Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Seasons illustation by the author of The Book Portal Blog
Hello-Hello, readers all over the world! Today, I decided to do a book tag. I know I've been absent from my blog lately; thus, I decided to do a tag and keep you all entertained.
Savannah from The Book Prophet nominated whoever wants to do the tag all back in January. As you can see (read), I decided to do it since I live in the Northern Temperate Zone - aka four seasons.
Side note: Did you know that the North geographic pole is actually the South pole of Earth's magnetic field and the South geographic pole is the North magnetic pole? CRAAA-ZYYY!
 Now, back to the post!
The creator of this tag is Jordyn from J. Bookish.
Don't be a grumpy troll and go visit these hard-working bloggers. No offense trolls but you are kind of grumpy imaginary beings.


1. Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
2. Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
4. Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
5. Have fun, of course!
January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!
Well, Well, Well... I've made a long list in the last hour of 2016. I can say that I kept some of them and some of them - sadly - I did not. By the end of the year, I want to put all my strength in keeping them. I just realized that I am very vague with "them." Let's just say that one of my resolutions is to trade some of my fat mass for more muscle mass.

spongebob square pants muscle memes funny

Oh! January is my birth month. I do not remember every single thing I received over the course of my life so far but I can definitely say my mom's home made birthday cakes and my 18th birthday piece of jewelry made of precious metal and stone. (In Romania, the 18th birthday is like a rite of passage into adulthood because you become an adult legally able to do and buy anything you want. Slow down you envious American teenagers :].)
February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!
Laia and Elias from An Ember in the Ashes. I will stop commenting on their relationship any further cause... SPOILERS. :D
Let's just say it's realistic - as realistic it can be in a fiction fantasy setting :).

An Ember in the Ashes book by Sabaa Tahir fantasy young adult
March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.
I know what you are thinking: "HARRY POTTER!"
Tara Duncan book series books one through eight covers Europe
It is Tara Duncan series before Twilight and way before Harry Potter. This was actually my very first book I picked up from a shelf in a hypermarket called Auchan, Romania. I read the first's book synopsis on the back and on the inside of the cover, loved the graphics, liked the story, and said "I want it!" My parents looked skeptical at me because I was not much of a fan of reading but they bought it for me. At that time the only thing I liked to read was the W.i.t.c.h. comic books. As expected, I read only 75 or 74 pages of the Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders then put the book down cause I could not get into it. Slow starters for an energetic kid like me... unattractive. After that, I got into Twilight and it encouraged me to give Tara Duncan another shot. And it was an amazing adventure. Unfortunately in U.S. only the first two volumes are translated while in Romania they stopped translating after book eight the last time I checked. And... There are at least 13 books total. My only solution to finish the series is to learn French - again. Or I could boycott the U.S. or Romanian (Ro) publishing houses.

Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders book one in the tara duncan series middle grade fantasy

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
Tough one... Can I say every single classic book I heard of because "It is a CLASSIC." Although, from what I remember, in Romania, post Twilight era - book-wise at least - there was a huge hype around Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely. People were talking left and right including my eight grade classmates. The Ro cover looked pretty for me at that time. The story sounded interesting... I said, "Why not?" As you could see on my Goodreads, Melissa Marr's story or her writing style or both were not for me. For a long period of time, I tried to convince myself otherwise. Paradoxically, I never picked up the rest of the series either. And that says a lot. (Now that I see the Ro cover again... It does not represent the book at all. It is too cheerful and the title... Fascination - English translation. Really?)

Wicked Lovely Melissa Marr romanian edition Fascinatie         Vs.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.
I want to come with a new book than the ones I have in previous posts, e.g. Easter Book Tag, for the sake of diversity... think... Think... THINK... Alright, a recent one!
Illuminae, the audiobook. I will let the audiobook "talk" for itself. It. Was. Epic.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff book one in the Illuminae Files sci-fi
June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.
Hmmm... I usually gravitate toward a few genres... Most likely Romance and/or Fantasy with a splash of humor.
July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)
Ha-Ha-Ha! My mom did that with the books she owned because - according to her - were ruined by rodents to a point of no return. Unfortunately, after I got my Bachelor degree in science, I realized she was probably right. Rodents do carry diseases.
Enough with childhood horror book stories. Please do not cry and dislike my mother. :))
In what sense, I need more than that. In a good way, bad way, actual fire in the book, action, space, Earth, future, history... What? Words, what?
Since it's about independence... I will say Return Once More.

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh book one in the historians series
August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.
Oh, gee! These are getting harder and harder.
Goodreads lists:
Popular 2017 Debut Books
YA Debuts 2017
And the list may continue...
From what I heard... it is either: Stephanie Garber or Angie Thomas or Jeff Giles (The Edge of Everything-Review).

the edge of everything by jeff giles book one urban fantasy yaCaraval by stephanie garber book young adult The hate you give book by angie thomas contemporary

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.
I have two books for this one: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Frozen.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootFrozen by Melissa de la Cruz book one in the heart of dread series

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.
A popular answer would be Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Last Halloween, I dressed up - sort of - as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
Shout out to my friend Emily who helped me out with the "costume."
I don't really know... I have a black vampire Halloween dress that I have yet to wear and I was thinking about goddesses.
Either Valoria or Cleiona from Spirits and Thieves series or Nyx from Greek mythology depicted in The Heroes of Olympus and House of Night series.

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
Shout out to Alma or Alexandra (like all Romanian she also has lots of aliases like myself - inside joke :]) my desk-mate from seventh and eighth grades. I remember her talking  - a lot - about Brida by Paulo Coelho and The Legends of Olympus (mot-a-mot translation of the title) by Alexandru Mitru. She actually recommended reading the Legends of Olympus. I borrowed from her both Brida and The Legends of Olympus (I am not 100% sure about this one my memory is quite fuzzy) and I thank her for that. And now it's time for the truth since then I did not want to crush her high hopes and excitement for these two books.
Brida was good but strange for my seventh/eighth grader self. I liked it.
The Legends of Olympus... hate is such a strong word. Ha-Ha-Ha! I absolutely disliked it. I found it gross, vulgar, and too much incest. It discouraged me to read the second volume regarding the heroes.
Now, I am in love with Greek mythology. I have her to thank since she was the one who introduced me to it.
Oh! I just remember... She also used to talk a lot about The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles. I love that series. Because of her I start reading it. Thank you for that too!

Brida Paulo Coelho book standaloneThe Legends of Olympus, Legendele Olimpului by Alexandru Mitru, vol one zeiiThe Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney book one in the wardstone chronicles
December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.
Another hard one... I really do not know. I usually do a research
  about a person's taste in books before buying it as a present. I like laughter and adventure/action... and the first author name popping in my head is: Rick Riordan.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Percy jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan book one in the series
Tag time 
You are not obligated to do this tag if you do not want to. 
I tag the following bloggers:
Giulia from Books Crumbles 
Abigail from What Makes a Good Book 
And if you, reader of this post, want to do this tag... considered yourself tagged. 
Plus, do not forget to tell me if you decided to do it. Why? Cause I would like to hear your answers. :)