Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Hi there,
So its been a while . . . sorry about that. Anyway, I thought I would kick off the tags for the year by doing the “totally should’ve” book tag. This tag was created by youtuber Emmabooks, you should all go and watch her video it’s super entertaining. Alright so lets just jump right in.

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
For this question I would have to go with every single one of Rainbow Rowell’s books. Now I know they’re contemporary’s which are basically always stand-alones but I really want to know what happens to the characters after the events of the books. Particularly what happens to Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park. Every time I finished a Rainbow Rowell book I just don’t feel satisfied, I need more!

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
I’m going for a totally obvious one here and saying the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. I would take a spin-off series about literally anything in this universe. My favourite spin-off ideas though would have to be the Marauders and the founders of Hogwarts. But anything, I will take anything!

3. An author who totally should write more books
For this question it would have to be Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I absolutely love her writing style, the worlds she creates and the amazing characters you cannot help but fall in love with. Laini Taylor is someone I think should 100% look to write more books.

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
I’m going with America from the Selection series, she shouldn’t have been with who she ended up with . . . because she shouldn’t have been with anyone. Her indecision made it clear to me, and to many others I’m sure, that she didn’t really love either of them that much.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan definitely should’ve ended differently. (Spoilers btw), Leo still should’ve got Calypso I get that bit, but he should’ve gotten back to Camp Half-Blood and seen everyone again. I don’t want him out in the middle of nowhere, maybe in another century all together. I just want the seven, Nico, Reyna and Calypso to be together again.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu needs a movie franchise. I think they could do it super well, the story is super interesting so it would be a hit and I think there are a tonne of actors that could do a really good job playing those characters. Also there isn’t that much they could potentially screw up.

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
I think the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas should be made into a TV show. The series is amazing and there is so much detail that I just don’t think a good book to movie adaptation would be possible, but they could definitely do a TV show well.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
Allegiant by Veronica Roth because the dual POV meant everything sucked.

9. Totally should have a cover change
The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is in desperate need of a cover change. I mean they are seriously hideous and don’t reflect the alien awesomeness that lies within.

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers
Now this is going to sound a bit weird by the Vampire Academy should’ve kept their original covers. The new covers are just the same but with a VA over the top and a weird colour. At least with the old romance novelly covers I could differentiate!

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
I’d have to say Delirium by Lauren Oliver for this one. Delirium I super enjoyed, Pandemonium I enjoyed less and Requiem I could not get into at all.

Alright so that is all for the totally should’ve book tag. I tag anyone whose idea bank is as empty as mine is.

Signing off, Verity

2016

Hi there,
So a new year has begun which brings a new year of reading! So today I thought I’d share with you my reading goals for 2016 and then I’ve created an acrostic type thing just for a bit of fun.

2016 reading goals:
For 2016 I have challenged myself to read 45 books, the same amount I read in 2015. My year is going to be rather hectic so I’ve decided to not attempt to exceed my previous goal but instead match it.

I’ve also been challenged by a friend to complete a challenge for this year. I’m excited to do this challenge because it’ll give me a tonne of opportunities to read books I usually wouldn’t think of picking up. I urge you all to read along with me (choosing your own books of course) and complete this challenge too. It’s all just a bit of fun and it’ll give you all a chance to read a wide range of books.
The challenge is as follows:

  • a book published this year
  • a book you can read in a day
  • a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • a book recommended by a librarian/bookseller
  • a book you should have read in school
  • a book recommended by a friend/sibling/parent etc.
  • a book published before you were born
  • a book that was banned at some point
  • a book you previously abandoned
  • a book you own but have never read
  • a book that intimidates you
  • a book you’ve already read at least once

I hope you all choose to take part because you can join in the excitement with me.

Alright now is time for the fun acrostic type thing. I’ve decided to take each of the numbers from 2016 and create a category type thing for it. So lets just jump in and see if it fails miserably or not.

2 books that are my absolute favourites.
These two books would be series and they would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. These two series are the most amazing series I have ever read and from the first page I fell head over heals in love with them. The worlds are inescapable and the characters are impossible to not become obsessed with (try to ignore Jamie, just try). These are two series I will have no trouble re-reading a million times over.

0 /10 do I recommend this book
This book is non other than the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden. I know, I know, it’s a pretty unpopular opinion but this book is incredibly slow moving and the characters have no redeeming qualities in my mind. The story is bland and I feel like the protagonist and narrator was the least intriguing character of them all. The villains weren’t interesting and there seemed to be only vague mystery around them that no one seemed to be interested in. Also the end was stupid.

1 character that I identify with the strongest
This is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She loves to read and is bossy and independent and cares about the lives of those she loves. These are all qualities I can identify with and she is character I love above most others.

6 fictional characters I would absolutely marry
We’ll start with the most obvious: Jamie Fraser (from Outlander), the love of my life and future husband probably. Following Jamie comes these five close second places:
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)
Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Raffe (Penryn and the End of Days)

Alright so that is it for my 2016 post. I hope you enjoyed and that my acrostic type thing was not too much of a failure. I hope you have an amazing year, a year that was even better than 2015 and that you have an amazing year of reading and only read books you love.

Signing off, Verity