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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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A Book Lover’s Guide to: Gift Giving

Since it’s close to Christmas, and I love giving (and receiving!) gifts from my friends and family, I thought I might want to make a guide to giving presents to your loved ones on this special holiday or other occasions, like birthdays and weddings! Of course, as we all are book lovers, we would want to give books to other people, right?

In this post I will recommend books that are perfect to give as gifts to people who don’t really like reading that much, and these are categorized by the person you’re going to give it to. Hope you like my suggestions!

For Your Mom.

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My mom loves reading, she was actually the one who pushed me into reading more since I was young. And I know a lot of mothers like reading too, but of course not all moms have the time or interest to do it. And I’m trying not to generalize here and I’m basically just thinking of my mom when I suggest this book but it is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Basically Nicholas Sparks books are filled with fluffy, adorable romance but also deal with adult related stuff, so your mom will probably enjoy it. Except if she hates romance and prefer mysteries, like my mom does, and in that case I’d suggest you give her a Michael Crichton book.

For Your Dad.

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A book I would recommend you to give your dad is probably something cheesy but it’ll probably make him a little choked up, but it is Chicken Soup for the Father’s Soul. And I guess in general any kind of Chicken Soup is excellent to give to anyone. It’s sweet and it’s not exactly a novel you have to read and finish, because it consists of really short stories and you don’t have to read it in any order. It also gives a sort of cute sentiment, doesn’t it?

For Your Sister.

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I don’t have a sister of my own but I would probably give these two to my sister if I had one, or my female cousins. The first one, The Fault in Our Stars or any novels by John Green, are quite famous and I think this could be tricky because the person might have read it already, or at least seen the movie. So I would really recommend the second one if the person likes sappy novels like these. I myself adore My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It’s touching, it made me cry so hard, and it’s beautifully written. It is quite thick, though. But if your sister/cousin/niece will probably appreciate the sentiment, seeing the title of the book has the word sister in it.

For Your Brother.

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Now you have probably heard of me talking about this book and series a lot in the blog. I love Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go. It’s a science fiction young adult series filled with action adventure and it’s definitely a guy’s guy book. I’m pretty sure my brother (I have a little brother who’s quite a picky reader) would love this book if I gave this to him on Christmas. It’s also super fast paced so it’s perfect for people who don’t like reading.

For Your Best Friend.

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Of course, you know your best friend inside out and you probably know what their interests are. So I probably can’t recommend anything general for this because it really depends on the person. But I did think of this particular book if your friend is a girl and doesn’t really like reading. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a beautifully written novel, it’s magical and it’s not very long. But if your friend doesn’t like reading at all, I would also recommend a collection of poems for them. I think it really shows that it’s a meaningful gift but also doesn’t force your friend to read a book.

For Your Young Niece/Nephew/Cousin.

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It is usually my family’s tradition to meet up with our extended family on Christmas or the holidays and exchange gifts to them and I have a little cousin that comes in mind when I think about this book. We’re not very close and rarely see each other and I don’t know if he likes reading, but I’m sure he would love the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan. This series is perfect for middle grade boys and girls, or even younger. The other series I have loved as well is the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, one of my favourite series in the world. The second one is more suitable for slightly older readers, and it’s quite a boyish series but it’s perfect for any kind of preteen. Better yet – because both of these are series, buy them the whole boxset so they can marathon the books and fall in love like I did!

For Your Boyfriend/Husband.

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This book, of course, isn’t necessarily for an adult male in particular, in fact I really like this book a lot. But I think most boyfriends would like The Shining by Stephen King if you gave it to them. It might be a little too slow-paced for them, but when they see the title and know how good and scary the story is.

For Your Girlfriend/Wife.

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Giving a person who doesn’t like to read a classic might be a little risky, because they might be intimidated by it and not try it altogether. But this edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (and they have other Jane Austen books in similar design as well) is so beautiful that I think your significant other would probably at least give it a try. If not, I would also like to recommend Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It’s short, fun, funny, and quite light.

For Your Not-Too-Close Friend.

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Of  course you have that friend who’s not your best friend, but you like enough to actually give them a present to on Christmas or their birthday. For this I’d recommend a collection of short stories. Because you never know what their interests are and you don’t want them to feel pressured to read a long novel if you give them one. And I’m not a huge short story expert, I don’t read that many short stories and most of them are Indonesian, so I’ll recommend one I just read recently, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. It’s quite short and light, it might not be everyone’s favourite and it’s not the best short story collection in the world but it’s still a good read.

So that’s all for this list of recommendations! If after this post you’re still not sure what to give a person, just send them something short but sweet, like short story collections or poems, or a Chicken Soup book. Have you ever given anyone a book for Christmas or any other holidays, even though you know they don’t like reading? Which books would you recommend to give as gifts? Anyway, hope you guys have a good Christmas and happy holidays!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Families

Happy Tuesday everyone! How’s everyone week doing? I had a wonderful time last week, I spent a lot of time with my friends and I remember laughing a lot and just having a lot of time. Reading-wise, it’s not a very good week. I’m still reading the same two books I read last week and progress has been slow. Nevertheless, let’s talk about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! For this week, the topic is Thanksgiving, and one of the ideas for this week’s topic is fictional families you’d love to spend thanksgiving with. Now from where I come from we don’t really spend Thanksgiving together or even celebrate it, but I love the element of family in books. And here are some of my favourite fictional families, from movies, TV shows and movies!

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#10. The Pelekais (Lilo & Stitch)

Lilo and Stitch is one of my favourite movies as a child. And I love the sisterly relationship between Lilo and Nani, and how their family got bigger with the addition of Stitch and Jumba and Pleakley. I’d love to just chill with them on the beach and eat pizza and play in the sand with Stitch.

#9. The Bennets (Pride and Prejudice)

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Ever since I read the book and watched the movie, I’ve really wondered what it’ll be like to live in a large family. I love the dynamics in the Bennets family, how they’re so loud and comfortable with each other and despite the fact that they’re not wealthy or famous, they still love each other.

#8. The Shelbys (Peaky Blinders)

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Okay, I just finished the last episode of this series last week and I’m still in love with the characters. I both love and hate the Shelbys but they’re so sophisticated and rich that having dinner with them would probably be excellent. And there’ll probably be a lot of smoking and drinking. At least I’ll get to meet Tommy Shelby *melts*

#7. The Pevensies (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The four siblings of the Pevensies are just adorable. I’d love to have a big brother like Peter, and it’ll be super nice to sit down and eat dinner with them, just the food itself would probably be amazing because they’ll be the kings and queens of Narnia.

#6. Merida’s Family (Brave)

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Another Disney movie, but I just can’t help it. I love the red-headed family from Brave, and dinner with them would probably be super chaotic with the loud father and the super messy triplet who won’t be able to stop moving for more than one minute.

#5. The Fowls (Artemis Fowl series)

I just can’t help but love rich families! I’m sure dinner with Artemis and his parents would be super awkward unless we’re talking about complex things like time travel or money, but with the addition of Myles and Beckett and maybe Juliet and Butler I’ll definitely have a lovely evening with excellent high class food.

#4. The Lannisters (A Song of Ice and Fire series)

Spending dinner with the Lannisters will probably be frightening but also exciting. I’d love to sit and drink wine and eat all the amazing food in their world and spend time with Tyrion and Jaime and Cersei. Perfect.

#3. The Potters (Harry Potter series)

Most people would probably mention The Weasleys as the most famous family from Harry Potter, so I thought about something different and just because I just really really like Harry as a character, I think I would really enjoy having dinner with the Potters in the epilogue of the last book. To be able to talk to Harry and Ginny and see them as parents with their happy family and maybe with Teddy as well, it’ll be the best day of my life.

#2. The Pritchetts (Modern Family)

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I love this show and it’s mostly because I love the characters in it. I’ve only recently started watching the show, but I have been so hooked ever since. I particularly really like Phil Dunphy because he’s so hilarious. But I just think it’ll be super fun to have dinner with them, seeing them having so much fun and having alot of dinners together throughout the years.

#1. The Winchesters (Supernatural)

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Supernatural has been my favourite show for over a year now. It gives me so much feels and I love Sam and Dean. I wouldn’t mind having dinner with also their parents and maybe even Bobby or Cas, but just a simple dinner in a motel with the brothers would be awesome too, filled with the boys’ bickering and general cuteness.

What about you guys? Which fictional families would you like to spend dinner with? Let me know your thoughts on the comments 😉

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