Hamilton Book TAG



Let me explain you a thing; I avoided listening to Hamilton for years because I hate listening to musicals without having seen them. Sometimes it’s hard to follow along and I get spoilers for when I do see it and ugh. Can not. But then my good friend insisted and hassled, he begged, borrowed, and bartered to get me to listen to this musical with him. The next thing i know it’s several months later, my entire friends group only communicates in song lyrics, the baby’s favorite song is My Shot, and two of my friends are seriously considering naming their next beb “Lafayette”. I think this is the natural progression of things. We’re Hamiltrash and proud.

Let’s jump right in to the question though. I found this tag over at The Book Loving Nut, the only thing I changed was that I ordered the questions in the order the songs appear in the soundtrack. Spoiler warning for everything below.


My Shot: A Character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything get in their way.


Beatrice Lacey from Wideacre by Philippa Gregory. She is the best villain protagonist I have ever read. She knows what she wants and simply destroys anyone between her and those goals.

The Schyler Sisters: An underrated female character.

This may be a cop out but I’m going with two classic fairy tale characters; Ariel and Cinderella. Cinderella is a strong woman, she survives neglect and abuse and still doesn’t succumb to despair. Ariel is curious and strong willed; she’d willing to risk everything for what she wants.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest Villain.


I can’t really think of any but I turned around and spotted Peter Pan by so, yeah, Captain Hook is hella sassy.

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP


Jean Tannen and Locke Lamora are #relationshipgoals af. If you believe that The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch is not a love story you’re wrong. Wrong.

Helpless: A relationship you rooted for from the start.

I honestly couldn’t remember many couples. I’m stuck between Scarlet and Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Meridon and Will from Meridon by Philippa Gregory. I just love them all so much.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs.


I was going to say ASoIaF BUT I was recently reminded how much I love the book Little Bee by Chris Cleave and it deserves a shout out.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive.


Super spoiler warning ahead: Zacharia Ferrer from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This isn’t even a character that I loved or missed, just a death that broke me. I just had to go back and check the spelling on his name and opened right up to the scene and then I cried. i just cried.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene.


I don’t read many books with fighting that stands out to me so I’m cheating and saying the high stakes card game from Meridon. Holy hell. It’s one of my favorite scenes in a book.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books.

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. ASoIaF by George R.R. Martin The Gentleman Bastards Series by Scott Lynch. Looking at you guys.

Non-Stop: series you marathoned


I shot through A Song of Ice and Fire in 22 days. Twenty. Two. Days.

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to.


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling I’m only 2 decades late. Oops.

Say No to This: A guilty pleasure read.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer are my favorite books. I love this series. I’m total trash for this series and I super should not be.

The Room Where it Happens: A book world you would put yourself in.


Absolutely Wonderland! Such whimsy! And one of my favorite stories.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A twist you did not see coming.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is one of my favorites in this series and I super was not expecting Mad Eye Moody to be the villain. That genuinely fucked me up. Also Crookshanks actually being a cat in the previous book caught me off guard.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end of a relationship.


Remember what I said about Beatrice Lacy way back at the start? Her and her first lover Ralph. Just. Read this book. It’s an adventure. Okay.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book series that would be remembered throughout history.


Definitely A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It’s not my *favorite* series but it’s amazing and more popular than god.


And there you have it! My Hamiltrash TAG! What’s your favorite Hamilton moment?






A-Z Book

Happy TAG! Tuesday everybody! This little time capsule (for it is still Feb 5th) is going to be the A-Z TAG! It’s 26 questions so let’s jump right in!

Like my Rainbow! I don’t.

Author you’ve read the most books from?

Philippa Gregory; I’ve read 17 of her books.

Best sequel ever?

Toss up between Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and Meridon by Philippa Gregory.

Currently Reading?

I am still reading 1984 by George Orwell! I’m in the Afterward though

Drink of choice while reading?

I only drink water, tea, or juice. So basically water, grassy water, or sugary water

E-reader or physical book?

I’m sorry what kind of question is that? I read books thank you very much.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school?

Okay no one because high school Tarina was. . . look it wasn’t great. Probably Victor from Write Naked by Peter

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Habibi and Blankets by Craig Thomson. I HATE graphic novels but I picked these up to challenge myself and they were two of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read.

Hidden Gem:

There area lot of books that I think too few people recognize but, because it’s on my mind.I’ll say Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Important moment in your reading life:

Ah. There are a lot. I guess the most important was all those years ago when i managed to read Dr. Seuss’ The Foot Book all by myself and the rest, they say, is history.

Kinds of books you won’t read?

I won’t read romances. I have. I regret it.

Longest books you’ve read?

Maybe Stephen Kings Under the Dome? It clocks in at 1,075 I think. I believe some of AsoIaF are longer but they were also physically shorter books so I think Dome is still longer.

Major book hangover because of:

Kingkiller by Patrick Rothfuss. That got me in some kind of head space for like 2 weeks.

Number of bookcases you own?

Technically 0. My shelves are attached to my wall and came with the room so I’m just renting them.

One book you have read multiple times?

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory

Preferred place to read?

In bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book?

My first thought was “Hope is swift and flies on swallows wings; kings it makes gods and meaner creatures kings.” which is from Richard III by Shakespeare. I’ve never actually read Richard III but when i was 10 I read a book in wich one of the characters was a homeless drunk who would quote books at people to prove he used to be somebody and he quoted that to a group of children; it wasn’t until I was in high school that I learned he’d misquoted it saying it was from Hamlet. In any case that quote has stuck with me for 13 years even if I can’t remember the book I’d actually read it in.

Reading regret:

I didn’t read keep better track of what I’d read growing up. I used to keep sporadic lists but nothing complete and now there are so many stories floating around in my memories, and some I know I’ve forgotten. It makes me sad not having a way to look back. I would also like to have an idea of how many books I’ve actually read. I usually guess somewhere between 600-700 but who fucking knows.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

I don’t really start series unless I’m able to finish them, or get caught up quickly. I guess maybe The Jenna Fox Chronicles because I didn’t know there was more than one of them until recently.

Three of your all-time favorite books

Childhood End by Arthor C. Clarke, Meridon by Philippa Gregory, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Gentlemen Bastards, Kingkiller, Lunar Chronicles, The Three Musketeers. No shame.

Very excited for this release more than any other:


Worst bookish habit?

Laying my books face down and open probably. It’s really bad for their spines.

X marks the spot: Start at the far left of your bookcase and pick the 27th book:

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Your latest book purchase?

Well i just got Wires and Nerves Vol.1 by Marissa Meyer but I just ordered Hidden Figures

ZZZZ-snatcher: last book that ket you up WAY late?

1984 by George Orwell; I have been working nonstop and yet I still spent hours up the other night reading

Now I know my ABC’s. . . If you’re reading this I TAG you to answer these 26 questions

Inside Out Book Tag

Still no internet! (It’s Feb. 5th as i type) I’m spending this whole day stocking up on posts to queue.

I found this TAG! at A Backpack Full of Adventures and since I LOVE doing TAGs I decided to steal it 😛


Inside flap/Back of the book: Too much info? Or not enough? (Discuss)

FAR TOO MUCH! I like going into things blind; books, movies, video games, I don’t want to know anything. Obviously I can’t always go into something 100% blind but you’d be amazed by how often I manage it. I have bought books knowing as little as one person saying they hated it (yes, hated it so vehemently that I had to see what the fuss was about). Books like The Name of the Wind and The Lies of Locke Lamora I read knowing only that my friend told me I had to. I even have a bunch of naked hardcovers on my shelves that i picked up secondhand with nothing but the title, and maybe a quick glance at the first paragraph to go on.

This is probably why i have never read Harry Potter; I have done a PHENOMENAL JOB avoiding spoilers for that series for so long “just in case” I decided to read it one day and then, in the last few years, random people kept spoiling things for me and now I literally don’t give a shit anymore. It’s also why my reviews tend to skirt around even basic plot points. I just can’t handle any information besides “It’s historical fiction, set in this place”.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

Paperback or hardcover but I am partial to hardcover if it’s a book I feel like I’m going to want to keep for a while. I’m hard on my books 9and everything else in my possession) so they need to stand up to being tossed in a bookbag, lugged around, thrown, dropped, packed up, moved around, etc. Hardcovers just stand up better BUT paperbacks are lighter and more portable so sometimes it’s just a matter of the size of the book.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

Eh. Okay here’s the thing, I don’t give a shit about writing in books. I know. I know. Blasphemy; I’ll go find a stake you get the fire going.

I honestly think that scribbles and notes add to a book. I buy mostly used books and when I find scribbles and underlined bits it makes me feel connected to someone I will never know who read the same words I’m reading. I personally tend not to write in my books though because I usually find I don’t have much to say until after I’m finished reading it and then I’m not going to go back and take notes. The most I would want while reading is to highlight passages I like but I find sticky tabs work best because I can easily go back and find them. Maybe one day, with my favorite of favorites I will go through with a highlighter and a pen and permanently mark the pages but for now it never happens. Except reference/nonfiction books. Those i take notes in.

In your best voice read for us your favorite first sentence from a book.

I’m going to skip this one. 1) because I cannot read to you and 2) because I only have 188 books at my disposal right now and not a one of them has a first sentence that i could claim to be my “favorite”. I don’t remember if i have a favorite first sentence.

Scratch that, I keep coming back to it so here it is; “Marty was dead, to begin with.” Something about it always makes me chuckle.

Does it matter if the author is male or female when deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the authors gender?

I usually don’t pay attention to the authors gender when deciding to pickup a book. I do find that I tend to read more books by female authors but I tend to like books by male authors more.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I used to always read the last sentence of a book before I started the book; I have no idea why it’s just what I did (I’m talking elementary/middle school age). That evolved into me just reading the last 3 words because it was less spoilers but I kept my tradition. It’s weird. I really have no idea why i did that.

Nowadays I will look ahead if a book is getting dull or is at a part i really hate; I never read ahead i just look to see when some dialog might be coming up, or a change of narrator or something.

Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

Always organized. In my previous home I had them organized by purpose; my fiction (organized by color) was in my bedroom, on another shelf in the room was my fairytales/childrens books. Downstairs were nonfiction/reference organized by subject, then by author. On another shelf were graphic novels and comics organized by series/author and stand-alones were by color.

Now i only have one self so most of my books are in a giant rainbow with some reference books to the side.

Under oath; have you ever bought a book based off of the cover alone?

Oh hell yeah. I do it all of the time seeing as i don’t read the backs ever.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Depends on the season; i love reading in the hammock when it’s hot out but i do a lot of reading outside all year long because I take public transportation everywhere; it’s pretty common to find me reading on a bus top somewhere i the city.

What about you? As always i tag everyone!

Mid-Year Freak Out TAG

I am aware that it’s August.

This tag still seemed appropriate for me because I didn’t read anything for a good few months at the stat of this yea so it’s still the middle of my reading season. Also I do what I want, so let’s begin shall we?

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.Under_the_Dome_Final
Stephen Kings Under the Dome is by far the best thing I’ve read this year. I don’t think I need to explain this. It’s King. It’s Under the Dome. It’s perfect.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.
I haven’t read many sequels this year, actually I think the only one was The Wise Mans Fear by Patrick Rothfuss but I didn’t quite care for it as a sequel so I’m going to cheat and say Meridon by Philippa Gregory. It’s the 3rd book in my favorite trilogy and also the 4th time I’ve read it so I’m more than a little biased.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
I was only looking forward to three books going into 2016 and have spent the past 8 three-sisters-three-queens-9781476758572_lgmonths COMPLETELY out of the loop on bookish news. That being said the only one of my anticipated releases that has been released is Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory and it was just released last week. I haven’t been entirely happy with Gregory for about 3 novels now but she is still my auto-buy author and I will always support her and the work she does.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir!
An Ember in the Ashes was probably my favorite read of last year and I am eagerly awaiting the emotional roller-coaster of Torch!!

5. Biggest disappointment.
To be disappointed one has to have expectations and most of the books I read I go into blind, and sometimes with no recommendation so I am rarely disappointed. That being said I picked up Mrs. Lincoln Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini expecting to hear about the incredible life of Elizabeth Keckly; a woman born into slavery, who is regularly sexually assaulted and ends up having a child by her assailant, who works hard to buy her and her childs freedom, who sends her child to college, and who creates a dressmaking business so successful she becomes the First Lady’s personal seamstress. Instead I got a book about how unstable Mary Todd Lincoln was and the only bits of Elizabeth we see are those which in someway play a part in Mrs. Lincolns life. Waste of a story if you ask me.
The only other disappointment I had was with The Majaikl Chronicles by James T. Witten. That book wasn’t nearly as horrible as I’d been led to believe and I’m mad about it.

6. Biggest surprise.
The book that surprised me the most this year was probably Too Far by Rich Shapero. I 10861891went into it blind not quite knowing what to expect but what I got was beyond anything I would have guessed. The book is told through the POV of two imaginative six years olds from homes varying degrees of broken and neglectful. They spend a summer together in their backyards in the Alaskan wilderness. This book is trippy, for lack of a more accurate term. At first I even thought it was magical realism. Through the weird imagery we see these children are dealing with very adult problems and the themes in this book are surprisingly not kid friendly and its just. . . Its weird. Its hard to tell what is real, what is their imagination, and whether or not they will carry out some of their dangerous, and deadly, plans.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Patrick Rothfuss.
I had heard of The Name of the Wind but since I’m not likely to pick up fantasy I never gave it a second thought until a friend of mine made a huge deal about it. I love Rothfuss’ writing style and I left each of his books with a list of quotes and insights that meant something to me.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Bast, from the KingKiller series by Patrick Rothfuss. I would say Kvothe but he’s a piece of shit, Bast is the most perfect person in those books. He’s the only one good enough for Kvothe and yet Kvothe isn’t good enough for him.  I love him so much. Words cannot express.

9. Newest favorite character.
Bast of course. But in the interest of diversity I would have to say Kireg from The Majaikl Chronicles. He’s got a piece of shit sense of humor that reminds me a whole lot of this guy I like and his laid back unbothered personality just made ever scene hilarious.

10. Book that made you cry.
I don’t usually cry reading, I might get choked up but there have to be tears for me to consider it crying. Tears happened twice as far as I remember; during some of the deaths in Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran, and during a scene in The Majaikl Chronicles.
While reading Cleopatra’s Daughter I was experiencing a hard death anniversary so I was just extra emotional and the main character losing people hit me hard. I ended up crying like a baby twice.
The Majaikl Chronicles has a scene where the main character, Aervane, describes the origins of his people, the Majaikl. The tale reminded me so much of the story and struggle of “the American Mulatto”, for lack of a better term, that it hurt and I got a bit emotional about it.

11. Book that made you happy.index
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer made me so happy you don’t understand! The YA fan girl in me adored the stories in that book and I had so much fun reading it. I squee’d, I laughed, I gushed at all the horrible YA cuteness.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I’m going to have to repeat myself and say Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. It’s no secret how I feel about the look of this series, they are some of the most beautiful books I own.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Girl don’t get me started! I am so behind, I have no idea what I’m doing, where I’m going, I just. . . Send help okay?
I said I would read Harry Potter this year but who the fuck even knows anymore man. I live near TWO Little Free Libraries now and  I’m just trying to read everything I’m taking in. I’ve done a good job so far, my Little Free Library TBR is only 5 books long!

14 Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)
I am so bad at branching out. I find someone I like and I stick with them. My favorite BookTubers are, as always, BooksandLala and KatyTastic.



Since this Tag is SO LATE I’m sue everyone who would have done it has done it by now but so what. if you haven’t and you want too I’m tagging ya!


Pokemon Go Book TAG!


Because of course I am.

I found this tag over at ReadatMidnight.com, you can find the original HERE. All of the images are from the original post so feel free to snag them for your own because they’re pretty fucking great.

Now. Disclaimer. I’m sorry.

I don’t play Pokemon Go.

I know. I’m the literal worst.

But I LOVE Pokemon, okay! It’s like nostalgia all over the damn place, it’s amazing! So I’m doing this tag and no one can stop me. Let’s begin.


I’ve been reading longer than I’ve been doing most things. The first book I read on my own was The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss when I was 3; before that my grandmother (or anyone literate who I could pin down for a moment) would read everything to me. My grandmother regularly read Stephen King to me as a baby, and I am told I requested fairy tales more than anything.

Not much has changed it seems.


I love classic stories; I am a fairy tale hound after all. My favorite well known classic tale is, of course, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.


The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. When I was a kid my grandmother bought me Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone but even at that point a lot of people were talking about the books because the first movie had come out and I was already over it. I never read it. I couldn’t find a fuck to give.

I still haven’t found the fucks to actually open any of the books even though I own them now.


If you’ve been here for a while you will know this answer. You can see my love/hate relationship with The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer in my Lunar Madness post from last year. I absolutely loathe how tropey and predictable this series is. . . but I did read every novel and short story set in the world so I don’t think that means much.


There’s a few; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, and The Stand by Stephen King. Though I don’t really want to read Outlander any longer when i did I was a bit intimidated by the fact that it was 8 or 9 books long WITH a spin-off series. Nope.


Well a lot of books keep me up at night, I sacrifice sleep regularly to finish a book, so I’m going to interpret this as a book that scared me so much it kept me up even after I’d finished. That has only happened once; Misery by Stephen King. God damned Annie Wilkes TERRIFIED ME.

I’m also a pussy when it comes to horror anyway, and I should have known better than to read it but I like to live on the edge.


I recently read The Name of The Wind and The Wise Mans Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. From page one I determined that, no matter what happens, Bast is the only person who truly deserves Kvothe. I have to live with the knowledge that it will literally never even be entertained as a possibility, I mean they don’t even need to be lovers but Bast is the ONLY person in either book who should be with Kvothe. In fact Kvothe isn’t good enough for Bast but Bast loves him anyway and that’s whats so sweet.

I will go down with this ship. Fight me.


The last page turner I read was Stephen Kings Under the Dome. It’s not an action book, it’s not even really a thriller but dear goddess this book moves. Almost 1100 pages and I COULDN’T. PUT IT. DOWN. I felt like I was in a constant state of “Holy Shit, what’s going to happen next!?”


First off, I love Eevee. Look at that fucking face!

The only stories I will always look forward to seeing more of are fairy tales; more specifically East of the Sun West of the Moon, or Beauty and the Beast. I will lose my shit over any and all new adaptations of that tale. Disney’s live action adaptation of their original Beauty and the Beast has got me more hype than it really should. Their live action Cinderella sucked, but I haven’t seen The Jungle Book. . .

This is getting off topic. Fairy tales. Give me all of them. Is the point I was trying to make.


Fucking Magikarp. Grinding this motherfuckers level up is the reason I hate my life.

The book that surprised me most in the past few years was probably The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I went into that book almost blind, even reading the blurb on the back is wonderfully spoiler free, but when I realized it was about the same ol’ dumb goldfish- I mean zombies I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. You can read my reaction to it HERE.


No. As I stated earlier hype will kill my desire to read anything. It took me a long time to pick up A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin after getting bombarded with Game of Thrones hype from all directions, and I still don’t watch the show.

I’m also not really looking forward to anything I am not already reading and that’s not much at all.


I am a bibliophile in every sense of the word. i want books, pretty books, around me always. That said I shop at thrift stores and don’t usually even know about collectors editions of books I love, because if I did I’d buy them.

The only book I have been craving lately is the 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. I auto buy every new edition of Alice I can find and this one is GORGEOUS. The dust jacket is interesting but underneath is a pale cream fabric cover with a pretty indented Alice on the front. It’s simple. It’s beautiful. I WANT IT. 


Damn. I have been out of the book community way too long guys. I don’t even KNOW of any debut novels coming out that I’m interested in. Recommend some!


My only auto-buy author is Philippa Gregory. I don’t even know why, I dislike her work more and more with each new novel but I’m already programmed to hand her my money so. . .


I stopped reading fantasy series’ in middle school, mostly because I got over waiting for books to come out. I make it a point not to read series’ that aren’t complete now, AND YET here I am waiting for Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin. I did it to myself so I can’t complain too much.

What I can complain about, though, is the fact that now I’m also waiting for Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss because some asshole I know was like “Tarina, read The Name of the Wind it’s the literal best. Okay now read The Wise Man’s Fear. Okay Doors of Stone is NEVER COMING OUT!” I kid you not that’s how it happened. I’m mad as fuck.


As always I TAG everyone reading this! Especially you lovers of Pocket Monsters!

Now i need to go the fuck to sleep.





The Ultimate Book Tag



1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I get sick just from riding in a car, I’m one of those unfortunate people that can do EVERYTHING RIGHT and I still always get motion sick so sometimes I say “Fuck it” and read anyway.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?crank_book_monster

Ellen Hopkins. It feels like a cop-out answer and you’d understand if you ever pick up one of her books but I’ve never read any other novel written that way. Not necessarily in verse but.  . . Well kind of.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer? 
I haven’t read either but I do at least own Harry Potter so I guess that’s my answer. So why do I own one and not the other?

  • I have no desire to ever read Twilight but I have a small curiosity about Harry Potter
  • Twilight ruined Vampires and I was raised on Blade and Underworld movies
  • I’ve seen the first Harry Potter movie and didn’t hate it

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Oh man here we go!

  • Glass half gallon “Moonshine jug” of water
  • Primal Pit Paste
  • Cocoa Butter lotion
  • A compostable fork
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Keys
  • Ginger candy (for motion sickness)
  • Phone Charger
  • So many receipts and old bus passes
  • Like $5 in pennies

5. Do you smell your books?
Of course.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I always appreciate a well placed illustration. It add just a little something to the beauty of a book.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
A lot of the Phillipa Gregory I read as a young teen. I love her but it’s just not the best quality out there.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
My teachers used to confiscate my books but that’s not funny so much as an indicator of how broken our education system is. Sorry i don’t give a shit about this thing you’re teaching that at 22 I won’t even remember, I’m busy learning about history, or censorship, or culture, or maybe I’m just having a good fucking time.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
I don’t have shelves right now and I’m sad about it but I’m going to take a guess and say For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Again this is a guess but it’s almost certainly Under The Dome by Stephen King

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes i do write. I used to entertain the idea of publishing one of my novels/short stories but I’m content to just be another blogger.

12. When did you get into reading?
In utero? My family is a family of readers, from the day i was born my grandmother always read to me and the moment I could understand the words on my own I have been reading.

13. What is your favorite classic book?
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yes? I was great at it but it would be a close call between that and history.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
This is why no one gets me books anymore! I usually just thank the person and et them know that I have read it and that I have no trouble taking it back for an exchange. Most people are good sports about that.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I have no idea honestly.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
Fluff my hair and talk to my cats.

18. What is your favorite word?
Fuck. Fucking. Fucker. Fuckery.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I am most certainly a nerd. I can nerd out on a variety of random topics!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies. I really love nature magic and fairy tales. I have so many books about fairies!

21. Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?
In books? I’m not really into either, I can’t remember a book I’ve read that dealt with either.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves. I’m not about spirits and ghosts. Nah, I will take my chances with a demon wolf and some silver stakes before I mess with the spirits of the dead.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, zombies are getting pretty played out. Though I loved The Girl with all the Gifts. I also just read Fevre Dream so vamps are on my mind.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love. I don’t get that love triangle shit, it bothers me so much. It usually ends up becoming a huge plot point and then of course the main character has to chose in the end which is irritating and not realistic. It is possible to love more than one person and it’s possible to love people in ways that don’t mean they have to be your lover (I am side-eyeing the fuck out of Avatar: The Last Airbender right now. i know it’s not a book but DEAR GODDESS does it make me angry!). There is never a reason for a love triangle to arise and not be resolved with all parties benefiting. You don’t just stop loving someone because you decide to be with someone else. Ugh. I’m done.

But Zutara all the way, in case you didn’t catch on.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Either or. It depends on what I’m in the mood for but i tend not to pick up a book whose sole plot point is a romance. It’s not the idea of a romance that bothers me but the execution tends to suck ass.


I tag everyone as always!!


So I’m just going to pretend like it hasn’t been 5 months since my last post. I do have some updates though:

  • No more videos for the foreseeable future. I no longer have a camera of a computer
  • I’m going to try to get back into writing reviews, i have been reading again which is nice
  • I am making a goal of doing a TAG a week again so at the very least that will be a thing!
  • Also follow me @VolumesOfForgottenLore on Instagram. It’s sad now but I’m getting back into it soon 🙂


#ayearathon TBR

I have been wanting to do a read-a-thon for a while now but honestly I’m just not that into the whole “read as much of this this as you can in a week!”. I’ve finally convinced myself to suck it up and DO ONE! I chose to do the #ayearathon challenge for this month.

December 7-13: Graphic Novels/Mangas/Comic Books/Picture Books


This is the perfect challenge for me! If you read my post about Expanding my Horizons you will know that graphic novels/comics/manga are simply not my go to. I don’t like the pictures. . . I know. Weird. It’s my curse. BUT LO #ayearathon is here to get my ass in gear!

With the help of the boyfriend I picked out a nice bunch of books for this week. You can check out my TBR in the video below:

Wow, Tarina, breaking into the YouTube game? How original.

Look I know, I’ve just always wanted to.

If my awkward fumbling is too much for you here’s my TBR for this week

I kept the list fairly short because I am in the middle of The Virgins Lover by Phillipa Gregory and I don’t want to be taken from the too much. The Craig Thompson novels are quite sizable so I don’t feel like I’m cheating with a small list!

I’m really looking forward to this little challenge, I want to try to do more read-a-thons next year. I may try to do one each month.

Hopefully I can get better at that video thing because it’s pretty fun. Let me know what you’re reading for this months ayearathon and what you think of my selections!