Hocus Pocus Book Tag

It really isn’t October if my favorite Halloween movie of all time isn’t on TV, Hocus Pocus will forever be THE movie I associate with this month. Thank you Flavia The Bibliophile for tagging me to participate in this very witchy tag…now I know what you meant when you said this brought out the bad witch in you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

THE RULESย ๐Ÿ“

There are no rules. Itโ€™s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Readingย (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.

Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

 

I have started a TON of new trilogies & series this past year alone, not all have I completed though lol. One trilogy I can credit with getting me into YA Fantasy is Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. Laini’s writing is easily some of my favorite in this genre. Book 2 in the trilogy is a bit on the slower side but the pay off is worth it all! This trilogy also includes The Night of Cake and Puppets novella which Laini Taylor & her husband Jim Di Bartolo re-released recently with illustrations. I recommend this trilogy to those who love strange & beautifully written worlds/characters.

Truly written without a chance for redemption, Levana takes the cake in my book as the most vile of all villains. Once I read Fairest: Levana’s Story, I knew this character didn’t have an ounce of good in her. Fairest is a novella published after the Lunar Chronicles trilogy ended however this is very much Levana’s story before the events of the trilogy took place. Meyer gives us a look at the villain & how she came to be but never once did I feel sympathy for Levana. Not sure if it’s just me but she is DARRRRK! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Two series came to mind for this prompt since I’ve found that many bookworms I’ve come across have either read one or the other. The first for me will always be Harry Potter by JK Rowling & the other is Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Both filled with their own kind of magic that whisks you away into lands unknown. Although I’m a die hard fan of Harry Potter, Rick Riordan continues to give his young readers more adventures in this world making sure kids keep going back ๐Ÿ˜‰

Flavia & I share the same opinion for silly books, My Lady Jane & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue immediately came to mind. However, My Lady Jane definitely takes the cake for silliest in my book. I have not laughed as hard as I did reading My Lady Jane & because of that suffered many long stares on the crowded New York City trains. The mix of humor & twist on historical fiction is so effortlessly done, I couldn’t tell you which one of the 3 awesome authors wrote which parts. I am so ready for the sequel! have you seen the cover to My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2)?!?! isn’t it STUNNING?!?!? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I hate to put this book here because I REALLY enjoyed it! but I’m very much aware that I fall in the minority with this one ๐Ÿ˜‚ The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (my review) is a satire on all the well known YA tropes we all have a love/hate relationship with. It reminded me a ton of one of my fave modern rom-coms This Means War with Reese Witherspoon. Many bookworms felt that there was no depth to the characters which I thought was purposefully done by the author. This book didn’t take itself seriously & provided me with many bursts of laughter ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Julia in You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardnerย ย is unapologetically honest & for this alone has secured a safe place in my โค๏ธย This character is confident even when she may not feel that way on the inside. Most of the time she is speaking her mind through sign language & wonโ€™t shy away from giving her two cents when asked. I appreciated Juliaโ€™s raw & straight forward personality because we donโ€™t see a lot of that in YA contemporaries.

I didn’t think I had a series for this prompt but a quick trip to Goodreads brought back all of the memories I had with The House of Night series by P.C. Castย ๐Ÿ˜ฉI had to DNF the series 5 books in because of the writing. I read 5 books which says I enjoyed it enough to continue but I struggled with the massive amount of grammatical errors. I am no member of the grammar police, I’m far from perfect but when it becomes a task to get through a sentence I’d say that it’s a problem. I believe the series currently has 12 books out & I just hope the editing improved for the sake of the loyal fanbase.

I’ve got NOTHING folks! ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I cheated a bit…since I couldn’t think of a bookish character I’m going with one from the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist…Danny Rand really worked my last nerve with his role as a dumb naive superhero. Not sure if this was intentional but it persisted throughout the rest of the show with ZERO character growth. I’ve heard from friends who’ve read the comics that this is just how he’s always been portrayed & that sucks cuz I loved all of the other characters in this show.

It may be too soon to wish for this but a part of me just doesn’t want to accept that this is over ๐Ÿ˜ฉ but as a fan of this du-ology, how could I not? Specifically for theย group of hackers introduced that serve as kind of โ€œOver watchโ€ for Kate & who go by the name of The Wardens. I NEED more of these characters, I still think of them & what crime they’ve been fighting since last I saw them ๐Ÿ’ญ

I almost went with The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich again but another more recent read came to mind & it HURTS my soul to put it in here! ๐Ÿ˜ฉI recently had the opportunity to read & review Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchiย which I really enjoyed. That being said, early reviews put me once again in the minority but this time I’m not sure why. My review will go live later this week in time for its October 31st release date & so I’ll save my thoughts for that post. All I will say is that this was a 4 star read for me & I’m very interested in seeing more from this author ๐Ÿ˜„

Another prompt that had me scratching my head (these questions weren’t easy bookworms! ๐Ÿ˜‚) but similar to Flavia, Mr. Kristoff came through. For me however it’s The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff since I have not yet read Nevernight. Illuminae as many of you have probably heard or seen, isn’t written in the traditional style. Told via chatroom scripts & Files, this book feels very much ahead of its time which I guess is the point since it takes place in the future aboard a space ship ๐Ÿ˜‚ Now that I know Nevernight also has a similar feel I am even more eager to get to it ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Although I haven’t read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I did get to meet Simon briefly when he walked right into the middle of The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalliย ย & it most definitely accomplished what it set out to do, I am still thinking Who is this Simon guy?ย no worries, I will be reading Simon Vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda before the movie release March 2018 ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 


I had a ton of fun with this tag, those who’ve been around my blog for a while know by now that I’m not the type of bookworm to hate on a book harshly but rather give it a fair trial ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m a very honest reviewer & can also be very selective with the books I request to read so I don’t have too many disappointments. That being said, it’s always good to go back & see why certain books/authors didn’t work for you๐Ÿ’œ

If I didn’t tag you down below but you’d like to take a go at it, please do & share your links down below. If I did tag you but you’re not up for it that’s ok too ๐Ÿ˜‰

I Tag ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

Shanah @Bionic Book Worm

Beth @ ReadingEveryNight

Gretchen @ChicNerdReads

Darque Dreamer Reads

Kristin @KristinKravesBooks

Avalinah @AvalinahsBooks

 


FOLLOW LAIR OF BOOKS ONโ€ฆ

Instagram:ย @LairOfBooks

Twitter:ย @LairOfBooks

Goodreads:ย LairOfBook

The Who Am I Tag

It’s been hella long since the last time I posted a tag but this one just looked like a ton of fun & also like it would tell ME a little bit about myself lol. My 2 tiny humans are down for some quiet time & I’ve made myself a large cup of tea & settled in for this quite lengthy yet very unique tag โค

I’d like to thank Reg @SheLatitudeย & Beth @ReadingEveryNightย for tagging me, I apologize for the lateness. I’ve experienced a move and blogging slump going back to February & it feels GREAT to be back at it in the blogosphere ๐Ÿ˜‰

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What is the meaning of my name?

“In English the meaning of the name Lillian is: derived from the flower name Lily. Symbol of innocence; purity; beauty”

umm…seems nice enough lol, I’ve always felt my name was & is a bit outdated so I go by Lilly & NOT Lillian. I also wasn’t given a middle name…You know, I’ve kind ofย always felt like the Parentals dropped the ball in this area haha!


What is my Myer-Briggs Personality Type? (Link)

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Like Reg, I also found a few characteristics mentioned in this Myer-Briggs test that I can relate to. I actually found myself nodding in agreement a ton so I’ll be copying and pasting a few from this link down below:

  • Defenders are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity.
  • Defender personalities (especially Turbulent ones) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism, and though they procrastinate, they can always be relied on to get the job done on time.
  • The challenge for Defenders is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of Defendersโ€™ dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit. Defenders need to know when to say no and stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm. (*still working on this one)
  • They may never be truly comfortable in the spotlight, and may feel guilty taking due credit for team efforts, but if they can ensure that their efforts are recognized, Defenders are likely to feel a level of satisfaction in what they do that many other personality types can only dream of.
  • Naturally social, an odd quality for Introverts, Defenders utilize excellent memories not to retain data and trivia, but to remember people, and details about their lives. When it comes to gift-giving, Defenders have no equal, using their imagination and natural sensitivity to express their generosity in ways that touch the hearts of their recipients. While this is certainly true of their coworkers, whom people with the Defender personality type often consider their personal friends, it is in family that their expressions of affection fully bloom.
  • Defenders you may know: Beyonce, Vin Diesel, Kate Middleton, Halle Berry, and Queen Elizabeth II

What is my Zodiac Sign?

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I LOVEย astrology, it’s fun to read the horoscopes & see if it matches my actual day lol. I haven’t found many sites that match my actual personality but this siteย comes really scarilyย close…

  • Capricornย is incredibly practical and resourceful.

  • Capricornย isย patient andย disciplined as hell.
  • Capricorn can oftenย get a read on a person within a matter of seconds.
  • When Capricornย is pissed off they can be brutal with their words.
  • Capricornย isย fiercely ambitious and deeplyย driven toย succeed.
  • Capricornย isย dependable andย good for their word.
  • Capricornย looksย for facts and evidenceย before rushingย to conclusions.
  • Capricornย doesnโ€™t like to be kept waiting!
  • When Capricornย is betrayed they are notย quickย to forgive or forget.
  • ย Capricornย has high standardsโ€ฆ for everything.
  • Capricornย is clever and extremelyย calculated.
  • Capricornย givesย seriouslyย goodย advice.
  • When Capricornย gets knocked down they just get the hell back up and keep going.
  • When Capricorn is hurting they can bottle things upย and refuse to talk about it.
  • Capricorn can be reserved and takes timeย to open up to new people.
  • Capricorn is fluent in the language of sarcasm.——->very! lol
  • Capricornย is anย extremely loyal lover.
  • Capricornย hasย a baaaad habit of overthinking things. —->terribly true
  • Capricornย has a crazy and fun side that comes out around friends.—>Only when comfortable ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Capricornย is attracted to confidence and assertiveness.
  • Capricornย has no problem being aloneโ€ฆ in fact they kind of love it.—->Fact! smhย 


What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

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I seem to always get sorted as a Ravenclaw with a bit of Hufflepuff in the mixย โค โค โค

My fellow Raven’s: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Gilderoy Lockhart, Sybil Trelawney


What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

You have a multimodal learning preference (VARK)

Your scores were:

  • Visual 11
  • Aural 10
  • Read/Write 13
  • Kinesthetic 8

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

I don’t know why I thought I’d get left…maybe because I think I’m pretty logical lol but uhhh I can’t deny that the right side traits def seem about right…chaossss city! haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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What is my Blood Type?

I am O- the unicorn of the blood types…which means I can give to almost anyone however, I can mostly only receive from another O- (this part scarrrrres me!)


What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

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Yea Nooooo, I don’t think I have the discipline one would probably need to be a writer LOL! I’ve actually always wanted to be an editor cuz I just wanna read ALL the books haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

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Ok! I’ll take it LOL! seems like i’ll be a forever bookworm/nerd no matter the world I’m in ๐Ÿ˜‰


What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

I am a Firstborn: “Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. โ€œWhen he feels like he has disappointed his parents or canโ€™t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,โ€…if this doesn’t perfectly describe my teen years to a tee smh. Only thing is that when I did veer off in my rebellion, I did so quietly more for myself than to spite my parents.

 

My Tags

Sara @FreadomLibrary

Flavia @FlaviatheBibliopile

Ashley @SociallyAwkwardBookworm

Raven @DreamyAddictions

Kelly @KellysRambles

Lourdes @ChaptersWeLove

This was fun…lengthy but fun & interesting haha! I tagged a few of the bloggers I speak to frequently on the blogosphere but the tag is open to anyone. If you decide to do this one, please feel free to drop the link down below <3’s! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Happy Thanksgiving ALL!!! I’ve been sick for the past week with a bad cold and asthma which is why i’ve been a bit M.I.A here on the blog. I’m honestly thankful to finally being able to breathe a bit better just in time for Thanksgiving with the family. I’m also very thankful for this wonderful community of bloggers that welcomed me into the blogosphere 6 months ago today. Seriously Ladies & Gents, you all are AMAZING human beings that can turn any bad day into a good one just by me opening my WordPress app. I am thankful for all of the comments that remind me there are people out there reading my shared thoughts, the likes & the shares on Twitter…it feels so good to finally connect with people who get my love for all things books & have taken the time out to get to know the gal behind the screen. Now, on to the tag lol…

Anne from InkedBrowniesย tagged me & stated the reason as “because I canโ€™t help but wonder whatโ€™s coming through those earphones in her profile picture! ย This alone had me raising a brow in question of which headphones she was referring to. Whelp in my profile pic I had headphones & I’ve just changed my profile pic this morning only to realize that my headphones make an appearance in this new photo as well LMAO! I was also tagged by Danielle at Booksvertigoandtea, funny thing Danielle that you would list a Beatles song as 1ย of your 12 cuz I struggled finding my FAVORITE Beatles song on Youtube & therefore left it out—>Come Together is a song I listen to daily & always comes up no matter how many times I shuffle, it knows I love it so much lol. If you’re not already following these lovely gals, please do I guarantee they will only brighten up your Reader ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tag Rules:

  1. List the first 10 12 songs that come on shuffle (no skipsies)
  2. Then write your favorite lyric (or verse) from that song *if itโ€™s worth to mention*
  3. Tag others

Disclaimer—I am all over the place with my music & can easily go from singing my heart out over a ballad to full out failed attempts at dancing like Shakira *no shame in my game*ย 

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#1 Shakira-La Tortura Reggaeton Remix

No pido que todos los dรญas sean de sol

No pido que todos los viernes sean de fiesta

Tampoco te pido que vuelvas rogando perdรณn

Si lloras con los ojos secos

Y hablando de ella

 

#2 Blues Traveler-Run Around (this man & his harmonica bring back so many memories of Summer road trips to Upstate NY with my Uncle & cousins)

And I’ll lie too and say I don’t mind

And as we seek so shall we find

And when you’re feeling open I’ll still be here

But not without a certain degree of fear

Of what will be with you and me

I still can see things hopefully

*for any Roseanne fans, you may have seen Blues Traveler on the show a few times since heย made several appearances ๐Ÿ™‚

 

#3 Emeli Sandรฉ-My Kind Of Love (Redone and Alex P Remix)ย 

‘Cause when you given up

When no matter what you do, it’s never good enough

When you never thought that it could ever get this tough

That’s when you feel my kind of love

 

#4 Amy Winehouse-Youย Know I’m No Good

I cheated myself

Like I knew I would

I told ya I was troubled

You know that I’m no good

I cheated myself

Like I knew I would

I told ya I was troubled

Yeah, ya know that I’m no good

 

#5ย J Balvin feat. Pharell Williams, BIA, Sky-Safari

Doesn’t matter when or where this song comes on, i’m rolling windows down & busting a move lol

 

#6 Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse-Cherry Wine

I want someone who like the champagne I like

My a-alike, someone to talk me off the bridge any day or night

She teach me how to live, she ain’t afraid of life

Not easily impressed with the rich and famous life

Cause she done been there and heard all the rumors before

 

#7 Duffy-Syrup & Honey

Don’t you be wastin’ all your money

On syrup and honey because I’m sweet enough

Don’t you be usin’ every minute on makin’ a livin’

Because we got our love

 

#8 Adele-Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Send my love to your new lover

Treat her better

We gotta let go of all of our ghosts

We’ve both know we ain’t kids no more

 

#9ย Kehlani-Gangsta (from Suicide Squad Soundtrack)

OBSESSED with this soundtrack as a whole!

 

#10 Mary J. Blige featuring Smif ‘N’ย Wesson- I Love You (Remix)

 

#11 Florence + The Machine-Shake It Out

And every demon wants his pound of flesh

But I like to keep some things to myself

I like to keep my issues strong

It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh Florence…this song is always on heavy rotation on my playlist. I have 3 of her albums & can’t go a day w/out listening to those vocals.

 

#12ย Mary J. Blige-Someone To Love Me feat Diddy & Lil Wayne (Oh Man! if this were an old school record I would’ve burned right through it!)

The warโ€™s Iโ€™ve fought, scars that Iโ€™ve garnered

The hustle, I got that honest from my father

Mix me with violence, blend me with peace

Combine me with hate and I canโ€™t face defeat (nope)

I did it all in a week

Still incomplete as I stand on my feet

It take a lot to still dance to the beat

Skin more cold and callous than concrete

 

I tag all who are interested in doing this tag, I had a blast with this one! I love tags that make me laugh while completing them. I laughed at how random I can be with my music taste & when picking my favorite lyrics I also had a few moments of deep thought.ย This tag was fun & I could kick myself for hesitating on doing it cuz I don’t know about ya’ll but my playlist is an extension of me & that can get personal real quick LMAO! No regrets here though so thanks Anne & Danielle! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes (Day 2)

A huge thank you to Chicnerdreads for tagging me to do this!

THE RULES:

1. Thank the person that nominated you
2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days
3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day

โ€œI’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending–it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.โ€ โ€• Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not

I Tag:

City Of Fiction

Living In The Pagesz

Nerdy Talks Book Blog


3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag (Day 1)

A huge thank you to Chicnerdreads for tagging me to do this!

THE RULES:

1. Thank the person that nominated you

2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days

3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day

“Everything happened yesterday. Trina was yesterday. Brew was yesterday, Johnny Gringo was yesterday. I was a kid yesterday and my whole world was yesterday. I ainโ€™t got nothing but today and a whole lot of tomorrow”- Piri Thomas, Down These Mean Streets

I tag:

Real Tasty Pages

Night Train Books

Journey Of Angie