What’s In My Bookshelf

Hello my loves, I hope you are doing well! Today I’m doing a wonderful tag that was created by Naty’s Bookshelf! I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I saw this tag on Sara’s blog (The Bibliophagist) and I just could nOT resist!

So without further ado, here are my responses to the What’s In My Bookshelf tag!


Rules:

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

A Library Book

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I do nOT need any more books at the moment, but my boyfriend and I were at the library and I saw Crooked Kingdom and I just couldn’t resist! I honestly need someone to just stop me from entering book stores and/or libraries (also thrift stores, department stores, anywhere that could potentially contain books)!

A Book You Got as a Gift

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My grandmother bought me Four when we were visiting over the summer a few years ago! I’d already owned the entire Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth for a while, and when I was shopping with her (at Costco of all places!) I spotted this gem and she ended up buying it for me. πŸ™‚

A Childhood Book

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Most people are probablyyy going to put Harry Potter as their Magical Book, but I actually think of it as one of my favourite books from my childhood! When I was seven or so and in French Immersion, all of the books in the classroom “libraries” would be kinda crappy kids’ books and books specifically created for classrooms. My French reading abilities were above average, so I haaaated those classrooms with their 20 page picture books (with a solid ten words per page of course). Eventually I found the whole Harry Potter series in the school library and I ended up reading the entire series in French!

A Magical Book

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I have a tonn of magical books on my shelves! From Harry Potter to Passenger to the complete collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I had my pick of novels for this one, but the books that sprang to mind when I saw this prompt was the The Wrath and the Dawn duology. I just loved the whole magic system for some reason, and not even gonna lie, I love a good curse and a good retelling πŸ˜‰

A Romantic Book

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Oooh I don’t read a lot of books that are purely romance (although I’m up to trying some), my books are usually fantasy or some other genre with romantic subplots. For more of a true romance, im gonna go wiiiiiith Forevermore by Cindy Mills. It’s about a girl moving into a castle and falling in love with the gorgeous ghost who haunts it, and I’m a fan πŸ™‚

A Steamy Book

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Damn near all of my steamy books are in ebook form… At least all of the ones i would qualify as steamy. Goodreads, however, categorized Twilight as a steamy teen read. Therefore we’ll just trust the wonderful genres that the lovely people of Goodreads decided on and name the Stephanie Meyer series as my choice for a steamy book!

An Old Book

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There’s this tiny hole-in-the-wall used book store in the next town over. It’s filled to the brim with stories, and is run by this quirky well-read man who knows books better than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s one of those places that usually only appears actually between the pages of a good book; it’s overflowing with thousands of novels and collections, and as you walk in you’re overwhelmed with the smell of old pages and leather bound legends. It’s peaceful and calm, with only the sound of people’s fingers brushing spines and leafing through tomes, falling in love with characters and going on adventures. That place is the closest you can get to magic. Shoved in between a misplaced classic and an old embossed history of Spain, I found this book. Cities of Italy is chock-full of stunning descriptions that’ll take you straight through the streets in the depths of that wonderful country. Now I can’t find the edition I have; it’s an original from 1907, beautifully bound in green, with a breathtaking print of the Roman Forum, with uneven yellowed pages and typed text. Striking in its simplicity.

A Book that Makes You Happy and/or Laugh

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I’m going to go with The Selection for this one. For some reason I just fell in love with Maxon and America falling in love! Their somewhat stereotypical relationship just killed me. I have a bit of a soft spot for the classic tale of a prince/ss and a commoner falling in love, and this was no exception!

A Book that Makes You Emotional

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Okay so anyone who knows me well knows that this book kILLED me. This book will put you through the highest of highs and drag you through the lowest of lows, and keep you enchanted enough that you can’t help but keep reading. One minute you’ll be contently shipping Noah and Brian and laughing at their awkward antics and the next you’ll notice water stains on the page and realize you have tears streaming down your face. This book is a prettily bound bundle of laughter and sobbing and death and life and fear and hope. It’s a cute cover hiding a story that will make you simultaneously more hopeless than you’ll ever have felt before and more hopeful than you ever thought possible. You gotta read it, it’s great!

A Book Whose Ending You Dislike

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This is a somewhat stereotypical answer but I hated Allegiant’s ending… To some degree. I didn’t hate what Veronica Roth did, because it was actually a rather unexpected plot twist, which I rather enjoy because that’s rare for me not to be able to guess something! I actually hate it because I love Four so so so so so much and it killed me how torn up he was over it. No one deserves to have their heart broken less than Four, and he deserved so much better.

A Book You Wish Had Illustrations

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I kind of wish City of Bones came out in copies like the Harry Potter illustrated editions. I mean I enjoyed the books, and I thought the descriptions and world-building was wonderful and definitely sufficient. Nevertheless, I would love to see illustrations of the shadowhunters and the downworlders and the demons they kill and Clary’s drawings and even the runes they use!

A Book or Genre You Love Reading When It’s Raining

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I love a good read in the rain. During a thunderstorm I prefer a heavy, gloomy, intense read, but during a simple rainy day, like it is as I write this, I love a good YA contemporary. When the rain is cascading down the window panes, creating intricately entwined ever-changing motifs on the glass, I love reading a lighthearted book like The Unexpected Everything. Listening to the droplets dashing against the window and kicking back with an easy read is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!


I think I’ll leave this open to anybody!
If you decide to do it, please link back to me so I can see your answers. I’m interested in what different people will do with the same prompts! Also, even if you don’t have a blog or don’t want to do this as a full post, let me know down below what you think!


Thanks for reading darlings, take care! And until next time,

xx Ella

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