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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Tag time! Hello, welcome to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks, where I post every Monday! In this post I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Emily Rose @ Rose Reads, and I am super excited to do this tag!!!

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round 1

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I felt really sorry for the Seekers series, but the main reason why I read the three books in the series years ago was because my dad just randomly bought the first book for me and I was quite interested. Now that I’m older I realized that it’s not a very good book. Also I’d love to reread Jane Eyre, it’s been years since I read it!

Round 2

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I didn’t remember much from A Journey to the Center of the Earth but I don’t think it was one of my favourite classics. I wouldn’t change TSOA for anything in the world, its writing is so beautiful, but compared to The Raven Boys, I’d reread the whole Raven Cycle again and again if I could.

Round 3

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Again, another book my dad bought me, which was A Single Shard. I remember quite liking it when I was younger, but I absolutely do not remember much. All I remember was that it was set in Korea, and it was very interesting to learn about the culture surrounding pottery and all that stuff. I really wanna reread it right now.

Round 4

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Again, another unfair choice because I wouldn’t want to change anything from The Bell Jar – sure the writing sometimes got sort of boring, but it was still super good – but because it was compared to Harry friggin Potter, of course I had to choose Harry Potter to be reread.

Round 5

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I felt super sad about this choice, but I just couldn’t help it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, which I only read recently. I adored Lord of the Flies though, it’s such an amazing book that gave me chills while reading it. Buuuut I had to choose Narnia above them to be reread, cause I absolutely remember nothing from the last two books of the series. It seems like I have a lot of books to reread!!

Phew, that was a fun tag! I really liked the difficult choices, it really made me sad to sacrifice some books. Anyways, I won’t tag anyone, but if you really wanna do this tag, consider yourselves tagged! See you on another post, bye!

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Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! I’m Ayunda, and today I realized that over a month has passed since the last time I posted a book tag, which is quite interesting! I feel like it’s both a conscious decision to try and post more original content on the blog, but also unconscious because who doesn’t love book tags? Anyway, I was recently tagged by Rose @ Rose Read for this book tag, and I’m just gonna jump straight into the questions.

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1. What do you like about buying new books?

The smell, the feel of the smooth unopened pages, and the fact that I actually own that book is basically enough for me to be happy after buying a new book.

2. How often do you buy new books?

I try to order two or less per month, but sometimes I’d go to Amsterdam and explore the secondhand bookstores there, or find an amazing buy and I’d immediately buy it.

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3. Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstore, although most of the time nowadays I’d browse through an online bookstore first and decide what I really wanna buy, then go to the bookstore to buy it. But for the whole vibe of it, I’d say bookstores.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

There are three bookshops near my area, which is amazing, but two of them sell a majority of Dutch books so my favourite is probably the one that sells most English books. The name of the bookstore is the American Book Center, which is a famous bookstore in the Netherlands. I also could spend hours in their secondhand area upstairs.

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5. Do you preorder books?

Not that often, I didn’t preorder a single book for the last two years and only ordered one this year.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to not buy more than 3 books a month, but some months I won’t buy a single books and other months I’d buy 5 books but they’d all be good bargains so no, I don’t have a specific limit.

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7. Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Nope. It feels a little like a diet, that moment when you’d eat healthy or less for a whole month and then have a “cheat day” where you can eat basically anything for a day. Which makes me feel like you’re basically just keeping all your urge to buy books pent up inside and in the end it will burst out and give horrible effects to you. I just believe in self preservation and the penniless situation of uni students lol.

8. How big is your wishlist?

Huuuuugeeee. My TBR shelf isn’t that big, but my Book Depository wishlist is considered large for me. I recently did a TBR Unhaul post though, where I browse through my wishlists and remove books that I feel like I don’t wanna read or buy anymore.

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9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

  1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling

10. Tagging?

I’m not in the mood to tag anyone, so I’ll just tag YOU if you want to do this tag!

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The Pastry Book Tag

Super late, and I don’t do these tags that much anymore, but thank you The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! I love all kinds of pastry so here we go!

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Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love.

This a very recent read for me and my first 5-star read in 2016, I absolutely loved it and I now understand why so many people recommended it to me! A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is such a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated book. Plus, it made me cry like a baby which is always a plus point.

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Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

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I got I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai from my aunt and at first I was like, who is this person? It’s not the type of books I normally read. And I had to admit, some parts especially the early middle parts were slow and kind of hard to get through. But the overall book was very inspiring and I really enjoyed the whole book itself. Malala became one of my heroes, even though she’s practically my age! Definitely recommend to everyone.

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Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

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I’ve mentioned this several times, but The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho totally disappointed me. I had heard so many good things about it, but the whole story was just annoying and not inspiring for me. I even made a review about it which you can check out here.

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Pain au Chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

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I borrowed Cell by Stephen King at my university library after loving The Shining and wanting something similar. It turns out Cell was less of a paranormal slash horror novel and more of a thriller slash gorey novel. Doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it, but it was different than I expected.

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Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

Artemis Fowl!!! Eoin Colfer is such an underrated writer, his series is amazing and I would recommend to anyone at any age or with any gender. I basically worshipped it when I was a preteen because of its complex characters and witty writing style, and if I have the time and space to reread the whole series, I would gladly do it.

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Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

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I would say Artemis Fowl again but what’s the fun in that? Instead I’ll say the Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card. You might probably have heard of the first book, Ender’s Game, which was an amazing book and was made into an almost equally amazing movie, but not many people would mention the next three books of the series. As the book progressed so did the characters and the plot, and by the time I reached the fourth book I felt a little mixed up with the time traveling and the space traveling and the whole characters located on different planets thing. But it was still quite amazing.

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Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

Something I’ve mentioned before as well, but I thought that The Martian movie was better than its novel, written by Andy Weir. I just thought the movie was funnier, more exciting, and explored more characterization than the book itself. Not to mention Matt Damon ❤ Is there anything left to add?

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Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

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A very common choice but I’m gonna choose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Of course you all know why it’s bitter,but I also think it’s quite sweet, not just because of the romance but also because of the friendship. And John Green’s writing is fabulous.

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Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

Another recent read that I absolutely adored, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is set in a private island in USA. Definitely far from my home country, Indonesia! Although we do have a lot of tropical islands, and when I read this marvelous book I’d think about that place and the vibes of spending my vacation under the warm sun.

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Pate A Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

Butterbeer and chocolate frogs from the Harry Potter series of course! One of the reasons why I wanna go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter someday, other than the sheer fact that Harry Potter is my life. And the food in the Chronicles of Narnia are amazing, especially those in the last book I think, where they had a huge royal feast.

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Well that was all the questions I have for this tag! Thanks for reading! Any thoughts on the books I chose? Which kind of pastry do you like the most? My favourite is probably macarons, I’ve actually tried making one at home and I succeeded in having those little feet! For this tag I won’t tag anyone because most of you have probably done it before anyway, but if you want to do it, go ahead and do it, and don’t forget to mention me in the post! Anyways, see you all in my next post, and have a great day!

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