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the end-of-the-year book tag

Hello, oh lovely blog readers. I… have not done a book tag in a really long time. Apparently. But I was tagged for this by both Destiny @HowlingLibraries and Chelsea @SpotlightOnStories, and it looks really cool, so here we are!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Usually I only DNF books before page 100, and usually if I do DNF, it’s permanent. I have a shelf of three old DNFs I got 200 pages into that I think I might possibly enjoy enough to three-star if I finished them, but who knows if I’ll ever actually get through them – and I doubt I will before the end of the year. Those are The Love That Split The World, My Lady Jane, and Tiger Lily.

In terms of more current ones, I was slogging through (but definitely enjoying) Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I ended up adoring it and five-starring and evangelizing, so there’s that.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Ooooh, probably just any of the thrillers I’m reading right around now?

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Actually, not really! I have arcs of most of the 2017 releases I was excited for, and while there are plenty I could name for 2018, 2017 releases are pretty much done for me.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Oooooh, tricky. Aside from my arcs, I want to finish the Diviners by Libba Bray, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and Black Iris by Elliot Wake.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

There are so many books I think could become new faves, honestly. Sean David Hutchinson’s new book? Or maybe the Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed? I don’t know. It could be anything, really.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes. Honestly, plan #1  is to focus on reading books I really want to read and not based off peer pressure or FOMO. That’s my goal and my focus from now on.

I also want to finish (or donate) every single book I currently own, which shouldn’t be too hard.

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top five authors i want to read every book by

I’m not counting middle-grade books for most of these authors – I only want to read all of their YA / Adult books.

Anna Marie McLemore

Anna Marie has three books pubbed. I’ve only read one – The Weight of Feathers, a four star – but I own both of her other books and am excited to read them. I’ll definitely keep up with her.

V.E. Schwab

I have actually read every one of her adult releases, but not a single one of her YA books. I’m disappointed in myself. And considering how much I love her writing, I’ll definitely be reading all the rest. She has four pubbed YA releases so far and I’m definitely planning to read all of them.

Laini Taylor

I’ve read Strange the Dreamer – a four – and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – all fives. There’s only one book to go: Lips Touch Three Times, which doesn’t sound like my type of thing but I’ll definitely read for her. I have it out from the library now, actually.

Leigh Bardugo

I’ve now read Six of Crows – both five stars and some of my favorite books ever – and all of her short stories that stand alone from the Grisha trilogy. So it’s time to read the Grisha. It’ll be a lot but it’ll definitely be worth it.

E.K. Johnston

Johnston has five releases, and I’ve read four of them – two five stars fave-books-of-all-time, one four, one three. The only one I haven’t read is Ahsoka, which I’m hugely excited for. Hopefully it’ll be good.

So that is it for this slightly lazy post!! Tell me any authors you want to complete the works of.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #1, #2, #3

I’ve been nominated for this tag by Chelsea @SpotlightOnStories, Romie @romiewedeservelove and Destiny @howlinglibraries, three of my FAVORITE people on here. So I’m finally doing this tag!!


1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s)
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 questions for them
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post

Chelsea’s Question

1. Which movie would you love to see on the big screen (something that you’d either love to see in the movie theatre again, or an older movie before your time that you never had the chance to see in the theatre and would love to)?

I would love to see The Jungle Book live in the theater again. That movie was just so aesthetically beautiful and stunning on screen. (It’s on Netflix, too!!)

I’d also love to rewatch Moonlight in the theater. Because it’s one of my favorite movies ever. IT DESERVED THAT OSCAR AND I’LL FIGHT.

2. Which book would you love to read for the first time again?

I’d go with Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Those books are really just… life-changing, and I want to read both of them for the first time and forget just how much I adore them.

3. Do you have a favorite publisher or publisher imprint?

I don’t really keep track!! I do love Tor Publishing just for their dedication to publishing short-yet-creative novellas on their website and their promotion of out-of-the-box concepts and diverse sff.

4. If you worked in a bookstore, what would your one staff pick recommendation be, and why?

It would depend whether I was recommending an underrated book or my favorite book. If we’re saying “favorite book” definitely Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If we’re going with favorite underrated book, I’d probably go with Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald – it’s truly one of my most underrated faves of all time ever. I have a review here.

5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Oh, good question!! Probably just tissues and receipts. I can’t think of anything weirder.

6. Is there a classic that has been on your TBR for ages?

I don’t read a ton of classics, but I’ve always been somewhat interested in Wuthering Heights and Lolita, just to see what they’re all about if nothing else.

7. What’s your favourite bird?

I don’t know if I have one?? But an anecdote: I went to Africa with my brother for a few days once, and he always loved guinea fowls 🙂

8. What colour do you wear the most?

Let’s be real and say black. I wear black leggings daily and usually

9. What are your thoughts on binge-watching? Is it something you do, and if so, which show did you last binge-watch?

I do it occasionally. I usually don’t do it very quickly because I get tired of watching so much of the same – the only time I’ve really binged a show was in eighth grade. But I actually did watch 7 episodes of television in a week this year!! Big Little Lies is truly a masterpiece.

10. What’s your favourite episode of your favourite TV show and why?

Okay, if I’m being totally honest, my favorite tv show is the 100. My favorite  episode of that show was always Spacewalker because I fucking love Raven and it’s one of the saddest and best-filmed episodes of anything ever.

Some other examples bc I like this question

  • How To Get Away With Murder – Every episode of season one, really, but the pilot and the season one midseason finale were both fabulous.
  • Once Upon A Time – At first I was thinking “the entire first season” and then I looked through the episode guide and holy god it’s probably The Stable Boy?? that episode was a MASTERPIECE.
  • Firefly – Jaynestown for the sheer hilarity. TELL ME THAT ISN’T THE FUNNIEST EPISODE OF ALL TELEVISION. And also Out of Gas because it made me cry.
  • Revenge – probably that season two finale where Seven Devils plays throughout the end?? that fucked me UP. And the season one midseason finale, of course. I always loved that episode in season three (??) where she takes down that coal company head by having him drink what he REALLY puts into coal refining because that was amazing. also every single major Emily episode because I fucking love Emily. AND NOLAN. I MISS NOLAN. I MISS MY BI CRIME DUO.
  • Black Mirror – I know everyone says San Junipero, and that episode IS fantastic, but honestly, it was Hated in the Nation. That episode is straight-up the most terrifying thing I have ever watched in my life. It’s better than any horror movie. That scene where the thing happens… with the bees… and Fall Into Me by Alex Lev playing?? that fucked me up.
  • And if we’re talking Big Little Lies again – the finale made me cry for thirty minutes straight and was absolutely flawless you should go watch it it’s only seven hours!!

11. Do you have a favourite bookstore/used bookstore?

I’m obligated to say Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park if only because it’s where I get all my arcs and know the most people. But I think it’s genuinely my favorite bookstore ever.

Romie’s Questions

I. ‘If you liked this book, then you’ll like this one.’

Oh, nice!! If you liked Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, you’ll probably like Vicious by V.E. Schwab and vice versa. You might also like the And I Darken series by Kiersten White.

II. Care to share an unpopular opinion?

Okay, you know what? I do this constantly and I don’t particularly feel in the mood. Just read my NOPE book tag if you’re looking for some rants!!

Okay, okay, maybe I’ll add in that while I like Laini Taylor’s Lips Touch Three Times a fair amount, it’s got an issue with cultural appropriation and general bad stuff in the second story. I mean, colonial India, using Indian mythology, but every main character is white European?? It’s not a good look.

III. Put your phone on shuffle and find a book that matches the song you got.

For Homemade Dynamite by Lorde – This is like. weird. But I think I might go with the Cruel Prince by Holly Black just lyrically!!

For Closer by Halsey – Uh. I don’t know? I’m thinking maybe Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta.

IV. If you had to use one book as a shield to protect yourself – because why not, you totally dislike the thing – which one would it be?

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins. Six hundred pages of utter shit.

V. If you could share a cup of tea – or a good mug of coffee – with a fictional character, who would it be?

Maybe Radu and Nazira from And I Darken because I just… want my gay fake-married parents to be happy for once

VI. Unhaul : list 3 books you don’t want to see anymore on your shelves.

I get rid of books if I don’t like them, so I don’t think this is a question I can suitably answer, unfortunately.

VII. Share the love : list your 3 favourite booktubers / 3 favourite bookstagrammers.

Okay, more than three. My fav Booktubers are Sam @ ThoughtsonTomes, Adrianna @ PerpetualPages, Cece @ ProblemsofaBookNerd, Lala @ BooksandLala, Ally @ HardbackHoarder, and Emma @ EmmaBooks. I just love all of them so much??

VIII. Let’s say you have to get a book cover tattooed on your body, which one do you end up with forever?

Maybe Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke just for the beauty of the webs and owls.

IX. Worst and best book-to-movie adaption?

First off – the worst. There are a lot, but I feel like I’m the sole hater of the Harry Potter movies. They’re not terrible, but people act as if they’re a lot better than they are, in my view. And also the Hobbit.


  • Lord of the Rings!! Of course!!
  • There’s the 100, which is a terrible book and a fantastic tv show.
  • There’s the Handmaid’s Tale, which I like even more than the book for the depth it gives its characters. the original is very metaphorical, but this one is doing the characters with more depth.
  • And there’s Big Little Lies – I haven’t read the book but I love the series!! I rewatched the finale and holy shit it made me cry a SECOND TIME. I was such a mess. God.

X. If you could get rid of ONE character because they’re a total pain in the ass, who would you choose?

Probably Captain Hook from Once Upon A Time. Time to die, asshole.

XI. Choose one book for each season.

Fall: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater for aestheticy forest descriptions.

Winter: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, set in Alaska and perfectly capturing the beauty.

Spring: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This book is the dark side of spring, a combination of new beginnings and dark endings.

Summer: A&B by J.C. Lillis, because who doesn’t want wlw  enemies-to-lovers romance for summer??

Destiny’s Questions

I. Who are your top 3 favorite musical artists right now?

  1. PVRIS!! Listen to them for angsty romantic songs, eerie songs, and badass songs about depression.
  2. I’ve really just been listening to the soundtrack of Heathers every day of my life. EVERY. DAY. Because I got cast as one of the leads :’)
  3. I’ve for some reason gotten back into mid-2000s Taylor Swift

II. What bookish character you find to be most overrated?

Kazinsky from the Raven Cycle, Magnus from Falling Kingdoms, Jace from City of Bones, Evan from the Fifth Wave series, Cal from Red Queen.

III. What bookish world would you NOT want to be teleported into?

None of them, probably. Most of my favorite worlds are incredibly messed up. I suppose I do love the world of The Raven Cycle just for the magical realism.

IV. What character’s special power do you wish you had?

Danny from Dreadnought by April Daniels can fly, and honestly, that’s the real goal. Most of my other favorite powers are portrayed as being negative or at the very least, mixed. But if we are doing other shit – pulling things out of your dreams like Ronan Lynch from TRC, or surviving death like Sydney from Vicious.

V. What was the last book to make you cry?

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. It was that blank space of Yunior’s that fucking killed me. There’s an interview – linked in my review – where the author mentions what goes in that blank, and it’s not “I love you”. When I got to the actual blank, I had a fucking breakdown just because I remembered it.

VI. Do you prefer ARCs or finished copies, and why?

Arcs, to be honest, just for the standard paperback sizes and being, you know, free.

VII. Shoutout 3 blogs you think more people should know about!

Oooh!! Acqua @acquadimore, Tasha @catsandpaperbacks, and Hannah @peanutbutterandbooks.

VIII. Do you follow any non-bookish blogs (makeup, movies, etc.), and if so, what kinds?

I don’t… actually think I do. I follow a couple funny tumblr blogs, I guess. And I’ve tried to follow a few movie blogs, but man, I have no knowledge of it.

IX. Do you have any phobias?

I’m terrified of needles. It’s mostly because I have minuscule veins – thanks, mom – and have a long history of failed / botched blood tests. Ask me about that time I got stabbed in a nerve. Or don’t.

X. What is your favorite animated film?

Tangled!! It’s by far one of my favorite movies and I’ve seen it more times than I can count. I love the animation and themes in transitions. And of course, the characters and romance are top tier.

XI. Who was your biggest childhood crush?

Um, I don’t think I really had a lot of crushes as a kid?? I guess for a while I had a huge crush on Shailene Woodley. Especially when she had short hair.

My Questions

  1. A book you love from a genre you don’t read?
  2. Favorite netflix original series?
  3. Most anticipated debuts?
  4. A few series you’re not sure about continuing?
  5. Best format for book-to-screen adaptations?
  6. Character you like that everyone hates?
  7. Villain that deserves redemption?
  8. Fave noncanon ship?
  9. Favorite snack?
  10. Underrated fave booktuber?
  11. Delightfully evil villain?

I Tag…

  1. Marija @insidemylibrarymind
  2. Jamieson @jamishelves
  3. Hannah @peanutbutterandbooks
  4. Iryna @bookandswordblog
  5. Amber @ambsreads
  6. Emma @emmareadstoomuch
  7. Sydney @syddownandread
  8. Lacy @aravenclawlibrary
  9. Acqua @acquadimore
  10. Tasha @catsandpaperbacks
  11. Solomon @thebookishking

Thank you to Chelsea @SpotlightOnStories, Romie @romiewedeservelove, and Destiny @howlinglibraries.

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authors i’ve read every book by

This is a… very random post. Because I felt like trying to figure this out, I guess??

I won’t be counting any authors who have only pubbed one book. “Book” can mean series or standalone, meaning that series will be counted as singular books.

authors w two books, both of which I’ve read

Marieke Nijkamp

Francesca Zappia

Mackenzi Lee

Kathryn Holmes

Whitney Gardner

Goldy Moldavsky

authors w two/three books, one of which I haven’t read

Moira Fowley-Doyle

Sean David Hutchinson

Adam Silvera

authors with 3+ books I’ve read

Raina Telgemeir. I’ve read all four of her books now!!

Marissa Meyer

Laini Taylor!! I’ve read – now – all five of her books.

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books to read with no synopsis

We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “it’s best to go into this one blind.” For this week’s top five Wednesday, we’re going to recommend some books you need to read blurb-free. Check here for topics!!

I’m going to split this in two: Terrible Marketing, and Just Don’t Read the Blurb.

Wow This Is Bad Marketing











Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald – I mostly just don’t feel this is an accurate synopsis?? It sounds like a romcom when it’s really a super entertaining yet REALLY IMPORTANT AND MEANINGFUL kind of contemporary.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I mean, this series is one of my faves ever, and I still don’t really care about the Mysterious Rich Boys blurb. Who approved this blurb?? Because it’s totally idiotic.

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert – The blurb of this is so inaccurate. It’s marketed very much as an f/f romance and… well, that’s not the endgame romance, y’all. She ends up with the dude. Which is fine and I would’ve read it anyway, but man, you could’ve marketed it better and I might’ve liked it better just because I had better expectations.

Please Go In Blind, I Am Begging You











Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick – This story is fabulous, but I really feel as if it’s best to go in completely blind. I didn’t even understand what was going on until halfway through and I liked it that way.

The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker – This just blew my mind and I had no idea what to expect going in, so I’d definitely go in blind to this.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis – I read the blurb of this, and I almost wish I hadn’t. This is a book it’s worth going into totally blind. Just know that it’s really weird, has a completely dislikable protagonist, and requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. Is it worth every moment? Yup.

That’s it, you guys!! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s post.

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in which i defend my underrated faves

It’s time for a random post in which I defend every single unfairly hated fictional character I can think of. And there are only three. But here I am anyway!!

Wow, recurring theme – I love ambiguously non-heterosexual morally ambiguous characters who have Been Through Some Shit but come out stronger. That’s my character archetype and I’ll defend it to my fucking death.

I defend Sansa Stark, hour #4

I genuinely do not understand how or why anyone dislikes this character. She’s by far my favorite character on Game of Thrones. It shocks me that people dislike her.

To be fair, I think I went in predisposed to like her. I’d seen a lot of discourse about the hatred for her being a lot of disguised misogyny and knowing a lot of my tumblr mutuals loved her, so I did go in predisposed to love her. But man, I did not expect for her to be my favorite character. But she is.

I think what I love her is how she’s developed from this innocent girl to one of the most interesting political players on the board. I mean, Sansa used to be genuinely naive. And while I don’t know why you’d root for her to die when she’s obviously there to develop and learn, I can understand finding her annoying at that point. I think it’s somewhat unfair in the real world, but in this world, I can totally understand finding naivety annoying.

But as the series goes on, I straight-up do not understand how anyone hates her. She has been to hell and back and come back completely badass. She’s a manipulator, and though she makes mistakes, she has some straight up AWESOME moments.

I also love her moral ambiguity. Sure, you could think of that as a reason to dislike her, but in this series I think she’s probably one of the least problematic characters. She’s morally ambiguous without being terrible.

Also, fun fact: I got trolled on twitter by some dude who hated Sansa and loved Cersei. (Not that I don’t love Cersei as a villain, but what kind of weird double standards are you working with??) So sorry if I have a really bad image of Sansa haters – I’ve only personally interacted with one.


the original unfair hate: Regina Mills defense squad

Regina is one of the only characters on this page who has genuinely been a bad person at a certain part of her life. In fact, she was season one’s villain. But her character development is incredible and I don’t understand how anyone could genuinely hate her at this point. She’s complicated and dimensional and real.

Regina is also a genuinely tragic figure. She spent her childhood living with a physically and emotionally abusive mother who tried desperately to control and manipulate her. She was seventeen when she was married off to a much older man and had the only person she trusted murdered in front of her eyes. Like… I can kind of understand become a villain at that point.

Anyway, I’ll defend her to the death at this point just because I’m tired of lady villains getting hated on despite their redemption arcs but dude villains getting all their actions defended until they die. Not to be shady, but literally almost every single person I’ve met who hates Regina loves Hook. He was a villain too and got a far less satisfying character arc lol 🙂


I feel personally attacked by Adam Parrish hate

I see hate for this character constantly and I really just don’t get it?? Yes, he does some bad shit. He does. But he’s also one of the most well-written fictional characters of all time, to the point where I fundamentally do not understand how anyone could genuinely dislike him.

Part of this is also that I relate to a lot of the mannerisms and thought processes he has, including a lot of the thoughts that people hate him for. I see people hate on him for not wanting to depend on others constantly, and honestly?? I’m just as weird about this as he is. I have such a burden complex. I can’t even stand being driven anywhere unless other people are driving there already and I hate being given gifts or surprises because it makes me feel as if I have to repay the other person. I get that. And whenever I see people saying “oh, I hate Adam because he has a burden complex” I come within ten inches of death because wow, you would fucking despise me.

Also, not to start shit. But if any of y’all hate Adam because you would’ve preferred Ronan to get with fucking Kavinsky, don’t even follow me.

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unique blogger award tag

I’m finally doing the Unique Blogger Award after my good friend Destiny @howlinglibraries nominated me a month ago to do it!! So here’s my exceptionally late post. For this tag, you 1. Link to the blogger(s) who nominated you, 2. Answer their questions, 3. Nominate a few people, and then 4. Ask them three questions of their own!!

1. What bookish release this year has been the biggest disappointment for you?

Oh my god should I just… rant for a few minutes about books I hate. I LOVE YOU FOR THIS QUESTION DESTINY.

  • The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins – this was just. gross. I DNFed it, so maybe it got better?? But man the first half was super biphobic and i’ve read her biphobia twice before so… idk man I don’t trust it
  • The Breathless by Tara Goedjen – This was just kind of a generically bad YA thriller? arcsIwishIhadn’tpickedup.jpg. also, magic voodoo slaves, which was hopefully made less creepily racist in the unfinished second half :/
  • Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp – WOW, this author is emotionally manipulative and writes lazily. also, asexuality still isn’t aromanticism. thanks for playing though 🙂
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – this author can’t write characters to save his life and I’m not fooled. I’ll probably have to finish the series anyway rip
  • It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura: this book is just kind of terrible ngl. I despise cheating storylines and this one was just… messy. also yet another She Cheated On Him With A Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which is just…. stop
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember – I wanted to read this bc the lead is nb!! and that rep was done well but the book in general was just kind of bad. the romance is really incredibly creepy and it’s too short and the worldbuilding is TERRIBLE.
  • Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert – this is getting hyped and it’s literally just about a bi character in a love triangle that of course involves heavy emotional cheating (WHICH IS STILL CHEATING) which is soooooooo overdone and everyone is like. psyched about it which is GREAT but I HATED it and there are way better books with bi people of color as the leads!! Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz and Noteworthy by Riley Redgate are both 2017 releases that DESERVE this hype and DON’T have love triangles and here y’all are with… this. also you see that blurb talking up the f/f relationship?? you SEE that?? it’s a fucking LIE (the original blurb on the arc I got was way worse it didn’t even mention Emil this one’s… eh) anyway she ends up with the dude which is fine but god can’t marketing teams get their shit together and stop talking out of their asses about f/f couples just to get that crowd to read the book?? just SAY she’s in a love triangle and nothing happens with the girl!! don’t get people annoyed by queerbaiting!! oh ym godddddddd

2. What is your favorite book-to-film adaptation?

Oh, so many. in terms of ones I liked better than the book:

  • There’s the 100, which is a terrible book and a fantastic tv show.
  • There’s the Handmaid’s Tale, which I like even more than the book for the depth it gives its characters. the original is very metaphorical, but this one is doing the characters with more depth.
  • And there’s Big Little Lies – I haven’t read the book but I love the series!!

in terms of books I’ve read and liked the adaptation –

  • I think the 3rd Harry Potter movie is good. they’re all fine but that one is the best, for sure
  • I love Catching Fire, the movie. it’s fantastic 🙂 the rest are just okay. I don’t think movie #1 gets the atmosphere quite right. it’s close but not spot-on. I LOVE the way movie #2 nails everything.

3. Would you rather have to only dog-ear your books and never use bookmarks, or lose all your dust jackets?

Oh man. I don’t bookmark books – I just remember my page – so I’d choose dog-earing. I’d miss those dust jackets :/


These were really great questions!! I’m going to nominate:

  1. Melanie @Meltotheany
  2. Jamieson @Jamishelves
  3. Emma @ChocolateandSarcasmBlog
  4. Romie @RomieWeDeserveLove
  5. @InsideMyLibraryMind (I don’t think I know your name!!)
  6. May @ForeverandEverly
  7. Hannah @PeanutButterandBooks

And here are the questions!!

  1. What are your favorite books in each of your favorite series?
  2. What are some of your tv show otps?
  3. A few popular ships you hate?