A Monster Tag Post


It’s been a really long time since I did any sort of tags on this blog – and you know how I like telling you absolutely random facts about myself. So now I’ve been tagged for a couple of tags, I decided to just group them together. This post is massive, apologies in advance.

I tagged people specifically (I never do tags if folks say “whoever wants to join”, do you?) BUT you can, of course, join us if you want – and I’m really sorry if you wanted to be tagged and weren’t (I dislike this tagging business, it’s like picking teams for basketball, somebody always gets left behind, *sigh*). If you’d like, you can also answer some of the questions in the comments – I’d love to hear about you and your reading! :)



I got tagged for One Lovely Blog Award by DJ from MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape – thank you! :) Here, I’m supposed to list seven personal facts about myself, then tag other blogs (it says 15 but that just seems like a HUGE lot so I’m doing 5) and comment on one of their posts to let them know I’ve nominated them. So here goes:

  1. I am really tall but I’m useless at basketball. Nobody ever believed me that I was useless so they kept trying to get me to join the school team or whatever but they soon found out. So. No balls and hoops for me. I also dislike watching basketball – we’re a hockey family (not that anyone plays it, it’s just the best sport to watch, is all. And did you know Slovenia is actually fairly good in hockey? We even made it to the Olympics).
  2. I used to collect stamps. You know, back when people still wrote actual postcards and letters? Yep.
  3. I hate pineapple and raspberries. Mostly because of their scent. I will also not eat/drink: tripe, orange juice with pulp (omg the texture…), clams, snails, raw tomatoes, most fruit juices, fruit-flavoured ice-cream, and I could go on. I do, however, like shrimp and sushi and order my steak half-raw, so there’s that.
  4. I’m a pretty good cook. I like cooking and baking – and I love trying out new recipes. I follow a bunch of food blogs (my faves can be found in the “reading” tag up top) and have a favourites folder for recipes-to-try that’s about 200 links long.
  5. I’m 1/4 Serbian but I sadly don’t speak the language. My Grandpa moved to Slovenia decades ago, after WWII, it was still Yugoslavia then but he learned to speak Slovenian, so I was never “exposed” to the language enough to really pick it up. I understand it (as well as Croatian and Bosnian) well enough to get the gist of the conversation and I can make myself understood if I’m travelling in those countries, but I wish I knew the grammar that went with it. Maybe someday…
  6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy was one of my favourite books in high school. I still remember it fondly, though I’m hazy on the plot. I do remember falling for one of the characters, Count Bolkonsky, he was a Russian Darcy to me.
  7. When I type, I use all 5 fingers of my left hand and only my index finger of my right hand – I’m right-handed. I have no idea why this is but I’ve tried using more fingers on my right hand and it all feels completely unnatural. Besides, I type really fast (it’s basically a necessity when you’re translating 100k-word novels).

Aaaand that’s it for random facts for today. I nominate Becky, Beth, Laura, Jolien, and Jackie for this award – ladies, I am looking forward to hearing random facts about you! :)



Then, I got nominated for the Book Fangirling Blog Award (created by Hannah) by Becky, my fellow fangirl and admirer of all things bookish. The rules here are similar to the ones before:

  • Create a post to accept your award
  • Add the blog award button into your post
  • Link to me in the post so they know who has given you the award
  • Answer the questions I have set below
  • Nominate 5 book bloggers who you think deserve this award
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees
  • Link them to this post so that they know the rules

Here are my answers to Becky’s questions (I’ll list my own at the bottom along with the nominees):

What is the book/series that you first fangirled over and do you still love it as much now? – Well, Harry Potter is the first one that comes to mind, I’ve re-read them all last year and reviewed most of them, too, but I did lower my rating for Order of the Phoenix by one star. *gasp* Other than that … I was always a reader so I’d probably go with my childhood favourites like Roald Dahl (see this post) or Astrid Lindgren. I love their books so much (I re-read most of them as an adult and they’re still amazing)!

fangirl-rainbow-rowellWe’re halfway into the year and I’ve already claimed Uprooted as one of my favourite books, name me one of yours and why? – I really should have done this award last year… I haven’t had any 5-star reads in 2016 yet (what is happening, 2016?!) so if I had to pick an absolute favourite from 2015… MAN, that’s tough. Umm… Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. But a voice inside my head is screaming other book titles at me, so here’s a link to my “best of 2015” post in case you missed it.

We all know about hyped books, but which book/series do you love which has never received the attention it deserves from the community? – Oooh, this is such a good question! Well, my first choice would be The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, which is just wonderful. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is also really good and I don’t think it got enough attention. I’m sure there are lots more.

I am a terrible reader who has books on my shelves for months before reading, name me the book which has been gathering dust on your shelf for the longest and why? – Ugh. I… don’t even know. I’d probably say some classic, like Jane Eyre? I’ve had that one for at least 5 years – in a beautiful hardcover, no less – but I always put off reading it in favor of other, newer, shinier titles, and now I’ve been spoiled for the plot so thoroughly, I can’t even bring myself to begin reading it. I will some day (I have a classics challenge lined up for this year) but I’m not looking forward to it as much as I used to.

daughter-forest-marillierAnd to finish with how I began, I’ve heard about your first book/series you fangirled over, now I want to know what book/series you’ve fangirled over most recently? – Umm… let’s see… Oh, definitely Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (and all her books, really – see this post). I’ve also recently been introduced to Daughter of the Forest, which was amazing, and I read Every Word, book 2 in a great Sherlock Holmes-inspired series, and I also just finished book 2 of the Heartstriker series, which was really good.

So these were my answers. I nominate Micheline, Adelyn, Quinn, Soudha, and Zoe.

Your questions are:

  1. What is the one book/series that you recommend the most?
  2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  3. What book/series do you wish you could love more (i.e. a series that everyone seems to like but you)?
  4. What 2016 release are you most excited about?
  5. What is the craziest/bravest fangirling thing you ever did?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers!


Aaaand last but not least, I got triple-tagged by Adelyn, but I’m only going to do one tag – you know, I have my limits (as do you, I’m sure). Here is the Unpopular Opinions Tag. I’ve thought about doing it before, it’s an interesting way of seeing just where people stick out from the general population.

queen-of-shadows-maasA popular book or series you didn’t like: Hmm. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson? It’s not that I didn’t like it – I just didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else (seriously, this series has an epic following). Also Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, which fell short of my expectations but most of the blogosphere raved about. Ooh and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufmann was a recent disappointment. OHH and Joe Abercrombie! Ugh!

A popular book/series everybody hates but you love: HMMM! This is more difficult, somehow. Umm… What does everybody hate? I saw that a lot of people were disappointed by Carry On by Rainbow Rowell but I loved it! And then there’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series which is a bestseller but generally considered to be pretty trashy – but I think it’s amazing because it mixes up crime, humor, romance, and really witty social satire.

A love triangle where you didn’t like who the main character ended up with: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. *SPOILER* I think that Rowan should be with Manon (imagine the chemistry!!) and that Aelin should have stayed with Chaol. *END SPOILER*

A popular genre you hardly read: Steampunk? I’ve tried a book or two but they never really clicked. Does anyone have any good recs? Also horror – not that it’s super popular but I see books popping up from time to time with creepy girls on the covers and my reaction is always nope.

A popular/beloved character you dislike: Four and Tris from Divergent. Each for their own reasons but they annoyed me start to finish. And yeah, I finished the trilogy and I really wish I hadn’t.

A popular author you can’t seem to get into: I read one Leigh Bardugo book and didn’t particularly like it… I’m willing to give her another chance with Six of Crows because it’s about thieves, though.

A popular trope you’re tired of reading: The cute-but-ordinary girl who is “not like other girls” and is a special snowflake and is always bewildered by the guy’s attention. Own your beauty, girl. Oh, and slut shaming. That just needs to stop.

hunger-games-suzanne-collinsA popular series you have no interest in reading: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, anything more written by Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare (I read enough of their books to last me a lifetime).

A movie you liked better than the book: Huh. Let’s see… The Hunger Games? I feel like they changed the story a bit (Katniss seems to have a bit more control over her life in the movies). Also… Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – I felt the book dragged a little in places. But hey, you can’t have everything.

For this interesting questionnaire, I tag DJ, Stephanie, Nikki, Alicia, Becky (again, sorry), and Danya.


WHEW! This really was a monster of a post. It took me hours to complete. Note to self: keep up with your tags. 

I’m really sorry if I tagged you for a tag you already did – pick another one if you want! :)

I’d love to hear from you! 

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  • Greg Hill

    Fun post! I would rather watch hockey than basket ball too, I liked basketball when I was younger but watching it on TV… kinda boring. :)

    I’ve only read Fangirl by RR but it was really good, and her short story in the Christmas anthology too. And steampunk I’d like to read more, but have trouble finding ones I like. Also , Sense and Sensibility- tried reading the book, wasn’t feeling it, but liked the movie. :)

    • Thanks, Greg! Yeah, hockey beats basketball every time. But especially football (what you call soccer) – this is the most popular sport BY FAR in Slovenia, though our team is rubbish, and I can’t understand why people would rather watch that. The field is too big, the match too long (90 mins + additional time, seriously, ugh) and the players too slow. Hockey is awesome because it’s so fast and confined to a smaller space!

      Have you read anything else by Jane Austen? My favourites are Pride and Prejudice (duh) and Persuasion – it’s a really nice story.

      • Greg Hill

        I have not read any Austen, to be honest. As a book blogger I sometimes cringe to say that. Ha ha. I did like the S&S with Rickman and Winslet though, thought it was a good movie, and I’ve thought about maybe Emma since it seems like a fun concept. And… I liked the P&P with Keira Knightley too

        I like the speed of hockey too, and have been a big Red Wings fan. Don’t watch it as much anymore, but still enjoy it. And I’ve always thought football (your football, our soccer) is more interesting than American football, which seems silly to me even though I do watch it on occasion. But I know what you mean! Hockey is such a skill sport, and having never ice skated I do admire the conditioning and skill that goes into it.

        • Yeah, a lot of people think the Colin Firth rendition of P&P was better but I prefer the Keira version, too! It’s beautifully shot and both Elizabeth and Darcy are ridiculously attractive.

          WHAT you’re a Red Wings fan?! :D My husband’s one, too – don’t ask me how he picked that team from the entire NHL but he claims he loves their style, has their merch, watches the games, the whole deal. But you probably live in the area?

          Haha I ice skated enough to know I’d be terrible at actually playing hockey – I’m not nearly coordinated enough.

          • Greg Hill

            I’m about 2 hours west of Detroit. I love their style too- not as dominant as they were a while back but they’re still a good team. Glad your husband is a Wings fan!!

  • Don’t apologize for long posts – I for one love it! The Accident Season was such a great book and I really hope Moira Fowley-Doyle writes more books soon. I haven’t seen many peoples thoughts on Carry On, so I didn’t realize people were disappointed!? I thought it was funny and cute – everything I want in YA! : )

    • Thanks, Kate. :)
      I just read an interview with Moira Fowley-Doyle and she said she’s writing another book, not a sequel to TAS but similar in style/themes! I can’t wait.

      And yeah, mostly people thought Carry On was cool but some complained it read too much like Harry Potter fanfic. Eh, I enjoyed the comparison but loved what Rowell did with the trope of the Chosen One! Plus Baz is WONDERFUL.

      • YES! Baz was literally the best! I can’t wait to see what Moira Fowley-Doyle comes up with next. The Accident Season was such a unique concept and magical realism is quickly becoming one of my favourite areas of YA : )

        • Did you read any good books in that genre? I recently read The Weight of Feathers, which was cute but nowhere near as brilliant as The Accident Season.

          • Well it’s not really YA but I loved The Night Circus. That was perfectly written with this slowly developing magical realism aspect. I haven’t read much else but I’d be interested in finding more : )

          • I liked The Night Circus, too, though I had a bit of a problem with the jumping timelines; I got confused! :) I haven’t read any others but I heard GREAT things about The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and The Bone Gap. I have them on my tbr but I have to read some books I already own first! :)

          • Good idea! I should probably do the same…

  • I hate slut shaming too. And the whole, “guy likes girl because she’s not like other girls”. Eye roll!

    • Yeah, it’s pretty awful. And I can’t believe authors are still writing it – I’ve seen so many people complain about it on the blogs …

  • Maraia

    Wow, what a post! Tags are fun, and I think the Unpopular Opinion one might be my favorite.

    I collected stamps, too! Did you actually clean them or just cut them off of envelopes? (I did the latter, way too lazy for anything else, haha.)

    I am so fascinated by your typing technique. Do you have any idea how you picked it up? But hey, as long as it works, right? :D

    Eep, I’m happy you loved Fangirl as much as I did. I’m also happy, OF COURSE, that Daughter of the Forest made your fangril list! o/

    I got the impression that most people did love Carry On, haha. I’m still disappointed that I didn’t. I definitely agree that Aelin should have stayed with Chaol, ugh. I can’t get into Steampunk, either. If you do end up finding one you love, let me know. I’m curious to know what you’ll think of Six of Crows. I’m such a black sheep on that one, but I did love her first series, so I don’t know what that means for the chances of you liking it. I DEFINITELY agree about the cute-but-ordinary-girl trope. I can’t believe authors use it so frequently. *rolls yes* I LOVED the first Hunger Games book, but I didn’t like the second and hated the third. I thought Catching Fire was a much better movie, but I haven’t finished Mockingjay yet, so I can’t say what I think. Have you already seen both parts?

    This was fun to read. :)

    • Oh, we cleaned (steamed) the stamps off postcards and envelopes, of course. My brother and I always fought for the best stamps (from exotic countries for example). :)

      Nope, I have no idea what happened with the typing thing, it’s just how I’ve always done it and as I said, any attempts at trying to change it are really weird.

      I have to get to the Marillier sequels asap. I am trying to keep to my 3-to-1 rule but it’s HARD. I need new books!! :( But I pulled most of the unread books from our shelves (not even all of them, mind you!) and the pile is MASSIVE, and that’s just books I KNOW I want to read (not counting A.’s purchases or gifts or whatever). So 3-to-1 it is for now. *sigh*

      Ditto for Steampunk. I think it’s a great concept and I really want to explore it more, I just don’t know where to start.

      I haven’t seen the Mockingjay finale yet, I have to get to it soon. I had a similar experience with the books – I really thought Hunger Games was amazing, that Katniss was finally the heroine I’d been searching for forever, but then it all just fell apart. And YES for the second movie, Sam Claflin was wonderful there, I thought (I never really got the “team Peeta” or “team Gale” thing when you could be “team Finnick”, yes?).

      Thanks! :)

      • Maraia

        Haha, that’s fun. Do either of you still have them?

        I admire your dedication to getting through your unread books, but I still hope you can read Son of the Shadows soon.

        It did fall apart! I really think Suzanne Collins became popular and was pressured to finish the series, so she rushed through the end and didn’t end up saying anything important. Also the resolution of the love triangle was pathetic on Katniss’ part. I’m definitely a supporter of “team Finnick.” :D

        • Ah, I don’t even know! Probably? I don’t think my parents would have chucked the albums away without asking us…

          I’m ordering new books soon and I thought about ordering Son of Shadows but I also want to read Chima’s Demon King and A Gathering of Shadows, so … priorities? :) But soon, yeah.

          We should make t-shirts. Though I’m not sure if Sam’s dimples would be adequately displayed on them… :)

          • Maraia

            Eep, those are all great books! I’m re-reading The Demon King right now via audio, and I’m crossing my fingers that it holds up.

            Hahaha, yes, the dimples might be hard to replicate. :D

  • I’m tagged twice, party! I am going to do these tags… just be aware it may take me a couple of months to get around to posting because I am a lazy so and so.

    I think it’s really cool that you’re a quarter Serbian, the most variety in my family history is that I’m like a quarter Welsh, but basically totally British which is very dull. And it can’t believe you’ve read War & Peace! It is so long and always puts me off, the storyline sounds interesting though. I was going to watch the BBC drama but I’ve missed the first episode now.

    I love your answers to the Fangirling award. I am with you on not reading Jane Eyre, I’ve tried about 5 times to read that book because it is one of my best friend’s favourites and I just can’t get through it. I’m told that once you get past the childhood period of Jane’s life it does become a lot more interesting… but I’ve never succeeded in getting that far. One day I will read it and probably enjoy it.

    And finally for my thoughts on the Unpopular Opinions tag, I completely agree with you on disliking Four and Tris, I was so disappointed by that book series in general, it was annoying. And I feel the same about Leigh Bardugo, I’m debating giving Six of Crows a chance, I liked the setting of her other series, I just didn’t like some of the characters, so I feel I should give her writing another chance. I don’t know about The Hunger Games being better than the books, I do feel like Katniss was less of a wet blanket in the first part of Mockingjay than she was in the book. I don’t know.

    But there we go, I have written a mini essay of a comment and now need to go think about writing up my tags, and a couple of reviews. Why do I always save all of the things to do at a weekend?

    • It took me half a year to finish YOUR tag so no worries, take your time! :)

      I wish my Serbian roots were more pronounced, actually, but I think old Yugoslavia was all about erasing boundaries between its peoples and my grandpa mostly assimilated really well, so as I said, I don’t speak the language, I don’t know the literature, etc, which is a pity. You’re a quarter Welsh? Do you have any relatives there?

      War & Peace IS long, it’s a 1000-page monstrosity and the philosophical musings about war are hard to chew through, but I liked it nevertheless.

      I will probably read Six of Crows, I think I’ll get to borrow it from a friend. I thought the setting for the Grisha series was good, too, but I didn’t click with the characters. We’ll see how this one goes!

      I never seem to do anything on the weekends, it’s a pretty lazy time for me (probably because Kiddo is not in nursery school and demands most of our time!).

      Thank you for the mini essay, I love such comments! :)

      • Pfft, half a year is nothing really. Tags are those posts that always get forgotten until you pick it back up again.

        And it’s cool though even if you don’t speak the language or anything, my Welsh heritage means practically nothing now but it’s nice to look back on. My nan on my mom’s side was Welsh, I used to have family living on the Isle of Anglesey but they’ve died or moved away and my nan moved to the midlands and all that heritage got lost. It’s cool to look back on though.

        Lazy weekends are the best kind, though. Mine are always hectic because I’m doing everything I put off doing after work, like food shopping, collecting parcels, seeing friends and at the moment all my blog reading and writing gets done at the weekend. I’m slowly getting better at motivating myself to reply to comments and read posts during the week as well so i don’t feel overwhelmed with blogging. I do sometimes want to just chill at the weekend.

  • Thank you for the tag. I actually did the Unpopular Opinions tag several months ago. If you’re interested in taking a look, you can find my post here: https://akernelofnonsense.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/unpopular-opinions-tag/

    I, of course, agree with you regarding Queen of Shadows, being both disappointed and discontent with who Celaena is with. I’ve been nervous about picking up Illuminae because of all the hype. I recently readded it to my TBR and might seek it out from my library because I’m still curious. I’ve only read the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, but I personally think Six of Crows is way better, so I hope you give it a shot.

    • Ooh, I will check that out, thanks for leaving me the link!

      I wonder what you’ll think of Illuminae, I really think that so much hype can do a disservice to a book because it creates completely unreasonable expectations.

      Oh, that’s great to hear, I only read the first Grisha book, too! I will probably be able to borrow Six of Crows from a friend, keeping my fingers crossed! :)

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  • So happy you did the one I tagged you in! :) So how tall are you? I have to be honest, that 5 and 2 finger typing style is pretty weird XD But stamp collecting is cool! I used to collect pins. How many stamps do have?

    Thanks for tagging me! I will try to get to it later this month or in March :) And don’t mean to be “that buy”, but I LOVED Mistborn; I have it a 5/5, and Broken Empire trilogy is a favorite of mine. I do hardly ever read steampunk, too. The only recent one that comes to mind is Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.

    • I’m somewhere between 5′ 11” and 6′ (181 cm). I was always the tallest girl in class (as well as taller than most guys until they hit the growing period in high school, lol). I was really happy when I studied abroad in Munich because Germans are a REALLY tall nation :D But then I went to a concert there and I suddenly realized it’s actually good being the tallest in concerts! :)

      I know, I know, loads of people love Sanderson and Lawrence, I just can’t bring myself to read that type of fantasy anymore. It doesn’t suit me, I guess!

      Yeah, I saw your review for Karen Memory, I’ve been eyeing it for a while now because it got pretty good reviews around the blogosphere.

      Don’t worry, tags are meant to be posted months later! ;)

  • Soudha Parsan

    Thanks for tagging me Kaja! I’ve already written the reply blog post but since my schedule for February is already full, I’ll actually be posting it in March. I’ll drop by to let you know when it’s up on my blog :) All your questions are pretty cool and it was really fun answering them!