Christmas Song Book Tag

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MERRY CHRISTMAS YALL! So, I was just going to post a book review today but I was on youtube watching booktube videos and I came across this book tag. And what better day to do a book tag about Christmas songs than on Christmas day?

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”
Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

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The Grinch form Dr. Susses’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This is actually one of my favorite christmas stories ever. (Yes, I realize the picture above is from the movie adaptation but I don’t care.) How does one not love the Grinch?

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

This year, i’m really hoping I got Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell and the duo of Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCaffetry. All of these books have been on my TBR list for a long time and for some reason, I haven’t gotten around to buying or reading any of them.
3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

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Franny Banks from Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe. She doesn’t believe in herself at the beginning of the novel but at the novel progresses she slowly does start to believe in herself as she over comes obstacles. I love Franny.

(I wrote a full blog post about this novel if you’d like to check it out)

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

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At the top of the naughty list, I’m placing Dr. Nick Russo from Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter. He cheated on his wife, Tessa, with Valerie, who was the mother of his six year old burn patient, Charlie.  But fear not, Nick, you are the only Emily Giffin character who made the naughty list. I was temped to list pretty much the entire cast of Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

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At the top of the nice list, I’m placing Layla Chatham from Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything. She’s the ultimate best friend that very girl needs in her life and she’s just such a sweet and nice person.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”
Which book just melts your heart.

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So, I know I just mentioned a Sarah Dessen book but guess what? I’m listing another one. Her book,  Just Listen is a book that really mets my heart.  In the story, Annabel’s life seems perfect from the outside of the family’s glass house but her life is anything but perfect. Her best friend, Sophie has just dropped her and her older sister is struggling with anorexia. But then she meets Owen Armstrong. Owen is the ‘bad boy’ who is music obsessed. The friendship that he and Annabel from makes me so happy that it actually melts my heart.

6. “Feliz Navidad”
Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Ok, so technically half of the book takes place in America but majority of the book takes place in France. So it counts, right?

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

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My favorite holiday book is Molly’s Surprise by Valerie Tripp.  It’s the third out of the seven books written in Molly’s series. When I was in elementary school, I read this book pretty much every year at the holiday time. I highly recommend it to everyone, no matter what your age is. I even still have my copy of it, even if I’m not exactly sure where it is.

8. “Sleigh Ride”
Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

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Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S, I Still Love You because I’d love to hang out with her and her family and try some of her baking.

(I also wrote a full post about both of these books. You should read it.)

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”
Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

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I have a problem sacrificing a book, even if I didn’t like it. But for this synopsis and since this is all pretend, I’m going to pick the The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings. I hate to do this because I’ve met Lindsay a couple of times and she’s a really cool person but I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. I didn’t even finish it.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”
Which book do you think everyone should read?

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This is a hard pick because I love so many books and there are so many books that I think everyone should read but for this one, i’m going to pick The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. It’s about Alice, who everyone knows, slept with two guys in one night at the same party. This story is told from everyone’s point of view but Alice’s and at the end, you’re able to put together the truth about Alice. It’s a quick read, less than 200 pages but it’s an incredibly moving and powerful story.

Merry Christmas again! I hope your holiday is happy and that Santa left you some books under your tree.

Much Love,

Kate

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Christmas Song Book Tag

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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Guys! Guess what? We got a post up on time! Tina and I want to apologize for the irregular posting. We’ve both been crazy busy with studying for finals and promise out posting will be back to normal real soon.

Just a little over a year ago, when I bought Taylor Swift’s album 1989, I declared my self a swifite. Now keep in mid, this was after about a year of pretty much being a swiftie and not wanting to admit it.I actually think that Taylor and I would be pretty good friends, if we had the chance because of our shared love for Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit, cats and Mariska Hargitay. A few months ago, I saw the Taylor Swift book tag going around on youtube and thought it looked like fun so I’m going to give it a try here!

Also, in this post, if you haven’t heard the song, you can click on the tittle and it will take you to a youtube video of the song.

1.) We Are NEVER Getting Back Together– A book you thought you loved but are now breaking up with.

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For this, I’m choosing Anna, Lola and Isla. I thought I would love these books but as I was reading them, i found that I didn’t as much as I thought I would. So, Anna and Isla, I am breaking up with you and we are NEVER, getting back together. Lola, I still think you’re totally adorable and really liked your story.

Also, I wrote a full post on my thoughts on this series, you can read that HERE.

2.) Red A book with a red cover.

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For this one, I pick Pretenders by Lisi Harrison because I ah-dore Lisi and it has a red cover! Yes, that cover is red, not pink.

3.) Best Day Ever– A book that makes you feel nostalgic.

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For this one, I’m not choosing one book but rather a brand if that makes since. The books that make me feel most nostalgic are the American Girl books. I read most of the books when I was a kid, some my mom read to me, some I read myself, some I even read more than once. The one pictured above is Meet Molly. Molly was my first ever american girl doll and I have vidid memories of my mom reading this particular book to me. (Cue the nostalgia.

4.) Love Story–  A forbidden Love

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Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin immediately comes to mind. I mean, what’s more forbidden than sleeping with your best friend’s fiance?

5.) Trouble– A bad character that you can’t help but love.

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The first character that comes to mind for this is Zephyr from The Murder Complex and The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings. He’s a bad guy, so to speak, but he can’t help being who he is because he was programmed to be that way. He hates that he’s that way. I don’t really think of his as the bad guy but, for the purpose of this tag, it really works.
6.) Innocent–  A book you were spoiled from.

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I was spoiled from Reality Check by Jen Calonita. It wasn’t because someone told me the ending but while I was about half way through the book, I was on the author’s website reading her question and answer. She said something that didn’t just sit right with me and it kind of ruined the experience of reading the rest of the book. This still makes me sad to this day because I was really looking forward to reading that book.

7.) Everything Has Changed– Character undergoes extensive growth and development.

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The character I can think of off the top of my head who grows the most is Darcy Rhone from Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I hated Darcy in Something Borrowed but during Something Blue Darcy does some growing up and by the end of the novel, I was rooting for her and now I absolutely love her. Also, I can’t wait for the Something Blue movie.

8.) You Belong With Me- Most anticipated new release!

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What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass hands down is my most anticipated new release coming out on December 29th and I will be at Barnes and Noble on December 29th buying that book. I read her debut Love and Other Theories  earlier in the year and I adored it. I also got to meet Alexis at a book convention this year and she was so sweet and I love how excited she got when I told her I had already read her book and I was counting the days till her next one comes out.

041Pictured above is me with Alexis at Teen Book Con. Seriously, go check out Love and Other Theories. I really do believe that in a few years, her name will be thrown around with John Green, Gayle Froman and Sarah Dessen.

9.) Forever and Always– Fave Couple Book

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I’m not going to say much about this book because I plan on writing a full post on Finding Audrey. But I choose this book for favorite couple because I freaking love Linus and Audrey and how Linus accepts Audrey for who she is. Plus, they are so adorable together.
10.) Come Back Be Here– The book you are least likely to lend out because you’d miss it too much.IMG_6098

My signed copy of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is the first thing that comes to mind but in actuality, I probably wouldn’t lend out any of my books. I recently lent my friend my copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and she took care of it and it came back to me in the same condition I gave it to her in but I missed looking at it on my bookshelf, that I star at way more than I probably should.

Guys, be proud of me, this is the only Sarah Dessen book on this list. I could have easily chooses a Sarah Dessen book for every song on this tag.

Also, love how I got to pair one of my favorite songs with one of my favorite books!

11.) Teardrops On My Guitar– The book that made you cry the hardest.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you don’t get why, you’re either a heartless person or, you haven’t read the book. For your sake, I hope it’s the second choice.

12.) Shake it Off– A book you love so much you shake off the haters.

IMG_6097The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison. People say a lot of bad things about these books, such as they teach materialism and encourage bulling, amongst other things. I disagree with all the haters out there (because they’re gonna hate) and I don’t care what they say (as long as it’s about these books) so I just shake it off. (See what I did there?)

What do you guys think? Would you choose the same books I choose to go with these songs or would you choose something different? Have you read any of these books? Tell me your thoughts!

Much Love,

Kate

Taylor Swift Book Tag

Books We’re Thankful For:2015

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Hey guys! It’s thanksgiving week, and it’s a time where everyone give thanks. Here at Book Alphas, we’re thankful for books! So today, we thought we’d tell you exactly what books we’re thankful for.

And before we get in to it, we want to take a second to apologize for our inconsistent posting. We’ve been crazy busy with projects and finals and basically college life. We’re going to be more consistent in the new year, we’re even looking at twice a week!

Five:

Tina’s Pick-

The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison. Some of the very first books I ever read were the books in the Clique Series. Following the adventures of Massie Block and her friends showed me how reading could be a fun experience that transports you to another world. Not only did these books help spur my love of reading when I was younger, but they also helped bond me to one of my favorite people and best friends, Kate. This series not only impacted my life but truly helped me fall in love with reading.

Kate’s Pick-

The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad. I really love all of Lauren Conrad’s books because they got me in to reading again after I finished the Clique Series. However, I choose this book specifically because it was The Fame Game book tour that I got to meet Lauren Conrad. She complimented my dress and I was ecstatic. She also thought I was cute because I had all of her books with me and she’s a super sweet person. I wish she’d write another series!

Four:

Tina’s Pick-

Two Little Girls in Blue, by Mary Higgins Clark. I read this book when I was in the sixth grade for an author project. For years, I could not get it out of my head and kept trying to find it in every bookstore. I finally found it when I saw it and remembered the title about a year ago in a Goodwill. This book is about a family whose two twins are kidnapped. When one is returned for ransom and the other believed to be dead, the mother refuses to believe in her other daughter’s death because it seems the twin at home can communicate with her sister. The book as a whole is an edge-of-your-set thriller that is written beautifully, definitely worth searching for a few years to find.

Kate’s Pick-

Heart of The Matter by Emily Giffin. I only read this book for the first time back in October but it was soo good, I had to put it on this list. This book tells the story of two women, Tessa and Valerie whom have absolutely nothing in common until one night where a tragic accident connects their lives. The story is told in alternative points of view of Tessa and Valerie and tells a very unique story. I read it in like three days and if you’re a fan of Something Borrowed, there’s a update on Rachel and Dex in this book!

Three:

Tina’s Pick-

The Crank Trilogy by Ellen Hopkins. I know I wrote about another book by Hopkins awhile ago but I am going to sing her praises again because she is one of my favorite authors ever. Crank and its subsequent two sequels was some of the first more grown up books I decided to read, and I am glad every day I did. Not only did these books scare me from doing drugs forever, it reminds me every time I read it the importance of not losing sight of what is important in life.

Kate’s Pick-

So I know I’ve talked about this book in a previous post but that’s not going to stop me from mentioning this book again, If You Have To Cry, Go Out Side and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone. I’ve now read this book twice and i’ll probably read it a few more times. Kelly Cutrone has really influenced my life through this book. The first time I read it I was in tenth grade and I didn’t realize how much it stuck with me until earlier this year when I reread it and kept saying to myself, that’s where I got this from. I love Kelly’s outlook on life and she gives some great advice in this book. I firmly believe that it’s a book that every woman should read at least one in her life.

Two:

Tina’s Pick-

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. Hands down my favorite series ever, which is no surprise to anyone who knows me. I am the biggest Harry Potter fan. I have seen all the movies, read all the books, gone to as many midnight premieres as possible, and will be getting a season pass to the Universal in LA just so I can go the HP World there all the time. Harry Potter has brought some of the best people into my life through Quidditch (I play at my college). This series has impacted my life so deeply and makes me beyond happy every day.

Kate’s Pick-

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen. This was the second Sarah Dessen book I read and one of the few books i’ve finished reading and said “this is my favorite book.” I think about this story all the time, and this book and Sarah’s writing has really influenced  my own writing. I guess I like this book because I’m a sucker for this kind of series. It’s about Ruby who was living with her mom until she disappeared. Once it was discovered she was living by herself, she is sent to live with her other sister, Cora, and her husband, Jamie. The story is about Cora and Ruby rebuilding their relationship and them growing closer together. Yes, it’s amazing and I love it and I cant say enough good things about it.

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Tina’s Pick-

Thirteen Reason’s Why by Jay Asher. If you have ever read this novel, then you understand why I have chosen it for my number one book I am most thankful for. I plan on writing a long blog post soon talking about it, because I cannot express in just this short amount of space how amazing this book is. It makes you think about every action you take and how it affects others. It will make you feel happy and sad and emotional. It will make you question mankind’s kindness, but then feel overjoyed at our capacity to learn. I can honestly say this book changed the way I see the world, and for anyone who reads it, I hope it changes your world too.

Kate’s Pick-

Like Tina, I pick The Clique series but I am going to pick a specific book in the series Revenge of the Wannabes. This is my favorite book in the series and it’s still one of my favorite books ever (and it’s one of the other books I closed and said ‘this is my favorite book’). I just loved everything about this book, especially how it’s one of the few books in the series that’s told in a point of view other than Massie and Claire. This is one of the books I took with me when I met Lisi Harrison and i’ve read this book so many times, i’ve lost count of the exact number of times i’ve read it. Really this series means everything to me (as do all of Lisi’s other books) but this book specifically, is the one I keep coming back to.

So what books are you guys thankful for? Did any of our picks make the list? Tell us!

Much Love,

Tina & Kate

Books We’re Thankful For:2015