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Olympic Tag Answers

So here are my answers to the Olympic Tag, you’ll find some books you’ve seen before you know are my favorites as well as some unexpected new favorites.

Favorite Winter Book/Book Set in Snow

Alpine Skiing -A book where agility/sneakiness was required. A Thousand Questions

A Thousand Questions by [Saadia Faruqi]

Both Mimi and Sakina had to be a little sneaky to get what they wanted and to help each other

Bobsled : A book where one character trust another as they leap into unknown. So far and I’m not done, a book that fits this is Fire Becomes Her.

Fire Becomes Her by [Rosiee Thor]

Now I’m not sure if her trust will be rewarded or if she’ll have to switch sides but it fits the prompt and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Cross Country Skiing : A book that took endurance to get through.

The Companion by [Katie Alender]

This took endurance because I spent the whole novel thinking the heroine was going to get murdered, the pacing was phenomenal, and you are always left on your toes to when the villain will show up and never given any answers to suit you.

Amazon: The Companion

Curling: A unexpected favorite.

The Place Inside the Storm

The Place Inside the Storm by [Bradley W. Wright]

This was one of the first independently published books that I actually tried and liked so in that way it was a very unexpected surprise.

Amazon: The Place Inside The Storm

Figure Skating: The beautiful and elegant fantasy that was also a lot of work.

The Infinity Courts

The Infinity Courts by [Akemi Dawn Bowman]

This book was elegant and detailed plus the whole time the protagonist had to act like she was skating on glass to keep her secrets from both sides. Plus she has to make up and costume to keep up her disguise.

Amazon: The Infinity Courts

Ice Hockey: A book where there is a battle


Alone by [Megan E. Freeman]

Twelve year old Maddie faces plenty of battles when it comes to being stuck in a town alone for years, wild dog, bandits and especially the elements and her sheer loneliness.

Amazon: Alone

Luge: A book where a character makes a sudden life changing decision.

Echoes and Empires

Echoes and Empires by [Morgan Rhodes]

Josslyn Drake must make a deal with with a thief after she is infected by magic in a world were magic is illegal dangerous and possibly deadly.

Amazon: Echoes and Empires

Skeleton: A great horror novel.

Long Lost

Long Lost by [Jacqueline West]

A creepy story about the power of sisters set in an old new England town. It shows the power of books and the thin line between the written word and reality.

Amazon: Long Lost

Speedskating: A quick book.

Barakah Beats

Barakah Beats by [Maleeha Siddiqui]

A super sweet book about a young Muslim teen finding herself in middle school and getting involved with a band and different views about the role of music in Islam.

Amazon: Barakah Beats

A Book To Represent to Host Country: Something By a Chinese or Chinese-American, British, etc author)

Maizy Chen's Last Chance by [Lisa Yee]

A wonderful newish book by the widely published Lisa Yee, so far I’m reading it and it’s very good it’s about a girl trying to find the answers about why her mother moved cross country when she was younger.

Amazon: Maizy Chen’s Last Chance

Represent Your Own Country-

Root Magic

Root Magic by [Eden Royce]

A serious and important book set in the part of the south I’m originally from, it brings up important issues such a racism and mixes them with magical realism.

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Winter Wonderland Tag

It’s going to be winter soon, coming up on the 21st. I’ll have a separate post on Yule itself but since it feels like winter here I thought I’d do this tag.

One: What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart?

Séance Tea Party, it’s just a sweet story of love, friendship and growing up. The protagonist is a young witch, Lora making friends with a ghost. Lora wants to avoid growing up and recalls the ghost because she was a younger ‘imaginary’ friend.

Two: What’s your favorite book with a white cover?

Soulswift by [Megan Bannen]

A nun and a warrior try to stop to end of the world. It’s exceptionally and beautifully written and the religion is well done too. Two of my favorite YAs have been about nun’s in the past few years, am I sensing a trend. Or are people just writing really good books featuring religion. I need to read this book again this winter.

Four: It’s snowing outside and you decide you want to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?

Skin of the Sea by [Natasha Bowen]

I want to get in a snowball fight with the crew from Skin of the Sea, just because I’d love to see them during the winter Simi can use a frozen river if she needs to stay in her Mami Wata form so she won’t be at a disadvantage.

Five: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?

Newsprints while good ended up being too political and confusing and strayed from the characters that made it interesting in the first place, for a political subplot that was tough to understand.

Six: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give to someone as a Christmas gift (or any gift really) to inspire them to start reading?

Starfish by [Lisa Fipps]

Starfish by Lisa Fipps, who I promise you I’m not trying to annoy. I just think everyone needs to read her book.

Seven: Who do you tag?

Everyone, just please link back 🙂

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The Reread Tag

This tag was created by Brianna’s Books and Randomness. I found it at Books are 42.

A Childhood Favourite That You Could Read 100 Times and Still Love

Even though I’m aware of the problematic nature of his work, I still enjoy J.R.R Tolkien. I try to read the books at least once a year. And while some portions don’t always hold up, his decscriptions tend to go on. I still enjoy both the books and the movies.

A Book You DNF’d But Would Be Willing to Give A Second Chance To

I sort of just put down the Mystwick School of Musicraft and forgot about it so I didn’t really DNF it, but I’m trying to get back to reading it because I enjoyed the story far as I read into it but I just put it down and forgot.

A Newer Favorite You Would Reread

.I’d read A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi. It was such a sweet story and I’d be happy to jump to it again.

A Book You Hated and Never Want to Read Again

I don’t want to drop names because it was an ARC I read but it was terrible, the main character had no common sense. It was very anti-feminist and couldn’t really find a message to save it’s life.

A Classic You Read in School but Want to Try AgainI

Honestly I’m not big on classics and would much rather read the tons of diverse books coming out now as oppossed to the mostly white authors we were taught in school.

An Author You Would Reread Anything From

I’d reread anything from Shannon Messenger or Lisa McMann. I’ve reread both their series multiple times.

A Series You Want to Reread for The Fun of It

I’d like to reread the Cassidy Blake series since the third book is coming out.

A Book You’ve Read but Want to Listen to The Audiobook

I’d like to listen to more to the Story by Hena Khan in Audio book.


Twisted in Pages

The Bookish Skies

A Bronx Latina Reads

Intisar Speaks

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Would you Rather Tag

I was tagged by Jenny at JenJenReviews

The Rules

  • Answer the questions given to you by your nominator 
  • Make your own questions and tag others

My Questions

1)Would you rather have a giant personal library in your house or own a bookstore?

As tempting as owning a bookstore is, I’ve worked in a bookstore and it’s not as fun as it seems, so I’m going with personal library on this one.

2)Would you rather drink one beverage for the rest of your life or eat the same meal for the rest of your life?

I could deal with just water for the rest of my life and be okay. I think I need a little more food variety. Would you rather only be able to read during the day or only be able to read at night?

3)Would you rather only be able to read during the day or only be able to read at night?

I read most of my books at night so I’d probably be okay with only reading at night.

4)Would you rather have every book you rate 5 stars spontaneously combust after you read it, or never read a 4/5 star book again?

This is a tough one! I think the books would have to spontaneously combust. I can’t imagine reading only three star books for the rest of my life.

5)Would you rather meet your favorite author or meet your favorite actor?

Author, though then I’d have to narrow down who my true favorite is

6)Would you rather be an author or be an editor (assuming you can’t be both)?

Author definitely.

7)Would you rather be banned from all your local libraries or be banned from all your local bookstores?

Bookstores, I can’t afford most hardbacks anyway.

8)Would you rather read a book where the villain wins or read a book where the hero dies?

A book where the hero dies, I can deal with a heroic death but not a villain winning

9)Would you rather only be able to read the first half of every book or the second half of every book?

The first half, then I can at least imagine how it ended.

10)Would you rather read a trilogy or a series of 20+ books (assuming they’re both good)?

Series of 20+ books I love a long series!

My Questions

  1. Would you rather have a five star book with a cliffhanger, or a three star book that resolves everything?
  2. Would you rather go to the future or the past to grab a book for your collection?
  3. Would you rather have a sympathetic villain one that is evil for evil’s sake?
  4. Would you rather have a perfect Instagram setup or enough posts for another platform (blog, Twitter, etc.) you never have to worry?
  5. Would you rather be limited to your favorite genre or banned from your favorite genre (and allowed to read everything else)?
  6. Would you rather be stuck with only digital or only physical books?
  7. Would you rather give up your favorite food for a year, or be able to read/listen at double speed?
  8. Would you rather see an aspect of yourself that hasn’t been published much in print or be the one to write the novel that focuses on that subject?
  9. Would you rather build a magical world from scratch or write a contemporary novel?
  10. Would you prefer to read only Middle Grade or only YA?

I’m tagging

Helen at Crispy Confessions

Twisted in Pages

Intisar at Intisar Speaks

Simone at Leafing Through Time

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