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Can’t Wait Wednesday!

I have never taken part of this before and I thought I would give it a try! Since this is my inaugural Wednesday post, I thought I’d go with a favorite of mine, the incomparable Kate Quinn. This is a Kate Quinn-stan blog, ya’ll. She is quite loved here. 🙂
1926361t70bnztsmwCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick this week is…

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publish Date: February 26, 2019 (Not too long, yet so far away! haha!)


From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

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Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network” and “The Huntress.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

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Fantastic Tag and I Who Did It. (Lol.)

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To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Gemma at Gemma’s Book Nook and Jacqueline over at The Pufflehuffle Kitteh decided to put together a Fantastic Beasts book tag.

I’m a month late in posting this, but I did do it! Lol!

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Characters

Newt Scamander

If you had a fictional job what would it be?

I think if I could have a fictional job, I would want to work as an Auror or a Professor at Hogwarts. It’d definitely be in the Wizarding World, that’s for certain.
Jacob Kowalski

What piece of fictional food, that you’ve read about, would you like to try in real life?

Butterbeer! Oh, that’s a drink. Chocolate Frogs. Yes, I know those exist…but I would love to see it jumping about if you don’t eat it quickly enough!

Tina Goldstein

A character that redeems itself

I’m going with Gemma’s answer of  Professor Snape. I felt in some respects he redeemed himself; granted, in others, he never really would. But he tried and I thought him to be quite a brave man.
 
Queenie Goldstein

Which fictional character would you like to get into the mind of?

Oh gosh! Hrm. I would absolutely adore getting into the head of…Dumbledore! Wouldn’t that be an absolute delight? As I read a lot of historical fiction, some of the figures I would have chosen were actual people. So that’s disappointing.
Another would be….Scarlett O’Hara, of course.
 
Gellert Grindelwald

A character you grew to hate
I grew to hate Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. His pining for Daisy and a future that would never happen…it started to grate on me. I need to reread the book to see if I still feel the same way.
 
Percival Graves

A character who turned out not to be whom they seemed

I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t say Gilderoy Lockhart! So dashing, so charming.
So…not as he appeared.

Credence Barebone

Your favourite tortured soul

The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. If you read the book, he would ask Belle to marry him daily and she’d always say no.

I also choose Miss Celie from The Color Purple. She was a truly tortured soul; kept from her sister, never really knowing love, abused, her children taken from her…if you ever have the chance to read it, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite books for certain.

 

No-Maj

A contemporary read you think everyone should read

I don’t read a lot of contemporary, though I am trying to rectify that. I would choose The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It just seems so poignant and appropriate for this time period.

Creatures

 

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Nifflers love shiny things. What book did you buy because of the cover?

I can’t help but laugh at this because I choose a lot of books based on their gorgeous covers. The cover of A Court of Frost and Starlight is gorgeous and I love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series covers.
 
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One Newts smallest creatures, what is the smallest book on your TBR?

Oh gosh, I have no idea. I’m on my phone, so I’m not going to look, lol.

 

Erumpent

One of Newts largest creatures, what is the longest book on your TBR?

The Game of Thrones series is all huge…Gone with the Wind was also over 1k pages.


 

Obscurial

What is the scariest book you’ve read?

IT. Curse you Stephen King and your blasted killer clown!

 

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An unexpected read, a book that turned out differently to what you expected?

The Hunger Games. I never in my life thought it’d be what it was.
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A book you would like to reread for the first time?

Hrm. Gosh. I’m going with Harry Potter. I know it’s cliche as hell, but I want to feel that awe and wonder again. I always feel some sense of it, but you never recapture that first feeling.
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Halloween Creatures: A Tag.

I had meant to do this before Halloween, but I honestly forgot. So…I’m a little late, but I hope fashionably so, lol. Enjoy! xx

Rules:

  1. Answer all prompts.
  2. Answer honestly.
  3. Tag 1-13 people.
  4. Link back to his post.
  5. Have fun!

Witch | A Magical Character or Book

I bet you thought I would pick Harry Potter, didn’t you? I am presently on book two in this series and I’m hoping that there will someday be more!

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Werewolf | The Perfect Book to Read at Night

I realise the irony of putting a vampire book under ‘werewolf’, but I have yet to read a good werewolf book. I tried the ones from Anne Rice and I quit after chapter four.

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Frankenstein | A Book That Truly Shocked You

IT by Stephen King. I believe that the authors name explains that, don’t you?

The Devil | A Dark, Evil Character

Pennywise. C’mon. That is so obvious.

Grim Reaper | A Character Who Should Never Have Died

I’m still salty over Finnick Odair’s death.

Zombie | A Book That Made You “Hungry” for More

Interview With A Vampire. I was seemingly bitten by Louis and his story and I wanted to know more about him, Lestat, Claudia, and all of the others. I was 14 or 15 when I read it. I saved lunch money to buy others that weren’t bought for me. As much as I love Lestat, Louis is my favorite.

Random but do any of you watch Versailles? Because Alex Vlahos would be a perfect Louis!

Gargoyle | A Character Who You Would Protect at All Cost

‘A’ Character? How the hell can I just pick one?! This is torture, I tell you! I think I would pick.. Cersei Lannister. I know, I know. But I’d protect her until Arya Stark arrived. Then I’d give her up. I would not want to be on the pointy end of Needle.

Of course, that isn’t really protecting her, is it? So with that said, I’d pick Louisa Clark from Me before You. I found her delightfully quirky. I also related to her. So yes.

Vampire | A Book That Sucked the Life Out of You

I will say Miss Peregrine. Because i read it one evening and began on the next. It sucked the life out of me because I didn’t sleep that entire night, nor the next. I was a zombie…but the books were so good!

Ghost | A Book That Still Haunts You

I have to say The Yellow Wallpaper. That story haunts me. Anytime I see yellow wallpaper? I’m brought back to that horrific story.

Demon | A Book That Really Scared You

I can’t tell you how much math books scared me. I still have nightmares. This is a serious answer, guys. I hate math, I’m dreadful at it and I had this one teacher who just seemed to think I was an idiot and she made me miserable. In addition, (pun unintended!) all the hours I labored over books like this? Horrifying.

But a pleasure book. Hrm. This is hard!

Skeleton | A Character You Have a Bone to Pick with

I love how cruel the world is in the book. In order to get the crown, three sisters must kill each other. But I hate two particular characters. I hope they face horrible deaths.

This is a perfect answer. I can’t change it because I am right there with you.

Mummy | A Book You Would Preserve throughout Time

This is hard. I can only pick one? Well, the classics are saved already by the library of congress. I would pick ‘In My Father’s House’ by Ann Rinaldi. It was such a good read. I read it 21 years ago and I have the same copy now. Yes, that’s my choice.

I like headstrong Southern Belles. Huh. I just realised this.

Creepy Doll | A Cover Too Scary to Look At

It’s absolutely horrifying!! 😂😂 4y, 2x…ughhh. No, but if you put a lotus pod on a cover? Or a honeycomb; anything with holes? I can’t. It triggers something in my head that makes it uncomfortable to look at. So, yeah. It’s a weird fear but it’s mine.


The Monster Mash

Don’t feel pressured. If you have too many posts to do, you don’t need to do this one. But if you’re interested, link back to my post. I’d love to read your answers!

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader
Brianna the Bookworm
Carries Book Reviews
Alyssa – alovelybookaffair
Amy-OUABB
Elaine Howlin – Literary Blog
Phannie the ginger bookworm
Books&Blogs~Life&Literature
Erik McManus | Breakeven Books
Amorette’s Reviews
A Girl Named Felicity
Kalina Reads
Mani’s Book Corner

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Get to know me: Writer’s Edition. :)


Another tag! I am hoping it keeps my muse going. I also thought you would be amused to see that it’s the ‘writer’s edition’. You’re likely thinking, “Clarissa, you’re not a writer.” But I am, after a fashion, actually. It is a goal of mine to write and publish a book someday. I may, one day, post a blurb I have to gauge your thoughts to see if it’s worth a try. Regardless, I saw that Lady S. at Sage in the Meadow filled this out and I thought, why not?

This tag was created by Savannah Grace. No one tagged me and I welcome any of you to fill it out. I’d love to see your responses. 🙂 

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Vital Stats and Appearance. 

Name:   Clarissa Marie. I have a last name obviously, but I’m not about to put that here. But it’s pretty cool.

Nickname:   Riss, Rissa, Crissa, Clari, Clare.

Birthday:   The 9th of September.

Hair color/Length:   Dark Brown with a lot more grey than I’d like to admit. Around my shoulders.

Piercings/Tattoos:   I have my ears done three times. Though I should put some earrings in so they don’t close.

Righty/Lefty:   Righty

Ethnicity:   I’m biracial; I’m adopted, so we’re not quite sure what half of me is. My maternal half is Irish, German, Italian.

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Firsts!

First Novel Written:  I wrote one in high school, but I used my own original character paired with a very canon character–one whose author hates fanfiction–so it will never see the light of day. I was ambitious. I have since destroyed it. I have the beginnings of one with my character. Maybe someday I’ll finish.

First Novel Completed:   Again, I mentioned it above. I don’t remember what I named it.

Award for Writing:   None.

First Publication: I wrote an article with Newspaper Club in high school that was printed in our local paper. It was pretty cool to see my name there.

Conferences:  None. Ew, people attend those.

Query/Pitch: None.

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Favorites!

Novel (that you wrote):  The one that’s half-written, of course. It’s the only one I have. A vampire, history, it’s fun.

Genre:  I would say it’s historical fiction, though I find I enjoy YA works now. Dystopian, fantasy. I like biographies too. Save for erotica and saccharine romances, I like to think I am open-minded.

Author:  My favorite author is hard to choose because I have many. It’s hard to pick one. C.W. Gortner and Stephanie Thornton are definitely high on my list. I love Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s collaborative efforts. Karen Harper for her Elizabeth I mysteries, Susan Elia MacNeal for Maggie Hope. Choosing is hard! Boo to you for making me choose!

Writing Music:  I love classical music when I’m writing. It can be modern songs done in an instrumental way, like The Piano Guys or Two Cellos. But I also adore the maestros of the past. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. If I’m listening to vocalists, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman.

Writing Snack/Drink: I try not to eat if I’m writing. But I enjoy pretzel rods. They’re quite delicious and I can kind of gnaw on it whilst writing.

Movie: Picking one is difficult, admittedly. However, I’m going to say Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I know, all the films in the world and that’s what I pick. But it is my favorite and I adore it. I always have and I suspect I always will. Honorable mentions to Gone With The Wind and the Wizard of Oz.

Writing Memory:   I do some writing on a roleplaying site and I was writing with someone. And they told me that I was one of the best writers they had ever had the pleasure of writing with. Definitely, a boost to the ego, but also a hit to my anxiety because I am not good with compliments.

Childhood Book:  I loved the American Girl series and the Dear America series too. I guess I’ve always loved history!

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Currently…

Reading:  I am going to pick up the second book in the Discovery of Witches series. I don’t remember the name of it, but I need more Diana and Matthew adventures. They’re so good. I definitely need more with them. So, I do hope that Ms. Harkness writes more with them.  

Writing: This. I should be writing my part of a group story. But, alas. I am lazy.

Listening To: Pray For The Wicked by Panic! At The Disco.

It’s so funny, I did a tag a few months ago and I was like, “yeah, they’re cool” but a friend got me into them and well, damn. I listen almost everyday. I’ve got two of their albums on vinyl now and plan to get the rest…lol.

Watching:  I finished Versailles season two the other night and I am dying for season three. I think I may begin season two of Harlots later. I’m not sure. Castle Rock is creepy and I want some Halloween feels as they say. (I welcome suggestions!)

Learning:  More about the French Revolution. When your vampire character comes of age during that time and is in the heart of it, you want to be accurate.

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Future!

Want to be Published:   Yes. I suppose I ought to finish first.

Traditional or Indie:  I dream of traditional but my insecurity tells me I am nowhere near good enough for that. We will see.

Wildest Goal:  Get published! Or move to England for a time. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, so that killed that dream/goal, lol. We’ll see. 😉

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Fall Into Fall Book Tag!


I was going through my comments and I spotted that I had been tagged in this by Heather at The Sassy Book Geek! She tagged me a month ago, so firstly, I am SO sorry it took me so long. I’m so damn ditzy. Secondly, how could I resist? I love Autumn, even though we don’t it really get it here in Florida. It sucks. :/ I love the crisp air, the changing and falling leaves, the cooling temperature…(Take a hint, Mother Nature!) I definitely miss living up in Pennsylvania at this time of year.

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Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color. Choose a book that has reds, oranges, and yellows on the cover.

This book flashed in my mind instantly! 

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I love the feeling of nostalgia, which I find to be warm and fuzzy. So, for me, I go back to the books that made childhood wonderful. Be it something from Lucy Maud Montgomery or Little Women, or something from Ann Rinaldi, it’s something I read when I was younger.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

I love historical fiction. (You’d never guess, right?) I love to play classical music and listen to it. Sometimes I might even break my no eating or drinking rule and have a hot chocolate (lots of whipped cream, of course!) as I do. Stormy days are good for naps and reading. 

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Do I get to come back? I think I would want to switch with Hermione Granger. I’ve always wanted to go to Hogwarts and be part of the Wizarding World. I think it would be a lot of fun! Except, I would not marry Ron. I’m definitely a Harry/Mione girl. But I’d be too busy focusing on all the fun Wizarding stuff! 😀 

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D Barker. I need more people to read it so I have someone to flail with, damn it. It was such an amazing read and spooky, perfect for this time of year!

Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t have one. And even if I did, it wouldn’t embarrass me because it’s my book and I’m enjoying it. I don’t honestly care what people think of me.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comfort food/foods?

And it’s also my favorite drink ever. ❤



Tag! You’re It!
Kristyn (The Bibliophile Empress)
Sara @ The Bibliophagist
Siobhan  @I  Am A Book Drunkard
Jen @ The Bibliofile Book Reviews
Kiersten Once Upon A Spine

 

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The Nope! Book Tag.

I will begin this by saying I started this several weeks ago and just found it in my drafts as I was cleaning them up. I decided to finish, but I do not know who to credit. If you happen to know, please give me a shout so I can credit them appropriately!! It’s Monday, I’m exhausted (was up binging season two of Versailles, whoops!) and I don’t have any reviews for today, so I thought I’d fill this out and see what came of it. I hope you like my answers and that you’ll tag me if you do this! ❤

Consider yourself tagged if you read this! 

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NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I didn’t like Tris in the Divergent series. Just…I could not embrace her at all. There was just something about her that never quite clicked for me and I felt nothing towards her except disdain. I think it could have also been that I pictured Shailene Woodley, whom I think was rather wooden as Tris, since I saw the movie before I read the book. (It was on TV, my mother was watching and I joined her.)

NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Peeta and Katniss. I think Peeta deserved someone who really, really loved him. I didn’t know if Katniss really knew how. I admit, I sort of shipped Finnick/Katniss. I also liked the idea that Katniss and Peeta remained friends, but didn’t pursue anything romantic. I enjoy seeing a female lead on her own. (-gasp!-)

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read.

Erotica. It does nothing for me. I have friends who love it and they’ve tried to get me into it, but I’m just not interested. Maybe it’s because I’m single or because I genuinely have no interest in sex, but erotica is just a no for me. Not to mention, the few passages I tried, it was poorly written.

NOPE! Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

There are some e-books where the formatting is so obnoxious that I was sorely tempted to throw my kindle across the room. It makes me lose interest REALLY fast. It is no fault of the author, but I literally can’t get around it.

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Instalove. Gag me with a spork. It just doesn’t happen that way! I mean, okay, maybe it does. But I think it’s more interesting to me as a reader that they work on things. Not that they just meet and it’s love. No. NO. (As I’ve read so many historical pieces, I’m used to people hating one another or not even liking each other. So that could be a contributing factor too.)

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

I am certain that you read this and knew what my answer would be. Unsurprisingly, that is 50 Shades of Grey. I know, you guys are probably laughing, knowing full well how I feel about this godawful ‘book‘. But my close friends swear I’ll love it if I give it another chance. Nope! And…with gems like this? HELL TO THE NOPE.

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

Christian Gray. He is a guy you’d expect to see on Criminal Minds. He is not sexy, he is not hot, he is not someone you should aspire to date. He stalked Ana, he forced her into things, threatened her with physical violence, isolated her and he’s a jealous asshole. Aim higher, y’all.

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

See above two questions for this answer.

 

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Does Cersei Lannister count? I love her but holy shit, I have a healthy fear of her.

Cersei is as gentle as King Maegor, as selfless as Aegon the Unworthy, as wise as Mad Aerys. She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honor, for love.

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you.

Finnick.Will Traynor. Again, the Sam Clafin boys.

He’s adorable, isn’t he? 

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I’ll begin by quoting my favorite fictional captain as you can see here.

That said, I don’t consider it good form to bash an author so publically, and I won’t be doing that, no matter if we’ve had a bad experience or not. Their work is one thing, if I don’t like it, I will say so. But to speak of them? No.

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I got tagged in this a few days ago and I had honestly forgotten! Fortunately, I went through my notifications and I found it. I had a greate deal of fun answering the questions posed to me and I hope you enjoy my answers. This is the Totally Should’ve Book Tag created by EmmmaBooks. I was tagged by Jess at Comfort Reads. Thank you, lovely! ❤

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1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel.

giphy1I think Gone With The Wind needed a sequel that was penned by Margaret Mitchell. Not the follow up by Alexandra Ripely or the other ones. Sadly, Ms. Mitchell died after being struck by a car. I don’t know if she would have written one, but I always wanted one and would have paid whatever for it! .

 

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

 

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I would absolutely love another Harry Potter series! This is a given. I’d like a series based on the Marauders or a real series featuring Newt and the gang. I guess the films will have to do and fan fiction for the rest.

3. An author who totally should write more books

I’d love to see Ann Rinaldi write some books geared to adults. I loved her books as a kid and whilst I reread them now, I would love to see more of them.

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

Hrm. I think Harry and Hermione should have ended up together. I never saw Ron and Mione working. I also rooted for Luna and Neville.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently

I still think Jo and Laurie should have ended up together in Little Women. Sorry, not sorry.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

I still hold out hope for more Miss Peregrine films…but done properly!

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

Hrm…I think the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy by Sally Christie should have a series. Trust me, there is enough in those books for more than three seasons. The French Court, intrigue, sex, rivals, the fashion…

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I can’t say, honestly. If there’s more than one point of view, there’s a reason for it.

9. Totally should’ve had a cover change

The Discovery of Witches trilogy. Those covers are sort of plain to me, considering how indepth the story is.

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

Hrm. I liked the Harry Potter original covers that they had over in Britain.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

50 Shades. Hey, you had to know I was going to throw shade at some point.

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Sunshine Blogger Award!


Thank you so much to Mani at Mani’s Book Corner for the nomination! 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Mani asked me….

1. Do you lend out your books?

Rarely. If I lend you a book, you have to be someone I know well and someone who I know takes care of things. 

2. Do you write in your books?

I used to write my name in my books and date when I got them. I don’t do that anymore because as my mother says, “Everyone knows they’re yours, Clarissa.” 

3. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?

I always recommend Little Women, but if we’re going with more contemporary reads, Harry Potter, lol. 

4. Can you read on the bus/in the car?

I can! And I like to read with my headphones on and some sort of music playing. Lately, it’s been Panic! At The Disco. 

5. What makes you love a book?

When it makes me forget where I am. If it can bring me into that world and make me forget everything else, I’m in love.

6. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?

I don’t read a lot of reviews prior to a release, ironically. It’s not a slight to them, I just like to form my own opinions. After I read whatever it is, then I look at reviews and I find that it’s hit or miss. 

7. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

Some might say I enjoy doing so because I seem to take a bit of glee in being so brutally honest, lol. I don’t enjoy it–especially if I was excited for the book. No, I take that back. My sarcasm comes out especially well when I am being brutal.

8. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

French. I just love the language.

9. What’s the longest you’ve gone without reading?

Um…lol.

10. Favourite film adaptation of a book?

I love the Harry Potter movies. (Except for the third film, I just didn’t enjoy that.) Gone With The Wind, Little Women (with Winona Ryder), I love Forrest Gump too, the book was terrible, but the movie was so good. (Then again, I love Tom Hanks.)

11. Which book character strongly resembles your personality

I always say it’s a tie between Scarlett O’Hara and Jo March. But I think it could be Lou from Me Before You too!

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My Questions!

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. If you could fancast your favorite book, which would it be and who would you pick?
  3. If you could jump into one of your books, which one?
  4. What’s your favorite color?
  5. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
  6. Do you lend your books out to people?
  7. What do you like to do beyond reading?
  8. What’s your favorite food?
  9.  Do you listen to music when you’re reading?
  10. You’ve just won the lottery.  What is the first thing you’re going to do with the money?
  11. What is one random fact about you?

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Tagging:

Amy-OUABB
Shalini’s Books & Reviews
lilajune’s book saloon
Bree @ In Love & Words
Jill’s Book Blog
Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
Ashley @ Book Tales
Sarah @ Murder by Tomes
Alyssa – alovelybookaffair
Elaine Howlin – Literary Blog
Whit @ Whit Reads Lit

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A-Z Book Blog Tag!

I found this book tag and I don’t remember where! I’m also finishing this on my phone, I started a few days ago. If you are the creator, let me know and I will properly credit you! It looked like fun and I am tagging all of you to join me. 😊

Author you’ve read the most books from:

J.K Rowling or Jean Plaidy. I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and I read a lot of Jean Plaidy’s historical fiction novels. There are so many!

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I really, really love those books. I credit them with making me see that YA books were changing and that they weren’t all mushy and terrible.

Currently Reading:

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I tend not to drink as I don’t want to stain the pages.

E–reader or Physical Book?

Physical book, however, I am not opposed to an e-book because I’m still reading!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Probably Louis de Pointe du Lac from the Vampire Chronicles, haha. I was quite…theatrical then. He might have seen me as a female Lestat.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Court of Thrones and Roses.

Hidden Gem Book:

I think any Indie book is a hidden gem because those authors don’t get all the exposure traditionally published authors get.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Oh gosh. When I got my very first physical ARC! I have to keep this answer here because that was an awesome moment for me.

Just Finished:

Still reading The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel and The Kennedy Debutante.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica, romance, religious, self-help. Thank you but no.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I believe that honor goes to The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George.

Major book hangover because of:

I don’t think I’ve had one, to be honest .

Number of bookcases:

Two big ones and a half sized one. I also use the top of my dresser, lol. I could do with more but my room is small, so I get creative. I also donate to the library every few months.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

In My Father’s House by Ann Rinaldi.

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed or my armchair.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Oh Will. Also, what is up with Sam Clafin playing two characters (Will and Finnick) I absolutely love?!

Reading Regret:

I wasted my time attempting Fifty Shades. I wanted to see what my friends were raving about. Lol, what a load of tripe. I have already expressed my hatred so I’ll spare you.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

A Court of Thorns and Roses! But I have them all and I will get to it. I also need to finish the Three Dark Reigns series. Rather, catch up.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Gone With the Wind, Little Women and Charlotte’s Web.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Dorian Gray. I blame Ben Barnes for this. He was also Prince/King Caspian in the Narnia series.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Hrm…The Gown and then America’s Princess.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Eating Goldfish. You guys know what I mean, the little goldfish crackers.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Hamilton Affair.

Your latest book purchase:

A Discovery of Witches.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel. Soooooo good!

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Panic! At The Book Tag?!

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I can’t say that I’m a hardcore Panic! At the Disco fan, but I do enjoy their music. When I saw this tag on Jemma’s blog, Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them (endlessly jealous of the name!!), I decided to take part. I am listening to their new album as I write this and well, I think I may rectify my not listening regularly! I remember the first time I got a glimpse of Brendon Urie, in the ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ video. He’s so whimsical and fun. Anyway…

1. The Death of a Bachelor – A Romance book
I don’t read a lot of romance books, honestly. They don’t really appeal to me. I admit, I like when there’s a little romance in a book, but the whole thing? Nah. I just…I can’t quite get into that. I’m probably the only chick I know who doesn’t really dig it.

EDIT: Me Before You.
It was bittersweet. I cried.

2. High Hopes – A book you’re really excited for
I am really excited for Sarah J. Maas’s Catwoman book and also the next in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

3. Miss Jackson – A book with betrayal.

I’d say Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince where Snape kills Dumbledore. I mean, it got explained but damn, the rage I felt was real!

. Girls/Girls/Boys – A LGBTQ+ book
I am looking for a good one! Please use my contact form and recommend some to me? Or comment below!

5. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – A book featuring a wedding

C’mon, Game of Thrones weddings are legendary. 😀

6. Don’t threaten me with a good time – A book featuring a partying protagonist or a party scene

Gone With The Wind! Where Scarlett is at the Bazaar and Rhett bids on a dance with her. But she was in widow’s weeds and technically wasn’t allowed to dance, as it would go against society’s rules. They danced the whole evening and it was wonderful.

7. Say Amen (Saturday night) – A book with an unapologetic narrator

The gospel of Loki. Hands down. Loki gives no f**ks, he knows he’s a bit of a butt sometimes and he lives with it, even when he realises his choices and treatment of others have pretty much caused fire to rain from the sky and his world to be destroyed he totally owns it.

Holy shit. Someone else read this book. I am leaving Jemma’s answer because that’s perfect! I can’t wait for the next in the series.

8. This is Gospel – a book from a trilogy

Miss Peregrine and the Home For Peculiar Children. I read the book in one sitting and I may read the whole series again before Book 4 comes out this fall. I’m absolutely delighted for it. I loved the series and I was sad that it ended. I hope we get a bit more of Miss Peregrine herself. I will never not picture her as Eva Green now. I think the cast was perfect, actually. I read the books after the movie came out, but I only saw the movie just the other day.

Despite the changes from book to film, I still enjoyed it greatly. I hope maybe to see it back on screen.

9. Emperor’s new clothes – A hardback that looks beautiful naked.

Honestly, I seldom look at the covers of my books. Isn’t that terrible?

10. Victorious – An empowering book
The Exact Opposite of Okay. This book felt super empowering and helped me to address a lot of issues I think I had previously tried to ignore for the sake of pleasing everyone. This book made me realise I can’t do that and I shouldn’t have to.

Again, this is Jemma’s answer but it’s on point!

11. Impossible Year – A really sad book

Me Before You.
Goddamn you, Will Traynor.
How dare you get into mine and Lou’s hearts and then…ugh.

12. King of the Clouds – A prize-winning book

I pick…The Alice Project by Kate Quinn. I copied the honors from Amazon. The book was out of this world; absolutely brilliant. I think she ought to have gotten more awards, but there’s always hope for the next one! 🙂

One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year!
One of Bookbub’s Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!
Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!
The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

13. Hey look Ma, I made it – A debut author