By: Melanie | May 19, 2014 | (36) Comments


Hi everyone! So you may know about this tag that’s been going around the blogosphere called The Book Blogger Tag. Originally, I wasn’t going to participate in it but when my good friends from Chasm of Books, Eugenia and Steph, I decided that it would be pretty fun. And what makes things even more fun is when Larissa and Celine are going to do this post with me! I thought it would be a great way for all of you blogglings to know us better.


The rules are simple. Answer the questions and tag 5 other bloggers.

1. What are your top three book pet hates?


  • Instant love. I just don’t believe in it. People don’t fall in eternal, I’d-die-for-you love in three days. I’m sorry, but I think it’s just way too unrealistic and it irks me every time. Instant love can ruin a book for me pretty fast, and nothing will have me un-shipping the romance so fast as instant love does!
  • Incorrectly displayed anything. Like everyone else, there are a few topics I know quite a lot about, whether it’s because I’m interested in the subject, played a certain sport, had a certain illness… I always love it when those things show up in books because it means I can immediately relate. However, when it’s displayed incorrectly I get pretty ragey. People will believe what the book says, and it’s not even correct!
  • Mid-series cover changes. There’s nothing worse than having different covers in a series ;_; I just hate the way it looks on my shelf and because THEY DON’T MATCH. They have to match.


  • Characters who are totally awesome, then they meet their love interest and BAM. Everything that makes them awesome dissipates and the only thing of importance to them is the relationship with their love interest. All of their thoughts are consumed by the love interest, all the decisions they make is based on the betterment of the love’s like they can’t think for themselves! This becomes even more annoying when insta-love is involved
  • Promotion of toxic relationships, whether platonic friendships or love interests. When somebody is manipulative, cruel or just plain mean this isn’t okay. You shouldn’t feel bad towards this person, this person is not somebody who is “tortured” and in need of your help. You need to get out of that relationship. It’s the worst when these relationships involve mental, physical or emotional abuse and the book just carries on and acts like nothing is wrong. This promotes the ideals that toxic relationships are fine, and they most definitely aren’t.
  • Characters who have a juvenile voice. This only works if the character is indeed a child. When they’re actually a teen or a adult it comes off like the character is utterly immature. It’s like some authors don’t even know the difference between a 10 year old and a 17 year old, because some books their voices sound the same >.< It really does lower my enjoyment of a book when the main character way younger than he/she actually is. It also makes for overly simplistic writing usually.


  • Instant-love. It’s my number one pet peeve in books ruins my overall feelings towards the book in general. Instant-love is not only really cheesy, but it’s unrealistic. Books are meant to feel real, but you cannot achieve that if there’s instant-love/attraction
  • Breaking spines/damaged books in general. I lent my copy of The Fault in Our Stars to my mum. A month later she returns it to me; spine bent, pages creased, yellowed pages/coffee marks and worn cover. It was seriously the worst, guys. I haven’t lent a book to anyone since. My books must look in perfect condition.
  • Mary Sues. Do I need to say more? They are always white, smart, pretty, sporty etc. and that’s just annoying!

2. Describe your perfect reading spot.


To be honest, I can read everywhere. But I like it when it’s somewhere quiet, like in my bed or on the couch. I don’t really have the perfect spot, but I love to read in the garden. Sun, warm weather, something to eat an drink and a book: I’m happy.


Alike Celine, I can read anywhere. Cars, airplanes, boats…I got it all covered [; My favorite place to read would be curled up in a blanket by my fireplace. If it’s hot then I enjoy reading outside by a lake, pool, or really any body of water. Get me a glass of lemonade and we’ll be all set.


My bed. Land of pillows, warm blankets, hot chocolate, emergency tissues and sleep.

3. Tell us three book confessions.


  • I only read in English. This may seem a bit weird to most of you, but remember that I live in the Netherlands 😛 Most people around here read a lot in Dutch, but unless school’s making me do it I simply won’t. I have this weird thing where I can’t read books that were translated from English because I think most sentences sound better in English – so what I do is translate all the sentences back to English while reading to “hear” how it sounds. This way, reading a book takes me twice as long and costs a lot of effort, so I usually just read the original book. Yes, I’m weird.
  • Like Mel, I totally judge books by their covers. Confession: unless it’s a book I want to read no matter what, covers have a huge influence on whether or not I’ll buy the book. Yes, it’s that bad. Or I’m that bad.
  • I have a heart of stone. Okay, well, not really, but I never cry while reading. More on that later!


  • Alike Mel and Celine I do tend to judge books by their covers. It’s a science people! Pretty cover = good book, right!? Sadly that’s gone a bit wrong for me before though [;
  • When I was new to reviewing I would just look at a book and automatically give it a five. Even if I completely hated it lol. I think I thought I was being mean if I rated a book anything less than a 5? Hahaha, that’s certainly changed.
  • I used to me adamantly against using any sort of e-reader. For me the physical page flipping of a book was everything. This has definitely changed for me. I have a Kobo and I must admit that it’s much more convenient for myself.


  • I judge books by their covers. I won’t be picking up a book with an ugly cover unless I hear it’s really good.
  • I think beautiful writing is great, but sometimes it just makes me not like the book. Sometimes the writing is too beautiful, and I feel like the author is only focusing on that and not focusing on making us readers engaged.
  • I once read the last book of a series’ last page just to see who the main character ends up with. What can I say? I’m very impatient.

4. When was the last time you cried during a book?


Annnd we’ve come to the “later”. So yeah, the last time I cried during a book was never, because I simply don’t. Don’t look at me like that, I don’t know why that is either. It’s not that I don’t feel the emotions, because I do. Sometimes I feel them so strongly that they take my breath away. But making my eyes water? Nope. Then again, I almost never cry in general. Maybe I have dysfunctional tear ducts.


We Were Liars by E.Lockhart , read this one recently on my roadtrip to Vegas. Perhaps that wasn’t the best idea as I was tearing up as I read the tragic ending. It just made me feel super emotional towards the characters.


Torn Away by Jennifer Brown. It was so beautifully written and I was tearing up for the main character’s situation and also found myself crying in the beautiful, happy moments.

5. How many books are on your bedside table?


Usually none, or the book I’m currently reading (or my e-reader if that’s what I’m currently reading on). I always read before I go to sleep, so my currently-reading book usually spends some time on my bedside table. However, I have my bookshelves in my room, almost-but-not-quite in reach when you’re sitting on the bed, so when I put a book away I just put it on my shelf.


I’m actually on vacation still as I type this haha. I’m just relaxing by the pool with the laptop and doing random things. So yeah, there’s no books really around me lol. Other than my Kobo. I can still remember what my room looks like though, and it’s quite frankly a mess. There’s a bunch of books strewn around all over the place. On my bedside table alone I’d go for a solid 4.


Let’s see…I have two Chinese books that I can’t read. I have to use my dictionary about every 5 seconds ._. As well as three non fiction books about boring things. i.e. science. And then I have my kindle and Take Me On by Katie McGarry which is what I am reading next. Oh and a few bookmarks and a box of tissues.

6. What is your favourite snack whilst you’re reading?


Uh, anything? As long as it’s something I like, I don’t really care. Chocolate, ice cream, crisps, soup… I only don’t like to eat oily or fat things while I’m reading a physical book, because I’m afraid the pages will stain.


Usually when I read I end up eating junk food quite frankly. Goldfish crackers (don’t judge me), Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, granola bars.. really anything. I love food. I also drink a whole lot of water, so I’ll probably be drinking that.


I eat whatever is in the pantry, to be honest. But I love drinking hot drinks while reading. It makes me feel sophisticated, strangely enough.

7. Name three books you would recommend to everyone.


  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. This is one of my all-time favourite books because it’s so beautiful and important. I still can’t put my love for this book into words. It was so beautiful that it almost made me cry, and if you’ve paid attention while reading this post, you know how amazing that is.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This is actually a recommendation for the entire series, because these books just keep getting better and better. Laini Taylor’s writing is out of this world, and the story is so heartbreaking and beautiful. If you haven’t read this, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? And if you didn’t like the first book, please still read the second because it’s so different from the first and so beautiful and GAH. I’ll stop talking now.
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. Obviously, almost everyone has read this series by now, but I had to mention it. Favourite series ever. Absolutely amazing. And a huge part of my childhood.


God, this is so hard. I would just like to say that Harry Potter and Percy Jackson would so obviously be on my list but Celine and Mel already mentioned them. I’m going to try to pick 3 books that I’ve totally adored but I think deserve more love.

  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds This one was a great historical fiction read that managed to immerse me fully in the year 1918. It’s a time period that I personally haven’t read about/knew much about. This book managed to weave in historical details along with a great story and a wonderful main character. The amount of research involved was clear and there was even bone chilling pictures that accompanied the mood of the story. There was a romance that pulled at my heartstrings and was simply beautiful.
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas I still think this one is underrated haha. This was a fast paced thriller that held me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire course of the novel. It was a horrifying situation but I couldn’t help but be morbidly fascinated by everything going on. As I want to be a prosecutor, I found the trial portion of Dangerous Girls to be very interesting. There’s also that crazy ending that makes you want to re-read the whole story again to search for clues.
  • Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard I haven’t read this one in quite some time but I still remember the emotional impact it left on me. The main character goes through some crazy character development, alongside the love interest. However, the biggest pull for me was the fact that this book focused on something I completely adore: travel. The author clearly has experience travelling and this showed through the beautiful descriptions of the settings and the culture immersed in the story. This story made me want to book a plane going anywhere and go backpacking.


  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you love historical fiction, this is your book. Aussie author as well! What a bonus. If you haven’t read this, this is your chance to quickly go and remedy that. If you don’t, we are no longer friends.
  • The Help by Kathyn Stockett. Beautiful beautiful novel. It’s set in America the early-mid 19 hundreds.
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. This is the first book in the PJO series and I adore this series so much. Anyone how knows me, knows this for a fact so this shouldn’t be a surprise!

8. Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.


I don’t have a “favourites” bookshelf, because I actually own few physical books. I mostly have e-books, for the sheer reason that they’re less expensive. Ahem. Either way, I’m just going to link you to my favourites-shelf on Goodreads. Though it needs to be updated, a couple of my favourite books can be found on it!


…Again, I’m not exactly home so I can’t show you my beautiful bookshelves. Consider yourselves lucky, it’s truly a mess. I’m going to copy Celine and link you to my favorites shelf on Goodreads. There you shall find books that have made me laugh, cry, swoon, fangirl or leave me speechless.



One of my favourites shelf + Golden which I havent read yet

9. Write how much books mean to you in just three words.


Making hearts glow. A bit cryptic, perhaps, but undeniably true. Some books just fill me with such love and happiness, my heart feels lighter in my chest. Books are so important in my life. They have learned me things I’d never known otherwise. They have given me feelings only books can ever awaken in you. They have improved my life. They have provided me an opportunity to dream, to fantasize, they have made me braver and wiser. They’re essential.


Escape from reality. Books truly have the ability to take you to another era or place. They can put you in different situations and make you realize the world is a lot bigger than you think. They can make you feel all sorts of emotions, pure happiness to pure sadness. They can put you in a million pairs of different shoes and show you how that person truly feels. Book are more than just words on a page, they can truly impact you.


Made life better. I’ve only mentioned this once or twice but I had a pretty dark high school life in year 7. I didn’t read books until July that year, and slowly began to feel like my life was much more bearable. I’ve come so far from then, and am so grateful that there are books in this world. They are powerful, and people who don’t read books on a regular basis are seriously missing out on all the fun they have to share.

10. What is your biggest reading secret?


I’m inclined to mention the no-crying thing, but that isn’t exactly a secret (anymore), is it? I honestly can’t think of anything. Like Mel, I don’t read a lot of classics, but I’m planning to change that.


I don’t really have any. I’m going to get lame and mushy for a sec. I don’t feel like I need to hide anything from the blogging community. I feel like we all share a love of books and therefore have a understanding of each other to begin with. From there I feel like I can trust everybody and don’t feel the need to keep anything book related private.

Um. What can I tell you guys!? I’m honestly unsure. I mean I definitely have secrets, doesn’t everybody? But nothing book related.

Suppose I could admit to being a previous Twilight fangirl. Those were dark days, okay? Lol re-reading the book has definitely shown me how I’ve changed as a critical reader.


Erm…tough one, seeing as I can’t think of any secrets that I have. But I don’t read a lot of classics so I have to remedy that!

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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36 Responses to The Book Blogger Test

  1. Love seeing everyone’s answers for these tags 🙂 I’m uploading mine in video format soon (hopefully!). Celine, you don’t have malfunctioning tear ducts – my sister is exactly the same. You’re just less pathetic than the rest of us 😛

    I love how all of you judge books by their covers, lol. It’d almost be a confession to say you DON’T judge books by their covers, considering how many people said they do! It’s definitely one of my confessions 🙂

    It’s so lovely getting to know you all more 😀
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  2. I was wondering whether I should tag you on mine, but seems I didn’t need to, and I wanted all three of you to do it, so that’s worked out just fine hasn’t it? So many things I want to say but I’ll try and keep it short. Larissa, I could not agree more with Dangerous Girls, absolutely blew my mind and in every way possible and I also used to be very ‘no digital books’ but then I found NetGalley and that went out the window, ha! I so agree with you Mel on beautiful writing, I mean, writing is all good and lovely, but it sometimes makes it difficult to read and understand and just give me plot points and a fab pacing and good characters and I’m sold. Celine, so good that you don’t cry at everything, that’d be too much! I’m not surprised you all judge books on covers, I’m a huge cover judger myself, but because I scrutinise them three ways on my blog, I like to think I’m a little less judgemental more recently 🙂
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  3. “Characters who are totally awesome, then they meet their love interest and BAM.” – Larisa. I know right? I mean, if you love a guy, shouldn’t you turn into the best version of yourself instead of vice versa?

    I love all of your answers girls! I haven’t read any classics lately either, the only “old” books I’ve read would works of John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon
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  4. YES on the cover changes! My books need to match people! XD And I’m with you on the English books too Celine! I’m from Belgium and I prefer English books too!

    Five years ago I was also against ereaders but now I have a Kobo Glo and I love it. It’s really convenient. =)
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  5. I think instalove would be on most readers’ lists! Mine too for sure. And like Celine, I only ever read in English even though I’m not a native speaker, and I absolutely refuse to read translations because I only ever see errors. As for reading in my language, well, that just doesn’t work. I’m a language professor and a copy editor so I am only able to focus on grammar and spelling issues. It’s just easier in English. Plus, more fun.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, girls.
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  6. Ooh, this was so much fun to read! I have to agree that insta-love, cover changes, and Mary Sues are my biggest book pet peeves along with love triangles. I can pretty much read anywhere and eat whatever while I read, but I love the books you ladies recommended — Wanderlove is a hidden gem. Thanks for sharing, dears!(:
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    • Melanie says:

      I actually do not mind love triangles–as well as they are done well but that hardly seems to be the case lately. I need some good books in my life!

  7. I really enjoyed all 3 of your answers ladies! I have trouble crying when it comes to books too, but I have to admit there are a few where I have teared up. Haha Mel I love sipping on a hot drink while reading too, it’s my favourite pastime. I wish I could read in bed more, I just end up falling asleep lol!

    It seems like Escaping from Reality is a common theme for books and you guys are right, they do make you appreciate the world more and open up your emotions to a whole host of reasons.

    Mel your top 3 recommendations are all on my top 10, The Help and Book Thief are some of my favourite books of all time. And PJ is amazing of course.

    I’m guilty for not reading the 2nd book of DoSAB too, but I plan on remedying that soon!

  8. This was awesome. XD LOVED all your answers! Mel your shelf is soooo pretty. (I love how the series match. Gah. Mine never match. They do it on purpose, I’m sure of it.) I love all your book recommendations too. There’s a LOT of them I haven’t read yet and I totally want to. 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      hehe. actually, The Lost Hero doesn’t match the rest of the series because it’s the US paperback instead of the AUS one, but yeah, definitely my favourite shelf for that reason!

  9. Stephanie B says:

    Ah! Yay! Cover changes. 😛 It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover sometimes! It really sucks when you do and then the book turns out like crap. I approve that Cinder and Scarlet are on one of your favorite shelves, Mel. Haha
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  10. Celine: YES, LIKE CAN THEY NOT KEEP CHANGING COVERS. My shelves look so weird with different covers beside each other! I read a little bit from our language, but usually just stories and not full-length novels. And really, most of us readers judge books by their covers! I put off both Two Boys Kissing and Daughter of Smoke and Bone! D:

    Larissa: Toxic relationships make me cringe so much! I don’t understand how a lot of people are drawn to reading about those. See, we all love pretty covers. 😉 I love Reese’s! Mm. Peanut buttery goodness. Wanderlove was a super cute book and I loved it! 😀 Don’t worry, I’m a fan of the Twilight movies, so… 🙂

    Mel: Mary Sues are disgusting. -_- Go cover judgers! (That sounds weird.) I actually have the tendency to read the last pages of books even now. :T I watched The Help movie and have been thinking about reading the book. 🙂 PJO AHHHH. Percabeth feels. I don’t read a lot of classics either, but we have to read 3 for school this year! D:
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  11. Great answers, ladies. I really enjoy reading these. 🙂
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  12. Fun! I was tagged last week and I had fun with my post. Mid-cover changes are the worst! I just don’t understand them. All they do is a piss us off! If they must change covers, why can’t they release the new covers for the paperback version and keep the original hardcovers. I also hate how a book will no longer be sold in hardcover after a few years. Like Cinder is only sold in paperback now but Scarlet and Cress are still sold in hardcover. I started the series late so if I wanted to buy them, they wouldn’t match. Luckily, a bloggy friend gave me a signed hardcover of Cinder last year. Different height books (in a series) drive me crazy too. Don’t they know we have OCD???
    I can’t read in bed, I fall asleep but I can read pretty much anywhere else.
    Larissa, I’m so happy o see Wanderlove in your rec list! I loooooove that book and it’s such a shame more people haven’t read it or heard about it.
    Awesome post ladies!
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  13. I have been enjoying reading all these posts. I have to say insta love is a big one, but I hate love triangles and cliffhangers more. Oh and the Lainey Taylor series is on my must read/recommend to anyone who will listen list as well.

  14. That’s cool you all answered these! Book secret for me? I LOVE to smell books. Seriously. And if it smells really good, I tend to make other people smell it. haha

  15. I completely agree on the covers changing and then becoming a mess! I want my books to match too! Also, I’m from India and I cannot stand to read anything in any language except English, otherwise my eyes hurt and it feels like I’m studying.
    Wonderful post, guys!
    Question (because I’m slow): Did you just tag me? Through this awesome post? (please say yes!)

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