spring cleaning book tag + announcement

beannachdan! ('salutations' in scottish gaelic

The summers were brutal and pounding down on us while Jefferson the cow mooed. Through the heat and the dried up grass and the laughter across the street, we heard the most heartfelt moo ever.

Oh, and I also got tagged by Aditi @ One in a Million — thanks!

I can’t wait to share my bookish love in this post. Jefferson approves.spring cleaning

A few things to say first off:

1) I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these posts.. I’m currently trying to write a song for a book I’m reading, and ok, it’s, well, incredibly trashy, but that’s what we do here.

2) We have spring break this week (yay) and I’ve been spending it on a lot of creative projects.. it’s been great. But then I have school in a few days T-T
I’m currently working on a post that will be published on Tuesday, so it’s something you guys can look forward too.

3) Also, if you guys have ever tagged me for anything, let me know and I’ll do it for sure. I may be one of the busiest people through space and time busy like every other individual, but I’ll always make time for this :))

4) Something strange is that their seems to be 2 versions of this post, the original questions over here. I’m going to go ahead and do the first version, for kicks. I know I was tagged for 2.0, but this was seems pretty fun.

The only rules for this tag are…

  • link back to daniel @ page by page
  • respond to the scenarios
  • tag 5 people

On with the post!

1st

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddOoh, okay, I just had friends over today, and I totally admit to freaking out about my room before they arrived.

I usually keep my t.b.r. or current books in my little, red, book wagon for all to see, and I alwaysalwaysalways make sure that the books make pretty spine art– not only for others but myself, because it’s a little quirk of mine.

Otherwise, I would choose The Sun is Also a Star,  by Nicola Yoon for a few reasons. First off, I got this as a gift from my beloved cousins, so it’s a hardback.

Hardbacks scream “professional” and “organized”, guys. Not saying paperbacks don’t, but you can never go wrong with a hardback to display. Next off, the cover art is colorful + textured.

It also looks like those intimidating YA novels that are super thought-provoking, earning myself bonus points with friends + family. Yay!

2nd

Hmm, this one actually isn’t really me. Homework? I’d choose a story any day (I know, I’m mean to my future self but I don’t care). But I cannot stand an unclean work area/living space. It’s impossible! But for the sake of this question, I shall go along..

I’ve actually really wanted to start getting into audiobooks lately. You know me, I crave media like I crave chocolate.

There are actually quite a few I want to listen to, so I can have one ready for whenever I want to clean the house. Ahem:

1) Illuminae (a full cast and sound effects?? sign me up, please)
2) Anything by Maggie Stiefvater (self-explanatory)
3) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (so apparently the narrator was Tom Riddle)
4) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (1 name. Lin-Manuel Miranda)
5) The Foxhole Court (dude, I heard that there were Scottish accents and I dropped everything. I love anything Scottish)

That’s it! -proceeds to continue reading about blue lights and death-

3rd

Duck and cover, guys!
..
Is it over? -peeks-
..
We’re good!

I mean, mass-market or not, I would  could never do that to my precious cargo. I’d rather be soaked up by water from head to toe. But if it spread to different rooms, I would risk ruining everything, so I would just use my school workbooks.

But seriously, I would nevereverever use any of my books like that! They hold enormous sentimental value to me, and each holds a memory from the past.

Overall, out of the question.

4th

Ooh, I love the “2007 Cosmos” part. Sounds like the name of a super outdated model of a quidditch broomstick. First of all, I wouldn’t really do this either (oh, dear, that’s all of the questions so far) cuz’ my books deserve to be protected.

However, boredom, as Leo Tolstoy once said, equals the desires of desires. I mean, there really is a book for every occasion!skellig

Hmm, I would definitely choose a quicker read. I don’t own many books, but out of the lot, I would choose this one.

Skellig  is a super sweet book that may or may tear you up.
An irritable angel who loves Chinese takeout? Check.
A wise girl next door who DOES NOT fall in love with the boy?  Check.
The m.c.’s love and concern for his baby sister is amazing. AND THE MYTH.

P.S. Didja know that Maggie Stiefvater rated it 5 stars on Goodreads?

5th

This question is super creative; I love it. So obviously, I’m not going to take it literally, or, “Oh no! I would never do anything of the sort to my babies!” I’m going to take it as a “Ooh, I devoured this book; but the ending truly sucks!”

I actually have so many I can list off, but the first two that come to mind are these.

The ending of The War Outside was very disappointing, to be blunt. I understand that, well, things don’t always work out perfectly in the end and a happy ending is not always possible, but this book got up to my face about it! Also, the mc’s, Margot and Haruko, made awful choices that were so unlike them. Arrgh.

And don’t even get me started on Inheritance. I love this series to the ends of Alagaesia, but the ending made me quite upset! The entire premise to which the cycle was building up to, in the 3 massive novels that I had to lug around in my backpack, was just brushed over. The final battle was so quick, like the author was limited to a certain amount of words (makes sense because it’s kinda unnecessarily long) and we were left with a major cliffhanger, waiting for the next book.

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Ha, more like 8 YEARS.

..

Sorry for the rants, guys. But actually? This would make quite a delicious casserole.

6th

WOW. So, I do super dumb stuff sometimes, a.k.a. all the time, and I only buy books that I’ve read before. You know, the YA novels that take me forever to read and I’ll probably only read them once a blue moon? Those.

That being said, I would like a few.

Buuuut, none of them are YA’s.
I’m actually going to this book sale tmr. though it’s unlikely I’ll find any of these books there, sadly.

7th
Ooh, that book’s gonna be useful when planning for the future. Which I may or may not already do as a teenager..

Also, if my aunt did that, I would let her know that she’s not being very discreet.

“If you’re going to be discreet, you might as well do it like a pro.”
— Vaishnavi, 3 seconds ago, est. 2019©

Did I get everything? Oh wait, what was the question again?

Ooh, this is going to be good.

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First of all, I would implant a glitter bomb when she opens her package, to show my affection for my dear aunt.

Book-wise, this is perfect because this dystopian freaks a lot of people out. There are “gruesome” scenes and unpleasant characters.. if you know what I mean.

This is The Chosen One -claps gleefully-

Let’s hope my aunt finds it scary enough.

 

Those are all of the questions!

I tag…

Grace 🐄

Marie 🐄

CoffeeAndCream 🐄

Annie 🐄

Nabila 🐄

You’re under no obligation to do this tag, just so you know. If you’d like to do this too, comment below so I can add you to the list 🙂
That concludes this tag!


I also want to make a special announcement.
Well, two.

1) Isn’t the header for my blog so pretty? It was designed by Lilian @ Green Tea With Books, and I LOVE it.

2) As of a week ago, this blog now has a place where we can all communicate and share our wild and weird thoughts and opinions
This is the Written in Stars chat room!
I was so excited to create this; you can simply visit the link here: https://tlk.io/writteninstars

OR

Scroll down to the bottom of my home page. I can’t wait to see you guys on the platform; it’s gonna be exciting. Tsuko G. reference, anyone?

And those were my announcements; including the ones at the beginning

All my love -queen wave-

signoff 3

11 thoughts on “spring cleaning book tag + announcement

  1. Grace says:

    Ooh, I got some new books to add to my list from this! Your recommendations are always great.
    And “It also looks like those intimidating YA novels that are super thought-provoking, earning myself bonus points with friends + family. Yay!” actually made me laugh out loud. Also “I may be one of the busiest people through space and time busy like every other individual” is me. 🤣
    And YESS girl, Inheritance was so frustrating!! I loved Eragon, but that last book just let everyone down. And he hasn’t even published the next one yet! Last year he confirmed he was going to (https://www.paolini.net/2018/09/18/qas-book-5-future-stories-movie-reboots/) but nobody’s heard anything else since then. Ugh.
    Anyway, wonderful post! Thanks for the entertainment and recommendations!

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    • Vaishnavi says:

      Yea, I love throwing in a Doctor Who reference. Uurgh, why does Paolini have to be so darn cryptic?? Eragon was amazing, but in Inheritance, it seemed like he was trying to, I guess, impress everyone with big words. But Brisingr has to be my favourite of alllll time.
      Also, there’s no doubt that Eragon’s character arc is like a perfect rainbow. So I also found it super frustrating that he was still pining after Arya. Well, I guess that’s where we turn to fanfiction..
      Glad you liked the post 😆

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  2. Kiwi Katastrophes says:

    Ooh I’ve been meaning to check out The Sun Is Also A Star, I must get round to it! Haha I completely agree with you on the hardbacks over paperbacks, I feel so much more organised with a hardback like you said. It’s a shame the ending to The War Outuside wasn’t great, I was wondering whether to read it but might give it a miss! Great post!

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  3. Adi says:

    Lol, I didn’t realize that there’s two versions! Maybe I should do the original..?
    But actually, it was Jefferson the CAT not the cow (the cats: Calico, Jefferson AKA Jeffy, Sugarcane, Greystone, Midnight, Twilight, Starbright) – but actually I kinda like Jefferson the cow. You have a point there…

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  4. Marie says:

    Ahh what a fun tag, I loved your answers! I personally am a fan of paperbacks, but I can appreciate a great hardback too ahah they just look so good! 🙂 and Illuminae, oh!, I don’t read audiobooks, but I’d LOVE to experience that one on audio, it has to be quite an experience 🙂
    thank you for tagging me! 🙂

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    • Vaishnavi says:

      aww, you’re so sweet! paperbacks definitely are easier to carry around, and they’re super comfortable, but having a hardback around makes me feel like a professional- a professional what, I don’t know 🙂
      and yesss, I need to read “illuminae” once more. glad you liked the tag!

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