Beer Book Tag

I miss doing book tags!! Again this is from youtube, originally created by Jessika, which was originally in Portuguese, but Sue and Megan of The Restricted Section used google to translate it, so here it goes. Please please check out Megan and Sue’s Channel, they instantly became my favorite booktubers! So without further ado, here are the questions:
1. American Lager Beer (lightweight and cheap beers)
A bestseller that you do not have the slightest desire to read

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, first, I am not a huge dystopian fan, second this book was over hyped which really turned me off, and third, I was spoiled big time, so nope not going to even try reading it.

2. India Pale Ale (more bitter beers)
A famous book/bestseller you like

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin because duh. Hahah I was so invested in this series, I go batshit crazy whenever someone says bad things about it. haha

3. Bohemian Pils (balanced and light beers)
An easy and enjoyable book to read

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris made me laugh out loud in public, his humor is just impeccable, one of the funniest books I have read. And because of it David Sedaris
instantly became a favorite.

 

4. Weiss/WeizenBier (German wheat beers)
A classic book

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, this was one of the few classics I have read, and I really loved this book. Oh the drama, how can you not love a book like this!

5. Amber/Red Ale (reddish beers)
An easy book to please everyone

I would go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I have not personally encountered someone who hated the book with so much passion, so I guess it is safe to say that the book pleases (almost) everyone, myself included.
6. Sour Beer (acidic beers)
A book that few people liked when it was released, but you loved

I don’t usually read newly released books, but can The Radleys by Matt Haig count? I mean it has low ratings on goodreads (I don’t know if it started when it was released or happened through time), but I really adored that book. I gave it 5/5 stars!

7. Russian Imperial Stout (dark beers with roasted, chocolate, or coffee notes)
A dense or unclear book

I would go with something I recently read: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, I know there is a metaphor behind the story, but I didn’t know what it wanted to prove, I mean he became a cockroach and it wasn’t explained how it came about. I didn’t see what it wanted to convey. The sense of it was lost on me. My reaction to it was: What the hell?

 

8. Saison/Farmhouse ale (spicy, well carbonated, fruity beers)
A cozy book that reminds you of good times

This is a no brainer! Of course Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, it brings back childhood memories.

9. Fruit Lambic (spontaneous fermentation beers with fruit)
A romantic book

Are we talking about the uber mushy one? Because if we are then I would go with The Deal by Elle Kennedy, it was super cheesy and super cute. It will leave you with a stupid smile plastered on your face. Haha

10. American Barely Wine (fruit, sweet balanced by high bitterness and alcohol, hops)
A book that has a bit of everything

Hmm, could I choose Game of Thrones by George RR Martin again? Of course I can haha. Well that book literally has everything, fantasy, romance, war, suspense, people killing each other, politics, grief, sadness, gahhh literally everything a man could feel. Haha

 

So there you have it! Thanks for reading and please consider yourself tagged! 🙂

The Pasta Book Tag

Bwahaha another book tag! Can I just say that this book tag makes me super hungry haha. Because I got nothing better to do with all the time I have in my hands haha. Again this tag originated from youtube (Josh of Literary Gladiators) and I am doing it in blog form! Feel free to do this tag with me. 🙂

Questions:
1. Macaroni & Cheese- The most heartfelt work you ever read.

I would have to go with Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda. This poetry book speaks in volumes, it was a longing heart, a brave soul and everything in between. I felt how Pablo Neruda bared his heart into this collection of poetry.

 
2. Spaghetti & Meatballs- A work you know inside and out (like you can twirl with your fork).

Definitely, This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson, this is my most read book like ever. I’ve said it like a million times already, this book will forever be one of my favorite books.

 
3. Lasagna- A work filled with complex layers.

My answer to this would be Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. The plot as we all know is very convoluted, there are a lot of things going on and is kind of hard to get into. But once you get the hang of it, it can be very addictive.

 
4. Stuffed Shells- A work that is attention grabbing (stuffed with goodness) from start to finish.

I would go with one of my recent reads The Radleys by Matt Haig this book gripped me from start to finish. It was so engaging and writing style is just perfect, it is one of the books that  I wished never ended. It was about abstaining vampires, you may think it is a shallow read, but wait until you go in deeper, you’ll realize how amazing and how it is more than what meets the eyes.

 

 
5. Penne Vodka- A work for a younger audience with an adult theme hidden inside.

Definitely the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, I highly think everyone would agree with me on this one. It was just the book for everyone. Need I say more?

 
6. Elbow Macaroni- A work that is easy to read.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall this book was just so cute and very easy to read and will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling after you finish it. I remembered flying through this book and was not bored for one second.

 
7. Farfalle (Bow Ties)- A work you would read to catch someone’s attention.

Oh boy, hahah I have never done this before – reading to catch someone’s attention, but if I were to do it, it would have to be using the book Will You Please be Quiet Please by Raymond Carver I’ve been dying to read his works for the longest time, and whenever I see someone read it I am instantly turned on, so I guess it will go both ways? Haha so yep, I’m choosing this one.

 
8. Noodles- A long work that was a great experience to read.

I will be answering Game of Thrones by George RR Martin again. This series spell commitment – you put your heart into it. I am already on book 2 A Clash Of Kings, and so far the reading experience is great.

 
9. Lo Mein- Your favorite work of Eastern literature or about the east.

Ooops I fell short again, I don’t think I have an answer for this. I’ll get back to you after I check my goodreads account and see if something will fit under this category.

 
10. Ditalini- A writer you feel is essential to a particular genre.

Edgar Allan Poe as to poetry and mystery, these genres is incomplete without Edgar Allan Poe’s works.

 
11. Favorite Pasta- What’s your favorite pasta?

My ultimate  favorite is Ravioli!!!

 

 

12. Sunday Night at Grandma’s- Who do you nominate to complete this tag?

I nominate Jenny of Jayne Vs Books, Cath of To All The Books I’ve Read Before , Elena of The Queen Reads, Pearl of Bibliopearl and Bea of Confessions of Pinay Bookaholic.

So that’s it guys, to those I wasn’t able to nominate, feel free to do this tag too! I want to know your answers! Bye for now, see you in the next post! Tata!

 

Amy’s Tea Book Tag

So as per usual I’ve been wasting a lot of time watching youtube, and I stumbled upon this book tag created by Amy from TheDustyBookShelf, and decided (yet again) to have my version of it in blog form. Since I love love love tea, this book tag is very well right up my alley. So without further ado, here are the questions. 🙂

1. Double Bergamot Earl Grey – A robust, deep, intellectual and flavourful book

I would have to say Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk oh it was indeed a flavorful book, it tackled about sexuality and how a person come to terms with the demons he has inside himself. It was one of my favorite books of all time. It was intellectual in the sense that, the chapters were arranged in a non-conventional way, there was readers’ participation on the matter, which I found cool and very engaging.
2. Tim Horton’s Steeped- A book you read on the go, that you come back to again and again

I’m choosing Harry Potter series (which I have yet to finish haha, I’m already on book 4 so fret not) Harry Potter feels like home and childhood so it will be the book that I go back to over and over again.
3. Meyer Lemon- A tangy, fast-paced read. Gone before you’ve fully savoured the flavour.

I’m choosing The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn, it was super short read, it was over before I could say “what the fuck” haha. It was so good I didn’t want it to end.
4. Chamomile Lavender- a relaxing, calming late night read

This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson is a read that would make you feel relaxed and calm. I reread few of its chapters whenever I have the chance. It was one of my  favorite books of all time as well. The writing was just really good!
5. Lady Grey- A smooth, subtle, classic book, perfect for a serene winter morning

Because I am not so much of a fan of classic books and there is no winter here in the Philippines (don’t worry I try to read as many as I could, but is done sporadically over time, I could not bring myself to binge read classics, let’s be honest here I have a very short attention span) but I am choosing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was subtle to me until the ending happened.
6. Orange Pekoe- A popular novel that everyone’s read

Hmm, this one is hard to answer, there are so many popular novels that everyone has read, but I’ll go with Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I have not read it, oops! But I just got this nice purple leather-bound from Barnes and Noble and I can not simply wait to read it!
7. English Breakfast- a British classic

It would be Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because it is the perfect embodiment of a British Classic.
8. Canadian Breakfast- a title that tastes a little like English Breakfast, but read’s like the New World (an early Canadian-or American-work)

Oh men I don’t have an answer for this, so I’ll be skipping this for now. I’ll get back to you guys once I have read one.
9. Green- A healthy book that feeds your mind.

I would have to choose How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, it taught me a lot of things about feminism.
10. Iced- a sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer.

So for this category I am choosing poetry books by Lang Leav. It was subtle and sweet, but sometimes can be a little heartbreaking, perfect to read lying on a hammock under the beautiful palm trees.

 

So there you have it guys, if you are interested in doing this tag feel free to do so! 🙂 See you next post!

NY Times By The Book Tag

 

This tag has been going on the booktube community, and it piqued my interest. And because I don’t have BookTube channel, I am doing it again in blog from. This tag was originally created by Marie Berg on Youtube.

So let’s begin, here are the questions:

1. What book is on your night stand now?

Well, books actually. I am simultaneously reading four books now, one in ebook form hahah I know what have I gotten myself into? The physical books are: A Clash Of Kings by George RR Martin which i’m already 312 pages in. I find it a little slow-paced as compared to Game of Thrones. Second book is Practicing Misis by Rosan Katlea Reodica a book written by a Filipina, which I am really enjoying, super funny and informative! Third book is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, I am already 32 pages in and I am enjoying it so far. I have heard nothing but great things.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?

Oh, this is hard to answer. But I’d have to go with Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, oh how I’ve missed Palahniuk’s writing. I think I have established the fact that Chuck P is one of my favorite authors of all time. So this comes as a no brainer, I have loved Fight Club a little too much, its concept is twisted yet very addictive! It is full of testosterone, which is fine by me, most readers are opposed to books with too much masculinity in it, for lack of a better word. But as for my case, I really enjoy books with such themes and with an abundance of testosterone.

3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

I would choose Pablo Neruda, his life seemed to be a really interesting one, I would like to know the person he was thinking about when he was writing majority of his poems.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Hmmm, I don’t think there is a specific book that someone will be surprised to see on my shelf. I read a little bit of everything, but because I had to choose maybe you will all be surprised to see the book American Gangbang by Sam Benjamin. Basing from the title itself, you pretty much know the rundown. It was a memoir about a guy who dreams to make quality porn films, trying to make a difference in the said industry. It could be pretty graphic, but I tell you, the writing is really impeccable, it was flawless. I wish he would write a novel, because I will surely read it.

5. How do you organize your personal library.

By authors, sometime by height. Hahah I don’t know. My shelf is pretty messed up right now.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

The book I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around yet is Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I’ve been meaning to read any Ernest Hemingway, and I’ve been told it is best to start with this book, but I couldn’t bring myself to crack open the spine and immense myself in his writing. Soon, though soon.

I feel embarrassed never to have read would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, yep you read that right. I have not read an Austen book, ever in my life. Well, I never claimed I have, so… I will remedy that soon, I promise.

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

For me it is the Selection series by Kiera Cass, I never say this a lot, because I truly respect people who enjoyed them. But the series just wasn’t for me, I found the characters too weak and whiny, the plot too mediocre and just too predictable to a fault. So yep, I don’t want to use the word hate, but it is so close to that. So sorry to big fans. I know we vary tastes in books. I respect your tastes, and please respect mine.

The last book I put down without finishing is Behind Your Back by Chelsea Cameron, I love NA, but this specific book, aint doing it for me. It’s going on in circles, and I just grew tired with all the nonsense, in my defense I was 65% or so, and I thought to myself if it continues to be this boring at that point, then I don’t know what could be its saving grace. I never DNF a book, I don’t want to make it as habit, but this book just brought our that side of me.

8. What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I love stories with angels, or FBI agents or marines, captive-captor, any of that and Im sold.

I stay clear from horror stories. I tend to have nightmares. I’m a baby deal with it. haha

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

Hmm, I would suggest Woman Alone and Other Plays by Frana Rame and Darlo Fo, presidents should read more feminist themed books, not that I am insinuating something. haha

10. What do you plan to read next?

After Im down with all the books on my night stand hahah and the binge reading of NA I am planning on, I’ll be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It is about damn time.

 

Yay! I’m tagging dear friends to do this tag:

Cath of To All The Books Ive Read Before

Jenny of Jayne V Books

Elena of The Queen Reads

Janna of BibliophileMom

Pearl of Bibliopearl

Bea of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

 

If you want to do this, then consider yourself tagged! 🙂

25 Bookish Facts About Me

 

It’s almost 2 am here and I cannot bring myself to sleep. You know, one of those nights when everything that happened to you three years ago all suddenly came rushing in. Yep. So instead of wallowing to some nonexistent dilemma, let me put this time into a good use.

I have seen a lot of booktubers do this 25 Bookish Facts About Me on their respective channels, I am sorry I haven’t done enough research as to who really started it (i’ll include it and give credit once I have learned about it), so I thought why not do it in a blog form?

These facts may not be as surprising as you all may have expected, but come on humor me on this one. Pretend it interests you. Haha

1. The first classic I have read was The Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. and I completely forgot what it was about haha.

2. I prefer hardbacks, but dang why are they so expensive?

3. I am addicted to Bookstagram. Yep give me a follow hahah @nerdytalksbookblog hashtag shameless plugging haha

4. I take bookstagram seriously, hahah, what with all the props I need. Haha. I kid you not, I take a lot of time at the home & decor section of H&M or any home & decor section of the mall just to find some cutesy stuff I could throw in as props. My super best friend and go to place for “props” nowadays is Japan Home Centre or Daiso where everything is P88 or 2$. From chopping board, to cute kettles down to clear teapots. I could spend hours in that place.

5. While we are at the bookstagram topic. I usually take pictures around 3-4 pm. I loved the lighting, that faint yellow glow, au naturale lighting is the key to a bookstagram worthy photo. I use the app Snapseed to edit my photo and VSCO cam to apply filters. I even bought the paid filters. Go back to fact 4, I take bookstagram seriously. haha

6. I never dog-ear a book or highlight one. I use sticky tabs before, but not anymore, it was time consuming to put tabs, and kind of kill the moment especially when I am already engrossed by what was happening in the book I am reading.

7. I have a lot of bookmarks, and yes I try to use every single one of them. I have a different bookmark for different books, your argument is invalid. haha

8. My favorite genre is Fantasy and Romance.

9. I was once addicted to Sweet Valley High. Elizabeth and Jessica yay!

10. I love poetry books, especially when it is about love, life and death.

11. I dream of writing my own poetry book someday.

12. Tom Hardy and Kit Harington are the only ones I picture as book boyfriends. Hahah no matter what was the description.

13. Love triangles are the bane of my existence.

14. I have a hard time reading SciFi books, definitely not my cup of tea. But I’m trying. I loved These Broken Stars, so that’s a start right?

15. My most read book is This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson. 

16. I don’t like ARCs.

17. I never join the hype, save for some exceptions. I let it die down before I pick up the book.

18. I love books with angels in it, or marines!

19. I love secondhand bookstores! Who doesn’t?

20. There is no such thing as having too many books. Do you agree or do you agree?

21. I stopped reading in ebook form. My eyesight suffered tremendously. But I am planning to get a Kindle haha, what a contradiction.

22. I look at my shelf and smile. The first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. 🙂

23. I get too emotional when reading. I think of the characters for days on end.

24. I roll my eyes pretty much all the time when reading a very annoying character, and there maybe some pulling out of hair too and occasional muffled scream of frustration. I swear I get too animated when reading haha. I am truly a sight to behold. And don’t start with me with funny books being read in public, you will definitely think I lost it.

25. Lastly, I never liked people who book shames. What do I mean by this, these are the people who judge you by what you read, or have not read. I mean, read and let read guys. If the person likes Fifty Shades of Grey, then let them be and leave them the hell alone, don’t tell them what to read and what not to. But then, I don’t like people who claims to be at the upper echelon because they have read a certain book and so on and so forth, acting like they are the superior of all races, no, that’s not cool either. Be kind to new readers, you were once a new reader too, you definitely know how it felt.

So that’s just about it. Who wants to be tagged? Come do this with me!

I’ll be tagging a few friends. 🙂

Bea of Confessions of A Pinay Bookaholic

Cath of To All The Books I’ve Read Before

Jenny of Jayne Vs Books

Elena of The Queen Reads

Pearl of BiblioPearl

 

Hope you’ll have fun sharing bookish facts about you guys!

Til next time, and I’m still not sleepy. Ugh