guess you were still hoping for it to get better, that’s why you couldn’t bring yourself to DNF it πŸ™‚
      Ahah well, you know me and my reading taste quite well, by now πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much, Beth! ❀ ❀

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  21. Great Tag Sis!
    Love your white bookshelf and your minion collection *papoii* (Who knows how to spell minion language?)
    On your three books to recommend I really expected to see Delirium or anything Lauren Oliver! I was surprised, I know how much you love her.
    Three books I would recommend to everyone for me would definitely be Harry Potter (obviously), The Mortal Instruments and The Hate U Give because I think everyone should read that in this day and age!x

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    1. Hahaha I do not know how to spell the minions language… I’ll learn someday? πŸ˜‚
      Well, you know me REALLY well, I’d love to recommend that one too, to everyone, ahah πŸ™‚
      OH I have to agree with you about The Hate U Give, such a fantastic book ❀
      Thank you so much!! xx

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  22. Oh my gosh Marie that minions collection is adorable!! I have to admit if my books were boxes at the moment I couldn’t resist color coordinating them, well after seeing Cait’s shelves it’s just hard not to imagine books arranged that way… in rainbow!

    I totally see you as a crying reader too! I don’t know if that’s because you’ve mentioned you were an emotional reader in the past or what. I think its a mark of what an amazing human being you are. ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀ Color-coordinated shelves are sooo pretty, I have to agree ❀ ❀
      Aww you are way too sweet, Dani, I feel like I'm a bit of a cry-baby, haha, thank you ❀ ❀

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  23. Ah yes, I totally want a window seat! Perfect for rainy days aah or a secret little library, you know those ones with the bookshelf that’s actually a door? Yeah, I want one of those! What’s your favourite tea flavour, Marie? These days I’ve been mostly drinking green tea and Indian chai.

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    1. OHHHH yes, that’s such a fantastic idea, I’d love to have a secret library like that as well. That’s the dream πŸ™‚
      I think my favorite is green tea πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Cam!! ❀

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  24. I also cried at 180 Seconds a loooooot because I really related to the main character! And omg remembering the actual 180 seconds scene kinda makes me tear up right now haha it was so intense and definitely my favourite part of the book! And you don’t remember the last time you DNFed a book???? WHAT????? Okay but to be honest, I don’t ever DNF books that I physically bought myself because it feels like a waste of money! But when it comes to ARCs, I’m pretty strict and if I don’t enjoy a book about a third of the way in, I am more likely to DNF it (especially because I didn’t actually pay for the book myself if that makes any sense?)

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    1. Oh yes, that book was so good and I related to the MC a whole lot as well ❀
      Haha, I get it. I don't know, I just want to push through to see how it ends and if it gets better? Also, I never really got to the point a book bothered me SO much I HAD TO stop reading it, haha.
      That totally makes sense, though, I'm more likely to want to give up on a book I didn't spend money on than the other way around, haha.
      Thank youuuuu Jackie for your sweet comment!! ❀ ❀

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  25. YAAY, I got tagged!! I can’t wait to do this since it seems like so much fun! Also, I hope you know that I never tag you in anything because I always get the feeling you have too many tags already. (also, at some point, I was certain you didn’t do tags at all, hahaha)
    I think I’m going to do this little game where I drink whenever you mention I’ll Give You The Sun and make me feel 100000% ashamed for not having read it yet. I’m only kidding, of course, because 1) I don’t drink and 2) if I did the game, I would probably be in an alcoholic coma, 3) I actually love how your posts make me want to read books I should have read a while ago.
    That shelf looks so gorgeous, it’s all white and I’m heart eyes all around!!! I can’t wait to take a photo of my shelf because I own The Fault in Our Stars in English and I know this will make you proud!!!

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    1. If you really want to know, I have tags dated back from 2015 … oops haha.
      I do accept all tags and I do them every once in a while – every two weeks, approximately, lately -, but I just take whatever inspires me at the moment ahah πŸ™‚ So if you want to tag me, ALWAYS feel free to πŸ˜€ And you are SO welcome, I can’t wait to read your answers for that one, it was such a fun tag πŸ™‚

      YES YES you should read I’ll Give You The Sun, also you will end up in a coma quite quickly if you drink everytime I mention this book haha so please don’t πŸ˜› READ the book instead okay? πŸ˜›

      AAAAAH I can’t wait to see your beautiful shelf!!! ❀ ❀

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