Favorite Minor Characters – Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey. If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Favorite Minor Characters – Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!)

Everyone has a different definition of what a minor character is and I honestly don’t even know how I would define it!

It was actually quite difficult to find minor characters because a lot of characters I love are people I’d consider side characters! I’ll probably have a revelation moment when I go through other people’s T5W posts and remember all the lovely minor characters that I’ve forgotten! 😀

But anyway, please enjoy my 5 favorite minor characters!


Chuck from The Maze Runner

“Then I just got used to it, I guess. This became home, even though we spend every day hoping to get out.”

Oh my god, Chuck. My sweet, precious Chuck! He was such a good character! So curious and nosy and lovely and kind and I’m still bitter about what happened to him!!!


Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games

“Finnick?” I say, “Maybe some pants?”
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown leaving him in just his underwear. “Why? Do you find this” — he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose — “distracting?”

I don’t know if you’d consider him a minor character?!?! I think he’s like inbetween side and minor character? Or more side character? Whatever, I don’t really care – I just really wanted to mention him! 😀 Finnick is my favourite character in the THG trilogy! He’s so charming and witty and just an overall fabulous character. And can I just say that HE DESERVED BETTER!!!! (A bonus: he’s really nice to look at in the movies ;))


Dean Thomas from Harry Potter

“We’re fighting, aren’t we? The message said Harry was back, and we were going to fight! I’ll have to get a wand, though […] “

I think I’m just biased because I love Alfie Enoch so much! 😛


James Kent from Shatter Me

“Why do you call her ‘love’? I’ve heard you say that before, too. A lot. I think Adam’s in love with her. Kenji’s not in love with her. though. I already asked him.”

I HAVE NO PERSON TO CAST AS JAMES DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY CUTE 10-12 YEAR OLD BOYS THAT COULD BE JAMES

MY SWEET BABY JAMES I can’t wait to see more of him (and his interactions with a certain brother *COUGH*) in the new Shatter Me books!!!!!!!!!!!


Lexi from The Vampire Diaries

” I was feeling epic, whatever. “

I’m talking about the TV show Lexi here because I haven’t read the TVD books! I really freakin’ LOVE Lexi as a character! She is definitely one of my all time favourite characters on TVD and I wish she’d had more screen-time! The way she always cared for Stefan was so amazing ❤


That’s it for my favorite minor characters! Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!


QUICK LIFE UPDATE: I’m seeing Little Mix tomorrow (AHHHH!) so I won’t be posting tomorrow! But I’ll have a Fierce Fangirl Friday post up all about the concert on Friday!!!!! Hopefully. I might also sleep all day. We’ll see 😄

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Do you agree with the people on my list? Who are some of your favourite minor characters? And how do you define minor character? Let’s chat in the comments!

My Summer TBR!

IT’S ALMOST THE END OF MAY WHICH MEANS SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND IT’S TIME TO WORK ON YOUR BEACH BODY (which I won’t do bc #lazy) AND BUY CUTE SUMMER-Y CLOTHES WOOO!!!

And it’s also time for a huge Summer TBR!

When I saw that The Broke and the Bookish aka the hosts of Top Ten Tuesday updated their topics for the following weeks and I noticed the Summer Reads Freebie I was like:

“YES I’M GONNA MAKE THIS A HUGE SUMMER TBR FILLED WITH CUTE CHEESY CONTEMPORARIES BECAUSE SUMMERTIME IS THE TIME OF FLUFF AND ADORABLE-NESS”

Yes…. that is the only reason… and not because I have like 30 contemporaries on my shelves that still need to be read and there’s too many contemporary pre-orders waiting to be shipped to my house in the following weeks…

LOL 😄

ANYWAY. Then I saw May’s big Summer TBR and if you didn’t know this, May is one of my closest, bestest blogger friends and we are so similar and pretty much agree on almost EVERYTHING, so I KNEW I had to make a Summer TBR post as well! 😀

And since I planned to do a Spring TBR post but forgot about it *cough* or should I say I wouldn’t have followed through with it anyway lol *cough* I DECIDED I’D DEFINITELY DO A TBR FOR SUMMER!

So here we are! This is gonna be a LOOOONG list of mostly contemporaries but also some SFF books so strap yourselves in, get some popcorn and enjoy the ride that is my (very ambitious) SUMMER TBR list!!!!!!!! 😀


BOOKS WITH SUN IN THE TITLE

I own both The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and they’ve been on my TBR for AGES so I really hope to read them soon! I mean, they have the word SUN in the title – I feel like I am obligated to read at least ONE of them!!! 😀


THE CUTE GEEKY STORIES ABOUT NERDS AND FANGIRLS

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde / Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell / The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

You know that I am a sucker for the geeky, nerdy stories (*cough* GEEKERELLA!!!! <3) and I need more of them!!! My dear friend Mandy has rec’d me a few nerd stories and I hope to read at least a few of those this year!


THE HATE TO LOVE TROPE AHHHH MY FAVORITE

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne / Angelfall by Susan Ee / By Your Side by Kasie West

Okay technically, I’ve already read Angelfall BUT I NEED TO REREAD IT AGAIN AND THEN CONTINUE WITH THE SERIES! IF YOU HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP YET PLEASE DO IT’S SO GREAT I’ve had a review written for this since like February lol I need to post it because this book is so underrated!!!!

Also… The Hating Game!!! All of my friends who know that I’m a SUCKER for hate-to-love tropes rec’d me this book and I REALLY NEED TO READ IT!!! *heart eyes*

And I’ve been meaning to read By Your Side because Mandy (again :P) talked about it in one of her posts and when I read the synopsis just now, I saw that it featured a hate-to-love relationship!!! WOOOO!!! 😀


THE FAKE DATING TROPE AHHHH ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITES

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: I have never read any of Kasie West’s books but I’ve seen a lot of bloggers raving about them so I’ll read By Your Side first and this one next! I literally only just discovered this but it sounds like it’s exactly my cup of tea 😀

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: Everyone raves about this AND I LOVE FAKE DATING AU’S so let’s have ittttt!


Okay, this is literally turning into a post of books with my favourite tropes lol but……..

CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS/BEST FRIENDS TO LOVERS TROPE AHHFHDRGFDJSHWHJ

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I literally JUST discovered this one when I was looking for books that had the friends to lovers trope but it sounds SO GOOD I’m excited!!!

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER RECS FOR THE BFFS TO LOVERS TROPE BECAUSE I DIDN’T FIND ANY OTHERS AND IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE TROPES SO PLS LET ME KNOW OF BOOKS WITH THAT TROPE I’D BE FOREVER GRATEFUL THANKS


BOOKS I SHOULD HAVE READ AGES AGO

Well, most of the books on my TBR are books that I should have read years ago basically but yeah lol these are the ones that I finally want to read this year 😛

Furthermore by Tahereh MafiI AM THE #1 TAHEREH MAFI STAN SHE’S MY FAVORITE AUTHOR AND I HAVEN’T READ FURTHER MORE???????? I AM A DISGRACE! 😀

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This was on May’s Summer TBR and I remembered that I bought this books 3 YEARS AGO and I still haven’t read it so I should probably do that :’)


RECENT RELEASES

Basically books that came out this year that I really want to read!!!!!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor / Unfiltered by Lily Collins / The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas / The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli /

There’s more but like… I need to limit myself 😛


THAT’S IT!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, this was such a fun post lol sorry that this got so long *whoopsies* I COULD HAVE PUT EVEN MORE BOOKS ON HERE but let’s be real… I’ll probably only read 3 out of the 267 books that are on this list LOL 😛

Actually, if I manage to read at least one book from each of my categories, I’ll be happy *fingers crossed*

HOPE YOU ENJOYED AND GOT SOME RECS FOR YOURSELF MAYBE?????

Thanks for reading!

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Have you read any of the books on my Summer TBR? What did you think of them? WHICH ONE OF THESE SHOULD I READ FIRST? What books do you plan to read this summer? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Review: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

“Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.”


Title: The Nanny Arrangement

Author: Rachel Harris

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Published: May 22nd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC


“The best love stories always start with friendship. Luke and Lorelai, […] Harry and Sally. And don’t even get me started on my books. That’s my favorite trope by far.”

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way!*

I was in the mood for a quick, light and easy contemporary read and when I stumbled across The Nanny Arrangement and spotted the childhood sweethearts trope, I WAS SOLD! This was the kind of sweet, cheesy love story that I was looking for!

The Nanny Arrangement is the story of shy and sweet Hannah who makes it a mission to make her childhood best friend Deacon, the man she’s secretly in love with, finally see her as more than just her best friend. Deacon is the new fiddle player in country music’s hottest band and he needs a nanny to look after his 2-year-old son while he’s on the road. And who could be better for the job than his best friend Hannah?

This was such a cute and adorable story! It made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside – mixed with a little bit of angst towards the end of the book. This was such a quick, light and adorable book, I flew through it in 2 days!

I mean, the term ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ literally already tells you what the story is about and how it is going to end, so I guess you could say that the story was predictable. But did I care? NOPE! ABOLUTELY NOT! 😀

The BFF to lovers trope is one of my favourite tropes ever – if it’s well-done – and The Nanny Arrangement definitely was!

It was lovely to see how Hannah and Deacon worked together as best friends and how much both of them loved Deacon’s child Max! Hannah had such a bright and happy personality and that really showed when she was around the kids! She has such a creative and silly mind and it was so endearing to read about it!

And there is just something about single-fathers that I love! I mean, it is kind of attractive, right?! 😛

You could really tell that Deacon loved his son to death and he would do anything to make him happy! Being in a band and touring the entire country did take its toll on Deacon because he thought he’d make Max feel abandoned – but Hannah always made sure to reassure Deacon and get him to get out of his head!

I really liked the dynamic between Hannah and Deacon and it was adorable to see how the both of them realised that they had feelings for each other! And the grand gesture at the end definitely made me tear up!

As I said, I AM A SUCKER FOR THE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS TROPE!!! ❤

The Nanny Arrangement was a perfect read for me – it had best friends falling in love, a single-father with an adorable son, a band *swoons* and some great, supportive friendships along the way!

I would totally recommend it to people looking for a short contemporary read and fans of the friends-to-lovers trope who don’t mind some cheesy-ness and fluff!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 OUT OF 5 STARS)


Goodreads / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble


Thank you for reading!

PS. Have you noticed? I am trying to keep my reviews short and not ramble too much 😛

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Are you a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope? Don’t you just love the adorable-ness and fluff that comes with it? What are some of your favourite tropes? Let’s chat in the comments!

The Goodreads Book Tag

I am so SO behind on all of my tags, I literally have 2 pages in my blog journal filled with Awards/Tags and I’m so bad at keeping up but I’M TRYING!!! 😀

Anyway, welcome to the Goodreads Book Tag!

I’ve been using Goodreads for years now and I am SO glad that it exists! It’s literally a DREAM for every book nerd! It’s such a great way to keep up with books you’ve read and TBR books and discovering new books! And being able to connect with other fellow book lovers all over the world is just incredible! ❤

Feel free to befriend me on Goodreads here!

I was tagged by Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional a long, long time ago lol (as I said, I’m trying to keep up XD) and Sheri @ Read in a Flash who tagged me very recently so I thought: “Alright Jackie, it’s time to get it together!”

So here we are 😀

Enjoy the Goodreads Book Tag!


What Was The Last Book You Marked As Read?

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I have literally only just heard about this book a few days ago when Nadwa made a post about it!!! I can’t believe I didn’t find out about this before because it sounds AWESOME!

“…a star-crossed love story between a girl who’s been raised by supervillains and a boy who’s been raised by superheroes.”

I’M SOLD HELLO WHERE CAN I GET MY COPY

What Are You Currently Reading?

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The author Elise Kova is hosting a buddy read on Facebook (which you can still join here if you can catch up on 20 chapters in a day XD) and I am really enjoying it so far! I got the eBook for under 1$ (whaaat?) when Elise did some kind of promotion thingy for the group buddy read! It’s honestly such a great book, I might write a review once I’m through with it at the end of the month! 😀

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Well, my ACOWAR copy F I N A L LY came last Friday (after being delayed like TWICE) and I have finally started reading it (I hope you’re proud, Bella)! It’s taking me a while because I keep over-analyzing every single line lol but it’s great so far!!! 😛

What Do You Plan To Read Next?

Wellllllll… a few days ago I picked out 5 books from my shelves and put them on my night stand which now kind of serve as my ‘priority-books-to-read-next’ if that makes any sense? But the next book I’m going to read won’t be from that stack of books (lol talk about priority reads :P) but rather from my endless e-ARCs waiting on Kindle!

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I was so excited when I got approved to read One Of Us Is Lying on Netgalley and since this is coming out soon, I’ll be reading that next!!!!! 😀 😀

Do You Use The Star Rating System?

Yes I do! I usually don’t rate under 3 stars though! I think I’m too generous a lot of the time but I feel like just because I PERSONALLY did not like the book, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t like it! And if the writing and everything was good and I didn’t notice any issues/problematic things, I am most likely going to give it 3 stars! 😀

Are You Doing A 2017 Reading Challenge?

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Of course!!! I have recently upped my goal because I had already reached my goal of reading 30 books 😀

Do You Have A Wishlist?

Not really! I have a few books that I’d consider my ‘priority- buys/reads’ in my Amazon cart and I check it every day to see if the prices have changed! So that’s kind of like a wishlist 😀

What Book Do You Plan On Buying Next?

Umm, well since my book-buying ban didn’t quite work out in April (I’’ll probably have to do a haul soon XD) I’ve decided not to buy any books in May instead! And it’s going well so far! Let’s see how long that will last 😀 I’ve pre-ordered When Dimple Met Rishi ages ago so that should be the book that I’ll be receiving next (if I don’t buy other books first XD)!

Do You Have Any Favorite Quotes?

Can I just say all Shatter Me quotes? No? Well, let me just mention a few of them anyway 😛

THE MOST ICONIC LINE EVER:

“Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me


WARNER = KING OF DRAGGING!!!

“Do you never get exhausted being so wholly unbearable? You have as much charisma as the rotting innards of unidentified roadkill.”

Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me


I WANT TO DIE JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS SCENE:

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me


YES GIRL YES GIRL Y E S  G I R L:

“I like the way I feel about myself when I’m with him.” I say quietly. “Warner thinks I’m strong and smart and capable and he actually values my opinion. He makes me feel like his equal–like I can accomplish just as much as he can, and more. And if I do something incredible, he’s not even surprised. He expects it. He doesn’t treat me like I’m some fragile little girl who needs to be protected all the time.”

Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me


some non-Shatter Me quotes lol:

“I took a breath. “Your highness—”
“Nikolai,” he corrected. “But I’ve also been known to answer to ‘sweetheart’ or ‘handsome.”

Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury


Who Are Your Favorite Authors?

Tahereh (Queen of YA) Mafi, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu – my holy trinity ❤

Have You Joined Any Groups?

I have but I don’t use them that much!

EXCEPT FOR THE NEW YA BOOK BLOGGERS GROUP THAT NADWA HAS CREATED BECAUSE WE PLANNED TO BUDDY READ CINDER!!! If you want to join us, feel free to join the group!!! Check out Nadwa’s post for more info! We will be buddy-reading it in July and there will also be other really cool things happening 😉


That’s it for the Goodreads Book Tag!

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I’ve seen a lot of people who have done this tag recently and so I won’t be tagging anyone! But if you’d like to do the tag, consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading!

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Do you use Goodreads? What book are you currently reading? Do you use the Star Rating system? Have you joined the 2017 Reading Challenge? How many books to you plan to read this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

Fierce Fangirl Friday – Tahereh Mafi, Restore Me & more!

Welcome to another Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by YOURS TRULY where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

Here’s a link to my original Fierce Fangirl Friday post!

Some guidelines:
    • Please pingback to me basically, just copy the link of any of my FFF posts and use it in your own FFF post when tagging me! That way I won’t miss anyone’s post! 🙂
    • Every week I will have a linky at the end of my FFF post so feel free to link-up to your own FFF posts so everyone can do some blog-hopping! I am still trying to figure out the whole linky thing!
    • You are free to do this weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or simply whenever you feel like you need to fangirl about something! And don’t worry if you can’t make a Friday 😀

That’s about it for the “rules” of this meme! Feel free to use my graphic for your posts!

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Can you believe that when I introduced this meme last Friday, we already had two lovely participants??? I was so happy when I saw that! 😀 😀 😀

Make sure to check out both of their posts because they were so awesome to read!!! 🙂


Now, I think that’s enough of talking from me so ONTO THE FANGIRLING!!!!!!!

Alright guys, I know that this was announced like 3 weeks ago but I guess I was just looking for another excuse to talk about Shatter Me 😛

If you’ve been living under a ROCK, you might have missed this but…………

TAHEREH MAFI ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE 3 MORE BOOKS IN THE SHATTER ME TRILOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The following quotes were all taken from Tahereh Mafi’s EW interview!

It feels like I’ve been waiting for this announcement all my life. Literally.

If you don’t know this, I am literally OBSESSED with the Shatter Me trilogy – they’re my favourite books of all time, my favourite characters of all time, Tahereh Mafi is my favourite author of all time……. I THINK YOU GET IT, YEAH?!

And I loved the ending of Ignite Me! It is so iconic and sometimes I just reread it over and over again.

But I’ve always wanted something more after Ignite Me like I just needed an epilogue that told us something about Warnette’s future (LIKE A WEDDING AND KIDS PLS) and I thought maybe Tahereh was one day going to write some sort of epilogue or at least a short novella!

BUT NOW… OH BOY, THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME. NOT EVEN KIDDING.

We are literally getting 3!!! MORE!!! BOOKS!!!

THERE WILL BE 3 MORE BOOKS IN MY FAVOURITE SERIES EVER!!! WHAT A BLESSING ❤

The fourth novel will be called Restore Me and it takes place 2 weeks after Ignite Me ends and I’m just so damn excited for it!!!

“Juliette ended the last series in charge of Sector 45. What’s in store for her now?

–  “A great deal of heartache. She has no idea what she’s gotten herself into.”

WHAT THE FUCK TAHEREH DON’T MESS WITH ME WHAT KIND OF HEARACHE EXCUSE ME DO I LOOK LIKE I CAN HANDLE THIS IF YOU HURT ANY OF MY CHILDREN I SWEAR TO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“A little surprise for the readers: Restore Me will be told from the dual POVs of Juliette and Warner. Readers who’ve read Warner’s novella, Destroy Mewill understand how distinct his voice is from Juliette’s, and how his perspective can provide a much-needed balance to Juliette’s interior world. It was really interesting — and, I think, critical to the book — to do a deep dive into their very different minds.”

TOLD FROM DUAL POVS! JULIETTE! AND WARNER! WE WILL GET TO SEE THINGS FROM WARNER’S POV! I AM ALREADY YELLING! AND DYING!

I literally use this Gif every time I talk about anything Shatter Me related LOL IT REPRESENTS ME

“At the end of Ignite Me, Juliette’s story had only just begun. I saw very clearly then what the next steps in her journey had to be, and I was suddenly anxious to bring the world back to life.”

YES TAHEREH YOU KNOW IT!!!

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

The synopsis KILLS ME. Like I’m still not okay with the heartache part but WHEN TRAGEDY HITS???????? EXCUSE ME???????? DON’T HURT MY PRECIOUS CHILDREN PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!

Gosh. I have too many emotions about this announcement. It’s been 3 weeks and I’m still not done fangirling 😛

If you’re reading this now, dear reader, please know that these books are for you. Thank you, thank you, for your excitement, your thousands of emails, your heartfelt messages, your general enthusiasm — and for following Juliette’s journey all these years. I can’t wait for you to read part four in the Shatter Me series!”

I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU. Tahereh is literally the sweetest and most precious person EVER. ❤

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I will get to read 3 BOOKS about my all time favourite characters!!!! Ahhhhhhh! Best. News. Ever.

Restore Me is coming out on March 6th 2018 WHICH IS STILL AGES AWAY *cries*

But at least, it’s less than a year away lol 😛

I could write a whole new paragraph about the little teasers that Tahereh has given us on Twitter but this post is long enough so I might do that in another Fierce Fangirl Friday post! 😀

At last……… here’s a Gif of Hunter Par- *cough* I mean, Aaron Warner.

HE’S SO FUCKING PERFECT

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Feel free to link up your own Fierce Fangirl Friday posts below!

I think what I will do is add the links by hand for now until I’ve figured out how to do the link-up thingys! If anyone has any experience with that, PLEASE HELP ME!!! 😀

Thanks for reading and see you next week for some more fangirling!!!

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Is anyone else as excited for the new Shatter Me books as me? Who’s your favourite character in the series? Do you have any theories for what will happen in the next books? Let’s chat in the comments!

The Power of Pingbacks – How To Properly TAG Someone

Is this considered a how-to guide? Yes? No? Maybe? 😀

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO CALL THIS!!! This is basically just a quick post to teach you the proper ways of tagging someone!

Or as I’d like to call it – the power of pingbacks.

Sounds fancy, right? 😛

This issue has been on my mind a lot lately! I’ve been tagged for multiple different tags and awards now, especially in the past few weeks, but I’ve only ever received like 5 pingbacks (out of like 30 tags)!

I think some people might not know about the art of pingbacks lol so I am here to explain it to you!

What you should know beforehand is that when you want to tag someone in your blog post (for an award or a fun tag etc), only putting in someone’s blog URL is not enough!!!

But before I get into how to properly tag someone, here’s a little explanation of what a pingback actually is:

What are Pingbacks?

“Pingbacks are methods for alerting blogs that you have linked to them. A pingback is a special type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post, as long as the other blog is set to accept pingbacks.”

You might have seen one of these in your own or someone else’s comments section:

that thing at the bottom is a PINGBACK

Enabling Pingbacks

You can enable pingbacks by going to your Settings –> Discussion –> Default article settings and then click “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles”.

You can also enable/disable pingbacks on individual posts via the Discussion module on your Add New or Edit Post page:

The Art of Properly Tagging someone

Now, let’s get into how to PROPERLY TAG SOMEONE IN YOUR POST! 😀

As I said before, simply linking to someone’s blog URL is not enough for someone to be notified that you’ve tagged them!

If you tag someone because of an award, a tag or whatever and you want to make sure that they actually SEE it, they need to be notified. And that notification is called a pingback!

How To Create A Pingback

To create a pingback, just link to another WordPress blog post! This is the important bit… you need to link to a blog POST! Not the simple blog URL!

So, if you were to tag me in one of your posts, do not use https://toomuchofabooknerd.wordpress.com but rather click on a blog post and copy that URL! It really doesn’t matter which post it is! I always use the latest post 🙂

The link will then look something like this: blogURL.com/2017/05/17/favorite-summer-reads/. All you gotta do then is insert the link in your post the way you usually would! 😀

WordPress automatically notifies you when someone linked to your post aka pingback-ed (is that even a word lol) to you! These pingbacks then appear in your notifications section! And you always have to approve a pingback which is great because that way you won’t ever miss when you were tagged in something! 🙂

You might have tagged some people for an award and they never got back to you because they did not get a notification for it! And I hope you now know that they weren’t being rude, they just genuinely did not know you tagged them! 😀

So, unless you have used the link to someone’s blog post to tag them, the person you tagged in the ‘Whatever’ Blogger Award or in a super fun tag might never notice it!

No one can be on WordPress and always check out EVERYONE’s posts every single day. And I certainly don’t have the time (or motivation) to go back like 3 days in my Reader and check everyone’s tags/awards to see if I was tagged!

Quick summary:

  • go to Blogger A’s profile
  • click on one of their blog posts
  • copy the link of said blog post
  • insert the link the way you usually would in your own post
  • Blogger A will automatically get a pingback notification and see that you tagged them!

That’s it!

Please make sure to ALWAYS use a link to someone’s blog post to tag them!

I hope this whole thing was somewhat understandable! If you have any questions left, feel free to leave them in the comments! 😀

Thanks for reading and HAPPY TAGGING! 😀

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Favorite Summer Reads

T5WTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on YouTube. Each week there is a new book-related topic to answer! If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Summer Reads – The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads? 

For me, both spring and summer are all about cute and fluffy contemporaries! Summertime is all about lazing in the sun, feeling all warm and fuzzy inside (whether it’s caused by actual people or books! XD) and it just generally evokes a feeling of happiness and contentment within me! Summer is my favourite time of the year ❤

So, here are my summer reads recommendations! Some of them are books I’ve read and some of them are books that give me those warm, fuzzy feelings just by looking at/thinking of them 😛

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella was one of my favourite reads of the year!!! Such a fluffy story involving a nerd convention, what it’s like to be part of a fandom and two super geeky characters falling in love in the most adorable way! And what a great Cinderella retelling it was! I am definitely going to re-read this when I’m on vacation in summer! ❤

Paper Towns by John Green

This is a story Quentin who goes on an adventurous road trip/journey following clues that Margo, the girl he crushes on, left for him to find. I read Paper Towns when I was on vacation in Spain 2 years ago! Whenever I think of the book, it just brings me back to that summer and the days on the beach! And who doesn’t love a good ol’ road trip story?!

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is the cheesy, fluffy and super cute contemporary novel that I’m looking for!!! I can already see May screaming at me for still not having continued reading this but I HAVE OFFICIALLY PUT SIMON VS. ON MY SUMMER TBR WITH THIS POST AND I WILL READ IT SOON SO DON’T WORRY! 😀 Anyway, if you haven’t heard of this book by now you must have been living under a ROCK – go read it now because it’s awesome and super cute!

Anna and the French Kiss (+companions) by Stephanie Perkins

   

The covers for these three books just remind me of summer whenever I look at them! And the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy is another set of cute and quick contemporary reads! The first book is set in Paris – the city of love – and who doesn’t love to read a love story set in PARIS!!!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been SO DAMN EXCITED for this book for MONTHS now and it will finally be here at the end of May (June for me)!!!!!!!!!! One of my most anticipated reads of the year and the cover already gives me summer-y vibes and I JUST KNOW THAT THE STORY WILL BE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND GIVING ME ALL THE FEELS!!! ❤

That’s it for my quintessential summer reads and recommendations!

By the way, did you see? I CHANGED FONT SIZE!!! YAY thank so much to my dear friend May @ Forever and Everly for your help 😛

Thanks for reading!

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What are some of your favourite or quintessential summer reads? Are there any books coming out this Summer that you’re excited about? Do you like to read contemporaries in summer as much as me? Let’s chat in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Buy Your Mum

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all the amazing mums out there! Germany’s Mother’s Day was on Sunday and I had a great day with my family ❤ It was my sister’s birthday on Friday and we celebrated with our extended family circle on Saturday which was a lot of fun as always! And Sunday was Mother’s Day! So we basically had a 3-day family celebration which was AWESOME! ❤

I hope everyone else had a lovely Mother’s Day if you’ve already celebrated it as well!

Now, back to Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is a Mother’s Day related Freebie! 

I have based my “Books To Buy Your Mum“-recommendations on my own mum!!! She never has a lot of time for reading but I buy her at least one book a year – whether it’s for her birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day – and these are some of the books that I bought her that she enjoyed or that she borrowed from friends/the library! They might be something for your mum! 😀

Enjoy!

Anything by Nicholas Sparks

My mum is a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks!!! I think she has read every single one of his books except for like 1 or 2. I guess she is a sucker for the drama and the romance in his books and I feel like they’re the typical “Mum-books”. At least all of my mum’s friends are reading his books as well 😀 And I really enjoy them as well! AND THE MOVIES! OH GOD, THE MOVIES *cries*. My mum has picked out a few of her favourites – The Notebook, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John  – and they might be something your mum would enjoy as well!

Nora Roberts

  

My aunt has a whole Nora Roberts collection and she gave some of her books to my mum and apparently they were quite enjoyable! She doesn’t remember the names of the books so I just listed a few that looked pretty 😛

The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes

Before I knew anything about Me Before You, I always thought that Jojo Moyes was another one of those “Mum-authors” (lol) who had loads of romance and drama in her books! I have only read Me Before You but I loved it and I might have to check out some of her other books! My mum owns The Girl You Left Behind and enjoyed it a lot!

The One That Got Away – Leigh Himes

My mum is currently reading this book and she says it’s really good! It’s about a 30-something year old busy, overworked and stressed out mum who is trying to balance her career and life as a mum and wife. One day she takes a tumble down an escalator and wakes up in an alternate universe where a senator husband awaits her in a life full of luxury and nobility. Even I think that this sounds intriguing – I’ll have to borrow it from my mum once she’s finished with it!

Stephen King

  

If your mum isn’t into romance at all, Stephen King might be an option! Personally, neither me nor my mum have read any of his books but I own two of them (Under The Dome and Cell) and I definitely want to read them. They might be something for your mum! 😀


Those are pretty much the only authors that my mum loved. She has read some other books but she can’t remember the names of either the book or the author (and I can’t either) so that’s it for the books to buy your mum 😛

Since this is a very meager Top Ten Tuesday post I thought why not add 3 super cool/strong/awesome mums in literature at the end of this post?!

 

Molly Weasely, Ma from Room and Natalie Prior are all super fierce and incredible mums! They have very different personalities but essentially they love their children to death and would do ANYTHING to protect and keep them safe! ❤

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Thanks for reading!

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Who are your favourite mums in literature? Have you read any of these authors? Do you think your mum would like to read these books? What are some of your mum’s favourite books or authors? And which books do you think should I buy MY mum next (based on these recommendations)? Let’s chat in the comments!

Review: The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

Title: The Never Dawn (Book 1)

Author: R.E. Palmer

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Published: August 5th 2016 by FrontRunner Publications

Pages: 282


(via Goodreads):

“All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy. 


But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface.
But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.“


*I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much to R.E. Palmer. This did not influence my opinion in any way!*

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued right from the start! I thought the whole idea and concept of the story was really cool and I felt like it was going to be a very interesting story. And I definitely wasn’t let down!

The Never Dawn is a dystopian YA novel set underground where the main character Noah lives with an entire community. Every day they work towards The New Dawn – the day when they get to go back to the surface of the Earth and see the sky again. The community is ruled by Mother. Everyone follows what she says. Things have to be in strict order and there is no place for personal desires or individuality.

The main character Noah is an 18-year-old boy who always had the best interests for the community and blindly followed everything that was asked of him. He never fell out of line and worked efficiently and did everything to please Mother. He was a very well-developed character with a lot of depth and you really got to know him throughout the story.

His development from a blind follower of rules and order to and independent and critical thinker was very believable. The change of attitude wasn’t abrupt and Noah was never a rebel who questioned the system right from the start (like you might see in other dystopian stories) – it was always little things that influenced him and he was slowly uncovering the secrets that encouraged him to change and re-think the entire system of their underground society. I really liked how that character development took place because it didn’t feel forced or too sudden!

One of the catalysts of Noah’s re-thinking process was Rebekah. The rules are that you’re barely allowed to interact with anyone in the community except the members of your own group. But Noah has always been watching Rebekah from afar. Personal desires were forbidden but Noah still developed a crush on her.

The development of that fascination with Rebekah was the only thing that didn’t sit quite right with me. All Noah did was watch her during their community meals but they never actually spoke before. There was one scene where Rebekah was serving the food – she handed Noah his plate and he was so nervous that he couldn’t stop sweating and internally freaking out. It felt a little too much in my opinion.

When Rebekah revealed some of the secrets that Mother kept hidden from the whole community to Noah, they started making their plans to sneak out and escape and that was when story got very exciting.

About halfway through the book, the whole thing really picked up and I found myself easily immersed in the story. I was so intriguing to see how Noah and Rebekah carried out their escape and how they revealed the truth and uncovered the secrets of the underground system.

I am not going to reveal the ending but it was something I would have never expected! The last quarter of the book takes you through some twists and turns of the system and what they revealed at the end was a big plot twist! There are a few open questions that haven’t been answered and it definitely leaves you wanting more!

Overall, this was a very quick and enjoyable read and I can totally recommend it to fans of dystopian settings/stories like The 100, Divergent and The Maze Runner!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)


Goodreads / Amazon US / Amazon UK


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Are you a fan of dystopias? Which dystopian books are your favourites? Let’s chat in the comments!

Fandom Mashups – Hero Vs. Villain

Hello and welcome to a new meme that I am participating in!

This feature is called Fandom Mashups and was created by Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows. Each week there will be a unique fictional scenario and you have to pick 5 fictional characters from 5 different fandoms to help tackle each scenario!

This week’s topic is…

Hero and Villain Mix-Up! – Pair up 5 heros with 5 villains from OTHER fandoms (Example: Iron-Man VS Mr. Burns LOL) and comment on who you think would come out on top.

Before we start, I don’t know if you could consider any of the characters that I picked for heroes ACTUAL ‘heroes’… let’s just say the ‘good’ guys lol.

Round 1

Wonder WomanVS Negan (The Walking Dead)

WINNER: Wonder Woman. She’d take out Negan’s arrogant (but attractive) ass in 3 seconds! Look at her fierceness in that Gif! Also, the Wonder Woman movie is coming out next month and I’m quite pumped!!! 😀

Round 2

Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender) VSScar (The Lion King)

WINNER: Aang for sure! He looks like an innocent little boy but he is the freakin’ Avatar! Of course he would come out on top in a battle with Scar! I mean, what is Scar going to do – fight with his claws? By the time he gets out those claws, Aang would have used either one of his bending abilities to let Scar land on his ass! 😀

Round 3

Scott McCall (Teen Wolf)VS
Klaus Mikaelson (The Originals)

WINNER: Oh, definitely Klaus! And NO, I am not biased (ok maybe I am, I love Klaus and don’t really like Scott lol) but Klaus is an ORIGINAL vampire and he has so much more strength and experience and he’d definitely come out on top!

Round 4

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)VS Ramsay Bolton (Game of Thrones)

WINNER: HERMIONE GRANGER! I WOULD LOVE FOR HER TO KICK RAMSAY’S ASS!!!! She could take him out with her magic in a heartbeat and turn him into a weeping baby! Ramsay is the worst, I just need someone to beat him up 😛

Also, how iconic is Hermione punching Draco!!?! So iconic.

Round 5

 Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy) VSUrsula (The Little Mermaid)

WINNER: I feel like Ursula would somehow trick Groot with her evil tricks and magical potions to overpower him! 😦

BUT EVEN IF HE FALLS FOR HER TRICKS….. I WILL MAKE SURE THAT HE COMES BACK AS MY PRECIOUS LITTLE BABY GROOT AND BRING US ALL HAPPINESS AND JOY ❤

is this not the cutest thing?!?!

Thanks for reading and sorry for using the word ‘ass’ so much in this post lol *hides* 😄

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Do you agree with my choices? Which heroes and villains would you pair up in a fight? And who would win? Let’s chat in the comments!

*all Gifs are from Giphy*