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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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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Fictional OTPs

Ah, it’s that time of the year again. The time with red roses, chocolates tied in bows, and presents wrapped in pink paper. I hate it. I feel so lonely in this week coming up to Valentine’s Day. You know why? Because I feel like whoever I’ll eventually end up with, we will never be as adorable and heartbreaking as these fictional OTPs. But anyways, here is my Top Ten Tuesday where I list my Top Ten Fictional OTPs (One True Pairing).

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#10. Everlark

I read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins when I was, like, 13 (my lovey-dovey romance phase) and I was immediately shipping Everlark. It has never crossed my mind to prefer Gale over Katniss, mostly because I loved Peeta too much. They made me cry so hard when I read Mockingjay for the first time. After rereading the series a few years ago, I actually quite liked Gale and there were times when I’d not ship Everlark. But in the end, I would still come back to these two.

#9. Scarlet/Wolf

This is a very new pairing for me. I’ve only read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer in January this year, and am currently reading Winter. But from the whole gang, I really liked these two the most. Their romance was a little cheesy and a little to instant, but I still thought they were cute. Further thoughts on the book? Check out my review of Scarlet and Cress.

#8. Cath/Levi

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Another new OTP that I had only discovered in 2016! Again, I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell in January and I was so in love with Cath and Levi. They are just soooo adorable! I love Cath because I can really relate to her a lot, and I wasn’t a huge fan of Levi at first but he quite grew on me. He’s so sweet and his relationship with Cath and how he treats her is just amazing to read.

#7. Percabeth

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Percy Jackson is probably my favourite series in middle school. And during reading the series, I had been anticipating him coming together with Annabeth so much. I love how they grew together from being the best of friends to finally falling for each other. And continuing to the Heroes of Olympus series also by Rick Riordan, their relationship is further explored and they are just so fricking adorable.

#6. Patrochilles

Basically when I started reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller I knew that Patroclus and Achilles were lovers. But I didn’t expect to love their love so much! I adore their relationship, how much they depend on each other and how they complete each other. It’s so sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.

#5. Hinny

Another of my preteen OTPs that have stuck with me for so long. I squealed with delight when Harry finally kissed Ginny in Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling. And ever since then they have been very close to my heart.

#4. Todd/Viola

These two are the slowest couples to ever actually get together in a young adult series – the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. But every single moment they are together are just so amazing. I love their friendship, and how much they care so so deeply about each other. And when they finally kissed, I feel like me and the whole universe just finally sighed with relief.

#3. Blue/Gansey

I debated on whether I should put in these two or Pynch into the list – because I really do ship Ronan and Adam together. But from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, I have always and I always will have Blue and Gansey as my OTP. They’re just the best couple to read about. The whole sexual tension between each other, added with the intrigue of not being able to kiss each other, or the fact that Blue used to date Adam, it’s all so amazing and I just can’t wait to read the last book to finally see them actually get together!

#2. Johnlock

The main reason why I ship these two so hard is probably because of the BBC adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories. But before I even watched the TV show, I have actually really liked this world-famous duo. They were just so compatible with each other, and I have always felt like they were more than just friends. And when I saw how adorable they are, I began to accept the fact that they are one of my most obsessed OTPs, even though technically they are not canon.

#1. Wolfstar

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Don’t know if the fact that my favourite OTP is not canon is a little sad or just funny, but yes, the couple that I love the most, the two people that I want to get together so much it hurts, is Remus Lupin and Sirius Black from Harry Potter. Again, I know it’s not canon. When I was younger the thought of these two getting together never even crossed my mind. But ever since around a year ago, generally from Tumblr and others, I have finally seen how much Wolfstar actually makes sense and the more and more I think about them, the more and more I obsess about them. So yeah, they are my ultimate OTP. They are adorable and cute and just so in love with each other in my head.

Well, that’s all for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What about you? Who are your favourite fictional OTPs? Do you agree with some of the canon or not canon OTPs I love above? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2015: Top 10 Books & Wrap Up

Good morning everyone!!! This post will be super duper fun and exciting, so get your popcorn ready! Today I’ll be telling you the top ten favourite books I read in 2015 and in addition to that, I will also show you the statistics of the books I read this year and basically wrap up my year in books.

To check out all the books I read in 2015, go ahead and add me on Goodreads and visit my Year In Books on Goodreads.

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Number of books read: 50
Number of rereads: 2
Number of books I did not finish: 3

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Ratings

Average rating: 3.7
Number of books rated 5 stars: 7
Number of books rated 4 stars: 25
Number of books rated 3 stars: 13
Number of books rated 2 stars: 4
Number of books rated 1 star: 0

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Types

Number of ebooks read: 23
Number of paperbacks/mass market paperbacks read: 19
Number of hardbacks/hardcovers read: 8

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Pages

Total pages read: 19,879 pages
Average length of book read: 406 pages
Longest book read: Dance of Dragons (1,125 pages)
Shortest book read: Tales of Beedle the Bard (109 pages)

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Ownership

Number of books I read that I owned/bought: 37
Number of books I read that I borrowed from a friend: 4
Number of books I read that I borrowed from a family member: 3
Number of books I read that I borrowed from the library: 3

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Top 10 Books I Read in 2015

#10. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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This amazingly written novel just had to make the list. I loved it for its writing and it characters, but I won’t talk too much about it because you guys probably already know how much I love it! In case you were wondering my full thoughts on the book, check out my review of it here.

#9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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My most recent read of the year, and it actually made it into this list! This is probably the reason why I posted this post so late into the year – most people have published their favourite books of the year in December but I could only make this post after I finished reading this book. I loved it and it just gives me so many emotions and the writing was incredible. I will make a review soon, so watch out for that!

#8. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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No surprise here again, but this stand-alone has really stolen my heart! I will not go into it further, because I have made a very extensive review of this amazing book here.

#7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Yet another no-brainer, especially if you have been following my blog for a while. I really liked The Night Circus. It was filled with magic, it has amazing characters, the romance was adorable, and the plot was wonderful. I loved the writing style, and how it just makes the atmosphere so beautiful and magical. I definitely recommend this to everyone.

#6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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To be honest, I don’t know which book from the Raven King series is my favourite, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is probably the one that gave me the most emotions. In this third book we are more involved in the characters, the plot has thickened, and everything is in full swing. As always, I love Stiefvater’s writing style, the dynamics between the characters was just beautiful, and I enjoyed every second of reading this novel. Not to mention the beautiful cover!

#5. The Shining by Stephen King

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Another no surprise here! I read this book earlier this year – it was my first Stephen King – and I was hooked. I immediately started reading more books from him, but so far this is the best one. I enjoyed the horror parts of the book, but what I really like is the characters, the whole story of the father and his love for his family. More thoughts on the book on my review here.

#4. 1984 by George Orwell

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This was the first time I’ve read a novel by George Orwell and I was in love. This novel, as you all know, is such a deep and meaningful book, and I really cannot say much about it other than how it really made me feel so many things. I was hooked and I just couldn’t stop reading this book!

#3. Sphere by Michael Crichton

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This book is so close to my top favourite list and I am so sad that not many people mention it here in the book blogging community. This novel involves the underwater world, biology, aliens, and things that will blow your mind. In short, this is one hundred percent my kind of book. I just cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book. From the plot, to the characters, to the setting, to the ending that will just make you just sit in silence and stare into nothingness for a few minutes. Sphere is definitely a novel that will stick in my heart for a long, long time. Definitely recommend this to everyone, if you think you’d like these kind of books like I do.

#2. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

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I only mentioned the third book of the series but I would just like to include all the books in the Chaos Walking trilogy because this has become probably one of my favourite series ever. It is filled with action, mind reading, a lot of blood and fighting, talking adorable animals, aliens, and such heartbreaking characters. I loved every bit of these three books and it is an amazing series which I would recommend to everyone. Still not convinced to read it? Read my whole review of the series here.

#1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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And here we’ve come to my favourite book of the year! Which comes to no surprise, certainly not to myself. The Secret History was my second Donna Tartt book and I regret not reading this earlier. I was so in love with this book. It has all the things I want in a good book: amazing and poetic writing, a little bit of death and crime, wonderfully gorgeous yet flawed characters, a captivating setting, and a heartbreaking ending. Everything was perfect from beginning to end for me in this book, and I am so glad I discovered Donna Tartt this year. Here is my review of the book and if you have not been interested to read it until now, go read it now. It’s such a beautiful book.

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Phew, that was a quite lengthy post! I’m glad you actually got through it! Tell me your thoughts of my favourite books, and share to us your favourite books of 2015! Hope you all have a lovely year ahead 😀

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